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September 2015 Blog Posts (13)

Rejoicing Every Day of the Week

“Where others see but the dawn coming over the hill, I see the soul of God shouting for joy.” (William Blake)…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 23, 2015 at 8:48am — No Comments

Responding to the Syria Crisis

“Refuse to be discouraged by the many signs that planet earth is the insane asylum of the solar system.” (Anonymous)


We are living in a time of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Syria is in ruins and its people are on the run from a seemingly endless nightmare. Millions are trapped inside Syria in dire condition. Millions of others have overwhelmed neighboring countries—and their numbers and needs grow daily. More than 320,000 people have been killed…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 22, 2015 at 7:29am — No Comments

Will You Settle for Less than the BEST?

If given the choice between a meal at the fanciest gourmet restaurant or McDonald’s, which would you choose? There are several reasons people frequently opt for fast food, and this points to some larger issues in how we make important, life-altering decisions in our lives.

Of course, sometimes you might just be having a Big Mac attack, craving greasy, high-calorie food instead of things that are better for you. Yes, there is some immediate pleasure, but how does that make you feel a…


Added by Jim Buchan on September 21, 2015 at 12:42pm — No Comments

Lay Down Your Self-Consciousness

Today’s devotional is noticeably longer—and for that matter, noticeably ornerier—than usual. If you disagree with my opening views, or at least feel I could be a bit kinder, fine. But bear with me, and try to hear the point behind the point, because the more important issue will be bringing up the rear:

There’s a huge preoccupation in the American church right now with cultural relevance—which, in many cases, could just as easily be read as “being indistinguishable from the rest of…


Added by Carl Simmons on September 16, 2015 at 12:05pm — No Comments

The Worthlessness of Mediocrity

“There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.” (Thomas Bailey Aldrich, 1903)


“Life’s like a play: it’s not the length, but the excellence of the acting that matters.” (Seneca, Roman philosopher and writer of tragedies, 4 B.C. – A.D. 65)


If we wish to please God, we must give Him only the very best we have to offer. Work done in His Name should be done…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 10, 2015 at 7:26am — No Comments

Lay Down Your Weakness

So, let’s get back to our weaknesses. (I’m sure you were looking forward to that.) Most of us are well aware of how we fail to measure up to our own standards, let alone God’s. But again, Jesus knows this, too. And again, his concern is not with our failures but with our willingness to follow. He will attend to the things he’s called us to. We simply need to show up, and follow.

Sounds simple enough. The problem is, we don’t do it. We don’t think Jesus will do what he’s…


Added by Carl Simmons on September 9, 2015 at 12:34pm — No Comments

Museum of the Bible Coming to Washington

“I read my Bible to know what people ought to do, and my newspaper to know what they are doing.” (Cardinal John Henry Newman)


The Washington Post yesterday included an article entitled “A New Testament”, subtitled “Coming to the Mall in 2017: God”—reporting that “the Good Book is coming to town in a big way” in the form of the Museum of the Bible. The proximity of the museum to the Smithsonian and the Capitol has some people wondering how it will…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 8, 2015 at 6:31pm — No Comments

Unchaining Your Lost Melody

Have you ever found yourself humming a song from the distant past—a song that illuminated a timely issue in your life? That happened a few days ago, when God dropped the old Righteous Brothers song “Unchained Melody” into my heart.

I think this was sparked when a friend texted me to ask if I could help him write a book on how to be set free from addictions. I told him we could discuss this in a few days, but I was inclined to turn him down. After all, there already are countless books…


Added by Jim Buchan on September 8, 2015 at 5:21pm — No Comments

Stories or Not

I’ve always loved stories. Loved them as a child sitting on my grandfather’s front porch and listing to him tell of his earlier days. Loved hearing my 6th grade teacher read the stories of William Green Hill. Only natural that I would develop a teaching/preaching/writing style heavy with story telling. Seemed to always work well. Good response from learners/listeners/readers. Then I began to hear criticism of those, like me, who included “too much story telling” in their sermons. “Use more…


Added by Dan R. Crawford on September 7, 2015 at 6:34pm — 1 Comment

Navigating Life's Mysteries

It seems a person of my age should have figured out everything by now. But in some ways the opposite is true—I’m more aware than ever of life’s mysteries.

The writer of Proverbs 30 seemed to have a similar experience, marveling about the things he couldn’t really understand:

There are three things that amaze me—

    no, four things that I don’t understand:

how an eagle glides through the sky,

how a snake slithers on…


Added by Jim Buchan on September 4, 2015 at 10:36am — No Comments

Living Responsibly

“Responsibility, n. A detachable burden easily shifted to the shoulders of God, Fate, Fortune, Luck or one’s neighbor. In the days of astrology it was customary to unload it upon a star.” (Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary)


If we want to see the face of God, we are responsible to live a disciplined life. Citizenship in the kingdom of heaven is a privilege with an accompanying duty to sanctify ourselves. Holiness in attitude, vocabulary and…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 2, 2015 at 4:58pm — No Comments

Lay Down Your Boundaries

We now turn from the things we desire to do, to the things we don’t desire to do—and thus, from the question “Lord, why won’t you help me do this?” to “Lord, why (and how) do you expect me to do that?”

Often without even realizing, we place limitations on what God wants to do in our lives, who we’ll reach out to, when we’ll make ourselves available, where we’re willing to go for his sake. Once God’s done laughing at our plans, he gently—or sometimes quite…


Added by Carl Simmons on September 2, 2015 at 10:22am — No Comments

Are We Smart or What?!

“We should take care not to make the intellect our god; it has, of course, powerful muscles, but no personality.” (Albert Einstein)


The topic debated all last week in Stockholm was the information paradox of black holes. Black holes are so dense, they seem to swallow anything near them, including stars they’re formed from to begin with. Then,…


Added by Johnny R. Almond on September 1, 2015 at 9:22am — No Comments

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