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The “rubber bands and shoelaces” approach to discipleship

For discipling people, I like to use the analogy of rubber bands and shoelaces. People need both enough stretch (rubber bands) and enough support (shoelaces) to be able to move forward. One without the other is incomplete. People need to be stretched and challenged in order to grow. They also need the connectedness of being tied in with others for…

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Added by Bob Logan on January 15, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

The Pleasure of God's Company

Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.

Psalm 37:4 NLT  

 

     Delight in the wonder of our relationshipbe sure of focus. Enchantment with anything else can be disillusioning, but I never fail. Avoid false gods of the heart—never let anything usurp First Place. Worship the Invisible and Eternal One, be content…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 14, 2020 at 4:45pm — No Comments

What is the fundamental missing element implied in James 2:1-9?

This Week’s Question: What is the fundamental missing element implied in James 2:1-9? And why is it so important?

The first section of this chapter, James 2:1-9, addresses partiality, and included under that topic are discrimination, partisanship, and a host of other divisive ills including racism, sexism, nationalism, chauvinism, jingoism, and a host of other similar beliefs. James criticizes such behaviors, without explicitly stating the root cause.…

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Added by Philip Hilliard on January 13, 2020 at 8:00am — 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 1:41pm — No Comments

Welcome Immigrants

Welcome Immigrants



Dear Liliana,



Thank you for willingness to dive deeper into understanding Biblical hospitality with Welcome.’s Who is Welcome Here short film. This (7) episode series follows the…
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Added by Liliana Ester Long on January 9, 2020 at 9:30am — No Comments

Sending people on mission trips: Who is being served?

Often churches send their people out on mission trips. The purpose is to serve others and reach out with the gospel—to be a light in the world. Yet there’s a secondary purpose we often miss: How can we use mission trips as an opportunity for discipling the people who are going? Ideally, mission trips accomplish both.

Missions is…

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Added by Bob Logan on January 8, 2020 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Light beyond light

You’re a fountain of cascading light, and you open our eyes to light.

PSALM 36:9 THE MESSAGE



In light of My peace, see the Light of holy ecstasy. No matter how shadowy life gets, the dawn of lightheartedness brings radiance to your face. The wonder of unparalleled joy…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 6, 2020 at 11:38am — 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 8:49pm — No Comments

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 2:32pm — 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 10:52am — No Comments

James 2:5 teaches that God has chosen the poor of this world. Why has He done so?

This Week’s Question: James 2:5 teaches that God has chosen the poor of this world? Why has He done so?

The story of the rich young ruler is instrumental as a backdrop to this question. The ruler began by asking in Mark 10:17, “…what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Jesus, in response, listed several commandments and the ruler acknowledged compliance. Scripture teaches that Jesus’ love for this young man prompted Him to address a deeper…

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Added by Philip Hilliard on December 31, 2019 at 7:00am — 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 10:12am — 1 Comment

Christianity -- Made for the Road

Give honor to the LORD for the glory of his name.

Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

PSALM 29:2 NLT



     Be awed in My Presence. Keep in mind that except for grace, you would be helpless. Realize I am the Source of your poise and peace. Completely rely on Me.…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on December 23, 2019 at 10:11am — No Comments

The Pressure of Perfection

Many years ago, I was sitting in Missions class listening to one of my favorite professors, Dr. Cal Guy, lecturing a group of want-a-be-pastors-and-missionaries on the pressure of perfection in ministry. He said something I’ve never forgotten. I didn’t write it into my notes and it wasn’t on a test, but I remember the exact statement. Dr. Guy said, “Released from the necessity of being perfect, you are now free to be good.” Later I would discover he was paraphrasing a line from the end of a…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on December 17, 2019 at 11:56am — 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 1:06pm — No Comments

Digging down to the roots of leadership problems

Sometimes there's a disconnect in ministry between what we say and what we do. For instance, I have always said compassion ministry is important-- but the question is what am I personally doing to engage in it? So I began praying to ask the Lord for some guidance. The turning point for me came when an opportunity surfaced to lead an anger management class at…

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Added by Bob Logan on December 14, 2019 at 1:00pm — 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 7:30am — 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 4:58pm — No Comments

Travel Mercies

Crown Point at Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

 

The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped.

My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.

Psalm…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on December 9, 2019 at 12:24pm — No Comments

What’s holding back disciplemaking?

What’s holding back the acceleration of disciplemaking movements around the world? Someone asked me this question recently and I thought hard about the answer. Here are some notes I took on some of the obstacles I see holding back the acceleration of disciplemaking movements around the world.

Lack of a reproducible…

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Added by Bob Logan on December 4, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

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