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  • Fittest Type of All Disciples: Bartholomew / Nathanael

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    Fred Sanders
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    A Bible study group at my church had a great idea for a series of lessons: studying each of the disciples. Even though I’d love to learn more about John or Peter, I asked them to let me teach one of the more obscure disciples, because I’ve got access to lots of books and I enjoy a challenge. The lot fell to me to teach the week on Bartholomew. Here’s the problem with teaching on Bartholomew: Even though his name is in all four lists of the disciples of Jesus (Matthew 10, Mark 3, Luke 6, Acts 1), he is not otherwise mentioned in the New Testament. As I said, I like a…
  • Downton Abbey — What Are Americans Really Watching?

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    Albert Mohler
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Americans by the millions are still tuning in to watch Downton Abbey — now in itsfifth season — eager to enjoy the continuation of the saga of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their household. According to press reports, 10.1 million Americans watched the first episode, apparently quite ready to be transported by drama into another place and time. This season, one looming issue is the arrival of a socialist government in London. But, do Americans have any idea what they are really watching? The millions of Americans who are now devoted Downton fans are drawn, no doubt, to…
  • 6 Ways Shipping Container Shelters Help People in Crisis

    Emergent Village
    Thomas
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Image by Stewart James Bim-Merle via Flicker There’s a lot of talk about shipping containers in architecture and minimalist movements like the Tiny House Movement, and we thought we’d shed some light on what attributes of shipping container Shelters make them the most ideal solution for shelter in crisis situations. If we left anything out, be sure to let us know in the comments –here are our top reasons why shipping containerShelters are ideal for disaster, no matter where it happens. 1. Prefabrication Can Save Time As easy to assemble as over-sized IKEA furniture, saving time…
  • Academics and Faith

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    Richard Doster
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Dr. Jay Green, a professor of history at Covenant College, wants Christians to rethink the way we approach academic studies. We have this “sturdy tradition” of integrating faith and learning, Green contends: an approach that seeks to inform, and ultimately transform the fields of philosophy, sociology, science, mathematics, and even religion. Green, himself the product of a Christian college, is grateful that his own sense of God’s world has been “shaped by pursuing knowledge refracted through the prism of a Christian theological and philosophical framework.” But Green wonders if…
  • Making Life More Abundant

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    Richard Doster
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Click to view slideshow. Essie Bidsse lives on a pocked dirt road, in a house made of concrete blocks with a dirt floor and an iron-sheeted roof. A pair of light bulbs strung to a nearby power line cast just enough light to read. In her neighborhood, no one picks up the trash or repairs potholes. There’s no sewer or drainage system, and few buildings are equipped with indoor plumbing. She’s been a Christian for many years, and like many American women she faithfully attends church, reads her Bible, and stays close to a few good friends. But for Essie, faith, theology, and the Christian…
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  • New Christian radio drama trains caregivers to help abused children

    Harvest Prude
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “You can’t stay here … he’ll be back any minute.” “He’ll kill you, he’ll kill us both!” “I’m not going to let this keep happening. Hurry, hurry! He’s coming!” The excerpt, presented in rich, British-African accents, is from Holding Esther , an audio drama written to help train caregivers of children traumatized by physical or sexual abuse. It’s the debut project of Rivercross, Inc., which announced last week it is coming under the umbrella of TransWorld Radio to
  • Cake baking and journalistic story baking

    Marvin Olasky
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:35 pm
    The mainstream media misreports Bill Jack’s message on God and gays
  • Will White House crash stall drone acceptance?

    Michael Cochrane
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    On a calm and sunny afternoon at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C., Nate Hentz of Raleigh brings his 3-pound quad-copter drone in for a soft landing after flying it over George Vanderbilt’s famous home. Hentz pulls out his smartphone and looks at the beautiful, high-definition aerial photographs he took with the remotely controlled GoPro camera suspended underneath his DJI Phantom 2 Vision Plus drone. Depending on the model, Hentz said, drones like his can cost between $700 and
  • Attorney General nominee faces Senate grilling

    J.C. Derrick
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:25 am
    Loretta Lynch is expected to be confirmed, but not before she explains her views on a host of issues
  • Republicans need a new pro-life strategy

    Cal Thomas
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    As thousands descended on Washington last week for the annual March for Life, the Republican House of Representatives was busy watering down a pro-life bill that restricted abortions after 20 weeks, except in cases of rape or incest, with exemptions allowed only after a police report had been filed. This after a small group of moderate Republican female lawmakers challenged the bill and lobbied for a less restrictive measure. Politics wins. Life loses. It seems these moderate Republicans,
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • Dear You Who Doesn’t Want to Do that Hard Thing

    Ann Voskamp
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    Dear Lovely You, who doesn’t want to play the piano, take out the recycling, study for your geometry exam, get on the treadmill, clean up the basement, or do that big thing that feels like an impossible thing— okay, yeah, boy, do I hear you. It doesn’t matter a hill of sprouting beans if you’re 9 and stomping your feet or 16 and slamming doors or 40 and distracting on your phone — hard things just keep calling you because you’re meant to answer to higher and better things. You’re meant to do hard and holy things because they are the next thing —- to get to the best thing.
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [01.24.15]

    Ann Voskamp
    24 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    lets? let’s just go on a little virtual retreat, you and me, five minutes? the beauty of all this feels like a soul feast one word every day for a year — adds up to this that moment a 102-year-old rescued a shelter cat & it all seemed too beautiful <grin> (one to share with the kids, any kids, big or small?) These are  “4siders.” Did you catch the creative catch? why a dog’s a man’s best friend?  A boy with autism.  A vacuum salesman. And a birthday party that was pretty spectacular why your soul really needs rest this weekend  so the kids & the…
  • 3 Helps: For When You Wish You Could Tame Your Tongue

    Ann Voskamp
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:36 am
    Once there lived two mamas, each on opposite sides of the Canada/Michigan border. They were training toddlers, teaching children, and learning to love and serve Jesus more with each setting of the sun over the Great Lake Huron stretched out long between them. Then one day, the mama on the the Michigan side wrote some very good and practical words —  a gracious primer on the tongue: Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say It & When to Say Nothing at All.  Today, it’s a joy to invite my very wise friend, Karen Ehman, to the farm’s front porch to share a word or two with us…
  • Why Thinking About Losing — Is Really How You Win

    Ann Voskamp
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    In the middle of a stiff winter wind, Mama, she asks to go to the beach. That’s where she says she wants to celebrate the turning of her calendar year. To stand on the frozen snow and turn her face directly into whatever is coming this way. We’re the only ones there. Nothing can mean nothing. And everything means something. Yes — everything. We walk the long boardwalk, our footsteps echoing hollow. She will be 61 this year. We stand on iced sand hemmed with white snow and Mama says nothing, just gazes out at bared waters. I don’t ask her what she’s thinking. The sunlight seems…
  • The Law of Guitar Days: What Your Work, Marriage, Life Would Love to Know About Stress

    Ann Voskamp
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    So when the guy in the plaid shirt got up there with his guitar to croon about love? Right off, he broke a string. String just snapped like a mother of boys can — or so I’m told.     (I actually have no first-hand knowledge of such things as mothers who snap at their boys …. sort of.)   And the smart-aleck kid beside me grins like he swallowed the proverbial canary without so much as a squawk:“Don’t  you think maybe the guitar guy’s trying to tell us that he’s looking for love with no strings attached –” Goofy teen grin. “Get…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • The Garth Brooks Dilemma.

    Jon
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:54 am
    I won’t ever win a humility contest. I don’t know if they have those, giving someone an award for being humble, probably defeats the purpose of humility. If they do though, please do not bet on me, I won’t even get an honorable mention. I struggle with ego. I recently realized it was my ego not my discipline driving my decision to blog daily. So I wrote about the 3 signs your ego is making your decisions and I prayed about it. I prayed that God would help me not be so entitled. That he would help me be humble. That he would help me learn humility. And then a tiny voice…
  • The world didn’t have to be amazing.

    Jon
    7 Jan 2015 | 9:41 am
    As I write this, it’s snowing outside. For the first time this winter, Tennessee is getting some big, lazy flakes of snow to fall. I’m struck by the fact that each snowflake is completely unique, but they didn’t have to be. They could have been boring. Have you ever thought about that? Snowflakes could have come in one size. Sunsets could have come in one color. Birds could have all been brown. But they’re not. Snowflakes are tiny pieces of disposable art. Sunsets are explosions of color. Birds come in a crazy array of shapes and sizes. The world didn’t have to…
  • The Sunday after Christmas, AKA “Let’s have the youth minister preach today” Sunday.

    Jon
    28 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    Today, the youth minister will be preaching at your church. Or the campus pastor. Or an executive pastor who everyone loves but is rarely given the opportunity to rock the mic. Someone who doesn’t speak often will be behind the pulpit today. (Or behind the small table and tiny chair that has absolutely no back support. Or in front of the large flat screen TV. Pulpits are so 2000 and late, which itself is an ancient reference to a Fergie lyric. I’m nothing if not culturally relevant.) Why will this happen today? Because as I’ve written about before, it’s the Sunday…
  • Christmas doesn’t make sense. Thank goodness.

    Jon
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:22 am
    Through the power of the Internet, I am often able to look like I have my life all together. I know the things to tweet and the things to edit. I know the moments to Instagram and the ones to crop out like they never happened. I know what to say in conversations with friends to give the appearance of stability. But the truth is, all too often I kick my own life down a flight of stairs. I make mistakes. I blow opportunities. I chase distractions and hide. I make a mess of things. In those moments, I fear that perfection is the only path out of the chaos. That perhaps if I string together a few…
  • Three years later, this still surprises me.

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

  • Acton Breaks into Top Spots of Global Think Tank Ranking

    sarah.stanley
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Jan. 22, 2015)—The Acton Institute is listed among the best think tanks in the U.S. and abroad, according to a new report. The University of Pennsylvania’s Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program (TTCSP) released its 2014 Global Go-To Think Tanks Report today. For the first time, Acton was in the top thirty of think tanks in the United States and in the top ten global social policy think tanks. Highlights from the Report:read more
  • The Monk as Merchant: Economic Wisdom from a Desert Hermit

    Acton Web
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    by Dylan Pahman Before Max Weber ever conducted his study of the “Protestant ethic” of hard work and commerce as a matter of one’s election before God, there was the ascetic ethic of the ancient Church. A story from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers illustrates this ascetic business ethic well: You might also like... Economics in Christian Perspective read more
  • The Hobbit Party: J.R.R. Tolkien's Vision of Freedom with Jonathan Witt

    catherine.biewer
    20 Jan 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Register Now Event Date:  May 21, 2015 - 11:30am1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Schedule 11:30am - Doors Open 12:00pm - Lecture Begins Lunch will be provided. Pricing $15 - Regular $10 - Full-time students For more information regarding this event, please email Catherine Biewer at cbiewer@acton.org or call 616.454.3080.read more
  • The Poverty of Nations: A Solution with Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus

    catherine.biewer
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:13 am
    Register Now Event Date:  April 16, 2015 - 11:30am1:30pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Schedule 11:30am - Doors Open 12:00pm - Lecture Begins Lunch will be provided. Pricing $15 - Regular $10 - Full time students For more information regarding this event, please email Catherine Biewer at cbiewer@acton.org or call 616.454.3080.read more
  • Gallery Exhibit & Lecture: The Scarlet Cord - The Evils of Human Trafficking with Pamela Alderman and Elise Hilton

    catherine.biewer
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Pricing $20 Adults $10 Full Time Students For more information regarding this event, please email Catherine Biewer at cbiewer@acton.org or call 616.454.3080. Event Date:  April 29, 2015 - 7:00pm8:30pm Location:   Acton Institute - Mark Murray Auditorium 98 E. Fulton Street (Map) Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Register Now Schedule 6:30pm – Appetizer Reception, Beverages, and Cash Bar, View Art 7:00pm – Lecture presentation with Pamela Alderman and Elise Hiltonread…
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • "All You Need Is" - It's Your Serve

    25 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    John continues his series, "All You Need Is," talking about biblical service and the example Jesus gave us when He walked on the earth.Featured Scripture: Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • "All You Need Is" - Love Is Spelled T-I-M-E

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    John Ortberg continues his series, "All You Need Is," talking about how LOVE is actually spelled T-I-M-E (This is a late posting of the sermon from Jan. 11, 2015).Featured Scripture: Check out our weekly video podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • All You Need Is - Gifting and Re-gifting

    18 Jan 2015 | 12:41 pm
    John continues his series, "All You Need Is," talking about the power of giving.Featured Scripture: John 3:16, Matthew 5:45, I Thessalonians 5:18, Colossians 3:17, Matthew 6:2, Luke 22:25-26ff, Matthew 23:9, Luke 14:12-14, Matthew 25:40, Matthew 10:8b, James 1:16-17, James 2:1, Romans 13:8, II Corinthians 9:7, Acts 20:35Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • "All You Need Is" - The Power of the Right Word

    18 Jan 2015 | 12:38 pm
    John kicks off a new series, "All You Need Is" looking at the power of love language.Featured Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:1;13:1-4, Mark 1:11;12:30-31, 1 Timothy 1:5, Ephesians 4:17-18;29-30, Proverbs 25:11, Romans 12:9, Isaiah 49:15-16Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • By Faith

    28 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This week, Abby McHugh delivers a message -- "By Faith" -- that examines what living by faith looks like.Featured Scripture: 2 Corinthian 5:7; Genesis 15:1-6; 1 Thessalonians 5:24Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
 
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • Q & R: Your 4+ stages and Fowler's 6+

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:57 am
    Here's the Q: I've been fascinated with your four stages of faith in Naked Spirituality. Have you ever correlated them with Fowler's stages? Here's the R: Yes. When I developed my schema, I surveyed all the schema I could find, from Fowler to William Blake to Kierkegaard to Perry (my favorite) to Graves to Wilber to Piaget, etc. Here's a rough approximation: My Stage 0 (SECURITY) corresponds to Fowler's Stage 0 which he calls "Primal/Undifferentiated," which I also call Foundational. My Stage 1 (SIMPLICITY) corresponds to Fowler's Stage 1 (Intuitive/Projective/Imitative) and Stage 2…
  • Grateful ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    All of us at times get a little overwhelmed, discouraged, fatigued … but then come those moments when we realized how blessed we are. Such was the case last week for me in Phoenix. I was part of Christianity 21, a gathering where 21 speakers gave 21-minute talks on Christianity in the 21st century. It was breathtaking. It's hard to name a highlight because every segment was a true and deep delight … but I'll mention just 3: 1. Hearing and seeing my old friend Dieter Zander. This extraordinary man's message: Play with God. Everything is holy. I will never forget it. 2. Hearing Navajo…
  • Something amazing happened yesterday ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Please watch this video. Yesterday, pastor Ryan Meeks addressed the issue of LGBT equality in the church in a way that I find deeply moving and compelling. I think that thousands of pastors in the future can simply say, "What Ryan Meeks said … that's my experience too," and thousands of churches in the future can say, "What Eastlake Community Church did … we want to do too." Ryan's talk begins at about minute 20. To me, this is one of the most beautiful examples of Christian leadership I have seen in my life. If you want to help your congregation engage with this issue, I know Ryan's talk…
  • Starting Today - an educational extravaganza, for free!

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:28 am
    I'm absolutely amazed at the lineup of people my colleague Michael Dowd pulled together for interviews over the last couple years. Now he's making them available for free, starting today! If you want to learn about climate and sustainability-oriented issues, please take advantage of “The Future Is Calling Us to Greatness”. The 55 pre-recorded Skype interviews that make up this series can all be freely accessed for two weeks, beginning January 26, or you can purchase the entire set of 55 audios, videos, and transcripts for $25. (Scholarships are available for those anywhere in the world…
  • Q & R: Chapter 21?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:37 am
    Here's the Q: We are in chapter 21 in We Make the Road by Walking and I was wondering what direction you were going when selecting 2 Samuel 11:26-12:15. Significant & Wonderful is the title and I'm just trying to dig deep into how the fall of David and prophetic word of Nathan connect with the overall theme. Here's the R: Thanks for asking about the 2 Samuel passage. The paragraph that made the connection between that text and the theme got edited out - a glitch that needs to be corrected in a future edition. Here's the connection - whether Nathan's story about a rich man stealing a poor…
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    byFaith

  • US Church’s Website Hacked by ISIS

    Larry Hoop
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:58 pm
    Contrary to what its website temporarily displayed, the Westminster Presbyterian Church did not undergo a radical shift in religious views.  The church’s website was hacked by the Islamic State or its supporters on Thursday and carried the statement “I love Islam and Jihadist,” a gruesome video, and some very disturbing language, Wate.com reported. Church Pastor Jim Richter recalled how he woke up that morning with an email from a concerned church member informing him about the hack, and people cannot believe what they saw. “I think it’s terrifying, it’s…
  • Nurturing a Holy Curiosity

    Staff
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.  It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. -—Albert Einstein We’re all born with a God-given sense of curiosity — children exhibit it, exploring their world each moment, whether they’re batting their infant feet at a plastic spinning toy or holding a magnifying glass tight in a preschool fist to watch ants emerge from an anthill. Years ago on a winter day, I stood for an hour or more aside a…
  • Academics and Faith

    Richard Doster
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:48 am
    Dr. Jay Green, a professor of history at Covenant College, wants Christians to rethink the way we approach academic studies. We have this “sturdy tradition” of integrating faith and learning, Green contends: an approach that seeks to inform, and ultimately transform the fields of philosophy, sociology, science, mathematics, and even religion. Green, himself the product of a Christian college, is grateful that his own sense of God’s world has been “shaped by pursuing knowledge refracted through the prism of a Christian theological and philosophical framework.” But Green wonders if…
  • Making Life More Abundant

    Richard Doster
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:06 am
    Click to view slideshow. Essie Bidsse lives on a pocked dirt road, in a house made of concrete blocks with a dirt floor and an iron-sheeted roof. A pair of light bulbs strung to a nearby power line cast just enough light to read. In her neighborhood, no one picks up the trash or repairs potholes. There’s no sewer or drainage system, and few buildings are equipped with indoor plumbing. She’s been a Christian for many years, and like many American women she faithfully attends church, reads her Bible, and stays close to a few good friends. But for Essie, faith, theology, and the Christian…
  • “Selma” a Work of Divine Inspiration and Timing

    Larry Hoop
    13 Jan 2015 | 8:31 am
    It seems you can’t have a conversation with anyone involved in the making of Selma – the dramatization of the 1965 civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, led by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – without them attributing its existence to the result of a Higher Power at work. Take, for example, this Providential anecdote from Mark Friedberg, the film’s Production Designer, that he shared during my on-location set visit this past June. It was the day they were shooting Dr. King’s famous speech from the steps of the Montgomery capitol (which closes the film), and Friedberg…
 
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    Business Blessings

  • 2015 A Year of Growth and Change

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

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

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

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

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

  • The status of animals

    Cathleen Kaveny
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:42 am
    This is Molly Kaveny. She is a two-year-old labradoodle who lives in the house I grew up in, with my parents and sister—about an hour away from my house now.  Over the past several months, I have been increasingly convinced that Mollyis a person—a non-human person, but a person nonetheless. She has emotions. She has moods. She has reason, and will. She has goals—and she pursues them with astonishing success.  This picture offers an example. I had come home for a weekend visit. Wandering into the bedroom, Molly nuzzled into my partially zipped suitcase, and removed a pair of (clean)…
  • The Weal's First Writing Workshop (with photos)!

    The Weal
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:48 am
    Readers of dotCommonweal, especially young readers who live near New York City, might be interested to know that this past Saturday The Weal hosted its first writing workshop at the New York Public Library. The workshop focused on "writing online" and was led by digital editor Dominic Preziosi.
  • Koched up.

    Grant Gallicho
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:15 am
    In the fall of 2013, the Catholic University of America announced a $1 million pledge from the Koch Foundation, one of the many not-for-profit outfits with strong ties to the billionaire libertarians David and Charles Koch. The money, according to the university, would go to the business school, allowing it to hire professors and offer a course on "principled entrepreneurship." You may remember the Kochs from their charitable efforts to undermine public-employee unions, to support a campaign against renewable-energy standards, to suppress the vote, or to discredit the minumum wage (which the…
  • Snoysteria or Snowsteria: Which is most indicative?

    Margaret O'Brien Steinfels
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    Stop the Trains. Stop the Buses. Just Stop!! Okay. It turns out at least in NYC that the blizzard was overblown; more like your very ordinary snow storm. Yet, as Mayor de Blasio says, "Better Safe Than Sorry!" And it is wonderfully quiet. But how are Fairfield, Providence, and Boston doing? To say nothing of Bangor.
  • New issue, new stories on the homepage

    The Editors
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Our February 6 issue (the theological books issue) is now live on the website.
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • 2014 Annual Report: Where Does The Money Go?

    Eryn Carman
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Financial integrity is of extreme importance to us. And so is transparency. Our 2014 Annual Report has been released, so you can keep up to date with the who, the what, the where, the how…and, specifically, the how much. So where does the money go? Here are a few highlights from our 2014 Annual Report. Want more information? Check out the full 2014 Annual Report and a message from Santiago “Jimmy” Mellado, President of Compassion. My Account l Sponsor a Child l Help Babies and Moms l Crisis Updates
  • The Fight to End Extreme Poverty

    Web Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The idea of being able to end extreme poverty in the world often feels overwhelming. But with the latest news from the United Nations, coupled with independent research about our child sponsorship program, it no longer feels unattainable. In fact, it could even be accomplished within our lifetime. This good news is our motivation to fight harder than ever before to release children from poverty in Jesus’ name! You can also view Together We Can End Extreme Poverty on YouTube. This is a historic time to be on the front lines against poverty. Within the last 25 years, more than 700 million…
  • 10 Beautiful Photos of the World’s Favorite Transportation

    Eryn Carman
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    There are over a billion bicycles in the world — used for sport and exercise and regular old transportation. In the developing countries where we work, a bicycle can mean so much more than just that thing that gets you from point A to point B. It’s sometimes a child’s only toy. A teen’s only way to get to class. A means to attend the only church in a hundred-mile radius. An opportunity for a street business to provide for a family. Bicycles are sometimes the origin of a little hope. Enjoy these beautiful photos of the world’s favorite two-wheeled form…
  • The Hope in Haiti

    Web Team
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    In March 2013, I visited Haiti. I was unprepared for the devastation. Crying myself to sleep the first night, I wondered where the hope was. Over the course of the next few days, I quickly found that hope can rise out of places where we least expect to find it. It was sweltering hot inside the church that day and it seemed to get hotter by the moment. A sudden rainstorm brought 100 kids inside for arts and crafts when the plan had been 25 at a time. Sweat beads trickled down my face. Was I just nervous or was it really this hot? I was a visitor, this was way out of my comfort zone, and the…
  • Microloans Provide Jobs in Haiti

    Tim Glenn
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Compassion is a holistic child development organization. We are not a construction company. We are not a microfinance/loan organization. But sometimes, when life throws you curveballs, you have to make adjustments. Such is the case in Haiti. Oh, we’re still focused on our life-changing child development program, first and foremost. But when a deadly earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, claiming over a quarter of a million lives and destroying much of Port-au-Prince’s infrastructure, we needed to make adjustments. We simply couldn’t continue to minister to all of our 80,000+ children on the…
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    Big Is The New Small

  • 11 Key Attributes Of Great Leadership

    Scott Williams
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:15 am
    There are many attributes that various leaders possess, many of them positive and unfortunately some not so positive. People are looking for particular attributes in leaders they want to work for. Leaders that possess these attributes generally have a positive, healthy work environment with minimal turnover. Below are 11 Key Attributes People Are Looking For In a Leader. We will creatively title them: 11 Key Attributes Of Great Leadership 1. Honesty - Tell the truth; even if lying is easier – tell the truth. || “Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.” ~Thomas…
  • 2 New Church Positions: Executive Pastor and Creative Arts/Worship Pastor

    Scott Williams
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:53 am
    2 New Positions: New Executive Pastor of Staff/Ministries and Creative Arts/Worship Pastor Position Openings. Brief details about these opportunities are below: Church- Colonial Church Location- Wichita Falls, TX Cool Facts About Wichita Falls- Wichita Falls Texas is one of those cities that has the best of both worlds. It’s a mid-size Texas Town of well over 1000,000 that has all of the opportunities of a Big City. Wichita Falls is only a couple hour drive from Texas’ favorite Big City “Dallas” and also a couple hour drive from Oklahoma’s favorite Big City…
  • Your Choices Really Do Matter

    Scott Williams
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:31 am
    Every choice that you make has significance. Every decision that you make will lead you to a different crossroads. Don’t take your ability to choose for granted. Don’t overlook the beauty of being able to breathe. Don’t put your dreams on the back-burner. Don’t give your loved ones second best. Your choices really do matter. Take a look in the mirror and ask yourself this question: Do I really like the choices that I’m making. Your Choices Really Do Matter. ~SW Your Choices Really Do Matter is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • Video Tribute To Stuart Scott’s Legacy

    Scott Williams
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    Stuart Scott was seriously a game changer… #RIPStuartScott Video Tribute To Stuart Scott’s Legacy is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • What Used To Work… Is No Longer Working!

    Scott Williams
    5 Jan 2015 | 5:51 am
    For those of you that know me, you know that I travel a lot, like a whole lot. With traveling comes a lot of learning and people watching. One thing that I have noticed is that every time I’m in an airport there is a little booth where people are trying to get you to sign up for some credit card associated with frequent flyer miles of some sort. We’ve all seen them, as people walk by they start yelling, “Hey sir or ma’am get your card, earn some miles, get a free flight…” The problem with their “talking & yelling” approach is that no one is…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • To the Church in America Today

    28 Jan 2015 | 4:45 am
    Christians are experiencing unusual days in the United States of America. The opposition and even persecution we’re beginning to face is not unusual at all in the history of Christianity, but it feels very strange and oppressive after more than three hundred years of acceptance and even dominance in this nation. In this seven-minute clip, Pastor John speaks directly to the hearts of Christians who feel increasingly unwelcome and alien in the America we know today. Stop expecting everything to go well. Stop trying to fit in here. Instead, fuel your life with the invincible and eternal hope…
  • The Great Commission as a Means of Grace

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    We can only go so deep with Jesus until we start yearning to reach out. When our life in him is healthy and vibrant, we not only ache to keep sinking our roots down deep in him, but also to stretch our branches out and extend his goodness to others. But not only does going deep with Jesus soon lead us to reach out to others, but also reaching out sends us deeper with him. In other words, getting on board with Jesus’s mission to disciple the nations may be the very thing he uses to push through your spiritual slump and jumpstart your stalled sanctification. One veteran pastor writes, Often I…
  • My Baby’s Heart Stopped Beating

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    A few days ago, my husband and I flew to San Diego, my favorite city to visit. I was sitting in the row behind him, almost giddy from excitement, eager for a reprieve from the stress that had plagued me for the last two weeks. I was beside a woman who was speaking rather loudly on her phone about her friend who was pregnant again. She obnoxiously retorted that her friend’s husband tells her she’s most beautiful when she’s pregnant, “Probably just to get more kids out of her,” she quipped. I kept eavesdropping for a while until I looked over and saw that the woman on the phone was…
  • Do You Love God?

    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Bible makes promises to those who love God. But how do we know if we do? In this lab, John Piper digs into the relationship between saving faith and loving God. He goes on to show why and how God works all things for good for those who love him.Watch Now
  • May Jesus’s Name Be Known Through Me

    26 Jan 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Jesus came on mission, lived on mission, died on mission, and left his disciples — including all of us who follow him today — on mission. Conversion is about commission, not just salvation, because we’re not saved to be saved, but saved to be sent. Redemption is a life-saving rescue, but it also involves a profound rewiring and repurposing. We are saved to go out into the world for the glory of our Jesus — to make him known as our Lord, Savior, and greatest Treasure. How is that mission accomplished? What plan did Jesus bring to make himself known in the world? Well, it began with a…
 
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    Emergent Village

  • How to Fund Your Home’s Eco Upgrades

    Thomas
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    The subject of global warming has become less controversial over the years with 97% of climate experts agreeing on the subject. There are lots of ways each of us can reduce our individual carbon footprints through changing our habits, whether that be changing the way we drive or recycling waste and unwanted products. Many people also see the value of changing certain parts of their home to help the environment too. The problem is changes such as solar paneling or insulation can be expensive. However, there may be some government-funded schemes that you qualify for that you aren’t aware of.
  • 6 Ways Shipping Container Shelters Help People in Crisis

    Thomas
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    Image by Stewart James Bim-Merle via Flicker There’s a lot of talk about shipping containers in architecture and minimalist movements like the Tiny House Movement, and we thought we’d shed some light on what attributes of shipping container Shelters make them the most ideal solution for shelter in crisis situations. If we left anything out, be sure to let us know in the comments –here are our top reasons why shipping containerShelters are ideal for disaster, no matter where it happens. 1. Prefabrication Can Save Time As easy to assemble as over-sized IKEA furniture, saving time…
  • How to Choose the Best Bathroom Sink

    Thomas
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:23 am
    You can’t really appreciate all the choices that go into bathroom design until you are faced with them yourself. Bathrooms come in all shapes and sizes. They are often THE selling point of a new home, and a good one will add tremendous value to your home. Therefore, it’s important to take the issues of bathroom design very seriously, no less so when we’re just talking about what kind of sink you need. Bathroom sinks come in 4 distinct styles, each with a variety of eras and sub-styles. You can get lost in the options for days, but by understanding the four main genres of bathroom sink,…
  • What Do You Need to Consider Before Building a Garden Shed?

    Thomas
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:45 pm
    If you constantly find yourself running out of storage space for items like tools, and gardening equipment, or if you just want somewhere to relax in the summer, a garden shed is a great solution. And, if you have successfully completed any DIY projects in the past, you should easily be able to build one from scratch. But what do you need to build a garden shed, and do you need to consider anything before buying your blueprints? Keep reading for some ideas. Royalty free photo What Will Your Shed Be Used For? Before you even think about building a garden shed, you need to have an idea of what…
  • 3 Incredible Outdoor Tips For People With Green Fingers

    Thomas
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:12 am
    Do you love nothing more than spending your free time in the garden? Do all your friends refer to you as “the one with green fingers?” If so, you’ll be happy to learn the weather is going to pick up soon, and so you can get back to your favorite hobby. 2015 looks set to become the perfect year for gardeners. While the temperatures might be a little too cold at the moment, most experts are predicting we will have the hottest summer on record. For that reason, you need to start planning ahead. Most of us only have a couple of days off work each weekend, so you’ll want to make the most…
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • Obama’s Words v. Reality

    Peter Wehner
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    Once again, President Obama's words don't measure up to the truth about America's foreign policy. The post Obama’s Words v. Reality appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • EPPC Briefly: George Weigel on Charlie Hebdo, Jihadism, and the Future of Europe

    Josh Britton
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
      January 22, 2015 FOLLOW EPPC ON FEATURED PUBLICATIONS Europe and Nothingness “You can’t beat something with nothingness,” warns EPPC Distinguished Senior Fellow George Weigel as he reflects on the horrific jihadist attack on Charlie Hebdo. “Freedom, justice, and human solidarity cannot be grounded in nihilism.” A War of Ideas EPPC Senior Fellow Mona Charen […] The post EPPC Briefly: George Weigel on Charlie Hebdo, Jihadism, and the Future of Europe appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • The Smartest Guy Ever to Be President Isn’t Quite As Smart As He Thinks

    Peter Wehner
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:56 am
    The president's long list of failures undercuts his supposed foreign policy brilliance. The post The Smartest Guy Ever to Be President Isn’t Quite As Smart As He Thinks appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • POTUS on Ukraine: A Reverie

    George Weigel
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:44 am
    I’d now like to introduce a special guest, sitting in the gallery, who has come a long way to be with us tonight. Dr. Olha Bohomolets is a member of the Ukrainian parliament whose preparation for her current public responsibilities ought to draw our deepest respect. Dr. Bohomolets is a physician, and during the Maidan Revolution of Dignity in Kyiv she dedicated herself entirely to providing medical assistance to those wounded by the troops of then-president Viktor Yanukovych and his Russian special-forces allies. Not only did this fearless woman provide immediate medical care to the…
  • France: Obama’s Paradise

    Mona Charen
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Obama’s sixth State of the Union address was an homage to France. The president might not have intended it as such — he mentioned the nation only glancingly when denouncing terror attacks in Pakistan and Paris — yet France was at the heart of the president’s address. France has everything that Barack Obama finds wanting in his own country. His entire presidency is a prolonged effort to tear the United States away from free-market economics and decentralized political power (what the French deride as the “Anglo-Saxon model”) toward the kind of socialist, government-dominated…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Why the American Church is Not Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

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

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The fine folks at Christianity Today had me write a little bit about the challenges of community when you’re struggling with mental illness (or when you love someone who has a mental illness). Enjoy! With mental illness, community becomes more challenging… and more essential. I was a high school freshman when I had my first panic attack. Heart palpitating and lightheaded from heavy breathing, I laid down and tried to take deep breaths, but my lungs didn’t want to cooperate. What was happening? Was I having a heart attack? My heart kept pounding and my head kept spinning, and I…
  • Happy New Year!

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:26 am
    Happy New Year from the icy plains of west Texas. Tim and I are almost back to Lubbock after a few extra days of adventurous travel. The new manuscript is due in two weeks and wow-it has been a wonderful learning experience. I hope you and yours had a wonderful holiday season. I’ll see you back online in a couple more weeks after that next book is turned in! Much love-Anne The post Happy New Year! appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
  • Until 2015, I Bid Thee Adieu.

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

    Anne Marie Miller
    2 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Five minutes of pure beauty. The post The Power of a “Thank You” in the Story of Redemption appeared first on Anne Marie Miller | Author & Speaker.
 
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    Godspace

  • Have We Done Cosmetic Surgery on Jesus?

    Christine Sine
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:21 am
    Over the last few day I have spent time meditating on my images of Jesus and trying to reconcile these with the paintings, sculptures and icons I have seen. I am also trying to reconcile them with the images of God that we as Christ followers present to the world. So many of them look […]
  • Ready for Winter but Not for Spring

    Christine Sine
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:44 am
    The northeast coast of the U.S. is battened down in preparation for an epic storm. Its not just the humans that need to be prepared either. Even the trees have work to do in preparation for the winter blasts. Here in Seattle the days are exceptionally warm for January – yesterday it was over 60F. […]
  • Meditation Monday – I Walk This Path of Life

    Christine Sine
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:53 am
    Find a comfortable place in which to sit. Cut out as many distractions as possible. Focus on your breathing. Take a deep slow breath in from the depths of your abdomen and hold it for a moment. Then breathe out slowly. Relax your body and your mind. Read the prayer above imagining the presence of […]
  • Let God’s Love Speak to You – A Prayer for the Week

    Christine Sine
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    A couple of days ago the sunrise out our front window was absolutely breathtaking. I rarely notice it because my office where I spend most of my time during the day, faces west. However at this time of the year, the sun is usually emerging when we sit down for breakfast. I take so many […]
  • Living In Reflected Glory

    Christine Sine
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:29 am
      This morning I took some photos of my candle and its reflection in the window. I noticed that if the camera focused on the candle the reflection dimmed. If I focused it on the reflection the candle dimmed and all the messiness of my desk emerged in the photo.   As I sat here […]
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    thehighcalling.org

  • Rediscovering Community: Me Too!

    DavidRupert
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    I walked into the conference room full of women by myself.  I am used to walking into rooms by myself.  As one half of a married couple attending church activities alone, it becomes commonplace. I wasn’t expecting this. I wasn’t expecting to be ministered to in this way. I have been involved in encouraging others to the best of my ability for  a while. But when life got really difficult a few years ago, I didn't reach out for help. In the midst of serious financial and relationship difficulties, I told very few what was happening. I…
  • Rediscovering Community: What's Your Impact?

    DavidRupert
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    In the “popular” or “mainstream” side of business you find a number of articles that tout young startup owners, particularly the 30 under 30. But the Kauffman.org data tells a different story and shows the age demographics of startup founders to be roughly split in the 23-27% range of the workforce in 2013 (20-34, 35-44, 45-54, and 55-64 age groups.) The world tells us to watch the up-and-comers and what they might accomplish in the future. Their fresh faces and new ideas might make the media limelight shine bright, but God says to look to Him…
  • Create Good: Harvesting Quiet Gifts of Good

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

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

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

  • The Crucifix’s Motley Crew

    Morgan Meis
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:34 am
    Archibald Motley’s most famous paintings jump and jive, then they wail. You might have seen Blues (1929) or Hot Rhythm (1961). There are a lot of people moving around on those two canvases. There is music. There are fabulous outfits. The word “commotion” comes to mind when you look at a painting by the mature [Read More...]
  • Kissing Sideways

    D.L. Mayfield
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:09 am
    “I want to write,” people often tell me, eager to talk about the myriad ways that this happens in our mysterious, internet-driven world. Writing means different things to different folks: “I want to get published,” or “I want to be seen,” or “I want to be heard,” or “I want to change the world.” This [Read More...]
  • Is My Truth Your Truth?

    Richard Chess
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:19 am
    I do not know which to prefer, The beauty of inflections Or the beauty of innuendoes, The blackbird whistling Or just after. —Wallace Stevens   Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program instructions for this month: “Choose a phrase from Psalm 30 or Hallel to begin and/or end your sitting practice every day. Use the same blessing [Read More...]
  • God’s Voice: An Exploration of Vocation, Part 2

    Jan Vallone
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    Continued from yesterday.  While many desires prompt goodness, others trigger evil and thus can’t be signs of our vocation to love. Ignatius called these desires disordered, meaning that a God-given longing—a holy desire—has become perverted. If you’re a contestant on American Idol, you may have the holy desires to uplift your fans through your singing [Read More...]
  • God’s Voice: An Exploration of Vocation, Part 1

    Jan Vallone
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:32 am
    I love American Idol and could hardly wait until this month when the fourteenth season began. I’ve watched it all through the years: those judged by Paula Abdul, Simon Cowell, and Randy Jackson; those when Kara DioGuardi stepped in; the stints of Steven Tyler, Mariah Carey, and Nicki Minaj; the reigns of Harry Connick, Jr., [Read More...]
 
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • The Demands of Love in Harry Potter

    Jake Meador
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    image credit: http://www.fanpop.com/clubs/albus-dumbledore/images/7749338/title/albus-dumbledore-photo In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire Fleur Delacouer, a student from a French school of magic visiting Hogwarts, says that her school would never tolerate the silliness that is commonplace at Hogwarts: “eef a poltergeist ever entaired into Beauxbatons, ‘e would be expelled like that!” JK Rowling’s series is filled with characters unusual not only for their characteristics, but for the way they are welcomed at Hogwarts. Some of these are marginal…
  • Curiosity and Love in the Harry Potter Series

    Jake Meador
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’m currently enjoying my biennial tradition of reading through the Harry Potter books. This is my fifth time through the books and I find that each time through I seem enjoy them at least as much as I did the last time I read them. I’m taking notes as I go through and am attempting to turn those notes into blogs. If there is a signature sin of our day, you could easily argue that it is curiosity. Thanks to the internet we are inundated with cheap media, making it easier than ever to plunge ourselves into a well of information for no reason other than the lack of anything better…
  • Mere Fidelity: Christmas

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
      In this episode, the gang celebrates Christmas by teasing Derek, talking about their favorite books of the year, and engaging other various and sundry topics. Special thanks to MK Creative Arts for the audio editing. If you enjoyed the show (AND ONLY IF), leave us a review at iTunes.  If you didn’t enjoy the show, let us know and we’ll work to make it better.  Or we’ll ignore you.  And if you want to subscribe by RSS, you can do that here. Finally, as always, follow Derek, Alastair, and Andrew for more tweet-sized brilliance.
  • The Politics of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Dialogue with Chris Schaefer

    Keith Miller
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:11 am
    An old high school friend tweeted: “It’s a Wonderful Life has be the most anti-Tea Party movie ever.” I rakishly tweeted back: “False.” Rather than attempting to hash out this disagreement within the confines of 140 characters, we resolved to do a Gladwell vs. Simmons sort of thing, exchanging long-winded emails to see if we could hash it out. My friend, Chris Schaefer, has led a peripatetic life ranging from Oklahoma to Morocco. As of late, he seems to have settled in Paris. We agreed to let him have the first word: Chris: I was being a good American and doing my…
  • Mere Fidelity: Atonement

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

  • On India’s 66th Republic Day, Memories from the Past and Prayers for the Future

    Ruth Malhotra
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Today is India’s 66th Republic Day, a national holiday marking the anniversary of the adoption of the Indian constitution in 1950. It is a day full of pomp and circumstance across the country, with elaborate celebrations and ceremonies taking place in New Delhi, the nation’s capital. Every year on January 26, India’s famed Republic Day parade takes place down Raj Path, the ceremonial avenue in New Delhi that runs from the President’s Residence, Rashtrapati Bhavan on Raisina Hill, through Vijay Chowk and India Gate to the National Stadium. On Republic Day, the boulevard is lined with…
  • RZIM Retrospective

    Ravi Zacharias
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
      Thirty years ago, Ravi followed what he believed was the call on his life to reach a group of people who were content in their lifestyle – those who didn’t even ask life’s relevant questions. These people were often the men and women who shaped the ideas of a culture; they needed to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ was true and credible. RZIM Retrospective is a short video which provides a wonderful perspective of the history and mission of the ministry. It highlights Ravi, his wife Margie, and many of the new speaking and writing team members now serving across the globe.
  • Abdu Murray visits RZIM HQ before heading to the University of Michigan

    Bethan Adams
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:37 am
    RZIM adjunct speaker Abdu Murray shares his testimony at the RZIM headquarters Wednesday morning. Photo/Bethan Adams. RZIM adjunct speaker Abdu Murray and RZIM speaking team member John Njoroge will take part in an open forum at the University of Michigan Law School this Friday, giving students and faculty a chance to ask questions on their hearts and minds. On his way to Michigan with Njoroge, Murray visited RZIM’s headquarters in Norcross, Georgia, to share his story with RZIM staff Wednesday morning. Like many others, Abdu heard of Ravi Zacharias on the radio. A Muslim at the time,…
  • RZIM Canada Launches New Q&A Series

    Bethan Adams
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    RZIM Canada’s Andy Bannister and Nathan Betts just launched a brand new, three-minute video series, Short Answers to Big Questions. Andy and Nathan release a video a week answering the most common questions and objections concerning Christianity, totaling 50 videos so far. If you have a question that you’d like Andy and Nathan to explore, send them an email — if possible, they’ll include your question in a future episode. Check out the welcome video below or go straight to the first video, “Isn’t religion just a psychological…
  • The Gospel Coalition Q&A with Vince Vitale on ‘Why Suffering?’

    Bethan Adams
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale sign copies of their book Why Suffering? in Norcross, GA The Gospel Coalition’s Matt Smethurst interviewed Vince Vitale about his and Ravi Zacharias’ new book, Why Suffering?: Finding Meaning and Comfort When Life Doesn’t Make Sense. Smethurst says, “renowned apologist Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale look with unflinching focus at many of the hardest questions we face as humans. The result is an unusually fresh resource that will challenge the skeptical, equip the faithful, and comfort the hurting.” In the Q & A with TGC,…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • Why you can’t run away from your problems

    David Rupert
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    I grabbed my backpack, took an apple from the bowl on the table, pocketed  two of my favorite Hot Wheels and marched out the house. I wasn’t going to take it anymore! I was eight and I was a childhood runaway. I made it all the way to the Dutra’s house where they had a secret hide-out in the back yard. I sat down and rested. It was a quick stop, a layover, a resting point before I made my final dash to freedom.  It had been a long journey so far, and I had a long ways to go. It was just eight houses away, but it was a first step away from my problems. The day was warm and the emotions…
  • Let me tell you a story

    David Rupert
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Chris was a character. You know the type — fun, engaging, and always right at the edge of trouble. On one hand, he was a fount of information, intensely loyal to the company and indispensable. On the other hand, he was subtle, clever, and at times, irreverent. As low-level clerks, we were enamored with the complexity of this man. He knew enough about the company political structure to make things happen. He was smarter than any of his superiors – and they knew it. That’s why they gave him plenty of free-reign knowing his work ethic superseded any downside. Chris was at his best at…
  • How should a Christian living in Colorado react to legal marijuana?

    David Rupert
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Everywhere I go across the country, I’m hit with the pot question. No matter where you live, you’ve probably heard that here in Colorado, marijuana is legal to purchase and grow for personal use. The question usually starts with, “Dude….” It started out insidiously a few years ago with the medical marijuana justification. Nearly every medical doctor could write prescriptions for marijuana which could then be “Filled” by the neighborhood “dispensary.”  It wasn’t long before “doctors” set up shops next to dispensaries and began writing…
  • Who needs a Happy New Year?

    David Rupert
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    He sweeps the confetti from the sidewalk into a dust bin. The empty cup sits in a pool of stale beer. He pushes the collected trash into a heap and tosses it into the dumpster. “Happy New Year,” he mocks. “Happy Friggin New Year.” It’s been a tough year. Six months ago, his wife left the keys on the counter along with a note. “I’m finally happy.” 16 years invested and this is the final reward to a relationship. It’s a little strange that one person’s happiness so easily translates into another’s misery. She tosses her hair back…
  • Jesus Daily: A Good Start to the New Year

    David Rupert
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:50 am
    I’ve been using Jesus Daily: 365 Interactive Devotions for the last couple of weeks and have found it to be a unique, modern approach to the daily discipline needed for spiritual growth. The book is compiled by Aaron Tabor, an MD who started the Jesus Daily Facebook page in 2009 as a place for him to record his own daily observations. In just a few years, he has more than 27 million followers. The book takes some of those observations and puts those into a traditional bible reading and commentary devotional format. What makes this different is the “connect” section at the end. There are…
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • The Darkest Places

    Steve McCoy
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:53 am
    At Soma School a few years back I got to know Chris Thomas. I resonated with Chris' personal story, his family's situation, his dedication to ministry, and his willingness to sacrifice to be a missionary where he lived. Soma and TGC have put out a video and article called "Dope Church." It's well worth your time. Here's a blurb. Go to TGC to read the rest.Cherie sits on a bed and speaks life into Bill and his girlfriend, Katie, while they eat turkey and stuffing and cranberry sauce. A motel room is a really weird place for a Thanksgiving dinner. It’s an even stranger setting for a…
  • Elijah Update 1.21.15

    Steve McCoy
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:03 am
    Previous Updates:  First, Second, Third, Fourth.Yesterday we took Elijah back to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago to meet with their rheumatologist at the request of the two main pediatricians there who have been working with Elijah and who have thus far not figured out why he has fluid in his hip.It was rather revealing, though there is no clear diagnosis yet. What we learned we feel finally gives us some solid direction and seems to finally make some sense out of his current symptoms as well as previous problems. Before Rheumatologist -…
  • Elijah Update - Tuesday

    Steve McCoy
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:56 am
    Wanted to get an update up Monday after arriving home, but just didn't find the time. Here's where things are with our 14 year old son. Check out previous posts for a full day-by-day: First post, Saturday update, and Sunday update. Getting Home - We got home midday Monday and immediately discovered we were driving on an almost completely flat tire. A large screw was in our rear left tire and I had to head right back out and add air then make an appointment to fix the tire while Molly napped yesterday. A flat tire after a long drive leads to scary what-could-have-happened thoughts! God in…
  • Elijah Update - Sunday

    Steve McCoy
    11 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    Good news this morning. Elijah, barring things getting worse in the next 24 hours, is going home tomorrow. It's still a mystery what exactly is wrong. The growth in the culture from his hip is strange. It should only happen in someone with artificial medical things in his body. So they think it must be contamination. But that doesn't change the problem he's having in the first place. New MRIs and other tests show nothing concerning infection, bone issues, etc.The doctor this morning wants him to see a rheumatologist. It won't happen until after we've left and are done here, but it's probably…
  • Elijah Update - Saturday (1/10)

    Steve McCoy
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    I'm writing this on a public, hospital computer, so forgive any issues with the post. The system isn't letting me update the previous post so it's easier just to add a new one. Elijah has now been given at least one more night here, and maybe a few more. Still up in the air.E is leaving with Molly by ambulance (sans sirens) to Lurie Children's Hospital today for another set of MRIs. More blood tests are being done as we speak. The fluid culture from his hip is in process and something is growing in it. That means there's something that's in the fluid and the tests should reveal…
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  • Stick to Your Proper Business

    Fred Sanders
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    An (unsigned) editorial by R. A Torrey in the September 1916 edition of Biola’s King’s Business shares a story about a busy pastor learning a lesson about time management. Seven resignations in one day is pretty inspirational (though in retrospect the better part of wisdom would have been knowing how to say no in the first place). I especially like the line from Stalker, “As soon as the devil sees a young minister likely to be of use in the kingdom of God he gets on his back and rides him to death with engagements.”       The post Stick to Your Proper…
  • Fittest Type of All Disciples: Bartholomew / Nathanael

    Fred Sanders
    18 Jan 2015 | 9:35 pm
    A Bible study group at my church had a great idea for a series of lessons: studying each of the disciples. Even though I’d love to learn more about John or Peter, I asked them to let me teach one of the more obscure disciples, because I’ve got access to lots of books and I enjoy a challenge. The lot fell to me to teach the week on Bartholomew. Here’s the problem with teaching on Bartholomew: Even though his name is in all four lists of the disciples of Jesus (Matthew 10, Mark 3, Luke 6, Acts 1), he is not otherwise mentioned in the New Testament. As I said, I like a…
  • LATC16: The Voice of God in the Text of Scripture

    Fred Sanders
    17 Jan 2015 | 12:17 am
    We’ve just wrapped up the third annual Los Angeles Theology Conference.  I’ll post video of the plenary talks in a few weeks, and before the year’s out, look for the book, Locating Atonement: Explorations in Constructive Dogmatics, to be available from Zondervan. Next year the conference will return to Fuller Theological Seminary, and we will be exploring the doctrine of Scripture. So even though it is a systematic theology conference and our goal is to understand a doctrine, we’ve got some biblical scholars contributing next year. Our focusing question is, “How…
  • If You Had Been There

    Fred Sanders
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Once upon a time –not quite “in the beginning,” but not too long after– a snake had a question. He sauntered up and posed it quite politely, and if you’d been there you’d have agreed that both his posture and his manners were impeccable. He found the Mother of All Mankind minding her own beeswax in the middle of the arboretum, and he leaned his lanky limbs against the trunk of a tree, cocked his head a little to one side, and mused, “Excuse me, I was just wondering. Just a clarifying question here; just a little follow-up, just out of curiosity, just playing devil’s…
  • “All the Prophets Proclaimed These Days”

    Fred Sanders
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:59 am
    In Acts 3, near the end of his sermon in Solomon’s Portico, Peter says that “all the prophets, as many as have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, also predicted these days” in which God would bring salvation in Christ. Old Testament scholar R. E. Clements once pointed out that this New Testament text contains two crucial assumptions which run counter to much Old Testament scholarship: (1) that it’s possible to summarize what “all the prophets” said, and (2) that such a summary is a message of salvation. In an article that takes Clements’…
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  • Why You Should Take Your Kids to See Selma

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

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

    Chris Marlow
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:36 am
    Fight. I’ve decided that this will be my one word for 2015.   There are so many things to fight for. For some, I know the word “fight” may even be a little too violent–maybe even a bit unspiritual. For me, it’s the essence of what I do. I fight to be a good husband and dad. I fight to build an organization that fights to break the chains of extreme poverty. I know in 2015, I’m going to have to fight to write a book. I’m also going to have to fight to be healthy, rest well, and enjoy the journey. Fighters change the world. But, as Mike Tyson…
  • 2014: A Reflection on Life & Leadership

    Chris Marlow
    28 Dec 2014 | 12:19 pm
    2014 was the best of times and the worst of times. On Jan 1st, 2014, I was on my way to Ethiopia and Uganda. While the trip was amazing, I simply was not prepared to travel that soon into the new year. It threw me off for the entire first quarter of 2014. I always felt as if I was trying to play catch up. Soon after our return, we got the horrid phone call that my brother-in-law had been murdered in an LA hotel room. That was quite difficult to deal with. Truthfully, you just don’t know how to handle those kinds of tragedies. You do your best, try to heal, and move on with life. The…
  • How I landed a Book Deal

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

    Andrew Jones
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have been collecting vintage fonts and logos recently, despite NOT being a hipster, but the huge collection in the January Big Bundle from Creative Market is about to swamp everything I have and give me plenty of goodies to spruce up the blogs of my friends and clients. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Can’t wait. Especially that Tall Abbey font that could easily ...
  • Stepping down is easier

    Andrew Jones
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    Today I am playing around with a potential logo for a social enterprise site called Next Step. I made a few icons in Affinity Designer, which I am still getting used to, and sent them off to Next Step in California. A few years ago I created the Next Step website with a logo of some stairs going upward, to ...
  • Of elephants and teeth

    Andrew Jones
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Nobody likes dental clinics but this one is different. We are in Germany, visiting a dental laboratory which I find so inspiring, on so many levels, that I am featuring it as this years first blog post. This is KPV Labor Friesen in Leopoldshohe, near Bielefeld. I heard about it from a fashion model who got new teeth here, and also ...
  • Happy New Year 2015

    Andrew Jones
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:06 am
    One year passes and another arrives. What was done in 2014 is done. Everything passes through, as my German friends say, but Jesus remains. Happy new year!   We are in Antwerp, Belgium and hope to see the New Year arrive with a few friends. Hope it goes well with you all. I look forward to sharing stories with you ...
  • 2014 Trends: Simplicity. Sustainability. Spirituality.

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

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A great startThe January issue was a great way to start the new year. Yes, the new year offers renewal, change and opportunity, and you have helped all of us to look forward. The layout was inviting and articles were stimulating, especially Timothy Wengert’s “Lutheran mythbusting or ...” (page 16). Thanks for such an exciting way to begin 2015. George E. KeckHarleysville, Pa.   Prophet and rebelMartin Luther may not have thought of himself as a reformer for the reasons Wengert gives, but he did think of himself as a prophet and the heir to the rebel Jan Hus (1369-1415)…
  • Zumba as evangelism

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Yeah, yeah, yeah, que no pare la fiesta! Don’t stop the party!”  Pitbull’s rap music blares over the loudspeaker in the parking lot. About 60 participants follow Zumba® instructor Gonzalo Hernandez’s lead. There are lots of twists, turns, lunges and laughter. It’s just another Thursday night at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bradenton, Fla. Each week Hernandez (gonazalo_hernandez3@yahoo.com) lives out his faith in a distinctive way — by volunteering his expertise and seemingly endless energy with fellow members and the community at…
  • ?Our one constant is change?

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Sanctuary of Marshfield, Mass., likes to think outside the church. From the style of its building, which resembles an A-frame ski lodge in the woods, to an altar made of old pallets and rocks, much about Sanctuary is out-of-the-box thinking. Its signs outside are simple chalkboards, with the message of “Create. Connect. Respond.” Sanctuary, a 4-year-old congregation, has a new way of doing church. Even its 10:10 a.m. and 4:04 p.m. worship times are offbeat but appealing to a new crowd of churchgoers.  Worship doesn’t necessarily follow the lectionary but takes an…
  • Immigration

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Editor’s note: This series is intended to be a public conversation among teaching theologians of the ELCA on various themes of our faith and the challenging issues of our day. It invites readers to engage in dialogue by posting comments online at the end of each article at www.thelutheran.org. The series is edited by Michael Cooper-White, president of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Pa.), on behalf of the presidents of the eight ELCA seminaries. In the October 2014 issue of The Lutheran, ELCA missionary Stephen Deal wrote an article…
  • It?s all about that grace

    31 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    A bubblegum doo-wop hit called “All About That Bass” has recently been an earworm to some radio listeners and to others a chance to sing loudly in the car with their local pop radio station. But for Lutherans, it’s all about something else — that grace. Nearly 200 Lutherans responded to a reader call asking what drew them to the ELCA. Judging by their enthusiasm, they may not be cradle Lutherans but they are Lutherans to the grave. Grace and welcome are the recurring words that led them to the ELCA (or predecessor bodies). As Kaleb McCormick of Mount Moriah…
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    Century Blog

  • On the Century's relationship with James Wall

    David Heim
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    James Wall is listed on the Christian Century masthead as a “contributing editor” along with other former editors and staff members. He has not been involved in editing the magazine since his retirement in 1998.
  • New today: The church and money, changing the way pastors get paid, blogging the lectionary

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    26 Jan 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
  • What does "middle class" mean?

    Steve Thorngate
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Dionne Searcey and Robert Gebeloff do a nice job crunching some numbers on what sorts of people are part of the middle class, and how they’re doing (the short version: not great). This caveat of theirs, however, is an important one. read more
  • The gift of Ordinary Time

    Laura Kelly Fanucci
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    I have a sneaking suspicion this is what matters most.Not the anticipation of Advent, the celebration of Christmas, the long journey of Lent, or the exuberance of Easter. But the everyday of Ordinary Time. read more
  • My essay on the essay (from Beyond Walls)

    Amy Frykholm
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    This summer I am going to be teaching at a Kenyon College writing workshop designed for clergy who want to hone their writing skills for conversations beyond their congregations and denominations. The program, Beyond Walls, is envisioned as an interfaith conversation with writers and clergy from both Jewish and Christian traditions. I will be teaching essay writing along with Rodger Kamenetz, and he and I each have an essay in this month’s Beyond Walls e-mag. read more
 
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    Think Christian Articles

  • Turning pistols into plowshares

    Chad Thornhill
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Posted on 01/26/15 Present-day Christians wrestle with the issue of violence just like our forefathers in faith did. We disagree on whether violence is permissible in instances of self-defense and whether Christians should support acts of war on a national scale - even if conducted in the name of justice, democracy or some greater good. A new study out of Yale University, summarized in The Atlantic, suggests a way forward which resonates deeply with Christian teachings. The study explored community fragmentation in areas of New Haven, Conn., where high percentages of violent crime occur. It…
  • Finding communal comfort in David Zahl’s Mess of Help

    John J. Thompson
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    Posted on 01/26/15 I would say that books like David Zahl’s A Mess Of Help make me feel less alone in the world, if there were any other books like David Zahl’s A Mess Of Help to be found. The fact is, there are not. Conversations such as these are too often relegated to pubs, festivals and backstage green rooms. Few are we who equally obsess over things cultural and theological with this level of passion and borderline neurosis. With great humor, candor and spiritual insight - and an insanely passionate musical vocabulary - Zahl crafts rant after rant that would be equally at…
  • Human composting: ashes to ashes, dust to dust?

    Rolf Bouma
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Posted on 01/23/15 A discussion on green burial recently led a friend to send me a news item on human composting. That’s not composting by humans. It’s composting of humans (or, to be more specific, of human remains). A Seattle organization is proposing what they call the Urban Death Project. (They might want to give a little more thought to the name.) It’s a facility designed to decompose human remains, much like a crematorium, except that instead of using fire to convert remains to ashes, biological processes will be optimized to convert human remains into soil. The right…
  • The missed opportunity of Duke’s Muslim call to prayer

    Shiao Chong
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    Posted on 01/22/15 Last week, Duke University reversed its decision to allow the traditional Muslim call to prayer to be broadcast from its historic chapel tower. The permission for Muslim students to recite the prayer on Fridays for three minutes from the bell tower was rescinded following strong criticisms from Christians and a “serious and credible security threat.” Evangelical public figure Franklin Graham, in particular, had harsh words on his Facebook feed, calling on donors to withhold their support from Duke until the policy is reversed. Graham remarked, “As…
  • Obama’s State of the Union and a Christian understanding of income inequality

    Jordan J. Ballor
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Posted on 01/21/15 President Barack Obama’s State of the Union message struck a powerful chord last night on the topic of income inequality in the United States, echoing the concern of centuries of Christian reflection on wealth and poverty. The president posed a choice between “an economy where only a few of us do spectacularly well” and “an economy that generates rising incomes and chances for everyone who makes the effort.” The Biblical prophets were deeply troubled with economic injustice, and pastors and theologians throughout the ages have worried about the…
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    TerraceCrawford.com

  • 5 Ways to Avoid Becoming Irrelevant to Teens

    Terrace Crawford
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Do you feel like your ministry is becoming irrelevant to teenagers? Are you looking for creative ways to get out of “that rut?” Maybe I can help. I want to share with you 5 Ways to Avoid Becoming Irrelevant (to … Continue reading →
  • BIG NEWS: I’m Launching A Podcast!

    Terrace Crawford
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I’ve got some BIG NEWS that I’m pretty stoked to share with you, my readers, today.  It’s been a while since I’ve been a part of a youth ministry podcast, but I’m excited to announce today that I’m launching my … Continue reading →
  • 3 Ways to Have the Best Year Ever!

    Terrace Crawford
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    I just finished speaking in our weekend services at my church.  I shared 3 Ways to Have the Best Year Ever!   I know many of you weren’t able to join us, so I thought I would share them here … Continue reading →
  • 5 Resolutions You Should Make This New Year!

    Terrace Crawford
    29 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Personal convictions and goals will shape the way a leader leads, responds to others and the very choices he or she makes. Each year, I resolve to do a few things, based on these convictions and goals too. So, I’ve … Continue reading →
  • FREE DVD: Fearless!

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

  • Writer's Block

    7 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Neglecting my blog I've sort of had writer's block. Working hard during the holidays .... sermons, lessons, visiting, family, and other priorities .... My hope for 2015 is to do better with what God's given me. How about you? So if you don't see me blog it isn't because I don't like communicating its because there is so much to do. Let's get busy doing the life of living for Jesus.http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogspot/ZioO
  • New Sermon Series starts this Sunday

    7 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
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  • 30 Things I am thankful for ...

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

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

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

  • Living Water

    Rick Morgan
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:41 am
    Jesus will refresh better than anything else you may try.  John 4:7-14  Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, "Please give Me a drink."  8  He was alone at the time because His disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. 9  The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, "You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are You asking me for a drink?" 10  Jesus replied, "If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask Me, and I would give…
  • Who Is The Greatest?

    Rick Morgan
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:23 am
    Jesus is more than an ordinary man.  John 3:30-36  He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less.  31  "He has come from above and is greater than anyone else. We are of the earth, and we speak of earthly things, but He has come from heaven and is greater than anyone else.  32  He testifies about what He has seen and heard, but how few believe what He tells them! 33  Anyone who accepts His testimony can affirm that God is true.  34  For He is sent by God. He speaks God's words, for God gives Him the Spirit without limit.
  • Found: God's Will

    Rick Morgan
    31 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    Finding the direction and purpose that God has for your life.  Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.  6  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.Matthew 12:48-50  Jesus asked, "Who is My mother? Who are My brothers?"  49  Then He pointed to His disciples and said, "Look, these are My mother and brothers.  50  Anyone who does the will of My Father in heaven is My brother and sister and mother!"Most of us acknowledge that God has a plan for the life of every believer but…
  • Stop Following Me

    Rick Morgan
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    Does your ministry glorify Jesus or yourself?  John 3:22-30  Then Jesus and His disciples left Jerusalem and went into the Judean countryside. Jesus spent some time with them there, baptizing people. 23  At this time John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon, near Salim, because there was plenty of water there; and people kept coming to him for baptism.  24  (This was before John was thrown into prison.) 25  A debate broke out between John's disciples and a certain Jew over ceremonial cleansing.  26  So John's disciples came to him and said, "Rabbi, the…
  • Anti Santy Ranty

    Rick Morgan
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    Is your view of God similar to your view of Santa?  They say there’s a big man who lives far away,Supposedly jolly but it’s hard to say.I’ve never seen him, and neither have you.But the children believe, and I spose that’ll do.He’s known as a loner, with many a quirkNo time for a chat, he’s embroiled in his workHe keeps to himself, for most of the year,I reckon we’re grateful he doesn’t appear.We send him requests, for particular needs,But we never hear back, who knows if he heeds?We try to be good, give his arm a twist,To merit our place on his blessed little list.And…
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    Human3rror

  • “Ideal” Body Types for Women Throughout History

    John
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    A very fascinating look at how women have historically been considered beautiful, or rather, how we’ve changed our opinion on what is “ideal.” I’m sharing this with my 8-year old daughter because I think it’s important for us to openly talk about things like “body image” and how that can impact things like self-confidence and identity. I think it’s important that I show her that I’m unafraid of talking about these things and so that we can have an open channel of dialogue as she grows up about these things. I know very little about women…
  • A Chat About Writing via All of the Above Podcast

    John
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:12 am
    I had a really fun time chatting with Bryan, Sam, and Sean on their All of the Above podcast. We cover a number of topics but it all centers on writing, which, I am clearly and obviously a fan of. They have one of the biggest and most comprehensive show notes ever… Dizzamn. I also like their “title” for me: A hacker, a human, a doer. Check. Give it a listen. Let me know your thoughts. The post A Chat About Writing via All of the Above Podcast appeared first on John Saddington.
  • The Startling Reality of Education and Debt

    John
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    And here are some incredibly disturbing images / gifs that make comment on the crippling debt our current educational system has created for the future of our workforce (and world). It doesn’t surprise me one bit that all of these were the top “education” posts tagged via Tumblr in 2014. I’m proud to be part of an organization that is helping others change their lives and, in many instances, helping them assault the pile of debt that their previous lives created. The only reason I want to grow The Iron Yard is so that I can help more people, more often, and in more…
  • Due App

    John
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:05 am
    Yikes. This looks so pretty. I do not personally use anything for reminders but I on occasion use things like this countdown counter. The post Due App appeared first on John Saddington.
  • Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights

    John
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
    Click for larger view. That was helpful… so interesting that Stan Lee has like… well, nothing. The post Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights appeared first on John Saddington.
 
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  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:46 am
    First, we’ll look at what PARSE readers are seeing today, and then we’ll add a few bonus links: Work Out Your Salvation in Fear and Publishing – Philip Yancey sits down with World Magazine: “I tell people I write my books for myself, and that’s true. I grew up in an unhealthy church. I’ve talked about that very openly in my books. It was almost a toxic church. I went through a period of time where I threw out that whole church background because I realized there were some things they had lied to me about… [W]hen I started writing, I realized I had the…
  • Dr. David Jeremiah: King of Mailing List Abuse

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:42 am
    “Please, make it stop; make it go away…” I have no doctrinal issues with David Jeremiah. Although his radio and television programs are not broadcast at times I can listen or watch, as far as I know he is very mainstream Evangelical. His fundraising mailings however are relentless. If you are the type of person who really enjoys getting snail mail, this is the mailing list for you. As a family member told me last week, “I got another one from D.J.;” she has now stopped using the name since understanding is implicit, “That’s three this week.” She…
  • Encyclopedia of Modern Churches is Difficult to Read

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
    Yesterday at Christianity 201, instead of using an excerpt from a book, I drew the day’s thoughts from a table of contents. I wasn’t given a review edition of the book anyway and was using a borrowed copy, and second, I had not looked at the individual chapters at that point. The table of contents is impressive supported our theme verse for the day Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the…
  • Sweet Dreams are Made of This

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    Anyone who keeps up with developments in world missions has heard stories of Muslims coming to faith in Jesus Christ after a revelation in a dream. I can’t take the time here to document this, but there have been many articles and at least one DVD documentary, More Than Dreams. These stories are rather personal to me, because as a 7-year old, my initial stirrings of faith began after waking from a dream that clearly spoke to me that in terms of the lessons presented in Sunday School, a Christian retreat center we visited each year, and other contacts with scripture, I was not prepared.
  • Weekend Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Carlos Whittaker explaining technology to Pete Wilson: In order to highlight that the links are now on PARSE on Saturdays, I’m running the latest list here. Remember that these are especially keyed for pastors and church leaders, but I try widen that focus a little with things of interest to all of us. Feedback from Thinking Out Loud readers is always welcomed.  The decision to move to Saturday was made by CT, but we’re now in direct competition with our friends at Saturday Ramblings at Internet Monk, where you’ll also find a great summary of the week in religious news; and…
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  • That Loving Feeling

    18 Jan 2015 | 5:11 pm
    Today in church, our guest speaker shared from Matthew 22:36-40. “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
  • More Than A Review, 5 Questions Too!

    7 Jan 2015 | 6:52 pm
    A long time ago (20 years) in a land far, far away (Texas) I first met Jason Wiedel.  Jason, my future wife Sarah and I joined 30+ others at a ministry school deep in the heart of Texas.  We were young, idealistic and had many plans for the future.  Jason's future has invoved his current job with Habitiat for Humanity and now author of the recently released Persecution Complex. I sat down to
  • Just One Word

    1 Jan 2015 | 6:08 pm
    A couple years back Compassion sent a challenge out to their bloggers  to seek the Lord for a word for the new year instead of making a New Years Resolution.  I enjoyed the idea so much I have asked God for a new word each year since. Literally, ONE word. If the Lord was to give me one word for 2015 what would it be? In 2013 I felt that word was PRAYER and pray I did.  Lots.  Things happened
  • Take Note of the NKJV Note-Takers Bible

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:32 pm
    I love to take notes in my Bible.  Sadly, deciphering my notes is like studyingy heiroglyphics.  I have scribbled notes with arrows pointing in different directions, tried to squeeze words and thoughts between lines and gone down the side of very thin edges. What I needed was a Note-Takers Bible.  I was excited to get this Bible and start taking new notes.  I put it to use right away by
  • A Charlie Brown Christmas

    17 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    <!--[if gte mso 9]> <![endif]--> I love Christmas specials.  My family and I will gather together and watch Christmas classics of days past and it has become somewhat of a tradition in our house.  One of my favorites is called "A Charlie Brown Christmas."  You are probably familiar with this special. They key scene for me is when Charlie Brown goes out to pick a tree
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  • “Freebird – I Want It All” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    TweetAt Gateway Church in Austin, we continued our series Freebird: Live Free. Work Free. In Austin, find a Freebird Small Group here. Apply what you learn with these Next Steps. You can listen to the message Rick Shurtz shared here. You can listen to the message I shared at Gateway South here: Here are notes from Rick’s message: “There’s a nerve in each of us, that if you touch it, we do strange things. It’s the… This can’t be it …nerve. This can’t be it. I can’t do just this. I dreamed of more than this. My life can’t just be what it is right now, or a…
  • Thrive GroupLife Conference 2015 – Toronto

    Eric Bryant
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:25 pm
    Tweet I am excited to return to The Bridge in Markham, Ontario in the Toronto area for the second year in a row! If you are in the area, join us! More info here.      
  • An Interview with Alex McManus

    Eric Bryant
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:11 pm
    TweetAlex McManus has always challenged my thinking and been a great mentor at times in my ministry. Whether from a distance or while working together at Mosaic in Los Angeles, I have always found Alex insightful and helpful. If you don’t already know Alex, here’s his bio from his website: “Alex writes about anticipating and creating the future. Studies the practices and processes of social movements. Coaches social and spiritual entrepreneurs through the International Mentoring Network (IMN) to engage culture and mobilize communities for causes.” I interviewed…
  • “Freebird – Pleasure” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Tweet At Gateway Church in Austin, we began our series Freebird: Live Free. Work Free. In Austin, find a Freebird Small Group here. Apply what you learn with these Next Steps. You can listen to the message Rick Shurtz shared at Gateway South here: You can watch the message John Burke shared at our McNeil Campus at  www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Here are notes from yesterday’s message: “Do you like your life? We find this spectrum between doing what we have to do vs. doing what we want to do. It’s hard to do the things that are important when our jobs 70% of Americans…
  • Dr. Martin Luther King’s Legacy

    Eric Bryant
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    Tweet On this day we remember the impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. along with all who served with him in the Civil Rights Movement. Today is also a call to serve to make our world a better place. This weekend my wife Deborah and I watched Selma. The film was a powerful retelling of Bloody Sunday which took place 50 years ago along with a very human look at Dr. King and others who led and sacrificed to right the wrongs of injustice. We saw the film at the Alamo Drafthouse which showed related archival footage in the 30 minutes prior to the film which was riveting and raw. It was a…
 
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  • Washington Post story on same-sex marriage in Oklahoma is long on emotion, short on religious insight

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    What it's like to get married in a state where most people strongly oppose your marriage http://t.co/2bw5qa9We0— Washington Post (@washingtonpost) January 26, 2015 Since I live in Oklahoma, this Washington Post headline caught my attention:Deeply conservative Oklahoma adjusts to sudden arrival of same-sex marriageI'm not sure what I expected when I clicked the link. I guess I hoped the Post would go below the surface and not rely on easy stereotypes to characterize the beliefs and attitudes of my fellow Oklahomans.To a certain extent, this in-depth piece — produced by a Style…
  • Journalistic story baking? Via World magazine, Colorado man denies requesting 'God hates gays' cake

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    "This Colorado baker refused to put an anti-gay message on cakes. Now she is facing a civil rights complaint," proclaimed a Washington Post headline."Complaint: Baker refused to write anti-gay words on cake," reported USA Today."Denver baker sued for refusing to write anti-gay slogans on cake," said The Christian Science Monitor.In a post last week, I characterized The Associated Press' coverage of the latest skirmish in Colorado's cake/culture wars as "less than perfect."Now comes Marvin Olasky, editor in chief of the evangelical Christian news magazine World, with questions about…
  • Think piece for a sobering day: 'The Forward' dissects New York Times coverage of Israel

    Terry Mattingly
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Today is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, an event that -- to my surprise -- is getting very little coverage in the mainstream press on this side of the Atlantic.Why is that? Any theories?Perhaps the coverage will be tomorrow, focusing on news events linked to the anniversary. Maybe.Anyway, this made me think about a piece of journalism-related material that I had hoped to post this past weekend in one of my usual "think piece" slots, but other news jumped ahead in my priorities.While there is, let me stress, no direct connection between the issue of Holocaust coverage and…
  • Do Mormons now officially have local 'pastors,' simply because Romney once said he had been a 'pastor'?

    Terry Mattingly
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    Mitt Romney is in the news again, which means it's time for people to argue about whether the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is, well, you know, normal and safe and whatever.This leads us to a really interesting question linked to a New York Times piece that ran the other day: Is it a mistake when journalists print a factually inaccurate statement about a religious believer, yet there is evidence that they were quoting -- without saying they were quoting -- the believer himself?The discussion starts here:WASHINGTON -- A prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt…
  • 'Special pleaders,' church-state issues and the new Republican shape of the U.S. Congress

    Richard Ostling
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:45 pm
    Good stories lurk in ideology-driven magazines and web sites on the religion beat, perhaps more so than with other fields.For example, there’s often useful fare blended with the partisanship of Church & State, monthly house organ of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. This lobby and litigator closely monitors those it assails as “far-right religious conservatives,” provides some useful information and is always happy to brief reporters on its side of an issue.Consider, for example, the cover story in Church & State’s current issue, “New Congress, New…
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  • How To Write A Book – Author Launch

    loswhit
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    So my friend Ally has perfected the journey of becoming an author. Big claim? Maybe. But true? Certainly. May I introduce the readers of this blog to AUTHOR LAUNCH. A brand new course by my great friend Allison Vesterfelt. You Can Find Out More About It And REGISTER HERE… The thing I love about about Author Launch is that Allison has taken a complex formula, and made is easily accessible for normal people like you and I. You will get some of the nitty gritty tips on my creative process as I write and also get to hear from some of my great author friends like Donald Miller, Jon Acuff,…
  • The Local Church Isn’t Your Experiment

    loswhit
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    The local church isn’t hinging on how you decorate it. The local church isn’t going to die if you don’t fix it. The local church isn’t in need of your systems. The local church isn’t going to fall apart without the next generation fixing the last generation’s version. The local church isn’t some experiment. The local church is the bride of Christ and will survive and thrive regardless of our churching skill level. So this week. Relax with the plans…Take a deep breath…And BE the church instead of trying to FIX the church.  It’s…
  • YOU WERE CREATED TO FEEL EXACTLY THIS!!!

    loswhit
    6 Jan 2015 | 5:39 am
    We were created for joy. We were created to jump up and down and shake our fists at the sky in utter disbelief that we are so lucky to be alive. We were created to FEEL. If it has been a while since you have felt the utter joy that this little girl felt when opening this gift… Or if it has never been felt… It is available to you. Not only is it available to you… It is INSIDE YOU WAITING TO COME OUT. You got this. You can find this. Don’t stop exploring until you do. Los
  • The Year Of Adventure

    loswhit
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:11 am
    Last April I released my first book.  Moment Maker. As an author, when you finish a book, and as you continue to live out the message of that book, you wish you could add to it. I guess that is what this space is for. So as I thought long and hard about what the next aspect for me as a moment maker would be… I began studying you guys. I began studying the other guys. The ones who travel the world on instagram. The ones who climb the mountains on vimeo. The ones who surf the big waves on youtube. And I realized something. When you are working at Starbucks at age 20 trying to pay off…
  • Epic Snow Ball Fight At Breakfast – #MomentMaker

    loswhit
    29 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Heather told the kids that we were going to have a nice Christmas breakfast on the deck. Win #1. She set the table nice and Christmasy. When the kids got out there we told them we were having powdered donut holes for breakfast! Win #2. How could breakfast get any better? With Win #3. Right after our “Snow Ball Toast” the unsuspecting kids got pelted. Life is too short to have a normal breakfast… Be a #MomentMaker instead… Buy my book Moment Maker here! goo.gl/wSdOLA Los
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  • Jonathan Aigner: But contemporary worship brings people to Jesus! Right…?

    Guest Author
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Reposted with permission from Jonathan Aigner, Ponder Anew Consider this comment I received on the “Modernized Hymns” post. I have tried to avoid God my whole life. I wouldn’t know a traditional hymn from a modernized hymn. I’ve never even stepped foot into a church…until this past Sunday. The people on stage sang a song by David Crowder, and I began to feel the very presence of God. It was like nothing I ever felt before. Tears streamed down my eyes and right then, I bowed down and made a decision to surrender my life to Jesus. I ask you a simple question…wasn’t David…
  • Death Letter, part three: A caged animal in an invisible cage

    Chaplain Mike
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    We continue our reflections on David W. Peters’ memoir of his experiences as a military and hospital chaplain called, Death Letter: God, Sex, and War. Peters served as a battalion chaplain in Fort Hood, Texas from 2004-2007, which included a deployment to Iraq in 2006. After Iraq he also served as a chaplain clinician in the amputee, orthopedic, neuroscience, and psychological wards at Walter Reed Hospital. After his deployment and subsequent divorce, David Peters entered a season of drinking, promiscuity, depression, and loss of faith. I am finding these chapters hard to read…
  • Adam McHugh: When Someone is in a Storm

    Adam McHugh
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Nothing shuts down a person in pain like quoting the Bible at them. As I write that, I can hear the sirens of the Heresy Police surrounding my building. Yes, the Bible contains the words of life, the promises of God-with-us that have comforted saints and resurrected sinners. But the Bible can also be the ultimate conversation killer. It can be used as a tool for silencing people and for short-circuiting grief, hurt, and depression. Sometimes people use the Bible in a way that makes a hurting person feel like God is telling them to shut up. I don’t like saying this, but it has been my…
  • IM Film Review: American Sniper — The Old Wild West in the New Middle East

    Chaplain Mike
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Old Wild West in the New Middle East IM Review of “American Sniper” The title of this review reflects a line from American Sniper, Clint Eastwood’s reverent biopic of Chris Kyle, a sniper during the Iraq War credited with 160 kills, the most in American military history. It also reflects iconic films from Eastwood’s career. He, of course, is famous for his roles in westerns, portraying lone dispensers of justice in a world beset by evil. “In the universe of his films,” writes N.Y. Times critic A.O. Scott, “— a universe where the existence…
  • Sundays with Michael Spencer: January 25, 2015

    Chaplain Mike
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Pharisee and Publican, engraving printed by Emile Petithenry, Bonne Presse Note from CM: 2015 will mark five years since the death of Michael Spencer, the Internet Monk. Today, we continue our “Sundays with Michael” series with an excerpt from post that was originally published in January 2008. Folks did not always respond with words of sweetness and light when Michael wrote. Here is an example of how he used what might be called “prophetic sarcasm” to answer them. He tagged this with a “laugh or else” category designation back in the day. I think you’ll…
 
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  • Vintage logos and fonts. Special deal.

    Andrew Jones
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:16 am
    I have been collecting vintage fonts and logos recently, despite NOT being a hipster, but the huge collection in the January Big Bundle from Creative Market is about to swamp everything I have and give me plenty of goodies to spruce up the blogs of my friends and clients. Hmmmmmmmm!!!!!! Can’t wait. Especially that Tall Abbey font that could easily ...
  • Stepping down is easier

    Andrew Jones
    11 Jan 2015 | 6:38 am
    Today I am playing around with a potential logo for a social enterprise site called Next Step. I made a few icons in Affinity Designer, which I am still getting used to, and sent them off to Next Step in California. A few years ago I created the Next Step website with a logo of some stairs going upward, to ...
  • Of elephants and teeth

    Andrew Jones
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Nobody likes dental clinics but this one is different. We are in Germany, visiting a dental laboratory which I find so inspiring, on so many levels, that I am featuring it as this years first blog post. This is KPV Labor Friesen in Leopoldshohe, near Bielefeld. I heard about it from a fashion model who got new teeth here, and also ...
  • Happy New Year 2015

    Andrew Jones
    31 Dec 2014 | 1:06 am
    One year passes and another arrives. What was done in 2014 is done. Everything passes through, as my German friends say, but Jesus remains. Happy new year!   We are in Antwerp, Belgium and hope to see the New Year arrive with a few friends. Hope it goes well with you all. I look forward to sharing stories with you ...
  • 2014 Trends: Simplicity. Sustainability. Spirituality.

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

    Albert Mohler
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    Americans by the millions are still tuning in to watch Downton Abbey — now in itsfifth season — eager to enjoy the continuation of the saga of the Earl and Countess of Grantham and their household. According to press reports, 10.1 million Americans watched the first episode, apparently quite ready to be transported by drama into another place and time. This season, one looming issue is the arrival of a socialist government in London. But, do Americans have any idea what they are really watching? The millions of Americans who are now devoted Downton fans are drawn, no doubt, to…
  • Religious Liberty vs. Erotic Liberty — Religious Liberty is Losing

    Albert Mohler
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:12 pm
    Barely five days after The New York Times ran a major news article on the firing of Atlanta’s fire chief for his views on homosexuality, a major Times opinion writer declared that religious liberty is a fine thing, so long as it is restricted to “pews, homes, and hearts” — far from public consequence. The firing of Kelvin Cochran as chief of Atlanta’s Fire Rescue Department came after the city’s mayor, Kasim Reed, determined that the chief could not effectively manage the department after he had written a book in which he cited Scripture in defining…
  • Theological Extremism in a Secular Age

    Albert Mohler
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:53 am
    This is an edited transcript of The Briefing podcast from early Thursday morning, January 8, 2015. The war on terror took on a savage new face yesterday when two gunmen entered the headquarters of a French satirical newspaper known as Charlie Hebdo and opened fire, killing 12 people—10 people connected with the newspaper and two police officers. TheWashington Postreported this morning, “France’s deadliest terrorist attack in modern memory unfolded with chilling precision here Wednesday as gunmen speaking fluent French burst into a satirical newspaper’s weekly staff meeting and…
  • Newsweek on the Bible — So Misrepresented It’s a Sin

    Albert Mohler
    28 Dec 2014 | 11:21 pm
    Newsweek magazine decided to greet the start of 2015 with a massive cover story on the Bible. For decades now, major news magazines have tended to feature cover articles timed for Christmas and Easter, taking an opportunity to consider some major question about Christianity and the modern world. Leading the journalistic pack for years, both TIME and Newsweek dedicated cover article after article, following a rather predictable format. In the main, scholars or leaders from very liberal quarters commented side-by-side those committed to historic Christianity on questions ranging from the virgin…
  • Joy to the World — Even So Lord, Come Quickly

    Albert Mohler
    24 Dec 2014 | 10:21 am
    As Christmas Eve arrives we are reminded of the historic Christian prayer prayed by so many Christians through two millennia of Christian experience and bathed in Christian hope, “Even so Lord, come quickly.” But of course we can only utter that urgent prayer because the Lord did come and that’s why the truth of the incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ remains the only source for our hope. For this reason alone, Christians looking even at the devastating headlines of our days are not destroyed, we do not surrender to paranoia or to despair because God is on his throne and the Lord is…
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  • The Comfort Zone

    Pete Wilson
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:45 am
    Most of us are not comfortable living by faith, it’s just easier to stay in our comfort zone and be ok with a predictable life inside the box. But in order to fully experience what God has in mind for our lives, we have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable, and step out of the box.
 
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  • Pray for Argentina

    Tim Archer
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Recent events have reminded us of how limited a view of the world U.S. news media give us. While the terrorist attacks in France dominated headlines, bigger attacks in Nigeria went virtually unnoticed. Because of that, I’m fairly confident that most who read this will know next to nothing about the drama unfolding in Argentina. In 1994, a Jewish mutual aid society (AMIA) was bombed in Buenos Aires. 85 people were killed and hundreds were injured. Since it didn’t take place in New York or Paris, you probably never heard about it. But many remember and have been investigating ever…
  • Links To Go (January 27, 2015)

    Tim Archer
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    Missed Motherhood: A Casualty of the Sexual Revolution Susan Shapiro’s article at The New York Times is as sad as anything I’ve read in a long time. She is the quintessential modern woman, having pursued a career and a life in the city through her childbearing years. Twice she got pregnant, and twice she aborted her children. She didn’t want to be pregnant before her life and finances were stable. She would “have it all” eventually–so she thought. After entering her forties in a more secure situation, she decided to try and get pregnant only to find that she couldn’t. Public…
  • Not dead yet…

    Tim Archer
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been focused on several projects the last few weeks that, to be honest, took most of my creative thought. Because of that, the blog has been hibernating. I’ll get back to writing more consistently in the not-too-distant future. Thanks for checking in!
  • Links To Go (January 26, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    The Greatest False Idol of Modern Christianity Dig just beneath the sunny “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Bible covers, and the “God’s judgment is coming” bullhorn warnings and you’ll find that much of America has imagined a powerless God who’s mostly just keeping Heaven tidy until all the Christians get there. In the meantime, we live in perpetually frightened freak-out mode. The truth is, Fear has become a false God, one too many of us worship with complete and undying devotion. More Than A Dream Churches and church leaders who dream of racial…
  • Visiting Yazoo City

    Tim Archer
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    This past Sunday, I was privileged to present a Hope For Life/Herald of Truth presentation at the Yazoo City Church of Christ in Mississippi. I had spoken with the preacher at that church, Trey Henry, about the possibility when I saw him at the Harding Lectures. He was gracious enough to speak with the other church leaders and arrange for the visit. We think it important to let people know what we are doing in our ministry. That’s why we’re willing to visit churches at no cost to the congregation. If people are going to support us, they need to know what we’re doing with the…
 
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  • “Done For You” Social Media: Tim Keller Style

    Kenny Jahng
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    Imagine if your social media feed was filled with Tim Keller awesomeness? Well, here’s your chance. . . I’m giving away a pack of professionally designed, non-branded, social media network optimized, graphics quote cards. I love Tim Keller wisdom, and want to help you spread some of it across the Twitterverse and more.  Just click on the image below for details.
  • Worrying & Bitterness: Tim Keller Style

    Kenny Jahng
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
  • Reminder to F O C U S

    Kenny Jahng
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:02 am
    One of the foundations of what we do when we try to be strategic: *FOCUS = Follow One Course Until Successful* Get rid of all those distractions and stay focused on the task at hand. Some people think it is best to diversify and keep pursuing tons of stuff at once. But if you look at the successful people in any given industry, you’ll typically find that they have figured out how to be ultra laser-FOCUSED on just a couple of things (if not just one!) at a time. *Thoughts on this? Let me know what is the one or two things (ONLY) that are at the top of your focus list.*
  • Modernized Tithing: Encouraging Giving Ease of Use Technology

    Kenny Jahng
    17 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    As the Church has progressed into the 21 Century, many of its functions have been modernized.  We have guest services instead of ushers. Our fellowship halls in the back of the buildings have become Café’s and lounges in the front of the Church. Our music has moved from Hymnals to Projectors. Yet with all the modernization the Church is going through, one thing remains etched in the stones of the past – Our systems of tithes and offerings. Fewer People are carrying Cash or Checks Fewer and fewer people in today’s society pay with cash or checks. We even find that Millennials are using…
  • Social Media: Home Sweet Home

    Kenny Jahng
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    These days we are inundated with options regarding social media platforms. One of the mistakes newbies make is to think they all accomplish similar things and are used by everyone in general. Knowing what each platform has a sweet spot for allows you to engage appropriately and spend your time wisely as you invest in various social media communities. Here’s my latest take on some of the social media platforms being widely used today in 2014-2015: Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram, Google+, Flickr, Reddit, YouTube and others. What would you add? What would you modify? I…
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    Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Novato, Marin County » Podcast Feed

  • The Word of the Lord

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Sermon preached on 1 Samuel 3 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 1/4/2015 in Novato, CA. Sermon manuscript Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. 1 Samuel 3 1/4/15 “The Word of the Lord” As we return to our sermon series on the book of Samuel we […]
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 22-23

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    4 Jan 2015 | 5:54 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Mr. Mike Awtry at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 1/4/2015 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul, covering chapters 22 and 23, dealing with the topics of God’s providence and his miracles.
  • Abide in My Love

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    28 Dec 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Sermon preached on John 15:9-17 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 12/28/2014 in Novato, CA. Sermon manuscript Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. John 15:9-17 12/28/14 “Abide In My Love” As we approach the new year, I wanted to take one more week off from our […]
  • Essential Truths of the Christian Faith 20-21

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    28 Dec 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Rev. W. Reid Hankins at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 12/28/2014 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on the book Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by RC Sproul, covering chapters 20 and 21, dealing with the topics of God’s providence and his miracles.
  • Who Will Intercede For Him

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    14 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Sermon preached on 1 Samuel 2:11-36 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 12/14/2014 in Novato, CA. Sermon manuscript Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. 1 Samuel 2:11-36 12/14/14 “Who Will Intercede For Him” God’s people need good leadership, particularly good spiritual leadership. As we’ve been digging […]
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    Vision Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA

  • Let this never be our story

    Austin Gardner
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Matthew 21:19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away. When Jesus saw that a fig tree didn’t produce fruit He cursed it. I never want that to happen to Vision. I want us to always be producing fruit. Please pray for the services. Pray that God will save. Invite lost people. Share the gospel with people. Let’s seek to give more, pray more, send more missionaries, see more saved. Let’s never be satisfied. I want…
  • Just doesn’t seem fair

    Austin Gardner
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:06 am
    Matthew 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day. God does with us what He wants to do. He rewards us as He pleases. That is hard to accept in lots of ways. These guys were all working. They would expect to be paid by the hour and at a fair rate compared to each other. But that is not what happens. The master pays what He agreed to pay and then gives some way more than what their hourly pay should have been. We can know that God is good. We can know that He is God and can do whatever He wants to…
  • Sent to Suffer

    Austin Gardner
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:09 am
    Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. He knew when He sent His disciples out that they were going to be in danger. He sent them out knowing that they would suffer. There is no idea here about being a secret agent Christian. It is simply use your head. I am sending you as a sheep into the wolf pack. Do your job, be careful. But that is what I am doing. And that is what happens as we take the gospel to a world that doesn’t love Jesus, but we still go!
  • Being like our Father

    Austin Gardner
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    Matthew 5:43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. We are to love our enemies. We are to bless them and do good to them. We are to pray for them. We do all that because it is what our Father does. He is good…
  • He really belongs to Him!

    Austin Gardner
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:53 am
    Haggai 2:8 The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. Sometimes giving God our money is a little hard. We think we own what we have. We think that God wants what is ours. We believe that He needs us. But the truth is that all of it belongs to Him. He is God, Creater, Judge, Owner of everything and everyone. I show my love, respect, and acknowledge Him when I learn to give back to Him what He has allowed me to have for a few short days.
 
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    LifeVesting

  • Against the Wind

    Andy Wood
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:25 am
    It’s one of the loneliest of all encounters, The most agonizing of all relationships, Where it seems as though the very air you breathe Pushes hard against you as you try to move forward. Yet move you must. The calling is too strong… The need is too great… Press on … Press on against the wind. It’s a dangerous mission to be outspoken – A fearless voice for the lost lives and broken souls Who have been cruelly left to drift and wander Like rudderless ships on an unforgiving sea. Yet speak you must. The calling is too strong… The need is too great… Press on… Press on…
  • What I’m Learning From My Students, Part 4

    Andy Wood
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Well, the spring semester is well under way and the papers are already starting to fly.  Most of them get their well-deserved grades and get sent back with a little feedback. Next! But every once in a while a student will arrest me with a statement that is profound, beautifully written, or just plain funny.  And so over the years I have kept a file of favorite student quotations. This edition is dedicated to some of the smiles or laugh-out-loud statements I have seen over the years.  Keep in mind that all of these were written for a grade, so humor carries a bit of risk when you’re…
  • The Awesome Power of Shared Confidence

    Andy Wood
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:12 am
    Chances are, you instinctively know how important and powerful a little encouragement can be.  Now there’s scientific evidence worth paying attention to that’ll back that up. This was reported yesterday in Fast Company.  A recent study published in the Basic and Applied Social Psychology Journal suggests that the more detailed and specific an adviser expressed confidence in a student’s potential for success, the more likely that student would be to take action to pursue that success. The Experiment Patrick Carroll, an assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University-Lima,…
  • My Alpha – My First Life

    Andy Wood
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:25 am
    Something keeps you moving.  It gets you out of bed in the mornings.  It narrates your hopes and dreams.  It defines your values and informs your motives in all you do and say.  It’s often invisible or subconscious, and at times can act as a puppet master or a judge. Call it your Alpha, or your First Life.  Some people call it “Lord,” “boss,” or “Prime Mover.” Regardless of the name, the good part is that you can decide who or what your Alpha is. Meanwhile, despite what you may be reading in the latest edition of the Not-My-Home News, you have been included in a cosmic…
  • What’s In It For Me?

    Andy Wood
    16 Jan 2015 | 12:22 am
    In his book, Rekindled Flame, Steve Fry tells of moving to Nashville and talking to some Christian recording executives about a potential project.  When asked what he was working on, he told them about wanting to write a worship musical that focused on the character of God.  To his surprise, they were very cool to the idea. Frankly, they said, most believers wouldn’t buy an album about God. Seriously? Yep. According to their demographic studies, that kind of project wouldn’t appeal to most Christians. Later he met with a book editor that he knew had his finger on the pulse of the…
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    Worship.com

  • Itching Ears

    Worship.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:20 am
    Itching Ears: By: Alistair Begg | www.truthforlife.org – What do people look for in a... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • 8/24/14 – Hearing God in a Noisy World: Part Six – Randy Pope

    Worship.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:08 pm
    8/24/14 – Hearing God in a Noisy World: Part Six – Randy Pope: Guidelines For Guidance,... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Glorious – Live Vineyard Worship [taken from Waterfalls - Live from St Albans] feat. Dana Masters

    Worship.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Glorious – Live Vineyard Worship [taken from Waterfalls - Live from St Albans] feat. Dana... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • O The Deep, Deep Love Of Jesus

    Worship.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    O The Deep, Deep Love Of Jesus: Words by Samuel Trevor Francis Music by Thomas J. Williams Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Worship Service January 10-12, 2015 – Dr. Joel Hunter

    Worship.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 9:51 am
    Worship Service January 10-12, 2015 – Dr. Joel Hunter: Worship Christ as the head of the... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
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    Reformation21

  • How to Teach the Doctrine of the Blessedness of God [Part 4]

    27 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    Divine blessedness is fruitful. Of course the divine blessedness itself, the beatitude of God, is fruitful, as the source of everything  that has come into being. But my point here, as in the earlier articles in this series, is that the theological doctrine of God's blessedness is also fruitful, and that once it has been recovered for Christian life and thought, it will be productive of a hundred insights and connection points. Some of those will seem strikingly new because they have been so thoroughly forgotten in modern theological discourse (and we do well to remember that blessedness…
  • Preaching Christ from Daniel

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:48 am
    Sidney Greidanus, Preaching Christ from Daniel. Foundations for Expository Sermons. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2012.The present volume merits attention as it brings together two issues of great interest: Evangelicalism's perennial fascination - arguably an unhealthy obsession! - with the Book of Daniel, and the Christological interpretation of the Old Testament, which has recently become a matter of some controversy in Presbyterian circles. This book is neither a series of sermons on Daniel nor a commentary proper, though it shares some features in common with both genres. As the title…
  • Modern Opposition to Divine Blessedness [Part 3]

    19 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    The doctrine of divine impassibility has been much discussed, and it deserves to be: it is crucial for the Christian church to be able to confess the right thing about the omnipotent God precisely at this point, at the foot of the cross where the rulers of this age crucified the Lord of Glory (1 Cor 2:8). For most of Christian history, theologians considered it utterly axiomatic that the divine nature was not capable of suffering. Passibility was of a piece with mutability and mortality; anything that could suffer could be changed by another, could die, could cease to exist and might…
  • Two Books on Scripture

    19 Jan 2015 | 6:07 am
    Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy and The Question of Canon are two very worthwhile books on different aspects of Scripture, the first doctrinal and the second historical.J. Merrick & Stephen M. Garrett. Gen. eds, Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 2013)The first of these titles adds to the burgeoning 'Counterpoints' series, in which a number of authors (here five) take it in turns to set out their position in a short-ish essay, each of which is followed by a brief response from the others. The contributors here are R. Albert Mohler Jr., Peter Enns,…
  • Divine Blessedness in Non-Christian Theologies [Part 2]

    12 Jan 2015 | 6:22 am
    Blessedness and Hellenization Christians ascribe blessedness to our God, but we were not the first to call a God blessed. Other worshippers in other religions, and other thinkers in other theological systems, have also considered beatitude to be an attribute of divinity. In fact, even the key terminology used in the Christian tradition for the theology of blessedness is language taken over from the pre-Christian Greco-Roman theological background: the crucial Greek word makarios, by the time it shows up in the New Testament to describe God (most prominently at 1 Tim 1:11 and 5:16), has a long…
 
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  • Auschwitz Liberated 1.27.45

    27 Jan 2015 | 3:47 pm
    The 2001 BBC film Conspiracy can be viewed on YouTube. The film opens servants preparing a great feast in an elegant mansion. Next, we see a snowy scene, looking down upon a forested lakeside villa The date of this gathering is January 20, 1942. Black cars roll up to the front door of an elegant mansion. Out of those cars step dignified middle-aged European men who appear to be bankers or diplomats. They look sober and occupied in thought in their heavy topcoats and snap-brim fedoras. Inside, the kitchens, halls, and conference room are being prepared. Tapestries and fine paintings line the…
  • What We Owe Winston Churchill-Liberty Itself

    26 Jan 2015 | 11:57 am
    I’m indebted to my good friend Mark Tooley of the Institute on Religion and Democracy for this excellent reminder of the 50th Anniversary of Winston Churchill’s funeral. Fifty years ago, a great State Funeral was held in London for Winston Churchill. Britain’s Prime Minister in World War II, Churchill was the man who through the 1930s had been a voice crying in the wilderness against the rise of the Nazis (Nozzies). Then, when appeasement failed to stop Hitler, Churchill arose to fight him. President Kennedy would say: “He martialed the English language and sent it…
  • State of the Family as seen by CBN

    frc-media-office
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:28 pm
    CBN has a good review of our State of the Family Address (not to be confused with SOTU, please):
  • The Supreme Court, prisoner rights, religious liberty, and human dignity

    20 Jan 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Today, in Holt v. Hobbs, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion (authored by Justice Alito) holding that the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (“RLIUPA”) provided a Muslim inmate the right to exercise his religion by growing a ½ inch beard. Like RFRA, RLIUPA applies strict scrutiny to prisoners’ religious rights claims, and provides that the government may not burden prisoners’ religious exercise (even through a law of general applicability) unless the government can show that the burden furthers a compelling government interest by the…
  • C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:18 am
    David Theroux, founder and president of The Independent Institute and the C.S. Lewis Society of California, recently gave a very thoughtful lecture titled “C.S. Lewis on Mere Liberty and the Evils of Statism.” David’s perceptive analysis of Lewis’s critique of “government as God” is well worth viewing.  The Left continually tells us it knows what’s best and “cares” for us.  Lewis’s riposte to this pretentious excuse for metastasizing state power is compelling: “Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the…
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    Why God?

  • A Muslim Asks A Christian Apologist About The Trinity

    Michael
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    A Muslim from Pakistan asks Apologist Nabeel Qureshi questions about the “trinity” and questions about why Yeshua, Jesus called himself  “son of man”. Additional questions are asked “Can God be finite and infinite at the same time?” He also asks questions that Qureshi answers more substantively by using his knowledge of the Everyone can learn something from the respectful exchange found in this video.
  • Fantastic Christian Guides To Own

    Michael
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    The following is a list of Christian books that are highly recommended….. Christianity: The Faith that Makes Sense The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Last Days Nephilim Stargates: The Year 2012 and the Return of the Watchers Nephilim and the Pyramid: Nephilim and the Pyramid of the Apocalypse 23 Minutes in Hell Stripes, Nails, Thorns and the Blood That Flowed for Us: The Quadrilogy of Jesus’ Suffering Countdown to the Apocalypse: Learn to read the signs that the last days have begun. Eternity in Their Hearts: Startling Evidence of Belief in the One True God in Hundreds of…
  • 10 Reasons Why People Are Leaving The Church

    Michael
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    We all know them, the kids who were raised in church. They were stars of the youth group. They maybe even sang in the praise band or led worship. And then… they graduate from High School and they leave church. What happened? It seems to happen so often that I wanted to do some digging; To talk to these kids and get some honest answers. I work in a major college town with a large number of 20-somethings. Nearly all of them were raised in very typical evangelical churches. Nearly all of them have left the church with no intention of returning. I spend a lot of time with them and it takes very…
  • A Vision of Warning To Pastors Who Do NOT Preach The Word

    Michael
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    The Sword and the Serpent by L. Vere Elliott In this Vision/Revelation, I was in the midst of a great meeting hall (a church), and the walls and ceilings were covered with jewels and ornaments, and the windows were made of colored glass (a typical cathedral or church). The hall was full of people, some rich, some poor, some sick and crippled, mute and blind; but all had chains on and were hand-cuffed, and no one was free, (a picture of today’s church, they are in church but they are not free). In front of the meeting hall was a large platform, with a pulpit on one side and a large cage…
  • 2 Men Giving It All Up To Evangelize

    Michael
    27 Dec 2014 | 10:02 am
    From the Jungles of the Amazon to the war zones of Afghanistan, Travel The Road has strived to reach the most remote peoples and dangerous regions of the world with the Gospel. So far, they have been to over 94 countries since 1998, and each year, they continue to bring the Word of God to places it has never gone to before. The Series Travel the Road is a groundbreaking Christian reality series that follows the lives of missionaries, Timothy Scott and William Decker, as they journey to the ends of the earth to preach the Gospel. Watch two men as they accomplish the Great Commission, and learn…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • What our bestsellers say about our discipleship

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:59 am
    Seriously folks, we’ve got to do better than this.By now, you’ve almost certainly seen the list of the top 25 bestselling Christian titles of 2014. But, of course, there’s one slight problem… Virtually none of these titles are identifiably Christian.This should greatly concern us, and I truly do mean greatly.On this list, we have:Multiple editions of a devotional book wherein the highly mystically-influenced author writes as Jesus in the first-person, listening to what he says and writing it down for the rest of us to read. Its sequel is on the list, too;Two editions…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:58 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersWhat’s Best Next by Matt Perman—$3.99Don’t Stop Believing by Mike Wittmer—$1.99The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien—$2.79New Fantastic Four trailerI know purists haven’t been keen on the news they’ve heard about this film, but the trailer looks interesting. Thoughts?Baptizing “Masculinity”: The Real Reason Men are Leaving the ChurchLuke Harrington:I wonder, if we are serious about attracting men to church, if the solution is less to infantilize them by waving steaks and guns in front of their noses and more to challenge them by teaching…
  • How do you get to know unbelievers?

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:59 am
    I’m only day into seminary and I’m already challenged.My first seminary lecture dealt almost exclusively with outlining the requirements of our term paper: a 10-ish page personal letter to an unbeliever with whom we have a close relationship. Now, the challenge for me is not trying to think of unbelievers to write to. I have no less than eight people in my close family to whom I could address this—my parents, my sister, my niece, my in-laws, my sister-in-law and her husband. And then we have a number of non-Christian and nominally Christian friends on top of that.But as I…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:58 am
    Kindle deals for Christian readersA couple of new Kindle deals for you today:John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy by David Dockery & Roger Duke—99¢The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make by Hans Finzel—FREE (ends today)Two years of no liesI didn’t realize how often I lied until I stopped lying completely.It wasn’t an intentional decision. Two summers ago I did my first ten-day silent meditation retreat, and we were required to sign five vows to join the program, including a vow of honesty. I didn’t know this until I arrived. But when you’re about to begin ten days in silence, signing…
  • Modesty, #ChristianCleavage and me

    Emily Armstrong
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:59 am
    Some of you may have noticed the hashtag #ChristianCleavage bopping around Twitter. It was started after an unfortunate “modest is hottest” genre post by a pastor named Jarrid Wilson.1(I must disclose I participated in some of the jesting as well.)Now, I’m not going to spend time vilifying Wilson, whom I don’t know and I’m sure is feeling pretty rough right now. But the excerpts on Twitter of his original article reminded me of my own time in youth groups in the 90s.Clothes don’t make the woman(‘s heart)I wasn’t a Christian, but had friends who…
 
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • Following His Footsteps: “The Temptations” – Luke 18

    Randall Smith
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    In this lesson, we have the privilege of meeting five temptations. The singing group named “The Temptations” has been successful for more than half a century – noted for their choreography, harmonies, unmistakable wardrobe, and their musical evolution. They sold tens of millions of albums, featuring five male vocalists originally formed in 1960 in Detroit, Michigan under the name “The Elgins”. The founding five members came from two rival Detroit vocal groups. The group, over the years of their performances gave the world some true Motown hits, including “My…
  • God on the Move: The Letter to Philemon

    Randall Smith
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Bridges are important. If you have ever lived in a place where the bridge was necessary to access the rest of the world – you know that is true. For a number of years my parents lived (while my wife and I were overseas) on the “Outer Banks” of North Carolina. They made their way to and from “Southern Shores” in the “Kitty Hawk” area, by means of some bridges that were the KEY to being connected to the mainland. In times of storms, those bridges are often jammed as people flee the oncoming hurricane winds that occasionally pound that area. For those who live there, the bridge is…
  • Following His Footsteps: “Learning to Listen” – John 11

    Randall Smith
    24 Jan 2015 | 9:49 am
    Author of the book “Sound Business” Julian Treasure knows something about listening. He wrote a book that wasn’t the story of an audio recording studio, nor was it a “how to” book on business practices – it was a book about the need for people to learn to listen in our modern world. Recently, he presented a TED talk in which he observed: “In a world that is filled with noise, we spend 60% of our time in communication listening – but we aren’t very good at it. We retain, on average, about 25% of what we take in. We subconsciously use “tricks” to get meaning from the…
  • God on the Move: The Letter to the Ephesians (Part Three, Ephesians 6:10-20)

    Randall Smith
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    Don’t you like to see a man or woman in a sharp, crisp looking uniform? Ever since the phrase rang out seventy years ago from the silver screen “There is something about a man in uniform!” it has been used as the title of articles, speeches, and even the opening of famous jokes. A sharp looking uniform attracts attention. The world over, we have come to appreciate a well-executed uniform that adds ceremony and distinctiveness to a setting. Cruise ships know that it is well worth it to maintain almost military style uniforms in relation to their crew – it makes passengers feel like the…
  • God on the Move: The Letter to the Ephesians (Part Two, Ephesians 4:1-6:9)

    Randall Smith
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    Just before I was first married, I came back to the United States from Israel for a few years, working in an assembly plant of a computer robotics firm in Elkhart, Indiana. Dottie and I got married and moved out to a place where we knew no one, but it turned out to be, in some ways, a very fun time in our lives! Being newly married to my sweetheart and learning about life together in a big old broken-down house with excruciatingly tight finances, we had to figure it out and make it all work. At my job, it was a stimulating time for me, as I was learning about Cyber-basic as a programming…
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    Heart Choices

  • What Feeds My Soul

    23 Jan 2015 | 4:58 am
    What feeds my soul? That is the question posed by Bonnie Gray of Faith Barista as she begins her Spiritual Whitespace book club. I've read her book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest. It's the kind of book I will read and reread.All week I pondered this question in anticipation of this post. What feeds my soul?1. My morning quiet time feeds my soul.Over the years I've learned that the best use of my time in the early morning is to spend it reading my Bible and praying. It has become a priority for me.  It's like water in the desert. His Word has sustained me…
  • Five Minute Friday: Send

    16 Jan 2015 | 4:26 am
    It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with Kate Motaung. We are given a one word writing prompt and get to write for five minutes flat. Our word for today is: send.GOThe words we speak matter. They can cut down or build up. They can hurt or encourage others. It can be all too easy to send out the wrong message when emotions run high."For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks." Matthew 12:34"Words are powerful. Take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation." Matthew 12:34 MSGAs a Christian, my words matter. If I am filled with the Holy Spirit…
  • Children Keep you Young

    12 Jan 2015 | 4:32 am
    Working with children can keep you young. They have such a wide eyed innocence as they view the world around them. The clouds fascinate them. The sound of a jet flying overhead alerts them to look up. How easy it is for us adults to become dulled to the amazing sights and sounds of the every day.Children tend to be teachable. This past week I began a new role in my school as the teacher of a new class. The Mini-Mustangs are the youngest children who are just beginning their education. Our private school goes all the way up to high school but I get them when they're just beginning. And I love…
  • Five Minute Friday: Welcome

    9 Jan 2015 | 5:06 am
    It's Five Minute Friday when I link up with Kate Motaung. We are given a one word writing prompt each week and then we write for five minutes flat. Our word for this week is: WELCOME.GOIt can be all too easy to stay with the familiar. My comfort zone is what I know, whether it's a place or people. I know what's expected and I've learned how to do it. The people, quirks and all, are what I know. I've learned to adjust. But what happens when it's time to venture out into the unfamiliar? Will I feel welcome?I recently changed jobs within the same organization. A new class was beginning in my…
  • Peaceful Sleep

    5 Jan 2015 | 5:05 am
    Do you sleep peacefully? My husband Greg took this photo of me the other night. He tends to stay up later than me. He often tells me how peaceful I look when I'm sleeping. Of course, there are nights when I'm probably drooling as the evidence is on my pillow. And very rarely, there might be a snore or two coming out of me. But ...not very often! :)Well, Greg suggested I post this photo on Facebook. I was hesitant as I'm cautious about what I post on any social media. But I went ahead and posted it. I had to laugh as the 'likes' and comments came in very quickly! My friend Linda immediately…
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  • Video: Muslim Challenge on Deity of Jesus Christ Answered by Christian (Former Muslim)

    Mark Lamprecht
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsIn the video below, a Muslim respectfully challenges Christian Apologist, and former Muslim, Nabeel Qureshi on the deity of Jesus Christ. The Muslim asks a few important questions that address his main problems with Christianity. Qureshi answers provides biblical answers. Ironically, he even shows how Muslims use similar reasoning for their own doctrines pointing to Tawhid as one example. © Mark for Here I Blog, 2015. | Permalink | No comment | Add to Post tags: Islam, Muslim, Nabeel Qureshi
  • Ethics: Christian Friends Disrespect the President on Social Media

    Mark Lamprecht
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! During the latest State of the Union speech, several of your fellow Christian friends showed a lot of disrespect toward President Obama. They took to social media sharing many sarcastic and bitter comments toward the President. You think Scripture demands is a better way to think about the President even though you do not agree with his politics. For your own thought life, you look up a few Bible verses to consider how you will think about the President. 1 Tim. 2:1-3 says that it pleases God to make “prayers, intercessions, and…
  • Ethics: Pastor Asks Congregation to Donate for Best-seller List

    Mark Lamprecht
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! Almost a year has passed since it was revealed that Mars Hill Church spent over $200,000 to put Mark Driscoll’s book Real Marriage on the New York Times best-seller list. In the following scenario, I would like to explore your reactions to your pastor directly asking for money to get his book on a best-seller list. Let’s think about it. Sunday morning announcements are about to start as you make your way to the pew. You greet some friends around you as your family settles in. Your pastor steps up to the podium. He has a…
  • $50 Gift Card Giveaway for Hope Outfitters!

    Mark Lamprecht
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsI have got a $50 gift card to giveaway for the winner to spend at Hope Outfitters! (<-Click their name and check them out.) Here’s the deal on the giveaway. It starts Monday, January 12, 2015 at 8:00 am (est). It ends Friday, January 16, 2015 at midnight (est). Enter below via Rafflecopter! But who or what is Hope Outfitters? Hope Outfitters is a clothing store with a mission that designs and sells T-shirts and other apparel items.  Our team is made up of 11 families, all volunteer, who are working to make a difference in the world.  We have a phrase…
  • Ethics: Transgender Teen Refuses Christian Counseling

    Mark Lamprecht
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! In the follow scenario, you, the reader, face questions from the parents of a transgender teen. The parents are part of your Bible study group. The teen is a boy who believes his true gender is female and wants to live as a girl. The parents have recently shared with the group their son’s growing resistance against meeting with a Christian counselor. After meeting with a counselor for a month, their son now says he will not meet with him anymore. He claims the Christian counselor is trying to change him – to keep him away…
 
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  • Evergreen SEO Strategies That Work Every Time

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

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

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

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

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

    Marla Saunders
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    December 31. If there’s ever a day to be introspective, this is it. The Super Bowl for the spiritually inclined and the ultra-organized. It’s resolution day. And I fully intend to get busy, not setting resolutions but establishing goals. But before I do that, I wanted to post an email I received from Chris Brogan yesterday. Chris is pretty much a rockstar in the marketing and blogging world, and like thousands of others, if Chris talks I listen. I loved this email, because Chris really doesn’t gain much by writing it to me. It’s his New Year wishes for the people who…
  • Creativity, Inspiration and Dancing in the Streets

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

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

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

    Marla Saunders
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:36 am
    I read a great article on Agency Post today about seeing yourself as a partner in your client’s business, rather than as a vendor. Partners are fully vested in the business, will put in the extra hours needed to let it succeed, and will allow their minds to dwell on creative options to solve everyday challenges. Partners will have “Eureka!” moments in the shower. Vendors, on the other hand, do not. They provide a service or an engagement and walk away. Our companies have always approached clients as partners without actually using those terms. That focus on learning a new…
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  • Help! My Listeners Aren’t Satisfied! #2

    Peter Mead
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:35 pm
    We need to recognize “over-blurt” and “misdirected fire,” but what else can we do when we have dissatisfied listeners? 3. Remember Your Audience of One.  The fact that we answer to God in no way excuses bad preaching, or remaining oblivious to helpful critique, but it may protect us from more sinister attacks.  Remember that every sermon you ever preach could have been better, and that God is both understanding and forgiving of human weakness and frailty. With that critical caveat in place, then we need to ask whether we could stand before God and give an account for the way we…
  • Help! My Listeners Aren’t Satisfied!

    Peter Mead
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:16 am
    Preaching is a complex ministry. Consider the issue of listener satisfaction. If listeners aren’t satisfied, it could be a good sign, or it could be a bad sign.  In the same way, happy listeners may mean something is wrong. So what to do?  How can we navigate the issue of listener satisfaction?  What should it mean for our preaching?  What should it mean for our hearts? Here are 10 thoughts to ponder: 1. Recognize “over-blurt” – Many folks in churches struggle to express negative thoughts effectively.  Perhaps it is because they never do it (unlikely), or perhaps it is because…
  • 10 Pointers for Young Preachers

    Peter Mead
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    This post was offered last week as a guest post on Randal Pelton’s site, www.peltononpreaching.com I am way too young to be called a sage, but I don’t get called young any more either. So while there is better advice to be found, here are some pointers from me for young preachers: Get to know God. Never settle for knowing about God. Make it your life’s greatest ambition to really know and love the God who loves you. Be a Bible person, not an issue person. It is tempting to let certain issues define your ministry, but these will shift over the years. Instead of choosing a pet…
  • 5 Radars Every Preacher Needs – #5

    Peter Mead
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    This is the last of our five radars we should be prayerfully collecting as preachers.  They are early warning systems that will make us better preachers.  There are probably many more, but hopefully these five will prompt us to pray and help us to grow.   So far we’ve thought about an OT radar, a hissing radar, a resistance radar, and an obfuscation radar.  How about one more where we are likely to have blind spots? Radar 5. Rationalizing Radar (in your personal application) Before we preach to others, we must first be on the receiving end of God’s transformative work…
  • 5 Radars Every Preacher Needs – #4

    Peter Mead
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:52 pm
    This week we are collecting radar equipment.  Better, we are compiling a wishlist to bring before God and ask Him to develop in us as we grow as preachers.  Early warning systems that will make us better preachers.  So far we’ve thought about an OT radar, a hissing radar, and a resistance radar.  How about one regarding our own delivery? Radar 4. Obfuscation Radar (in your delivery) “def. to make something confusing or difficult to understand.”  Most preachers don’t do this on purpose.  In fact, most preachers’ sermons make good sense to the preacher.  But…
 
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  • Fear Keeps the Faithful Faithful? pt. 2

    maxgrace
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:57 am
    Today’s post is part 2 of a BONUS CHAPTER from Grace Intervention on Fear. There is a growing supply of free resources for you to do a Grace Intervention with your church, small group, or retreat: Click here. If you missed it, here’s part one of today’s blog.   Breaking Bondage For you did not receive the spirit of … Continue reading →
  • Fear Keeps the Faithful Faithful? pt. 1

    maxgrace
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    Today’s post is a BONUS CHAPTER from Grace Intervention on Fear. There is a growing supply of free resources for you to do a Grace Intervention with your church, small group, or retreat. Click here. Chapter 7 Fear Even the Christian must fear God. But it is another kind of fear. It is a fear … Continue reading →
  • Bible’s Top Ten Grace Interventions, pt 2

    maxgrace
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    [Here’s the continuation from the last post…] Grace is traumatic. Grace is a crisis. It’s a massive reversal of everything you thought about God. I use the word intervention on purpose. An intervention is an “in your face confrontation.” An intervention is a direct challenge to your status quo. In psychology, an intervention is a last ditch … Continue reading →
  • Bible’s Top Ten Grace Interventions, pt 1

    maxgrace
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:20 am
    Grace is traumatic. Grace is a crisis. It’s a massive reversal of everything you thought about God. I use the word intervention on purpose. An intervention is an “in your face confrontation.” An intervention is a direct challenge to your status quo. In psychology, an intervention is a last ditch effort to persuade a person to deal … Continue reading →
  • Grace Intervention Study Guide

    maxgrace
    7 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    Here’s a study guide for my latest book, GRACE INTERVENTION. This study guide provides questions for group interaction or personal reflection. It’s printable and it’s free. A great resource for your church, small group, youth group, or retreat. How about a Grace Intervention for yourself, your church, and your friends? Click the picture to start … Continue reading →
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  • Learning to Treasure Christ by Enjoying His Gifts

    Nick Rynerson
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:31 am
    This excerpt was adapted from John Piper’s foreword to The Things of Earth: Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts by Joe Rigney. If there is an evangelical Christian alive today who has thought and written more biblically, more deeply, more creatively, or more practically about the proper enjoyment of creation and culture than Joe Rigney, I don’t know who it is. When I say “biblically,” I mean that Joe thinks and writes under the authority of God’s Word and with a view to answering all serious objections that arise from the Bible. I also mean that he writes as a persuaded Christian…
  • Reading the Bible with Dead Guys: Charles Hodge on Romans 5:1

    Nick Rynerson
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Reading the Bible With Dead Guys is a weekly blog series giving you the chance to read God’s Word alongside some great theologians from church history. With content adapted from the Crossway Classic Commentaries series, these posts feature reflections on Scripture by giants of the faith like John Calvin, Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, John Owen, and more. Today we’ll hear from Charles Hodge (1797–1878) on Romans 5:1. “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” - Romans 5:1 Therefore, since we have been justified through…
  • In Twitter We Trust

    Nick Rynerson
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    This is a guest post by JR Vassar, lead pastor at Church at the Cross in Grapevine, Texas. He is the author of Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something More.​ Visible and Valuable Daniel Gulati recently posted an article at the Harvard Business Review’s Blog, entitled, “Our Dangerous Obsession with External Recognition”. In it he identifies in the professional world a growing obsession with visibility. Gulati cites as an example, “John,” a middle manager at a Fortune 500 Company who admittedly attended an inordinate amount of industry conferences in an attempt to…
  • Midweek Roundup - 1/21/15

    Nick Rynerson
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Each Wednesday we share recent links we found insightful and helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting and encouraging break for the middle of your week. 1. An update on TGC’s “theological famine relief” ministry in 2014 As I look back on what God has done this past year, I'm overwhelmed with gratitude for open doors of ministry, but mostly for the wonderful people he enables us to work alongside—hundreds from all around the world. What a privilege! We hope you will consider joining with us in this…
  • When Jesus Sang

    Nick Rynerson
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:48 am
    This is a guest post by Russ Ramsey, pastor of Midtown Fellowship Church in Nashville, Tennessee. He is the author of Behold the King of Glory: A Narrative of the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Six Simple Words A number of years ago, while preparing a sermon for the church I pastored in Kansas, I came upon a clause in Matthew’s Gospel that set my imagination spinning. Six simple words. A transitional statement. Still, in those words I saw a picture of the strength of Jesus that led me to worship and write. This was the clause: “When they had sung a hymn…” (Matthew…
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  • True Core Strength [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    4 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    “Our attempt to not feel off guard actually leads to greater self-absorption and the foolish conviction that we can control the world. True core strength is willing to feel helpless and disturbed, and it results in a self-disciplined and passionate life rather than in a controlling life that fears what may surprisingly arise.” Dan B. Allendar, PhD Leading with Limp: Take Full Advantage of Your Most Powerful Weakness (Waterbrook Press, 2011), 212
  • Messy Spirituality [Quote]

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

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

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

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

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    (Collaboration with J.R. Werner)Bill Overton lives up the street.  It’s a nice street, and a nice neighborhood. Seldom does anyone miss the occasional chance to greet a fellow stroller. So few people stroll these days, that one feels a camaraderie when happened upon by a neighbor who abandoned the family car to the garage for the day.I live on the corner, about two small-town blocks from the Overton house, but I don’t know Bill well enough to speak to. He doesn’t seem much interested in camaraderie.I do, however, know his early-morning routine, during the hours…
  • Eden, Still 

    21 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    The gender that encouraged, enabled, promoted, and legislated into existence the very "radical feminism" that they now whine about - incessantly - have hit a new low. No, they have. Really. My sympathies to anyone who has to associate with these males - especially if they aren't wholly offended by the rhetoric. Seems like women are still to blame for every choice a male makes. (Can you say, "Eden"?) Watch this:
  • The Ultimate Power Trip: Forgiveness

    6 Jan 2015 | 9:17 pm
    I love the Alexander Pope quotation in this picture.He's known for this one, as well: "To err is human; to forgive, divine."True. For several reasons.We all know that we should forgive everyone. Friends. Enemies. The guy who cut us off in traffic. The snarky customer, the disapproving in-law, the wayward spouse, the rebellious child. The worst of the evil-infected interloper? Yes, that person, too. We should offer the grace that we hope to receive from God one day; and as Christ said, we must do so seventy-times-seven times. Wow. That's a lot to expect, especially from a bunch of…
  • The Top Ten Most Effective Ways to Ruin Your Holidays

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

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

    Anonymous
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    A card game centering on exploding cats is now the most popular Kickstarter campaign of all time. “Exploding Kittens,” which is described as “a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette” is a creation of Matthew Inman, the mastermind behind the The Oatmeal comic series. Within just minutes of launching, the campaign surpassed its goal of $10,000, and now, with 22 days still to go, has brought in more than $4 million. Though other campaigns have taken in more pledges for cash, Exploding Cats 107,000 individual backers, makes it the most popular of all time. The moral…
  • ‘Intellectually Disabled’ Man Executed in Georgia

    Anonymous
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    Last night, officials in Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill, a convicted murderer who his lawyer say was intellectually disabled. Hill was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, as well as, a fellow prisoner. His lawyers say that Hill had an IQ of just 70 and possessed the “emotional capacity” of a child. State and federal courts had previously halted his execution by lethal injection on two different occasions, but last night, the Supreme Court decided to not grant another stay. The decision to execute Hill has brought Georgia’s controversial standard for proving intellectual…
  • The All-Female Ghostbusters Cast Is Here and It Is Perfect

    Anonymous
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    A few months back, we got word that Paul Feig was rebooting Ghostbusters with an all-female cast. Bill Murray even weighed in on it. Now, however, we've got official word that the movie is really happening and, what's more we've got our Ghostbusters. And they are exactly the Ghostbusters we need. Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon are exactly who you're gonna call from now on, and that's about as solid a lineup as you're likely to get. Kristen Wiig you definitely know, and you probably know McCarthy too. McKinnon and Jones will be new to people who haven't been…
  • Hollywood Wants Chris Pratt to Be the New Indiana Jones, No Duh.

    Anonymous
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Look, this is barely surprising. At this point, it seems weird that Chris Pratt isn't just going to star in every movie. Who would complain? But he seems like a particularly good fit for Indiana Jones, seeing as he channeled such a Harrison Ford vibe in Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, talks are still early (and we'e heard rumors like this before), so this whole thing is far from certain, but Deadline is confidently reporting that talks are definitely happening and filming could start after Pratt wraps his work on Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Just don't call him junior ...
  • 'Christian Cleavage' Probably Isn't the Problem

    jaysonbradley
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Our talks about modesty break down when we assume the worst of everyone. There was a bit of outrage last week when a prominent Christian blogger published a post entitled “The Problem with Christian Cleavage.” He has since pulled it, edited it and republished it with a different title. It isn’t my intention to beat up the author; I’m sure he had good intentions and was probably surprised at the response. But, in addition to “mansplaining” why women shouldn’t wear certain items of clothing, the post perpetuated some questionable teaching. I mean, he was only saying the same…
 
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  • This ‘Exploding Kittens’ Card Game Is the Most-Backed Kickstarter Campaign Ever

    Anonymous
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    A card game centering on exploding cats is now the most popular Kickstarter campaign of all time. “Exploding Kittens,” which is described as “a highly strategic kitty-powered version of Russian Roulette” is a creation of Matthew Inman, the mastermind behind the The Oatmeal comic series. Within just minutes of launching, the campaign surpassed its goal of $10,000, and now, with 22 days still to go, has brought in more than $4 million. Though other campaigns have taken in more pledges for cash, Exploding Cats 107,000 individual backers, makes it the most popular of all time. The moral…
  • ‘Intellectually Disabled’ Man Executed in Georgia

    Anonymous
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    Last night, officials in Georgia executed inmate Warren Lee Hill, a convicted murderer who his lawyer say was intellectually disabled. Hill was found guilty of killing his girlfriend, as well as, a fellow prisoner. His lawyers say that Hill had an IQ of just 70 and possessed the “emotional capacity” of a child. State and federal courts had previously halted his execution by lethal injection on two different occasions, but last night, the Supreme Court decided to not grant another stay. The decision to execute Hill has brought Georgia’s controversial standard for proving intellectual…
  • The All-Female Ghostbusters Cast Is Here and It Is Perfect

    Anonymous
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:39 pm
    A few months back, we got word that Paul Feig was rebooting Ghostbusters with an all-female cast. Bill Murray even weighed in on it. Now, however, we've got official word that the movie is really happening and, what's more we've got our Ghostbusters. And they are exactly the Ghostbusters we need. Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy and Kate McKinnon are exactly who you're gonna call from now on, and that's about as solid a lineup as you're likely to get. Kristen Wiig you definitely know, and you probably know McCarthy too. McKinnon and Jones will be new to people who haven't been…
  • Hollywood Wants Chris Pratt to Be the New Indiana Jones, No Duh.

    Anonymous
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Look, this is barely surprising. At this point, it seems weird that Chris Pratt isn't just going to star in every movie. Who would complain? But he seems like a particularly good fit for Indiana Jones, seeing as he channeled such a Harrison Ford vibe in Guardians of the Galaxy. Now, talks are still early (and we'e heard rumors like this before), so this whole thing is far from certain, but Deadline is confidently reporting that talks are definitely happening and filming could start after Pratt wraps his work on Jurassic World and Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Just don't call him junior ...
  • 'Christian Cleavage' Probably Isn't the Problem

    jaysonbradley
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    Our talks about modesty break down when we assume the worst of everyone. There was a bit of outrage last week when a prominent Christian blogger published a post entitled “The Problem with Christian Cleavage.” He has since pulled it, edited it and republished it with a different title. It isn’t my intention to beat up the author; I’m sure he had good intentions and was probably surprised at the response. But, in addition to “mansplaining” why women shouldn’t wear certain items of clothing, the post perpetuated some questionable teaching. I mean, he was only saying the same…
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  • Why Is It So Hard To Make Time For Ourselves?

    Bonnie Gray
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:42 pm
    {enjoy today’s Words For Your Soul Goodie. feel free to share this graphic.} Why is it so hard to make time for ourselves?  When God first dreamed of us in his heart, along with the beautiful sunsets He paints every dawn – dotting leaves on every tree and playing sweet sounds over pebbles in a brook – you and I were all created to be God’s works of art. But, we often neglect our hearts, prioritizing the frenzy of stress, just surviving, fear of saying no – or fear of saying yes to what feeds our soul — or just plain too much of everything because we don’t want to…
  • The Journey Begins! Spiritual Whitespace Book Club & A Soul Exciting Giveaway (Whispers of Rest Artwork by RedLetterWords & Bonnie Gray)

    Bonnie Gray
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:18 am
    Today, the Online Spiritual Whitespace (Face)Book Club is finally launching!  Join by simply liking my Facebook Page. I’ll post the book club there using #soulrestbookclub, so we can organically interact in the comments with each other. It’s free. Just get a copy of my book and a fresh journal. Awaken your heart to rest. To celebrate, I have some amazing news to announce with a very soul exciting GIVEAWAY in today’s post (I’ve been squealing with excitement waiting to tell you, friends)! But, first things first… This might sound crazy, but God actually…
  • Why Fighting Back With Joy Is a Beautiful Gift

    Bonnie Gray
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:08 am
    Every two hours, I would choke. It would happen when I finally, somehow would fall asleep.  Out of nowhere, not worrying about anything, I would be jolted awake, as if someone had stuck an electric prong to my side.  My heart would pound like a jack hammer, my throat would constrict, sweat pouring out of me, like someone lit a fire and my body was the match. I couldn’t hardly breathe. I had never experienced a panic attack before. Ever. In my life. Yet, every two hours, this would happen. On a good night, if I slept at all, I got 3-4 hours. I never knew that emotional trauma could…
  • Finding Your Voice. Why We’re Afraid to Write. Tip #1 [Confide]

    Bonnie Gray
    17 Jan 2015 | 12:05 am
    Today marks the first post of a series I have been wanting to do for a very long time, but was afraid to begin.  It’s just not something I’ve done before. And doing new things is always scary. But I feel very passionate about the journey of finding your voice.  Because I actually wrote my first book Finding Spiritual Whitespace: Awakening Your Soul to Rest while under extreme duress — at a time in my life I would have NEVER chosen to write a book.  Panic attacks, insomnia, anxiety did not stop for over a year.  I thought I was doomed to fail. I was only able to write…
  • What Is Your One Word for 2015? Beloved Brews & An Exciting Giveaway (Letterpress Blocks)

    Bonnie Gray
    15 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    It’s a special day. Something beautiful is happening. Can you hear it? It’s the sound of your voice.  And mine. Here in this quiet and soulful space. We’re launching our first Beloved Brews Linkup. Let’s become the Beloved in 2015.  Writing intentionally with Jesus — with our whole heart. Every Thursday here. Because yes, research has shown that it improves our physical and emotional well-being.  By writing 15-20 minutes of expressive writing just three or four times in the course of four months, we can feel better. But, there’s another reason…
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    Marc Estes

  • What is Most Important?

    Marc
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
      As I sit back and reflect on the last season of my life, I am deeply focused on one big question, “What is the most important thing in my life?” I could make a long list of qualified candidates, each one worthy of my wholehearted devotion. Yet, I am riveted by the words of the Apostle Paul who said, “For His sake, I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I might gain Christ” (Philippians 3:8). There must have been some priceless nugget lodged in his heart, directly from God,  that caused him to make such an incredible…
  • Passionate-Purposeful Living

    Marc
    12 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
        I am sitting in my home office looking out at the crisp blue Oregon skies, doing what I really love to do; spend time thinking about God, life, family and the church. The older I get the more I am aware of how time passes by so quickly. It seems like yesterday that I was just getting married and now I am approach 35 years of marriage with a beautiful wife, family and ministry. Time matters. What you do with it ultimately defines who you become. Charles Swindoll is quoted from a conference saying, “One of my greatest goals in life is to live long enough to where I am in…
  • Honoring those who Serve and Protect Us

    Marc
    17 Jul 2013 | 8:10 pm
    Society is filled with ongoing violence, domestic disturbances, crime, gang activity and prostitution  to just name a few. You don’t have to watch much news on the television to see that most every top story has to do with the major crime of the day. It seems to be such a part of what we see that we can become immune to the shattered lives that are a result of these heinous acts. I had the privilege of riding along with one of the Portland Police Officers on a Friday night. I got to experience first hand the immensity of the problems that exist in our city limits. In one single eight…
  • Serving Unsung Heroes

    Marc
    10 Jun 2013 | 6:58 pm
    Over the past 30 years, my wife and I have been involved in some level of Foster Care. We started our journey by becoming foster parents ourselves and provided a safe home for some of societies most at risk children. It was a difficult but rewarding experience. So many lives were touched as a result of opening up our home and our hearts to share the love of Jesus with these fragile little children. Our love for these kids ended up in the adoption of our two precious boys who have held a special place in our hearts. These two great young men have grown into two of the most special human…
  • The Power of Story

    Marc
    5 Apr 2013 | 2:44 pm
    It never ceases to amaze me. Behind every life is a series of incredible stories. On the surface, everyone seems to be fairly normal living out their predictable, routine lives. But if you take a moment to dig beyond the surface, you find that every person’s life-experiences have been a key part of shaping them into who they have become. Discovering the real life stories of a person’s life has become a favorite activity for me. People are amazing, unique and inspiring! Think about your life for a moment. What life-stories have shaped you? I am sure your stories would inspire most…
 
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    Sustainable Traditions

  • Beginnings (Act 1): Before Creation

    Joelle Laing
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:09 pm
    All of creation sprang forth from a perfect fellowship characterized by UNITY, LOVE, CREATIVITY, LIFE, DEPENDENCE, REJOICING and GLORY! The post Beginnings (Act 1): Before Creation appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Christian Simplicity and the Joyous Life of Trust

    Jason Fowler
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    Christian Simplicity is a resource and conversation on 'GOD, money and trust' for people who are looking for a life of joyous trust in GOD through Jesus. The post Christian Simplicity and the Joyous Life of Trust appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Greeting Cards On Fire: The Reality of the Incarnation

    Jason Fowler
    26 Dec 2014 | 2:02 pm
    May the reality of the Incarnation catch our greeting cards on fire and melt our yard ornaments to the ground The post Greeting Cards On Fire: The Reality of the Incarnation appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • C.S. Lewis and Three Kinds of Christmas

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

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

  • A Leap of Faith

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

    Jay Cookingham
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
      To understand hope is to capture a vision of how God sees life. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 I do believe that hope is oxygen for our souls… it breathes life into the empty part of our souls. Hope makes you believe redemption is possible. I recently taught on hope (you can here it here, just look on the episodes menu for HOPE), but I am so aware how much I need to learn about abounding in hope. Part of it is how I choose to remember, how I choose to worship and how I…
  • Home for Christmas

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

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

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

  • So You Want To Slay Some Debt? (Hint, Hint: A Giveaway)

    Natalie Snapp
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Roughly ten years ago, I had the privilege of working with another educator who inspired me to be kind, loving and encouraging. She was one of my very favorite people. Ever. Still is. I remember Patty talking about her daughter who had just started a blog. Her husband was in law school and she had always liked to write. “What’s a blog?” I asked Patty because they weren’t nearly as mainstream as they are now. Goodness gracious, back then there was no such thing as Twitter and Facebook was a new enterprise everyone thought would tank. Patty patiently explained and I…
  • When You Have Trouble Believing You’re Amazing

    Natalie Snapp
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Thank you to my sweet co-leader, Bethany Grove, for writing today’s post! My quest for perfection feels like a never-ending journey. I started traveling a long time ago but it’s still not something I’ve been able to break free from – yet. While I was in college, my roommate and I laughed about my uncanny ability to be able to tell if something of mine was ever moved. The sad part? There was a lot of truth behind our giggles. In an instant, I would have noticed something amiss. The quest for perfection didn’t stop there either. Becoming a mother hasn’t changed my…
  • More Than Just Nourishment For The Soul

    Natalie Snapp
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:01 pm
    (She’s winking because she knew a lot of life secrets . . . ) Last week, I shared the three main lessons I’ve learned from our sweet girl, Ellie – our yellow Labrador Retriever who died unexpectedly of cancer a few weeks ago. We spoke of the importance of play, how incredibly critical it is for us to just slow down and have fun with our families. I know I am guilty of just trying to get it all done so I can have some “me” time that sometimes, I get grouchy if stuff (i.e. family demands) get in my way. In my attempts to check-off the list, I check-out of real…
 
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    Christianity 201

  • Light of the World; Light to the World

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    At the blog One in Jesus, Jay Guin is tracking through the Sermon on the Mount (SOTM) with some deep insights into how listeners to Jesus would have understood his words. I encourage you to click the link of the title below for today’s thoughts, and then find your way to the beginning of the series and perhaps commit to follow through the three chapters. (We promise to still be here when you get back.) SOTM: Matthew 5:14-16 (Light) (Mat 5:14-16 ESV) “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a…
  • When You Hit Bottom and Things are Great at the Same Time

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
    NLT Ps. 51:3 For I recognize my rebellion; it haunts me day and night. 4 Against you, and you alone, have I sinned; I have done what is evil in your sight. I realized yesterday that I had hit bottom. Let me qualify that a little, I realized that I had hit bottom in one specific area of my life. You can actually be doing great in other areas, but have this one area where you struggle; where your responses are not always ideal; where your outlook or worldview is being shaped more by popular consensus or culture than by God’s Word. Paraphrased, the first step of the classic “Twelve…
  • It Takes All Types of Churches…

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:34 pm
     Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  I Cor 12:4-7 I’ve copied excerpts from books here before, but this is the first time I’ve ever copied a table of contents. The reasons are twofold: First, I wasn’t given a review copy, and second, I haven’t started the book yet. But the table of contents is impressive. We had a pastor who…
  • Praying In Jesus’ Name

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Clark Bunch at the blog The Masters Table brought back this topic a few days ago. It may seem elementary to most of us that we pray “in the name of Jesus,” but in a church climate where traditions are often being reconstructed, this review of the basics is needful. Why Pray In Jesus’ Name? In the company I keep (Baptist churches in the Southeastern United States) it is a common feature of every pray to end with the words “in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.” Whether you invoke the name of Jesus at the beginning or the end of prayer, it’s probably something you do or have…
  • God Wants to Use Non-Professionals, Non-Experts

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    38 Then Saul gave David his own armor—a bronze helmet and a coat of mail. 39 David put it on, strapped the sword over it, and took a step or two to see what it was like, for he had never worn such things before. “I can’t go in these,” he protested to Saul. “I’m not used to them.” So David took them off again. 40 He picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them into his shepherd’s bag. Then, armed only with his shepherd’s staff and sling, he started across the valley to fight the Philistine. if you’re not familiar with the story click here to read the full…
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Kenya: Christian Shot to Death Outside Church

    Worthy News Staff
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:29 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent MOMBASA (Worthy News)– Kenyan police are searching for a gunman who shot a Christian to death while on his way to a church in Mombasa on Jan. 11, according to Morning Star News. One of two men following 25-year-old George Muriki as he arrived at the gate leading to Maximum Revival Ministries Church shot him in the back three times after apparently mistaking him for the church pastor. Muriki, who was an active member of the 120-member church, is to be buried in his hometown of Meru; the church intends to cover all the expenses for his…
  • Zimbabwe Authorities Threaten Christian Ministry

    Worthy News Staff
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:27 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent HARARE (Worthy News)– Zimbabwe government authorities are threatening to arrest any Christians who refuse to leave the Maleme farm in Bulawayo where the Shalom and Ebenezer Christian ministries are located, according to Barnabas Aid. The Christians were told to hand the farm over to a new owner and to shut down its ministries. Since 1958, the Maleme farm has hosted Christians from all over the country. In 2007, another portion of the farm was dedicated to the Ebenezer ministry, which trains 75 apprentices in agri-business annually. The Shalom…
  • NC Residents Rally Over Removal of 'Religious' Memorial

    Worthy News Staff
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:25 pm
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent RALEIGH (Worthy News)– North Carolina residents came together last week to protest the removal of a veterans' memorial, according to Christian News. Back in 2012, a group called Americans United for Separation of Church and State had filed suit against the City of King, NC, claiming that a veterans' memorial depicting a soldier kneeling before a cross was unconstitutional. But others supported the memorial, notably Joseph Glatthaar, professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. "I consider the…
  • Russia and Iran Sign Deal to Expand Military Cooperation

    Worthy News Staff
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:49 pm
    MOSCOW (Worthy News)– Russia and Iran have signed an agreement to expand their military ties and resolve a long-standing dispute over the sale of a controversial air defense system to the Islamic Republic, the Times of Israel reported. In remarks carried by Russian news agencies, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in Tehran Tuesday that the new agreement includes expanded counter-terrorism cooperation, exchanges of military personnel for training purposes and an understanding for each country’s navy to more frequently use the other’s ports. The deal provides for joint…
  • Saudi King's Health Connected to End Times According to some Shiites

    Worthy News Staff
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:41 pm
    RIYADH (Worthy News)– In the last two years, media outlets have published conflicting reports on Saudi King Abdullah's health. Just last week, Saudi Arabia's Royal Court announced that the king has pneumonia and is temporarily using a breathing tube. In fact, every time the king's health deteriorates, news agencies speculate on what will become of the Saudi dynasty and its leadership after the king's death. But some Shiite scholars think differently about the matter, believing that Abdullah's death will mark the beginning of a chain of great events that will…
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    (in)courage

  • {The Courage to Face Our Insecurities} Week 4: It’s Risky, But Do It Anyway

    Melissa Michaels
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    No one can make us feel quite as unsure about ourselves as another woman. And nothing can wound as much as the words that sometimes come from a friend or from inside our own head. That’s why (in)courage exists as an online community committed to making safe spaces for women to connect. Each Wednesday this month we’ve shared some of our stories of overcoming insecurity in order to choose friendship on purpose. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading along and joining us in our weekly Community Challenge geared toward kicking insecurity to the curb and connecting more deeply with our…
  • Meet the Woman Who Has It ALL Together

    Angela Nazworth
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Allow me to introduce you to Allison. I won’t reveal her age, but she hasn’t looked a minute over 23 in at least a decade. Even by Hollywood’s standards, she’s a knockout. Her nail polish doesn’t chip, her mascara doesn’t run, and her skin doesn’t wrinkle. Allison is wicked-smart, and she never loses her cool — not even during rush hour. She also knows exactly what to say during life’s most challenging moments. Her words of wisdom come with buttery blueberry muffins and chocolate chip cookies, which she bakes from scratch and personally delivers with a handwritten note.
  • Lies Break. Ties Bind.

    Abigail Alleman
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    I grip the counter hard. It’s a white knuckle hold of slippery, grey-speckled imitation granite. The cars whizz by down the hill. This is the neighborhood in Budapest where my family and I have lived for a year and a half. But it is not, yet, home. And I do not know if I can survive until it is home.   Thoughts have begun to enter my mind. It is a journey of seven years, too many moves, and three kids that have brought us here. The calling has remained clear, even after weathering a path of so much hard.   Until now. I have gone so far adrift, I cannot find my place anywhere in…
  • Here’s What Your Soul Needs You to Know

    Emily Freeman
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    Saturday morning starts with an hour or so of reading in my sunroom office, settling in to spend the day at home. John puts muffins in the oven, our son Luke lines up small airplanes along the edge of the carpet, and our girls are occupied in their bedrooms upstairs. I finish David Benner’s The Gift of Being Yourself, thinking long and hard over his words in chapter six: “Our calling is therefore the way of being that is both best for us and best for the world.” I write those words down, share them on Instagram, watch out the window as the sun gently wakes the yard.
  • A Sunday Scripture

    incourage
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:20 pm
    “Praise the Lord! How good to sing praises to our God! How delightful and how fitting! The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem and bringing the exiles back to Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension!” Psalm 147: 1-5, NLT Click here to share today’s Scripture image with your friends & family!
 
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    Plough Weekly

  • Should Christians Abandon Public Schools?

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:53 pm
    "What about children who are left behind, in increasingly darker places as each Christian light is removed? Should the Christian response be to abandon troubled public schools?" asks McNiel. Join the debate: Public school or homeschool?
  • Why I Homeschool

    26 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    "Homeschooling frees our calendar to better serve, and to be involved in ways we never could if we were tied to a public-school schedule," argues Hillegeist. Join the debate: Public school or homeschool?
  • Building Community on God’s Love

    26 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    January 31, 2015 marks Thomas Merton’s hundredth birthday. Using Eberhard Arnold's book "Why We Live in Community" as his basis, Merton gave two talks in September 1968, three months before his untimely death. Here are some excerpts.
  • Does ISIS Prove Nonviolence Wrong?

    23 Jan 2015 | 7:21 am
    In the face of ISIS, preaching nonviolence can seem naïve, even heartless. But does the Just War tradition give its adherents a blank check in such a situation? Ron Sider has a challenge for both sides of this debate.
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    Religion Dispatches

  • As Long As There’s Fear, We Aren’t Ready for Atheism: A Conversation with Theologian and Ex-Priest Daniel Maguire

    Alana Massey
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Title: Christianity Without God: Moving beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative Author: Daniel C. Maguire Publisher: SUNY Press Release Date: October 1, 2014 Professor Daniel C. Maguire’s latest book, Christianity Without God: Moving beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative, is an ambitious project that functions as both a primer on the logical and ethical failures of theism and as a reimaging of the biblical narrative to meet the great moral challenges of our day. As a theologian and former priest who teaches ethics at Marquette University, a Jesuit…
  • Roy “Ten Commandments” Moore Is Back With His Constitution-Defying Tricks

    Sarah Posner
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Roy Moore, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, best known for his flouting of the Establishment Clause for refusing, in 2003, to remove a 2.6 ton Ten Commandments monument from the Supreme Court building, is now questioning the jurisdiction of federal courts to decide the constitutionality of same-sex marriage bans. After Moore was removed from the bench in that same year, he ran for governor several times and flirted with running for president. He won reelection to the Alabama high court in 2012. Writing to Alabama Governor Robert Bentley today, Moore complains that last…
  • The Bid to Turn Pastors into Politicians

    Sarah Posner
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    “I saw that the skills of a successful politician are the same skills of a successful pastor. The skill set is about the same,” evangelical powerbroker David Lane tells David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network. Charitably, one might think that what Lane means is pastors need to navigate disagreements, engage in diplomacy, or broker compromise. But I suspect that the shared skill set (or at least his ideal shared skill set) has more to do with theology than politicking and policymaking. Brody went inside Lane’s Issachar Training, part of Lane’s push for…
  • From The Virgin Mary to a Housewife in Queens: Inside The Seer of Bayside

    Joseph Laycock
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    Title: The Seer of Bayside: Veronica Lueken and the Struggle for Catholicism Author: Joseph P. Laycock Publisher: Oxford University Press Release Date: 2014 Format: Hardcover Pages: 280 Every June 18 for more than 25 years, Veronica Lueken—a Catholic housewife from Bayside, Queens—gathered followers for an all-night vigil beside the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. In a trance, Lueken transmitted apocalyptic messages from the Virgin Mary, whose visitations were labeled ”Our Lady of the Roses.” Lueken died in 1995, and her followers split into factions that feuded…
  • To Get Hebdo Cartoons You Must Get Laïcité

    Stephanie Frank
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    After the world’s initial proclamation of solidarity with Charlie Hebdo, crystallized so effectively in #jesuischarlie, there followed a backlash among American commentators. Jacob Canfield wrote perhaps the emblematic statement of the position for Hooded Utilitarian, garnering a great deal of social media attention. In the BBC’s Stéphane Charbonnier obituary, “Charb” had been quoted as remarking, “I don’t blame Muslims for not laughing at our drawings. I live under French law. I don’t live under Koranic law.” Referring to this sentiment, Canfield described Charbonnier…
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    Cheryl Cope »

  • Book Review: Longing for More by Timothy Willard

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

    Cheryl Cope
    7 Jan 2015 | 11:50 am
    Book Review: The Aerobic House Cleaning Lifestyle by Stevie Markovich This book was basically about how to turn house cleaning into aerobic exercise. To that end the author did a fairly good job. There were several good actual fitness tips included throughout and even some detailed explanations of some exercises with photos included. Please note that in the kindle edition … Continue reading →
  • What is God like?

    Cheryl Cope
    5 Jan 2015 | 4:05 am
    What is God like? First off, I am referring to the One True Living God—the God of the Christian Holy Bible. We may like to compare God to other things but check out what He says about Himself. God asks us who He is like. To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Skinny Gut Diet by Brenda Watson

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

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

  • Money Truly Controls The World

    Naty Matos
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I was driving the other day through a main street. Sitting in traffic all you can do is look around and see the businesses on both sides of the street and it had me thinking about the power that money has in our lives. We’ve heard say in Matthew 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” and I can almost hear readers saying that’s not me, because…insert your reason. The recent economy changes have demonstrated the power that money has in our…
  • Looking Towards 2015!

    Naty Matos
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:03 pm
    It is New Year’s Eve as I type this post. I’ve been thinking about the how this year was. I was looking on Facebook at the last posts of the year of some of my friends. Not everyone had jolly things to share, but just like me they were looking at 2015 with hope and 2014 as quite the growth school. 2014 was quite the spiritual boot camp for me. I had many loses, incomplete projects and some setbacks. I dealt with health issues within myself and loved ones. There were more tears than laughs in 2014.But as this year sets down, the book seem to be turning a page. Things are slowly looking up.
  • Happy Anniversary The Rising Muse

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

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

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

  • Obama Backs Campaign to Defeat Netanyahu in Israeli Elections

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:11 pm
    (PJ MEDIA)—Caroline Glick picked up on one article the Israeli left-wing paper Ha'aretz didn't bother translating into English that details Obama's involvement in the upcoming Israeli elections. A summary of the article is provided by IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis):Haaretz reporter... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • America's 10 Most Bible-Minded Cities

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    (CHRISTIAN POST)—America's 10 most Bible-minded cities are all still located in the "Bible Belt" of the South and Birmingham, Alabama sits at the top of that pack. The state of Alabama also became the state with the most Bible-minded cities in 2015, according to a Barna survey commissioned by the... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • The Coming Kingdom (Part 27)

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:43 am
    Dr. Andy Woods Sugar Land Bible Church We began scrutinizing New Testament texts that "kingdom now" theologians employ in their attempt to argue that the kingdom is a present reality. The purpose of this examination is to show that none of these passages, when rightly understood, teach a present,... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Bill Gates Pushes Cashless Society

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    (Infowars) Bill Gates is now promoting "digital currency" in third-world countries, which will make the poor even more dependent on central banks while also turning them into guinea pigs for the development of a "cashless society" in the U.S. and Europe.Gates outlined his plan for a cashless... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Bible Museum Planned in Washington

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:19 am
    Dr. Ed Hindson World Prophetic Ministry Construction was scheduled to begin this Fall on an eight-story, 430,000-square-foot Museum of the Bible in our nation's capital. The museum is the idea of Steven Green, CEO of Hobby Lobby, the Christian-oriented retail chain. The museum will be three blocks... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

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

    5 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Our gift of these articles by Len Lacroix is made possible in part by your gracious support of the ministry.  There are two ways to donate to Doulos Missions International. You may either send a check or money order by mail or you may donate securely online.Doulos Missions International, Inc. is incorporated in the State of New Hampshire as a publicly-supported non-profit charity.  We are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt organization under IRC 501(c)(3). Contributions made to this organization are tax deductible.Online Donations You may…
  • Doulos Missions International

    5 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Len and Jennifer LacroixWe're so glad you took the time to visit our blog.  We have been based near Budapest, Hungary, serving as missionaries for nearly five years.   However, we are currently on furlough, away from the field, praying and seeking the Lord's guidance regarding where to be, and for the provision to fulfill the mission.You're invited to listen to our radio interview on the Truth Radio Network, which was aired September 7, 2013.  We were interviewed by Joyce George on the program "A Place Missionaries Call Home."Each of the links below will take you to the…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - January 2015

    1 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    I've recently updated some blogs and posted some new ones that I want to make you aware of: A Warning for Christian Married Couples (updated!)Sins That Will Keep You From HeavenThe Straight and Narrow Path Drifting Away (updated!)Carrying Your Cross or Cross Dressing? (updated!)Is Tithing Required? (updated!)Michael Shigaba's Encounter with Jesus (updated!)Godly Attire and Adornment -- Seven Divine Revelations (updated!) May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.Author's note: If you enjoyed…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - December 2014

    29 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: Michael Shigaba's Encounter with JesusAsk for the Ancient Paths Michael Shigaba's End Time Message for MankindNow is the Day of SalvationA Warning for Christian CouplesPoems: A Pleasing Sacrifice Wait for the LordSmoldering Flame May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the links in the side bar. You may…
 
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • Smartwoods

    Joanna Campbell
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    If I can see a tree outside my bedroom window, blood flow to my brain will be different than if I was looking at a view without vegetation. Right now, I have a rectangular perspective of deciduous trees and evergreens making their home next to sidewalks and steep neighborhood staircases. The Italian restaurant across the street is shaded by bare-branched trees adorned in twinkle lights. I have lived in Seattle, Washington for four years, the most urban place I have ever called home. Wildness and development exist as two tangled lovers, bound by each other’s bodies. I came from Arkansas,…
  • Crossing the Threshold

    Howard Schaap
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    He came into my office as he often does, or as I often do to him in return, to avoid actual work, to talk about the fun stuff—the difference in Raymond Carver after Gordon Lish, how the Pinckney Benedict story “Mercy” is perfect for our students—and/or complain about the unfun stuff, also fun in its way. We work in the same pod and his office is directly across from mine. We’re not rivals; he’s fiction and I’m creative non. Truly, we’re friends. “So, I’ve finished another major rewrite of my novel, and I’ve got a few people lined up to copyedit it one more time,” he…
  • Space-making

    Joy and Matthew Steem
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Amidst the poorly-veiled disgruntled mumblings and vigorously squirming behinds, the evening’s speaker announced the lecture was now concluded and it was time for questions: “This is a Q and R, not a Q and A. I will do my best to respond to all questions directed at me, but answers I will not promise,” she said. While this statement may have sounded quaint, perhaps even smug coming from a less candid presenter, her unpretentious approach dissembled my cynicism. Starkly shadowed by bright stage lights, the speaker traversed the stage’s width back and forth, back and forth. Her purpose…
  • Flames upon Their Head

    Ross Gale
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    When J.R.R. Tolkien writes, “Sub-creator, the refracted light through whom is splintered from a single White to many hues” and refers to a future time when “poets shall have flames upon their head,” I wonder why this time can’t be now. I’ve always believed this time to be now. The connotation of splintered light (men, women, and artists) can be interpreted as hierarchical: the art of humanity subservient to God’s holy creation. Because we are made in God’s image we can create, but our creations are “lesser.” Our art and stories and poems…
  • Is God there?

    Callie Feyen
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The days that I write start like this: I drop my girls off at school, and as I drive away I turn on the song, “Time” by the Abstract Giants. I know a few of the guys in band. I grew up with them. I know Andy Lempera, the drummer, from junior high band where our director promised that if we worked hard, Andy could free style while we cleaned up our clarinets and oboes, trumpets and trombones during the last five minutes of the period. I never had so much fun cleaning the spit out of my flute than when Andy played. Matt Conway and Cary Kano are some of my brother’s childhood buddies. I…
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  • Saint January 28 : St. Thomas Aquinas : Patron of Catholic universities, colleges, and schools

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:13 am
    Information:Feast Day:January 28Born:1225, Roccasecca, in Lazio, ItalyDied:7 March 1274, Fossanuova Abbey, ItalyCanonized:July 18, 1323, Avignon, FranceMajor Shrine:Church of the Jacobins, Toulouse, FrancePatron of:Catholic universities, colleges, and schoolsCONFESSOR, DOCTOR OF THE CHURCHThe great outlines and all the important events of his life are known, but biographers differ as to some details and dates. Death prevented Henry Denifle from executing his project of writing a critical life of the saint. Denifle's friend and pupil, Dominic Prummer, O.P., professor of theology in the…
  • Today's Mass Readings : Tuesday January 27, 2015

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:55 am
    Tuesday of the Third Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 318Reading 1HEB 10:1-10Brothers and sisters:Since the law has only a shadow of the good things to come,and not the very image of them, it can never make perfectthose who come to worship by the same sacrificesthat they offer continually each year.Otherwise, would not the sacrifices have ceased to be offered,since the worshipers, once cleansed, would no longerhave had any consciousness of sins?But in those sacrifices there is only a yearly remembrance of sins,for it is impossible that the blood of bulls and goatstake away sins.For this…
  • Pope Francis "... let us all ask the Lord: “Fac cor nostrum secundum cor tuum” Full Text Lent Message

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:33 am
    Pope Francis - AFPLent begins on Ash Wednesday on 18 February 2015.Please find below the full text of Pope Francis’ Lenten Message:  MESSAGEOF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCISFOR LENT 2015“Make your hearts firm”(James5:8)Dear Brothers and Sisters,Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each communities and every believer. Above all it is a “time of grace” (2 Cor6:2). God does not ask of us anything that he himself has not first given us. “We love because he first has loved us” (1 Jn4:19). He is not aloof from us. Each one of us has a place in his heart. He knows us by…
  • Pope Francis "Doing God’s will makes us become part of Jesus’ family" Homily

    Jesus Caritas Est
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    Pope Francis at Mass - OSS_ROM27/01/2015 12:50(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says we need to pray to God every day for the grace to understand His will, to follow it and to carry it out fully.  This was the core message of his homily at the morning Mass on Tuesday at the Santa Marta residence.Taking his cue from the day’s readings, the Pope reflected on one of the cornerstones of our faith: obedience to God’s will. This, he explained, is the path to holiness for each Christian, namely that we carry out God’s will. “The opposite began in Paradise with Adam’s failure to obey.
  • Saint January 27 : St. Angela Merici : Patron of Sickness, Handicapped, loss of parents

    Jesus Caritas Est
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:59 pm
    Information:Feast Day:January 27Born:21 March 1474, Desenzano del Garda, Province of Brescia, Lombardy, ItalyDied:27 January 1540, Brescia, Lombardy, ItalyCanonized:May 24, 1807, Rome by Pope Pius VIIMajor Shrine:The Merician Centre (including the now subterranean Church of St Afra, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy)Patron of:sickness, handicapped people, loss of parentsFOUNDRESS OF THE URSULINES AND MYSTICAngela Merici was born on March 21st, 1474, at Desenzano on  Lake Garda; left an orphan at the age of ten she was brought up by her uncle and on his death went to live with her brothers. She…
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  • We Will Not Be Shaken

    Todd
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Watch this Video: We Will Not Be Shaken THE FILM – Bethel Music Please PRE-ORDER the album! http://bethelmusic.com/we-will-not-be… “We Will Not Be Shaken” was filmed on a mountaintop overlooking Shasta Lake in Northern California. The Bethel Music community gathered for an unforgettable evening of worship. The resulting live album and film portrays breathtaking visuals and resounds with declarations, hope and faith. THE STORY BEHIND “WE WILL NOT BE SHAKEN” On a mountaintop north of Redding, CA, the Bethel Music community gathered for an unforgettable evening…
  • The Humor of Christ

    Todd
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Watch this Video: John Crowder Recovering Comedy in Christianity “You know when you become a Christian, one of the first things to go is the sense of humor. Last time I checked, joy is a fruit of the spirit, depression is not … Humor is found throughout the words of Christ, the apostle Paul and other Biblical figures. Humor has a way of stripping away false humility and the self-importance of the religious order, which is why it can be so intimidating to an ecclesiastical hierarchy whose authority is built on the illusion of these things. With the recent Paris shootings and…
  • The Grace That Teaches

    Todd
    13 Jan 2015 | 7:26 pm
    Watch this Video: Paul White challenges the church with the message of Grace “Abraham obeyed God and left the land of his fathers – and this last sentence of the verse – going to a place he did not know; leaving and going where he didn’t know he was going. And it jumped off the page at me as the Holy Spirit said, “this is all but gone from the modern church.” This attitude that Abraham has of ‘God , I’ll do it.’ This is where it might get a little bit uneasy ok? The boat rocks a little bit right here. Because we are so predisposed to…
  • The Holy Spirit Is In You

    Todd
    11 Jan 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Watch this Video: Bill Johnson teaches about pursuing the presence of the Lord “I want to tell you a secret that shouldn’t be a secret.  In Mark Chapter 1, Jesus was baptized in water.  And it says, when He came up out of the water, Jesus saw the Heavens part, and the Spirit of God came down upon Him in the form of a dove. John’s Gospel adds the phrase, “and remained.” So He comes up out of the water, He sees the Heavens part, and the Holy Spirit comes upon Him in the form of a dove, and remains. And He hears a voice that says, “you’re my beloved…
  • Thorn in the Flesh

    Todd
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    Watch this Video: John Crowder explains that we are in fact free from the curse.He explains that Paul was referring of the resistance and persecution he faced from his opponents for preaching the good news. “Expecting Sin, Sadness & Sickness? The apostle Paul says the Lord gave him a “thorn in the flesh.” Not many statements in the New Testament have elicited such speculation as this one. Did the Lord cause Paul to wrestle with some sort of debilitating sin, depression or physical sickness in order to keep him humble? This statement is often used as a disclaimer to the…
 
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    Will Mancini

  • The Most Important Trend of Church Trends in 2015 And What To Do About It

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

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

    Will Mancini
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Most church strategic planning is a waste of time no matter what you call it or why the church started the planning to begin with. Have you ever personally experienced a time-waster planning retreat? The planning may be called lots of things like: long range planning vision planning visioning weekend goal-setting strategic operations In addition to the variety of names, the planning may be spawned for numerous reasons like facility planning, attendance decline, website design, or capital campaign initiatives to name a few. But whatever you call it and and whatever got the process started,…
  • Take the Nice IS Naughty Quiz for Pastors this Christmas

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

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

    Donald Miller
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    In Scary Close I tell the story of going to a therapeutic retreat center. Basically, emotional rehab. It’s a center in Tennessee where you get nine months of therapy in seven days. And it’s intense. It’s a program capped at 40 people. And when you arrive, you turn in your cell phone, can’t give anybody your last name, and aren’t allowed to tell anybody what you do for a living. In other words, they strip you of all the stuff you use to impress people. You just get to be you, without your ace cards. It sounded easy at first. But then I realized pretty quickly how much I enjoyed…
  • Do We Really Connect Through Social Media?

    Donald Miller
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    I was traveling with a friend recently who, while sitting next to me on an airplane, sighed and told me they were unfollowing somebody on social media. “You don’t like them?” I asked. That’s not it, my friend said. I love them in person. But on social media they’re so religious and always sharing little pithy quotes or pictures with their kids acting perfect. That’s not who they are at all. They’re normal. I just can’t take the posturing anymore. We all likely have friends like that. And we all project an image, to some degree, on social media. For some, social media…
  • Great Parents Do This Well

    Donald Miller
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Now that I’m married I’ve started to worry about my children. I don’t even have children yet, but I’ve already started worrying about whether or not I’ll be a good dad. One of my greatest fears is that my children won’t do well in life, and by that, I mean won’t be happy and healthy and able to connect with others. But I’ve got some hope brewing. I’ve noticed something about the parents of teens and twenty-somethings who are high functioning and healthy. I’m talking about young adults who you sit and talk to and wonder how they got so wise, self-controlled and winsome.
  • Why You Fear Intimacy

    Donald Miller
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Dear Friends, It took me 42 years to get married. It took me that long to risk being myself with a woman, to risk being known. Before that, I was convinced if anybody really knew me they wouldn’t love me. So rather than being myself, I acted like somebody who I thought people would like. I played a role. And it almost cost me my soul. And my life. My new book Scary Close comes out in a matter of days. There’s a chapter in the book in which I talk about the three things that kept me from being intimate. The first thing was that I believed I had to be perfect or nobody would accept me. Over…
  • How to Tell If You’re Codependent

    Donald Miller
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Whenever I spend time with Henry Cloud, author of the book Boundaries, I feel like I’m meeting with Yoda. Only he’s not as old and much taller. But it’s crazy to me how perceptive he is about relationships. Once I complained to him about another leader who was stealing money from people by lying to them. I complained for a few minutes and he asked if I was going to do anything about it. I wasn’t. Plenty of people already were. I had no intention of doing anything about it. “Then why is this guy getting under your skin?” Henry said. “He has nothing to do with…
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    The Christian Gift

  • Snowstorm

    TheChristianGift
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The snow has been falling with gusto here in New England since last night. I just measured 23 inches in my yard – and it’s still coming down. Interestingly, this storm came out of nowhere. The original forecast for yesterday was some flurries, and today through the rest of the week? Fair conditions. That’s what happens when a clipper moving across the country gets trapped by high pressure, keeping it from moving out to sea and instead turning it into a hefty nor’easter. Since we’ve had very little snow until now, most of what you see in the photo below is from…
  • Winter Morning at the Shore

    TheChristianGift
    23 Jan 2015 | 5:42 am
    Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life. Psalm 143:8 Warm color at daybreak on a frigid winter morning ~ Rye, New Hampshire Mornings like this one pictured here (low tide + excellent cloud formation + great color) don’t come around every day, but when they do shape up and you’re ready and waiting with the camera, it makes for a very satisfying photo shoot. Ironically, this isn’t what I’d hoped to be shooting. Having just spent a week out of town on business –…
  • Steadfast

    TheChristianGift
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:11 am
    The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning. Amen!
  • Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer

    TheChristianGift
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    Guide me, O Thou great Redeemer, Pilgrim through this barren land. I am weak, but Thou art mighty; Hold me with Thy pow’rful hand. Bread of heaven, bread of heaven, Feed me till I want no more; Feed me till I want no more. Open now the crystal fountain Whence the healing stream doth flow; Let the fiery, cloudy pillar Lead me all my journey through. Strong deliv’rer, strong deliv’rer, Be Thou still my strength and shield; Be Thou still my strength and shield. When I tread the verge of Jordan, Bid my anxious fears subside; Death of death and hell’s destruction, Land me…
  • Goodbye, Dear Friend

    TheChristianGift
    15 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    We had to say goodbye to our sweet little kitty yesterday. She’s been a treasured member of the household for many years, having joined us at just eight weeks of age nearly 18 years ago. Run and play at The Rainbow Bridge, Missy. We will carry you in our hearts. Sweet Little Mischief April 4, 1997 – January 14, 2015
 
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    Steve Fogg: Clear & SimpleSteve Fogg: Clear & Simple | Marketing, Communications, Branding & Digital

  • One Critical Mistake Churches Make With Their Logo

    Steve Fogg
    19 Jan 2015 | 8:32 pm
    Church leaders should invest time into creating a great logo for their church. You hear any arguments from me about that. Design is the international language we all understand. Good or bad it says something about who or what our churches are. But if there was one mistake I know happens it is this. Focus. Many, many hours are focussed on developing the logo, without any thought or consideration to the brand. The visual brand identity of your church is so much more than your just logo. As Seth Godin says ‘your brand is a story, a set of emotions and expectations and a stand-in for how…
  • Top 7 Social Media Trends For Churches And Non-Profits In 2015

    Steve Fogg
    12 Jan 2015 | 6:10 pm
    As we begin a new year on social media I’ve been looking ahead at what trends there will be for churches and non-profits. Have you seen any trends? What social media tactics should/are you adopting in response? If there is one thing that never changes on social media is that there are always changes and new features!  Lets take a look at seven trends I think will emerge or grow in 2015. 1. Social Video Video is on the rapid rise. Twitter is rumoured to be introducing a native video format in 2015. According to Comscore, Facebook’s native video format took off last year and…
  • 8 Tips That Will Improve Your Church Communications In 2015

    Steve Fogg
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Photo Credit Whether you are a church communications veteran or just joined the gang, there is something special about the new year (beyond the clichés). The new year can actually be useful as a time to reflect, reorganise, and for some, reshape what 2015 will bring with their church communications. I’ve just come back from a beach holiday today and I’ve been itching to share with you some useful tips that will help you improve your communications in 2015 (I banned myself from blogging on holiday – that was hard!). 1. Plan and schedule If you haven’t started…
  • 7 Free Christmas Graphics For Your Church

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

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

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Tomorrow is Bell Let’s Talk Day in Canada. It’s an annual event designed to increase awareness, reduce stigma and help change behaviors and attitudes about mental health issues. Canadian Olympian Clara Hughes, as well as Mary Walsh, Michael Landsberg and Howie Mandel participate as the public face of the campaign. It’s an important day for the church as well. Here are five thoughts about mental illness and the church.1. We often avoid the issue of mental illness. Ed Stetzer is bang on when he writes, "So often in a congregation, we like to pretend this is not a real issue because we…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Weakness Has Its Benefits Ben Reynolds, our music leader at Immanuel Nashville, wasn’t there in the early days. But he said to me not long ago, “Ray, my impression of the original core group at Immanuel is that you guys were so wounded and exhausted and hurting that no one in the group even had the emotional energy for selfish agendas.” I said, yes, that was probably true. Then Ben added, “And I think the Lord looked down on that and said, ‘Well, there’s a church I can use.' Seven Principles of Sabbath Rest Here are seven principles about Sabbath…
  • Encouraged but Wanting More

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:16 am
    Ministry is a glass half-empty or half-full proposition. There are so many things that can discourage us. Ministry is hard at the best of times, and it often feels like we’re losing, rather than taking, ground. At the local church level, many churches need revitalizing, which is an important work but also a long and sometimes difficult one. Also, planting is hard.Despite all of this, I’m hugely encouraged. Here’s why. Gospel — Not only have we seen a rediscovery of the gospel in recent years, but we haven’t moved on. Nor could we. Books like Gospel by Ray Ortlund really encourage…
  • Jill Briscoe's Laugh

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I was asked to give an update on our church planting efforts this past Sunday at the Greater Toronto Spiritual Life Convention, an annual multi-church event. Because of this, I had a front row seat to hear Stuart Briscoe preach. I’ve heard Briscoe preach before, and as usual he did a masterful job. But that isn’t what I’ll remember the most from that evening. Sitting in the front row, I was one person away from Stuart’s wife Jill as he preached. As Stuart preached, Jill laughed. She laughed a lot, and genuinely. She’s probably heard all of his jokes before, but after 57 years of…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Love the Church More than Its Health We should love people because they belong to Jesus, not because they have kept the law of a healthy church, even though that law may be good and biblical. It means we should love them because of what Christ has done and declared, not because of what they do. Assessing the State of Your Church and How It Got There Don’t miss the importance of learning “what time it is” for a church and how it has progressed to this point. Don’t Be Like Mike Don’t be concerned about what others have–and what you think you lack for…
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  • How to Hug a Children’s Pastor

    Mimi Bullock
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:12 am
    Children’s pastors will never tell you this but they love a good hug. Hugs say “I appreciate you,” and “Whatever you’re going through, I care.” A good hug can even say, “I’ve got your back!” However, there are actually many ways to give a children’s pastor a hug. Some don’t involve physical body contact. Ready to show some love to you favorite children’s minister? I know five ways you can hug a children’s ministry volunteer. Invite kids and send your kids to church. Yeah, that’s a big ol’ hug! Affirm…
  • “Come and See” Lectionary Lesson from John 1:43-51

    Stephanie Fernandez
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    This free Bible lesson is based on John 1:43-51 when Jesus begins calling his disciples. It is designed for children’s church or Sunday School. Please modify as best fits your ministry. If your church follows the Revised Common Lectionary, this teaching plan would correspond to Year B – 2nd Sunday after the Epiphany, Gospel Reading – John 1:43-51. Opening Activity – Come and See – Leading the Blind Supplies – blindfolds, classroom furniture or found objects Before class set up a maze in the classroom using tables, chairs, trashcans, cones, etc., leading from the door to the…
  • Missions Education & Kids: The Ends of the Earth Means Everyone!

    Kristin Schmidt
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:40 am
    There is a lot in today’s world that competes for attention and time with kids (and adults!). We are occupied (sometimes overly so) with practices, work, homework, lessons, meetings, scheduling… not to mention the essential and mandatory time needed for shopping, playing, and watching TV. With this in mind, it can be easy to grow wrapped up in our own little bubbles of being, stuck amidst obligations and worries or lost in the drama of daily life. However, we are perpetuating a dangerous trend if we fail to communicate to children the importance of the Gospel’s global message.
  • Blacklight Bible Object Lesson-Do You See Any Sin?

    Mimi Bullock
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:22 pm
    Until recently, black lights in my ministry were only used a few times year, mostly when the youth were doing their annual rendition of “Arise My Love” for Easter, complete with white gloves. The other day, I was looking for an item I could use to help kids understand the concept of “hidden sins.” The verse Proverbs 28:13 that says, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy,” had really been probing my heart personally and I felt impressed to share it with my kids. Then I found the black light!
  • Lesson: Jesus Dedication in the Temple – Luke 2:22-40

    Kristin Schmidt
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    Often the excitement of the Nativity story centers around the typical manger scene images: shepherds, angels, Mary and Joseph…somehow we skip from that to the remainder of Christ’s life and neglect some of the significant details. This lesson focuses on the dedication of Jesus in the temple, and the excitement of Simeon and Anna as they meet the Savior. Lesson focus: From the beginning God had prepared a special path for the life of Jesus; He has a plan and purpose for our lives, too! Passage: Luke 2:22-40 Target Audience: Elementary school (adaptable older/younger) Materials Needed:…
 
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  • Prepare my hands to receive your blessings

    Jann Cobb
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:06 am
    Day 28Someone shared with me that when we pray we should stretch out our hands. First with our palms down, symbolizing that we have a light grip on the things of our life. When your hands are palms down we're offering things back to the Lord and giving him everything.Try it! It is amazing how it changes your focus. Instead of give me, give me. It's Lord, here is what I have, I offer it to you.  Then in an attitude of humility, "I'm ready to receive whatever you have for me." The Lord has a lot but he wants to give us.Ask and you shall receive seek and…
  • Prepare my hands to loosen their grip

    Jann Cobb
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:08 am
    Day 27The video from Finding Nemo where the birds are squawking, "mine, mine, mine" cracks me up. It also resonates with my inability to let go of things. I believe it is because I have held onto material things as if they belong to me!The truth is everything in this world belongs to God. "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." I Corinthians 10:26Having open hands with our possessions means that we see ourselves as stewards of them and not owners.David knew this very well and describes it in I Chronicles 29:12-16Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.In…
  • Prepare my hands to serve

    Jann Cobb
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:52 am
    Day 26and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many." Matthew 20:27-18Slave-devoted to another to the disregard of one's own interestsServing others in the name of Jesus can be tough. It is difficult see ourselves as His servants but this is what we must dedicate ourselves to.It starts with the preparation and asking the Lord to direct youWith all of my heart-Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not people, Ephesians 6:7Working for the Lord-Whatever you do,…
  • Prepare my eyes to focus on Jesus

    Jann Cobb
    25 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
     Day 25Have you ever noticed what you focus on is what you see?I remember when it was so popular for those pictures that if you stared at it long enough you would see a picture jump out at you. It's a kind of picture within a picture here's an example. This one is titled summer is coming. No I never did see the image. It is supposed to be a girl eating an ice cream and holding a balloon!I never was really good at it. Some say you if you have astigmatism it's hard for your eyes to focus, which I do. (just trying to rationalize why I can't see it.) I think that I just didn't…
  • Prepare my eyes to see suffering

    Jann Cobb
    24 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Day 24Prepare my eyes to see the hurting.No matter where I have gone in the world there are people suffering, hurting, in need.Desperate, struggling for the most basic of needs- shelter, water, food, clothing and medicine. While others are hurting because they have been shunned by society simply because of their skin color or class system or gender.Some are hurting because they've made choices in their life and the consequences of those choices have become too much to bear. Nevertheless, all of these people are seen by God, loved by God and cherished by God.He has a plan and a purpose…
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  • The Earnest of Our Inheritance

    Frank King
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:53 pm
    Dove of the Holy Spirit Paul the apostle wrote the following words to the church at Ephesus: “…After that you believed, you were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession….” (Ephesians 1:13b, 14a). Of course, the purchased possession refers to what Jesus secured for us on the cross at Calvary. We have eternal life and will spend eternity with the Lord. In the interim, God has “sealed” us (stamped us, as if by a signet) by way of the Holy Spirit. This serves as the earnest (a pledge) of our…
  • Change Your Thinking, Change Your World

    Frank King
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    Group Bible Study When our thinking is errant or misguided, it will negatively impact our life. This is not only true for those who don’t know the Lord but for Christians as well. Yes, I am saying that you can be a genuine Christian and still be screwed up in the way you think. But you don’t have to stay that way. You can change your thinking. In turn, you will change your life for the better. Romans 12:2 says, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” What’s interesting about this verse is that it is addressed to the church at Rome. That means it is written…
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and His Dream

    Frank King
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:43 pm
    MLK, Jr. Monument The message Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is best known for is his “I Have a Dream” speech, which he delivered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. At the time, it was the largest gathering of protesters in Washington’s history.  One profound line in this speech: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” My life has been greatly impacted by the life of Dr. King and his dream. Not just because he had a dream. Perhaps all of us have a…
  • Prayer is Essential to Knowing the Will of God

    Frank King
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:03 am
    Woman Praying We don’t intuitively know the will of God. We have the Bible as our primary way of knowing His will for our life. But the Bible can’t fully reveal God’s will about every aspect of our life. Some things we must pray to God about and know how to hear from Him. That’s one of the reasons Jesus taught that we should pray always. If you were a single woman looking for the right man to marry, could you find the answer in the Bible? There, you will find excellent counsel on the type of person you should marry. But you may meet several men who meet those basic…
  • Guess Who’s Preaching in the Pulpit

    Frank King
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:16 pm
    Scary Preacher My purpose for this blog post is not to cast a negative light on preachers of the gospel. After all, I am a preacher myself. But yesterday, I met a former preacher who is now an atheist. Such an encounter can be eye-opening in terms of who is sometimes preaching in the pulpit. On a broader scale, it underscores the power of deception and why we must pray for those whose mind has been blinded by the enemy. Anyway, I was just sitting on a bench in the mall minding my own business. This guy walks up to me, introduces himself, and starts talking about the end times spoken of in the…
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  • It’s Okay to Feel Stupid Sometimes

    J.B. Wood
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    Have you ever been in a meeting, minding your own business, maybe thinking about what  you might want to have for dinner that night, when suddenly you realize all eyes have turned on you looking for an opinion? Except that you have no idea what they were just talking about? It’s not that you weren’t paying attention. [Read More...]
  • The Secret Art of Reinventing Yourself

    J.B. Wood
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:11 am
    Eighth grade is typically a harsh year for pre-teens, and mine was no exception. I was not the most athletically coordinated boy, which placed me firmly at the lowest ranking of the middle school echelon. Add to that my greasy hair, braces, and over-sized, thick-lens eyeglasses, and you start to get a very sorry picture. Thankfully, [Read More...]
  • A Near-Death-Back-to-Work Experience

    J.B. Wood
    30 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Not long ago my wife and I hosted a small group meeting at our house – you know, the thing where a few couples from church get together for some bible study, finger foods, and conversation about faith. Wow – that just sounded scarily churchy-cliche and conventional. But really, it was refreshing, as our group became comfortable talking [Read More...]
  • Thanks for the Lovely Gift Basket

    J.B. Wood
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    Late last summer some new neighbors moved in to the house across the street. Being the self-centered and aloof person that I am, I usually don’t give much thought when it comes to these things. But for some odd reason I got it in my head that I was going to turn over a new leaf and [Read More...]
  • How MicroPrayers Can Help Get You Through the Work Day

    J.B. Wood
    7 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    With the advent of ubiquitous mobile social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter within reach at a moment’s notice, many of us have taken to posting clever quips from our sporatic stream of consciousness, squeezed in to the cracks and micro-breaks throughout the busy day. Standing in line at the grocery store, for instance, [Read More...]
 
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  • A Devotional Thought For A New Year – Renewed In Jesus

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

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

    Brad
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
  • Devotional Thought – Looking At The Deep Things Of God

    Brad
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    “But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” 1 Cor. 2:9-10 Many have written much in recent years about “the deep things of God.” Blogs and books are written and given titles that picture going deeper, dwelling deeper, living deeper. Many times I have read these pages hoping to discover something deeper only to come away more…
  • Sunday Video Preview – October 26, 2014

    Brad
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:52 pm
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • The Pursuit of God – Revisited

    Jean Wise
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    I met an old friend this past weekend – the book, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. I revisited its highlighted, dogged-eared pages and relished its wisdom. What a wonderful feast for my soul to dig into this volume once again. Isn’t it great to have these treasures on our shelves? This book reminded me to desire God above all things in my life. That deep hunger and emptiness within me is God’s fingerprint luring me back to him as the source of all life. All of us – our deepest compelling question – is to know God. Just rereading the chapters of this book woke me up – Following…
  • Immediately– Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.
  • Being Open to God

    Jean Wise
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I was on retreat last year when I shared with the spiritual director my ongoing frustration of the divide between my head and my heart. I think too much. I deeply want to trust. I step out into life before seeking God first. I think I run the world, not the One who really does. Off with her head – I wanted to scream! My director calmly asked what image comes to mind when I ponder my head and heart. Immediately I knew – an hour glass. Open on top and bottom but constricted in the middle. She suggested I pray for a new image and see where God leads me. Odd prayer, isn’t it? Dear Lord, how…
  • Never Ever Be the Same – Guest Post – Kathy Collard Miller

    Jean Wise
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    Ever think back about who helped you when you were first learning something new? Who made you feel welcomed in a new area? Who gave you confidence to keep trying? Who left you never ever the same? I met Kathy Collard Miller at a CLASS workshop eons ago when I was just trying to figure out if this inkling to write and speak might be a direction God was calling me. Kathy was my small group leader who led us, modeled for us, encouraged us and gave us the tools and hope to take the risk. I am a writer and speaker today because of her and am honored to host her here today as a guest blogger. Kathy…
  • Come and See – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”  Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. John 1: 43-46 Come and See Lord, forgive my unmoving and unseeing heart. Your invitation still stands to come and see. Come and See. Come – turn away from…
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  • Ephesians 6:16 – The Whole Armor: Faith

    admin
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is post #4 of 4 in the series “Ephesians 6: The Whole Armor” Daily Devotional Bible Verse In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; (Ephesians 6:16 ESV) Righteousness is our breastplate, and guards our spiritual body and core, a most important protection to be sure. But a shield, like that of our faith, is useful and necessary for defense in every direction. We of the faith are attacked from all angles, and in all walks of life. We literally find ourselves amidst 360 degrees of battle-front. The…
  • Ephesians 6:15 – The Whole Armor: Gospel of Peace

    admin
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is post #3 of 4 in the series “Ephesians 6: The Whole Armor” Daily Devotional Bible Verse and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. (Ephesians 6:15 ESV) God loves people. In fact, God proved he loves us by actually becoming one of us. Jesus left the very place everyone from every era has literally been dying to get to; Heaven. Jesus left an eternal place for a temporal one, left a place of satisfaction for a place of wanting, left a place of peace and majesty for a place of war and shadows. The earth is beautiful to be sure, but it…
  • Ephesians 6:14 – The Whole Armor: Truth and Righteousness

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    This is post #2 of 4 in the series “Ephesians 6: The Whole Armor” Daily Devotional Bible Verse Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, (Ephesians 6:14 ESV) The truth is conspicuously absent from our world. It seems as if everyone, from politicians to corporations have a certain something they want from us. Whether it’s our money or our vote, or even both, there’s an incentive for some to hide or obscure the truth from others. And when our society lives in the dark, we should not be surprised at unrighteousness…
 
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Should a President Lead America Spiritually?

    Dr. D
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:29 am
    On at least a dozen occasions President Obama has said that he has relied upon his Christian faith and has turned to God for guidance in leading the country. No journalist has directly questioned whether that was a good idea or not. Presidents have been doing that in various ways since Washington. Literally hundreds of examples may be given where a president in the past has asked to country to pray. In fact anytime a President concludes a speech with-“..May God Bless America” he is really offering a short prayer. Here is just one poignant example from a president who is still a liberal…
  • -New York Magazine Celebrating Incest?

    Dr. D
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    An interview in the January 15 edition of the New York Magazine entitled- “What it’s Like To Date Your Dad,” seems to be looking for love in all the wrong places including incest.  In fact, the 18 year old woman who was interviewed in the article celebrated losing her virginity to her father and planned to marry him, have children, and spend the rest of their lives together. The question that seemed to be raised in the article is why their loving relationship should be judged by other people since both of them are consenting adults: What’s your response to people who just can’t…
  • -SCOTUS to Rule on Same-Sex Marriage

    Dr. D
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    The Supreme Court has finally agreed to rule on same-sex marriage and resolve the mixed rulings on it in the lower courts. For a long time the current justices were in favor of the issue being resolved in the individual states but since Circuit Courts have substantially taken over the issue and have ruled on it in different ways, the Supreme Court must now consider it in order to resolve the lower court rulings. From Religion News: The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Friday (Jan. 16) to resolve the national debate over same-sex marriage once and for all. The justices agreed to consider four cases…
  • -Muslim Riots and 23 Churches Burned in Continuing Protests Against Charlie Hebdo

    Dr. D
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:22 am
    Muslim protests and riots escalated over the weekend in opposition to the latest issue of Charlie Hebdo which featured a cartoon of Muhammad on the coverIn Niger, at least 5 were killed and  23 churches were set on fire by irate Muslims following the prayer services at the Niamey Grand Mosque in the capital. UPDATE: The Count is now at 45 churches Torched. The full extent of the different Muslim riots and protests are far too extensive to be adequately covered or updated on this site. Nevertheless there were reports over the weekend of protests and serious rioting in the following Muslim…
  • -Duke University Muslim ‘Call to Prayer’ Debacle

    Dr. D
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Earlier this week, Duke University announced that they were going to sponsor a regular Muslim Call to Prayer on Fridays. The Muslim prayers were going to be broadcast over loud speakers from the chapel bell tower on campus. The school administrators believed that this would be good for promoting religious pluralism. But their timing could not have been worse in face of all of the diverse responses around the world to the Paris Islamist attacks. They really weren’t ready for all of the controversy the plan stirred up and the literally thousands of negative comments and responses to it on the…
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    Trevin Wax

  • Interacting with Joshua Ryan Butler’s “Skeletons in God’s Closet”

    Trevin Wax
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Yesterday, I summarized The Skeletons in God’s Closet, Joshua Ryan Butler’s book that claims the doctrines Christians are often shy about (hell, judgment, and holy war) are truths we should instead be proud of. Rightly understood, these truths point not to a capricious and hateful deity but to a God who is good, and whose judgment reflects His holiness, mercy, and good intentions for creation. The strengths of Butler’s work are many. Butler combines profound theological reflection with accessible and memorable explanation. Throughout the book, he incorporates biblical…
  • Worth a Look 1.28.15

    Trevin Wax
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: LEFT: The Struggle To Make Sense Of Life When A Parent Leaves by Jonathan Edwards. $0.99. LEFT takes you where no one wants to go but where so many need to see: the state of a child’s confused mind and broken heart in the messy wake of parental abandonment. The story of Hosea’s pursuit of Gomer never ceases to amaze me. Brandon Smith offers this reflection – We Are Gomer: The story of Hosea and Gomer reminds us that God loves us not because of our faithfulness, but because of his. Christ saves, and continues to intercede for, the bride who covets…
  • The Surprising Good News of Hell, Judgment, and Holy War

    Trevin Wax
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    In Western society, if you talk to an unbeliever about a judgmental God who consigns people to a place called hell, you’ll likely encounter a raised eyebrow and a dismissive wave of the hand. Give us a god who approves of our way of life, who reserves punishment for only the worst of offenders, or who tolerates and forgives everyone! The problem for Christians is that the Bible doesn’t comply with this image of God. The Old Testament describes God commanding His people to destroy nations and occupy their land. The New Testament ends with God’s fiery wrath…
  • Worth a Look 1.27.15

    Trevin Wax
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Living God’s Word: Discovering Our Place in the Great Story of Scripture by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. $4.99. Each section deals with a certain portion of Scripture’s story and includes reading/listening preparation, explanation, summary, observations about theological significance, connections to the Great Story, and written assignments for further study. Today through Thursday, Ministry Grid is live-streaming the Discipleship Forum. It features presentations and conversations with Francis Chan, Robert Coleman, Jeff Vandersteldt, K.P.
  • When Your Church is In Trouble: Tell the Truth, Face the Future

    Trevin Wax
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:10 pm
    A couple weeks ago, I wrote a post called “Assessing the State of Your Church and How it Got There.” I looked at a few business and leadership books and then considered some ways their advice might apply to a local church. I concluded with this word of warning: Don’t miss the importance of learning “what time it is” for a church and how it has progressed to this point. If the church culture has stifled honest conversations about the current realities and challenges, people will begin to shield the leader from “grim facts”…
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  • You Think You’re In Trouble?

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

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

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

    Jim
    8 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Strong’s Definition Clears up Confusion! Years ago I became fascinated when something disappeared then magically reappeared. It fooled my eyes and my mind. So, I purchased trick after trick and had fun showing the tricks. As a wedding musician I found “Flower Girls” and “Ring Bearers” were initially cute dancing together at receptions, but after 15 minutes no one paid any attention to them and were just in the way. Out of pity I began entertaining them on my breaks with tricks, then hearing their belly laughs. 3 years ago I decided to start entertaining as a Magician professionally.
  • Baseball & Discipline in the 1950s

    Jim
    28 Nov 2013 | 3:55 am
    Methods & Freedom of Kid Discipline!   In an earlier article I mentioned the movies “The Sandlot” and “A Christmas Story” reminded me of the 50s. Discipline for children was unrestrained in the 1950s and very effective and memorable. It was fear that kept us from making intentional mistakes. One method used to cleanse me of a dirty word was washing my mouth out with soap. (I especially disliked the taste of Lifebuoy soap. Yeech!) Mom used a 3”-long hat pin for discipline. When she wanted me to change my attitude/actions, she simply said, “Where’s my hatpin?” Man, did…
 
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  • The Pursuit of God – Revisited

    Jean Wise
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    I met an old friend this past weekend – the book, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. I revisited its highlighted, dogged-eared pages and relished its wisdom. What a wonderful feast for my soul to dig into this volume once again. Isn’t it great to have these treasures on our shelves? This book reminded me to desire God above all things in my life. That deep hunger and emptiness within me is God’s fingerprint luring me back to him as the source of all life. All of us – our deepest compelling question – is to know God. Just rereading the chapters of this book woke me up – Following…
  • Immediately– Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.
  • Being Open to God

    Jean Wise
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I was on retreat last year when I shared with the spiritual director my ongoing frustration of the divide between my head and my heart. I think too much. I deeply want to trust. I step out into life before seeking God first. I think I run the world, not the One who really does. Off with her head – I wanted to scream! My director calmly asked what image comes to mind when I ponder my head and heart. Immediately I knew – an hour glass. Open on top and bottom but constricted in the middle. She suggested I pray for a new image and see where God leads me. Odd prayer, isn’t it? Dear Lord, how…
  • Never Ever Be the Same – Guest Post – Kathy Collard Miller

    Jean Wise
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    Ever think back about who helped you when you were first learning something new? Who made you feel welcomed in a new area? Who gave you confidence to keep trying? Who left you never ever the same? I met Kathy Collard Miller at a CLASS workshop eons ago when I was just trying to figure out if this inkling to write and speak might be a direction God was calling me. Kathy was my small group leader who led us, modeled for us, encouraged us and gave us the tools and hope to take the risk. I am a writer and speaker today because of her and am honored to host her here today as a guest blogger. Kathy…
  • Come and See – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”  Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. John 1: 43-46 Come and See Lord, forgive my unmoving and unseeing heart. Your invitation still stands to come and see. Come and See. Come – turn away from…
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  • Traces

    Chris
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:31 pm
    For the last ten years, the rover Opportunity has been exploring the surface of Mars, or at least a few miles of it. It has sent back thousands of images like the one above. The rover leaves tracks as it travels. It’s a stunning thought, really, that on another planet there is a human made object leaving traces of itself behind.
  • Our Greatest Gift

    Chris
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Here are a few quotes from Henri Nouwen’s excellent book Our Greatest Gift: A Meditation on Dying and Caring. The inner life is always a life for others. Once we have come to the deep inner knowledge–a knowledge of the heart more than the mind–that we are born into love and will die into love, that every part of our being is deeply rooted in love and that this love is our true Father and Mother, then all forms of evil, illness, and death lose their final power over us and become painful but hopeful reminders of our true divine childhood. We all die poor. When we come to our…
  • Sermon on Joy

    Chris
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    What brings you joy? What makes you joyful? Sunlight brings us joy, especially in January. Playing with a child or grandchild can bring joy. When your team wins the big game, it brings you joy. “What brings me joy?” is a good question to ask. Ask it of your soul, and wait quietly for an answer. Hold this thought while we look at the story of Zacchaeus. Jesus went on into Jericho and was passing through. There was a chief tax collector there named Zacchaeus, who was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but he was a little man and could not see Jesus because of the crowd. So he…
  • Swimming Mnemonic

    Chris
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    I’ve been swimming a lot lately. With winter weather and icy sidewalks, exercise outdoors is harder. Today I swam 1500 yards. I keep track of laps in sets of ten, using a mnemonic. It’s easier to remember a picture rather than a number as you swim. Lap One: sun Two: shoe Three: tree Four: door Five: beehive Six: sticks Seven: starry heaven Eight: gate Nine: wine bottle Ten: hen For the most part, my memory system works for counting laps. Sometimes, though, I simply swim and let my mind wander.
  • Exile and Homecoming

    Chris
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Here is a lovely essay on exile and homecoming. First, exile: When we make our home in exile, we don’t pretend it isn’t exile. We love our enemies, but we recognize that they are enemies. They might become our friends, but they might forever be our enemies, but we love them nonetheless, which means we pray and work for God’s best for them. We still yearn for and seek our better and true home. When we live by mercy in conditions of brokenness, we don’t minimize the brokenness, but we do make the most of the possibilities for restoration. We seek peace, but we seek it because we know we…
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  • Tapping Into God’s Divine Favor

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    This new year is special for me because it’s the first time that it’s not just about what I’m walking into in this new year, but it is also about what lies ahead in my role as a pastor as I lead my church and also to know what God has in store for my generation in 2015. You can do one of two things: Read this post like any other or receive this as a Word of God into your life. How you receive it is how it will explode. When you celebrate what God is speaking to you, it will explode. [tweet this] Can I share it how I feel it? The Lord loves you. And the Lord is speaking to…
  • Persecutions Continue in Iraq, Kenya, Sudan; Thousands Celebrate Dr. Myles Munroe Life; Muslims Protect Christians

    Blessen Varghese
    7 Jan 2015 | 10:20 am
    Editorial: Let me start by wishing all the readers of News Digest a blessed and Christ-filled 2015! May this year be a year where you move on to the next level of your relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Yes, times are not the easiest, but as I’ve mentioned in the past, it is often during the persecutions that the children of God have grown in their spiritual stature, complimented with a growth in the church of God! As my friend Ligin Abraham quoted recently, Exodus 1:8-12 tells us that more the oppression on God’s chosen ones, the more their multiplication! I believe…
  • Become Stronger Than Samson and Richer Than Solomon in 2015

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    5 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    If God were to tell you that He will give you anything you ask, what would be that one thing you’d ask? Some of you may be thinking- wisdom. But look at Solomon – He got wisdom, but sadly his ending wasn’t great. What’s the point of knowing what to do and when to do it and not being able to do it? Solomon used that wisdom to make a lot of money and build a great kingdom but not without disappointing God. How about strength? You don’t need me to tell you about the great strength of Samson – only to be so proud of it that he lost his eyes, and in the end his life itself.
  • Requesting Your Urgent Prayers – Shyju

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    I write this post to you with urgency to raise prayer support for the four city revival meetings planned in India. God is sending me back to my country after two long years. And it is my honour to be able to serve my people once again. Starting with Bangalore, Chennai, Mumbai and Delhi, we have planned a one evening conference in each of these cities. By the grace of God, our partners and friends have been the biggest support and reason of blessings for all our ministry endeavours. Thank you for all that you do in the name of our Lord. Can I ask you to do the following for these meetings: 1.
  • Attacks in India, Pakistan; Myles Munroe’s Tragic Death; Darlene Zschech Healed; Billy Graham Turns 96; Bible is the Most Influential Book

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

    nathan.creitz@gmail.com (Nathan Creitz)
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:10 pm
    You may not know Kenneth Byrum. Kenneth Byrum was an ordained United Methodist minister and missionary for nearly 60 years. He served in Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Texas. As a skilled brick mason, he did major renovations and new building projects at almost every appointment where he served. He was survived by his wife, Lois, 4 married daughters and 4 sons-in-law, 8 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. I am grandchild number three and on January 8th, I had the privilege of preaching at my Grandpa’s memorial service. In this post, I want to share two…
  • What Are Your Disciple Making Goals for 2015?

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

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

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

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

  • Fruit of the Spirit Challenge: What’s Next?

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

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

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

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

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

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    New lyric video for Danny Gokey, "More Than You Think I Am."Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • FOX Releases New Teaser Trailer for 'Fantastic Four'

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    Today, 20th Century FOX has released a new teaser trailer for the upcoming re-boot of Marvel's Fantastic Four which hits theaters this summer. The new film is directed by Josh Trank, who's only claim... Read more!
  • Michael Jackson Gets Burned During Pepsi Commercial

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    January 27, 1984It happened on this day in 1984 that singer Michael Jackson, was rushed to the hospital due to an accident on the set of television commercial for Pepsi-Cola for which he had signed a... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Lie Witness News - Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jeffrey Totey
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    While you were sleeping last Monday night, Jimmy Kimmel shared this incredible insight that many people on the street are either unaware of who Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was or at least that he is... Read more!
  • Battaglia Pens ‘The Politically Incorrect Jesus’

    Jeffrey Totey
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Broadstreet Publishing“Jesus was hardly opened-minded about the truth,” says Joe Battaglia, author of The Politically Incorrect Jesus.” “He calls believers to be salt and light—not chameleons.” This... Read more!
 
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  • 3 Keys to Understanding Romans 9

    Jeremy Myers
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Romans 9 has been a battleground text for centuries. Calvinists and Arminians have hotly debated this passage since the days of the Reformation. Since I am neither a Calvinist nor an Arminian, I want to offer my perspective on Romans 9 over the course of the next few posts so that people who are trying to understand what Paul is saying in Romans 9 about election, Esau, Pharaoh, and the potter and the clay. Note that all of these posts are drawn from the longer explanation in my book The Re-Justification of God. When it comes to understanding Romans 9, there are three keys which I have found…
  • Why There Will be No Sports in Heaven

    Jeremy Myers
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Someone once told me there would be infinite downhill skiing in heaven, where you never get to the bottom of the hill. Sounds cool! Based on just the title of this post, I can hear lots of people cheering and lots of other people rethinking whether or not they want to go to heaven. No sports in heaven? For some that is truly heaven, while for others it sounds like hell. ⇦ Tweet that! Whichever feeling wells up within you, bear with me… Someone once told me that since there wasn’t any mention of sports in the Bible, this means that there will be no sports in heaven. I think that…
  • The Greatest PROOF of Christian Truth I have EVER read!

    Jeremy Myers
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 am
    I was reading the book reviews of a certain Christian book on Amazon yesterday, and stumbled upon the most astounding argument for the truth of Christianity I have ever read. One reviewer of this book (which will go unnamed) left a fairly negative and critical review. As you may know, Amazon allows you to comment on other people’s reviews. So a Christian who was a fan of this book (and the author) commented that this was the stupidest review they had ever read… Another Christian weighed in and said that the commenter was stupid as well for just using cut-and-paste attacks upon…
  • The Re-Justification of God (Romans 9)

    Jeremy Myers
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    I have just published a book called The Re-Justification of God. Here’s the cover: It is probably the ugliest book cover I have ever designed, but if you compare it with the cover from John Piper’s book on the right, you’ll see why I created the cover as I did. Why did I write The Re-Justification of God? Ever since I read John Piper’s The Justification of God about twenty years ago, I have wanted to write a book in response called The Re-Justification of God. Why? I believe that Piper’s book does more to malign the name of God and His character than uplift…
  • What REALLY controls and guides Christians: Fear and Guilt

    Jeremy Myers
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Christians like to claim that we are guided by Scripture and controlled by the Holy Spirit. But I was recently talking to my insanely wise and beautiful wife, Wendy, and she pointed out that the two things which seem to guide and control Christians are actually fear and guilt. We are guided by fear and controlled by guilt. My wife used the example of a typical church-missionary relationship. When raising support, some missionaries use guilt to get others to support them. They shows pictures of starving children, or tell stories about how people without the gospel are headed for hell. But…
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  • The Pursuit of God – Revisited

    Jean Wise
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:40 am
    I met an old friend this past weekend – the book, The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer. I revisited its highlighted, dogged-eared pages and relished its wisdom. What a wonderful feast for my soul to dig into this volume once again. Isn’t it great to have these treasures on our shelves? This book reminded me to desire God above all things in my life. That deep hunger and emptiness within me is God’s fingerprint luring me back to him as the source of all life. All of us – our deepest compelling question – is to know God. Just rereading the chapters of this book woke me up – Following…
  • Immediately– Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:43 am
    Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news.” As Jesus passed along the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the sea—for they were fishermen. And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fish for people.” And immediately they left their nets and followed him. As he went a little farther, he saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending the nets.
  • Being Open to God

    Jean Wise
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I was on retreat last year when I shared with the spiritual director my ongoing frustration of the divide between my head and my heart. I think too much. I deeply want to trust. I step out into life before seeking God first. I think I run the world, not the One who really does. Off with her head – I wanted to scream! My director calmly asked what image comes to mind when I ponder my head and heart. Immediately I knew – an hour glass. Open on top and bottom but constricted in the middle. She suggested I pray for a new image and see where God leads me. Odd prayer, isn’t it? Dear Lord, how…
  • Never Ever Be the Same – Guest Post – Kathy Collard Miller

    Jean Wise
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    Ever think back about who helped you when you were first learning something new? Who made you feel welcomed in a new area? Who gave you confidence to keep trying? Who left you never ever the same? I met Kathy Collard Miller at a CLASS workshop eons ago when I was just trying to figure out if this inkling to write and speak might be a direction God was calling me. Kathy was my small group leader who led us, modeled for us, encouraged us and gave us the tools and hope to take the risk. I am a writer and speaker today because of her and am honored to host her here today as a guest blogger. Kathy…
  • Come and See – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:13 am
    The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”  Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.”  “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip. John 1: 43-46 Come and See Lord, forgive my unmoving and unseeing heart. Your invitation still stands to come and see. Come and See. Come – turn away from…
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  • A Christian Response to ‘Let It Go’ – Finally

    Kevin Shorter
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:11 am
    After over a year of Letting It Go, has Christianity finally found a musical response? ‘Let It Go’ and the new ‘In Over My Head’ are worthy of comparison. Both songs show hesitation about what to do next. Both made a choice. Both will pull on your heart. But only one is the response God wants for you. I will admit. I like Disney’s Frozen. I have two small girls so I get to watch it multiple times without feeling less of man. It’s a great story of love between sisters and how miscommunication and fear threatens to break it apart. Still the main song actually…
  • How Much Should We Love?

    Kevin Shorter
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Do We Really Love Our Enemies? We read the Psalms and see David’s prayers of vindication from his enemies, and we believe we should pray destruction over those we see as our enemies. We call it righteous anger. Outwardly we pretend to be loving, but inwardly we want to see them fail. Does this satisfy Jesus’ command for us to love our enemies? I’ve heard people brag about how God listened to their prayers to bring down people who opposed them. I’m not saying their prayers were not effective, but I’m not sure that is the example we are to follow. If we are to…
  • The Second is Like Unto It

    Kevin Shorter
    11 Jan 2015 | 3:45 pm
    What Should We Be Doing? Christianity can too easy become a list of rules. Read the Bible everyday. Pray through your prayer list. Go to church. Join a small group. Share Jesus with others. Convict others of sin. Have a fish on your car. Leave a gospel tract for a tip at restaurants. Tell people what you don’t do and what you are against. Sing your Christian songs out loud for all to hear. It all can become quite exhausting. Obviously I’m having fun with that list. Not everything was a good suggestion, just as not everything was bad. However the point is a list of rules will get…
  • Become a Target for the Holy Spirit

    Kevin Shorter
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Would you like more of the Holy Spirit in your life? Good news. We can have as much of the Holy Spirit as we want. God wants to fill us up with the fullness of Christ (Ephesians 3:19). In Christ was all the fullness of the God in bodily form (Colossians 2:9). Infinite fullness is God’s heart for you. The role of the Holy Spirit is to let us know what we have in Christ and to empower us live it out (John 14:26). He loves to glorify Jesus (John 16:14). Therefore He is more evident in those lives who are living to glorify Jesus. Now let’s get more practical and helpful. How do we…
  • New Year’s Resolution for All Christians

    Kevin Shorter
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:06 pm
    Let Us Be Known for Our Love Last week I wrote about how we as Christians can embrace Santa Claus. The impetus of the post was the desire for us Christians to be known more for the things we embrace instead of those things we are against. Jesus was able to walk this earth as a friend to sinners dining with prostitutes and tax collectors. As we follow Jesus, I believe we can find a way to live that non-Christians would want to hang out with us, too. Let us be known for our love as God is known for His. God so loved the world! He made it because of love. He sent His Son because of love. He…
 
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  • Six-time Grammy-winning Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir releases 29th recording

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Kathy
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Ryan, Pastor Trent and I recently returned from our journey to Zambia where we had the opportunity to visit many of the local churches we partner with in Ndola, Kitwe and Mufulira. What an inspiration to see God’s hand at work throughout these communities as a result of the faithful labor, trust, prayer and sacrifice of pastors and their congregations. It was so exciting not only to see each church’s ministry to orphans, widows and vulnerable children in their respective communities, but to witness that this is only one part of a larger story of how many of these churches are transforming…
  • Faithfulness only requires the next step…

    Ryan
    10 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    Earlier this week, I wrote that an extraordinary journey begins with step 1. This week, I have been experiencing this reality: faithfulness only requires the next step. They may sound the same, but the first is about starting. Today’s is about the next step – no matter what. So often we cannot see past what is in front of us, no matter how hard we yearn for the clarity. Mother Theresa once told a man she would not pray for clarity for him, as he requested, for “I have never had clarity. What I have had is trust.” Sometimes the most difficult thing is to simply trust…
  • An extraordinary journey begins with step 1

    Ryan
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:54 pm
    We are done with step 1 – we’ve safely arrived in Zambia and had a good meeting with our seminary partner here, as well as a walk to a new stadium built nearby. Pray on. All in bed now and resting after being awake for most of the past 36 hours. None of us slept a lot, but all of us are excited. —– From the plane: Over the past 10 years, I have traveled to Africa about 30 times. Back then, I could never have imagined THIS would be my life. Know that it surprises me every time somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean that THIS is my life. To me, sitting on an airplane for…
  • Off to Africa – Follow Along – #FVAfrica

    Ryan
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    http://www.forgottenvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Follow-the-Journey-to-Africa.mp4 Every time I walk into a home to sit bedside next to a dying woman or man, it is a sacred honor to invest love into someone’s final breaths. They are anxiously asking with their eyes about what will happen to their children. Your gifts to us give our ministry courage to commit funding to local churches there 24/7 with children orphaned by AIDS. To stare into the eyes of a child who has lost their parents can be a choice to see life or death. Through Forgotten Voices, our team is able to be…
  • Help us finish well – Give by Dec 31

    Ryan
    30 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    http://www.forgottenvoices.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Year-End-Investment.mp4 Help us finish the year well. Your gifts matter – every dollar counts. Did you know it costs us about $1/day to care for a child through their local church? ! In January 2014 we had 17 partners in Africa. This year, you’ve helped us start 13 more bringing us to 30. Thank you! There is still more work to do. We typically raise 10% of our annual budget these last few days. Every gift is important for us to do work all year long. All new recurring gifts matched through 2015. There are 3 ways can give…
 
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  • This is the Year!

    Justin
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:06 am
    Last Sunday I woke up really early in the morning and the Lord began speaking to me. He said to make a declaration of Psalm 118:24 over the whole year of 2015. This is the day the LORD has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it. (‭Psalms‬ ‭118‬:‭24‬ NKJV) I often declare this […]
  • Ruins Come to Life

    Justin
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    “Desire is insatiable as death, but He who filleth all in all can fill it.” -Charles Spurgeon There is a special attribute to the Kingdom of God that I fear many Christians forget or are just unaware of. When seeking first the Kingdom we often get wrapped up in external activities but: “The kingdom of […]
  • The Best Benefits Package

    Justin
    3 Jan 2015 | 6:56 am
    It’s not always easy following the Lord, but it’s always worth it. We are all called to full-time ministry no matter what your vocation may be. We are called to love like Jesus did and to be His hands and feet. Sometimes this means doing the exact opposite of what society seems to be doing […]
  • Good News!

    Justin
    31 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    I’ve got some great news to start off the new year: Jesus tore the veil of separation!! Hallelujah! Mighty is the Lord! Happy New Year
  • Identity Restoration (A prophetic word for 2015)

    Justin
    29 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    2015 will be a great and powerful year of the LORD!  The Lord has shown me that in the year to come I am to prophesy back: Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying “Thus far the LORD has helped us.” -1 Samuel […]
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  • Blue Upon Blue: Finding Our Way in a Complex World

    Judith Deem Dupree
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    The day is brilliant―a wash of purity across the often-muddy sky, an opulent blue so intense it defies the concept of endless space. Surely it is a fascia that cups and covers the earth and floods our dowdy souls with its unnameable azure-cerulean-cobalt In this moment’s proclaiming, even the word “blue” defies definition. It begs language we do not have for color we do not see with eyes alone. Once in a while, by our earth-heavy standards, we can see beyond vision. One blink, and suddenly our corneas are washed in that same purity, and world and sky and space shunt aside…
  • 5 Literary Magazines for 2015

    Kristin George Bagdanov
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    If you’ve resolved to read more, be better, or explore something new this year, then you’re in luck. Just like last year, I have another clutch of literary journals to recommend for your reading pleasure (other than Ruminate, of course). If you missed last year’s post, you can check that out here and add those journals to this year’s list. In no particular order: Fugue  First of all, what’s not to love about this name? The musical (think: Bach) and psychiatric definitions (“a fugue state”) of this word offer a window into the deep, exploratory, and sonically invigorating…
  • Her Kind

    Angela Doll Carlson
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:24 pm
    I harbor a secret addiction to shows like Hoarders. I admit I watch these shows to help me feel better about my own housekeeping, my own neuroses, my own particular brand of weird. It’s not a pretty admission, but it’s true. While driving recently, I caught part of an NPR show about the life of Anne Sexton, whose poetry has always moved me. When I heard the words of her poem, “Her kind” ringing through the speakers I stopped to listen, taking in the pace of the words and the scheme of the rhyme. When she spoke about being the possessed witch, “twelve fingered, out of mind” I…
  • Welcoming Strangers: A Manifestation of Hope

    Stefani Rossi
    13 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    One yes is a thousand renunciations. It’s been over a decade since I read the book[1] from which I recall this idea: that saying yes to anything, really saying yes, requires saying no to a host of other options and opportunities. It’s now 2015. Which feels strange. I am still unaccustomed to writing the proper date on checks; I still feel surprised when I see my calendar no longer presents a familiar date. It’s a new year, a cycle of time containing events yet unknown, experiences yet unlived, and places yet to be explored. New Year’s always seem to promise a veritable deluge of…
  • A Butterfly: Did You Make a Wish?

    Nicole Rollender
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:30 am
    Before Mass on the third rose-colored Sunday of Advent, I decided to have a mini heart-to-heart with our laid-back priest who left a computer-programming job at 37 to enter the seminary. “Father, I have a problem,” I said. “I’m always tired. I feel like I’m not doing enough, but I can’t stop doing. I feel like I’m failing.” And then, I proceeded to regale the poor man with all the things I had to do: work wise, home wise, mothering wise, spouse wise, and so forth. “Do other people feel this way, or is it just me?” “I have a question for you,” he said. “Do you ever…
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  • Jet Pilot’s Adrenaline Fueled Lifestyle Produces ‘Prayer at Full Throttle’ — Author Tells Americans to ‘Go for it’

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    Robert Bakke’s new book now 25-straight weeks Amazon Best Seller Robert Bakke’s new book now 25-straight weeks Amazon Best Seller GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn., Jan. 27, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — According to Robert Bakke, “Living with less is NOT the new normal in America and people need to start pushing back.” Bakke is a jet captain, a black belt, a NASCAR driver and author of Amazon’s best-selling book, “Prayer at Full Throttle” which may have set a self-publishing world record by achieving “global” television publicity a mere 4.5…
  • A Murderer and a Minister are ‘Set Free’ in Moving Works’ Latest Documentary

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:57 pm
    AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Christopher LaPel was a young man when he escaped the clutches of the Khmer Rouge regime in the late 1970’s. Nearly wasting away in a labor camp, LePel fled for his life and eventually found refuge in the United States. Upon receiving his freedom, LaPel knew that one day that he’d return to Cambodia to minister to those left behind. What he could not anticipate was crossing paths with one of the most feared men in the country’s dark history when he did. Moving Works’ latest documentary, The Foremost,…
  • Acclaimed Historian and Filmmaker Dr. Daniel E. Walker Launches National ‘Faith, Hope, and Justice’ Lecture and Film Tour

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    LOS ANGELES, Jan. 20, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ — Amid threats to free speech across the globe and questions about the limits of police action at home, acclaimed scholar and filmmaker Dr. Daniel E. Walker launches the “Faith, Hope, and Justice” lecture and film tour. A Research Associate at the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, Walker is the author of the critically acclaimed book No More, No More: Slavery and Cultural Resistance in Havana and New Orleans and the study Black Church Next: Challenges and Opportunities Facing…
  • Family Research Council’s Tony Perkins to Join Atlanta Rally in Support of Fired Fire Chief

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:49 pm
    January 12, 2015 Nearly 28,000 petitions gathered in support of Chief, Religious Freedom ATLANTA, GA — Tomorrow, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins will join Atlanta area pastors and religious liberty advocates at a rally in support of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran. Cochran was suspended and then fired because of a book he wrote for a men’s Bible study group at his Baptist church. The “Standing for our Faith Rally” is scheduled to take place at the Georgia Capitol Rotunda at 1:30 p.m. FRC has gathered nearly 28,000 petitions over the last…
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes Presents Coach of the Year, Athlete of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Honors.

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    12 Jan 2015 | 1:44 pm
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield, Founder and Editor FaithINspires.Org (Kansas City) This morning at the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA, http://www.fca.org) Breakfast at the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Convention in Louisville, Ky., FCA honored Clemson University Head Coach Dabo Swinney as the recipient of the 2014 Grant Teaff Coach of the Year Award and longtime college coach Art Baker with the 2014 Grant Teaff Lifetime Achievement Award.  Just a day earler at the College Championship Breakfast FCA presented the 2014 Seminole Tribe of Florida Bobby Bowden Student…
 
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  • Fingerprints of Creation - Dr Robert Gentry

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

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

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

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

    Samuel Kadyakale
    16 Oct 2011 | 10:00 am
    In the following video US senate chaplain Barry C Black preaches on the title How Then Shall We Live. He preached this sermon at a camp meeting in Bermuda.
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  • Fight Fear with God’s Promises (“Whom Shall I Fear?” worship video)

    Steve Fuller
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Fighting Fear Throughout God’s word we see that fear is overcome by faith  (Psalm 56:3; Isaiah 12:2; Matthew 8:26). And faith means trusting all that God promises to be to us in Christ (Romans 4:20-21; 2 Corinthians 1:20). And when we put those two truths together, we see that fear is overcome by trusting God’s promises. God’s Promises So the next time you are afraid, turn to Christ just as you are, confess your fear and unbelief, and be assured of his forgiveness through the Cross. Then find promises in God’s word that target your fear.  How do you learn God’s…
  • Helping a Friend Battle Fear

    Steve Fuller
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Battling Fear Saturday morning a friend told me about a fear he was battling. He needed to hire an administrative assistant for his business, but it was taking a long time, and any delay could cause major problems. He told me that in the past, when fears came up, he had been able to battle through and trust God.  But not this time. This time he was dealing with a fear he couldn’t shake. How to Help? So how could I help?  I could – sympathize with him tell him I would pray for him encourage him that he would surely find someone soon brainstorm ways to speed up the hiring process tell…
  • Battling Fear about Test Results

    Steve Fuller
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Overwhelming Fear A while back I had some routine medical tests which had always come back with encouraging news. But this time, for some reason, I was concerned. Then, as days went by without hearing from the doctor, my concern became fear. I wondered if it was taking longer because the results were so bad that they needed to run the tests again.  Or that they couldn’t make up their minds about who should call and break the bad news to me. And as more days went by, my fear became overwhelming.  It was so powerful and preoccupying that it felt demonic.  Really. What to Do? Many…
  • Top 10 Posts of 2014

    Steve Fuller
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Today is the last day of the year, so I thought I would list the 10 blog posts written in 2014 that were most popular with readers. My prayer is that these posts will strengthen your faith and fill you with joy, peace, love, and zeal for the glory of Christ. So here are the top 10 posts, in order of popularity –   Delight Yourself in the Lord and He Will Give You the Desires of Your Heart (1791 readers) God promises that if we delight in him, he will give us the desires of our heart. Here’s how –   What to Do When You Desire Something More Than God (1390 readers) We know…
  • Worship at the Manger (“O, Holy Night”)

    Steve Fuller
    24 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Worship at the Manger Imagine being one of the shepherds kneeling at the manger. You had just been out in the hills, watching over your flock.  But then an angel, shining with glory, appeared. He said he had good news of a great joy that would be for all people.  And then he explained why – For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11) Three Crucial Truths Notice the three words the angel uses to describe this baby — Savior – Because of his death and resurrection, by trusting him we can be forgiven for all our sins and brought…
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  • I see.

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

    Rey Lo
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:50 am
    “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” – Albert Einstein Sometimes I judge someone else by their ability to be like me and that’s just wrong. It’s not that I cannot see people in a certain […]
  • Guest Post: Are we done?

    Rey Lo
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    In recent weeks a lot of digital ink has been spent discussing an emerging demographic in Christianity.  A growing number of believers are walking away from their local churches. But these are not people only nominally involved with their local church. These aren’t “pew warmers”. They aren’t people abandoning their faith. They are the people who are often the most involved attendees and […]
  • Why being the smartest person in the room doesn’t matter

    Rey Lo
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:09 pm
    We’ve heard it before. Perception is everything. It’s true in politics, news reporting, relationships, religion…there is nothing observable that is not tainted by how we perceive it. This was never more apparent to me than in the time surrounding last year’s debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham. Individual biases from both sides, media commentary, social […]
  • It’s time

    Rey Lo
    2 Jan 2015 | 7:48 pm
    It’s time. Time to hit the reset button and go back to what I know. Time to share my thoughts unhindered by measured words. Time to ask tough questions. Time to give straight answers. Time to be me. There was a time when all of those things were true. I spoke my mind and was […]
 
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  • Mark 1:9-13 The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus

    Daniel
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    Jesus comes to John for baptism (1:9) The descent of the Holy Spirit (1:10) The approval of the Father (1:11) The Spirit send Jesus to the wilderness (1:12) Jesus is tempted (1:13) Exegesis Jesus approached John during the pinnacle of John’s ministry, as John had fulfilled his prophetic duty in preparing the way for Jesus.…Read more Mark 1:9-13 The Baptism and Temptation of Jesus
  • Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist

    Daniel
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    Introduction to the Gospel about Jesus Christ (1:1) The prophecy concerning John the Baptist (1:2-3) John’s preaching and ministry (1:4-5) John’s clothing (1:6) John’s preaching about the Messiah (1:7-8) Exegesis The Gospel’s introductory verse asserts that Jesus Christ is the Messiah and the Son of God. Mark begins his gospel not with the ministry of…Read more Mark 1:1-8 John the Baptist
  • Background on the Gospel of Mark

    Daniel
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The Gospel of Mark is attributed to Mark, also known as John Mark. We say attributed because the all of the gospels were written anonymously– the authors did not identify themselves; at least not explicitly.  Mark was always believed to be the author of this Gospel, and there are few, if any challenges to this…Read more Background on the Gospel of Mark
  • 2 Timothy 1:1-5: Introduction

    Daniel
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:08 am
    Paul began his letter with an introduction, in which he  identified himself as an apostle.  Timothy knew Paul was an apostle, but Paul included this to emphasize that above all, this was who he was. Though he was imprisoned and faced execution, Paul was still carried the message of the Gospel that was entrusted to him…Read more 2 Timothy 1:1-5: Introduction
  • The Background Of 2nd Timothy

    Daniel
    30 May 2014 | 9:57 am
    In 64 A.D., Nero, a violent persecutor of Christians was emperor, and the Apostle Paul was now an old man, imprisoned in Rome and facing imminent death for his preaching of the Gospel.  Well aware of his impending death, and largely abandoned and isolated, Paul reached out his long time companion and beloved spiritual son,…Read more The Background Of 2nd Timothy
 
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  • I Learn To See What God Sees

    John Luke
    2 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
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    1 Jan 2015 | 9:07 am
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  • The Truth About Blogging

    John Luke
    1 Jan 2015 | 4:03 am
    It is easy to hear that people make money from blogging and then you think you can just jump in and you will start making money too. Fact: you can make money blogging and even a living. When you just start a blog, you will be introduced to something called blogtraffic, internet traffic, site traffic, website traffic, web traffic. Onlike the one we all normal hate, car traffic, road traffic, internet traffic is what you will need when it comes to blogging. I am not going to start teaching you here about how to blog and how to get blogtraffic. I want to encourage you and tell you some of the…
  • Saturday Prophetic Service Prophecies

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    31 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
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    31 Dec 2014 | 7:10 am
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  • Playing to Specific People in the Crowd

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sweet Snuggles

    Tori Shaw
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:36 pm
    Tonight, after all my boys took a bath and got ready for bed, they asked if they could lay in my bed and watch an episode of "Puss In Boots." I couldn't resist the chance to snuggle with my fellas... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Photographs and Memories!

    Tori Shaw
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:45 pm
    My dad came over tonight for dinner and to make some pictures of our cutie pies. If you've never tried to take photographs of 3 little boys, let me go ahead and tell you how chaotic is! I would... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • No Bus for Us!

    Tori Shaw
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:19 pm
    This evening, as we were sitting at the dining room table eating dinner, I noticed a school bus drive through our neighborhood. This bus drives through at the same time every night, which is usually... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Sunday Afternoon Matinee

    Tori Shaw
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:52 pm
    After church today Bryan and I took our three little munchkins to a Sunday Afternoon Matinee. This was a real treat for us because we never go to the movie theater, its just too expensive. We've been... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • This is NOT our Home!

    Tori Shaw
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Today's just been "one of those days!" My back hurts, my head hurts, my feelings are hurt, I'm having a "fat" day, (you know what I'm talking about!) I'm worried about a million things, and I have... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
 
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    Latest content from FaithVillage

  • Try WordLens Translation App for Mission Trips

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    by Bill Reichart with Ministry Best Practices If you are in ministry, you perhaps travel - perhaps on mission trips and other ministry endeavors. I do travel a lot, and one of the apps that I have grown to love, appreciate and depend upon is WordLens. WordLens allows you to translate the written word through the use of your camera, in real time without an internet connection, and it's free! Listen to Lifehacker describe it: WordLens is the brainchild of the folks at Quest Visual, recently acquired by Google, so expect to see some of its features rolled into Google Translate any time now.
  • 10 Leadership Tips from the Millennial Generation

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    by John Weirick with Newspring Church for Catalyst As a generation known for a lack of long-term commitments, millenials are poor poster children for proven work and leadership. However, the tide is turning in churches and culture, with more young adults stepping into the forefront of businesses, arts, ministries, and more. Those of us identified as Millennials, between the ages of 20 and 35, should just admit the stereotypes are true for good reason. We like doing what we want, avoiding responsibility and hard work, and saving money by living with our parents long after we attain a college…
  • What Makes It A 'Christian' Film?

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    by Dave Schroeder with DavidSchroeder.com Recently, I watched the movie Calvary (2014), which was one of the most powerful representations of the gospel I’ve ever seen on film. I don’t want to ruin the movie but go see it but see it with caution. Often truth in a movie like Calvary can hit us like a two by four. It is also R-rated and deals with some of the most serious issues in life. Like I would do with any good film, I shared my enthusiasm with a few people and the first question was typically, “Well, is it a Christian film?” I knew this question was coming and I…
  • Differentiating Mourning from Wallowing in Depression-Anxiety

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    by Brad Hambrick with BradHambrick.com There are many things that unhealthy wallowing and healthy mourning have in common. It can be easier to confuse one from the other than many people think. The person who thinks he is “working through” his pain may be wallowing in self-pity. Those who try to rouse their friend out of self-pity may be rushing them through legitimate mourning. Unfortunately, there is no emotional litmus test to verify the difference in these two experiences. However, we can (a) clarify what wallowing and mourning share in common, so we are less prone to assume…
  • The 3 Sites I Use to Find Music for Videos

    28 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    by Brady Shearer with Pro Church Tools Star Wars. The Lord of the Rings. Home Alone. And most recently, Guardians of the Galaxy. Each of these films are outstanding. I wasn’t even born when Home Alone premiered, but 24 years later, it still holds up. And while Macaulay Culkin’s penchant for mischief and Joe Pesci’s inability to curse are two of the more enjoyable elements of Home Alone, the soundtrack is what truly holds the film together. From beginning to end, the soundtrack of Home Alone — and the soundtrack of each the aforementioned films — provide the…
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    Global Church

  • Encouragement for Those Serving in Hard Places

    Craig
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    “Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” Robert Louis Stevenson. Pastor, writer and well-known theologian, Warren Wiersbe, shared this quote in a recent interview with staff at David C Cook. Wiersbe is the man behind the bulk of written material the ministry uses to equip leaders in the global Church. And he feels strongly about standing alongside men in women serving in places where persecution and hardship are common. These individuals include those living in rural Punjab, an area in South Asia that covers eastern Pakistan and northern…
  • Courage for Uncertain Times

    Craig
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:56 pm
    These are uncertain times for orphans in India, especially as a new government places restrictions on orphanages run by religious minorities such as Christians. Boys and girls, most who have come out traumatic circumstances, are once again facing a future filled with danger and heartache. When an orphanage is shut down, children are usually sent to state run juvenile detention centers, which are little more than poorly managed, filthy, overcrowded prisons. There is an abundance of joy in the Joy J127 Club and the orphanage it’s housed in. The young man who leads the Club also pastors a…
  • Living Water for Malawi

    Craig
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    “In our churches we believe for someone to be saved, he or she needs to jump on a burning fire without getting burned. Then that person is said to have received Jesus.” This is a piece of a Malawian woman’s Christian testimony. The woman continued, “Thank you very much for the lesson of salvation and repentance. Today I know that I am saved if I accept Him from my heart and believe He came to earth to redeem me from my sins.” This declaration came after the woman read The Story of Jesus, an illustrated evangelistic booklet created to reach children and their families. This woman is…
  • Once Burned, a Young Boy Faces Fire for Jesus

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

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

  • Juice: New-Mexicali

    Pamela Rose Williams
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:48 pm
    This is one of our favorite juices in the house. It is pineapple based and so very refreshing. It is considered to be a yellow juice even though the cilantro and green chili turn it a little green. All ingredients are fresh and raw. Ingredients (for three 16 oz. servings) 1 Pineapple 4 Granny Smith Apples 1 large handful of Cilantro 1 Green Chili 1 Lime   Run all of the ingredients through the juicer in the order above. This juice is great when very cold or even served over ice. It makes for a very lovely dessert juice and it could be a refreshing companion to a light New Mexican lunch…
  • Something to Think About

    Pamela Rose Williams
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    Here is a great verse to think about.  Not only the verse but what it should cause us to do. “To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:19-20) To wit … there is another one of those things that says we need to look back a little bit to understand Paul’s full thoughts in this verse. “To wit”…
  • For KING & COUNTRY: harmonics that tickle the ear

    Pamela Rose Williams
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    By Hollie Rose “The power of music can impact our mood, emotions, our day. But when you merge the strength of music with the heart, hope and passion of the Gospel… it has the ultimate power not only to change someone’s day, but to impact them for eternity. This is why we write music and sing songs – we hope that people will be moved, encouraged and stirred to live a life for Someone greater than themselves.” (wikipedia: Crossrhythms.co.uk. 23 May 2012) For KING & COUNTRY Formerly known on the music scene as Joel & Luke, the Smallbone brothers have been called…
  • Bible Verse Photo: Psalm 96:1

    Pamela Rose Williams
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:46 pm
  • What Can We Do?

    Pamela Rose Williams
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:55 am
    “… he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter … “ “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake” Philippians 1:29 A simple little verse that says so much. We see this at the end of the first chapter of a letter that Paul is writing to the church at Philippi. This was the first church that Paul planted in Europe (Acts 15:36-16:40). This letter is perhaps Paul’s most joyous letter. He is really just documenting his love for this church for all that they had done and continue to do for him…
 
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Does the Church still need Missionaries?

    Miguel
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:17 pm
    With the diversity of ethnicities represented in our own local communities, with the advancement of social technologies, with ‘churches’ springing up virtually everywhere, with the ever rising dangers of a world in conflict, and with the sheer availability of the gospel even in the remotest of places, why does the Church still need missionaries? Isn’tRead More(Visited 61 times, 20 visits today)
  • 24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Keep Doing…

    Miguel
    19 Jan 2015 | 9:54 am
    One June 1st 2014, my blog post titled; ‘24 Things World Christians Wish North American Short-Term Missionaries Would Quit Doing…‘ caused quite the ruckus on the internet and was followed by a barrage of comments on this blog and many others. In fact, of the 800+ articles I’ve written, it remains the most popular ever.Read More(Visited 553 times, 1 visits today)
  • The ‘Duress’ or ‘Dark Version’ of the Gospel?

    Miguel
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:12 pm
    Recently, the Huffington Post Religion section made a big deal about the ‘dark version’ of the gospel that has been preached by the ‘establishment’ for the past 1800 years.  It ‘s a quick read, and you can see that article in its entirety here.  The author also states that “Many Christians confuse the idea ofRead More(Visited 121 times, 1 visits today)
  • Over 1100 People Highlighted This Quote About The Gospel On This Kindle Book!

    Miguel
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:32 pm
    One of the cool things about Kindle books is the ability to highlight, write notes, and share sections of any book on social media.  I was checking out some books on evangelism, and I noticed that this book: “Speaking of Jesus: The Art of Not-Evangelism [Kindle Edition]” had zillions of highlights.  It’s got nearly 500 reviewsRead More(Visited 75 times, 1 visits today)
  • What Mission Leaders Want From Church:

    Miguel
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:31 am
    Not too long ago, in the Cloud Forest Region of Ecuador, we had a round table of sorts with mission leaders from multiple nearby communities to discuss these three questions: 1. What do you want from ‘church?’     2. What do you think people want from ‘church?’   And…   3. What does JesusRead More(Visited 69 times, 1 visits today)
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • What Happened?

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

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

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I am not going to write another blast concerning Christmas as it is a very small issue in the big picture of things. It is a minor atrocity that has evolved from a very major mistake mankind made. For your … Continue reading →
  • Hanukkah and the Sons of Oil

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

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    It seems all of God's Leviticus 23 feasts are being offered at one time to man as a giant last supper so they can be a part of that plan. At the close of this meal a new feast for God's family ... Continue reading →
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    Before The Cross

  • Hell is For Real

    Chris Howard
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    No, I haven’t been there. I don’t want to go there. I don’t even want to focus on it. I’d rather focus on Heaven and how to get there. The gospel is paramount for the Christian and we should focus on it. Sharing the good news should consume our time, treasure and talent. In a world filled with bad news presented at an increased pace, the good news is the one thing we can hold on to that reminds us that through belief in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we become worthy in the sight of God and can live for Him on earth and with Him for an eternity. But the reality is .
  • 10 Ways a Church Leader can Fail

    Mike Mobley
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    Sometimes examples of ways you can fail at something can be more dangerous than helpful because it might encourage a performance based type of system, but the hope is that these ways listed below can help serve as an encouragement on what to be on guard for. Whether you’re a church leader or not, all of these can apply as we follow Jesus and make disciples who make disciples. Church Leaders had this great list that I wanted to share with you below and think it’s very beneficial for us to be on the lookout for. Here are 10 ways to fail as a church leader: 1. Build a great ministry…
  • Just Stop and Think

    Mike Mobley
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Back in 2006, I realized that Jesus Died for Me, my actual…personal…sins were forgiven and I decided to put my trust in Jesus Christ and follow Him for the rest of my life. I realized that Jesus wasn’t just this big God out there or just some guy on a cross, but that He was personal…that was the changing factor for me. At that time, I was attending Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley led by Francis Chan and around that same period, they released this video, “Just Stop and Think” which was incredibly helpful for me and for many others. Over time, it has…
  • Jesus is True and Better

    Mike Mobley
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    If you can’t see this video in your RSS reader or email, then click here. This is a powerful reminder for all of us to consider today that Jesus is Better than anything we can ever imagine or go through in life. Let this be an encouragement to you today that no matter what circumstance you find yourself in today, rest in the fact that you have a relationship with the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who is Better. Here’s the video translated into words for you to read over as well: “Jesus is the true and better Adam who passed the test in the garden and whose obedience is imputed…
  • Switching Channels

    Chris Howard
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:01 pm
    As a parent, my ears perk up a lot more to the message contained within commercials, especially as they target my daughter. We don’t catch every commercial with the DVR and have to hustle to turn the channel or pause it now and then, and that’s just the channel for kids. From that, I’ve seen a few constant messages aimed at little girls: Girls need to get used to the idea of chasing a dream house, beauty and great fashion. There is a magic inside of them. They should become a pop star and get attention. As a little boy, I remember being targeted with: There are over 50 action figures…
 
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    Barbie Swihart

  • I Have A Date // The Weekend Brew

    Barbie
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:07 pm
    The early morning quiet greets me most mornings at 5:00 AM. The darkness is still an inky black and the only light comes from the bedside lamp I turn on to start my day. There is a complete hush of quiet broken only by the throwing back of the comforter and my footsteps padding into the other room. All of these pieces work together to create my favorite time of the day. A time to renew, restore, read and center. You see – I have a date! This one is so important to me that my day is not complete until I have had my daily date with God. I have tried to get by without my early morning…
  • Share // Five Minute Friday

    Barbie
    22 Jan 2015 | 11:01 pm
    // Share// My kids don’t like to share. Even the teens, they hold on for dear life to what they feel entitled to, to what has been told is theirs. My life is much like that these days. I hold on to so many things. I hold them close to my heart, not wanting to share, not knowing how to share, not sure they are worthy of sharing. But in the holding on, I am robbing someone else of a blessing. I tell my kids they will be blessed by sharing their things, their lives, with others. And the words echo in my own heart. In a season of quiet, of loss for words, of tremendous stretching and…
  • A Matter Of The Heart // One Word Check In

    Barbie
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:43 pm
    I knew my word for the year was going to present a challenge. I knew that it would not be easy to allow God to show me what it truly means to live a life of contentment, considering I find myself deep in a valley with no motivation to crawl out. I’ve had to do some hard evaluation over the last couple of weeks, and what I’ve uncovered is a heart filled with discontent. Sure I’ve had my fair share of disappointments over the last few years, but I’ve allowed those disappointments to root deep in my heart, and what is growing there is not life-sustaining. It’s…
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    Interpulpit

  • The Prayer of Faith

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

    Rick
    2 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
      Get 15-minute shots of encouragement through the Interpulpit Radio Blast! Still broadcasting on the Fourteen12 radio network, but now you can listen or download at your convenience. It’s available at the link above or you can subscribe through iTunes.     You Might Also Like: Power From on High Helpless Christianity? The Exceeding Greatness of His Power Immersed in the Spirit of God An Easy Way to Memorize Scripture Fascination with Sorcery? Jewels in James The post Now Podcasting appeared first on Interpulpit.
  • The Church as The Incarnation

    Rick
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
      At Christmas, we celebrate the incarnation. We remember the Word became flesh, when God clothed Himself in the person of a man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus was the perfect representation of God, and the reason for the incarnation was to reveal who God is, and His love for mankind. When you receive Jesus as Lord, you become another incarnation. God Himself comes to dwell in you and His purpose is to reveal Himself to you and through you. Then there is the church. The church is another incarnation, and God has purposes for it that many in the church fail to understand.   …
  • Things to Be Thankful For

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

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

  • Icon drawing of God the Father

    MBA
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:15 am
    This is the basic drawing of another icon that I am working on. It shows God our Almighty Father on His throne. And before anyone starts yelling that such an icon is heretical, such icons are allowed in the Catholic Church. Moreover, neither does the Orthodox Church forbid them, although many think they do. If […]
  • Top 10 posts and pages for 2014

    MBA
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    Here are the top 10 posts and pages for 2014: Envy – Some Characteristics and Presentations Discerning Dreams, Revelations and Visions Discernment Purification, Illumination, Deification On Foreclosure of the Name of the Father – 1 Purification, Illumination, and Deification – 2 – Characteristics What is Deification? The Icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow Lacan’s “Nom […]
  • 2014 in review

    MBA
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:44 am
    The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,700 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many […]
  • On icons – 15

    MBA
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:43 pm
    “In mystical experience, the soul is raised up from the visible realm to where visibility itself vanishes and the field of the invisible opens: such is the Dionysian sundering of the bonds of the visible. And after soaring up into the invisible, the soul descends again into the visible – and then and there, before […]
  • On icons – 14

    MBA
    28 Dec 2014 | 9:35 pm
    “At the crossing of the boundary into the upper world, the soul sheds – like outworn clothes – the images of our everyday emptiness, the psychic effluvia that cannot find a place above, those elements of our being that are not spiritually grounded. At the point of descent and re-entry, on the other hand, the […]
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • On deification – 6

    MBA
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    Deification and theology Theology is theoria – the vision of God (Gregory Palamas). All truly dogmatic work has a basis in mystical experience . . . all mystical work is connected to the realm of dogma, in that it expresses and exposes the content of the experiences of divine things (Lossky, 1967/1974). To end, deification turns […]
  • The Father of simplicity

    MBA
    19 Jan 2015 | 10:10 am
    God our Father is all-knowing and all-powerful; omnipotent, the Almighty. Yet, in His Divine Heart, He is the Father of simplicity. He wants only one thing and one thing alone – your love. Will you love Him? Will you say ‘yes’ to Him?Filed under: God the Father, How is God the Father?, Simplicity, The Desires […]
  • Discernment – Fear vs faith, restlessness vs peace

    MBA
    17 Jan 2015 | 2:08 am
    A brief response to many writings, encounters, and questions about what is of God and what is not of God: There is no need to worry; but if there is anything you need, pray for it, asking God for it with prayer and thanksgiving, and that peace of God which is so much greater than we […]
  • On deification – 5

    MBA
    11 Jan 2015 | 8:23 am
    Deification and Theosis Suddenly the Almighty reveals Himself in boundless humility. The vision floods our entire being and instinctively we bow in adoration…Prayer to this God of love and humility rises from the depths of our being…Brought from nothingness into life, man is drawn by His Creator into the fullness of divine life (Arch. Sophrony, […]
  • On deification – 4

    MBA
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Illumination and Deification He who enjoys illumination is greater and receives more that he who only tastes, for he has within himself the assurance of his visions (Maximus the Confessor, Hom. 7,5-6, PG 34, col.527). The Divine One purifies the man who desires Him: by this purification, He creates men of divine character, conversing as […]
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    ChristiansTT » ChristiansTT

  • Praying – To Know God’s Holy Word and Revelations

    Geevetha Mary Samuel
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:54 pm
    Psalms 119:105 : Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Almighty Father, We thank You for Your word, the Book of Life, which You bestowed upon mankind for a righteous and blessed living. We thank You for making true Your promises, Your word became flesh and walked upon earth to dwell among us. We thank You for we are brought in Grace and Eternal Life in belief in Him, our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ. Read more on Praying – To Know God’s Holy Word and Revelations… Praying – To Know God’s Holy Word and Revelations
  • A Prayer For The Nations

    Melissa Nanan
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:39 pm
    Father, firstly I would like to thank You for always answering our prayers. You never abandon us and You always give us more than we deserve. Thank You for being who You are and thank You for dwelling in us. Read more on A Prayer For The Nations… A Prayer For The Nations
  • Prayer to be Mighty, Mighty we stand for the Lord

    Cheryce
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Mighty, Everlasting Father, we bow down before Your throne of grace and mercy. We bless Your Holy name, as we surrender our praise to You our loving King. You are the roaring Lion, powerful and mighty and none can defy You. Knowing this Lord, we can rest assured that we are fully protected and saved. Read more on Prayer to be Mighty, Mighty we stand for the Lord… Prayer to be Mighty, Mighty we stand for the Lord
  • Hurt People Hurt People

    Ria Lewis
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    It has been said that hurt people hurt people, however, that no longer has to be true. Hurt people need healing to stop perpetuating the cycle of hurt. Psalm 147:3 says “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” There is no broken place or pain that God cannot reach and heal. We must first identify that we are hurt, and admit that there is pain that needs healing. Otherwise the unresolved pain will manifest itself in displaced aggression, and continue to cause hurt to oneself and others. Read more on Hurt People Hurt People… Hurt People Hurt People
  • Prayer for Contentment – Lord, Help Me Be Contented

    Bevjoy
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:02 pm
    Father, I give all praise and glory to Your most Holy name. Help me today as I seek contentment in everything I do. No matter what journey I have to travel, I want to be contented, filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Where I fall short Abba, pick me up and lead me to victory. I choose to walk with you, always. Read more on Prayer for Contentment – Lord, Help Me Be Contented… Prayer for Contentment – Lord, Help Me Be Contented
 
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  • 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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    Deanna
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
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  • Are We Really Making Room for Jesus?

    Deanna
    15 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    In this season I find that I am in a constant battle, a battle within myself I find that my need to be productive is at war with my need to simply be. When was the last time that you allowed yourself to just be, no restrictions, no demands, but just to be and to be with God. I am being reminded now, once again of lessons I learned in my depression. There is an important element of work and play, a balance to be maintained in every life. It is essential that we become intentional in making time for rest and recreation. More importantly we must be intentional about sitting quietly before God.
  • In Christ I Am Accepted

    Deanna
    8 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
      So I wrote the other day about the importance of knowing your identity in Christ.  A verse that is one of my favorites and reminds me about the importance of how we think is Romans 12:1-2.  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. As you can see it is important that we constantly renew our minds…
  • Do You Know Who You Are In Christ?

    Deanna
    5 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    I have committed to be more intentional with my blogging.  Yet, it is all about Grace, right?  I will post twice a week, but I can’t promise that they will all be posted for you first thing in the morning.  I am still trying to work on doing less and allowing for my need for rest with my health concerns.  For the latest updates on that you can read here. One thing that has really helped me to get to where I am today in my Christian walk has been really getting to know who I am in Christ.  Many of us have heard this saying before, but what does it really mean and how can we wrap our…
  • When The New Year is Not Bright and Shiny

    Deanna
    1 Jan 2015 | 9:06 am
    Sometimes the new year just doesn’t come in bright and shiny.While this is not what we hope for, this is perfectly alright. It is not a horrible thing if you do not get excited about the new year. Normally I am excited about the possibilities, but I have to admit that this year, I’m just not feeling it. Sometimes the new year, it is more of a deep breath, head down kind of thing. There are times when the new year shows with more of your shortcomings, instead of new possibilities.  You may wonder how the world will get through another year.  How you will get through another year?
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  • Wings of Hope

    Annette
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:33 am
    Birds fly about through the pages of the Bible, often bearing messages of hope. Sometimes hope is pointed to by true stories, such as when a dove brings Noah an olive leaf, letting him know it’s safe to leave the ark (Genesis 8:10-11), or when God uses ravens to bring Elijah food (1 Kings 17:1-6). Most commonly, however, birds appear as symbols, reminding us to hope in God’s love. The Bible tells us much about God’s care for birds. He watches over them (Psalm 50:11), welcomes them to nest at His altars (Psalm 84:3), waters the trees they live in (Psalm 104:16-17), and feeds them. All…
  • Saving Christmas – New Holiday Movie by Kirk Cameron

    Annette
    5 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    If anyone knows me at all, they know I love Kirk Cameron and what he stands for. I also love his movies and listening to him teach. From his movie ‘Fireproof’ to his upcoming new holiday movie ’Saving Christmas, he puts Jesus first spreading the word of God one story line after another. In the movie trailer below, you’ll see how Kirk Cameron wants to share how Christmas is about Christ! For years, you have read, written, and even talked about how we need to keep ‘Christ’ in Christmas. Now, he shows us how in this holiday movie that’s sure to be a…
  • “Eye” Shouldn’t Have Looked – Life Lessons

    Annette
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Donny, my husband, had bladder cancer and had to be checked and rechecked every three months.  The way bladder cancer is checked is with the use of a camera – and there’s only one way to use that!  Yup, that’s right! Anyway, I would go with Donny to his appointments for support and also to drive him home afterward.  One of his recent appointments was at a cancer center about two hours from our house.  The doctor there was taking longer than usual to see us and we were waiting in the examining room.  Donny had assumed the position that many of us women have assumed so many times…
  • Inspirational Wall Art for Christian Families

    Annette
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    One of the most popular ways to decorate right now is with word art. Word art, of course, comes in many different styles, types, and sizes. For the Christian family, some word art may not suit your needs, but luckily, there are some inspirational wall art pieces that may not only dress up your walls, but help remind you daily that God is good! Here are some pieces that can be seen on Etsy. There are more canvas wraps added daily with different types of mediums in the works. Take a look. We hope you like them… If you follow us on Facebook, you may have seen some of these posted.
  • Visit the Most Beautiful Churches in USA

    Annette
    6 Aug 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine: This cathedral is just a twenty minute ride along the subway connecting to the Times Square. The church covers the whole block and is tall such that the Statue of Liberty can fit in it. Only St. Peter’s Basilica in the city of Vatican beats this cathedral in size. This amazing structure was built in the year 1892 and was designed in a Roman Byzantine design. It’s Great Rose Window has been named as the biggest glass stained window in United States having over eleven thousand coloured glass pieces. Washington National Cathedral: This church has…
 
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • Consecrated…even in the storm

    Jim Crumbley
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    con·se·crate verb past tense: consecrated; past participle: consecrated make or declare sacred; dedicate formally to a divine purpose: (as adj. consecrated) Make them holy—consecrated—with the truth; Your word is consecrating truth. In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world. I’m consecrating myself for their sakes So they’ll be truth-consecrated in their mission. John 17:17-19 When I struggle; I don’t need sympathy, understanding or even compassion. These purely emotional responses are nice but can be an opiate that keeps…
  • Our Personal Point of Faith

    Jim Crumbley
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:16 am
    And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped. Luke 8:44 This woman had been suffering for years not only physically, but also at the hand of Doctors and by the shunning of the community. She was considered unclean and anyone who touched her was also unclean. Simply stepping outside was a step of faith! Yet, she persisted beyond the step and pushed her way through the crowd. As those around her recoiled, her desperation caused her to ignore…
  • Seasons

    Dave Hastings
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:44 am
    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 A Time for Everything 1 For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. 2 A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. 3 A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. 4 A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. 5 A time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. 6 A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. 7 A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and…
  • The Power of Unity

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

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

  • Get Logos 6 Today & Take up to 24 Months to Pay

    Sherri Huleatt
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Stay on budget and start using Logos 6 today: with a budget-friendly, interest-free payment plan, you can take up to 24 months to pay for Logos 6 and break up your cost into small, manageable payments. Introductory savings end February 2: take advantage of them while you can and only pay a small amount up front. For example, if you got Logos 6 Diamond, you’d get more than 2,000 resources and all of Logos 6’s smart tools. Plus, you’d take advantage of the 15% discount, plus get a $50.00 promotional code for a future purchase, a free Mobile Ed course, and a two-year subscription to Pro…
  • Logos 6: Balancing Surprise with Familiarity

    Eli Evans
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    You wouldn’t know just by looking at it, but Logos 6 represents a giant leap forward for Logos Bible Software. When we sat down to design Logos 6, we wanted it to be the same, but different. It’s always important in design to maintain a balanced tension between familiarity and surprise. Too much familiarity, and a new design is underwhelming (“Ho hum. So what?”). Too much surprise, and it becomes inscrutable and off-putting (“That’s bizarre—kill it with fire!”). So no, the interface hasn’t changed much, except that it’s more polished. No, the feature set…
  • Pre-order Your Digital Logos 6 Training Manual

    Katie Monsma
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Now’s the time to pre-order the digital version of the Logos 6: What’s New? training manual. Get it for just $14.95—it’s a deal you won’t want to pass up! Pre-Pub lets you take advantage of a product’s best price by pre-ordering it before it’s produced. Once the resource is produced, regular pricing kicks in, but you’ll get the lower price you locked in with your pre-order. Learn from Morris Proctor Logos 6: What’s New? is written by Morris Proctor—certified and authorized Logos Bible Software trainer. He has been a pastor and expository teacher for…
  • We’re Open Late: Call Us with Your Logos 6 Questions!

    Leah Parker
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This is your last chance to get introductory savings and discounts on Logos 6—sale ends at 11:59 p.m. February 2! Have questions about Logos 6? Call the Upgrade Express line at 888-875-9491 to speak with a Logos 6 specialist. We’re here to help! If you’re not sure whether to upgrade or where to start, we’re here to help! A Logos 6 specialist can help you determine which upgrade or crossgrade option is right for you, explain what’s included in each base package, answer any questions you have about discounts, payment plans, add-on resources, introductory offers, and more—and…
  • Logos 6: Instantly Create High-Quality Slides

    Morris Proctor
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Today’s post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials. Years ago in a Christian education class in college, my professor commented, “If overhead projectors were available during the time of Christ, he would have used one.” His point was that Jesus incorporated visuals in his teaching. Think about just a few examples: “Consider the lilies of the field . . .” —Matthew 6:28 “Show me a denarius. Whose…
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  • The Secret to Confident Parenting

    beckyharling
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Parenting is a crazy journey. It can feel simultaneously wonderful and terrible all at the same time! I know because I’ve been there. I’ve raised four kids and now have five grandchildren. Most of my...
  • The Lingering Love of Jesus

    kaseyvannorman
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    “He’s coming! He’s coming! He’s outside the village now!” As the words rang out through the grief-stricken shadows of her home, Martha let the small cup she’d been relentlessly scrubbing come...
  • Be Still at 70 MPH

    wandamacavoy
    19 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I love to travel. Take me anywhere! The long hours in the car are wonderful opportunities for my husband and I to chat uninterrupted. We also get to spend more time reading the Bible and praying....
  • 2 Tools to Help Kids Do Anger Better

    ashleighslater
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    She was angry. There was no doubt about it. Her words, "You stupid egghead," made it clear … even if they proved to be an oxymoron. After all, it's common knowledge that eggheads are smart, right?...
  • When God Smiles: Joy in the Face of Trials

    samanthahardcastle
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    This past weekend, I saw Nichole Nordeman perform at a thanksgiving concert here in southern California; one thing she said struck me—we need to be still and take in God. On a sadder note, one of the...
 
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • Are You Actually Living What The Scripture Says?

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

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

    Diana Symons
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:26 pm
    It is a danger to prescribe any experience of the presence of God as a formula. Don’t do it. Instead, add it to your list of what is. God is multidimensional and our experiences with Him will flux and flow  with Him. This is one adventure that I had. I have been asking God to know more of Him. I am in such need of His presence in my life. I am too quick to judge. Too quick to protest. I need His kindness, His goodness, His grace in my life. So I ask Him daily for more of Him. Yesterday I told Him that I wanted to soak in His presence so that His very essence would bleed into my spirit,…
  • The Kingdom of God Is Like Nothing Else In The World

    Diana Symons
    30 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    The kingdom of heaven is to me the greatest mystery of the universe. No matter which I side I look at, there are a dozen other facets to try to piece together and it makes for a challenging experience. The disciples thought the kingdom of heaven would conquer the Roman occupation. The ruling of kings was all that they knew. What Jesus offered was, and still is, baffling. This kingdom is transcendental. It’s a living thing. It grows, not like a church grows because more people attend, it grows like a presence in the Spirit. It is a place in the heart that connects to the corresponding…
  • Look Around — God Is Here

    Diana Symons
    27 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Sometimes we have to stop to consider beauty. If you’ve ever stood on the edge of the Grand Canyon, on the beach of an ocean at sunset, or a snowy hilltop in the morning, you have the opportunity to see the eternal. Not in the sense that these things will last forever, they won’t. At some point, there will be a new heaven and a new earth. But the serenity, peace, and beauty of a thing comes straight from the One who created it. Look at the pictures of snowflakes and see the delicate creativity of each one. It’s more than impressive, it’s awe inspiring. I like to…
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    Seedbed

  • How Evangelism Relates to Discipleship

    Andrew C. Thompson
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    How does evangelism relate to discipleship? In today’s Seven Minute Seminary, Dr. Andrew C. Thompson explains that Christian evangelism goes beyond proclamation and should be understood as a rite of initiation and entrance into the means of grace. View our growing list of Seven Minute Seminary videos.
  • What Happened between the Old and New Testaments?

    Caleb Louden
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Intertestemental period (that period of time sandwiched between the writing of the the Old Testament and the New Testament) is often treated like the lame-duck period of human history. In the minds of most, it may appear to be that length of time in which the voice of God was silent while He quietly worked to order the events that would produce the first Christmas; It was a lame-duck period in which the Hebrew Bible maintained the religious life of God’s people until a New Testament could be written and follow the incumbent text. If this is not true for Catholics, then it is certainly…
  • How to Survive Coming Home from the Mission Field

    Betsy Phillips
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Paul’s missionary journeys get a lot of attention—obviously. What missionary wouldn’t want to write a newsletter about the amazing spread of the gospel through the drama of shipwrecks, snakebites, imprisonment, and persecution? On the other hand, those trips back to Antioch seem not only rather dull but almost parenthetical in comparison. Acts 14:27 describes the first return a lot like a typical missionary furlough: “On arriving there, they gathered the church together and reported all that God had done through them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.”…
  • The Good News of Noah and the Great Flood

    Brian Russell
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Take some time to read Genesis 6:1–13; 7:17–8:5; 9:8–17. Here’s an excerpt: Then God said to Noah and to his sons with him: “I now establish my covenant with you and with your descendants after you and with every living creature that was with you—the birds, the livestock and all the wild animals, all those that came out of the ark with you— every living creature on earth. I establish my covenant with you: Never again will all life be destroyed by the waters of a flood; never again will there be a flood to destroy the earth.”—Genesis 9:8–11 Core truth: Despite the…
  • Learning How to Study the Bible (Part 3)

    T. Michael W. Halcomb
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    How do we bridge the chasm between having a high reverence for the Bible and struggling with its meaning and appropriation in our lives? Listen in as Michael Halcomb leads us on a journey of understanding how to interpret the Bible. Get Michael’s work, Give Me That Book! in our store now.
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  • [Photos] Burning Incense

    joshrhone
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:50 pm
    This evening I was burning some incense in my office. With the smoke dancing around, I couldn’t help but play with my new camera. These were shot with a Nikon D5200. I experimented with the settings, shooting manually vs. auto, and an inexpensive macro lens that I picked up. (Apart from the copyright, these photos are untouched.)
  • [Theology/Ecclesiology] The Church: A Grace-filled Community

    joshrhone
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    The following is part 2 of a paper that I presented to the Centre for Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham. Part 2 provides a brief overview of the impact that John Wesley’s soteriology had upon his ecclesiology. To read part 1 of the paper, which briefly explores Wesley’s soteriology, please click here. The Church: A Grace-filled Community One of the striking aspects of Wesley’s ecclesiology is the manner in which the three, aforementioned, graces give shape to the life, ministry and practice of the Church. This should come as no surprise given Wesley’s…
  • Recent Sermons

    joshrhone
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:56 am
    Since 2007, I have served as pastor of the Mount Union Wesleyan Church, in Mount Union, PA. If you were to drop by for a visit, on most weekends, you would find me up front, delivering the message. Unable to attend? I’m pleased to make my recent sermons available for your listening pleasure.
  • Ecclesiology

    joshrhone
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    My research at the University of Birmingham focuses on ecclesiology. In particular, I’m interested in connections between the ecclesiologies of the Wesleyan-Methodist movement and those of the early Pentecostal-Charismatic movement in North America.
  • [Theology/Soteriology] John Wesley’s Three Graces

    joshrhone
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    The following is part 1 of a paper that I presented to the Centre for Pentecostal Studies at the University of Birmingham. Part 1 provides a brief overview of John Wesley’s soteriology. In particular, it looks at his notion of the ‘three graces': preventing, justifying and sanctifying. Part 2 explores the ecclesiological impact and/or outworking of Wesley’s soteriology. Wesley’s Three Graces: Preventing, Justifying and Sanctifying The Reverend John Wesley believed that men and women have not always been in need of salvation. He believed that being created in the very…
 
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    Intersections4Life

  • A story still to come

    Sarah Galloway
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
        I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.  Psalm 31:12 I love taking pictures, nothing can catapult you into the middle of a story like a snapshot in time of a subject.  Recently while visiting an old abandoned place (another hobby of mine) I ran across this old decaying piano.  As a pianist I was immediately saddened by its condition.  I ran my fingers over the uneven keys and searched for a brand or some kind of mark signifying its age.  I pressed down on a few keys and they made a sickly off-tune sound.  The inner-workings of the hammers and…
  • Outside the Culture

    Charles Crutcher
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    You don’t have a soul. You are a soul; you have a body.-unknown Let that sink in. When is the last time you took a deep breath, closed your eyes, and immerse yourself into the world around you as a quiet spectator? Do you ever just take in the sights, smells, notice the people around you and watch how they respond to other people? Have you ever watched the trees sway in the wind back and forth and noticed the natural staccato of the leaves rustling in applause to the sky? When was the last time you ever noticed stillness? Our world is full of distractions. But what is all of the…
  • Reader’s Choice – Our Law

    Steve Becker
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    This is a hot topic of late and screams out to me to address it head on.  It is really a question of God’s Law which, as a Christ-follower, we are commanded to follow. Our reader wrote: How do I lead my family and resolve when God’s message and popular culture are in conflict. One current example: According to the Bible, homosexuality is sinful. Popular culture presents this viewpoint as bad/evil as racism. Even many churches are now obtaining homosexual pastors who are openly and unapologetically homosexual. They not only view the lifestyle as equal to a heterosexual lifestyle,…
  • At Home as a Guest

    Sandy Baggs
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Matthew 8:34-36 How many times have we heard this verse? I bet we all have memories of at least 10 sermons where these verses were included. When you have been a believer for a good amount of time, that’s…
  • Love – How Does It Look On Me?

    Sandy Baggs
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  Ephesians 5:1-2 In the past I had difficulty loving others, but I didn’t know it. I had a disconnect between what the Bible said and how I felt on the inside. This doesn’t make me hateful, but it makes me and all of us human. Our fallen nature, original sin makes us not want to love, but OOOooohhh do we want to be loved and we crave it and we beg for it and sometimes demand it, don’t we? I…
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    Salt Formation

  • Hebrews 5:1-10 Being Designated by God as a High Priest

    Britt
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
      In Hebrews 4 we saw Christ is the Ultimate High Priest and through Him we may confidently approach the throne of grace. With that being said, what was the function of High Priest? Who appoints the High Priest? How do these relate to Jesus who is the ultimate High Priest? These are the questions we will answer in this weeks lesson on Hebrews 5:1-10. Before we get into the text listen to Zane C. Hodges summarize what we have been learning so far.   Review of Hebrews 1-4 “In the first major movement of the epistle (1:5-4:16), the author set forth two major truths: (1) the…
  • Ephesians 4:13 A Maturity to the Fullness of Christ

    Britt
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
      The memory verse for this week is Ephesians 4:13. In verse 12 Paul tells the chief aim of service in the church is “to the building up of the body of Christ“. Paul then in verse 13 explains what this “building up of the body” looks like. So what is the purpose of the church? What is the goal? This is exactly what we will find out today in Ephesians 4:13! We cannot just jump into the text without understanding Paul’s purpose in the book of Ephesians. We will first go over some background information and then a brief summary of the first 3 chapters. After we…
  • Another Helper: The Spirit of Truth

    Britt
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
      The memory scripture for this week is John 14:15-17 this passage is nestled in Jesus’ teachings to the disciples in the upper room. Here He introduces the Spirit of Truth to His disciples. Before we get into the text we are going to take a quick look at why John writes his gospel and what the upper room teaching is about. This will help us to understand the context of the passage. The Purpose of John writing the book is stated in John 20:30-31. “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have…
  • Hebrews 4: Confidently Approach the Throne of Grace

    Britt
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
      Does God have a rest reserved for Christians today? What does the Word of God do to a Christian? Can Jesus really relate to me? These are the questions that Hebrews 4 will be answering today in this post. If you have just found us we are in a Bible study series on the Book of Hebrews. Last post in our Hebrews Study Series we looked at Hebrews 3 and the warning about Hardening Your Heart when you hear from God. This week we are going to take on Chapter 4 and Confidently Approach the Throne of Grace. Shall we get into the text? They Were Unable to Enter Because of Unbelief…
  • Timeline of Ezra Infographic

    Britt
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Did you know God stirred the hearts of 3 secular kings in the time of Ezra to accomplish His will? In our youth Life Group (Sunday School) we will be looking at the major story of Ezra the next couple of weeks. As I have been preparing I found the major events that surround and the story and dates in the Charles Ryrie Study Bible. Are you looking for a timeline for the book of Ezra?  Do you want an easy to read infographic that tells the main points of the book of Ezra? This infogrpahic is a great way to get a quick understanding of the major dates and characters in the story of Ezra! Click…
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    Salt Formation

  • Hebrews 5:1-10 Being Designated by God as a High Priest

    Britt
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
      In Hebrews 4 we saw Christ is the Ultimate High Priest and through Him we may confidently approach the throne of grace. With that being said, what was the function of High Priest? Who appoints the High Priest? How do these relate to Jesus who is the ultimate High Priest? These are the questions we will answer in this weeks lesson on Hebrews 5:1-10. Before we get into the text listen to Zane C. Hodges summarize what we have been learning so far.   Review of Hebrews 1-4 “In the first major movement of the epistle (1:5-4:16), the author set forth two major truths: (1) the…
  • Ephesians 4:13 A Maturity to the Fullness of Christ

    Britt
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:05 am
      The memory verse for this week is Ephesians 4:13. In verse 12 Paul tells the chief aim of service in the church is “to the building up of the body of Christ“. Paul then in verse 13 explains what this “building up of the body” looks like. So what is the purpose of the church? What is the goal? This is exactly what we will find out today in Ephesians 4:13! We cannot just jump into the text without understanding Paul’s purpose in the book of Ephesians. We will first go over some background information and then a brief summary of the first 3 chapters. After we…
  • Another Helper: The Spirit of Truth

    Britt
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:18 am
      The memory scripture for this week is John 14:15-17 this passage is nestled in Jesus’ teachings to the disciples in the upper room. Here He introduces the Spirit of Truth to His disciples. Before we get into the text we are going to take a quick look at why John writes his gospel and what the upper room teaching is about. This will help us to understand the context of the passage. The Purpose of John writing the book is stated in John 20:30-31. “Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have…
  • Hebrews 4: Confidently Approach the Throne of Grace

    Britt
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:52 am
      Does God have a rest reserved for Christians today? What does the Word of God do to a Christian? Can Jesus really relate to me? These are the questions that Hebrews 4 will be answering today in this post. If you have just found us we are in a Bible study series on the Book of Hebrews. Last post in our Hebrews Study Series we looked at Hebrews 3 and the warning about Hardening Your Heart when you hear from God. This week we are going to take on Chapter 4 and Confidently Approach the Throne of Grace. Shall we get into the text? They Were Unable to Enter Because of Unbelief…
  • Timeline of Ezra Infographic

    Britt
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Did you know God stirred the hearts of 3 secular kings in the time of Ezra to accomplish His will? In our youth Life Group (Sunday School) we will be looking at the major story of Ezra the next couple of weeks. As I have been preparing I found the major events that surround and the story and dates in the Charles Ryrie Study Bible. Are you looking for a timeline for the book of Ezra?  Do you want an easy to read infographic that tells the main points of the book of Ezra? This infogrpahic is a great way to get a quick understanding of the major dates and characters in the story of Ezra! Click…
 
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • Taste and see the goodness of God

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Wanting What God Wants. Day fifteen...Babies are the picture of selfishness. Little hands reach out to take hold of whatever is in their reach. Little mouths reach out to slobber on anything that will fit inside. Everything is about taking.
  • Responding to God's goodness

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Wanting What God Wants. Day fourteen...When I took this photo out in the woods on our place west of town, we'd had so much rain and cool weather there were things growing in places I've never seen before.
  • Misconceptions about what God wants

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    26 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Wanting What God Wants. Day thirteen...As a young man, Kamal moved from a country in the Mideast to a town in the Midwestern U.S. for the sole purpose of committing “cultural jihad.” But a car accident changed his plans.
  • Our authority from our Father. Day twelve...

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Wanting What God Wants. Day twelve...For most of my life as a kid, I remember Francis helping us out on the farm. He was my father's employee, but because he was treated so much like one of the family, I just thought of him as “Francis.”
  • In Jesus' Name

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:00 am
    Wanting What God Wants. Day eleven...When the seventy‐two disciples returned, they joyfully reported to him, “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use your name!” (Luke 10:17 NLT)
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Zechariah 9: Worldwide Kingdom

    Zak Schmoll
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    There is a Messianic prophecy alert in Zechariah 9. Zec 9:9  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass. Zec 9:10  And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from the river even to the ends of the earth. This entire chapter is a futuristic vision, it is pretty clear how…
  • Zechariah 8: Secular Values

    Zak Schmoll
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:38 am
    God gives Zechariah a vision of a more peaceful Zion, and it is interesting because He outlines some things that will and will not be happening in this great future. Zec 8:16  These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: Zec 8:17  And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbour; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD. People are going to be honest. Notice that truth is mentioned twice. People are going to be honest with each other, and…
  • Zechariah 7: Why I Am Writing

    Zak Schmoll
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:46 am
    I wonder how often we can go through the motions of religion for our own benefit. We can go to church because it makes us feel better. We can pray because it makes us feel more at peace. I don’t deny that these can both be benefits of church and prayer respectively, but as we see in Zechariah 7, motivation is important. Zec 7:4  Then came the word of the LORD of hosts unto me, saying, Zec 7:5  Speak unto all the people of the land, and to the priests, saying, When ye fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh month, even those seventy years, did ye at all fast unto me, even to me? Zec…
  • Zechariah 6: A Political Messiah

    Zak Schmoll
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    I think about the people of Israel during the time of Jesus, and, as you remember on Palm Sunday, they were expecting the Messiah to be a spiritual leader but also a military and political leader. Maybe someone will finally be able to get rid of Rome once and for all. If anybody could, certainly the Messiah would be able to. I am not an expert on popular Jewish culture of the first century, but I wonder if part of that came from passages like we find in Zechariah 6. Zec 6:12  And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH; and he…
  • Zechariah 5: Breaking the Law

    Zak Schmoll
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:26 am
    Zechariah 5 must’ve been kind of a weird experience. A giant flying scroll floats into the picture. Zec 5:1  Then I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a flying roll. Zec 5:2  And he said unto me, What seest thou? And I answered, I see a flying roll; the length thereof is twenty cubits, and the breadth thereof ten cubits. Zec 5:3  Then said he unto me, This is the curse that goeth forth over the face of the whole earth: for every one that stealeth shall be cut off as on this side according to it; and every one that sweareth shall be cut off as on that side according…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • The Marketing You’re Subjected to When Giving to Larger Ministries

    Michael
    24 Jan 2015 | 1:39 am
      Since I embarked on this journey of giving I’ve been bombarded with extra mail. The letters above are the ones I received Tuesday. ( I crossed out my name for privacy’s sake. I like you but I don’t need you to know where I live ) The most intrusive one I’ve received is from […] The post The Marketing You’re Subjected to When Giving to Larger Ministries appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How The State of Tithing in America Has Evolved

    Michael
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:41 am
    For all its controversy tithes and offerings account for$50 billion a year in the U.S. $50 billion. This $50 billion is from 10 million tithers–people who donate 10% or more their income to a church–across America. They make up 10-25% of a normal congregation yet they for 50-80% of church funding. The ole’ Pareto principle […] The post How The State of Tithing in America Has Evolved appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How to Use Technology To Effectively Teach Giving

    Michael
    15 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tithing and/or giving is a delicate subject. It has the power to split churches down the middle. It is important though. According to the 4th Annual State of the Plate Survey of 2012 many ministries saw giving increase because of financial/generosity teaching initiatives. Not only that but many other ministries are looking for proactive and […] The post How to Use Technology To Effectively Teach Giving appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • How I Changed My Life With a One Year Tithing Experiment

    Michael
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’m a tither. Despite the controversy surrounding it, I’m a huge advocate of it. And, honestly, before I got serious about it my life was a total mess. I couldn’t make ends meet. I had trouble holding a steady job. My wife (God bless her) loved me, but lost almost all respect for me. Our […] The post How I Changed My Life With a One Year Tithing Experiment appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • The Three Tithes of the Old Testament [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Michael
    1 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    I’m a pro-tither. I believe in it and have see it change my own life. But I have heard the arguments and do realize it is vastly different from the Mosaic Law. Which is why I was so drawn to this infographic by Glass House Theology. This shows the three tithes represented in the Old […] The post The Three Tithes of the Old Testament [INFOGRAPHIC] appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
 
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    Blake Mankin

  • Focus Is a Commodity

    blakemankin
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:30 am
    The days start to run together when we forget to take a step back and take a deep breath. Even when we’re not busy with events, our minds can be busy scrolling through updates like this one, participating in fruitless thinking, and obsessively worrying. Even when I’m not “doing” anything, I trend towards busying my thoughts with frantic fret or jumping from one distraction to the next. Focus. It’s a commodity in this world, one I can’t seem to get quite right. Even as I’m composing this, I’ve checked my phone that buzzed and thought about a handful of things I have no control…
  • We’re Not the Solution

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

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

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

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

  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 27 — Genesis 25-26, Matthew 18:1-20

    virtuousgirls1
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Genesis 25 Focus Verse: The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?” So she went to inquire of the Lord. (22) Something was happening inside of Rebekah that she did not understand so she went to the Lord. She asked Him what was going on, and the […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 26 — Genesis 23-24, Matthew 17

    virtuousgirls1
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Genesis 23 Focus Verse: Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. (1) Sarah is the only woman to have her age at her death recorded in the Bible. This shows how great she was respected and what a Godly life she lived. Sarah was not perfect, but the Bible tells us that […]
  • Who I Am

    virtuousgirls1
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:22 am
    In her single, Who I Am, former Group 1 Crew member, Blanca, sings about the many doubts that often plague so many of us. Doubts that keep us from soaring and hold us back from being all that God created us to be. Are we strong? Are we beautiful? Are we good enough? After all […]
  • 1 Year In God’s Word: Day 25 — Job 41-42, Matthew 16

    virtuousgirls1
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Job 41 Focus Verse: Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope? (1) After Behemoth, God describes Leviathan, which is some sort of sea creature. Many people think Leviathan was a mighty crocodile or an ancient sea serpent. I like to think it was an ancestor of […]
  • Trust In the Lord

    virtuousgirls1
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Trust God. Each day. Every day.
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Im Buggy For You- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:19 pm
    I’m Buggy For You (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on […]
  • Hoppy Valentines Day- Coloring Page

    Crafting The Word Of God
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:49 am
    Hoppy Valentines Day (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the link […]
  • I Love You Beary Much Puzzle- Activity Sheet

    Crafting The Word Of God
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:12 pm
    I Love You Beary Much 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 […]
  • Keys Of Salvation

    Crafting The Word Of God
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:52 pm
    This craft will serve as a great evangelism tool. Each key represents an important part of the Gospel message and includes a lock with a wonderful promise from Christ. Instructions Print the template either on construction paper or white card stock. (Template) If printed on white card stock color in the keys. Cut out the […]
  • Daniel In The Lions Den Puppet 1

    Crafting The Word Of God
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    With this craft your kids will be able to make their very own lion for the story of Daniel in the lions den. Instructions Print the template. (Template) Turn a paper sandwich/lunch bag upside down. Paint the small square blue and the large square green. You can also use tissue paper or construction paper. Color […]
 
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    Renewed Daily

  • Of Ancient Trees

    Shelly Hendricks
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. - Hebrews 12:3 Ok, so I know this is going to sound a lot like my Just Keep Going post. But I think it bears repeating and these photos really had me pondering the message. These are ancient trees. When they reached an obstacle, they didn't give up. They didn't die or fall over. Even the seeming insurmountable ones were no match for the Creator. So when life is hard (and I know it is) don't just keep going. Keep Growing. It's important. “Blessed is the man who trusts…
  • The Exchange

    Shelly Hendricks
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? - Matthew 16:26 This Sunday I was blessed to be able to attend worship services with my congregation. I have had a rough 2015 so far, physically, so this spiritual favor was not taken lightly! I sang loudly and prayed with tears in my eyes. The lesson was about the many wily ways of the enemy. One scripture captured my attention. See, the devil knows the power of pain. He wields fear like a samurai sword and he hates me with a passion I cannot understand. For what…
  • Duck Commander Faith and Family Bible: A Review & a Giveaway!

    Shelly Hendricks
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 Book Description The stars of the hit TV show Duck Dynasty are committed to upholding five core values both on and off the screen: faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom. The Duck Commander® Faith and Family Bible features new stories and testimonials by Phil, the Robertson family patriarch, and his son Al, a pastor with more than 22 years of…
  • Press On

    Shelly Hendricks
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. -…
  • Fire with Fire

    Shelly Hendricks
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire. - Hebrews 12:28-29 Remember when news was something to look for? Yeah, those days are long past, aren't they? At least that's how it feels right now. I got new news last week regarding my brain, and more specifically the irreversible damage to it. The damage that will continue and scares me in a way I don't think I've ever been scared. But through this fear, God has been using my One Word to show me how to combat times like these.
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • Why Spiritual Warfare?

    kristinemac
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:15 pm
    This evening I had the great privilege of being a guest on In the Market with Janet Parshall. What a wonderful conversation! I shared my testimony as well as some information about my... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Are You a Writer?

    kristinemac
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:58 pm
    I'm very honored to be guest blogging at the Breathe Writers Conference blog today. Here is an excerpt but be sure to go read the entire post on their website: I can say without any... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Boring Life Stuff with a Smidge of Hooray

    kristinemac
    17 Jan 2015 | 9:31 am
    Winter tends to turn me into a hermit. The cold, dreary days. The "whiteness" which can blind you on a sunny day. The drab brown of the trees which punctuates how barren and lifeless... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DVD Review: The Identical

    kristinemac
    12 Jan 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Available tomorrow, January 13, The Identical: THE IDENTICAL tells the compelling story of twin brothers unknowingly separated at birth during the Great Depression. DREXEL HEMSLEY becomes an iconic... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ouija Redux

    kristinemac
    6 Jan 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Happy New Year!  You may have noticed, faithful reader, that I've been incommunicado for a bit. What started out as chilling for the holidays ended with what amounts to "sick leave"... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Switchbacks

  • Evidence for Change

    Karen
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:55 am
    My family and I went to see the screening of the documentary “Patterns of Evidence” on Monday evening. The film presented fascinating and convincing archaeological evidence supporting the scriptural account of the Israelites in Egypt, their slavery, exodus and eventual occupation of the land of Canaan. It was captivating and exhilarating to see a presentation of […]
  • Confused by the Mist? — 6 Ways to Find Your Way

    Karen
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:19 am
    One evening this week, I was sitting at our kitchen table sipping a cup of hot tea, gazing out the back window. As I took a few moments to relax, I noticed the misty damp haze as it drifted across and settled over our backyard. It wasn’t long until the neighbor’s house across the nearby field faded […]
  • Through The Front Door

    Karen
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:22 am
    Last weekend I had the privilege of serving with a fantastic group of volunteers (doorholders, as we are called –  see Psalm 84:10) at Passion 2015 – a gathering of 20,000 college age students who came together for three days to be encouraged in the Lord and to lift up the name of Jesus. Along […]
  • 5 Keys to a FRESH start

    Karen
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    A brand new year stretches out before us and, characteristically, it’s at this time when people reassess where they are and think about setting new goals to make positive changes in their lives. I’m sure all of us could probably think of a few things we wished we’d done differently in 2014, and a few other things […]
  • Conditional Peace

    Karen
    24 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    Probably the most well-known passage of scripture heard around this time of year is from Luke 2. The angelic announcement of the birth of the Christ-child is engraved on Christmas cards, heard in television specials, and sung in familiar carols. Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his […]
 
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • Preaching the Gospel in the Midst of Pain

    Whitney Woollard
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:01 am
    There I was again, lying in a hospital bed hooked to an IV receiving my usual “cocktail” for migraines. Despite seven years of treatment, I was still having episodes that landed me in the ER. This could have been the opportune moment to hit play on my usual “woe is me” self-talk. But that night something changed; I chose to preach the gospel to myself instead. The following gospel truths ministered to me, and have become regular tracks I play in my head as I learn to preach the gospel in the midst of pain.   “I am not being punished.” Pain presents the temptation to believe…
  • YOUR Words for 2015

    Self Talk the Gospel
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Wow! What an awesome series we just had! In case you missed it, we have the unique opportunity to partner with the good folks at One Word 365 and host our very own ONE WORD series. Did you miss it? Make sure you check out the articles from the series HERE. Also, in the middle of the series, we wanted to know what YOUR one words were and you graciously provided some amazing answers. We jotted them down for you, and turned them into wall papers for your phones! Do you like one? Just click it TWICE <– twice is very important. The first time you click it, it’s really grainy. Click…
  • ONE WORD: Follow

    Jen Bell
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of the series “ONE WORD,” a two-week long effort hosted by Self Talk the Gospel in collaboration with the good people at One Word 365. Keep track of the series here and check our daily e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up!   Follow: “to engage in as a calling or way of life.” You rarely hear the term ‘follower’ when asking a high school senior about his or her plans for the future. Parents don’t readily offer the fact that their kid is a follower when asked about their child’s greatest strengths. The idea of…
  • ONE WORD: Practice Celebration

    Amy Young
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of the series “ONE WORD,” a two-week long effort hosted by Self Talk the Gospel in collaboration with the good people at One Word 365. Keep track of the series here and check our daily e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up! This past year has been an odd season for me. Understandably the most asked question of the last year has been a variation of How are you/ your mom/your family in light of the huge loss of your dad? (He died rather unexpectedly early last February.) I can’t imagine what it would have been like to not have…
  • ONE WORD: Refuge

    Sarah Welles
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:20 am
    Editor’s Note: This post is part of the series “ONE WORD,” a two-week long effort hosted by Self Talk the Gospel in collaboration with the good people at One Word 365. Keep track of the series here and check our daily e-mail newsletter for all posts. Don’t subscribe? Sign up! When I think of the word Refuge, my mind goes to a wartime movie scene, when hurt and scared soldiers stumble into their home base. I see rest, nourishment, medical help, and deep breathing. There are large walls around the camp to protect the soldiers so they can be rejuvenated in peace. War is happening…
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • Deepen Your Experience of Scripture With Bible Gateway’s New Scripture Engagement Section

    Jonathan Petersen
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    You may not identify it as such, but all your searching, reading, comparing, and sharing of the Bible on Bible Gateway are the beginning elements of what’s called “Scripture Engagement.” They’re only the start because fully engaging the Bible is a growing, developing, relational process that has as its ultimate objective enjoying a deep, meaningful, and engaging relationship with God. We’ve now partnered with the Taylor University Center for Scripture Engagement (@TaylorU_CSE) (TUCSE) to create a dedicated Scripture Engagement section on Bible Gateway consisting…
  • Using a Print Bible is How Most People Follow Publicly Read Scripture

    Jonathan Petersen
    21 Jan 2015 | 8:01 pm
    The majority of Bible Gateway users responding to an online survey say they read their print Bibles when Scripture is read aloud in church. We asked Bible Gateway Blog readers to complete this sentence: “When Scripture is read publicly in worship service, I….” More than 6,000 of you voted. Of that number, 48% chose the phrase, “follow along using my print Bible.” Twenty-one percent said they “follow along with the text projected on the church screen.” Only 13% “follow along using my mobile/tablet Bible app,” 10% “simply listen…
  • Texas Governors Keep Tradition of Dedicating Bible Verses to Successors

    Jonathan Petersen
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:29 am
    Since 1925, governors in Texas have continued the tradition of singling-out Bible verses for the benefit of their successors on inauguration day. It began when Gov. Pat Neff placed the inscription, “Presented to My Successors in Office,” on a small leather-bound Bible and gave it to Gov. James “Pa” Ferguson with Psalm 119:105 marked: “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Here is a list of markings and inscriptions in the “Neff Bible” with links to the verses in the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible: Gov. Neff to Gov.
  • How Should We Interpret What the Prophets Had to Say?

    Mel Lawrenz
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:08 am
    The prophets in the Old Testament are a rich body of teachings in which God’s people are called to be restored to a close relationship with God. But what are we to make of the dire warnings, and the promises? Why does God’s word have so much about the conditions and the events centuries before Christ? What does it all mean for our lives today? It’s okay to be honest if you’re having difficulty understanding sections of the Bible. Remember, our difficulty understanding Scripture is not a problem. It is what you’d expect of a body of scriptures that speak into the complexities of…
  • Did God Really Command Genocide?: An Interview with Drs. Paul Copan & Matthew Flannagan

    Jonathan Petersen
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:45 am
    Would a good, kind, and loving deity ever command the wholesale slaughter of nations? We often avoid reading difficult Old Testament passages that make us squeamish and quickly jump to the enemy-loving, forgiving Jesus of the New Testament. And yet, the question remains. How can we understand the biblical, theological, philosophical, and ethical implications of Old Testament warfare passages? Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Paul Copan (@PaulCopan) and Dr. Matthew Flannagan (@_MandM_) about their book, Did God Really Command Genocide?: Coming to Terms with the Justice of God (Baker Books, 2014).
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • God Is One, The Bible Is Not

    Caleb Smith
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:39 pm
    When it comes to a good book, Stephen King’s résumé just can’t compare. Thirty-nine plus twenty-seven equals sixty-six books. And if you’re Catholic, there’s even more. So goes the absurd rap parody, “Baby Got Book.” And it is correct. The Bible is actually 66 books. But from the way many people, both Christians and skeptics, handle the Bible you’d never know it. Instead, you’d probably get the impression that the Bible is only one book, maybe a theological encyclopedia or something. At first glance this might not seem to make a difference,…
  • Beliefs about the Bible: Biblical Inspiration 101

    Caleb Smith
    18 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    The Bible: what a controversial book it is. The bestseller of all history, no other book is itself the subject of so many books. It’s so big that it’s not even one book, but really 66 different, connected but independent books (and if you’re Catholic, there’s even more!). Naturally, with the Bible being the kind of book it is, and with it having the reach it does, people have disagreements about it. Some people ignore it, others toss it aside as hogwash, a few spend all their time opposing it, and then there are those strange folk who believe that God is somehow behind…
  • My Dog Ate My Prayerbook

    Caleb Smith
    14 Jan 2015 | 5:24 pm
    If there’s one thing people are good at, it’s making excuses. I imagine we don’t even realize how many excuses we make for ourselves (and others!) in the average day. If you’re a Christian, you probably see this most clearly and painfully in your prayer life. Well, I guess you could be one of those rare giants who prays for two hours a day in solitude plus quickly and quietly throughout your day, and if so kudos to you. But most of us are not like that. At all. The number of excuses we use for not praying is truly impressive. We do it all the time, because we in all…
  • A Jesus-Based Argument Against Abortion

    Caleb Smith
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:16 pm
    First things first: I wanted to name this post “A Christogical Argument Against Abortion,” but my better senses reminded me that if I wanted the average person to read this, I should avoid words like “Christogical” in the title. Now, onto my main topic. One of the greatest connections Evangelical Calvinism put together in my head is that Jesus is the image of God, and we were made in the image of God. The imago dei, that divine imprint we all bear, is grounded in our sharing of a nature with God in Christ. Jesus’ humanity makes our humanity the sacred thing that…
  • God Took the Blame (Or, A Little Thought About the Problem of Evil)

    Caleb Smith
    9 Jan 2015 | 6:08 pm
    If God exists, why does evil? Is He too weak to stop it? Does He refuse? Did it catch Him off guard? These questions have challenged philosophers and theologians for thousands of years, and goodness knows I can add little or nothing to their many answers. But I just felt like sharing this thought on my mind. In Christian circles, there are usually two answers given, one by Calvinists and one by almost everyone else. To the Calvinist, evil exists by God’s decision. He ordained before time that Satan should fall, and Adam after him. He did not directly cause evil, but knowingly set up the…
 
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • We Are All Wrong About Something

    Kyle
    25 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Faith, not unlike politics, is something most of us have some passion for.  We believe that the way we believe is right and that is that.  Christians believe that Christ is the only way to God.  Muslims believe that Muhammad (pbuh) was God’s final messenger, and Jew’s believe that one day their Temple will be rebuilt.  These mentioned are but a single statement about each of those faiths, but each is singular to their individual belief system.  So who is right, who is wrong, and when does it really matter.  I truly believe when push comes to shove past loving one another the…
  • When God Has Regrets….

    Kyle
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:34 pm
    We have unlimited free will.  While God and others may influence the decisions we make it is ultimately up to each of us to make the final choice.  This was evident during the time of our ancestor Noah.  The people of that time had forgotten the God that Adam, the patriarch of mankind, had sojourned with in the Garden of Eden.  They were now given into their own depraved selfs and God was sorrowed because of them.  God regretted the whole experiment of humankind.  The Creator of the universe, the “I AM”, had a regret about an action that was made.  Though many have tried to…
  • Who Are You To Cast Stones

    Kyle
    20 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Christians rank highly in judging others.  Many believe that it is their God given right to berate and proselytize their belief system against the way others are living outside their faith.  This is exasperated by the belief that the are truly doing more good than harm and that God will reward them for their efforts.  The problem is that many do this from a  position of unimaginable hypocrisy.  The preacher who commands us to follow Matthew 5:28 goes away with a mistress for a weekend.  The young man who seemingly lives inside the church also lives everyday in fear over his own…
  • Roll With the Punches, God May Teach You Something

    Kyle
    18 Jan 2015 | 2:05 pm
    Though this life is but a blip on the roadmap that this eternity it feels long given our limited perception of forever.  Long enough that we have many great highs and many deep lows.  Many people will go through their life fighting these ebbs and flows with everything that they have.  In the anger and sadness that often accompanies hardship we are missing out on a number of opportunities for God to shape us into the person He created us to be.  Not everything in life will be good, but it does not have to be all bad. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah had just been taken from their…
  • Your a Man of God, Act Like It

    Kyle
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:23 pm
    Losing a loved one is a harrowing experience.  Knowing that you will not see that person again until you leave this life is terrifying for most people.  Even more so for those who are younger.  So when a tragic accident took the life of her wife a young woman only wanted to grieve and move on with what be the rest of her existence raising their two children alone.  Instead though they were not allowed to practice their grief in the way that they needed, because a so called man of God thought their relationship was something that should be censored within his churches hallowed halls.  May…
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • One Thai Day at a Time

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

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

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

    Sharon R Hoover
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:55 am
    For the past couple of years, I have choosen one word to be the year’s theme.  As the days proceed, my word reminds me of my desired focus. In a simple way, it acts like a compass setting to which I return when distractions overtake my intentions. Last year, my word was Courage. It was a bold … Continue reading Endurance → The post Endurance appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Faith Expressed in Art

    Sharon R Hoover
    7 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Today I saw one of the most meaningful artistic expressions of the Christian faith that I have ever seen. We had the wonderful privilege of visiting McGilvary College of Divinity in Chiang Mae this morning. One of the few Christian seminaries in Thailand, the school teaches theology to a widely international student body. After touring … Continue reading Faith Expressed in Art → The post Faith Expressed in Art appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • Do You Give Everything You Have to Follow Jesus?

    Brad Andres
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:22 am
    Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you. She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor. - Proverbs 4:7-9 Understanding how things work gives us the ability to be wise. Understanding provides us with the opportunity to make right choices because we see cause and effect in situations. Understanding helps us to live skillfully. If we gain understanding, we will be honored. When we understand who Jesus is, then we see and gain the…
  • Give Up Childish Ways (Scripture & Prayer) [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    I look forward to the day when we all have glorified bodies and minds through the new life God gives through Jesus Christ. In that day, we will no longer have learning disorders, growth impediments, or mental slowness. These things we notice because they are unnatural; a process of growth did not complete itself. At birth, we are simple and instinctive. As we grow, we start to develop language skills, critical thinking, and reasoning abilities. These continue to mature throughout the remainder of our lives. Usually, our largest amount of growth occurs between infancy and young adulthood.
  • Err on the Side of Action [Quote]

    Brad Andres
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    We need to learn to err on the side of action, because we tend to default to negligence. So many won’t do anything unless they hear a voice from heaven telling them precisely what to do. Why not default to action until you hear a voice from heaven telling you to wait? Francis Chan You and Me Forever: Marriage in Light of Eternity
  • Do You Spend Everything You Have on Understanding the Bible?

    Brad Andres
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 NIV Simply, this means that understanding is one of the most important things we should pursuit. But should we really spend all of our money on getting understanding and forget about paying bills, eating, and such? Sure, we can go to seminars, classes, and college. We can spend thousands of dollars in searching of understanding. It is not uncommon for Americans to spend $40,000 (which we do not have) to get a college degree. But, normally the college quest is the pursuit of knowledge, not a search for understanding. So, we as…
  • Little Money with God is Better than Unlimited Wealth [Photo]

    Brad Andres
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:55 am
    Around this time, people starting setting goals for the new year. Sometimes these goals contain financial goals. After all, if we aren’t looking ahead to where we want to be, then there’s no possible way we can get there. The need for goals is apparent. So setting goals make sense, and everything with that is good. But, the financial goals shouldn’t be the end goal. It can be part of a plan, but it shouldn’t be our focus. The presence of God should continually be our primary goal.  So, fitting finances into God’s plan is good. Heck, one of my goals is to be able…
 
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    SightShift

  • False Limitations and 9 bucks to change your life

    Chris McAlister
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:37 am
    The way we approach our “doing” is crazy. We resent real limitations that could inspire our creativity. We bow down to false limitations that diminish our desires. Paradoxical. We don’t know how to cooperate with the process. Yes there is a process to how we make real and lasting change in our lives. This is the big picture overview of SightShift where I teach you this process: In college I wanted to take a class that wasn’t even a class. I asked a prof to teach it. He said yes. He got approval from the dean as long as we could get students to enroll. I begged friends. They said yes.
  • Don’t Let The Motivation Fade…

    Chris McAlister
    1 Jan 2015 | 7:37 am
    There’s a lot of hype for folks swirling around today. And then disillusionment follows when by February the determination fades. No more bravado. No more proving. No more hiding. Learn who you are. Let that overflow into all your “doing”. This is messy, challenging, and requires deep meditative thought but will pay dividends into your life like nothing else. It’s not one sunrise of clarity where all your “doing” magically makes sense. But it is the beauty of thousands and thousands of daily sunrises as you grow into ever increasing clarity. Don’t…
  • Merry Christmas! SightShift: Lead is here.

    Chris McAlister
    23 Dec 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Let’s get right to it. I have a gift for you and wanted to say MERRY CHRISTMAS! I am so glad to have you a part of my life and what we can do together to help folks live from a secure identity. I want to help you order your internal world and lead your external world. So I created a whole new SightShift experience based on helping you be the best leader you can be. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4yyhu4Do8E After 15 years of massive mistakes and crazy wins in leadership I’ve taken all I’ve learned and studied to develop a SightShift: Lead guide. We also have a full day of content for…
  • Disappointing Behavior vs. Being A Disappointment

    Chris McAlister
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
    #SightShift30Days is over. This one seemed to be the crowd favorite. Do you know the difference between disappointing behavior and being a disappointment? Maybe the message comes across in the chaos of this video. Maybe. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWQmr20zXEY ?list=PLuaOrEkHKJL5FLRY2eH-VKMeDsU_duZd3 (Click here if a box doesn’t appear.) This is the craziness of my life. I. love. it.
  • How To Ask For What You Need Without Feeling Anxiety

    Chris McAlister
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:25 am
    For 30 Days I’ve been sharing how #SightShift has helped order my internal world that day so I can run my external world. A sampling from the last few days…   Day 21: Figure out your “being” then zero in on your unique “doing”. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=bipwhZQwD7w   Day 22: How to ask for what you need without anxiety. Hint: Another human being doesn’t define who you are. //www.youtube.com/watch?v=za0AoHN7SpU   Day 23: When you need change…intensity won’t solve your problem. Clarity will.
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • Supernatural Community

    Steve Bremner
    13 Jan 2015 | 9:04 am
    As some of you know, the title for our podcast, “Fire On Your Head” comes from the second chapter of the book of Acts when the Holy Spirit came down on the believers in the upper room and they were baptized in the Holy Spirit for the first time, spoke in new tongues, and Peter got up and preached to those who came out to see what was going on, and the result was that 3000 onlookers got saved and the community of believers [ who were not yet called “Christians”] grew. They multiplied, they [Continue reading...]
  • Why You WANT To Be Left Behind | Interview with JM Smith

    Steve Bremner
    7 Jan 2015 | 2:06 pm
    This week we finally have James-Michael Smith on the podcast. James is the author of the blog Disciple Dojo and the book, You WANT To Be Left Behind: Essays On The Bible and Popular End Times Teachings, which is the specific reason I invited him on the show. If you have the Stitcher Radio app on your smartphone, click the “listen later” button below and save this show for later. We had fun, and we covered: Matthew 24 and whether a third temple needs to be built in order to [Continue reading...]
  • My Most Widely-Read Blog Posts In 2014

    Steve Bremner
    31 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    We have reached the last days of 2014, and of course, like every other blogger on the internet I'm taking a moment to go over posts that were the most impacting on my blog's followers, or that drove the most amount of traffic to my site. Or got shared the most. One of the things I find myself doing each year when I make a post like this, is that I compare the list to the posts I wrote about in the year before. Last year I started publishing Kindle books, and though I didn't continue to publish [Continue reading...]
  • Most Important Books I Read in 2014

    Steve Bremner
    27 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    For those of you who have similar taste in books as I do, here's a short list of the books that stick out in my memory after having read them this year. You may already know I read a lot. My "to read list" has over 600 books on it, and in my Kindle I've got an "anxious to read" list of those whittled down to 60 out of those. I'm always reading 8 or 9 books at a time, and only recently have shed any guilt that just because I start a book doesn't mean I have to read it, especially in lieu of how [Continue reading...]
  • How To Get Audible’s Audio Books for less than $5 each

    Steve Bremner
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Want in on a little secret? I don't actually read all the free books I download. The hundreds of them. "Well Steve, neither do I." Right, but I have a point in WHY I download a lot of them anyway even though I know it's highly unlikely I'll ever read them. Because I might LISTEN to some of them on Audible.com. I've been hoarding Kindle books and seldom getting around to them because I've only got the same 24 hours in a day as everybody else does. So, the solution has become [Continue reading...]
 
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    Wisdom For Wealth

  • How God Gives Your Precious Life Meaning and Fulfilment Even When Life Seems Gloomy

    Uche Nwokolo
    20 Jan 2015 | 12:30 pm
    You can Be fulfilled and accomplished In life, trust me. When I was much younger I was sincerely bothered and concerned about why God decided to create man. Unfortunately in this quest, I became dejected and disappointed because I thought God made man to experience life on earth and then condemn him to hell when he dies since no one was perfect. That was traumatizing to me as a young teenager. Nevertheless, as I grew older I came to discover the amazing and awesome truth about why God created man. It wasn’t to watch him commit any wrong and then sentence him to hell when he dies or else he…
  • Why Do Good People Die Through Painful And Tragic Circumstances Despite Their Hope In God?

    Uche Nwokolo
    10 Jan 2015 | 4:59 am
    Death- Mans’ greatest Unraveled Mystery How would you love to die when you are about to take in your last breath on earth? This is one question many avoid, but it is clearly written in Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”. So that’s the fate of every man sealed and stamped by God. Now, back to my simple question, you may have planned to die when you are 80 or hopefully over 100 years with your great grand children at your deathbed. You also may have planned to die in your sleep or perhaps you never had thought of it. The honest…
  • The Last Two Inspirational Posts Ever To Be Written On Wisdom For Wealth

    Uche Nwokolo
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:12 am
    Time To say goodbye The end is in sight of this blog, Wisdom For Wealth but I can’t go off the scenes without giving you my highly esteemed friend and reader my best. It was an exciting, thrilling, tough and adventurous journey and I must say thank you to everyone who was with me on this journey so far. I have laboured towards to the success for this blog with my whole heart for more than 15 months despite my tight schedule in school but I have finally a made decision to let it go. I must say it was a hard one, because I hold this vision so dear to me but life demands change and growth and…
  • Why I am celebrating my 20th birthday despite the setbacks and heartaches of life

    Uche Nwokolo
    25 Dec 2014 | 2:26 am
    I forgot To put on my Suit…lol It’s been 20 years since I breathed my first priceless breath on this planet called earth and till this day all I can say is Thank you Lord. This thrilling adventure life has been filled with challenges, fun, mistakes, surprises and difficulties but in all things God has never let me down. When I felt like giving up he held me up and reassured me that he is always with us even to the end of the age. He gave me the best parents and siblings (family), the best country Nigeria, the best state plateau, the best school UNIJOS despite the Aluta (protest). And…
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    Only|Ordinary

  • Isn’t it Ironic?

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    2 Jan 2015 | 4:04 am
    Isn’t it Ironic? This post is probably going to create within you as the reader a very visceral reaction. It shouldn’t, but it more than likely will…because we have been “programmed” to think in a certain way about God, and this post will hopefully challenge you to think in a different way. So what is so Ironic? It is ironic that when someone preaches or teaches that God is more inclusive than we are comfortable with we crucify them, yet we are very comfortable teaching that God is very exclusive…it seems we are very comfortable teaching that God choses the select, the…
  • The Stories Jesus Told Part 2: The Problem of Familiarity

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:36 am
    The Problem of Familiarity…Been There, Read That  How many times have you read the story of the Prodigal Son, or the Good Samaritan?  How many times have you heard a sermon that used a Parable as its text?  If you have been in church any amount of time… you probably have heard the parables used quite often.  If you think about it, it makes sense to use them, they teach a point, and they use stories or comparisons to illustrate what it is they are trying to teach they are essentially sermons in and of themselves.   Because we have heard someone else tell us what these parables mean,…
  • Why Are Churches not Rushing to Ferguson, Mo?

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Why Are Churches not Rushing to Ferguson, Mo? Think about it! Our nation is in crisis, lives are being devastated there is a battle raging….so why aren’t the churches rushing in to provide aid and comfort? When there is a flood, hurricane or tornado, churches tweet about how they are rushing to send help and that they are loading the vans and trucks and buses to get to the area. Convoy of Hope rolls out sometimes before the storm ends and their website states that they are there for every storm…isn’t what is happening in Ferguson a storm? Why aren’t they rolling to Ferguson? Where…
  • The Stories Jesus Told: The Problems with Parables Part 1

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    The Problem of Not Being There…Context, Context, Context Studying the Parables of Jesus presents us with some difficulty.  It is kind of like trying to tell a popular American joke to someone from another country, only to have them not laugh with you at the punch line.   The reason they did not laugh at the joke is either because you are not a good joke teller, but more than likely it is because the person you intended to make laugh did not fully understand the joke.  They may have understood the language of the joke but they missed nuances of the context, cultural and locational…
  • New Blog Series: The Stories Jesus Told

    noexcuse777@gmail.com
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The Stories Jesus Told Have finally got the Small Group Study Guide Student Manual about ready for publication.  I have ordered the proof copy and it should be ready to roll of the presses at the new year! The Leader’s Guide The Leader’s Guide is compiled and being edited.  It is a slower process than I had hoped that it would be, mainly due to being very picky about content and layout.  Of course this is self-induced pain, but worth it I believe to make this a tool that people can use. The guide is designed to enable a Study Leader, Sunday School Teacher, Pastor to be able to open the…
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  • 6 Ways to Defeat Weakness and Build Spiritual Strength

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:36 pm
    Building spiritual strength can take a lot of commitment, but the results are well worth it. The harder you work to defeat weakness, the more motivated you will be to live life fearlessly and to pursue your dreams. Friedrich Nietzsche has been famously quoted as saying, "That which does not kill us makes us stronger." Many people have taken this encouraging quote and turned it into a mantra for their own lives. They work hard to overcome their weaknesses and are able to reap rewards in their personal and spiritual lives as a result.
  • 3 Easy Steps to Successful Meditation

    19 Jan 2015 | 1:35 pm
    You may feel motivated to take on the practice of meditation by spiritual quotes that speak about its many benefits. This might sound wonderful, but meditation is a practice that can be intimidating for those who are unfamiliar with it. Fortunately, you do not need to have a monk's level of commitment in order to reap the benefits of meditation in your everyday life. In fact, learning how to meditate is a process that is both easy and enjoyable. Let's take a look at how you can ease into practicing meditation.
  • The World His People

    18 Jan 2015 | 2:48 pm
    "Without the Way there is no going; without the Truth there is no knowing; without the Life there is no living." -Thomas A. Kempis   There are so many people hurting or dying The world is in turmoil Lacking in any real spiritual motivation Today we have so many people sick, blind, and lost Children who are suffering with no food or clothing Our governments are at arms with one another The world lacks trust, hope, and faith Leading many people to wonder if God truly has meaning anymore
  • I'm Strong

    11 Jan 2015 | 5:54 am
    I'm strong Why else would Satan want me? I'm strong God strengthens me through the storms I'm strong I believe in the God that can
  • Choosing Your Clothes--How the Clothing You Wear Affects Your Mood

    9 Jan 2015 | 3:39 pm
    While clothing in no way defines the person or determines his or her worth, the clothes you wear say a lot about you. They can reveal glimpses of your mood, your priorities, your value system, and your occupation. Coleman Cox described the connection between a person's clothing and the perception of state of mind: "Keeping your clothes well pressed will keep you from looking hard pressed."
 
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  • Singer, Carman, shares miraculous victory over cancer

    Luchae Williams
    28 Jan 2015 | 1:25 am
    Contemporary christian artist, Carman Licciardello who shared his victory over cancer with Face Book fans yesterday, photographed on the left well into chemo therapy and 9 months later, before walking on stage. (PHOTO: Facebook) In a Face Book post yesterday, Christian artist, Carman Licciardello, who was diagnosed with cancer early in 2012, gave glory to God one year after doctors had diagnosed him with a near fatal infection. He shared “I’m energetic and ready to start touring again on February 12th. God can turn anything around.” As reported in Gateway News last year, the singer…
  • To get a touch from the Lord

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    28 Jan 2015 | 1:13 am
    A monthly column by farmer, preacher and writer  for Jesus, Angus Buchan When we look at Matthew 14:34-36 (NKJV), the Bible tells us that people came from far and wide just to touch Jesus so that they could be made well and healed from their illnesses. In these days so many of us are concerned about every other aspect of life and not so concerned about spending time with Jesus. You see, Jesus is not only our Healer, He is also our Saviour, Shepherd and Provider. He is everything that we need. There are many, many scriptures in the Word of God which tell of people desiring just to touch Jesus…
  • Faith of Niger Christians grows stronger in face of unprecedented violence

    admin
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:28 am
    Originally published in Christian News Christians in Niger are joyfully meeting in homes under police protection as they plan to rebuild church buildings and houses after attacks last weekend (January 16-18) that were unprecedented in scale. “Nothing of this magnitude has ever happened in this nation,” wrote one missionary couple in the capital, Niamey. “Nearly every church in the capital city of Niamey was burned or looted, along with some schools and orphanages and several other churches and Christian homes throughout the nation.” Muslims protesting the depiction of the prophet of…
  • Tens of thousands March for Life in Washington as GOP sends mixed abortion message

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    23 Jan 2015 | 12:31 am
    Tens of thousands of attendees came to Washington, DC on Thursday, January 22, 2015 for the annual March for Life. (PHOTO: The Christian Post). Originally published in The Christian Post Tens of thousands of people from across the United States and abroad gathered at National Mall for the annual March for Life. The large gathering calling for the advancement of the pro-life cause in America took place as the Republican-controlled US House of Representatives gave the demonstrators a mixed message. While the lower House of Congress passed a bill to strip abortion providers of taxpayer funds,…
  • Charlie Hebdo violence in Niger has destroyed at least 70 churches – report

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    23 Jan 2015 | 12:22 am
    Violence erupted in Niger over the weekend over latest Charlie Hebdo cover. (PHOTO: Reuters/Tagaza Djibo) Originally published in Christianity Today Christians in the Niger are still reeling from the destruction of more than 70 churches over the weekend as Muslims angry from the Charlie Hebdo cartoons attacked these places of worship. According to the World Watch Monitor, at least 10 people were killed during the violence. While local police reported only 45 churches damaged, World Watch Monitor claimed that there were more than 70 churches that sustained damage.  Reuters said that the…
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  • Why I know God fulfills his promises

    Wendy van Eyck
    25 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
     The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. Genesis 12:1-4 (NIV)Last week, my friend Renee Fisher wrote…
  • How can you include faith in your every day life?

    Wendy van Eyck
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    A guest post by Ann HaleWatch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. 1 Corinthians 16:13 (NKJV)I’m new to Christianity. Well, ‘new’ is maybe not the correct term; ‘reborn’ would be better. I was raised as a Christian, went to a Christian school and to church. When I was 14, my father became ill and God decided He wanted him home. Barely 13 years later, He also called my brother back. For me, that was what they call ‘the final drop’ and I lost my faith, but a little while ago, I returned to God.For me, having faith in God and Jesus means believing that there is…
  • The one thing I try to remember when I'm overcome with worry

    Wendy van Eyck
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    So do not worry about tomorrow. Let tomorrow worry about itself. Living faithfully is a large enough task for today. Matthew 6:34 (VOICE)Since mid-November we have been renovating our new home. The place has been gutted and fresh plaster clings to new walls, uneven concrete begs for a fresh layer of screed and fresh ceiling boards lie waiting to be used. All of the renovations have had me fretting about money. I’d love to say since mid-November but it’s been well before then. Each time I sat down to work out the budget the numbers don’t seem to work. Each time I told my husband he…
  • One thing to remember when you feel like you won’t make it (and a free printable so you don’t forget it)

    Wendy van Eyck
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    So he became their Saviour.In all their troubles, he was troubled, too.He didn’t send someone else to help them.He did it himself, in person.Out of his own love and pity he redeemed them.He rescued them and carried them along for a long, long time. Isaiah 63:8-9 (MSG)Do you ever feel like giving up? You know those days when everything just seems too heavy? The times when nothing is going your way?Maybe you or a loved one just got a diagnosis of a dread disease. Or you’ve just pushed aside a pile of debts you don’t know how to pay to read the internet. Or maybe one more relationship…
  • How God can use your embarrassing moment for his good

    Wendy van Eyck
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:30 pm
    A guest post by Christy Pearce“Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Exodus 4:12-13Thanks, but NO. I never even wanted to do this anyway.  It had come to this – the only way off this stupid obstacle course was a stinking ZIP LINE.  Well, just go ahead and chop my head off because I’d rather DIE than take that leap.  END. OF. STORY. Well, not really. The highlight of the Youth Retreat weekend was the gospel, but there was one “special” event on the…
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  • A story still to come

    Sarah Galloway
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
        I am forgotten like a dead man, out of mind; I am like a broken vessel.  Psalm 31:12 I love taking pictures, nothing can catapult you into the middle of a story like a snapshot in time of a subject.  Recently while visiting an old abandoned place (another hobby of mine) I ran across this old decaying piano.  As a pianist I was immediately saddened by its condition.  I ran my fingers over the uneven keys and searched for a brand or some kind of mark signifying its age.  I pressed down on a few keys and they made a sickly off-tune sound.  The inner-workings of the hammers and…
  • Outside the Culture

    Charles Crutcher
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    You don’t have a soul. You are a soul; you have a body.-unknown Let that sink in. When is the last time you took a deep breath, closed your eyes, and immerse yourself into the world around you as a quiet spectator? Do you ever just take in the sights, smells, notice the people around you and watch how they respond to other people? Have you ever watched the trees sway in the wind back and forth and noticed the natural staccato of the leaves rustling in applause to the sky? When was the last time you ever noticed stillness? Our world is full of distractions. But what is all of the…
  • Reader’s Choice – Our Law

    Steve Becker
    16 Jan 2015 | 6:01 am
    This is a hot topic of late and screams out to me to address it head on.  It is really a question of God’s Law which, as a Christ-follower, we are commanded to follow. Our reader wrote: How do I lead my family and resolve when God’s message and popular culture are in conflict. One current example: According to the Bible, homosexuality is sinful. Popular culture presents this viewpoint as bad/evil as racism. Even many churches are now obtaining homosexual pastors who are openly and unapologetically homosexual. They not only view the lifestyle as equal to a heterosexual lifestyle,…
  • At Home as a Guest

    Sandy Baggs
    15 Jan 2015 | 3:32 am
    When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Matthew 8:34-36 How many times have we heard this verse? I bet we all have memories of at least 10 sermons where these verses were included. When you have been a believer for a good amount of time, that’s…
  • Love – How Does It Look On Me?

    Sandy Baggs
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:17 am
    Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.  Ephesians 5:1-2 In the past I had difficulty loving others, but I didn’t know it. I had a disconnect between what the Bible said and how I felt on the inside. This doesn’t make me hateful, but it makes me and all of us human. Our fallen nature, original sin makes us not want to love, but OOOooohhh do we want to be loved and we crave it and we beg for it and sometimes demand it, don’t we? I…
 
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  • Why Your Spouse Won’t Support Your Dream.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    27 Jan 2015 | 1:08 am
    SUPPORT, something we all need in almost every area of our lives. From academics to our work, parenting, business, relationships, family matters, decision making, dreams and aspirations… We all need... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Failed Faith Or Failed Promises?

    Ugochi Jolomi
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:40 am
    Some time one or two years ago, as I sat home-working with my sons on the dinning table, they told me something that made me get conscious of my response whenever that asked for something. They told... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • My Way Or No Way.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:54 am
    This thought and action is the culprit of the challenge or trouble many marriages face. When a husband or wife always insists on having his or her way there is bound to be trouble. Even if the other... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • I Must Have It!

    Ugochi Jolomi
    15 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    One day we had a program going on and my mentor was ministering, I stood waiting on my mentor to finish talking, praying in my heart that the people would stop asking too many questions so we could... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Marriage Meditations.

    Ugochi Jolomi
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:30 am
    Everything God created can only be maintained by His word. He made everything by His Word and He sustains everything by His Word too. See John 1: 3 and Hebrews 1:3 God created marriage, He joined the... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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  • I Am Small

    Jennie
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Psalm 8:1“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”For one semester during my junior year in college, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Lithuania.  God used these few months to teach me so many things about His character and who I am in Christ.It took less than two weeks for the jolt of living abroad to set in.  I had all the symptoms of culture shock, and I felt homesick and anxious.  Thankfully, I was surrounded by a group of believers to remind me of God’s goodness.On a night when I felt especially low, there was a praise and worship time in…
  • Naturally Worship

    Toni
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    How can we have a deeper relationship with our Creator? When we look to Psalm 8, we see that we are called to experience His majesty in His Creation.Psalm 8 : 1“O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!”The greatest privilege we have in this life is to be in relationship with our Creator and He has provided a setting that is without equal. (No, it’s not Disney World!)“You have set your glory above the heavens…”These days, I feel most connected to our Creator when I’m on an airplane and sitting in a window seat.Psalm 8 : 3“When I consider the heavens, the…
  • What Is Worship?

    Kristen
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Romans 12 : 1Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.“So what is worship?” someone asks of us in small group. A long pause follows. Every movement is obvious and glaringly loud. I can hear the person next to me inhale as though they are ready to share an insight, but nothing is said aloud.I think that I have an answer to this question, but putting words to it is difficult. I know there is a common misconception that worship is limited to the…
  • Women of the Word

    Bridget
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds By Jen Wilkin I recently read Jen Wilkin’s first book, Women of the Word.  I thought perhaps a review of the book would be helpful for others considering reading it or for those who haven’t yet heard of it.  First, I would suggest grabbing a good old-fashioned paper copy of this book.  I love my Kindle, but this is a resource book and you will end up using it like one.  Having a paper copy you can flip through easily and mark up is the way to go.  Secondly, I found this book extremely…
  • Isn't It Enough To Be A Good Person?

    Jenn
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    At least I'm not an ax murderer, right? Most people like to think they are pretty good, you know, compared to someone worse than them.  But in Romans 7:18 Paul says, "I know that no good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh."   “We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope” — Tim Keller How Bad Are You?In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus says that anyone who murders will be judged against the law.  But then he adds a very tough addendum.  If you…
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  • The Search Party

    Michael Thompson
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    In 2012, a woman went missing near Iceland’s Eldgja canyon…not a place you want to be lost alone. She had been traveling through Iceland with a group of tourists and their tour bus made a stop near the volcanic canyon. After the long ride and the excursion through the rough terrain, she wanted to freshen up. She left the bus to wash her face and change her clothes. But then, she didn’t return. When she was reported missing by the bus driver, a search party was hastily organized. Nearly 50 people in vehicles and on foot scoured the area with the coast guard readying a…
  • Un-Couraged

    Michael Thompson
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:12 am
    Courageous. It’s a great word. A breathtaking reality when on display. Usually it’s a label attached to people who race headlong into danger to save someone they may not even know with little thought of their own well-being. Soldiers in the field of battle who won’t leave a comrade behind. Officers in the line of fire who won’t back down until safety is restored. Ordinary people who run into a burning house to save an elderly neighbor. But courage more often comes in simpler form. When you see it in the drudgery of the daily it isn’t as dramatic. But it is…
  • Beggars At A Five-Star Feast

    Michael Thompson
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:35 am
    Hi. My name is Michael. I’m a foodie. There, I said it. I love food. But not just food…good food. Great food, actually. I love sourcing, serving and savoring it. Whether the artistic plating at a classic fine dining establishment, the organic offerings of a farm-to-table boutique or the homespun goodness of a southern lady’s kitchen, these palate-pleasers are irresistible to me. But there is more to my confession. My wife and I raised three even worse foodies and unleashed them on the world. They have actually amplified my affection for gastric delights and culinary…
  • Sunrise, Sunset

    Michael Thompson
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:59 am
    It was a perfect night to fly. With nearly unlimited visibility, quiet winds and the sun fading on the western horizon, I was excited to climb into the copilot’s seat on my boss’s Pilatus to head home after a week at corporate headquarters. But I was in no way prepared for the longest sunset I had ever experienced. Oranges, reds, yellows and purples I had never seen mingled in a kaleidoscope of color nearly overwhelmed my mind’s palate. Flying into a sunset seems to extend its life and expand its beauty. Living in Florida exposes me constantly to beautiful sunsets.
  • Papa Can You Hear Me?

    Michael Thompson
    6 Jan 2015 | 11:19 am
    “Our thoughts and prayers are with you…” Honestly, I’m nearly sick to death of hearing it. From politicians to news anchors; from preachers to movie stars, it has become the in-thing to say when confronted by people whose lives have been shattered. Not that having someone think prayerfully about me when I’m hurting isn’t significant. On the contrary, in the soul’s darker nights nothing is more important. But too often this is just something to say to end the uncomfortable engagement with someone pouring out the depths of pain, loss, sadness or…
 
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  • As 2014 Comes to a Close

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

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

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

    Anastasios Hudson
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Example of sensationalistic, Fundamentalist Nonsense I don’t celebrate Halloween, out of obedience to my bishop and because my conscience does not permit me to engage in anything that makes light of the dark powers (which, when I was involved with occultic things as a teenager, I witnessed with my own eyes). That being said, a few points: 1) A lot of the anti-Halloween stuff is derived from Protestant Fundamentalist nonsense, and should not be taken seriously or used in Orthodox arguments against Halloween. We really don’t know what Druids did, what their religion was like, or…
  • A Response to Some Distortions by Archbishop Gregory Concerning the GOC

    Anastasios Hudson
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:09 am
    [PDF] Introduction Archbishop Gregory of Colorado At the onset, I want to say that I have an extreme dislike for engaging in polemics. Nowadays, I normally do not engage in public refutations of false accusations; I spent too many hours of my life doing so in the 2000s, and it caused me a lot of consternation. Perhaps some good came out of it, but I found it impossible to answer every critic, and every argument. Nowadays, I don’t mind writing broadly in article or book format to address trends and events, but the point-by-point refutation style of responding so common online is something I…
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  • Divided loyalties: Christians riding bumper cars

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    My undergraduate thesis was an attempt to tie together my majors, international relations and social psychology. I looked at identity (as a social psychological concept) among members of non-state actors (a popular category in IR). Specifically, my research focused on the levels of loyalty among Lebanese members of Hezbollah. The point of the research was to make a statement about how people act when their various identities conflict. What I mean by conflicting loyalties is this: In addition to being a member of Hezbollah, a man may also have national allegiance to Lebanon, loyalty to his…
  • Foreign policy in 4 years of State of the Union addresses

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Syria – “Assad is on the way out… well, unless he’s not” 2012 (1 mention): “And in Syria, I have no doubt that the Assad regime will soon discover that the forces of change cannot be reversed, and that human dignity cannot be denied.” 2013 (2 mentions): “We’ll keep the pressure on a Syrian regime that has murdered its own people, and support opposition leaders that respect the rights of every Syrian.” 2014 (3 mentions): “In Syria, we’ll support the opposition that rejects  the agenda of terrorist networks…. American diplomacy, backed by the…
  • Scars

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    He showed me the spot where the bullet went in. It didn’t look exactly the way it looks in the movies. It looked webby, gnarly, like tree roots. It was a rise, not a depression. Sort of elastic and discolored. Seeing that splash of torn skin makes you think differently about fake blood on Halloween. My friend who’s a doctor now said he doesn’t care for war movies anymore because he’s seen people hurt and dying on real-life operating tables. The realness of the wrongness starts to get you. “What’s your name?” the boy asked in practiced English. “Griffin.” For some reason this…
  • It’s a long way to Montgomery

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    12 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Demonstrators march in the streets, hoisting signs and chanting lyrical slogans for rights, for protection, for justice. Some signs bear poignant phrases, others throw accusations, and still others note grievances. There are lawyers out there, and late-night custodians. There are school teachers and students and mothers. There are pastors too, and sheiks and rabbis. And it feels strange when the police lines come out to meet them, looking across the thin invisible line at their own preachers. The risk, however small, of desire and anger bursting into violence is overbearing and ever-present.
  • More freely, more fiercely

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    8 Jan 2015 | 4:30 am
    Journalists are not the enemy. Cartoonists are not the enemy. Satirists are not the enemy. Journalism – the freedom to listen, tell, and share – has become a dangerous profession. Last year saw scores of reporters and photographers killed and hundreds more imprisoned, mostly on assignments in conflict regions. Yesterday, more were gunned down. This time not in a war zone or on the trail of drug cartels, but in an office in Paris. Liberty of expression was assassinated again. It has been many times in history, and will be many times ahead. But it always rises. No mouth-to-mouth needed.
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    27 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
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  • Anchorage Celebrates a Milestone

    Ruth Hill
    14 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    This is centennial year for Alaska's first city, Anchorage, and there are more than the usual reasons to make a call in 2015. The post Anchorage Celebrates a Milestone appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Bucolic Bucks County: the only place Hammerstein flopped

    Ruth Hill
    8 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    Bucolic Bucks County has lured marquee names from the big cities to its country serenity, colonial history and arts tradition for decades, including Oscar Hammerstein II. The post Bucolic Bucks County: the only place Hammerstein flopped appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Riding Bucks County’s Culture Flow

    Ruth Hill
    6 Jan 2015 | 8:45 am
    Bucks County in Pennsylvania is a place rich in history and culture. it's also perfect for a weekend retreat, a romantic escape or a family vacation. And there are sites to interest faith travelers as well. The post Riding Bucks County’s Culture Flow appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Madison Tours & Travel Broadens Faith-Based Services

    Ruth Hill
    29 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Madison Tours & Travel broadens faith-based travel to include choir and concert tours and travel for the hearing impaired. The post Madison Tours & Travel Broadens Faith-Based Services appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
 
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  • Elect, Pilgrims and Saints

    Silas Eke
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Reading: First Peter 1:1-12The Church in Asia Minor was undergoing persecution, especially under Nero.  The terrible persecution of Christians led to some turning back on or at least question their faith. It was at this time that the great Apostle Peter wrote a letter to the believers. It was a source of great encouragement. You can imagine their excitement when the letter got to them:“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the…
  • The Functional Church

    Silas Eke
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Reading: Acts 2In our increasingly secular society, the Church seems to be losing much of its dynamism and influence. To some people today, the Church is just a word and to some, it is like any other business enterprise. But that is not what God intended the Church to be – the Church should be a dynamic force, a part of the living body of Christ making a difference in our world. Why is the Church not doing this?What is the Church? When we speak of the Church we are speaking of a two-fold phenomenon. There is the Church visible and the Church invisible. Fundamentally, the Church is a living…
  • Visible Church, Invisible Church

    Silas Eke
    10 Jan 2015 | 3:30 pm
    The community of God’s people on earth has always proved to be somewhat mixed in its constituency. Not all who are nominally and outwardly members are necessarily in true and living communion with God. It is necessary to draw a very clear distinction between the Catholic or Universal Church which is invisible, and consists of the whole members of the elect that have been, are or shall be gathered in, and the visible Church which also is Catholic or Universal, and consists of all those throughout the world who profess faith in Christ whether or not that faith is genuine.  The…
  • The Christly Community

    Silas Eke
    3 Jan 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Reading: First Corinthians 12:1-31While the primary function of the Church is to glorify God (Ephesians 3:10; First Peter 2:9), viewed from the human side, the Church may be said to make certain specific provisions.It provides fellowship for its members. The new relationship of the disciples with Christ found expression in a social form, In the early days of the Christian Church fellowship was a very significant feature (Acts 2:42, 44-47; 4:32-33).It bears testimony to the world. The Church was formed for the purpose of witnessing to the world (Acts 1:8). It is commissioned to…
  • Only Sacrifice Makes Love Meaningful

    Silas Eke
    24 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    ( *This post was originally published in 2010)Reading: Genesis 22:1-18In this passage we see the only story in the Bible that mirrors the birth and death of Christ. Abraham so loved God that he gave his only son in sacrifice to God (He had another son with Hagar, the Egyptian bond woman, called Ishmael but he had sent them away earlier in Genesis 21).Later in John 3:16, we would read: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” Again we see God giving His Son. But was it just His Son that…
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  • Which Bible Translation to Use

    Robert
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:12 pm
    Which Bible Translation To Use? Wondering Which Bible Translation to Use There is a lot of noise about the various Bible translations and which Bible translation to use.  There are those in the King James camp who consider the King James Bible to be “the original.”  But it’s not the original; the originals were Greek, […] The post Which Bible Translation to Use appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • God Knows How Weak We Are

    Robert
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    God Knows How Weak We Are For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.  Psalm Chapter 103, Verse 14 Ever feel like you have failed the Lord?  Everyone feels like this at some time or the other.  Although we have been redeemed, we still have to deal with our flesh […] The post God Knows How Weak We Are appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • Stop Asking God For Material Items

    Robert
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Don’t Keep Asking God For Things You Don’t Need 1 John 5:13-14 CJB says, “I have written you these things so that you may know that you have eternal life – you who keep trusting in the person and power of the Son of God. This is the confidence we have in his presence: if […] The post Stop Asking God For Material Items appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • He Who Speaks To God

    Robert
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    He Who Speaks to God Some people believe that hearing God is a privilege that is only available to those have become sons in the faith. This is not true. Many of us are evidence of this when considering that he had to “speak to us” in our sin state in order for us to […] The post He Who Speaks To God appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
  • God Still Heals Experience God Healing

    Robert
    13 Oct 2014 | 11:44 am
    God Still Heals – God Healing Sometimes, when we are in the midst of great distress – either physical, emotional or even spiritual, it can be very difficult to believe that he is with us. But the truth is this: “God never breaks or loosens his commitment to his people. We are often the ones […] The post God Still Heals Experience God Healing appeared first on Your Bible Quotes. No related posts.
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  • What Is The Church?

    Get Better Today
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    In this short video, Pastor Sal Valenzuela gives a brief explanation of the what “the church” really is.  He mentions that it’s not a physical location, but a living, breathing organism. Taking a close look at what the Bible says about “the church”, this video originally posted by Live For Christ Church, is a must watch for any Christian – young or old! The post What Is The Church? appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • Is It Ok To Date In High School?

    Get Better Today
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:20 pm
    To help launch his newest book, The Mingling of Souls, Matt Chandler has been doing weekly Q&A videos to answer popular questions about love, dating, marriage and sex.  Joined by his wife Lauren Chandler, the two have be responding to the tough questions about relationships. In this short video posted by David C Cook, both Matt and Lauren are asked: What are your thoughts on dating in high school? Whether you completely agree with their answer or not, you must admit – they make some REALLY good points. Is it ok to date in high school? What do you think? The post Is It Ok To Date…
  • What Bono Said About Jesus May Surprise You

    Get Better Today
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Frontman of the incredibly popular band U2, Bono, recently talked about faith and life in an interview we found on YouTube. It’s clear from listening to his answers that Bono TRULY believes what he’s saying about Jesus.  Listen closely, there’s absolutely no hesitation in his voice on each question – a sign Bono really believes it. P.S. – He brings up some really good points about Jesus. The post What Bono Said About Jesus May Surprise You appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • 6 Tips For Sharing The Gospel With Young Adults

    Michael Fear
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Three years ago, I started a Christian blog. I had NO IDEA what I was doing. My Bible knowledge was minimal at best. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned along the way… God likes to use the unqualified. Since 2011… Almost 1 Million people have visited our website, GetBetterToday.com. Thousands of people watched our LIVE episodes of Get Better TV. And now, young adults in our community keep coming to our weekly bible study. Needless to say, the past 3 years have been quite the journey.  Here are a few things I’ve learned about sharing the gospel with…
  • Christian Hat Company, Adonai Supply, Is Spreading Hope Through Snapbacks

    Get Better Today
    28 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    For a long time, Christian apparel was corny.  If you wanted to buy something from a faith-based company, the product itself – was subpar. But not anymore. There’s a movement taking place inside Christianity that’s completely reshaping culture and the way society looks at Christian clothing.  It’s not corny and predictable any longer.  Several brands are launching apparel that’s flat out legit! Adonai Supply is one of those companies. By bringing urban headwear to the church, Adonai is spreading the message of HOPE to believers in a unique way.  In fact,…
 
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    Charles Samuel

  • The ‘Indian Church’ Must Die

    Charles Samuel
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:58 pm
    The 'Indian church' has focused on culture. It's been wrong for years. THE CHURCH—the actual body of Christ—is post-culture. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post The ‘Indian Church’ Must Die appeared first on Charles Samuel.
  • Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People

    Charles Samuel
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:44 am
    We treat overweight Christians sensitively as a church. But if you're a gay Christian? Not so much. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Being A Gay Christian Won’t Work For A Church of Fat People appeared first on Charles Samuel.
  • Your Love Is Insulting And You May Not Even Know It

    a friend
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Saying you love God and not wanting to know more about him? That's just insulting. The post Your Love Is Insulting And You May Not Even Know It appeared first on Charles Samuel.
  • 4 Things We Get Wrong About Prayer

    Charles Samuel
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Here are 4 misconceptions we have about prayer. Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post 4 Things We Get Wrong About Prayer appeared first on Charles Samuel.
  • Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves

    Charles Samuel
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Church leaders have a responsibility to accurately relay what's in scripture. So why do so many leaders share bad church doctrine? Author information Charles Samuel Writer Charles writes for a living and was born at a really young age. This is his website but any errors you find can and will be blamed on somebody else that will conveniently be named later. | Twitter | Facebook | Google+ | LinkedIn | The post Bad Church Doctrine Makes Us Slaves appeared first on Charles Samuel.
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • 3 tips tp OVERCOMING GYM-INTIMIDATION

    Matt Hylton
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:12 am
    Whether you are walking into a gym for the first time or changing gyms, there is a great deal of anxiety and fear. Because you have never been there, you don’t know people or the staff, let alone the variety of new equipment and how to properly set it up for maximum results and performance. Just recently I had this experience for the second time while on my journey. I have nothing but good things to say about my precious gym. I enjoyed my workouts, my interaction with the staff and club members. Leaving was bittersweet as I have met so many people and shared my story about how God…
  • Get Your Family Moving

    Julie Wilson
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:29 am
    Being active on your own is wonderful, but having your family be active with you is even better!  Most people who live sedentary lives hate the idea of exercise. I don’t even like that word because it sounds purely like a chore.  Being active is important and so good for our bodies! We were made to move, and there are so many benefits to our health. I want to paint a picture of what my household looked like before I had decided this was important in my life. I was a full time teacher in a Christian school. I spent most of day sitting on my comfy chair at the front of the classroom while…
  • Motivation 101: When You Just Aren’t Feeling It!

    Julie Wilson
    14 Jan 2015 | 9:29 am
    How many of us feel like working out all the time? It’s easy to be unmotivated especially once we are out of the routine.  I have experienced this so often, and found that it’s better to show up and do something than not show up and do anything! We tend to set these expectations that are so extreme and once we fail once, we fall completely off track. Here are some things you can do to help motivate you to tap into your inner focused athlete!   Be Realistic Our lives and households are all so different. Some of us have children at home. Some have work situations that make getting to…
  • Food Perspective

    Matt Hylton
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:04 am
    VIEWS ON FOOD FOOD, FOOD, FOOD. Eating is the most critical part of this life and health journey.  You have heard it said that 30% of the journey is exercise and 70% nutrition. This is correct.  I never knew how important food was to my life until God changed my way of thinking.  After the first month of being on my journey, I discovered that food is just fuel. Just like there are different grades of gas for the automobile, there are also different grades of food.  Not all foods are the same.  It’s like the difference of having a Boston cream doughnut or a multigrain English muffin.
  • God Makes Us New

    Julie Wilson
    9 Jan 2015 | 11:29 am
    Pressing On Just a few hours after typing out the blog post about my derailed train, I found myself sitting off the tracks again.  I had made the commitment and was ready to finally stay on track. This is how we need to see each day, but that doesn’t mean we will be perfect. I have said in the past that the key to long term success on a health journey is to keep getting back on track. Instead of losing focus one day and quitting, I press on the next day in hopes to stay headed in the right direction. A Fresh Start My fresh start of a day started out great! Breakfast consisted of an egg…
 
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    United Faith Church

  • Strength

    Kris Burke
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:58 am
    Psalm 84:5-7 Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, Whose heart is set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.   UFC, This verse really stood out to me this week. In looking into it I found that the Valley of Baca was also known as the Valley of Weeping. It was known as this because of how barren and desolate it was, there was no water to be found there. So when reading this verse it makes sense. Blessed is the man who puts their…
  • A Year of Recompense

    Kris Burke
    15 Jan 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Psalm 18:20-24 The Lord rewarded me according to my righteousness; According to the cleanness of my hands He has recompensed me. For I have kept the ways of the Lord, And have not wickedly departed from my God. For all His judgments were before me, And I did not put away His statutes from me. I was also blameless before Him, And I kept myself from my iniquity. Therefore the Lord has recompensed me according to my righteousness, According to the cleanness of my hands in His sight. UFC, On New Years, Pastor Janeth spoke of how this year would be a year of recompense. It would be a year that we…
  • Change

    Kris Burke
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:32 pm
    1 Peter 1:24-25 “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” And this is the word that was preached to you. UFC, Today, I was thinking about all the change that I have seen in my lifetime. I am only 29 years old but in that short time there has been so much change in my life, in this country and even in this world. Looking throughout history we can see the drastic changes that have taken place. We can see the change that has taken place in peoples values and their views…
  • Honduras – New Year Photos

    United Faith Church
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:09 pm
                The post Honduras – New Year Photos appeared first on United Faith Church.
  • Happy New Year!

    Kris Burke
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Genesis 49:24-25 Because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, Because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, Because of your father’s God, who helps you, Because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below…   UFC, Happy New Year! Do you feel the excitement in the air? The people of God are in anxious expectation of all that is coming in this new year. God is ready to do amazing things in the midst of His people. This will be a year of miracles, blessings and favor in the presence of our King. When the world asks you why you…
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    FaithSuccess

  • Happy New Year!!! - from FaithSuccess

    SEGUN
    1 Jan 2015 | 10:28 am
    Happy New Year!!! Thanks to you all for being a reader of FaithSuccess Blog, God bless you We really appreciate you for being part of our SUCCESS in the year 2014. This new year shall be a season of fruitfulness for us all in Jesus Name. It shall be a blessed year in Jesus Name . May God's presence go with us, and be a wall of fire round about us. Zech. 2:5! God shall deliver us from
  • Leadership nuggets

    SEGUN
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Leadership involves impact/influence. The way you can advise you're a pioneer is to look over your shoulder. In the event that some person's taking after, then you're the pioneer. In the event that no one's tailing, you're not the pioneer. The minute you need to say to the individuals in your service, "I'm the pioneer!" you are no more the pioneer. Authority is something that is earned. You
  • Progressing by THE WORD!

    SEGUN
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all (1 Timothy 4:15) 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8 - KJV).
  • Paul's Thorn in the flesh

    SEGUN
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:55 pm
    What About Paul's Thorn? "But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell" (Num. 33:55). "Don't you remember, though, Brother Hagin 'Paul was sick all his life.'" "No, I don't remember that." "But
  • What About Paul's Thorn in the Flesh?

    SEGUN
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    What About Paul's Thorn in the Flesh? Tradition has taught that Paul's thorn in the flesh was some type of physical ailment or sickness. If you will take time to study the Word, you will find that this is not true. Paul clearly states in II Corinthians 12:7 that because of the abundance of revelations he had received, he was given a thorn in the flesh and the thorn was "a messenger of Satan."
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    The Cross-Current

  • The Malarkey of Visiting Heaven and the Sufficiency of Scripture

    Cross-Current
    16 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    If you’ve seen the news yesterday or today, you may have been surprised to find this, this, or this. After five years of people swearing by this book, the truth has finally broken through the surface of the news. The … Continue reading →
  • Ancient Wine and the Modern Christian [part 6]

    Cross-Current
    29 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    I’ve introduced the topic of Christians and wine-drinking. I’m going through an article by Robert Stein, in which he cites ancient Greco-Roman sources like Homer, Pliny, Athanaeus, and Plutarch, to argue that wine in the ancient world was so watered … Continue reading →
  • Ancient Wine and the Modern Christian [part 5]

    Cross-Current
    23 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    I’ve introduced the topic of Christians and wine-drinking. I’m going through an article by Robert Stein, in which he cites ancient Greco-Roman sources like Homer, Pliny, Athanaeus, and Plutarch, to argue that wine in the ancient world was so watered … Continue reading →
  • Ancient Wine and the Modern Christian [part 4]

    Cross-Current
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    I’ve introduced the topic of Christians and wine-drinking. I’m going through an article by Robert Stein, in which he cites ancient Greco-Roman sources like Homer, Pliny, Athanaeus, and Plutarch, to argue that wine in the ancient world was so watered … Continue reading →
  • Ancient Wine and the Modern Christian [part 3]

    Cross-Current
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:48 pm
    I’ve introduced the topic of Christians and wine-drinking (and, hopefully, why a study like this is relevant). I’m going through an article by Robert Stein, in which he cites ancient Greco-Roman sources like Homer, Pliny, Athanaeus, and Plutarch, to argue … Continue reading →
 
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    The WILD VOICE

  • "I am confused and worried…" – Catholic Voices speak to Pope Francis

    The WILDVOICE
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:43 am
    http://thewildvoice.org BACKGROUND and INTRODUCTION On October 18, 2014, The WILD VOICE initiated a petition asking 'Pope Francis' to clarify his positions, statements, and behavior on matters important to Catholics and to answer the call of Cardinal Raymond Burke to defend the… Read more → The post "I am confused and worried…" – Catholic Voices speak to Pope Francis appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Wise As Serpents – A Crash Course in SYMBOLS

    The WILDVOICE
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:59 am
    http://thewildvoice.org PAGE TOPICS Introduction Ancient Symbols in Modern Times Explanation of Glossary and Disclaimer Visual Glossary of Symbols A Brief Visual Glossary of Symbols Please Note – The information below has been compiled by Christian (Catholic) authors and is framed as… Read more → The post Wise As Serpents – A Crash Course in SYMBOLS appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • THE LIGHTS and DARKNESS OF CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY OF THE POPE: ITALY

    The WILDVOICE
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org PAGE TOPICS Masonic Lights Turned On in Bologna 12.13.14 Saint Peter's Dome Lights Turned Off 12.12.14 'Pope Francis' Christmas Eve Homily – Light and Darkness Rome's 'Christmas Lights' 2014 – 144 Nations Rome's 'Christmas Lights' 2013 – Rainbow Flag  … Read more → The post THE LIGHTS and DARKNESS OF CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY OF THE POPE: ITALY appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • POPE FRANCIS BIRTHDAY PRESENT: CUBA

    The WILDVOICE
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org OBAMA'S BIRTHDAY PRESENT TO BERGOGLIO: CUBA December 17, 2014 – Happy birthday, Francis! On His 78th birthday, Pope Francis received his miracle, or better, his birthday wish: President Obama announced a major loosening of travel and economic restrictions on Cuba.… Read more → The post POPE FRANCIS BIRTHDAY PRESENT: CUBA appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
  • Pope Francis Marching toward One World Religion since March 13, 2013

    The WILDVOICE
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:39 pm
    http://thewildvoice.org "One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them." - J.R.R. Tolkien Below is a short-format summary list of blatant steps choreographed by 'Pope Francis' towards… Read more → The post Pope Francis Marching toward One World Religion since March 13, 2013 appeared first on The WILD VOICE.
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    Purposeful Faith

  • Do you Need God to Move Mountains?

    purposefulfaith
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    CONNECT WITH ME:   We plan our ways. We think we are heading the right direction – and then we get stopped.  Dead in our tracks – we get stopped. This can be so entirely frustrating when we are giving it our all, when we are trying our best and when we are submitting oursevles to the Lord’s will. Why would God hinder us? Why would he present us with this type of problem? With all of my heart I knew God called me to follow, to write and to speak for Him. And, with all that I am – I was being obedient to his call. I was seeking him as I climbed his tallest…
  • For The One Who Doubts God’s Call (Linkup)

    purposefulfaith
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:27 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: I am delighted to welcome Abby McDonald as a guest host for the linkup today. She brings God’s truth to light in a gentle, yet profound way.   I take deep breaths in and out, trying to calm the rapid pulse of my heart. It’s no use. My hands shake as I rummage through my purse for lip gloss, trying to silence the voices of defeat. Every five seconds, I look over my shoulder for my husband. Where is he? When the worship band begins playing, I focus on the words. Holy Spirit you are welcome here Come flood this place and fill the atmosphere Yes, God, yes. Your Spirit…
  • What Holds You Back From Jesus?

    purposefulfaith
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:10 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: What holds you back? What hinders you? What prevents you from going all-in, crazy wild for Jesus? Is it others? Your schedule? Your fears? Your money? Your family? What is it? When I look at my life, I see a whole lot of blessings, but I also see a whole lot of comfort. Comfort that wraps me warm and snuggly. So warm, that sometimes I don’t want to look beyond my TV – or even the walls of my house. Comfort that second-guesses spending time with others. Comfort that makes it difficult to give and to let go. Comfort that doesn’t allow me to see all that God…
  • Abandon Your Heart to Jesus

    purposefulfaith
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:43 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: God calls us deeper – to abandon our heart to Jesus.  To go further and further into his waters of love. Waters that feel like they may overtake us, overwhelm us or overpower us, but still, he calls us there. I want to go to that depth with him. I want to see his supernatural power as he prompts me to walk on water. I want to jump at the chance to walk scary, turbulent distances by faith. I want to know, the only way to survive is by grabbing hold of his outstretched arm. This kind of faith-life has been luring me. It has been calling. And, here – as I…
  • My will or Thy will?

    purposefulfaith
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:25 am
    CONNECT WITH ME: Post by: Christy Mobley 1 Samuel 8:6, “But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, ‘Give us a king to judge us.’ And Samuel prayed to the Lord. And the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Obey the voice of the people in all they say to you,  for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them.'” The Israelites were always whining and complaining wanting their own way. Their own will. They were never satisfied. They didn’t trust God to do what was best for them. They always wanted something else.  I’m sorry to…
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    The Standard Blog for Christian Business Owners

  • Waiting for a miracle to happen!

    20 Jan 2015 | 4:08 am
    We are the supernatural event we’ve all been waiting to happen!!! I often hear prayers spoken out loud asking God to “break in”, to “have his way in our lives” and asking “please God, there must be more than this?” In essence, we keep asking God to intervene and take care of business, whilst we do what exactly? I constantly have my radar on listening out or watching out for miracles. And why not! I am expectant that the impossible can and does happen, but I have most definitely not heard of someone praying, a bolt of lightning appearing and an amazing result instantly happening…
  • So, you call yourself a Christian?

    8 Jan 2015 | 3:04 am
    Does every Christian you know actually meet the criteria it says in the Bible?  As of todays date, I have been a Christian for five years and ten months. I say this for a specific reason. If you've been following my progress or reading my blogs you will know that I take Christianity and faith more seriously than anything else on this earth or in this life. Jesus comes first every time and I will never, ever deny Him, not even to a muslim with a scimitar!Earth is a Training Ground I believe that we're in training here on the earth and whilst we all know that we will, at some point…
  • How our money damages our relationship with God, but not how you think!

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:35 am
    I believe that money is the single most contentious and destructive element that exists throughout the Christian faith  Since the beginning of time, there has always been a problem between man, money and God. Whenever a pastor or minister begins to address finances, the shutters come up. It is widely believed that the Church is only after everyones money. They're reluctant to give it away and in respect of the Church of England and the Catholic Church they're never far away from some financial scandal or complaint when it comes to cash.Personally I believe that money is the single most…
  • If Christianity is Relevant to Business, then where should I Start?

    2 Dec 2014 | 6:15 am
    Why should I care about who Jesus is and what he did. The world is full of noise and distractions, which means who ever shouts the loudest gets heard. So when it comes to faith, business people have been bludgeoned in to thinking they should ignore faith because they’re too intelligent and too busy for all that and are therefore particularly adept at side-stepping anything to do with faith. For me, I look at this faith "thing" as good from God and bad from satan.  Continue reading and see what you think by the end... Faith vs Happy Clappy The last thing I wanted was to be…
  • Keep Calm and Pray Out Loud

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:06 am
    God is not sitting in heaven quaking in his boots, worrying about the troubles of this world and nor should we! As a business owner and a Christian I often feel torn between thinking that I have to do everything in my own strength to change what's going on in the world or to shout out from the rooftops that we've got to pray out loud, even to pick up a Bible and go to another country and almost scream at people so that they understand what it means to be a Christian and why it is so important to stop blanking Jesus thinking they've got it all sussed!When I turn on the news or scroll down…
 
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    Articles | NewSpring Church

  • Everything You Need To Know About Acts

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    28 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Check out the latest installment of the Monday Night Bible Study where Pastor Perry Noble is teaching through Acts 1-10. We'd love to hear what you're learning along the way. Hit us up on Twitter @newspring or send us an email at writingteam@newspring.cc
  • Everything You Need To Know About Philippians

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Context makes a difference in conversation, but also when we read the Bible. That's why we created Bible Need To Know, a recurring feature that looks at the story behind the stories in the Bible.  Follow along in Daily Devotionals as we read through the book of Philippians. We'd love to hear what you're learning along the way! Send us an email at writingteam@newspring.cc  
  • Why Porn Isn’t A Sickness

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Porn doesn’t care who you are. It doesn’t come after you with its chains of shame and burdens of addiction because you are rich or poor, Christian or Muslim, male or female. Porn didn’t care that I was a pastor’s daughter. It still took 13 years of my life. Every time I watched it, I would swear it was the last time. But every time I got lonely, desperate, or bored, I ran to it hoping it would fill a hole that, in reality, it was just making bigger. So I tried to fill my life with more church services, more youth group outings, more random acts of kindness, and just…
  • Three Things Grace Always Does

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:00 pm
    A recap of Senior Pastor Perry Noble’s sermon, “Three Things Grace Always Does,” in 140 characters or less. Grace covers our unbelief. #Grace God is not scared of our questions and He’s big enough to handle our doubts. #Grace Grace reminds us that we are not alone. #Grace The test you’re in today will be part of your testimony tomorrow. #Grace God might not tell you why you’re in every situation, but He will always point you to who Jesus is. #Grace The best question to ask isn’t, “God, why is this happening to me?” but, “How can…
  • Grace Covers All of Your Sins

    heidi.charalambous@newspring.cc
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    We all have things in our past we're not proud of. But we have to remember that every person we lock eyes with (including the person we saw in the mirror this morning) needs grace and forgiveness. We have to let our past die, because if we don't, it will not allow us to truly live! Jesus WANTS for us to have a life that is filled with joy! He knew every stupid, foolish, sinful decision we would ever make, and yet He still chose to create us, love us, pursue us, and rescue us. Our past only defines us when we lose sight of the future Christ has for us. I get the privilege to pastor…
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    Stories | NewSpring Church

  • Behind The Music Was A Cry For Help

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    8 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The music was a prayer before it became a song. First, Tillman Acker had to come face-to-face with his brokenness. At a New Year’s party with friends, his guard down after a night of drinking, he gave in to sexual sin. The decision cost him his job as a worship leader at NewSpring Church. The only way forward was to put his eyes on Jesus, Tillman says. "Eyes on You'' was basically my prayer, pretty much, for myself. The lyric of "Eyes on You,” a song he’d started writing months before and never finished, suddenly became the cry of his heart.
  • This Couple Lost A Baby, But They Never Lost Their Hope

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    24 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Jamie and Elizabeth Salmon shared the dream of being parents even before they married. Elizabeth knew she had a condition that would make getting pregnant a struggle, but she and Jamie were hopeful. Both had felt a strong calling on their lives to raise children to love Jesus and change the world. They believed nothing was impossible with God. When the couple were ready to try for a baby, Elizabeth got a prescription for fertility medication. But before she had a chance to take the medicine, she discovered she was pregnant. It seemed like proof to the couple and the friends who had prayed for…
  • Blood And Sacrifice: The Battle Of A Soldier’s Soul

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Ryan Hulon learned the hard way: Freedom isn’t free. A paratrooper in the second unit of the 505th Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division, Ryan escaped death and physical injury only by the grace of God during perilous combat missions in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. But war cost the lives of 28 of his U.S. Army brothers — and counting. It cost a piece of himself. And it cost his family. “I came home, but I left a part of me over there," Ryan says. "One of my friends told me that a few years of service will give you a lifetime of demons. But…
  • The Couple That Was Stuck In The Middle Of God’s Love

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Jesse and Ashley Boot had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed their lives forever. Watch the couple's remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind their story ...Ashley Boot felt an instant connection when she met Jesse the night of her 21st birthday.Jesse invited her to a rehearsal with his rock band, April’s Fall, which was just breaking out as support for nationally known acts such as Hinder. And from that moment on, the two spent every day together,…
  • From Burned Out To Sold Out

    nick.charalambous@newspring.cc
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    At a special live-recorded event in August 2014, Jonathan Ashe had the opportunity to say “thank you” to NewSpring owners for giving to the church that changed his family's life forever. Watch his remarkable video from that day, and read the story behind his story ...Jonathan Ashe and his wife, Brooke, had made a pact.This time, they told themselves, they’d sit on the sidelines. They deserved the break, after all. They would say ‘no' to membership, ‘no' to serving, and ‘no' to small group. They would show up…
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  • Love – Daily Bible Post – 1.22.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Today’s scripture is John 13:31-35 Love, that is the full theme of today’s scripture. Love is so very important for Christians that it should be stressed in our every day life. Love is the answer to absolutely every issue we have, whether we realize it in the moment or not. “34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”” This is the most important thing we can do with our time on this earth, love. Loving all people, whether…
  • Remember God Always – Daily Bible Post – 1.21.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:58 am
    Today’s Scripture is Deuteronomy 8:11-18 Any scripture from Deuteronomy isn’t exactly easy to digest. However, it’s still very important. “11 Be careful that you do not forget the Lord your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws and his decrees that I am giving you this day.” Forgetting God is a tragedy, but we do it all too often. We often wait until there is a reason to pray or a reason to remember God and it usually includes someone struggling with health or something serious. God gives us ABSOLUTELY everything that is GOOD in our lives. If it’s…
  • That Gentle Whisper – Daily Bible Post – 1.20.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:35 am
    Today’s Scripture is 1 Kings 19:1-12 I cannot say that I have ever studied or really read the book of Kings. This specific passage struck me as quite interesting, however. It starts out with Elijah fleeing from Horeb. He was running because he feared for his life. We have all been there. Maybe we didn’t truly fear for our life, but we have all and probably right now are all running from some sin or something we have done, didn’t do or wished we had done. “3 Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there,…
  • Business as Usual – Daily Bible Post – 1.19.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:33 am
    Today’s Scripture is John 7:37-46 After the things Jesus says in this part of John, it would be very difficult for anybody to go back to business as usual. He spoke in such a way that people didn’t know what to think.The religious leaders of the time wanted to arrest Him, others said he was a Prophet, but the truth is, Jesus was and is the Son of God. C.S. Lewis once said that we only get three choices when it comes to who Jesus was/is: One, he’s a liar and pulled off the biggest fraud in history, Two, he’s a lunatic or Three, He is who He said He was. The people of…
  • The Refreshment of God’s Word – Daily Bible Post – 1.16.2015

    Benjamin Ehinger
    16 Jan 2015 | 9:30 am
    Today’s Scripture is Isaiah 55:8-11 What a beautiful passage from Isaiah! God is letting us all know how powerful His word is and what it can do if we open our hearts to it. “8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”   God is on a completely incomprehensible level for us meager humans. We cannot even come close to knowing what God is thinking or what is ways are. Often, we look back and connect…
 
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • What Is The Church?

    Get Better Today
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    In this short video, Pastor Sal Valenzuela gives a brief explanation of the what “the church” really is.  He mentions that it’s not a physical location, but a living, breathing organism. Taking a close look at what the Bible says about “the church”, this video originally posted by Live For Christ Church, is a must watch for any Christian – young or old! The post What Is The Church? appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • Is It Ok To Date In High School?

    Get Better Today
    6 Jan 2015 | 7:20 pm
    To help launch his newest book, The Mingling of Souls, Matt Chandler has been doing weekly Q&A videos to answer popular questions about love, dating, marriage and sex.  Joined by his wife Lauren Chandler, the two have be responding to the tough questions about relationships. In this short video posted by David C Cook, both Matt and Lauren are asked: What are your thoughts on dating in high school? Whether you completely agree with their answer or not, you must admit – they make some REALLY good points. Is it ok to date in high school? What do you think? The post Is It Ok To Date…
  • What Bono Said About Jesus May Surprise You

    Get Better Today
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:21 pm
    Frontman of the incredibly popular band U2, Bono, recently talked about faith and life in an interview we found on YouTube. It’s clear from listening to his answers that Bono TRULY believes what he’s saying about Jesus.  Listen closely, there’s absolutely no hesitation in his voice on each question – a sign Bono really believes it. P.S. – He brings up some really good points about Jesus. The post What Bono Said About Jesus May Surprise You appeared first on GetBetterToday.com.
  • 6 Tips For Sharing The Gospel With Young Adults

    Michael Fear
    30 Dec 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Three years ago, I started a Christian blog. I had NO IDEA what I was doing. My Bible knowledge was minimal at best. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned along the way… God likes to use the unqualified. Since 2011… Almost 1 Million people have visited our website, GetBetterToday.com. Thousands of people watched our LIVE episodes of Get Better TV. And now, young adults in our community keep coming to our weekly bible study. Needless to say, the past 3 years have been quite the journey.  Here are a few things I’ve learned about sharing the gospel with…
  • Christian Hat Company, Adonai Supply, Is Spreading Hope Through Snapbacks

    Get Better Today
    28 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    For a long time, Christian apparel was corny.  If you wanted to buy something from a faith-based company, the product itself – was subpar. But not anymore. There’s a movement taking place inside Christianity that’s completely reshaping culture and the way society looks at Christian clothing.  It’s not corny and predictable any longer.  Several brands are launching apparel that’s flat out legit! Adonai Supply is one of those companies. By bringing urban headwear to the church, Adonai is spreading the message of HOPE to believers in a unique way.  In fact,…
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    Church Community Builder

  • One word that will increase your ministry impact in 2015

    Steve Caton
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Can you think of the one word that can drastically increase your ministry impact and improve your life? It may surprise you. It’s this word: NO. Odds are there have been times where you’ve felt stretched thin, over-committed, or like a priority (family, anyone?) was getting the short end of the stick. I recently wrote a post for Innovate4Jesus on this very topic. Today I want to encourage you with some tips on how to make decisions that align with your values and priorities. “Identifying what really matters to us eliminates choices that can distract and disappoint us.” Stop…
  • Software Outage and Latency (Monday, Jan 26)

    Church Community Builder
    26 Jan 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Update: Jan 26, 2015, 5:00pm (MST): Our engineers were able to identify the problem and they made several changes to improve the performance of our servers. You should no longer be experiencing delays or connectivity issues. On Monday, January 26 around 9:00am (MST), our engineers became aware of intermittent connectivity issues with the Church Community Builder application. Around 10:00am MST, we posted to the status twitter account (@ccbtech) that we were investigating the issue. We believe these connectivity issues are the result of large volumes of people accessing the software to…
  • New Preferred Service Provider: ChurchCast

    Church Community Builder
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:00 am
    Creating a Solid Church Foundation Through Communication As a pastor, your greatest honor is being trusted with the spiritual growth of other believers. Your greatest responsibility is to set the overall tone of the ministry while providing a safe environment for believers to thrive. And one of the most vital ways you do this is through your communication. You need to be able to reach people in more ways than just through the pulpit on Sunday mornings. ChurchCast is designed to be the tool you need to manage that communication. A single ChurchCast alert can deliver a message to your entire…
  • NextGen Generosity

    Church Community Builder
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:20 pm
    People have always given to churches using the currency of the day. When our culture was agrarian, people gave animals or produce. When currency was introduced, giving became monetary. When the Industrial Revolution came, people gave more regularly as personal incomes became more predictable and scheduled. Today’s shift toward online and mobile giving is simply a sign of the times. Many people today don’t carry much cash at all and certainly aren’t in the habit of writing checks. The rise of non-cash transactions suggests a reality that many leaders don’t recognize—that people want…
  • Five new Church Community Builder features you should know

    Steve Caton
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    When you’ve got effective technology supporting solid processes and good people, doing church becomes so much easier. If you’ve been familiar with Church Community Builder for any length of time, you know that we are constantly updating our software for the purpose of equipping church leaders for greater ease and success. In fact, the new stuff comes so quickly, many people tell me that it’s hard to keep up. With that in mind, I want to highlight five of the newest updates that will make life easier easier for you in 2015. Five new features you might have missed Mobile-friendly…
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    A Normal Believer in Christ

  • Seeing how God’s Building is the Goal of His Salvation, Provision, and Revelation

    aGodMan
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:44 am
    The subject of the book of Exodus is that Christ is the redemption, salvation, and supply of God’s people, and the means for them to worship and serve God so that in Him they may be built up with God together for them and God to meet, communicate, and dwell mutually (see the Holy Bible, Recovery Version). In picture after picture what we see in Exodus is that God saved His people, gave them the provision of life, and brought them to the mountain of God to give them a revelation of His heart’s desire so that they would build up the tabernacle and have God dwell among them as His…
  • A Revelation of the Divine Trinity in the Types and Pictures in the Book of Exodus

    aGodMan
    27 Jan 2015 | 2:18 am
    In the Old Testament there are a lot of pictures, types, and figures which are fulfilled and realized in the New Testament. The entire Bible speaks of and is wrapped up with the Divine Trinity, and we can see both the Triune God and the working of the Triune God in all the books of the Bible. In the book of Exodus especially we see how the Triune God cares for His people, calling them and bringing them out of Egypt, and then caring for them in the wilderness. Even from the very beginning when God called Moses from the burning thornbush we can see how the Angel of God who appeared to him was…
  • 14 Crucial Aspects of the Revelation of God in the Book of Exodus – We Love God!

    aGodMan
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:58 am
    This week we start a new series in our Holy Word for Morning Revival, the first part of the Crystallization-study of Exodus, which will span for 12 weeks and will reach to the first several verses of Exodus 19, where we see that we are a kingdom of priests. This particular week we will focus on the crucial aspects of the revelation of God in Exodus and of God’s building as the goal of God in His salvation, provision, and revelation. In the book of Exodus we see at least fourteen aspects of God, and we as God’s people need to know our God. Our consideration of God is under the…
  • The Lord needs us to be the Overcomers who Build up the Body and Prepare His Bride

    aGodMan
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:47 am
    God’s purpose is to work Himself into man and mingle Himself with man to produce and build up the church as the Body of Christ, the organism of the Triune God who expresses Him and represents Him on earth. For this, He regenerated millions of people with His divine life, and He keeps working in them and around them, desiring to get into them and be mingled with them for the building up of the Body of Christ. However, the church as a whole became degraded; the church today has failed from accomplishing God’s purpose. In the age of the degradation of the church, God is calling the…
  • Allowing God to Mingle Himself with us to be the Church, the Mingling of God and Man

    aGodMan
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:18 am
    As the Body of Christ, the church is the enlargement of Christ, the enlargement of the One who is the mingling of God and man. God’s purpose is to mingle Himself with His chosen people so that He would become their life, nature, and content, and so that they would become His corporate expression. The Lord Jesus as the first God-man was the mingling of God and man; in Him people saw a man who was not very attractive outwardly but who had God shining from within. In the Lord Jesus, somehow in a mysterious way the divine Being of God was mingled with the human being of man; in Him…
 
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    "What Is The Meaning Of Life?"

  • Meaning In Life From Not Following The Crowd

    Albert
    28 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    As someone with a Meaning Of Life blog a conundrum has frequently surfaced. It is something that comes up frequently in daily life, both at work and socially. Is it better to do what other people do – and not conflict – or is it better to go your own way? This could be a routine at … Continue reading Meaning In Life From Not Following The Crowd →
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  • Finally, A Way To Get More With What You Already Have

    Albert
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:35 am
     “I love it. Home sweet home.” That quote was from superstar LeBron James, while looking at the snow covered Cleveland Clinic courts in Independence, Ohio. The Cleveland Cavaliers held their pre-game shootaround there – instead of Quicken Loans Arena – in mid-January. This snowy, cold, wintry backdrop was not what many people would say, “I love … Continue reading Finally, A Way To Get More With What You Already Have →
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    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Yes, God Wants You To Be Happy
  • Yes, God Wants You To Be Happy

    Albert
    21 Jan 2015 | 3:46 pm
    Do you think God wants you to be happy? Many people, when you talk to them, make it sound like their life is full of chores or monotony and God doesn’t want them to be happy. A God is pictured just waiting to punish you for all that you have done wrong. Some call this perspective … Continue reading Yes, God Wants You To Be Happy →
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    Even If i Walk AloneEven If i Walk Alone | ...this i choose to do.

  • How Can You Improve Someone’s Life?

    Tim Sherfy
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: hope_art via Compfight cc I recently heard Andy Stanley speak about goals and resolutions. His premise was instead of making plans how we can improve ourselves over the coming year, we should instead determine how we might improve the life of someone else. That’s a great shift to get our thinking off of ourselves and onto others. I guarantee you will have better results and greater happiness in your life if you consistently focus on serving others more than yourself. It’s the model Jesus taught, and therefore the one we were created to live. Everything we do should be with…
  • Ask For Wisdom

    Tim Sherfy
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    image © jodie777 – Fotolia I heard something recently that really struck a chord with me: “When you pray, don’t ask for more blessings. Ask for wisdom to use the blessings you already have.” If you are anything like me, so much (too much!) of our time in prayer is spent asking God for things we need – or at least perceive that we need. I don’t know if this malady is exclusive to American Christians, but I suspect it is not. Still, in our culture of constantly wanting more, and success being measured by what we have, it’s easy to slip into the bad habit of always asking.
  • Brave

    Tim Sherfy
    18 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: bold.as.love via Compfight cc As I was writing this morning, I was listening to Nichole Nordeman’s song, “Brave”. I actually was beginning to write on a different topic I had sketched out when the words of the chorus really hit me: “So long status quo I think I just let go You make me want to be brave The way it always was Is no longer good enough You make me want to be brave.” The song goes on to say “If you believe in me, that changes everything.” Wow. When was the last time you recognized that not only does Jesus love you, but He absolutely, unequivocally, and…
  • Expressing Love

    Tim Sherfy
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Photo Credit: Jeremy Brooks via Compfight cc Love, whether it is given or received, is experienced through action. Intending to love someone is not the same as loving them. Feeling you should love someone out of guilt or obligation is not love. Neither intent nor compulsion results in love. Only through our actions are we able to demonstrate love to another. Only through the actions of another are we able to feel their love for us. We can mentally and gracefully believe that someone loves us, but unless they act out their love towards us, it simply isn’t real. If we are serious about loving…
  • All That Is Required

    Tim Sherfy
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:00 pm
    image © videnko – Fotolia “God never wanted converts, church attenders, prisoners, or parishioners.” That’s a quote from Hugh Halter’s book, “Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth”. It’s probably something we all know deep inside, but it’s not the way we act. I was brought up in an environment where an extraordinary focus was placed on ‘winning others to Christ’. I was taught that my primary job in the universe was to create converts, and my secondary job was to make sure I was in church whenever the doors were open. You could certainly argue there are far…
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    Broken & Contrite Hearts

  • Do You Really Believe?

    Ashley Welch
    17 Jan 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Have you ever heard how God took the day off? He got so tired from running the world and listening to everyone’s prayers that he just clocked out. He didn’t make the sun rise or set; he didn’t set the wind in motion. The ocean flooded and the sky fell. It was a disaster. I […] The post Do You Really Believe? appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist: A Book Review

    sarahbeth
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    The authors of “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” use logical, philosophical, and scientific evidence to provide proof for the Biblical account of how this world got here. I will not beat around the bush: I strongly recommend this book. I especially recommend this book to Christians who are struggling to reconcile […] The post I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist: A Book Review appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • God’s Other Gift to the World

    sarahbeth
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:08 pm
    “For the time being, God would rather make sons and daughters of His enemies than destroy them. Instead of pouring out His judgment on sinful humanity, He poured it out on Christ on Good Friday. And while we wait for God to renew this world, He is waiting, too- waiting to bring His children home…Someday, […] The post God’s Other Gift to the World appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • Killing Two Spiritual Birds with One Stone

    Bob Baldwin
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    “Let’s kill two birds with one stone” is a familiar phrase to most people. There are many theories about who originally penned this phrase, but its practical application has appealed to people throughout the ages. Accomplishing two tasks with only one effort is a great idea for time and task management. Killing two spiritual birds […] The post Killing Two Spiritual Birds with One Stone appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
  • My Struggle With My Sin 1

    sarahbeth
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    The Assignment I recently wrote an informal essay for my Theology class in which I needed to (1) identify a specific sin that I struggle with on a regular basis; (2) describe my history of conflict with that sin; (3) come up with a detailed plan to gain mastery over that sin. Essentially, this essay describes my […] The post My Struggle With My Sin 1 appeared first on Broken & Contrite Hearts.
 
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    Steve Simons

  • Dealing With The Downside

    Steve Simons
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:35 am
    Your manager is looking for you to complete the project before next Friday.  Your team is behind.  You know you have a choice.  You can either choose to take the hit now or next Friday.  You think through the alternatives.  On the one hand, there are compromises you could make to deliver something workable even though you are certain that you can’t complete the entire task on time.  On the other hand, if you make a move to reset expectations again or ask for additional resources your manager may start looking for someone else to drive the job to completion. As you consider the choice…
  • The Radicalization of Peace

    Steve Simons
    11 Jan 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Individual radicalization and religious extremism today present a clear and present danger both to individuals and to the core freedoms upon which civilization is built. The content of speech is not what should determine if it can be allowed by any society.  Speech should be free, period. Speech is a medium for communication and it is the most powerful agent for change that the world has ever known. And not getting offended is actually not a right that should be protected. Curtailing speech is one of the first indications of many a failing civilization.  Whether it is speaking out against…
  • The Actual Power of Peace

    Steve Simons
    13 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    When you wake up in the morning, in that moment before you have pushed the covers back, before the cold reality of a brisk tile floor has met your feet, before you have stood in the warmth of a shower with your eyes closed enjoying a moment of solitude, before the worries, the cares, the concerns, and the plans for the day come flooding in to fill your thoughts with everything you are going to be involved in that day — before everything — right as you are thinking about opening your eyes, there is a moment of peace in which the plans and the purposes of that particular day will…
  • The Joy of Gratitude

    Steve Simons
    27 Nov 2014 | 6:40 am
    God is ready to flood you with favor. God is ready to bless you with abundance. God is ready to provide you with prosperity. All it takes is a change in attitude, and you will start seeing the super-natural goodness of God in a whole new way in your life. When you are ready to enjoy, appreciate, and accept God’s goodness, it opens the door to blessing in a way that nothing else can.  This is because God loves you, which means that He wants to be good to you and give you things that you will enjoy, use, and love. If you tell God that you don’t like what He is giving you, you are…
  • Applicants Not Supplicants

    Steve Simons
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    God is not interested in belittling you.  God is not interested in you belittling yourself. Everything — EVERYTHING that God has in store for you is good. Every plan that God has for you is a blessing.  Every thought that God has for you is refulgent with prosperity.  Every promise that God has spoken over your life is abundant in joy, peace, health, fulfillment, success, accomplishment, intimacy, well being, and love. Do you pray in full acknowledgement of this fact?  Or are you coming before God like you expect Him to ignore, deny, and dismiss you? Do you respect and accept what…
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    ChristiansMag

  • Teacher And Her 3-Year-Old Daughter WOW Judges In Audition!

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    28 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    Teacher and single mom Kelley Kime decided to display to the world the gift God has blessed her with. And she had be bring along her best friend and partner, her daughter Hope, with her. And when you see this duo and HEAR their beautiful voices you’ll be in love. Wow just check this out!The post Teacher And Her 3-Year-Old Daughter WOW Judges In Audition! appeared first on ChristiansMag.
  • Journalist Marcia Henville was murdered

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    27 Jan 2015 | 3:15 am
    An autopsy performed yesterday revealed that Journalist Marcia Henville was murdered. According to the autopsy report, the 51 year old Henville, was beaten about the head resulting in blunt force trauma, stabbed with a sharp instrument to the lower area of her neck and upper back, and her throat was slashed with a sharp instrument […]The post Journalist Marcia Henville was murdered appeared first on ChristiansMag.
  • They failed to Rescue this 2 year old: what happens next is amazing!

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    25 Jan 2015 | 8:36 pm
    In the Romanian village of Bebera, a 2 year old baby girl, Alina, fell into the well and was stuck some 5 meters inside the well. Rescuers spent over 6 hours trying to rescue her but to no avail. Suddenly a thin girl Fornica dared to offer herself to go after the girl. But could […]The post They failed to Rescue this 2 year old: what happens next is amazing! appeared first on ChristiansMag.
  • Marcia Henville dies in Early Morning Fire

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    24 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    Journalist, actor, talk show host, and host of TV6′s Point Blank show, Marcia Henville, died in a fire at her St. Augustine home early this morning. Update: Autopsy reveals Marcia was murdered Reports are loud arguments were heard coming from her apartment in the gated community and shortly afterwards there was an explosion just before 6 […]The post Marcia Henville dies in Early Morning Fire appeared first on ChristiansMag.
  • They Ignored Him, But What This Boy Does In Return Will Amaze You!

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    23 Jan 2015 | 8:35 pm
    No one loves being ignored, especially by your own family. In this ad, when this boy got fed up of being ignored, He turned it into a moment of inspiration. And he inspired the family! If you have a family, it will inspire you too!The post They Ignored Him, But What This Boy Does In Return Will Amaze You! appeared first on ChristiansMag.
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    Gospel Daily

  • Forgetting those things which are behind

    David
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:54 am
    Forgetting those things which are behind Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what... The post Forgetting those things which are behind appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Telugu Dictionary app

    David
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    Telugu Dictionary app Description Telugu <> English Dictionary ( Both Telugu to English and English to Telugu ) 100 % offline and free . You can search both English and Telugu words. You can... The post Telugu Dictionary app appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Do you know my friend Gospel Track Telugu

    David
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    Do you know my friend  Gospel Track Telugu Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Everyone... The post Do you know my friend Gospel Track Telugu appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Thrahimam 2 Telugu Songs Lyrics free

    David
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:35 am
    Thrahimam 2 Telugu Songs Lyrics free Thrahimam 2 Telugu Christian Mp3 Songs Lyrics 2013, Thahimam 2 All Mp3 Songs Lyrics Download Thrahimam 2 is Telugu Christian Songs sung by variours Artist  the songs in... The post Thrahimam 2 Telugu Songs Lyrics free appeared first on Gospel Daily.
  • Good tidings Gospel Track Telugu

    David
    25 Jan 2015 | 5:16 am
    Good tidings Gospel Track Telugu He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe... The post Good tidings Gospel Track Telugu appeared first on Gospel Daily.
 
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