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  • DON'T COMPLAIN; GIVE THANKS!

    FaithSuccess
    SEGUN
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Agape Embassy ministries DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Topic:DON'T COMPLAIN; GIVE THANKS!Sunday, JULY 27TH,2014.Giving thanks unto. the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light (Colossians 1:12).Christians who haven't learnt the value of thanksgiving have so many blessings elude them. Rather than complain and lament to God about your life or situation, you're
  • To become a ‘perfect dunghill,’ embrace Calvinism?

    WORLDmag.com
    Michael A.G. Haykin & Jeffrey Robinson Sr.
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Two Baptist scholars disagree by pointing out the mission-oriented vision of John Calvin and the other Reformers
  • Do I have to take Isaiah 58:7 literally?

    Century Blog
    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A particular verse of scripture has been haunting me lately. I hear it as an indictment of an aspect of my personal life.First, it was a lectionary text in Epiphany. Then I found it in the unifying passage of a devotional book I read.“Bring the homeless poor into your house,” we read in Isaiah 58:7, part of a passage on genuine fasting. read more
  • The Economics of Liberation Theology

    Acton Institute
    Acton Web
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    by Carroll Ríos De Rodríguez None of the prominent liberation theologians influential in Latin America had significant training in or exposure to the discipline of economics. This was odd given that their concern for the material well-being demanded at least some attempt to provide an economic explanation of underdevelopment and mass poverty.read more
  • Well actually, the Sabbath is Saturday.

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    Jon
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s hard to believe that the World Cup is almost over. Soon we’ll have to say goodbye to loads of games, exciting international play, and … the friend who tells you to call it “football” not “soccer.” I love this friend, but only if they call the NFL, “American football.” And they better call the field “the pitch” and be able to name a player other than Ronaldo. If you’re going to chastise me for saying the word “soccer” which is Greek for “seriously, why are we arguing about this over a veggie plate at a…
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    WORLDmag.com

  • It’s a cat’s life

    Andrée Seu Peterson
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    On days when my life is full of sorrow, rejection, or trial, I look at my cat and say, “Lucky cat. Wish I were you.” On days when my life is full of joy, breakthroughs, and overcoming, I look at my cat and say, “Poor cat. Glad I’m not you.” Consider the common house cat. Mine has been with me for 13 years. My cat has a good life for a cat. Some of her brethren have to filch through alley trash cans to live, but not Miss Kitty. Food and lodging are supplied. She finds patches of
  • Christ can make a difference in the workplace

    Bill Newton
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Rick, a committed Christian and the company’s purchasing manager, was called into Tom’s office for a chat. “Rick, you do great work in purchasing, and you’re a faithful husband, a conscientious father, and an outspoken Christian in our company,” the company’s CEO told him. “I applaud that. But did you know that your sour disposition, grumpy manner, and quick temper are real turnoffs for those in the company who don’t yet know Christ?” “No,” Rick answered sheepishly.
  • To become a ‘perfect dunghill,’ embrace Calvinism?

    Michael A.G. Haykin & Jeffrey Robinson Sr.
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Two Baptist scholars disagree by pointing out the mission-oriented vision of John Calvin and the other Reformers
  • Driver ticketed for duckling rescue

    Allie Hulcher
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Why did the ducklings cross the road? A New Hampshire woman didn’t ask questions when she had to slam on her brakes Friday to avoid hitting some downy baby ducks. Another car had already hit and killed the mother duck and other babies. The woman, 33-year-old Hallie Bibeau, pulled over in the median, called 911, and captured the two surviving ducklings. A state trooper issued Bibeau a ticket for stopping in the median, an action officials say should be reserved for emergencies—duckling
  • Bucket List Books: The poetry of T.S. Eliot

    Rachel Lynn Aldrich
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:47 am
    T.S. Eliot was born in America, moved to England in the early 1900s and became a citizen, then returned to America years later to teach at Harvard. Though considered one of the foremost poets of the 20th century, his writing is broad, including not only poetry, but also essays and plays. But he’s best known for his poetry. Much like John Donne, part of Eliot’s interest, especially to believers, springs from his conversion to Christianity later in life, and the fact that his most
 
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    A Holy Experience

  • 5 Truths When You Feel Tired & the World’s Broke Your Heart a Bit

    ann
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Ssometimes you just need someone to storm heaven for you Sometimes you just need someone to hoarse whisper it for you — Father of the Tired & Broken-Hearted… oh, hear our prayer…. Give Your Child the wisdom to know it this week: Hiding when you’re hurting won’t heal you and growing isolated can just let infection grow. Give Your Child the love to live it: The secret way to heal a broken heart is to let love leak out like an ocean through all the cracks.   Give Your Child grace to do the crazy impossible: It’s the hurting and wounded who are always…
  • Only the Good Stuff: Multivitamins for Your Weekend [07.26.14]

    ann
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Come exhale with a 5 minute mini-vacation around our world? Breathtaking photos of ocean waves on a stormy evening “God allows Himself to be the Lighthouse to see us through our storms. And then God allows storms so we love our *Lighthouse* long after the storms.”  How Pets Wait For Their Humans To Return yeah, so the farm kids here thought this was funny? “Do you want to drive my tractor?” (Frozen Parody) {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} 5 friends travel the country, spread kindness to strangers Are you…
  • How Your Life Really Can Change [and what to do when change comes]

    ann
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Audio for this post: if you’d like to listen to today’s post — just click above on the arrow (not the text) for  an audio recording of this farm girl reading today’s post — and then scroll through the post?  {Consider turning off music by clicking the speaker bar near the bottom of  the left margin?} The kid went to get a big machete. A year and a half later, I think of that everyday. How he and his brother took off down that dirt road with their last handful of American tourist dollars to spend on that one longed for glint of steel before the flight home. How…
  • When There are Wars & Planes Fall from the Sky: How to Face the Problem of Evil & the Greater Problem of Good

    ann
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:13 am
    So after dinner, she picks coneflowers in the garden. Cradles the long stems in her apron skirt, carries them up through the picket gate. And she turns to me on the top step of the porch, holds her apron out to me, all those purple petals — art in an apron. “Why is there all this loveliness?” She wants to know. I almost tell her — The World is full of loveliness because it’s full of of His love. Isn’t that the meaning of beauty? The fundamental purpose of loveliness — is to convey His love. Everywhere, wildflowers, even in cracks in concrete sidewalks. Everywhere, this…
  • What You Can Hold On To — Before Things (and You) Fail this Week

    ann
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    When the three oldest kids and a bunch of their friends and I met Jefferson Bethke – he knocked us all over with this brilliance, humour, and genuine care and warmth. He’s the kind of guy you want in your faith community, down your street, hanging out around a campfire with his wife and baby girl being real and sharing real Jesus. Jefferson has that compelling story of overcoming a painful childhood of poverty and a broken home, and this gives him a unique perspective on the grace of God and the work of Jesus in his life and the lives of others. It’s this perspective that has…
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  • Cynicism is a shield. Hope is a hammer.

    Jon
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a verse I started carrying in my pocket last week. Here are a few things I think about it. 1. “Taste,” seems like an invitation or a dare. I dare you to try. I dare you to believe for just a second. To not get wrapped up in every bad experience you’ve had with fake Christians or mean churches or any of the clutter that can accompany Christianity. Just taste. 2. “see that the Lord is good,” is one of the hardest things for me to believe sometimes. In my head I know it. I believe he is good, but there are days when I struggle to accept that. To rest in…
  • How to Hillbilly Up a Worship Song.

    Jon
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    A few weeks ago, I made fun of my friend Sojourner because he wore a tiger shirt on stage. I teased him because I was jealous that he could pull off a shirt with a full tiger face with no degree of irony. He is simply that cool. He didn’t even reference the shirt during the announcements he was reading from stage. I am not nearly that cool. Even saying the phrase “Snapback” in reference to a hat seems like something I am not cool enough to do. In retaliation, he bought me a shirt, the majesty of which is probably going to explode your computer. I have named it “Freedom,” here it is:…
  • Well actually, the Sabbath is Saturday.

    Jon
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s hard to believe that the World Cup is almost over. Soon we’ll have to say goodbye to loads of games, exciting international play, and … the friend who tells you to call it “football” not “soccer.” I love this friend, but only if they call the NFL, “American football.” And they better call the field “the pitch” and be able to name a player other than Ronaldo. If you’re going to chastise me for saying the word “soccer” which is Greek for “seriously, why are we arguing about this over a veggie plate at a…
  • The “everyone is on vacation, anything goes church service,” AKA tomorrow.

    Jon
    5 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (I can’t believe we’ve been kicking around this site for 6 years. It’s become a tradition that 4th of July weekend I repost the piece that started the Skittles running joke and let the cat out of the bag about how church is going to be. Consider this your guide to what’s going to happen at your church tomorrow if you live in the United States.) It is a poorly kept secret that the weekend before or after a big holiday, your church is going to do things a little differently than on most Sundays. That is, with a large portion of the congregation out on vacation, they’re…
  • 31 Signs You Might Be a Pastor’s Kid.

    Jon
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    (Today is a guest post from Barnabas Piper. He’s a pastor’s kid, just like me. You might have heard of his dad, Bill Piper. I’m kidding, it’s John. If you’d like to write a guest post, click here!)  Back in the 90s, comedian Jeff Foxworthy did a bit called “You Might Be a Redneck if . . .” What followed the “if” was something like “ . . .your wife’s hairdo has ever been destroyed by a ceiling fan” or “ . . .you refer to the 5th grade as ‘my senior year’.” I have developed my own set of criteria to help pick out pastors’ kids (PKs).
 
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    Acton Institute

  • The Economics of Liberation Theology

    Acton Web
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    by Carroll Ríos De Rodríguez None of the prominent liberation theologians influential in Latin America had significant training in or exposure to the discipline of economics. This was odd given that their concern for the material well-being demanded at least some attempt to provide an economic explanation of underdevelopment and mass poverty.read more
  • Lightening Our Burdens

    Acton Web
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    by Rev. Robert A. Sirico Recently, a 14-year-old in Michigan carried his younger brother on his back for 40 miles. The younger brother (Braden) is afflicted with cerebral palsy, and his big brother, Hunter, wanted to bring awareness to the disease while trying to raise money for medical research. Over the course of two days, the brothers completed their journey, which they called the "Cerebral Palsy Swagger." A cynic might look at this and say, "So what? What did the kid prove? His little brother still has cerebral palsy, and he didn't even raise that much money."…
  • Charles Malik

    Acton Web
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    From 1906  to 1987 The greatest thing about any civilization is the human person, and the greatest thing about this person is the possibility of his encounter with the person of Jesus Christ. In the Liberal Tradition read more
  • How Much Progress has Acton made with its Capital Campaign?

    Acton Web
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    by Kris Alan Mauren In the Winter 2012 issue of Religion & Liberty, I discussed Acton's decision to seek a new downtown headquarters. Our growth over the last few years has been phenomenal. In the FAQ column from 2012, I briefly mentioned our Acton@25 Capital Campaign. This initiative not only secured our move to 98 E. Fulton but allowed us to make the kind of investments that will enhance our current work while continuing to expand. Acton FAQ read more
  • Ambition Meets Complexity in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Acton Web
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:37 am
    by Matthea Brandenburg Review of The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs And the Quest to End Poverty by Nina Munk (Doubleday 2013) 272 pages; $26.95. Jeffrey Sachs, the world-renowned professor of economics and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the Millennium Development Goals, makes a bold claim: Extreme poverty can be eradicated and the means for doing so may not be as difficult as we imagine. Review read more
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    Menlo Park Presbyterian Church Sermon-Cast

  • BEST OF SERMONS: Who Was This Guy? - "Forgiveness"

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    Due to copyright issues with the movies we are using for our Summer at the Movies series, we will be posting a selection of some of the best MPPC sermons from years past.John preaches to us from Matthew 5 & 6 about the power of forgiveness and relates it to a powerful story of how one woman was able to forgive in the most horrible of circumstances. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
  • BEST OF SERMONS: w/God: "A Dallas Willard Conversation"

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Due to copyright issues with the movies we are using for our Summer at the Movies series, we will be posting a selection of some of the best MPPC sermons from years past.February 24, 2013This weekend John Ortberg and Scott Scruggs discuss some highlights from the 2013 Dallas Willard Center Conference that took place in Santa Barbara this past week, looking at some amazing insights from Dallas Willard on topics like Confession, Spiritual Formation and much more. Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or…
  • BEST OF SERMONS: From Here to There: "OUT"

    27 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Due to copyright issues with the movies we are using for our Summer at the Movies series, we will be posting a selection of some of the best MPPC sermons from years past.September 22, 2013John continues our series, "From Here to There" looking at the OUT component of the UP-IN-OUT church model, and what it takes to go out and be a blessing from God to others. Featured Scripture:Genesis 1:21-22;28, 12:2-3, 18:8, 22:18, 26:4, 28:14, Luke 4:18, Mark 2:17, Galatians 3:8, Matthew 28:18-20Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or…
  • Lincoln and the Search for God

    7 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    Join us for a 4th of July weekend message from John Ortberg on Lincoln and the Search for God. Lincoln was raised in a very harsh religious upbringing, was a convinced skeptic who believed that reason was opposed to faith as a young man, then had his thoughts on faith deeply shaped by suffering, and ended up in his second inaugural address offering the most profound theological reflection of any presidential remarks in history. This look at his lifelong faith journey will actually reflect the spiritual dynamics of the Bay area in our day in fascinating, remarkable, and enlightening…
  • The Most Important

    29 Jun 2014 | 1:06 pm
    This week John concludes our series, “This or That: The Secret to Making Great Decisions” by looking at the most important decision in our lives… to follow Christ.Featured Scripture:Joel 1:2;3:1,3,13;3:10,12,13,14,16 Deuteronomy 30:19, Joshua 24:15, 1 Kings 18:22, Matthew 6:24, Revelation 21:12, Psalm 56:8, Isaiah 2:4;53:5Check out our weekly audio podcast HERE.You can follow us on Twitter: @MPPC_ODC or on Facebook or on Google+.
 
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    Brian McLaren EMC

  • Q & R: Why not Hinduism?

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Here's the Q: Thank you for writing "Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed Cross the Road?" In it I think you address one of the most important issues of our day. Why did you not include Hinduism, the other of the five major living religions? Here's the R: You're right. Christianity in its many diverse forms accounts for about 33% of the world's population, Islam for about 21-24%, and Hinduism comes in next with about 17%. (It is about "tied" with secular or nonreligious at this point in history.) So it is truly important, and I wasn't intending to snub the religion in any way by not…
  • Israel, Gaza, Insanity and Sanity (Part 1)

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    This is not a post about who is right and wrong in Israel-Palestine. This is a post about how the rest of us talk about who is right and wrong in Israel-Palestine. Conventional discourse on the subject goes like this: X is right, good, values life, wants peace, is a victim, and is sane. Y is wrong, bad, doesn't value life, doesn't want peace, is a villain, and is insane. Then, data is selected and presented (and other data ignored or discredited) to prove the proposition. I suppose the goal is to prove that whichever is deemed the right, good, life-valuing, peace-loving, victimized and sane…
  • Q & R: Incremental or ???

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:59 am
    Here's the Q: I read your article on homophobic zones and was wondering your thoughts on extending that idea to other theological issues. I attend a chuch that believes (in no particular order): -Penal Substitutionary atonement -The six-line narrative soul-sort -premillenial dispensationalism -women should be excluded from serving as elders. So if you were trying to order those from 1-4, how would you order them? In other words, if I say I think all of those are wrong-headed, folks like me get dismissed all at once, but if someone were to question say the six-line narrative in the context of…
  • On Gaza, Israel, Netanyahu, Moral Superiority, and Being Human

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    "And what shall we do, we ordinary people? I pray we can listen to our hearts. My heart tells me that “never again” is not a tribal slogan, that the murder of my grandparents in Auschwitz does not justify the ongoing dispossession of Palestinians, that justice, truth, peace are not tribal prerogatives. That Israel’s “right to defend itself,” unarguable in principle, does not validate mass killing." - Gabor Mate, Jewish survivor of Nazi genocide Mate says: I have visited Gaza and the West Bank. I saw multi-generational Palestinian families weeping in hospitals around the bedsides of…
  • A death, the theoretic, and a poem ...

    plushy55@yahoo.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    My friend Jason Derr sent me this: Over the weekend liberation theologian Rubem Alves - founder of the theopoetic - passed away. He was 80. His book 'The Poet, The Warrior, The Prophet' is a beautiful study on language, imagination and religion. I like to say that it is would have happened if Allen Ginsberg (beat poet, writer of 'Howl') were to write theology. Here is Alves' poem "Tomorrow’s Children" What is hope? It is a presentiment that imagination is more real and reality less real than it looks. It is a hunch that the overwhelming brutality of facts that oppress and repress is not the…
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    byFaith

  • Downwardly mobile for Jesus

    Larry Hoop
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    It is likely that few of us would expect to find an article praising the work of a PCA church on the website of Aljazeera America; but that’s where the following article originates. As you read, remember I Peter 2:12:  “Always let others see you behaving properly, even though they may still accuse you of doing wrong. Then on the day of judgment, they will honor God by telling the good things they saw you do.” (CEV) BALTIMORE, Md. — At the corner of Laurens Street and Fulton Avenue, a man watches Matthew Loftus walk by with his 21-month-old daughter, Naomi, strapped to his…
  • Dr. Lloyd Kim Nominated as MTW Coordinator

    Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    Lawrenceville, Georgia, July 23, 2014 – The Committee on Mission to the World (CMTW) is pleased to announce the nomination today of Dr. Lloyd Kim of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, to serve as the next coordinator of Mission to the World (MTW), pending election by the 2015 General Assembly. Dr. Kim has served as a missionary with MTW since 2004 in the Philippines and then in Cambodia, and is currently MTW’s international director of Asia-Pacific. Mark Bates, chair of CMTW and senior pastor of Village Seven Presbyterian Church said, “Dr. Kim is a proven missionary leader. He displays a rare…
  • Charles Turner – 1925-2014

    Staff
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Charles E. Turner, husband, dad, pastor, friend, WWII Marine Corps veteran, teacher, and Loyal Servant of his Redeemer. died Friday, June 20, 2014, Charles joined his beloved Mary in the Heavenly presence of God. Charles was born in Carroll County, Ga., to Buren and Mary Turner March 28, 1925. He lived his early years on a farm and attended school through the 10th grade near Carrollton, Ga. In 1943, upon the death of his father, Charles joined the Marines. He served in the Pacific and spent some time in China. Upon his discharge he returned home, acquired his GED and attended West Georgia…
  • Kooistra New President of Erskine College

    Staff
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    The Rev. William S. Cain, chairman of the Erskine Board of Trustees, announced today that Dr. Paul Kooistra of Suwannee, Ga., has been appointed president of Erskine College and Theological Seminary. “I am thrilled to have Dr. Paul Kooistra as president and part of the Erskine family,” Cain said. “He is a time-tested leader who lives out his life with grace and humility before the Lord.” Kooistra, who has headed Mission to the World (MTW), an agency of the Presbyterian Church in America, since 1994, previously served for nearly a decade as president of Covenant Theological Seminary in…
  • A Friend in a Friendless Business

    Zoe Erler
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Brothers Josh and Mark Nottingham are different sides of the same coin. Casual and effusive, Josh, 35, is the personality at the forefront of the family’s Indianapolis-based company-ministry. Thoughtful and measured, Mark, 32, provides the operational expertise that serves as the backbone for the almost 40-year-old Missionary Auto and Truck Service (MATS) International. Together, they steer a company that is changing the way people in ministry — and across the PCA — are buying cars. Parallel Journeys, Unexpected Destination Although the brothers grew up around cars, a career in the…
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  • Possibilities

    Ryan Dueck
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I have many conversations with people who find it difficult to believe or people who barely believe or people who want to believe but can’t or people who are embarrassed to believe or people who look down in condescension at those who believe or people who are just bewildered that anyone could believe in something like God or resurrection or hope or any kind of future that is radically dissimilar to the present. This is the shape of our life and imagination in the post-Christian West. read more
  • Painting and repainting

    Nancy Janisch
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I looked at the front of my house and saw some peeling paint. I looked again and saw more peeling paint. This did not make me happy. Just four years ago I painted the house. I know that proper preparation is critical for painting success. I spent days, no, more like weeks, on prep. I power washed. I hand scraped the entire house. Up and down the ladder. I scraped most of the south side of the house down to bare wood. Then I bought good paint, expensive paint. Paint that was supposed to last 25 years. I didn’t really expect 25 years but I was expecting more than four.So last week I…
  • Dissolving bitterness (or learning to trust the church again)

    Martha-Lynn Corner
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Once, when I was about seven, I jumped into the car after school and grabbed a Thermos rolling around on the floor. I was sweaty and dying of thirst and expecting water, or lukewarm juice, but was hit instead with a mouthful of my mother's leftover coffee.It was horrendous. read more
  • A parallel start in New Orleans

    L. Gail Irwin
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    On a recent mission trip to New Orleans, I visited Carrollton United Methodist Church, where two brand-new pastors are dreaming of a new venture: a parallel start. read more
  • Put me to sleep, Doctor

    Larry Patten
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I inwardly shuddered when Mom bluntly spoke to the doctor, but tried to appear calm on the surface. Regardless of any success or failure in hiding my feelings, no one in the hospital room was paying attention to me. We were focused on the surgeon's visit with Mom."They put pets out of their misery," Mom said. "Why can't you do that with me?" read more
 
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    The Christian Post

  • Netherlands Rules Out Armed Mission to MH-17 Crash Site; Fighting in Ukraine Hinders Investigation

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    The Netherlands, which has formally taken over the investigation of the downing of a Malaysia Airlines plane, has ruled out an international armed mission to secure the site in eastern Ukraine, where a fighting between separatists and government forces prevented a visit by international experts Sunday.
  • Is Planned Parenthood's 'Torture Sex' Advice Making Its Way Into the Classroom?

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    In the latest installment of "SexEd: Planned Parenthood's Dangerous Sex Advice for Kids," an Oregon Planned Parenthood counselor is shown telling a 15-year-old girl, who's under the legal age of consent, to watch porn, go to a sex shop, and experiment with bondage and hitting with her boyfriend. Lila Rose, president of Live Action, says the undercover videos should motivate parents to call their school board and demand they ban the organization and its sex education materials from public schools.
  • Pope Francis Pleads for Peace as Israel-Palestine Fighting Carries On

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    As the fighting between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip carried on with no breakthrough in efforts for an enduring ceasefire, Pope Francis on Sunday broke off from his scripted weekly Angelus address and said, "Please stop," pleading for peace in the world.
  • Five Killed in Bombing of Catholic Church in Nigeria

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    At least five people were killed and eight others injured in a bomb attack on a Catholic church in Nigeria's northern city of Kano on Sunday. The bombing was blamed on the Islamist terror group Boko Haram.
  • Take It to the Bank

    28 Jul 2014 | 5:40 am
    A homeless man was standing on a street corner, asking for money, when a well-dressed attorney came walking by. The attorney looked at him and said, "Haven't I seen you somewhere before?"
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    Commonweal Magazine

  • Till Death Do Them Part?

    Matthew Boudway
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Those who are opposed to Cardinal Walter Kasper's proposal that some divorced and remarried Catholics be allowed to receive the Eucharist might want to reconsider whether the Church has been wise in allowing the widowed to remarry. In their critique of Kasper's proposal, a group of American Dominicans points out that the early Church was divided on the question of whether widows and widowers should be allowed to remarry, and how much they should be discouraged from doing so. But the case for not allowing an abandoned spouse to remarry is very similar to the case for not allowing the widow or…
  • The Velvet-toned Tenor

    Robert P. Imbelli
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    Today's New York Times reports: Carlo Bergonzi, one of the 20th century’s most distinguished operatic tenors, renowned for the refined interpretive taste and keen musical intelligence he brought to his art, died on Friday in Milan. He was 90.
  • Silence/Words/Action

    Robert P. Imbelli
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    The auxiliary bishop of Baghdad laments Western silence regarding the plight of Christians in Iraq: “Where is the respect for the rights of Christians?” the Auxiliary Bishop of Baghdad Shlemon Warduni asks Vatican Radio. “We have to ask the world: Why are you silent? Why do not you speak out? Do human rights exist, or not? And if they exist, where are they?  There are many, many cases that should arouse the conscience of the whole world: Where is Europe? Where is America?”
  • 'The Rockford Files': Secret to a marriage?

    Dominic Preziosi
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    A couple of decades on, my wife and I still find ourselves telling people about our Pre-Cana experience, held at a parish in a Brooklyn neighborhood known then, with implied notoriety, as an Italian-American enclave. The catechist couple spent much of the Saturday session enumerating (in colorful Brooklynese) the ups and downs of their own lengthy marriage, though dropped in among the anecdotes were tips targeted at the mostly very young couples of the community.
  • Arizona Slowly Suffocates Man to Death

    Lisa Fullam
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:43 pm
    In the next in a series of gruesome botched executions in the US, Arizona managed to take nearly 2 hours to kill convicted murderer Joesph Wood. 
 
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    Compassion International - Blog on Child Poverty

  • Compassion Alumni Maina and Wanjiru

    Web Team
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    We have heard many stories from the Compassion Alumni who have gone on to do great things in their communities. These young men and women are inspiring examples of the impact that Compassion’s program can have on the life of a child. As our Alumni scholarship initiative comes to an end, we celebrate our final two scholarship recipients, Daniel Njenga Maina and Anthony Njoroge Wanjiru. Each graduate shares about the ways that God has impacted their lives through Compassion’s ministry. You can also view Compassion Alumni Maina and Wanjiru Chapel on YouTube. Subscribe to the audio…
  • Do You Make a Difference?

    Katy Causey
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ever feel that your sponsorship doesn’t matter? That your letters don’t make a difference? That you don’t make a difference?   One of the lies of poverty is that “You don’t matter.” But that lie is not limited to those in poverty. What would have happened – or rather, what might not have happened – had Fred and Sherrie chosen to believe they didn’t matter? Who would have imagined the ripple effects from their sponsorship of Mark, a young Kenyan? Thankfully, Fred and Sherrie believed transformation is possible for a little more than a dollar a day.   Mark…
  • 14 Playful Photos of Kids Being Kids

    Sam Hoover
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The best thing about working with kids around the world? No matter what country they are from, they LOVE to have fun. Here are 14 of our favorite pictures of kids being kids from the countries in which we work. Ecuador       Indonesia     Kenya     Rwanda     Philippines       El Salvador     Colombia     Uganda     Bangladesh     Burkina Faso     Togo   My Account l Sponsor a Child l Help Babies and Moms l Crisis Updates
  • 30 Adorable Things Kids Say in Their Letters

    Sam Hoover
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Every once in a while, the things our sponsor kids have written to us make us pause, laugh, and thank God that we get to be a part of their lives. Sometimes these one-liners are written by the kids themselves; other times, it’s a bit lost in translation from their native language to ours. Here’s a collection of the most adorable things our kids have written to us:   1. “I work hard in school. But I like the parrots at the zoo more.” 2. “Thank you for the pictures of Japanese food. Udon looks like tapeworms. You shouldn’t eat tapeworms.” 3. “Do you know about…
  • Compassion Summer Intern: Putting a Face on Poverty

    Web Team
    10 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
     Editor’s Note: Every summer, 20 university students enroll in our 10 1/2-week internship program for the opportunity to gain professional experience within Compassion. This is just one of the many experiences from their country trip to Guatemala. During one of my first days as the Child Advocacy intern, I watched this video from former Compassion International President Wess Stafford.   You can also view “The Voice” on YouTube.  Years back, Wess had a dream about Compassion reaching 1 million of the 400 million children who live in extreme poverty around the…
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    Big Is The New Small

  • Warning – Your Leadership May Be In A Blind Spot

    Scott Williams
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    Everyone loves following a great leader; you love how they think, how they lead and more importantly how they make you feel. Although we all love following those great leaders, it’s important to understand that even the greatest of leaders have blind spots. These blind spots show up as a result of focussing on the “What” of leadership and overlooking the “How” and “Why.” Often times leaders and organizations make a habit of looking forward towards their goals, while rarely look in their rearview mirror or side mirrors to see whats coming, what’s…
  • Stuart Scott’s ESPYS Speech “Never Give Up”

    Scott Williams
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    This is awesome and inspiring. Well done Stuart Scott. Stuart Scott’s ESPYS Speech “Never Give Up” is a post from: Big Is The New Small
  • 7 Ways Leaders Destroy Their Teams

    Scott Williams
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    Often times when it comes to “leadership” we hear the warm and fuzzies or the great success stories. There are so many great books and tools at the disposal of leaders that growth, competency and effective leadership should be inevitable. The challenge with that theory is it’s rendered “not always true” because of the simple fact that leadership deals with human beings and human beings are rather complex creatures. Anytime you are dealing with people things are never that simplistic. Another reason being an effective leader is not that simple is that fact that…
  • Why Organizations and Individuals Settle For Mediocrity

    Scott Williams
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    It seems like I’m in constant conversations with organizational leaders, groups and individuals about settling. By settling, I mean they see a better way, a better plan, a better relationship and a better situation; however they choose to settle for their existing state of mediocrity. If better is within your reach and you choose to settle for less, you are settling for mediocrity. We all have found ourselves in that awkwardly comfortable position of settling at one time or another on this journey we call life. Mediocrity is self inflicted and so is excellence. If individuals and…
  • The Leaders Who Need The Most Development

    Scott Williams
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Leaders Who Need The Most Development Are Often Times The Leaders That Say That Others Need More Development. Have you ever seen a situation where a leader has a team member who is either up for a promotion or in all actuality should be considered for a promotion; and the leaders says they are not ready yet, or they need more development. I understand that sometimes people aren’t ready and they could benefit by a little more time in the leadership development cooker. More times than not, the person is ready, all they need is a little encouragement, belief in themselves and an…
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    Desiring God Blog

  • What Is a Disciple?

    27 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    When Jesus speaks we listen. That makes sense, right? Jesus is the one to whom all authority in heaven and earth has been given (Matthew 28:18). Jesus is the one of whom it will be said, forever, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” (Revelation 5:12). He’s the one to whom every knee will bow (Philippians 2:10) — the one by whom all the tribes of the earth will wail (Revelation 1:7), and from whom the fury of God’s wrath will be executed (Revelation 19:15). Jesus has that kind of supremacy — so what…
  • Worship in the Dark

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    “Psalm 88 isn’t like the others,” a friend recently remarked. “Most psalms end on the high note of hope, but not Psalm 88.” It’s true. This psalm is different. The concluding words aren’t what we’d expect. They’re not what we’re used to. To be sure, the psalms are full of laments, oftentimes raw and intense, but they at least end hopeful. Psalm 88, though, begins in pain: “I cry out day and night before you” (verse 1), and then ends in pain: “My companions have become darkness” (verse 18). Why Are You Here? “My companions have become darkness” — or as the…
  • Danger: Ministry Idolatry

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    It may be the sneakiest form of idolatry — and the deadliest. The deceptive thing about idolatry in general is that it is not just the overt worship of graven images, but anything that stands in God’s place. But in particular, take note of the subtle way that God’s good gifts can take a poisonous grip on our sinful hearts. It’s not just the statues of Baal and the Asherah poles, but our favorite pastimes, our finances, our health, and our family that threaten. And perhaps deadliest of all, even Christian ministry. Ministry idolatry is not just a threat to those who are in fulltime…
  • J.I. Packer on Living to the End “Flat Out”

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    This week J.I. Packer turned 88. He has written a book on aging. It’s titled, Finishing Our Course with Joy: Guidance from God for Engaging with Our Aging. At age 68 I found it riveting. It made me want to live “flat out” to the end. That was his goal. You could call it “Don’t Waste Your Sixties, Seventies, and Eighties.” It’s worth reading at any age. He is not naïve. He is 88! There is no romantic idealization for the final years of this life. It will be hard. “Aging,” he says, “is not for wimps.” Some may paint a rosy picture of life after seventy. Even John Wesley,…
  • Autocorrect and Indwelling Sin

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    It’s a simple formula: overconfidence in phone-typing ability leads to an increased typing speed, which then leads to typos processed by a confused autocorrect program that turns “I’ll be praying for you tomorrow” into “I’ll be partying to your Oreos” (and much, much worse). Entire profanity-clad websites have been devoted to the emotion surrounding this experience. We want to cuss. We blame the phone. Like a tennis player who looks at his racquet after he volleys one into the net, we say, “I hate autocorrect!” It’s understandable because it’s such a common experience.
 
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  • Time to Stand Against Rome?

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:06 pm
    A recent joint statement by a number of Italian evangelical groups indicts the Roman Catholic Church as an “imperial” church and its call for evangelicals to “unionist initiatives that are contrary to Scripture and instead renew their commitment to take the gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world.”Writing for the Gospel Coalition, Leonardo De Chirico offers an interpretation that does not do full justice to the complexities of Italian evangelicalism and its history with the Catholic Church. The statement was issued by both the more reformed Alleanza Evangelica Italiana, to…
  • Life Under Instant Replay

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    When taking stock of how far we haven’t come, I find myself reliving the early morning hours of July 27, 2011. Late-night comics have relinquished the airwaves to diet pill peddlers, city buses have ceased running here in Atlanta, and even Manuel’s Tavern is turning out the last of its regulars. South of downtown the Braves and Pirates play on, sweating through the nineteenth inning on a field approaching dewpoint. A journeyman Braves reliever, batting for lack of other options, hits a routine grounder to third. Breaking on contact, a baserunner pushing forty—also playing for lack of…
  • Will Doctors Be Forced to Kill?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The wailing and gnashing of teeth in some quarters over the modest Hobby Lobby decision has me worried. Apparently, many on the political port side of the country believe that once a favored public policy has been enacted, it immediately becomes a “right” that can never be altered or denied. More, once such a “right” is established for the individual, others should have the duty to ensure access—even at the cost of violating their own religious consciences.If such thinking prevails, medical professionals could be forced to participate in the taking of human life, for example in…
  • Weird Al Just Committed the Greatest Word Crime of All

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    He takes care lest by a slip of the tongue he use the ablative instead of the accusative for ‘among men,’ but is unconcerned that by the fury of his mind he might cast a man out from among men” (Conf. 1.18.29). The particular pet peeves of the self-appointed language police have changed since the fifth century, but St. Augustine would surely recognize the same phenomenon active today. He might conclude, though, that we’ve sunk to a new low: today’s peevers tend not only to lack charity, but to lack even a good grasp of the language they imagine themselves to be defending. This lack…
  • Conservatives’ Mixed Message on Immigration

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    America has “bad-faith open borders.” We limit immigration but we enforce those limits only sporadically. Fred Bauer argues that this “is a distorted hybrid of the United States’ tradition of ordered borders and of the transnationalist aim of entirely open borders.” The distortion is real, but it is not rooted entirely in transnationalism. It is also rooted in a certain kind of American exceptionalism that has a history on the right, but that conservatives don’t talk about very much. Getting past “bad-faith open borders” will require rejecting romanticism and looking to the…
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    Anne Marie Miller

  • Redefining Friendship

    Anne Marie Miller
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    When Facebook first opened its “Sign Up” doors to those of us far removed from a .edu email address, I remember landing in a competition with a coworker on who could “friend” more people than another. We would shout through the office wall that separated us, “I’m up to 881!” or “Your mom doesn’t count as a friend!” This went on until eventually, each of us hit the 5000 friend limit. Then I deleted Facebook for a few years and for me, was all the better for it. So many articles and blog posts and now even scientific studies are…
  • Shake the Dust :: Letting Go

    Anne Marie Miller
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Sometimes things don’t go as planned. Things fail. Health. Friends. Love. School. Work. Expectations rise and fall. Rise. And fall. And fall. (and rise?) Someone says or does something (or perhaps nothing?) and it opens up scars from the past Scars that say you’re not good enough Or that you’re dumb Or not worth it Or too much… I’ll never forget the first time I heard Anis Mojgani perform Shake the Dust years and years and years ago. Recently, my fingers found a scar not quite healed and those voices those LIES came pouring down like gasoline on my open wound.
  • Grace in the Mundane

    Anne Marie Miller
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    When you feel longing creep in as you pull your feet through the mud of the daily, command your spirit to rejoice. If the rocks cry out, imagine the will it takes to get a defeated soul to move. Command it anyway. Rejoice anyway. You are a child of the One who has loved you in the past for eons and will love you into forever for infinity. A man died in your place, painting you pure and lovely and nothing can steal this away from you. The post Grace in the Mundane appeared first on Anne Marie Miller.
  • Why All The “Modesty Conversations” Miss The Point

    Anne Marie Miller
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Last summer, the feeds in my various social media channels blew up with articles on modesty. How low is too low when it comes to necklines? One piece or two piece swimsuits (or, the generally-church-camp-approved tankini?) Spaghetti straps, tanks, or sleeveless? AND THE PLIGHT OF THE YOGA PANTS (oh, but it’s okay if your butt is covered!) And then articles followed on what Paul meant when he spoke of modesty (more of a financial context), how men (and women) are responsible for their thoughts and actions (pluck out your eye, sinner! it’s not my fault you can’t look at me…
  • Surrender and Self-Sufficiency in the Church

    Anne Marie Miller
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:10 am
    When I was nineteen years old, my grandfather was in his final hours of life after a long fight with cancer. He called each of his grandchildren into his room one at a time. I leaned over his fragile frame in order to hear the last words he would ever speak to me. He didn’t have the strength to open his eyes and could barely whisper the six words he spoke. “Never give up on church.” I told him I wouldn’t. But in order to keep my promise, I’d need to start making some significant changes in my life…like, actually going to church again. I had been out for a good three years,…
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    Godspace

  • MSA Is A Happening Place

    Christine Sine
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:57 am
    MSA Is A Happening Place There is so much happening at Mustard Seed Associates at the moment that it is hard to keep track. This is turning into a very busy but fulfilling season and I thought you might appreciate knowing about some of the things that keep me busy. Last week I sat at my(...)
  • The Ministry of Hospitality to the Lonely by Steve Wickham

    Christine Sine
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    Today’s post is another in the series Hospitality: Opening Doorways to the Kingdom.  Touch your own loneliness And there you may be Able to accommodate another’s loneliness So it’s hope they see. “Ministers who have come to terms with their own loneliness and are at home in their own houses are hosts who offer hospitality to(...)
  • Let the deep peace of God fill you

    Christine Sine
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    I wrote the following prayer this morning during my devotional time and posted it on the Light for the Journey Facebook page. My mind keeps returning not just to the prayer but to the posture I suggest we adopt for the prayer. I realize more and more how much we all need not just prayers(...)
  • Breathe in and Let God Fill You

    Christine Sine
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Yesterday I wrote and posted this breath prayer on the Light for the Journey Facebook page. Its popularity makes me realize that I am not the only one who appreciates these prayers. I wrote it after wandering around my garden following the first rain we have had for about six weeks. The wonderful fragrance that rain brought(...)
  • Spirituality for The New Parish

    Christine Sine
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Tom and I have just taken a walk around our neighbourhood. It is wonderful to see vegetable gardens springing up all over, and to have a chance to say hi to the early morning dog walkers. Last Friday I got together with other members of the steering committee for Seattle Tilth’s Food and Faith Initiative(...)
 
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    thehighcalling.org

  • Submit Your Story (Link-up): Your Work Matters to God

    denadyer
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The time you nearly died of boredom during a meeting...again. The week you almost quit because you felt insignificant, unappreciated, and underpaid. The year of depression, doubt, and downsizing in which you felt abandoned by God. We want those stories, and we invite you to tell them this week in our community link-up below. (We’ll be selecting a few of your stories to feature right here on the home page the following week!) Here are the details: Your Work Matters to God What if your work is drudgery? What if getting out of bed to head to your daily grind is just about to push you over…
  • Social Justice at Work: Use the Gifts You Have

    bibledude
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:49 am
    I remember introducing someone to the wide-open world of Google. It was a few years ago, about the time “Google” the proper noun was morphing into “google” the verb, meaning “to search the Internet to find information.” I forget her name, but I remember her amazement quite clearly. There was an expected bit of sensory overload, mixed with an equal amount of head-spinning at the virtually limitless possibilities. It was something like watching a person who had been blind their whole life able to see for the first time. The introduction was a result…
  • Social Justice at Work: How to Respond to Extravagance

    nathandroberts
    5 Jun 2014 | 9:47 am
    The man is a “club scene legend,” my roommate tells me. He’s a real-life Batman: a mysterious, wealthy benefactor. You’ll be minding your own business at an exclusive nightclub when––surprise!––he swoops onto the scene, showering you with charitable gifts.gifts. YouTube clips show this charity in action. They depict the sorts of scenes that inspire rappers to wax poetic. Hundreds of champagne bottles are carried into a darkened club, radiant sparklers rubber-banded to their necks. The shimmering display screams as loudly as the clip’s…
  • Social Justice: Four Reasons to Pursue Change

    Marcus D Goodyear
    2 Jun 2014 | 7:54 pm
    For most of us, the idea of justice seems like something from a comic book. Superheroes in colored tights battling power hungry villains. Or maybe we look to our government for justice. Honorable people in black robes at the Supreme Court ruling on the laws of the land. Increasingly, the International Justice Mission (IJM) is helping us think more deeply about issues of justice in the world. Much of their work has focused on ending human trafficking, though they officially operate to “rescue victims of individual human rights abuse.” A friend of mine works for IJM and told me the…
  • Social Justice at Work: Getting Past the Stone Table

    1 Jun 2014 | 9:04 pm
    In the ending scene of 'The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe', Aslan is tied to the stone table, left to die. As mice furiously chew the ropes that bind him, Lucy and Susan turn away to watch the dawn. Suddenly there is a deafening ‘crack!’ “like the sound of a giant’s plate crashing.” They turn to see what’s happened; the Stone Table is broken in half and Aslan is nowhere to be seen. As the girls worry and fuss they shiver at the sound of his voice; there he is in all his full-maned glory.  Aslan is not only NOT dead, he has more to do to…
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    Good Letters

  • Everyone Deserves Clean Grout and Starched Linen

    Caroline Langston
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    For my junior high school Home Economics teacher, Mrs. Lesca Black, who taught me how to press every seam once you’d sewed it, and for Dr. Sandra DeJong, who said she thought I might be a feminist, after all. It all began, I suppose, with the hardbound set of Time-Life Foods of the World cookbooks [Read More...]
  • God, Guilt, and Aronofsky’s Noah, Part 2

    Vic Sizemore
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Yesterday I wrote about the film Noah and the believing soul’s ambivalence to God. Today I want to quickly note that in his book God, Guilt and Death, Merold Westphal describes how there is actually ambivalence to God on the part of the unbelieving soul as well. “I don’t believe,” the unbeliever says with real [Read More...]
  • God, Guilt, and Aronofsky’s Noah, Part 1

    Vic Sizemore
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    As it has become too expensive for our family of five to go to the theater together often, we usually wait to see movies until they reach the dollar theater here in town. This means that we usually do not see a movie until the flurry of reviews has passed. Not many people were still [Read More...]
  • Lavender and Pennies

    A. G. Harmon
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Whenever you detect the mysterious smell of lavender in a house, it means a friendly spirit is passing through one of the nearby rooms. The fragrance has to come out of nowhere, I’m told, and it has to be strong. Otherwise, your mind is just playing tricks on you. And if you see pennies lying [Read More...]
  • My Own Desert (Tortoise) Father

    Tania Runyan
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    I didn’t spend enough time with Oscar this summer. For forty years I’ve believed time will never run out. Visiting California, I took my annual walk through my childhood backyard of bougainvillea, crepe myrtle, and fruit. I picked some strawberries, paid homage to my name scratched in a concrete border in 1980, then wandered to [Read More...]
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    Tod Bolsinger

  • Seminary Grads Give Schools all “D”s.

    Tod Bolsinger
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
     “Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him…”  Ephesians 4:15 In my new role at Fuller Seminary, I have been trying to follow the example of our faculty.  Academic Dean and Leadership Professor, Scott Cormode teaches his students, “Leadership begins in listening.”  And Scott and the faculty, led by Dr. Love Sechrest, walked their talk with an in-depth study of alumni and graduates that led to a complete revision of the curriculum that will be rolled out in the fall of 2014. So, in the brief time I have been at Fuller, I have been trying to follow…
  • A Cure for Denominational Depression

    Tod Bolsinger
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I’m a pastor in a denomination that is in the middle of (yet another) divide. I sat through another discussion about exiting churches at our Presbytery meeting a couple of weeks ago. It was like being part of a divorce negotiation with a couple that still loves each other yet one spouse can’t fathom being married any longer. The parties involved are trying really hard to be civil, to be respectful, to be fair.  All in all, they are doing a good job.  This is a Presbytery with a lot of mutual goodwill. If anything, it’s the kind of place where a “good” divorce could happen. And…
  • Partners in Failure

    Tod Bolsinger
    10 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    We sat together at a coffee shop in Pasadena.  Me, a bit nervous.  He, warm and kind.  He had committed to fund the spiritual formation work I will be doing at Fuller Theological Seminary for the next three years. I wanted to buy him a cup of coffee as a tiny gesture of thanks.  And then he said something that has become as important to me as his financial support. In fact, it was really the moment when I knew for sure that God was in this huge vision to transform theological education.   “Tod, I believe that our Plan A is never God’s Plan A and we only get to God’s Plan A when…
  • The Whisper that Made Me Leave My Church

    Tod Bolsinger
    16 May 2014 | 9:45 am
    It was the whisper that made me leave my church.   It was the one line that I heard over and over again in the five years that I traveled across the country first in leading a commission for my denomination and then as a consultant in organizational change.   “Why didn’t seminary prepare me for this?”  I would hear that line echoed in my mind long after each conversation was over.  I had a sense that it was going to be shaping my future call.  I even wrote a blog post about it in December 2012.    And then a year after I wrote the blog post, I was invited to do something about…
  • When Size Really Doesn’t Matter…. OR… Why a discussion of either “Wee Kirks” or “Tall Steeples” completely misses the moment.

    Tod Bolsinger
    28 May 2013 | 8:25 am
    Two meals, two conversations, the same topic. (Over and over again.)  One was the pastor of a declining church, the other a growing one.  One was in an urban setting, the other rural.  One of their churches was well -known, even iconic, the other was church that is not really known outside its community. Both pastors are in their late thirties. Both gifted preachers, caring people, have a strong presence and have good track records. They also share a common theological tradition. One of them pastors a church whose membership is in the thousands, the other (the growing church no less!) has…
 
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    Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture

  • Mere Fidelity: On Divine Accommodation

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:06 am
    How does God accommodate himself to us? How do we know when he has accommodated himself to us, or when we are projecting ourselves back on him?  In this episode, we take up what has traditionally been called the doctrine of ‘divine accommodation,’ and consider its limits and its abuses. Other details worth noting:  the iTunes feed is here (thanks to everyone who has reviewed us so kindly) and an RSS feed for the show lives here. Finally, as always, follow Derek, Alastair, and Andrew for smart thoughts about theology and the world.
  • 3 Thoughts on Kindle Unlimited

    Jake Meador
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I have a roundup on Amazon’s latest innovation over at Mere O Notes so if you’re wanting to learn more about Kindle Unlimited, start there. I. Our Technocratic Libertarianism While Mark Lilla is basically correct in saying that we live in a libertarian era, that term is not without its problems. (Ross Douthat made this point quite well in a recent blog post.) Despite our libertarian tendencies, we are still creatures bearing the image of God and living in a world as creatures made by that God. So both the essence of our humanity and the nature of our creaturely existence…
  • Mere Fidelity: On Marriage and Donated Gametes

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    This week’s conversation continues through our reading of Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made? with a conversation about the ways in which the possibility of gamete-donation by third parties to married couples has reshaped our understanding of marriage and its goods. We take as our launching point this meaty bit from O’Donovan: “For such a thesis forces the sharpest of dividing lines between the procreative and the relational goods of marriage.  It invites us to think that if the relational good is fulfilled in an exclusive communion of sexual love, then the procreative…
  • NT Wright and his Reformed Critics

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 am
    This week’s show follows up on the conversation about NT Wright and locates him among his Reformed critics.  Who’s right, who’s wrong, and are there paths between that can learn from both? Various links from topics that came up during the show. 1. N.T. Wright on Penal substitution. 2. Wright’s most recent stand-alone summary article on justification. 3. D.A. Carson’s The Vindication of Imputation on the difference between exegetical and theological levels of discourse. 4. Michael Horton’s Review of Wright’s Justification. 5. Michael Bird’s…
  • Mere Fidelity: The Transgender Question

    Matthew Lee Anderson
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    This week’s conversation continues through our reading of Oliver O’Donovan’s Begotten or Made? with a discussion of the questions that have come to the fore in recent weeks about transgender people. We take the following excerpt from O’Donovan as our way in to the subject. The sex into which we have been born (assuming that it is physiologically unambiguous) is given to us to be welcomed as a gift of God. The task of psychological maturity–for it is a moral task, and not merely an event which may or may not transpire–involves accepting this gift and…
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    jeremy bouma

  • Monday Morning Prayer: A Prayer for the Homeless

    Jeremy Bouma
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    This prayer is taken from Prayers for My City: A Fixed-Hour Prayer Book for Hometown, USA,  a new, modern prayer book • This innovative prayer guide contains an ancient spiritual practice for 21st century America featuring 21 unique prayers for your city • Available in Print from online retailers and as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
  • Monday Morning Prayer: A Prayer for Hometown Farmers

    Jeremy Bouma
    14 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    This prayer is taken from Prayers for My City: A Fixed-Hour Prayer Book for Hometown, USA,  a new, modern prayer book • This innovative prayer guide contains an ancient spiritual practice for 21st century America featuring 21 unique prayers for your city • Available in Print from online retailers and as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
  • Monday Morning Prayer: A Prayer for Single Parents

    Jeremy Bouma
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:54 am
    This prayer is taken from Prayers for My City: A Fixed-Hour Prayer Book for Hometown, USA,  a new, modern prayer book • This innovative prayer guide contains an ancient spiritual practice for 21st century America featuring 21 unique prayers for your city • Available in Print from online retailers and as an ebook for Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.
  • Vintage Faith Relevant-Making Linkage • 7.5.14

    Jeremy Bouma
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Timothy George on Why Religious Freedom Is One of the Most Pressing Issues Religious freedom is not merely political; it is pre-political. As a fundamental, “unalienable” right, it existed before the state. Religious freedom did not begin in modern times; it began when God brought humanity into existence. Rooted in the biblical understanding of human dignity and freedom, religious freedom is a part of what it means to be created in the image of God. Scot McKnight Asks, “Is the Bible Our Only Creed?” There is, I would contend, a difference between having a “creed” or a…
  • Worshiping Empire America This July 4th Sunday

    Jeremy Bouma
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:38 am
    I originally wrote this post 6 years ago when July 4th fell on a Sunday. I think the basic message still fits despite it falling on a Friday this year: Far too often American Christians (particularly evangelicals) are far too caught up in prostrating themselves before Empire Americana. A few years ago I read a rather prophetic book on the subject, Teavangelicals. It chronicles the hyper-involvement of Evangelicals with the upstart Tea Party movement. It’s quite shocking and not a little scary—though perhaps I shouldn’t be considering I worked in for Empire America for 5…
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    RZIM

  • Are Different Styles of Music Acceptable in Church?

    Ruth Malhotra
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    A worship leader in youth ministry who performs hip-hop, reggae, and urbanized forms of music says his style of music is dismissed by some churches and embraced by others. At RZIM’s open forum at James Madison University, he asked Ravi Zacharias and John Njoroge why churches are so divided when it comes to different types of music, and whether substance is truly far more important than style.    
  • Happy 4th of July!

    Ravi Zacharias
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:27 am
    A Happy 4th of July to you all!  It is a blessing to celebrate America’s Independence Day. As one who has come from abroad and made this now my home, I want you to know, many times when I come back from a long journey—and I travel over 200 days a year—I come back home, put my suitcase down, and my wife will tell you I get on my knees and kiss the kitchen floor and thank God that I’m home again. This is a nation that has been blessed of God, empowered for great and significant tasks, and there are thousands and millions who come to its shores to find that kind of succor and hope…
  • Live Stream on July 4 from James Madison University

    Ruth Malhotra
    3 Jul 2014 | 6:32 am
    On July 4, 2014, Ravi Zacharias will speak at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where he will address the Kenya Christian Fellowship in America (KCFA) at their 24th Annual National Conference. The topic of Dr. Zacharias’s open forum is, “The Problem of Pleasure.”  He will deliver the keynote message at 7:45 p.m. EDT, and hold a question-and-answer session with the audience. “Whatever your calling, it will test your character,” said Zacharias. “Any pleasure, however good, if not kept in balance will distort reality or destroy appetite.” Zacharias will be joined…
  • “The Lamb and the Fuhrer” Graphic Novel Now Available

    Ted Burnham
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The first graphic novel by Dr. Ravi Zacharias listens in on an imaginative post-suicide conversation as Adolf Hitler meets Jesus Christ and Dietrich Bonhoffer in the afterlife.  Based on his popular Great Conversations series, The Lamb and the Fuhrer: Jesus Talks with Hitler is the first in an expected series that covers imaginative conversations between Jesus Christ and historical world thought leaders. While translating his apologetic work into a graphic novel is a new initiative for Zacharias, he has often underscored the importance of the arts in seeking to reach “a generation that…
  • Ravi Zacharias to Speak at ICRS and Unveil Two New Books

    Ruth Malhotra
    22 Jun 2014 | 5:15 am
    Dr. Zacharias unveils “Why Suffering” and first graphic novel, “The Lamb and the Fuhrer,” at International Christian Retail Show Christian apologist and author Dr. Ravi Zacharias will participate in the 2014 International Christian Retail Show hosted by CBA, the Association for Christian Retail, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta June 22-23. In addition to unveiling his forthcoming book, Why Suffering, and his first graphic novel, The Lamb and the Fuhrer, Zacharias will keynote the ICRS Global Worship Celebration on June 22 and participate in a panel discussion on…
 
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    Red Blue Reviews

  • Bushnell Tour Z6 Vs Pro 1m

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    Bushnell Tour Z6 Tournament Edition Versus Bushnell Pro 1M Tournament Edition Bushnell Tour Z6 Tournament Edition Golf Laser Rangefinder  Buy at Amazon.com  Bushnell Tour Z6 Tournament Edition Features 6X magnification; 5-1300-Yard; Ranging Performance 450 Plus Yard to Flag Premium Lens Coatings Provide Superb Optical Quality; Waterproof (IPX7) & RainGuard HD Lens Coating PinSeeker Technology zeros in on flag Vivid Display Technology optical enhancement dramatically improves contrast, clarity and light transmission, while increasing the brightness of digital readout information…
  • Canon Eos Rebel T3i Vs Sl1

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:11 am
    Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 Versus Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18.0 Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera And DIGIC 4 Imaging With EF-S 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 IS Lens    Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 Features 18.0 MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor for high image quality and speed ISO 100 – 6400 for shooting from bright to dim light Vari-angle 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor (3:2) for shooting at high or low angles and 1,040,000-dot VGA with reflection reduction Video Snapshot features for enhanced video shooting options Comes with camera body, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Type II…
  • Tips For Skin Care For Women

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Use actual milk on your skin. You might have noticed that a lot of skin products list milk in their ingredients. This is because milk is great for your skin. Try rubbing some into your skin or adding it to a bath. Even the milk straight out of your fridge will work. Don t smoke. Smoking decreases blood flow and can make your skin look unhealthy and older. Your skin looks it s best when it has proper blood circulation. It can cause you to lose collagen and elastin, and can make it harder for your body to absorb essential vitamins and minerals. Spray-on sunscreen can help you properly care for…
  • How To I Become A Fashion Designer

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    When you are selecting a jacket for a extremely crucial upcoming party, you need to have to make absolutely sure that you find the jacket with the suitable sleeve duration. If your coat is also very long or as well short people today will observe. Your shirt cuff must show about half an inch or so. This is a important that you must constantly maintain in intellect. If you have been attempting to boost your wardrobe for very some time but haven t had the time to determine out now then now is the working day you have been ready for. You can make improvements to the way you glimpse, and on a…
  • Viper Vss5000 Vs Vss4000

    admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Viper VSS5000 SmartStart Security Remote Versus Viper Smart Start System VSS4000 Viper VSS5000 SmartStart Security Remote Start System    Viper VSS5000 SmartStart Security Remote Features 2-Way confirmation of commands received at vehicle. Smart Alerts sent via push notification or text messaging (SMS). Vehicle personalization – add a picture or change the name. Dealer locator – find the nearest dealer quickly and easily using the Find a Dealer tool. Password management   Viper VSS5000 SmartStart Security Remote Review You can remote start or lock and unlock your…
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    Red Letter Believers

  • Straight Lines Matter: Choosing Order Over Chaos

    David Rupert
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    He used a device on a tripod and I had no idea how in the world it worked.  That was his department. And someone else was hauling the fence posts. Someone else was mixing concrete. My job was to dig the holes centered where the stakes had been meticulously placed. Digging holes isn’t precise work. There are hidden rocks, impacted pockets of soil, and tree roots to work around. Still, the hold needed to be centered. I groused and grumbled at the constant instructions to center my digging, but the task at hand pushed me to fight through the heat, sweat dripping down my brow and down the…
  • Lost and Found

    David Rupert
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    When I was seven, I knew a lot about bikes and Lincoln logs and lunch.  I didn’t know much about life. There were the rituals, waking up for school, eating oatmeal with a drizzle of honey,  sitting in the class, dreaming of recess and riding my bike after school. But life?  What was that? It was eating and breathing and always knowing my Mom was close by. Was there more? I didn’t know about the struggles of those around me. I didn’t taste sickness or death. I was oblivious to the hatred at lunch counters or school buses. I hadn’t heard of the shootings at Kent State. I had heard…
  • “What were you thinking?” Overcoming the pains of regret

    David Rupert
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    My brother rode over the home-built jump at the end of the road over and again, circling around to get just a little more air or turn the handlebar in a circle before landing. My pant legs was full of grease from getting caught in the bicycle chain, but there was no stopping until the darkness pushed us grudgingly indoors. The next day, we started all over again. I found a matchbook in the middle of street and flipped open the cover to see five matches were still unused. This was our lucky day. I wasted a match just to see if it worked, only to be scorned by my brother. Still, we were awed…
  • Working for Free

    David Rupert
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    ____ My bicycle tire was in tatters, shredded by a jagged rock hidden in an open field. I pushed my bike home and that night showed it to my fix-it-father. He removed the tire from the rim, turning it over and over in his hands, and finally, with a grunt, declared it unfixable. “So, can I have a new one?” I pled, my green eyes caked with the dirt of a long day outside. He handed it back to me and said, “After you have enough money.” My shoulders sagged, the realization that my summer fun had suddenly hit a major roadblock. No money, no wheels. Eventually I earned the $3 by…
  • Competition: Why Losing Hurts So Bad

    David Rupert
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:48 am
    I wrote the speech and then edited it, justifying and crafting every single word. Then I memorized it, hammering every inflection, timing every dramatic pause. As a high schooler I wasn’t in athletics. Maybe it was the aspect of losing. Maybe it was because we couldn’t afford shoes not available in the thrift store. Maybe it was because slow of foot. Instead, I poured myself into non-athletic pursuits. I even lettered in Speech. And this speech was a big one, the qualifier for state. It came off perfectly – my voice lilting and my composure perfectly erect for a flawless…
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    Steve K. McCoy

  • Happy Anniversary Molly!

    Steve McCoy
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    Molly and I have been married now for 21 years. She is a joy to my heart and the harder life gets and the more she has to endure, the more amazing she is to me. Somebody pinch me. I think I'm dreaming. Read my essay from last year: The Wedding Vows 20 Years Later.
  • Cheap Kindle Books 7.22.14

    Steve McCoy
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Glorious Ruin by Tullian Tchividjian (FREE)One Way Love by Tullian Tchividjian ($3.74)The Storytelling God by Jared Wilson ($0.99)Because He Loves Me by Elyse Fitzpatrick ($1.99)Gospel Wakefulness by Jared Wilson ($1.99)John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy by David Dockery & Roger Duke ($0.99)Faithful Women and Their Extraordinary God by Noel Piper ($1.99)The Cross and Christian Ministry by D.A. Carson ($1.99)To Live is Christ To Die Is Gain by Matt Chandler ($2.99)The Gospel and Personal Evangelism by Mark Dever ($3.49)Exiles by Michael Frost ($3.03)      The Road to Missional…
  • "A Place Called Space"

    Steve McCoy
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:38 pm
    So this is one of the coolest songs I've heard this year. It's from a new album from The Juan MacLean coming out this fall. Crank it up!
  • 3 Reasons Christians Have Relentless Joy

    Steve McCoy
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Tim Keller on Romans 8:28-30 -- three reasons Christians have relentless joy...Verse 28: Our bad things turn out for goodVerse 29: Our good things can never be lostVerse 30: The best things are yet to come(Via)
  • CAPC: Greg Thornbury

    Steve McCoy
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    President of King's College and friend, Greg Thornbury, was in a discussion on music and culture for Christ and Pop Culture podcast. Listen here. I just listened and it's excellent, thought-provoking.Members of CaPC ($5 a month) get far more free things than the cost of membership, including right now Greg's recent book in ebook form, Recovering Classical Evangelicalism (Kindle), Joy For the World ebook, new Gray Havens' song, other books, other music, a comic book, and more. Wowzers. Join up.
 
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    The Scriptorium Daily

  • The Suffering of the Christ in the Psalms

    Joe Henderson
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:39 pm
    As soon as Jesus had confirmed to his disciples that he was “the Christ, the son of the living God,” he went on to tell them that it was necessary that he would suffer and die at the hands of the leaders of his people (Mat 16:16, 21). Peter was taken aback, and his disciples could not understand what he was talking about. Even after his death, his followers were slow to believe that if he were really the Christ, the one they had hoped would “redeem all Israel,” he would have to suffer and die, condemned by Israel’s leaders (Luke 24:19-21, 25). Even after his resurrection, Jesus had…
  • The Abundant Style of Erasmus

    Fred Sanders
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    I had heard that Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466-1536) wrote a book showing hundreds of ways to say “thanks for your letter,” so I went and looked it up, just to see what one of the Renaissance’s prime movers was thinking when he did that. The book in question –originally published as De duplici copia verborum ac rerum Commentarii duo, and available in English in volume 24 of  his Collected Works as Copia: Foundations of the Abundant Style (translated and annotated by Betty I. Knott)– is much more than a stunt. It’s a really helpful exercise in developing a…
  • Remembering Chris Mitchell

    Matt Jenson
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    On Thursday night, my dear friend Chris died of a heart attack. We in the Torrey Honors Institute were—are—in complete shock. There were no warning signs, nothing indicating that his health was in decline. (An undetected heart disease proved to be the cause.) Chris and his wife Julie had moved to LA only a year ago to work at Biola and, after a blissful first year, they had just arrived in Colorado for a long stay with kids and grandkids. In his early 60s, Chris had just begun the last leg of his career, returning to the classroom after years overseeing The Wade Center at Wheaton College,…
  • In Memoriam: Chris Mitchell (1950-2014)

    Greg Peters
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “We cannot understand. The best is perhaps what we understand least.” ― C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed I am Resurrection and I am Life, says the Lord.Whoever has faith in me shall have life,even though he die.And everyone who has life,and has committed himself to me in faith,shall not die for ever.As for me, I know that my Redeemer livesand that at the last he will stand upon the earth. After my awaking, he will raise me up;and in my body I shall see God.I myself shall see, and my eyes behold himwho is my friend and not a stranger.For none of us has life in himself,and none becomes his…
  • Leaf By Niggle: A Recommendation

    Chris Mitchell
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:35 pm
    “Beauty, Eucatastrophe, and the Doctrine of Grace in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Leaf By Niggle” In September 1944, J. R. R. Tolkien received a request from The Dublin Review for a story that would be “an effective expression of Catholic humani­ty.” In response, he sent Leaf By Niggle, a short story he had written a year or two earlier. “[Th]at story,” Tolkien said, “was the only thing I have ever done which cost me absolutely no pains at all. Usually I compose only with great difficulty and endless rewriting. I woke up one morning with that odd thing virtually complete in my head. It…
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    Tall Skinny Kiwi | Tall Skinny Kiwi

  • Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    ony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities ...
  • Sending Elizabeth to College

    Andrew Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90′s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has ...
  • Global Journey Map

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you have been following our journey on Jonberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps ...
  • Calvary the Movie

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well ...
  • What’s so Amazing About Being Anglican?

    Andrew Jones
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    pdate: Conference went well yesterday with over 100 people attending. Here are some of the best moments: Original Post: Some thoughts on Being Anglican and my current journey to be even more Anglican, part of which is attending a conference this weekend in Wellington with Bishop Victoria Matthews entitled “Whats So Amazing About Being Anglican?” [PDF] Obviously I am thinking about ...
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    The Lutheran

  • Sending moms & kids to camp

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It’s no surprise — or secret — that Bible camp builds life-long memories and relationships. In August a group of single moms and their children will do just that atOutlaw Ranch, Custer, S.D.  Rachel Jensen, who went last year, already knows this to be true. She is 11 and just finished fifth grade. She volunteers at the Humane Society, dances, plays the drums, bakes, and tends to her cats and tarantula. But what Rachel is really looking forward to is being baptized at camp in August, and into the community of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Spearfish, S.D. Oh…
  • Call her blessed

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It is August. In the Northern Hemisphere it is the season of harvest: wheat and corn, persimmons and grapes, jujubes and apples and peaches. Roadside ditches bloom with foxtail and blanket flower. And in this season of harvest is the festival day of Mary, Mother of Our Lord: Aug. 15, a day dedicated to her for at least 1,400 years. Author Gertrud Mueller Nelson, in To Dance With God (Paulist Press, 1986), recalls “walking with my mother and sisters along the river banks, collecting every variety of grass seed … from pinks to sage …” to gather into…
  • Evangelism: The basics

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Like the people he met two millennia ago, Christ calls us from our varied stations in life to follow him and be his disciples. And in the succeeding 2,000 years Christians have struggled with exactly how to be faithful disciples of Christ while keeping their jobs, raising families, paying taxes and being good citizens of the countries in which they live. Exercise 1: What’s a disciple? We use the term “discipleship” freely, but what exactly is a disciple? Draft a “job description” for a disciple, listing all appropriate duties, responsibilities, commitments,…
  • The Hauntmaster?s dream for Halloween:

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The crazy inner workings of the Meadowbrook Asylum will be on display again this Halloween in Frewsburg, N.Y., thanks to the efforts of 11th-grader Craig Rodgers.  The ex officio member of Zion Lutheran’s youth group will again donate the proceeds of his homemade Halloween haunted house, called an asylum. Last year, Rodgers handed over $1,200 of the $2- and $4-ticket sales to the youth group. With the asylum’s growing popularity, he expects to triple that amount this year.  Rodgers, who has been creating and producing the Halloween event for the past four years, said…
  • ?It was like God had sent them here?

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The story of how Holy Trinity Lutheran, a once struggling church in Charlotte, N.C., was reborn began on a Sunday in June 2013. As the 11 a.m. service was about to begin, about 20 newcomers walked into the sanctuary and bunched into two back pews. “Like sardines,” recalled Nancy Kraft. The pastor of Holy Trinity was surprised, but delighted, that they had accepted her off-the-cuff invitation to worship. The group was made up of former members of nearby St. Andrew Episcopal Church — many had worshiped there for decades. But a few weeks earlier, the church had closed…
 
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    Century Blog

  • New today: The peacemaking challenge in Israel/Palestine, taking Isaiah 58:7 literally, faith in possibility

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    24 Jul 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
  • Possibilities

    Ryan Dueck
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I have many conversations with people who find it difficult to believe or people who barely believe or people who want to believe but can’t or people who are embarrassed to believe or people who look down in condescension at those who believe or people who are just bewildered that anyone could believe in something like God or resurrection or hope or any kind of future that is radically dissimilar to the present. This is the shape of our life and imagination in the post-Christian West. read more
  • Other people saying things

    Steve Thorngate
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    "GOP shoves massive tax hike down middle-class voters' throats." read more
  • Do I have to take Isaiah 58:7 literally?

    Celeste Kennel-Shank
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    A particular verse of scripture has been haunting me lately. I hear it as an indictment of an aspect of my personal life.First, it was a lectionary text in Epiphany. Then I found it in the unifying passage of a devotional book I read.“Bring the homeless poor into your house,” we read in Isaiah 58:7, part of a passage on genuine fasting. read more
  • When doing church differently means doing it the same

    Christian Coon
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    When I, along with a friend and colleague, started planting a new church in Chicago about five years ago, we had lots of ideas about how to do church, but one thing was certain: we wanted to do church differently. Lots of church planters have the same mission.We told other existing churches that we weren’t in competition with them—we wanted to attract people who, for whatever reason, would never set foot in a narthex. In other words, we didn’t want our church to be too. . . . churchy. read more
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    theologer

  • I Write Because... Precision

    Roger Mugs
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:20 pm
    I’ve been writing with some consistency since I was in early High School. Back then a friend of mine pressed me in to writing poetry and I loved it. Though, I still have those poems and they’re pretty embarrassingly awful. Thankfully we get better with practice, of which I’m still in need of a lot. Writing is fascinating to me because the written word, different from the spoken word, allows for careful contemplation and the ability to arrive more precisely at that which I’m trying to express. I consider myself a relatively well spoken person. And if there is ever a…
  • The Wall (School Age Kids)

    Roger Mugs
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:28 pm
    In conversation with my brother-in-law tonight we discussed the wall missionaries hit at around 30 or 35 (give or take) in their lives. Life wasn’t easy when overseas as a young single or even a young couple. But it is nonetheless decidedly different when you have kids, and those kids are hitting school age. Especially when the culture primarily bleeds things you don’t want your kids to learn. We’re hitting a wall where staying overseas means stepping up our lives substantially. Figuring out how to get our kids in school and live a sustainable lifestyle in this other…
  • America for a Missionary

    Roger Mugs
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    America for a missionary is a funny place. To us (and especially our children) it’s a great playground filled with delicious food, fun things to do for cheap (or free), and a whole culture who doesn’t treat us like lepers. People don’t stop my children in the street and rub their hands through their hair, people don’t stop to gawk and take pictures. We may personally feel very out of place here, but to everyone else around us we fit in, at least a little bit. And then there is the fact that my work, when in America, looks very different from my normal work. Support…
  • A Missionary Without Honor

    Roger Mugs
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    We’re on furlough stateside now and it’s the first furlough that I’m wondering how much longer we have overseas. In the past we have always thrived and then, in the last year, found our boundaries. Suddenly where we live isn’t obviously long-term-able for the family. I’m not saying we’re leaving right now—we’re not planning on it. But eventually we will be. Anyhow, I’ve been chewing lately on why I’m so opposed to leaving. The first and most obvious reason is I still believe overseas is where I am called to be. But the second reason is fear. We’ve been outside of America…
  • A Weekend Near the Border with Burma

    Roger Mugs
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    I’ve taken trips to the country-side before. But this one was different for a number of reasons. First of all, it was my first such trip with no other foreigners to share the experience. As such I imagine there were several things which would have made me laugh had someone with a Western perspective been there to share the experience with me, but rather I glossed over them or moved on too quickly. That said, there was still plenty of note. I travelled with a local pastor friend of mine. I could explain all the relationships and these peoples roles, but it was an unusual event because they…
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    Think Christian Articles

  • The Empathy Exams’ call for courage

    Allison Backous Troy
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:52 am
    Posted on 07/27/14 Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams is a tightly woven examination of a human expression that, according to Jamison, is more posture than emotion, more a way of being in the world than a way of feeling. And the way that Jamison's essays engage empathy - as pained observer, as awkward tourist and as someone seeking a sincere way of being in the world herself - prompts her readers to explore the horizons of suffering and to share in the pain of others in ways both uncomfortable and necessary. Empathy is something that many people in Christian circles aspire to have.
  • The sweet subversion of ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s Mandatory Fun

    John J. Thompson
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Posted on 07/25/14 Last week “Weird Al” Yankovic commandeered the interwebs and tickled many a funny bone with the release of the full-length album Mandatory Fun. Although he has no plans to retire, the changing music landscape points toward a future of singles and YouTube posts. The title of the album may even reference an obligation the humorist had with his record company for one last set. Whether that’s true or not, this is no collection of phone-ins. Launching eight videos in eight days, with cameos by a long list of celebrities, Yankovic hit one out of the park. The…
  • The missional opportunity of Obama’s LGBT executive order

    Stephen Woodworth
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:55 am
    Posted on 07/24/14 On Monday, President Barack Obama signed an executive order amending a 1965 mandate that prohibited discrimination in the hiring of federal employees based on their “race, color, religion, sex or national origin.” Obama’s new order now includes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” as federally protected categories as well. During a press conference at the White House the president announced, hyperbolically, “Thanks to your passion and advocacy and the irrefutable rightness of your cause, our government … will…
  • Are Christianity and capitalism compatible? Three things to consider

    Jordan J. Ballor
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    Posted on 07/23/14 The relationship between Christianity and capitalism is a perennial topic, one taken up recently by the New York Times’ Room for Debate feature. It’s important to distinguish between different economic forms, and labels like capitalism can sometimes obscure rather than clarify points of dispute. As the contributors to the Times’ debate illustrate, capitalism can mean anything from an emphasis on the need for the rule of law, property rights and freedom of association and trade to the privileging of moneyed interests and tyranny of cash over all of life.
  • Time for another Purge?

    John C. Nugent
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:48 am
    Posted on 07/22/14 I’m not a fan of horror films. It is difficult for me to enter storylines that deny the sanctity of life and capitalize on the mass appeal of gratuitous violence. But I was sucked in by the provocative plot of The Purge. Though its ratings weren’t stellar, this low-budget, 2013 film grossed over $89 million and was successful enough to warrant a sequel, The Purge: Anarchy, which opened last Friday. The premise of both films is simple. After crime and unemployment nearly brought the discontented nation to the brink of revolution, the United States has been…
 
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    All Blogs - XXXchurch

  • Craig's Car Ride - Coming To You August 5th!

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Over the years we have had several different Podcasts. Let me take you on a throw back tour. Dirty Little Secrets -  100 episodes with amazing guests (Audio only)X3TV - 45 video episodes X3’s Company - 13 video episodes and over 200 of your questions answeredXXXchurch Voices -  19 episodes on video with your favorite rock starsPorn Kills - Video and a lot moreOpen 24/7 - 13 extended video sit down interviews with some amazing friendsAnd now. The simplest one to date. Launching August 5th every other Tuesday we are bringing you Craig’s Car Ride. That’s me.
  • Don’t Look at the Parts. Look at the Whole.

    27 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Being that I’m a writer who works from home, I tend to catch a lot of television---and then I go online to research things about it. After taking a writing break recently and watching a rerun of one of my all-time favorite shows (and yes, this is about to reveal my age-LOL) Family Ties, the one when Alex P. Keaton gave his virginity to a college girl who kicked him to the curb the very next day. Even I had to process that it was a (wow!) 1982 episode. I had to take in just how much has changed. I say that because later that day I tried to watch some of the series premiere of…
  • 5 Ways to Build Integrity

    26 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    One thing I find in short supply at times is, unfortunately, integrity. I think that’s part of the reason we value it so much when we find someone who actually displays it. It’s a breath of fresh air. However, it’s one thing to know you might lack integrity in certain areas (like your sex life), but something else entirely to learn how to develop it. Integrity is about more than just doing the right thing (Tweet This!); it’s about building the kind of character that can survive a crisis intact. In the same way that a building with integrity can survive a storm, a life…
  • Another successful Strip Church Training in the books!

    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    We had close to 20 women come from all over the country-including a couple ladies from Canada!   We always get a variety of women that have a heart for this ministry.  Some are ex-industry, while others have never even stepped foot into a strip club! This training was unique from our past trainings because we ran it in conjunction with the Exxxotica Porn Convention outreach where XXXChurch set up the famous "Jesus Loves Porn Stars" booth. The first day of training we decided last minute to take the trainees across the street to the convention since it was "ladies night.”…
  • Do You Think You’re Valuable?

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    What do you find valuable? Maybe an heirloom that’s been treasured for generations in your family? Or maybe a new car, with all the latest technology in it? Or perhaps you look at something less material as valuable, like social status or popularity? Now think about this: what if I smashed your heirloom against the wall? Or drove that car off an overpass? Or gossiped about you and damaged your social status? Would you be angry? Of course! Something you found valuable was damaged in some way! So now here’s the next question: Do you think of yourself as valuable?

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  • My Next Social Media Training – LIVE Online!

    Terrace Crawford
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    I’ve just announced my next Social Media Training Session that will be held LIVE Online featuring my friend and Social Media Coach, Jason Curlee, and yours truly!  We’re putting together over 2 hours of training together for this EXCLUSIVE, LIVE … Continue reading →
  • 5 Steps to Finding Your Next Mentor

    Terrace Crawford
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    I’m often asked by young leaders how they can find a mentor. There are a few steps I’d offer to finding the next person to coach you.   Here are 5 actions you’ll need to take to discover and keep … Continue reading →
  • Apply Now to Join My Online Coaching Network!

    Terrace Crawford
    3 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    I’m looking to come alongside of 10 (yes, only 10!) rookie youth pastors (who have been in the field for 5 years or less) over the next 5 months.  Numerous youth pastors have been through my network (from all over … Continue reading →
  • Join me at the Student Leadership Conference!

    Terrace Crawford
    25 Jun 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I absolutely love conferences.  So naturally when I heard a couple of years ago that Doug Fields was creating a conference just for students I was stoked!  This year the Student Leadership Conference (#SLC) is back and better than ever… … Continue reading →
  • LIVE Online Social Media Training!

    Terrace Crawford
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:56 pm
    I’m stoked to announce my next Social Media Training Session.  I will be doing a LIVE Online Social Media Training on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:00PM EST! There are a limited number of spaces available, so secure yours [here]. Here … Continue reading →
 
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  • Also Known As God

    Rick Morgan
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    If he wasn't God on earth then why is the world still talking about him?John 1:1-5  In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2  He existed in the beginning with God.  3  God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him.4  The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. 5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.This is a different genealogy from what you see at the beginning of Matthew and Luke's gospels.
  • God's Children Defeat This Evil World

    Rick Morgan
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    We have what it takes to be victorious.1 John 5:4-5, 12-13, 18-20  For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith.  5  And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.12  Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have God's Son does not have life.  13  I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life. 18  We know that God's children do not make a practice of sinning, for God's Son holds them…
  • Do Something

    Rick Morgan
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:15 am
    It's not enough to do nothing, It's time for us to do something."Do Something" by Matthew WestMatthew shares the real-life story of a girl who asked, "If I don't do something, who will?God's children can long for heaven so much that the trials and the injustice of this sinful world will get us down. Instead of getting depressed about everything that we see wrong in the world we need to see these difficulties in life as opportunities to "do something."Since we have experienced God's ultimate love, love so big that he had to "do something" for us, we should be compelled to love our neighbor and…
  • God Is Love

    Rick Morgan
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:12 am
    If you love God then how can you not love your neighbor?1 John 4:7-12, 16-21  Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.  8  But anyone who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  9  God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him.  10  This is real love--not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.  11  Dear friends, since…
  • Is It The Truth?

    Rick Morgan
    11 Jun 2014 | 3:34 am
    True or false questions can be the trickiest ones to answer correctly.1 John 4:1-6  Dear friends, do not believe everyone who claims to speak by the Spirit. You must test them to see if the spirit they have comes from God. For there are many false prophets in the world. 2  This is how we know if they have the Spirit of God: If a person claiming to be a prophet acknowledges that Jesus Christ came in a real body, that person has the Spirit of God. 3  But if someone claims to be a prophet and does not acknowledge the truth about Jesus, that person is not from God. Such a person…
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  • An Exit Interview

    John Saddington
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    All companies will inevitably walk through the process of relieving someone of their role within the company. Whether this is a part of the natural order of a company being acquired and being streamlined for resources or a breach of contract or simply natural attrition as your staff finds that it’s time to leave for the next adventure, it is inevitable. I think leaving well (and ending well in the larger scheme) is vitally important for the employee and the organization. The chief motive for an exit interview is simply this as it is an opportunity for the ex-employee and the…
  • To All of My Past Motherships…

    John Saddington
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    I’m sorry to say this but most of my previous “motherships” were not kind to me and so I must confess that I do not love nor miss them. Besides, I don’t expect that they’d remember me anyways. But, I want to say that I appreciated you, you previous motherships, at the time, for who you were when I said “Yes” to the opportunity. Things changed and our relationship status couldn’t weather the inevitable shifts that occurred. It wasn’t anyone’s fault (or at least in a few circumstances…) – it is just what was (and is).
  • What a Management Team Does

    John Saddington
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    It can be difficult, at times, to know exactly what one should do with one’s time when in leadership. Sure, there are the global mission-critical functions that each role has but those can often be more strategic in nature and less tactical. This is especially challenging for the software programmer who is now faced with executive leadership. It is worth repeating that not all software programmers should look to find themselves in management (see this classic startup sin here). I have personally made the transition but it’s taken a lot of time and a lot of practice. Over the…
  • 3 Fundamental Theories to the IT Industry

    John
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:53 am
    I can’t remember where I first heard these (it may have been from the founders of Linux and/or Red Hat…) but I’ve been thinking about them recently as I’ve been coaching a number of new startups that we’ve invested in as well as more than a handful of young entrepreneurs through local programs like Endevvr. Here as three fundamental theories in the IT industry: It all happened by accident It was done by amateurs Nothing has really changed Hah. Yet, isn’t it true? It only takes a moment to review nearly all of the startup ideas that I’ve started and…
  • What Makes Your Job So Special?

    John
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    Out of the blue my oldest asked me a very simple question as we were finishing up dinner last night: Appa, what makes your job so special? I told her that that was a really easy question to answer and I gave her these three reasons (she was specifically talking about The Iron Yard): 1. People I told her that I get to work with some of the brightest and most talented people possible. I also told her that I really like them, a lot, and that they apparently like me too. I told her that it’s really important that you like those that you work with. 2. The Mission Secondly, I told her that…
 
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  • “and now it’s time to dismiss the seniors for their service…”

    paulthinkingoutloud
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    In today’s worship-team driven, seeker sensitive, multi-site, mega-churches, participation is increasingly a young man’s game. Relevance is achieved through having relevant communicators, so those of us who’ve been around a bit longer are often forced to listen to sermons being taught by speakers who seem to be barely out of high school; speakers whose primary qualification seems to be that they are standing at the front of the room.* Three years ago, I wrote about supporting the youth in your church in their various endeavors. Days later, I wrote what you’re now…
  • Church Music: When to Get out of the Way

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:14 am
    So there I was last week, sitting in the large auditorium on the grounds of a denominational campground. We were just coming up to the message, and the person chairing the service remarked about the great acoustics in the place and suggested we stand and sing the simple, one-word chorus, “Hallelujah” acapella. He started us off, but then, instead of going off-microphone, like you do in these situations, he just kept wailing into the mic, with the result that while we got to hear a bit of what it might sound like if it was just the sound of our voices, we mostly got to hear the…
  • #WeAreN

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    Those of you reading this in late July or early August 2014 will notice a symbol in the upper right of this blog that you may not recognize. Cathy Lynn Grossman of Religion News Service explains: #WeAreN is sweeping the Christian Twittersphere as churches, organizations and individuals change their avatars to the Arabic letter “Nun.” It’s the symbol for “Nazarene,” or Christian, used by Islamic State militants in Iraq to brand Christian properties in Iraq as part of their effort to drive out an ancient Christian community with threats to convert or die. Today, the trending avatar…
  • When Heroes Lose Their Honor

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:28 am
    I do not believe I would be in the place I am today spiritually were it not for the great influence of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) and the role I got to play in helping introduce the genre to a nation that was hesitant to accept it.  The people I met, the songs and scriptures they were based on, the communities, the whole movement of it all; each of these contributed to my spiritual nurture in ways for which I will be forever grateful. In general, Larry Norman is considered to have started the thing — referred to as the “father of Jesus music” or even…
  • Evangelism for Non-Evangelists

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    I’m almost certain that if I lived in Hayward, Wisconsin, Mark O. Wilson would be my pastor. I thoroughly enjoyed his book Filled Up, Poured Out (reviewed here) and his newest, Purple Fish: A Heart for Sharing Jesus was a delight to read. Christian non-fiction (i.e. doctrinal) books are not expected to be this much fun. Here’s the difference: Mark Wilson is not dealing in theoretical evangelism. He’s a practitioner, with anecdotal accounts of the principles he believes in bearing results. In fact, to be honest, this is more a book of very short (i.e. many are single…
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  • I'm Broken!

    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I’m Broken.” After sobbing for 20 minutes, these were the only words that I could say to express the way I was feeling.  Broken.  I knew it was a lie, yet it was how I was feeling at the moment.  My wife, so wonderful through my long struggle with a head injury, continued to speak affirming words and prayed with me before we ended our phone call. The day started off innocent enough, just
  • I Am a Citizen

    4 Jul 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I am both a US Citizen and a Permanent Resident of Canada. I love my country of birth and my country of current residence.  My family celebrates both the US and Canadian holidays.  Though I am proud to be an American, because my wife and kids were born in Canada, I will likely one day seek dual citizenship. We have just celebrated Canada Day and the 4th of July and as these patriotic
  • The Fast Facts Bible

    19 Jun 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Zondervan has released the Fast Facts Bible.  It could also be called the Trivia Bible because in a nutshell that is what it is. With over 1,000 facts about God's Word trivia nuts can find lots of tidbits of information.  Sadly not all of it is useful.  I am not sure what to do with some of the info.  Each book introduction has a By the Number fact which includes the number of chapters,
  • D.L. Moody - A Life

    18 Jun 2014 | 8:21 pm
    I love a good biography. I particularly enjoy biographies of men and women of God from days gone by.  A quick scan of my bookshelf reveals biographies of William Booth, Corrie Ten Boom, A.W. Tozer, George Muller and Hudson Taylor to name a few.  So I was excited when I saw a new biography about D.L. Moody from Moody Press.  Author Kevin Belmonte has written a pretty good book with, D.L. Moody
  • What I Learned...

    9 Jun 2014 | 6:59 pm
    A friend has passed away. He will be missed. He taught me so much over the years. Things like compassion, love, humor and respect. All attributes he displayed to me over the last 8 years. Some looked at him and saw his "issues", I looked at him and saw Jesus Christ. I will always recall the hours we spent talking about the Lord while sitting on the couch. I will never forget the day he
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  • A Fruitful Life Giveaway Winners and A Special Thanks

    Eric Bryant
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Giveaway Winners For those who downloaded the free overview when it released last month, the following won the entire series: Crystal Z., Elden C., Ed C., Bruce W., Robin R., Vicky W., Max P., Carl F., Steve K., David C., Jim G., Kitty., David A., Roberta A., Danny D., Derek M., Corey R., Chalane C., Karen M., Kristi K., Trish P., DeDe G., Valerie K., and Katie J. Bonus Offer Download the entire series today for a chance to win more resources at a value of $75 (See A Fruitful Life – Bonus Offer for details). Special Thanks Special thanks to a few more of my friends who have featured A…
  • Peace Love Happiness: The Lifestyle (A Short Film)

    Eric Bryant
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    Check out an inspiring documentary from Steve and Karen Markham… “If we want a better world, we have to create it”. – John Paul Dejoria (entrepreneur and co-founder of Paul Mitchell)
  • Catalyst in Atlanta – Discount

    Eric Bryant
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    Catalyst Conference Discount I highly recommend Catalyst to you! For those visiting my site, they have offered a special rate to the conference in Atlanta. See the details below: “Catalyst exists to unify Leaders who love the Church – equipping them with impactful content and experiences that transform thinking, provoke action, and cultivate community. We hope you’ll make plans to join us for Catalyst Atlanta on October 1-3, 2014. Secure your seat today using rate code GATEWAY for only $229 per person before August 14, 2014. (*special $99 LAB rate using rate…
  • The Oasis Projekt – Help End Trafficking

    Eric Bryant
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    My good friend Robb Overholt and his daughter Laney are about to do something crazy! They are planning to hike the highest mountains in Scotland, England, and Wales within 24 hours in order to raise both funds and awareness for victims of human trafficking Join us for a Celebratory and Casual Fundraiser on Monday, July 28th! 6-8pm LFC Center at UT 1909 University Avenue, 78705 Ticket prices (which are a tax-deductible) to the fundraiser will include dinner, entertainment, access to silent auction, and door prizes. Please note that the topic is PG-13. Follow this link for tickets and/or…
  • Sharing A Fruitful Life With Others

    Eric Bryant
    18 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Want to help others experience A Fruitful Life If so, help us in one or all of the following ways: 1. Send out Tweets or Facebook posts such the following: Become Who You Were Created To Be #AFruitfulLife by @EricBryant Download the series for only $3.96 (limited time)! https://thesnippetapp.com/web/writers/EricMichaelBryant     Become Who You Were Created to Be! Download a free overview of #AFruitfulLife by @ericbryant here: https://thesnippetapp.com/EricMichaelBryant/#a-fruitful-life  2. Write about or review A Fruitful Life on your website. I can help with interviews…
 
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  • 5 tips that will improve your “I’m Sorry Skills”

    loswhit
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    It’s not often that I’m forced to apologize Probably only twice a day. So while I’m still undoing the suck that this involves… I have 5 tips that will improve your “I’m Sorry Skills”. 1. Forgive 1 person a day There is nothing better to up your apology game than knowing what it feels like to drop some forgiveness on someone’s soul. Forgive 1 person a day, even the rude bank teller, and you will be able to say I’m sorry a little easier. 2. Apologize to your kids This may seem like a no brainer, but it’s not. We feel like when we admit our mistakes to our kids, especially…
  • Things You Can’t Do When Your Not a Toddler

    loswhit
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    Anything else you would add to this list??? Los
  • Dear Colbie Caillat. A Letter From A Father Of 2 Tween Girls.

    loswhit
    12 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Dear Colbie Caillat. It’s hard raising kids. Anyone who says it isn’t, is lying. But it is also the greatest thing in the world. You have no idea how much I freaking love it. And the older mine get, the more fun it has become. My girls love Jesus and family. But they also love boys and Demi Levato. #LetItGo!!!!! And we pray someone they look up to will let them know that their life is worth more than their boobs and image. So when you released your single “TRY”, I literally teared up. They have so much pressure to fit in. Yes, their Jesus loving Christian music…
  • People Will Never Respect You Because Of What You’re ABOUT To Do

    loswhit
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    “My wife and I have thought about adopting for a while.” “I’ve always wanted to write a book.” “I think I might ask her out.” “Yea, next time I go to a show I’ll sponsor a Compassion child.” “You know, I’m gonna finally tell my boss to chill out and treat us with respect.” “Dude! The church I’m planting is going to feed the homeless every Saturday morning.” “That’s it. I’m seriously going to drop everything and become a photographer.” These are just a few of the lines I remember from conversations I have been part of or overheard (yes, I’m a stalker)…
  • The How To Guide To Yanking Your Child’s First Tooth Out Of Their Grill.

    loswhit
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    I have lots of friends who’s kids are hitting that magical age when they start losing teeth. My kids are now at the age when teeth are less cute and more $8k of braces. Sigh. But thank God I basically recorded every moment of my kids elementary school years so that you can now officially have a manual on how to do this stuff. Above I have Sohaila’s first toof pull. You’re Welcome… Los
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  • The Most Vexing Question

    Chaplain Mike
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Sea of Faces, Evelyn Williams (info below) We do not see our signs; There is no longer any prophet, Nor is there any among us who knows how long. How long, O God . . . • Psalm 74:9-10 What is (or should be) the most troublesome matter in theology for Christian people? It is the fact that we are still here as we’ve always been, and that the world has not been transformed under the rule of Christ. We read words in the New Testament like this: I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. For the creation waits…
  • A Jesus-Shaped Response to Israel and Gaza

    Chaplain Mike
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I’m sure many of us as individuals and churches will be praying for the situation in Israel and Gaza this weekend. It is one thing to express my opinions, “Christian” or otherwise, as I sit in my living room safely, thousands of miles away from a crisis situation in another part of the world. I don’t deny that people in my circumstances might have something worthwhile to say, but my ability to contribute to the conversation with the kind of insight that comes from being intimately involved in the situation will be limited. On the other hand, the following statement…
  • Saturday Ramblings — July 26, 2014

    Chaplain Mike
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Pastor Dan is taking a little break from Sat. Ramblings to focus on some other responsibilities for awhile, so at least for today, you’re stuck with me. We did plenty of rambling the past couple of weeks, through Vermont and New Hampshire and down the coast of Maine, plus all the driving from the Midwest and back home again. You might think this old wanderer would want to sit a spell and put his feet up for awhile. However, as we all know, Saturday comes around every week, and here at Internet Monk we are contractually bound to take a weekly ramble, so here we go . . . Let me get this…
  • Thoughts on Hitchhiking

    Mike Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    We rented a cottage this week, and for the first time in quite a while were able to get our whole family together for a holiday. We have no Wifi and as a result monitoring of comments will be spotty, so play nice! We have been staying at Sauble Beach, a beautiful sandy beach, seven miles long, on the Canadian side of Lake Huron. My son Josh was only able to join us for three days, and so I offered to take the five hour return trip to drive him back to the town where he was working. The plan was that I would arrive back at the cottage at about midnight. Traffic was very light, and I was making…
  • Fr. Ernesto: Biting My Lip Hard

    Guest Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Biting My Lip Hard by Father Ernesto Obregon The cartoon above makes me bite my lip real hard. The cartoonist caught just what some people think about the trend in some churches to turn the worship service into a coffee shop atmosphere with some talking. While the term “seeker sensitive” is not as much of a buzz-word as it used to be, the concept is still around. But, there is a root that goes all the way back to the Jesus People of the 1970’s. The Jesus People were the parallel cultural reaction to the “hippies.” In both cases, there was a legitimate and merited rejection of the…
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  • Remembering Tony Palmer, the Great Ecumenicist

    Andrew Jones
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    ony Palmer was great Anglican leader and ecumenical ambassador. He was also a friend. So I am sad to announce that Bishop Anthony Palmer passed away on Sunday due to a motorcycle accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with Emily and the kids, as well as the Ark Community. Tony (Anthony) was one of those multi-talented individuals whose impressive abilities ...
  • Sending Elizabeth to College

    Andrew Jones
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:13 pm
    Elizabeth, our oldest daughter, turned 21 this year. A few months ago she moved to Portland, Oregon and was accepted into the program at Oregon Culinary Institute. We are very proud of her. And so are many of you, who have followed her journey since the 90′s and have watched her grow up on our blogs or in person. Elizabeth has ...
  • Global Journey Map

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    If you have been following our journey on Jonberries.com for the past few years, you would have seen our family travel map, courtesy of Nomad Travel Map plug in for wordpress. Awesome feature. I have always tried to keep TallSkinnyKiwi separate from Jonesberries [dont be surprised if this sentence disappears shortly] but I do want to put a few maps ...
  • Calvary the Movie

    Andrew Jones
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    We don’t go to the movies very often but when we do, we like to see a really good movie. Last night Debbie and I went out on a little date night to a nice theatre where we sat in oversized chairs with a glass of red wine  . .  and we saw the movie “Calvary”. LOVED IT!!!!!!! A deep well ...
  • What’s so Amazing About Being Anglican?

    Andrew Jones
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    pdate: Conference went well yesterday with over 100 people attending. Here are some of the best moments: Original Post: Some thoughts on Being Anglican and my current journey to be even more Anglican, part of which is attending a conference this weekend in Wellington with Bishop Victoria Matthews entitled “Whats So Amazing About Being Anglican?” [PDF] Obviously I am thinking about ...
 
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  • ‘Get with the Program’ — The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women Bishops

    Albert Mohler
    15 Jul 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Writing about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once been a time when bishops of the Church of England were titanic figures of conviction who were ready to stand against the culture. “It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmosphere in which Anglican bishops might be taken seriously,” he wrote, “still more, one in which  they might be thought threatening.” Keep that in mind as you read the news that the General Synod of the Church of England…
  • The Hobby Lobby Decision: A Big Win for Religious Liberty — and a Very Revealing Divide on the Court

    Albert Mohler
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:01 am
    Today’s decision in the Hobby Lobby case represents a huge win for religious liberty in America, and the 5-4 decision will now stand as a landmark case that will reshape the religious liberty debate for generations to come. At the same time, the deeply divided court also revealed in startling clarity its own internal debates over religious liberty — and that division of understanding at the nation’s highest court is very disturbing indeed. Writing for the majority, Justice Samuel Alito declared that the Obama Administration had profoundly failed to meet the demands of the…
  • Baptist Polity and the Integrity of the Southern Baptist Convention

    Albert Mohler
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:18 pm
    The Southern Baptist Convention meeting last week in Baltimore was, in itself, a lesson in Baptist polity. The organizational structure of the Convention is directly drawn from Baptist principles, and those principles have been adapted to meet the new challenges faced by every generation. In the last generation, the Convention responded courageously to the challenge of theological compromise, asserting both the right and the responsibility of the Convention to require confessional fidelity and theological integrity of its seminaries, mission boards, and other entities. That process culminated…
  • There Is No ‘Third Way’ — Southern Baptists Face a Moment of Decision (and so will you)

    Albert Mohler
    2 Jun 2014 | 2:57 am
    Southern Baptists will be heading for Baltimore in just a few days, and the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention is to be held in a city that has not hosted the convention since 1940. This time, Baptists attending the meeting will face an issue that would not have been imaginable just a few years ago, much less in 1940 — a congregation that affirms same-sex relationships. Just days before the convention, news broke that a congregation in suburban Los Angeles has decided to affirm same-sex sexuality and relationships. In an hour-long video posted on the Internet, Pastor…
  • Ten Books for Eager Reading — The 2014 Summer Reading List

    Albert Mohler
    26 May 2014 | 9:30 pm
    G. K. Chesterton once wisely remarked that “there is a great deal of difference between an eager man who wants to read a book and a tired man who wants a book to read.” It may be true that readers can be divided into these two categories — those who are eager to read a book and those who just want a book to read. These two types of readers experience a book and the art of reading very differently. My summer reading list is for the first sort of reader. These are books that are both interesting and intelligent. They belong in an intelligent reader’s list of reading for…
 
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  • Are We Too Concerned with Demons?

    R.C. Sproul
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    In recent years, there has been a renewal of interest in the work of Satan. Hollywood has given us a host of films to whet our appetite for the satanic. Within Christian circles, there has arisen a concern for ministries of deliverance. Some of these deliverance ministries have developed a bizarre and radically unbiblical view of demon possession and deliverance. For example, we hear that particular demons cause particular sins. There is, they say, a demon of alcohol, a demon of depression, a demon of tobacco, and so on. Others say we can recognize the departure of a demon from a human soul…
  • Social Media Highlights (07/27/14)

    Nathan W. Bingham
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Here are highlights from our various Facebook and Twitter accounts over the past week. In hardship or decline, God is on His throne working out all things according to the good pleasure of His will: http://t.co/3epqphgU2R — Ligonier Ministries (@Ligonier) July 23, 2014 What 5 books would @Mike_Reeves want if he was on a deserted island? Find out on this week's @5ChurchHistory: http://t.co/0E2qIqzVLD — 5MinInChurchHistory (@5ChurchHistory) July 23, 2014 Idolatry is when you worship what you should use, and use what you should worship. —G.K. Chesteron — Tabletalk…
  • Connecting with Christian Thinkers of the Past

    Dr. Aaron Denlinger
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Whenever the professors of Reformation Bible College (RBC) have occasion to get together, I'm struck by what a fine group of biblical scholars and theologians I'm privileged to work with. Nevertheless I occasionally dream, as only a church historian would do, about the faculty I would construct if I were able to build a college from scratch and staff it with willing Christian thinkers from ages past. I imagine faculty lunches with Augustine, John Calvin, and Francis Turretin, or walking past classrooms and overhearing lectures on biblical theology, pneumatology, and soteriology from…
  • Soli Deo Gloria: To God Alone Be the Glory

    R.C. Sproul
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Soli Deo gloria is the motto that grew out of the Protestant Reformation and was used on every composition by Johann Sebastian Bach. He affixed the initials SDG at the bottom of each manuscript to communicate the idea that it is God and God alone who is to receive the glory for the wonders of His work of creation and of redemption. At the heart of the sixteenth-century controversy over salvation was the issue of grace. It was not a question of man's need for grace. It was a question as to the extent of that need. The church had already condemned Pelagius, who had taught that grace facilitates…
  • $5 Friday: Theology, Scripture, & the Holy Spirit

    Nathan W. Bingham
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It's time for our weekly $5 Friday sale. This week's resources cover such topics as theology, Scripture, the Holy Spirit, Calvin, faith, poetry, the church, God's holiness, the gospel, Christian growth, and more. We would like to thank Banner of Truth, Crossway, P&R Publishing, and Reformation Heritage Books for partnering with us for this week's sale. Sale runs through 12:01 a.m. — 11:59 p.m. Friday ET. View today's $5 Friday sale items.
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  • Guest Blogger: Garren Janes

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    As I mentioned earlier this week, our family is heading to Mexico for a Family Missions Trip. We are all super excited. God's provisions have already started coming in amazing ways! We are over half way to our goal of $7250 to cover the costs of this trip.Today, Garren is going to share why he is looking forward to going on this trip with us: I'm looking forward to this trip for multiple reasons:  1. Experiencing new things is fun - Why stay in your same state or even town your whole life? The adventure of going out of your comfort zone and learning about how others live is fun and…
  • A Family Missions Adventure

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    God is good. He promised in Scripture that He would supply all our needs. And He continues to faithfully do just that. Having recently been laid off from my position as Missions Pastor at Southbrook Church, it would be easy to question God's plans for our life. It would be a natural response to question God's provision in our life. Even though we have struggled emotionally with this decision, we continue to trust God's sovereign plan for our life.As a family, we had committed earlier this year to participate in a missions trip to Mexico, coming up in August of this year. We are still fully…
  • A Difficult Announcement

    24 Jun 2014 | 4:33 am
    This past Sunday we had to make a very difficult announcement. After 8 years of ministry service at Southbrook Church, I have been let go due to organizational restructuring. While I understand the purpose of this decision, and while I trust God's Sovereignty in the midst of this time, it is a very painful and difficult time for both Nancy and myself.You can watch the announcement here: 6.22 Announcement SD from Southbrook Church on Vimeo.Southbrook Church is planning to host a reception and take a love offering this coming Sunday, June 29, at 6pm. If you are in the area, we'd love to have…
  • What a Great Week!

    11 May 2014 | 8:31 am
    This week has flown by. At the same time, so much has happened, it's hard to believe it's only been 1 week! We were so blessed and humbled to be able to participate in just a small way in help TWR with a few projects. While this missions organization is located on one of the most beautiful islands in the Carribbean, it is perfectly positioned to broadcast the message of Jesus Christ to millions throughout the Carribbean and South America. And although we did not come into direct physical contact with any of those millions of people, we did have a direct and significant impact on the…
  • Hard at Work

    7 May 2014 | 3:47 am
    Monday and Tuesday have been very full and productive days for the team. We meet each morning at 7am for breakfast, team devotional, and debriefing from the previous day. Then at 8am we meet at the transmitter site with some of the staff there. We have a short devotional and prayer before the work begins.Our team is blessed to have Ross and Jeff, who have the experience needed to run several of the projects we are working on. We've been rerouting electrical cables, reparing drywall, painting, cleaning, replacing toilets, adjusting and replacing ceiling tile, and much more. We are helping TWR…
 
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    United Church of God

  • BT Daily: Get a Grip

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    You can get a grip on your life and take control with the right source.
  • Sermon: Living the Life of a Christian Diplomat

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    We are ambassadors for Jesus Christ and our capacity to represent the coming kingdom is important. We must exhibit these three ingredients: knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
  • Are We Alone in the Universe?

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    NASA predicts humans will find alien life in the universe within twenty years.
  • Riddles

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    One of the greatest statesmen the world has known stated, "Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside of an enigma" (Winston Churchill).
  • Stewardship 101

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    Just what does the Bible have to say about money? Are we as Christians held to some higher standard when it comes to money? Are there practical tips in Scripture we can use today with regard to our own budgets?
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    Tim Archer's Kitchen of Half-Baked Thoughts

  • Links to Go (July 28, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Out of Hiding And we continued to hide. On Sundays, we drove the 30 minutes to the big city and parked in the lot next to that building but only because my grandfather was the minister. It didn’t matter that mom had donned a wig to drive through the liquor store the night before. It didn’t matter that she allowed and encouraged her young children to also drink. All that mattered was that we were there. On a pew. Hiding in front of everyone. 10 Things I Love About the Churches of Christ I deeply resonate with the metaphor employed by Leroy Garrett about his place in Churches of Christ: A…
  • Links to Go (July 18, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Religious Freedom vs. LGBT Rights? It’s More Complicated Many of the questions today simply were not in play that long ago. For one, governmental regulations have a far wider reach than they did even 100 years ago. We work, play, worship, and live in spaces regulated by government. Just look around the next time you step foot in your local church. Some of the building was probably subsidized through state and federal tax exemptions. Any recent construction likely encountered local zoning ordinances. The certificate of occupancy, fire code compliance, and any food service permits all…
  • Links to Go (July 17, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Facts About the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border Today, the American Immigration Council releases Children in Danger: A Guide to the Humanitarian Challenge at the Border, which addresses the basics of the situation—who the unaccompanied children are, what happens once they’re here, and what the government has done so far. The guide also explains what the government’s current procedures are – what it means to process the unaccompanied children appropriately. The government’s response to the humanitarian challenge ignited a vigorous debate, and understanding the critical…
  • Two things I ask of you, O Lord

    Tim Archer
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Today I don’t have any words of wisdom of my own to share. Thought I’d share some of my favorite wisdom from the book of Proverbs: “Two things I ask of you, O LORD; do not refuse me before I die: Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:7-9) Have a great day!
  • Links to Go (July 16, 2014)

    Tim Archer
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Divorce Shocker: Most Marriages Do Make It “First-time marriages: probably 20 to 25 percent have ended in divorce on average,” Feldhahn revealed. “Now, okay, that’s still too high, but it’s a whole lot better than what people think it is.” Shaunti and Jeff point out the 50 percent figure came from projections of what researchers thought the divorce rate would become as they watched the divorce numbers rising in the 1970s and early 1980s when states around the nation were passing no-fault divorce laws. 7 Reasons Why Most Church Outreach Programs Fail They…
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    Godvertiser.com | Digital Engagement Strategies That WorkGodvertiser.com | Digital Engagement Strategies That Work | Marketing Communications Ideas, Best Practices and Pitfalls For Right Now (yes, now!) and the Future.

  • Contribute To My Upcoming Book Project: 555 Social Media Marketing Tips

    Kenny Jahng
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    The “New Year”is half over! – and it’s time to think ahead about what BHAG’s you can accomplish in 2014. One of my goals is to publish a series of books (most on the Kindle platform) to help more individuals, non-profits and ministry leaders ramp up their communications efforts. For one of them, I am inviting you to become a contributor in an effort to help empower more people to harness the power of social media for their own cause. Simply submit your contribution below to get started! Loading…
  • Big Church vs Small Church: Does HOW You Say & WHAT You Say Matter?

    Kenny Jahng
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    Neat research on some of the key differences between how larger churches and smaller churches communicate with their communities. Take a look: This makes me wonder – should larger churches take a stab at being more interactive? Allowing the voice to be more personal? Being more open to “cluttering the feed” with content regarding specific ministries (vs only church-wide relevant content)? Thoughts? Leave a comment below.
  • Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication

    Kenny Jahng
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Free Book Giveaway // The Social Church: A Theology of Digital Communication
  • Your Social Media Presence Needs Vision

    Kenny Jahng
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    They, your church attenders, don’t want another verse from John in their News Feed. What if you social media presence was used strategically? What if you didn’t only promote your church, but was a positive influence in your community. You can help others and grow your church through social media, but it will require more strategy and less random verses. Most likely the youngest or the techie (or trekkie) got the job of social media point person. They might be the best person, but they need vision on how to use your church’s social media presence. You need to speak vision into your…
  • Top Church Blogs List for 2014

    Kenny Jahng
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
      YAY! It’s official — www.Godvertiser.com made it to the Top 30 blog list assembled over at ChurchM.ag. BTW – I’m hoping to get a bunch of the voices across the spectrum on this list to show up here on this blog so you get a taste of the great content out there for church leaders. FYI, if you’re part of the Twitteratti, you’ll want to check out the Twitter List the ChurchMag folks put together so you can follow the stream of content from all the writers at these blogs in one fell swoop. If you’ve taken a look at the Top 30 blog list, any…
 
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    GoingToSeminary

  • Am I Called?

    Lauren Visser
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Today’s guest post is from Evan Duncan. He is pursuing his MDiv at Baylor’s George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and he currently serves as media and communications director at First Baptist Church in Temple, Texas. Originally from Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania, he has a passion for using all forms of media to help spread the gospel message across the world. Duncan loves spending time with his wife, Brittany, as well as reading, writing, watching baseball, and trying to be funny on Twitter. For more of Duncan’s work, visit www.evanduncanmedia.com. I sit next to an accountant, a…
  • There’s No Such Thing as Balance

    Jonathan Watson
    9 May 2014 | 9:34 am
    My job allows me to chat with distinguished seminary professors every week. During one such conversation, I asked the professor what advice he would give to a young student trying to balance school, work, ministry, and family—i.e., me. His response? “There’s no such thing as balance.” He went on to explain that if a student were to balance every demanding area of life, he could only give a modicum of attention to each. For example, when you’re at your day job, do you balance it with family and ministry? Would you, while at your desk, be bouncing your child on your knee and inviting…
  • Devotions vs. Academic Study: Is One More Important Than the Other?

    Jonathan Watson
    3 Feb 2014 | 2:37 pm
    When I was accepted into seminary, I was filled with wonderful ideas about how soul-enriching my studies would be. After all, I’d be studying the Bible all day and learning about God and his character in every class. How could this not lead to deeper devotion and richer worship? I thought that, perhaps, in the interest of saving some precious time, I could combine my devotional time with my studies. Good idea? Well, yes and no. Once I began my studies I quickly realized that while  what I was learning was edifying, it was not enough. I was reading Scripture and studying deep theology and…
  • Choosing a seminary – a pastor’s opinion

    Brian Schmitt
    2 May 2013 | 11:39 am
    In my never ending quest to provide information that will help you decide on the right seminary for you, I occasionally find other people who have weighed in on the subject. Today I came across an older post by Mark Dever at togetherforthegospel.org. In his post, Mark explains five factors to consider when choosing a seminary. They are: Confession of Faith – “…Look to be trained at an institution which seems to be committed to a right understanding of God’s Word…“ Quality of Education – “…While there is no precise way to measure such…
  • Seminary Scholarships

    Brian Schmitt
    2 May 2013 | 11:37 am
    By far our most popular post over time has been our Seminary Scholarship post. The problem with this post is how narrow it is, and without great amounts of effort and time it would never be very inclusive. Not to mention how dated it has become. So, we decided it might be best to let our readers build the listing. Please email GoingtoSeminary@Logos.com with any scholarship submissions. As new submissions come in they will be added to the list. Of course we can’t verify all the details of each scholarship submission, that part will be up to you if you decide to apply for a specific…
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    Vision Baptist Church

  • Sunday in Review

    trent cornwell
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:06 pm
      Bulletin for the Week: VISIONNEWS.July27 Another great Sunday! We had 138 during the Adult Bible Fellowship and Sunday School hour, 185 in the morning service, and 112 in the evening service. (You may wonder why I give these numbers. It is to help us look back on these days and have a better remembrance of what was going on during the history of our church – so “hi” to Thatcher, Luther, Eli, and the other kids who might read this some day). Pastor Gardner preached an awesome message from Matthew 9:18-38 that was titled “Helping but Hurting for More.” It…
  • Thank You Letter

    Robert Canfield
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Check out the thank you letter from Kevin and Beth White, our missionary family to Bolivia. Kevin White thank you letter
  • Sharing the honor

    Austin Gardner
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    Numbers 27:20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient. God had greatly honored Moses. The loved him, most of the time. They were used to following him. God had made him big in their eyes when He used Moses to get them out of Egypt and across the Red Sea. Now it was time for Moses to step down. God told him to take Joshua and share some of his honor with him. Joshua was already a proven man of God. God was using Joshua and the Spirit of God was at work in his life. Now Moses will give him a charge in front of the…
  • Newest Members: The Page Family

    trent cornwell
    26 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Please join us in welcoming our newest family to Vision Baptist Church. Last Sunday we were grateful for the opportunity to vote in Kevin, Lisa, Lauren, Stephen, Lee, and Noah as members of the church. Before joining they had faithfully served in Jefferson, GA. Kevin had served as the pastor at Maranatha Baptist Church. Many of us from the church first came into contact with the Page family through Lauren. She attended some of the events hosted by Vision Baptist Missions (the missions department and board of our church). God used her testimony and many other circumstances to bring missions…
  • Learn the lesson

    Austin Gardner
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Numbers 22:34 And Balaam said unto the angel of the LORD, I have sinned; for I knew not that thou stoodest in the way against me: now therefore, if it displease thee, I will get me back again. Balaam says look if what I am doing displeases you I will get me back again just a few verses after God has told him that his way is perverse. How ignorant can we be. How stuck can we get on what we want to do without any real concern for what God wants. We must learn to be sensitive to the Lord and His leading or we to will be like Balaam and have a donkey that knows more of God’s will than we…
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    LifeVesting

  • You Have a Keeper

    Andy Wood
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    In a world that’s fall-down-drunk on the idea of self-everything I have some good news that may not come across as good news. You have a keeper. Not like keep-you-in-a-cage, though I’m quite sure that’s how some people would interpret it. More like faithful protector, watcher, provider, attender.  And keeping for your Keeper is as natural as being human is for you. The Lord  keeps all who love Him…( Ps 145:20a). I love Psalm 145 because it contains a long list of the practical attributes of God, as His followers experience Him.  Things like gracious and merciful and righteous and…
  • Just No Substitute for You

    Andy Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
      I’m going to ty to kp this brrif, bcaus it isn’t my intntion to annoy o torrtu you.  It’s just to mak a point. A littl parrabl, if you will. Somtims ou finst lssons can com frrom thos littl annoyancs o rrally big nuisancs, o somwhrr in-btwn. In my cas, sinc I liv lif ptty much vrry day smi-pmanntly attachd to a kyboarrd, it’s ptty imporrtant that th kys actually wok. All of thm. Ovrr th last month o so, I noticd that th “” ky was starrting not to “show up” – it wasn’t as snsitiv to th touch as th oth kys.  I found myslf having to rrpatdly go back and typ, orr bang…
  • Seven Life Lessons I Learned from My Mama

    Andy Wood
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Today my mother would have turned 76 years old.  She passed away suddenly four years ago – a reminder to anybody who’s paying attention that there are no guarantees in this life. Like anybody whose life has touched another for that long, I have lived long enough myself to see Mama’s mental, emotional, and moral DNA flowing throughout my own and my sister’s life, as well as through the lives of her grandchildren and now seven (soon to be 9) great-grandchildren. We had our points of disagreement, some of them quite loud.  We also had hours of conversation – some of them way past…
  • Had Any Opposition Lately?

    Andy Wood
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Made an amazing discovery the other day. Did you know that not everybody is filled with joy when you decide to step out in faith, or take your relationship with God seriously? Did you notice that the whole world seems to push back when you decide to make a major change for the good in your life? That spiritual excellence irritates religious people? That our slip-ups, foul-ups, and whassups are nothing new – we’re even creatures of habit with the devil? That your biggest enemy is often yourself? Opposition (pause here to sigh).  Come on, Lord!  Why can’t something be easy? Truth…
  • His Delight

    Andy Wood
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    (Photo by Michelle Newell Photography, Lynnwood and Seattle, WA)   In a world where fame is measured in 15-minute increments, life declarations come in 140 characters or less, and you literally have nine seconds to capture somebody’s attention, it’s easy to assume you’re nothing special. When it feels as though you’re in a rat race and the rats are winning, where your value is measured by your performance or the approval of others and neither is all that remarkable, it’s easy to get lost in the ordinariness of just blending in. When life sometimes feels like that whac-a-mole…
 
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    Worship.com

  • Leading As A Husband & Father – Voddie Baucham

    Worship.com
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:45 am
    Leading As A Husband & Father – Voddie Baucham: Leading As A Husband & Father –... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Matt Redman – Mercy (Lyrics And Chords)

    Worship.com
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Matt Redman – Mercy (Lyrics And Chords): Music video by Matt Redman performing Mercy. (C)... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Finding Perspective in the Presence of God

    Worship.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    A look at the 73rd Psalm and what our response should be when we see evil people succeeding. Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Episode 7-16-14 #WorshipTeamTrainingHangout

    Worship.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Episode 7-16-14 #WorshipTeamTrainingHangout: To Hire or Not Hire in the Worship Band? Episode... Please visit the original post if the links and video clips are not visible, or if the complete article does not appear.
  • Third Day Monitor Mixes – Mac Powell (I’ve ALways Loved You)

    Worship.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    Third Day Monitor Mixes – Mac Powell (I’ve ALways Loved You): See what it is like for... 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

  • The Gospel Includes Sanctification

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    In this article, I want to examine the third of the Affirmations & Denials of the Gospel Reformation Network, which makes a point at the very heart of our concern in presenting a balanced view of the gospel:We affirm that the gospel provides salvation for the whole man, including man's need for both imputed and imparted righteousness.Matthew's Gospel tells us that Jesus began his ministry in Galilee, where he went "proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people" (Mt.4:23). The gospel, meaning "good news," was the heralding of this…
  • Paul and the Faithfulness of God: A Review

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    N.T. Wright, Paul and the Faithfulness of God. London/Minneapolis: SPCK/Fortress, 2013. pp. 1658. $57.99 /£44.99Let me begin by stating the fact that most obviously strikes the recipient of a copy of Paul and the Faithfulness of God (henceforth, PFG): it is 1658 pages long. At one point, probably about a third of the way or half-way through, I had a feeling which - unprompted - interpreted itself in words similar to those of John Newton's Amazing Grace: 'When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun | We've no less days to sing God's praise, as when we first begun'. I…
  • Objections to K. Scott Oliphint's Covenantal Properties Thesis

    20 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Paul Helm has recently offered criticism of certain aspects of K. Scott Oliphint's book, God With Us (Crossway, 2012), and Reformation21 has published responses by Oliphint and Nate Shannon. (1) It is striking that neither Oliphint nor Shannon offers much discussion of Oliphint's central thesis and arguably his most innovative proposal, that God relates himself to the world by taking on "covenantal properties" in addition to his essence.(2) Shannon's article in particular contends that Oliphint advances the Reformed commitment to Scripture by rejecting presumably corrupt elements of the…
  • Amazing Grace

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Eric Metaxas. Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery. New York: HarperCollins, 2007. 320 pp. Paperback. $10.99/£7.99In a time when genuine heroes are scarce, a book on William Wilberforce is always welcome. Eric Metaxas wrote Amazing Grace as a companion to the movie of the same name, presenting a fleshed out biography of Wilberforce, the politician, the family man and Christian. The story of Wilberforce's struggles to abolish the slave trade is one that resonates with the democratic spirit of our age, and it is refreshing to read about a politician who…
  • Sanctification and the Heidelberg Catechism, Part Two

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    Editors' Note: As the title indicates, this is the second of two articles on this subject. The first article can be accessed here.2. Does the third-use of the law play a significant role in the Christian life?The HC gives serious and careful attention to the requirements of God's law as a guide for the Christian life (Q. 92-113). This section does not teach sinners how to live in order to be saved, as if salvation could be earned by works of the law. Rather, it teaches those who are already saved through faith in Christ how to "behave towards God" and "what duties we owe to our neighbor" (Q.
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    Connecting to Impact

  • Sanctuary: Morning Prayer

    jason@church4allnations.com
    26 Jul 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 5:2-3 (NASB) Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God, For to You I pray. In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice; In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.   What’s your sanctuary this week? What thought, verse, etc. are you meditating on? Write a quick comment
  • Light Friday Hit List

    jason@church4allnations.com
    24 Jul 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!   Expedient Game Show Watching http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD8tCm3nol8 (Originally found here) Your turn! I started this list, I need your help finishing. Share your favorite inspiration, practical wisdom, or hilarity this week, from you or someone else, and be a part of the Hit List. And for discussion: what’s your favorite game show? Do you like game shows? Why or why not? 8 comment(s) for this post:…
  • Testing, Testing: 1, 2, 3

    jason@church4allnations.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I’m sure everyone knows those test signals of the EBS, the Emergency Broadcast System. It sounds like a cat in heat and a dial-up modem got in a fight while they were thrown into a blender. I scramble for the mute button every time. It starts out with the words, This is a test. This is only a test. I  talked about hope last week and I really thought I had been through the test already or that perhaps it was mostly over, but then came this week. And I’m in the middle of the screeching and whirring waiting for further instructions because it feels real. It feels like it’s…
  • Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

    jason@church4allnations.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My wife and I got married fairly young so neither of us knew how to cook. With a lot of trial and error, we learned how to follow recipes (not always as simple as it sounds) and we really enjoy cooking together and trying new things. One of the things I liked to make in all kinds of varieties is pancakes. We have the simple version that’s just a basic pancake and then there are ones where I shred apples or use yogurt or sour cream or oats and vanilla or make orange drizzle to go on top. You can throw different spices in there to bring out different flavors, but too much and it’ll…
  • It’s a Pity There’s Not More Compassion

    jason@church4allnations.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There’s a show on History (you know, used to be the History Channel) called American Pickers. Now, I honestly don’t watch it all the time, but it is very entertaining. I mean, just listen to the premise: two guys drive around in a van combing through barns, garages, and warehouses looking for treasures in a sea of hoarded items. Okay, it doesn’t sound that amazing, but what makes it so great are the two guys who are so passionate and excited about what they’re looking for. They never know what they’ll find or even what they’re looking for entirely, but they…
 
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    www.frcblog.com - Latest entries

  • FRC's Tony Perkins on Fox News 'Kelly File'

    frc-media-office
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    FRC President Tony Perkins speaks on Meriam Ibrahim's recent release and arrival to Italy.
  • Conservatism's Good - and Under-reported Ideas

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) today unveiled a plan designed to “expand (economic) opportunity in America—to deliver real change, real solutions, and real results” (http://paulryan.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=389081#.U9FlzkCuo7k). It is likely there are proposals and assumptions in Ryan’s plan with which I agree, and others with which I do not. What has caught my attention is the way some of the media are covering his remarks. Here are some examples: New York Times: “Paul Ryan’s Proposal Hints at Change in Tone on…
  • New Video: Meriam Ibrahim Freed: Religious Freedom Activists Play Crucial Role

    frc-media-office
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins expressed deep gratitude and relief early this morning after learning that Meriam Ibrahim and her family arrived in Italy. Meriam is a Sudanese Christian, married to a U.S. citizen, who was sentenced to death by a Sudan court for the "crime" of converting from Islam, and 100 lashes for "adultery." Meriam spent months in a notoriously rank Sudanese prison with her 21-month-old son and her newborn daughter. More than 53,000 people signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition launched by FRC asking President Obama to grant her expedited safe haven in the…
  • FRC's Tony Perkins Urges for Meriam Ibrahim's Release before House Subcommittee

    frc-media-office
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins testified today before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations regarding the case of Meriam Ibrahim.  You can read the testimony here. Nearly 53,000 people signed a WhiteHouse.gov petition launched by FRC asking President Obama to grant her expedited safe haven in the United States.
  • Barack Obama and Constitutional Originalism

    22 Jul 2014 | 3:24 pm
    According to the Center for the Study of Constitutional Originalism, "Originalism is the view that the Constitution should be interpreted in accordance with its original meaning -- that is, the meaning it had at the time of its enactment." Yep -- that's what conservatives believe. The written text had and has a defined meaning, alterable only by amendment. As Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) has written, "The Constitution itself is not a document of convenience. It specifies an onerous process -- bicameralism and presentment -- to pass legislation. It imposes a system of checks and balances among…
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  • Spiritual Warfare- Upcoming Occult Holidays

    Michael
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Dark Nights of Summer! Upcoming Occult Holidays By William Schnoebelen © 2014 We are coming up on a season of spiritual iniquity. In the next eleven days there are two major Satanic and/or Wiccan holidays we want you to know about. Intercessors will note the increase in spiritual warfare during the upcoming weeks. Also, those who are satanic cult survivors may need extra prayer and counsel during these approaching dark holidays. Parents and those with spiritual authority need to take extra precautions to pray for and protect their children, congregations and pets (especially dogs) during…
  • 50+ Scriptures On Salvation

    Michael
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Ephesians 2:8-9 - For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast. John 6:37 - All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 3:16 - For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 2 Timothy 1:9 - Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ…
  • 70 Million Christians Martyred In A 2,000 Year Period

    Michael
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    A new article series in Christian History magazine says a "global war" is being waged against Christians. The reports are in the latest edition of the quarterly publication and co-authored by members of Voice of the Martyrs USA. Although they particularly examine the persecution of Christians in the last 300 years, they also contains figures going back through Christian history. The data, attributed to the late researcher David B Barrett, puts the number of Christians martyred since the time of Jesus at 70 million. It puts the number of Christians systematically exterminated in Nazi Germany…
  • The BEST DIY (Do It Yourself) Deliverance Reference Manual For Depression, Suicide, Rejection, Fear, Anxiety and More….

    Michael
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:02 pm
    I bought this book authored by Bree Keyton about 8 years ago, and I have to say it still remains one of the best books in our library, and we have a large collection! This book addresses what most people struggle with.  Depression, worthlessness, fear or shame,...and connects to the real reasons why people cannot seem to move forward or help themselves get over come an addiction, personality trait, or an obsession. Bree addresses how these spiritual principalities that have a door way, will effect how we think and act.  Medications cannot address spiritual attacks, no matter how much…
  • Christian Magazines And Articles

    Michael
    6 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Support These Ministries Here: - Israel My Glory Magazine | Friends of Israel - Sid Roth - It's Supernatural - Acts & Facts - Institute for Creation Research - OneHope - God's Word. Every Child. - An International Ministry  
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  • When forgiveness becomes a discipline

    Guest
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Peter was looking for an “attaboy.” Jesus had just finished giving His teaching on the process of confrontation when a brother sins against you. Peter, hearing Jesus’ emphasis on honest and direct communication with the aim of restoration, came back with a very generous offer, at least in his mind: “Lord, how many times could my brother sin against me and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” (Matthew 18:21). Nice, Peter. I see what you did there. You hid a statement in the form of a question. It’s especially nice since the rabbis of the day taught that 3 instances of…
  • Links I like

    Aaron Armstrong
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    50 Shades of Strange Aimee Byrd: One neighbor I haven’t seen in a while asked me what I had been getting into over the year, and I had the opportunity to tell her about the book I had been writing. I explained to her that it was about how our knowledge of God shapes our everyday living. Now you never know what kind of reaction you are going to get when you tell people you write Christian books. But I wasn’t prepared for this one. She was thrilled because she loves to read, and as a matter of fact, she was currently devouring 50 Shades of Grey. I think I my facial expression matched that…
  • God’s Word is our ultimatum

    Aaron Armstrong
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Certain errant spirits are never at home till they are abroad: they crave for a something which I think they will never find, either in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth, so long as they are in their present mind. They never rest, for they will have nothing to do with an infallible revelation; and hence they are doomed to wander throughout time and eternity, and find no abiding city. For the moment they glory as if they were satisfied with their last new toy; but in a few months it is sport to them to break in pieces all the notions which they formerly…
  • Neglecting the Holy Spirit is as sinful as misrepresenting Him

    Aaron Armstrong
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Because of certain exaggerations, excesses and freak manifestations, and the crossing of the border line from the spiritual to the scientific, the political and the merely emotional, there are many people who are afraid of the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, afraid of being too subjective. So they neglect it altogether. I would also suggest that others have neglected the doctrine because they have false ideas with regard to the actual teaching concerning the person of the Holy Spirit.… Let me put it very plainly like this: you would all agree that to neglect or to ignore the doctrine about the…
  • New and noteworthy books

    Aaron Armstrong
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    One of my favorite times of the day, after coming home and greeting my family is seeing what mail has arrived. This is not because I super-love receiving bills in the mail, but because I’m in the position where a number of Christian publishers regularly send me copies of many of the latest Christian books. Here’s a quick look at a few of the most interesting in the latest batch (along with a few that aren’t so new, but I’m glad to have in the library): The Wonder-Working God by Jared C. Wilson. The thematic sequel to his also recently released (and excellent) book, The…
 
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  • Hope in Desolation

    Emily
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    An explosion shatters the stillness of the night.People scramble for shelter, the air thick with fear as they huddle together, wondering if they will even live to see another morning. A mother struggles to silence her crying child and cringes at the shouts that seem to echo across the dessert. An orphan crouches into the shadows and trembles as he hears the heavy footsteps that beat across the sandy terrain. As yet another bomb rumbles through the war-torn landscape, ripping up everything in its path, there is only one question that remains...When will it all end?For the people of Syria,…
  • Artist Spotlight: Abby

    Emily
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Like so many other young artists, Abby's experience at Incarnate 2014 was nothing short of life changing. Skilled in over five instruments, her giftedness in the area of music was unparalleled by any other student. In fact, she was so talented, that even Incarnate leader Bill Drake found himself astounded at her musical genius.However, despite her impressive strengths in the area of music, Abby was also very broken and damaged. Originally from Finland, her early life had been one of abuse and pain that she was desperately trying to forget. Her time at Incarnate was a drastic change from the…
  • Artist Spotlight: Kara

    Emily
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    With her contagious laugh and bubbly personality, Kara brought joy to everyone who attended Incarnate 2014. As a small town girl from Minnesota, Kara had grown up in a large homeschooling family with seven other siblings.Time - Oil paint on canvasAlthough she had only taken one online art course, she possessed incredible talent, particularly in the area of painting. Her passion was to create art of people that society often considered to be insignificant or unimportant. She was especially skilled at painting with a knife, creating a unique "ruggedness" that truly captured the essence of…
  • Artist Spotlight: Emma

    Emily
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    The shadows danced on the walls of the small cave as Emma leaned against the stones, eyes closed and heart searching for answers. The group had long since left, but she had requested to remain alone, in a cave where persecuted Christians had once come to worship in secret. Sing.It was here in this silent darkness that Emma felt she could truly hear the voice of God, and this moment, He was telling her to sing. Emma opened her eyes slowly, feeling His presence deep within her, and wanting nothing more than to answer His call.But as she took a breath to begin her song, she hesitated, feeling a…
  • Artist Spotlight: Katie

    Emily
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:26 am
    When Katie first arrived in Bobbio Pellice, Italy for OM's 2014 Incarnate event, she was exhausted - physically, mentally, and perhaps most of all, emotionally. For the past four years, she had been serving with the OM ships ministry and the intense community and lifestyle had left her needing time to rest and recharge.As the first few days passed, workers began to notice that Katie often pulled away from group activities to be alone. However, despite her hesitancy to interact, the Incarnate staff still saw an artist with incredible potential. It became increasingly obvious that…
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    The Wandering Shepherd

  • Ezekiel 4-32: “How to Share Tough Words with Stubborn People” – Video

    Randall Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    Part Three of a recent Ezekiel Seminar is a tough presentation about an incredibly relevant subject:
  • God on the Move: “The Long Hot Summer” – Acts 15:35 – 18:23

    Randall Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    Some movie buffs will recall that all the way back in 1958, actor Paul Newman (before he was making terrific jars of spaghetti sauce for our local supermarkets) played a role in a film based on William Faulkner’s short stories called: “The long hot summer”. I confess I didn’t see the film – but I read the series of Faulkner’s short stories that were connected to the film, and a summary of how the screenwriter wove them together, and I was fascinated. Apparently, in the movie a drifter named Ben Quick (played by Newman) entered a small Mississippi town where his father had a bad…
  • Following His Footsteps: “Exposing the Secret” – John 2

    Bill Dailey
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    There are English expressions that are used by various movements in different times in history, and along the way they adapt in meaning. The phrase “out of the closet” was used by advertisers long before it was adopted by modern social action groups. More recently, as a surprise to virtually no one, this phrase has become the mantle of those who see themselves as “bravely stepping forth on issues of sexual preference orientation”. Yet, the phrase actually denotes exposing a long held secret. It was historically linked to the idea of “skeletons in the closet” – and denoted…
  • The Man and Message of Ezekiel the Prophet – Video

    Randall Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    The Prophet Ezekiel was a man called in an extraordinary way (an incredible vision of God), because he was given an incredibly tough work to do!  
  • Seminar in Ezekiel (I): Video – Setting the Prophet in His Place

    Randall Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    The Bible presents some big ideas that are the foundation of our understanding of the prophet’s vision. Here are some big ideas...
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    Heart Choices

  • Five Minute Friday: Finish

    25 Jul 2014 | 5:51 am
    It's Five Minute Friday. This week our one word writing prompt is: FINISH.STARTFinish is a good word for me. I've been working as the Site Leader for my school's summer camp this year. It's been a long and very hot summer with triple digit temperatures. I need lots of energy to keep up with the long hours and the many children attending. There is only one more week to go. But I'm determined to finish strong!Many of the little children are learning to swim. At the end of swim time, they look forward to hanging on to Nick and taking a ride to the end of the pool. As you can see from the photo,…
  • Five Minute Friday: BLOOM

    18 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    It's Five Minute Friday.  With a one word writing prompt, we're given five minutes to write our blog post. Our word for today is: BLOOM.STARTIf I'd been given an advance vision of where I'd be in life right now, I think I would have run away. This isn't what I had in mind. I was quite happy to keep things the same. I was enjoying life, volunteering and spending time with family. I had plenty of time to read, cook and travel.But life has a way of turning upside down. Four years ago, we moved from a 4,000 square foot home to a 760 square foot condo. I had to return to work full time. I was…
  • Learning to Trust and Be Still

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:50 am
    Learning to trust can be hard. On top of that, being still seems almost impossible in this day of multi-tasking. I learned a lesson recently from children. They are often the best teachers.This past week I had the opportunity to spend time in the pool with the little children attending our school's summer camp. There were groups of four children with ages ranging from 3-6. I would have each of the children sit on the top step of the pool as I instructed them one at a time. A lifeguard stood by attentively making sure they followed my instructions and were safe.To continue reading please click…
  • How Will You Respond to our Country's Problems?

    23 Jun 2014 | 5:28 am
    I watch the news.  I follow world events. I observe how our elected President of the United States responds to the issues confronting our nation today.It would be so easy to give in to fear.I wake up early each morning. After making a cup of coffee, I sit quietly reading my Bible. I spend time in prayer. I often sit on my front patio as I listen to the sound of the birds chirping before most of my neighbors awaken. I smell the blooming flowers in my little garden. And I thank the Lord for His presence in my life. I pray for guidance and wisdom. I pray for our country and yes, even our…
  • The Gift of a Loving Dad

    17 Jun 2014 | 6:13 am
    Father's Day has come and gone. My dad lives in Florida and I'm in Arizona. So I didn't get to spend the day with him. But as I reflect back on our relationship through the years, I can't help but feel grateful. Having a loving dad seems to be rare these days.My dad has always been there for me. We've gone through our ups and downs of course. But I never doubted his love for me.Even when I was a teenager and dating, he and my mom insisted on meeting every guy I went out with. My dad would quietly press a dime into my hand before leaving; just in case I needed to call home. I know I'm dating…
 
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  • To Tattoo, or Not to Tattoo

    Chad Estes
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    I don’t have any tattoos. The biggest reason is that I hate pain – especially my own. I almost got a tattoo when I was in Scotland, but it would have required a lot of scotch, and since I was leading a missions group at the time it seemed wise not to imbibe. Instead I took the group to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which had nothing to do with body art, but was a festival of military bagpipe bands. The other time I considered getting a tattoo was when I was staying in a mountain tribe in the Philippines. Some of the older ladies still didn’t wear shirts in the village…
  • I Guess You’d Say I Have a Boob Job

    Chad Estes
    20 Jun 2014 | 4:36 pm
    As I’ve been documenting stories of breast cancer and body image I have heard many different realities when it comes to breasts. I have friends with one breast, with no breasts, with reconstructed breasts, with enhanced breasts, with reduced breasts. I have friends with no nipples, with big nipples, with tattooed nipples, and with pierced nipples. I have friends whose husbands’ breast cup sizes are larger than theirs. I have friends whose natural breasts seem to defy the law of gravity. I have friends whose breasts aren’t perfectly symmetrical and have one breast larger than the other.
  • Birthright for a Bowl of Porridge

    Chad Estes
    19 Jun 2014 | 8:34 pm
    A church building is just a church building until you sell the one I grew up in. I don’t worship it as a temple, it is merely a museum for my childhood memories. It is the location I where I sang my first solo in a kids’ program. It encapsulates the pool where I was baptized as a teenager. It is the place I graduated from high school; the stage where I was married; the ministry where I first worked after graduating from college; the church where I dedicated my firstborn child. Unfortunately there is no option for adding the building to the local historical society. It has been…
  • Yes, All Women

    Chad Estes
    27 May 2014 | 8:24 pm
    I really like Twitter. It provides the Everyday Joe an opportunity to share news, to provide commentary, and with the help of the right hash-tags, gives them the opportunity to be heard. I used to use Twitter more often for my own voice, but once my storytelling projects picked up the pace, time for interaction in the Twitterverse substantially decreased. However, I still use is as my main source of hearing breaking news from different sources, and people, from around the world. For instance, if news breaks in my hometown of Boise, my phone alerts me with that Twitter feed. If significant…
  • A Veteran Named Lew

    Chad Estes
    23 May 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I spent all morning at a coffee shop with a photographer named Mati. We met at the 2014 Boise Squared Photography contest. She found me on the pedestrian bridge over the Boise River right after I had finished my first Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep portrait session. I was in desperate need to process my feelings with another person. I needed a good cry. Mati, even though at the time still a stranger, just hugged me and listened. Today was my chance to hear her story – to hear how she moved from being a designer to an iPhoneographer. It all happened because of her neighbor next door, Lew.
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  • 2 Reasons the SBC Resolution on Christians Suing Fellow Christians was Rejected

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

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

    Mark Lamprecht
    10 May 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsFear God Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few. For a dream comes with much business, and a fool’s voice with many words. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 ESV) Meditate on the above verses as you prepare for corporate worship this weekend. Guard your heart, mind, ears, and mouth. What…
  • Working for Wind

    Mark Lamprecht
    9 May 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon AdsI’ve been busy lately reading and writing closing out the seminary semester. Throw in the fact that I’ve not been sleeping much and I’ve got a battle between sleep and school. Juggling seminary, work, and home life can be exhausting at times and even frustrating. Sometimes I wonder – why all this studying? What’s the motivation? As with anything we Christians do in life, our motivation should be to glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31). Our reason should be kingdom motivated. That is, God’s kingdom, not our own. One of the temptations…
  • Sunday Considerations: As Little Children

    Mark Lamprecht
    3 May 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Advertise here with Beacon Ads“I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 (HCSB) When our Lord says, we must be converted and become as little children, I suppose he means also, that we must be sensible of our weakness, comparatively speaking, as a little child. Every one looks upon a little child, as a poor weak creature; as one that ought to go to school and learn some new lesson every day; and as simple and artless; one without guile, having not learned the abominable art, called…
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  • 3 lessons from a year of activist faith

    Dan King
    14 Jul 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Activist Faith project has been more than a book project for me. It’s been part of a process of discovering a way of life. The process started in my heart several years ago, and it’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since the book was released. In the last year of my #activistfaith journey, I’ve experienced some amazing stuff (in no particular order): Conducted several radio interviews, including one on Moody Radio The building of a school dreamed of by a Haitian pastor, and funded by a once-in-a lifetime team of bloggers A visit to an incredible…
  • how to do social justice while you work

    Dan King
    29 May 2014 | 2:26 pm
    I got to introduce someone to the wide-open world of Google. It was a few years ago, but still… it was around the time the word “google” was being added to the dictionary in verb form, meaning “to search the Internet to find information.” I forget her name, but I remember her amazement quite clearly. There was an expected bit of sensory overload, mixed with an equal amount of head-spinning at the virtually limitless possibilities. It was something like watching a person who had been blind their whole life able to see for the first time. The company I worked for…
  • gravity waves, the big bang, and my unshakable faith

    Dan King
    18 Mar 2014 | 11:28 am
    This post is probably going to get some people mad at me. I just noticed that Big Bang is a trending conversation on Facebook, and saw some really fascinating articles about how astronomers believe they’ve finally proven the Big Bang Theory. I don’t really fully understand the science myself. And I’m not going to pretend to say that I know enough to argue against it. Essentially, they’ve found some gravity waves that prove the rapid expansion of the Universe in the first few nanoseconds after the Big Bang. It’s being called one of the greatest discoveries of our…
  • #selfies with jerry

    Dan King
    27 Jan 2014 | 12:54 pm
    One of the many highlights of the #AfricaWH blogger trip for me was meeting Jerry. He’s an orphan living at Destiny Villages of Hope in Uganda, thanks to Operation Baby Rescue (a World Help initiative). After watching this video about his story, I think meeting Jerry was at the top of almost everyone’s list when we arrived at the village… Jerry will likely never know that our short time together had a profound impact on me. He helped me remember a very important life principle, and he did it in a kind of unexpected way. He did it through #selfies. I was holding him, and…
  • i didn’t make myself an orphan (reflections from #AfricaWH day four)

    Dan King
    20 Jan 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Today was a one of the most difficult and most anticipated days for me on this trip. It was difficult because I knew I’d be visiting the Kigali Genocide Museum. It’s a memorial built to help Rwanda (and the world) never forget the tragic history that resulted in over 1,000,000 people being brutally massacred twenty years ago as a means of ethnic cleansing. It was greatly anticipated because of the amount of research I’ve done as I prepared to write the chapter on War, Terrorism, and Genocide for Activist Faith. That was an important chapter for me to write because of my…
 
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  • Goodreads Book Giveaway (UK)

    Peter Mead
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    If you are in the UK, please click here to enter the book giveaway on Goodreads.  By the way, this is a useful site to engage with if you read books.  The more of us preachers who get on there, the more we can benefit from each other’s mini-reviews, ratings, etc. If you are in North America, there will be a book giveaway closer to the release date of Pleased to Dwell (slightly later than UK release date).
  • The Danger of Preaching Flat

    Peter Mead
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
    Sometimes we can’t wait to get the Bible open and preach.  Other times it is a battle to get to the preaching moment.  But one of the most dangerous times is when it just feels flat. I didn’t preach last Sunday and I am not preaching this Sunday.  So perhaps it is a safe time to write about this danger.  On the dashboard of our ministry life we need to have a light that flashes when we are preaching flat.  What causes it?  What should we do? Here are some possible causes: 1. Physical Fatigue – driven personalities, parents of young children, stressed church leaders . .
  • Sowing to the Spirit?

    Peter Mead
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:16 am
    In Galatians Paul makes multiple references to keeping in step with the Spirit, being led by the Spirit, etc.  What does this mean for your listeners?  What does this mean for you?  This post, hosted on Cor Deo, is a short introduction to a vital, yet neglected, subject.  Please click here to go there.
  • Ministry Wilderness Temptations

    Peter Mead
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:14 am
    In ministry we face many temptations.  In this post, hosted on the Cor Deo site, I ponder some of the significant temptations facing younger, middle-aged and older ministers.  Click here to go to the post.
  • Christocentric, Christiconic, … part 2

    Peter Mead
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:36 am
    Yesterday I started a list of five alternative labels to ponder for the preacher.  Rather than the Christiconic model espoused in Abraham Kuruvilla’s, Privilege the Text, why not consider these labels for the goal of our preaching?  Are we representing individual facets of Christlike morality in each pericope that we preach, or is something greater going on?  Yesterday we thought about Christotelic and Christodoxological preaching.  Here are three more labels, this time ones I have never heard used elsewhere (you will understand why!) 3. Christopisteuic (Preaching that aims…
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    Crossway Blog

  • Video: Kristie Anyabwile on What God Taught Her Through a Challenging Book of the Bible

    Matt Tully
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This video with Kristie Anyabwile is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. Learn more or sign up at crossway.org/women. In this video, Kristie Anyabwile recounts how God used her study of Leviticus to sharpen her approach to reading the Bible, encouraging women to make time for God’s Word even when it’s hard. Kristie Anyabwile on What God Taught Her Through a Challenging Book of the Bible from Crossway on Vimeo. Kristie Anyabwile is a North Carolina native and graduate of NC State University…
  • The ESV Study Bible now available in Korean

    Lizzy Jeffers
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
      We are excited to announce the publication of the ESV Study Bible into Korean, the first complete translation of the ESV Study Bible into another language! The ESV Study Bible in Korean is available from a Korean online Christian bookstore. To our knowledge, this is the the only online source for the Korean ESV Study Bible. In addition to the hardcover pictured below, the Korean ESV Study Bible is also available in an 8-volume edition. We thank God for this new edition, and pray it helps Korean-speakers around the world understand the Bible in a deeper way.  
  • Fall 2014 Bible Study Resources

    Matt Tully
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Planning to lead a Bible study or family devotions this fall? Here’s a selection of new and notable resources from Crossway to help you study God’s Word personally or with your family and friends. Books Women of the Word Jen Wilkin A popular Bible teacher offers practical guidance and helpful tips for women who want to go deeper in their study of the Bible and learn how to teach others to do the same. “This book responds to the feelings-driven, me-centered approach that has too often dominated our study of the Scriptures. Jen encourages women to grow in knowledge of the Word in…
  • Midweek Roundup – 7/23/14

    Matt Tully
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 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. The Gospel Coalition reviews Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin [I]s Wilkin overstating a crisis of biblical illiteracy? If the current statistics found in the American Bible Society’s “State of the Bible Report” are any indication, then the answer is a resounding no. Only 37 percent of adults reported reading their Bible at least…
  • Deleting Bible Study from Your Mental Checklist

    Matt Tully
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    This is a guest post by Lydia Brownback and is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. Learn more or sign up at crossway.org/women. The Checklist The mental morning checklist—we’ve all got one. Beds made? Check. Lunches packed? Check. Phone charged? Check. For many of us, that mental rundown includes a daily Bible reading, and checking it off is simply part of a well-organized morning. Yet, while all Bible reading is profitable, there’s something a bit off about placing it on a to-do list—kind of…
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  • Tell your Story

    Jonathan Cliff
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Did you know your church is always searching for more leaders? No matter how big the church you serve in is, there is always a need for more people to invest in the lives of the children there. As a small group leader, you play a huge role in this “recruiting” plan. If your church leader could clone you, they would! You are the one your leaders are attempting to replicate, and you play the oh-so-important role of recruiter for your ministry. You know the people in your world, and you know who would make an awesome SGL. Part of fulfilling the responsibility of “Creating a Safe Place”…
  • Sponsored Post: ScoreBig.com

    Jonathan Cliff
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I love to go see baseball games. Anyone that follows me on Instagram, knows that recently I drove up the East Coast to see the Orioles, Phillies, and Yankees at their beautiful ballparks. It was fun, cheap, and due to my current life circumstances…easily scheduled. The problem has always been how to affordably take my family of 5 to the same fun sporting events. Enter a new website I discovered recently. ScoreBig.com. There are tons of different ways to purchase event tickets online, but ScoreBig.com combines the bidding, deal-catching, low price grabbing fun of all you’ve ever…
  • In Summer || Starr Cliff

    Starr Cliff
    7 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    Homemade ice cream. Mornings on the porch with coffee and the dawn song of birds singing. Visits from family and friends; highly anticipated,  and always better than hoped for. Floating the river. Baseball games. The pool. Bright nail polish. Big beach hats. Georgia awash in green. Fireflies temping us outside…mosquitoes driving us back in. Sweet tea in mason jars. Loud music with the windows down. Fresh, sweet tomatoes and fragrant basil from the garden,  devoured with slices of  mozzarella. My gorgeous kids with tanned legs and golden hair. Skinned knees and bug bites. A slower…
  • Praying Life [Quote]

    Jonathan Cliff
    23 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    If God is composing a story with our lives, then our lives are no longer static. We aren’t paralyzed by life; we can hope. Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life (NavPress, 2009), 323
  • Finding Common Ground

    Jonathan Cliff
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    We tend to identify ourselves by what are differences are. Unless we are isolated, and then we begin to find people who are similar. Play at game with me and imagine you are at a big party, with tons of different personalities in the room. There are a few outliers that will either work the room and campaign for mayor or find an isolated spot to do serious people watching, but most of us look for what’s familiar and stick with those people. We go into search mode for what we may have in common with the strangers around us, then when we find it we settle in with them. We find those…
 
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  • Have Your Own Back

    27 Jul 2014 | 4:11 pm
    You've witnessed this, too: the self-deprecating comments of women who look for all the world like they're winners. I'm no fan of the trend toward women demeaning themselves, not in any case; but this particular situation - it just seemed more representative than most.Last week, I spent a couple of hours in a local coffee shop. I was just hiding out, escaping my apartment for a while, because I do most of my work at home. Two women were seated at the table right in front of me.They were in terrific shape, dressed in workout gear, and they mentioned something about having just come from…
  • Harmony

    6 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    With all of the factional divisions within our culture these days, I often find myself thinking about my childhood best friend.Ali and I had almost nothing in common, yet we were as close as sisters for many years. And I learned one of life's best, most enduring lessons through her.Ali was an amazing artist, while I loved to write. She was a pure tomboy - she played on the basketball team, but I preferred being a cheerleader. She loved John Denver, and I was into Kiss. And as we got older, she tended to swing liberal while I was far more conservative, and we disagreed on most social issues.As…
  • The Road Much Traveled

    20 Jun 2014 | 7:51 pm
    You see it everywhere, this dichotomy of thought, that one has achieved the pinnacle of enlightenment by reaching the point of having no opinion at all.It's easy for the vagabonds who travel this road to rationalize their absence of position, and even easier - in this secular culture - to craft it as a superior stance: they simply claim to be able to see "all sides" of every moral issue. It's a ridiculous concept, one which declares their ignorance - because when it comes to right and wrong, there are only those two places to land. These wanderers take the path of least resistance…
  • Jared Remy's Version of "Taking Responsibility"

    27 May 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Jennifer Martel and her daughter Jennifer Martel's Murderer, Jared Remy The Story Jared Remy pleaded guilty today. He said he wanted to take responsibility for murdering Jennifer Martel last summer. What a man. He owned up to stabbing her to death, leaving their daughter motherless.But...Wait for it...Jared Remy then said to the court, as he took "responsibility": “I don’t think it’s right when women use their kids against their fathers.” Well, copy that, Jared. You're obviously the standard that all daddies should live up to.It seems that the son of Boston…
  • To the Graduating Class of 2014

    15 May 2014 | 6:49 am
    This comes to you from an average person: a divorced mother of two young adults. The three of us work long days, keeping it honest, and hoping for the best. My own children have set a pretty good course for their lives, and for that, I’m grateful; however, most of us parents out here - living far under the radar of the powers-that-be - are plenty concerned about your futures. Now granted, I’m not one who has a bunch of letters after my name, so take this for what I intend to convey by it: a little bit of wisdom from someone who has been where you are in life -…
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  • Here’s the Trailer for ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s time to get excited Hunger Games fans. The latest installment of the series hits theaters on Nov. 21. Earlier this year, RELEVANT talked with Jennifer Lawrence about her career, the message of the Hunger Games series and why Katniss is such an important character ...
  • ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Is Already Getting a Sequel

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Even though Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t release until this weekend, Marvel is confident enough in overwhelmingly positive early reviews and hype that it's already greenlighting a sequel. Director James Gunn and Chris Pratt made a video message at Comic-Con over the weekend, telling fans that a follow-up to the superhero franchise’s debut movie would be hitting theaters in July 2017. It may face some intense competition though—2017 is stacking up to be a crowded field at the box office. The year will see new releases in The Fantastic Four, Pirates of the Caribbean, LEGO Movie,…
  • Local Bishop: End of Christianity in Iraq ‘Very Near’ Because of ISIS

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    In an interview with BBC Radio 4 Today over the weekend, Rev. Andrew White, the vicar of Iraq’s only Anglican church, said that the situation caused by ISIS rebels is so bad that it could be the end of Christianity in the region. In the city of Mosul, which has been taken over by ISIS, Christians were given a July 19 ultimatum: convert to Islam or be executed. Rev. White, who is currently in London seeking help for the Christian community in Iraq said in the interview, Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing. We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off. Are we seeing…
  • Cage The Elephant

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This week we talk to rock band Cage the Elephant about their music, including their great new album called Melophobia. We also talk to Todd Deatherage, Executive Director of the Telos Group, about the current situation in Gaza. Telos is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating American leaders about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the imperative of working for its peaceful resolution. You'll definitely want to hear what Todd has to say about the current Israel-Gaza struggle. Plus, we get to know Joy Eggerichs as she joins the full show this week, we recap the week's news and…
  • Israel Will Observe a 12-Hour Ceasefire Starting Saturday

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Shortly after news that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet had rejected Senator John Kerry's terms for a ceasefire, officials said Israel will observe a 12-hour unilateral ceasefire starting early Saturday morning. The terms of Kerry's truce deal were not immediately made clear, but Israel has said they will not agree to any terms for peace without significant modifications to the proposal. Hamas, in the meantime, has not responded to proposed ceasefire at all ...
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  • Puerto Rico Travel Deals

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    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    $515 & up — Puerto Rico: 4-Star Trip w/Air & Credit An affordable long weekend of relaxation and 4-star service awaits in Puerto Rico. Travel select dates Sept. 1-30. $95 & up — Puerto Rico: Old Town San Juan Hotel, Save 15% This hotel is in the heart of Old San Juan, with the cruise terminals right along [...]
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    Up to 30% Off — Worldwide Car Rentals through Summer Save up to 30% off car rental services in 135 countries around the world. $9.25 & up — Car Rentals across the U.S. Rent an economy car at select airport locations through CarRentals.com. 15% Off — Luxury Summer Car Rentals in Europe 15% discount on any Merceces-Benz or luxury [...]
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  • Becoming a Missiologist

    Chilly
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    It seems that I’m constantly seeking to understand and apply God’s calling and destiny. I have no doubt that He has called me and that He has laid a path before me that is unique to my anointing and giftings. What is so challenging is that the way I grew up, and was taught in seminary, often seems to be a complete paradox to the very place & culture where God has led me to impact… so, my quest is to become a missiologist. Wikipedia: describes “Missiology“, or mission science, as the area of practical theology which investigates the mandate, message and work…
  • Living a Riddle.

    Chilly
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The following is a repost, (from May 22, 2014), straight from my journal…  Have you ever found yourself absolutely lost right in the middle of God’s perfect will? It’s like you totally know that He has you where He has you for a purpose — there’s obvious signs that there’s destiny in your existence — and yet, there’s so much uncertainty and wonder. It’s not a fear thing, or even a confusion thing; because God’s right there. And yet, you still find yourself holding your breath at times as you stare into space searching for…
  • Name it, Claim it … PROCLAIM IT!

    Chilly
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 pm
    …an honest look at really knowing Christ… Then he told them what they could expect for themselves: “Anyone who intends to come with me has to let me lead. You’re not in the driver’s seat – I am. Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Luke 9:23 1. Many people today CLAIM Jesus Christ. They talk about Christ. You know, everyone’s a “christian”… They do many activities in Jesus’ name. Hookin’ up JC… ugh. Many claim to be followers of Jesus. Until He asks for sacrifice…
  • Artificial or Authentic?

    Chilly
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    God desires that our service, worship, witness, sacrifice, confession and love ALL be authentic. Yet, if we’re not careful, it’s way too easy to offer Him fake, plastic, versions … yeah, we give Him what we think He wants or what we wish we possessed or were.  But this causes us to allow deceit into what is sacred and ultimately we, ourselves, begin to accept & believe the lie. We become artificial… a fraud – and yes, like a china town rolex, without close examination most are fooled (including us). We must lay before him what is in us, not what…
  • Worthy

    Chilly
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    “Christ died for men precisely because men are not worth dying for; to make them worth it.” C.S. Lewis HE died in order to make US worth it - what an unbelievably humbling thought. Just take a moment or two and really let this thought sink in… How can I grasp this kind of love and sacrifice? And, how should I respond? Ultimately, I think the only way to maintain the ‘worth’ He has given me, is to do the very thing He made me to do (and be). But my life is WORTH NOTHING unless I use it for doing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus the work of…
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  • What’s All The Fuss About ‘Black Jesus’

    Tiffany Orr
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    I really have to hand it to Aaron McGruder. He really knows how to piss people off. His new comedy, “Black Jesus” hasn’t even made its official debut, but it’s already generating buzz—of the negative... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wikipedia’s Edit Wars And The 8 Religious Pages People Can’t Stop Editing

    Tiffany Orr
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Religion is among several of the top 100 altered topics on Wikipedia, according to a recent list published by Five Thirty Eight. Former President George W. Bush is the most contested entry, but Jesus... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 2 Finnish Christian Aid Workers Killed In Afghanistan

    World Watch Monitor
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Two Finnish women working for a Christian aid charity have been killed by gunmen in Herat, Afghanistan; both had worked in Afghanistan for 16 years, having arrived there together in March 1997. The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Animals On The Brink Of Extinction

    VOA News
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
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  • Boko Haram Suspected In Cameroon Kidnappings

    VOA News
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Suspected Boko Haram fighters have kidnapped an influential traditional ruler and Muslim spiritual leader in northern Cameroon along with his family. The kidnappers also seized the wife of a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Here’s the Trailer for ‘Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1’

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:48 am
    It’s time to get excited Hunger Games fans. The latest installment of the series hits theaters on Nov. 21. Earlier this year, RELEVANT talked with Jennifer Lawrence about her career, the message of the Hunger Games series and why Katniss is such an important character ...
  • ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Is Already Getting a Sequel

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Even though Guardians of the Galaxy doesn’t release until this weekend, Marvel is confident enough in overwhelmingly positive early reviews and hype that it's already greenlighting a sequel. Director James Gunn and Chris Pratt made a video message at Comic-Con over the weekend, telling fans that a follow-up to the superhero franchise’s debut movie would be hitting theaters in July 2017. It may face some intense competition though—2017 is stacking up to be a crowded field at the box office. The year will see new releases in The Fantastic Four, Pirates of the Caribbean, LEGO Movie,…
  • Local Bishop: End of Christianity in Iraq ‘Very Near’ Because of ISIS

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    In an interview with BBC Radio 4 Today over the weekend, Rev. Andrew White, the vicar of Iraq’s only Anglican church, said that the situation caused by ISIS rebels is so bad that it could be the end of Christianity in the region. In the city of Mosul, which has been taken over by ISIS, Christians were given a July 19 ultimatum: convert to Islam or be executed. Rev. White, who is currently in London seeking help for the Christian community in Iraq said in the interview, Things are so desperate, our people are disappearing. We have had people massacred, their heads chopped off. Are we seeing…
  • Cage The Elephant

    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This week we talk to rock band Cage the Elephant about their music, including their great new album called Melophobia. We also talk to Todd Deatherage, Executive Director of the Telos Group, about the current situation in Gaza. Telos is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating American leaders about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the imperative of working for its peaceful resolution. You'll definitely want to hear what Todd has to say about the current Israel-Gaza struggle. Plus, we get to know Joy Eggerichs as she joins the full show this week, we recap the week's news and…
  • Israel Will Observe a 12-Hour Ceasefire Starting Saturday

    25 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Shortly after news that Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet had rejected Senator John Kerry's terms for a ceasefire, officials said Israel will observe a 12-hour unilateral ceasefire starting early Saturday morning. The terms of Kerry's truce deal were not immediately made clear, but Israel has said they will not agree to any terms for peace without significant modifications to the proposal. Hamas, in the meantime, has not responded to proposed ceasefire at all ...
 
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  • Letter from Home: Follow Your Heart (Day 15) (Custom Portrait Watercolor Painting Giveaway)

    Bonnie Gray
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Dear Heart, I know I’ve been so quiet these past two weeks.  I’m not quite sure why it is I’ve felt so unable to speak, when all of life is swirling around me.  Summer is pushing, undulating forward, like a lazy river smoothing its body over rocks, lapping gently along the blades of grass standing too close to its passing. It’s been a little over a month since my book Finding Spiritual Whitespace has been released, and I find there is at once too much to be thankful for and yet too many feelings of uncertainty.  About what the future holds.  About what this…
  • On the Porch At Ann Voskamp’s: The Pink Outfit (Day 14) 21 Days of Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Although we met online years earlier, I first met Ann Voskamp in real life three years ago — walking along a beach, against the soft brush of waves upon smooth sand. I was standing at the cusp of my journey as an author.  I hadn’t written a single word of my book yet. I hadn’t even gotten a book contract. But, I had felt the whispers of my childhood story wanting to be told.  But, I was afraid. There are so many easier books I could write.  Books about what I’ve learned about God. But, separated from my little girl self. I write for DaySpring (in)courage and one…
  • Dare to Unplug & Go Off the Grid: Five Ways (Day 14) 21 Days of Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    10 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
    So, I just came back from a week of being unplugged-off-the-grid on vacation in San Diego last week. I was unpacking (a week is a long time with two boys and a hubby) and I couldn’t wait to confide in you about it all. I discovered something very surprising.   Something I didn’t suspect at all. And I didn’t even know it was happening.  In just one month. Right under my nose… my fingertips. I was addicted to social media.   After all, I’ve been disengaged online a lot for two years during my journey through PTSD, leading up to the book launch last month.
  • Move Beyond Surviving to Rejuvenating Rest {Book Giveaway} (Day 13) 21 Days of Rest

    Bonnie Gray
    7 Jul 2014 | 12:05 am
    How many of us find ourselves running on empty with no time for rest, no time for ourselves, no time for God? I know what that’s like. I’m good at surviving — an expert at figuring out how to do things right and do them well. I am not afraid of working hard, swallowing whatever might get me down, and pushing thorough. I am a good thinker. I manage, cope and please. I am good at taking care of everyone and everything else — except my heart and me. Even though I’m married to my soulmate hubby, mom to two beautiful boys — deep inside, where no one can see…
  • What To Do When Your Dreams Stall: 5 Steps To Take (Day 12) 21 Days of Rest: Finding Spiritual Whitespace

    Bonnie Gray
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:05 am
    I get asked this question almost every time I’m interviewed about my new book Finding Spiritual Whitespace.  Why is it so hard to rest, if we know it’s good for us? This is what everyone wonders. And this is what I say:  it’s easier not to think about rest. It’s easier to go, go, go. It’s easier to say yes, yes yes. No one gets upset, no one gets disappointed and maybe there seems to be fewer conflicts — at the moment. But, deep inside, the person who pays the price for putting ourselves last is… us.  The very person God loves and cares about, we…
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  • Back On The Wagon

    Rick Garner
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:35 am
    Few things compare to a morning stroll upon a wooded trail. Patuxent Trails are perfect for walking, running, or biking. Although these trails are less than a five minute drive, I only started consistently using them in May after a six month break from my exercise routine.Yeah, six months.We canceled our LifeTime membership in November. Not the best of times to end a gym membership but LifeTime is expensive and we needed a plan that all of us could consistently use.Our random and long Winter didn't help matters, however, the fault is not with the season. That'd fall squarely on my shoulders…
  • Take A Breath

    Rick Garner
    20 Mar 2014 | 10:13 am
    As I sat in the Chick-fil-A drive-through line, a child's voice caught my attention. The boy sounded as if he were pleading to his mother about something. Looking over my right shoulder, I could see a woman, a young boy, and a young girl walking to a newer model Honda van. The kids each had balloon animals given to them by a local artist inside the store.The pleading seemed to relate to not wanting to leave the store but I wasn't entirely certain of that. Lowering my passenger window, the audio was clearer."Shut up! You're embarrassing me!" My heart sank. Telling a child to shut up is bad…
  • Squirrel! Part 5: Eviction!

    Rick Garner
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:31 am
    After three months, several tiny holes in two bedroom ceilings, multiple failed techniques, falling from a ladder and nearly breaking my hand, and wasting $625 with Home Paramount - a squirrel was caught in our attic in less than a day. Borrowing a Havahart trap from a friend, baiting it with peanut butter, and placing it in the attic on the afternoon of February 13 the next morning we had a squirrel. Yup, on Valentine's Day we caught the little varmint.Here's where any rational person would ask: Why didn't you do that from the start? Well, like millions of men before me, at the time my…
  • Squirrel! Part 4: Whatever Happened With That Squirrel?

    Rick Garner
    10 Feb 2014 | 7:46 am
    It's a bit unfathomable to me that I've had squirrels in my attic for three months. Three. Months. Since late November, we've heard the random scratching that have produced two small holes in the ceiling of G's closet, two in her bedroom, and three tiny holes in our bedroom. It's only expected and reasonable that friends and family would be questioning, "Whatever happened with that squirrel?"2013 ended with me signing a contract with Home Paramount Pest Control. We've used them since 2006 for termite control and have been pleased with that service. Since we first heard the squirrel, I debated…
  • Squirrel! Part 3: Attack of the Squirrel!

    Rick Garner
    6 Dec 2013 | 10:14 am
    Tuesday night, I heard the sound I've grown to dread: scratching above G's ceiling. Exasperated, I thought, "After sealing the breech, we trapped the thing in there?!"But this scratching didn't sound as close. It sounded more like it was outside. Upon investigation, there was indeed a squirrel trying to dig through the wooden patch. I clapped my hands - which hurt - and flailed my arms - which probably looked silly. I had to run it off three times before it disappeared for the night.Then came early Wednesday morning. G reported scratching above her room. I assumed the rascal had returned.
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  • Session Seven: When You Can’t Fully Trust

    Natalie Snapp
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Trust. It’s a scary and comforting word all at once, isn’t it? Scary because it involves complete humility and vulnerability and comforting because when it’s present, it’s like wearing an old, comfy sweatshirt on a chilly, fall day. I’m pretty sure if we have a healthy relationship with God, we know we can trust Him, right? We put Him in a place of high honor and we revere and respect Him. He’s sacred. Ephesians 5:22 tells us, “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord.” On page 163 of The God Empowered Wife, Karen…
  • Session Six: On Guilt and Helping

    Natalie Snapp
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Long, long ago when I was an oh-so-wise college student who pretty much knew everything, I remember someone once saying, “Guilt is a useless emotion.” “Yeah!” I remember thinking with the fervor of a warrior about to embark on a battle. I knew all about guilt. And I still do. And once I became a mother? I experienced a whole new level of guilt. There was a time not so long ago when I would discount guilt because, after all, it’s a useless emotion. But then I realized that the Holy Spirit can communicate with us through guilt. In Chapter Fifteen of The God…
  • Dear Spencer (On Your Sixth Birthday),

    Natalie Snapp
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    It cannot be true. I double-checked the calendar to make sure I’m not off a year and I’m dumbfounded to find I’m not. You, my youngest, spunkiest, rascally-est child are six years old today. I think I mention this each year but some things are just worth repeating – repeatedly. I need to shoot straight with you and tell you that when I took that pregnancy test on the cold, November evening of a late night at work for your Daddy and an exhausting day with your then two year old sister and six month old brother, I was not overjoyed. Don’t take it personally, love.
 
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  • What’s the Opposite of Humility?

    paulthinkingoutloud
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    If you have read this website for any length of time, you know that I often return to the “hymn” in Philippians 2. The one that begins, “Let this mindset [attitude] be in you that was also found in Christ;” and then goes a few sentences before defining that mindset, “He humbled himself.” The cross is the place where we changed. Above all fruit of that change is the fruit of love. The attitude we then adopt is humility. So what is the opposite of humility? What is the thing we have to “put off” before we can “put on” a humble, gentle…
  • Jesus: Time of Death

    paulthinkingoutloud
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    This week I have spent my mornings listening to Joe Amaral of First Century Foundations, who was teaching at a Bible camp near our home.  He talks about the application of Old Testament Hebraic culture and tradition to the context of New Testament stories. (For my U.S. readers, think of Joe as a Canadian equivalent to Ray Vanderlaan.) There is much online from First Century Foundations’ videos and appearances on other Christian television programs.  This is a sample: The Four Cups of Passover (part of a series of short posts at 100 Huntley St. YouTube channel) Jesus: Time of Death…
  • The Macedonian Call

    paulthinkingoutloud
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This verse is often used at missions conferences or other contexts to challenge people to consider Christian service: During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” (Acts 16:9) I don’t know the exact timeline between this passage and one where apparently Paul answered the call but there was obviously a definite need for Paul’s time there was not easy: For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn–conflicts on the outside, fears within. But God, who…
  • God’s Fruit Trees

    paulthinkingoutloud
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Today’s devotional was found at the blog Around Every Corner by Jenny Sorge, who appears here for the first time. Click the title below to read this at source, where you’ll find it beautifully formatted with art and pictures. God’s Fruit Trees Most of us have asked God for wisdom and knowledge at one time or another. We have also been asked for them by someone needing help. Whatever the circumstances, God’s wisdom & knowledge…never deviates from Christ’s character and His actions when He was here on earth. Like anything else…anything…God…
  • The Quest for the Purple Fish

    paulthinkingoutloud
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:22 pm
    Before we begin, here is Psalm 23 in The Voice translation. 1 The Eternal is my shepherd, He cares for me always. 2 He provides me rest in rich, green fields beside streams of refreshing water. He soothes my fears; 3 He makes me whole again, steering me off worn, hard paths to roads where truth and righteousness echo His name. 4 Even in the unending shadows of death’s darkness, I am not overcome by fear. Because You are with me in those dark moments, near with Your protection and guidance, I am comforted. 5 You spread out a table before me, provisions in the midst of attack from my…
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  • Judge Declares D.C. Ban on Public Handguns Unconstitutional

    Worthy News Staff
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:27 am
    WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)– A U.S. federal judge has ruled that a ban on carrying handguns in Washington, D.C. is unconstitutional, VOA reported. The ruling, made public Saturday, overturns the city's prohibition on carrying a gun in public. Judge Frederick Scullin said in his opinion "there is no longer any basis on which this Court can conclude that the District of Columbia's total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny." — Source
  • Full Coverage: Operation Protective Edge Enters 21st DAy

    Worthy News Staff
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
    JERUSALEM (Worthy News)– After U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry failed in bringing a ceasefire to the region, U.S. President Barack Obama called and urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanayahu to agree to a ceasefire late Sunday night as Operation Protective Edge enters its 21st day.  Since the beginning of the operation, 2,538 rockets have been fired into Israel.  The death toll in Gaza move above 1,000, while the Israel Defense Forces have lost 43 soldiers. The White House said in a statement, "Building on Secretary Kerry's efforts, the President made clear the…
  • Hindi Nationalists Attack Church of the Nazarene

    Worthy News Staff
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent NEW DELHI (Worthy News)– A mob of Hindu nationalists attacked the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene at Sehkari Nagar in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh on July 16, according to AsiaNews. The mob — armed with hockey sticks and mason's hammers — assaulted Pastor R.C. Paul during a Bible study and attacked any Christians trying to shield him from the mob. After their assault, the Hindus destroyed the cross on the church roof and hoisted an orange Hindutva flag in its place. "The situation in Uttar Pradesh is…
  • Religious Freedom Forfeit in Obama's LGBT Exec Order

    Worthy News Staff
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:13 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent WASHINGTON, D.C. (Worthy News)– President Barack Obama's latest executive order bars employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity among businesses that have federal contracts, according to The Christian Post. But Peter Sprigg, a senior fellow at the Family Research Council, said Obama has ordered employers to put aside their principles in the name of political correctness. "This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor…
  • IRS Promises Atheists It Will Intrude on Churches

    Worthy News Staff
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    By Joseph DeCaro, Worthy News Correspondent WASHINGTON D.C. (Worthy News)– The Alliance Defending Freedom has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Internal Revenue Service for any documents about the IRS having adopted new protocols and procedures for investigating churches. ADF submitted its FOI request after the Freedom From Religion Foundation accused the IRS of failing to investigate churches to the foundation's satisfaction in an FFRF July 17 press release. According to the FFRF press release: "The IRS has now resolved the signature authority issue…
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  • Brethren, Cry Aloud!

    George Whitten
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:22 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Romans 11:11-12 I say then, Have they stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but rather through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy. Now if the fall of them be the riches of the world, and the diminishing of them the riches of the Gentiles; how much more their fulness? With rockets daily being hailed down from Gaza, this is yet another of Satan's many attempts to annihilate Israel and the Jewish people in any way he can. Satan is actively at work, trying to rob the world of its blessing. In the…
  • Stand on the walls!

    George Whitten
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:47 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Isaiah 62:6-7 6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; They shall never hold their peace day or night. You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent, And give Him no rest till He establishes And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. Last night, Hamas called for a third intifada and the Palestinian Authority called for a "Day of Rage". As riots broke out last night around Jerusalem, sadly two Palestinians died in the riots. Riots will probably break out today throughout Judea and Samaria, so what should our…
  • In War You Need Chutzpah!

    George Whitten
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:38 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Genesis 14:14-16 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people. Abraham's rescue of Lot and his household from the four Mesopotamian Kings in the…
  • How do we achieve peace?

    George Whitten
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:36 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Psalms 29:11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace. Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. As we enter into day 16 of Operation Protective Shield, we read how a "ceasefire" is proposed by different countries in order to settle the conflict. However, it's not a 'true' peace they want to achieve, but just a pause in the violence. A ceasefire in the eyes of Islam is called a…
  • Rest Under His Wings!

    George Whitten
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:43 am
    by George Whitten, Editor of Worthy Devotions Psalm 91: 1-10 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust." Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler. You shall not be afraid of the terror by night, Nor of the arrow that flies by day, Nor of the pestilence that walks in…
 
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  • God Wants to Know, “How Are You, Really?”

    Holley Gerth
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    She slides into the seat across from me at a busy restaurant. I can see the tiredness in her eyes. She’s in a tough season. Many women would have given up by now. But not her. “How are you?” I ask. I really want to know. “Oh, I’m so blessed!” she responds with a forced smile. I reach my hand across the table and touch hers. “I mean how are you, really?” Tears come to the corners of her eyes. “I’m ready to be done with all of this. It’s harder than I thought it would be.” So which answer was true? Both. We’re funny as humans. We tend to think in terms of all or…
  • Tell The Truth As You Understand It {Book Giveaway!}

    Michelle DeRusha
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:10 pm
    “So I’m halfway through your book,” she says, as we stand next to the coffee percolator and the table piled high with double chocolate muffins. We chat for a bit about my memoir, and initially I feel pleased, but a few minutes later, after she’s turned away to refill her Styrofoam cup, panic clenches deep in the pit of my stomach. I’m struck by the awkwardness of the situation. After all, I am about to interview this woman for a ministry position at my church, and it’s clear she knows more about me – a lot more about me – than I do about her. Worse, though, I suddenly feel…
  • A Sunday Scripture

    incourage
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 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.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger…
  • Holy Wrestling and Sleepless Nights

    Robin Dance
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    i. It’s four in the morning and I’m wide awake and angry about it; tossing and turning has done little to fuel exhaustion back to sleep. Begrudgingly I receive my insomnia as an invitation to prayer. It’s a sleepy intercession for the troublesome circumstances of others, an opportunity, also, to pray for my children. With two in college and my youngest a high school senior, they’re reason enough to pray without ceasing. My daughter presented an even stronger case when she accepted a 12-week internship in the Philippines this summer, her time to be divided between big…
  • Let’s All Be Brave

    Annie Downs
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    I’m not one for tattoos that are paragraph in length, but if I was, it might be this. (But like, where? my hip? my wrist? It’s just not gonna happen, people.) There are two stories, two themes, two recurring sentences that run through my life and my brain and spill out into my conversations. God made you on purpose. God made you to be brave. I’m sure of it. I’m sure that you are one of a kind and your call to courage is that unique. So often we convince ourselves that we are average. I just have a normal job, I am just a mom, I am just another college student,…
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    Plough Weekly

  • A Hearty “Yes” to Life

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    When artist Anna Pardini was sent to a nursing home, family and friends encouraged her to keep painting. Her art kept her going, and cheered many others as well.
  • Better Than Hatred

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    A Palestinian doctor who grew up as a refugee and lost three of his daughters to a bomb, speaks about his life, his rejection of hatred, and the value of each human life.
  • Because We Were Christian Pacifists

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Plough correspondent Timothy Keiderling sits down to talk with Catholic peace activist Tom Cornell. During the Vietnam War, Cornell worked to highlight human rights violations in Vietnam and helped pacifists gain conscientious objector status.
  • Bernstein’s Psalms of Peace

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    The ancient Hebrew song “The Lord Is My Shepherd” never sounded more sublime than in Bernstein’s “The Chichester Psalms.” Wrote the composer: “This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly.”
 
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  • Book Review: The Power of Agreement by Ron Phillips

    Cheryl Cope
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Book Review: The Power of Agreement by Ron Phillips God’s secret for your successful relationships with friends and family and in the workplace (and co-authored by Ronnie Phillips Jr.) First the things I liked about this book. There were plenty of scriptures included to back up points. There were plenty of basic truths included. Most of the stories were interesting … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: Unwrapping Lazarus by Pete Carter

    Cheryl Cope
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:10 am
    Book Review: Unwrapping Lazarus by Pete Carter Freeing the Supernatural in your Life I found this book to be engaging from the beginning and throughout, through the author’s excellent use of stories. And in the case of this book most of the time the stories equaled supernatural testimonies. I was crying and laughing all by the first three chapters. No … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: The Turning by Davis Bunn

    Cheryl Cope
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:43 am
    **Free Book Giveaway and Book Review: The Turning by Davis Bunn **For info on the free book giveaway, please scroll down to the bottom of this post. Thanks!! Updated with winner information…see below. The Turning is a fiction book about God bringing together dissimilar people for one purpose—to come against a plot from the enemy using media to get people … Continue reading →
  • Book Review: When I Journal He Speaks by Dr. Michelle Miner

    Cheryl Cope
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:01 am
    Book Review: When I Journal He Speaks by Dr. Michelle Miner A Journaling Journey to Greater Intimacy with God This book is all about journaling as a way of listening for God’s voice. It is based on a technique that the author learned from Mark Virkler but is not at all merely a copy of his material and it does … Continue reading →
  • Let the Father Love You

    Cheryl Cope
    13 Jun 2014 | 4:02 am
    Let the Father Love You Have you really let the Father love you? Have you really experienced His unconditional love for you? Are you convinced in your heart (as opposed to only a head knowledge) that He loves you no matter what, just the way you are? If not, you are not alone. It isn’t always an automatic thing, to … Continue reading →
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    Life & Theology

  • Leaders move without the ball

    Ben Reed
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    In basketball, there’s a concept that’s vital. And it’s something that’s rarely seen by the person unless they’re watching intently. The casual basketball viewer won’t see it, because the casual viewer watches the ball. The ball is where the action happens. Scoring, passing, steals, and blocks all happen AT the ball. But what happens away from the ball is often just as important. image credit: UKSports.com   It’s a concept called “moving without the ball.” It’s pretty self-explanatory, but just for the sake of clarity allow me to explain in further…
  • The Mulligan

    Ben Reed
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    In golf, there’s a shot called the Mulligan. It happens when you hit a terrible shot, and want a do-over. It’s a free re-tee. A concession from the rest of the people playing with you that that shot didn’t happen. image credit: photo-dictionary.com And they’re glorious. Before the last shot, you were embarrassed. Frustrated. Angry. Confused. Lost in the woods. Ready to quit. Now? There’s great potential. You have the whole fairway in front of you. The green is wide open. You’re still on your first shot. Still on the tee box, at least as far as the group, and more importantly, your…
  • 9 truths nobody told you about small group

    Ben Reed
    18 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ahh…small group life. You’re in…by the duping of your pastor. Or by the guilting of your wife. Or because you thought you were signing up for a free vacation. But that was 6 weeks ago. And you’re finding out that what you expected isn’t what’s being delivered. And what you were sold isn’t being given. Group isn’t exactly what you thought it would be. I don’t know what the hook was that got you “in,” but that won’t be the hook that gets you to stay. Allow me to tell you what nobody else told you when you signed up. And let…
  • We’re better together

    Ben Reed
    4 Jun 2014 | 7:39 am
    This is a guest post from my friend Jonathan Pearson, Orangeburg Campus Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church and Assistant Director of The Sticks Network. He’s also the co-creator of MillennialLeader.com, an online community for young leaders. Jonathan’s written a new book, Next Up: 8 Shifts Great Young Leaders Make. Trust me…it’s a book you want to read.   _________________________ We’re better together. That sounds like a line from a romantic comedy, but it’s so much more than that. The idea that we’re better when we work together and when we’re doing…
  • 10 things a small group leader has to stop doing

    Ben Reed
    13 May 2014 | 7:03 am
    There’s a lot of talk about what small groups need to look like. How they need to be structured, what they need to study, and where they need to go. Through all of this, group leaders can become overwhelmed. Group leaders want to have a healthy group, and instead of adding more to their plate, it’s time to start taking things away. There are tasks that are killing your group. And killing you, too. Let’s quit those together. 10 things a group leader should stop doing 1. Stop talking so much. Group leaders need to listen way more than they talk. Listen to stories. Listen for pain. Listen…
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    Bible Verses About . Org

  • 1 Corinthians 9

    Bible Verses About
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    1 Corinthians 9 Page Contents Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 9 Audio Read the Bible Read 1 Corinthians 9 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on 1 Corinthians 9 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 9 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of 1 Corinthians 9 here online and […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 1 Corinthians 8

    Bible Verses About
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    1 Corinthians 8 Page Contents Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 8 Audio Read the Bible Read 1 Corinthians 8 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on 1 Corinthians 8 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 8 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of 1 Corinthians 8 here online and […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 1 Corinthians 7

    Bible Verses About
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1 Corinthians 7 Page Contents Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 7 Audio Read the Bible Read 1 Corinthians 7 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on 1 Corinthians 7 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 7 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of 1 Corinthians 7 here online and […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 1 Corinthians 6

    Bible Verses About
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    1 Corinthians 6 Page Contents Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 6 Audio Read the Bible Read 1 Corinthians 6 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on 1 Corinthians 6 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 6 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of 1 Corinthians 6 here online and […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • The Two Witnesses

    BibleProphecyBlog.com
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    By Dr. Thomas Ice Pre-Trib Research Center "And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth" (Revelation 11:3).Usually when one deals with the two witnesses of Revelation 11:3-13, the discussion centers around the... Click on the Title to Read the Full Article
  • 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
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    Writing for the Master

  • Collection of My Blogs

    1 Jul 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 Jul 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 Jul 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…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - July 2014

    1 Jul 2014 | 12:30 am
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: Noah's Ark a Type of ChristThe Messiah Is ComingWord of Warning for America Compelled by LoveLife is Short. Eternity is Not.Grace, Mercy, and PeaceThe Need for AccountabilityJesus (poem)Sin's Price (poem)Bitter or Better (poem) Die or Deny (poem) Who is Judge? (poem) Our Sympathizer (poem) 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…
  • Old News That's Still Fresh - June 2014

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I've recently posted some new blogs to this site that I want to make you aware of: The River of GodMy Journey from Buddhism to New Life in Christ The Light and the GloryChristian Sabbath is Sunday, not Saturday (revised) 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 "Writing for the Master."  …
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    Relief: A Christian Literary Expression

  • The Holy Going, Writing as Exploration

    Michael Dechane
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Annie Dillard’s essay “Expedition to the Pole” takes two threads— observations from a real or imagined Mass at her local church and details she culled from historical records of failed expeditions to the North and South Poles—and begins winding them together in alternating blocks of prose. Her deft juxtaposition creates a third thread, at first invisible, to make a remarkable weaving which turns its nose up at the flattening simplification of allegory and rises above the common mystery of metaphor and seems to strain for the hallowed ground of the parabolic. God knows one of the…
  • Our Violent Muse

    Jayne English
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The universe is no narrow thing. – Cormac McCarthy, from Blood Meridian Violence is a fitting theme for depravity. It paints lavish images of darkness in books like Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, and NBC’s new drama about Blackbeard, Crossbones. I’ve been following Sundance’s Rectify since last year, its first season. While the violence makes it difficult for me to stay with it, I keep returning because the characters and story are intriguing, the same reason I stayed with the other titles I mentioned. In Rectify, Daniel Holden has just been released from death row after…
  • Seeing into the Life of Things, Perspective and “The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper”

    Drew Trotter
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    While with an eye made quiet by the power Of harmony, and the deep power of joy, We see into the life of things.                                              -  William Wordsworth I’ll never forget the feelings I had the first time I saw Salvador Dali’s “The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper”in the stair well of the West Wing of the National Gallery. Replete with my advanced degrees in theology and clear in my worked out apologetics, I, like many others, castigated it for its arrogant docetism, its sarcastic orderliness, its in-your-face…
  • What are you having for dinner tonight?

    Jennifer Vasquez
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last night I watched Babette’s Feast, a bowl of luscious Rainer cherries in one hand, a nursing baby in the other. This film is about appetite. The opening scene shows a small isolated 19th century village on the Jutland peninsula in Denmark — bleak and gray, yet enchanting. The ocean is close — fish hang drying, slit and bloody. The viewer soon learns that these fish are a staple for this simple community and the family that forms the center of the film — two beautiful sisters and their father, pastor of a small close-knit sect. The pastor is beloved by the community and, though…
  • Freedom Summer and Poetry

    Adie Smith
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    In 1964, the Civil Rights movement was in full swing. The summer before, Martin Luther King Jr. had led his famous march on Washington. And in Jackson, Mississippi Medgar Evers, the head of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP was shot and killed outside his home. His children were in the house. That summer, in a civil rights fervor, college students from around the country were bussed into Mississippi from Oxford, Ohio to break Jim Crow’s strangle hold on Mississippi. The 300 students were in their mid-twenties, black and white, self-educated and college-educated. This summer marks 50…
 
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  • Pope Francis asks for Pardon from Penecostals

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Pope Francis embraces Pastor Giovanni Traettino28/07/2014(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis returned to the southern Italian city of Caserta on Monday for a private visit to the Pentecostal community known as the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation. The Pope first met the founder of the community, Pastor Giovanni Traettino, during his time as archbishop of Buenos Aires and over the past year he has met and received groups of Pentecostals at his Santa Marta residence here in the Vatican.After greeting the pastor and his family, Pope Francis was welcomed by over 200 Evangelicals who had travelled to…
  • Wow Over 5000 at Pro-Life March in Mexico

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    Nezahualcoyotl - Agenzia Fides report - More than 5000 people marched with the Bishop of the diocese of Nezahualcóyotl, Mgr. Héctor Luis Morales Sánchez in favor of peace, life and family. The massive event, held yesterday July 27, started from three points of the city of Nezahualcoyotl, towards the center, and ended in the cathedral with a prayer vigil. The main reason, according to the note sent to Fides by the Diocese of Nezahualcoyotl, is the desire to publicly express the will and the commitment to promote and act effectively for life, for peace and for the family: "Considering that…
  • Today's Mass and Readings : Monday July 28, 2014

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    Monday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary TimeLectionary: 401Reading 1JER 13:1-11The LORD said to me: Go buy yourself a linen loincloth;wear it on your loins, but do not put it in water.I bought the loincloth, as the LORD commanded, and put it on.A second time the word of the LORD came to me thus:Take the loincloth which you bought and are wearing,and go now to the Parath;there hide it in a cleft of the rock.Obedient to the LORD’s command, I went to the Parathand buried the loincloth.After a long interval, the LORD said to me:Go now to the Parath and fetch the loinclothwhich I told you to…
  • Saint July 28 : St. Samson : Bishop and Confessor of Wales

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    St. SamsonBISHOP AND CONFESSORFeast: July 28Information:Feast Day:July 28Born:490 at south WalesDied:565 at BrittanyBishop and confessor, born in South Wales; died 28 July, 565 (?). The date of his birth is unknown. His parents whose names are given as Amon of Dyfed and Anna of Gwynedd, were of noble, but not royal, birth. While still an infant he was dedicated to God and entrusted to the care of St. Illtyd, by whom he was brought up in the monastery of Llantwit Major. He showed exceptional talents in his studies, and was eventually ordained deacon and priest by St. Dubric. After this he…
  • Saint July 28 : St. Victor I : Pope from Africa

    Jesus Caritas Est
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    St. Victor IPOPEFeast: July 28Information:Feast Day:July 28(189-198 or 199), date of birth unknown. The "Liber Pontificalis" makes him a native of Africa and gives his father the name of Felix. This authority, taking the "Liberian Catalogue" as its basis, gives the years 186-197 as the period of Victor's episcopate. The Armenian text of the "Chronicle" of Eusebius (Leipzig, 1911, p. 223) places the beginning of Victor's pontificate in the seventh year of the reign of the Emperor Commodus (180-87) and gives it a duration of twelve years; in his "Church History" (V, xxxii, ed. Schwarts,…
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  • Trust in the Lord

    Todd
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Watch this Video: Beckah Shae sings Proverbs 3:5-6 Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB) 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.
  • Living Your Truest Identity

    Todd
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Watch this series of Videos: Graham Cooke illustrates how to love your life through getting to know your true identity. “What ever God wants from you, He intends to give you first … Warfare is not about taking authority over the Devil.  That’s the consequence of warfare.  Real warfare is about discovering the sovereignty, the supremacy,  and the majesty of Jesus.  Real warfare is about being involved with Jesus to such an extent, that the enemy looks at you, realizes he can’t win, and he creeps away before you open your eyes ” – Graham Cooke Part Two…
  • Do Something

    Todd
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Watch this Video: Matthew West tells the story behind the song “Do Something.” Do Something – Lyrics I woke up this morning Saw a world full of trouble now Thought, how’d we ever get so far down How’s it ever gonna turn around So I turned my eyes to Heaven I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?” Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of People living in poverty Children sold into slavery The thought disgusted me So, I shook my fist at Heaven Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created you” If not us, then who If not me and…
  • Enjoying the Wrath of God

    Todd
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Watch this Video: John Crowder throws a gracious, ecstatic perspective on the wrath of God  - enabling us to see that wrath is not against humanity, but against the sinfulness that destroys us. “When we understand that God’s wrath is not some separate schizophrenic side of His personality, but rather a hot extension of His love – we see that the wrath of God has always been FOR us … See His wrath is not against you, His wrath is positively for you. His wrath has never been about His own moody narcissism, as if He was just personally peeved at dirty sinners because…
  • The Art Of Spiritual Warfare

    Todd
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Watch this Video: Andrew Farley explains how to stay out of deception. “Are you depending on what you’re doing, or are depending on what He’s [Christ] done? He gave His life for us, so that He could give His life to us, so that He could live His life through us.” – Andrew Farley 4 Spiritual Deceptions You need tradition You need more You need the Law You need rules Colossians 2:6-23 6 Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as…
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    Don't Eat The Fruit

  • “The Bible”: A book or a category of things?

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

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

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

    John Dyer
    5 Feb 2014 | 12:26 pm
    In the first act of The Social Network, the movie depicting the origin Facebook, we are introduced to a fictionalized version Mark Zuckerburg who, after being spurred by his girlfriend and overlooked by Harvard’s elite final clubs, begins creating facemash.com, a site that lets visitors vote on which of their classmates is better looking. After a night of beer chugging and code writing, Zuckerburg unleashes his creation on the Harvard campus which both delights and disgusts his classmates. Director Aaron Sorkin then juxtaposing scenes of students gathered around laptops ogling pictures of…
  • Starting a PhD at University of Durham, UK!

    John Dyer
    9 Jan 2014 | 11:30 am
    Durham Cathedral You might have noticed that it’s been a little quite here in the past few months. In the background, I’ve been working on an application for a PhD in theology and religion at the University of Durham. My hope is to study how people understand Scripture and they activities they do with it as they transition from print media to digital media. My basic premise is that the shift from oral to print has introduced new emphases with regard to Scripture and new ways of navigating and understanding it, and we are in the midst of new shifts with digital media that will…
 
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  • Choose Your Fuel: Vision, Hype, Busyness or a Building Project

    Bob Adams
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Mike Gammill is one of our Lead Navigators at Auxano. He recently completed a campaign with San Marcos Community Church in San Marcos, TX. The Vision Clarity impact and unique Campaign story will inspire you. In the summer of 2013, San Marcos Community Church was in the church plant doldrums. As a twelve-year-old plant they really weren’t a “plant” anymore, but their base of mission and worship was still a leased facility. They did own land a couple of streets over. They owned a building too, but it was a metal prefab building and was, literally, in storage. Their dreams of permanent…
  • New Personal Vision Cohort Launching Next Month! Join Me for Your Younique Year!

    Bob Adams
    11 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    For over a decade in my personal ministry, I have worked closely with friends and close associates to coach them along their personal clarity journey. Recently, I have offered personal clarity tools and insights when speaking at conferences and leadership gatherings. As a result, many of you have shared your interest in going deeper on your personal clarity journey. Which is why I want to invite you to participate in Younique Year – a personal vision cohort designed to catalyze progress in realizing your life calling. I use the word “catalyze” very intentionally here. A chemical…
  • Fall 2014 Church Planters co::Lab – Join Me and 16 Other Planters!

    Bob Adams
    26 Jun 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The Church Unique Vision co::Lab is helping our church discover its one-of-a-kind thumbprint and then to cast vision with compelling clarity. It’s been a powerful experience for our key leaders. During our discussion, it has been amazing to see how God has imparted clarity to our leaders. Now we hae key people coming alongside us rather than doing their own thing. I strongly encourage other churches to go through this powerful training. - Darren Tidwell, LifePointe Church I am really looking forward to leading the next vision small group that begins on August 28.  There is some…
  • 10 Factors that Determine the Size of Your Vision

    Will Mancini
    13 May 2014 | 12:24 pm
    I often see leaders with radically different size visions, despite having a lot in common. Pastors may have the the same gifting, the same budget and the same amount of people attending worship services and yet still be on entirely different vision wavelengths. Where does this come from? Why does this happen? Here are my initial thoughts. Keep in mind that I believe providence and local ministry context are the primary factors in determining the scope of a ministry’s vision. This list focuses on developmental aspects of leadership. #1 The size of your God This isn’t a spiritual…
  • The 60-second Church Communication Assessment and Auxano’s New Service: The Virtual Communication Audit

    Will Mancini
    9 May 2014 | 10:23 am
    This week we had fun releasing a new service at Auxano. We are calling it the Church Communication Virtual Audit. For years we have done communicate audits onsite through our Vision Framing work and out Guest Perspective Evaluations. We find that we can deliver a lot of value really fast when we are onsite. Finally the thought occurred to our 8-person Church Communications team: Why can’t we help any church with their communications whether we go onsite or not? Voila! The virtual audit was birthed. Se we thought we would tease the church world with this four-part lightning-quick…
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  • Be Careful Where You Look For Glory

    Donald Miller
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Jesus said, “I do not receive glory from people. I know that you do not have the love of God within you.” If there was ever a statement that invited trust, it’s this one. In a sense, Jesus is saying “I don’t need you to affirm me. I’m not looking to you for any kind of completion. Your association or disassociation does not affect me.” And from there He tells the truth about our condition, and the more wonderful truth about His grace and our own forgotten worth. As creators, when we seek glory from people, we drink from a poisonous well. We can get…
  • Will Your Story Be One Of Awe Or Fear?

    Cadence Turpin
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Last week I made the trek to visit my niece and nephews in Oregon. Piper, the oldest, turned 5 years old not too long ago and much like I was at her age, she’s fearless. One afternoon, we were playing the infamous airplane game, in which I lay on my back and balance Piper on my feet while she “flies.” I was holding onto her hands to keep her from losing balance and falling when she looked down at me and said, “Aunt Cadence, don’t hold my hand! I like scary things.” I slowly let go of her tiny fingers. I watched as she balanced herself without holding on and giggled with…
  • Why Creators Are Happier Than Consumers

    Donald Miller
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I’m no fan of the “there are only two kinds of people” idea but in the realm of being a creator or a consumer, I do believe each one of us leans toward one side or the other. I’ve blogged about it before, but it’s been a while and I think I have a clearer view of what these poles suggest, and a much better understanding of how learning to live more as a creator and less as a consumer makes us more happy. First, definitions. Creator: A person who leans toward being a creator is not necessarily creative; it only means he believes he has the power to create the kind of life he wants.
  • You Don’t Need More Talent Or Time

    Glennon Doyle Melton
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Dear Glennon, I want to write, but I feel like I’m not special enough. Also, I have no talent or time. Still, I feel this yearning… YOU! YES! You are the one! Please write. The most important quality in a writer is her certainty that she is not special. We do not need more artists using art to prove their specialness. “Special” artists don’t move us. What moves us are artists who show us that our shared, ordinary human experience is special enough. No talent? Good, that’s one less thing that might distract us from your message. Art is not for the talented; it’s for the honest.
  • Are You Blinded By Your Own Certainty?

    Dean Nelson
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Just recently I had a dentist appointment, and was without a car. No problem, I thought to myself. I’ll just ride my bike. The dentist’s office is only about two miles from my house. But both tires of my bike were flat. Still not a big deal. I had time to walk. However, it was really hot outside, and by the time I got to the dentist, I was overheated, sweaty and, perhaps, a bit cranky. I have issues with dentists anyway because of my hockey playing days in Minnesota and the movie Little Shop of Horrors, so that was probably messing with my head a little too. When the check-up and cleaning…
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    The Christian Gift

  • Night Falls on the Zakim Bridge

    TheChristianGift
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Show me a bridge and I’ll probably want to photograph it. One which has been on my shot list for a couple years now is the Zakim in Boston. Actually, its formal name is the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge. Quite a mouthful, so you can see why most locals refer to it simply as the “Zakim.” It spans the Charles River between Boston and Charlestown. Within close walking distance of the Bunker Hill Memorial, each of the structure’s towers mimics the memorial. It’s quite lovely – and hugely improves the appearance of that area following the…
  • Nubble Light at Daybreak

    TheChristianGift
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Last week I opted for a change of venue….moving from Rye, New Hampshire to Cape Neddick, Maine to shoot Nubble light at the beginning of the day. This necessitated an additional bit of sacrifice in that I have to give myself an additional 15 minutes in the morning to travel the extra distance. This means “wheels up” at 3:45am…which makes for an even longer day. The first morning was a total bust. I had high hopes since a storm was moving out; however, when I arrived at York, I could see that Cape Neddick was enveloped in dense fog. I turned around and headed back home.
  • Fireworks

    TheChristianGift
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Some of you know of my quest to find the “perfect” location from which to photograph the Independence Day fireworks in Portsmouth, New Hampshire last week. I spent months – literally – thinking about where I might go to get the shot I had in mind. Ultimately, it came down to the fact that I needed rooftop access from a specific building and couldn’t get it. Having been postponed from July 3rd to the 5th due to the hurricane passing through the area, I had an extra two days to think about my “Plan B.” I changed my mind the day of the show, and ended up…
  • Personalized Christian Gifts for Children – Bedtime Prayer Wall Art

    TheChristianGift
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    When I was a little girl, a lovely needlepoint bedtime prayer (“Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep”) which my mother made for me hung on the wall above my bed. I still have it. That piece was the inspiration for the collection of personalized bedtime prayer plaques which we created for The Christian Gift. In fact, the little pajama-clad praying girl and boy who are depicted in the original piece were recreated by artist Kathleen Herold for two of our designs…all these many years later, those two little tykes have reappeared on the scene! We have a variety of designs, and many of…
  • Happy Independence Day!

    TheChristianGift
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    Fireworks over Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s Iconic North Church God of our fathers, whose almighty hand Leads forth in beauty all the starry band Of shining worlds in splendor through the skies, Our grateful songs before Thy throne arise. Thy love divine hath led us in the past, In this free land by Thee our lot is cast; Be Thou our ruler, guardian, guide and stay, Thy Word our law, Thy paths our chosen way. From war’s alarms, from deadly pestilence, Be Thy strong arm our ever sure defense; Thy true religion in our hearts increase, Thy bounteous goodness nourish us in peace. Refresh…
 
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  • Taking a Break

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    I'm taking a short break from blogging. Be back in a couple of weeks.
  • Review: Logos Sermon Finder

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Just a few years ago, many of Tim Keller’s sermon manuscripts were all on paper. He talked about this in a sermon in 1994:In my life, I have about a thousand sermons I wrote from about 1975 to 1985 that are all written on paper, hard copy. They’re not on any disk. They’re all there. That’s it. I spent 10 to 20 hours on each one of those things, and they’re all in one basic long file drawer. I look at that and I shudder sometimes. I say, “What would happen?”They may still be sitting there in a drawer somewhere, but things have changed. I know have over 1,200 of his sermons in my…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Instead of Building Your Platform, Build Your Character You build your character, and let God build your platform and influence. 6 Nuggets of Wisdom for Leaders Here are a few other nuggets of wisdom I have received from others who have greatly influenced my leadership. 5 New Habits to Help Church Leaders Do More in Less Time Here are a few areas that would be worth considering to increase your output for the rest of your year. A Word to the Introverted Pastor: Be Extroverted on Sunday If you asked most people in the churches where I have served as pastor,…
  • Saturday Links

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    12 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Links for your weekend reading: Theology, the Last Resort It is troubling that we often become more biblical when the difficult realities of life occur, our possessions are removed, and the comfort is gone. We get theologically serious. What would happen if we allowed biblical doctrine to guide our lives each day, everyday? The Great Commission Means Sharing Christ's Story, Not Yours Gospel presentations that include personal testimonies should take care to emphasize the gospel itself (the news of Christ’s death and resurrection), not merely our personal experiences of life transformation.
  • What Church Plants Have that Established Churches (Often) Don't

    dsd@DashHouse.com (Darryl Dash)
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Church plants have very little. They have little money, few people, no building, and an uncertain future. Yet church plants have a few things that older churches often don't have, and that makes all the difference.What do church plants have? Three qualities:A unified vision — Mission drift plagues many established churches. New churches typically don't succumb to this, at least in the early years. If you are in a church plant, it's likely because you've heard the vision and bought into it. Otherwise, there's little to keep you there. This is a huge advantage.An outward focus —…
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    MINISTRY-TO-CHILDREN

  • Bible Lesson – Putting Others Before Ourselves

    Brittany Bradshaw
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    In our culture, competitiveness is a part of everyday life. Our children value being the best at whatever it is they are doing.  It is good that children strive to always do their best, but the Bible teaches us to be humble and to always do for others without thinking of ourselves.  This lesson will help children understand that they need to put others before themselves. Lesson Title:   Putting Others Before Ourselves Bible Reference:  Mark 9:33-37 Target Age Group: Preschool to Elementary Learning Context: Sunday School Target Time Frame: 45 minutes Focus Verse: “If anyone wants to be…
  • 6 More Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy

    Mimi Bullock
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    When I penned my recent article, 10 Things That Drive a Children’s Pastor Crazy I had no idea that I’d be starting such an expansive conversation. However, I am glad we can talk and share with one another and hopefully, encourage a children’s pastor who may be asking, “Does anyone understand?” To those passing by these posts and subsequent comments, (including parents and other ministry workers) please don’t doubt our commitment to your kids. We love them—and we love you! Still, it won’t hurt our feelings if you feel compelled to Share, Like or Pin these articles. You know,…
  • Micah Bible Coloring Page

    Mandy Groce
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    This free coloring page is based on the book of Micah. It’s one part of our series of illustrations for each individual book of the Bible. Click here to download the print friendly PDF version. We’ve also uploaded the image in JPEG format. The illustration shows a young boy gathering sheep in a pin. There are two Bible verses included in the illustration. These are just partial quotes to give the children something to remember from the content of the book. Micah 6:8 … to act justly and to love mercy… Micah 2:12 … I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel.
  • Bible Puzzle: Noah’s Ark Maze

    Shirley McKinstry
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    After Noah built the ark, God caused at least two of each kind of animal to go into the ark. In this maze children draw lines leading the animals to the ark. Click here to download the printable PDF worksheet. 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. If you’re teaching a unit on Noah and the Ark, our website has many free resources that can help. Don’t miss this video story or Mandy’s coloring page about Noah’s Ark.
  • Mission Project – Printing Photos in Rural Haiti

    Tony Kummer
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    This post describes how our Haiti mission team used the Canon Selphy CP910 to print digital photographs using only batteries and a smartphone camera. This same project would be super easy for any outreach event at church.  If it works in Haiti, it could work anywhere.  I’d love to hear your feedback, especially if you have done something similar. Just leave me a comment.  Your questions are welcome too! Printing Demonstration (back home) Here’s the equipment we used. Total cost was around $350 for supplies and equipment (not including our personal smartphones). But next time…
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    Renew My Mind

  • God is Faithful to Fulfill His Promises

    Daniel Dessinger
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:53 am
    “He was enabled to become a father because he considered Him faithful who had made the promise.” Our God is faithful to fulfill His promises. In the face of impossibility, let us consider Him faithful. The post God is Faithful to Fulfill His Promises appeared first on Renew My Mind.
  • Seated in the Palace

    Daniel Dessinger
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:46 am
    Between God’s promises in our life and the palace of our divine purpose is always the process that molds us into the person we need to be to stay seated in the palace. - Kris Vallotton The post Seated in the Palace appeared first on Renew My Mind.
  • The Coming Shift

    Daniel Dessinger
    26 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    There may not be a “next move of God” for many of us unless there is a dramatic shift in the way we conduct our lives and ministries. Old paradigms of thinking must die; new vision must be embraced. Practically speaking, the difference between success and failure for many will be determined by a willingness to accommodate change. - Larry Randolph The irony is that for more than two decades, we as a church have been hearing the call to adapt and posture ourselves for a radical shift in the way we do life, yet we react with disgust or disbelief when specific action is proposed. And…
  • Larry Randolph

    Daniel Dessinger
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    “A ships rudder gives direction while the vessel is in motion, not while it sits in the port. In a similar way, the fulfillment of our destiny depends our willingness to go forward in life, even when we are unsure of the proper direction.”  The post Larry Randolph appeared first on Renew My Mind.
  • Some People Smoke, Drink, or Do Drugs

    Daniel Dessinger
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Some People Smoke, Drink, or Do Drugs. I journal. The post Some People Smoke, Drink, or Do Drugs appeared first on Renew My Mind.
 
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    Lawrence W. Wilson

  • The Only Two Questions Any Pastor Should Be Asking Right Now

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Pastors spend a lot of time solving problems, and that means asking questions. Unfortunately, most of those questions are unimportant, even trivial. I know this because I’ve wasted plenty of my own time wondering about these same things. In fairness, many of these questions are forced upon pastors by their job description as the leader of an organization and have little to do with their real work as shepherds of God’s flock. But a pastor has to earn a living somehow, so most spend the majority of their time pondering things like these— continue reading
  • How to Transform Your Life in Only 20 Years

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    10 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    Everybody wants to change some aspect of their life. Whether it’s finances or career, marriage or education, we all want to be different tomorrow than we were yesterday. Most of the time, we look for easy changes, quick fixes, or dramatic solutions that will produce instant results. But here’s the news: those things don’t exist. To produce lasting change you must take incremental action over time. Yes, that might begin with a big transition like going to rehab, getting married, or finding a new job. But permanent change—true spiritual growth—comes by harnessing the…
  • 7 Things You Can’t Say about Immigration Reform

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Immigration reform is a hot topic this summer as the U.S. Congress appears poised to take action that could affect some 11 million undocumented residents. My denomination is on record in support of common-sense reform for biblical reasons. Our general superintendent, Dr. Jo Anne Lyon, even met with the President to discuss the matter. Even so, immigration is a sticky subject for many Christians. We are law-and-order people for sure, so going soft on violators is hard to swallow. At the same time, we’re deeply compassionate and believe in being hospitable to strangers and those in need.
  • 15 Ways to Change the World by Noon Today

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    27 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    Most people think the best way to change the world is to do something grand or spectacular, like cure cancer or put an end to human trafficking. Those are needed and noble pursuits, no doubt, but you’re probably not the one to do them. I seriously doubt that you will ever become president, start a worldwide movement, or make a great scientific discovery. But you can still change the world if you want to. And you can do it today. Here’s how. continue reading
  • 8 Social Media Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Right Now

    Lawrence W. Wilson
    20 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    I am a huge fan of social media. In fact, I started blogging before there was blogging, circulating a weekly e-mail “post” to a few hundred subscribers back in the mid-1990s. I use Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram every day. Social media has flattened the world, making it easier for anyone to connect with everyone. As a pastor, whose job is communicating good news, I love that. However, as a reader and editor who thinks words have real power to do good or evil in the world, I have concerns. Sometimes it seems we have simply forgotten how to be nice. Social media is like a power…
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  • “My Sheep Hear My Voice”

    Frank King
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Shepherd and Sheep Jesus said at least three things are true about those belonging to His fold. “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me” (John 10:27). So what does that say about those who claim to be Christians, but live as though there is no Christ or God? Either what Jesus says about His sheep is correct or it isn’t. I choose to believe the Lord’s report. The message of obedience to Christ is becoming increasingly unwelcome in the Christian church. At least, that’s the way it seems to me. It is fact that we are saved by grace. But that is no reason to get all…
  • Let the Peace of God Rule in Your Heart

    Frank King
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:06 am
    Peace and the Holy Spirit In Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, he refers to the peace of God that surpasses understanding (see Phil. 4:7). He says it will keep our heart and mind through Christ. But just because we have that kind of peace does not mean that it rules in our heart. So the same Paul writes the following words to the church at Colosse: “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15). Note the word let. The point is that we must be willing to allow the peace of God to rule in our heart. As with any other aspect of Christian living, we can choose to obey…
  • It Matters How We Live

    Frank King
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    City of Jerusalem “You are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men” (2 Corinthians 3:2). Paul the apostle wrote these words to the church at Corinth. He likens those believers to being a letter that is read by others. His words remind me of something I used to hear some say in church. “I would rather see a sermon than hear one any day,” they said. The point is that action speaks more loudly than words do. When we are among unbelievers, whether it’s at family gatherings, in the workforce, in school or college, etc.; what we say among them is not as important as…
  • Essentials for Effective Leadership for Christians

    Frank King
    13 Jul 2014 | 9:12 pm
    Gathering of Leaders Are you a leader in the church, in the workplace, in business, or academia? Or do you aspire to one day be a leader in some area of life? I believe that most people who desire to lead want to do a bang-up job. So in this post, I want to share several essentials for effective leadership. This counsel comes straight from the mouth of God. It is based on His advice to Joshua. God had chosen him to lead His people after Moses had died. These points are not optional but essentials for effective leadership for Christians: 1. Have God on your side. “I will be with you: I will…
  • How to Experience the Word More Deeply

    Frank King
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:04 am
    Preaching of the Gospel Jesus’ teaching on the parable of the Seed and the Sower is loaded with revelation about the ministry of the Word. Though many people hear the same sermon or teaching, some will experience the Word more deeply than others will. This is one of the points Jesus makes in His teaching in the parable. In the parable, Jesus compares some people who hear the Word of God to seed falling among the thorns: “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes…
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    Mike Calhoun

  • GEMS and Millennial Sub-Cultures

    mikec
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    “GEMS,” was trademarked as early as June 2012 by XO Group. Over the last couple of years, millennial women have made it into an art. However, perhaps it was the gathering of marketing and research executives in late June of 2014 at the offices of TIME Inc. in New York City that placed the real spotlight on this sub-target. This was not a convention about rare jewels or precious stones; it was a conference to learn more about the trends of millennial women and their purchasing power. GEMS is a new millennial sub-target for marketers according to Cherryh Butler in her article 7 Millennial…
  • Five Principles I Learned from a Friend

    mikec
    9 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    One of my greatest blessings is working with people who are my friends. It is also a blessing when you can say that about a director of your ministry. Dr. George Theis was a former Director of Word of Life Fellowship and he was my friend. On July 2, 2014 he went home to be with the Lord. As I reflected on my friendship with George, I thought of five valuable principles I learned from him. I never remember him discussing these with me; I simply picked them up by watching his life. Love Jesus but hate sin.  He lived out Psalm 97:10 as well as any man I have ever known. (You who love the Lord,…
  • George Theis (1935-2014)

    mikec
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Today I am taking a break from my normal blog to direct you to the memorial page for Dr. George Theis. George is one of our former Directors and a friend! Please take a few minutes to read about his life. I will be blogging on Thursday about “Five Principles I Learned from a Friend.” I want to share some strategic life lessons George taught me as I watched him live and minister.
  • My Next Forty Years of Ministry

    mikec
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    I always thought people who had been in ministry for forty years were old, until my wife Betsi and I joined their ranks. Now I have changed my mind. I am formulating a new perspective about us, one that not only appreciates the past but looks to the future. Forty years does not sound nearly as long when you say things like: 350,400 hours 14,600 days 2,080 weeks See everything really is a matter of perspective! The reality is I have the same passion, heartbeat and vision for the ministry that I have always had from day one. Matter of fact, I think I just got my “second wind” (a runner’s…
  • The Millennial Wine

    mikec
    1 Jul 2014 | 5:11 am
    If you work with Millennials then you have probably had multiple discussions and/or debates about alcohol. The purpose of this blog is not to address the topic of drinking but to inform you of a trend. Millennials are changing the culture as wine consumers and because they now represent one third of the core drinkers, the industry has taken note. It is not that Millennials have given up on beer or liquor, it is just that they are consuming more wine. They also have gone to wine in boxes as opposed to bottles. There are several reasons for these changes: This generation by self-description is…
 
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    Shrinking the Camel

  • The Next Big Breakthrough Business Idea: Be Nice!

    J.B. Wood
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:51 am
    A colleague was telling me about an epic deal he was working on, involving dozens of high-powered lawyers and bankers. “It was incredibly intense,” he said. “We had a huge conference area set up like a war room, with each party’s representatives lined up on either side of the table. For five days, we worked [Read More...]
  • Two Essential Ingredients to Effective Communication with Your Team

    Marcus Goodyear
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Once upon a time, I put together a brilliant plan for change. It was simple. It was easy. It moved people on my remote team from working in isolation to working cooperatively. I wrote it up, sent it out to everyone on the team, and called a virtual meeting. And I felt pretty darn good [Read More...]
  • How to Not Suck as a Leader

    J.B. Wood
    9 Jul 2014 | 5:54 am
    So much has been written on the subject of leadership over the past thirty years that sometimes I honestly wonder if there is anything left to say. Popular authors and motivational gurus have found so many clever ways to slice and dice and list and repackage their critical leadership advice that I am just about [Read More...]
  • 5 Teamwork Lessons from Playing Soccer Naked

    Marcus Goodyear
    4 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    All of this World Cup stuff reminds me of the time I played soccer naked. I was 16-years-old, a foreign exchange student in Germany, looking to leave my friends with a good story of the crazy American’s last week. Several of them challenged me to get sent to the principal’s office in our Gymnasium, a [Read More...]
  • Too Many Meetings? Creating Spiritual Clarity at Work

    J.B. Wood
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Several years ago, the senior executives of my company gathered in the Board Room to have a meeting about meetings. Apparently, some people had been complaining that we were having too many. I will be the first to admit there may have been some truth to this. Over the previous several months we had chartered one team after another [Read More...]
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • If You Could Ask for One Thing from God – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    That night, there in Gibeon, God appeared to Solomon in a dream: God said, “What can I give you? Ask.” I Kings 3: 5b – The Message #wisdom Lord you tell us to ask you.    Ask for our deepest desires.        Come to you and tell you what we think we need.          That we can approach the Creator of the Universe with even our most meager wants. You say ask.    You listen.        You care.          You respond. Solomon asked for wisdom.    For clarity to discern the twists and turns of life.      To insight to help others and ourselves.       …
  • God Loves Us – Poem by Edwina Gately

    Jean Wise
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    God love us when we cannot; God holds us when we will not; God sees us when wee dare not; God knows us when we do not. But, oh, that we might come To love and hold ourselves, To see and know ourselves, That we might then glimpse God Edwina Gately The post God Loves Us – Poem by Edwina Gately appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Living the Questions

    Jean Wise
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Rilke I used to more uncomfortable with uncertainty. That tension between knowing and the living in the gray area of unknowing. I used to seek the supremacy…
  • What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

    Jean Wise
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    St. Birgitta A few years back a friend causally said to me, “Look back to when you were six or seven or eight, what did you want to be? That is your calling.” I read a new version of this question this weekend – “What did you love doing as a child?” (This question came from a book I am reading that I plan on sharing on this coming Thursday blog. Be sure to come back!) Both questions could be helpful when discerning the next chapter on one’s life. Even if you wanted to be a fireman – maybe you are passionate about helping others. Or what if you wanted to be a rock star – maybe…
  • Undivided Prayer – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Teach me your way, Lord,
 that I may rely on your faithfulness;
 give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86: 11 (NIV) Train me, God, to walk straight; then I’ll follow your true path.
 Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear. Psalm 86:11 (The Message) Lord, you know these verses – in whatever translation – express one of my deepest desires – an undivided heart, living only for you. A heart I cannot mend on my own. I can only offer my tiny, dirty, shattered pieces to you, the great Healer and Restorer. Teach me your…
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    Daily Devotionals

  • Ezekiel 7:26 – Leaders Seek Jesus First

    admin
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse Disaster comes upon disaster; rumor follows rumor. They seek a vision from the prophet, while the law perishes from the priest and counsel from the elders. (Ezekiel 7:26 ESV) A humble man said of leadership, “Never let your public anointing exceed your private devotion.” In other words, leaders ought to walk intimately with Jesus more often when none are watching than when the multitudes are present. This sentiment is not aided by our culture, however, as we live in constant need of the feeling of validation. We walk in a misguided cycle of measuring our…
  • Luke 6:6-7 – Ugly Religion

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse On another Sabbath, he entered the synagogue and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was withered. And the scribes and the Pharisees watched him, to see whether he would heal on the Sabbath, so that they might find a reason to accuse him. (Luke 6:6-7 ESV) It was the Sabbath, a day to be kept holy (Exodus 20:8). The people had gathered faithfully, sitting around a pulpit where they would be lead in prayer, in reading, and the teaching of Scripture. Here, Jesus was standing in the midst of such an assembly not simply teaching the Bible but living…
  • John 13:34-35 – A New Command To Love

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Daily Devotional Bible Verse 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. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV) Jesus spoke these words after he had finished washing the disciples’ feet. Firstly, he made it quite clear that our loving one another was not a suggestion, but a “new commandment” to men from God. This love we are to have for one another is not optional, but a required mark of the Christian. Secondly, this love is to be of the…
 
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    ANSWERS For The Faith

  • -Mosul: Then There Were Nun

    Dr. D
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    A Lack of Response in the West to ‘Religious Genocide’ (Nun: Arabic letter and Muslim Symbol for Christians) Shortly after ISIS took over in Mosul every Christian home, business, institution, and church were marked and spray painted with the letter ‘Nun’ which is the Muslim symbol for  ‘Nasara‘ (Nazarenes) the historical Muslim name for Christians. Then there were Nun everywhere and now there are none- no Christians left. The Christian community in Mosul, Iraq and the surrounding area of Nineveh had existed for nearly 2,000 years and many of their churches even predated the…
  • -Obama’s Executive Order Discriminates Against Christian Organizations and Colleges

    Dr. D
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
                                                      (Photo credit: Wikipedia) President Obama signed an executive order this week that willfully discriminates against Christian organizations and colleges. The order demands that businesses and organizations that receive federal funds must hire LGBT folks regardless of religious belief or practice. In the…
  • -Boston: Pro-Palestinian Mob Shouts: “Jews Back to Birkenau”

    Dr. D
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
                 (Photo credit: Wikipedia) All across America, mostly on college campuses, and in Europe also there are a number of demonstrations supporting Hamas and the Palestinians along with counter displays of support for Israel. Unfortunately anti-Semitism has once more raised its ugly head in the midst of the conflict. In Boston the police had to protect the Israel supporters from a mob which nearly got out of control with shouts of:  “Jews back to Birkenau” “Drop dead, you Zionazi whores” “Allah is great”…
  • -ISIS Demands Christians Leave Mosul or Be Executed

    Dr. D
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:34 am
    The leader of the new Islamic State in Iraq and Syria demanded last week that all Christians in the lands that he ruled over either convert, pay a special tax, leave, or die . Those who did flee were expected to leave behind all of their possessions and funds. However, it became even worse for the remaining Christians including clergy in Mosul when Christian leaders supposedly did not show up for a meeting they were demanded to attend. The Islamic State (ISIS) authorities in that city ordered all Christians to leave by Friday or face death. Then reportedly all of the possessions of the…
  • -Florida: County Judge Allows Same-Sex Marriage in the Keys

    Dr. D
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:13 pm
                                          (Same-Sex Marriage map: Wikipedia) The judicial activism continues when it comes to same-sex marriage. In the latest example a County judge in the Florida Keys over-ruled state law to allow homosexual marriages in his county. Here’s the story from the World Mag: …Circuit Judge Luis M. Garcia agreed with plaintiffs who argued Florida’s voter-approved constitutional…
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    Trevin Wax

  • 12 Books that Showcase the Grand Narrative of Scripture

    Trevin Wax
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    In my book for teachers and small group leaders, Gospel-Centered Teaching, I recommend asking a “big story” question during preparation: ”How does this topic or passage fit into the big picture story of the Bible?” It’s a question we always ask as we work on The Gospel Project curriculum. A gospel-centered teacher wants to help people learn to read the Bible for themselves, to understand the flow of the narrative, how the different genres fit into that narrative, and how to apply the truths of the Bible with wisdom. One of the best…
  • Worth a Look 7.28.14

    Trevin Wax
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Kindle Deal of the Day: Let the Nations Be Glad!: The Supremacy of God in Missions by John Piper. $2.51. Draws on key biblical texts to demonstrate that worship is the ultimate goal of the church and that proper worship fuels missionary outreach. The Loss of Pastoral Credibility in the Age of the Internet: While the dramatic collapses of trust in the institutional authority of the Church following the exposure and scrutiny of cases of abuse may receive the most attention, there are other ways—albeit slower and more gradual—in which this trust is being eroded. Perhaps the most…
  • I Believe So That I May Understand

    Trevin Wax
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    I confess, Lord, with thanksgiving, that You have made me in Your image, so that I can remember You, think of You, and love You. But that image is so worn and blotted out by faults, and darkened by the smoke of sin, that it cannot do that for which it was made, unless You renew and refashion it. Lord, I am not trying to make my way to Your height, for my understanding is in no way equal to that, but I do desire to understand a little of Your truth which my heart already believes and loves. I do not seek to understand so that I can believe, but I believe so that I may understand; and what is…
  • C. S. Lewis On Assuming Our Age’s Ideas Are Right

    Trevin Wax
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Alister McGrath on C. S. Lewis’ view of chronological snobbery: There’s another point that Lewis wants to make. When we read an older book—say, a treatise on science dating from the sixteenth century—we often feel patronising about its ideas. “That’s what they thought back then! But who would think that today? We’ve moved on.” Our own ideas, we believe, are so much better. Lewis asks us to realise that we have fallen into a trap. We’re assuming that our own ideas are right. What we need to appreciate is that every age assumes its ideas are…
  • Know Your Southern Baptists: Afshin Ziafat

    Trevin Wax
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:10 pm
    Name: Afshin Ziafat Age: 42 (June 7, 1972) Position: Afshin is the lead pastor of Providence Church in Frisco, TX. Previous: For 12 years, Afshin served as an evangelist and itinerant speaker based out of Dallas. He was also the speaker at Vertical Ministries at Baylor University in Waco, TX. Education: Afshin graduated from The University of Texas in 1996 with a Bachelors of Arts in History and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 2000 with a Masters of Divinity with Biblical Languages. Books: Afshin has written articles, contributed to books and curriculum like The…
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    Authentic Christian Living

  • Scripture Memory verses: hiding God’s Word in our hearts

    Authentic Christian Living team
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    David wrote Psalm 119 and included a powerful example for us: when we know God’s word (hide it in our hearts) we recall it in times where we are tempted to sin.  I know this to be true in my life. Moments when I’m discouraged I remember verses about how treasured I am, and that […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Scripture Memory verses: hiding God’s Word in our hearts appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • 10 Inspirational Quotes from pastors

    MinJea Jung
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    I once heard my pastors compare his job to a waiter. He said his main role was to serve good food to us. Check out these 10 inspirational quotes from pastors that we love. Our prayer is that they will satisfy your appetite! 1. Andy Stanley “when…God initiated his relationship with mankind, it didn’t begin […]Author informationMinJea JungSocial Media Marketing ​Intern | Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics from Emory University '14The post 10 Inspirational Quotes from pastors appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • 15 Bible Verses for scripture memorization

    MinJea Jung
    15 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    Out of more than 31,000 verses in the Bible, we selected these wonderful 15 Bible verses for scripture memorization.  We hope you print them out and take them with you to remember and memorize.  Feel free to Pin them and come back later if that works well for you. 1. 1 Corinthians 13:13 And now these […]Author informationMinJea JungSocial Media Marketing ​Intern | Bachelor of Science – Applied Mathematics from Emory University '14The post 15 Bible Verses for scripture memorization appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • Christmas in July: 16 charities you want to know about

    Authentic Christian Living team
    2 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Today we launch our annual Christmas in July campaign.  Our pages will promote 16 charities that we think are worth noting. If you have Christmas in July ideas, we want to hear them. Will you take 5 minutes to learn about what each of them do? 1. A21 Campaign Work: Be a voice for those in […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Christmas in July: 16 charities you want to know about appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
  • Trusting the Lord with your plans

    Authentic Christian Living team
    13 Jun 2014 | 8:11 am
    Truths to hold onto about the One true God: 1.He is Sovereign.  He is Lord over all and there is nothing that is not in His control. 2. He is Good.  God doesn’t use his control for evil- instead He works all things to His good and perfect will (even our rebellion and sin.) So […]Author informationAuthentic Christian Living teamThe post Trusting the Lord with your plans appeared first on Authentic Christian Living.
 
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    Healthy Spirituality

  • If You Could Ask for One Thing from God – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    That night, there in Gibeon, God appeared to Solomon in a dream: God said, “What can I give you? Ask.” I Kings 3: 5b – The Message #wisdom Lord you tell us to ask you.    Ask for our deepest desires.        Come to you and tell you what we think we need.          That we can approach the Creator of the Universe with even our most meager wants. You say ask.    You listen.        You care.          You respond. Solomon asked for wisdom.    For clarity to discern the twists and turns of life.      To insight to help others and ourselves.       …
  • God Loves Us – Poem by Edwina Gately

    Jean Wise
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    God love us when we cannot; God holds us when we will not; God sees us when wee dare not; God knows us when we do not. But, oh, that we might come To love and hold ourselves, To see and know ourselves, That we might then glimpse God Edwina Gately The post God Loves Us – Poem by Edwina Gately appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Living the Questions

    Jean Wise
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Rilke I used to more uncomfortable with uncertainty. That tension between knowing and the living in the gray area of unknowing. I used to seek the supremacy…
  • What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

    Jean Wise
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    St. Birgitta A few years back a friend causally said to me, “Look back to when you were six or seven or eight, what did you want to be? That is your calling.” I read a new version of this question this weekend – “What did you love doing as a child?” (This question came from a book I am reading that I plan on sharing on this coming Thursday blog. Be sure to come back!) Both questions could be helpful when discerning the next chapter on one’s life. Even if you wanted to be a fireman – maybe you are passionate about helping others. Or what if you wanted to be a rock star – maybe…
  • Undivided Prayer – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Teach me your way, Lord,
 that I may rely on your faithfulness;
 give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86: 11 (NIV) Train me, God, to walk straight; then I’ll follow your true path.
 Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear. Psalm 86:11 (The Message) Lord, you know these verses – in whatever translation – express one of my deepest desires – an undivided heart, living only for you. A heart I cannot mend on my own. I can only offer my tiny, dirty, shattered pieces to you, the great Healer and Restorer. Teach me your…
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    As the Deer

  • Detroit

    Chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Yesterday a group of us drove up to Detroit for a day long mission trip, working with Cass Community Social Services. We were there also in 2011 and 2014 for longer trips. Cass does lots of good work helping the poor and homeless in Detroit. Among their many industries to give people useful work to do, they make glass coasters to sell. A set of four will fit in each of these little boxes, which they also make. The proceeds support Cass, and the process gives the workers satisfaction in producing something with their hands. They showed us how to cut the glass donated for the coasters. I…
  • Advantage

    Chris
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:34 pm
    “I had this advantage, at least, in my mode of life, over those who were obliged to look abroad for amusement, to society and the theatre, that my life itself was become my amusement and never ceased to be novel.” ~Thoreau, Walden
  • Fallingwater

    Chris
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:10 pm
    We attended a family reunion in West Virginia last week. First, second, and third cousins, all descendants of Linda’s father Carl, or his siblings. Perhaps fifty or so there at a resort in the mountains near Beckley. Afterward, as we came home, we detoured through western Pennsylvania to visit Fallingwater, a house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1930s. We took the hour long tour, then spent the night in Donegal before coming home.
  • The Source of Courage

    Chris
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    The Source of Courage (Acts 9:10-19) Many years ago I took a class in calligraphy from Nancy Culmone, a nationally known calligrapher. The week-long class took place at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico. As we all learned our letters, Nancy shared with us about her recent move from Massachusetts to New Mexico. It was a scary change for her. But she said to us, “I have learned in life that what I am most afraid to do usually I most need to do.” Often in life we find ourselves in a place where we are afraid to do something but we also need to do it. We may be afraid to move to a new place, start a…
  • Rural Lenawee

    Chris
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:52 am
    This lovely photo was taken by Lad Strayer, photographer for our local newspaper. He often posts them to Facebook. Lenawee is the name of our county. It is an Indian name that means, I believe, ‘the people.’
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    Joshua Moran Blog

  • Dare To Dream

    Joshua Moran
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:10 pm
    At our church, we are currently going through our God at the Movies series. Yesterday, Pastor Jerry McQuay, spoke a message using The Secret Life of Walter Mitty as the illustration and one of...
  • Stop Being Critical!

    Joshua Moran
    25 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    During a time of prayer and fasting in early 2012, I was radically changed by a simple phrase. “Stop being critical” and I realized that was a deeper issue than I could admit in...
  • Honoring God and Good Decisions

    Joshua Moran
    4 Jan 2014 | 8:50 am
    In my reading today I was struck by Romans 1:21 and the clear delineation between honoring God and futility.  Ever feel like you are “almost” making the best decisions for your life? That sense...
  • Custom Bible Reading Plan – Biblical Divisions in a Year

    Joshua Moran
    1 Jan 2014 | 6:53 pm
    It is that time of year again, the start of a new Bible Reading Plan. I have done quite a few of the Bible In A Year type readings and this year I created...
  • God Does Not Discourage!

    Joshua Moran
    27 Dec 2013 | 8:54 am
    We all face issues of feeling down or discouraged and today was one of those days for me. Ever feel that way? Nothing traumatic or disastrous happened, if you were to reflect on whether...
 
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    The Word Works!

  • THE BELIEVER'S AUTHORITY I

    Tettei Shahday
    11 Jul 2014 | 2:35 am
    Glory be to God for yet another message. It’s been a while, and I hope you’ve been soaring higher and higher by the power of the Holy Ghost and in the Name of Jesus. I want to share something important with you today, and it’s in a five-part series. I pray, that there shall be an extraordinary increase in your knowledge about God and His purpose for your life. I wanted to title this message “We Rule the World”, but all the same it’s all about the Believer’s Authority. Just open your heart as the Spirit of the Lord ministers to you as you go through this message.Satan Showed…
  • THE BELIEVER'S AUTHORITY II

    Tettei Shahday
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:59 am
    God created man to have and walk in authority, having dominion over all things He had created. Man has a desire in himself to be in charge and to be in authority. It’s no surprise because it is a God given right but most at time we do not know how to use it, and therefore abuse it. We were not given authority over each other, neither male nor female. We were also not given authority over angels or demons in the heavenly realm. We were given authority over everything on earth. This means that if angels or demons were on the earth then we had authority over them. Man’s authority was…
  • THE BELIEVER'S AUTHORITY III

    Tettei Shahday
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    The Apostle declares to the saints in Christ: “[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!”(Ephesians 3:19, AMP). If God lives in us, why does he wish for the fullness of God? This is the awakening of the saint to his true self. We have so much in us, but until we have that…
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    Guarding the Heart Blog

  • Heart To Heart With Lee Grady #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Welcome to #GTH500 celebration guest series! See our top 20 posts, previous post from Christa Black and our Instagram contest here. It is my joy to welcome my dear brother, J. Lee Grady to Guarding the Heart Blog again. He is the director of The Mordecai Project, an international missions organization that focuses on confronting gender-based violence and oppression in developing nations. He was the editor of Charisma for many years, and he still continues to write his “Fire in My Bones” column for that magazine every week. He is also the author of several popular books. He and his…
  • Heart to Heart With Christa Black #GTH500 Series

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:28 am
    Welcome to #GTH500 celebration guest series! See our top 20 posts, and the other guest post in this #GTH500 series and our Instagram contest here. We are honoured to have our first guest post from Christa Black who is a Multi-platinum-selling songwriter, powerful speaker, entertainer, and popular blog-author. Christa has traveled the world to speak in international events inspiring thousands to find freedom from addictions, eating disorders, shame, and self-hatred. My wife had her song on repeat for the longest of time. You could hear it and immediately know that it came from a deep place.
  • GTH’s 500th Post and a Mega Celebration!

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    It’s party time on Guarding the Heart (GTH) blog !!! I am extremely excited to announce that you are currently reading our 500th post! Plus, till date we have seen over 1,500,000 views to our blog from across the globe. Download GTH advert banner   Now that calls for a celebration! We celebrate the fact that God has brought us so far. We celebrate the fact that He connected us with you through GTH. In fact, we celebrate you! Thank you for being an integral part of this community. Your comments, likes and shares have been instrumental in helping us reach this milestone. The Best is…
  • 6 Secrets to Overcome Sin

    Guarding The Heart [GTH]
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    The issue of sin is something that a Jesus lover cannot afford to ignore. That’s because our Master said, “If you love Me you will obey My commandments.” Becoming sin conscious certainly does not help anyone overcome sin. But what does help is becoming aware of how our flesh reacts and responds. Knowledge in itself does not set us free, but it shows us clear paths to eliminate distractions. So obviously not from perfection per se, but as someone learning to love Jesus one day at a time, I want to share with you 6 secrets to overcome sin: 1. Don’t Blame Someone Else for…
  • Persecutions in Iraq, Egypt, Nigeria; Former Strip Club to Become Church; Bible Translation Amidst Threats

    Blessen Varghese
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    10,000 Flee Christian Communities in Northern Iraq as Militants Take Control About 10,000 people fled from predominantly Christian communities in Qaraqosh, Iraq, a neighboring city to Mosul where members of the militant group, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have reportedly overrun and are now viciously attacking Christians who fail to pay a poll tax. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees report, “Community leaders say the residents of Qaraqosh fled by bus, car and taxi into northern Iraq’s Kurdistan region on Wednesday night. Many are women and…
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  • Video of the Day: Christina Bianco

    Jeffrey Totey
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Christina Bianco sings 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart' as Adele and others.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Do the Hustle!

    Jeffrey Totey
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    On this day in 1975, the song "The Hustle" became the #1 song in America. Read more about it here.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: July 26, 1975

    Jeffrey Totey
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    "The Hustle" is the #1 Song in AmericaUnlike other dance crazes, it was the dance, “The Hustle,” that inspired the song of the same name by Van McCoy in the 1970’s. McCoy was visiting a friend in New... Read more!
  • Video of the Day: Trailer for "Plan 9 from Outer Space"

    Jeffrey Totey
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Here is a trailer for truly one of Hollywood's worst movies ever made. This one was made by director Ed Wood. Read more about 14 other comedy cult classics here.Posted by http://www.WriterOfPop.net Read more!
  • This Day in Pop Culture: July 25, 1978

    Jeffrey Totey
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    World's First "Test Tube Baby" is Born Lesley Brown had a history of infertility due to a set of blocked fallopian tubes. In November of 1977 she underwent an experimental procedure that removed a... Read more!
 
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  • Jesus is the Gospel; Calvinism is not

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    In a previous post I wrote about the popular misunderstanding of the word “gospel,” that is refers only to receiving eternal life and going to heaven when you die.I then argued that the gospel is everything related to Jesus Christ. Based on this understanding of the word “gospel” it is not wrong to say that the biblical gospel is Jesus Christ, including everything about Him and related to Him. The gospel is centered on Jesus Christ, and everything that emanates from Jesus is “gospel truth.” And what is it that emanates from Jesus Christ? Everything! From the creation of…
  • My wife couldn’t stop laughing as she read this…

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    When I showed this image to my wife, she laughed. She laughed a little too much… It was hard for her to stop laughing… Hmmm… Consider sharing it with others below: If you liked this post, please share it with others!
  • What is the Gospel?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    You don’t have to believe the entire gospel to receive eternal life. And even if you believed in the gospel, you might not be saved.  Do such statements shock you? They should—especially if you hold to one of the traditional (yet not so biblical) definitions for the words “gospel” and “saved.” When most people today hear the sentence “You must believe the gospel to be saved” what actually goes through their mind is this: “Here are the things you must believe in order to go to heaven when you die” (And of course, everyone has a different idea about what we must…
  • Faith is Not a Work; Faith is Not a Gift

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    If we define faith as “confidence” or “conviction” based on the evidence presented, and once we recognize that there is no such thing as “degrees of faith,” then this leads to the truth that faith is not a work. Faith is not a Work If we do not choose to believe something, then it cannot be said in that faith is meritorious. That is, faith does not contribute in any way to our goodness before God. Calvinists often argue that if man “contributes” faith to the process of salvation, then man has done a good work to earn that salvation, which therefore…
  • Are there Degrees of Faith?

    jmyers@tillhecomes.org (Jeremy Myers)
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    Yesterday we defined faith as confidence or conviction. One of the problem people sometimes have with this sort of definition, however, is that we think that there are degrees of faith, or (to put it another way), faith is on a sliding scale, where one end is “wishful-hope-so-thinking” and on the other end is “absolute certainty.” Though lots of people like to talk about “degrees of faith” this is not a proper way of thinking about biblical faith. There are no Degrees of Faith Faith is more like a light switch (and not a dimmer switch!). Just as a light is either…
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  • If You Could Ask for One Thing from God – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:01 am
    That night, there in Gibeon, God appeared to Solomon in a dream: God said, “What can I give you? Ask.” I Kings 3: 5b – The Message #wisdom Lord you tell us to ask you.    Ask for our deepest desires.        Come to you and tell you what we think we need.          That we can approach the Creator of the Universe with even our most meager wants. You say ask.    You listen.        You care.          You respond. Solomon asked for wisdom.    For clarity to discern the twists and turns of life.      To insight to help others and ourselves.       …
  • God Loves Us – Poem by Edwina Gately

    Jean Wise
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    God love us when we cannot; God holds us when we will not; God sees us when wee dare not; God knows us when we do not. But, oh, that we might come To love and hold ourselves, To see and know ourselves, That we might then glimpse God Edwina Gately The post God Loves Us – Poem by Edwina Gately appeared first on Healthy Spirituality.
  • Living the Questions

    Jean Wise
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” Rilke I used to more uncomfortable with uncertainty. That tension between knowing and the living in the gray area of unknowing. I used to seek the supremacy…
  • What Will You Be When You Grow Up?

    Jean Wise
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    St. Birgitta A few years back a friend causally said to me, “Look back to when you were six or seven or eight, what did you want to be? That is your calling.” I read a new version of this question this weekend – “What did you love doing as a child?” (This question came from a book I am reading that I plan on sharing on this coming Thursday blog. Be sure to come back!) Both questions could be helpful when discerning the next chapter on one’s life. Even if you wanted to be a fireman – maybe you are passionate about helping others. Or what if you wanted to be a rock star – maybe…
  • Undivided Prayer – Lectio Divina

    Jean Wise
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:27 am
    Teach me your way, Lord,
 that I may rely on your faithfulness;
 give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86: 11 (NIV) Train me, God, to walk straight; then I’ll follow your true path.
 Put me together, one heart and mind; then, undivided, I’ll worship in joyful fear. Psalm 86:11 (The Message) Lord, you know these verses – in whatever translation – express one of my deepest desires – an undivided heart, living only for you. A heart I cannot mend on my own. I can only offer my tiny, dirty, shattered pieces to you, the great Healer and Restorer. Teach me your…
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  • A Non-Opinion on Israel and Palestine

    Ryan Peter
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:40 am
    The big international news these past two weeks has been the eruption of war in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. Opinions abound. Emotions are charged. Suspicion is high. To be honest, I don’t really have an opinion on the actual conflict. It’s too complex and layered for most of us to actually have a well informed opinion on it that isn’t formed by our prejudice (in my “non-opinion”). To speak on it in any way makes people put you into only one of two camps – either you’re Anti-Semitic or you’re a Zionist. There doesn’t…
  • Why Slow Church Intrigues Me

    Ryan Peter
    5 Jun 2014 | 2:39 am
    I’m not one for the latest and greatest thing, especially when it comes to trends in church leadership and models. In my younger years I was all for everything that was different and cool and underground. These days I still have certain things that I like that others don’t, but I’ve learned that not everyone is the same, and I’ve learned that – when it comes to church trends – fads come and go and when you jump on a fad you confuse and hurt a lot of people and, before you realise it, become irrelevant. Jesus isn’t building his church on fads,…
  • South Africa 2014 Elections: Vote nanny state, or corruption, or human theocracy?

    Ryan Peter
    4 May 2014 | 3:58 am
    After completing a small voting aid tool to help decide on who to vote for out of interest, I found the results thought-provoking – apparently, the number one party I should vote for is the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP); (2) is Cope, (3) is the IFP and (4) is the DA. I was kind of disappointed, to be honest. I was hoping for some unknown choice to pop up. Oh, and last was the ANC. In the interests of interest I thought I would put down what’s really going on in my mind as a white (and therefore formerly privileged), Christian, conservative progressive (if there is such…
  • 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…
 
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  • I Am His And Through Him I Am Victorious!

    Kevin Shorter
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    This is a guest post from Erin Nelson. She a good friend of our family and a board member of our non-profit, Josiah’s Covenant. Her writing will draw you into her experience and her introspection will draw you into her experience with God. Get ready to be released into more He has for you. Through Him you are victorious! The Race Was On It was here that I waited in lake blue, I saw them, kayak red my husband and my littlest, a race was on. I looked down at my daughter and said, ‘let’s beat them!’ I prayed to God and laughed full as I pushed the paddle deep. We were cruising,…
  • Do Not Judge – God Has More For You

    Kevin Shorter
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:41 am
    Do not judge, or you too will be judged.For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. – Matthew 7:1-2 Wisdom tells us to make judgements about many things. Is it safe to move forward? Should I trust this person? How should I act in this type of situation? We are constantly making judgements about things, but are they helping us or hindering us? I Judged Someone Last week I read a comment on Facebook where the person was claiming how they influenced someone else like a mentor. I know both of these individuals, know…
  • The Centrality of Love

    Kevin Shorter
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:01 pm
    It’s As Easy As Riding A Bike Have you ever tried to help someone ride a bike? The things we say often make it harder for this newbie to stay up. Look ahead. Don’t lean. Pedal. Sit straight. Keep the handlebars even. We often give so many instructions that the person is immobilized by all the things they have to remember. We do the exact same thing with Christians. Pray. Read the Bible. Share your faith. Go to church. Memorize Scripture. Go to Bible studies. Spend time with Christians. Serve the poor. And the list goes on and on until the poor Christian burns out on everything…
  • 2 Truths to Revolutionize Your Prayers

    Kevin Shorter
    4 Jul 2014 | 1:51 am
    My college roommate, Larry, loved Jesus. In fact he loved Him so much that many of my Christian friends found him a bit odd. Sometimes it felt Larry was in his own little world with just him and Jesus. We would be together than Larry would spontaneously laugh. When questioned, he would just say Jesus told him a joke. Several times he would just walk away from the group in mid-conversation. When he returned he would tell us that Jesus told him to go talk to someone. Larry either loved and had a special relationship with Jesus, or he was crazy. As Larry’s roommate, I saw a lot of him. He…
  • How Long Should You Pray Each Day?

    Kevin Shorter
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:16 pm
    I have so much to do that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer. – Martin Luther Allison, my wife, was talking to a friend the other day who wanted to grow in intimacy with the Lord. As she listened, this friend shared a conversation she had with a mentor about the topic. The mentor asked her how long did she spend reading the Bible each day, which this lady responded, two hours. Where you and I would congratulate and even admire this devotion, her mentor pointed out this was the problem. She said, “if you want to grow in intimacy with the Lord, you will need to spend at…
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  • Hall of Fame Vocalist to be honored with Governor's Award

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

    Gina Adams
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    "Fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT will simply adore IMPERVIOUS..." -- Pretty Little PagesHeather Letto, author of the new young adult fiction book entitled Impervious (Bookfish), is offering readers a chance to download her entire book for free, one chapter each day,during the month of August.  Additionally, Letto has created a bible study that is also available for free.  The study guide expands on the topic of heaven that the fictional tale of the city of Impervious represents. Letto says the main theme of Impervious revolves…
  • Renowned Speaker and Author says a "Revolution" is needed in America's Schools

    Gina Adams
    30 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    Renowned international speaker and author, Bob Lenz, is releasing his latest book entitled Dignity Revolution: Standing up for the Value of Every Person, co-authored with award-winning educator, Deborah Tackmann. Dignity Revolution is a culmination of Lenz’ three decades of leading assemblies in over 3000 public schools on the issues of bullying, self-harm, suicide and substance abuse. Since 1982, Lenz has reached an estimated four million youth in the U.S. and around the world. Lenz says he hopes the book will begin a national movement among middle…
  • Author and counselor partners with radio station for "Love Helps" campaign

    Gina Adams
    4 Mar 2014 | 5:53 am
    Author and counselor Kristi Lemley participated in WBGL Radio’s “Love Helps” campaign during the month of February.  The station gave away eight free counseling sessions to five select listeners who submitted their story online.  Lemley, who is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, is one of three area counselors who offered their services at no charge. Lemley’s new book, Broken and Transformed: Moving Beyond Life’s Difficult Times, is a culmination of Kristi’s journey through her own pain to find the freedom that Christ offers everyone, regardless of their…
  • Master Illusionist takes his magic and the Gospel to Central America

    Gina Adams
    14 Feb 2014 | 6:52 am
    Master illusionist Scott Humston just returned from his first ministry tour of Central America in the country of Belize, marking the second international tour of his career. During his Central American jaunt, over 1500 children and parents attended his week-long events, with over 100 people making decisions for Christ.  Humston was moved by the people that he met. “I was careful to make sure they understood that as a magician, I do tricks, but God does miracles,” says Humston.  “As with the programs we do for schools and churches here in America, I used a variety of…
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  • The Real Reason why we Fall out of Love

    Sean
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    I don’t know why I’m writing this. Really. I don’t know much about love. It’s such a wide and incomprehensible thought that I will not pretend to know it enough to write this. However for what little I know of love as a lover and husband and soon-to-be dad, I know that there is a way people fall out of love. And that’s what I’m about to tell you. In and Out People fall in love. That much we’re sure of. A guy meets a girl he likes. His heart begins to throb, his mind begins to imagine, his feelings begins to fly. It’s love at first sight. He goes…
  • A Letter to my Firstborn Son

    Sean
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    It’s been a while since I wrote in God and You – perhaps about a month? A lot has happened lately. I’ve co-founded another start-up, Qeryz, a SaaS company that deals with as-you-go microsurveys. It’s been tough and it’s been busy and I wanted to take this time off to write this letter to my son – in hopes of him reading it someday. So here it goes. Son, You are loved. I want you to know that. You’re going to be young, you’re going to be innocent, you’re going to be cute and cuddly and all things a baby boy should be. But someday I know…
  • Why Christians need the Gospel More

    Sean
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:45 am
    We hear the gospel at some point in our lives and we do two main things: accept it or reject it. Christians are people who have accepted the gospel. The problem is, us modern day Christians fail to see is that we still needs the gospel in our daily Christian walk. The Satan Strategy “We begin our discussion of strategies with the case of patients who still live within our magnificent darkness. Perhaps something has piqued their interest to the point that they are willing, even eager to entertain the thought of becoming a  child of the Enemy. But one fact always works in our favor:…
  • “I Fell out of Love for my Wife”

    Sean
    8 Jun 2014 | 7:19 am
    “I fell out of love for my wife.” “I fell out of love for my husband.” Ever heard those phrases before? Our society is plagued by a disturbingly rising divorce rate. I think I found out one simple but profound insight to this problem. Tonight, I asked myself why God did not explicitly command husbands (or wives) to “love your children?” Why is it that the Bible explicitly commanded husbands to love their wives and for wives to submit to their husbands but none of that for the kids? “Wives, submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the…
  • A Special Something for You, Ma

    Angelyn
    31 May 2014 | 2:12 am
    Webmaster’s Note: This is an entry from my beloved wife who expressed her love and gratitude for her mom during our wedding day. As the month of May comes to an end, I would like to once more honor all moms for what they have done, thank them for their sacrifices and respect them for their imperfections. I will be starting my chapter of motherhood soon and by God’s grace, help and Word, I will be able to do as well as how my mother did for my siblings and I. This post is especially for you ma and to all mothers out there. Be reminded that you are blessed, loved and beyond…
 
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  • Support Forgotten Voices this summer at Emma’s Lemonade Stand

    Kathy
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    An 8 year old girl named Emma and her family are spending their summer helping Forgotten Voices! After learning about Forgotten Voices at church, they wanted to find a way to help the children Forgotten Voices supports. So, several Saturdays throughout the summer they are hosting a lemonade stand at their home in Mechanicsburg. Their first sale was Saturday June 28th and their next sale is scheduled for Saturday, July 19th. Be sure to drop by that day anytime between 10am-1pm to buy a cup of cold lemonade, coffee or bake sale item! Look for the “Lemonade Sale” signs to find your…
  • Joy and laughter as we do hard stuff – with pictures

    Ryan
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:06 pm
    It’s summer time. Let’s have fun because life only happens once. We should live, love and rest to do great work, not arrive at a place of absolute exhaustion that stopping just happens. Our Africa Director, Remmy, and I were talking today through some really difficult things happening in the lives of people we serve. Death, anguish, doubting God, etc are all part of the daily pain intersecting with our ministry. Yet, God has called us to be joyful. Even if we spent our lives exhaustively, leaving no ounce of energy left in the day — working until we can no longer stand or…
  • Feature partner: equipping Hope Chapel

    ForgottenVoices
    10 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
                  Hope Chapel is a unique Forgotten Voices partnership. Then again, due to our model of quietly investing in custom plans of local churches doing orphan care, ALL of our partnerships are unique! Here are a few things that make Hope Chapel distinct: - They run a free community school for grades 1-7 - Students receive not only a free education, but free meals during the week. This is essential nutrition that helps kids focus better in school, and supports their overall health, especially for those who are HIV+ and taking anti-retroviral…
  • Planting seeds that matter

    Ryan
    2 Jul 2014 | 8:52 am
    My little 4 year old loves planting seeds and watching them grow. Her little bean plant has now yielded 2 beans. She also helps regularly with our community garden. Avery takes great joy in watching God provide. A little seed she helps plant becomes a plant she can eat. Far more than I, Avery loves to appreciate that simple joy. Reflecting on her joy for gardening as I put her to bed last night, I got to thinking about the seeds of joy that God has planted in the life of Forgotten Voices. Like my daughter’s love, one seed’s life has grown and grown beyond my imagination. Our work…
  • Kids Serving Kids: The Read-A-Thon

    Ryan
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Kids Serving Kids Summer Read-a- thon for Forgotten Voices! Now running from July 1 – August 31, 2014 Step 1: Sign-up here to receive resources to help, encouragement for your child, as well as updates. Step 2: Get resources to help you, including the following: - Ask supporters/friends to join you.  - Get Reading! Track your books. Step 3: Sponsors can securely give here. 100% of $$ goes to Forgotten Voices. Step 4: After you are done, share what you learned. More information on why children are joining the reading fun can be found below… HAPPY READING! JOIN OUR SUMMER…
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  • James Preached that We Should Keep the Ten Commandments, as the Law of Love

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Jas 2:8  If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well. Jas 2:9  But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. Jas 2:10  For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become accountable for all of it. Jas 2:11  For he who said, "Do not commit adultery," also said, "Do not murder." If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. Jas 2:12  So speak and so act as those who are to be…
  • Ask for Anything, and Jesus Will Give It to You

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Well, not exactly. Many pastors would have you believe this - that if you ask for something in Jesus name, and believe that you will get it, you will get it. They teach that there are no boundaries to this truth, but they are mistaken. Joh 15:7  If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.Notice Christ says, "If you abide in me..." which is given in the context of him being the vine and we the branches. Apart from Christ, we can do nothing and receive nothing. So, for starters, we must be abiding in him.And he tells us what…
  • Which is more important to God?

    17 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Luk 6:46  "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?Luk 6:47  Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:Luk 6:48  he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.Luk 6:49  But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that…
  • If You Want More Joy in Your Life, Read This Post

    12 Jul 2014 | 12:07 pm
    If you would like more joy in your life, read THIS.Enjoy!Al
  • Christ, the Anti-type, is the Real Sacrifice

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    The Scriptures are filled with "types." A "type" is a symbol of something else. The something else is called the "anti-type." The type is a foretaste, a shadow of the real thing. The anti-type is the real thing.An example of a type is the animal sacrificial system in the Old Testament Temple. Animals were sacrificed year after year after year. Although actually sacrificed (put to death), they did not actually take away sin. They were symbolic of another sacrifice (the anti-type), which would take away sin - the Lord Jesus Christ. The author of Hebrews writes that the Ceremonial Law,…
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  • The Simple Life

    April Schmidt
    17 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    The simple life. We long for it. Pursue it. Theologize it. Downward mobility, simplicity, reconnecting to the earth—whether the waves are driven by social justice, nostalgia, or ecology— a major current of culture runs toward the simple life. Because this is America (land of the me and home of the crave), our cultural currents appear on the radars of markets. What’s selling now? Anything green—which means cardboard packaging with one-color soy ink. Thrift stores (re-use centers!). Movies where superheroes of former generations inhabit didactic binary worlds. Co-ops; but not belonging…
  • Bases Loaded

    Josh MacIvor-Andersen
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    My three-year-old son and I have spent a lot of time in the front yard this summer, him up by the steps doing his baseball windup in profile, a swift swaying of his arms front to back, front to back, before his pitch, which on a good throw bounces thrice along the sidewalk before hitting my glove. When I bounce it back, he tends to dive for it right before he shifts to slow motion, looking pensive, going inward, rising first to his knees and then to his full height (36 inches). He starts peering into the bushes while I stand quietly by the street pounding my fist into the leather glove I wore…
  • All About Birds

    Angela Doll Carlson
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The yellow-throated warbler prefers tall trees. It lives in the canopies of the highest stands of pine trees in swampy areas for the most part. It is a songbird, a warbler, called so because of the trilling melodies it produces. When it rained hard on our property in Tennessee, the spring fed creek bed would fill, the land around it becoming soupy, the slopes turning slippery. Before a storm the birds would go silent. I would sit and watch from my porch as the clouds rolled in from the north and the west.  But after the storm, the first sound that pierced the air no matter what time of day…
  • AIR Series: Scott Laumann

    Kristin George Bagdanov
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:12 am
    Update: Those in Northern Colorado are welcome to stop by the Ruminate Barn at 1041 N. Taft Hill Rd., Fort Collins this Saturday, July 12th between noon and 4 pm for a studio tour and the chance to purchase Scott’s artwork and prints at a discounted price. Others are encouraged to view Scott’s work on his website and Etsy Store. Thank you to all who joined us on June 28th to celebrate Ruminate’s first installment in the ongoing AIR (artist-in-residence) series, wherein we offer our renovated barn to a select number of artists, providing them space and time to create. For…
  • Four Lemon Slices

    Aubrey Allison
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:12 am
    What words or harder gift does the light require of me carving from the dark this difficult tree? What place or farther peace do I almost see emerging from the night and heart of me? “Hard Night,” Christian Wiman 1. I moved from Texas to Seattle in December, and I only wanted to eat citrus. I wanted bright, sharp lemons to cut through the drizzle of winter. I found a painting by Lee Price called “Lemon Slices III” and I thought, this woman knows. “Lemon Slices III” by Lee Price. Oil on linen. 34″ x 76″ Her posture: trying to find some kind of comfort.
 
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  • WHY THE DEVIL MATTERS

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    27 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” 1Peter 5:8 (KJV) The bible is very fond of metaphors, and 1Peter 5:8 gives us one of the most vivid and scariest ones of all. Thing about it for a minute a roaring lion big angry and its coming after you ! Its enough to keep you up at night isn’t it ? But what makes the Devil so scary ? Why is God through his word so worried about us because of him ? Why should we care ? To understand these question we must understand Satan’s…
  • New Release of GriefShare Prepares Churches for Grief Ministry to Aging Baby Boomers and Their Families

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:17 pm
    With the U.S. elderly population expected to nearly double by 2040, the GriefShare support group program offers churches a vital ministry outlet. WAKE FOREST, N.C., July 22, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Pastors, church staff, and lay leaders searching for ways to improve their church’s bereavement, pastoral care, and outreach ministries have an easy new solution: a fresh, updated edition of GriefShare, a 13-week support group course that ministers to those mourning the loss of a loved one. With a rapidly aging population in the United States — the number of Americans aged 65…
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Schedules Vote on Controversial UN Treaty

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Committee Vote on Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Scheduled for Tuesday, July 22 PURCELLVILLE, Va., July 21, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — The United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled to vote this Tuesday on a treaty that will severely limit the freedoms of Americans if ratified. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has previously failed to garner enough support for ratification, most notably when the treaty fell six votes short in December 2012. Supporters of the treaty, however, feel that this time…
  • THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    By Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield I often warn people about those who worship at The Church of The Almighty Dollar. Unfortunately there are people in our modern society to whom money is morality. There yardstick for the rightness of their actions is last month’s sales rankings, or the latest quarterly earnings report. Such people are anchoring their morality in loose sand ! Morton Blackwell founder of the Leadership Institute in Virginia once said “ Don’t fully trust someone until he has stuck with a good cause which he saw was loosing.” Now Blackwell at the time was talking about…
  • #Firefighters Are You Facing Hard Times? Help is on the way:

    Rev. Robert A. Crutchfield
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    IN HIS LATEST ARTICLE ANDY STARNES ONCE AGAIN SHARES WITH US HIS UNIQUE “FIREGROUND” PERSPECTIVE ON THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, AND ITS APPLICATION TO OUR DAILY LIVES. HIS ARTICLE CONTAINS USEFUL INSIGHTS FOR ANYONE FACING TOUGH CHALLENGES IN THEIR LIFE.-PASTOR CRUTCHFIELD   By Andrew J. Starnes “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope. “ Romans 5:3 How do we glory in our sufferings? Not many of us look at the problems of life as something to be happy about. As…
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  • No Faith On The Factory Floor

    Richie
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Just perform, conform and comply! Does that picture look familiar? Is mainstream religion (through a mixture of law and grace) educating believers out of the freedom and faith Christ gave them? This clip asks that important question.
  • Ego, Law and Grace

    Richie
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    When the apostle Paul said he had been crucified with Christ, what exactly did he mean? And if he was dead, what life was Paul living? This message unpacks Galatians 2:20 in a powerful way, and reveals the profound contrast between self (ego) and the Law given by Moses to deal with it, and the reality of [...]
  • All Answered At The Cross (The Lord’s Prayer)

    Richie
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Do you pray the Lord’s prayer? It’s innocent, but unnecessary. Why, because each aspect of the “model prayer” got answered through Christ on the cross at Calvary. Born under the Law, Jesus was confined to its perimeters when teaching. Much of what He taught related directly to those who had been raised and educated under the legal [...]
  • Who Turned The Lights Out?

    Richie
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:56 pm
  • Blood And Water

    Richie
    22 May 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Life experience is natural before it is spiritual. That changes when we meet Jesus. What was natural becomes spiritual. And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. ~ 1 Corinthians [...]
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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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  • Delight Yourself in the Lord and He Will Give You the Desires of Your Heart

    Steve Fuller
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Desires of Your Heart Our hearts are always full of desires. Whether it’s desire for food, or friends, or God, or sex – at every waking moment we are always desiring something. Which is why the promise of Psalm 37:4 captures our attention – Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Powerful promise.  But what does it mean? Some think it means that if I delight in God, then he will give me whatever else I desire, whether it be a job or health or a new car. But there are a couple reasons I don’t think that’s what this promise…
  • What’s the Root Cause of My Sin?

    Steve Fuller
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I’ve Never Heard That! A while back a woman in our home group shared that she was having a hard time being patient with her children. The group rallied around her, loving her and encouraging her and pointing her to Christ. Then she asked – “So how can I become more patient?  What can I do?” I mentioned that since sin is caused by unbelief, she could grow in patience by seeing which of Christ’s promises she was not trusting, and fighting the fight of faith to trust those promises. She looked shocked, and said “Sin is caused by unbelief?  Are you sure?
  • What God Did in India, the Northern Highlands, and Thailand

    Steve Fuller
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Mission Trip Jan and I just returned from a 3 1/2 week mission trip. We went to India and a place that for security reasons we called “the Northern Highlands,” where we joined a Training Leaders International team in helping pastors grow in studying and preaching God’s Word. We also went to Thailand, where we visited dear friends who were sent out from our church to work with an unreached Muslim people group. Thank You We could tell that many of you were praying for us, because we saw so much evidence of God’s grace – Helping me teach in India’s heat.
  • Blog Posts to Strengthen Your Prayer Life

    Steve Fuller
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Prayer Jesus calls us to pray night and day (Luke 18:7). James says our prayers will have great power (James 5:16). And Paul calls us to be constant in prayer (Romans 12:2). So while I am still away on a mission trip, I thought I would share some recent blog posts on prayer, hoping that God would use them to strengthen your prayer life. So here are five recent blog posts on prayer –   Promises for Those with Unannswered Prayer Here are some promises from God’s Word to strengthen you when your prayers are unanswered.       How to Pray When You Feel Devastated…
  • Posts on the Fight of Faith

    Steve Fuller
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Fight of Faith That’s what Paul calls the Christian life in 1 Timothy 6:12 and in 2 Timothy 4:7. Everything we need flows from faith in Christ, including – The provision of the Spirit (Galatians 3:5) Obedience (Hebrews 11:8) Love for others (Galatians 5:6) Peace (Isaiah 26:3) Joy (Philippians 1:25) Overcoming of the world (1 John 5:3-5) Spiritual life (John 20:31) Power to extinguish Satan’s flaming darts (Ephesians 6:16) But this raises a question – How Do I Fight This Fight? Here are some blog posts that I hope will help answer this question, and encourage you in the fight…
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  • I don’t get what I see around me

    Rey Lo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:20 pm
    I was engaged in a conversation today. It was about being the kind of friend you want others to be to you. But, what if a person can’t be the kind of person they want to be. Maybe past hurts have damaged their ability to engage with others in a healthy way? What if they’ve identified […]
  • I’m some kind of crazy

    Rey Lo
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:51 pm
    In 1994 I experienced a moment of clarity. For the previous couple of years I had been volunteering with a student outreach program at my church. I had never worked with teenagers before. The students were pretty diverse, but I found myself drawn to the ones who didn’t typify what you might expect from church kids. They were the […]
  • If it Feels Good, Do(n’t do) It?!

    Rey Lo
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    Originally posted on The Barefoot Pastor:MAYBE IT’S TIME TO GET A LITTLE UNCOMFORTABLE… One of the greatest tragedies, (in my opinion), is people blindly following what society tells us is right, or popular, or trendy, or Ke$ha! Interestingly, the people that we admire are the few who say, “who cares what is popular?? I’m doing…
  • What’s Best about the Team

    Rey Lo
    16 Jun 2014 | 8:47 am
    Being a native San Antonian, I’m pretty excited to see our San Antonio Spurs win their fifth NBA title in fifteen years. Among the multiple accolades and records broken by the core members of this team – Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and coach Gregg Popovich – what impresses me most has less to do […]
  • Imagine

    Rey Lo
    7 Jun 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Over the last year since my kids started their band I’ve had the opportunity to rub shoulders with a ton of people in the local music community. Bands, managers, promoters, bartenders, venue owners…and they’re all pretty amazing people. Each of them is pursuing a dream at one level or another. Some are artists looking to […]
 
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    Catholic Spiritual Growth» Gaudium Veritatis (The Joy of the Truth)

  • Christian Friendship - How Friendship Lifts Our Hearts to God (Friendship Feeds Faith)

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:36 pm
    There are many benefits to cultivating a good Christian friendship, from making us smarter to making us better people to teaching us how to love. But there is one benefit of friendship that exceeds all others. As important as friendship is, it is not an end in itself. Friendship cannot bring us perfect happiness in which we can rest and desire nothing else. Why not? Because even without fallen human nature, human friendship has limits that keep it from completely satisfying the human heart. Friendship Fails to Satisfy Relationships are the highest of created goods. In other words, they have…
  • Christian Friendship Keeping Us Accountable and Making Us Better (Sometimes Despite Ourselves)

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Christian Friendship Keeping Us Accountable and Making Us Better (Sometimes Despite Ourselves) by Jeff Arrowood
  • Christian Friendship - Who Knew It Could Make You Smarter?

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:11 pm
    Friendship Makes You Smarter by Jeff Arrowood
  • Christian Friendship - See People for Who They Really Are

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The old saying, “Love is blind” comes from literature. Geoffrey Chaucer and William Shakespeare both used the phrase for satire and comedy. But our culture embraced it as a truism meaning that love overlooks the details of personality, especially the faults. What a great example of how clueless our culture can be about relationships. In fact, one of the greatest benefits of Christian friendship is that it opens the mind to intimacy. When we love someone, we desire to know that person, even when knowledge of their not-so-good traits come with that intimacy. Yet, it’s true that we are…
  • Nurturing Christian Friendship with the Gift of Intimacy

    Jeffrey Arrowood
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    A good Christian friendship is a gift from God. But like all areas of Catholic spiritual growth, keeping a Christian friendship strong requires some conscious, deliberate effort. One of the most important strategies for building strong Christian friendships is to give the relationship the gift of time. But the time you spend with each other does not always hold the highest value in and of itself. Quality and quantity BOTH matter. This is where I have personally gone wrong in most of my friendships. I am more than willing to spend time with close friends. I am not a good communicator. And…
 
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  • Scripture for July 28: Have mercy on me Lord

    Christian
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. (Psalm 86:3-7) (16)
  • Let the dead bury their own dead – why did Jesus say that?

    Christian
    18 Jan 2014 | 2:42 am
    We read the story of ‘let the dead bury their own dead’ in Luke and Matthew. Jesus asked someone to follow him, but he wanted to bury his dead father first. Jesus told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead”. Was Jesus against the young man burying his father? Let us start with Bible verses Luke’s version of let the dead bury their own dead As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head. “He said to another man, “Follow me.”…
  • Antichrist: Bible verses about antichrist

    Christian
    17 Jan 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Are there any Bible verses about the antichrist? Who exactly is the antichrist? Is he or she a person with two horns and a tail? No. The Bible says anyone who denies the divinity of Jesus is an antichrist.  Here are three Bible verses about antichrist. Three Bible verses about antichrist Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come…..It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever…
  • The books of the Bible: How many books are there in the Bible?

    Christian
    13 Jan 2014 | 1:59 am
    Depending on the denomination you belong to, the number of books of the Bible varies. Non-Catholic denominations consider 66 books of the Bible as canonical (officially accepted as genuine). The Catholic denomination includes additional 15 books in the Old Testament.  Catholics speak of these books of the Bible as ‘deuterocanonical’ to indicate that their canonical status was settled later than that of the other canonical books. Non-Catholics usually refer to these books as Apocrypha.   Books of the Bible Below is the list of the books of the Bible, with deuterocanonical/Apocrypha…
  • Scripture for January 6

    Christian
    31 Dec 2013 | 5:50 am
    Scripture for January 6 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4) Scripture for January 6 (44)
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  • The 500 Word Manuscript

    Kenton Anderson
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    So how much manuscript should a preacher use? Does a sermon manuscript keep a preacher from rambling into irrelevance, or does it stifle and inhibit communication? A more oral and in-the-moment approach can keep the sermon from feeling like it … Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    A Life of Gratitude

  • Celebrating a New Little Life!

    Tori Shaw
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:40 pm
    My sister in law, Christie, and my best friend, Melissa, threw the most amazing shower for me this afternoon! There were cute little owls all over the house! I love seeing pink, purple, and yellow... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • What does it represent???

    Tori Shaw
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    "Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth." Genesis 9:16 Tonight Bryan and I... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Tea for Two

    Tori Shaw
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:22 pm
     A couple of weeks ago my sweet husband surprised me with a groupon for "Tea for Two" at the JH Adams Hotel. He bought it especially for me and my best friend, Melissa, so we could have some time to... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Showered with love and lots of PINK!

    Tori Shaw
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Today I was showered with lots of love and even more pink in honor of our sweet little Allison! My friend, Alicia, and my sister in law, Darcie, threw a beautiful shower for me. We had a wonderful... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
  • Their Greatest Prayer Warriors!

    Tori Shaw
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:19 pm
    "Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children..." Lamentations... To read today's full post, please go to the following link: http://torishaw.blogspot.com/
 
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  • Random Thoughts About Practical Living In College

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    by Chuck Bomar with More than Dodgeball In the back of my newly released book, “Ready. Set. Next.” I listed out a bunch of thoughts. Some of which are more serious than others. This is my first fictional book, but it’s obviously driven by real life circumstances and situations and is centered around topics I think are critical for people to think through. The book is based on the journey of three people after they graduate high school. They are from three different backgrounds, have totally different personalities, are going in three different directions and asking totally…
  • 'Multiplied' | NEEDTOBREATHE [Official Video]

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    by Madyson Russell with FV EditorsNEEDTOBREATHE's "Multiplied" from the album "Rivers In the Wasteland" - available now: http://smarturl.it/NTBwasteland For more information please visit: www.needtobreathe.com
  • 'I Found You' | Anthony Evans

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    by Madyson Russell with FV EditorsMusic video by Anthony Evans performing I Found You. © 2014 Anthony Evans
  • The Dying Wish of a 16-Year-Old Girl

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    by Madyson Russell with FV EditorsKaitlin Boyda was diagnosed with the unthinkable — terminal brain cancer at the age of 16. She used her dying wish to raise over 300k for clean water in Uganda. Her legacy continues to bring life today. Question: What selfless action can you take today to help someone in need?
  • The Benefits of a Website Sandbox

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    by Stephen Morrissey with Church Web Strategies Sandboxes are an amazing place for children to play. They can dig, build, explore, and imagine so many things. Castles, fortresses, caves, battlefields, and racetracks were some of my favorite creations. Yet I never recall being upset that those creations would eventually crumble in a few days. It was the journey, not the destination that was the fun part. Websites are all too often the exact opposite. It is a rush to build the site, exploring ideas is often viewed as wasted effort, and the finished product is expected to stand on its own for…
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    Global Church

  • Tales of Miracles from the Side of the Road

    Craig
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Prem Dham is a special place. It is a home filled with street children, runaways, and those from poor families. It is also a refuge for adults and children who are developmentally disabled or mentally ill. Jesus loves the least of these through caring believers in this community. Human life is not valued in many places in the world. As you can imagine, it’s worse for those who are disabled in some manner. In India, a combination of deeply rooted poverty, superstition, and certain Hindu beliefs has created a well of suffering for those already at a disadvantage in life. The orphanage…
  • Fourth-Grader Benon Chooses Life

    Craig
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    “I call Heaven and Earth to witness against you today: I place before you Life and Death, Blessing and Curse. Choose life so that you and your children will live. And love God, your God, listening obediently to him, firmly embracing him. Oh yes, he is life itself, a long life settled on the soil that God, your God, promised to give your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (The Message). Benon, a fourth grader from Uganda, believed he was ugly and his mother hated him. He tried to end his life on three separate occasions. Benon’s parents separated and more…
  • Young Disciples Stand Firm: A Report from the Frontlines

    Craig
    10 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    The Gospel is taking hold in the world and the youngest believers have found themselves on the frontlines of faith. Nine year-old Rushita and eleven year-old Rukmini are two disciples of Jesus battling for their faith. The girls live in a slum and attend the Life Club, one of 239 Clubs covering 7,000 children in India. The Clubs are the hallmark of David C Cook’s orphan initiative. “There was no peace in our home,” said Rukmini. “My parents were furious about the Club. Arguments broke out often. My dad scolded my mother for not keeping an eye on us.” The girls’ parents were strict…
  • Redemption in Uganda

    Craig
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Maggie comes from a large family. Yet at 12 years old she found herself alone and destitute. A few months ago, she was placed in an orphanage in Uganda. Her story is far from over, however. She has tasted redemption. Maggie comes from a polygamous family where many children vie for limited resources. Unfortunately, her father has not put her at the top of the pecking order. This means that food, clothing and education are in short order. Upon her arrival at the orphanage, she told the caretakers she was in primary school at grade level. They introduced her to schoolbooks and classes, and…
  • Standing in the Gap for Local Pastors

    Craig
    25 Jun 2014 | 3:03 pm
    “I am the son of a farmer, and though I am illiterate, God chose me to be in His ministry 10 years ago. Many people in my church are uneducated. God gave me vision to lead these believers but I lacked training and materials. I prayed for a new thing to help. And God answered. Thanks be to God!” This short and powerful testimony comes from Bikesh, a rural pastor in central Nepal. He received an SD chip chock full of Warren Wiersbe Bible commentaries in the Nepali language. The chip fits neatly into his phone and provides 90 hours of biblically sound, professionally mastered audio teaching,…
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  • Precious life

    Pamela Rose Williams
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:46 pm
    I saw this lovely video and just had to share it with you. Think about how God forms life and develops it in the womb of a mother. Watch the video and then share it with someone who needs to learn the truth. Post by Travis Cryer. Thanks to Travis Cryer who posted this on his Facebook.
  • As More Schools Ban Paddling, Others Defend It

    News
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    by Rachel Chason | Religion News Service (RNS) The use of corporal punishment on disobedient students — commonly known as paddling — will be banned this coming school year in three counties in Florida and two in North Carolina. That still leaves hundreds of school districts in the 19 states where the practice is still legal. As the number of studies showing the negative effects that corporal punishment can have on children has increased, the number of students paddled in public schools nationally has decreased — going from 342,038 in 2000 to 217,814 in 2009-10, according to the…
  • Why Young Evangelicals are Moving to Poor Areas

    News
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:49 am
    by Eric Metaxas | BreakPoint photo credit: photobucket.com A recent article in al-Jazeera America provided an inspiring glimpse of what restoration looks like. You heard me correctly: al-Jazeera. The article, “Downwardly Mobile for Jesus,” tells the story of what sociologist James Bielo of Miami University calls a “hot thing”: younger evangelicals moving back into the city, not out of a desire to enjoy the attractions of city life, but out of Christian commitment to make a difference in poor neighborhoods. The story focused on families in Baltimore’s Sandtown neighborhood, a…
  • The Church of England Votes to Ordain Women

    News
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    by Al Mohler | President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Writing about the age of John Milton, the British author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had once been a time when bishops of the Church of England were titanic figures of conviction who were ready to stand against the culture. “It needs an act of supreme historical imagination to be able to recapture an atmosphere in which Anglican bishops might be taken seriously,” he wrote, “still more, one in which they might be thought threatening.” Keep that in mind as you read the news that…
  • Why Women Need to Stop Judging Each other

    News
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
    by Kelly Givens of iBelieve.com “Mothering a mess of kids is as important as preaching to a stadium for a month of Sundays.” Ladies, let these words from Ann Voskamp sink in and settle on your heart. Do you believe them? In the day-to-day of carpools, soothing babies or putting in overtime at work, what you do can feel inconsequential, unappreciated, unglamorous. But the work you are doing is just as important as the work of Max Lucado or any other ministry leader. In fact, Max Lucado himself will be the first to admit it. Ann writes: “I begged grace from Max Lucado a few weeks ago…
 
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    Eric Metaxas

  • Oxford, England

    Eric Metaxas
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Eric will speak at the C.S. Lewis Foundation’s 2014 Oxbridge Conference in England. This conference takes place in Oxford and Cambridge, and runs from July 21st through 31st. For more information, click here.
  • Communion on the Moon: July 20th, 1969

    Eric Metaxas
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Forty-five years ago today two human beings changed history by walking on the surface of the moon.   But what happened before Buzz Aldrin (pictured in the LM, left) and Neil Armstrong exited the Lunar Module is perhaps even more amazing, if only because so few people know about it. I’m talking about the fact that Buzz Aldrin took communion on the surface of the moon.  Some months after his return, he wrote about it in Guideposts magazine.  And a few years ago I had the privilege of meeting him myself.  (See photo below.)   I asked him about it and he confirmed the story to me, and…
  • “What the Bird Said Early in the Year”

    Eric Metaxas
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This week I’ve had the tremendous privilege of being in Oxford to shoot a small-group dvd series about C.S.Lewis, due out early next year. You can see photos here. I’ll be adding more each day. Today we shot behind Magdalen College, on Addison’s walk, where late one September night in 1931 J.R.R. Tolkien, Hugo Dyson, and Lewis took a walk. Tolkien got Lewis to consider the idea that Jesus’s incarnation, death, and resurrection were a myth that was also historically true. Nine days later, after a motorcycle ride to the Whipsnade Z00, Lewis assented to that idea, and…
  • Holy Talkshow, Batman! It’s Dick Cavett!!!

    Eric Metaxas
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    One of the true privileges of my life has been to befriend the great Dick Cavett, whose Emmy-winning tv show has been a major inspiration for Socrates in the City. I recently had the honor of speaking at a gala celebration of his career at the Museum of Broadcasting in Chicago — and was able to reprise Red Buttons’ famous “Never got a dinner!” routine. “Why!? WHY are we giving this man a dinner?! So how terrific that this master interviewer (pictured interviewing Groucho) has agreed to be the first-ever guest host on Oct. 28th to interview yours truly on the…
  • My new book is finished! It’s a Miracle!

    Eric Metaxas
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:07 am
    Have you ever wondered what a miracle is, or why miracles happen — or how miracles can change your life? What a coincidence — or is it a miracle? — because I’ve written a NEW book titled Miracles: What They Are, Why They Happen, and How They Can Change Your LifeThe book will be launched on Oct. 28th at a special Socrates in the City event with our first ever guest host, none other than TV legend and Emmy Award-winning talk show host, Mr. Dick Cavett! He will interview me on the subject of miracles — but the event will be simulcast so anyone can watch it. Stay…
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    Pathways International » Miguel

  • Kingdom Theology vs. Church Theology?

    Miguel
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    I just got an email from Dr. Scot McKnight.  Among other things, it contained this paragraph: I wanted to personally let you know about a local event I am speaking at that will interest you. I speak at lots of conferences and in churches and I have been watching a trend that deeply concerns me because it is shaking the importance of the church. An increasing number of our most gifted young Christians are choosing not to go into local church ministry and are choosing instead international NGOs, local social agencies or even local, state or federal politics. Propping up these choices is a…
  • Fighting According to God’s Rules of Engagement.

    Miguel
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. And we will be ready to punish every act of disobedience, once your obedience is complete.” 2 Corinthians 10:4-6 Paul uses some highly militaristic language in these verse.  The rules of war here are: Destroying defensive fortifications. Taking captives. and Punishing resistance when the…
  • Does Creed Kill Mission?

    Miguel
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In the book, Great Commission, Great Confusion, or Great Confession: The Mission of the Holy Christian Church. By Rev. Lucas V. Woodford, he states that“The church has always been accompanied by creeds” (16), and always should be. Exploring the life of the church through the lens of the Apostles’ Creed will “radically celebrate the centrality of the Gospel in the life of the church” and specifically, mission. He also says that “The recent Great Commission emphasis has a recurring tendency to lose sight of the Gospel itself and subsequently create significant confusion…
  • Is It Time For A DNR on APEST?

    Miguel
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
    What’s a DNR? A DNR is an order not to resuscitate a person who has stopped breathing by trying to breathe life back into them. What’s APEST? APEST in an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11 ~ “So Christ himself gave the Apostles, the Prophets, the Evangelists, the Shepherd/pastors and Teachers.” What’s more important? Identifying who’s who in the spiritual gifts department or recognizing what people are gifted in what ways for God’s purposes, Kingdom living, and the edification of the church body? For example, what does a post resurrection prophet do? How can the…
  • A Crisis of Sorts Regarding APEST

    Miguel
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    First, what’s APEST?  APEST in an acronym for the people gifts in Ephesians 4:11: “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherd/pastors and teachers.” The purpose of these gifts are for the current equipping of God’s people for works of service, for the building up of God’s body (Church), for reaching towards unity in the faith, for attaining maturity through a knowledge (knowledge gained through first-hand relationship – properly, “contact-knowledge” - perception, discernment, recognition, intuition.),…
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  • Scripture for July 28: Have mercy on me Lord

    Christian
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:50 am
    Have mercy on me, Lord, for I call to you all day long. Bring joy to your servant, Lord, for I put my trust in you. You, Lord, are forgiving and good, abounding in love to all who call to you. Hear my prayer, Lord; listen to my cry for mercy. When I am in distress, I call to you, because you answer me. (Psalm 86:3-7) (16)
  • Let the dead bury their own dead – why did Jesus say that?

    Christian
    18 Jan 2014 | 2:42 am
    We read the story of ‘let the dead bury their own dead’ in Luke and Matthew. Jesus asked someone to follow him, but he wanted to bury his dead father first. Jesus told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead”. Was Jesus against the young man burying his father? Let us start with Bible verses Luke’s version of let the dead bury their own dead As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head. “He said to another man, “Follow me.”…
  • Antichrist: Bible verses about antichrist

    Christian
    17 Jan 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Are there any Bible verses about the antichrist? Who exactly is the antichrist? Is he or she a person with two horns and a tail? No. The Bible says anyone who denies the divinity of Jesus is an antichrist.  Here are three Bible verses about antichrist. Three Bible verses about antichrist Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come…..It is whoever denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a person is the antichrist—denying the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever…
  • The books of the Bible: How many books are there in the Bible?

    Christian
    13 Jan 2014 | 1:59 am
    Depending on the denomination you belong to, the number of books of the Bible varies. Non-Catholic denominations consider 66 books of the Bible as canonical (officially accepted as genuine). The Catholic denomination includes additional 15 books in the Old Testament.  Catholics speak of these books of the Bible as ‘deuterocanonical’ to indicate that their canonical status was settled later than that of the other canonical books. Non-Catholics usually refer to these books as Apocrypha.   Books of the Bible Below is the list of the books of the Bible, with deuterocanonical/Apocrypha…
  • Scripture for January 6

    Christian
    31 Dec 2013 | 5:50 am
    Scripture for January 6 When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise— in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Psalm 56:3-4) Scripture for January 6 (44)
 
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    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog

  • No basis for discourse

    Mark McIntyre
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:09 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture If I say that I like red cars, it is not logical to conclude that I think that all non-red cars should be immediately assigned to the scrap pile. It is true that I like red cars, but for a variety of reasons, none of the cars that are currently in my driveway are red. I don’t hate non-red cars. A positive statement about one color of car is not an implied hatred of all other colors. To think so is a logical fallacy. But on several hot-button issues in our day, this understanding of logic seems to…
  • 12 Signs of a Controlling Church Pastor

    Mark McIntyre
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture I don’t often do blog re-posts, but this is one I have to pass on. Below are the first six signs as related by Jose Bosque in the article of the title “12 Signs of a Controlling Church Pastor”: First, he acts like he is the Source and the Owner of the Vision. He travels but you don’t. It all about you helping him achieve “his Ministry”. He travels because he loves the worship given to Americans in third world countries. He is not a Gatekeeper; he is more like a Prison warden. No…
  • Christianity Boosts Education, Quality of Life in Asian Countries

    Sarah Brooks
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture This is a guest post by Sarah Brooks whose biographical information appears in the author box below this post. If you would like to provide a guest post to Attempts at Honesty, please see the guest post guidelines and contact me if you are interested in providing a post. Sarah Writes Although often considered a primarily Western religion due to its prominence in the Americas and Europe, Christianity has always had a strong presence in Asia. Between the 1st and 14th centuries CE, Christianity spread…
  • Tim Keller on the Gospel

    Mark McIntyre
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:06 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture It is quite easy to assume that if we understand the gospel accurately and preach it faithfully, our ministry will necessarily be shaped by it. – but this is not true. Many churches subscribe to gospel doctrines but do not have a ministry that is shaped by, centered on, and empowered through the gospel. Its implications have not yet worked their way into the fabric of how the church actually does ministry. These churches’ theological vision has likely arisen from something other than…
  • The fight against inanity

    Mark McIntyre
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    Attempts at Honesty Christian Blog - Reflections on the interplay of the Bible and Culture Warning: if you are put off by a few profanities and a misunderstanding of Calvinism, then please do not click the link below. If, on the other hand, you would like to engage with the culture around you, then please read the article.  I ran across a post entitled The Bullshit Machine which I found challenging and thought I would share it with you. I am not sharing this for shock value, nor do I do it gratuitously. I realize that I risk alienating readers who frown upon the use of profanity, but the…
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    Before The Cross

  • How is Christianity Relevant Today?

    Mike Mobley
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:31 pm
    At first glance, Christianity might seem to be just another ancient religion, based on events that took place and beliefs that were formulated 2,000 years ago. However, if someone were to actually look into Christianity, they would see that Christianity answers the basic questions of human existence in ways that ring true in any time period. This not only makes Christianity relevant, but timeless. Where Did I Come From?  Like many religions and scientific inquiries, Christianity confronts the question of where things started. The Creator is a living person and a loving parent, not just a…
  • Grateful For Those Who Have Gone Before Us

    Mike Mobley
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Sometimes I get so focused on the here and now within ministry and our culture, that I forget many have gone before us in terms of spreading the Gospel and loving others. Am I alone in this? I’m quickly reminded (I believe by the Holy Spirit) to share the same message that’s been shared for hundreds of years, and to be persistent day by day just like how people did it in the past. Here are some names you might know from the past. This isn’t to get us to think “who will be the great names of our time,” but more to broaden our horizons and realize the Church is…
  • Finding Hope in the Fight

    Chris Howard
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:55 am
    There was trouble when the morning dawned. The fifteen of us arrived after a near-sleepless 10-hour train trip from Delhi to Varanasi, India the afternoon before. After lunch with our missionary couple hosts and some time prayer walking along the Ganges River, we finally settled down at our hotel after a home-cooked dinner. Most of our team didn’t know three of our leaders fell to a stomach illness in the early morning hours and required a trip to the local hospital. We woke up to the disheartening news. I personally wondered if we’d continue with the original plan to boat along the…
  • Top 15 Posts for 300,000 Views

    Mike Mobley
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    We are celebrating post #400 today along with 300,000 views! Thank you all so much for your continued support by reading our posts, sharing, and praying for us. No doubt lives have been impacted by sharing the love of Christ. Our prayer is that God continues to be glorified through the next 300,000 views, more people would believe and put their trust in Jesus, and that His Church will continue to be built up in the process. Top 15 Posts for 300,000 Views 1. What’s Wrong With Living Together Before Marriage? The Bible is clear on how it defines marriage between one man and one woman. That…
  • Summer of God

    Chris Howard
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    There’s an episode of Seinfeld in which the character George Costanza claims the upcoming summer will be the best one ever. He claims it will be “the summer of George”. Events occur thereafter and ensure his summer will not go as planned. At the end of the episode, we hear him bemoan, “It was supposed to be the summer of George.” Don’t you love it when plans go awry? I didn’t think so. The truth is, we can plan to go here or do that and it may happen the way we envision it. But often, the plans can also go by the wayside as a new set of plans is unveiled. It’s how we respond…
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    My Freshly Brewed Life

  • Journey To The High Places: Fearing Invasion (Week 2)

    Barbie
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:31 pm
    This week brings us to Much-Afraid excitedly anticipating her departure to the High Places with the Shepherd.  However, things do not go according to plan. There are a few things that stood out to me in this chapter, that I’ve been pondering all week. It was not until the Shepherd marked Much-Afraid with His Love that she could sing joyful songs.  She knew in her heart then that the Shepherd saw not her blemishes, but loved her for the beauty that was still yet to be. This so often parallels my own life.  I continue to put too much focus on my own blemishes and shortcomings.  Yet, I…
  • The Weekend Brew: When You’re Reminded of Your Destiny

    Barbie
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    Seven years ago, a group of ladies from my church all got together and created art.  We prayed, asked the Lord for words for those in our community and got busy painting. We gave the pieces away, but before we did, my Pastor’s wife scanned them all into her computer.  Tonight, I was helping her print some things for a ministry trip.  I asked her if she happened to have any of the pieces I did that night.  I was completely amazed at what she  had. This painting was one of my first prophetic painting pieces.  This was done in 2007, and I started my blog in 2008.  Seeing this…
 
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    Interpulpit

  • Be a Spiritual Person

    Rick
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
      What does it mean to be a spiritual person? Many can miss out on the blessings in Christ, even though they hold all the right Christian beliefs and values. Jesus said, “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38). Why is it that so many Christians complain of thirst and emptiness when it comes to the Lord? Jesus spoke this about the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit had not yet been given. But now that Jesus has been glorified, and the Spirit was given at…
  • Power From on High

    Rick
    2 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
      Before Jesus left this earth to ascend to the Father, He promised that He would send us the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. He spoke of the Holy Spirit as not just being with His disciples, but being IN them (John 14:17). And then they would know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you (vs.20). Are you also His disciple? Do you believe this is true of you? If this is true, why is it that the church has historically taught such a helpless Christianity? Why have we been taught that the best we can do is simply trust God that one day it will all be ok in the end? If the Holy Spirit…
  • Helpless Christianity?

    Rick
    14 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
      Why has the church majored on submitting to troubles with nothing more than a hope that God will somehow make everything well in the end? Why have we been taught such a helpless Christianity? Especially when: Jesus, in John 17:23, prayed that He would be in us and the Father in Him and that we would be made perfect in one And John wrote: greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world (1John 4:4). And Paul wrote: he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. (1Cor.6:17) And Peter said that we might be partakers of the divine nature (2Pet.1:4). And Romans 5:17 says that we…
  • Conformed or Transformed?

    Rick
    6 Jun 2014 | 6:57 pm
      Paul instructed, be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2). To be conformed means to be passively fashioned or molded. You don’t have to do anything, you just get shaped. The influences of the world easily settle in and have effects on your life when you do nothing to guard against them. Then as you operate in the same fashion as the world, you reap the same results. On the other hand, being transformed brings God results.   Therefore, if you don’t want to be conformed, it’s imperative that you take measures to guard…
  • The Exceeding Greatness of His Power

    Rick
    15 May 2014 | 7:46 am
      The Church is not a social club that happens to espouse good morals and values. At least it shouldn’t be. We celebrate a gospel of POWER. There is wonder working power in the blood of the Lamb! It conquers sin and changes lives! True Christians are in on this, yet many still come short of all the power that is really available to them. Besides life changing power, there is also power to do the very works of Jesus. Most Christians don’t have a problem acknowledging that God is powerful. The problem is that they don’t acknowledge or understand that His power is in them and working…
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    Half Baked Lobster

  • A Stitch In Time: A Man And His Son

    phill longmire
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    A Stitch in Time As the 84 white ford pickup came to a screeching halt, a small billow of smoke trickled out of the exhaust. Rain poured so hard you would expect the Morgan salt girl to walk by. With closer examination, you could see a conversation taking place within the cab of the truck. The first silhouette looked like a man in his 40s, lean and strong, with features mimicking the Marlboro man. The second figure looked 14, alert and posed to take on the world. As the truck chugged at the deserted stop sign, it seemed they were making a decision, or concocting a plan. I know this stitch in…
  • Preteen Bible Lesson-Story Vocabulary

    phill longmire
    30 Jun 2014 | 12:17 pm
    One way to teach pre-teens the bible is by creating story boards or putting together story vocabulary. This may seem difficult at first but once you do it a couple of times, it can be quite fun for you and the teenager. This is a highly interactive activity and can be a lot of fun. Step One: Understanding Story Vocabulary Story vocabulary is basically the elements of a story. Even though I listed quite a few below, I wanted you to see how many options you actually have. Some examples… plot: the arrangement of events in a story or a play. flashback: an interruption in the…
  • Preteen Bible Lesson-Finding The Main Idea

    phill longmire
    27 Jun 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Be sure to read all the posts in this series. They are listed below in order. Finding the Main Topic I’m going to show and supply you with some tools you can use in teaching any pre-teen how to read the bible. This will be extremely interactive and engaging for any teen during their own learning process. You can use this with any 3rd to 8th grader. ***NOTE: If this is your first time doing this, either go step by step with those you are teaching, or make the entire thing on your own and use it as a reference while teaching. You have to go step by step with your kids.  I want to…
  • Kids Small Groups-Small Group Roles

    phill longmire
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:47 pm
    You should read these in order Small Groups For Children-Building your Foundation Small Groups For Children-Developing Your Lap-book Small Groups For Children-Small Group Roles This is a continuation of the developing your lapbook post found above. This should all be done by your students before they start their groups. Consider this the construction phase. Discussion Director These instructions are specific for Template A, the default discussion director question card template. If you are using Template B and/or C, note that there may be a few minor differences. Cut out the iMessage…
  • Small Groups For Children-Developing Your Lap Book

    phill longmire
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:11 pm
    This is the second post on small groups for children. You should read these in order Small Groups For Children-Building your Foundation Small Groups For Children-Developing Your Lap-book Small Groups For Children-Small Group Leadership Roles Before you begin reading or having any group meetings you want to have your kids build a lap-book. This will be their own personal book they use during their small groups. Step One: After reading “Building Your Foundation” move on to the lap-book Step Two: Before reading construct the lapbook This should be the first thing you do. This fills…
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    Paperback Theology

  • Welcome to Costco – I Love You

    Tim Suttle
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    There’s a certain private prayer I find myself saying a lot these days. It’s a prayer of lament, a one-line joke cribbed from the movie Idiocracy. I utter this prayer under my breath when I hear a song, see a movie trailer, stumble upon TMZ, or overhear conversations in supermarkets, restaurants and public spaces–pretty much [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    I confess that I love pop-tarts despite the fact that they have to be just about the worst food you could possibly put into your body. I can’t help it. I love them. My favorite pop-tarts in order would be Chocolate, Strawberry, Smores, and Cherry. I try to only let myself eat them 3-4 times [Read More...]
  • Ordinary 15A / 16A – Sower & Seeds, Soil & Weeds: A Sermon from Matthew 13

    Tim Suttle
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
    This is my sermon from last week. If you are a pastor, feel free to copy and steal everything. 2014.07.13 – Discipleship Matt. 13 – Sower & Seeds, Soil & Weeds During a sabbatical a few years back, Kristin and I took a trip to Ireland. We rented a tiny car, drove south along the [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional

    Tim Suttle
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    I confess that my alarm went off at 5:30 this morning & I turned it off and went back to sleep. I woke up at 8:30. I went to bed at 10:30 last night. I don’t think I’ve slept ten straight hours in years, except maybe when I’ve been sick.  I must have really needed some [Read More...]
  • Monday Morning Confessional: Confessions of a Neurotic Pastor & Father

    Tim Suttle
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:12 am
    I confess that I’ve been neglectful of the blog as of late. It’s not that I’ve developed a disdain for blogging, I’ve just developed a penchant for time management and priorities… family mostly. I am acutely aware of my children’s ages right now. They are 8 and 10. 8 more years and the oldest goes [Read More...]
 
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    REFLECTIONS FOR THE SOUL

  • Man in the image of God

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:51 pm
      Every creature builds itself a nest or digs a lair in which to live. Only humans also build temples. And only humans paint icons and compose poems. Art, somehow removed from the practical demands of everyday life, reveals that our kinship is not with the biological world only; it is also with the spiritual […]
  • The icon of the Holy Face

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:28 pm
    The icon of the Holy Face that I recently completed has now been featured in the Catholic Art, Christian Theme Artwork and Premium FAA Artists galleries at Fine Art America.Filed under: Iconography, Icons, Jesus, Mandylion, Notices, The Holy Face Tagged: Christianity, Iconography, Icons, Jesus, Mandylion, Religion and Spirituality, The Holy Face
  • The need of man for God

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    26 Jul 2014 | 1:03 am
    Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God (Mt 4:4).Filed under: Quotes Tagged: Christianity, Quotes, Religion and Spirituality
  • The icon as true image of humanity

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    The icon reveals to us the true image of humanity transfigured and deified; it is the image of the kingdom of heaven, the kingdom that is to come and that will restore the harmony that is now marred by sin – Irina Yazykova, Hidden and Triumphant: The Underground Struggle to Save Russian Iconography (2010).Filed under: Iconography, Icons, […]
  • The sweetness of holy icons

    Marcelle Bartolo-Abela
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    An icon is the visual image of what is invisible. It is given to us that our understanding may be filled with its sweetness – Saint John of DamascusFiled under: Iconography, Icons, Quotes, Thoughts Tagged: Christianity, Iconography, Icons, Quotes, Religion & Spirituality, Religion and Spirituality
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    THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER

  • How do I say the consecration prayer to God? Response to a question

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:53 pm
    The question was asked, “How do I go about saying the prayer of consecration” to God the Father? The answer is very simple: just say the prayer with sincerity and genuineness in your heart. And if you do not feel genuine and/or sincere, ask our Father to give you the grace of being genuine and […]
  • Do not be afraid

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Originally posted on THE DIVINE HEART OF GOD THE FATHER:Do not be afraid! Enter into the Ark of these times by entering with your whole heart, mind, soul, and strength into the Divine Heart of God the Almighty Father. He wants you, He desires you, with a profundity and intensity of Love that you will…
  • The icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    The new icon of Our Lady of Longmeadow has just been completed. It will be blessed and installed in its intended home at Saint Mary’s Parish Church, Longmeadow, MA later next month. This is a revealed icon, the story behind the icon can be found here.  Filed under: Icons, Mary, News, Notices, The Church, The Icon […]
  • For the people – 3

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:09 am
    ‘Thus says Yahweh: ‘As for all my evil neighbours who have laid hands on the heritage I granted my people Israel, behold I will now tear them from their countries and tear the House of Judah out of their hands. But, once torn out, I will take pity on them again and bring them back […]
  • To God our Father

    Apostolate of the Divine Heart
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Filed under: God the Father, Prayer, Praying to God Tagged: Christianity, God, God the Father, Prayer, Religion and Spirituality
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    Christians of T&T

  • Event: Mission Rescue – Prayer Walk

    Robert Paddier
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    One of the most exciting ministries being discovered by churches in Trinidad and Tobago is the ministry of Prayer Walking. Mission Rescue is quickly becoming the most powerful time of prayer that you would ever experience. Read more on Event: Mission Rescue – Prayer Walk…
  • Prayer: Being Humble

    Cheryce
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Heavenly Father, I come before Your throne of grace and mercy to ask that You bring humility into my life. Allow me to not be filled with pride, jealousy or boastful gestures toward those around me. Let my heart be filled with love, joy, peace and happiness for my fellow men. Read more on Prayer: Being Humble…
  • Prayer: When we feel Broken

    BJ
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, I cry out for all whose spirits feel broken, for brokenness can be unbearable. I pray that we all achieve some magnitude of greatness today, and that our inner peace will outweigh everything else in our lives. Entrust us with open minds to enjoy everything You have provided and not place the reliance of our happiness on people, places or things, but solely on Jesus!  We look to You for restoration and success in all that we do. We will not be held back due to circumstances, but will study Your Word, listen to Your direction and follow your instructions;…
  • Prayer: Trusting GOD for His Blessings

    Cheryce
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Father, there are times when sorrow, worry, doubt, fear and anxiety overwhelms me. Thoughts of the future, the past, and whether everything will work out in the end, play over and over in my mind. I wonder when my dawn will come, and if things will ever get better, for I don’t see a way. It breaks my concentration of all that I need to complete within my day. It distracts me from the joy and happiness You promised that is renewed every morning. Read more on Prayer: Trusting GOD for His Blessings…
  • Prayer: Conversion of Unbelievers

    Cheryce
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Messiah, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, we praise Your holy name. We magnify You, Oh great Lamb who sits on the throne. We lift the unbelievers before You, Oh God, have divine intervention in their lives. Grant them the privilege of hungering and thirsting after You, for life with You is so wonderful. Read more on Prayer: Conversion of Unbelievers…
 
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    Christian Home and Family

  • Monday Mindset: Joy

    Carey
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    Carey Joy is not something we humans come by easily… It’ sad, but very true fact. But such a thing should NEVER be said of a believer in Jesus Christ. Not only do we have have an infinite number of reasons to be joyful, joy is a natural (supernatural) by-product of the Spirit of God who lives in us (Galatians 5:22). For this week’s “Monday mindset” I want to ask you very simply… How can you help your children and spouse focus on the joy of the LORD this week? Instead of my typical rambling about the topic, I’m giving you an assignment. Take some of…
  • My husband hates me – part 2

    Carey
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Carey Quite a while back I wrote a post called “My Husband Hates Me… at least it feels that way.” You can find the original post here - “My husband hates me… at least it seems that way.” That post has gotten more comments than any post I’ve written. I’m sure that’s in part because of the felt-need nature of the post. Recently I got another comment on the post from a woman who calls herself “Frustrated.” Her situation is all too common. Before I share here question and my reply, let me say this… There is nothing more…
  • Podcast 82 – Integrating music into your family devotions

    Carey
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Carey How to integrate music into your family devotions Or if you are using a “podcatcher” here is the feed address: http://www.christianhomeandfamily.com/feed/podcast/ USING MUSIC IN FAMILY DEVOTIONS Including music for the sake of worship is not an easy task for most people If you’re not musically inclined, what do you do? Before we get into the “how” part of including music in your family worship, there’s one other step we need to take first… Talk with your family about the “WHY” behind singing… Why do we sing to God in the first…
  • Monday Mindset: Thankfulness

    Carey
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Carey Jesus expects His followers to be thankful people. The scriptures are very, VERY clear. There are no exceptions. There are no qualifiers. Take this passage for instance… …giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ… - Ephesians 5:20 Take a minute to notice the extremities of this passage. We Christ-followers are to be thankful… ALWAYS. Really? Doesn’t the LORD understand the kind of life we live down here? Isn’t there some kind of loophole that makes room for grumbling or complaining or…
  • The problem with teen idols…

    Carey
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Carey When I was in high school, my girlfriend’s sister was an absolute maniac about Rick Springfield. You remember him, don’t you? Soap opera star turned rock singer? Jessie’s girl? <<<====== This guy? I wasn’t very nice about it back then. I told her the blunt truth. You are NEVER going to even get a chance to meet Rick Springfield, so why don’t you just give it up!? But despite my best efforts, the 14 year old girl continued her infatuation with good old Rick. In my thinking, it’s a sad situation when a person is elevated so high in…
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    Pro Preacher

  • Why Good Leaders Get Messy

    Brandon
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Photo Credit: Benjamin Lehman via Compfight cc Recently I was at a high school church camp. The last two days of camp we had some bad weather. Heavy rain forced the camp to shut down most of the outdoor recreation. Although the rain was pouring, it didn’t stop the crazy high school students from playing in the rain, and jumping in the mud. That is when I noticed something about leadership. It was easy to spot who the good adult leaders were. Some of the leaders complained about the rain. They chose to be negative about the situation. They lamented that their group wasn’t able to…
  • Preach To Break Then Build

    Brandon
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Photo Credit: slinky2000 via Compfight cc I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when you rebuild a car, you don’t just add the parts that are missing. That wouldn’t work. Why? Because many of the existing parts are beyond repair. Rust, corrosion, and years of damage have left them unusable. The car must be broken down piece by piece, cleaned, restored, and reassembled with new parts for a proper restoration. I think that is a lot…
  • Why Pastors Should Go On More Walks

    Brandon
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:20 am
    Photo Credit: _Hadock_ via Compfight cc Many pastors have a sitting problem. We sit 90% of the day. We sit while writing sermons. We sit while answering email. We sit while making phone calls. We sit in meetings. We sit while counseling people. We sit at restaurants. We sit driving to work. We sit in Bible studies. Some of us even sit while preaching. It is obvious to see how pastoral sitting can be linked to decreased activity and weight gain, but that is a problem for another time. The problem that we often don’t realize is that all of our sitting is actually hindering our…
  • Pastor, Don’t Quit

    Brandon
    27 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    Photo Credit: Michael Dawes via Compfight cc Early this summer my family and I took a trip to the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. We spent a whole week sitting and playing with our kids on the beach. It was a great, much-needed vacation… except for one part. My wife and I signed up for paddle board lessons. Paddle boards are like big surf boards that you stand on and move with a large paddle. We thought it would be fun to learn. When you see people doing it, they look so cool and relaxed while paddling around the island. I quickly learned that paddle boarding is not as easy as it looks.
  • 2 Benefits Of Raising Objections to Your Own Sermon (One is obvious. The other is not.)

    Brandon
    20 Jun 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Photo Credit: Marcello Maria Perongini via Compfight cc The longer you have been a Christian, the more in danger your preaching is of suffering from the  Curse of Knowledge. It becomes easy to assume that everyone believes some of the weird, miraculous, or difficult truths in the Bible. It becomes easy to forget that many people have serious questions and doubts about even the most basic Christian beliefs. You cannot just assume that when you talk about prayer, that people believe God really listens to them. You cannot just assume that when you talk about Jesus’ walking on water…
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    Revolution Radio

  • Revolution Radio

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Guest to be announced
  • When you face trials where is God?

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:00 am
    Aimee will be sharing a message of encouragement and freedom, teaching on when you face trials where is God? How do we get through them and what does the Bible say about them?
  • Interview with Sharnael Wolverton on Quantum Physics and healing essential oils

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    16 Mar 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This was the interview from 2010 that Aimee did with Sharnael Wolverton on Quantum Physics. If you would like to get one of the kits discussed in this program, the offers have changed slightly, but you can do so by clicking here
  • Song of Solomon Part 10 by SJ Hill

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    25 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Continuing the series on the Song of Solomon Part 10a by SJ Hill
  • Interview with Adam LiVecchi of We See Jesus Ministries

    Aimee Montgomery Min
    18 Feb 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Adam and Sarah are very happily married. Sarah is a classically trained Violist. She with Aaron, Adam's brother, have produced several instrumental CDs which can be found on the Store page. Also she has been featured in several other CD's with Shores of Grace. When Sarah plays prophetically the atmosphere changes and people are refreshed. Adam is the founder of We See Jesus Ministries, he travels and speaks in churches and at conferences. He has authored several books, the first one is entitled ?His Name is the Word of God?. He was also featured in a book compilation published by Destiny…
 
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    Pastor John's Blog

  • The Four Of Us

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

    john crews
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:08 pm
    In just a couple of hours the clock will strike midnight, and the date on the calendar will roll over from June 9th to June 10th.  And, in that moment Jonathan would have been 28 years old.But there will be no celebration of his birthday tomorrow.  There will be no cake and no candles and, most of all, no Jonathan to blow the candles out.Instead of a birthday, tomorrow will mark an anniversary of sorts.  As Pam said earlier today, it will mark the 28th anniversary of when she and I became parents.  I became "Dad" on June 10, 1986, and I celebrated my first Father's Day by…
  • Of Dogs and Armadillos

    john crews
    25 May 2014 | 3:11 pm
    It has been nearly four months since Jonathan passed away.  While I would like to say that life is getting easier, the reality is that little has changed (putting aside the horror of the first couple of weeks).  In fact, if anything, so far time has not been our friend.Even when Jonathan was in college, I can't think of a time when two months passed without seeing our son.  And, in the last four or five years there was never a time when even two weeks went by without seeing him.  Except for his years at Baylor, Jonathan was always part of our daily life.There are…
  • Torn

    john crews
    9 May 2014 | 4:37 pm
    For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.  If I am to go on living in the body, this will mean fruitful labor for me. Yet what shall I choose? I do not know!  I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.  Convinced of this, I know that I will remain, and I will continue with all of you for your progress and joy in the faith, so that through my being with you again your boasting in Christ Jesus will abound on account of…
  • The Struggle

    john crews
    25 Apr 2014 | 9:13 pm
    For the first time since Jonathan left us I am alone.  Pam and Dani drove to Iowa this week, and Christian remains on his adventure in India.  I was excited that Pam and Dani were getting away, and I know they are having a great time visiting with Pam's Dad on the family farm.  I was, however, unprepared for the agony of seeing them pull out of the driveway.Even with my girls home I have felt utterly alone many times over the last two months.  But never more so than in this moment.  "Loneliness" is just one of the many complex feelings, thoughts and…
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    The Pure Sacrifice

  • Talking About Writing and A Praise Report

    Deanna Wiseburn
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today’s post is a little different.  I have witnessed in the blogging community lately a fun little blog hop, and I halfway wondered if I would be asked, while at the same time not really giving it a lot of thought because I was on a blogging break.  But before I get into that I want to share a song I heard again the other day that resonated with my heart as I declared this is really all I want. The the other week a dear friend that I met through #FMFparty asked me if I would be willing to take part in the blog hop I mentioned above.  I have not known Marie long, but I have fallen in…
  • Finding Spiritual Whitespace ~Review

    Deanna Wiseburn
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do you find yourself often worn out from your busy life?  Are you struggling just to keep up, and often feeling like you are failing at that? There is hope for regaining the peace that your life needs.  Bonnie Gray has written an achingly beautiful book that will guide you as you make space for spiritual whitespace. “Spiritual whitespace makes room in our hearts for a more intimate relationship with God, rest, and soul rejuvenation.”   I couldn’t wait to begin this book, because I knew that I needed to work on rest. Yet I had no idea how very much I would REALLY need to…
  • Perspective Makes A Difference

    Deanna Wiseburn
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    photo credit: jspad via photopin cc I have enjoyed my blogging break, and I was able to step away from the computer and enjoy life more.  There is a lot to be said for spending less time in front of a screen, especially when you begin to spend all that time working crazily and it ceases to be fun.  That said, this refining process that I find myself in lately has me redefining my online life.  I am not sure what this will look like yet, other than posting will be slightly sporadic as I figure it out. As I am working now I find that I am seeing things a lot differently than I have in the…
  • Bloom

    Deanna Wiseburn
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:53 am
      So there is this flash mob of writing that happens every week for #FMFParty, we meet on twitter and share the joys and the sorrows of life.  Then Lisa Jo gives us a prompt and we all write for five minutes on that prompt.  There is to be no editing, and no stressing over whether we get it all write.  We simply write for the joy of writing and then we visit others and cheer one another on in community. The Prompt: Bloom GO! My thoughts on this immediately go to bloom where you are planted. But then there is more, so much more.  Because once you have found the ability to bloom, it is…
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    Christian Magazine Today.com

  • Best 5 Ancient Churches of Turkey

    Annette
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Numerous individuals are astonished to figure out that there is a plenitude of ancient churches scattered everywhere throughout the vast Muslim nation of Turkey. From the mystery cavern churches utilized by Christians throughout the Roman intrusion to the glorious structures restored by the Turkish government that are currently significant chronicled attractions. On the off chance that you need to finish a tour of Turkey, one energizing course would be to investigate the main top five ancient churches in Turkey. Below is the list of the best 5 ancient churches in Turkey:   · St.
  • Is Reading the Bible Important?

    Annette
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:07 pm
    As Christians, reading the bible should be a part of life. Now, of course, you are thinking – yes, the bible is a part of my life, but is it really? Ask yourself these questions: David Platt When was the last time I opened my bible to read it? Was it while the pastor was reading his passages for the sermon? When I did open it, do I remember what I read? Did I read it more than twice this week? What about 5 times? Did I pray over what I read? Did I strive to follow the words I read? Did any of the verses have meaning to me? When I read the verses, was I in a hurry to get done? While…
  • 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…
 
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    C3 Journey - the Warrior's Log

  • 21 Day Rolling fast…DAY 1

    Dave Hastings
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    When they were sick, I dressed in black;instead of eating, I prayed.My prayers were like lead in my gut,like I’d lost my best friend, my brother.I paced, distraught as a motherless child,hunched and heavyhearted. Psalm 35:13-14 Today…July 28, 2014…the men of the C3 Journey begin a 21 day Rolling Fast for our church, our Pastors, our brothers, friends and families. Men fasting from 7am to 7pm  on “their” day. Other men setting their calendars each day at noon for a 5 minute focused prayer during their lunch break. Each day, faith ROLLING from one man to the other…
  • Journey Generations DETAILS

    Jim Crumbley
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    If you haven’t signed up you can do so here: https://c3church.wufoo.com/forms/journey-generation-real-men/ If you want to pay on Saturday you can do that too, just email jimcrumbley@gmail.com and let him  know you are coming (so we can plan for food).  It’s gonna be great!! EVENT LOCATION John Rogers “Ponderosa” off Sardis Church Road, Buford (Hamilton Mill Parkway area) For parking…see below. PARKING Parking is limited at the Ponderosa. Arrangements have been made to park at Hamilton Mill Christian Church, 3809 Sardis Church Rd, Buford, GA. Shuttles to John’s property will…
  • Opportunity in Difficulty

    Jim Crumbley
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:05 am
    “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” Winston Churchill God gives us opportunities to shift our world; to get up and move so that the change we are praying for becomes change that is realized. These opportunities though seldom arise without difficulty and challenge. There is almost always a mountain to climb, an obstacle to overcome or an attitude to shift. The lie we hear, and too often the lie we believe, is that the difficulty is indicative of heading in the wrong direction. Thinking we are outside of…
  • FAQ’s Journey Generation

    Jim Crumbley
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    July 25/26 at John Rogers house on Sardis Church Road off of Hamilton Mill Parkway…Directions to be emailed on line early next week. Is the Journey Generation a Journey? No, this is not a “Journey.” Even for those who decide to stay the night on Friday, the idea is to gather, connect, have some fun and learn. Is the Journey Generation a Father/Son event? Again…NO! There will be fathers and sons but many boys don’t have active dads or their dads are working. We’ll have men who can mentor/hang with those who don’t have their dads there. At no point…
  • Get in the face of Jesus…The Canaanite woman

    Jim Crumbley
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    A look at tenacious faith…Matthew 15:21-28 per·sist·ent: continuing firmly or obstinately in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition. Tenacity…dogged determination…stubborn refusal to give up until it’s given up…these are the elements of persistent faith. From there Jesus took a trip to Tyre and Sidon. They had hardly arrived when a Canaanite woman came down from the hills and pleaded, “Mercy, Master, Son of David! My daughter is cruelly afflicted by an evil spirit.” 21-22 You heard stories of Jesus. Love…mercy…miracles.
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    Logos Bible Software Blog

  • Last Chance: Get 20% Off The New Interpreter’s Bible

    Paul Kirby
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One of today’s top critical commentaries is coming to Logos, and for a limited time, you can get 20% off when you pre-order it. The New Interpreter’s Bible provides in-depth analysis of the entire Bible and the Apocrypha, including introductions covering relevant historical and theological issues, exegetical commentary organized around coherent sections of text, thoughtful reflection sections, numerous visual aids, and more. These 12 volumes feature leading scholars from a wide range of backgrounds—including Walter Brueggemann, Walter C. Kaiser Jr., N.T. Wright, James D.G. Dunn, Luke…
  • Get 4 Free Volumes: Not Your Average Bible Study

    John D. Barry
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:47 pm
    If you’ve already pre-ordered the Not Your Average Bible Study Series, you’re getting 1–3 John, 1 Peter, and the Sermon on the Mount for free too! This is in addition to the already free Jude–2 Peter volume that comes with every pre-order. We’re giving the same deal to anyone who pre-orders through Thursday, July 31! When we first listed the Not Your Average Bible Study Series, we decided to give away the Jude volume to everyone who pre-ordered it, while pricing the nine-volume collection at the incredibly low price of $19.95. But it turned out that Jude worked better when paired…
  • Get 30% Off a Window into the Bible’s World

    David Davidson
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    We’ve come to know a great deal about the world of the Bible. We collectively know so much, in fact, that it’s a challenge to survey all the available knowledge, even on a single city or era. So, how do you grasp the full context of what you’re reading? One of the best ways is to complement your study of the Bible with research into its cultures and history. And one of the deepest wells of expertise on the Bible’s world is Near Eastern Archaeology (formerly The Biblical Archaeologist), an academic journal devoted exclusively to biblical archaeology. Rigorous, peer-reviewed scholarship…
  • Understand Every Biblical Word’s Meaning

    Pam Bauthues
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Bible’s words hold so much meaning, but it’s hard to discover hidden nuance without knowledge of Greek or Hebrew. But, with Logos 5’s Exegetical Guide, you have all the power of extensive word studies readily available for any Bible verse or passage. See how the Exegetical Guide can enhance your studies: The Exegetical Guide helps you do a word study for any passage without prior original-language knowledge—explore complete sentence diagrams with parts of speech, verb tenses, alternative translations, and more for every single word. You can also further explore the biblical text…
  • One Week Only! Get 20% Off the Tyndale Bible Dictionary

    Katie Monsma
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Starting this week, we’ll introduce a new weekly deal every Thursday! This week, you can get The Tyndale Bible Dictionary for 20% off with coupon code WEEKLYTBD at checkout. Study 1,000+ topics with top scholars The Tyndale Bible Dictionary is packed with significant biblical people, places, and terms, and it’s fully integrated with Logos 5’s Timeline and Bible Facts tools. You can easily set it as your preferred dictionary in Logos—then you’ll be directed toward this all-inclusive dictionary whenever you have questions about a person, place, or event. Not only do coauthors Walter…
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    HopeHorner.com

  • Put Down Your Finger & Back Away from Your Opinion

    26 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Opinions are like belly buttons. Everyone has one.I come from a very opinionated family. We have opinions about our opinions. We like to "go on the record" or like the people in the old Saturday Night Live skit: "Talk Amongst Ourselves." I could chalk it up to our Irish blood, but that would probably be a cop-out. I mean You can tell an Irishman, but you can't tell him much is really true, but the reason why people in my family bring a bean casserole AND an opinion to get-togethers is more than just heritage. My Dad especially loves to "debate the issues" and discuss what the "moderns" think…
  • 5 Steps to 3 Ways You Can Do 2 Things Better

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    The title to this blog is confusing, isn't it?But did it capture your attention?It probably did.The last two months I have been writing for GovLoop - an online network of government professionals who share tips and techniques for providing top notch government programs, leadership and services. Writing for GovLoop was a challenge. I had to come up with 12 articles in 12 weeks, but believe it or not, that was not the challenge.The challenge was creating the right title to get people to actually READ my article.When my first few articles posted on GovLoop, I noticed the editor had changed my…
  • Rolling into Heaven as a Bloody Stump

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    I grew up believing that the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount were a list of things I should do.Blessed are the meek...(OK, I need to be meek.)Blessed are the pure in heart. (OK, I need to be pure of heart.)Blessed are the peacemakers..(OK, I need to be a peacemaker.)And so on...Of course, I failed miserably at following through on that huge list, and as I now know, thanks to Dallas Willard's book The Divine Conspiracy, I also failed in my interpretation of it. As it turns out, the Sermon on the Mount is not a list of things for me to do or be. It is not a bunch of "rules for living." It…
  • 5 Sassy Things YOU Said as a Kid That Your Kids Can't

    28 Jun 2014 | 8:01 am
    Remember those snappy phrases we used to throw around as kids? The ones that went along with someone sticking out their tongue or taking their ball and going home? Well, sorry moms and dads, we used them, but your kids can't and here's why..."Take a picture. It lasts longer!"OK, sure hold on. Let me just change apps on my phone. THERE! GOTCHA! Hey, guess what? You're right. It does last longer. It can last a long, looooonnng time. I can save it to my camera roll, upload it to Instagram, make a keychain out of it on Shutterfly, add a caption to it and then send it to my best friend or the girl…
  • Is That 'Raca' I See In Your Eyes?

    21 Jun 2014 | 8:30 am
    During a discussion about "giving others the benefit of the doubt" one of my co-workers said he had heard it put this way:"Investigate before contempt." I said, "Contempt? You sure you mean contempt?  Maybe you mean 'investigate before convict'?"He said, "No, no, contempt...I think."I raised my eyebrows. "Wow. Contempt is a pretty harsh word." Everyone just kind of looked confused about the whole thing, and we went on to the next topic, but the word stuck with me.Later that day, I was reading Dallas Willard's book The Divine Conspiracy where he describes Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.
 
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    Living in the Kingdom of God---Diana Symons

  • It’s Time To Decide What You Really Believe

    Diana Symons
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    If you are a Christian, why do you live in fear, stress, anger? It’s a difficult question, because it makes you look inside where you thought it was all ok. But if you live in fear, stress, or anger, it’s not ok. Something is really wrong. If you live like that, you are no different from the person who does not claim to know Jesus. But you do claim to know Jesus, so why the stress? The answer is because you don’t believe what you say you believe. Jesus said to fear not. He said to throw our burdens on Him. He said to be filled with His Spirit and live in joy. When we…
  • God Cannot Change You Unless You Want More

    Diana Symons
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    God has more for you. Some of you are thinking, yes I know, in heaven. That’s not what I mean. There is more now, but you have to want it. Do you want more of God? Do you want to feel the rush of angel wings in the night? Do you want to smell the fragrances of heaven? Do you want to be made into the person that God sees? We can be content to stay in our little boxes, or we can allow God to change us, and by changing us be drawn closer to Him. It’s an exhilarating prospect, but beware. You cannot be changed without changing. Your life cannot stay the same. Your choices cannot stay…
  • Waiting For Answered Prayer

    Diana Symons
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    You know that God answers prayer. What does He say? If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. (John 14:14) Of course, you have to be in relationship with Him. You have to know you hear His voice — My sheep hear my voice. (John 10:27) But what if you are hearing Him and it seems like your prayers aren’t being answered? First of all, know that everyone will go through that. It’s wrong to assume that God answers prayers for everyone else but you. We all go through dry spells. It’s what you do during those times that will affect if and when your prayers are answered.
  • Don’t Be Caught On The Sidelines : There’s Water To Walk On

    Diana Symons
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Why was Peter the only one to hop out of the boat and walk on water? We don’t need to go into what happened next. The point is, he walked on water! What were the other guys doing? Watching him. They were scared. They didn’t believe. They weren’t willing to try it. They missed out. Are you watching from the sidelines? Are you thinking: I have a job and a family, I go to church, I read my Bible, that’s good for me? No need to change the world? No need to release the kingdom? Sitting on the sidelines is dangerous. Jesus was pretty cross with the Church of the…
  • Have You Stopped Hearing God? Time To Be A Sponge

    Diana Symons
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:42 pm
    I heard a great teaching recently that I had to pass on. Why is it that sometimes we feel so dry spiritually? We remember the times of joy and refreshment and wonder what happened? Where did God go? He’s still there, but He’s changing you. Think of your spirit like a sponge. When it absorbs all it can, there’s no more room for anything else. You need to dry out a bit so God can refill you with new revelation. You’ll be able to absorb more after a time of quiet. I think it sometimes gets hard to hear God when He wants us to come closer. We’ve learned what we…
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    Seedbed

  • John Wesley’s Radical Synthesis

    Howard Snyder
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Synthesis and Radical: Howard Snyder argues that John Wesley exemplified both in a way that is unprecedented in the history of the Christian Church. – Synthesis and Radical: The two words don’t seem to go together. Synthesis often means bland middle-of-the road. Radical often means far out, extreme, fringe, crazy. And yet, this is precisely where John Wesley was radical. He was a genius at the balance and interplay of experience, structure, and doctrine. Digging into Scripture, studying history and the created order, and reflecting on his own experience, Wesley held together in…
  • 3 Seedbed Resources You Didn’t Know About: N. T. Wright, NT666, the Psalter

    Seedbed
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    1. NT666 – Lectures in Revelation by Robert Mulholland NT 666 is an exegetical study of the book of Revelation which focuses upon the background materials of Jewish prophecy and apocalyptic, the structure of the book, its relationship to the other New Testament writings, and an examination of the perceptual framework which forms its imagery. This course it taught by Robert Mulholland, an expert in Revelation with years of pastoral experience. 2. New Testament Lectures by N. T. Wright N.T. Wright is the former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England and one of the world’s leading…
  • 3 Points of Advice for Church Planters in the 21st Century

    Ed Stetzer
    26 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Wesleyan movement is rich with a history of church planting. In Part II of our video interview with Ed Stetzer, he suggests 3 lessons to remember from our history if the Wesleyan-Methodist movement is to recapture its vision for planting churches in the 21st century. 1. Break the territorial parish mentality When banned from preaching in established churches, John Wesley famously said, “The world is my parish!” This same ethos needs to reverberate both with those exploring church planting and with those in established churches. There are enough lost people to go around, and we…
  • Threshing Floor Podcast 020: Why Does Atonement Matter?

    Seedbed
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Atonement. What’s atonement? In this episode of The Threshing Floor our hosts answer that question and talk about why atonement matters in our world. We also talk about contextualization and communion and middle eastern food in central Kentucky. Listen: Direct Download iTunes RSS Stitcher
  • Why Christians Should Fast with Muslims for Ramadan

    Matthew Friedman
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ramadan is a 30 Day fast that involves abstaining from food, drink, smoking, and sexual relations during daylight hours. Muslims use it as a time to train themselves to flee from lust and other sinful appetites. For many Muslims Ramadan commemorates the coming of the Word of God to Muhammad. If in Christianity the eternal Word of God “became flesh,” it might be said that in Islam the Word “became a book.” There is a sense in which Ramadan is like Christmas, especially since even nominal Muslims become more attune to spiritual things during this season. Watch more in…
 
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    Intersections4Life

  • The Art of Whimsy and Wonder

    Charles Crutcher
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This past weekend, I had the joy of spending time with family and friends doing what I love: mosey. Another way to put it is spending time with others. Saturday I spent a beautiful day with great weather that is a bit out of place for July, only experiencing temps in the sixties and seventies in Oklahoma. Under the big captivating sky, me and some friends were among undulating green hills of a golf course. I knew the day was special and would probably never come around just like that again. Some of these friends I have known for several years and some newly acquainted. You know what I love…
  • Finish the Race

    Steve Becker
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Not many people in the USA watch the Tour de France, but I am an exception, I guess. For those that don’t know anything about Le Tour, here is the express overview. The event is 21 days long. All but two or three days, scattered across the 21, the typical day consists of a 100 mile or longer race. The riders push their bodies and minds to do all this in a compact time-frame. Oh, I forgot to mention that the riders typically travel at 25-60 mph and climb and descend mountains along the way. One of the riders that was predicted to be a potential overall winner is Andrew Talansky.
  • Are You Content?

    Charles Crutcher
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Yesterday is a wrinkle on your foreheadYesterday is a promise that you’ve brokenDon’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyesThis is your life and today is all you’ve got nowYeah, and today is all you’ll ever haveDon’t close your eyesDon’t close your eyesThis is your life, are you who you want to be?This is your life, are you who you want to be?This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?When the world was younger and you had everything to lose-Switchfoot I was listening to this song while working out today and I was hit by a…
  • Kicking and Screaming

    Steve Becker
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I have a confession to make.  There are days when I cannot even imagine my life without Christ.  And then there are the days when He has to drag me down His path kicking and screaming.  I have had quite a few of the latter lately and it has affected my attitude quite a bit. Having a relationship with another person is difficult.  There are disagreements, arguments, laughing and crying and everything else in-between.  Having a relationship with Jesus is even more difficult at times.  Knowing you need to do what He leads you to even though you have absolutely zero desire to do it, well,…
  • 19 Years Later

    Charles Crutcher
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The first time I saw Shannon, I admit my heart skipped a beat. And then she smiled. She lights up a room when she does that! We got married when we were both nineteen. Quite a few folks said we were too young. They could have been right, but nineteen years later, here we still are by God’s grace. In those years, our marriage has been tested. There have been good and challenging years, setbacks, loss, and some tragedy too. It seems in marriage that no one goes unscathed. Some don’t make it. I wish I could tell you the exact formula for a good marriage, but I don’t think there…
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    mtrosemedia

  • The People That Know Their God

    Raymond
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    How much do you know about God and are you sharing what you know with others? The Holy Spirit desires to reveal more of himself to us by “His Written Word”.  Today, Pastor Ron will explain how the more we know about God the stronger we will become with an inspiring message titled, “The People … Continue reading »
  • This Thing Called Grace

    Raymond
    23 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    What does God’s amazing grace mean to you?  His Grace is always sufficient and provides the faith and courage we need to reach our full potential.  Today, Pastor Ron will discuss the enabling power of God’s available Grace that supplies everything we need to live victoriously with an encouraging message titled, “This Thing Called Grace ”. … Continue reading »
  • Issues of the Heart

    Raymond
    16 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Is your heart due for a checkup today? Jesus knows us personally and daily demonstrates his love and compassion towards us. And as a result, we are chosen to show His compassion to others. Today, Pastor Ron will explain the meaning of trusting God to completely develop our heart so that we can become an … Continue reading »
  • Whose Baby Is It?

    Raymond
    9 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    What does God require from parents in training our children? Our primary responsibility is to prepare our sons and daughters to walk according to God’s plan and purpose for their lives. Today, Pastor Ron will discuss the significance of instilling in our children the Word of God so that can become all that God has … Continue reading »
  • Family Issues Bleeding To Death

    Raymond
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:00 am
    Are you tired of the dysfunction and problems in your family and feel enough is enough. God has given you the keys and authority to condemn everything attempting to destroy your family. Today, Pastor Ron will explain how God is the answer to our homes and he as the power to heal anything with an … Continue reading »
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    Give Me That Mountain

  • God is closer than you think

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief... Day six...“Will you pray for me?”
  • Faith is only made possible by Jesus

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    25 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day five...After I failed in business, God became my refuge—my place of shelter. I put my trust in Him.
  • Maybe faith has an added element

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day four...Over thirty years ago, I moved my family from New York State back to Missouri to start a furniture manufacturing business. I risked everything we had to get that business going.
  • The substance of all achievement

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day three...I wonder when man first dreamed of flying. We've come a long ways from the days of attaching men to kites (as did the ancient Chinese) to the days of modern space travel.
  • Covering a life with faith

    mike@kamoinsurance.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Faith and Unbelief. Day two...I don't know much about finishing metal products, but I have a great deal of experience in finishing products made with wood. Besides having spent over twenty years of my life in furniture manufacturing, I've done quite a bit of interior construction as well. And a white finish, as far as I'm concerned, is the most difficult finish to apply to any piece of wood—whether on a piece of furniture, a set of kitchen cabinets, or any interior millwork.
 
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    A Chapter Per Day

  • Isaiah 57: The Peace of God

    Zak Schmoll
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:56 am
    I think that it’s kind of interesting to think about the idea of peace. I know that we have a chorus that talks about letting the peace of Christ rule in your heart. It seems as if peace is something we get from having a relationship with Jesus Christ, and today in Isaiah 57 we see that reinforced negatively. Isa 57:20  But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. Isa 57:21  There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked. I think this is interesting though because there are plenty of nonbelievers who will say that they have peace. They…
  • Isaiah 56: Who Is the Church?

    Zak Schmoll
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    Isaiah 56 gives hope to those who didn’t feel like they were “eligible” to worship God. Remember that we are still talking about prophecies concerning Jesus Christ here, and this is a prophecy of what the church is going to be. Isa 56:3  Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. Isa 56:4  For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; Isa 56:5  Even…
  • Isaiah 55: We Are Not on Top

    Zak Schmoll
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:37 am
    I think that Isaiah 55 has one of the least popular Bible passages in history in it. Nobody will say that it is their least favorite passage, but in our secular, self-worshiping society, I think it is implicit that we don’t like this concept. Isa 55:8  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. Isa 55:9  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. We are a culture that wants to know things. We like to pursue knowledge, and we want to learn everything. On some level…
  • Isaiah 54: God of the World

    Zak Schmoll
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:46 am
    In most of the Old Testament, it seems as if God is only concerned about the Israelites. In general, it seems as if He is involved with them because they are the chosen people. Of course, there are definite exceptions to this rule such as Melchizedek, but Isaiah 54 points out a major one that would be coming in the future. Isa 54:2  Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; Isa 54:3  For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the…
  • Isaiah 53: Recognizing God

    Zak Schmoll
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:49 am
    Isaiah 53 is one of the most popular prophetic chapters in the Bible. I am sure that you have heard it a million times, but sometimes I think that we can forget the implications of this type of prophecy. Isa 53:2  For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him. Isa 53:3  He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not. Isa 53:4  Surely…
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    Armchair Theology

  • 6 + 1 Types of Typology

    Dave
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This past January I took a course at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary titled “Christ in the Old Testament.” Gordon Hugenberger taught the course and he is a big fan of typology. I’ve covered typology and allegory in the past but Hugenberger gave a historical overview of some interesting approaches to typology. Here’s a quick summary: Nature Typology  e.g. Jonathan Edwards and John Calvin New England Theocratic Typology e.g. William Bradford Some North American colonists intended to establish a new theocracy, roughly after the pattern of OT Israel, in the New World.
  • Are You Reformed?

    Dave
    16 Jun 2014 | 5:23 am
    “Are you reformed?” I get that question quite a bit as a Baptist attending a Presbyterian seminary (Westminster). It’s a tough question to answer. My answer depends on the context: What does “reformed” mean to the person asking the question? What “Reformed” Used to Mean “Reformed” properly refers to: The theological heritage of John Calvin, the Synod of Dort, and the Westminster Confession A commitment to covenant theology, including pedobaptism Belief in predestination and reprobation (i.e. TULIP, commonly called Calvinism) A…
  • The Gospel In Real Life

    Dave
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:10 am
    I am enjoying the current issue of Themelios. The article Do The Work of an Evangelist by D.A. Carson is truly excellent. It ties closely to the main theme of Armchair Theology so here is an excerpt with my commentary. For some Christians, “the gospel” (equivalently, “the evangel”) is something you preach only to unconverted people. The gospel merely tips people into the kingdom; transformation and sanctification are sustained by discipleship. Once people become Christians, then the work of life transformation begins, often buttressed by various discipleship seminars: “Biblical…
  • Free EBook: Is Jesus in the Old Testament?

    Dave
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:57 am
    Here’s a quick note that Iain Duguid’s ebook Is Jesus in the Old Testament? is available for free download on the Westminster Bookstore website to help promote a sale on three of his commentaries. If you scroll down you’ll also see deals on other books he wrote about finding the gospel in the Beatitudes and the lives of the patriarchs.
  • Getting Holiness Right

    Dave
    20 May 2014 | 4:50 pm
    This is a follow-on to the previous post You’re Doing Holiness Wrong about the debate surrounding Tulian Tchividjian about living a holy life. That post presented the history of the discussion. This is my take on the matter. Tchividjian’s Critics Are Missing His Point It seems to me that some of Tchividjian’s critics believe he is teaching that obedience is unnecessary since Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us. That’s not the case. Tchividjian’s point is this: We should obey God. The way we get the strength to obey God is by reflecting on the amazing…
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    Seeing Invisible

  • How Much is Enough? Minimalism and the Christian Faith

    Blake Mankin
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Meagan and I are getting ready to move across town–closer to work, friends, and the place our church meets. Even though we currently live in a garage, getting ready to pack up for a move has its way of surprising us with how much stuff we have. I realized recently I had far too many pairs of underwear, and sometimes I just have to wonder, “Do I really need all of these books?” Yes, excess can live even in a relatively small space. The idea of shedding excess is a growing ideal all around us. “Simplicity” and “minimalism” are words used in increasing…
  • Marriage After One Year

    Blake Mankin
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    It’s now been more than a year since I married the most incredible woman in the world. May 25, 2013, Meagan walked down the aisle towards me and we started our life together as husband and wife. It’s been a thrilling ride, full of laughter, adventure, sanctification, and daily lessons in dying to ourselves. As we continue to put one foot in front of the other, we continue to find each step brings a new, beautiful view. I’ve learned a lot with Meagan by my side. I’ve learned lessons about relating to others, like how undivided attention is one of the greatest gifts you…
  • I’m a “Professional Christian” and Sometimes God Feels Far Away

    Blake Mankin
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:28 am
    I work for an evangelical Christian nonprofit organization, and sometimes God feels far away. There, I said it. Sometimes God feels far away. We all have seasons where this is true, but for those of us getting our paychecks “doing the Lord’s work,” saying we’re in a spiritual desert can have an added twinge of guilt to it. It can feel like we’re talking behind our Boss’s back and we might get in trouble–even fired. The truth, however, is that we won’t. Being honest about where we are in our relationship with God can be magnetic rather than…
  • Does My Suffering Have Meaning?

    Blake Mankin
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:33 am
    Viktor Frankl was a neurologist and psychiatrist. He was also a Holocaust survivor. He endured the pain and torture of life in the concentration camps, experiencing brutality like none of us can imagine. Through this experience, he was able to observe how humanity processes and reacts to suffering and finds meaning in the midst of horrific circumstances. In the 1940s, Viktor Frankl published a book about his experiences as a prisoner, Man’s Search for Meaning (af. link) In the book, he documents how guards and other prisoners processed and created their environments. He also…
  • Don’t Go: Stay and Make Disciples

    Blake Mankin
    27 Jun 2014 | 7:20 am
    Let me encourage you, friend. You don’t have to go somewhere exotic or try something new in order to live a radical or meaningful life. In fact, sometimes the most radical thing you may be called to do is stay right where you are right now. With these people. In this place. At this time. Read this again and see what happens: Stay right where you are right now. How does that make you feel? Does it create anxiety or relief? Why? What if you miss out on new experiences? What if you end up living a boring life void of new people and places? What if you’re wrong and it’s not…
 
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    The Virtuous Girls

  • He Turned Water Into Wine

    virtuousgirls1
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Jesus’ Sign Miracles #1 John 2:1-11 Jesus is at a wedding in the city of Cana with his disciples and his mother, when the supply of wine for the wedding ran out. Weddings are a symbol of love and joy, and Jesus in demonstrating his love for the couple replenished their supply. It is interesting […]
  • Alanna J. Wall: Founder of “Polished Girlz”

    virtuousgirls1
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Visit Alanna online at: www.polishedgirlz.org Twitter: @polishedgirlz | Facebook Meet Alanna J. Wall. Born in 2000, Alanna truly is a new millennium girl. She is the founder of “Polished Girlz”. Alanna wanted to combine her love of drawing and nail design for different projects, but was told she was too young to volunteer. Nevertheless, Alanna’s […]
  • Women of the Word: Reuel’s Seven Daughters

    virtuousgirls1
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:56 pm
    In Exodus chapter 2, we read of seven sisters who are at a desert well trying to get water. These sisters were the daughters of Reuel, priest of Midian. Unfortunately for them, some mean shepherds were also at the well hindering the seven sisters from getting what they had come for. Luckily for them, Moses […]
  • Having Confidence In Christ’s Return

    virtuousgirls1
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Matthew 24:36 tells us, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” The Bible is clear in telling us that no man knows when Jesus Christ will return. Despite this clarity, there are many who still predict the dates of when they believe He […]
  • One Day

    virtuousgirls1
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:26 pm
    One day, a little child will be able to have a wolf or a leopard or a lion or a bear for a pet. (Isaiah 11:6-9) The wolf will romp with the lamb, the leopard sleep with the kid. Calf and lion will eat from the same trough, and a little child will tend them. Cow and […]
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    Crafting The Word Of God

  • Jonah Sun Catcher

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Things are starting to calm down around here so I decided to upload a quick post. This is another quick, but cute sun catcher craft. This time for one of my favorite stories; the story of Jonah and the great fish. Instructions Print the template onto card stock. (Template) Glue the template sheet to the […]
  • Update: Lack Of Posting

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    7 Jul 2014 | 11:24 pm
    I want to talk about why I haven’t been regularly posting new crafts and activity sheets this month. The month of July has always been the most hectic month for me every year. It seams as if this is the moth when I’m at my busiest. Lucky for me this year I have even more projects to work […]
  • Lead By Example

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:11 am
    Quite often we fail to realize that the eyes of the kids in our children’s ministry are constantly glued on us and on what we do. For those whose parents are not saved we can be the only example they have of how a believer should act. This raises a question that we should all […]
  • Shout Out!

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    20 Jun 2014 | 11:17 am
    Check out Meaningful Mamas site where she shares her 100 best bible crafts from around the web. A few from Crafting The Word Of God were lucky enough to be included. Check it out! You can also enter for a chance to win $500 Filed under: Updates Tagged: best crafts, bible crafts, crafting the word […]
  • Burning Bush Sun Catcher

    Jesus Rolon (Crafting The Word Of God)
    17 Jun 2014 | 6:37 am
    A really cute craft for the story of Moses and the burning bush. Instructions Print the template onto card stock. (Template) Glue the template sheet to the back of a sheet of black construction paper. Cut out all of the white from the template. You will be left with the burning bush border shape. Place […]
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    Renewed Daily

  • Hedge of Protection

    Renewed Daily
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    **(My family and I are getting ready for our first ever family vacation this week! In order to have time to pack, rest up, plan and enjoy this time, I'm pulling some of the most popular posts from my blog and re-posting. Hope you don't mind.)** Why have You broken down its hedges, So that all who pass that way pick its fruit? A boar from the forest eats it away And whatever moves in the field feeds on it. - Psalm 80:12-13 Depression. It's defined as a sunken place or part; an area lower than the surrounding surface I think that's a pretty accurate description of how the face of…
  • Sunday Scripture: 7/27/14

    Renewed Daily
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. - James 1:19 If you have been helped by this post and think it could be helpful to someone you know, please share this post on the social network of your choice for me. All you have to do is click one of the buttons below. May God Bless You, Shelly The post Sunday Scripture: 7/27/14 appeared first on Renewed Daily.written by Renewed Daily
  • Recommendation Saturday:

    Renewed Daily
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. - 2 Corinthians 4:6 Don't settle for less.  Take it in stride. You can still be the answer to a prayer!  We are best when we are community.    I would love to share in some of that community right here from my website. You can join in, too! Share a post from your own blog and then simply click on the  “Add your link” button below and enter your blog information. Then, please grab my Recommendation Saturday…
  • Just The Invitation

    Renewed Daily
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    **(My family and I are getting ready for our first ever family vacation this week! In order to have time to pack, rest up, plan and enjoy this time, I'm pulling some of the most popular posts from my blog and re-posting. Hope you don't mind.)** Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” - John 14:23 Years ago, I sat in a Ladies' Bible Class where the topic turned to “Jesus is coming for supper. What do you do?” Amazingly, the women around me started talking about what…
  • Just Keep Going

    Renewed Daily
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    **(My family and I are getting ready for our first ever family vacation this week! In order to have time to pack, rest up, plan and enjoy this time, I'm pulling some of the most popular posts from my blog and re-posting. Hope you don't mind.)** Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. - Romans 12:12 When I first became very ill, the constant running theme in my life was “I don't know how to do this!” And I didn't. It was true. I didn't know how to be sick. I didn't know how to not feel guilty about all that I couldn't do for my family. I didn't know how…
 
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    Kristine Mcguire

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

    kristinemac
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Well, I have waited a long time to write a post dedicated to the topic of the trio of erotica (FYI–story porn) novels which has taken the world by storm. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hope Remains

    kristinemac
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:15 pm
    You know those days when a lot of what you see or hear (especially in this social media world in which we now live) leaves you nostalgic for the way "things used to be"? While I'm sure... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Will God Forgive Someone Who Praises the Devil?

    kristinemac
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Do you want to know what saddens me? People who believe (fear) that whatever they (or someone they know/love) have done (or even may still be doing) cannot be forgiven by God. How is it possible... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What Is A Paranormal Experience?

    kristinemac
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Here is a question I have noticed this evening:  "What is a paranormal experience?" Techenically speaking (and according to a dictionary definition) a "paranormal experience... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Known. Valued. Loved

    kristinemac
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:54 pm
    When it comes to spiritual warfare it is important to know your identity. As Christians, we walk day by day in relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are part of God's kingdom as His... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Movie Parables

  • 3 Days to Kill (2014)

    Michael Elliott
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott Ethan Renner has a lot on his plate. He is an accomplished CIA assassin on one last seemingly impossible mission before retirement. He is estranged from his family but trying to rebuild a relationship with his teenaged daughter. And he is dying of a rare and incurable disease. It will come to no surprise to parents that it is the middle issue that is giving him the most trouble. When Renner (Kevin Costner) discovers that he has limited time left on this earth, he tries to start putting his affairs in order. It isn’t going to be an easy task. Mainly because…
  • Prisoners (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    1 Jun 2014 | 7:55 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott What is a father to do? In Prisoners, two girls disappear from their homes and the only suspect is a young man whose camper van was spotted in the vicinity. When the police are unable to hold or charge him with anything due to a lack of physical evidence, the father of one of the girls decides to take matters into his own hands. Hugh Jackman stars as Keller Dover, a working class man who is driven to desperation after the investigation into his daughter’s disappearance hits a dead end. Keller remains convinced of the guilt of Alex Jones (Paul Dano), a…
  • The Nut Job (2014)

    Michael Elliott
    28 May 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott The animated children’s movie, The Nut Job, may be interesting to look at but it is sadly uninteresting to watch. The artwork is great, the vocal talent is competent, but the story is pedestrian at best. Surly Squirrel (voice by Will Arnett) is a resourceful, adventurous non-hero type whose main interest in life is looking out for number one – himself. He lives in a park that is home to an odd assortment of animals that have all agreed to form a collective in order to have a better chance of surviving the coming winter. Based on the food supply…
  • Her (2013)

    Michael Elliott
    24 May 2014 | 6:20 pm
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott Her, the latest film from the imaginative mind of Spike Jonze, is not just another love story. It is a sad and telling commentary on loneliness, isolation, and the false comfort we derive from an overdependence on technology. Set in an undisclosed future that cannot be too distant from us, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) is a professional letter writer for people who can’t be bothered to take the time to be intimate but still want to keep up the appearance of intimacy. Moping around after a painful divorce, Theodore is one of the first to try out a new computer…
  • I, Frankenstein (2014)

    Michael Elliott
    24 May 2014 | 5:30 am
    A Movie Parable by Michael Elliott In I, Frankenstein, an unlikely hero joins the eternal battle between good and evil. Frankenstein’s monster, doomed by his creator to wander the earth in a solitary existence, finds himself to be the key to both mankind’s survival and its total annihilation. It has been 200 years since the monster (Aaron Eckhart) buried the grieving doctor who had foolishly pursued his creation into the frozen tundra following the murder of his wife. Since then the world has changed greatly. The one thing that remains unchanged is the unending struggle that is invisible…
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  • Deliver Us From Evil (book review)

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Deliver Us from Evil by Don Basham was an interesting book about a Christian man's journey from believing that the devil and demons did not exist and had never existed to recognizing the influence of them in our world.  The tag line of the book is "A Pastor's Reluctant Encounters with the Powers of Darkness."  It is really an apt description. At the beginning of this story, Mr. Basham
  • Red Lights and Low on Gas

    14 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Saturday night, I found myself across town with about 30 miles worth of gas in my car.  My husband had told me he would get gas in the morning, so I headed toward home.  I knew there was enough gas to get home and to the gas station in the morning, but I asked God to help us extend that gas a little farther by helping me not have to stop at any red lights. In the interest of full disclosure, I
  • Grumpy Old Men: Mad About Hypocrisy (Video)

    11 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    It's been a while since I've shared a sermon with you, and it's been a while since I've listened to one from my alma mater, so I knew it was time to find something worth listening to and worth sharing. I was pleased to find one about David, since I've been reading so much about him lately.  (You can see my posts about that here and here.)  This is a great look at David, Bathsheba, and Nathan.  
  • Discussion: Demons

    11 Jul 2014 | 11:48 am
    Do demons exist? I recently started reading a book about a particular man's journey in learning about the existence of demons and spiritual warfare.  I was surprised that the man had been the minister of a church that regularly had healings take place and many other miracles, but he solidly did not believe in the real existence of the devil or demons. I have a hard time with the idea that
  • The Lord Looks at the Heart

    7 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I've been reading a lot about the life of David lately. First, I read a historical fiction book about Michael, and right after I finished that one, I read two more books from the same author, one about Abigail and one about Bathsheba. While I realize that much of it is conjecture, it brought me into the life of David in a unique way, through the minds of his wives.  I suggest you read all
 
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  • Salsa Church

    Karen Woodall
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    It’s been beautiful at our house this summer.  Hot days, warm nights and just enough rain. For a backyard gardener like me, that means ripe garden tomatoes, crisp bell peppers, hot jalapenos and habaneros, and fresh onions are stacked on the counter in our kitchen. That can only mean one thing… Salsa time! So recently, […]
  • Preparing for the Unknown: 4 Lessons from Joshua

    Karen Woodall
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    My favorite teacher in elementary school was Ms. Sharon. She sported a cool shag haircut and large tortoise shell framed glasses. Almost every day she would wear one of her many a mod-print mini dresses along with tan go-go boots. That may seem a little over the top, but it was 1972, so she was right […]
  • Broken Down, but Not Stuck

    Karen Woodall
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:10 am
    My family just returned from a trip to North Carolina to visit my parents, where we had a wonderful time cooking out and playing at their lake house to celebrate the the Fourth of July. The weather was nearly perfect. Sunny and just hot enough to remind us that it was summer. But thanks to uncharacteristically low humidity and light breezes (courtesy […]
  • Taking Sides

    Karen Woodall
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:33 am
    I was recently involved in a discussion about shrinking religious liberties in America. Near the end of the conversation, my friend solidified his position by confidently proclaiming that “If we keep working hard and stand strong, we WILL WIN because God is on our side.” “God is on our side…’ . hummmmm I’m pretty sure […]
  • Liberated

    Karen
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:31 am
    Janez Rus was a young shoemaker in Germany in 1945. Hoping to make connections and gain some notoriety for himself, he participated in several pro-Nazi rallies. But when the government fell at the end of World War II, he realized he had chosen the wrong side. Fearing that the Allied troops would label him a […]
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    Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times

  • Why God Made Rats: Loving the Unlovable

    Martin
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:54 pm
    Why rats remind me of the need to accept people as they are. There are rats in the alley behind my house… rats and cats. Ugly, gray rats often scurry in and out of a narrow gap between the walls of two of the yards behind me. One day, I saw a cute, little kitten [...] The post Why God Made Rats: Loving the Unlovable appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • Mid-2014 Ministry Update

    Martin
    31 May 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Early this year, I collected and reviewed the data from my book sales, blog views, and social media follow/unfollow rates. I could only conclude that as things stand now, I have no lasting future as a Christian author and blogger. This doesn’t mean I plan to stop blogging altogether. However, it does mean that among [...] The post Mid-2014 Ministry Update appeared first on Premodern Wisdom for Postmodern Times.
  • How the Idolatry of Celebrity Worship Has Infiltrated Christianity

    Martin
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    …And What We Can Do About It American Idol stage, image courtesy hyku@Flickr (CC-SA) In some ways, the show American Idol is emblematic of our pop culture “religion.” The judges are like wealthy entertainment moguls and promoters who decide what people to hire and promote as celebrities. They are the “gods” of our culture. The [...] The post How the Idolatry of Celebrity Worship Has Infiltrated Christianity appeared first on 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.
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    Self Talk the Gospel

  • STG Friday Faves – Vol. 6

    Self Talk the Gospel
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Welcome to our Friday Faves! In case you missed it, here is a collection of content we found online this week that we thought you might enjoy. Although we won’t always endorse or agree with everything you see here, we would love to provoke your thoughts. Enjoy! In which we are learning the unforced rhythms of grace by Sarah Bessey “I rewrote most of my devotional just hours before, refocusing myself on the unforced rhythm of grace, the release of our tendency to work-harder-run-faster-do-more, and the life that feeds our work: our friendship with Jesus, our life in the Vine, our…
  • How to Live the Good Life

    Beth Nicoletto
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here, come sit at my table. Drink some Wild West tea I snatched from my trip to Montana and let’s kick off our shoes. The lights are dimmed, the baby is asleep and I’ve got time. Time to sit with you, with our shoes off and tea steeped. The question for the night is, how can one live the good life? Great question. One that could bring 6 billion different answers, one unique to each individual on this planet. An answer that guides and directs our steps, our purposes, our moments. One that some people search for their whole lives. I sit across from you and simply share that I believe to…
  • When God Is With Us – Part One

    Melissa Danisi
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    I know it’s not Christmas, but I can’t stop thinking about those 3 words:  God with us. Immanuel Christ incarnate God leaving his holy dwelling, putting on flesh, to dwell among us, to enter in to our mess, our need. Unlike any other religion, Christianity has a God that is both transcendent and immanent.  He is beyond our understanding, beyond our finite thinking, and yet intimately involved in every detail, and with us in every part of our life. Sometimes, when I set out on my daily walk, I put my headphones in and I press play on my bible app to Matthew 5-7, the Sermon on the…
  • How to Be the Church We Were Meant to Be

    Molly DeFrank
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Southern California June drizzle declared war on my frizzy hair. I sat with three other fourteen-year-old retreat-goers, and we eyed the straws and gumdrops before us. In our freshman awkwardness, we tried to look more bored than the person next to us (bored=cool when you’re 14). We waited for the middle-aged church lady to give us instructions. “Each group will use the gumdrops and straws to build a church. The group that builds the largest church will win a prize,” The woman announced as she held up four Snickers bars. “You have ten minutes. Get started.” Eight separate groups…
  • The “Other Brother” and God’s Grace for the Self-Righteous

    Christina Machuca
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Once in a while, I make myself enjoy a Saturday that involves zero makeup and yoga pants. This was one of those Saturdays. I was lying on the couch enjoying my third Netflix movie, my sister was sick with a cold upstairs, and the doorbell rang. On the other side of the door stood my sister’s boyfriend with soup in one hand and roses in the other. For me? No, no, for my sister who my family often refers to as the “prodigal daughter.” I thanked him and took his offerings to my sister, as she refused to see him in her state of sickness. As I walked up the stairs to give her the delivery I…
 
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    Bible Gateway Blog

  • What People Use the Internet For

    Jonathan
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:07 pm
    When we saw that Americans spend most of their online time in social networking and emailing—according to an online survey by GfK and the Interactive Advertising Bureau—we thought it may be helpful to remind you of the many places you can encounter Bible Gateway’s daily Internet content. The study says the average American interacts with websites like Facebook and Twitter for 37 minutes each day. The daily average for email activities is 29 minutes, while search and watching online video tie for an average each of 23 minutes a day. Since almost half of all American adults…
  • What They’re Saying About the New Bible Gateway on Twitter

    Andy
    27 Jun 2014 | 1:10 pm
    We’ve been very pleased with the feedback we’ve gotten so far about the new Bible Gateway. Many of you are finding the new site easier to use and navigate. And even feedback pointing out problems with the new site has helped us to make some useful tweaks and improvements. Many Bible Gateway fans on Twitter have been talking about the new site… and they like what they see! Here’s a sampling of Twitter praise for the new Bible Gateway. Thanks to everyone who’s sharing their love for Bible Gateway online! My review of the new @biblegateway. The premier Bible website…
  • The Life-Enriching Benefit of a Phrase: An Interview with Marilyn Chandler McEntyre

    Jonathan
    26 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    Aside from concentrating on entire books of the Bible or chapters or even verses, sometimes brief, simple phrases can do the most to inspire and draw a reader closer to God. Bible Gateway interviewed Marilyn Chandler McEntyre (@marilynmcentyre) about her book, What’s in a Phrase?: Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014). You write, “Phrases have lives of their own.” What do you mean? Ms. McEntyre: While a sentence leaves us with a declaration or proposition or question to consider, a phrase doesn’t declare or propose, but drops into our…
  • We’re Listening! Answers to Common Questions About the New Bible Gateway

    Andy
    25 Jun 2014 | 9:31 am
    Since we started rolling out the new Bible Gateway website this week, we’ve received many comments and questions from users. (Please keep that feedback coming!) We’ve noticed that some issues are coming up more frequently than others. Here are five of the most common questions and issues we’re hearing about the new website, and what we’ve done to respond to them. 1. What happened to the various options on Bible passage pages–audio, parallel view, text display options, etc.? All of these options are still present, but many users reported trouble locating them. To make…
  • Get More Out of Your Bible Reading: Five Things to Try at the New Bible Gateway

    Andy
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:36 pm
    So, you’ve seen the new Bible Gateway, either at BibleGateway.com (where it’s being rolled out gradually this week) or at the beta website. You’ve probably realized by now that the basic stuff—searching Scripture and reading Bible passages—works more or less like it always has. Many Bible Gateway visitors use the site to look up Bible verses and little else. And that’s great! But Bible Gateway can do a lot more than just display Bible verses. Here are five simple things you can do at the new Bible Gateway to move beyond “just” looking up Bible…
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    The Nicene Nerd

  • 7 Ways to Walk on the Way

    Caleb Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Just some random stuff I wrote way back when about living the life we’re called to live in following Christ. Be Generous …it is necessary to…keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus, for He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Acts 20:35 The giver of a gift is happier than the recipient. God blesses him for being generous, and he can take joy in the fact that his work fulfills the Law of Love and lets his light shine before men for the glory of God. Each person should do as he has decided in his heart—not out of regret or out of necessity, for…
  • The Baby

    Caleb Smith
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    If you know me in real life, you probably already know this, though you might be left in the dark for some reason. At 2:03PM, on July 16, 2014, my wife gave birth to David Nathaniel Smith (aka Nathan), my son. (And yes, I am 19. And yes, he was an entirely post-nuptial pregnancy.) He was 21¾ inches and 9 lbs 2.3 oz. So began a brand new and amazing chapter of my life. At this point its been 11 days. They have been pretty interesting, certainly fun and a bit difficult at times. But I love every minute thus far. To be honest, I was worried a bit before the baby was born that I just…
  • Can You Actually Lose Your Salvation? Part 1

    Caleb Smith
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    I do not believe that there is any way to lose (or give up) salvation. Or at least I do not think there is. Yet some verses in Scripture are pretty difficult to interpret this way. To get right to it, there are two major problem passages which come up often. I usually don’t spend much time on them, but by request I am now going to tackle them. The Trouble Texts For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of…
  • Don’t Forget to Love

    Caleb Smith
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:23 pm
    As Christians, most of us do quite a bit of Bible study in some form or another. We always have a topic to talk about, a sermon to listen to, or theological issue to study. Isn’t this to be expected, though? We have 66 books (73 if you’re Catholic) which we hold to be our ultimate authority. We’re told that they’re profitable for teaching, correction, rebuking, and the like. So naturally we’ll want to get all the ins and outs sorted. Alas, every noble endeavor has its dangers, and studying Scripture is no exception. When we’re trying to figure out…
  • The One Thing I Know

    Caleb Smith
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    I have lots of questions. This is in stark contrast to the “me” of two years ago, who had nothing but answers. But that’s how things go naturally. The more you come to know, the more you realize you don’t actually know. For many issues, I would go so far as to say that certainty is really just ignorance of possibilities. Of course, that’s not necessarily desirable. We all—and I know especially I—want to know the truth without doubt. Some argue that it is an affront on the clarity and sufficiency of Scripture to think that we cannot. Yet the more I learn about…
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    Nomadic Ministry

  • Let Your Life Be the Adventure God Planned for You

    Kyle
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:03 pm
    We lack spontaneity in our culture today. We need things to be planned, replanned, and planned again and without that order the fabric of our reality crashes down around us. We feel trapped without the ability to know what is going to happen at all times and be able to control it down to the very minute detail. The problem with this is that God is the only one that knows what will happen in the next minute let alone tomorrow.  I believe that life would be greater for each and every one of us if we would just sit back, go with the flow, and allow God to show us the adventure our lives can be.
  • The Deaths of Innocents

    Kyle
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Since the beginning of the current Israeli and Palestinian conflict there have been a number of civilians who have lost their lives to a number of different sources. As Christians we see these actions as reprehensible. Any act that takes the life away from a fellow human is seen as evil for as Christ told us we need to turn the other cheek. Though the loss of life in battle by a noncombatant is tragic the society we live in and the way wars have been waged since the beginning of time have made it such. Back in biblical times there was really no distinction between combatant and civilian. God…
  • The Seventh Seal: The Culmination of History

    Kyle
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    This week brings us to the end of our look at the Seals of Revelation. We find the last seal in Revelation 8:1-6. This is where we see the overview of history transition into the tribulation period we know as Daniel’s 70th week. Revelation 8:1-6 states, “And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. And I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets. And another angel came and stood at the altar having a golden censer, and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer with the…
  • Sola Scriptura

    Kyle
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Without the New or Old Testaments we would have nary an idea of what occurred during the creation of the universe, the workings of God through His chosen people, nor the life of our Messiah, Jesus. Most Christians will tell you that everything in the Bible is the inspired word of God and that it is clearly infallible to a tee, because of this they believe it should be Scripture alone that governs our lives, or Sola Scriptura. The problem with this is that it presupposes us to blindly accept what we are told even if our conscience or common sense tells us otherwise.    Contrary to popular…
  • They Thought Jesus Was Crazy Too

    Kyle
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    The man we call our Lord and Messiah lived under first century Roman rule in Judea and Samaria. During that time the religious elite included the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes. You usually belonged to one of the three groups and followed their ideology faithfully, not unlike a Christian picking a denomination today. Today we see everything our Lord did as sane and for the good of the people, but imagine what this would have looked like two thousand years ago.    For all everyone knew Jesus was the son of Mary and Joseph. As the son of a carpenter, mason, or whatever Joseph truly was…
 
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    Do You Really Believe.com

  • What more does God need to do?

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    If you gave up one of your children to death to help a person be free and clear, what more do you think you would need to do?  Can anything else be done?  Is there any greater cost? 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19…
  • Where would Jesus sleep?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Vacations with extended family can be a lot like following Jesus in that they both require patience, faith, and sacrifice. Patience so you don’t end up jumping off the hotel because your cousin is so annoying, faith that the driver won’t fall asleep at any given moment, and sacrifice the best possible bed for your relatives, so you wind up with a blow up bed. In all these things, we should remember that we are the annoying relative, and Jesus has patience with us. We should know that Jesus is our driver, and He won’t fall asleep at the wheel, because He wants us to be safe.
  • Do you love people that you hate?

    admin
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    It is so easy to get angry with others if they cause you to get frustrated or if they cause any type of harm to you or your family.  Also, in today’s world, it seems that if you do nothing about it you could be considered weak or not caring. If these people that do this to you were truly loved by yourself, do you think it would change the world we live in? Love for Enemies 43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He…
  • Are you willing to suffer?

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Arrested. Tortured. Beheaded. Murdered.  Hung upside down to die.  What do all these punishments have in common? They are all punishments early followers of Christ faced for following Him.  The punishments they faced were punishments reserved for the hardest criminals, but were given as a means of persecution.  The Bible warns us that we are going to face persecution.  The road to the future won’t be easy.  We have to choose whether we want to pay the price of following Him, or if we want to be like the world. You will be hated by everyone because of me, but the one who stands…
  • Do you wonder if the Bible is real?

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I recently asked this question to a group of people and many responded that it’s hard to understand the difference in the Old Testament (the beginning) and the New Testament (the life of Jesus).  In general, everyone believed that it is a real book based on facts. This issue between the old and new is that the old is about a God that seemed to zap people and the new is about a loving God.  One person gave an illustration about when your kids are little, you simply punish them when they do something wrong without any explanation.  An example is when a 2-year-old child grabs at a…
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    a Journal of Missional Living

  • Our Drift from Generosity

    Sharon R Hoover
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    We know the  Golden Rule of Kindergarten: share with others. We teach it, encourage it, expect it. Scripture calls us to it (Luke 10:25-37, James 2:14-17, Hebrews 13:16). Yet as adults we drift away from basic generosity. Ambition, hurts, envy, and betrayals become unseen companions in our journey. They bend our steps off our intended Christ-centered path. […] The post Our Drift from Generosity appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Connecting Life through Blogs

    Sharon R Hoover
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:35 am
    Everyone has a story. And, we are connected to one another’s story. Sometimes our paths physically criss-cross; other times similar experiences draw us together. We have much to learn from one another’s story. Blogs offer one way to share these adventures. Their public voice creates a bridge between us and allows us access to one another that we […] The post Connecting Life through Blogs appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • 5 Ways to Explore the New Bible Gateway

    Sharon R Hoover
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    I am a fan of innovation. This week brought a new, crisp interface for my favorite online Bible research site, Bible Gateway. I do still like to turn the pages of my “real” Bible. But when I want to do research online, I appreciate the ease and depth of Bible Gateway. The new interface simplifies […] The post 5 Ways to Explore the New Bible Gateway appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Is God at Work?

    Sharon R Hoover
    19 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    “Where have you seen God working lately?” Our pastor asked. I glanced over at a smudge on the wall to avoid his eyes. I could not think of a “lately” example. How can that be?? Everything that I believe about God declares that He is alive and active! I’ve come to the humble realization that it […] The post Is God at Work? appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
  • Prayer for Global Needs (infographic)

    Sharon R Hoover
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:05 am
    I long for world peace. Really. I’m not a beauty contestant trying for the “right” answer (except for that one Junior Miss event in high school… but we won’t talk about that right now!). I’m not writing an essay for college admission. I truly long for our world to be at peace. Most times, however, I […] The post Prayer for Global Needs (infographic) appeared first on a Journal of Missional Living.
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    Brad Andres

  • HisNameHigh with the Genesis of Grace

    Brad Andres
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Editors Note: This is a guest post by HisNameHigh (HNH) Ministries. HNH Ministries exists to further the gospel of Christ using a three-fold approach being motivated by the very Person of Love. They say “the only story worth telling, the only song worth singing, and the only life worth living is the one that is lifting His Name High.” You can connect with HNH ministries on Facebook. In the beginning, HisNameHigh started as a group of young, passionate, teenaged Jesus followers who heard the call to compose and lead worship in the early 2000s. Following several years of touring,…
  • Why Saying “Don’t Be So Heavenly Minded That You’re No Earthly Good” May Not Be Good Thing

    Brad Andres
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Besides poor grammar, “don’t be so heavenly minded that you’re no earthly good” communicates that thinking about heaven and living in anticipation of arriving at heaven is a negative thing. As with any group of words, the context in which these words are given help determine the actual meaning. The context which this phrase normally appears in is something similar to the following: A new believer decides he is not going to hang out with his old friends. He makes this choice even though he has not yet told them about their decision to follow Christ. Then,…
  • Adultery and The Great Misunderstanding of Following Christ

    Brad Andres
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    We’ve discussed what the state of Pornography reveals about American Culture. Pornographic materials are easier to find online now than they ever have been before. But, this isn’t the only online danger lurking around. In the recent years, the popularity of online dating websites has risen to a high level. Even for Christians, there are online websites dedicated to helping you find the right match, assisting you in finding God’s partner for your life. Among these websites are Christian Mingle and eHarmony. However, there seems to be another website where supposed believers…
  • The Slender Man Stabbing and Childlike Faith: What Should We Learn From This?

    Brad Andres
    9 Jun 2014 | 8:25 am
    Two 12-year-old girls plotted to kill one of their friends for several months. They invited her to a sleepover and planned to kill her the next morning at a public park. These two girls thought through the fact that the bathroom in the park had a drain. This would provide them a way to clean up the blood, they reasoned together. By divine providence, the murder didn’t unfold as planned, but unfortunately, the victim of this sinister plot was stabbed 19 times with a five-inch blade. Fortunately, as nothing short than miraculous protection from God, the victim is alive and in stable…
  • How God Shows Heaven Is For Real

    Brad Andres
    3 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jesus was talking to his disciples over dinner. These people have spent the past three years with Jesus. They’ve seen him do some amazing things, like raise people from the dead, heal paralyzed people, see people healed of leprosy, and see five loaves of bread and a couple fish multiply itself to feed thousands of people. Consequently, when Jesus spoke, these people listened. So Jesus starts to tell them one of the most radical thoughts he has had yet. Jesus explains that he is going to die, then he is going to rise up from the dead three days later. Shock fills the room… So Jesus…
 
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    Steve Bremner | Author, Podcaster & Missionary to Peru

  • How Star Trek: The Next Generation Taught Me to Live Life On Purpose

    Steve Bremner
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    I started writing this article for Medium.com nearly a year ago but never got around to posting it. When I decided to publish it on my blog, I was going to split it into two parts, but decided to leave it as it is. It's long, so I hope you have your cup of coffee handy, but if you're a sci-fi nerd like me you'll still appreciate the thoughts put forth. When I was a pre-adolescent, I looked forward to watching brand new episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation on Friday nights at 10pm on our local [Continue reading...]
  • My First Thoughts About Kindle Unlimited

    Steve Bremner
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:36 pm
    You'll have to forgive me for yet another post about Amazon Kindle in quick succession. I've been working on some other updates and more theological posts about disciple-making for my blog which I'll get around to this week. With the timing of the new Kindle Unlimited service, I couldn't resist the urge to post real quick about it and then get back to my other planned writings. I found out about it on Thursday as a rumour, but then on Friday they actually launched it. For those visiting my [Continue reading...]
  • KDP Free Days vs. KDP Countdown Deals

    Steve Bremner
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:37 pm
    This post is written specifically for other authors who've written Kindle books or are planning on it. I've written previously why many authors make their books exclusive to the Amazon platform, specifically for the promotion benefits Amazon gives authors who are enrolled in KDP Select for 90 day intervals. When enrolled in KDP Select, an author has the opportunity to do one of two promotions during that ninety day period; either a free promotion up to 5 days in length or broken up into parts [Continue reading...]
  • Why Your Favorite Indie Authors only Publish on Amazon

    Steve Bremner
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    From time to time, I get asked why my books aren't available on the Kobo/Nook/iPad, or [insert your non-Kindle e-reader of choice]. The simple answer? The vast majority of e-book readers use a Kindle device (like 55% of the market). The other 45% is divided over the e-reader options. I would sincerely love to accommodate those who encourage me and like my writing but simply have another preferred device for reading ebooks. Unfortunately, most of the other companies are NOT user-friendly [Continue reading...]
  • Church as Community | Podcast with Michael Dow

    Steve Bremner
    6 Jul 2014 | 11:52 pm
    This week I was privileged to finally have Michael Dow on the show. He has spent his entire saved life in a few different types of ministries, one of which was a missional community called King's People in Charlotte, N.C. He now is apprenticing with Daniel Kolenda, of Christ For All Nations, doing massive crusade evangelism around the world. Shortly after having published the podcast interview/discussion I had with Eric Gilmour back in January, Eric sent me a message out of the blue suggesting [Continue reading...]
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  • Do You Remember what Church is Supposed to Be?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Do you remember? How Church is supposed to be and what it is supposed to do? Have the light shows and fog machines clouded our minds? Maybe this will help: We are the Church The post Do You Remember what Church is Supposed to Be? appeared first on Only|Ordinary.
  • Are we changing church to attract people…too much?

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Is Your Church Relevant? I found a post on ChurcLeaders that was about trying to be relevant to young adults. You can read the article here.  Basically the author states that what a young adult wants in their 20’s is different than what they want in their 30’s. So the question needs to be asked why are we changing our churches to attract young adults in their 20’s only to loose them because they don’t like the church of their 20’s in their 30’s. Church is supposed to be where people gather with God at the center…not our wants, styles, culture. The post Are we changing church to…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 14: Watcha gonna do now PL?

    admin
    3 Jun 2014 | 6:52 am
    Watcha gonna do now PL? IF you have ever been to Ranger School that is a question you have probably  heard a lot.   It is usually asked about the time the stuff just hit the fan and the plan you had has gone out the window and you as the Leader are standing there like a deer in the headlights, possibly mumbling to yourself…saying don’t cry, don’t cry… The question is mean to find out what you are going to do with the mess you just found yourself in. Unconventional Leaders are able to answer that question 99% of the time.  They may have to take a knee and a deep breath, think a…
  • What if Churches had to follow Truth in Advertising Laws?

    admin
    17 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    What if Churches had to Follow Truth in Advertising Laws like businesses do? What do you think a church add would look like or sound like?   Here a a few church commercials you can watch     This is what your church looks like to first timers:     This is what Christians sound like to those that don’t go to church.   Here is a commercial if churches had to follow Truth in Advertising Laws.     Here is the best T-Shirt ever                         The truth is that there are no perfect…
  • Unconventional Leadership Lesson Number 13: Three Things Unconventional Leaders do that Conventional Leaders don’t.

    admin
    4 May 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Three things Unconventional Leaders do that Conventional Leaders do not: Eat Right Sleep Right Exercise   There are tons of books that tell you all of this, but unconventional leaders actually do it.  I am not saying that they get eight hours of sleep a night or eat the perfect balanced meal that has all the proper food groups.  I am saying that they eat what is right for them and the mission the sleep the right amount for them and their mission and they exercise.   I was on a seventeen hour flight one time when about half way through the flight, some guys started pulling those elastic…
 
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  • Sports Roundup — Monday, July 28, 2014

    Shaun Mc Neilage
    27 Jul 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Rugby Commonwealth Games:  South Africa stun New Zealand for sevens gold South Africa stunned four-time champions New Zealand with a nail-biting 17-12 final victory to seal Commonwealth rugby sevens gold at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow on Sunday (July 27). Tries from Seabelo Senatla (2) and Cecil Afrika, one converted by Branco du Preez, were enough for the Springboks to inflict a first-ever Commonwealth defeat on the previously all-conquering All Blacks. New Zealand, who were on a winning streak of 30 Commonwealth matches that stretched back to a Jonah Lomu-inspired side that won gold in the…
  • US scientist fired for questioning evolution

    Andre Viljoen
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:52 am
    California State University, which allegedly fired a biologist for making a discovery that questions evolution. Originally published in Christian News Network A legal defense organization filed a lawsuit this week against California State University, alleging that the school fired a biologist for discovering scientific evidence that contradicted evolutionary theory. Mark Armitage was a scientist at California State University—Northridge (CSUN), where he worked as a researcher and supervised the school’s electron microscope laboratory. He was also a member of several scientific…
  • Two Finnish Christian aid workers killed in Afghanistan

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    25 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    Herat, Afghanistan. Originally published by World Watch Monitor Two Finnish women working for a Christian aid charity have been killed by gunmen in Herat, Afghanistan; both had worked in Afghanistan for 16 years, having arrived there together in March 1997. Two men, travelling by motorcycle, shot two women, who worked for the International Assistance Mission, IAM – while they were in a taxi. No group has immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. Herat is the major city in north-west Afghanistan, and has escaped much of the violence of Kabul, Helmand and the south-east close to…
  • Global Leadership Summit 2014 — Weekly Update: July 25, 2014

    admin
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    The Willow Creek Association  2014 Global Leadership Summit will run in South Africa at 11 venues from October 10. The consistently inspiring two-day leadership training event which is held in 105 countries celebrates its 20th anniversary this year — and its 10th anniversary in South Africa! MEET THE SPEAKERS — PATRICK LENCIONI Best-selling Business Author; Founder and President, The Table Group Author of ten business books with more than three million copies sold, including The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business A leading organizational…
  • Christian perspectives on Israel-Gaza conflict

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    24 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    By INcontext Ministries – Originally published in A World In Motion, Issue 104, 24 July 2014 The United States will provide $47m in humanitarian aid to help Palestinians hit by Israel’s military campaign in the Gaza Strip, Secretary of State John Kerry has said. The comment comes as Kerry embarks on a diplomatic push to secure a ceasefire in the region. “We are deeply concerned about the consequences of Israel’s appropriate and legitimate effort to defend itself,” Kerry said in Cairo as he met United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. “No country can…
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  • When it’s hard to believe that hope is coming

    Wendy van Eyck
    27 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. John 1:5 (NLT)I opened my eyes in the dark. I pressed the alarm clock and saw 5:00am shine back at me. I nudged my husband and whispered it’s time to go. We dressed quickly and slipped into the car. We headed North West into the blackness around us. An hour passed and still no sunlight penetrated the horizon. I looked around me and I thought about how when everything is dark it seems like it will stay that way forever. At that moment, in the dark, it felt hard to imagine that we would ever be driving…
  • If you’re wondering when God will blow the whistle on your sin

    Wendy van Eyck
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:31 am
    [A note from Wendy: Today I'm lending this space to Kristen Wetherell. A newlywed who loves to write about how each of us can find out who we are through spending time with Jesus.]For Jesus is not some high priest who has no sympathy for our weaknesses and flaws. He has already been tested in every way that we are tested; but He emerged victorious, without failing God. So let us step boldly to the throne of grace, where we can find mercy and grace to help when we need it most. Hebrews 4:15-16 (VOICE)The Lord is not a referee.When my pastor spoke these words from the pulpit the other…
  • When you’re fighting (for) each other

    Wendy van Eyck
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
     Many waters cannot quench love, nor can rivers drown it. If a man tried to buy love with all his wealth, his offer would be utterly scorned. Song of Solomon 8:7 (NLT)It wasn’t love at first sight.By the time I met Xylon I had plans about who I was going to marry. He was going to be tall, dark and handsome. And Xylon is only two of those things: handsome and dark.When I met Xylon I didn’t know if I could spend the rest of my life looking down to a man. But Xylon didn’t care. He took a risk. He fought for me. He romanced me (still does). Poured out his heart over an untouched meal…
  • When you’re wondering what God wants from you

    Wendy van Eyck
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:30 pm
    But he’s already made it plain how to live, what to do, what God is looking for in men and women. It’s quite simple: Do what is fair and just to your neighbour, be compassionate and loyal in your love, And don’t take yourself too seriously – take God seriously. Micah 6:8 (MSG)Sometimes learning to love like God makes me feel uncomfortable. (tweet this)The other night I went for dinner with friends. We ordered pizza, and we laughed, and we spoke about the ups-and-downs of our week.And then my one friend started speaking about meeting a homeless woman. My friend said all she…
  • When love is hard (or when you're worried love will mean you have to move to South Sudan)

    Wendy van Eyck
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:19 am
    The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God, because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love. 1 John 4:8 (MSG)Love.I don’t know why but the word makes me uncomfortable, so uncomfortable that for years I couldn’t write, “Love, Wendy”, on cards or letters or emails. I would write anything but “love”. Recently, I’ve started ending my letters with “love”. I’ve started scrawling love out in scratches that resemble a doctors’ badly written script. I’ve started taping “L-O-V-E” out at the end of emails. And…
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  • The Art of Whimsy and Wonder

    Charles Crutcher
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    This past weekend, I had the joy of spending time with family and friends doing what I love: mosey. Another way to put it is spending time with others. Saturday I spent a beautiful day with great weather that is a bit out of place for July, only experiencing temps in the sixties and seventies in Oklahoma. Under the big captivating sky, me and some friends were among undulating green hills of a golf course. I knew the day was special and would probably never come around just like that again. Some of these friends I have known for several years and some newly acquainted. You know what I love…
  • Finish the Race

    Steve Becker
    18 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Not many people in the USA watch the Tour de France, but I am an exception, I guess. For those that don’t know anything about Le Tour, here is the express overview. The event is 21 days long. All but two or three days, scattered across the 21, the typical day consists of a 100 mile or longer race. The riders push their bodies and minds to do all this in a compact time-frame. Oh, I forgot to mention that the riders typically travel at 25-60 mph and climb and descend mountains along the way. One of the riders that was predicted to be a potential overall winner is Andrew Talansky.
  • Are You Content?

    Charles Crutcher
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Yesterday is a wrinkle on your foreheadYesterday is a promise that you’ve brokenDon’t close your eyes, don’t close your eyesThis is your life and today is all you’ve got nowYeah, and today is all you’ll ever haveDon’t close your eyesDon’t close your eyesThis is your life, are you who you want to be?This is your life, are you who you want to be?This is your life, is it everything you dreamed that it would be?When the world was younger and you had everything to lose-Switchfoot I was listening to this song while working out today and I was hit by a…
  • Kicking and Screaming

    Steve Becker
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:32 pm
    I have a confession to make.  There are days when I cannot even imagine my life without Christ.  And then there are the days when He has to drag me down His path kicking and screaming.  I have had quite a few of the latter lately and it has affected my attitude quite a bit. Having a relationship with another person is difficult.  There are disagreements, arguments, laughing and crying and everything else in-between.  Having a relationship with Jesus is even more difficult at times.  Knowing you need to do what He leads you to even though you have absolutely zero desire to do it, well,…
  • 19 Years Later

    Charles Crutcher
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    The first time I saw Shannon, I admit my heart skipped a beat. And then she smiled. She lights up a room when she does that! We got married when we were both nineteen. Quite a few folks said we were too young. They could have been right, but nineteen years later, here we still are by God’s grace. In those years, our marriage has been tested. There have been good and challenging years, setbacks, loss, and some tragedy too. It seems in marriage that no one goes unscathed. Some don’t make it. I wish I could tell you the exact formula for a good marriage, but I don’t think there…
 
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  • Secrets In Marriage

    Ugochi Jolomi
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:17 am
    Why do couples keep secrets from each other? I have always wondered, and I always thought it was not right, but some say there are things your spouse should never know. “Like what?”I ask.... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Making Your Spouse Happy

    Ugochi Jolomi
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    There is a common saying that when mummy is not happy nobody else will be. I believe this applies to daddy too. The tone of every marriage is determined by the couple, the husband (man) and the... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • My Son Almost Blinded My Son’s Eye

    Ugochi Jolomi
    11 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We just got home that evening and it was just getting dark. I went straight into the kitchen to get dinner ready. When suddenly, out went the lights! It took just a flicker of moments for the lights... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • When Words Won’t Come Out Right

    Ugochi Jolomi
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:27 am
    I have heard a lot of people say they do not want to say anything or comment on a matter because they fear the words won’t come out right. They hold their thoughts and tongues back and battle hard... Please click on title to READ ALL.
  • Is Christ’s Return For Real?

    Ugochi Jolomi
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Long before I was born, long before my parents and great-grand parents were born. It had been written and told that Jesus is coming a second time to judge the earth. Now thousands of years have come... Please click on title to READ ALL.
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    Live In The Round

  • 28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am

    Joy
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    God is still good even if He does not answer our prayers in the way we would like.  That can be a difficult truth to believe, and it can be just as hard to figure out what it looks like to live in light of this truth.  Today, I’d like to reflect on two examples of people whose prayers were answered differently than they hoped but who still loved, served, and worshiped God for who He is.  People who believed, “And if not, He is still good.”  1. PaulPaul wrote about what he called “a thorn in the flesh” that he prayed God would take away.Three times I pleaded with…
  • An Uncanonized Psalm of Repentance

    Erin
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    I mentioned in my last post that after re-building the wall in Jerusalem Nehemiah was blessed to see repentance of the Israelites. As I began to work toward “re-building” with my husband who had slipped into adulterous sin I desired a deeper understanding of repentance. I want to know that there is a turning away from sin back to God and not just sadness that he had wronged me. Because I feel my husband has much to offer from studying this topic I asked him to help me write this post. He felt there were 3 main points to repentance that have spoken to him.1, True repentance can only…
  • Beautiful Things

    Kim
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    My husband and I loaded three screaming children into our car.  They were scared.  They were sad.  They were confused.  Three young lives were coming from a life of pain and joining our family through adoption.To try to soothe the children, we attempted to vocally calm them down, held their hands, and played worship music through the car stereo.  Gungor’s song, Beautiful Things, was the first song we heard.  “All this painI wonder if I’ll ever find my wayI wonder if my life could really change at allAll this earth    Could all that is lost…
  • The Tithe of a Good Steward

    Christina
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    No one likes to hear it—give, give, give. Give to your church! Give to this organization! Support that organization! We need your money!Give it to God. He “loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). It doesn't have to be a traditional tithe of ten percent, though if that works for you, do it. But God doesn't want just your money—yes, churches and missions need money to operate, but tithing shouldn't be about just our money. Don't just give to an organization; give to God.You've heard of the three T's—time, talents, and treasure. What can you give to God in the way of your time? It…
  • Only God Is Our Refuge

    LITR
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Our Lord Jesus,We thank You for not allowing us to face valleys on our own.  Thank you for the goodness of Your love. As Psalm 62 states, we praise You for being our Rock, Salvation, Fortress, and Refuge.We pour our hearts out to You today, Lord. Thank You for giving us hope in You.For women who need Your comfort in the shadow of the valley, Christ, we pray that they will find rest in You. God, calm our souls and remind us that we will only find hope in You.Love,Your Daughters In the RoundEllie Holcomb website“Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®…
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  • Mirror Image

    Michael Thompson
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:45 am
    I spent a lot of time this week looking into mirrors. No it was not vanity or obsession. Middle aged bald men don’t usually spend all that much time worrying about coiffure and couture. The mirrors were my wife’s idea. She thought it was time to update our four bathrooms. Fancy new faucets and sink hardware required under-cabinet contortions that have left me sore in places I didn’t realize there were muscles. Then there were the mirrors. First, five large plate-glass mirrors had to be removed. This I left to professionals as I quite enjoy having all 10 of my fingers. Next,…
  • It Won’t Be Long

    Michael Thompson
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Time is relative…sometimes even fickle it would seem Time Flies: it goes by so quickly when you’re having fun, watching your children grow or enjoying an insanely pleasurable vacation. Time Stands Still: when you are in pain, waiting for a promise to be fulfilled or enduring an intensely boring speech. The way we describe the passage of time during different situations belies our understanding that time doesn’t just “go by”. Pain freezes time in its tracks. When you are hurting–whether physically or psychically–time seems to almost move in reverse.
  • Worth It

    Michael Thompson
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:52 am
    Was it worth it? Answering that question has been a frequent internal reflection when looking back at my pivotal life choices. Sometimes the answer is joyfully easy. Though it has always challenged my self-centeredness and stretched my willingness to sacrifice and give, the 35 years of life with my amazing bride, Dianne, has made me a much happier and better man. Worth it! No matter the busyness and weariness that came when our children were little or how challenging and painful watching them face their own adult struggles, none of that could ever lessen the daily joy they are to me. Worth…
  • Trusted Source

    Michael Thompson
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    When the dialog box popped up it not only caught me by surprise, its message caught me off guard. “This publisher cannot be verified by a trusted source.“ The software was from a source I knew, but Windows had questions about its safety for my computer and the company network. While the download was safe, the warning sent my mind in another direction. What does it mean to be a “trusted source”? In technology it simply means the content comes from a person or site with which you are both familiar and comfortable that they have the digital security in place that will…
  • Two Sides of Discontent

    Michael Thompson
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    A little voice inside me–a psychic mini-me–perpetually pesters and agitates me. It gnaws incessantly at my soul screaming that I have settled for less than I should and become satisfied in that mediocrity. Every time I find myself comfortable, feeling at ease with where I am and at peace with who I am becoming, this nagging sense of restlessness circulates with my platelets infecting my whole being with “there has to be more!” I hate that little guy. He literally will not shut up and leave me alone. His name is Discontent. As a Jesus follower I know I am to be utterly…
 
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  • Authority

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Like it or not, authority is an important thing.  We all recognize the authority of the police (or if you don't and you break the law, then you'll be made to recognize it).  Authority can also mean credibility.  We talk about someone as being an "authority" on a certain subject, such as a doctor might be an authority on healthcare.  Authority doesn't simply come from wearing a uniform,
  • The Hook

    21 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Every good story starts with a hook.  This is where the author tries to draw you in and create in you the desire to find out what happens next.  This is what we mean when we say that you got "hooked" reading a book or watching a movie. John has a similar hook in his gospel with the wedding at Cana (John 2:1-12).  In this story Jesus attends a wedding, but they run out of wine.  In their
  • The Awards Podium

    14 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    I remember going with my dad to the state championship freestyle wrestling tournament when I was in High School.  We drove all the way to northern Nevada for the tournament just so that I could compete.  Freestyle wrestling is not very popular in Nevada, so we didn't have high expectations, but we thought that the statewide tournament would give at least some competition.   I remember my
  • Lost in Traffic

    7 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    Nothing is worse than getting lost in traffic, especially away from your own city.  My wife and I took a road trip to Seattle in the first year of our marriage, and had a little trouble finding our way around.  Why would anyone make one-way roads anyway?  I just imagine some disgruntled city planner cackling to himself about all of the driver's he was going to trap going down the wrong road
  • What's in a name?

    30 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Recently I was heading out to a house to take photos.  The company I work for owns the home, and I was tasked with finding a renter.  I needed the photos for the internet advertisement.  When I pulled up to the house, I found a U-Haul out front and a family moving in.  We had not rented to them... I felt bad for their family, but I pulled up the ownership records on my smart phone and
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  • 1 Corinthians 9

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    1 Corinthians 9 Page Contents Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 9 Audio Read the Bible Read 1 Corinthians 9 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on 1 Corinthians 9 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 9 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of 1 Corinthians 9 here online and […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • 1 Corinthians 8

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    1 Corinthians 8 Page Contents Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 8 Audio Read the Bible Read 1 Corinthians 8 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on 1 Corinthians 8 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 8 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of 1 Corinthians 8 here online and […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • 1 Corinthians 7

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    27 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1 Corinthians 7 Page Contents Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 7 Audio Read the Bible Read 1 Corinthians 7 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on 1 Corinthians 7 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 7 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of 1 Corinthians 7 here online and […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
  • 1 Corinthians 6

    neil@lookingtowardshome.com (Neil Goodman)
    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    1 Corinthians 6 Page Contents Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 6 Audio Read the Bible Read 1 Corinthians 6 in another Bible translation Study the Bible Bible Commentaries on 1 Corinthians 6 Matthew Henry Bible Commentary Hear the Bible: 1 Corinthians 6 Audio Listen to the streaming audio of 1 Corinthians 6 here online and […] This is a content summary only. Please visit the new, original page for full details.
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  • Excerpt from Upcoming Book on Metropolitan Petros

    Anastasios Hudson
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    My book, Metropolitan Petros: A Microcosm of the Old Calendar Church in America will be released as an ebook and in print-on-demand format this week, God-willing. I am putting together the final edits and formatting to meet the various publishers’ requirements. In the meantime, here is an excerpt of the work, the Preface to the Published Edition. Please stay tuned, and plan to purchase your copy, which will help raise awareness of this monumental figure, and help support my writing career and family! Preface to the Published Edition The first time that I visited the Cathedral of Saint…
  • New Calendarist Elders

    Anastasios Hudson
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Part of my ongoing Correspondence series, featuring replies to people who contacted me and asked questions, mostly when I served as a priest (2008-2013). Dear Chris, I’m not surprised that you are struggling with the issue of how to view the New Calendarist elders. Almost everyone who comes down this path has to confront this issue.  I also had to consider it, of course.  As you know from my article I sent you[1], I do not believe that struggling from within makes any sense or is good for the soul, and I think that “elderphilia” is a cancer in modern Orthodoxy.  To me, the idea…
  • Out of Commission Until July

    Anastasios Hudson
    13 Jun 2014 | 6:25 am
    Dear Readers, I just wanted to touch base and let you know that I am working on an important certification for my technical career, and as such, I have not been posting lately. I envision returning to active posting in the beginning of July. I have a lot of ideas churning in my head and have taken a lot of notes on things that might be interesting to cover, so stay tuned! In the meanwhile, please pray for me as I am a bit stressed out about this exam! In Christ, Anastasios
  • A Friend With Corn Allergies Raises Awareness

    Anastasios Hudson
    27 May 2014 | 9:00 am
    I’d like to direct my readers to a YouTube channel my friend Sharon just started concerning her journey through life struggling with a corn allergy. While that might not immediately seem like the kind of thing for me to post on my website, I have noticed that a lot of traditionalist Orthodox Christians are interested in the subject of alternative medicine, food allergies, non-GMO, etc., and I know some who themselves suffer from similar ailments, so I figured it might be of “crossover interest” and possibly helpful to someone if I posted the link. I also think Sharon is a…
  • What You Should Realize When Your Dog Dies Young

    Anastasios Hudson
    23 May 2014 | 12:40 pm
    On Monday, our dog Peluche started acting strange, became lethargic, got glassy eyes, layed down, and died. He was a small dog, and only 10 years old, which means for a small dog, he was probably too young to die. My first dog, by comparison, lived to be 17 years old, which is ancient by dog standards. He probably suffered a heart attack or a stroke, but his departure from this world was quite sudden regardless of the causes. The death of a pet is always a sad event. God did not invent death—that was the consequence of Adam’s sin, which could have been avoided—but God allows all things…
 
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    Good News Of Jesus Christ Podcast

  • I John Chapter 2

    Servant1
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I John Chapter 2 I John Chapter 2
  • I JOHN 1

    Servant1
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:24 am
    I JOHN 1
  • Epistle of I John I

    Servant1
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:28 am
    Epistle of I John I This is a background analysis of what the situation was that the epistles are calling heretical that was trying to deceive Christians. Epistle of I John I
  • A Man Reaps What He Sows

    Servant1
    13 Jun 2014 | 9:55 pm
    A Man Reaps What He Sows Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.  Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.  For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.  But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.  For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate to him that teaches in all good things.Be not…
  • Old Testament Survey

    Servant1
    11 Jun 2014 | 11:15 pm
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    Love God Love People - Blog

  • With God, There Is No Plan B

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    The smile that passed over my face that evening, and the joy that seared through my heart like a flaming sword, was so surprising and yet infinitely welcome. As I sat on the couch curled up in a fleece blanket, sipping a glass of merlot, I listened to sermon after sermon about what it meant to be the “beloved.” And like the wine, I savored the message that I heard. Often as a little girl, I had been told that as believers we were the "Lord’s beloved," but that night I realized that I hadn’t even begun to scrape the surface of what that really truly meant.  I was transfixed.
  • When Waiters Wait, and Flavors Flood In

    23 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    The waiter was waiting, staring me down as I hurriedly scanned the menu again and again. I was on a cleanse called the Whole30, in honor of someone I loved who was just diagnosed with diabetes. The cleanse was going well, until I would go out to restaurants. Then it got tough, and the restrictions against yummy things like grains, dairy, sugar, and alcohol became roadblocks to dining. And here I was sitting at a restaurant, giddy to be spending time with close friends, but staring warily at the menu. I had thought that if my friends ordered first, it would buy me more time, but they were so…
  • Dads Who Run

    16 Jun 2014 | 7:42 pm
    As I stepped out onto the bleachers and my eyes fell upon the scene that matched the noise we’d been hearing from outside the stadium for a half hour, a smile immediately touched my face. There was so much excitement in the air it was palpable! The hotdog vendors were shouting out among the buzzing fans, who were finding their seats while bribing their young kids to stay seated in exchange for cotton candy. The stands were full, and as you looked down onto the field, you could see the sun glinting off of the water—sprayed to dampen the baseball diamond. This was Camden Yards, home of the…
  • What’s in a Name?...Everything!

    9 Jun 2014 | 3:19 pm
    I sat at my computer and looked at the finished design on my screen. A business card…finally, I had taken the time to design one, after having it on my to-do list for…ahem…awhile. Having been a yoga instructor for a little over a year, I never knew that yoga instructors were even supposed to have business cards until my students began asking me for them. My general reaction was two-fold: (1) surprised that people took my instruction seriously and assumed I had business cards; and (2) semi-panicky and slightly embarrassed at having to scribble my name and contact info down onto random…
  • Coffee Cup Theology

    4 Jun 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Sitting in the chilly office, I cradled my cup of Starbucks like a mini-space heater. I took a long sip of the hot latte and felt the goosebumps on my skin slightly soothe. As I set the cup down, I noticed a quote on the green coffee sleeve, it was by Oprah Winfrey, and it went something like this: The only courage you ever need is the courage to live the life you want. I read it a few more times, and then let out a long sigh. “Oh Oprah, you got it so very wrong.” And I was saddened that this was the message being handed to millions of people every morning as they hurry through their…
 
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    Griffin Paul Jackson

  • Reflections after one year of writing on the internet

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    This week marks my blog’s one-year anniversary! After you’ve done anything for a year, you learn a thing or two about the right ways and the wrong ways of going about it. Before anything, I want to say thank you to all the faithful readers out there! It’s very encouraging to hear that people are reading and sharing what’s written here. Reads, comments, Likes, and shares are pure gold for a blogger. Thank you for your thoughts and interest. I’m sure some of you read this blog simply because you know me – thanks for that, and keep doing it! – but I do hope I can write something of…
  • It’s not anti-semitic to oppose Israel’s bombardment of Gaza

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    12 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    In the last few days, more than 100 Palestinians – half of whom were women and children – have been killed by Israeli bombs. Eight hundred have been injured. Thousands of homes – homes! where kids eat breakfast and sleep in their beds! – and businesses have been damaged or destroyed. Hospital generators will be out of power within days. There is no way to get fuel for ambulances. Medicine and food are running out. As of midnight Friday, no Israelis had been killed, though 10 were injured. This is not a defensive move. This is not mere retaliation. This can scarcely even be called war.
  • Not getting blind drunk doesn’t make you boring

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    10 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Every year lists come out comparing American institutes of higher learning. Schools are judged on every possible level: test scores, cafeteria quality, standard of living, graduation rate, availability of professors, athletic programs, and a bunch of less flattering cultural things. One of the most popular ways to judge schools is by the amount of drinking and the intensity of the partying. The Princeton Review alone has four such “extracurricular” categories: “Lots of Beer” vs. “Got Milk?”; “Lots of Hard Liquor” vs. “Scotch and Soda, Hold…
  • Thoughts from my mid-20s

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    I turned 25 last week. I’m neither thrilled nor disappointed. After 20, birthdays just sort of are. I don’t feel old at all, but I don’t feel especially young anymore either. It’s the feeling of being sort of caught in the middle of two vague, large spaces, on a border between a pair of giant countries but not knowing when you’ve left one and entered the other. No one asks for a passport for utter adulthood. It’s not quite the feeling of being lost, but it’s something like it. Living after education, but before rootedness. After dependence on others, before others are dependent…
  • Two sides to SCOTUS’s Hobby Lobby decision

    Griffin Paul Jackson
    1 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Oh what a wonderland Facebook becomes in the aftermath of a Supreme Court decision! There have been a lot of angry reactions (and a few elated ones) to the Court’s 5-4 decision overruling the government mandate that companies must provide contraceptive healthcare to their employees. While many of these reactions are knee-jerk in nature, there are legitimate grievances on both sides. From what I’ve read and heard about the case – and now in the post-decision mayhem – it’s not as clear cut as some have made it out to be. But, of course, this should come as no surprise. Rarely should…
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    Faith Travel Focus

  • Camp Meetings Recall Frontier Faith

    Ruth Hill
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:54 am
    Camp meetings are living faith encounters that have their roots in the Great Awakening of the early 19th century, and seeded later tent revival meetings. The post Camp Meetings Recall Frontier Faith appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Downton Abbey Meets the Delaware DuPonts

    Ruth Hill
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:19 am
    The irresistible combination of the Costumes of Downtown Abbey exhibit and the DuPont Winterthur mansion and gardens is the place to see now until January 5. The post Downton Abbey Meets the Delaware DuPonts appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Riding With Buffalo Bill Into Yellowstone

    Ruth Hill
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Buffalo Bill's ride includes Cody, Wyoming -his hometown, 5 museums of the Old West, and Yellowstone National Park. The post Riding With Buffalo Bill Into Yellowstone appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • The Faith Travel Association Launches Their New Website

    Ruth Hill
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Faith Travel Association is a business-building resource for travel professionals, sites and organizations worldwide which are focused on faith-based travel. The post The Faith Travel Association Launches Their New Website appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
  • Lights Up for Italy Passion Play 2015

    Ruth Hill
    3 Jul 2014 | 1:58 pm
    The tiny mountain town of Sordevolo, Italy is offering Italy Passion Play performances on an outdoor stage June through September, 2015. The post Lights Up for Italy Passion Play 2015 appeared first on Faith Travel Focus.
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    Sermon Notes by Silas

  • The End Times – The Place of the Church

    Silas Eke
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The whole creation points towards the end times. So, to study the end times covers the entire study of the universe. Every event recorded in the Scripture is a part of fulfillment of the end time. We cannot therefore be able to do justice to the study of the place of the Church without a study of the end times as shown in the Old Testament. We shall leave this to another post. But it will be helpful for everyone to attempt this study on his/her own. In such study you may want to look at: The rise of evil against good in Cain and AbelThe disobedience of God in Adam and the fallen angelsThe…
  • Obedience

    Silas Eke
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    The word translated "Obedience" is also translated in the Hebrew text as "to hear", "to listen reverently" and in the Greek text as "to put one’s trust in", "to harken submissively", "to listen to", "to obey" and "to follow".The Bible is conspicuous in its many graphic depictions of the responses of men to the words and will of God. Responses that are avowably favourable to such a degree that one is persuaded to act are called “hearing”; believing or more simply “obeying”.Other responses that are apathetic or disregard God’s word are characterized as rebellion, unbelief or…
  • God of Justice

    Silas Eke
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Revelation 16:4-7Then the third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying: “You are righteous, O Lord, the One who is and who was and who is to be, because You have judged these things. For they have shed the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. For it is their just due.” And I heard another from the altar saying, “Even so, Lord God Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.” NKJVMoses after walking with God for a number of years asked God "Please let me meet…
  • How can I know my prayers are answered?

    Silas Eke
    12 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    I once heard someone say, “I am absolutely sure that all my prayers are answered!” I have also heard someone say: “We have no way of knowing – all we can do is to pray. It is God who decides whether to answer or not". The one borders on presumption and the other on ignorance.When we pray, how can we be sure our prayers are answered? To effectively answer the question, we shall consider:I.The Rule of PrayerII.Qualities of Acceptable PrayerIII.Qualities of Unanswered PrayersIV.Extent of Assurance for Answered PrayersV.Scriptural Limitations of AssuranceVI.Two Classes of Good PrayerThe…
  • Who is an Elder?

    Silas Eke
    28 Jun 2014 | 6:00 pm
    First Timothy 3:1-13 “This is a faithful saying: If a man desires the position of a bishop, he desires a good work.  A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, temperate, sober-minded, of good behaviour, hospitable, able to teach; not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money, but gentle, not quarrelsome, not covetous; one who rules his own house well, having his children in submission with all reverence (for if a man does not know how to rule his own house, how will he take care of the church of God?); not a novice, lest being puffed up with pride he fall…
 
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    Bible Quotes

  • John Chapter 4 – Can God Use Me If I Am Divorced?

    Bible Quotes
    2 Jul 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Can God use me if I am Divorced? John Chapter 4 Many of the Samaritans from that village committed themselves to him because of the woman’s witness: “He knew all about the things I did. He knows me inside and out!” They asked him to stay on, so Jesus stayed two days. A lot more […] The post John Chapter 4 – Can God Use Me If I Am Divorced? appeared first on Bible Quotes.
  • Prayer Is For Us So Don’t Lose Faith

    Sonya Richards
    12 Jun 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Prayer is for us You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God.  James Chapter 4:2 (NIV) I have heard people question why we pray.  Prayer is for Us.  The argument is, […] The post Prayer Is For Us So Don’t Lose Faith appeared first on Bible Quotes.
  • Demonic Activity and Wisening Up To It – 1 Peter 5:8

    Sonya Richards
    12 Jun 2014 | 9:01 am
    Wise Up to Demonic Activity 8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5 :8 (NIV) We need to be more aware of Satan and his demonic activity.  The Bible has much to say about how he works.  1 Peter 5:8 says he is crafty.  […] The post Demonic Activity and Wisening Up To It – 1 Peter 5:8 appeared first on Bible Quotes.
  • Bible Statistics -Blow Your Socks Off- Infographic

    Bible Quotes
    10 Jun 2014 | 6:04 am
    Amazing Bible Statistics We decided we would like to put together a nice graphical representation of some Bible Statistics that would interest both our Bible Quote recipients as well as our readers.  We started a couple of weeks ago gathering information and Bible Statistics that we found both surprising and amazing as well as some […] The post Bible Statistics -Blow Your Socks Off- Infographic appeared first on Bible Quotes.
  • Bible Verses and How The Bible Is Relevant Today

    Bible Quotes
    5 May 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Bible Verses and Their Meaning To You The Bible and Bible Verses in particular have a strong effect on millions of people around the world. Despite the fact that this written word has life changing effects, there are many people who don’t see the value in Religion or studying the Bible in any fashion. As […] The post Bible Verses and How The Bible Is Relevant Today appeared first on Bible Quotes.
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    GetBetterToday.com

  • 5 Things I’ve Learned After My First Month Of Marriage

    Brittany Fear
    27 Jul 2014 | 2:16 pm
      This past week marked the one-month anniversary for my husband and I. And I know all you long-time lovers out there, who have been married for years, are thinking I still have a long way to go.  And you’re right. But here are five things I’ve learned after being married for one month…   1. You have to have patience. I just don’t understand what could possibly take my husband so long in the bathroom.  I mean, I know girls don’t go #2 so I can’t totally relate, but seriously, 30-45 minutes is way too long.  I’m thinking he may need to get something checked. 2. You…
  • Introducing Lightstock, A Company That’s Spreading The Gospel With Photography

    Michael Fear
    20 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    As someone who spends a lot of time writing and telling stories, finding great images to enhance my work is a constant battle.  In the same way that Jesus used parables to help him get a point across, I feel pictures help make our stories more visual. So when I came across Lightstock, a faith-focused and cheesy-free stock photos company – I knew I had to connect with them.  They’re helping spread the gospel in a brand new way and I have a ton of respect for that. Recently I was able to get the opportunity to talk with one of their founders, Josh Bailey, about Lightstock…
  • 7 Little Known Fitness Hacks That Will Change Your Life

    Get Better Today
    20 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Photo Credit via PixaBay.com There is so much to learn about working out properly, it can be as confusing as you want to make it. However, there are some simple tips, tricks and hacks that anyone can do to make working out easier and more effective. Below are some simple fitness hacks that you can incorporate today to take your fitness to a higher level.  Eat more meals- Note I am not saying eat more food.  Break your meals into smaller portions and eat more frequently. Ideally you should eat a meal every 3 hours. Doing this will keep your blood sugar levels in check, keep your appetite…
  • God Is Good, Even When It Doesn’t Look Like It

    Michael Fear
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Jennifer Lynn Photography At my wedding on June 21, 2014, I got the opportunity to give a short speech to the crowd of 300+.  Here’s what I said… “As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.” -Acts 4:20 Photo credit to Port Charlotte photographer Jennifer Lynn Photography.   Share On Facebook! Share On Twitter!  
  • 10 Things Christians Should Stop Saying

    Get Better Today
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Photo via Jeff’s YouTube channel. As said before, we are huge fans of Jefferson Bethke’s work here at Get Better Today.  And recently, we came across an older video he created titled 10 Things Christians Should Stop Saying and thought you’d enjoy.  Here’s what Jeff said about it… The main point is that words mean something and communicate something. I even say some of the things mentioned in this video, and it was filmed to be a light hearted critique about some things we say that maybe we don’t think about the meaning behind.” Follow Jeff on…
 
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    RetroFit Ministries

  • Are YOU your Biggest Obstacle?

    Julie Wilson
    26 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    Obstacles along the journey to good health are inevitable. These come in many different forms, from the person who sabotages your diet, hard workouts at the gym, and tempting food that surrounds you. We are really good at making excuses and using these obstacles to hinder our journey. Recently, I have realized that there is only one real obstacle in our way! This obstacle is ourselves! No one can stop you, except you. Each choice you make on the journey determines how your progress will go. You can speed your progress up, slow it down, or even stop it altogether. These obstacles are real and…
  • 5 Ways to Beat Diabetes

    Austin Andrews
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    As I entered into my senior year, things in my house were getting more and more serious. Not just the, “Is he really going to graduate?” type stuff, but my parents’ health too. Before the fall semester started,my mom got word that she was a diabetic. It was a blow to my family, because we had always been the “fat but healthy” family. Then, my dad had a near death experience that left his body reeling. In a 3 month period I went from two “fat-but-healthy” parents to two parents, one having had a near death experience and both being full on, type 2 diabetics. Diabetes prevention…
  • Losing 157 lbs- Greg Bowman

    Guest Blogger
    10 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Greg Bowman- Lead Pastor of Word Of Life Church, Chaplin and Hospice Pastor Yesterday while traveling, I realized how difficult the journey was taking the same trip to Springfield two years ago. I weighed over 460 lbs. I had fallen the year before at General Council getting off a pedicab in front of my hotel. Due to the fall, I had dislocated my knee, fractured my femur, tore 3 of the 4 ligaments that hold your knee in place, and severed my peroneal nerve which controls the up and down movement of your foot. Yet I was in denial of having a serious weight problem. Once swelling went down and…
  • Meet Matt- A Challenge Hosts

    Austin Andrews
    8 Jul 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Where did you start in this journey? I have been on my journey for 2 years now, and I had lost everything in my life;  A wife, family, friends, job, church, my health. Like a boxer I am on a comeback trail and God is restoring everything to me, but NEW. It’s not that old stuff from my previous life.This keeps me going! What made you decide to be a part of helping others achieve health goals? I knew that my journey was two fold. First, I want to live, and second I want to help others live. “IF GOD CAN DO IT IN ME, HE CAN DO IT IN ANYONE.” What role does faith play in your…
  • Independence Day Memories

    Ken Andrews
    4 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Like many of you, I slept in a little on this 4th of July. As I sat down at my computer to check email and gander at Facebook, just a hint of melancholy came over me. I know why…it’s the 4th of July. Family Gatherings and Good Grub More than any other holiday, I have extended family memories of awesome 4th of July gatherings. First, almost every family reunion I ever attended happened on Independence Day. Most of those all happened at my grandparents’ home in Grover Beach, California. My grandparents lived across the street from an elementary school, which was next to a park and tennis…
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    United Faith Church

  • His Name Is Victory

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Psalm 60:12 – With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down our enemies. There are many battles that we will face in this life, or may even be facing. Battles within, battles that surround us, or even battles we face on behalf of others. We can see them coming from every direction. Yet, the one thing the Christian DOESN’T do is retreat! Our enemies of fear, lust, pride, or any other darkness we face deserves only one thing…a battle.  But how do we win these battles? How do we run out to confront them face to face as David did and overcome? Only by the VICTORY…
  • Independence Day

    Pastor Jeffrey Brandt
    5 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    This weekend we celebrate our Independence Day. The 4th July is a reminder of what America has been rescued from. Our forefathers were once under the oppression of tyranny, but through bravery and sacrifice our nation gained freedom to grow and become their own people. How awesome is it to benefit from such sacrifice! In light of this holiday, let’s not only celebrate our freedom as a nation. Let’s celebrate our freedom to come back to our Father in heaven. The Bible makes very clear that all men have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. That each of us have chosen to go our…
  • Dependence Day

    Kris Burke
    4 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    1 Peter 2:16 Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves. UFC, Happy 4th of July! This holiday marks the anniversary of when we as a country claimed our freedom and independence. As Christians, we should also be celebrating our freedom. Our freedom from the slavery of sin and from the oppression of the world. We, however, do not claim independence. We claim something greater; we claim DEPENDENCE on Jesus Christ. While the country celebrates their independence, we as a church celebrate our dependence on God!  As Jessica said, the ways of God…
  • The Law bearing fruit

    Kris Burke
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Psalm 1:1-3 Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers. UFC, The very first lines of the book of Psalms state clearly what it means to be blessed by God. It isn’t the one who gives the most to the poor, it isn’t the one who does the most good deeds; but…
  • Break the Chains

    Kris Burke
    20 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Psalm 107:13-16 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. UFC, So many of us can remember what it was like to be “Chained up”. We can remember being chained to the ways of the world; the worldly thinking, reasoning and desires. Those chains bound us as slaves to sin and made us subject to its ways.
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    FaithSuccess

  • DON'T COMPLAIN; GIVE THANKS!

    SEGUN
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Agape Embassy ministries DAILY DEVOTIONAL: Topic:DON'T COMPLAIN; GIVE THANKS!Sunday, JULY 27TH,2014.Giving thanks unto. the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light (Colossians 1:12).Christians who haven't learnt the value of thanksgiving have so many blessings elude them. Rather than complain and lament to God about your life or situation, you're
  • Think about God Always - God's will for man

    SEGUN
    25 Jul 2014 | 1:38 am
    Thinking about God at all times and in all conditions (Col 3:1-3 [KJV])If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.(Heb 12:2 [KJV])Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the
  • EMPOWERED WITH ALL MIGHT

    SEGUN
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    AGAPEEMBASSY DAILY DEVOTIONAL: THURSDAY, JULY 24TH, 2014.…That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness (Colossians 1:9-11).It's God's will for us to be strengthened; that is, empowered with ALL
  • Must Know Reasons why you should become a Christian

    SEGUN
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:48 pm
    The word translated "religion" means "the outward practice, the service of a god."  "Religion" and "religious" in Elizabethan English were used frequently to denote the outward expression of worship. Most world religions have a creation story, a deliverance story, a revelation story, some kind of messiah (which others model after), set of do’s and dont's to appease God etc. Each religion has
  • What I learnt in church on Sunday

    SEGUN
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    I had already concluded this topic (Killer Tips to having a happy and successful marriage), permit me to add what I learnt yesterday (Sunday) from a guest speaker – Pastor Adeyemi on Marriage. Eccl 4:9 Two [are] better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.Eccl 4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him [that is] alone when he falleth; for [he
 
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    United Faith Church Blog

  • What is Discipleship? – 10 Blessings for the True Disciple

    United Faith Church
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:51 am
    Are you a Christian searching for more and asking what is discipleship? When you read the Bible, do you discover a major gap between the powerful lives led by Jesus’ disciples and your own? Perhaps you have been ‘born again,’ but you have yet to see the fruit of the abundant life that you have […] The post What is Discipleship? – 10 Blessings for the True Disciple appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • Freedom in Marriage – United Faith Church Testimony

    United Faith Church
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Freedom for the captives from cancer, poverty, alcoholism, depression, and death. Our family overcame it all and now lives in freedom with a fully restored marriage!  This is a real-life story of my miraculous journey to freedom with the Lord Jesus Christ. The Story My wife and I began our marriage following some really terrible […] The post Freedom in Marriage – United Faith Church Testimony appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • From Rejected to Accepted – United Faith Church Testimony

    United Faith Church
    5 Jun 2014 | 5:39 pm
    “It was the most important hug of my whole life. I felt the love of God that day being held in the arms of people that I knew genuinely cared for me.” I have known Pastors Jerry Santiago and Janeth Santiago of United Faith Church for over 20 years. I first met them at the age […] The post From Rejected to Accepted – United Faith Church Testimony appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • Obedience to God – United Faith Church Sermon

    United Faith Church
    17 May 2014 | 5:53 am
    Pastor Jerry Santiago of United Faith Church preaches a life changing sermon to the men about obedience to God.  Learn 3 things every man of God MUST do! The post Obedience to God – United Faith Church Sermon appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
  • Meditation the Key to Success!

    United Faith Church
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    How to Meditate? - United Faith Church believes that daily meditation on the Word of God is the key to success and transformation in the Christian life. The post Meditation the Key to Success! appeared first on United Faith Church Blog.
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  • Be an Apprentice of Jesus

    Brian Niece
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Want to be an apprentice of Jesus? Sacramental living is what it is all about. via // http://www.firstcovers.com/users/1/follow+jesus.html Consider this an invitation to enlarge your entire spiritual formation process. But first let’s do away with a common misconception. This Is Not About Evangelism Yes, we do want people to know the Good News. We want them to hear the Good News. But the truth is people will be drawn to where they see the Good News in action, made real by the way people live. It seems that the best things in life never come easy. Being a preacher myself I believe firmly…
  • Street Theology Vol. 2 :: KB “Undefeated”

    Brian Niece
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:17 am
    Street Theology This is the second of an occasional series of posts where I will “exegete” a hip-hop song. It’s street theology. KB – “Undefeated” from 100 The audio theology is below. Click play. Past Volumes of Street Theology :: Lecrae – “My Whole Life Changed”  Related Posts: Street Theology Vol. 1 :: Lecrae “My Whole Life Changed” Why God’s Dreams Matter Theology as Prayer Covenant: A Promise to Serve Why, Why, Why? The post Street Theology Vol. 2 :: KB “Undefeated” appeared first on Sacramental…
  • What Is a Minister?

    Brian Niece
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:12 am
    So what is a minister? A good question for me to wrestle with (being a vocational pastor once again and what not). via frozencapybara // https://www.flickr.com/photos/frozencapybara/ What Is a Minister to Religious People? First, let’s look at this question from the perspective of religion. Now by religion (specifically the Christian religion) I mean the system of organized doctrine and practices instituted by human initiatives and based on an underlying story of God’s initiatives. And an individual who looks at the world through the eyes of religious institutions tends to…
  • Another Un-Truth I Learned from the Church

    Brian Niece
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    I first posted about an un-truth I learned from the Church here. Now, here’s another un-truth I’ve learned from the church: the world is made up of two kingdoms. The Un-Truth I learned from the church that we Christians should gather in the “church” building as often as possible so that we might escape the evils of the world, be discipled to be more unlike the world, and be equipped to go out and win the world for Christ. I don’t find that world-view with Jesus at all. Our ancient spiritual ancestors from the pages of Hebrew scripture did display a type of…
  • An Un-Truth I Learned From the Church

    Brian Niece
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    This might ruffle some feathers, but here we go … The church has taught me that to be the church means to be “attractional”. Authentic Christ-followers should, indeed, lead irresistible lives. But this is not the idiom of attraction I learned.   The Un-Truth Apparently, the church is most effective when it attracts not-yet believers to its gatherings. I learned this from Vacation Bible School, youth groups, intramural sports leagues, block parties, fall festivals, harvest celebrations, huge Easter celebrations that require hiring a string section, Easter pageants,…
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  • Interview with Phil Johnson

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    27 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    I recently had the honor and privilege of asking Phil Johnson, a well-known and accomplished writer, editor and preacher, several questions about ministry, practical church issues, theological concerns etc. Phil was gracious enough to take the time to respond and … Continue reading →
  • The Resemblance and Mark of a Disciple

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    25 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    Luke 6:40 Last time, we looked at the Great Commission — Christ’s command for disciples to make other disciples, baptizing and teaching them to be fully devoted disciples of Christ. The second description of a disciple I’d like to point … Continue reading →
  • The Commission and Means of Disciple Making

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    23 Jul 2014 | 4:48 pm
    A FEW KEY DISCIPLESHIP PASSAGES I’ve been talking a little bit about discipleship recently. And I do think it’s important for a church to have some sort of “intentional” (ohhh that’s such a buzzword… but it fits here) plan for … Continue reading →
  • Urgent Call to Prayer and Action

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    23 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    Below is a message from our friend and fellow soldier Gene Cunningham from Basic Training Bible Minstries. Join me in prayer for our nation, for Israel, and for our persecuted brothers and sisters around the world. ____________________________ To all fellow … Continue reading →
  • Do you love me? Then obey me. [A fascinating relationship]

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    21 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Trust and obey                                                                                                                                     For there’s no other way                                                                                                                     To be happy in Jesus …