Being & Building Followers & Friends of Jesus
Added by Phil Miglioratti on October 18, 2019 at 4:45pm — No Comments
Who am I? I am Rev. Philip L. Hilliard, the Senior Pastor of Austin Corinthian Baptist Church (ACBC), located on the Westside of Chicago. ACBC, was founded by my father, the late Rev. Clarence L. Hilliard – my mentor and spiritual leader, and I studied and received Biblical training under him. Therefore, I have no formal Bible Training since my undergrad degree is in business and I spent over 30 years in the Information Technology field; most of which was spent traveling coast-to-coast…Continue
Added by Philip Hilliard on October 15, 2019 at 10:23am — No Comments
I lovingly embrace you and faithfully carry you close to My heart. What difference does it really make? All the difference in the world! When you follow Me as your Shepherd, I take good care of you.
Hungry? I alone can satisfy your heart’s deepest hunger. Like a sheep after a…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 14, 2019 at 11:07am — No Comments
Paul was the disciple and discipler par excellence. While his and our perfect example is the Messiah, and we are commanded to "walk as He walked" (1 John 2:6) Christ was sinless and we are not.
Because Paul had a sinful nature just as we do, and for several other important reasons, Paul understood the outworkings of the high calling as no one else did. Therefore Paul could make this astounding declaration "Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ" (1…Continue
Added by Jean-Claude Chevalme on October 13, 2019 at 12:29pm — No Comments
My GOD, my God, why have You forsaken me?
Why are You so far from helping me, and from the words of my groaning?
Psalm 22:1 THE AMPLIFIED BIBLE
The place of…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 7, 2019 at 2:23pm — No Comments
By Allen White
The American church is off-mission.Continue
Added by Allen White on October 7, 2019 at 9:00am — No Comments
People battling illness or other serious trials often turn to the book of Job looking for some kind of explanation for what’s happening to them. Although it’s unlikely our situation is even a fraction of the horrendous things Job endured, he becomes our model nevertheless.
If you remember the story, Job’s friends were convinced his suffering was God’s judgment on hidden sin in his life. They were sincere and passionate in their theology, yet they were totally misguided in applying…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on October 3, 2019 at 4:18pm — No Comments
She played fast and loose with life, she never considered tomorrow,
and now she’s crashed royally, with no one to hold her hand.
“Look at my pain, O God! And how the enemy cruelly struts.”…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on October 1, 2019 at 10:39am — No Comments
Added by Network Creator / Coordinator on September 29, 2019 at 11:56am — No Comments
Added by Network Creator / Coordinator on September 29, 2019 at 11:39am — No Comments
A few Sundays ago, my pastor preached on Psalm 73, reminding me that I had also preached on that Psalm – several times in fact. It is the age-old conflict of the prosperity of the wicked vs. the suffering of the righteous, and the Psalmist began by asking tough questions. Make no mistake, the wicked do prosper, and our questions make little difference to them. But one must quickly get past the questions to Psalm 73:16-17, “When I thought how to understand this, it was too painful for me –…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on September 27, 2019 at 1:01pm — No Comments
Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
Psalm 20:7 NIV
When you are in distress, I am your…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 23, 2019 at 10:42am — No Comments
May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 NLT
See My smile in star-shine marvel and sunlight…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 16, 2019 at 10:40am — No Comments
To reimagine is not to change what we believe but how we think.
If we are unable to differentiate between our beliefs (theology, doctrines) and thoughts (ideas, applications, systems, best practices), then we will ultimately be unable to defend our values and discern the foundations of social change and political preferences.
To reimagine, is to rethink, review and revise, prompted by a Holy Spirit revealed…
Added by Phil Miglioratti on September 11, 2019 at 12:28pm — No Comments
Larry (not his real name) lived across the street during high school. We played on the golf team together, but Larry was a much better golfer. After I trusted Christ, I share the good news with Larry. He called me soon afterward and said, “Mark, I placed my faith in Christ and am so excited. Can I see you?”
I couldn’t wait to see Larry. I lived off campus. Larry knocked on my door, and we talked awhile. “Let’s go to a park and share our faith,” Larry said. “Sounds like a great idea,”…Continue
Added by Mark A. Pomeroy on September 10, 2019 at 10:38pm — No Comments
Guard me as the apple of your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 17:8 NLT
Incredibly, I take a personal interest in you. Believe it or not, you are a gleam in your Heavenly Father’s eyes! The sun and moon and brightest stars do not bring Me as much delight as caring for you.
My unfailing love, undeserved mercy, and kind…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 9, 2019 at 11:21am — No Comments
O Lord, how long will you forget me? Forever? How long will you look the other way?
How long must I struggle with anguish in my soul, with sorrow in my heart every day?
How long will my enemy have…Continue
Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 3, 2019 at 10:24am — No Comments
It’s humbling to discover you’re not indispensable. This unpleasant experience happened to me a few months ago when I had to go on medical leave from work.
The whole thing was unimaginable. Within days I went from having a full-time job I loved to no longer even having a workable scan key to get me into the building.
Most humbling of all was having to encounter the painful Myth of Indispensability. Put simply, this myth says people can’t survive without us. We’re irreplaceable…Continue
Added by Jim Buchan on September 2, 2019 at 7:17pm — No Comments
National Pastors' Prayer Network
INNER ~ VIEWS #011 Rick Warren Interviews Bill Bright
ARCHIVES ~ Aug 2003…Continue
Added by Network Creator / Coordinator on August 31, 2019 at 2:24pm — No Comments
I was recently faced with a major decision concerning my future. I realized that the older I got the fewer options I had, and this one was complicated because it involved financial issues. In the midst of the decision, as I was listening for God’s directions, I read Isaiah 30 as a part of my daily Bible reading. When I got to verse 21, I had to pause, as if it were written just for me. “Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it’.” “Behind,” I wondered. It…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on August 31, 2019 at 11:22am — No Comments