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December 2013 Blog Posts (10)

From Tablet to Tongue

The skeptic asked me, “Why do Christians talk so much about God?” Good question. Everyone talks about what is important to them, what’s in their heart. Maybe it’s about kids or grandkids, or the weather, or ball scores, or the latest movie or song, or a new found friend. So the path is from the heart to the tongue. While Christians do the same, something additional is in our heart. Moses wrote God’s laws/commands on tablets of stone (Exodus 24:12). Twice, the writer of Proverbs used the…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on December 31, 2013 at 9:49am — No Comments

Living in Sin--Unawares

What if I told you I thought you might be living in sin? Offended and defensive, you likely would protest, “What do you mean? I’ve been faithful to my spouse, I go to church nearly every week, and I even tithe.”

If our conversation continued, you probably would add that you don’t cheat on your taxes, lie about your neighbors, or take the Lord’s name in vain.

Congratulations on all the things you are doing right, and on all the evil things you’re abstaining from. But my question…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 29, 2013 at 7:46am — No Comments

Keeping It Real in a Politically Correct World

Why all the fascination with “Duck Dynasty” these days? Is it just another example of mindless cultural fluff, or is a profound spiritual message somehow involved? My purpose in this blog post is not to wade into the recent controversy about Phil Robertson's comments on homosexuality, but rather the larger cultural context: How can a believer "keep it real" and walk in God's truth in a politically correct world? 

       The A&E Network’s unlikely hit series is the second…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 19, 2013 at 8:44pm — No Comments

5 Life-Changing Lessons from the Magi

We don’t know the exact time frame of the journey made by “wise men from the East” in search of young King Jesus (Matthew 2:1-12). It may have been several months or even a few years after Jesus’ birth when they arrived at Herod’s palace and asked, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?” (v. 1)

But while some of the details of their journey may be unclear, there’s much we can learn from the wonderful example set by the magi:

1.   They made it a…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 19, 2013 at 8:35am — 2 Comments

When It's Cold Outside

As temperatures plummet and the news is filled with reports of fierce winter storms up north, I find myself humming the old song, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.” And I can’t stop thinking about a simple but profound truth I heard many years ago:

 

In life, we will either be a THERMOMETER or a THERMOSTAT.

 

      Thermometers merely reflect the temperatures around them. If it’s cold outside, a thermometer will let you…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 14, 2013 at 6:25am — No Comments

Divorce and Remarriage

GTY or Grace To You with John McArthur has sermons on the above subject which I have been reading.  Hoping to be encouraged as to my own philosophy about it, as I have near kin about to go through it.

Also "How to think and act in evil days" was another sermon on line.

It would be my prayer that Christ would come sooner than later.

Added by Richard A. Tomporowski on December 12, 2013 at 11:41am — No Comments

Whose Job is it to Make Disciples?

Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a training conducted by Jeff Sundell, founder of the new 50-5-50 Network and the new National Director for e3 USA, an initiative of e3 Partners.This training has me thinking, what is necessary to make disciples in the USA.

Jeff was with the IMB for more then ten years and saw a disciple-making/church planting movement rapidly spread through Nepal to involve 10,000s of house churches.…

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Added by Brian Considine on December 11, 2013 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Word Power

Word Power

A lot of things have great power and potential, for either good or bad results.  We've discussed before that people are that way.  But today we are looking at the power of the spoken word.  I'm sure most of us know what it means to wish we could "eat our words," or at least take them back.  Once out however, their effect is neither revocable nor negotiable.  Hurtful words can last so very much longer than we would like them to.  Sticks and stones not only break bones and…

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Added by john hoelzel on December 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Movie of Your Life & Prayer

I can’t say “Thank you!” enough to Hollywood Prayer Network founding director, Karen Covell, who wrote the Foreword for my new book, Get Prayer and Get It All. Thanks to Karen and others, Hollywood is no longer afraid to touch on Christian themes. 

Imagine if you could use only three words to script the movie of your life. What three words would you choose? 

To begin, what do you call it when everybody else disappears and you’re all alone? When it’s just…

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Added by Rick D. Padgett on December 3, 2013 at 8:12pm — No Comments

Corban University Signs Unique Partnership Agreement with Mars Hill Church

Salem, Ore. - Starting in the fall of 2014, Corban University of Salem, Ore. and Mars Hill Church will offer a 24-credit Bible certificate at the Mars Hill Bellevue, Wash. location. Classes are slated to begin in the fall of 2014.

The curriculum will include Bible and Theology Foundation, Ministry Skills Foundation, Introduction to Bible, Introduction to Theology, Christian Worldview and Apologetics, Biblical Spiritual Formation, Gospels, Bible Study Methods.

“We…

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Added by David Sanford on December 3, 2013 at 4:23pm — No Comments

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