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December 2019 Blog Posts (12)

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

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 8:00am — 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 11:12am — 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 11:11am — 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 12:56pm — 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

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 2:00pm — 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 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

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 1:24pm — 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 1:30pm — No Comments

Travel Light!

The Lord is my light and my salvation – so why should I be afraid?

Psalm 27:1a NLT

 

     The light of courage dispels the darkness of cowardice. Faith is the antidote to fear’s poison. Fear Me and you need fear nothing else! Trust the Solid Rock in…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on December 2, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

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