Not long ago I opened an e-mail from a young person preparing for baptism. She asked the following question: "How do you explain a God of love destroying the world by fire? Doesn't that seem harsh to you?"
Sitting wordless at my computer, I began to think. Those were good questions, but in my youth I had never thought to ask them. Yet, as an adult, I sensed that at some level they might not be answered convincingly for me either.
I tried to screen out my preconceived reaction… Continue
Added by Kathy Beagles on December 3, 2010 at 12:53pm —
The emissaries said to the LORD, “Increase our trust.” The LORD replied, “If you had trust as tiny as a mustard seed, you could say to this fig tree, ‘Be uprooted and replanted in the sea!’ and it would obey you. If one of you has a slave tending the sheep or plowing, when he comes back from Continue
the field, will you say to him, ‘Come along now, sit down and eat?’ No,…
Added by Federico Aguelo on December 3, 2010 at 10:30am —
“You and Aaron are to number all in Israel who can serve in the army, those who are twenty years old or older, by their divisions. And to help you there is to be a man from each tribe, each man the head of his family. Now these are the names of the men who are to help you…”…
Added by Federico Aguelo on December 2, 2010 at 9:30am —
Added by Miguel Labrador on December 2, 2010 at 9:07am —
Age should speak; an abundance of years should teach wisdom.
But it is the spirit in a person, the breath from SHADDAI,
that gives him… Continue
Added by Federico Aguelo on December 1, 2010 at 10:18am —
Two letters, one word.
Jesus said: If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. (Matthew 16:24)
What is it to be a disciple of Christ?
It is to come after him. A true disciple of Christ is one that follows him in duty and will follow him to glory. A disciple… Continue
Added by Doug Morrell on November 28, 2010 at 1:23pm —
The Lamp of ADONAI
“The human spirit is a lamp of ADONAI;
It searches one’s inmost being.”
Paul once said, “Who knows the inner workings of a person except the person’s own spirit inside him?”(1 Cor 2:11a) This is true of every person who has surrendered all of himself to the LORD because only those who belong to GOD are Continue
Added by Federico Aguelo on November 27, 2010 at 10:39am —
“One who doesn’t think believes every word, but the cautious understands his steps.”
When you hear the news on TV, what goes on in your mind? When you read the newspaper, especially the editorial, do you ever question their line of thinking? When you read the newspaper account of Continue
supposed events or published economic data, did you ever stopped to ask if
Added by Federico Aguelo on November 27, 2010 at 10:36am —
Added by Miguel Labrador on November 27, 2010 at 8:04am —
Tomorrow our family will gather, like most of yours, to celebrate Thanksgiving
. I'll be giving thanks for many things this year, but one of the tops is for my kids.
I'm particularly thankful that not one of my kids will ask me to cut up their turkey for them or feed them their cranberry sauce tomorrow. In fact, the girls are ready to help prepare the meal. We won't have any babies with us this Thanksgiving, but if we did, they could feed them their Gerber Turkey and… Continue
Added by Michael Mack on November 24, 2010 at 8:30pm —
I just need to be fed.
I love hearing people say this
when they are very young followers of Christ. Babies need someone to feed them. My role and responsibility as a mature follower of Christ in the church (and by that, I mean the body of Christ, not an institution) is to help feed those babes in Christ. I despise hearing people say this
when they are mature followers of Christ. And… Continue
Added by Michael Mack on November 24, 2010 at 8:27pm —
I once tried ice skating. It didn't go so well. I once tried the trumpet. No so good either. I have tried to grow watermelons in my garden. Vines look great but nothing remotely edible makes an appearance. After going to the pet store four times and replacing ten Africa Dwarf frogs (aquatic frogs for a fish tank), I gave up on the amphibians and bought a betta.… Continue
Added by Jeremy Amick on November 23, 2010 at 9:34pm —
Ministry is really not rocket science nor is it complex. At least it does not have to be. Over the last few years, I have read a couple of bookshelves worth of books on church leadership. Everyone has a theory about how to get people involved in ministry and how to keep them there. There are no lack of strategies and advice in the Christian bookstore.
What if the process is very simple? What if God just gave us a gift for ministry and then provided a place for us to use this gift to… Continue
Added by Jeremy Amick on November 22, 2010 at 11:06pm —
I have been chasing after and not capturing the joy Jesus claims He can give us in our lives. Some have told me, and I think it is part of it, that I feel I don't deserve joy. What I keep being brought back to is that surrender is what brings joy, peace, and contentment.
That is hard, because being in control of your own life is hammered into us from a young age. Never surrender. Never give up. If it is to be, it is up to me. I don't know about you, but a lot of the things… Continue
Added by Mary Elizabeth Whitlow on November 22, 2010 at 4:06pm —
Years ago, our family was headed out of town on vacation after some really difficult days at the church. My husband asked that we not discuss anything about the church while we were gone. I snapped, "Well, if we don't talk about the church, there's nothing left for us to talk about." He responded by creating a two-page, single-spaced list for me of discussible topics. The list reminded me of how deep our relationship ran throughout our lives.
A friend of mine has put forth… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 22, 2010 at 10:08am —
When was the last time you were asked to do something at church? How did you respond? Your response to being asked makes less of a statement about your commitment to the church than many leaders would want you to think. If you ask me to fulfill a task in which I have been spiritually gifted to do, you will not have to beg me to do it. The worst enemy to this desire is the distraction of other opportunities.
I love to teach. When I was saved at age 19, I did not receive a grand… Continue
Added by Jeremy Amick on November 21, 2010 at 2:48pm —
Henry David Thoreau wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practice resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout… Continue
Added by Doug Morrell on November 21, 2010 at 8:45am —
Let me introduce myself (since I just joined this network). My name is Jeremy Amick and I am an Associate Pastor of Discipleship and Outreach. My job is to mobilize the people of God to do the work of the Kingdom. I have a deep passion to equip believers for the task of ministry. I am absolutely convinced that the every aspect of Christian growth (salvation through glorification) is a work of the Holy Spirit. Lastly, by way of introduction, I am completing a doctor in ministry research project… Continue
Added by Jeremy Amick on November 20, 2010 at 10:16pm —
I'm preparing to teach Bible study tomorrow on verses from Genesis 12 and 13. One thing sticks out to me tonight . . . when God called Abram, He didn't give him any details. He only told Abram to go "to the land I will show you" (Gen. 12:1). There are times in my life when a couple of words or a phrase jumps out at me. This is one of those.
I've talked to a lot of people lately, some through this network, who have lost their jobs and are struggling to know what to do next.… Continue
Added by Margie Williamson on November 20, 2010 at 9:12pm —
We know that Jesus was the greatest disciple maker who has ever lived, but how did He begin?
Though Jesus had many who followed, He chose only twelve ordinary men with a mixture of backgrounds and personalities to be His disciples. Jesus’ entire ministry depended upon these men who would go on to start the Christian Church. He began His discipleship ministry in prayer:
“One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to… Continue
Added by Doug Morrell on November 20, 2010 at 11:00am —