Our Preparation for the Messiah
Question of the day:
How are you preparing to see Jesus down here?
Remember, as Paul quoted, “The Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (Romans 10:8), and Paul precedes that line from Deuteronomy with a challenge that I would repeat today, “Do not tell yourself that you have to bring Christ down!” (10:6). The mystery of the Incarnation is precisely the repositioning of God down here once and… Continue
Added by Dena Brehm on December 14, 2008 at 11:43pm —
Good morning! I hope you had a great weekend.
This past week I spent some time with a man who is both a friend and trusted advisor. He has taken a great interest in my work over the past 18 months, but has taken particular interest in the church planting ministry that I launched in November. As we were talking, he addressed with me his concern over my foundation. As I probed into his statement, he accurately assessed that I was beginning to rapidly put together a structure, but my… Continue
Added by Carl Willis on December 14, 2008 at 11:38pm —
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Today was another good day… although it started out strange. I slept in way too late so I was frustrated that I didn’t have the time I needed to get things done before I went to Gerry and Faye’s. I think because it was dark and stormy outside my body did not respond to waking up since there was no light in the room. I also had a very strange dream about Obama… I don’t even want to describe it and I am not sure what that was all about but I am sure… Continue
Added by Linda Daniels on December 14, 2008 at 2:45pm —
We need to be very careful to really start to eat God's Word. We need to just be able to have it rise up for our warfare. It has to be second nature. I found myself having a very hard week. Now I feel very weak. I needed somethings to be second nature to come out of my heart and do the warfare.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 (NASB)
4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
5 We are destroying speculations and every… Continue
Added by Greg & Jennifer on December 13, 2008 at 2:34pm —
EVERYONE’S GOING TO BE SAVED EVENTUALLY…AREN’T THEY? (PART 2)
By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Oct 2, 2008 in AM Missives, Current Issues
Do I not hate those who hate You, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? I hate them with the utmost hatred; They have become my enemies. (Psalm 139:21-22, NASB)
So How Does God View Sin?
In Everyone’s Going To Be Saved Eventually…Aren’t They? we began our look at this crucial issue but to answer the… Continue
Added by Miguel on December 13, 2008 at 6:14am —
Forgiving, healing, enlightening, liberating, enriching all: From the wounds of the Savior of the World flows virtue to make us into His image and likeness.
His stripes: our healing provided.
His beard yanked out: our maturity secured.
His face beaten and disfigured as they mocked Him saying, "Prophecy, who hit you" while He was blindfolded: our identity displayed and our prophetic insight certified.
His crown of thorns: our peace of mind and wisdom… Continue
Added by James Rohde on December 12, 2008 at 11:30pm —
We went to see The Living Christmas Tree last night. It was awesome!!! It was the first time I had seen it. The choir was actually in the tree and they had an orchestra playing the music. Little kids sang to and they told the story of Jesus' birth. It was truly amazing! I will post pics later. I also have an urgent prayer request. My husband is no longer able to work because of his back and we don't know when he will get anymore money. He was getting shot term disability but it stopped two weeks
Added by Helena Hunter on December 12, 2008 at 8:47pm —
Monday, December 8, 2008
Here is a part of yesterday’s Oswald:
The entrance into the kingdom of God is through the sharp, sudden pains of repentance colliding with man's respectable "goodness." Then the Holy Spirit, who produces these struggles, begins the formation of the Son of God in the person's life (Gal_4:19). This new life will reveal itself in conscious repentance followed by unconscious holiness, never the other way around. The foundation of Christianity is… Continue
Added by Linda Daniels on December 12, 2008 at 4:05pm —
Interseting article on Universalism
By Ken Silva pastor-teacher on Sep 21, 2008 in Current Issues
The Church of Jesus Christ certainly seems to have lost its way in this increasingly pagan nation as it follows e.g. dreamers rooted in the semi-pelgian Church Growth Movement like Rick Warren and Rob Bell. Left here by our Lord to be the salt and light of the world, yet the evangelical community continues to grow ever more bland and is apparently looking for… Continue
Added by Miguel on December 12, 2008 at 8:08am —
Blog...Family Christmas letter?
Well, I thought maybe it would work...
This was the year of reclaiming our home for our nuclear family. We have had a Grandpa or a Sister or Brother-in-law or child living with us for a while now and it seems a little funny with "just Us". Still we are blessed by God to be able to have a home which we are not now in a "crisis" over a mortgage situation like many Americans. And I am employed and have been for a year and in an organization which I… Continue
Added by Stephen (steve) Cornell on December 11, 2008 at 7:19pm —
With the present financial crises, many traditional churches are losing buildings, staff, etc. You can read George's conversation on some of the trends he is seeing in a recent interview we did at:
Added by Frank Viola on December 11, 2008 at 7:36am —
Talking with our staff last week, I was further convinced of the value of simplicity. We have made some significant changes along the way that have pushed us into more simply being the church. I have not read the book Simple Church, but as I see it there are two kinds of simplicity–one that ignores complexity and the other understands it. It is the latter that is shaping our church.
Black & White Simple
One kind of simple church ignores complexity. This kind of… Continue
Added by Jonathan Dodson on December 10, 2008 at 9:21pm —
WHY Not do something!
The church may seem to be a rag-tag group of weekend soldiers with
Low budgets, Untrained soldiers, Underpaid leaders, With highly criticized efforts. With a task which seems unattainable, unimaginable, and unfathomable
But God can. Amplify our voice, Magnify our work, Glorify our endeavors
He can also. Rectify our failures. Mystify our enemies. Gratify our labors
Many are waiting for God to move… Continue
Added by Bob Archer on December 10, 2008 at 3:14pm —
Early Christianity, which began within first-century Judaism, became clearly distinct from Rabbinic Judaism. It continued to revere the Hebrew Bible, generally using the Septuagint translation that was in general use among Greek-speaking Jews and Gentile Godfearers, or the Targums in use among Aramaic speakers, and added to it the writings that would become the New Testament, thus developing the first Christian Biblical canons. It defended… Continue
Added by Patrick on December 10, 2008 at 12:30pm —
Here's a fun little place on the web I thought you might enjoy. Hope it helps you have a happy day!
Added by Kerri on December 10, 2008 at 10:55am —
Last Friday my Wife, Son and I went to a Prophetic Meeting in NC. We knew the people putting on the meeting so we trusted them. I must tell you I was struck by two different things. One, the people who sponsored this meeting did not even know if they would be able to pay for the room. They had invited small churches and a very poor crowd. I was so struck by this correct picture of our Lord Jesus Christ ministering to the poor and down and out through His people. I was moved to tears by this… Continue
Added by Greg & Jennifer on December 9, 2008 at 8:14pm —
I have worked retail for years, and I even served as a pastor for 7 years.
With the exception of cheesy nativity scenes and cards with a verse in them, Jesus is just about gone from this holiday.
Most of that stuff is made in countries where His followers are persecuted anyway. What hypocrisy that we remember Him with cheap trinkets that come from lands where His own people are made to suffer for His sake. The money we spend helps keep those unjust, not only to Christians,… Continue
Added by Karl Graff on December 9, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Don't Settle For Second Best
The story is told of a professor who stood before his class of 20 senior organic biology students, about to hand out the final exam.
"I want to say that it's been a pleasure teaching you this semester. I know you've all worked extremely hard and many of you are off to medical school after summer. So that no one gets their GPA messed up because they might have been celebrating a bit too much this… Continue
Added by Bob Archer on December 9, 2008 at 9:26am —
From everything I've seen this site is amazing. It would appear to be the most interactive site I've come across. I'm excited to have a chance to fellowship, even online with others on this journey. I've found it difficult locally to find other house churches in our area. We're hoping to find others that would be open to joint worship and fellowship times.
We've been meeting for about 4 years with 1 other family consistantly, 1 other less consistantly and a single individual just joined… Continue
Added by sherry on December 9, 2008 at 1:30am —
I'll be 47 this coming Friday.
I'm a small buisness owner. I've a sewing studio. I teach sewing from beginning to dressmaking and design. I also always have more alterations and dressmaking clients than I can keep up with. I've 3 grown children, and a 4 year old. (who says God doesn't have a since of humor.)
I've been married to my sweet husband for 5 years. While I was a single parent for 15 plus years I worked as a seamstress/business owner and then for 8 years as an executive… Continue
Added by sherry on December 9, 2008 at 1:30am —