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  • Foo Fighters, Nashville and the communal power of music

    Think Christian Articles
    John J. Thompson
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Posted on 11/25/14 I’d much rather people watch the Nashville episode of the Foo Fighters’ HBO series Sonic Highways to get a feel for this city than the ABC soap by the same name. The power behind Nashville is the creative community that thrives here, not the stars that hover over it or the sleaze that often flows out of it. Having been fortunate enough to score two seats to the Foo Fighters’ instantly sold out Halloween concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium, I was able to screen that particular episode amongst 2,000 fellow Nashville Foo fans. In it, band leader Dave…
  • Members use email to share faith stories

    The Lutheran
    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As Lent approached last year, Lissa Kahl, a pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Waverly, Iowa, invited members to share faith stories about a “life teacher” who had been important to them. They would do so by email, and their stories would help bring to life the Lenten theme, she said.  “Sign up for a date to share your story,” urged Kahl(pastorlissa@redeemerwaverly.org). But there was no rush to the sign-up list. These Iowa Lutherans, although mission-driven and normally eager to volunteer, didn’t talk about faith. Carla Janssen remembers Kahl urging,…
  • 10 Books I Am Excited To Read

    Pro Preacher
    Brandon
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo Credit: ginnerobot via Compfight cc Leaders are readers. Although it can be time consuming, you actually save time by reading. Nothing has accelerated my own personal and spiritual growth as a pastor as much as reading. So what are you excited about reading right now? Here are a ten books I am excited to read. I just picked these up and cannot wait to dive into them: Living By Revealed Truth: The Life And Pastoral Theology Of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom Nettles Heaven by Randy Alcorn Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways To Keep Yours Alive by Thom Rainer Real-Life Discipleship:…
  • How To Handle a Challenging Week

    Heart Choices
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Have you ever had one of those weeks? You know, it starts out with one challenge after another. I had one this past week. There were moments when I wanted to put my head between my legs like the children in our preschool class.It started out like this. Several teachers approached me asking if I owned a white Lexus. I had a feeling of dread and nodded yes. A rock hit my rear window and shattered the glass. Apologies and a letter from the student ensued. His parents had my window replaced and lessons were learned. A little inconvenient but ... all is well.This was the week our condo roof was to…
  • Money flees from those who have no purpose for it, and flows to those who do

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

  • Our lost lambs

    Chelsea Kolz Boes
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    I remember the Christmas my brother Isaac and I lost the sheep. One was small and white, a tiny plastic lamb no bigger than the baby Jesus figurine. The other was larger, uglier, brownish, with a grouchy face like that one nun in Sister Act . They came with a passel of others—the thoughtful Mary, the bearded Joseph, the tiny strutting chickens, a long-necked goose. And, of course, the angel who came with a tiny hook embedded in the back of its head so you could hang it from the ceiling. To
  • An attitude of gratitude

    Cal Thomas
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    If Thomas Jefferson could be faulted for one thing in composing the Declaration of Independence, it might be his inclusion of the words “the pursuit of happiness” in the text. Happiness is a vapor that cannot be grasped; a temporary feeling based on transitory circumstances akin to the euphoria of a full-on sugar rush. Happiness is good for a time, but it cannot last. Life invariably intervenes. So many seem so unthankful about so much these days. Turn on the TV or read a newspaper
  • A Thanksgiving tip

    Andrée Seu Peterson
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    Urge your Thanksgiving guests today to say what they are thankful for to God, and who knows, somebody might speak up. But that lackluster response and the awkward looking down at their shoes is only partly their fault—you need to be more creative with the question. Remember what a nonstarter it was when you used to come home from school and your mother said, “How was school?” Here is a suggestion. After the turkey is picked clean and the dishes done and the Scrabble game retired,
  • Los Angeles then and now

    Sophia Lee
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    As people take to the streets over the Ferguson decision, police and protesters recall the 1992 riots
  • A high-tech harvest the pilgrims would envy

    Susan Olasky
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    City dwellers may no longer make the connection, but Thanksgiving Day has long been associated with harvest time. School children do if they hear the story of Squanto teaching the pilgrims to plant corn. These days, it takes a lot more than a scrap of fish and a kernel of corn to have a successful harvest. It’s Aug. 20, the first day of the corn harvest. Mississippi delta farmer Stephen Pillow has been waiting for this day since the seed went in the ground back in March. “A lot of
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • How Giving Thanks Can Unexpectedly Give You A New Life [with Video]

    Ann Voskamp
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    We’re laughing like these crazy loons out in the middle of a field of corn. The Farmer’s got hold of that combine seat like he’s on this one-time shot at the whole round moon. It’s harvest and a time of thanksgiving and the holy cusp of Advent and you won’t pass by this way again and the corn just keeps on coming. “How in the world?” I can’t take my eyes off the yield monitor. Stunned wonder isn’t an understatement. We had a drought this year. The sky had locked hard about the middle of June. The Farmer had said: “I’ve never…
  • What You Need to Get Through The Darkest Days of The Year & Light Your Way from Advent To Christmas

    Ann Voskamp
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:06 pm
    So in the middle of all that mess, you couldn’t fault the kid for just wanting a tree. Five days from Advent, with parts of the world smouldering, I wake up with that memory burning of the kid sister … She couldn’t have been more than 8 when she’d hauled to the woods all by herself and hacked down a scotch pine. The thing had tilted real bad. Had to be tied up with twine to the banister of the stairs, just to stay standing. Sometimes the only way to stay standing is to lash yourself to SomeOne stronger. If you stood in the right place in the living room that year, the scent of the…
  • Great New Tradition Coming To The Greatest Christmas Near You

    Ann Voskamp
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:02 am
    psssst — Only 6 Days until Advent? Working feverishly for a whole kit of free printables for you for a Night Before Advent Hot Chocolate Party and everything you need to Unwrap the Greatest Gift, complete with free printable Advent Calendar to hold all the free Jesse Tree Ornaments, to make up your own new tradition of the Night Before Advent Box, complete with all the wondrous things for a new Christ-Centered Tradition to spend the whole season unwrapping the greatest gift — more of Jesus! We can’t wait to share all this WONDERFUL STUFF with you tomorrow. Stay Tuned!!
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [11.22.14]

    Ann Voskamp
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    From the Smithsonian’s photography contest? Glory time lapse video of this week’s record snow storm? wow… Have you see the 10 most photographed places in America?  – fascinating a teacher, coach, husband, father, friend – what kind of legacy can one man make? you gotta see these pictures of snow this week in upstate New York?  breaking the awe meter  What does as astronaut see from up there? From the red soil of Africa, the blue water of oceans, to the green lights of the poles and yellow light of human activity, discover, through this journey to space,…
  • 35 Things We’d Better Tell Our Sons About Harassment, Assault & “Boys will be Boys”

    Ann Voskamp
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    When the kid just up and said it, I choked on my drink, spit the water clear across the table. “I think assault culture is an assault against humanity.” Sure, when you’re the mother of four sons anything can happen at the dinner table, and you can count on it, we’ve about seen and heard it all. Yessiireee, this here is our little circus to love, these are our crazy monkeys to love. But when it comes up at the dinner table as the dark settles in, our own young men looking up from their dinner plates right at you and asking you — about men  who joke about drugging…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • Three years later, this still surprises me.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Free Tesla from Franchise Laws and Subsidies

    Acton Web
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    by Sarah Stanley The Tesla Model S is a drop-dead gorgeous electric automobile that can go from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds and carries a sticker price of $80,000 at the high end. Tesla is also at the center of a debate on cronyism, consumer choice, and innovation. You might also like... Acton University 2014 Flash Drive Bundle read more
  • Economic Tyranny Trumps Religious Liberty

    Acton Web
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    by Michael Novak In Poland and elsewhere, religious communities had inspired and led the nations for hundreds of years. In such places, people were not imprisoned solely in their own individual power, which was little. Sometimes they acted through institutions and associations of their own choosing. Solidarity in Poland, for example, or People Against Violence in Slovakia. You might also like... Economic Thinking for the Theologically Minded read more
  • The (Actual) Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism with Gene Veith

    Acton Web
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    Register Now Event Date:  February 26, 2015 - 11:30am1:00pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Schedule 11:30am - Doors Open 12:00pm - Lecture Begins 1:00pm - Book Signing Lunch will be provided. Pricing $15 - Regular $10 - Full time students For more information regarding this event, please email Catherine Biewer at cbiewer@acton.org or call 616.454.3080.read more
  • ‘Contrarian: The Life of Sir John Templeton’

    Acton Web
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    Pricing $15—Regular $10—Students For more information regarding this event, please email Catherine Biewer at cbiewer@acton.org or call 616.454.3080. Schedule 11:30am—doors open 12:00pm—Lecture 12:30pm—Screening Lunch will be provided Event Date:  February 12, 2015 - 11:30am1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Register Now Narrated by Fred Dalton Thompson and directed by award-winning filmmaker…
  • Toil as Curse and Grace

    Acton Web
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:13 am
    by Dylan Pahman According to ancient legend, Sisyphus was punished by the gods for his craftiness in life. You might also like... Work: The Meaning of Your Life—A Christian Perspective read more
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • Putting Injustice in its Place: "Gary Haugen"

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

    9 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Senior Pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "Live to Give," with a look at how to excel in the grace of giving through being a joyful giver.Featured Scripture:2 Corinthians 8:1-2,7, 9:7; Philippians 4:12-13; Proverbs 22:7; 1 Timothy 6:17; Matthew 6:19-21; 1 Chronicles 29:9Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Live to Give: "How to Get Rich"

    2 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Senior Pastor John Ortberg continues the series, "Live to Give," with a look at generosity and its effect on those who are generous.Featured Scripture:Luke 6:38; Proverbs 11:24-25; 2 Corinthians 9:6-11; Exodus 1:8-11; Exodus 5:1, 6-8, 17; John 12:24ffCheck out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Live to Give: "How to Be Rich"

    28 Oct 2014 | 1:39 am
    Scott Scruggs continues the series, "Live to Give," with a message on what it means to be rich and how we can be rich through giving.Featured Scripture:1 Timothy 6:17-19; Proverbs 18:11; Ecclesiastes 5:10; Matthew 6:24Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • Live to Give: "The Test"

    25 Oct 2014 | 11:13 pm
    This week, Senior Pastor John Ortberg is launching a new series, "Live to Give," with a message on tithe.Featured Scripture:Malachi 3:7-12; Leviticus 27:30; 2 Chronicles 31:5b-6; Proverbs 3:9-10; Leviticus 23:19; Exodus 34:19; Deuteronomy 15:10; Matthew 23:23; I Corinthians 15:20; Acts 20:35 Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
 
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • A Thanksgiving Prayer

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    By Peter Heltzel and Cornel West: As we gather at tables, grieving the state of our nation, may we gain spiritual strength for the journey ahead, drawing on the deepest wells of wisdom from those on whose shoulders we stand and the various faith traditions that have fueled their freedom march and continue to energize ours. In the spirit of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Dr. King, may the pioneers of the civil rights movement collaborate with the young leaders in Ferguson, New York City and other cities, and may they impart their knowledge and understanding of nonviolent resistance that is…
  • What I'm Grateful for Today ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:08 pm
    Compassion.
  • A Thanksgiving Prayer

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:49 pm
    If you are leading a prayer at your Thanksgiving table tomorrow, this simple thanks might be helpful. (It comes from We Make the Road by Walking.) You can signal for the response by pausing and raising a hand or your glass: Let us give thanks for this meal, saying, “We thank you, Living God.” For this breath, for this heartbeat, for the gift of these companions, We thank you, Living God For this nourishment and flavor, for soil and sunlight, air and rainfall, We thank you, Living God For all to whom this food connects us, from field to farm and store to table, We thank you, Living God As…
  • Yes. There's a lot of bad news out there. But there's also some good news. Like this.

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/11/24/chicago-lasalle-street-church_n_6212080.html?utm_hp_ref=christianity
  • Get schooled on Political Islam

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:06 am
    Here. Quotable: We must strip the phenomena of "political Islam" of the mystical aura shrouding them, which results from a tendency to equate them with "fundamentalism": a mass of angry irrational impulses wholly motivated by religious aspirations and incentives, and instead situate them within the conditions of their time and space. Only through historical socio political context can we hope to cure researchers, journalists and observers of the malady of oversimplification, generalization and reductionism that currently deforms the bulk of analyses of the subject. They must free themselves…
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    byFaith

  • It’s the end for Iraqi Christians

    Larry Hoop
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    Andrew was five years old when he encountered Isis. He was the son of a founding member of the Anglican Church in Baghdad and named after the vicar of that church, Canon Andrew White. When Isis soldiers attacked the Christian town of Qaraqosh in August they cut the boy in half. White has the optimism of the truly religious but he found this news devastating.“You can’t stop yourself despairing. You can only despair in that situation.” In parts of the Middle East, Christianity is in danger of extinction. In 1991 there were 1.5m Christians in Iraq. Today there may be as few as 300,000. In…
  • Gospel Transformation Never Gets Old

    Staff
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    This summer, the Committee on Mission to the World called Dr. Lloyd Kim to serve as the next coordinator of Mission to the World (MTW), pending his election by the 2015 General Assembly. Dr. Kim grew up in California, in a Christian family. His parents, Korean immigrants, were the first Korean family in their town. He graduated from University of California at Berkeley and worked as a consultant with Ernst & Young before getting his M.Div. at Westminster Seminary California and his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary. He has served MTW as a missionary in the Philippines and then in…
  • Sexual revolution is destroying families, Russell Moore tells Vatican conference

    Larry Hoop
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Prominent U.S. evangelicals Russell Moore and Rick Warren blasted the sexual revolution at a Vatican conference Tuesday (Nov. 18) and said it is destroying the institution of marriage. Moore, the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention, said sexual liberation had created “a culture obsessed with sex” that had simply led to a “boredom of sex shorn of mystery.” “Western culture now celebrates casual sexuality, cohabitation, no-fault divorce, family redefinition and abortion right as part of a sexual revolution that can tear down old patriarchal systems,”…
  • A Small Beginning

    Larry Hoop
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    (WNS)–Oslo’s Nobel Peace Center this month served as a launchpad for what lawmakers from around the world hope will be a global coalition to fight religious persecution. The gathering took place in the face of escalating violence against religious believers worldwide, and against a backdrop of carnage the same week. Reports of atrocities continue to emerge from Iraq, where the Islamic State captured and continues to hold hundreds of women and children after it evicted Christians, Yezidis, and other minorities from Mosul and Nineveh Province this summer.  From Pakistan just as the…
  • Ed Stetzer on Statistics and the Church

    Larry Hoop
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    (WNS)–Ed Stetzer is the president of LifeWay Research, an organization that does polling and statistical analysis. Though associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, LifeWay and Stetzer’s influence has spread well beyond Southern Baptist circles. Stetzer has two master’s degrees and two doctorates, and he is the author of nearly 20 books. He’s also a social media phenomenon with 135,000 Twitter followers. He’s become the go-to guy to learn about trends in the Christian world. This conversation took place at his office in Nashville, Tenn. Ed, what is LifeWay Research? We do…
 
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    Business Blessings

  • Why I am recommending the Financial Fitness Pack

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

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

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

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

    businessblessings
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    DO YOU STRUGGLE WITH FORGIVING SOMEONE FOR WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO YOU? You know you should forgive, but it just doesn’t seem to be working. You know you need help. You have been searching for the answers but have not found them yet. The reality is, the world is full of people. Unfortunately, where there are people, there will also be relationship issues. This is nothing new. It’s been around almost since time began. Adam blamed Eve for eating the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. Later, the first brothers, Cain and Abel, clashed. We can go right down through history to this present…
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • John Jenkins, C.S.C., at King's on Catholic Higher Education

    Bernard G. Prusak
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:50 pm
    As I noted in a post a month ago, Father John Jenkins, C.S.C., President of the University of Notre Dame, was the keynote speaker at the conference “The Idea of a Catholic College,” hosted by King’s College in September. Father Jenkins’ paper, “The Challenge and Promise of Catholic Higher Education for Our Time,” is forthcoming in the Journal of Catholic Higher Education, along with a number of other papers presented at the conference. In the meantime, a video of his talk is now available through the King’s YouTube channel. (Go to 7:50 to bypass the introductions. The q & a…
  • #Ferguson Protests -- Did You March?

    Robert Geroux
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:37 am
    Shortly after 5 pm yesterday, I joined with others and marched in protest. While I was marching, I had time to reflect: What brought me there? The immediate and proximate cause was of course the lack of an indictment in the Michael Brown case. I am profoundly concerned about the racialization of the criminal justice system. But an equally important commitment comes from a concern about the militarization of police power in our country.
  • Letter from Rome

    Robert Mickens
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    If people actually paid attention to what Pope Francis says and writes – that includes bishops and cardinals, even those retired – they would not be at all confused about where he’s trying to move the church. And one thing they’d grasp immediately is that he has little tolerance for clericalism and those ambitious for ecclesiastical promotion. Francis has spelled out in no uncertain terms that being a priest and bishop means being a servant-leader.
  • The Shared World

    Rita Ferrone
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:13 pm
    We’re in the midst of the annual highest-days-of-travel now that Thanksgiving is near. With weather conditions changing, and the inevitable crowds, I am sure tempers will often be frayed. Perhaps you are reading this in an airport even now, wondering how much longer you’ll have to wait to get where you want to go. Well, better to read dotCommonweal than to brood—or fume. (I’ve often wondered why some people feel free to vent their feelings of frustration upon airline personnel who, as far as I’m aware, have no control over the weather.)
  • God's Glory (Home pp. 1-105)

    Scott D. Moringiello
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    First of all, let me offer an apology for taking so long to post this. I last posted on Monday, November 10, and since then three things have kept me busy. First, I helped run a great conference at Villanova University (where I also gave a paper). Second, my first quarter teaching at DePaul University ended. And third, I’ve just finished the grading for my classes. Thus, my schedule for posting had to change, and I’m sorry to those who have begun Home and have been waiting for me to write about it here. There is something fitting for me to write about Home as my first quarter at DePaul…
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Happy Thanksgiving To You and Yours

    Sam Hoover
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Photo by: Helen Manson   As we join around the table today with our loved ones, we want to say a sincere THANK YOU to you – for loving your sponsored kids, for having compassion and for being the best advocates for kids in poverty in the world. From all of us at Compassion International: Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another…
  • How To Pray With Kids About Crisis

    Naomi Cramer Overton
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    We know Jesus’ call to love our neighbor isn’t only for adults, but how do we include kids in praying for children in crisis? Most children in late preschool to elementary years are concrete thinkers so, when you invite them to pray, start with two things they know they themselves need: 1. Kids need safety, especially at bedtime. Children instinctively know that going to sleep is iffy — it’s dark, they can’t look around or run away. Pray for kids in the Middle East to find safety as they sleep. Pray for them to know Jesus is with them day and night. You can also pray for tangibles…
  • Why Giving Tuesday Matters

    Brandy Campbell
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    When I was a teenager, my mom and I used to go shopping on Black Friday. Well … she would shop. I would usually end up sprawled on the sidewalk in front of the mall, reading a book and waiting for her to finish buying gifts for our family. It should be noted, though, that my mom didn’t necessarily enjoy these dawn excursions with a whiny teen. She did it because she loved us, and she wanted Christmas to be special. Our family wasn’t wealthy, and she saved all year to buy those gifts — to demonstrate in a tangible way that she knew us, knew what we liked. And that she loved us. And…
  • To Such As These

    Web Team
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is me. I have a name, but it is not easy to remember or pronounce and the person to whom it is attached is of no real value. Or so people tell me. I am small. And the world around me is so big. I try to contain it in the folds of my hands. There are things I want. To be comforted in the black pit of night. To raise my eyes and see sunlight streaming through my window, instead of waking to a smudged scene as dim to my heart as to my sight. To know if anything I do, any words I can utter from my mouth, will be worthy enough to catch praise. For my father to take notice. For my mother…
  • World Toilet Day: Well, This Is Awkward

    Katy Causey
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I love awkward situations. What makes most people squirm makes me break out in a fit of laughter. I enjoy watching people react in uncomfortable situations and don’t mind entering awkward situations myself. At this point, you’re probably asking yourself two questions. How does this woman have any friends? Is she about to ask us something awkward?!? Both valid questions. And sure, now that you brought it up, here’s a potentially awkward question: How do you feel about toilets? That’s right. Toilets. They go by different names around the world: squatty potties, latrines, pits,…
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    Big Is The New Small

  • The True Essence Of Great Leadership and How To Develop Great Leaders

    Scott Williams
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:48 am
    Great video explaining The True Essence of Great Leadership and How To Develop Great Leaders. The True Essence Of Great Leadership and How To Develop Great Leaders is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • You Suffer From Paranoia

    Scott Williams
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:31 am
    Some of you probably clicked on this post because you found yourself intrigued by the title and others of you clicked asking yourself the question, “I wonder if I suffer from Paranoia?” Read through the simple definition of Paranoia below: Paranoia 1.baseless or excessive suspicion of the motives of others. 2. a tendency on the part of an individual toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others. Often times people become so consumed with what people think and trying to please people that they truly suffer from paranoia.  All of their…
  • Why Leaders and Organizations Need To Stop Burying Their High Capacity Talent

    Scott Williams
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    Most organizations and leaders would love to have “High Capacity” leaders to fill the slots within their organizations. The sometimes overlooked challenge is the fact that with “High Capacity” leaders, comes the need for those leaders to lead at uhh… a “High Capacity” in addition to releasing their creativity. This will sometimes leave organizations scratching their head and asking the question what do I do with so and so?  They are knocking it out of the park, they have an entrepreneurial spirit, their potential is off the charts and they actually…
  • 4 Ways To Get Your Ideas To Spread by Seth Godin

    Scott Williams
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:07 am
    Great thoughts on getting your ideas to spread. 4 Ways To Get Your Ideas To Spread by Seth Godin is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • Greatness Is Always A Matter Of Choice

    Scott Williams
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:58 am
    We live in a world where there is greatness all around us. We get to watch our favorite TV programs with all of the great actors and actresses. Right now we are in the middle of the MLB World Series where we get to watch the greatest baseball players in the world battle it out on the field. We get to attend conferences and hear from some of brightest minds and the greatest speakers of our time. We simply get to sit and watch greatness. We get to imagine what greatness could be and get a little glimpse of what it is. We get to watch greatness all around us and often times we are in awe because…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • How to Fight Lukewarmness

    27 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    As we give thanks to God for his “abounding faithfulness” (Exodus 34:6), it is good for us to examine our own faithfulness. How faithful are we? This is important because “it is required of stewards that they be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). And a gauge of our faithfulness is our level of lukewarmness. Don’t Grow Grey with Age Lukewarmness is the dying of conviction. And conviction often dies the slow death of a thousand compromises.  When I was 22 years old, I worked at a company where my supervisor was defrauding customers and asking me to comply by fudging inventory…
  • Thanksgiving: Gateway to the Holidays

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Many nations have special days for giving thanks. In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is always the fourth Thursday in November. Wherever we are in the world, there are at least two requirements for any sort of thanksgiving to happen: something we’re thankful for and somebody to thank. As obvious as that may seem, it’s amazing how many people can say, “I’m thankful for . . .” in a sort of generic way without admitting, or even realizing, that God is there to hear their thanks. And they’re certainly not giving him credit for whatever it is they’re grateful for. We who are…
  • 14 Best Books of 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    At Desiring God I cherish being surrounded by co-laborors and online friends who treasure great books, and who eagerly celebrate and share the most noteworthy titles as they come along. In 2014, delicious non-fiction Christian titles ran off presses like hot donuts rolling off the assembly line at Krispy Kreme. As I narrowed my list of finalists down (to about five dozen!), it dawned on me that I should begin with thanks to the wise and dedicated writers, editors, and publishers who brought us such an excellent offering. Thank you! The bibliophilic bounty makes choosing my top list difficult…
  • Holiday Expectation Management

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year — or is it? Thanksgiving is upon us, and Christmas just around the corner, and with this coupling come lots of expectations. For years I wrestled with how to navigate the days between Thanksgiving and Christmas with some semblance of sanity. Truth is, I still struggle with managing “the Holidays” well. Who will be home? What are the lingering family tensions? How can I make it special for friends who will walk through the front door? The questions, and stresses, go on and on. I knew I was in big trouble one year when I fell prey to the jewelry…
  • Mark Noll’s Memoir: World Christianity, Historical Thinking, Humbling Paradox

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Historian Mark Noll has written more than a “personal memoir” narrating his pilgrimage from his non-pugilistic, “genuine all the way down,” Cedar Rapids, Baptist fundamentalism to his nuanced, Calvinistic, world-Christian, historically informed Protestantism. There is that. And it is riveting reading (at least for a fellow Wheaton classmate, and fellow lover of the supremacy of Christ in all things). But, given the way this professor of history at Notre Dame is wired, and given the convictions that drive his life and work, his own story could never be the main point — witness his…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • What Do Your Ceiling Lights Say About You?

    Thomas
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:03 pm
    “Light” by @Doug88888 licensed under CC BY 2.0 What Do Your Ceiling Lights Say About You? Believe it or not, your choice of ceiling lights illuminates more than simply the living room or kitchen in your home. The centrepiece of your room, your lighting choice can give away some clues to your personality too. Whether a reflective, delicate chandelier, or a more modern, brushed-steel affair; Read on to find out what your home lighting says about you, and how you can embrace the persona… The Chandelier “Chandeliers” by APPLE OU licensed under CC BY 2.0  Although…
  • Winter warming interior designs

    Thomas
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:42 pm
    When it comes to getting ready for a cold and blustery winter, changing summer cottons for woolly knits is a definite requirement. Preparing the home for wintertime may not be the first thought as the temperature falls, but taking a few steps to getting interiors ready for winter will ensure the home remains a cozy refuge throughout the long, dark season. Beating the winter chill The key to maintaining a warm interior during the colder months is to embrace cozier textures and warmer colors. Warming up the home’s interior may be accomplished with larger-scale projects such as painting walls…
  • The Different Uses of Log Cabins

    Thomas
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    A log cabin isn’t just somewhere you stay when you’re on a skiing holiday in the Alps, you can have your own in your back garden if you want to! The stylish and spacious designs are perfect for adding a touch of class to the exterior of your home and provides a great alternative to the traditional wooden garden shed.   Log cabins are far from just alternatives to sheds, however. They have the potential to provide all kinds of uses around the home, many of which you might not have initially thought of. Their size, in comparison to the traditional garden shed, means you can use them…
  • 3 Reasons To Choose Quadrant Shower Enclosures For Your Bathroom

    Thomas
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:31 pm
    3 Reasons To Choose Quadrant Shower Enclosures For Your Bathroom When you’re refurbishing a bathroom there’s a lot of things to take into account, and one of the most important is your choice of shower enclosure. There’s certainly no shortage of different configurations, manufacturers and models on the market. In fact it can get downright difficult to know which to choose. Each bathroom will have its own requirements, so the kind of enclosure that works best in a big bathroom might not be right for an en-suite. However, quadrant shower enclosures are increasingly popular and work in a…
  • Preparing Your Pond For Winter

    Thomas
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:29 pm
    It’s safe to say that winter is well on its way, so it’s time to prepare your pond for the colder weather. Put together a set of equipment, including a pond vacuum, plant scissors, tongs and maybe a net. This way you are well prepared for every season as it arrives. Plants and Trees First of all remove any delicate or exotic plants. They won’t be able to survive during a frost. Remove and wrap the roots in damp newspaper and then in bin liners or plastic bags. Keep in a heated shed or cellar during the cold season, making sure that the roots are kept moist. Trim back any plants that…
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • The Media’s Irresponsible Ferguson Coverage

    Peter Wehner
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The effort by the left broadly, and journalists more specifically, to turn the events in Ferguson into a morality play was a shame; and in the end, it probably helped fuel the violence that occurred before and after the grand jury's decision. The post The Media’s Irresponsible Ferguson Coverage appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • The Price of Dodd-Frank Isn’t Cheap

    Mona Charen
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Dodd-Frank is the poor stepchild of Obama-era enactments, receiving far less attention than Obamacare, but its contribution to the stagnant economy deserves more recognition. The post The Price of Dodd-Frank Isn’t Cheap appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • EPPC Briefly: Immigration ‘Reform’ and Obama’s Will to Power

    EPPC Briefly
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Mona Charen, Yuval Levin, and Stanley Kurtz on the immigration executive action; Mary Eberstadt on the New Intolerance; George Weigel on Vatican II and the Berlin Wall; and much more. The post EPPC Briefly: Immigration ‘Reform’ and Obama’s Will to Power appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Lessons from the 1995 Strategy

    James C. Capretta
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    To be trusted with control of the White House in 2017, Republicans will need to demonstrate that they have the strategic vision, tactical skill, and ability to execute on a coherent agenda between now and the next presidential election. The post Lessons from the 1995 Strategy appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Conservatism Is Gratitude

    EPPC
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    During this season of giving thanks, please consider supporting the Ethics and Public Policy Center’s continuing efforts to apply the Judeo-Christian moral tradition to critical issues of public policy. “To my mind, conservatism is gratitude. Conservatives tend to begin from gratitude for what is good and what works in our society and then strive to build on it.” -- Yuval Levin There is no better time than Thanksgiving to reflect on the many blessings that Americans continue to enjoy, not least of all the founding principles that EPPC and its scholars have consistently sought to defend…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Free Devotional: Surviving Christmas: Advent Devotions for the Hard and Holy Holidays

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

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

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

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:50 am
    I’ve been caught up in my mind more than paper lately, an avalanche of thoughts I suppose…Relating in a real, tangible realm and relating in a social media world. I adore the people who have morphed from screen name monikers to friends. I cherish those who I always and only knew as flesh and blood, a pixel-less soul. And I wonder why it is we are so drawn in to the complexities of online connection. Indeed, we connect, but what we see and how we feel because of minuscule lights and squares and code sometimes astounds me – both in good and bad ways. Why do some things I see…
  • Depression, Prozac, And Where I Come Out As a Nerdy Girl

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    If you’ve been around these parts for any amount of time, you know I’ve wrestled with seasons of anxiety, depression, and even a time where a shrink thought I was bi-polar II (I wasn’t). One of the crazy (ha!) things about mental health is it’s really difficult to diagnose and if you’re serious about getting healthy (Note: Not fixed, not medicated, but healthy), you agree to subject yourself to a myriad of paths to find that health. Paths like: A commitment to be healthy physically – heal thyself. All the stuff you hear about eating well and exercising…
 
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    Godspace

  • My Favourite Thanksgiving Prayers

    Christine Sine
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    I have been posting thanksgiving prayers and quotes on the Light for the Journey Facebook page all week and thought that you might enjoy some of my favourites. Don’t forget to check out my thanksgiving liturgy for this year too. Let me start with my favourite thanksgiving scriptures: Psalm 95 Psalm 100 Psalm 136 Colossians […]
  • Advent garden – Week 1 Gratitude

    Christine Sine
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:02 am
    Some of you may remember that last year I started an Advent garden. I found it such a stimulus to my daily meditations that I encouraged you to join me in the practice this year. I have replanted the garden, repainted my signs and started with fresh candles. It now sits on my office desk as […]
  • Are We Grateful For the Father?

    Christine Sine
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:55 am
    Yesterday I drew this trinity spiral. I hesitated before I wrote Father on the stone because I know that for many of my friends calling God father speaks of a patriarchal God they are not willing to accept. I too have eagerly embraced non patriarchal images of God – Creator, Eternal One, Holy One being […]
  • Meditation Monday – What Will We Give Thanks For?

    Christine Sine
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    It is only a couple of days until American Thanksgiving, and like so many I am getting ready for a feast. I have so much to be grateful for and I look forward to sharing this with friends. My thanksgiving begins with these words from Psalm 92 and I ask you to begin this day […]
  • Say Thank You It Will Suffice

    Christine Sine
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    This morning I sit in my sacred space gazing out at mountains with fresh snow on the Olympics. It is the first of the season and unlike the deluge that has covered much of the midwest and northeastern U.S. it is also a welcome sight. So I sit with gratitude for the changing of the seasons, […]
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    thehighcalling.org

  • Create Good: Harvesting Quiet Gifts of Good

    mkayesnyder
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:49 pm
    I grew up in a family entrenched in ministry.  I saw shepherding and serving as difficult and thankless.  My parents often burned-out on doing good but never pulled back for times of respite. The older I became, the more I resented their focus on other people, especially since my siblings and I floundered around spiritually. My mom cross-stitched Galatians 6:9 as a Christmas gift to hang in my dad’s office. The verse read, “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”  How could they be so committed when the Church was such a…
  • Create Good: Finding Purpose in a Pickle Jar

    Tarissa Helms
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I love pickles–ALL sorts of pickles. Pickle spears to accompany sandwiches, dill slices on hamburgers, little gherkins for snacking, and giant pickles on a stick (the kind they sell at the state fair). Consequently, we have a lot of pickle jars at my house. I used to throw them away. I mean, what good were they, anyway? They were tainted by the sour smell of pickle, and that’s not an odor easily removed. Besides, they didn’t have the same cute-factor as store-bought mason jars. I deemed them worthless and threw them in the trash. Then, one day I needed a jar and couldn’t find one. A…
  • Create Good: Close Enough to Love

    Anne Dahlhauser
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:09 pm
    “Your house smells weird!” He dramatically shook his head and crinkled his nose. I agreed. “Yea, it smells different than yours, huh?” I didn’t rush to open a window or light a candle. He was right. My place doesn’t smell like his. In fact it’s so different, it must be “weird” to his eight-year old nose. As I’ve lived and worked among various cultures, I have come to recognize the unique smell of each; we all tend to cook certain types of foods, use certain cleaning products, prefer certain fragrances over others, etc. It’s obvious. And, it’s apparent even to the…
  • Create Good: Cultivating Good in the Midst of Grief

    Sandra Heska King
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    She was my age, and also a nurse. She helped birth this place–a place where people could live out their last days in unforced rhythms of grace, where grief itself could cultivate good. I’m sure she never dreamed that she would be birthed to a new life from one of its beds. She was admitted the same day we were, to the room next door to ours. She’d done battle for 18 years. A bone marrow donor stood ready, but she could not bounce back from her latest round of chemotherapy. Hers was a family devoted to caring–husband a respiratory therapist, daughter a nurse (for one of my…
  • Create Good: Choosing Good to Create Good

    leigh.powers1
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:53 pm
    The emotional undertow started tugging at my ankles while I was mopping the kitchen. Yesterday’s confrontation with a coworker played through my head, and my emotions went along with the wave. Anger. Hurt. Powerless. Trapped. My thoughts tugged at me, tempting me to sink deeper beneath the surface. Why didn’t you speak up for yourself? You’re such a coward. And what’s her problem, anyway? You were right. You ought to go back in there tomorrow and make sure your boss knows what happened. It was a familiar cycle: rehearse it all in my head, chewing over the hurt and offense like a cow…
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    Good Letters

  • Death and the Absurdity of Heaven

    Morgan Meis
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:48 am
    I remember, as an undergraduate, reading Spinoza for the first time. I came across the sentence, “The free man thinks of nothing less than death.” Spinoza meant, of course, that a free man never thinks about death. But I managed to read the sentence in the opposite way. I took the phrase “nothing less” in [Read More...]
  • A Tradition without Tryptophan

    Tania Runyan
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:29 am
    November is always an interesting time for a family of vegetarians. While my three children have never lifted turkey to their lips, they’ve come home from school with a multitude of smiling birds cut out in the shapes of their hands, illustrated plates labeled peas, potatoes, and turkey, and all manner of pilgrims and Indians [Read More...]
  • The Benevolent Season

    D.L. Mayfield
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:40 am
    “Good Letters” is pleased today to welcome D.L. Mayfield to our team of bloggers. “That day we cook the big chicken” is what one of our neighbors called Thanksgiving, which seemed entirely appropriate to me. That year my husband and I invited all of our neighbors—refugees mostly from Bhutan and Somalia—to the community center of [Read More...]
  • The Subtle Traitor

    A. G. Harmon
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:18 am
    I’m about to describe a character. He doesn’t exist everywhere, nor is he a threat to everyone. But it’s important to sketch out his profile, because he’s hardly ever seen for what he is, and because his brotherly embraces can end with a knife between your ribs. To be even halfway familiar with him, you [Read More...]
  • The Treasure in the Trash

    Chad Thomas Johnston
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    As much as I associate Kansas with The Wizard of Oz, I have yet to come across one canary-colored brick in my eight years as a Kansan. There are, however, a number of historic red brick sidewalks and streets in Lawrence, the city I call home. The words “LAWRENCE KANSAS” appear, imprinted, on the bricks, [Read More...]
 
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • The Marriage Pledge and the Libertarian Solution to the Marriage Debate

    Jake Meador
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over at First Things the Revs. Christopher Seitz and Ephraim Radner have published a document called The Marriage Pledge. The gist of it can be summed up as follows: Therefore, in our roles as Christian ministers, we, the undersigned, commit ourselves to disengaging civil and Christian marriage in the performance of our pastoral duties. We will no longer serve as agents of the state in marriage. We will no longer sign government-provided marriage certificates. We will ask couples to seek civil marriage separately from their church-related vows and blessings. We will preside only at those…
  • Mere Fidelity: Theosis and the Warning Passages (Ask Us Anything, vl. 2)

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:06 am
    In this episode we consider the role the warning passages play in Scripture and the question of theosis.  The conversation takes a hand-brake turn at 16:30, so if you’re only interested in one of those subjects then that’s the place to go. We mentioned this article by J. Todd Billings, so go read that.  If you’re interested in more, you can read Letham’s Union with Christ, Horton on the same theme, and J. Todd Billings again. Special thanks to MK Creative Arts for the audio editing. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you…
  • An Accurate Parody: On Andrew Wilson and Matthew Vines

    Guest Writer
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Editor’s note:  Samuel James is a writer based in Louisville, Kentucky. He earned a BA in apologetics from Boyce College. He blogs regularly at Patheos and tweets regularly at @samwisejams. Did Andrew Wilson’s parody misrepresent Matthew Vines? Last week Andrew Wilson posted a brilliant and (in many minds) effective satire called “The Case for Idolatry.” The piece parodied many of the arguments used by progressive evangelicals advocating for a departure from traditional Christian teaching about homosexuality. Wilson opened his piece this way: For many years, I was taught that…
  • Mere Fidelity: The Bible and Dr. Peter Enns

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    6 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    The backstory:  Andrew Wilson reviewed Dr. Peter Enns’s new book.  Dr. Peter Enns responded to said review.  We talked about it (above), and we scheduled it in a hurry so we didn’t get Dr. Enns on.  Our bad.  We’d love to have him join us.  Really.  Then Andrew responded to Dr. Enns. Confused yet?  Listen in.  It will help everything. Special thanks to MK Creative Arts for the audio editing. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you didn’t enjoy the show, let us know and we’ll work to make it better.  Or we’ll ignore you.
  • The Media, Evangelicals, and Me: On Being a Pessimist in a Progressive Age

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:44 am
    The conservative evangelical world has confronted stories over the past two weeks of defectors and would-be defectors to the traditional view of marriage. Hillsong, the mega-mega church from Australia who are re-colonizing the West with their church plants, found themselves under the spotlight precisely by trying to avoid it. Conservatives denounced them, led by one-time Mere-O writer Andrew Walker, and they promptly came out and said that Saint Paul was right, guys, and everything is A-OK. Then Jonathan Merritt wrote a story on David Gushee’s change of heart that was sent around with…
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    RZIM

  • With Gratitude on Veterans Day

    Ravi Zacharias
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    Thank you to all who have served in the U.S. military. You have our respect and gratitude on Veterans Day and every day. I have tremendous admiration for your skill, your commitment, and your passionate desire to defend this country and this country’s values, which I also cherish. More than ever, your strengths are needed in a world where so much is going wrong with such rapidity. We must be very careful to protect our loved ones, our offspring, and the values by which we live. America’s military and guardians of the law are protecting the sacredness and sovereignty of a nation and…
  • Prayer Request: Programs with Glenn Beck on November 10

    Ravi Zacharias
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Hello to all our friends and supporters. I have a special prayer request for two programs I have been invited to do with commentator and broadcaster Glenn Beck at his studios in Dallas, Texas, on Monday, November 10. I met with Glenn recently, and he is a delightful person to know and talk with. He is on his own spiritual journey. He would like to interview me on my latest book, Why Suffering?, and also on my spiritual journey. I am grateful for this unique opportunity, but it will be a tough one. I am a deeply committed evangelical Christian. Glenn is a member of the LDS church. So in that…
  • Happy 96th Birthday to Billy Graham!

    Ravi Zacharias
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy 96th Birthday to a dear friend and hero of the faith, Billy Graham! Dr. Graham literally opened the whole world up for my calling and my passion as an evangelist, and I am profoundly grateful. I pray God will continue to strengthen Dr. Graham and use the ministry of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association to reach many with the truth of the Gospel message. I shared this personal reflection alongside many others in the 2013 book, Billy Graham and Me: 101 Inspiring Personal Stories from Presidents, Pastors, Performers, and Other People Who Know Him Well. I first met Billy Graham in…
  • Ravi’s Update from the United States Air Force Academy

    Ted Burnham
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Ravi Zacharias gives an update about his recent meetings after his talk at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Over the last few weeks Ravi has  journeyed to twelve different countries and spoken at several events.  In this video Ravi shares highlights from his events in Seattle with Microsoft executives, Singapore, Hong Kong, the NSA, and the United States Air Force Academy.   Help support the efforts of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
  • Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale Release New Book, “Why Suffering?”

    Ted Burnham
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    New book tackles age old question, “Why would a loving and powerful God allow so much pain and suffering?” Christian apologist Dr. Ravi Zacharias has written a new bookWhy Suffering? Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense co-authored with Vince Vitale of RZIM’s Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics. Why Suffering is published by FaithWords and will be released on October 21, 2014. WHY SUFFERING? will appeal to a large cross-section of readers as Zacharias and Vitale uniquely combine both an apologetic approach as well as a pastoral perspective. It is written for…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • Gratitude – Words that express our thanks

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

    David Rupert
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    I was once a Bible-breathing-on-fire young man, ready to change the world. I did my share of shaking things up. But then life got in the way — Marriage. Kids. Jobs. Career. A mortgage. Soon, I had every excuses, every reasons why I couldn’t change the world. And I’m still using them. Only now, I use my past as an excuse, littered with selfishness and broken relationships. I have proven inadequacies, personal chinks in my armor that I know leave me vulnerable. I have doubts and uncertainties about my abilities. “Pick someone else,” I pray. Indeed, if you are like me, we…
  • Just because I don’t agree with you, doesn’t mean I hate you

    David Rupert
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Of all the words flung around carelessly these days – like love, sex, marriage, and selfie — perhaps none is more thoughtless than the modern use of “hate.” Suddenly, any opposition to any idea or principle, regardless of the argument is deemed “hateful.” For example, my friend Jack said he couldn’t make a wedding cake for two men. He would sell them anything else in his store, but his principles would not allow him to participate in something he felt was morally wrong. Jack the Baker became Jack the Hater. Those of us who know Jack know him to be honest, pure and…
  • Six Flags. Seven Principles. One Love.

    David Rupert
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    Can a company in today’s cutthroat world actually run on biblical principles – and prosper? Can an organization be guided by faith and still be sensitive to a diverse world? Can you take the words of Jesus and put them in a corporate setting? There is a company that’s doing precisely that– Herschend Family Entertainment, which runs 26 theme parks such as Dollywood and Stone Mountain. Joel Manby is the CEO and cheerleader for a relationship-based organization that makes a difference in it’s employees lives, resulting in a better experience for its customers. Manby appeared last year…
  • Is Christianity a waste?

    David Rupert
    5 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes I look at this life I’m living, trying to make righteous choices, and the doubts creep in. I wonder if it’s just a waste of time when I could be enjoying the full fruits of this world. After all, the world looks like they are having fun. Unbridled by the tenants of faith and the threat of sin, shame, and punishment, they do what they want. Morality is what you define it to be. And then there’s everyone else. Since the beginning of time, it’s estimated that more than 8 billion people have made a decision to follow Christ. Since 1934, the number of…
 
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  • Music Monday 11.24.14

    Steve McCoy
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:37 pm
    As the end of the year approaches I am working on my Best Albums of 2014 list. So much fun getting to the end and thinking through all the great new stuff out there. Coming soon!STREAM FREE - Mogwai: Music Industry 3 Fitness Industry 1 EP | I expected this to be just ok and I'm enjoying it a lot more than I expected!WATCH - Kendrick Lamar's performance of "i" on Saturday Night Live a couple of weeks ago is one of the best live performances I've seen on SNL. Or anywhere. I've watched it multiple times and shown it to some others. Now I want to share it with you. First,…
  • Shoot Christians Say

    Steve McCoy
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    My wife made me aware of this. Not new. Still relevant. Not secular. Funny! I laughed pretty hard at this. Enjoy and happy Friday!
  • Lots-o-Links 11.20.14

    Steve McCoy
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:06 am
    Tim Keller's New Lectures on Preaching | Here you will find four new lectures on preaching and a link to Keller's older talks with Clowney on preaching. Also check out my Tim Keller Resources page.New books to check out, especially as the new year approaches... Tim Keller - Prayer (Amazon) | I'm partway through and it's excellent. Inspiring. Refreshing.Paul Tripp - New Morning Mercies: A Daily Gospel Devotional (Amazon) | These are dated, so perfect for 2015.National Book Awards for 2014 | I'm going to check out Louise Gluck's winning book of poetry, Faithful and Virtuous Night.
  • Logos - Bible Speaks Today NT Commentaries

    Steve McCoy
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    For the last few months I've been using the Bible Speaks Today (BST) New Testament commentary series on Logos. They supplied me with the digital copy in my Logos library for use and review. I reviewed Logos 5 in March and my review for Logos 6 will be up in a few weeks. It's an outstanding program. The BST commentary series isn't new to me. Commentaries from this set have been a blessing to me for years and are some of my favorite commentaries because they do so well at blending Bible exposition, pastoral considerations, and theology. They are deep without…
  • Field Notes - Ambition

    Steve McCoy
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:19 am
    Two of the everyday carry (EDC) things are a pocket notebook and a pencil. I'm nerding out over them and they are making my daily work more efficient, my mind less cluttered, and my productivity apps on my phone a little more lonely. My favorite pocket notebook, a recent discovery of mine, is Field Notes. And what a discovery. Small enough to keep in a front pocket or throw in a bag. It's barely noticed, yet it gives me the freedom to have the original "white board" with me everywhere I go to do with as I please. I use it as a paper planner, mind dump, quote collector, todo list, journal, and…
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Boersma Writes Back

    Matt Jenson
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    On this Thanksgiving Day, we are grateful for a response from Hans Boersma to the three previous days’ blog posts (pt. 1, pt. 2, pt. 3). Let me first express my deep appreciation to Matt and Greg for taking the initiative to engage with my books on sacramental ontology and on nouvelle théologie.  I am grateful for this, because it is my deep hope and desire that a sacramental approach to reality may yet again take hold of our churches as well as our culture more broadly.  I realize that in this “blog exchange” I am speaking to the converted—or, as Matt puts it, we’re playing…
  • Weaving a Platonic Tapestry (Boersma pt. 3)

    Matt Jenson
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Part 3 of Greg Peters and Matt Jenson’s discussion of Hans Boersma’s recent project on the Nouvelle Théologie.  Peters:  As a sacramentalist in the Anglican tradition who finds more affinity with the (Neo-)Platonic heritage than the Aristotelian heritage, there is much in Boersma (and the NT) that excites me. Throughout much of the text I found myself nodding in agreement, waiting for Boersma to make the hard turn to his own call for a “return to mystery.” It happened but it was muted, something that I had not expected. Boersma is sensitive to the ecumenical implications…
  • “An Infinite Forest of Meanings” (Boersma pt. 2)

    Matt Jenson
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today we continue our discussion of Hans Boersma’s Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery. Jenson:  I’d assume just about any thoughtful Christian would want to applaud a view of the world as the theatre of God’s action. The Creator, thanks be to God, is also the Sustainer, Redeemer, and Perfecter. At a high altitude, such theocentrism is surely unobjectionable. But let’s look at a couple of case studies to see how this plays out in the trenches. Take the question of whether people have a natural desire for God. On the one hand, Augustine…
  • What’s so Nouvelle about the Nouvelle Théologie? (Boersma pt. 1)

    Matt Jenson
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    Fred Sanders and Matt Jenson had a blast engaging with two books on the Trinity a while back, so Jenson and Greg Peters decided they’d have a conversation about a couple books by Hans Boersma, in which he seeks to rehabilitate a sacramental ontology. In the first book, Nouvelle Théologie and Sacramental Ontology: A Return to Mystery(Oxford University Press, 2009—thanks to OUP for copies of the book!), Boersma carefully reports on and synthesizes the early twentieth-century nouvelle théologie movement in Roman Catholic life and thought. At the heart of Boersma’s argument…
  • The Common Room: Aristotle on Human Flourishing

    Scriptorium Admin
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:25 pm
    In this edition of The Common Room, Dr. Fred Sanders moderates a discussion with Dr. Janelle Aijian and Dr. Paul Spears on the philosophy behind Aristotle’s notion of “human flourishing.” The post The Common Room: Aristotle on Human Flourishing appeared first on The Scriptorium Daily.
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    Chris Marlow

  • Why I’m Going Back to Church

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

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

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

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

    Chris Marlow
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:03 am
    For Such a Time as This What do I do? This is a question I often get asked. Are you primarily a speaker? A writer? An activist? No, I’m not any of these, though I am involved in all of them. My primary role is to build. I’m building Help One Now. Sometimes, building requires that I speak and write. But, my passion–what keeps me up at night–is processing how to build something beautiful, something meaningful. I don’t build alone. I have a board, a team, and our amazing tribe. We build together and together, we are building something that matters. When you build,…
 
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  • What went wrong in the south?

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

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Reformers of the church wore beards and the other guys, those on the dark side, didn’t. I am not being mean to all those baby faced male Protestant leaders out there, although it is true that I am growing a beard and I am allowing my inner Calvin to emerge. But the fact remains: the Reformers wore beards. This ...
  • A World Without Missionaries?

    Andrew Jones
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    An article on medical missionaries and Ebola by atheist Robert Palmer has caused some outroar among the Christian community. In Palmer’s In Medicine We Trust, the author denigrates missionaries in a way that has created a lot of ink. I don’t want to add much to that but, A few thoughts: – The notion that missionaries have not impacted the world ...
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    The Lutheran

  • Members use email to share faith stories

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As Lent approached last year, Lissa Kahl, a pastor of Redeemer Lutheran Church, Waverly, Iowa, invited members to share faith stories about a “life teacher” who had been important to them. They would do so by email, and their stories would help bring to life the Lenten theme, she said.  “Sign up for a date to share your story,” urged Kahl(pastorlissa@redeemerwaverly.org). But there was no rush to the sign-up list. These Iowa Lutherans, although mission-driven and normally eager to volunteer, didn’t talk about faith. Carla Janssen remembers Kahl urging,…
  • Saving Jesus

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There is more “angel” activity in this season than in any other. Angels visit Zechariah, Mary, the shepherds and Joseph. In fact, we know more about Joseph from his angel dreams recorded in Matthew than from any other Scripture. For Joseph, the angel dreams were a plan of action. “Joseph got up” (Matthew 2:14, 21). We know that behind that “getting up” was belief. Joseph accepted the authority of God in those angels, married Mary and, eventually, moved to Egypt.  Did Joseph know that his little child could have been slaughtered along with all the other…
  • Truth in advertising

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This series is intended to be a public conversation among teaching theologians of the ELCA on various themes of our faith and the challenging issues of our day. It invites readers to engage in dialogue by posting comments online at the end of each article at www.thelutheran.org. The series is edited by Philip D.W. Krey, president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, on behalf of the presidents of the eight ELCA seminaries. Attention is a spiritual issue. Many time-honored spiritual disciplines focus on developing habits of attention. Particular…
  • A God who gets messy

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Many of us (not all) look forward to the Christmas season. Yet we admit that the season can be amazingly stressful, sometimes bringing us into conflict with our values. As marketers bombard us with messages and images, we find ourselves turning Christmas into a consumer extravaganza. And we know deep inside that this isn’t faithful to the one born among poor parents in a cattle stall in a little-known village. Every year we realize our celebration of Christmas has gotten out of control again. And we wonder how we can return our…
  • Lots to consider in two articles

    30 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Two columns in one this month: how faith influences our lives and reaction to the magazine’s November cover story on the ELCA’s aging clergy. Tucked away on page 32 of The Atlantic’s November issue is an information-packed article from 12 studies — all footnoted — on the impact religious patterns of behavior have as we age. Not surprisingly, being raised in a family that attends religious services leads to a higher level of religiosity in adulthood. There is much more. Consider: “Religious people report more satisfaction with their love lives…
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    Century Blog

  • A Samaritan gives thanks #BlackLivesMatter

    Drew G. I. Hart
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today, I give thanks. Not for America, for material possessions, or for modern comforts. No, I give thanks for the One that has made me whole. read more
  • New today: Hyphenated belonging, Jason Byassee reviews Interstellar, Ferguson and Advent

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • A spiritual director, seeking direction

    Jeff Nelson
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    In one of the cabinets of my office, I keep a small glass holder big enough for a single tea light candle. I received it my first semester of seminary, during which I'd taken a class called Spiritual Formation.It was an oasis during a rough period of adjustment. read more
  • What "we" shall overcome?

    Bromleigh McCleneghan
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    At the vigil for Ferguson, I stumbled over singing "We Shall Overcome." I have remarkably little, personally, to overcome in my life. read more
  • "Imagine if the DA acted like he cared."

    Steve Thorngate
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I am not working on a substantive post about the grand jury's unwillingness to indict Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown. I don't have much wisdom to offer here, just sadness.But Beth Jusino does, so I thought I'd share it: read more
 
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  • Pffffft

    Roger Mugs
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:31 pm
    There’s a shocking amount of uncertainty in my life right now. Shocking because of how little there was six months ago. Shocking because I have always known who I was, where I was going, and exactly how I intended to get there. It turns out the whole world as my apple kind of scares the hades out of me. I’d rather know exactly where I’ll be taking a bite and how, and where that will lead three years from now. Instead I’m chasing away questions I’m unwilling to ask because I’m too overwhelmed by the ones I can’t answer. They pile up and I shove them…
  • Infrequent Opportunity

    Roger Mugs
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Preaching this Sunday on a topic of sound theological basis, but with lots of complex explaining needing to be done to fit in with different eschatological views. Hope I can skirt the right issues, and address the right ones. Landing where the Lord is honored, and His Kingdom is grasped better by those who hear. It’s interesting to only have infrequent opportunity to speak on whatever topic I’d like. I speak a lot, but seldom do I get to choose to share what’s on my heart. In these situations I feel the need to jam a lot in, and hopefully allow my passion for the topic to…
  • Turning Over a New Stone

    Roger Mugs
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:32 pm
    This week, namely yesterday, marked a new stone turned over. I tried something I’ve wanted to try my hand at for years and put myself out there in a new, scary, and strange way. Maybe I’ll be shut down, and try to tell myself I never really wanted it anyhow. Maybe I’ll be well received and panic and run. But turning over new stones is always scary. What if there’s something new under this one? I’ve had a lot on my plate for some time now and I am acutely aware of my inability to sort through even knowing what I desire. I feel like the Lord has me on a precipice…
  • Missionary Tenure

    Roger Mugs
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Growing up I always assumed that the word tenure came from an old English word meaning 10 years. I’ve since looked it up and found the two have nothing in common. Nonetheless, tenure for a missionary seems to come at or around the ten year mark. Tenure for a missionary is like tenure for a professor in the sense that getting tenure means you’re arriving at a kind of ensured longevity. But tenure is different from teaching because in teaching you get tenure for great teaching, research, or published scholarly articles. And as a missionary you get tenure for being broken down and…
  • The Documentary Hypothesis (JEDP) as applied to a Nigerian e-mail request for money transfer

    Roger Mugs
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    I've recently been thinking about Biblical criticism and found that I could apply what I've learned to an email I recently received requesting my help for a transaction of a large sum of money. I was really quite shocked to find that not one, but probably as many as four people or groups of people helped to compose this email to me.My breakdown of the text is based largely on who is the master (or the most important person) of the email at the time. I have broken this down into four parts the "Sir," the "Help," the "I," and the "They." At four different times this email was edited by people…
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    Think Christian Articles

  • Hacking for the Kingdom?

    Chad Thornhill
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:46 pm
    Posted on 11/26/14 In an age when net neutrality is under attack, personal information is anything but personal and identity theft is on the rise, “hacktivism” (the practice of hacking an organization’s data pools in order to draw attention to a social or political issue or gain information to advance such a cause) presents itself as a force for good on the Internet. Perhaps most famously among the hacktivists is the group known as Anonymous, an informal association of hackers from around the world who go by various online aliases to conceal their actual identity. Targets…
  • Foo Fighters, Nashville and the communal power of music

    John J. Thompson
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Posted on 11/25/14 I’d much rather people watch the Nashville episode of the Foo Fighters’ HBO series Sonic Highways to get a feel for this city than the ABC soap by the same name. The power behind Nashville is the creative community that thrives here, not the stars that hover over it or the sleaze that often flows out of it. Having been fortunate enough to score two seats to the Foo Fighters’ instantly sold out Halloween concert at the historic Ryman Auditorium, I was able to screen that particular episode amongst 2,000 fellow Nashville Foo fans. In it, band leader Dave…
  • Jane the Virgin’s deterministic comedy

    Donna Bowman
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Posted on 11/24/14 Virgin birth may seem like an odd subject for a comedy, but Jane the Virgin is no ordinary comedy. In fact, it’s a little miracle. To tell its sensationalist story of a young woman (Gina Rodriguez) from a devout Catholic family who is artificially inseminated by mistake during a gynecologist’s checkup, executive producer Jennie Snyder takes her source, the Venezualan telenovela Juana la Virgen, and turns the meta up to 10. Instead of a straight soap opera about this girl, her single mother, her pious grandmother, her long-lost father, her detective fiance, her…
  • Kids these days: Parsing that interview with Jaden and Willow Smith

    Tamara Hill Murphy
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:03 am
    Posted on 11/21/14 Just playing devil’s advocate here: maybe Will and Jada Smith are just like any other good parents who believe their children possess a particular brand of genius. Let’s be honest, if the New York Times style magazine wanted to feature our kids’ accomplishments and precocious personalities in an interview, we’d let them. Otherwise why are we all filling the Internet up with the videos, photos and daily commentary of our children? Let’s not even get started on the number of times we ask our friends to applaud our kids’ talent.  So…
  • Three-parent babies? Let’s not forget about begetting

    Ellen Painter Dollar
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Posted on 11/20/14 Every few months, a story pops up about a new frontier in reproductive medical technologies: so-called “three-parent IVF.” NPR recently reported on efforts in Britain to allow embryos created via this technique to be transferred into women’s uteruses, while a New York Times Magazine cover article last summer focused on whether the Federal  Drug Administration would approve human clinical trials. The three-parent IVF technique engenders controversy partly because all reproductive technologies do, but also because it would be the first technique to make…
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    Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day

  • Colossians 3:16

    Bible Gateway
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
 
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • Want to Win Starbucks for Life?

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

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

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    There’s a number of youth workers\church leaders under stress. They are enduring financial difficulty (among other stresses) and I want to help. For the last couple of years it’s been on my heart to create an assistance fund for church … Continue reading →
  • The Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs!

    Terrace Crawford
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:44 pm
    I was really honored to learn this morning that this blog made the Top 50 Family Ministry Blogs of 2014!  Also pretty cool to see I made the Top among those listed.  It’s been incredible to develop my blog and … Continue reading →
  • Follow the D6 Conference LIVE!

    Terrace Crawford
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    I’m soon flying out to Louisville to help lead\cover the D6 Conference. We want you to experience the event even if you can’t make it out to KY.  Here’s a few quick ways to not miss any of the action: … Continue reading →
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • 30 Things I am thankful for ...

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:22 am
    My friend, Mike Lynn, is posting everyday in November ...things he is thankful for.Here is my list:I thankful for:1. My wife, Valerie, ... 17 plus years of putting up with my antics and through the UPs and DOWNs of life ... we get to go through this journey together.2. My daughter, Kendra. Your compassionate and loving spirit is catchy. Never give up.3. My daughter, Nicole. You inspire me knowing you are trying new things and amaze me by your walk with Jesus.4. My son, Brian. You amaze me. From your imagination and willingness to learn. Always be a life long learner.5. My Family in Canada.
  • Pray for the Persecuted Church

    14 Nov 2014 | 10:29 am
    The persecuted church or the underground church needs our prayers. I had a recent disagreement with someone who tried to say the "Churches in Houston" were being persecuted because a mayor asked for their sermons. This is a far cry from what is happening in the church across the world. The persecuted church needs our prayers. According to Release International (Source The Lookout Nov. 2, 2014 pg. 4 "Prosecuted and Persecuted" Dr. Barry Thornton)"More Christians have been martyred in the 20th Century than in all previous centuries combined.About 170 000 Christians are martyred for their faith…
  • Now Caitlin Can ...

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    Now Caitlin Can is a book about a little girl that gets a new lease on life through the generous donation of a kidney. This small children's book illustrates the need and reason why people should donate organs. This book also holds a special place for me. I do not know the author personally but do know the family that donated. The young teenage boy's father and I had worked together in Maryland. Currently he is the Chaplain at Meritus Medical Center in Hagerstown, MD.This book illustrated the need for compassion, and giving even in the midst of tragedy. I had recently lent this book to a…
  • Dealing with Loss.

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:52 am
    How does one deal with loss?Here are a few suggestions:I. Look Back .... look back at the good times and bad. Cherish the memories. Scars may always be there but looking back sometimes helps with the healing and looking ahead.II. Leave. Leave as in grief the loss and leave the past behind. It is ok to dwell on the loss but don't get so caught up that it makes you absorbed and not to move forward. It might be you have to leave certain areas, or items ...because the loss is too painful. It is ok to cry, give things away, to laugh. everyone deals with loss differently.III. Learn from the loss.
  • Teen Haven Camp

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Flashback Summer 1993 ... I had the honor of working with Teen Haven Camp ..and with Vinnie and the crew there.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
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    Digging The Word

  • Thank You For The Cross

    Rick Morgan
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Worthy Is The Lamb - Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.  Thank you for the cross Lord Thank you for the price You paid Bearing all my sin and shame In love You came and gave amazing grace Thank you for this love Lord Thank you for the nail pierced hands Washed me in Your cleansing flow Now all I know Your forgiveness and embrace In the middle of all of the activities today let's remember that God's children have the ultimate reason to be thankful. RELATED ARTICLESThank God (diggingtheword.blogspot.com)I Am Thankful For Answered Prayer…
  • Thank God

    Rick Morgan
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:32 am
    Thank the Lord for his steadfast love.  Psalms 107:1-43  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!  2  Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he has redeemed from trouble  3  and gathered in from the lands, from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south. 4  Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to a city to dwell in;  5  hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them.  6  Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.
  • The Burden Of Unbelief

    Rick Morgan
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    Without Jesus you don't have any hope on judgement day.  John 3:16-21  "For God loved the world so much that He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17  God sent His Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through Him.  18  "There is no judgment against anyone who believes in Him. But anyone who does not believe in Him has already been judged for not believing in God's one and only Son. 19  And the judgment is based on this fact: God's light came into the world, but people…
  • The Blessing Of Believing

    Rick Morgan
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Jesus came from heaven so we could go there too.  John 3:10-16  Jesus replied, "You are a respected Jewish teacher, and yet you don't understand these things?11  I assure you, We tell you what We know and have seen, and yet you won't believe Our testimony.  12  But if you don't believe Me when I tell you about earthly things, how can you possibly believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13  No one has ever gone to heaven and returned. But the Son of Man [who lives in heaven] has come down from heaven.  14  And as Moses lifted up the bronze snake on…
  • The Rabbi And The Seeker

    Rick Morgan
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Don't be afraid to bring your questions to Jesus.  John 3:1-10  There was a man named Nicodemus, a Jewish religious leader who was a Pharisee.  2  After dark one evening, he came to speak with Jesus."Rabbi," he said, "we all know that God has sent You to teach us. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with You."  3  Jesus replied, "I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God." 4  "What do You mean?" exclaimed Nicodemus. "How can an old man go back into his mother's womb and be born again?" 5  Jesus…
 
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  • 10 Thousand Foolish Ideas

    John
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    via Isaac Asimov: It is only afterward that a new idea seems reasonable. To begin with, it usually seems unreasonable. It seems the height of unreason to suppose the earth was round instead of flat, or that it moved instead of the sun, or that objects required a force to stop them when in motion, instead of a force to keep them moving, and so on. A person willing to fly in the face of reason, authority, and common sense must be a person of considerable self-assurance. Since he occurs only rarely, he must seem eccentric (in at least that respect) to the rest of us. A person eccentric in one…
  • ★ Sponsor: Kidshine

    John
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    KidShine is a small nonprofit doing BIG things for kids. Every kid deserves a chance to shine. And that’s what we do—provide fun and creative camps for kids nationwide. Text KID to 71777 (or click this link) to donate this week and help more kids go to camp! (KidShine is a 501(c) 3 organization.  All donations are 100% tax deductible.) KidShine: Every kid deserves a chance to shine. And that’s what we do—provide fun and creative experiences for kids everywhere. The post ★ Sponsor: Kidshine appeared first on John Saddington.
  • On Energy and Startups

    John
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Startups don't die when they run out of cash, they die when the founders run out of energy. — Naval Ravikant (@naval) February 6, 2013 I appreciate what Naval Ravikant, founder of AngelList, shared here a year or so ago. It’s still as true today as it was then and, well, for as long as their have been creative and ambitious people doing stuff that matters. But I think it’s also worth noting that some startups really do die when they run out of cash. In fact, I’d argue that it may happen as often than the lack of energy or enthusiasm for a venture, for many…
  • HAIL

    John
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    This is worth a few moments of your time. I love his 4 principles, HAIL: H: Honesty – Be clear and straight A: Authenticity – Be yourself I: Integrity – Be your word L: Love – Wish them well It’s hard not to remember this and think about the many people that you have encountered who are not this when it comes to interactions or personal and professional relationships. It also serves as a pressure point of introspection: How often have I not exhibited these clear lines of behavior with the people that I work with, that I serve, and that I hope to empower and…
  • New Glasses

    John
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    New glasses. Yey. pic.twitter.com/yIqUSathmj — John Saddington (@saddington) November 21, 2014 I got some new glasses recently. This is not really news or anything special but I thought the process was kind of neat as they took a number of measurements of my face, eyes, and head and created a very custom pair of spectacles. It was all so magical. I tried on more than a few and they also had these neat glasses to gather measurements: And these here which revealed something very interesting: After I tried on this pair so that they might gather some exact measurements they shared with me…
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  • Happy Thanksgiving to Our ‘Murican Friends

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    Click the image to order the IVP book.   The above and the one which follows were pilfered from Happy Monday at The Master’s Table blog. …Which is a great lead-in to fall hunting season. I don’t hunt, but these words from Nashville pastor Pete Wilson resonated; maybe it’s why they resonated: Finally, a classic worship song with the lyrics in flowchart form; one of the many graphic innovations of InterVarsity’s 2100 Productions.
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    Our upper image today comes from the cover of Christianity, the leading Evangelical magazine in the U.K. John Stackhouse thinks that theological differences among Evangelicals are rooted in the absence of recited creeds and similar liturgical worship elements; and it’s going to get worse. When the minister said, “Who gives this woman away?” he’s was probably expecting a somewhat shorter answer. Ever wonder what happens to all those gifts that are given to world leaders? Well, Pope Francis is raffling all of his off to raise money for the poor.  He’s also taken…
  • Holidays and Holy Days are All About Retail Spending

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    The war vet said something to the effect that ‘Veterans Day should be about more than just buying a mattress.’ We’ve seen the advertising for Memorial Day or Veterans Day specials on furniture and appliances, and we’ve become accustomed to it.  Nobody blinks an eye. But the day was intended to remember the people who given life and limb; the people who have served to defend the values we hold sacred, not the least of which is freedom. Then, not more than a handful of years ago, stores wanting to jump the gun on Black Friday started opening the evening of Thanksgiving…
  • The Original Nativity Scene Probably Looked More Like This

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    This was composed and recorded by a very good friend of mine. Kick back for five minutes and consider what the scene at the back of the Bethlehem Inn really looked like those first few nights. I have a little manger scene I unpack every year, I put it on the mantle way up high Safe from puppy dogs, little hands and wrestling adolescents, Who might break a piece and make me want to cry. I’ve had that little manger scene of china and of glaze, Since I was just a kid of 4 or 5 For years and years I looked at it believing every line, Cause it made the ancient story come alive It makes me…
  • The one about Hymns and Choruses and Cows

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Okay, I know this is old, but this morning I encountered someone who had never heard it, and so I figure there’s probably more than one. (This was a popular e-mail forward about fifteen years ago.) Praise Songs explained… Not long ago a farmer went to the city one weekend and attended the big city church. He came home and his wife asked him how it was. “Well,” said the farmer, “It was good. They did something different, however. They sang praise choruses instead of hymns.” “Praise choruses,” said his wife, “What are those?”…
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  • A Good Question

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

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

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

    1 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
      Philip Yancey has written another book on grace.   Vanishing Grace by Philip Yancey is a sequel of sorts to his classic book What's So Amazing About Grace?  In this newest book, Yancey asks why Christians continue to be ridiculed while losing respect and influence in our modern culture.  Vanishing Grace is actually four books in one. A World Athirst (1), Grace Dispensers (2), Is It
  • Culture Shock

    20 Oct 2014 | 8:23 pm
    Sexuality. Homosexuality. The Environment. Abortion. Politics. These are the issues Chip Ingram tackles head on in his new book Culture Shock.  Seeking to bring the light of Jesus Christ to these issues as opposed to the heat of emotions, Ingram does not shy away from truth. Absoulte Truth. Every issue that Ingram tackles is looked at from both the pro and con viewpoint.  He then looks at
 
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  • The God You Need: The God Who Is Just

    Eric Bryant
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tweet At Gateway Church in Austin, we began a new series leading up to Christmas. The God You Need will look at key passages from the prophet Isaiah. John Burke shared on The God Who Is Just. Watch or listen to his message at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Apply the message to your life using Gateway’s Next Steps. Here are some of the thoughts he shared: Is God Just? I’ve heard this accusation: If God existed then there would not be so much injustice that goes unchecked. Since God doesn’t deal with injustice as we would, some conclude there is no God. Yet we also get angry at…
  • A New Gateway South Campus

    Eric Bryant
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    TweetCheck out these exciting details from the Gateway Austin website: CREATING SPACES Our impact is always greater when we work together rather than each of us working alone, but that requires all of us living connected in community to meet those needs and to be a part of life transformation. That kind of community begins with space – space to hang out, to get to know each other, space that removes barriers, space where life groups and networks can meet, eat and invite others in to community. That’s why we’re excited to move into 24/7  space at our South Campus to help us live…
  • Happy Birthday, Deborah!

    Eric Bryant
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    TweetSo grateful for my wife of 20 years! We’ve been dating since 1991, and I could not have found a better girl to be my bride! Deborah in the Bible was a warrior princess, a perfect description for my girl! Happy Birthday, Deborah!
  • Haven River Inn in Comfort, Texas

    Eric Bryant
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    TweetThe Texas Hill Country has so many beautiful and cozy places. There may be no place named so accurately than Comfort, Texas! For the third year in a row, Deborah and I have enjoyed 3 days and 2 nights at the Haven River Inn, a fantastic bed and breakfast in Comfort which is between Boerne and Fredericksburg – two more fun and quaint small towns. For pastors, Haven River Inn offers two free nights per year! We highly recommend this gem to you!
  • Life After Birth?

    Eric Bryant
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    TweetRecently Newsweek published an article called: “Heaven Is Real” In addition, John Burke has posted a series of articles based on his research on life after death. His newest book Imagine Heaven comes out in 2015. All of this reminded me about a drama I wrote for our church in Seattle back in 1995.   Twins in utero argue about whether there is life after birth.One is convinced there are signs all around that there is life after birth, but the other cannot see any proof. Their debate rages on for nine months until suddenly there’s a great earthquake. The one…
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  • Who rescued Rusty? Art? God? Prison? Dallas newspaper doesn't clear it up

    Jim Davis
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    "Lord, have mercy," Leonard "Rusty" Medlock says twice in a profile in the Dallas Morning News. Let's all pray the same as we puzzle over the newspaper's article.On the one hand, Medlock is quoted several times saying that only God's grace awakened his artistic talent in prison, where he was serving time for a drug conviction. On the other hand, the newspaper says Medlock's very incarceration -- or his own talents -- turned his life around.This dichotomy starts with the first two paragraphs:No one has to sell Leonard “Rusty” Medlock on the idea of giving people second chances.The…
  • The Aftenposten and abortion in Norway: All the news that's fit to print

    George Conger
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    “All the News That’s Fit to Print” first appeared on the cover of the New York Times on October 25, 1896. The newspaper’s publisher Adolph Ochs adopted the slogan for professional and business reasons.Ochs wanted to set the Times apart from its more sensationalist competitors, filling the market niche of New York’s quality newspaper. Pursuing high quality journalism not only was a moral good, it could make money also, he believed.The business model adopted by Ochs and other “quality” newspapers at the start of the 20th Century guided the empirical practices…
  • The 'Kellerism' brand of journalism comes to the heartland -- in Fort Wayne, Indiana

    Terry Mattingly
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    I find it sad, but not all that surprising, that the journalistic virus that your GetReligionistas call "Kellerism" is spreading out of the elite zip codes along the East and West coasts.Once again, "Kellerism" is a form of advocacy journalism that is practiced by journalists who are working in mainstream newsrooms, as opposed to newsrooms that openly admit that they have a dominant editorial point of view, or template, on many crucial issues in the public square. The term grew out of remarks by former New York Times editor Bill Keller, with an emphasis on this 2011…
  • Boston Globe story on Vatican prosecutor's alleged failure to report abuse leaves unanswered questions

    Dawn Eden
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Boston Globe ran a story over the weekend alleging that the Vatican's top prosecutor on sex-abuse cases failed to report an abusive priest to civil authorities when he was a high-ranking official in the Jesuits' Chicago Province.Given the legwork that reporter Michael Rezendes put into culling the sources for the story, the piece is well worth your time, but it leaves some unanswered questions. There's a lot of smoke here, to be sure, but it leaves me with the feeling that the Globe could have gone to greater length to locate the source and extent of the…
  • 'World' of difference when it comes to investigative reporting

    Richard Ostling
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    In all too many weeks, the Saturday “Beliefs” column provides the only coverage of religion in The New York Times. The influential daily’s Nov. 8 item dealt with World, an unusual Christian magazine because it covers mostly general news rather than just parochial topics.  This biweekly for those wanting “Christian worldview reporting that reinforces their core beliefs” has a conservative slant on politics as well as faith.  A recent GetReligion post by our own tmatt, for example, noted his differences with the journalistic philosophy of World Editor in Chief…
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  • A Nigger. A Gas Station. A Burning Building. #Ferguson #FergusonAndYou

    loswhit
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    I wrote the following a year ago, a block from my Nashville home… “When I walked out of the bedroom, down the hallway, and into the living room, there she was. Face down on the ground. Palms facing towards the sky. “I really don’t have time for this” I thought to myself. But how was I supposed to see my wife facedown before the Lord and not, myself, do the same? So down I went. And it wasn’t even 45 seconds. But this is what I prayed… “God. I’m overwhelmed. Like seriously overwhelmed. I’m not in control anymore. Please be in control. I give up.” I stood up,…
  • 4 Overlooked Steps To Picking Songs For Your Worship Service

    loswhit
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Just a few nuggets this old vet has learned the past decade and a half 1.  Your church is not as excited about the new Bethel record, Tomlin song, or emo hippie house church song as you are. Remember… It’s not a stretch to say that over half the people that walk into your Sunday morning services have little to zero interest in the music portion of the service.  I know I know.  You are going to change their hearts and they will soon sprint onto the arms of the savior while weeping at the bridge of Relentless. Or not. An easy way to figure this out is not through rocket science… ASK…
  • Booking 2015!!! YOU ARE MY BOOKING COMPANY…

    loswhit
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    My Fall was one for the ages… It was a fall in which I made a purposeful switch to trying to fill my calendar dates with 75% speaking and 25% leading worship. “Carlos? Why in the world would you do that? You lead worship at some of the largest churches in the world? That’s just plain dumb man.” No. That is not anything anyone in particular said to me. IT’S WHAT I SAID TO MYSELF ALL SUMMER AS I DECIDED THIS WAS THE DIRECTION I WAS GOING TO HEAD. Because in order to continue to develop at this thing called life… We must take risks. And as much as I love…
  • A Behind The Scenes Look At When A Married Man’s Wife And Kids Go Out Of Town

    loswhit
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    If you are a married man with kids and have a somewhat healthy family life I’m going to assume this the truth of your bachelor weekends.   You love you wife and kids. Like you love being with them, snuggling with them, and laughing with them. But when the opportunity presents itself for all of them to go out of town for a few days… Something rises from deep within. This feeling of freedom that you once knew. They are going to leave on Friday and come back Sunday night. Thursday night you start planning it all out… Friday night beer, pizza, video games. Saturday you sleep in till 10…
  • A Dad’s Secret Taylor Swift Music Confession

    loswhit
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:17 am
    This is what happens when you have an 8 hour road trip from Nashville to Chicago and are bored beyond belief. So I need to know.  How many of you parents like TSwift as much if not more than your kids? Playa’s Gonna Play… Los
 
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  • Creation Is a Many-Splendored Thing (5): Delighting in Creation’s Goodness

    Chaplain Mike
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    O Lord, how manifold are your works! In wisdom you have made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. • Psalm 104: 24, NRSV It has been awhile since we’ve returned to our series from William P. Brown’s fascinating book on the many ways the Bible teaches about creation: The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder. But Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S. seems like a perfect day to look at the most extensive creation psalm in Scripture, Psalm 104, for as Brown says, in this psalm “creation is seen not from the creator’s perspective but…
  • Randy Thompson: Alone with Good Luck?

    Chaplain Mike
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Alone with Good Luck? (A Thanksgiving Meditation) by Randy Thompson It’s a simple point, really, but one that needs to be made often, and that is, there’s a huge difference between giving thanks and having a good lucky feeling about life. Having a good lucky feeling about our achievements and about our possessions, which define our achievements, is to be aware that life has gone well, that we are comfortable, and that life is pleasant.  It is to be aware, in a vague sort of way, of all the good things in life. Since the question of why these things were there in the first place hasn’t…
  • Biblical Marriage: BEYOND Traditional

    Chaplain Mike
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Song of Songs (1974), Chagall In last Saturday’s Ramblings we had a story about Rick Warren turning the Vatican into a revival meeting in support of Biblical, traditional marriage. He did so with a scintillating 8-point sermon that followed the alphabet . . . . Well, he followed the alphabet until he got to the last point, and then it seems that Warren just couldn’t remember what follows “G”. (That’s ok, heat of the moment and all, believe me I understand.) Anyway, Bishop Warren gave an eminently Power-Pointable list of action steps for Christian leaders and…
  • To Be Well-Spoken

    Chaplain Mike
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Is not my word like fire, says the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? • Jeremiah 23:29, NRSV One of my personal goals in life is to be well-spoken. I am tired of “lingo.” I reject group-imposed boundaries around how to express what I’m thinking, what I’m feeling, what I’m considering. I want to find a way to say it so that it grabs, sticks, bites, hurts, heals. First, in my own heart. Then, if anyone should listen, in theirs. Hell is being trapped in a world of clichés. Nothing is real. Nothing has weight or substance. Nothing penetrates.
  • Preparing for the New Church Year (4)

    Chaplain Mike
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    For our final post on preparing for the new Church Year, we will talk about some suggestions for further reading and practice. I’ve divided them into three categories. Some are my own suggestions, others have come from IM readers. Books that give an overview of the Church Year to help individuals, families, and churches grasp its basic concepts and begin participating in Church Year spirituality. Books that can aid believers in conforming their daily prayer and devotional lives to the framework of the seasons of the Church Year. Books and resources that focus specifically on the…
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  • What went wrong in the south?

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

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

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

    Andrew Jones
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    The Reformers of the church wore beards and the other guys, those on the dark side, didn’t. I am not being mean to all those baby faced male Protestant leaders out there, although it is true that I am growing a beard and I am allowing my inner Calvin to emerge. But the fact remains: the Reformers wore beards. This ...
  • A World Without Missionaries?

    Andrew Jones
    14 Oct 2014 | 7:13 am
    An article on medical missionaries and Ebola by atheist Robert Palmer has caused some outroar among the Christian community. In Palmer’s In Medicine We Trust, the author denigrates missionaries in a way that has created a lot of ink. I don’t want to add much to that but, A few thoughts: – The notion that missionaries have not impacted the world ...
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  • The Ferguson Moment—A Moral Test for the Nation

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

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

    Albert Mohler
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:27 pm
    Some arguments just have to be made, and made well. In the case of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the moment for such an argument arrived last week when that court had to rule on appeals over the question of same-sex marriage coming from the four states in its federal jurisdiction, Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. In each case, Federal District Courts had struck down measures banning same-sex marriage. Now, the question loomed before the three judge panel of the Sixth Circuit. Until last week, no federal appeals court had ruled against same-sex marriage in…
  • What the Election Reveals About Us, and Why We Vote as We Do

    Albert Mohler
    5 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    Campaigning over the weekend, President Obama said, “The American people are with us on all the big issues.” He continued, “You know it. I know it. The polls show it.” Yet the midterm election yesterday did not affirm President Obama’s statement. In fact, yesterday’s election is what political scientists classify as a “wave election.” The “wave” became evident early on Tuesday evening and it continued throughout election night as Republicans won key seats in the Senate. Even as some elections are still yet to be called, it is clear that the Republican Party has gained…
  • Halloween and the Dark Side — What Should Christians Think?

    Albert Mohler
    30 Oct 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Over a hundred years ago, the great Dutch theologian Hermann Bavinck predicted that the 20th century would “witness a gigantic conflict of spirits.” His prediction turned out to be an understatement, and this great conflict continues into the 21st century. The issue of Halloween presses itself annually upon the Christian conscience. Acutely aware of dangers new and old, many Christian parents choose to withdraw their children from the holiday altogether. Others choose to follow a strategic battle plan for engagement with the holiday. Still others have gone further, seeking to convert…
 
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  • Prayer Reveals Your Pride

    Pete Wilson
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    Prayer reveals how much PRIDE is in the tank of your soul. Most of us struggle with prayer, because we’re very talented at pride. We are attracted to control, confidence, and competency. We have convinced ourselves that we have a lot more control than we actually do, but prayer allows us to realize that we are in desperate need of God’s help. I preached about this recently and I wanted to share a short portion of it with you.
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  • There will come a time to hope but for now, we mourn. We lament.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Truth Exchange: An Interview with Peter Jones

    Nathan W. Bingham
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Truth Exchange, an interview with Peter Jones, the director of truthXchange, from the November issue of Tabletalk: Tabletalk: Are there any pagan assumptions that Christians today might unconsciously share with the culture? What are they? Peter Jones: The power of culture is now used to intimidate rather than encourage biblical faith. We live in a post-Constantinian world with little protection from the state. Christians are accused of hate speech against homosexuals, of making war on women for opposing abortion, and of self-righteous intolerance for claiming the…
  • Happy Thanksgiving: Free Downloads from R.C. Sproul

    Nathan W. Bingham
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Thanksgiving is a moment to express profound, deep, sincere and genuine gratitude to the providence of God for a year's worth of tender mercies that we have received from the hand of His benevolence. From His care, from His comfort, from His guidance, from His government of our lives, we are to take time to be grateful. —R.C. Sproul The Sprouls and Ligonier Ministries wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy these free downloads from R.C. Sproul: Thanksgiving by R.C. Sproul Each year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, millions of Americans gather together to celebrate an age-old tradition.
  • 2014-2015 Resource Guide: View Online or Download the App

    Nathan W. Bingham
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Our 2014-2015 resource guide is now available with a collection of hand selected resources to help you grow. View our resource guide online (PDF) or download the app: iPad Android tablets Kindle Fire (coming very soon)    This 77-page resource guide also features a selection of Christmas gift ideas: Gift suggestions under $15 Gift suggestions under $25 Gift ideas for children & youth Our most popular and bestselling resources
  • Thanksgiving: A Lifestyle, Not A Holiday

    R.C. Sproul Jr.
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    It is a sure sign that we are sinners that we tend to be more concerned about what we do than what we are. That is, our guilt or peace oftentimes is the fruit of our own judgment of how often we commit a known sin, less often grounded in what we think and how we feel. I may hate my brother, but if I can keep myself from killing him, well, how bad could I be? In Romans 1 Paul is setting about the business of explaining the universal guilt of men before God. There he answers the telling question, "What about the innocent native in Africa who knows nothing of Christ?" by affirming that all men…
  • Coaching and the Suffering Christian

    Nathan W. Bingham
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Coaching and the Suffering Christian, Joe Holland's contribution to the November issue of Tabletalk: I have spent my life being coached or coaching. I've played most of the major sports and some of the more unusual ones as well. I've learned that coaches face one major perennial challenge. It is the difficulty of motivating your athletes when pain and fatigue are urging them to quit. Continue reading Coaching and the Suffering Christian, or begin receiving Tabletalk magazine by signing up for a free 3 month trial.
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Who will you steal your next Hispanic minister from?

    Tim Archer
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Your church wants to start a ministry. Hispanic ministry. Obviously, you need someone who speaks Spanish, preferably someone Hispanic. “What about that preacher we worked with on our mission trip to Guatemala?” someone suggests, “He was a hard worker.” So you contact Brother Gonzalez and offer him five times the support he’s currently getting to move to the States. He gratefully accepts. And everyone lives happily ever after, right? Wrong. The church in Guatemala (or wherever) is weakened. It’s quite possible that Brother Gonzalez’ family will go…
  • Trip to Cuba: November 2014

    Tim Archer
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Last week I got to go to Cuba, accompanying my wife Carolina and several others from the University Church of Christ in attending the national women’s conference in Varadero, Cuba. As always, it was a great trip. One of the highlights happened on Sunday. The Matanzas church is very active evangelistically, so there are almost always several baptisms while we are there. I know the complications that can arise from foreigners baptizing, so I normally resist that aspect of ministry there. Knowing that they would ask me about it, I tried to be proactive and think of who I could suggest do…
  • Links to Go (November 5, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Jesus in the Public Square The church is a political institution, but one which is not of this world. Whether or not it involves itself in political issues is a secondary issue. Some may be more vocal, while others may more silent. What matters most is that every church seeks to carry on the mission of Jesus and the apostles by inculcating the values of Jesus’ kingdom. No church, however, should be partisan, since no one secular religious party captures or promotes the holistic and countercultural ethics of Jesus’ kingdom. Brittany Maynard Didn’t Commit Suicide (What We Can Learn From…
  • Links To Go (November 4, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Review of The Bible Tells Me So In the end, The Bible Tells Me So is a book about contradictions. Enns intended it to be a book about contradictions in the Bible. But it becomes quickly apparent that the contradictions are really in Enns’s own worldview. He claims the Canaanite conquest is immoral, yet argues the Bible provides no clear guide for morality. He claims the Bible presents a diabolical genocidal God, yet insists we still “meet God in its pages”. He argues Scripture is filled with reworked stories, many of which are made up entirely, yet seems to know which ones really…
  • Baja Missions Conference

    Tim Archer
    3 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    This past weekend I had the privilege of speaking at the Baja Missions Conference which was held at the City of Children in Ensenada, Mexico. I spoke several times to different groups, including the students at the Baja Bible Institute, area preachers and their wives, and American supporters of the work in Baja. I never heard an exact count, but there were about 60 people from the States and the same number or more from Mexico. The focus of the weekend was “Relationships.” I spoke on a variety of topics, from family relationships to the relationship between supporting churches and…
 
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    Vision Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA

  • The Hunger to be Used of God

    Austin Gardner
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    II Kings 2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be taken away from thee. And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double portion of thy spirit be upon me. Am I wrong or does it seem that there is less desire to be used of God today? Elisha hungered for God to use him. He wanted to live a life that counted. He wanted God’s power. He wanted to be used. Maybe I am wrong but it seems that we are settling, just satisfied. Are we hungry for God to use us? Are we hungry to see God do something in our church, in our…
  • Serve to be served

    Austin Gardner
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:14 am
    I Kings 12:7 And they spake unto him, saying, If thou wilt be a servant unto this people this day, and wilt serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be thy servants for ever. When you get a position of leadership it is easy to forget why God gave you the position. He didn’t give you a position of leadership so that you could be served but rather so you could serve. Rehoboam will not understand this. He will consult with other young men. He will think that he has rights. He will fight to be treated right. He wants to be served. The older men told him to…
  • I ask for largeness of heart

    Austin Gardner
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:04 am
    I Kings 4:29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. God gave Solomon a large heart. He could love. He could care. He could think of others besides himself. That is who I want to be. I want to think of others. I want to care about a lost souls around the world. I want to hurt for those that God has placed in my ministry. I do not want to be selfish. I am so selfish. I think of me and that is such a small heart. I think of those that are mine. I think of what I want. I must be careful to die to myself and…
  • We are all going to die

    Austin Gardner
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    I Kings 2:2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; I am more reminded of this truth every day. I will, like all before me, leave this earth. I want to have left a legacy of loving Jesus. I want to have left an example for my family. I want those that I have pastored to know that they have watched a man, a regular man, no one special, that could do nothing special, but who loved Jesus the best way that he could. I want people that know me to know that I am just a man. I have failed many times but I do love Jesus. I want to make a difference with my…
  • Parent Corner: Appetites and Temptations

    John Pearson
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Appetites and Temptations (Romans 6:1-14).  – November 23, 2014 Appetites and temptations are both liars.  Our young people know that their new life in Christ is supposed to include something about old things being passed away and all things becoming new.  They have to wonder sometimes why the appetites of the flesh still seem to be in full working order, and yet their power to control them seems to be out of order.   I know that I wonder it sometimes.  Romans 6:1-14 deals with this challenge with an explanation about our liberty in Christ.  Though we shouldn’t want to continue to…
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    LifeVesting

  • How to Find Your Mission Field

    Andy Wood
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:28 pm
    I once heard someone say that every Christ follower is a missionary or a mission field.  And when you cease to become a missionary – that is, a functioning ambassador for Christ – you become someone else’s mission field.  Whether that’s true or not, one thing is certain: every believer has been given the mandate to impact other lives positively for a living Christ and His gospel. Yes, that means you, even though you most likely don’t consider yourself a missionary in the classic sense of the word.  But I want to remind you that you quite likely stand on the spiritual shoulders of…
  • What to Do With an Antagonistic “Leader”

    Andy Wood
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    There’s no question that Anthony is a leader in the making.  His dad raised him to think for himself and test everything, and fully expects Anthony to outdo him.  And Anthony has accepted the invitation, so to speak.  He’s a visionary, a solution seeker, and has a bias for action, not just talk. That said, Anthony is young and inexperienced.  At least that’s what he’s told whenever he offers up an idea to Gary the Gatekeeper, Anthony’s boss and longtime mentor.  Anthony does have some experience, and is about to complete his degree in college.  But Gary the Gatekeeper still…
  • A Gown in the Night

    Andy Wood
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Jim was hardly the first businessman to ever try to operate by the Golden Rule.  But he was one of the few who actually put the name Golden Rule over the dry goods store he co-owned and ran in Kimmerer, Wyoming.  So I suppose when your store name means, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you,” and when you choose to live with your wife across the street from the Golden Rule store that you run, it would probably be a good idea to practice what you preach. Fortunately, the founders of the Golden Rule chain had found in young Jim a work ethic and care for people that would make…
  • The Character Connection

    Andy Wood
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    Maybe it’s because I had another birthday yesterday, or maybe it’s because that birthday was also Election Day.  Maybe it’s because I work with a school whose mission reads, in part, to “cherish character.”  But lately I’ve had character on the brain. Character in leadership. Character development. Character habits. Dr. King envisioned a day when Americans would be judged “solely by the content of their character.”  Our answer to that culturally is to try and not judge anybody at all.  That is, until the tide of public opinion breaks the dam of political correctness.  Or…
  • Always There

    Andy Wood
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Time and time again you’re the one who shows up when somebody needs you to. Sometimes you bring your words with you, sometimes no words at all – just the enduring companionship of a faithful friend. But who shows up for you when you’re the one who’s aching for the presence of another? Jesus, that’s who.  And in this case, me… because He wanted me to remind you, He’s always there.   You’re the one they turn to for their own self-understanding. Like a human mirror or road map, you help others make sense of the terrain or the terrible, the magic or the mystifying of their…
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    Worship.com

  • "My Rock" from Bluetree (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

    Worship.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:58 pm
    "My Rock" from Bluetree (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): "Worship & Justice" Available... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Someday – Trent (Official Vineyard Worship Lyric Video)

    Worship.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Someday – Trent (Official Vineyard Worship Lyric Video): Buy on iTunes –... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Alive – SongTeach Guitar from Great Big God 5

    Worship.com
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Alive – SongTeach Guitar from Great Big God 5: Chord Chart Available at... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Worship Service November 1-3, 2014 – Dr. Joel Hunter

    Worship.com
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Worship Service November 1-3, 2014 – Dr. Joel Hunter: Worship Christ today as the Source of... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Chris Tomlin – Greater (Love Ran Red Acoustic Sessions)

    Worship.com
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:34 am
    Chris Tomlin – Greater (Love Ran Red Acoustic Sessions): “Greater" – Love Ran Red... 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

  • Finding Gratitude in Unlikely Places: A Thanksgiving Reflection

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    "My cup overflows." - Ps 23:5Within Christian circles, it seems verboten to mention death and thanks in the same sentence, which is a shame, really. Death, no doubt, is an evil intrusion on God's good order, and, as Dylan Thomas wrote, we have every reason to rage against the dying of the light. But death also has a purifying quality--it burns away the dross of thanklessness. It makes the simple seem sacred, and the prosaic extraordinary. At least, it can do so if we develop the habit of looking at life through death.I lost my father to cancer when I was eighteen. I distinctly remember…
  • Gratitude: An Intellectual History

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    Peter J. Leithart, Gratitude: An Intellectual History (Baylor University Press, 2014), 340 pages. $49.95/₤29.99The latest book from the prolific Peter Leithart is another installment of what we have come to expect: an accessibly written synthesis of specialist research advancing a deceptively simple thesis that is sure to provoke a great deal of commentary. Here Leithart takes the reader through the highlights of the Western tradition to demonstrate the history of the (especially Christian) understanding of gratitude.In an admirably clear and concise introduction, Leithart describes the…
  • The Seven Deadly Sins in a Digital Age: 3. Greed

    23 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Given what I have said in the last installment about Gluttony, you might well be wondering what we could possibly say about the distinctive shape of Greed in a digital age. Digital content, by its nature, cannot be possessed in the way that the traditional objects of avarice can; not only is it physically insubstantial, but it is limitlessly replicable, much to the dismay of the music industry. Whatever our attempts to extend the logic of ownership to digital content via intellectual property agreements, the fact remains that such content is essentially consumed (without limit) rather than…
  • Proofs, Persuasion and the Truth Problem

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    As a reminder of where we've been thus far, it might be helpful to list the Ten Tenets again. The Ten Tenets are these: The faith that we are defending must begin with, and necessarily include, the Triune God -- Father, Son and Holy Spirit -- who, as God, condescends to create and to redeem. God's covenantal revelation is authoritative by virtue of what it is, and any Covenantal, Christian apologetic will necessarily stand on, and utilize, that authority in order to defend Christianity. It is the truth of God's revelation, together with the work of the Holy Spirit, that brings about a…
  • Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    Alister E. McGrath. Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal. Oxford: Wiley Blackwell, 2014. XIV, 246 pp. $99.95/£45.99The needs and purposes of scholarship, along with the peculiarities of the history of theology, have resulted in a hodge-podge collection of secondary literature on 20th century Swiss Reformed theologian Emil Brunner (1889-1966); there are indeed a number of excellent and interesting works, but virtually none, apart from Frank Jehle's extensive and as yet untranslated 2006 biography, that provide a developmental overview and introduction to the man and his work in English. Alister…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Giving Thanks (and Eating Too Much)

    jason@church4allnations.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This year we’re having Thanksgiving at home and we’re making all the food. Nice not to have to travel, but definitely missing family and friends we don’t get to see too often. I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to all those friends and family scattered out there. I so appreciate your love and caring. You’ve shaped my life in so many ways and I’m grateful to have you in my life! Now, onto the second part: the food! There are lots of different foods associated with Thanksgiving from turkey to sweet potatoes to green bean casserole. There’s pecan pie and pumpkin…
  • Why “Don’t Be Immature” Never Works

    jason@church4allnations.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You’ve likely heard it, had the phrase said to you, or used it yourself. Seems like solid advice, “Don’t be so immature!” Granted what many people mean to say is that you’re acting immature, but if you could just change someone’s state of being by simple command, you’d be on to something big–and the best life coach ever! In reality, you can’t change someone else or yourself by commanding. There is a process to maturity that involves a lot of factors–things like environment, education, opportunities, relationships, traumas,…
  • How to Get this “Thankful” Thing Right

    jason@church4allnations.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here in the U.S., Thanksgiving is coming up on Thursday and you may be admonished to “be thankful.” For Jesus followers, there is scripture to back that thankfulness command up (Ephesians 5:20), but what does that even mean exactly? To some, thankfulness means recounting how you have it better than others. You may face hardship or difficulty, but at least you didn’t endure a tsunami like that one country. Or you have to go through a challenging medical procedure, but at least you don’t something life-threatening like your neighbor down the street. This bothers me a…
  • Sanctuary: with Open Heavens

    jason@church4allnations.com
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sanctuary– 1 : a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2 a place of refuge and protection Meditating on the beauty He’s created and the power of His words… Deuteronomy 28:12 (AMP) The Lord shall open to you His good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow.   What’s your sanctuary this week? What thought, verse, etc. are you meditating on? 6 comment(s) for this post: Joanne Norton: 23 Nov 2014 As usual, Jason, you dun good with…
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below! Harvesting Quiet Gifts of Good by Monica Kaye Snyder (The High Calling) How to Be a Miserable Leader by Scott Couchenour (Serving Strong) Keep Emotionally Healthy Through the Holidays by Laurie Wallin (LaurieWallin.com) Somebody’s missing the point (hilariously)… //www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANv1_teeb3s ?list=UUFq7vUgpjnVRZI-MzSvRZAA From John B. Crist Your turn! I started this list, I need your help…
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  • The Constitution and Executive Orders

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Family Research Council does not take a position on immigration reform. We’ve got enough on our plate, from protecting unborn children and their mothers from a predatory abortion industry and sustaining traditional marriage as the foundation of our culture to protecting religious liberty as the “first freedom” of our republic. However, we take a strong position on the Constitution: We believe in it. We agree with the Founders that a written text contains objective meanings and that, to borrow a phrase from Jefferson, neither an activist judiciary nor an impatient president…
  • Fashion Isn¿t the Most Important Thing to Come Out of Milan

    19 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    If you have some time, watch FRC’s lecture with Jim Tonkowich discussing his new book, The Liberty Threat: The Attack on Religious Freedom in America Today. One particularly interesting aspect of the talk was Tonkowich’s discussion of the rise of religious freedom during the Roman Empire. Of particular importance was the Edict of Milan of 313 A.D. Read George Weigel’s First Things blog on this important document. Referencing the great church historian Robert Louis Wilken (The First Thousand Years), Weigel describes the document’s foundational significance in Western…
  • News Flash: The Pope is Pro-Life

    17 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    As a non-Catholic, I have followed with some interest the controversy concerning Pope Francis and his attitude toward abortion.  Although he has made clear pro-life statements all along (“Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world”), some voices on the Left seem to have become nearly giddy at the prospect of the Pope softening his church’s stance on the sanctity of life. Let’s put the issue to rest: Following are excerpts…
  • Meddling Freedom From Religion Foundation Gets Tossed Out of Court

    14 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Thankfully, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, in Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Lew, refused to let stand a decision which had declared the clergy housing tax allowance unconstitutional. This case began when the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF) sued the U.S. government alleging that the government grants tax benefits based on religion. In a quite ill-advised lower court ruling, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb held that the FFRF could properly bring the lawsuit and that the tax allowance violated the Constitution. The case was then appealed to the 7th Circuit. To…
  • Sketchy Judicial Assignments in Ninth Circuit Marriage Cases

    14 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    The American people are justified in wondering if they are ruled by interlocking ruling bodies that operate in secret, govern with unbridled duplicity, and are immune to correction by the People acting through their representatives or acting directly in referenda. There have been many prominent examples in the last two months. Two involve our imperious judicial oligarchy. But, first we have the recent reports of repeated statements by Obamacare insider and MIT economist, Jonathan Gruber, calling the American people “stupid” and boasting that Obamacare was foisted on the public…
 
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    Blogging Theologically

  • If I were celebrating Thanksgiving…

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
     Most of those who read my blog are probably getting ready to enjoy a lovely Thanksgiving meal, followed by a football game and, perhaps, a Star Wars trailer. Lord willing, you’re not preparing to camp out in front of a store because that’d be just wrong.Today, I will not be eating turkey with all the trimmings, nor will I be enjoying some type of delicious pie. I will be eating normal food because I am Canadian. For us, it is not Thanksgiving (that happened back in October). It is merely Thursday.There are times when I get envious of my friends in America. It’s…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA Christian’s Pocket Guide to Baptism by Robert Letham—$2.99A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Jesus Christ by Mark Jones—$2.99 (US only)The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life by Dale Ralph Davis—$3.99 (this one is phenomenal)Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved by JD Greear—$2.99Coping with Change by Walter Kaiser—$2.99Speaking Truth in Love by David Powlison—$2.51One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian—$3.74Old Story New by Marty Machowski—$3.82Forever by Paul Tripp—$4.993 Steps in a Language…
  • Prayer by Timothy Keller

    Aaron Armstrong
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    There’s no shortage of good books on prayer. Martin Luther’s Simple Way to Pray, Answers to Prayer by George Müller, CH Spurgeon’s The Pastor in Prayer, A Call to Pray by J.C. Ryle… These are some of the finest books on prayer I’ve read, and Christians would be doing themselves a disservice in not reading them.While there are many wonderful classic books on prayer, I’ve noticed a severe lack of good modern books on the subject. Most modern books tend to fall into a couple of categories: wicked and stupid. The wicked ones accuse people who pray things like…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersUnbroken by Laura Hillenbrand—$2.99 (US only)Dining with the Devil by Os Guinness—$1.99New Testament Theology by Leon Morris—$4.99The Mission of Today’s Church by Various—99¢Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous—99¢The Sheep Aren’t StupidJoe Thorn:Pastors sometimes say stupid things. Sometimes those stupid things are catchy and wind up being repeated by many other pastors. One of the more preposterous pithy statements I have heard many preachers say is, “Sheep are dumb.” They say this as shepherds and are referring to the sheep of the…
  • Where ingratitude shows up first

    Aaron Armstrong
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    I have a love/hate relationship with a lot of the character traits Christians should have. I love that they exist, but I hate how elusive they seem to be. Take humility, for example. This is one of the defining characteristics of a Christian: to pursue humility earnestly, embracing it as Christ did, who “though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped” (Philippians 2:6). But it’s one that seems to be rarely seen among Christians. Or at least in me, certainly.But aside from humility, there’s another character trait that always…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • God on the Move: “Appeasement is a Failed Strategy” (Part One) – Acts 24

    Randall Smith
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:41 am
    Before WWII, the world was able to see the political strength of Adolph Hitler growing – it was not a secret rise to power. He was not particularly clandestine about his extreme beliefs, and he was not known for being silent about his thoughts. Yet, many in the west appeared to favor the strategy of “appeasement”. Clearly, the government of Neville Chamberlain in London settled on that approach. The Treaty of Versailles at the end of WWI maintained a separation of Austria and Germany, but in 1938 the Austrian-born Hitler instructed pro-German Austrians to create disturbances and then he…
  • Following His Footsteps: “Highly Intensive Training” – Mark 8:27-9:50

    Randall Smith
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    I know that most of you will find this shocking, but I have never been a body builder. This picture is not me. In fact, the only muscles that I am fanatical about using and developing beyond my typing finger muscles are those that help me fill my mouth, chew and digest food. I admit it, I am a foodie – and weight gain has been a struggle over the past years. I do know some things about muscle growth – though it is obvious I am not invested in growing them. It isn’t that complicated at all. Muscle building, a therapist friend of mine says, is about consistent, low volume but regular…
  • God on the Move: “The Long and Winding Road” – Acts 23

    Randall Smith
    15 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Not to upset anyone, but I am not particularly a Beatle’s fan, and I never was. The emotional and spiritual journey of the “fab four” never really appealed to me – though I cannot deny they were talented young men a generation ago, and they cut new ground in their lyrics and musical scores. I was interested to learn, however, that the last song the four recorded together was a song that captured the tumultuous stages of their break-up as a band, and highlighted something we will see in our text for this lesson. Let me explain: The song called “The Long and Winding Road”…
  • Following His Footsteps: “I Can See Clearly Now” (Part Two) – Mark 7-8

    Randall Smith
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:19 am
    Did you ever see one of these “optical illusion” pictures? I saw one recently that looked like wavy lines, until I looked at it much more intensely – and then I could actually see a face peering through the lines back at me! It was a bit unnerving, but it reminded me of an important truth… our eyes can play “tricks” on us. We cannot always trust what we see…Did you ever have someone you trusted do something that was unbelievably hurtful, and you found out they were actually being deceptive? If you have ever hurt over such a broken relationship, then you have experienced the…
  • Following His Footsteps: “I Can See Clearly Now” (Part One) – Mark 7-8

    Randall Smith
    14 Nov 2014 | 11:10 am
    If you liked the old clunky digital watch, and you have a special place for the songs from the musical “Grease” in your heart, you probably lived through and remember 1972. That was the year that video games entered our American homes, and PONG became all the rage! The Swedish group “Abba” was formed that year, and it was also the year Johnny Nash wrote and performed the song “I Can See Clearly Now”. It reached all the way to the number one position on the Billboard top 100 chart. The song was optimistic, and said: “I can see clearly now, the rain is gone, I can see all…
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  • How To Cultivate a Heart of Gratitude

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

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    Do you wish you had longer eyelashes? Eyes are often the first thing people notice. While I truly desire to have my beauty come from within, I must admit something.I still like to look my best no matter how old I am. Lately, I've noticed that women on television seem to have the most amazing long lashes. They couldn't be natural.  But then I realize that most of them probably have lash extensions which are quite expensive. I'm not  in the market for a large recurring monthly expense. And then I heard about 3D fiber lashes; a special mascara that helps make your lashes look…
  • Five Minute Friday: STILL

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:44 am
    It's Five Minute Friday when I get to link up with Kate Motaung and many other bloggers. Each week we are given a one word writing prompt. The rules are to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is STILL..GO"Be still and know that I am God." The words from Psalm 46:10 immediately come to my mind.But how easy it is for me to want to take action and not be still. You know, figure out things in my mind and do something. After all, I'm fairly intelligent. I have a good mind and a healthy body. I've heard the popular slogan JUST DO IT.But when do I come to the end of myself and begin…
  • How To Handle a Challenging Week

    10 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
    Have you ever had one of those weeks? You know, it starts out with one challenge after another. I had one this past week. There were moments when I wanted to put my head between my legs like the children in our preschool class.It started out like this. Several teachers approached me asking if I owned a white Lexus. I had a feeling of dread and nodded yes. A rock hit my rear window and shattered the glass. Apologies and a letter from the student ensued. His parents had my window replaced and lessons were learned. A little inconvenient but ... all is well.This was the week our condo roof was to…
  • Monday Blessings

    3 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    It's Monday morning and I'm blessed. Today is Greg and my 30th wedding anniversary. As I think back over the years, we've gone through so much together. I remember that day so well. We had flown our family members and a few close friends in for our special day. It was a small group but a very special day.We said our wedding vows in a little chapel beside the mountains in Vail, Colorado. I'm so glad I meant every word as little did I know at the time what a rocky road the next 30 years would take. How many people promise to love only in the good times?I remember saying:"I, Debbie, take you…
 
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  • What do Mark Driscoll and Bill Cosby have in Common?

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

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

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

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

    Chad Estes
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    This morning I received the following email. I am thinking about starting an advice column. Good morning Chad I sure do miss you and your great sermons. I have a question to ask you that my family and I struggle with. You remember Shirley, the gay niece, well she has been through several partners now and is planning on marrying this one. Last Christmas, we had our family gathering at my brother’s house. Well Shirley sent a text and asked my brother and his wife if she could bring a friend. Well my sister-in-law answered her with a “No” and nothing else. Well of course she…
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  • Ethics: Unbelieving Children Practice Communion in Sunday School

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Rob C
    4 Oct 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Tips to Get Your Sexy Back With Eating Healthy and Exercising If you want to improve your beauty, you can learn how you can get your sexy back with eating healthy and exercising. There are some great tips that you can follow easily. These healthy tips are recommended for most people today. You should be able to lose weight naturally without having any serious issues. Eating healthy and regular exercises are very important to improve your overall health significantly. Make sure that you live in a healthy lifestyle, so you can get your fit and healthy body easily. Here are some useful healthy…
  • Boca Raton HCG Clinic Choices

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

    Peter Mead
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:51 pm
    For many years people considered communication to consist merely in the transfer of propositions from one mind to another.  Many preachers still do.  Actually there is a lot more going on.  Without getting too technical, Speech-Act Theory analyses communication using three measures instead of one.  There is quite a bit of scope for this communications theory to help preachers consider their task.  Here are the three measures: A. There is the actual set of words that comprise the communication, which can be evaluated for meaning, but only incompletely. B. What the theory underlines is…
  • Pondering Passage Purpose

    Peter Mead
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    As a preacher studying a passage it is tempting to be purposeful in pursuing your own message, but to ignore the purpose of the passage. Maybe you are intrigued by the passage, or perhaps wondering how it could be preached.  Yet somehow, in the mix, we seem to lose sight of looking for why the writer wrote the text.  That is, rather than simply looking for what the writer wrote, we also need to ponder why the writer wrote it. 1. Look at the context – It is vital to look at any passage in its context.  What is going on around the text you are focused on?  What is the flow of thought or…
  • Creative Christmas Sermon Options

    Peter Mead
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:06 am
    Christmas services are just a few weeks away.  You might be getting excited, or dreading another Christmas and the need to generate more messages when the obvious options feel well worn.  Here are some other angles to consider: Prophecies - there are some key Old Testament prophecies, such as Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, Micah 5:2, even Jeremiah 31:15.  Why not take an Old Testament approach to Christmas hopes this year? People – maybe you have preached through Matthew’s opening chapters, but have you preached the four other ladies in Matthew’s genealogy . . . Tamar, Rahab, Ruth,…
  • Jesus Was Not 50% Human

    Peter Mead
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    There is a phrase that I suspect we would do better without.  It is only introductory to another thought, but it tends to lead somewhere potentially unhelpful.  It goes like this, “Jesus, in his humanity…” or “Jesus, in his divinity…” I understand why we use these phrases.  There are times when you are preaching a Gospels text and you want to underline the fact that Jesus fully entered into our world and experience (albeit without sinning), so the first phrase is used to highlight some aspect of the true humanity of Christ.  There are other times when…
  • Preparing Christmas Sermons or Advent Reading?

    Peter Mead
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:21 pm
    I just realized that Advent is fast approaching and you may well be starting to think about Christmas preaching (or Advent reading with family).  Can I make an overt promotion of Pleased to Dwell for this purpose? 1. As an Advent Read – With 24 short chapters, Pleased to Dwell, works really well as a pre-Christmas read for an individual or a family.  Engaging and high energy, the sense of anticipation builds toward the Christmas narratives and their implications for us.  I know some churches are using it as a church-wide pre-Christmas resource too. 2. For Advent Sermon Prep –…
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  • Count Your Blessings...Literally

    Nick Rynerson
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Count Your Blessings? The phrase “count your blessings” has always struck me as cheesy and horribly insincere. People seem to break it out at the worst times. When someone tells me that a water pipe burst in his basement and ruined half of his worldly possessions, he doesn’t want me to tell him that it could be worse and that he should count his blessings. He wants me to tell him about a good Christian missionary plumber who feels called to do all his work for free. He wants me to say, “I happen to have this entire week off from work, so I’ll be over every night to help you clean…
  • Present for His Purposes

    Nick Rynerson
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    This is the second post (part 1) in a 3-part series related to the presence of God by Ryan Lister, associate professor of theology at Western Seminary. He is the author of The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives. The Story So Far As we saw in my last post, God is purposeful. He works in this world to accomplish his objectives, one of the most significant being the presence of God restored to sinners and the world. We saw how this goal characterizes the last few chapters of the Bible (Rev. 21-22), Eden and the purposes of Adam, the curses of the…
  • Midweek Roundup - 11/26/14

    Nick Rynerson
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:01 am
    Each Wednesday we share recent links we found insightful and helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week. 1. Jon Bloom on making the most of Thanksgiving When it comes to cultivating gratitude, we need all the help we can get. As I wrote last week, thanksgiving does not come naturally to sinful people. Grumbling and disputing comes natural (Philippians 2:14). Gratitude is the heart’s response to seeing and experiencing grace. And we must intentionally look for…
  • The Purpose Driven God

    Nick Rynerson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    This is the first post in a 3-part series on to the presence of God by Ryan Lister, associate professor of theology at Western Seminary. He is the author of The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of Our Lives. Fundamental Questions In 2002, Rick Warren released The Purpose Driven Life, a wildly popular book that topped numerous best seller lists and sold over 30 million copies in a few short years. Based on sheer sales alone, it’s clear that Warren hit a nerve with his audience. I think a lot of this could be attributed to his speaking to man’s need for…
  • Christ in All of Scripture – Leviticus 1:4-5

    Lizzy Jeffers
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:08 am
    Leviticus 1:4-5 "He shall lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. Then he shall kill the bull before the LORD, and Aaron's sons the priests shall bring the blood and throw the blood against the sides of the altar that is at the entrance of the tent of meeting." By laying a hand on the head of the blameless sacrifice, the offerer established a relationship with the animal such that it was accepted on the offerer’s behalf. This meant that the offerer received the benefits of the sacrifice, such as atonement. In general, the…
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  • Moved by the Sight [Quote]

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

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

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

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

    Jonathan Cliff
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Fact #1: The people you interact with the most will be offended by you at some point. Fact #2: This doesn’t have to be an everyday occurence. With as many interactions as you have on a daily basis, it’s inevitable that you will eventually cross the line into offense. I’ve found with my own experence that this is usually not because I’m intentionally trying to hurt someone, but instead is caused by my insensitivity, failure to listen, being prideful, or choosing to be dogmatic about one of my opinions. It boils down to this, when I offend…it’s rarely on…
 
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  • 17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am

    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
  • Poetry: Pills

    19 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    PillsPillsRound solutions To all that illsPills, pills, pillsPillsHard solutionsFor the over the hillPills, pills, pillsPillsScientific solutions Can they save or will they killPills, pills, pillsBy Chere L. Brown, Fort Worth, TX 2012
  • My Couch

    15 Jul 2012 | 9:24 am
    This is the day I spent all day doing nothing on my couch.Oh, I watched a biography on Jamie Foxx and another about John Ritter; I guess that was something.In my mind I stayed busy.I checked my email, read my Google Reader, viewed my Facebook, and watched a half dozen Ted Talks. At different intervals, exhausted from such mental excursion, I took two naps. The only times I left my couch were to go to the bathroom and to warm something in the microwave, which I ate while sitting on my couch. At times my couch is much like an astronaut’s pilot seat.It is very confining, but gives me an…
  • Shannon's Story: Shannon's Obituary

    8 Jan 2010 | 11:40 pm
    Shannon Ivy Brown September 14, 1968 – December 19, 2009 Shannon Ivy Brown died December 19, 2009 after thirty years of serious health conditions starting with a brain tumor at age 11.She died in Richmond, California due to a septic blood infection.She was 41 years old. Shannon Ivy Brown was born September 14, 1968 to Daryl Thomas Brown and Chere Lynn Brown (Barnett) in Seattle, Washington.Shannon has lived with her mother in Washington, California, Nevada, Tennessee and Vermont.She has been a resident of Richmond for 11 years. She had a wonderful sense of humor. Shannon’s greatest…
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    Jenna Brooks - Read My Mind: Culture and Other Things

  • The Top Ten Most Effective Ways to Ruin Your Holidays

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

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

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

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

    9 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    "Bailey" went to GoFundMe to ask people to pay for her abortion. GoFundMe didn't want to support her efforts, so they deleted her.Maybe it's just me - it usually is - but there's a dark, delicious irony in a Facebook page I came across, one which has a case of the vapors over the fact that GoFundMe aborted Bailey's page:"...please continue to email GoFundMe and express your outrage that Bailey's page was taken down in the first place."Hey, chill. After all, GoFundMe is just exercising their Right to Choose.Oh, but reports say that they did forward the money that people…
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  • Thankfulness Is a Spiritual Discipline

    michaelhidalgo
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    3 ways to actively practice being thankful. Thursday is Thanksgiving here in America. And while this is a day specifically dedicated toward thankfulness and gratitude, we must not forget giving thanks ought to be a way of life for the people of God. I point this out because it’s possible we struggle to live the kind of life defined by gratitude. Perhaps this is one reason Thanksgiving is overlooked in the mad rush toward Christmas. Christmas, for many, is about getting more. Thanksgiving is about saying “thank you” for what we have already been given.
  • A Very RELEVANT Christmas, Vol. 4

    Anonymous
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
  • 'Independence Day 2' Is Real and It Is Happening

    Anonymous
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    An Independence Day sequel is about to shoot down from the sky and blow up the White House or something. The sequel's been talked about basically since the first movie detonated in 1996, ushering in a new era of disaster porn that was as devastating for onscreen monuments as it was for offscreen minds. And now, in 2016, the aliens are officially coming back for Independence Day 2, and it seems likely they've stepped up their password game since Jeff Goldblum's computer virus took them out the first time (1996 was a different time, friends). This movie will debut in 2016, and almost all our…
  • I'm a Christian. Why Am I Still So Scared of Dying?

    eddiekaufholz
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Just because you believe in Heaven doesn't necessarily mean you're looking forward to getting there. Dear Eddie, I've been a Christian my entire life and I've always known that when I die, I'm going to go to Heaven. And as much as people talk about how great Heaven is, I just can't quite get over a fear of death. It seems like, if I really believed in Heaven, then - if anything - I'd look forward to death. But it honestly just sounds terrifying, and that makes me feel like I don't really believe what I say I believe. Is it OK for Christians to be afraid of dying? -David
  • Here's a Beautiful Song From Joy Williams and Hayley Williams

    Anonymous
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    The Civil Wars may be over, but Joy Williams still has plenty of good music left in her - including this terrific duet with Paramore's Hayley Williams ...
 
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  • 66 Expressions of Love

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

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

    Chilly
    9 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
  • Let’s Do NOW.

    Chilly
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Have you ever noticed how stressed-out and uptight people get talking about “what’s next”?  Or, how down & discouraged they get when they look back on their past?  I think we tend to get all bogged down with hopelessness because we give way too much consideration to the past and to the future instead of really living our destiny in THE NOW! And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith! “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be…
  • Faith like an Anvil

    Chilly
    1 Nov 2014 | 9:31 am
    October was a really tough month (emotionally, physically and spiritually)! It had some awesome highlights, like the “10 Year Anniversary” of Courage Church; but whoa, October was filled with some of the toughest blows of my life and ministry – which means, October was an awesome month! Yeah, I’m getting hammered by the enemy! But, the he is NOT winning! It’s in our most difficult times that we often become aware of how GREAT our God truly is!! We ALL get pounded! Hits can come from anywhere!  Physical attacks, unexpected disappointments, harsh &…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Thankfulness Is a Spiritual Discipline

    michaelhidalgo
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    3 ways to actively practice being thankful. Thursday is Thanksgiving here in America. And while this is a day specifically dedicated toward thankfulness and gratitude, we must not forget giving thanks ought to be a way of life for the people of God. I point this out because it’s possible we struggle to live the kind of life defined by gratitude. Perhaps this is one reason Thanksgiving is overlooked in the mad rush toward Christmas. Christmas, for many, is about getting more. Thanksgiving is about saying “thank you” for what we have already been given.
  • A Very RELEVANT Christmas, Vol. 4

    Anonymous
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
  • 'Independence Day 2' Is Real and It Is Happening

    Anonymous
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    An Independence Day sequel is about to shoot down from the sky and blow up the White House or something. The sequel's been talked about basically since the first movie detonated in 1996, ushering in a new era of disaster porn that was as devastating for onscreen monuments as it was for offscreen minds. And now, in 2016, the aliens are officially coming back for Independence Day 2, and it seems likely they've stepped up their password game since Jeff Goldblum's computer virus took them out the first time (1996 was a different time, friends). This movie will debut in 2016, and almost all our…
  • I'm a Christian. Why Am I Still So Scared of Dying?

    eddiekaufholz
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Just because you believe in Heaven doesn't necessarily mean you're looking forward to getting there. Dear Eddie, I've been a Christian my entire life and I've always known that when I die, I'm going to go to Heaven. And as much as people talk about how great Heaven is, I just can't quite get over a fear of death. It seems like, if I really believed in Heaven, then - if anything - I'd look forward to death. But it honestly just sounds terrifying, and that makes me feel like I don't really believe what I say I believe. Is it OK for Christians to be afraid of dying? -David
  • Here's a Beautiful Song From Joy Williams and Hayley Williams

    Anonymous
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    The Civil Wars may be over, but Joy Williams still has plenty of good music left in her - including this terrific duet with Paramore's Hayley Williams ...
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  • 10 Ways To Redefine Gratitude (From Me to You)

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

    Bonnie Gray
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    “Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.” ~ Henri Nouwen There was every reason to be thankful that morning. Honestly, I was truly grateful. For everything God has led me through. For everything He’s given me. Then, why did I feel so weary—inside? I woke up with my heart a blur with worries. A competing bevy of voices. All driving me to be tired—and frozen all at the same time. A wall of decisions stacked up around my heart, all without clarity, as to where one…
  • Before the Spaces Fill: How To Give Yourself a Soulful Holiday

    Bonnie Gray
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:15 am
    The holidays are coming… are you ready? The answer depends on who you’re talking to. If it’s just an acquaintance, you may answer courteously. But, if you talk to a soul friend — someone who you trust — you might begin to confide how you’re really doing. Inside. Are you stressing out about what will or won’t be happening? Or maybe you’re so excited with anticipation — filled with dreams — imagining the memories you want to create. But you’re not sure how it will all turn out… …I can’t wait.  This year is…
  • {When You Long To Rest } A Soulful Spiritual Whitespace Face{Book} Club

    Bonnie Gray
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:05 am
    {Psst..I recorded a special video message from the beach for you at the end of today’s post} I’ve been dreaming about it from the very beginning. From the moment I began putting pen to paper — to write about the unexpected, beautiful journey to find rest — I’ve dreamed of doing this with you. In this quiet space, we can pull up a chair and enjoy a soulful brew of encouragement together. We slow, swap stories and brainstorm ideas to make rest our heart’s everyday home. Are you longing for rest? (me too) What doest rest look like in your season of life?
  • What’s Really Worth Savoring: The Second Brew

    Bonnie Gray
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:08 am
    It was last on my list. I didn’t want to go to Chinatown. But, the wife of Captain Sterling, Anne Marie, was visiting San Francisco for the weekend. She emailed to ask if I could be her tour guide one morning. I met Anne Marie and her husband earlier this summer when I went to Nashville for the first time to lead a three-day Spiritual Whitespace Retreat for the Military — the Warrior Transition Battalion, serving the “Screaming Eagles” Airborne Division. They introduced me to cheesy grits and inducted me into the downtown Nashville scene by taking me to the coolest…
 
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    Sustainable Traditions

  • C.S. Lewis and Three Kinds of Christmas

    Jason Fowler
    16 Nov 2014 | 8:13 pm
    One is a religious festival...The second is a popular holiday, an occasion for merry-making and hospitality...The third is... the commercial racket. The post C.S. Lewis and Three Kinds of Christmas appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Citizens of Another Kingdom

    Ben Keys
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    The kingdom of God requires a total makeover of how we've been trained to see human value. It gives us a brand new way of measuring and realizing identity and worth. The post Citizens of Another Kingdom appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Journal of a New Agrarian: Killing Chickens

    Jason Fowler
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    We are missing something fundamental in how we think about and practice meat eating. A lost agrarian skill - killing chickens - connects life and death. The post Journal of a New Agrarian: Killing Chickens appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community (Book Review)

    Jason Fowler
    7 Sep 2014 | 5:17 am
    Planted is a fascinating and enjoyable read...with an important message to embody our discipleship to Jesus in lived community and creation care. The post Planted: A Story of Creation, Calling and Community (Book Review) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Soil of the Heart

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

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

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

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

    Jay Cookingham
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
        Hang with me…this will be tough at the beginning… This was going to be easy, the knife was sharp and I was all alone deep in the woods, no one would find me for days. I had run out of oxygen, I was drowning in despair and looking up from below the surface. My time had run out and I couldn’t fight back anymore. The years of abuse had piled on me, pinning me behind the line of scrimmage of hope… far from finishing the game on a good note. I was tired, so tired of being without… without having the right clothes, the right looks, the right friends, the right family and the…
  • Tugged

    Jay Cookingham
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
      I seriously doubt my leadership ability at times and wonder about how uninspiring my message can seem. Strange… isn’t that a pastor’s job? To be inspiring and lead a great charge across the landscape of the enemy, winning the battle and the day? Perhaps not… I fret, pray, dream, sweat and lay awake at nights just pondering the effectiveness of my life and the impact it has on others. I dive into Scripture, talk to men far wiser than I and wrestle with questions like a cage fighter on steroids. My heart seems in a perpetual state of being tugged. That’s the haunting reality of…
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  • They Won’t Do It for Jesus… for long

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

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

    Gina
    19 Dec 2013 | 5:13 am
    I have to admit.  One of my biggest leadership challenges is simply responding to people. I have great intentions of doing so.  And if I’m totally honest, I DO respond… 100% of the time… in my head. and that’s the problem. People don’t receive the responses that never leave my head. I’ve worked hard to improve this one thing this past year.  And one of my personal goals for 2014 is to make that even better. (ask me in 12 months how that’s gone ) The reason I’m focused on this is based upon my own consumer experience in communicating with two…
  • Safety Process: Communicating to Parents

    Gina
    18 Dec 2013 | 7:40 am
    Hey #kidmin audience.  I need your feedback and ideas. In fpKIDS, we have security standards in our kidmin areas to create a secure environment for our kids.  Each entrance to a designated kids area has a “Secure Checkpoint” where we post a security volunteer. They’re role is to ensure that the only people to cross that point are people with: a Security Receipt – alphanumeric code identifying their child fpKIDS Volunteer Nametag This is our effort to reduce the traffic in our kidmin spaces to only those individuals who need to be there. Although the Secure Checkpoint…
  • Volunteers & Safety Procedures: What works?

    Gina
    16 Dec 2013 | 5:45 am
    Safety Procedures are some of the more important and more  minute aspects of Kids Ministry.  And these details of ministry are critical to creating a safe environment for kids. The challenge with Safety Procedures is their regularity. Some safety processes you use so often you don’t even think about them like diaper changing, restroom procedures or illness. Other procedures you use so rarely, it’s easy to forget the proper process to handle it.  Things like bleeding or vomiting. As a ministry leader, I want to make sure our volunteers have the knowledge and resources to handle…
 
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    Natalie Snapp

  • Be A One That Glorifies THE One (A Story Of Thanks)

    Natalie Snapp
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:38 pm
      “Thank you, Mom, for making dinner tonight,” he said. Samuel, the seven year old man-child who reaches my shoulders, flashes his dimpled cheeks and reveals the glint his eyes have held since the day he was born. The other two were entrenched in various after-dinner-before-bath activities, the promise of nightfall upon us with mama yearning for the hours to sit silent and the beginning traces of over-tired children starting to emerge. And I laughed. Because during the past week, the story of how Jesus healed the ten men with leprosy has been quietly beckoning my attention,…
  • Last Chance to Join Our “Not a Silent Night” Advent Study!

    Natalie Snapp
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    When my first child was born,  everything changed. The way I saw the world transformed in the blink of a twelve-hour-labor eye. It’s the moment when I started to wear my heart on the outside of my chest – unable to watch the news because all of that reported negativity is someone’s child. All of those faces being bullied in schools across the nation . . . Those are someone’s children. And all of those men and women shipping out to the Middle East to defend freedoms we take for granted every day . . . Yes, those are someone’s children, too. It’s then when I…
  • For When You Can’t Hear Your Children Argue Even Just One More Time

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    “Mom, Samuel pushed me!” he declared emphatically, eyes as big as saucers and beginning to moisten with either authentic or dramatic tears (who can know?). “I did not!” the accused retorts, even more emphatically because one-upping is important in these situations. The pick-a-little-talk-a-little game ensues. And I just can’t listen to it one more time because it’s currently running rampant through our home and honestly, I don’t really know how to stop it. So because I’m weary and at-a-loss, I handle it with grace and love by smacking the towel…
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    Dale Tedder

  • Men Standing Firm

    daletedder
    1 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    About Men Standing Firm Men who stand firm in the faith are what I call Kingdom Disciples. They are men who submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ and pursue godly manhood in every sphere of life. Such men are, I contend, the real counterculture in our world today. I put this website together to explore what standing firm in the faith looks like for men today. It’s my desire to educate, equip, encourage, and empower men to become all that God has created, redeemed and called them to be. I pray that this website will be useful toward that end. About Me My name is Dale Tedder and I am…
  • Building Strong Families for a Strong Nation

    daletedder
    15 Nov 2012 | 7:56 am
    Tagged: 100 Huntley Place, Christian, Family, Strong Families, Val Dodd, Values
  • Tony Evans on Manhood and Fatherhood

    daletedder
    10 Nov 2012 | 6:37 am
    Tagged: Fatherhood, Godly, Manhood, Tony Evans
  • Parenting: The Gospel Matters

    daletedder
    30 Oct 2012 | 12:10 pm
    As David Powlison says in his Forward to Tedd Tripp’s Shepherding Your Child’s Heart, “most books on parenting give you advice either on how to shape and constrain your children’s behavior or on how to make them feel good about themselves.” Of course, neither of those objectives is completely wrongheaded… they just shouldn’t be a parent’s primary objective. Tripp puts well what should be our primary objective with these words… God is concerned with the heart – the well-spring of life (Proverbs 4:23). Parents tend to focus on the…
  • Instructing a Child’s Heart

    daletedder
    30 Oct 2012 | 11:52 am
    Dr. Tedd & Margie Tripp discuss their book Instructing a Child’s Heart Tagged: Catechism, Children, Instructing a Child's Heart, Margie Tripp, Parenting, Tedd Tripp
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    Christianity 201

  • The Time Jesus Commented on What Someone Put in the Offering

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Time for our regular midweek contribution from Canadian pastor Clarke Dixon. Click the link in the title below to read at source and then check out the rest of the series on generosity. What Would Jesus Say About Our Offering? Have you ever thought you had privacy when you really have not? There is something about putting on a full-face motorcycle helmet that can make you think you have as much privacy as sitting in a car, and so I have heard at least one motorcyclist singing at the top of his lungs while waiting for a light to turn green! We take privacy seriously at [our church] and have…
  • The Ten Lepers

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Sarnia pastor Kevin Rogers’ material at The Orphan Age has been featured here since Christianity 201’s inception. Today, we’re ‘borrowing’ from three different blog posts on the story of Jesus healing the ten lepers.  To read the original posts, click here, here and here. Luke 17:11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy[a] met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them,…
  • James 2 + Hebrews 11 =

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    We’re continuing to raise awareness of the ministry of Andy Elmes who is better known in the UK, Australia and New Zealand than in North America. His organization is called Great Big Life and he hosts a weekday radio feature called Breakfast of Champions. You can also get the Breakfast devos by subscription (click the above link). Faith works James 2:14 (NKJV) What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If we want to function in faith correctly we need to add to Hebrews 11 to the thoughts of the apostle James, above. This…
  • Awaiting the Coming of Messiah

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A little bit of explanation is necessary for today’s devotional. Today I rediscovered the blog Another Red Letter Day by Benjamin Nelson. Normally the connection I am looking for in seeking material here at C201 is a high value placed on scripture, and ARLD does that with each blog post. (And we might break our six month rule and revisit the website again very soon.) But I decided instead to go with one that actually contained no scripture at all but is based on the story of Simeon, the temple prophet who was awaiting the coming of the Messiah. For those of you who want your daily…
  • Translation Nuances in 1 Thessalonians

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    The third verse of the first chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians apparently offered translators a variety of options.  In the NIV, the verse reads: We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. Before we look at three distinct pairings in this passage, I want to point out that from my perspective, the words work and labor suggest the same thing. In some the second word is service. But even that is very similar, though not all work is an act of service, all…
 
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Pastors in Bangladesh Arrested for Evangelizing Muslims

    Worthy News Staff
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:32 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent DHAKA (Worthy News)– Two pastors in northwestern Bangladesh could face up to two years in prison if convicted for "hurting religious sentiments," according to Morning Star News. In November, police arrested the pastors and detained their audience after a mob disrupted their meeting in a rented house northwest of Dhaka. In addition to hurting religious sentiments, the pastors were charged with luring Muslims to convert to Christianity by offering them money, but both pastors denied the charges. "We did not tell anything to anyone…
  • Al Shabaab Executes 28 Non-Muslims

    Worthy News Staff
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:28 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro NAIROBI (Worthy News)– Muslim insurgents from Somali's Al Shabaab terrorist group ambushed a bus in northern Kenya last week and killed 28 passengers, according to a Morning Star News source. Shabaab gunmen separated the non-Muslims from the rest of the passengers; the gunmen then ordered them to lie in a line on the ground and then started shooting them from each end. It was not clear how many of the dead were Christians. A survivor of the attack, Douglas Ochwodho, lost his wife in the massacre. "The attackers thought they had killed me," Ochwodho said.
  • Church in Sudan Strives to Block Demolition

    Worthy News Staff
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:25 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent KHARTOUM (Worthy News)– Hundreds of Christians in North Khartoum blocked repeated attempts by government authorities to destroy all the buildings inside their church compound last week, according to Morning Star News. After a bulldozer backed by police had knocked down a wall of Khartoum's Bahri Evangelical Church, the congregation formed a human barrier that faced down any further destruction. "Kill us before destroying our church property," Christians replied to the police. "We are ready to die, or to be arrested."…
  • Christian families are stranded in ISIS-controlled Raqqa

    Worthy News Staff
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent RAQQA (Worthy News)– The Islamic State is forcing the remaining Christian families in Raqqa to pay the jizya or protection tax, according to Christian Today. The families are expected to pay the equivalent of $535 (US), or be expelled from their homes. Formerly there were 1,500 Christian families in Raqqa, but most fled after IS captured the city in August. Some have escaped to Turkey, Damascus or to Syrian government-controlled areas, but Christians who remain in Raqqa can't leave the city due to their age, health or poverty. They can…
  • Lao Hmong Evicted after Converting to Christianity

    Worthy News Staff
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:27 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent VIENTIANE (Worthy News)– Six Hmong families who converted to Christianity were forced to leave their village after local authorities ordered them to renounce their faith, according to Barnabas Aid. Refusing to revert to Laotian traditional animist beliefs, all six families were evicted from their homes in Ko Hai village in Khamkeut district to Hoi Keo near the town of Lak Sao. Because of the forced relocation, the Christians lost their homes, farms and the few assets they had on hand. Although the district governor said he was unaware of the…
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    Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotion

  • Walking out the Will of God!

    George Whitten
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 1 Thes 5:14-18 Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. The apostle Paul's epistle to the Thessalonians contains clear and powerful exhortations concerning the will of God for believers. These exhortations…
  • Be a Hearer — and a Doer!

    George Whitten
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Matthew 12:46-50 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, your mother and your brothers stand outside, desiring to speak with you. But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brothers? And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brothers! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother. Luke 8:19-21…
  • How do I understand the Will of God?

    George Whitten
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.< Writing daily devotions throughout the years I've often been asked the question, "How do I find the will of God?" There are probably many good scriptural approaches to answering this question; but I want to offer something very basic as you think about understanding the will of God. That is, simply, that you'll know His will when you come to know the heart of God. When you begin to understand, appreciate, and share the heart of…
  • Thaw out!

    George Whitten
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions John 7:37-38 In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. An estimated 500,000 tons of water go over Niagara Falls every minute. On March 29, 1948, the falls suddenly stopped. Those who lived near enough heard the overwhelming silence, and immediately they thought it was a sign – the end of the world had come! However, after thirty hours had passed – the…
  • Be Faithful to the End!

    George Whitten
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Proverbs 17:17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. A careful reading through the life of the Apostle Paul will yield insight concerning those who surrounded him. In this brief devotion, I want to focus on two of Paul's friends — Luke and Demas. Luke was a true and faithful friend to Paul, staying with and supporting him to the very end of his life, even through the worst adversities (2 Timothy 4:11). Then, there was another friend, whose name was Demas, about whom Paul wrote positively at first, (Col.
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    (in)courage

  • A Thanksgiving Scripture

    incourage
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Worship the Lord in all his holy splendor. Let all the earth tremble before him. The world stands firm and cannot be shaken. Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice! Tell all the nations, “The Lord reigns!” Let the sea and everything in it shout his praise! Let the fields and their crops burst out with joy! Let the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he is coming to judge the earth. Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. Cry out, “Save us, O God of our salvation! Gather and rescue us from among the nations, so we can…
  • Cultivating a Heart of Thankfulness

    Karina Allen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    A Psalm for Thanksgiving “Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing. Know that the Lord Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. Enter His gates with thanksgiving And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name. For the Lord is good; His loving kindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.” ~ Psalm 100 As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s not always a joyous and thankful time for everyone. Sometimes life is…
  • Waiting for a Real Thanksgiving. Watch My Love for You Grow Wild.

    Bonnie Gray
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:20 pm
    “Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.” ~ Henri Nouwen There was every reason to be thankful that morning. Honestly, I was truly grateful. For everything God has led me through. For everything He’s given me. Then, why did I feel so weary—inside? I woke up with my heart a blur with worries. A competing bevy of voices. All driving me to be tired—and frozen all at the same time. A wall of decisions stacked up around my heart, all without clarity, as to where one…
  • Almost Katniss

    Jennifer Manske Fenske
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I step into the archery range, a little cocky and a whole lot excited. Before I ever touch the elegant recurve bow, I am sure that archery will be my new sport. I am positive that I will excel at it. Archery is destined to be my thing. Although I don’t have a long braid down my back like Katniss Everdeen, the arrow-slinging heroine from the blockbuster book and movie franchise The Hunger Games, I am still determined to stand tall and portray a proud and mighty archer. There’s just one wrinkle in my suburban mom fantasy: as I enter the archery range for my first lesson, I am bringing along…
  • When We Need a Reminder to Give Thanks (a giveaway!)

    incourage
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Tis’ the season for giving thanks, right? There are thankful Facebook statuses, and thankful hashtags to follow on Twitter, and daily Instagram snaps of things we’re thankful for. It’s almost like it’s easier to give thanks in this late autumn season when so many others are giving thanks together. But what about the rest of the year, on the regular days, in the regular moments, of our regular life? When difficult or even awful things find us? When we get stuck in the monotony of the every day? When the thanks feel few and far between, hard to find? These are the times,…
 
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    Plough Weekly

  • The Eve of Advent

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:28 am
    While violence floods the streets, Arnold writes, we await God's intervention in the injustice and suffering of our world. An Advent meditation.
  • A Solution to the Ferguson Crisis

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    While all the frustration is understandable, this moment offers an opportunity to find a better way, one that will honor the memory of Michael Brown and bring peace to Ferguson.
  • Their Name Is Today

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    There’s hope for childhood. Despite a perfect storm of hostile forces that are robbing children of a healthy childhood, courageous parents and teachers who know what’s best for children are turning the tide. Publication date November 1, 2014.
  • Home for Christmas

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    Home for Christmas includes tales by some of the world’s most beloved children’s authors – Selma Lagerlöf, Ruth Sawyer, Elizabeth Goudge, and Pearl Buck – as well as little-known European stories not available in English anywhere else.
  • Evening Prayers

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    We want to turn to God at the end of each day, but often don't find the words to express our deepest feelings and longing. This collection of prayers is one of the few daily devotionals especially intended for use in the evening.
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    Religion Dispatches

  • Like “The Bachelor,” But for Jesus: “The Sisterhood” Episode 1 Recap

    Jo Piazza
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    If there were a Venn diagram showing the intersection of expertise of reality television and Catholic nuns, I would be sitting right in the middle of it. In addition to spending the past three years reporting and writing a book called If Nuns Ruled the World, I’ve spent more than a decade as an entertainment editor, chronicling the reality television industry. I bear the burden of having helped to create the media sensations of both Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian. For that I will probably be judged one day. I can only hope that my time spent reporting on the brides of Christ neutralizes…
  • What the Ferguson Protests Mean for Religious Progressive Activism

    Shannon Craigo-Snell
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:46 am
    Why are authorities responding to the protesters in Ferguson with tanks and tear gas, as if they are a threat to the American way of life? Well, perhaps because they are. I believe that the protests in Ferguson show the way forward for progressive religious activism—a true challenge to a broken system. The civil rights movement of the 1960s drank deeply from religious wells. This energy was vital to the movement against racism because it was a claim to truth in the face of racism–that fundamental lie that runs through American history. In the Jim Crow era the false claim that some…
  • GTS Situation is Just a Typical Labor Dispute… But With Clergy

    Kim Bobo
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    For more than twenty years I’ve supported workers who exercise their rights to organize to improve conditions in their workplaces. Workers care about their wages and benefits, but what usually moves workers to organize is either concern about their clients, concern about how they are treated, or both. Religious workers who organize are no different. The General Theological Seminary (GTS) faculty organized out of concern for their students, the seminary and a voice in the workplace. The heavy handed retaliatory response by the clergy-dominated Board of the Seminary, first firing them and now…
  • America’s Racist God Meets Miss Celie: Darren Wilson Not Indicted

    Anthea Butler
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    America’s racist god requires black people’s blood to atone for the sins committed by its followers. This time, the blood shed in sacrifice to this god of white supremacy was Michael Brown’s. Darren Wilson, an agent of that god, was vindicated. For his reward, he is showered with blood money from other followers of the racist god. No one should be surprised that Darren Wilson was not indicted by the grand jury. Prosecutor Robert McCulloch played the role of Pontius Pilate, washing his and Darren Wilson’s hands of impunity, while the sacrifice, Michael Brown, was deemed worthy of…
  • Did Darren Wilson Superhumanize Michael Brown?

    Evan Derkacz
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Like so many others, I was struck by Darren Wilson’s use of the word “demon” to describe Michael Brown in his testimony to the grand jury. But it wasn’t just the officer’s description of Brown as a demon, which is dehumanizing enough, it’s the use of “it” in reference to Brown’s face (“it looks like a demon”): This “demon”-ization of Michael Brown reminded me of a recent RD post from Joseph Laycock on “a psychological study suggesting that white people are predisposed to ascribe superhuman and magical qualities to black people.”  Then I recalled a passage…
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  • The Right Way to Complain

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

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

    Cheryl Cope
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Book Review: Dirty Faith by David Z. Nowell I could tell this book was special, even in the first couple of pages. This book is not a neutral book. It will either soften you or harden you. As you read this book, pray for God to soften your heart and to not miss out on a truth or lesson He … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Eyewitness to Glory: Moses by Mindy Ferguson

    Cheryl Cope
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Book Review: Eyewitness to Glory: Moses by Mindy Ferguson Discerning God’s Active Presence Another one of Ms. Ferguson’s great Bible study books. Be prepared for real Bible study. She makes you look up the scriptures. The verses are not included in the book. I think this is a good thing as it forces you to look them up yourself and then you … Continue reading →
  • Helps to Repentance

    Cheryl Cope
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Helps to Repentance At the time of this post we are in the middle of what is called the Ten Days of Awe which is the ten days of Rosh Hashanah leading up to Yom Kippur, the day of atonement in the Hebrew calendar. (See Should Christians Celebrate Rosh Hashanah, and Ten Days of Awe, for more information on these … Continue reading →
 
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  • The “Why” before the “What”

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

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

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

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

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

  • What are you doing with your gratitude?

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

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

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

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

    Naty Matos
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    How do you define wisdom? For some it’s measured by a person’s level of knowledge and learning or by one’s level of education. Dictionaries define wisdom as philosophic and scientific learning. Other definitions of wisdom include sound judgment, good insight, or common sense. Native Americans believe wisdom is earned only after living a long life that brings learning and experience. These definitions have merit, but they fall short of a biblical definition of wisdom. Biblical wisdom can be defined as the ability to see things from God’s point of view. As Christians, our wisdom grows…
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    Bible Prophecy Blog

  • A Dispensational View of the Spiritual Life, or Homage to He That Is Spiritual

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Dr. Steve Spurlin Cornerstone Bible Church Most people, if they know anything at all about Dispensationalism, believe that it really only affects the area of end-times prophecy, and certain books of the Bible such as Daniel and Revelation. However, it is not possible for this to be the case since... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Video: NATO Concern over Russian Planes in Crimea

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    1:32Related Links NATO commander warns Russia could control whole Black Sea • BBC US Army 'to send tanks to eastern Europe' as tensions rise among NATO members amid increased Russian aggression • Daily Mail The Ukraine: Between Two Empires • BPB (Robert Congdon) ​Collective defense partnership:... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Islamic Supremacist Groups Connect Their Jihad to Ferguson Riots

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    Robert Spencer Jihad Watch In this photo (thanks to Kay), Leftist demonstrators relate the strife in Ferguson to the "Palestinian" jihad:Pamela Geller has a great deal of information on how Islamic jihadists and supremacists, including the Hamas-linked terror organization CAIR, have tried to... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • The Two Commissions in Matthew

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Dr. Christopher Cone Southern California Seminary In a soon-to-be-published thesis, [1] James Fazio draws attention to an important component of Matthew's account of Jesus' life and ministry: specifically, that Jesus commissioned His disciples on two significant occasions, and for two very... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Video: Netanyahu Warns US Not to Make 'Historic Mistake' on Iran

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Interviews with ABC This Week...1:45Related Links Obama’s Planned Giveaways to Iran! • dickmorrisreports Iran: We gave Hezbollah missiles that can reach southern Israel • Israel Hayom World powers discuss extending Iran deal deadline • Times of Israel Failure to... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
 
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

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

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

    31 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    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…
  • Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: Alcohol and Cigarettes -- Ten Divine RevelationsThe Judgment Seat of Christ The Sale of Christian Music and Art -- A Robbers' Den?Pope Validates Evolution and Big Bang Theory Testing the Spirits of False Prophets (updated!) May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the links in the side bar. You may also…
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • Nelson Algren

    Paul Luikart
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nelson Algren spent a lot of time in homeless shelters in Chicago. This was in the 1940’s and 50’s. He wasn’t homeless, but when you read his novels and stories—especially when you realize the measures he took to get them right—you get the impression he wished that he was. He used to go to Pacific Garden Mission, a giant homeless shelter still in operation in Chicago to this day, and sit down with the drunks and down-and-outers. He’d eat dinner with them, play cards, and shoot the breeze. There’s one picture, taken by Algren’s photographer buddy Art Shay, which depicts a…
  • Denise Levertov’s Birthday

    Christina Lee
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Very recently, I turned thirty. It’s a bit of a no-man’s land, emotionally, this turning thirty business. Anyone older, even by a few months, will dismiss all your grumbling (and will probably be strongly tempted to dismiss this post) with a patronizing chuckle and an eye roll. Anyone younger will take your grumbling far too seriously, and will try annoyingly hard to commiserate with and console you. The morning of my 30th, facing my mortality, I scanned my bookshelves for some appropriately somber reading material and found Denise Levertov. I thumbed through to find one of Levertov’s…
  • Art is universal

    Abby Jarvis
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Art is universal,” wrote James Jackson Jarves. “It unites mankind in common brotherhood. . . . art is the connecting link in the chain of great minds. Through its language, thought appeals to thought, and sympathy echoes feeling.” Jarves, a 19th century writer and art critic, beautifully captured the sentiments that ran through my mind while I was deep in the halls of the Chicago Art Institute. Of all the amazing works in that museum—works that span hundreds and thousands of years and come from every continent of the globe—I was struck most by a small, green, comparatively…
  • Inheritance

    Jayne English
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    This mad house is my home. ~ Barbara Weston The film August: Osage County opens in the home of Violet and Beverly Weston. Their decades-long marriage has been an attempt to blend their divergent natures; Beverly’s is poetic, Violet’s is mean. She wreaks emotional violence against anyone who gets too close to her frayed center. Beverly navigates her tumultuous waters by gripping the gunwales. As the film starts, he is bearing the tempest that occurs when Violet learns he has hired “an Indian” (the tragically and recently deceased Misty Upham) to help care for her through her developing…
  • The Poetry of Loss and Resurrection

    Jill Reid
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Sometimes, especially when I’m most in need of meeting myself—the actual Jill long lost within the daily, rigid busyness of life—I hunt for myself in the files on my computer. I look for me between the lines of what I have managed to write down, in words and images that, over time, come together in patterns and threads and whispers. And I try to understand what I believe I have been trying to tell myself. I have discovered that the Jill who has been writing these past few months is one who can’t stop talking about the past, about memory, about loss. A few months ago, I stood in the…
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  • Pope Francis “God lives in cities. We must go and look for him and..."

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:47 am
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has urged bishops and pastoral care workers to take up the challenge of bringing the Gospel into big cities with a profound change of attitude and renewed committment. In a message to participants of the International Pastoral Congress on the World's Big Cities, held in Barcelona this week, the Pope issued an encouragement to reflect creatively on the way they face the task of evangelization in great urban centers that are in increasing expansion, and in which everyone needs to feel the closeness and mercy of God. Delivering his message to a group of Cardinals and…
  • Free Catholic Movie : Miracle of Marcelino : Heartwarming story of an Abandoned Baby

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    Marcellino (1991) 92 min - Drama - 19 December 1991 (Spain) In the 15th century, in a poor Italian village, the monks of a modest convent take up an abandoned baby. Unfortunately, for all their efforts, they prove unable to trace his parents. Director: Luigi Comencini Writers: Luigi Comencini, Ennio De Concini, Stars: Didier Bénureau, Sergio Bini Bustric, Alberto Cracco |
  • Today's Mass Readings : Thursday November 27, 2014

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    Thursday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 506Reading 1RV 18:1-2, 21-23; 19:1-3, 9AI, John, saw another angel coming down from heaven,having great authority,and the earth became illumined by his splendor.He cried out in a mighty voice:“Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great.She has become a haunt for demons.She is a cage for every unclean spirit,a cage for every unclean bird,a cage for every unclean and disgusting beast.”A mighty angel picked up a stone like a huge millstoneand threw it into the sea and said:“With such force will Babylon the great city be thrown…
  • Synod Reflection by Archbishop : Virginity, Marriage and the Nature of Life with God in Heaven

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:56 am
    Conference on the Family—Dominican University CollegeMemorial of Saint Cecilia, Virgin and Martyr– November 22, 2014[Texts: Revelation 11.4-12; Psalm 143 (144); Luke 20.27-38]\ Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: From time to time, studies are published which prove what we, as Catholics, already know to be true. For example, it has been demonstrated that religious practice has a positive impact on marriage fidelity. I recall one Globe and Mail article reporting data from Statistics Canada. It read: “for newly-weds worried about making their marriage vows stick, regular…
  • Pope Francis "The Lord was knocking at her door..." Homily

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    Pope Francis preaches at Mass Thursday morning - OSS_ROM27/11/2014 11:(Vatican Radio) Reality can be ugly, but despite the suffering, corruption and indifference in today’s world as Christians we must hold our heads high in hope said Pope Francis at Mass Thursday morning in Casa Santa Marta.Basing his reflections on the Readings of the Day, Pope Francis spoke of the fate of the two cities of Babylon and Jerusalem. The Pope pointed out that both the First Reading from Revelation and the Gospel from St Luke Chapter 21, draw our attention to the end of this world.He noted that they speak of…
 
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  • Embrace Uncertainty

    Todd
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Watch this Video: Andy Stanley talks about walking through difficulty “Even though life is uncertain. God is not.” – Andy Stanley Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 10:35 Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. Psalm 55:22 Cast your burden on the Lord, and…
  • What In The World Are We Doing

    Todd
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Watch this Video: Judah Smith explains that God loves the world and that we are here for a reason. “I made a decision right after my earthly father passed, that You’re the Dad of this church. You’re in charge, and if You want to say something, You’ll let me know. Until then, I’ll just get up and talk about golf, if that’s all I got. But I’m not going to stress. Cause You called me to this. These are Your people. This is Your city. This is Your earth. The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. I’m leaning in to Your love. I’m…
  • Graham Cooke Inheritance

    Todd
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Watch this Video: This one is worth another go around. Graham Cooke’s reminds us that God Loves us Outrageously! “The Lord says there is nothing you can do that would make Him love you more.  There is also nothing you can do to make Him love you less.  He loves you … Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because He loves you, Because that is what he is like.” – Graham Cooke   Also check out The Nature of God to know how Good God is, by Graham Cooke.
  • Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind

    Todd
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Watch this Video: Sid Roth interviews Bill Johnson about the power of the renewed mind. “Bill Johnson operates in MAJOR miracles. He says when you “renew your mind,” it transforms your walk with God. Then what happens? It brings “Heaven down to Earth” wherever you go! The key is there’s no sickness in Heaven, no fear, no poverty! Are you ready to be transformed?” – Sid Roth Matthew 6:10 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. “He gave us a very clear example in how He lived, and a very clear commission in what…
  • Victorious Eschatology

    Todd
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Long Video Series: Victorious Eschatology, by Harold Eberle, a Futurist View versus Partial-Preterist View Victorious Eschatology – Study Guide  Book Available at Amazon.com What are the signs of Jesus’ coming? What are the signs of the end of the world? Are things getting better or worse?   Visions and Prophecies of Daniel. Book of Revelation – Chapters 1-11 Book of Revelation – Chapters 12-22 Antichrist, Rapture, and End Times.
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  • What Can We Learn about Video Churches from Mars Hill’s Closing?

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

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

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

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

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

    John Richmond
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am middle aged. By every definition I fall squarely in that season of life. I am in my mid-forties, think about my mortgage more than I should, and have three kids (a teen, a tween, and a toddler). The other night my wife and I were joking with friends about how we are due for a mid-life crisis. She was quick to remind me that neither a sports car nor a mistress was in the budget. Laughing, she told me I would have to come up with something else. The conversation got me thinking. At its core, a mid-life crisis is a grand moment of clarity. In the crisis we come to grips with our own…
  • The Best Way to React When You’re Scared

    Dean Nelson
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Three things startled me recently. First: While taking a walk near my house, I came around a corner just as a woman was cleaning up an impressive pile that her dog, a Bullmastiff, had deposited on the sidewalk. My sudden appearance surprised both of them, but I was worried about only one of them. He charged. A Bullmastiff is, I’m pretty sure, a descendant of the Mastodon. That’s where the “mast” in Bullmastiff comes from. I haven’t looked that up, but I don’t really need to. Second: I was moving a pile of wood from my back yard to another place in the yard. I had just had some…
  • If You’re Rushing, Something is Wrong

    Donald Miller
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    At Storyline, we’re pretty even keeled. We don’t get too excited or worried and things pretty much get handled ahead of schedule. How that happened with a group of artists, I don’t know, but everybody who works with us seems to appreciate our flow of business. Essentially, if we are rushing: We know we’ve done something wrong. Of course there are plenty of great reasons in life to rush. If you’re an ER doctor or a professional ping-pong player, rushing seems appropriate. But in most endeavors, feeling a constant sense of urgency and panic means somebody hasn’t done his or her job.
  • Why We Pick Apart the People We Admire Most

    Kyle Reid
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    I recently attended a conference hosting some of the top creatives in the world. I spent every jam-packed day of the conference learning, being inspired and trying to soak up any and all creative magic from those around me. “Oh, you work for Facebook you say? I think I’ve heard of that…(internal freakout moment).” I was inspired, yet equally intimidated. I learned many important things that will define the future of my work. But, as the speakers delivered home run after home run, I began to squirm in my seat. Why am I here? How can I call myself a designer? Those were real thoughts I…
  • 3 Keys to Winning the Mental Game

    Donald Miller
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    A couple years ago, I had lunch with Ben Malcolmson who serves as the assistant to Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. We met on a Sunday afternoon before the Seahawks were to play on Monday Night Football. I’d read Coach Carroll’s book Win Forever (a terrific read for any leader) and so knew a little about his coaching strategy and how he encourages his teams to simply believe they are going to win at everything they do. Then Ben said something I thought was interesting. He said that at the NFL level, all the athletes are world class. He said there really aren’t that many…
 
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    The Christian Gift

  • Happy Thanksgiving

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

    TheChristianGift
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    I do a lot of shooting in the early morning. A dynamic sky can help transform an iconic and often photographed scene like the one pictured here from “run of the mill” into something more unique…so there is incentive to get up early, grab my gear, and go! The passage from Lamentations which I’ve paired with this image of Nubble Light (Cape Neddick, Maine) often comes to mind when I’m working in the field at daybreak. His mercies are new every morning! Indeed.
  • Keepsakes for Children – Religious Christmas Gifts for Children

    TheChristianGift
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:45 am
    All sorts of items make wonderful gifts. We’ve all no doubt received some great presents from people over the years. But every so often, a gift is particularly cherished because is of its sentimental value. It’s special because of who gave it to us – or who made it – or because it commemorates something important – or for some other significant reason. Sometimes a gift we give may become a keepsake, even if it wasn’t necessarily intended as such. My mother made this cross-stitch bedtime prayer for my room when I was very young: I wonder if she had any…
  • Christmas Gifts for Volunteers – Service Appreciation Gift Ideas – End of Year Appreciation Gift

    TheChristianGift
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:21 am
    “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” … “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:35-40 So many people donate time and talents – or finances – or all three, to help others. It might be supporting a food pantry or soup kitchen, or volunteering for disaster relief efforts.
  • Gratitude

    TheChristianGift
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:55 pm
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • 6 Vital Tools For Scheduling Your Social Media

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

    Steve Fogg
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’ve heard it said a many times ‘email marketing is dead, social media is where it is at.’ You may have experienced it yourself. When you’ve sent out an email to your list and the open rates are in the basement and are way too low. So low in-fact that you asked yourself why you should bother at all. Today I want to share with you seven useful tips that will help your open rates go off the charts. They are so simple, yet so powerful and will help your audience engage with you and open your email, rather than hit the delete button. What specific area of your email…
  • WordPress Or Hosted Solution For Your Church Website? 5 Steps To Help You To Decide

    Steve Fogg
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Photo Credit: Whether a church should use a WordPress or proprietary hosted Content Management System for their church is a huge decision. Your website is the front door to your church and should rightly have a high price placed on it’s communication value. I actually received this exact question in my inbox recently asking for recommendations as well for a developer. Now I’m NOT a techie. Far from it. But the decision isn’t just a technical decision, it’s a leadership decision that should be made in consultation across a communication’s and IT team. Last year…
  • 46 Brilliant Tips, Ideas & Strategies That Will Improve Your Church Communications

    Steve Fogg
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:45 am
    It’s my 46th birthday today. Yes I’m 46… time goes so quickly. So I thought I’d share 46 brilliant tips, ideas and strategies from my blog and around the web that will help you step up to that next level in church communications. It’s half way through my birthday and I can’t believe I just thought of this so I better keep this light and tight. Here are the all 46 tips, ideas and strategies (in no particular order) bursting with birthday goodness: 1. Finding the brand essence of your church – Brad Abare, Church Marketing Sucks 2. Why good design…
  • Social Media: To Schedule or Not?

    Steve Fogg
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    As the use of social media by churches becomes more common, a debate is raging: Should you schedule your social media posts or not? For the anti-scheduling camp, the very nature of scheduling social media is like pre-recording a message for a dinner party and expecting everyone to want to talk to you. For the pro scheduling camp it’s a no brainer. Why wouldn’t you? The Pro-Scheduling Argument: 1. Efficient There are only 24 hours in the day. We’ve all got other things to do at work and we can’t be on social media all day. 2. Helps Alignment Planning ahead and scheduling posts helps…
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  • Nothing but Praises and Thanks

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    We've already had our Thanksgiving in Canada, but I wish my American friends a very happy Thanksgiving."The whole life of a Christian should be nothing but praises and thanks to God; we should neither eat nor sleep, but eat to God and sleep to God and work to God and talk to God, do all to His glory and praise." (Richard Sibbes)
  • A Different Kind of Leadership

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:33 am
    It’s not that I’m opposed to leadership. Quite the opposite. It’s just that I think we sometimes look to the wrong places for leadership wisdom, and this has disastrous consequences within the church.I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that churches should run like businesses, and pastors should act as CEOs. No less a thinker than Jim Collins disagrees: We must reject the idea— well-intentioned, but dead wrong— that the primary path to greatness in the social sectors is to become “more like a business.” We need to reject the naïve imposition of the “language of…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: 7 Words of Encouragement in Church Revitalization The work of revitalization is similar to church planting. We are starting some things new. We are building momentum around a vision. We are constantly looking for new leaders. But, its also incredibly different. There are unique challenges in church revitalization. As I’m learning things, I’m trying to pass them along. Five Reasons Why Millennials Do Not Want to Be Pastors or Staff in Established Churches My plea to Millennials is not to abandon established churches. Not all of them are as bad as many think.
  • Saying True Things in a True Way

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve noticed a trend. In many of our settings, we tend to say things that are true as far as they go, but the way we say them contradicts what’s being said. We’re told that pastors shouldn’t measure themselves by the size of our churches, but we’re told this by megachurch pastors who have platforms because of the size of their church.We’re told to plant small, authentic, missional, reproducing churches at a large, slick conferences in attractional churches.We read books about overcoming the success syndrome in ministry written by pastors who appear to have been quite successful.We…
  • Saving Grace: Daily Devotions from Jack Miller

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    I read a lot of books, but there are only a handful that have changed me as much as The Heart of a Servant Leader by C. John Miller. I bought this book in early 2008. By this time I’d been listening to Tim Keller sermons for a couple of years, and I’d attended my first T4G conference. I’d been wrestling with the ideas of gospel centrality and was in the early stages of working through all the implications for my life and ministry.The Heart of a Servant Leader accelerated all that. It was written by C. John (Jack) Miller, a pastor and seminary professor from Pennsylvania who had once…
 
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  • Malachi Bible Coloring Page

    Mandy Groce
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:56 am
    This free coloring page is based on the book of Malachi. It’s one part of our series of illustrations for each individual book of the Bible. Click here to download the print friendly PDF version. We’ve also uploaded the image in JPEG format. The illustration shows a the sun rising over young calves in a field. The caption reads from Malachi 4:2, “The sun of righteousness will rise and you will go out and frolic like well fed calves.” We will add a series index one we have several books online. For now you can follow our progress on this page. Information about the book of…
  • “The Least of These” Lectionary Lesson from Matthew 25:31-46

    Stephanie Fernandez
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    This free Bible lesson is based on Matthew 25:31-46 where Jesus describes the separation of sheep and goats.  It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year A – 24th Sunday After Pentecost, Gospel Reading – Matthew 25:31-46. Opening Activity – The Least of These – What’s the Word? Supplies – small container, paper, writing/coloring utensils, play-doh, blocks, pipe cleaners, other misc. art or building supplies Before…
  • A Thankful Prayer to Teach Children

    Mimi Bullock
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:18 am
    Teaching a child to engage God in prayer should be a top priority for children’s ministry leaders. This is a great time to teach about being thankful, when so many families and ministries are focusing on thankfulness. Teach children a thankful prayer, one that they can use all year long and watch their relationship with God grow. By combining simple phrases with hand and body movements kids will want to pray a thankful prayer every day. First, here is a thankful prayer. I have kept it short so that it will be easy for children and teachers to remember. Father, Father up above Thank you,…
  • Active Play Thanksgiving Games for Children’s Ministry

    Mimi Bullock
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    What is it about the holidays that makes kids want to run around the room? Could it be all the sugar we supply them with? I’m not sure but no matter how hard I try, during the month of November and December, kids want to play more and learn less. If you find the same thing is happening your children’s church or Sunday School, never fear–active play Thanksgiving games are here! Carve out some play time so all those busy little hands will have something to do! Put these three active play Thanksgiving games to use! The Great Turkey Grab: For this game, you need four plastic…
  • New Thanksgiving Games for Children’s Ministry

    Mimi Bullock
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    Are your kids tired of playing “Gobble Gobble” or “Heads-Up 7-Up” during free time in children’s church? We have good news for you! Try these new Thanksgiving games for children’s ministry. Having a few extra games on hand will help manage the crowds and keep kids focused on thankfulness and fun. You can spread these two games out across the month or have a Thanksgiving game-a-thon with these exciting active games. Ready, set–gobble, gobble! Thanksgiving Turkey: If all your children can read this is a fun game to play. Tell kids you need to build a…
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  • Tis the season for Thanks

    Jann Cobb
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    It seems rather silly to me to think of being thankful as only for a season. We are after all so blessed! Every day we see blessing after blessing surrounding us.  Stopping today to reflect, I am so thankful for my familythe country that I live inhealth and a body that still worksDaughters who have become my closest friendsa husband who showers me with love and supportthe love of Jesus that makes me grateful for each new day!a church family that surrounds me with Christ's lovefriends that inspire, encourage and spur me ona career where I am able to love on childrenGod's word…
  • Thank you precious friend

    Jann Cobb
    22 May 2014 | 9:33 am
    Everything I have learned about prayer, About being in the presence of God and sitting at His feet, I learned from my friend Kathy. She had this way of making our times together in prayer, teachable moments. I am forever grateful for her influence, kindness and love. She taught me that Forgiveness requires us to be able to ask God to bless that person.Scripture is alive and we can pray those words back to God.We can never have enough of The Holy Spirit in our lives, and we can ask for more.God can and will use us, if we make ourselves available to Him.There is strength in…
  • A cooking plan

    Jann Cobb
    1 Oct 2013 | 2:30 am
    After my last blog I had several friends ask how to prepare so many meals at one time.Organizing similar ingredients that you can prep at the same time is key to making this go by quickly.On my counter I placed a bounty of ingredientsOnionsBell peppersCarrotsCelerySweet potatoSpinachZucchiniBrussel sproutsTurnipsSpaghetti squashFrozen chilichicken stock(from the last chicken I made)chicken bratsroasteggscoconut oilspicescoconut aminoslots of plastic freezer containers and labelsThe first thing I do is prep the onions, carrots, bell peppers, celery and sweet potato slicing them into…
  • Cooking day

    Jann Cobb
    29 Sep 2013 | 2:30 am
    In 2 hours I created 4 meals and muffins plus a pot roast in the crock pot, roasted brussel sprouts and mashed turnips. In the picture, is a spinach quiche, sausage soup, sausage and peppers and chili over spaghetti squash.  You might think that this would tire me out but instead I feel like I want to cook some more!  All of these recipes are made the Paleo way and are extremely healthy! The purpose of creating these meals are so that I can have delicious, nutritious lunches! What a blessing to have these in my freezer.Every day in the lunchroom, people peer into my lunch and…
  • Mangoes

    Jann Cobb
    22 Sep 2013 | 2:30 am
    I am in love with this fruit! There is never enough of it!In addition to being tasty it has great nutrients.Great info from health-alternativesMangoOne mango without peel contains 1.06 grams of protein, 135 calories and 3.7 grams of dietary fiber.Potassium - 323 mgPhosphorus - 23 mgMagnesium - 19 mgCalcium - 21 mgSodium - 4 mgIron - 0.27 mgSelenium 1.2 mcgManganese - 0.056 mgCopper - 0.228 mgZinc - 0.08 mgAlso contains small amounts of other minerals.Vitamin A - 1584 IUVitamin B1 (thiamine) - 0.12 mgVitamin B2…
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • The Power of Asking a Different Question in Ferguson

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

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

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

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

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

    Frank King
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:06 pm
    I Am Thankful In the book of Numbers, the Bible tells of a time when the people of God complained when they should have been thankful. While in the wilderness, they complained about the journey and what they had to eat. It was something called manna. The Bible says it tasted like fresh oil (Numbers 11:8). Granted, that doesn’t sound very appetizing. Anyway, the Bible says “when the people complained, it displeased the Lord (verse 1a). To say that it displeased Him is really an understatement. Actually, “His anger was kindled; and the fire of the Lord burnt among them, and consumed them…
  • A Lesson from Bill Cosby

    Frank King
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Bill Cosby I have loved The Cosby Show from the time it debuted in the 80s. I am sure millions of others can say the same thing. I still enjoy reruns of the show when I stumble across them. But these days, a totally different Bill Cosby is being portrayed on the TV screen that made him famous in the past. To date, at least five women have gone public saying that Bill Cosby, the beloved TV dad, raped them. Some claim he gave them pills and/or something to drink before violating them. Still, Mr. Cosby refuses to address the issue. Of course, that’s his prerogative. But in my opinion, this is…
  • “He Gives More Grace”

    Frank King
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:16 pm
    Amazing Grace All who make it into heaven will do so solely by the grace of God. It is only by His grace that we will be deemed faultless before Him. But the grace of God is not limited to grace for salvation. Moreover, we don’t all walk in the same measure of total grace. For the Bible says, “He gives more grace….” (James 4:6a). The remainder of the verse gives the basis for receiving more grace: “God resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble” (v. 6b). That truth should not be hard to understand. All other things being equal, a person who walks humbly before God will…
  • Hear God’s Quiet Voice

    Frank King
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Note: The words comprising this post were taken from devotion 36 (“A Quiet Voice”) of my recently released book, “Transforming Moments with God.” Listening for God Oftentimes, in the Bible when God manifested His presence, He did it in a dramatic way. He caused, for instance, the rain to fall 40 days and nights when He judged the world in Noah’s day. To destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, He sent fire and brimstone on earth. When He called Moses to lead Israel out of Egypt, fire appeared amid a bush that was not consumed. He sent an angel on earth to announce the birth of Christ our Savior.
  • Stir Up the Gift within You

    Frank King
    9 Nov 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Prayer Station Most of us have a vivid memory of how it was when we first met Christ and He miraculously changed our life. Remember how excited you were about your newfound faith? Remember how passionate you were about the Word of God? Remember how your thinking of Christ pervaded your every thought about anything else? But for some of us, perhaps many of us, that fire no longer burns like it used to. What can we do about that? We can do as Paul the apostle instructed his friend Timothy: “Stir up the gift of God, which is in you by the putting on of my hands” (2 Timothy 1:6). Paul knew…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • How to Say “Good Job” in Plain English

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

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

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

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

    J.B. Wood
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    My pastor recently took a three-month sabbatical. I imagined him sleeping in until ten every morning, followed by extensive periods of crossword puzzles and personal grooming. But he assured me that his time off was really more professional in nature: he studied up on the Emergent Church and did a biblical tour of Turkey. Am [Read More...]
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  • The Names of Jehovah in the Bible – Infographic

    Amit Christian
    8 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    This infographic describes the names of God (Jehovah) in the Old Testament in the Bible. Share it! To Share the Infographic, Read the Guide! Click on the code in the box below. Hit Ctrl-C to copy. Paste the code into your site’s page. Download this infographic.Embed Our Infographic On Your Site!Image Widthpx<img src="http://bibleseo.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/names.jpg" alt="The Names of Jehovah in the Bible &#8211; Infographic - An Infographic from Bible Study Lessons and Topics" width="100%" class="infographic_embedder" /><p…
  • What did Jesus say about Paying Taxes

    Amit Christian
    23 Mar 2014 | 8:14 am
    Bible Study Lesson on Matthew 22: 15-22 It is that time of a year. Do you know what is this season for? You might wonder it’s a ‘Spring’ season. Well, you are right, but it is also a time of ‘Tax Season’!s Around March-April of each year, most people in America file their taxes, many even waiting till the last moment! It is the time when many of us ask the question, why should I pay taxes? Why should I give my hard earned money to the government? Have you ever wondered what would be Jesus’ opinion about paying taxes? Did he actually pay taxes (Matthew 17:24-27)…
  • The God who comforts As a Mother

    Glory
    18 Jan 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Isaiah: 66:13 – As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. While I was reading and meditating on this passage, I was little surprised by this verse. We generally view God as our Father, and rightly so. So when we think about God, it might be a little hard for us to think of Him as a mother. John 4:24 says that God is the Spirit and those who worship him, must worship in truth and spirit. Thus this is not a matter of – he or she. But God uses this visual of a mother, or father for us. In other verses of the Bible, God uses different human relationships and calls us His…
  • Fishers of Men – Peter’s encounter with Jesus

    Amit Christian
    5 Jan 2014 | 10:01 am
      Bible Study Passage: Luke 5:1-11 1 One day as Jesus was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret, the people were crowding around him and listening to the word of God. 2 He saw at the water’s edge two boats, left there by the fishermen, who were washing their nets. 3 He got into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon, and asked him to put out a little from shore. Then he sat down and taught the people from the boat. 4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” 5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all…
  • Parable of a Sower and Four Soils

    Amit Christian
    18 Dec 2013 | 7:38 pm
    When The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe movie was released, we went to see the movie with some of our friends. Every one of us enjoyed the movie. Later we were discussing about the movie and its Christian message, one of our friends did not really understand it. We then shared the representation of Christ in Aslan, the Lion. He was amazed by the deeper truths of the Narnia story. We all like good stories. But many stories have deep, (often hidden) spiritual truths to them. If you are not careful, you can easily miss its meaning. Jesus also told many of such stories…
 
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  • Three Thanksgiving Prayers

    Jean Wise
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. No matter where you live may these prayers bring you hope, peace and love today. O God, when I have food, 
help me to remember the hungry; When I have work, help me to remember the jobless; When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all; When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency; bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help; By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen. Samuel F. Pugh Give me a good digestion, Lord, and…
  • Mezuzah

    Jean Wise
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. The hotels we stayed in in Israel exposed me to some new practices. One had a Shabbat elevator – from sundown on Friday until the sun sets on Saturday, many observant Jews refrain from certain activities, including pushing elevator buttons. So in some buildings, elevators are programmed to stop automatically…
  • Sunday Prayer – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,   I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’   Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?   And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25: 35-37, 40 Lord pour compassion into my heart…
  • Prayer – Quote of the Week – John Baillie

    Jean Wise
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Teach me O God so to use all the circumstances of my life today that they may bring forth in me the fruits of holiness rather than the fruits of sin. Let me use disappointment as material for patience; Let me use success as material for thankfulness; Let me us suspense as material for perseverance; Let me use danger as material for courage; Let me use reproach as material for longsuffering: Let me use praise as material for humility: Let me use pleasures as material for temperance; Let me use pains as material for endurance. John Baillie
  • Lessons from the Olive Trees

    Jean Wise
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. Olive trees thrive in the Holy Lands. Every meal we ate offered at least one form of olives. Olive oil and olive wood gifts decorated the shelves of stores we visited. We passed miles of olive tree groves. Olive trees don’t grow in NW Ohio, so this is a tree I wasn’t familiar with. I read and heard about the…
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  • 1 Thessalonians 5:18 – Thanksgiving Presence

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV) The fall leaves have long ushered in the Thanksgiving season, for me. During the long drives between my parents, the plethora of colors in the trees brought a peace to my heart. I knew there would be a gathering of relatives; my favorites, and least favorites, all in one place. It would be a mixture of those people I hoped to stay around most of the day, and those I wanted to avoid. My best Thanksgivings centered around the activities we…
  • 1 Chronicles 16:8 – Give Thanks This Thanksgiving

    admin
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! (1 Chronicles 16:8 ESV) There is more to living the Christian life than just trying to be good and follow the rules. Part of who we should be in Christ is a grateful people. It is God who provides for our basic needs like air to breathe, water to drink and food to eat that keeps the body alive. We should thank God for these necessities of life every day. It is also God who provides His people creation with a Savior. We are born into sin, and we live in a corrupt world where sin…
  • 2 Corinthians 5:14-15 – Through the Cross

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised. (2 Corinthians 5:14-15 ESV) Through the cross… Jesus gives Himself as a ransom. Jesus forgives our trespasses. Jesus erases our debt. Jesus liberates us from sin. Jesus frees us from our futile ways. Jesus reconciles us to God. Jesus reconciles enmity between people. Jesus reconciles all things on heaven and earth to…
 
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  • -Happy Thanksgiving 2014

    Dr. D
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:06 am
           ("The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth": Wikipedia) Happy Thanksgiving 2014 to you and yours. Our traditional Thanksgiving message follows: Thanksgiving is a uniquely American celebration that began nearly four centuries ago with a deeply religious people, the Pilgrims, giving thanks to God for preserving them though a very hard year and bringing them their first bountiful harvest which they gratefully shared with their indigenous neighbors. It was our first President George Washington who proclaimed that our first official national day of public…
  • -High School Student Suspended for Sharing His Faith?

    Dr. D
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:29 pm
    A high school senior in Everett, Washington has been suspended three times and faces potential expulsion for sharing his Christian faith. Here’s the news release about this case from the Pacific Justice Institute: A new lawsuit filed this week in Seattle federal court challenges what attorneys are calling “egregious” speech restrictions in an Everett high school. Attorneys with the Pacific Justice Institute are representing Michael Leal, a senior at Cascade High School. Leal is a devout Christian who shares his faith with his fellow students through gospel tracts and the spoken word. He…
  • -Rick Warren: “We Cannot Cave on This Issue”

    Dr. D
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:03 pm
              (Picture from Wikipedia) Speaking before a Vatican-sponsored international conference on marriage, evangelical (SBC) pastor Rick Warren spoke out in favor of traditional marriage proclaiming:  “…we cannot cave on this issue” Here’s the story from LifeSite News: Speaking at Pope Francis’ Humanum conference November 17, Evangelical pastor and author Rick Warren talked about God’s plan for marriage, and along with Southern Baptist ethicist Russell Moore, decried the ruin of marriage resulting from today’s sexual mores.
  • -Catholic Priests Choose to Disobey DC Circuit Court Contraceptive Ruling

    Dr. D
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:27 am
    A pro-life group of Catholic priests,  Priests for Life, has chosen civil disobedience rather than compliance to a court ruling to provide birth control and abortifacients through the insurance plans for its employees. Here’s the story from Christianity Today: The United States DC Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a claim from Priests for Life that it should be exempt from the Obamacare legislation on grounds of religious freedom. A three-judge panel said that the regulations "do not impose a substantial burden on the Plaintiffs’ religious exercise." A statement from…
  • -7th Circuit: Pastors Can Keep Their Housing Allowance

    Dr. D
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court decision that would  have denied pastors their traditional tax exempt housing allowance which is normally a major part of their compensation package. Here’s the story from Christianity Today: Today, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s high-profile 2013 decision that the longstanding clergy housing allowance was unconstitutional. The 60-year-old tax break excludes the rental value of a pastor’s home from their taxable income. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) challenged the…
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  • Worth a Look 11.27.14

    Trevin Wax
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripken. $0.99. How does faith survive, let alone flourish in a place like the Middle East? How can Good truly overcome such evil? How do you maintain hope when all is darkness around you? How can we say “greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world” when it may not be visibly true in that place at that time? How does anyone live an abundant, victorious Christian life in our world’s toughest places? Can Christianity even work outside of Western, dressed-up, ordered nations?
  • Back to Broadus: Why Pastors Still Consult This Preaching Classic

    Trevin Wax
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Pick up a book on expository preaching, and you’re likely to see multiple references to John A. Broadus. The book he wrote on preaching had its origin over 150 years ago, and since 1870, it has stayed in print and undergone multiple revisions. What has given Broadus’ work such staying power? Today, I’ve invited Roger Duke to answer a few questions about Broadus’ legacy. Roger is the editor of a new compilation of Broadus’ sermons, Prince of the Pulpit. As one who has benefited from Broadus’ work, I was honored to contribute…
  • Worth a Look 11.26.14

    Trevin Wax
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism - Bauder, Mohler, Stackhouse, Olson. $4.99. Compares and contrasts four distinct positions on the current fundamentalist-evangelical spectrum in light of the history of American fundamentalism and evangelicalism. Self-Segregation: Why It’s So Hard for Whites to Understand Ferguson Overall, the social networks of whites are a remarkable 91 percent white. White American social networks are only one percent black, one percent Hispanic, one percent Asian or Pacific Islander, one percent mixed race, and one…
  • Why Christian Pastors Are Divided On “The Marriage Pledge”

    Trevin Wax
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    When the most recent issue of First Things arrived earlier this month, I was surprised to see an article by R. R. Reno which encouraged pastors and ministers to stop signing government-provided marriage certificates. “The Marriage Pledge” intends to preserve the church’s purity in recognizing true marriage for what it is and in disassociating from the government’s adoption of false and increasingly nonsensical views of marriage. Reno’s reasoning is prompted by our contemporary context. He writes: The new definition of marriage…
  • Worth a Look 11.25.14

    Trevin Wax
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem by Kevin DeYoung. $1.99. DeYoung addresses the busyness problem head on in his newest book, Crazy Busy — and not with the typical arsenal of time management tips, but rather with the biblical tools we need to get to the source of the issue and pull the problem out by the roots. Derwin Gray – Ferguson and the Cross: As a pastor of an intentionally multiethnic, multiclass church, I believe Jesus’ church can bring healing to the deep wounds in our country by being a testimony of how…
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  • Three Thanksgiving Prayers

    Jean Wise
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. No matter where you live may these prayers bring you hope, peace and love today. O God, when I have food, 
help me to remember the hungry; When I have work, help me to remember the jobless; When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all; When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency; bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help; By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen. Samuel F. Pugh Give me a good digestion, Lord, and…
  • Mezuzah

    Jean Wise
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. The hotels we stayed in in Israel exposed me to some new practices. One had a Shabbat elevator – from sundown on Friday until the sun sets on Saturday, many observant Jews refrain from certain activities, including pushing elevator buttons. So in some buildings, elevators are programmed to stop automatically…
  • Sunday Prayer – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,   I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’   Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?   And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25: 35-37, 40 Lord pour compassion into my heart…
  • Prayer – Quote of the Week – John Baillie

    Jean Wise
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Teach me O God so to use all the circumstances of my life today that they may bring forth in me the fruits of holiness rather than the fruits of sin. Let me use disappointment as material for patience; Let me use success as material for thankfulness; Let me us suspense as material for perseverance; Let me use danger as material for courage; Let me use reproach as material for longsuffering: Let me use praise as material for humility: Let me use pleasures as material for temperance; Let me use pains as material for endurance. John Baillie
  • Lessons from the Olive Trees

    Jean Wise
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. Olive trees thrive in the Holy Lands. Every meal we ate offered at least one form of olives. Olive oil and olive wood gifts decorated the shelves of stores we visited. We passed miles of olive tree groves. Olive trees don’t grow in NW Ohio, so this is a tree I wasn’t familiar with. I read and heard about the…
 
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    As the Deer

  • Sermon on the Feeding of the 5000

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    31 Oct 2014 | 4:42 am
     Finding the Greater Reward Pursue the greater reward -Jesus [tweet this] Keep your eyes on Jesus, the blessing will follow you. [tweet this]   How to Hear God Clearly The man who learns to be at rest and not strive for things to happen is the man who has the greater revelation of Jesus. [ClickToTweet]   Why Does the Past Still Hurt God did not call you because you were better than you fathers, but He called because you were available. [tweet this] Disappointment, discouragements and offence come from us looking inwards, the more you make it about you the more  power you give them…
  • 7 Final Instructions to a Believer of Jesus

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:59 am
    Last Friday was my last service as the youth Pastor, as I moved into the new phase (Read more about it here) I searched deep to see what I would share to my beloved group of young adults as my final words to them. Here are seven thoughts I shared with them: 1. GO! To recap the final words of Jesus. (Mark 16:15,16; Matthew 28:19) a) Go Ye into the World – this world is your world. The farthest you can reach. Till the last person in your college or office. To that person in the other end of the city. Go, don’t be held back. Go, to the farthest your feet can carry with the news that set…
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    Faithful Choices

  • Surviving The Vote

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

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

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

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

    Paula Whidden
    29 May 2014 | 9:31 am
    Image via Wikipedia Years ago my husband and I sat down and made a family plan. You might assume we must be serious planner people.  Not really. For reference, most of our family holidays come up last minute with much prayer, but little prep.  On the scale of things, the family seems more vital to plan than our vacation. Our plan is basic.   We talked about what it would look like if our family was successful. Knowing our mutual success goal helps us to work together toward it. It also helps us to remember what we value and what we don’t. For us, the mark of success centers on…
 
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    Will Johnston | Life, Faith & Leadership

  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Kindness

    Will Johnston
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    There are a few fruits of the Spirit that seem to get a little jumbled. What exactly is the difference between kindness, goodness, gentleness, and love? As best I can tell, kindness is a combination of a mild-manner and an uprightness of character. It it is the combination of righteousness and gentleness. Scripture speaks of God’s kindness. It is God’s grace that results in his kindness towards us (Ephesians 2:1-10), and it is His kindness that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). So if God’s Spirit is to manifest His kindness in our lives, what does that look like? I think it’s using…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Reflections on Patience

    Will Johnston
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:52 am
    This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director. So I haven’t been particularly patient these past few days. And you know what? I really haven’t been very peaceful either. Kinda goes to show how interconnected these two fruits are. I guess I never thought of how much overlap there is between them, but now I’m not sure how we could really focus on one without integrating the other. I’m realizing that the definition of patience is far more than “grit your teeth and get through the current season,” and I’ve decided that true patience is…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Reflections on Peace

    Will Johnston
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:20 am
    This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. -Jesus (John 14:27) When we started this week on peace, I found myself wondering what my interactions would look like if I really embraced His peace. Like all the time. If I’m being honest, I’d say that fear is much more of a natural response for me. I like to think that if I intellectually prepare for what might happen I won’t get caught off guard, but…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Peace

    Will Johnston
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    There are two ways that we can be at peace. The first happens when everything externally is okay. Our lives are undisturbed. Nothing bothersome is going on. Nothing is uncertain. No one we love is sick. Us and ours are safe, secure, and happy. This is the type of peace that the American dream pursues. If we work hard enough we can buy security and stability. The problem with this kind of peace is that it never lasts. People die, jobs are lost, friends betray, spouses cheat, economies crash, and disasters happen. No matter how hard we work or how much money we have, we’re ultimately not in…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Joy

    Will Johnston
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:12 pm
    This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director. The past few months have been a fairly awesome season of life for me.  I’ve explored Boston and the Grand Canyon, spent time with my family along Lake Erie, and celebrated my niece and nephew’s first birthday, complete with all the food a hungry caterpillar could eat.  I’ve seen growth in established friendships and have even become more secure in my career: my first peer reviewed journal article will be published in early 2015. Amidst the blessings, I am mindful not to let the happiness and…
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  • Video of the Day: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    If you remember from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving TV special, Charlie states that the only thing he knows how to cook is toast. Hopefully your holiday meal is going a little more smoothly.Posted by... Read more!
  • Warm Up Your Winter Giveaway

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    Writer of Pop is giving away a copy of Happiness is a Warm Blanket Charlie Brown, a copy of Go Snoopy Go, three Peanuts mugs (featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy) and cocoa to one lucky winner... Read more!
  • Special Preview of "A.D."

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    It's kind of strange to be talking about Easter on Thanksgiving, however, NBC is offering a special "sneak peek" into its new faith-based series A.D., the much anticipated follow-up to of the... Read more!
  • First Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    November 27, 1924 On this day in 1924, Macy’s department store in New York presented the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. The story goes that many of the store’s employees were first-generation... Read more!
  • Turkey TV

    Jeffrey Totey
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    So, what is special on TV for Thanksgiving? Not exactly a huge holiday for specials, but the networks have cooked up a few including re-heating a few leftovers that still have some flavor left in... Read more!
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  • 23 Thanksgiving Food Facts to Smarten Your Brain While you Stuff Your Belly

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:08 am
    What’s this video about? Just read that REALLY long title. Enjoy! (Both the video AND your food today) Read the full article. Please share this post with others! Click the following link to read the entire post and leave a comment: → "23 Thanksgiving Food Facts to Smarten Your Brain While you Stuff Your Belly" by Jeremy Myers
  • Would Jesus be a Ferguson Protester?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Would Jesus be a Ferguson protester? I suppose it depends on what you mean by “Ferguson Protester.” In case you do not live in the United States (or even if you do and have been living under a rock), let me summarize what happened. On August 9, 2014, a Ferguson police officer named Darren Wilson shot and killed a young man named Michael Brown. Since Michael was black and unarmed, and the police officer was white, many are saying that this killing was racially motivated and that officer Darren Wilson should be condemned for murder. Darren Wilson contends that he was being attacked…
  • You Look Like Jesus!

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have long hair. Recently a Christian man came up to me and said, “Don’t you know that it is an abomination to God for a man to have long hair?” I could have argued with him by correcting his misquote of 1 Corinthians 11:14. I could have showed him the cultural reasons why Paul’s words don’t really apply to us today. I could have stated that even if long hair was dishonorable, maybe the reason I had long hair was that I wanted to be dishonored. I also could have brought up the fact that in most artistic renderings of Jesus, He had long hair, but nobody thinks that it was an…
  • You & Your Thoughts

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Bible teaches that “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” We also read in Paul that the key to becoming who God wants us to be is through the “renewal of our minds” (Rom 12:1-2). It is for these reasons that Dr. Earl Radmacher wrote this book. The battle for the mind is the most important battle in the life of any Christian. Most often, we do not even know that a battle for our mind is underway, but our minds are constantly bombarded from every direction, through our five senses, through the spiritual realm, through cultural and social pressure, through…
  • The Church is an Elect People

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    The church is a group of God’s elect (cf. Rom 8:33; Eph 1:4; Col 3:12; 1 Thess 1:4; 2 Tim 2:10; Titus 1:1; 1 Pet 1:1-2; 2:8-9; 5:13; Rev 17:14). As we have seen previously, Israel is another group of God’s elect. The real difference, however, between Israel as God’s elect and the church as God’s elect, is that while not all Israelites were regenerate, every member of the church is. Of course, this is only true of the invisible, universal church of God; not the visible and physical “church” down on the street corner or identified by some denomination. All people who are…
 
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  • Three Thanksgiving Prayers

    Jean Wise
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Today is Thanksgiving in the United States. No matter where you live may these prayers bring you hope, peace and love today. O God, when I have food, 
help me to remember the hungry; When I have work, help me to remember the jobless; When I have a home, help me to remember those who have no home at all; When I am without pain, help me to remember those who suffer, And remembering, help me to destroy my complacency; bestir my compassion, and be concerned enough to help; By word and deed, those who cry out for what we take for granted. Amen. Samuel F. Pugh Give me a good digestion, Lord, and…
  • Mezuzah

    Jean Wise
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. The hotels we stayed in in Israel exposed me to some new practices. One had a Shabbat elevator – from sundown on Friday until the sun sets on Saturday, many observant Jews refrain from certain activities, including pushing elevator buttons. So in some buildings, elevators are programmed to stop automatically…
  • Sunday Prayer – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,   I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.’   Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry and gave you food, or thirsty and gave you something to drink?   And the king will answer them, ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ Matthew 25: 35-37, 40 Lord pour compassion into my heart…
  • Prayer – Quote of the Week – John Baillie

    Jean Wise
    22 Nov 2014 | 4:03 am
    Teach me O God so to use all the circumstances of my life today that they may bring forth in me the fruits of holiness rather than the fruits of sin. Let me use disappointment as material for patience; Let me use success as material for thankfulness; Let me us suspense as material for perseverance; Let me use danger as material for courage; Let me use reproach as material for longsuffering: Let me use praise as material for humility: Let me use pleasures as material for temperance; Let me use pains as material for endurance. John Baillie
  • Lessons from the Olive Trees

    Jean Wise
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This is a series of reflections following my trip to the Holy Lands this fall. What a profound and life-changing experience to walk where Jesus lived. Visiting Israel opened my eyes and refreshed my heart on so many levels – historically, politically, biblically and spiritually. Olive trees thrive in the Holy Lands. Every meal we ate offered at least one form of olives. Olive oil and olive wood gifts decorated the shelves of stores we visited. We passed miles of olive tree groves. Olive trees don’t grow in NW Ohio, so this is a tree I wasn’t familiar with. I read and heard about the…
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  • How African are South Africans?

    Ryan Peter
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Recently, among friends and colleagues, I’ve seen and been involved in a lot of discussion on the issue of white privilege in South Africa. This discussion seems to have come to the forefront after the events in Ferguson in the U.S. I’m not going to comment on Ferguson, but I am going to talk about some of the South African discussion. Firstly, Brett “Fish” Anderson defines white privilege at his post: i’m not sure you’re against that thing you think you’re against: white privilege. John Scheepers speaks about why he doesn’t get a free pass on white…
  • How I Came to See Holiness in a Brand New Way pt 3

    Ryan Peter
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:56 am
    Perfect love. That’s the key phrase that changed everything for me. What is perfect love? It is God’s love. All of sin is the opposite of love. Even private sin, that we think only affects ourselves, like watching pornography. The question is: Can I live in perfect love? Can perfect love live through me? Because if God’s love can live through me then surely my sin will start to get rooted out of my heart? In Dealing with Addictive Sin: How I Came to See Holiness in a Brand New Way pt 2 I highlighted how 1 Thessalonians 5:23 began to make me see that God promises that he will…
  • Lauren Beukes on getting a literary agent in South Africa

    Ryan Peter
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:14 am
    Yesterday I managed to get to ask Lauren Beukes, South African author of The Shining Girls (The BFS August Derleth Best Horror, The Strand Magazine Critics Choice Award, and the University of Johannesburg Prize), Zoo City (won the Arthur C Clarke Award in 2011) and her latest, Broken Monsters, a question which I’ve been meaning to ask someone like her for ages: How do you get a good literary agent in South Africa? Especially as an author of speculative fiction / supernatural thrillers etc. This is because these aren’t genres local publishers care about. The market is too small for…
  • God is not as interested in morality as much as you think

    Ryan Peter
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:59 am
    This article was featured in The Star newspaper on 24 September, 2014. It was edited down (with a different title) so I decided it would be great to post my original piece as submitted to The Star After having read Eusebius McKaiser’s recent article “Why God’s not a moral imperative”, having attended the debate he had with Christian apologist John Lennox, and having engaged with him on my personal blog (Why Eusebius McKaiser’s article is a perfect example of apologetics gone wrong) I felt – in the interests of fairness – to present some thoughts from “the other…
  • Eusebius McKaiser and John Lennox at the #GMWits debate could have been stronger

    Ryan Peter
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:10 am
    Last night, well-known Christian apologist John Lennox and Eusebius McKaiser, PowerFM talk show host and agnostic philosophical lecturer, went head to head (mind to mind, more like it!) in a debate on morality at WITS. You can pick some of the conversation on Twitter at the #GMWits hashtag and a Youtube video will be pasted later (I’ll update this blog with it when it comes out). So what happened? It was invigorating and stimulating, as these debates should be. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was impressed with the turn-out. I loved the brilliance and civility of both speakers. However, I…
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  • Be Thankful. Don’t Be Anxious

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

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

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

    Kevin Shorter
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    This past week my family was honored with a free stay at a four-star hotel in Thailand. Christian Hospitality Network, a group out of Tennessee, had raised money to provide this rest along with many gifts for us and our kids. They do this out of love and gratitude for Christians choosing to live overseas. We in turn are very grateful to them for the rest and love they gave us. One the things they said stuck out to me. They called us their heroes. To my family, these people were heroes. We each have our part to play. If you just think of the work being done overseas, you have so much more…
  • Prayer Quotes – Allison Shorter

    Kevin Shorter
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Until we know we are freely loved, giving love away in prayer or intercession or with our teams can be difficult. It can come off with an edge of condemnation and taint our prayers and purity of heart. As people who stand in the gap for individuals, situations and nations, we need to see them the way God does and let go of our personal opinions and ideas about things. As we see ourselves as God sees us, we are freed up from striving and we begin to simply enjoy His Presence. We have all been uniquely created to experience God’s Presence and Kingdom and release it wherever we go. He longs…
 
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  • New book validates biblical version of Creation through comprehensive timeline of archaeological and scientific findings

    Gina Adams
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Search for the Truth Publications will release their latest book entitled Brilliant: Made in the Image of Godby the company’s founder, Bruce Malone. The coffee-table-sized hardcover uses a timeline of scientific and archaeological facts to validate that the Creation account of the Bible is accurate.  Malone says the timeline makes this title unique among similar books.“Most books on creation deal with the scientific evidence supporting the reality that we have a designer,” says Malone.  “Brilliant places creation in a real biblical timeline of Earth's history.
  • New Historical Fiction YA Novel Earns Early Accolades

    Gina Adams
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    The new Young Adult historical fiction novel,Fighting for Freedom and George Washington, has been named to the Mamie Eisenhower Library Project’s (MELP) Recommended Book List. The MELP is the National Federation of Republican Women’s oldest program, celebrating more than 45 years of book donations from an approved list to schools and libraries.  Lee’s book will join a list of notable titles including America the Beautiful by Ben Carson, Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell and Patrick Robinson as well as another historical fiction novel for…
  • New Imprint to offer romance novels that promote abstinence

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Ryan
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    http://www.forgottenvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Lifting-Tired-Arms-Meet-Loveness.mp4 She has an incredible name that gets to the essence of what I see every day in Zimbabwe and Zambia. Love is at the core of life for a Christian believer in southern Africa. Vulnerable children will always be found. Always. But Jesus’ love changes everything, allowing all of us to share love fully, regardless of circumstances. Meeting her taught me that. Loveness is a volunteer leader in her local church in Zambia. This September, she talked with Remmy and I about her community in Zambia.
  • “Welcome home, Ryan”… brief thoughts on Veterans Day

    Ryan
    11 Nov 2014 | 1:29 pm
    “Welcome home, Ryan,” is my favorite phrase to hear when I get back in the USA after the border control agent at the airport examines my passport. The longer I travel the world, the more thankful I am to come home to the USA. Sure, there are aspects of our culture and American life that I don’t enjoy – mainly our love for “stuff” that doesn’t matter in the end, but I’m so thankful for the freedoms we enjoy and many of the values we collectively advance around the world. On one of my trips to Africa, I was asked by a group of men in a remote…
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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Justin
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    Happy Thanksgiving! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. (‭Psalm‬ ‭118‬:‭1‬ NIV)
  • No Suspension

    Justin
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    My friend sent me a dream where he was informed of an old trick of Satan in which he keeps us suspended from the will of God. I felt that this was a word for the whole body this week. Many have been under attack the last couple days but you are free in Christ! […]
  • Sunday’s Meditation

    Justin
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Here’s three verses the Lord has been speaking to me through this past week: Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭13‬:‭12‬ NKJV) This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the […]
  • The Giver of Life

    Justin
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:21 am
    We must all die; we are like water spilled on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. And God does not take away life, but devises means so that he who is banished may not be an utter outcast from Him. (‭2 Samuel‬ ‭14‬:‭14‬ AMP) God is the giver of life, not the taker. […]
  • Nothing Separates You

    Justin
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:36 am
    God is Love and nothing separates us from Him. Nothing separates you from the Love of God. Dying does not separate you, and neither does living. There is nothing on this earth that can separate you. No angels, principalities or powers can separate you. The demonic cannot separate you. Darkness will lie to you and […]
 
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  • Trusting the Eyes

    Haley Littleton
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I look amidst the room at the PhD candidates, published writers, and all around brilliant human beings and want to put my head on the table. I’ve spent half the semester feeling out of place and the other half questioning if I am one of them—a writer. As an MA student in literature, the scholar constitutes the external, but internally, I imagine myself with a typewriter and the next provoking literary masterpiece. Thus, I find myself in a graduate prose seminar. I obsess over my first collection of submitted work the whole week after I turn it in. Dread rises up in my stomach, and I…
  • Show & Tell: Nothing New Under the Sun

    April Schmidt
    12 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I keep feeling like I need to tell you something. I keep feeling like I need to tell you something—that my job when I sit down to craft this at the end of a full Tuesday (after trying last Tuesday and that disastrous attempt on Thursday) is to tell you something about the world we share. Of course it should be insightful. Really insightful. Because we’re all busy. Really busy. Who has time for watered-down wisdom? And it should be musical. Of course, really lyrical. Because we’re all busy. Really busy. And who has time for lackluster prose? (I don’t. Even to make a point, I can barely…
  • The Value of an Ordinary Life

    Stefani Rossi
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    In the war between the Yellow Jackets and the Gardner, the victory undeniably went to the winged beasties. I—said gardener—devised stealth attacks, striking nests in the cool of morning, double fisting cans of pesticide. Even so, I adopted a “flee after four stings” retreat strategy. And despite my best efforts at controlling pests near populated buildings, I confidently assert that there are just as many nests and aggressive airborne minions as when I began. These battles, along with a cyclic effort to stave off encroaching weeds, punctuated my work as a grounds keeper over the…
  • Starting My Long Goodbye: On Grief and Death

    Nicole Rollender
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    I call myself a cynical realist—meaning I don’t always look at the bright side or the silver lining or sing about the glass being half full. I figure it’s better to prepare for the worst, like how after my grandmother’s congestive heart failure scare, I grieved for two weeks as if she had died, crying silently into my pillow at night until my throat hurt. My grandmother lived for a few more years in steadily declining health, and when I got the call from my mother that she had passed away one week before Christmas, I didn’t cry.When we arrived at the nursing home shortly after 9…
  • On Teaching, Learning, and the Insidious Nature of Bad Christian Art

    Daniel Bowman Jr.
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me.” —1 Corinthians 13:11 In the wake of another laughable movie version of one of the worst examples of Christian kitsch in recent decades, I am mostly smiling at the uniformly horrible reviews (which I hope discourage future similar works) and spending my time and money on good art, which always abounds. Yet, because I’m a person of faith and a writer and reader, I fear that someone might associate me with the kitsch. It’s important to me to…
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  • St. Louis Churches Will Offer Sanctuary, MCU Clergy Caucus Chair Says

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:40 am
    Statement from MCU Clergy Caucus Co-Chair Rev. Dietra Wise-Baker: We Will Offer Sanctuary and Witness in The Streets ST. LOUIS, Nov. 25, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will further divide our communities and saddens us as leaders of nearly three dozen of our region’s congregations, faith and ethical communities. Frustrated youth and law enforcement officials worship together within our doors. Our Clergy Caucus is called to consecrate the streets of St. Louis as safe places for all our citizens, and in particular our…
  • ‘Touched By An Angel’ executive producer Martha Williamson ‘delivers’ new Christmas classic

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’ for Christmas’ premieres Nov. 23 on the Hallmark Movies and Mysteries channel ATLANTA, Nov. 20, 2014 – Crown Media Family Networks recently announced that the Hallmark Channel original weekly scripted series, SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED, created and executive produced by Martha Williamson (executive producer of “Touched By An Angel”), will move to sister network Hallmark Movies & Mysteries as a movie franchise consisting of a series of two-hour original films. The highly anticipated first movie in the franchise, SIGNED, SEALED, DELIVERED FOR…
  • Benjamin Altschul, Great Among The Nations’ Pastor Finds ‘An Ear for Revival’ in Denmark During Five Local Events as He Ministers in His Danish Homeland

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Hosted by First International Baptist Church and Bethel Worlds Mission Church, hosting Pastors Gilbert Rukundo and Anon Kijana reported the abundant blessings their congregations received from Pastor Altschul’s ministry.  “I feel strength by being around Pastor Altschul, and when he prayed with our people; we saw a move of God in form of healing miracles and touches by the presence of the Lord.” COPENHAGEN, Denmark, Nov. 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — As Pastor Benjamin Altschul taught from the book of Revelations, chapter 2:29, “He who has an ear, let him…
  • Black Friday Becomes Bless Friday – From the Pacific Coast to the Gulf Stream Waters

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Black Friday Becomes Bless Friday® – Blessings Stretch from the Pacific Coast to the Gulf Stream Waters to the Rhineland in 5th Year HOUSTON, Nov. 17, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Since 2010, Houston area churches have provided an alternative to frenzied Christmas shopping on the day after Thanksgiving. Continuing this tradition, Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church (MDPC), Beacon of Light Christian Center, St. John the Divine Episcopal Church, St. Francis Episcopal Church, West University Baptist Church, Crosspoint Church and The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, are each…
  • Elgin Continues to Prevent Ex-Latin Kings from Sharing Faith

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
    ELGIN, Ill., Nov. 12, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The city of Elgin continues a lawsuit against ex-Latin King members preventing them from telling current Latin-King gang members about Jesus. Elgin claims that Street Gang Terrorism Omnibus Prevention Act allows them to silence the evangelists. In September 2010, Elgin filed the lawsuit against a group of alleged gang members to obtain a court order prohibiting them from all interactions with current members of the Latin Kings. Defendants Elias Juarez, Saul Juarez, Oscar Sanchez, and Ruben Sanchez are represented by Mauck & Baker,…
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  • EXIT NIGHT. ENTER LIGHT.

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

    Richie
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    At the point Jesus gathered with his disciples before the cross, they (his disciples) were all men after another Adam. They had another covenant head, another representative head, and he was the first man Adam. They are all of that man’s ‘kind.’ The first man Adam Mankind is a ‘kind’ of a man, and the kind of man they [...]
  • GOD’S CHRISTIAN PROTECTION PROGRAM!

    Richie
    23 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    You know you are of the last Man (Jesus) and you have been taken out of Him. Your guarding and keeping is now not your responsibility but His, in a covenant made between the Father and the Son, not you. Your part was to believe into it and you were born out of it. Religion [...]
  • STOP TRYING. START TRUSTING.

    Richie
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    For by grace you have been saved through faith (Eph. 2:8). By the unearned favour of God, you have been saved by your belief into that favour. Not because you earned it, but because God is love and He has measured it out to you. We have now moved into the fullness of the Person [...]
  • HAVE YOU HEARD?

    Richie
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:12 am
    Here we see in the Gospel, and the revelation through Paul’s letter, that there are two clear distinctions – two clear dispensations: a dispensation of Law and a dispensation of Grace. The Law appeared to Israel. Grace appeared to you and His name is Jesus. He appeared personally to you. Titus says grace appeared bringing salvation [...]
 
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  • 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…
  • The Spirit Mini Series Part 2: Taking Care of the Spirit

    Ashley S. Reid
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    John 15:1-8The Message (MSG)The Vine and the Branches15 1-3 “I am the Real Vine and my Father is the Farmer. He cuts off every branch of me that doesn’t bear grapes. And every branch that is grape-bearing he prunes back so it will bear even more. You are already pruned back by the message I have spoken.4 “Live in me. Make your home in me just as I do in you. In the same way that a branch can’t bear grapes by itself but only by being joined to the vine, you can’t bear fruit unless you are joined with me.5-8 “I am the Vine, you are the branches. When you’re…
  • The Spirit Mini Series: Part 1 - What is God's Spirit?

    Ashley S. Reid
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Hello Everyone!So thank you for joining me for this mini series on the Spirit! As I said before,  I do not know everything and I cannot possibly cover everything, but I can share what I've been led to learn in hopes that it may kick-start someone else's journey!Let's hop into it!Before we start on this journey of exploring what the spirit is and its role in our lives, I think it is important to look at some definitions so we can understand what the current perspective is, and what we may have been taught. Definitions:Miriam Webster:        …
  • The Spirit Mini Series

    Ashley S. Reid
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:03 am
    Hello everyone!I want to explain quickly why I have not been posting, and then alert you of a mini series God has placed on my heart to share.First and foremost, my apologies in being so dormant in my blogging these last couple of months. Part of it was my own laziness and stubbornness, and then the great part of it was God's timing. These last few months have been life changing, full of growth, and full of exploration. I've never seen my self development accelerate at such a high speed. A large part of that has come due to my new understanding of the Spirit. I am still learning so much,…
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    Evolution, Creation, Sermons And Christian Music

  • Fingerprints of Creation - Dr Robert Gentry

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

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

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

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

    Samuel Kadyakale
    16 Oct 2011 | 10:00 am
    In the following video US senate chaplain Barry C Black preaches on the title How Then Shall We Live. He preached this sermon at a camp meeting in Bermuda.
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  • How to Make Your Thanksgiving More Meaningful

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

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

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

    Steve Fuller
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Feeling Dull Here I am in my usual morning routine, sitting at my desk with my Bible open, ready for my time with God. But I am feeling spiritually dull.  Apathetic.  Empty. I have little love for Christ, some worry about problems, and things to do today that don’t thrill me, Not only that, the future has some obstacles, I received some disappointing news yesterday, and I am feeling tired. What Should I Do? I could think my dullness disqualifies me from receiving anything from God, and so just give up, close my Bible, and go have breakfast. Or I could just go through the motions of…
  • How God’s Promises Helped a Marine Lost at Sea

    Steve Fuller
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Disaster At midnight on July 30, 1945 the US Navy ship Indianapolis, sailing near the Philippines, was struck on her starboard bow by two torpedoes fired by a Japanese submarine. The torpedoes caused massive damage, and in 12 minutes the Indianapolis rolled over, her stern rose in the air, and she sank into the depths. 300 of the 1,196 crewmen went down with the ship, leaving the rest of the crew in cold, shark-infested water with few life-jackets and fewer lifeboats. Edgar Harrell was one of them. Born Again Edgar Harrell had gone to church all his life.  But in August 1943 he became…
 
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  • In support of young artists

    Rey Lo
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    I’m going to take a moment and stray from my usual musings to share something I think is pretty inspiring. But first take a few minutes to watch these two videos. One of my personal missions is to encourage artists, especially musicians, in their creative endeavors. There’s a band in my hometown of San Antonio […]
  • Guest post: Doctor, lawyer, Indian chief

    Rey Lo
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Michael Carillo is a passionate supporter of artists of all types. A San Antonio-based musician, he is the frontman for Deer Vibes and Michael J. & the Foxes. Go catch one of their shows…soon…your life will be better and you’ll thank us for it later. This isn’t about me complaining about people not coming to […]
  • Just because

    Rey Lo
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:05 pm
    I’ve had the privilege of traveling to Russia in the last couple of years. While the Soviet Union as a formal organization is long gone, there are still remnants of Soviet-era culture scattered here and there. Many of the stations in the Moscow Metro are still decorated with the hammer and sickle and images of Lenin […]
  • 25 Struggles Only ENFPs Will Understand

    Rey Lo
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:24 pm
    Originally posted on Thought Catalog:ENFPs are passion-driven ‘ideas’ people. They gain energy from interacting with the world around them, and become quickly excited over new possibilities. Though ENFPs loves being around people, they crave alone time much more than the average extrovert. ENFPs search for a deeper meaning in just about everything, and use…
  • This is not the way it’s supposed to be

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

  • Christian Love: Why Selfishness and “Stinking Thinking” Make Us Miserable

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

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

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Saint Teresa of Avila wrote her book Way of Perfection for the sisters in her order to lead them to growth in Catholic spirituality no matter where they were in their journey. Like all of the works by spiritual masters, this book is challenging for most Catholics to work through, but the payoff is amazing. It is filled with spiritual beauty and practical advice. Check out this introduction to the Way of Perfection. If it hooks you and you want to explore it more, you can purchase the book or the audio book at the Bookstore here. How to Grow in Catholic Spirituality If you’d like to…
  • How to Change Your Life: Character Development Makes You God’s Masterpiece

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    How to change your life by building your character Building your character is the fastest and surest way to change yourself for the better. To develop our character we can use the best in human psychology, Sacred Scripture and the Catholic moral tradition. But the true power of character development is the power of grace. Our choices can cooperate with grace to transform us into the masterpiece God wants us to be. Grace teaches why, not just how to change your life. The free will is part of what makes human beings in the image of God. Our free will gives us the power of self-determination. We…
  • Catholic Spirituality – the Sneakiest of the Seven Deadly Sins

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Enemies of Catholic Spirituality The Seven Capital Sins (also known as the Seven Deadly Sins) make up the greatest enemy of Catholic spirituality in most of us. These are not just sins – they are habitual attachments that turn our hearts away from God. We need to conquer them in our lives if we hope to make any spiritual progress. Jesus’ Sneaky Lesson About a Sneaky Sin While Jesus’ primary message in this parable of the wedding feat (you know, the story where the king invites people to his son’s wedding and none of the invited attend?) is to point out the failure of…
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    The New Life In Christ

  • 5 Amazing Things You Can Find On A Daily Devotional

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

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

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

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

    John Luke
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
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  • Love

    Christian
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    There is no fear in Love. But perfect love drive out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4;18)
  • Scripture for August 29

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

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

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

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

  • What Happens When the Star Preacher Leaves?

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

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

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

    Kenton Anderson
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Click here for full article Is there a place for heat in homiletics? A.J. Swoboda I have no better remedy than anger. If I want to write, pray, preach well, then I must be angry. Then my entire blood supply … Continue reading →
  • EHS: Hermeneutics for Homiletics

    Kenton Anderson
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    I have just returned from the annual meetings of the Evangelical Homiletics Society at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, where the theme for the event was “Hermeneutics for Homiletics.” The keynote speaker was Abe Kuruvilla from Dallas Seminary, whose seminal … Continue reading →
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • "We ensure the freedom of the free"

    Tori Shaw
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:43 pm
    "In giving freedom to the slaves, we ensure the freedom of the free." -Lincoln We spend every Thanksgiving in Pennsylvania with Bryan's grandmother. We love driving up north to spend time with... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • "Be Kind to Yourself"

    Tori Shaw
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:19 pm
    I heard some of the most amazing advice this morning at Mom2Mom while sitting with a group of ladies in different stages of motherhood. So many wonderful things were said but one thing keeps... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • The Gratitude Tree!

    Tori Shaw
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    As you can probably tell by reading this blog, I think gratitude is pretty important. Since starting this blog 3 years ago, I have learned to look for God's blessings through out the day. Even on the... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

    Tori Shaw
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:51 pm
    All weekend we've been decorating our new house for Christmas! Other than the big Christmas tree, we're done. It has been so much fun finding places for the different Christmas trinkets, especially... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • A Yard to Play In

    Tori Shaw
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Our old house had the tiniest yard. The kids could play outside but not without me holding my breath because the cars were so close. In our new house, we have a wonderful yard! The back is fenced and... 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 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    by Bill Reichart with Ministry Best Practices If you are in ministry, you perhaps travel - perhaps on mission trips and other ministry endeavors. I do travel a lot, and one of the apps that I have grown to love, appreciate and depend upon is WordLens. WordLens allows you to translate the written word through the use of your camera, in real time without an internet connection, and it's free! Listen to Lifehacker describe it: WordLens is the brainchild of the folks at Quest Visual, recently acquired by Google, so expect to see some of its features rolled into Google Translate any time now.
  • 10 Leadership Tips from the Millennial Generation

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    by John Weirick with Newspring Church for Catalyst As a generation known for a lack of long-term commitments, millenials are poor poster children for proven work and leadership. However, the tide is turning in churches and culture, with more young adults stepping into the forefront of businesses, arts, ministries, and more. Those of us identified as Millennials, between the ages of 20 and 35, should just admit the stereotypes are true for good reason. We like doing what we want, avoiding responsibility and hard work, and saving money by living with our parents long after we attain a college…
  • What Makes It A 'Christian' Film?

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    by Dave Schroeder with DavidSchroeder.com Recently, I watched the movie Calvary (2014), which was one of the most powerful representations of the gospel I’ve ever seen on film. I don’t want to ruin the movie but go see it but see it with caution. Often truth in a movie like Calvary can hit us like a two by four. It is also R-rated and deals with some of the most serious issues in life. Like I would do with any good film, I shared my enthusiasm with a few people and the first question was typically, “Well, is it a Christian film?” I knew this question was coming and I…
  • Differentiating Mourning from Wallowing in Depression-Anxiety

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    by Brad Hambrick with BradHambrick.com There are many things that unhealthy wallowing and healthy mourning have in common. It can be easier to confuse one from the other than many people think. The person who thinks he is “working through” his pain may be wallowing in self-pity. Those who try to rouse their friend out of self-pity may be rushing them through legitimate mourning. Unfortunately, there is no emotional litmus test to verify the difference in these two experiences. However, we can (a) clarify what wallowing and mourning share in common, so we are less prone to assume…
  • The 3 Sites I Use to Find Music for Videos

    27 Nov 2014 | 12:44 pm
    by Brady Shearer with Pro Church Tools Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. Home Alone. And most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy. Each of these films are outstanding. I wasn’t even born when Home Alone premiered, but 24 years later, it still holds up. And while Macaulay Culkin’s penchant for mischief and Joe Pesci’s inability to curse are two of the more enjoyable elements of Home Alone, the soundtrack is what truly holds the film together. From beginning to end, the soundtrack of Home Alone — and the soundtrack of each the aforementioned films — provide the…
 
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    Global Church

  • Teen Learns Lesson on Pain and Death

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

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

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

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

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

    Pamela Rose Williams
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Are you looking for a good Christian baby name.  I wrote two articles with names, meanings and Bible verses for each.  Take a look at the articles over at WCWTK: Christian Baby Boy Names Christian Baby Girl Names
  • Practicing Humility

    Pamela Rose Williams
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
      Verse of the Day “Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.” (James 4:10) Humility! I think perhaps practicing humility is the most difficult of all the things that the Lord admonishes us to do.  Of course the opposite of humility is pride.  Pride is easy.  The Bible says: (Proverbs 8:13)  The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. And we know that there is much more that the Scriptures have to say about pride. Pride is to be hated. Today’s verse is sandwiched between some…
  • VeggieTales Road Block

    Pamela Rose Williams
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:09 am
    Hi! my name is Laura Carrot. YOU know me, I have been with the VeggieTales for a long, long time. YOU know my best friend too — his name is Junior Asparagus. I have had lots of roles in the VeggieTales but can YOU guess my biggest one?  That’s right! YOU guessed it: “Rack, Shack, and Benny”. But now YOU can see me on “VeggieTales: In the House” which YOU can get only on Netflix. Since YOU made it to the third stop here is word number 3 of your special message: “YOU” IN THE HOUSE is VeggieTales for a new generation, available exclusively via the…
  • Something Special

    Guest
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    By Briyant-Christopher Hines When God made you, He did something so special. He made you different than everybody else. There is not one person like you on the face of this earth. You are one of a kind! Even your fingerprint is significantly different than everybody else’s. But there is something else that I am talking about in regards to Him giving you something so special. In every single person on the face of this earth, there is a keen desire to know God. That keen desire is a void that He has given us that only He can fill. Amazing, right? Have you ever heard someone say that they had…
  • Be acceptable in Thy sight

    Pamela Rose Williams
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” — Psalm 19:14 Most believers know that once they have accepted the gift of salvation that they are acceptable to the LORD… so acceptable that He allows us to be heirs to the throne with Him (Gal. 4:7). He promises that He will keep us until the day of redemption (Eph. 1:12-14; 4:30). And He even gives us His Holy Spirit to guide us in all of the affairs of life on earth. Even so, we still struggle with the fleshly nature in which we are born and sometimes…
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Contrary to popular opinion, the Bible never exhorts us to have “childlike” faith.

    Miguel
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:51 pm
    C.K. Chesterton once said that God “has the eternal appetite of infancy.” In the often misunderstood verses of Matthew 18:2-4, Jesus says that we must “become as little children.” But Jesus was not referring to faith here, but rather to humility.  Whoever “humbles himself” as a little child is the “greatest in the kingdom of heaven,”Read More(Visited 86 times, 1 visits today)
  • 10 Tips On How Not To Be Presumptuous With Your Bible Interpretations.

    Miguel
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    1. Don’t presume that your English Bible translations are accurate down to the ‘jot & tittle.’ 2. Don’t presume that because you have strung bible verses together making an iron clad logical argument, that there haven’t been logical fallacies committed along the way. 3. Don’t presume that another’s GRAMMATICAL-HISTORICAL-CULTURAL lenses from another age are moreRead More(Visited 90 times, 1 visits today)
  • What’s The Shelf Life Of A Revival Meeting?

    Miguel
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I’m sometimes amazed when I look at the expiration dates of batteries.  Some have a  2-3 year shelf life, others more than 10.  I think to myself, “What’s going on inside that battery that keeps its potential energy going for so long?” I know there are chemical reactions inside which build up electrons that areRead More(Visited 48 times, 1 visits today)
  • Let The Churches Die, but Keep Making Disciples

    Miguel
    9 Nov 2014 | 8:20 pm
    What if church, the gathering of God’s people in a particular local, was supposed to be a temporary thing, a seasonal ecosystem that cycled through life and death, or a snapshot of ecclesiastical, historical, and geographical history. I know, ‘church’ is not a place, it’s a people. We all say that, but still act asRead More(Visited 277 times, 1 visits today)
  • 6 Months Left to Live, To Disciple Someone, How Would You Do it?

    Miguel
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Dr. Herman, a fetal surgeon at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, was told she’s got an inoperable brain tumor and has 6 months to live. She’s got a chip on her shoulder, and she’s become angry, impatient, and demanding of a fellow Dr. Arizona Robbins. You see, there are’s only a handful of people in theRead More(Visited 97 times, 1 visits today)
 
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    christian-view.com

  • Love

    Christian
    8 Nov 2014 | 3:32 am
    There is no fear in Love. But perfect love drive out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (1 John 4;18)
  • Scripture for August 29

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

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

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

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

  • The Great Last Supper and Two New Feasts

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

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

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

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The new species of man or the new generation of God's people perhaps look on the Feast of Tabernacles a little differently than Adam's race. Continue reading →
  • The Feast of Atonement: You Must Eat All of the Lamb

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The need for atonement started in the garden? Eve disobeyed God, interacted with Satan, answered his questions, and ingested his reply. He took captive Eve's mind. Continue reading →
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    Attempts at Honesty

  • The church is not the only army that shoots its wounded

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

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

    Mark McIntyre
    2 Nov 2014 | 3:03 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture In 2 Corinthians 5:14, the Apostle Paul tells us that it is the “love of God that controls us.” The love of God was the source of Paul’s passion in ministry and it is to be the source of all that we do in the church. Our passion cannot come from love of correct doctrine. We are not to be motivated by obligation. A desire for societal reform (however necessary) is not to control us. Our actions cannot be fueled by a desire to be seen doing the right thing. The one and only correct source of passion…
  • Whence the lack of peace?

    Mark McIntyre
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:52 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture “And he said to the woman, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace.”” (Luke 7:50, ESV) Peace is the one thing that is lacking in many churches today. Perhaps it is because it is one thing that is lacking in many believers today. Maybe I am projecting this on others because of a lack of peace in my own life, but I think not. Very few of us, including Christians, exude a sense of peace and calm. Notice that Jesus does not say, “your service has saved you, go in peace.” Nor does he…
  • Paul Tripp on the purpose of the Word of God

    Mark McIntyre
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Attempts at Honesty - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture When the Word of God, faithfully taught by the people of God and empowered by the Spirit of God, falls down, people become different. Lusting people become pure, fearful people become courageous, thieves become givers, demanding people become servants, angry people become peacemakers, complainers become thankful, and idolaters come to joyfully worship the one true God. The ultimate purpose of the Word of God is not theological information but heart and life transformation. Biblical literacy and theological expertise…
 
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    Before The Cross

  • 3 Questions to Ask Yourself About Ferguson

    Mike Mobley
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    When events like what’s going on in Ferguson comes up, sometimes Christians are the quickest to throw in their 2 cents and we (myself included) are often guilty of being too quick to speak. God is not shocked or surprised by any of this and in fact, would call followers of Christ to respond no differently than in any other situation. Those who follow Jesus should be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger, pray, and ask God to continually search our hearts as we move towards loving others and making disciples. “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear,…
  • The Simple Truth

    Chris Howard
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Simplicity. It isn’t always easy to obtain and yet, by definition, it shouldn’t be complicated. There’s a lot of noise around us and it isn’t always easy to disengage. Even as you read this, there are many other posts and blogs begging for your attention. I’ll try to keep it short . . . and simple. After months of watching a video series in my men’s church small group, we’ve started tracking through the Book of Acts in the Bible. Granted, there are many studies, commentaries, videos, articles and books that we could read and gain a lot of good insight from, but going through a…
  • Can Productivity Really be Gospel Driven?

    Mike Mobley
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    This is an excerpt from my article in Credo Magazine. To read the full article, click here. There have been more “Gospel centered” or “Gospel driven” ideas over the past year or two than I can ever remember. Gospel centered church, discipleship, parenting, marriage, dating, work, prayer, conversations, relationships…and the list goes on. Certainly there are pros and cons to having something like the Gospel be the center of attention in everything. While the message of the Gospel is the most important thing we can share with others, there’s danger in just calling everything the…
  • We Don’t Have to Force Discipleship

    Mike Mobley
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Our staff has been walking through Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert Coleman recently and a couple of parts have struck me in terms of how Jesus made disciples and how He didn’t force the issue. If Jesus Himself didn’t have to force anyone to be a disciple, then why do we often fall into this line of thinking? “He (Jesus) did not ask anyone to do or be anything that He had not demonstrated first in His own life, thereby not only proving its workability but also its relevance to His mission in life.” (Master Plan of Evangelism) Jesus modeled everything for His…
  • Scripture on Money

    Mike Mobley
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
    Money is talked about in the Bible more than most other topics and continues to be a popular subject today. Most of us would say that life would be better if we had more money. Money drives so many of us whether that is in our career, pursuits of sinful desires, or just obsession over it as we crave more and more each day. Sometimes we go too far to make the point that money is evil. The pursuit of money and that being the drive of what you do is evil, but money itself can be an amazing thing to use for God’s glory. After all, if He provides every single breath you are breathing at…
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    Barbie Swihart

  • Thanksgiving Prayer 2014

    Barbie
    26 Nov 2014 | 11:44 pm
    Dear One, My prayer for you today is that you would be surrounded by family and friends, that love and laughter would abound, and that His presence would abide with you.  May you receive His strength and grace today in all that you do. May your heart be open to receive the blessings of those who surround you. For those who are hurting, my prayer is that you would find comfort in His arms today, as He draws you close and reminds you that He is with you. May the memories of those you love who have gone home to heaven, or cannot be with you today, bring joy to your heart. For the one who is…
  • Featured Writer: Diana @ Fearfully And Wonderfully Made

    Barbie
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:51 pm
    I am thrilled to introduce you to my new friend, Diana. I met Diana in the 31 Day Writers Facebook group. She had reached out for some help with a button for her series and I offered to help her.  She is a sweet lady with a beautiful heart. I have loved getting to know her through her writing and on Facebook over the last month. I know you will be blessed by her words. When I was twenty-one I was ready to have a baby. I had been married three years but the pregnancy didn’t happen right away and so I was in God’s waiting room. Month after month I was hoping to become pregnant, and month…
  • The Weekend Brew: Your Highest Purpose

    Barbie
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:57 pm
    These last several weeks have found me questioning my purpose. When you are asked to surrender what you thought was your main purpose in life, it can leave you wandering around in a desert questioning what on earth you are here for. A few days ago, I happened to flip my daily devotional calendar, “Meet Me In the Meadow” by Roy Lessin. I hadn’t been using the calendar much, but what I read on the page I turned to had me marveling at God’s timing. My purpose right now in this season is not to strive for an answer as to my next destination as far as work. It’s not…
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    Interpulpit

  • Things to Be Thankful For

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

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

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

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

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

  • Religion that Professes Concern with the Souls of Men, but Not the Slums that Damn Them…

    Tim Suttle
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    “Any religion that professes to be concerned with the souls of men and is not concerned with the slums that damn them, the economic conditions that strangle them, and the social conditions that cripple them, is a spiritually moribund [at the point of death] religion.” – Martin Luther King Jr.   In a letter written [Read More...]
  • On Civil Disobedience

    Tim Suttle
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    This essay was originally a sermon written for Redemption Church on November 09, 2014. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal. __________________________________ “Even powers that seem invincible are vulnerable to love, which is why God’s love has so often taken the form of the civil disobedience of God’s people.” __________________________________ Somewhere [Read More...]
  • Saint Brennan Manning: A Ragamuffin to the End

    Tim Suttle
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    This was originally a sermon preached at Redemption Church on 11 NOV 2014. If you are a pastor, please feel free to copy and steal. One of the important aspects of our discipleship, often overlooked, involves the understanding that our relationship with God didn’t just appear out of thin air. Our faith has a history [Read More...]
  • Shawn Merithew’s 9Marks Review of Shrink: A Non-Engaged Engagement

    Tim Suttle
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Shrink is my third book, so I’ve been through the review process a few times. I know what the author is supposed to say in response to a critical review. “I enjoy the give and take. The dialogue is helpful. This conversation is why I wrote the book.” Usually I can bring myself to say [Read More...]
  • A Fond Farewell to Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi

    Tim Suttle
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    In my twenties and thirties, I spent more time on the road than at home. I was attempting to make a career in music, first on my own, then with the band Satellite Soul. I was a fickle NPR listener in the beginning, but that many hours staring at the horizon (pre-Sirius Satellite Radio and in [Read More...]
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving 2014 to you all

    MBA
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    Filed under: God the Father
  • On the Holy Spirit

    MBA
    1 Nov 2014 | 3:09 am
    To be filled with the Spirit is to be intoxicated with joy.Filed under: Acquiring the Holy Spirit, God, Quotes, The Holy Spirit, Thoughts Tagged: God, HolySpirit, Quotes, Thoughts
  • The Woman Clothed With The Sun – 1

    MBA
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:11 am
    Just completed second layer of roskrysh for the icon of The Woman Clothed With The Sun (Rv 12:1) – in progress.Filed under: Iconography, Icons, Mary Tagged: Iconography, Icons, Mary, Our Lady, Theotokos
  • Can demons mimic angels?

    MBA
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:58 am
    The question was asked, “Can demons mimic angels?” The very brief answer is yes, they decidedly can. One thing, one quality, they gave never mimic nor give to anyone is peace.Filed under: Questions Tagged: angels, demons, Questions
  • How can we share in the divine life?

    MBA
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    The question was asked, “How can we share in the divine life?” Since there is quite a bit that needs to be said to clearly address the topic of partaking in the divine life (2 P 1:4), I will be answering at length about this in a post to follow. Briefly, however, the answer is […]
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • Happy Thanksgiving 2014 to all readers

    MBA
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    Filed under: God the Father
  • A tribute to God our Father by Sr Margaret Mary, S.D.M.

    MBA
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    The site God the Father Calls: The Great Circle of Love is a tribute to our loving Father set up a few years ago and maintained by Sister Margaret Mary, S.D.M., a Catholic hermitess in Maine. I am posting it here in public recognition of the humble, but never failing, work Sister Margaret did to encourage […]
  • On God the Father – 3 – Thought for the Day

    MBA
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:13 pm
    He comes in humility, without any fanfare – just like His Son came when He was born.Filed under: God the Father, Thoughts for the Day Tagged: Christianity, God, God the Father, Religion and Spirituality, Thoughts for the Day
  • The Father and the Son

    MBA
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:09 am
    How much the Son, Jesus Christ, loves the Heavenly Father! Christ does not just love us with the whole of Himself to the extent of having died on the Cross for us. He loves the Father – His Father and our Father – with the entirety of His being. It is a love inconceivable and […]
  • On the Divine Heart of God our Father – 12

    MBA
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    “Our Father’s Paternal Heart is a refuge, a fortress, and a sanctuary for us. It is an ocean of love and mercy, a sea of bliss, and a paradise for each and every child to return to, when he or she is left alone in a world of emptiness and false illusion. Our Father’s Heart is, as Christ showed […]
 
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    ChristiansTT

  • Prayer: Are You in a Battle? – Spiritual Warfare

    Rio M
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:05 pm
     Are You in a Battle? If there is one thing that I’ve learned from God, it is how to fight. The key: DON’T GIVE UP!  Stand firm for the Lord and apply what we call “knee therapy” – get down on your knees and pray, pray, pray!  Battles can appear to be frightening, exhausting, never ending, challenging, and full of mountains that just won’t move.
  • Prayer: For increase in the Fruit of the Spirit

    Bevjoy
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Increase – Fruit of the Spirit Thank You Abba Father that I can come at any possible moment and humbly bow before Your throne of Grace, where I can obtain mercy. Thank You that Jesus is at Your right hand, interceding on my behalf. Lord, You are an all-powerful and all-knowing God and I trust You for my daily provision. I trust in Your promise, Father God, that my needs would be met. I will wait patiently oh Lord, and will not be anxious about what is in store for me; I place my complete confidence in You.
  • Prayer for Encouraging Others

    Bevjoy
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Prayer for Encouraging Others Jesus, Most Loving Saviour, thank You for Your gift of salvation. Today I come before You with gratitude in my heart for the mercy and grace which You show me each day. Thank You for the patience, understanding, strength and wisdom that you have already provided. May it be manifested within me and transferred to my colleagues and those I interact with on a daily basis.
  • Tributes Continue To Pour In For Dr Myles Munroe

    Christianstt
    20 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    The Board of Trustees at BFMI issued a statement saying: “We have literally been flooded with calls and well wishes from all over the world. We have also received a number of phone calls from several Head of States including Presidents of Countries, Prime Ministers as well as well known Pastors, Singers, Actors and Dignitaries expressing their sympathies and who have all indicated a commitment to attend.”
  • Monster Energy Refutes Viral Video Accusing Company of Satanic Imagery

    Christianstt
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:15 pm
    The Monster Energy drink company is denying claims that it uses satanic imagery on its cans, despite accusations featured in a YouTube video that went viral earlier this month. The YouTube clip titled “Monster Energy drinks are the work of SATAN!!!!” features writer Christine Weick and has garnered close to 7 million views. The video makes the claim that the M used on the can represents the numbers 666 in Hebrew.
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    Christian Home and Family

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

    Carey
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Carey In the last episode of Radical Faith for Generations, Carey took you on a journey through the things he considered when trying to determine what God really wants and expects from Christian families. He spent most of the time making a case for the fact that “radical” is exactly the right word to describe the faith we want to pass along to others, including our children. In this episode, we’re tackling the “for generations” part. Does the Bible show any evidence that generational faith transmission is what God intended in the first place? Is it realistic to…
  • Why “radical” is EXACTLY the right word – RFG episode 1

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

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

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

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

  • POLL: What Preaching Resource Do You Need?

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

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

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

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

    Brandon
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Photo Credit: ginnerobot via Compfight cc Leaders are readers. Although it can be time consuming, you actually save time by reading. Nothing has accelerated my own personal and spiritual growth as a pastor as much as reading. So what are you excited about reading right now? Here are a ten books I am excited to read. I just picked these up and cannot wait to dive into them: Living By Revealed Truth: The Life And Pastoral Theology Of Charles Haddon Spurgeon by Tom Nettles Heaven by Randy Alcorn Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways To Keep Yours Alive by Thom Rainer Real-Life Discipleship:…
 
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    Revolution Radio

  • Last Rev Radio: Guest Luke Jones on the power of creativity

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Listen in to our last broadcast! Guest will be Luke Jones, who will be sharing with us on the topic of the power of creativity within the realm of media and entertainment, and how God is empowering believers to create. "Luke T. Jones is an author, screenwriter, and revivalist with a passion for equipping everyday believers to walk in the raw power of God wherever they go. Since Luke's encounter with the Holy Spirit in 2011, he has personally led treasure hunt teams, power evangelism and street miracle crusades, as well as taught in conference settings the mechanics of hearing God's…
  • Worship Leader Tina McCorkle on Revival in Homes

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Tina McCorkle is a passionate worshiper of Jesus.  Making Jesus her Lord and savior at the age of 3, she knows and values the heart of a child. Through the ups and downs of living this life, Tina has found her anchor in the knowledge that nothing can separate her from the Love of God in Christ Jesus. Tina and her husband Steve have been married for 31 years, have 4 children and have founded First Fruits Revolution. Ministries. Tina is a Minister of Gods Presence through worship, intercession and the prophetic word. First Fruits Revolution Ministries,  is a movement- for the people of God…
  • Intimacy with Jesus - Do you know Him?

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Join Aimee has she shares a teaching on knowing Jesus intimately. How many misunderstand what Christianity really is and how you can live in power. 
  • Are you dealing with fear? What about ISIS? Revolution Radio Guest Adam LiVecchi

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Join me for an exciting broadcast with Adam LiVecchi as he shares a message of hope! With so many trials in the world today, wars, protests, ebola, ISIS and so much more how do we live in peace? Join me tonight at 8PM CST and find out! Adam and Sarah are very happily married. Sarah is a classically trained Violist. She with Aaron, Adam’s brother, have produced several instrumental CDs which can be found on the Store page. Also she has been featured in several other CD’s with Shores of Grace. When Sarah plays prophetically the atmosphere changes and people are refreshed. Adam is the…
  • When you face trials where is God?

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Aimee will be sharing a message of encouragement and freedom, teaching on when you face trials where is God? How do we get through them and what does the Bible say about them?
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

  • Holiday Expectations

    Deanna
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    © 2009 Craig Dugas, Flickr | CC-BY-SA | via Wylio One thing the Holiday season always brings is expectation. I would imagine that this has always been the case. Even before the birth of Jesus the world was waiting on someone to stand up to the harsh rule. Think about it, when Jesus died many felt they looked to the wrong one. Yet in the expectation I think we have almost always found ourselves disappointed. Because our expectations can grow so greatly that there is almost no real way for them to come to pass. I imagine that many people never expected that our savior would come in the form of…
  • A Day in my Current Life

    Deanna
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    A recent picture including my bed where I have spent most of my time lately   I’ve mentioned some of my health problems that I have had recently while I explained my lack of posting. Yet I find myself wanting to explain a bit more. Since the beginning of October I started paying attention more to the fact that my body simply was not functioning the same. For some months now I noticed that I have been simply exhausted, with little energy for anything. I mostly blamed this on starting my new job, which required 10 hour days that was supposed to be 4 days a week, but ended up having a…
  • 19 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am

    Deanna
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
    Bear with me friends, I have plans to come back and write some great posts, and we will be moving soon.  My sickness has interrupted my schedule, but I know that everything will happen right on time.  Currently working on a redesign to go with the new location and making notes for lots of new posts as I prepare for this coming year. Also beginning to prepare for our holiday season.  But for now God is asking me to rest and Be still. Filed under: Uncategorized
  • On Trust

    Deanna
    14 Nov 2014 | 5:21 am
    I am sorry that I have not posted much recently.  I find myself having some struggles with my health. These struggles have made it hard for me to do much of anything for long. Going through the process of tests and multiple doctors visits to decide what is going on so that I can have my life back. All of this is teaching me that there are areas of my Christian walk that still need work.  So while I am waiting I am hoping to fully learn the lessons that God intends to teach me. Something that I know I have struggled with again and again is the area of trust. Life has taught me that you…
  • God’s Wisdom Test

    Deanna
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    In church we are currently studying the book of Proverbs.  When we began to study this book in our notes we were given what was called God’s wisdom test for our “wise” choices.  Since then I have referred back to this several times, because of that I want to share it here. I am always questioning my choices, and are the things I am thinking about good in the eyes of God, or is it something that is just what I want.  I know I have shared before on ways to check your motivations.  But this one has come straight from the bible and I love that. The Compliance Test:…
 
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • The Man in the Mirror…

    Jim Crumbley
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    It seems to happen to me at least three to four times a year. I hit a wall. I get lazy and an old habit creeps back. I focus on my own strength and an old attitude returns. When I should have been warmed up and ready to roll towards an opportunity, my faith gets unexpectedly stretched and I pull up lame; unable to push through. My first thought is to blame my circumstances. “I just don’t have the time.” At other points, depending upon what is going on, I cast responsibility on someone else. I focus on their attitude, their controlling nature, and/or their insecurities as…
  • Change is mined….

    Jim Crumbley
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:35 am
    Well…the hard part is over. You decided that you needed to change. You decided you wanted to change. You decided TO change. You sharpened your pencil…wrote down some goals…took some positive steps. Then, the bottom fell out. What you tried failed…what you said had the opposite result…the habit you thought was broken raised its ugly head. Does that mean that the effort to change failed? No way… Change is not bought. It is not stumbled upon or given as a gift. Change is mined. When the deposit is not found where you dug, you regroup and dig again. Step by step you move to a new…
  • The Smile of a Father…

    Jim Crumbley
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:35 am
    Even good people go through hardship and heartbreak. Those who fight the good fight are those who are able to show the smile of a Father. Pat Cole was such a man as this. One never knew Pat without that smile. Every hello…every hug…every tear…every celebration ended with his smile. There were times that the smile was sad and occasionally it was tired but it was always genuine and it always lifted up others. I’ve often talked about finding our “one thing.” That thing that God has called us to do. The thing that we were created for and our life prepared us…
  • We all make mistakes

    Dave Hastings
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Working in IT and Software development, one thing I have learnt is that we all make mistakes. The common reaction from a new software developer is to start to argue the point, on whether or not the issue is a defect, whether they caused it, and who should be blamed.  The fact is neither the customer nor the lead developer actually care if the developer made a mistake and caused the defect.  All they care is that the issue is resolved. What we need to remember in life is that “we all make mistakes”.  There was only ever one person who was sin free and mistake free and that was…
  • The Rhythm of the Climb

    Jim Crumbley
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Breathe, step, rest…Breathe, step, rest… The final push up Everest is the most difficult. The typical start up the final leg begins between 11pm and 2am so that the climbers have time to reach the summit, take in the view, pop a few pictures and then head back before the weather takes any possible turn for the worse. If they are lucky, they make it back by nightfall. If not, they climb down in the dark. A good time allotment for the final push and return is 15 hours. When conditions are particularly challenging, the trip up and back down to Camp 4 can take 24+. Breathe, step,…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • New: Mobile Ed’s Discipleship Training Bundle

    Miles Custis
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Part of living the Christian life is discipling others. In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded his disciples to go and “make disciples” (Matt. 28:19). This is an intimidating mandate. When we’re still in the process of growing in our walk with Jesus (which is always), we may not feel adequate enough to walk alongside someone else and help them grow. We may be held back by questions like, “What if I can’t answer their questions?” or “What if I don’t have the insight they need?” Mobile Ed’s three-course Discipleship Training Bundle was designed to help Christians…
  • Spurgeon Commentary Collection: Shipping Soon

    Jake Mailhot
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Charles Spurgeon was one of the most influential and prolific preachers of the modern era. Last year, Lexham Press released the first volume of the Spurgeon Commentary Collection, Galatians. Since then, we’ve been working hard to complete the remaining nine volumes in this series. We’re nearing completion of these volumes, and we’re proud to announce that they’ll be released by the end of the year! You can order all nine volumes in the Spurgeon Commentary Collection for over 40% off. But hurry—you’ll only be able to take advantage of a deal this good while it’s still on…
  • Explore the New BibleStudyMagazine.com

    Katie Monsma
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Bible Study Magazine’s website just got a makeover! The new BibleStudyMagazine.com is dedicated to bringing you the best in Bible study—a fresh go-to resource for tips, methods, and insights. Gain insights from BSM articles BibleStudyMagazine.com now features our latest stories, which will be updated with every issue. Currently we’re showcasing articles from our November/December ’14 issue. Our cover story, “Rooted in the City of Brotherly Love,” will take you firsthand into Eric Mason’s passion for urban ministries and his decision to invest in one church community…
  • The Noet Desktop App Is Here!

    Sherri Huleatt
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Last January, we announced Noet’s free mobile app, and now—after much anticipation—the desktop app is here! New Noet Research Libraries mark the world’s first-ever humanities software. Each library pairs discipline-specific resources on literature, philosophy, and the classics together with smart study tools. For a limited time, take 15% off any Noet Research LibraryChoose from the Biblical Greek Research Library, Classical Studies Research Library, Ancient Philosophy Research Library, Literature Research Library, and more. Explore all 14 Research Libraries now! The first of…
  • Last Chance to Save with November’s Sale!

    Jonathan J. Watson
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Time is running out to save on 170 resources through the end of November! No coupon code needed: just add these resources to your cart before the month is over to get these awesome deals. Because of technical difficulties with the page some discounts may not appear. But rest assured that once you click through to individual products, you can find incredible savings! Are you looking to bolster your New Testament understanding? Here are a few highlights from this month’s sale: The Ephesian Letter Get it now and save 22%! In this volume, Lewis Sperry Chafer takes a hard look at an important…
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    Faithlife Women

  • Choosing an Attitude of Gratitude

    marysoutherland
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.” —Colossians 3:5 We live in a “stuff” driven world...
  • Everyday Thanksgiving for Kids

    Tayler Beede
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Giving thanks is the star of Thanksgiving Day, but if that’s the only time a family verbalizes what they are thankful for, it just isn’t enough. Gratitude is something children learn best by watching...
  • What Gone with the Wind Taught Me about Marriage

    Tayler Beede
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Most of us know that Margaret Mitchell wrote the 1936 novel Gone With the Wind. What you might not know is that if it weren’t for her husband’s encouragement, this work, and the Academy Award winning...
  • God Used Depression to Set Me Free

    Tayler Beede
    15 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    There was a time in my life when I felt completely ashamed of letting people see into my struggles with depression. There was a time when I would have never told anyone that I was taking medication...
  • The Benefits of Actually Knowing God’s Word

    Tayler Beede
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Recently I threw out a question on Facebook: “Why do you read the Bible? What’s your motivation?” I must admit, I was a bit surprised at the outpouring of enthusiastic responses. If you’ve ever...
 
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    HopeHorner.com

  • All Dressed Up

    1 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    I thought I saw someone out there.My dog, perched in the window seat next to me, growled long and low. I squinted my eyes and looked closer. There was someone standing out there in the dark. Looking down from the window of my second story bedroom, I could see a shimmer on the pathway.The pathway was unlit, completely pitch black, except for the light generated by the moon that sat high and large overhead. The "paseo" as the locals called it, ran along the dry riverbed from one end of my housing complex to the other. During the day, it was busy with bikes and power-walkers and even the…
  • Please Judge Me

    19 Oct 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Did you read that sign above?I did.And I don't agree. It sounds nice and got a lot of "likes" on Facebook, but think about it.Should you only accept the judgments of those who have walked in your shoes?Only listen to people who have been through exactly what you have?Ignore the input of anyone who hasn't suffered the same pain as you?Is that even possible when we are all unique? Is it wise?I don't think so.I think we are so afraid of being "judged" and being "judgmental" that we have lost our ability to admit that sometimes, we need someone else to tell us: "Don't do that!" or "Stop acting…
  • Berta Bird Saves the Day!

    11 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Every morning before the sun comes up, I run with my dog. We start by walking down our street until we reach a small community park, where I grab a clean-up bag from a dispenser and tie it around her leash. Yesterday, as I stopped to grab a bag, I heard a shrill cry above me. I recognized it immediately.Berta Bird!I couldn't see her in the dark, but I could tell she was close. "Berta" is the affectionate name I give this small, sand-piper like bird that lives in my neighborhood. She spends most of her time on the ground running around in what appears to be a frantic search for something lost.
  • Please Don't Play With The Spider

    4 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    I hate spiders.Please don't preach to me about how they are such wonderful little creatures; how the planet would be overrun with mosquitoes and flies and world terror organizations were it not for these little eco-friendly eight legged wonders.I hate them.I visited my brother in Seattle last week and realized just how much these little creatures give me the heeby-jeebies. Evidently, Seattle is the spider capital of the world. OK, maybe that is not exactly true, but I did see spiders EVERYWHERE. Most were small, but a few were big enough to wear saddles and give rides to small children. My…
  • Slow Down!

    27 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Always on the move. Motivated. Busy. Determined. Can't relax. Can't slow down. This is the way a friend of mine described herself.So what DO you slow down for? I asked.She seemed a little confused by my question, but thought about it for a minute and then responded:Campfires...The ocean...Vacation...It made me think.What do I slow down for? If you know me, I am a person on the move. Like my Dad, I am always "up to something" and will probably die in motion. Thankfully, he hasn't died. Not even close. He is definitely still in motion--still teaching, leading,…
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • When You Live In Praise, You Are A Portal To Heaven

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

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

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

    Diana Symons
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:04 pm
    It’s obvious that some people have a special relationship with God. They hear Him clearly and move in signs and wonders. Who are these people? What have they got that the rest of us don’t have? They have a desire to know God deeply. And when I see that I think, if they can do it so can I. I love all the stories of people who became friends with God. So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. (Ex 33:11) This is what I want. And what’s awesome is that we live in a different covenant than Moses did. We can have the Holy Spirit in us for the asking.
  • God Doesn’t Care That You’re Not Perfect

    Diana Symons
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:57 am
    We are all called to serve the Lord somehow. All of us. We are all called to make disciples , teaching them what Jesus taught. Many people will never obey this command because they think it’s the job of pastors and ministers. They are wrong. But there are others who understand the commandment, but feel unworthy to obey. This is not a bad thing. I understand the feeling of unworthiness. I too struggle with feeling like the last person on the earth that should be discipling anyone. The enemy can get into our heads and make us feel like losers who don’t deserve to go to heaven, let…
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    Seedbed

  • 7 Quick Facts about Thanksgiving

    Andrew Dragos
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    1) The original Puritans left England in the early 1600′s because of differences over how the church should be governed, but they had every intention of setting up a more rigid religious society than that in England. 2) America’s early Pilgrims (a separatist group of Puritans) most likely ate ducks and geese, not turkeys, which were too difficult to hunt. The turkey only later became a symbol of bounty for families. 3) The first officially documented day of Thanksgiving to be observed throughout New England was in 1637, when both church and civil authorities celebrated the defeat…
  • How Should Christians Read the Psalms?

    Brent A. Strawn
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    How should Christians read the Psalms? In this video, Dr. Brent A. Strawn explains the nature of Psalms as poetry in hopes of providing a Christian way of engaging this rich spiritual resource. He reminds us to slow down, observe features like parallelism, metaphor and imagery, and remember that each psalm is only a snapshot and doesn’t always provide a comprehensive view of God and the world. View our free online Psalter resource. View or growing list of Seven Minute Seminary videos.
  • How Scripture serves as Discipleship

    Steven D. Bruns
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    Today we tend to think of Scripture for discipleship primarily in terms of individual Bible Study, but in the early church—which had no complete Bible—Scripture use was much more multivalent. Read more from Steve Bruns as he continues his series on discipleship. – Today we tend to think of Scripture for discipleship primarily in terms of Bible Study, and this is generally the sum total of thinking regarding discipleship.  In the early Church, however, Scripture played a much different role for discipleship for one very basic reason: not everyone had a Bible. It is very interesting…
  • Somebody Make it Stop! Finding Advent as the RESET Button for Life

    J.D. Walt
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    SOMEBODY MAKE IT STOP! I want to share with you a phenomenon that describes my life much of the time. It goes by many names. Some call it the “Spinning Wheel of Death.” Others refer to it as the “Beach Ball of Doom.” It is more benignly called the “Spinning Pin Wheel” or the “Spinning Wait Cursor.” You know what I’m talking about—at least you Mac people do. It’s that blasted little rainbow colored ball that lets you know your computer is hopelessly constipated. You PC people see a rotating hour glass when this happens on your computer. The little Marble of Doom can…
  • Ken Collins on John Wesley 09: Salvation by Faith

    Kenneth Collins
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Listen in on Steve Martyn and Ken Collins as they host a series preaching through John Wesley’s sermons. This week, enjoy Salvation by Faith (Ephesians 2:8). Check back every Sunday for a new sermon, and view the entire collection here. http://seedbed.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/2/files/Collins-Wesley-IX.mp3 If you’re listening from outside of North America, please contact J. D. Walt and let us know. Learn more about the new collection of John Wesley’s sermons here.
 
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    JoshuaRhone.com

  • Photographs: Quinton playing at the playground

    Joshua Rhone
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:49 am
    The post Photographs: Quinton playing at the playground appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • The Nones & The Dones: The varied forms of ‘spiritual but not religious’

    Joshua Rhone
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:20 pm
    First, there were ‘The Nones,’1 Now, there are ‘The Dones.’ Thom Schultz provides the following definition of ‘The Dones’: The Dones are fatigued with the Sunday routine of plop, pray and pay. They want to play. They want to participate. But they feel spurned at every turn. Will the Dones return? Not likely, according to the research. […] The post The Nones & The Dones: The varied forms of ‘spiritual but not religious’ appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Health and vitality in ministry

    Joshua Rhone
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Another John Wesley quote. This one comes from a meeting he had with some of the Preachers of early Methodism. The conversation was about the ideal length of time to minister in one place. Wesley writes, In the evening I talked largely with the Preachers, and showed them the hurt it did both to them […] The post Health and vitality in ministry appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Pescetarian fun: Salmon baked in foil, bake (sweet) potato & coffee roasted carrots

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    I’ve been vegetarian pescetarian since April 2013. The reasons for our diet are many. None of which are ethical or moral, although Crystal and I both now understand the ethical and moral arguments against our previously carnivorous diet. It seems that many people think I/we only eat salads and, otherwise, boring food. Most of the […] The post Pescetarian fun: Salmon baked in foil, bake (sweet) potato & coffee roasted carrots appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
  • Another tidbit of homiletical insight from John Wesley

    Joshua Rhone
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Writing of yet another sermon he sat through, Wesley notes: The sermon was very sensible; but having no application, was no way likely to awaken drowsy hearers.1   John Wesley, The Works of John Wesley: Volume 4, 3rd edition (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1998), 272. ↩ The post Another tidbit of homiletical insight from John Wesley appeared first on JoshuaRhone.com.
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  • Splash!

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

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

    Steve Becker
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Another great topic presented to us by our readers is… “Children attending public schools – how to talk to your child (teen) about other lifestyles and not to judge?” This is something I concern myself with every day so I have decided to tackle this one myself. I have three kids.  One is grown and on their own and the other two are in high school.  All three will have graduated from the same school; a public school. As it turns out, most kids attend public school and I think that’s a good thing.  Yep, I said its a good thing.  Some of you are bailing now,…
  • The Wounded Soldiers (A Message to the Broken-hearted)

    Charles Crutcher
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    As I am writing this, snow is falling in Oklahoma covering everything in a blanket of pure white. The famous Oklahoma winds are spinning eddies of flurries up my front porch creating snow drifts that look  like mock all-white sand dunes. I used to hate the winter, but now I can find the beauty in it. This has been a hard lesson for me. Some don’t come easily. I have discovered that pain is a teacher. Either you learn from pain and transfer it into something good or you allow it to take over. It’s a cruel teacher. But boy, do you learn. I lost someone dear to me. I won’t go…
  • WOW Worship Deluxe Edition-Charles Crutcher’s Review

    Charles Crutcher
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I recently was given the cool opportunity by Family Christian to write a review for the WOW Worship 2014 Deluxe Edition. If you are interested in purchasing yourself, you can do so here: www.familychristian.com. We are also giving one copy away to one of our readers! For the past several weeks, I have been playing this in my car on the way to and from work. This is during a transitional phase in my life as I went between one job into another. I’ll admit, it’s been a very long time since I listened to a compilation in any format. But what I experienced during those treks to and…
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  • Introduction to the Book of Hebrews

    Britt
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
        Our youth Sunday school class has been going through the book of Hebrews and in the process I have put together a bible study on the book of Hebrews. This study will help you walk through the book but forces you to do the interpretation on your own. What I have done is walked through the main sections of the book and used questions to get you engaged and thinking about the author’s main point. Then you can take that main point put it into to a theological truth and apply it to your life. Here is an introduction to the book of Hebrews with an outline of the book at the end…
  • Albert Mohler Ministering in A Post-Marriage Culture

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Photo Credit/You Tube Albert Mohler opened up the ERLC National Conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage” This is some of what he had to say bout ministering in a post-marriage culture. Here are some highlights and you can watch the whole video of his talk below. How Our Posture Should Be “When we come to an event like this we have to have our hearts broken, not about their sin but about ours,” Mohler even shared, “I repent of denying that sexual orientation was legitimate.” “It is a slander against the gospel for us to redefine…
  • Love We Share Video by Bizzle Feat. Lavoisier & Datin

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Photo Credit/You Tube Love We Share Video by Bizzle Feat. Lavoisier & Datin the Well Wishes album! Christian rapper Bizzle returned in 2014 with fourth album Well Wishes, a collection of expertly produced beats, countless guest stars, and lyrics addressing the rapture, devotion, and selfless spirituality. Joining Bizzle in his relentless flow are fellow Christian rap names such as Mouthpi3ce, Eshon Burgundy, Redd Lettaz, Bumps INF, and other affiliates of Bizzle’s Texas-based record label God Over Money Records. Living up to the name and ethics of the label, 100 percent of the…
  • Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
      Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle! I’M DOIN’ JESUS front man GS, is back with his sophomore album “That Real Talk 2″. After the response he received from his debut album he saw it appropriate to create a part 2. Its not a continuation of his first album (That Real Talk) you will obviously hear his growth in this project. With great production and features, this project is sure to make an impact. Its scheduled to drop Saturday November 8 Get ready!!! Listen to Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle Below! First single off GS Album due Nov. 2014 featuring God Over Money front runner…
  • UnderDog by Still Diligent Free Download

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
      Photo Credit/ Sound Cloud Underdog by Still Diligent Free Exclusive Mixtape! Still Diligent is a Hip Hop artist from Miami Florida with an act for combining introspective rap lyrics with melodic harmonies to give it a fresh sound. With a brand new team behind him HPTP records, Still Diligent is ready to take the scene by storm.When he is not on stage rocking crowds for the lord, Still Diligent is at his local church serving on the praise and worship team with his wife. Listen to the full project below feat: Loso, Witness, Dillon Chase, B-Les, Datin B Cooper & More! Download…
 
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  • Introduction to the Book of Hebrews

    Britt
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:46 am
        Our youth Sunday school class has been going through the book of Hebrews and in the process I have put together a bible study on the book of Hebrews. This study will help you walk through the book but forces you to do the interpretation on your own. What I have done is walked through the main sections of the book and used questions to get you engaged and thinking about the author’s main point. Then you can take that main point put it into to a theological truth and apply it to your life. Here is an introduction to the book of Hebrews with an outline of the book at the end…
  • Albert Mohler Ministering in A Post-Marriage Culture

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Photo Credit/You Tube Albert Mohler opened up the ERLC National Conference on “The Gospel, Homosexuality, and the Future of Marriage” This is some of what he had to say bout ministering in a post-marriage culture. Here are some highlights and you can watch the whole video of his talk below. How Our Posture Should Be “When we come to an event like this we have to have our hearts broken, not about their sin but about ours,” Mohler even shared, “I repent of denying that sexual orientation was legitimate.” “It is a slander against the gospel for us to redefine…
  • Love We Share Video by Bizzle Feat. Lavoisier & Datin

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:43 am
    Photo Credit/You Tube Love We Share Video by Bizzle Feat. Lavoisier & Datin the Well Wishes album! Christian rapper Bizzle returned in 2014 with fourth album Well Wishes, a collection of expertly produced beats, countless guest stars, and lyrics addressing the rapture, devotion, and selfless spirituality. Joining Bizzle in his relentless flow are fellow Christian rap names such as Mouthpi3ce, Eshon Burgundy, Redd Lettaz, Bumps INF, and other affiliates of Bizzle’s Texas-based record label God Over Money Records. Living up to the name and ethics of the label, 100 percent of the…
  • Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:12 am
      Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle! I’M DOIN’ JESUS front man GS, is back with his sophomore album “That Real Talk 2″. After the response he received from his debut album he saw it appropriate to create a part 2. Its not a continuation of his first album (That Real Talk) you will obviously hear his growth in this project. With great production and features, this project is sure to make an impact. Its scheduled to drop Saturday November 8 Get ready!!! Listen to Like That Tho by GS Feat. Bizzle Below! First single off GS Album due Nov. 2014 featuring God Over Money front runner…
  • UnderDog by Still Diligent Free Download

    Britt
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:45 am
      Photo Credit/ Sound Cloud Underdog by Still Diligent Free Exclusive Mixtape! Still Diligent is a Hip Hop artist from Miami Florida with an act for combining introspective rap lyrics with melodic harmonies to give it a fresh sound. With a brand new team behind him HPTP records, Still Diligent is ready to take the scene by storm.When he is not on stage rocking crowds for the lord, Still Diligent is at his local church serving on the praise and worship team with his wife. Listen to the full project below feat: Loso, Witness, Dillon Chase, B-Les, Datin B Cooper & More! Download…
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  • What manner of love!

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! (1 John 3:1a NKJV)
  • Treating a type of blindness

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day ninety...In the novel “Sally” is reading, the hero threatens his enemies by saying, “And the streets will run red with your blood.” But the impact of this statement is lost on her, because she has been totally colorblind from birth.
  • Who's doing the talking?

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day eighty-nine...“Don't worry about it. You're going to be fine.”
  • Bigger than we think

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day eighty-eight...How would you like to try to explain God to a bunch of intellectuals—hungry to hear the latest new thing—who just sat around all day and talked philosophy and religion?
  • God is where?

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day eighty-seven...I have a problem with most Christian funeral services anyway. I just don't like all the emphasis on the trappings of Heaven. It's as if we believe that the first thing out of anyone's mouth upon arrival will be, “Take me to the stuff.” rather than, “Take me to Jesus.”
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  • Daniel 8: Can Prophecy Happen?

    Zak Schmoll
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:46 am
    Daniel is a controversial book because from a naturalistic worldview, prophecy is not possible. Daniel must have been written late because as we see in chapter 8, Daniel knew that the Greeks were going to invade the Persian Empire. He couldn’t have known that ahead of time, so therefore it must have been written late. Dan 8:20  The ram which thou sawest having two horns are the kings of Media and Persia. Dan 8:21  And the rough goat is the king of Grecia: and the great horn that is between his eyes is the first king. In verse one, it says that this chapter was written in the third year of…
  • Daniel 7: Thrown Down

    Zak Schmoll
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:53 am
    Daniel 7 is prophecy central, and I am not going to pretend that I am an expert on what the beasts are. However, notice something very interesting about all of these kingdoms, whoever they ultimately end up being. Dan 7:9  I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. All of the beasts had a time limit, and in the end, God was back on the pinnacle with no competition. Everyone else had been cast down. I point that out…
  • Daniel 6: Held against Us

    Zak Schmoll
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Daniel is a book of popular Sunday School stories, and chapter 6 brings us to the lions’ den. However, we don’t always hear about the conspiracy that was taking place behind the scenes to get Daniel into that pit in the first place. Daniel was made into a powerful leader by Darius after he invaded Babylon, and the other leaders were very jealous. As a result, they knew that they needed some way to discredit Daniel. However, the way that Daniel lived his life gave them very little opportunity. Dan 6:5  Then said these men, We shall not find any occasion against this Daniel, except we find…
  • Daniel 5: Training for the Future

    Zak Schmoll
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Yesterday, I wrote about how it is really debatable if Nebuchadnezzar actually became a follower of the one true God. However, there is one potential strike against that theory in Daniel 5. Nebuchadnezzar’s son, Belshazzar, knew very little about God. He saw a hand writing on the wall, and he called Daniel because he knew he could interpret dreams, but he didn’t recognize the power of God. Dan 5:22  And thou his son, O Belshazzar, hast not humbled thine heart, though thou knewest all this; Dan 5:23  But hast lifted up thyself against the Lord of heaven; and they have brought the vessels…
  • Daniel 4: Nebuchadnezzar’s Proclamation

    Zak Schmoll
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Nebuchadnezzar was an interesting guy. His relationship with God was kind of like a roller coaster. We began with him invading the people of God and taking them prisoner. Then, he heard from Daniel, and he thought that Daniel’s God was great because He gave Daniel the power to interpret dreams. You would think that that would do it, but relatively soon after, he put three men into a furnace for not bowing to his statue and therefore violating the law of that same God that he admired in Daniel. However, it seems that everything came full circle for Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 4. This chapter is…
 
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  • Enter the Dragon, Part 2

    Mr. Wiseguy
    15 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    [Part 1 here] I smiled as I walked through the doors. “I’m here for a 10am interview with [Leah].” The morning had been perfect. Thanks to the time change, I was up at 5:30 – my ideal time for productive days. The hotel fitness center was empty. It was a good workout – plenty of sweat, no vomiting, and the predictable endorphin rush that follows. Shave. Shower. One last revision of my paperwork before submitting. 8am and relaxed. Breakfast buffet. This part was tricky. The interview would go long past lunch, and I don’t do well without food…
  • Enter the Dragon, Part 1

    Mr. Wiseguy
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Written ~2 months ago Last week I had a breakthrough – I want this. I care about the outcome. And if it was in my power, there’s no question what I would choose. Perhaps that sounds obvious. Who would pursue something they didn’t want? Well… I would. I have. I would choose what I thought was best, thought was right. I chose my major because it had the most transfer options in case I changed my mind. I can think of few exceptions – Jesus, wife, baby. Maybe soccer and guitar. And spreadsheets if I’m completely honest (insanely organized math – what…
  • One-Day Website Challenge – An Entre-Xperiment

    Mr. Wiseguy
    3 Aug 2014 | 12:55 am
    www.BetterBigDay.com – building a website in a day I call this an entre-xperiment (patent pending). When it comes to business (and creativity in general), constraints are more important than options. It’s more helpful to decide what you won’t do than what you could do. To put this into practice, we gave ourselves some crazy constraints – 4 guys, 6 hours, and $25 to come up with an idea and build a website from scratch! We gave ourselves passing grades – the site was up with enough content to run on auto-pilot for two months! A few big take-aways: Distractions…
  • Young at Heart for the Overly Responsible

    Mr. Wiseguy
    16 May 2014 | 10:56 am
    Photo Credit: susieq3c via Compfight cc Here’s a quick (yet surprisingly long), real-time post written over a lunch break (or two – I blame editing)… Haven’t had one of these in awhile, but when inspiration strikes, take advantage! It’s no small secret I have a man-crush on Jon Foreman, lead singer of Switchfoot. I’ve seen him perform nearly a dozen times, including a small after-show I like to pretend was a birthday gift from him to me. Today I came across an article he had on HuffPost a few weeks back. He talks about hitch-hiking and surfing, as well as…
  • Mother’s Day

    Mr. Wiseguy
    11 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    Play day at the park Mommy, It’s a good thing I’m around to remind daddy about big days like today! He’s a little forgetful sometimes. It’s okay though – once I reminded him, he was all in! I’m doing most of the work of course. You may notice today that I’m a little extra giggly, that I smile a little more often, that my diapers are a little less messy. That’s my way of saying thank you. Thank you for carrying me around for nine months as I grew. Thank you for being uncomfortable, for changing your diet and your lifestyle, and for eating all…
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  • We’re Not the Solution

    blakemankin
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    To truly care about something means to wish its well being with or without us. It’s far too easy to want to see ourselves as the solution to another’s problems more than we want to see their problems solved. Sadly, I fall into this mentality all the time. But the savior mentality was never meant for us—that role has already been filled. It was placed on the head of a Jewish carpenter with the crown of thorns. For us to desire the best for others, we must be willing to be a part of a solution—not the entire solution. In fact, we must be willing to be absent from the solution. If we…
  • Excellence Is Boring

    blakemankin
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Excellence requires a certain level of boring. To be excellent requires focus, and focus makes us predictable. It means saying no to most things and yes to a few. It means being associated with a particular skill, cause, or activity when our names come up in conversation. Our wanderlust can be our biggest liability because it can keep us from adopting the amount of boring it takes to become great at something. This is often said of my generation, that we’re too directionless because we live off the thrill of chasing new experiences. I know this can be true in my life. As a millennial, the…
  • Understand before Attempting to Be Understood

    blakemankin
    24 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    The Internet was hailed as a way for the walls between us to come tumbling down, giving us a platform to exchange ideas in a civilized way. Sadly, this hasn’t come to fruition. The majority of the people I follow tend to think the same way as I do, and when I take a look at any CNN article, I don’t find respectful discourse. No, I find news about the latest celebrity scandal followed by someone in the comments section claiming that people who believe in God are stupid. A breaking story about Obama is followed by someone claiming he’s the antichrist. It seems to be a medium…
  • Discipline Is a Tool

    blakemankin
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:27 am
    Discipline is one of the best tools we can use to create progress. As much as I like binging on The West Wing and eating queso, doing so every day would be detrimental to my health. In smaller doses, these things are fantastic. Who doesn’t love eating thousands of chips while watching Toby and CJ get into it after a press briefing? But the uncomfortable practice of habitually saying no to doing the easy things and yes to doing the hard things will breed forward momentum. The snooze button might be tempting, but the completed novel will be far more rewarding–even though it hurts.
  • Dreams for What Could Be

    blakemankin
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:03 am
    The world’s societies have deplorable pieces: inaccessible clean water, human sex trafficking, corruption, desperate poverty, moral decay–to name just a few. Heck, I have deplorable pieces: selfishness, greed, bitterness. But what do we do about solving the largest issues of our day? It’s a simple question requiring complex answers, answers we could (and will) spend the rest of our lives trying to articulate. One thing Jesus models for us, though, is what not to do to solve these massive problems: hate. The world is full of more pain than we know what to do with, but that…
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    virtuousgirls1
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. We are so thankful for you and hope y’all have a great holiday. 9 Thoughts for Thanksgiving Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving. – W. T. Purkiser I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is […]
  • Endure

    virtuousgirls1
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:10 pm
    In Christopher Nolan’s thrilling 2008 movie, The Dark Knight, Bruce Wayne/Batman asks, “What would you have me do?” His longtime butler Alfred Pennyworth advises, “Endure, Master Wayne. Take it. They’ll hate you for it, but that’s the point of Batman, he can be the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can […]
  • Girls of Virtue Series – TASHA – Week 10 Recap

    virtuousgirls1
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    V-GIRL: GIRLS OF VIRTUE SERIES BOOK FOUR – TASHA 14-year-old Tasha Lu Solara loves dance, drama, fashion, and coding. But the most important thing you should know about her is that she is a follower of Jesus. Growing up in an atheist/Buddhist family, Tasha is reluctant to talk about her faith. It isn’t until she […]
  • Walls Are Not Everlasting

    virtuousgirls1
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:45 am
    On Sunday, November 9, 2014, the world celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Today, the barrier that once separated Berlin in two has been replaced by a frontier of lights called the Lichtgrenze – an installation made up of thousands of illuminated balloons. A long time before the Berlin Wall […]
  • He Will Carry You

    virtuousgirls1
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    Today thru Sunday, our new book is free on Amazon Kindle. He Will Carry You: Random Thoughts on God, Faith, Life, Love and Each Other If our blog (virtuousgirls.wordpress.com) were a book, it would look something like this. Started in December of 2012, we’ve collected our random thoughts and organized them into nine sections: 1. […]
 
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  • Copy The Turkey- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Copy The Turkey (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 […]
  • Christmas Puppy- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Christmas Puppy (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 link […]
  • Christmas Wreath- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    Christmas Wreath (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 link […]
  • Christmas Angel- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    Christmas Angel (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 link […]
  • Update: Vacation Bible School 2015 Winners

    Crafting The Word Of God
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The poll is now closed and the winners are: SonSpark Labs- Gospel Light Journey Off The Map- Lifeway Everest- Group In the next couple of months I will be working hard on coming up with the crafts for these three V.B.S. programs. I will post the crafts up in March/April.Filed under: Updates Tagged: crafts, Everest, Gospel Light, […]
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  • My Weapon of Choice for Thanksgiving

    Shelly Hendricks
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. - Romans 8:37 He meant it for evil. Is there any doubt of that? Look at what we deal with on a daily basis... does it seem benign to you? Insignificant? Harmless? Painless? How about easy? Of course he meant it for evil. It's who he is, it's what he does, he could have no other intentions toward us. But, ah, he underestimates our God. No, that's not right. I think it goes deeper than mere underestimation. I think he cannot fathom the heart and mind of our God. It is beyond his capabilities because that much good,…
  • My Praise

    Shelly Hendricks
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. - Hebrews 13:15 Sometimes, especially during hectic weeks like these past few have been, it's so hard not to focus on the things we can no longer do. It can be overwhelming.  This week especially, I am focusing on things I still can do. The most important is praise God. I can still praise God. It might not sound or look like it once did. I might find the imperfections. But God hears only beauty and joy and worship.  I offer Him worship through prayer, through…
  • The Loveliest Centerpiece

    Shelly Hendricks
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.Hebrews 3:2 Ok, so I don't know much about entertaining or crafts or decorating. I wish I did, but I have come to accept that it's just not in me... unless you count the hours spent longingly…
  • How to Handle the Holiday When You Have Nothing Left to Give

    Shelly Hendricks
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; Your word is truth” (John 17:16-17). Thanks and Giving. Not the first two words that come to mind when you live a life with chronic illness, pain, and disability, is it? For many of us, this season only heralds the beginning of the rush, the stress and the feelings of inadequacy that seem to loom larger as the year draws to a close. God has been reminding me of three things that will remain true, no matter my feelings or the time of year. May I share them with you? I hope you'll hop on over to Rest Ministries…
  • Sunday Scripture: 11/23/14

    Shelly Hendricks
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. - 1 Timothy 4:13 If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this post on the social network of your choice for me. All you have to do is click one of the buttons below. May God Bless You, Shelly The post Sunday Scripture: 11/23/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written by Shelly Hendricks
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  • Giving Thanks in the Hard Times

    kristinemac
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    Thanksgiving is in a few days and there are many things in my life for which I'm thankful: My husband. My kids. My family. My friends. My church. Yet, there are so many things which I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sometimes

    kristinemac
    22 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Sometimes there are too many thoughts rattling about in my brain. Ideas. Remembrances. Worries (o that pesky battlefield). Hopes. Questions. So many (lonely) thoughts reaching out into... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Spiritual Armor of God is our Relationship with Christ

    kristinemac
    17 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    "Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DVD Review: Susie’s Hope

    kristinemac
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    If you love a true life, feel good movie with a message and a cause behind it, then you are going to want to watch Susie's Hope. Here is a synopsis from the official site: An extraordinary story... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • A Christian’s Best Stategy for Spiritual Warfare

    kristinemac
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:53 pm
    "Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth, break forth into joyous song and sing praises! Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Eternal Blessings

    Karen
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:22 am
    Recently I got an email from a friend letting me know that her father had passed away early that morning. Another friend sent a notice asking for prayer for her family after the passing of her uncle. A facebook from another girlfriend recounted a tragic accident that suddenly claimed a family member. And at work, a colleague announced […]
  • Do Not Grow Weary

    Karen
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:47 am
    Three weeks left until the end of the semester… and it can’t come fast enough. This stretch of homeschooling has proved to be much more demanding than I had anticipated, and as a consequence, has extracted a lot of blood, sweat and tears from my kids… and from me. You know, I don’t really mind […]
  • Warning Signal

    Karen
    12 Nov 2014 | 6:32 am
    Living in a large city has a lot of advantages, but it does come at a price… traffic! That means that I have to use my GPS a lot. Even when I know where I’m going, I often plug my unit in just to make sure I don’t need to take an alternate route to […]
  • Jesus In The City

    Karen
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    We’re heading toward the end of the first semester in this year’s journey through home schooling.  And while teaching at home definitely has its pluses, there are some days that are, shall we say, difficult. Knowing that the domestic stress level usually rises about this time of every year, Clif usually asks me to send him a […]
  • Scarier than Halloween

    Karen
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    It’s finally the end of October! That beautiful time of year filled with pumpkins, colored leaves, and cool, crisp evenings. It’s also the time of year that we as Christians are inundated with blogs, ministry programs, articles and hallway conversations at church all centered around the reoccurring (and far too divisive) question: “Should Christians let their […]
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • The God I Can’t Surprise

    Sarah Welles
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Every now and then we stumble across a random video, inspirational quote, Facebook post, etc. that deeply resonates with us and where we are. Sometimes it’s something cheesy like the pictures of puppies wearing sweaters that I never seem to get tired of, sometimes it can be a bit more serious. Either way, from time to time God uses those everyday things as vehicles for His messages to me. This happened earlier this year when a friend recommended I watch a TED talk by an unknown (at the time) author named Brene Brown. TED talks are short lectures by smart, inspiring people about anything…
  • When Grace Is For Everyone Else But You

    Jaime Strmiska
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This article is part of our exciting video series, Who Do You Think You Are? Check out the other videos HERE. I have struggled with the lie of grace avoidance. It’s a lie that says I am beyond God’s grace. And it’s an odd struggle in some ways, because from an early age, I could recite the passage in Ephesians 2:8 that says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” But I was missing the heart behind this truth. Thankfully, God has been gracious to remind me that it’s not about what I do or don’t do. It’s not about measuring…
  • From Fairy Tale to Faith Tale

    Amy Young
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Recently I listened to a podcast about the resurgence of fairy tales in American culture, as seen in television shows such as Game of Thrones, True Blood, Grimm and Once Upon a Time. The person giving the lecture said fairy tales aren’t just for kids, as they help us too. I agree that tales are powerful; look at how often Jesus used them as a teaching technique! But in fairy tales, it is usually obvious who the good guys and the bad guys are and what the lesson is, and everything is worked out by the end. They can certainly be useful tools for children who are trying to make sense of their…
  • When Your Life Becomes a Pinterest Fail

    Molly DeFrank
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I had a day this week. Like, a DAY. You know the kind? When you wake up too late for coffee? (Fail.) You frantically rush the kids to dress, eat and sit still for a bumpy, mediocre ponytail that you’d have NEVER let your mom get away with. Ants invaded your kitchen while you slept – a pleasant reminder that you did a lousy job wiping down the counters after dinner last night. (Another fail.) You are a grump, and grumpiness is scientifically proven to be eleventy-gazillion times more contagious than Ebola. So now your kids are all grumps, too. And you’re annoyed at them for being grumps.
  • The Rollercoaster of Life

    Meghan Alanis
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    My husband absolutely loves the thrill of being strapped into a man-made machine and being tossed, whipped, and hung upside down. The thrill of the experience and the anticipation of waiting in line makes my very conservative (one might say “square”) husband squeal and laugh like a little boy. I, on the other hand, am not a big fan of amusement park rides. The risk, fear, and potential vomiting just don’t seem all that appealing to me. I am more content to wait in line and chat with you or hold your sunglasses under a shade tree while you, the thrill seeker, get your kicks 100 feet…
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Jonathan Petersen
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Americans are celebrating the national holiday of Thanksgiving, commemorating when, in 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Indians shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations in the colonies. For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November. (History.com) According to ChristianAnswers.net, upon landing in America, the Pilgrims…
  • Bitter Becomes Sweet: An Interview with Sara Hagerty

    Jonathan Petersen
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Where is God when life stops working for you? When you become mired in spiritual busyness and doubt? When your heart-felt longing is not met? What does it mean to receive God’s life when earthly life remains barren? How can God turn your bitterness of unmet desire into new flavors of joy? Bible Gateway interviewed Sara Hagerty (@SaraHagerty) about her book, Every Bitter Thing Is Sweet: Tasting the Goodness of God in all Things (Zondervan, 2014). Briefly recount the disappointments and ordeals in your life that form the story of your book. Sara Hagerty: There were many—and part of the…
  • What About Bible Translations?

    Mel Lawrenz
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    This new series by Bible Gateway and Mel Lawrenz is called “How to Understand the Bible.” Over 30 weeks we will cover questions about the content of the Bible and interpreting and applying the Bible. We’ll look at the way we should read everything from historical stories to Psalms to prophecy to Gospels to Revelation. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along, encourage them to learn more and sign up to receive the series via email. [Special news - Mel Lawrenz's devotional, Christmas Joy, is now available in paperback and Kindle here. Readings start December 1.] If…
  • Share Your Favorite Bible Verse on International Day of the Bible

    Jonathan Petersen
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    “…DEVOTE YOURSELF TO THE PUBLIC READING OF SCRIPTURE….” 1 Timothy 4:13 The International Day of the Bible (@IntlDayofBible), Nov. 24, 2014, is a day set aside to invite people around the world to publicly read Scripture and share their favorite Bible verse or passage during the noon hour of their local time. [See our previous blogpost, Join the International Day of the Bible: An Interview with Richard Glickstein] During Nov. 24, every 15 minutes, from noon on Christmas Island to—24 hours later—noon on Hawaii, Bible Gateway (@BibleGateway) Tweeted (using the hashtag…
  • Revised Common Lectionary Reading Plan Now on Bible Gateway

    Jonathan Petersen
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    The Revised Common Lectionary (RCL) is now a part of Bible Gateway’s many Bible reading plans for your daily enjoyment, personal worship, and spiritual benefit. We offer both the Complementary and Semicontinuous editions. A lectionary is a collection of readings from the Bible (called “lections”) that are intended to enhance the act of worship. Lectionaries have been in use in the Christian church from the fourth century, spanning denominational differences. Scripture selections are arranged according to a schedule which follows the church calendar of Sundays and festivals,…
 
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • A Magical Chick-fil-A Spicy Chicken Sandwich Recipe

    Caleb Smith
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:47 am
    I do love Chick-fil-A. Their sandwiches are the best. So one day I was on the Internet and searched for a recipe to make a Chick-fil-A style chicken sandwich. This led me to the basis for this post, a Serious Eats Food Lab article on how to make one. The detailed experiment post is here, while the actual recipe is here. Let me be clear. The Serious Eats sandwich recipe is completely awesome. That makes crazy delicious chicken. But! Some people order the spicy sandwich. My wife is definitely one of those people. So in order to please her (and I often do like spicy, too), I did some…
  • I Feel Robbed of the Psalms

    Caleb Smith
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    The heavens declare the glory of God;  the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech;  night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words;  no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,  their words to the ends of the world. In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.  It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,  like a champion rejoicing to run his course. It rises at one end of the heavens  and makes its circuit to the other;  nothing is deprived of its warmth. Psalm…
  • A Different Kind of Calvinism: Some Quick Background and the Gist

    Caleb Smith
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:10 am
    [This is the second post in my Evangelical Calvinism series. You can read the first one here.] In my last post, I introduced my recent (somewhat in progress) transition from classical, TULIP Calvinism (“TC”) to Evangelical Calvinism (“EC”). I did not elaborate much, of course. That is the point of the rest of the series. Before I get into all the details, I’ll give a quick history lesson about where EC came from. After all, no discerning believer is going to jump straight into novel doctrine. He’ll need to see roots in the tradition of the Church. Totally…
  • A Different Kind of Calvinism: Introducing the Change

    Caleb Smith
    1 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    I’m not the Calvinist I used to be. This change came rather suddenly, but was the result of a long process of difficulty with TULIP. While when I became a Calvinist (feels like 100 years ago) I loved it. My experience was rather honeymoon like. It was the best thing that had happened to me theologically. Soon, though, the honeymoon ended. In time I came to be struck by the same problems that keep people from becoming Calvinists in the first place. How does the God of love determine before time to abandon most of humanity in their sins? Does God even love all people in any meaningful…
  • When God Doesn’t Seem Good: Living with Tough Texts in the Bible

    Caleb Smith
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    God isn’t always easy to trust. I don’t just mean in the daily lives of living out of faith. I mean even based on what we know of Him, it can be tough to trust Him to be good. Prime example: This is what the LORD of Hosts says: ‘I witnessed what the Amalekites did to the Israelites when they opposed them along the way as they were coming out of Egypt. Now go and attack the Amalekites and completely destroy everything they have. Do not spare them. Kill men and women, children and infants, oxen and sheep, camels and donkeys.’ “ 1 Samuel 15:2-3 Think about that for…
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • Putting Christ After the “Church”

    Kyle
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:48 pm
    It is no secret that I do not hold Paul in the same esteem as many Christians throughout the world.  Paul, whether you realize it or not, is the basis for much of modern Christian thought.  We may claim we are following Christ by following the teachings that were put forth by Paul, but are we really?  If we look back into the Gospels were the things that the Church claims to be tradition today actually made up hundreds of years later by men who had no idea what Christ really thought.  The question I put forth to you now is, is the “Church” really the Church, or have we become…
  • A Jewish Christians Look at Islam: Zakat

    Kyle
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    So far Islam is not the scandalous apostasy that many would have you believe.  Thus far we have seen a religion in which people:  put their faith in one God, believe He sent a messenger to tell of Him, and fervent prayer that many Christians could not fathom keeping up with.  Could it be that they are truly not that different than we are.  Moving forward we will look at the Third Pillar of Islam, Zakat.  Zakat is the idea of the redistribution of wealth through taxation. Zakat is done so that all Muslim would be equal.  For those who have to little, more will be given.  For those who…
  • Jesus Loves Us All

    Kyle
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    As of this evening a fifth person has died in the synagogue attack in Jerusalem this morning.  Thousands have died from hunger, malnutrition, lack of shelter, and disease that has been cured for 50 years.  We often look at the world and say where is God, and my answer to you is that our God is everywhere.  I the dying eyes of a child our Messiah is there, in the shouts of pain from a cripple on the street our Lord is present, and every time someone’s life is snuffed out unfairly God is ever present.  He loves us all. We call God by a number of different names YHWH, Adonai, Jesus,…
  • ISIS Beheads Another

    Kyle
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:45 pm
    This week another journalist was beheaded by the islamist extremist group ISIS.  Though it has become commonplace for the group to kill off journalist that it has under its control there is something different about the last decapitation.  This man, Peter Kassig, was an army ranger who converted to Islam within captitivity and had actually started an aid organization for Syrian refugees.  This man was not just an American, but was someone who it seems wholeheartedly followed Allah in the same way his islamist captors claim too.  They are showing they will kill anyone who does not fall…
  • A Jewish Christians Look at Islam: Salat

    Kyle
    14 Nov 2014 | 4:21 am
    Prayer is an integral part to any religion.  To converse with your God, no matter His name, is one of the most powerful acts we can do in this life.  Islam is no exception.  The second pillar of Islam is called Salat.  Salat is the ritualistic prayer said five times per day. The Salat is said at preset intervals throughout each day.  This prayer is always pointed in the direction of the Ka’ba in Mecca.  It is done by a serious of repetitious movements up and down which is called a Rakat.  During this the recite “The Opening” which is the first sura of the Quran which…
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • Ode to Lost Sock

    Sharon R Hoover
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    It’s laundry day. It. Happened. AGAIN… Where, O where have you gone, Lost Sock? At the bottom of the clothes basket, I found you not. I shall miss your soft texture that warmed my toes, as well your vibrant hues that did delight mis ojos. Have you gone off in search of fellow wanderers? The […] The post Ode to Lost Sock appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Beauty of Childlike Faith

    Sharon R Hoover
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Earlier this week I let my inner child out. My birthday served as the convenient excuse. I didn’t get dressed until 11:00am; and when I did get dressed it was into my most favorite clothes. The colors and styles clashed loudly but they rated exceedingly high on my meter-o-comfort. My daughter cringed when she heard […] The post Beauty of Childlike Faith appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Love versus Love On

    Sharon R Hoover
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:03 am
    I am not one to complain. But I heard it again yesterday. She said: “We want to love on the community!” Like the sound of fingernails scraping a chalk board, the “love on” phrase causes me to physically cringe. My shoulders rise as I draw a deep breath. My jaw involuntarily clenches. What happened to: “We […] The post Love versus Love On appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Be a Peacemaker

    Sharon R Hoover
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Acts of peacemaking change things. Being a peacemaker, though, is not comfortable. The calling places us directly in the middle of conflict. It’s where the peace is needed! As Christ-followers we live as peacemakers. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9) Do you have three minutes? I made […] The post Be a Peacemaker appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Problem of Forgetting

    Sharon R Hoover
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    I suffer from the problem of forgetting. Perhaps you struggle with it, too? When I take a class, I fill my notebook with lecture notes. I underline and annotate the textbook. I write outlines and essays to help me to process the information. When I craft the new stuff into my own words, it helps […] The post Problem of Forgetting appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
 
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    Brad Andres

  • How Thanksgiving Can Bring You Peace

    Brad Andres
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Thanksgiving is a great holiday. I enjoy all of the great food and time with family and friends. At its core, this celebratory time with people was originally intended to give thanks to God for blessing with a great harvest of food. But, only giving thanks to God once a year isn’t exactly what we should be doing if we have committed to following Christ. What’s more, is that during this holiday time, people seem to get more stressed out and on-edge than throughout the rest of the year. It’s strange, because giving thanks to God is supposed to result in peace. It’s why…
  • May My Passion Lead To Repentance (Scripture & Prayer) [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    God, Your passion:  The time when you took the form of a human, came to earth as Jesus Christ, and let yourself be tortured, shamed, and killed. Your passion was all for the end result of setting things right between you and those who choose to trust you completely. You loved us so much that you willingly went through hell, just to have a living relationship with us. Wow. Now I consider myself. I run away from most thoughts of pain and suffering. I try my best to avoid suffering. But sometimes, my suffering is your discipline. I often do not get that. I think it’s because I did this,…
  • Maybe God Could Have Used Me To Stop a Suicide

    Brad Andres
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:55 am
    I met my friend Victoria last year. I saw this beautiful Kenyan girl in the mall with a baby in a stroller and went to ask her who styled her hair. We live in a town in Sweden where it’s impossible to find someone to style our Kenyan hair. We quickly became friends; speaking on the phone a lot.  She tried on numerous occasions to invite me to dinner, but I’d always say no and postpone it to a later date. I can vividly remember the number of times we tried to make arrangements to meet. These meetings never happened. I plan my time meticulously weeks ahead of time. Therefore, her impromptu…
  • New Testament Best Book Charles Dickens Quote [Quote]

    Brad Andres
    11 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The New Testament is the very best book that ever was or ever will be known in the world. Charles Dickens Books by Charles Dickens
  • I’m considering publishing a 14 day devotional on interacting with God’s Living Word. Does it sound interesting? Would you read through the devotional? What are your thoughts? [Question]

    Brad Andres
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:41 am
    I’m considering publishing a 14 day devotional on interacting with God’s Living Word. Does it sound interesting? Would you read through the devotional? What are your thoughts? Answer this question on my blog and join the discussion →
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    SightShift

  • If You Want To Be Resilient Separate Who You Are From What You Do

    Chris McAlister
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:53 pm
    7 Days in on the #SightShift30Days project. I’m sharing something from my daily life and how SightShift helps me order and process thoughts and activities. Find certainty in who you are. Then you can have clarity in what you do. And you’ll be resilient… //www.youtube.com/watch?v=8586HTIA8Yk
  • How I Struggle and 30 Days of SightShift

    Chris McAlister
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    For 30 days I’ll be sharing some challenge or struggle from that day and how SightShift helps me process it. I won’t be posting them all on the blog or emailing them out. I’ll create a playlist on youtube. Spend 30 days with me and follow along at #SightShift30days and you’ll get certainty in who you are, clarity in what you do, and confidence in relating. It’s deep in my bones and everything has changed. Even when I struggle, mess up, and hit obstacles I can reframe in the moment. You can too. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiAHoJmcsF0 (if the video doesn’t…
  • I Am Centered And Focused- The 1 Dangerous Mistake I Make With What I Do

    Chris McAlister
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    I think about the pursuit of mission as a climb. I keep climbing. Every day. It’s a love. It’s grueling. It’s play. It requires sacrifice. And I’ve learned how to recognize when the climb becomes dangerous. I am making one key mistake. I am focused on the mission but I lose center. I start building who I am around what I do. I get uptight with people I love. And I stop appreciating the ways others are different than me. Instead I get annoyed at differences. A number of years ago a friend called this out in me. He said, “You’re focused but you’re not…
  • 7 hidden realities I learned the hard way about pastoring (6 apply to all leaders)

    Chris McAlister
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    (low res pic of Discovery’s launch 4 years ago) Your internal world drives your external leadership. And what you don’t know is dangerous. You can self sabotage the good you hope to accomplish. There are 7 hidden realities for pastors that change everything about their leadership. 6 of these apply to all leaders. This isn’t one of those posts. I don’t hate the church. I’m not bitter. But yesterday was my first day in 15 years that I haven’t pastored or been heading towards a pastoring role. I’ve served from the mega to the mini. I’ve served in…
  • One Thing Men Don’t Know About Themselves That Impacts Everything

    Chris McAlister
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    If you would have told me I would be writing about this topic a decade ago you would have gotten a strange look at best. But here I am. And I’m gonna say it. Men forget they are human and have emotions. This isn’t cliche. This is daily reality. The lightbulbs starting clicking on for me a number of years ago. I was getting battered financially. I was defeated. I was hurting. But I didn’t know how bad I was hurting. Instead I was focused on getting things done. In the name of survival I had learned to shut off parts of who I am. It took a number of incidents screaming for…
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • No, God’s NOT Going to Change His Mind In The End

    Steve Bremner
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:22 pm
    I started to write the following blog post over the past weekend before I saw an article show up in my news feed that basically gave me pause for thought. Or at least pause for concern, to say the least. It was for an article on the Huffington Post called You Know God's Going to Change His Mind and Save Everyone in the End, Right? by Mick Mooney. I'm seeing a lot of my friends in the "Hyper Grace" camp -- of which on certain specific points I consider myself apart of -- champion a lot of his [Continue reading...]
  • The Manifest Presence of God is Birthed in Intimacy

    Steve Bremner
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:36 pm
    This week we finally release an interview I've been sitting on for a couple of months with Brian Guerin, itinerant minister with Bridal Glory International, and author of the new book God of Wonders: Experiencing God's Voice Through Signs, Wonders, and Miracles. This episode flows nicely with what we've been talking about concerning the collective Bride of Christ and we get back to "the upper room" again. We started off today with learning a little bit about Brian and his testimony, and [Continue reading...]
  • The Holy Spirit Flows Through Intimacy and Community | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Today's podcast is another word of encouragement that follows along the thoughts I began unpacking in the last podcast -- or at least the last one I did alone without a guest -- Come Up Out of Babylon and Build God's Temple. You don't have to listen to that one first before jumping straight in today, but it might help. If you have the Stitcher Radio app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. Recenly Shaun Wissmann, who I’ve had on [Continue reading...]
  • Reimagining Church — A Quick Review of Frank Viola’s Book

    Steve Bremner
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:13 pm
    The following post is an expansion of the one I wrote for this book over at Amazon after I finished reading it. If you liked that review, could you please click "yes" to finding it helpful? Thanks in advance. One person over there who gave it a negative review said Frank Viola writes in a "my way or no way at all" approach to how church is to be done. I found that hilariously preposterous since I didn't get that vibe at all. This is the first of his books I've read, and recently I just finished [Continue reading...]
  • Left Behind, Revival, and Organic Church | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    26 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    This week we finally have Dave Edwards back on the podcast and talk about some of the latest goings on in theological internet-land. We recorded this episode a few weeks ago and the Left Behind reboot had just tanked at the box office, so naturally we get talking about it a bit and how much our eschatology shapes our worldview. Are our assumptions of end times correct? Then we segue into first century church life and Dave's thoughts on organic church and recent revelations on revival. Recommended [Continue reading...]
 
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    Shiloh 2014 Live

  • Winners Chapel Prophetic Focus for November 2014

    Shiloh 2014
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Winners Chapel Prophetic Focus for November 2014 – Exceeding Grace greetings. This is the official prophetic focus for the month of November directly from Bishop David Oyedepo.   All through scriptures, godliness has proved to be the foundation for profitable living. This is because godliness entitles us to the following among others: Divine Protection – […] The post Winners Chapel Prophetic Focus for November 2014 appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement

    Shiloh 2014
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement – The theme of Shiloh 2014 has gone forth as Heaven on Earth and it will be a season of settlement. What are you to expect come Shiloh 2014? Settlement! Stay expectant of settlement in your life. God does not want you unsettled beyond a moment in Shiloh 2014. […] The post Pre Shiloh 2014 Message on Settlement appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep

    Shiloh 2014
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep – This is to inform you of a leadership Empowerment Summit scheduled to hold in all our churches within Nigeria on the 1st October 2014, which is a public holiday. The categories of Leaders expected to be in attendance include all Pastors, Elders, members of the Statutory Bodies, Deacons and […] The post Leadership Empowerment Summit, Shiloh Prep appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh

    Shiloh 2014
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:17 am
    Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh – Turbulence, turmoil and unrest are not the plan of God for our lives. Isa. 14:27. God’s intention for our lives is all round rest. Rest is a worry- free existence. Nobody wants to live in worry or anxiety. Mtt.11:28 – 29. Whatever is causing you worry […] The post Encounter with the God Of Rest at Shiloh appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
  • Engaging the Power of The Holy Ghost

    Shiloh 2014
    23 Jan 2014 | 7:07 am
    ENGAGING THE POWER OF THE HOLY GHOST FOR CONQUEST OVER WICKEDNESS Conquest to the believer is a walkover if you engage the power of the Holy Ghost. Zach.4:6 He is the reality of the God-head on earth. • He is the bonafide representative of God. Exo.15:3 • He is the invincible power of the God-head. […] The post Engaging the Power of The Holy Ghost appeared first on Shiloh 2014 Live.
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  • Why Are Churches not Rushing to Ferguson, Mo?

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Why Are Churches not Rushing to Ferguson, Mo? Think about it! Our nation is in crisis, lives are being devastated there is a battle raging….so why aren’t the churches rushing in to provide aid and comfort? When there is a flood, hurricane or tornado, churches tweet about how they are rushing to send help and that they are loading the vans and trucks and buses to get to the area. Convoy of Hope rolls out sometimes before the storm ends and their website states that they are there for every storm…isn’t what is happening in Ferguson a storm? Why aren’t they rolling to Ferguson? Where…
  • The Stories Jesus Told: The Problems with Parables Part 1

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    The Problem of Not Being There…Context, Context, Context Studying the Parables of Jesus presents us with some difficulty.  It is kind of like trying to tell a popular American joke to someone from another country, only to have them not laugh with you at the punch line.   The reason they did not laugh at the joke is either because you are not a good joke teller, but more than likely it is because the person you intended to make laugh did not fully understand the joke.  They may have understood the language of the joke but they missed nuances of the context, cultural and locational…
  • New Blog Series: The Stories Jesus Told

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The Stories Jesus Told Have finally got the Small Group Study Guide Student Manual about ready for publication.  I have ordered the proof copy and it should be ready to roll of the presses at the new year! The Leader’s Guide The Leader’s Guide is compiled and being edited.  It is a slower process than I had hoped that it would be, mainly due to being very picky about content and layout.  Of course this is self-induced pain, but worth it I believe to make this a tool that people can use. The guide is designed to enable a Study Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Pastor to be able to open the…
  • Write Better: Scrivener

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    13 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I Tried Scrivener…and I liked it! I read a blog that talked about using Scrivener to write and how it was better than trying to write in Word or Pages. It is really designed for screenplays and books more than it is papers on the Old Testament…but it works for writing, period! I admit that I don’t have a handle on all of its features but just using it for one paper has me sold on it. If you need quantitative proof here you go: Usually I struggle to write a ten page paper.  When I use Pages or Word, I feel like I spend more time formatting than writing especially footnotes. I end up…
  • Dear Pastor: Communion is more important than your sermon

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    9 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Too many times I have been to services where Communion was an afterthought because the sermon and/or the worship went longer than was planned…and so as people are gathering their stuff and thinking about lunch (depending on what time the service is)…and not really focused on communion. Sadly most churches celebrate Communion only once a month, being relegated to line in the bulletin and another thing to do on the schedule. Communion is a BIG deal!  It is probably the most important ordinance Jesus gave to the church (you could argue baptism is…) -Communion is the meeting place between…
 
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  • Beyond Our Faults

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:15 am
    "The universe is centered on neither the earth nor the sun. It is centered on God." - Alfred Noyes   My Father died on the cross to save those who are lost My Father died to give us all eternal life My Father died with a twisted crown of thorns over his head My Father died with two robbers at his side My Father died and on the third day rose again My Father forgave and shed his blood to wash away our sins My Father lives once we turn to him with our sins
  • The Single Mom's Holiday Survival Guide

    21 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    With the holidays fast approaching, the focus of single moms everywhere shifts to packing the maximum amount of fun and family time into the least amount of stress possible. Anxiety, tension, and worry have a way of rearing their heads at the holidays, making what should be the happiest time of the year feel more like a depressing blur of weeks leading to January. It is during this time that many moms start to look for some good advice from blogs for Christian women. Consider these fun and simple holiday tips for making the most out of end of the year as a single mom:
  • All About Jesus--Getting to Know the Christ of the Bible

    17 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    "I can give a precise day when Christ came to me and began to transform my life with his power and love." - Keith Ward Some people consider Christianity to be about culture, morality, or the fulfillment of religious obligations. In reality, however, it is all about Jesus. Though the Christian faith involves doctrines and practices that affect all of life, its essence is about the person of Jesus Christ. This is why powerful, encouraging spiritual quotes such as the one above by philosopher and theologian Keith Ward are not rare within Christianity. Many people who have either had a…
  • My Gift

    16 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    One day, when I was a very little girl, I went to a very special place. I went into a large room filled with lots of other little children. We were all waiting together for a big event. Suddenly, a man entered the room. He stood strong and tall, and had a large bag full of gifts. He sat down with the bag and began to call our names, one by one. As each child's name was called, the man reached into the bag and handed them a wonderful gift made especially for them. I waited and waited for my name to be called, but I soon realized that all the children had their gifts and I was the only one…
  • The Necessity of Sacrifice in Faith

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:35 am
    C.S Lewis, author of many encouraging spiritual quotes that are still widely read and appreciated today, once said that, "No great wisdom can be reached without sacrifice." In American society, it's easy to forget that sometimes acting in your own best interest isn't the primary order of business. There are a myriad of people out there who claim to be deeply religious, spiritual people, who go out and do horrible things. Fundamentally, they are not thinking of God's will, but of their own. They have forgotten that the nature of religion is giving of one's self in the support of the…
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  • Archbishop Makgoba enjoys fruitful few days in Nelson Mandela Bay

    Afrika Mhlophe
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:55 am
    Archbishop Thabo Makgoba (centre) with Tonde James Nhererwa and The Revd Claire Phelps who were his chaplains during a Thanksgiving service at the Cathedral. Archbishop Dr Thabo Makgoba, the Metropolitan of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and the Archbishop of the Diocese of Cape Town, visited the Port Elizabeth diocese from Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 November. I was present in a breakfast on Friday the 21st at the St John’s Parish in Walmer where the archbishop gave an encouraging message on the need for the Church in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) to work together regardless of our…
  • Lies, thumb-sucking fuelling anti-Woolworths campaign

    Libby Norton
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:22 am
    A lot of thumb sucking and lies are aiding the persecution of Woolworths over the Israel / Palestinian issue.  A group calling itself the National Coalition for Palestine (NC4P) on Monday released a report claiming Woolworths is losing almost R8 million a month because of the boycott campaign. It claims the popular store has lost approximately R31 million since the start of the campaign which Woolies says isn’t true. Management says they have not taken any financial knock and have in fact continued to increase sales. going on to question how the NC4P could have arrived at such a…
  • 16 Days of Activism campaign puts spotlight on violence against women and children

    Debbie Hemmens
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    This week marks the start of the 16 days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children (November 25 to December 10) and Gateway News Volunteer Reporter Debbie Hemmens took the opportunity to look at how three Gauteng-based NGOs are tackling the gender violence problem. The 16 days campaign is an international initiative that raises awareness of gender violence and promotes sharing of strategies to combat the evil. South Africa — where more than a thousand women are killed every year by an intimate partner ,as many as a million rapes occur in a year, and gender violence costs…
  • Bible mission family heading for Swaziland

    Andre Viljoen
    27 Nov 2014 | 5:15 am
    The Groblers during their April mission in Lesotho. They are (from the left) Ivan, Chantelle, Benita and Eben. The Grobler family of Despatch are looking forward to their latest Bible mission adventure — a Christmas outreach in Swaziland where they plan to hand out 500 Bibles at churches and schools in the Siteki area. “We never thought that the next mission would come so quickly after our Lesotho trip at the end of April. God is GREAT!!” says Eben Grobler on the eve of the family’s third Bible mission trip since last year. They will set out by road for Swaziland on…
  • Young Christian leaders will sleep in jail during Robben Island Freedom Imbizo

    admin
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
    US President Barrack Obama during a visit to the former Robben Island Prison on June 30, 2013. A group of young Christian leaders are spending a 4-day “Freedom Imbizo” on the Island from Thursday, December 4 until Sunday, December 7. Freedom Mantle, the youth of the South African Christian Leaders Initiative (SACLI), will be journeying with 20 young South Africans, between 18 to 35 years of age, on Robben Island as they deeply engage the possible futures of their generation and country after 20 years of democracy. The core theme of this discussion will be about…
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  • When you want to quit believing

    Wendy van Eyck
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:08 am
    Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. Matthew 26:74 (NIV)Believing in God isn't easy.There are so few moments in my life when I have known beyond a shadow of a doubt that God is real and present in my life.There are many more times that I've wondered if God cares for me, sees me and loves me. Sometimes it seems like the mark of a Christian is finding it easy to believe in God, in his existence, in his love.If the mark of a Christian is belief without faltering, I fall short. (tweet this)I doubt God all the…
  • When heaven becomes real

    Wendy van Eyck
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:29 am
    My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:2-4 (NIV)A few months ago, I found myself following my husband through the African bush. We were trying to get as close we could to the Big 5 animals on foot. We had been walking for three hours already and our guides seemed unsure how to take us back to our vehicle. They stopped, shielded their eyes from the sun, and told us, “The…
  • Depression is real (but so is God)

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]! Habakkuk 3:19 (AMP)I used to be a paramedic. For a year I pulled on a blue overall and spent two 12-hour shifts a week on an ambulance. Before I started working as a paramedic I loved the idea of riding in to save the day, of rescuing people, and making everything okay. But the reality of being a paramedic in…
  • One thing to remember when you're about to unravel

    Wendy van Eyck
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    You hem me in behind and before. Psalm 139:5 (NIV)I feel so tired. Since 1 November Xylon and I have been gypsies. We've moved out of our old home but can't yet move into our new place. Everything we own is in storage except for a few bags of luggage that we'll rely on for the next 3 months. In less than 3 weeks we've slept in 8 different beds in 4 different towns. By the end of the month that count will be up to 10 beds in 6 towns.And each time things get hard, each time I feel overwhelmed, I remind myself: God hems me in: behind and before.The image of God hemming me in…
  • We are not as happy as we look

    Wendy van Eyck
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:28 am
    Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 5:6-8…
 
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  • Splash!

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

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

    Steve Becker
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    Another great topic presented to us by our readers is… “Children attending public schools – how to talk to your child (teen) about other lifestyles and not to judge?” This is something I concern myself with every day so I have decided to tackle this one myself. I have three kids.  One is grown and on their own and the other two are in high school.  All three will have graduated from the same school; a public school. As it turns out, most kids attend public school and I think that’s a good thing.  Yep, I said its a good thing.  Some of you are bailing now,…
  • The Wounded Soldiers (A Message to the Broken-hearted)

    Charles Crutcher
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    As I am writing this, snow is falling in Oklahoma covering everything in a blanket of pure white. The famous Oklahoma winds are spinning eddies of flurries up my front porch creating snow drifts that look  like mock all-white sand dunes. I used to hate the winter, but now I can find the beauty in it. This has been a hard lesson for me. Some don’t come easily. I have discovered that pain is a teacher. Either you learn from pain and transfer it into something good or you allow it to take over. It’s a cruel teacher. But boy, do you learn. I lost someone dear to me. I won’t go…
  • WOW Worship Deluxe Edition-Charles Crutcher’s Review

    Charles Crutcher
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    I recently was given the cool opportunity by Family Christian to write a review for the WOW Worship 2014 Deluxe Edition. If you are interested in purchasing yourself, you can do so here: www.familychristian.com. We are also giving one copy away to one of our readers! For the past several weeks, I have been playing this in my car on the way to and from work. This is during a transitional phase in my life as I went between one job into another. I’ll admit, it’s been a very long time since I listened to a compilation in any format. But what I experienced during those treks to and…
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  • Farting Before Your Spouse.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:11 am
    I apologize for being away for a bit and I am hoping you missed Teshuva for this while. I went away for the most awesome Conference our Ministry has had in recent times and I couldn’t get real time... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Be A Saviour Not A Judge.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    The enemy has from the beginning been a deceiver. He is working hard, especially this end times to set believers against each other and disunite the Church of Christ. Unfortunately believers are... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • 21 Easy Ways To Wreck Your Marriage.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    I am not given to use negative sounding titles, but I had to get your attention with this one. Believe me, I do not recommend, encourage or suggest in any way that you wreck your marriage. I wrote... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • One Risky Choice!

    Ugochi Jolomi
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:40 am
    We… or rather the country we had been taken to got a new king. He was not anything like his father. He (his father) had given us some hope and bettered our lives. We were even almost sure of his love... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • My Marriage And The Tree.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    I read an intriguing story sometime ago about an island Northeast of Australia, Solomon Islands; where they perform a very unique form of logging. The story says that if a tree needs to be cut down... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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  • Sin & Sacrifice

    Keri
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    John 3:16 (NIV) 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. Leo […]
  • Judge Not!!

    Keri
    5 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Joe Gratz / Foter / CC BY-NC Matthew 7:1-3  (KJV) 7 Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be […]
  • Maranomi – The New Normal

    Keri
    27 Oct 2014 | 2:29 pm
    As we come to the end of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, I wanted to share a post I wrote a few months after […]
  • When Divine Healing Isn’t God’s Answer : 4 Focus Points in Ministry

    Keri
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The following is an article by guest contributor (and my sister), Amy Harris. Thanks for sharing, Amy!   In a recent discussion while working toward […]
  • Are You a Key Piece?

    Keri
    12 Oct 2014 | 9:51 pm
    Mark 1:2-8 (NIV) 2 as it is written in Isaiah the prophet: “I will send my messenger ahead of you,     who will prepare your way”[a]— 3 “a voice […]
 
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  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    LITR
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:47 am
    We hope that you have a wonderful day full of thanksgiving to our Lord!Come back to liveintheround.com tomorrow to findAdvent books and devotionals to prepare our hearts for Christmas!With Thanksgiving,LITR
  • If only...

    LITR
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The righteous has enough to satisfy his appetite,    but the belly of the wicked suffers want.- Proverbs 13 : 25For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soulI will replenish.Jeremiah 31 : 25
  • The Enemy of Discontentment

    LITR
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    do not be anxious about anything,but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgivinglet your requests be made known to God.- Philippians 4 : 6 (ESV)
  • With Gratitude

    LITR
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Blessed are the peopleto whom such blessings fall!Blessed are the peoplewhose God is the Lord!-Psalm 144 : 15
  • Freaking Out in a Godly Way

    Ashley
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession,and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of him everywhere. 2 Corinthians 2 : 14One of the things I love about the Bible is that there is so much to discover each and every time I venture through its pages. God is always in the business of revealing Himself through His Word regardless of how many times I’ve read it before.That’s why it’s so important to be fully engaged during times of prayer and study.  For instance, the Apostle Paul makes a brief mention of a “triumphal procession”…
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  • Don’t Forget

    Michael Thompson
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:55 am
    She forgot my name. That was the hardest part. The woman who gave me life and then guarded that life with her life couldn’t remember what she had dubbed me when my life began. Mom worked tirelessly to make “home” unforgettable for her five children and gaggle of grandchildren by etching it permanently into our psyches with sights, sounds and smells that defined “love” for us. Then like a window washer dangling on a scaffold outside her mind, Alzheimer’s cruelly scrubbed those memories from view one at a time until nothing remained. She simply forgot to…
  • More Than…

    Michael Thompson
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    He was supposed to draw a “hero”–you know, someone who does dramatic things that save people’s lives. You would expect a fire-fighter, soldier or policeman. Or at least a comic book superhero. He drew a Starbucks barista. This first grader seemed to have it all wrong. How did a person who brewed high-priced java become a hero in his little mind? When my wife, his teacher, asked him why he drew the barista, he said in his matter-of-fact lisp, “It’s my mom. She makes coffee and helps people get going to work in the morning”. In his little mind, that…
  • Wait, wait!…

    Michael Thompson
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    “Wait, wait…” It is his intrepid way to interrupt the ongoing line of chatter because something has sparked an urgent question in his quick young mind. I could be talking about anything at all, but if along the way I mention something he does not fully understand or wants to know more about, he simply blurts out… “Wait, wait!…” If I heard it once over the summer, I heard it…well, you know. He has a hankering for the distraction of a rabbit trail. Some spark of interest has landed on the vast field of his unbridled imagination and you can smell…
  • Too Much For Our Own Good

    Michael Thompson
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    Contempt. The proverbial offspring of familiarity. It is the sense that we know something so well that we know it completely. Nothing mysterious, surprising or arousing is left to discover. That which is held in contempt is not despised because it is evil, it is devalued because it is common. Sometimes we are too close to something or too well-acquainted with someone to really see the worth that is inherently there. This is the missing-forest-for-trees mindset. It is simply knowing too much for our own good. What should inspire a gasp merely causes a yawn. What should create…
  • Why I Still Pray

    Michael Thompson
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    “I’m like the persistent widow before the judge…I’m going to keep reminding You of this until You do something about it.” I’ve heard her say it many times, in many critical moments of our 35-year marriage. When our children are sick, our grandkids in crisis or our home under attack. When friends are suffering, leaders are sinning or nations are shaking. She boldly marches her 5’4″ frame before the Throne and wags her skinny finger in the face of the Almighty. Unafraid and unrestrained–like she is supposed to be there! I have to say,…
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  • Ordained by a New Calendar Bishop?

    Anastasios Hudson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Part of my ongoing Correspondence series, featuring replies to people who contacted me and asked questions. Based on your research, Is it true that one of the ordaining bishops of Metropolitan Petros was with the “New Calendar but under the ROCOR” like I have read? You’re getting things mixed up a bit—Metropolitan Petros was ordained by ROCOR Bishop Seraphim of Caracas and Archbishop Leonty of Chile. Archbishop Akakios of the GOC The ordination you are referring to is that of Archbishop Akakios, who was ordained for Greece while traveling to America (the only way he…
  • Thoughts on Halloween

    Anastasios Hudson
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Example of sensationalistic, Fundamentalist Nonsense I don’t celebrate Halloween, out of obedience to my bishop and because my conscience does not permit me to engage in anything that makes light of the dark powers (which, when I was involved with occultic things as a teenager, I witnessed with my own eyes). That being said, a few points: 1) A lot of the anti-Halloween stuff is derived from Protestant Fundamentalist nonsense, and should not be taken seriously or used in Orthodox arguments against Halloween. We really don’t know what Druids did, what their religion was like, or…
  • A Response to Some Distortions by Archbishop Gregory Concerning the GOC

    Anastasios Hudson
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    [PDF] Introduction Archbishop Gregory of Colorado At the onset, I want to say that I have an extreme dislike for engaging in polemics. Nowadays, I normally do not engage in public refutations of false accusations; I spent too many hours of my life doing so in the 2000s, and it caused me a lot of consternation. Perhaps some good came out of it, but I found it impossible to answer every critic, and every argument. Nowadays, I don’t mind writing broadly in article or book format to address trends and events, but the point-by-point refutation style of responding so common online is something I…
  • Why Bishop Christodoulos Is Being Forced Off Facebook

    Anastasios Hudson
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis Those active in Orthodox Christian “corners” of Facebook have likely heard of or interacted with His Grace Bishop Christodoulos of Theoupolis, who joined the site as soon as it became open to the public in 2006 (in fact, I joined Facebook when he invited me). Bishop Christodoulos, a vicar bishop in the GOC, quickly reached the Facebook limit of 5000 friends, and while he primarily used it to interact with his spiritual children and promote videos on the YouTube Channel Greek Orthodox Christian Television, he also used it to become one of the most…
  • I’m Sorry, but I Hate Fall

    Anastasios Hudson
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    Autumn…Did You Know It’s a Symbol of Death? I’ve always hated Fall. Autumn. The changing of leaf colors. The cold breeze. The way the sunlight seems to cast down upon us differently. Longer hours of darkness. Wet rain. Back to school. Hardly anything interesting on the church calendar. The stupid “holiday” of Halloween. The death of my best friend Roberto (+11/19/2008). Sweaters, long pants. Unpredictable weather: mornings cold, afternoons hot. Animals going away. Heating bills increasing. Seemingly more tired. Fall in 2012 was when I had to come to terms with…
 
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  • Pray for the young men

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    For many, justice seems far off today. And with it, the other American dreams: peace, freedom, equality. Some will say they vanished in the night. Some will wonder how they can love their country today. This is all because Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, was not indicted by a St. Louis grand jury. Whatever is required now, prayer is required most of all, from all parties, all sides. Prayer that God would change us, change the rhythm our hearts and the nature ofTalk TTT our havens. That he would forgive us all our…
  • A defense of Willow and Jaden… but what the heck is prana energy?

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    Willow and Jaden Smith are too cool for me. They are also, I think, not crazy. An interview they did with The New York Times Magazine has been bobbing across the internet over the last week or so. Finally I succumbed and took a read… probably several reads, considering how many times I had to reexamine sentences after they went way, way, stratospherically over my head. The headline is “Jaden and Willow Smith on Prana Energy, Time and Why School is Overrated,” so that sort of grabbed me. If hearing teenagers talk about breathing as meditation and the needlessness of public education…
  • Thirty seconds in a thousand years

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    I first posted this a year ago today. It was a Wednesday, and it was not so cold as now. __________________________________________________________ Eighty years after the fact, you’re lying on a worn mattress with now-thin pillows under your sun-freckled baldspot and your hand is propped higher than the rest of you. Why? Because it’s being held by your wife or your son or your neighbor in the old folks’ home who sometimes cheats at dominoes. Because whoever it is pulled up the ugly chair with the flower-pattern cushion and has been sitting at your bedside since you woke. Because this…
  • Losing a friend

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
    A very dear friend passed away about two weeks ago. He was one of the best people I know: a good friend, a loving husband and father, a sibling in Christ. He didn’t grow up with brothers, but to me – and I’m sure to many of those who lived with or near him – he was very much like a brother. There is nothing I can say – and, strangely, nothing I want to hear just yet – that can make lighter the weight of this loss. And mine, it must be said, is a meager pain compared to the surpassing sadness that belongs now to his family and his wife. I feel grief, and will for many days, but it…
  • Ode to Hot Doug’s

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A sad day for everyone who eats   Friday, October 3, in the two-thousand and fourteenth year of our Lord, the West’s inimitable culinary paragon, the peerless Hot Doug’s, shutters its doors in valedictory glory. From no other succulent summits and in no other toothsome times has such piquant, palatable, and positively nutritive delicacies captured the hearts and gullets of so many for so long.   Few modern mavens can now recall the long comestible winter before Doug’s raised a light of hope for the maws of civilized gastronomes. A hope built of unadulterated esculent will and…
 
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • Christmas is still Christmas at Gaylord Resorts

    Ruth Hill
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    Christmas sacred and secular remains alive and well at Gaylord Resorts near Washington, DC, Nashville, Grapevine, TX and Orlando, FL. again this season. The post Christmas is still Christmas at Gaylord Resorts appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Washington, DC: New Capital of Bible?

    Ruth Hill
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:28 am
    Washington DC may become "Bible capital of the world" when The Museum of the Bible’s vast assembly of biblical artifacts join the Library of Congress’ Bible Collection. The post Washington, DC: New Capital of Bible? appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • New Faith-Based Journeys to Cuba

    Ruth Hill
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Faith travelers with interest in Cuba have new tour choices for 2015. Itineraries showcase Catholic and Protestant Christian heritage, ecclesiastical architecture, and the diverse religious culture of the island nation. The post New Faith-Based Journeys to Cuba appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Stepping Off DC’s Grid into Hillwood

    Ruth Hill
    9 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hillwood Museum and Gardens, the 26-acre former estate of Post cereal heiress and philanthropist Marjorie Merriweather Post, houses the most comprehensive collection of 18th – and 19th – century Russian imperial art outside of Russia. The post Stepping Off DC’s Grid into Hillwood appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Orlando For Faith Travelers

    Ruth Hill
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    As you plan a trip to wildly popular Orlando, consider adding some "unexpected" inspirational visits that will enhance your vacation experiences. The post Orlando For Faith Travelers appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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    Sermon Notes by Silas

  • A Thanksgiving day Prayer

    Silas Eke
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    A Thanksgiving Day Prayer by Scott WesemannLord, so often times, as any other dayWhen we sit down to our meal and prayWe hurry along and make fast the blessingThanks, amen. Now please pass the dressingWe're slaves to the olfactory overloadWe must rush our prayer before the food gets coldBut Lord, I'd like to take a few minute moreTo really give thanks to what I'm thankful forFor my family, my health, a nice soft bedMy friends, my freedom, a roof over my headI'm thankful right now to be surrounded by thoseWhose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly knowThankful Lord, that You've…
  • And you, Parents,...

    Silas Eke
    8 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Ephesians 6:4: “And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.”  In the bible passage before us, the father is being addressed as the head of the family. He is therefore given the collective role of the parents. The father, according to Deuteronomy 6, is responsible for teaching God’s laws to the children. The father’s second area of responsibility is that of leadership. He is not only the head of the family, but should also give leadership. The third area of responsibility is discipline. He should…
  • The Greatest Gift

    Silas Eke
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:09 am
    1 Corinthians 13:1 - "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal." Love is the Oil to lubricate all our spiritual being, and to cause it to run easily – 1 Corinthians 13:4-8Love is the Life to rejuvenate, so that everything may blossom  fruitfully – John 15:10-16Love is the Affection to captivate, and to cause us to go with others willingly – Ruth 1:16-17Love is the Power to consecrate, which causes us to sacrifice ardently – 1 Samuel 18:3-4Love is the Spring to animate which will cause us…
  • The Marriage Machine: Rules that make it work

    Silas Eke
    1 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Studying people and their reasons for marriage can be quite intriguing. Have you ever wondered how some couples ever got started? Marriage pairs come in different shapes and combinations: tall and short, outgoing and introverted, smart and absent-minded, plump and thin, attractive and sloppy. The combinations can be equally impressive, oppressive, depressive, encouraging, mind-boggling and simply neat. One important fact is that each pair fashions out a way of life for itself. An outside observer may not be able to understand what they see in each other, but these two folks are drawn together…
  • In case stuff happens

    Silas Eke
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The story is told of a King who wanted to celebrate the twenty first birthday of his son, the Prince. He printed posters and handbills and invited all who considered themselves his loyal subjects to attend the Birthday party. At the bottom of the posters and bills was printed in very fine print “you must be well dressed”.In his domain lived a very poor, homeless beggar who was dressed in rags. He read the poster and wanted to attend the party but was not qualified because of the fine print. He then decided to go to the palace to protest his disqualification.When he got access to the King,…
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    Your Bible Quotes

  • God Knows How Weak We Are

    Robert
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    God Knows How Weak We Are For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.  Psalm Chapter 103, Verse 14 Ever feel like you have failed the Lord?  Everyone feels like this at some time or the other.  Although we have been redeemed, we still have to deal with our flesh […] The post God Knows How Weak We Are appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • Stop Asking God For Material Items

    Robert
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Don’t Keep Asking God For Things You Don’t Need 1 John 5:13-14 CJB says, “I have written you these things so that you may know that you have eternal life – you who keep trusting in the person and power of the Son of God. This is the confidence we have in his presence: if […] The post Stop Asking God For Material Items appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • He Who Speaks To God

    Robert
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    He Who Speaks to God Some people believe that hearing God is a privilege that is only available to those have become sons in the faith. This is not true. Many of us are evidence of this when considering that he had to “speak to us” in our sin state in order for us to […] The post He Who Speaks To God appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • God Still Heals Experience God Healing

    Robert
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    God Still Heals – God Healing Sometimes, when we are in the midst of great distress – either physical, emotional or even spiritual, it can be very difficult to believe that he is with us. But the truth is this: “God never breaks or loosens his commitment to his people. We are often the ones […] The post God Still Heals Experience God Healing appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • Don’t Be Anxious About Anything

    Sonya Richards
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:19 pm
    What The Bible Says. Don’t Be Anxious About Anything Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  Philippians Chapter 4, Verse 6 Are there times we pray for things that we ought not to?  James Chapter 4, Verse 3 says when we […] The post Don’t Be Anxious About Anything appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
 
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • Here’s Why Following God Can End Badly

    Get Better Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If there’s one thing you can say about Matt Chandler – it’s that he is all about the Truth. And that’s why we love him. Even though the topic in this video can be incredibly difficult to handle, his message is incredibly powerful.  Chandler talks about the people in the Bible who’s lives ended badly here on Earth.   Like usual, he cuts straight to the chase. Even though we’re Christians, it doesn’t mean our life is going to be easy.  In fact, sometimes it can be flat out horrible. That’s why you need to watch this video…
  • Christian Girl Instagram

    Michael Fear
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Christian Girl Instagram is the brand new & bestselling book by John Crist.  Not only will it help you take the perfect devotional photo, it will help you get more likes on those photos! Sound amazing? Yeah, it’s fake.   Hilariously fake. This video that’s written and directed by comedian John Crist, hilariously depicts young women, Instagram and their devotionals. P.S. – Make sure to watch the whole video.  There’s a part at the end about Social Media fasting that’s incredibly funny and 100% accurate.
  • Jaw-Dropping Performance of “Mary Did You Know” Will Get You Ready For Christmas

    Get Better Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Ready for Christmas yet? We are! That’s why we wanted to share this incredible performance by Pentatonix of the popular Christmas song ‘Mary Did You Know’.  You’ll be ready for Christmas Eve service and Uncle Eddy in Christmas Vacation by the end of it.
  • Hey Church, The “American Dream” Isn’t The Enemy

    Michael Fear
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I’ll never forget it. My wife and I were on our honeymoon in St. Lucia, specifically on an all day boat tour of the small island. We had just finished eating lunch and the tour guide was showing us his hometown.  It was just a small fishing village, but still considered one of the biggest cities on the island. As the tour guide described the city, my mind started to wonder – until he said this… “You guys will love this place.  It’s really nice and clean.” Huh? Was he talking about the same village? The one we were walking through? Because…
  • Putting The Word “Christian” In Front Of Something Doesn’t Make It Christian

    Get Better Today
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Christian music. Christian movies. Christian books. If you grew up around church, you’ve probably heard about all these and more. That’s why this video by Blimey Cow & Jordan Taylor is hilariously perfect.  He points out all the goofy intricacies in Christian culture and you’ll find yourself saying, “That’s so true!”.
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    charlessamuel.com

  • Your Love Is Insulting And You May Not Even Know It

    a friend
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Saying you love God and not wanting to know more about him? That's just insulting. The post Your Love Is Insulting And You May Not Even Know It appeared first on .
  • Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People

    Charles Samuel
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:44 am
    We treat overweight Christians sensitively as a church. But if you're a gay Christian? Not so much. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People appeared first on .
  • 4 Things We Get Wrong About Prayer

    Charles Samuel
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Here are 4 misconceptions we have about prayer. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post 4 Things We Get Wrong About Prayer appeared first on .
  • Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves

    Charles Samuel
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Church leaders have a responsibility to accurately relay what's in scripture. So why do so many leaders share bad church doctrine? Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves appeared first on .
  • Anwar Wants A Bucket Of Ice Water

    Charles Samuel
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Anwar wants to be nominated for the Ice Bucket Challenge. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Anwar Wants A Bucket Of Ice Water appeared first on .
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • Three Tips to a Healthy Thanksgiving

    Julie Wilson
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    Get 40+ Recipes and the accountability you need to NOT GAIN WEIGHT during the holidays! Thanksgiving is one of the few days in the year that almost every dieter thinks to themselves, “I’m taking the day off. I have been working hard and I deserve a day when I don’t worry about my diet…” I totally get that mindset and I think it has its merits. There is proof that cheat meals and high calorie days have the ability to motivate or kick start a metabolism. I believe that. There are a couple of issues we have to think through though. First, high calorie days are not an excuse to binge…
  • The RFM Cranberry Salad

    Austin Andrews
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:45 am
    I cannot tell you the number of Cranberry Salads that I have seen that use cool whip, marshmallow, candied nuts etc. My own family had one, and while I know a lot of it is tradition my family has a new tradition we celebrate: being healthy. We are committed to changing our health but we also recognize, we don’t have to lose flavor to keep our health! Notice the ingredients we are using are fresh, vibrant and full of life! I hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as my family has! Get 40+ Recipes and the accountability you need to NOT GAIN WEIGHT during the holidays! RFM Cranberry…
  • 5 Steps to make your House a place for a Healthy Family

    Julie Wilson
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:19 am
    Going against the Popular Opinion You are finally at the point where you want to get your health on track by making better food choices.  You are ready to throw out all the junk food while switching to lean protein and veggies.  One problem, your spouse and children are not on board with this new way of life that you have decided to adopt. Everyone has their moments where they decide it is time. How many times have others tried to get you to lose weight or change your eating habits? Were they successful? My guess is that they probably failed,and it’s simple. You weren’t ready.
  • Feeling Guilty for Spending Time on Me

    Julie Wilson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
    A New Transition After teaching for three years, I spent the past four years being a stay at home mom and taking care of my two daughters who are now 2 and 3 ½  years old. I spent every day,all day with them. I never felt guilty about running or working out at the gym because I saw it as my time. I needed a break once in awhile to take care of myself so I could be the best mom for them. Just this past August, I started my journey back to teaching. I am teaching fifth through eighth grades history, English, and reading in a small Christian school. My oldest daughter is in preschool at my…
  • Bodymedia And Check Into Life Giveaway!

    Austin Andrews
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Get more info about the Holiday Challenge that just started! It is time for a giveaway! On our season of Biggest Loser one of the greatest tools we got for weight loss was not just the knowledge of how to lose weight BUT a tool to measure our workouts! We used the Bodymedia Fit Link and we have loved it! Since the season Pastor Ken has worn his consistently and it has been a great tool for his maintenance! The second item we are giving away is my book, Check Into Life! It has been available on Amazon for several months and I have LOVED getting the feedback from readers all over the globe! Why…
 
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    United Faith Church

  • Remember the moments…

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    26 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. 1Chronicles 6:12-13   We’re in the season of Thanksgiving. Of course, it’s a time that we get together with family and friends to eat until we can’t eat anymore! But, much more, it’s a time to remember. To remember how good the Lord has been and the countless times he’s delivered and helped us. Throughout this week let there be times that we stop what we’re doing and simply remember. Think…
  • Prayer

    Kris Burke
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:22 pm
    1 Chronicles 29:11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. UFC, People underestimate the power of prayer. Throughout the country we can see prayer as an under utilized part of peoples walk holding no expectation of an answer. But what, in all the world, is as powerful as prayer? When we are praying we are not just speaking to the air but we are lifting our petitions to the ears of the Most High God. Our prayers enter the realm of…
  • A City on a Hill

    Kris Burke
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    Matthew 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. UFC, When I first read this verse I immediately started thinking about Jesus on the cross. Picturing that, “city on a hill” reminded me of Jesus being brought up a high hill and than lifted up high in the air on the cross for all to see. Jesus allowed himself to be brought up that hill and raised up on that cross to be on display. The enemy thought it was to display His shame but Jesus Christ knew it was a display of His victory. Now we, reborn by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, are also being raised up and…
  • Bountiful Fruits

    Kris Burke
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:31 am
    2 Corinthians 9:10 – Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness. UFC, I love this time a year; the air is cooler, the leaves are changing and it is traditionally the time of the harvest. In the kingdom of God, it is also the time of the harvest. It is the time when you will be reaping all that you have sown into the Kingdom. We can see it happening in the church and we know it happens in our lives also. Remember all those prayers you prayed, all the revelation that you sought or…
  • The Reason Why

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— (‭Ephesians‬ ‭1‬:‭4-5‬ NIV) God chose us before creation to be his own. He adopted us as His children to shine in the way we live our lives. And the question is why? Why would this awesome God choose us? The key phrase is: “In love…” God chose before creation, this  means before we could make any move, before we could think or prove anything, simply…
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    FaithSuccess

  • Paul's Thorn in the flesh

    SEGUN
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    What About Paul's Thorn? "But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell" (Num. 33:55). "Don't you remember, though, Brother Hagin 'Paul was sick all his life.'" "No, I don't remember that." "But
  • What About Paul's Thorn in the Flesh?

    SEGUN
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    What About Paul's Thorn in the Flesh? Tradition has taught that Paul's thorn in the flesh was some type of physical ailment or sickness. If you will take time to study the Word, you will find that this is not true. Paul clearly states in II Corinthians 12:7 that because of the abundance of revelations he had received, he was given a thorn in the flesh and the thorn was "a messenger of Satan."
  • Adieu Dr Myles Munroe

    SEGUN
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    It is no longer news that our famous pastor and motivational speaker Dr. Myles Munroe went to be with the Lord on 9th November, 2014. Adieu Papa, till we meet to part no more at the bosom of Our Lord Jesus Christ When the sun says goodbye to earth, it leaves a beautiful sunset as a gift. Dr Myles Munroe, You have touched lives and made the gospel real to multitudes. Farewell Sir. (1 Thess 4:
  • How Important Is Speaking in Tongues?

    SEGUN
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:27 pm
    How Important is Speaking in Tongues By Kenneth E. Hagin There is more to being filled with the Holy Ghost than speaking in tongues, but tongues are an important and inte­gral part of receiving the Holy Ghost, since they are the initial evidence of the infilling of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 2:4). Also, speaking in tongues is an integral part of the believer’s devo­tional prayer life, for as
  • DEALING WISELY IN LIFE'S AFFAIRS

    SEGUN
    6 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    RHEMA ENCOUNTER DAILY DEVOTIONAL DEALING WISELY IN LIFE'S AFFAIRS This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8). The Septuagint rendering of the latter part of the verse
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    The Cross-Current

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Cross-Current
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:26 am
    Happy Thanksgiving! “It is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly implore His protection and favor.” —George Washington, October 2, 1789 Filed under: … Continue reading →
  • What Dispensationalists Believe

    Cross-Current
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    Originally posted on hipandthigh:Helping My Reformed Covenant Bros. Move Beyond the 1950s I recently watched a spirited exchange take place among a group Reformed covenant folks on Facebook in response to a quackish, hamfisted, anti-Calvinist documentary that accuses the…
  • Shepherds 360 Conference [plans for 2015]

    Cross-Current
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:29 am
    My church, Colonial Baptist Church, in conjunction with Shepherds Theological Seminary (which I am attending), recently concluded their first annual national church leaders’ conference. The theme was, “Christ and our changing culture,” and the speakers included names such as Al … Continue reading →
  • Christmas Eve Service 2014

    Cross-Current
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    In all the rush and excitement of the festivities with family and friends — the lights, the food, the song, the gifts, the laughter… It’s so easy for Christmas to come and go, without ever taking the time to focus … Continue reading →
  • Open Range

    Cross-Current
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    An exposition on honor, character, manliness, and romance. One of my all-time favorite movies is Open Range, starring Kevin Costner and Robert Duvall. If you want a movie that shows what real men used to be like, if you want … Continue reading →
 
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    The WILD VOICE

  • CHARITY: SARAH VS BERGOGLIO

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:55 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org CARDINAL ROBERT SARAH SPEAKS THE TRUTH ABOUT CHARITY by Paul Joseph C. On November 7, 2014, a voice of truth reminded us of charity's true meaning according to Christ-based, Catholic teachings. It is a true thunderbolt cutting through the thick… Read more → The post CHARITY: SARAH VS BERGOGLIO appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • A MOTHER'S LOVE LETTER TO HER LOST SON

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:16 am
    http://thewildvoice.org INTRODUCTION written by Paul Joseph C. It was 3pm on Passover day in the year 33 AD. That dark afternoon witnessed the brutal suffering and death of a special Man on a cross. That innocent Man's birth was the very… Read more → The post A MOTHER'S LOVE LETTER TO HER LOST SON appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • THE NEW WORLD KINGS: POPE FRANCIS and PRESIDENT OBAMA

    The WILDVOICE
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:23 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org PAGE TOPICS The Francis Effect – Still Going Strong Welcome to King Francis I For the Love of Islam Confusion Reigns The Meeting of Kings Final Words FRANCIS I and BARACK OBAMA by Paul Joseph C. THE FRANCIS EFFECT –… Read more → The post THE NEW WORLD KINGS: POPE FRANCIS and PRESIDENT OBAMA appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Putting Pope Francis into Perspective

    The WILDVOICE
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org 'Pope Francis' – A Chronology   Below is a very abbreviated and incomplete chronological summary list of troubling quotes, headlines, and happenings which have taken place so far in the very young Pope Francis papacy. These items are presented in… Read more → The post Putting Pope Francis into Perspective appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • PLEASE SIGN PETITION – Asking Pope Francis to ANSWER CARDINAL BURKE and DEFEND THE CATHOLIC FAITH

    The WILDVOICE
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:48 am
    http://thewildvoice.org Please SIGN THIS PETITION asking Pope Francis to answer Cardinal Raymond Burke's call to defend Catholic teaching. Read more → The post PLEASE SIGN PETITION – Asking Pope Francis to ANSWER CARDINAL BURKE and DEFEND THE CATHOLIC FAITH appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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    Purposeful Faith

  • Softening the sharps and tuning up normal

    purposefulfaith
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:15 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Proverbs 15:1  A soft word turns away wrath but harsh words stir up anger. (NIV) I scurried into the store and  made a bee line for the customer service counter. It was the holiday season and I was in a hurry to find a specific gift. There was one other lady standing beside the counter and several  customer service clerks meandering behind it. When I got to the counter one of the clerks immediately approached me and asked me if she could help. I no sooner got  the words, “I wonder if you could tell me where…,” out of my mouth before the woman standing…
  • 5 Tips to Survive (& Thrive) amidst Thanksgiving Chaos

    purposefulfaith
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:26 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: We are all gathered around the table. I can’t keep my eyes off the pumpkin pie, the mashed potatoes, and the creamed corn. I want to devour it all. My mouth is watering. As familiar family faces fade into the background, I develop a personal action plan of what I’ll eat, how fast I’ll eat it and when to fill up my plate again. I hear distant sounds, words and discussions, but I am mezmerized by utter gratefulness as I take it all in – the pure beauty of the Thanksgiving spread set so perfectly on the table. Surely, God knew what he was doing when he gave…
  • From Complaints to Thanks

    purposefulfaith
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Post By: Angela Parlin I stood beside their beds in the dark, praying for each of my 3 little ones while they slept. Every night on my way to bed, I whispered thanks to God for the gift of being their Mommy. But often tears fell, because I knew the truth of that day. And the one before. I was discontent with that season of my life, and I had become an under-the-breath complainer. I didn’t always like that this was what God had called me to do. Because it looked like endless wiping. Wiping counters, spills, bottoms, floors, always wiping. With a preschooler, a toddler, and a…
  • 3 Proven Tactics to Let Go of Fear

    purposefulfaith
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:26 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Sometimes we see life gearing up to deliver a punch that we think can take us down. We see it winding back, we see it gaining power and we immediately know what to do – we get afraid.  We curl up in a ball of fear – aggravated, tormented and usually alone. Why? Because we see every detail of the punch- the blood, the anguish, the embarrassment and the feelings.  And we know one thing is for sure – we are in for it. I can’t even begin to tell you the places my mind has wandered, the things I believed would come true and the ditches I thought I…
  • Labor vs. Love

    purposefulfaith
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:17 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Post by: Katy With the Thanksgiving feast only a few weeks away I can’t help but think about the feast preps made famous by Jesus. One feast that two women treated completely different. One woman loved. The other labored. Jesus’ disciple, Luke, recorded the exchange: Martha invited Jesus into her home then went to work. But her labor peeled her away from His presence. Mary, consumed by her Savior, chose to sit at His feet. Labor cumbered Martha. Love consumed Mary. I can’t blame Martha. I imagine her chopping away in the kitchen thinking, “If I…
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • Keep Calm and Pray Out Loud

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    God is not sitting in heaven quaking in his boots, worrying about the troubles of this world and nor should we! As a business owner and a Christian I offten feel torn between thinking that I have to do everything in my own strength to change what's going on in the world or to shout out from the rooftops that we've got to pray out loud, even to pick up a Bible and go to another country and almost scream at people so that they understand what it means to be a Christian and why it is so important to stop blanking Jesus thinking they've got it all sussed!When I turn on the news or scroll down…
  • Spiritual Warfare in Business

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:42 am
    I’m not going to believe some mumbo-jumbo about evil spirits and demon possession Firstly, why should I even consider entertaining God and business in the same sentence? Secondly, I am perfectly capable of taking care of business by myself. And lastly, if you think I’m even going to believe some mumbo-jumbo about evil spirits and demon possession, you’ve got to be kidding – I’ll leave that for my kids and Halloween! Does this sound about right? Well, I’m not surprised, especially when Christians talk about faith and work together, they’re invariably referring to what happens in…
  • Can I to talk to God direct about my business?

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Don't listen to what others say about God - your life depends on it! We're told; "you're unique, there's only one of you, your fingerprints, eyes and even your ears are all unique." I get it, I'm unique, I accept I'm made this way, I also have a unique brain, a unique business, I have unique mind and my thoughts are my own too, because that's how it is. So why do so many listen to other people views, ideologies and perceptions about God?Surely if we're unique 'all-over' we should be making up our own minds about God - shouldn't we? Where do I start? How can I make up my own mind about God and…
  • Left Behind - Released 2014 - Starring Nicholas Cage

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    I believe this is the start of a major revival and that Hollywood will change millions of lives Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins have blessed so many people with their books, not just the Left Behind series but literally hundreds more.   This film being released in October 2014 will, I believe, change the lives of more people that we could ever imagine - in to the millions! The books have sold over 75 million copies and to date they have over 1.2 million Facebook followers for the movie.I was once told by a "grown-up" Christian that the last book in the Bible - Revelation, was nonsense…
  • Kovac (Charlie) Karol - Testimony & Fund Raising for Ghana

    26 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Saved From the Brink of Death and friending Jesus on Facebook Charlie Kovac rebelled as a kid growing up and got enlisted in the army by His Dad.  He then got put in prison for rioting. After the army he pursued a life of alcohol, dealing drugs and porn and ended up homeless on the streets of Prague before moving to the UK.  Charlie's life was heading for terminal disaster until he had a personal encounter with God. This is his testimony...Starting with a Curfew My name is Charlie, and I'm 32 years old. I grew up in Slovakia and I had a good childhood. I had the best parents anyone…
 
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  • Bible Need To Know: Ephesians

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    27 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Context makes a difference in conversation, but also when we read the Bible. That's why we created Bible Need To Know, a reoccurring feature that looks at the story behind the stories in the Bible. Follow along in Devotionals as we read through the book of Ephesians. We'd love to hear what you're learning along the way! Send us an email at writingteam@newspring.cc 
  • 10 Things To Thank God For Daily

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s easy to be thankful on Thanksgiving Day. It’s an entire holiday about gratitude. Across America, families will watch parades, eat turkey, and celebrate God’s provision over the past year.God wants us to be thankful, but His vision for thankfulness is bigger than a once-a-year celebration.1 Thessalonians 5:18 tells us to give thanks all the time and for everything. We are called be thankful daily, not just once a year.10 Things To Thank God For Daily1.  A Savior (John 3:16)Jesus Christ died for us. He paid the price of our sin so that we didn’t have to.
  • Thanks, Dad, for Never Giving Up

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck” (Proverbs 1:8-9).Too often, we don't realize the wisdom in our parents' advice until we get older. This is one man’s story of how time changed his perspective on his father’s instruction and the difference a dad can make. Dear Dad,In the 29 years since you died a lot has happened. It would have been great to celebrate victories and talk through defeats with you. The…
  • Thanks, Mom, for Our Crazy Family

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They are a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck” (Proverbs 1:8-9).Too often, don't realize the wisdom in our parents' advice until we get older. This is one woman’s story of how time changed her perspective on her mother’s teaching and the difference one mom can make. Dear Mom,It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years today.I sent an email to all five of your kids asking how they planned to remember you today,…
  • How to Handle Family Drama

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Family. Ah, sweet family.Suddenly, Charles Dickens’ famous quote, “it was the best of times, it was the worst of times” comes to mind. Don’t pretend your family is continually harmonious and never feels like a train wreck. Families consist of people, and people fight.Your brother stole from you, your parents won’t stop coming around, your kids think you have more money than you really do, your spouse doesn’t communicate, etc., etc. I could make a list a million miles long of family issues. We all know we have them, but do we all know how to handle them?I…
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  • Blood And Sacrifice: The Battle Of A Soldier’s Soul

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Ryan Hulon learned the hard way: Freedom isn’t free.A paratrooper in the second unit of the 505th Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, Ryan escaped death and physical injury only by the grace of God during perilous combat missions in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq.But war cost the lives of 28 of his U.S. Army brothers — and counting.It cost a piece of himself. And it cost his family.“I came home, but I left a part of me over there," Ryan says. "One of my friends told me that a few years of service will give you a lifetime of demons. But…
  • He Was A Cheater Until God Changed The Game

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Daniel and Michelle Hemmingsen had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed their lives forever. Watch the couple's remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind their story ...Daniel and Michelle Hemmingsen were engaged to be married when the affair began.The woman was a customer at the store Daniel was managing in a neighboring town. He flirted with her, telling her how nice she looked. Then he asked her whether she was single. And within a few minutes, they had…
  • The Couple That Was Stuck In The Middle Of God’s Love

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Jesse and Ashley Boot had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed their lives forever. Watch the couple's remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind their story ...Ashley Boot felt an instant connection when she met Jesse the night of her 21st birthday.Jesse invited her to a rehearsal with his rock band, April’s Fall, which was just breaking out as support for nationally known acts such as Hinder. And from that moment on, the two spent every day together,…
  • The Girl Who Said “Yes” To A Dream Bigger Than Herself

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Tori DiMuzio had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed her life forever. Watch her remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind her story ...Tori DiMuzio suddenly looked into her future and couldn’t see anything.NewSpring’s Senior Pastor Perry Noble had made a rare Wednesday night visit to the Fuse student ministry to share a special message that God had laid on his heart specifically for the church's thousands of middle school and high school…
  • From Burned Out To Sold Out

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Jonathan Ashe had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed his family's life forever. Watch his remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind his story ...Jonathan Ashe and his wife, Brooke, had made a pact.This time, they told themselves, they’d sit on the sidelines. They deserved the break, after all. They would say ‘no' to membership, ‘no' to serving, and ‘no' to small group. They would show up…
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  • Faith Without Works is Dead! – Daily Bible Post – 11.20.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:16 am
    Today’s Scripture is James 2:14-20 This part of the second chapter of James is very important. We learn that faith without any works is dead in this passage, which is very important for us, as Christians, to understand. James uses a pretty clear example with this part of the passage: 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? However, this example is seen in many different ways today. Of course, we still have plenty of people…
  • A Few Great Choices for Music that Glorifies God

    Benjamin Ehinger
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    I have spent time over the past couple of months looking closer at the lyrics, videos and meaning behind some of the most popular songs in the world. As good as it is to be aware of what we are really hearing, it’s also important to find alternatives for our listening pleasure. Today, I am going to take a look at my Top Ten when it comes to Christian Music #10 – Francesca Battistelli I have heard a few songs from Battistelli and I really enjoy her voice. Her lyrics are quite clean and glorifying to God, as well. A few of the songs I really enjoy by her are: “He Knows My…
  • Avoiding the Negativity – Daily Bible Post – 11.19.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    Today’s Scripture is Numbers 11:1-10 Numbers is an interesting and very hard book. It’s one we don’t often, as Christians, take much time to consider, but it has a pretty clear message in this passage. The Isrealites, before this passage, were given a provision from God of manna. This was to keep them sustained as they went through the hardship of the dessert. As we see in this passage, they become displeased to the point of wailing. It started with just a few becoming negative and spread like wildfire. Negativity is Contagious Life isn’t full of sunshine and rainbows.
  • Share with Others – Daily Bible Post – 11.18.2014

    Benjamin Ehinger
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    Today’s Scripture is Hebrews 13:15-25 We cannot possibly live up to this passage from Hebrews alone. Without God, we cannot live up to most of what the bible instructs us to do. Today’s scripture tells us to, 16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.   Not only are we told to share with others, but we are also told not to forget to do this and that it’s pleasing to God. If we are truly putting God first in our lives, we will want to share with other simply because we know it’s pleasing to God. Think about…
  • Another Attack on the Homeless….in My Own Town

    Benjamin Ehinger
    15 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    This story – City Evicts Homeless – was recently on the news in Fort Wayne. It’s another attempt at making homelessness a crime. While, the city may think they are doing the right thing and doing it with compassion, they are simply fooling themselves. Fort Wayne Police Department spokesperson Michael Joyner said the notices are an attempt to not only enforce the ordinance, but also point the homeless toward shelters. “We’re being as compassionate as we can. We’re assisting them in any way we can. We’re providing them information to seek shelter and services that…
 
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  • Here’s Why Following God Can End Badly

    Get Better Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:34 pm
    If there’s one thing you can say about Matt Chandler – it’s that he is all about the Truth. And that’s why we love him. Even though the topic in this video can be incredibly difficult to handle, his message is incredibly powerful.  Chandler talks about the people in the Bible who’s lives ended badly here on Earth.   Like usual, he cuts straight to the chase. Even though we’re Christians, it doesn’t mean our life is going to be easy.  In fact, sometimes it can be flat out horrible. That’s why you need to watch this video…
  • Christian Girl Instagram

    Michael Fear
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Christian Girl Instagram is the brand new & bestselling book by John Crist.  Not only will it help you take the perfect devotional photo, it will help you get more likes on those photos! Sound amazing? Yeah, it’s fake.   Hilariously fake. This video that’s written and directed by comedian John Crist, hilariously depicts young women, Instagram and their devotionals. P.S. – Make sure to watch the whole video.  There’s a part at the end about Social Media fasting that’s incredibly funny and 100% accurate.
  • Jaw-Dropping Performance of “Mary Did You Know” Will Get You Ready For Christmas

    Get Better Today
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Ready for Christmas yet? We are! That’s why we wanted to share this incredible performance by Pentatonix of the popular Christmas song ‘Mary Did You Know’.  You’ll be ready for Christmas Eve service and Uncle Eddy in Christmas Vacation by the end of it.
  • Hey Church, The “American Dream” Isn’t The Enemy

    Michael Fear
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    I’ll never forget it. My wife and I were on our honeymoon in St. Lucia, specifically on an all day boat tour of the small island. We had just finished eating lunch and the tour guide was showing us his hometown.  It was just a small fishing village, but still considered one of the biggest cities on the island. As the tour guide described the city, my mind started to wonder – until he said this… “You guys will love this place.  It’s really nice and clean.” Huh? Was he talking about the same village? The one we were walking through? Because…
  • Putting The Word “Christian” In Front Of Something Doesn’t Make It Christian

    Get Better Today
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Christian music. Christian movies. Christian books. If you grew up around church, you’ve probably heard about all these and more. That’s why this video by Blimey Cow & Jordan Taylor is hilariously perfect.  He points out all the goofy intricacies in Christian culture and you’ll find yourself saying, “That’s so true!”.
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  • Ten church members you should thank this Sunday

    Steve Caton
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    With Thanksgiving here and Christmas approaching, this is the time of year many of us spend the most time thinking about who and what we are most grateful for in our lives. There is great power in finding that gratitude in our hearts and articulating it outwardly. There are few words in the English language that have the ability to make an impact more than “thank you!” As we think about giving thanks this week, I can’t help but be reminded of so many people who deserve a good ‘thank you’ for the commitment, energy, and resources they bring to the work God is doing through your…
  • -BETA- November 2014–January 2015

    Updates Team
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    For the November 2014–January 2015 beta release, we’re starting by rolling out some small but impactful features in scheduling and attendance. As we’ve been doing for the last few beta cycles, we’ll be introducing new features as we create them. There’s more to come! No Email Required Just because someone doesn’t have an email address in the system doesn’t mean they’ll never volunteer. Yet anyone who had no email address in their profile couldn’t be confirmed on a serving schedule before. That’s all changed behind the scenes. After…
  • Seven reasons to be strategic about your church management software

    Steve Caton
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    I get it. Researching church management software and which option is the best for your church is not the most exciting thing in the world to most people. However, this is a much more important decision that most people realize. Whether you fully understand the value it can have in supporting your ministry or you’re not really sure but have heard others talk about it, getting the decision right is critical. If you don’t, you’ll not only hear about it from your staff, you’ll end up wasting valuable time and money. Seven reasons to be strategic about your church management software…