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A New Appreciation for the Holidays

Ever since his divorce several years back, my friend Ron has complained to me this time of year about the upcoming holidays. He has his reasons, to be sure, but he’s begun to sound like a broken record.

“It’s just not the same,” he moans. “With my wife gone and my kids living far away, it’s always an agonizing time for me.”

Then he typically cites the gluttony, commercialization, overspending, and other holiday sins as justification for his negative attitudes. You’ve probably…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 21, 2017 at 4:26am — No Comments

A Lesson from Jesus on Handling Grief

I’m not an expert on the subject of grief by any means – far from it. Yet recently several friends have had loved ones die suddenly and unexpectedly. I’ve found myself wondering, how are they supposed to handle that?

Then today I noticed a woman at the grocery store who had some sort of Christian bracelet. When I asked about the bracelet, she told me the heart-wrenching story of how her sister had died just two weeks ago of a rare form of cancer.

Wow. How is she supposed to…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 20, 2017 at 10:39pm — No Comments

A Thanksgiving Suggestion

Sometimes preachers have thoughts during their sermons that did not occur to them during the preparation time.  It happened to me several years ago on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on November 18, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments

Ultimate Allegiance

The men of Israel deserted David and followed Sheba.

But the men of Judah stayed with their king and escorted him from the Jordan River to Jerusalem.

2 Samuel 20:2 NLT

 

I am the…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 16, 2017 at 11:59am — No Comments

Private Retreat Follow Up

Right now, in the middle of the chaos going on around us, it is emotionally disturbing.

You can feel the frustration building up within you- knowing this is the world we live in.  The chaos begins to pull us in without us realizing we are being pulled in.

When we hear a child killed their parents, a child killed himself because someone was bullying them. When we hear murder is on the inclined, the weather full of hurricanes,…

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Added by Mission Care on November 7, 2017 at 10:25pm — No Comments

Restful Words

 

 

May the word of my lord the king bring me rest.

2 Samuel 14:17 NIV

 

I am the King of hearts and Lord of every dimension of your life. When you seriously seek Me, I tranquilize your…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 6, 2017 at 3:23pm — No Comments

Discipling and the Protestant Reformation (Part 2 of 2)

I noted in last week’s post that Christianity experienced a seismic paradigm shift when Martin Luther and other reformers essentially zero-based the church’s traditional doctrine of salvation and rebuilt it using only God’s Word—“Sola Scriptura.”

 

Then I stepped back from the details and considered applying that same strategy to discipling ourselves and others. I asked you, “If we zero-base our understanding of what it means to disciple ourselves and others, and then…

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Added by Skip Garmo on November 1, 2017 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Front-line Fighting

 

The letter instructed Joab, “Station Uriah on the front lines where the battle is fiercest.

Then pull back so that he will be killed.”

2 Samuel 11:15 NLT

The letter…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 30, 2017 at 10:10am — No Comments

Discipling and the Protestant Reformation

How special it is for us to be alive 500 years after the Protestant Reformation began in Wittenberg! This is an excellent time to thank God for what He did during those years to revolutionize peoples’ understanding of His Word, transform their hearts, and move them from uncertainty and fear through the church to confidence and freedom through Christ.

 

The core outcome of the Reformation was the revolution in scriptural understanding and worship by parishioners through direct…

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Added by Skip Garmo on October 23, 2017 at 3:28pm — No Comments

Kindness in Kind

 

The king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the unfailing, unsought, unlimited mercy and kindness of God?”

2 SAMUEL 9:3 THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 23, 2017 at 10:40am — No Comments

The Fire is Still Burning

We once had a beautiful long-haired dachshund. Even in her later years, all I had to do was say the word, “Go” and she would jump from wherever she was sitting and run to the nearest door. Funny how I have become like that dog. I know I need to say “no” occasionally, but every time someone sends me an invitation to speak, I jump to the occasion. I’m not sure how old Jeremiah was when he wrote that God’s word, “was in my heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones” (Jeremiah 20:9) and…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on October 22, 2017 at 5:08pm — No Comments

The #1 Reason Counseling Often Fails

A firestorm erupted recently when I wrote a blog that was deemed critical of the counseling profession. I have lots of friends who are counselors—excellent counselors—and several seemed to think I was including them in my critique of incompetent counseling. Meanwhile, I also have countless friends who’ve been helped by skilled counselors, and they rose up to defend the counseling profession and share their gratitude for a job well done.

My blog’s main point was simply…

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Added by Jim Buchan on October 21, 2017 at 4:55pm — No Comments

The Problem with Ineffective Counselors

After dating several women who told him he had “issues,” my friend Ron finally decided to look for a good counselor.

“That’s a great move,” I encouraged him. It was all I could do to stop short of adding, “And it’s about time, Ron!”

Yet the conversation grew darker when he asked my advice on how to go about finding a counselor who could actually do him some good.

“That’s a tough one, Ron. You’re a pretty hard case,” I chuckled. “And 95% of the counselors out there are…

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Added by Jim Buchan on October 16, 2017 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Ultimate Power Source

David became more and more powerful, because the Lord God Almighty was with him.

2 Samuel 5:10 NLT

 

The kingdom is Mine forever. I am Jehovah—the One Who Will Always Be Who I Have Always Been. I am the King of hearts.

 

I am…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 16, 2017 at 11:29am — No Comments

Tripedion

This was the beginning of a long war between those loyal to Saul and those who were loyal to David.

As time passed David became stronger and stronger, while Saul’s dynasty became weaker and weaker.

2 Samuel 3:1 NLT

 

As long as you breathe in your mortal body, civil war will rage between your sinful and sanctified natures. While a resident in time, you will have to deal with tension between your…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 11, 2017 at 10:52am — No Comments

What Next?

In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.

The Lord said, “Go up” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

2 Samuel 2:1 NIV

 

Lamenting his earthly friend Jonathan’s death, David looked to his Heavenly Friend to learn what he should do next. In his sadness he conducted a search.

 

At times…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 2, 2017 at 1:46pm — No Comments

What Next?

 

In the course of time, David inquired of the Lord. “Shall I go up to one of the towns of Judah?” he asked.

The Lord said, “Go up” David asked, “Where shall I go?” “To Hebron,” the Lord answered.

2 Samuel 2:1 NIV

 

Lamenting his earthly friend Jonathan’s death, David looked to his Heavenly Friend to learn what he should do next. In his sadness he conducted a…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 2, 2017 at 11:40am — No Comments

The Key to Answered Prayer

 © By Pastor Johnny R. Almond

 

He asked the Lord what he should do,

but the Lord refused to answer him, by dreams, sacred lots, or prophets.

1 Samuel…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 25, 2017 at 2:22pm — No Comments

Holy War

Albrecht Durer, 1508  Praying Hands

Holy War

 

By Pastor Johnny R. Almond

 

You are fighting the…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 18, 2017 at 9:56am — No Comments

A Lesson from a Hurricane Survivor

It was a High School football game. He sat a few seats from me on the same row. After awhile he asked me, "Who are these…
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Added by Dan R. Crawford on September 17, 2017 at 6:31pm — No Comments

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