15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by Him all things were…
Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
“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 shaken…when 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,…Continue
Added by Federico Aguelo on December 14, 2010 at 5:48am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Bliss and Betsy Varughese on December 14, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Gary Brennan on December 13, 2010 at 6:59pm — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Carol Ann Weaver on December 13, 2010 at 5:42pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Joan Martin on December 13, 2010 at 10:32am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Deb Entsminger on December 13, 2010 at 10:13am — No Comments
“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…Continue
Added by Federico Aguelo on December 13, 2010 at 4:24am — No Comments
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.
Added by Robin W. Barrow on December 12, 2010 at 6:03pm — No Comments
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 needle’s 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…Continue
Added by Federico Aguelo on December 12, 2010 at 10:28am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Mary Elizabeth Whitlow on December 12, 2010 at 1:56am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Chip Burkitt on December 11, 2010 at 10:46am — No Comments
These types of surprise gatherings involve…Continue
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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…Continue
Added by Chip Burkitt on December 9, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments
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.…Continue
Added by Suzie Lind on December 9, 2010 at 11:28am — No Comments