Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Why would someone keep silence so that something that they believed would remain secret? Actually there are many reasons, like fear, peer pressure, and not wanting to appear different from those around you, as well as the high price to pay for being different. But it typically boils down to some form of intimidation. That's how the Nazi’s did it, by making anyone who failed to join lockstep with them with the Hitler Youth movement, or who spoke…Continue
Added by john hoelzel on December 30, 2014 at 8:37pm — No Comments
“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” (Alfred, Lord Tennyson)
There’s plenty about life that can disturb us—dreary overcast Mondays, post-holiday depression, anxiety about what the new year may bring, health concerns, family squabbles, moral dilemmas. But we will not disintegrate emotionally if we habitually share with our Father what bothers us. Scripture reassures us we can give all our worries and cares to God, since He…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 29, 2014 at 1:23pm — No Comments
My precious daughter Molly will turn 30 next month, but I’ll never forget one of her first Christmases. It was 28 years ago, when she was about to turn two.
We had purchased some great presents for Molly, who was our only child at the time. It would be exciting to watch her reaction to the carefully chosen gifts we had purchased.
However, to our amazement, Molly showed very little interest in the toys, clothes, and educational materials we had wrapped for her. Instead, she was…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on December 25, 2014 at 5:58am — No Comments
One hundred years ago today, on Christmas Eve, the World War I Christmas truce occurred. The respite in fighting happened in the unlikely setting of mud, cold rain, and senseless killing. It took place despite orders by superiors. It took place despite language barriers. If only for a few hours, sworn enemies became temporary friends.
World War I had been raging for only four months, but it was turning out to be one of the bloodiest wars in history. Soldiers on both sides…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 24, 2014 at 1:03pm — No Comments
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“Instead of complaining that God had hidden Himself, you will give Him thanks for having revealed so much of Himself.” (Pascal, Pensees, 1670)
Reverencing Christ, we begin to comprehend God’s gracious personality. Jesus perfectly represents His Father, personifying love in His life. Observing Christ, we see God’s likeness.
Submitting to our Sovereign, we experience God’s infinite goodness. Believing God engineers our lives…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 17, 2014 at 11:40am — No Comments
“Our notion of an optimist is a man who, knowing that each year was worse than the preceding, thinks next year will be better. And a pessimist is a man who knows the next year can’t be any worse than the last one.” (Franklin Adams, 1944)
An end-of-the-year USA TODAY/Pew Research Center Poll reveals that 70% of people surveyed are dissatisfied with how things are going in America today. Only 49% predict 2015 will be better—the first time in a…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 15, 2014 at 11:27am — No Comments
Historic Gathering of Young Evangelists Set for Wheaton College
Two-day Conference — Feb. 20-21 — to Feature Will Graham, Jon Bloom and More Than 20 Influential Evangelists
WHEATON, Ill. — Evangelists from around the world will gather Feb. 20-21 in Chicago for the Wheaton Evangelism Conference (…Continue
Added by Phil Miglioratti on December 14, 2014 at 3:19pm — No Comments
Christmas is a special time for families—but that doesn’t mean it’s always an easy time. Gathering with relatives over the holidays can either be pleasant or painful, magical or mayhem. While you have great anticipation in seeing some of your loved ones, other members of your family tree may make you cringe.
Picture the family line of a good friend of mine. If the whole gang could somehow be brought together for a family reunion, I can only imagine the sparks that would…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on December 12, 2014 at 2:32pm — No Comments
“No one tests the depths of a river with both feet.” (Ashanti Proverb)
Knowing life could be dangerous and being concerned for our welfare, our parents advised us to be careful. From God’s omniscient perspective, aware that invisible forces are ready to attack when our guard is down, our Heavenly Father warns us to be careful.
Drifting on life’s sea can lead to moral shipwreck. A tumbleweed in circumstantial winds entangles in embarrassing…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 10, 2014 at 12:29pm — No Comments
“Nowadays truth is the greatest news.” (Thomas Fuller, 1732)
Scanning today’s headlines, it’s difficult to discover any good news. In the Philippines, at least 21 are dead and 1,000 homes have been destroyed by Typhoon Hagupit. In Iraq, Kurds are in a stalemate battling the Islamic State militants. In Abu Dhabi, a monstrous killer stabbed to death a kindergarten teacher. In Afghanistan, a thousand additional U.S. troops will remain in response to increased Taliban…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 8, 2014 at 10:10am — No Comments
“You say before you die, you intend to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land,
climb to the very top of Mount Sinai, and read the Ten Commandments out loud.
I’ve got a better idea. Why don’t you just stay right where you are and keep them!”
- Mark Twain
We can live joyfully by trusting God. Bowing to false gods of the heart disappoints. God is the only absolutely reliable spot in the universe.
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 3, 2014 at 11:59am — No Comments
Let Christmas not become a thing merely of merchant’s trafficking,
Of tinsel, bell and holly wreath and surface pleasure.
Beneath the childish glamour, let us find nourishment for soul and mind.
Let us follow kinder ways through our teeming human maze,
And help the age of peace to come from a Dreamer’s martyrdom.
- Madeline Morse
The sacred holy day of…Continue
Added by Johnny Russell Almond on December 1, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments