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November 2015 Blog Posts (15)

Thanksgiving Spoiled, Christmas Salvaged?

“Thanksgiving as founded be th’ Puritans to give thanks f’r bein’ preserved fr’m th’ Indyans, an’ we keep it to give thanks we are presarved fr’m th’ Puritans.” (Finley Peter Dunne, Mr. Dooley’s Opinions, 1901)

 

“How many observe Christ’s birthday! How few, his precepts! O! ‘tis easier to keep holidays than commandments.” (Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard’s Almanack.)

 

Preachers who decry the evils of society—particularly…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 30, 2015 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Where You are, and Where You are Headed

Early in my attempts to follow God’s will, it seemed to some that I had gotten myself on a dead-end road, in a place that had no future. Looking back, it was a place used by God to prepare me for everything else I was to do in ministry. I learned when you follow God’s will, where you are is as important as where you are headed. After Joseph had been sold into slavery, he was put into Potiphar’s prison. Genesis 39:20 says, “Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on November 28, 2015 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

The Secret to Thanksgiving All Year Long

Thanksgiving is clearly the greatest holiday ever created in America—and not just because of the great food and the football games.

This year I had a new revelation while writing Thanksgiving notes to some friends. In past years, I would say something like, “I’m thankful for YOU this Thanksgiving.” That certainly was true enough, but it missed an important point: I wasn’t only thankful for these friends on one day of the year, but rather was grateful for them all year…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 26, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

4 Indispensable Ingredients for Holiday Happiness

Seems like everyone is wishing each other a Happy Thanksgiving, but few people stop their hustle and bustle long enough to consider what a happy holiday entails. We pull out our recipes for pumpkin pie, sweet potato casserole, holiday Jell-O, and eggnog, sure enough. But seldom do we take a similar look at the indispensable ingredients for positive time with our loved ones.

You may want to add some additional items to this recipe, but here are 4 ingredients I believe are vital to…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 24, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

When People Forget You--and Other Deflating Events

I had a very humbling experience last week when I was invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Banquet at a local Retirement Village. I received the invited because, for nearly a year now, I’ve visited the center once a month to sing and tell Bible stories to the residents.

Most of the residents are women in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s, and it has been a long time since I’ve found people so genuinely appreciative of my singing. Whether I’m singing an old hymn or a ballad by…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 24, 2015 at 2:59am — No Comments

Why Worry When We Can Worship?

“Nothing in the affairs of men is worth worrying about.” [Plato, Republic

 

“All worry is atheism, because it is a want of trust in God.” [Bishop Fulton Sheen]

 

“Take plenty of time to count your blessings, but never spend a minute in worry.” [Anonymous]…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 23, 2015 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Extra-ordinary Is Easier Than You Think

Lately I’ve been amazed by how many people seem content to settle for an ordinary life. A line from a popular Switchfoot song has been echoing in my head: “We were made to live for so much more…have we lost ourselves?”

This widespread acceptance of mediocrity is especially sad in light of the fact that it takes so very little to be above average…to be extra-ordinary.

Jesus pointed this out when He said, “Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two”…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 20, 2015 at 8:55am — No Comments

Punishing all for one or a few: Treating Syrian refugees like naughty children

When I was a kid, it wasn’t unusual when someone acted badly in a classroom or any group situation, that everyone got punished for it.



This would happen because the adult-in-charge either couldn’t identify a specific bad actor, or was just too exasperated and took the easy way when it came to “discipline.”



Whenever this happened, I seethed inside my little innocent child’s heart. …



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Added by Stephen R. Clark on November 18, 2015 at 11:47am — No Comments

Lay Down Your Expectations

Rather than attacking today’s idea from the front—and our previous rumination on goals and plans hit on many of the ideas inherent in this next idea already—I’d like to approach today’s meditation from a different angle.

Over the last several years, and from multiple sources, God has reinforced the importance of expectancy in my life. Meaning: When we lay down our time, our possessions, our attitudes, whatever, to actually give God something to work with in our lives, do we truly…

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Added by Carl Simmons on November 18, 2015 at 10:38am — No Comments

Trusting God in a Dangerous World

“The wise man in the storm prays God, not for safety from danger, but for deliverance from fear.” [Emerson, Journals, 1833]

 

Can there be any doubt we are living in a dangerous world?

 

Terrorists have apparently posted videos stating their intention to attack Washington, D.C. Many Americans are beginning to feel uneasy boarding an aircraft, attending a major sporting event, or even gathering with any large group…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 17, 2015 at 10:57am — No Comments

God's Strange Plan to Set You Free from Your Fears

Fear and faith. Two primal forces that significantly shape our actions, attitudes, emotions, and relationships.

Like oil and water, the two don’t mix.

Throughout the Bible, God tells people, “Fear not, for I am with you!” (Isaiah 41:10, etc.)

But here’s the funny thing about it:

I’m convinced God intentionally puts us into situations that expose the fears we’ve harbored in our heart. And once we’re in one of those terrifying situations, He then…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 15, 2015 at 8:39pm — No Comments

Confessions of a To-Do List Addict

I’m embarrassed to tell you how I responded when someone recently asked me what I like to do for fun.

“Well,” I stammered, “I like to cross things off my To-Do List.”

I could tell she wasn’t impressed.

“Yeah, right,” she said, thinking maybe I was just joking. “But what do you do for FUN?!”

I offered a few lame remarks about watching football games and eating out with friends, but the conversation pretty much went downhill after that.

Hey, I…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 9, 2015 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Lay Down Your Doubt

Our anxiety expresses itself through doubt. And our doubt expresses itself by taking things into our own hands. Whether we say it or even consciously think it, trying to make things happen on our own says, at best, “God’s not giving me what I want when I want it, so I’d better make it happen myself.” And despite what seventy-five percent of Christians believe (Barna, 2005), the phrase “God helps those who help themselves” does not come from the Bible.

In this season of my…

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Added by Carl Simmons on November 4, 2015 at 12:25pm — No Comments

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I'm still pretty new to posting blogs on Discipleship.Network - but have been really eating up (feasting is more like it!) on the fantastic information available here - and am impressed with the responses I've had from the community members ... so in the spirit of sharing that I've been blessed with here already - I'd love to toss another question out to you.  Thank you in advance for your patience with me as I get the hang of things around here.

What are your go-to, memorable, or…

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Added by Amy Jo on November 3, 2015 at 2:20pm — No Comments

Back at Discipleship Network

My Schedule grew into a time-monster (for soohooo many reasons) - but now that it's tamed and back under control - and I'm back.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Please say hello - friends are awesome.

Peace and Blessings!

Amy Jo

Added by Amy Jo on November 1, 2015 at 9:36am — No Comments

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