One of my favorite lines from the Viola/Barna book "Pagan Christianity" is:
"To use a biblical metaphor, present day Christian education, whether it be seminarian or Bible college, is serving food from the wrong tree: the tree of knowledge of good and evil rather than the tree of life."
I am not glorying in this line, I just feel that it hits the nail on the head. I believe that it, along with the Herculean grip of tradition, is one of… Continue
Added by Stephen Rigg on October 30, 2010 at 12:50am —
I just wanted to thank all of you who have taken the time to respond to my initial post on looking for a home church in our area. I believe the Lord is putting it on our hearts to start our own...but we're still waiting for certainty on this. Who ever knew that "church" was going to be so difficult? Our journey in the "church" has been what some might consider a slippery downward slide as we have traveled from a fully functioning church of over 300, to a family integrated church, and now a… Continue
Added by Shelley Koozer on October 29, 2010 at 5:50am —
Greetings fellow members,
I wanted to give a quick update. I have been quite busy, getting ready for a community wiener roast that happened this evening here in my little town. It was the first one we have had, I am on the board of the Neighborhood watch that we just started up this year, it was one of our functions. It was not very well attended, but the crowd that was there had a great time, and I am getting to know people in the community better, which is a good thing. There are… Continue
Added by Stephen Rigg on October 24, 2010 at 12:59am —
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
I like shortcuts.
These days I spend a lot of time walking through the University of Minnesota looking for short cuts to buildings in order to lessen the time and effort I need to spend in getting from one class to another. Since efficiency is high on my value list, I'm always looking for ways to streamline my day and my walking routes to spend less time in transit. I have found some routes that may save me a couple of minutes, or shave… Continue
Added by Katie Driver on October 21, 2010 at 8:54am —
My family is not really up to being the church. They seem content going to "church" once a week. I am kind of discouraged, not really surprised, but discouraged a little. They all have had going to "church" ingrained in them. A week ago Sunday when we had our gathering and I introduced them to the idea of simple church, it seemed very promising. We had a good gathering for the most part. I did kind of get the sense from them that they understood it would require a little more… Continue
Added by Stephen Rigg on October 19, 2010 at 8:10pm —
He is awesome our Jesus. The one who I surrender to everyday,one who I love everyday,the one who keeps me eveyday, the one who smiles when the sun rises everyday,the one who gave His life on that day. Lord of Lord King of Kings. My loving Jesus who completes me everyday.
Added by Teresa on October 18, 2010 at 11:00pm —
Thanks for taking the time to read my post. My husband and I have been on quite a journey this year in our efforts to seek the Lord's guidance on how and where He wants our family to worship. We have, like so many others, faced many questions about whether we are clearly hearing the voice of the Lord in our lives concerning church. Though we know that we are the church, we so long to have genuine worship and fellowship with other believers who not only desire to serve the Lord and raise a godly… Continue
Added by Shelley Koozer on October 18, 2010 at 6:08am —
Maybe it is the fact that I am only recently a naturalized American citizen. But it surprises me how many Christians seem to have just given up on the poltical system, and are basically happy to let other people make the choices that run this country. Since when does been a Kingdom of God citizen give us the right to abdicate our responsibilities to the country that we are a part of. As the famous quote from a couple of centuries ago puts it, "All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men… Continue
Added by Tony Dale on October 17, 2010 at 7:47am —
Kingdom Institute's Winter Outreach
Kingdom Institute's Outreach Ministry is requesting your support through donations of Caps, Gloves, Scarves, and Blankets for the Homeless in our local communities.
Location: Olive Branch City Park (front entrance)
8267 Goodman Rd./Olive… Continue
Added by Marion Clark Ingram on October 16, 2010 at 9:10am —
Recently, I lovingly cautioned a sister about a quote which she had posted on FaceBook. Although the quote was from a “Christian leader” and was obtained from a… Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on October 14, 2010 at 6:00am —
As Christian we are related by blood to God, It was the blood of Jesus, our Brother, which sealed the deal however it is we who have been accepted by God as “men and women of God”. Continue
There is a social agenda to this relationship and it goes beyond a cosy “Hi-God-it’s-
me” conversation and a meeting on a special day of the week. This is because being people of God confers
responsibilities that have been inherited from those…
Added by Brian ( Bj ) Forwood on October 14, 2010 at 4:16am —
You will find the actual song in my songs on My Page. It is beautiful. Job was an amazing individual - oh, to have the faith and the heart of Job. Cindy Morgan is an amazing singer/songwriter/pianist/musician.
JOBWhere were you…
Added by Stephen Rigg on October 13, 2010 at 7:30pm —
“Owe no man anything but to love one another. ” Paul, a Jewish rabbi and early Christian apologist. (Quoting from an article I have written on the web at this link.)
I think that it was Lord Polonius in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” who said,
“Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing… Continue
Added by Tony Dale on October 12, 2010 at 12:43pm —
We had our first meeting today. It went really well. We prayed, we watched the "When you Gather Together" video, we had some good discussion, we spent time in the Word. Jesus definitely was among us, the Holy Spirit was moving and working. I believe this was the start of something good.
I kind of sprung this on the family. They did not really know what to expect. I was not really planning on beginning this soon myself. My aunt and cousins arrived very late last night, my mom and my… Continue
Added by Stephen Rigg on October 11, 2010 at 1:11am —
The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) is an…
Added by Mike Donahoe on October 10, 2010 at 8:35pm —
I would like to introduce myself. My name is Stephen Rigg. I reside in Macon, IL, a small community in the central part of Illinois. Not too far from Decatur, IL or the state capital Springfield, IL. I am very close to age 40 and single. I now believe that I will probably be single for life, without going into detail, I will just say I believe that is the plan God has for me.
I have been a part of various forms of "church" throughout my life. I grew up in the… Continue
Added by Stephen Rigg on October 10, 2010 at 1:56am —
I was at a… Continue
Added by Adrian L Hawkes on October 9, 2010 at 1:29pm —
H! Dear once in the lord,my name is pastor George K.Waddie l am the leader of Grace House Miracle Church,Ghana my ministry is church planting,outreach evangelism,leadership training and help those in need.
l am appearing to all spirit filled heart ed men of God,Christians and others,to help for fill mine God giving task
Once again l need somebody who can partner with for church planting,simplechurch organization,orphans assistance,training school for children and leaders training.… Continue
Added by Pastor George Kwasi Waddie on October 7, 2010 at 9:00am —
I have discovered that, as we seek the Lord, our most difficult periods
can be transformed into wonderful breakthroughs into God's love. For
me, one such season occurred during the years 1979 to1981. The
association of… Continue
Added by Sandy McCoy- Foust on October 7, 2010 at 8:39am —
Most of us made paper ships and colored pages depicting Columbus’ trip to “prove that the world” was round and “discovery of America”. A little research, however, reveals that amazing civilizations with millions of indigenous people had been built long before Columbus arrived in the Caribbean and scientists had known for centuries before that the world was round!… Continue
Added by Bonnie Jaeckle on October 7, 2010 at 6:00am —