Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Forgive the rambling—there is a point here, even if I’m still in the process of trying to nail it down fully myself….
In fact, a lot of the reason for this current post would be that I’m still processing and/or trying to live into what I’m dealing with. In fact, there’s a quote in my last book Lay It Down (buy it now, kids) that seems as prophetic now as it seemed just plain-old relevant…Continue
“Cast all your cares on God; that anchor holds.” (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
The God who is the one and only God does not wish to remain anonymous.
The God who cared for His people in the Old Testament gives His saints today peace in pandemonium, calm in chaos, and courage in valleys.
The God who liberated His people from slavery sent Jesus to unshackle us from sin’s cruel bondage.
The God who observed the misery of…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 27, 2014 at 10:04am — No Comments
Was active with Navs at San Francisco State in '60's, & went to Siberia/Russia with them in 1994. Was on staff 19 years with CBMC, led men thru "Operation Timothy." Retired now; active in missions, small group leadership and Celebrate Recovery in Chester, CA. Praying that somehow we can take CR into prisons of Plumas and Lassen Counties - Larry
Psalm 139:7 “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?”
“God in the Roasting Room”
Have you ever felt you didn’t matter? Somehow your life is less than you expected? You were called to so much more and deep inside you feel God is slighting you? I would guess many feel they fit this description.
As a coffee roasting company we spend much time in the…Continue
Added by Chip Furr on August 26, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
“There is power in the name of Jesus. He will break every chain.” (Gospel music played in the background at the viewing of the body of Michael Brown)
At noon yesterday, family members and friends gathered for a private viewing of Brown’s body in St. Louis. His mother said “they say tomorrow is going to be the hardest day, but I think today was.”
The black 18-year-old was shot by a white…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 25, 2014 at 8:46am — No Comments
“He who, from zone to zone, Guides through the boundless sky thy certain flight,
In the long way that I must tread alone, Will lead my steps aright.”
(William Cullen Bryant, “To a Waterfowl”, 1818)
Miserable in your circumstances? Feeling nobody understands your heartache or even gives you a passing…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 21, 2014 at 5:03pm — No Comments
Sadly, church prayer meetings in the U.S. have largely gone the way of the dinosaur. Even when a church attempts to rouse God’s people to gather and pray, the results are often disappointing, both in attendance and in results. However, God wants the church to become “a house of prayer for all nations,” and these 12 tips can make your prayer meetings exciting!
Added by Jim Buchan on August 21, 2014 at 8:31am — No Comments
We may not have financial wealth to pass on to our children, grandchildren, and future descendants. However, author Jennifer Kennedy Dean shares in her book, The Legacy of Prayer, about a spiritual trust fund that will only increase in value. She writes, “We can leave behind for our descendants a spiritual trust that can never be stolen, squandered, or lost. We can lay up a storehouse of imperishable wealth by praying for our grandchildren and future generations. Our prayers are…Continue
“If clearness about things produces a fundamental despair, a fundamental despair in turn produces a remarkable clearness or even playfulness about ordinary matters.” (George Santayana, The Background of My Life, 1944)
People across America were saddened last week to learn that comedian and actor Robin Williams had died, apparently by suicide. It was also reported that he had suffered from severe depression. He was well known…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 18, 2014 at 12:27pm — No Comments
“It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right.”
- Thoreau, Civil Disobedience (1849)
Since God is the Absolute Sovereign of the universe, He alone deserves reverential fear.
We should submit to no lesser governor who dares countermand His rules for living.
No matter what society says is…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 13, 2014 at 4:49pm — No Comments
I’m a firm believer in studying the Bible every day. To be honest, I don’t do it every day but it’s my desire and I attempt to make the effort. The reason we read and study our Bibles every day is that they bring us the very words of God. As Moses told the Israelites in Deuteronomy 32:47 about the Word of God, “These are no idle words for you, but your very life.” I could go on and spend pages writing about the benefits of Bible study. Instead I want to give you 5 books that I believe…Continue
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We all go through painful experiences of one kind or another, and how we handle life’s adversities will have a lot to do in determining our character and our destiny. The intriguing story of Jabez reveals how our pain can be transformed as we lay hold of God’s promises:
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers; and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” Jabez called upon the God of Israel, saying, “Oh that you would…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on August 13, 2014 at 12:57pm — No Comments
“I can’t decide whether to watch the evening news, and be unable to eat;
or to watch the nightly news, and be unable to sleep.”
The person who said this would have an even bigger problem these days.
Up-to-the-minute 24/7 news keeps us informed of the global turn of events—
events often so discouraging, we…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 11, 2014 at 11:21am — No Comments
“Those who hope for no other life are dead even in this.”
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
People frequently make sad mistakes at funerals—
eulogizing a loved one only in the past tense, as if life were all history;
mourners speaking of the need for closure, laying to rest previous relationships;
through ritual and ceremony,…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 7, 2014 at 11:02am — No Comments
“You may call for peace as loudly as you wish, but where there is no brotherhood there can be in the end no peace.” (Max Lerner, “The Gifts of the Magi,” 1949)
Images from the ongoing Israel-Gaza conflict are disconcerting—Palestinians searching through debris for survivors; corpses amid the rubble of more than 10,000 destroyed houses; boys carrying pages of copies of the Quran from a mosque hit in an airstrike; distraught mourners at funerals of…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on August 5, 2014 at 10:41am — No Comments