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November 2016 Blog Posts (13)

A Friday worth Forgetting

It was a Friday worth forgetting. We sat in a small, cold, hospital emergency room, and listened to a Surgeon we had never met before, as he described the delicate, complicated surgery he would be performing on my wife. An accident had fractured her pelvis, and a faulty x-ray had allowed her to keep walking until her pelvis had separated from her hip, and now surgery was required. It would be followed by three months of no weight being put on her left leg, multitudes of pain pills, long…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on November 29, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

A Friday worth Forgetting

It was a Friday worth forgetting. We sat in a small, cold, hospital emergency room, and listened to a Surgeon we had never met before, as he described the delicate, complicated surgery he would be performing on my wife. An accident had fractured her pelvis, and a faulty x-ray had allowed her to keep walking until her pelvis had separated from her hip, and now surgery was required. It would be followed by three months of no weight being put on her left leg, multitudes of pain pills, long…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on November 28, 2016 at 5:12am — No Comments

The Key to Experiencing Thanksgiving All Year Long

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…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 24, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Thanksgiving, God's Kindness & the Question of 'Giving Back'

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…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 22, 2016 at 6:23am — No Comments

Thanks Living

Thanks Living

 

By Pastor Johnny R. Almond

 

 

 

If you present your peace offering as a…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 21, 2016 at 9:44am — No Comments

A Vision That Will Change Everything

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…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 17, 2016 at 12:16pm — No Comments

God over All

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…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 14, 2016 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Whose Side Is God On?

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…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 14, 2016 at 1:54pm — No Comments

JESUS SPEAKS Book Review

Jesus Speaks: Holding Fast in a World of Compromise

By Mike Baker, J.K. Jones and Jim Probst (InterVarsity Press)

Jesus Speaks 250 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…

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Added by Skip Holman on November 11, 2016 at 8:46am — No Comments

Book Review: Designed to Lead

Review: Designed to Lead

Designed to Lead

By Eric Geiger and Kevin Peck (Broadman & Holman)

Designed To Lead 250 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…

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Added by Skip Holman on November 11, 2016 at 8:37am — No Comments

Daniel & the Election

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…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 10, 2016 at 8:44am — No Comments

A Prayer for Election Day

A Prayer for Election Day

By Pastor Johnny Almond

 

 

Lord of the nations,

 

 

After a long and tiring presidential race with vicious…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 7, 2016 at 12:06pm — No Comments

Older -- Bolder

 

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…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 1, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

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