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  • For When You Feel Far From God

    Anne Marie Miller
    Anne Marie Miller
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    I know I’ve probably said these things a million times before. I feel so far away from God. Those were the years where I went far from God. My friend, he’s just so far from God right now. Maybe it’s you. Maybe you’re in a season where God feels separate, distant, unreachable. Maybe your son or your daughter, your sister or you mother or you uncle or your best friend or your spouse has gone off track. By Holly Marlin It dawned on me recently that we can’t be far from God. I’ve seen it on bumper stickers and t-shirts and heard it in sermons: “If you…
  • Christian Environmentalism and the Temptation of Faux Asceticism

    Acton Institute
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    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    by Andrew P. Morriss by Fr. Michael Butler It is important to clarify the Church’s teaching on asceticism because many voices in the environmental movement encourage a kind of ascetical lifestyle in the name of “ethical consumption.” Orthodox writers on the environment are not immune to the temptation of putting the ascetical tradition of the Church in the service of another agenda. For example, the conclusion of the Inter-Orthodox Conference on Environmental Protection, held in Crete in 1991, states: “Humanity needs a simpler way of life, a renewed asceticism, for the…
  • How I Almost Became a False Teacher

    Desiring God Blog
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    What does a false teacher in the church look like? Some of them are easy to spot. Health-and-wealth, prosperity preachers hardly require any effort at all. Those who ignore or sneeringly distort the Bible also are fairly obvious. But what if they look like me? What if they attend church regularly, read the Bible, encourage their children to participate in Sunday School and Wednesday evening services, lead family devotions, pray, support missionaries, volunteer? What if, by most visible accounts, they are healthy Christians? The problem is: that isn’t the whole picture. When disability…
  • Mideast Christians, Dhimmis Once More?

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    22 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Recently, an Islamist group in the Syrian opposition, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), captured the town of Raqqa and imposed on its Christian inhabitants the dhimma, the notional contract that governs relations with Christians in classical Islamic law. The dhimma allows Christian communities to reside in Muslim society in exchange for payment of a poll tax called the jizya and submission to social and legal restrictions. In Raqqa, for example, Christians have “agreed,” among other things, to pay ISIL a tax of $500 per person twice a year—poorer Christians can…
  • For When You Want to Feel Like Everyone Else But You Can’t No Matter How Hard You Try

    Anne Marie Miller
    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You try. You try and you try and you try to fit in. Everywhere you look, something or someone is telling you what you should be doing (so that you fit in). I say “(so that you fit in)” because it’s not overtly said… Especially in the church, Christian, faith-based world. Nobody would ever come right out and say:   “You should decorate your house like this.” “You should do your hair this way.” “You should use this phone.” “You should wear this style of jewelry.” “You should read these authors.”…
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  • Globe Trot: The president ‘pivots’ to Asia

    Mindy Belz
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    JAPAN: President Barack Obama has ‘pivoted’ to Asia and begun a trip delayed 7 months after the government shutdown. The president will visit Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, and the Philippines, where protesters already are primed for him. CHINA: Four decades after Chairman Mao’s death, scholars believe China is now poised to become not just the world’s No. 1 economy but also its most numerous Christian nation. “By my calculations China is destined to become the largest Christian
  • Midday Roundup: Obama plans wide-scale prisoner release before he leaves office

    Leigh Jones
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    Bid for freedom. The Justice Department announced a new clemency initiative that could facilitate widespread pardons during President Barack Obama’s final years in office. Prisoners with clean prison records, who do not present a threat to public safety and were sentenced under “out-of-date laws”would be eligible to apply for clemency. The government would provide lawyers to work on the cases. Obama administration officials gave no estimates of how many prisoners might be eligible.
  • Did the U.S. help arm the Benghazi attackers?

    J.C. Derrick
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi claims America’s refusal to negotiate a peaceful transition of power in Libya in 2011 led to the attack that killed four Americans a year later
  • Rescuing an unsung holiday

    Jeff Koch
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    In the wake of the well-known holy days of Passover and Easter comes a holiday that’s in danger of being overlooked, perhaps even slighted. Today is Administrative Professionals Day, and while those recent religious holidays seem preoccupied with historical and theological details, the welcoming premise of today’s celebration behooves us to rescue it from obscurity. For who does not administer something? I grant that Administrative Professionals Day may not have originally been
  • The truth of inconvenience

    Andrée Seu Peterson
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Someone recommended a magazine I fell in love with, so I decided to subscribe. I had a wait in the doctor’s office, so I whipped out my cell phone to take care of business. I dialed the toll-free number listed in the magazine’s masthead and was connected to the subscription department. But suddenly I gasped when I found a gaping hope in my wallet where the credit card should have been. The representative who quoted me $44 for a year’s subscription understood when I told her I would
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • Unlock Your Marriage? The Daily Vow of a 10 Second Kiss for Wedded Bliss [The Conscious Coupling Series]

    ann
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:24 am
    So when you come to me and tell me that one of the kid locked the keys in your truck — again — I see how your shoulders sag. How life wears at a man, weighs at a man. We do that, you and I. We let the bulk of the details of a life press us down, drag us down. The vet came last week Thursday. You had a production report to finish. Unopened bills stack on the desk by the phone with it’s blinking messages demanding answers. One of the kids is emotionally imploding. It’s taped to the one chalkboard: “Jesus answered them, Do not grumble among yourselves.” This is hard. There are 3 kids…
  • The Truth You’ve Got To Know About After Easter

    ann
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    That first call was from the hospital. Right about the cracking dawn on Resurrection Sunday, her whispering on the other end of the line. Two weeks so far. Not that we all aren’t counting or anything. Who knows how many more weeks my sister has in front of her, how many more clattering hospital trays of soggy toast and watery jello and runny eggs? Takes about 40 weeks to unfurl the plumped soul of a baby. She’s got about 9 more weeks to pass of laying there in the stiffness of a dead woman, not moving, so she can birth a life. Strange, how bed rest can make it sore hard to find the rest…
  • What the ‘In Need’ People Really Need, Indeed… [Holy Week: 7]

    ann
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    And all the people in need, in desperate need, in broken need, whisper it like a breaking dawn in the dark, He is risen indeed, indeed, indeed. and the cornerstone of Christianity is this rotting cell sparking, a heart valve quivering in the pitch, a beetle scratching in the black while convex chest cavity shudders, sunken death inflating with His hot breath, atoms of the second Adam recreating resurrecting all the impossible things and the universe.   Can you feel it, within, in your darkest places? He is alive! And in us! (Consider pausing the music in the left sidebar in the very…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [04.19.14]

    ann
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    A photographic celebration of new life: day by day. Beautiful. What she does? And her smile? No. Words. Zoey and Jasper. More than just beautiful faces. This story is amazing. The artist? The medium? You aren’t going to believe this   Gather the family? A must see. {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} Who would have  thought this hope out of the Boston Marathon?  1 year later How one extraordinary educator works first to build an emotional bond with her students Smiling through tears at this dream come true. {Consider turning…
  • When You’re Tired of Being Torn: Why He Came [ Holy Week: Good Friday ]

    ann
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:07 am
    Our Pastor calls to ask if I’d do one of a few dramatic monologues for Good Friday service— a moment through the eyes of the mother of Jesus? So I write down words… and imagine the mother of our Lord… fingering the bloody tunic of her Son. Son…. Son of God… Son of mine… God. Why? From the beginning I have watched and I have listened and I have pondered all these things quiet in my heart — but now I have to ask: why? Why didn’t You come down from that Cross in all Your power and Glory? Why didn’t You blind the chief priests with Your divine…
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    Stuff Christians Like

  • The comma of grace.

    Jon
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    As I’ve written about before, one Easter I got into a bit of a yelling match with a guy in a visor at an Easter egg hunt. The whole thing was exactly how Jesus imagined us honoring that day. We were at my in-laws country club, which always makes me feel a little weird. We’re certainly rich in a global way, but I kind of think that they can all tell that I’m just a visitor. I feel like the real members can smell middle class on me. (Which kind of smells like sun ripened raspberry and feet by the way.) So after I pointed to where a golden egg was hidden to my then 5 year old daughter,…
  • Things you hope Jesus didn’t hear your kid say.

    Jon
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday, right before the start of an Easter egg hunt at church, one of my kids muttered, “This is going to be World War 3.” I instantly wanted to earmuff Jesus, hopeful that maybe he missed that comment. I’m pretty positive my child, who I won’t name in this story because then I’d have to give her a dollar for the rights, heard me say that first. Or at the bare minimum I gave her the impression at some point that Easter egg hunts were a competition to be won. That the Acuffs go hard or go home when it comes to Easter eggs. Just the way Jesus intended Easter to be. Even worse than…
  • Pretty sure the devil invented allergies.

    Jon
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    Recently I tweeted: “Spring, the time of year I want to punch Adam in the face because I’m pretty sure allergies are a product of the fall.” I tweeted that because I am on lock down right now thanks to pollen. I can’t go outside or I look like I am crying from reading a really amazing poem about a pony. And there’s no way there were allergies in the Garden of Eden. I bet when God kicked out Adam and Eve he handed them a box of Claritin on the way. (Only one box though because even then, you could only get 15 at a time.) I had a hard time capturing why I hated…
  • 3 ways to be a better Christian hypocrite.

    Jon
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few days ago, a friend texted me. Apparently a Christian band had been publicly ripping on him and he needed some advice. Now at the bare minimum, that’s not the best use of time for a Christian band, what with all the spreading the joy of Christ they’ve got on their plate. But the time management problem wasn’t the biggest issue. For me, the real challenge was the band’s twitter profile. You’d think, that given their penchant for not liking people, they’d at least have a twitter bio that reflected that. Alas, that wasn’t the case at all, as each line spoke to their hope to…
  • 4 questions everyone should ask.

    Jon
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I recently did a video with Relevant magazine. It’s a quick set of four things everyone needs to review in their lives. (I think the one I’ve had the most reaction to is the last one and it’s a question my dad asked me when I was growing up.) It’s only 2:32 long but covers everything from social media to relationships. Enjoy! The post 4 questions everyone should ask. appeared first on Stuff Christians Like.
 
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    Acton Institute

  • Christian Environmentalism and the Temptation of Faux Asceticism

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    by Andrew P. Morriss by Fr. Michael Butler It is important to clarify the Church’s teaching on asceticism because many voices in the environmental movement encourage a kind of ascetical lifestyle in the name of “ethical consumption.” Orthodox writers on the environment are not immune to the temptation of putting the ascetical tradition of the Church in the service of another agenda. For example, the conclusion of the Inter-Orthodox Conference on Environmental Protection, held in Crete in 1991, states: “Humanity needs a simpler way of life, a renewed asceticism, for the…
  • Thriving Churches: Flourishing Communities

    mhornak
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Event Date:  September 18, 2014 - 5:45pmSeptember 20, 2014 - 12:00pm Location:   Weehawken, NJ More Information Register Now How do we shepherd the flock in the search for economically healthy and socially just urban communities? What is the role of the local church in sustainable human development? Where do we find guidance for those facing unemployment and neighborhood displacement? Join us to explore how moral and economic clarity give direction in our mission to be true disciples, fostering effective charity, empowering our congregations and creating a context for…
  • War on Women: Hypocrisy and Paternalism under the Guise of Equality

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    by Elise Hilton With more than a dozen smiling women looking over his shoulder in the East Room of the White House, President Obama signed a proclamation in support of National Equal Pay Day on April 8. The president said he was working to prevent workplace discrimination and helping workers take control over negotiations regarding their pay. You might also like... Work: The Meaning of Your Life—A Christian Perspective read more
  • Just Money

    admin
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    by Samuel Gregg Money: it’s on everyone’s mind sometimes. In recent years, however, many have suggested there are some fundamental problems with the way money presently functions in our economies. You might also like... Becoming Europe read more
  • Religious Liberty & Economic Freedom - Live via Satellite

    Charissa Romens
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Box lunch included with RSVP by April 24 $10 individual registration; $5 students Event Date:  April 29, 2014 - 11:30am1:00pm Location:   Acton Institute 98 E. Fulton Street Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Street parking is available. There are also paid parking lots nearby. Please enter building off of Sheldon Blvd. Register Now For more information about this event, please contact Matthea Brandenburg at mbrandenburg@acton.org or 616.454.3080.read more
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • The Truth About You - "The NEW Truth About You"

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This week, John concludes our series, "The Truth About You" by giving us the Easter message about how Christ's resurrection brings about the new truth about you.Featured Scripture:Ecclesiastes 1:8-9, Acts 2:5,14,22-24,32,38,41 Mark 15:21, 2 Corinthians 5:17Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Truth About You - "How Not to Get Stoned"

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    John continues our series, "The Truth About You" speaking on location from a court room, and looking at the story from John 8 about the woman caught in adultery and how we as stone throwers should look at ourselves before we judge.Featured Scripture:John 8:2-11, Deuteronomy 19:15Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Truth About You - "You Can Make a Bigger Difference Than You Think"

    6 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Join us we look at how God can use us, even when we aren't ready and aren't sure that we can make a difference.Featured Scripture:Matthew 13,25, 2 Kings 6,7Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Truth About You - "You're Never Really Ready"

    23 Mar 2014 | 12:01 pm
    This week John continues our series, "The Truth About You" looking at Jesus and his disciples, and how God knows when we're ready to follow him, even when we think we're not.Featured Scripture:Matthew 19:22;26:31-32;28:16-20, Exodus 4:10, Judges 6:15, Genesis 17:17, Jeremiah 6:5, Esther 4:11, Ruth 1:1, Samuel 10:22Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • The Truth About You - "The Last 10%"

    16 Mar 2014 | 12:05 pm
    John continues our series, "The Truth About You" looking at the importance of communities in our lives that speak the truth in love about the crucial last 10% of who we really are inside.Featured Scripture:Matthew 20:17-25;26:37, Ephesians 4:15, Mark 3:17, Luke 9:46-49;54, John 20:3-4, Acts 12:2Check 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

  • Earth Day 2014

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    For Earth Day, I encourage you to go outdoors and find ten gifts of creation to enjoy. Here are mine: 1. A cardinal was singing at dawn this morning just outside my window. 2. The sunrise was gorgeous in my neighborhood this morning. 3. Right now, the sun is shining on the new leaves - copper red - on a sea grape bush outside my window. 4. Plum-sized mangoes are hanging on the trees near me. 5. A flock of ibises flew overhead. 6. A swallow-tailed kite - one of the world's most graceful and beautiful birds - was soaring overhead a while ago. 7. The beautiful green of spring grasses. 8. The…
  • We Make the Road by Walking: Consolidating themes

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    We Make the Road by Walking 6 from brian mclaren on Vimeo. Please help spread the word. The book releases June 10, and I've been told it will help the book's release if you wait and purchase it that week. Thanks for your support! More information here.
  • Q & R: Radically incarnational

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Here's the Q: Brian, you have truly been one of the people that have brought my faith back to life in recent years. Thank you! One of the results is that my theology has become radically incarnational. Now I have an observation about the issue of LGBT relationships and I would like you to tell me if I am anywhere in the ballpark or have hit a foul ball. The Jewish prohibition on same sex relationships, as I understand it, is/was based on the notion that propagation was essential – every couple was thought to be capable of bringing forth the Messiah. For this reason (not to mention the…
  • What if Easter …?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    What might happen if every Easter we celebrated the resurrection not merely as the resuscitation of a single corpse nearly two millennia ago, but more - as the ongoing resurrection of all humanity through Christ? Easter could be the annual affirmation of our ongoing resurrection from violence to peace, from fear to faith, from hostility to love, from a culture of consumption to a culture of stewardship and generosity . . . and in all these ways and more, from death to life. What if our celebration of Easter was so radical in its meaning that it tempted tyrants and dictators everywhere to make…
  • If Jesus gave a TED talk ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithforward/2014/03/if-jesus-gave-a-ted-talk-2/ Quotable: Last week, we talked about God’s new design for human communities. Today we get into how we’re going to make it happen. Here’s our strategy: We’re going to love the wrong people. That’s it. Whatever culture/community you’re in, it holds together because of shared hatred for someone, someone you blame for your community’s biggest problems. Your job is to find that someone, and be a friend to them. That quote is a great summary of a major theme of my most recent book.
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  • Everyday Evangelism

    Richard Doster
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    In his new book, “Get Real: Sharing Your Everyday Faith Every Day” (New Growth Press), pastor John Leonard hopes to recast the way we think about evangelism. Instead of cornering victims to talk to, Leonard wants us to watch for those who could use a listening ear. Instead of friendship evangelism, Leonard thinks we should engage our enemies. And our Gospel-sharing efforts will bear more fruit, he says, when we start evangelizing Christians and discipling non-Christians, instead of the other way around. Evangelism, Leonard counsels, doesn’t impose itself on others; it invites people…
  • Praise God for Easter Monday!

    Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    In his song, The Beginning, Michael Card writes: “In the beginning was the beginning, in Him it all began / All that they had was God and the garden, the woman and the man / Before creation learned to groan, the stars would dance and sing / Each moment was new, every feeling was fresh, for the creature king and queen” Chorus: The beginning will make all things new, new life belongs to him / He hands us each new moment, saying, My child begin again…” Sin has the effect of wearing things down until they die. We see it most clearly in ourselves and those we love: We grow old and die.
  • Eternal Life is a Solid Hope

    Staff
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:03 am
    This article first appeared in 2010.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest event in human history. Not only does it declare loud and clear that death has been conquered, but it also validates that Christ’s sacrifice of His life on our behalf is sufficient, enabling forgiveness of our sins and release from sin’s power and penalty. It further assures us that the Christian hope in eternal life is secure and guarantees that it is not a hollow fantasy. Debunking Naturalism But the Resurrection has another dimension that is often forgotten by the Christian. It totally dismantles…
  • The State of the Bible: 6 Trends for 2014

    Larry Hoop
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    April 8, 2014 — The Bible has been making its way onto box office screens and home TV screens over the past year: from Noah to Son of God, people have been watching the Bible. But are they still reading the Bible? And do they still believe in the Bible? Each year, Barna Group partners with the American Bible Society on State of the Bible, a comprehensive study of Americans’ attitudes and behaviors toward the Bible. Asking a national representative sample of adults the same questions year after year allows us to track the country’s shifting perceptions of Scriptures. This…
  • Chamber Music at Covenant College, April 10

    Staff
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The Covenant College Chamber Orchestra will present a spring concert on April 10, 2014, in the chapel at Covenant College. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Under the direction of Prof. Lok Kim, the orchestra will perform four pieces from the early classical period to the late Romantic period. Audience members can look forward to Iphigenia in Aulis, an overture by Christoph W. Gluck; Intermezzo from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana, by Pietro Mascagni; Serenade Lyrique, by Edward Elgar; and Symphony No. 39, Eb Major, by W. A. Mozart. “When people…
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  • Resurrection and Ralph

    L. Gail Irwin
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I ran into Ralph at the café. Ralph is a retired paper mill worker, a Vietnam vet, and a self-proclaimed “wise sage” who drives everyone in the café crazy with his incessant theological chatter. He always interrupts my sermon preparation. He wants to talk about God or Jesus or numerology or the chickens he’s raising. But most times, I come away from a conversation with him having yielded a little jewel of insight.This time it was a big one. read more
  • This is why . . .

    Scott Alan Johnson
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    First, you get a question. “What is God's will for my life?” or “Are my parents really in purgatory” or “What about babies who die before they are baptized?” or “What about all those people who lived before Jesus was born?” or any one of a number of questions you get when you wear the funny shirt with the little white tab in the middle. read more
  • The forgotten days of Holy Week

    Laura Kelly Fanucci
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Monday. Tuesday. Wednesday. How easily we pass over them, eyes set eagerly on Easter Sunday. Or anticipating Thursday’s opening of the Triduum.Our first half of Holy Week probably looks a lot like yours. Work. School. Kids. Meetings. Chores. Bills. The lackluster pregame show before the big kickoff. The forgettable prelude before the fanfare. The ordinary before the extraordinary.  read more
  • Learning leadership from my garden

    Steve Taylor
    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A few nights ago we ate ratatouille. We sweated the onions over a low heat for 45 minutes. We added basil, garlic, and Italian parsley—all fresh from our garden here in New Zealand. Over time, we added the vegetables: pepper, eggplant, courgette, tomato. Finally, we mixed cheese and bread crumbs together.The eggplant grew from seed (heirloom from Diggers Club) in the garden. In the growing, I’ve been challenged about leadership. read more
  • Sin is lurking at the door

    Evan D. Garner
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard.Why? read more
 
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Nienstedt deposed.

    Grant Gallicho
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    On April 2, Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis was deposed by attorney Jeff Anderson as part of a lawsuit filed by a man who claims he was molested by a priest in the 1970s. The plaintiff alleges that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, along with the Diocese of Winona, created a public nuisance by failing to disclose information about clerics accused of sexual abuse. At a press conference this afternoon, Anderson released a slightly redacted transcript of the deposition. The archdiocese posted the transcript and full video to its website, noting that Anderson did…
  • Can Ukraine Remain One Country?

    David Holloway
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    The joint statement released by the United States, European Union, Ukraine, and Russia on April 17 after negotiations in Geneva has done little to bring the Ukrainian crisis to an end. It laid out a number of “concrete steps to deescalate tensions and restore security for all citizens.” Among these steps were the disarming of all illegal armed groups and the return to their owners of all illegally occupied buildings. Neither of these steps has yet been taken, and neither seems likely to be taken soon.  
  • New issue now live

    Dominic Preziosi
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:41 am
    Our Spring Books issue is now live on the website. Robert K. Landers writes on Joyce Carol Oates and "pathography"; Leslie Woodcock Tentler looks at John Cornwell's "secret history of confession," The Dark Box; and John F.
  • Rooting for Boston, and Team MR8

    Mollie Wilson O'Reilly
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    I'm not usually one to get swept up in marathon excitement, but this year is an exception, for obvious reasons. It seems appropriate that Marathon Day in Boston falls on Easter Monday, so more of us around the country can share in that local holiday and root for the city.
  • Resurrection: cosmic, communal; Hopkins, Karr

    Scott D. Moringiello
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    For Easter, here are two poems, inspired again by the Christian Wiman interview. The first, Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the comfort of the Resurrection,” is, I would argue, neither primarily about Incarnation or about Crucifixion but instead about the cosmic relevance of the Resurrection. It also reminds me of the theology of Maximus the Confessor. The second, Mary Karr’s “Descending Theology: The Resurrection,” was one that Wiman himself mentioned in the interview as a poem about the Resurrection. Karr’s poem reminds me of the communal…
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • God Prepares Our Hearts to Answer His Call

    Web Team
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:48 pm
    I didn’t realize it fully at the time, but God had been preparing my heart for years to be Judah’s mom. On May 1, 2009, I wrote in my journal about how shocked we were to find out we were expecting again. Even though I’m nervous about how this will all work out, I fully trust and believe that I am pregnant with this child for a reason and that God has chosen them to join our family. I know those words don’t sound exactly earth shattering, but I believe God gave me those words and actually led me to write them down. I don’t write things down very regularly, and most of the time days…
  • How Happy Are People Who Sponsor a Child?

    Web Team
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:51 pm
    How happy are people who sponsor a child? Well, they’re happier than… You can also view the Happier Than video on YouTube. My Account l Sponsor a Child l Help Babies and Moms l Crisis Updates
  • He Is Risen!

    Web Team
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Hallelujah! Hosanna! After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. Artwork from Mathare Community Outreach Child Development CenterThere was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was…
  • Alive in Christ

    Web Team
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Christ has died. And we are united with Him in his death. I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. – Galatians 2:20 (NIV) My Account l Sponsor a Child l Help Babies and Moms l Crisis Updates
  • The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ

    Web Team
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Compassion is closed today to honor Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. It was the day of Preparation of Passover Week, about the sixth hour. “Here is your king,” Pilate said to the Jews. But they shouted, “Take him away! Take him away! Crucify him!” “Shall I crucify your king?” Pilate asked. “We have no king but Caesar,” the chief priests answered. Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified. The Crucifixion So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is…
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    Big Is The New Small

  • Michael Jordan Wisdom – Rare Interviews On Life, Success, Failure, Persistence and Sports

    Scott Williams
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    Great wisdom, encouragement and inspiration from the greatest ever. Michael Jordan Wisdom – Rare Interviews On Life, Success, Failure, Persistence and Sports is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • A True Leader – (Video)

    Scott Williams
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:21 am
    This video is simple, fresh and true. Leaders see the problem, they attempt a solution, they fail, they keep trying, they inspire others and together they succeed. A True Leader – (Video) is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • Leading On Empty

    Scott Williams
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    It’s a risky proposition to continue to drive your vehicle with the fuel light on and the gas hand on empty. I know “On Empty” is probably not the best word choice for the grammar teachers; however it is a phrase that I think you understand. You can run on empty for a little while, but eventually the car is going to stop. This is also very true for leaders. Leaders can’t continue to run if they don’t rest, relax, take time off, allow others to pour into them, learn from others, free their mind and refuel. I know this sounds like a novel concept, unfortunately…
  • What You Should Do When The People Around You Don’t Believe In You

    Scott Williams
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Belief in people is of paramount importance as it relates to the success that they will have. As a matter of fact, believing in others is the fuel that propels them down the road to success. What should you do when those around you don’t believe in you?   You should find a different group of people to surround yourself with. If the people that don’t believe in you are friends and family, limit your interactions with them, tell them they’re wrong and more importantly believe n yourself and prove them wrong. “Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to…
  • Rare Video: A Young Steve Jobs Giving One Of His 1st Apple Presentations In 1980

    Scott Williams
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:03 pm
    This is a great piece of history. Coincidentally, I’m typing this on my MacBook Air. Love to get a glimpse into how he thought, processed and his wit, even early on. Rare Video: A Young Steve Jobs Giving One Of His 1st Apple Presentations In 1980 is a post from: Big Is The New Small
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    Desiring God Blog

  • How I Almost Became a False Teacher

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    What does a false teacher in the church look like? Some of them are easy to spot. Health-and-wealth, prosperity preachers hardly require any effort at all. Those who ignore or sneeringly distort the Bible also are fairly obvious. But what if they look like me? What if they attend church regularly, read the Bible, encourage their children to participate in Sunday School and Wednesday evening services, lead family devotions, pray, support missionaries, volunteer? What if, by most visible accounts, they are healthy Christians? The problem is: that isn’t the whole picture. When disability…
  • Grow in Grace at the Table

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    The Lord’s Supper is an extraordinary meal. To be sure, it is simply an ordinary means of God’s grace to his church, but as eating and drinking go, it can be an unusually powerful experience. Along with baptism, the Supper is one of Jesus’s two specially instituted sacraments for the signifying, sealing, and strengthening of his new-covenant people. Call them ordinances if you please. The true issue is not the term, but what we mean by it, and whether we handle these twin means of God’s grace as Jesus means, to guide and shape the life of the church in her new covenant with the…
  • The Universe Is Saying Something

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Earlier this year, the earth tried to tell us something: it doesn’t like Corvettes. At least that’s the interpretation given by ABC news analyst Matthew Dowd, who suggests the universe is sending us a message. Maybe he’s right. Perhaps the earth was unhappy with the materialism of the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and therefore opened up a sinkhole large enough to swallow several collectible sports cars. Or maybe it’s just an unfortunate byproduct of building over Kentuckian limestone formations. The comments for the online posting of the article demonstrate that much of…
  • An Excellent New Book on Justification

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    If a thoughtful layman asked me what he should read to understand the doctrine of justification in relationship to the New Perspective on Paul, I would send him to Stephen Westerholm’s new book, Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme (Eerdmans, 2013). I enjoyed this book so much I found it difficult to put down. It is constructive. That is, it builds a clear and positive view of what justification is, rather than simply criticizing other views. For that reason, it provides a good introduction to the doctrine of justification itself for those who may not be clear on what Paul…
  • Love the Single Chapter of Your Life

    21 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    It’s just a fact, young people in America — even in the church — are getting married later and later. This means there are more men and women that are unhappily not-yet-married long into their twenties, even their thirties. When so many are feeling unsatisfied and incomplete in their singleness, Ben Stuart encourages us to see this season with God's eyes and heart and purpose. In three minutes, Ben shows that the Bible makes it clear that our singleness — even temporary singleness — is a gift from our Heavenly Father to secure a deep and undivided devotion to him. More resources on…
 
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    Ethics & Public Policy Center

  • John XXIII and John Paul II

    George Weigel
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Categories: UncategorizedBy canonizing John XXIII and John Paul II together, Pope Francis is suggesting they are the twin bookends of the Second Vatican Council.(Read more...)The post John XXIII and John Paul II appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • A Soul for All Seasons

    George Weigel
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    Categories: UncategorizedPope John Paul II, who will be canonized April 27, discerned possibilities when others saw only barriers.(Read more...)The post A Soul for All Seasons appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • John L. Allen, Jr. and Paul Vallely at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum

    EPPC
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Categories: Articles, TranscriptsTags: TranscriptsJohn L. Allen, Jr., Associate Editor of The Boston Globe, and Paul Vallely, author of Pope Francis: Untying the Knots, spoke at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum about Jorge Bergoglio's life, career, and future as Pope Francis.(Read more...)The post John L. Allen, Jr. and Paul Vallely at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Dr. Russell Moore and Molly Ball at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum

    EPPC
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Categories: Articles, TranscriptsTags: TranscriptsDr. Russell Moore, President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and Molly Ball, staff writer for The Atlantic, spoke at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum about the persistence of culture war issues in American society and politics.(Read more...)The post Dr. Russell Moore and Molly Ball at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
  • Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. and Ross Douthat at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum

    EPPC
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Categories: Articles, TranscriptsTags: Articles, TranscriptsDr. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Senior Research Fellow at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship, and Ross Douthat, columnist for The New York Times, spoke at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum about the concept of sin and its perceived disappearance from American society.(Read more...)The post Dr. Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. and Ross Douthat at the March 2014 Faith Angle Forum appeared first on Ethics & Public Policy Center.
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  • Mideast Christians, Dhimmis Once More?

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Recently, an Islamist group in the Syrian opposition, the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), captured the town of Raqqa and imposed on its Christian inhabitants the dhimma, the notional contract that governs relations with Christians in classical Islamic law. The dhimma allows Christian communities to reside in Muslim society in exchange for payment of a poll tax called the jizya and submission to social and legal restrictions. In Raqqa, for example, Christians have “agreed,” among other things, to pay ISIL a tax of $500 per person twice a year—poorer Christians can…
  • John XXIII and John Paul II

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Pope Francis’s bold decisions to canonize Blessed John XXIII without the normal post-beatification miracle, and to link Good Pope John’s canonization ceremony to that of Blessed John Paul II, just may help reorient Catholic thinking about modern Catholic history. For what Francis is suggesting, I think, is that John XXIII and John Paul II are the twin bookends of the Second Vatican Council—and thus should be canonized together. On January 25, 1959, less than three months after his election, John XXIII surprised the Catholic world by announcing that he would summon the…
  • Ascetic Aesthetics

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    One Hopkins is enough,” said the poet A. D. Hope. By this he meant: Enough with the oohs and ahs over beautiful creation, enough with the “arch-especial” and the “sweet especial,” enough with “all this juice and all this joy” and all the “froth and waterblowballs” and “ah! bright wings”—which allegedly are what we talk about when we talk about the poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins. Hope, of course, is totally crosswise with the critical consensus on Hopkins. Among academic critics, it is an article of faith that there is not…
  • The Conservative Road to Serfdom?

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    George Will argues that American politics is divided between conservatives, “who take their bearings from the individual’s right to a capacious, indeed indefinite, realm of freedom” and progressives “whose fundamental value is the right of the majority to have its way in making rules about which specified liberties shall be respected.” For Will, real conservatives favor an activist judiciary that will aggressively defend our “capacious, indeed indefinite realm of freedom” from the majority. The distinction here, as the late Carey McWilliams…
  • Let’s Not Get the Hell Out of Here

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Easter Sunday is a hard act to follow. “The strife is o’er, the battle done/Now is the Victor’s triumph won/He closed the gates of yawning hell/The bars from heaven’s high portals fell.” And, this hymn by Charles Wesley, “Christ the Lord is risen today. Alleluia!” Or this one, by William Chatterton Dix, sung to the melody of Hyfrydol: “Alleluia! Sing to Jesus!/His the scepter, His the throne;/Alleluia! His the triumph, His the victory alone.” What could possibly trump that? And so it is not surprising that the day after the Feast of the…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • For When You Feel Far From God

    Anne Marie Miller
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    I know I’ve probably said these things a million times before. I feel so far away from God. Those were the years where I went far from God. My friend, he’s just so far from God right now. Maybe it’s you. Maybe you’re in a season where God feels separate, distant, unreachable. Maybe your son or your daughter, your sister or you mother or you uncle or your best friend or your spouse has gone off track. By Holly Marlin It dawned on me recently that we can’t be far from God. I’ve seen it on bumper stickers and t-shirts and heard it in sermons: “If you…
  • For When You Want to Feel Like Everyone Else But You Can’t No Matter How Hard You Try

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
    You try. You try and you try and you try to fit in. Everywhere you look, something or someone is telling you what you should be doing (so that you fit in). I say “(so that you fit in)” because it’s not overtly said… Especially in the church, Christian, faith-based world. Nobody would ever come right out and say:   “You should decorate your house like this.” “You should do your hair this way.” “You should use this phone.” “You should wear this style of jewelry.” “You should read these authors.”…
  • We Saw Them Become Orphans

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    It was our fourth time to Africa, but our first time to go as a pair. Tim was hired by The Alliance for Children Everywhere to write some scripts, shoot some video, and edit it for a curriculum churches and schools will use back in the states that will help raise awareness and funds for their work in Zambia. What does ACE do? Rescue children who would otherwise die. That’s what their website says, point-blank. They do a lot more than that, but that’s a pretty big first step. About a week before the trip, I learned we’d be staying in The House of Moses, the rescue center…
  • Praying for Peace this Lenten Season

    Anne Marie Miller
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Prayers this Lenten season especially for peace. [A Ukrainian woman stands with a white flag and an icon in front of the riot police line during a temporary truce. Photo Credit: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA.] The post Praying for Peace this Lenten Season appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
  • Friday Prayer – Let’s Pray for Each Other

    Anne Marie Miller
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:30 am
      It’s Friday! Another week! We made it! Have any prayer requests or things you want to share about where you’ve seen God work in your life? For us, could you pray for me as I am still sick. It’s on and off now, but every few days the flu symptoms come back for a couple of days. Then I’m fine for a while. Tim and I are going to Zambia to work with The Alliance for Children everywhere March 26-April 8. Please pray we raise the funds we need to raise ($1700) and for our health and hearts as we prepare to head over there. How can we pray for you? The post Friday…
 
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    Godspace

  • Be Attentive… to Ourselves

    Christine Sine
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    I am busily getting ready for the Inhabit Conference. We have sent in our contributions to the welcome packets, cleaned rooms for our guests Shane Claiborne, Al Tizon and Andy Wade, and now its time to get my presentations ready. Then all I need is to get ready to party. My workshop is entitled: Reimagining Everyday(...)
  • Earth Day Blessing and New Free Resource

    Christine Sine
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    It Earth Day and I wanted to celebrate first by sharing a new free resource we have produced Creating a Faith Based Community Garden. You can download it here.  Second, as our gardens here in Seattle are in full swing earth day seems like a great time to get out and pray over them. This prayer comes(...)
  • Christ is Risen Lets Celebrate the New Creation

    Christine Sine
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Christ is risen so we proclaimed yesterday in our churches. The sanctuaries were festooned with flowers and rang with shouts of Alleluia. Most of us were decked out in our new spring outfits and the kids excitedly hunted for easter eggs. But today that excitement seems to have passed and life as usual is the(...)
  • An Easter Sunday Prayer

    Christine Sine
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
  • Today There is Only Darkness – Thoughts from Thomas Merton and Oscar Romero

    Christine Sine
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Last night we attended the Good Friday Tenebrae service at our church. It was a very moving service of readings. We started with the sanctuary alive with light and ended with it in darkness except for the Christ candle which stood at the foot of the cross. It was powerful. Here are the readings that(...)
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  • Community Post: Why Simplicity is Necessary to Live in a Story that Matters

    cpeek
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Do you ever get the sense that life is not supposed to be this way? That we are made for something more, but that our ongoing pursuits of busyness, work, and obligation are slowly draining the life out of our weary soul. No margin exists to pursue our God-given desires. And yet somewhere deep inside, our hearts long to live in the midst of a significant story. The culture communicates that we must invest ourselves in a constant flurry of activity in order to be both relevant and significant. Yet, our never-ending to-do list is absolutely sabotaging our heart’s desire. As a result, many are…
  • Community Post: Simplicity Under Trial

    clairest
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    For fourteen years I have served as an assistant district attorney. In many ways the work was simple as far as lawyer-jobs go.  I was paid by the county every two weeks no matter what.  I knew what time our office opened (8:00 a.m.) and what time we called it a day (5:00, unless I was in trial, in which case all bets were off and it could be midnight.)   If the defendant was willing to plead guilty, the options were probation or pen time. How long the term of years?  How large a fine should be imposed?  Procedurally and logistically, it was fairly simple. The difficulty came with the…
  • Community Post: Why Did I Say "Yes"?

    DavidRupert
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This one is for all those whose workplace is behind the steering wheel of a minivan — those who are privileged to call themselves stay-at-home moms and yet wonder why they’re always in the car.  When my daughter was three years old, some generous friends of ours gifted us with an eight-week session of preschool music classes.  My daughter adored it, counting hours until it was time for another session of Tots in Tune. There were only two challenges: one, the classes were at nine o’clock on Monday morning; two, my little girl happened to have a one-year-old brother, and we all went to…
  • Community Post: Not Okay with "Okay"

    mderusha
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A few years ago a literary agent turned me down after he read my query letter and a couple chapters of my manuscript. After I received the rejection, I responded to his email with a question. “So is it the lack of platform,” I asked him, “or the quality of the writing…or both?” He answered quickly. “To tell you the truth, Michelle, it’s both,” the agent wrote. “You don’t have a strong enough platform yet, but the bigger issue right now is your voice. Your writing is okay, but your voice needs work.” Staring at that terse reply on my computer screen, I felt like I’d…
  • Community Post Summary: Moving Beyond Mediocrity

    denadyer
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Parenting is tough. (Is that the understatement of the decade, or what?) Just this morning, my husband Carey and I took a walk and discussed how to find a balance between nudging our kids toward excellence without pushing them over the edge of perfectionism. We want them to grasp the concept of giving their best--to God and others--while knowing that they are loved just as they are. Carey and I decided we need a lot of prayer and wisdom, and we're thankful we are not in the journey alone. Here at The High Calling, a few of our community members participated in a similar conversation…
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    Good Letters

  • Crying Ocean

    Guest Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Guest post by Natalie Vestin In Judith Kitchen’s essay “Direction,” she writes of traveling with a friend in Greece and being asked to step out of her cab on a dark road by a driver she doesn’t trust. She and her friend refuse to get out, not by saying no, but by huddling in the [Read More...]
  • I Sing the Body Eclectic

    Bradford Winters
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    No doubt Walt Whitman would have sounded his barbaric yawp from the steaming rooftop pool of Spa Castle in Queens, had the multi-level Korean day spa been around the corner from his Brooklyn stomping grounds as it is today. I’m not saying he would have retitled “Song of Myself” to “Song of Ourselves,” but I [Read More...]
  • An Hour Upon the Stage

    A. G. Harmon
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Among the variety of strange notions that we get into our heads, one of the most common is the sensation that we’re being watched. For no apparent reason, we begin to glance around us, not really expecting to find anything, and yet compelled to look anyway. “It’s nothing,” we say, and turn our attentions back [Read More...]
  • Saint Death and Easter

    Guest Contributor
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Guest Post By Chris Hoke I got a call from a number I didn’t recognize. The voice was low, lifeless. He just got out of jail, and the guys in there told him to call me. I function as a volunteer chaplain in Washington State’s Skagit County Jail, and I’m the closest thing to a [Read More...]
  • 25 Years of Image, 18 of Glen Workshops

    Peggy Rosenthal
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    To celebrate Image’s twenty-fifth anniversary we are posting a series of essays by people who have encountered our programs over the years. Read the earlier installments, Stumbling into the Waterfall, Henri Nouwen, Reaching Out, and The Notecards of Paradise. I’m at lunch in a college cafeteria. At my table, the conversation goes like this: “Have you heard John Tavener’s [Read More...]
 
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • The Future of Protestantism: Online and at Biola April 29th

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    There aren’t many events that could possibly drag me out of bed at 3 AM in the morning, but a rigorous and lively conversation among four thinkers who I have an incredible amount of respect for is among them. I’m probably biased because one of the participants is a hero and friend of mine, but I couldn’t be more excited about seeing Fred Sanders, Carl Trueman, Peter Leithart, and Peter Escalante discuss the Future of Protestantism April 29th at Biola or, if you can’t be in the area, livestreamed into your computer or church through the joys of internet wizardry. The…
  • Noah: A Theological-Aesthetic Rorschach Test

    Chris Krycho
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    Last week saw the premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and with it a (predictable) storm of controversy from the evangelical community. Reviews have ranged from predictably critical to outright disdain to hostile readings, and from strongly (though not unreservedly) positive to more restrained affirmation of the film on aesthetic and spiritual grounds to especially measured theological and artistic engagement. In short, the responses spanned exactly the range one would expect from the evangelical community, which is itself deeply divided on the purpose, value, and meaning of the…
  • Lent, Individualism, and Christian Piety–An Email Conversation

    Jake Meador
    4 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Recently my friend and occasional Mere O contributor Alastair Roberts exchanged a few emails about Lent that then turned toward a broader discussion of Christian piety and individualism. The exchange is shared below. I’ve slightly indented Alastair’s responses in order to make it a bit more clear where my part ends and his begins. (And if you missed Keith’s post from a few weeks back, do go and read that too.) Alastair – I’ll kick things off. My best guess as to why we’re seeing more evangelicals embracing Lent is that many of us have a reasonable desire to…
  • Words for the Anxious Soul

    Kevin White
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have been reading (and singing!) through the Psalms a good deal over the past year. One very valuable aspect of the Psalms is the way they give voice to a broad variety of human emotion. This is the inspired song book of God’s people, and it has a song for almost every mood. Here is one that has been very meaningful to me as of late: Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation  and my God. … Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your waves have gone over me. (Psalm…
  • Further thoughts on World Vision

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:22 am
    There is much more that can be said about the recent turn of events with World Vision, who has now reversed course.  I took to Twitter last night at the goading of Sarah Posner to say a few things about it.  Sarah and I don’t agree on much (we learned we have 72% cacao chocolate in common!), but I enjoy disagreeing with her so much that I yielded. And, let’s face it, I’m just a sucker for long-winded rants about anything. Among other things, I wrote last summer that evangelicals needed to address the nature of institutions. http://t.co/YeYA967hnv — Matthew Anderson…
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    RZIM

  • Of Atheists and Straw Gods

    Cameron McAllister
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    This thoughtful piece by Oliver Burkeman of the Guardian makes a clear case for why so many of the current debates surrounding the existence of God fall short of the mark. Defining one’s terms is central to any successful debate, and it’s here that we encounter the clearest obstacle to this vexed topic. Burkeman is an admitted skeptic where belief in God is concerned, but, he contends, these debates are frequently unhelpful because both sides misunderstand what historic monotheism means by the word “God.” His recommendation is that atheists read David Bentley Hart’s…
  • Four Gardens

    Ravi Zacharias
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In this classic message, Ravi Zacharias shares thoughts from the perspective of Easter as he delves into four gardens: the text, the context, the contest, and the conquest. Ravi inspires with truths surrounding creation, the word, the cross, and the resurrection in presentations excerpted from the Jesus Among Other Gods group study. This presentation is a beautiful and thought-provoking reminder of all that Easter celebrates.
  • Love’s Unveiling – Day 14: He is Risen!

    Amy Orr-Ewing
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Love’s Unveiling – Day 14: He is Risen! Matthew 28:7 Over the next two weeks, to help us prepare for Easter, RZIM’s Amy Orr-Ewing has recorded a set of online video Bible devotions that will take us day by day through the resurrection story all the way to Sunday, April 20, 2014. These devotions include a key verse from Matthew’s gospel, a short reflection, and a challenge or chance to respond. We will journey with Matthew in his gospel through the days and hours building up to the cross and the resurrection of Jesus. In this series we join Matthew at chapter 26 as history is…
  • Love’s Unveiling – Day 13: Public Service

    Amy Orr-Ewing
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Love’s Unveiling – Day 13: Public Service, Matthew 27:59,60 Over the next two weeks, to help us prepare for Easter, RZIM’s Amy Orr-Ewing has recorded a set of online video Bible devotions that will take us day by day through the resurrection story all the way to Sunday, April 20, 2014. These devotions include a key verse from Matthew’s gospel, a short reflection, and a challenge or chance to respond. We will journey with Matthew in his gospel through the days and hours building up to the cross and the resurrection of Jesus. In this series we join Matthew at chapter 26 as…
  • Love’s Unveiling – Day 12: Love’s Extremity

    Amy Orr-Ewing
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Love’s Unveiling – Day 12: Love’s Extremity, Matthew 27:46 Over the next two weeks, to help us prepare for Easter, RZIM’s Amy Orr-Ewing has recorded a set of online video Bible devotions that will take us day by day through the resurrection story all the way to Sunday, April 20, 2014. These devotions include a key verse from Matthew’s gospel, a short reflection, and a challenge or chance to respond. We will journey with Matthew in his gospel through the days and hours building up to the cross and the resurrection of Jesus. In this series we join Matthew at chapter 26 as…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • How the tools of His trade would one day be the tools of His death

    David Rupert
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    He learned the trade from his father who probably learned it from his father. The tools were simple.  Wood.  Nails. Hammer. Wood shavings crunched on the floor, trod by leather sandals. The smell of lumber filled his nostrils. Banging. Scraping. Sawing. The workshop was continually busy. It was all in the life of a carpenter. There was something satisfying about taking raw lumber and forming a piece of furniture, a shelf or a tool.But then there was the unspoken destiny. Driving a crude spike into the green flesh of the fallen tree reminded Him of the dark days to come. Photo by Secret…
  • The roots of misconception

    David Rupert
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Think about all of the tall tales you were told as a child; that touching a toad would give you warts; that lightning never strikes twice; that going out into the cold will give you a cold. We all have an image of George Washington walking around with wooden teeth, like a walking lumberyard. But the truth of the matter is that his dentures were made out of ivory, lead, gold and even a little donkey tooth. We’ve all heard the great Chicago fire of 1871 was caused by Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicking over a lamp.  However, it  was a newspaper writer who invented the story to make colorful…
  • What’s trendy today might be ridiculous tomorrow

    David Rupert
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:46 pm
     A few nights ago we had a discussion about harvest gold. You might remember those days when appliances, countertops and small mixers all came in this color.  And avocado green was popular too. Around the table we laughed at all the things that were supposed to be cool, forever.                   It was supposed to define a new generation of home fashion. Today it defines a generation of home remodelers. Growing up, our house had paneling – of course – and it kept the basement “cozy.” And don’t forget the wallpaper. The more flowers…
  • Playing it Safe: Why Mediocrity Will Never Change the World

    David Rupert
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    The dust swirled in the hot humid air as I trudged home from school. I slipped the report card next to Mom’s purse, hoping she would just sign it and give it back with cool indifference. No such luck. In our home, earning a mediocre grade was a major event, close to dental surgery or transmission work.  She saw the “C” in social studies. My reasoning is that the grade was “average.” But for an hour it seemed, I was on the receiving end of one-sided conversation about what that word means. There would be no average in our family. We came from a proud line of immigrants who fought…
  • Divided We Stand: How To Reach the Other Side

    David Rupert
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:01 am
    I’ve been thinking divisions lately, since they seem to be so prominently highlighted in conversations, the media, and politics. Really, we divide  our world into two basic groups – “Us” and “Them.” That’s it. There’s the “Us,” which is the socio-economic group we identify based on what we think is important. Things like race and culture and gender and religion factor into the “us.” And other things like sports allegiances, dress standards, or homes also create groups we can identify with. We are often identified by the part of town in which we live like: The…
 
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Hello, John Piper

    Steve McCoy
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    Unfortunately too many who view the world through social media lenses know John Piper more for his "Farewell, Rob Bell" comment more than most anything else. I've been blessed by Dr. Piper's ministry for years. First discovering him through Desiring God and then a mad scramble to read the rest of his key books (Let the Nations Be Glad, Future Grace). Then Bruce Ware let me borrow boxes of John Piper sermon tapes, which I devoured while at work during seminary years. I heard Piper speak at Southern Seminary where he called the seminary dangerous because it's beautiful and safe. I asked…
  • $5 April Albums Part 2

    Steve McCoy
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Nice list of cheap albums on sale for a short time...Wilco: Being There (a double album!)Arcade Fire: The SuburbsBob Dylan: The Freewheelin' Bob DylanJack White: BlunderbussNickel Creek: Why Should The Fire Die?LCD Soundsystem:  & This Is HappeningWye Oak: CivilianBuilt to Spill: Perfect From Now OnThe Raconteurs: Broken Boy SoldiersThe Avett Brothers: I and Love and You ($3.99)Chevelle: Wonder What's NextHidden Orchestra: ArchipelagoDawes: Nothing Is WrongThe Dead Weather: Sea Of CowardsSimon & Garfunkel: Sounds of SilenceJohnny Cash: The Number Ones & The…
  • Champs: "Down Like Gold" Acoustic

    Steve McCoy
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Really want to get my hands on the Champs album, Down Like Gold, but it's not in the U.S. yet. Here's something to obsess over until it gets here. Love.
  • How Frozen Should Have Ended

    Steve McCoy
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Goodness, yes. Don't miss bonus scene just over halfway through.
  • Streaming -- The Menzingers: Rented World

    Steve McCoy
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    I couldn't get enough of The Menzingers' debut album, On The Impossible Past. Outstanding. High-energy. And now we get to see what they do next as Rented World is now STREAMING FREE before they release it next Tuesday (22nd). Here's their first single, which makes this punk happy...
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • Surfers Defeat Strunk & White!

    Matt Jenson
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    The New York Times called Strunk & White’s Elements of Style “as timeless as a book can be in our age of volubility.” It is a strong book, written with the same economy and sturdiness it calls forth from would-be writers. It is even a delight to read, at once funny and sage. But once, it is wrong. In the final chapter on style written by William Strunk Jr.’s student, E. B. White–famous for Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, and The Trumpet of the Swan, and one of our finest essayists–White counsels writers to “prefer the standard to the…
  • Introducing The Common Room

    Scriptorium Admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    We are delighted to introduce the first episode of The Common Room, a conversation among the faculty and friends of Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute. Conversations will include book projects by members of the faculty, introductions to the texts you’ve never read but have always wanted to, and whatever other subjects happen to be of interest.  Our aim is to provide snapshots of important discussions and interactions that are both formative and enjoyable as well. For the first episode, Greg Peters and Matt Jenson take up the relationship between Protestantism and…
  • 20 Things I Have Learned as a College Professor

    Paul Spears
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:36 am
    As the start of the fall semester is almost upon me I have been diligently trying to complete my summer projects and prepare for my classes. As I was working it dawned on me that I am looking forward to the beginning of the year. Yes, I make the same jokes all of my colleagues do about how being a faculty member at a university would be great if it wasn’t for the students.  But that really isn’t so. I truly enjoy my work. One thing I realized is that I have learned a great deal as a university professor, but not just in terms of my academic discipline, but in terms of my daily…
  • On Useless Knowledge: The Lunar Eclipse

    Monica Cure
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    I did something completely useless this past week, and did it with great gusto. Having gotten wind of the upcoming lunar eclipse, I decided to go to the viewing event put on by the Griffith Park Observatory. With totality set to begin at 12:06am and large crowds expected, it was quite a commitment on a school night. Even I was a bit surprised by my choice. A couple years ago, despite the fact that I had told been told about it, I had completely missed the solar eclipse without too much compunction. I vaguely recall that I was working on some final edits for my dissertation. But on Monday…
  • Gnostic on Purpose (Austin Farrer)

    Fred Sanders
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Anglican theologian Austin Farrer (1904-1968) was brilliant and/but/because idiosyncratic. The book A Hawk Among Sparrows: A Biography of Austin Farrer by Philip Curtis (London: SPCK, 1985) documents a volatile early phase of his thinking that is instructively peculiar. During this phase, Farrer played with a few ideas that he never directly published about, so Curtis’ detailed intellectual biography is the only place I’ve seen them (documented from letters and such). It seems to have been near the end of his time as a student at Baillol College, Oxford (or with the next couple…
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    Chris MarlowChris Marlow | Empowering leaders (and tribes) to launch movements for doing good.

  • From Hogwarts To Haiti

    Chris Marlow
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    From Hogwarts To Haiti A few years ago, I noticed my daughter on the computer. She was totally locked in and focused. Her eyes were wide, and her smile was so big her face could barely contain her excitement. “What was she doing?” I wondered. She broke the silence with a simple question: “Hey Dad, all my friends in class have been to Disney World. When are we going to go?” (Since when is it not normal for 10 year olds to have not been to Disney?) I quickly realized she was looking at YouTube videos of Disney World and, like all good marketing, she was hooked. Soon she would…
  • Struggle for Progress

    Chris Marlow
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Have you ever risked everything–to pursue a dream, to see progress, to make a difference, to grow to the next level? Have you ever been so fully committed, risked so deeply and worked so hard for a moment, a season of possibility? Last year I spent most of my time assembling an amazing team and board for Help One Now. We hired 5 full time staff positions and brought in multiple new board members. I hired an amazing coach to help me walk through the vision. We saw tremendous growth last year as we doubled our revenue. Plus, the work in Haiti and Africa continues to thrive. But you see,…
  • How Does One Deal With Tragedy

    Chris Marlow
    12 Feb 2014 | 3:42 am
    Credit: Power of Slow How Does One Deal With Tragedy? It is the question we hope we never have to ask. Unfortunately, I have had to deal with my fair share. My family has seen deaths due to cancer and accidents to moms, dads, and brothers. We’ve been here before–the middle-of-the-night phone call that changes your life in an instant. We had one of those phone calls a few weeks ago. My sister-in-law called from Dallas at 9:30PM on a Friday night; this never happens. We missed the first call, but as soon as the phone rang again, I told Necole she needed to answer it. I knew it was…
  • Tedx Talk: What if Doing Good was Simple?

    Chris Marlow
    31 Dec 2013 | 8:44 am
    Here’s my TEDx talk that I did a few months ago. I would be grateful if you took time to watch it and if you enjoy the talk, share the video and leave a comment in the Youtube site. I feel this message is important and I want the idea to spread. It’s vital to fighting extreme global poverty!
  • 2013 Review

    Chris Marlow
    31 Dec 2013 | 4:36 am
      As 2013 comes to a close, I can’t help but to take a moment to pause and review what turned out to be a great year. Some personal highlights: I turned 4My oldest daughter became a teenager (boo) My younger daughter started middle school (boo) Necole and I took a vacation to Cancun Necole started a business Relatives moved from Austin to Raleigh. I was able to speak at a TEDx event here in Raleigh I hired a Literary Agent I started to coach and consult with a few young organizations — I love doing this! Professionally, Help One Now had another amazing year. At the same time,…
 
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Ending Corruption for Lent

    tallskinnykiwi
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    While some Christians are giving up chocolate for Lent, which is all very well, others are seeking to end global corruption, bribery and corporate greed. Here is an Easter reflection on corruption from the Bible Society called Thirty Pieces of Silver [PDF]. Its a hot topic and one which involves a penetrating look inside our […]
  • A quick interruption of my blogging sabbatical.

    tallskinnykiwi
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Long time no blog.  My blog break has been good for me. I feel like I am learning to be quick to listen and slow to speak which has to be a good thing. But, to interrupt my break, and so you don’t completely forget me, here is a little update from me. Our family […]
  • Waitangi Day: Remembering a Transplanted Christianity

    tallskinnykiwi
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:52 am
    I was hoping to be in the north of New Zealand today to celebrate Waitangi Day with friends and colleagues but instead I will be at the DeLight Festival in Takaka.  Apologies to the NZCM gang at the Congress who I enjoyed meeting with 3 years ago in Waikanae. Hope it goes well. I did, […]
  • Poverty: The Catholics are taking the Protestants to church.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:14 pm
    “I want a Church which is poor and for the poor.”  Pope Francis said that last month, in his awesome document that you should have read already. Its called Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation. Download the PDF. So the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up in 2017 and, based on the last weeks […]
  • Nothing coming down. Nothing going up.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 4:15 pm
    I just watched a very unfortunate recent video by our dear brother John Piper. I really don’t think he saw how his words could be misconstrued in the wrong hands. Hopefully it has been taken down by now or at least will be in the next few hours. Nothing is coming down, except his video. […]
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    The Lutheran

  • Sharp sword, polished arrow

    30 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Picture this: Surrounded by  an alien culture; worried about keeping young people engaged; a nonfunctioning government; a religious establishment in disarray; the economy is a mess; competing and beguiling demands on people’s attention, time and loyalty; a worship facility in serious need of repair; a dizzying rate of change; and people either tempted to throw out all forms of the past or to cling mindlessly to tradition for fear of change. Sound familiar? This describes the people of God in exile in Babylon after the fall of Jerusalem. This was the world to which the prophet…
  • What we can do

    30 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It hit me hardest when the counselor told my wife and I that we would need a psychiatrist’s help for our child. Can’t we talk just a little longer? What did I do wrong? Should we tell family, friends and neighbors? What is my child thinking? How will this impact her self-confidence, options for school and career, and a future family of her own?  Mental illnesses, mental disorders, and suicidal thoughts or actions are uncomfortable discussion topics for congregations and society. We often fear (and distance ourselves from) things we don’t understand. Sometimes we even…
  • Crossing continents

    30 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Nelly Koyo was standing in the middle of her chicken house in Kisumu County, Kenya, when she learned she was about to travel to Chile. Joyce Amoyi didn’t believe she would travel outside of Kenya to such a faraway place until she was sitting in an airplane for the first time. Lisper Bundi, a Nairobi social worker, had never heard of Chile and doubted she would learn anything in such a small strip of a country. Fast forward to two weeks later when Bundi said: “We have learned so much.” Amoyi agreed, saying: “I look at things differently now.” For her part,…
  • Connecting to God's love

    30 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The front pew was comfortable enough, but I decided to move to the very back of the sanctuary. Then I reconsidered and moved to the middle. Why? One word in the worship bulletin: “communion.” If served from the front, my ignorance of the process would show after a 30-year hiatus from church. They might also begin in the rear. But the middle was safe: I could observe and mimic without embarrassment.  Five years earlier at age 42, I’d had a joyous revelation that changed the rest of my life. I was diagnosed with rapid cycling Type 1 bipolar disorder. Joy came not from…
  • Time to get away

    30 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Not a blade of grass is out of place in this neat, peaceful neighborhood at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in Washington. The quiet ends inside Melissa Shenefelt’s home. Sons Vinny, 8, and Owen, 6, are home from school with plenty of pent-up energy. The two family dogs are barking their lungs out. Vinny hauls out video games and Owen squeals in glee as he slides and bumps down the stairs on his bare tummy. “He’s my red-headed troublemaker, is what he is,” Shenefelt said of Owen. The scene could be that of any family here in the Pacific Northwest, where there are as many Navy…
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    Century Blog

  • Years of the evangelicals

    Steven P. Miller
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Long before Sarah Palin met CPAC and the Duck Dynasty clan discovered A&E, George Gallup Jr. famously declared 1976 the “Year of the Evangelical.” Subsequent commentators often pluralized “evangelical.” They might have done the same for “year,” too. In many years hence—1980, say, or 2004—it was 1976 all over again, to judge from the headlines. Those election years highlighted the Christian Right, a force that was not on Gallup’s radar screen back when Jimmy Carter was the prototypical evangelical in public life. The years of the evangelicals were not only…
  • I don't want a patron

    Carol Howard Merritt
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I recently spoke at a stewardship conference. I always learn a tremendous amount when I speak, and that conference in particular was full of insightful people who inspired me to think theologically and practically about stewardship. read more
  • Resurrection and Ralph

    L. Gail Irwin
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I ran into Ralph at the café. Ralph is a retired paper mill worker, a Vietnam vet, and a self-proclaimed “wise sage” who drives everyone in the café crazy with his incessant theological chatter. He always interrupts my sermon preparation. He wants to talk about God or Jesus or numerology or the chickens he’s raising. But most times, I come away from a conversation with him having yielded a little jewel of insight.This time it was a big one. read more
  • New today: Feeling less than alive, The nonbusy family, Resurrection and Ralph

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Today's Century articles and blog posts, news articles, CCblogs network highlights, daily lectionary readings, and witnesses from the cloud.   read more
  • Feeling less than alive

    Carol Howard Merritt
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I was sitting in a seminary classroom, taking part in an internship program, and the professor was waxing eloquently about calling. It was all good. She was quoting Frederick Buechner and Howard Thurman, and describing vocation as our deepest joy and what makes us come alive. read more
 
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    theologer

  • Is this Even Possible? or: Everyday Missionary Mental Struggles

    Roger Mugs
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:06 am
    “This city is too big. There is no reason to go. We will surely not make a difference.” I’m sorry, but such thinking may have just condemned you to the desert for 40 years. (See Numbers 14). Problem is, here I am teetering back and forth on the ledge of condemnation if this is true. Thankfully there is redemption, the blood of Christ, the resurrection, and hope for the people of God.
  • Forgetting the Point. All Too Easy.

    Roger Mugs
    28 Mar 2014 | 2:20 am
    The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Certain persons*, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. - 1 Timothy 1:5–7 (Almost) Every seminary professor and seminarian ever.
  • Keeping Thoughts to Ourselves

    Roger Mugs
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:49 pm
    There was a time when a man was alone with his thoughts. Even when they were brilliant, witty, or perhaps full of wealth-making innovation. He wasn’t constantly attached to computers or even notebooks. This he had to keep such thoughts to himself and continue about his work, hoping not to forget before he could share them, or write them down. Now every thought more complex than, “Buy Milk,” or “I’m hungry,” we tweet, blog, or podcast (this thought included). God forbid we should keep things to ourselves, or between us and the Lord. And I wonder if back then…
  • I Shall Not Want. But I Do.

    Roger Mugs
    19 Feb 2014 | 5:45 pm
    “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” - Psalm 23:1–2 Lord, what I want is green pastures and still waters. And I’m surrounded by cement. Yesterday I layed down on green grass. It wasn’t much. But the sun did shine. And it was shockingly refreshing. And last week I ran by a river. It ain’t much. But here I’m wanting to wrestle with God over this and ask for it at least spiritually. But I realize both have physically happened in the last week.
  • For Priests to Honor the Lord

    Roger Mugs
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:25 pm
    “And now, O priests, this command is for you. If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the LORD of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart.” - Malachi 2:1–2 My greatest fear in life might be that I would bring honor to the Lord and forget to do so for myself. It might be that I would advance the Lord’s Kingdom and be forgotten in history. Something I actually strive to live for, pray for, and seek actively after. But…
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    Think Christian

  • Meeting my neighbors in NPR’s Borderland

    Stephen Woodworth
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
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  • Blood moons and confirmation bias

    Jonathan Downie
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
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  • Pre-game prayers: worship, witness or showing off?

    Branson Parler
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
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  • Ayahuasca and the high of Easter

    Jes Kast-Keat
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:21 pm
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  • How resurrection shakes things up (on ABC and elsewhere)

    Elijah Davidson
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:13 am
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    Bible Gateway's Verse of the Day

  • Romans 14:11

    Bible Gateway
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “It is written: “‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord, ‘every knee will bow before me; every tongue will acknowledge God.’””
 
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  • Community Through Accountability: A Shared Porn Story

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Ever feel alone in your fight against porn addiction? (Tweet This!) Many struggle to resist the fierce temptation of lust, but knowing sin is common does not make it excusable. Rather, community—like a support group—offers power to overcome sin.
 Community can be a source of encouragement, where we’re reminded through others’ stories that our weaknesses are not unusual. Community should be a safe place to be honest and vulnerable to others who understand our troubles. The stories of victory, small or complete, can motivate us to have the strength to do the same…
  • I Was a Porn Addict and a Pastor’s Kid: My Porn Story

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    It was on the playground, during recess, when the Playboy bunny made a "visit" to my elementary school. A classmate of mine wanted to show me a picture of a naked lady. I was six years old. Little did I know that moment would forever effect the rest of my life. That image never left my mind. To this day I can remember that picture, and even the emotions it triggered in my little innocent self. In fact, I always sought ways to recreate those feelings by seeking similar images. My dad never had a "porn stash." Or at least, I never found it.  I did find naked women, however, in the R-rated…
  • Marriage Is for the Courageous

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    [Editor’s note: today’s post is adapted from the book Open: What Happens When You Get Honest, Get Real, and Get Accountable by Craig Gross with Adam Palmer] I once spoke at a marriage conference…where I heard an interesting fact about the relationship between happiness in a marriage and the amount of times the husband and wife in that couple were engaging in sexual activity. In other words, the more frequently husbands and wives have sex with each other, the happier they tend to be with their marriage… Sadly, the flip side of that is something else I learned at this…
  • What’s Your Porn Story?

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Everyone loves a good story. There’s a reason why exercise programs add all of those before and after photos and stories to the end of their sales pitch—because people are inspired by stories. Seeing someone else's success in weight loss pulls you off the couch and sends you running. Why? Because stories enable you to imagine tangible results that before were only intangible dreams. Have you ever watched a superhero movie and left energized? Or a sports movie that left you feeling like practicing? Or a love story that made you want to better your own relationships? That’s…
  • Just Like Jesus Did

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    In January we took our team to AVN Adult Expo for the twelfth year in a row to tell people one simple message … Jesus loves them. This year we tried something new and gave out free T-shirts that said Jesus Loves Porn Stars. These were T-shirts we silk screened right there on the floor of the convention. It was quite the crowd pleaser and attracted a lot of attention. You might wonder why we would do something like this. Why go through the aggravation of setting up a full screen press, dryer, etc? The reason is the same as why we go to the conventions in the first place. It’s the…
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    Deep Thoughts by Gman

  • Lessons from the Skating Rink that the Church can Learn From.

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    (Inspired by a conversation I had with Evelyn Cronin)1. Never Skate alone2. Conversation is always Welcomed.3. Lots of Food, Lights and seats equals delights.4. The more people know the songs; the more they will sing along.5. People of all ages like to try something new.6. There are no Generation gaps on the rink. People of all ages are either skating or encouraging one another.7. Encouragement goes a long ways.8. Everyone knows why they are there.9. There is always room for improvement.10. When someone falls down - there is always someone there to help them back up.11. Skating friends make…
  • Why Hospital Visits are Important?

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    It seems to me that hospital visitation is a rare and lost art in ministry. Unless it is an extreme emergency ...not very many ministers seem to go on hospital visits anymore. (They seem to delegate it to their leaders)Here are some reasons that hospital visits are still important in ministry:1. There is nothing like the ministry of presence. Communicating that you care and are there for someone.2. It is an opportunity to share Good News. Share the Scriptures. God's Word will not come back void.3. Prayer changes everything. There is power in prayer. It gives Hope.4. Have short visits. The…
  • Things I've learned about Hosting Groups at your church Facility.

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    1. Have a contract. Stating what the expectations are and what can and cannot be done.2. Have a Usage Form. Similar to contract and gives the duties and fees etc.3. Be Consistent. 4. Make sure well used. Facility is no good if empty most of the week.5. Opportunity to reach out to the community.6. Possible Groups: Adult Day Care (We had a group called: Grace place); Scouts (Girls/Boys); Care-a-van (Medical services); Government (We're a polling place); Gym - exercise groups - zumba, yoga etc7. Can be an outreach as a service to people. Don't view as a project or people to automatically be…
  • Honest Trailers - Frozen

    5 Apr 2014 | 6:29 pm
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  • Fight Church Official Trailer

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
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    Frank Chiapperino

  • Rainy Day Box

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

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

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

    frank
    19 Feb 2014 | 8:01 am
    Most of us admire people that we consider to be wise.  We will seek their advice when we encounter the big decisions that life brings our way.  However, I don’t think that many of us act on the notion that wisdom is something that we can pursue, but to pursue it we must first know what it is.  James, the brother of Jesus, tells us this about wisdom… James 3:17-18 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.
  • How’s Your Reputation?

    frank
    6 Feb 2014 | 7:01 am
    Do you care about your reputation? Most of us do. Most of us care about what other people think, especially those we love and respect. However, we don’t always ask ourselves a very important question… “What does God think of me?” Most would simply answer that the Bible says God loves them, and yes He does, but there’s a proverb that we should ponder more deeply. Proverbs 3:3-4 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and good sight in the eyes of God and man. When I…
 
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    Digging The Word

  • God's Enemies

    Rick Morgan
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    Whose side are you on?1 John 2:18-21  Dear children, the last hour is here. You have heard that the Antichrist is coming, and already many such antichrists have appeared. From this we know that the last hour has come.   19  These people left our churches, but they never really belonged with us; otherwise they would have stayed with us. When they left, it proved that they did not belong with us.   20  But you are not like that, for the Holy One has given you His Spirit, and all of you know the truth.  21  So I am writing to you not because you don't…
  • Who Do You Love

    Rick Morgan
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    If you really love God then you will love everybody.1 John 2:7-11  Dear friends, I am not writing a new commandment for you; rather it is an old one you have had from the very beginning. This old commandment--to love one another--is the same message you heard before.  8  Yet it is also new.Jesus lived the truth of this commandment, and you also are living it. For the darkness is disappearing, and the true light is already shining.9  If anyone claims, "I am living in the light," but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is still living in darkness.  10 …
  • Living As Jesus Did

    Rick Morgan
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:54 am
    Are you living life God's way or your way?1 John 2:3-6  And we can be sure that we know Him if we obey His commandments.  4  If someone claims, "I know God," but doesn't obey God's commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth.   5  But those who obey God's word truly show how completely they love Him. That is how we know we are living in Him.  6  Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.Most of us remember being separated from our parents in a large store when we were young. They told you not to wonder…
  • Stop Picking On Me

    Rick Morgan
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    God is our refuge, our strength and salvation, a mighty fortress is the Lord Almighty!1 John 2:1-2  My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the One who is truly righteous.  2  He Himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins--and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.John 14:16  And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.There is a lot of talk these days about bullying, one of the…
  • Digging For Treasure

    Rick Morgan
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:15 am
    How much value do you put on God's Word?Psalms 19:7-11  The instructions of the LORD are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.8  The commandments of the LORD are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are clear, giving insight for living.  9  Reverence for the LORD is pure, lasting forever.The laws of the LORD are true; each one is fair.  10  They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb.  11  They are a…
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  • Looking for LESS of This to Be News!

    pkuzma
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:07 pm
    In case you haven’t heard already, Bob Coy, pastor of one of the US’s largest megachurches, resigned this weekend due to a moral failure. We don’t know the details, and honestly don’t need to. However, It’s another day to say that we at Pastor For Life are STILL believing for the day when LESS of this will be news! If you’re a Pastor in a difficult place. let us know, and let us get you to a place where you can get help!
  • How’s Your Sleep Hygiene?

    pkuzma
    30 Jan 2014 | 9:15 am
    We all hear of the importance and benefits of good sleep each night, yet it seems few of us get it. Here are some helpful thoughts toward improving this vital area of health: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  • Taken a Look at Your Work Hours Lately?

    pkuzma
    29 Jan 2014 | 9:23 pm
    NBC News did a short piece tonight on the price we’re paying because of overwork. It doesn’t mention those in ministry, but it might as well. Pastors are as susceptible, if not even more so, than non-Pastors, especially given that most of us work through the weekend. Watch and be challenged: Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy
  • Reducing the Rate of Pastoral Suicides

    pkuzma
    17 Dec 2013 | 12:53 am
    Suicide is not a new issue by any means. When a family member of a pastor commits suicide, we’re certainly sad and feel for the pastor and other family members. When a pastor commits suicide, now THAT we don’t expect. It’s a bit more deeply disturbing to most I’ve talked with about it. We were all shocked and saddened when Rick & Kay Warren’s son, Matthew, committed suicide last April. I’ve been encouraged by the way the Warren’s held on to their faith AND how they’ve admitted to struggling honestly and even publicly. Even though they took a…
  • Getting Our Arms Around Rick Warren’s Story

    pkuzma
    11 Apr 2013 | 7:06 am
    I am daily amazed and inspired at how Rick Warren is being real and yet still faith-full amidst his grief over the suicide of his 27 year old son, Matthew Warren. He could run and hide, but that’s not Rick. He could shut the world off and remain private. Nobody would blame him. Instead, he’s chosen to remain vulnerable and honest about the back story of Matthew’s lifelong struggle with mental illness. I can appreciate his recent tweet and Facebook post that said: It was Matthew’s story to tell. For me, as my own son has battled mental illness, I’ve been public…
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  • 40 Years of Disruption

    John
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Amazing to see how far they’ve come and how long they have stayed the course. Inspiring and moving. The post 40 Years of Disruption appeared first on John Saddington.
  • The Day I Was a Shark

    John Saddington
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    One of the posters in the entrance! I had the pleasure of being a “Shark” in a school competition that was modeled after ABC’s Shark Tank show. Hosted by Mount Vernon Presbyterian School I was 1 of 4 Sharks who observed, gave feedback, and “grilled” young 5th grade entrepreneurs and their businesses live. What a show! What an amazingly talented group of kids! I couldn’t believe how well they had prepared as well as how put together their slides were from their origin stories, founder bios, product overview and demo as well as financial business model and…
  • It’s Okay to Add Brakes

    John Saddington
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    I was having one of those really decent conversations with a friend today over a cup of iced coffee (I believe he was having iced tea though…) and we were comparing notes about how we have found the balance between life, the work that we do, and our families that sometimes get the short-end of the stick (if we’re completely honest with ourselves). Since both of us work with ton of entrepreneurs and startup organizations we both have often been asked to share our thoughts on how to accelerate growth, maximize resources, and to find opportunities to actualize revenue and profit.
  • That Type of Guy

    John Saddington
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Non-alcoholic in the front and the fun in the back. I observed my father become an incredible leader as he worked his way up from the rank and file to become an executive in a company that does more than $70B a year in revenue. And our family moved as his career grew and went with him even when it meant moving a family of 7 internationally to Japan. I saw him in a variety of roles and although he worked hard and oftentimes late I do not remember him missing much of the weekly family events – he may have missed a few of my soccer games here and there but I can’t actually remember a…
  • Goodbye 465

    John Saddington
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    It seems like only yesterday that we first walked into our sweet Craftsman style home in Candler Park nearly 3 years ago. We’ve enjoyed every moment there and have made some incredible memories with our neighbors and our friends who live in the area. The house has also bore witness to a variety of life-changing events – ups, downs, and side-to-sides. We have laughed, cried, danced, mourned, and everything else in-between. A home is truly a sacred place. For those curious we aren’t moving too far and we’re going to be staying in the same school district. We’ll…
 
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  • Wednesday Link List

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Promised you last week when we did a feature on Kevin Frank there would be one more panel in it for you (see Genesis 8:20) … Time once again for things on Christian blogs and news feeds you may have missed and some you’ll now wish you had. Clicking anything below will take you to PARSE, which paid $1,000,000.00 for exclusive rights to this weekly feature, plus a third-round draft pick. Though still imprisoned — and now hospitalized — in Iran, Saeed Abedini offered Easter prayers for Christians around the world. James MacDonald is joining the ranks of the…
  • The Touch of the Master’s Hand: Revisited

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:07 am
    Not exactly the way you remember it…   It was battered and scarred, And the auctioneer thought it Hardly worth his while To waste his time on the old violin, But he held it up with a smile. “What am I bid, good people”, he cried, “Who starts the bidding for me?” “One dollar, one dollar, Do I hear two?” “Two dollars, who makes it three?” “Three dollars once, three dollars twice, going for three”, But, No, From the room far back a grey haired man Came forward and picked up the bow, Then wiping the dust from the old violin…
  • John Ortberg: The Care and Feeding of the Soul

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Reviewing John Ortberg’s Soul Keeping has been like getting back in touch with an old friend. Although I never heard John live at any of the times I was at Willow Creek, I am a huge fan of his writing. Media such as the If You Want To Walk On Water You Have To Get Out of The Boat DVD small group series revolutionized my thinking about how video-based resources can revitalize home Bible studies. Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You (Zondervan) is truly five books in one. From the first chapter, you realize instantly that this book is in part a tribute to…
  • Just One Day Left!

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Well, that’s two major events in the life of Christ celebrated…only one left to go… I Thes. 4:16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.18 Therefore comfort one another with these words.
  • The Pastor in the Movie “Heaven is for Real”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:52 am
    Throughout all the success of the Heaven is for Real book, and with attention now being refocused because of the movie, I am sure that Todd Burpo’s phone, if he dares to still have one, is ringing off the wall. (A dated reference to wall phones, in case you’re wondering.) The appearances and interviews that the family has done prior to film release have been very tightly controlled and for anyone else, access is a total impossibility. Even the Christianity Today review of this past week contains the phrase, “Burpo responded to questions sent through the film’s…
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  • Road Trip

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    So this is the scene….Jesus has just risen from the dead….what does He do next? ROAD TRIP!     James Tissot, detail from  "Pilgrims on the Road to Emmaus" (1884-1896),  watercolor on gray wove paper, Brooklyn Museum. Luke 24:13-35 Two followers of Jesus were heading to a village called Emmaus.  It was about 7.5 miles from Jerusalem.  The average person could do that in a couple
  • He Is Risen!

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    But the angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here, for he has risen, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. (Matthew 28:5-6) Now after the Sabbath, toward the dawn of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of
  • Eyes to See

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    "As they were leaving Jericho, a large crowd followed Him. And two blind men sitting by the road, hearing that Jesus was passing by, cried out, “Lord, have mercy on us, Son of David!” The crowd sternly told them to be quiet, but they cried out all the more, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on us!” And Jesus stopped and called them, and said, “What do you want Me to do for you?” They said to Him
  • I Will Draw Near - Take 2

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Earlier this month I posted the words to Sarah's new worship song, I Will Draw Near. Today as she sat down to play it, our daughter Hanna joined her in singing what I feel is a beautiful song. I was able to record it with the words so you can follow along. Song and Words are ©Sarah Apperson, 2014
  • The Pleasure of His Company

    25 Mar 2014 | 7:05 pm
    I have never read a book by Dutch Sheets before I received a copy of The Pleasure of His Company.  I was intrigued by the description of the book though and decided to give it a whirl.  My family is really glad I did. When the book arrived I saw that on the back cover it said you could use it as a daily devotional.  I decided to do just that.  My wife had been asking me to read out loud to
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  • Realm: An Overview

    Eric Bryant
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    At Gateway Church in Austin, we went through a series on the spiritual realm. The Scriptures tell us our prayers can move the spiritual realm, and forces in the spiritual realm can move us – for better or worse. You can watch the entire series at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Here are the six messages in the series: Realm: Open the Door by John Burke Realm: Draw Near by Ted Beasley Realm: Hearing God by John Burke Realm: Evil is Real by John Burke Realm: Temptation by Rick Shurtz Realm: Fight Evil by John Burke These messages will help people who follow Jesus grow in their faith, and…
  • Austin, Sacramento, Las Vegas, and Comedy

    Eric Bryant
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    You or anyone you know near Austin, Sacramento, or Las Vegas? If so, check out these events where I will be speaking: Gateway Church (South Campus at 9:30am and 11am) April 20th Conversational Sundays at the Zhi Tea Gallery in Austin (purchase tickets here) April 27th     Thrive Conference 2014 (Sacramento, CA) May 1-3 Lead Well Conference (Canyon Ridge Church, Las Vegas) May 2-3 Gateway Church (South Campus at 9:30am and 11am) May 11th Gateway Church (South Campus at 9:30am and 11am) May 18th Mustard Seed – Comedy and Fajitas (Reserve free tickets for Austin event)…
  • Easter Weekend at Gateway Austin

    Eric Bryant
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    We have a lot of great things going on Easter weekend at Gateway Church for the whole family. April 18 – Good Friday | McNeil Campus 6:30 PM Lost & Found | family service Experience the profound meaning of Good Friday with your children during a family-friendly, inspiring service. Childcare will be provided for children birth thru 4 years old. 8:00 PM The Good Friday Experience | appropriate for children 10 and older Engage your heart, mind and spirit around the significance of Jesus’ death on the cross during a powerful service. There will be no childcare provided.  April 19,…
  • “Realm – Fight Evil” by John Burke

    Eric Bryant
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:56 pm
     At Gateway Church in Austin, we concluded our series on the spiritual realm. The Scriptures tell us our prayers can move the spiritual realm, and forces in the spiritual realm can move us – for better or worse. You can watch the entire series at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Each week, there are Next Steps to help us apply the message to our lives. John Burke shared some of the following insights: “Today I want us to understand how to fight evil. You can’t fight evil if you don’t understand how evil works. Just consider the evil I can manipulate you to do if you just…
  • “Realm – Temptation” by Rick Shurtz

    Eric Bryant
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
     At Gateway Church in Austin, we continued a series on the spiritual realm. The Scriptures tell us our prayers can move the spiritual realm, and forces in the spiritual realm can move us – for better or worse. You can watch the entire series at www.gatewaychurch.com/podcast. Each week, there are Next Steps to help us apply the message to our lives. Rick Shurtz spoke at the McNeil campus, I spoke at the South Campus. We shared some of the following insights: “On the one side, we know what’s good and right and helpful. On the other, we’re drawn to the quick fix, escapism,…
 
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  • Some compelling religion stories from Easter front pages

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    Fittingly, stories of rebirth and renewal made their way to many newspaper front pages on Easter Sunday. One of my favorites ran in the Chicago Tribune. That story, by Angie Leventis Lourgos, highlighted Christians such as Edeette Chukro, a Syrian who celebrated her first Easter in America: Easter is bittersweet for those seeking refuge like Chukro and [Read More...]
  • Easter season, check … Chip away at basic beliefs, check

    Jim Davis
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    You know all of those news articles you see published every year at Ramadan that ask if Muhammad really heard from the archangel Gabriel? No? Well, how about all the stories each Divali that cast doubt on the goddess Lakshmi’s ability to bless her worshipers? No? Then how about those articles for Eastertime questioning whether [Read More...]
  • The Atlantic slips — somehow — inside mind of Benedict XVI

    tmatt
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    During the annual pre-Easter season of snarky or mildly negative religion stories, I think that I received more personal emails about the Pope Benedict XVI vs. Pope Francis story in The Atlantic than any other item (even more than the Mrs. Jesus media blitz, if you can believe that). Quite a few readers wanted to [Read More...]
  • Weed in Denver, but Easter news on other front pages

    Bobby Ross Jr.
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    If you live in the Mile High City (no pun intended), you woke up Sunday morning to this banner headline on your hometown paper’s front page: Welcome to Weed Country Happy Easter to you, too, Denver Post! Another Colorado newspaper had a much better week than the Post — and not just because it won a [Read More...]
  • Nice but, at times, confusing news on Virginia Anglican wars

    tmatt
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Inspiring, uplifting stories have been hard to find in recent decades in the world of Episcopal vs. Anglican infighting, especially when it comes to in-the-trenches doctrinal warfare at the local and regional levels. However, the religion-beat team at The New York Times thought it had one the other day. The headline: “Two Ministers Forge Friendship [Read More...]
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  • God May Not Have Woken Up…

    loswhit
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Hey son… I woke up this morning to you sticking your finger in my right nostril. I didn’t open my eyes because I was intrigued as to your intentions. You were doing it very lightly as if not to wake me. You moved to my eye lids. Rubbing them lightly. You then traced your finger down to my lips. You plucked them like someone would a bass guitar. I heard a giggle. Then your tiny finger traced its way to my ears. My ears are really ticklish so it took all I had to not bust out laughing. But I was intrigued. And then yes…you traced your way around the maze in my earlobe like the race car…
  • Booking Dates :: June/July/August

    loswhit
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    April 19-20 :: RVC – Fresno, CA April 24-25 :: Press Tour – NYC, NY April 27 :: Crosspoint.tv – Nashville, TN April 30-May 2 :: Catalyst Dallas – Dallas, TX May 3-4 :: The Crossing – Las Vegas, NV May 10-11 :: VCC – Visailia, CA May 25 :: Crosspoint.tv – Nashville, TN June 1 :: The Crossing – Las Vegas, NV June 14-15 :: New Spring Church – Anderson, SC June 23-27 :: Crosspoint Kids Camp (#BestWeekOfTheYear) June 30 :: 100 Huntley Street – Toronto, CA July and August are filling up fast but I have a few openings. The above dates are a…
  • Admission. I Drink And Drive.

    loswhit
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    [Don't skip past the gif above this.  It may be the most powerful thing you see today] Gotcha.  I actually don’t drink and drive.  I do something worse. I text and drive. I have gotten so much better in the last year. It’s made me safer and the people around me safer. Just allowing my drive time to be a time of silence. I don’t even turn the radio on. It’s almost the most refreshing time of my day. The silence in the car. But after a while the urge to connect comes at me quite similar to a drug addict in need of a hit. Because let’s be honest, it is a drug,…
  • Dear Ragamuffinsoul.com THANK YOU and a few pics!!!

    loswhit
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    I don’t know a better place to say all this than here. Where it all began. Ragamuffinsoul.com Listen. As of this morning…7 Days later… We are sitting at #2,464 in Books on Amazon.com. And we are still in all the best seller categories the book lives in on Amazon. To let you know how amazing this is… IT’S FREAKING AMAZING. There has been ZERO drop off in a week of sales and this tells me one thing. People like the book. And it is like a shot of air straight into a drowning man’s lungs. I’m hearing stories on how this book is spreading like wildfire and…
  • I Just Got Cussed At And Forgot To Look At My WWJD Bracelet

    loswhit
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:28 am
    I’m at my gate at the airport in Orange County. I get called to said gate counter at airport in Orange County. I give gate agent my name at said gate at airport in Orange County. Man leaning against counter at said gate at airport in Orange County snaps at me…”UM. DON’T CUT IN FRONT OF ME @$$****”. I snap back at man leaning against counter art said gate at airport in Orange County…”I didn’t see you man. Call me that again and see what happens…” Insert break here… 1. “See what happens?” Seriously? Who am I Chuck Norris? 2. Jesus Christ was obviously ALL OVER ME, er,…
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  • iMonk Classic: Icebergs, Onions and Why You’re Not As Simple As You Think

    iMonk
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    From April 24, 2008. “My theology is simply what I read in the Bible.” Sure it is. “What I believe and practice is simply what the Bible teaches and nothing else.” Of course. What else could be simpler? I’m sure several of you won’t be surprised at all to learn that I meet with a pastoral counselor on a regular basis. It’s one of the best things I do. We talk about all sorts of things, and we’ve developed a very beneficial dialog around many of the the issues that are part of a Jesus shaped spirituality. Almost every time we meet, one of us will wind up saying that human…
  • Another Look: Easter Is a Season, Not a Day

    Chaplain Mike
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:49 pm
    First Published April 4, 2010. Many of us in our Christian traditions learned to celebrate Christ’s resurrection on a day — Easter Sunday. Easter is the great Lord’s Day, the climax of Holy Week, the high point of the Christian Year, marked by an explosion of color, wafting fragrance of lilies, majestic sounds of organ and baroque trumpets, bright new clothes, formal dinner with the family. A blissful Sabbath! Our little ones receive baskets of candies and toys, hunt for Easter eggs, strap on patent leather shoes, dress up like little ladies and gentlemen. We take their…
  • Monday Monkery – Day after Easter Sunday Edition

    Chaplain Mike
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Pastor Dan, who does our weekly iMonk Saturday Ramblings, got Holy Saturday off this past weekend so that he could focus on all the special services he was participating in. I remember those marathon occasions from when I was a pastor and I’ll be very surprised if Dan’s not sleeping in today. And tomorrow. But never fear, he will return renewed and refreshed this coming Saturday to resume rambling. To feed our readers’ appetite for links and laughter in the meantime, today we’ll engage in a bit of Monday Monkery — post-Easter Sunday style. We hope you all had a…
  • Thomas Merton: Living in the Freedom of Easter

    Chaplain Mike
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    These words from Trappist monk Thomas Merton about Easter could not have been said better by any Lutheran or Protestant. He reminds us that Easter is not just about Jesus rising from the dead, defeating death. It is about our death and resurrection as well. In particular, Merton has us meditate on Paul’s teaching that we have died to the Law and are now free to live as saved persons in newness of life by the Spirit. I encourage you to read the entire chapter in Thomas Merton’s book on the liturgical year: Seasons of Celebration. Have a blessed Easter! Lent has summoned us to…
  • Why We Need Holy Saturday

    Chaplain Mike
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Dead Christ, Mantegna Note: In honor of Holy Saturday, we will not have an edition of Saturday Ramblings today. We will have a “links” post early in the week to come. For I handed on to you as of first importance what I in turn had received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures, and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the scriptures… - 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 One of the richest books of theology I have read in recent years is Alan E. Lewis’s meditation on Holy Saturday called, Between Cross and…
 
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  • Ending Corruption for Lent

    tallskinnykiwi
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    While some Christians are giving up chocolate for Lent, which is all very well, others are seeking to end global corruption, bribery and corporate greed. Here is an Easter reflection on corruption from the Bible Society called Thirty Pieces of Silver [PDF]. Its a hot topic and one which involves a penetrating look inside our […]
  • A quick interruption of my blogging sabbatical.

    tallskinnykiwi
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Long time no blog.  My blog break has been good for me. I feel like I am learning to be quick to listen and slow to speak which has to be a good thing. But, to interrupt my break, and so you don’t completely forget me, here is a little update from me. Our family […]
  • Waitangi Day: Remembering a Transplanted Christianity

    tallskinnykiwi
    5 Feb 2014 | 11:52 am
    I was hoping to be in the north of New Zealand today to celebrate Waitangi Day with friends and colleagues but instead I will be at the DeLight Festival in Takaka.  Apologies to the NZCM gang at the Congress who I enjoyed meeting with 3 years ago in Waikanae. Hope it goes well. I did, […]
  • Poverty: The Catholics are taking the Protestants to church.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 10:14 pm
    “I want a Church which is poor and for the poor.”  Pope Francis said that last month, in his awesome document that you should have read already. Its called Evangelii Gaudium, Apostolic Exhortation. Download the PDF. So the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation is coming up in 2017 and, based on the last weeks […]
  • Nothing coming down. Nothing going up.

    tallskinnykiwi
    7 Dec 2013 | 4:15 pm
    I just watched a very unfortunate recent video by our dear brother John Piper. I really don’t think he saw how his words could be misconstrued in the wrong hands. Hopefully it has been taken down by now or at least will be in the next few hours. Nothing is coming down, except his video. […]
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  • God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge — A Response to Matthew Vines

    Albert Mohler
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:01 am
    Evangelical Christians in the United States now face an inevitable moment of decision. While Christians in other movements and in other nations face similar questions, the question of homosexuality now presents evangelicals in the United States with a decision that cannot be avoided. Within a very short time, we will know where everyone stands on this question. There will be no place to hide, and there will be no way to remain silent. To be silent will answer the question. The question is whether evangelicals will remain true to the teachings of Scripture and the unbroken teaching of the…
  • It’s Back — The “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” and the State of Modern Scholarship

    Albert Mohler
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    The so-called “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” is back in the news and back in public conversation. The story first broke in a flurry of sensationalism back in September of 2012 when Smithsonian magazine declared that a papyrus fragment had been found which would “send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship.” Well, it didn’t jolt much of anything. In 2012 Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced that a papyrus fragment that had come into her supervision made reference to Jesus having a wife. Professor King announced that the papyrus…
  • Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think it Is)

    Albert Mohler
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
    One of the most amazing statements by the Apostle Paul is his indictment of the Galatian Christians for abandoning the Gospel. “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel,” Paul declared. As he stated so emphatically, the Galatians had failed in the crucial test of discerning the authentic Gospel from its counterfeits. His words could not be more clear: “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! As we have said before, so I say…
  • Drowning in Distortion — Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”

    Albert Mohler
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:42 pm
    My first experience teaching the Bible came when I was asked at the last minute to teach a Sunday School class of first-grade boys. I was only 16 years old, and I did not exactly volunteer to teach the class. I found myself telling a familiar Bible story to six-year olds and explaining it as best I could. There have been very few Sundays since when I have not taught or preached, usually to a congregation a bit less fidgety than my first. You learn one thing fast when teaching the Bible to six-year-old boys — they often think they can “improve” on the story as found in the…
  • Pointing to Disaster — The Flawed Moral Vision of World Vision [Updated]

    Albert Mohler
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:41 pm
    UPDATE [March 26, 2014] The President of World Vision U.S. announced today that the Board of Directors has reversed its decision and would return to its previous policy that affirms sexual abstinence for all unmarried employees and defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Additional comment will be posted as soon as possible. Like all revolutions, moral revolutions are marked by events that signal major turning points in social transformation. Yesterday, March 24, 2014, will be remembered as one of those days. The headline in the news story by Christianity Today made the issue easy…
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  • When You Feel Helpless

    Pete Wilson
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    The other day I stood in line at my local coffee house. I was in a curious mood and just watched the four or five people in front of me as we stood in this unusually slow line. Their body language and facial expressions said it all. There were hands on the hips expressing disgust at the current inconvenience, some were rolling their eyes as they glanced up momentarily from texting on their cell phone and there was the predictable looking at the watch and then looking at the line and then looking back at the watch. Most of us do not like waiting for anything.  We live in a day of fast…
 
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    Ligonier Ministries Blog

  • Youth-Driven Culture

    Stephen J. Nichols
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Maybe it began earlier than the 1950s and '60s, but those decades seem to mark the rise of the fascination with youth in American culture. The famous line that celebrates all things young, often wrongly attributed to James Dean, declares, "Live fast, die young, and leave a good-looking corpse behind." Popular music, that telling barometer of popular culture, has kept pace with this trend. Nearly every heavy-metal band of the 1980s and '90s had a stock ballad about young heroes going down in a "blaze of glory." Other popmusic references stress the invincible power of youth. Rod Stewart sings…
  • Sending "Everyone's a Theologian" to Asia, Africa, and South America

    Nathan W. Bingham
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    TGC International Outreach is currently running a relief project to fund the distribution of 5,000 copies of R.C. Sproul's new book, Everyone's a Theologian. "We create Relief Projects by working with translators, publishers, and printers here in North America as well as overseas, and donate these resources through global missions networks. Through your generous gifts, these projects enable us to strengthen thousands of church leaders in Asia, Africa, and South America. In the last few years, we've been able to send English resources to over 30 countries." Ligonier has partnered with TGC…
  • Do Your Duty

    Nathan W. Bingham
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Here's an excerpt from Do Your Duty, Gene Edward Veith's contribution to the April issue of Tabletalk: Duty is one of those words that used to carry great weight but really doesn't anymore. It is still an important concept in military circles, but elsewhere doing something because it's your duty has acquired a negative connotation. "You just say you love me because you think it's your duty." "They just go to church out of a sense of duty." In the nineteenth century, though, calls to duty were inspirational. Just before the sea battle of Trafalgar, Admiral Nelson sent up signal flags that sent…
  • How Sinful Is Man?

    R.C. Sproul
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Imagine a circle that represents the character of mankind. Now imagine that if someone sins, a spot—a moral blemish of sorts—appears in the circle, marring the character of man. If other sins occur, more blemishes appear in the circle. Well, if sins continue to multiply, eventually the entire circle will be filled with spots and blemishes. But have things reached that point? Human character is clearly tainted by sin, but the debate is about the extent of that taint. The Roman Catholic Church holds the position that man's character is not completely tainted, but that he retains a…
  • Social Media Highlights (04/20/14)

    Nathan W. Bingham
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here are highlights from our various Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past week. You can’t love Jesus and not love His Word. —R.C. Sproul #reformed #reformedtheology #rcsproul pic.twitter.com/kvIN5H82Or — Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) April 15, 2014 There is no stronger message than the truths of God's sovereignty in the doctrines of grace. —@DrStevenJLawson http://t.co/cz0R72UcXE — Reformation Trust (@RefTrust) April 15, 2014 Stephen Nichols begins a 2-part series that introduces us to 5 essential and necessary articles of the faith:…
 
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Born again

    Tim Archer
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    We started looking at John chapter 3 yesterday. We find there some of Jesus’ earliest teaching on baptism. However, we need to remember that baptism is not the main point of what Jesus says to Nicodemus. The driving thrust must be on the Spirit. Look at what Jesus says in verses 5 through 8: “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound,…
  • Links To Go (April 23, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge — A Response to Matthew Vines Here we face the most tragic aspect of Matthew Vines’s argument. If the modern concept of sexual orientation is to be taken as a brute fact, then the Bible simply cannot be trusted to understand what it means to be human, to reveal what God intends for us sexually, or to define sin in any coherent manner. The modern notion of sexual orientation is, as a matter of fact, exceedingly modern. it is also a concept without any definitive meaning. Effectively, it is used now both culturally and morally to argue about sexual…
  • Born of water and the Spirit

    Tim Archer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    “In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.’” “How can a man be born when he is old?” Nicodemus asked. “Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!” Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where…
  • Links To Go (April 22, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Immigration Part 2: “Why Don’t They Go Back to Where They Came From?” If we see ourselves first and foremost as Americans, the mission of God often gets set aside for a more nationalistic, self-centered response. “This is ours. You get out.” But if we are first and foremost Christ followers, our ultimate desire is the mission of Jesus. So when we look at foreigners in our midst, our instinctive response is, “How cool! What a great opportunity we have to lead someone to Christ from another nation or ethnic background. They are coming to us! What an awesome thing for the gospel.”…
  • The baptism of Jesus: Perspective

    Tim Archer
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I want to conclude this series within a series by trying to put the baptism of Jesus into its proper place. I’m a strong believer in observing what emphasis Scripture itself puts on certain stories and certain ideas (a lesson I learned from Dr. Tom Olbricht) It can be very telling to study what biblical writers emphasized and what they didn’t. Jesus’ baptism is recorded in three of the gospels and alluded to indirectly in the fourth. That shows that it was a significant moment in Jesus’ ministry. But it’s interesting that we never find the early church saying,…
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    Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) in Novato, Marin County » Podcast Feed

  • Unless Your Righteousness Exceeds

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Sermon preached on Matthew 5:20-48 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 4/6/2014 in Novato, CA. Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. Matthew 5:20-48 4/6/14 “Unless Your Righteousness Exceeds” How to enter the kingdom of heaven. That’s a key question on people’s minds as Jesus preached about […]
  • How to Study the Bible: Grammatical-Historical Method

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Rev. W. Reid Hankins at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 4/6/2014 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on how to study the Bible, discussing the subject of hermeneutics, particularly the grammatical-historical method.
  • I Did Not Come to Destroy but to Fulfill

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Sermon preached on Matthew 5:17-20 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 3/30/2014 in Novato, CA. Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. Matthew 5:17-20 3/30/14 “I Did Not Come to Destroy but to Fulfill” We now are getting into the heart of the sermon on the mount. […]
  • How to Study the Bible: Hermeneutics

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    30 Mar 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Adult Sunday School class led by Rev. W. Reid Hankins at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 3/30/2014 in Novato, CA. This week we continued a series on how to study the Bible, discussing the subject of hermeneutics.
  • Salt and Light

    Pastor Reid Hankins
    23 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Sermon preached on Matthew 5:13-16 by Rev. W. Reid Hankins during the Morning Worship Service at Trinity Presbyterian Church (OPC) on 3/23/2014 in Novato, CA. Rev. W. Reid Hankins, M.Div. Matthew 5:13-16 3/23/14 Salt and Light Last week we concluded the opening section of the Sermon on the Mount, known as the Beatitudes. We now […]
 
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    Vision Baptist Church

  • Hypocritical speech?

    Austin Gardner
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. How guilty have I been of this disobedience? Singing His praises, preaching His glory and His Word and yet not having my heart right with Him? How often have I gone through the motions but all on the outside? Do I love Him from the inside out? Do I want to know Him and serve Him for real? How often do we talk and not walk? How often do we speak of His glory but not work to spread His glory? I want to challenge you to be quick to give out gospel tracts! I want to…
  • Reach out

    Austin Gardner
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    Matthew 9:36 But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. It is time to get out of our “Baptist Bubble” and “Christian Cocoon”. People are dying and going to Hell without even a chance to hear the gospel message yet we know no one that is lost, we seek no lost people because we are so concerned about being separated from the world. We lack little getting a convent and being like the Catholics so separate from the world that we are of no earthly good. Get out of your…
  • God hates divorce

    Austin Gardner
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Malachi 2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant. 15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth. 16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your…
  • It is His power

    Austin Gardner
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. I do not know how many times we think that we are something or that we bring something to God that He really needs. We look in the mirror and somehow consider ourselves a gift to God. We think that He needs us. We fool ourselves into thinking that our might and power, our intelligence and wit, our work and sweat, get the job done for God. But He makes it clear here in this verse that He is the one that does His…
  • Newest Member: Eric Elrod

    trent cornwell
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Eric Elrod is our newest member as of Thursday night! He comes from a loving, Christian family and is moving his church membership from the church he attended during his childhood in Rydal, GA. He moved to Alpharetta to attend the Our Generation Training Center. He currently believes that God is directing his path to the country of India. He will be taking a trip there next month! When Eric is not busy posing for pictures in trees (see picture above,) he is actively involved in several ministries of our church. He serves as the music director and is leading the charge to see the choir grow.
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    LifeVesting

  • What Do You Do With This Thing Called Balance?

    Andy Wood
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    You can get yourself in serious trouble for using the “B” word in some places.  Easy girls, I don’t mean that one.  I’m talking about balance. I know several people, in ministry of all places, that come out with guns blazing when people start talking about the search for life balance or balancing the demands of ministry vs. family and all that.  “It’s compromise!” they declare.  “You give all you’ve got to everything that’s important,” or something like that. I know some other people who sincerely are trying to keep all the plates spinning.  They’ve given up on…
  • The One Thing That Should Characterize Your Leadership

    Andy Wood
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Here’s a good conversation starter for you.  If you could identify one thing in a prospective leader that would ensure success, what would it be? Or if you are currently in a place of influence, what’s the one thing you should strive for, today and every day? Let the suggestions roll in… discussions like these will yield stand-by favorites such as vision, compassion, examples, character, communication, inspiration, encouragement and the like.  All good answers. It probably wouldn’t surprise you to know there’s a Bible answer for that.  In fact, there are several, if you dig…
  • The Language of Love

    Andy Wood
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    The language of a Judge is to execute and liberate. “knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin; for he who has died is freed from sin” (Romans 6:6-7). The language of a Father is provision. “God will provide for himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son,” (Genesis 22:8). The language of a Mother is to bear. “He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” (1 Peter…
  • Pride: Four Signs You’re Headed for a Fall

    Andy Wood
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s one of the most haunting verses in the Bible.  Sad, because it actually happened.  Haunting, because it could also happen to you and me. The verse: Then all the disciples forsook him and fled (Matthew 26:56). What’s interesting is that a few verses earlier, they all had chimed in with their spokesman, Peter: “Even if I must die with you, I will never deny you” (Matthew 26:35). Wow. I think that may still be a record turnaround.  So what went wrong?  Are there any lessons to be learned? Any warnings to be heeded for our moments of testing?  I think so.  Put in proverbial…
  • Perfect Love

    Andy Wood
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Love… Such a simple word in English, made complicated by the fact that it can mean and refer to so many things. It’s often cheapened by reducing it to something resembling selfish pleasure… It often generates cynicism among those who gave their hearts to someone or something, and were crushed by the experience… It creates confusion because the same word can be used for Readers Digest, Mom’s lasagna, old movies, and your newborn infant. Yet even in the face of the frustration of finding the right way to express ourselves, I still believe in the promise and the reality of a Perfect…
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    Worship.com

  • It Is Well with My Soul – Jimmy Needham featuring John Piper

    Worship.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It Is Well with My Soul – Jimmy Needham featuring John Piper: Jimmy Needham // God has given... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • "Our God Saves" from Paul Baloche (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO)

    Worship.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:34 am
    "Our God Saves" from Paul Baloche (OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO): Paul Baloche "LIVE"... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Episode 1: Paul Baloche Interview

    Worship.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Episode 1: Paul Baloche Interview: Our first Vertical Podcast. Includes 3 Things You Want To Know... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Unstoppable God

    Worship.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    Elevation Worship’s "Raised to Life EP" is available now. iTunes:... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Speaking the Truth in a Storm – Steve Brown

    Worship.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Speaking the Truth in a Storm – Steve Brown: Steve Brown tells a funny story to illustrate... 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

  • Logos at its Best

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Logos At Its Best: The Reformation At Your FingertipsAs one whose Th.M. thesis was typed on a "state of the art" IBM Selectric typewriter, I continue to marvel at some of the technological advances that have been made over the past few decades. I remember walking into the Bookstore at Westminster Theological Seminary, some twenty years ago, and seeing a box containing "Logos Bible Software" on the shelves. I was stunned by the fact that it was possible to have the entire Bible, even many Bibles, on my computer (assuming the hard drive was over 100 MB!), as well as the ability to study…
  • A Response to Rod Dreher's "Sex After Christianity"

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    A Response to Rod Dreher's "Sex After Christianity: Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one."We live in a time of open opposition to the Christian faith in once "Christian America." Millennial Christians, raised in the church, are leaving us in droves and if the church does not begin to think clearly and cosmologically, a whole generation could be lost. Rod Dreher, a Roman Catholic journalist associated with the John Templeton Foundation, has written a must-read article entitled "Sex after Christianity: Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a…
  • Noah

    14 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Before beginning this review, I should make a confession.  Prior to Noah, I had never seen a Darren Aronofsky film before. Not Pi, not Requiem for a Dream, not Black Swan--none of them (though several of  his films are high on my watch list). There may be those of you, true film aficionados, who think this disqualifies me from writing a review altogether; in any case, it means that this will not be the sort of review that enthusiastically compares this or that motif with other works in the director's oeuvre. I should also caution that if you are looking for a review that engages at…
  • Christ the King in His Suffering

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:49 pm
    What does it mean for you that Jesus Christ is King?While many of us could give a good answer, perhaps not many of us would include the profound and powerful testimony of Scripture to Christ as King in his humiliation. This is the period described in the Apostles' Creed: he "suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried; he descended into hell." Thinking through this time of earthly humiliation for Jesus, we might wonder whether his Kingship was evident at all.In the Old Testament's prophetic descriptions of the coming Messiah, we see that a number of these refer to his…
  • Four Views on The Role of Works at the Final Judgment

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:52 am
    Four Views on The Role of Works at the Final Judgment. Counterpoints: Bible and Theology. Edited by Alan P. Stanley. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 234 pp. $17.99. This book, edited by Alan Stanley, addresses four major views on the role of works at the final judgment. In light of the recent debates between John Piper and N.T. Wright, the proliferation of justification talk in the last few decades, and the emergence of the "post-New Perspective" era, the question the role of works at the judgment is an important one. While the strength of their respective arguments varies, each of the…
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Don’t Fixate on Desperate Places

    jason@church4allnations.com
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Most weekends I post a photo along with a verse or two of scripture–I call it a sanctuary. This week I did the same with a picture of a pier that juts into the ocean (click here to view). As I was standing there to take the photo several weeks ago, I immediately thought of Psalm 61:2, From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety… If you read the psalm, David is crying out both in desperation but also trust. When I have thought about “the ends of the earth” before and my own places of desperation,…
  • Meeting Earth’s End

    jason@church4allnations.com
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Sanctuary– 1 : a place (as a church or a temple) for worship 2 a place of refuge and protection Meditating on the beauty He’s created and the power of His words…   Psalm 61:2 (NLT) From the ends of the earth, I cry to you for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety… What’s your sanctuary this week? What thought, verse, etc. are you meditating on? 6 comment(s) for this post: Lorretta: 19 Apr 2014 Here from Sandy's link up and thankful for the peace of sanctuary you share today. Happy Resurrection day! Joanne Norton: 19 Apr…
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Here are some favorites that challenged, inspired, encouraged, made me laugh, or all of the above. Be sure to check ‘em out then add your own favorites to the widget below! Addicted to Still by Karin Fendick (Flickers of a Faithful Firefly) The Power of No Multiplied by Dan Erickson (DanErickson.net) Jesus, Righteous Anger, and 4 Questions by Deb Wolf (Counting My Blessings) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obdPPOZOMMM Beautiful song by Bryan and Katie Torwalt for Good Friday (lyrics here) Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration,…
  • Death Is a Lie

    jason@church4allnations.com
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I inadvertently arrived at a theme for this week (check out posts here and here). As I reflect on this week where we remember and celebrate Jesus’ death and resurrection. I marvel at what He’s done for us. Nothing is the same since He split history with His own blood as the dividing line. Death once reigned–undefeated though facing many challengers. Please read these verses carefully and prayerfully. But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one…
  • Easy Is a Lie

    jason@church4allnations.com
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Yesterday, I wrote a poem about hiding from God. It’s just not possible, and it got me thinking about other lies we tell ourselves. I think often, when we see someone is ahead of us in an area or appears to have mastered something, we assume it just comes easier to them. I work out, try to eat healthy, and try to stay active, but still people tell me, “It must be nice not to have to worry about calories or anything.” Truth is, I had to make some tough decisions where my health is concerned and it’s not always easy. I’ve have gotten to a place where I enjoy…
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    www.frcblog.com - Latest entries

  • War on the Pledge: new tactics, but the same tired thinking

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    The American Humanist Association (AHA) recently filed suit against the Monmouth County (New Jersey) Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District. The offending action? The school district is following a state law providing that students recite the Pledge of Allegiance each day. The thinking behind this and other suits is the same tired thinking that any such mention of God in a public body violates constitutional protections. Usually some alleged violation of the Establishment Clause is claimed. Yet here, the AHA and its plaintiffs (who remain anonymous) have alleged that this recitation of the…
  • "Setting the World On Fire" -- Ben and Grace's Holy Matrimony

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    I was struck by a line in Scripture this past week that I had never noticed before. It occurs in the Garden of Gethsemane as Jesus prays and sweats blood: “Then all the disciples deserted Him and fled.” (Matthew 26:56). All? Yes, all. And that desertion happened among the men Jesus had personally selected as His followers. He who knows all about each one of us chose men who would desert Him when put to the test? We all know what happened after that mass desertion. Those fearful, fleeing men stopped, turned, and seeing their Risen Savior, one of them even said: “My Lord and…
  • John Paul Stevens and the Constitution

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, a stalwart member of the Court’s liberal phalanx, has published a book calling for six amendments to the Constitution he believes would benefit the nation. I have not reviewed his proposals carefully, although should I do so it is likely I would disagree with most, if not all, of them.  However, Justice Stevens should be applauded at least for this: He recognizes that the text of the Constitution is sufficiently clear that what he thinks should be changed demands amending, as the Founders envisioned, not reinterpretation to…
  • Review: God's Not Dead

    kenyn-cureton
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    What would you do if your college philosophy professor told the class to write "God is dead" on a piece of paper, sign it, and hand it in, or else risk 30% of your grade? In the movie, "God's Not Dead," a freshman named Josh Wheaton is told just that. Josh looks around the room and watches everyone do just as the professor said. But as a Christian, he can't bring himself to do it. As a result, the professor tells him that he must present his argument for why God is NOT dead to the entire class for the next several weeks. Then the class will vote on whether God is dead or alive. Josh is now…
  • Kirsten Dunst Is a Good Sociologist

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I know virtually nothing about contemporary stars and starlets, other than having consistently to turn away from the images of the substantially disrobed young "entertainers" displayed on the jumbotron across from my office in advertisements for their latest performances. Pornography, by any other name, ain't art. But I'm aware of the actress Kirsten Dunst for two reasons: Her memorable performance as a child in 1994's "Little Women" and the fact that "Dunst" is a fine German name, not unlike my own (she apparently has dual U.S. and German citizenship; warum nicht?). Now, however, Ms. Dunst…
 
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    Why God?

  • Mysteries, Prophets & Psychics

    Michael
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    When asked, most Christians would say they believe the Bible. But when probed further, and asked specifically about the supernatural events that took place throughout the Old and New Testaments, and if they can be taken literally, that is when the words "symbolism", or "metaphorical" get thrown around. Did the Red Sea really part to allow the Jews to escape the Egyptians? Did one angel really strike down armies of men? Did Jesus really walk on water, turn water into wine, be born of a virgin, feed 5000 with a just few baskets of food... Did those things really happen? Or were they just…
  • The Medical Side Of Yeshua Jesus’s Crucifixion

    Michael
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    www.frugalsites.net It was customary for the condemned man to carry his own cross from the flogging post to the site of crucifixion outside the city walls.He was usually naked, unless this was prohibited by local customs. Since the weight of the entire cross was probably well over 300 lb. (136 kg), only the crossbar was carriedThe patibulum, weighing 75 to 125 lb. (34 to 57 kg),was placed across the nape of the victim's neck and balanced along both shoulders. Usually, the outstretched arms.then were tied to the crossbar. The processional to the site of crucifixion was led by a complete Roman…
  • Evangelistic Christian Ministries To Support

    Michael
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    These ministries aren't building gymnasiums, or coffee houses, but actually preaching the gospel to millions of people each year. If you are wanting to support a ministry with a tithe, consider the ones I have listed below. 1.  The Voice Of The Martyrs - Serves the  persecuted church through practical and spiritual assistance, while leading the free world into fellowship with them. Five Main Purposes Of The Voice Of The Martyrs 1. To encourage and empower Christians to fulfill Che Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ 2- To…
  • Dividing Israel’s Land- Judgement For The United States- Meteor, Florida, East Coast Tsunami Visions

    Michael
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Meteor: The Destruction of America By Stan Johnson Stan puts together several others who had a similar visions: • SIX people saw: “…a large meteor hit near Puerto Rico.” • FOUR people saw: Tsunami hit Eastern coast of the United States • SIX people saw: America split into two pieces • THREE people saw: Large chunks of California to fall into the ocean! • THREE people saw: America split because she split Israel. Catastrophe: Meteor, Tsunami & Earthquake -Prophet Efrain Rodriguez was shown in a vision that a large meteor will hit near Puerto Rico and cause a tsunami 1,000…
  • Great Products From Answers In Genesis

    Michael
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Buy The Ancient Man Pack From Answers In Genesis - Here Evolution and Origins Combo- Buy it Here Astronomy DVD Combo - Buy it Here More Interesting Titles From Answers In Genesis Things That Go Bump in the Night -Do black holes and dark matter exist? Buy It Here Interesting Articles From Answers In Genesis Evolution? Impossible! - Answers in Genesis Evolution Exposed: Biology | Answers in Genesis Big Bang—The Evolution of a Theory - Answers in Genesis Evolution: No Chance in a Billion Years - Answers in Genesis Body of Evidence | Answers in Genesis Young Age Evidence - Answers in Genesis…
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    Blogging Theologically

  • The glamor of God-honoring grammar

    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    One of my favorite books you’ve never read is The Gospel and the Mind by Bradley Green (which I reviewed a looong time ago). This book didn’t exactly light any fires on the sales charts, but man, did it ever pack a wallop. Why? Because it makes a connection that once seen, you can’t unsee: The farther we get from the gospel, the more impaired our thinking becomes. Green demonstrates this by appealing to history, theology and philosophy, showing that the Christian faith encourages a rigorous intellectual life. But when the gospel is set aside and eventually abandoned, our…
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    Aaron Armstrong
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I Love My Black Letter Bible Matt Smethurst: I recently heard a remark that only in Jesus do we see God “as he is.” While this statement may sound profound and even have a ring of truth—Christ is the “image of the invisible God” (Col. 1:15; cf. Heb. 1:3) and the point of the biblical story (Luke 24:27, 44)—it is finally misleading since it does not reveal the whole picture. The Lord’s self-disclosure was not exhausted by the Son’s earthly life. Jesus’ appearing neither nullified the revelation that came before (Matt. 5:17-18) nor rendered…
  • Evangelism by Mack Stiles

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Our church has always been very clear on stressing the need for evangelism. Whenever our local missions pastor preaches, it almost always turns into a sermon on evangelism (especially when he’s trying not to). We have a local missions team that goes out every week to open-air preach and interact with individuals on the streets of our city, sharing the gospel at every opportunity. But then, about a year ago, we did something really bold: we took all of our small groups through a personal evangelism workshop. And the response? *crickets• I was a small group leader at the time,…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    China on Course to Become ‘World’s Most Christian Nation’ Joe Carter: Christians in America often find reasons to be pessimistic about our religion’s waning influence on our country. But we should remember that our land is not the last bastion of hope for the faith. The remarkable growth in global Christianity — particularly in Asia and Africa — should give us reason to be optimistic. The Holy Spirit is changing hearts and minds around the globe in a way that has not been seen since the first century after Christ’s Ascension. For this we should be…
  • What will they hear next weekend?

    Aaron Armstrong
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Easter always has a lot of buzz around it, both from Christian and non-Christian sources. News outlets are always looking for a big, salacious Jesus-related story to plaster across magazine covers, newspapers and websites. Over the last few years we’ve seen big “exposés” on the gospel of Jesus’ wife, the Jesus family tomb, and the gospel of Judas, all of which have gotten some people talking about Jesus… but pretty quickly fizzled out of everyday conversation. Christians, likewise, make a big deal out of Easter. This is one of the big times of year for…
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    Bible Stories My Kids Love

  • Jesus Spits

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Did you know that Jesus spit in the Bible? That's right, he spit...Find out all about the time when Jesus spit in today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Where is That Coin

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Jesus tells a story about a women who lost a coin and how she searched her home until she found it. From that story we learn many valuable lessons about our relationship with God and how He celebrates when we find him. Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • I Want My Prayers Answered

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Have you ever prayed for something and it did not happen? Have you ever asked for something you really wanted and did not get it? If so, today's Bible Stories My Kids Love is just for you. Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • A Trumpet and a Torch

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    In today's Bible Stories My Kids Love learn about God's faithfulness to his people and how Gideon's army of 300 men defeated a large army with only trumpets and torches.Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • The Creation Story

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Today we talk about how God made the heavens, the earth and all the living creatures!Enjoy this episode of Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
 
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • The God of Silence – Resurrection Morning

    ctsp
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:02 am
    Did you ever feel like God was watching as injustice raged some place – but He was just sitting on the sidelines? As we sit here today: • Central Africa is still raging with waves of savagery, where innocent men, women and children are being killed – some in the name of a religious faith. • Syria is still divided as many families have lost loved ones and others are clinging to fading hope – their life now in shambles. Churches have been targeted, and believers have been killed. • In the Ukraine, people are living nervously, particularly Jews who have seen the return of terrible…
  • An Enduring Legacy: “Celebrating an Outrageous God” – Nehemiah 12

    ctsp
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Have you ever been OUTRAGED at an injustice you saw or heard about? Have you ever had to hold back anger or tears because someone you loved deeply was brutally taken advantage of – and there was little or nothing you could do to help? “Outrage” is a boiling over that comes when we encounter a seemingly immovable injustice… Our Creator encountered one in the Garden of Eden long ago – when men mutinied against His leadership – but there was something He could do. God answered one injustice with yet another – by allowing a sinless man to be beaten, and summarily executed for crimes…
  • Shine the Light: “Sock Puppets” – Daniel 10

    ctsp
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:54 am
    I have always been fascinated by puppets. I love marionettes in particular, as they were a staple of entertainment for nearly two thousand years in villages and towns of the western world. If you ever get the opportunity to travel to Palermo in Sicily, one of the oldest marionette puppet museums can be found in the “Opera dei Pupi” that opened in the thirteenth century, and still maintains some of the traditional shows and themes. The detail of each marionette, particularly that of the soldiers and courtiers is stunning. I don’t believe that I could operate something that complicated,…
  • An Enduring Legacy: “Leaders Who Pay the Price” – Nehemiah 11

    ctsp
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    There is no need to convince any room of people who are passing this time in history together that leadership is desperately needed and vitally essential for the complex times we live in! In fact, we would readily agree with John Maxwell’s well stated axiom: “Any person can steer the ship but it takes a leader to chart the course”. The course of our nation, and the course of our community is surely in jeopardy, and we are crying out for ethical, moral and stable leadership. We need humble, other-person-centered leaders, not self-aggrandizing and disconnected leaders. Our nation has…
  • Shine the Light: “Peering into the Darkness” (Daniel 9-12)

    ctsp
    5 Apr 2014 | 4:13 am
    I don’t like caves, and I have never been partial to bats… in fact they really creep me out. During my archaeological training, a group of young students in Jerusalem – my roommates and I – decided to go exploring in some caves in Wadi Tekoa – a site in the Judean Wilderness near the ancient home of the Prophet Amos. The caves were not excavated, and still retained all their antiquities, most of which were buried as much as twenty feet below the surface of the current cave floor. What I didn’t know at the time was that much the floor was nothing more than bat dung… several feet…
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    Heart Choices

  • Cling to the Vine

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:17 am
    Learning to walk with Jesus is a lifelong pursuit. After committing my life to Christ, I knew I needed to grow in my spiritual walk.  I remember years ago thinking “now how do I live?” I knew I was saved by grace through faith. But the day to day living was a challenge for me.How thankful I am that the Bible teaches us how to live in Christ. In John 17, Jesus was preparing His disciples for the time when He would soon depart from them.“My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. They are not of the world even as I am not of…
  • Are you Carrying Heavy Loads?

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Do you carry heavy loads?  The other morning I was lugging my large black plastic garbage bag to the dumpster. As I slung it into the receptacle, I accidentally threw my cell phone in too. Luckily, it landed right on top of my garbage bag.  I figured I could reach it and all would be well. Not to be!  I couldn't reach it as hard as I tried. I attempted to pull the garbage dumpster over but it was too heavy and full. I was also concerned that my cell phone would sink deeper into the garbage and be lost forever. So I hoisted myself onto the garbage as I attempted to reach it with…
  • The Blessing of Blooming Where you're Planted

    14 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Bloom where you're planted. I've heard that many times and I do agree with it. But I have to say when I look at this photo, I wouldn't mind sitting in one of those chairs.  Just saying ...Back to reality.  I feel like I'm blooming right here in the desert of Phoenix.  Last week was very hot but today it was in the low 80's and windy.  Figures that I wore a skirt of all days. Between the wind blowing and the kids lifting it up, I'm glad I wore shorts underneath. I didn't want a Michelle Obama moment!I took these photos while I was driving home from an afternoon spent with…
  • Brokenness Can Lead to Blessing

    10 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    Broken can be the best place to be.  I would never have written those words several years ago. But after going through incredible life changing experiences, I'm at a point in my life when I can acknowledge this fact.I don't want to stay broken. But it's the place where I got out of the way and allowed God to work in me and through me to ...impact others.I'm fairly competent in myself. After all, I am blessed with good health, a good mind and a desire to work hard.  I prided myself on the fact that I took care of my health through regular exercise and I choose what I ate wisely. I…
  • Beautiful Weather Blessings

    6 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    When you choose to live a thankful life, you begin to notice many blessings all around. I've found this to be so true in my life.  I pray that God will continue to give me eyes to see.I'm enjoying the beautiful weather in Phoenix. Sunny and in the 70's is my kind of weather.  Soon enough it will be triple digits so I'm taking advantage of this season and getting outside.I was able to take a walk to the semi-annual parking lot sale that is close to where I live. So many vendors displayed their goods including vintage, antiques and lots more. I always enjoy looking and getting out in…
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    Captain’s Blog

  • Fifty Nude Women – a discussion I think is worth having

    Chad Estes
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:34 pm
    I belong to a men’s discussion group. We meet about nine times a year to discuss various issues that range from politics and governing, to religion, humanity, masculinity, and popular culture. The men are highly intelligent and caring individuals. Some of them are the most giving individuals that I’ve personally experienced. I’ve known a few of them for a lifetime and others I’ve come to appreciate over the past couple of years. We don’t always agree, and sometimes the conversations are quite spirited, but there is a measure of respect for each other that I value. I am glad that I…
  • Noah Didn’t Float My Boat

    Chad Estes
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    After two steady days of rain I decided to go to see the movie Noah. For one thing it was $5.00 night at the new theater in town with the comfortable chairs, and for the other I wanted to see how to build a boat if this damn rain didn’t stop falling. I’ve avoided most of the debate over this film. I figure that if you are going to make a two hour movie from three chapters of Genesis, that only takes five minutes to read, you are going to have to fill in the provided outline with some broadened storylines. This doesn’t mean that the result will be anti-biblical, it just means that it is…
  • Are There Tears In Heaven?

    Chad Estes
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    I think so, sadness too. Before you curse me for being a heretic or quote familiar scripture verses at me consider this – when we arrive at our next destination our eyes are going to be opened like they never have before. What we were blind to we will now see; what we were mistaken about will become clear; what we missed in understanding will become known. And as the darkness fades in this new light I think there will be some sense of grief for where we have erred. I imagine the Reverend Fred Phelps today as he comes into a fuller understanding of the love and compassion of God. I think…
  • A Gift of Health for my Birthday

    Chad Estes
    3 Feb 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Today is my birthday. I just gave myself a gift, possibly the most important gift that to be able to enjoy life for many years to come – my health! Let’s not kid, I have been unhealthy. Several friends told me they could see it in my eyes. They were dull and lifeless – pretty much a window to my body’s condition. I’m not sure that I know all of the reasons that I let myself go so far downhill, though part of it was my coping mechanism for dealing with depression and grief. I have always been aware that not taking care of myself was an unhealthy way for me to progress,…
  • The Value of The Wolf of Wall Street

    Chad Estes
    1 Jan 2014 | 10:17 pm
    I remember watching a comedy almost two decades ago that was full of sexual innuendo. I laughed several times through the flick. My friend had also seen it and we kept using phrases from the film when we saw each other. One night we decided to have dinner together with our wives and watch a movie on our VHS player (I told you it was a while ago). Thing was, it was no longer funny. The movie was actually pretty darn uncomfortable when we were watching it with the ladies in the room. Not only did they not laugh at the sexism, it made me wonder why I had found it all that funny in the first…
 
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    Here I Blog

  • Ethics: Son’s Scoutmaster Comes Out as Gay

    Mark Lamprecht
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! Last year, the Boy Scouts lifted a ban on openly gay youth allowing them to participate in their organization. However, there is still a ban on openly gay scoutmasters. At least one scoutmaster has recently come out revealing his homosexuality. The sponsoring church were this scoutmaster serves is standing by him causing the Boy Scouts to revoked their charter. Today’s scenario deals with the situation where your son’s scoutmaster reveals he is a homosexual. A little over a year ago, your son got a new scoutmaster.
  • Sunday Considerations: Glorious Resurrection

    Mark Lamprecht
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsPreviously, I shared some pre-Christian Good Friday thoughts. My aim was to encourage people this Easter weekend to consider the sins – their sins – that put Jesus on the cross.  For further consideration this Easter, below are some insights from Charles Spurgeon on Jesus’ resurrection. His resurrection is glorious in its effects. He was “delivered for our offenses,” but, “He was raised again for our justification.” In death He discharged our debt. In Resurrection He exhibited the receipt of all our liabilities! He was Surety for us…
  • My Good Friday: When I was God

    Mark Lamprecht
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsEvery day was my Good Friday. Every day I was my own god. I loved my sin. Not a day went by that I was not planning another moment celebrating sin. What sins can I do tomorrow because today they were so satisfying? Which ones will fill my soul next? During the week I was a pretty good guy. I lived to make the most of myself for myself. I strived to be better both personally and in business dealings. I wanted more out of life to make the most of myself. A slight exaggeration here or there didn’t really hurt anybody, especially, if it made someone feel good and…
  • Ethics: Church Rejects Pastor Over His Race

    Mark Lamprecht
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsWhat would you do Wednesday! Today’s scenario will be considered from the perspective of a deacon (though church member would work too). In case anyone is wondering, yes, the following scenario, or similar, has happened – sadly. The senior pastor has been serving in your church for 20 years. The time has come for him to retire. As a deacon, you helped put together a pastoral search committee. However, two weeks ago, before the committee could be formed, the executive pastor of the last seven years asked to be considered for senior pastor role. The…
  • Sunday Considerations: Christian Behavior

    Mark Lamprecht
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsChrist is risen, and we have risen with Him and sit at the right hand of the Father with Him in spirit— and one of these days with a human body. In the meantime, we’re to act as if we are up there in heaven, but a little bit different. A farm boy comes to the city and acts different because he belongs on the farm. The city boy goes to the country and acts different because he belongs in the city. The man who has not been on a farm walks around gingerly, trying to keep out of the mud and keep his shoes from being soiled. He is acting like a city man on the…
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    Biblical Preaching

  • With Me: Luke’s Easter Narrative

    Peter Mead
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    I have just written a blog that underlines one of Luke’s tools in his Gospel writing – he loves to use pairs.  Actually, he uses them for two reasons and if you are preaching from Luke this Friday or Sunday, you should be aware of this key feature in his wonderful Gospel.  To read the article, click here.
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 6

    Peter Mead
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:19 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! _________________________ And to finish off the list . . . 6. Be aware of who is truly wise. Step back and think of wisdom literature as a whole genre for a moment, consider the dynamic that is going on. In it’s simplest form it is this – a wise person is offering his wisdom to someone who is less wise. Remember this is not the same as…
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 5

    Peter Mead
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:16 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! _________________________ Continuing the list of areas for special attention, so far we have had beware of self-improvement, beware of making promises out of proverbs, and preach thought units.  Last in the list: 4. Consider what it means to preach a reflective genre… reflectively. We have already seen that wisdom literature requires…
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 4

    Peter Mead
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:12 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! __________________________ 4. Areas for special attention So let’s try and get down to nuts and bolts. What practical steps can we take to try and improve our preaching of wisdom literature? 1. Beware of self-improvement. It is all too easy to focus on the fact that Job ended up with more stuff at the end of the story than he had when it…
  • Guest Series: Preaching Wisdom – Part 3

    Peter Mead
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    Guest blog: My good friend, Huw Williams, has offered this series on preaching wisdom literature.  Huw is the pastor of the International Church in Torino, Italy, where he lives with his wife and daughter.  Here is his personal blog.  Thanks Huw! _________________________ 3. Be aware of the challenges in preaching wisdom literature. I’ve already mentioned some of the challenges in teaching wisdom. But there are other challenges – how about the theological question of preaching wisdom literature? Think of some of the big Bible themes – creation, sin, promise, redemption, and so…
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    Crossway Blog

  • The Truth About Sexual Assault

    Matt Tully
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In this guest post, Justin Holcomb shares some important statistics related to sexual assault in our country and around the world. He and his wife, Lindsey, are the authors of Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault, which is currently on sale via Crossway Impact (paperback - $5.00; e-book – $0.99). It’s More Prevalent Than You Think . . . Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Unfortunately, it’s clear that at any given time, hundreds of assaults are happening around the…
  • Midweek Roundup – 4/23/14

    Matt Tully
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Each Wednesday we share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or 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. Darrell Bock reviews Joy for the World by Greg Forster By living a life that reflects human flourishing, the church witnesses to her God and to life. The challenge is to live like the exiles we are, citizens of heaven who contribute to the good of the society in which we live. So we are to incarnate the presence of God within or…
  • An Interview with Vern Poythress

    Matt Tully
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    In this interview, we talk with Vern Poythress, professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. His newest book is Chance and the Sovereignty of God: A God-Centered Approach to Probability and Random Events Why write a book about probability and chance? I had several reasons. First, everyone has to face unpredictable events in life. We talk about “chance” events. These include both happy events and disasters. Where is God in such things? I wrote the book partly to respond to this practical question, and to give people a biblical basis for dealing…
  • Taking God At His Word Giveaway

    Matt Tully
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    The Book Can we trust the Bible completely? Is it sufficient for our complicated lives? These are important questions that we all wrestle with at some point in our walk with Christ. That’s why Kevin DeYoung wrote Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me. After reading DeYoung’s new book, David Platt had this to say: “My trust in God’s Word is greater, my submission to God’s Word is deeper, and my love for God’s Word is sweeter as a result of reading this book. I cannot recommend it highly enough.” Learn…
  • Christ in All of Scripture – Isaiah 11:1-5

    Lizzy Jeffers
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
        Isaiah 11:1-5 “There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from his roots shall bear fruit. And the Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD. And his delight shall be in the fear of the LORD. He shall not judge by what his eyes see, or decide disputes by what his ears hear, but with righteousness he shall judge the poor, and decide with equity for the meek of the earth; and he shall strike the earth with the rod of his mouth, and…
 
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    Jenna Brooks - Read My Mind: Culture and Other Things

  • Hero.

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    Matthew 28:1 - In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.They believed Him to be dead.Of course they did. He was murdered in plain sight. Beaten, mocked, and then tortured to death, on full display for the friends who had betrayed Him and the people who despised Him.The thing is, the man hanging on the Cross was God's Son, and He could have saved Himself. He didn't. Because the cost would have been us, and He couldn't allow that. He loves us too much. So He bowed His head, carried the…
  • Pay It Forward

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

    16 Mar 2014 | 7:55 am
    Sheryl Sandberg wants to ban the word "bossy." Apparently, it's a negative put-down (as opposed to a positive put-down) - one which stops girls from pursuing leadership roles.Really? I mean... Really? Then these girls need to grow a set. (Oops. That was indelicate. Just... sexist. Sorry.)Apparently, Ms. Sandberg's fragile sensitivities were assaulted when, earlier in her life - like, 9th grade or something? - she was called "bossy."  She landed on her feet, though... That is, if you consider becoming the COO of Facebook, and Forbe's "6th Most Powerful Woman in the World",…
  • Run For Your Life

    20 Feb 2014 | 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…
  • Annoying Things That I Have No Intention of Dealing With, and If I Never Hear About Them Again it Will Be Too Soon.

    2 Feb 2014 | 4:40 pm
    I had a friend, several years back, who would comment often on how much fun it was to be “an old crone”. The first time I heard Sherry say that, I was a bit surprised by her language: after all, “crone” is supposed to be an offensive term. So I asked her about it.She said, “One of the greatest pleasures of being an 'old crone' is that I get to decide what’s offensive to me and what isn’t. And anyone who has a problem with that… Well, I wouldn’t know, because I don’t care to know, so what difference does it make to…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Report: Fast Food CEOs Make 1,000 Times More than Their Employees

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    According to this report, the “CEO-to-worker pay ratio” in the fast food industry now represents the greatest disparity in the entire U.S. economy at 1,000-1. As NPR notes, fast food CEOs compensations have quadrupled in the last 14 years, while most restaurant workers make just $9 per hour. Another recent report found that more than half of all fast food employees utilized, or have family members using, government assistance programs like food stamps. Last year, the CEOs of YUM! (which owns Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut), McDonald’s and Chipotle combined to make more than $43 million…
  • Always Check the Rules Before You Eat Your Record-Setting Shark

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    A few weeks back, fisherman Joey Polk caught an 805 lb. shark and threw it in the back of his truck, as is the style of the times. (Yes, this happened in Florida.) Polk was so excited about catching a record-setting shark that he decided to commemorate the catch by chopping it up and grilling it, which is too bad, because that's against the rules of the Land-Based Shark Fishing Association(?). It means Polk's catch won't be recorded for posterity, and the record holder will remain Earnie Polk—Joey's cousin. He caught a 725 lb. mako back in 2009 and, yes, he also ate his shark. But that was…
  • The Story of the Restaurant that Produces Zero Trash

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    For nearly two years, the Sandwich Me restaurant in Chicago has produced zero waste. The slightly more than eight pounds of trash it did create during that time was given to an artist, who turned it into a sculpture. In this short video from NationSwell, owner Justin Vrany explains his passion for food and community, as well as, his unwavering dedication to sustainability ...
  • The Unexpected Backlash Against Onscreen Sex

    admintyler
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Both on film and television, sex continues to sell. But are viewers still buying it? Last Sunday, Game of Thrones fans were treated to a deeply unpleasant scene that stood out even in a show known for deeply unpleasant scenes.
  • Loneliness in the Age of Facebook

    agil23
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We have hundreds of “friends.” Why do we feel so alone? A while back I met with a mentor to talk about a relationship I was in at the time. I remember telling him how afraid I was. Nothing was wrong with her or with our relationship. In fact, everything was good. Which is why I think I was so afraid—afraid that I’d get hurt. You see, within this relationship, I wasn’t relating so much as I was performing, working so hard at presenting the perfect, most ideal version of myself. I was afraid that eventually she might see me the way in which I then saw myself. And so out of this…
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  • South Carolina Travel Deals

    kirsten
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    $235 & up — S.C. 4-Star Hilton Head Island Resort, 45% Off The resort’s location is perfect for a relaxing oceanfront getaway. $56 & up — Oceanfront room at Myrtle Beach Resort, 30% Off Melt away the monotony of winter and plan a trip to the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina this spring. $79 & up [...]
  • Los Angeles Travel Deals

    kirsten
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    $189-$199 — Weekends at Downtown Los Angeles 4-Star Hotel Stay in the heart of downtown L.A. near the Staples Center and LA Live. Travel select dates through July. $184 & up — 4-Star Los Angeles Hotel w/Wi-Fi, Reg. $284 Near Hollywood, with on-site restaurant and lounge, spa, outdoor saltwater pool, and more. Travel now through December 31, 2014. $170 [...]
  • Mexico Cruise Deals

    kirsten
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:33 am
    $169 & up — Weekend Cruise to Baja Mexico on Carnival Experience the tropical beauty of Baja with a cruise to Ensenada. Depart from Los Angeles, aboard Carnival Imagination. $209 & up — Baja Mexico 3-Day Carnival Cruise Departure dates from May 8, 2014 through April 30, 2015. $549 — 7-Night Mexican Riviera Cruise w/$100 Onboard Credit Ports of call: [...]
  • Australia Travel Deals

    kirsten
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    $1487 & up — Australia Travel Deals, Save up to $2600 Jet set to the iconic beaches, waterfront cities and tropical rain forests that lie Down Under. Explore famous sights such as the Sydney Harbour Bridge, Great Barrier Reef, Twelve Apostles and Ayers Rock. $3059 & up — 8-Night Australia Trip w/Sydney Harbour Cruise Includes flights to [...]
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    kirsten
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    $580 & up — Greece: Athens and Islands Trips, Save $900 Packaged trips and cruises in Crete, Athens, Santorini, Mykonos & more for travel through November. $909 & up — Greece: Escorted Athens Land-Only Trip w/Cruise Spend 3 days exploring Athens and 3 more days cruising through Mykonos, Kusadasi, Patmos Crete & Santorini. $7,341 & up — Greece: 8 [...]
 
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    iChilly | Adventures of Chilly Chilton

  • When the Adventure becomes a Job

    Chilly
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Disclaimer: I wrote this in my journal late, late last night (around 4am). It’s a glimpse into things I’m thinking and feeling — it is not meant to critique or attack other churches/ministers. Please read through this filter.  Do you remember when God called you? was it after getting the results of your ACT or SAT exam? did it come in a certified letter? were you walking through a job fair? did it come with a paycheck? Probably not, right? It was probably more spontaneous, crazy and epic than a human designed promotion. It was supernatural, right? It made you insanely…
  • Silencing My Ignorance

    Chilly
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:54 pm
    We live in such a noisy world.   It’s hard to grasp pure silence anymore. Yet, don’t we all long for it from time to time? … I know that I do. Hmmm. Yeah, I’m known as a preacher | teacher | speaker – I do these things a lot. And when I do, I’m loud, loquacious, wordy and verbose. I know, I know, I even annoy myself at times. People say, “he’s a loud guy…” (or big mouth). - yeah, I can be. Despite having such a noisy persona, I have to be honest… the things that God asks me to share (loudly at times) are only learned…
  • Jesus Loves Barabbas

    Chilly
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    Please take 8 minutes and 26 seconds to view this video. It’s about me… it’s about you… it’s about US! And, ultimately, it’s ALL about Jesus!  We shared this at our YouCharist event on Good Friday. Many have asked me to post it. It was produced by Grace Family Church and features Pastor Judah Smith.  Turn up the volume, make it full screen and prepare yourself for impact! Jesus loves you, Chilly
  • Cross Walk

    Chilly
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:42 pm
    This weekend, millions around the world will celebrate Resurrection Sunday and rejoice in the victory of Jesus Christ over sin and death. While current tradition on this day is to spend time with family, take pictures, attend church, and enjoy a wonderful meal, we should insure we understand that Resurrection Day is the foundation of our faith as Christians and an opportunity for all people to experience eternal life found only through a relationship with Christ the Lord.  During this “passion week”, I find it meaningful to think about what the Cross means to me. Far more than a…
  • Join Me this June!

    Chilly
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    (click picture for more details) The earlybird registration for this conference ends April 30th – so, register today to receive this discount for your whole staff! Click here: REGISTER US! In addition to this conference, Mount Hope Church and I will be launching  the ‘Accelerate Network‘ to provide ongoing relational leadership opportunities for pastors across the globe! I would really would LOVE to include you in this new adventure! IF you have ANY questions OR need any assistance, email me! It’s time to accelerate! Chilly
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    The Underground

  • Controversial ‘That Jew Died for You’ video hits million views ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Sam Kin
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:38 am
    A video produced by Jews for Jesus has gone viral hitting 1million views ahead of the Holocaust Remembrance Day scheduled for April 28th.   ‘That Jew Died for You’ features Jesus being sentenced... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 4 reasons you should get Needtobreathe’s new album

    Michael Ernest
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    Though Needtobreathe built a successful career and a sizeable fanbase thanks to extensive touring, tension between band members Bear Rinehart (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Bo Rinehart (backing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Album review: ‘Brave’ by Shawn McDonald

    Michael Ernest
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    Shawn McDonald is back with a new album titled "Brave.” Last year, the singer treated fans, "The Analog Sessions," a raw and stripped record that he recorded live. The post Album review:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Spanish town to change name from ‘Jew killer’

    Sam Kin
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Castrillo de Matajudios, a town in Spain is considering a name change. The name means ‘Jewish Killer’ in Spanish. The post Spanish town to change name from ‘Jew killer’ appeared first on... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • David Cameron: I’m evangelical about my faith

    Sam Kin
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:12 pm
    British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has come out to defend his previous religious comments saying he is “evangelical’ about his “Christian faith.” The post David Cameron: I’m evangelical... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Report: Fast Food CEOs Make 1,000 Times More than Their Employees

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    According to this report, the “CEO-to-worker pay ratio” in the fast food industry now represents the greatest disparity in the entire U.S. economy at 1,000-1. As NPR notes, fast food CEOs compensations have quadrupled in the last 14 years, while most restaurant workers make just $9 per hour. Another recent report found that more than half of all fast food employees utilized, or have family members using, government assistance programs like food stamps. Last year, the CEOs of YUM! (which owns Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut), McDonald’s and Chipotle combined to make more than $43 million…
  • Always Check the Rules Before You Eat Your Record-Setting Shark

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    A few weeks back, fisherman Joey Polk caught an 805 lb. shark and threw it in the back of his truck, as is the style of the times. (Yes, this happened in Florida.) Polk was so excited about catching a record-setting shark that he decided to commemorate the catch by chopping it up and grilling it, which is too bad, because that's against the rules of the Land-Based Shark Fishing Association(?). It means Polk's catch won't be recorded for posterity, and the record holder will remain Earnie Polk—Joey's cousin. He caught a 725 lb. mako back in 2009 and, yes, he also ate his shark. But that was…
  • The Story of the Restaurant that Produces Zero Trash

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    For nearly two years, the Sandwich Me restaurant in Chicago has produced zero waste. The slightly more than eight pounds of trash it did create during that time was given to an artist, who turned it into a sculpture. In this short video from NationSwell, owner Justin Vrany explains his passion for food and community, as well as, his unwavering dedication to sustainability ...
  • The Unexpected Backlash Against Onscreen Sex

    admintyler
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Both on film and television, sex continues to sell. But are viewers still buying it? Last Sunday, Game of Thrones fans were treated to a deeply unpleasant scene that stood out even in a show known for deeply unpleasant scenes.
  • Loneliness in the Age of Facebook

    agil23
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    We have hundreds of “friends.” Why do we feel so alone? A while back I met with a mentor to talk about a relationship I was in at the time. I remember telling him how afraid I was. Nothing was wrong with her or with our relationship. In fact, everything was good. Which is why I think I was so afraid—afraid that I’d get hurt. You see, within this relationship, I wasn’t relating so much as I was performing, working so hard at presenting the perfect, most ideal version of myself. I was afraid that eventually she might see me the way in which I then saw myself. And so out of this…
 
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    Faith BaristaMake Room For You. Your Story. For Rest. | Faith Barista

  • Make Room For You. Your Story. For Rest.

    Bonnie Gray
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Everyone has a story. All of us were once little girls. We all have memories. Some happy. Some not. Some we share. Yet, many more lay hidden in the secret pages of our heart. We try to forget about them. So that we can be strong. So that we can be happy.  So that we can be free. That’s what I thought, until one day, I stood at the cusp of a childhood dream about to come true. I. was. going. to write. a book. But as my pen hit the paper to capture those moments, they all came alive. My memories were no longer stories I once told myself. And I began reliving them. Unexpected. Painful…
  • Pre-Order Today! This Book Is For You. Finding Spiritual Whitespace.

    Bonnie Gray
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
      Today is the day, friends. I’d like to tell you a story. You and I, we’ve become confidantes through the words written here. But today is special. I want to tell you the story a different way. It’s a video — the book trailer — for the book I wrote for you. As I wrote the script and closed my eyes to record the words, I spoke imagining both of us sitting up against an old oak tree, under its quiet arms full of rustling leaves. And this is what I would tell you. About the book I wrote for you. Click to watch the book trailer for my new book Finding…
  • Be New. Easter {The Living Way}

    Bonnie Gray
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:05 am
    You don’t have to wait until you’re completely new. To be you. You don’t have to wait until there is no more sorrow. In order to step into the light. To be seen. You don’t have to try so hard. To understand everything. These are the words I whispered to myself. As I sat on the couch of my therapist’s office last week.   Can’t Undo Because for the first time in a very long time since my breakthrough last year, I experienced a rash of panic attacks. They’re different than they were before. Whereas before, I didn’t know why they were happening.
  • A Place For Us {Brokenness}

    Bonnie Gray
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    I don’t want to be one of those people. Someone who is afraid. Someone who can’t deal with hard things. Someone who has failed to overcome the things that could make me fall down. But, here I was, unable to deny that – I am afraid. I’m discouraged and I can’t find my way. What I’m really trying to say — what I’m terrified to face is this – I can’t make my place in this world. And I’m afraid you’re going to walk away from me. You’re going to turn your face away and shake your head. And leave me here. All alone. Place…
  • Need Someone {Your Cross}

    Bonnie Gray
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:41 am
    We all need someone. This is a beautiful, lonely, hard, and easy truth. Beautiful if you have someone. Lonely if you don’t. Hard for the times you’d rather not need. Easy for the times when someone you need — needs you too. You might look at me — getting ready to birth a book in print very soon. And you might think I ought to be so happy. I am. But, I also want to confide in you. Even Though I want to tell you that the journey to really being you — the journey to really finding your voice may inevitably lead you back to parts of your story — people,…
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    Sustainable Traditions

  • Christianity and The Survival of Creation (Wendell Berry)

    Jason Fowler
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    We must learn to read and understand the Bible in the light of the present fact of Creation. This would seem to be a requirement both for Christians and for everyone concerned, but it entails a long work of true criticism The post Christianity and The Survival of Creation (Wendell Berry) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Radical Environmentalism and the War On Humans (video)

    Jason Fowler
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:50 am
    Is radical environmentalism influencing governments and even churches today? Take a look at the documentary The War on Humans... The post Radical Environmentalism and the War On Humans (video) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • The Industrial Mind and the Life of Faith (Slow Church book excerpt)

    Jason Fowler
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:15 pm
    The industrialization of the church has, significantly, paralleled the industrialization of agriculture and the near demise of the family farm. The post The Industrial Mind and the Life of Faith (Slow Church book excerpt) appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Slow Church: The Kingdom of GOD Will Not Be Franchised

    Jason Fowler
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:13 pm
    You can’t franchise the kingdom of God, say the authors of “Slow Church,” a new book that applies the lessons of the slow food movement to congregational life. The post Slow Church: The Kingdom of GOD Will Not Be Franchised appeared first on Sustainable Traditions. {This is a content summary only. Visit the Sustainable Traditions blogazine for full links, videos, and more! Shalom! }
  • Joel Salatin – God’s Plan for Creation (Video)

    Jason Fowler
    12 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    Joel talks about the need to embrace a more holistic Christian approach to Creation - one that goes beyond radical environmentalism... The post Joel Salatin – God’s Plan for Creation (Video) 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

  • Why I Cry at My Own Sermons

    Jay Cookingham
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
      Actually, I don't really know why...something strange is happening to me. It seems that I can't get through a sermon without choking back tears and fighting for composure. These deeply emotional moments come (seemly) randomly and when I least expect it...then I feel undone...almost unable to continue at times. Here's another thing...it happens when I'm sermon prepping and not even at the same spot in my notes as when I'm speaking a few days layer. My family will tell you that I'm not a crier, that is takes a lot to make me cry...so why the sudden influx of tear-duct activity? I…
  • Unrecognizable?

    Jay Cookingham
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Soulfari has been quiet for awhile as travel to ISI conferences and sermon prep has taken the bulk of my writing time. Yet as I prepare my heart for Palm and Easter Sunday I find myself at a lost for words...but not for the depth of emotion I'm experiencing. They are recognizable, real and very raw...but not fully explainable. So, I will let this short story I wrote last year speak for me, I hope it speaks to you as well. – Jay Unrecognizable? My neighbors shouted for me to hurry, to drop what I was doing and follow them. They ran ahead, their excited voices forcibly joining the crowd we…
  • It’s Not About You (Really)

    Jay Cookingham
    4 Mar 2014 | 12:33 pm
        He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? MICAH 6:8 See that picture…that is me, not looking happy. I had just finished my afternoon session at the ISI Conference in O’Fallon and walked outside to take this pitiful selfie. Of course, there is a lot of back story leading up to this moment.   The trip to Illinois started with 3 cancelled flights and over 8 hours of delays, I almost decided not to go (easy when no planes are landing at the airport you’re trying to leave…
  • What a Year Has Given Me

    Jay Cookingham
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:31 am
    January 2014 marks my first year as a pastor, a 12 month odyssey that gave me just a glimpse of how much my heart would have to grow. This growth has surprised me at times and frustrated me when I thought I was already “finished” in certain areas of my development as a leader. Surprise, surprise. The small band of believers that I follow Christ with, is a love God, love each other, love people,fantastic group of hearts… I am honored to be a part of their journey. Most I have known for many years, a few have entered my life just recently, all have challenged me to grow deeper in my…
  • About Light

    Jay Cookingham
    23 Dec 2013 | 12:39 pm
         The creator of the universe…is with us…every moment of every day. He fills our space time continuum, our history, our future with…Himself…ALL of Himself! Every part of His coming was to rip the veil between us…bringing us back into the light. The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. Isaiah 9:2 That’s the message of the incarnation, Christ being born into a dark world, into a violent time and bringing good news of great joy. The world Jesus entered was brutally dark and deadly.
 
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    ginamcclain.com

  • Chasing a Vision_Why we’re headed back to Monterrey

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

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

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

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

    Gina
    11 Dec 2013 | 5:26 am
    Working with kids has it’s “up-hill” battles. Whether your an educator in the classroom, a coach in the gym, a caregiver in an after-school program, or a volunteer giving a few hours a week to impact the life of kids… we can all agree.  There doesn’t seem to be enough to time to create significant change in a child’s life.  Especially those that need it most. It can often seem defeating. But there is hope. There are ways to make a deeper impact on limited time.  Check out these thoughts I shared at leadsmall.org. If you work with kids in any capacity,…
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    Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect

  • When We Run Away

    Natalie Snapp
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    There’s always something different about the Easter story that strikes me each year. One year it was the deep betrayal of Judas, one of Jesus’ disciples who slammed a dagger to His back. The other was the intense love for Jesus possessed by John, who was the only disciple who didn’t run away and hide. […]The post When We Run Away appeared first on Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect.
  • Praying for Boys, Session Four: Honor, Integrity, Obedience, Oh My!

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Last week, we started what we’ve all been wanting to start: praying for our boys. For each day, Brooke has written a page or two on a specific topic with ten correlating scriptures to pray over our boys and some questions to ponder on each subject. We prayed for heart change, obedience, overcoming fears, integrity, […]The post Praying for Boys, Session Four: Honor, Integrity, Obedience, Oh My! appeared first on Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect.
  • When Our Mistakes Become Our Best Teacher

    Natalie Snapp
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Writing and reading have always come easy for her. She was incredibly verbal as a toddler and she has a way of arranging words into a poetic dance at just nine years of age. She doesn’t really have to work at it – to her, writing is as natural as walking. But math is a […]The post When Our Mistakes Become Our Best Teacher appeared first on Natalie Snapp - Embracing Life Just South of Perfect.
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    Grace Guy - www.graceguy.org - GraceGuy's BLOG

  • Christ's Love for Barrabbas - and me

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
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  • Guest post: The Uncommon Blessing of Common Grace 

    30 Dec 2013 | 6:28 am
    Ah, grace. At once a solid cornerstone and as slippery as an eel. Just when you think you have a handle on it, it slips through your hands and hits you in the back of the head all at once.  Some time ago I was reading a well-known Christian leader’s blog, and once a week he would put up some funny or interesting video that was largely unrelated to the usual fare of heavy topics such as sin and salvation. In this case it was a video of Eric Clapton performing some mind-blowing guitar solo during a concert. I enjoyed the video but then scrolled down and started reading some of the…
  • A quick pearl of wisdom

    16 Sep 2013 | 4:32 am
    I was chatting with a friend about our need for Grace in our daily life, and how stuff creeps in that takes away our joy in Christ.GraceGuy : There's often a gap in what we know in our head about spiritual life and where our hearts are at.GraceGuy's wise friend Corina : That gap is the perfect spot where stubbornness and pride hang out. They have wild parties and invite disobedience and self-deity to come. Everyone gets drunk and someone ends up crying in the bathroomSo true.
  • The biblical characteristics of Pharisees

    26 Jul 2013 | 8:13 am
    It is fascinating for me to read Christ's interactions with different individuals in the Gospel account. He showed a remarkable ordered pattern of 'Connecting - Showing Grace - Dispensing Truth' with most people. And yet, there remained a group where he skipped over the 'Connection - Grace' part and went consistently straight to the Truth part: the Pharisees.The religious establishment of the time, the Pharisees were the ones who made the link between the people of Israel and God. But they had corrupted that calling with the filth of pride.Jesus did not show any Grace to them. On…
  • The Pharisees among us

    26 Jul 2013 | 8:13 am
    They walk among us, they greet us on Sunday mornings, they wear crosses on their necks, they have fishes on their cars.They believe they have cornered the Truth.The are quick to clamor the good they have done.They have a strong opinion on people they do not know, or seek to know.They stay away from 'bad' people.They are quick to find what is 'wrong' with others and seek to catch them in it, adding that they would never have done the wrongs that others did.They cowardly murmur gossip about others.They assume the worst about others and accuse them.They judge others for not doing something that…
 
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    Christianity 201

  • The Gospel Story in a Single Song

    paulthinkingoutloud
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
      A few weeks ago we looked at an old hymn that tells the story of Jesus’ final week leading to the cross, and it reminded me of another hymn that is brilliant in its encapsulation of the entire narrative of the life of Christ. One day when heaven was filled with His praises, One day when sin was as black as could be, Jesus came forth to be born of a virgin— Dwelt among men, my example is He! Living, He loved me; dying, He saved me; Buried, He carried my sins far away; Rising, He justified freely forever: One day He’s coming—O glorious day! One day they led Him up Calvary’s…
  • Should Christian Content Online Be Free?

    paulthinkingoutloud
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    When I first looked at this topical article, I didn’t think it would fit here at C201, where articles are more devotional and Bible-study oriented. But then I looked at how the author, Daniel Darling handled this, and decided this is exactly the kind of issue people wrestle with online. As always you are directed to read the articles at their original source, where this appeared as No, All Christian Content Shouldn’t Be Free. (Once there, be sure to also click through to read today’s scriptures.) A few years ago, when I was a pastor, I had a hard time explaining to a rather…
  • The Divine One Became Human

    paulthinkingoutloud
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Numbers 23:19 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? The “God is not a man that he should lie” text may seem out of place on Easter Sunday. I hope to show how it fits. Two women were having coffee on the back deck of a home overlooking a ravine. The 7-yearold son of the hostess walked out from the woods covered in mud, holding a hammer and a piece of wood and sporting a small cut on his forehead. The woman who was a guest couldn’t help but laugh at the sight,…
  • “Don’t Repeat Prayers” versus “Keep on Asking”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Matthew 6:7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Luke 18:7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? 8 I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly…   Prayer: I don’t think Jesus ever intended it to be this complicated Several weeks back, I discovered Good Question, a blog by InterVarsity Press (IVP) author Christopher R. Smith. This is a treasure trove of Q&A on subjects that some…
  • Thoughts for Good Friday

    paulthinkingoutloud
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Isaiah 53 The Voice (VOICE) 53 Indeed, who would ever believe it? Who would possibly accept what we’ve been told?[a] Who has witnessed the awesome power and plan of the Eternal in action?[b] 2 Out of emptiness he came, like a tender shoot from rock-hard ground. He didn’t look like anything or anyone of consequence— he had no physical beauty to attract our attention. 3 So he was despised and forsaken by men, this man of suffering, grief’s patient friend. As if he was a person to avoid, we looked the other way; he was despised, forsaken, and we took no notice of him. 4 Yet it was…
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    Worthy Christian News

  • Islamists in Nigeria abduct Girls in Christian Town

    George Whitten
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:17 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent ABUJAH, NIGERIA (Worthy News)– Islamists of the insurgent Boko Haram kidnapped more than 100 girls, according to Morning Star News. In Borno state, Boko Haram gunman abducted at least 129 girls who were in their dorms at the Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, one of only three Christian enclaves in the predominantly Muslim state. The gunmen also looted homes and shops and then set them all ablaze. A government spokesman said the girls were herded onto trucks only after a shoot out with soldiers guarding the school, but Sunday Aimu…
  • Christian girls kidnapped, forced to marry Muslims in Pakistan

    George Whitten
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (Worthy News)– Every year in Pakistan, an estimated 1,000 girls and young women are kidnapped, forced to convert to Islam and then married to Muslim men, according to Barnabas Aid. Mostly Christians and Hindus, these victims are usually between the ages of 12 and 25; they are often subjected to sexual assault, rape, domestic abuse and even forced prostitution. All the abductions follow a familiar pattern: a female is kidnapped, forcefully converted to Islam and then married off to either the kidnapper, or a third party. The…
  • Homes of Christians Fleeing Iraq Seized by Gangs

    George Whitten
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:26 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent BAGHDAD, IRAQ (Worthy News)– Gangs in Baghdad are seizing homes left vacant by Christian families who have been forced to flee from sectarian violence, according to Barnabas Aid. "Most of them are afraid of submitting complaints to the government because they do not believe they can protect themselves if they file a lawsuit," said William Warda, head of the Baghdad-based Hammurabi Human Rights Organization. Iraq's Christians are most at risk of having their homes seized as they lack the tribal affiliations that protect their…
  • Abedini: God has chosen us for this ordeal

    George Whitten
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent TEHRAN, IRAN (Worthy News)– The wife of an American pastor serving eight years in Iran for his Christian faith said God had chosen their family for this ordeal to reach people in despair. "The Lord has counted our family worthy enough to send Saeed to a dark place that he would be able to share with people who are in complete despair," Naghmeh Abedini told International Christian Concern. Saeed Abedini was arrested in Iran back on July 2012 while working on an orphanage project; he was later tried and sentenced for threatening…
  • Malaysia: Christians Want Confiscated Bibles Returned

    George Whitten
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:35 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA (Worthy News)– Malaysia's Christian Federation and Bible Society are both appealing Selangor's administrative authorities to return more than 300 Bibles confiscated months ago in raids by the Islamic Department, according to International Christian Concern. Passing the proverbial buck, the Selangor authorities advised both organizations to appeal the Attorney General for restitution from the Islamic Department, an independent branch of local Malaysian administration that actually led the raids that confiscated…
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    Worthy Christian Devotional - Daily Devotion

  • Counting the Omer — and Your blessings!

    George Whitten
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:29 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Leviticus 23:15-17 And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: Even unto the morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat offering unto the LORD. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the LORD. In the Tenach (Old Testament), the Lord commanded Israel to count…
  • Believe the Promises of God as a Child!

    George Whitten
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Matthew 18:3-4 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. One of my favorite "hidden" lessons in the Pesach (Passover) celebration "Seder" meal is the mystery of the “afikomen.” This specially prepared meal– during which the participants are reminded of Israel's supernatural deliverance from Egyptian slavery by the…
  • The Veil Was Torn!

    George Whitten
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:11 pm
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Hebrews 10:19-23 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. The New Testament records that when Yeshua (Jesus) died; there was…
  • Stand on the Wall!

    George Whitten
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Ecc. 1:5-6;9 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises. 6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course. 9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. In light of the recent riots on the Temple Mount while the blood moon was visible to North America, I wanted to remind our readers of the historical significance of this week. The writer of Ecclesiastes was aware of…
  • Circumcised a Second Time?

    George Whitten
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Joshua 5:2, 8-10 At that time the Lord said to Joshua, "Make flint knives for yourself, and circumcise the sons of Israel again the second time." 8 So it was, when they had finished circumcising all the people, that they stayed in their places in the camp till they were healed. 9 Then the Lord said to Joshua, "This day I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." Therefore the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day. 10 Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the…
 
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    reformedcast.com

  • Episode # 149 – Preparing Your Teens for College – 5/5/14

    scottoakland
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    This time, we welcome back to the podcast Dr. Alex Chediak, author of Preparing Your Teens for College: Faith, Friends, Finances, and Much More. Dr. Chediak earned a B.S. Degree at Alfred University in Ceramic Engineering and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Material Science & Engineering from University of California, Berkeley. From 2005-2007 he was one of about twenty-four apprentices at The Bethlehem Institute, a masters-level theological training program overseen by Pastors John Piper and Tom Steller. Dr. Chediak is now an Associate Professor of Engineering and Physics at California Baptist…
  • Episode # 148 – Law and Gospel Pt. II – 4/21/14

    scottoakland
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    We welcome John Samson back for a discussion on the differences and relationship between law and Gospel. John serves as the pastor of King’s Church in Phoenix, AZ. John is a graduate of  Elim Bible College (now re-named Regents Theological College). His written articles have been included in three new E-Books: The Work of the Trinity in Salvation (The Spirit’s Effectual Application of Christ’s Redemption to All the Father Has Given Him), Intro to Reformed Theology – A Calvinist Survival Guide, and The Doctrine of Regeneration. He is also the author of Twelve What Abouts –…
  • Episode # 147 – Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture – 3/31/14

    scottoakland
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:00 am
    This time, we welcome Dr. Daniel Treier, author of the book Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recovering a Scriptural Practice. Dr. Treier received his B.A. from Cedarville University, his M.Div. and Th.M. from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, and Ph.D. (Systematic Theology) from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Dr. Treier is also author of Proverbs & Ecclesiastes and Virtue and the Voice of God: Toward Theology As Wisdom, and co-editor of Co-Editor or Associate Editor of six other books, including the award-winning Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the…
  • Episode # 146 – The World Is Not Ours to Save – 3/10/13

    scottoakland
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:00 am
    This time, we welcome Tyler Wigg-Stevenson, author of the book The World Is Not Ours to Save: Finding the Freedom to Do Good. Tyler Wigg-Stevenson is the founder and director of the Two Futures Project, and also serves as chairman of the Global Task Force on Nuclear Weapons for the World Evangelical Alliance. He is also the author of Brand Jesus: Christianity in a Consumerist Age, a contributing editor at Sojourners magazine, politics columnist at Relevant magazine, and a regular writer and speaker on matters of faith and public life. Tyler is an ordained Baptist minister with degrees from…
  • Episode # 145 – Law and Gospel Pt. I – 2/24/14

    scottoakland
    11 Feb 2014 | 9:00 am
    This week, we welcome back R. Scott Clark to the program to discuss law and gospel. Dr. Clark is professor of church history and historical theology at Westminster Seminary California since 1997, has also served as Academic Dean (1997-2000), and has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS, and Concordia University Irvine. He has been a minister in the Reformed Church in the United States and is presently a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. Dr. Clark is presently a minister in the United Reformed Churches in North America. He has…
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    Bible Stories My Kids Love

  • Jesus Spits

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Did you know that Jesus spit in the Bible? That's right, he spit...Find out all about the time when Jesus spit in today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • Where is That Coin

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Jesus tells a story about a women who lost a coin and how she searched her home until she found it. From that story we learn many valuable lessons about our relationship with God and how He celebrates when we find him. Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • I Want My Prayers Answered

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Have you ever prayed for something and it did not happen? Have you ever asked for something you really wanted and did not get it? If so, today's Bible Stories My Kids Love is just for you. Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • A Trumpet and a Torch

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    In today's Bible Stories My Kids Love learn about God's faithfulness to his people and how Gideon's army of 300 men defeated a large army with only trumpets and torches.Enjoy today's Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
  • The Creation Story

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Today we talk about how God made the heavens, the earth and all the living creatures!Enjoy this episode of Bible Stories My Kids Love. MP3 File - Click Here to Download Podcast
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    (in)courage

  • I Don’t Really Know You, Yet I Want To

    Renee Swope
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    She stood in front of the stove with her back towards me. Looking down at a glass dish filled with warm chocolate goodness, I watched Michelle slice 2×2 inch squares. Carefully, she cut them just the right size so each person could get at least one brownie. Michelle is at our house almost every Monday night, usually at least an hour before everyone else arrives for the not-so-small small group my husband and I host. She helps me set out plates and napkins, forks and cups. She notices little things that need to be done and tasks I would never ask her to do — like putting dishes in the…
  • The Most Important Thing…

    Lisa Leonard
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    After I changed my third poopy diaper that day, I turned to my husband and said, “I’ll always change diapers. I will never NOT change diapers.” Our oldest son David has a disability and will likely be diapered his entire life. At the end of a long day, I felt defeated. I felt done. I felt empty. Then my husband asked me, “What if changing diapers is the most important thing you do all day?” “What do you mean?” I asked. How could changing a diaper be important? I create jewelry, I write a blog, I speak at conferences. How could something so menial and mundane, like changing a…
  • Make Room For You. Your Story. For Rest.

    Bonnie Gray
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Everyone has a story. All of us were once little girls. We all have memories. Some happy. Some not. Some we share. Yet, many more lay hidden in the secret pages of our heart. We try to forget about them. So that we can be strong. So that we can be happy.  So that we can be free. That’s what I thought, until one day, I stood at the cusp of a childhood dream about to come true. I. was. going. to write. a book. But as my pen hit the paper to capture those moments, they all came alive. My memories were no longer stories I once told myself. And I began reliving them. Unexpected. Painful…
  • The Birthing Place of Beauty

    Amber Haines
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
    On our early morning flight, the attendant offered me a drink, and with every intense ounce of me I asked for coffee. I may have grunted it, because she and the woman on my left bent their bodies in a knee-slapping laugh. I laughed, too, and then had to explain that I am a decade tired in the mother-way. I said, “I have four sons!” “Oh!” the woman sitting there said, “I have three sons.” And there it was, the look we gave each other, an immediate bond. She is a woman from Joplin, Missouri, a place wiped out in 2011 by an EF5 tornado. I asked her how recovery was going, and she…
  • Love & Marriage (and a Book Giveaway!)

    Melanie
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:10 pm
    Anne Lamott once said, “A good marriage is where both people feel like they’re getting the better end of the deal.” There’s a lot of wisdom in that. Because that was probably how we felt the day we walked down the long church aisle looking like Wedding Day Barbie. We couldn’t believe we were lucky enough to be joined together in holy matrimony with this incredible man (Wedding Day Ken Doll, but better than Ken because I’ve always thought Ken appears to be a little shifty) for the rest of our lives. But then years go by. There are disappointments and hurt feelings…
 
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    Plough Weekly

  • There Was Always Water - a poem by Ian Barth

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    There was a thirst that grew in the sweat-stained comradeship among us, the sense that the way things were was not the way they should be.
  • Christ Rising - an essay by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    When we hear about Christ’s death on the cross, do we remain as bored as if we were reading a newspaper? Or do we bow down under the living God and weep for having killed him up to now?
  • The Selfish Giant - An Easter Story for Children

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    Every afternoon, as they were coming from school, the children used to go and play in the Giant's garden. One day the Giant came back...
  • Seven Stanzas at Easter

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    And if we will have an angel at the tomb,/make it a real angel,/weighty with Max Planck’s quanta, vivid with hair...
  • Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    I still hear these words as if it were only yesterday. The confines of our hearts and of the hospital room crumbled before the simple power of a small child’s faith and trust, as if Jesus himself was there with us.
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    Religion Dispatches - Stories

  • Heaven is All-American

    Mary Valle
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Heaven is for Real isn’t about young visionary Colton or angels or even God. It’s about Rev. Burpo’s ongoing exisential crisis.
  • Spiritual Unplugging, Or What to Do When There is Wifi at the Ashram

    Matt Hamilton
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    A wired journalist finds himself reaching for his phone during silent meditation—and stops to reflect on the deeper meaning of that reflex.  
  • A Good and/or Bad Friday

    Mary Valle
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Faith got me though my cancer even as I considered and dismantled the apparatus of faith that had been installed in my head.
  • Duggar Daughters Talk Sex, Courtship, and Fear of Ungodly Men

    Myev Rees
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Duggar daughters' message is clear and stark. Ladies: Men can be frightening and dangerous. Your best defense is preventative. Turn inward and make yourself a Godly woman worthy of a Godly man…or risk abuse.
  • Why Christians Should Not Host Their Own Passover Seders

    Rebecca Cynamon-Murphy
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When people learn that, as a lifelong and practicing Christian, I am married to a Jewish man and that we practice both religions in our house, I often become the safe person to ask about Judaism. I like this advocate role for the opportunity it gives me to gently encourage folks to look at ways in which their privilege as a member of a majority population can sometimes cause them to cause offense.
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    Cheryl Cope

  • Book Review: Knowing God by Name by David Wilkerson

    Cheryl Cope
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    Book Review: Knowing God by Name by David Wilkerson This book is about exploring deeply, ten names of God. Mr. Wilkerson picked the names most likely to bring hope and encouragement. He discovered in his research that God revealed His names to His people in their times of greatest need so he revolves each name with the biblical background that … Continue reading →
  • He is Risen!

    Cheryl Cope
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    He is Risen!   Celebrating the resurrection of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Alleluia! He is risen! Alleluia! He’s alive!   I am the resurrection and the life… John 11:25    Join the conversation. Share your ideas or questions in the comment form below. (c) 2014 Cheryl Cope Cheryl Cope on Google+ … Continue reading →
  • Creativity for Easter

    Cheryl Cope
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Check out these various activities to celebrate a biblically based Easter. Some art to look at, some arts and crafts to make, and some fun food ideas.
  • Book Review: Sweetie’s Song by C. A. James

    Cheryl Cope
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    Book Review: Sweetie’s Song by C. A. James I don’t read a lot of fiction books so I didn’t know what to expect with this one but I was more than pleasantly surprised. The short review is, it was simply and completely delightful. This book is about a grieving couple that gets a surprise visit from some adorable stuffed animals … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: When Religion Isn’t Enough by Mary Detweiler

    Cheryl Cope
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    Book Review: When Religion Isn’t Enough by Mary Detweiler In a lot of ways this book is about the author’s journey out of Catholicism, but at a more fundamental level it is her journey out of religion and into relationship. You can benefit from Ms. Detweiler’s story. Perhaps she can save you some time, trouble and heartache by getting to … Continue reading →
 
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    Life & Theology

  • Is your church really safe?

    Ben Reed
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:04 am
    Is your church safe? I don’t mean “we have police officers” and “we have hidden cameras” and “I’m packing heat on my pew.” Is your church safe for you to be you? Can you be the you that doesn’t have it all figured out? That has more questions than answers, some days? Can you be the you that you are on the inside that nobody else sees? The you that wonders how in the world a God that loves justice could also love you? The you that you’re ashamed of? Is it safe to for you to bring your doubts? Fears? Questions? Struggles? Victories? Insecurities? Quirks? Gifts? Doubts? Is it…
  • Getting your small group to like you

    Ben Reed
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    photo credit: iStockPhoto user Digital Skillet Getting your small group to like you isn’t something you may have explicitly set out to do. If you did, you’re pretty self-centered. And there’s a great chance that nobody really likes you. There. I said it. While you may not have set that out as a written goal though, it’s on the back of your mind whether you’re a leader or a group member. Don’t lie. You want to be liked. And that’s not a terrible thing. If you didn’t care what others thought of you, you’d probably be a jerk. Caring what others think (while not being…
  • 9 unintended benefits of small group life

    Ben Reed
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    We all have an opinion on small group life. Some of us lean towards “small groups are amazing.” Some of lean towards “small groups are just plain difficult. And awkward.” Rarely is someone neutral when it comes to intentionally building spiritually-formative relationships with others. I’ve been a part of life-giving small groups that I long to gather with week in and week out. Ones where I leave with more of Jesus than when I came. I’ve also been a part of groups that seem to suck the life right out of me. Ones where I give, but get nothing in return. (I think that has to do most…
  • The Pastor’s Kid

    Ben Reed
    25 Mar 2014 | 8:09 am
    I’m not a pastor’s kid, but I’m raising two of them. And I’m scared to death. My prayer for my kids is often, “Lord, help them to not, because of me and the church where I serve, hate your bride.” It’s easy when daddy spends his work day, and many evenings, serving a local body of believers, for kids to grow bitter. Instead of seeing life transformation and community-building, grace-infusing work being done, they see a “job” that takes daddy away from home. They see a group of people that expects more out of them than they can give. They…
  • How do you measure the value of a book?

    Ben Reed
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:17 am
    To measure the impact of a book, don’t count the pages. Count the coffee stains that mark late nights and early mornings. Number the highlights, underlines, notes, and scribbles. Note the dog ears, screenshots, and Facebook shares. Watch how your thinking shifts and your attitude morphs as questions increase. Notice your patience rise. Your love of life swell.   Life never slows down, until you find yourself buried neck-deep in line after line, page after page, thought after thought, crescendoing with an abrupt crash that leaves you marked. It changes your world. It whispers into…
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    Sincerely Christian

  • Respected Only Because We Have Respected

    A Colwell
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    “Surely they’ll respect my son” (ala Mark 2.1-11) RESPECT – honor, acknowledge the authority of, revere. RESPECT – requiring a confident trust, personal integrity of character. We demand it of others in regards to ourselves, grumbling and stewing when it is not given us — when we feel disrespected. God demands it of us. And […]
  • Faith on Film: Something More than the Buttered-Popcorn Version

    A Colwell
    3 Mar 2014 | 3:43 pm
    For the record, my undergrad degree was a Bachelors in Fine Art, which is why I can’t sit through Christian films like “Facing the Giants” and the recently released “Son of God”.  Not to say they aren’t good movies; to me, they are just bad art.   Consequently, I haven’t seen the most recent film […]
  • Bus Driver (Literally) Saved By the Bible

    A Colwell
    1 Mar 2014 | 8:07 pm
    A bus driver from Dayton, Ohio, was literally saved by the Bible.  While he was fixing his bus, some young persons targeted him as a “polar bear” they had to kill to earn their stripes.  Except they didn’t.  Because of a Bible. They shot him in the chest, the leg, and stabbed him in the […]
  • Because God Told Me So

    A Colwell
    24 Feb 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Of all the news that is coming out of this year’s 2014 NFL Combine, the story that intrigued me the most was that of Adam Muema, a running back prospect out of San Diego State.  What was interesting wasn’t any of the stats he put up during his work outs; in fact, he left with […]
  • The Three Pillars of Leadership

    A Colwell
    20 Feb 2014 | 9:21 am
    If you’re a pastor like me, then you know that this time of year, if you haven’t done so already, is when you attempt to do what you learned in seminary and lead as if you might “put yourself out of job”, by either training or coordinating such for your church’s leadership team. For such […]
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    mnphysicists theological blog

  • Valley Girl is Best (rabbit hole and nerd alert)

    Ron Amundson
    5 Apr 2014 | 6:58 pm
    I’ve been using the WEB (not internet, but World English Bible) translation since ~2004 when I first got it for my palm pilot. Today was the first time ever that the use of metric units stood out. Pastor was reading John 11, and I was following along on my Palm… and she reads “about 2 miles” where as mine said about 2.7 km in John 11:17 Ok, so we have a big problem. 2miles = 3.2km, not 2.7km, Certainly, I’ve often used the phrase, its about 2 miles (which in my own parlance generally equates to between 1 and 3 miles), but maybe its been years since I went there,…
  • World Vision Blow up and People of Strong Faith

    Ron Amundson
    28 Mar 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Its really not about you. There are people of strong faith who had significant heartburn over WV’s decision to change their employee agreement to provide for local church autonomy as concerns same sex marriage. There are also people of strong faith who applauded WV’s decision and were dismayed at its reversal. The issue of whether SSM is aligned with, or counter to the scriptures is not the big deal. The issue of whether the ancient creeds of the historical Christian faith have been cast aside to the point that SSM is a bigger deal than the trinity is not the primary issue at hand…
  • Rigging the Game

    Ron Amundson
    8 Mar 2014 | 8:48 am
    Its interesting to see how different sectors of Christianity approach a given problem. We see broken folks doing evil stuff and yet good comes about much of the time anyhow. We even see this in the scriptures, going all the way back to Moses, or even David knocking off a guy as he got the dudes wife pregnant, or Rahab lying to protect her guests. One could think the bit about being wise as serpents and gentle as doves, or even the parable of the unrighteous steward, could justify that a good end is all that counts, no matter how much evil needs to be put in motion to get there. Yet, the…
  • Transfiguration Sunday and the Wisconsin Bible Ban

    Ron Amundson
    6 Mar 2014 | 9:25 am
    Its human nature to try and extend exceedingly cool / awesome times, and Peter doesn’t disappoint in last Sunday’s Gospel reading. “Hey, lets build some places to stay at, this is awesome…” Alas God had other plans. Perhaps even more so, Peter James and John were instructed not to talk about i, at least for a while. While we don’t have a ton of insight into the personalities of James and John, no doubt this must have been an especially trying deal for Peter. Get your world rocked, and be on top of it in a huge way… You want this to never end! The top…
  • Proselytism is solemn nonsense: Pope Francis Rocks

    Ron Amundson
    1 Oct 2013 | 3:28 pm
    Pope Francis hit one out of the ballpark with his commentary on proselytism. While in isolation, one might view his comments as counter to the great commission, I tend to believe, like much of his other commentary, that he is looking at things from a big picture view. Lets consider Matthew 28:16-20 16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of…
 
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    Bible Prophecy Blog

  • VIDEO: Israel and the Kingdom of God

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Dr. Andy Woods is the senior pastor of Sugar Land Bible Church and a full professor at the College of Biblical Studies in Houston and teaches Bible and theology. In addition, Andy has contributed to many theological journals and Christian books and has spoken on a variety of topics at Christian... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Israel to Miss Out on 'Blood Moon' Phenomenon

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    By Ryan Jones Israel Today The scheduled appearance of four total lunar eclipses on major Jewish holidays between this Monday night (the start of Passover 2014) and September 27, 2015 (the start of Sukkot) has the attention of much of the Christian world. But the eclipses are going to go... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • VIDEO: Leaders: We Must Address Climate Change Threat

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    12 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The leaders of the World Bank, the IMF and the United Nations urged countries around the world to tackle the issue of climate change to boost their economies and protect the planet.Forty ministers from around the world attended the informal conference on the economics of climate change during the... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • VIDEO: Passover Offering & Greetings from the Temple Institute

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    12 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    The footage in this video was taken from the Temple Institute's special symposium about the Passover offering, which included a simulation of the Passover offering in the Holy Temple.It was not intended to be an actual offering, as the Passover offering must take place on the Temple... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • Can Good Works Prove Salvation?

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    By Dr. Charles C. Bing GraceLife Ministries There is every reason to think that those who have believed in Jesus Christ as Savior and are consequently born into God's family will experience a changed life to some degree. Some would say that this changed life is evidenced by good works which... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

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

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

    1 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    We hope the idea of multiplying disciples and developing leaders in Eastern Europe excites you as much as it does us.  Our ministry partners, who sponsor us, share a passion for reaching people for Jesus Christ, and we'd love to have you join us in this effort.  One way you can do so is by giving financially.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…
  • Opportunities to Serve the Body of Christ

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

    1 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: The Virgin Birth of Jesus ChristFalse Blasphemy of the Holy SpiritRighteousness by Faith not LawThere now, it is all over! Blessed rest.The Ebb and Flow of Ministry for the Lord  May the Lord use these to inspire, encourage, and challenge you.  I also welcome your comments and feedback on any of these articles.Author's note: If you enjoyed this post, you may also like the other posts in this blog available through the links in the side bar. You may also access my complete blog directory at…
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  • And the Truth to Speak

    Michael Dechane
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was surprised to find a sheriff’s deputy on the doorstep when I answered his knocking. I was even more surprised at the language on the subpoena. Under the header it read: “To all and singular the sheriffs of the State of Florida – Greetings” for an opening salutation. It sounded like a good way to start an Epistle, but a strange way to address me about a summons to traffic court. Things got stranger still in the body of the letter: “You are commanded to appear before the Honorable ____________, of this court, at the location listed below on this [date] at…
  • The Fifty Year Sword

    Abby Jarvis
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    In Mark Z. Danielweski’s novella The Fifty Year Sword, a recently-divorced seamstress named Chintana attends a 50th birthday party for her husband’s mistress, Belinda Kite. A storyteller at the party tells Chintana and several orphans the story of his epic quest for a mysterious weapon, the Fifty Year Sword. The invisible sword cuts every victim just like a non-magical sword, but with one catch; the wounds inflicted by the blade don’t manifest themselves until the victim turns fifty years old. Belinda Kite, in a bid to prove to the frightened children that the story is hogwash, slashes…
  • Why Didn’t I See It the First Time?

    Drew Trotter
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The first time—in fact the first two times—I watched 12 Years a Slave in preparation for my annual lecture on the Academy award nominees for best picture, I really saw nothing about the faith of the slaves in the picture. But in fact, in one crucial scene near the end of the movie, Solomon Northup, the main character in the movie, has a “conversion” of sorts, when he is at the funeral of a fellow slave. While the slaves are singing “Roll, Jordan, Roll”, Northup is so despondent and has faced so many disappointments in his attempts to get free that he at first is silent, clearly…
  • Light Makes It Beautiful

    Jayne English
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I stood on the sidewalk in front of the Empire State Building. It was evening and traffic was light. My friends and I, high school seniors, were heading into the Riverboat Room to hear jazz great, Maynard Ferguson. They opened the doors, and I stopped a minute to feel the presence of the 102-story building. I knew I’d remember this night, but I didn’t know I’d soon walk away from cultural offerings like this. Nothing weird happened, I turned away from the culture because I took a traditional step – I became a Christian during my first semester of college. I don’t think anyone…
  • The Forced Pause, the Gift of Rest

    Bryan Bliss
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I walked to the grocery store in hopes of finding a power outlet to charge my laptop. Or better: a rogue bit of Wi-Fi that might allow me to e-mail my editor and assure her that, despite the 18 inches of snow being dumped onto our small town, I would be making my deadline. It was not a peaceful walk, the sort you’d expect as snow slowly pillowed on the ground and the entire world went quiet. No. I went to the store looking for time – looking to work. But all that awaited me was a couple of college kids wearing Adventure Time pajama bottoms and a cashier who kept checking the windows and…
 
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  • Today's Mass Online : Easter Wednesday April 23, 2014 - Readings and Video

    JesusCaritasEst
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Wednesday in the Octave of EasterLectionary: 263Reading 1ACTS 3:1-10Peter and John were going up to the temple areafor the three o’clock hour of prayer.And a man crippled from birth was carriedand placed at the gate of the temple called “the Beautiful Gate” every dayto beg for alms from the people who entered the temple.When he saw Peter and John about to go into the temple,he asked for alms.But Peter looked intently at him, as did John,and said, “Look at us.”He paid attention to them, expecting to receive something from them.Peter said, “I have neither silver nor gold,but what I…
  • Pope Francis "It is a true, profound joy, based on the certainty that Christ is now risen..." Text and Video

    JesusCaritasEst
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:36 am
    (Vatican Radio) Pilgrims thronged St. Peter’s Square, the long boulevard of Via della Conciliazione, spilling all the way down to the banks of the Tiber this Wednesday for Pope Francis' weekly general audience, the first of the Easter season. The crowd was such, that the Holy Father’s open topped jeep took even longer than usual to tour through the square, filled with flags and banners from the parishes of the world. Many of them bore images of two of his predecessors, Blessed John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII, who this weekend – Divine Mercy Sunday - Pope Francis will raise to…
  • Saint April 23 : St. George - Patron of Soldiers and Equestrians

    JesusCaritasEst
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    St. GeorgeMARTYRFeast: April 23Information:Feast Day:April 23Born:between ca. AD 275 and 281, Nicomedia, Bithynia, modern-day northwestern TurkeyDied:April 23, 303, Lydda, PalestineMajor Shrine:Church of Saint George, LodPatron of:agricultural workers; Amersfoort, Netherlands; Aragon; archers; armourers; Beirut, Lebanon; Bulgaria; butchers; Cappadocia; Catalonia; cavalry; chivalry; Constantinople; Corinthians; Crusaders; England; equestrians; Ethiopia; farmers; Ferrara; field workers; Genoa; Georgia; Gozo; Greece; Haldern, Germany; Heide; herpes; horsemen; horses; husbandmen; knights; lepers…
  • Saint April 23 : St. Adalbert of Prague - Patron of Poland and Bohemia

    JesusCaritasEst
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    St. Adalbert of PragueBISHOP AND MARTYRFeast: April 23Information:Feast Day:April 23Born:939, Libice nad Cidlinou, BohemiaDied:997, Truso (Elbląg) or Kaliningrad OblastPatron of:Bohemia; Poland; PrussiaBorn 939 of a noble Bohemian family; died 997. He assumed the name of the Archbishop Adalbert (his name had been Wojtech), under whom he studied at Magdeburg. He became Bishop of Prague, whence he was obliged to flee on account of the enmity he had aroused by his efforts to reform the clergy of his diocese. He betook himself to Rome, and when released by Pope John XV from his episcopal…
  • Latest from Vatican on Canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII - Official Briefing

    JesusCaritasEst
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    (Vatican Radio) Why are Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints? That was the key question being asked at a briefing in the Vatican’s Press Hall on Tuesday that was attended by the postulators for the two Popes’ sainthood causes. The briefing kicked off a week of events in the Vatican leading up to Sunday’s canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II.Father Giovangiuseppe Califano, the postulator for John XXIII, said as a 15 year old seminarian Angelo Roncalli was already making resolutions that were intended to help him become a saint for real. He said Pope John’s…
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  • Soaking in Exploration of Heaven

    Todd
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Watch this Video: With over 1000 visits to Heaven, Kat Kerr brings great insight into the Kingdom of God John 4:23 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. John 14:2 2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “Hi everyone! I would like to share some of my personal experiences of going to heaven recently, and when i was a kid.When I was maybe eight years old I remember walking…
  • You Make Me Brave

    Todd
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Watch this Video: Bethel Music releases their new album with this title track, “You Make Me Brave.” You Make Me Brave – Lyrics I stand before You nowThe greatness of Your renownI’ve heard of the majesty and wonder of YouKing of Heaven, in humility, I bowAs Your love, in wave after waveCrashes over me, crashes over meFor You are for us, You are not against usChampion of Heaven, You made a way for all to enter inI’ve heard You calling my nameI’ve heard the song of love that You singSo I will let you draw me out beyond the shore Into Your graceYou make me…
  • The Glory of Kings

    Todd
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Video:  Bill Johnson explains that God conceals things for us Proverbs 25:2 (Amp) 2It is the glory of God to conceal a thing, but the glory of kings is to search out a thing. “There is depth to revelation to the Word of God.  You know an atheist can read the bible and get a Word of knowledge from it.  But God hides the deeper meanings from that person, and until they accept Christ as their savior and receive the Holy Spirit, they are unable to access the deeper levels …  The Scripture and The Spirit equal Truth. God is perfectly able to give us the the exact information about…
  • No Exceptions to His Love

    Todd
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
     Watch this Video:  Dan Mohler explains that Jesus is awesome, just watch and see. “I want to show you today in the Bible, How right you are, how free from sin you are.  And huh, I’m not being arrogant when I say this. I don’t care what anyone says.  The Bible says you are free from sin. There is people that butcher this topic up, and keep the church sin conscious. It develops works and legalism, because we’re afraid that if we preach it the way it is, it’ll give people the excuse to sin.  And it does the total opposite. I did not find a way to sin and…
  • There is treasure in your trial

    Todd
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Watch this Video: Mario Murillo provides revelation for victory. “He’s [Paul] showing us that “How I am” and “How things are going” are misleading questions.  First of all, let’s start with “How I am” – How are you?  Paul says, “I am an ambassador in chains.  My circumstances do not define me.  What I’m going through is not the bottom line of how I feel, or how I am going to react to my life.”  The second is that he says, “Pray for me” and look at this, he’s not even praying for release.
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  • Monthly Service – 4 May 2014

    SCOAN London
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:09 pm
    The monthly service on 4th May 2014 is coming up soon! Join us at the University of West London (Paragon House) at 11am. There will be a time of mass prayer with Prophet TB Joshua on the video screen and an opportunity to pray for your nation. Bring your nation’s flag as a point of contact! Email uk@scoan.org for details and directions.    
  • Easter Service – 20 April 2014

    SCOAN London
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The monthly service for April 2014 has been moved from 6 April to 20 April, which is Easter Sunday. Come and join us at the University of West London (Paragon House) at 11am to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection. There will also be a time of mass prayer with Prophet TB Joshua on the video screen. Text 07985 034222 or Email uk@scoan.org for details and directions.    
  • Keep Watching the SCOAN Live Service on Emmanuel TV!

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

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

    SCOAN London
    6 Dec 2013 | 3:40 pm
    SHATTERING THE SUNDAY SILENCE As dawn announced its arrival on Sunday 1st December 2013 in the slumbering city of Birmingham, an uncanny scene began unfolding at the New Bingley Hall, a large auditorium on the outskirts of the city centre. Cars started rolling up with people dressed in a manner unbecoming of the unearthly hour they had arrived; bedraggled travellers sleepily jumped off night buses and made their way towards the venue; taxis pulled up with heavily coated passengers scurrying to join a queue that was steadily forming. It was 4am and the crowd was already swelling. Incredibly,…
 
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  • Welcome to “No Church” – 4 Steps To Reversing Your Negative Church Messaging

    Will Mancini
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    Almost without exception, churches somewhere utilize negative messaging for very practical reasons. After all, someone parking in the wrong spot can create havoc. So it’s quite natural to put up a sign that says, “No Parking Along Curb.” But is that the only way to get the intended result? The question is worth asking because studies show the impact of negative verses positive messaging on the brain. Negative messaging narrows your thought activity and focuses on actions related to the message. Positive messages on the other hand, broaden your thinking and create openness.
  • Why Your Church is Probably Operating at Less than 50% Effectiveness

    Will Mancini
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Most of you will disagree with what I am about to suggest. Nevertheless, I will try my best to share with you what I’ve learned over the last 13 years. Keep in mind that this post title is not a theory; it comes from a front row seat watching real transformation of senior pastors, their staff, their lay leaders, and eventually their entire congregation. First, I’ll share the problem and give some quick illustrations of churches in the transformation process. Secondly, I will give two analogies to reinforce my point. THE PROBLEM The problem is that most churches have a general sense of…
  • The Vision Statements of 13 Great Leaders in the Bible

    Will Mancini
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:37 pm
    In a previous post, I introduced the powerful concept call the Future Perfect Paradigm. I am continuing this series by looking at the vision statements or the future perfect of 13 biblical leaders. What is the future perfect paradigm? The Future Perfect Paradigm is simply looking at everything today through the lens of a powerful future perspective. The more clear and powerful the future perspective, the greater the impact it can have on the way you look at today.  The summary chart below is taken from work by Robert Clinton and only slightly tweaked and expanded. We will continue to…
  • Smiling is Not Enough: The Top Ten Mistakes Your Volunteers Make Welcoming Guests at Church

    Will Mancini
    17 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    The team at Auxano enjoys playing the role of “secret worshipper” when we take a church through our visioning process called the Vision Pathway.  We call it a guest perspective evaluation. As I prepare to debrief a church again tomorrow, I want to share some general insights on welcoming ministry and hospitality for guests. Here are the top ten mistakes I see when volunteers are helping me as a first time guest: #1   Volunteers have not thought in advance about my next step as a guest so they don’t know how to guide the conversation with me.  #2   Volunteers  are…
  • What’s Your Future Perfect Paradigm? Exploring a Powerful Ministry Tool

    Will Mancini
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:32 pm
    What if there was a simple way of thinking about your day today, that could radically transform it? The term “future perfect paradigm” originates from the work of Stanley Davis in the eighties. He used the term as a framework in strategic planning. Even though the term may sound like just another cool way to talk about vision, Davis brought some unique and helpful thoughts to the study of vision and planning. I will explore a few key ideas from Davis in a series of posts. In addition, I want to expose you to some of Robert Clinton’s adaptation of Davis’s work as the…
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    Storyline Blog

  • One Way to Fix Toxic Relationships

    John Richmond
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    I work in Washington, D.C. I have heard it said that Washington is a city full of Senior Class Presidents and first-born children. The exaggerated caricature is that it is a place where power is exalted and people are expendable. Contacts are currency and loyalty has a news-cycle shelf-life. The truth is that Washington, D.C. is just another city full of people – people with hopes, dreams, fears, and a deep desire to be known. I was recently at a reception in the city with many people I did not know. Several attendees quickly engaged me in conversation and obtained a sense of my resume…
  • Here’s a Good Reason To Go To Church

    Dean Nelson
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    When you see a line of people waiting for the church doors to open, that’s a good sign. That’s what I saw recently at a church in southern Guatemala, almost to the El Salvador border, in a little town called Chiquimulilla. And they weren’t in line just on Sunday for the worship services. They were there Monday through Saturday, too. They were coming for the water. *Photo Credit: David Amsler, Creative Commons The pastor, Salomon Hernandez, used to be a pharmacist in Guatemala. He routinely gave medicine to the children who were chronically sick from drinking contaminated water in their…
  • Are American Christians Really Being Oppressed, Or Are They Just Whining?

    Donald Miller
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last night I had family over and at the end of a long day we collapsed on the couch to watch a movie. I searched through pay-per-view to find a movie and happened upon a temporary category in their download section called “Faith and Family Films”…The list was long and pretty good. *Photo Credit: flash.pro, Creative Commons It got me thinking, though, about how often I hear leaders complain about how there’s a conspiracy or a movement against Christians and Christian culture. Personally, at least in America, I don’t buy it. And the fact Comcast thought to insert a category for…
  • Sunday Morning Music — Death In His Grave

    Darrell Vesterfelt
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Easter is one of my favorite times of the year. It is always good to take a moment to remember the single most important moment in our faith: the resurrection. I have been listening to John Mark McMillian for around ten years and this song is one I am reminded of when Easter comes each year. If you have not heard this song, take a moment to do so. These are some powerful lyrics: On Friday a thief On Sunday a King Laid down in grief But awoke with keys Of Hell on that day The first born of the slain The Man Jesus Christ Laid death in his grave Sunday Morning Music — Death In His Grave is a…
  • 3 Reasons My Children Are Happier Than Me

    John Sowers
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Recently, we were in San Diego, my wife Kari thought we should go to the Aquarium of the Pacific. My daughters love fish. Sahara likes watching seals jump. Dassi is a massive penguin fan. When you ask her what sound a penguin makes, she says, “Waddle, waddle, waddle,” then rocks side to side like a red-headed Weeble Wobble. I’d been to aquariums before and had moderate expectations. I knew it would be okay: glass and coral and fish and stuff. But through their two-year-old eyes, stepping into the Aquarium was like landing on Venus, surrounded by a flood of angelic voices, serenading us…
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  • License Plate Wisdom

    TheChristianGift
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Twice now in less than one week I’ve found myself behind cars with license plates bearing Scripture verses. Today’s was PSLM628. O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.  Nice!
  • Making Lemonade at Daybreak

    TheChristianGift
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Whether or not a photographer will make a successful sunrise/sunset image is due in large part to clouds. No clouds, no color. Too many clouds (or cloud cover at the horizon) can result in the same outcome. Colorful, vibrant sunrises are not the norm here at coastal New Hampshire. When one does occur, it’s a happy occasion! Last Saturday morning was another one of those lackluster sessions, with thick overcast at the horizon making it impossible for any pre-sunrise color to develop. It was especially disappointing because some lovely clouds dappled the sky directly overhead. On…
  • Blessed Easter

    TheChristianGift
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    He is risen indeed! Alleluia!
  • By His Wounds We Are Healed

    TheChristianGift
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:59 am
    Isaiah 53:5…Good Friday.
  • Maundy Thursday

    TheChristianGift
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”
 
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  • When It’s Hard to Stay Warm

    Marji "Mike" Kruger
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    When you think of Africa, you may think of hot deserts with dry and dusty land. How many people actually realize that there are places in Southern Africa that experience cold winters, with snow and temperatures that drop below freezing? This isn’t the picture most people normally have when thinking of Africa, but it is the reality in many parts of Lesotho and South Africa. The winter months, May-September, are tough in this region. What do you do when you live in a place that is freezing cold, and it’s hard to stay warm? You can’t turn on the heat. There is none. You can’t put on…
  • Final Instructions

    Marji "Mike" Kruger
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:04 pm
    This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (NIV) Matthew 26:28 It’s Thursday evening. In response to an argument among His disciples as to which of them would be the greatest, Jesus washes His 12 disciples’ feet. God washing their feet one by one. The disciples were fighting for top position, but no one would pick up the towel and do a servant’s job. But, contrary to common sense, Jesus did not come to be served, but to serve others. After washing the disciples’ feet, Jesus and His disciples begin their Passover meal,…
  • Coming with Expectant Hearts

    Marji "Mike" Kruger
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    “And this is the confidence we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.” – 1 John 5:14 Lesotho kids eagerly gathered around as their letters are read aloud. Like these children, are you eagerly gathered around the throne of God, pouring your heart out to him and eager to listen? If not, come, because he hears you.
  • To Serve or Be Served, That Is The Question

    Marji "Mike" Kruger
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (NIV) Mark 10:45 Jesus is in his final week on earth. The first 3 days of the week were very active for Him, but now He spends the bulk of His time with His disciples. There’s nothing recorded about what He did on Wednesday. On Thursday He and His disciples are celebrating the Passover meal in an upper room in Jerusalem. The episode that follows is an incredible example of 2 extremes in behavior. . . . . . a dispute arose among them (the disciples) as to which of them was…
  • The Plot

    Marji "Mike" Kruger
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:43 pm
    But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.” (NIV) John 12:32 TUESDAY Jesus’ authority is challenged and questioned by the religious leaders, only to have His answers silence His accusers. The crowds reaction: they are amazed with His teaching, in awe of His answers, they want to crown Him their King. Jesus once again refers to His death. . .”The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many…
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  • The Goal Of Social Media For Churches

    Steve Fogg
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:58 pm
    Photo credit Likes, comments, shares. We all love them on social media channels. Why? Because the gospel spreads virally through them on social media and it doesn’t cost a cent. Brilliant! It’s a quiet revolution, but one I believe that will have ramifications that we haven’t seen the limits of yet. But if that is all we are looking for as our return on investment then I want to you to know that is the wrong digital strategy. The social media landscape is changing. (BTW, there is a seismic shift going on right now which churches need to be acting on right now.) But there are…
  • My Top 8 Church Websites This Easter

    Steve Fogg
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Easter is a great time to be inspired by the creativity coming from other churches. As I look online and see what other churches around the world are creating on their websites to promote their Easter services I’m amazed at the talent out there. I love the strategy, creativity and work that communication peeps, designers, videographers put into crafting a great online experience for Easter. I’d love to hear from you as you review and enjoy the branding on these church websites. Please drop a comment below and share this post with your tribe. Chapel Church Nice use of parallax…
  • A Game Of Social Thrones

    Steve Fogg
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:37 pm
    No a social winter isn’t coming. Jon Snow still knows nothing. I’m hoping that Hootsuite’s clients always pay their debts. Watch and enjoy this social app trying to leverage social momentum off #Gameofthrones launch this week.   You just finished reading A Game Of Social Thrones! Consider leaving a comment!Have you subscribed via RSS yet? You can also get posts via email in your box.
  • Our Easter Promo Video For 2014

    Steve Fogg
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Creating Easter videos for church is such a challenge and joy. Crossway’s Easter presentation this year is called ‘RED’. Our challenge was to create a trailer that will invoke interest and preview the essence of the Easter story from the presentation. For some, Easter is a heavy and for somber time. We wanted to catch the gravitas and drama of the time without it being depressing or overbearing. Just a tip, the sound scape that Julz created is fantastic and I recommend you turn up your volume really loud. Credits: Creative Direction: Steven Fogg D.O.P and Editor: Liam Spicer…
  • Which Social Media Network Should You Start On?

    Steve Fogg
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:48 pm
    We live in the social age where we have so many social choices. Because of the multitude of choices, one question I get from churches, non-profits and businesses is ‘Where should I start?’ Good question. It’s not the same for everyone, and here’s why. I was recently speaking to a friend, Kris who is starting up a small boutique gourmet pre-packaged deli and cafe in a nearby suburb. I mentioned that the posts that people engage with me most on social media the most are actually about the food that I cook. I love cooking. And I love sharing, well almost. I love sharing…
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  • The Meaning of “It is Finished”

    Kaleb
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    "What did Jesus mean when He said, 'It is finished'?" Found only in the Gospel of John, the Greek word translated “it is finished” is tetelestai, an accounting term that means “paid in full.” When Jesus uttered those words, He was declaring the debt owed to His Father was wiped away completely and forever. Not that Jesus wiped away an... Read more..
  • #BloodMoon2014

    Kaleb
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Did you see the blood moon on April 15th, 2014? There will be four moons over the next year, all landing on Jewish holidays. It's interesting to note especially when we read in Acts 2: 17-21 how God uses the skies to send important messages to His people.... Read more..
  • Unlock Your God Given Purpose

    Kaleb
    24 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    To truly unlock your God Given potential and purpose, we must see our lives the way He sees it, focusing on what really matters and minimizing the din of things that only threaten to veer us off that path. We were all created with a purpose and it is time we start living out the purpose for which we were created. Jeremiah... Read more..
  • Evolution Requires More Faith

    Kaleb
    21 Feb 2014 | 8:49 am
    Atheists commonly say that it takes blind faith to believe in a Creator.  I believe it takes more faith to believe otherwise. Evidence of creation is in the artistry that surrounds us. "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." (Romans 1: 20) #noexcu... Read more..
  • God is Our Safety Net

    Kaleb
    18 Feb 2014 | 10:30 am
    An integral part of the human experience is the rollercoaster rides that life brings. We will have our ups and downs but in the valleys of life one thing is an absolute truth: God is always with us. P... Read more..
 
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  • The Tenets of Post-Christian Spirituality

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Derek L. Worthington describes the three tenets of post-Christian spirituality in his book The Call of Jesus:a distant God — remote, detached, and uninvolved with our lives;"me" as a functional god, with the individual creating his or her own ethic and the ultimate authority;consumption as the path to happiness.It's a common but futile way to live.Contrast this with the teachings of Jesus in John 12:24-28:God is not distant. He is intricately involved with the world, and God the Son walked among us;I am not a god. God is in control of all things with the agenda to bring glory to…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Five Errors to Drop From Your Easter Sermon If you want to help people see Holy Week with fresh eyes, start by dropping these familiar fallacies. The Preacher's Cheat-Sheet Here are two lists that have been very helpful to me. I combine them into what I affectionately call my Preacher’s Cheat-Sheet. Churches “Pandering” to Millennials? Ordering one’s life around faith and the church requires considerable sacrifice. Therefore, people have to see why church is so compelling that they would bother to get out of bed on Sunday morning. Moralistic pabulum and…
  • Noah According to Hollywood and the Church

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Dave Barker is Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs at Heritage Seminary in Cambridge. In a recent discussion with Dr. Barker, I was surprised by some of his reflections on the movie Noah. He wasn't as negative as I thought he would be. "I wonder if the church does any better with its rendition of the Noah story!" he quipped.The controversy may have peaked, but it's still worth considering the way we interact with popular culture, and even more importantly, with Scripture. Dr. Barker was kind enough to answer some of my questions.There's been a lot of criticism of the…
  • The Slow, Hard Work of Making Disciples

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I've been thinking a lot about what Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 2:1-7:You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. Think over what I say, for…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: 10 Ideas from Wise Leaders Look at these ten creative actions I’ve learned from others. Let’s Stop Forgiving Those Who Don’t Want Forgiveness Forgiving someone before they repent is un-godlike, avoids dealing with serious issues, and while it might offer some temporary and superficial relief, does not produce long-term satisfaction to the conscience nor reconciliation. The Quickest Way To Become a Better Teacher Slow down. Defending Eutychus Let your sermons be engaging, and let your eyes be open, by all means, but - most of all - let your hearts be eager…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Bible Puzzle – New Testament Letters Word Find

    Shirley McKinstry
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:36 am
    This word find contains all 21 letters in the New Testament. It also classifies them by Paul’s letters to churches, Paul’s letters to individuals, and general letters. It could be used for any lesson about New Testament letters or their writers. Click here to download This is part of a series called Bible Puzzle with a variety of different puzzles. Besides pencils, some need Bibles, crayons, and/or scissors and glue. Some are easier or harder than others. Related: This activity sheet would be a good complement to our Books of the Bible Bingo game. For a song, the kids will enjoy the Bible…
  • Fun Ways to Find New Ministry Volunteers

    Mimi Bullock
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:31 am
    It’s spring–time to refill those volunteer vacancies. What’s your strategy for filling those spots with excited, faithful volunteers? Bringing in new faces can feel like a full time job and it can require a bit of skill and patience. Why not make it fun? This year, approach your challenge with a few new tactics. Now recruiting friends! Birds of a feather flock together. People love doing things with friends, including volunteers. Invite “besties” in your church or community to work together in your children’s ministry. Let friends work the snack bar…
  • Object Lessons About Self Control

    Mimi Bullock
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    I believe God designed us to learn self-control during early childhood but for a number of reasons, this doesn’t always happen. Let’s be honest–some children have stronger wills than others and insist on touching the “hot stove” even when they are told not to.  Poor impulse control can manifest in different ways–constant interruptions during conversations, throwing a fit, ignoring instructions or grabbing everything that interests them. Overcoming all these impulses requires self-discipline or self-control. Since children are naturally impulse, this can…
  • Lesson: He Will Come Unto Us Like Rain

    Brittany Bradshaw
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:39 am
    Lesson Title:   He will Come Unto Us like Rain Bible Reference:  Hosea 6:1-3 Target Age Group: Preschool to Elementary Learning Context: Sunday School Target Time Frame: 45 minutes Memory Verse: “And he shall come unto us as the rain.” Hosea 6:3 Gospel Connection: Sometimes in life we allow ourselves to drift further apart from God than we should.  We are sinners simply because we are human and it is a part of our nature.  This passage references the fact that God sometimes punishes us when we sin, but God will forgive us if we repent.  He does not leave us forsaken but comes to us…
  • The Seven I AM Statments of Jesus- Lesson #3

    Tara Tegard
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:32 am
    Lesson Three: The Light of the World Main idea: Jesus is the light that shows us the way out of our dark sin. Teacher preparation: Read Scripture references, Exodus 13:17-22, John 7-9, Revelation 21:23-25, Leviticus 23 Gather: Bible, dry erase markers or chart paper and markers, clear contact paper, colored tissue paper (lots of blue and green, and a few pieces of other colors), black permanent markers, scissors Take time to meditate on this week’s Scripture and think about your own life. In what ways are you still choosing to walk in spiritual darkness? Are there any “secret sins” you…
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  • The Last King of Scotland

    Daniel Dessinger
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:09 pm
    After watching The Last King of Scotland, I felt a profound sadness. A sadness that comes only after seeing the dark and gritty underbelly of the world which we rarely, if ever, truly see. Now I go to bed and I ask myself, “Was it worth the thoughts of cruelty and the pictures of torment to receive a few minutes reprieve from the world I live in? No. It was not. I could live my entire life without those images and be a happier man. But I DID see them. And now I live with the reminder that there is an ugliness and a darkness so profound in the world that men and women would despise each…
  • Dr. Mark Chironna

    Daniel Dessinger
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Thought assessment and management is a critical assignment for all of us. For better or worse, our thoughts do govern our lives. In fact, they are the seedbeds of all we do. Our thoughts and actions are inseparable. Our doing never happens apart from our thinking. We then think about our outcomes, and yet all too often fail to realize that our outcomes originated in our thinking. Sound thinking is empowered by love. The post Dr. Mark Chironna appeared first on Renew My Mind.
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    Daniel Dessinger
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:33 am
    The fear of failure will eventually result in doing nothing. — John Paul Jackson The post appeared first on Renew My Mind.
  • Starting Simple: What Does it Mean to “Have Faith”?

    Daniel Dessinger
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. Hebrews 11:1-2 Faith is perhaps the most talked about word from the Bible, yet most people don’t understand it. We’ve all heard that first sentence, but I’m guessing many of us don’t have the second sentence memorized. It’s important because it provides CONTEXT. And context is important. You’ve also no doubt heard the other most popular verse about faith: Faith comes by hearing, and hearing the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 Uh… What? What does that mean?
  • Organic Isn’t Just Trendy. It’s The Way God Made Us

    Daniel Dessinger
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:58 am
    Listening to a few people talk about eating healthy brought this point to mind. Some people treat the “organic” lifestyle as a fad – as though it were just another scheme to lose weight or lower your cholesterol level. That happens because we adopt labels without considering their origin. To these people, “organic” might as well be “low fat” or “no carbs”. It’s just a ploy to get people to spend more money on their health. Unprocessed, organic, real foods aren’t trends or fads like Weight Watchers. They’re foods in their natural habitats, unaltered by any chemicals or…
 
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • Why I’m Calling for Immigration Reform Now

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    The leader of my denomination, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, was invited to the Oval Office last week, along with a handful of religious leaders, to meet with the President and discuss comprehensive immigration reform. I don’t know about you, but my boss doesn’t sit down with the boss all that often. It got my attention. As I’ve begun to examine this issue, I have learned that we desperately need reform—not for political reasons but because it’s the right thing to do. Here’s why. continue reading
  • Holy Thursday, Smack Talk, and Modesty in Christian Leaders

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    As a seventh grader, I was the greatest football player in the world, and I knew it. There was no organized team, but I played in my backyard every day, by myself. I would hike the ball to myself, throw long, arching passes to myself, make impossible, diving catches by myself, then run for a touchdown, high-fiving myself in the end zone. I was unbeatable. Not even I could stop me. continue reading
  • How to Preach without Notes (And Why You Should Try)

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I entered pastoral ministry in 1986, and I’ve experimented relentlessly with preaching forms and techniques for nearly three decades. Preaching today is both more interesting and more challenging than ever before. Though much of my speaking has been in the pulpit, I’ve also done a good bit of presenting in classrooms, at conferences and retreats, and in business settings. For the first 13 years of my ministry, I delivered three different messages a week. I still preach before a live audience almost every single week. Over the years I learned many lessons on how to improve…
  • How to Change the World in 7 Days: A Defense of Short-Term Missions

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    When recruiting people for the Water for Life mission in Haiti, I often say, “This is your chance to change the world.” It’s a bold statement, and some will disagree. Short-term missions has more than a few critics. They do have a point or two in their favor. These intensive, whirlwind experiences are supposed to produce a positive result, but even some proponents admit they can be disastrous. continue reading
  • 10 Things Christians Must Do to Get Our Public Debate under Control

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    7 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    I was nearly home after a short bike ride. It was one of the first days pleasant enough to ride outside, and I felt good. It was a warm-up ride, hopefully a prelude to a good season. Then it happened. A vehicle slipped alongside me on the moderately busy street, the street I live on. There was no shoulder, and he passed me rather close. Nothing unusual about that. But what happened next startled and upset me. The driver slowed a bit, turned toward me, and angrily hollered: “Use the sidewalk!” Cyclists are perfectly within the law to ride on the road in Indiana, as I thought…
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    Frank King's Blog

  • Our Spirit Affects Others for Good or for Bad

    Frank King
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:54 pm
    Peace, love, and kindness We may not think much about it, but our spirit can be contagious. The way our spirit affects others can be good or bad. A person of genuine faith in God, for example, can positively affect the faith of others. A person with a spirit of fear, on the other hand, can negatively impact the faith of others. An example of how our spirit affects others in a bad way is found in the book of Numbers. The twelve men had returned from spying the land God promised to give His people. Ten of the spies returned in fear because of the size of the inhabitants. These ten were so…
  • Reflections on the Attitude of Jesus toward Calvary

    Frank King
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Cross of Crucifixion To God, it’s not only what we do that counts, but also our attitude in doing what we do. Sometimes, we are guilty of doing the right thing but with the wrong attitude. We know that Jesus died on the cross for our sins. But what was the attitude of Jesus toward the crucifixion? He knew beforehand He was going to die. He also knew how He was going to die. “…And they shall condemn him to death, And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him,” He told His disciples (Matthew 20:18-19). In Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, He…
  • Southern Baptist Leaders Seek to Revitalize Churches

    Frank King
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Church Building The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), the largest Protestant denomination in America, is declining. Reportedly, 800 to 1000 of its congregations cease to exist each year. Church leaders want to revitalize churches that are on the decline. So what is the problem? Or what do they think is the problem? “Churches are closing in large part because they have either become disconnected from culture and, or disconnected from Scripture. When this happens, life leaves the church.” According to the Christian Post, these are the words of Joshua Hedger, director of Center for Church…
  • “Bad Company Corrupts Good Character”

    Frank King
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Bad company If developing and maintaining a godly character is important to you, then the kind of company you keep must be important also. That’s because of the vital connection between these two. ‘Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character,”’ the Bible warns us (1 Corinthians 15:33). So if the Bible refers to bad company, there must also be a thing called good company. To me, good company refers to those who encourage me to pursue my dreams in life. They speak to the champion in me. They inspire me to greater heights. I consider those who desire to take in the…
  • The Contradiction of the Crucifixion of Christ

    Frank King
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:43 am
    Symbols of the crucifixion As we approach Easter, the crucifixion of Christ stands front and center. Crucifixion was perhaps the least likely method by which a person was put to death in Jesus’ day. At first, the Romans reserved this punishment only for slaves or for freemen who had committed the most heinous crimes. This cruel form of death was regarded as too barbaric for the average Roman citizen. It is an understatement to say that Jesus did not fit the profile of those who were normally put to death by crucifixion during His day. So what gives? Something this wrong does not happen by…
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    Creation Hope

  • Hello world!

    Admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Wow And Awe!

    Jean Wise
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Two words: Wow! Awe! These words leap from our hearts seizing our breath when we dive into wonder. We are so mesmerized, captured by amazement, we can barely mumble one syllable. Anne Lamott describes it as when we feel the breath of the invisible, of the eternal. We are shaken awake, we notice, we grasp that there is more than just ourselves, our lives. On Easter morning when I reflect on the depth of God’s love – I stand in awe and wonder and hold my hands up in a thrilling WOW! This is how I felt watching this TED talk about wonders when movement is slowed down so we can really see…
  • I Have Seen The Lord – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.  She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.  “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him.   “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was…
  • Holy Saturday – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holy Saturday: a celebration of the sacrament of honest, raw doubt that precedes the resurrection and reigniting of faith.
 Anonymous The post Holy Saturday – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Favorite Quotes from Spiritual Misfit by Michelle DeRusha

    Jean Wise
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I wrote on Tuesday, I really like Michelle DeRusha’s new book, Spiritual Misfit. She openly shares her struggle with her faith in a real and honest way. Her words remind me of an incident I experienced in a Sunday School Class a few years ago. We were studying different people of the Bible. I mentioned the old song “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and how the whole story of Joshua being obedient to walk about the walls of Jericho seven times always spoke to me. The message in this story reminds me that my job is to obey God, so God could do his job of removing walls. God wins the…
  • Spiritual Misfit – A Massive Missive – Book Review and Giveaway

    Jean Wise
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Michelle DeRusha’s memoir Spiritual Misfit – A Memoir of Uneasy Faith releases today and let me tell you her missive, her message in this book is massive. I love her honesty and her humor in telling the story of her faith. This book will bring a smile to your face and faith to your heart. Every one has a story, but many times we don’t share our inner struggles, our doubts and even the times when we feel ashamed of our unbeliefs. In this book Michelle describes her time of wearing the masks we think others want us to see and how revealing our raw selves leads to discovering our true…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • Job 16:2-3 – Listening To The Hurting

    ryan
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse I have heard many such things; 
miserable comforters are you all.
 Shall windy words have an end? 
Or what provokes you that you answer? (Job 16:2-3 ESV) Have you ever had a friend go through a hard time and you didn’t know how to comfort them? We might quote Romans 8:28, thinking that it will make them feel better, knowing that God will make this horrible situation out for his good. We can’t stomach not having words to say to someone who is hurting or confused. We want to try to explain why their situation is happening or give them words of comfort.
  • Revelation 1:17-18 – King Jesus: His Work

    ryan
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. (Revelation 1:17-18 ESV) King Jesus is alive and literally glowing with power, like the sun (Revelation 1:12-16). He is sovereign, which means possessing supreme or ultimate power. He is worthy of our adoration, our worship, and our lives. But before all of these, he’s also worthy of our hearts. Yesterday, we considered our…
  • Revelation 1:17-18 – King Jesus: Our Response

    ryan
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. But he laid his right hand on me, saying, “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one. I died, and behold I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hades. (Revelation 1:17-18 ESV) Close your eyes and picture Jesus. Don’t keep reading, just close your eyes and let a mental picture of him form, then continue. Now, you probably saw either a painting of Jesus with pretty hair and a docile expression, or Jesus hanging on a cross, head dipped in despair. These are the two most popular…
 
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Evangelicals at the Crossroads on Homosexuality

    Dr. D
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:37 pm
                                                       (Photo credit: DrGBB) The American culture is changing so fast when it comes to homosexuality and same-sex marriage that it is hard to keep up with the latest developments. Evangelical Christians in particular are having a hard time of it as their once respected Biblical positions on homosexuality…
  • -California: Proposal to Prohibit Judges with Ties to Boy Scouts

    Dr. D
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:18 pm
                                  (Photo credit: Wikipedia) There is a new proposal in the State of California to prohibit judges from having membership ties with the Boy Scouts. According to the ‘Ethics Advisory Committee’ of the state Supreme Court, the Boy Scouts are discriminatory against homosexuals and atheists so state judges should be free of any ties with that sort of organization.  Here’s the story from SFGate: The state Supreme…
  • -Happy Resurrection Day

    Dr. D
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
             (RESURRECTION: Luz Adriana Villa A.) He is Risen! He is risen indeed! Happy Resurrection Day to you and all of yours. Here are some timely remarks given by President Obama at the recent Easter Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC: “So this Easter Week, of course we recognize that there’s a lot of pain and a lot of sin and a lot of tragedy in this world, but we’re also overwhelmed by the grace of an awesome God.  We’re reminded how He loves us, so deeply, that He gave his only begotten Son so that we might live through Him.” “And…
  • -NYC: Redemptive Reversal- Churches Can Use Public Schools After All

    Dr. D
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
         (Mayor Bill De Blasio: Wikipedia) In a redemptive reversal just in time for Resurrection Day (Easter), New York City officials have decided to allow churches to rent public school buildings after all. Here’s the story from Citizen Link: Churches across New York City were celebrating last weekend. Not only because it was Palm Sunday, but because, after a 19-year legal battle, they were allowed to stay in the rented public school buildings where they meet. Even though the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the city’s right to ban religious services in public…
  • -Good Friday: “It’s Friday, But Sunday’s Coming”

    Dr. D
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Here it is again. My favorite message of all time for Good Friday is by Dr. Tony Campolo. It has become a tradition on this blog to post it every year on this day. Here is a link to the famous tape and where it can be downloaded. The whole tape is great but the best part is at the end when Tony Campolo recalls one Sunday when he had a little preaching competition with the head pastor at the church where he attends. Dr. Campolo tells how he preached the perfect sermon in every way and had taken the congregation to ‘the heights of glory’. As he sat down beside his pastor, Dr. Tony patted…
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    Trevin Wax

  • Book Notes: End of Days / Double Down

    Trevin Wax
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Here are two books on American history I’ve read recently and enjoyed. One is about the Kennedy assassination and the other covers the 2012 presidential campaign. END OF DAYS: ASSASSINATION OF JOHN F. KENNEDY James Swanson I’m a fan of James Swanson’s work. He’s one of few writers who can recount history in a way that is so fast-paced and narrative-focused that you feel like you are in the scene. Manhunt, his book on Lincoln’s assassination and the chase for the killer (see my review), is a favorite. Swanson’s take on Kennedy is just as good. He…
  • Worth a Look 4.23.14

    Trevin Wax
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Center Church: Doing Balanced, Gospel-Centered Ministry in Your City by Tim Keller. $3.79. Today many pastors are struggling to adapt to a post-Christian culture without abandoning orthodox theology. How do we communicate the concepts of grace and substitutionary atonement in our globalized culture and context? Ed Stetzer – Why Full and Public Repentance Matters: Pastors are held to a higher standard and must repent of sin in accordance with that standard. D. A. Carson – Do the Work of an Evangelist: “Do the work of an evangelist” may well…
  • News Release: John the Baptist’s Beheading

    Trevin Wax
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    In other news today, a popular prophet who had a longstanding ministry by the Jordan River where he baptized the repentant was executed by beheading, under the orders of King Herod. John, whose nickname was “the Baptizer,” was known for his unusual clothing and eating habits, along with a fiery style of preaching reminiscent of Israel’s prophetic tradition. In recent months, John’s ministry had taken an unusual turn. His message focused more and more upon the arrival of a Messiah-King who he believed would usher in the kingdom of God. He spent the last months of his…
  • Worth a Look 4.22.14

    Trevin Wax
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:05 am
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Indescribable: Encountering the Glory of God in the Beauty of the Universe by Louie Giglio and Matt Redman. FREE. The authors intertwine devotional insights with remarkable scientific facts that awaken both mind and spirit. God turns wonderers into worshipers. The Battle of the Bible Films: Ten years after The Passion’s preeminence, several studios have begun to develop new big-budget Bible movies—and the results are finally appearing in cinemas everywhere. But not without hitting bumps and hurdles along the way. This is fascinating. The tiny…
  • Don’t Waste the Easter Season

    Trevin Wax
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    A screenshot of my Easter playlist this year. Every year, stores, businesses, and radio stations immerse our culture in the “Christmas season” by playing holiday songs from Thanksgiving until Christmas Day. Which begs the question: why do we spend a month to listening to Christmas music, but only a Sunday singing Easter music? What if we are missing the opportunity to enjoy not just Easter Sunday, but also the Easter season, the fifty days between Easter and Pentecost? Though every Sunday is a celebration of Christ’s resurrection, this time of year provides ample…
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Wow And Awe!

    Jean Wise
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Two words: Wow! Awe! These words leap from our hearts seizing our breath when we dive into wonder. We are so mesmerized, captured by amazement, we can barely mumble one syllable. Anne Lamott describes it as when we feel the breath of the invisible, of the eternal. We are shaken awake, we notice, we grasp that there is more than just ourselves, our lives. On Easter morning when I reflect on the depth of God’s love – I stand in awe and wonder and hold my hands up in a thrilling WOW! This is how I felt watching this TED talk about wonders when movement is slowed down so we can really see…
  • I Have Seen The Lord – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.  She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.  “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him.   “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was…
  • Holy Saturday – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holy Saturday: a celebration of the sacrament of honest, raw doubt that precedes the resurrection and reigniting of faith.
 Anonymous The post Holy Saturday – Quote of the Week appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Favorite Quotes from Spiritual Misfit by Michelle DeRusha

    Jean Wise
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I wrote on Tuesday, I really like Michelle DeRusha’s new book, Spiritual Misfit. She openly shares her struggle with her faith in a real and honest way. Her words remind me of an incident I experienced in a Sunday School Class a few years ago. We were studying different people of the Bible. I mentioned the old song “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and how the whole story of Joshua being obedient to walk about the walls of Jericho seven times always spoke to me. The message in this story reminds me that my job is to obey God, so God could do his job of removing walls. God wins the…
  • Spiritual Misfit – A Massive Missive – Book Review and Giveaway

    Jean Wise
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Michelle DeRusha’s memoir Spiritual Misfit – A Memoir of Uneasy Faith releases today and let me tell you her missive, her message in this book is massive. I love her honesty and her humor in telling the story of her faith. This book will bring a smile to your face and faith to your heart. Every one has a story, but many times we don’t share our inner struggles, our doubts and even the times when we feel ashamed of our unbeliefs. In this book Michelle describes her time of wearing the masks we think others want us to see and how revealing our raw selves leads to discovering our true…
 
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    Josiah Concept Ministries

  • What an Apologist’s Job is NOT

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Cory Tucholski:Melissa Cain Travis pretty much hits the nail on the head with this piece. Excellent work! Originally posted on Hard-Core Christianity: A year or so into my grad school work, I tentatively assumed the role of public apologist. The landmark day was in the summer of 2010, when I instituted this blog to formally make myself available to both believers and non-believers struggling with questions about the alleged truths of Christianity. Not surprisingly, as I’ve worked to educate others, I have learned many valuable lessons on what to do and what  not  to do in apologetics…
  • A Manual for Creating [totally unreasonable] Atheists

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    21 Mar 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Cory Tucholski:This made me laugh out loud. I have debated several of the truly UNREASONABLE atheists. To be fair, many atheists are very reasonable. But for those that aren’t, this post is all about them and perfectly satirizes their arguments. Just epic. Originally posted on HashtagApologetics: This blog post will teach you how to talk people out of their faith. You’ll learn how to ridicule the faithful through mockery, because this kind of behavior will force them to value reason and rationality, cast doubt on their beliefs, and mistrust their faith. I call this activist approach…
  • Book Plunge: A Manual For Creating Atheists

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    22 Feb 2014 | 12:17 am
    Cory Tucholski:Part of the reason I didn’t write a review on the blog for Peter Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists is because I knew that my reaction was the same as most Christians who are informed in matters of faith and philosophy. Sure enough, Nick Peters wrote the exact review that I wanted to. Originally posted on Deeper Waters: What do I think of Peter Boghossian’s book on creating atheists? Let’s talk about it on Deeper Waters. Boghossian’s book in the past month or so has been the subject of great conversation on the internet. Why is this the case? Is it…
  • Is the Bible Imperfect, or Was God Unable to Create it Perfect?

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    20 Feb 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Dave, an atheist on Twitter, was arguing with Man-E, a Christian who blogs here.  The subjects were many, but one thread had to do with inspiration.  Dave poses this seemingly unanswerable question: Really, you are saying either god created an imperfect bible or that god was unable to create a perfect bible. Both blaspheme. @obvious2me— Dave (@Dave_was_here) February 21, 2014 This is what we in the business call a “false dichotomy.”  The reason?  A serious misunderstanding of divine inspiration. God is not a suit-and-tie executive and the 40+ authors of Scripture…
  • Defeating Religion in One Easy Step, part 4

    feedback@josiahconcept.org (Cory Tucholski)
    2 Feb 2014 | 8:31 am
    Part 4 — Explanatory Scope Luke Muehlhauser, the proprietor of Common Sense Atheism, has proposed that we can defeat religions in one easy step.  To do so, he takes a broad look at different arguments for God and notices what they all have in common: They all posit God as the best explanation for something. Luke identifies the following four criteria for a good explanation: It’s testable and it passes the tests we give it. It’s consistent with our background knowledge and experience.  (What philosopher Tom Morris called The Principle of Belief Conservation). It’s…
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    Guarding the Heart Blog

  • 4 Ways You Can Help Your Leader Today

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:22 pm
    Our last month’s newsletter that was sent out to all our partners had a tremendous response. We therefore decided to share that content with all our Guarding the Heart readers as well. If you haven’t already been receiving our monthly newsletter, you can get it by simply partnering with us for free [here.] I hope you’re encouraged with the partners letter and will do your best to stand with your leader today! Blessings, Shyju Click to read more.. P.S – If your a leader, you can find more exclusive resources for you at our blog for Pastors and Leaders.   You just…
  • Wage War Against Devil’s Biggest Scheme

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:48 am
    Do you know that right now even as you are reading this article the devil and his kingdom is waging war against you. 1 Peter 5: 8 reminds us, “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” Job 1:7 is clear that our enemy does not rest. “The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”" The battle is constant, that’s why Peter reminds us to “be sober-minded and watchful.” Satan not only waits to…
  • RN004 Fighting the Schemes of the Devil [Oasis Podcast]

    Shyju Mathew
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    In this Oasis Podcast – Episode #004 (19:49), I want to share with you a powerful wake-up call we had from God at our Church here in Montreal. Even though this was not planned as a sermon, I want to share this inspiration with you because of the reviving anointing I experienced with this sharing. Here are few things that I have covered on this podcast with a bit more explanation for those who are not into listening to audios: Exposing the Strategy of the Devil in This Generation “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”…
  • Revivalist Steve Hill is No More; Persecutions in Somalia, Syria and Pakistani; New Bible Museum and an Update on Pastor Saeed Abedini

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:40 am
    Brownsville Revivalist Pastor Steve Hill Passes Away Pastor Steve Hill, perhaps best known as the evangelist for the Brownsville Revival in Pensacola, Florida, USA, passed away on 9 March 2014. Hill passed on to glory after a long battle with Melanoma, the most dangerous type of skin cancer and the leading cause of death from skin disease. Fueled by his own dramatic deliverance from drugs, alcohol and crime in 1975, Hill dedicated his life to spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. Click here to read more about Steve Hill.   Syria Jihadist Group Forces Christians to Submit…
  • 4 Reasons Why There’s Hope in Your Mess!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:15 am
    [French Translation] Just a few months close to being engaged, he decided that she was not the one for him… Months away from their wedding day, she quits with no more love to give. “I love God but I have failed Him a million times….” These are the kind of stories that you hear quite often while being in the ministry. I don’t know if you are the reason someone is having a heart break or if you are on the receiving end, but at the moment you may feel like it’s over. It may seem like you can never correct the wrong you did or may be you have completely…
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    Christian Curios by Connie K Cameron

  • Strength

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    This poem is for my daughter, my mother and myselfYoung wife and mother in painFather's out having fun againHeart's in love, but hands are fullLittle ones have taken their tollHow does she find the strengthMiddle aged and husband's sickFeels like life has pulled some trickExhausted, not much left to giveWonders why she even livesWhere does she find the strengthOld woman in her easy chairTalks out loud though no one's theremarking off each passing dayLongs to join her mate some wayLord help her find the strengthA daughter, a mother, a wifeAll they crave is a good lifeAll are feeling truly…
  • Mom's German Burrito

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    lyricoc@yahoo.comI held it in my hand, examining it.  I turned it over once, not enough to look suspicious.  It smelled a bit different. “Okay,” I said to myself, it’s just like mom’s.”I was in grade school.  Most kids would have eaten dinner away from home many times by this age, but I didn’t have that pleasure.  I was old enough to spend the night at my friend, Carol’s house, but not old enough to know a true burrito, how sad.I took a bite, “no, this was not going to show on my face!”  I told myself.  But the memory of getting a mouth full of,…
  • Rapture

    4 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    RaptureThe dictionary definition of rapture is: the state of being carried away with joy, love etc.. ecstasy.The dictionary definition of tribulation is: Great misery or distress as from oppression.I want you to know that what I’m writing is just my opinion from reading and studying that I’ve done.  I’m open to hearing other opinions.       This is what I believe;  2 peter 2:5 says, “If He did not spare the ancient world when He brought the flood on it, ungodly people, but protected Noah, a preacher of righteousness and seven others; if He condemned the…
  • Elijah And The Toothbrush

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:57 pm
    lyricoc@yahoo.com  I would so love to hear from you!!  Please drop me a line!My husband, Mark and I wanted our little boy, Elijah, to start brushing his teeth.  He didn’t like the idea.  He didn’t want to do it himself and he wouldn’t let me do it for him.  So his teeth were going un-brushed.  Elijah’s Doctor said that he was getting some build up and that he needed to start brushing.  Mark and I decided to hold on to Elijah and brush them for him, big mistake.  After that there was no possible way he was going to brush his teeth by himself.
  • Easter

    20 Mar 2014 | 11:36 am
    lyricoc@yahoo.comI’ve always loved spending time coloring eggs during Easter with my family.  When I was ten years old, I went on a camping trip with Erin, a friend from Girl scouts, and her family.  We went to the Colorado River.  We were only going to stay a few days, but Erin’s parents decided that they wanted to stay until the day before Easter.  I was so homesick those last couple of days, each night I w2ould cry in my sleeping bag. To get through those last couple of days, I told myself that at least I would be home for Easter.     Well, we pulled…
 
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    Faithful Choices

  • The Most Egg-citing Time of Year

    Paula Whidden
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    It’s true… totally, completely, unalterably, unavoidably, demonstrably, outrageously true. I’m officially egg-cited. In spite of a nasty head cold that’s been spreading through my family, which I contracted at the beginning of this week, I’m still egg-cited. Ok, the whole egg thing is probably getting a little annoying so I’ll stop. But you get my point. I love this time of year, even if my sinuses don’t. It’s not because of the flowers bursting through their bulbous cocoons. It’s not because the birds twitter louder. It’s not…
  • Couple Corners: An interview with my husband – FCP004

    Paula Whidden
    19 Mar 2014 | 7:44 pm
    When you write a book about marriage, everyone always wants to know about your marriage. Here’s your chance to meet my husband Tim.  On today’s podcast for The Faithful Choices Podcast with Paula Whiddenmy husband Tim gets to interview me and then I will interview him. We’ll talk about the book and what it means to be the husband of that lady that decides to write a book on marriage.  I hope you enjoy it.  If there are questions you wish I had asked him, please let me know.  Maybe we’ll do another interview some time.
  • Inspiration and Perspiration

    Paula Whidden
    14 Mar 2014 | 9:55 am
    Dreams dance inside our heads every day. What car we want to drive, what job we wish we had, places we want to visit enter into our dreams with a sweet wisp of possibility. Then, reality hits. We adore dreaming, because it removes us from where we live. It brings us hope. It lightens are load with fictional ideals. I’m a bit of a dreamer.  If you sat me down at this moment and asked me about my dreams, you’d hear maybe 20 or more possibilities doing hip-hop in my head. Unfortunately, dreams that dance in my head never make their way to my feet, because feet that dance need…
  • The Ripple Effect and Faithful Friendships

    Paula Whidden
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    (This is a past article I wrote when my friend Verne passed away.  His story is worth remembering. So, I’m sharing it again.) Verne and Ruth  married in 1956.  They adored teens and Jesus. As serious Bible students, they regularly memorized scriptures and even sang them.  They became mentors in the youth development program at the First Baptist Church of Phoenix.  In this role, they played many sports, went on trips and shared their faith to hundreds of teens. One of those teens was named Shari Sullivan.  Shari enjoyed their times and appreciated the genuine care and love given to…
  • Love is…on my mind

    Paula Whidden
    13 Feb 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Last weekend, our family had the privilege of attending a 50th wedding anniversary.  It is the second one of these I’ve attended in my family.  Quite frankly, I’m humbled by the whole thing. Getting two people to agree to go to a movie is tough. Imagine choosing to stick together for 50 years. In my twenties, this sounded daunting.  I didn’t date much, because I couldn’t imagine meeting someone that I wanted to live with every day of my life.  No offense to my friends, but I didn’t even like them THAT much. Spending a lifetime with someone, seeing them every…
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    Writer of Pop

  • This Day in Pop Culture: April 23, 1985

    Jeffrey Totey
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    New Coke is Put on Store Shelves One of America’s products biggest flops arrived on store shelves on this day in 1985. After a long and successful run with its original formula, Coca-Cola decided to... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Red Ball 1, 2, 3

    Jeffrey Totey
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Who out there is old enough to remember this video from Sesame Street. I could watch this video over and over when I was a kid...and I still can.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: April 22, 1864

    Jeffrey Totey
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Coinage Act is Passed On this day in 1864, US federal law changed the design of the penny coin actually authorized the minting of a two-cent coin with the Coinage Act. As a result of the law, the... Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture History: April 21, 1962

    Jeffrey Totey
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Space Needle’s Birthday In 1959, Edward E. Carlson, president of Western International Hotels, scribbled his idea for the main structure to serve as a centerpiece to the 1962 World’s Fair on a paper... Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: April 20, 2008

    Jeffrey Totey
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A Woman Wins an Indy Race Dominated by men in the sport of car racing, 26-year-old Danica Patrick won the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Monteigi in Montegi, Japan on this day in 2008. The event made... Read more!
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    TILL HE COMES

  • Results from Violence of God Survey

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    I was going to continue my series on the Violence of God anyway… mainly because I need to study it for myself, and writing is one way I force myself to study. But you may remember that a few weeks ago I ran a survey about whether you wanted me to continue writing about it on my blog or not. The survey was overwhelmingly positive. Here are the survey results: Question 1: While I am going to continue to study and write on this topic for my own sake, is this study on the violence of God in the Old Testament something you want me to keep publishing? Yes: 96% No: 4% Question 2: These recent…
  • Survey Results on Sinful Employment for Christians

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A couple weeks ago I ran a survey on what my readers thought about sinful employment for Christians. The results are below. Sinful Employment for Christians The first survey was about what forms of employment would be sinful for a Christian. I received well over 100 responses to this survey, but the survey company I used only allows me to see the first 100 responses for free. I didn’t want to pay to see the rest. I have made the result public, and you can go see them yourself here: Sinful Employment for Christians Here are the questions and their responses: Is it wrong for…
  • Unity vs Uniformity in the Church

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    There has been a huge push toward unity in the church over the past 40 years or so. People are tired of the numerous divisions and splits that seem to occur with increasing frequency within the church. And while some of our divisions involve important issues, such as whether or not Jesus was truly divine (He is) and whether or not God loves gays (He does, of course), a lot of church division seems to occur over stupid stuff, like what kind of music to play on Sunday morning, whether or not there should be donuts in the foyer, and what color the new carpet should be. Personally, I don’t…
  • Dancing With Jesus

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    My friend, Sam Riviera, wrote this about how he spent Easter: Amazing grace, How sweet the sound. That saved a wretch like me I once was lost, But now am found. Was blind, But now I see. We spent Easter morning with the outcast — the lame, the halt, the thieves, the alcoholics, the drug-addicts, the murderers. We climbed out of our warm beds and headed out into the streets laden with bags of clothes, food and water. We shared what we had with those who had slept under bushes, on the ground and any other place they could find. Happy Easter! Happy Easter! Almost every person greeted us…
  • What I believe about Predestination

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I have tried to avoid this question for a long time… But recently a reader wrote in asking what I believe about predestination, and since I have written about other difficult “-ation” questions (such as masturbation), I decided to answer this question about predestination as well. Here is the straightforward question on predestination that the reader submitted: Whats your stand on predestination? Whew! I am hesitant to tackle this topic. Here’s why: My Previous Experience with Predestination I once preached a sermon on predestination and election, and there was a…
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • Wow And Awe!

    Jean Wise
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Two words: Wow! Awe! These words leap from our hearts seizing our breath when we dive into wonder. We are so mesmerized, captured by amazement, we can barely mumble one syllable. Anne Lamott describes it as when we feel the breath of the invisible, of the eternal. We are shaken awake, we notice, we grasp that there is more than just ourselves, our lives. On Easter morning when I reflect on the depth of God’s love – I stand in awe and wonder and hold my hands up in a thrilling WOW! This is how I felt watching this TED talk about wonders when movement is slowed down so we can really see…
  • I Have Seen The Lord – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Mary was standing outside the tomb crying, and as she wept, she stooped and looked in.  She saw two white-robed angels, one sitting at the head and the other at the foot of the place where the body of Jesus had been lying.  “Dear woman, why are you crying?” the angels asked her. “Because they have taken away my Lord,” she replied, “and I don’t know where they have put him.” She turned to leave and saw someone standing there. It was Jesus, but she didn’t recognize him.   “Dear woman, why are you crying?” Jesus asked her. “Who are you looking for?” She thought he was…
  • Holy Saturday – Quote of the Week

    Jean Wise
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Holy Saturday: a celebration of the sacrament of honest, raw doubt that precedes the resurrection and reigniting of faith.
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  • Favorite Quotes from Spiritual Misfit by Michelle DeRusha

    Jean Wise
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As I wrote on Tuesday, I really like Michelle DeRusha’s new book, Spiritual Misfit. She openly shares her struggle with her faith in a real and honest way. Her words remind me of an incident I experienced in a Sunday School Class a few years ago. We were studying different people of the Bible. I mentioned the old song “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho” and how the whole story of Joshua being obedient to walk about the walls of Jericho seven times always spoke to me. The message in this story reminds me that my job is to obey God, so God could do his job of removing walls. God wins the…
  • Spiritual Misfit – A Massive Missive – Book Review and Giveaway

    Jean Wise
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Michelle DeRusha’s memoir Spiritual Misfit – A Memoir of Uneasy Faith releases today and let me tell you her missive, her message in this book is massive. I love her honesty and her humor in telling the story of her faith. This book will bring a smile to your face and faith to your heart. Every one has a story, but many times we don’t share our inner struggles, our doubts and even the times when we feel ashamed of our unbeliefs. In this book Michelle describes her time of wearing the masks we think others want us to see and how revealing our raw selves leads to discovering our true…
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  • The Butcher’s Shadow – Chapter 9

    Ryan Peter
    1 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Was this the address? Shakes checked his GPS again. Yep, this had to be it. There was no number on the wall or even marked on the street, but the GPS was pointing right here. The walls were painted a sullen yellow, with a thick chain knotting the dark green, paint-chipped gate shut. Shakes got out his car and walked over to the chain, looking at it closely. It was fastened together by a thick padlock. Peering through its bars he could see a wild, unkempt garden with leaves and twigs strewn all over the driveway. There was no doorbell or intercom unit and the house, deeper inside, looked as if…
  • The Butcher’s Shadow – Chapter 8

    Ryan Peter
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:54 am
    The distinct smell of chlorine seemed stronger here as Andrew Keller stood on the edge of the pool. He took a deep breath. It wasn’t a pleasant smell, of course, but it relaxed him. It was time for his morning swim at the gym- one of the few things in his life that resembled a routine. That’s what comforted him. He closed his eyes and relished the warm sensation of the water as he dived in. It was a cold winter morning – it really was cold this year – but come rain or shine, winter or summer, late night or not, a night spent at home or not, it didn’t matter – every…
  • Why I closed my Elance profile and you should too

    Ryan Peter
    7 Mar 2014 | 5:06 am
    Yesterday I finally closed my Elance account and asked them to delete my profile. They say they’ll close it in the next billing cycle, so it’ll take a month for it to be deleted from the Internet – hopefully for good. For writers like me, online bidding sites like Elance are a waste of time. In June last year I wrote about my experience with Elance and why the system just doesn’t work for me. I know I’m not the only one. Almost a year later, the company has bought out oDesk, arguably its biggest competition, and this makes them huge – but the market there…
  • The Butcher’s Shadow – Chapter 7

    Ryan Peter
    7 Mar 2014 | 3:38 am
    Tandi felt the cold, dry Johannesburg winter air bite her knuckles first as she stepped out the elevator. She stopped and grimaced, putting on her gloves. Her face was the next victim. She ignored it as best she could, scanning the lonely basement parking lot. Only four cars parked under the false, cold light, hoping for their owners to claim them from their meaningless existence, to finally go home to a warm garage while their owner enjoyed the loving embrace of their spouse and family. But these four probably had owners who had no family. Home seemed so distant to her right now – a…
  • The Butcher’s Shadow – Chapter 6

    Ryan Peter
    28 Feb 2014 | 2:06 am
    “So what was it?” Shakes asked Jessica. They were in the office, Serita listening eagerly. “No one knows,” Jessica replied. “Perhaps a bird or a rock, but we can’t tell for sure.” “It’s two stories up and quite far from the road,” Shakes replied. “How could anyone throw a rock to that small window?” “Well, it might have even been something falling off the roof,” Jessica replied. “At any case, it doesn’t matter. That boy knew something Shakes, it was obvious.” Shakes nodded. “I’m…
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  • How He Loves Us – Battling Versions

    Kevin Shorter
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    images courtesy of Passion Different Versions of How He Loves Us As many of you know, there are two versions of the popular worship song, How He Loves Us. Both songs have their merit, but I felt it interesting to to through the two versions. This post is not to judge which is better nor to debate which worship leader is more, well, anointed. In fact two of the main worship leaders that are identified with each version have performed several different songs and have lead millions of hearts to praise. I own albums from both and have personally benefited from them. With that as the backdrop,…
  • Why Would the Stones Cry Out?

    Kevin Shorter
    12 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” - Luke 19:40 The Triumphal Entry Here is the scene. Passover was about to begin. Crowds were descending upon Jerusalem to celebrate and give their sacrifice. Jesus was among the crowd. There He is riding on a donkey. The people start to make way for Him. Not only creating a path, but they also throw down palm branches and their outer garments. In joyous celebration they shout out their praises: “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” Today is Palm Sunday where we remember this…
  • The Extravagant Fool by Kevin Adams

    Kevin Shorter
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:47 pm
    The Element of Time When we read the Scriptures, sometimes we forget the element of time. We are told that Noah is to build an ark, he’s given instructions, and told he did everything just as God commanded. Then the next chapter says it is about to rain. We are not given an account of Noah building the ark. A process which some have said took Noah 100 years. In some of the other stories we are given accounts of their processing, but still the element of days is lost in the quick recount. Moses was forty years old when he killed the Egyptian and fled Egypt; he was eighty when he…
  • Can Demons Block Our Prayers?

    Kevin Shorter
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Can Demons Block Our Prayers? I had a comment recently asking the question if demons could block our prayers. While many Christians jump up with a hasty NO, I think the sincerity of the question is worthy of investigation. Plus, do we really know this to be true or do we just want to believe it? Was Daniel’s Prayer Blocked By Demons? Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom…
  • Creative Intercession by Allison Shorter

    Kevin Shorter
    25 Mar 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Christian Want to Be Effective As I have written this Prayer Coach blog over the years, I have gained an understanding of Christians’ struggles with prayer. What I have concluded is that most Christians want their lives to be partnered with God, but they feel ineffectual in living it out. Their prayer lives are hampered because deep down they are unsure if they are doing it right. They are slow to step into the lives of those who are hurting because they don’t know how to help. Uncertainty binds Christians from being effective. Still I believe all Christians want to partner with…
 
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    God and You

  • Miracles in My Wedding Day

    Sean
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:06 am
    Although I know it may seem well nigh impossible for me to tell you that my wedding day was perfect, it truly was. We had 530 guests who attended our wedding. It was at the Bellevue Hotel in Alabang. The Grand Ballroom was packed with people. It was a very beautiful day. I never imagined this day would come so soon. Yet it has – and all that while I was still just 25 years old. Indeed, God provides. Here are some things that I’d like to remember about my wedding day because, as simple as they are, they are no less of a miracle for me. Zero Spoilage It was one of the most painful…
  • My Month 1 as a Married Woman

    Angelyn
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:17 am
    I recently got married to a wonderful man. Ever since, many of our friends have been asking us how married life is and how we are.  And with God’s prompting, I decided to write this post to encourage and hopefully bless other women of what married life has been for me. A Dream Come True It all starts in the wedding. Most girls I know have their own version of a fairy tale wedding. Be it the color motif, theme, songs, entourage and the works on their most special day. Every girl wants and expects this day to be perfect. In fact, a lot of couples spend so much to make sure this happens.
  • The Knight in Battered Armor

    Sean
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:43 pm
    I wasn’t always like this. I remembered when I had my breastplate shined anew, my shield oiled, and my sword finely sharpened. Those were very fine days. Laid with ambition, I was ready to go out to battle imagining the glory and fame of the world outside. I was a fierce romantic. I set out marching, taking in the fields, the sun, the wind. It was a thing to behold. My journey is far and my quest is long. I have gone through years and years of hard-fought experience. Now here I am, a knight in battered armor. The shine of my suit has left me. My shield has bent with heavy blows. The…
  • 5 Reasons why you should get Married

    Sean
    13 Mar 2014 | 9:37 pm
    This is not to say that a lot of people don’t want to get married. However in our day and age, there is an ongoing trend of delaying tying the knot and saying “I do“. It’s as if it’s a bad thing to declare your life-long love to the person you want to spend it with. Webmaster’s Note: This is my first entry here coming from my honeymoon break. I’ve learned and realized some things that I wish to impart to you. 1) It’s not as Bad as you Think In fact, it’s not bad at all! There’s a promise attached to it in the Bible which says:…
  • Goodbye to the Single Life

    Sean
    21 Feb 2014 | 2:41 am
    I’ll surely miss you, you know? We’ve had awesome times together you and me. Scuba diving, going out with friends, playing computer games and sports. Never thought it’d be this day. The thing is, I’m quite happy about it. Growing up, I always saw myself as the knight in shining armor type. Someone who would be the go-getter of the damsel in distress. You could say I was a romantic – perhaps in a strange way since I’ve never had a girlfriend before I met my fiancee. FREEDOM – that’s the word that’s held so deeply by individuals today.
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  • Bike rides with a 3 year old and (wobbly) dreams

    Ryan
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    This weekend, my wife and I were teaching our 3 year old how to ride a bike with training wheels. As she got on again, she said, “daddy, this new bike is a bit wobbly, but it won’t fall over because of these wheels. See them? I need some help, but I’m getting used to it.” 3 years old, going on 12. This parenting thing is all happening too fast. As I pushed her around the driveway, her little legs peddled hard. She started to get bolder and bolder. The bike wobbled, but I had her the whole time. I couldn’t help but smile as I remembered the day my dad let go of…
  • 3 little words. 1 big impact.

    ForgottenVoices
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36     Home based care.  3 little words. 1 big impact. When I think about all the different ways our local church partnerships in southern Africa are meeting the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children, Home Based Care definitely encompasses the broadest range of services.   Cleaning homes when…
  • This was a day that taught me to believe

    Ryan
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I remember the look of his tired eyes. Fibion, a pastor in Zimbabwe, had just buried his 6th person in the month, with more to be buried soon. It was in 2005 and I couldn’t stop being overwhelmed for him. I listened to him intensely. My friends and I were exploring starting a ministry that would become Forgotten Voices and this is was the kind of guy who we wanted to help, but also the kind of guy I needed to learn from. Pastors who were constantly on their knees, waiting for who? I loved God, but this was a whole new level of faith. His eyes and soul just seemed so tired. Here was a man…
  • Feature Partner: volunteers at Ndeke Evangelical Church

    Ellen
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    As April (hopefully!) brings signs of Spring, it also brings a celebration of volunteer service and the incredible impact it can have. From the very beginning, we’ve said that volunteers are at the heart of our ministry. This has been true for many reasons. It began with seeing care for orphaned and vulnerable children being carried out across Zimabwe and Zambia, quite often, by dedicated volunteers.    Ndeke Evangelical Church of Zambia is an excellent example of this. Their Home Based Care ministry is a vital part of their outreach to children. Pastor Vincent says, “We started by…
  • Come to Our House!

    ForgottenVoices
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:18 am
    Come to Our House! May 9th. 7pm-9pm. We would love for you to enjoy a bit of food and music in our living room and hear about our work in the past year, as well as plans for the future. Bring a friend and introduce them to the family! Admission is free. RSVP here by May 2nd. We hope to see you there!      
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    Adin Walls Music

  • It’s all Goode

    Adin Walls
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:03 am
    I’d love to say Roger Goode and I were best mates at Fish Hoek High School, and say that I always knew he would be a success. Honestly, I don’t think we cared much for each other at school. But I am pretty inspired by what he has done and his recent success. I recall our matric play, written and directed by Roger. It was everything you get today in his radio shows, a bit ridiculous, but totally engaging and charming. What’s inspiring about the Roger Goode story is that he has remained true to what he loves and wants to do with his life. I guess, perhaps, he wanted to be a…
  • Win a R2500 fashion voucher from MrP

    Adin Walls
    11 Apr 2014 | 1:17 am
    Calling all people who wear clothes! In a drive to promote their online presence Mr Price are running a promotion which stands you in the running for a R2500 fashion voucher. What’s interesting, and I had no idea of this, is that Mr Price are now an online shopping experience. If you’re like me, stores are a place you go to lose a little bit of your soul. So the idea of everyday value clothing which you can buy online is pretty cool indeed. It’s an online competition so I think all they’re really after are your personal particulars. So you all you need to do is click…
  • My latest music videos

    Adin Walls
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:58 am
    Okay well they’re not so much music videos as they are video blogs. I am recording my songs in video format as I get the time. I am especially excited about the song, She moves me, so please check that one out.
  • If anyone can do it, Gareth can.

    Adin Walls
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:10 am
    I said to my wife on 31 March, “Gareth’s gonna start a new radio station, that’s what I would do.” I’m not sure if the big reveal for Gareth’s new venture will show that he is starting an internet radio station, but given the Telkom-esque monopoly the SABC has on the radio waves, I can’t see it going any other way. And if anyone is to make a proper go of internet radio, Gareth is the guy. I’ve tried the two big ones – 2 Oceans Vibe and Ballz (what a name eh?) but I have not been convinced. 2 Ocean’s Vibe has got a bit of a…
  • My wife is not inferior… and neither are you.

    Adin Walls
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    We regularly get comments as adoptive parents that imply that, specifically my wife, is an inferior parent and sometimes even an inferior woman. Comments that go along the lines of ” when you have your own kids you will understand” and a line of questioning that is clearly geared to focus on how adopting was an easy route around not being “proper” parents. Which, if you’re reasonable, is obviously quite silly. I have mentioned in a previous post that while people may feel this way, we are indeed proper parents and Alouette is our “real” daughter.
 
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    The Sovereign God

  • How Should We Relate to the Poor?

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    Pro_14:31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. I've been thinking a lot about the poor this week, mainly because one of the texts I will teach this coming Lord's Day.   How should we in the church relate to the poor in particular. Bottom line? If you survey the passages that address how we in the church should respond to those in our midst who are poor, you find one response - generosity! We are to be generous to those among us who have less in this world. Period.The Lord tells us that when we give to the poor, we lend to…
  • The Lord Gives Knowledge, Understanding and Wisdom

    6 Apr 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Just a quick meditation from today's service. Spiritual knowledge, understanding and wisdom come directly from the Lord himself, through the preaching and teaching of his word. These are all contained in Christ. We are told in Col 2:3 that in Christ "...are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge."These things are "hidden."  They are hidden from the world, and even hidden from our own intellect, our own abilities, our own skills. They only become known when the Lord reveals them himself. Pro 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and…
  • What is the purpose of the Sabbath Day?

    9 Mar 2014 | 7:47 am
    Mar 2:27  And he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.The Pharisees got it wrong, and because they got it wrong, their conclusions regarding it and their application of it were wrong too. Many today get it wrong as well.  I am referring to the Sabbath Day.If you don't understand the original purpose of the Sabbath Day, you will likely make wrong conclusions about the application of it today. When the Pharisees did this, Jesus pointed them right back to the beginning, by telling them that "The Sabbath was made for man..." meaning it was made for the…
  • Seven Truths about True Believers in (or Disciples of) Christ

    1 Feb 2014 | 8:35 am
    Seven Truths about True Believers in (or Disciples of) Christ There are certainly more than seven truths about true believers in (or disciples of) Christ, but these are a good start.  They demonstrate why churches must purposefully engage in relational disciple training (obedience-based disciple training) in ministry. 1. True believers in (or disciples of) Christ are learning to obey all the commandments of Christ."...teaching them (disciples) to observe all that I commanded."  Matt 28:20   "And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his…
  • In the Case of Edward, the Newly Purchased Slave of Christ‏

    28 Sep 2013 | 12:27 pm
    Joh_13:34    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.Edward is a 27 year old man, married, with no children. He works at a local bank.  He has been attending a local church for a while, and one day, by the grace and power of God alone, he hears the word of God (Romans 10:17) and is granted faith in Christ (Phil 1:29). Instantly he is raised from the dead (Eph 1:4-5), justified  (Romans 3:28),  forgiven of all his sins (Acts 10:43), washed (1 Cor 6:11),  clothed (Rev…
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    Ruminate Magazine

  • Rains, Wintering, Reins, Onion, Scribe: A Poetry Month Send-Off

    Stephanie Lovegrove
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:32 am
    Poetry is a deliberate genre–one cannot skim or rush through the reading of a poem. It requires time and attention, things that there’s never enough of. So I appreciate that each April (aka National Poetry Month) we can be surrounded at every turn with things that ask us to simply take a moment. Years ago, I signed up for Knopf’s Poem-A-Day newsletter, and I always enjoy the daily offerings in my inbox. Throughout the month, there appear new poems by some of my favorite poets, work by poets I’ve never heard of, and lesser-known works by classic and big-name poets. Even…
  • Notes on the Naming of a Daughter: A Mini-Manifesto on Myth

    Josh MacIvor-Andersen
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Our little girl was born at home, “from water to water,” as my wife says, safe and sound and all systems go. Weeks later we faced blank lines on a birth certificate, which meant we had to end a decade-long conversation on girl names. Four simple syllables have never given us more trouble. There were, of course, those colossal six in our last name—that gangly hyphen, the extra capitalized I—but this felt different. Even more loaded. This, after all, is a little girl entering a world that still tilts heavily towards injustice, inequality, and ambivalence  against her sex, a little girl…
  • Jeanne Murray Walker to Judge Ruminate’s 2014 Poetry Prize

    Brianna Van Dyke
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    Jeanne Murray Walker, poet, playwright, and teacher, lives with her husband, Dan Larkin, a lawyer, outside Philadelphia. They are the parents of two children, Molly and Jack, and they have three grandchildren. Born in a village in northern Minnesota, Jeanne attended Wheaton College (Chicago) and earned a PhD in English at The University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of seven books of poetry, including A Deed to the Light, Coming into History, and New Tracks, Night Falling. Her poetry and essays have appeared numerous journals, including Poetry, The Atlantic Monthly, Christian Century,…
  • Review: Asaph by Loud Harp

    Chris Hess
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    Movement. Over oceans and over states lines. Airplanes in the sky and hitchhikers on the shoulder. Movement in our hearts and the movement of our feet. The bus to get across town and the train to get out of it. Towards or away. The road and the path. Travel and sojourn. We’ve all heard there’s somewhere we ought to be – on our own or with other pilgrims. Asaph – the new album from Loud Harp (out April 8) – is born of movement, found in the space of time on the road. One band member (Dave Wilton of A Boy And His Kite) driving while the other (Asher Seevinck of…
  • Peace at the Bottom of an Exhale

    Aubrey Allison
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Now I wear this coat, silently making myself all over again, shaped into a figure beside the red water, watching the sun rise, the green coat over my shoulders, hearing each step confirm my place… —”Overcoat” by V.P. Loggins in Ruminate issue 28 When I was in college I had a friend who used the word “peace” in a way that annoyed me. “I prayed on it and God just gave me a peace about it,” she would say. One of our friends, a new Christian, asked us how do we know if we’re making a decision based on what God wants, or what we ourselves want? “Well, just see if…
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    Faith That Inspires Action

  • Traveling with Saints

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    Traveling with Saints By Edward M. Dougherty, M.M. Maryknoll Superior General reflects on how two popes to be canonized this spring have influenced his life. Few people ever get the chance to travel with a saint. I did! In September 1988 I was in the contingent of international church people and journalists that accompanied Pope John Paul II on his fourth pastoral visit to Africa. When Pope Francis recently announced that he would canonize Pope John Paul along with Pope John XXIII on April 27, I was elated and relived my up close and personal encounter with Pope John Paul. I can still recall…
  • Kingdom Racing Finishes Fifth Place, Spreads God’s Word at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:53 pm
    LONG BEACH, Calif., April 15, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Kingdom Racing, along with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports, finished fifth place in the VERIZON INDYCAR Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach with Simon Pagenaud behind the wheel of the No. 77 car. Pagenaud started in sixth place and after an on-track incident landed him in 21st place, he fought his way back to the top. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. This was the scripture verse (Jeremiah 29:11) given to Simon before the…
  • CONGRESSIONAL STAFFER TURNED CHRISTIAN EVANGELIST LAUNCHES NEW BOOK TO INSPIRE GREATNESS IN OTHERS

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    From the pulpit to Capitol Hill Frank Shelton has seen people in a variety of fields rise to levels they never imagined. He has heard from many of them and in some cases witnessed first hand the role their Christian Faith played in their success.On April 29th. His book hits the shelves. The book is packed with fifteen chapters and powerful examples of the greatness that God desposited in each of us. GOD MAKES NO JUNK and we are made in His image! Shelton tells his readers. The book’s powerful illustrations of patriotism, prayer and perseverance will help you find your purpose and…
  • Viguerie Book TAKEOVER Rockets to #1 on Amazon Political Parties List

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    Maps Battle Plan for Conservative Victory in GOP Civil War It’s the Primaries, Stupid! Argues Viguerie.   MANASSAS, Va., April 9, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ – TAKEOVER, the latest book by conservative direct marketing pioneer and author Richard A. Viguerie was released April 8 and within hours hit #1 on Amazon’s Political Parties list. In TAKEOVER Viguerie makes the case that the most important battle in politics today isn’t between Democrats and Republicans – it is the civil war within the Republican Party between limited government constitutional…
  • Chrisagis Brothers Bringing Love & Laughter to the World

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    YORKVILLE, Ohio, April 2, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Brian & Shawn Chrisagis known as the Dynamic Duo in Christian circles bring love and laughter to everyone they touch. The internationally known twins are not only working with David Leepson, an award winning reality TV producer, but working with Burton Gaar a booking agent and manager to help get them on tour in the year ahead. The brothers have caught the eye of several TV producers who tried to turn them into reality TV stars. The Chrisagis Brothers have pursued their dream and calling from the Lord since they were young and…
 
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    Evolution, Creation, Sermons And Christian Music

  • Fingerprints of Creation - Dr Robert Gentry

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

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

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

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

    Samuel Kadyakale
    16 Oct 2011 | 10:00 am
    In the following video US senate chaplain Barry C Black preaches on the title How Then Shall We Live. He preached this sermon at a camp meeting in Bermuda.
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    Living By Faith Blog

  • Let This Easter Song Wake You Up

    Steve Fuller
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Spiritually Asleep? It’s easy to get there. Recent discouragements, guilt over sin, being distracted by the world’s promises – all of these and more can cause spiritual snoozing. So how can we tell when that’s happening? Dead giveaways for me are – Lukewarm love for Christ Dull prayer and Bible reading No passion for Jesus’ glory Wimpy battle against sin Little care for fellow believers Apathy towards the lost What Can We Do? Paul tells us in Ephesians 5:14 – “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Notice that the way to overcome…
  • Where Can I Find Peace?

    Steve Fuller
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Where to Find Peace? We often face situations whose outcomes could be painful – like unemployment, health problems, or heartache. At the same time, we know God promises to give us peace (Isaiah 26:3; Romans 15:13; Philippians 4:6-7). But how is that possible?  How can God give us peace, when we know that what we face might be painful? Not-So-Helpful Answers We can think God gives peace by telling us to believe that everything will be OK, which we think means painful things won’t happen. But while God can keep painful events from happening, he does not always do this. So what good is…
  • My Battle with Fear

    Steve Fuller
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Gripped by Fear To avoid future strokes I had a hole in my heart closed up with a 25 millimeter patch of high-tech cloth developed by NASA that was put into my heart through a blood vessel in my leg.  Amazing. The procedure went well, and I was released yesterday afternoon, feeling thankful, peaceful, and glad to have that behind me. But when I got home all of a sudden, out of nowhere, I was barraged with fears. What to Do I feared a future stroke.  That the 25 millimeter patch would dislodge.  That the incision in my upper leg through which they did all this would tear open and I’d…
  • A Worship Song for Those with Unanswered Prayer

    Steve Fuller
    9 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Unanswered Prayer Last week I wrote a blog post in which I shared promises that strengthen my faith when I have unanswered prayer. So today, I thought I would follow-up by sharing a worship song by Shane and Shane based on Psalm 13. Two Dangers When we pray about something important to us, without receiving an answer from God, we face two dangers. One is that we turn to God with a bitter heart.  In this case, it’s good that we are turning to God and praying. But our bitterness shows that we are no longer trusting God’s wisdom, goodness, and power.  Instead, we are believing that we…
  • Don’t Settle for “God OUGHT to Be My Satisfaction”

    Steve Fuller
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Weekend Reading Last weekend I was reading a new book about the Gospel. The author talks about how, when he gets angry, it’s often because he is not receiving admiration from others. Then he digs deeper, and says the root problem is that he’s not seeing God himself as being enough satisfaction, which is why he then looks to other people’s admiration to satisfy him. That is so biblical, so God-centered, and so helpful. But then (at least as far as I have read) it looks like he stops there — leaving us feeling guilty that God is not enough satisfaction for us, and not…
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    reylo: thoughts from the journey

  • 10 Things Pastors Hate To Admit Publicly

    Rey Lo
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Originally posted on pastormatt.tv:When Ellen and I were first married ministry was not our 20-year plan, the Navy was. We had it all planned out; we were to spend the next 20 years with me being gone for 15. The Navy explained to my sweet new bride how grueling it would be, that…
  • Guest blog: Why I love musicians

    Rey Lo
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    I’m very excited to introduce you to guest blogger Lynnwood King. He is the front man for the rock bands, The Heroine and The Revival. He’s a high energy, fully-charged vocalist with a heart for artists that is unmatched.  I have had the privilege of working with some amazing talent from our city over the years. In […]
  • Guest post: Faith and Science

    Rey Lo
    8 Feb 2014 | 9:05 pm
    I’d like you to meet my friend and today’s guest blogger, Jackie Williams. She lives in Toledo, Ohio, where she was born and raised. She is happily married with four great kids. I LOVE science. Always have and always will. When I was a little girl, I wanted to be an astronaut. Still do. Bill Nye […]
  • What I’ve taught my kids (I hope)

    Rey Lo
    1 Feb 2014 | 10:21 am
    We’re not a perfect family by any stretch. We’re not the most organized, we disagree, we spend too much time in front of our private screens and eat more meals apart from one another than I’d like. We also laugh a lot, have been to hell and back, take great vacations and do some pretty […]
  • Guest post: “Dear Teenage Punk…”

    Rey Lo
    28 Jan 2014 | 4:30 am
    I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Shad Purcell, whose voice I hope we get to hear from time to time on this site. Shad is married to April and they have two sons, Samuel and Cooper. He is an avid runner, fantastic communicator and former teenage punk.       Dear Teenage Punk, […]
 
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    The Book

  • Genesis 1:1-2 In the Beginning

    Daniel
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    The beginning is not God’s beginning, because God has always existed. The beginning is the first mark of time. Time was not accounted for before the creation. There was only eternity.  The Hebrew word translated as “beginning” is reshith (רֵאשִׁית),  which in addition to meaning “beginning” can also mean “chiefest”, “firstfruits”, and “choicest”. These latter definitions relate an … Continue reading →
  • Lovingkindness: For God so Loved (John 3:16-3:21)

    Daniel
    26 Jan 2014 | 1:51 pm
         There is no greater display of the love of God than the gift of Jesus Christ, his only Son. It is an act of tremendous mercy that those who believe in Christ shall have eternal life. God did not send Jesus to judge the world, in which case the world would indeed be … Continue reading →
  • Lovingkindness: By God’s Mercy (Titus 3:3-7)

    Daniel
    12 Jan 2014 | 4:59 pm
    In this passage from his letter to Titus, Paul addressed the command for followers of Christ to be peaceable and gentle to all men, including the unbelievers. Paul stated that all believers were once to enslaved by sin and the world. It is only by the lovingkindness of God that mankind was saved. It was … Continue reading →
  • Lovingkindness: Reading, Psalm 136

    Daniel
    8 Jan 2014 | 10:01 am
    Psalm 136 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 136 Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 2 Give thanks to the God of gods, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 3 Give thanks to the Lord of lords, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. 4 To Him who alone does great wonders, For His lovingkindness is everlasting; 5 To Him who made the heavens with … Continue reading →
  • Lovingkindness: The Messiah (Psalm 118:22-29)

    Daniel
    4 Jan 2014 | 9:34 am
    The Psalmist David, speaks of his own redemption and exaltation by God, in the midst of his troubled life. He acknowledges it to be the work of God, and marvels at God’s wondrous plans. It is a wonderful day that God displays his lovingkindness. The Psalmist is exuberant with joy.  The Lord has made this … Continue reading →
 
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    The New Life In Christ

  • Emmanuel TV "Changing lives, Changing Nations, Changing the World"

    John Luke
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:44 am
    Emmanuel TV "Changing lives, Changing Nations, Changing the World"
  • The Battle

    John Luke
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Td Jakes
  • ORDER MY STEPS By Nicholas Duncan-Williams

    John Luke
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:12 am
    Nicholas Duncan-Williams
  • Dream Great Dreams

    John Luke
    20 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
     how do i know god
  • Wrestling Before God

    John Luke
    16 Dec 2013 | 11:01 am
    Take up the whole armor of God . . . praying always . . . —Ephesians 6:13,18 You must learn to wrestle against the things that hinder your communication with God, and wrestle in prayer for other people; but to wrestle with God in prayer is unscriptural. If you ever do wrestle with God, you will be crippled for the rest of your life. If you grab hold of God and wrestle with Him, as Jacob did, simply because He is working in a way that doesn’t meet with your approval, you force Him to put you out of joint (see Genesis 32:24-25). Don’t become a cripple by wrestling with the ways of…
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    preaching.org » Blog Comments

  • Moved or Removed: Managing Emotional and Exegetical Distance

    Kenton Anderson
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:18 pm
    One of our favourite ways to move people with our sermons is to use material that has already moved us. It surprises us, then, when the congregation seem relatively unmoved by the things that have had such an impact on us. … Continue reading →
  • The Fourth Wall

    Kenton Anderson
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    Someone recently told me that they like the way I “break the fourth wall” when I preach. That sounded kind of cool, so I immediately had to go and find out what he meant by it. Turns out, this is … Continue reading →
  • Best PowerPoint Practices for Preaching

    Kenton Anderson
    6 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    A couple of days ago I posted on the limitations of using PowerPoint as it relates to retention in preaching. That post led to a record number of page views for this website. Clearly, many people are interested in this … Continue reading →
  • Does Powerpoint Increase Retention?

    Kenton Anderson
    28 Feb 2014 | 5:01 pm
    You have all heard the statistics – that listeners retain only 10% of what they hear, 20% of what they see, but more than 30% of what they see and hear, or something along those lines. People use this as … Continue reading →
  • No One Prefers Video Preaching

    Kenton Anderson
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:28 pm
    One of the fastest growing trends in recent years has been the move toward video-venue preaching. On one hand, this is an effective way of improving the quality of preaching that people hear. It is not a bad thing to … Continue reading →
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • To-Do List!

    Tori Shaw
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:51 pm
    In 46 days we'll be moving into our new house!! I must say, I am over the top excited!!! We've recently made a to-do list that is almost a mile long. We've picked out paint colors and furniture and... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • The good news of Good Friday

    Tori Shaw
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Good Friday is the day we celebrate the death of our Lord and Savior. So why do we call it good? What He endured was far from good. Crucifixion was a gruesome, horrible way to die. I can't even... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Washing the feet of others....

    Tori Shaw
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:25 pm
     "Jesus knew that the Father had given him authority over everything and that he had come from God and would return to God.  So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Shaving cream and food coloring!

    Tori Shaw
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:04 pm
    In celebration of Easter we dyed eggs this evening. We usually use the little kits that mix with vinegar but since I knew Evan would really want to participate this year, I was excited to find an... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Hosanna!

    Tori Shaw
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    Tonight our little family celebrated Palm Sunday with a special family devotion activity. Every year during the week before Easter, I like to spend our family devotion time focusing on Jesus' life,... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
 
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    Latest content from FaithVillage

  • 'Jesus is Better Than You Imagined' [Book Excerpt]

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    by Jonathan Merritt with JonathanMerritt.com Before diving into Chapter 1 of Jesus is Better Than You Imagined, read the FaithVillage interview with author Jonathan Merritt and watch the book's trailer. Christ in the Desert: Encountering Jesus in Silence "We need to find God, and He cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence." —Mother Teresa I’d been wondering how to begin my quest to experience God in fresh ways when my phone rang. My friend Carolyn was about to take a retreat to a Benedictine monastery near her childhood hometown. The more she talked about…
  • 3 Tips for Distracted People

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    by FERVR Editor with FERVR Your question We recently received a question from a Fervr reader who said, "I'm really lazy nowadays. I don't study properly, I keep putting off things and I'm going down in my studies. But I can endlessly do stuff that holds my interest like watching TV, surfing the net ... but not studying. Sometimes, I become so lazy I forget to even pray to God. I pray desperately only when I'm in need of something. I totally know that I'm wrong. I try to push myself to do things but it seems like it's all in vain. I don't know what to do now. Can you help me?" Our answer…
  • Francesca Battistelli Seeks the Truth on 'If We're Honest'

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    by Blake Atwood with FV Editors Over the last decade, Francesca Battistelli has been Christian music's best-selling new artist. Winner of multiple Dove awards and nominated for a GRAMMY® in 2010, Battistelli just released her third album, If We're Honest. Fresh off a tour with Mark Burnett surrounding the Son of God movie, Battistelli answered a few questions for FaithVillage in the midst of a hectic release week. Aside from being a vulnerable yet challenging single on the album, why did you title the album If We're Honest?  It's my favorite song on the album, and it sums up so much of…
  • Did Jesus Really Exist?

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    by Sean McDowell with FERVR In recent years, some people have questioned the actual existence of Jesus. Some claim that the idea of a Savior was manufactured by certain people and it ended up becoming a religion. The problem with this thinking is that there are simply too many biblical and extra biblical writings that attest to the real person we know as Jesus Christ, who lived and died in the first century. A misguided idea First, it is absurd to believe that in the first century thousands of people would devote themselves to a person who never existed. By AD 100, about 65 years after Jesus…
  • How to Read and Apply Scripture

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:41 pm
    by Chris Patton with ChristianFaithAtWork.com We all know we need to read and seek to apply Scripture in our lives. This is no revelation. The problem is that sometimes we really don’t know HOW to do this, right? Sometimes, we read a passage and cannot understand what exactly it should be saying to us. While it sounds simple, sometimes it is not. My Effort To Apply Scripture For today, I want to try something different from my norm. I am taking a short passage (Psalm 119:73-80) and I am attempting to put it into my own words. I have tried to imagine how each verse should apply to my life in…
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    Global Church

  • Help for New Christians Leading New Churches in Asia

    Craig
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    “I travel to more than 12 rural villages to preach the Gospel. In the past five years, 60 people have accepted the Lord and been baptized.” Pastor Sanjeev. Sanjeev is a Nepali pastor who received an SD card chock full of discipleship resources from David C Cook at an event launching an outreach in Nepal. We expected less than hundred people to show up, so we were surprised to see more than 600 pastors, evangelists, and lay leaders pack into a small stone church. Some like Sanjeev made a two-day journey from the country’s interior to receive an SD card. Our lives are full and often…
  • Answered Prayer for Training in South Sudan

    Craig
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:32 am
    A couple of weeks ago we asked for prayer for a special training of Sudanese pastors and children’s ministers who are called tor reach some 300,000 elementary-age children in refugee camps. Now they’re equipped with the Children-at-Risk program (whole life discipleship – life skills, character development, spiritual formation… soul care), and ready to go. Here is the report. North and South Sudan are countries of great misery. Civil war, famine, religious persecution, genocide and atrocities of all kinds against civilians have kept mass groups of people living in fear and on the run.
  • Miracle in a Trash Dump

    Craig
    13 Mar 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Bad news clogs the airwaves these days. Fatigue has crept in as wars, civil unrest, persecution, and families torn apart vie for our attention. Yet in the midst of chaos, God is still in control and still performing miracles. Eleven year-old Sindhu is one of those miracles. She lives among the 1.7 million people who dwell in slums in Hyderabad, India. Yet Sindhu is not invisible to the God of the universe. She is a daughter of the King. Sindhu comes from a home where Hindu gods are feared. Her father was struck by tuberculosis; her mother supports the family by picking through trash in a…
  • Urgent Prayer Request for Outreach in South Sudan and Uganda

    Craig
    19 Feb 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The eight-year old girl painfully recounted losing her mother, father, brother, sister, and grandparents. She witnessed her mother’s shooting. She cried when she spoke of a dream where her mother cooked her a meal. Then she put her hands together and prayed to God. This young girl’s interview recently aired on NBC Nightly News. She now lives in a refugee camp with a great aunt, her only living relative. Nearly one million men, women, and children have fled the violence that broke out on December 15 in Juba, South Sudan’s capital city. Most have ended up in refugee camps in South Sudan…
  • Jesus’ Smallest Fans in Pakistan

    Craig
    28 Jan 2014 | 9:52 am
    Ruby. Tania. Asif. Anwar. Fulshan. These are fans of Jesus. They are children who live in Pakistan and recently came across some really great news. All of these children—and many more like them—learned about Jesus through the Story of Jesus evangelistic booklet in Urdu, produced by David C Cook and shared one on one throughout Pakistan. The Story of Jesus is an evangelistic booklet hand-drawn by renowned Marvel and DC Comics artist, Sergio Cariello. Since 2011, 38,812,000 have been distributed in 71 nations and 49 languages. This includes 8 of the top 10 countries where Christians face…
 
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    Eric Metaxas

  • New York City

    Eric Metaxas
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    Eric will emcee the MPSC Annual Gala Fundraiser at the Union League Club on April 23rd! Details here: http://mpscsupporters.com/category/e-newsletter/fundraiser/
  • Fort Washington, Pennsylvania

    Ryan Hoover
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    St. Thomas Episcopal Church has invited Eric to join them for an in-depth discussion of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in the MacColl Auditorium starting at 7 PM.
  • Abilene, Texas

    Ryan Hoover
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Eric will speak to the Abilene Christian University community at 11 AM on April 11, 2013.
  • Fort Worth, Texas

    Ryan Hoover
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Eric will be speaking at the Fort Worth Club in a private event hosted by the Club.
  • Fort Worth, Texas

    Ryan Hoover
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    Eric will be the keynote speaker at the Christian Prayer Breakfast of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, on the morning of April 10th, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. To reserve your ticket or sponsor a table, visit the event website.
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • I might be willing to reconsider church hierarchies, if…

    Miguel
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    This post is a contribution to the April Synchroblog “Bridging The Divide”.  This month’s bloggers were encouraged to offer ideas on ways to heal divisions in the church.   If you’ve read any of my articles before, you know I’m sort of critical on hierarchical systems within the Church. There are many reasons for this, but primarily, I draw those reasons from Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 20:25, 26 and Mark 10:42,43: If these verses were to be combined and updated to modern language, it might read something like this: “You know that those who are considered rulers of the…
  • Slipstream Mission

    Miguel
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    A slipstream is a region behind a moving object in which a wake of fluid (typically air or water) is moving at velocities comparable to the moving object. Think of it as a wake with momentum. This momentum is powerful, often chaotic, and sometimes dangerous. Many would suppose to draft behind such movements to take advantage of the speed and power already forged by the original mover. Sometimes it make sense to do so, other times, it can be catastrophic. When it comes to mission movements, some are intuitive and can “jump in where God is already moving.” Others, spend inordinate amounts…
  • So, What’s Wrong With The Epistles?

    Miguel
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:48 pm
    “Key to encountering the biblical Jesus is a step that many Christians seem to find painful, that is, our preparedness to read the Gospels in order to emulate Jesus.” Alan Hirsch & Michael Frost in “ReJesus” (p. 17) I get it, I really do.  So much has been made, or should I say “derived” from the writings of Paul, John, Peter, James, and others in the New Testament.  I also understand that some doctrines are developed to the exclusion of Gospels, but that doesn’t make the outer-gospel texts any less inspired, important, or indispensable.  Does it? The…
  • A Prayer To Use BEFORE You Evangelize

    Miguel
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    The Church is infamous for using what some call “The Sinner’s Prayer.”  It is often a prayer used to “seal the evangelism deal.”  While extremely effective in producing short-lived converts, it remains disastrous in making life long disciples.  In my upcoming book “The Gospel Rock in my Pocket,” I use an unconventional process for beginning an evangelism/discipleship journey with people you know, and those you might not know so well. The entire process for a new evangelism encounter begins with Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for…
  • Organic Theology?

    Miguel
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    Systematic theology can be defined as “any study that answers the question, ‘What does the whole Bible teach us today?’ about any given topic.” (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 21.)  While some say that his definition is over-simplistic, it helps us to differentiate between systematic approaches to theology and others.  Because the “whole bible” already exists, we can systematically approach a subject like Sin, Salvation, or God’s Kingdom, and break them off into study-able little chunks from which to make conclusions or propositions. There has…
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    Blasts From The Trumpet

  • PASSOVER From the 7th Day to the Eighth: Be Set Free

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    In Leviticus 23:2 the Lord says “these are my Holy Convocations, these are My feasts” and He lists them. The food served at these feasts is not food for the body, but food for our minds. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 4

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    Creation depends on us and eagerly waits for us to us to grow in knowledge, mature to the place we are ready for the final harvest. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 3

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    God's house, like any household, has rules laid down by the Father for the good of His children. One of those rules states we must come to dinner at His designated time and eat all of what He has ordered to be served. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 2

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:00 am
    We can see why unless born again there is no hope of returning to the image of God as in our beginning. Let's face it, man is a mixed species. We did not remain after our own kind. Continue reading →
  • Enforcing Christ’s Victory to Earth: Part 1

    Apostle Jacquelyn F. Fedor
    17 Feb 2014 | 12:00 am
    Not satisfied with good, man wanted to know evil therefore choosing the Tree of Good and Evil over the Tree of Life. They became fruit of the tree they chose. Continue reading →
 
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    Life Above Fear

  • When He Saw… He Was Afraid

    David
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Suggested Scripture reading – Matthew 14:22 -31 It had been a long drive for the missionary. He was visiting supporting churches and was scheduled to speak at a church on the eastern shore of Maryland the next day. He had driven several hundred miles and was ...
  • Fear Not: God Is Our Refuge

    David
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear.” Psalm 46:1-2 The wind was picking up quickly as we made our way to the safe house into which the people of our church were gathering. Hurricane Georges, a ...
  • Fear Not: Believe Only

    David
    25 Jan 2014 | 7:07 pm
    “But when Jesus heard it, He answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only and she shall be made whole.” Suggested Scripture reading – Luke 8:40 – 50 Tom had not been able to get them out of his mind. A missionary had come to his church recently ...
  • Fear Not To Take Unto Thee Mary Thy Wife

    David
    16 Jan 2014 | 4:40 am
    “Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with chi;d of the Holy Ghost. . . . While he [Joseph] thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of ...
  • Fear Not, For The Prayer Is Heard

    David
    30 Dec 2013 | 9:52 pm
    “And when Zacharias saw him [the angel, Gabriel] he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son.” Luke 1: 12-13 Suggested Scripture reading – ...
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    Ananēphō Living Ministry

  • Recovery In The Wilderness

    Wade H.
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Numbers 14:1-4 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) – 1 Then all the people in the Israelite community raised their voices and cried out loud all that night. 2 They complained to Moses and Aaron, “If only we had died in Egypt or this desert! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us to this land—just to have […]
  • A Christmas Story – The Hidden Story of Humility

    Wade H.
    25 Dec 2012 | 12:54 pm
    A Christmas Story – The Hidden Story of Humility James 4:6 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)  -  6 But God shows us even more kindness. Scripture says, “God opposes arrogant people, but he is kind to humble people.” 1 Peter 5:6 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)  -  6 Be humbled by God’s power so that when the right time comes […]
  • James and the Recovery Life Part 9 – Self-focus and Unanswered Prayer

    Wade H.
    10 Nov 2012 | 2:43 am
      James and the Recovery Life Part 9 - Self-focus and Unanswered Prayer James 4:1-3 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) – 4What causes fights and quarrels among you? Aren’t they caused by the selfish desires that fight to control you? 2You want what you don’t have, so you commit murder. You’re determined to have things, but […]
  • James and the Recovery Life pt. 8 – Arguing and Fighting With Others (Really Yourself)

    Wade H.
    17 Oct 2012 | 6:19 pm
    James and the Recovery Life pt. 8 – Arguing and Fighting With Others (Really Yourself) James 4:1 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) - What causes fights and quarrels among you? Aren’t they caused by the selfish desires that fight to control you? This is a concept that is often completely overlooked or avoided.  If you are […]
  • James and the Recovery Life pt. 7 – The Fire-Breathing Evil Within

    Wade H.
    19 Sep 2012 | 10:24 pm
    James and the Recovery Life pt. 7 – The Fire-Breathing Evil Within James 3:2 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)  -  2 All of us make a lot of mistakes. If someone doesn’t make any mistakes when he speaks, he would be perfect. He would be able to control everything he does. Your mouth is a mistake-making […]
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    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog

  • Tim Keller on Freedom

    Mark McIntyre
    12 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture “Luther preached that there was nothing more important for a person than to see that he or she could contribute nothing whatsoever to one’s own salvation. We can be fully accepted and counted legally righteous in God’s sight through faith in Christ, solely by free grace. To understand and grasp this is to finally know freedom from the crushing burden of proving yourself – to society, family, other people, or even to yourself. It means freedom from fear of the future, from any…
  • Every good endeavor

    Mark McIntyre
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:03 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture “If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever. That is what the Christian faith promises.” Tim Keller in Every Good Endeavor © copyright 2013 – All rights reserved – Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog
  • Go and sin boldly

    Mark McIntyre
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:48 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Recently I Tweeted this out: “If Easter is not history, we must become cynics.” – Brennan Manning This quote was taken from Brennan’s book, Ruthless Trust. As I recall (I don’t have the book with me right now), the point is that if the resurrection did not happen there is no hope for humanity. There comes a point at which we must choose to believe the evidence we have. It is no good putting off the decision until there is no choice but to believe. God does not work that…
  • Foolish and slow of heart

    Mark McIntyre
    22 Mar 2014 | 4:41 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Two guys were walking along a road, talking about the events leading up to the crucifixion of the one they thought would restore the nation of Israel. The theme of their discussion is that things did not work out the way they expected them to. Along comes a stranger that they later figure out was Jesus himself. Luke 24:18 records the question they asked Jesus before they knew who he was: “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these…
  • Encourage one another?

    Mark McIntyre
    17 Mar 2014 | 2:02 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Sometimes when we try to encourage someone the encouragement we are trying to provide has the opposite effect. I can think of three reasons why this may be the case. We may not adequately convey the message of encouragement due to poor communication We may misunderstand our friend’s situation and offer a response that does not fit the need Sometimes, in our pride, we give the encouragement in such a way as to make ourselves look better than we really are When I am discouraged, I want to interact…
 
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    Before The Cross

  • What is Your Motivation Today?

    Chris Howard
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    This is always a good question for me no matter the time of day. Christians are given the tasks of reaching the lost with the good news of Jesus Christ and building Godly relationships with each other. In addition, our own personal spiritual development, family, work and health are just a few things that need attending to. In the jumble of trying to balance life, sin attempts to limit our progress. While we are no longer slaves to sin, we still have to battle the flesh and when we are tired, discouraged or uncertain about the results of our efforts, sin can creep in and try to derail the…
  • Events of the Holy Week – Sunday

    Mike Mobley
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    Photo by Bakar_88 Mark 16:1-8 - When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. And he said to…
  • 50 Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die

    Mike Mobley
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    “Why did Jesus have to die?” That is a pretty popular question we hear these days whether it is from believers or non believers. It typically falls in line with some way of thinking that “if God is so powerful, then surely He wouldn’t have to sacrifice His son, right?” What often gets missed in the midst of these question is an accurate reflection on just how sinful we are, and just how holy God is. For believers, there are times we forget our first love. For non believers, there is a misunderstanding of who Jesus is and what He has done. We are so sinful (me…
  • Events of the Holy Week – Friday

    Mike Mobley
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo by Bakar_88 Mark 14:43-52 - And immediately, while he was still speaking, Judas came, one of the twelve, and with him a crowd with swords and clubs, from the chief priests and the scribes and the elders. Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I will kiss is the man. Seize him and lead him away under guard.” And when he came, he went up to him at once and said,”Rabbi!” And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. But one of those who stood by drew his sword and struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his ear. And…
  • Events of the Holy Week – Thursday

    Mike Mobley
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Photo by Bakar_88 Mark 14:17-26 – “And when it was evening, he came with the twelve. And as they were reclining at table and eating, Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me, one who is eating with me.” They began to be sorrowful and to say to him one after another, “Is it I?” He said to them, “It is one of the twelve, one who is dipping bread into the dish with me. For the Son of Man goes as it is written of him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been…
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    My Freshly Brewed Life

  • Featured Friend: Naomi @ What Joy Is Mine

    Barbie
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Welcome to Feature Friend Wednesday!  Every Wednesday for the next few months I will introduce you to one of my beautiful writing friends.  I hope you will take the time to read.  Make sure to scroll down to the bottom of the post to read about the author and visit her blog and social media links. Have You Met the Disciple Named Dorcas? by Naomi @ What Joy Is Mine Dorcas is the only woman specifically called a disciple in the Bible. “Now there was in Joppa adisciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity.”(Acts 9:36)She…
  • Of Tears And Dreams: Becoming Living Art – Week 7

    Barbie
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    The art of listening involves so much more than my ears and someone’s voice.  It involves my heart, my mind, will and emotions and it involves paying attention to the world around me as well as how my body reacts to certain things.  After reading Chapter 7 in A Million Little Ways, I have realized that I am still learning to listen. Listening To My Tears. I’ve referred to her before, Little Girl Lost.  She’s the one I carried with me most of my life, who never felt she had a voice, a purpose, a destiny, or that anyone cared deeply enough about her to want to help her…
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    Interpulpit

  • What’s Your Story?

    Rick
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
      When Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem, the crowds shouted, “Hosanna!” (John 12:13). This means, “save” or “rescue,” and it was shouted in the form of praise to the One they believed would free them from the Roman occupation. Not long after that, however, they turned around and shouted, “Crucify Him!” They got their story wrong. Jesus didn’t come to set them free from the Romans, but to set them free from sin. Lots of people talk about Jesus, but do they have the story right? The Muslims think of Jesus as a prophet, but he is not on the same level they…
  • Pulling Down Strongholds

    Rick
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
      Are you being hindered by a stronghold? A stronghold is some form of spiritual opposition that seems impenetrable. It is often envisioned as demonic oppression that keeps an individual or a geographical area in misery or sin. There’s certainly something to that, but in 2Corinthians 10:4-5 it refers more to things that hold the mind captive. If the enemy can get you thinking contrary to the knowledge of God, he can keep you from the enjoyment and victory of a life in Christ. Those who know what’s going on can deal with the problem. For the weapons of our warfare are not…
  • Can You Lose Your Salvation?

    Rick
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Can you lose your salvation? Some say yes, and some say no. I think they’re both wrong. The church has made this more difficult than it should be.   Salvation is through faith, and because of grace, God will never drop you. Never fear- If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous (1John 2:1). This is the good news of the Gospel! Jesus is a perfect Savior, and no matter how bad his people mess up, he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25)! However,…
  • Hope in the Word

    Rick
    24 Feb 2014 | 12:35 pm
      …In his word do I hope (Psalm 130:5) The title of this post may not seem to be terribly exciting, because it sounds like a religious cliché. We all know we’re supposed to place our hope in God and His Word, and it is easy to hear this and just respond with, “yes I know.” It’s like hearing, “God loves you.” We’ve heard it so much that its meaning has failed to really impact us. But when you consider, “God loves you,” and really take it to heart, the meaning can return and become a powerful life changing truth! The same is true for putting hope in God’s…
  • Immersed in the Spirit of God

    Rick
    1 Feb 2014 | 12:32 pm
      To be immersed in the Spirit of God is to be flooded by Him from within and without. Notice that there were two sources of the great flood in Genesis 7:11: The fountains of the deep, and the windows of heaven: In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. What came next was total immersion of the earth! Although that context was destruction, the principle of immersion can still be instructive. Many Christians are seeking the…
 
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    Half Baked Lobster

  • Kids Small Groups-What Do We Do With The Kids?

    phill longmire
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:19 am
    After serving 13 years as a pastor and now as a public educator, my answer to the above question has changed over time. Before the question always was, what do we do with the kids? The answer seemed to revolve around some sort of sacrifice on one parent and or teenage kid. It seemed to involve some type of activity to keep them busy. Now as an educator, I have a much better answer. Create kid small groups!  These kids small groups would be student lead groups that are organized, filled with rigor, and learning. Sound to difficult to get going, not really when you have a direct plan of…
  • Teaching Kids To Read The Bible-Literature Circle

    phill longmire
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Teaching Kids To Read The Bible-Literacy Circles In teaching, we use a method called literature circles. Think of them as a kids version of an adult book club. However, there is a lot more focus. They have structure and rigor  built into them. How cool would it be for Christians to add these circles to their teaching tool belts. This could be done between home school groups, families, and kids small groups. That’s why I am currently working on putting together a resource that will allow people to build christian literature circles. In a christian literature circle their would be five…
  • Teaching Kids To Read The Bible-Text To Text Connections

    phill longmire
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Three things we use in teaching literacy to kids… Text To Self Text To Text Text To The World Keene and Zimmerman (1997) concluded that students comprehend better when they make these connections. We want kids to connect what they read to what they know, heard, or see. We want kids to apply or connect their readings to their lives. If I could define why I spend so much time writing about teaching kids to read the bible, it would be…unless kids find ways to connect scripture to their lives, it carries very little meaning. Schema theory explains how our previous experiences,…
  • Teaching Kids To Read The Bible-Think Alouds

    phill longmire
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    If you are interested in building literacy through the bible be sure to check out my resources. They are extensive resources that use scripture to increase the reading level of any child. Our focus is third through sixth grade. Check it out here I usually talk about student lead projects and learning. But one of the more powerful teaching tools I use as an educator is what we call think alouds. It wasn’t until this was demonstrated live, did I fully appreciate it’s power in teaching biblical literacy. I learned and honed my craft through age appropriate picture books. Please…
  • Building A Child’s Literacy Through The Bible

    phill longmire
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    If you are interested in building literacy through the bible be sure to check out my resources. They are extensive resources that use scripture to increase the reading level of any child. Our focus is third through sixth grade. Check it out here In a recent post teaching kids the new testament I spoke about breaking down or summarizing chapters of the bible so that you can have a plan of attack in teaching kids the bible. One of the topics we focus on is identifying who the characters are in each chapter. For instance in the post mentioned above, Luke chapter one, it is broken down with…
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    Paperback Theology

  • Happy Earth Day! (Or as we evangelicals like to call it, Tuesday).

    Tim Suttle
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Evangelicals are known for our skepticism of science. We’re also a tad bit prone toward conspiracy theories. I was a biology major at a state school known for agriculture, so I spent to much time listening to the dynamics of global warming to shrug it off as a hoax. Yet, we still have a fair [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    I confess that I love Easter Sunday. I love that everybody shows up for church on the same day. I love that the culture hasn’t found an effective way to completely commercialize it yet. I love that Easter means that family and friends will be spending long hours together talking, laughing, telling stories, and playing [Read More...]
  • Wendell Berry on the Practice of Resurrection: The Mad Farm Liberation Front

    Tim Suttle
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    I do not love poetry, typically, when it is not set to music. Wendell Berry is one notable exception, and this happens to be one of my favorites. I’m always struck by how clearly Berry is able to see and describe the consequences of the way we choose to act as a society. I love [Read More...]
  • How Does “Dying for our Sins” Work?

    Tim Suttle
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    I read a great post from Brian Zahnd this week, it’s worth a read. Here’s a quick excerpt. You can find the whole article and Brian’s blog here: When we say “Jesus died for our sins,” what does that mean? It’s undeniably an essential confession of Christian faith, but how does it work? This much I’m [Read More...]
  • Good and Bad News for Christmas & Easter Christians: A Little Friday Funny

    Tim Suttle
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    So I found a neologism as yet unknown to me: Chreastians. It’s a mash-up of Christmas, Easter, and Christian meant to refer to the folks who only come around on Christmas and Easter. It’s a bad word both aesthetically and in it’s derogatory intention. Apparently there’s also the word Chreasters (Christmas and Easter) – equally troublesome. [Read More...]
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    Justin Gilpin

  • Can God Use Me To Heal the Sick?

    Justin Gilpin
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Have you ever felt like God can’t use you? Well I sure have! More so as a missionary because of language barriers. But let me share to you a story that will touch your heart and inspire you to be open to God’s voice. This story of mine begins with a desire to help somebody who earnestly needs it. I left early in the morning and headed to the hospital with nobody to help translate for me. I planned to just get there, and ask God where I should go. If they didn’t understand my English, it didn’t matter, as I’d still pray for them. After arriving at the hospital I…
  • Look Out Philippines! This Missionary is Coming Back!

    Justin Gilpin
    25 Mar 2014 | 1:55 pm
    The delivery man has finally arrived with much awaited report! Excuse my absence, as I just couldn’t write another email until I had this information to share with you now! For the last 10 months I’ve been back in the states working with Assemblies of God to become an ordained missionary. Although I can’t be ordained for a few more years (as I have to complete my degree with Global University among other requirements), I can attest to being accepted as a missionary associate as of March 17th 2014! I couldn’t have done it without your encouragements, prayers and support. Thank you so…
  • Great Men of Faith had to go Through a Wilderness too!

    Justin Gilpin
    6 Jan 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Happy New Year! Hope each of you had a Merry Christmas as well! Most of us are beginning to think about our new years resolutions. But may I suggest before that happens, that time is set aside to reflect on the coming year? A wise person once told me that, “If you don’t know the past and study history, then you are destined to repeat it”. Each of us has a year filled with both good and bad events. Some things we’d like to erase from history if possible. Sadly it can’t be erased and we can’t redo anything, but it can be learned from while all the filth is…
  • Our Small Things Matter to God!

    Justin Gilpin
    2 Oct 2013 | 1:32 pm
    This past month I’ve gone through many struggles, but through it God is showing up and showing off! I’m going to get very real with you all, and even share an uncut video into my personal life at the end of this email. About 5 weeks ago the truck my uncle had let me borrow for my time here in the states blew a head gasket. Without a vehicle here in the States it is very hard to get to work, nonetheless church. I’ve not been effectively able to do the two jobs God had given me here in Georgia without transportation. My brother, being a mechanic was able to replace the head gasket, but…
  • Does God Make Promises He Can’t Keep?

    Justin Gilpin
    22 Sep 2013 | 1:19 pm
    In our life we struggle with many doubts. No one is exempted from this difficulty in life. Jesus said John the Baptist was the greatest prophet, and yet he did no miracles. This great prophet also had doubts like we do, even after seeing many miracles. The moment John saw Jesus, he said “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”. Then the revelation took place when, “He (John) saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove”. With such a powerful inclination to declare Jesus as the Savior, then to watch the Holy Spirit descend upon Him, how…
 
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • Happy Easter to all my readers

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Filed under: God the Father
  • What did Adam look like before the fall? – Response to a question

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    3 Apr 2014 | 1:02 am
    The question was asked, “What did Adam look like before the fall?” The short answer is he looked a god, like the Virgin Mary is today and like we called to become again (2 P 1:4). Being full of the Holy Trinity, living completely in Them as They similarly lived in Him and with the […]
  • A post with a difference – The Nativity Stones Cross

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I do not normally write such posts. In fact, I have never done so on any of my sites, despite the numerous requests I keep receiving in this regard. But given the appropriateness and appeal of what I am going to speak about – the Nativity Stones Cross – and the attraction I felt towards […]
  • God the Father and ourselves

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    20 Mar 2014 | 2:26 am
    “There comes a time in each person’s life when they have to become true worshippers of God the Father in Spirit and in truth. For indeed, these are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks to worship Him” (Fr. Francis E. Reilly, March 2014).Filed under: Call, Call to Holiness, God the Father Tagged: Call, Christianity, […]
  • What is Deification of Man in Christianity?

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    13 Mar 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Deification is the transformation of man into god through the grace of God. Predominant in the theology of Eastern Christianity, but marginalized and obscured in contemporary interpretations of the theology of Western Christianity, Bartolo-Abela explores how it is deification, not just salvation, that was and remains the intent of God for mankind, with deification occurring […]
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • Happy Easter to you all

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Filed under: God the Father
  • The first betrayal – Thought for the day

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:42 am
    Originally posted on THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER:The first betrayal was not that of Jesus by his priest Judas Iscariot, although we tend to focus on this during our present times. Nor was it that of God the Father by Adam, when the latter sinned. The first betrayal was that of God…
  • What’s the Father God? – Response to a question

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    31 Mar 2014 | 11:24 am
    The question was asked, “What’s the Father God?” The Father God, or as He is better known God the Father – Yhwh, Allah; the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the God of Hagar and Ishmael – is not a what but a Who. God the Father is your Father and Creator, as He is […]
  • On the icon of the Divine Heart

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    31 Mar 2014 | 10:42 am
    Why have we been given the icon of the Divine Heart of God the Father – an icon of a heart and Person generally invisible in nature, in comparison to the incarnate Son of God who visibly took on our humanity? Because “visible things in so far as they represent invisible things without shape so […]
  • The Heavenly Father and ourselves

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    23 Mar 2014 | 10:44 pm
    “There comes a time in each person’s life when they have to become true worshippers of God the Father in Spirit and in truth. For indeed, these are the kind of worshippers the Father seeks to worship Him” (Fr. Francis E. Reilly, March 2014).Filed under: God the Father, The Desires of the Divine Heart, Worship […]
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    Christians of T&T

  • PRAYER: OPENING UP HEAVEN

    Cheryce
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    JEHOVAH SHAMMAH, The Lord Is There, we seek your face today, giving You praise, shouting your name and worshiping you. Lord, we cry out unto you to hear our prayer. For if you are for us, we know that no one can be against us. Holy Spirit, teach us how to pray in order for us to open the gates of heaven. We need you, ABBA FATHER, we thirst for you and you alone. Help us to not be consumed by worldly desires, let them fall away, oh Lord, so our souls can fall more in love with you. Help us not to take part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead, expose them. ELOHIM, I pray that your…
  • PRAYER: WALKING IN LOVE

    Cheryce
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    JEHOVAH-RAAH, The Lord My Shepherd, Almighty and Exalted Creator of Heaven and Earth, we bless Your holy name. Messiah, King, Adonai, we worship You. Pour down Your wonderful blessings and love upon us. May we embrace Your welcoming Spirit, oh Lord. We release our hearts and our lives into Your hands today. Shape us, lead us, mold us, guide us and give us strength. Read more on PRAYER: WALKING IN LOVE…
  • PRAYER: THE PEACE OF GOD

    Cheryce
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Jehovah Nissi, The Lord My Banner, we worship you, we praise and glorify you. You are worthy, oh so worthy, Lord. Exalted Creator in Heaven, You are faithful, oh so faithful. You are righteous and none can compare to you. Thank you Jesus for washing away our sins, and bringing us in union with Your Awesome Glory! Read more on PRAYER: THE PEACE OF GOD…
  • PRAYER: STANDING ON THE PROMISES

    Cheryce
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:03 pm
    El Shaddai, Lord God Almighty, we bow down before you to honour, praise and worship you. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. We thirst for you, oh God, our Redeemer. Lord, you are good and your mercy endures forever. We give you thanks for setting us free from sin, free from bondage, free from temptation, free from evil. We bask in your glory and your holy presence. We look forward to the fulfillment of your promises,and we act and continue to act on the promises, even when it doesn’t seem to make sense. Thank you for all the promises that have been fulfilled and…
  • PRAYER: WISDOM FROM ABOVE

    Cheryce
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    El Shaddai, God Almighty, we pour out our hearts before you like running water. We lift our hands in praise to worship you, Omnipotent Father, for you are high and lifted up and all the world will praise your great name. Lord, we request that you help us lead our lives through your divine wisdom from above, and not the worldly wisdom provided by the devil. Read more on PRAYER: WISDOM FROM ABOVE…
 
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Podcast 69 – Why having your kids memorize scripture could DESTROY them

    Carey
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Carey In this episode of the Christian home and Family podcast, I want to show you how getting your kids to memorize Bible verses may not help them, and how it could even go farther to destroy their lives. Or if you are using a “podcatcher” here is the feed address: http://www.christianhomeandfamily.com/feed/podcast/ LEAVE FEEDBACK AND A REVIEW ON I-TUNES Go to top Let me be clear. I LOVE the Bible. I believe it to be God’s word, divinely inspired, and profitable for our instruction, edification, and teaching. I can’t tell you how much I have grown because of the…
  • Homemaker: a tribute

    Carey
    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Carey HOMEMAKER The title describes the role. She is one who makes a home… not a house, not a place to live, not a place to eat, and sack out, and run off to the next “important” thing shortly after… A home. Homemakers, make a home. The role of the homemaker has fallen on hard times. Being a “stay at home mom” or “domestic diva” has become an object of ridicule and scorn in our “enlightened” age. Many women feel it beneath them to only be busy at home. They might miss out, could risk squandering their gifts, or potentially waste…
  • Christ is Risen: what difference does it make?

    Carey
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Carey Over 2000 years ago, Jesus Christ, rose from the grave. It is not a myth. It is not a fairy tale. It is not a crutch for the intellectually weak or the emotionally unstable. It is historical fact. Because Christ is risen from the grave: Your sins can be forgiven. (Matthew 26:28) Christ’s righteousness can be yours. (Romans 8:10) His Holy Spirit can live inside you. (Romans 8:11) Your life can be transformed. (2 Corinthians 5:17) You can be free from the domination of sin’s power. (Romans 6:6) You can be a partaker in the divine nature. (2 Peter 1:4) Death does not have to…
  • You’re going to die eventually, why not now?

    Carey
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Carey No, I’m not advocating suicide… well, maybe I am, in a way. I’m advocating what Jesus insisted upon for everyone who wanted to be His disciple… Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?Matthew 16:24-26 Jesus was NOT the soft-spoken,…
  • Podcast 68 – Why the fruit of the Spirit is not a checklist

    Carey
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Carey TODAY’S PODCAST Podcast 66 – Why the fruit of the Spirit is not a checklist   If you’ve been in Christian circles for any length of time, you’ve heard a sermon or talk about the fruit of the Spirit. You’ve seen it on plaques in people’s homes, you’ve heard children’s songs about this list of virtues. Our human tendency is to take list of character qualities like that and make them into a checklist that we have to strive toward. We feel good if we accomplish some of them in a given day, and bad and guilty if we don ‘t. Is that…
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    Pro Preacher

  • 7 Great Easter Videos for Easter Services

    Brandon
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Are you looking for the best Easter videos to add a little something extra to your church’s Easter services? Most churches don’t have the budget to hire someone to create videos for them. Fortunately, there are a lot of great companies now that make high-quality videos for churches. Some of them are a little expensive, but it’s a small price to pay for a video that will may speak to people in ways your sermon alone cannot. So I have compiled a list of some of my favorite Easter Videos. Check them out: Son of Man by Dan Stevers Can’t see this video? Click here I love this…
  • 5 Mistakes Pastors Make on Easter (and How to Avoid Them)

    Brandon
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    Photo Credit: stringberd via Compfight cc Easter is a busy time for churches. It is easy to make mistakes when you feel overwhelmed with all the extra work and preparation. To help make this Easter the best yet, here are 5 of the common mistakes pastors make on Easter that I have noticed. 1. Not Preaching With Urgency Do you feel a sense of urgency about Easter? Do you feel the responsibility to make the most of every second you have? You may only have one shot to introduce someone to Jesus. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you will have another chance. They may not come back.
  • 20 Questions to Ask Before Preaching Your Easter Sermon

    Brandon
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Photo Credit: Evan Courtney via Compfight cc Easter Sunday is like the Superbowl of preaching. This may be your largest attended service of the year. Statistically, people are more open to visiting a church on Easter (and Christmas) than any other time of year. Because of this, your Easter sermon is infinitely important. The eternal destination of many people in attendance is hanging in the balance. For many of them, this is the only chance you will get this year to reach them. For some, it will be your last chance ever. The weight of responsibility on a pastor to preach on Easter Sunday…
  • Let Scripture Speak for Itself

    Brandon
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:08 am
    Photo Credit: Daniel Y. Go via Compfight cc A while back I visited a church in my area (I love sitting in on other churches to observe and learn). The pastor was a great preacher. His sermon was engaging, clear, and spot on. However, I walked away feeling a little uneasy. This may be a personal preference. I am not saying the way he preached is wrong. In fact, I enjoyed his message. For me, however, it just reinforced something in me that I have been feeling for a while. What was it? He preached the story of David and Goliath. He preached it like many pastors do. Rather than reading verse…
  • The 3 Levels of Dynamic Preaching

    Brandon
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo Credit: Marty.FM via Compfight cc Did you know that for musical arrangements, composers write more than just the notes to be played? They also write the strength with which each note should be performed. These markings are referred to as the “dynamics” of music.  A composer might write a pp, meaningpianissimo or “very soft,” or a ff, meaning fortissimo or “very loud.” There are multiple marks all meant to tell the musician roughly how strong or soft a note is meant to be played. These dynamic markings make all the difference in a song. The best songs do not stay at…
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    Working Christianity

  • Come In One Way, Leave Another

    Michael
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Mark 10: 17-22 is one of my favorite parables, the rich young ruler, because of the analogy that’s made (about a camel passing through the eye of a needle, powerful stuff right?).  But more importantly it demonstrates what Jesus really wants from us and what true change is all about. In the parable, Jesus was […]
  • Love Waxes Cold

    Michael
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    As humans we’re often selfish. We more focused on ourselves than others and will only do, most of the time, what is necessary for us to maintain or what will benefit us. But how does that impact others we’re in relationships with and how we interact with others around us? John 14:15 is Jesus saying […]
  • Becoming A Better Christian

    Michael
    16 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    One of the things I strive for in life is to always get better. Sometimes it means that it will cause uncomfortable growth or situations, but it’s very much worth it. The same can be said for Christianity. One of the things we should, not must, strive to do as Christians is to get better. […]
  • Sheep and Goats

    Michael
    23 Feb 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Just the other week as I was leaving from the parking deck behind the office I work in, a guy flagged me down and asked for a jump. I was tired, think I had just been cussed out for something and had had a long day, but I pulled over and gave the guy a […]
  • Take The Leap

    Michael
    17 Feb 2014 | 6:19 am
    Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of books, articles, and seeing lots of things that just keep reinforcing me to try more and take more leaps of faith. Not in an unfounded way, but just to try more and stop trying to plan it all out or be too afraid to move. I was quite […]
 
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • Firsts

    john crews
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    As I got in the car and headed to church last Sunday morning I should have been nervous.  I had not really run through the sermon for that morning.  Among other things, I was really unsure how long it would take to get through it.  I had an outline, but much of the sermon was more conceptual than planned out.  I put preparing for Sunday off a little longer than normal -- which is really par for the course these days.  Still, I was neither uneasy nor excited ... I was just sort of numb.I do not preach often on Sundays.  The last time I did was that terrible day.
  • Spring

    john crews
    5 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    It has been a little over a week since I last wrote anything on this blog, and for that I apologize.  While pain and joy both are often mothers of creativity, numbness seems to result largely in blank pages.  Or, put more concisely, I have simply had nothing to say in the last week.I have resolved and then endeavored several times to get caught up on a number of projects that have mostly languished over the last two months.  Each time, however, I have lost focus -- managing to eek out only the most pressing or time sensitive tasks.  Real life in its present form is…
  • Despair

    john crews
    27 Mar 2014 | 6:50 pm
    On Monday Pam and I dropped Christian and Tommy off at the airport as they began their journey to India.  We would have been concerned parents anyway, but given recent events our worry for their safety was off the charts.  Still, we are grateful to Tommy for including Christian in this adventure, and know it is a great opportunity in so many ways.  But the other side of the coin is that the house is quiet.When the kids were growing up Pam and I always assumed that Jonathan would be forever the adventurer and that Christian would stay close to home.  But during their…
  • The Box

    john crews
    22 Mar 2014 | 10:26 am
    After the first forty-five days it seems we have fallen into a familiar pattern.  It is a pattern of unpredictability.Yesterday morning was the first morning in over a month and a half that I woke up feeling joyful.  As I laid there in the moment contemplating whatever pleasant thought I had awakened to,  I found myself surprised by the way I was feeling.   But, I knew that it could not last.  In fact, I have found that most "good" days (by which I really mean "tolerable") are followed by rather horrific ones.A couple of nights earlier I saw Jonathan's door open, and…
  • The Dream is Over

    john crews
    15 Mar 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Like millions of other people around the world, just under a year ago I read the tragic news that Pastor Rick Warren had lost his son.  I knew a little about Pastor Warren from his book "A Purpose Driven Life" and I knew a little about Saddleback Church -- having spent many years in Orange County California.  But I really knew nothing about the man.  I did not know that he had a wife named Kay or a son named Matthew.  For that matter, I knew nothing about his family at all.Like so many others, my heart went out to Pastor Warren and his wife when I heard the news.  I…
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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • Tator-Tot Casserole

    Deanna
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sometimes life gets in the way and the post that you wanted to write you simply do not have the time to put it together the way that you would like.  I know that my posting schedule is all off right now and I hope to get it back on schedule by next week.  I have so many ideas that I want to talk with you about.  In the meantime I hope that you enjoy this. For those of you who have followed me for any length of time, you know that I have a habit of going to Pinterest for ideas.  In the beginning I marked lots of recipes that I thought looked amazing.  Some I tried, some are still waiting…
  • Jesus is the Glue

    Deanna
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    photo credit: jspad via photopin cc I was reading recently about Kintsugi, the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum.  As a philosophy it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, and not something to disguise.  Collectors became so enamored of the new art that some were accused of deliberately smashing valuable pottery so it could be repaired with the gold seams of kintsugi.  This reminds me of the image in the bible in Romans of the clay asking the potter “Why have you made me…
  • Food Addiction is Real

    Deanna
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    photo credit: Kirti Poddar via photopin cc I mentioned that I would share with you some of what I have learned, and some things I already knew but never really cared about before.  Remember, I am not a health care professional and I am not an expert on health matters.  I want to start with the fact that food addiction is a real problem.  Whenever we eat foods that are not natural it sets us up to want more and more.  In fact, refined sugar is the most addictive substance of all.  It is more addictive than cocaine, morphine and heroin. Food manufacturers actually hire people to make the…
  • Given New Life

    Deanna
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Joining up tonight with an Amazing community on Twitter, #FMFparty and we are all writing about Paint.  We simply write unedited for 5 minutes and then link up.  Please feel free to join us. This weeks prompt: Paint When I think about paint, I think about clean, new, fresh.  Paint can be a marvelous thing because it takes something that may feel old, stale, worn, and makes it look new again.  In some ways paint can be compared to the blood of Christ.  We are washed in the blood and given new life, much like paint gives things a new life.  The bad thing is that anything you paint will…
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    Christian Magazine Today.com

  • What Is Maundy or Maundy Thursday?

    Annette
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:21 am
    Footwashing – MaundyPhoto courtesy of Wikimedia Commons I have been a Christian for more than 30 years and I have to admit, until today I had never heard of Maundy. Have you? Another lady, Angie, and I teach a primary Sunday school class and each year we tell the story of Palm Sunday and the Easter story. I have studied these stories not only on my own, but have heard our pastor and assistant pastor preach these stories often, yet have never heard the word ‘Maundy’ used. Of course, this doesn’t mean they didn’t use it. It only means that until today, the word…
  • Why Can’t We Be More Like Ducks?

    Annette
    25 Mar 2014 | 6:25 am
    Have you ever had a pet duck? Just this past month, my husband decided we needed ducks – our two kids and I, that is. So, he brought home three baby ducks. they will be 4 weeks old in a day or two and they are adorable, messy, but adorable. As I watch them, I thought to myself - why can’t we be more like ducks? Okay, that may sound like a silly question, but think about it for a minute…are you done thinking? Let me explain what I mean. Number One Ducks have these natural instincts that not only keep them alive, but keep them happy. As soon as they hear a sound, they are…
  • Dr Billy Graham Preaching – Three Things You Can’t Do Without

    Annette
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:45 am
    Billy Graham begins this sermon talking about what we can do without. Think about that for a minute – What can you do without? Very few people you know doesn’t have a TV, a computer, or a cell phone including yourself, but could you do without them? If you woke up in the morning and you didn’t have these things, could you make it through the day? Of course you could and unless you make your living using a cell phone, on TV, or working from your computer, you could live your life everyday without them. While we can do without the things above, there are some things we…
  • Winter Jam 2014 – What Can You Expect?

    Annette
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:14 pm
    I have to admit – I have never been to a Winter Jam concert before this past weekend. I also have to admit – I’d been missing out! I didn’t even know that it was coming close to us or who was in the line-up until my sister called me up. You see… My niece attends a local Christian school whose field trip was to Winter Jam. When my sister called us up and asked if we’d like to tag along, I had to say yes. I thought it would be a great experience for us all. Of course, the experience I expected wasn’t anything like I received. As you sit in the seats…
  • Christian Author La Verne Hughes New Book Release

    Annette
    4 Mar 2014 | 11:26 am
    Christian author La Verne Hughes has released her new book The Trip of A Lifetime. We recently got to talk with La Verne and she agreed to answer a few questions from our readers. Below is the interview along with a bit about her book. The Trip of A Lifetime Before we get started, we wanted to give you a sneak peek into The Trip of A Lifetime. Here is an inside look at the story.   Unknowingly, Bobby is about to hand Cheryl a Coke that Ted had previously fixed for himself. The day before, Ted and a friend of his had made plans to make their senior dance night a night to remember. When…
 
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • A lesson on what is selfish…

    Jim Crumbley
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    As selfishness and complaint pervert the mind, so love with its joy clears and sharpens the vision.  Helen Keller  Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.  Martin Luther King, Jr.  Participating in something not because YOU need it but because someone else needs YOU. Dona Crumbley I overheard Dona talking with a friend who didn’t want to participate in a family gathering. She walked this person through some selfish emotions and had her embrace a selfless attitude. This got me to thinking. Even…
  • Afraid yet filled with joy…

    Jim Crumbley
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Matthew 28:1-10 After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men. The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the…
  • What’s so good about it?

    Jim Crumbley
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    Good Friday…There was hell to pay. The day of a terrible injustice. The day that 12 friends all turned their back and ran. The day when all the pain and hurt of the world was laid upon one man’s shoulders. The day of mockery, betrayal and separation. There was hell to pay and Jesus paid it. What’s so good about it? Good is not found IN Hell. Good is found going THROUGH Hell. There was hell to pay and Jesus paid it. For us…for you… Jesus knew that the day of his crucifixion would be hell to go through. But, the only way to get victory over Hell is to go…
  • Death…swallowed up in victory

    Jim Crumbley
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Isaiah 25:6-8 6 In Jerusalem (Hebrew, “on this mountain”),the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat. “And they brought him to the place called Gol’gotha (which means the place of a skull).” Mark 15:22 Calvary, the mount where Jesus was crucified and the beginning of all hope was realized. The place of death and the pathway to resurrection. This mountain…God’s church…the new Jerusalem has a banquet spread for all the…
  • Wisdom: Have you got what He’s already told ya to get?

    Jim Crumbley
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    We all NEED things but what do we really “need” that we don’t already have? In Christ, we have all things including wisdom! But wisdom untapped is a life wasted. Having Jesus does not mean that we will never face a challenge or have a problem. To have Jesusis to have ready access to the Father and an advocate in the Holy Spirit who guides us into all truth. Change in our life though only happens when we have the wisdom to listen and understand. Through the stories of the Israelites journey after their deliverance from Pharaoh, God reminds us that constant calls of “I…
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  • Save Big during Our Canadian Spring Sale

    Tayler Beede
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Right now, you can save big on 30+ resources in our Canadian Spring Sale—individual commentaries, collections, and more! This sale only lasts through midnight on Monday—don’t miss out. Here are some of the resources on sale: A Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament Regularly $49.95—get it for $35.95 The Handbook to Exegesis of the New Testament starts off with an analysis of the various definitions of “exegesis,” a notoriously difficult term to pin down, as well as an essay covering the discipline’s basic tools. From there, it discusses the major exegetical…
  • Pre-order David Guzik’s Commentaries for 28% Off!

    Ryan Nelson
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Different commentaries engage Scripture in different ways, and it’s important to find one that meets your needs as a believer. With so many commentaries to choose from, though, picking the right one can be difficult. Enter David Guzik’s brand-new Commentaries on the Bible series, written to meet the needs of Christians everywhere. Pre-order the whole set today for 28% off! Everything you need, and nothing more Pastor Guzik forgoes formality and dives straight into the text—no lengthy introductions or extensive footnotes here, so you can get straight to the Scripture. Guzik provides…
  • Get Answers to Tough Questions with the Lexham Bible Guides

    Jake Mailhot
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Darren Aronofsky’s film Noah has created quite the stir. Regardless of whether we agree with his portrayal of Noah, we must admit he does raise some interesting questions about this important biblical account. After seeing the movie, I left the theater wanting to know more—wanting to find answers to these tough questions. I’m sure others did, too. But where can we find all the best scholarship and interpretations collected in one place? The Lexham Bible Guide: Genesis 1–11 is our answer. Let’s take a look at how the Lexham Bible Guides can help us find some answers to these…
  • Save on These 3 Valuable Counseling Resources

    Tayler Beede
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s part of life: whether you’re a licensed counselor or a compassionate friend, people are going to come to you for advice. When they do, it’s important that you be ready with counseling that’s both helpful and biblical. Why walk that road alone? Some of the world’s most respected, experienced counselors have put together resources to help you. Right now, you can save on: 1. The Dan B. Allender Counseling Collection In a society where masking one’s emotions is the norm, it’s difficult to come to grips with the reality of deep spiritual suffering. Here,…
  • Get 50% Off Baker Books with Twitter #DailyDeals!

    Jayson D. Bradley
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Every day, we offer a Twitter #DailyDeal: a limited-time offer for 50% off one of our products. This week, we’re partnering with Baker Publishing to offer 50% off five powerful study resources! Today’s #DailyDeal is the Handbook on the Historical Books, which Eugene H. Merrill (professor of Old Testament studies at Dallas Theological Seminary) calls “an important addition to the literature on the Old Testament historical books.” Use coupon code 22862 today to get it for 50% off. Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss a deal: Follow us on Twitter @Logos. Each day, look for…
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  • Praying In Every Situation of Life

    joebuchanan
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Pray in Every Situation of Life The book of James is one of the most helpful books in all of the Bible.  Written by James, the brother of Jesus, the book has a pastoral tone and is filled with practical application.  Near the end of the letter, James turns his attention to the crucial issue of prayer.  He writes: Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is…
  • The Importance of Praying Together

    joebuchanan
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    We have experienced something very special over the past several weeks here at First Baptist, Metropolis.  For nearly two months now God has moved within our congregation in a very special way.  Last Sunday night in our deacons meeting we rejoiced in the fact that last month eighteen people joined our fellowship, most of them by baptism.  What’s even more exciting is that nearly every week, I am hearing from other Pastors around the country about how God is moving in their congregations.  Couple that with the fact that right not across the nation there are two films in the theaters…
  • First Steps for New Believers/Members Study

    joebuchanan
    9 Mar 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Over the past several weeks our church has been blessed with a number of new converts.  Several of these have been teenagers and our youth Pastor, Cliff Easter came to me and asked me to put together a four week Bible study to help get them started in discipleship.  Our goal in these first four weeks is to help get them established in their understanding of the gospel and to help them to see how Jesus is the central figure in all of the Bible.  We also wanted to help them get started in some basic spiritual disciplines that will help them grow in their relationship with the Lord — namely…
  • Go See the “Son of God” and take a Friend with You

    joebuchanan
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:13 am
    Last night around 170 members and guests of our church got the chance to preview the new movie “The Son of God.”   I want to encourage everyone reading this blog to go see the movie this week and to take a friend with them.  While the movie does not attempt to recreate any one of the four gospels verbatim and it does take creative license in rearranging some of the material, nevertheless, it is an accurate portrayal of the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.  Let me share with you some reasons why I think that Christians need to support this movie: 1.) It provides and excellent…
  • You’ve got to Pastor the Church You’ve Got

    joebuchanan
    15 Jan 2014 | 10:11 am
    Many years ago I was Pastoring in West Virginia when one Sunday afternoon I got a call from a friend of mine who was Pastoring a church about twenty miles from us.  He started the conversation by saying, “I need your opinion, my deacons came to me after the service this morning and said they needed me to come to a special called meeting tonight.”  Then he asked me a hard question, “Do you think I’m in trouble?”  My response was to ask him some questions, specifically, “Have you done anything different or controversial?”  He then proceeded to tell…
 
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  • Pass the Peace

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Here's a quote I saw recently:"You want to know where sin and death is?Follow the violence.You want to know where the gospel is?Follow the peace."Read the full blog post hereMy peace I give unto you.Go in peace.Peace be with you.Blessed are the peacemakers.Jesus said a lot about peace and we still hear a lot about peace today. In some churches, they even "pass the peace" or "exchange the peace." No, it's not a code word for sharing drugs. It means the church-goers are going to get up and give each other hugs or handshakes and say something like "God's peace to you" or "Peace be with you" to…
  • How to Turn A Truck Stop into a Home

    12 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    The other day I was at a community festival in the middle of a large apartment complex. I stood on a grassy knoll and talked with a resident of the neighborhood."So how do you like living here?""It's OK. I mean, it has it's moments, but I don't want to be here forever. Nobody WANTS to live here. Everybody is just here because they have to be. It's the cheapest place in town. We're just passing through."He went on to explain that once he starts making money off his new business, he's going to move to a nicer neighborhood. One with less crime, less trash in the streets, less noise--more peace,…
  • Still Haven't Found What I'm Waiting For

    5 Apr 2014 | 5:49 am
    Diet soda is as damaging to your teeth as crystal meth. This is what I heard on the news today. "Great," I thought as I chugged down my can of Pepsi Max. "It's only a matter of time before I look like a toothless drug dealer." So be it. I gotta have my diet soda. I steer clear of regular soda because of all the calories, but diet soda is my consolation prize.I have to have the bubbles.And caffeine.Water just won't cut it.So even if it makes me look like one of those "after" photos in the before and after pictures cops use to scare kids away from heroin, so be it. This attitude, my…
  • Hiring Freeze: World Vision Gives Married Gay Christians the Cold Shoulder

    29 Mar 2014 | 8:11 am
    You can't work for us.You CAN send us money to feed starving children, but you can't work for us.But I'm a Christian!I'm qualified! I'm a role model!I love to serve others!Too bad. You can't work here.Why?Because you're married.So? You are too!Yeah, but my marriage isn't a "gay" one.Oh.This is a conversation that may occur more frequently thanks to the recent "change of heart" made by World Vision. The large relief organization changed it's hiring policies to allow married gay Christians to work for their organization. Well, almost. They made the change, made it public and then made a…
  • The Zombie Killer in All of Us

    22 Mar 2014 | 6:50 am
    My 12 year old nephew recently introduced me to the show "The Walking Dead" on AMC.The show has been on for several years, but I only started watching it recently, thanks to his prompting. I am only 35+ episodes behind, but I am slowly catching up to season 4. The show is about the Zombie Apocalypse--a world full of zombies where only a few people survive. These few people are now fighting off zombies around every turn just to stay alive. In season 1 a few episodes in, they find their way to the Center for Disease Control facility in Atlanta, and get inside the building to take refuge. They…
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  • The Secret To Changing The World

    Diana Symons
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Want to change the world? Want people to be saved, healed, and delivered from pain, abuse, and fear? There’s a secret weapon of the Spirit that will allow God to be God in all those circumstances. It’s called humility. We are supposed to be the light of the world. Jesus is supposed to shine through us. When He does, He is seen and able to do the things that we cannot. But we have a bad habit of getting in His way, mostly unintentionally. It’s like we invite Him to a party to meet our friends, then stand in front of Him all the time. We work too hard, explain too much, and…
  • Can You Go To God With Mary’s Faith?

    Diana Symons
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Can you ask with Mary’s faith? Mary’s request for Jesus to make more wine for the wedding party was unusual because He told her it wasn’t His time to reveal Himself to the world. Her response was to assume that He would do what she asked. And He did. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.” (John 2:3-5) Her determination to see results changed God’s…
  • When Deep Call To Deep, God Will Be More Than You Know

    Diana Symons
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    When you love God with all your heart, your soul and your mind, something happens in your spirit. You get hungry for more. Suddenly those nice Bible stories aren’t enough. You want to dive into His Spirit until your are completely submerged in His presence. And then something amazing happens. As you step toward Him, He steps toward you. Deep calls unto deep at the noise of Your waterfalls; All Your waves and billows have gone over me. (Ps 42:7) He answers the deep hunger of your soul with the same intensity that you cry out to Him. Do you wonder why you’re not getting dramatic…
  • One True And Living God Is Everything That We Need

    Diana Symons
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Polytheists believe in multiple gods because of human limitation. It’s just too hard to conceive that one God could  be all things. They have a god to bless grapes and wine, one god to bless fish, one god to bless childbirth, etc. One God with unlimited power and knowledge goes beyond what we can know in the natural.   That’s why there are so many names of God: Jehovah Jireh – the Lord our provider Jehovah Shalom – The Lord our peace Jehovah Nissi – The Lord our banner Jehovah Rapha – The Lord our healer Jehovah Tsid-Kenu – The Lord our…
  • Let’s Remember Who The Enemy Really Is

    Diana Symons
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    The kingdom of God is about showing kindness. Keeping love as our focus helps us see people as we should. People with other lifestyles and opinions are not the enemy. God loves them. He died for them, and for us to badmouth or abuse them is an affront to God’s love. Our enemy is Satan. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:12)  When we remember that, it makes it easier to love people, despite our differences. The…
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  • What is the Ancient Near East?

    John Walton
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    What is the ancient Near East? Is it useful for understanding the Bible? Dr. John Walton explains that without knowing the ancient background to texts, we may be tempted to fill in the gaps with our own modern cultural notions rather than the ones the biblical text assumed. View our growing playlist of Seven Minute Seminary.
  • Earth Day and Christians: 7 Ways to Observe It

    Howard Snyder
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Biblical Christians know every day is Earth Day. We know this because the Word tells us the whole earth is full of the glory of the Lord (Isa. 6:3). And we’re 100% certain that “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:9). But these facts are little known and little acknowledged in our world today. So we have works of faith, hope, and love to do. The created order needs our faithful stewardship. But it’s equally true that we need what God supplies through his good creation. That’s the nature of ecology: reciprocity, symbiosis,…
  • Glorified Baby-Sitting: Getting Beyond Youth Ministry Games

    Brandon Dasinger
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    “What exactly do you do?” As a youth pastor, I am often asked this question. Many people view my job as glorified baby-sitting. I hang out with teenagers to keep them out of trouble. Others view my job primarily as a program director. I organize entertaining events and cool games for youth so that they will have something to do. Now, as a youth minister, I do spend time hanging out with teenagers and organizing events. I also love games and as a youth group we play a lot of them. I think games are good. I think having fun is an important element in youth groups and in churches. However,…
  • Sunday Best: Legal Adultery, Christian Russia, Re-segregation

    Seedbed
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Dale M. Coulter reflects on Holy Saturday and how to understand Christ’s descent into hell. The Economist covers how after 223 years New Hampshire is about to make adultery legal. The Philosopher’s Mail writes up “Easter for Atheists.” See how one organization is helping students pay off loans through volunteering. Here are 10 reasons some people are excited about Stephen Colbert taking over the late show. Buffer explains why we have our best ideas while in the shower. Thom Rainer speculates on 10 trends on the employment of pastors. Ryan Mauro describes Putin’s…
  • Tory Baucum On Anglican Church Life, Part II

    Seedbed
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Rev. Dr. Tory Baucum, Rector of Truro Church in Fairfax, Virginia, and one of the Six Preachers of Canterbury Cathedral, shares what Anglicanism is and what church life looks like. View Part I of the interview. View our interview with Archbishop Robert Duncan of the Anglican Church in North America. See more video interviews.
 
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  • Feelings! Woe! Woe! Woe!

    Sandy Baggs
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    “How do you feel?” That’s a question we ask others, and others ask us often. How we feel, what our feelings are seems to be one of the most important things in our lives. For most people, feelings guide and control their lives. People put a lot of stock in their feelings and emotions, and depend upon them to make decisions, and otherwise direct their daily behavior. I don’t think this is a good thing. In light of the mistakes and downright tragedies that occur in people’s lives and in this world because of feelings, I think we ought to really invest some time in…
  • Bring them to the water

    Steve Becker
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am a big fan of the TV series LOST which aired years ago. I’m not going to get too much into what the series was about because it is worth watching if you like a good sci-fi mystery. I will, for the purposes of this post, tell you that the show is based on a plane crash and survivors living on an island. There was one main character, Jack, who was appointed the “leader” for the survivors. Jack is a Doctor and a thinker. I really liked his character, even though he wasn’t my favorite of them all. So, I’m almost through Season 1 of the series again. This time I…
  • Jesus Is

    Charles Crutcher
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    What is Easter to me? I do not worship a cross or a tree But I follow the one who died for me You can measure His love in eternity What is Easter to me? It’s the sound of a prison break Bringing the dead awake He set the captives free What is Easter to me? It’s the sound of the evil one trembling Because the gates began crumbling The Son shining brightly for all to see Who is Easter to me? Immanuel, Aslan is he Lion of Judah roaring mightily He speaks a word and storms cease to be Who is Easter to me? The wave walker on the stormy sea The One whose light shines within me The…
  • Whats Your Average?

    Steve Becker
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I love baseball. I love to watch baseball. I love to play baseball. I love to listen to a game on the radio. I love to see stats and manipulate the “what-if’s” and the averages. I also love to ride my bike.  These two things are complete opposites and exactly the same when it comes to stats.  Not so much with our daily walk with Him.  We cannot look at averages when it comes to Christ. With Christ we should either be in or out.  There is no room for gray in there.  You are either with Him or lost.  We should live our lives that way as well.  However, some try to…
  • To Live is Christ

    Steve Becker
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Paul is someone I can identify with at some times and at others I strive to be more like him.  Today I strive to be more like him, and more like Him.  That will tie together here in a minute. Paul has some things he writes in the Bible that confuse me.  Of course, I am not a scholar of any kind, so that is probably not a huge accomplishment.  This, however, is not one of those.  This is a simple concept.  This is how Paul lived and how I strive to live daily. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21 – NASB) It reads funny until you start to think about…
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  • Heaven is for Real Movie: Is It Biblical

    Britt
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Image Credit/Facebook Heaven is for Real Page The Heaven is for Real movie is out in theaters and many Christians are promoting it. My point of this post is not to review the movie or the book but to bring awareness to the fact that it does not line up with scripture. Just like the Noah Movie which was anti scriptural we need to be aware of what Hollywood is promoting as Christian truth. If it does not line up with scripture it should be tossed out. (Col. 2:8; 2 Corinthians 10:5) Description of the Movie Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL…
  • Noah Movie: What Every Christian Needs to Know

    Britt
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Image Credit Youtube The new Noah Movie by Darren Aronofsky starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins is out and is making an impact on all who watch it. There are tons of reviews out both from the Christian and Secular worlds. I have not seen it and probably will not go to see it. I did find this article by Dr. Brian Mattson and I think that every Christian should read it to know what lies behind the movie. He has done some solid research and lays out a good argument for the Noah Movie being grounded in 2nd century Gnosticism! For more on Gnosticism and its…
  • More than Music Pt. 1 DJ Wade-O Download

    Britt
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    Image Credit Wadeoradio.com More than Music Pt. 1 DJ Wade-O Download. The new mixtape by DJ Wade-O and JahRock’n Productions. This mixtape takes some of the biggest Christian Rap songs of the past year and mashes them up with classic Gospel, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock and Jazz Records. DJ Wade-O and JahRock’n took the creativity one step further, as each mash-up combines songs that either have similar themes in content or have the same words in their title. Lecrae’s “Fakin’” is mashed up with Jr. Mafia’s “Get Money.” KB’s “Angels” is mashed up with Gospel-Great Richard…
  • Dream Junkies NREM Edition Free Download

    Britt
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Image Credit Kings Dream Ent. Download Dream Junkies NREM Edition for Free! Dream Junkies is a collective effort from Kings Dream MCs Ruslan, Beleaf, and John Givez. You gotta checkout this Positive Hip-Hop Album. Below is the download and track listing. Watch their video “Get a Bar 2″ where Ruslan, Beleaf, and John Givez take a break at an undisclosed location to share their skills. Read the Dream Junkies NREM Edition album review by Branden Murphy on Wade-o-Radio.com Don’t miss  the official music video for “Bass Loud” by Beleaf  feat. Andy Mineo off his…
  • The Birth of Jesus: The Meaning & Predictions

    Britt
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Image Credit Aaron Dailey “Lewis Sperry Chafer places the incarnation as one of the seven greatest events that have occurred in the history of the universe”. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. In this post we will take a look at the Incarnation ( the Birth of Jesus). We will discuss its meaning and the prophecies of His birth from the Old Testament. Meaning of the Birth of Jesus When we talk about the birth of Jesus we are talking about the incarnation. “The doctrine of the incarnation, briefly stated, is that the Lord Jesus Christ is one person with two natures…
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  • Heaven is for Real Movie: Is It Biblical

    Britt
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Image Credit/Facebook Heaven is for Real Page The Heaven is for Real movie is out in theaters and many Christians are promoting it. My point of this post is not to review the movie or the book but to bring awareness to the fact that it does not line up with scripture. Just like the Noah Movie which was anti scriptural we need to be aware of what Hollywood is promoting as Christian truth. If it does not line up with scripture it should be tossed out. (Col. 2:8; 2 Corinthians 10:5) Description of the Movie Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book of the same name, HEAVEN IS FOR REAL…
  • Noah Movie: What Every Christian Needs to Know

    Britt
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Image Credit Youtube The new Noah Movie by Darren Aronofsky starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins is out and is making an impact on all who watch it. There are tons of reviews out both from the Christian and Secular worlds. I have not seen it and probably will not go to see it. I did find this article by Dr. Brian Mattson and I think that every Christian should read it to know what lies behind the movie. He has done some solid research and lays out a good argument for the Noah Movie being grounded in 2nd century Gnosticism! For more on Gnosticism and its…
  • More than Music Pt. 1 DJ Wade-O Download

    Britt
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:38 am
    Image Credit Wadeoradio.com More than Music Pt. 1 DJ Wade-O Download. The new mixtape by DJ Wade-O and JahRock’n Productions. This mixtape takes some of the biggest Christian Rap songs of the past year and mashes them up with classic Gospel, Hip Hop, Funk, Rock and Jazz Records. DJ Wade-O and JahRock’n took the creativity one step further, as each mash-up combines songs that either have similar themes in content or have the same words in their title. Lecrae’s “Fakin’” is mashed up with Jr. Mafia’s “Get Money.” KB’s “Angels” is mashed up with Gospel-Great Richard…
  • Dream Junkies NREM Edition Free Download

    Britt
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Image Credit Kings Dream Ent. Download Dream Junkies NREM Edition for Free! Dream Junkies is a collective effort from Kings Dream MCs Ruslan, Beleaf, and John Givez. You gotta checkout this Positive Hip-Hop Album. Below is the download and track listing. Watch their video “Get a Bar 2″ where Ruslan, Beleaf, and John Givez take a break at an undisclosed location to share their skills. Read the Dream Junkies NREM Edition album review by Branden Murphy on Wade-o-Radio.com Don’t miss  the official music video for “Bass Loud” by Beleaf  feat. Andy Mineo off his…
  • The Birth of Jesus: The Meaning & Predictions

    Britt
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Image Credit Aaron Dailey “Lewis Sperry Chafer places the incarnation as one of the seven greatest events that have occurred in the history of the universe”. The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary. In this post we will take a look at the Incarnation ( the Birth of Jesus). We will discuss its meaning and the prophecies of His birth from the Old Testament. Meaning of the Birth of Jesus When we talk about the birth of Jesus we are talking about the incarnation. “The doctrine of the incarnation, briefly stated, is that the Lord Jesus Christ is one person with two natures…
 
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  • Science revisited

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day thirty...When you think of science, do you think of the natural world or the spiritual world? If you're like most of us, you think of science as only having to do with the natural world. So, to be sure, let's see what the dictionary says.
  • Making the connection

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day twenty-nine...A “surprising connection” is one of those moments when we realize that one issue in our life is being affected by another issue that appears to be totally unrelated.
  • Pushback

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day twenty-eight...When the word “pushback” is used in today's culture, we don't usually think about the pushback that backs an airplane away from the terminal. We're more likely to think about the pushback the community had against the proposed low‐income housing addition, or the pushback the parents had against the new middle‐school curriculum.
  • The importance of preparation

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day twenty-seven...When hearing someone say, “Let's do some painting,” those volunteers with no experience will immediately grab the brush and open the can—having no idea how far away they are from actually being ready to paint.
  • Shaping and perfecting

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Health and Healing. Day twenty-six...Art and function have always been inseparable in pottery. I am constantly amazed at what a pile of clay can become in the hands of the right person. Maria Martinez (1887–1990) was such a person.
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  • Proverbs 12: Where’s Your Foundation?

    Zak Schmoll
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    I think that deep down we all want to have some kind of foundation. We want to know that we are standing on something that is worth standing on. Proverbs 11 tells us something about finding our base in the foundation from where we want to live our lives. Pro 12:3  A man shall not be established by wickedness: but the root of the righteous shall not be moved. Basically, if you are basing your life on wickedness, you’re not going to be established. You are going to have a hard time having the kind of philosophy that you need to make good decisions in your life. Alternately, if you base your…
  • Proverbs 11: The Needs of Others

    Zak Schmoll
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:42 am
    I found an interesting little piece of information in Proverbs 11. I have to admit that it sounds a little bit odd off the top, but if we think about it a little bit, I think that it makes quite a bit of sense. Pro 11:26  He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it. I thought this sounded odd. Why are we spending valuable time in the most important book in the world talking about produce sales? I think that we need to step back and take a look at the situation that is being described here. Obviously, there is a demand for…
  • Proverbs 10: Attitudinal Starting Point

    Zak Schmoll
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Proverbs is one of those books that I seem to find a lot of application in. Obviously, that was the purpose it was written for, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, but Proverbs 10 is home to one of the more well-known verses from this book that I think we all need to keep in mind from time to time. Pro 10:12  Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. I want to approach this one in two parts. The first part talks about hatred stirring up strife. Thinking back over my life, this is a pretty obvious statement. If you don’t like someone all that much, it seems as if it is so…
  • Proverbs 9: Productive Conversations

    Zak Schmoll
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Proverbs 9 provides some very good advice for those of us who are interested in apologetics. Obviously, our interests often times bring us into deeper discussions with people who we might not see eye to eye with. These discussions can be frustrating to say the least. I was involved in a conversation with a few people where it seemed like everything I was twisted into something that I had never said. On top of that, no one bothered to address the questions I had. Proverbs 9 tells us something about interactions like that. Pro 9:7  He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he…
  • Proverbs 8: The Fear of God

    Zak Schmoll
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:28 pm
    I am really liking how Proverbs fits together so nicely. We have been talking a lot about wisdom, and as you will remember, the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. As a result, I have kind of played around a little bit with how I would define the fear of God in a way that is consistent with the other times we have talked about it. However, in Proverbs 8, we discover another definition for what it means to fear God. Pro 8:13  The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. If we truly fear God, we are going to get as far away…
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    Tithe(H)acker

  • My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2)

    mholmes
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:38 pm
    As I stated in the last post I wanted to give an unbiased and truthful account of my first year with tithing. Up to this point in my life I had never seen anything done like this before. Most people when they talk about tithing are quick to talk about how much of a multiplication […]The post My First Year Results with Tithing: A Personal Case Study (Part 2) appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • My first year results with tithing: a personal case study

    mholmes
    3 Feb 2014 | 6:34 am
    I was hesitant to write this post. Why? It’s not something you read or hear. The fact is, when most people give their testimonies about tithing it’s usually with an instantaneous and positive ending. Most ministries tell how the person who gave received a 400% increase in a matter of months. Last year…that was NOT the […]The post My first year results with tithing: a personal case study appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • After You Give Your Tithes Follow the Virgin

    mholmes
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    The Christmas season is upon us. As a result, everyone turns their attention to a manger, a virgin mother, and a Baby that changed the world. As much as I am indebted to that Baby I wanted to focus on the mother–the Virgin Mary. I wanted to talk about her faith actually. When she heard […]The post After You Give Your Tithes Follow the Virgin appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Why You Are Already Prosperous

    mholmes
    5 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    I’m starting to understand what I already am in Christ: I’m holy I’m righteous I’m more than a conqueror I’m complete in Him I’m anointed I’m accepted in the Beloved …and etc. Because of that I also realize that I am already successful/and or prosperous because God is with me. Now I understand how this […]The post Why You Are Already Prosperous appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
  • Will There Be An End Time Wealth Transfer

    mholmes
    2 Dec 2013 | 4:00 am
    Wanted to give ANOTHER testimony before I start: I have officially paid off ALL consumer debt! This feeling is surreal. It’s surreal because I’ve had these debts for a good couple of years now. But ever since I started to fully become a tither and now a tithehacker I’ve been able to pay them off. […]The post Will There Be An End Time Wealth Transfer appeared first on Tithe(H)acker.
 
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    Armchair Theology

  • Why I Believe the Resurrection

    Dave
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:14 pm
    A look back on the most important event in history: Why are you a Christian? Why is the building you attend church standing there? Why do we have centuries’ worth of hymns and books? Why is the Bible the best-selling book of all time? Because we believe that in Jerusalem in the first century a man walked out of his grave. But how can we prove that the resurrection happened? There was no video surveillance. There were no autopsy reports. All of the involved witnesses were biased. Why do we believe Jesus rose from the dead? Continue Reading
  • The Impossibility of “Fire Insurance” Faith

    Dave
    12 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    You take out fire insurance so that if, in the unlikely event that your house burns down, you’ll get your house back. You don’t really believe your house will burn down but you admit the possibility and prepare for the worse. Sometimes you’ll hear Christians argue for “fire insurance” faith. What does it look like? You might try persuading your neighbor to become a Christian just in case there is a God. “What harm could it do,” you ask, “just to be safe?” This is the modern-day outworking of Pascal’s wager: all bet with their lives…
  • Our Biggest Need, God In Our Lives

    Dave
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Reading from my pastoral counseling course: Why was such an awesome miracle necessary? Because sin not only reduces us to fools, but also inflicts us with a profound blindness. This spiritual blindness affects us in many ways, by ultimately it obscures our God as He has revealed Himself. Yes, God as a Spirit is physically hidden, but sin blinds us from Him in a much more profoundly spiritual sense. Like the people in the days of Christ, we don’t see God even when He is right in front of our eyes. The troubling thing about Sara’s story of her divorce is not just that it is a sad story of…
  • Jonathan Edwards and the Typology of Nature

    Dave
    9 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Typology is a sticky subject. Which passages can we consider typological? Which can’t we? Jonathan Edwards liked typology so much that he extended it beyond Scripture and into the natural world. He assumed that if the world was made by the God of the Bible we would see things in the world and its created order that pointed us to truths about God. Some examples: “Children’s coming into the world naked and filthy, and in their blood, and crying and impotent, is to signify the spiritual nakedness, pollution of nature and wretchedness of condition with which they are…
  • Is Strong’s Concordance Reliable?

    Dave
    6 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    The most-visited page on my website remains How NOT To Use Strong’s Concordance. It’s slightly frustrating that a page which has essentially nothing to do with this site’s central message is it’s all-time leader in views, pulling in more than quadruple the amount of search traffic as most other sections of the site. I’m not too frustrated however because the gospel-centered hermeneutic I’m dedicated to here is a much narrower niche. So I thought I’d pause a moment and answer a question I see a lot about Strong’s concordance: Is it reliable?
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    WisdomWonderBeauty

  • We Survived the Move! (Barely)

    Mr. Wiseguy
    29 Mar 2014 | 8:19 am
    Tunnel Snow Swirl Photo Credit: Sharon Mollerus via Compfight cc Let me tell you, it was close! We started with a blizzard the night before moving day, and we just finished our first house-project-that-sounds-easy-but-surprisingly-never-ends. It’s been a crazy month! When we first walked through this house, we were most excited by……… the utility room! That’s right – not the kitchen or the yard or the garage. The utility room. It was huge – and mostly empty. One piece of advice from the BiggerPockets podcast is to look for easy equity. This was a great…
  • We Bought a House!

    Mr. Wiseguy
    21 Feb 2014 | 11:53 am
    **This post is part of the 30 Before 30 series. It’s like a bucket list, but broken down by decades – 30 goals by age 30, 40 goals by 40, and so on. The ongoing list and relevant posts can be found here.** Our New House! It’s true! We closed just a few days ago. Our search began nearly a year ago – and the market was ridiculously competitive. In 4 months, we put in an offer on only one house – along with 11 other potential buyers that same day. Seriously frustrating. With Lil Wonder on the way, we decided it was a good time to take a break. We licked our wounds…
  • Why Before How

    Mr. Wiseguy
    9 Feb 2014 | 12:53 pm
    NEXT: Twin Cities 2014 “My story started with an observation back in college. There are challenges like making the next best smartphone. And then there are challenges like poverty and disease. There is significantly more money going into your phone – making the next, slightly better version of what you already have – than into these large world issues. Not only money – time, resources, and talent all favor the latest technology.” I’ll admit, I was intrigued – especially considering this was a talk on using real estate to replace your 9-5 job. My good…
  • NEXT: Twin Cities – Putting Ideas in Action

    Mr. Wiseguy
    19 Jan 2014 | 7:23 am
    Photo Credit: “Caveman Chuck” Coker via Compfight cc The lightbulb flashes – there! A great idea. Quick, capture it! Ideas are elusive – especially the best ones. Thankfully, you were quick and wrote this one down. You’ve done it. Cured cancer, discovered Atlantis, found the perfect Cheerios:milk ratio. What it is isn’t important – what matters is it’s big. There’s only one question remaining… What’s Next?   Seriously. How do you go from a great idea to a great product? What if you want to take it further and change peoples’…
  • Lifestyle Design

    Mr. Wiseguy
    9 Jan 2014 | 10:51 am
    Are you being crushed by ‘average’?  – Photo Credit: peasap via Compfight cc Go to College > Graduate > Get Hired > Buy a Car > Buy a House > Have a Family > Work for Decades > Retire. Sound about average? Here are some more examples of average: The average student in Minnesota has $31K in student loan debt  [Mint] The average baby boomer is $500K short of being able to retire [CNBC] The average new car loses 11% of its value the second it leaves the lot [Edmunds] The average mortgage debt is $150K [NerdWallet] Does being average sound appealing? I…
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    Seeing Invisible

  • Why I Wrote Here & Gone

    Blake Mankin
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Next month, I’ll be releasing my third EP. It’ll be called Here & Gone, and it’s a handful of songs I’ve poured my heart into. I’ve had some incredible friends that have helped me pull this off, and I’m grateful they’ve served generously to make it possible for me to keep creating songs.   Music is one of those things that helps me articulate ideas in a way no other medium can. It’s a canvas that offers a different palette of colors to choose from. And with Here & Gone, I painted in a way I haven’t before. I’ve been…
  • Why Your Home Should Have an Open Door Policy

    Blake Mankin
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    photo credit: Lee Cannon via photopin ccGrowing up, my family had an open door policy. This meant that anyone was welcome. It meant the house could be a wreck and people could still come over. It meant the refrigerator didn’t just feed our immediate family, it also fed our extended family–included neighbors and friends. I didn’t know just how impactful this philosophy was until I was at lunch recently with a friend I’ve known most of my life. He told me he wanted to model his future family with the same idea in mind. The open door policy changed his life, and it made him want to…
  • What We’ve Learned Living in a Garage

    Blake Mankin
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:42 am
    Meagan and I live in a garage that’s been converted into a place to live. It’s about 450 square feet and is essentially a studio apartment. Our neighbor down the road actually used to live in it, and he installed small windows and a kitchen. We weren’t quite sure how it would go getting our marriage kicked off living in a place this small, but we were excited for the adventure. And let me tell you–it’s been amazing. People sometimes wonder how we do it. They ask us how we manage with what they might think is a space for ants. Honestly, it’s hard to imagine doing anything else…
  • Six Things You Need to Know About Life After College

    Blake Mankin
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    photo credit: kevin dooley via photopin cc The day after graduation can feel like an identity crisis. I remember sitting there thinking about how anti-climactic it felt to walk across a stage and get a diploma. How it seemed like college happened in a blink of an eye. I had worked so hard to graduate, and there I was–having an existential crisis. I had no idea what the next few months/years/decades would hold for me because I hadn’t locked down a job and I felt scared, unsure of myself, and in limbo. To some extent, sadly, this uncertainty remains true even today. But the decisions up…
  • Ten Quick Tips to Start Your Work Week

    Blake Mankin
    6 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    photo credit: Ian Sane via photopin cc Welcome to Monday. Another week is upon us, and we have some decisions to make. Will we go all in? Will we choose to press into the adventure God is inviting us to experience? When Friday rolls around, will we be able to say we gave it our all? Will we be able to say we focused, pressed in, created, invested in relationships, poured ourselves out, and rested? Here are ten quick tips to remember as you move through work this week: 1) Don’t look for your worth in your job title. Your position doesn’t define you. What God thinks of you defines you. And…
 
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • He Did All of It for Us

    virtuousgirls1
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    Jesus left His home to come to earth. He gave up His sovereignty to be a servant. He was despised so that we could be made divine. He carried our sorrows so we would no longer have to grieve. He was stricken and smitten so we could be saved. He was rejected so we could be redeemed. Forsaken by God so we could be made a part of His family. He was wounded that we might be healed, oppressed so we could be free. He exchanged His perfection for our imperfection; His glory for our shame; His honesty for our dishonesty; His love for our hate; His peace for our wars. He stripped Himself of power so…
  • 5 Stages of Easter

    virtuousgirls1
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Palm Sunday A triumphant entry. A crowd of happy people. Singing and shouting, “Hosanna!” Palm branches waving for a King had come in peace. Zion’s King had come. Righteous and victorious. Lowly and riding a donkey. The Prince of peace. Maundy Thursday A holy day. A solemn day. Thursday of mysteries. The washing of feet and the last supper. The Christ gives bread as His body and the cup as His blood. Take and eat. Take and drink. An announcement sends a wave of shock through the gathering of twelve. There is a betrayer among them. What? Is it I, Lord? Surely, it isn’t…
  • JANAE – NEW POST (chapter 5)

    virtuousgirls1
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Taylor wins a chess championship; Janae gets into a fight with Beverly – CHAPTER 5 of ‘JANAE’ has been posted. Check it out now! Girls of Virtue – Book Three: Janae Before Janae could do it, Mika Gist gave her a call. “Janae, there just aren’t any words to express my disappointment with what happened on Sunday,” she began as soon as Janae answered her cell phone. “I heard about the fire at your church. I know about your mom and I am glad she is okay. But there is such a thing called professionalism where the job is finished, no matter how you feel or what is going on in your…
  • Good Friday

    virtuousgirls1
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    The same day true love died is also the day death died.
  • A Separation, Darkness, and Good Friday

    virtuousgirls1
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Here is an awesome Good Friday devotional from Lon Solomon that we thought we would share. (Also, you can listen to Lon preaching “Jesus Rose from the Dead, IMPOSSIBLE?” at MBC this Easter weekend). Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:45-46) Today is Good Friday — the day we remember Christ’s death on the cross. Scripture tells us that on…
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Ark Of The Covenant

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Have your kids make their very own ark of the covenant.   This craft can be used for telling the story of: Its creation, description and purpose. Crossing the river Jordan. The battle of Jericho. Having it stolen and returned by the Philistines. Its return to Jerusalem. God granting Solomon wisdom. The creation of Solomon’s […]
  • Mothers Day Flower Basket

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    I’m about a month early, but I thought I would get a start on Mothers Day. This craft is a cute mothers day flower basket that any mom would be happy to receive. You can also use this as a cup holder by inserting a small Styrofoam cup into the flower basket. Instructions Print the […]
  • Bible Beard

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    A simple beard your kids can make for a variety of Bible stories. Instructions Print the template onto card stock. (Template) Color and cut out the beard. There are two ways of wearing the beard. 1 Glue the beard to a large popsicle stick. 2 With a one-hole punch, make two holes on each side […]
  • The Church

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    12 Apr 2014 | 6:15 pm
    The church is the group of believers not the building itself. It is very important that kids have a correct understanding of what the church is and isn’t. Important aspects to cover when teaching our kids about the church: The difference between the local and universal church. When the church was founded. The reason we […]
  • Adam And Eve- Coloring Page

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    10 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Adam And Eve (Coloring Page) Coloring pages are a great way to end a Sunday School lesson. They can serve as a great take home activity. Or sometimes you just need to fill in those last five minutes before the end of class. Preview and print this free printable coloring page by clicking on the […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • Lessons from Saplings

    Renewed Daily
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God.I will strengthen you and help you.I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. - Isaiah 41:10To celebrate the slow inching-in of Spring, my parents bought a willow tree for their driveway entrance. I can't wait to see it all leafed out and drooping over the grass. Dad went online to find out how best to brace the spindly trunk until it could grow and send down strong roots. He found something I thought was really interesting.He was going to brace it all sides by using 3 support posts and tying each one to it.
  • Symmetry and Harmony

    Renewed Daily
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believersin harmony with God’s own will. - Romans 8:27As a music lover, harmony is one of my favorite things. I just love it. It gives me goosebumps and can make me cry, simply because it is so, so beautiful.The next time you see a gorgeous example in nature of symmetry... the next time you hear a stunning piece of perfectly harmonized music... may it remind you that our God is a God who creates and perfects.The Spirit pleads for us. Even while we cry out, the Spirit presents our cares as a…
  • There Among Them

    Renewed Daily
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”- Matthew 18:20.Dear ones, do you often feel isolated and left out? I know I do. I rarely have the health to go and do anything. Just sitting upright or interacting with a group is exhausting and can set me back for weeks. Driving is impossible, so I have to depend on others for transportation to events, and I can't be in a vehicle or sitting with my feet down for longer than an hour or so.For one reason or another, I'm hardly ever able to attend social gatherings or parties or events. I've only been to…
  • Sunday Scripture: 4/20/14

    Renewed Daily
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son,who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. - Colossians 1:12-14 If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share it on the social network of your choice for me. All you have to do is click one of the buttons below. May God Bless You, Shelly The post Sunday Scripture: 4/20/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written by Renewed Daily
  • Recommendation Saturday: Rise Up!

    Renewed Daily
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Always remember that Jesus Christ, a descendant of King David, was raised from the dead. This is the Good News I preach.And because I preach this Good News, I am suffering and have been chained like a criminal. But the word of God cannot be chained.So I am willing to endure anything if it will bring salvation and eternal glory in Christ Jesus to those God has chosen.This is a trustworthy saying:If we die with him,we will also live with him.If we endure hardship,we will reign with him.If we deny him,he will deny us.- 2 Timothy 2:8-12When you're feeling overcome by the discouragement, when all…
 
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • Today is “Earth Day”

    kristinemac
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:44 pm
    “Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Heaven Is For Real—The Movie

    kristinemac
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    In 2010, Todd Burpo recounted the details of his son, Colton’s, visionary experience in a book called Heaven is for Real. Events which occurred while the child, at the age of four,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fairest Lord Jesus

    kristinemac
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Good Friday. The day we remember the deepest act of love ever offered to humanity. The day when Jesus gave His life so all  of us could be forgiven of our sin once and for all. Fairest Lord Jesus.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DVD Review: Iesodo

    kristinemac
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:59 pm
    Iesodo (Yay-Sa-Doe) is a cute children’s video series which features animated birds in short vignettes taken from Bible stories about Jesus. There are three words I will use to describe these... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • In the Quiet Moments

    kristinemac
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Well, I woke up to three inches (thereabouts) of snow covering my balcony this morning. Can you believe it? Snow! In fact, there were snowflakes floating through the air as I drove my husband to work... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Movie Parables

  • Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott The lunacy continues in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues as America’s dumbest newscaster returns to the screen with his team of broadcast nitwits in tow. On the surface, this sequel to the 2004 comedy appears to offer nothing particularly new. It is just a rehash of the same sophomoric humor of the original film. But there is one notable exception. After stripping away the idiotic behavior of the characters, the questionable taste of the filmmakers, and the puerile nature of the jokes, there is a substantive message at the heart of it all for those…
  • Grudge Match (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott You have to admit, the concept behind Grudge Match is genius. Casting the Italian Stallion and the Raging Bull in the same film and making them arch rivals is the stuff from which boxing dreams are made. It is just a shame that the film arrived about twenty years too late. Still, the old gents give it their all, playing to their strengths and even poking a little fun at their own images in the process. A sports rivalry between Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) and Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) grew to epic proportions with each of…
  • 20 Feet From Stardom (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott It really isn’t fair to call the featured artists of 20 Feet From Stardom “unsung” heroes, because they can all sing their hearts out and have on many of the popular hits we know and fondly remember from our youth. Backup singers Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer, Tata Vega, and Judith Hill among others are brought front and center in an award-winning documentary that finally puts a well-deserved spotlight on these exceedingly talented vocalists. As stated by many of the artists who appear on screen (Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Bette Midler, and…
  • Home Run (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott There are some problems that cannot be solved by tackling them alone. Home Run tells the story of a very successful baseball player whose life is much less successful off the field. It is a life-affirming story of addiction, forgiveness, recovery, and deliverance that will resonate with many people who have overcome challenges with the help of a support group. Cory Brand (Scott Elrod) is a popular, league-leading All-Star for the Denver Grizzlies baseball team. What people don’t know is that his childhood was anything but idyllic. Raised by an alcoholic…
  • The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott Based upon the autobiography by Jordan Belfort, The Wolf of Wall Street shows how important it is to have a moral compass and how easily greed and excess can lead one away from it. Unfortunately for Belfort, he was drawn to an industry at a time when greed and excess was the name of the game. And unfortunately for the world today, it doesn’t look like there has been much of a downside to playing it which is why things probably haven’t changed all that much. The rich get richer and the poor who want to get rich get duped. Belfort, (Leonardo DiCaprio), was…
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    Thoughtful

  • Laughter is worthwhile (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    "The human race has one really effective weapon, and that is laughter."  Mark Twain I remember laughing a lot in college.  Looking back there aren't many things I specifically remember laughing about, but one particular moment comes to mind. Dorm checks were on Thursday evenings.  It was relatively informal.  Every (or almost every) Thursday, an RA would check your room and make sure
  • Keeping doors closed and locked is important.(a.k.a. The Night The Man Came In The Dorm) A-Z Blogging Challenge

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    This time I just want to tell you the story of the night the man came in our dorm. First of all, our dorms were strictly separated.  There were three dorms for the girls and three dorms for the guys.  The only times we were allowed in each others' dorms were at the twice a year open houses or during move in or move out times. On top of that, we had curfew every night.  On Monday through
  • Jesus is more important than school. (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    For being at a Christian school, it could sometimes be really difficult to live an authentic Christian life. There were plenty of opportunities to worship.  We had chapel, including a worship time, twice a week, plus church on Sunday mornings.  Many of us were at church on Sunday nights and Wednesday nights as well.  We had worship in small group and at dorm meetings.  On any given night, you
  • Invitations to dinner are important. (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

    12 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    It didn't take me long to learn that in college, invitations to dinner are important.  You can only eat in the cafeteria so many meals in a row before you're ready for a change in scenery.  And if you're a proper college student, you can't exactly afford Olive Garden or McDonald's on a regular basis, so you have to rely on the kindness of others. But it's really more than that.  Meals are
  • Helping feels good (A-Z Blogging Challenge)

    10 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Spring break:  Beaches, road trips, a week relaxing at home with the family. Or. Week of Evangelism:  Beaches (yes, a group went to Hawaii), road trips, a week of spending time with friends and school mates to help people that need it. Week of Evangelism (Week of E) came around every spring, at about the same time other schools were having spring break.  And honestly, it looks the same from
 
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  • Beyond Easter

    Karen
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:44 am
    I just dropped one of my dogs off at the vet for unscheduled surgery to (hopefully) correct a condition we’ve been trying to overcome for almost two months. This comes after a night when I was up until after 1:30am trying desperately to draw a coherent English paper out of my middle school aged son. […]
  • Resurrection – A Reason for Hope

    Karen
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  – Matthew 28:5-6 A lot of emotions, questions and fears must have been swirling within the women as they made their way to […]
  • Eclipsed

    Karen
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    On Tuesday April 15, skywatchers in Atlanta will be treated to a total lunar eclipse. While poetry, songs, and love stories romantically depict the moon as ‘shining’ in the night sky, the reality is that it has no light of its own and merely reflects the abundant light of the sun back to a dark […]
  • From Theory to Reality

    Karen
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:22 am
    Recently, I was thumbing through a wonderful and thought-provoking book written by a Gary Haugen who works on behalf of oppressed people who are enslaved in countries around the world. His initiation into this ministry began when he learned of the genocide in Rwanda in the 1990s. Back then, he recalled seeing news broadcasts reporting the […]
  • Understanding Noah

    Karen Woodall
    26 Mar 2014 | 5:31 am
    The big budget movie, Noah, opens this weekend.  And if you’re active at all on social media, you know that it’s already stirred a significant level of controversy. Some Christian leaders have called on their congregations and followers to boycott it because of the creative license that writers have taken with the story. Other commentators […]
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    Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times

  • How Ancient Civilizations Avoided Collapse

    Martin
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:11 am
    Agrigento, Ancient and Modern Many ancient civilizations were able to endure for over 500 years, or in some cases more than 1,000 years. Even though we consider ourselves to be far more advanced, we are in some ways at the tribal stage of development the way we’re divided among ourselves. In fact, the very fabric [...] The post How Ancient Civilizations Avoided Collapse appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • A Prayer Walk in the Rain

    Martin
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:02 pm
    image courtesy Chobonaut I went for a walk in the rain today. I walked farther than I had planned because I was enjoying a fruitful time of prayer. Have you ever felt like God was looking down at you in approval of something you were doing for His sake? It’s a wonderful feeling, isn’t it? [...] The post A Prayer Walk in the Rain appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • What Does the Bible Say About Human Rights?

    Martin
    13 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Do we have all these rights?…  Do we have any rights? (Courtesy: @Flickr) The topic of human rights can be a confusing one for Christians. It brings up questions such as: What rights do people in relation to one another? What rights do we have in relation to governments? When is it appropriate to demand [...] The post What Does the Bible Say About Human Rights? appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • The Truth About Tithes and Offerings

    Martin
    6 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    You’ve probably heard stories about widows who gave their last dollar to a televangelist. Many Christians have had negative experiences in terms of how funds were solicited and used by ministers. I now know what the Bible actually teaches about tithes and offerings. Here are some tweets on this topic, posted from my account, @RTGbook: [...] The post The Truth About Tithes and Offerings appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • Thoughts on Justice and the Wisdom of Solomon

    Martin
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:10 pm
    This post is the start of something new! As some of you know, I occasionally preach a little “sermon” on Twitter. Unfortunately, it can take a great deal of time and work to convey the same ideas in a blog post, due to all the transitions and further thoughts. This can easily extend a few [...] The post Thoughts on Justice and the Wisdom of Solomon appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
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  • You are Seen, Loved, and Commissioned. Now Go.

    Beth Nicoletto
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yeah, I see you come in. It’s strategically 9 minutes past and you know the lights are dimmed and people are standing and the music is blaring so when you slip in the back row, along with the others who arrive late, no one even notices you. You carry ink on your skin – you’re covered.  You’ve got punctured metal in weird places, and that odor permeating through your clothes will likely give you away, but you slip in at 9 minutes past because people are distracted and hopefully no one will notice. Yeah, but I see you. You stand next to an old woman, alone. You both let out a smile…
  • {Good Friday} Worthy Is The Lamb Who Was Slain

    Jen Ratzlaff
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    There is a picture from my childhood that is unlike any other.  It is of my sister and I, bundled up against the bitter early Spring on an Idaho farm.  We have on giant beanies, “toughskin” jeans, and pink cheeks that tell of the frigid wind.  Next to us, in a sheep’s pen, is a tiny newborn lamb and its mother. We had spent the morning seeing all of the animals and hearing about farm life.  We especially enjoyed the newborn lambs.  Have you seen baby lambs?  Really, nothing is cuter.  Farm life can be full of harsh realities, though, and before long we came across death in the…
  • Taking Off the Mask

    Meghan Alanis
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Do you ever look around and wonder if what we see on the outside of others is truly who they are? We walk around and see smiles plastered on faces that are so used to answering the question of “How are you?” with “I’m good/fine, how are you?” I sometimes wonder if anyone every really answers that question honestly anymore. Myself included. Since when have we become so much like robots that our answers, facial expressions and questions to others spew out of our mouths like a script we have memorized? I have been reading a book on vulnerability. (Seriously, if you haven’t read…
  • Running and Resting: Maintain Margin in Your Busy Schedule

    Melissa Danisi
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    I recently had to fill out an inventory answering the question “How am I at maintaining margin?”  I had to rate the following questions from 0=Never to 5=Nearly Always. I am able to keep up with my work load without taking time from other important things and people in my life. My lifestyle is characterized by love, joy, peace and patience. When there is more work than I can handle, I can leave it, physically and mentally, so that it doesn’t bother me after work. I have ample time and energy to enjoy my friends. I take a day of rest weekly. I get enough sleep to maintain good physical…
  • Sitting in the Significance of Covenant

    Jaime Strmiska
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ever have those “aha” moments? The ones that leave you a little dazed and wondering why you never “got it” before? I feel like I’ve been having one of those lately working through a Bible study on covenant. The concept of covenant is core to our Christian faith, but even what may seem like the most basic, foundational tenets have a way of rocking our world. Covenant is woven all throughout the Bible. And I’ve been sitting in awe reading through one particular example the last few weeks. It’s from 2 Samuel 9. It’s the story of David showing kindness to a young man named…
 
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  • Interview: Nabeel Quresh, author of Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

    Jonathan
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Dr. Nabeel Qureshi (@NAQureshi) is a former devout Muslim who was convinced of the truth of the gospel through historical reasoning and a spiritual search for God. Since his conversion, he’s dedicated his life to spreading the gospel through teaching, preaching, writing, and debating. He’s given lectures at universities and seminaries throughout North America, including New York University, Rutgers, the University of North Carolina, and the University of Ottawa. Bible Gateway interviewed Dr. Qureshi about his book, Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters…
  • Refreshed: Men of the Bible Email Devotional

    Jonathan
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Bible Gateway offers you more than 60 email devotionals, verse-of-the-day newsletters, and Bible reading plans. Among them for the past several years has been All the Men of the Bible, a devotional of excerpts from the book of the same title by Herbert Lockyer. We’ve refreshed the newsletter so that it now is delivered to your inbox weekly, comprised of excerpts from the book Men of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Men in Scripture by Ann Spangler (@annspangler) and Robert Wolgemuth (@robertwolgemuth) This devotional provides inspirational insight into the life and character of…
  • The 10 Most Popular Books of the Bible (and Why)

    Jonathan
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    Jeffrey Kranz (@Jeffrey_the_Red) of The Overview Bible Project created the following Infographic from Bible Gateway’s online usage data. The top-10 most-read books of the Bible on BibleGateway.com are Psalms, Matthew, John, Romans, Proverbs, Genesis, Luke, 1 Corinthians, Isaiah, and Acts.
  • We Serve a Risen Savior!

    Andy
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Hallelujah—Christ is risen! Today is the most joyous day of the year: the day we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the tomb, and the grace and forgiveness that his death and resurrection make possible. Today, Christ-followers in every corner of the world are rejoicing in the living hope that is Jesus Christ. Wherever you are this morning, you can participate by taking a few moments to read the Easter story below. Maybe you’ve never read the Easter story before, or maybe you’ve read it a hundred times. Either way, know that whatever your circumstances, whatever…
  • Passion Week Visualized

    Jonathan
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:01 am
    The following Infographics are from the NIV QuickView Bible (Zondervan, 2012) (website). Navigate and understand the Bible easily with more than 360 visual Infographics, 20 maps, lists, and color-coded sections alongside the NIV text. The Bible is presented as never before through at-a-glance snapshots that visually display key stories and insights from God’s Word.
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • Sidestepping Abiathar: Arguing for Christianity without Fighting for Inerrancy

    Nicene Nerd
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:48 pm
    If you’ve ever had a debate with an atheist or other skeptic about Christianity, you’ve probably heard it. Those four terrible words. “The Bible contains errors.” Suddenly, at least from their perspective, your entire argument is worthless. For we know how it goes: If they’re convinced there is one error in the Bible, that should mean it’s not God’s Word for God cannot err, and if the Bible isn’t God’s Word, then Christianity is false. Naturally, the first response that may come to mind is “Prove it” or perhaps “No there…
  • How to Know God’s Will for You (Without Gimmicks, Funny Feelings, or Voices in Your Head)

    Nicene Nerd
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    “What is God’s will for my life?” This question consumes the minds of many believers perpetually. Taught from birth to seek God’s will in everything, many find themselves stuck on major (or minor) decisions trying to discern what God wants them to do. I come to free you. Okay, as dramatically as I imagine saying that in my head, I’m really only trying to point out a Biblical truth which actually is somewhat liberating. Ready for it? Here it goes. You don’t need to constantly seek out “God’s will”—i.e. mysterious plans God has for your…
  • Are Catholics Real Believers?

    Nicene Nerd
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Can Catholics be real Christians? This is a question that many evangelical Protestants ask at some point, and I think there is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation out there. This linked article, while not exhaustive, is I think a good start to understanding this issue. The post Are Catholics Real Believers? appeared first on The Nicene Nerd.
  • The New Way to Get the Nerd

    Nicene Nerd
    8 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Hello, all! Many of you probably saw my recent video of me singing “In Summer” from Frozen. Well, having done that, I came to the decision that I want to do more blog stuff on my YouTube channel, because vlogging is cool. So send me requests and I’ll respond with videos! The post The New Way to Get the Nerd appeared first on The Nicene Nerd.
  • Love, Selflessness, and Pleasure

    Nicene Nerd
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:31 pm
    If you asked twenty good men today what they thought the highest of the virtues, nineteen of them would reply, Unselfishness. But if you had asked almost any of the great Christians of old, he would have replied, Love. You see what has happened? A negative term has been substituted for a positive, and this is of more than philological importance. The negative idea of Unselfishness carries with it the suggestion not primarily of securing good things for others, but of going without them ourselves, as if our abstinence and not their happiness was the important point. I do not think this is the…
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • The Wrong Historic Peace Agreement

    Kyle
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    As of today a historic deal has been reached in the middle east. It will bring two parties together that have been at odds for a long time and bring stability to an unstable region. Many people would believe that this would mean peace between Israel and Palestine especially after President Obama and Secretary Kerry made it a focal point of foreign policy in the last two years. Instead the political factions with Gaza and the West Bank, the PLO and Hamas respectively, have decided to reconcile under one group for leadership of all Palestinian people. Though this may seem like a major victory…
  • One Man’s Commentary: Genesis 25

    Elijah Christian
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week’s One Man’s Commentary brings us to the end of Abraham’s story. Abraham has come a long way from Mesopotamia and is now firmly entrenched in his faith in the one true God. We learn about Abraham’s remarrying after the death of Sarah, his burial, and the families of his sons, Issac and Ishmael. After the death of his beloved wife Sarah Abraham marries again to a woman named Keturah. This women is of lower status than Sarah and is confirmed a concubine in 1 Chronicles 1:32. Through this woman Abraham produces even more offspring apart from Issac and Ishmael. Though they were…
  • He is Risen Indeed

    Kyle
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    A woman runs frantically back to the group of Disciples who are sitting dejected a the thought of going back to the normal day-to-day after following the charismatic Man whom they thought was their Savior. Bursting through the door of the Upper Room she frantically tells them that His body is missing as she tries to catch her breath. The Disciple that Christ loved and the rock of the church sprint to the tomb only to find it empty as the woman had said. Seeing this they each went to their own homes, but the woman stayed outside the tomb weeping as a man approach. As she spoke to this man…
  • Video of the Week-DC Talk Red Letter’s

    Elijah Christian
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:57 am
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bslr7yb3Eao The truth is in the Red Letters.
  • A Truly Good Friday

    Elijah Christian
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
      Jesus walked into Jerusalem a marked man. He frightened the Jewish ruling class because He claimed to be God and had the ability to forgive people’s sins. He frightened the Roman elite because He caused unrest in the sizeable Jewish minority. Jerusalem was the hot bed of it all. It is no surprise that after Passover holiday that the authorities finally make their move to end this Jesus movement. Little did they knew they were planning right into God’s plan. After being sold out by one of His disciples, Judas, Jesus is taken in the Garden of Gethsemane. His disciples try to fight…
 
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    Do You Really Believe.com

  • Are you dead in your sins?

    admin
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    We all fall short and if we think we are pure then we seem to be off on the facts of what we truly are.  What I am trying to say is that for so long people have always had some kind of spiritual arrogance and we need to realize we all are equal and fall short to the creator of the universe.  If we base ourselves on others we will end up comparing and then people will feel judged.  This judgment is where spiritual arrogance occurs if you are Christian or not. So, to answer the question above, if you are human you have fallen short and you are dead in your sin.  The awesome part of all this…
  • What do you rely on?

    admin
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I have had some job issues this year and it is interesting when I reflect on how I have dealt with it.  When I thought I was going to lose my job, the first thing I went to was my 401K and savings and reflected on how I would make it.  When I thought of my response it convicted me.  Recently a friend read the following passage and I truly am thankful for this verse: Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as being in control of everything.  Riches and honor come from you alone, and you are the ruler of all mankind; your hand controls…
  • What do you think the marks of a true Christian are?

    admin
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Based on being or not being a Christian, I really believe this is a judgement that you need to do on yourself.  Judging others is not for the Christian or non Christian.  Let’s leave this up to God… Love in Action Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love.Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.  Bless those who…
  • Who is Jesus? (Video)

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?”  John 11:25-26 (NIV) So many people have an idea of what Jesus was.  The key to Jesus is He was the One to save us all. Click here to view the video on YouTube. Do you rely on Jesus?  Are you willing to allow Him to save you?  Do you not understand? Do You Believe? Questions, Share, Email, Facebook image: Christopher Chan    
  • Do you think God owes you?

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Do you ever wonder if God loves you and you don’t get what you deserve or do you think God owes you? What relationships in your life have taught you grace? Or have relationships shown you no grace?  Have you had to show grace? The Death-Dealing Sin, the Life-Giving Gift 12-14 You know the story of how Adam landed us in the dilemma we’re in—first sin, then death, and no one exempt from either sin or death. That sin disturbed relations with God in everything and everyone, but the extent of the disturbance was not clear until God spelled it out in detail to Moses. So death, this huge…
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    Brad Andres

  • Noah: An Expression of Faith in God (Movie Review)

    Brad Andres
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    I was recently able to see the movie Noah. I liked it. I enjoyed it. Most of all, it helped me to consider the story and struggles of Noah as I have not considered before. There have been many reviews, many good reviews and many negative reviews. I am not going to say “don’t go see the movie,” neither will I absolutely recommend for you to see the movie either. Here’s what I will say: If you cannot move yourself past expecting the Noah story you’ve grown up imagining – don’t go see the movie. If you are open to thinking of the Noah story in ways that…
  • Lead Us Not Into Temptation. Deliver Us From Evil.

    Brad Andres
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    God is simple, yet God is complex. His love is easy to understand, yet His love is deeper than the oceans. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil is easy to get but deeper than surface understanding. These phrases in the Lord’s prayer embrace the complexity of God. Why would we need to ask God to keep us away from temptation if He doesn’t want us to sin? Why should we ask to be delivered from evil if we are under God’s circle of protection? Many ancient Jewish prayers suggest this verse means something along the lines of “do not let us sin when we are tested.” It…
  • Walk Your Talk: Our Image of a Christian Man (@GoodMenProject)

    Brad Andres
    31 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    It may be khaki pants, a tucked in polo shirt, shaven, clean cut hair, wife, two kids, and a two story off-white house with a picket fence. Or it could be worn jeans, a loosely fitted tee shirt, old tennis shoes, a high mileage, low rusted car, and a family. How about suit and tie, slicked hair, bible always in right hand near his chest hidden behind the glare of his watch. Maybe it’s the dude with tattoos, torn shirts, camo shorts, and who likes to enjoy a few beers on the weekend. Or possibly it is the gentleman who has the kept beard, deep voice, button down shirt, and each weekend plays…
  • 5 Money Tips After the Honeymoon (@Manturity)

    Brad Andres
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Finding your prized bride or groom is exciting. Then, being able to enjoy the union of two becoming one is exhilarating. The honeymoon is a surreal experience to give you the opportunity to relax, unwind, and simply escape the stresses of everyday life with your new partner in life. Unfortunately, the honeymoon doesn’t last forever. All newlyweds must come back to the eb-and-flow of everyday life. In family life, finances are part of the everyday driving rhythm. Money, unfortunately, is also one of the leading causes of divorce among married couples. Here are 5 money tips to help you stay…
  • A Brief History of St. Patrick

    Brad Andres
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    At 16 years old, St. Patrick was taken as a prisoner to Ireland. He spent six years shepherding as a captive.One day during his captivity, he felt God tell him it was time to leave Ireland. At that point, St. Patrick walked a few hundred miles to the coast, and from there continued his journey home to Great Britain. Shortly after returning home St. Patrick had a dream in which angels directed him to return to Ireland as a missionary to spread the message of Jesus Christ. Shortly afterwards, Patrick spent the next 15 years studying and gaining religious training. Once he was ordained, he was…
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    SightShift

  • Tips for Talking To Your Teens

    Adam Lehman
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    *Hi, I’m Adam. Chris asked me to hijack his blog and write something meaningful about connecting with teenagers. This is my best attempt. I’d love to hear your thoughts over on Facebook. Listening to teenagers, one thing became painfully clear to me: teenagers rarely feel free to be themselves around adults. Now I have a theory for this… Most of the adults in their lives have communicated that they’ll be most celebrated when they perform well. This counterfeit of “performance based love” is confused with unconditional love. Teachers celebrate the highest…
  • Freedom From Pressure: A Leader’s Family

    Chris McAlister
    11 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    As a pastor I face the pressure of navigating a public life while nurturing a young family that needs space to develop in an environment of freedom.  I’m writing this from my perspective but cross-application is possible as all families face pressure to conform. Every family member has a unique journey. Every family member has a unique journey. Each one is to be celebrated. We need to annihilate, deconstruct, and destroy this idea that – if there’s a pastor in the family – all members of the family should relate to the church the same. INSTEAD family members do not…
  • Leading From A Secure Identity: 3 actions

    Chris McAlister
    4 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    3 ways I see Jesus leading that inspires me to lead others. These actions overflow from a secure identity. 1. You don’t have to have all the answers. As a leader my grasp on the situation is finite. I pray. And with prayer I may not get the answer but I am reminded I am not threatened by the lack of having an answer. I can rest secure in my identity even when the outcome of the mission feels uncertain. In His humanity Jesus relinquished having all the answers. He was clear on who He was, His mission towards Jerusalem, and building the community of His disciples. He was OK not knowing…
  • 9 ways fear can define you as a single person

    Chris McAlister
    14 Feb 2014 | 3:00 am
    Maybe you resonate with these words: I’m single. And the pressure on every single person is to be in relationship. So I search for relationship. But when I search because of the external pressure I feel, I try to force something on my life. It’s not overflow. It’s clouded by my core fear. And this approach leads to unhealthy relationships. Not relationships that thrive, that are life giving, that are mutually beneficial. But relationships that I steal from, that I suck the life out of, that I take from more than I give to. They become strained and hard rather than fun and…
  • A Few Other Books On Identity…Kind Of

    Chris McAlister
    28 Jan 2014 | 3:00 am
    This list isn’t exhaustive. And I don’t agree with everything in the books but these are some solid reads to reinforce your SightShift journey: God, Freedom, and Human Dignity by Ron Highfield It may be a heavier read than what you’re used to but it isn’t drowning in academic prose. It’s clear, compelling, and worth working through for the historical overview regarding the concept of identity. I actually owe an apology to the author. I read this one while editing the SightShift: Identity book. I went to painstaking detail to cut everything that wasn’t…
 
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • How Should We Respond to World Vision? | Podcast with Zack Hunt

    Steve Bremner
    10 Apr 2014 | 8:09 pm
    This week I got to have on the podcast Zack Hunt, author of the popular blog, The American Jesus. We discussed the origins and inspiration of The American Jesus, and how a blogger can walk the fine line of being poignant and being humorous. We also discuss the polarization that faith-based movies are causing in the Christian subculture and what should our reaction be to it. It was a real privilege for me because I've been following Zack's often humorous and oft-poignant blog for about a year, [Continue reading...]
  • Why I Will Not Be Giving Away My New Book Free | Podcast

    Steve Bremner
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:26 pm
    This week we're trying something a little different. This week I recorded an episode of the Fire On Your Head podcast solo. That means this week there is no guest. This is the first time I've recorded a podcast this way in nearly 7 years. In the past I've made 5-10 minute introductions often times before getting to the recorded interviews. This time, it's just 35 minutes or so of me sharing from my heart and updating you on a few things; my latest book, and why I won't be giving it away [Continue reading...]
  • Missionary Tip #3: Learn the Language

    Steve Bremner
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
    This tip might seem like a no-brainer, but I'm amazed how many missionary friends I have who basically budget for their support to factor in paying for a translator. For years. Now, I realize when you first go to the new country, or you are on a short term trip, it's not likely you'll have learned the language beyond pointing at items on a menu and sharing greetings. But I know people who've been on the field over a decade and still don't speak the language. Who need to travel with an interpreter [Continue reading...]
  • How To Put Non-Amazon e-books on Your Kindle

    Steve Bremner
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:56 am
    If you have ever gotten an ebook that you can read on your Kindle, but you didn't buy it or obtain it from Amazon, don't worry. Placing it on your Kindle is quite easy. I recently gave away Kindle books of mine, and I was surprised to see 80% of the people who downloaded them wrote me back asking how to put it on their Kindle device. Some even searched for software to use to 'convert' the file to another file type they assumed it needed to be in order to work on their Kindle device. Take a [Continue reading...]
  • Hungry for a Fresh Touch

    Steve Bremner
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:15 pm
    ?§m? / Foter / CC BY-NCIn a recent post I mentioned the impact the late Evangelist Steve Hill has had on my life. On Friday Lili and I watched the memorial service live online, and we have been really stirred up in a fresh way concerning the presence of God and revival in our lives. As a result, we've watched a few YouTube videos of him preaching during the revival in the 1990s, starting especially with this one after seeing many people share it on Facebook: You Can't Have it! I introduced [Continue reading...]
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    Recent Prayer Requests

  • Apr 23, A Prayer for my Mother

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Dear Lord, Lord, I pray for my mother just as your Word tells me to pray, for healing. I believe you hear this earnest prayer from my heart and that
  • Apr 23, prayer for deliverance away from evils

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:59 pm
    Lord, I have tried and tried to be successful in my business. I have done all I know and still I can't seem to do the right thing. Now Lord my family
  • Apr 23, prayer to find my way back

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Dear Lord, I have always wanted you to be proud of me but have not had the strength to do what I know is right. I have gotten so far from the path, I feel
  • Apr 23, Prayer for Home to be sold

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:56 pm
    Dear Lord, I ask you to please help us sell my mother in laws home for a very good price, so that we may purchase the home on Puente, so that we may all
  • Apr 23, prayer for forgiveness and healing

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I just found out I have herpes. I know that I have sinned and I want to ask to be born again and healed of this disease not so I can be free to do it
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    Wisdom For Wealth

  • 5 Eye-Opening Reasons Prosperity eludes You Despite Your Efforts

    Uche Nwokolo
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    Why you are not prosperous yet You seem Confused, why are others prosperous while you struggle despite your determined efforts? What is it that you haven’t done yet? You ask yourself, you have given your best shot in life still yet you have nothing to show for all your efforts. Cheer up and get excited for weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. There is always a way out. Here is a surprising truth about why you are not successful So who is at fault then? Could it be God, the government, your family or even the environment? None of them rather you are the problem. Does…
  • 15 Bible Verses About Giving That’ll Make You More Prosperous

    Uche Nwokolo
    5 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    15 bible verses about giving Giving is an act of meeting other people’s needs that are of utmost importance to them, which in turn makes you more prosperous. Through this bible verses about giving I hope to show you vital concepts about giving because the more outstanding you are at something the better the results in this case more prosperity for you. So here are fifteen bible verses about giving that would make you a more prosperous giver as long as you are willing to do them. 1.) John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him…
  • How To Make the Most Out Of Opportunities In Life For Greatness

    Uche Nwokolo
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:19 pm
    make the most of opportunities In Life The great Napoleon said Ability is of little account without opportunity. This means no matter your potential for greatness without opportunities you would still be broke and poor. This is why you must learn to make the most out of opportunities in life that comes you way if you want to become a man of unending influence and greatness.   Before we learn how to make the most out of opportunities in life we need to know what makes an event an opportunity or why should you call an event an opportunity. What Really Makes an Event an Opportunity? You may…
  • The Savvy Way To Differentiate Cash Flow Vs Capital Gains

    Uche Nwokolo
    20 Mar 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Cash flow vs capital gains As an Investor who truly wants to surge his income irrespective of market conditions then you must be able to differentiate cash flow from capital gains but not foolishly or carelessly but this time it must be done the savvy way.  It involves having an in depth and basic knowledge of both cash flow and capital gains.   Before I show you how to differentiate cash flow vs. capital gains the savvy way, permit me to share with you this story that would help you a lot. How I learned About Cash Flow the Hard Way Recently I and lots of people were carried away by a…
  • How a Rich Man Lost His Billions and Life within a Day

    Uche Nwokolo
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:18 pm
    lost his soul and money within 24hrs Interested in some gossip? I don’t like getting my hands into other people’s issue but I would break this rule just for today. I discovered some vital lessons about a rich man’s private life concerning money. You should read this story and also learn from it, so let’s get into some private things about this rich man who lost it all within a day. Before we continue I would like to get something straight with you. I would like to say that this is post is not trying to make mockery of this young man but rather to learn from his life. We want to see…
 
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  • Unconventional Christianity Lesson 1: Stop Inviting People to Church

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    Stop Inviting People to Church!  Really! The problem with inviting someone to church is that you are inviting them to church. You are inviting them into a relationship with the people of the church and all the luggage. And if you invite them into a relationship with the church, that is sometimes the only relationship that comes from them going to church. What I mean by that is that we invite people to church to hear our pastor, or to check out our awesome worship team, or our cool youth pastor, the hip worship leader, the tasty treats at our coffee shop, our off the hook stage lights with…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 11: Support Your Team

    admin
    9 Mar 2014 | 4:47 am
    Recently I was asked how leaders can support our team members as they seek challenging opportunities and experiment with new ways of doing things. Conventional leaders don’t support others who seek challenging opportunities because it takes the spotlight off of themselves.  When you take the spotlight off of a conventional leader they get upset. Unconventional Leaders Support Their Team Members! Unconventional Leaders support their team members by: giving them space, don’t micromanage giving them grace, when they fail dust them off and put them back in the fray giving them encouragement…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 10: Sometimes You have to Pull an Old Tire Around

    admin
    23 Feb 2014 | 2:34 am
    Sometimes You have to Pull an Old Tire Around I had a company Sergeant Major that had been in the Army over twenty years, (so that made him around 40 or so) that would run, pulling an tire behind him.  I asked him once why he did that, and he said He needed to do it to challenge himself.  Regular running to him just was not challenging anymore. That may not sound impressive to some.  But let me add that a 40 plus year old, in the Army for over 20 year as a Green Beret, with probably well over one hundred jumps (parachuting from an airplane, usually with a hundred pounds or more of gear…
  • Theology is not about faith…so quit using theology as a weapon

    admin
    21 Feb 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Theology is not about faith.  Really it isn’t… That might sound really strange, but theology is not about faith. Nor is theology faith. Theology is not about salvation. Theology does not save you, it does not bring you salvation. There is a theology of salvation it is called soteriology. There is no fancy word for the theology of faith, so let’s just name it pistosology. I have written in the past about how we humans judge and assess one another’s theology.  I still continue to be amazed at how we are so passionate about our theology as it is compared to others.  It has been…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 9: You Can Do Push ups Everyday

    admin
    15 Feb 2014 | 2:49 am
    You Can Do Push ups Every Day It has something to do with the way that you are working the muscles, no weights, kinetic energy or something…but you really can. I found this out on a deployment to a new team.  Probably my first overseas deployment with the team.  I had been around awhile and knew almost everyone on the team, but this was the first time being on a team with them all. The Team Sergeant was, and still is a physical beast, he was huge.  I was frankly not in that good of shape.  It must have been our third day of PT, I was sore front he first two days, it was hot and the Team…
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  • Faith and Love

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Listen, read and soak in all the soppy romantic things you can get your hands on.  Listen to love songs, watch romantic films, read love stories and immerse yourself in happy endings.  Refuel your belief that versions of "happily ever after" do happen.  Let romance and love surround you and rejuvenate you and make you feel like it’s possible for you (again) too.  Get excited about what might be in your future soon.  First kisses are exciting.  Falling in love is wonderful.  Remember the great parts rather than keeping the memory of the hurt…
  • Meditation

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
    To meditate means to think on, ponder or consider. Therefore, many religions use meditation as a form of learning and understanding. In the Christian religion, the Bible states that one is to meditate day and night on things which are good and honorable.
  • The Spiritual Significance of Easter

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    While Christmas may get the lion's share of media and commercial attention, Easter is the true holiday of the Christian faith. Without Easter, Christianity would be rendered impotent.   As the celebration of the Resurrection, Easter reaches to the core of Christianity. Christians--whose faith is based on the person, teachings, and works of Jesus Christ--look to the Resurrection as not only the focal point of their faith, but the pivotal event of all history. If the Resurrection were not an actual historic event, the whole of Christian teachings and practices would be rendered…
  • Faith Quote CS Lewis

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  • A Brief Introduction To Christian Values

    24 Mar 2014 | 7:00 am
    Christian Beliefs and Values are highly individual to most, however there are core values. In this post we explore these core values as a brief introduction to Christian values.
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  • KMMC spreker voorskou: Johnny Louw

    Andre Viljoen
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Johnny Louw was ‘n spreker by Karoo MMC 2013 en is weer terug vanjaar.  Hierdie lig brand vuur en vlam English Johnny Louw se roeping is om mense te inspereer om hulle lig te laat skyn in alledaagse situasies, hetsy of dit in hulle families, tussen vriende, met kolegas of met ‘n vreemdeling op straat is. Louw het ‘n unieke vermoë om mense to motiveer om seën, liefde en lewe te spreek; om die oplossing te wees en genesing te bring deur die krag van Christus in elke geleentheid wat te voorskyn kom. Louw sal getuienis lewer van Jesus by die Karoo Mighty Men Konferensie 2014 wat van…
  • Sons and daughters, and hirelings

    Angus Buchan
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    A monthly column by farmer, preacher and writer  for Jesus, Angus Buchan A hireling works for a wage. A son or daughter works for their inheritance. Philippians 2:21(NLT) Paul says “ All the others care only for themselves and not for what matters to Jesus Christ.” I believe what is so important in our Christian walk, is our motive and our attitude in following after Jesus Christ. I often hear people speaking about the sowing and reaping principle. If you sow a certain amount, you will reap a certain amount because God is a giver. That is a quite correct, but what saddens my heart is the…
  • Women’s conference complements Mighty Men

    admin
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:10 am
    Women will have the opportunity to focus on their relationships with God and their neighbours during a conference with popular speaker and bible-study lecturer Mila Venter from Graaff-Reinet while their husbands are fellowshipping at the Karoo Mighty Men Conference (KMMC) in Middelburg. Nelmi Uys, who is organising the women’s conference at Agape Church, New Street Middelburg at 10am on Saturday, April 26, says there has been a call among woman whose husbands are attending the KMMC 2014 for a time of sharing God’s word, discussing how they can develop their own personal relationship with…
  • Christians differ over significance of upcoming blood moons

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    Originally published in Christian News Network Christians worldwide are divided over the significance of four upcoming ‘blood moon’ lunar eclipses, namely whether or not the celestial events mark the fulfillment of end times biblical prophecies. During the wee hours of Tuesday morning, the full moon will pass through the Earth’s shadow, causing a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from many locations, including all of North and South America. According to EarthSky, the total eclipse will be visible from about 2:00–3:30 a.m. Central Daylight Time. Though the moon’s…
  • First Christian convert from Waodani tribe in Ecudador, passes away

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    Originally published in Assist News One of the first published editions of The Dayuma Story (Photo: assistnews.net) The first believer among the Waodani, previously known as Auca, language community in Ecuador, Dayuma Caento, died on March 1, 2014. According to a missionary prayer update from Wycliffe associates, she was approximately 80 years old. In 1956, five missionaries lost their lives attempting to make contact with this group. Two years later, God used Dayuma to open the way for Elizabeth Elliot and Rachel Saint to begin language work among the Waodani. Dayuma helped to build a…
 
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  • You are invited

    Wendy van Eyck
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:01 am
    The older brother got really angry and refused to come inside, so his father came out and pleaded with him to join the celebration. But he argued back, “Listen, all these years I’ve worked hard for you. I’ve never disobeyed one of your orders. But how many times have you even given me a little goat to roast for a party with my friends? Not once! This is not fair! So this son of yours comes, this wasteful delinquent who has spent your hard-earned wealth on loose women, and what do you do? You butcher the fattest calf from our herd!”The father replied, “My son, you are always with me,…
  • When you need to replace ugliness with beauty (or what a screaming man taught me about loving my enemies)

    Wendy van Eyck
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    [A note from Wendy: Today I'm lending this space to Kristin Grunewald. Her creativity in worshipping God never ceases to amaze me. She recently shared this story on Facebook and I asked if I could share it here.]You’re familiar with the old written law, ‘Love your friend,’ and its unwritten companion, ‘Hate your enemy.’ I’m challenging that. I’m telling you to love your enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. Matthew 5:33-34 (MSG)Today, a simple trip to the “financial vortex” we like to call Target, ended up being an experience that God would use in my…
  • What if heaven isn’t real? (or when your doubts seem bigger than your faith)

    Wendy van Eyck
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:06 pm
    Then all his disciples deserted him [Jesus] and ran away. Mark 14:50 (NLT)"There had better be a heaven."“Why do say that?” my husband asked me.I sighed before responding, “Because if there isn’t, then what are we living for?”We were chatting quietly after just hearing a friend of ours had passed away. We’ve had three friends in their early thirties pass away in the last three months. Each death makes me feel more fragile. It makes me feel my age. It makes me wonder who will be next. It makes me ask some honest questions, to speak and write about things that make me…
  • When you just need a break

    Wendy van Eyck
    12 Mar 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Then Jesus said, “Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.” Mark 6:31a (NLT)This is the first March since we’ve been married where the calendar hasn’t been marked by chemo sessions. The first March in two years where our days aren’t measured by injections at 6am and 6pm. It seems a little surreal this change in routine. For so long we put our heads down and pushed through 18 chemotherapies, a stem cell transplant and radiation that it is strange (but good) to not have doctor’s appointments or scans to schedule. We’ve decided to take a break…
  • How to find contentment in difficult circumstances

    Wendy van Eyck
    9 Mar 2014 | 8:00 pm
    [A note from Wendy: Today I'm lending this space to Kelli McIntosh. A woman who understands the difference hope can make.]{A guest devotional by Kelli McIntosh}I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation…I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:11 – 13 (NIV)I wish you could hear the sound of Kyle’s laughter when he wakes up most days. I do much of my writing in the morning, directly below his bedroom. He just woke up minutes ago and he’s doing his…
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  • Feelings! Woe! Woe! Woe!

    Sandy Baggs
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    “How do you feel?” That’s a question we ask others, and others ask us often. How we feel, what our feelings are seems to be one of the most important things in our lives. For most people, feelings guide and control their lives. People put a lot of stock in their feelings and emotions, and depend upon them to make decisions, and otherwise direct their daily behavior. I don’t think this is a good thing. In light of the mistakes and downright tragedies that occur in people’s lives and in this world because of feelings, I think we ought to really invest some time in…
  • Bring them to the water

    Steve Becker
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    I am a big fan of the TV series LOST which aired years ago. I’m not going to get too much into what the series was about because it is worth watching if you like a good sci-fi mystery. I will, for the purposes of this post, tell you that the show is based on a plane crash and survivors living on an island. There was one main character, Jack, who was appointed the “leader” for the survivors. Jack is a Doctor and a thinker. I really liked his character, even though he wasn’t my favorite of them all. So, I’m almost through Season 1 of the series again. This time I…
  • Jesus Is

    Charles Crutcher
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    What is Easter to me? I do not worship a cross or a tree But I follow the one who died for me You can measure His love in eternity What is Easter to me? It’s the sound of a prison break Bringing the dead awake He set the captives free What is Easter to me? It’s the sound of the evil one trembling Because the gates began crumbling The Son shining brightly for all to see Who is Easter to me? Immanuel, Aslan is he Lion of Judah roaring mightily He speaks a word and storms cease to be Who is Easter to me? The wave walker on the stormy sea The One whose light shines within me The…
  • Whats Your Average?

    Steve Becker
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    I love baseball. I love to watch baseball. I love to play baseball. I love to listen to a game on the radio. I love to see stats and manipulate the “what-if’s” and the averages. I also love to ride my bike.  These two things are complete opposites and exactly the same when it comes to stats.  Not so much with our daily walk with Him.  We cannot look at averages when it comes to Christ. With Christ we should either be in or out.  There is no room for gray in there.  You are either with Him or lost.  We should live our lives that way as well.  However, some try to…
  • To Live is Christ

    Steve Becker
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Paul is someone I can identify with at some times and at others I strive to be more like him.  Today I strive to be more like him, and more like Him.  That will tie together here in a minute. Paul has some things he writes in the Bible that confuse me.  Of course, I am not a scholar of any kind, so that is probably not a huge accomplishment.  This, however, is not one of those.  This is a simple concept.  This is how Paul lived and how I strive to live daily. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:21 – NASB) It reads funny until you start to think about…
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  • How To Help Other Marriages

    Ugochi Jolomi
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Many marriages are struggling to stand and hold it together, challenges from within and without have been buffeting and pushing many couples to quit and throw their marriages away because they think... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • What Easter Means For Believers

    Ugochi Jolomi
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I believe that Jesus was crucified, that He died and was buried. I believe that on the third day He rose from the grave and ascended into heaven after He had shown Himself to His people. Easter is a... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Shhh… Don’t Say Divorce

    Ugochi Jolomi
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:41 am
    When tempers rise in the midst of an argument between a man and his wife, more often than not unwholesome and destructive words are spoken. I have discovered that we do not speak from empty hearts,... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • One Shocking Meaning Of Doubt

    Ugochi Jolomi
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    Every time I think faith and trust I am always reminded of an incident in my family that occurred a little over ten years ago.  We had driven a fairly long distance from our then house to the only... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • The Wedding Vow (updated)

    Ugochi Jolomi
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:12 am
    Did you make any vows to your spouse the day you got married? I believe everyone did. Some of you like me read an already prepared vow by the Church, some wrote their heart felt words on papers and... Please click on title to READ ALL.
 
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  • Loving your Neighbor

    Keri
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:07 pm
    An excerpt from my book, Love Isn’t Selfish about loving your neighbor Automotivespace / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) “I encourage you […]
  • How’s the Atmosphere?

    Keri
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    kevin dooley / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) How would you describe the tone in your house? Is it relaxed? […]
  • Like a Buggy with a Bent Wheel…

    Keri
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:49 pm
    mrgreen09 / Foter / CC BY I was recently reading an excerpt from Dr. Dobson’s book, The New Strong-Willed Child. As he gave the analogy […]
  • Facing the Storms

    Keri
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:36 pm
    We all have rough times. If you are married and your marriage hasn’t yet experienced difficult times, it will eventually. For any of you who know […]
  • A Challenge for the week

    Keri
    9 Mar 2014 | 9:38 pm
    adwriter / Foter / CC BY-NC Take a few moments before reading further into this article to replay in your mind the words you have […]
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  • Looking For Free Online Christian Music?

    Dusty
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    If you were out skimming the internet looking for some free online Christian music, then look no further. At the bottom of this page is a link to get our national radio single for FREE! Our song “You Alone” that we released last September has been steadily gaining momentum and has even made the Most Added list on the Soft AC/Inspirational Charts. We are so thrilled about this that we wanted you to have it! We recorded the song in Canton, GA, in Scotty Wilbanks’ studio with our producer Steven Howell. If you didn’t know, Scotty is the keys player for the infamous band Third Day. He…
  • By Your Side Tenth Avenue North Lyrics

    Tristan
    27 Mar 2014 | 10:14 am
    “By Your Side” has to be one of Tenth Avenue North’s most powerful songs. It is such a beautiful depiction of Jesus’ plea to us to trust in his goodness and mercy. He is so loving and has an unfathomable desire for us to be His. Yet, as the song talks about, we so often fight against Jesus taking care of us. In our pride and stubbornness, we strive for relationship with God through our works and our image of ourselves as “good” people. But all those things fail and we are left wanting. Amen for the fact that Jesus sticks by our side even when we look past…
  • Get You Some FREE Jesus Music

    Dusty
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:56 pm
    For Christian folks, it is pretty much a given that there be an intense love for Jesus. For everyone in general, you can pretty much expect that music is a part of their lives in some form or fashion. So, it would make perfect sense that if someone were to fall into both of those categories, they might really love them some Jesus Music! After all, since music is pretty awesome, adding Jesus to it would simply make it that much more amazing right?…RIGHT! Now if you’re tracking with us so far, you are probably already thinking that finding some music about Jesus is pretty incredible in…
  • The Low Down on Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)

    Dusty
    24 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
      Contemporary Christian Music is one of those genres that seems to be a little misunderstood if you ask me. It wasn’t until recently that I myself discovered what actually classified in the CCM category. I was pretty much guilty of making the common assumption that Contemporary Christian Music artists were artists that played your low key, ambient, worshipful type music, most of which is very soft to medium paced. After a little digging though, I learned that the genre is actually much broader than what I and many others have limited it to. So to share what I learned, I want to start…
  • To Hell with Christian Contemporary Music?

    Tristan
    20 Mar 2014 | 7:45 pm
    “Christian Contemporary music is cheezy, boring, and un-creative.”“It’s all fake.” “They’re all just trying to get money.” These are some of the things I’ve heard in the past, and even more recently, regarding the value of Christian music and artists. And as a Christian Contemporary musician, the words of that old hymn that say, “ashamed, I hear my mocking voice call out among the scoffers,” weigh on me. I’ve played with a national Christian artist named Climbing Blind for nearly four years now, and have been blessed to do some touring, play lots of shows, and…
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    Happy Easter 2014, Easter Wishes Messages

  • Funny Easter Pictures, Easter Funny Pics 2014

    Deljo Joseph
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    Yes, here I have gathered some Easter funny pics for you.These are all just for fun, I think this will be good for sharing in Facebook and Whatsapp.  What you can see here is natural rare collection of funny Easter pictures.See the Easter bunny is in a hurry for the Easter is getting closer:Easter bunny is our Easter Buddy who greets you Easter wishes for the first time, so,On behalf of Easter Bunny, I too am greeting all the best thoughts and wishes of Easter to you, Yes especially for you You.Population is increasing every day all around the world, so, somebody has reserved so many…
  • Happy Easter Wallpapers 2014 - Easter HD Wallpapers

    Deljo Joseph
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Here is some glorious happy easter wallpapers of Jesus, related with Easter.These HD Easter wallpapers are here with out loosing the essence of spirituality.  I hope sharing these pictures will bring you divine caring. For sure the wallpapers will be attractive in your facebook too.  Rather than just words, these kind of clean pictures will curve more impression on the viewer.You might love: Funny Easter Pictures 2014Happy Easter HD Wallpapers, Free Easter Wallpapers, Blessed Easter Wallpaper 2014Easter Tomb Wallpapers, Empty Easter Tomb WallpaperHappy Easter Cross…
  • Happy Easter Messages 2014, Easter Text Messages Wishes

    Deljo Joseph
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    Happy Easter Messages - Easter Wishes MessagesSkip to: Easter Bunny Wallpapers 2014 | Easter Egg Photos 2014Easter, the day of glory which reminds the resurrection of Christ is also a day of refreshing relations.  It is a good opportunity to talk to someone you haven't contact for long, or with some relatives or friends who are away. Similarly it is a good reason to begin a relationship with somebody you really wish to.  Yah, that is what I mean.  Even after the appearance of Facebook, Twitter or Whatsapp, SMS /…
  • Easter Recipes 2014, Easter Dishes

    Deljo Joseph
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Without special drinks (Cool and Hot) and food, Easter is incomplete.The presence of deliciousness is a real decoration for Easter. Invite your friends, relatives, girl friend, boy friend or teachers, to home, and serving them some Easter dishes is going to be great. Being good in preparing dishes & drinks is a real honor, whether you are a girl or boy.Skip to: Making Easter EggsJust imagine you inviting someone special, or your friends, to home these days. If you could prepare something in a simple way, but interesting like, you have never done before. It will be awesome. Me by adding…
  • Easter Bunny Pictures 2014 Collection HD Free Download

    Deljo Joseph
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    Easter Bunny Pictures - Easter Bunny HD Pics CollectionSkip to: Easter Cards 2014Hey friend, here I’m providing you the best pictures of Easter bunny, I’m sure that you won’t get it so easily even you go to somewhere around web. Well I’m not adding text on the picture because, you may use that picture for various acts like, using it for projects, print and past in your walls, sharing in facebook, sending to friends, send on whatsapp, and many other works depends on your creativity. I am sure that these will be perfect for your desktop background.Skip to:  Funny Easter Pictures…
 
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  • Silence May Be Necessary

    Megan
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    For no good tree bears bad fruit,nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit,for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorn bushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.-Luke 6:43,44 A tree is identified by the fruit it produces. I don’t look at an apple tree while pondering what kind of tree it is. I know it’s an apple tree because of the fruit hanging from its branches. Their fruit is their identifier. Similarly, you and I are known by the fruit we produce. Our actions, words, gestures, and choices tell the world who we are. They’re our…
  • Raising Up A Garden

    Kim
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Each year, I excitedly wait for the frozen ground to thaw and spring to return so that I can again have a beautiful garden of flowers.  While in our previous home, I planted a lovely little flower bed and a garden in the back.  Each spring, we watched the bulbs popping up green through the earth gifting us with gorgeous blooms.  Then every fall we enjoyed ripened, juicy blackberries from our thornless bushes in the backyard. Now, at our new home, my new flower beds are bare.  Last summer, we were only able to pick a handful of strawberries off of our freshly planted…
  • He's Leaving

    Christina
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The time draws near. I knew our time together would end; it was only a matter of when.Even after a couple of years, I still feel so new to this whole military wife thing. Richard enlisted in the Air Force two years ago, and we both love the military.  However, I don’t know that I will ever get used to one major area of the military life – deployment.   He will be sent out soon. Very soon! Too soon.A few weeks ago two of my sisters visited us, and all five of us came down with the stomach flu. What fun! Richard and William had it first and got over the worst of it just as we…
  • Death Loses

    Joy
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever noticed some of the crazy things the Bible says about death?  1 Corinthians 5:55 says,O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?Who talks smack to death like that?  And check out Matthew 10:28:And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul.Seriously, when is the last time you said, “Oh, no worries, this can only kill my body”?  How in the world can the Bible make such bold statements?Verses such as these do not always seem to resonate with the reality of life and death.  I know this all too well.  Just over…
  • Frazzled

    Jennie
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    “Patience is a virtue”, one of my co-workers stated in passing after a trying day at work.  Frazzled from spending my morning trying to catch up on paperwork, with no avail, I led a group of non-verbal clients in planned activities.  It wasn’t going very well.  We seemed to be having an off-day, as I was having a difficult time engaging my first afternoon group.  One client was bent on doing his own activity, and when asked to rejoin the group, the response was stomping of the feet, jumping up and down, and shaking his head violently.  He refused all of my…
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  • The Spotlight

    Sandy Vahine
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    Read or listen to today's devotion at http://odb.orgBible reading: Romans 5:1-11We all know people who love to hog the spotlight. Even when we are more modest, we like to recognized for our accomplishments. As our reading in Romans makes clear, we have nothing to boast about save Christ. Our achievements pale in comparison with the great work that Jesus undertook on our behalf.From an early age, Jesus understood that his ultimate destiny was betrayal, suffering and death on a cross. He gave up His position in Heaven, at the right hand of the Father, to take on the form on a man and enter into…
  • All Kinds of Help

    Sandy Vahine
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    Read or listen to today's devotion at http://odb.orgBible reading: Genesis 41:46-57As Joseph's story illustrates, God often puts us in circumstances to help other people. Joseph endured years of imprisonment before Pharaoh learned of his abilities and put him in a position to save many lives during a severe famine.So to, God prepares us to be able to help others. Sometimes we are born with certain talents or abilities: compassion, hospitality, artistic and creative capability, intellect or organizing powers. All of these can be used to help others.Sometimes, however, we go through some type…
  • Joining the Family

    Sandy Vahine
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    Read or listen to today's devotion at http://odb.orgBible reading: Galatians 3:36-4:7At age 11 months I was adopted. As my parent's adopted daughter, I received all the love and attention that a natural child would have gotten. When my parents died, I was entitled to an inheritance.In a similar way, when we accept Christ as our savior, are 'born again' in the waters of baptism, we become members of the family of God. All other Christians become our 'brothers and sisters in Christ.' As today's scripture in Galatians makes clear: "You are all sons (and daughters) of God through faith in Christ…
  • Spoonful of Sugar

    Sandy Vahine
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Read or listen to today's devotion at http://odb.orgBible reading: Psalm 19:7-14Today's devotion speaks of "realistically optimistic" people. Aren't those the people to whom we are drawn? We like being around those who see the positive side of every situation. Those who are creative and full of joy.David's Psalm tells us that God's judgements ... His truth ... is "sweeter also than honey." Truth doesn't have to be bitter or harsh. When we are following God's truth, life itself becomes sweeter.As Julie Ackerman Link says in today's devotion, "Pure truth, untainted by pride, is the sweetest,…
  • New Beginnings

    Sandy Vahine
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    Read or listen to today's devotion at http://odb.orgBible reading:Isaiah 43:14-21God offers you, as he did the people of Israel, an opportunity to start over. In Isaiah 43:19 God says, "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?" Any time we choose, we can put the failures and mistakes of the past behind us and begin over again. Every day God gives us new life, new opportunities, new beginnings.Think of what you'd like to change: your spending habits, your overeating, your overspending, your lack of friends, a disappointing relationship, (your failure…
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  • All The Difference In The World

    Michael Thompson
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:06 pm
    He’s here…I mean flesh and blood here! Risen. Alive. It’s so good to have Him back. Oh, he is definitely wearing scars–unpleasant reminders of the epic battle with unseen powers we all saw Him wage just a few days ago. But those scars seem to carry a message now–undeniable evidence of what we realize He has secured. Ultimate victory over absolute evil. He showed them to me…it took that for me to believe. He’s exactly the same. He talks to us, laughs with us…and at us! And oh how our hearts burn when He breaks the bread again. He has always…
  • Everything Changed

    Michael Thompson
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    It was just another Sunday morning. Not really different from any other. The sun rose as it always did. The chores and challenges of daily living lay ahead. A new day; a new week. Another round in the endless cycle of routine sameness of living on this planet. That is what most of the world thought as it roused itself from sleep that very first Easter morning. It seemed no one knew that everything had changed. Until a few women gazing through misty eyes clouded by grief and despair saw something that proved this was anything but just another Sunday morning. Jesus had emerged from that…
  • Waiting When It Makes No Sense

    Michael Thompson
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    He was gone. His friends could not believe the vortex they had just survived. A few hours before they were reclining at a table, sharing a meal and listening to His deepest thoughts. Then, He was gone. Dragged before a kangaroo court, hustled through an inept and unjust legal process, tortured and impaled on a cross…all in a matter of hours. Now, His body lay in a borrowed tomb. And with Him, hope. When He later surprised two of them walking along a road, the devastated disciples admitted as much: “We had hoped.” Before the tomb was empty, it was occupied. Before the stone…
  • When I Survey The Wondrous Cross

    Michael Thompson
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    A single wordless symbol tells the whole story of God loving people back into His arms. The cross. Anyone, anywhere, any time can look at a cross and know that God could not have loved us more. Jesus said it was only when He was lifted up in death on the cross that people could really see life as it was meant to be. This single, intense beacon of light piercing the pervasive darkness has been and will always be what draws people to the loving heart of Father. What we see when we look at that cross makes a difference. Do we see a poor dying man–innocent victim of a vicious mob of…
  • I Remember

    Michael Thompson
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Some of the most poignant and profound memories of my life happened at a table. Laughter, tears, debates, conversations, celebrations. Something visceral happens when a memory is sealed with a meal. The very presence of long-lost friends or long-departed family members seems immediate and intimate. Every time I taste that particular food my mind vividly fills with that specific memory. The sights, scents, sounds and sensations of those shared moments come rushing back in. I remember. Jesus sealed His covenant and seared it into the memory of His disciples with a meal. They would never be able…
 
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  • Why did Jesus say “My God, Why have you forsaken me” on the Cross?

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:51 am
    Mark 15:34 tells us that just before His death on the cross, the Lord Jesus Christ said “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” So, why did he say this? The answer is because the Father forsook Him and He was stating a rhetorical question to both express that, and also to fulfill the prophesy of Psalm 22:1. For a complete understanding of this, there must be an understanding of what He did for us on that cross. The humiliation and torture, were only the beginning. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and in the Scriptures, death never means “ceasing to exist.”…
  • What is Faith and Why is it Required for Salvation?

    admin
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    John 3:16, Ephesians 2:8, Romans 3:22, Romans 3:26, Romans 3:28, Romans 5:1 and many other verses in God’s Word (hover over verse to view KJV text) make it very clear that aside from faith in Jesus Christ, there is no hope for salvation. In short, God’s Word states that those who do not have faith in Jesus Christ, will die an eternal death, which is to be eternally separated from God, in Hell. But what is faith? Is it believing that Jesus Christ really did live on earth, die for the sin of His people and rise again 3 days later, or is there more to it? The answer is…
  • Why Doesn’t God Answer all of My Prayers?

    admin
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:22 am
    Most people who have ever lived, whether they believed in the One True God or not, prayed to some extent. It may be every day or once a year, but most people in the world believe in a Creator. I reach out to people of varied beliefs on a regular basis and you might be surprised how many self-professing Atheists own a Bible and pray! They won’t admit it at first, but once you get past the early stages of the conversation (arrogance and rebellion) many of them will either admit or make it very obvious by their words and actions that deep down they do believe there is a God. Scripture…
  • If God is Good, Why Does He Allow Suffering?

    admin
    21 Mar 2014 | 10:05 am
    This is one of the most common questions among atheists (no belief in God), agnostics (belief in a higher power, but no defined God) and sadly even some proclaiming Christians. The answer to this question, at the highest level, is because God is good and we are not (due to the sin that we choose to commit, mankind has been separated from God… everyone and everything in the universe is decaying and dying). However, if you want a more in-depth explanation, keep reading. To get a better understanding, we must first look at things at that higher level. Are we capable of looking at things as…
  • Does Science Support a Creator or Evolution?

    admin
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    For most of history, an overwhelming percentage of the world population have believed that we are created beings. Even today, in a society that is seemingly ambushed by “Scientists” who push their beliefs of a “big bang” and monkey to man evolution off as fact in our schools and through our media, it is still a tiny percentage (somewhere around 1%) of the world’s population who believe that we came into existence without a Creator. So most people in the world do believe in a God. The question then comes down to who God is. Of those of us who believe in a God, the…
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  • Titus 2:1-15, Will you take the Blue pill or the Red pill?

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Titus 2:1-15 The Matrix was an awesome movie.  I remember how disorienting the first few minutes were since I had no idea what it was about before I went to see it.  I found myself actually rooting for the bad guys thinking they were taking down terrorists!! The premise of the movie is that the life we are living is not real, but there is a greater reality.  If you're lucky, then
  • Holy Homosexuals?

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Following Britain's legalization of same-sex marriage, the first gay priest in the Church of England has recently married his long-time partner.  The full story can be seen here.  The main argument presented against the Church of England embracing homosexuality and homosexual priests was the backlash it could create abroad (such as intensified persecution in Islamic countries).
  • One Lone Nut

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    On April 30th, 2013 the Barna Group Researchers posted their research into the Christlike attitudes and actions of self-identified Christians in the United States.  They looked for things like believing that God is for everyone, reaching out to unbelievers, and having compassion for people not following God. They found that less than 25% of "Christians" in the United States model the
  • Titus 1:10-16, Deception at the Door

    7 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    Titus 1:10-16             I live in a dense community where the houses are packed tightly together with only about 4-6 feet between each house.  This makes our community a great target for door to door activities.  I probably answer the door to at least one or two salesman a month, and pick up who knows how many flyers from our front door.             We are also a great target for
  • Titus 1:5-9, Passionate Pastors

    30 Mar 2014 | 5:20 pm
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    Happy Easter Wishes Quotes 2014 Messages Sms

  • Happy Easter Blessings

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:33 am
    Easter Blessings 1) May Easter bunny get you lots and lots of presents. Enjoy the season of Easter eggs and bonnet hats. Have a Happy Easter.   2) Easter gives us yet another reason to be thankful to God. Have the joy of the coming of Christ be filled in your heart and bring peace into your life. Have a Blessed Easter.   3) After one whole year the season of Easter has finally come, Let us praise God and send him our never ending love. All you kids out there, the Easter bunnies are already here, So get your dancing shoes on, let us together celebrate and cheer. Happy Easter to you.
  • Best Happy Easter Wishes Greetings Quotes Sayings Pictures 2014

    admin
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:12 pm
    Best Happy Easter Wishes Greetings Quotes Sayings Pictures 2014   1) May the day that God has resurrected bring you delightful, love and joy. Have a fulfilling and joyful Easter…!!! Happy Easter Day 2014     2) Many persons like you, Many people love you, But there is only one who DIED for you.. That is Jesus Christ…!!! Wish you a blessed Happy Easter Sunday     3) Easter is a promise God renews to us in each spring. May the promise of Easter fill your heart with peace and joy…!!! Happy Easter…!!!     4) I shall Walk This Day In trust…
  • Easter Sayings Greetings Picture

    admin
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:15 am
    Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. The post Easter Sayings Greetings Picture appeared first on Happy Easter Wishes Quotes 2014 Messages Sms.
  • Funny Easter Bunny Eggs Jokes Picture

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    3 Apr 2014 | 12:04 am
    Funny Easter Bunny Eggs Jokes Picture The post Funny Easter Bunny Eggs Jokes Picture appeared first on Happy Easter Wishes Quotes 2014 Messages Sms.
  • Best Short Easter Quotes And Sayings

    admin
    2 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Short Easter Sunday Quotes 1) Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life. ~S.D. Gordon   2) Thou art the Sun of other days. They shine by giving back the rays. ~John Keble   3) The story of Easter is the story of God’s wonderful window of divine surprise. ~Carl Knudsen   4) Tomb, thou shalt not hold Him longer Death is strong, but Life is stronger Stronger than the dark, the light Stronger than the wrong, the right. ~Phillips Brooks Best Easter Quotes 2014 5) Once more to new creation Awake, and death gainsay, For death is swallowed up of life, And Christ is risen…