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December 2010 Blog Posts (72)

Keep Watch!

There will appear signs in the sun, moon and stars; and on earth, nations will be in anxiety and bewilderment at the sound and surge of the sea, as people faint with fear at the prospect of what is overtaking the world; for the powers in heaven will be shakenwhen these things start to happen, stand up and hold your heads high; because you are about to be liberated! Keep watch on yourselves, or your hearts will become dulled by carousing,…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on December 14, 2010 at 5:48am — No Comments

Is the Mordecai Anointing for you?

We are both praying for the Mordecai anointing. Here's a brief summary of what Mordecai's anointing is all about. Esther chapter 4 - Taking a stand (a life and death stand) in sackcloth and ashes. His prayer and conviction was so intense it moved Queen Esther into prayer and fasting as well as action (ready to die for the cause). Even more, Mordecai's (cry) prayer and conviction was so intense it woke up a heathen king (or made the king lose his sleep). Time to have the Lord move in our…

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Added by Bliss and Betsy Varughese on December 14, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

Best Seller : "Radical"

I've just finished reading this book, 'Radical' by David Platt, a pastor in Birmingham Alabama. It is the most disturbing, but true commentary of how the 'American Dream' has permeated our lives and churches . It's not that it's a bad thing, but many of the implications are in stark contrast to Jesus' words. It is definitely a wake up call for all of us to consider Jesus' radical words, and what that means to us personally and our current culture. I challenge everyone who is in the faith, to…

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Added by Alan Satorius on December 13, 2010 at 11:29pm — 2 Comments

All Things

Monday, December 6, 2010

All Things

Colossians 1:15-20 (NASB)







15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were…
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Added by Gary Brennan on December 13, 2010 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Making Room for the Beloved

That was the title of the Advent Silent Retreat I went to in December of 2005. It was lovely. Imagine forty women not talking to each other through five meals? I loved it. No obligation to make small talk. All the time in the world to focus 100% on communion with the Beloved. Making room at Christmas for Him. It is what I strive to do.

I used to be so intent on not being too busy with the whole holiday thing that I would even wrap all my presents in August. During one heatwave…

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Added by Carol Ann Weaver on December 13, 2010 at 5:42pm — No Comments

What does it mean to be mature christian?

When we say so and so is a mature Christian- what does it mean? If a person can quote scriptures, does it make him/her a mature christian? If person is gifted in some area of Ministry-does it make him/ her a mature christian? If a person is an Elder, Deacon does it mean one is a mature christian?

when a person gets saved and comes to church, mostly, we have Bible classes where we teach them what we think the Bible says and mostly it is what our Denomination teaches or believes…

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Added by Charles Kasumba on December 13, 2010 at 12:11pm — 1 Comment

Christmas musings

I've been involved in so many discussions about the commercialism and paganism of the Christmas celebration that it almost turned me off from Celebrating Christmas at all. But then I flew to my daughter's home where I only get to visit once or twice a year. She has a 9 year old and a 13 year old. Even they understand and loathe the commercialism. But they are still young enough to find delight in the simple celebration of family and special traditions to remind us of the birth of our…

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Added by Joan Martin on December 13, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments

How Well Do You Know The Christmas Story?

Every year when December rolls around we pull out Christmas decorations, untangle the lights and start singing Christmas carols and hymns. There's a familiarity and the warmth of memories those traditions bring. But it's so easy when we turn to read the Christmas story, to click off the brain, thinking, "I know the story. I've heard it so many times before."

I know I thought I had it down pretty good. But then last year the Lord laid it on my heart to take time each day during…

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Added by Deb Entsminger on December 13, 2010 at 10:13am — No Comments

Who is Yeshua?

“I AM the Root and Offspring of David and the bright Morning Star” – YESHUA

- Revelation 22:16

This Christmas season let’s ask ourselves, “Who is YESHUA?” To me, it’s not so much what I think, but what does the Scriptures say? Like the Magi, I would rather investigate and search the heavens and examine the ancient writings of the prophets because I believe they point us in the right direction. My mind is so limited, it cannot possibly fathom the mysteries of GOD, but…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on December 13, 2010 at 4:24am — No Comments

Rembering what the Season is all about!

We all can get caught up in the tradition of running around and gift buying, however this year I am more aware of how trivial all of the trappings of the holiday season (especially Christmas) is.

When I think of all the people who do not know the saving grace of Jesus Christ, Christmas takes on an important meaning for me. Oh don't get me wrong, I am still shopping for family and friends, but I am also praying for those who don't know Christ as their personal Saviour.

I…

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Added by Robin W. Barrow on December 12, 2010 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Rich Man, Poor Man

YESHUA looked at the man and said, How hard it is for people with wealth to enter the Kingdom of GOD! It is easier for a camel to pass through the needles eye than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of GOD! (Lk 18:24,25)

The Scriptures discussed a lot about money and finances and giving and YESHUA especially mentioned it many times in relation to our relationship with GOD. It is not that GOD does not want to prosper his people…

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Added by Federico Aguelo on December 12, 2010 at 10:28am — No Comments

Waiting

400 years of silence. All the promises from God throughout the struggles and upheavals of history now gone cold. Prayers falling on deaf ears. So many generations of lives lived, wars fought, exiles endured, within this immensity of waiting, with no word or sign.

How can we who do not wait, have no capacity of endurance, even fathom living our lives within such waiting? And there was nothing. No word, no glimmer of possibility, simply a wall of silence. Even Abraham, that paragon of…

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Added by Mary Elizabeth Whitlow on December 12, 2010 at 1:56am — No Comments

Vows

This morning I read the story of Jephthah from Judges. Jephthah is know mostly for his rash vow. Before he attacked the Ammonites, who were raiding Israel's towns, he vowed before the LORD that he would sacrifice as a burnt offering whatever came out of his house first when he returned from battle. He succeeded and upon his return who should come out first but his only daughter, dancing and…

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Added by Chip Burkitt on December 11, 2010 at 10:46am — No Comments

Divine Interruption

The other day a friend sent me an email with a link to a YouTube video clip of a flash mob performance. If you've never seen one they are pretty amazing. The link for this one is posted below.



These types of surprise gatherings involve…

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Added by Rick Alvey on December 10, 2010 at 6:00am — No Comments

Christmas Focus

Our Bible Study/Support group in the meeting room of one of the largest insurance companies in Canada has been meeting for 18 years on Friday mornings before work. A couple weeks ago, one of the brothers suggested that instead of reflected on a babe in a manger this Christmas that we consider Philippians 2: 5-8: "…Christ Jesus: Who, being in very… Continue

Added by Nuke Shim on December 9, 2010 at 4:23pm — 1 Comment

Nazarite

Have you ever read the story of Samson found in Judges and thought, 'What the...?'
Samson was a special man with a special task at a special time. The book of Numbers chapter 6 explains what a vow a separation looks like and particularly a propos in Samson's case the growth of the hair. Have you ever wondered why God bothers? Couldn't He find someone better? The truth is God cares about His people and what they do. He wants to empower us to do His good works. Ephesians 2:8-10 is instructive…
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Added by Peter on December 9, 2010 at 3:26pm — No Comments

X marks the spot

Why are Christians known more for what they are against rather than what (Who) they are for?



Because it is easier to be against than for. Because "againsters" are always recruiting/guilting others into joining them?



Like the "x" as in Xmas. Why go ballistic, especially since it originally signified Jesus?



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Added by Jack Hager on December 9, 2010 at 1:53pm — 3 Comments

God-Pleasing Faith

It's impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both the he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. Hebrews 10:9 (MSG)


Every morning around 7 AM, my youngest daughter Kelli Rae (now four-years-old) busts out of her room on a mission. Her mission? To find dad! She usually knows where to find me -- in my rocker-recliner doing my morning devotions. Once she sees me, a…
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Added by Kelly Dufour on December 9, 2010 at 1:35pm — No Comments

The Hallmark of a Christian

They'll know we are Christians by our love,

by our love.

They will know we are Christians by our love.

I used to sing those words with my friends back in the seventies when I was a senior in high school, and the Jesus Movement was still in full swing. We really believed that love was the hallmark of a Christian, despite what the culture around us might say. Jesus, of course, said the same thing: "By this everyone will know that you…

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Added by Chip Burkitt on December 9, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

Not-So-Proud-Moments

This past weekend was the weekend of not-so-proud moments.

It started out with a plan, lots on the schedule but it was going to be manageable. A lot of things, but all good things. A piano recital, a baseball tourney, two basketball practices, decorating the tree and church.

But I blew it on more than one occasion.…

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Added by Suzie Lind on December 9, 2010 at 11:28am — No Comments

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