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  • Clerk refuses to compromise principles to get out of jail

    WORLDmag.com
    Lynde Langdon
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:20 pm
    UPDATE: Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk embroiled in a battle over same-sex marriage, rejected a proposal that would have let her out of jail. The plaintiffs who sued Davis suggested she be released if she agreed not to interfere with deputy clerks’ issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, but Davis refused. UPDATE (3:40 p.m.): Five of the six deputy clerks in Rowan County, Ky., agreed to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, despite their boss’ refusal to do so. The
  • Thoughts on the Ashley Madison Scandal

    TALL SKINNY KIWI
    Andrew Jones
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    Here’s some random thoughts on the Ashley Madison Scandal, marriage, shaming, and its impact on Christian pastors and...
  • Dear Aylan … dear world with a refugee crisis, dear all of us who have needed to be welcomed in

    A Holy Experience
    Ann Voskamp
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:38 am
    Dear Aylan, Dear little refugee boy who drowned in the sea —  You just wanted the dirt I call home, to be your home. That’s what they said: When they scooped up your little Syrian body on the shores of Turkey, they said you just wanted to get to Canada.  You could have stayed with us, Aylan. Your whole family could have stayed with us. Shalom has a new bunny — she calls him Jesse or Jojo, and Malakai calls him Peter Rabbit, and I call him Edward Toulane, and you could have come and played with that floppy eared fur ball, here on the back lawn and just called here home. You could…
  • The Moral Dimension of Work

    Acton Institute
    rober6thom
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:16 am
    by James V. Schall “The moral foundation of political economy,” to use Lord Acton’s phrase, rests on the connection of liberty with right, of right with duty, of duty with leisure and delight, and of all with transcendence. Our most unsettling economic problems are actually not economic but moral—moral ones that cannot be simply passed on from generation to generation. They need to be chosen and internalized by each person in each generation at the risk of deflecting material goods from their proper purposes.read more
  • I Quit Hurrying

    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    This week, Scott Scruggs kicks off the new "I Quit" series by talking about our obsession with hurrying and offers guidance on how to slow down and shift our focus to the right things. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook
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    WORLDmag.com

  • Clerk refuses to compromise principles to get out of jail

    Lynde Langdon
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:20 pm
    UPDATE: Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk embroiled in a battle over same-sex marriage, rejected a proposal that would have let her out of jail. The plaintiffs who sued Davis suggested she be released if she agreed not to interfere with deputy clerks’ issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, but Davis refused. UPDATE (3:40 p.m.): Five of the six deputy clerks in Rowan County, Ky., agreed to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, despite their boss’ refusal to do so. The
  • New details emerge on film adaptation of Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord

    Emily Belz
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:53 am
    A film adaptation of Anne Rice’s bestselling novel Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt now has a release date, a distributor, and a new title. The film is will be called  The Young Messiah and will premiere nationwide March 11, 2016 to coincide with the Easter season. Focus Features, the indie film distribution arm of NBCUniversal, is backing the project for distribution. Sean Bean, whom readers likely know from  The Lord of the Rings  films, plays one of the main characters in the
  • Disney star Dean Jones remembered for faith, films

    Leigh Jones
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    Dean Jones, beloved star of nearly a dozen Disney films, died Tuesday of complications from Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. Jones’ appearances in lighthearted films like That Darn Cat! and The Love Bug won audiences’ hearts, but offscreen, the actor struggled with depression and “miserable moods.” During one dark episode in 1973, he fell on his knees and asked God to take away his depression, his wife recalled. “He told me that in an instant it was gone, and he felt
  • Midday Roundup: Drowned toddler a new symbol of migrant despair

    Leigh Jones
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:25 am
    Heartbreaking. A Syrian toddler who drowned along with his 5-year-old brother and mother as the family attempted to make it from Turkey to Greece has become the face of the pain and suffering of Middle Eastern refugees. Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi’s body washed up on a beach in the Turkish resort town of Bodram. Newspapers across Europe ran the photo of him lying facedown in the sand with headlines such as, “Unbearable,” and, “Europe could not save him.” The boy’s
  • Technology, timing key to CMP’s success

    Courtney Crandell
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:23 am
    Veterans of the pro-life movement reflect on the last time an organization tried to expose Planned Parenthood’s involvement in the fetal tissue trade
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • Dear Aylan … dear world with a refugee crisis, dear all of us who have needed to be welcomed in

    Ann Voskamp
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:38 am
    Dear Aylan, Dear little refugee boy who drowned in the sea —  You just wanted the dirt I call home, to be your home. That’s what they said: When they scooped up your little Syrian body on the shores of Turkey, they said you just wanted to get to Canada.  You could have stayed with us, Aylan. Your whole family could have stayed with us. Shalom has a new bunny — she calls him Jesse or Jojo, and Malakai calls him Peter Rabbit, and I call him Edward Toulane, and you could have come and played with that floppy eared fur ball, here on the back lawn and just called here home. You could…
  • how to find a way through when the world feels like it’s in crisis [Or: how a river runs through the current of things]

    Ann Voskamp
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:33 am
    Audio recording of The Current of Things The girl up at the river, she stood in that ribbon of water up to her ankles and said we’d all lost our ever lovin’ minds. I’d known Lauriel since her grade school days, a long, willowy thing with hair flowing straight down her back and horn-rimmed glasses slipping off her nose. When she’d hit the rapids of her teens, she’d taken a pair of scissors and chopped off her hair herself, stopped coming to the BBQs held out at the reflective edge of Gilley’s Pit, (which had the humble beginnings of being a gravel pit that eventually filled with…
  • when you feel a bit invisible

    Ann Voskamp
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:43 am
    This woman, Jennifer Rothschild, is one of my favourite people on the planet – one of the most empathetic, wisest, most down-to-earth humble women. At the young age of fifteen, Jennifer was diagnosed with a rare, degenerative eye disease that would eventually steal her sight. In the midst of living blind — literally living in an invisible world — Jennifer has taken her message of encouragement, across the country speaking at national and regional gatherings and is the author of 10 books, including her newest book, Invisible: How You Feel is Not Who You Are. It’s…
  • when you’ve got to figure out how to send the kids back to school & out into the big, wide world

    Ann Voskamp
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:24 am
    every year, this time of year… man, am I right back here… You talk with a police officer on your last Sunday. Your last Sunday still living at home —  after the Preacher had said his Amen 10 minutes before noon, you walk up to one of the guys milling around with these smooth stones of small talk out in the chapel foyer — and you up and ask the cop how to shine a pair of shoes. There are people who find small talk unbearably soul shrinking. That would be you. “Just exactly how do you do the spit and polish of your shoes — like the mirror polish.” And you motion…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [08.29.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:48 am
    Happy, happy, happy weekend! Some real, down in the bones JOY to celebrate today! Links & stories this week 100% guaranteed to make you smile a mile wide & believe like crazy in a Good God redeeming everything — and that there’s love everywhere & for ((you))! Serving up only the Good Stuff for you right here: Jakub Polomski Jakub Polomski Jakub Polomski somedays you just need to get away. Today’s your day? okay, you & me, right now — let’s get away right here & let everything just go quiet  <grin> yep — this 250lb red ball was on…
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    Acton Institute

  • The Moral Dimension of Work

    rober6thom
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:16 am
    by James V. Schall “The moral foundation of political economy,” to use Lord Acton’s phrase, rests on the connection of liberty with right, of right with duty, of duty with leisure and delight, and of all with transcendence. Our most unsettling economic problems are actually not economic but moral—moral ones that cannot be simply passed on from generation to generation. They need to be chosen and internalized by each person in each generation at the risk of deflecting material goods from their proper purposes.read more
  • Acton Film Series: Film Screening of 'Dog Days'

    etrancik@acton.org
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:56 am
    Laura Waters Hinson and Kasey Kirby have been making documentaries together since 2006, when Kasey photographed Laura’s debut feature documentary As We Forgive. The film, about Rwanda’s reconciliation and restoration movement, won the 2008 student Academy Award for best documentary, as well as a Cinemafor Peace award in Berlin. As We Forgive made its broadcast premiere on PBS stations in the US and was presented at universities, government, and religious institutions nationwide, as well as at the US Congress and the United Nations. The film also reached more than 100,000 viewers…
  • Acton Lecture Series: ' Excuse Me Professor: Challenging the Myths of Progressivism' – Lawrence Reed

    etrancik@acton.org
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:32 am
    Register Now Event Date:  December 10, 2015 - 11:30am1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Schedule 11:30am - Doors Open 12:00pm - Lecture Begins 1:00pm - Book Signing Boxed lunch will be provided. Pricing $15 - Regular $10 - Full time students For more information regarding this event, please email Edward Trancik at etrancik@acton.org or call 616.454.3080.read more
  • The Real ‘Throwaway’ Culture

    rober6thom
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    by Kishore Jayabalan Pope Francis is famous for his strident denunciations of a “throwaway culture” that ruthlessly discards human beings not considered useful in an economy that “kills.” His criticism is true in so far as our pragmatic age exalts what David Brookscalls “résumé virtues” over “eulogy virtues.” Technocracy and utilitarianism have made us cold and calculating, less respectful towards nature and neighbor.read more
  • Acton Lecture Series: Finding Faith in an Iranian Prison - Marina Nemat

    etrancik@acton.org
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:36 am
    Register Now Event Date:  November 19, 2015 - 11:30am1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Schedule 11:30am - Doors Open 12:00pm - Lecture Begins 1:00pm - Book Signing Boxed lunch will be provided. Pricing $15 - Regular $10 - Full time students For more information regarding this event, please email Edward Trancik at etrancik@acton.org or call 616.454.3080.read more
 
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • I Quit Hurrying

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    This week, Scott Scruggs kicks off the new "I Quit" series by talking about our obsession with hurrying and offers guidance on how to slow down and shift our focus to the right things. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook
  • Vision Weekend 2015

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:20 am
    This week, John Ortberg explains the vision of Menlo Church. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook
  • Daily TGIM Podcast - Day 19 "Prayer of Examen"

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today Pat Little leads us through a Prayer of Examen on the Daily TGIM Podcast. Listen HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook .
  • Daily TGIM Podcast - Day 18 "Elaine Interview"

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Today Lisa Lewis interviews Elaine on the Daily TGIM Podcast. Listen HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook .
  • Daily TGIM Podcast - Day 17 "Sermon Remix 4"

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:54 am
    Join us for our Daily TGIM Podcast. Listen HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook .
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • I'm honored to be an original signor of this letter to President Obama

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:23 am
    Read the letter here: http://obamasclimatelegacy.com Quotable: Innovating our way to zero emissions through an all-hands-on-deck societal mobilization at wartime speed is not only our best hope for averting climate catastrophe – it is key to revitalizing our economy and putting America back to work. In three months, you and leaders from more than 190 nations will gather in Paris for the UN Climate Conference…. Intergenerational justice demands that the centerpiece of that accord be zero emissions…. Three months is ample time for your administration to draft a legally binding zero…
  • Does Your Congregation Want to Get Serious About Caring for the Earth?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:22 am
    Consider hosting a viewing party for the live-streamed event - COMING TOGETHER IN FAITH ON CLIMATE - September 24th at 7:30 pm eastern. And check out these amazing resources: http://seasonofcreation.com/worship-resources/liturgies/ http://www.letallcreationpraise.org/season-of-creation www.textweek.com http://www.united-church.ca/planning/seasons/creation
  • Pope Francis and Planet Earth Need You!

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:34 am
    Friends - I'm thrilled to be part of a team organizing a multi-faith response to the Pope's historic visit to the US Congress, September 24. You are invited to a multi-faith celebration at the National Cathedral, Thursday evening, September 24, at 7:30 pm EDT - free, open to the public, and ticketed (space is limited). And then there will be a follow-up invitation-only gathering of faith-based climate leaders on Friday morning. Here are three ways I hope you'll want to be involved: 1. If you're in the DC area, you can come to the Celebration (tickets here). 2. Wherever you are, you can…
  • Between Now and My Sabbatical ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    Here's where I'll be: September 10, Asheville, NC. September 13, Charlotte, NC. September 24, morning, Columbus, OH. September 24 (evening) and 25 (morning), Washington DC, National Cathedral Also see this. September 25-27, Riverside Church, New York City October 12-15, Montreat, NC. October 18, Salt Lake City, UT, Parliament of the World's Religions October 22, Spring Lake MN. October 23-25, Nashville TN. November 5-7 Los Angeles, Space for Grace I'll be in the Bay Area November 7-9, details TBA. Then, beginning November 10, I'll be on a travel sabbatical for ten months. So I hope to see you…
  • Back Home After a Full August

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    I spent the first half of August in New Zealand with Rob Kilpatrick and the Smallternative Trust, and the second half at beautiful Ring Lake Ranch in Wyoming. It's hard to imagine more beautiful scenery and enjoyable people than I've encountered over the last month. Of course, with all that travel, my email inbox is the fullest it's ever been, so you can guess what I'll be catching up on in the coming days. As always, you can see the slides I shared during my presentations here: http://www.slideshare.net/brianmclaren If you sign up for my email newsletter, I'll be sending out a more detailed…
 
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Aylan Kurdi, 2012-2015

    Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:24 pm
    “The waves were high, the boat started swaying and shaking. We were terrified,” said the father, Abdullah Kurdi, 40, a Syrian Kurd from the town of Kobani near the Turkish border. “I rushed to my kids and wife while the boat was flipping upside down. And in a second we were all drowning in the water.” NYTimes Add a new comment
  • Data Day

    Grant Gallicho
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    It’s only Wednesday, and it’s already a big Catholic news week. Pew Research released a new poll setting the table for the pope’s spin through Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia later this month. Francis announced that for the Jubilee Year of Mercy, which will begin in December, he will allow all priests to absolve those who confess procuring abortions—and that priests of the schismatic Society of St. Pius X can hear confessions too. And today word came that Francis met with a liberal French bishop who had been exiled by John Paul II. Let’s start with the sexiest…
  • The Myth, the Monk, the Man

    Luke Timothy Johnson
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:43 am
    When The Seven Storey Mountain was published in 1949 and became an instant classic, Thomas Merton was only thirty-four years old and had been a Trappist monk for just seven years. The book made him the most famous monk in the world, and he would remain both agent and symbol of the rapidly changing face of Catholicism in the twentieth century until his untimely death at the age of fifty-three. Add a new comment
  • Letter from Rome

    Robert Mickens
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:28 am
    This past Tuesday, September 1, was the first annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. Pope Francis announced the initiative only a few weeks ago—on August 10, to be exact. 1 comment
  • His Turn

    Dominic Preziosi
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    Maybe it’s human nature to identify symmetries between significant events. That would absolve the elderly aunt in my wife’s family for repeatedly noting that January 16 was the date of her husband’s birth, the anniversary of his marriage to her, and the date of his death; it was nothing more than coincidence, perhaps, but it was coincidence worth remarking on. On a late-August Friday afternoon in 1997, we brought our son—born seven weeks premature—home from the hospital for the first time, set him on the floor with us while we ate takeout burritos, and looked at each other as if to…
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Being a Compassion Family

    Web Team
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    As a mom, sponsoring kids through Compassion International was initially my idea. I wanted to introduce my young kids to poverty. It’s hard to teach about poverty while living in a culture of excess. In September 2010, we chose a girl who was close to my daughter’s age. Roselyn lives in Guatemala. Both Roselyn and Cate were 3 at the time. Roselyn turns 9 in November and my girl will follow in May. The letters and pictures Roselyn creates come addressed to me as her official sponsor, but, really, Cate hurries to open them and read them. Cate asks questions and draws Roselyn pictures. In…
  • ‘Poverty, Inc.': The Global Poverty Industry

    Russ Debenport
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    The room was packed, occupied by some of the most inspiring Christian leaders I’ve met from across the continent of Africa. I began my afternoon presentation in Ethiopia with a movie trailer for a new documentary, Poverty, Inc., that seeks to reveal some of the pitfalls of the global aid system. At one point in the movie trailer, an entrepreneur in Haiti states, “No one wants to be a beggar for life.” The room immediately erupted in applause! I knew at that moment this documentary would be important in the dialogue of how we partner with the church for children in poverty. Poverty, Inc.
  • Sewing Out of Poverty

    Eryn Carman
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Our core programs of Child Survival and Child Sponsorship Development, while wide-ranging, can't tackle all the obstacles a child may face in poverty. That's why we have Complementary Interventions. From disaster relief to life-saving surgeries, safe water solutions to income-generation activities for parents and caregivers. This is the story of Ganga, the mother of Trisha who is a sponsored child in Northeast India. After taking a free Complementary Intervention course in tailoring offered through the Child Development Center, she started her own business. Now she trains other women in her…
  • The Business of Fair Trade

    Austin Graff
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    My friends thought I was losing my mind. After working my entire career in the non-profit world, I was making the plunge into the big, bad for-profit world. For 7.5 years, I worked for one of the leading organizations fighting violence against the poor (including human trafficking and slavery), International Justice Mission. For years, I got to tell the stories of my colleagues throughout the world literally rescuing families out of slavery and children out of sex trafficking. My new for-profit colleagues call it “the most noble of causes.” It truly was...and I left it all behind.
  • How to Make Ethiopian Coffee

    Sam Hoover
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Moms in our Child Survival Program in Ethiopia regularly get together to share stories of their lives, swap care taking ideas for their kids and catch up on the local town news over a cup of freshly roasted Ethiopian coffee. Watch how the process of creating Ethiopian coffee unfolds from roasting beans and grinding in a press, to brewing in boiling water and being enjoyed by all in the country where the Coffea arabica plant - what makes beans that are turned into arabica coffee - originates.My Account l Sponsor a Child l Help Babies and Moms l Crisis Updates
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    Desiring God

  • How God Gives Assurance

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Am I truly a Christian? Few questions cause more fearful trembling in believers, and few soul-shepherds are as helpful as John Newton in explaining to trembling saints how God cultivates assurance in the Christian life. God loves to give his children the gift of “the full assurance of faith” (Hebrews 10:22). It is a precious thing, a source of deep peace and consolation, and he wants us to have it. But like most things in the Christian life, assurance is something that is cultivated and grows deeper and stronger over time. It is a gift that God gives to us, according Newton (1725–1807),…
  • God’s Big Work and Your Little Mission

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Many people wrongly believe that Christianity is simply a new set of rules and guidelines for how to behave. More recently, due to the widespread emphasis on missional living, it’s the “missional to-do list” that now determines our personal righteousness. In both cases, people find themselves feeling more like spiritual slaves than gospel-freed children of God. This is because we easily buy into worldly thinking that claims our identity comes from what we do instead of what God has done. We have wrongly believed that we’re human doings instead of human beings. In the beginning, when…
  • A Letter to Exiles

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Peter wrote a letter to Christians facing massive opposition and even persecution for their faith. These believers refused to join in the world’s rebellion against God, and they were mocked and rejected for it. In this lab, John Piper begins a new series through this hope-filled letter to exiles.Watch Now
  • How to Care for Women Who Have Miscarried

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:25 pm
    When I found out I was pregnant, I remember excitedly texting a friend who was much further along, asking her a boatload of questions about what was normal for the first trimester. We swapped plans and even shared the same expectant mother’s Facebook group. By the time her due date neared, I was texting her every day to ask how she was faring. She went into labor two weeks after I miscarried. She texted me days before: “It’s okay if you would rather me just stop texting you baby news. I understand if that’s too much for you right now, and I won’t be offended.” I knew that,…
  • Three Prayers for Your Heart

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    How do you pray when you pray for you? Praying for the crisis of the moment — a particular stress, a sudden illness, a big deadline — or praying for the needs of others’ can seem pretty clear and straightforward. But how should we pray for our own hearts day after day after day? Should we be praying for our own hearts? The Psalms model prayers like these for us — prayers you can pray any day and every day. In three short videos, John Piper walks us through one of these prayers in Psalm 141. He draws out several key points for our prayer lives, teaching us to call on God to move, first…
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    Emergent Village

  • Get Growing – Apps To Get You Started

    Thomas
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:34 pm
    Mobile technology has effectively made its way into everyday gardens as well as into large-scale agriculture. It’s become a valuable tool for helping novices and professionals alike better manage their gardens and farms. Specialized apps now provide home gardeners and professional farmers with expert advice and information about their plants. What’s more, mobile devices from HTC One offer users access to the most gardening apps, while providing a durable all-metal body, and combined with T-Mobile’s no-extra-charge premium protection plans, make them some of the best mobile devices for…
  • Thinking to Sell Your Home by Yourself? Here’s What You Need to Consider

    Thomas
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Selling a home isn’t an easy decision. But with a job switch or any other circumstances that forced you to take the decision, should you be worried about having to do it alone or should you too opt for the services of a pro? Knowing that factors like short sale can be detrimental for your credit’s health compared to the benefits of a good payment history for the current mortgage, you may be inclined to put up the For Sale by Owner board outside to save every penny from the sale price if possible. But have you stepped beyond the short-sighted money-saving mindset and truly weighed the…
  • 5 Most Important Organizational Tips to Use When Moving

    Thomas
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    It is said that 1 in 5 American families will move this year. Are you one of the a lucky ones? For many, relocation can bring the promise of better schools, nicer jobs or a bigger home; but, unfortunately, the benefits don’t make the process of moving any easier. Moving is an incredibly stressful, complicated ordeal and you are going to need all the help you can get. Included here are a few tips for remaining organized throughout your move and aiding in the unpacking.   Leave It Behind There are few things more time and energy wasting than relocating unnecessary objects to your new…
  • 7 Great Landscaping Tips That Will Add Value to Your Home

    Thomas
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:41 pm
    The appearance of your yard has a significant impact on the overall value of your home with a nicely landscaped lawn often contributing to top dollar in the resale market. A house with good curb appeal also creates a powerful and lasting first impression on potential buyers, especially since many buyers use “drive-bys” and pictures in online listings now days to determine their initial interest in buying a house. If you’re looking to resell your home now or in the future, you may be wondering what kind of landscaping changes will give you the biggest bang for your buck. This list of…
  • Making Your Yard Look More Appealing

    Thomas
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:24 pm
    There are many reasons that you’d want your yard to look good. It may just be that you take pride in having a home that looks beautiful, on the outside and the inside. You may be having company that will be spending some time outside in your yard and you just want to make sure it looks nice or they are envious of your beautiful yard. Another reason you may want to make your yard look more appealing is that you are trying to rent, or sell, your home. Curb appeal goes a long way in attracting customers and if your home looks messy. cluttered, or just brown you are less likely to sell. Keeping…
 
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • Ezekiel Emanuel’s Confused Health-Care Argument

    James C. Capretta
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Ezekiel Emanuel is wrong that the health-care reform plans offered by Scott Walker and Marco Rubio would result in much higher premiums for the middle class. The post Ezekiel Emanuel’s Confused Health-Care Argument appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Clinton, Trump and the Politics of Self-Destruction

    Peter Wehner
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:38 am
    Donald Trump, if he were to win the nomination, would do catastrophic damage to the Republican Party. But the Democratic Party, if it were to nominate Hillary Clinton, would be inviting a different kind of disaster. The post Clinton, Trump and the Politics of Self-Destruction appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Money and Inequality

    John D. Mueller
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Though most economic inequality--both between and within countries--is due to differences in what Nobel economics laureate Theodore W. Schultrz called 'human capital',' the current monetary system also breeds systematic economic inequality among American households. The post Money and Inequality appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • What The Left And Right Don’t Get About Campus Rape

    Mona Charen
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:44 am
    There is a problem on campus, but it isn’t patriarchy or traditional masculinity. It's the ideology that insists on doubling down on the mistakes of the sexual and feminist revolutions. The post What The Left And Right Don’t Get About Campus Rape appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Higher Education and Liberal Education

    Yuval Levin
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    Market-oriented reforms to higher education could, perhaps surprisingly, create more space for traditional liberal education to flourish. The post Higher Education and Liberal Education appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Living Life with Hands Open

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:07 am
    It’s been a whirlwind year… We bought a house in Nashville, not knowing we’d be moving to Lubbock six weeks later. We moved to Lubbock, where Tim took the job of Student Pastor at Turning Point Community Church. We found ourselves on a reality show on FYI, “My City’s Just Not That Into Me” which ended up being really ironic in hindsight. We met a million lovely people in West Texas and got our fix of Friday Night Lights. We got to be parents, if only for a short time. We had two miscarriages. I had surgery. My next book is turned in and I’m excited…
  • What Your Kids are Learning (or not learning) in Sex Ed

    Anne Marie Miller
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:35 am
    Sex Ed in school varies. Your kids are going to learn about sex from MANY places, including Facebook videos and media. It is SO important to have these conversations in your home. Will it be awkward? Yes. But the more you’re open about it, the less shame will be carried. Here’s a video (it’s 20 minutes, but watch the whole thing) that will give you a teeny-tiny peek into the myriad of things being taught through schools, culture, and media. A little warning: there are some language and…illustrations…but nothing too graphic. If you’re at work, put the…
  • Walking with Your Spouse through Uncertainty

    Anne Marie Miller
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:05 am
    I got the honor of writing over on MarriageRoots.com today about walking with your spouse in uncertain times. We are in that season now. I hope you are blessed by the words and how God is always, always, always working (even when it seems quiet).   Our relationship started wrapped in mystery; I was doing a research paper debunking the science behind online dating and came across his profile. He lived five hours away, but he was cute and his picture was clearly of him on a mission trip. That’s the Western Christian Girl’s aphrodisiac. A quick message sent, followed by emails and…
  • Sharing My Spiritual Gift of Awkwardness – Now Booking 2016

    Anne Marie Miller
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    After taking most of the year off from traveling and speaking, I’m starting to book events for 2016. If you’re interested in having me speak at your church, retreat, conference, or living room, submit an inquiry here.     The post Sharing My Spiritual Gift of Awkwardness – Now Booking 2016 appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
  • Jesus’ Hidden Years…And Yours

    Anne Marie Miller
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    I just finished a book called anonymous, which talks about Jesus’ “hidden” years — the first 30 years of his life where we really don’t know much of what happened. The author, Alicia Britt Chole, makes a great point that reminds me that God is always working, building, planning, designing, going before us for good. Often times as mere humans we get frustrated in the waiting times, in the quiet seasons…where we are filled with so much passion and we know our calling and our skills and our gifts but for some reason, it doesn’t seem as if we can…
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  • Remembering 9/11, and Praying for Peace.

    Christine Sine
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:56 am
    September 11th is approaching and our thoughts once more turn to the remembrance of this horrendous act, which was for many a very sad and gruesome awakening to the horrifying impact of terrorism. Tragically, since then violence and terrorism has escalated, the death toll continues to rise and the displacement of people grows. Today there are […]
  • Dog Songs by Mary Oliver

    Christine Sine
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:19 am
    Don’t you love it when a friend gives you a book that is a delightfully rich discovery of humour, life and of course our shared love for dogs. Such is Mary Oliver’s poetry book Dog Songs. I highly recommend it, not just to my dog loving friends but to anyone who appreciates Mary Oliver, poetry or […]
  • Private or Public – Is this For Me Alone?

    Christine Sine
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:02 am
    This morning’s post is something of a confession. As my blog and facebook prayers continue to grow in popularity I find myself constantly wanting to harness my thoughts, to remember my prayers and confine my imaginings so that I can share them with others.  I love writing and I love sharing and I know that this is […]
  • Meditation Monday – Beachcombing As Spiritual Practice

    Christine Sine
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:24 am
    I have always loved to wander the beach admiring the sea creatures in the tidal pools and collecting interesting shells and rocks. Last week as Tom & I relaxed in our seaside cabin on Mayne Island British Columbia, was no exception. I quickly headed to the beach and soon had my head down focused on the […]
  • God Open Our Eyes – A Prayer for the Week

    Christine Sine
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:50 am
    Today’s prayer flows out of my reflections this week on walking with Jesus and my renewed sense of focus on God’s purposes for our lives. To draw close to God and neighbour we must open our eyes to the world around us and to the hoped for and much anticipated shalom and wholeness towards which […]
 
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  • Next Week: The Future of the Church

    Jake Meador
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    One of my favorite things about the Mere Fidelity podcast is that it gets three or four (at least) different people together directly discussing a given topic. With writing this sort of direct interaction happens only rarely and usually in contentious circumstances—we don’t respond to someone else’s essay unless we think it is wrong in significant ways. That, for me, sums up what made the Future of Protestantism such a successful event. Drs. Peter Leithart, Carl Trueman, and Fred Sanders had an hour and a half (I think…) to share a stage and discuss a specific topic,…
  • Class and the Benedict Option

    Jake Meador
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    When asked to give specifics about exactly what Christians should withdraw from, Benedict Option proponents have often cited our nation’s public schools as a good place to begin. I’ve heard friends offer that prescription and, indeed, I suggested it myself just last week. But the idea of withdrawing from the public schools raises a host of questions, many of which are actually useful for talking in more concrete terms about the BenOp in general. In the first place, we need to be clear on exactly why we’re proposing a withdrawal from our nation’s public schools. If…
  • Mere Fidelity: Sermon

    JF Arnold
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    A couple of months back, the podcast looked at the age-old question: Should Women Preach? Matt, Alastair, and Andrew are back to discuss sermons more broadly, rather than weighing in on who or who should not be preaching them. 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 Alastair and Andrew for more tweet-sized brilliance.  And thanks to Timothy Motte for his sound editing…
  • Protestantism and the Benedict Option

    Jake Meador
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The following is less a long-form essay and more a series of semi-connected thoughts concerning the Benedict Option and American Protestantism. I’ve broken them down with headers in hopes of making it easier for readers to pick out which parts are of greatest concern to them. So far much of the conversation about the Benedict Option has been amongst American Catholics and Orthodox. Part of this, no doubt, is because the very name “Benedict Option” is drawing on traditions of monasticism that are far more at home in Rome and Constantinople than in the various Protestant…
  • A World Where Love Can Be at Home–Josh Ritter and Francis Schaeffer

    Jake Meador
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Christianity should never give any onlooker the right to conclude that Christianity believes in the negation of life.” — Francis Schaeffer I’ve often wondered what might happen if Josh Ritter, one of my favorite modern songwriters, were ever to meet Francis Schaeffer, the famous American pastor and intellectual who in 1955 founded L’Abri in the Swiss Alpine village of Huemoz. If you spend any length of time listening to Ritter’s music (and you really should spend some time with it) you’ll quickly realize that the man is simultaneously fascinated…
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  • I don’t use this F word

    David Rupert
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:34 am
    I’ll never forget the first cuss word my son brought home from school. It was the first grade and this mild, quiet blonde-haired blue- eyed little boy uttered a word that had never been spoken in our home. The shocking thing was how easy it rolled off his tongue, a parrot simply mocking the words [Read More...]
  • The Four-Letter Word You’ll Never Hear

    David Rupert
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    I open my mailbox, and the gloss screams out “excess.” The Sunday paper spills it on my living room floor. The television ads every 13 minutes promote it.  The consumer culture feeds it. It’s in the 44-ounce Big Gulp. Or the bottle of Scotch sold by Costco that costs $17,000. Or Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy [Read More...]
  • Why Christians Should Visit Jordan — The Other Holy Land  

    David Rupert
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Earlier this year, I spent 10 days in Jordan. As a guest of the Jordan Tourism Board, 11 other writers and I were exposed to this amazing country and fascinating people. We weren’t told what to write. We were encouraged to be honest. And now,  months later, this is my unbiased assessment. After much reflection [Read More...]
  • The Day I Wore Crazy Socks to Work

    David Rupert
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:20 am
    Our days had been especially stressful with organization chance, outside attention from media and internal employee unrest. Everyone was on edge. My jokes fell flat. My smiles were met with frowns. The dark clouds threatened to rain on every conversation. I thought I would inject a little fun into the office. I considered wearing a [Read More...]
  • Who needs to be happy? {I found a better pursuit}

    David Rupert
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:29 am
    ”You have a right to be happy!” She said the words with the utmost compassion, her head tilted and her eyes brimming with tears. The other woman, distraught, drank the words in deeply as she closed her eyes and nodded. I had no place in this conversation. I was a stranger sitting at the next [Read More...]
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  • Best Uber Ride EVAH

    Steve McCoy
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    An Uber driver and riders via dashcam sing "Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd. Love this song and love the big smile I got from this video to start my Weeknd. Now download the song, because good pop music is good.
  • First Day of School 2015

    Steve McCoy
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    Another year, another first day of school! Love these growing and maturing and beautiful children. As a case study, you might want to note Elijah's slow growth compared to the other kids. Elijah was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in early 2015, which is the cause of his delayed growth.  2015 - Daniel (12, 7th grade), Elijah (14, Freshman), Jack (16, Junior), Sarah (18, College Freshman) 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006
  • Friday Playlist 8.7.15

    Steve McCoy
    7 Aug 2015 | 12:51 pm
  • Elijah & Crohns Update 8.6.15

    Steve McCoy
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Our 14 year old, Elijah, has now gotten his 5th Remicade treatment for Crohn's Disease. Here are some previous updates, if you are interested in his story. Here's what we learned this week.First we (me, Molly, Elijah, and Danny) met with Elijah's rheumatologist on Tuesday at Shriner's Hospital in Oak Park. E had received some physical therapy for arthritis at her request and he's done well with it. No need to continue, though he is still a little tight. E has morning soreness, but mostly can do whatever he likes, so we feel this area of his health is better. We went to the Ronald…
  • 24 Frames

    Steve McCoy
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:11 am
    This is my favorite song right now. It on repeat. It's a new song from Jason Isbell's new album Something More Than Free called "24 Frames." You thought God was an architect, now you knowHe’s something like a pipe bomb ready to blowAnd everything you built that’s all for show goes up in flamesIn 24 frames
 
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Stephen Fowl at LATC 2016

    Fred Sanders
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:41 pm
    The 2016 Los Angeles Theology Conference is about the Bible: “The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture.” We’re looking forward to a great gathering at Fuller Theological Seminary on January 14-15. And here is the big announcement of an addition to our lineup of plenary speakers: Stephen Fowl of Loyola University has agreed to join us to give a paper entitled “‘In Many and Various Ways:’ Hearing the Voice of God in Scripture.” Fowl has long been an influential voice in the theological interpretation of scripture, having published both on its theory…
  • Post-Obergefell Politics

    Matthew Wright
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    Image by Ted Eytan from Washington, DC, USA. The Supreme Court’s nationalization of same-sex marriage this summer in Obergefell v. Hodges leaves Christians with a lot of work to do—at almost every level. Most of the work isn’t new, but the cultural landmark that Obergefell represents certainly pushes it to the front burner. We need to think hard about how homosexuality is understood and responded to within the Church—most importantly, how Christ calls us to love people. The all but complete dissolution of traditional sexual mores in our society should cause us to reflect on the…
  • Event: Future of the Church, Sept. 9

    Fred Sanders
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Mark your calendar for an event Torrey Honors Institute is hosting at Biola University on Wednesday September 9 at 7pm (PST): The Future of the Church. It’s a follow-up to last year’s very popular Future of Protestantism discussion, and an attempt to go one step bigger with the scope of discussion. “Bigger” could mean a lot of things, but what we have in mind this time is to talk about churches that are self-consciously world-wide: Roman Catholicism, Anglicanism, Pentecostalism, and Evangelicalism. Each of these groups is acutely conscious that their local churches…
  • Christ and the Prophetic Mountain Range

    Fred Sanders
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:14 am
    This month I got to preach on Mark 13:1-27 at my church home, Grace Evangelical Free Church (La Mirada and Fullerton). We’re preaching through the gospel of Mark, and behold, the time had come for the Olivet Discourse. Though most of the commentaries I consulted on this text are not what I would call encouraging to the preacher (“hardest passage in the NT,” “dozens of possible meanings for each saying,” etc.) they did help me see just how deeply Jesus enters into the role of prophet in this discourse. Hearing biblical prophecy from the mouth of Jesus really gives…
  • “Homer is Like Sirens… His Myths are Not There for Fun”

    Fred Sanders
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:07 pm
    Bishop Eustathius of Thessalonica (1115-1195) wrote a long, Greek commentary on the Iliad, which he introduced with this commendation of Homer. He thinks everybody should read Homer, but his strategy seems to be making the poet seem deep, dark, and dangerous: Homer is like Sirens. Perhaps it would be best if you kept clear of him from the start; if you blocked your ears with wax, or steered another course, to escape that magic. But suppose you made your way onward through the range of his song, you would not easily pass him by, even if you were loaded with chains; and if you did, you…
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    The Lutheran

  • Liberal arts college

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13). Many words have been used to describe a liberal arts college. I will use only two: memory and hope. A liberal arts college is a community of memory. I’m not going to write about personal memories, though we may have many. Rather, I would like to focus on the memories of a community that identifies itself as a liberal arts college related to the church. In Habits of the Heart, Robert Bellah wrote: “Communities ... have a history — in an…
  • Man grasps college, church & future

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When members of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, Pa., think about giving, the possibilities include not only money or time but organs. Extraordinary events put organ donation at the forefront of their thoughts. One of their members, Chris Pollock, is the second person in the U.S. to get a double-hand transplant, and the first to receive one including a forearm and elbow. Another member, Steve Turner, gave a kidney to a stranger, setting off a chain in which four people received transplants. Good Shepherd recently held an event to celebrate the transplant anniversaries…
  • Rising up together

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Click here to see all the photos from the 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering. Photos by Chris Ocken. At a neighborhood park in Detroit, Callan Geier, 17,  and David Philpot, 74, sat side-by-side on top of orange paint buckets, heads bent in conversation as they applied clay to the backs of painted squares and pressed them on the outside of a baseball dugout. The brightly colored fragments would eventually complete one of four mosaics designed for the city by local artist Hubert Massey.  This art installation was one of many service projects planned by ELCA volunteers and Detroit…
  • If God is enough

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    From time to time I am invited to celebrate congregational anniversaries. It’s wonderful to see the church in action and to meet members from all across the country. It is also interesting to see the variety of sizes and architectural styles our buildings come in. Looking at building additions in churches is like studying growth rings in a tree — one can see the periods of rapid growth and contraction. Often the first unit was built one or two centuries ago, the expansion of the sanctuary constructed when the original one was outgrown, and the education wing added in the late…
  • Youth Gathering serves, highlights Christ

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    One of our youth became sick during closing worship of the Youth Gathering (page 16). Waiting outside the medical area, two women who work at the Ford Center asked if they could pray with me. At the end, one said, “I have worked in this place for over 10 years and I have never felt the presence of God until this week.” Is there anything else that has to be said about why we host these gatherings? It isn’t about us only — it is about all those who surrounded us with their love, care and compassion. All the high fives, smiles, honking horns and thank yous from the people…
 
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    Century Blog

  • New today: Parkinson’s & spiritual practice, Ben Dueholm reviews Robert Saler, team-teaching a D.Min. course

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    2 Sep 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
  • Heart's desire

    Beth Merrill Neel
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    For months, at the urging of my spiritual director, I have been praying to find my heart’s desire, to find that thing (not a person—I have those) that inspires me, energizes me; my flow. But you pray for something long enough, and the prayer goes unanswered, and eventually you stop praying for the thing. read more
  • Two responses to my death penalty/LWOP article

    Steve Thorngate
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I was trying to write a provocative article for a readership that includes many people who a) oppose the death penalty for faith-based reasons, and b) take for granted that replacing it with LWOP is a fairly straightforward good. But I should have done more to anticipate how others might see a one-sided article where I saw a narrowly focused one. read more
  • Faith and families, a doctor of ministry course

    Carol Howard Merritt
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you know me or have heard me speak, you’ve probably heard this story. I have told it hundreds of times. I grew up Southern Baptist and attended Moody Bible Institute. I felt a call to go into ministry, but I was frustrated because the only ministries that seemed open to me were teaching the women’s Bible study or playing the organ. read more
  • New today: the history of U.S. Protestant agrarianism, Jonathan Merritt talks to Reba Riley, equalizing pastor salaries

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
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  • And He Healed One? (John 5:2-9)

    Roger Mugs
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    “Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids-blind, lame, and paralyzed.” - John 5:2–3 And Jesus walked in and healed … one??? Can you imagine being one of the other invalids in this pool and seeing Jesus come in and heal one person? There was a reason people flocked to Jesus. When we are sick we want to be better. My neighbor’s wife died of cancer five years ago when they had a 4 year old and a 1 year old. How do you recover from that?! He hasn’t.
  • When Theology "Justifies" Foolishness

    Roger Mugs
    12 Jul 2015 | 5:07 am
    When the Europeans were first arriving in the North America they were rejoicing over the slaughter of the natives. They’d share the gospel and, without near immediate repentance, they would slaughter and somehow feel guiltless as they moved on. Today, missionaries are trying to learn how leave as little collateral damage as possible. But we still don’t have it figured out. Partly because our theology justifies our actions to ourselves now as it did then. Just for different things. In what things do I use my theology to justify my actions—and will I one day believe I was way off…
  • Comfort's Relationship with the Supernatural

    Roger Mugs
    8 Jul 2015 | 4:58 am
    Our level of comfort seems to affect our ability to see the supernatural. The more comfortable we are, the less we ask for the supernatural, or expect it, because we don’t feel we need it. Certainly the finances to put food on our own table day in and day out has us seldom praying for food. And as such, the Lord doesn’t need to provide it supernaturally. But when you’re hungry, and your kids are hungry, you pray and pray, and your expectation that the Lord will provide is heightened because He has to, and He does. The more spiritually oppressive the place is, the more you…
  • Good Christians Don't Play Video Games

    Roger Mugs
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    A few years ago, when we were home on a furlough, a couple had us over to talk about our missionary life. After talking for a bit the father mentioned to me that his son liked to play video games, he said this with some disappointment in his voice. I didn’t notice at first and I expressed excitement. I also like video games. I talked with his son about the games I played when I was a kid and we laughed about a few he still knows. But apparently I did that wrong. The father wanted me to condemn it. Maybe I should have been “hyper spiritual.” But I’m not. And I…
  • 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…
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    Think Christian Articles

  • Wes Craven, Dietrich Bonhoeffer and a Christian defense of horror

    Josh Larsen
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Posted on 09/02/15 With the death of Wes Craven over the weekend – very likely the only Wheaton College alum to ever go on to direct a horror masterpiece – I’ve noticed a familiar question bubbling up once again in some circles: should Christians watch horror films? I somewhat agree with the affirmative answers others have given: that by focusing on the darkness, there is opportunity to shine a light; that many horror films are built upon an undergirding of morality. But I wonder if Craven’s legacy – from 1984’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (his masterpiece)…
  • When prisoners choose not to escape

    Johnathan Kana
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:10 am
    Posted on 09/01/15 Some Arizona prisoners made headlines when their transport bus crashed into an overturned semitrailer just after midnight on a remote stretch of desert highway last month. The newsworthy part wasn’t just the crash itself, as bad as it was, but the fact that when first responders arrived, they didn’t have to scramble law enforcement to round up a bunch of escaped convicts. Instead, they found the uninjured inmates tending to the wounded and helping direct traffic. In spite of the commotion, not one of the 50 passengers was unaccounted for. It’s a…
  • Eating alone, eating with Jesus

    Branson Parler
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:31 am
    Posted on 08/31/15 A recent NPR article drew attention to the fact that American adults are increasingly eating alone: 46 percent of our “eating occasions” - meals and snacks - are solitary. There are numerous factors that contribute to this, including our on-the-go lifestyle, the increased habit of replacing meals with snacking and the rise in single-person households. Although technology can sometimes bridge the gaps between people eating alone, the piece points out that it also isolates people who are physically together. What do we make of this shift? Anthropologists,…
  • The evangelical idolatry of Donald Trump

    Jarod Grice
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    Posted on 08/27/15 Donald Trump is nothing if not polarizing. You can’t just like or dislike the upstart presidential candidate. His unapologetic personality often forces people into the margins of adoration or abhorrence. And among his passionate supporters is a surprising contingent: evangelical Christians This baffles Frank Bruni, who wrote a New York Times op-ed piece entitled “Trump-ward, Christian Soldiers?” Bruni’s analysis points out the peculiarity of Trump as a central figure in a field of other seemingly more qualified candidates for evangelical support.
  • The (somewhat) sacred outdoors

    Erica Schemper
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:55 am
    Posted on 08/27/15 My family lives surrounded by an embarrassment of scenic riches. In less than six hours, we can drive to no less than five national parks. We don’t even have to leave our own county for a rich experience of nature. We have San Francisco Bay to the east, the Pacific Ocean over a mountain ridge to the west and Redwood groves and open space teeming with deer and mountain lions just miles from my house. We are making a family goal this year to go camping once a month with our three children. Instead of feeling guilty about missing church, I tell myself we are striking a…
 
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    Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day

  • Isaiah 48:17

    Bible Gateway
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “This is what the LORD says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.”
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  • I stumbled on [your] site, by accident. Thought it might be interesting? But it seems NOT…

    Michelle
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Interesting? I’ve got an “intimacy killer” for ya!  I was married, for 18-yrs, to what turned out, to be a finger-pointing, gossipy, Christian woman.  I don’t really hate her today? But I CAN’T be in the same room with her, or she starts to drive me NUTS!! Back to the particular “intimacy killer”?  It’s called Bulimia Nervosa!!  I didn’t even understand, until maybe a dozen years into the marriage? My wife was a “sweet Christian” FREAK!!  Finally got the picture? When she started eating EVERYTHING in the house.. And puking…
  • I’m a Girl and I Struggle with Porn

    Cris Clapp Logan
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:01 pm
    It’s unfortunate but many parents still do not realize that their children may be struggling with pornography use. Today, I am telling Jamie’s story—a sixteen-year-old girl (whose name has been changed), and how her struggle began and where she is now. Jamie’s Story I was pretty shocked, devastated and ashamed when my parents discovered my porn addiction.  I was a straight-A student; I was involved in my youth group; I was a good athlete.  Overall, my parents thought I was on the right track, and I mostly was, which is why I wanted to keep my struggle buried from everyone around…
  • Hey buddy

    XXXchurch Visitor
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:45 pm
    Letter to myself: You have utterly destroyed my life. You have always been thriving and surviving in the back of my mind, waiting for any and all opportunities to pounce, to shame, to seduce, to lead me further down your pit. I have found no good things in you despite the endless and extravagant promises you have made to me. I have seen what you truly are. I know what you look like. When I got that concussion, I was in a daze in Greg’s car and had a vision of being in a cave. With you. You were a black ooze that was leeching at my leg. I was so sad that I had encountered you once again.
  • One day at a time

    XXXchurch Visitor
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Letter to myself: Look my friend, Carson. You have struggled for way too long with this. You have sat alone wishing for far too long. Look, you are not alone. You are surrounded with amazing people Hod has put in your life whom are willing to help you. But they can’t unless you reach your hand out. So look, I want you to know something. That you don’t need to be afraid. You won’t be rejected. You won’t lose the Spirits calling. But instead you will be embraced all the more and God will really begin to show you the next amazing step of your calling. Take the first step.
  • Time to bury myself

    XXXchurch Visitor
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Letter to myself: Not-Dear sex addict, I hate you with every piece of my being. You have caused me so much trouble, pain and shame and that’s what you’ll always leave me with in the end, isn’t it? Because although you try to deceive me, pretending to be my friend, my brother, and trying to make all of this look normal… I know it’ll never be. It always feels so right at the beginning but SO WRONG at the end. I hate you for bringing more and more garbage to my life and making it all seem so natural. I hate you for the friendships, the jobs, the moments with my…
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • Free LifeBooks for National Evangelism Week!

    Terrace Crawford
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:33 am
    I just interviewed Carl Blunt, president & CEO of the The Life Book about their National Evangelism Week (Sept 20-26, 2015) on This Week in Youth Ministry podcast, which will release later today. If you haven’t heard of The Life … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ How to Speak to Teens ((And Get Them to Listen)) ★

    Terrace Crawford
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    The 28th episode of This Week in Youth Ministry podcast is LIVE. We’ll be bringing these to you every week. from the description: This Week in Youth Ministry – Episode 28: ★ How to Speak to Teens ((And Get Them to Listen)) … Continue reading →
  • Awaken The Weekend: LIVE Online Event Today!

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    Do you want to grow your church & make your worship experiences better? Join ANDY STANLEY, DAVID CROWDER, KARI JOBE, PHIL WICKHAM and more for an ONLINE learning experience TODAY at 1PM EST. It’s called AWAKEN THE WEEKEND and it’s … Continue reading →
  • Win an Apple Watch from @ThisWeekinYM!

    Terrace Crawford
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:39 am
    Super stoked to announce that we’re giving away a brand-new APPLE WATCH on the Podcast. We just want to say THANKS for listening to This Week in Youth Ministry! This giveaway is sponsored by our friends @LeaderTreks – an amazing … Continue reading →
  • [Podcast] ★ Ministering to Gay Teenagers ★

    Terrace Crawford
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:57 pm
    The 27th 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 27: ★ Ministering to Gay Teenagers ★ Terrace Crawford interviews Shawn Harrison, … Continue reading →
 
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    Digging The Word

  • Light Of The World

    Rick Morgan
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:17 am
    The Bible proves that Jesus is the light that we need.  John 1:4-5  The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone.  5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.John 8:12  Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, "I am the light of the world. If you follow Me, you won't have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life."John 12:35-36  Jesus replied, "My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not…
  • Caught Needing Mercy

    Rick Morgan
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:19 am
    Only Jesus can satisfy God's demand for justice and our need for mercy.  John 8:2-12  but early the next morning He was back again at the Temple. A crowd soon gathered, and He sat down and taught them.  3  As He was speaking, the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in the act of adultery. They put her in front of the crowd.  4  "Teacher," they said to Jesus, "this woman was caught in the act of adultery.  5  The law of Moses says to stone her. What do You say?"  6  They were trying to trap Him into…
  • We Are One

    Rick Morgan
    9 Aug 2015 | 4:48 am
    We are one, we are all for one, all for Jesus, for the glory of the one true God.The City Harmonic - We Are OneAsh to ash, dust to dust we live and die. But in the Son, in the Son we are alive. All for one, all for one from every tongue and tribe in Jesus crucified 'cause Jesus is alive now, once and for all time.We are one we are all for one,all for Jesus Jesus, once for all. To the glory of the one true God King of kings, Lord of lords Till kingdom come. And in the end, in the end God all in all. He will be everything, everything to everyone, when…
  • Humility In Ministry

    Rick Morgan
    8 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    The gospel doesn't need a bunch of hype.  John 7:6-11  Jesus replied, "Now is not the right time for Me to go, but you can go anytime.  7  The world can't hate you, but it does hate Me because I accuse it of doing evil.  8  You go on. I'm not going to this festival, because My time has not yet come."  9  After saying these things, Jesus remained in Galilee.  10  But after His brothers left for the festival, Jesus also went, though secretly, staying out of public view.  11  The Jewish leaders tried to find Him at the festival and kept…
  • Looking For A Better Country

    Rick Morgan
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:43 am
    God's people usually find themselves living in a culture that is hostile to their faith.  Hebrews 11:13-16  All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. 14  Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own.  15  If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back.  16  But they were looking for a better place, a…
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  • A Role and a Roadmap

    John
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:11 am
    I love everything about Fred’s post this morning, especially this: … if people believe in you and your plan and have a role to play in it, they will put up with a lot of other stuff. Isn’t that the truth? The reality is that if the mission and purpose is strong and there is clarity from trustworthy leadership about where you “sit” on the bus and what your role is and part to play, you will go the distance (and you’ll find a way to get there together). The problem isn’t that most startups don’t have mission and purpose; the issue is whether it is…
  • SEO Has Changed

    John
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:05 pm
    An incredible presentation on some of the fundamental things that have changed, especially since I started first learning the technical-side of that world. Why SEO That Used to Work, Fails from Rand Fishkin   In fact, it’s been more than 4 years since I wrote this epic blog series on SEO and most of this isn’t completely up-to-date at this point. The game has essentially changed and what used to work doesn’t anymore. Working the technical side, point-by-point, was what worked and there were great systems in place to make sure that you could land some pretty impressive…
  • Flarum: OS Forum Software

    John
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    I’m digging the story behind Flarum and how it’s been a few years in the making. It’s pretty and it’s fast… and it’s open source. That’s legit. The post Flarum: OS Forum Software appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Testing Out Twenty Sixteen Theme

    John
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:26 pm
    I’m currently checking out the new Default WordPress Theme for the next upcoming release (and calendar year): Twenty Sixteen. You can read the announce here. I’ve been using the “Default” themes for quite some time and I really appreciate the work that gets done on them. I’ve really enjoyed using Twenty Fifteen for a while and even though I enjoy the reduction of design-distraction even I can get bored and desire a new coat of paint. There have been a lot of criticisms about this new release but to be honest, I’m actually digging the throwback to a much…
  • Entrepreneurs and Blogging

    John
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:55 am
    Startups should be blogging, entrepreneurs should be blogging too. FastCo’s post here says it pretty simply. I love this quote by Paul Graham: Writing doesn’t just communicate ideas; it generates them. This couldn’t be more true, especially for me. The best ideas have come from me writing them down, sometimes in complete thought but more often in fragments, bits and pieces here and there. Eventually, they coalesce into something workable, manageable, and something that can be acted upon. It is an infinite source and resource. That’s always a good thing. And then your…
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  • Content Not Copyrighted

    paulthinkingoutloud
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:50 am
    There is no limit on what can be done for God as long as it doesn’t matter who is getting the earthly credit. There’s a worship song currently making the rounds that goes, “It’s your breath, in our lungs, so we pour out our praise; pour out our praise…”  To me, the song is a reminder that it’s God who gives us breath, gives us abilities, gives us opportunities and one of the best uses of that is to offer back praise to him. For the third time in nearly 2,000 posts, this week we got a take-down order at Christianity 201. Yes, it would be nice to have a…
  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:27 am
    Last week’s link list was really, really long. I promise that won’t happen again. [Sits at computer and starts writing not knowing if he can fulfill the promise.] Just another Sunday service at Grace Community Church when a man jumped onto the platform and confronted John MacArthur claiming to be a prophet, a gift that doesn’t fit John MacA’s cessationist theology. Who are Catholics praying to? This study was conducted scientifically and may surprise you. Post-Ashley: What an affair really looks like. If you honestly don’t have time for the whole article, at…
  • Homeschool Parents’ Paranoia Extends To Sunday School Teachers at Their Own Church

    paulthinkingoutloud
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:42 am
    This archive article is the second of two in a mini-series on the homeschool movement which I began yesterday. In this case, this will actually be the third time around for this one, but the other two were over five years ago… For seven months, Mrs. W. and I (but mostly her) were forced to become homeschoolers during a period when Kid One wasn’t quite fitting into the public school near our home. Despite the short period in which we did this, we became immediate friends with other people in the homeschool movement, and I would say we can somewhat understand their motivation. So if…
  • Homeschooling: Protecting Your Kids from The World and Other Christians

    paulthinkingoutloud
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:34 am
    We have had contact with a number of people over the years who did homeschooling, including a former employee at the local Christian bookstore who, with her husband, became close friends. Heck, we even jumped into the homeschool pond ourselves once, for almost a full school year. But you do meet some interesting people in the homeschool movement. Recently, while looking up some past blog articles, I came upon two which I had completely forgotten, which will run here today and tomorrow; I apparently spelled homeschool differently back then… My job necessitates a certain amount of…
  • The Fruit of Your Thoughts

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:45 am
    This weekend we’re running two articles back-to-back on the theme, your thought life, that are themselves back-to-back compilations of other articles. In 2014, it turns out we ran two articles just three months apart with the same header… What Goes Into a Mind Comes Out in a Life For several years the Christian Booksellers Association* adopted the phrase What Goes Into a Mind Comes Out in a Life as a promotional tool to encourage reading. The idea was that as you saturate your mind with the truths of God’s Word, Christian literature, and Christian music, you will be changed…
 
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  • The Irresistable Community

    12 Aug 2015 | 5:38 pm
    The table, the towel and the truth.  These are the three themes that author Bill Donahue weaves throughout his new book The Irresistible Community: An Invitation to Life Together.   Set against the backdrop of the last supper, the author begins each chapter with a look at the events leading up to this meal through the eyes of each disciple.  He breaks the book down into the three
  • My Addiction.

    4 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    I was once an addict.  It started off innocently enough.  I was in the 3rd grade.  I came across some scented magic markers.  Like every other kid in class, I sniffed the various markers.  Unlike the rest of my class, I didn't stop.  I continued sniffing markers throughout the school year.  I huffed at school, I hufffed at home...and before long I became an addict.  It may sound humorous
  • Plowing Hope

    25 Jul 2015 | 6:13 pm
    "...That he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope."  (1 Corinthians 9:10b) I recently read this passage of Scripture, found in the latter part of 1 Corinthians 9:10, and it has been rattling around in my head ever since.  The thing that stand out to me is the word 'hope'.  Plowing in hope.  Threshing in
  • Closed Doors and Open Windows - Guest Blogger Teri Gerdes

    8 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    I am away on vacation.  While away, a couple of Compassion Bloggers have agreed to make guest posts on my blog!  Enjopy and check out thier blogs for regular doses of awesomeness! Closed Door and Open Windows   Our children had the blessing of attending a Christian school.  One of them from 5th-12th grade.  One of them from 2nd-12th grade.  One of them from Kindergarten-2nd grade.  This
  • Summertime, Sum Sum Summertime - Guest Blogger Michelle Kelly

    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> I am away on vacation.  While away, a couple of Compassion Bloggers have agreed to make guest posts on my blog!  Enjopy and check out thier blogs for regular doses of awesomeness! <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]> Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE
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  • Imagine Heaven by John Burke (2 Chapters Giveaway)

    Eric Bryant
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Tweet I wanted to send you 2 FREE CHAPTERS of IMAGINE HEAVEN: Near-Death Experiences, God’s Promises, and the Exhilarating Future That Awaits You. From the author, John Burke: “I’m super excited about Imagine Heaven for two reasons. I think for those wrestling with doubts, skepticism and questions about faith, the book may provide some missing pieces for them. Second, I think it will thrust Christians out of complacency to live for eternity. The book comes out October 20th, but I’ll be giving away a free audiobook starting next week, for all who pre-purchase the…
  • Epic: Judges and Kings by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Tweet We began a new series at Gateway Church in Austin called Epic! To get the most out of this series, read through the daily Scripture readings and the Next Steps with your family, with running partners, or in a life group. Rick Shurtz spoke at Gateway McNeil, and I spoke at Gateway South. Here are some notes from the message: Let’s start today with a question asked thousands of years ago by a man named Gideon. “If the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of…
  • #life24seven – Gateway South August Prayer Update

    Eric Bryant
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Tweet “…always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” – Ephesians 6:18 Remember life 24 seven means experiencing God intimately and bringing hope to humanity wherever we are 24 hours a day and seven days a week!  Here are some ways to pray for Gateway South – including our new location: 1. Pray for our Inspire services on Sunday, our serving teams (Next Gen, Guest Services, and Production), and for our life groups and networks. Pray our people learn to live connected, experience transformation, and change our world. 2. Pray for our friends at…
  • Epic: Chosen by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Tweet We began a new series at Gateway Church in Austin called Epic! To get the most out of this series, read through the daily Scripture readings and the Next Steps with your family, with running partners, or in a life group. John Burke spoke at Gateway McNeil, and I spoke at Gateway South. Here are some of the notes from the message: Have you ever have to let go of a dream or a relationship? Have you ever had to make a sacrifice of something you love? It is easy to trust in God when everything is going great! Very little faith is required! A deep faith is necessary to trust God when things…
  • A Love Letter from God?

    Eric Bryant
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    TweetAt Gateway Church in Austin, we began a series called Epic: The Big Story of the Scriptures. Our hope is that each of us would discover the message God has for us through the Bible. I kicked off the series this past Sunday with Epic: God’s Love for All People (video and notes). At Gateway South, Robb Overholt shared Epic: The Creation and the Fall (video). To reframe our view of the Scriptures, let me take you back to a simpler time – 1992. That may be before you were born or before you have much of a memory. Or maybe you remember 1992 quite well. At that point, you did not…
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  • Catholic scribe notes the hidden news story: This pope's emphasis on Confession

    Terry Mattingly
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    We get all kinds of comments and email here at GetReligion, some of which readers see online, some of which we refer to in posts using careful language and some troll offerings -- few of which have anything to do with journalism -- that we trash before we start laughing or crying or both.Quite a few -- critical and/or supportive -- come from working journalists, including religion-beat pros. I wish that I could share more of these, including the ones that are critical of the website, yet also constructive. It would be great to dialogue with these professionals, but most cannot let us use…
  • About that quick trip to Iran by an American Jewish journalist. Great job, but ...

    Ira Rifkin
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    This Is a delicate one. How do I praise an esteemed colleague for scoring a breakthrough, attention-grabbing, complicated, and perhaps even dangerous story while also cautioning readers to be suspicious of his story's content?My hope is to make a point about the tough task facing journalists who swoop into a place run by a dictatorship known for its masterful media manipulation, and are expected to produce definitive reports based on their limited time in-country?I'm speaking about the recent stories published in The Forward  by Larry Cohler-Esses, who recently visited Iran at Teheran's…
  • For Boston Globe, a crazy question concerning New Hampshire and John Kasich's faith

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:29 am
    The headline from the Boston Globe grabbed my attention:In N.H., talk of faith from Kasich http://t.co/OGTw4BYqvz via @BostonGlobe #FITN #nhpolitics— Felice Belman (@FeliceBelman) September 2, 2015 So I clicked the link and read the lede:HENNIKER, N.H. — It was one of the last questions at a town hall meeting, and it happened to come from a recent retiree from Ohio: How had Governor John Kasich’s time as that state’s chief executive prepared him to be president?“Early in your administration, my colleagues in the public and private sector, kind of viewed you as rather intense and…
  • Slut-shaming the Christian convert in Kentucky who is open to compromise?

    Terry Mattingly
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:10 am
    So The Washington Post has another news report out about the woman of the day, which would be Rowan County clerk Kim Davis in the hills of Kentucky. And, once again, readers who dig into this news feature will find it hard to learn a crucial fact about this embattled Democrat, who converted to Christianity four years ago.Sorry to repeat myself, but I am going to have to repeat a pair of questions that I asked in my earlier post on this topic. I'm seeing the same gap in the basic facts about Davis and the stand she is taking.Let's flash back to that:To spot this gap, ask yourself this question…
  • Talking Trump & God, in a tall building in the Big Apple that Trump doesn't own

    Terry Mattingly
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:30 pm
    So have you had your fill of talking about God and Donald Trump?I realize that I wrote an "On Religion" column for the Universal Syndicate about the alleged armies of evangelicals who think The Donald is the candidate blessed by God to get this nation back on the path to something or another, something EPIC, something GREAT, again.Then we did a GetReligion podcast on this subject (click here to listen) and then I turned around and backed that with a GetReligion post offering more background. It was all pretty shameless.Then I came to New York City to spend two weeks teaching at The King's…
 
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  • Rolling Deep :: The Pastoral Entourage

    admin
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The entourage is a funny thing.
Everyone has either been in one, had one, or hated one. I’ve always been in one. Mooching off the gravy train of my friends success. Ain’t no shame in my game. I once stayed in Ryan Seacrest’s condo because I was in the entourage of one of his entourage. I roll like that holmes. Entourages are legit.
They are exclusive.
They are protective of the Entourageeeee. I see them as they are rolling into a club, rolling into a show, rolling into a restaurant, rolling into a store… Rolling into a church conference, rolling into a church service… You…
  • #FitByFirst FALL Registration Is LIVE For Friends Of Jon Acuff!!!

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    JOIN #FitByFirst TODAY! That’s me in the bottom left pic.  I did that in 3 months. And then one day I decided to tell other people how I did that in 3 months. And Jonathan (Top Left) listened to me… Then Jonathan did that in 4 months. Then Erin (Top Right) did that in 3 months. So I decided… I’m gonna keep telling you guys how to do this… 30 days at a time… SOOOOOO let me teach you EVERYTHING I DID to lose my 35lbs over 3 months. But I’m gonna show you in 30 days… I changed my body and SO CAN YOU! SIGN UP HERE See all those people above?
  • How Hertz Rent-A-Car Emptied My Bank Account.

    admin
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:55 am
    On Wednesday at 2 pm I noticed a $700 charge in my bank account from Hertz Car Rental out of Nashville TN. I immediately opened my email to see if I could find anything and found a new email from Hertz with a receipt for a car I rented on August 1st and returned on August 3rd. Except on the receipt it says I returned the car on August 15th and the reciept was not for $100. The receipt was for $2,283.77 Crazy town. My family had flown to Jackson Hole WY for vacation. We didn’t drive there in their car. So I immediately thought, no big deal, this can be fixed with a phone call. 3 phone…
  • How to outrun Lust & Jealousy

    admin
    13 Aug 2015 | 8:17 am
    I keep waiting to wake up one day and have lust and jealousy completely removed from my life. When I am laying there…still…eyes only half open…I actually believe I’ve won. Then I sit up, walk to the sink, splash some water on my face and look in the mirror. Wow. Rough. Man. Did someone beat the crap out of me while I was sleeping? As the morning progresses it is filled with little skinny arms hugging my waist, torso, and neck…according to height. There is not an ounce of lust or jealousy inside this Panamanian soul. Walk to the car, drive to the hipster cafe filled with much…
  • 5 Steps To Parenting “Adventure” Into Your Kids

    admin
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    In a world where we see kids staring at 7 inches of LCD everywhere we go, mine included, it’s vital that we lift their sense of adventure up. The problem for most of us though, is that we are so far removed from any similance semblance of that word in our own lives that we wouldn’t know where to start. I think the place to start is with the definition of adventure. For too many of us, adventure looks like this. 20 something year olds traveling the world on a shoestring budget and documenting their adventures on instagram and youtube. Although these young guns are definitely living an…
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  • A word from our sponsor, and Michael’s thoughts on “gear”

    iMonk
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    First today, a word from one of our friends and sponsors, Alan Creech . . . Greetings Internet Monk-ites! It’s been a while since I’ve made an appearance in the actual blog copy of this estimable site. Many thanks to Chaplain Mike for the opportunity to beg for sales. And, from of old, thanks to the original Internet Monk, Michael Spencer, who was my blogging colleague, who became my friend, and who was also, my internet rosary “pimp.” Pray for us, Michael.Some of you have bought prayer beads from me before — thanks for that. In addition to the 1-decade…
  • Wisdom and the Insufficiency of “God-Talk”

    Chaplain Mike
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There is something about the biblical God which enables a “secular” account of human life to be given. • Colin E. Gunton Quoted in Fretheim, God and World in the OT I absolutely love the quote above. When describing the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible, von Rad made a similar statement when he observed the language such literature uses: “experiences of community life are understood in a predominantly ‘secular’ way or, to be more precise . . . as a secular entity governed by Yahweh.” In other words, the Bible’s wisdom literature gives the lie to…
  • Daniel Jepsen: The Sin of the Orthodox

    Daniel Jepsen
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Job and his False Comforters from the Book of Hours of Étienne Chevalier The Sin of the Orthodox by Daniel Jepsen Note: by “Orthodox” I am referring to those who are biblical and traditional in their theology; I am not referring to the Orthodox Church. Each time I read the book of Job I find deeper meanings.  As I read it this week, one idea that kept coming to my mind was the sin of those who thought they had God all figured out. At the conclusion of the book, God responds to Job, and then responds to Eliphaz and his friends. The friends were, you will recall, the “miserable…
 
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  • “In this World You Will Have Trouble” — Welcome to Rowan County

    Albert Mohler
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:44 pm
    The Commonwealth of Kentucky is now the setting for a dramatic display of judicial arrogance, even as the larger story points to the sweeping moral change that is transforming the nation’s landscape. Today, U.S. District Judge David Bunning ordered Kim Davis, County Clerk of Rowan County, to go to jail for refusing to obey an order of his court requiring Mrs. Davis to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Actually, Mrs. Davis has refused to issue any marriage licenses since the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its Obergefell decision legalizing same-sex marriage back in June. She…
  • Ashley Madison and the Death of Monogamy

    Albert Mohler
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:45 pm
    “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” One of the most striking aspects of the Seventh Commandment is its utter simplicity. Without equivocation or evasion, God’s law is clear and self-explanatory. The very fact that God included adultery in the “thou shall nots” of the Ten Commandments indicates its particular evil and danger. Moses did not have to provide further elaboration. The motto of Ashley Madison, the now-infamous Internet business once described as “the premier ‘dating’ website for aspiring adulterers,” is equally clear —…
  • When ‘Discernment’ Leads to Disaster

    Albert Mohler
    18 Aug 2015 | 1:19 pm
    The historic First Baptist Church of Greenville, South Carolina, announced in May that it would declare itself be “open and welcoming” to all people and that it would allow same-sex marriage and ordain openly homosexual ministers. The move came after the church had undergone a “discernment” process under the leadership of a “LGBT Discernment Team.” That team brought a report to the church’s deacons, who then forwarded it to the congregation. The church then approved the statement by standing vote. The statement is very clear: “In all facets of…
  • “A Lot of People Want Intact Hearts These Days” — Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Conscience of a Nation

    Albert Mohler
    15 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    Yesterday’s release of a video showing the senior medical director of Planned Parenthood casually discussing the sale of organs from aborted babies is a moral challenge thrown right in the face of all Americans. The video reveals Dr. Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood, discussing the intentional harvesting of organs and other tissues from babies aborted in Planned Parenthood clinics. While reaching with her fork for salad, Dr. Nucatola openly tells a group she believes to be medical researchers that there is a great demand for fetal livers, but…
  • 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…
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  • Transformational Leadership – Part 2

    Pete Wilson
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Last week, we talked about managing disappointment and today I want to look at preparing for abandonment. Very early in my ministry I had another leader tell me leadership can be a lonely activity. I’ve worked very hard in my life to surround myself with other leaders. I’ve worked hard to empower the people around me and build authentic community. However, I agree, there is an element to leadership that is lonely, whether it’s leadership in a church, leadership in the workplace, or even leadership in your home. In leadership you carry a weight and responsibility which can…
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  • 10-Year-Old Interviewer TOTALLY Stumps These NFL Star Players

    Olivia James
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:59 pm
    These players were not expecting these high caliber questions from such an innocent looking little girl.
  • Hilarious First World Problem Pills Will Cure Insignificant Issues

    Abby Heugel
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:57 pm
    Feeling discontent with your life? Tired of dealing with the hassles of everyday life like slow Wi-Fi connections or the inability to walk in heels? Don’t worry! There’s a “First World Problems” pill for that! This First World Problems Store based in Amsterdam offers a variety of hilarious “First World Problems” pills for all your daily dilemmas. Okay, they’re 100 percent placebo (and actually mints), but they’re still hilarious and actually do more than provide a laugh — they provide HIV medication (the real stuff) to people who need it by donating 100-percent of the…
  • Looking For the World’s Highest Paid Actors? Check Out This List

    Abby Heugel
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:55 pm
    There’s really no way to argue against the fact that actors are paid insane amounts of money — more money than 99.9 percent of us will ever see in our lives or those of generations that come after us. But putting that fact aside, it’s always interesting to hear which actors are paid the most insane amounts of money for creating the entertainment that we spend our own money on. And, for the third year in a row, Robert Downey Jr.’s $80 million payday is more than any other leading man on the planet — $30 million above Hong Kong hero Jackie Chan’s second place haul, to be exact,…
  • 34 Hilarious Misconceptions People Had As Kids

    Abby Heugel
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:53 pm
    As a kid, we had a certain idea of how things happened, but let’s be honest — most of the time we had no clue. Without solid evidence to back things up, these theories became misconceptions that are hilarious to look back on now as an adult, as people in this Reddit thread clearly prove.
  • 23 Insanely Luxurious Things To See And Do In Dubai

    Abby Heugel
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:50 pm
    If you have millions of dollars to spend on things like robotic camel races, gold-wrapped cupcakes, and cars that can drive on the water, then head on over to Dubai — the most populated city in United Arab Emirates. While it’s a global city with tourism, real estate, and financial services being the major sectors of the economy, the city also has large reserves of oil and petroleum. That not only brings in some cash, but it also helps fuel their gold-plated cars, evidently. Why just have fancy rims? Go big or go home. Via: Blogspot Or maybe you prefer a white gold Mercedes? Via: UW…
 
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    Ligonier Ministries Blog

  • Study Bibles: Soli Deo Gloria

    Nathan W. Bingham
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Study Bibles: Soli Deo Gloria, Burk Parsons' contribution to the September issue of Tabletalk: Upon my return to the States, Dr. Sproul, Chris Larson (president of Ligonier Ministries), and I discussed our need to get the Reformation Study Bible translated into Spanish and other major world languages as soon as we could afford to do so. From that discussion, we began to set in motion the plans for a thoroughly revised edition of the Reformation Study Bible so that we might, in turn, begin to translate the study Bible into other languages as we strive to help fulfill the…
  • John Calvin's Conversion

    Nathan W. Bingham
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    Ian Hamilton describes what we know of John Calvin's conversion in this excerpt from his new teaching series, Calvinism and the Christian Life. Transcript It's uncertain when Calvin was actually converted to the Lord Jesus Christ, probably between the years 1530 and 1533. Calvin remarkably says almost nothing about the circumstances of his conversion. There is one little passage in the preface to his Latin commentary on the Psalms where he simply tells us, "God subdued my heart to docility, which had become hardened against the truth of the gospel." But those few words give us a wonderful…
  • Youth-Driven Culture

    Stephen J. Nichols
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Maybe it began earlier than the 1950s and '60s, but those decades seem to mark the rise of the fascination with youth in American culture. The famous line that celebrates all things young, often wrongly attributed to James Dean, declares, "Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse behind." Popular music, that telling barometer of popular culture, has kept pace with this trend. Nearly every heavy-metal band of the 1980s and '90s had a stock ballad about young heroes going down in a "blaze of glory." Other popmusic references stress the invincible power of youth. Rod Stewart sings…
  • Columns from Tabletalk Magazine, September 2015

    Motte Brown
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    The September issue of Tabletalk considers the purpose and importance of study Bibles, providing an apologetic for their development and use. Study Bibles have a rich history among God's people, and their use has promoted great spiritual growth among Christians through the years. This issue of Tabletalk looks at the history of study Bibles, how and why Christians can use them, and how they can help believers grow in Christ. It provides helpful guidance for taking full advantage of study Bibles and other resources. As an expression of our shared commitment to sound biblical teaching,…
  • Crucial Questions: 22 Free eBooks from R.C. Sproul

    Nathan W. Bingham
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share it, in May 2013 we made the ebook editions of R.C. Sproul's Crucial Questions series free forever. We continue to publish new ebooks in this series and this year have added Can I Lose My Salvation? and What Is the Great Commission? Here is a complete list of the free ebooks in the Crucial Questions series: Are These the Last Days? (Kindle) (iTunes) Can I Be Sure I'm Saved? (Kindle) (iTunes) Can I Have Joy in My Life? (Kindle) (iTunes) Can I Know God's…
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  • Day 8 in Israel (and Jordan)

    Tim Archer
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The crescent moon that signals the beginning of Ramadan(In June, Carolina and I got to make a trip to Israel and Jordan. I’m taking some time to write about some of what we saw)One thing that I forgot to mention last time was the fact that Ramadan began while we were in Jordan. Faithful Muslims neither eat nor drink from sunrise to sunset. When we were coming down from the Monastery at Petra, one vendor, “I can’t drink anything. I’m doing Ramadan.” The young boy working with her said, “I’m not! Come have some tea with me.” And he served me a cup…
  • Links To Go (August 21, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Pastor Creflo Dollar: If You Don’t See Why I Need a $65 Million Plane, You Just Don’t Get the Bible He explained to his congregation that anyone who questions his desire just doesn’t understand the Bible: See, don’t get upset when the world says stuff and talk about stuff, and all that. They’re just looking through the wrong lens. They don’t understand. “What does a preacher need with an airplane?” They don’t know! They’ll never know because they’re not looking through the Word. They will never know! They’ll never, never, never know. That still doesn’t answer the…
  • Petra (Israel trip, day 7)

    Tim Archer
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sunrise at Petra We spent this whole day at the ruins at Petra. Lots of walking and climbing in the hot, desert sun. According to my iPhone, I walked over 11 miles and climbed over 40 stories. Enjoying the morning air at Petra Petra is located in Jordan. Fears of Islamic extremists have really cut into tourism, despite the safety of Jordan (and Israel, for that matter). There were extremely few people visiting Petra that day. The Bedouins that live in the area and depend on tourism have suffered greatly. They were very anxious to bargain with us and make a sale or two. This young Bedouin girl…
  • Israel (and Jordan), Day 6

    Tim Archer
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    Sunrise in Jericho Hoping my memory holds up, as we’re almost 2 months away from the trip at this point. On Day 6, we left Jericho and traveled to Petra, in Jordan. It was mainly a travel day, through the desert lands that once belonged to Edom. We visited the “Mount of Temptation,” place where tradition says Jesus was tempted. There’s a monastery at the top which is said to be at the place where Satan took Jesus to see the nations of the world. Mount of Tempation Our guide, Nedal, sharing information with the group on the bus Tony Fernández with a camel.
  • Links To Go (August 19, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    3 Reminders for Christians During the Election Season No politician or political party can offer hope or redemption to our world. May we refuse to allow the Church to be divided by political party or candidates. May we remember that every “issue” we talk about is not an “issue” but a fellow human being. The Spiritual Discipline of Hospitality Practicing hospitality extends the welcome of God. We can do this whether we live in an apartment, a duplex, a small frame house, or a sprawling suburban home. We can serve a bowl of soup, a hamburger, or a steak. Our emphasis is the graciousness…
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  • Staying Healthy in Seminary

    Ryan Burns
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    We live in a health-crazed world. With the help of the latest technology we are able to track information about our health with the simple push of an app on our smartphones. Even without the use of smartphones, we have access to an incredible amount of information on how to maintain health. Yet, heart disease is the leading cause of death here in the U.S. Despite everything that is accessible to us, hundreds of thousands of Americans are affected by heart disease, and its two leading causes? A poor diet and a lack of exercise. So what does this have to do with life in seminary? I believe that…
  • 22 Great Apps for Seminary Students

    Ryan Burns
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I value any apps that can help my seminary studies, enhance my ministry skills, and save me valuable time so that I have more time to rest and spend with people. Since starting in seminary, some of these apps have been very useful to me. Here is a list of my 22 favorite apps for the seminary life: Hangouts: An essential app by Google for having meetings with a group of people. Perfect for the leader who is on the go, but still needs to meet with their team. Or, perfect for the seminary students who need to hold a group meeting, but can’t find a time to meet in person. I once had a…
  • Choosing Classes in Seminary

    Ryan Burns
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Your choice of classes in seminary can make or break your education. If you’re going to pay tens of thousands of dollars for a masters degree, you owe it to yourself to make sure you get the best education possible. More than that, you owe it to God to make sure you are as prepared as possible for whatever you plan to do after seminary. Taking the wrong classes can leave you ill-prepared for ministry, a career, and life. So how do you pick the right classes? As a general rule, don’t take classes, take professors. My first year of seminary (MDiv program) was less than…
  • Organizing Seminary: Apps for Studying

    Paul Burkhart
    5 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    It won’t take you long upon your arrival at seminary how much things may have changed from previous generations of seminary educations. One of the biggest differences is just how digital everything is. Most seminaries have some sort of online class management system through which you will track grades, assignments, schedules, and get documents and readings necessary for your classwork. Lectures are on PowerPoints that are often shared online. Likely the very first official seminary swag you’ll get is an email address. Things have changed, for sure. But luckily, we live in a time of…
  • Organizing Seminary: Apps for Reading

    Paul Burkhart
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    It won’t take you long upon your arrival at seminary how much things may have changed from previous generations of seminary educations. One of the biggest differences is just how digital everything is. Most seminaries have some sort of online class management system through which you will track grades, assignments, schedules, and get documents and readings necessary for your classwork. Lectures are on PowerPoints that are often shared online. Likely the very first official seminary swag you’ll get is an email address. Things have changed, for sure. But luckily, we live in a time of…
 
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    Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA

  • Where languages came from

    Austin Gardner
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:04 am
    Genesis 11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth. Man was trying to make a name for himself. He really wanted to prove that he could live and make something of himself without God. They got together and began to build a large tower that would reach into heaven. There is a lot we do not understand about the tower but we do understand that man was together capable of anything that he sat his mind to. God came down and confused the language so…
  • We all come from one family

    Austin Gardner
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:57 am
    Genesis 10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood. There is but one race on the planet, that is the human race. We all come from the same family. God goes into detail in this chapter so you will know. Noah and his 3 sons got off the ark. They started having children. Their children had children. From where the ark came to rest people multiplied and spread all over the planet. We are all one race. We all come from the same family. We are all related to each other. Over the…
  • No more world wide floods

    Austin Gardner
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:50 am
    Genesis 9:16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth. There was a world wide flood. It destroyed the entire earth. It covered the highest point on the earth and the water was over the earth for months just like the Bible says. The effects of that flood give us much of the topography that we enjoy today. That flood made possible even the oil that we use to power many of our machines today. The flood was very beneficial for us today. However it was extremely…
  • Sunday in Review- 8/30/15

    Beth Staley
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    There were 199 people at Vision during our Sunday School hour, and a total of 248 in our morning worship service! Continuing in Matthew chapter 23, Pastor Gardner preached on the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and the judgment that comes on false spiritual leaders. The Students of Vision did a tremendous job leading the student driven service this Sunday night! With our graduating seniors gone, there were many roles to fill and the students rose to the challenge. Music-wise, David Clapp led the singing,  the middle-school girls sang “Our Heart, Our Desire”, and there were three young…
  • Offerings made with clean animals

    Austin Gardner
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:45 am
    Genesis 8:20 And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. After Noah gets off the ark he and his family worship God with sacrifices on the altar. He knew which animals were acceptable animals to offer. He knew about how to make sacrifices. He knew that he should make sacrifices. The worship and honoring of God is beautiful but maybe more impressive is how Noah knew all that when it wouldn’t be written till Leviticus by Moses hundreds of years later. God taught His people before the written…
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    LifeVesting

  • The Indescribable Gift

    Andy Wood
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:43 am
    “I don’t know how to describe this.” Ever have an experience like that? Ever observe something so profound, so extraordinary, so loaded with meaning that words looked cheap next to it? One of the finest wordsmiths of all time, and a major contributor to the Bible itself, had that very experience. And in the midst of his gritty, get-it-done work and demeanor, even he was at a loss to use words to describe what was taking place. All Paul could say was, “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” That’s a profound thing to say, considering some of the things he did describe in his…
  • Stop, Drop and Roll – Dousing the Flames of Your Anxiety

    Andy Wood
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:48 am
    Emilie was jealous. Eyes open, staring at the dark ceiling night after night, jealous. And the focus? Her husband, Chris. She was jealous of how he could carry an enormous load of stress from his work, simply say a prayer or two at bedtime, and effortlessly fall asleep. Chris was actually 19th-century pastor Christoph Blumhardt. One night Emilie couldn’t take it anymore, so she pleaded with her husband, “Tell me your secret!” He replied: “Is God so powerless that my worrying would help the well-being of our parish?” Then he added, “There comes a moment each day when we must simply…
  • Marching Backwards

    Andy Wood
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:11 am
    I grew up in the true home of Mardi Gras. And being in the high school band back in the day, we marched in our share of Mardi Gras parades. It was a nice way to raise money for the band, contribute to local community life, and to create some space between the floats so they didn’t run into each other. Plus, we helped contribute to festive atmosphere of Carnival season. I had a pretty interesting role in all this, because I was the Drum Major – the guy in the fuzzy hat that directs the band on the street as they march. Which means I spent a lot of my time marching backwards through the…
  • Why did God REALLY Answer Your Prayer?

    Andy Wood
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:47 am
    Think fast… When was the last time you asked the Lord to do something for you and He graciously did it? Think faster… Why did He do that? Sorry for being presumptuous, but let me guess at some typical think-fast answers… Because He loves me. Because I asked. Because He said He would. Because He wanted to (it was “His will”) I’m sure there are more, and I’m quite sure that whatever you came up with has at least some measure of truth in it. But I’m not sure we’ve landed on the ultimate prize. Slow down your thinking a little and read this carefully (the emphasis is mine): He…
  • Draw Near

    Andy Wood
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    The promise is so simple, so straightforward and true, it’s easy to dismiss it. “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). What if He meant just what He said? What if the circumstances and signals all around you were echoing the same refrain? Maybe it’s time to take Him up on His promise… When it seems as though you’re arguing with everybody in sight, it’s time to draw near. When you’re lost in a war of wills, and it feels as though the whole world is pushing against you, it’s time to draw near. When you life is a continuous array of unacceptable…
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    Worship.com

  • Lay Down Your Weary Tune – David Zahl

    Worship.com
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Lay Down Your Weary Tune – David Zahl Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "Kingdom Come": From Covenant Worship (OFFICIAL ELECTRIC GUITAR TUTORIAL)

    Worship.com
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:37 am
    "Kingdom Come": From Covenant Worship (OFFICIAL ELECTRIC GUITAR TUTORIAL): Ben Edge from... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "Risen": From Covenant Worship (Official Acoustic Guitar Tutorial)

    Worship.com
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:45 am
    "Risen": From Covenant Worship (Official Acoustic Guitar Tutorial): Colin Edge from... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Worship 101: Why Are We Here Today?

    Worship.com
    14 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    8/2/15 – Worship 101: Why Are We Here Today? -  Using Psalm 95 as a springboard, Bob Cargo... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "First Loved Me" by Covenant Worship (OFFICIAL ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE)

    Worship.com
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:49 am
    "First Loved Me" by Covenant Worship (OFFICIAL ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE): Covenant Worship:... 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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  • Dominus Mortis

    1 Sep 2015 | 6:27 pm
    David J. Luy.  Dominus Mortis: Martin Luther on the Incorruptibility of God in Christ.  Fortress, 2014. 266 pp. $24.99/£24.99  Professor Luy's book has a mostly polemical scope: refuting an interpretation of Luther's Christology and deploring  a strain of systematics that invokes it, both of which he fears are becoming dominant.  He labels the Luther-interpretation the "divergence" interpretation, since it views Luther as radically, and beneficently, diverging  from all previous christological tradition.  The divergence concerns God the Son's relation to…
  • Introducing Theological Eschatology

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    I. The Eclipse of HeavenSometimes you can see a trend by noting the exception. In his well-regarded book How (Not) to Be Secular, the philosopher James K. A. Smith observes that the Reformation's celebration of the theological significance of the ordinary not only served as a remarkable element of lay renewal in Christianity but was also "the camel's nose in the tent of enchantment -that somehow the Protestant Reformation opened the door to what would become, by a winding, contingent path, exclusive humanism" (p. 39). Throughout that book, Smith not only offers a brief and accessible…
  • The Fruit of the Spirit 4. Peace

    25 Aug 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Parts one, two, and three of this series can be found here, here and here ~ Mark McDowell, the EditorIEven the best of us find it hard to think clearly about peace, because so much of our life is absorbed by conflict - conflict with ourselves, or with others, or with God.  Discord is so constant a companion that we may come to think of it as our natural state, and of peace as, at best, a distant prospect, at worst, unattainable.  Yet love of peace remains in us, sometimes dulled, at other times sharpened, by strife and unrest.  'Peace', says…
  • Vainglory

    24 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Rebecca Konyndyk Deyoung. Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. 157 pp. $9.99/£8.99In her wonderful new book Vainglory: the Forgotten Vice, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, builds on the important work that she began in Glittering Vices: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Their Remedies (Brazos, 2009). Arguing that modern Christians' approach to spiritual formation is impoverished by our inattention to the medieval tradition of the seven virtues and seven deadly vices, DeYoung makes a winsome and compelling case for how a…
  • Reading Backwards

    17 Aug 2015 | 11:45 am
    Richard Hays, Reading Backwards: Figural Christology and the Fourfold Gospel Witness. Waco, TX: Baylor University Press, 2014. 240 pages $29.99/£19.99I had the pleasure of hearing much of the present book in its oral form as the Hulsean Lectures in Cambridge, which Professor Hays delivered in 2013-2014. Striking in both the lectures and now in the book is the boldness, within the current academic climate, with which Hays contends that the Old Testament is to be read as testimony to Christ. Illustrative of this is the quotation of John 5.46 on the front cover: 'If you believed Moses, you…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • God Doesn’t Throw People away

    jason@church4allnations.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    “The truth, sir,” [Corrie] said, swallowing, “is that God’s viewpoint is sometimes different from ours—so different that we could not even guess at it unless He had given us a Book which tells us such things.” I knew it was madness to talk this way to a Nazi officer. But he said nothing so I plunged ahead. “In the Bible I learned that God values us not for our strength or our brains but simply because He has made us. Who knows, in His eyes a half-wit may be worth more than a watchmaker. Or—a lieutenant.” –Corrie ten Boom, the Hiding Place The Nazi viewpoint was that…
  • You Don’t Have to Pray “Use Me”

    jason@church4allnations.com
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
      You and I get the privilege of loving people where they are and praying for them, but if you aren’t open and ready, you can miss opportunities, blow them, or both. The great missionary, Amy Carmichael, wisely pointed out that the prayer “use me, Lord” is nowhere in the Bible. God showed her that a soldier fit and trained doesn’t have to ask to go into service, that’s what he’s there for. Jesus said, “you are the light of the world.” We all have the capacity for impacting those around us. What’s missing is usually our…
  • Sanctuary: Powerful over All

    jason@church4allnations.com
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Sanctuary– 1 : a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2 a place of refuge and protection Meditating on the beauty He’s created and the power of His words… Psalm 97:1-2 (VOICE) The Eternal reigns powerful over all; let the earth sing with joy; let the distant islands celebrate. Clouds and deep darkness encircle Him; righteousness and justice are the bedrock of His rule.   Even when I can’t see Him, obscured by clouds. He is reigning, He is ruling. In righteousness, He is powerful over all.   “God left the world unfinished for man to work his…
  • End of the Real Estate Wringer

    jason@church4allnations.com
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Some metaphors hold such powerful imagery that they become idiomatic expressions. “Through the wringer” is one of those. We may not use the actual device any more, but there’s an understanding of a being forced and fed through a thin space that is less than comfortable. I shared a month ago that our house in Alaska that we had waited two years to sell had finally sold. The financial pressure we had been under was staggering, but we made it! Since we had believed our house would sell at any time, we almost immediately started looking at houses when we moved to Oklahoma in…
  • Living in Compromise Isn’t Freedom

    jason@church4allnations.com
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    Willem led Father up to the desk. The Gestapo chief leaned forward. “I’d like to send you home, old fellow,” he said. “I’ll take your word that you won’t cause any more trouble.” I could not see Father’s face, only the erect carriage of his shoulders and the halo of white hair above them. But I heard his answer. “If I go home today,” he said evenly and clearly, “tomorrow I will open my door again to any man in need who knocks.” The amiability drained from the other man’s face. “Get back in line!” he shouted. “Schnell! This court will tolerate no more delays!”…
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  • Health Clinics Offer a Broader Range of Services for Women Than Planned Parenthood

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:03 pm
    The Daily Signal recently published my piece on why women don’t need Planned Parenthood and how they are actually better off if the $528 million in federal and state funds that is currently going to Planned Parenthood, is made available to Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).  These clinics offer more comprehensive women’s health care than Planned Parenthood ever has.  In fact, there is not one unique service that Planned Parenthood offers that women can’t get elsewhere. For those interested in a more in-depth look at the…
  • Protest Planned Parenthood Rallies Take the Nation by Storm

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:51 am
    Over the weekend, I was very encouraged to see the turnout and the passion at the Protest Planned Parenthood rally in D.C.  Concerned Americans rallied at over half of the nation’s Planned Parenthood facilities. In fact, so far 280 of the 353 cities reported a total of more than 68,000 people rallying in 49 states and six countries at the largest protest of Planned Parenthood since its existence.  This is historic.  The Washington Post reported on the “thousands” of protesters, but that number will likely be above 100,000 participants once all of the cities…
  • Not just Sunday, but every day

    20 Aug 2015 | 10:08 am
    George Washington once said, "Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society." Benjamin Franklin, deemed one of our nation's most irreligious Founders, opined that "only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters." Once upon a time, through tax-exemptions and other initiatives, our nation sought to encourage religious groups to contribute to society by teaching the populace to be moral and to care for those who are less fortunate. However, in recent days, even leaders of the "free" world are calling for the…
  • Colorado Appeals Court Refuses to Protect Religious Freedom

    18 Aug 2015 | 10:04 am
    The Colorado Court of Appeals recently ruled against Masterpiece Cakeshop and its owner Jack Phillips, affirming an administrative ruling that Phillips discriminated against homosexuals as a protected class, and directing him to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding—in spite of his religious objections to being forced to help celebrate a same-sex marriage. Phillips may now appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court, and possibly the U.S. Supreme Court, but his opportunities for vindicating his religious freedom in the courts are running out. While David French does a good job of breaking down…
  • Chick and Ruth's Delly: After half a century, it's still about family

    17 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Here's an upbeat family story about an Annapolis institution, Chick 'n' Ruth's Delly. In business now for fifty years, this orange Formica, classic American eatery is known for its good food and good cheer. You can even order a sandwich named for your favorite Maryland politico. Best of all in this state that gave us the Star Spangled Banner is the daily Pledge of Allegiance ceremony (8:30 am weekdays/9:30 am weekends). Click here to read the entire story.  
 
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  • Dreams About A Comet Named 67P, The Date Of September 24 And Volcano Eruptions

    Michael
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:56 pm
    God is NOT dead youtube channel put together a video on a dream a man had concerning the date September 24th on some year in the future and symbols he later found on the comet 67P.  This dream occurred in May of 2015. TRANSCRIPT: The dream started with me walking along in the grass in early summer when I noticed a can laying on the ground. It was a monster energy drink can. But instead of the regular print you would normally see on the can, there were symbols in it’s place. I was instantly horrified at the symbols and knew that it was a message to the elite to gather together for the…
  • Statistician Shows The Biblical Shemitah Cycle May Be Accurate In Predicting A Stock Market Crash

    Michael
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:23 pm
    The assessment of a Florida mathematician who has studied the biblical Shemitah cycle as it applies to the financial markets, is making his own conclusions…and they just so happen to agree with the Shemitah cycles: Thomas Pound is an educator and mathematician who applies his statistical wizardry to the markets. Armed with 144 years of market data going back to 1871, Pound set out to test the validity of this theory. As Pound explained to Breaking Israel News, “Being a statistician, if somebody makes a claim, then statistically, it should hold up.” Using the Analysis of Variance…
  • You Are Valuable In God’s Eyes

    Michael
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:18 pm
    Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future 2 Corinthians 12:9 – And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Matthew 10:31 – Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows. 2 Corinthians 12:10 – Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in…
  • Emergency Check Lists From Beth Israel Jerusalem Center

    Michael
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:35 pm
    Beth Israel Jerusalem Center put together a series of emergency prep sheets.  Here are several they had listed on their facebook fan page.  Get ready with these emergency checklists
  • 3 Rare Category 4 Storm Phenomenon Could Be The Strongest On Record

    Michael
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:52 pm
    Currently, the Pacific is seeing a surge of hurricane activity, with three category four strength tropical storms swirling around the Hawaiian islands. Researchers say that these hurricanes can disrupt the predominant easterly trade winds that are found along the equator. This disruption allows more heat to build up in the eastern part of the Pacific, adding more fuel to stormy conditions. But researchers cautioned that the scale of impacts, especially in the northern hemisphere, is very hard to read because there is also an Arctic warming effect seen in the Atlantic jet stream. “The…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readers Jesus, Continued by J.D. Greear—$1.99 The Wounded Minister by Guy Greenfield—$2.99 Teach Us to Want by Jen Pollock Michel—$2.99 Wired for Intimacy by William Struthers—$2.99 Preaching to a Shifting Culture—$1.99 The Gospel of John by William Barclay—$2.99 What Your Body Knows about God by Rob Moll—$2.99 Christian Audio’s free book of the month is AHA by Kyle Idleman. The free resource for Logos Bible Software is a commentary on Amos by Gary V. Smith. Irvin Busenitz’s commentary on Joel & Obadiah is $1.99. The Most Popular…
  • Eight books I want to read this fall

    Aaron Armstrong
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Well, here we are once again: The fall is more or less upon us. Next week, kids all over Canada will return to school, the traffic will be slightly busier, and the Armstrong children will be hard at work with our second year of homeschooling. And, of course, as each new season comes, I like to take a moment to consider what I’m going to read over the next several weeks. Most recently, I shared what I wanted to read during the summer, of which I read all but one—Newton on the Christian Life by Tony Reinke—and only because I didn’t get myself a copy. Today, I want to share a…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readers Three new deals to get you started: The Bible Answer Book, Volume 2 by Hank Hanegraaff—$1.99 The Bookends of the Christian Life by Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington–$2.99 And the Lamb Wins: Why the End of the World Is Really Good News by Simon Ponsonby—Free The Place and Purpose of Parachurch Ministries Jon Saunders: My concern with parachurch ministries on college campuses is that they often don’t simply come alongside the churce; they replace it. In the middle of the 20th century, men like Bright and Dawson Trotman rightly recognized…
  • Honor authorities, but fear God

    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    First Peter 2:13 starts with six words most of us probably really, really hate: “Be subject to every human institution.” Admit it: you just bristled, didn’t you? None of us particularly like authority. That is, in large part, because we are sinners prone to wanting to be our own authorities. But some of us also have a habit of being so concerned about our human authorities that we forget that they are also under God’s authority. Yes, respect and obey the earthly authorities—whether parents, pastors, police or presidents—but don’t forget: they’re not the…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readers Crossway’s put two excellent books on biblical theology on sale: What Is Biblical Theology? by James M. Hamilton Jr.—$3.99 Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael Lawrence—$3.99 What Katrina Taught Me Russell Moore: The apocalypses we experience now—whether in Katrina-struck America or earthquake-devastated Haiti or tsunami-ravaged Asia—remind us that this present order isn’t the way it’s supposed to be. The CNN meteorologists can explain the hurricane only in terms of barometric pressure and water temperatures. We know,…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • The Daniel Challenge: “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark” – Daniel 1-3

    Randall Smith
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:29 am
    Our generation has been granted by God a unique opportunity – to lead in a culture that is dark, drifting and largely directionless. It is in that state because it has severed its moorings from the dock of absolute truth, and embraced moral relativism and a story of origins wrapped in Godless naturalism. We can lament that it has done so, and some tears may be warranted, but that won’t change where we are… and we CAN change where we are! There are many ways we can have a direct impact on the future of our country – some want to do it through political process. Others want education…
  • The Gospel Applied: “Standing Firm” – Romans 16

    Randall Smith
    16 Aug 2015 | 2:13 am
    Because I have had the opportunity to travel a great deal in my life, I have discovered that each place holds its own little joy. One of my personal favorites is the “Eternal City” of Rome. There are many things I enjoy about that city, but perhaps one of my favorite is sitting in a café along her lighted streets and outdoor restaurants on a cool evening. The food is incredible. The people come out in droves for an evening stroll, and there is often laughter echoing in the alleys from people enjoying one another at the small eateries all over the city. There is something that takes away…
  • The Gospel Applied: “A Message worth Your Time” – Romans 15

    Randall Smith
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:36 am
    Do you remember the television show “The Flying Nun”? The unlikely setting for an American sitcom was based on a 1965 book called “The Fifteenth Pelican”. The series starred Sally Field and ran on ABC from 1967 to 1970 – all 82 episodes. For the young and perhaps unenlightened, the story was about a young and tiny (ninety pound) nun initiate who wore a large habit that made her able to fly when the winds were high enough at the convent. I know… that description makes you want to start searching for it on Amazon Instant Video or Netflix right away. Remember, those were simpler…
  • The Gospel Applied: “Service with a Smile” – Romans 14, Part two

    Randall Smith
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    I walked into the café and read the sign. It said: “Seat yourself!” I walked over to a booth and sat down. “You can’t sit there!” a waitress barked. I turned to look, and she said, “I just cleared that booth and I have some men coming in to take it.” I smiled and got up. I wasn’t in a particular hurry because my flight was running behind a bit. I said: “That’s fine. Do you have another seat I could have?” She looked at me and saw my smile and said. “I am sorry. A lady just yelled at me and another guy took me apart this morning at breakfast, and I have just had it…
  • What does it mean to be a priest? (Hint: It is about purity and dedication)

    Randall Smith
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:46 am
    This video helps set the priesthood of the Tabernacle and the really strange sounding “Millu’im Offering” into principles for our walk with God:  
 
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    Standing On Giants | Looking to Stand on the Shoulders of Giants

  • Don’t Focus On The Tools

    Kyle Reed
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:59 pm
    I had the excuse of not having what I needed to be successful only to realize I was the one holding myself back.Tools can be the biggest distraction to getting things done. Don’t let the desire to have the right “tools” keep you from creating. Tools can be the biggest distraction to getting things done. Don't let the desire to have the right tools keep you from creating.Click To Tweet
  • Gary Vaynerchuk Wallpaper

    Kyle Reed
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    I created these wallpapers after watching this video by Gary Vee.This video has inspired me, challenged me, and pushed me to work harder.This is my wallpaper for my computer. It reminds me to work like Gary Vee is watching.Download and make them your wallpaper.(right click on image and choose save as) Click here to download all three in one folder. Thanks Gary
  • Monday Motivation

    Kyle Reed
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    #MondayMotivation is the #1 trending topic on Twitter. People are searching for how to find that motivation. In this video we discuss 3 ways Monday can be full of motivation.Here are the 3 ways I find motivation on Monday: 1) Get back into my routine. 2) Time my day and my task. 3) Read blogs around the subject of my work.This video was filmed on Blab.Im, a new social networking site that streams from your desktop to followers.Download free “Hack Monday” resource here: http://thoughtsaboutnothing.com/hacking-monday  
  • Take This 1 Minute Survey and get a free gift

    Kyle Reed
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:29 am
    For your minute, I have a free content download for you if you take this reader survey.If you have been with me since May, I have sent 20 emails to your inbox focusing on resourcing you. Whether they were actual free resource, a thought, or a life hack, my motivation was to resource you in what you do.Today, I need your help.I have an email reader survey for you to complete.Completing this survey would assist me in learning more about you so I can provide the best content directly to your inbox.It will literally take you 1 minute to complete.Loading…As a thank you, I want to give you…
  • New Service Blab Allows For Multiple Users To Chat At Once

    Kyle Reed
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:02 am
    Blab has quickly become my new obsession. A great new app that allows you to use your webcam and stream a conversation for yourself or invite friends.Check out my first Blab here:After using this service for a bit and taking a glance around, I found several different streams where people were chatting, sharing ideas, and doing interviews. The usability of the service is efficient and intuitive.The opportunities for Blab seem plentiful. I see this being the perfect platform for hosting interviews, broadcasting events, and doing interactive Q&A sessions.I can’t wait to use this…
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    Heart Choices

  • The Cottages of Carmel

    23 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    Several weeks ago, I spent several days in one of my favorite places. The village of Carmel-by-the Sea is a charming ocean side community frequented by artists, writers, and poets. I enjoy the peace and quiet of strolling through the neighborhoods that have no sidewalks or street lights. The cottages are known by their name.This was my fifth visit to Carmel and the fourth time I had the opportunity to stay for a few days. My first visit was simply passing through as I drove along 17 Mile Drive on my way from San Francisco to Los Angeles. But staying here is so different. The longer I stay I…
  • How is God Calling You to Say Yes?

    13 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    How is God calling you to say yes? That is the question posed by Bonnie of Faith Barista for this week's Beloved Brews Thursday.I must confess. The first thought that went through my head was this."Oh no, now I have to say yes to do something God wants me to do and ...I'm so tired."But maybe God is calling me to say yes to how He wants me to live. Resting in Him.I tend to feel very capable and rise to the occasion for whatever task I encounter. I make my lists. I write out my goals. I work quickly.After all, I just finished working a long hot summer as the Site Leader for our school's summer…
  • Always Be Ready

    8 Aug 2015 | 5:08 pm
    It's been a very busy summer for me. Ten weeks of summer camp with lots of little ones and I was ready for some much needed rest and relaxation! I'm fortunate to have wonderful friends who rent a house in Carmel, California for the summer. They invited me to fly over for a few days and I took them up on it. I'll have to post more about that in another post.But what I wanted to share today is about always being ready. Let me explain.I was on my way home. I was leaving Carmel on a foggy day with a temperature of 59 degrees. I knew it would be sunny with triple digit heat in Phoenix. I found my…
  • 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…
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    Here I Blog

  • Sunday Considerations: Speak Peaceably

    Mark Lamprecht
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsPeace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. John 14:27 (HCSB) Another thing to be done in fulfillment of our duty is, to speak peaceably. The peace of neighborhoods is often destroyed by words. “Grievous words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1. “For lack of wood a fire goes out. Without gossip, a quarrel dies down. As coals are to hot embers, and wood to fire, so is a contentious man to kindling strife.” Proverbs 26:20, 21. “The words of a talebearer…
  • If Chick-fil-A is Denied a Lease, Will Christians Have to Stop Sharing Their Views Publicly?

    Mark Lamprecht
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsDenver City Council members have placed a Chick-fil-A lease at the Denver International Airport on hold over its LGBT positions. Apparently, some council members do not like the Christian positions CFA president, Dan Cathy, shared three years ago. The backlash from Cathy’s comments energized supporters to hold a Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day giving the company huge revenues. But the Denver council members believe a moral issue is in play if they allow CFA a place in the Denver International Airport. One of the members is concerned CFA profits would be used…
  • Sunday Considerations: Enemies of the Christian

    Mark Lamprecht
    22 Aug 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon Ads The enemies of the Christian have been commonly divided into three classes—the world, the flesh, and the devil. But though these may be conceived of, and spoken of separately, they resist the Christian soldier by their combined powers. The devil is the agent; the world furnishes the bait or the object of temptation; and the flesh, or our own corrupt nature, is the subject on which the temptation operates. Sometimes, indeed, Satan injects his fiery darts, enkindled in hell, to frighten the timid soul and drive it to despair; but in this he often overshoots his…
  • National Protest Planned Parenthood Day Marietta, GA with Dr. Alveda King

    Mark Lamprecht
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsOn the morning of August 22, 2015, my wife and I attended the National Protest Planned Parenthood Day in Marietta, GA. We had a mixture of around 600-700 people. I jumped on Periscope and recorded live video on the scene and captured Dr. Alveda King  speaking. Dr. King spoke against abortion and in favor of defunding Planned Parenthood. A couple of pro-Planned Parenthood folks slipped in with their signs behind King while she was speaking. This gave King a chance to address those folks, share her story about her two abortions, and set the record straight about…
  • Men, You Are Only A Few Clicks Away From Being Josh Duggar

    Mark Lamprecht
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:17 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsJosh Duggar has been caught in yet another sexual sin once the hacked Ashley Madison database was leaked. (His responses noted below.) On one hand, I am surprised at this revelation. On the other hand, I am not surprised because, sadly, any of us men are only a few clicks away from being Josh Duggar. It Could Have Been You Do you think you are better than Josh Duggar? Do you think nothing like that could happen to you? Think again. We live in a culture that is saturated in sexuality. Sex appeal was discovered long ago to be a key ingredient to effectively…
 
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    Biblical Preaching

  • John Hindley: What Does It Mean To Be Human?

    Peter Mead
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:38 am
    John is pastor of BroadGrace Church in rural Norfolk (England).  John authored Serving Without Sinking and You Can Really Grow  (Good Book Company), as well as Suffering and Singing (10ofThose).  John is married to Flick and has three little ones. In his own words, “John Hindley is a wicked and filthy wretch made beautiful by Christ alone.”  I am thankful to John for offering this guest post as we head into the release month for Foundations _____________________________________________ To be human is to dig. At least, that is what it is after the fall. To be human outside the…
  • The Why Behind Preaching

    Peter Mead
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    Most of the time we tend to focus on what we are doing.  Sometimes we ponder how we could do it better.  Too rarely we ponder the motivation behind our ministry.  Why do we preach? Let’s ponder two simple reasons (loaded with multiplied motivations in pregnant-with-meaning summaries): 1. Because we love God.  The God we love is the God who loved us first – who loves, who speaks, who gives of his riches, who gives himself.  This captures our hearts and gives us something to say.  We love God because he is the best news we have ever received, and so we want to spill that…
  • Hershael York: The Book of Acts and Us

    Peter Mead
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Dr Hershael York is the Senior Pastor at Buck Run Baptist Church in Frankfort, Kentucky.  He is also the Victor and Louise Lester Professor of Christian Preaching at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.  I really appreciated his books Speaking with Bold Assurance (2001), that Hershael co-wrote with Bert Decker, and Preaching with Bold Assurance (2003).  I am really thankful for this post on the enduring relevance of Acts for us as preachers in today’s world – a reality I hope is demonstrated in Foundations (forthcoming from Christian Focus).  Over to…
  • Marcus Honeysett: What Does It Mean To Be Human?

    Peter Mead
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:42 am
    Marcus is the director of Living Leadership and an elder at Crofton Baptist Church in South East London.  He has authored four books, including Fruitful Leaders and Gospel-Centred Preaching (with Tim Chester).  Many people have benefited greatly from Marcus’ teaching and writing.  I am thankful to Marcus for offering this guest post on such an important question.  Remember, this guest post series is offered to mark release of Foundations – please do check out FourBigQuestions.com and encourage others to follow @4BigQs on Twitter and Facebook.
  • Glen Scrivener: What is the Essence of Sin?

    Peter Mead
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:25 am
    Glen is an evangelist and director of Speak Life. He is the author of 321 – The Story of God, the World and You and blogs at Christ the Truth. He lives in Eastbourne with his wife, Emma, and daughter, Ruby.  At our church we give away copies of 321 to  visitors, it really is a fantastic resource.  I am thankful to Glen as he launches this guest post series for Foundations.  (I will post complete guest posts here for most of the series, but would love for you to check out the book website, FourBigQuestions.com and so you will be directed there to finish this post – thanks!)…
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    Crossway Blog

  • God's Word Is Going Forth

    Crossway
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:46 am
    50,000 Bibles Distributed in Singapore Since its launch in 2001, the ESV has become one of the fastest growing English translations of the Bible in the world. Through partnerships with numerous churches, ministries, and organizations around the world, including The Gideons International, Awana, and Bible Societies among others, the ESV is being used by many to share and spread the hope of the gospel. On July 5, over 50,000 Christians in Singapore gathered to celebrate The Jubilee Day of Prayer 2015 event, reported to be the largest-ever multi-denominational Christian event held in the…
  • Free Desktop Wallpapers from "The Biggest Story"

    Matt Tully
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:32 am
    The Biggest Story . . . On Your Computer! In The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden, best-selling author Kevin DeYoung teamed up with award-winning illustrator Don Clark to create a Bible storybook that combines engaging storytelling with one-of-a-kind illustrations—resulting in a truly unique children’s book designed to help kids understand God's big story of redemption. To celebrate the release of this unique resource, we’ve created a collection of free desktop wallpapers featuring some of our favorite illustrations from the book. Download them below and…
  • How Spurgeon Avoided the Calling Calamity

    Matt Tully
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:24 am
    This is a guest post by Dave Harvey, the pastor of preaching at Four Oaks Community Church in Tallahassee, Florida. He is the author of Am I Called?: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry, which which was just released in a new, lightly revised edition. A Dangerous Mistake With his inimitable blending of charisma and candor, Charles Spurgeon—the Prince of Preachers—once dropped these insights on his students: How may a young man know whether he is called or not? That is a weighty enquiry, and I desire to treat it most solemnly. O for divine guidance in so doing! That hundreds have missed their…
  • 8 Important Dos and Don'ts of Discipline

    Matt Tully
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:11 am
    This post is adapted from Bonding with Your Child through Boundaries by June Hunt with PeggySue Wells. Train Up Your Child God intended “home” to be an incubator for children, a place for kids to explore their world and to become all he created them to be. Within this safe nest, your role is to nurture their potential, discourage their defiance, and focus on their strengths. Scripture tells us, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Prov. 22:6). This verse doesn’t mean there is one ironclad set of boundaries appropriate for…
  • Why All Christians Should Care about Systematic Theology

    Matt Tully
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    This post is adapted from God's Kingdom through God's Covenants: A Concise Biblical Theology by Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum. What Is Systematic Theology? Biblical theology provides the basis for understanding how texts in one part of the Bible relate to all other texts, according to God’s intention, which is discovered through human authors but ultimately at the canonical level. In the end, biblical theology is the attempt to think through the “whole counsel of God,” and it provides the basis and underpinning for all theologizing. If this is what biblical theology is, then…
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    Joyfully with Ruth Joy

  • 2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    September 3, 2015WHO I AM IN CHRIST!I am blessed in the city and in the country Deuteronomy 28:3Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country.Well, this is sure a piece of good news - no favoritism with God! No matter where we live city or country, we are promised HIS BLESSING! GOD is so ABUNDANT - as humans we are so territorial and exclusive - but GOD is INCLUSIVE on all fronts! Soooooo, if the enemy of your soul has been lying to you and giving you some reason why you are not included in God's blessings - give him the old one, two - tell him he's a LIAR and…
  • 1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm

    1 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    September 2, 2015WHO I AM IN CHRIST!I am seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus Ephesians 2:6...and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.Well, that certainly kicks it up a notch or two! :-) On this earth, we are always glad when we have a friend in "high places" it sort of makes us feel like we have a special "in"! Often we moan over the fact that it is not WHAT you know but WHO you know! I have good news for you - we've got the BIGGEST "IN" in the whole wide world! YOU  yes YOU have a friend in the "highest place" and HE is FOR…
  • 1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    September 1, 2015WHO I AM IN CHRIST!I am a watchman on the wall Ezekiel 3:17Son of man, I've made you a watchman for the family of Israel...Watchman - includes responsibility! We owe it to the lost and dying around us to urge on them the the DANGER they face eternally without CHRIST! May God strengthen us today not to lose heart but to be real LIFE SAVERS! "I'm a watchman in the night,I'm a keeper of a lightFor the wanderer's returningI must keep the watch fire burningI'm a watchman, I'm a watchman in the night."SPREAD THE WORD!!!!
  • 30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm

    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    August 31, 2015WHO I AM IN CHRIST! I am an intercessor who stands in the gap Ezekiel 22:30So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.Clearly God is looking for those who will "STAND IN THE GAP" not only back in Ezekiel's day - but TODAY! Since we are the "salt" and salt PRESERVES - we need to understand our place in the BODY and "stand in the gap" - who knows what destruction will be stopped as we fill our places! Babbie Mason sings it the best:"I'll be standing in the gap…
  • 29 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm

    29 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    August 30, 2015WHO I AM IN CHRIST!I am an ambassador for Christ 2 Corinthians 5:20Therefore we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf,                                              be reconciled to God.MESSAGE BIBLE:We're Christ's representatives. God uses us to persuade men and women to drop their differences and enter into God's work of making things right between them. We're speaking for Christ…
 
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  • Lie of Narcissism [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    “The lie of narcissism is that we can control a world that is spinning out of orbit by narrowing the field of ambiguity into a simplistic perspective. We choose this perspective—a path of rigidity and dogmatism that limits options and lets us deny complexity in the world. We do this even though complexity is inevitable, and no leader will succeed if she closes herself off from it. Only by letting go of dogmatism and embracing complexity can a leader open her mind to a greater capacity for creativity, leading to success.” Dan B. Allender Leading with a Limp: Take Full Advantage…
  • Orange Books

    Jonathan Cliff
    13 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Summer Reading List WHAT ARE YOU READING THIS SUMMER? Orange Books has put together a reading list just for you. Whether you are in children’s ministry, a lead pastor, a volunteer, or stumbled upon this page by accident, they have a book for you. Leaders, like writers, read. So they asked leaders three questions about books: What books do you recommend to leaders in your area of ministry?  What books are you asking your team to read?  What’s on your own reading list? The Summer Reading List is the result. Organized around eight topics, and comprised of both religious and secular…
  • Made for Justice [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    8 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Made for spirituality, we wallow in introspection. Made for joy, we settle for pleasure. Made for justice, we clamor for vengeance. Made for relationship, we insist on our own way. Made for beauty, we are satisfied with sentiment. But new creation has already begun. Christians are called to…take up our proper role, our fully human role, as agents, heralds, and stewards of the new day that is dawning. That, quite simply, is what it means to be Christian. N.T. Wright Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense (HarperOne, 2010)
  • What is home anyway?

    Starr Cliff
    6 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Home Again, Home Again BY: Starr Cliff I have a really great life. A perfect life? No. I have certainly had heartache and loss; but I know God as healer and redeemer probably better than I know him in any other way, and he has been good to oversee my pain and certainly never waste it. Bumps in the road not withstanding, I really do get way down in my gut that my life is enviable. It humbles me. A good, good man who loves me.  Healthy kids.  Never missed a meal.  A family in Oklahoma who would do anything for me. The one “hang up” and pity-party I keep revisiting in my adulthood, in…
  • 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
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    Shooting the Breeze

  • On again, off again

    Kevin Martineau
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:30 am
    After spending a year off from blogging I started writing again in March of this year.  I have enjoyed this immensely.  Unfortunately I will be taking a break again.  I have been suffering from chronic pain in my hands for the past 7 years and I need to remove some of my computer/typing time from my life so that I can function in the other areas of my life.  I am hoping that this break won’t be long but time will tell.  Thanks again to all who take the time to read and comment here! You just finished reading On again, off again! Consider leaving a comment!The post On again, off…
  • How can we make God’s goodness real in our life?

    Kevin Martineau
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:02 am
    It’s one thing to talk about God’s goodness but how can we make God’s goodness real in our life? Simply, by showing His goodness to others. God shows His goodness through His children: you and me! Jesus said, “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) On a very practical level for nearly 2,000 years Christians have endeavoured to demonstrate God’s goodness in the manner prescribed by Jesus. Christians have demonstrated the love of God by extending a compassionate hand of service to…
  • God can turn badness into goodness

    Kevin Martineau
    29 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    Somebody might say: “How can God be good when thousands were killed in 9-11 or when millions died in the Holocaust. I can’t believe in a God who would allow that.” Let’s say this person is right and that God isn’t good and that He really doesn’t exist. The problem is that you’ve still got millions of dead people. Getting rid of God didn’t solve the problem at all! So, how do we answer the fact that God is good … yet bad things happen? Answer: If it isn’t good, then it didn’t have its source in God. For example: murder, stealing, abuse in any forms, etc. are not from God.
  • God sets the standard for goodness

    Kevin Martineau
    28 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    How do we determine what is “good” and what isn’t “good”? What is the standard for “goodness”?  In Matthew 19:16-17 we read of the story of the Rich Young Ruler. The Rich Young Ruler had everything money could buy … he was living the “good” life. One day he comes to Jesus and asked Him: “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” Jesus wants to teach him the standard for “good” and He replies: “Why do you ask me about what is good? “There is only One who is good.” The Rich Young Ruler didn’t know what “good” was. He…
  • God is good

    Kevin Martineau
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:41 am
    I believe very strongly that our perception of God will radically affect the way we think and act! If we have a poor and distorted view of God – it will affect us negatively and conversely if we have a good and proper view of God it will affect us positively.  We need to have a proper view of God! Even though we cannot see or touch God we can learn about Him though His attributes. God’s attributes are some of the things that make up His character and they are things that we would use to describe our Great God. God is Good One attribute that describes God is good.  In our house we…
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    The Cracker Lady's House

  • Ice Inspection At Perk’s Slough

    16 Aug 2015 | 8:17 pm
    Ice Inspection At Perk’s SloughThe most exciting word in high school was “party”.  Yes, this word would send a buzz like a lose bee down the halls of our school. The excitement built as it traveled in a humming hush which the adults must not overhear.  “Where will it be, who will be there, how can I get there,  what will I wear?”  Now, two of the biggestSue & Danny Acting Outparty animals I knew were my younger brother, Danny, and my best friend, Sue “Hot Lips” Hatton.  So at noon time one February 1965 day, just as I was hanging up my waitress apron…
  • Why My Mom Sent Me To The Vet In Yerington

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Why My Mom Sent Me To The Vet In YeringtonIt was the best of times; it was the worst of times, 1956 and 1957 were not my best childhood years. In 1956, at age 8, I came down with rheumatic fever and was on total bed rest for a whole year.  When I returned to school the next year, I was required to lay down in the nurse’s office at all recesses for the first six months of the fourth grade. I could see all the children playing on the playground and longed to join them.  When I was finally released to go to recesses, I went absolutely crazy.  I  rejoiced on every piece of…
  • The Cracker Lady’s House Roots

    6 Jul 2015 | 6:53 am
    The Cracker Lady’s House RootsThe question was asked recently by a Facebook friend, “ What is this cracker lady house stuff all about? I have no idea what the cracker lady house is.”  Well, the origin of the Cracker Lady goes clear back to 1977 and I was in my last year of Bible College in Tennessee.  Most of the time that I lived in Cleveland, Tennessee, I attended a very large white church.  But in my last year of college, I felt the Lord’s leading to go minister in the black church across town. Don’t ask me why He would wanted this country white girl in a black…
  • 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…
 
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Kentucky Clerk Who Refused to Issue Marriage License Sent to Jail

    darganthompson
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:38 pm
    A few days ago, the Supreme Court ruled that Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, could not refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis continued to refuse, despite the ruling. Then today she was called before a judge in contempt of court. In the hearing before Judge David Bunning, Davis argued that she should not have to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples since it goes against her religious beliefs. Judge Bunning disagreed and ordered her to be jailed. He said Davis will be released once she agrees to issue the licenses. The decision sparked an uproar…
  • The 12 Best Songs of 2015 (So Far)

    relevantlaura
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:10 pm
    A roundup to help on the way to this year's best albums lists. Sure, there are still a few months left in 2015. But with our playlists growing ever longer, we couldn’t resist a song roundup—just to help us keep all the musical gems straight when the year-end lists come a’knocking. Below are our top 12 favorite tracks of the year, so far. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know what we should be listening to before ringing in 2016.   12. Courtney Barnett: “Pedestrian at Best”  
  • Go For a Nice Distracting Drive With Stephen Colbert

    relevantlaura
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:26 pm
    In the promotional push that comes with taking over The Late Show throne, it seems like Stephen Colbert is everywhere these days. Including ... your car? Yup, the Colbert Report/Daily Show alum has lent his voice to navigational system Waze, for a limited period of time. In addition to his dulcet tones guiding your car’s every move, you’ll get classic quips like “Ugh, traffic, my least favorite kind of jam.” Check out the promotional video below. Like everything the comedian does, he may drive you crazy—but at least you always know who’s behind the wheel.
  • Brace Yourselves … Netflix’s September Lineup is Coming

    relevantlaura
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Netflix might have lost a slate of movies when Epix moved their catalogue to Hulu, but there’s still a mountain of interesting movies and television shows headed to the streaming behemoth. Among them? Coming of age film Moonrise Kingdom, travel tragi-comedy Up in the Air, and everyone’s favorite pack of zombie survivors, The Walking Dead. Netflix and chill? Yes please. Below are some of the highlights. You can check out the full list of forthcoming titles here. Available Now: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Volume 1 Person of Interest: Season 1-3 Rambo: First Blood Rambo III: Ultimate…
  • Image of Drowned Syrian Refugee Toddler Grabs the Internet's Attention

    Anonymous
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Photos of the body of a Syrian toddler who drowned alongside his mother and five-year-old brother have gone viral, as the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe continues to grow. Artists from around the world have begun creating their own tributes to 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who is one of thousands of Syrian refugees who have died attempting to escape violence from the Syrian civil war and ISIS. You can see the photos here, but warning: They are graphic. The boys’ father told the AP, “My kids were the most beautiful children in the world, wonderful. They wake me up every morning to play with…
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  • Kentucky Clerk Who Refused to Issue Marriage License Sent to Jail

    darganthompson
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:38 pm
    A few days ago, the Supreme Court ruled that Kim Davis, the clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, could not refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Davis continued to refuse, despite the ruling. Then today she was called before a judge in contempt of court. In the hearing before Judge David Bunning, Davis argued that she should not have to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples since it goes against her religious beliefs. Judge Bunning disagreed and ordered her to be jailed. He said Davis will be released once she agrees to issue the licenses. The decision sparked an uproar…
  • The 12 Best Songs of 2015 (So Far)

    relevantlaura
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:10 pm
    A roundup to help on the way to this year's best albums lists. Sure, there are still a few months left in 2015. But with our playlists growing ever longer, we couldn’t resist a song roundup—just to help us keep all the musical gems straight when the year-end lists come a’knocking. Below are our top 12 favorite tracks of the year, so far. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know what we should be listening to before ringing in 2016.   12. Courtney Barnett: “Pedestrian at Best”  
  • Go For a Nice Distracting Drive With Stephen Colbert

    relevantlaura
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:26 pm
    In the promotional push that comes with taking over The Late Show throne, it seems like Stephen Colbert is everywhere these days. Including ... your car? Yup, the Colbert Report/Daily Show alum has lent his voice to navigational system Waze, for a limited period of time. In addition to his dulcet tones guiding your car’s every move, you’ll get classic quips like “Ugh, traffic, my least favorite kind of jam.” Check out the promotional video below. Like everything the comedian does, he may drive you crazy—but at least you always know who’s behind the wheel.
  • Brace Yourselves … Netflix’s September Lineup is Coming

    relevantlaura
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Netflix might have lost a slate of movies when Epix moved their catalogue to Hulu, but there’s still a mountain of interesting movies and television shows headed to the streaming behemoth. Among them? Coming of age film Moonrise Kingdom, travel tragi-comedy Up in the Air, and everyone’s favorite pack of zombie survivors, The Walking Dead. Netflix and chill? Yes please. Below are some of the highlights. You can check out the full list of forthcoming titles here. Available Now: Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Volume 1 Person of Interest: Season 1-3 Rambo: First Blood Rambo III: Ultimate…
  • Image of Drowned Syrian Refugee Toddler Grabs the Internet's Attention

    Anonymous
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Photos of the body of a Syrian toddler who drowned alongside his mother and five-year-old brother have gone viral, as the Syrian refugee crisis in Europe continues to grow. Artists from around the world have begun creating their own tributes to 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, who is one of thousands of Syrian refugees who have died attempting to escape violence from the Syrian civil war and ISIS. You can see the photos here, but warning: They are graphic. The boys’ father told the AP, “My kids were the most beautiful children in the world, wonderful. They wake me up every morning to play with…
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    Faith Barista » One of the Best Ways to Experience God When You Don’t Feel Like Praying | Faith Barista

  • One of the Best Ways to Experience God When You Don’t Feel Like Praying

    Bonnie Gray
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    When you don’t feel like praying, how can you still savor God’s presence? I’d like to share one of the best ways that helps me experience God’s presence when I find it hard to pray. The funny thing is, I discovered it unexpectedly while talking to my sons Josh and Caleb before they even made it to kindergarten. One of the most challenging tasks as a parent is asking a two-year-old to pray. “Caleb, close your eyes.” “No!” “We’re talking to Jesus now. Come, sweetie, close your eyes.” He wiggles. Shaking his head. We pray…
  • Why It’s Time to Set Our Hearts Free Even If We Want to Run Away (FREE PRINTABLE)

    Bonnie Gray
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:05 am
    {scroll down to download today’s beautiful printable. my images are free goodies for you to enjoy, pin & share.} Sometimes, you know you’re called to do one thing. But, you run in the opposite direction. That’s been me this month of August. I’ve been like Jonah, paying for a one-way ticket away from the thing I felt God’s called me to do. To try and forget what God’s inspired me to do.  I’ve been like Jonah, trying to hide from my heart and just fall asleep in the bottom of the boat. I’ve been putting my heart to sleep, by trying to…
  • Why We Need to Say YES Even If We’re Afraid (My Interview With Josh Wilson & Frequency.fm) #ThatWasThenThisIsNow

    Bonnie Gray
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    Have you ever felt like running away — from what you’ve been afraid to do — even though you suspect it’s what you’re called to do? I’ve been trying to push away some new ideas and afraid of making some changes for a while. But, they keep returning to my heart, not willing to let me go. Has that ever happened to you?  Is God prompting your heart to begin something new, or to end something old, that you’re trying to put to the side — yet God continues to bring it back to your heart, like a wave brushing up onto the sand? I didn’t realize…
  • Four Movements To Be Yourself and Be At Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    I stood there. The door had slammed in front of me. It didn’t matter what I said or what I did. What mattered was that she was mad. I would have to plead and beg. Please, Mommy. I’m sorry. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how long I’d have to keep standing in the hallway. How long I’d have to keep knocking on the door. To no reply. After a while, I’d walk back to my room. And cry. I’d pull out my journal. And start to write. I’d read a book. Or do my homework. I still remember how the air felt like a live wire. How at any time, her…
  • 7 Promises from God for When You Feel Troubled

    Bonnie Gray
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:17 am
    We live in a world that is good at problem solving. Have a problem, just Google your question and a slew of search results offer you a different approach. Our world rewards productivity and results. We are so thin on time, we become fearful of wasting whatever slivers of time we have. We forget that for life is a journey to experience God and not a plan to execute for him. We need to remember the most beautiful things in life, that truly sustain and give us meaning, take time to grow and be nurtured. We were made to be God’s beloved. Renewed. Vibrant. He’s placed in us a…
 
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    Mr. Garner Goes To Washington

  • 70 Years Of Doubt?

    Rick Garner
    7 Aug 2015 | 9:41 am
    70 years ago, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima after Japan refused unconditional surrender in World War II. This decision was also made because more American lives (two or three times more than killed from the bomb) would be lost in an assault on Japan. Seeing protests about this makes me shake me head. Protesters have that freedom because of the atomic bomb and the one that followed a few days later. Also, that freedom exists because so many soldiers paid for it in their blood.War is hell. It should be the last resort but sometimes it must happen. While it's wise to strive for…
  • I Like It Hot

    Rick Garner
    5 Aug 2015 | 9:19 am
    I have a problem. Yeah, it's pretty much an addiction. The flame lures me in every time regardless of the cuisine. Hi, my name is Rick. I love extreme spice.I'm uncertain when it began but mom mentioned more than once my younger self's delight with spicy sausage patties. An after-school treat was popcorn loaded with generous amounts of cayenne pepper. Soups and other dishes were more-than-dashed with hot sauce or whatever spice on hand.Perhaps I'm part Cajun or merely a glutton for punishment. One of my best buds said more than once that my cast-iron stomach would give out one day.
  • See You Around, Ang!

    Rick Garner
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    Social media and I have a love-hate relationship. I've had to adjust my consumption of Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ over the years out of necessity. There's only so much content one can consume!While designed to connect us more, social media seems to have divided us as well...both from engaging with each other in person and over petty issues. Recently, for example, someone unfriended and blocked me for trying to support a friend going through a tough time.But without Facebook, I wouldn't have learned that a college friend was dead from cancer.The news hit me extra hard because I thought her…
  • 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…
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    Soulfari

  • From Problem Child To Pastor

    Jay Cookingham
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:07 am
      This week I was honored to be interview (online) by Rodney Kellum from fatherpreneurship.com. Rodney is a new friend of mine who has a huge heart to see people set free and was kind enough to give me time to tell part of my story of freedom. If you have some time (it's about 45 minutes) and you don't mind the glare of my bald head (also I move around so much you  would think the chair I was sitting on was on fire) you'll get a deeper peek into how God rescued me from the darkness of abuse. Also check out Rodney's site, it's full of great content and he's an awesome dude! Here's…
  • What love is

    Jay Cookingham
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:30 am
      Hang with me today…this will be tough story at the beginning… This was going to be easy, the knife was sharp and I was all alone deep in the woods, no one would find me for days. My time had run out and I couldn’t fight back anymore. I was tired, so tired of being without… without having the right clothes, the right looks, the right friends, the right family and the right to be happy. So I filled my emptiness with the self-medicating drugs of the day, each drink, each toke a reminder of what a loser I was. I was looking for numbness and all I got was a double shot of awareness.
  • Core Mission

    Jay Cookingham
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    One of my core missions in life is to encourage men and help them see the Father as I have come to know Him. This mission is a passion of mine and I love sharing the message of sonship wherever I can, conferences, men's groups, social media and even better, one-on-one over some really great coffee. To be used by the Father this way is powerfully rewarding and equally as humbling.Sometimes you get instant feedback, men sharing what God has done by revealing who He is to them, those are precious moments and ones I'm grateful for. However, most of the time you give/share/reveal and pray that men…
  • 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…
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    Natalie Snapp

  • Why Do We Want YOU To Join The Heart Sister Online Book Study?

    Natalie Snapp
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:42 am
      There are just so many reasons why we want you to join us for the Heart Sisters Online Book Study. Let me just share a few: 1. I like you. No, maybe we haven’t met in real life but I already feel like we know each other. I’m guessing you’re a woman of God and you value your relationships but sometimes, relationships can be hard. You’ve likely walked through a friendship break-up at some point. You’ve likely felt lonely for friends at some point. And you’ve likely had at least one friendship that has encouraged you and made you walk closer to God. 2.
  • Creating a Culture of Love and Support Instead of Competition and Envy

    Natalie Snapp
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:58 am
      To join the eight week Heart Sisters: Be the Friend You Want to Have online study beginning on September 14, click here for details. Of course we want you to join us! There’s a place just for you. In fact, we’ve been waiting for you. But not in a weird, creepy way.   The post Creating a Culture of Love and Support Instead of Competition and Envy appeared first on Natalie Snapp.
  • 8 Reasons Why You Need To Join The Heart Sisters Online Book Study

    Natalie Snapp
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Maybe you saw the invite last week and thought “I should register for that” then . . . If you’re like me, life happened and you got distracted. Suddenly, what you meant to do gets clouded by what you must do and the meant gets carried away on a brain cell that will never be seen again. I so get it. But just in case you forgot to register, here are five reasons why you might want to head on over and get yourself signed up to join us for eight weeks starting on September 14: Community, sister. Community. So far, there are 113 women who will be joining us. I’ve been…
 
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    Christianity 201

  • Has Your Identity Been Stolen?

    paulthinkingoutloud
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:34 pm
    This is our fifth visit with Ben Nelson at the blog, Another Red Letter Day. Click the title below to read this at source. Identity Theft It’s a huge problem today. People have had their identity stolen and they don’t even know it until they go to check their assets and realize don’t have any access to their wealth. I’m not talking about cyber-crime. I’m talking about Christians who think they are lowly sinners, barely citizens of the kingdom of God. Christians who believe they are barely saved, and stand the risk of eternity in hell if Jesus happens to come back the day they skip…
  • The Conflict Between Tradition and Jesus

    paulthinkingoutloud
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Jesus and Traditions by Clarke Dixon When a Baptist preacher announces that he is about to preach a sermon focused on tradition you can usually guess what is coming up. Said preacher will be looking to encourage the trading of stale churchy traditions for new “attractive” ones. But I’m not going there for many reasons including one very simple one. When Jesus spoke about tradition he did not go there. He had much bigger fish to fry. There was a much greater problem with tradition that he needed to address: 1 Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem…
  • Bowing Before God

    paulthinkingoutloud
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Occasionally we feature writing by young authors whose blogs are new to the various Alltop pages, this one is from Alltop – Christianity. The website is titled Your Bible Quotes, and the writer is Sonya Richards. Glory of God the Father – Name Above All Names Glory of God the Father Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall  bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV)…
  • Offering Unauthorized Fire

    paulthinkingoutloud
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Leviticus 10:1 (NIV) Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them and added incense; and they offered unauthorized fire before the Lord, contrary to his command. 2 So fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord. 3 Moses then said to Aaron, “This is what the Lord spoke of when he said: “‘Among those who approach me I will be proved holy; in the sight of all the people I will be honored.’” Aaron remained silent. 4 Moses summoned Mishael and Elzaphan, sons of Aaron’s uncle Uzziel, and said to them, “Come here;…
  • Keeping Your Thought Life Pure

    paulthinkingoutloud
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    This weekend at Thinking Out Loud we’ve been running two articles which deal with your thought life. (They are each double articles, so really we’ve run four over Saturday and Sunday.) You can connect with those articles here and here. In going through my files I discovered I also covered something similar at C201 — perhaps it’s a different type of purity of thoughts — and while we rarely repeat a devotional here… Purity of Thought = Purity of Heart James 3:17 (NIV) But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving,…
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    Worthy News

  • Kenya: Attacks Against Churches Thwarted

    Worthy News Staff
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:47 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) - About 120 miles from its border with Somalia, Kenyan police uncovered a stash of weapons after arresting 14 suspected members of al Shabaab last week. According to Morning Star News, police found several grenades, assault rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition hidden in a rented house in the Soko Ngombe area of Garissa. The weapons were believed to have been smuggled into the country from Somalia by Shabaab. Authorities raided the house after receiving information from suspected Shabaab jihadists arrested the previous week. The…
  • Nigeria: Pastor decries killings by Boko Haram

    Worthy News Staff
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:42 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent (Worthy News) - A bishop of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria said that Boko Haram has killed thousands of his denomination's members, destroyed most of his churches and left many of his pastors without a congregation, according to the Christian Post. "Seventy percent of our churches have been destroyed in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states by Boko Haram," said the Rev. Samuel Dali. "Over 8,000 of our members were killed [and] one hundred and seventy-six of the girls kidnapped in Chibok are our members." Boko Haram has been fighting for control of…
  • Kerry to outline US assurances to Israel, Gulf to lawmakers

    Worthy News Staff
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:39 am
    (Worthy News) - Secretary of State John Kerry will send a letter to all members of Congress on Wednesday outlining US security commitments to Israel and the Gulf Arab states in light of the Iran nuclear deal. State Department officials said Tuesday the letter would be sent shortly before Kerry delivers what is being billed as a major policy speech on the Iran agreement in Philadelphia. The officials said the speech, a week before Congress returns to work, will focus on how the deal makes the US and its allies safer. Kerry will also attack what the officials said is a “mythology” of false…
  • Russia stalls on assigning blame for Syria chemical attacks

    Worthy News Staff
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:31 am
    (Worthy News) - Russia is holding up Security Council approval to establish a new international body to assign blame for chemical attacks in Syria’s deadly conflict for the first time. Russia’s UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, who holds the council presidency in September, told reporters Wednesday that Russia had questions about the proposal by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. He also raised the possibility that the council might need a new resolution to deal with allegations that the Islamic State extremist group has used chemical weapons including mustard gas in neighboring Iraq. [ Source…
  • Obama secures votes to preserve Iran nuclear deal despite majority opposition

    Worthy News Staff
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:26 am
    (Worthy News) - President Obama's intense lobbying on Wednesday secured support from a 34th Senate Democrat, ensuring his Iranian nuclear deal will survive a veto battle with Congress and setting into motion the extraordinary imposition of a foreign agreement over the objections of large numbers of voters and big majorities in both the House and Senate. Although Congress is poised to vote down the deal this month, the announcement by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski of Maryland means the White House now has at least the bare minimum number of Senate Democrats needed to sustain a presidential veto.
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    Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotion

  • Put your Faith into Action!

    George Whitten
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:09 am
    By George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Throughout the Bible, the faith of the saints was never something passive -- but rather a faith of action. If Abraham never acted on His faith, He would never have departed to the "land of milk and honey" or birthed a new nation. If Moses never acted on His faith, He would never have led the children of Israel out of Egypt. If David never acted on His faith, He would never have…
  • Take a Leap of Faith!

    George Whitten
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:54 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Luke 17:5-6 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. The African Impala (an African antelope) are amazing creatures that can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance greater than 30 feet. Yet Impalas can be kept in a zoo inside an enclosure with a simple 3 foot wall. Why? Impalas will not jump if they can't see where their feet will…
  • Experience it!

    George Whitten
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:45 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Genesis 22:1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested (Hebrew word len-a-sot, to try) Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." John 6:5-6 Then Jesus lifted up [His] eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?" But this He said to test (Hebrew word, lenasot, to try) him, for He Himself knew what He would do. James 1:2-4 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials (nisayon (noun form of lenasot)), knowing that the…
  • Confound the Wise of this World!

    George Whitten
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. If He was a man of the world, Yeshua…
  • Be Still!

    George Whitten
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:58 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Psalms 46:10  Be still, and know that I am God! I will be praised among the nations, I will be praised in the earth.  In one passage in John, Mary and Martha come running to Jesus, asking Him to heal Lazarus, who was critically ill. Since Lazarus was a good friend of Jesus, I'm sure they were expecting that Jesus would come immediately to his aid. The scripture says, however, that Jesus stayed two more days in the place where He was. It was in those two days that Lazarus died. It's so hard to understand why it is that God waits to do the things…
 
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  • One of the Best Ways to Experience God When You Don’t Feel Like Praying

    Bonnie Gray
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:20 pm
    When you don’t feel like praying, how can you still savor God’s presence? I’d like to share one of the best ways that helps me experience God’s presence when I find it hard to pray. The funny thing is, I discovered it unexpectedly while talking to my sons Josh and Caleb before they even made it to kindergarten. One of the most challenging tasks as a parent is asking a two-year-old to pray. “Caleb, close your eyes.” “No!” “We’re talking to Jesus now. Come, sweetie, close your eyes.” He wiggles. Shaking his head. We pray…
  • Focus on Him, Not Them

    Stephanie Bryant
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:20 pm
    Mary received a visit from an angel. Joseph was visited in a dream a few days later about the same news. We glaze over this familiar story. But something struck me as we rolled down the road, while my daughter watched the Christmas story on DVD . . . this is how God moves. God could have talked to both of them at the same time. Spoken to Joseph first or Mary’s father. Told the local priest so everyone would be on the same page, on board, and gung-ho about God’s miraculous plan. Instead, it’s such a beautiful reminder for how God chooses to tell His story . . . to those of us…
  • The Lost Art of Listening

    Lisa-Jo Baker
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:20 pm
    I was listening to a podcast recently by two of my favorite human beings — Emily P. Freeman of Chatting at the Sky and Myquillyn Smith of The Nesting Place (this podcast is called, Hope*Ologie and I recommend it as a sort of Vitamin D for the soul). Anyway, they were each taking a turn answering listener questions but soon discovered that while one was sharing their answer the other was inevitably not listening because they were too busy trying to think up their own answer. It made me laugh. It made them laugh. Listening to friends laughing while you’re folding laundry is a great…
  • Finding Hope in the Humbling

    Crystal Stine
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:20 pm
    God is sifting me. Luke 22:31-32 “Crystal, Crystal, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Crystal, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your sisters.” (my personal paraphrase) God is taking what I considered to be my best and is shaking it free. My pride is being sifted out so all that remains is a humble heart and a body that can’t take a single step without the strength of the Holy Spirit. I have spent the last several years climbing. Quickly. Piling up achievements, honors, glory, praise, rewards. I’ve earned…
  • Why Am I Still Doing This?

    Rachel Anne Ridge
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:10 pm
    I stood on tiptoe to kiss my son’s cheek, before he headed back to college after spring break, and then gave his hair a tug. “I won’t miss you,” I lied. Grayson laughed and gave me a last hug. “I’ll miss you too, Mom,” he said with a wink. After I watched his car disappear down the driveway, I went inside and surveyed the kitchen carnage — the mountain of dishes that had amassed over the the final day of cooking for a hungry young man about to wrap up his junior year. So I started the cleanup by unloading the dishwasher. I grabbed a stack of…
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  • According to Love

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:32 pm
    Kathleen left home at age 27 to seek a more radical life of Christian discipleship. Bold, impulsive, and often pointed, her letters to her mother will speak to anyone for whom faith is a living, burning question.
  • Repentance and Christian Discipleship

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:27 pm
    “The Gospel begins with a call to repentance. Repentance means that everything must be changed. Everything must be seen as God sees it. Our whole being has to be renewed.... God must become the center of our thinking and feeling. ...”
  • Badshah Khan

    26 Aug 2015 | 6:17 am
    “Nonviolence is not for cowards,” Mahatma Gandhi told his friend Badshah Khan in 1930. “It is for the brave, the courageous.” At the time, they were working shoulder to shoulder – a Hindu and a Muslim – for Indian independence and for peace.
 
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  • Online 2015 Women’s Bible Study Expo

    Cheryl Cope
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:23 am
    Online 2015 Women’s Bible Study Expo Meet the Authors of the Most Recently Released Bible Studies for Women Thursday, August 20, 2015 1:00-4:00 p.m. CT Go to http://www.biblestudyexpo.com/ to register. It’s FREE. If you register you may win some free … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: God Wants to Bless You! by Che Ahn

    Cheryl Cope
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:36 am
    Book Review: God Wants to Bless You! by Che Ahn This book is all about why and how to declare spiritual blessings (“decrees”) over yourself and others. The author starts out by telling us how the book came to be, … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: The Biblical Guidebook to Deliverance by Randy Clark

    Cheryl Cope
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:02 am
    Book Review: The Biblical Guidebook to Deliverance by Randy Clark I found this book to be comprehensive in its scope of subtopics included under the main topic of deliverance.There were good summaries of each area or point included, including excellent … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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  • Come as you are

    Naty Matos
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    I know it’s not Worship Friday, but we shall worship every day. I really like this song. It reminds me of my life before Christ. It reminds me of the times when I was going to church sitting in the last sit by the door so that nobody would see me. I would not talk to anyone; I didn’t want to make any relationships so that nobody knew me and the things that I was ashamed of. It wasn’t until I decided to resubmit my life to Christ that I realize that he had been waiting for me to get out of that corner all along and he didn’t care about those things that I kept holding on to. Recently…
  • Arguing About Faith on Social Media

    Naty Matos
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I was having an interesting exchange with a gentleman on social media the other day. His wife had responded under an article regarding debating with people in social media about values. Her position was that she felt that defending her values and point of view was basically was she was called to do. I decided to reply. I had recently read Proverbs 23:9 “Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words”. No, I didn’t just post this scripture and moved on. I said that after reading this I had changed my point of view.I explained that sometimes I felt like defending my values…
  • Luke Murphy Presents: Kiss and Tell

    Naty Matos
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    This novel took me 15 years to write. Well, not exactly, but… Even though Dead Man’s Hand was my first published novel, it’s not the first book I wrote. Kiss & Tell is my “baby”. It’s the first book I ever even attempted to write. I started writing the novel in the winter of 2000, while playing hockey down in Oklahoma. A lot of circumstances surround this novel, and it’s the reason I started writing in the first place. This novel, and all of my writing, happened by “chance”. I was playing professional hockey in Oklahoma, and was struck in the eye with a stick in a…
  • The Rising Muse Mid-Year Review 2015

    Naty Matos
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    As always I like to make an inventory of how things are going usually around my birthday and the end of the year. God planned those very well because they’re exactly 6 months apart. I know I haven’t been writing as often as I used to. The funny thing is that I think about posts I want to write all the time, but the butt to chair connection hasn’t happened. The year started with great news, I was moving into a new 9-5 that would allow me more breathing time to write and do other things. At the beginning of that transition I decided to take some time off. My last 9-5 had left my brain…
  • Drink your Starbucks

    Naty Matos
    1 May 2015 | 8:51 am
    Not too long ago, I was sitting by the entrance of one of my favorite restaurants waiting for takeout. I usually dine in and hadn’t paid much attention to my surroundings. The place is clean, good customer service and superb food, nothing to complaint about. This particular day, while having the opportunity to seat there and with nothing more to do than look around (my phone battery was low); I noticed something I had never noticed before. Right behind the bar was an altar to a god. Something inside of me didn’t feel right. Here I was picking up lunch and now I had a dilemma, where am I…
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  • kNOw Jesus kNOw Peace???

    Ron Amundson
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:35 am
    I was at a Casting Crowns concert at the WI state fair, and was blown away… it was so cool to see them live. The music was awesome, the messaging was incredible, the energy was amazing.    The only downside was the recurrent struggle I run up against with their theology. Its not just theirs either, but actually a good chunk of contemporary Christian theology.  I’ll go even further and state it was also a theology I lived and promoted years ago. In its simplest form, its probably best demonstrated by the following tshirt graphic from www.notw.com. At the outset, the above…
  • Rose Colored Stained Glass Windows

    Ron Amundson
    10 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    I’ve been plowing through some of my old bass stuff, and came across Rose Colored Stain Glass Windows from back in the 80’s. It was especially cool back then, as a bunch of us were within inches of opening for Petra… but alas it was not to be. That being said, the music stayed with me over the years, this tune especially. Its written from the standpoint of an church / belief system, where in they are so apart from the world with their white knuckle sin avoidance thing or related polity, that their light from within is so dimmed, that it doesn’t reach very far, if it…
  • Consistent Ethic of Life?

    Ron Amundson
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Brandon stated: Dom Hélder Câmara talked about a ‘consistent ethic of life’, wherein *all* life possesses equal value, and the marked lack of a consistent ethic of life has been one of my long standing critiques of the “pro-life” (or more appropriately: “anti-abortion”) movement. Links to http://thelewisnote.blogspot.com/2014/02/why-miscarriage-matters-if-youre-pro.html When you spit the “anti-abortion” movement into its sexual purity vs the life aspect, the inconsistency almost completely goes away if one looks at the sexual purity side…
  • Problems w Conservative Argument Against SSM….

    Ron Amundson
    30 Jun 2015 | 5:24 pm
    A fellow from my aviation universe posted a seemingly very well thought out conservative argument against SSM. It was not meant to convince, but more so to help others understand his opposition to it. I have to give the author types a lot of credit, there was a lot of thought put into it, and unlike the hating types, these Christian aviation folks really seem to be trying to walk a Christlike path. It did receive a lot of praise, from the conservative crowd… but crickets from most everyone else. The problem is the vastly different frames of reference… the appeals to the…
  • 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…
 
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 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

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 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 Training School

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Doulos Missions International now offers discipleship training online through the Doulos Training School (DTS).  Please visit the DTS online at Doulos Training School to find out more about how you or someone you know can participate.___________________________________________________Len Lacroix is the founder of Doulos Missions International.  He was based in Eastern Europe for four years, making disciples, as well as helping leaders to be more effective at making disciples who multiply, developing leaders who multiply, with the ultimate goal of planting churches that multiply. His…
  • Doulos Missions International

    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe're so glad you took the time to visit our blog.  Our gift of these articles by Len Lacroix is a ministry of Doulos Missions International, Inc., which exists to bring glory to God by helping to fulfill the Great Commission. Doulos Missions International is incorporated in the State of New Hampshire as a publicly-supported, non-profit charity. We are conservative, evangelical, biblically based, Spirit-filled, and non-denominational.Len Lacroix graduated from Zion Bible Institute (now Northpoint Bible College). He and his wife Jennifer both earned Master of Arts…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - September 2015

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: Doulos Training SchoolThe Witness of the SpiritThe Son of Man Keeping a Prayer JournalWho is God?  Read the Bible for All Its Worth!Holy Washings - Part IHoly Washings - Part II Life Transformation GroupsAn Incomparable InheritanceThe Sin of SilenceThe Evil Spirit of AlcoholAn Atheist Turns to ChristJudging with Righteous Judgment  The Apostles' Creed  Bulgarian Preacher Raised from the Dead (updated!) Tattoos and Body Piercing (updated!)Alcohol and Cigarettes -- Ten Divine…
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • The Softer Emotions

    Rebecca Spears
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    In early summer, my friends and I organized a writing workshop led by poet Kevin Prufer. Since then, I’ve been thinking all summer about one topic that Prufer discussed, namely, sentimentality in poetry. I was intrigued when he took up the subject. I’d never heard anyone speak at length about it, and I am one who always feels like I’m fighting sentimentality in my writing. Call me a sentimental fool. I wanted to hear more; so did everyone else in the workshop, it seemed.  Prufer remarked that if a poem is labeled “sentimental” by a critic or a reader, then the person “damns it…
  • Constant Fear of Falling to the Ground

    Jean Hoefling
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    As I emerged from the porch of Santa Croce, I was seized with a fierce palpitation of the heart; the wellspring of life was dried up within me, and I walked in constant fear of falling to the ground.  – Nineteenth century French author Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle) Rapid heartbeat, fainting, confusion, even hallucinations: just a few of the colorful symptoms that manifest in Stendhal Syndrome. Though the medical “disorder” was named after the famous author for his description of experiences while visiting Florentine churches and art galleries, Stendhal’s occurs with surprising…
  • The Internet: The Least Final Frontier

    Adie Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Late at night in the mid 1990s, I dialed into the World Wide Web for the first time. With an unmapped continent at my fingertips, I first discovered the familiar: I downloaded the opening credits of my favorite television show, PBS’s Wishbone. (I was 7 years old.) I didn’t know it then, but that pixelated and drag ridden video revealed one of the Internet’s greatest gifts—immortality. Here, in the backlit glow, we can live forever. With each round of Webby awards, the constraints of the Internet are challenged and acknowledged. We are in awe of our human endeavors. We circumnavigate…
  • Behind Every Beautiful Thing

    Aaron Guest
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Shadows are falling and I’ve been here all day It’s too hot to sleep, time is running away Feel like my soul has turned into steel I’ve still got the scars that the sun didn’t heal There’s not even room enough to be anywhere It’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there I’ve thought about Bob Dylan’s song “Not Dark Yet” for over ten years now. Ever since a lonely plane ride back from Texas, where I’d just help relocate my best friend. Some moments press down a sadness and leave a mark. Songs are like that, too.  With three kids, it’s no surprise I’ve already seen…
  • Jupiter Descends

    Joy and Matthew Steem
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Boring,” “boorish,” and (my personal favorite) “profoundly terrible” are some of the nicer descriptors that can be found in the reviews of the Wachowski siblings’ latest movie. At just over two hours, this space-opera-cum-heroic-fantasy is acknowledged as visually appealing with its impressive special effects, but declared decidedly drab in the plot department. Worse than merely drab, however, some of the more literary minded commenters pronounce Jupiter, the main character, as nauseatingly implausible. Now, while I do agree with them that Jupiter is most definitely not a…
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  • #Novena Birth of Mary Blessed Virgin - SHARE - Plenary Indulgence - 4

    Jesus Caritas Est
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:33 am
    To all faithful Christians who, in private or public, in church or in their own houses, shall keep any of the following Novenas, in preparation for the principal feasts of most holy Mary, Pope Pius VII., at the prayer of several holy persons, granted, by Rescripts issued through his Eminence the Cardinal-Vicar, Aug. 4 and Nov. 24, 1808, and Jan. 11, 1800 (all of which are kept in the Segretaria of the Vicariate) -i. An indulgence of 300 days, daily.ii. A plenary indulgence to all who shall assist at these Novenas every day, and who shall afterwards, either on the Feast-day itself, to which…
  • Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thurs. September 3, 2015

    Jesus Caritas Est
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:15 am
    Memorial of Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and Doctor of the ChurchLectionary: 434Reading 1COL 1:9-14Brothers and sisters:From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for youand asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God’s willthrough all spiritual wisdom and understandingto walk in a manner worthy of the Lord,so as to be fully pleasing, in every good work bearing fruitand growing in the knowledge of God,strengthened with every power, in accord with his glorious might,for all endurance and patience,with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has made you fit to sharein…
  • #PopeFrancis meets President of #Israel Reuven Rivlin at the #Vatican

    Jesus Caritas Est
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:08 am
    Pope Francis holding talks with Israel's President Reuven Rivlin inside the Vatican. - AP03/09/2015 13:04(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin in the Vatican on Thursday (3rd August) and held talks that focused on the situation in the Middle East and bilateral relations. A statement was issued afterwards by the Holy See’s Press Office which said that in addition to meeting Pope Francis, the Israeli Head of State also held talks afterwards with the (Vatican) Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, accompanied by the Secretary for Relations with States,…
  • #PopeFrancis "... family is capable of warming the heart of a whole city with its witness of love." FULL TEXT- Video

    Jesus Caritas Est
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:55 am
    Here is a ZENIT translation of the catechesis from this morning’s general audience, held in St. Peter’s Square.Continuing with the series of catecheses on the family, in his address in Italian the Pope focused his meditation on the responsibility of the family to communicate the faith.After summarizing his catechesis in several languages, the Holy Father expressed special greetings to groups of faithful present. Then, marking the anniversary of the end of World War II in the Far East, he renewed his appeal for peace in the world.The General Audience ended with the singing of…
  • Saint September 3 : St. Gregory the Great : #Pope : Patron of #Singers, #Teachers, Against Plagues

    Jesus Caritas Est
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:37 am
    Feast: September 3POPE, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCHBorn:540 at Rome, ItalyDied:12 March 604 at Rome, ItalyPatron of:against plague, choir boys, educators, England, gout, masons, musicians, papacy, Popes, schoolchildren, singers, stone masons, stonecutters, students, teachers, West IndiesDoctor of the Church; b. at Rome about 540; d. 12 March 604.Gregory's father was Gordianus, a wealthy patrician, probably of the famous gens Amicia, who owned large estates in Sicily and a mansion on the Caelian Hill in Rome, the ruins of which, apparently in a wonderful state of preservation, still await excavation…
 
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  • What was the tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil

    Todd
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Watch this Video: Bertie Brits explains why the law is called the ministry of death Genesis 2:16-17  16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. “Jesus is the tree of life.” – Bertie Brits John 15:1-8 Jesus the True Vine 15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that bears no fruit, He takes away. And every branch that bears fruit, He…
  • Move (Keep Walkin’)

    Todd
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:36 pm
    Watch this Video: TobyMac performing Move (Keep Walkin’) Move (Keep Walkin’) – Lyrics Another heartbreak day Feels like you’re miles away Don’t even need no shade When your sun don’t shine, shine Too many passin’ dreams Roll by like limousines It’s hard to keep believin’ When they pass you by and by I know your heart been broke again I know your prayers ain’t been answered yet I know you’re feeling like you got nothing left Well, lift your head, it ain’t over yet, ain’t over yet so Move, keep walkin’ soldier keep movin’ on Move, keep walkin’ until the…
  • Finished Work Eschatology

    Todd
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Watch this Video: Paul White eschatology “Days of Vengeance” Send questions to: info@paulwhiteministries.com Luke 21:5-19 Watch Out for Doomsday Deceivers 5-6 One day people were standing around talking about the Temple, remarking how beautiful it was, the splendor of its stonework and memorial gifts. Jesus said, “All this you’re admiring so much—the time is coming when every stone in that building will end up in a heap of rubble.” 7 They asked him, “Teacher, when is this going to happen? What clue will we get that it’s about to take place?” 8-9 He said, “Watch…
  • Feel It

    Todd
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Watch this Video: Official Music Video for TobyMac’s “Feel It (feat. Mr Talkbox) Feel It – Lyrics When I sit back and imagine, Life without you I can’t fathom, How I ever though I’d make it on my own, (on my own) And there’s at least a million reasons, I’m still standin’ here believing, You’re my comfort, You’re my healin’, This I know, (This I know 2x) When ya can’t see the wind but it moves the leaves, From the bottom to the top, Of the tallest trees, You are everything I will ever need, And they can’t take that from me,…
  • What is the Glory?

    Todd
    6 Aug 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder discusses experiencing God’s tangible presence “The Glory of God is His tangible manifest presence. Historically when humanity has engaged with the presence of God, many outward reactions, miracles and unusual phenomena have always ocurred. While we do not gauge our spirituality by these events, they are indeed byproducts of experiencing His Glory. And by our effortless union with Jesus we all have complete access to the fullness of His Spirit, whether we know it or not. While some deride what they don’t understand, our expectancy to…
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    Emmanuel TV UK

  • Mexico Crusade with Prophet TB Joshua – May 2015

    Emmanuel TV UK
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:43 am
    In May 2015, T.B. Joshua held a history-making crusade at the Aztec Stadium in Mexico City, the largest football stadium in the world. More than 150,000 people travelled from around the world to receive from God during the two-day event which saw healing, deliverance and miracles unfold in every corner of the massive stadium! Gospel artists CeCe Winans, VaShawn Mitchell and Alvin Slaughter were among those who led worship as God’s power and presence descended to touch hearts and change lives in a way that the nation will NEVER forget! Watch some of the incredible video footage here: And…
  • Keep Watching the SCOAN Live Service on Emmanuel TV!

    Emmanuel TV UK
    4 Feb 2014 | 9:32 am
    On 2 February 2014, different attendees shared experiences of watching the live service from SCOAN Lagos on Emmanuel TV. Emmanuel and Katarina shared how each Sunday they put on their Sunday-best clothes and join the service in Lagos from their living room in North London, by connecting their computer to their TV set and watching Emmanuel TV. “We join the service just as if we were there in person”, Emmanuel explained, “when they stand, we stand, when they pray, we pray… and we have so many testimonies!” The couple went on to share one of those remarkable…
  • 2014: A Year of Crossing the Bridge

    Emmanuel TV UK
    30 Dec 2013 | 2:58 am
    Remember what Prophet T.B. Joshua said about the year 2014: “It is a bridge that connects one to another. If the year is a bridge, what exactly will you expect? It means you have to live modestly. Cut your coat according to your size. It is not a time to walk arrogantly or a time to be proud. A time to cross a bridge is a time to be very careful.” He continued, “Destiny will work beautifully [in 2014]. Destiny – exactly what God has destined for you. If you are very careful, you will cross the bridge successfully. Please, you have to return back to your destiny. What is the meaning of…
  • BIRMINGHAM: Anointing Water Revival Town!

    Emmanuel TV UK
    6 Dec 2013 | 3:40 pm
    December 2013 Report SHATTERING THE SUNDAY SILENCE As dawn announced its arrival on Sunday 1st December 2013 in the slumbering city of Birmingham, an uncanny scene began unfolding at the New Bingley Hall, a large auditorium on the outskirts of the city centre. Cars started rolling up with people dressed in a manner unbecoming of the unearthly hour they had arrived; bedraggled travellers sleepily jumped off night buses and made their way towards the venue; taxis pulled up with heavily coated passengers scurrying to join a queue that was steadily forming. It was 4am and the crowd was already…
  • A CLOUD OF GOD’S PRESENCE COVERING THE TROXY: Anointing Water Revival In The UK

    Emmanuel TV UK
    13 Nov 2013 | 3:57 am
    November 2013 Report QUEUING FOR OVER 1KM It was 6:45am on Sunday 10th November and the cold, wind-whipped streets surrounding the Troxy theatre in East London were already home to a steadily growing line of people. Some came with their travelling cases having just arrived from various countries by plane; some came armed with blankets to withstand the cold while some stood with cups of coffee in the queue. As 8am approached, the line extended for over a kilometre round the streets of The Troxy. As east Londoners woke up and saw the mammoth queue, all asked the same question: what is going on?
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  • Why God Told Me to Ruin My Life

    Allison Vesterfelt
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    For much of my life, when it came time to make a decision about anything, I felt virtually paralyzed by fear of making the “wrong” choice. When I had to choose a college, or a job to take or not take, a city to live in, or even a car to drive, I always wanted to do all the research, talk to everyone I knew and discover all the possible pitfalls before I chose. Photo Credit: Christopher Michel, Creative Commons I have to admit, I hesitated to make a choice at all if I didn’t feel absolutely certain I knew it was the “right” choice. Then, a few years ago, all of that changed. I was…
  • One Reason Many of Us Have A Hard Time Connecting

    Hillary Rector
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was driving home from grabbing coffee a few weeks ago when I heard a quick radio promo on 650AM-WSM—the station many people know as the home of The Grand Ole Opry. Photo Credit: Joe St. Pierre, Creative Commons It is also the station I listen to the most here in Nashville, since they play a lot of good old country songs. It’s their 90th anniversary this year, and they were playing a short recording of one of their DJs talking about what it meant to work at the station. In the part I caught, he said, “…when you get into the radio business, they tell you not to try and sound like…
  • The Importance of Making Peace With Your Past

    Mike McHargue
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    I hated the way I talked when I was a kid. As a lifelong resident of the Deep South, I have a southern family, with an accent to match. Most people on TV sounded so sophisticated with enunciated speech, while every southerner I saw portrayed in film was either slow or ignorant. Photo Credit: Jeremy Wilburn, Creative Commons I wanted to be seen as smart. So, I worked hard to erase my accent. To my ear, my drawl was far less pronounced than my friends and family, but this illusion failed me anytime I traveled to other parts of the country. Everyone asked me what part of Georgia I was from. My…
  • The Best Thing You Can Do When Someone Tries to Control You

    Donald Miller
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    We all have to face them from time to time. Even as adults, bullies stumble across our paths. They’re loud, obnoxious, make shocking statements and have no perception of social boundaries. Bullies must have the world their way, and if you don’t see the world their way, they see you as an enemy. Photo Credit: Joe St. Pierre, Creative Commons Bullies love to entangle you in their world. Bullies get validation one of two ways. Getting you to submit to them as the authority figure (even in areas where they have no authority) or Feeling powerful by frustrating the lives of people who won’t…
  • Five Articles I Sent My Staff This Week

    Donald Miller
    29 Aug 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. Stop Wasting Time, Especially When it Comes to Social Media via Entrepreneur Honestly, I trust my staff completely when it comes to checking social media at work. They’re all hard workers and high performers. But I found this article interesting for all of us. We could all stand to waste less time, I’d…
 
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    The Christian Gift

  • Pastor Appreciation – Ministry Appreciation – Personalized

    TheChristianGift
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:05 pm
    We create a lot of personalized appreciation plaques for our customers…..and in doing so, we get a glimpse of the tremendous work being done by the people who are special to some of you! In the space of just one week, orders came in from three congregations who were each recognizing someone for 50 years of service. And just last week an order came in for a teacher appreciation plaque for another 50 year milestone: this one for a vacation Bible school staffer. Must be something about the number 50 lately! We’re also always interested to see the creative ways our customers use our…
  • Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

    TheChristianGift
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:36 am
    One of my favorite hymns was sung at the close of service this morning at my church. Indulge me; you know I like to share this one! Guide me, O thou great Redeemer, pilgrim though this barren land; I am weak, but thou art mighty; hold me with thy powerful hand; Bread of heaven, feed me now and evermore. Open now the crystal fountain, whence the healing stream doth flow; let the fiery cloudy pillar lead me all my journey through; strong Deliverer, be thou still my Strength and Shield. When I tread the verge of Jordan, bid my anxious fears subside; bear me through the swelling current, land me…
  • Christian Housewarming Gifts – Gifts for the Home

    TheChristianGift
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:38 am
    Brand new! Ideas for Housewarming gifts have been percolating here for a while now. They recently took shape and I’m happy to announce this newest collection featuring eight designs for the home. Many in the series are anchored by the well-known passage from Scripture: As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. You can personalize each one. (And while these make great housewarming gifts, of course they’re appropriate for any occasion!) View the collection here. Sampling of new Housewarming Gift designs from The Christian Gift    
  • Come Near

    TheChristianGift
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:55 am
    Vero Beach Sunrise Come near to God and He will come near to you. James 4:8  That verse nearly always brings to mind an analogy from a sermon I heard some time ago which stuck with me. Bottom line, two people who’d become estranged were out for a drive in a pickup with a big bench seat. The person on the passenger side commented about the fact that they were sitting so far away from one another….with a whole lot of empty space between. The driver replied, “I’m sitting in the same spot as always. It’s you who moved.” Hmmmm. Sometimes it may feel as though…
  • Pastor Appreciation Gift – Pastor Appreciation Month – It’ll Be Here Soon!

    TheChristianGift
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    This time of year, the calendar seems to go into overdrive. With the start of school just around the corner, and many activities resuming after a summer break, things quickly become quite busy once again! Before you know it, Pastor Appreciation Month will be here. Of course, any time is a good time to convey thanks to members of the ministry team. Just because someone designated October as “the month” doesn’t mean we’re tied to it. As a matter of fact, here at The Christian Gift we’re busy creating personalized pastor appreciation plaques for customers throughout…
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & Simple

  • 4 Ways To Create Effective Stage Announcements That Are Heard & Acted On

    Steve Fogg
    13 Aug 2015 | 2:46 am
    Have you ever done stage announcements or video news at church which no one has responded to? The teams were all ready to respond, but the only response was the sound of tumbleweed blowing through the foyer? Then the review/follow-up moment arrives and the way the announcement was done is blamed for the lack of response. Ever been there? The challenge for every Communications Director is to ensure that any announcement adds value to a person’s spiritual journey. Here are a few tactics to help you get more return for the ministry you are promoting: 1) Message beats service structure Your…
  • Why Your Church Shouldn’t Be ‘Noticeable’

    Steve Fogg
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:33 pm
    There has been a strong push in church communications for the use graphic designers, branding consultants, web guru’s and so called ‘social media experts’. But even many of us ‘professionals’ can fail this important test. What is the test? It is called the ‘Just Noticeable Difference’. There is a strong culture pull in western culture for all marketing and communications to be ‘natural’ and ‘authentic’.  What marketeers and advertisers have caught onto is the fact that consumers are very educated and know when they are being…
  • 12 Great Ways To Use Instagram For Your Church

    Steve Fogg
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:40 pm
    Instagram is a brilliant social network for your church. Why? It’s free! And there is no throttling back on your posts, unlike Facebook does. Which means churches both big or small can leverage it to tell their story. I did a quick scan around some churches that I know use Instagram well to give you some ideas on what you can post for your church. Here are twelve different examples you can use: 1) Take Us Behind The Scenes 2) Show Compassion Projects 3) Share A Memorable Quote From The Sermon 4) Quote Scripture 5) Show the church in action 6) Celebrate National Days 7) Celebrate Steps…
  • Add SPARC To Your Creativity

    Steve Fogg
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:09 pm
    Have you every been through a dry creative season? Or just need an auto-immune shot against boredom and routine? A few years ago I attended a conference called SPARC in Sydney Australia. This short conference was a wonderful few days with very different creative speakers from different creative disciplines. The keynote speaker was Erwin McManus who just spoke to my creative heart and made it bloom again. This year’s SPARC conference is on again on 7-8 August. Erwin is back again speaking about the Artisan Soul. It is well worth a visit to feed your own artisan soul. Find out more here.
  • 12 Top Quality Free Church Graphics And Resources

    Steve Fogg
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:32 pm
    Have you ever run out of time or budget to create custom graphics and needed some for your church? My design team are often be up against tight deadlines and can need a helping hand graphic design wise. Or you may be a small church or a church planter just starting out (you have a special place in my heart you kingdom entrepreneurs) and you don’t have the kind of support larger churches have. You don’t have to reinvent the graphic design wheel every single time. There are many good reasons such as your designers being on holiday where you may need to use these free graphics that…
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    DashHouse.com

  • Prayer Cards

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    I've read books on prayer, but none of them have helped me as much as A Praying Life by Paul Miller. And no book has given me more practical advice, particularly in the last section of the book called "Praying in Real Life." According to Miller, most people write their schedules electronically or on paper, but few write their prayer requests. "The bottom line is we don’t write down our prayer requests because we don’t take prayer seriously. We don’t think it works."Miller suggests keeping prayer cards: three-by-five cards to pray "for loved ones and friends, for non-Christians I’m…
  • Liturgy

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    We gather on Sundays. Someone stands at the front and welcomes us. The music team takes its place and leads us in singing. We then come to the offering before the pastor gets up and preaches. As soon as the sermon is over, the music team reappears and leads us in a closing song before we leave. Most of us don't think we follow a liturgy, but most churches I've attended follow the pattern I've described above. It's not a bad liturgy, but it is a liturgy nonetheless. It's worth considering why we do things the way that we do, and if there's a better way. "To talk about liturgy in its most basic…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    29 Aug 2015 | 2:49 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Five Ways to Deepen Your Preaching Here are 5 lessons I’m learning along the way. If you are a fellow preacher, trying to climb this vast and steep mountain alongside me, I hope these might be helpful to you. 4 Kinds of Pastors God has beautifully woven together different personalities and gifts within the leadership of His church. 9 Reasons We Must Connect our Churches with Cities We are called to get the gospel to all peoples of the world (Matt. 28:18-20), and we will not do that if we shy away from the world’s cities. The Mark of Christianity That Is…
  • Measuring Effective Ministry

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    There are a lot of ways to measure effectiveness in ministry. I've been thinking about what Jeff Christopherson and Mac Lake describe as measures of success in their book Kingdom First: Starting Churches that Shape Movements. New believers — Seeing the gospel take root in people who were previously far from ChristNew disciple makers — Putting 2 Timothy 2:2 into practiceNew communities of faith — churches planting churchesTransforming communities — meeting a physical need and attaching it to God's graceIt's worth thinking about how ministry would change if we set these as our goals,…
  • A New Morning Pattern

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    It's the morning. My habit has been to make a beeline for the computer. First, I check emails. Then, I read blogs. Then I read my Twitter feed. Then, if I have time left over, I read my Bible.See the order? Yes, me too. It's bothered me, but I've still generally followed this pattern until recently. At Exponential this year, I listened to a pastor who only checks emails twice a week. I figured that if he could do this, I could probably settle for checking emails once a day.When I stopped checking email until late afternoon, I also lost interest in checking blogs and Twitter too.I'm learning a…
 
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • New Year: Getting to Know the Kids in Your Class

    Bethany Tapp
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:39 pm
    Do you remember the first day of school? My last first day of school was 19 years ago and I still remember that knot in the pit of my stomach as I was walking into a new class. (It should also be noted that it was a seminary class and I was a grown adult). I had the same thoughts that go through the minds of kids… What will the teacher be like? What will we do in this class? Will I have any friends in this class? Will people like me? Etc. We all know that first day of school dread happens at school, but it also happens every September (or January for those of you in the Southern…
  • Slime/Sin Bible Object Lesson (Romans 3:23,Galatians 5:19-21, Isaiah 64:6)

    Mimi Bullock
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:16 pm
    The world may not want to hear about “sin” but that doesn’t make it any less real, does it? The Bible is very detailed about the evolution of sin, it begins as a thought, a temptation and we make the wrong choice, then we’ve sinned. The problem is God hates sin. He’ll forgive it if we ask him but he still hates it. Romans 3:23 says, “For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.” Thankfully, Jesus made away for us to overcome sin. As teachers of the Bible, it’s important that we teach kids how God feels about sin,…
  • Why Kids Need a Children’s Pastor

    Mimi Bullock
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Kids need you, children’s pastor. Really, they do. You’re not just a guy with a cool title. Not just a woman who loves kids–you are anointed, called and were created for this purpose: To nurture, advocate for and encourage young believers. For you, children’s ministry isn’t just a faze–that’s because it’s in your DNA. It’s not a stepping stone to the next thing or a bigger title. It’s who you are. Today, I am writing to you because I want to encourage you to continue to fight the good fight. I know it wears on you. I know at times…
  • “1 Corinthians” Bible Book Coloring Page

    Mandy Groce
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    This free coloring page is based on the Book of 1 Corinthians. It’s one part of our series of illustrations for each individual book of the Bible. Click here to download the print friendly PDF version. We’ve also uploaded the image in JPEG format. The illustration shows several well-know scripture quotes from the book of 1 Corinthians. Neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 1 Corinthians 3:7 We run to win a prize that never fades. 1 Corinthians 9:25 We will add a series index one we have several books online. For now you can follow our…
  • Lesson: Who’s the greatest?? Jesus loves kids! (Mark 9:33-42; Luke 18:15-17)

    Kristin Schmidt
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    We as people tend to be competitive, and youngsters are no different. In fact, kids often find themselves in heated debates over who is first in line, whose turn it is, or who did the best job. In today’s story, we see that even disciples of Jesus argued over who was most important. We will see that God loves it when we approach Him humbly and do not beg for credit or glory. This lesson is especially relevant for children because we see Jesus emphasize an appreciation for children and admiration of their mindset. Our little ones might at times feel frustrated about not doing all that…
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    Lawrence W. Wilson |

  • My Biggest Mistake as a Pastor—And Probably Yours Too

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    The task of a spiritual leader is to inspire people to see and enter the other life, the life of the spirit. It isn’t that spiritual leaders don’t have to deal with mundane concerns. Even Francis, the most inspirational Pope in recent memory, has spent his share of time revamping the Curia and reeling in renegade bishops. But spiritual a spiritual leader’s primary task is not directing the affairs of an organization. That’s the work of deacons, useful chaps who are great at setting goals, forming strategies, measuring results—the very things we wrongly label…
  • The One Thing All Pastors Eventually Forget Why Worship Matters More than Vision

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    Pastors have a lot on their minds each week. They have a huge task, and there’s much to remember. Heading toward Sunday, a minister may be preoccupied with dozens, even hundreds of concerns. They think about: The shreds of biblical language they learned in seminary. The number of dollars they’re behind on budget for the year. The number of volunteers needed to make Sunday happen. The calls they need to return. But there’s one all pastors forget eventually. And when we do, it tanks our effectiveness harder and faster than missing budget or blowing a board meeting. I know this because…
  • Why Everything You’ve Heard about Salvation by Grace Is Dead Wrong

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    4 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    We have always been told that there is only one remedy for sin, salvation by grace through the blood of Christ. But that is not true. At least not the whole truth. The atoning death of Christ frees us from guilt, but there is more to sin than guilt just as there is more to the flu than nausea. There is more to salvation than justification by faith. Much more. continue readingWhy Everything You’ve Heard about Salvation by Grace Is Dead Wrong first appeared on Lawrence W. Wilson. Subscribe by email and have every post delivered straight to your inbox. It's easy and free!
  • Why People Don’t Attend Church (It’s not What You Think)

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    13 May 2015 | 6:44 am
    Fewer people are attending church these days, and the reason is not what you think. The Pew Research Center dropped a bombshell yesterday. The center for the study of religion in American life released a new study based on a survey of 35,000 Americans, which finds that Christians have declined sharply as a share of the population while the number of religiously unaffiliated and other faiths have continued to grow. Though some see good news in the study for Evangelicalism, I strongly disagree. Though historically evangelical denominations may have gained about 2 million members, that gain was…
  • How Value-Driven Ministry Is Killing the American Church

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    28 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    Consumer behavior among church attendees results from a value-driven approach to ministry based on a corporate model for the church. This mistaken ideology is the central problem in North American Christianity. Church is now a commodity rather than a community, and members increasingly approach worship with a consumer mind-set. That should be self-evident to any church leader, but it’s easy enough to substantiate. Consider these actual statements heard from church members and visitors— continue readingHow Value-Driven Ministry Is Killing the American Church first appeared on Lawrence…
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    Inspirations from Phather Phil

  • Your Will in Your Time Lord…

    PhatherPhil
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    “The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”” – John 2:1-5 (NLT) As I prayed over these verses the other morning, it dawned on me how often in my daily life I resemble Mary in this passage; insistent…
  • 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
 
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    Mike Calhoun

  • 3 Life Habits that Enhance Our Communication Abilities

    mikecalhoun
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:13 am
    Do you ever feel like you have nothing to say? You stare into your blank computer screen knowing the deadline for a sermon, article, blog or book looms closer. You want to communicate but just cannot bring yourself to strike the first letter on the keyboard. Having the desire to make a difference with our communication is not the problem for most of us. The reality is sometimes we just don’t have anything inside the reservoir of our souls to tap into. I would like to suggest 3 Life Habits that Enhance Our Communication Abilities, but first consider the following verses… 1 Chronicles…
  • The Power of Creating a Personal Reading Plan

    mikecalhoun
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    I have never found a high impact leader of influence who was not a reader. Involvement for over forty years with business, church and organizational leaders has validated this as more than just a maxim. My friend Dr. Jay Strack often says You will be the same person five years from now except for the places you go, the people you meet and the books you read. According to the book Making Disciples of Oral Learners: 58% of the U.S. adult population never read another book after high school. 42% of U.S. university graduates never read another book. Adults in the U.S. spend four hours per day…
  • Intentional Transitions…Living Life on Purpose

    mikecalhoun
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:49 am
    Transition is a natural part of the life cycle. Change from one life stage, position, sphere of influence or friendship to another begins at birth. Life transitions may bring joy or pain but all contribute to the formation of the person we become. Some we control while others just naturally come into our lives uninvited and unannounced. We must be prepared lest the uninvited transitions demand the greatest amount of our attention and devour our time. These types of transitions tend to drain us physically, emotionally and spiritually. The more energy we put into “Intentional Transitions,”…
  • When it's Okay to Press Pause

    mikecalhoun
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Although I had fast-forwarded through the commercials (awe…the endorphins that gives me) it still took over an hour of viewing time to complete one 45 minute show. The reason, I concluded, was the number of times I had pressed the pause button on the remote. I press pause for three valid reasons:  I’m hungry and want a snack. My wife has something important to tell me. I need a bathroom break. I did not press pause because I was tired, overwhelmed or burnt out. I did it because of priorities. All of the interludes were a result of a hierarchy of values or desires. I am not attempting…
  • Communicating Absolute Truth to Wikipedia Students

    mikecalhoun
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:48 am
    Understanding your audience is one of the first rules of communication. Yet we have all endured off-topic sermons or lectures which missed their target audience by a decade or two. It is vital we be conscientious in the research and preparation of our content. However, understanding the people to whom we intend to deliver the content is imperative as well. When I teach leadership courses focused on communicating truth to students I emphasize the following three components. In this blog I will be discussing only the third point. Preparation of your life Developing your message Understanding…
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • Are You Dealing with Complexity, Ambiguity and Failure? Congratulations. And Welcome to the Real World.

    J.B. Wood
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:08 am
    We have a saying here at my company: we like to see managers get “bloodied up a bit” before moving them into more prominent leadership roles. If we believe someone has management potential, we will intentionally put them in a situation where they will encounter extreme conflict, opposition, or just plain ambiguity (which in and [Read More...]
  • The Ultimate Advice for Aspiring Leaders: 6 Non-Negotiables

    J.B. Wood
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:03 am
    For all of you aspiring leaders out there, let’s just cut the crap and get right to the point.  Rather than dragging this out into six years’ worth of leadership-advice-blogging, which would innevitably get picked up by Random House, who would publish a best-selling book series, which would lead to 225 days a year on the motivational [Read More...]
  • How to Not Suck as a Leader

    J.B. Wood
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:51 pm
    This Blog’s tag line says “Connecting Business Life with Spiritual Life.” Sometimes I stick very close to business issues, and other times I veer happily on to little side roads, because there really is more to life than business, right? But, today we are going to get back to business. I figured it’s about time that Shrinking the Camel [Read More...]
  • Forgetting to Remember God (#4 in a series)

    J.B. Wood
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Continued from the previous post and the one before that and the one before that. So there it is. The crammed family schedule was not the culprit here. I forgot about God – no, I avoided God – because I was panicky and needed to be in control of the mess I was in at work. [Read More...]
  • Forgetting to Remember God (#3 in a series)

    J.B. Wood
    23 Aug 2015 | 11:18 am
    Continued from the previous post and the one before that. This was not a small deal I was working on, mind you. No, it was a $30 million deal with a very attractive return. Thirty mil may seem like peanuts to some of you hot shot corporate muckety-mucks, but for me this was significant. I [Read More...]
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • What I Learned in August – Monthly Musings

    Jean Wise
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:01 am
    Several blogger friends post a summary of what they learned each month. Emily Freeman originated the idea and I love reading different people’s lists – always full of tidbits of wisdom, innovative ideas, and resources. My blogger friend, Dolly, does this also. Emily writes on her blog: “I’m a firm believer in the importance of looking back before we move forward.” And I certainly agree with her. This simple practice has helped me live a more reflective life and to capture those moments/tips/words of wisdom that mean so much to me, but too often I forget in the daily busyness. This…
  • Back to School We Go – Lifelong Learning

    Jean Wise
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    September always reminds me of going back to school. I love to learn and this time of year I search out for new tidbits of information or new tools or techniques to stimulate my mind. What can I learn this year? On a side note: September floods my mind with childhood memories of getting new clothes and pens and pencils and paper and all those goodies. As a mom, I loved taking each child on a one to one date where we shopped for clothes and pens and pencils and paper and all those goodies. Now as a writer, September lures me to shopping once again. Funny how the calendar tempts me to buy, buy,…
  • Surprises! Insights! Affirmations! Oh My! – 2015 Readers Survey Results

    Jean Wise
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to all of you who took the time to fill out my little survey from a few weeks ago. As I read and summarized it, I found surprises, insights and affirmations. Your kind comments warmed and encouraged my heart and your honest sharing fostered a deepening connection and compassion for all of you. Again thank you. What did I discover? Affirmations: Most of you like when I post twice a week – just the right amount of time. I reduced the number of posts a few years ago from four to two and wondered how you liked it. I haven’t lost as many email list subscribers that way. People just get…
  • What’s in Your Spiritual Toolbox?

    Jean Wise
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    What’s in your spiritual toolbox? We all have them – the go-to tried and true ways we come to God and those little someday I may try that ideas. I like the concept of a toolbox. Now I do believe God is with us all the time and there is nothing we can really “do” to evoke his presence. He is the pursuer of our hearts and surrounds us and lives within no matter what we do. Yet often we can’t hear him, experience him, find his comfort and wisdom. Like the out of control, full melt-down toddler sometimes we need something to cuddle with our worn out blankie or much loved, one-eyed…
  • What is the Most Important Invention Ever Discovered?

    Jean Wise
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    What is the most important invention ever discovered? I read the other day one answer to this intriguing idea is this: The QUESTION. I think there is some validity to pondering the process of asking questions in our lives, our faith, and our thinking. The question is a priceless tool for growth. Even God uses questions: But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3: 9 Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7 Jesus … asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” … He asked them, “But…
 
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    Daily Devotionals

  • Isaiah 1:16 – Time to Clean

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil.” (Isaiah 1:16 ESV) Am I the only person who keeps my house clean because my mother may decide to make an unannounced visit? I make sure my counters and stove are wiped clean, and I keep the clutter at bay thanks to an unused bedroom with a locking door. Laundry may sit, unfolded, for a day or two, but all in all, my house is decent and well­-kept when people come to visit. I had the thought, while wiping down my counters, that my spiritual…
  • Jonah 2:1-2 – Answered Prayers

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    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the belly of the fish, saying, “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. (Jonah 2:1-2 ESV) Do you have a “friend” that you dread getting a phone call from? We might even choose to send their call straight to voicemail more times than not. Most of us don’t mind helping people. But, we mind helping people who constantly put themselves in the bad situations they are in and never get any wiser. Jonah, like all of us, was…
  • 1 John 1:4 – Joy in Jesus

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    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse And we are writing these things so that our joy may be complete. (1 John 1:4 ESV) The writer of 1 John is one of Jesus’ closest friends, even called the “beloved disciple.” He heard Jesus speak, saw him with his own eyes, touched him and spent time physically with him (1 John 1:1-3); but this did not complete his joy. Just knowing Jesus wasn’t enough for him. Some of us may be wondering why the joy Jesus said we would have (John 15:11, John 16:24) just doesn’t seem present in our life. Could it be because this joy is not intended as a personal well, but…
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Kentucky: Christian County Clerk in Jail for Civil Disobedience

    Dr. D
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A county clerk in Kentucky was jailed for refusing to issue licenses for same- sex marriages. Here’s the story from USA Today: Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, whom U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning has placed in the custody of U.S. marshals ready to take her to Boyd County jail, said through her lawyers that she will not authorize any of her employees to issue licenses in her absence. "My conscience will not allow it," Davis said earlier to Bunning. "God’s moral law convicts me and conflicts with my duties."  … Kim Davis’ lawyers called into…
  • -Oregon Bakers Send Out Free Cakes to LGBT Groups

    Dr. D
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    (Image by: Melissa Klein) The Oregon Bakers, who were fined $135,000 for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, have sent out some free cakes to LGBT groups around the country. The Christian couple,  Aaron and Melissa Klein, sold cakes to everyone in the past but did not want to participate in a same-sex wedding since it was contrary to their religious beliefs. In this case they are trying to reach out and show some love to LGBT groups and received mixed reactions in the process. Some were happy to get the free cakes and saw it as a opportunity for dialogue, others were…
  • -Mississippi: Half Time Civil Disobedience Against Federal Judge

    Dr. D
    24 Aug 2015 | 9:54 pm
    During half time at a high school game in Mississippi, hundreds of fans stood up and sang ‘How Great Thou Art’ as a response to a federal court order that had blocked the band from performing their half time show that included the classic hymn that has been a popular hit several time over by a number of different artists. Here’s the story from Todd Starnes: There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered off the field because the Christian hymn “How Great Thou Art” was a part…
  • -Should Christians Continue to Say ‘God Bless America’ Anyway?

    Dr. D
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
         GOD BLESS AMERICA Some Christian leaders are saying that God’s judgment may some come upon America or at least the protective hedge around the country may soon be lifted if it already hasn’t been. In the midst of the current changes going on in our country many are claiming that it is inappropriate to continue to call for God to bless America or use the popular phrase- ‘God Bless America’ anymore. For a long time a lot of secular folks have been uncomfortable with the use of that call for entirely different reasons. I continue to support its use because for me…
  • -Divorce: Americans Have a Different View Than Pastors

    Dr. D
    17 Aug 2015 | 9:22 pm
    Lifeway conducted a survey of the attitudes of Americans toward divorce. The data demonstrated that there is quite a contrast between the general culture and Protestant pastors on the issue. Here’s the story from One News Now: LifeWay Research conducted separate surveys of 1,000 Americans and 1,000 Protestant pastors. Respondents were present five different scenarios, then asked if divorce was a sin. One scenario was if a couple no longer loved each other; the remaining were when a wrong was committed: adultery, addiction to pornography, abuse, and abandonment. The survey results indicate…
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    Trevin Wax

  • Don’t Let The Media Control Your Experience of Election 2016

    Trevin Wax
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:10 pm
    If you’re already feeling woozy from the roller coaster ride of Election 2016, you’re not alone. This ride has featured early twists and turns, highs and lows, and yet - as the Carpenters once sang – “we’ve only just begun.” I have friends who get worked up about politics. They are constantly checking on their favorite candidates, sneaking peeks at the latest polls, and promoting their candidates’ interviews with cable news hosts. I have other friends who don’t want to talk about the election season until a couple months…
  • Why Hillary Clinton Was Wrong to Compare Pro-Life Advocates to Terrorists

    Trevin Wax
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:05 pm
    From my latest article at RNS: If you believe in human rights for all, including the unborn, you “don’t want to live in the modern world.” Your position is “extreme” — something we’d expect from “terrorist groups.” That’s what Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said last week at a speech in Cleveland where she blasted “out of date, out of touch policies” on abortion. We’re going forward, she said. Not backwards. Here are four reasons Clinton should apologize for such inflammatory rhetoric.
  • 3 Reasons We Get Scared of the Holy Spirit

    Trevin Wax
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    In some circles, talking too much about the Holy Spirit might cause people to question your doctrinal credentials. We’re scared to go too deep in our experience of the Spirit’s presence and power because we’ve seen other people go to extremes. There are several reasons for caution. 1. We see the danger of seeking the Spirit apart from God’s Word. First, seeking an experience with the Spirit apart from God’s Word leads people into dangerous territory. They listen for voices in their hearts or seek “signs” from God in the heavens. They always seem to be…
  • Trevin’s Seven

    Trevin Wax
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal: The Hidden Smile of God: The Fruit of Affliction in the Lives of John Bunyan, William Cowper , and David Brainerd by John Piper. $3.99. Here are seven of the best articles that I came across this week: 1. Tim Keller – “Here I Stand”: Elsa (from Frozen’s “Let It Go”) vs. Luther (from the Diet of Worms). I’m a big fan of Frozen, even while I scratch my head at the popularity of “Let It Go” (see my article on the movie and song here). I’m an even bigger fan of Tim Keller’s books,…
  • The Mark of Christianity That is Disappearing from Our Worship

    Trevin Wax
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:10 pm
    It is puzzling to see one of the defining marks of a Christian’s identity quietly disappear from a church’s worship. I’m speaking, of course, about confession – a time when the church comes together as a repentant people, and asks God to forgive and cleanse, to renew and restore, to inflame our cold hearts and fill us with overflowing love. Confession is one of the defining marks of a Christian because it is linked to repentance and faith. When we confess our sins to God, we are agreeing with God that our sin is something that needs to be forgiven. We are recognizing…
 
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    EverydayChristianFamily.com

  • It’s Only Halftime!

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    30 Aug 2015 | 6:54 pm
    This It’s only Halftime video is meant to help you know and understand how valuable a person you are. It is meant to help you succeed in all you do, as well as have a happy life.     This Video is number 2 in the series. For number 1 click here For a slightly different text version click here   The post It’s Only Halftime! appeared first on EverydayChristianFamily.com.
  • Why You Should Protect Your Honor?

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

    Jim
    18 Jan 2015 | 3:44 am
    Photo by Fried Dough Perfect Answers can Make No Common Sense, but IF You Trust and Follow God Completely, You will Witness Miracles! Frequently we hear of those who face impossibilities – dire situations with seemingly grave consequences! I used to have a boss who called them “Insurmountable Opportunities!” Just look at these Insurmountable Opportunities and their outcome! A- Need to capture a fortified city without many weapons? God’s Instructions: Have your people stomp around the city 13 times and then yell! (The Israelites in Joshua 6) ”Makes no sense,” but . . . they…
  • Follow God! His Plan Always Works!

    Jim
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Need Advice – Not Opinion? Don’t Phone a Friend! Many are in trouble/confused, want direction for their lives or just need solid counsel! Whom should they turn? Often they ask friends, relatives and acquaintances, getting opinions. Then they guess or do nothing. Result? They get buffeted by circumstances. GOOD NEWS! There is someone who always has the right answer and delights in helping. The answer may not make sense, but if you follow His direction, it will arrive in time and you’ll learn it was right and exactly tailor-made for you! Impossible Problems Solved by Perfect…
  • Koran Scholarly Research Findings

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

  • What I Learned in August – Monthly Musings

    Jean Wise
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:01 am
    Several blogger friends post a summary of what they learned each month. Emily Freeman originated the idea and I love reading different people’s lists – always full of tidbits of wisdom, innovative ideas, and resources. My blogger friend, Dolly, does this also. Emily writes on her blog: “I’m a firm believer in the importance of looking back before we move forward.” And I certainly agree with her. This simple practice has helped me live a more reflective life and to capture those moments/tips/words of wisdom that mean so much to me, but too often I forget in the daily busyness. This…
  • Back to School We Go – Lifelong Learning

    Jean Wise
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    September always reminds me of going back to school. I love to learn and this time of year I search out for new tidbits of information or new tools or techniques to stimulate my mind. What can I learn this year? On a side note: September floods my mind with childhood memories of getting new clothes and pens and pencils and paper and all those goodies. As a mom, I loved taking each child on a one to one date where we shopped for clothes and pens and pencils and paper and all those goodies. Now as a writer, September lures me to shopping once again. Funny how the calendar tempts me to buy, buy,…
  • Surprises! Insights! Affirmations! Oh My! – 2015 Readers Survey Results

    Jean Wise
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to all of you who took the time to fill out my little survey from a few weeks ago. As I read and summarized it, I found surprises, insights and affirmations. Your kind comments warmed and encouraged my heart and your honest sharing fostered a deepening connection and compassion for all of you. Again thank you. What did I discover? Affirmations: Most of you like when I post twice a week – just the right amount of time. I reduced the number of posts a few years ago from four to two and wondered how you liked it. I haven’t lost as many email list subscribers that way. People just get…
  • What’s in Your Spiritual Toolbox?

    Jean Wise
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    What’s in your spiritual toolbox? We all have them – the go-to tried and true ways we come to God and those little someday I may try that ideas. I like the concept of a toolbox. Now I do believe God is with us all the time and there is nothing we can really “do” to evoke his presence. He is the pursuer of our hearts and surrounds us and lives within no matter what we do. Yet often we can’t hear him, experience him, find his comfort and wisdom. Like the out of control, full melt-down toddler sometimes we need something to cuddle with our worn out blankie or much loved, one-eyed…
  • What is the Most Important Invention Ever Discovered?

    Jean Wise
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    What is the most important invention ever discovered? I read the other day one answer to this intriguing idea is this: The QUESTION. I think there is some validity to pondering the process of asking questions in our lives, our faith, and our thinking. The question is a priceless tool for growth. Even God uses questions: But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3: 9 Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7 Jesus … asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” … He asked them, “But…
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  • Church Leadership – RN10 Podcast

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Here’s a podcast Pastor Shyju did after his travel back from the UAE. There were a lot of questions related to leadership that were raised by young leaders from different places who had gathered at the Tent of Meeting in UAE. The topics, we thought, would be a blessing to some of you as well, who are at leadership levels in the church or outside at varying capacities.Here are some of the main pointers and questions addressed in the podcast:1) Why is it necessary to raise leaders and delegate responsibilities? 2) Do people have to be skilled to be part of a team? 3) How different is it…
  • Growth amidst persecution in Syria; Captives freed; Mother forced into Islamic Marriage and more

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:28 am
    Hundreds of Syrian Christians flee Islamic State The head of the Christian Assyrian Network for Human Rights in Syria says hundreds of families have fled the advance of Islamic State fighters. Osama Edward says many Christians around the central Syrian town of Sadad fear that like Yazidis in Iraq and other Christians in Islamic State-controlled territory they could be forced to choose between fleeing, converting to Islam or facing death. Activists said the Islamic State group abducted 230 residents, including dozens of Christians, from the nearby town of Qaryatain in recent days. Activists…
  • Watch Out: 6 Areas of Attack on the Mind

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    As children of God, one of the biggest battles that we face is not in reality, but in our minds. The enemy often uses words or thoughts to make a situation look very real in our minds even when it isn’t. That’s why the Word of God is so clear in asking us to renew our minds.Here are 6 areas of attack on the mind that you need to watch out for:1. IntimidationThis is the first attack of the enemy. I call it the ‘Goliath syndrome‘. The devil will try very hard to make you feel small by using words, actions, shouting, screaming etc in order to intimidate you. As seen in…
  • Walking & Praying in the Spirit – RN09 Podcast

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Welcome to Revive Nations Podcast!I was very excited to be able to do this podcast from UAE with two of my leaders, Pastor Priji Varghese and Evng Hari Rao. We were planning for the Tent of Meeting in UAE and we jumped in on the opportunity to answer this question on how to walk in the spirit/how to pray in the Spirit. I hope you enjoy and share it with friends.Many of our friends have asked this question on how to walk in the spirit/how to pray in the spirit. Do listen to the discussion on this topic below:What does it mean to walk in the spirit?What does it mean to be driven by the Holy…
  • Persecutions in Nigeria, Niger, USA; Jewish Man Helps Christians Against ISIS; and more…

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    Pastor Saeed Abedini’s Release Not Part Of Iran Deal The release of imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini was not secured as part of the nuclear deal agreed between Iran and six major world powers including the US, his wife has confirmed. Naghmeh Abedini, who has campaigned relentlessly for her husband’s release since his arrest in 2012, has issued a statement urging the Obama Administration to reconsider. Click here to read the rest of the story.Christian Students Rejected And Expelled From College For Their Faith Brandon Jenkins and Dustin Buxton, two US students, were denied admission to…
 
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    Will Johnston | Life, Faith & Leadership

  • Five Things I Learned While Touring Frederick Douglass’ House

    Will Johnston
    29 Aug 2015 | 9:36 am
    I'll be honest, before touring Fredrick Douglass' house as part of my #dcfarewelltour, I didn't know a lot about the man.  He was quite an incredible and successful individual who accomplished more than most of us would in two lifetimes. Here are five interesting facts that I learned: Frederick Douglass had no formal education and not only taught himself to read and write, he later learned French and German. As an escaped slave Frederick Douglass was chased by US Marshalls.  He later became the first black US Marshall. Anacostia, the iconic African-American community in Washington DC…
  • A Farewell Tour

    Will Johnston
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    2015 is the year of no regrets. For a couple of years Rachel and I have been thinking and praying about moving to California to be closer to family and because... well... it's California.  In January we realized that if we didn't want to wake up in ten years saying, "I wish we would have..." we needed to just do it, so Rachel started work in Orange County a few weeks ago, and I'm joining her in October. I've done and experienced a lot of what DC has to offer in the decade that I've lived here.  I've had the privilege of rolling a few frames in the Truman Bowling Alley, had the Speaker of…
  • 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…
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    Writer of Pop

  • First Airing of “Search for Tomorrow”

    Jeffrey Totey
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    September 3, 1951The American daytime TV show Search for Tomorrow began its long run on this day in 1951 on CBS. The show’s intimal sponsors were Proctor & Gamble’s “Joy” and “Spic and Span”... Read more!
  • Paula Dean and Gary Busey Join Dancing With the Stars

    Jeffrey Totey
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    (R-L) Paula Deen, Tamar Braxton, Alex Skarlatos, Hayes Greer, Bindi Irwin, Chaka Khan, Kim Zolciak, Carolos Penavega, Alexa Penavega, Victor Expinoza (ABC/Ida Mae Astute)For the last few weeks,... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: How "Inside Out" Should Have Ended

    Jeffrey Totey
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:59 am
    I know that I'm the minority, but I think I would have liked this version better. Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Keanu Reeves is Born

    Jeffrey Totey
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    September 2, 1964 Keanu Charles Reeves, who was born on this day in 1964, has led a pretty crazy life so far. His father left him and his mother when Reeves was just three years old. His mother... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Keith Urban - "John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16"

    Jeffrey Totey
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In Keith Urban's new video, he sings about three important things in his life: John Cougar, John Deere and John 3:16. Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
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    Redeeming God

  • 5 Awesome Photos of God’s Creation and 1 Awesome Announcement

    Jeremy Myers
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    I love seeing the beauty of God’s creation. Here are five images I recently found which I thought were spectacular.Read on to hear an exciting announcement as well!5 Awesome Pictures of CreationMy Exciting AnnouncementHere is my exciting announcement: I am launching a podcast soon!I plan to launch it in mid-September, so stay tuned!A podcast is something I have wanted to do for a very long time. I used to have a podcast when I was a pastor, and lots of people really enjoyed it, but I pretty much ignored it for the past 10 years or so, and it is now time to relaunch it.More details will…
  • Peter as the Prophetic History of the Church

    Jeremy Myers
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    In Matthew 16, Jesus asks His disciples who they thought He was. It was Peter who answered that Jesus was the Christ, the Son of the living God (Matt 16:16). As a result, Jesus said this:I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church (Matt 16:18).Of course, in the very next paragraph, Jesus was calling Peter “Satan” and telling Peter that he knew nothing about why Jesus had come or what He was doing (Matt 16:23).I think that this little exchange in Matthew 16 perfectly describes the history of the church.The church is like Peter. We know who Jesus…
  • These 11 verses turn Christians into Atheists. How do you explain them?

    Jeremy Myers
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    I was recently having a discussion with an atheist who had grown up in a Christian family and had gone to church for the first twenty years of her life. But she became an atheist in her 20s.When I asked her why she became an atheist, she said, “I started reading the Bible.”We Christians often tell people that if they would only read the Bible, they would come to see that God is real and that He loves them. We hear testimony after testimony about how drug addicts and hookers were considering suicide but somehow got a Bible and started reading it and ended up giving their life to…
  • 5 Ways Christians Worship and Glorify Satan

    Jeremy Myers
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    Was that blog post title too provocative?Here is something even more provocative: There is much in Christianity that is Satanic.In fact, many elements of Christianity might make it the most Satanic religion on earth.If you are already offended by this post, you may simply want to stop reading here. But if you keep reading, you will learn five ways that Christians worship and glorify Satan, and these five areas strike at the heart of much of what goes by “Christianity” today.1. We Give Credit to SatanChristians often say that one of Satan’s biggest deceptions is convincing…
  • Preaching Against False Doctrines

    Jeremy Myers
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Please share this post with others!The post Preaching Against False Doctrines appeared first on Redeeming God.
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • What I Learned in August – Monthly Musings

    Jean Wise
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:01 am
    Several blogger friends post a summary of what they learned each month. Emily Freeman originated the idea and I love reading different people’s lists – always full of tidbits of wisdom, innovative ideas, and resources. My blogger friend, Dolly, does this also. Emily writes on her blog: “I’m a firm believer in the importance of looking back before we move forward.” And I certainly agree with her. This simple practice has helped me live a more reflective life and to capture those moments/tips/words of wisdom that mean so much to me, but too often I forget in the daily busyness. This…
  • Back to School We Go – Lifelong Learning

    Jean Wise
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    September always reminds me of going back to school. I love to learn and this time of year I search out for new tidbits of information or new tools or techniques to stimulate my mind. What can I learn this year? On a side note: September floods my mind with childhood memories of getting new clothes and pens and pencils and paper and all those goodies. As a mom, I loved taking each child on a one to one date where we shopped for clothes and pens and pencils and paper and all those goodies. Now as a writer, September lures me to shopping once again. Funny how the calendar tempts me to buy, buy,…
  • Surprises! Insights! Affirmations! Oh My! – 2015 Readers Survey Results

    Jean Wise
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Thanks to all of you who took the time to fill out my little survey from a few weeks ago. As I read and summarized it, I found surprises, insights and affirmations. Your kind comments warmed and encouraged my heart and your honest sharing fostered a deepening connection and compassion for all of you. Again thank you. What did I discover? Affirmations: Most of you like when I post twice a week – just the right amount of time. I reduced the number of posts a few years ago from four to two and wondered how you liked it. I haven’t lost as many email list subscribers that way. People just get…
  • What’s in Your Spiritual Toolbox?

    Jean Wise
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    What’s in your spiritual toolbox? We all have them – the go-to tried and true ways we come to God and those little someday I may try that ideas. I like the concept of a toolbox. Now I do believe God is with us all the time and there is nothing we can really “do” to evoke his presence. He is the pursuer of our hearts and surrounds us and lives within no matter what we do. Yet often we can’t hear him, experience him, find his comfort and wisdom. Like the out of control, full melt-down toddler sometimes we need something to cuddle with our worn out blankie or much loved, one-eyed…
  • What is the Most Important Invention Ever Discovered?

    Jean Wise
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    What is the most important invention ever discovered? I read the other day one answer to this intriguing idea is this: The QUESTION. I think there is some validity to pondering the process of asking questions in our lives, our faith, and our thinking. The question is a priceless tool for growth. Even God uses questions: But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?” Genesis 3: 9 Where can I go from your Spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7 Jesus … asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” … He asked them, “But…
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  • How to Live Out of Faith

    Kevin Shorter
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:18 pm
    Navigating Chinese Markets When I first moved to China, I heard about how locals would try to take advantage of our lack of knowledge about the culture and pricing. Expats would talk about the foreigner pricing, which was much higher than the locals. Therefore every time I went to the market to buy my family’s groceries, I would be on edge expecting the need to fight the system. The longer I have been here the less I feel this tension. Some of it could be a greater awareness of the culture and how things should be priced. However I have also found that as I have continued to go back…
  • How to Live in the Will of God

    Kevin Shorter
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:02 pm
    What is God’s Will? As Christians there is nothing more important than finding out the will of God for your life. Before the creation of the world, He knew you and had a plan for you (Psalm 139:16 & Jeremiah 1:5). His plan is to bring more of His kingdom into this world. He wants to release more life, more hope, and more light into a world full of people living in darkness, despair, and death. There is a specific way you are to bring this into the world. The first step is to read your Bible, find out what it says, and then do it. There are general principles we should all follow.
  • Do We Know Who God Is?

    Kevin Shorter
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    We Don’t Know Who God Is Most of our problems with prayer boil down to not knowing who God is. If we really knew His love for us and how much He wants to give to us, we would have no problem making time with Him. This is not to put guilt on anyone who feels they are not praying enough, but to create an desire in each of us to figure out who He really is. We Judge People Based on What We See I attended a men’s group for a few years that was run by a man that came across to many as being self-absorbed and egotistical. All his statements were definitive and at times offensive. He…
  • Is God Trying to Make Life Harder?

    Kevin Shorter
    11 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    image courtesy of Canva Is God Trying to Make Life Harder? But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. – Matthew 5:28 When we talk about the rules of the Old Testament and freedom found in the New Testament, we often overlook certain statements of Jesus. If you call someone a fool, you are in danger of hell (Matthew 5:22). We are so happy with our freedom that we gloss of these statements, that is, until they become useful to us. Like when a wife says she is free to divorce if her husband looks at pornography because…
  • Ask and Answer Questions About Prayer

    Kevin Shorter
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:29 am
    After six years of running the prayer coach blog, we have had many questions about prayer through the comments, contact us page, and Facebook. While we have done our best to thoughtfully answer these questions, it is time to tap into the wisdom of the community. In order to connect all of our wise readers into one place, we have formed a closed Facebook group where we can share questions and grow from one another’s insight. We will start the group by adding questions from our end once or twice a week. Group members can add their own questions about prayer to the group as well. A Few…
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  • Popular radio host reveals a lifetime of pain in new book

    Gina Adams
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:38 am
    Popular radio show host Shellie Nichol has released her first book entitledDestination: Hope –A Guide Through Life’s Unexpected Journeys (Clovercroft Publishing/STL Distribution). Nichol opens up about the most difficult moments of her life including being physically and mentally abused as a child, molested, bullied, going through two divorces, fighting cervical cancer, losing a child, suffering from an eating disorder, experiencing debilitating panic and anxiety, ADD, OCD, and a doctor pronouncing a death sentence for her first-born child. But though the trials have at times felt…
  • New Fiction Novel Inspired by Modern-Day Miracle

    Gina Adams
    20 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Pastor, counselor and author Bruce S. Campbell has penned a new novel that was inspired by a modern-day miracle. Releasing in September,The Beginning: Prelude to the Apocalypse (Carpenter’s Son Publishing/STL Distribution) came about after Campbell’s church had begun a season of miraculous healings. “I was the pastor of a church and we had a woman who was dying of cancer,” says Campbell, who received his Master’s Degree in Divinity from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. “The doctors had given her little hope and basically, sent her home to die. We laid hands on…
  • Proceeds of sales of new Christian fiction novel will help victims of human trafficking in U.S. and overseas

    Gina Adams
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:16 pm
    Author Ryan Mix in IraqRossling Publishers has announced that a portion of proceeds of sales of the new fiction novel, The Academy will help fight human trafficking both here in the states and abroad.  Co-author Ryan Mix just returned from Iraq where he served as videographer for an upcoming documentary on the human trafficking that is being conducted by ISIS, which is now the largest buyer and seller of human beings in the world.  “My trip to Iraq was an eye-opening experience about the devastation human beings can inflict on one another,” says Mix. “We traveled…
  • HALL OF FAME SINGER TALKS ABOUT HIS STELLAR CAREER AND FUTURE PLANS ON SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW

    Gina Adams
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    CCM Classic Radio show host Christopher Yates (L) with LarnelleHall of Fame vocalist and five-time Grammy winner Larnelle Harris will be featured on “Retro Spotlight” show on CCM Classic Radio beginning on Tuesday, July 21st. The show will be repeated at least three times daily through Saturday, July 25th. The CCM Classic Radio Show honors the greats of contemporary Christian music. Each show features the music of a single artist, the stories behind their songs and the life-lessons learned from the artist's own personal perspective. Show host Christopher Yates…
  • Publisher’s pre-sales of new novel making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate

    Gina Adams
    14 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Pelican Book Group donates enough proceeds to Food for the Poor to pay for clean water pump for poor community, food and educationEven before it releases in August, the new fiction book from Pelican Book Group entitledSummer’s Flame, has already made its mark internationally. Pelican is donating proceeds from the sale of the new novel to Food for the Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States which serves the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.  Through pre-sales alone of Summer’s…
 
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  • Dinner with a Beheaded

    Sean
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:39 am
    “It’s not everyday that you get your head chopped off.” Author’s Note: If you’d like the context behind this story, read Galatians 2:11 I looked at his lips as he spoke and wondered as to how many words have been spoken by them. How many lives have been changed. And yet he’s here. And we’re having dinner. “I clearly remember the days leading to my beheading.” He looked upwards as if to reminisce. He was a short man with a lean build. You’ll never realize who he really is until he tells you. “In any case Paul, can you tell…
  • How I Learned to Man Up, Pursue and Love

    Sean
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    “Weird”. “Ego-centric”. “Gay”. “Piggy”. “Stupid”. Those are some of the words that I would hear about myself. Thrown at me by different people – mostly in my young years in school. Admittedly, I wasn’t the most charming kid and I really didn’t know any better. Looking back, I realize that those words are deep wounds in my soul that I’ve carried with me since then. How can a guy haunted by a past like that possibly grow to become a man? To pursue the woman of his dreams? To love? The Scorching Truth…
  • She’s the One

    Sean
    12 May 2015 | 11:49 pm
    When you see the gleam in her eyes for the first time The charm in her voice The grace of her smile When you see how she moves and whispers You are captivated When you see the kindness she shows to people you usually don’t Or how she thinks of others to the point of losing herself The love she gives to the world And her desire to live and nurture You are captivated When you hear her say “I do” the moment she gave herself to you The beginning of forever The start of a journey When you hold her in your arms as if it was for the first time You are captivated When you see her go…
  • Division of Churches and Gray Areas

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

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

    Kathy
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:09 am
    “Freshwater makes up a very small fraction of all water on the planet. While nearly 70 percent of the world is covered by water, only 2.5 percent of it is fresh. The rest is saline and ocean-based. Even then, just 1 percent of our freshwater is easily accessible, with much of it trapped in glaciers and snowfields. In essence, only 0.007 percent of the planet’s water is available to fuel and feed its 6.8 billion people.” http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/freshwater-crisis/ Water is a basic human need, necessary for life. But not just any water, clean…
  • How to Party by the Pond to celebrate joy

    Ryan
    18 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    Party by the Pond is more than an event. It is an expression of our love for our work. It is an expression of our love for those who invest to make our work possible, and our love for the children and churches we serve. I really would love as many of you to be there as possible because it is going to be epic! Party by the Pond on Saturday, September 12th at 5pm will be an experience you don’t want to miss. Tickets are $30/person. Sponsoring the event is $365, for which you’ll receive 8 tickets to pass out to friends. For 5+ months, our team has been planning and considering how to…
  • PART 2: What I’ve learned from listening to mothers

    Ryan
    6 Aug 2015 | 11:26 am
    Yesterday, I took a look at the importance of listening. Today, here are some of the things we’ve learned from doing so. Hopelessness is often found rooted people feeling they are alone without a champion. It is not the absence of material goods. You and I have the opportunity through ministries like Forgotten Voices to help lift tired arms of those willing to care for children, but lack the resources to do so. In doing so, we equip those willing and able to listen with the material needs to respond. Hopelessness only prevails in orphan care when we fail to listen to God and those in…
  • PART 1: On listening well to mothers who are hurting

    Ryan
    5 Aug 2015 | 11:53 am
    At Forgotten Voices, we’re on the front lines of wrestling through the realities of unwanted children, vulnerable children whose parents want nothing more than to live a bit longer, and children people graciously and lovingly take in – though they can’t afford to do so. In thinking about the lessons we’ve learned, perhaps our partners in Africa have some insights that may be helpful as we strive to listen and learn well to women who feel abortion is their only real option. PART 1: I’ve dedicated my life to serving and protecting vulnerable children. Along the…
  • Last call for this fiscal year

    ForgottenVoices
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:56 pm
    With the coming of August we enter the final month of our fiscal year. Many of you have been generous to our work over the past several months and for that we want to pass on a huge thank you! Your faithfulness has empowered and encouraged our brothers and sisters in Africa to continue faithful caring for children in their communities. As we look to close out this fiscal year strongly, we are still waiting on decisions from some of our donors that can make the difference to help us reach our goals.  Every gift is important and if you have been thinking about giving now would be a great…
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  • The way my career was meant to go…

    Adin Walls
    12 Aug 2015 | 3:55 am
    In about 2008 I started learning Joomla. Joomla is a free website building platform. My plan was to build an online classifieds website. But I failed, here’s why: Firstly, let me point out that in hindsight, my idea was poised to make a great deal of money had I persevered for 5 to 10 years. […]
  • Coming out my closet…

    Adin Walls
    18 Jul 2015 | 10:59 pm
    I did a sort of “coming out the closet” recently on Facebook. As many people know, I have been part and parcel of the evangelical church movement for the biggest portion of my life. Since leaving formal church gatherings, however, I have been sitting the fence, as far as my beliefs are concerned. Which, in […]
  • The plights of a South African creative

    Adin Walls
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:20 am
    I have positioned myself as a creative liaison – leveraging my creativity alongside others’ technical and creative skills to produce products and services. I also live in South Africa. The gem of Africa. My notes here could very quickly get intensely negative and depressing. But I will focus on objectivity. In recent times I have […]
  • It’s official, Apple users are d-bags

    Adin Walls
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:29 am
    You all know I am a huge Apple fan. I pretty much run my life on Apple products – my business, my live gigs, my home studio and my mobile devices. I love the seamless flow between all the products, and their onboard software is incredible. But somewhere along the line the people that use […]
  • This isn’t a dog

    Adin Walls
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    I get pretty soppy in my music. That’s because I’m a soppy guy. I’m pretty sure today’s happenings will result in yet another soppy song. Today Peter died. Peter was a Labrador. But he was not a dog. Peter was found in some god-forsaken place, malnourished, hair falling out, paws worn away and on death’s […]
 
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  • The Nature of Suffering

    Ruminate Magazine
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    By Gerard Maglio 1999. A new play is opening on Broadway called Shadowlands. The play is based on the life of C.S. Lewis. Lewis was known as a great writer of science fiction [and fantasy], but he also wrote about God and heaven and suffering as the price of admission to that next world. His ideas about suffering are connected, for me, to the life and work of Michelangelo. Michelangelo is remembered best for his frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, but the chapel was a commission forced on him by Pope Julius II. Michelangelo felt that work on the chapel only kept him from his real…
  • Woman in a Bathtub, or On Contemplation

    April Schmidt
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    After a lonely, trying day, a girl has to be allowed some indulgence. Something markedly unproductive. Something she does just for herself. I visit my European boyfriends. They live together and I try to get to their place once or twice a month. We hang out. Sometimes I take notes while they talk to each other. Sometimes I do my own thing. Sometimes I get cozy with one of them and we exchange intimacies. I never leave disappointed. Last time, I sidled up to Degas and, though he was describing another woman, he sculpted such a beautiful image I couldn’t manage jealousy. She lay back in a…
  • Harvesting Eden

    Judith Deem Dupree
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Today I stewed up a vat of plums gathered from the arching boughs of our two trees out back. Tomorrow is Jam Day, a sticky-messy sauna of stirring and puree-ing and sprinkling in the magic of sugar and pectin. Then . . . oh, tasting the fruit of my labor! On homemade bread, I insist. Only that will do. The bread has been waiting, frozen, for this first sweet moment. We planted our small orchard―a plum, two apples, a pear, a cherry―nearly a quarter century ago. My original vision didn’t extend beyond the thought of these now-weighted branches. Of picking as if I were a child turned…
  • Hunger for the Absolute: Review of Metaphysical Dog, by Frank Bidart

    Ruminate Magazine
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Review by Aaron Brown One more poem, one more book in which you figure out how to  make something out of not knowing enough. (“Writing ‘Ellen West’”) Frank Bidart’s Metaphysical Dog (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013) is a dialogue with the poet himself—a reflective exercise of a human being searching for the truth. It is a search that is rich in its depth, painful in its honesty, as Bidart looks back over a prolific life. His search for truth lies somewhere in what he calls a “hunger for the absolute,” a liminal state between the fleshly and the spiritual (“Elegy for…
  • Review of Come Landfall, by Roy Hoffman

    Ruminate Magazine
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:32 pm
    Review by Robert A. Parker This is a heartfelt and beautiful novel whose situation was inspired by a painful memory in the author’s family history. But this is a novel, and when the author’s imagination has to create an ending for that historic past, the work becomes less successful. Come Landfall’s (University of Alabama Press, 2014) three interwoven love stories work well together. First, there is the main love story of Angela and Frank. Then there is the story of Angela’s grandmother, Nana, and her lost love, Rosey. And finally, there is the story of the Vietnamese Cam and of Joe,…
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  • By Faith with Frank Shelton: Episode 12

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:31 pm
    My Friend Fran Shelton interviews Joe Deloach, and  discusses the difference between going for gold and going for God in episode 12 of By Faith. 
  • Faithbox Encourages Spiritual Growth and Philanthropy through Monthly Subscription

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:41 am
    Company delivers eco-friendly products that are ‘good for the soul’ NEW YORK, Sept. 2, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Carving out a niche in the recent subscription box trend, Faithbox is encouraging Christians in their daily walk with spiritually and ethically focused contents, curated specifically for the faith-minded consumer. After a soft launch late last year, Faithbox has already shipped more than 10,000 boxes to customers. Each box includes a daily devotional book with reflections, Bible verses or suggestions for acts of kindness. Faithbox partners with quality…
  • God is Love

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:22 am
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield Editor, FaithInspires.Org One of the nicest things that my wife ever said about me was when she told our oldest grandson, “Papa loves everybody.” I was touched by the comment because it told me how much my wife could see the nature of God in me. The nature of God is rarely so simply yet completely explained than in 1 John 4:8 “ He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” So God is love. God is love in its purest, strongest form. God’s love is so pure and strong, and so intertwined that we as mortal humans can barely comprehend it. A.W.
  • Researcher Claims Discovery of ‘Jesus in the Stars’

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Aug. 31, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Forget the grilled cheese sandwich or the tree bark bearing the likeness of Jesus of Nazareth, a historical researcher claims to have discovered what appears to be a representation of the crucifixion “in the stars” on the day he is believed to have died. In an illustration (hi-res version available on request) released today to the public, the planets Saturn, Uranus, Jupiter, Earth and Venus align on an orrery model to form what looks like Jesus on the cross with the head, the hands spread out and the legs together in…
  • Hume Lake Christian Camps Assesses Fire Impact

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:42 pm
    HUME, Calif., Aug. 27, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Residents of Hume Lake have begun to make their way home and are starting to assess the impact the Rough Fire continues to have in the region. One side of Hwy 180 is charred and burnt to the ground, while the other side still has the amazing trees for which the Sequoia National Forest is famous. Ash continues to fall on the camp property and buildings will need to be treated for smoke damage. The lake for which the camp is named, which was already very low due to the drought, continues to lower each day from the fire fighting…
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  • How Faith Transformed a 17th-Century Scottish Pastor

    Steve Fuller
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    Sorrowful and Disconsolate James Fraser was a pastor in Scotland in the late 1600’s. But in his diary he wrote that for a long time he had been sorrowful and disconsolate because he had no peace, joy, or rest in the Lord. This was not because he neglected his spiritual life. No, he regularly pursued spiritual disciplines of confessing his sin, and diligently praying and reading God’s word. But still, he felt far from God. “You Turned Not to Me” But one day he read Haggai 2:17 where God says: “Yet you turned not to me.”  And it struck him that even…
  • J. I. Packer on the Promises of God

    Steve Fuller
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Promises of God A few weeks ago I was deeply encouraged when a young woman in our church sent me the following quote from J. I. Packer. In this quote he gives a passionate plea that we return to the age-old practice of strengthening our faith by praying over God’s promises. What He Said “In the days when the Bible was universally acknowledged in the churches as “God’s Word written,” it was clearly understood that the promises of God recorded in Scripture were the proper, God-given basis for all our life of faith, and that the way to strengthen one’s…
  • How to Guard Your Heart

    Steve Fuller
    15 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Guard Your Heart This morning I met with some men who are committed to strengthening each other’s faith in Christ. We talked about how important it is to guard our hearts, based on Proverbs 4:23 – Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life. (NIV) Here is how the ESV translates it — Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. Here is what we saw from this verse — See the Importance of Your Heart The heart is crucial because it is the wellspring of life, which means that everything you are and do flows from the heart.
  • J. C. Ryle on God’s Promises

    Steve Fuller
    8 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    God’s Promises Last night I was thumbing through John Piper’s Future Grace: The Purifying Power of the Promises of God when I stumbled upon a quote from J. C. Ryle about God’s promises. Who was J. C. Ryle?  He was an influential pastor in England in the 1800s. Martyn Lloyd-Jones described him as a “famous, outstanding, and beloved … champion and exponent of the evangelical and reformed faith” (from the Forward to J. C. Ryle, Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, South Carolina: The Attic Press, 1977, orig. 1883). What J. C. Ryle…
  • More Abu Dhabi Sermons

    Steve Fuller
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    More Abu Dhabi Sermons Some of you have asked if any more of my Abu Dhabi preaching is available online. So here are links to the sermons I have preached since June 12th.  I pray that the Lord will use them to encourage you. (Click the blue, underlined words, and then when the web page comes up click the little triangle.  You will then be able to listen to the audio.) How God Can Be Good When He Allows Trials (Psalm 119:65-72) This is a question we must ask, and answer, if we are to keep strong during trials. The Cause of Quarrels (James 4:1-10) Quarrels show that our hearts are in…
 
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • Might as well be a Tom-Boy!

    Tori Shaw
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:06 pm
    In the past few weeks I think my boys have been fishing 5 or 6 times! "Why do they fish so often?" you ask. Well, all we have to do is walk outside! I never knew living beside a pond could be so much... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Faith and Family

    Tori Shaw
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:47 pm
    You might not be able to tell what this a picture of so let me explain it. That is the inside of my Bible Bag. When I opened it today at church and I reached in I found a toy knife laying inside of... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Selfless Love...what's that?

    Tori Shaw
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:13 am
    Now and then I have something that I just can't get off of my mind. I'll think and think until finally I'm about to burst. Lately, I've been thinking a lot about selfless love. What does that really... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Science Lessons and Trips to the Library

    Tori Shaw
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:17 pm
    We did some fun activities today as part of our school work. The boys enjoyed science time! We learned all about fossils and how important they are to help us learn about the history of the world. We... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • I'm beautiful! (is it even ok for me to say that?)

    Tori Shaw
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:24 pm
    "The King is enthralled by your beauty, honor Him, for He is your Lord."  Psalm 45:11 Have you ever read that verse before? I read it before but it wasn't until the past few days that I really... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
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  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:51 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

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:51 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?

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:51 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

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:51 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

    3 Sep 2015 | 4:51 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

  • Discovering Christ’s Love in the Pages of The Action Bible

    Craig
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:14 am
    Mamathe Children’s Home has been providing love and care to orphans in India since 2004—orphans like Ishka, who has lived there since her mom dropped her off at age two. Even though she is now thirteen, she still struggles with feelings of abandonment. She says, “The hardest part of being an orphan is trying to remember how everything happened… struggling to remember people and incidents, figuring out what was real or my imagination. I was too young. I sit up at night sometimes trying to put the pieces together, but it’s like putting together a puzzle without the picture on the…
  • A God-Sized Opportunity

    Craig
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    Recently, we shared how missionaries David and Helen Ekstrom used The Story of Jesus to reach the next generation in Guatemala with the gospel. Helen writes: These [The Story of Jesus booklets] have been used especially in the public schools and have been a very effective tool to present the gospel. A good group of the students have professed to accept the Lord. We are grateful for the opportunities to give the gospel freely here in Guatemala. Now, children and families in Guatemala are hungry to know more of God’s Word. Christian children in Western nations are likely to own their Bibles.
  • Seeing and Storytelling: God’s Word for Oral Learners

    Craig
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:07 am
    Mayan communities in Guatemala are steeped in rich oral tradition and indigenous languages. Not only is storytelling deeply rooted in their history, it continues as a way of life among adults, passed down to their children. In this cultural context, missionaries David and Helen Ekstrom embraced the call many years ago to share the gospel with creative insight. Helen and other Christians in Guatemala took initiative to work with public schools, and received permission to teach a weekly class about moral values. Bible resources served as curriculum for the weekly classes in Spanish,…
  • To Transform a Community, Invest in the Kids

    Craig
    7 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    William’s heart for kids in Kenyan slums is rooted in his own childhood. He himself grew up in Korigocha, a slum outside Nairobi. Today, he works with David C Cook’s ministry partner, Go Ye Africa. And when he discovered Life on Life curriculum, he knew the hands-on lessons were just what his community needed. Every Saturday, he sat down with the kids to share the lessons in spiritual development and character formation. At first, only a handful of children joined in, but the group soon swelled to 150 children. Many in the community started to notice a transformation in their kids.
  • 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…
 
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    CHRISTIANITY Every Day

  • Trials – Why are we so shocked and depressed when they come?

    Guest
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:58 am
    “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 Nothing happens to us that He does not allow. If He allows it, I must accept it and draw close to Him. Jesus clearly has told us, “In this world you shall — not may — have trials.” But yet, this womanly flesh suffers. As godly and faithful as we desire to be, it seems our physical strength has its limits. But we are not alone. Please find comfort in that many of the most faithful women…
  • In the Face of the Lord

    Pamela Rose Williams
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. (James 4:10) Verse of The Day There’s today’s verse, just a few words, but lots to say.  James is suggesting that we should lower ourselves to be lifted up.  The opposite of humble or humility is pride. So we are called to swallow our pride.  The Bible has many, many comparisons of humility and pride. You can find most of them in the book of Proverbs. Like take a look at what the Bible says about pride in the following verse: Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs…
  • There’s an Alligator at my Door!

    Guest
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am
    Since my children grew up in the woods of Florida, they were always taught that where there was water, there most surely will be alligators. Never were they to go near any body of water. In 1986, BJ was four years old and was allowed to play in the yard close by the house. As soon as I was out of sight, he ran to the lake which was not far off. Drawn by the ducks sitting on their nests, he spotted one baby duck wandering alone. He quickly scooped it up in his hands and ran back home. And as every little boy listens so well, he presented himself at the front door saying with excitement,…
  • I am Redeemed

    Pamela Rose Williams
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    old soda pop bottles were bought with a price Have you ever really thought about these simple three words: I am Redeemed? Yes, they are simple but powerful. Redeemed, that means you were bought with a price. Paul talked about this in his first letter to the Church at Corinth. You know, that letter where he basically reminded them over and over again that they were new people because of Christ, take a look at how he wrapped up chapter 6: 15 Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ? shall I then take the members of Christ, and make them the members of an harlot? God forbid.
  • Vanilla Latte – I Could Not Resist!

    Pamela Rose Williams
    21 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    A Home Made Vanilla Latte [from the archives, I was wading through the archives and came across this one … I added a recipe for iced latte at the bottom … originally published on May 20, 2011] So there I was, workin’ my project list this morning and I came across “Clean Coffee Machines”. So I cleared the counter and got out the distilled vinegar and was about to do the cleaning, when I thought “A Vanilla Latte sure sounds good about now”. So I made one and set it aside because I purposed in my heart that when I was done with that job, I would sit down…
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    A Convo With God

  • A Higher Way

    7 Aug 2015 | 7:14 am
    Perspective. “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” - Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
  • The Long Game

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

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    And the angel of the Lord appeared to him and said to him, “The Lord is with you, O mighty man of valor.”And he said to him, “Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold, my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” (Judges 6:12, 15-16 ESV)When it comes to doing what really matters in life it doesn't matter how strong we are. What matters is how strong God is. Let Him use you and give Him all the glory when victory comes. 
  • Being the Hand of God

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

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

  • That ‘I’ Might Save Some…

    Miguel
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:54 am
    Paul the Apostle, in talking to the people of in the city of Corinth said this: For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. To the Jews I became as a Jew, so that I might win Jews; to those who are under theRead More(Visited 6 times, 11 visits today)
  • From 0 (Zero) to Mission in 5…4…3…2…

    Miguel
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:21 pm
    At the outset, I will say that this article is not about the woes of short-term missions. That topic has been treated exhaustively by me and others. A little background: I am a missionary in the Andes Mountains Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador. In our initial years here, we fell, rather quickly, into the modeRead More(Visited 122 times, 1 visits today)
  • Losing Your Missional Rhythm?

    Miguel
    3 Aug 2015 | 6:46 am
    I have been participating in what’s commonly called a ‘drum circle’ for the better part of the last 4 months. People from all over the world have come to our tiny town in the middle of the Andean Cloud Forest to sit in and make beats.  Sometimes people bring the most bizarre sort of percussion instrumentsRead More(Visited 103 times, 1 visits today)
  • The Church Acquires its Real Nature, Unique Identity, and True Vocation from Mission. God’s Mission.

    Miguel
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    “The church is a community of faith. Under no circumstances should we lose this very concept of the church. Our Lord Jesus Christ did not establish an institution that came to be called “church.” He gave a particular mission to his disciples: Go forth into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creatureRead More(Visited 119 times, 1 visits today)
  • Let’s Rescue Missionaries from the ‘Pastorate.’

    Miguel
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:46 am
    Insanity, according to Albert Einstein is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The ‘pastorate,’ an unfortunate term, has caught many a missionary by the tail and impeded the work of God in the world. When the lasso of the pastorate is thrown around the missionary, and likewise the assumption;Read More(Visited 294 times, 1 visits today)
 
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    Before The Cross

  • Special Thanks to Our September Supporters

    Mike Mobley
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    We appreciate and want to thank the supporters of Before The Cross this September. Not only do our supporters help make this site possible, but we are partnered together to glorify God by sharing the love of Christ! Each supporter offers something unique in regards to ministry and we would like to encourage you to give them a look. If you have any questions, please let us know. Supporters You and Me Forever Whether you are single, dating or married, You and Me Forever will help you discover the adventure that you were made for ­­and learn how to thrive in it. 100% of the net proceeds from…
  • God’s Plan Will Not Be Thwarted

    Jaylin Palacio
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
    This is a guest post by Jaylin Palacio who is the author of He Will Never Leave You, a story about marital infidelity and the healing power of forgiveness. You can contact her on Twitter and on her website. 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 love the story of Joseph because it reminds me of the sovereignty of God. It illustrates so beautifully the contrast between human purpose and God’s purpose. Joseph was hated by his brothers so much that they made a plan to kill him in the wilderness.
  • When People Are Big and God Is Small

    Alan Sivakumaran
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:33 am
    This is a guest post by Alan Sivakumaran who is “a sinner saved by the grace and love of Jesus. Son, Brother, Friend, Counselor, Runner, DFW Sports Fan, Karaoke Legend in China, and an Adventure-seeker.” You can contact him 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. A couple of years ago, I realized that I struggled with co-dependency. I have probably struggled with co-dependency most of my life. I still struggle with it now. The co-dependency definition that closely…
  • Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

    Chris Howard
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:21 am
    I listened to Jay Sekulow give another account of the atrocities occurring in the Middle East as another Syrian Christian community fell to ISIL. The report consisted of 120-plus dead with claims of men being beheaded and their bodies hung on crosses while the women and children were sold into slavery. Little girls are being forced into marriage to ISIL members and brutally raped. My mind went to being a father with a family (including a precious daughter) that shares the same faith as those suffering through terrible religious persecution. I can’t say I understand. That volume of suffering…
  • Why Community Is More Important Than You Think

    Mike Mobley
    18 Aug 2015 | 5:46 am
    For Christians, being in community with one another can be a tricky thing. I think most of us realize that relationships are important in our walk with The Lord and that we need community, but often are not sure of how that shoud play out week to week or miss all together the real importance and priority of community. Let’s face it, we are sinful. And after following Jesus, we are still sinful. That means people are complicated, relationships are messy, and because of our own baggage it’s typically easier to just remain in isolation and to avoid community. I obviously can’t speak to…
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    Barbie Swihart

  • When Your Well Runs Dry // Weekend Whispers

    Barbie
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:35 pm
    I wasn’t feeling too good physically tonight. The first week of homeschooling went relatively easy, but the days and weeks leading up to it were exhausting. I’m not sure I’ve recovered. I also started a new business in Tupperware. I love the products and it gives me a chance to get out with the girls 2-3 nights a month, earn free products and much needed extra income. On top of it all, I’m still trying to find my rhythm here in this space. I know that God has not removed his hand of blessing here, but I feel as though I’ve been in a season of stunted growth. I…
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    Interpulpit

  • Biblical Positive Confession

    Rick
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
      Some people get upset when they hear about positive confession. They associate it with New Age teaching, or some other religious fluff. Worse yet, it may be likened to “name it claim it” theology! And because they have misunderstood or have been taught wrongly, they shun what is an otherwise profound biblical concept and crucial tenet of faith. What we speak is serious business. Words reflect what is in the heart: “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil…
  • Jesus Says Love One Another

    Rick
    2 Aug 2015 | 2:26 pm
      “I know Jesus says love one another. But you don’t know these people!” Brothers and sisters, it’s possible. If God is love, and we are of God, then it has to be. Jesus was love incarnate, love in action. He also commanded the disciples to love one another. In fact, Jesus proclaimed, “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). How are others to know we are Christians? Not by how holy we are! Not by signs and wonders. Not by impressive knowledge of the Bible or correct theology. All of that is GOOD, but…
  • In Word and Deed

    Rick
    18 Jul 2015 | 5:29 pm
      Faith without WORDS is dead! We are created in the image of a communicating God, and it’s not what goes in the mouth, but what comes out of the mouth that defiles a man (Matthew 15:11). If we believe, we need to confess Jesus is Lord. What comes out of the mouth on a regular basis will reveal whether faith is operating in the Christian life. You can’t believe that all things work together for good to those who love God and then say, “Woe is me, I’m doomed!” You can’t believe that the Lord has made you righteous, and then carelessly speak profanity. Words are expressions of…
  • Free Ebook- Win Christ

    Rick
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
      It’s newly revised and better than before! If you have a Kindle, you can download the book for free through Sunday July 12. Please return me a favor- if you like the book, put a review of it on Amazon. Thanks!   You Might Also Like: Jesus Says Love One Another More Authority in Christ Be Free and Forgive! The post Free Ebook- Win Christ appeared first on Interpulpit.
  • Hung by the Tongue

    Rick
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:21 pm
      They say you need a permit to carry a concealed weapon, but the truth is everyone is packing a loaded tongue! Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” You have the ability to release death and life. That’s a lot of power! You have the power to build others up or cut others down. That little tongue has the capability of setting on fire the course of nature (James 3:6). And yet, most people don’t consider how they use it. The Bible speaks of the tongue more than 200 times, which means it’s something…
 
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    Paperback Theology

  • Kanye’s VMA Speech Is Getting Lots of Love – Not From Me

    Tim Suttle
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:29 am
    I keep seeing media sites taking Kanye’s VMA speech seriously. The worst offender is Slate, and the article that calls it the Greatest Awards Show Acceptance Speech of All Time.” Seriously? The VMA awards have become ever more ridiculous each year. The unofficial theme in 2015 was clearly Idiocracy Live, complete with a Camacho-like presidential address by Kanye [Read More...]
  • Concussions and Football: Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    I confess that football season is here, so it’s time for my yearly confession that I love to watch the game of football. However, it is becoming more and more obvious that traumatic brain injury is a consistent side effect of the sport. It’s also becoming obvious that there is no way to make it [Read More...]
  • The End of Revenge: Nonviolence & the American Fascination With Getting Even

    Tim Suttle
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:55 am
    When Vester Lee Flanagan left behind his attempts to explain the unexplainable—the reason he shot two former colleagues in cold blood during a live broadcast—the rationale he gave was simple revenge; revenge for the mass shooting at a church in Charleston; revenge for mistreatment by his formal employer. After reading the accounts of his work history [Read More...]
  • J.R. Woodward Engages With Shrink at the V3 Blog Today

    Tim Suttle
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:35 am
    I am excited to see that J.R. Woodward at V3 Church Planting Movement is engaging with Shrink on his blog today. You can read the full article at his site. J.R. is crashing together themes from Shrink, Slow Church, and the recent attention given to Amazon.com’s work/leadership culture. It’s a pretty interesting read. Here’s a quick excerpt: Too [Read More...]
  • Do You Feel the Love? I Feel the Love: Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    24 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    I confess that once I get The Mowgli’s song San Francisco stuck in my head, it has a tendency to stay there absolutely all day long. I make no apologies for this, you see, because I’ve been in love with love, and the idea of something binding us together for a long, long time. Anytime I can [Read More...]
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • On holy icons – 2

    MBA
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    The light of the first day and the light of the eighth day meet in the icon – Paul EvdokimovFiled under: Iconology, Icons, Quotes Tagged: iconology, Icons, Paul Evdokimov, Quotes
  • On holy icons in the Western Church

    MBA
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    On the Western side of the Church, Benedict XVI (2000, The Spirit of the Liturgy) has emphasized five fundamental principles regarding both the need and the function of images in the universal Church, particularly holy icons. These principles are that: Icons are, “Images of beauty, in which the mystery of the invisible God becomes visible, … Continue reading On holy icons in the Western Church →
  • Relics of the saints for January-February

    MBA
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:30 am
    Filed under: Relics, Saints, Videos Tagged: Christianity, Relics, Religion and Spirituality, Saints, Videos
  • New book coming

    MBA
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:37 am
    Happy to announce that I am going to be the co-author of a new book with the Rev. Richard Cannuli, O.S.A. The book is going to be about the sacred relics of the universal Church.Filed under: God the Father
  • Holy Relics in Christianity

    MBA
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Filed under: Acquiring the Holy Spirit, Relics Tagged: Christianity, Relics, Religion and Spirituality
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • Signs of the times – The harvest has commenced

    MBA
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    Even as the days darken and the spirit of the world descends deeper into depravity and sinfulness, so has the intermediate harvest of God simultaneously commenced: “And many people shall go and say: ‘Come and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob, and […]
  • Holy Relics of the Church

    MBA
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:44 am
    Filed under: Relics Tagged: Holy Relics, Relics, Sacred Relics
  • What happens after you say the Consecration Prayer? – Response to a question

    MBA
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:52 am
    The question was asked, “What happens after you say the Consecration Prayer?” The answer is simple. If you said the Consecration Prayer with genuineness and true intent of heart and mind, it means that now you belong to God our Father through your own free will choice. You have returned to Him. You are His […]
  • He came to the world, but they knew Him not

    MBA
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    “He was in the world and the world was made by Him and the world knew Him not. He came unto his own and His own received Him not. But as many as received Him, He gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in His name. Who are born, not of […]
  • Salvum me fac, Deus

    MBA
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:39 am
    “Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters where the floods overflow me. I am weary of my crying: my throat is dried: my eyes fail while I wait for my God. They that hate me without […]
 
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    ChristiansTT

  • Prayer – I’m Walking in God’s Light

    Bevjoy
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Thank You Lord for this beautiful day, so full of Your glory, where I can praise You and walk in God’s light. This is the day You have made and I choose to rejoice and be glad in it. Great is my reward! You have done wonderful things, Abba Father; You have taken me out of the pit of destruction and brought me into the marvelous light of Your Kingdom. You chose me to be the salt and light of this world. As I continue to do Your work, I pray that the light I bring, to those in need, Prayer – I’m Walking in God’s Light
  • How did it please the Lord to Bruise Jesus? – Misreading Isaiah 53

    Brook Potter
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:34 am
    Isaiah 53:10  Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. It may surprise many people to learn that there are different views of the atonement of Jesus Christ. The most popular view, Penal substitution, is a distinctively Protestant understanding and it differs from both the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox understandings of the atonement. There is great debate as to if any of How did it please the Lord to Bruise…
  • A Prayer For those suffering tragedy

    Bevjoy
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:52 pm
    Lord Jesus, I thank You for Your love and the tender mercies You bestow unto those who are suffering some sort of tragedy in their lives. I pray a special blessing upon them, Father, as they call upon You with broken hearts. Almighty God, You said in your Word that You will never leave us nor forsake us, so I ask that Your Holy Spirit comfort Your special people at this time.  Help them in their daily walk, to be able to call upon You even when they feel overwhelmed, depressed and cheated out of a life of happiness. God A Prayer For those suffering tragedy
  • Testimony – Rising up from the Pit of HELL

    Martin
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:35 am
    Jessie Marie Saupitty was born in Albuquerque New Mexico and raised in Everett, Washington state. Her story is one so many of us can relate to. Here’s her testimony in her own words. My Testimony: One year ago, I went through the most difficult time of my life. No job, kicked out of my house by someone I loved, marriage on the rocks, newborn child, totally frustrated, I saw my life not going where I had planned or wanted. I was in the pit of hell. All this while, I kept wondering how did I let it get this far? I Testimony – Rising up from the Pit of HELL
  • Prayer – for when I need someone to show me the right way

    Jessie Saupitty
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:28 am
    Show me the right way (Prayer by Jessie Saupitty) Heaven Father, as I struggle with the cares and worries of this world today, please help me to look to the cross. May I see and truly understand what Jesus Christ has done for me, coming down from heaven to sacrifice His life for the worst sinner – me. I’ve lied, cheated, disrespected my parents, broke all the commandments and all the while felt the world owed me something. But my wrong decisions and selfishness have only brought my world caving in. Satan had me fooled into believing that my wrong decisions to Prayer – for…
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • The “Wingman”

    Jimmy Scyoc
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:11 am
    Wingman (as defined in Wikipedia):  a pilot who supports another in a potentially dangerous flying environment. Wingman was originally a term referring to the plane flying beside and slightly behind the lead plane in an aircraft formation. Wingman (as defined by the Urban Dictionary): The revered duty and purpose of a wingman is to streamline the night for his friend as much as possible, tackling any obstacles. In the movie Top Gun, Maverick wanted to display his extraordinary flying skills and finish a personal vendetta. Maverick, played by Tom Cruise, left his wingman for personally…
  • Three steps to inner healing

    Jim Crumbley
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Confess: admit or state that one has committed a crime or is at fault in some way If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 Therefore, make it your habit to confess your sins to one another and to pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results. James 5:16 In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s…
  • Being a man

    Jim Crumbley
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:40 am
    When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. 1 Corinthians 13:11 Yesterday you were a child. As a lover of self you lived for yourself; thinking only of feeding your ego and having your “wants” met. You didn’t see it as selfishness. It was just the way you lived. Advice? Not easily received and seldom acted upon… Honesty? Only when it would facilitate your needs being met… Serve? When it was convenient and brought a benefit… Now however, things have changed. Now, you are…
  • One Man’s Trash is another Man’s Treasure

    Dan Rabun
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    “You are more important than you think.” – Ps. Kay Weeks. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The old pick-up truck sat out in the yard unused and rusting. We had recently inherited the beat up 1995 Dodge Dakota truck when my father-in-law passed away. With a busted grill, a cracked windshield and 165,000 miles on the odometer it looked pathetic. However, it ran fine and was mechanically sound. We didn’t really need the truck, so it sat in the yard collecting mud and getting covered by leaves. Although we tried selling it, we couldn’t find a buyer.
  • Confident Humility – An Excerpt from the Journey Manual

    Jim Crumbley
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    Biblical humbleness is to understand the authority that we have and using it for the benefit of the MISSION. But I also want you to think about how this keeps your significance from getting blown up into self-importance. For no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of. 1 Corinthians 12:19 MSG It’s easy to recognize an Army Ranger, even out of uniform. It’s not a pride thing. Warriors know that if they are strong, capable and prepared then they are strong, capable and prepared. Why shouldn’t they walk with confidence? Warriors also understand that…
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • The Surprising History of Calvin’s Institutes

    Jesse Myers
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion is among the most important works of theology in church history. It’s a central text for Protestantism, especially the Reformed tradition, and continues to be read and referenced widely today, just as it was in Calvin’s day.  But it was a long and winding journey that led to the version of the Institutes we now know. The first edition of the Institutes was published in Latin in 1536 when Calvin was only 27 years old. He was in exile in Basel at the time, having fled Paris during a tumultuous period of persecution. (Certain Reformers…
  • Do You Really Need to Know Hebrew?

    Mark Ward
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    You do and you don’t need Hebrew to understand the Old Testament. You don’t, because the Bible has already been translated into English. You do, because there are different levels of understanding: There’s your certified mechanic and your weekend warrior; there’s your freshman and there’s your professor. There are insights available to any reader of English Bible translations, and there are certain biblical insights available only to those who have some level of Hebrew knowledge. No one should be embarrassed or discouraged by this fact. If you want those biblical insights—if you…
  • Save on the Zondervan Counterpoints Series This Month Only!

    Kaleb Cuevas
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Creation. Baptism. The end times. Sometimes it feels like there are as many perspectives on these controversial issues as there are Christians. Sorting through them all—and coming to your own conclusions—can be overwhelming.  How do you separate the major theological points of view from fringe beliefs? Where can you find authoritative, introductory treatments? And how do leading thinkers engage with one another on these important topics? The Zondervan Counterpoint Series addresses many of the topics that are commonly debated about in Scripture and presents you with varying perspectives.
  • Get 30% off the Westminster Bible Companion Series

    Paul Kirby
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Every month, we offer a special discount on one of our top products. September’s deal is the Westminster Bible Companion Series (33 vols.). This series offers something different from many commentaries. Instead of lengthy technical discussion, it offers concise, highly readable discussion that explains the biblical book in its original historical context and explores its significance for faithful living today. Much like William Barclay’s Daily Study Bible series, it’s a commentary that lends itself well to devotional reading. But don’t think that means the series sacrifices…
  • The Unseen Realm: Now Available!

    Jake Mailhot
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The threads of the unseen realm are woven throughout Scripture. They begin before creation, can be seen throughout the Old Testament, and have major implications for Jesus’ mission in the New Testament. However, because of our modern perspective, these threads are often overlooked, ignored, or misunderstood. In The Unseen Realm, Michael Heiser shines a light on the supernatural world. It’s the same light in which the original, ancient readers and writers of Scripture saw the supernatural world. This light allows today’s pastors and scholars to understand the biblical authors’…
 
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    Fresh Bread

  • Why I believe Kim Davis should have resigned?

    joebuchanan
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:02 pm
    Today, U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning found Kim Davis, Country clerk of Rowan county, in contempt of court over her refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.  While I agree with Mrs. Davis that same-sex marriage is morally wrong and a violation of Biblical principles this does not give her the right to violate a court-order.  The fact is, she has had her opportunity to make her position known and to appeal to the courts. After Governor Steve Beshear told county clerks to issues marriage licenses to all eligible couples, Mrs. Davis filed suit in a Federal court.  After a…
  • Pastors: Unconfessed Sin is a Cancer in Your Life

    joebuchanan
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Originally posted on Fresh Bread: Steve was a Pastor with a secret.  A secret that was tearing his life and ministry apart from the inside.  Like an undetected, untreated cancer, Steve harbored a secret sin deep within his heart that was eating away at his joy, his vitality and his faith.  Unknown to anyone in Steve’s life, he was deeply addicted to pornography and lived everyday with the fear of being caught.  “Everyday one of my kids picked up my phone or asked to use my computer I would panic,” says Steve.  “I never intended for pornography to take over my life the way that it…
  • Review of “Exodus:Gods and Kings”

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

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

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

  • A Biblical Vision for Christians and Public Engagement

    Taylor Brown
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    In a previous post I discussed H. Richard Niebuhr’s five “types” of Christian cultural engagement, from his book 1951 book Christ and Culture, as a way basic framework for evangelical and orthodox Christians to use in navigating cultural engagement in what is very quickly becoming a post-Christian West.  That article provided a general theological framework for Christian cultural engagement.  In this second article I am going to look at a particular episode from the Book of Acts that I have found particularly helpful in thinking about how Christians should interact with a pluralist…
  • Why Studying the Greek Biblical Text Is Worth Your Time

    Bill Mounce
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Bible was originally written primarily in two languages, Hebrew and Greek, because these were the cultures that God worked through to covenant with his people. Though our modern Bible translations are very reliable and trustworthy, we must realize that there are instances where interpretive decisions were made about what the text means, making us dependent on the scholarship of other Bible translator-interpreters. This means that as you’re using a translation, you’re already one step away from the original word of God. By learning some basic skills in the original languages, we can…
  • Wallpaper Download: September 2015

    Seedbed
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    “In the evening I explained the 12th of the Acts to twelve or fifteen hundred at the New Room.” (John Wesley) Download the free September 2015 wallpaper and use it as your smartphone background or desktop calendar. 1280×800 ; 1440×900 ; 1680×1050 ; 1920×1080 ; 2560×1440 ; mobile version (may require resizing to fit your phone’s resolution)
  • Every Christian is a Mystic

    Donald Richmond
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:05 am
    “…but I will go onto visions and revelations of the Lord…” Paul in 2 Cor. 12:2 NRSV Every committed Christian who has been awakened and enlivened by God is a mystic. There are absolutely no exceptions. Mysticism is central to the revealed religion of the Bible. We are either mystics or we embrace a form of faith that is entirely foreign to biblical Christianity. Many believers have problems with mysticism. Almost always this is because they do not understand what mysticism is; its priority, purpose, and pneumatic potential. If not immediately dismissive of the topic, many imagine the…
  • Living All-In for Jesus’ Kingdom

    Brian Russell
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Take some time to read Matthew 16:21–28. From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Then Jesus said to his…
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  • Abandoning those monuments we've erected to our fears

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Fear Exposed. Day twenty-seven...“I remember when Uncle Ross had those exact same symptoms. You better get that checked out, ‘cause he was dead in six months!” And so we erect monuments to fears.
  • The only performance requirement of the New Covenant is to believe

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Fear Exposed. Day twenty-six...Contractual relationships are such a part of everyday life that we execute them without even thinking about it. If you have a cell phone, you have a contractual relationship with the cell phone company. If you have satellite or cable TV, you have a contractual relationship with the service provider. If you visit a web site, you have a contractual relationship with the owner of the site. If you download an eBook, you have a contractual relationship with the book publisher.
  • By His grace

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Fear Exposed. Day twenty-five...It is critical to learn how to question God—in a healthy way—free from fear. Just because we have questions does not mean we lack faith. Just because we have questions does not mean we doubt God.
  • If you don't know... ask

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Fear Exposed. Day twenty-four...Most of us who've driven for several years and tons of miles have not been able to escape at least some physical damage to our vehicle. One winter night, as I was getting close to our rural home from a sales trip out in Kansas, I gave Sherrel a call to see if she wanted anything. She said she had a hankering for some cookies to go with her coffee. Sounded good to me, so I circled around and headed toward the nearest small town with a McDonald's.
  • Having more confidence in God than in man

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Fear Exposed. Day twenty-three...I am married to a woman who keeps her word. And I so appreciate that about Sherrel. If she says she's going to do something, she will do it—even to her own detriment. I'm never fearful about any commitment she makes, because I have no reason to be. If she were to ever break her word, it would only be because she came up against something that was bigger than her—so big it overpowered her.
 
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Hebrews 5: Maturing As Christians

    Zak Schmoll
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:58 am
    Just like physical maturity, spiritual maturity is something that happens over time. In Hebrews 5, we hear about the difference between milk and meat. Heb 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat. Heb 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to…
  • Hebrews 4: The Word of God

    Zak Schmoll
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:48 am
    I understand that there is some discussion about the true meaning of the Word of God in Hebrews 4:12. Let’s take a look at it. Heb 4:12  For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Heb 4:13  Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. There are two main interpretations. On one hand, the Word of God could…
  • Hebrews 3: Encouraging Each Other

    Zak Schmoll
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:43 am
    As Christians, it is important that we encourage each other. In Hebrews 3, the author is discussing the wanderings of the Israelites and how their hearts had become so hard. The author obviously wants the church to avoid that same problem. Heb 3:12  Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. Heb 3:13  But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. We encourage each other every day so that we do not fall into sin. I think it is a lot easier for someone to…
  • Hebrews 2: God Loves Us Anyway

    Zak Schmoll
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:15 am
    In Hebrews 2, the author strikes at the heart of one of the things that I think most of us have thought about at one time or another. Why does God care so much about people who only seem to cause Him trouble? Heb 2:14  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; Heb 2:15  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Heb 2:16  For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on…
  • Hebrews 1: Father and Son

    Zak Schmoll
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:01 am
    The beginning of Hebrews 1 sets out the difference between Jesus Christ and the rest of creation. The first difference is that Jesus was not created. Heb 1:1  God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Heb 1:2  Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Heb 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right…
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    Armchair Theology

  • A Love Poem & Longing

    Dave
    21 Aug 2015 | 1:25 pm
    I just downloaded Harvard Classics English Poetry volume for free today (8/21/15) because I read almost exclusively non-fiction and know I  need more literature and poetry in my information diet. The first poem I read got me thinking about how the human heart longs for Jesus: You may train the eagle To stoop to your fist; Or you may inveigle The phoenix of the east; The lioness, ye may move her To give o’er her prey; But you’ll ne’er stop a lover: He will find out his way. Anonymous, “Love Will Find out the Way” Here is a poem that says it’s easier to tame an eagle or…
  • Killing Redundancy in Prayer

    Dave
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:32 am
    I completely misread the following headline: “The Benefits of Catechetical Preaching.” What I read was: “The Benefits of Catechetical Praying.” I’m so glad I misread that. It sparked a helpful idea in my head. The Problem I find that I’m often redundant in prayer. I’ll often revert to the same thoughts, especially in thanksgiving and praise to God. If I constantly thank God for the same three-to-five things my prayer life gets stagnant. It’s not healthy. What Is a Catechism? A catechism is a tool for doctrinal instruction that is usually…
  • 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…
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 245 — 2 Chronicles 19-20, 2 Corinthians 7

    virtuousgirls1
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:18 pm
    2 Chronicles 19 Focus Verse: Jehu the seer, the son of Hanani, went out to meet him and said to the king, “Should you help the wicked and love those who hate the Lord? Because of this, the wrath of the Lord is on you. (2) In chapter 18 of 2 Chronicles, Jehoshaphat was there […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 244 — 2 Chronicles 17-18, 2 Corinthians 6

    virtuousgirls1
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:34 pm
    2 Chronicles 17 Focus Verse: But sought the God of his father and followed his commands rather than the practices of Israel. (4) Because Jehoshaphat sought and followed God instead of going after false gods, God blessed him with great wealth and honor. 2 Chronicles 18 Focus Verse: When the chariot commanders saw Jehoshaphat, they […]
  • Be Still

    virtuousgirls1
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:42 pm
    God is ready, willing and fully able to fight our battles; but are we too busy for Him to do so? He does not need us to help Him. He only needs us to be still.
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 243 — 2 Chronicles 15-16, 2 Corinthians 5

    virtuousgirls1
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:41 pm
    2 Chronicles 15 Focus Verse: But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded. (7) Asa was doing the right thing. God sent Azariah to encourage him to continue doing the right thing. If we are wholeheartedly following God, it will not be easy, but God does […]
  • We Belong

    virtuousgirls1
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:19 pm
    We are not orphans, but children; not strangers, but sisters and brothers; not aliens, but citizens. We belong to God’s family.
 
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Lots Wife Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Lots Wife Puzzle (Activity Sheet) Activity sheets are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable activity sheet by clicking on the […]
  • Lazarus Raised From The Dead Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:10 pm
    Lazarus Raised From The Dead 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 […]
  • The Healing At Bethesda- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:58 pm
    The Healing At Bethesda (Coloring Pages) 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: Back To Business

    Crafting The Word Of God
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    Its been a little over a month since I’ve posted anything on my blog. I explained in this post (HERE) why I needed to take a short break. The good news is things have finally slowed down and I’m happy to report that I will start posting again in a few days. Thanks for your […]
  • Daniel Crafts, Coloring Pages And Activity Sheets

    Crafting The Word Of God
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Daniel Crafts Daniel Refuses The Kings Food  I Will Not Defile Myself Daniel Food Basket King Nebuchadnezzar’s Gold Statue Fiery Furnace Hand Spinner The Fiery Furnace Sun Catcher The Writing On The Wall Daniel In The Lions Den Daniel In The Lions Den Puppet 1 Daniel In The Lions Den Puppet 2 Daniel Coloring Pages […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • Sleeping with the Enemy

    Shelly Hendricks
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    “Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” - Isaiah 1:18 Coming to terms with a chronic illness and disability is a lot like sleeping with the enemy. This thing that literally hates my guts... this un-named-after-6-years nightmare of a thing... sits at the table with me for each meal. It shares my every moment. It colors my every decision. It's ugly face is the first thing I see each morning and the last thing I see if I can close my eyes at…
  • Just a Word of Encouragement

    Shelly Hendricks
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    I'm SO excited that my Bestie Barb has written another devotional for us! Welcome her back, won't you? After my first attempt at writing a devotional two weeks ago, I must say I was totally blown away by the response! Many people encouraged me to continue writing and to even start my own blog! I am praying about it, but for now, I am thankful to be able to, once again, “borrow” my treasured friend’s space! “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to…
  • Tips on Tuesday: Beat the Heat

    Shelly Hendricks
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    An extra tip from last week's post: * With so many viruses and corrupted files out there, many EMT's and such will not use the medical USB stick that I told you about! Good information to keep in mind! And now, on to today's tip! The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. - Proverbs 11:25 I don't know about you, but this summer has had some brutal temperatures to endure, and so far it's not looking like an end is in sight! And so, for that reason, I decided that today would be a good day to give tips on beating the summer heat! The first tip is, of…
  • Sometimes, this is all I know to do…

    Shelly Hendricks
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. - James 5:13 Friday was a flat-out terrible day. I heard that the IH I've been blaming my troubles on for 3 years now is not actually the culprit for the issues I'm facing... you know, the hardest issues. No, instead I have a neuro-degenerative brain disease. Don't know which one yet, but I mean does it really matter? Neuro. Degenerative. Brain. Disease. Seriously. Seriously?? What do you do with the rest of your day after that news? Then I realized that whatever disease this is, I've been living with…
  • The Gift of Rest

    Shelly Hendricks
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
    Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” - Matthew 11:28 I'm definitely a believer in the fact that God uses songs to speak to me. Sometimes, they cleanse. Other times they bolster. They inspire, lead, confirm, and correct. Music is so important to me. This morning I was surfing the internet while listening to Pandora. I kept thinking, “I wish this certain song would play that is one of my favorites, but I know it has never played on this channel before.” The next song was that one! I was so thrilled, and it really felt…
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • MOVIE PREVIEW: WOODLAWN

    kristinemac
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:25 pm
    This evening, Thom and I had the privilege of attending a pre-release screening of the Pure Flix/Kevin Downes produced and Erwin Brothers (October Baby, Mom’s Night Out) directed film,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • God is Just Bigger

    kristinemac
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:44 pm
    This has been one of those weeks when all you can think is “What is my life?” I’m sure you know what I mean. Life gets a little (or a lot) challenging. You might be walking through... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Can We Learn from the Josh Duggar Debacle?

    kristinemac
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:59 pm
    Yesterday, I read an article which stated that Joshua Duggar (son of Jim-Bob and Michelle Duggar of former TLC show 19 Kids and Counting) has admitted to being addicted to porn and acts of adultery... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Review: Apologetics Study Bible for Students

    kristinemac
    16 Aug 2015 | 4:54 pm
    Apologetics: "reasoned arguments or writings in justification of something, typically a theory or religious doctrine."... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DVD Review: Patterns of Evidence Exodus

    kristinemac
    10 Aug 2015 | 11:32 am
    As someone who finds archeology and the Bible to be a fascinating combination of topics, I jumped at the opportunity to reveiw this DVD. The Exodus has always fascinated me because there is so much... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Switchbacks

  • Consider the Morning Glories…

    Karen
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:39 am
    Morning Glories! They greet me every time I go out to our garden these days. To the casual passerby, it might seem like the purple and red flowering plants are attractive and even beautiful, but a closer inspection would reveal a different story. That’s because they have taken over virtually my whole garden! I realize that […]
  • Turtle Talk

    Karen
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:41 am
    I was on my way up to softball again recently. As I turned the last corner onto the rural road that leads back to the fields, Jason suddenly, shouted “Stop, Mom!” Reflexively, I hit the brakes, while straining to pinpoint the eminent danger that I had obviously failed to notice. But before I could locate it […]
  • A Good Name

    Karen
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:26 am
    It’s late August here in Atlanta, and though the summer heat will probably linger for a while yet, September with its cooler evenings isn’t far away. And for a sports fan like me, that can only mean one thing… Football! I really started to get excited about the upcoming season when I was listening to […]
  • Evaluated

    Karen
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    Most of the public school kids in my area boarded buses and headed back to school this week. (However, our homeschool believes August should still part of summer break!!) But as much as I’m trying to stay in “summer vacation” mode, I find myself being forced back into the school routines, chiefly because all the […]
  • Transferring Title

    Karen
    5 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    Our family just purchased a new car! Well, it’s new to us anyway. My dad is no longer able to drive, so my parents have little use for their second car and asked us if we’d like to buy it. Since it has ridiculously low mileage, is in great condition, and seeing that we will […]
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • Jimmy Carter’s Wellspring of Hope: The Bible

    Jonathan Petersen
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:28 pm
    The 39th president of the United States, Jimmy Carter, 90, recently announced that he has cancer and that it’s spread to his brain. Before, during, and after his 1977-’81 presidency, he has spoken of, written about, and demonstrated his fervent personal Christian faith, which is rooted in his ongoing devotion to reading and teaching the Bible. Speaking about his condition, he said: “I’m perfectly at ease with whatever comes. I do have a deep religious faith, which I’m very grateful for.” Don’t fear, because I am with you; don’t be afraid, for I am your God. I will…
  • The Story of the Bible: How the Good News About Jesus Is Central

    Jonathan Petersen
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:10 am
    Tim Keller (@timkellernyc) is senior pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) (@RedeemerNYC) in Manhattan, New York, and author of numerous books. He is also co-founder and vice president of The Gospel Coalition (@tgc). The following article by Dr. Keller is excerpted from the NIV Zondervan Study Bible. [See our blogpost: Accolades for the New NIV Zondervan Study Bible] In After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre famously illustrates that stories are necessary if we are to assign meaning to anything. He imagines standing at a bus stop when a young man he doesn’t know comes up to him and says,…
  • The 50 Most Important Teachings of the Bible: An Interview with Jim George

    Jonathan Petersen
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:41 am
    It’s been said that what you believe is how your behave. What you believe about God, his written revelation—the Bible—and his ultimate revelation—Jesus—will define how you live your life. Having a grasp of what the Bible teaches, then, is crucial to living life to its fullest. What are the key teachings every Christian should know and how should they influence a believer’s daily behavior? Bible Gateway interviewed Jim George (@JEGeorgeAuthors) about his book, The 50 Most Important Teachings of the Bible: What They Mean for You (Harvest House Publishers, 2015). What need do…
  • CNN: A Catholic Reads the Bible

    Jonathan Petersen
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:02 am
    Laura Bernardini (@laurabernardini) is director of coverage in CNN’s Washington, DC, bureau. She’s a lifelong Catholic but had never read the Bible from cover to cover. For the next year, she’s reading every word, from Genesis to Revelation. [Select from any of our many Bible versions to read the Bible yourself on Bible Gateway.] [Select a Bible reading plan on Bible Gateway that’s right for you.] Here’s an ongoing list of Laura’s weekly essays on CNN: A Catholic Reads the Bible, Week 1: The Genesis A Catholic Reads the Bible, Week 2: A Flood of First…
  • Bible News Roundup – Week of August 30, 2015

    Jonathan Petersen
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:58 am
    [Return daily during the coming week for updates] Browse the Bible Gateway Store ⇨ BibleGatewayStore.com ▼ The Most Popular Bible of the Year is Probably Not What You Think It Is ⇨ The Washington Post ⇨ See the NIV Zondervan Study Bible in the Bible Gateway Store ▼ Survey Shows How People Connect To Faith On Mobile Devices ⇨ News Release ⇨ Learn about the free Bible Gateway App ▼ Year of the Bible at Colorado Christian University ⇨ Colorado Christian University ⇨ Read the Bible on Bible Gateway ▼ Slideshow: Bible Translation…
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  • Completing Christ? Can It Be?

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    Is there any legitimate way that we could say we complete Jesus? I would have doubted so, but there is this is Scripture: And he has put all things under his feet and has made him the head over all things for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23 What does this bold phrase mean? Here’s what Calvin commented on this passage: The fullness of him that filleth all in all. This is the highest honor of the Church, that, until He is united to us, the Son of God reckons himself in some measure imperfect [in the sense…
  • Prayer Help from Old

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:57 am
    The early church has a few awesome things to offer us. Like this prayer from St. Basil the Great: Almighty Lord, God of the Powers and of all flesh, Who lives in the highest and carest for the humble, Who searches our hearts and affections, and clearly foreknows the secrets of men; eternal and everliving Light, in Whom is no change nor shadow of variation; O Immortal King, receive our prayers which at the present time we offer to You from unclean lips, trusting in the multitude of Your mercies. Forgive all sins committed by us in thought, word or deed, consciously or unconsciously, and…
  • All Things for Good: A Technical Look at God’s Sovereignty via the Cross

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:44 pm
    This post was not written for here. I wrote it as part of a forum debate. Yet I am fairly happy with how it turned out, so I’m going to quote it here for the benefit of anyone who might be interested. The universe was created ex nihilo, out of nothing at all, and therefore is not intrinsically tied to anything in the inner life, processes, or determinations of God. It is its own, though radically contingent, thing, which in and of itself is simply an ordered system which has no inherent meaning. It is nonetheless an open system, one in which God is freely able to introduce His own…
  • Bro, Your Argument Stinks: Theological Fallacies

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    23 Aug 2015 | 2:35 pm
    As Christians, we sometimes debate things. Usually doctrines or practices, mainly because those are the only real categories. But alas, often in these debates people use terrible arguments and logical fallacies. So I’m just going to review a few common logical fallacies I’ve seen used in Christian debate in alphabetical order, and show some example problems involving them. (Also, before you read all of these, don’t even bother trying to deduce things about what I think from the examples I use. People on all sides of every aisle use bad arguments, and I select whatever…
  • Using Psalms: Psalm 84 and Jesus as Our Temple

    Caleb "Nicene Nerd" Smith
    22 Aug 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Time for the second entry in my Using Psalms series. If you missed the first, you can find it here. Today I’ll be looking at Psalm 84, a psalm probably meant to be sung during pilgrimages to the Temple in Jerusalem. I wanted to look at it to highlight a certain interesting theme involving Jesus and the Temple. So here’s the text: How I love your Temple, Lord Almighty! How I want to be there! I long to be in the Lord‘s Temple. With my whole being I sing for joy to the living God. Even the sparrows have built a nest, and the swallows have their own home; they keep their young…
 
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    Brad Andres

  • The Rich People Who Can’t Enter Heaven

    Brad Andres
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    There's More of Us Than We Might Think We were reading a portion of Scripture in a small group the other day, and someone said this: “There will be no rich people in heaven. Right?” All eyes locked forward, like, snap! Everyone salivated in anticipation while I pondered what I was going to say. Since the Bible says what it says, that rich people will not enter into the kingdom of God, how was I going to argue that?? I stared back with intrigue, wondering where the idea came from. We just finished reading about it being impossible for rich people to go through the eye of a needle,…
  • I Can Fit Through The Eye of a Needle!

    Brad Andres
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Actually I Can't and Neither Can a Camel... Intrigued right? I’m six foot three inches tall! The eye of a needle is what, one centimeter tall??? I cannot fit through the eye of a needle, and neither can a camel. But now that I have your attention, take a moment to see why Jesus grabbed his audience’s attention with that statement as I’ve grabbed yours. Jesus just finished teaching that eternal life is received, not earned. A humble person acknowledges they cannot earn God’s grace, and through that realization, they gain access to the kingdom of heaven. Then we come to…
  • Receive the Kingdom of God Like a Child

    Brad Andres
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    What I've Heard This Means Was Wrong?!?! Sometimes, Jesus says things that honestly, I’d rather just pass over and not take the time to understand. For example, the saying, “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” What does that even mean? What has been commonly taught from pastors and teachers, would obviously be the truth, and would be accurate. Therefore, I wouldn’t need to study and dig to discover for myself what the meaning of a saying of Jesus is, right? Wrong. I’m a pastor. I teach. So here’s the thing: you…
  • “Unequally Yoked” Does Not Mean What You Thought It Meant

    Brad Andres
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    And What To Say When Saying "Don't Marry a Non-Christian" How many times have you heard the phrase, “don’t be unequally yoked?” If you’ve been following Christ for some time, there’s a good chance you’ve heard it many times. If you haven’t been following Christ, you may have never heard it at all. Normal people in the 21st Century do not talk about being “yoked.” So, what does “do not be unequally yoked,” mean in the Bible? Paul writes this phrase in the middle of his second letter to the Corinthian church. This means the…
  • Understanding the Importance of Faith in God

    Brad Andres
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    While I am away at summer camps I’ve hosted a few writers to provide good content in my place. This is a guest post from Arold Augustin. He is the founder of Living For Jesus Alone Ministries, which exists to provide Christians with powerful biblical teachings to strengthen their day-to-day walk with Christ. Are you aware of how important faith is in the life of those who follow Christ? Having faith in God hinges fully on Christ’s death and resurrection. Christ came to earth to restore the relationship between humanity and God. While faith in God is significant in the Christian…
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  • Launching Missional Communities Where You Are | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:16 am
    This week I am privileged to have on the podcast one of the men who’s heavily influenced my ministry here in Peru. I’m talking about Mike Breen, author and phrase coiner. If you have the Stitcher Radio app on your smart phone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. If you are a human and are seeing this field, please leave it blank. I'm working on a brand new book about the organic church, house church, missional communities, and of course, "the dones" or "de-churched" . If you would like to be notified when that book is available, sign up for the…
  • Your Sin Will Always Find You Out (This is Nothing New)

    Steve Bremner
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    There’s been a lot of uncovering going on. No, not that kind. Many things that were once hidden in darkness are being brought to the light. It could just be me, but it seems like it’s happening in much more rapid succession than I normally see. I don’t usually call anything “prophetic” that’s going on in the news, but can you not see a strong pattern as of late? I also don’t normally write about the failings of others. I certainly don’t believe in “heresy hunting” or finger pointing whenever prominent men or women of God fall into sin or get disgraced or…
  • Skipping church? Facial recognition software could be tracking you – The Washington Post

    Steve Bremner
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:15 am
    One software company is now providing churches with software to better track who shows up at their worship services. Source: Skipping church? Facial recognition software could be tracking you – The Washington Post Nope, again a real thing and not an Onion article. I don’t know how I feel about this, since one of the statements the article makes is that it’s to help with preventing people from falling through the cracks. But of course also not neglecting a way to track people so as to ask them for money. When Thumma asked the same question in a national survey of…
  • Judging Prophetic Words with Discernment

    Steve Bremner
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Photo credit: Charisma Magazine “Trump shall become My trumpet to the American people, for he possesses qualities that are even hard to find in My people these days.” Whatever that means. Source: Prophecy: Donald Trump Shall Become the Trumpet — Charisma Magazine Yep, that line was actually said by a contributor to Charisma Magazine. I am not making this up or getting confused with The Onion magazine, which at least in its satire is well-aware that it’s in on the joke. And after reading Benjamin Corey’s blog, as well as reading the comments at Charisma, apparently…
  • Family on Mission | Podcast Discussion with Mark Burgess

    Steve Bremner
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    This week I am privileged to have Mark Burgess back on the podcast for the first time in almost three years exactly to the month. I actually recorded it a number of weeks ago but have been super busy: lots of ministry and teaching in our ministry school, I had a two-week deadline to get my manuscript for 9 Lies People Believe About Speaking in Tongues ready to keep on schedule for its relaunch, along with other freelance work dog piling on top of me in the same time frame. Regular readers of the blog and listeners of the podcast may have noticed I’ve not put out any new content in a…
 
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  • ‘Extra Ordinary’ movie looking for social media advocates

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:31 pm
    The premiere of ‘Extra Ordinary’, a feature length documentary that captures what God can do when a bunch of ordinary young adults make themselves available to Him during an annual New Year’s beach outreach, will be screened on September 25 at the Johannesburg head office of Ster Kinekor, says director, Darryl Reid. He says the film team launched their “Spread It” campaign ( www.extraordinarythefilm.com/spreadit ) yesterday (September 3) in which they invite people to help publicise the movie via social media and stand in line to win prizes including seats at the…
  • Jewish 60’s pop star finds joy in Jesus

    Andre Viljoen
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Helen Shapiro. Just as the ‘swinging sixties’ started to gain momentum, a Jewish teenager from the East End of London took the pop world by storm with a string of hits. Her first – Don’t Treat Me Like a Child – was appropriate enough as she was only 14 at the time (1961) and it reached No 3 in the charts. By early 1963 she was bigger than The Beatles – for a time. They actually accompanied her on a tour of the UK as her support act; she was the main attraction. She recalls with affectionate nostalgia the banter she shared on the bus with John, Paul, George and Ringo. And it was…
  • Creation Gospel teacher, Hollisa Alewine, in South Africa

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:42 pm
    Dr Hollisa Alewine. Bible teacher and author Dr Hollisa Alewine will be in South Africa from October 9 to October 25 to teach on the Creation Gospel, a framework of the Bible whose key concepts and symbols are found from Genesis to Revelation. “She is a teacher of the deeper things of God,” says Colleen Martin who is coordinating Alewine’s teaching tour which takes in Pretoria, Bloemfontein, Cape Town and George. Through the Biblical symbols she teaches and elaborates upon the concepts and themes found in the Torah (the Five Books of Moses), the Psalms, the writings of the…
  • ‘Cross walkers’ setting out from Mossel Bay for MMC Western Cape

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Carl Dippenaar with the cross he will be carrying, with two companions, from Mossel Bay to the MMC WC at Malmesbury. Carl “Faithwalker” Dippenaar is setting out on Monday (September 7) on his second walk across South Africa this year carrying a cross to a Mighty Men Conference. He and Koos September and Thabo Nkosi of Mossel Bay will carry the cross 400km from Mossel Bay to the MMC Western Cape at Malmesbury which they aim to reach on September 23 on the eve of the MMC which runs from September 25 to 27. In April Dippenaar walked 1 040km from Polokwane to Middelburg for the Karoo…
  • FOR SA defends religious freedom and autonomy of the Church in the Constitutional Court

    Adv Nadene Badenhorst
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:56 am
    Advocates Nadene Badenhorts and Reg Willis in the Constitutional Court on Friday (August 28, 2015) on behalf of FOR SA which was admitted as a Friend of the Court in a case which has a major bearing on religious freedom and the autonomy of the Church. On Friday, August 28, the Constitutional Court (the highest court in the country) heard and reserved judgment in the case of Ecclesia de Lange v Methodist Church of South Africa. This is undoubtedly the most important case for religious freedom and the autonomy of the church that has ever come before our courts, and one that could open the door…
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  • One surprising thing I often forget to do in the good times

    Wendy van Eyck
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:43 am
    Give thanks to God—he is good    and his love never quits. 1 Chronicles 16:34A few hours before we were to see the doctor to get Xylon’s results of his scan I could feel the tension building in me. I thought about all the previous meetings, about the last scare we had. I thought about how so many meetings with doctors have ended in hearing words I never want to hear uttered again.As we walked in to see the Doctor she laughed apologetically and said, “This would be the day I forget my glasses. I’m having to squint to see what is written on the scan results and…
  • The one thing you need to make it through Monday

    Wendy van Eyck
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:30 pm
    May the God of green hope fill you up with joy, fill you up with peace, so that your believing lives, filled with the life-giving energy of the Holy Spirit, will brim over with hope! Romans 15:13 (MSG)I’m not a big fan of Mondays. Not because I don’t like my job. I’m fortunate enough to have work that I enjoy (most of the time). I'm not a fan of Mondays because I don’t usually know what the week holds. Monday’s come with a lot of unknowns in my experience. And I’m not a big fan of unknowns. For example last week Monday I only found out after lunch that I…
  • How to dwell in peace on your most anxious days

    Wendy van Eyck
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:13 am
    You will keep the peace, a perfect peace, for all who trust in You, for those who dedicate their hearts and minds to You. Isaiah 26:3 (VOICE)Lately I’ve been seeing the word “Dwell” a lot. I saw the word, “DWELL” painted on a sign while rushing through airport last week. Then I saw it again on a billboard while I beat my fingers on the steering wheel in traffic. I found it again in a graphic while browsing on line. I even used it in the post I wrote on Monday.I’ve learnt that when something keeps coming to my notice that God might be trying to tell me…
  • Truth for when you feel like a failure

    Wendy van Eyck
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    So since we stand surrounded by all those who have gone before, an enormous cloud of witnesses, let us drop every extra weight, every sin that clings to us and slackens our pace, and let us run with endurance the long race set before us. Hebrews 12:1 (VOICE)Last week Thursday I failed to write a devotional for this blog.It completely slipped my mind. It’s the first time since I started this blog that I have forgotten to write a post. For a moment I felt like a failure. In the grand scheme of life forgetting to right one blog isn’t a huge failure. I’ve failed much…
  • One truth that could change your relationship with God (and everyone else you know)

    Wendy van Eyck
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:12 am
    And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:17 (NKJV)Beloved.I forget that I am a beloved child of God all the time. I forget that I a person who is greatly loved by God. I forget that “Beloved” is my very identity.I imagine I’m not the only one. I have a friend who even has it tattooed on her arm so she never forgets. Henri Nouwen once wrote, “We are the beloved sons and daughters of God just as Jesus is the Beloved Son.” (tweet this)How crazy is that? God loves me – and you – as much…
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    Intersections4Life

  • The Secretly Incredible Life of Peggie Spencer

    Charles Crutcher
    8 Aug 2015 | 9:59 am
    Recently, my Aunt Peggie passed away. I was on the way to see my brother-in-law Wes in Walters, Oklahoma when I received a phone call from my cousin Barbara. Peggie passed unexpectedly in the night. She was gone. Peggie and my Uncle Mancy meant so much to me. Both of them were an incredible couple. We spent much time together fishing, golfing, or just hanging around watching football. They were there for some difficult times in my life too. Always helpful, loving us when we needed it the most. Barbara asked me to speak at the funeral and to say whatever was on my heart. Here are some of the…
  • A Breath

    Steve Becker
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:14 am
    I woke up this morning and could only think of one thing.  Life goes by in the blink of an eye. You see, today I celebrate 11 years of marriage with my amazing wife. I can remember the day we first met, the day I asked her to tolerate me for life, and the day we took the plunge. These memories don’t seem like they are long gone enough to be memories until I look at the other stats that go along with all this. When we got married, my oldest was 12. Now she is all grown up and on her own at 23. My son was 6, and he graduates high school this year. Our youngest was 4, and she is in high…
  • Inside the Darkness

    Sandy Baggs
    20 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    There is so much going on in the world and in America today. So much has happened in the last few weeks in addition to the last century. It’s mind boggling for most everyone, but really shouldn’t be for the Christian. Most Christians who are paying attention see the clear signs of the beginning of the End. And though we’ve heard that phrase repeatedly over the years, people thinking it couldn’t get any worse that it is “right now,” or was back then. Well, it’s still going to get worse, much worse, as we draw nearer to what Christians look forward to…
  • After 20 Years

    Charles Crutcher
    8 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    How do you measure the depth of love? By years? No, by the moments given to us. Some people love a lifetime inside only a couple years. It’s not how much time we have to love one another, it’s how deeply. Many things intersect the binds of marriage: vacations, births, happy surprises, and other happy memories. While this is what I call the “frosting” of the cake, then there is the deeper layers: arguments, fights, panic, late-night hospital runs, sick kids, and deaths in the family. Shannon and I have been through a lot. Most people may think we have a formula to…
  • The First Verse

    Steve Becker
    5 Jul 2015 | 7:10 am
    I can tell you without a doubt that God speaks to all of us through His Word.  It is His voice.  We use prayer, He uses His Word. I can also tell you that God’s Word will point out where you are at in life by just opening it and studying. Lastly, anyone who studies the Bible and is close or very familiar with you can tell you what your current focus is, spiritually, based on one simple question. What is the first verse that comes to mind? It really is that simple.  What is the first verse that comes to your mind?  Don’t think about it, don’t consider and choose from many…
 
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  • Influencing Your Spouse + Anniversary.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:51 am
    It is our wedding anniversay!!! Today my husband and I are fifteen years old in marriage. Hallelujah! Thank you Jesus! One of the things I am so very grateful to God about is His blessing me with a... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • My Encounter At Cherubim And Seraphim.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:52 pm
    I was at a burial ceremony last weekend and I did something I had never done before… I walked into a Cherubim and Seraphim (C&S) service hall. And I didn’t just walk in, I walked in with... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • How To Be A Blessing To Your Spouse.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    God values all of His creation. Your spouse is a special gift from God to you. Your spouse is God’s special treasure given to you to cherish and nurture. You in turn should be a blessing to him/her.... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • I Stopped Selling My Body.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    4 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    Please don’t ask how I got in at first. You know how it is, a desire I knew no better way to handle, the pleasure of it, I could see from their reactions that the men liked my body, and that in... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • The Spices That Make Marriage Sweet.

    Ugochi Oritsejolomisan
    29 Jul 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Hello friends! I have been away for a week or so and I know some of you might have wondered why. Well, I was at one very glorious wedding. It was the wedding of Ezekiella and Moses. Ezekiella is the... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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  • A Monday Prayer

    Keri
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    Heavenly Father, Thank you. Thank you for the many blessings you have given us. Thank you for your presence and for met needs. Thank you […]
  • The Biggest Mistake Christians Make

    Keri
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Recently, I have been struggling with feeling very discouraged about all the trending topics in social media and the news. I see posts and comments […]
  • 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 […]
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    KindlingWord

  • Running on Tiptoe!

    Michael Thompson
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:18 am
    She is one and she is walking. Fast! Isabella went from wobbling like a Weeble to running like an Olympian in what seemed like days. Funny thing is she walks—even runs—on her tiptoes. She isn’t terribly stable and she falls fairly often, but she bounces back up and immediately starts bounding like a gazelle on the tips of her tiny feet. I had the joy of watching her a few days ago at her birthday party. Bounding around my son’s condo like a ballerina on point. We actually had to hem her in with a corral constructed from the sectional. You see, she is…
  • Singing In The Reign

    Michael Thompson
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:59 am
    It was his signature scene. The inimitable Gene Kelly, a wide smile on his face, dancing with his umbrella in a downpour. Singing In The Rain. It is the signature I see each time my spiritual mentor sends an email or letter. Singing In The Reign. This 80-plus year old giant of faith, Jack Taylor, has known as much suffering as any leader I know. He also understands the concepts and practices of the Kingdom better than anyone I know. And his signature celebrates one of the greatest truths I know: When you learn to sing in the rain, you will know what it means to sing in the reign. You see, you…
  • Help My Unbelief!

    Michael Thompson
    7 Aug 2015 | 5:57 am
    He had tried everything. Literally. After all, it was his son. The episodes of seizure and psychosis had gotten progressively worse. The boy had suffered innumerable indignities and caused incalculable anxiety for everyone he loved. The degree of pain and depth of suffering had taken its toll on the once-expectant heart of this committed dad. His hopeful attitude now jaded by too many trips down too many rabbit trails. Nothing he tried had worked. Nothing. That’s when he heard about a man who was breaking barriers and changing outcomes by healing broken people. Rumors of the…
  • Instafamous…and why we live small lives

    Michael Thompson
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    Instafamous…that status you get when you blow up on Instagram. Lots of followers on your feed equals lots of fame in your following. It’s all relative, isn’t it? Lots of fish seem big in a small pond. But you can can become a moderate phenom if you learn to use the site well. My son-in-law, Chase, introduced this old man to the new term. I think some people, like him, have earned the moniker. As @thevuvobandit, Chase has rightly garnered quite a following through his sharp eye, unique style and keen skill with a camera.  And there’s a growing number of…
  • The Porch Swing

    Michael Thompson
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    The Celts called them “thin spaces”…natural settings that intersect spiritual openings and create eternal moments. In the fast-paced frenzy of life as we know it, such moments seem fewer and farther between than ever before. The frenetic energy of everyday living and the white noise of technology’s incessant intrusion routinely drown out the voices of those we most long to hear. For me, it is essential–perhaps life-saving–to seek out these thin spaces. They are my touch points where time and eternity meet. These are the junctures where heritage is…
 
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  • I won’t be far

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    19 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    The way to do anything is to just do it; the way to get anywhere is to start moving your feet; and the way to change your life, and hopefully the lives of others, is to quit your good, stable job and hop a plane to Beirut to work with Syrian refugees. At least, that’s my situation. Starting today, I’m joining up with the Mennonite Central Committee’s Serving and Learning Together program to head to Lebanon where I’ll be an emergency response assistant working with Lebanese-Syrian peacebuilding and humanitarian aid programs. Yeah, it’s a mouthful. But, at the same time, it’s…
  • What I need

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    Christ. That’s all. I’m trying to trust that. To know that Jesus is all I have or ever will need. It’s hard, but I think it’s true, not just because it is poetic or bold or crazy or something to stand on, but because everything I think about the world, in the end, hinges on this. I am tempted here to say “But,” but there can be no buts. So instead I will say “And,” though all our ands are secondary. And apart from the grace and way of the rabbi before me, and the Holy Spirit within me, and the Father lovingly casting spotlights from above me,…
  • There are cedars where I’m going

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    On the other side of the sea, clasped tight between ancient mountains and a battered blue coast, perches a small country with a brilliant and blemished past and, with a little help and a little hope, a great future. For many over the age of 30, Lebanon summons grainy televised imagery of car bombs and the ruins of Beirut. The country’s civil war (1975-1990) was as calamitous as it was brutal, especially when one considers that, when it broke out, Lebanon, and especially Beirut, was a highly-developed, eminently intellectual, objectively beautiful place. War turned a bright haven of a…
  • Where the moons are ever waning

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    15 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    When the New Horizons spacecraft left our little lonely rock on January 19, 2006, iPhones hadn’t been invented yet. Gas prices were under $2.50 and Hummer sales had yet to peak. Facebook laid claim to a meager five million users and the most popular songs on the radio were by the likes of Fall Out Boy, Mary J. Blige, and D4L. You still used AOL instant messenger, and the Patriots were reigning Super Bowl champs, so I guess some things never change. Those were the good old days when Pluto, that distant frozen boulder and the object of our astronomical affections, was, in fact, still a…
  • Better than words

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Much braying about the moral health of the country has gone firing across the social corral in the last week. From all sides fly cries of victory and defeat, right and wrong, absolutes bellowed with such finality it is a wonder the federal dawn of legal same-sex marriage did not bring with it the apocalypse. In too many places the sentiment suggests that the so-called culture war between traditional Christendom and homosexual matrimony is a zero-sum game, that the two cannot coexist in the same country. In reality, however, there are very few zero-sum games. And because neighborly love and…
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish Celebrates 300

    Ruth Hill
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:05 pm
    The 1715 Bruton Parish Episcopal Church in Williamsburg, VA continues its year-long celebration of the three centuries of history. The post Williamsburg’s Bruton Parish Celebrates 300 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • The Top 10 Christian Sites In Galilee You Can’t Miss

    Ruth Hill
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:44 am
    The Galilee Region contains its own wealth of significant sites because Jesus spent most of his ministry in this area. Here are the top 10 Galilee sites you can’t miss. The post The Top 10 Christian Sites In Galilee You Can’t Miss appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Jamestown 1608 Church Bones Identified

    Ruth Hill
    8 Aug 2015 | 7:37 am
    Jamestown, VA - site of America's founding in 1607 - Four graves of early Jamestown leaders who were buried in the 1608 church that was excavated in 2011 are identified. The post Jamestown 1608 Church Bones Identified appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Martin Luther and More in Germany’s Cultural Capitals

    Ruth Hill
    3 Aug 2015 | 5:24 am
    2017 marks 500 years since Martin Luther sparked the Reformation. Now into 2016 is a great time to plan your look at Luther Country. The post Martin Luther and More in Germany’s Cultural Capitals appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Italy’s Orvieto is a Don’t-Miss

    Ruth Hill
    20 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    One of Italy's most stunning cathedrals is about 90 minutes out of Rome in the hill town of Orvieto. The post Italy’s Orvieto is a Don’t-Miss appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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    Sermon Notes by Silas

  • Healing and What the Bible Says

    Silas Eke
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Article Source: R. K. Harrison, Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible, Vol. 2, p. 542Healing may be described in terms of curing or restoring to health of a sick person, whether by promoting the closure of wounds, repairing the results of accidents or surgical disease, or administering effective treatment for specific pathological conditions of the body or mind. In the Scriptures healing is the restoration to a state of health by physical means or by miracle; the methods not necessarily mutually exclusive. To consider healing in the Bible, we shall look at health and longevity in the Bible,…
  • Regeneration

    Silas Eke
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Text: Ezekiel 36:21-38What is Regeneration?It is the birth of a New Spirit. The Bible says in Ezekiel 36:26-27: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them.”This Birth is of Divine OriginJohn 1:12-13 reads: “But to all who received Him, who believed in His name, He gave them power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the…
  • God’s Method Of Missionary Outreach

    Silas Eke
    15 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    I took a long break from this blog in back May but now I have resumed my weekly sermon posts. I appreciate all my readers and will keep going on it for as long as the Lord allows.****Text: Acts 13:1-15Recently, the Church organized an eleven-week Evangelism training course in order to highlight the opportunities that are ours today in going out to reach others for Christ; for in the words of Christ Himself – “the fields are already ripe even unto harvest” We also tried during the course to show the how-to of evangelism.Today, in this country, the Church has the greatest opportunity to…
  • Kept Securely in Christ (Part 3)

    Silas Eke
    16 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Romans 8:26 – 39 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the…
  • Kept Securely in Christ (Part 2)

    Silas Eke
    9 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    Romans 8:5-25So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors — not to the flesh, to live according to the…
 
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  • We are Afflicted in Every Way but not Crushed

    Sonya Richards
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:23 am
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.  So we do not lose heart. Though The post We are Afflicted in Every Way but not…
  • Wives respect your Husbands Even When He Is Not There

    Sonya Richards
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33 (NIV) Wives, respect and obey your husbands in the same way. Then the husbands who do not obey the word of God will want to know God. They will want to know God because their wives live good lives, even though they say nothing about God. They will see that you live holy lives and respect your husbands.1 Peter 3:1-2 (WE) I imagine that at least some ladies think it was easy in Biblical times to do The post Wives respect your Husbands Even When He Is Not There appeared…
  • His Thoughts are Higher and He is a God of Logic

    Sonya Richards
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    His Thoughts are Higher God is a God of logic, but sometimes He cannot explain His logic to us because His thoughts are higher and His ways are higher than ours and even if He tried, our finite minds would not be able to take it in and make sense of it all. So, in some cases, He leads us down the path, giving hints as we walk towards His outstretched hands, to understanding; He leads us to our own conclusions and the most amazing thing is, when we arrive at the answer, we know that we are there. Always The post His Thoughts are Higher and He is a God of Logic appeared first on Your Bible…
  • Glory of God the Father – Name Above All Names

    Sonya Richards
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Glory of God the Father Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall  bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV) Although Paul talked about this in his letter to the Philippians, the foundation of Philippians 2:9-11 comes from Isaiah. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me The post Glory of God the Father –…
  • Biblical Marriage – Honoring One Another

    Sonya Richards
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    So many marriages, Christian marriages included, are in trouble, and much of the blame falls on the fact that we have forgotten the order of things as ordained by God. Biblical wisdom tells us God must be first in all things – our hearts, our minds, our homes, our lives, and our marriages – next in this Biblically described and God-breathed order of things comes the spouse and honoring one another. We primarily go wrong with not putting God first; then we follow that up with putting other things, such as children, friends, work, or leisure activities, before our mate. The post Biblical…
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  • Biggest Loser Loses Ali Sweeney

    Austin Andrews
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:18 am
    Biggest Loser loses its heart. .@NBC‘s @biggestlosernbc will NOT include Host, @Ali_Sweeney. Ali, you will be more than missed… http://t.co/tHMfyCbSNi — Biggest Loser Austin (@RetroFitAustin) August 25, 2015 Access Hollywood broke the story that Biggest Loser is parting ways with Alison Sweeney after 8 years and 13 seasons. Arguably the only stability that Biggest Loser has had over the last 8 years walks away with Alison and it leaves a serious sense of uncertainty. With Jillian Michaels walking away from the show and Bob’s roll having tremendously been reduced last season,…
  • Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition TONIGHT!

    Ken Andrews
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    Tonight On: Mitzi TONIGHT! You won't want to miss one of our most UNIQUE transformations ever, as Mitzi battles a lot more than weight loss. 9/8c on ABC Posted by Extreme Weight Loss on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 In early 2014, Austin and I held a RetroFit Faith & Fitness Retreat near Dallas, Texas. Mitzi was one of our participants and tonight her story will be told on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Weight Loss Edition. Mitzi’s personality was magnetic and she was a beautiful woman desiring life change. Within a few weeks of that retreat, Mitzi went with another one of our Faith…
  • #21DaysOfNoJunk Dare!

    Austin Andrews
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    A few days ago this Coca-Cola (Graphic Below) Information went viral on Facebook and it got everyone are RetroFit Ministries thinking, we should do something… Then, someone in our Becoming Healthy Together Facebook Group posted about a 21 Day No Junk Food commitment, and we knew we had to join in. With a new month starting, the timing was too perfect, so we are committing and encouraging everyone to take on the #21DaysOfNoJunk Dare! What happens within One Hour of Consuming Coke? #CocaCola #Soda #SpirituallyFit Posted by Austin Andrews on Thursday, July 30, 2015     Pushing…
  • Weight Loss is hopeless?

    Austin Andrews
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:12 pm
    Last night, I read the most disturbing article I have ever read on Weight Loss. I am used to stats that are against people being successful, and I am also used to seeing transformation shots of people that my eyes can barely believe because of their success. I am exposed to it all… or so I thought. But no. Last night, I read an article that blew my head gasket. Maybe this is normal, maybe these kinds of things are written often; but if they are, I have never seen them. The article basically said: “If you are trying to lose weight, we have proof you’re doomed.” Here is an excerpt…
  • Spartan Race: Believing You Can

    Julie Wilson
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:58 pm
    I told you in another post that I learned many things from my first Spartan Race. I have to say the most valuable thing is that I am capable of even more than I thought. Along with this, I want to say that what you are capable of has more to do with your mind, than your physical capabilities. A Positive Mind Set My strategy throughout the Spartan Race, obstacles and miles was to tell myself that I could do it.  Sounds simple,right? A lie, maybe? I had to have faith in knowing that I could do it, if I really wanted it. Could I climb an 8 foot wall by myself? No, but I had my team behind me.
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  • The Value of Knowing God

    Kris Burke
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:55 pm
    Philippians 3:7-8 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. Church, Do we truly understand the worth of the salvation that we have received? To know the value of this calling means that the things of the world are all compared to our knowledge of God. When Paul looked at this world in the light of the knowledge of God he literally called it “garbage”. He knew what he had gained in Christ and considered everything…
  • Offerings in Righteousness to the Lord

    Kris Burke
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:31 pm
    Malachi 3:3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver, and he will purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and they will bring offerings in righteousness to the LORD Church, This verse in Malachi is specific in the ones that will bring righteous offerings to the Lord. He calls us to something higher than just attending church or trying to live a good life. He calls us to be purified and refined. The Lord calls us to stand before His holy presence and bear our hearts before Him so that the desires of our flesh can be burnt away and righteousness would rise. We need…
  • This is the Way, walk in it

    Kris Burke
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:54 am
    Isaiah 30:21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” Whenever you turn to the right hand Or whenever you turn to the left. Church, Last night was an amazing time and we learned some great truths that should change our walk. Those who obey their fleshy desires get swept up by it. The acts that we know are wrong become easier and easier until we no longer know the difference between right and wrong. The voice of our conscience and the voice of God are gone and we are only moved by our flesh. However, for those who live in righteousness, you have a…
  • So that all the ends of the earth will fear Him

    Kris Burke
    11 Aug 2015 | 7:49 am
    Psalm 67:6-7 The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us. May God bless us still, so that all the ends of the earth will fear him. United Faith Church, Today while reading the word I came across this verse. I had to read it a few times to understand. How can the blessings of God cause fear on the earth? Then I began to think about my own life. I thought about all the supernatural blessings that God has bestowed upon me. How is it possible that God raised a dead man like me back to life? How is it possible that I could be transformed into a different person? How is it that all though…
  • Where can I go from Your Spirit?

    Kris Burke
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Psalm 139:7-10 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Church, Its hard to contemplate just how endless creation truly is. We are but a small grain of sand in comparison with all that The Father created and called to be. Yet as small as we may be in comparison, there is nothing more precious to God than His children. He has…
 
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  • 1 Reason Jesus Should Offend Us: Power

    Brian Niece
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    1 Reason Jesus Should Offend Us: Power There are numerous reasons why Jesus is offensive.  It always amuses me when Christ-followers and non-believers alike say things like, “I really like Jesus.” No you don’t!  If you really listened to him and examined how he lived, you’d be offended more often than not. We could say Jesus is more of a Twitter guy than a Facebook guy: he wants to be “followed” not “liked.” Take how he demonstrates power, for example. Jesus on Trial Try to place yourself in a good viewing spot at Jesus’ trial on…
  • What Does the Trinity Say about Forgiveness?

    Brian Niece
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:32 pm
    What Does the Trinity Say about Forgiveness? The Triune God gives us an audacious picture of forgiveness. The God referred to as the Trinity is continually giving over of God’s self to an Other. God chooses to be completed by freely relating to everything he, of his own will, has created. God’s self-giving love delights in being mutually affirmed by his creation.  This is evidenced in God’s on-going mission of reconciliation: “in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us” (2…
  • A Prayer for Those of Us Who Struggle with Pride

    Brian Niece
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    A Prayer for Those of Us Who Struggle with Pride For those of us who endeavor to follow Jesus, pride is sin. If you are like me and struggle with pride, I offer this prayer. Father, I have spoken of things beyond my understanding, things too wonderful for me to know. I have acted, not from love of you, but from fear for my own self preservation. Bending to your will is so hard for me. Forgive me. Jesus, I have not allowed your perfect love to rid me of fear. A sense of superiority leeches onto me, suffocating your peace. The dark shadow of “me” has battered against the brilliance…
  • On the Living Word and the Written Word

    Brian Niece
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:52 am
    On the Living Word and the Written Word I love God’s Story, Scripture, the Bible. I do believe that this text holds divinely inspired words. I’ve devoted the majority of my adult years to the study and interpretation of this text (and will continue to do so). But God’s Story is not my final authority; rather God’s self is. Allow me to detail why the Bible should not be the final authority for any one, any church, any community that seeks to follow Jesus Christ. The Unhelpful Age of Reason Not until we entered the age of Enlightenment in human history, did the church begin to adopt a…
  • 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…
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  • VIDEO: New World Order Pope: Francis I ~ HD

    The WILDVOICE
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:59 am
    http://thewildvoice.org Open Your Mind (feat. Ven. Fulton Sheen)  -The Francis Effect Mix- Lightning Strikes Saint Peter's Dome after Pope's Resignation. Islamic Prayers inside Vatican. Pope Francis Mega Celebrity. Pop Singing Nun Covers Madonna song. TV Prosperity Preachers. Peace Doves Attacked. The… Read more → The post VIDEO: New World Order Pope: Francis I ~ HD appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • VIDEO: Pope Francis – The False Prophet Is Here

    The WILDVOICE
    8 Aug 2015 | 2:15 am
    http://thewildvoice.org Beware, for pope Francis and other false prophets prepare for the coming antichrist – the Beast 666. Extreme video revealing extreme times of ravenous wolves disguised as sheep. What dark forces lay beneath the supernatural media storm of false prophet… Read more → The post VIDEO: Pope Francis – The False Prophet Is Here appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • VIDEO: Priest Talks About Forced Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI

    The WILDVOICE
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    http://thewildvoice.org Father Santiago Martin, Madrid, Spain, is the founder of The Franciscans of Mary which is present in nineteen countries, including Spain, the US, Canada, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Argentina, Chile, Poland, Holland and Italy, and Asia.  In the homily… Read more → The post VIDEO: Priest Talks About Forced Resignation of Pope Benedict XVI appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • VIDEO: False Prophet "pope" Francis and Environment Agenda

    The WILDVOICE
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:45 am
    http://thewildvoice.org False Prophet "pope" Francis is discussed on the Alex Jones show in a clip titled "Is pope Francis the False Prophet?" which aired on June 29, 2015. Following his Encyclical on the environment (the first ever in Church history to… Read more → The post VIDEO: False Prophet "pope" Francis and Environment Agenda appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Pope Francis, The Rotary Club, Masonic Signs & Wonders

    The WILDVOICE
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:14 am
    http://thewildvoice.org July 7, 2015 PAGE TOPICS Papal Decree Banning Clergy from Rotary Club Membership Pope Francis, Rotary Club Member Since 1999 Catholicism and Rotary – An Open Question The Masons and Pope Francis The Catholic Church's Position on Freemasonry PAPAL DECREE… Read more → The post Pope Francis, The Rotary Club, Masonic Signs & Wonders appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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  • Living in an Overwhelmed State

    purposefulfaith
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Post by: Katie M. Reid I was overwhelmed. Our summer was jam-packed with events, responsibilities, conferences, and a move. It felt like we had little room to breathe and not much time to enjoy the slowness of summer. But, who am I kidding? Those of us in the Midwest don’t sip in summer, we lap it up with an unsatiated thirst—birthed in the bowels of winter. The cold months leave our souls hungry for lake days and firefly nights. Last week, as the weather prematurely cooled—with school days on the horizon—I sat on my bed, in our half-unpacked bedroom, feeling…
  • Are You Stuck Waiting?

    purposefulfaith
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I could feel it – but I didn’t want to “feel” it. I didn’t want to deal. I didn’t have time for it. I was too busy living days of baby insanity – coping with a screamer who didn’t know night from day or day from night, that mom sometimes needs 5-minutes without high-pitched wails and that spit-up is actually the worst kind of perfume. Babies don’t get all that. So, even though my legs were going numb and my vision was faltering, I ignored it. Even though it seemed I was wearing 3-D checkerboard glasses of black…
  • A Moment We All Need to Give Ourselves

    purposefulfaith
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:57 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Occasionally you meet a person you know is an instant friend. Location doesn’t matter, distance doesn’t care and methods of communication aren’t valid – what you know is that this one counts for something. This is how I feel about Rachel Macy Stafford. She shines all things pure and beautiful and it is my delight to know and love her. In other exciting news, Rachel’s latest book, HANDS FREE LIFE, has permanently marked my heart with awe-inspiring and heartfelt life change. I feel my life going from bouncy ball crazy, to focused and…
  • 10 Verses to Comfort Sad Day Feelings

    purposefulfaith
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:36 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Sometimes I feel that I have a personal obligation to those around me. A smile must go on, a fake cheer must resound and my words must say, “I’m fine” and really mean it. I can’t let others go south based on overly exposed emotions. Ever feel that way? Like you couldn’t feel the way you wanted to feel? That you were the helper extraordinaire, unable to step down from your lofty position to ask for help? That you were a burden bringer not a blessing keeper if you opened the floodgates? That people would hustle you to the nearest cave, verses rush…
  • Why You Lack Friends

    purposefulfaith
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:41 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: You talk too much. Alone. Your words are simply dissertation on yourself. Alone. You judge others. Alone. You live too far. Alone. You make me feel uncomfortable. Alone. You don’t go deep enough. Alone. You are a square peg in the round hole that I have designed for my ideal friend. Alone. You are only free when I am busy. Alone. You just didn’t end up being who I wanted you to be. Alone. No wonder I lack friends right now. I never intended to feel so isolated and so absent of peace in the friend category, but this is what happens when your standards…
 
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  • Can Christians Drink Alcohol?

    mswanson14@newspringcollege.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Having a beer at the lake or grabbing happy hour drinks with some friends? Depending on your family or church background, you probably reacted differently to that question. Rather than try to convince each other whose opinion on alcohol is right, we can take it up with God. What The Bible Says About Beer, Wine, and Strong Drink Avoid alcohol when it clouds our judgment and causes us to treat others poorly. (Proverbs 31:4-7). Like anything else when abused, alcohol has the potential to lead us into sin (Proverbs 23:29-35). Drink in moderation to stay healthy (1 Timothy 5:23). Church leaders…
  • 4 Things You Need to Know About Baptism

    mswanson14@newspringcollege.com
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Following Jesus is not a one-time decision, but a lifelong journey. No matter how long you've been a Christian, we all have a next step in our walk with Jesus. If you asked Jesus into your life, but have yet to be baptized, baptism is your next step!  4 Things You Need To Know About Baptism  1. Baptism is about going public. Like wearing a jersey to a football game, baptism is our opportunity to identify with a person and a team.  When we take our next step in baptism, we're letting the world know we belong to Jesus and we're on His team.
  • Your Greatest Strength Can Be Your Biggest Obstacle

    mswanson14@newspringcollege.com
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    One of the great adventures in the Christian life is working with God to accomplish His purpose in the world. God gives each of us spiritual gifts when we ask Jesus into our lives, and everyone’s spiritual gifts are designed to work together in the church for the maximum display of God’s glory. When we serve in our gifting, it can be exhilarating. The work flows easily, others notice our God-given aptitude, and our passion for what we do remains high. But the enemy can also use those good feelings to lead a believer to the same kind of thinking that we see in the world --…
  • 3 Things Every New Christian Needs To Know

    mswanson14@newspringcollege.com
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Maybe you came to church to pacify a co-worker or friend. Maybe you came as a gift to your parents or a way to show interest in something that’s captivated your teen’s attention. One way or another, you showed up to church and something in you changed. For the first time, you understood who Jesus is, what He did for you, and the life He wants for you. And when the pastor invited people to start a relationship with Jesus, you were in.   When you said yes to a relationship with Jesus, you said yes to eternity in heaven and a new life here on earth. It was all so exciting on…
  • Best Weekend Ever: Where Am I?

    mswanson14@newspringcollege.com
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A recap of Senior Pastor Perry Noble's sermon, “Best Weekend Ever: Where Am I?" in 140 characters or less. If you’re going to get somewhere later, you need to know where you are now. #ILoveMyChurch Connecting with God doesn’t mean we never have storms; it means we have peace through our storms. #ILoveMyChurch When we connect with God, we experience peace, purpose, and a place in heaven. #ILoveMyChurch We won’t fully connect to our purpose unless we’re connected with God. #ILoveMyChurch My crisis is canceled only by a connection through the cross of…
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  • 4 church giving questions every executive pastor should answer

    Steve Caton
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’ve mentioned before how utterly impressed I am with the scope of work that executive pastors I regularly meet are able to accomplish. They lead the charge when it comes to the nuts and bolts of ministry. They handle the details — including finances. Today I want to unpack four church giving questions every executive pastor should answer. 4 church giving questions every executive pastor should answer Considering these four questions will help you avoid some mistakes that I’ve seen churches make in the past: How prepared are we for financial bumps in the road? Whatever your style of…
  • 3 toxic mindsets that destroy church culture

    Steve Caton
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    A healthy church begins with a healthy staff. Are your staff members supportive of one another? Do they view other ministries as threats to their own? Do they have a shared vision? If these aspects of a healthy culture are missing, it could have massive repercussions. Consider these three toxic mindsets as ones to look out for: The lead pastor doesn’t feel like it’s his job to foster culture. His attitude is focused on preaching and shepherding the church, but he doesn’t get that he influences the way the rest of the staff interact with one another and the people they serve. The…
  • 3 things every executive pastor should know about staff accountability

    Steve Caton
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    ‘Accountability’ is a word we toss around in the church when we discuss spiritual formation, but it’s not often connected to the idea of accountability for results and goals in ministry. In the local church, that concept is often missing or viewed with skepticism. Here’s the truth: accountability for results and goals is actually something highly effective people desire. Without it, they can’t possibly know how you feel about their work or how they are helping you move the ministry forward. If you lead without accountability, you will continually struggle to retain talented people.
  • Is your church staff task-driven or vision-focused?

    Steve Caton
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    As church leaders, we are all susceptible to getting so focused on daily tasks and programs that we lose sight of the greater vision and calling to make disciples. Have you ever gotten so bogged down in the tyranny of the urgent that you lose complete sight of the ministry outcomes you should be working towards? Well, as you might imagine, you’re not alone. Because most churches are often understaffed and under-resourced, it is very easy to default to making to-do lists and managing programs. Let’s take a look at some of the indicators. Are you effective or just busy? Here are some…
  • 2 questions every executive pastor should ask to create momentum this fall

    Steve Caton
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The more executive pastors I meet and work with, the more I am impressed with the absolutely vital work you do every day. You have your fingers in every area of your church, tracking all the little details and thousands of moving pieces that go into ministry work every day, all the while keeping your eyes on the big-picture vision. Executive pastors play a key role in creating momentum by aligning your tasks with outcomes that will help you fulfill your mission. Since you want to be as effective as possible but have so much on your plate, here are two questions you can ask yourself that will…
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  • We Become God’s Expression by Eating, Digesting, and Assimilating God to Live God

    aGodMan
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:16 am
    The high peak of the divine revelation in the Bible is that God became man to make man God in life, nature, expression, and function, so that God would obtain a corporate expression in the universe in man. Through regeneration we receive the divine life with the divine nature, and daily we are growing in life to express God and shepherd others. In the human life we are born of our parents and have their human life and nature, but we will never have our father’s fatherhood – we will be his son / daughter and we will express him and even look like him, but the fatherhood is his.
  • Being Metabolically Constituted with God to Live God and Shepherd According to God

    aGodMan
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:30 am
    Shepherding according to God – as the Lord Jesus and Paul did in their living and ministry – is by first becoming one with God, being constituted with God, living God, expressing God, representing God, and ministering God so that we may be God in function in shepherding others. It is one thing to feel compassion for someone and care for them, encourage them to go on with the Lord, and be with them in tough times, and it is something completely different to shepherd according to God. The Lord Jesus as the good Shepherd is in our spirit today shepherding us by living in us and by…
  • Shepherding According to God by being One with God to Shepherd According what He is

    aGodMan
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:54 am
    This week we are exploring the deeper meaning and implication of the expression, “shepherding according to God” in 1 Pet. 5:2. The Lord Jesus as the good Shepherd took good care of His sheep when He was on earth, and now in His heavenly ministry He still cares for us, His flock, by interceding for us and by ministering God to us. Furthermore, Christ as the good Shepherd is now the life-giving Spirit in our spirit, and we are becoming His reproduction – we are becoming the ones shepherding others according to God. God put us in His flock where there’s only One Shepherd…
  • Being One with Christ in His Heavenly Ministry to Shepherd God’s Flock, the Church

    aGodMan
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:16 am
    In the previous articles we have seen what it means to shepherd according to God by taking a closer look at the pattern of the Lord Jesus and the pattern of the Apostle Paul. A pattern gives us a way practically how to do a certain thing, and the Lord Jesus lived out a God-man life and a life of shepherding, setting forth a pattern for us to follow. The Lord today wants to bring in a new revival, the ultimate revival, which will close this age and bring the Lord back. This ultimate revival begins with seeing the highest vision of God’s eternal economy, which is that God became a man to…
  • Love is the Most Excellent Way to Be and Do anything for the Building up of the Body

    aGodMan
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The Lord Jesus as the good Shepherd is today being reproduced and multiplied in us all as His sheep, His believers, by our cooperation with Him through the exercise of our spirit to be one with the Lord as the inward organic shepherd. Once it was only ONE Good Shepherd, but this One has become the life-giving Spirit to come and comfort us and shepherd us within by being one with our spirit! We need to read the Gospels and see how the Lord shepherded people, and we need to be one with Him to shepherd others back to God to be enjoying all His riches as members of His household. The Apostle Paul…
 
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    "What Is The Meaning Of Life?"

  • Why “9 Lies You Hear At Church” Is Deceiving

    Albert
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:26 pm
    What? This post is about something the author came across while researching something else. That happens from time to time. While most of you have probably not read the post, it still seemed like something to respond to. That is because it brought up ideas that are commonly mentioned about the Bible, but incomplete and … Continue reading Why “9 Lies You Hear At Church” Is Deceiving →
  • Meaning In Life, From A Strong Foundation

    Albert
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:49 am
    Maybe it is just something the author has noticed. By middle age a person has noticed many things, and made mistakes along the way. It is one thing to make a mistake, but it is another thing to learn from it. Here is the observation to learn from, which you might have also experienced in … Continue reading Meaning In Life, From A Strong Foundation →
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    25 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
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  • Did You Know The Bible Speaks Personally To You?

    Albert
    23 Aug 2015 | 1:31 am
    Other posts on this blog have talked about it. It is an amazing work and has a lot of value. It is, of course, the Bible. But, the issue is this: In talking to people in daily life, there seems to be a general disconnect with the Bible. What does that mean? It does not … Continue reading Did You Know The Bible Speaks Personally To You? →
  • Why You Should Consider Vegetarianism – Backed By The Bible

    Albert
    20 Aug 2015 | 2:02 am
    “You don’t know what you’re missing.” This is a phrase I get a lot as someone who is a vegetarian. It usually comes when other people are eating something like steak or burgers. Even though I give a quick answer, like health or personal reasons, it either doesn’t seem like enough and people still look … Continue reading Why You Should Consider Vegetarianism – Backed By The Bible →
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  • You Can Have it All

    Tim Sherfy
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Advertising media is constantly telling us we “deserve to have it all”. American culture encourages us to reach for the stars and to pursue success. From an early age many are taught we can be anything we want to be. As we mature, we discover what all those who have gone before us already know. We actually can’t have it all. image © Sondem There aren’t enough hours in a lifetime to do everything we want to do. There isn’t enough money to bankroll our every whim. Instead we must determine which things are most important to us to pursue and leave the rest littered on the field of…
  • Worth it All?

    Tim Sherfy
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    To most of the people reading this blog, being a disciple of Jesus will not put your life in jeopardy. Few of us will ever know what real persecution for the sake of Jesus is. We won’t know what it’s like to gather in secret to worship and learn about Jesus. While thankfully that isn’t our reality, this blessing of freedom is not without consequence. image © yotrakbutda Because our faith puts us in no peril, we are prone to laziness and selfish pursuits. Serving Jesus becomes a secondary focus. We must consciously decide if following Jesus is worth it all, or if we will only give lip…
  • The Pursuit of God

    Tim Sherfy
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    When we think about the pursuit of God, most of us consider what we can do to chase after Him. Certainly we want to be always looking for ways to know, understand, and love Him more; it is the other side of the equation many never stop to ponder. God is constantly pursuing us. As much as we love Him, He loves us more. image © Jakub Cejpek As much as we desire a relationship with Him, He desires a relationship with us even more. It’s inconceivable; how could the Creator of the Universe take notice of us? Our ability to fathom the enormity of what His pursuit of us means does not change the…
  • Leave the Familiar

    Tim Sherfy
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Francis Chan once said, “Let’s be eager to leave what is familiar for what is true.” We tend to cling to what is familiar in spite of what is true. We would rather have what makes us feel comfortable or safe than pursue the truth, which is often uncomfortable and even dangerous. The fact is we spend most of our lives running towards the familiarity of our culture and away from the truth of God. image © Kaspars Grinvalds While we might say we don’t live this way, the truth shows up on our calendars and in our checkbooks. We spend inordinate amounts of time and money on what is…
  • Busy

    Tim Sherfy
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Commenting on Leonard Ravenhill’s statement that “The accent in the Church today is not on devotion, but on commotion”, A.W. Tozer said “What a man is must be shown to be more important than what he does… Externalism has taken over. God now speaks by the wind and the earthquake only; the still small voice can be heard no more. The whole religious machine has become a noisemaker.” image © bahrialtay As you survey the well-known churches of our day, this seems very true. As a general rule, there is a lot of activity surrounding them, but the world is not changing as a result.
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    Broken & Contrite Hearts

  • Does Day Really Mean Day in Genesis 1?

    sarahbeth
    28 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    After determining that Christians can believe in evolution and why Moses wrote the book of Genesis, I want to give some answers to the much debated question as to whether “day” means 24 hours in Genesis or if it is just a literary symbol for millions of years. Why wouldn’t day mean day? The Hebrew […] The post Does Day Really Mean Day in Genesis 1? appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Why was Genesis even written?

    sarahbeth
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:22 am
    My last post answered the question: can Christians believe in evolution? So this post I want to dive into why was Genesis even written.  It’s important to understand the historical context the biblical books were written in. Genesis: Poetic or Literal? It was once argued to me that many scholars claim that Genesis is one of […] The post Why was Genesis even written? appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Can Christians believe in Evolution?

    sarahbeth
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:00 pm
    What prompted this post: Several months ago, I saw someone claim that we CANNOT know what the Bible really says about how God created this world we live in. Now, I’ve seen many blogs and websites defending theistic evolution, with their motto being that you don’t have to sacrifice intelligence for your faith. But this […] The post Can Christians believe in Evolution? appeared first on 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.
 
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  • “The War Room” (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:31 am
    This weekend, my husband and I saw the movie, “War Room,” and found it to be inspiring, and quite refreshing. We literally laughed, cried, and lifted our hands high as we sat snuggling in the back of the theater. “It’s exciting when a movie that Exalts prayer is done with such Excellence!” L. Bevere #TotallyAgree To the cast, directors, writers, and producers, I say; “Job Well Done!” The movie grossed over 11 million dollars this past weekend, earned the top spot for new releases, and impacted many lives (ours included). Yes, I love it!!!Prayer is a…
  • Worship, A Matter Of The Heart (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    28 Jul 2015 | 5:15 am
    This Wednesday will mark the end of the “Worship” series at our home church, Church on The Rock. This series has been full of Golden Nuggets, and Life-Changing Truths. I have to say that this one has been one of my all-time favorites, and has truly taken my quiet-time to another level. As I have found so much joy, and strength in meditating on His Names, Nature and Attributes. Our Lord is Holy, and He is Perfect bringing with Him, Perfect peace, Perfect timing, and a Perfect love for us all. Wow, What an Amazing God we Serve!!! If you want to draw closer to God, and I believe that…
  • The Names Of God (Quiet-Time Review)

    Marvlun Reed
    15 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    A Few Notes From Today’s Study; Is He your Most High God, All sufficient One, Master, Lord of Peace, the Lord Who Will Provide? Is He your Father? We must be careful not to make God into an “it” or a “thing” to which we pray. He is our Jehovah Raah, the Lord our Shepherd. God knows us by our name, shouldn’t we know Him by His? Biblically, names carry meaning. Names describe qualities and characteristics of the person or being who bears the name. For instance, the Hebrew name Jacob (Genesis 25:26 ; Genesis 27:36) means “taking hold of the heel,…
  • “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…
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  • Should You Be On Periscope?

    Cristina
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    Surely you've heard about the live streaming app called Periscope? Apparently, it's the closest thing to teleportation this side of The Jetsons. Are you running a marathon? In the middle of a protest? On a roller coaster at your favorite theme park? Why not share those moments with the world at large (and by world, I mean whoever downloads the app - and that is currently 10 million registered users).In this post, I share some links to great tutorials should you want to dive in, or just get your pinky toe wet. I'll also share some Periscope tips for bloggers and my thoughts on whether you…
  • How to Pitch Influencers in Your Niche

    Cristina
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:45 am
    I’m sure you’ve read all of the “How to Boost Blog Traffic” lists until your head exploded. One of the most cited tips is to share an expert roundup post. An expert round up post, is where one blogger reaches out to other niche specific bloggers and asks them their opinion. In return, a link to the niche specific blogger’s site is included in the expert round up post. How does an expert round up post bring traffic? The niche specific blogger will likely share your post with their audience. Say you ask 10 people and they have 6,000 followers collectively across all their social…
  • 8 Facebook Hacks for Bloggers

    Cristina
    21 Jul 2015 | 5:10 am
    Facebook terrifies me.All those algorithm changes and dings for not doing something right.To me, Facebook feels like childhood, where you don’t know what you’re doing and any mistake can cost you. What do I do with my fear? Eat it for lunch and share my lunch with all of you.I love to share goodies like the ones I am about to share with you. Be sure to sign up for my VIP list to receive exclusive goodies, info and tips that I don't share with anyone else (or anywhere else, for that matter). You'll also receive my top 7 tips for creating a successful online community, just for signing…
  • Don't Catch the Ball

    Cristina
    16 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    If someone throws a ball at you it doesn't mean you have to catch it. I learned this many years ago when I was a Bilingual Trading Assistant at Bear Stearns. I had a manager at the time who was not a very good leader. She had a different way of saying this to me, or maybe it's a different perspective. She would say "Lob the grenade". In my early 20s, when I had this job, I knew it wasn't the right way to think of it. You don't want to pass the problem off, or "the ball" to someone else. You just don't need to catch it. Watch to see what I'm talking about. And please forgive the…
  • 5 Sites That Will Change How You Blog

    Cristina
    14 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    How do you consume content? By that, I mean in this blogging and social media world we live in, how do you stay in the know? Yes, you come here and get the deets, but where else do you go?I thought I would share my secrets and give you a list of the 5 sites I go to daily (I have 29 must read sites, but I’ll give you the first 5 on my list, right now) that have changed how I blog - and how I do social. These sites are noted in my Feedly as “Must Read”. This means, that Feedly shows them to me first, before any other site or blog. Don’t know how to promote a blog or site to “must…
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    Raj's Reflections

  • Why Believe The Bible?

    Raj Richard
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:46 pm
                Have you ever wondered or has anyone asked you why you believe the Bible? This fundamental question requires an answer from every Christian.             Christians believe that the Bible is the only authentic word of God – divinely inspired, inerrant and infallible. There are also the so-called Christians who believe in Christ but they do not believe the Bible entirely. These are not Christians, for Christ is revealed in the Bible as a whole, and partial belief in the Bible is not a belief…
  • Why Pray When God Knows Our Need?

    Raj Richard
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:54 pm
                Those who have driven in India know what a colossal challenge it is to remain safe and sane. When we are on the Indian roads, we’d hope to get home safe – physically and mentally! Although our driving skills may get us home safe, the conscious irresponsibilities of our fellow drivers may victimize us to road rage to stress and injure us mentally.            Prayer is thus inevitable while we are on the Indian roads.            Our…
  • Why Does God Reject People & Churches?

    Raj Richard
    16 Aug 2015 | 10:13 pm
                The title “Why Does God Reject People & Churches?” presupposes God’s rejection of people.             Imagine the dilemma of a child about to be killed or molested. Don’t you ever wonder where God is in those situations? Doesn’t the molestation or killing of a hapless child reveal the fact of God’s rejection of an innocent child?            Then there are prayers that are rejected by God. Some pray for a better job to…
  • Know The Antichrist??? Are We Ready?

    Raj Richard
    9 Aug 2015 | 11:43 pm
                We love to speculate. When we see the famous performing controversial deeds or uttering controversial words, we love to implicate them into controversial predicaments.             Many Christians love to speculate on future events such as the rapture, four blood moons, antichrist etc. The “four blood moons” event that was speculated so vividly could die a dull death [1], but the rapture and antichrist speculation will uninhibitedly continue.
  • Should Christians Favor Death Penalty?

    Raj Richard
    2 Aug 2015 | 10:49 pm
                Love and Christianity are seemingly synonymous. When the judiciary awards death penalty to criminals the social media, which include Christians, rumbles and grumbles about the validity of death sentences.             How should Christians view death penalty?             This is an opportune moment to discuss this subject for Yakub Memon, involved in the 1993 Mumbai serial bomb blasts that killed 257 people, was executed in Nagpur, India…
 
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  • Reputation Management Basics: Claiming Your Location

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    Potential customers use local search and reviews to research your business before becoming actual customers. You can ensure the data they find is correct by claiming and verifying your location information online. Incorrect or missing information can have a negative effect on your business and reputation.Managing your online reputation begins with a basic task: claiming your location on as many services as possible. You'll need to find your location listings online before you can claim them. First, check for your listings on popular local listing sites like Yahoo Local, Google, Bing Places,…
  • 8 Great Places to Start Your Small Business

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Does where you start your new small business affect its success? Definitely. The accessibility of financing, the availability of qualified employees, community and local government support for small businesses, cost of facilities—all are factors that can make or break your business’s short-term and long term viability.We’ve pooled data from three recent studies using a variety of metrics to assemble the ultimate reader’s digest guide to the top U.S. destinations for small business owners.Breaking Down the MetricsOur first dataset comes from Nerdwallet, who conducted a…
  • Use Local Authority to Turn Your Part-time Web Project into Full-time Income

    25 Aug 2015 | 4:03 pm
    A lot of people today are launching websites “on the side.” By that I mean that while they hold down “regular jobs” – or raise their families – they launch a website with one or more of these goals in mind:It will be an outlet for their creative energiesIt will provide extra incomeIt will eventually evolve into a full-time business venture.All of these are great goals and they aren’t mutually exclusive. For example, many blogs launched as a form of self-expression have evolved into full-time businesses for individuals. No matter where you see yourself…
  • How Does a Branding Company Re-Brand? Insider Tips from a Branding Expert

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:49 pm
    I’m a long-time branding and marketing consultant who’s had the fortune of working with top-notch companies like Microsoft, Ralph Lauren and Intel. Every day I encourage my clients to think about how their brand impacts the power of what they’re bringing to the marketplace.But I left one important client out of the mix: MacKenzie Marketing Group! We were so busy focusing on our clients’ needs that our own brand was in danger of being woefully caught in the 90s.So I decided to take action. Below is a step-by-step process I recommend for any small business owner…
  • What Makes You Fascinating? How to Find Your Blogging Competitive Advantage

    25 Aug 2015 | 3:22 pm
    At bars around the world, Jaegermeister is routinely one of the best-selling liquors on the shelf. Why? Not because its better -- almost no one likes this battery-acid-like brew, after all -- but because it's different. Drinking it is a dare, an irresistible temptation. Or, as bestselling author Sally Hogshead puts it, Jaegermeister is fascinating.Fascination is powerful in a world where the average attention span is nine seconds -- the same as your pet goldfish. "Find ways to spellbind your readers, and they'll give you much more than nine seconds. They'll give you their business," Hogshead…
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  • Controlling Anger – Before It Controls You

    Alan Scott
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:16 pm
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity. I’m sure that I could be described in a lot of ways by other people. Some are probably positive, and others, well, not so much. But this is one description I’m sure is rarely associated with me – an angry person. I tend to prefer peace to conflict. I definitely prefer calm to tension. But that’s not to say I haven’t gotten upset in the past. Even angry. I won’t mention instances, but some of my good friends, family and even an employer would shake their heads “yes” at that last statement. Mostly because, although it is very…
  • Are You in a Bad Mood?

    Alan Scott
    11 Aug 2015 | 4:24 am
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity. Are you in a bad mood? I have gotten this question more times in my life than I can count. And sometimes the question varies a bit. “Alan, why don’t you smile more?” “Alan, are you upset about something?” “Alan, did you receive word that a nuclear apocalypse is coming?” OK, perhaps not the last one, but I have gotten these types of questions basically my whole life. And I’m always left wondering why people often perceive me as being a big…fat…grump. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I definitely have days that I’m not in the best…
  • Oh How the Years Go By

    Alan Scott
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:30 pm
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity. Soon I will be 44 years old, and I seriously don’t know how I got here. I remember when I was a kid and time seemed to move so slowly. A school year seemed like the span of five years. Summers, though, went much faster. And better. Days were spent riding bikes, building forts, staring up at clouds, and talking in front of the high-speed, large window fan in my childhood home, which had a cool way of making me sound like Darth Vader. We didn’t stare at computer screens or phones. The only phone we had was attached to the wall of our kitchen,…
  • The Great Summer Slow Down

    Alan Scott
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:22 pm
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity. 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…
  • Peace of Soul

    Alan Scott
    8 Jun 2015 | 4:45 am
    More Faith & Simplicity. Less Complexity. 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…
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  • Special Person

    Gerald Fugit
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:56 am
    “Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called.” “Art thou called being a servant? Care not for it: But if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.”    1 Corinthians 7:20,21. There is no doubt that each person in the world has been bestowed with certain ability and gifts. The […]
  • Detail – Detail Is The Key

    Gerald Fugit
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    “Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.” “Nevertheless to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband.”        I Corinthians 7:1,2. When a problem arises we have certain choices of that area […]
  • Voice For The Voiceless

    Gerald Fugit
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:03 am
    “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?”     I Corinthians 6:1. Paul, the writer to the Gentiles, was an observant man. When we read (in 2015), what he penned, it is amazing how true his comments are to us. In fact the […]
  • Need For Discipline

    Gerald Fugit
    12 Aug 2015 | 6:41 am
    “And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, That he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.”     I Corinthians 5:2. The age we are living does not like discipline. In fact to correct someone for a wrong is coming to the time when such is archaic. […]
  • Evil Produces Misconceptions

    Gerald Fugit
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:14 am
    “Let a man so account for us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.” “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.”    I Corinthians 4: 1,20. When a study of evil is made there is one fact that stands out. Christians often do not […]
 
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  • The Lost Future (2010)

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:34 pm
    The Lost Future (2010) Humanity bands together to defeat a devastating disease in a post-apocalyptic world. (2) The post The Lost Future (2010) appeared first on Online Christian & English Movies.
  • Stretch (2014)

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Stretch (2014) A limo driver (Patrick Wilson) goes for the ride of his life when he shuttles a mysterious billionaire around Hollywood. (37) The post Stretch (2014) appeared first on Online Christian & English Movies.
  • Legion (2010)

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:35 am
    Legion (2010) The new city was created to protect those who survived but the fight will not end until one of two camps totally extinct. They were created to protect humans, what would happen if they decide to destroy us (90) The post Legion (2010) appeared first on Online Christian & English Movies.
  • Turb0 K1d (2015)

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:50 am
    Turb0 K1d (2015) In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, a comic book fan dons the persona of his favourite hero to save his enthusiastic friend and fight a tyrannical overlord. (112) The post Turb0 K1d (2015) appeared first on Online Christian & English Movies.
  • Regular Show: The Movie (2015)

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:06 am
    Regular Show: The Movie (2015) To save the universe, and their friendship, Mordecai and Rigby must defeat an evil volleyball coach. (154) The post Regular Show: The Movie (2015) appeared first on Online Christian & English Movies.
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  • What MY Generation Needs To Hear

    Talia D'Orazio
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:27 pm
    For so long, our younger generation has been referred to as selfish, demanding, entitled, phone obsessed, and a group that ‘NEEDS WHAT I WANT NOW’. Now, these things do hold some truth (ok, maybe a lot of truth) but I want to clear something up. You may have thought by the title that I was gonna say what you have all wanted to say-(and shout in our faces)… That our generation needs to grow up and that our future world is doomed because it will be run by these people who have grown up knowing more about social media and the iPhone than about the society that we live in. But…
  • An Open Letter to Revival

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:27 am
    Dear Revival, Where the freak are you?  We keep doing conferences to try and lure you back. We keep sending emails about the coming wave/move/shaking/movement to try and get people excited. We pray. We wait. We pretend. Are you offended with us or something? Did you not like what we did last time you visited? Preachers and itinerants and those who claim to be prophetic have been saying that you’re coming back. And by now, it’s been prophesied in every town in America that they are the chosen town where you’re next stopping. I don’t know what’s up. I do hear…
  • How Porn Almost Ruined My Life

    Scott Kedersha
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:14 am
    Last week, my friend Luke and I had the opportunity to speak to a group of young men about the dangers of pornography. As I prepared for our time with these men, I realized I have not yet shared on this site my story and struggle with pornography. I set out with no intentions of writing about pornography, but realized that if even one person read this and was encouraged to not ever look at porn or if someone decided to quit looking at porn, than the writing of this post has been well worth the time. This is the story of how pornography almost ruined my life. I have the same story as many of…
  • Risen (Movie Trailer)

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:37 pm
    It’s the official/un-official sequel to the Passion of the Christ. It’s called Risen. Big movie budget. Great actors. Trailer looks super good. The movie follows the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius, a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem. The Resurrection is either one of the most wicked, heartless, vicious hoaxes…
  • “Resignation Sunday” Thanks to the Ashley Madison Hack

    Carlos A. Rodríguez
    29 Aug 2015 | 12:02 pm
    Last Sunday was a difficult and painful Sunday for hundreds of churches across America. According to Ed Stetzer in his blog, The Exchange, “as many as 400 pastors, deacons, elders and church staff members may resign this Sunday after their names surfaced on the list of users revealed in the Ashley Madison hack.” Relevant Magazine reported that Stetzer said the number is based on “conversations with leaders from several denominations in the U.S. and Canada.” Along with being a contributing editor for CT, author and professor, Stetzer is the executive director of LifeWay…
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    Something More - TRAILHEAD

  • Poetry (Canvas to Quill)

    1 Sep 2015 | 7:33 pm
    "Too Blind to See" (a satire on political correctness) What do you see when your eyes are closed?Does the darkness offend you at all?Does the breath in your lungs or the wind in your hairmake walking through life more a crawl?What do you do when there’s no one around?Are you bothered by all that you know?Does your human existence insult who you are,creating a work just for show?  Click Here for Full Poem
  • Youth Q&A

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:51 pm
    "When You're Angry at God" I was so completely floored and humbled by this question that I received; it's taken me over a week to respond just because I wasn't sure how to. What do you say to a girl in middle school who has already been through more than you have in 30 years of life? Here's the question that appeared in my inbox:Okay... A couple of years ago I had a best friend that was murdered. Her dad killed her and her brother, then killed himself. So... since then I have been just mad and upset, not understanding why God would do this to me. This past summer, another one of my friends…
  • Poetry (Canvas to Quill)

    25 Aug 2015 | 8:26 pm
    "Friendly Fool" Fool me once, shame on you.No family ties that bound us;a friendship formed by chance and will,forged through our spirits’ compass.We each had lives, from families formedand chores became our fetters;yet finding each, we sister-soulscreated love that tethered. Click Here for Full Poem
  • Devotion

    24 Aug 2015 | 7:48 pm
    "It's Only a Number" Did you know that age is just a number? WHAT?! I know- big shocker right? Think about it though... there has always been (at least for women) a sort of stigma attached to our age- as if denying it can somehow make us look or feel younger... We hear it all the time- but it's true and worth repeating- age is only a number, it's how you feel, how you act, and your perception of yourself... I hit a milestone today friends- it's my 30th birthday!!! Yes, I seriously just admitted my age to the entire world and no, I don't regret it. 30 seems to be an age that haunts a lot of…
  • Poetry (Canvas to Quill)

    20 Aug 2015 | 3:16 am
    "The Nothing-Place" Art: "Christina's World" by Andrew Wyeth Dedicated to Ella Mae Natvick and her personal and literary journey through the "nothing-place"I’ve come so far, no turning back;this prodigal, now almost home.A foolish, selfish, childish soul;thought I was better off alone.The fancy-free that beckoned me,that temptress of worldly pleasure,ransacked my spirit, starved my being-now a dark, corroded treasure.  Click Here for Full Poem
 
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    Love Made Known

  • Planning a Wedding and a Funeral

    Tim and Julie Cole
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    If someone would have told me that my husband and I would be giving our youngest daughter away in marriage just a mere three weeks after sitting graveside saying goodbye to our oldest daughter, I never would have believed them. I never would have thought that this mother would have the kind of strength required to endure a funeral and a wedding in such a short period of time. I had often heard that during difficult times in our lives, we receive the strength we need when we need it. This proved itself true in my life in the spring of 2011. The post Planning a Wedding and a Funeral appeared…
  • I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found

    Amy Cutler
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:36 pm
    Their stories held me spellbound. They were stories of strength, of sorrow, of pain and God's grace. How would my little story of "I grew up in a Christian home and have always gone to this church" compare to that? The post I Once Was Lost, But Now I’m Found appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned

    Michelle Hass
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:32 pm
    From her own personal prospective, life was not going as planned after three abortions. Over the next two decades, she wore a mask to conceal the pain she felt. She thought she would never find healing until God took her through a healing process. Despite the fact that in her heart Michelle charted her own freewill course throughout life, it was the Lord who established her steps. The post When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • First Steps to Battling Pornography

    Bonny Logsdon Burns
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:23 pm
    15 years ago, our marriage changed forever. My Christian husband’s secret was out. He was losing the battle with pornography and sexual compulsion. The post First Steps to Battling Pornography appeared first on Love Made Known.
  • Life or Death

    Delores Edmonds
    3 Aug 2015 | 10:17 pm
    Life is a gift given freely to all. It all began when I chose to rebel. Instead of running and seeking God for help, I sowed into the flesh. The post Life or Death appeared first on Love Made Known.
 
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    The Christian Journey

  • Church Traditions That Remind Us Of The Cross

    greggordon
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities.” – Isaiah 53:5 When we are considering traditions in the church, we need to ask ourselves some questions. Do they contradict the Scriptures? Is the practice or tradition (symbol) a help to uphold a truth about God? Does the practice cause the judging of others as a narrow rule beyond the authority of God’s Word? There were many early church practices and traditions that spoke of the importance of the death of Jesus Christ on the cross. Some of these practices were: baptism, Holy Communion, creeds, the sign…
  • The Symbolism and Meaning of the Sign of the Cross

    greggordon
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8 The cross is not only an emblem of suffering but also victory. Jesus Christ won the cosmic battle with darkness, sin and Satan triumphing over them on his bloody cross. When early believers made the sign of the cross they were not just declaring the death of Christ but the very character and condescension of God. In many evangelical reformed churches it is used in communion, the benediction or during baptism. But we must ask what the meaning behind the symbol is? Even in the…
  • The Sign of the Cross, the Wounds of Christ

    greggordon
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:59 pm
    “From now on, let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.” – Galatians 6:17 Paul the Apostle continually declared that he was not his own person but belonged to another. He spoke of himself as a bond slave (Romans 1:1), meaning that he was wilfully serving the Lord as a slave, having no rights of his own. But even going beyond this service and obligation to God, he declared that he bore the very marks of the Lord Jesus in his body. One way believers in Jesus Christ started to declare this truth in practice was in the late 1st century or early 2nd century…
  • 神の天的な礼拝にのぞむ (Japanese)

    greggordon
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:53 pm
    初代キリスト教神学を貫いていた信仰の一つはこれであった。つまり、信者が共に礼拝をささげる時、我々はまた同時に、天にいる聖なる御使い、および雲のように取り巻いている証人たちの捧げている礼拝にも「入っていくentering」ことになるのだと。 我々の持っている聖書に関してでさえもそのことが言えるだろう。そう、使徒パウロはテモテに宛てた書簡の中で、この書を、聖なる書(Holy Scriptures, τα ιερα…
  • 聖餐、バプテスマ、被り物について (Japanese)

    greggordon
    22 Aug 2015 | 11:38 pm
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    Chronicles of a Kid Next Door

  • 4 Important Things You Need To Know About Who You Are

    VaSanganyado
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    I once carried my son Tino on my shoulders and he said, "Daddy, I can see everywhere!" As we grow in Christ we need others who can carry us on their shoulders so that we can know our Christian identity.… More 4 Important Things You Need To Know About Who You Are
  • Can Suffering Actually Bring More Danger To Faith?

    VaSanganyado
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We do not question God’s goodness when pain and suffering are in distant places or people, unless it is personal.… More Can Suffering Actually Bring More Danger To Faith?
  • 5 Ways African Traditional Music Will Make You Love Worship

    VaSanganyado
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Traditional African music can spice up your worship experience through active engagement and memorable lyrics.… More 5 Ways African Traditional Music Will Make You Love Worship
  • 5 Things That Will Make You Reconsider Protesting Against Planned Parenthood

    VaSanganyado
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I am haunted by my pro-choice attitude; practices that are divergent from my belief in the importance of life. … More 5 Things That Will Make You Reconsider Protesting Against Planned Parenthood
  • Was Adam Not Deceived, But Actually Betrayed By Satan?

    VaSanganyado
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:43 am
    I love books and I occasionally write book reviews. Every month, I read at least two Christian books from relatively unknown authors and prominent theologians. A prominent fifth century BC Chinese teacher and philosopher, Confucius, once said, "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance."… More Was Adam Not Deceived, But Actually Betrayed By Satan?
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    Girlfriends Pray

  • ‘Twas the Night Before the First Day of School

    Pearson Lee
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:01 am
    Twas the night before the first day of school And all through the city Were the teachers who pondered Oh where summer did flee Took so long to arrive And how quickly she left Classrooms would soon open There’d be children at desks Would the parents be helpful Or bring stress to my life? Would the children be peaceful Or a group filled with strife?   It’s hard out there for a teacher. Sure, from the outside it appears they have the perk of two entire months of paid vacation. They do. But teacher time is different from regular people time. July is to Saturday what August is to Sunday.
  • May We Never Lose Our Wonder

    Pearson Lee
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    “May we never lose our wonder. Wide eyed and mystified May we be just like a child Staring at the beauty of a King. Fill us with wonder, Jesus. You are beautiful in all your ways.” Wonder by Briana McCarthy   I love a good praise and worship song. Harmonies and riffs and hoopla, bring it on! But this song…I can only describe it as simple and magnificent. Sometimes we miss the beauty of Christ (and His creation) because we look at life through lenses that are clouded by (among other things) the constant search for “perfect.” In May, I went to Jamaica with my family. As we were…
  • Train a Child in the Way

    Pearson Lee
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:27 am
    Train a child in the way that he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it. (Proverbs 22:6) I was raised as a Catholic. I went to Catholic school and learned the gospel of Jesus Christ: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, and Acts mostly. And some other really cool things like how to spell separate. There is, in case you weren’t sure, “a rat” in separate. Thanks Mrs. Wilken! And you’re welcome readers! But as a child, I knew Jesus and God were real. Not because of these teachings or because my grandmother prayed to every saint on record and dragged us to churches here and there.
  • The Joys of Auntie Mom

    Pearson Lee
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:23 am
    I’m not a mother. To my own children. But at least twice a week, AuntieMom (that’s me) is privileged to love on two nieces and a nephew. And by love on, I mean chase baby niece, paint masterpieces or create dolly dresses with le middle niece, and improvise when nephew runs the battery out of his iPad from watching train videos for two hours straight. Why not just let him join us in play? He’s ten. Our petty games are beneath him. My summation: I don’t know how you Mommies do it. After one weekend of them, this AuntieMom had kid jet lag. What’s kid jet lag? It’s when my body thinks…
  • A Prayer for the Childless

    Pearson Lee
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    Hannah had issues. Although she was one of Elkanah’s two wives, and was loved dearly and treated well, she could not have children. To make matters worse, the other wife, Peninnah, taunted her mercilessly. I can imagine her talking to her BFF while walking through the marketplace: Hannah: Girl. I just can’t stand this. BFF: Is Peninnah starting again? Hannah: Yes! She parades her children in front of me and laughs. BFF: May that goat have stretch marks down to her ankles! Hannah: Why me? BFF: Well, why not you? Hold on. Abinazam, get back here before you turn that cart over! Hannah is…
 
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    The Rested Life Ministries

  • IT’S PAYBACK TIME

    The Rested Life Ministries
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    No, not really.  The title was just to get your attention.  And now that I have your attention, here’s a question for you.  How do we repay our Father for all that He has done?Now, I’m not saying that we have to.  God does not demand it from us.  In fact, there is nothing that we have that He could ever want.  After all, He did say,“I will not take a bull from your house,Nor goats out of your folds.For every beast of the forest is Mine,And the cattle on a thousand hills.I know all the birds of the mountains,And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.If I…
  • LET ME TELL YOU A STORY

    The Rested Life Ministries
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Stories are very important.  Socially, they form the foundation of a nation’s collective identity.  In the family, they instill values and traditions.  Stories are also important tools for reminding us of where we are, who we are and where we are headed.  For us, the Bible is one big book of stories, and these stories remind us of who we really are, where we really came from, where we are really headed, and all because the stories reveal to us what a loving Father we have.  So beloved, let me tell you a story.“The God of this people Israel chose our fathers, and…
  • PRESENT

    The Rested Life Ministries
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    What is present to us?  What exists?  What is here with us?  What is occurring in this current time?  What are we now considering or discussing?  Many things are present.  Our jobs, our careers, our livelihoods, the economy, our loves, our lives; but our God?  Is God present?  We like to think that He is.  For some of us, we may even force ourselves to mouth that He is, for fear of supernatural reprisal.Now, many of us don’t dispute the fact that God exists.  By virtue of the fact that we get affected by horror movies centered around ghosts…
  • WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

    The Rested Life Ministries
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    What are you afraid of?  What keeps you up at night?  Many things, I’ll bet.  The Chinese have a saying, ‘The rich have their problems, and the poor have their problems.’  And as a geographer, I can attest to the fact that no matter where on the development curve a country is, there is just no getting rid of problems.  The moment one gets solved, another rears its ugly head.  So no matter where you are in life, there are always things that are worrying you.But have you seen people who are getting ready to leave a company?  They have tendered their…
  • WHO RUNS YOUR LIFE?

    The Rested Life Ministries
    30 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    “For God makes all the decisions here.  God is our king.God runs this place and he’ll keep us safe.”  Isaiah 33:22 [MSG]Who runs your life?  Who wears the pants in your castle of one?  Simple question, isn’t it?  Atheists will say that they do.  Christians will say that God does.  But be honest, who really calls the shots in your life?I have been blessed to have met many people; and from what I have observed, there are 4 distinct stages in life; childhood, young person, established adult and retiree.  In each stage, there is always someone…
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    BIG C CATHOLICS

  • Three Saints — Three Metaphysical Insights

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:36 am
    Plato & Aristotle the fathers of metaphysics Metaphysics Metaphysics is a traditional branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it... On the Transcendentals of Being  We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world
  • Pope Francis' Prayer for the Upcoming Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy

    1 Sep 2015 | 11:38 am
    This is Pope Francis' prayer for next year's extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. For more visit the Vatican's official Jubilee of Mercy website: Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
  • All Priests Will be Able to Forgive Sin of Abortion During Jubilee for Mercy

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:56 am
    From EWTN: In a new set of pastoral guidelines for the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy Pope Francis has made some significant moves, allowing all priests to forgive the sin of abortion and granting SSPX priests the faculty to forgive sins. "One of the serious problems of our time is clearly the changed relationship with respect to life," the Pope said in a Sept. 1 letter addressed to
  • Pope Honors Bishop Who Died Rather Than Convert to Islam

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Blessed Flavianus Michael Malke On Saturday, August 29, Pope Francis declared the first Syrian Catholic bishop, Flavianos Melke who was killed in Turkey one hundred years ago to the day, a martyr. Three weeks earlier, Pope Francis approved Melke's beatification after it was determined that the bishop was killed in hatred of the faith. The Pope noted that Melke's example is especially
  • Fr. Philip Neri Powell's Homily for Monday of the Twenty-Second Week in Ordinary Time: Who do I need to be... ?

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP Notre Dame Seminary, NOLA He said to them, "Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." Luke 4:21  (Click here for today's readings) So, Jesus – the hometown boy – walks into his synagogue, picks up a scroll, reads a passage from Isaiah, and says, in effect, “God the Father has sent me to rescue y'all, you bunch of sinners.” Surprisingly, this
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    The Longer Haul | RSS Feed

  • TLH028: Question and Answer New and Volunteer Youth Pastor

    Jody Livingston
    20 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    It’s a little Q & A today on the podcast.  What things should a youth pastor do when first starting out?  How should a volunteer or bi-vocational youth pastor best spend their time? Links mentioned: TLH008: What to do with busy teens with Aaron Helman TLH006: Crafting Vision for Youth Ministry with Nate Turner   In this particular episode, you will learn: What kind of things a new Youth Pastor should focus on How to prioritize and make best use of your time as a volunteer Youth Pastor Show Sponsor: Xorbee.com – Be sure to use the discount code “TLH” to save…
  • TLH027: Serving in a Dual Role in Youth Ministry

    Jody Livingston
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Youth Pastors often find themselves serving in a dual role within their church.  How do you manage it?  How do you get it done?  In this episode we tackle how to do it well. Links mentioned: DownloadYouthMinistry.com @JustinKnowles3 Resources mentioned in this Podcast: The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration Download Youth Ministry In this particular episode, you will learn: Advantages/disadvantages of being dual role Tips for getting it all done What if you…
  • TLH026: Tools to Manage Your Youth Ministry

    Jody Livingston
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Having the right tool for the job is essential.  This is especially important in youth ministry.  In this episode I’m giving you the top 5 tools to help manage your youth ministry. Links mentioned: Evernote Essentials Resources mentioned in this Podcast: In this particular episode, you will learn: Tools to help manage the day-to-day of youth ministry Tools to help you manage your team Tools to help you be more effective as a Youth Pastor Show Sponsor: Xorbee.com – Be sure to use the discount code “TLH” to save 10% at checkout! HELP OTHER YOUTH PASTORS! If…
 
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    Your Bible Quotes

  • We are Afflicted in Every Way but not Crushed

    Sonya Richards
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:23 am
    But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.  So we do not lose heart. Though The post We are Afflicted in Every Way but not…
  • Wives respect your Husbands Even When He Is Not There

    Sonya Richards
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Ephesians 5:33 (NIV) Wives, respect and obey your husbands in the same way. Then the husbands who do not obey the word of God will want to know God. They will want to know God because their wives live good lives, even though they say nothing about God. They will see that you live holy lives and respect your husbands.1 Peter 3:1-2 (WE) I imagine that at least some ladies think it was easy in Biblical times to do The post Wives respect your Husbands Even When He Is Not There appeared…
  • His Thoughts are Higher and He is a God of Logic

    Sonya Richards
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:45 pm
    His Thoughts are Higher God is a God of logic, but sometimes He cannot explain His logic to us because His thoughts are higher and His ways are higher than ours and even if He tried, our finite minds would not be able to take it in and make sense of it all. So, in some cases, He leads us down the path, giving hints as we walk towards His outstretched hands, to understanding; He leads us to our own conclusions and the most amazing thing is, when we arrive at the answer, we know that we are there. Always The post His Thoughts are Higher and He is a God of Logic appeared first on Your Bible…
  • Glory of God the Father – Name Above All Names

    Sonya Richards
    14 Aug 2015 | 8:53 am
    Glory of God the Father Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall  bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11 (NIV) Although Paul talked about this in his letter to the Philippians, the foundation of Philippians 2:9-11 comes from Isaiah. I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me The post Glory of God the Father –…
  • Biblical Marriage – Honoring One Another

    Sonya Richards
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:21 pm
    So many marriages, Christian marriages included, are in trouble, and much of the blame falls on the fact that we have forgotten the order of things as ordained by God. Biblical wisdom tells us God must be first in all things – our hearts, our minds, our homes, our lives, and our marriages – next in this Biblically described and God-breathed order of things comes the spouse and honoring one another. We primarily go wrong with not putting God first; then we follow that up with putting other things, such as children, friends, work, or leisure activities, before our mate. The post Biblical…
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    Fine Tuned Reality

  • 7 Amazing Scientific Predictions In The Bible

    Fine-Tuned Reality
    9 Aug 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Modern science and the Bible are often presented at-odds, as if the two are opposed. The reality is that the more you understand each one, the more you appreciate the ways in which they go together. Perhaps more importantly, you begin to understand what each has to say about the other. Properly understood, science is not anti-Biblical, though some may misuse it that way. The Bible is certainly not anti-science, and those who say otherwise also fail to understand. Let's look at 7 amazing (and true!) scientific predictions that are found in the Bible. 1. There was a beginning In the beginning…
  • Natural Theology Part Eight

    Fine-Tuned Reality
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    What further shows, that the system of destruction amongst animals holds an express relation to the system of fecundity; that they are parts indeed of one compensatory Page 481 scheme; is, that, in each species, the fecundity bears a proportion to the smallness of the animal, to the weakness, to the shortness of its natural term of life, and to the dangers and enemies by which it is surrounded. An elephant produces but one calf; a butterfly lays six hundred eggs. Birds of prey seldom produce more than two eggs: the sparrow tribe, and the duck tribe, frequently sit upon a dozen. In the rivers,…
  • Natural Theology Part Seven

    Fine-Tuned Reality
    13 Jul 2015 | 8:13 pm
    CHAPTER XXIII OF THE PERSONALITY OF THE DEITY Page 408 CONTRIVANCE, if established, appears to me to prove every thing which we wish to prove. Amongst other things, it proves the personality of the Deity, as distinguished from what  is  sometimes  called  nature,  sometimes  called  a  principle:  which  terms,  in  the mouths of those who use them philosophically, seem to be intended, to admit and to express an efficacy, but to exclude and to deny a personal agent. Now that which can contrive, which can design, must be a person. These capacities constitute personality, for they…
  • Natural Theology Part Six

    Fine-Tuned Reality
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:01 pm
    CHAPTER XX OF PLANTS I THINK a designed and studied mechanism to be, in general, more evident in animals than in plants: and it is unnecessary to Page 346 dwell upon a weaker argument, where a stronger is at hand. There are, however, a few observations upon the vegetable kingdom, which lie so directly in our way, that it would be improper to pass by them without notice. The one great intention of nature in the structure of plants seems to be the perfecting of the seed; and, what is part of the same intention, the preserving of it until it be perfected. This intention shows itself, in the…
  • Natural Theology Part Five

    Fine-Tuned Reality
    13 Jun 2015 | 7:53 pm
    CHAPTER XVI COMPENSATION COMPENSATION is a species of relation. It is relation when the defects of one part, or of one organ, are supplied by the structure of another part or of another organ. Thus, The short unbending neck of the elephant, is compensated by the length and flexibility of his proboscis. He could not have reached the ground without it; or, if it be supposed that he might have fed upon the fruit, leaves, or branches of trees, how was he to drink? Should it be asked, Why is the elephant's neck so short? it may Page 276 be answered, that the weight of a head so heavy could not…
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