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1 In 5 Churches May Not Survive The Pandemic

According to David Kinnaman (President, Barna Group) up to 20% of churches may not re-open following the COVID pandemic.

https://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2020/08/24/church-giving-covid-19-pandemic

Churches have been closed but some are now re-opening.

Will the churches and their congregation survive?

Pastor’s confidence is declining.

Only small numbers are…

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Added by Steve Hackett on September 28, 2020 at 9:43am — No Comments

#ItSeemsToMe...COVID Pandemic Exposes Church Identity Crisis

#ItSeemsToMe...COVID Pandemic Exposes Church Identity Crisis

"The church is a building."

Not in the holy scriptures. Not to the earliest Christ -followers,

But the mind of everyone who hears or reads or speaks the word, "church" produces a mental image of a…

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Added by Network Creator / Coordinator on July 19, 2020 at 5:30pm — 6 Comments

Staying Sane

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee,…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 4, 2020 at 5:06pm — No Comments

Traveling Music

Strike up the music, beat the tambourine, play the melodious harp and the lyre;

blow the trumpet for the new month, for the full moon, for our feast day!


PSALM 81:2-3 TNJB

I am your Vital Strength.

     When you feel like giving up, I…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 27, 2020 at 10:05am — No Comments

"This Too Shall Pass"

 

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 22, 2020 at 12:04pm — No Comments

Good Grief

It is my grief that the right hand of the Most High has changed.

PSALM 77:10 NRSV



Crying to a Good Source is a sincere quest.

     Hold nothing back—let your tears flow freely in My Presence.

     When you are in deep…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on April 20, 2020 at 1:27pm — No Comments

DEVELOPING THE SOUL OF A WRITER

DEVELOPING THE SOUL OF A WRITER





While this quarantine is difficult for people all over the world, it is not quite as hard on writers. I do not simply mean that people need our reading material to fill the time. Writers need solitude to write. While many of us have had to learn to write in the midst of the hubbub, it always helps to be alone. This doesn't mean…

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Added by David Young on April 19, 2020 at 2:14pm — No Comments

Starting Online Small Groups

The Coronavirus outbreak has opened a new chapter in starting online small groups. Online small groups aren’t a new thing. I was in an online small group on CompuServe in 1992! That might make me the grandfather of online small groups. But, online groups might be new to you.

The Pursuit Church in Minot, ND just launched online small groups off of their online service on March 22, 2020. This church of 1,500 already had about 60 small groups. On that Sunday, 30 people stepped up to…

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Added by Allen White on April 14, 2020 at 11:05am — No Comments

Intentional Grandparenting #5: How Do We Handle the COVID Challenge?

This stay-home season is, for many of us grandparents, a time of extra stress. What food and supplies will we need in coming weeks? Where can we find those supplies? How will we pay for whatever we store up? How are we handling our loneliness? How far should we go in protecting ourselves from exposure to COVID-19?  How vulnerable are we personally, since seniors are less resistant to COVID-19 than our children and grandchildren?…

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Added by Skip Garmo on March 23, 2020 at 9:55pm — No Comments

SELAH







Selah is not translated in our English Bibles. We just have the transliteration of the Hebrew word. But if you follow its usage, you can get a good grip on its meaning. It is used at the end of each stanza of Psalm 46. I have italicized it for you.



“God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.…
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Added by David Young on March 18, 2020 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment

BEHOLD!





We seldom use the word behold in common speech. But it is a crucial word in Scripture and an essential concept for our spiritual lives. I could have posted this on my thinking in the Spirit blog, but particularly because of the passage I have chosen, I…

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Added by David Young on March 9, 2020 at 1:32pm — No Comments

The Face of Victory

One of my favorite Bible verses is the apostle Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians 2:14 that God “always leads us in triumph in Christ.” That’s a beautiful promise, but lately I’ve been rethinking what it means to live a triumphant life.

Some preachers act as if the Christian life is meant to be a journey from one mountain top to another, with no valleys in-between. They act as if we can have victory without any battles along the way.

However, that’s certainly not what…

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Added by Jim Buchan on January 16, 2020 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Everyone's Dealing with Something

One of the unexpected revelations during my cancer and chemo journey last year was that everyone is dealing with something. If you’re facing a life-threatening foe like cancer, it’s easy to feel sorry for yourself and act as if you’re the only one having a rough time – but it turns out you’re not alone in your trials.

Let me explain…

When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I was amazed by how many friends told me their own stories about facing that dreaded…

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Added by Jim Buchan on January 10, 2020 at 2:41pm — No Comments

Clues to Your Escape Room Exit

If you’ve never been in an escape room, I recommend you try it sometime. Recently I had this fun experience with some family members during a holiday trip in Ohio.

In this popular new craze, a team of players is put into a room where they cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in order to escape. There’s usually a one-hour time limit, and in our case we weren’t able to solve all the clues in this allotted time.

As we head into 2020, I’m convinced that…

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Added by Jim Buchan on January 2, 2020 at 9:49pm — No Comments

Time Traveler

  Galilee Sunrise

My times are in your hands.

Psalm 31:15 NIV

 

I am the Timeless God—holiness to cancel yesterday’s sins.

     My grace transforms your…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on December 31, 2019 at 11:52am — No Comments

The Unexpected Joys of Re-mission

Several weeks ago, my oncologist told me my cancer is in remission. Great news!

But then I realized I didn’t really know what “remission” means. While the dictionary says remission is “a temporary or permanent decrease or subsidence of manifestations of a disease,” I sensed there was a bigger and more profound message for me. Perhaps for you as well.

Yes, it’s certainly wonderful to gain remission from cancer. But I began to see that this is also an opportunity for something…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 29, 2019 at 11:12am — 1 Comment

Intentional Grandparenting: What? Why? How? #4

Dear Grandparents who care deeply about the spiritual health of your grandchildren,

Christmas season is, for many grandparents, a mixture of joy, sadness, and stress. If you are experiencing the joy of good and healthy relationships with your grandkids (whether biological or temporarily “adopted”), our one word of encouragement is “Alleluia!”

But often we, at the same…

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Added by Skip Garmo on January 1, 2020 at 3:32pm — No Comments

The Name Above All Names

You are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.

Matthew 1:21 NLT

 

Jesus means Joy—He saves from despair and hopelessness.

     Alexander conquered the world by force and was called great—

         Jesus captures hearts from all nations by love and is called God.

     In contrast to fleeting happiness, Immanuel…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on December 16, 2019 at 2:06pm — No Comments

What Are the Underlying Sins Behind Prejudice, Discrimination, and isms Like Racism, Sexism, and Chauvinism?

This Week’s Question: What are the underlying sins behind prejudice, discrimination, and isms like racism, sexism, and chauvinism?

 

Sin, in the Old Testament, was defined by the law (a series of dos and don’ts), and Israelites could not decide which rule, law, or command they adhered to. James reports, “For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all (James 2:10).” Therefore, one had to follow God’s…

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Added by Philip Hilliard on December 13, 2019 at 8:30am — No Comments

The Powerful Message of #12 in the Bible

When someone recently posted on Facebook that the final full moon of the decade would occur this year on December 12 (12/12) at preciously 12:12 a.m. Eastern Time, I found myself getting really excited. Wow, what a rare occurrence: 12.12.12.12.

My excitement had nothing to do with stargazing or astrology, but was simply because this unusual event reminded me of the amazing biblical significance of the number 12.

You see, when…

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Added by Jim Buchan on December 12, 2019 at 5:58pm — No Comments

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