Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Added by Dan R. Crawford on November 29, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
Added by Dan R. Crawford on November 28, 2016 at 5:12am — No Comments
Thanksgiving is clearly the greatest holiday ever created in America—and not just because of the great food and football games.
A few years ago 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…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on November 24, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments
I’ve never really liked the phrase “giving back.” Maybe it’s because we’re often called to show kindness to complete strangers and people who aren’t in a position to give us anything in return. Although we’re possibly “giving back” to God in some way, we’re usually not reimbursing people for anything they’ve first given us.
Yet this Thanksgiving I find myself reflecting on the responsibilities we all have when we realize how blessed we are. On this day when we recount…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on November 22, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments
By Pastor Johnny R. Almond
If you present your peace offering as a thanksgiving offering ...
Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 21, 2016 at 9:44am — No Comments
Have you ever had a time when you realized your perspective was totally misguided? Perhaps you saw a relationship incorrectly, or you misjudged the leadership of your church. Or maybe you sunk into despair as you read news headlines about your nation or the world.
I recently was challenged when I read the life-changing vision Isaiah had after King Uzziah died:
In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on November 17, 2016 at 12:16pm — No Comments
God over All
The LORD your God is the supreme God of the heavens above and the earth below.
JOSHUA 2:11 NLT
God is God of all. He is the Transcendent God of the highest heavens, incalculably and unimaginably distant from the planet you…
Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 14, 2016 at 4:42pm — No Comments
One of the fascinating aspects of each election cycle is to watch both Democrats and Republicans imply that God is certainly on their side of the issues. Meanwhile, theologians debate whether God is a Calvinist or Arminian. And sometimes entire nations—especially the United States—portray themselves as being on the side of God and righteousness.
So how can we tell whose side is God really on?
There’s a great story in Joshua 5:13-15 that should give us cause for concern…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on November 14, 2016 at 1:54pm — No Comments
Jesus Speaks: Holding Fast in a World of Compromise
By Mike Baker, J.K. Jones and Jim Probst (InterVarsity Press)
The three authors are Pastor Mike Baker and two of his pastoral staff—J.K. Jones and Jim Probst—at Eastview Christian Church in Normal, Ill.
The book references the seven churches in Revelation 2-3 plus another one—yours. That eighth church shows up in Appendix 2. The book’s basic emphasis is holiness, and the…Continue
Added by Skip Holman on November 11, 2016 at 8:46am — No Comments
Review: Designed to Lead
Designed to Lead
By Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck (Broadman & Holman)
Eric Geiger, co-author of Simple Church, and Kevin Peck, pastor of Austin Stone Community Church, have written a consummate work on leadership from a biblical perspective.
To quote the…Continue
Added by Skip Holman on November 11, 2016 at 8:37am — No Comments
I recently studied the life of the Old Testament prophet Daniel and discovered that he had lived under the reign of 10 different kings. That got me thinking about my own life…
It’s embarrassing to admit, but I’m so old that I was born during the final years of Harry Truman’s administration! Wow. That seems like ancient history.
Donald Trump will be the thirteenth American president in my lifetime. Some of our presidents have been good, some have been bad, but none have…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on November 10, 2016 at 8:44am — No Comments
A Prayer for Election Day
By Pastor Johnny Almond
Lord of the nations,
After a long and tiring presidential race with vicious contention, intense debate and sad divisiveness; with election day approaching in only a few hours — we approach You, Almighty God,…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 7, 2016 at 12:06pm — No Comments
Moses was 120 years old when he died,
yet his eyesight was clear, and he was as strong as ever.
Deuteronomy 34:7 NLT
The number of our years is increasing. Gray hairs are multiplying, and bodily aches humiliate…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 1, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments