Check out the Logos Institute teaching the part of the gospel that a lot of Christians are missing. Sorry to those offended by my use of the word… Continue
Added by Michael Fleming on April 30, 2009 at 12:00pm —
I would like to take some time to share why i see the way i do and what the Lord has taught me concerning church growth, it's goals and methods. This might give a little understanding as to why I am confident in what I write and might be a help to others, and more importantly make a way to build bridges to others who see things a bit differently. I ask your forgiveness for being a bulldozer at times.
I grew up in an evangelical Christian Missionary Alliance Church, I graduated from… Continue
Added by Kriston Couchey on April 30, 2009 at 11:00am —
Many Christian congregations and organizations are preparing for the 58th Annual National Day of Prayer which is to take place on May 7th. The theme for this year is “Prayer…. America’s Hope” and is based on Psalm 33:22, “May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in you."
Certainly Ps. 33 is a very timely passage for all
of God’s people to meditate upon, and certainly the Bible is clear about the significance of prayer. This particular verse,… Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on April 30, 2009 at 8:08am —
Power is more verb than noun. It is action, not object. It is easier to describe how it is used than what it is. It is like love. Something defined more by its expression than by its form. -Organic Community
by Joseph R. Myers
Prior posts in this series:…
Added by Michael Fleming on April 29, 2009 at 9:34pm —
Question of the day:
How is the risen Christ seen as subversive and hidden?
Jesus is among us now in a new way as the Risen Christ, the Christ who is everywhere, beyond all limits of space and time. On Good Friday we saw the relationship of all humanity to God: We kill what we should love. On Easter Sunday we celebrate Jesus coming back into a world that rejected him.
Jesus knows we didn't like what he had to say the first time. We weren't ready for that… Continue
Added by Dena Brehm on April 29, 2009 at 7:17pm —
Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life----gracious uncertainty is the
mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain
in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow might bring. This is generally
expressed with a sigh of sadness, but it should be an expression of breathless
expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. As
soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to… Continue
Added by Dena Brehm on April 29, 2009 at 5:45pm —
I was listening to scriptures last night in bed, and I heard something I had never heard before. I was surprised because I didn't know it was in there. Not only that, what I heard deals with a problem that has surfaced here, concerning heretic doctrine. This problem has been around for centuries, and this is what God had to say about it:
Revelation given through Joseph Smith the Prophet to Sidney Rigdon, Parley P. Pratt, and Leman Copley, at Kirtland, Ohio, March… Continue
Added by Connie on April 29, 2009 at 2:00pm —
(from this blog: http://www.lightalongthejourney.com/)
I had been planning the trip for years. I had researched it, read books, planned it out, drew maps, opened up a special savings account to save enough money, talked to other people who had been there, even went through catalogs and bought everything I thought I would need. I guess it had occupied a lot of my thoughts and dreams. It was going to be the trip of a lifetime.
One spring morning I awoke to the birds chirping… Continue
Added by Dena Brehm on April 29, 2009 at 12:30pm —
In Fact, in a hostile world, it's unavoidable. One of the most controversial forms of evangelism is the one practised by the JEWS for JESUS missionaries. For 35+ years they have boldly entered the strongholds of Jewish populations insisting on evangelizing their own people. When I was pastoring in a heavily Jewish area, Mount Vernon, New York, we had some converted Jews in our congregation and we hosted a Jews for Jesus event. I will remember it for the rest of my life on earth. We can learn a… Continue
Added by John Paul Todd on April 29, 2009 at 5:30am —
Good morning! This edition of the Monday Morning Encouragement is coming to you a few days late, but I’m sure you might find this just as encouraging on a Wednesday morning.
Over the past few days I have been finishing out a series of prayer retreats that I started last year. The purpose of this retreat was to spend an extended amount of time in silence and solitude in the presence of God.
As I entered into this time, my mind was preoccupied with the many things that are… Continue
Added by Carl Willis on April 28, 2009 at 7:29pm —
Are you a church hopper?
Church hopping is a big problem for many pastors. Many churches in San Antonio have a bigger back door when a front door.
The Barna Research Group say that “millions of people (in US) transition from one church to another…..There is certainly a lot of evidence of people church hopping”.
Why do people church hop?
One of the main reasons for church hopping is the change in the American culture since the World War… Continue
Added by Rune Brannstrom on April 28, 2009 at 6:25pm —
BESIDES THE BIBLE
, that is. This was the bold claim that I found just this week surfing some old stuff that's been put on-line. Remember the "Dead Poet's Society"? Well a lot of us are members of the "Dead Theologians Society". The "only other book" referred to in this document was the classic book by John Gresham Machen who was ordained to the Presbyterian ministry in 1914. After he was forced out of the faculty at Princeton Theologial Seminary in 1929 because of his struggle with… Continue
Added by John Paul Todd on April 28, 2009 at 8:00am —
So many Christians I meet today, whether in person, on social networks, or through emails, tell me that they are living in a spiritual wilderness. They feel alone, spiritually isolated, and they don’t have too many Christian friends that they are experiencing a rich and full fellowship in Christ with.
Some of them attend a church on Sunday morning, yet still, they are living in the desert and they know it.
Some have given up on the traditional form of church altogether.… Continue
Added by Frank Viola on April 28, 2009 at 5:19am —
The word ‘Christian’ has become a word that is taken so lightly. We hear it in the lyrics of today’s music. We see it on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and it seems most everyone today is a ‘Christian.’ The word, “Christian” only appears twice in the New Testament while the word, “Christians” appears once. If the Holy Bible scarcely uses the word, why do we use it so much? Well, like most of ‘today’s Christianity’ we totally over emphasize things. We have somehow created a ‘Christianity’ that does… Continue
Added by James Coates on April 27, 2009 at 2:43pm —
I have had a secret doubt laid to rest this Easter season; not really a doubt
, but something more like a nagging question. But nonetheless, it was a real nag
. Since the resurrection of Jesus Christ is THE cornerstone of our Christian faith, and multitude of historically credible eyewitness testimonies are a major part of establishing this event as fact, and since I've recently been in several conversations with skeptics, I found myself wrestling with a little phrase in… Continue
Added by Andy Hayner on April 27, 2009 at 12:08pm —
Dear friends two of our friends are coming to india on short term mission trips from U.S.A.on july 28-august 11 we have to reach unreached with gospel in different districts and we are conducting 3 days meetings to encourage christian to do great ministry in india.so please pray for us.we need your prayers.
Added by ANAND ERUGU on April 27, 2009 at 4:13am —
In a recent email exchange, a friend made the comment that he viewed himself as sort of an anomaly, to which I responded “you are an anomaly!” (I didn’t put an exclamation point on it in the email, but I did in my mind. It was such a perfect word.)
But since my response was meant to be an encouragement, I thought I’d best look up the word in the dictionary before hitting “send”. Though my first reaction to the word was positive, when I worked in systems design an anomaly was never a… Continue
Added by Maggie on April 26, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Paul states in Gal 1:15 & 16............When it pleased God to reveal His Son in me....
We try so hard to understand this truth of Christ in us and us in Him...then one day, God reveals His Son in us and it brings us to our knees. The result of that revelation causes us to seek Him only....not flesh and blood..but God only. It brings about repentance and Godly sorrow. And it also opens up His Word that we might behold Him more!
That revelation takes us to the cross where… Continue
Added by Mitzi Cox North on April 26, 2009 at 4:04pm —
“Our culture has taught us that growth is an expectation. Businesses are expected to deliver double-digit returns every year in order to satisfy shareholders. Individuals are instructed to maximize their potential. Over and over the message is: grow or die.” -Organic Community
by Joseph R. Myers
Other posts in this… Continue
Added by Michael Fleming on April 26, 2009 at 3:06pm —
Alice, what you posted today fits right in with what Frank, (my husband) told me last night.
Actually, there are several different things I can share.
First, an old prophecy, "I am the God of the deserts and the dry places. There you will know I am God but you will not feel me."
Frank told me, personally, that "you have a ministry of sharing and impartation. You will have to go through many painful things so that you can minister to those who suffer. You will… Continue
Added by Alice Blackwelder on April 26, 2009 at 1:26pm —