Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Albrecht Durer, 1508 Praying Hands
By Pastor Johnny R. Almond
You are fighting the…Continue
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Rock of Gibraltar
Solid Rock in a Quicksand World
© By Pastor Johnny R. Almond
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As Hurricane Irma prepares to bash the United States, here in Charlotte we’re wondering if it will be coming our way. As we wait for the answer, I’ve been intrigued by weather reports saying our region lies in the “Cone of Uncertainty.”
While modern meteorologists probably feel clever in using this term, it’s really no different than King Solomon wrote about over 2,000 years ago:
Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby…Continue
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Our tragic Hurricane Harvey has a golden lining: thousands of people praying, caring, & sharing their faith while working together to rescue lives and meet needs caused by that crisis.
But what do you suppose will happen when the spotlight shifts to the next public crisis? Yes, you're probably right: Emotion, money, and momentum will move mostly to that next media moment. And then the next one after…Continue
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Rembrandt Jesus Calming the Storm
How to Keep from Going Crazy
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Lord God Almighty,
Day before yesterday, for one day at least, millions of Americans looked up into the heavens –
gazing at what for some would be a once-in-a-lifetime event;
hoping to see two and a half minutes of darkness as the moon went…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 23, 2017 at 2:13pm — No Comments
Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again,
for Jonathan loved David as much as he loved himself.
1 Samuel 20:17 NLT
I am the Heart of real friendship. Those who love Me love others who love Me—Jesus’ sheep flock together. People who call Me friend become the best of friends with others sharing the same passion. When two people pledge faithfulness in My Name,…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 21, 2017 at 2:28pm — No Comments
While studying the origins of the church at Philippi, I was startled to discover how the story contradicts many of our common misconceptions about the nature of the Christian life. The narrative in Acts 16 debunks at least 8 myths—and I bet you’ve believed some of these misconceptions yourself.
Myth #1: As long as you’re well-intentioned in pursuing spiritual activities, any direction is okay.
The apostle Paul never intended to plant a church…Continue
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© by Pastor Johnny R. Almond
The Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people.
It is his battle, not ours. The Lord will give…Continue
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Jesus didn’t tell churches to make members
In talking with pastors, one thing I commonly hear is, “If we had more members we would be able to do more…” Because of the way we have been programmed in the past, a lot of times pastors and churches think if they are small there impact is small. This isn’t the way Jesus thought. Jesus could have called the masses, but instead he called a dozen, ordinary men, and sent them out on a mission to make disciples. …Continue
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Have you ever been in a sailboat when it seemed there was absolutely no breeze? While experienced sailors somehow can catch the wind when there is no wind, amateurs like me often find ourselves dead in the water, going nowhere.
Sailing is such an apt metaphor for life. Winds come and go, blowing from one direction or another. But no matter what winds we encounter, we must resolutely set our sail and rudder toward our desired destination.
Yet this is a mystery in some…Continue
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During my sabbatical in New Zealand and California a few months ago, I lived for seven full weeks with just the clothes in one fairly small suitcase. I had a few shirts, a few pants, some socks and underwear, and a toothbrush, razor, and stick of deodorant.
Yes, I did wash the clothes from time to time. But I traveled light and never lacked a thing.
Shortly after returning back to the Carolinas, I went through the arduous process of moving into a new residence. I couldn’t help…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on July 27, 2017 at 9:48am — No Comments
I was a pretty awesome kid, if I do say so myself. Polite and well-behaved, I never recall talking back to my parents or any adult.
I worked hard at school and got good grades. My parents never had to worry about me skipping classes, getting into fights, using profanity, or disgracing them in any way. They were proud of me, and rightfully so.
Added by Jim Buchan on July 26, 2017 at 8:17am — No Comments
The Better Way
© By Pastor Johnny Almond
What is more pleasing to the Lord; your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience?
Obedience is far better than sacrifice. Listening to him is much better than offering the fat of rams.
1 Samuel 15:22 NLT
Added by Johnny R. Almond on July 24, 2017 at 11:44am — No Comments
I’m always looking for current events that display Biblical principles for successful leadership. The decision by Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson last week to fire Dave Gettleman as the team’s general manager provides some excellent fodder for a discussion of good and bad leadership traits. After being fired in 2012, Marty Hurney was appointed as the interim general manager.
Here are just a few observations:
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A Heart like God’s
© By Pastor Johnny R. Almond
The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart.
1 Samuel 13:14 NLT
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At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come upon you with power,…Continue
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