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  • The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel

    Desiring God
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The Book of Job has both shaken me and shaped me. When I first read it, I found it troubling. It didn’t seem fair. Job was a righteous man. But over the years, this story has helped forge my understanding of God and my theology of suffering. It has taught me that God himself — not anything he gives me — is my greatest treasure. Years ago, a colleague mentioned what he had learned from Job. I was surprised to hear that his study had yielded a markedly different conclusion than mine. In his words, “Job got everything back and more for his suffering. He was blessed with more children and…
  • Enjoy the Moment

    Heart Choices
    31 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    Enjoy the moment.I've heard it and said it so many times. I try to do this in my daily life.But I have to admit there are times when I think back and realize I missed out on the joy of a moment because I allowed worry and anxiety to take over. And often the issues I worry about never end up actually happening.I've been looking back over photos from this school year. Since January I began teaching the youngest class at our school called the Mini-Mustangs. These are children who are aged 2.75 to 3 years old. You would be surprised at how much these little ones can learn. They surprised even…
  • Statement on Same-sex Marriage

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    Staff
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a 5-4 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The Office of the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has received numerous inquiries regarding the position of the PCA on this issue. The PCA, like other evangelical, conservative, orthodox, and traditional Christians from many denominations, believes that from creation God ordained the marriage covenant to be a bond only between one man and one woman. That understanding is what the Church has always believed, taught, and confessed. It is based upon the teachings of the Holy…
  • Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

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    Richard Doster
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    We lost this one. We and many others made the case to our culture that traditional marriage is God’s good design, that this institution, embodied by a man and a woman joining together, leads to social flourishing. But our culture is not convinced. Much to our disappointment, it is now the law of the land to permit other forms of “marriage.” The temptation is to go off and sulk in our holy corner. Or to dig in our heels and fight harder. Or to lash out in anger. Or to despair. We can do better. Like taking to heart especially the Beatitudes: The temptation is to go off and sulk in our…
  • Government agrees to house immigrants based on gender preference

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    Evan Wilt
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    LGBT advocates insist transgender immigrants need alternative options to federal detention, similar to those offered to pregnant women, children, and the severely disabled. “In practice, this could become a double standard for transgender individuals,” Jessica Vaughn of the Center for Immigration Studies told me via email. She said segregating transgendered people from detention centers is not only unprecedented, but could lead to trouble. The office of Immigration Customs and
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  • Government agrees to house immigrants based on gender preference

    Evan Wilt
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:20 pm
    LGBT advocates insist transgender immigrants need alternative options to federal detention, similar to those offered to pregnant women, children, and the severely disabled. “In practice, this could become a double standard for transgender individuals,” Jessica Vaughn of the Center for Immigration Studies told me via email. She said segregating transgendered people from detention centers is not only unprecedented, but could lead to trouble. The office of Immigration Customs and
  • Britain deploys counterterrorism police to investigate Tunisian attack

    Onize Ohikere
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Britain has deployed about 600 counterterrorism police to help investigate Friday’s attack at the Imperial Marhaba Hotel in the Tunisian beach resort town of Sousse.  A lone gunman killed 38 tourists, 18 of whom were British. Tunisian officials said the number of British deaths could rise as high as 30, making it the worst terrorist attack on British civilians since the London bombings on July 7, 2005. British Home Secretary Theresa May will go to Tunisia soon for talks on
  • What the Confederate flag represents to African-Americans

    Jarvis J. Williams
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:40 pm
    In the past week, arsonists have burned to the ground several black churches in the South. Perhaps these fires have nothing to do with race. Yet, these crimes along with the racially motivated murder of nine African-American Christians in Charleston, S.C., draw attention to the racism the Confederate flag represents for many African-Americans. Photos of accused Charleston killer Dylann Roof surrounded by Confederate flags and his own confession that he committed these crimes against black
  • Gay lobby groups go after clerks who won’t issue marriage licenses

    Jae Wasson
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:28 pm
    In the face of Friday’s Supreme Court ruling, state officials with religious convictions are grappling with how to reconcile their beliefs with the pressure to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. “My religious convictions will not allow me to in good conscience issue same-sex marriage licenses,” Casey Davis, clerk in Casey County, Ky., said. “So I choose not to issue a marriage license, period.” Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear ordered state clerks to begin issuing same-sex
  • Christie pledges to shoot straight if elected president

    Kent Covington
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie formally launched his White House bid today at the Livingston, N.J., high school from which he graduated.  As the Republican governor stood between the bleachers at one end of a packed gymnasium, he remarked it was the only place he could imagine making such an announcement.  “Everything started here for me,” he said.  Supporters lifted up blue signs emblazoned with the words “telling it like it is.” That’s the motto of Christie’s
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • when you feel like you don’t fit or really belong

    Ann Voskamp
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Someone has to be that Mother. That mother who drives a full 3 hours to the border with a packed mini-van and anxious kids and creeps through a 20 minute traffic backup under the hot, beating sun— only to rifle through her wallet and look up feebly to tell the custom’s officer she doesn’t have birth certificates for 2 of her children. Yeah — that would be me. “Do you have any ID at all — for either one of them?” The custom’s officer asks it gently. Like he doesn’t want to push the flustered and flailing over any imagined or very real edge.
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [06.27.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    when they all went out to the ballpark, no one expected the sky to do this & steal the show <grin> so — what happens when you combine an artist with a photogenic bull terrier <grin.02> well, if you take a whole lot of things literally — it gets sorta funny okay, who saw this one coming?!? “Here’s to the uncommon treasures in our lives we forget to acknowledge” [ Dare to Live Fully ]  sorta hard not to laugh along? okay, this is pretty creative   … and our Creator astonishes when He created this The American Civil War – then and…
  • 2 Questions to ask — that might keep a whole lot of us from walking away from God & church

    Ann Voskamp
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:04 am
    So when Sally Lloyd-Jones came for an overnight jaunt to the farm, our kids sort of thought it was a bit like the Queen was coming — I mean, don’t they both have the loveliest British accents? And our kids have literally been raised up on The Jesus Storybook Bible(over a million copies sold!)  –– so Sally was like a bit of wonder and love coming for tea — or just bacon and eggs. You can’t help but fall in love with this woman of deep theological truths and endearing warmth. We absolutely loved everything about her — and are counting the days…
  • something to hold on to when you’re tired & the world’s broke your heart a bit

    Ann Voskamp
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:07 am
    Sometimes you just need someone to storm heaven for you Sometimes you just need someone to hoarse whisper it for you — “Father of the Tired & Broken-Hearted… oh, hear our prayer…. Give Your Child the wisdom to know it this week: Hiding when you’re hurting won’t heal you and growing isolated can just let infection grow. Give Your Child the love to live it: The secret way to heal a broken heart is to let love leak out like an ocean through all the cracks. Give Your Child grace to do the crazy impossible: It’s the hurting and wounded who are always…
  • hope for all the prodigals… and their people

    Ann Voskamp
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    There are some stories that are important. Because there are a lot of people and parents and families that feels hopeless and scared. Tindell Baldwin gets it. She was a girl who made a lot of mistakes. She was a girl who had sex before marriage and then had a broken heart. She was a girl who did drugs and drank to fill the void that was deep in her heart. She was a girl who was desperate to be popular. A girl who, like so many others, didn’t know the dark side of sin. I’ve sat with Tindell, looked into her eyes, and heard her story first hand — seen  her heart for teens to…
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    Acton Institute

  • Judaism, Christianity, and the West: Building and Preserving the Institutions of Freedom

    Charissa Romens
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Throughout the world today, freedom is often taken for granted. Yet freedom is the exception rather than the norm in human history. It is also the case that the institutions of freedom, and particular liberties such as political freedom, religious liberty, civil freedoms, and economic liberty in the West, were decisively shaped by Judaism and Christianity. Knowledge of these contribution, however, is dangerously absent from many public discussions of freedom, and its relationship to other important values, such as dignity and solidarity.read more
  • Acton on Tap--"PovertyCure: Are We Listening to Their Voices?" with Anielka (Munkel) Olson

    nick.porter
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Schedule 6:00pm--Grab a seat & a drink. Extended Happy Hour and Nightly Specials available for Acton on Tap participants! 6:30pm--Introduction. 6:40pm--Anielka Olson speaks, followed by discussion and Q & A. Acton on Tap is a FREE Event!!!! Event Date:  July 14, 2015 - 6:00pm8:00pm Location:   San Chez Bistro 38 W Fulton St Grand Rapids, MI 49503 www.SanChezBistro.com Parking Local parking garages, lots and street parking nearby. Street parking is free after 6pm. The closest public parking garages to San Chez Bistro include the Gallery Ramp located in the UICA building…
  • ‘Crucified love’ -- The Human Side of the Greek Crisis

    John Couretas
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:40 am
    by Dylan Pahman THESSALONIKI, Greece – Fr. Eleftherios pulls down from the wall behind him a framed icon of St. George of Neapolis, a late 18th century martyr. The icon depicts a procession of bishops, clergy and worshippers leaving the ancient Christian province of Cappadocia. They carry the remains of the martyr-saint, and they form a long line that stretches out symbolically to Greece where they seek refuge from Ottoman persecution.read more
  • Laudato Si’: Well Intentioned, Economically Flawed

    John Couretas
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    by Samuel Gregg In the lead-up to the release of Pope Francis’ new encyclical Laudato Si’, most commentary focused on its likely-implications for the world’s climate change debate. You might also like... Tea Party Catholic read more
  • May / June 2015 Notes

    rober6thom
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    “Acton Club” Concludes for School Year In spring 2014, a group of students from West Catholic High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, visited Acton and were given a tour of the building. After they were done, they asked Mike Cook, Acton’s director of programs and educational impact (and West Catholic alumnus), how they could go about starting an “Acton Club” at their school. This grassroots effort blossomed from a vague idea into a fully-functioning student organization. Article read more
 
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  • Ecology. Economy. Equity.

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:51 am
    “Not blind opposition to progress but opposition to blind progress” as John Muir said. More here.
  • Dr. Steve Harper gets it right on the state of the church ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:58 am
    Here ... https://oboedire.wordpress.com/2015/06/24/in-sight-another-way-to-look-at-it/ Quotable: Here are a limited number of examples where I believe God is pruning us… —Christianity is being separated from the impression that the true version of it is largely located in one political party, —Christianity is being pulled from the grip of “media Christians” who use their platforms, institutions, and ministries to allege the country is going to Hell in a hand basket, and they are the only ones who can “save the nation,” —Christianity is being pruned of dualistic thinking which…
  • Rev. Dr. William Barber speaks truth … on Charleston

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    The real issue is not just one murderer, but the climate that can produce someone who says, "You are taking over my country and I want to kill you." - Rev. Wm. Barber I have such deep respect for Rev. Barber. You can see why here: http://www.msnbc.com/the-last-word/watch/shooter-targeted-sanctuary-for-black-community-467850307761 Quotable: "If they're very serious about honoring Rev. Pinkney … then bring the flag down, pass Medicaid expansion, promote public education, stop doing voter suppression, and show that we can move beyond these issues and move to what is just and right."
  • Laudato Si … an excellent 1-page summary

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:28 am
    Here. Quotable: “Roman Catholics account for the largest single religious denomination” (PDF) among members of the 114th House of Representatives, a number that has been trending upward in recent years. “While six-in-ten Catholic Democrats say global warming is a man-made phenomenon and that it poses a very serious problem, only about a quarter of Catholic Republicans agree,” reports a new survey from the Pew Research Center. This ThinkProgress page provides quotes and demographic information for the 170 climate-change deniers in Congress. The New York Times reports that Americans’…
  • Struggle, struggle, struggle ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:09 am
    Struggle, struggle, struggle to develop a nonviolent heart in our violent culture and world. "Nonviolence", Mahatma Ghandi said, "is not a garment to be put on and off at will. Its seat is in the heart and it must be an inseparable part of our being." - Marian Wright Edelman
 
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  • Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage

    Larry Hoop
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:53 am
    As I write this, the Supreme Court has handed down what will be the “Roe v. Wade” of marriage, redefining marriage in all 50 states. This is a sober moment, and I am a conscientious dissenter from this ruling. The Court now has disregarded thousands of years of definition of the most foundational unit of society, and the cultural changes here will be broad and deep. So how should the church respond? First of all, the church should not panic. The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb. Jesus of Nazareth is still alive. He is still…
  • Rethinking the Role of the Interim

    Larry Hoop
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:21 am
    Studies during the past 20 years have shown that the transition period between pastors is crucial in the life of a congregation. Those weeks and months — sometimes a year or more — will shape the church’s growth, identity, and health for years to come. “A church in pastoral transition is a church in crisis,” says Dr. Charles McGowan, a long-time PCA pastor who is now president of McGowan Search, which helps churches in their pastoral search process. He notes that the church in transition often faces a financial crisis, a moral crisis, and a leadership crisis. Some in these churches…
  • Statement on Same-sex Marriage

    Staff
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:25 am
    The Supreme Court of the United States has issued a 5-4 ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. The Office of the Stated Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) has received numerous inquiries regarding the position of the PCA on this issue. The PCA, like other evangelical, conservative, orthodox, and traditional Christians from many denominations, believes that from creation God ordained the marriage covenant to be a bond only between one man and one woman. That understanding is what the Church has always believed, taught, and confessed. It is based upon the teachings of the Holy…
  • Five Factors Changing Women’s Relationship with Churches

    Larry Hoop
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:50 pm
    June 25, 2015—It will come as no surprise to most that the U.S. population has been consistently loosening its ties with church over the past few decades. In the early 1990s, only 30% of adults were unchurched, and that number steadily increased over the next decade, rising to 33% in 2003. The decade in our immediate hindsight shows an even larger increase—today, 45% of adults are unchurched in the U.S. and that trend shows no indication of slowing. However, what may come as a surprise is the increasing number of women who are part of this cultural shift away from churchgoing (and from…
  • Six Things To Do after the Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage

    Richard Doster
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    We lost this one. We and many others made the case to our culture that traditional marriage is God’s good design, that this institution, embodied by a man and a woman joining together, leads to social flourishing. But our culture is not convinced. Much to our disappointment, it is now the law of the land to permit other forms of “marriage.” The temptation is to go off and sulk in our holy corner. Or to dig in our heels and fight harder. Or to lash out in anger. Or to despair. We can do better. Like taking to heart especially the Beatitudes: The temptation is to go off and sulk in our…
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  • Top Cell Phone Companies That Offers Best Deals

    Hassan
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:40 am
    Choosing a wireless provider is important as getting a Smartphone. The service provider offers the network, considering that you'll possibly end up spending an acceptable price for the service, and there is no reason in keeping with a poor service. However, there is no assured way to forecast this. For every person who may have a bad story experience with a carrier, recently there tend to be
  • Best Prepaid Cell Phone Plans

    Hassan
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    If you don’t want to be bound to a contract, a prepaid plan is an excellent fit. There are small companies that offer the best prepaid phone plans with unlimited talk, text and nice amount of data. There’s actually something for any budget-and you’ll save over a postpaid plan. Below are the most affordable prepaid cell phone plans with nationwide network coverage assuming light usage.
  • Best Family Cell Phone Plans

    Hassan
    8 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    If you're planning to keep all your family connected under only one single bill, family cell phone plans are the best choice. Every large carrier permits you to purchase for a month bundles of web data and talk minute, saving you some money. The price of 4 individual in AT&T service with 2 gigabytes of web data each, increases around 220 dollars, while a 4 members on a family plan costs 160
  • Cheapest Cell Phone Plans

    Hassan
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:08 am
    I've discovered The 7 cheapest cell phone plans offered in the market today, starting at $5 a month and moving up from that, all the plans covered here are no contract plans, which make it easy for a try. The handset includes basic phones to Smartphone's, cell phones usually cost around $250 or even much less, so your heart is not going to race each time the bill arrives, simply because you'll
  • Prepaid SIM Card USA

    Hassan
    29 Jun 2014 | 4:43 am
    Searching for an inexpensive plan on iPhone offer, or perhaps you wish to use an unlocked worldwide cell phone? Several prepaid wireless companies now are providing SIM-Only service, in which you bring in your personal cell phone, catch in a SIM card and enjoy. There are two carriers that actually work with unlocked GSM cell phone or unlocked iPhones which is T-mobile and AT&T, however the two
 
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    Business Blessings

  • Discover your Life Language Now – Link to complete the Questionnaire

    businessblessings
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Based on Romans 12 there are 7 different Life Languages.  Mover, Doer, Influencer, Responder, Shaper, Producer, Contemplator. Want to know what your specific Life Language is? It’s very easy: Step 1: Click on this link:  https://www.thekllp.com/ReportFrontEnd/LLIRegister.aspx It is important that you enter “businessblessings” as the “KLLP” code so we can access your profile and produce your Group Reports. Step 2: Answer the questions. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes  Make sure you are not being interrupted, distracted or rushed. Step 3: Pay the US$45 Step 4:…
  • Build a Better Business Workshop

    businessblessings
    13 May 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Designed to enhance the business skills, profitability and growth of small businesses and delivered in conjunction with TAFE Queensland’s Small Business Solutions, this course provides owners the opportunity to get real business assistance from an accredited industry professional. Participants who complete the full workshop and mentoring program may be eligible to receive a nationally accredited qualification.  (BSB40407 Certificate IV in Small Business Management) Current planned dates are: Tingalpa Monday Nights 21st July, 28th July, 4th August, 11th August, 18th August  …
  • Turn Your Business Idea into Reality

    businessblessings
    13 May 2015 | 9:43 pm
    Designed to enhance the business skills, profitability and growth of small businesses, this course run as part of TAFE Queensland’s Small Business Solutions, provides owners the opportunity to get real business assistance. Participants who complete the full workshop and mentoring program may be eligible to receive a nationally accredited qualification (BSB00307 Certificate III in Micro Business Operations) Benefits of Completing the course: Learn how to start a business the right way Develop your personal and business goals Develop an innovative and productive team Learn how to…
  • Time for Boards/Staff of Christian organisations to reconnect with God

    businessblessings
    8 May 2015 | 5:39 pm
    There has been a significant shift recently for boards of Christian organisations to be more focused on corporate governance and responsibility.  This has been essential.  Christian organisations have needed to pick up their game in this area. However has it been at the expense of taking time to discern what God’s will is for the organisation. During the week I had the privilege of having input into a local community organisation that is doing all the right things.  They are ticking the boxes in corporate governance, administration and planning and the services they provide to the…
  • Announcing the New Audio Series – Getting the Numbers Right

    businessblessings
    9 Apr 2015 | 11:21 pm
    We are very pleased to announce the release of a new 4-part teaching series entitled “Getting the Numbers Right”. A key to being in any business is getting the numbers right. If the profit is not there than you are simply not in business. During this four session series we look at coming to understand the key financial data that you need to and lay a foundation for you to understand what you need to know. Session 1 – Laying the Foundation This session looks at what is your purpose for being in business and the different functions of being in business. Session 2 – Basic Accounting…
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Integral Equality

    Eric Bugyis
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    In his pastorally tone-deaf response to Friday's Supreme Court decision to recognize same-sex marriage as a constitutional right, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the USCCB, struck a tone that Michael Sean Winters rightly described as "petulant." Kurtz also made a rather dubious reference to the "unambiguous" teaching of Jesus on marriage -- Is that the one where we're told those worthy of the resurrection "neither marry nor are given in marriage" (Luke 20: 35)? -- and an equally strained analogy to Roe v. Wade. What struck me as the strangest citation, though, was the reference to Pope…
  • Slap Them Sooner

    Rita Ferrone
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:20 am
    It seems like all my life people have been arguing about the appropriate age of confirmation. Should it be conferred along with infant baptism, as it is in the Eastern churches? Should it be united with first Communion, inspired by the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults? Should it be delayed to the late teen years, young adulthood, or even after marriage? Should it be celebrated in adolescence, as a rite of passage, like a Catholic bar mitzvah?
  • Pope Francis's U.S. itinerary.

    Grant Gallicho
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:42 am
    As you may have heard, the bishop of Rome will be vacationing in the United States in a few months. This morning, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops finally released his itinerary. Should you want to go full groupie, here are the relevant details: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (WASHINGTON, D.C.)
  • Calm, collected.

    Grant Gallicho
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Faced with the Supreme Court's decision to make same-sex marriage the law of the land, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, predictably expressed his displeasure: Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth, and as a result, both will eventually fail. Today the Court is wrong again. It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a…
  • New stories (& a new issue) on the website

    Kaitlin Campbell
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    We posted two new stories (and also our latest issue) to the website.
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Conversations with Alumni: The Fan Factor [VIDEO]

    Maggie Turner
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    All of us want to feel loved. And we want it because… well, we {all} NEED it! This basic human longing is often trumped in extreme poverty by the need to survive. The needs of basic physical survival, like food and water, unfortunately don’t leave a lot of room for making sure someone feels and understands fully that they are loved. In the communities where our local church partners serve, many people are often just trying to survive one more month, week, or even day. They love their children by doing everything they can to meet their basic needs. And sadly, there are also some children…
  • Poverty Tourism vs. Pilgrimage

    Sidney Muisyo
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Recently, I read an article from a news channel in the UK regarding “slum tourism,” also known as poverty tourism. My home country of Kenya has one of the biggest slums in the world, Kibera, which is now becoming a tourist destination for some foreigners. In poverty tourism, as reporter Jamal Osman says, “People’s lives are on display, providing ample opportunities for tourists to grab a few photos and go.” The article brought up some thought-provoking points, both from the foreign tourists and the locals. I don’t know the tourists’ motives, but if it was truly just a moment…
  • Conversations with Alumni: Welcome to the Future [VIDEO]

    Maggie Turner
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    “Children are one third of our population and all of our future.” – Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981 Here at Compassion International our emphasis on children is a serious commitment. When it comes to extreme poverty, we could tackle it through a variety of strategies including job creation, community development, sustainable food sourcing, disease eradication or the myriad of other approaches to systemic poverty. Yet we focus exclusively, in partnership with the local church, on children because they are the future. You see the cool thing about kids is…
  • Summer Volunteering with Compassion

    Web Team
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    The smell of deep-fried Twinkies permeates the air as you jostle through a happy crowd eating your sticky blob of cotton candy. All around you people sing in and out of tune to the strains of the latest Casting Crown song blasting from the massive stage at the end of the field. You have just entered the world of the Christian Music Festival and are about to embark on an exciting volunteer journey with us. For more than 25 years, we’ve partnered with Christian music festivals all over the U.S. Our artists, speakers, and event friends have shared their personal stories and videos of…
  • African Childhood: Beauty in Simplicity

    Web Team
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    There’s just something about the sun-scorched regions of Africa, isn’t there? I don’t know if it’s the beat of the African drums, the relaxed pace of life, the smiling faces that greet me or that I frequently find myself humoured by the fact that some things can only be explained with a shrug and a smile! Recently, my husband and I spent a year and a half living and working in Uganda. During that time I was given a unique opportunity to spend time with thousands of children as I went about my job. Half the population of Uganda is under the age of 15, after all. Today, the world…
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    Big Is The New Small

  • 4 Easy Ways To ROCK Periscope

    Scott Williams
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    Periscope is new, Periscope is fresh and Periscope is the next big thing when it comes to social media, connectivity and making the world just a little bit smaller. I’m a daily broadcaster on Periscope and you can find me @ScottWilliams or search “Scott Williams” and I’ll be the 1st one to show up. I have broadcasted over 400 times and received nearly 4,000, 000 hearts and have been using Periscope since a couple days after it launched. During my time on Periscope I’ve concluded that there are 4 Easy Ways To ROCK Periscope: Be Real – Be yourself,…
  • 7 Key Ways Leaders Destroy Their Teams

    Scott Williams
    12 Jun 2015 | 6:12 am
    Often times when it comes to “leadership” we hear the warm and fuzzies or the great success stories. There are so many great books and tools at the disposal of leaders that growth, competency and effective leadership should be inevitable. The challenge with that theory is it’s rendered “not always true” because of the simple fact that leadership deals with human beings and human beings are rather complex creatures. Anytime you are dealing with people things are never that simplistic. Another reason being an effective leader is not that simple is that fact that…
  • Change Your Mind – Change Your Perspective

    Scott Williams
    27 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    It’s time that you change your mind, change your perspective and change your life. Change Your Mind – Change Your Perspective is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • The Leaders Who Need The Most Development

    Scott Williams
    18 May 2015 | 5:27 am
    The Leaders Who Need The Most Development Are Often Times The Leaders That Say That Others Need More Development. Have you ever seen a situation where a leader has a team member who is either up for a promotion or in all actuality should be considered for a promotion; and the leaders says they are not ready yet, or they need more development. I understand that sometimes people aren’t ready and they could benefit by a little more time in the leadership development cooker. More times than not, the person is ready, all they need is a little encouragement, belief in themselves and an…
  • Do They Want To Work For You?

    Scott Williams
    12 May 2015 | 5:37 am
    Great leaders ask great questions of others. Great leaders also ask great questions of themselves. One of the greatest questions that a leader can ask themselves is this: Do They Want To Work For Me? Not Do They Have To Work For Me? Do They Like Me? Do They Respect Me?… Do They Want To Work For Me?  Honest answers to this great question will serve leaders well. If you lead well, they will want to work for you. If you show them respect, the will want to work for you. If you help them grow, they will want to work for you. If you inspire greatness, they will want to work for you. If you…
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    Desiring God

  • Hope and Help for the Porn Addict

    30 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    We recently surveyed 8,000 Desiring God readers. Our study found that ongoing pornography use is not only dreadfully common, but increasingly higher among younger adults. More than 15% of Christian men over age sixty admitted to ongoing use. It was more than 20% for men in their fifties, 25% for men in their forties, and 30% for men in their thirties. But nearly 50% of self-professing Christian men, ages 18–29, acknowledged ongoing use of porn. (The survey found a similar trend among women, but in lesser proportions: 10% of females, ages 18–29; 5% in their thirties; increasingly less for…
  • God Exalted Him to Crush Him

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Paul defends God’s freedom to mercifully save or righteously harden in Romans 9:14–18. In this lab, John Piper looks at Pharaoh as an example from the Old Testament. Can God be just in hardening Pharaoh? And is mercy or judgment a greater goal in the mind of God?Watch Now
  • The Poverty of the Prosperity Gospel

    29 Jun 2015 | 5:25 pm
    The Book of Job has both shaken me and shaped me. When I first read it, I found it troubling. It didn’t seem fair. Job was a righteous man. But over the years, this story has helped forge my understanding of God and my theology of suffering. It has taught me that God himself — not anything he gives me — is my greatest treasure. Years ago, a colleague mentioned what he had learned from Job. I was surprised to hear that his study had yielded a markedly different conclusion than mine. In his words, “Job got everything back and more for his suffering. He was blessed with more children and…
  • God’s Purpose for the Supreme Court — And Everything Else

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Jesus Christ is hard at work (John 5:17) and this is what he’s up to: I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. (John 10:16) Jesus is working hard to gather the rest of his sheep that he “bought with his own blood” (Acts 20:28) and that are “scattered abroad” (John 11:52). This gathering is the main work that is happening in the world. All the great geopolitical events in the world are connected to this mission, though the world doesn’t know it. But the church on earth, the…
  • God Will Use Even You

    28 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I didn’t attend an Ivy League school. I was not a cum laude graduate. I’m not a founder, innovator, CEO, or visionary of any company. I sit on no boards. I am the trustee of nothing more than my personal belongings. I have received no honorary doctorates. I have not been named most influential, listed as most attractive, or voted most likely to succeed. I am not a rising star in any field, industry, or arena. I have not written a New York Times Bestseller, and no one has publicly endorsed, recommended, or vouched for me. I don’t have any letters after my name. I can’t charge an…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • 6 Must Haves for an Efficient DIY Greenhouse

    Thomas
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
    If you love gardening, you have probably dreamed of tending your fruits, herbs, and vegetables year-round, or at least getting an early start. Starting seedlings can be difficult when temperatures swing in the summer and the weather is anything but predictable. Making your own greenhouse is an easy solution and surprisingly affordable. You can use salvaged materials and create a DIY greenhouse that is the right size for you and your gardening needs. Add solar energy and you can make an efficient greenhouse you can use year round. Solar power costs less than electricity, and with traditional…
  • Build The Perfect Backyard Ice Rink Without Any Tools

    Thomas
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:14 am
    Turn your backyard into your own winter wonderland with a backyard ice rink. Having your own ice rink means the opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors on your own terms. It is a great way to get in shape, practice your figure 8’s, and play hockey or just a fun and exciting way to bond with your family. And best of all, you can build it yourself without any tools! A skating rink kit enables you to build your own backyard rink without the use of tools or additional materials. Instead, the rink kit provides an easy-to-assemble framework for containing the water for your rink, using…
  • Reasons Why Women Continue to Want to Receive Flowers Revealed by Michael Dark Research

    Thomas
    26 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Michael Dark, an online florist, has recently completed a piece of research into why women continue to want to receive flowers. Very often, people feel flowers are not an appropriate gift because they are a bit cheesy and because they die anyway. However, the research clearly showed that women continue to seek that romance and that flowers seem to tick all the boxes. Michael Dark, UK based online florist, has recently completed a piece of research into whether or not women wanted to receive flowers from their other half. An overwhelming majority indeed appreciated – or would appreciate –…
  • Low maintenance garden landscaping

    Thomas
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Having a beautiful garden is something that most of us would like, but not all of us are prepared to put in the effort. If you’d rather spend your time enjoying your garden than maintaining it, these garden landscaping ideas are perfect for you. Get rid of your lawn One of the most time-consuming features in a garden is a lawn. It requires watering, de-weeding, mowing and planting seeds. By digging up your existing grass and replacing it, you cut back a lot of time and effort needed to maintain your garden. Replace your grass with paving slabs, stones, or bark. Choose interesting stones…
  • The Benefit of Having a Professional Install Your Siding

    Thomas
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:54 pm
    For most homeowners, finding a way to keep their home in great shape is a top priority. There are a number of ways you can increase and enhance the look and functionality of your home. Among the best additions you can make to a home is siding. The only way you will be able to get the siding you need is by finding the right professionals in your area to help. By taking the time to get the information you need regarding the professionals in your area, you will be able to find the right one. Here are some of the benefits you can gain when choosing to use a professional to install your vinyl…
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • Lessons for Today, after Obergefell, from Catholics Who Were Persecuted under Elizabeth I

    George Weigel
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:49 am
    In the developed, democratic world, it seemed impossible to imagine that Catholics would once again live under penal laws or their cultural equivalent, scorned (and worse) for being threats to the state and civil comity by reason of their faith. It’s no longer impossible to imagine that. The post Lessons for Today, after Obergefell, from Catholics Who Were Persecuted under Elizabeth I appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • The Supreme Court Has Legalized Same-Sex Marriage: Now What?

    Mary Rice Hasson
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:33 am
    Religious liberty -- and even the common understanding of the "nature of things" -- is on shaky ground after Obergefell. The post The Supreme Court Has Legalized Same-Sex Marriage: Now What? appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • The Church and the “New Normal”

    George Weigel
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    In the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, some sober thoughts occur. The post The Church and the “New Normal” appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • King v. Burwell and the Law

    Yuval Levin
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    The nature and character of the Supreme Court's majority opinion, much more than the specific implications of the decision for America’s continuing health-care debate, seem likely to make this decision a lasting and consequential one—and unfortunately not in a good way. The post King v. Burwell and the Law appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • The Summer Reading List

    George Weigel
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    George Weigel presents a few suggestions that will take readers beyond “beach reading” in these vacation months. The post The Summer Reading List appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Why the Supreme Court’s Decision to Legalize Gay Marriage is Not the Issue

    Anne Marie Miller
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    An historical decision was made through our Supreme Court in the USA yesterday. Gay marriage in America is officially recognized as receiving the same legal and civil rights as heterosexual marriage. This is an important day in history. I do not want to diminish it. I came across this tweet from a man who I do not know named John McGowan. He said, “Don’t write off America or put your hope in her. Anchor your life in the eternal Word and Kingdom of Christ.” And I could not agree more. Regardless of your views on this decision, Mr. McGowan cuts straight to the core of what is…
  • Get Mad Church Disease for FREE

    Anne Marie Miller
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    A friend of mine asked “Does serving in the church interfere with your relationship with Christ?” At the time, the answer was yes. I was super burned out on church. Fast forward a few years and I got to write a book about how God heals and how He – not the church – is the object of our worship. Last year, I re-released Mad Church Disease with more resources and wrote an accompanying 30 Day devotional. So, if you’re feeling burned out…with church, work, life…I pray these can help you. Normally, they’re $20 for the lot, but since, well, I’ve been…
  • We Cannot Remove God’s Love From Us

    Anne Marie Miller
    20 May 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Today at (in)courage, I share a slice of Lean on Me.  Here’s a sample for you. To read the full article, click here. I’m so grateful these women were so generous to share a little bit of this book that was many years in the making. And, oh yeah. I punched a wall in it. Over a year had passed since my divorce, and God’s silence was still too much for me. I was out of town, and in my hotel room one evening. I wept. For hours. Why? Why? Why? Where are you? I don’t understand. Still nothing. Still silence. The numbness morphed into anger. I drew myself up on to my knees and faced…
  • To All The Mothers Who Will Never Hold Their Babies on Mother’s Day

    Anne Marie Miller
    5 May 2015 | 5:33 am
    It’s really quite odd and blessed, the duality of joy and grief. A few weeks ago, Tim and I experienced a new type of happiness for us…a new kind of joy. I woke up early on a Wednesday morning with the strong urge to take a pregnancy test, even though I wasn’t late for my cycle. Five pregnancy tests later (I may be a little compulsive), we learned we were going to be parents. Everything seemed complete and right. We fell in love with the poppy-seed-sized clump of baby whose DNA was being written with each passing day. We celebrated with our friends, our family, our students. We…
  • How Should Christians Respond to Bruce Jenner’s Interview?

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    Tonight, I sat and watched Diane Sawyer’s interview with Bruce Jenner. If you’re not familiar with him, he was named the “world’s greatest athlete” after the 1976 Olympics. He’s the step-father of the Kardashian girls. And he’s transitioning into a woman. I found the interview thoughtful and compassionate, heart wrenching and curious. How does the church respond? Fortunately, Dr. Russell Moore penned a gracious and loving response. How do we, as the church, respond? How do we love? And how do we talk to our kids about this (and many other hot topics…
 
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    Godspace

  • What’s the Problem With Insomnia?

    Christine Sine
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:51 am
    Over the last week I have posted prayers to welcome God into our day and into our night. I mentioned that one of these prayers was written as a response to my struggle the night before with insomnia. I was amazed at the number of people who responded with their own stories of sleeplessness and […]
  • Meditation Monday – The Kingdom of God is like…

    Christine Sine
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:43 am
    There are many images used in the gospels to describe the kingdom of God – a treasure in a field, a lost coin, yeast. My favourite is the mustard seed – a small seed that grows into a huge plant. Yet in many parts of the world, mustard is a noxious weed, something that no self […]
  • MSA Imaginings – Exciting Things Are Sprouting.

    Christine Sine
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Spring was exciting, summer is heating up! Although we’ve had a challenging time with the vandalism of windows at our center for imagination and creativity at Mustard Seed Village, we’re not discouraged and we’re not slowing down. So many good things are happening and we want to invite you to join with us in some […]
  • Let’s Get Creative With Rocks

    Christine Sine
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:02 am
    I love collecting rocks, and much to my surprise discovered recently that I am not alone. When I ask a group of people “who likes to gather rocks?” probably half of the hands in the room are raised. We pick them up on the beach, beside a stream, along a trail. They remind us of […]
  • A Prayer to Welcome the Night

    Christine Sine
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:24 am
    Last week I posted a prayer to welcome the day. I have used it throughout the week to help center myself for my daily prayer and meditation and also to help focus our MSA team as we met for strategic planning sessions this week. I have so enjoyed this practice that I decided to write another prayer […]
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • Our Culture of Reading and the End of Dialogue: An Essay

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:29 am
    View image | gettyimages.com Christians are a people of the book, a people whose lives are formed and shaped by their encounters and interactions with a God whose works have been manifested in the words that bear witness to them. The early Christians understood this, which is partly why they paired the transmission of the Scriptures with their evangelistic zeal. The number of manuscripts we have of the Bible from that era far exceeds any other books, in part because Christians cared so deeply about getting the Word out that they eagerly got the words that bear witness to Jesus out as well. We…
  • Mere Fidelity: Liturgy

    JF Arnold
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Most of the usual crew join this conversation on liturgical forms of worship. They’re talking about a two part series by Alastair Roberts (part one is here, part two will be added when it is published). Interestingly, this isn’t the first time these folks have talked about liturgy; check out this post that details a Twitter conversation between Alastair and Derek. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you didn’t enjoy the show, let us know and we’ll work to make it better.  Or we’ll ignore you.  And if you want to subscribe by RSS, you…
  • Why Toleration is Not Enough

    Guest Writer
    12 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Bryan McGraw is Associate Professor of Politics at Wheaton College and lover of all things smoked BBQ. Two groups lately have found themselves on the defensive politically and socially, and seem deeply befuddled as to why—and why it seems to have come out of nowhere.  Consider first our moral conservatives, those increasingly rare birds who think that not only is there some objective set of moral standards but also, generally, that those standards should be publicly recognized.  They’ve have been shocked (not as in “shocked, shocked!”) that lots of folks want to follow through on…
  • Mere Fidelity: Perichoresis

    JF Arnold
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    The usual suspects gather to consider how God interacts with the world. They discuss this article from Peter Leithart. You may also find this article from Alastair helpful.   If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you didn’t enjoy the show, let us know and we’ll work to make it better.  Or we’ll ignore you.  And if you want to subscribe by RSS, you can do that here. Finally, as always, follow Derek, Alastair, and Andrew for more tweet-sized brilliance.  And thanks to Timothy Motte for his sound editing work.
  • Special Feature: Why I am Opposed to Gay Marriage

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Preface “I will always love you.” Many of us don’t remember the first time we felt such a sentiment; some of us may have never felt it at all. If we first encountered it in our youth, as most do, we were probably advised not to consider it very closely. The first word the sixteen-year-old in love hears is that the emotions will not last, that love is a choice, that the heart is untrustworthy, that he really should give the whole business some time. It is the responsibility of adults to help the young direct their erotic impulses, but it is easier and safer to destroy them altogether.
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    Gordon Atkinson

  • Big Numbers and Little Girls

    Gordon Atkinson
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:05 pm
    I’m in my office reading “Billions and Billions” by Carl Sagan and glancing occasionally at the picture of my youngest daughter that is on the screen of my computer. In this very moment, right now, I am being pulled in opposite directions by two distinct and powerful forces in my life. The one is my desire for truth and my commitment to be fearless and unashamed in my search for it. The other is my joyful adoration of the smallest and most precious things in the world. I delight in a chipped marble I once found on a remote part of our church property, a marble that must have lain there…
  • Forgiveness

    Gordon Atkinson
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:59 am
    Forgiveness is the healing of wounds caused by another. You choose to let go of a past wrong and no longer be hurt by it. Forgiveness is a strong move to make, like turning your shoulders sideways to walk quickly on a crowded sidewalk. It’s your move. It really doesn’t matter if the person who hurt you deserves to be forgiven. Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself. You have things to do and you want to move on with your life. You can’t forget, of course. That’s not even possible. But forgiving has nothing to do with forgetting. You should remember everything and learn from it.
  • A Love Letter for Redeemed Pagans and Lost Christians

    Gordon Atkinson
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:56 pm
    There is only one righteous way for you to be saved if you’ve spent too much time in the Church. You must lay your religion down. Lay it down hard. Drop it. Leave it on the trail and walk away from it. And you have to mean it. You can’t fake this. You have to renounce religion and leave it for good. As far as you know, you’ll never pick it up again. After that you can walk freely in the wild places where faith can still be found. As you walk, stretch out your arms and touch the foliage on either side of the trail, because these trees are the borders of your faith and this earth your…
  • Mark Twain

    Gordon Atkinson
    7 Jun 2015 | 6:53 pm
    A man once told me that he believes every word in the bible. I was struck dumb with amazement. He Believes Every word in the bible There is no part of that statement that makes sense to me. He might as well have described the secret contents of every woman’s heart or the sharp edge of every child’s pain. He could have been explaining a unified theory of everything or summarizing the federal budget on his thumbnail for all I knew. He? Him? One person? One man makes this claim? One man has seen these words, felt them, breathed them, fought with them, cried over them, been broken by them?
  • The Man in Black

    Gordon Atkinson
    25 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Originally posted at RealLivePreacher.com in October of 2007 I saw him hitchhiking on the shoulder of I-35 the other day. He was walking with his back to the traffic and with his left thumb stuck out. This was just north of San Antonio, right near the town of Selma where the old city hall is now a Hooters restaurant, and the only remaining residential street was cut in half rudely by the interstate in the late 60s, leaving a string of tattered houses on either side. He was wearing black, of course. So melodramatic. I had to laugh. I pulled onto the shoulder, driving slowly alongside him. He…
 
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    Red Letter Believers

  • Looking at race — Through their eyes

    David Rupert
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:01 am
    Unsettled. There it is again. This has been happening plenty lately as I’ve gone to the Middle East, marched with Ethiopians and now this. It’s just three days after the horrific shooting in a church in Charleston. Nine people, open bibles, heads bowed, seeking God. They should have been safe. They shouldn’t have to worry about murder and death.  Mothers. Fathers. Sisters. And a pastor…gone, snuffed out by a man bent on starting a war between the races What he didn’t know is that he actually might have ignited a campaign of love.  What he intended for evil, God will use…
  • Reflections on Charleston: The one question without an answer

    David Rupert
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    It used to be the two safest places in our society were our schools and our churches.But those havens of rest are now targets for those who wish to destroy. A prayer meeting at a black church in Charleston was the scene of a shooter’s rage earlier this week. Within minutes, people were looking for motives. We always want to know “Why?” It’s our first reaction when we hear about a child dying, or a couple divorcing, or a neighborhood flooded. “Why?” is the soul looking of reason in an unreasonable world, searching for order in disorder, seeking hope in despair. I don’t know why…
  • Pick your person: Can you really self-identify a different reality?

    David Rupert
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    As an adolescent boy I remember watching the Olympics for the first time on our small television with the rabbit ears that had to be pointed in-just-the-right-direction. Winning medal after medal,  my hero was a man’s man. Now, he says he no longer wants to identify with his physical makeup. He “self-identifies” as a woman. And yesterday I read of a woman who is “self identifying” as a different race in order to obtain jobs and standing as a minority. These two are personifying a greater trend. We are living in a time when fantasy is the new reality.  We are…
  • Is it possible that persecution will actually save the church?

    David Rupert
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    We read the reports and hear the news. The church’s influence is waning. The tide of culture is crashing, sweeping our morals, our structure,  and our ability to have impact in the world. No longer dominant, no longer in control, Christians are shrinking to minority positions. And in that vacuum, the opposition is coming in. We see it in our culture, with laws and regulations that run counter to our beliefs. We see the state take the minds of the children away from their “fundamentalist” children and school them in the proper secularist society. And true persecution marches on through…
  • Video, “My Jordan Journey”

    David Rupert
    2 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    Last month took part in a writer’s tour of Jordan. I met some amazing people and experienced a trip that changed my life. Safe, interesting and expansive to the soul and the mind, it’s “The Other Holy Land” in my opinion. While I was over there, a group of four of us were part of a short, four-minute video where we reflected on our pilgrimage. This was shot in the middle of a Bedouin camp in the Wadi Rum desert. I wanted to spend the night in the tent…but the group had other plans. Crazy, but there’s been more than 55,000 views of this in just a month.
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Father John Misty Covers Arcade Fire

    Steve McCoy
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    This is great whether you like Father John Misty, Arcade Fire, or just good music. 
  • Is God Anti-Gay?

    Steve McCoy
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:06 am
    Heard a great discussion with Sam Allberry yesterday about his book Is God Anti-Gay? (Kindle only $5.99). Once again The Good Book Company is showing that they are serious about publishing important (and often wonderfully succinct!) books for our time.You can listen here to the discussion on Westminster Seminary California's podcast, Office Hours. Sam also gave a lecture while at Westminster.I also discovered this talk Sam gave at the ERLC national conference in 2014 which I remember hearing about but until now hadn't heard. Good stuff.
  • A Fox, a Drummer, and an Axe

    Steve McCoy
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    This is maybe the first time Fox News seemed interesting to me. #Genius
  • Cheap Kindle Books 6.23.15

    Steve McCoy
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:23 am
    Some supercheap gems...NAC Studies in NT TheologyBeliever's Baptism by Tom Schreiner & Shawn Wright ($0.99)The End of the Law by Jason Meyer ($0.99)God's Indwelling Presence by Jim Hamilton ($0.99)Also...Entrusted with the Gospel edited by Kostenberger ($0.99)The Underestimated Gospel -- Chandler, Platt, Piper, DeYoung, Dever & more ($2.99)Pastors in the Classics by Leland Ryken ($1.99)Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence ($3.99)
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Bad Blood

    Steve McCoy
    16 Jun 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Taylor Swift's "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" mashed up with "Bad Blood." Maybe you thought her music sounded a bit recycled?? You were right.
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • The Bible and Divine Speaking

    Fred Sanders
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:47 pm
    The doctrine of Scripture (bibliology, the doctrine that states what the Bible is and how it functions in the church) ought to be a doctrine about God’s speech. When the doctrine is handled with proper amplitude and attentiveness, it is a doctrine about God communicating verbally in a way that results in these prophetic and apostolic texts. An adequate Christian account of Scripture has to reach all the way up to the doctrine of revelation itself, and all the way down to the particulars of the varied writings that make up the two-testament, many-voiced Bible. Unless it reaches that…
  • Spiegelman’s “Maus,” Rights, & the Atonement

    Adam Johnson
    15 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    World War II and the Holocaust of the Jews have been a significant part of my life. I have toured Washington DC’s Holocaust museum several times, spent a day at the Dachau concentration camp in Germany, and read several books on the subject. My grandfather was an Army Corps engineer, building bridges across Europe to provide supply lines to the Allies as they closed in on Germany toward the end of the war. Nonetheless, reading Art Spiegelman’s Maus and Maus II was a powerful experience. It was a painful reminder of an immensely important part of 20th century history. What I found unique,…
  • When Torrey Went to Cambridge

    Fred Sanders
    15 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
    For the last six years, students from the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola have taken a summer trip to Cambridge, England. The trip is a three-week academic course in the humanities that specializes in reading local authors and making the most of being in the rich cultural site that is Cambridge. “Great Books in a Great Place” is our official motto for the class (easily edging out “Where Torrey Tutors Meet Tory Tudors”). Torrey Honors is a little less than 20 years old, and Biola University is about 107, which is pretty old by southern California standards but young…
  • Trinitarian Theology Pre-Holmes and Post-Holmes

    Fred Sanders
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:40 am
    So, it’s ridiculous to divide the history of trinitarian theology into the periods before and after Stephen R. Holmes published his book The Quest for the Trinity. For one thing, that was just 2012, so the the post-Holmes period isn’t big enough to say much about. For another thing, Holmes’ book wasn’t that radical of a new take on anything; it was a very effective questioning of recent orthodoxies and a compelling case that they were at odds with older patterns of thought. And thirdly, when you’re talking about something eternal like the Trinity, the silliness…
  • “Two Distributed Doctrines” (Webster)

    Fred Sanders
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:33 am
    In one of the “working papers in Christian theology,” which are widely assumed to be indications of where he’s heading with a forthcoming systematic theology, John Webster argues that the doctrine of creation should occupy a more determinative place in dogmatics. The essay is “Non ex aequo: God’s Relation to Creatures.” (already printed in a Paul Fiddes festschrift and later to be gathered in God Without Measure). There Webster calls creation “one of two distributed doctrines in the corpus of Christian dogmatics.” The first distributed doctrine is the…
 
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  • Notmad. An introduction.

    Andrew Jones
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:23 am
    Starting a new blog. This is a new one for me. I started it today and hope to tap into Darren Rowse’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series to get my thoughts together on what this blog will be about. But for starters, it will be about being a nomad. Which is not mad. Not made at all. ...
  • Outside the Camp

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    This morning I was reading about the tent of Moses which he pitched “outside the camp” so that God would meet with him (Exodus 33:1-11) and Jesus who was crucified “outside the camp” (Hebrews 13:13). Sometimes I feel outside the camp. Some thoughts: 1. God is not our possession. Not even his people who build houses for him. Not even Christians own ...
  • Cryptoanarchy Bitcoin Coffee

    Andrew Jones
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
    This morning I had to go over to Sir Toby’s Hostel to pay for a friend of mine who stayed there a few weeks ago. She was stuck in Prague and not sure where to go so I said just go to Sir Tobys and they will take care of you. Which they did. And always do. Awesome breakfast bar ...
  • Meziproster: The Festival

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:45 am
    .Hear me speak at Meziproster Festival in Czech Republic. The title of my talk is “Hacking our way back to the Garden” and I will talk about the universal search for abundance and harmony, what was lost and how to find it. Friday 17th, July, 11am Also, my Muslim friend Kris will be speaking just after me at 3pm and I will ...
  • Hacking Our Way Back to the Garden

    Andrew Jones
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    I am speaking at the Meziproster Festival in Czech Republic (July 16-19) and this is the description of my talk that I just submitted. Title: Hacking Our Way Back to The Garden. Description: The ancient creation stories describe a time in Paradise when there was abundance and harmony between God, people, animals and plants. Around the world, a new generation ...
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    The Lutheran

  • Little church on the mountain

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Under the golden rock face of the mountains in the northern Yunnan province of China nestles a small white church with a tile roof. In the spring more than 200 Lisu worshipers and their international guests, including ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth A. Eaton, marched outside the church singing in Chinese: “Come friends, to the little church on the mountain. For the blessing of eternal life is more than silver and gold, for here we meet God.” Seventy percent of the Lisu people, one of China’s 55 ethnic minorities, are Christian. The gospel was first brought to them…
  • Called to Detroit

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    For some, Detroit calls to mind an image of despair. A steady economic decline since its heyday in the 1950s triggered a host of troubles that garnered national attention in 2013 when the city was declared bankrupt. Although it has since emerged from financial ruin, the negative press caused many to question why Detroit was chosen as the host city for the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering. It was a decision that Heidi Hagstrom, ELCA Youth Gathering director, describes as an act of faith. The leadership team, made up of some 30 adult volunteers from across the church and five churchwide staff…
  • Theologian spot on for mission of church

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    “Shalom church” by Craig L. Nessan (June, page 14) is a great definition of the church in the world. It is good to get back to the basics of what the real mission of the church ought to be — “equipping the saints for the work of ministry ... engaging in life-giving relationships with others and with creation.” It means following Jesus by feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, providing hospitality to strangers, shelter for the homeless and visitation of prisoners. Hopefully our Sunday worship leads us beyond the usual prayers and praises, lest they be…
  • How to read the Bible

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Many mainline Protestant congregations have been split apart by biblical literalists who say there is only one way to read the Bible. Harvey Cox, who has taught at Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Mass., since 1965, can be counted on to help read and study the Bible with an open heart and mind.  He suggests three primary ways of doing this: Narrative — delving into the dramatic stories of flawed human beings like ourselves as they struggle to make sense of our ways and our days on the earth. Historical — striving to practice biblical literacy as we study the…
  • I want to see Jesus

    30 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    After my husband was diagnosed with cancer, my friend Mabel asked how I was doing. I said all was well. I was at peace with it, even though inside my heart was heavy. “Let me see your eyes,” Mabel said, and I lifted mine to meet hers. She wouldn’t believe that I was all right until she looked deeply into my eyes, into my soul. Mabel’s caring eyes lifted my spirits that day. Since that encounter I’ve been longing to see the face of Jesus. If that were possible, surely Jesus would reveal hidden truths to me. I would be able to see what God’s will was for my…
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  • Straight and flat, the boring parts

    Deborah Lewis
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    On long backpacking hikes in my twenties, we passed the time going up and down mountains by cataloguing the ways we were struggling. Going up, we were breathless and our muscles were shaky; going down, knees and ankles, different muscles. One wasn’t really better or worse than the other, just hard in different ways. We never said much about the hike itself on the few flat portions of trail. read more
  • New today: The Reformation after 500 years, lectionary column, flinching at forgiveness

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Tears of joy, tears of sorrow, and little empathetic listening

    Jacob Lupfer
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    In the wake of Friday’s landmark 5-4 Supreme Court decision finding a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, two divergent streams of American cultural and religious life are as far apart as ever. read more
  • New today: LaVonne Neff reviews Robyn Cadwallader, the end of the Religion of the Lost Cause, when people gleefully leave the church

    Steve Thorngate
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud. read more
  • I flinched at their forgiveness

    Martha Spong
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When I first heard they forgave him, I flinched. Why should they have to do that? So quickly?My visceral response gave way to self-examination. Maybe, like the Amish families who lost their children to a shooter a few years ago, these families are better Christians than I am, with a deeper faith, a less questioning theology, a more profound relationship with God. read more
 
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  • God Give Us Maturity, Patience For Your People

    Roger Mugs
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    If you're in ministry, you know the feeling. You're sitting around a table and taking prayer requests—you have exactly 90 minutes to pray for just about every need in your church or ministry—and the person you're hoping wouldn't start talking, starts to talk. This is the guy who starts to tell about one thing and then tangents off to another, slowing only to glance at his notebook and make sure he hits every point he spent the morning writing down. Every time his speech lets up and you think you'll be able to interrupt, he just says "um, um, um," as loudly and quickly as possible to keep…
  • The Dehumanizing Job Hunt

    Roger Mugs
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Giving up a career in the mission field was hard. I had a lot of authority. And I gave it up.Now I'm looking at a industry change, and then it's even harder. Some people can see past the ten years experience as a missionary on my resume, and many cannot. Especially in Colorado.About six weeks ago I flew out to Denver and interviewed with four different companies. All four interviews went fantastic. But once I got an official "no" from one of them, I went from thinking "I'm the most awesome person in the whole world and everyone is going to want to hire me," to "Nobody likes me, everybody…
  • Wonder and Information Uniquity

    Roger Mugs
    1 Jun 2015 | 4:51 am
    When I wonder about something—anything—I look it up. That’s the strange thing about the information we carry by way of devices in our pockets without wires. It doesn’t matter if I’m wondering what bird I’m looking at, how far it is from Denver to Cuba, or what movies Steve Martin has starred in. I don’t need to wait, I can know—this instant. It occurred to me recently there are a lot of facts we used to all go look up, or ask someone who would know. How do you stain a cabinet made of a certain kind of wood veneer? YouTube tells me. Not my uncle Phil, or even my neighbor Steve…
  • It's Not a Problem If It's Everyone's Problem

    Roger Mugs
    22 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    There are a lot of things in life for which the appropriate response isn’t to try and fix the problem, but just to recognize that everyone else has the same problem. To realize we’re not alone in our experience or feelings is a significant part of living a satisfied life. 
  • On Formality

    Roger Mugs
    21 May 2015 | 4:40 am
    Suits and ties and expensive shoes. There are places where these are still prevelant, but they are less and less common. I had four job interviews recently and, while I wore a jacket and a tie on the off chance someone would care, I had a very large and slightly ungainly beard, and no one said a thing. Now, maybe I should wait until I actually get a job offer to assume it was fine—but it was fine. America always was an informal place (perhaps not on the same scale as Australia, yet still very informal), but formality is dying amongst the younger generations here. Formality made sense in a…
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  • Restorative discipline: a gracious alternative to zero tolerance

    Johnathan Kana
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Posted on 06/30/15 The problem of school violence, truancy and student drug abuse needs to be addressed. No one disputes that. But it’s becoming clear that the zero-tolerance approach isn’t working. Consider Texas, where in recent years some 60 percent of middle school students will eventually be suspended or expelled at least once. Many of these students risk dropping out and landing in jail instead. Fortunately, it seems that an alternative disciplinary approach may someday displace the punitive model that prevails in American schools. Officials at Austin Independent School…
  • A new way to marry

    Branson Parler
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:55 am
    Posted on 06/30/15 Wedding season is well under way, as can be seen by the many wedding photos being shared on social media. Add to this continued debate over the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on same-sex marriage, and the topic is dominating my Facebook feed. Although I’ve heard and seen much about the meaning of marriage, few have raised the question of what our wedding ceremonies say about our theology of marriage. In other words, how is a specifically Christian view of marriage expressed in the way we get married? That’s a complex question, but I think at least one way…
  • Obama’s “Amazing Grace”

    Bethany Keeley-Jonker
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:42 am
    Posted on 06/29/15 American political speech has long drawn on the Bible and Christian theology. President Barack Obama’s eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney, one of the nine people killed in a church shooting June 17, continued in that tradition. Obama drew on the depth of Christian experience primarily to make sense of a terrible event, but also to stir us to action. I’ve argued in my academic work that when speakers evoke Christianity, they don’t merely name-check God or identify with other Christians. They also call up the long history of beliefs and practices that come…
  • Joy Williams and the redemption of Venus

    John J. Thompson
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    Posted on 06/28/15 The last time Joy Williams released a solo album she was a blond purveyor of effervescent Christian pop. A career reboot led to a surprising wave of commercial and critical success as half of the alt-country/neo-folk act The Civil Wars, followed by the equally surprising crash and burn of that Grammy Award-winning duo. Now Williams is back with a lushly produced, highly arranged solo album called Venus. There has been a lot of water under Williams’ artistic bridge in the decade since her last solo effort. From the drama surrounding the dissolution of The Civil Wars to…
  • The real challenge for the church after SCOTUS’ gay-marriage decision

    Steven Koster
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:23 am
    Posted on 06/26/15 The United States Supreme Court has declared same-sex marriage as the law of the land. That decision puts yet more pressure on conservative denominations like mine concerning how they will respond to new cultural realities. Can we hold on to our convictions and still engage the wider culture? I first read my church’s stance on homosexuality when I was in college in the 1980s. It struck me as highly progressive and nuanced at the time. Back then, the wider culture generally and the evangelical community in particular saw all same-sex attraction as a simple moral…
 
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  • [Podcast] ★ Sex Matters with Jonathan McKee ★

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:28 pm
    The 19th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 19: ★ Sex Matters with Jonathan McKee ★ Terrace interviews Jonathan McKee, veteran youth … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Evangelism & Discipleship Strategies in a Post-Christian Culture ★

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:46 pm
    The 18th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 18: ★ Evangelism and Discipleship Strategies in a Post-Christian Culture with Ben Kerns … Continue reading →
  • The Only Comment on Shooter’s Facebook Page!

    Terrace Crawford
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:18 pm
     Dylann Roof entered a historic Charleston Church on Wednesday evening and sat through a prayer meeting for nearly an hour, according to sources. Then Roof proceeded to kill 9 people, including the pastor of the church. Since his name has … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Special Report: Cyberbullying ★

    Terrace Crawford
    11 Jun 2015 | 9:07 pm
    The 17th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every Thursday. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 17: ★ Special Report: Cyberbullying ★ Terrace Crawford shares a special report on … Continue reading →
  • Win a NabuX from #ThisWeekinYM!

    Terrace Crawford
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    This Week in Youth Ministry Podcast is giving away a Nabu X! It’s one of the latest products from Razer and is part fitness monitor and part social activity monitor in one piece of wearable tech.  Go here to [enter] now. … Continue reading →
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  • AD – Episodes 7-10

    frank
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Sorry I missed the last few weeks! We finally sold our house in Minnesota and just bought our new home in Florida, so finding extra time to write just didn’t happen. The last few episodes of AD have continued to be great but I did have my first negative feelings about the show. EPISODE 8 When they presented the story of Simon the Sorcerer, I felt that part of it was over dramatized. In the episode Simon decides to be baptized, soon after Peter and John arrive in Samaria to support Philip and the new Christians there. Simon then witnesses even more miracles happen as the Holy Spirit…
  • AD – Episode 6

    frank
    11 May 2015 | 11:06 am
    The episode this week revolved around Saul (Paul) and his leadership in the persecution of the early church. This man has made such a significant contribution to Christianity. So much so that it is hard to believe that he was such a destructive force as the church was getting started. Photo from the episode “The Persecution” The writers of the show had to speculate through much of the episode. We have no record of the conversations Saul had with Caiaphas nor Barnabas, Peter, or the rest of the disciples. However, it is possible that conversations like these had actually occurred.
  • AD Episode 5

    frank
    4 May 2015 | 4:28 am
    This week was another great episode. There were a number of powerful scenes but I was very pleased the producers spent some time showing us what the second half of Acts chapter 5 might have looked like. This was when the apostles were once again imprisoned, find themselves freed by an angel, and defended by a prominent Jewish leader named Gamaliel. But a Pharisee named Gamaliel, a teacher of the law, who was honored by all the people, stood up in the Sanhedrin and ordered that the men be put outside for a little while. (‭Acts‬ ‭5‬:‭34‬ NIV) Gamaliel went on to argue that there was…
  • AD – Episode 4

    frank
    27 Apr 2015 | 12:21 pm
    This was the most rapidly paced episode in the show thus far. I was talking to a member of our staff (Harold) about the show being a great visual representation of how much is packed into each chapter of the book of Acts. We were introduced to Barnabas,  saw Ananias and Sapphira judged by God, caught a glimpse of Stephen’s bravery, and watched as Peter and John had to work through their fears while in prison. However, the most powerful moment of the episode was what we discussed at church on Sunday. Peter and John are pulled out of their prison cell, and required to testify. It was a…
  • AD – Episode 3

    frank
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    We are on our third episode now, and we got to see the very beginning of the church as the episode brought to life… the Day of Pentecost. If you missed my thoughts on the previous to episodes you can find them here: Episode 1 Episode 2 This week the show continued to revolve around political conflict. The local Roman government, Jewish authorities (Caiaphas and Herod), and Zealots (Jewish rebels) were at odds with one another throughout the entire episode. However, the drama of the conflict isn’t what I found moving. What got me thinking this week was the focus on family. The…
 
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  • Come To Jesus

    Rick Morgan
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:06 am
    Jesus is God and he is able to satisfy your thirsty soul better than anything else.  John 7:30-32  Then the leaders tried to arrest Him; but no one laid a hand on Him, because His time had not yet come.  31  Many among the crowds at the Temple believed in Him. "After all," they said, "would you expect the Messiah to do more miraculous signs than this man has done?"  32  When the Pharisees heard that the crowds were whispering such things, they and the leading priests sent Temple guards to arrest Jesus.John 7:37-38  On the last day, the climax of the…
  • Desiring God's Word

    Rick Morgan
    9 Jun 2015 | 2:35 am
    I need to be willing to pursue God's word in order to gain understanding.   John 7:15-18  The people were surprised when they heard Him. "How does He know so much when He hasn't been trained?" they asked. 16  So Jesus told them, "My message is not My own; it comes from God who sent Me.  17  Anyone who wants to do the will of God will know whether My teaching is from God or is merely My own.  18  Those who speak for themselves want glory only for themselves, but a person who seeks to honor the one who sent him speaks truth, not lies.There are a lot of…
  • Responding To Jesus

    Rick Morgan
    23 May 2015 | 6:34 am
    How will you respond to the radical claims of Jesus?John 6:41-42  Then the people began to murmur in disagreement because He had said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."  42  They said, "Isn't this Jesus, the son of Joseph? We know His father and mother. How can He say, 'I came down from heaven'?"John 6:60-69  Many of His disciples said, "This is very hard to understand. How can anyone accept it?"61  Jesus was aware that His disciples were complaining, so He said to them, "Does this offend you?  62  Then what will you think if you see the Son of…
  • I Found You

    Rick Morgan
    11 May 2015 | 3:17 am
    I have found hope, love and strength to rise above.Doubt is one of the leading causes of blindness, we can easily forget the truth that God has already revealed and proven to us, that's right where Satan wants us to be. My pastor Ken Whitten says:Never doubt in the dark what God has showed you in the light.This song is a reminder to me to celebrate the fact that I have hope, I have love and I have the strength to rise above my circumstances. If I look around in my dark places I can find Jesus right there with me.Thank you Lord for giving me hope and love that this world desperately needs. "I…
  • The Real Bread

    Rick Morgan
    7 May 2015 | 2:38 am
    Jesus came to satisfy our soul not our body.John 6:30-40  They answered, "Show us a miraculous sign if You want us to believe in You. What can You do?  31  After all, our ancestors ate manna while they journeyed through the wilderness! The Scriptures say, 'Moses gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" 32  Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, Moses didn't give you bread from heaven. My Father did. And now He offers you the true bread from heaven.  33  The true bread of God is the One who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." 34  "Sir," they said,…
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  • Twitter: Don’t Call it a Comeback…

    John
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:43 am
    6 months ago I quit Twitter and a lot has changed since then (which is about right for my life) and, to be honest, it’s been awesome living without Twitter for my own personal use. But since I view Twitter, like so many other web services, as strictly utilitarian (it was once pretty “cool” and “hip” and very, very personal and intimate… I know, right…) I’m always open to reassessing the said utility and usefulness of such things. A good example is my love-hate relationship with LinkedIn, which I have historically checked once a month but have…
  • Loyal to the Leader

    John
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:19 pm
    Man, I love this via AVC: At the end of the day, people are loyal to a leader they believe in. Leading is not managing. Although it is impossible to lead if there is no management. But leading is that special thing. It is charisma, it is strength, it is communication, it is vision, it is listening, it is being there, it is calm, it is connecting, it is trust, faith, and belief. The best founders are great leaders. They may be shitty managers which means they need to find managers to help them. But they are great leaders. One of the things we look for in founders is leadership. If we want to…
  • Call the Movers

    John
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    via Michael Hyatt: When you are in the business of creating new products, ideas, or technologies, you need to be close to other people who are in your field. It’s the reason I’ve decided to move out to SFO. I’m glad I’m here as this is going to make a lot of sense for the short and long-run. The post Call the Movers appeared first on John Saddington.
  • CEO to the End?

    John
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    I love this: Some founders make great CEOs until the end, some don’t. And some (like me) love the first 5 years, first $30-50 million in revenue, leading the first 150 employees but don’t love the role after that point. So sometimes even if you want to stay put (as Reid Hoffman did) – it may make sense to bring on the new CEO that is more experienced and enjoys more the scaling / large growth phase of a startup. Some have it and some do not. It doesn’t mean that this is a less-than type of thing or that anyone is less valuable or capable, rather, it means that the person knows who…
  • WordPress, 10 Years

    John
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:49 am
    Congrats, all-around. The post WordPress, 10 Years appeared first on John Saddington.
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  • From the Archives

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    The Wednesday list lynx promises fresh content tomorrow!
  • Changing Views on Gay Marriage

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:41 am
    This weekend we ran a series of the all time most-read articles on this blog, so this is the first opportunity I’ve had to respond to the events of Friday. There is no doubt the United States begins the week having entered a whole new era. Something that was once illegal (and still is in many places) and was considered an abberation (according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM) is now the law of the land, mandated by a constitutional ruling by the Supreme Court. Now, I don’t wish to discuss the particular issue here, but rather, I simply want to…
  • This Blog’s All-Time #1 Post

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:28 am
    This weekend we’ve focused on this blog’s top three all-time posts, of which #1 is The Eight Things Destroyed Our Marriage by Justin and Trisha Davis. On Friday and Saturday I re-posted the entire texts of the other two top traffic generators here, but today we’re not doing this because (a) it’s very long, and (b) I’ve always felt guilty about any traffic this might have diverted from the authors’ blog over the years, though it obviously is meeting a real need. Like Friday’s, this one was deemed as special from the very beginning and existed as a page…
  • The Hallelujah Chorus Tradition

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
      This weekend we’re re-posting two of this blog’s all-time most viewed posts, and today’s couldn’t be more different from yesterday’s. It looks at the tradition of audiences standing during the playing of Hallelujah from Messiah by G. F. Handel. Unlike yesterday’s topic, this one also generated a lot of comments. If you want to leave yours, you’ll have to do so at the original posting, so that we keep all the responses together in one place. Hallelujah Chorus: Should Audiences Still Stand? We live in a world where many formal traditions are…
  • Christians and Magic The Gathering (MTG)

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:42 am
    This weekend we’re featuring two highly-watched articles from this site’s history. The kids playing Magic the Gathering in this picture is a similar scene to the MTG group that meets in a local Cards and Games store where we live.      Photo: GatheringMagic.com There is not a day that goes by that this article, which appeared on my son’s Facebook page a long time ago, does not come 1st or 2nd as the most-read piece here. It existed out of sequence on a page rather than as a post, so many of you have never seen it. I told him that this weekend we were going to re-post…
 
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  • Proud Papa

    20 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    We are blessed to have two wonderful kids. Our daughter, our blessing, came to us at just the right time and has been just that. She has an aweesome voice, is a talented writer and has a such a heart of compassion that even her dear old dad looks up to her! She has been an encouragement and blessing to her parents and we are so thankful God gifted us with her presence seventeen years ago. Our
  • The Faith of a 5 Year Old

    12 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    Five is a fun age. When I was that age I remember playing tons, reading some and watching a bit of TV.  I could tell you how to get to Sesame Street, visited Mr. Rogers Neighborhood, played with friends, colored, and did all those typical five year old things. One thing I did not do was write songs. CJ, my 5-year old, is that kid.  He plays lots, reads way more than I did at that age, watches
  • From Shakespeare to Salvation

    1 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    "And one man in his time plays many parts" - William Shakespeare's As You Like It, spoken by the melancholy Jaques in Act II Scene VII This line is part of the All The World's A Stage monologue from within Shakespeare's play, As You Like It. I admit to being a Shakespeare fan.  During high school I read his works for fun, not just as a school assignment.  In fact I have his complete works
  • Dignity!

    16 May 2015 | 5:45 pm
    My daughter was asked to write a speech for school about something they believe.  This is what she wrote:         I believe in dignity for the homeless, which is something that I have been passionate about for a very long time.  When I was seven years old, we were in the middle of supper, and I had decided I did not like the meal.  My parents told me I needed to eat because there were
  • Confessions of a Concussed Christian

    9 May 2015 | 12:36 pm
    As I wrestled with my son on the floor, he came close to my head with his hands and I immediately froze, a nervous sweat breaking out across my forehead.  Another time, I bumped my head and immediately became anxious, concerned that this blow may result in yet another concussion. The fact of the matter is that bumping our heads is just a part of life.  It happens...to everyone.  We bump
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  • “Desire: Longing for Security” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:21 pm
    Tweet At Gateway Church in Austin this past Sunday, we continued our series called Desire. Rick Shurtz spoke at the McNeil Campus, and I spoke at the South Campus. You can work through the next steps here. Here is some of what we shared: In this series we’re taking a look at desires of our hearts and what we do with them. Within our hearts, is a deep desire to be secure. Let’s begin by looking at security from its dark side. To be insecure is that internal sense we have that says, “Something’s off with me. Something’s not quite right. Something’s broken or vulnerable or out…
  • The Heavenly Father’s Blessing For You

    Eric Bryant
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:19 pm
    TweetAt Gateway Church in Austin, this past weekend Karin Harper spoke at Gateway South, and I spoke this past Sunday at the McNeil campus. When we had time, we shared a blessing from our Heavenly Father: Consider these words of blessing, encouragement, and promise over your life. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you (trust me)… 3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country… 6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out. 7 (As Your Father, I) will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated…
  • “Desire – A Father’s Blessing”

    Eric Bryant
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:59 am
  • “Desire – Longing For A Father’s Blessing” by Karin Harper

    Eric Bryant
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
  • Did God Hate Esau?

    Eric Bryant
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    Tweet One of the most misunderstood verses from the Bible has to be the following: “I have loved Jacob, but I have hated Esau” (Malachi 1.2-3; cf. Romans 9.13). Our mind cannot help but wonder: Did God hate Esau? Who else does God hate? Does God hate me? How do we reconcile this verse with other verses that indicate that God is love (1 John 4:8) and even with how loving, kind, and compassionate Jesus proved Himself to be? Even in the Old Testament God’s character is repeatedly described as “compassionate and gracious…slow to anger, abounding in love and…
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  • Powers that be at NBC-TV placed a big bet on the Bible, and sorta lost

    Richard Ostling
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    What’s the future for quality, religiously themed dramas on U.S. broadcast television? That story theme, which reporters could develop with help from entertainment industry analysts, emerges from the track record  of “A.D.: The Bible Continues.” This NBC miniseries about the birth of Christianity, drawn from  the biblical Book of Acts,  wrapped on June 21.Broadcasters often relegate religious fare to the Christmas and Easter seasons and the rest of the year may depict devout characters in bit parts that are not always flattering to faith.  However, NBC placed a…
  • From old Kellerism to new BuzzFeed: The accuracy and fairness debate rolls on

    Terry Mattingly
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    I have been using the term "Kellerism" even more than normal, as of late, usually with a URL attached pointing toward a collection of GetReligion discussions of this reference to former New York Times editor Bill Keller.Perhaps we need to pause and revisit this topic for a moment, in light of discussions of the state of American journalism in the wake of the 5-4 Obergefell decision at the U.S. Supreme Court. In particular, we will be hearing from GetReligion emeritus M.Z. Hemingway. Our own Bobby Ross, Jr., just took a look at a Poynter.org essay on this topic.But back to Kellerism. One of…
  • On same-sex marriage, 'Amen!' to what Poynter said about covering the battles ahead — with a few quibbles

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:21 am
    When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in favor of same-sex marriage Friday, some media organizations couldn't resist celebrating:.@BuzzFeed, @HuffingtonPost, and @mashable all add rainbows to official @twitter avatars. pic.twitter.com/SrbFjQmkBf— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) June 26, 2015 Every. Single. State. #LoveWins http://t.co/qfl4Z1u8qd pic.twitter.com/JLWbv3KOTh— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) June 26, 2015 Almost immediately, a Pennsylvania newspaper announced that it would no longer publish letters from those opposed to same-sex marriage -- a decision that drew a backlash…
  • How do you cultivate an ISIS follower? New York Times shows how it's done

    Julia Duin
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:40 pm
    The 4,600-word story that ran this weekend in the New York Times about how ISIS is -- or was -- recruiting a confused 20-something woman in rural Washington state was so gripping, I read it several times. So much was disturbing: The cluelessness of this young woman; the vapid response by her pastor and the details describing the 24/7 worldwide network of online ISIS recruiters working to get people like this woman to join up.The article starts off with an eight-minute video that shows “Alex,” her face shaded to remain anonymous.“The first thing they told me,” she begins, “was I was…
  • Why do Mississippians oppose same-sex marriage? Los Angeles Times editors know, for sure

    Terry Mattingly
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    On one level, the new Lost Angeles Times news story about the status of same-sex marriage in Mississippi is quite interesting, in light of the current Kellerism state of affairs in American journalism in the wake of the 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.The story does offer quite a bit of space for leaders of the American Family Association, which is based in the state, to voice their viewpoints on the case. Then again, the Times team seems to assume that the AFA is the perfect, if not the only, example of an organization in that state to oppose the…
 
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  • Dear Pastors planning on preaching an entire sermon on where your church stands on gay marriage…

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:23 am
    You shouldn’t have to. Why? Because if people can’t tell where your church stands on issues like this without having to preach an entire sermon about it… Then you have bigger issues at hand. This is not saying you shouldn’t… Simply saying you shouldn’t HAVE TO. If you are going to place a flag in the ground… If you are going to make a banner and attach it to the little planes flying around the sky like they do at Spring Break beaches across the south… If you are going to stand atop the mountain called your pulpit and declare something……
  • WhittaKREW Season 2 Is Underway

    admin
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Still trying to figure out what to do with this space. It used to be the space where I would talk with and encourage my crew  Now we are all spread out on Facebook, Insta, Twitter, and so many more spots. But I don’t wanna give up on this space. So I think for now I’m going to simply use it as a gathering spot for the best of the best from that day. I know Tumblr wold probably be the best way to do that, but alas, I’ll do it here.  Right here at ragamuffinsoul.com. I started VLOGGING again. If you aren’t on the social media wagon I’ll link season 1 and season 2…
  • Fit By First JULY 4th Edition!!!

    admin
    29 May 2015 | 7:55 am
    JOIN #FitByFirst TODAY! Only 8% of people who made New Years Resolutions actually kept them! And Summer Is Here. And there is no worse season to feel horrible about your physical fitness than summer. SOOOOOO I’m gonna teach you EVERYTHING I DID to lose my 35lbs in 3 months. But I’m gonna show you in 31 days… I changed my body and SO CAN YOU! Amigos y Amigas. It’s time to break forth the rhythm and the rhyme. Over 2000 people have taken part in the Fit By First Challenges. It’s your turn… YOU NEED NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR GYM MEMBERSHIP TO PARTICIPATE!!!
  • Booking Summer Slots

    admin
    19 May 2015 | 11:53 am
    The next few weeks I’ll be preaching at a few killer churches. CrossTimbers Church in Dallas TX Valley Bible Fellowship in Bakersfield, CA Crosspoint Community Church in Nashville, TN (HOME!!!) I’m also speaking at various conferences into the fall. If your church has a Sunday in between sermon series, or a Sunday you are looking for a guest speaker, I’d LOVE to come and teach. booking@ragamuffinsoul.com The biggest risk of my professional career was listening to God when he told me to write Moment Maker and become an author and speaker at the height of my worship leading…
  • When Hustle Is Harmful

    admin
    14 May 2015 | 10:25 pm
    HUSTLE… It’s all the rage. It’s in every other tweet I read. And every time I read one, I feel SO FREAKING LAZY. Cause those people tweeting and instagramming about their hustle NEVER TWEET about taking a nap. And I need naps. I need to do nothing.  Lot’s of nothing lots of times. I need to veg. At the end of my hustling days, and I have many of them, I need to realize that hustle is but one aspect of living a healthy life. I’m ALL for working hard and hustling.  I watched my dad work hardr than anyone around him while we were growing up as the only non white…
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  • Contemplative Prayer and Anfechtung

    Chaplain Mike
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Ocean Greyness, Jackson Pollock The climate in which monastic prayer flowers is that of the desert, where the comfort of man is absent, where the secure routines of man’s city offer no support, and where prayer must be sustained by God in the purity of faith. Even though he may live in community, the monk is bound to explore the inner waste of his own being as a solitary. The Word of God which is his comfort is also his distress. The liturgy, which is his joy and which reveals to him the glory of God, cannot fill a heart that has not previously been humbled and emptied by dread.
  • Random thoughts on a Monday as I fly to Phoenix

    Chaplain Mike
    28 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There will be no posts on same-sex marriage this week. Don’t you think we all need a break from talking about it? By the way, I know what’s going to happen now. You’re going to talk about it. But I really wish you wouldn’t. If I were king, whenever something like this happened, I would impose a moratorium on discussing it until the dust settles and we’ve all had a chance to think, pray, and check ourselves. Here’s the weather forecast for Scottsdale, AZ, where I’ll be all week. Oh boy. That makes me thirsty! I normally don’t care for summer…
  • Sundays with Michael Spencer: June 28, 2015

    iMonk
    27 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    A Pair of Leather Clogs, van Gogh Paul made a lot of sin lists. You know, lists of sins. If you’re a preacher or teacher, you’ve probably used Paul’s sin lists a few times as the raw material for a talk or sermon. You’ve walked through the list, one sin at a time and said a little something about each one. It may not have been the most interesting talk you ever did, but it took up some time and sin is always relevant, right? Those lists can be pretty spectacular. And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. They…
  • Saturday Ramblings, June 27, 2015

    Daniel Jepsen
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Hello, imonks, and welcome to the weekend. Shall we Ramble? Really? The hood ornament is optional??? There is some annoyingly serious stuff we need to cover this week. So we will balance it with some weird, medieval paintings thrown in randomly. Not sure weird medieval paintings will lighten things up? They will if we give them some modern captions:  Churchix, a new company, is marketing a face-recognition attendance program for churches. Now churches can keep cultish control no matter how big they get! Yay, technology! Churchix is a face recognition event attendance desktop application.
  • Levi Nunnink: A Lutheran layman’s perspective on the Tullian Tchividjian scandal & Liberate

    Guest Author
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Note from CM: One of the interesting characteristics of evangelicalism is its Disney-like ability to take classic traditions and turn them into palatable fast-food for contemporary audiences. A smart evangelical pastor might be just one good J.I. Packer book away from planting a new “reformed” megachurch. Tullian Tchividjian, of whom we wrote yesterday, who just resigned the pastorate of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, was becoming known as the “Lutheran” evangelical. What do real Lutherans think about that? Well, I found out by reading a wonderfully written,…
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  • Notmad. An introduction.

    Andrew Jones
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:23 am
    Starting a new blog. This is a new one for me. I started it today and hope to tap into Darren Rowse’s 31 Days to Build a Better Blog series to get my thoughts together on what this blog will be about. But for starters, it will be about being a nomad. Which is not mad. Not made at all. ...
  • Outside the Camp

    Andrew Jones
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:13 am
    This morning I was reading about the tent of Moses which he pitched “outside the camp” so that God would meet with him (Exodus 33:1-11) and Jesus who was crucified “outside the camp” (Hebrews 13:13). Sometimes I feel outside the camp. Some thoughts: 1. God is not our possession. Not even his people who build houses for him. Not even Christians own ...
  • Cryptoanarchy Bitcoin Coffee

    Andrew Jones
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
    This morning I had to go over to Sir Toby’s Hostel to pay for a friend of mine who stayed there a few weeks ago. She was stuck in Prague and not sure where to go so I said just go to Sir Tobys and they will take care of you. Which they did. And always do. Awesome breakfast bar ...
  • Meziproster: The Festival

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:45 am
    .Hear me speak at Meziproster Festival in Czech Republic. The title of my talk is “Hacking our way back to the Garden” and I will talk about the universal search for abundance and harmony, what was lost and how to find it. Friday 17th, July, 11am Also, my Muslim friend Kris will be speaking just after me at 3pm and I will ...
  • Hacking Our Way Back to the Garden

    Andrew Jones
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    I am speaking at the Meziproster Festival in Czech Republic (July 16-19) and this is the description of my talk that I just submitted. Title: Hacking Our Way Back to The Garden. Description: The ancient creation stories describe a time in Paradise when there was abundance and harmony between God, people, animals and plants. Around the world, a new generation ...
 
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  • Everything Has Changed and Nothing Has Changed — The Supreme Court Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage

    Albert Mohler
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:08 pm
    Everything has changed and nothing has changed. The Supreme Court’s decision yesterday is a central assault upon marriage as the conjugal union of a man and a woman and in a five to four decision the nation’s highest court has now imposed its mandate redefining marriage on all fifty states. As Chief Justice Roberts said in his dissent, “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not a legal judgment.” The majority’s argument, expressed by Justice Kennedy, is that the right of same-sex couples to marry is based in individual autonomy as related to sexuality, in marriage as a…
  • The Heresy of Racial Superiority — Confronting the Past, and Confronting the Truth

    Albert Mohler
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:55 pm
    Among Christians, the word  heresy must be used with care and precision. Not every doctrinal error is a heresy, though all doctrinal error is to be avoided. A heresy is the denial or corruption of a Christian doctrine that is central to the faith and essential to the gospel. The late theologian Harold O. J. Brown defined heresy as a doctrinal error “so important that those who believe it, who the church calls heretics, must be considered to have abandoned the faith.” That sets the issue clearly. Premillennialists consider postmillennialists to be in error, but they do not…
  • Which Way, Evangelicals? There is Nowhere to Hide

    Albert Mohler
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:46 pm
    The very first issue of Christianity Today is dated October 15, 1956. In his first editorial, Carl F. H. Henry set his course for the magazine: “Those who direct the editorial policy of Christianity Today unreservedly accept the complete reliability and authority of the written Word of God. It is their conviction that the Scriptures teach the doctrine of plenary inspiration.” Henry also affirmed continuity with the great orthodox tradition of biblical doctrine and moral principles: “The doctrinal content of historic Christianity will be presented and defended. Among the…
  • For Summertime or Anytime: A Summer Reading List for 2015

    Albert Mohler
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:15 pm
    Do we read by seasons? To some degree, we probably do. Summer promises the opportunity to pack a stack of books that otherwise might not fit in the schedule. Every serious reader needs to read some books just for the sheer thrill of reading. A good book brings more than pleasure, of course, but pleasure in reading is not to be taken lightly. In this list I suggest some new and current books that brought me pleasure and satisfaction as I read them, and as I now share them with others. The list is heavily weighted to history and historical biography. No apologies there — these are the…
  • A Requiem for the Boy Scouts

    Albert Mohler
    26 May 2015 | 10:16 pm
    The Boy Scouts were doomed the moment the national leadership decided to preserve the organization at the cost of the values and ideals that gave it birth. Speaking to a national meeting of Boy Scouts of America leaders, President Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense and former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, called for the B.S.A. to abandon its policy of allowing the participation of openly gay scouts, but not the involvement of openly-gay adults. Speaking in Atlanta, Secretary Gates told his fellow B.S.A. leaders that “we must deal with the world as it is, not as we…
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  • Do You Have A Spirit Of Fear?

    Pete Wilson
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:53 am
    I think a lot of us have a spirit of fear that we are wrestling with every single day. You’ve got a lot of fear and anxiety and worry that may have to do with your relationships, your finances, your children – whatever it is that keeps you up at night. If that’s you, I want you to know two things: 1. You are not alone. I wish I could grab you by the shoulders and make you believe that! God has not abandoned you; draw near to Him and He will draw near to you! He’s there, even if you don’t feel him or see him, He is with you! 2. I want you to run! Don’t run…
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  • For This Young Artist, Social Media is Literally a Life Saver

    Megan Berman
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Meet Joe Miller. He’s a 25-year-old artist who lives in Los Angeles…and that’s pretty much all he can tell you about himself. He doesn’t remember what his favorite book is. He can’t recall his own birthday. And he barely recognizes his siblings. But Joe isn’t just a really forgetful guy… Last October, right before he turned twenty-five, Joe suffered a massive stroke that put him in a coma for 30 days, he told People: The day of the stroke, I was coming home from my sculpture class. I had a really bad migraine, so I went straight to bed. Next thing…
  • Baby Raccoon Still Hasn’t Learned To Climb, So Mom Decides To Teach Her

    Olivia James
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Even raccoons need a little help sometimes, and Mom is always there to give her kids a leg up. Literally.
  • This Is One Ice Cream Cone That Also Comes With A Free Show!

    Olivia James
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:23 pm
    This man is truly an ice cream ninja.
  • This Quarterback Fulfilled a Very Special Childhood Promise to Take His Friend to the Prom

    Megan Berman
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:51 pm
    When Ben Moser was in the 4th grade, he made a very serious promise to his mom after attending his cousin’s prom walk: When he grew up, he was going to ask his friend Mary Lapkowicz to prom. Ben and Mary, who has Down syndrome, shared a really special bond in those days, their fourth grade teacher told The Patriot-News — He watched over her constantly. If she was looking like she wasn’t having fun, he would go over and talk to her. He would pull her in to what ever activity they were doing. He just always watched out for her. In 6th grade, Mary moved to another district and…
  • The 42 Funniest and Most Inappropriate Church Signs on the Internet

    Megan Berman
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Laugh and cringe (but mostly laugh) as you check out the best (and worst) of messages that have actually made it onto church signs. Yes, these are all real… Um… At least you find out before you walk in. Apparently Jesus is from Portland… Do I have to answer that? They know their target audience…
 
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  • After Charleston: An Open Letter to White Christians from a White Female Pastor

    Eugene Cho
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:11 pm
    We are all still in shock and pain. Yesterday, I wrote these brief words on social media about the tragic events at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina. There’s a time to argue issues and there’s a time to just grieve, mourn, weep. Now is that time to grieve, mourn, weep. Tomorrow will come and may God give us wisdom and courage to be both fierce and gentle, prophetic and pastoral…in pursuit of God’s Kingdom here on this earth. But today…we lament. We lament. We lament. Well, we continue to lament, and grieve, and weep. And as we do so, we must have the…
  • The injustice in McKinney reminds us again that we desperately need a fresh imagination of restorative justice.

    Eugene Cho
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    I need to share some thoughts. And I know that some of you may get confused, upset, or angry. That’s ok. This past week, we saw another example of egregious mis-use of power; We witnessed another example or byproduct of systems, institutions, and structures that’s skewed or distorted; That diminishes the value of black bodies as lesser than…That’s what racism is. Not only can people be racist but what’s even more dangerous are structures that are distorted in such ways that it can be racialized … and people don’t even know. Which explains why after…
  • Quest Church has purchased the building formerly known as Mars Hill Church. Full transparency: Here’s why and how.

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

    Eugene Cho
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:57 pm
    It’s true. The topics of orphan care and adoption are incredibly complex. Anyone that says otherwise are naive or selling something. It’s complicated on their own and even more complicated in the same sentence. And even more complicated when you engage it on local, national, and international level. They might be undergirded by certain same principles but they can (and should) look different on the ground. There’s no one simple, generic solution. And whenever solutions are presented, eventually – surely enough – loopholes are found to be exploited or…
  • There will come a time to hope but for now, we mourn. We lament.

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

    Nathan W. Bingham
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Scripture provides a beautiful pattern for the family through clear and transcendent instruction for husbands, wives, children, and the church. Submitting to God through His Word, the family is to be an intimate window into the glory of God. In this updated 9-part teaching series, Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. provides practical guidance in how to apply this truth. Free Streaming for a Limited Time For a limited time, you can stream Bound for Glory or enroll in the online course for free. Nine, 23-Minute Messages The Importance of the Family The Function of the Family Husbands, Part 1 Husbands,…
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, July 2015

    Motte Brown
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    The July issue of Tabletalk features articles examining the fifteenth century in church history. From the Hussite movement, which was a precursor to the greater Protestant Reformation, to the fall of Constantinople, which saw the proliferation of Greek texts among readers in the West, the fifteenth century was in many ways "the light before the dawn." This issue of Tabletalk will help Christians better understand where we are today by looking at where we have been in the past. Contributors include R.C. Sproul along with, Nicholas R. Needham, Aaron C. Denlinger, Stephen J. Nichols, Ryan…
  • Celebrating Distinction

    Nathan W. Bingham
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Creator and creation. Male and female. Distinctions are important. In this excerpt from the teaching series Only Two Religions, Dr. Peter Jones explains why these biblical distinctions are under attack.
  • Good Motives Gone Bad

    R.C. Sproul
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    The adage tells us that there is a destination, the road to which is paved with good intentions. It is the destination that we would prefer not to reach. Good intentions can have disastrous results and consequences. When we look at the revolution of worship in America today, I see a dangerous road that is built with such intentions. The good purposes that have transformed worship in America have as their goal to reach a lost world—a world that is marked by baby boomers and Generation Xers who have in many ways rejected traditional forms and styles of worship. Many have found the life of…
  • Social Media Highlights (6/28/15)

    Nathan W. Bingham
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Here are highlights from our various Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past week. To go to heaven, fully to enjoy God, is infinitely better than the most pleasant accommodations here. —Jonathan Edwards — Tabletalk Magazine (@Tabletalk) June 22, 2015   In this new course, RC Sproul examines the biblical accounts of individuals coming face to face with the Son of God: https://t.co/HzFoJodMF6 — Ligonier Connect (@LigonierConnect) June 22, 2015 Confession should be a daily activity for the Christian, whose entire pilgrimage is characterized by the spirit of repentance.
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  • Garren's Walk

    12 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    Yesterday Garren took the walk he's been waiting to take for 18 years: high school graduation! We are so proud of him! We are so thankful that we were able to witness what we saw yesterday.There was a time when we didn't know if it would even be possible. Garren has spent his 4 years of high school in a wheelchair. Freshman year it was a motor chair, controlled by moving a joystick with his right hand. By his senior year Garren was able to move himself around in his manual chair. In class he often transferred from his wheelchair into a desk like everyone else. He even took weightlifting,…
  • Hyperbaric Treatment Update - Day 16

    27 May 2015 | 1:02 pm
    We are continuing our journey of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. We just completed day 16 today. Garren is adjusting well to the treatments. We are now consistently at 2.0 atmospheres (equivalent of approx. 34 feet under water) for 1.5 hours (up from 1 hour when we first started). We are experiencing very little issues with ears clearing.
We are not expecting to see any significant changes until after at least 20 treatments, but to date here are some observations:Garren had a split in his lower lip from a fall 2 years ago that just would not heal. Since beginning the treatments his lip is…
  • Week 1 Complete

    13 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    We made it through the first 5 treatments. After taking one day off, the doctor felt like the twitching was not even related to the treatments, and was comfortable with allowing Garren to continue. On day 5 (yesterday) Nancy was introduced to the chamber for the first time. There are a couple of days that I will not be able to get in with Garren, so yesterday was Nancy's opportunity to get in and start getting used to it.While in the hyperbaric chamber, air pressure is increased in order to simulate being under water. The deeper you go under water, the greater the pressure (remember your high…
  • Good Twitch? Or Bad Twitch? - Day 2

    6 May 2015 | 4:32 am
    Day 2 in the chamber went according to plan. That is until we got out. As we were leaving, the technician who has been working with us noticed Garren's left cheek was twitching. (You know how sometimes your muscles will spasm? It was doing that).  Not constantly, but enough that she saw it and started asking about it. Nancy and I had noticed it after the first day. We assumed it must be something happening as a result of the treatment.The technician wanted the doctor to see it, so he came it to take a look. His first response was that it could be the onset of a seizure. After talking…
  • Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy - Day 1

    5 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Yesterday we began Garren's newest therapy: Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT). We had heard about it a couple of times over the past several of years, and recently we came across it again. Nancy looked into it, and found a place in Matthews that offers this treatment.HBOT is the use of oxygen under pressure to facilitate healing. You can read more about this amazing treatment here. While the treatment looks promising, there is a cost, as insurance companies do not yet cover these treatment for brain injury recovery. God is good, and through the generous gifts of many, we have raised the funds…
 
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  • Hither and yon

    Tim Archer
    8 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    OK, so the blog has been neglected a bit. And may be neglected some more. Here’s what’s going on: Last week was the campaign on Long Island for Hope For Life ministries (Herald of Truth). We had worked for quite a while organizing this campaign, motivating and training the churches to carry out an evangelistic effort. It was great to see the congregations working together in this concerted effort and to see them excited about reaching out. I had to leave the campaign early. My mom fell a week ago Sunday and broke her hip. She’s now in a facility for physical rehabilitation.
  • How do you like your links?

    Tim Archer
    29 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    For several years now, I’ve been publishing “Links To Go” on a regular basis. This is where I link to things that I’ve found to be interesting reading. I often agree with the point being made, but not always. Sometimes it’s interesting to me because it’s a well-made argument that states the opposite of what I think. I don’t have a set order for the links. I try to put things that I think are especially important near the top, particularly because that’s what Facebook users see when the post shows up there. (I’m always a bit amused when…
  • Links To Go (May 29, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    29 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Evangelicals and the Search for Credibility …what we’re actually talking about are two societies that have beliefs about the basic nature of reality that are fundamentally antagonistic to one another. Note that they aren’t simply fundamentally different, but antagonistic. Set next to a difference of that nature, the attempts at finding superficial similarities look rather silly–which is precisely what they are. Americans Vastly Overestimate Size of Gay and Lesbian Population In fact, they think that 23 percent of Americans, or almost one in four, are are gays or lesbians, a Gallup…
  • A letter to the UCC elders

    Tim Archer
    27 May 2015 | 5:44 am
    I don’t like open letters, but I’m about to write one. Largely because I want to publicly thank and applaud the elders of the church I attend: University Church of Christ in Abilene, Texas Dear elders, I know this is a bit impersonal, and I hope to speak with each of you personally. For now, let me publicly thank you for the statement you issued on Sunday about the participation of women in our Sunday assembly. It was a milestone on a long road, one that many of us had grown weary of. I’m sure that you especially have longed to reach a resting point in this discussion.
  • Links To Go (May 27, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    27 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    A Prayer from a Pacifist on Memorial Day God, we pledge our allegiance to Your kingdom as we seek to name evil and we discourage followers of Jesus from any vocation that might require violence. At the same time, we refuse to distance ourselves from those who have taken part in the way of Empire. God, help us to bring shalom to these people, Your children, as You have given peace to those of us who have never pulled the trigger. And prompt us to embrace the the families of the fallen, to deplore death, and celebrate life. May we mourn with those who mourn and trust that death has in fact been…
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  • Developing a Prayer Life in Seminary

    Ryan Burns
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    Developing a prayer life is important as you go through seminary life. It is important because of the busyness of your schedule, to prepare you for future ministry, and to equip you lead your family. One of the reasons why you want to develop a prayer life in seminary is because of the busyness of the semester. There is so much reading that you will have to do it is important to have a prayer life that is growing and developing. It is essential that God is changing your heart knowledge not just your head knowledge. If we are going into ministry, we have to make sure that we have a growing…
  • Around the Web: Church & State Edition

    Paul Burkhart
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:58 am
    “No Politics in Church? Not So Fast.” | Religion & Politics // As many of us have heard, Pew Research recently came out with a study highlighting the decline of Christianity and the rise of the unaffiliated and atheist. Many of these studies have shown that one of the primary reasons people leave the Church is because they feel it is too wrapped in partisan politics. This piece tries to offer a way forward. North Carolina Governor Vetoes Religious Conscience Gay Marriage Bill | New York Times // Shocking everyone, the incredibly Republican Governor of North…
  • “Knowledge” of the Holy

    Paul Burkhart
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:02 am
    A while back, I attended a performance of Rebirth of a Nation, a film created by Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) that seeks to deconstruct and remix the 1915, W.D. Griffith film, Birth of a Nation, a highly acclaimed cinematic venture and one of the most controversial films in American history. The film led off with a clip of two gentlemen sitting down, each smoking a cigarette and talking about the original 1915 film. On the right was Griffith, the director of the original film. The gentleman on the left looked at him and asked, “do you believe Birth of a Nation to be truth?” In…
  • 7 Tips and Encouragements for New Seminary Wives

    Ryan Burns
    10 Jun 2015 | 3:58 pm
    When my hubby said, “I think I should go to seminary,” I laughed (should my name be Sarah?) “Sure, if God provides,” I replied, fully expecting to still be barren financially, but God provided the tuition. We sold our house, almost all our belongings, left the only place I knew as home for 32 years, and ventured to seminary. I am an adventurer at heart, so trusting God and starting over seemed exciting… until the loneliness grew. Then the panic of not knowing where to shop for groceries crept in, where to take my son to play, how to find a church, and all the other newness of moving…
  • When Your Theological Formulations Are Challenged

    Paul Burkhart
    1 Jun 2015 | 7:04 pm
    In my first year of seminary, I was in a New Testament class with an eccentric and somewhat unorthodox professor who enjoyed challenging various long-held theological assumptions and beliefs with the goal of helping us freshly think through these issues (everything from gender roles to homosexuality to the afterlife). I can’t say that I agree with him on everything (or most things for that matter), but I enjoyed his fresh approach and the way he encouraged us to think critically about how we use and interpret the Bible. Anyway, I recall a discussion in which our professor encouraged us to…
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  • I am an Angry Christian

    admindm
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:44 am
    I read a blog post titled “Still an Angry Christian” and its first part “I am An Angry Christian”, by Cindy Brandt celebrating the gift of anger. And it was freeing to read, and it compelled me to write a similar post, being that I too am a Angry Christian, mad as hell might even be a more appropriate title for me. Reading it has released me to surrender to the fact that its Okay for me to be angry, that I am right in being angry. That personal growth and spiritual maturity does not mean experiencing less episodes of anger, or even about managing anger better, but embracing it instead…
  • Please Stop saying "All you need is Jesus" to singles

    admindm
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:34 pm
    There are so many things that Christians say to others that really is callus, and cold hearted, that does not help others at all, and for me the one that tops the list is for someone to say to me “All you need is Jesus”.  Say to anyone who is single, you don’t need love and family, “All you need is Jesus”. For someone to say, as if to brag, “All I need is Jesus”. First off I have yet to hear one person say that to someone, that it is true about their life. Yes, Jesus is all we need as to salvation, it’s Jesus + Nothing = Everything. But when it…
  • A time when I had hope

    admindm
    9 May 2015 | 12:53 pm
    I spent Friday afternoon setting on the wall out front of the apt building I lived in during my Jr. and High School days, I was there just last Tuesday after finding out my oldest female friend, Risa (Marisesa) Casey had died recently. I went up to my High School to look at the year book from my graduation year, and to my surprise was able to get one from the journalism dept. After that I went to my old apartment complex and walked around the old neighborhood, and thought about my Jr. and High school days. I was also remembering Kath Colby, a good friend who lived across the street who died…
  • Stop Casting Your Pearls Before Swine

    admindm
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:46 pm
    I kept hearing God say to me “STOP casting your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6) over and over the past few months related to experiences I was having when I would get a word from God and share with others and get negative blow back from them. So I concluded that He meant telling nonbelievers, and even though I don’t that I knew of, he kept saying it to me. This weekend during the Passion 2015 conference he gave me understanding to what he meant via what two speakers shared as well as the Holy Spirit speaking to me again about it, this time more detailed. He said the church is full of…
  • And I will Make You Fishers of Men.

    admindm
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:04 pm
    “Follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” Now it came to pass that a group existed who called themselves fishermen. And, there was a abundant amount of fish in the waters all around. In fact, the whole area was surrounded by streams and lakes filled with fish. And the fish were hungry. Week after week, month after month, and year after year, these who called themselves fishermen met in meetings and talked about their call to fish, the abundance of fish, and how they might go about fishing. Year after year they carefully defined what fishing means, defended fishing…
 
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  • Even Egypt Will Know That He Is The Lord – Daily Devotional – June 30th, 2015

    Austin Gardner
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:10 am
    Ezekiel 30:19 Thus will I execute judgments in Egypt: and they shall know that I am the LORD. God will be known all over the world. Today most reject Him. They do not believe in Him. They reject Him as Creator. They reject Him as owner of the world. They refuse to believe because believing would bring consequences and responsibility. God will work even in Egypt. He will see to it that they know that He is God, the Lord. I work as a pastor, missionary with full confidence that God will win. His name will be glorified. He will accomplish His purposes. I am already on the winning side!
  • Sunday in Review 6-28-15

    Beth Staley
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    VISIONNEWS_June282015 This Sunday morning we heard a great message on Matthew 21 about Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem.  This passage clearly shows that Jesus is King and calls us to see if we are truly worshipping and submitting to Him as King over our lives. Our Teachers & Workers meeting this week had a special emphasis on Foundations and discipleship. It is exciting to see how many people are getting involved in learning and teaching the Bible to others! Join us as we take a moment to celebrate freedom and have a meal together on July the 5th. This will be our second time…
  • He Is Bigger Than Everything – Daily Devotional – June 29th, 2015

    Austin Gardner
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    Ezekiel29:9 And the land of Egypt shall be desolate and waste; and they shall know that I am the LORD: because he hath said, The river is mine, and I have made it. Egypt would have thought of herself as great and powerful. The Nile river was their source. The Nile served as a god to them. God made it clear. He was more powerful than Egypt. He wasn’t just bigger than the Nile, He made the Nile. The Nile belongs to God. He is bigger than everything. He owns everything. He is God, Almighty God! I must understand, believe, and live like God is everything. I must honor and worship the great…
  • We All Belong To Him – Daily Devotional – June 28th, 2015

    Austin Gardner
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:23 am
    Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. It is important to recognize that you and everyone else belong to Him. He is God. He owns everything. He made it all. He made us. He decides what is right and what is wrong. He is God. When you understand that He is in charge and not you then you know that you should honor and respect Him. He deserves your worship.
  • He Doesn’t Even Want You To Ask – Daily Devotional – June 27th, 2015

    Austin Gardner
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:07 am
    Ezekiel 14:3 Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be inquired of at all by them? The people had idols in their hearts. They put sin in their heart. They knew that they were doing things that God didn’t want them to do. God asks His man if He should listen to them when they pray. I wonder how many times I want God to do things for me but I have my own idols set up in my heart. I have what I want. I have sin in my heart and still try to act like God should listen. I want to put Him first and…
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  • The Not-So-Secret to an Abundant Life

    Andy Wood
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:33 am
    In the mood for a little detective work?  Care to uncover a secret that may have right in front of our noses for years?  It certainly was in mine, and I was oblivious. Would you be interested in mining out some clues if I told you that when you do, you may have discovered one of the most powerful life and success principles known to humanity?  And that if you master this one skill, the transformation in your own life, to say nothing of your influence and circumstances, can be breathtaking? Am I exaggerating?  No, if anything I’m understating the potential of this discovery. Getting this…
  • Maybe It’s Time for a New Banner

    Andy Wood
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:27 am
    (A Brief Conversation about symbols and change and heritage and hate and other awkward things…) What’s wrong with it?  It represents who I am. It also represents some things you don’t want to be. It’s my heritage! Some would say it’s hatred. Not to me!  It’s about love and a culture of warmth and hospitality. Maybe. But to others it’s the emblem under which their ancestors were tortured or killed. So I’m supposed to deny my identity because of some fanatics or fools? No.  But maybe it’s time for a new banner. But what speaks more clearly than a cross? Something that…
  • Ten Lessons My Daddy Taught Me

    Andy Wood
    19 Jun 2015 | 9:30 am
    (My dad with Great-Grandchild #8, Archer Wiley)   I’ve been simmering on this for a while, and I figured since I’m away from home this Father’s Day, this would be a good day and a good way to honor my dad.  My daughter Carrie did this for me last year and reposted it again here.   I also wrote this about what I learned from my Mama last year. Regardless of the many influences and teachers I’ve been blessed by over the years, none of them has taught or influenced me more than my dad. I have mentioned often that I was blessed to have a father who actually wanted to be a dad and…
  • Elisabeth Elliot on Waiting

    Andy Wood
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:59 pm
    Elisabeth Elliot is one of the most impactful writers I have read. She was always on my bucket list of people I hoped to meet one day.  We’ll now have to plan for that in glory, as she went into the presence of Jesus two days ago.  I thought I would share with you something from her book Loneliness about the subject of waiting.  The writing is hers; the editing is mine.  Thank you, Elisabeth, for being one of my lifevestors… Many times in my life God has asked me to wait when I wanted to move forward. He has kept me in the dark when I asked for light. To my pleas for guidance His…
  • What You Can Learn From a Garth Brooks Concert

    Andy Wood
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:19 am
    Count me in.  I now know what all the fuss is about. Went to hear Garth Brooks in concert over the weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.  Definitely a step outside of my routine, but anybody with experience I talked to about the upcoming event told me, “It’s one of the best, if not THE best, concert experiences you will ever experience.” Yeah, that. Six of us took a road trip with center-section, row 9 seats.  Close enough to see the sweat and be covered when the confetti dropped.  And as-advertised, it was an extraordinary experience.  In part I felt like an outsider looking in because…
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  • Long Walk Home – The City Harmonic

    Worship.com
    22 Jun 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Long Walk Home – The City Harmonic: This song is from The City Harmonic’s... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • The Glories of Calvary (feat. Norton Hall Band) – Official Lyrics Video

    Worship.com
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    The Glories of Calvary (feat. Norton Hall Band) – Official Lyrics Video: Info and resources... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • La Gloria de la Cruz [Sovereign Grace Music]

    Worship.com
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    La Gloria de la Cruz [Sovereign Grace Music]: Descarga los acordes, la letra, y el MP3 para esta... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Matt Chandler – Get Up

    Worship.com
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:20 am
    Matt Chandler – Get Up: A word husbands need to take to heart. Video Credit goes to Timothy... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • WorshipGod14: TRIUNE promo

    Worship.com
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:04 pm
    WorshipGod14: TRIUNE promo: Last year we held our first WorshipGod conference... 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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  • A Hamster Wheel Floating

    29 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    We have been dealing with a well-worn objection to Covenantal apologetics. As we have seen, the objection goes back, at least, to the time of the Reformation. It is an objection that Roman Catholics used against those who would hold to the Reformed view of Sola Scriptura. In modern discussions, it has become an objection of Arminian theology against a Reformed view of God's (special and general) revelation. Thus, it is an objection that presupposes a neutral notion of reason, such that reason is thought to supply the universal foundation for any and every rational theory of knowledge. Such a…
  • Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:15 am
    Jerry Walls, Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory: Rethinking the Things that Matter Most. Michigan: Brazos, 2015. 240 pp. $19.99Although two and a half centuries of Enlightenment naturalism have eaten away at the western world's faith in the afterlife, the question of our eternal destiny has certainly not faded from the scene. Indeed, each new year seems to bring more books and films on the subject: from Don Piper's bestselling 90 Minutes in Heaven to the unexpected Clint Eastwood film Hereafter; from To Heaven and Back: A Doctor's Extraordinary Account of Her Death, Heaven, Angels, and Life…
  • Presbyterians and the Political Theology of Race: [Part 1] - Cultural Captivity?

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    At the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5 President Obama called Christians to exercise humility in their responses to Muslim acts of terror, referencing some of the great sins of the Christian tradition. His comments provoked a sharp backlash, much of it focused on whether or not the Crusades were a cause of Islamic terrorism. But Christians were more muted in their response to the president's allusion to slavery and the oppression of Jim Crow segregation. As Anthony Bradley recently warned in a Facebook post, "Don't let your evangelical friends only talk about the Crusades... [W]ill…
  • John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet

    22 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    Jon Balserak, John Calvin as Sixteenth-Century Prophet, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. xiv + 208pp.Jon Balserak's new monograph on Calvin as a prophet, a sequel to his Establishing the Remnant Church, Calvin's Lectures on the Minor Prophets, 1556-1559, (Brill, 2011) is a very good read. The title is unassuming, the thesis of the book both gripping and alarming. Few who read Calvin sympathetically would demur at him being called a 'prophet', but it is the connotations of that term that alarm, as we shall see.Balserak begins his study with reflections on Calvin's self-understanding.
  • Race and the American Church - Part IV

    22 Jun 2015 | 5:34 am
    If you haven't already, please read the first three pieces to this series on my personal journey towards understanding Race and the American church (the first can be found here, the second here, and third here). It is my hope that when you read the latter part of this series (Parts V-VII on the historical overview of race and the American church) it will make more sense after having read something of the context in which it was written. I began graduate study in history in the summer of 2006. I was ecstatic to be home and I was also excited because I obtained a graduate assistantship…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • There’s Only One Supreme Court

    jason@church4allnations.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I don’t normally weigh in on controversial issues here. Number one, it’s not my gifting or calling. Number two, I feel like I rarely have anything to add to the conversation. What I’m about to write is not intended to make anyone mad, but it may. I can’t help that. By now, everyone knows about the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage in all fifty states. I’m not scared of gay people (aka homophobic), but I do believe the Bible is clear about the fact that living out that lifestyle is sinful just as greed, envy, gluttony, and lying are sins.
  • Sanctuary: the Eternal’s Pleasure

    jason@church4allnations.com
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Sanctuary– 1 : a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2 a place of refuge and protection Meditating on the beauty He’s created and the power of His words… Psalm 147:9-11 (VOICE) He opens His hands to feed all the animals and scatters seed to nestlings when they cry. He takes no pleasure in the raw strength of horses; He finds no joy in the speed of the sprinter. But the Eternal does take pleasure in those who worship Him, those who invest hope in His unfailing love.    He takes care of all things. I’m choosing worship. Investing hope.  …
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ’em out then add your own favorites to the widget below! Some Ramblings on Charleston by Sandra Heska King (SandraHeskaKing.com) The 7 Practices of a Phenomenal Father by John Meese (JohnMeese.me) How to Battle Your Peace Robbers by Deb Wolf (Counting My Blessings) I love guacamole and this is so cool! Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration, practical wisdom, or hilarity this week, from you or someone else (or one of…
  • Made for Pleasure or Pain?

    jason@church4allnations.com
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    There are two types of people in the world (don’t you love such sweeping generalities?), those who believe we were made for pleasure those who believe we were made for pain Many believe that pleasure is the goal and without it life is meaningless. You can let go of anything or anyone who causes you the slightest pain because you and your perceived happiness is all that matters. Others see pain as the constant thread that holds life together. Even some pursuing spirituality would say you mustn’t pursue happiness because pain will be what perfects you. Here’s something…
  • The Hope of a Life Submitted

    jason@church4allnations.com
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 pm
    We’re digging into the Hiding Place starting this week and honestly, it’s captivating. At moments, I felt as if I were reading a novel with the vivid descriptions and vivid characters describing life pre-World War II. There is the foreshadowing of dark days to come, but this chapter describes a party for Corrie’s generous father as his shop, passed down by his father, turns one hundred. Knowing the horrors that would await, it’s hard not to wonder how she could not only survive but overcome the desperate circumstances she would endure. Here’s Corrie’s…
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  • Increasing the Child Tax Credit: Good for Families, Good for the Economy

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) have introduced a pro-growth economic plan that includes an increase in the child care tax credit, and the Wall Street Journal isn't happy about it. In fact, the normally prudent Journal even goes so far as to assert that the child tax credit "does nothing for economic growth." Oh, c'mon: Let's assume that the money retained by families through an expanded credit, per Rubio-Lee, in fact does not foster immediate growth. This is a dubious argument. Personal income tax cuts spur growth just as do corporate income tax cuts. However, let us agree,…
  • GOP Reiterates Support for Marriage, Post-SCOTUS

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:50 pm
    House Leadership Speaker Boehner Whip Scalise    VAT House Leadership Chairman Joe Pitts Chairman John Fleming Chairwoman Vicky Hartzler   VAT Senate Leadership Sen. Blunt--“I’m disappointed in this decision.  My view is that family issues in Missouri like marriage, divorce, and adoption should be decided by the people of Missouri.”  Sen. Ernst--"I am disappointed by the Supreme Court’s decision and its failure to recognize the freedom of our states to make their own decisions about their respective marriage laws.  While it is my personal…
  • Supreme Chaos

    30 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    Last week, the Supreme Court overturned the votes of more than 50 million people in 31 states concerning same-sex marriage, finding, instead, a constitutional “right” for same-gendered persons to marry. They blithely dismissed the will of the voters in order to find this “right,” rejecting the Tenth Amendment’s affirmation that those things not specifically articulated in the Constitution as within the province of the federal government belong to the states and the people. In a ruling on the shaping of congressional districts, issued today, Justice Ruth Bader…
  • Internal Chinese Populations

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:22 am
    China is now a world power, and we at the Family Research Council have commented on the brutality and inhumanity of its “one child” policy for years.  An excellent, recent article made clear that China’s severe population control policies exist on many levels – not just abortion.  Their harshness, however, puts the forced abortion diktat in a broader context of disregard for human beings. The important Weekend Financial Times article (4/30/2015) by Jamil Anderline entitled, “China’s Great Migration.”  The focus of the story is a woman…
  • Four Short Observations about Justice Kennedy's Opinion on Same-Sex Unions

    26 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Homosexuality is an “Immutable” Characteristic “Far from seeking to devalue marriage, the petitioners seek it for themselves because of their respect—and need—for its privileges and responsibilities.  And their immutable nature dictates that same-sex marriage is their only real path to this profound commitment.” Opinion of the Court, p. 4 Wrong: Homosexuality is NOT an immutable characteristic.  This is documented copiously and is demonstrated anecdotally by everyone from Rosaria Butterfield to Chirlane McCray, the wife of New York Mayor Bill…
 
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  • How To Change Your Facebook Profile To A Transparent Red Cross

    Michael
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:55 pm
    We are seeing so many profile pictures being covered with Red Crosses!  Show you are a Christian,  saved by the blood of Jesus, by changing your profile to include a red cross. This process is a blending of two pictures together. 1.  You can do this by an app through your cell phone called “Blend Picture “ 2.  You can upload two photos into LunaPic. Here is a simple step by step guide of how to blend two pictures with Luna Pic…. Step 1-Copy this cross photo to your documents, which I got from facebook, (or any free red and white cross picture for that matter) and select…
  • Pastor Dean Odle’s Vision Of America Almost Dead

    Michael
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Republished From “A Vision of Shock & Awe for America” by Dean Odle, September 8, 2014 “And such as do wickedly against the covenant (those who reject God’s Word and live in sin) shall he (the Antichrist) corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do KNOW their God (Jesus Christ) shall be strong, and do exploits. And they that UNDERSTAND among the people shall INSTRUCT MANY: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days” (Daniel 11:32-33). I saw a vision in our Wednesday prayer meeting on September 3, 2014. As we…
  • Patricia Hawk’s Prophetic Dream Of Preparation

    Michael
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    My friend Patricia had a dream in 2009 where the Lord gave her a dream in which she was to prepare food and emergency supplies. While she admits there are some items on the list she doesn’t quite understand…(bleach, roll of plastic, duct tape), she has been obedient to the vivid dream.  She has shared her dream with others and many people report back to her that they have been able to prepare their homes after the model that the Lord gave Patricia in her dream. I cannot help but to think of this post, where Rick Wiles also heard from the Lord in regards to preparing, and saving…
  • Jews Who Come To Know Yeshua – One For Israel Videos

    Michael
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:41 pm
    We are seeing more and more of Judah come to know their Messiah. The One For Israel Ministry has put together some terrific testimonies of why Jewish believers have turned to Yeshua. Learn WHY and HOW they discovered Yeshua and what led them to embrace their savior. Like One For Israel On Facebook Here is a collection of just a few of their videos: Jewish man turns to Jesus and explains why in a way you never heard before! Famous Jewish singer Marty Goetz finds Jesus! Mike Goldstone, a Jewish Businessman (founder of Regency Lighting), shares how he met Jesus in a miraculous way! Two Israeli…
  • Craig Roberts Reviews Possible Battle Plans Of A Russian Invasion

    Michael
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    Craig Roberts is a former police officer with the Tulsa Police Department, exposes the plans that the NWO have for bringing down America. He exposes how the elite will use a series of terrorist acts to start an internal revolution. As a result of this, they will close transportation, confiscate guns, and begin religious persecution. “Folks if you look at the map, you will see we have these arrows coming down from the north. If you invade this country from the north, and if you bring troops in from the north, you are guarded by one flank by the rockies, and guarded by the other flank by…
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  • Don’t ask me to do you harm

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    If I had a nickel for every time I’ve been told, “You can believe whatever you want, as long as you keep it to yourself,” I’d be wealthier than a prosperity preacher after his royalty check arrives.The notion that your beliefs should only affect you, but the rest of the world should remain unaffected is so common, and yet it’s completely illogical. It’s a contradiction, one where we see the values of one being or group infringe upon the other—all the while telling the group being infringed upon this is what we are not to…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersThat’s Just Your Interpretation by Paul Copan—$3.99The Hidden Life of Prayer by David McIntyre—$3.99Churches, Revolutions, and Empires by Ian Shaw—$4.99The Story of King Jesus by Ben Irwin—$2.99Be Mature by Warren Wiersbe—Free (ends today)Celebrating distinctionAlso, be sure to check out this article by Peter Jones.How to Talk to Your Kids About Gay MarriageAaron Earls:For many of us, we dread having to talk to our kids about our values about sex and traditional marriage, much less same-sex marriage. So how can you have a different “talk”…
  • How helpful is the Christian confessional?

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    He walked across the stage toward the microphone, the room was more crowded than he’d expected. All eyes were fixed on him. He smiled awkwardly and wondered, can I really do this? What will people think? Heart racing and palms sweating, he gathered up his courage and began to speak softly.“Hi, um, I’m a, uh, a Christian,” he said, “and I have a… a confession to make.”He cleared his throat, tugged at his collar and continued.“I want to apologize for the Crusades. And I want to apologize for politics being confused with Christian faith. I…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersToday’s deals from Crossway focus on apologetics:Can You Believe It’s True? by John S. Feinberg—$4.99Covenantal Apologetics by K. Scott Oliphint—$4.99Defending Your Faith by R.C. Sproul—$4.99Apologetics for the Twenty-first Century by Louis Markos—$4.99Also on sale is Puritan Portraits by J.I. Packer for $3.99.The Symbolism of the RainbowNick Batzig:Yesterday one of my sons asked me why there were so many rainbows on the television and internet. Most of us have have seen them on children’s books…
  • The limits of love

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the greatest lies we tell children is a nursery rhyme: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” I remember repeating this to myself as a little boy, over and over again, with tears running down my face, as the terrible things other kids said about me kept repeating in my head. I was desperate for it to be true.It never was.So I get how so many Christians feel living in a thoroughly post- or anti-Christian culture, as many of us do in the West. Recent political decisions only officially made legal what was already approved culturally.
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  • Empowered for a Purpose: “At the Center of the Storm” (Acts 1)

    Randall Smith
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    In August 1992, I was living in Broward County in South Florida, as Hurricane Andrew hit the eastern shore of our state. In its wake, the storm left a total of sixty-five dead, and drummed the state with a “category five” storm, packing one hundred seventy-five mile an hour winds. The storm surge alone caused half a billion dollars in damage from Kendall to Key Largo. More than 1.4 million people lost electricity for a time and 63,000 homes were destroyed, leaving at least 175,000 Floridians homeless. The storm destroyed or damaged some 82,000 businesses, 31 public schools, 9500 traffic…
  • The Gospel Applied: “The Look From Above” (Romans 12, Part Two)

    Randall Smith
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:54 am
    In a Harris Interactive poll taken in several job sectors in the US throughout 2013, undefined work expectations topped the list of five work stress factors. The most unhappy employees on the record were NOT those who were the least paid by their companies, but rather those who felt that a loose work structure, the lack of a formal job description and generally poor leadership left them uncertain when they were doing their job well. Psychologists remarked that affirmation and acceptance are important, but they are meaningless without real measurements. It seems that people need to know what…
  • Following His Footsteps: “All Roads Lead Somewhere” – Matthew 27:54-28:20

    Randall Smith
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:50 am
    “All roads lead somewhere.” That is a stupid saying, isn’t it? Not really. It is important that we recognize that our choices have consequences, and that any path we choose will inevitably bring us to the place toward which it was designed. In this lesson, I want to talk about two paths that lead to two very distinct places. You have been hearing about them all week – because the world sings loudly about one of them…but you may not have picked out the significance of each path, and you may have thought little about their destination. Let me set the scene for a moment… The…
  • The Gospel Applied: “The Look From Above” – Romans 12 (Pt. 1)

    Randall Smith
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:50 am
    The massive dome at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rome rises nearly four hundred fifty feet in the air, with its interior is nearly one hundred forty feet wide. It is the highest dome you will ever see, but not the largest one. The dome of the Pantheon built in the second century is a few feet wider and Brunelleschi’s massive dome on the Duomo in Florence is a few feet wider still. To me, what is striking about the dome found in St. Peter’s is that you can make out, if you look ever so closely, the shape of people walking around the catwalk who dared to take the elevator up to the dome…
  • The Gospel Applied: “The Artist” – Romans 11

    Randall Smith
    2 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    Almost in the perfect center of the north end of the city of Paris, the hill of Montmartre and its grand white Cathedral of “Sacré-Cœur” (Sacred Heart) seem perched above the city. From the church you are afforded one of the most magnificent views of the “city of lights” that doesn’t require going up in a rickety elevator on an old “erector set” called the Eiffel Tower. Montmartre is noted for several things, but probably best known for the quarter’s daily working street artists. Gathered near the square due west of the church, these artists sit in front of easels painting…
 
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    Standing On Giants | Looking to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

  • Become Your Own Premiere Partner

    Kyle Reed
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    The thought is to find someone else to elevate your content or product, but you are the best available option for a premiere.Developing your platform for a launch will set you up best for success. Not only do you have an audience that wants what you have to offer, they are the perfect target for what you are doing.Don’t get caught up in numbers of other platforms, focus more on specific return of your audience. You could land a premiere with USA Today who has a huge readership, but if your subject isn’t pertinent to the audience (in the video’s case, a music video premiere)…
  • What Is Your Process of Growth?

    Kyle Reed
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    It’s easy to get frustrated by results, but the process we go through every day in content creation is about consistency in growth.Keep working and let your content grow.Because people will come along and encourage you in your growth and your content will grow.Please help make this post, What Is Your Process of Growth? a whole lot better by adding some value to the conversation by leaving a comment.This is a post from: Standing On Giants - Looking to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants
  • A Must Have: Social Content Schedule Download

    Kyle Reed
    19 Jun 2015 | 5:25 am
    2 years ago I was put in charge of over 5 million Facebook fans. It was my first day on the job and I was made admin of 4 Facebook pages that had a total of 5 million Facebook fans. To say I was a bit shocked would be an understatement.You realize how much power that is when you make a post and the page refreshes and 10K people have already seen the post in a matter of 2 seconds.This might sound like I had the easiest job in the world. At first it felt like I did. But, quickly I realized with this much attention the importance of what I posted was even greater.See when you have small group of…
  • Be more consistent

    Kyle Reed
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:20 am
    You know what is frustrating? Radom traffic on highways.It can make you late, put you in a bad mood, and lead you to say things you would rather not say.Traffic is frustrating, but unplanned traffic is the worst.We know at certain times, we will have to adjust, because traffic will be bad. We also know, other times in our day, traffic won’t be bad.But sometimes, traffic doesn’t live up to its consistency and it ruins our day. We like consistency.Knowing what to expect and when to expect it might as well be a given as eating a donut when they are left out on the kitchen counter.So why…
  • Want more people to read your stuff?

    Kyle Reed
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    The Verge is a popular website that covers all things tech.It’s been around for a while and produces great content. At least that was what I heard.I am sure you have a place you go to read tech news.There are so many options out there, you are bound to find something that suits your needs.For the longest time, the Verge was not my site of choice.That was until I started following them on snapchat.The personal connection I made with their team was instant. I felt like we were friends talking about the latest gadgets and trends.After about two weeks of following them on snapchat I started…
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    Heart Choices

  • Five Minute Friday: Dream

    26 Jun 2015 | 7:32 am
    It's Five Minute Friday when I get to link up with Kate Motaung. She gives us a one word prompt and we get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is DREAM.GOI tend to dream most when there are changes happening in my life. When I'm struggling with decisions, I find myself dreaming more. I usually write down my dreams if I remember them in the morning.My most memorable dream occurred many years ago. And it is one I will never forget.I dreamed that God was inside me. I was looking through His eyes at the world around me. I recall how different everything looked. I kept rubbing my…
  • Where Have I Been Lately?

    14 Jun 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Where has Debbie been lately? I just realized I hadn't posted as often as I normally do. And I have to say my fingers have been itching to write. But I've been very busy!My last day of teaching my Mini-Mustang class was on a Friday. The very next day (which was Memorial Day weekend) I had Summer Camp training followed immediately by the first day of camp. So it's been a whirlwind.I am the official photographer for our summer camp so I'm rarely in a photo. One of our counselors grabbed my camera and shot this photo. But of course, I wasn't ready and had my mouth open. Oh well! At least you can…
  • Enjoy the Moment

    31 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    Enjoy the moment.I've heard it and said it so many times. I try to do this in my daily life.But I have to admit there are times when I think back and realize I missed out on the joy of a moment because I allowed worry and anxiety to take over. And often the issues I worry about never end up actually happening.I've been looking back over photos from this school year. Since January I began teaching the youngest class at our school called the Mini-Mustangs. These are children who are aged 2.75 to 3 years old. You would be surprised at how much these little ones can learn. They surprised even…
  • National Day of Prayer 2015

    6 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Tomorrow is the National Day of Prayer. I believe our nation needs desperate prayer. As I watch the news unfold, I'm amazed by what I see and hear. I believe Washington can't fix all of our problems. We need wise and humble leaders but most importantly ...we need to get on our knees and pray. Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Freedom of religion was so important to our founding fathers. They didn't want to be dictated to about how they could worship. The United States has opened its doors to people of all faiths. God gave us free will to make choices. We aren't…
  • Counting My Blessings

    4 May 2015 | 1:47 pm
    How can I not count my blessings? I never would imagine I'd be doing what I'm doing at this stage of my life. If someone told me years ago, I would have laughed. But I have to say that I love it!The following Scripture comes to my mind:And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purposes.  Romans 8:28 (NLT)Little did I know that I would return to work after retiring for ten years from my nursing career.Little did I know that I would be working in a profession quite different from nursing.Little did I know how…
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  • The SCOTUS Ruling Reveals Christian Hate for Homosexuals

    Mark Lamprecht
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsThe Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently ruled that gay marriage is a right legalizing such marriages. thereby redefining marriage. The support for this decision among professing Christians has been striking but so has the backlash. The reaction to the SCOTUS ruling from some Christian circles has revealed a kind of hatred for the homosexual community. Let me explain. Jesus commanded Christians to love others. In fact, he taught that one of the greatest commandments is to love our neighbor as ourselves. But that was the second greatest…
  • Ethics: Pastor Flies Confederate Flag on Church Grounds

    Mark Lamprecht
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:14 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! The recent racist and tragic killing of 9 African Americans by a white man at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston has brought up a national debate over states flying a Confederate flag. Emotions run high on all sides of the Confederate flag debate. What would you do if, upon arriving at church Sunday morning, you noticed a Confederate flag hanging from a wall-mount at the corner of the front of the church? Then, you notice your pastor standing at the front doors so you ask him about the flag. He asks that you wait for him to explain…
  • Ethics: Parents Disagree on Attending Son’s Same-Sex Wedding

    Mark Lamprecht
    10 Jun 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! As the same-sex marriage debate continues among some Evangelicals, tough decisions among families are bound to arise. How about when those tough questions come between husband, wife, and child? Consider the following scenario. Five years ago, the son of Evangelical Christians finally told his parents he is gay. Today, that son is planning a same-sex wedding with his partner. His parents have strongly disagreed with his lifestyle though have always welcomed him and loved him. The son has invited the parents to his same-sex wedding.
  • Loving Bruce Jenner

    Mark Lamprecht
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsBruce Jenner, the 1976 Summer Olympics men’s decathlon gold medal winner, recently declared himself a woman and changed his name to Caitlyn. As you might imagine, reactions from those supporting Jenner, as well as those disapproving, has been intense. I am one who disapproves. Yet, I have been praying for him. At the same time, I wonder how an Evangelical Christian, like myself, might love Bruce “Caitlyn” Jenner? There are at least three reasons: 1) he is made in God’s image, 2) he is a sinner, too, and 3) he needs the Savior, too. Jenner…
  • Ethics: Should Wife Tell Her Husband About 8 Year Old Affair?

    Mark Lamprecht
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:16 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday? The issue of whether or not to tell one’s spouse about an affair, past or present, is a question some in the church may eventually face. There are many facets to consider in such a situation. You might be the one hiding the affair or the one it is being hidden from. Let’s think about the following scenario which is loosely based on a real situation. It is Tuesday night and your couples discipleship group has just begun. The topic being discussed is the confession of past and present sins to one’s spouse. Also being…
 
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    Biblical Preaching

  • New Covenant Ministry – Part 2

    Peter Mead
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:13 am
    Continuing on from the previous thoughts on 2nd Corinthians 3-5: 4. New Covenant ministry should generate boldness. (2 Cor 3:12-18)  Moses had to hide what being with God did to him.  Not so with us.  What happened to Moses was temporary and fading, but what God is doing in us is permanent and increasing.  It is so easy to think in terms of this life and fall for the lie of fading glory even today, but what God does in the New Covenant does not fade. 5. We cannot make people see, that is God’s work in Christ.  (2 Cor.3:12-18)  Israel experienced a hardening and a veil that would…
  • New Covenant Ministry – Part 1

    Peter Mead
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:52 pm
    I want to walk through 2nd Corinthians chapters 3-5 as Paul describes New Covenant ministry and share a few thoughts.  This won’t be a full exposition of the passage, but rather a set of thoughts provoked by looking at the text. 1. We are called to minister Christ, not to defend ourselves in ministry.  (2Cor.3:1-6)  Ministry tends to create situations where we will be critiqued.  Sometimes, believe it or not, we deserve the critique.  Sometimes we don’t.  Either way, our ministry is to preach Christ, not to proclaim ourselves or defend ourselves.  Are you in a situation…
  • 10 Listener Fatigues – part 3

    Peter Mead
    19 Jun 2015 | 11:56 pm
    We have looked at textual genre fatigues, and some preacher-related fatigues, but there are still more . . . 8. Outline Fatigue. If your sermons always follow the same structure, then you may well be draining some energy from your listeners.  I know some preachers follow a prescribed pattern and claim that listeners love to spot how they make the turn to Jesus.  But since every text has its own uniqueness, let’s look for ways to reflect the diversity of the text, and add some variety to sermon structure too.  Can you introduce an inductive approach (building to the main idea), or a…
  • 10 Listener Fatigues – part 2

    Peter Mead
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
    Continuing our list of potential preaching fatigue that we might be able to avoid for our listeners… (Yesterday we thought about genre, key text and main point fatigue) 4. Preacher Fatigue.  After a while your listeners might just get tired of hearing you.  You may try to vary what you do, but you will always be you and that creates some limitations for your preaching.  Don’t be afraid to share your pulpit. Develop other preachers, invite other local pastors, give yourself a break and your listeners too. 5. Illustration Fatigue.  One way we can be predictable is in the use of…
  • 10 Listener Fatigues

    Peter Mead
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:23 am
    When listeners listen to preaching there are many different fatigues that can undermine the effectiveness of our preaching.  If we are aware of these fatigues, then maybe we can craft our preaching with sensitivity to the listeners.  Let’s jump into the list: 1. Genre Fatigue.  Each genre will tend to create a sense of same-ness in a series.  Let’s say you are preaching through an epistle for weeks and weeks.  Eventually, if we are not careful, the default patterns will prove tiring to listeners.  For instance, the description of historical background, the complex sentences…
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    Crossway Blog

  • When J. I. Packer Walked Out

    Matt Tully
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:10 am
    This post was adapted from Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit by Sam Storms, which is part of the Theologians on the Christian Life series. “Why I Walked” In 2002, the synod of the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster authorized its bishop to produce a service for blessing same-sex unions, to be used in any parish of the diocese that requests it. A number of synod members walked out to protest the decision. They declared themselves out of communion with the bishop and the synod, and they appealed to the Archbishop of Canterbury and other Anglican…
  • Weekly E-Book Specials - 6/28/15

    Nick Rynerson
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    Every week, Crossway offers several great e-books at steep discounts. This week, we're discounting two books by J. I. Packer and also offering Sam Storms' brand new book, Packer on the Christian Life, for just $5.99. These deals are also available from other participating retailers, including Amazon, Westminster Bookstore, Vyrso, Christianbook.com, and others. The discounted prices are available through July 5, 2015. Packer on the Christian Life: Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit Sam Storms In this soul-stirring book, well-known pastor Sam Storms explores Packer’s legacy and…
  • Illustrating the Overarching Story of Scripture

    Lizzy Jeffers
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:28 am
    We recently spoke with Gail Schoonmaker, illustrator of the Big Picture Story Bible and the ESV Big Picture Bible (July 2015), and got a behind-the-scenes look at her work illustrating both of these projects. In this post, Gail explains how she worked to tie her illustrations together so as to communicate the overarching story of Scripture throughout both the Big Picture Story Bible and the ESV Big Picture Bible. Illustrating the Overarching Story of the Bible The Big Picture Story Bible attempts to tell the overarching story of God’s redeeming work, which moves toward the goal of the…
  • Why All Christians Should Care about Biblical Theology

    Matt Tully
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:09 am
    This is a guest post by Miles Van Pelt, coeditor (with Dane Ortlund) of the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series. Crucial for the Health of the Church Biblical theology is crucial for the health of the church because the church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets” (Eph. 2:20). Additionally, this Word upon which the church is built is both living and life-giving (Ps. 119:25, 50; 2 Tim. 3:16; Heb. 4:12). It is the record, the deposit, the testimony of God’s good news in Jesus Christ. It is a legal, objective, public document that describes and explains the…
  • Coming Soon: A Redesigned ESV Bible App for Android

    Matt Tully
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    It’s Almost Here . . . Today, we’re thrilled to announce the upcoming release of a completely redesigned ESV Bible app for Android devices. We know many of you have been waiting patiently for a long time and are eager to see the release of an update to our current Android app. After months of work, we’re finally getting very close to a launch date. The new app will feature an all-new design similar to that of our iPhone and iPad app and full syncing with ESVBible.org. However, before we can release the new app, we need to do one final round of beta testing. To that end, we’re…
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    Joyfully with Ruth Joy

  • 30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Promises of God:"But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall" (Malachi 4:2).Hallelujah! What hurts are we hanging on to that are just hindering us from moving forward? Here's a promise that if we will allow HIM - our Sun of Righteousness will arise with healing in His wings to come and heal us! Our part is to jump on His operating table and allow HIM access to whatever it is that is still hurting us and holding us back. Sometimes we wonder why some people never seems to get…
  • 29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    A little story for today:Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast.He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people werereluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded theawful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havocon the buildings and crops.As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he receivedA steady stream of refusals.Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approachedthe farmer. "Are you a good farm hand?" the farmer asked him."Well, I can sleep when the wind blows," answered the little man.Although puzzled by this answer,…
  • 27 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am

    27 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Promises of God:"The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day" (Proverbs 4:18).MORE and MORE - not less and less - do you feel like things are fading out? Let's Get closer to the fire! Let the brightness of HIS glory and the LIGHT of HIS countenance so saturate us that others will see the glow as they did on Moses face when he came down from the mountain after speaking with God.
  • 26 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am

    26 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Promises of God:"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon" (Psalm 92:12).Another aspect of this promise is that the palm tree is FLEXIBLE! When the wind blows it bends - that why if it is healthy it endures even through hurricanes! What kind of a tree are you? God wants us to FLOURISH like the palm trees - !
  • 25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am

    25 Jun 2015 | 1:00 am
    The Promises of God:"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon" (Psalm 92:12).The nature of the Cedar tree is, that it is always green, yielding an odoriferous smell, and an excellent kind of fruit, like unto apples, but of a sweeter taste, and more wholesome. The roots of some of these cedars are almost destroyed by the shepherds, who have made fires thereat, and holes where they sleep; yet nevertheless they flourish green above, in the tops and branches.Another picture of how we are to flourish in our daily Christian walk! 
 
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  • Image of Ourselves [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:34 am
    “It is always true to some extent that we make our images of God. It is even truer that our image of God makes us. Eventually we become like the God we image. One of the most beautiful fruits of knowing the God of Jesus is a compassionate attitude towards ourselves… This is why Scripture attaches such importance to knowing God. Healing our image of God heals our image of ourselves.” Brennan Manning The Relentless Tenderness of Jesus, Brennan Manning (Revell, 1986), 24
  • Faith Cannot Help Doing Good [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    3 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
    Faith cannot help doing good works constantly. It doesn’t stop to ask if good works ought to be done, but before anyone asks, it already has done them and continues to do them without ceasing. Martin Luther “An Introduction to St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans,” Luther’s German Bible of 1522
  • Granting Us Peace with Others [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    19 May 2015 | 5:21 am
    God can turn foes into friends when he pleases. He that has all hearts in his hand has access to men’s spirits and power over them, working insensibly, but irresistibly upon them, can make a man’s enemies to be at peace with him, can change their minds, or force them into a feigned submission. He can slay all enemies, and bring those together that were at the greatest distance from each other. -Matthew Henry MATTHEW HENRY’S COMMENTARY|| Proverbs 16:7
  • Orange Conference Follow Along

    Jonathan Cliff
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:15 am
    This week I’ll be at The Orange Conference in Atlanta, GA seeing what is happening in and around the world of local church ministry to children, students, and families. I’ll be in breakouts, meeting with friends, and trying to update my social media feeds with those items that are curious, intriguing, and thoughtful. Orange Leaders Blog You’re accustomed to reading helpful leadership articles and event information from Orange Leaders blog. During conference, you’ll still receive detailed information about OC15, as well as information about Orange Tour and Orange Conference…
  • Unvisited Tombs [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:00 am
    “The growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” George Eliot Middlemarch, George Eliot
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    Shooting the Breeze

  • 7 steps to overcoming giants in our lives

    Kevin Martineau
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:15 am
    Everybody faces different giants throughout their lives. Even though we all face giants they come in different shapes and sizes. Sometimes these giants can be relationship issues. Sometimes they can be financial issues. Sometimes they can be work issues. What makes something appear to be a giant is thinking that we can’t overcome the situation; the situation seems impossible or at least it feels that way. The big question that needs to be asked and answered is: How do we overcome these giants? 7 steps to overcoming giants in our lives: (These steps are not original to me. I have adapted…
  • Authentic relationships require taking a risk

    Kevin Martineau
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:25 am
    In order to experience life to its fullest we need to have authentic relationships in our lives. We need to have relationships that go beyond the surface. We need to have relationships where we begin to take off our masks and begin revealing who we really are. In order for authentic relationships to be achieved, we must take a risk. When we risk and we begin to take off our mask, we are vulnerable. We could be hurt, but it is a risk that we cannot afford not to take. Authentic relationships require taking a risk It is scary to risk. It is incredible scary.  It puts as at a vulnerable point…
  • 2 benefits of authentic relationships

    Kevin Martineau
    25 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    If we are going to have authentic relationships we must start by taking off our masks and reveal who we really are.  We must get beyond the surface to what is really going on in our heart. This is scary, difficult and sometimes painful but it is also very rewarding! 2 benefits of authentic relationships 1.  We receive the support, the encouragement and the prayer that we need. People cannot read our minds. I know that sometimes we expect our spouses or our friends to read our minds – but they can’t! If we want to receive the support, the encouragement and the prayer we need, we…
  • Barriers to authentic relationships

    Kevin Martineau
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    There are many barriers to authentic relationships and they are all related to fear. When we fear authentic relationships we say things like: “If you knew me – really knew me – you may not like me – you may reject me. Since I am afraid of rejection, I can’t really get close to you or let you get close to me.” “If I am transparent and share my intimate thoughts and ideas – who I really am with you and you reject me it will crush me so I can’t really get close to you or let you get close to me.” “I have been transparent and shared my intimate thoughts before – I’ve…
  • What do authentic relationships look like?

    Kevin Martineau
    23 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    For most of my life I lived without true authentic relationships.  I hid behind a mask because I didn’t want people to know that I was hurting. I mean, the pastor is supposed to have it all together, right? The pastor is not supposed to have any problems, right? Believing these lies had a tremendous effect on my life. Believing these lies hindered me from experiencing authentic relationships. What do authentic relationships look like? I believe a huge component of authentic relationships is transparency. But what is transparency? I think a good place to start is by saying what…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • The Last Road in Yerington

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:28 am
    The Last Road in YeringtonThere is a road I’ve yet to travel.  It is not the longest or the most adventurous road I’ve traveled. It is not the first time I have driven this road, but It is the last road I will ever go down.  It will start at the corner of Main & Bridge Street.    The Wells Fargo Bank will be on the left and the Copeland Lumber Company will be on the right. It might be called something else now, but when I was a kid it stood there like a big orange square Jack-o-Lantern with its black cat logo.  Every time I went by it I would count how many…
  • You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Three)

    26 Apr 2015 | 7:30 pm
    You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Three)  ...You thought it was fun to watch grocery trucks unload or hair cuts.  Mac the barber cut “Baby Face Nelson’s hair” right in that very chair. (CB) & (MB)  ---You hung out at John’s Cafe hoping a friend with a car would let you drag Main with them. (CB)  ---if you didn’t drag in a car, you walked up and down Main until your feet got tired, then return to John’s Cafe or the F&B for a coke and some 25 cent order of french fries. (CB)… You remember hearing the “dart” trucks from the…
  • You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Two)

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:18 pm
    You May Be From Yerington In the 50’s-70’s If…. (Part Two)...You know which side of a dead cottonwood tree the edible mushrooms grow (MB)… When you are hunting, hiking or mushroom picking to close all the head gates and to pack out what you packed in. (MB),,,You love the aroma of new mowed alfalfa. (MB)...You remember the dog catcher patrolling on his 1930’s bike, but still question where the basted dogs sat. (MB)      ...You are a Giants fan who despises, no absolutely hated, the LA Dodgers.  Dodger blue makes you nauseated. (MB)...You remember when…
  • You’ve Stood the Test of Time

    15 Apr 2015 | 5:38 pm
    You’ve Stood the Test of Time      Today, my Aunt Connie is going on the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. with the vets to see the WWII veterans memorial and other sites.  This is a program put on by the University of Nevada.  It is completely paid for by volunteers.  Someone from Aunt Connie's church will be her chaperone.  My aunt, Carol Conrad McGee, was a WWII navy nurse.  She is now 94 years old.  This will be a challenging trip for her, but has a sweet determination to go.  On her trip, they’re going to have a “mail call” on…
  • Yerington’s 1950’s Kids Chase The Mosquito Truck

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Yerington’s 1950’s Kids Chase The Mosquito Truck A Memoir by Mary Burns(Published in the Mason Valley News in 1987)Burns Kids 1950'sMary BurnsThe year is 1959(ish) in a South Yerington neighborhood after dinner on hot July evening. Twenty or so juvenile type renegades come streaming out of our houses and start gathering on the big lawn.  Our tummies now full - we are ready for some action.  Could this be the night? It hasn’t happened in awhile. Maybe it will show tonight.  Twenty little kids, nauseous with anticipation, are impatiently shifting around the big lawn.
 
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • KKK Hosts Rally to Support Confederate Flag

    darganthompson
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Since the shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this month, the U.S. has been embroiled in debate about Confederate flags. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the flag’s removal from the state’s government buildings, and the state’s legislature is set to vote in early July on whether it will be taken down. Unsurprisingly, the Klu Klux Klan is not happy. A chapter of the Klan is planning a rally at the South Carolina statehouse on July 18 to show their support of the Confederate flag staying put. “It’s part of white people’s…
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Orders Ten Commandments Removed

    ACHanbury
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court today ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the state’s capitol, according to KOCO in Oklahoma City. The Court ruled that the monument, as a religious symbol, “violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion.” The 7-2 ruling overturns a previous decision by a lower court judge. The state’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt, said that the monument is historic, and that it parallels a similar monument in Texas, which the U.S. Supreme Court deemed constitutional. The Oklahoma justices said, however, that the…
  • Here’s a New Clip from Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

    Anonymous
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Marvel has released a new look at the upcoming big-budget adaptation Ant-Man, which hits theaters July 17. Sure, the suit looks cool and, like most Marvel flicks, the effects are impressive. But can Paul Rudd really make a movie about a superhero who has the power of ants compete with The Avengers? We will find out soon enough. In the meantime, here’s a clip of Ant-Man testing out his ant suit for the first time ...
  • The Art of Authentic Prayer

    ellerysadler
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    4 wrong attitudes we have about prayer Prayer is a strange and wonderful thing. It takes practice, and I’m still learning how it works—and I imagine it will be a life-long lesson. I’ve been keeping a daily prayer journal for a year and five months now, and I’ve learned a lot about prayer by doing that. I’ve also learn a lot about myself. Here are four things I’ve found that commonly sidetrack us from an effective, authentic prayer life:
  • Finally, Someone Put Nicolas Cage’s Face on Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Character

    Anonymous
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Redditor CarlosDanger100 has decided to use his Photoshop ability for the ultimate worthy cause: Putting Nicolas Cage’s face on every character in the show Game of Thrones. Even if you are not a fan of the controversial HBO show, it’s still fun to look through the images and imagine Cage in the role he was born to play: Every role on TV and film that has ever existed ...
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  • Time 4 Change

    Chilly
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:02 pm
    Tweet My family and I are on vacation for a few weeks… so this seems like the perfect time to make a BIG change! I’m SUPER HONORED by all of you who faithfully read, subscribe and share iChilly.com! With this in mind, we are going to TOTALLY redesign the site: this will include adding podcasts, videos, new posts and guest bloggers. My heart is to create a page specifically designed to provide discipleship, mentorship and leadership opportunities to people at ANY stage of maturity in Christ.  Hope this sounds fun! SO, we are taking down iChilly.com until early July.  We’ll…
  • Best Plans

    Chilly
    13 Jun 2015 | 8:03 am
    Tweet  … from my vacation journal For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29:11-14 God KNOWS my plan (even when I don’t) its a good plan it’s filled with hope God HEARS my…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • KKK Hosts Rally to Support Confederate Flag

    darganthompson
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Since the shooting at a historically black church in Charleston, South Carolina, earlier this month, the U.S. has been embroiled in debate about Confederate flags. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the flag’s removal from the state’s government buildings, and the state’s legislature is set to vote in early July on whether it will be taken down. Unsurprisingly, the Klu Klux Klan is not happy. A chapter of the Klan is planning a rally at the South Carolina statehouse on July 18 to show their support of the Confederate flag staying put. “It’s part of white people’s…
  • Oklahoma Supreme Court Orders Ten Commandments Removed

    ACHanbury
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:02 pm
    The Oklahoma Supreme Court today ordered the removal of a Ten Commandments monument from the state’s capitol, according to KOCO in Oklahoma City. The Court ruled that the monument, as a religious symbol, “violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion.” The 7-2 ruling overturns a previous decision by a lower court judge. The state’s attorney general, Scott Pruitt, said that the monument is historic, and that it parallels a similar monument in Texas, which the U.S. Supreme Court deemed constitutional. The Oklahoma justices said, however, that the…
  • Here’s a New Clip from Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’

    Anonymous
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Marvel has released a new look at the upcoming big-budget adaptation Ant-Man, which hits theaters July 17. Sure, the suit looks cool and, like most Marvel flicks, the effects are impressive. But can Paul Rudd really make a movie about a superhero who has the power of ants compete with The Avengers? We will find out soon enough. In the meantime, here’s a clip of Ant-Man testing out his ant suit for the first time ...
  • The Art of Authentic Prayer

    ellerysadler
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    4 wrong attitudes we have about prayer Prayer is a strange and wonderful thing. It takes practice, and I’m still learning how it works—and I imagine it will be a life-long lesson. I’ve been keeping a daily prayer journal for a year and five months now, and I’ve learned a lot about prayer by doing that. I’ve also learn a lot about myself. Here are four things I’ve found that commonly sidetrack us from an effective, authentic prayer life:
  • Finally, Someone Put Nicolas Cage’s Face on Every ‘Game of Thrones’ Character

    Anonymous
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Redditor CarlosDanger100 has decided to use his Photoshop ability for the ultimate worthy cause: Putting Nicolas Cage’s face on every character in the show Game of Thrones. Even if you are not a fan of the controversial HBO show, it’s still fun to look through the images and imagine Cage in the role he was born to play: Every role on TV and film that has ever existed ...
 
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    Faith Barista » How Rest Remade My Heart as a Mom and the Hearts of My Children (A Special Podcast with Kat Lee Inspired to Action) | Faith Barista

  • How Rest Remade My Heart as a Mom and the Hearts of My Children (A Special Podcast with Kat Lee Inspired to Action)

    Bonnie Gray
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:05 am
    Rest. It’s not something moms often give themselves permission to enjoy. But, making room for rest and prioritizing nurturing my heart hasn’t just changed my relationship with God.  It’s completely remade me as a mother — and it’s transformed how I parent and how I view my children.  And most incredibly beautiful, it’s transforming the hearts of my children and given me a growing confidence to guide and build deep, authentic relationships with Josh and Caleb. Before finding spiritual whitespace, my life as mom felt like an ending test of strength and will and…
  • Healing When You Carry Your Father’s Wounds

    Bonnie Gray
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:05 am
    Some of us grow up — or end up — soaking up the wounds of those we love.   We may have found the inner strength in those moments to carry ourselves through.  But, there will come a time to remember.  There will come a time to heal. Happy Father’s Day.  May this post today bring encouragement to your heart today. This story became a chapter in my book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest. I hope it brings you close to God as Heavenly Father who calls you beloved. As is.   I was standing in the toy store aisle.  Frozen. I didn’t know…
  • Little Ways to Be Present First Thing In the Morning (The Better Life by Claire Diaz-Ortiz)

    Bonnie Gray
    19 Jun 2015 | 12:05 am
    Mornings are sometimes  difficult for me. Little things can surround my thoughts before my feet swing out of bed.  To do lists, emails to write/return, questions, and a random spattering of ideas I really wanted to do yesterday, but never did. If I’m not careful, all these little things can rob me of a new day.  But, if direct my thoughts to what feeds my soul, it can shape the shape of my heart. Instead of allowing my heart to start reliving yesterday’s worries, I create space to enjoy the gift of a new day.  The gift of a new day.  It’s the most beautiful gift from…
  • 5 Ways to Remember Father’s Day Even If You Don’t Have Dad

    Bonnie Gray
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:05 am
    {my images are free goodies for you to enjoy & share.} Is Father’s Day worth remembering when you don’t have a daddy? Since my daddy left when I was five, I’ve never really had a hard time with Father’s Day. I described it to my friends this way whenever they ask if it was sad growing up without one — I don’t feel anything. It’s probably like being born without a limb. You can’t miss what you’ve never had. Now that I’m not a kid any more, I don’t have to lie. It was sad — because I can never know what it’s like…
  • 4 Ways To Let Grace In Instead of Guilt

    Bonnie Gray
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:05 am
    “real freedom is freedom from the opinion of others. above all, freedom from your own opinions about yourself.”  brennan manning Every day I wrote Finding Spiritual Whitespace, the critical voice in me would say, “Who do you think you are? You think someone wants to read this? Don’t waste your time.” Maybe you hear similar voices about your own art or about spending time or attention on something you enjoy — a seed that’s planted in you. You keep checking the soil of your heart, doubting it, thinking it fell there by accident. But it’s still…
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    Mr. Garner Goes To Washington

  • This Is How Love Wins...

    Rick Garner
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:16 am
  • Reflecting on the Past

    Rick Garner
    8 May 2015 | 8:02 am
    It's always healthy to do some personal maintenance. To look back over the course of your life, vocation, or other aspects and consider if you're on the best path. Recently, I started reading my blog from the beginning. I was surprised that I'd forgotten certain details or emotions of some recorded moments. This is the beauty of journaling  or blogging: capturing moments for history.When I started this blog, it was actually a Yahoo Group called "Mr. Garner Goes To Washington." Blogs weren't such the rage in 2004 but they soon would be. My posts focused my experiences as one who'd never…
  • Mississippi, The Last Shall Be First

    Rick Garner
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Scripture refers to how the last shall be first. I love how God likes to turn on its head what we think is right or the way things should be. Jesus, from His foretold arrival, birth, ministry, and to His death was the personification of this.It doesn't surprise me when I read reports about how Mississippi is last in this and backwards at that. Reports likely written by folks who've never been to the Magnolia State.On paper, Mississippi may seem like a lost cause or a worthless investment. Too hot, too unstable, and too backwards to be worth taking a second look.She's so much more.Being in the…
  • Hailing Frequencies Closed

    Rick Garner
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Leonard Nimoy, the multi-talented man who simply was Mr. Spock, is dead at 83. In many respects, one cannot think of Star Trek without thinking of Spock. His character was somewhat replicated in other series such as Voyager and Enterprise but no one could compare to the original Vulcan.Recently, I introduced my daughter to Star Trek. She already has a love for Star Wars but to truly appreciate Star Trek requires starting with The Original Series. We've watched over a dozen episodes of the first season. Her favorite character is Spock. She enjoys "his look" with raised eyebrow often directed…
  • My Icy Valentine

    Rick Garner
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:31 am
    Valentine's Day 2015 was a bit different than most. It was the first Valentine's Day that I recall being apart from my Valentine, Kim. Georgia has had a stomach bug for a few days, so she wasn't feeling up to a daddy-daughter date. And to cap it off, Georgia and I got stranded on an icy road.Ok, so that's all sounding a bit dramatic. Let's break this down. Kim and her sister wanted to surprise their mom with a visit and this weekend worked out best. It's been a great visit.Not entirely sure what's up with G's tummy but it hasn't been right for a few days. Nothing severe but I'm optimistic…
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  • Affliction

    Jay Cookingham
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:57 am
    I am sharing a movie my son Joshua made on Lamentations 3. One of his favorite passages in Scriptures. There's a powerful message in this...I hope it ministers to you.
  • What Life Does

    Jay Cookingham
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Its funny what life does to a man’s heart, the twists and turns of living on this planet places you in jeopardy by asking a simple question.Why am I here?The answer—not simple at all—challenges me on a daily basis, causing moments of deep panic because I have no response and then intoxicating me with thrilling moments when I “get” the intent of the question.The question is an invitation“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12Following Messiah helps me with the…
  • The Big Question

    Jay Cookingham
    27 May 2015 | 11:15 am
    I've share my testimony in blog posts, sermons, men's events and one-on-one counseling sessions... it is time for something new.At the encouragement of my wife and much prayer, I started a new writing project. "My Story of Freedom: Forgiveness and Letting Go" is the story/testimony of how God transformed my life. How does one recover from growing up in an abusive home? This book will chronicle all the life events that Father God used to set me free and help answer that question. And it's a big question. Approximately 1.8 million adolescents in the United States have been the victims of sexual…
  • The Gain of Losing

    Jay Cookingham
    13 May 2015 | 9:05 am
      For over a month now my spirit seems unsettled and living on the edge of something I can't quite understand. This particular discomfort is like looking over your shoulder and expecting something or someone to be behind you but finding only your imagination at work. Not creepy but puzzling just the same. It seems to be a mixture of anticipation and uncertainty... throwing in a dash of curiosity and you have a hint of what I'm feeling lately. Not "bad" but uncomfortable, not anxious but so "not sure" of why I'm feeling this way. And I'm OK with that. It could be connected to being…
  • Unrecognizable?

    Jay Cookingham
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
       This is a post from last year but I felt I should share it again, it helped me refocus on the power and the and severity of the story of our Messiah. I hope it touches you. – Jay Cookingham Unrecognizable? My neighbors shouted for me to hurry, to drop what I was doing and follow them. They ran ahead, their excited voices forcibly joining the crowd we were running towards. The last thing I heard clearly was… He was coming. The air was filled with dust and anger, and in fear, I almost turned back. Instead, I jostled for position against the mob that lined the street. I flexed…
 
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  • Talking to kids about Baptism & how we changed it

    Gina
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:10 am
      Like many other ministry leaders, baptism for elementary age kids is something we evaluate often. Most of the time we’re asking ourselves, “How can we make this better?” There are 3 key aspects to the baptism process that we pay close attention to: the Child’s Understanding; the Parent’s Perspective; the Ongoing Conversation. the Child’s Understanding We want to do a great job ‘vetting’ kids who express interest in baptism to ensure that they have made a faith decision and are able to articulate that decision in their own words. For some kids, the story of their…
  • Orange Week: Best Breakout Session

    Gina
    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Originally posted 2011-02-09 20:05:32. Republished by Blog Post PromoterSometimes Kyle and I watch that Food Network show: Best Thing I Ever Ate.  Not sure why.  Personally I think it’s torture to watch someone talk about an amazing food that would require a plane ride to enjoy. I guess, in a sense, I’m doing the same thing today.  Sharing with you my favorite breakout session from past Orange Conferences could evoke some frustrations knowing that it might require a plane ride for you to enjoy it.  However… the plane ride is worth it. Every year that I attend Orange I…
  • God has a sense of humor…

    Gina
    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Originally posted 2007-03-16 03:19:38. Republished by Blog Post PromoterWe all know it’s true! Yesterday I blogged about getting involved in the ‘messy’ side of ministry. Working an event at the church tonight. A woman randomely walks in. The event was not advertised publicly so I’m confident she did not know something was happening that night. I believe she saw the lights on and figured it was a safe place to stop. We fed her, gave her hot coffee and spent a few minutes talking with her. No heroic moves by any standard… but nice to stop and chat with someone…
  • Living Life in the ‘But’

    Gina
    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    Originally posted 2013-02-06 12:30:42. Republished by Blog Post Promoter “I know, but…” This has to be the single most limiting factor in my own personal growth today. It smacks of conceit, doesn’t it. It means I possess knowledge & understanding that I’m unwilling to apply.  Plain and simple. I know that eating less sweets would help me lose weight, but… I know exercising regularly will give me more energy, but… I know that turning my phone off in the evening would result in increased attention to the people that matter most in my life,…
  • Celebrating Wins_the ‘Hole’ I keep stepping in…

    Gina
    21 May 2015 | 7:28 am
    If you were to have a moment with any of the people I lead (staff or volunteers) you would learn far more about me than this blog reveals. Though I know that statement doesn’t shock anyone, I think it’s worth stating. Please don’t be deceived by the ‘me’ represented on this blog. It’s only a part of who I am… as a leader, as a parent, as a wife, as a Christ-follower. It only tells part of the story.  And typically the parts that make me look good. Now that that’s out of the way. Can we get a little ‘real’ here? I stink at…
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    Natalie Snapp

  • Getting Past The Pretty Front Porch (Join me @ Women of Faith)

    Natalie Snapp
    21 Jun 2015 | 9:03 pm
    I interrupt this unofficial writing sabbatical to share a post I wrote recently for Women of Faith – and yes, I’m super honored they invited me to do so. I mean, super. So many of us feel like we have to put-on a beautiful front. We have to maintain an image of perfection – of course,  our house is always this picked-up and we didn’t just stress our entire family out for two days before hosting a gathering. Of course our marriage is great – we never fight or argue over the toilet seat. Of course our children eat organic and local. Of course. But the truth is . .
  • Heart Sisters Necklaces Are Here!

    Natalie Snapp
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    You’ve all been so patient and guess what??!!! You can now order Heart Sisters necklaces! Alison from Hammered by Naptime is selling four different styles but get this – she will customize, too. She’s pretty amazing like that. Have you seen her work? It’s fab.u.lous. You can visit her on Facebook here – be sure to hit “Like” so you can stay-up on specials and new products. Her pieces make amazing gifts! And speaking of gifts . . . Heart Sisters necklaces make great gifts for YOUR Heart Sisters – or yourself. Because, the thing is, these…
  • For When God Tells You To Be Quiet

    Natalie Snapp
    7 Jun 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Gosh, I know. It’s been quiet around here lately because, really . . . I just feel like God has been telling me to be still and be quiet. In this loud world of social media, being still and quiet isn’t always valued.  In fact, I once thought those who remained quiet were boring. Lacked pizazz. Bumps on a log. Clearly, I lacked wisdom and didn’t understand much about people. But maybe God calls us to be quiet because He wants us to think. Spend time with Him. Pray. Focus on our family. Rest. As I scroll through my own social media feeds, I read opinions about Bruce/Caitlyn.
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    Christianity 201

  • The Sin of Self-Importance

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    We end the month with a return visit to a blog with an unusual name, re-Ver(sing) Verses.  I love the format used there each day, when you click the title below, take a minute to look through other recent devotionals. (The format is also a good model how of to present Bible study material.) 3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church, but Diotrephes, who loves to be first, will not welcome us. 3 John 1:9 | NIV | Other Versions | Context Brief By the time John got to writing the book of 3 John, it was understood that he was already very old, nearing a hundred. By then all the other apostles had been…
  • Redefining What it Means to be ‘Spiritually Deep’

    paulthinkingoutloud
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:25 pm
    People who read a blog with a title like Christianity 201 crave spiritual depth. A teacher who presents historical background we’ve never heard. A preacher who exhorts his audience to strive for higher levels of commitment. An academic who connects the dots from text “A” to text “B” and both of them to text “C.” An author whose preferred style means that every page is heavy with deep truths. A blogger who mines the classic Christian writers and shines new light on those lost works. And I am in favor of all five of those. But what is true depth? What…
  • Maybe They’ve Never Seen The Real Christ

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Francis Chan in the book, ChurchLeaders.Com Top 100 (2012): As Christians in America, we often complain about how antagonistic people are toward Christ.  Personally, I’m not sure that Americans are really rejecting Christ.  Maybe they just haven’t seen Him. Try to be COMPLETELY honest with yourself right now.  Is the following true of you? You passionately love Jesus, but you don’t really want to be like Him. You admire His humility, but you don’t want to be THAT humble. You think it’s beautiful that he washed the feet of the disciples, but that’s not…
  • When Values Shift

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    While we normally leave the topical subjects for the Thinking Out Loud blog, there is no denying that today (Saturday, June 27) the United States woke up having entered a whole new era. Something that was once illegal (and still is in many places) and was considered an abberation (according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM) is now the law of the land, mandated by a constitutional ruling by the Supreme Court. Now, I don’t wish to discuss the particular issue here, but rather, I simply want to note that we’ve seen over the last few years leading…
  • Perfection Bore Our Penalty

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Today’s thoughts are from a first-time source here, the Living By Faith blog written by Steve Fuller. You are, as always, encouraged to click the title link below to read this at source and then visit the rest of the site. As you’ll see, the video below is part of today’s meditation. How Worship Transformed Me (“Grace so Glorious”) Longing for More We are seeing God work in amazing ways here in Abu Dhabi. But at the same time, I’ve been longing for God to do in me what Paul prays inEphesians 3:16-17— … that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to…
 
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Head Plan Historic Meeting

    Worthy News Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    (Worthy News)–An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on June 28th, the UK Independent reported. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054. The meeting between the head of the 1.2 billion member Roman Catholic Church and the head of Russian Orthodox Church – which counts some 165…
  • 10 Commandments Statue Must Be Removed, Oklahoma Supreme Court Rules

    Worthy News Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:19 pm
    (Worthy News)– A Ten Commandments monument on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds is a religious symbol and must be removed because it violates the state's constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court said the Ten Commandments chiseled into the 6-foot-tall granite monument, which was privately funded by a Republican legislator, are "obviously religious in nature and are an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths." The 7-2 ruling overturns a decision by a district court judge who determined the…
  • Iran nuke talks deadline extended to July 7

    Worthy News Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:24 am
    (Worthy News)– U.S. and Iranian negotiators in Vienna on Tuesday agreed to extend a deadline for an agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear program until July 7, as sticking points remained, the USA Today reported. The deadline was originally set to expire Tuesday night. The preliminary measures have been prolonged to July 7 "to allow more time for negotiations to reach a long-term solution … on the Iran nuclear issue," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said, according to the Associated Press. Earlier Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry met with Iran's…
  • EU to push for same sex marriages to be accepted across continent

    Worthy News Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:37 am
    (Worthy News)– Same sex marriage should be legal across Europe, a senior EU official has said, as he gave his backing to campaigners who argue that unions should be recognized under freedom of movement rules, the Telegraph reported. Frans Timmermans, the vice president of the European Commission, said it was a "disgrace" that some European countries do not recognise same-sex partnerships formed elsewhere in the union. The Commission, the executive arm of the EU, should lobby for same-sex marriages across the 28-nation bloc, he said. —Source
  • Putin calls on Middle East nations to unite behind Assad in fight against 'evil' in Syria

    Worthy News Staff
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:43 am
    (Worthy News)– In a surprise meeting with Syria's foreign minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged his support Monday for Syrian President Bashar Assad and called on all Middle East nations to join forces to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant militants, the Associated Press reported. The war in Syria, which began with protests in March 2011, has killed more than 220,000 people. Russia, which has traditionally strong ties to Syria, has been seen as a key to a peaceful solution and has previously rebuffed suggestions that Assad’s resignation could help end the…
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    Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotion

  • Unify, Around Our King

    George Whitten
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions. 1 Chronicles 12:38 All these men of war, who could keep ranks, came to Hebron with a loyal heart, to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest of Israel were of one mind to make David king. The mighty men that followed David were of one mind and heart to make him King. Their recognition of David's anointing may have been the most significant quality of these Mighty Men. What was it in David that drew out this deep loyalty? I believe it was God's Holy Spirit which David received when Samuel anointed him king.[1 Samuel 16:13].
  • Have an Undivided Heart!

    George Whitten
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:53 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions. 1 Chronicles 12:33 Of Zebulun, there were 50,000 who went out in the army, who could draw up in battle formation with all kinds of weapons of war and helped David with an undivided heart. Colossians 3:23-25 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. 50,000 soldiers from the tribe of Zebulun served in David's army with UNDIVIDED (some translations: "not…
  • Understand the Times!

    George Whitten
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:18 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions. 1 Chronicles 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment. Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. Among the mighty men of David were those of the tribe of Issachar whose special gift was their understanding of the times, a gift of prophetic insight; and this…
  • You're Helping to Build the Army of God!

    George Whitten
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:50 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 1 Chronicles 12:21-22 And they helped David against the bands of raiders, for they were all mighty men of valor, and they were captains in the army. For at that time they came to David day by day to help him, until it was a great army, like the army of God. Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. A program by National Geographic gives a powerful illustration for us. In the great annual wildebeest migration in…
  • Stand Alongside Your Brother!

    George Whitten
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:42 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Christian Devotions 1 Chronicles 12:16-18 Then some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah came to David at the stronghold. And David went out to meet them, and answered and said to them, "If you have come peaceably to me to help me, my heart will be united with you; but if to betray me to my enemies, since there is no wrong in my hands, may the God of our fathers look and bring judgment." Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, chief of the captains, and he said: "We are yours, O David; We are on your side, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, And…
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    (in)courage

  • When You Feel Like You Don’t Really Belong

    Ann Voskamp
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Someone has to be that Mother. That mother who drives a full 3 hours to the border with a packed mini-van and anxious kids and creeps through a 20-minute traffic backup under the hot beating sun — only to rifle through her wallet and look up feebly to tell the custom’s officer she doesn’t have birth certificates for 2 of her children. So that would be me. “Do you have any ID at all — for either one of them?” The custom’s officer asks it gently. Like he doesn’t want to push the flustered and flailing over any imagined or very real edge. He…
  • Always the New Girl

    Kris Power
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:10 pm
    As a child, we moved every two to three years for my dad’s job, which equated to six moves, and more than a dozen houses (including a family friend’s house and a motel) before I graduated from high school. This also meant that I was always the new girl. As soon as I would make new friends, it was time to move again. This was exciting when I was in grade school, but it had harder effects as I approached the teenage years. While it was true that we collected many amazing friends as we traversed the Texas Panhandle, I consistently longed for the deep, long-lasting friendships that I saw in…
  • Heads Up

    Stephanie Bryant
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:20 pm
    If the Holy Spirit has given you a heads up, a deep feeling, a thought that permeates, or a vision that’s clearly from the Lord . . . run with it. My husband and I have talked and dreamed about having land and a farm for almost five years. Some seasons with different intensity, but one or both was always passionately hopeful. I knew my newfound focus for the country life and agri-preneurship was not something I could have manufactured. I was the girl who grew up in the burbs and had very different plans for my life. After college, I was going to climb the corporate ladder…
  • A Sunday Scripture

    incourage
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:20 pm
      “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” {Psalm 27:4, NIV} One Thing . . . Kids will sometimes ask each other: “If you could have just one wish granted, what would it be?” Their answers will vary from “a bazillion dollars” to “a pet dog.” It’s not a bad question to ask ourselves either. Oftentimes our answer will reveal what is currently happening in our hearts. What is the one thing your…
  • When We Need to Lament

    Alia Joy
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:20 pm
    The sheet breaks loose from the gurney and the plastic mattress lurches up like a belch when I curl myself fetal. I struggle to position myself away from my body. To push my synapses away from muscle and bone and receptors and find solace in the quiet hush of a body without pain. But the agony lives in me. How does one escape what hurts from the inside out? So the doctors scribble on notepads and send for more tests. They tap my veins with gloved fingers and swab me with the cool sting of alcohol before filling vials to send off. They send for specialists. I hold my breath for the count of…
 
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    Plough Weekly

  • A Prayer for the Fourth of July

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:28 am
    I thank Thee this day for the gift of my country, for its beauty, its inner and outer wealth, its strength, its growth, its abundance, its spirit of can do, its uniqueness... But, Father, have mercy on us...
  • Homage to a Broken Man

    29 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    Those who knew J. Heinrich Arnold later in life wondered at the way people were drawn to this strange man with a thick accent and easy smile. In his presence, complete strangers poured out their darkest secrets and left transformed. Others wanted him dead.
  • Life Together in the Spirit

    26 Jun 2015 | 12:36 pm
    In this fresh approach to Christian spirituality, John Driver shows that the spirituality of the disciples and the early Christian church included every dimension of life.
  • Why We Need Stories Like Homage to a Broken Man

    26 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    The mysteries of goodness and redemption become apparent when we find companions like those brought to life in the pages of this book, in unassuming and patient leaders like J. Heinrich Arnold.
  • Insights on Peacemaking

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:42 am
    “Even ‘just wars’ and ‘legitimate defense’ bring vengeance in their train. ... God’s forgiveness creates the possibility of an entirely new future. The cross breaks the cycle of violence.”
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    Cheryl Cope

  • Book Review: TOX-SICK: From Toxic to not Sick by Suzanne Somers

    Cheryl Cope
    16 Jun 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Book Review: TOX-SICK: From Toxic to not Sick by Suzanne Somers First off I would like to say that this book is scholarly. It’s 367 pages long and 29 pages of that are lists of medical journal articles for further … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Self Deliverance by K. A. Schneider

    Cheryl Cope
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Book Review: Self Deliverance by K. A. Schneider This book is all about how to minister deliverance to yourself. I believe in the whole concept of self deliverance and this book was very easy to read, easy to understand, and … Continue reading →
  • What is the Fear of the Lord?

    Cheryl Cope
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:43 am
    What is the Fear of the Lord? Webster’s 1828 dictionary says fear of the Lord is: “In scripture, fear is used to express a filial or a slavish passion. In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe … Continue reading →
  • Joy Quotes and Scriptures part 3

    Cheryl Cope
    1 Jun 2015 | 3:47 am
    Joy Quotes and Scriptures part 3 To tweet these verses or quotes, simply click where it says “click to tweet”, and a new window will open up enabling you to send your tweet. . To pin these verses or quotes, … Continue reading →
  • Joy Quotes and Scriptures part 2

    Cheryl Cope
    27 May 2015 | 3:24 am
    Joy Quotes and Scriptures part 2 To tweet these verses or quotes, simply click where it says “click to tweet”, and a new window will open up enabling you to send your tweet. . To pin these verses or quotes, … Continue reading →
 
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    mnphysicists theological blog

  • Ponderings on SSM

    Ron Amundson
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:08 pm
    As pretty much everyone is aware, SCOTUS ruled in favor of SSM on Friday. Many celebrated with rainbow colored pictures, some expressed sadness and disagreement, and more than a few expressed great hate, anger, and condemnation.  Its ok to disagree with the ruling, but when the fruits of the spirit get cast aside and replaced with hate we (Christianity in general) have a big problem I wrote on World Vision’s local church SSM autonomy policy and reversal about 15 months ago, where in I focused on folks who possess other than strong faith. Folks responses to Friday’s decision…
  • Ponderings on Memorial Day

    Ron Amundson
    25 May 2015 | 7:41 pm
    In my younger days, I pretty much lived at the airport. My boss, a member of the greatest generation, an Air Force Colonel, and a B17 captain had started a civilian flight school post retirement. Every once in a while he’d show me a letter from the USAF where they wanted him to return, and had even carved out some loopholes in order to make it possible for folks of his age… He often said it was tempting, but then he’d say “I like my life the way it is”. At 60+, he’d gotten married just a few years before and had a young son. It was a totally new life for…
  • And the Rose Petals Went Flying

    Ron Amundson
    25 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    Yesterday was Pentecost Sunday… the word for the day is wow. One of the big things my old buddy emphasized in our hard core candor filled convo was “Let the Holy Spirit guide you”. A most appropriate set of words of wisdom for the 7th week of Easter just prior to Pentecost. Alas, like a lot of things, words said on one day don’t necessarily hit home until later, ie the last thing I was thinking of when we talked was the liturgical year… well, in going over the lectionary on Friday, things hit home and it was like, “isn’t this fascinating!” but…
  • Waiting for my Batteries to Recharge

    Ron Amundson
    23 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    In my state of brain fade, I forgot to recharge my 18V batteries. As a result, no string trimming, no hedge trimming, and I only got a tiny bit of tilling done before the last remaining one took a dive… so its writing time. So, establishing a new normal… how? My buddies suggestion of some sort of impulse to clear my head logically makes sense. He said, get out of your element for a week, and then jump back into the fray… ok, but there are so many elements I’m into, been into, or entered and left, the easy possibilities are few and far between. One thought I had was to…
  • One Month has Passed

    Ron Amundson
    23 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    Yesterday was a freaky day, not one crash and burn thing. My guess this has a lot more to do with a cloud of witnesses praying for me, than it does any internal stuff getting fixed, but either way such is pretty cool. Its pretty freaky, in that my old tech group has really rallied to my aid. Its not that they did, as for the most part we’ve all been there for one another over the years… but the fact that God is using this bunch of guys to speak to me. Its a fascinating thing to interact in such a fashion as we’re normally chasing electrons and/or trying to solve the…
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

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

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

    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe're so glad you took the time to visit our blog.  We were based near Budapest, Hungary, serving as missionaries for four years.   However, we are currently based in the United States with the same goal of helping fulfill the Great Commission. 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 official website for Doulos Missions…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - June 2015

    30 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: The Difference Between a Disciple and a BelieverAll Our Deeds Are Known to the LordA Time for Everything  Your Rewards Are Based on Your Practice  (updated!) Confrontational Evangelism (updated!)Is it a Sin to Take Medicine? (updated!) Alcohol and Cigarettes -- Ten Divine Revelations (updated!)The Bodily Form of God the Father  (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…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - May 2015

    1 May 2015 | 10:05 pm
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: Confrontational EvangelismThe Love of JesusAlcohol and Cigarettes -- Ten Divine Revelations (updated!)The Bodily Form of God the Father  (updated!)The Law of Christ (updated!)The Spirit's Law of Life (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

  • The Tale of Entrails

    Howard Schaap
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Caesar. What say the augurers? Servant. They would not have you to stir forth to-day. Plucking the entrails of an offering forth, They could not find a heart within the beast. Compared to freshman year’s Romeo and Juliet, I loved sophomore year’s Julius Caesar. I loved all the weirdness, from the lioness whelping in the streets to the slave with the burning hand to dreams of bathing in blood. Then, all that oratory stirring up men to mad revenge—it was almost enough to make politics cool. But it was the whelping lioness—love that word, whelping—and the stormy weather and the crazy…
  • The Motivation of Art

    Joy and Matthew Steem
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    It is surely something worthy of merit that G.K. Chesterton’s quotable words have been equally employed by those from both right and left of spectrum. Rarely can an individual be used thusly. Perhaps this is because it is so easy to capitulate to the laziness of polarization. Anyway, in an angsty mood I was looking for easy ammunition from GKC. While thumbing through Chesterton titles, I stopped at Utopia of Usurers. Cute, right? To be honest, I was looking for easy ammunition against materialism. Indolence often reaches for the easy weapon, and I was guilty. Happily though, Chesterton in…
  • This Is So Late

    Adie Smith
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    This blog is late. I don’t mean a couple days after deadline. No, I mean it’s-been-months-and-I-still-haven’t-found-a-topic-to-write-about late. I have so many emails sitting in my inbox kindly, and more recently, desperately, asking me if I have a blog written yet. And would I please, please, please write something? This week, a biography of the New Yorker journalist, Joseph Mitchell hit bookstore shelves. A reporter who immersed himself in the mid-century streets of New York City to capture the eccentric of the everyday, Mitchell immortalized a city between modernism and what came…
  • Boyhood, Birdman and the Problem of Existence, Part 3

    Drew Trotter
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    In my last two blog posts, I have tried to show how both Boyhood and Birdman seem bent on resurrecting a philosophy popular in the 1960’s: existentialism. While Boyhood seems to give a hopeful spin to its form of it, Birdman presents a much darker picture, linking existentialism to what was commonly thought then was the only truly authentic act in the face of the death of God: suicide. Albert Camus fought this notion, but many under the influence particularly of Friedrich Nietzsche, embraced it thoroughly. Now, I am a Christian theologian, and I believe that Christianity spends a lot of…
  • Lenny Bruce

    Paul Luikart
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    I get a lot of reading done sitting on the can. Evidently there’s something about filling my nostrils with my own stench that also makes me want to fill my mind. If I were smarter I’d conduct some Pavlovian-type research to see if the smell of crap actually increases my brain’s neuroplasticity. (DAMN. There’s a word that’ll make you slap your mama upside the prefrontal cortex. But let me tell on myself: Wikipedia.) Right next to my commode is a basket of books and magazines. The current selections include Madeline L’Engle’s Walking on Water, a Runner’s World that’s a couple…
 
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    Catholic News World

  • Free Movie : "The Detective" from Father Brown Mysteries - Stars Alec Guinness - 1954

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:32 am
    The Detective (1954) "Father Brown" (original title) | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 1 November 1954 (USA) Works of art are disappearing, stolen by a master thief, a master of disguise. Father Brown has two goals: to catch the thief and to save his soul. Director: Robert Hamer Writers: G.K. Chesterton (stories), Thelma Schnee (adaptation), Stars: Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch |
  • Fr. Robert Barron on Gay Marriage & the Breakdown of Moral Argument

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:13 am
    WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE: MARRIAGE AND THE ROOM OF TEARSby Fr. Robert BarronJune 29, 2015 - Shared from WordOnFire.orgJust last week, I had the privilege of spending four hours in the Sistine Chapel with my Word on Fire team. Toward the end of our filming, the director of the Vatican Museums, who had accompanied us throughout the process, asked whether I wanted to see the “Room of Tears.” This is the little antechamber, just off of the Sistine Chapel, where the newly-elected Pope repairs in order to change into his white cassock. Understandably, tears begin to flow in that room, once the…
  • Latest News from #Vatican and #PopeFrancis at #HolySee to SHARE

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    30-06-2015 - Year XXII - Num. 121 Summary- Jews and Christians believe that God is revealed to man through His Word- Pope Francis greets Benedict XVI before the Pope emeritus' two-week stay in Castel Gandolfo- Pope Francis' prayer intentions for July- Programme of the Pope's trip to Cuba and the U.S.A. and his visit to the United Nations- The Pope to the new metropolitan archbishops- Angelus: the legacy of Sts Peter and Paul is a source of pride for Rome- Angelus: faith is touching Jesus and receiving the grace that saves us- The Pope's…
  • Today's Mass Readings and Video : Tues. June 30, 2015

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:51 am
    Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 372Reading 1GN 13:2, 5-18Abram was very rich in livestock, silver, and gold.Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,so that the land could not support them if they stayed together;their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together.There were quarrels between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestockand those of Lot’s.(At this time the Canaanites and the Perizziteswere occupying the land.)So Abram said to Lot:“Let there be no strife between you and me,or between your herdsmen and mine, for we are…
  • Saint June 30 : Protomartyrs of Rome

    Jesus Caritas Est
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    Protomartyrs of RomeFeast: June 30Information:Feast Day:June 30 Many martyrs who suffered death under Emperor Nero (r. 54-68). Owing to their executions durin the reign of Nero, they are called the Neronian Martyrs, and they are also termed "the Protomartys of Rome," being honored by the site in the Vatican City called the Piazza of the Protomartyrs. These early Christians were disciples of the Apostles, and they endured hideous tortures and ghastly deaths following the burning of Rome in the infamous fire of 62. Their dignity in suffering, and their fervor to the end, did not provide Nero or…
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    Plaigia

  • Prophetic Soaking – Arise Up Oh Warrior

    Todd
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:34 am
    Watch this Video: This is a portion from, “Arise Up Oh Warrior,” a prophetic soaking CD by Graham Cooke “Be immersed in the Word and the Spirit.  Let it flow into you, allow it to fill you.  Let your heart go towards the Lord.  Rejoice, be filled, be excited.  Allow all the tensions of what your are NOT, to disappear, and let your heart be touched by God. Listen with your heart. Really. Listen. With your heart. And the allow the enthusiasm of God to overwhelm you. Let’s begin … ” – Graham Cooke You can purchase Graham’s books and…
  • Deliverance

    Todd
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder Shares From ISIS Country This message comes from Gadera – where Jesus exorcised the Gadarene demoniac … John Crowder discusses the topic of deliverance, while bringing a missions team to Jordan only minutes from the border of the Syrian civil war where ISIS and radical Islamic factions are at war. “Holiness is not the absence of sin, it is the presence of God.” – John Crowder 1 John 4:7-21 God Is Love 7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 The one who does…
  • The Trinity

    Todd
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Watch this Video: Enjoy a taste of Cana New Wine Seminary with this full-length message on the Trinity from guest speaker Dr. C. Baxter Kruger. John 1  The Deity of Jesus Christ 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. The Witness John 6 There came a man sent from God,…
  • Understanding James in Light of Grace

    Todd
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:01 am
    Check out these Videos: In the series of videos below Paul White delves into the life of and the book of James, Jesus brother. “What I really want to do tonight is introduce the book of James. And to do that we have to do what we always do with a new book, but we have to do it almost on steroids, with James. Whereas with every book we’ll say to you who wrote it, who they wrote it to, why they wrote it, when they wrote it. With James we have to spend special amounts of time on all of those questions. Because its that context that makes the book of James so vital, and so important…
  • How We Live as Believers

    Todd
    10 Jun 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Watch this Video: Tim Keller continues to explore Grace and the story of Naaman Watch Part 1 >> “This is one of the main points of the Bible.  You and I have been conditioned to believe that if you have any problems, the problems come from somebody or some circumstance out there. And the solution to those problems you can find deep inside. For the last 20 years, every single made for America movie has basically had this theme – ‘ you got problems, but you can do it. you have all it takes inside, you’ve got to look inside, you have to reach down, and you have…
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    Will Mancini

  • 46 Ways to Use Periscope in Local Church Ministry

    VRCurator
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    A guest post from Bryan Rose, one of Auxano’s Lead Navigators. As the social media app Periscope continues to grow in popularity, an ever-increasing number of church leaders are leaning in to this emerging tool as an opportunity to connect and transfer vision. Periscope videos are public broadcasts viewable by anyone, with notifications that are sent to your followers and to your Twitter feed when you “go live.” However, there is also a private broadcasting feature which allows the user to limit potential viewers to a select group of followers. Given this functionality, the…
  • 12 Startling Reasons to Practice Long Term Thinking in Ministry

    VRCurator
    28 May 2015 | 2:27 am
    I have never been more excited to put a tool in the hand of church leaders. God Dreams is my fourth book and I’m currently in the writing home stretch with Warren Bird, who’s been an amazing collaborator. The subtitle is 12 Templates for Finding and Focusing Your Church’s Future. Here is the first of many peeks into the book. I invite you to sign up for pre-release specials before the book is published in 2016 (link below). The biggest one will be a free visual summary that you won’t want to miss! One of the chapters in God Dreams is focused on recovering the long…
  • 7 Reasons Why Every Church Leader Should Consider Periscope, the New Social Tool

    Will Mancini
    23 May 2015 | 10:05 am
    It’s only been eleven days since I heard about Periscope from one of Auxano’s newest navigators, Chris Rivers. We were doing a leadership training event at Elmbrook Church with 500 leaders discussing their new mission and values. In seconds,  Chris started live streaming the event and over 40 people joined in. Since then, I have broadcast 11 live events, averaging one per day. Yesterday, anyone could have watched 15 minutes of Auxano’s virtual team training. Last night anyone could have chatted with me about book writing, while I hosted a 15 minutes Q&A at 11…
  • 5 Biblical Principles for Personal Visioning

    Will Mancini
    3 Apr 2015 | 11:34 am
    Two new initiatives have marked my ministry in 2015 and have me spending more time on personal visioning. The first is leading my first personal vision cohort. Fourteen people have joined with me for a 12-month journey of finding and aligning their personal vision. It continues to be a great joy, and you will see a lot of new content on my blog toward the end of 2015 under the banner of “younique.”   Younique will be a brand for training and tools for personal visioning like nothing else currently available. Another initiative is writing the official trade book follow-up to…
  • Powerful Quotes on Vision and Leadership by Lyle Schaller, Church Consultant #LyleLearnings

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

  • Overcoming The Overwhelming Tendency to Panic

    Donald Miller
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Here’s a tidbit about writing and the overwhelming temptation to panic. My guess is it applies nearly as strongly to painting and public speaking and for that matter child rearing, plumbing and lawyering. Hope it helps. Photo Credit: Elvert Barnes, Creative Commons I’ve been writing for a long time now and I’ve noticed a mental cycle that often threatens to derail me. It goes like this: The night before a start into a writing session I feel excited, hopeful and confident. I just know the next morning I’m going to get 3,000 terrific words done and wrap up an entire chapter in a single…
  • How Running A Business is Like The Acts Church

    Donald Miller
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Every time I read the book of Acts, I’m a little envious. But just a little. All the snake bites and temporary jail time doesn’t appeal to me, but there’s one thing that does: community. And I’m not talking about a short Bible study of age-related peers. I’m talking about hard-core community. People who have thrown all their money in together, all their food, their possessions and even their time. These days that kind of community, at least in America, would be dismissed as a hippie, socialist experiment, many of which failed in the 60’s. But then I realized the other day that, to…
  • Five Articles I Sent My Staff This Week

    Donald Miller
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    As a staff, we are committed to learning and growing, both professionally and personally. One of the ways we do that is by reading. Below are some of the most current things we’re reading together. If you’re in need of something great to read this weekend, start here. How Successful People Beat Stress No matter what your life looks like, you will have to deal with stress. The difference is some will let stress derail or deflate them while others will use it to their advantage. We want to do the second. via Quartz 50 Global Entrepreneurs Recommend 50 Books That Forever Impacted…
  • Are You Checking Your Email Too Often?

    Andrea Lucado
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    I don’t get many emails these days. Before I began writing full time, I was a publicist. Being a publicist means being available on email most of the time. I didn’t want to miss an urgent media request or an important question from a client. I would send at least 100 pitch emails a week, and I was always in the middle of multiple lengthy email conversations with different people about one thing or another. Email was a big part of my job. I didn’t realize how big until I quit my job last fall, and my inbox got much, much quieter. At first, the sound of crickets was nice. I liked going to…
  • What The Confederate Flag Means and What We Can Learn From The Fiasco

    Donald Miller
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Twenty years ago I worked at a Christian summer camp. Shortly after I introduced myself to my roommate for the summer, he took a giant rebel flag from his suitcase and hung it above his bed. He told me he was from South Carolina and wanted the world to know it. I laughed. Later in the day, though, one of the guys across the hall came in and introduced himself. We made conversation for a while and I noticed he kept looking up at the flag. I asked why and he said that, as a black man, it was pretty offensive. My new roommate looked shocked. What do you mean? He asked. From there a great…
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    The Christian Gift

  • Studio Status Update as of 29 June

    TheChristianGift
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    All: North American Van Lines continues to delay shipment of our studio and inventory. Since they are already well past the promised delivery date, we went ahead already last week and reordered all materials required to produce our custom plaques. This turns out to have been prudent, since it now appears we will be waiting on them for another couple weeks. With the exception of frames, all materials have arrived. As soon as the frames are received, we will be able to process orders. The movers have all our inspirational jewelry, however – so we have no choice but to wait for them for…
  • Studio Status Update

    TheChristianGift
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:48 am
    I know some of you have been patiently waiting for us to get our studio back up and running following our relocation across the country (from New Hampshire to Idaho – a big move). We should have been fully operational by the end of last week. Unfortunately, North American Van Lines, who is moving both our household and company, has let us down in a big way. Not only have they missed the delivery window, but our goods have not yet even left New England. They have no ETA for us, now two weeks after everything was loaded. All of our inventory has been reordered since we cannot depend on…
  • Valentine to New Hampshire

    TheChristianGift
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:11 am
    When I arrived in the Granite State at the end of 1994, I had no idea I’d still be here in 2015. Let’s just say that my husband and I had an entirely different game plan in mind back then. I’m not sorry that my stay has lasted so long. Quite the contrary: I’ve grown to love this place deeply. I became a photographer here, and as such, I have traveled the back roads and hiked trails from the Seacoast to the Great North Woods – some of them many, many times. Though small in area, New Hampshire’s geography is richly varied. Within her borders you’ll find…
  • End of School Year Gifts for Teacher

    TheChristianGift
    12 May 2015 | 7:27 am
    The end of the school year – and Sunday School year – are fast approaching. Often, parents and children take this opportunity to convey their appreciation to a special teacher with a token of thanks. If you’re looking for such a gift idea for a beloved instructor, check out our collection of personalized plaques for teachers. Whether it’s Sunday School, Bible Class, or parochial school – these gifts are great ways to say “thank you” at the end of the term. Each piece is created using premium, museum-quality materials. We’ll mount and frame your…
  • Mother’s Day Rememberances

    TheChristianGift
    10 May 2015 | 1:22 am
    Before marriage and six children, this is my mother at her high school commencement. I often think about what her life was like as a young woman. She suffered a serious stroke when I was still in college – and became a living example of grace in spite of extremely difficult circumstances. My best friend; I miss her. “Her children rise up and call her blessed.” Proverbs 31:28
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & Simple

  • 10 Of The Best Tips That Will Improve Your Church Website

    Steve Fogg
    18 Jun 2015 | 12:18 am
    Building a great church website isn’t easy. In-fact you never stop. If there is one principle I’ve learnt is that there is always something that needs to be done, updated or improved.  I love reading what different people are doing around the web. Here are ten of the best tips that will improve your church website: 1. Learn from others This is huge. One thing I’ve noticed serving in the church world is the isolation and inward nature of those who work in that space. Look out to what the wider world is doing. Look at your peers around you and check out what they are…
  • One Vital Question You Need To Answer To Create Engaging Social Media

    Steve Fogg
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:32 pm
    I often get asked about how churches ‘should’ use social media. The questions are mainly around what the best tactics or best practices are. Everyone wants to reach more in their community which is fantastic. Some questions come from large churches and others from small churches. No one it seems has completely ‘figured out’ social media (And for the record, anyone who has said they have is lying).  Most churches operate in a broadcast media world, not a social media world. Where engagement is the key. Inherent in that broadcast approach is a builder/boomer way of…
  • 8 Useful Tips That Will Get Your Emails Opened & Acted On

    Steve Fogg
    27 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    Email marketing is a form of communication that many think is dead in churches. However if Mark Twain were alive today I think he would say ‘recent reports of email’s death have been greatly exaggerated.’ What we have to remember that different communication channels and tools serve different purposes. People interact with those channels differently. Whether it is the time of day, or the reason why they actually use email. Here are some tips that will help you improve how you communicate via email: 1. Focus on the right audience Used well with a good up-to-date list from your church…
  • Download My New Free eBook That Will Improve Your Digital Strategy

    Steve Fogg
    18 May 2015 | 11:50 pm
    As part of the redesign of my blog I wrote a short, but very actionable free ebook for anyone who serves in a church, non-profit or business.Why did I write it? As I look around online I find many great blogs and websites about website strategy or social media strategy, but very rarely do I find anyone that is writing about improving your whole digital strategy (I write more about this in the book). Many organisations operate in silos which makes them much less effective when building their online platform. The aim of the book is to give simple actionable steps to take your digital…
  • 7 lessons I’ve Learnt Leading Social Media For My Church

    Steve Fogg
    11 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    I’ve been leading social media at my church now for over six or so years. I’ve learnt so many great lessons along the way. Some have been positive, some tougher. As I write this I’m currently flying at 33,000ft returning to Melbourne from Queensland after speaking about the potential of social media to a few hundred church leaders. So I have a few hours to kill (and no WiFi distractions) so I thought would write and share some of the lessons what I’ve learnt along the way. Lesson #1: Keep Experimenting There is no such thing as a winning formula that will last…
 
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    DashHouse.com

  • Christians Against Poverty

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Many of us know the challenges of managing our money. No matter how great our income, the expenses seem to keep up. We may like the idea of budgeting, but living on a budget is another matter. As a result, we end up falling short and racking up debt. Christians Against Poverty wants to help. At first glance, it sounds like a protest group or ministry for the poor. It’s actually for anyone who wants to learn how to better manage their money. Although it’s certainly a great fit for low-income areas, it’s also a great fit for middle-income people who want to budget, save, and spend…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Worship and Evangelism Are Not That Different When worship is the outflow of your heart because you really love Jesus, and you want to thank him for all he is and all he’s done for you, then evangelism need not be any more complicated or difficult than letting others overhear something of that passion. Cautions Against Bi-vocational Ministry There are serious challenges to bi-vocational ministry that those who advocate for it as a strategy do not consider — or at least do not mention. Three Marks of a Healthy Culture Is there a dependence on God…
  • Arthur Dash (1950-2015)

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    I lost my most frequent commenter this week. More than that, I lost my brother — half-brother, to be precise, but really my brother.Arthur Dash was born in 1950 in South Africa. When he was four years old, his mother died of pneumonia. Shortly after, his father remarried, but the marriage lasted only six months. When Arthur was nine, his father remarried again. When he was 17, his father kicked him out of the house, right around the time I was born to his step-mother.Arthur had a hard life. For some years, we had no contact with him. He viewed himself as the black sheep of the family. I met…
  • Rebuilding Your Broken World

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    23 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Back in the day, I was a big fan of Gordon MacDonald, author of Ordering Your Private World. I still remember the day that I heard that he had resigned due to a moral failure. I think I believed that only the bad guys did that sort of thing. It was the first time that I truly realized the good guys are susceptible too. Sadly, it’s not unusual to hear heartbreaking stories of moral failure. MacDonald’s book Rebuilding Your Broken World, written years after his moral failure, helped shape my understanding around this issue.The whole book is worth reading, but it may be useful to…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    20 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: How Exciting Should Our Sunday Meetings Be? Should our meetings be exciting? Absolutely. But let’s make sure they’re exciting for the right reasons. Living Well Rev. Hann would be unnoticed today, one of those pastors who never quite ‘made’ it. But when he died at the age of 88, his parishioners placed a commemorative plaque in his honor of the wall of their little meeting house. How Pastors Save Their People As you preach and teach the word of God, people hear it, repent, believe, and are saved. This is the work of God, and He chooses to use you and me…
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  • Elijah and the Chariot of Fire (2 Kings 2 Lesson)

    Kristin Schmidt
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Up and Away in a Chariot of Fire…Elijah passes off the baton After discussing Elijah’s life and miraculous adventures (through a series of lessons or just one or two), it’s plain to see what an amazing figure he was in God’s word. But he knew that he would not be around forever and eventually had to hand off his duties to someone else. In this lesson, we see him turn over the responsibility to Elijah and then take off to heaven, away to the sky without having to die. This Bible story would be a perfect lesson for Sunday School or a Family Discipleship setting. Lesson…
  • Lesson: What are Angels and Demons? (Tough Questions Kids Ask #2)

    Leah Pittsinger
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:46 pm
    This free Bible lesson is the second in our series of “Tough Questions Kids Ask.” It deals with the supernatural reality of angels and demons. It highlights what the Bible teaches about these spiritual forces and their role in important Bible stories. Above all, this lesson should focus children on their need for Jesus Christ and his power to overcome. This lesson plan is appropriate for children’s church, Sunday School, homeschool or a family discipleship setting. TARGET AGES: 10-14 OBJECTIVE: To facilitate the students’ understanding that angels and demons have…
  • Bible Teaching Skits “Wise and Foolish Builders” Matthew 7:24-27

    Felicia Mollohan
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:39 am
    Here are two skits for teaching Matthew 7:24-27 “Build Your House Upon the Rock.” The first script is a literal version of the passage based on the NASB version. I have written it with simple props so that it will be easy to do in any classroom or church setting. Be free to make this as extensive as you want: using costumes and backdrops. The second skit is a modern day version, using a typical Sunday School setting to connect and apply the Bible story. Bible Teaching Skit “Wise Man Built His House Upon the Rock” Characters & Props: Jesus Cardboard / Rock Crowd…
  • 10 Tips for Creating Your VBS Program from Scratch

    Kristin Schmidt
    28 Jun 2015 | 6:44 pm
    There are plenty of wonderful and winning Vacation Bible School curriculum programs on the market today that provide ideas, materials, and pointers to allow the director total ease of running VBS in any sort of church setting. There are also plenty of great slice and bake cookies and canned soups available, but somehow there’s nothing like a homemade product…and the same principle can apply for a summer program! While there is certainly nothing wrong with using a pre-fabricated system, there’s a multitude of benefits to be reaped from creating a fresh original curriculum. Consider that…
  • Joseph is Sold into Slavery (Genesis 37:12-26) Sunday School Lesson

    Beth Steward
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:58 pm
    This is the second lesson in a series of 5 lessons about Joseph and the incredible way God used him to bless his people. Title: Joseph is Sold into Slavery (Part 2 of 5 – more coming soon) Scripture: Genesis 37:12-26, Exodus 20:17, Romans 2:9-11, Romans 5:10 Target Age Group: 3rd-5th grade Supplies: White board and marker Optional Story Illustrations: The Story of Joseph Coloring Pages Lesson Opening: What is Jealousy? Ask: What does the word “jealousy” mean? (wanting what someone else has, envy) Ask: Tell us about a time when you felt jealous of someone else. What were you jealous…
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  • Rest

    Jann Cobb
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:44 am
    A friend of mine has a dairy farm and along with the hundreds of cows that they have, their lives are filled with four adorable children.  Their youngest daughter is a sweet redheaded little girl. This amazing child enjoys getting up early to milk the cows with her daddy. When I say early I’m talking about 3:45 AM!Recently she went out to milk the cows with her dad and found herself tired, needing some rest. She put on her dads flannel shirt, crawled into a large round bin of towels in the barn, curled up and fell asleep.This is such a perfect picture to…
  • The Wrong Shoes

    Jann Cobb
    20 Jun 2015 | 10:30 am
    This morning I was in a hurry. I wanted to get to some pesky weeds that had been leering at me. Throwing on shorts, t-shirt, tennis shoes, hat and bug spray, I was going to tackle those bothersome weeds once and for all! Fortunately, I was in the flower bed just in the nick of time! There were weeds on top of weeds! Some were hiding inside of plants and others had no shame at all, they were right there for all the world to see!An hour later the weeds had been sufficiently plucked from the soil and then I got out the big gun!  Weed spray! Hopefully in my…
  • Turn your heart to praise Him

    Jann Cobb
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:47 am
    How in the world did I end up here? I am the happy person. The one people want to know where my joy comes from. The one that doesn’t seem to have any problems. Yet, I find myself in this place.This is the ebb and flow of life.  Living in the joy of knowing that I am loved and redeemed and in the despair that I can never measure up to who He has designed me to be.Perhaps it has to do with heart issues that affect the way we feel? We’ve been talking about loving God with all her heart and turning our hearts back to him, but the question remains how do we…
  • Turn your heart towards Jesus

    Jann Cobb
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Remember when you were so in love with Jesus that nothing else mattered? When your heart burned with love and devotion for your savior? When you first became a Christ follower and your heart was completely His?Somewhere along the way of our lives with Him have begun to slightly turn from our first love to other things."Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart, And with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger,…
  • Love Him with all of your Heart

    Jann Cobb
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:30 am
    The command is clear, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart".  Sometimes I am a little confused as to what it means. How do I love God with my heart? Lets look a little closer the heart and the significance it hasThe heart is seen everywhere, necklaces, emoji's, stationary, T-shirts,  cards and just about everywhere you look a heart can be found. Around the world the heart represents one thing, love.In the bible the Hebrew word used in Deuteronomy 6:5 for heart is "lebab" and in the new testament the Greek word for heart is "kardia". Luke 10:27Lebab and kardia…
 
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    Inspirations from Phather Phil

  • Bubblegum Christianity

    PhatherPhil
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:56 am
    Dear Lord; Happy Monday Father! It’s been a good while since I’ve laid our conversations to print Lord… Quite possibly far too long. Which is why when I once again felt You urging me to pen my thoughts, I nearly dismissed those promptings. Nonetheless… Here we are again. As you well know Lord, I’m nearing completion of yet another full read-through of the Bible, this time following a chronological reading plan I found on YouVersion.com. It’s been a wonderful way to absorb Scripture for me Father, helping to add more of something I believe is vitally important to reading and…
  • I Am Not Alone…

    PhatherPhil
    10 Apr 2015 | 11:59 am
    In our daily lives it’s often easy to allow the world to overwhelm us and shake our faith, but even in those moments of doubt and disbelief we’re not alone…
  • Through The Lens of God’s Gifts

    PhatherPhil
    14 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” – John 14:27 (NLT) Joy and Peace are gifts of grace already given to each and every one of us… Receiving, embracing and allowing those gifts to shape us however, is a choice.  And when we make the choice to see our lives through the lens of those gifts, we begin to recognize how truly present God is with us every day.
  • If there are words for Him, then I don’t have them…

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

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

  • Point of Decision: Am I Committed or Just Excited?

    mikec
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    Both commitment and excitement are necessary for any new beginning. However, a “Point of Decision” must accompany every project, exercise routine, diet, business venture, spiritual discipline, or ministry. A time of distinguishing between those who are committed and those simply caught up in the excitement of something new. We see Jesus delivering a “Point of Decision” discipleship message in Luke 14:25-35. The multitudes were excited about His miracles and the food but now He speaks of discipleship and three times ends with the challenge “…cannot be my disciple.” You get the…
  • Three Commonly Held Values of Gen Z “Plurals”

    mikec
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Describing Gen Z as Plurals because of their pluralistic characteristics seemed as obvious as calling the previous generation Millennials. At least the marketers thought so when they selected Magid Generational Strategies (Marketing Corp) the winner at the Naming the Next Generation Conference in New York City. Let’s examine three commonly held values of Gen Z Plurals… Values-orientated but not traditional – Gen Z is perhaps as equally values-oriented as other generations but has little attachment to tradition. While 90% of Gen Z strongly agree that marriage and family play a vital…
  • Secularization’s Ultimatum for Student Ministry

    mikec
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:33 am
    There are just some concepts that demand imminent action! Time is of the essence when facing crisis. The epidemic of secularization on society generally–but specifically on students–fits into the imminent action category. The consequences are sweeping for all of Christendom, but the long-term effects on Gen-Z could be devastating. I am not “Chicken Little” and do not believe “the sky is falling,” but I do believe students are losing their moral compass. Consider the following facts that present Secularization’s Ultimatum: Non-religion globally – the fastest growing…
  • Leadership Team: Division or Diversity

    mikec
    9 Jun 2015 | 5:36 am
    One of the greatest strengths of any team is its diversity. However, if the team members do not celebrate and leverage their differences then chaos and division will ensue. Referring to a group of people as a team does not make them one if there are no relationships between them. The Apostle Paul recognized this and addressed it several times in his writings. In 1 Thessalonians he encourages and comforts, but he also corrects several issues within the church. One of those issues was tension within the church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-15). From his teaching we can draw some guidelines for personal…
  • Youth Ministry and the Effects of Global Urbanization

    mikec
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:24 am
    There is a change occurring globally necessitating a shift in the youth ministry paradigm for Christendom. Many forward thinking ministries have been addressing this challenge, making adjustments and are in the advanced stages of strategic planning. However others find themselves in dire need of accelerated tutoring in order to catch the concepts. Youth Ministry is experiencing a major shift due to the effects of Global Urbanization. Worldwide we are seeing a phenomenon like never before in history. Youth Ministry has been focused on rural and suburban areas because in many countries that is…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • The Purpose of Work

    J.B. Wood
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:19 pm
    As some of you may know, I go to a Presbyterian church. It’s located in a bucolic, historically-preserved town that happens to be a stone’s throw from the pharmaceutical Mecca of the Northeast, and also within commuting distance of both New York City and Philadelphia. Needless to say, we are a church community filled with [Read More...]
  • 27 Things To Do Before I Die

    J.B. Wood
    13 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    I’ve been reading the book “Becoming a Resonant Leader” (Harvard Business Press). One of the book’s tenants is that Emotional Intelligence is at the core of effective leadership – and the authors take it a step further into the realm of personal growth and self-awareness. As a launching point, they have a number of exercises to help [Read More...]
  • Even Jesus Got Annoyed

    J.B. Wood
    5 Jun 2015 | 8:38 am
    I can pretty much guarantee that the disciples were annoying at times. I mean, come on, they were just ordinary guys like you and me, right? They had to get on each others’ nerves from time to time. The bible doesn’t really showcase Jesus’ irritation levels, but if we read between the lines of some [Read More...]
  • Do Not Worry: There is a Spiritual Economy, Too (#3 in a series)

    J.B. Wood
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Continued from previous post and the post before that. On the days when I’m feeling especially anxious, rather than praying about it, I’ll just ask God to give me a once-over while I go take a nap. My hope is that the Holy Spirit will have better luck with my subconscious self, who is really [Read More...]
  • How to Know When You’ve Finally Arrived

    J.B. Wood
    26 May 2015 | 8:59 am
    Here is an excerpt teaser from my e-book, At Work as it is in Heaven. You can read it in its entirety over at The High Calling. Or better yet, why not just buy it now ? I once heard a story about Henry Kissinger falling asleep in the middle of a very important meeting. Everyone noticed, but [Read More...]
 
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  • 2015 Summer Reading List

    Brad
    6 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    I’ve been a book worm since the summer between second and third grade when my parents paid me for every book that I read that summer. I know, my motive may not have been so pure back then, but my love for books remains to this day. That’s one of the reasons why I love summer so much. Things in “church world” slow down a bit as the kids are out of school, families are traveling on vacation and the general program of ministry at the church slows down from a whirlwind to at least a strong breeze. I normally read voraciously during the school year for sermon prep as well…
  • Sunday Video Preview – June 7, 2015

    Brad
    4 Jun 2015 | 7:19 am
  • A Devotional Thought For A New Year – Renewed In Jesus

    Brad
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” Revelation 21:5 Here is a novel thought for a new year: to make all things new isn’t the same thing as simply making new things. You see, making things new is a work done in the heart while making new things is a work done by the hand. So, whenever Jesus sits on the throne of a heart he does something nobody else can do: He makes all things new. I say that this is such an amazing thing because He does this without changing or altering…
  • Foundations Video: How Should Christians Respond To The Death Penalty?

    Brad
    1 Nov 2014 | 11:18 am
  • Sunday Video Preview – November 2, 2014

    Brad
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Quick! I Desperately Need Patience!

    Jean Wise
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    When God handed out gifts, he skipped filling me with even a tiny bit of patience when constructing my DNA. I want patience and I want it now. Quick! I desperately need patience. I have been talking all year with God about how I can learn to be more patient. I realized how quick my impatient trigger lets loose when I gasped seeing the following painting by Melanie Weidner at the Spiritual Directors International conference last April. She does beautiful work. Check out her web site. I looked at this art piece several times and it kept calling me back to learn its lesson. Finally on the third…
  • The Lord’s Prayer – Backwards

    Jean Wise
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the women I sat with at my retreat last week, mentioned a pastor reciting the Lord’s Prayer backwards, phrase by phrase. We took the challenge – not from memory though, we had to write it out first – to pray these words in reverse order. Though the meaning is still there, different nuances and emphasis arise when saying this beloved prayer back to front. Maybe the words gained energy since I had to think what I was saying instead of relying solely on memory. The phrase that struck me the most was “Thy will be done on earth.” I usually say it more like: “thy will be…
  • 5 Ways Spiritual Retreats Transform Your Life

    Jean Wise
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:12 am
    Why in the world did I sign up for such a long retreat? This is exactly what I lamented a couple of weeks ago as the retreat I registered for many months ago loomed and interrupted my summer plans and activities. Eight days is a huge chunk of time and energy away from home, family and my precious to-do list. But my mind was hungry to learn. My heart needed refreshed. My spirit parched. And God called. I am so grateful for the time away with God. My mind has been stretched, encompassing new thoughts. My heart nourished and my spirit drenched. The retreat was presented by Louis Savary, a former…
  • My Fitbit and Me – Housewalking

    Jean Wise
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Our summer challenge in Weight Watchers is to get more active. I love a good challenge and decided to “walk” the distance between my home and Avon, North Carolina, home of the Outer Banks. This is our destination for our next trip the middle of September. So my Fitbit and I are going for a walk. I am tracking the distance – 846 miles! I need to walk about 9 miles a day from June 1 to mid September. That will give me some leeway for the weeks we have company or times I don’t get or can’t get the miles done. Stepwise – this is around 21000 steps a day for me. I know I sound crazy…
  • Pondering with CS Lewis

    Jean Wise
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. CS Lewis This quote lingered with me today. Sometimes in the good times, I hear God quite plainly and at a great volume level. I also believe I miss his many whispers too when the noise of the world and my inner chatter is set on loud. I am learning in the second half of life to make friends with my hindrances and allow my discomforts and even pains and hurts emerge as lessons. I used to squelch them, bury them in ego protecting layers or ignore them, choosing…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • Romans 3:23-24 – The Beautiful Scandal

    admin
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, (Romans 3:23-24 ESV) It is common knowledge that humans are imperfect. Even if one doesn’t hold to the Christian doctrine of man’s depravity (sinfulness) a popular cultural saying is that, “We’re only human”. It is both an admission and understanding that people fail often and are imperfect. As believers we should understand that this sentiment springs from the reality of sin in every human’s life. Without…
  • Ezra 5:12 – Sins of Our Fathers

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse But because our fathers had angered the God of heaven, he gave them into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, the Chaldean, who destroyed his house and carried away the people to Babylonia. (Ezra 5:12 ESV) The Israelites had been back in Jerusalem from Babylonian captivity for about twenty years. They had returned to rebuild the temple and God’s great city Jerusalem. As they continued their work, they were questioned by Persian officials as to the authorization of the building project. The Israelites’ response was that it was originally validated by…
  • Nehemiah 11:1-2 – The Hardships of Leadership

    admin
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verses Now the leaders of the people lived in Jerusalem. And the rest of the people cast lots to bring one out of ten to live in Jerusalem the holy city, while nine out of ten remained in the other towns. And the people blessed all the men who willingly offered to live in Jerusalem. (Nehemiah 11:1-2 ESV) Being a true leader isn’t always glamorous. There are not always hundreds of people lining up, wanting to be just like you. This can be witnessed in the book of Nehemiah. We read that the leaders lived in Jerusalem and the rest drew lots. Nehemiah is the account of…
 
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -ACLU: Will Not Defend Religious Freedom of Christians

    Dr. D
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:55 am
    The ACLU recently announced that they would no longer defend and support the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) specifically because they claim that the RFRA is now used as a tool of discrimination. What they are really saying is that they will not support the religious liberty of conservative Christians who oppose same-sex marriage. Here’s the story from the Washington Post: The ACLU supported the RFRA’s passage at the time because it didn’t believe the Constitution, as newly interpreted by the Supreme Court, would protect people such as Iknoor Singh, whose religious…
  • -Are Conservative Christians Now Cultural Exiles?

    Dr. D
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:02 pm
    I have literally read hundreds of different responses to the Supreme Court decision on marriage. One major theme coming across from both sides of the spectrum is that the tide has shifted in America against conservative Christians. Many saying that the future is now bleak for those who still believe in the teaching and authority of the Bible. Are conservative Christians now cultural exiles in their own country? Are evangelicals headed for the underground? This is what some are saying the future holds for Biblical Christians in America. Does the Supreme Court decision for same-sex marriage…
  • -Iran Forces Gays to Have Sex Change Surgeries

    Dr. D
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:03 am
    Several years ago when Iran’s president at the time, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, visited the United States a member of the press asked him about how living conditions were for homosexuals in his country. He responded that there were no gays ‘living’ in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The fact is that homosexuality is punishable by death in Iran. However, the latest news coming out of that radical country confirms that gays are now given the option to have sex change surgeries instead and many are choosing the alternative. Here’s the story from the Daily Caller: Iran has a well-documented…
  • -Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Same-Sex Marriage: Implications for Religious Liberty

    Dr. D
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:48 am
    In a monumental decision by the slimmest of margins same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. The justices of Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 decision that the 14th Amendment applies in this case and homosexual marriage can no longer be banned in any state of the union. Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority and concluded that religious liberty should not be affected. Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Scalia and Justice Thomas disagree and do expect some problems for religious freedom coming out of this decision. The following are their statements on this issue. From…
  • -Cal State Universities: Christian Student Group Back on Campus

    Dr. D
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:25 pm
    A Christian Student group is now allowed back on the campuses of the large California Sate University system. Last year InterVarsity was kicked off the 23 campuses because the student ministry allowed only mature Christians as group leaders. However, the Cal-State University system requires all student groups to be open to all comers for members and for leaders also. From Christianity Today: In a press release today announcing victory in its biggest campus access challenge to date, InterVarsity noted that its 23 chapters on 19 CSU campuses will "once again be recognized student…
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    Trevin Wax

  • Taking a Break and Asking for Prayer

    Trevin Wax
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Friends and readers, I am nearing the end of my doctoral studies. That’s the fun way of saying that I am at the beginning of my dissertation writing. Plate-Spinning For more than three years now, I’ve attended multiple seminars, written dozens of research papers, read hundreds of books and thousands of pages, and sifted through articles and volumes that deal in some way with my dissertation topic. Now, with my comprehensive exams behind me, I simply must focus my attention and energy on writing if I am ever going to finish this…
  • 4 Questions Christians Should Ask About Cultural Engagement

    Trevin Wax
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:10 pm
    In their book, Restoring All Things, John Stonestreet and Warren Cole Smith offer four questions intended to connect our actions with what we know to be true about the world from the biblical story: 1. What is good in our culture that we can promote, protect, and celebrate? Christians believe that how God created the world was, in His own words, “good.” Even after the fall, much of this goodness, such as beauty and truth and human dignity, remains. 2. What is missing in our culture that we can creatively contribute? Christians believe that humans were created to be…
  • Top 10 Quotes from the Dissenting Justices on Same-Sex Marriage

    Trevin Wax
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    1. ”Just who do we think we are?” The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment… The Court invalidates the marriage laws of more than half the States and orders the transformation of a social institution that has formed the basis of human society for millennia, for the Kalahari Bushmen and the Han Chinese, the Carthaginians and the Aztecs. Just who do we think we are? - Chief Justice John Roberts 2. The majority’s reasoning applies with equal force to plural marriage. It is striking how much of the majority’s reasoning…
  • Trevin’s Seven

    Trevin Wax
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Kindle Deal: When the Church Was a Family: Recapturing Jesus’ Vision for Authentic Christian Community by Joseph Hellerman. $0.99. 1. Jemar Tisby encourages white Christians (who feel increasingly marginalized in society) to learn from their black brothers and sisters. 2. Michael DeBoer – Justice Scalia and Clergy Solemnization of Same-Sex Marriages 3. Ross Douthat – Persecution and the Black Church 4. You Won’t Believe What Shocking Thing He Said about Christian Clickbait!!! 5. How to Prevent a Gospel-Centered Fizzle Out 6. Worship and Evangelism are Not That…
  • A God Who Wants Us

    Trevin Wax
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:10 pm
    If Billboard ranked church songs, “Jesus Loves Me” would probably be #1 on the preschool chart. From the time kids can put two sentences together, they’re singing about Jesus’ love for them — love we learn about in the Bible, love that overcomes our weakness, and love that welcomes the “little ones” who belong to His family. When the renowned theologian, Karl Barth, was asked to summarize his whole theology in one sentence, he replied: Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so. Profound truth expressed in simple words. Unfortunately, we…
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  • Quick! I Desperately Need Patience!

    Jean Wise
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    When God handed out gifts, he skipped filling me with even a tiny bit of patience when constructing my DNA. I want patience and I want it now. Quick! I desperately need patience. I have been talking all year with God about how I can learn to be more patient. I realized how quick my impatient trigger lets loose when I gasped seeing the following painting by Melanie Weidner at the Spiritual Directors International conference last April. She does beautiful work. Check out her web site. I looked at this art piece several times and it kept calling me back to learn its lesson. Finally on the third…
  • The Lord’s Prayer – Backwards

    Jean Wise
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the women I sat with at my retreat last week, mentioned a pastor reciting the Lord’s Prayer backwards, phrase by phrase. We took the challenge – not from memory though, we had to write it out first – to pray these words in reverse order. Though the meaning is still there, different nuances and emphasis arise when saying this beloved prayer back to front. Maybe the words gained energy since I had to think what I was saying instead of relying solely on memory. The phrase that struck me the most was “Thy will be done on earth.” I usually say it more like: “thy will be…
  • 5 Ways Spiritual Retreats Transform Your Life

    Jean Wise
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:12 am
    Why in the world did I sign up for such a long retreat? This is exactly what I lamented a couple of weeks ago as the retreat I registered for many months ago loomed and interrupted my summer plans and activities. Eight days is a huge chunk of time and energy away from home, family and my precious to-do list. But my mind was hungry to learn. My heart needed refreshed. My spirit parched. And God called. I am so grateful for the time away with God. My mind has been stretched, encompassing new thoughts. My heart nourished and my spirit drenched. The retreat was presented by Louis Savary, a former…
  • My Fitbit and Me – Housewalking

    Jean Wise
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Our summer challenge in Weight Watchers is to get more active. I love a good challenge and decided to “walk” the distance between my home and Avon, North Carolina, home of the Outer Banks. This is our destination for our next trip the middle of September. So my Fitbit and I are going for a walk. I am tracking the distance – 846 miles! I need to walk about 9 miles a day from June 1 to mid September. That will give me some leeway for the weeks we have company or times I don’t get or can’t get the miles done. Stepwise – this is around 21000 steps a day for me. I know I sound crazy…
  • Pondering with CS Lewis

    Jean Wise
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. CS Lewis This quote lingered with me today. Sometimes in the good times, I hear God quite plainly and at a great volume level. I also believe I miss his many whispers too when the noise of the world and my inner chatter is set on loud. I am learning in the second half of life to make friends with my hindrances and allow my discomforts and even pains and hurts emerge as lessons. I used to squelch them, bury them in ego protecting layers or ignore them, choosing…
 
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  • Lessons on Anointing from the Life of Elijah

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:31 am
    I’d like to elaborate on a few practical things about the anointing that flows into our lives. Sometime ago I wrote about the anointing. Read the 3 Part series here. When God gives you an assignment He also gives you the anointing to carry it out. [tweet this] And it’s important for us to stay at His feet until we are empowered on high. In 1 Kings we read about Elijah, a bold man, who simply walked on the scene and without any self introduction. And He carried an unction and authority over the nation of Israel. Because He came from the presence of the Lord; His heart was synchronized…
  • Join Revive UAE With Pastor Shyju Mathew

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Jun 2015 | 12:57 am
    When churches come together in humility and tears to seek the face of our Master, heavens must open above. We believe that God is sending Revive Nations for a time of renewal in the Middle East, starting with UAE. From 8th to 13th of July 2015, we will be in UAE hosting Tent Of Meeting leadership training and Revive Conferences in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah. I want to take this moment to encourage all our believer friends to share this good news to your family and friends in UAE. Tent Of Meeting is exclusive training for leaders in the ministry and we are excited to announce that candidates…
  • Worship Session Before Execution; The Born Again Boxing Champion & More

    Blessen Varghese
    1 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    Editorial: As persecutions continue to be on the rise in various parts of the world, let’s remember our brethren in prayer. Many imprisoned children of God face death sentences. Let’s also remember our brothers and sisters from Nepal, many of whom have lost their loved ones and properties. The exact number of Christians who have lost their lives in the devastating earthquake that hit Nepal is not yet known, there were quite a few churches who were affected by the calamity. Sudanese Pastors Jailed, May Face Death Penalty Sudanese authorities have charged two South Sudanese pastors under…
  • Handling Groupism in the Church – RN08

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    29 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    Welcome to Revive Nations Podcast! I hope you have been enjoying our podcast till now. Today’s podcast is based on a question from one of the pastors about: How to handle groupism in the church. How can a pastor deal with it Resources: What Hinders the Power of Forgiveness and Breakthrough No to Revolution in the Church! Below are some quotes that you can click and share! We survive when we are together, because together we are stronger. [tweet this] Your passive nature is a louder action of silent support. [tweet this] Instead of adding fuel to issues, provide solutions to painful…
  • 3 Steps to Receive a Greater Dimension of God

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    21 May 2015 | 9:10 am
    Many of us live in a narrow understanding of the visible realm and it’s hard for many to even begin to try to see into the invisible spiritual realm. An example of this in scripture is in the book of Daniel, “And behold, a hand touched me and set me trembling on my hands and knees. And he said to me, “O Daniel, man greatly loved, understand the words that I speak to you, and stand upright, for now I have been sent to you.” And when he had spoken this word to me, I stood up trembling. Then he said to me, “Fear not, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to…
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    Will Johnston | Life, Faith & Leadership

  • Teacher or Learner?

    Will Johnston
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    I had a phone meeting on Tuesday with Tim Ferrell, a small groups pastor at a local church and staff member with the Navigators discipleship ministry.  He wanted some insight into how we do small groups at National Community Church. I take calls like this all of the time.  Our pastor, Mark Batterson, is a well-known author and speaker, and by extension, we are a well-known church, the result of which is, people want to know how we do ministry.  The fact that people are interested in our small groups has little to do with my skills or abilities.  I'm really just in demand by association.
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: What’s Next?

    Will Johnston
    2 Jan 2015 | 5:08 am
    Wow, nine weeks, nine fruit. I can honestly say it's been transformative. Not in that, "I'm a totally different person, and my life has radically changed" sense, but rather, my actions have actually been different. I certainly haven't acted perfectly in every situation, but I did find myself saying, "I'm supposed to be patient, so I'm just going to relax and not stress out about this." "I'm supposed to be gentle, so I'm going to respond softly to this person." Of course, the biggest danger when a spiritual growth plan comes to an end is failing to start a new one, to lose momentum and the…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Reflections on Self-Control

    Will Johnston
    27 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director. Fall Leadership Summit—when the fruit of the Spirit challenge was initially issued—was nine weeks ago; our corporate Daniel fast earlier this year lasted ten days; most marathon training plans are 18 weeks; and a Masters’ degree program is rarely less than a year. Spiritual, physical, and intellectual results all require daily self-control and many small choices between the beginning and the goal. As we come to the end of this challenge, I am thankful for moments of intimacy with Him, the…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Thoughts on Self-Control

    Will Johnston
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:52 am
    It feels a little weird to be writing about self-control during the week of Christmas. Between all of those presents and Christmas ham—not to mention indulging in all of the hometown food—it doesn’t exactly seem like a season of self-control. But then, thinking about it a little more, I realized that what we’re celebrating this week is probably the penultimate act of self-control. Almighty God; Creator of the universe; Source of all that is seen and unseen; the One who is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent comes to earth as one of His creations, as a human, foregoing His power…
  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: Reflections on Gentleness

    Will Johnston
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    This is a guest post by Susannah Cafardi, NCC Barracks Row Saturday Small Group Director. Christine Caine made an assertion when introducing an individual Scripture passage: “The story starts where every story starts, before the story starts, and the story ends where every story ends, after the story ends.” Insomuch as we are involved in the stories of others, I think that loving them with a spirit of gentleness requires a similar acknowledgement. I’ve struggled with putting my finger on how to conceptualize gentleness – seeking God for a strong, tangible illustration to share. But I…
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    Writer of Pop

  • Video of the Day: Super Slide Royal Flush

    Jeffrey Totey
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Because the backyard Slip n Slide is just so overdone. Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • 'VeggieTales' Pioneer Heads to Space

    Jeffrey Totey
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:59 am
    (Creative Trust)Phil Vischer, one of the creators of VeggieTales (and the voice of Bob the Tomato) is taking characters from his other series, What's in the Bible?, into space this... Read more!
  • 'Gone with the Wind' Published

    Jeffrey Totey
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    June 30, 1936 In 1926, Margaret Mitchell, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal, was forced to quit her job in order to recover from a series of injuries. With a little too much time on her hands, she... Read more!
  • Doing Church in the Hundred Acre Wood

    Jeffrey Totey
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:45 pm
    (Walt Disney Pictures)Just like there are many different characters who call the Hundred Acre Wood their home in the stories about Winnie the Pooh, our local churches have a bunch of characters as... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Remove Cat Before Flight

    Jeffrey Totey
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:00 pm
    First, keep your eye on the right side of the screen to watch for the cat. Then, look to the pilot to see to see a priceless look of surprise. Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
 
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  • I’m the Ice Queen now, and you’ll never see me again

    Sam Riviera
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Below is the second letter in the series, “Letters To Dad.” They are written by Sam Riviera, and are based on the true stories of people he actually knows in real life. This letter is from a woman named Amy, who is now an adult (Amy is not her real name).In case you do not know, “Boosting” means stealing. “Doing me” means molesting her. “Ice” is meth. “Ice Queen” means she is sexually frigid and can never have a sexual relationship with a man. She is not a lesbian. “Ice Queen” also means she is doing well enough stealing to buy…
  • 3 simple words to say to an atheist who criticizes Christianity

    Jeremy Myers
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    A while back, a man sent me a question about how he should respond to his atheist son who has nothing but criticism for Christianity. He told me that he had read several books of apologetics, had used numerous arguments for the existence of God, and had tried to show his son all the important things that Christianity had done in the world over the past 2000 years.Despite all the evidence for the existence of God and the arguments for the goodness of Christians, this man’s son was still not convinced, and remained an atheist. The son pointed out to the father all the hateful things that…
  • Why I Let a “Murderer” Live in My House

    Jeremy Myers
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    James (not his real name) and his brother had been convicted of murder. Both were given life sentences and had begun doing their time. But then (for reasons I won’t go into here) the courts decided to give James a retrial. And while he was awaiting retrial, they allowed him to post bail and live under house arrest.There was only one problem: James had no house in which to live while under house arrest.So my wife and I offered to have James live with us in our house. We had a one-year old daughter at the time.Nearly everyone in the church I was pastoring counseled us against such an action.
  • The guy puking after Malcolm Guite mentions Contemporary Christian music made me laugh … but the rest made me cry.

    Jeremy Myers
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    I had never heard of Malcolm Guite before I saw this video, but when I heard what he says about art and people and the Gospel and everyone living in the light of Jesus, I discovered that I love him. Malcolm says what I tried to say in my post, Everyone is Following Jesus.Watch this video. Enjoy it. Watch it again. Then invite others to watch it also.Oh… and as I mention in the title, don’t miss the guy puking right after Malcolm mentions contemporary Christian music. It flashes on the screen for less than a second. I wonder if that was intentional?Please share this post with…
  • Stop saying “Christians Aren’t Perfect”

    Jeremy Myers
    16 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    I am so tired of hearing Christians say “Christians aren’t perfect” as an excuse for bad Christian behavior. ⇦ Tweet that!The statement can also come out like this:“Well, the church is a hospital for sick people.”or“No church is perfect.”or“Christians are sinners too.”or my favorite of all (*barf*),“Christians aren’t perfect … just forgiven.”These sorts of statements are usually said when you are critical of a church, a church leader, or some other Christian for something they said or did.If you say that a…
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  • Quick! I Desperately Need Patience!

    Jean Wise
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    When God handed out gifts, he skipped filling me with even a tiny bit of patience when constructing my DNA. I want patience and I want it now. Quick! I desperately need patience. I have been talking all year with God about how I can learn to be more patient. I realized how quick my impatient trigger lets loose when I gasped seeing the following painting by Melanie Weidner at the Spiritual Directors International conference last April. She does beautiful work. Check out her web site. I looked at this art piece several times and it kept calling me back to learn its lesson. Finally on the third…
  • The Lord’s Prayer – Backwards

    Jean Wise
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the women I sat with at my retreat last week, mentioned a pastor reciting the Lord’s Prayer backwards, phrase by phrase. We took the challenge – not from memory though, we had to write it out first – to pray these words in reverse order. Though the meaning is still there, different nuances and emphasis arise when saying this beloved prayer back to front. Maybe the words gained energy since I had to think what I was saying instead of relying solely on memory. The phrase that struck me the most was “Thy will be done on earth.” I usually say it more like: “thy will be…
  • 5 Ways Spiritual Retreats Transform Your Life

    Jean Wise
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:12 am
    Why in the world did I sign up for such a long retreat? This is exactly what I lamented a couple of weeks ago as the retreat I registered for many months ago loomed and interrupted my summer plans and activities. Eight days is a huge chunk of time and energy away from home, family and my precious to-do list. But my mind was hungry to learn. My heart needed refreshed. My spirit parched. And God called. I am so grateful for the time away with God. My mind has been stretched, encompassing new thoughts. My heart nourished and my spirit drenched. The retreat was presented by Louis Savary, a former…
  • My Fitbit and Me – Housewalking

    Jean Wise
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Our summer challenge in Weight Watchers is to get more active. I love a good challenge and decided to “walk” the distance between my home and Avon, North Carolina, home of the Outer Banks. This is our destination for our next trip the middle of September. So my Fitbit and I are going for a walk. I am tracking the distance – 846 miles! I need to walk about 9 miles a day from June 1 to mid September. That will give me some leeway for the weeks we have company or times I don’t get or can’t get the miles done. Stepwise – this is around 21000 steps a day for me. I know I sound crazy…
  • Pondering with CS Lewis

    Jean Wise
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world. CS Lewis This quote lingered with me today. Sometimes in the good times, I hear God quite plainly and at a great volume level. I also believe I miss his many whispers too when the noise of the world and my inner chatter is set on loud. I am learning in the second half of life to make friends with my hindrances and allow my discomforts and even pains and hurts emerge as lessons. I used to squelch them, bury them in ego protecting layers or ignore them, choosing…
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  • Jesus Did Not Entrust Himself to Them

    Kevin Shorter
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:29 pm
    They Believed in Him, But Jesus Did Not Entrust Himself to Them The rain falls on the good and the evil (Matthew 5:45). It is a wonderful assurance that the goodness of God is not limited to those who have everything together. When we see people hurting, we don’t have to ask them to get right with God before He will meet their needs. As ambassadors of God’s goodness and of reconciliation with His lost children, we can feel free to release the goodness of God others. We see throughout the gospels accounts of Jesus freely blessings people. He fed the 5,000. He healed the sick. He…
  • R.C. Sproul Quotes on Prayer

    Kevin Shorter
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    Prayer prompts and nurtures obedience, putting the heart into the proper “frame of mind” to desire obedience. To omit adoration is to cut the heart out of prayer. What prayer most often changes is the wickedness and the hardness of our own hearts. Prayer, like everything else in the Christian life, is for God’s glory and for our benefit, in that order. When we pray, we must remember who we are and whom we are addressing. Prayer is both a privilege and a duty, and any duty can become laborious. Christians are to pray for the manifestation of the reign of Christ and the…
  • God Gave You a Brain, Use It?

    Kevin Shorter
    10 Jun 2015 | 6:27 am
    God Gave You a Brain, Use It Our brains are amazing. We can process so much information and make connections between a variety of data points. God has given us a wonderful brain. I love to use mine. However, do we use it too much? Often we, as Christians, are ridiculed for our faith by those who think it has little basis on logic. Those of us who respond often try to make our faith sound reasonable to these distracters. We try to show the mountains of evidence of the life of Jesus or the historical accuracy of the Bible. Are we doing these people a disservice? Faith is the assurance of things…
  • 10 Powerful Prayers for Spiritual Warfare

    Kevin Shorter
    4 Jun 2015 | 4:12 am
    image courtesy of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace Quick Overview of Spiritual Warfare There are many approaches to spiritual warfare which is why I like the above picture so much. You have the bad guy pacing around trying to intimidate his opponent; the good guy is at rest; and the young apprentice is anxiously watching. It’s so hard to find practical advice in the Christian community because of this diversity. I hope to lay out a quick backdrop and then give some practical prayers to help Christians feel powerful when it comes to spiritual warfare. It is important to know how the enemy…
  • Don’t Ruin My Witness: 5 Reasons This Bothers Me

    Kevin Shorter
    27 May 2015 | 4:45 pm
    original image courtesy of Chinese subway ad Don’t Ruin My Witness “Hey, this guy is not a Christian. Don’t ruin my witness.” I love Jesus! I think everyone would be better off having a relationship with Him. I love that there are those that have the gift of evangelism and eagerly talk about Jesus to everyone they meet. However there is something about this concept about not wanting to ruin your witness that bothers me. This phrase has been mulling over in my head for a few weeks now. I’ve heard statements like this for years. There is something very good in…
 
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  • Do Christians still believe in covenant marriage?

    Gina Adams
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:42 am
    Author with Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling shares her personal story of divorce and infidelity in new bookAs prominent pastors continue to fall into sexual sin, the headlines betray the reality that many church leaders refuse to acknowledge. According to Barna Research, nearly one-third of born-again Christians admit to having extramarital affairs. A Christianity Today survey found that 23% of pastors admitted to sexually-inappropriate behaviors with someone other than their wives. On the Ashley Madison website, which introduces people who are already married or in…
  • Two young writers enter the genre of Christian fiction with a suspense novel that is 75% anti-Christian

    Gina Adams
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:08 am
    First-time authors Ryan Mix and J.T. Payne held nothing back from their initial endeavor into Christian fiction with the new book, The Academy, releasing from Rossling Publishers and distributed by Ingram.  Abortion, drugs, suicide, evolution, and death are just a few of the concepts the main character encounters at a fictitious Christian school.  The Academy has a suspense element that both Mix and Payne wanted to create to keep readers on their toes.  They admit to intentionally making “75% of the book anti-Christian,” but they had a good reason for doing…
  • New book details the horrific account of the first Christian genocide of the 20th century

    Gina Adams
    5 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    Author draws a definitive parallel to today’s persecution of Christians in the Middle East The current persecution of Christians in the Mideast has its echo in the religious cleansing that swept Asia Minor early in the last century. Over the course of ten years beginning in 1912, three million Christians were slaughtered. It was the first genocide of the 20th century.  Smyrna was a majority-Christian city inside the mostly Islamic Ottoman Empire, and its destruction was the final episode of the genocide. A small-town minister whose faith in God gave him the strength to save hundreds of…
  • Six-time Grammy winners hit #1 on Billboard Sales Chart

    Gina Adams
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:32 am
    The six-time Grammy award-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir’s new CD entitled PRAY has hit the #1 spot on Billboard Magazine’s Gospel Albums Sales Chart this week.  PRAY previously debuted at #1 on the iTunes Christian/Gospel albums chart, and has already produced two music videos for the title song as well as the worship tune “At The Cross.”  Choir director Carol Cymbala believes church choirs are still an essential part of corporate worship.  “I really believe that it's very important in the church today, if we are going to have a choir, that the people in the choir…
  • Award-winning vocalist hopes new music project will help curb biblical illiteracy

    Gina Adams
    9 Apr 2015 | 7:19 am
    According to a LifeWay Research study, only 45 percent of those who regularly attend church read the Bible more than once a week, and 18 percent of attenders say they never read the Bible. A Barna research study showed that 60% of Americans cannot name five of the ten commandments. Similar surveys have shown that scripture illiteracy is at an all-time high, and Telly Award winner and top 40 Billboard artist, Jennifer Shaw, hopes her new project will help alter the current trend. Shaw is releasing a children’s music project entitled Scripture Memory Songs for Kids and…
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  • Orphan Care Spotlight: Educating Hearts and Minds

    Kathy
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:54 am
    “A good head and good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special.” -Nelson Mandela What difference has education made in your life? Beyond the essential foundations of reading, writing and arithmetic, what friends are in your life as a result of your educational experiences? Perhaps you made a lifelong friend on the playground or in the dining hall on campus. Are you the first member of your family to graduate from college or acquire an advanced degree? Maybe encouraging words from your…
  • Sharing our Bread for Multiplication

    ForgottenVoices
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last time I was in Zambia, I sat in the living room of a widow who was caring for her 4 grandchildren who had lost their parents. While we talked, I noticed that her six year old grandson had a biscuit. A few of the neighborhood children had come into the house out of curiosity and quietly while the adults conversed, he gathered the other children around and began sharing his food with each of them. Piece by piece he shared it around the circle of children. Each crumb was carefully given to a friend along with a quiet smile. A sweet and sacrificial act of generosity. It was likely that this…
  • Amidst division, we can all agree to this…

    Ryan
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:10 pm
    There is a heaviness to our hearts this week, bloated with cultural conflicts: terrorism, racism, reconciliation, flags, religion, and marriage. My Facebook feed is a rich array of perspectives that run the gamut in any direction imaginable. While I’m thankful for the diversity accumulated from studying and living with people from around the world, it can be confusing and cause angst. Friendships and honest communication across time and space can be hard. Especially in these seasons, it’s important to think about opportunities to build unity because finding a unified purpose…
  • A Visit With Remmy

    ForgottenVoices
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Join us on July 24th at 7pm for our next open house at Forgotten Voices! We are excited to have Remmy Hamapande, our Africa director, visiting with us next month. Remmy is a dear friend and fellow team member whose wisdom and cultural insights are very important to our program strategy.  Come enjoy a night of visiting and conversation with Remmy. We’d love to see you there! July 24th – 7pm Forgotten Voices Farmhouse 1215 Gettysburg Pike, Dillsburg PA 17019 RSVP here!    
  • Upcoming Events!

    ForgottenVoices
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Happy summer, everybody! We are in full swing here at Forgotten Voices, with many exciting events coming up over the next couple of months. You can check them out below. We’d love to see you there!   1. On July 24th, we are holding an open house titled “A Visit With Remmy.” Come and meet our Africa director and hear live updates from the field on orphan care initiatives and new sustainable income initiatives. July 24th, 2015 at 7pm. Forgotten Voices Farmhouse 1215 Gettysburg Pike, Dillsburg PA 17019 RSVP here!   2. On September 12th, Party by the Pond is…
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  • Scar Lines and The Kingdom of God

    Jeremy Jones
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I’ve been staring at a new scar: a nearly straight line on top of my wrist. The holes from the sutures have mostly vanished, so what’s left now is a three-inch pink strip lying within a circle of fledgling arm hair, the echo of a surgery I had earlier this month. The thing is, I really like the scar. While the wrist is painful and puffy and stiff, the scar tissue, like a garden row or fault line, reminds me of the strange and beautiful movement of skin. It slides around, pulls together, regenerates—all without us noticing. Nothing about my finding the human body remarkable is novel. I…
  • Announcing the 2015 Janet McCabe Poetry Prize Recipients

    Ruminate Magazine
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Ruminate Magazine is excited to share with you the winners of the 2015 McCabe Poetry Prize. We received a total of 511 entries. The winning poems were selected by our final judge, Dan Beachy-Quick. You can read the winning poems in Issue 36, which will release in mid-September. FIRST PLACE: “The Book of Never Saw” by Jody Rambo Jody Rambo is the author of Tethering World (Kent State University Press, 2011), winner of the Wick Poetry Chapbook Award. Her poems have appeared in Barrow Street, Colorado Review, Cutbank, Gulf Coast, Quarterly West, Sycamore Review, Salamander, The Virginia…
  • For Roxane Gay: Notes from a Forgiving Heart

    Sophfronia Scott
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    A few days ago a friend made a kind and generous offer: if I wanted to write about Charleston, about my feelings about the shooting and about community tragedy in general, she would post it and promote it. I declined. I told her it seemed plenty of people were having their say and I had nothing to add. But I wasn’t being entirely truthful. The real reason I turned her down was this: to write about Charleston I would have to write about December 14, 2012. I would have to write about Sandy Hook Elementary where my son, then in third grade, hid under a table in his classroom while down the…
  • Silence as Presence

    Judith Deem Dupree
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The world is speeding up, and I am slowing down. It was inevitable. It’s all right, of course… mostly. As I grow older, life enhances the quiet ways and shoves at the expediencies that used to shove at me. It is good to quiet down, to make pause without breaking faith with my to-do list, or someone else’s. Good to miss a beat in my endless rumba with that great god Expectation. To laugh at my clumsiness. To slow dance with the Holy Ghost. To fall in love with all the neighbors I have never known, and marvel over the way yeast rises and makes miracles. I begin to practice…
  • Notes from the Autism Spectrum, Part I: Alienation and Symbol

    Daniel Bowman Jr.
    16 Jun 2015 | 3:25 pm
    I am autistic. And I am ready to write about it. I’m ready, I think, but I have no idea where to begin. No “red thread” of narrative has revealed itself. The topic overwhelms me; it will take multiple essays just to introduce, and there’s no obvious starting point that I can see. In her 2014 memoir, Cynthia Kim wrote that since her diagnosis, “In a way, I’ve been forced to relearn how to be me.” That feels right. The facts of being me have not changed, but since my diagnosis, the meanings of those facts have undergone a great shift, “a sea-change, into something rich and…
 
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  • Make National Grandparents’ Day a Day of Prayer for Your Grandchildren

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    TIGARD, Ore., June 29, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Christian Grandparenting Network is announcing its fifth annual Grandparents’ Day of Prayer (GDOP) on September 13, 2015. The purpose of Grandparents Day of Prayer is for grandparents to unite in prayer for their grandchildren and their parents on the designated National Grandparents Day. Our grandchildren are living in a desperate moral and spiritual climate navigating in a world hostile to truth. Satan has launched an aggressive attack on all fronts using media, technology, education, social influences and political pressures…
  • Supreme Court Decision on Gay Marriage Evokes Strong Reactions From Christian Leaders.

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:16 pm
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Editor Faithinspires.Org Earlier today the U.S. Supreme Court released its ruling that the U.S. Constitution guarantees same sex couples the right to marry. News of the decision had barely crossed “ the wires” when the reaction from all parts of our nations Christian leaders came flooding back across the same news wires, emails to supporters etc. What follows is a small sampling from some of the press releases etc. we have seen. The Evangelical Church Alliance issued a statement which read in part, Evangelical Church Alliance (ECA), one of America’s…
  • Groups to Display 1000 Flowers at the United States Capitol Building and Hold Prayer Vigil to Remember Pastor Saeed’s 1000th Day of Imprisonment

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    22 Jun 2015 | 8:45 am
    WASHINGTON, June 22, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Saeed Abedini is an American citizen who was given an eight year prison sentence in Iran for his Christian faith.  June 23, 2015 marks day 1000 of his incarceration. The faith organizations will hold a news conference on Tuesday, June 23, at 12:30 P.M. with the flowers on the lower western terrace of the United States Capitol Building. The groups will be praying for Pastor Saeed’s release and calling upon members of Congress to act immediately. This public witness is part of the #orangejumpsuit campaign which is a movement…
  • Christian Groups Decry South Carolina Church Shooting

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    18 Jun 2015 | 10:06 pm
    “That Christians of any ethnic group have been slain while praying — not overseas but right here in our nation–should drive us all to our knees.” — Preston Parrish, CEO, Corporate Chaplains of America. — Last night’s scene: a seemingly regular Wednesday night service in a historic church…believers huddled…Bibles opened…voices raised to God in prayer…then, a hate-filled shooter opens fire…nine unsuspecting people die. “That Christians of any ethnic group have been slain while meeting for prayer — not overseas but right here in our nation–…
  • Why are we called to be humble ?

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:19 am
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Editor FaithInspires.Org Humility in our modern world is a much neglected quality. Yet for Christians it is a very necessary one. Consider this from St. Augustine the early church leader, ” Humility is the foundation of all the other virtues hence, in the soul in which this virtue does not exist there cannot be any other virtue except in mere appearance. ” So here we see that no other virtue we seek is possible, until we first master humility. Humility prepares us to learn from God, and his word. Think about what scripture says in Matthew 10:24…
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  • How to Help Your Small Group Grow in Faith

    Steve Fuller
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Danger from the Tempter Paul was concerned about the Thessalonians because he knew the Tempter had been attacking their faith (1 Thessalonians 3:5). The same is true with every member of your home group.  Every day Satan is taking shots at their faith. That is why your small group should focus on helping each other grow in faith.  But how can we do that? Here are steps I find helpful – Explain What Faith Is I have used Romans 4:18-21 to help group members understand that faith means trusting all that God promises to be to us in Christ. Point out how often the word…
  • How Worship Transformed Me (“Grace so Glorious”)

    Steve Fuller
    6 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Longing for More We are seeing God work in amazing ways here in Abu Dhabi. But at the same time, I’ve been longing for God to do in me what Paul prays in Ephesians 3:16-17 — … that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. It’s true that Christ dwells in every believer.  So why does Paul pray that Christ may dwell in our hearts through faith? Doesn’t Christ already dwell in our hearts?  Yes.  That happened at conversion, as…
  • Recent Abu Dhabi Sermons

    Steve Fuller
    30 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Recent Preaching Since I am no longer preaching at Mercy Hill, some of you have asked if any of my Abu Dhabi preaching has been posted online. So here are five sermons I’ve preached since arriving here. Why Was Jesus Transfigured? (Mark 9:2-13) (April 10) When I studied this passage closely I noticed why Jesus was transfigured, and the answer deeply encouraged my faith. Why Was Paul so Eager to Preach the Gospel? (Romans 1:14-15) (April 19) Too often fear squelches my eagerness.  But one step that helps is to see what fueled Paul’s eagerness, and to pray over that reason until…
  • Spurgeon on Why and How to Use God’s Promises

    Steve Fuller
    20 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Spurgeon on God’s Promises For the past few weeks I have been reading Charles Spurgeon’s According to Promise: or the Method of the Lord’s Dealings with His Chosen. This has been timely, as God has used this book to strengthen my faith as we made the move to Abu Dhabi. Spurgeon’s teaching was so encouraging that I decided to share some quotes with you. I pray that these quotes will — remind you of the importance of God’s promises, encourage you to make regular use of God’s promises, and strengthen your faith in God’s promises. Quotes from the…
  • How to Help Your Small Group Become Missional

    Steve Fuller
    16 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    Missional Vision Last night I met with an engineer to talk about the vision for our church plant. I shared our dream of being a church full of small groups in which, among other things, everyone was reaching out to lost friends, neighbors, and work associates with the gospel. His excitement about this vision stirred me so much that I thought I would share steps you can take to help your small group become more missional. But first — why be missional?  Four reasons — 1. Because Jesus commands us And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has…
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  • He who is without sin can change the channel

    Rey Lo
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:51 pm
    Last Friday, Brian Williams gave an interview with Matt Lauer on the Today Show following his suspension as the anchor of NBC Nightly News. If you don’t know the story, Brian Williams was exposed as having lied about his involvement with several news stories. If you haven’t seen the interview you can watch it here. We watched the … Continue reading →
  • I’m going to get picky here

    Rey Lo
    20 May 2015 | 10:29 pm
    One of the things I really like about reading Donald Miller’s books is I sort of feel as though I’ve experienced him growing up. In his latest work “Scary Close” I’m struck by how he talks about how messed up he was when he wrote his previous books. His writing has always connected with me in a … Continue reading →
  • What My Past is Teaching Me About My Future

    Rey Lo
    13 May 2015 | 9:26 am
    As a third grader at St. Benedict’s Catholic School on the east side of San Antonio, I was short, pudgy, and not particularly athletic. I was the kid that was always picked last in PE. I don’t have a lot of clear memories from that time of my life. Mostly brief images, faces, passings moments … Continue reading →
  • Don’t hate

    Rey Lo
    12 Apr 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Bobby Rivas is a San Antonio-based musician and writer. He is the frontman for Islands & Tigers, currently on a tour in the Western U.S. You can check out their tour dates here. A lot of musicians, particularly from my generation, have lost sight of the purpose of music. It’s supposed to serve us. It seems, though, that a … Continue reading →
  • Because you didn’t hang the moon

    Rey Lo
    21 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    I was having a conversation with my daughter Elena this week. She was sharing some of her thoughts about the relationship she’s in right now. It was one of those moments that every dad hopes for as their child moves into young adulthood. Against what I normally do I listened before speaking. I asked questions and … Continue reading →
 
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  • “I need help!”

    Fervr
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:35 pm
    When standing up for your rights goes too far
  • Is sin just doing bad things?

    Fervr
    27 Jun 2015 | 5:53 pm
    ...and if so, can I get into heaven by simply doing enough good things?
  • Does God make mistakes?

    Fervr
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Reassurance that everything - including you - has been created for a reason.
  • Inside Out: Viewing Guide

    Fervr
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:01 pm
    Pixar's latest film asks the question 'what happens when our emotions run wild?'
  • Steph Curry: Testimony

    Fervr
    21 Jun 2015 | 6:48 pm
    The 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player and two-time NBA All-Star on doing it all for God.
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    The Book

  • Micah 7:8

    Daniel
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
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  • Matthew 13:44

    Daniel
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:09 am
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  • Psalm 96:12

    Daniel
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
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  • Mark 1:21-28 Jesus Teaches in the Synagogue, Casts Out a Demon

    Daniel
    28 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    Jesus teaches in the Synagogue (1:21-22) A demon confronts Christ (1:23-24) Jesus casts out the demon (1:25-26) The people are amazed, word of Jesus spreads (1:27-28) Exegesis Capernaum was a fishing village on the Sea of Galilee and home to Peter. It would serve as the base for the ministry of Jesus. The Synagogue was … Continue reading →
  • Mark 1:14-20 Jesus begins his Ministry and Calls his First Disciples

    Daniel
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:01 am
    The Arrest of John the Baptist (1:14) Jesus begins his Ministry (1:14-15) Jesus calls Simon and Andrew (1:16-18) Jesus calls John and James (1:19-20) Exegesis Up until this point, Mark testified that three things occurred prior to Jesus beginning his ministry:  The appearance and prophecy of John the Baptist (Mark 1:1-8), the baptism of Jesus … Continue reading →
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    preaching.org » Blog Comments

  • Has Preaching Changed Since the Early Church?

    Kenton Anderson
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Here is an interesting piece by Pete Sanlon, discussing how contemporary preaching relates to ancient practices in preaching. There is always much to learn about the future, by looking to the past. Has Preaching Changed since the Early Church?
  • A Well Turned Phrase

    Kenton Anderson
    14 May 2015 | 7:20 pm
    A word fitly spoken offers more than meets the ear. In my efforts to encourage an accessible and compelling conversational style in preaching, I sometimes fear that I have not given adequate consideration to the value of a well turned … Continue reading →
  • The Reprise

    Kenton Anderson
    30 Apr 2015 | 8:55 pm
    One very effective approach to preaching is what I call the “reprise.” This is where we introduce some piece of distinctive material early in the sermon while bringing it back later for a deepened and renewed consideration. It is this … Continue reading →
  • Half as Much is Twice as Good

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

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

  • 1996 was how long ago?

    Tori Shaw
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:48 pm
     On this day in 1996 I met Bryan Shaw for the very first time. We had grown up in the same neighborhood our entire lives but had never met each other. On June 28th, my friends took me to Bryan's... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • How can it be?

    Tori Shaw
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:55 pm
    Earlier tonight I went to Ham's Restaurant to pick up some take out for Bryan and I. When you order take out at Ham's, you have to go to the bar to pick it up. So when I went in to get our food, I... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Natural Born Momma

    Tori Shaw
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Earlier today I was talking with  a friend that I used to teach with. I was explaining that I am now a homeschooling Mommy. I said, "I never, ever thought I would homeschool my kids but its perfect!... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Better than Screen Time!!

    Tori Shaw
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Recently I realized that my boys have had little too much "screen time" this summer.  If you don't know what that is, let me share. Anything that has a screen is covered in "screen time" such as... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Happy Father's Day!

    Tori Shaw
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:46 pm
    Bryan and I often watch Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. We don't care much for the interviews or talent acts but we love all of the funny things he does on his show. Last night, in honor of Father's... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
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    Latest content from FaithVillage

  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:53 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

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:53 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?

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:53 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

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:53 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

    30 Jun 2015 | 4:53 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

  • Helping Communities Heal: After the Earthquake

    Craig
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:28 pm
    The earthquake in Nepal affected thousands of children, many of whom are suffering from the emotional trauma of living through a natural disaster. A new resource from David C Cook seeks to bring healing and hope for these precious children. As children mourn the loss of parents, siblings, and friends, they need help dealing with this emotional trauma. Communities, locally and globally, are coming together to support earthquake victims by fulfilling practical needs: food, shelter, water, clothing, etc. But the emotional needs of the Nepalese people are more difficult to address. David C Cook…
  • Comfort in the Wake of Tragedy: Equipping Pastors in India and Nepal

    Craig
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:51 pm
    As we hear in the news of earthquakes rattling Nepal and parts of India, our mission to equip local pastors is more urgent than ever. Last year, donors helped provide 5,000 audio libraries to Nepali pastors. The libraries are packaged on digital cards that plug into mobile phones, so pastors can access Bible study resources anytime, anywhere. Now as the tragedy of the earthquake raises spiritual questions of life and death, 5,000 pastors are already equipped with resources to comfort earthquake victims with God’s Word. Learning God’s Word so They Can Share It To pastors with little…
  • A Growing Discipleship Ministry for Children

    Craig
    21 May 2015 | 8:26 am
    In collaboration with church leaders in over a dozen African nations, we have adapted Children at Risk resources for local churches under a new name, Life on Life Discipleship for Children. The relational model of Life on Life equips caring adults to serve vulnerable children. Their relationships flourish in connection with their local church. In that context, learning resources cultivate three strands of discipleship—spiritual formation, character development, and life skills—to strengthen the whole child. As the Scripture says, “A cord of three stands is not quickly broken” (Ecc.
  • A Spiritual Remedy for the Effects of Ebola

    Craig
    6 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Last fall as the Ebola virus continued to spread in West Africa, mission-minded donors received word of an urgent global initiative to deliver The Story of Jesus to churches in Ghana. The churches had already come together in 2013 to envision a national evangelism effort. They selected the illustrated story as an ideal resource to reach children and their families. Then Ebola raised the stakes. The donors’ response was swift and generous. Because of the initiative, 5.3 million copies of The Story of Jesus were printed and delivered to Ghana by spring 2015—all for about sixteen cents per…
  • Pray for Nepal

    Craig
    30 Apr 2015 | 5:50 am
    I’m sure by now you are aware of the terrible earthquake and following devastation that happened in Nepal this past weekend. Praise be to God that our friends and partners in ministry are safe. However, there are still many pastors, many of whom have received the SD chips and the Story of Jesus who are missing along with their families. Here is an email we received on Monday from one of our partners in Nepal:  Greetings from Nepal! By God’s grace we are ok but still we are staying outside in the tent because there are several small earthquakes that are frequently coming even today.
 
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    CHRISTIANITY Every Day

  • Overwelmed, depressed or down

    Pamela Rose Williams
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:55 am
    Lamentations 3:21-25 ( KJV ) 21This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 22It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 25The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. his compassions fail not I’m thanking Faithful Blogging today for Prompt #15 which inspired me to write this post. We all have those days when it seems like everything is going wrong. My hubby is doing some…
  • Do or don’t do; that is the question

    Pamela Rose Williams
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:” — Ephesians 4:15 We are encouraged and even admonished to “speak the truth in love”. This is a little verse that comes on the tail of some other things that Paul was writing in his letter to the Church at Ephesus. It is a continuation of some things that Paul is encouraging the Church to do as a result  of their faith in Jesus Christ. Just prior to today’s verse we see: Ephesians 4:1-6 ( KJV ) I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of…
  • Just a chunk of wood

    Guest
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:55 am
    I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. Psalm 139:14 “But my initials are on the bottom of the boat, look and see.” One day a father gave his young son a chunk of wood and said, “Make something with it”.  Now this son was very talented.  He began to widdle on this piece of wood and sand it, and polish it, and do it again. Until, finally after weeks, it was finished, unique, perfect, flawless in it’s being exactly what the boy wanted. A tiny oak sail boat. His father said,…
  • Bible Verse Photo: Psalm 62:6

    Pamela Rose Williams
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:25 pm
  • White chocolate chip chocolate cookies

    Pamela Rose Williams
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:56 am
    My kids once said these are the best cookies Momma ever made! I am not good at baking cookies and I know it is because I generally over bake them. The key to good cookies, especially these moist and chewy ones, it to take them out two minutes before they are done, leave them on the cookie sheet for two minutes so they set after baked and then transfer them to your cooling rack. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Ingredients: 2 ¼ Cups flour 2/3 cups baking cocoa 1 teaspoon baking soda ¼ teaspoon salt 1 Cup Butter or margarine (softened … they will be a bit crispier if you choose butter) ¾…
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Can a Local church (ekklesia), be Born in a Day?

    Miguel
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    Can a local church (ekklesia), be born in a day? On the surface this would appear to be a simple question, but unpacking it with our own experiences, assumptions, and theologies can be prove to be a bit challenging. Before you attempt to do that, here’s a brief story. Last week, with a team of short-term missionaries, IRead More(Visited 60 times, 4 visits today)
  • What About Plowing In Short-Term Missions Trips?

    Miguel
    7 May 2015 | 9:32 am
    If we’re honest, much of short-term missions is about harvesting. The unsettled urgency to ‘win souls,’ and the expenditures towards that end drive the reaping, plucking, and gathering of ‘fruit.’ In many cases that fruit is considered to be the canny but hesitant confessions of unripened and uncultivated hearts, or the hastily repeated prayers ofRead More(Visited 38 times, 1 visits today)
  • When White Chocolate Missional “Sent-ness” Becomes a Yoke Not of Jesus’ Making.

    Miguel
    5 May 2015 | 12:17 pm
    At the outset, and with all the transparency I can muster, I admit that I believe every believer is sent. What does that mean to me? It means I believe that deep within the Image of God DNA that we as believers have inherited, is the impulse for movement and mission from where we are,Read More(Visited 34 times, 1 visits today)
  • How exactly, are we supposed to be ‘led by the Spirit’ in Missions?

    Miguel
    1 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    The idea of ‘being ‘led by the Spirit,’ is often touted and dropped in cliche-esque fashion into Christian conversations. It’s use by others (“You need to be led by the Spirit”), tries to invoke an “ah ha” moment, as if by saying it, the receiver says, “Oh yes, that’s it, that’s the key to everything, ‘being led byRead More(Visited 160 times, 1 visits today)
  • 12 Self-Reflective Questions To Know Whether or Not You Have Caused Others To Sin or Stumble.

    Miguel
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:33 pm
    “We don’t cause people to sin or stumble, people choose to sin or stumble all on their own.” Ever heard that, or something like it? Is there any truth in that? Before answering, consider these: We can be an agent of temptation. – “Temptations to sin are sure to come, but woe to the oneRead More(Visited 50 times, 1 visits today)
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    Before The Cross

  • Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

    Chris Howard
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    Anyone familiar with raising a toddler knows there are moments when the child gets so frustrated they can’t communicate. When this happens at our house, we remind our daughter to be patient and to use her words to express how she is feeling. The decision by the SCOTUS to legalize same-sex marriage showcases a landmark change worth a lot of discussion. I’m sure you’re aware of the rapid response-rate taking place on social media between opponents and proponents of the ruling. There are many examples of impatience. In large part, communication isn’t happening. As a Christian, I wanted…
  • What You Search For Reveals Your Priorities

    Mike Mobley
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    How many times per day do you go online and search for something? Most of our answers to people these days include “Google it” or “look it up online.” There’s a lot we can learn about ourselves and about our culture by what we are searching for and at the end of the day, those search results reveal our priorities. You Search For What Interests You Everyone has various interests and passions and God has wired all of us differently. More than likely, the things we are spending most of our time on and interests we want to fulfill, we are searching for it. We want…
  • Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

    Chris Howard
    23 Jun 2015 | 6:45 am
    What does peace look like for you? With the summer drawing near, for many it will look like a vacation. Photos on social media will show a family dressed in color-coordinated gear, maybe against a backdrop of an ocean or the mountains. Nothing will be mentioned about the crying from a toddler or teen when told to put on a crisp white shirt or dress, the crying from the mother when said white shirt or dress was soon covered in juice (or who-knows-what else), or the crying from the father when he learned he had to dress up in a white shirt on vacation. Though the photo seems to say “We’ve…
  • A Father’s Day Tribute to My Husband

    Joelle Mobley
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    This is a guest post by Joelle Mobley. “I’m a sinner in need of a Savior! I love my Savior Jesus Christ, my amazing husband Mike, and our beautiful daughter Peyton Riley and handsome son Matthew Xander!” You can contact her on Twitter and on Facebook. If you are interested in writing a post for us, visit our Guest Post page. You can also view other guest posts by clicking here. I can’t even begin to describe what a wonderful daddy Mike has become over the last 3 years. I always knew that he would be a loving, playful dad but he has completely gone above and…
  • Scripture on Jesus’ Return

    Mike Mobley
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    No matter what you are facing today, one thing is for sure…Jesus is coming again. He’s not coming like He did before as a baby, but as King. Jesus will wipe away every tear, there will be no mourning, no crying, no pain, all former things will pass away and death will be no more. Can you imagine this? Do you believe this to be true? Jesus is returning. In that split second, everyone will know the truth. When Jesus comes back, decision making is over. Everyone, all around the world, believer and non believer will bow down and recognize Jesus as King. The believer will be saved into…
 
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    Barbie Swihart

  • Old Fashioned Novel & Devotional Review & A Prize Pack Giveaway!

    Barbie
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:47 pm
    A couple of weeks ago, I posted my review of the Old Fashioned movie which I received on DVD. You can read my review here and watch the trailer below. Today I have the opportunity to tell you about two companion products that go along with the CD — the Old Fashioned Novelization and The Old Fashioned Way Devotional. About the Novel Turning his back on his reckless lifestyle, former frat boy Clay Walsh has settled down to turn an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town….and to purse lofty and outdated theories on love and romance.  But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman…
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    Interpulpit

  • Hold On To Your Crown

    Rick
    6 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
      Even when everything is right in the Christian life, there’s still trouble to deal with in this world. The church in Philadelphia received only encouraging words from the Lord (Revelation 3:7-13), yet they had their troubles. Don’t mistakenly think that just because faith is all about the abundant life, that everything just clicks and works beautifully all the time. It’s true that faith brings the victory, but sometimes it comes after hard battles. No Christian has it all together, and no Christian should expect a life of ease just because they are on the right track. On the…
  • OUR Authority in Christ

    Rick
    9 May 2015 | 8:12 am
      Everybody loves to cheer for the underdog! It’s not enough to go the distance; audiences must see Rocky win—again and again. Has there ever been a greater underdog than a dead person? And yet Jesus rose from the dead and triumphed over all the natural odds. But Jesus was NEVER the underdog. He was the One with authority, and was even authority itself! Death never had a chance of keeping Him. On the other hand, all Christian believers were the underdog. We were in a lost condition, children of wrath, and without God in this world. Because of the death and resurrection of Jesus…
  • More Authority in Christ

    Rick
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:18 am
      When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, the people shouted, “Hosanna!” (John 12:13). This was a transliteration of the Hebrew word meaning, “Save now.” They were looking for the King of the Jews to free them from Roman occupation. Yet Jesus rode on a donkey. Donkeys were traditionally ridden by kings in times of peace. It would be a horse in times of war. Nevertheless, the Pharisees didn’t like that the people were praising Him. They rightfully perceived Jesus as a threat to their authority. They weren’t the first who wanted to get rid of Him. When Jesus was born, Herod tried to…
  • Does God Lead Us Into Temptation?

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

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

  • Wise Words from an Ex-Cop: The Police Guardian v. The Police Warrior

    Tim Suttle
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:51 am
    “Officers… must realize that the public—even a group of non-compliant teenagers—are not an enemy to be vanquished, but civilians to be protected.” - Seth Stoughton   I just read a phenomenal article from TPM & Seth Stoughton, a former cop who now teaches at the University of South Carolina Law School, commenting on the latest video evidence [Read More...]
  • 10 Great Words You Should Know & Use

    Tim Suttle
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:27 am
    One doesn’t have a good vocabulary; one maintains a good vocabulary. Evelyn Waugh was right to say, “One forgets words as one forgets names. One’s vocabulary needs constant fertilizing or it will die.” When at their best, writers work diligently at the use of language because we know that language lives at the heart of [Read More...]
  • Anne Lamott on Perfectionism

    Tim Suttle
    3 Jun 2015 | 10:31 am
    “Perfectionism is another way we avoid vulnerability, and it also happens to be my favorite sin… I tell myself that if I do it perfectly every time, then no one can critique me, and I don’t have to feel vulnerable.” Shrink, p. 148.   I’m a recovering perfectionist. So every now and then I force [Read More...]
  • How does the word Christian modify the word Leader?

    Tim Suttle
    28 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Nearly every pastor or ministry leader I’ve ever met operates under the same underlying assumption that their main job is to make their church or ministry grow. This assumption is typically not a conscious thought, although it is in many cases. The assumption is highly operative, and uncritically accepted, even though if you asked them about [Read More...]
  • Why the “Big Drop in Share of Americans Calling Themselves Christian” Isn’t Our Problem

    Tim Suttle
    14 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    The New York Times reported earlier this week on the sharp decline in the number of Americans who self-identify as Christians. I’m guessing Christians will likely blame this on shifting cultural values or some other outside phenomenon. As for my take, I think the church should probably be able to manage faithfulness with or without cultural approval. [Read More...]
 
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • Saint Simeon the God-Receiver

    MBA
    14 Jun 2015 | 3:05 am
    Originally posted on HOLY RELICS - The Deification of Man:Ex ossibus – St Simeon Small piece of bone of Righteous Simeon the God-Receiver. The reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians. First class relic.
  • Relics – 19 – Purple robe of Jesus Christ

    MBA
    7 Jun 2015 | 4:17 am
    On the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, above is a reliquary with a small piece of the purple robe of Our Lord Jesus Christ (De Purpurae), a very rare relic. Christ was forced to wear this robe after His scourging at the pillar, when the soldiers crowned Him with thorns and … Continue reading Relics – 19 – Purple robe of Jesus Christ →
  • JUST OUT: The Warrior Prince – Saint Michael the Archangel

    MBA
    6 Jun 2015 | 12:21 am
    Filed under: Books, Saint Michael Tagged: Books, Saint Michael
  • 4* Review for Deification of Man in Christianity

    MBA
    31 May 2015 | 11:25 pm
    “Although very concise, this small book offers a very good introduction to the Deification/Theosis of man, the very purpose of all our lives, particularly from the Eastern Orthodox perspective. It is replete with credible references, both biblical and from respected Eastern Orthodox saints, that together provide a sound basis for the postulation of the author, who … Continue reading 4* Review for Deification of Man in Christianity →
  • Relics – 18 – The Holy Shroud of Christ

    MBA
    31 May 2015 | 1:27 am
    Above is a reliquary showing a very small piece of the Holy Shroud of Jesus Christ (De Sindone), one of the most famous relics in history. You can read more about the Shroud here. The small piece shown above constitutes a second class relic and the reliquary was sealed by the Augustinians.Filed under: God, Jesus Christ, Relics Tagged: … Continue reading Relics – 18 – The Holy Shroud of Christ →
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • What does it mean to really be a child of God the Father – 2

    MBA
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:07 pm
    How often do we abandon ourselves in God the Father’s Divine Will, with the entirety of our minds, hearts, bodies, and souls; in terms of not knowing the outcome to ourselves of such abandonment? That is an abandonment that is both inherent in, and characteristic of, that true simplicity and filial trust of a young […]
  • What does it really mean to be a child of God the Father?

    MBA
    17 Jun 2015 | 2:02 am
    Since this question keeps on being repeatedly asked by many, here is an answer I originally posted back in 2013: To be a child of God means to be an adoptive member of the Divine Family. When we become children of the living God by taking steps to rediscover our true heritage and giving the […]
  • What is the meaning of the divine inheritance?

    MBA
    7 Jun 2015 | 8:18 am
    Originally posted on THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER:The question was asked, “What does ‘the divine inheritance’ mean?” The response is simple, though by no means brief if answered in depth. The divine inheritance means we are called to literally inherit everything God the Father has, with Himself as Perfect Love above all…
  • The purple robe of Jesus Christ

    MBA
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:58 am
    On this the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, above is shown a reliquary containing a small piece of the purple robe of Our Lord Jesus Christ (De Purpurae), a very rare relic in history. Christ was forced to wear this robe by the soldiers after His scourging at the pillar, when […]
  • The Holy Shroud of Jesus Christ

    MBA
    31 May 2015 | 1:46 am
    On this the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, for your edification above is shown a reliquary containing a very small piece of the burial cloth, the Holy Shroud of Our Lord Jesus Christ (De Sindone), one of the most famous relics in history. The reliquary just arrived a few days ago. You can read […]
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    missionsmusings

  • Free Form Friday: Tiny House Adventures

    missionsgirl
    19 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
    Psalm 127:1  “A Song of Ascents, of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.” It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted something on this blog. It really is amazing how fast time does fly. It can be so easy to get focused on the mundane everyday routines of life and stop looking beyond that to what is ahead. Sometimes though, it’s good for a person to lift their head and look to the future. I’m about to start working on something new, something rather major, and thought it…
  • Pestering Heaven

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

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

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

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

  • Prayer for Conception

    Ria Lewis
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:54 pm
    (A special prayer for couples struggling to conceive) Lord Jesus Christ, we give You thanks, for You are worthy to be praised. Thank You, Jesus Christ, for Your love that endures. Thank You for Your promises. We stand strong on Your Word, and place our faith in You, Jesus Christ. Father, we trust Your sovereign will. Lord, You know it is our desire to have a child and, Father, if it is part of Your plan for us, we welcome it. Lord, if not, we accept Your plan for us. However, we are making our requests known to You andPrayer for Conception
  • Brook Potter’s Healing Service from Kristiansand Norway April 2015, Part 1

    Brook Potter
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:40 pm
    Brook Potter’s Healing Service, Norway In this video, Brook Potter walks through some of the traditions of men, in the area of healing, that keep people from operating in faith and seeing better results. Does a person need faith to be healed?  Do you need to have an atmosphere?  Is it the sick person’s fault if they do not get healed?  All of these questions are more are addressed in part 1 of this video teaching. This video is a good introduction to the subject of divine healing, and can help activate believers to heal the sick.Brook Potter’s Healing Service from…
  • Discovering God’s Love in the Parable of the Pearl

    Simon Wilson
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    The Hidden love behind the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price and Hidden Treasure When I was growing up, on Sundays I heard the parables of the Pearl of Great Price and Hidden Treasure many times. I always struggled with the conclusion that many of the preachers/teachers seemed to have come to and there was something within that didn’t quite believe it. They seem to always teach that the Pearl of Great Price and the Hidden Treasure, was the Kingdom of God and that we were the merchant and we were to sell everything that we have, give up our livesDiscovering God’s Love in the…
  • By His Blood – The Book of Acts, perfect or progressive Revelation of Grace?

    Brook Potter
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    “James was a Jew. He might, perhaps, have considered himself a completed Jew; but he was a Jew for all that, and as such was bound by his Jewishness to both the Mosaic Law and the Traditions of the rabbis. His Christianity never did rise much above Judaism, even though it was Judaism at it’s best.” – John Philip Early on in my Grace Awakening, I was challenged by a legalist preacher on my interpretation of Ananias and Sapphira. In that argument, I made the comment that Peter, being law-conscious, spoke death over them by his words. The law preacher,By His Blood – The Book of…
  • DewDrops – Where God Provides

    Zoe
    20 Jun 2015 | 12:53 am
    About two years ago, I started believing God for a promotion. In April of the following year I was given the opportunity to go to another office for one month to hold on for a colleague who was on sick leave. While there, I prayed that I would get an opportunity to provide relief on the higher position. It was even my desire to be promoted in that office. God however had bigger plans! In November, I was told that I had an interview for a position in Port of Spain (I live in San Fernando). While I was thankfulDewDrops – Where God Provides
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Broken Together – the only way marriage works – Casting Crowns [video] - Christian Home and Family

    Carey
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:54 am
    Carey I love the message of Casting Crown’s new video “Broken Together” In our media-saturated world seldom do I see a video that truly captures the hopes, struggles, pain, and humble reliance on God that are truly needed to make a Christ-centered, God-honoring marriage possible. This one does a good job of it. I love how it portrays the childhood dreams we humans have of male/female relationship, and how we truly are broken together as we walk alongside each other in that journey. It takes two people – husband and wife – each submitting their own desires and…
  • How would you have me become a better father? – What one reader would ask God… - Christian Home and Family

    Carey
    27 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Carey How to be a good father… It’s not an easy question to answer. A while back I asked readers of this blog to answer this question: If you could get a direct answer from God about any question related to marriage, the family, and parenting – what would it be? I got some very good responses. One Dad asked, “How would You have me become a better father?” It’s a question worth asking. I hesitate to answer FOR God on any question, but I feel pretty safe offering these thoughts because they come directly from His word: First let me say that I don’t know…
  • I love God, you love God – but not enough - Christian Home and Family

    Carey
    21 May 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Carey I love God. I really do. In spite of how I fail. And in spite of how passages like this make me feel… I’m often the ornery one, truly loving God but not acting like it. If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.Whoever does not love me does not keep my words. And the word that you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. – John 14:23-24 Jesus’ words make sense. Love must be translated into action if it is going to be real in the real world. For God so loved, He gave... is…
  • Child discipline = raising their sights - Christian Home and Family

    Carey
    11 May 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Carey Child discipline wasn’t something I appreciated when I was a child But I knew it had to be done. Once, my Dad had told me I was going to get a spanking and then seemed to forget about it. My young soul was tormented. When was I going to get it? Days passed and I was in agony. Finally I went to my Dad and asked him for the spanking he’d promised.Tweet This He was befuddled and told me that I didn’t need it anymore. My older brother told me I was stupid. Maybe I was, but I couldn’t stand knowing that I was to receive discipline but not knowing when. Now that…
  • 10 things I learned from my mom – by Melinda Green – Happy Mother’s Day - Christian Home and Family

    Carey
    8 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Carey 10 Things I’m so Thankful I Learned from My Mom This is a post my oldest daughter wrote for the site a few years ago… and every Mother’s Day I have to pull it out again. It still brings tears to my eyes… #1 The Truth of My Identity in Christ Ever since I was little my mom has been teaching me about who I am because of Jesus and His work in me. I am a new creation. No matter how I fall short and mess up I know that I am pure and holy because of Christ. Because of this knowledge I can live life confident in God and who He is making me to be. When insecurities and…
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • The Declining Church

    john crews
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Much ink has been spilled in recent months celebrating, decrying or denying the recent Pew study that shows in no uncertain terms that the American church is in decline.  The reasons for the shift away from religion, and Christianity in particular, are probably not all that complex.To some extent, I think that the study is a lot like looking at a distant star through a telescope.  Much of what we are seeing is really just a scene from the past.  It is a reflection of a large segment of people who previously self-identified as Christian because…
  • 29

    john crews
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:47 pm
    Just today I realized that, although June is upon us, I have only posted on this blog twice in all of 2015.  It is not that I lacked the desire to write.  Nor was it a lack of subject matter or writer's block-- there has actually been plenty to capture my attention in 2015.  Rather, what has been lacking is either the time or motivation in the moment.  It seems like I have been too busy to come up for air most of the year, and when I have had time to write I just couldn't bring myself to do it.  I sometimes wonder if people are tired of…
  • Twisted History

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

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

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

  • Tailor-Made Education for Missions and Church Planting

    Ryan Pemberton
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    “This is not the world of 100 years ago,” notes Dr. Tim Sisk, pastor, professor, and missionary to Japan and Bolivia. “It’s a very different world, and there are a number of different issues that impact how we take the gospel there.” The changing world of missions and church planting requires a combination of current, on-the-ground perspective and scholarly analysis of the historical, biblical, and theological realities undergirding this important work. All of that can be found in these Mobile Ed courses on missions and church planting. For the first time, you can get Mobile Ed’s…
  • Expand Your Study of the New Testament and the Early Church

    Brandon Rappuhn
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    June has been a busy month for expanding and updating our products. Of particular note are the recently updated Teach the Text Commentary series, the Gordon Fee New Testament Studies Collection, as well as these four brilliant gems in the study of the New Testament and the early church: Baker Academic Early Church Collection In 22 must-read books from Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox writers, the Baker Academic Early Church Collection furnishes your library with historical studies on the ancient church from the Acts of the Apostles until the fourth century. It’s an essential collection…
  • What’s New in Logos Now 6.4

    Tyler Smith
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every day we’re working hard on innovative solutions to the problems you encounter in your Bible study. Our team regularly develops exciting new features, datasets, tools, and more to give you a deeper understanding of God’s Word. In the past, you had to wait until the next release of our software to access extensive updates like these. But whether you’re a minister, scholar, student, or an everyday Christian with a passion for God’s Word, we recognize that you want the latest and best Bible study tools to help you dig deeper into God’s word, right now. That’s why we created Logos…
  • How to Use Inline Search to Discover Figures of Speech

    Morris Proctor
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials. Maybe you’ve noticed that searching in Logos is quite different from searching a print book! We search print volumes one at a time, whereas Logos editions can be searched in bulk. We instruct Logos to search our commentaries or theology books or journals. But with so many books in our Logos libraries, we may overlook the value of a specific resource. One such book you…
  • Don’t Miss 39% off 39 Books by John Piper

    Paul Kirby
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    There are only a few days left for you to get 39% off the Crossway John Piper Collection. This collection gives you 39 great works by Piper, including Don’t Waste Your Life, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die, God’s Passion for His Glory, and A Hunger for God. This collection spans an extensive range of topics. Piper and other scholars offer a biblical response to open theism. Piper also shows you the riches of church history, exploring the lives and thought of John Owen, Augustine, Jonathan Edwards, John Calvin, William Wilberforce, and others. And he responds to N.T. Wright’s views…
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    Faithlife Women

  • G'Morning, God. Sorry, I'm In a Rush.

    asheritahciuciu
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Day after day, I'd roll out of bed and the tune would start as if on cue: Good morning, Lord. How are you? I hope you're feeling fine. I'd like to stay and talk but it's almost 7 o'clock And I...
  • Are Your Friendships Producing Fruit?

    Tayler Beede
    8 Jun 2015 | 1:36 pm
    I met my friend, Carol Porter, twenty years ago when she gathered a group of women together in Chicago to draft one of the early books on women’s ministry. Appropriately called, A Women’s Ministry...
  • Service: Love in Action

    Tayler Beede
    13 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us to do good works, which God planned in advance for us to live our lives doing (Ephesians 2:10, NCV). The Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea...
  • Choosing Grace Over Grudge

    Tayler Beede
    9 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    I know it hurts. I know it seemed unfair. I know your heart aches and you don’t understand why they did what they did to you or said what they said. I know you may be finding it hard to […]
  • The Non-Bible-Thumper Guide to Sharing Your Testimony

    asheritahciuciu
    1 May 2015 | 1:50 pm
    “Jesus sent [the man healed from demon possession] away, saying,“Return to your home, and declare how much God has done for you.” And he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city how much...
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • I’ve Been Reading Scripture Selfishly

    Diana Symons
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    I think I’ve been guilty of reading scripture to my benefit, not necessarily the way it was intended. For instance, Philippians 4:19 “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” I’ve trusted this scripture to be true for a very long time. And it has been. God has been faithful to supply all my needs. Some how I’ve always been cared for in all the ups and downs in my life. But now I read more into that passage and I wonder how I’ve missed it. To read that verse in context, Paul is thanking the Philippians for…
  • What If We Don’t Really Exist The Way We Think We Do?

    Diana Symons
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Sometimes I have weird ideas, and this is one of them. It’s just an idea… There is a theory in physics that says it may be possible  that an object dropped into a black hole will break apart and loose the definition of what it was. However, information about that object may still exist two-dimensionally  along the perimeter of the black hole,  or the event horizon, like an expression of computer code. And, in fact, the information stored on the surface is the “real” object and the three-dimensional version is a hologram. To take that theory one step further, we…
  • What’s God’s Favorite Color? And Other Personal Questions

    Diana Symons
    6 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    What’s God’s favorite color? What’s His favorite music? I wonder if He eats — what’s His favorite food? He is a person. That means He has a personality. He’s no respecter of persons, but that doesn’t mean that He doesn’t really love some things more than others. We do, and we’re made in His image. Think of your best friend, or someone you respect most in life. What are they like? What is it about them as a person that you find attractive? Now think of God like that. Think of Him as a person you want to get to know. We were made to live in…
  • When Christians Deny What Jesus Died For

    Diana Symons
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:47 am
    Too many people feel that blessing belongs to others — others more important, or more spiritual. Many people don’t believe they even deserve blessing. We’ve been taught to earn our rewards, but blessing from God is a gift. We are blessed through grace, not works. There is not one thing that you can do to earn God’s blessing. He blesses because He loves you. Because some feel the need to earn what grace gives freely, they reject it in their low self-esteem. Even when it’s freely offered, they will refuse it because they don’t feel worthy to receive it. This…
  • Comparing Yourself to Other People is Not Trusting God

    Diana Symons
    23 May 2015 | 11:40 am
    We always think that other people are more spiritual. God uses people like Daniel and Joseph, not us. But the truth is, God uses people like Daniel and Joseph AND us. Remember Jacob? Remember Gideon? God is not looking for perfect people, He’s looking for obedient and loving people. We lose so much by short changing ourselves. Our assumptions rob us of freedom and blessing. God wants you right now, just as you are. Do you have room to grow? Of course, but He loves who you are and all the gifts and talents He put in you. Use them. Enjoy them. We compare ourselves to other people, and…
 
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  • Was Ancient Israel Just Like Its Neighbors? A Singular Israel in a Pluralistic World

    Bill T. Arnold
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    How distinctive were the ancient Israelites? Biblical scholars dispute the degree to which Israel was the same as its neighbors living along the coastlines of the eastern Mediterranean Sea (the Levant). Some overemphasize the distinctiveness of Israel, portraying them as unlike the peoples living in the Levant in almost every respect. Others overstate the similarities, depicting ancient Israelites as indistinguishable from the Canaanites, Edomites, or Moabites. The Levant was the crossroads of the ancient Near East; a land-bridge connecting three continents. Cultural influences flowed into…
  • How to Disciple Children: When You Walk Along the Road

    Christina Embree
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Read Part 1 (“Where Children’s Discipleship Begins”) & Part 2 (“How to Disciple Children: When We Sit at Home”) of this series. – These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Deut. 6:6,7 During the school year as I travel to work, I pass the same scene each morning.  A father and son walking hand in hand to school, the dad balancing his coffee in one hand and the boy skipping along, his…
  • God Calls His People to Be Holy

    Timothy Tennent
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the questions people often ask is, why did God choose the Jewish people? There are thousands of people groups in the world, so why did God choose the Jews? Perhaps you remember William Ewer’s famous quip: “How odd of God to choose the Jews.” He could have chosen the Egyptians or the Hittites or the Incas. The Scriptures say that God did not choose Israel because they were more numerous or more powerful than any other nation, but simply because He wanted to show them His love (Deut. 7:7–8). Sometimes people mistakenly think that by choosing Israel, God was excluding other…
  • Andy Piercy’s Advice to Worship Leaders

    Seedbed
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    In this video interview, international song-writer and worship leader Andy Piercy shares two pieces of advice, both spiritual and practical, for worship leaders. He also reminds leaders the 4 things that matter most for congregations wanting to sing along.
  • 5 Ways to Prepare for a Short-Term Mission Trip

    The Mission Society
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    As many trip leaders will tell you, it’s all too easy to get tangled up in the logistics of planning a short-term trip. The team must be selected and funds raised. Schedules require seemingly endless hours of drafting, editing, and tweaking. Although planning time for a trip can get sucked up in important details such as these, here we’ll highlight the difficult, yet often neglected, internal work that we believe should be central in preparations for any cross-cultural trip. 1) Reconsider “short-term.” When we plan for a short-term trip, our minds are usually preoccupied with our…
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  • Thayer’s Greek Lexicon for theWord

    Britt
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:23 am
    Do you use theWord Bible Software? Are you digging into the Greek? Do you need help? This Lexicon is for you! Thayer’s Greek Lexicon will help you to see the fuller meaning of words and their full range! Download Thayer’s Greek Lexicon for theWord Now!    Description for the Thayer’s Greek Lexicon for theWord This is the full version of Thayer’s Greek Lexicon keyed to the Strong’s numbers. For over a century, Thayer’s has been lauded as one of the best New Testament lexicons available. Both accessible and thorough, it is a work suited for the student…
  • Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Dictionaries for theWord

    Britt
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
          Do you use theWord Bible Software? Are you looking for the fuller richer meaning of the scriptures? Then this dictionary is for you! This is the primary Strong’s dictionary used by ‘theWord’. Download Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Dictionaries for theWord here! CONCISE, UPDATED GREEK/HEBREW-ENGLISH DICTIONARIES OF THE WORDS IN THE GREEK AND HEBREW TESTAMENTS; WITH THEIR RENDERINGS IN THE KING JAMES VERSION: BY JAMES STRONG, S.T.D., LL.D. UPDATED AND ENHANCED BY JONATHAN KRISTEN MICKELSON This work is must for the student of the…
  • Word Pictures in the New Testament for theWord

    Britt
    13 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Are you digging into the Greek to better understand the Bible? Are you looking to get to the original langaunge to grow closer to God? Then Word Pictures in the New Testament by A.T. Robertson is for you. This module is hands down one of the ones I use the most! Download Word Pictures in the New Testament for theWord Bible Software Here!   About A. T. Robertson “Archibald Thomas Robertson (November 6, 1863 – September 24, 1934) was a notable American scholar of New Testament Greek… He was educated at Wake Forest (N. C.) College (M. A., 1885) and at The Southern Baptist…
  • Hebrews 9:1-10 The Earthly Ministry of the Priest

    Britt
    11 May 2015 | 6:36 am
      Last lesson we took looked at Hebrews 8 and the fact that with a new covenant God has made the first one obsolete. We saw the 5 points of the superiority of Jesus as high priest.  We took an in depth look at the new covenant.  Finding out who it is with and what impact it will make. This lesson we are going to tackle Hebrews 9:1-10 where we will take a look at the first tabernacle and its worship. Let’s first go over a brief introduction to the Hebrews 9 to set up the text.   Introduction to Hebrews 9:1-10 The author takes his readers back in time to the tabernacle in…
  • John 14:15 If You Love Me

    Britt
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
      This week’s memory verses are John 14:15, 21 & 23.  In them Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will keep is commandments. But what are His commandments? This can be confusing because Jesus was under the Law himself, taught on the Law of the Millennium and taught on the age of Grace. Once we have this answered we can better understand what He is telling us to do. Before we get into the text let’s take a brief look at the theme and purpose of John’s Gospel. Then we will quickly overview John 13 & 14 to set the context. Purpose The purpose of the book of John can be…
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  • Thayer’s Greek Lexicon for theWord

    Britt
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:23 am
    Do you use theWord Bible Software? Are you digging into the Greek? Do you need help? This Lexicon is for you! Thayer’s Greek Lexicon will help you to see the fuller meaning of words and their full range! Download Thayer’s Greek Lexicon for theWord Now!    Description for the Thayer’s Greek Lexicon for theWord This is the full version of Thayer’s Greek Lexicon keyed to the Strong’s numbers. For over a century, Thayer’s has been lauded as one of the best New Testament lexicons available. Both accessible and thorough, it is a work suited for the student…
  • Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Dictionaries for theWord

    Britt
    1 Jun 2015 | 6:26 am
          Do you use theWord Bible Software? Are you looking for the fuller richer meaning of the scriptures? Then this dictionary is for you! This is the primary Strong’s dictionary used by ‘theWord’. Download Mickelson’s Enhanced Strong’s Dictionaries for theWord here! CONCISE, UPDATED GREEK/HEBREW-ENGLISH DICTIONARIES OF THE WORDS IN THE GREEK AND HEBREW TESTAMENTS; WITH THEIR RENDERINGS IN THE KING JAMES VERSION: BY JAMES STRONG, S.T.D., LL.D. UPDATED AND ENHANCED BY JONATHAN KRISTEN MICKELSON This work is must for the student of the…
  • Word Pictures in the New Testament for theWord

    Britt
    13 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    Are you digging into the Greek to better understand the Bible? Are you looking to get to the original langaunge to grow closer to God? Then Word Pictures in the New Testament by A.T. Robertson is for you. This module is hands down one of the ones I use the most! Download Word Pictures in the New Testament for theWord Bible Software Here!   About A. T. Robertson “Archibald Thomas Robertson (November 6, 1863 – September 24, 1934) was a notable American scholar of New Testament Greek… He was educated at Wake Forest (N. C.) College (M. A., 1885) and at The Southern Baptist…
  • Hebrews 9:1-10 The Earthly Ministry of the Priest

    Britt
    11 May 2015 | 6:36 am
      Last lesson we took looked at Hebrews 8 and the fact that with a new covenant God has made the first one obsolete. We saw the 5 points of the superiority of Jesus as high priest.  We took an in depth look at the new covenant.  Finding out who it is with and what impact it will make. This lesson we are going to tackle Hebrews 9:1-10 where we will take a look at the first tabernacle and its worship. Let’s first go over a brief introduction to the Hebrews 9 to set up the text.   Introduction to Hebrews 9:1-10 The author takes his readers back in time to the tabernacle in…
  • John 14:15 If You Love Me

    Britt
    3 Apr 2015 | 6:54 am
      This week’s memory verses are John 14:15, 21 & 23.  In them Jesus tells us that if we love Him we will keep is commandments. But what are His commandments? This can be confusing because Jesus was under the Law himself, taught on the Law of the Millennium and taught on the age of Grace. Once we have this answered we can better understand what He is telling us to do. Before we get into the text let’s take a brief look at the theme and purpose of John’s Gospel. Then we will quickly overview John 13 & 14 to set the context. Purpose The purpose of the book of John can be…
 
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  • Keeping the team in mind

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day thirty-four...The glamour of signing a multi‐million dollar sports contract must be almost overwhelming to a young athlete. But those big contracts come with significant strings attached to the money.
  • Nothing on the side

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day thirty-three...When I was a child, my parents told me what to wear, what to eat, where to go, what to think, and what to do. But at a certain age, my parents released me to live on my own.
  • His child

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day thirty-two...During my class last Thursday evening I asked the question, “What causes you to be acceptable to your Heavenly Father?” Their answers included mostly issues of performance like doing what is right, being good, loving other people, etc.
  • The safest place

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day thirty-one...Where is the safest place to be if you're having an issue with your health? A hospital, right?
  • Get the confusion out of love

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    A Change of Mind. Day thirty...One of the big reasons for so much of our suffering is that we live with a confused sort of love—a love that can't distinguish between good and evil.
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  • 1 Corinthians 11: Mentorship

    Zak Schmoll
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:19 am
    Paul may seem a little bit egocentric at the beginning of 1 Corinthians 11, but I think he is trying to point out the importance of discipleship within the Christian community. 1Co 11:1  Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ. 1Co 11:2  Now I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinances, as I delivered them to you. Paul is not comparing himself to Jesus Christ by any means. He was one who clearly understood that all of us have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. He would never compare himself to Jesus Christ, but in this chapter he…
  • 1 Corinthians 10: Don’t Give into Temptation

    Zak Schmoll
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:51 am
    At the beginning of 1 Corinthians 10, Paul points out how the people of Israel suffered from a variety of sin issues while they were wandering in the wilderness. He used that as a way to encourage the church of Corinth that even though it might feel like they were entirely alone, human beings have been dealing with these issues from the beginning. 1Co 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
  • 1 Corinthians 9: Do Your Best

    Zak Schmoll
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:42 am
    In 1 Corinthians 9, Paul is speaking about being called as a minister, and he explained that we ought to do our best at that endeavor. He draws an athletic parallel. 1Co 9:24  Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 1Co 9:25  And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 1Co 9:26  I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 1Co 9:27  But I keep under my body, and bring it into…
  • 1 Corinthians 8: To Consume or Not?

    Zak Schmoll
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:01 am
    Sometimes we just want to know what we have to do and what we should avoid doing. We want to reduce Christianity to a long checklist of concrete items that we can use to accurately evaluate our performance in a progression towards holiness. Obviously, it doesn’t work that way, and 1 Corinthians 8 points out the kind of difficult situation that I’m sure many of us have encountered before in a modern context. 1Co 8:7  Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some with conscience of the idol unto this hour eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak…
  • 1 Corinthians 7: Married or Single?

    Zak Schmoll
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:14 am
    I am not married, so I am probably somewhat unqualified to speak an awful lot about marriage. However, I find it interesting that Paul speaks about the relative advantages of marriage and singleness in 1 Corinthians 7. This passage in particular stood out to me. 1Co 7:7  For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that. 1Co 7:8  I say therefore to the unmarried and widows, It is good for them if they abide even as I. 1Co 7:9  But if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to…
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  • How God Redeems Even Slavery

    Dave
    24 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    I preached Ephesians 6:1-9 this weekend. It’s the hardest passage I’ve tackled. That’s due to the instruction: “slaves obey your masters.” If you want to pick a passage in the book of Ephesians that is most offensive to our day, it’s either this or “wives submit to your husbands.” My guess is that slavery is still more controversial. Here’s the sermon in whole followed by the pertinent excerpt showing how God worked to redeem the institution of slavery: You can listen to the audio here or watch the video: Even before we try to recalibrate our…
  • Covenantal Credobaptism – A Visual Representation and Conclusion

    Dave
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:47 am
    This is the final installment of my covenantal defense of credobaptism: Introduction Who Participated in the Passover Meal? Who Participates in the Lord’s Table? Who Participated in Circumcision? Who Participates in Baptism? Covenantal Credobaptism – A Visual Argument This was a detailed series with a hefty word count so it might be helpful to have a visual representation of the argument: On the left you see the development of Passover feast to Lord’s table in red. A corresponding movement from circumcision to baptism is shown in blue. On the right side, in the grayed out area,…
  • Who Participates in Baptism? A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism

    Dave
    2 Jun 2015 | 6:46 pm
    This is the fifth entry in a six-part series titled A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism. It is a lightly-edited version of a paper I submitted for the Westminster seminary course Doctrine of the Church. Introduction Who Participated in the Passover Meal? Who Participates in the Lord’s Table? Who Participated in Circumcision? Who Participates in Baptism? Covenantal Credobaptism – A Visual Argument Baptism Is Tied to Indicative Regeneration In contrast to circumcision, which (like the Passover) did not necessarily entail regeneration of the heart, baptism (like the Lord’s Table) is…
  • Who Participated in Circumcision? A Covenental Defense of Credobaptism

    Dave
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:24 am
    This is the fourth in a six-part series titled A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism. It is a lightly-edited version of a paper I submitted for the Westminster seminary course Doctrine of the Church. Introduction Who Participated in the Passover Meal? Who Participates in the Lord’s Table? Who Participated in Circumcision? Who Participates in Baptism? Covenantal Credobaptism – A Visual Argument Circumcision Tied to Potential Regeneration While it is true that credobaptists have often robbed circumcision of its full meaning it is equally true that covenant theologians have read far…
  • Who Participates in the Lord’s Table? A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism

    Dave
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:16 am
    This is the third in a six-part series titled A Covenantal Defense of Credobaptism. It is a lightly-edited version of a paper I submitted for the Westminster seminary course Doctrine of the Church. Introduction Who Participated in the Passover Meal? Who Participates in the Lord’s Table? Who Participated in Circumcision? Who Participates in Baptism? Covenantal Credobaptism – A Visual Argument Who Participates in the Lord’s Table? Moving to the Lord’s Table we see it, “demands a twofold condition: a preceding in examination; a concomitant in a commemoration of the…
 
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  • Hello. We’re Family.

    Mr. Wiseguy
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:22 am
    This post was written a few weeks back while Mrs. Beauty and Lil Wonder were out of town. Father’s Day seems like the perfect day for a post about our upcoming foster care adventure! Hello. We’re family. Soon I’ll be your Daddy Wiseguy. Lucky me! Two years ago I was sitting in this exact same spot, admiring this exact same view. Back then I was a foreigner – in town for a few days, looking for an adventure, spending a pensive evening in Griffith Park. My pensive spot. (Flickr, Ron Reiring) That was the night it sank in – I was going to be a dad. Soon! The…
  • 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…
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  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 181 — Ecclesiastes 7-9, Acts 10:1-23

    virtuousgirls1
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Ecclesiastes 7 Focus Verse: When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future. (14) God is not only good when times are good. God is always good. Since this is the case, […]
  • Never Give Up on Your Dream

    virtuousgirls1
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 180 — Ecclesiastes 4-6, Acts 9:23-43

    virtuousgirls1
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:06 am
    Ecclesiastes 4 Focus Verse: Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor. (9) Don’t underestimate the power of one, but you had definitely better not underestimate the power of two. We are stronger together than we ever are alone. Nobody can make it on their own; we need each […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 179 — Ecclesiastes 1-3, Acts 9:1-22

    virtuousgirls1
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Ecclesiastes 1 Focus Verse: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (2) Everything truly is meaningless. Only when Christ enters the scene does life begin to take on meaning. How can life hold meaning outside of the One Who made it? Ecclesiastes 2 Focus Verse: So I hated life, because the work […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 178 — 1 Kings 10-11, Acts 8:26-40

    virtuousgirls1
    27 Jun 2015 | 12:48 pm
    1 Kings 10 Focus Verse: And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the Lord, she came to prove him with hard questions. (1) In Matthew 12:42, Jesus told the scribes and Pharisees about the queen of Sheba. He said: “The Queen of the South will rise […]
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  • Update: Slow Posting

    Crafting The Word Of God
    27 Jun 2015 | 10:29 am
    I just wanted to upload this short post to let you, my awesome readers, know what’s going on with my schedule and why its affecting my frequency of posting. The months of June-July have always been the most hectic months for me every year. It seams as if these are the moths when I’m at my […]
  • Happy Fathers Day 3 Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Happy Fathers Day 3 Puzzle (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking […]
  • Happy Fathers Day 3- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    19 Jun 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Happy Fathers Day 3 (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 […]
  • Update: Vacation Bible School Crafts 2015

    Crafting The Word Of God
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:14 pm
    All the crafts for Lifeway’s Journey Off The Map and Gospel Light’s SonSpark Lab’s can now be found on the blog. Journey Off The Map Bible Crafts http://craftingthewordofgod.com/journey-off-the-map-bible-crafts/ SonSpark Labs Bible Crafts http://craftingthewordofgod.com/sonspark-labs-bible-crafts/ You can also find them on my Pinterest page. https://www.pinterest.com/craftingbible/Filed under: Updates Tagged: 2015, Everest, Journey Off The Map, Lifeway, Vacation Bible School, Vacation Bible […]
  • Happy Fathers Day 2 Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:59 pm
    Happy Fathers Day 2 Puzzle (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking […]
 
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  • When Simplicity Arrives

    Shelly Hendricks
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. - Luke 12:31 There's a lot of talk these days about simplicity. It seems to be the goal everyone reaches to attain. As someone who is disabled and chronically ill, it almost makes me laugh. Almost. Simplicity is the vortex that sucked me in. Totally against my will, I might add. When you are dealing with daily pain and have almost no energy to spare, your life is suddenly brought down to the bare bones. I have no time for frivolities. And I certainly am not looking for a way to fill up my calendar. We're braced…
  • Beneath the Forsaken City: A Review & a Giveaway!

    Shelly Hendricks
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it.In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God, who raises the dead. And he did rescue us from mortal danger, and he will rescue us again. We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. - 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 Conor and Aine have barely escaped Seare with their lives. Conor knows he must…
  • A Revealing of a Greater Thirst

    Shelly Hendricks
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.- Ephesians 1:3 This song has hit me deep ever since the first time I heard it. I know that she wrote it for me. She wrote it for all of us. So here is little ole me, giving it my best shot. Enjoy.... Father, help us to receive the hard with as much thanksgiving as we accept the easy. We trust You. In Jesus' Name, Amen... If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this post on…
  • Is God Really Working All Things For the Good?

    Shelly Hendricks
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.Romans 8:28 I just love this verse. Many Christians do. We love to quote it. It's very hopeful and encouraging. No matter what, we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. But sometimes... sometimes we have to think, all things? Even in this thing? Even in painful loss? Deep grief? Shattered dreams? Even in horrible, unrelenting pain? Even in chronic? In hospice? In sudden accidents that change lives forever? Even in divorce and bankruptcy and…
  • I Know That Voice

    Shelly Hendricks
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    But the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep recognize his voice and come to him. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. After he has gathered his own flock, he walks ahead of them, and they follow him because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger; they will run from him because they don’t know his voice.” - John 10:2-5 Our family has a new pet turtle. He is adorable. I know, I never thought that word could be used for a turtle either, but trust me on this. Adorable. His name is Sammy.
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • Casual Curiosity? I Don’t Think So

    kristinemac
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:08 pm
    For the past six years, I have been writing posts for this blog. The majority of my writing has been centered on everyday life as a Christian, along with other topics such... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Some Encouragement

    kristinemac
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:29 pm
    This is one of those days when I sit staring at my blog and there is just nothing. Sure. I could talk about the issue which is (still) dominant on everyones mind but I feel as if I've said all I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Moving Forward

    kristinemac
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:28 pm
    As we all know, a landmark ruling was announced this morning from the United States Supreme Court. In a 5-4 ruling, the justices have made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.There... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Law, Grace, and God’s Love

    kristinemac
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:30 pm
    This evening I had a discussion which touched (briefly) on the subject of living by the Law, living by Grace, and God's love. Rather than put my own two-cents in to all the teaching... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Taking a Breath, Taking a Step Back

    kristinemac
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:45 pm
    So, as Thom and I have been praying (and receiving questions, wise counsel, and other important things) we have come to realize that we need to take a breath and take a step back. First, allow me to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • America & The Book of Job

    Karen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:35 am
    Listen to the news on just about any given day, and you’ll most likely hear another disturbing story of some kind. Violence, riots and lawlessness both domestically and abroad seem to be unrestrained while assaults on long-held values and godliness are unrelenting and even publicly praised. It’s as if traditional thought, reason, and decency between people […]
  • Unfiltered

    Karen
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    Recently, I took a really cute a picture that I wanted to upload to Instagram. But instead of just posting quickly, I ended up messing around with the filters. The app I’ve been using has 23 options to pick from that do everything from highly saturating the colors, to muting them, to making the picture look like […]
  • Let It Go

    Karen
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:46 am
    The other day one of my kids came to dinner with a huge attitude. Not the attitude of a 5 or 10 year old. This was a full-blown middle school attitude! In hindsight, I think it had more to do with a conflict with her siblings rather than anything to do with the actual food […]
  • What Are You Waiting For?

    Karen
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:02 am
    “It’s a terrible thing in life, to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ‘ready.’ There is only ‘now.’ And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, ‘now’ is as good a time as […]
  • 4 Reasons Why You Were Made

    Karen
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    The boys in my house are headed out of the country soon for a lengthy canoeing trek up through the lake county of Canada. In preparing for this trip, Clif has gotten a crash course in how international travel has changed since the last time he visited our northern border a couple of decades ago. It […]
 
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • When Believers Stop Believing

    Whitney Woollard
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:00 am
    Presently, I’m tempted to believe that God is holding out on me. My plan was to postpone this article until I could speak about my unbelief in the past tense. We Christians love to share our struggles when we are looking at them in the rearview mirror with a “lesson” in our back pockets. There is something that seems godlier about saying, “Six months ago I was tempted in that area, but praise God I’m fully trusting in Christ’s work now.” However, I’m coming to understand that Christ isn’t only sufficient for me when I’m past my temptations; no, He’s more than sufficient…
  • Do You Know?

    Amy Young
    21 Jun 2015 | 8:00 pm
    This is my fourth attempt to start this post. The others weren’t quite right, so I hit the delete key until they were gone. I can’t think of a clever hook or story because what is weighing heavy on me is nothing new. If you grew up in the church, you learned to sing Jesus Loves Me. This I know. For the Bible tells me so. Do you know God loves you? Do you know Jesus loves you? Do you know the Spirit loves you? Do you? Loves you. Not loves what you do. Not loves your character. Not loves the ways you interact with people. Not loves your cooking or crafting or singing. Jesus loves you. Do…
  • A Father to the Fatherless

    Dorina Lazo Gilmore
    20 Jun 2015 | 9:43 pm
    The rooster crowed. The smell of Haitian coffee wafted through the kitchen. I opened the door to the mission house and there they were – 13 kids-turned-teenagers-overnight buzzing with energy and excitement for the day’s adventure. I smiled at their hiking footwear – some wore gym shoes, others wore Sunday heels, sandals or flip flops, and the smallest boy proudly donned his cowboy boots. I rallied my three girls and my friend Cori, and we all piled in the pickup truck. Destination: Mount Pignon. It was my first trip back to Haiti since my husband’s death in September. After 12…
  • Keep Showing Up

    Beth Nicoletto
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Sometimes it doesn’t take much to throw us off our routines, does it? We’re happily trucking along in life, and then the slightest thing, if we’re not prepared, can really derail us. Sometimes though, significant things do happen, and there’s no amount of preparation that can get us through those curveballs and again, we might find ourselves completely out of sorts. Have you been derailed lately? I think of my working friends. Devoting their lives to serving the poor, underprivileged, overlooked, young, needy, or abandoned. I see their cries for help “doesn’t anyone else see this…
  • Don’t Waste Your Pain

    Jessica Visser
    8 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hand in hand Travis and I walked down the halls of the maternity ward, still wondering how to handle what we had arrived to do. We passed door after door, room after room full of families who had just welcomed a new little one into their lives. Smiles and joy spilled out the doorways into the halls. My heart grew heavier, the grip between our hands tighter. What waited for us behind the door was a family we hardly knew, a family that was saying goodbye to their new little one. We would go from practically strangers to family in this moment as we entered into some of the most sacred moments of…
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  • A Word About Faith

    Mel Lawrenz
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    This is part of Mel Lawrenz’ “How to Understand the Bible” series. If you know someone or a group who would like to follow along on this journey through Scripture, they can get more info and sign up to receive these essays via email here. One day some religious people, a group known as the Sadducees, tried to draw Jesus into a theological trap on a speculative question about the afterlife. Instead of answering their question directly, Jesus said: “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” That was a shocking confrontation. These people…
  • The Emotionally Healthy Leader: An Interview with Peter Scazzero

    Jonathan Petersen
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    Have you ever felt stuck, powerless to change your environment? Do you feel too overwhelmed to enjoy life, unable to sort out the demands on your time? Are you doing your best work as a leader, yet you think you’re not making an impact? Perhaps you need to integrate who you are with what you do by developing a deep, inner life with Christ. Bible Gateway interviewed Peter Scazzero (@petescazzero) about his book, The Emotionally Healthy Leader: How Transforming Your Inner Life Will Deeply Transform Your Church, Team, and the World (Zondervan, 2015). Explain why any leader of people needs…
  • Finding Hope in the Unexpected by Kayla Aimee

    Jonathan Petersen
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:11 am
    A pregnancy is counted by weeks and Kayla Aimee (@kaylaaimee) had only completed 24 of the 40 when she unexpectedly went into labor. She thought her church upbringing had prepared her for every circumstance but when tragedy struck and threatened to take the life of her newborn daughter, it felt as though once solid ground had turned to glass beneath her feet, destined to shatter everything she held sacred. Based on the verse from Hebrews 6:19, Kayla’s poignant and humorous memoir, Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected (B&H Books, 2015), answers the question of where God is in…
  • Bible News Roundup – Week of June 28, 2015

    Jonathan Petersen
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:11 pm
    [Return daily during the coming week for updates] Business Owners Display Faith by Scripture, Actions ⇨ The Clarion-Ledger ⇨ Search for Bible verses on Bible Gateway ▼ 5 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Bible Translation ⇨ United Bible Societies ⇨ Read the Bible in multiple languages on Bible Gateway ▼ International Network of Children’s Ministry’s Dispatch Program Welcomes the International Children’s Bible ⇨ INCM ⇨ Read the International Children’s Bible on Bible Gateway ▼ Books & Culture Symposium on the…
  • What Are Some Good Disciplines for Reading Scripture?

    Mel Lawrenz
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    As we near the end of this part of the series of “How to Understand the Bible,” we take up one very practical question: what can we do to make sure we are reading Scripture regularly? I still cherish my boyhood memories of going fishing with my grandfather. It seems like it was yesterday. One day while I was sorting through the wide variety of tackle I had collected, fidgeting with lures and sinkers and bobbers and the rest in my fancy tackle box, my grandfather looked at me and said: “Mel, you won’t catch a thing unless your hook is in the water.” Of course, he was right. His hook…
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • Don’t Believe What Everyone in the Bible Says

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:37 am
    Narrator and character. Biographer and subject. Whenever people talk in a written work, there is a difference between how you are supposed to take the words of the author versus the words the author wrote down from various people. For a quick example, consider the following text: Suddenly, out of nowhere a large, metallic woman appeared out of nowhere. “It’s my mother!” Dornob exclaimed. Little did he know just how wrong he was. In this text, two people make statements. The first is the narrator. He is (in most writings) assumed to be correct. The other person saying things is…
  • Liberty Doesn’t Automatically Mean Gay Marriage

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Does religious freedom equal gay marriage? Some people think so. I didn’t want to say anything else about gay marriage any time soon at this point. I feel that, for the most part, more than enough has been said on each side in the last three days. But watching Facebook (and a few other places), there has been this particular idea which I think deserves a response from a blog like mine (i.e. a blog which mostly reaches a few common folk the author knows). See, some Christians have been suggesting that, even though they agree that homosexuality is wrong, the SCOTUS decision is still a…
  • An Obligatory Post in Response to the Legalization of Gay Marriage

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:08 pm
    I spent quite some time this morning working on my last blog post, and the moment I shared it on Facebook I noticed something else in my newsfeed. There was #MarriageEquality, and within moments the message was clear: after all this time and to absolutely no one’s surprise, the United States Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is a Constitutional right and is therefore legal in all 50 states. My immediate response: “Darn, I just finished a big blog post and now I have to write another today!” On a more serious note, this is a pretty big event. June 26, 2015 will…
  • Being Christians: Marked Out as God’s People

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:19 pm
    My current reading project is The New Testament and the People of God by N. T. Wright. I hope one day to finish the entire series of which this is the first book, namely Christian Origins and the Question of God (for that matter, so does Wright). It’s been a very interesting study so far, covering the nature of literature and history, epistemology, Jewish history, the first century Jewish worldview, Christian history, and now the worldview of the first century Christians. An important part of studying worldviews is the study of praxis, what people in a group (in this case people within…
  • Why Trinity Analogies All Stink (With Help from Quantum Physics!)

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    “The Trinity is like…” Talk about a dangerous way to start a sentence. As Christians, we believe strongly in the strange and paradoxical truth that in some way, God is both one God and yet also exists three co-equal, co-eternal persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This is a deep mystery. Certain details of how this works will always be beyond the furthest limits of human understanding. Of course, that’s not always a helpful thing to say around skeptics and curious new believers. They want answers that make sense to them. So naturally we try to use analogies. This…
 
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • Aaron’s Story

    Sharon R Hoover
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:30 am
    Sometimes, life moves along so smoothly. During those times, I coast through the days carefree and light-hearted. Viewing life through the lenses of its intricacies and beauty comes easily during these days. I ponder life. I journal. Life is good. When the hard times descend, however, everything changes. It is then that I wrestle and battle … Continue reading Aaron’s Story → The post Aaron’s Story appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Locust Effect of Violence on Poverty

    Sharon R Hoover
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:55 am
    In the five-plus decades of my life, little has captured my attention on poverty as the research, personal accounts, and documented cases in the book, The Locust Effect. The book painstakingly details the impact of violence on vulnerable people. Violence is like a swarm of locusts that devours the hope and incremental progress that families make. A … Continue reading Locust Effect of Violence on Poverty → The post Locust Effect of Violence on Poverty appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Jesus as Carpenter, Artisan, Creator

    Sharon R Hoover
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:49 pm
    In biblical times, artisans played a vital role in community life. Potters, carpenters, leatherworkers, silversmiths, tentmakers and weavers provided necessary goods and services. The market hosted stall after stall of the wares from these skilled workers. Knowledge and tools were passed through generations and apprenticeships. Most artisans oversaw every step of their production process. A … Continue reading Jesus as Carpenter, Artisan, Creator → The post Jesus as Carpenter, Artisan, Creator appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Help Me Overcome My Unbelief

    Sharon R Hoover
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    I struggle with unbelief when crises overwhelm me. My stomach churns. My thoughts tangle as I search for more information. My faith in the strength and power of our Almighty God wavers. My racing mind searches for alternatives as I struggle with God’s timing. I wish I could say that my faith is 100% unwavering 100% of … Continue reading Help Me Overcome My Unbelief → The post Help Me Overcome My Unbelief appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Journaling: Healing through Private Words

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

  • 3 Advantages to Keeping Jesus at the Center of Your Family

    Brad Andres
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    I typically can’t go a full week without saying or hearing the following phrases, “It would be to your advantage to do it this way” or “You’re definitely at a disadvantage if you do it that way”. Now although these phrases might be common, I like to think about the uncommon parts of them. In other words, you can only use such phrases in your everyday life because you have learned to use them by either experience or through teaching. This is what I consider maturity. So when I start out any conversation or post with the word ‘advantage’, I can do so because I am a man who has…
  • The Lie About Sex You Learned As a Child

    Brad Andres
    17 Jun 2015 | 5:06 am
    And What Is Destroying Sex Within Marriage Sex is bad! Sex is wrong. Don’t have sex. You can’t have sex. God says, “You can’t have sex. It’s not right for you to have sex.” I remember these types of statements and have heard them multiple times. And, we aren’t alone in these statements. Other people heard these types of statements before, so they had some questions. The Corinthians made a similar statement to Paul when they asked him about sex. Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with…
  • Why You Will Always Remember Your First Time

    Brad Andres
    9 Jun 2015 | 4:55 am
    The Truth Behind Your First Sexual Experience Carlie and I were driving in the car the other day, and it came up… The whole sexual experience from the past thing. It’s always rather awkward, because my wife kept herself pure and I did not. Regardless of if I was a Christian or not growing up, the fact is during my teenage years I gave a piece of myself away (ever wonder the meaning of that phrase?). I try not to think about it too much, especially since I wish I could have kept myself pure until my marriage. It pains me that Carlie was not my first, well, now you know if you…
  • The Importance of the Person of Jesus

    Brad Andres
    4 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    …if you say Jesus died and nothing happened but the disciples had some interesting ideas, then you have cut off the branch on which all classic Christianity is sitting. This generation needs to wake up, smell the coffee and realize serious Christianity begins when Jesus comes out of the tomb on Easter morning. This is not a nice optional extra for those who like believing in funny things. -N.T. Wright Imagine if you will that you’ve taken chess pieces, and instead of placing them on a chess board, used them to play a game of monopoly. No more thimble, race car, shoe, wheel barrel, iron,…
  • How To Make Sure Your American Christianity Would Survive In Other Parts of the World

    Brad Andres
    26 May 2015 | 4:01 am
    Be Filled with The Holy Spirit Yesterday, we remembered those who’ve given their lives in service to America. We honored you and showed our appreciation for your sacrifice. Thank you. As we remember those who’ve suffered for our freedom, we should take a moment to remember and honor those who’ve suffered for our right to live with Christ. To those who have suffered for us to know Christ and to make him known, thank you.  In a previous article, I asked a question: Would your Christianity survive in other parts of the world? Now, I’m asking (myself included) if your…
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    Steve Bremner

  • After 10 years, Canada STILL can’t get God to judge her over gay marriage

    Steve Bremner
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:43 am
    In case you’ve been living under a rock, which in this day and age simply means “have not been on the internet” since Thursday, then you may have missed the news that the US Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples can now marry in all 50 states. This provoked the predictable reaction by Christians and virtually everyone else on social media and beyond.  Tech companies like Google, Mashable and The Verge are putting rainbows on everything and Facebook is even allowing users to rainbowify their profile pictures to show pride. You literally can’t escape the rainbow if you use the…
  • Unconditional Obedience?

    Steve Bremner
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:55 am
    “The Disobedient Prophet” by Benjamin West, 1793 (National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.) “And as they sat at the table, the word of the LORD came to the prophet who had brought him back. And he cried to the man of God who came from Judah, “Thus says the LORD, ‘Because you have disobeyed the word of the LORD and have not kept the command that the LORD your God commanded you, but have come back and have eaten bread and drunk water in the place of which he said to you, “Eat no bread and drink no water,” your body shall not come to the tomb of your…
  • When You Accidentally Become “Church”

    Steve Bremner
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:42 am
    Photo credit: http://freshexpressionsus.org/ There is a longing for intimacy in our society. Todd said, “Gen Xers and Millenials (sic) have a real desire for community. Longing for it. “If we’re willing to be gatherers there is no shortage of people who would like to be invited into that.” Todd noted, “If you create the space and invite the Spirit He will not refuse the invitation.” Would you be willing to create space in your neighborhood, in your home perhaps, and invite the Spirit and your neighbors? Source: This is What it Looks Like to Accidentally Become a Church –…
  • Entering Into God’s Presence Without Even Singing Songs

    Steve Bremner
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:34 am
    This week we have returning guest Stephen Crosby on the show mostly to discuss themes in his book, Praise, Worship, and the Presence of God: A Better Way to Worship — A New Covenant Perspective. Dr Crosby discusses why this book exists in the first place and what motivated him to write it. We do a lot of things in charismatic evangelicalism that has very little substantiation in the New Testament, and the modern day “worship leader” is among the most prominent. If you have the Stitcher Radio app on your smart phone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show…
  • Will The “Missional Movement” Die In Five Years? 

    Steve Bremner
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:41 am
    Photo credit: http://griddiron.com I came across another article that caught my attention with its catchy title: Why The Missional Movement Will Die In Five Years. I write stuff all the time on my blog with titles like “the problem with” or “why this is wrong” or “that is actually right” and so on. So I know it’s an easy way to assess a trend or a doctrine. The reason this one caught my eye is because it was about the missional movement in particular. For me “missional” is a trendy buzz word that similar to “organic” church,…
 
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  • WowTV planning to launch Christian values service

    admin
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:04 am
    Originally published in Tech Central This was unexpected. Walking on Water Television (WowTV), one of four new companies offered licences eight years ago to launch subscription television services, is finally getting ready to come to market. After the licensing process in 2007, only On Digital Media’s TopTV was launched, and was subsequently placed in business rescue. Communications regulator Icasa said on Thursday that it has received an application from WowTV for the authorisation of 19 video channels and eight radio channels. Interested parties have been given the opportunity to lodge…
  • Christian pop rock band, Newsboys, start their “God’s not dead” SA tour in July

    Luchae Williams
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Iconic pop rock band, Newsboys, will be touring South Africa in July (Photo: Itickets) Christian pop rock band, the Newsboys, will be touring South Africa at the end of July, bringing their “God’s not dead” concert to the cities of Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg. The iconic ensemble will be at the Grand West Arena in Cape Town on July 29, 2015. Pretoria will host them at CRC on July 31 and they will be performing in Johannesburg at Rhema Church on August 1, 2015. The tour will feature songs from their 15th studio album which was released in 2011. The album, which is their…
  • 13 transformational quotes from Patrick Lencioni — From GLS 2014

    admin
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Which of the quotes needs to be applied to your life this week? Don’t delay. Take action. “Most people don’t really want to change the world, they want to become known as the person who changed the world.” — @PatrickLencioni #GLS14 “A person should want to be a leader b/c they want to sacrifice themselves for others even w/out a guaranteed return.” — @PatrickLencioni #GLS14 “The only real payoff for leadership is eternal.” — @PatrickLencioni #GLS14 “Successful leadership is about core behaviors not the superficial stuff we usually focus on.” —@PatrickLencioni…
  • Iranian says ‘I love Israel’!

    Charles Gardner
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    UK-based South African-born journalist Charles Gardner reports from the UK at the Crossroads conference in Manchester. A church (right) in Iran where it is illegal for a Muslim to convert to Christianity. (PHOTO: RT.com) “I love Israel,” an Iranian delegate told a conference in Manchester aimed at building bridges between Middle Eastern followers of Jesus. “I may be from Iran, but I love Israel, and there are Christians praying for Israel inside Iran.” More UK at the Crossroads reportsArab and Jewish Christians from Middle East attend unique conference in UKMid-East…
  • Arab and Jewish Christians from Middle East attend unique conference in UK

    Charles Gardner
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:52 am
    UK-based South African-born journalist Charles Gardner reports from the UK at the Crossroads conference in Manchester. With the Middle East engulfed in flames, a story of peace and reconciliation was unfolding last week in Manchester, England, where delegates from all over the Arab world came together for a unique conference. And as Iran continues its aggressive stance against Israel, threatening to wipe the Jewish state off the map, Iranian refugees and asylum seekers now living in Britain embraced their Jewish ‘brothers’, some of whom had travelled from Jerusalem to meet with them.
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  • Why you don't need to be defined by your past

    Wendy van Eyck
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:48 am
    A thief is only there to steal and kill and destroy. I came so they can have real and eternal life, more and better life than they ever dreamed of. John 10:10 (MSG)It’s strange to think that two years ago, Xylon was ending a month of isolation in hospital after his stem cell transplant. I remember how throughout that time I felt so helpless. Every day I would leave him alone in the hospital. Lately, as Xylon and I went through the scare of possible recurrence (that turned out to be nothing) I’ve been thinking of those times. And I’ve been thinking of this verse I…
  • When you're confused about why and who God heals, do this instead

    Wendy van Eyck
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Taking a good look at [the ten lepers], Jesus said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”They went, and while still on their way, became clean. One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God. He kneeled at Jesus’ feet, so grateful. He couldn’t thank him enough—and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:14-16 (MSG)Xylon fingered some bumps on his right hand side, "I think I've got shingles."I slid across the bed and stood next to him fingering the raised bumps, "It looks like shingles. You better get to a doctor tomorrow…
  • How to laugh in the face of the fear

    Wendy van Eyck
    21 Jun 2015 | 4:30 pm
    She is clothed with strength and dignity,and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25 (NLT)“She laughs.”This has long been one of my favourite bible verses.She laughs without fear of the future.Recently, as it seemed that Xylon's cancer had recurred, (please read this post from last Thursday for an update on Xylon's health and #prayforzero), I struggled with this verse as I spoke to God about what the future might look like. I asked God, "How? How can I laugh without fear at the days ahead?"How can I laugh in the face of cancer?How can I be fearless in a world where…
  • Why I know God is real (Xylon writes his own health update)

    Wendy van Eyck
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:09 am
    A note from Wendy: I asked Xylon if he'd share on my blog today. The last few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster ride for us. Hearing yesterday that the biopsy showed zero cancer was the best news I think we may ever have received. We are so grateful to God for this undeserved mercy. We have been so touched and humbled by people all over the world who have joined in #prayforzero. Your encouraging words and prayers have made a difference. Thank you. Here's some of what Xylon has been thinking and feeling during this time:We continue to shout our praise even…
  • The difference encouraging words make

    Wendy van Eyck
    8 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Note from Wendy: My computer (and I) had a bit of a meltdown today so I haven’t been able to do any graphics for today’s post but I’m sending it out anyway. I will also be taking a break from posting a devotional this Thursday and Monday (11 & 15 June) and will post again on the 18th. So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (MSG)There were times at the oncologist ten days ago when I just wanted to…
 
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  • Lost in Transition

    Charles Crutcher
    10 Jun 2015 | 5:52 am
    I have a friend going through a transition in his life. Being in between jobs can be a difficult place. He asked me to write about patience in the midst of change. I have been here a few times myself. In 2006, the place I worked at for ten years closed down. I thought I would retire at this place of employment, but the plant closed. Not only me, but 2,000 other people would walk away from the factory. When everyone leaves at the same time, it can be a bit daunting. Each of us were without a job. Strike one. I was young at the time (cough, I mean, younger). Some of those I worked with were…
  • Turning Grief Into Love

    Charles Crutcher
    3 Jun 2015 | 6:02 am
    Recently, a good friend of mine lost someone dear to them. They asked, “How do you deal with grief in the loss of a loved one?” I have experience with this one, unfortunately. But then so do many of us.  Did I ever tell you that my wife calls me Captain Obvious? It’s a fact: Each person alive will 100% die whether it is by a bullet, cancer, or old age. Atheist agree with this, and every other religion believes this.  We can’t outrun, cheat, or hide from our last moments here. What’s even more difficult is for those of us left is when we lose someone we love.
  • Give to God

    Steve Becker
    27 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    So I am reading through Luke right now and I came across this often quoted, but frequently misunderstood passage of scripture. Keeping a close watch on him, they sent spies, who pretended to be sincere. They hoped to catch Jesus in something he said, so that they might hand him over to the power and authority of the governor. So the spies questioned him: “Teacher, we know that you speak and teach what is right, and that you do not show partiality but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it right for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” He saw through their duplicity and…
  • Turning 40 (How do you measure a life?)

    Charles Crutcher
    22 May 2015 | 5:51 am
    I used to think that nothing special comes from the ordinary, but then I remembered there wouldn’t be anything extraordinary without it. I’m turning 40 in a couple months. You read that right. 40.  40. I can almost hear the voices of those who have gone on before. You creak when you get up! I’m not really in denial. I’m telling everyone that I’m splitting into two twenty-year-olds! At this point of life, sure there are plenty of things I wish I had already done. There are still dreams rolling around inside of me. I still wish I was a published author at this…
  • Reflection or Shadow

    Steve Becker
    19 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    I heard an interesting message yesterday in my daily devotional time.  Yes, heard one.  I have an audio devotional that I work through daily as well as reading.  It keeps all my senses aligned. Anyway, this message was talking about how we were created in God’s image.  I guess I never stopped to think about what that really means.  Do we look like God?  Are we just an image that He came up with and created us from that image?  Either way, that is really not the point today. Today I want to talk about how others see us.  Specifically, how non-Christians see us.  Are we…
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  • Refuse To Quit.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    27 Jun 2015 | 2:04 pm
    It happens to everyone sometimes. Everyone, regardless of race, colour, height or weight. It is neither gender specific, nor does it pick on a certain kind of people only. It happens to everyone, at... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When Silence Is Not Golden.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:14 pm
    “Let peace reign” is a common phrase we use and it is often misunderstod for keeping quite at the expense of something going wrong. I am all for letting peace reign, I am not for nagging... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • How I Met My Father.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:23 am
    I was going to put this up before Fathers’ Day but a busy and heavily scheduled weekend had me pushing it forward till now. Now I insist on sharing it, after all, Fathers’ Day is still in the air. It... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Adultery…Not Falling Again.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
    I have written a couple of series on adultery and I am trusting that someone has had a definite encounter with grace reading them. I know that some believers who fall into adultery did not set out to... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Hiding My Scars.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    13 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    We (my husband and I) went for an event early last month, it was a milestone celebration for my family’s covenant family friends. A meeting that was scheduled a day after the event was running into a... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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  • Stay Focused: A Perspective For Christians on Same Sex Marriage

    Keri
    27 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
      sterlingpr / Foter / CC BY Dear Christians, While those of us who believe scripture as it is know what God has said about […]
  • Sin is like…

    Keri
    4 May 2015 | 3:12 pm
    A quote about what sin does from Love Isn’t Selfish, the book (available on Amazon at http://goo.gl/pFrRll (affiliate link)).
  • “Stop being afraid”

    Keri
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Have you ever felt utterly hopeless as you look around you and see the enemy coming at you from every angle? What do you do when […]
  • A Sore Thumb

    Keri
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:40 pm
      From another room, I recently heard our oldest ask his dad, “why are you looking down?” As his dad responded that he was looking […]
  • 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 […]
 
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    Blog - Live In The Round

  • Hallelujah

    LITR
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Happy Friday!What an amazing week! Let's recap!We looked at the promise that through Christ, we are dead to sin, but alive in Him! Hallelujah!Although sin still surrounds the believer, we know that Jesus is better!Hallelujah!We wrestled with the law that condemns, but Jesus gives freedom through His grace!Hallelujah!To wrap up this amazing week, let's spend the day together reading throughRomans 6 : 1-14.Romans 6 : 1 - 141 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who…
  • Helpless Under The Law, Hopeful In Grace

    Erin D
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Romans 6 : 14For sin shall not be master over you,for you are not under law but under grace.Have you ever felt enslaved to a behavior that you know is destructive, but you just can’t figure out how to change it?Me too. Or maybe you see someone you love caught up in a habit they can’t seem to break. Both situations can feel so helpless. Hopeless, even. Whenever I feel desperate to change a behavior (in myself or someone else), my knee-jerk response is usually to lay down the law.Here’s a fairly innocuous real-life example: Dieting. I want to lose weight, I see that I have trouble…
  • Fighting Sin

    Erin
    24 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Romans 6 : 12-13Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, to make you obey its passions. Do not present your members to sin as instruments for unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life, and your members to God as instruments for righteousness.Sin is a reality, but it doesn't have to be our ruler. Jesus did not die for our sin so that we could live like dead people until we see the gates of heaven. Ladies, he died so that we could live in freedom. Both in the glory of heaven and here on earth. Galatians 5 : 1It is for freedom…
  • Alive in Death

    Christina
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:08 am
    Romans 6 : 3-4Or don't you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.Alive.What do you think of when you hear that word? A living, breathing being; a plant with leaves reaching out to the sun; the glint of an animal's eye in the woods.But what many people probably do not think of is death. It brings kind of an ugly taste to the mouth; blackness, decaying things, rotten leaves,…
  • Just Help Me Out

    Abby
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever had one of those days where you felt like you were one sin away from God taking back your salvation? A day when you just couldn't get it right?Christians are very aware of sin. We're aware of when others sin and certainly aware of when we ourselves sin. Some days we feel like we can't stop messing up and can't start doing what's right.As Paul says, "For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate" (Romans 7:15 ESV). Ever felt that way? I know I have.Satan loves to remind us of what we've done wrong, he loves to use…
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  • Do I Really Have A Voice?

    Michael Thompson
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    Righteous indignation. That is what many of my Christian friends call their reaction to the Supreme Court decision concerning same-sex marriage. Heated debates are popping up in both traditional and social media forcing people to opposite sides in rancorous arguments about civil liberties, legal rights and traditional values. Seems just about everyone is wading into the fray. Unfortunately, I see more indignation than righteousness in so much of this war of words. I am more saddened by the debate than by the decision. Full disclosure: I hold a traditional view of marriage. I believe it is an…
  • This Father’s Heart

    Michael Thompson
    21 Jun 2015 | 3:45 am
    It burst out of him spontaneously. He literally couldn’t help himself. When our oldest grandson, Gabe, was little and something really good happened to him, he would look up with an ecstatic smile and squeal, “Happy birthday to me!” It made no difference that it wasn’t even close to his birthday, he could think of no better way to celebrate good stuff than to have a personal birthday party. My three children are grown with families of their own. They have gifted me with the three loves of their lives and seven joys straight from heaven who call me PawPaw.
  • That’s My Dad

    Michael Thompson
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:45 am
    My Dad died two months ago. I was privileged to speak at his memorial. With Father’s day around the corner, I thought I’d share some excerpts from that eulogy to honor his memory…. If you knew my Dad or ever sat under his ministry, you most likely know the words: “The Cedars of Lebanon.” It was the title of His signature sermon. His description of these massive, mighty trees and the way they were used to build the Temple of God and the nation of Israel was earthy and visceral. It always called me toward greatness and challenged me toward excellence. Based…
  • A Question of Trust

    Michael Thompson
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:13 am
    “How long?” “Why?” These unanswerable questions plaster themselves like graffiti on my eyelids at the end of a season of loss like none I have ever known. Grief has become a familiar traveling companion. Tears have left permanent tracks on my face. Three people I have deeply loved for more years than I can calculate are gone. Death has exerted its temporary hold on them leaving a vacuum in the deepest places of my heart. Beyond my own pain has been the intolerable hurt of watching my beautiful niece and her sons deal with the inexplicable death of a vibrant husband…
  • It Doesn’t Take Much

    Michael Thompson
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:42 am
    In the most fragile moments of life, it doesn’t take much to make a big difference. I have spent the past few days watching the tender interaction between two of the most amazing women I have ever met. My wife and her mother. Dianne’s 98-year-old mom is actively dying. She has been under Hospice care since January but has rapidly declined in the past few weeks. She now hovers in that strange state between life and death, literally taking her last breaths. Myrtle isn’t able to fully grasp or embrace all the things Dianne does for her. But I have noticed something…
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  • Infrequent Posting

    Anastasios Hudson
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:28 pm
    Friends, I’ve been working on several website projects in the evening, and as a result, have had little time to write. However, writing is my passion and something I want to do regularly, even if I am stretched thin with other obligations. For this reason, I am planning to set a schedule of one post every three weeks here for the rest of 2015, on Tuesdays. Please subscribe to the site in order to be notified of each new post. In Christ, Anastasios
  • Reflection on the Latest ISIS Murder

    Anastasios Hudson
    3 Feb 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh For whatever reason, I decided to watch the ISIS murder[1] video of the Jordanian pilot by burning after hearing about it on the news today. ISIS has propaganda down well. Here are some thoughts: The video was well-produced, slick, and I can see how the target demographic could be swayed by such (disgruntled youth lacking focus/direction who have found what they consider a “righteous” cause that speaks in black/white and absolutes). For instance, in order to set the stage for the gruesome murder, they constantly showed video footage of bombed-out locations with dead…
  • As 2014 Comes to a Close

    Anastasios Hudson
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    (Originally posted on my personal Facebook page). 2014 was what a year is: some good, some bad. Some success, some failure. A few steps forward, and some back. Certainly not as hard for me personally as 2012 and 2013, when everything in my world changed drastically. But certainly not easy, as some years were. All I can say is that I have continued to grow, learn, and experience things. That being said: 1. I am proud to have finally stopped drinking soda completely, after being addicted to it for 26 years. 2. I am proud to have basically stopped drinking hard liquor, and cutting my beer…
  • Thoughts on the Russian Orthodox Church-Moscow Patriarchate

    Anastasios Hudson
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    The following question was recently posed to me on my personal Facebook page, by a Ukrainian friend of mine, who is a college professor. Dear Anastasios… Just what do you think about the current status of, and what do you think about, this “Russian Orthodox Church?” You see, I’ve known you “virtually,” in “cyber space,” and what not, for are a number of years… But now, what do you think, really? Dear Dr. X______, Thank you for your question! I have long avoided answering such questions on my Facebook page, because I have a mixed group of…
  • Ordained by a New Calendar Bishop?

    Anastasios Hudson
    31 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Part of my ongoing Correspondence series, featuring replies to people who contacted me and asked questions. Based on your research, Is it true that one of the ordaining bishops of Metropolitan Petros was with the “New Calendar but under the ROCOR” like I have read? You’re getting things mixed up a bit—Metropolitan Petros was ordained by ROCOR Bishop Seraphim of Caracas and Archbishop Leonty of Chile. Archbishop Akakios of the GOC The ordination you are referring to is that of Archbishop Akakios, who was ordained for Greece while traveling to America (the only way he…
 
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • The Whitmans – Faith and Tragedy that Changed the U.S. West

    Ruth Hill
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:24 am
    The Whitmans and Spaldings left home in 1836 to begin their missionary work of converting Indians to Christianity in the Oregon Territory. The post The Whitmans – Faith and Tragedy that Changed the U.S. West appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Philadelphia to Welcome 8th World Meeting of Families 2015

    Ruth Hill
    27 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    The World Meeting of Families is the world’s largest Catholic gathering of families. The 2015 event is the first to be held in the United States. The post Philadelphia to Welcome 8th World Meeting of Families 2015 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Celebrate Magna Carta 800 and Boston in Britain

    Ruth Hill
    20 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    England is about to launch its big 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta June 13-14 with the Great Magna Carta Weekend in Lincoln and Boston. The post Celebrate Magna Carta 800 and Boston in Britain appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Czech Out 600th Anniversary of Jan Hus’ Martyrdom

    Ruth Hill
    8 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    Czech's capital city of Prague is marking the 600th anniversary of Jan Hus' martyrdom with a roster of spiritual and cultural events. The post Czech Out 600th Anniversary of Jan Hus’ Martyrdom appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Don’t Miss Britain’s Christian Heritage

    Ruth Hill
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:51 am
    Keeping Britain's Christian heritage alive and relevant to today is Christian Heritage London, a study and touring ministry. The post Don’t Miss Britain’s Christian Heritage appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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    Your Bible Quotes

  • Submitted, Sanctified, and Committed to Christ

    Robert
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:53 pm
    Consider these Bible truths to learn not only what God would have us do but also how to get victory over our flesh while gaining Biblical wisdom. The Bible calls us to be committed to Christ. Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.  For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.  Matthew 16:24-25 (ESV) The Bible calls us to be submitted to Christ. I have been crucified with Christ. It is no The post Submitted, Sanctified, and Committed to Christ appeared…
  • Reading The Bible Is Not A Science

    Sonya Richards
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:41 am
    There are many programs to help you lay out a plan for reading the Bible annually.  There are online plans, Bible study guides, phone and iPad apps, and chronological Bible reading plans.  Many people purpose reading the Bible daily but fall behind quickly for various reasons. One reason why we fail at reading the Bible daily is confusion over how and where to start.  The whole Bible is God’s Word and even the “boring” parts have a purpose.  If you skip the genealogies which is very common, you might miss some nugget there between the names, so at least skim The post Reading The…
  • Brokenhearted Atheistic Beliefs

    Sonya Richards
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:34 am
    …a Christian can only trust in the grace of our loving Lord and wonder if the seeds planted took root before it was too late. There is no joy for a Christian if anyone, even a lifelong opponent of the cross, slips into a Christless eternity. This is painfully true.  This is from an article on The Institute for Creation Research’s website regarding the question, “Did Charles Darwin renounce evolution on his death bed, ?”  The answers are conflicting.  It was testified by a close friend of Darwin’s wife, Lady Hope, that Darwin, The post Brokenhearted Atheistic Beliefs appeared…
  • What is Biblical Wisdom?

    Sonya Richards
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:47 am
    What is Biblical wisdom?  It is knowing and doing the will of God as described in His Holy Word.  How does one gain Biblical wisdom?  While reading the Bible is not the only way to gain Biblical wisdom, it is the best and should always hold a prominent place in your spiritual growth and walk with the Lord.  Remember that the Bible is God-breathed, meaning it was given, through holy men who spoke as they were moved by God’s Spirit to record all that led up to and after the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. Biblical wisdom is the The post What is Biblical Wisdom? appeared first on Your…
  • Bible Truth is the Gold Standard of Truth

    Sonya Richards
    3 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    Bible truth is the gold standard of truth, the measure against which all other truth should be tested.  Before we can do this, we first have to know what it says.  You cannot know it if you do not read it and you cannot fully know God if you do not know His Word.  How can one question the reliability of the Bible without knowing. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14 God is the The post Bible Truth is the Gold Standard of Truth appeared first on Your Bible Quotes.
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  • American Supreme Court Allows For Nation-wide Same-Sex Marriage

    Alroy Ndhlovu
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:57 am
    The Supreme Court of America ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, handing gay rights advocates their biggest victory yet. But is it right?
  • Growing in Christ: How God Can Write Salvation Into Your Life

    Christopher Pemhiwa
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:49 pm
    God wants to write a unique story of His salvation in each of our lives. For Him to be able to do this, our cooperation is needed.
  • Ben Carson Is Running For President

    The Consolation Project
    4 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Its official, as of the 4th of May Ben Carson is officially running for the presidency of the United States of America. Though he admits he isn't the typical politician he believes he has what it takes to make a difference.
  • We Are The Jerusalem Jesus Wept For

    Alroy Ndhlovu
    1 May 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Just as Jesus Christ made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem when He was on earth He is soon to make another glorious entry into this earth at His second coming. Will we cause Him to weep again?
  • Devastating Earthquake Hits Napal Causing Massive Loss

    The Consolation Project
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:45 am
    A devastating earthquake hit Napal causing plenty of damage to infrastructure and a massive loss of life. This was the worst quake to hit the area in 81 years.
 
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • Refocused: Eyes on Jesus

    Julie Wilson
    8 Jun 2015 | 10:25 am
    It’s been so long since I have been able to sit down and write.  It’s the first day of June, but also my first day of summer break from teaching.  A lot has happened since I have been able to write. I have competed in my first Spartan Race, walked a 5k race with my husband, and also ran a 12k Xtreme Trail Run. I will be spending time writing about things I learned at those events, but today I wanted to focus on what I haven’t been doing. On My Own I haven’t been focused on keeping my eyes on Jesus. When this happens, I fall in many areas. I have been in a really bad cycle of poor…
  • Eating At the Buffet and Family Style Meals!

    Austin Andrews
    29 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    A Woman in our Free Health Support Group on Facebook posted: I am stressing about the food tomorrow! Texas, y’all, we are talking b-b-q, brisket, potato salad, baked beans, sausage, and I’m pretty sure not a green veggie in sight. And I don’t even want to think about the desserts!!! Temptation will be all up in my face. Any strategies??? Eat before the event: Do not walk in STARVING! If you are anything like me, walking into a buffet/family style meal hungry is like standing next to your own Old West Wanted Poster with the sheriff walking by. It’s going to get you in…
  • 8 Pound Gain at my Grandpa’s Memorial

    Austin Andrews
    27 May 2015 | 7:18 pm
    I gained 8 pounds this weekend. My extended family and I gathered in Tucson to say goodbye to my Grandpa Chuck, who passed away and needed to be laid to rest. The ceremony was heartfelt and the memories fond but the toll of the weekend was high. My emotions were high as the reality and grief of losing my Grandpa hit me. So, I ate. And ate. And while I made some good choices a few times, I made some “possibly regrettable” choices many times as well. (Chimichanga with a traditional MExican Mole sauce at the oldest Mexican Restaurant still running in the US anyone?!) All of this led me to…
  • #TWITTER-SAVED-MY-LIFE

    Matt Hylton
    26 May 2015 | 7:37 pm
    #TWITTERSAVEDMYLIFE We all have heard of divine intervention stories but when it happens to you it changes your life forever. I say this because in 2011 while I was pastoring a small church in Salisbury, MD I was told by the denomination I was affiliated with that there is a pastor who was on the Biggest Loser TV show who is now helping out other people and ministers regain their life and health. The problem was the denominational officials didn’t have the former Biggest Loser contestants name or contact information. Like most people I shrugged my shoulders and said, “oh well. If it…
  • Healthy Tips for that Flavorful Burger!

    Austin Andrews
    20 May 2015 | 10:38 am
    With Memorial Day right around the corner, its about that time where we should take a hard look at how we can enjoy our burger, and we can eat it too! Let’s infuse big flavor, enjoyable bites and an exciting grill day into our healthy life plan using these flavorful tips!   Swap plain, protein-rich Greek yogurt or sliced and mashed avocado in place of mayo for a healthier spread. Instead of classic white bread crumbs try using Whole Wheat or try ground nuts (such as hazelnut or almond) for a healthier filler that’s also gluten-free. Instead of reaching for that Sour Cream based…
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    United Faith Church

  • Sing Under His Wings

    Kris Burke
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Psalm 63:7-8 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings. I cling to you; your right hand upholds me. Church, Have you ever met someone who felt like the weight of the world was on their shoulders? For many of us, we might have been that person. Someone who is bogged down by the worries and troubles that this life offers us every day. Many people spend their entire lives in that state and we know what a toll that can be on our souls. Our Father in Heaven offers something different for His children. We do not bend to the world because His right hand upholds us. We are not held…
  • The Good News

    Kris Burke
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:34 am
    2 Peter 1:4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. United Faith Church, So often in church you will hear people talk about the, “Good News”. The good news of Jesus dying on the cross and raising from the grave. It is good news but how does it affect us? It gives us the power to live a completely transformed life and be free from the sin of the world. Jesus Christ on the cross gave us a chance to participate in His divine nature. We…
  • Where to put our trust

    Kris Burke
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:10 am
    Psalm 20:7-8 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm. Church, Every person puts their “trust” in something. Some put their trust in their jobs and paychecks, trusting that the money will continue to come every week. Some trust in the strength of their own hands, that whatever happens they will be able to fix it with their own strength. Others trust in people, they rely on their family or friends. The truth is that everything in this world can fail us. You could…
  • The Path of the Righteous

    Kris Burke
    6 Jun 2015 | 8:46 am
    Proverbs 2:20-21- “Thus you will walk in the ways of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will live in the land and the blameless will remain in it;” United Faith Church, The world that we live in has many paths that you can choose to walk. We are constantly faced with decisions on which path to choose and which turn to take. As many different paths that are to take, there is only 1 path that God has called you to. There is only one “Good” path, the path that keeps you in righteousness and saves you from the ways of the world. So many seek their own path…
  • The Cost

    Kris Burke
    28 May 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Psalm 49:7-9 No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them—the ransom for a life is costly, no payment is ever enough—so that they should live on forever and not see decay. Church, Imagine how high the price must be to redeem just one life. If we were to sell all we had and give up everything, even our own lives, it would not be enough to redeem just one soul. Yet Jesus Christ went to the cross and redeemed not one life but the souls of every single one of His children. A man could never redeem the life of another yet Jesus Christ loved us so much that He went to…
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    brian niece | sacramental living

  • Choosing Kindness Over Proving I’m Right

    Brian Niece
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:51 am
    Choosing Kindness Over Proving I’m Right I like to be right. Confidence in my knowledge and skills comes naturally (perhaps, too easily). Being kind on the other hand … Yeah, I’m not good at choosing kindness.  It took a piece of children’s fiction to show me that. via // anythinklibraries.org The Power of Fiction My wife and I have been taking turns reading a book out loud with our children: Wonder by R. J. Palacio. We are only about a third of the way through the book, but I’ve already decided that for a first effort of published fiction by Palacio, it might…
  • Big Question :: Is God In Control?

    Brian Niece
    12 Jun 2015 | 10:57 am
    Big Question :: Is God In Control? BIG QUESTIONS are 2-minute video talks on life, God, faith, theology, discipleship, and walking with Jesus. 2-minute Video Talk Big Question #2 :: Is God In Control? from Brian Niece on Vimeo. Big Question :: Was Christ’s Passion Providence or Choice? Not About People :: A Brief Theology of Worship “Who Is God?” :: 6 Ways to Answer the Question A Story of Hope The post Big Question :: Is God In Control? appeared first on Sacramental Living - : worship/read/think/pray/listen/serve/live.
  • Thoughts on Following Jesus

    Brian Niece
    19 May 2015 | 6:38 am
    Thoughts on Following Jesus This week will mark 17 years that I’ve been married to my life-mate. Reflecting on the perspective changes that 17 years has brought, reminds me of the perspective changes I’ve experienced while following Jesus. The Naiveté of Youth In 1998, I had no idea what I was committing myself to when I made a covenant to share life with Heather. She had no idea either. I loved her (though my understanding of love has deepened and broadened considerably since). As inwardly focused as I was at that time, I thought she’d support me in my arrogant pursuits…
  • A Prayer for Times of Chaos

    Brian Niece
    27 Apr 2015 | 6:15 am
    A Prayer for Times of Chaos via // pixabay.com My soul sinks, my heart skips beats, my breath is short and labored. Life swirls erratically around me, chaos calls to chaos. But now, right now, I must rehearse everything I know of you: You called Abraham, You wrestled Jacob, You sustained Moses, You graced Elijah, You forgave David, You protected Jeremiah, You inspired Ezekiel, You consoled Hosea, You blessed Mary, You shaped Peter, You sanctified Paul. Drowning in the surf, the thundering breakers crushing me, I now remember: You have promised to never leave me. My life is your prayer. Amen.
  • On Truth and Power

    Brian Niece
    22 Apr 2015 | 1:36 pm
    On Truth and Power Jesus-followers are to speak truth to power. Yet, there comes a time when power must embrace truth and act truthfully. Take our US American government as an example. How can our representative form of government be an authentic republic when the “power” entities succumb to threats to their power, rather than embracing truthful ways of living and being even at the expense of that power? Truthful Living Or let me just consider myself. I’m a pastor. It’s my job; my source of income. But God did not call me to be a pastor, rather to preach the gospel…
 
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  • VIDEO: Ave Maris Stella ~ Hail Star of the Sea

    The WILDVOICE
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:33 am
    http://thewildvoice.org “As mariners are guided into port by the shining of a star, so Christians are guided to heaven by Mary.” Saint Thomas Aquinas In honor of the Mother of the Crucified Christ, here is a video reflection on 'Star of… Read more → The post VIDEO: Ave Maris Stella ~ Hail Star of the Sea appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • VIDEO: The Hail Mary and Spiritual Warfare

    The WILDVOICE
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    http://thewildvoice.org AVE MARIA, gratia plena, Dominus tecum. Benedicta tu in mulieribus, et benedictus fructus ventris tui, Iesus. Sancta Maria, Mater Dei, ora pro nobis peccatoribus, nunc, et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen. Words from Saints about the The Virgin Mary and… Read more → The post VIDEO: The Hail Mary and Spiritual Warfare appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • FATHER CLOVIS speaking about POPE FRANCIS

    The WILDVOICE
    11 Jun 2015 | 3:19 am
    http://thewildvoice.org   FATHER CLOVIS quotes on POPE FRANCIS "There used to be a saying, rhetorical, 'Is the pope Catholic?' That’s no longer funny." "When a bishop, a Catholic bishop, can applaud sin publicly (referring to Cardinal Dolan), it causes us to… Read more → The post FATHER CLOVIS speaking about POPE FRANCIS appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Our Father Who Art In Heaven (The Lord's Prayer) – VIDEO

    The WILDVOICE
    5 Jun 2015 | 3:40 am
    http://thewildvoice.org THE "OUR FATHER" (Latin)  PATER noster, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum. Adveniat regnum tuum. Fiat voluntas tua, sicut in caelo et in terra. Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie, et dimitte nobis debita nostra sicut et nos dimittimus… Read more → The post Our Father Who Art In Heaven (The Lord's Prayer) – VIDEO appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Seal of the Living God

    The WILDVOICE
    29 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    http://thewildvoice.org THE SEAL OF THE LIVING GOD – VIDEO The Seal of the Living God as a whispered prayer within a larger composition that, just like Jesus Christ's outstretched arms, embraces the whole world and its cultures. The Seal of the… Read more → The post Seal of the Living God appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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    Purposeful Faith

  • When People Look Like Trees

    purposefulfaith
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Today, I am delighted to have Angela Parlin, a regular contributor to Purposeful Faith, posting today. Angela is full of wisdom, grace and truth. Her words have a delicate tone that gently guide my eyes to God every time. I hope you delight in her words today as much as I do. Post by: Angela Parlin “God won’t stop until we can see everything clearly.” ~David Lomas, The Truest Thing About You Just when you start to think you have Jesus figured out, He spits in a man’s eyes to heal him in an unconventional way. It’s the only gradual healing we find in the gospels.
  • Beating Shame to The Ground

    purposefulfaith
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:47 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I took down the pillars of protection to share my heart – and she trampled it. She said, you really need to get over that feeling, you have to fix that. It was a “What’s wrong with you?” comeback, to an “I already feel terrible” confession. It hurt. Was she right that I needed to change? Of course. But did it make me want to? No way. It made me want to add more and more pillars so that no person, no way, no how could knock the walls of my heart down again. But should I? Does it benefit me to become just as wrapped up as a present…
  • Expecting a Dream

    purposefulfaith
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:27 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: What happens when your mind is dead set on expecting a dream? You visualize the smiling and congratulatory faces as it comes true. You hear the cheers of acclaim wildly reverberating in your heart. You can only imagine how things would change, “If…” You see it – your heart could finally lay down and rejoice, find relaxation and peace, if only… This is how it works for me. My dreams seem to hold the power to be the Creator and Originator of my present anxious feelings. Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door…
  • Let’s Choose Humility Over Pride

    purposefulfaith
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:14 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Blog Post by Abby McDonald I turned from the swing and saw him standing there, fresh cut flowers in hand and a smile on his face. “I’m sorry. I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.” I embedded my face in his chest and wrapped my arms around him. An apology and flowers weren’t what I was expecting, but I was grateful for both. I breathed in the soft, earthy scent of the lilies and took them inside. He wasn’t sleeping well, and I knew the early wake up call from our son didn’t help. We’d exchanged some harsh words and tones that morning, and our day hadn’t…
  • Forgiving a Frenemy

    purposefulfaith
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:56 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: When I saw “that lady” my skin cringed a little. She’s the one who offended me. The one who deserves my annoyance. The lady I really didn’t want to see. It’s nearly impossible to wrap your arms around the word “love,” when you have your arms crossed with hate. She didn’t hit me like a monster truck might, with an intentional crash, but still she her hit-and-run approach was something I took note of. Intentional or not, she caused damage.  And, I wasn’t going to let her get away without paying damages. How do you let…
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • What comes first, God or Business?

    10 Jun 2015 | 7:15 am
    We are told to incorporate our business and lifestyles into our faith but should it be the other way round? Let me explain; We are often told that we’re to find opportunities to talk about our faith at work and so on. We’re also encouraged to bring God into our work. And that’s where, I think, everything is going wrong! Look at it this way; we think that we chose to become Christians – followers of Jesus. But in time we find out that we were chosen and were then made ambassadors for God’s kingdom.So here we are, blood-bought Children of God, able to say that we are true heirs…
  • Ask About Faith

    28 May 2015 | 9:45 am
    A new website and an exciting new development for The Standard You will already know our commitment and enthusiasm for God's word and will have probably gathered we are being guided down a a somewhat different path to many others - Praise God!  Our new website address www.askaboutfaith.org.uk Over the past few weeks God has been making his plans clearer by the day and this short blog is to give you the 'heads-up!' We are to start evangelising in coffee shops on Sunday mornings!!! Our message will be to explain the following: What life as a Christian is supposed to look like…
  • Sins of the fathers? Ending our addiction to national debt

    22 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    For Christians working in banking & business who are concerned about Britain’s debt-driven economy This event is the latest in a series designed to celebrate and expand on the content of each of the Jubilee Centres Cambridge Papers as they are published.  This event on June 15th, will be of particular interest to Christians working in the city, in finance and in business and is entitled ‘Sins of the fathers?  Ending our addiction to national debt.’  During the recent financial crisis, governments borrowed freely, as if they were fighting an existential…
  • The Failed UK Church

    23 Apr 2015 | 8:50 am
    The conduct of church and their leaders results in the loss of 100,000 worshippers every year! I am struggling, seriously, I really mean it! I'm struggling as a Christian. A born-again Christian at that and here's why. I've been self-employed since 1987 and as you would expect I've had my fair share of ups and downs. After some tumultuous years, my wife and I became born-again Christians in June 2009.We have never settled in a church, yet we have never stopped reading and learning about God and Jesus and faith from wherever we could. During the past six years we have attended four churches in…
  • Praying for Business: Part Two (2/2)

    20 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Some Practical Suggestions Yesterday I began to offer some practical suggestions for pastors (and other worship leaders) who want to start praying for the marketplace and its workers. These suggestions were: Look to Scripture for new insight into how business might be an essential element of God’s business in the world. Allow someone who works in business to share in a worship service how she integrates her faith into her work. Then ask the classic “missionary question” – “And how can we pray for you?”  I recognize that these two starting points are not easy…
 
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    Articles | NewSpring Church

  • When Fathers and Daughters Stop Talking

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever been wrong about something for 23 years? I have. Until the age of 23, when people would tell me that the way I viewed my earthly father had a direct correlation to the way I saw my Heavenly Father, I would roll my eyes. I thought they were wrong because I had a great relationship with my dad, and what I thought was a great relationship with my Father, and I saw no connection between the two. Then my parents told me they were getting a divorce. My dad was quitting his job as a pastor and moving several states away to continue the relationship that was part of the cause of their…
  • Does God Doubt Me If I Doubt Him?

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Does God actually care about our doubt? Does He care what we think about Him when we have more questions than faith? Those are questions that appear in our minds in difficult times. These are the questions I wrestled with last summer during an unexpected season of doubt. I was thrilled to have been offered a job traveling and working with teenagers from across the country. This job was an opportunity to serve others and have an impact that went beyond the summer. But as I soon found out, great opportunities can often come with great challenges which lead to great doubts. How We Feel During…
  • Racism, Charleston, and the Confederate Flag

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A recap of Senior Pastor Perry Noble’s sermon, “Racism, Charleston, and the Confederate Flag,” in 140 characters or less.​ Racism is not a political issue; it’s a Gospel issue. Where the Gospel speaks, the church will not be silent. #WithoutADoubt Jesus is the only One who can take tragedy and turn it into triumph. #WithoutADoubt What matters most is not the color of our skin, but the condition of our hearts. #WithoutADoubt As Christians, we’re not called to build walls but to build bridges. #WithoutADoubt Followers of Jesus are called to respond…
  • What Christians Should Do About ISIS

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    26 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    ISIS is a problem...a MAJOR problem that we cannot look away from. Some may say this is simply a political issue that the church should not get involved in... I say it is a humanity issue that must not be ignored. The goal of the group known as ISIS is found in their name: an Islamic state in Iraq and Syria. ISIS is terrorizing the Middle East by forcing over one million people from their homes and holding some innocent adults and children hostage. ISIS is violently taking control of towns and regions, and even executing several American and British civilians on video. One of the worst things…
  • What To Do When Kids Doubt God

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    You tuck the kids in bed, read a story, and as you get up to turn the lights out, your 7-year-old asks, “Was Jonah really swallowed by a whale? That’s hard to believe.” It’s a fair question. Many parts of the Bible are hard to believe — God creating the world in seven days, Moses parting the Red Sea, Jesus coming back from the dead. When our kids start questioning what we believe, how do we help them navigate their doubts? What To Do When Kids Have Doubts Be honest. The Bible is pretty unbelievable, and it’s OK to admit that. God is so amazing that He can…
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    Benjamin Ehinger's Blog

  • Finding the Truth For Yourself – Be Careful Who’s Words You Trust

    Benjamin Ehinger
    28 Jun 2015 | 5:36 pm
    This was posted by a Lutheran Pastor (Jerry O’Neal) on Facebook and I had no intention of doing a blog posts about the recent Supreme Court ruling, but here it is: “I’ve done a lot of thinking about same-sex marriage over the past few days. As an ELCA pastor, I feel it is my responsibility to minister to people on all sides of this issue, and as a result, I have been reticent to share my viewpoint. That ends now. I believe the Supreme Court got it right on same-sex marriage. I believe that my LGBT friends and colleagues have been denied rights which the Constitution guarantees…
  • Know the Truth Before it’s Too Late!

    Benjamin Ehinger
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:27 pm
    I am not writing this post to convince you to be Christian. If that is the outcome, Praise the Lord! However, this post is more for those that call themselves Christian, but still don’t know what they really stand for when they say, “I am Christian.” You see, Christianity is no longer as black and white as it should be. It should be simply, you believe in Jesus Christ with your whole heart, whole soul, whole body and whole mind. However, as we humans always do, we have about a million different Christian belief systems and none of them are fully right or fully wrong. This…
  • What is Satan’s Ultimate Plan?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Satan has a specific plan with this world and he works his plan through the many demons he has captured over the years. His plan is to destroy every soul possible and he will do it through you, through me, through anybody, even an innocent little child, if the opportunity presents itself. Heck, if there’s not opportunity available, he might just try to create one on his own. Sadly, many of the people in the United States willing to label themselves as Christians don’t even believe Satan exists. Here’s a blog post from Matt Walsh that explains quite a bit about this epidemic…
  • It’s never too late, but why wait?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    24 May 2015 | 1:37 pm
    We say it all the time….”it’s never too late.” Usually, this phrase is used when talking to or about somebody that is suffering from the “should’ve, could’ve, would’ve syndrome.” The truth is, it really is never too late, but why procrastinate any longer? I remember when I was floating through life in a fog and had no idea that I could experience so much more fulfillment from Christ than I would ever find in sex, drugs, alcohol or social interaction. It’s amazing how much knowledge we gain when we look back. It wasn’t too late…
  • Why are Atheists So Loud?

    Benjamin Ehinger
    22 May 2015 | 9:22 am
    The so-called atheist movement is getting to be a bit annoying. Just about every time I log on to Facebook (granted, it’s only once a day, maybe twice on occasion) there’s a new article about some atheist group offended over Christianity. It has become such a common thing, it makes me wonder if that’s another agenda being shoved down our throats until we just accept it. First it was divorce becoming the normal, then the homosexual movement, now it’s transgender and atheism. I am sure I missed a few in there and feel free to correct me in the comments. Today, I want to…
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    Church Community Builder

  • Transformation happens in community (even for church leaders)

    Steve Caton
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    As church leaders, we constantly tell people that true life change and transformation happens in the context of relationships and community. This is why we believe in small groups, accountability partners, and mentors. Here’s the ironic side of that truth … do we also believe this principle is true for us? I believe most church leaders would say ‘absolutely’, but most church leaders are also very lonely, so what gives? The truth is that while we all know community and relationships matter deeply, making it happen is a lot harder than it should be. This is one of the biggest…
  • New technology and a good sermon don’t equal sustainable generosity

    Steve Caton
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Unemployment is down. The stock market has been on a tear. Overall charitable giving is on the rise in every sector except for churches. So what is missing? Cultivating generosity within the body of Christ is critical for church health. Unfortunately, many churches are still struggling to increase giving even as the economy recovers. Many church leaders have turned to technology tools like mobile and text-based giving as a solution for increasing generosity. Others go a step further by launching a five-week sermon series on financial stewardship. Those are great ideas, and can definitely make…
  • You Can’t Build Community Without Administration

    Steve Caton
    23 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Church administration tends to have a reputation for being all about planning, tasks, and procedures. Many church leaders may not have a natural affinity for those details. But the truth is that effective church administration really does have an impact on church growth and life change. A few weeks ago, Deborah Ike hit the nail on the head with her post about how church administration supports relationships. Today, I want to expand upon Deborah’s thoughts by highlighting various ways your senior leadership team can help their administration team impact your church’s approach to building…
  • 3 principles for retaining church members (and how to implement them)

    Steve Caton
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    I was inspired to join the Church Community Builder team over seven years ago because of a lost opportunity. That opportunity had a face and a name. He also had an interest in trying to figure out ‘this whole God thing’. However, because the church he chose to attend suffered from a lack of intentionality with connections, he was largely missed and ignored. Instead of feeling welcomed and loved, he felt like an outsider. The church lost the opportunity to reach a new person for Christ and it broke my heart. So, I decided to go to work somewhere I could do something to help church leaders…
  • 5 tests for church leaders who want their ministry to grow

    Steve Caton
    16 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    In my last post, I talked about the importance of building a healthy staff culture by sharpening the saw. Examining systems, processes, and the way you operate week in and week out is also critical for growing a healthy organization. We’ve seen time and time again that healthy church leaders embrace a culture of evaluation. Unfortunately, this isn’t the norm. Most leaders are reactive in nature. For example, a lot of churches don’t choose to proactively evaluate and adjust their connections process until they suddenly realize that a lot of familiar faces aren’t showing up anymore. But…
 
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    A God-man in Christ

  • Believers are Holy Priests Separated unto God and Saturated with God’s Holy Element

    aGodMan
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:35 am
    All believers in Christ are priests to God. According to the Bible, there are two orders of the priesthood: the holy priesthood (the priesthood according to the order of Aaron) and the royal priesthood (the priesthood according to the order of Melchizedek). In Heb. 7 we see these two orders and how Christ is a High Priest according to the order of Aaron and even more according to the order of Melchizedek; in 1 Pet. 2:5 and 9 we see that the believers are a holy priesthood and a royal priesthood. On the one hand we are holy priests, those sanctified unto God and saturated with God as the holy…
  • Being Genuine Priests to God by Serving God and Ministering God into God’s People

    aGodMan
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:16 am
    These days we have been enjoying the matter of being recovered by the Lord to be priests to God who live and function in a normal way for the building up of the church, the Body of Christ. Many believers love the Lord, read His word, and regularly attend the meetings of the church, but not many believers live and function as priests to God. All believers in Christ are priests to God, and a priest is one who serves God by being in God’s presence to be infused with God and filled with God, and one who ministers God to people. According to the Bible, the first mention of the word priests…
  • Being People of Incense who Inwardly Contact the Lord and Pray one with Christ

    aGodMan
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:41 pm
    All believers in Christ are priests to God, and one of the most important things in serving as a priest is to spend time with the Lord. We all know that we need to have such a time with our dear Lord Jesus, but again and again, as things press upon us, this time is the first thing we tend to sacrifice. Without a personal, intimate, and spiritual time with the Lord every day, the Bible is full of teachings, and being a priest is something merely outward. We need to maintain our time with the Lord every day, and in this time we need to forget about knowledge, work, movement, etc and focus our…
  • Burning the Incense by Praying in Christ and with Christ as the Incense to God

    aGodMan
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:38 am
    The main commission of the priesthood is to burn the incense on the golden altar (Exo. 30:7-8). First of all, in order for anyone to enter into the tabernacle and come close to God, he had to be a priest, one who is filled and saturated with God and who expresses Christ (that is, wears the priestly garment) in his daily living. The priest first offered sacrifices in the outer court, experiencing God’s redemption and being nourished by Him. Then, the priest entered into the Holy Place, where he had the show bread table to be nourished further with God; there, he had to light the lamps…
  • Proper Prayer (burning the incense) issues out of God’s Light from Reading the Word

    aGodMan
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:08 am
    Lighting the lamps in the Holy Place goes together with burning the incense; when the priests were dressing the lamps in the morning, they had to burn the incense on the altar, and when they set up the lamps at twilight, they also burned the incense (see Exo. 30:7-8). Every time we read the Bible to be enlightened by the Lord, we need to come to Him in prayer and pray His word back to Him; every time we want to pray, we first need to come to His word to be enlightened by Him, and then we have the proper words under the divine light to pray back to the Lord. First there’s the light of…
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    "What Is The Meaning Of Life?"

  • Was The Boston Bomber Really Sorry?

    Albert
    28 Jun 2015 | 1:53 am
    “If there is any lingering doubt, let there be no more. I did it, along with my brother. I ask Allah to have mercy on me, my brother and my family.” “Now, I am sorry for the lives that I’ve taken, for the suffering that I’ve caused you, for the damage that I’ve done. Irreparable … Continue reading Was The Boston Bomber Really Sorry? →
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    26 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    What Did God Promise You?
  • What Has God Promised You?

    Albert
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:54 am
    Life can be hard. You don’t have to look very far around to notice this. Just turn on the news, if nothing else. Injustice, tragedies, hardships, etc. These things are nothing new in the human experience. Jesus even warned people of this common dilemma. The Gospel of John 16:33 reads, “In the world you have … Continue reading What Has God Promised You? →
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    23 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Why #Forgiveness Should Be A Habit For You
  • Why Forgiveness Should Be A Habit For You

    Albert
    21 Jun 2015 | 1:49 am
    You have probably heard the news story by now. It probably caused a little shock and disbelief. The story was about a hate crime shooting at a church service in Charleston, South Carolina that left 9 people dead. During a church service he opened fire, apparently from racist motives. The thought of church goers being … Continue reading Why Forgiveness Should Be A Habit For You →
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    Even If i Walk AloneEven If i Walk Alone | ...this i choose to do.

  • Pledging Allegiance

    Tim Sherfy
    28 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    There was a time when I was a news and politics junkie. I spent hours devouring articles and newscasts, not to mention the countless time I spent engaged in passionate debate with those who had opinions different from my own. As I’ve drawn closer to Christ and have come to better understand His mission and the role I have in it, I have left those old pursuits in the past. image © LoloStock A pivotal verse for me was 2 Timothy 2:3-4 which states Christians should not entangle themselves in the affairs of this world. The only nation we belong to is the nation of God. We are His people…
  • Worship Beyond Sunday

    Tim Sherfy
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I’ve been reading a series of sermons by A.W. Tozer in which he has been hammering away at the point that worship is not just for Sundays. I believe we all know this and it isn’t new information. I also believe it is information few of us have taken the time to process. image © B-C-designs Tozer went so far as to say “If you do not worship God seven days a week, you do not worship Him on one day a week. There is no such thing known in heaven as Sunday worship unless it is accompanied by Monday worship and Tuesday worship and so on.” It’s easy to identify worship on Sunday. It’s…
  • Time to Breathe

    Tim Sherfy
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Sometimes we’re our own worst enemies. We want to draw closer to God, to experience more of His love and character, but we rarely slow down enough to actually take in His glory. We spend our days jumping from one task to the next, and that busyness spills over into our spiritual lives. When we finally get around to praying, studying, and concentrating on God, our minds are so hurried we cruise right through what He is revealing to us. image © Antonioguillem He gives us an epiphany for service and we quickly file it away so we can get to the next verse or the next name on our prayer list. …
  • Love and Free Will

    Tim Sherfy
    17 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Having been created with free will, we are free to choose, free to love, and free to serve. It was for these things we were created in the very image of God Himself. Free will has a dark side as well. Since we are free to choose we are also free to hate, to be selfish, and to reject the God who gave us life. We can – and usually do – pursue whatever we desire. image © Sergey Nivens There is no master blueprint for your life; that would violate the very notion of free will. God created you with everything you would need to live the incredible life He envisioned for you. It is us – you…
  • Urgency

    Tim Sherfy
    14 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    It’s not common for people in decent health to think of death. Most of us feel invincible. We’re aware we’ll die someday, but it always seems as if that is a long way away. People who are focused on death generally are thought to have some sort of mental or emotional problem. The real problem is as long as we remain oblivious to the frailty of our life, we will be less apt to make every moment count. image © BillionPhotos.com Assuming death is years or even decades away tends to make us less focused on doing what matters most in life right now. That leads to a life diametrically…
 
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    Broken & Contrite Hearts

  • Make Peace With Unforgiveness

    sarahbeth
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    The whole point of the Christian walk is to become more like Christ. And Christ is the ultimate peacemaker in that He made peace with sinners by dying in our place. The rest is up the individual person as to whether they accept His peace offering. In the same way, even if a situation is […] The post Make Peace With Unforgiveness appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • In God We Trust: Being Smart with Money

    sarahbeth
    15 Jun 2015 | 5:00 am
    Isn’t it cool that our currency has the words “In God We Trust” on them? Despite the moral decline of our culture, it is encouraging to see those words. I think it is very important to trust God and His word when it comes to being smart with money. About a year ago, my husband […] The post In God We Trust: Being Smart with Money appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Beautiful Ending

    sarahbeth
    29 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    With a day starting with stress and worries and terrifying unknowns, my life seemed so overwhelming. Even after my daily Bible reading lead me to Psalms 18 & 19, my feelings did not dissipate.   But I am reminded that despite my feelings and fears, God is reliably my eternal safety. No matter what happens […] The post Beautiful Ending appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Context, Context, CONTEXT!!

    sarahbeth
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:35 am
      Looking at the context of passages in the Bible is critical to understanding them. I felt compelled to write on the importance of context because it is amazing how many arguments come from incorrectly quoting anything, let alone Scripture. Out of Context No. 1 Many of you may have heard this little example: The […] The post Context, Context, CONTEXT!! appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Why do we say Amen?

    Donald Macleod
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Let’s be honest how often have we said the word “Amen” and not really known what we are saying or why we are even saying it !? Why do we say amen? The word is used throughout Scripture, both in the Old Testament and the new. In fact the book where it occurs most is […] The post Why do we say Amen? appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
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    Gospel Daily

  • Bro Yesanna Tesitmony

    David
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:36 am
    Bro Yesanna Tesitmony Telugu Christian Testimonies Bro yesanna tesitmony- Telugu Christian Testimonies   The post Bro Yesanna Tesitmony appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Divya Vani Cine Actor Testimony

    David
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:35 am
    Divya Vani Cine Actor Testimony Telugu Christian Testimonies The post Divya Vani Cine Actor Testimony appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • How to Glorify God – Telugu Sermon – Dr John Wesly

    David
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:31 am
    How to Glorify God – Telugu Sermon – Dr John Wesly How to Glorify God – Telugu Sermon – Dr John Wesly   The post How to Glorify God – Telugu Sermon – Dr John Wesly appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • How God revealed Himself – Dr John Wesly

    David
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    How God revealed Himself – Dr John Wesly How God revealed Himself, Telugu Sermon by Dr John Wesly ( Bible Wonders)   The post How God revealed Himself – Dr John Wesly appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • God understands us – Mrs. Blessie Wesly

    David
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:01 am
    God understands us – Mrs. Blessie Wesly Telugu Sermon – hosanna television   The post God understands us – Mrs. Blessie Wesly appeared first on Gospel Daily.
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    A Journal of Love

  • “A Purpose Driven Life” (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    20 Jun 2015 | 8:07 am
    Notes from Today’s Study (Quiet-Time Review): Putting God at the center of our life is the first real step to knowing and accomplishing our purpose. The Bible says that you were created for God and not the other way around. God says if you place Him first, He will take care of everything else (Matthew 6:33) Living without God’s plan for our life is like driving a car without a motor or trying to sail a sail boat without a sail. In the book “Purpose Driven Life,“ Rick warren outlines five purposes for which every child of God is created. 1. We were planned for…
  • The Power of Focus (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:38 am
    There are distractions everywhere (pulling, tugging, and begging for our attention). In this day and age it takes real effort to stay focus. If you care anything at all about living a meaningful life, then it begins by becoming and Staying Focused on Christ. Living a Christ-Focused, Christ-Centered Life will keep you on track. Jesus is not just an historical figure – He’s that for sure. But He’s also a very real and central figure to each of us. Make a decision today to Focus on the Good. Focus helps us grab onto our goals with ferocity, and it won’t let go until the job is…
  • Faith In Focus (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    27 May 2015 | 6:59 am
    It’s the last official day of school for my youngest son (Freshmen Year). And As I was praying over his day; I heard the Lord whisper in my spirit, “Faith In Focus!”  As moms, we believe the very best for our children, and if we are not careful; worry, doubt or even fear can easily creep in. Especially, when listening to the local, state or national news. A few blogs ago, I spoke about a healing that occurred within our family (oldest son). We were in our early-to-mid twenties and had just joined our 1st local church (as a married couple), and had rededicated our life back…
  • Daily Inspiration (Mommy Moments)

    Marvlun Reed
    26 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    A few weeks back, I felt led to share/post encouragement to parents…. and today I felt led to share again to this site: Today is a very special day for two of our children!!!! And My husband and I are pulling double duty to be available and support them both! He’s in Wisconsin, and I’m here at home!!!! We’re both preparing to see dreams come true! In just a few short hours my daughter will be sworn in as an Attorney (Passing Both the California & Wisconsin Bar) & My youngest son will be jumping as a part of the Varsity Team!!!! Being a parent requires much…
  • In You Alone (Worship Moments)

    Marvlun Reed
    26 May 2015 | 12:04 am
    Current Situation: Worship Music playing softly in my ear, while my heart is in pursuit of the King!” There in the stillness, I can discern His Presence! His love surrounds me, and all I can do is offer up Praise!! I’m usually asleep by this Time, but not Tonight! Tonight, I am Up pursuing My Heavenly Father (My Passion) As I sit here worshiping, & meditating on His word, I am encouraged to Trust Him even more, to Praise Him even louder, and to Share my Faith (and I encourage you to do the same) He is Worthy of our Praise, Worthy of our Adoration, and Worthy of our Trust!!!!
 
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    Raj's Reflections

  • Same Sex Marriages Legitimized; Why The Hoopla? (A Christian’s Response)

    Raj Richard
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:51 pm
                In a historic ruling, the SCOTUS legitimized same sex marriages in the USA.            On one end of the response spectrum was a threat from 10,000 pastors from the ‘Black Robe Regiment’ – preachers wearing black robes – to die if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriages. On the other end, the liberal and postmodern Christians would welcome the legitimization of same sex marriages because they favor the practice of homosexuality within Christianity.
  • What If Jesus Is NOT GOD?

    Raj Richard
    21 Jun 2015 | 11:45 pm
                Some Christians do not believe in Christ’s deity (i.e. Jesus Christ is God). They may subscribe to a position that denies Christ’s true divinity (e.g. Adoptionism or Eutychianism) and could belong to groups such as Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormonism.             An average Christian who believes in Christ’s deity cannot expound or defend his belief when confronted by a member of Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormonism, who would passionately deny Christ’s deity.
  • Jesus Drank Wine, So Could Christians Drink Alcohol?

    Raj Richard
    14 Jun 2015 | 11:37 pm
                Christ drank wine from the Passover cup (Mark 14: 23) and possibly otherwise (Luke 7: 33-34). Christ’s first miracle – to turn water into wine – implied that HE did not object to drinking of wine. Then the Bible mandates Christians to be Christlike [1].            Some Christians attribute their habit of drinking to Christ. They argue that since Christ drank wine, they could drink too. Some extend this argument when they ask, isn’t it Christlikeness that Christians are to focus on, if…
  • Muslim Chaplain Tahera Ahmad & Christian Marine Monifa Sterling; Victims of Religious Intolerance & Racial Discrimination? A Perspectival Observation

    Raj Richard
    7 Jun 2015 | 11:35 pm
                Recently, the social media's been buzzing about Tahera Ahmad, the discriminated Muslim Chaplain. The flight attendant refused Tahera an unopened can of soda while flying United Airlines, whereas her neighbor was offered an unopened can of beer. When Tahera protested, she was verbally abused by another passenger. [1]             Being a prominent figure of inter-faith dialogue, Tahera rode the social media bandwagon to drum up support as well as…
  • Exciting Archeological Discoveries Validating The Bible

    Raj Richard
    31 May 2015 | 11:03 pm
                For the past 200 years the Bible has been tirelessly attacked on various fronts. One such attack has been on the historicity of the Bible – whether the Bible is historically accurate or not.             To begin with, the following is a listing of a few of the major archaeological discoveries (not in any particular order), validating biblical truths, over the past century.Writings Before the Time of Moses            Discoveries of a tablet containing…
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    Weebly.com - Inspiration

  • The Upside of Failure

    22 Jun 2015 | 10:09 am
    Entrepreneurs don't like to think about failure. We'd much rather focus on the positive. We're doing something most people consider weird and crazy—building businesses out of nothing—so we can't afford to let too much doubt and uncertainty cloud our visions.That mindset, of course, is crucial to our success. But if our zeal makes us ignore the possibility of failure, then we're making a big mistake. The truth is if you choose an entrepreneurial life, there's a good chance you'll fail. The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation reports that just 46 percent of U.S. startups with…
  • Big Data Analytics for Small Business

    19 Jun 2015 | 5:34 pm
    Big Data is no longer just for big business. Thanks to falling tech prices and new analytic tools, small operators can now harness troves of digital information--90 percent of which has been created in the last two years—to identify new opportunities and make smarter business decisions.Both large tech companies and innovative startups offer cost-effective Big Data solutions that can help your small business increase sales, improve efficiencies and enrich customer service. These offerings take advantage of technical advances such as sensors and cloud computing to harness all kinds of…
  • Tools for Creating and Maintaining an Editorial Calendar

    19 Jun 2015 | 5:08 pm
    An editorial calendar can help your team plan content around your brand and stay on track. Spreadsheets are commonly used to create editorial calendars, but they aren't the only option available. Hosted collaboration platforms let your team communicate better and get reminders for upcoming content. If you're a team of one, you can use an editorial calendar to plan content ahead of time, strategize, and collaborate. Deadline reminders and task categorization can help you plan blog posts and social media promotion.Check out these free and low-cost tools to create, manage and share an…
  • Fads or Fabulous Marketing: Infographics, Pinterest Posting, and Google Product Listings

    19 Jun 2015 | 5:01 pm
    With the online marketing scene changing so fast, new strategies and marketing fads pop up all the time and get a lot of press. The hard part for you, as a small business owner, is to figure out which strategies are fads and which are fabulous marketing techniques that might actually help your business. Infographics, Pinterest posting, and Google product listings are three hot and much discussed marketing tactics. We’ll take a look at each and determine whether they are something your business should try out.1. Infographics - FadCost: $500-$2000 (For a Professional Quality…
  • Is Starting a Business a Safer Bet Than Your Current Career?

    19 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Any successful entrepreneur will tell you that in order for your startup to be a success, you have to commit to it wholeheartedly and singularly, with a sense of eternal optimism for your potential.Yet when questioned further, that same entrepreneur would likely admit to the tremendous risk involved in starting a new venture. Even if you have a great idea and a plan to match, not all businesses succeed.Complicating your decision is the issue of giving up your current career. If you’re already on a successful (though perhaps limiting) trajectory, is it worth risking that moderate success…
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    My Thoughts - John 3v16

  • 1513 - Your feelings are lying

    MoJ
    22 Jun 2015 | 9:17 am
    I think God teaches us things in phases. Recently I have had a number of interactions which have continually pointed out to me that what I had been feeling at the time was completely misleading and that under the weather pattern that was my world at the time, I made decisions based on that current climate. Each time, once the weather had cleared and the sun was shining again, my take on the previous cold front was completely different. I could see a lot more clearly how things should have been handled. How is that even possible? What’s wrong with me? Aaahh! My feelings got in the way. They…
  • 1512 - How to walk on water

    MoJ
    19 May 2015 | 1:15 am
    Every day I am amazed at how little I know and how much there is still to learn in this short stint we have here on earth called life. The problem is that I walk around as if I know everything. That sounds like a bit of a contradiction. OK, it sounds like a huge contradiction. Let me explain.I walk around wrapped up in a package called Marc, filled with decades of experiences which are completely unique to me. No one can claim to have had them. To top it all, I have a certain character and temperament and personality that also makes me pretty unique, stuff I have been filled with since birth.
  • 1511 - Two ways to deepen your Bible study

    MoJ
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:50 am
    We often go for walks in the morning, currently through the suburb of Hoheizen in Capetown and often come across some very neat sidewalks as captured in the photograph.Matthew 5:48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.Jesus said a challenging thing in this verse, he said, “be perfect” in a way that comes across as an attainable condition. The word can mean a number of different things, like ‘holy’ or ‘complete’ or ‘finished’ or even ‘mature’. No matter which one we take it challenges us to take our current level of spirituality to completion, to a point…
  • 1510 - Growing up

    MoJ
    13 Apr 2015 | 11:43 pm
    Just spent a wonderful week with my youngest and her husband, sampling some of what Capetown has to offer. The weather played along fantastically, except for the one day we wanted to watch another sunset from the beach and were greeted with a chilly sunless fog, in sharp contrast to the evening before in the picture above.I have been looking at growth and God’s expectation from us. I think the popular understanding of religion is that God loves us and as long as we go to church and live a ‘good’ life we have pretty much covered all the bases. I call that worshiping the God in your own…
  • 1509 - The Remnant

    MoJ
    29 Mar 2015 | 9:54 am
    I love stained glass, and the last post and this one contain pictures I took in Winchester Cathedral when we were there at the end of 2014. This one was interesting because of the South African connection, the description at the bottom mentions the soldiers of the Kings Royal Rifles who laid down their lives for their Sovereign in South Africa.I was in an interesting discussion today in which the subject of apathy with respect to the attitude of an unbaptized person, and his approach to the Bible, was discussed. How does one rev up spiritual interest in someone who is comfortable in the way…
 
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    Grow in Virtue

  • The Great Summer Slow Down

    Alan Scott
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Back in 2005 I was working for a large corporation. Making some pretty good money. Traveling often. Promoted several times. Life was busy. I was miserable. I quit. Leaving that job coincided with the start of summer. And after much consideration (about 10 minutes), I decided to take the entire summer off, and not return to work immediately. That summer turned out to be the best few months of my life. New to my Catholic faith, I did a lot of spiritual reading. Learning about our Lord, our Holy Blessed Mother, and the saints who served them well. I also went for a morning jog everyday. Well,…
  • Peace of Soul

    Alan Scott
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    Surely one can do, for a day, that which seems impossible for a lifetime. That’s my motto of late. The process of taking one day at a time. It’s certainly not easy, but I will say, I’m getting better at it than I used to be. Recently I decided to take a “staycation”. You know what I mean, when you just stay at home and relax, versus going on a vacation that requires planning, packing, and traveling. Last year I went to Italy, which was a wonderful vacation – a pilgrimage, but after the trip, I felt as if I truly needed a vacation from my vacation. It was many great things, but…
  • Finding Something that is Lost

    Alan Scott
    11 May 2015 | 6:34 pm
    The topic of my last article was on perseverance. When I wrote it, I had no idea that I was about to enter an extremely tough time in my life. Since that article nearly three weeks ago, things have taken a difficult turn. My mother, who lost the use of her right leg two years, has now lost the use of her left leg. The past three weeks has been an ongoing struggle to accept and adapt to a new reality. It’s been a mental challenge for everyone involved – my mother, the friends who help me to care for her, and myself. And it’s also been a physical challenge. She’s no longer able to…
  • The Power of Perseverance

    Alan Scott
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:38 pm
    One of the things I would like to deny about myself (but can’t) is that I have a tendency to bail on things. When someone raises their voice to me, I’m ready to walk away. When my life becomes what I feel I didn’t sign up for, I start seeing greener grass. Whenever I’m in a funk, I start to consider other options. Every time I’m in a rut, I seek my escape. Basically, I have a tendency to want to do away with what no longer feels natural or easy to me. Honestly, I didn’t even realize I was like this until about 2 years ago. I had just left my most recent job because I no longer…
  • Supposed Former Nonconformist

    Alan Scott
    8 Apr 2015 | 3:41 pm
    If you haven’t noticed yet, most people in society operate by standards that have already been set for them by someone else. Many of these standards are false and can often leave those who follow them, well, miserable. A nonconformist clearly see these paths, and says – no, thank you. They follow a different path. Their own. Nonconformists are often considered to be rebels and innovators, and perhaps that’s true in many cases. Nonconformists are also often seen as purposefully difficult. Or being different for the sake of being different. Perhaps to be “cool”, or more…
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  • Time To Remember

    Gerald Fugit
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:13 am
    “Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly;” “Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, father the children and those that suck the breasts let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.”    Joel 2:15-16. In the Western culture it is common […] The post Time To Remember appeared first on .
  • Top To Bottom, No — Bottom To Top,Yes

    Gerald Fugit
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:50 pm
    “Blow ye the trumpet in Zion and sound and alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand.”        Joel 2:1. On June 15, 1215 a wonderful thing happened in a place in Southern England that […] The post Top To Bottom, No — Bottom To Top,Yes appeared first on .
  • Speak Up, Old Man

    Gerald Fugit
    10 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    “Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?”      Joel 1:2. Some men can see events and raise the issue for that age. Such a prophet as Joel could do this. He could sum […] The post Speak Up, Old Man appeared first on .
  • Is There An Answer?

    Gerald Fugit
    3 Jun 2015 | 3:33 am
    “O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.”     Hosea 14:1. The Lord God has built into we humans the capacity to find a solution to our problems. It matters not if one wants a resolution or not. The issue can be solved. The animal kingdom does […] The post Is There An Answer? appeared first on .
  • Shut Up! Your Stupidity Is Showing!

    Gerald Fugit
    28 May 2015 | 3:53 am
    “When Ephraim spake trembling, he exalted himself in Israel; but when he offended in Ba’al, he died.” “And now they sin more and more, and have made them molten images of their silver, and idols according to their own understanding, all of it the work of the craftsmen: they say of them, Let the men […] The post Shut Up! Your Stupidity Is Showing! appeared first on .
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    Foundation of Christian Faith

  • The Four Warriors (2015)

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:19 am
    Four battle-weary Crusaders take on a mission to track down the evil predator who has abducted all the men and children from a devastated village. (184) The post The Four Warriors (2015) appeared first on Foundation of Christian Faith.
  • Ted 2 (2015)

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:15 am
    Newlywed couple Ted and Tami-Lynn want to have a baby, but in order to qualify to be a parent, Ted will have to prove he’s a person in a court of law. (117) The post Ted 2 (2015) appeared first on Foundation of Christian Faith.
  • Minions (2015)

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:06 am
    Minions (2015) Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. (134) The post Minions (2015) appeared first on Foundation of Christian Faith.
  • Underdog Kids (2015)

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:37 am
    Inner city kids from a poor neighborhood go up against the undefeated Beverly Hills Junior National Karate Team. (216) The post Underdog Kids (2015) appeared first on Foundation of Christian Faith.
  • P.L.U.G. (2014)

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:33 am
    On a post-apocalyptic Earth, Leila Dawn (Natalie Floyd), is the only human survivor. Raised by Robots after humanity abandoned the planet they destroyed with nuclear warfare, Leila cannot (150) The post P.L.U.G. (2014) appeared first on Foundation of Christian Faith.
 
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    HAPPY SONSHIP

  • Will I Do Gay Weddings?

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don’t really matter. –Francis Chan in Crazy Love Since I was ordained as a pastor in 2004 I have officiated more than 50 weddings. I have done the weddings of my three best friends and I have done quick ceremonies because someone got knocked up. I have done weddings where I was asked to not to use the name of Jesus and weddings where they asked me to preach the Gospel like we were in an evangelistic crusade (with altar call and deliverance). I served each couple as best as I could. Their…
  • Here’s How God Turns Fornication Into Perfection

    Amy Ford
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Forgiveness is most Christlike when it is given to the undeserving. -Jim George Standing in the conference aisle with people bustling all around, a woman nervously approached our booth. She explained how she works at a pregnancy resource center and attends church but was confused by our ministry approach. She wanted to ask, WHY? “I’m just trying to understand so please help me. Why do you encourage the church to love on single and pregnant young women? Isn’t this promoting sinful behavior by throwing them a big baby shower with brand new baby items? I see young women that try so hard to…
  • Hate Won’t Win

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    20 Jun 2015 | 6:16 pm
    The Bible study turned into a scene from the Old Testament. Murder, hatred, death, gentiles eliminated. A man who believed himself to be from a superior race took it upon himself to destroy the infidels. Like Judas he sat with them in prayer but then he slaughter them in a house of worship. There were nine martyrs. Disciples of Jesus who died because they gathered to love, teach, pray, be. Killed simply because God created them in His image and His likeness. Black. Strong. Beautiful. The ones who remained reacted like the New Testament. They forgave him. They advised him to repent for his…
  • Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders

    Chris Hoke
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:24 pm
    I sat across the small visitation table from Richard. His hands had just gripped mine. This was before the no-touch policy. We were about to pray. He squeezed his eyes shut, trying as best he could. I remembered his story he’d told me in a past visit, about sitting in strangers’ living rooms where he’d broken into, sometimes not taking any valuables from the living rooms or bedrooms, stealing a sense of peace that never belonged to him. So I invited him to just lay his head down, on the lawyer’s table there, and rest. “Siiiiiick,” he smiled and made himself comfortable. I said I…
  • Beer, God, Fame and the Lovable Chris Pratt

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    13 Jun 2015 | 10:45 pm
    It’s hard to find an actor as likable as Chris Pratt. And this past year, he has become the top draw in Hollywood. From the leading voice in The Lego Movie, to the starting role in Guardians of the Galaxy, the dude is taking over a screen near you. His new movie Jurassic World is dominating the box office and his faith in Jesus is as strong as ever. Plus he’ll be the new Indiana Jones (and you can’t get more Godly-Awesome than that). He recently discussed a scare that he and his wife, actress Anna Faris, had when their newborn son was born nine weeks prematurely and spent…
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    Something More - TRAILHEAD

  • Devotion

    29 Jun 2015 | 8:19 pm
    "Who Do You Say I Am?" Who exactly is Jesus to you? I mean REALLY. If you claim to be a believer then it's tempting to just spout off the first Sunday school answer that pops into your head without any real feeling behind it. Isn't it amazing how easy the words Savior, Redeemer, Son of God, etc. all roll off the tongue without a lot of spiritual investment? This is especially true for those of us who've been raised in church... that doesn't make it right; just the facts here people. We really do have to fight sometimes to find the real answer to the question of "Who is Jesus to…
  • Devotion

    24 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    "Secret Doors" Did you know that there are secret doors in your mind?! No, I'm not crazy- and Yes, I realize there are no REAL doors buried in our craniums. However, I believe God let me in on a little something the other day and I'm going to use secret doors as, I believe, the perfect analogy for secret blessings God has in store for us. Click Here for Full Devotion
  • Poem

    22 Jun 2015 | 7:03 pm
    "I Have Been Here Before" I have been here before. Once, too far back for complete clarity but still; I was here. Somewhere down memory’s pathways I see with my mind’s eye- Too little to be vivid yet enough to stir those feelings once more. Click Here for Full Poem
  • Devotion

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:30 pm
    "For Those Who Know" The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know Your name trust in You, for You, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek You.(Psalm 9:9-10) Do you remember having to learn random facts in school? You know... historical dates, algorithms, etc. You studied, scoured, and soaked up those notes so that- come test time- you could easily pour them back out onto paper. OK- how many of those random facts do you remember today?  Click Here for Full Devotion
  • Devotion

    16 Jun 2015 | 6:50 pm
    "What Do You See?" Do you ever read about the ministry/miracles of Jesus and get the feeling that you're looking at a stack of history paper excerpts? I believe if we were all completely honest, we'd admit that occasionally that feeling sneaks in and we think; "OK- awesome miracles from Jesus- WAY BACK THEN." Sometimes it's hard to see the Jesus that performed those miracles (you know- the ones that are sometimes hard to relate to?) as the same Jesus that intervenes in our lives today.  Click Here for Full Devotion
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    Eurasia Northwest | Establishing the Church where it is not.

  • Top 6 Armenian Cultural Attributes

    Matt Smith
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:33 pm
    1. First Christian Country In the first century (AD), Christianity made its way into parts of Armenia. But it wasn’t until the reign of King Tiridates III (301 AD) that Armenia adopted Christianity as its official religion – the first country to do so. It became the dominant religion of the people. Years later,  Armenians were oppressed and persecuted under the Ottomans, who were devout Muslims. 2. Original Alphabet The Armenians use an alphabet different from any other in the world. It dates back to the fifth century, created by Mesrop Mashtots. It has gone through an…
  • Armenia: Unreached People Groups

    Matt Smith
    29 May 2015 | 3:33 pm
    Muslims (Surrounding Countries) The history of Armenia and Islamic groups goes back many centuries, all the way to the 600’s when Muslim Arabs first came. Muslim influence remained in the country and the surrounding areas ever since. The medieval age brought Turkish nomads, and the Persians and Ottoman Turks followed them through the last millennium. At the beginning of the twentieth century, the Quran was translated into the Armenian language from Arabic. Through each wave of Islamic influence, Armenians have primarily stuck to their Christian tradition. Among those that…
  • ENW Team Members: Shahan & Tyra Teberian

    Matt Smith
    28 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Background When did you first feel a call into missions? Briefly tell us the story in your own words. Shahan first felt the call to missions in 2007. He was on a short-term missions trip to Armenia when God opened his eyes to ministry in Armenia. Shahan wrestled with God for a full year until he took the first step on the road to full-time missions work. Tyra first felt the call to missions while on a short-term missions trip in high school. After many years of waiting for God to open the right door, on a short-term missions trip to Armenia in 2008, God set the missions flame on fire once…
  • A Baby for Delor

    Matt Smith
    17 May 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Nearly a year ago, I met a young Kurdish woman who ran and tucked herself into a corner, hoping to remain unnoticed, when I crouched down to enter the door of her humble home. Later, my friend – the pastor’s wife in that village – whispered to me that she was childless after three years of marriage, and her husband’s parents were about to cast her out. She would be returned to her family, used, unwanted, and with no hope of ever remarrying and having a future. Delor’s eyes and the memory of her shadow in the corner never left me. Longing for a Child When you live overseas in a…
  • Life’s Meaning: Searching Abroad, Kristin Discovers it in her Homeland

    Matt Smith
    4 May 2015 | 4:41 am
    Kristin has been many place outside of Estonia, where she was born. She enjoys traveling, and has searched for experiences to bring her closer to her true Purpose. Though she often asked the meaning behind life, her question was often met with questionable stares and disapproval. After some time, her questions faded away and dug deep into her heart, leaving a hole that no religion could fill. She searched for life’s meaning outside of Estonia, hoping that others would hold the answer. It wasn’t meant to be. Years went by, and still she was no closer to Truth. Alpha Encounter After…
 
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    Love Made Known

  • Becoming Love

    Tommy &#38; Michele Hunter
    29 Jun 2015 | 11:17 pm
    Tommy and Michele’s destructive marriage led them to divorce, but Jesus taught them how to love and how to become love for one another and He restored their marriage. We had the privilege of filming their story and at the same time were inspired and encouraged by the lessons they learned together. As you will see and The post Becoming Love appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • Jesus Met Me in Drug Rehab

    Callahan Blum
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:18 pm
    I met Callahan this past semester at Biola and I can see the love of Jesus in her so strongly. I am grateful for the way she has opened up to share her experience with drug and substance abuse and the difficulties in her family life growing up. She is a true testament to God’s transforming power and The post Jesus Met Me in Drug Rehab appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • Finding My Child-like Faith Again

    Kathy
    16 Jun 2015 | 6:57 pm
    There’s something beautiful and precious about children; they view the world through a lens of innocence. Anything and everything is possible for them and faith is just as easy to have as a candy bar. But then adult-hood comes and our childlike wonder disappears under the layers of disappointment, hopelessness and crushed dreams. As you The post Finding My Child-like Faith Again appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • But You Wouldn’t Know Me

    Amanda Ciurdar
    9 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    We are honored to share a part of Amanda’s personal journey here on Love Made Known. Her courage, vulnerability and honesty is inspiring; it’s not easy to share our deepest struggles or pain, but just as God is continuously conforming Amanda into His image, He is doing the same for you no matter what season you The post But You Wouldn’t Know Me appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • God Is Able To Do Exceedingly More

    Giselle Tk
    3 Jun 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Psalm 18:35: “Thou hast also given me the Shield of Thy Salvation, and Thy right Hand upholds me; and Thy gentleness (support) makes me great.” This Scripture above I gave to our daughter in January two thousand and nine; the morning she and her Pastor husband headed out to the hospital for her appointed surgery.  The post God Is Able To Do Exceedingly More appeared first on Love Made Known.
 
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    The Christian Journey

  • Fleeing From Slandering Brothers and Sisters

    greggordon
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord. – Leviticus 19:18 The people of God were given many commands in the Old Testament of how to be a godly nation that would be different in the world. From various traditions, sacrifices, different clothing, different customs, to even different heart attitudes, God was calling his people to be separate. Here we read that the Lord asks his people not to seek revenge or to hold unforgiveness towards other fellow believers. In the verses before he says we are not to…
  • The Lord Desires Fellowship With His Children

    greggordon
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:48 pm
    I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. – John 15:15 The life of the heart is more important then what we know or think. A child comes with no pretence of flowery words or intonations, rather in the language of the heart. True friends do not need to even at times communicate with words but are comfortable in each others presence. God desires such friendship, communion and for us to pray to him in such a way. Coming to our Father in heaven we can speak to him as we would to each other. Telling him our hurts, pains, wishes,…
  • A Child Of God Before a Loving Heavenly Father

    greggordon
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:46 pm
    Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8 Our view of God shapes our view of others in this life. When we have a certain view of God and His Character we portray this to others in our actions and words. When we consider the character of God what stands out to you? Holiness, Infinitude, Sovereignty, Wisdom, Omniscience, Faithfulness, Omnipotence, Justice? Of course God is all these things but what is the core attribute of God? Jesus became God in the flesh, revealing the holy God to humanity. He became relevant to us, personable and someone we could see…
  • The Generational Passing On of the Christian Faith

    greggordon
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you. – 1 Timothy 4:14 The continuing gift of Church leadership has been something that has been considered very sacred by past generations. In our modern day we feel it is not very holy or godly to be a pastor and some almost have the thinking that anyone could be such a leader. Some men start Churches apart from any connecting with the past generation of believers. Though this can be valid and the Lord can recognize a leader in this way, there is a safety and an order of God in…
  • Ordination and Offices In the Early Church

    greggordon
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust. – Acts 14:23 There has been a confusion on terms for Christian leaders and theories and ideas abound. Elders, Apostles, Pastors, Overseers, Bishops, Shepherds, Presbyters, Deacons, being some of the terms considered. Where they all one office, one role or different leaders in the Church. Some arguments side on trying to amalgamate the term used for Bishop, Overseer (greek, episcopoi) and Presbtyr, Elder (greek, presbuteroi). Though the…
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    Chronicles of a kid Next Door

  • Are you Poor? Give With All Your Heart, This is Why

    VaSanganyado
    30 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    The problems of hunger, poverty and disease can only be alleviated by poor people who believe God has given them all they need to stand up against cruelty, injustice and wickedness.… More Are you Poor? Give With All Your Heart, This is Why
  • Do You Think of the Poor? You Should Now, This Is Why

    VaSanganyado
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:05 am
    The future looks gloom for many orphaned children. God has called us to minister mercy to them.… More Do You Think of the Poor? You Should Now, This Is Why
  • 5 Ways To Actually Practice Mercy You Need To Know

    VaSanganyado
    16 Jun 2015 | 9:05 am
    Christ showed us mercy, so we need to show others too. In this video, I discuss 5 ways believers can practice righteousness in a manner that gives glory to God. With the rise of trolling and internet shaming, believers have been caught in the bandwagon and need to return to their roots.… More 5 Ways To Actually Practice Mercy You Need To Know
  • 4 Valuable Confessions on the Power of Mercy You Need to Know

    VaSanganyado
    9 Jun 2015 | 10:38 am
    So, Creflo Dollar is finally getting the $65 million jet, after all. For a while, believers have been divided over the issue. Some claim it is his covenant right to walk in wealth others claim it is basic textbook scamming. At the heart of this argument is people who are poor and suffering. Giving to… More 4 Valuable Confessions on the Power of Mercy You Need to Know
  • How To Pray More Now When Doubt Increases

    VaSanganyado
    6 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    It was well after six in the morning, and I was supposed to be ready for school. But, I did not want to get out of bed. I was just tired. I was tired of everything. I was tired of chasing after the wind. After all, my dreams and desires had vanished like a bunny… More How To Pray More Now When Doubt Increases
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