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May 2014 Blog Posts (13)

Brick Walls & Iron Gates

Have you ever hit a brick wall? You were making progress, feeling pretty good about yourself—then suddenly you encountered a seemingly impassable obstacle in your path.

This is more common than you think.

I love the story in Acts 12 about Peter’s release from prison. On the eve of his execution, he was roused from a deep sleep by an angel of the Lord. As his pitch-dark prison cell was flooded with light, Peter’s chains instantly fell to the ground. Apparently invisible to the…

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Added by Jim Buchan on May 27, 2014 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Bright Ideas & Other Monuments

Whenever the revelation of God’s glory shines the brightest, human frailty and foolishness becomes the most apparent. This certainly was true the day Jesus was transfigured before three of His disciples, Peter, James, and John. I love the way this amazing scene is described in The Message translation of Matthew 17:1-8: “Sunlight poured from his face. His clothes were filled with light” (v. 2).

Ordinary humans may reflect God’s glory at times, like Moses did after…

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Added by Jim Buchan on May 23, 2014 at 10:14am — No Comments

Who Is Holding Your Rope?

If I asked you who was responsible for writing nearly half the books of the New Testament and over 30% of its content, you probably would say the apostle Paul. Although that’s the correct answer, I was actually thinking of a couple of other guys. If not for these “other guys,” Paul’s amazing ministry would never have taken place.

These unnamed heroes are described in Acts 9:23-25, soon after Paul’s conversion. Paul learned that the Jews were plotting to kill him, watching the city…

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Added by Jim Buchan on May 20, 2014 at 8:47am — No Comments

My Apology to a Would-Be Mentor

Rediscovering a Key to Being an Effective Disciple-Maker

Even though I haven’t seen him in over 35 years, I’ve found myself thinking about Bill Green lately. After hearing my story about Bill, see if you think I owe him an apology.

Bill Green can best be described as a Bible geek. With thick glasses, unkempt hair, and woefully out-of-style clothes, you might picture him as resembling George McFly in the “Back to the Future”…

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Added by Jim Buchan on May 19, 2014 at 2:50pm — No Comments

Back of the Line

“Putting on the uniform never gets old.” Those were the words of the new Manager of the Fort Worth Cats minor league baseball team, but with an adjustment or two, they could have been my words. I feel that way about my academic regalia. Long ago I lost count of the graduations and convocations in which I marched in my cap and gown. On those occasions, my attention was often drawn to the back of the line where walked the retired professors, those who had given their lives to the training of…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 19, 2014 at 7:58am — No Comments

A time to pray...

There has never been a time for prayer as today.  So much is happening the whole world over, that it seems as if there is the over abundance of natural disasters, that are happening too fast to count.  Lost of human life takes place on a daily basis, to the point that people have become desensitised. We hear of hurricanes, tornados, floodings, landslides, and so many other disasters happening each, and every day.

As people of God, this should be of great concern to us as the Bible…

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Added by Pastor Jean Davy on May 15, 2014 at 5:23pm — 2 Comments

Grace Momentum

"Don't break your arm patting yourself on the back!" my father used to say. So how did the turtle get on such a lofty perch on that fence post?

“There is a Power whose care / Teaches the way along that pathless coast.

The desert and illimitable air / Lone wandering, but not…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on May 15, 2014 at 2:12pm — No Comments

Faith's Silhouette

We demonstrate our faith by the way we live. Conduct communicates more clearly than creed.

“Faith is kept alive in us, and gathers strength, more from practice than from speculations.”…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on May 12, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Deeper Life-Satisfying The 8 Vital Longings of Your Soul

Plenty of books talk about living a deeper life.  This one shows you how-how to truly discover the answers to life's core questions and live them out in your thoughts, words, and actions.…

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Added by Carley Phelps on May 12, 2014 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Faith's Calming Effect

Many people talk about having good luck. Christians give credit to the good Lord.

“The superior man is quiet and calm, waiting for the appointments of Heaven,

while the mean man walks in dangerous paths, looking for lucky…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on May 7, 2014 at 10:35am — No Comments

Excerpt from Journey into the Spirit Empowered Life - A Guide to Personal, Family & Community Transformation

In connection with The Discipleship Network, Disciple Nations International is offering one free chapter from our book, “Journey into the Spirit Empowered LifeA Guide for Personal, Family & Community…

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Added by Chris Vennetti on May 3, 2014 at 11:12pm — No Comments

Mercy in the Maze

As we journey through life, we frequently need forgiveness of sin and relief from guilt -- something only God can give.

“The quality of mercy is not strained;

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on May 1, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

Mercy in the Maze

As we journey through life, we frequently need forgiveness of sin and relief from guilt -- something only God can give.

“The quality of mercy is not strained;

It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven upon the place…

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Added by Johnny Russell Almond on May 1, 2014 at 1:51pm — No Comments

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