Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Added by Dan R. Crawford on May 30, 2016 at 9:40am — No Comments
Many people think of Christianity as just another religion—a set rules and regulations, basically telling people just to “try harder.” But those who pursue a relationship with God on that basis will inevitably end up even more burdened and bound up than when they started.
In stark contrast, a true relationship with Christ will increasingly remove our burdens and set us free from our hang-ups. That’s why we’re told, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 24, 2016 at 12:38am — No Comments
The Lord your God has blessed everything you have done and has watched your every step through this great wilderness. During these forty years, the Lord your God has been with you and provided for your every need so that you lacked nothing. Deuteronomy 2:7 NLT
If we let God take care of our fortune, we can look around in gratitude. God has blessed us in our work. Insight, intelligence, and income are all heaven’s gifts. Our…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 23, 2016 at 9:47am — No Comments
Lately I’ve met lots of people who seem to be perpetually stuck in Groundhog Day. You’ve probably seen the classic 1993 movie starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Murray plays a weatherman named Phil who’s assigned to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. He finds himself stuck in a time loop, forcing him to reexamine his life and priorities.
Day after day, Phil wakes up to the same Groundhog Day reality, with a chance to make better choices this…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 21, 2016 at 9:31pm — No Comments
You must give the Levites six cities of refuge where a person who has accidentally killed someone can flee for safety. Numbers 35:6 NLT
God is our Hiding Place from sin. If we got what was coming to us, we would be destroyed as quickly as a dandelion in a windstorm, but…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 17, 2016 at 10:37am — No Comments
I once read a book by a psychologist who said we all need to get in touch with our “inner child.” I never really understood what he meant by that. But I thought it might help to hang this picture of me on my office wall.
Although that solution hasn’t helped me much yet, I haven’t given up the search for my inner child…
As you can see by this picture, I was…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 12, 2016 at 1:42pm — No Comments
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Give these instructions to the Israelites: When you come into the land of Canaan, which I am giving you as your special possession, these will be the boundaries.’” (Numbers 34:2 NLT)
Providentially, God engineers the lay of the land to…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 9, 2016 at 1:15pm — No Comments
For those of you who feel like you’ve tried everything to lose weight, I have a solution I bet you’ve never considered: Move to the moon!
I’ll admit, it’s not a great environment there. Restaurants and other amenities are sorely lacking at this point.
However, because the gravity on the moon is only 16% of the earth’s gravity, you would immediately experience an amazing drop in your weight. No crash diet necessary. No personal trainer required. While maintaining the same…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 7, 2016 at 3:43pm — No Comments
As every student of history knows, America was in crisis in 1863. Despite Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation to free the slaves in January of that year, the Civil War raged on, with no end in sight.
Today America is in crisis again, even though the symptoms aren’t yet as obvious. And while presidential candidates promise to “make America great again,” they offer solutions that fail to recognize what made America great in the first place. Their faulty premise is that greatness…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 4, 2016 at 8:08am — No Comments
"Phinehas, son of Eleazar and grandson of Aaron the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites by displaying passionate zeal among them on my behalf." (Numbers 25:11 NLT)
Christians should be zealous for…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on May 2, 2016 at 12:11pm — No Comments
If you’re feeling disillusioned today, you should be thankful. Why? Because disillusionment is an essential part of coming to terms with reality, which is the only way your life can be transformed.
We all need to be dis-illusioned from time to time—because that means being freed from our illusions. Dictionaries define an “illusion” as “a false mental image produced by misinterpretation of things that actually exist.” Until disillusionment has occurred in our lives, we’re…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on May 2, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments