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Billy Graham and the Fruit of Loyalty

Countless books and blogs could be written about the many admirable qualities of Billy Graham. But to me, one of his most remarkable examples was the loyalty and teamwork of his evangelistic team.

As someone who has spent man decades with Christian churches and ministries, I assure you that this quality is extremely rare. Yet, while most Christian organizations are marked by a constant turnover of personnel, Billy Graham stood out in his ability to assemble a team that…

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Added by Jim Buchan on February 21, 2018 at 8:28pm — No Comments

Enoch's 4 Keys to Smooth Transitions

An important attribute for having a happy and successful life is the ability to make smooth transitions. Why? Because transitions are one of the most inescapable features of life.

Instead of remaining a baby, we transition to childhood. After childhood, we encounter numerous changes as we shift into our teen years. After that, we’re invited to mature into an adult…a senior citizen…and, after we die, a citizen of eternity.

There are many other transitions along the way, and…

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Added by Jim Buchan on February 18, 2018 at 4:42pm — 1 Comment

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple?

The most fulfilling journey in life is the path of a person who has an intimate relationship with God, and who faithfully follows Him. Is it the easiest path to walk? No. Is it the inside track to popularity? No. But is it the inside track to joy? Yes, for eternal reasons.

 

Step one, for any person who yearns to experience this journey (i.e., a “disciple”), starts at the…

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Added by Skip Garmo on February 1, 2018 at 3:30am — No Comments

Intro to book: Aligning with God

Introduction

My friend who read my prior book, Houston, we have a problem, concluded, “You recognize that   PROBLEMS are just OPPORTUNITIES in DISGUISE.” The apostle Paul was vulnerable enough to share his own problems with us in Romans 7:15-20 (MSG)  What I don’t understand about myself is that I decide one way, but then I act another, doing things I absolutely despise. So if I can’t be trusted to figure out what is best for myself and then do…

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Added by john hoelzel on January 8, 2018 at 9:47pm — No Comments

2018: Your Year of New Beginnings

I’ve never spent much time thinking about Biblical numerology. But this year is different.

As we enter into 2018, I find myself thinking about the number “8” – God’s number of resurrection and new beginnings.

If you want a detailed explanation, I suggest a Google search. But here are a few simple observations:

  • Since 7 is God’s number of completion, 8 starts a new cycle of things.
  • Jesus rose from the dead on the first day of the week, which was the…
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Added by Jim Buchan on January 3, 2018 at 9:09am — No Comments

The Happiness Switch: How 2017 Unexpectedly Became My Happiest Year in Decades

Like King David in the Psalms, many of my journal entries in recent years could have been titled, “Why am I so depressed…so dissatisfied with life?” This was especially true most years in November and December, when I faced holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s.

So it came as a surprise when I noticed this month that I’m happier than I’ve been in years – even decades. How could this be, when most things in my life are exactly the same as they’ve been for the past…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 27, 2017 at 5:08am — No Comments

6 Secrets of 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…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 22, 2017 at 8:25am — 1 Comment

Small-town Star

You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village in Judah.

Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.

He…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on December 19, 2017 at 4:27pm — No Comments

A Thanksgiving Suggestion

Sometimes preachers have thoughts during their sermons that did not occur to them during the preparation time.  It happened to me several years ago on the Sunday before Thanksgiving.…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on November 18, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments

Discipling and the Protestant Reformation (Part 2 of 2)

I noted in last week’s post that Christianity experienced a seismic paradigm shift when Martin Luther and other reformers essentially zero-based the church’s traditional doctrine of salvation and rebuilt it using only God’s Word—“Sola Scriptura.”

 

Then I stepped back from the details and considered applying that same strategy to discipling ourselves and others. I asked you, “If we zero-base our understanding of what it means to disciple ourselves and others, and then…

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Added by Skip Garmo on November 1, 2017 at 3:10pm — No Comments

Discipling and the Protestant Reformation

How special it is for us to be alive 500 years after the Protestant Reformation began in Wittenberg! This is an excellent time to thank God for what He did during those years to revolutionize peoples’ understanding of His Word, transform their hearts, and move them from uncertainty and fear through the church to confidence and freedom through Christ.

 

The core outcome of the Reformation was the revolution in scriptural understanding and worship by parishioners through direct…

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Added by Skip Garmo on October 23, 2017 at 3:28pm — No Comments

The Problem with Ineffective Counselors

After dating several women who told him he had “issues,” my friend Ron finally decided to look for a good counselor.

“That’s a great move,” I encouraged him. It was all I could do to stop short of adding, “And it’s about time, Ron!”

Yet the conversation grew darker when he asked my advice on how to go about finding a counselor who could actually do him some good.

“That’s a tough one, Ron. You’re a pretty hard case,” I chuckled. “And 95% of the counselors out there are…

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Added by Jim Buchan on October 16, 2017 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Solid Rock in a Quicksand World

Rock of Gibraltar

 

Solid Rock in a Quicksand World

 

© By Pastor Johnny R. Almond

 

Ever since…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 11, 2017 at 10:46am — No Comments

Living in the 'Cone of Uncertainty'

As Hurricane Irma prepares to bash the United States, here in Charlotte we’re wondering if it will be coming our way. As we wait for the answer, I’ve been intrigued by weather reports saying our region lies in the “Cone of Uncertainty.”

While modern meteorologists probably feel clever in using this term, it’s really no different than King Solomon wrote about over 2,000 years ago:

Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby…

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Added by Jim Buchan on September 8, 2017 at 3:44pm — No Comments

Discipling & Harvey

Our tragic Hurricane Harvey has a golden lining: thousands of people praying, caring, & sharing their faith while working together to rescue lives and meet needs caused by that crisis.

But what do you suppose will happen when the spotlight shifts to the next public crisis? Yes, you're probably right: Emotion, money, and momentum will move mostly to that next media moment. And then the next one after…

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Added by Skip Garmo on September 5, 2017 at 6:29pm — No Comments

The Joy of Receiving

The voice on the other end of the phone line said, “God wants us to minister to you and your wife.” It was a voice that I had not heard in many years, but it belonged to one who had re-connected with me on social media. My wife had just undergone her second major surgery in less than a year, and while insurance had paid the majority of the cost, the remaining “co-pays” were still a bit overwhelming, especially on a retirement income. We had dipped into our savings until there wasn’t much…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on August 28, 2017 at 7:16am — No Comments

A Prayer Following the Eclipse

 

Lord God Almighty,

 

Day before yesterday, for one day at least, millions of Americans looked up into the heavens –

     gazing at what for some would be a once-in-a-lifetime event;

     hoping to see two and a half minutes of darkness as the moon went…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 23, 2017 at 2:13pm — No Comments

8 Myths That Eclipse God's Love & Purpose

While studying the origins of the church at Philippi, I was startled to discover how the story contradicts many of our common misconceptions about the nature of the Christian life. The narrative in Acts 16 debunks at least 8 myths—and I bet you’ve believed some of these misconceptions yourself.

Myth #1: As long as you’re well-intentioned in pursuing spiritual activities, any direction is okay.

The apostle Paul never intended to plant a church…

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Added by Jim Buchan on August 21, 2017 at 11:00am — No Comments

Giant Slayer

Giant Slayer

 

© by Pastor Johnny R. Almond

 

The Lord does not need weapons to rescue his people.

It is his battle, not ours. The Lord will give…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on August 14, 2017 at 10:08am — No Comments

Jesus said, make disciples... not members

Jesus didn’t tell churches to make members

In talking with pastors, one thing I commonly hear is, “If we had more members we would be able to do more…” Because of the way we have been programmed in the past, a lot of times pastors and churches think if they are small there impact is small.  This isn’t the way Jesus thought. Jesus could have called the masses, but instead he called a dozen, ordinary men, and sent them out on a mission to make disciples. …

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Added by David Ludwig on August 11, 2017 at 8:57pm — No Comments

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Billy Graham and the Fruit of Loyalty

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Vanity Prayer

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Enoch's 4 Keys to Smooth Transitions

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