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February 2011 Blog Posts (43)

Ready For the Road Ahead 2-27-2011

Ready For the Road Ahead

 

            No matter how long you stare at the picture below, your brain will tell you that the smaller circle pattern has a larger center and the larger circle pattern has a smaller center.  In reality, it's an optical illusion.  Both centers are the same size.  Optical illusions are brain teasers.  Some are geometric, like the one below.  Others are illustrations which have hidden objects, or subjects that change…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on February 23, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

People on a mission to distribute God's Word to Far-Reached Parts of the World

I think it is very sad that the people who were on the yacht were killed by pirates. Two of the people were trying to do something great but spreading God's Word to areas of the Word that aren't able to receive it.  Now they won't be able to get it because of the mean act of the pirates. I pray for all families of the people that were on board the yacht but also for people who will courageously try to… Continue

Added by Laura A Spaulding on February 23, 2011 at 11:29am — No Comments

Our God's Consort

It seems that in just about every religion created by people, either in fiction or the real world, any masculine deity has a feminine counterpart.  For every god there must be a goddess to act as counterpoint and consort.  Yet, the one religion that comes from God to man portrays God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three in one, using masculine pronouns and masculine relational identities.  There is one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  There is no need for a goddess, because God is…

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Added by Mary Elizabeth Whitlow on February 22, 2011 at 5:41pm — No Comments

Say you will!

ADONAI said to Moses, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, and tell them that this is how you are to bless the people of Israel:  you are to say to them,

             ‘May ADONAI bless you and keep you.

              May ADONAI make His face shine on you and show you His favor.

              May ADONAI lift up His face toward you and give you peace.’

              In this way, they are to put My Name on the people of Israel, so that I will bless them.”…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on February 22, 2011 at 5:45am — No Comments

Truth or Consequence

ADONAI, GOD, gave Adam this order: “You may freely eat

from every tree in the garden except the tree of the

knowledge of good and evil.  You are not to eat from it,

because on the day that you eat from it,

it will become certain that you will die.”

-         Gen 2:16,17

               Today, people examine facts and their beliefs are founded on it.  Their…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on February 21, 2011 at 5:36am — No Comments

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SALVATION? (Part Three)

Who are the Wicked?



At one time we were all wicked people. We didn't know God through His Son, Jesus Christ. We did things to ourselves and other people that were wrong and cruel. Things that we thought we were justified in doing. Things that we now know were very wrong to do. We were unloving because we didn't know how to yet love because the truth wasn't yet in us.

But what made us wicked people? We all know that we became wicked at the Fall, when humanity decided that we were… Continue

Added by Bobby Bruno on February 18, 2011 at 8:07am — No Comments

Love Changes Everything

Yesterday, I attended a funeral for a older gentlemen who passed away suddenly. I barely knew him. He and his wife had recently come to the church and were just beginning to find their places of service. In fact, he had taught a Bible Study class on Sunday, felt bad, and had a stroke on the way to the hospital. He never recovered. I went to the service to support my mom who had taken the death hard.

 

His service was a celebration.

 

I cried my eyes out throughout…

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Added by Margie Williamson on February 16, 2011 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 2-20-2011

Ready For the Road Ahead

 

            Outside my kitchen window there hangs a small birdfeeder filled with a homemade suet mixture.  A number of birds like to visit this feeder throughout the day, but, the most consistent patrons are a pair of Downy Woodpeckers.  It's always fun to watch them maneuver their way across the feeder.  As the suet gets lower, they must find some pretty acrobatic poses in order to keep their balance while feeding.  Many…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on February 15, 2011 at 5:36pm — No Comments

Wait Patiently...

                                                      Wait patiently for the LORD!

                                                            Wait confidently for him!

                         -Psalm 37:7

 

            We live in a world filled with impatient people.  Current advancement in technology only

       serve to push everyone to hurry up more.  We can be reached at any time, anywhere via email or direct mobile to…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on February 15, 2011 at 4:56am — No Comments

Free Will

My husband and I were just talking about free will and how it is a common theme in Science Fiction for a group of explorers to come across a perfectly peaceful, happy, well-ordered society where there was no free will.    The explorers want to "liberate" the poor people, and, in the process of introducing free will, totally ruin the society.  He then asked me if I would like to love in a society with no free will.

 

I replied that heaven will pretty much be the ultimate utopia…

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Added by Mary Elizabeth Whitlow on February 14, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SALVATION (Part Two)

Only through Jesus Christ can I know God



I have been asked "Why do I need to accept Jesus to get into Heaven? I already believe that God exists. Isn't that enough? And why can't I get to know God without going through Jesus?" Those of us who know the answer to these questions know that Jesus has said that we can only know God if we know the Son first. But how do we explain it to those who don't understand why Jesus is so important to the equation of knowing the Father, Son, and… Continue

Added by Bobby Bruno on February 14, 2011 at 9:22am — No Comments

Can We Give Up on a Group Member?

Last week my friend Rick Howerton opened up his new blogwith a post entitled: "When to Abandon a Small-Group Member." Here was the full text of his post:



     Never! There is…

    

     No sin to too decadent

     No opinion too controversial

     No revelation too disturbing

     No sickness too time consuming

     No need too costly

     No conflict too intense…

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Added by Sam O'Neal on February 14, 2011 at 8:37am — No Comments

What to Do in the Dessert?



 Sometimes I get discouraged.  I make plans but they don’t turn out quite as I had hoped or expected.  A friend disappoints me.  My job feels mundane.  In spite of praying and waiting (and occasional bouts of whining), I’m still single.  My body reminds me every day that I am indeed growing older and slowing down.   I long for more out of church.  More out of life.  Something richer.  More meaningful.  Less lonely.  I wonder, “Am I wasting my life?  Have I missed God’s purposes for…

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Added by Melody Richeson on February 12, 2011 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Losing Focus

I fell today on the stairs in my house. Unfortunately, that's not really an unusual occurrence. I have had several falls before and I guess they'll continue. Today's seemed different to me.

 

I was carry a load of sheets downstairs in one hand and a partially filled cup of coffee in the other. One of the sheets dropped out of my grasp and tangled around my foot. With the cup of coffee in one hand and the laundry in the other, I didn't have a chance . . . I missed a step, hit my…

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Added by Margie Williamson on February 12, 2011 at 6:50pm — 4 Comments

Peace with Authority In spite of Abuse

Last week I was meeting with one of our pastors about my passion for Discipleship.  In a prior meeting, I had shared some things with him that caused him to go away with a check in his spirit about whether I would be okay with the leadership structure at my church, so he brought that up and we discussed it.  I was open and honest about some trust issues that I have because of abuse of authority in other churches  and acknowledged that there was some healing that yet…

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Added by Jenni Biegler on February 11, 2011 at 10:16pm — 2 Comments

Commit Your Way

Commit your way to ADONAI;

Trust in Him, and He will act.

He will make your vindication shine forth like light,

The justice of your cause like the noonday sun.

                                            -Psalm 37:5,6

 

            Have you been waiting for a long time for the answer to your prayer?  Does it seem like GOD has not heard you or has forgotten about…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on February 11, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SALVATION? (Part One)

What's in it for me? Isn't that what we always ask ourselves when we are asked to do something for someone else? We seem to think that unless it benefits us in some way, it's not worth doing. Why should I help you get to work when your car is getting fixed if you are not going to help with gas; and it doesn't matter if we work at the same location either? Why should I lend you money when I know that there is no way you are ever going to pay me back? Why should I…why should I…why should I….… Continue

Added by Bobby Bruno on February 9, 2011 at 10:29am — No Comments

Ready For the Road Ahead 2-13-2011

Ready For the Road Ahead

             One time while visiting Cape May, Jeff and I saw a print in a gallery that we just had to have.  It was a photograph of a lighthouse off the coast of France, well known for the stormy waves that crash upon it each day.  A photographer in a helicopter had captured one of those waves as it smashed around the base of the lighthouse while the lighthouse keeper blithely looked skyward  to see what the noise was all about.  One glance at…

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Added by Ann H. LeFevre on February 8, 2011 at 4:40pm — No Comments

WHAT WILL I DO WHEN MY FAITH IN JESUS BRINGS ME SALVATION?

Gaining salvation in Jesus Christ is the ultimate experience any human could have. It is the only true freedom that we can obtain. It is not of this world and could never be. Some of the things we call freedom are nothing of the kind. How about the freedom to smoke? Are we really free when smoking can lead to the bondage of cancer, lung disease, and death? How about abortion? Does the freedom to murder babies in the womb really bring freedom for the woman who doesn't want the baby? Or does it… Continue

Added by Bobby Bruno on February 8, 2011 at 10:24am — No Comments

What Will Jesus Do For Me If I Have Faith In Him? (Part Seven)

In Jesus’ Love For Me:



To truly give the topic of Jesus' love for us the kind of consideration it truly deserves would take a book. Many have written about the love of Jesus: Pastors and theologians who have a much deeper understanding of Jesus through Scripture. What I write about here, today, is but a very small glimpse of His love for us. Giving His life up for us on the Cross was the greatest act of love anyone could have done for us. It is my prayer that when we get to the topic… Continue

Added by Bobby Bruno on February 8, 2011 at 10:23am — No Comments

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