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January 2020 Blog Posts (13)

State of the Heart

In God we have made our boast all day long,

and we will give thanks to Your name forever.

Selah [Pause and calmly think about that.]

Psalm 44:8 THE AMPLIFIED…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 28, 2020 at 11:21am — No Comments

God’s Exit Ramps

A new term has been added to modern discussions. I’m hearing the term “exit ramp” used to describe everything from how to end a negotiation, to how to end an assignment. Recently a political candidate spoke of running full speed for office, and not planning an “exit ramp” if it didn’t work out. Best-selling author, Karen Salmansohn wrote, “The best things in life are often waiting for you at the exit ramp of your comfort zone.” Have you ever begun a project, believing it was of God, then…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 20, 2020 at 3:04pm — No Comments

Trail of Tears

Why am I discouraged? Why so sad? I will put my hope in God!

I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!

Psalm 42:11 NLT

 

     In your grief, surrender…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 20, 2020 at 12:40pm — 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

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 2:00pm — 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 5:45pm — 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 9:00am — 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 2:41pm — 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 10:30am — 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 2:00pm — 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 12:38pm — 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

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

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