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Lord of Your Rocking Boat

Rembrandt -  Jesus Calming the Storm


 They were in absolute awe, staggered. “Who is this, anyway?” they asked.…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 18, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Navigating the SUDDENLIES & the SLOWLIES

One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned this year is that God can work either suddenly or slowly. I’m incredibly glad the Bible calls Him “the Lord of Breakthroughs” (1 Chronicles 14:10-11 NLT), because we all need a sudden breakthrough of His miraculous power at one time or another.

But God also presents Himself as “the Lord of the harvest” (Luke 10:2). While some harvests occur more quickly than others, this word picture is quite different than for a…


Added by Jim Buchan on June 17, 2018 at 7:43am — No Comments

Defining Purpose: DISCERN God’s will for our work

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

It’s hard to discern God’s will for our work when we aren’t tuned in to his direction.  When we get discouraged or distracted, we can tune God out.  This is the absolute worst thing to do!


God’s voice is never more important to hear than when we have a pressing need to hear it.  We’re limited in our ability to communicate, but God isn’t. 


As scripture reminds us in John 8:47 .…


Added by Chuck Proudfit on June 15, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Things You Do Not Have to Stress About in College

High school has got to be the most stressful period in a student’s life. In high school, there are so many things you have to worry about. You worry about being popular, getting good grades, wearing the right clothes and hanging out with the right group among other things. However, college is different and they are a number of things you shouldn’t lose sleep over when you get to college. Here are a number of things college students never worry…


Added by Robert Roberts on June 14, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

Home -- A House With A Heart


Unless the Lord builds a house, the work of the builders is useless.

Psalm 127:1 NLT


I am the Builder of your home.

My power is the…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 11, 2018 at 11:42am — No Comments

Christian Hallmark

Those who become Christians become new persons.

They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!

2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT


Believe in Christ…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 4, 2018 at 4:42pm — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple? (Part 5)

. . . I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11b ESV).


If you just joined our journey of discovery into what matters most to God, we are taking a reflective walk through 1 Corinthians 13:4. The third quality that people see in followers who reflect Christlike love is the absence of…


Added by Skip Garmo on June 1, 2018 at 2:06pm — No Comments

What's the Difference: Mentoring vs. Disciple Making?

“What’s the difference?” It’s the question of a learner, a thinker, a person who’s comparing two not-quite-the-same concepts.

When I taught English in Asia I realized that motivated students have lots of these questions. I remember being asked, “What’s the difference between ‘affect’ and ‘effect’? Or between ‘than’ and ‘then’? Or ‘farther’ and ‘further’?” Most of the time I knew, but occasionally the question itself caused me, the teacher, to realize that I didn’t understand clearly.…


Added by Justin Gravitt on May 31, 2018 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Learning from Five Presidents

I knew five men who served as President of my seminary – one while I was a student, three while I was on the faculty, and one who was Interim President between two Presidents.


While they were very diverse, each had his strengths, and each made lasting contributions to the school. Each impacted the lives of future ministers. I considered each to be my friend. I learned from all of them.


One took the first Chapel of each semester to welcome the new…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 29, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

Clay Hallelujahs


This precious treasure – light and power that now shine within us – is held in fragile clay jars, in our weak bodies.

Everyone can see that our glorious power is from God and is not our…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 29, 2018 at 9:55am — No Comments

Preparing for the NEXT Royal Wedding

Didn’t get an invitation to Harry and Meghan’s royal wedding? No worries! Another royal wedding is coming soon, and this time you’re definitely invited.

The combined viewership in America and the UK for Harry and Meghan’s big day was nearly 50 million people, which was pretty impressive. But, in contrast, the next royal wedding is sure to be seen by billions.

While much has been made of Meghan Markle’s biracial identity, the upcoming wedding will feature a…


Added by Jim Buchan on May 21, 2018 at 3:56pm — No Comments

Life Insurance


For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son,

so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 21, 2018 at 1:38pm — No Comments

The Focus Factor

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

Does work life sometimes seem like a spiritual maze, where you’re looking for purposeful direction but consistently coming up with blind alleys and dead ends?  This isn’t God’s design – it’s our typical “trial and error” approach to understanding His will.


When we journey with God, we can’t stay where we are.  God always wants to develop us.  He desires a deep relationship with us.  He wants…


Added by Chuck Proudfit on May 15, 2018 at 11:00am — No Comments

Holy Hurricane

Without warning there was a sound like a strong wind –

no one could tell where it came from. It filled the whole building.

Then, like a wildfire, the Holy Spirit spread through…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 14, 2018 at 11:28am — No Comments

Make a Wish!


That night God appeared to Solomon in a dream and said,

“What do you want? Ask and I will give it to you!”

2 Chronicles 1:7…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 7, 2018 at 10:53am — No Comments

Oral Disciple Making: A Return to First Principles



Oral Disciple Making:  A Return to First Principles


By Jerry Wiles


When it comes to following and obeying Jesus, it sometimes takes time to clarify exactly what that means.  With 2,000 years of history and church traditions, there is a very real need to rethink, re-evaluate and…


Added by Jerry Wiles on May 1, 2018 at 3:32pm — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple? (Part 4)

“A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side.

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the…


Added by Skip Garmo on May 1, 2018 at 4:30am — No Comments

Doing God's Business

God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power.

Then Jesus went around doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the Devil, for God was with him.



Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 30, 2018 at 12:17pm — No Comments

Discovering the 'Marriage Matrix'

My good friend Ron is at it again. Still agonizing over what went wrong with his marriage, he wants to make sure he doesn’t make the same mistakes if he finds a new wife.

“After all these years, women are still a puzzlement to me,” he told me. “Even if God sent me a great woman to marry, at this point I’m not sure I would even know the necessary ingredients for a happy marriage.”

Ron and I had often lamented that good marriages are in short supply these days. But attempting to…


Added by Jim Buchan on April 29, 2018 at 10:33pm — No Comments

Believing God's Son


If you believe with all your heart [if you have a conviction, full of joyful trust, that Jesus is the Messiah

and accept Him as the Author of your salvation in the kingdom of God, giving Him…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 23, 2018 at 2:50pm — No Comments

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