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Added by Phil Miglioratti on March 20, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

The Trouble with Roses

If you’re planning to buy roses for your wife or girlfriend on Valentine’s Day, good for you! I know she will enjoy them.

However, as I explained recently to my good friend Ron, I’ve concluded that roses are a horrible depiction of true love. When Ron told me of his plans to give his girlfriend a dozen red roses, I suggested that he might want to reconsider.

“What are you talking about, Jim?” he responded incredulously. “Women love roses!”

“Perhaps…

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Added by Jim Buchan on February 11, 2019 at 2:33pm — No Comments

The Value of Prayer

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on January 28, 2019 at 9:53am — 1 Comment

Marked by the High Calling

My local newspaper recently gained national attention with an investigative report on sexual abuse by ministers in “Independent Fundamentalist Baptist” churches.

 

The study revealed 412 documented allegations of sexual misconduct in 187 churches, based in 40 states and Canada. Let me quickly add that while I am “independent,” and some would say, a bit “fundamental,” and a…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on January 14, 2019 at 12:30pm — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 12 - Series Conclusion)

“Follow God’s example . . . and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us. . . . Now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) and find out what pleases the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:1–2a, 8b–10 NIV).

  With our Bibles open to 1 Corinthians 13, we began our 12-step meditation about God’s top priority for every disciple with this statement: “The most fulfilling…

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Added by Skip Garmo on January 1, 2019 at 1:00am — 1 Comment

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 11)

“Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13:7–8a NIV). Love doesn’t quit!

  As He continues speaking to us through the pe…

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Added by Skip Garmo on December 1, 2018 at 11:45am — No Comments

Is Discipleship Possible in the Age of Twitter?

When I entered the Twitter world in May 2012 with @BestBibleTweets, I set a goal that seemed audacious at the time: gaining 4,000 followers within one year. However, that goal was surpassed in just six months, and now I’ve reached 45,000 Twitter followers.

Although this accomplishment is exhilarating in many ways, it’s also a time of sober reevaluation. At each new milestone, I’ve found myself facing honest questions, like “Do Twitter…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 26, 2018 at 5:04pm — No Comments

The Benefits of Manure

Several weeks ago I was feeling even more arrogant than usual. I had just published two new books – not as a ghostwriter this time, but under my own name. In a four-week period, I had also preached 10 times, more opportunities than I’ve had in any other month in recent years. In addition, I’ve been thrilled about several young Christian leaders God has given me to mentor.

Feeling rather proud of myself, I thought it might be a good time to fish for a compliment from the…

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Added by Jim Buchan on November 17, 2018 at 8:20am — 1 Comment

Gates to Understanding

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on November 5, 2018 at 11:09am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 10)

“Love . . . does not rejoice at injustice and unrighteousness, but rejoices when right and truth prevail” (1 Corinthians 13:6 AMPC).

Throughout this series on 1 Corinthians 13, we see clearly that what matters most to God in a disciple is that person’s agape love.  

Verse six identifies another way in which that love shows. A disciple can be trusted to do what is right and say what is true. That is, this person has trustworthy integrity.…

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Added by Skip Garmo on November 1, 2018 at 12:09pm — No Comments

What I Learned from John Rankin

Lately I’ve found myself thinking about John Rankin, a guy who was in the Christian fellowship group with me at Denison University over 40 years ago. John wasn’t one of my best friends—far from it. In fact, he was one of those people who constantly got under my skin and pushed my buttons.

Have you had people like that in your life?

John was a freshman, and I was a senior. I was the main leader of the group, and he was a newbie. Under those circumstances, you would…

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Added by Jim Buchan on October 24, 2018 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Defining Purpose: SUBMIT to God’s direction

The Spirit Speaks

A few thoughts from Chuck Proudfit with the Marketplace Minute™ . . .

 

It’s the Holy Spirit that often knocks on our hearts and heads, helping us to understand God’s will for our lives, inside and outside of work.

 

What an underutilized resource is the Holy Spirit!  We Christians are often more influenced by the call of our culture than the call of our God.

 

First Corinthians 2:12 reminds us that .…

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Added by Chuck Proudfit on October 15, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 9)

“Love . . . keeps no record of when it has been wronged” (1 Corinthians 13:5c NLT).

Love . . . forgives. Graciously.

As we continue meditating on what matters most to God in a disciple, let’s ponder the scope and path of forgiveness that we began previously.

God’s Word is clear about His countercultural desire for…

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Added by Skip Garmo on September 30, 2018 at 8:23pm — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple (Part 8)

“Love . . . keeps no record of when it has been wronged” (1 Corinthians 13:5c NLT).

Love . . . forgives.

“What,” you may ask, “does ‘forgive’ mean?”

“Forgiveness,” wrote an…

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Added by Skip Garmo on September 1, 2018 at 11:43am — No Comments

Nine Best Practices (sadly missing from most congregations)

Nine Practices That Heal Our Broken Humanity

This book shows what it means to be the church, the new humanity in Jesus Christ, as Paul writes about in Ephesians 2:15. This is the biblical basis for our understanding of what it means…

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Added by Network Creator / Coordinator on August 21, 2018 at 2:00pm — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple? (Part 7)

“Love . . . is not easily angered . . .” (1 Corinthians 13:5b NIV).

Potentially the most impulsive—and most destructive—weakness in your life and mine is poorly controlled anger. We are inundated with angry incidents that—if we are not careful—can lead us to give ourselves “permission” to imitate those lapses of control: fiery dialogue in politics,…

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Added by Skip Garmo on August 2, 2018 at 12:46am — No Comments

An Antidote for Bullying



One of the ways I am processing the unexpected death of my brother is by remembering the fun times of our youth. The memory verse at one year’s Vacation Bible School was Ephesians 4:32, “Be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you (KJV),” and Bob had committed it to memory from the King James Version of the Bible – which is mostly what we had back then. There were a few other translations, but our Southern Baptist…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on July 29, 2018 at 6:26pm — No Comments

A Test with Hard Questions

When the queen of Sheba heard of Solomon’s reputation, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions.

2 Chronicles 9:1 NLT

 

Conduct a self-test to see if you have been accepted into kindergarten. Then you can dream of applying for graduate school.…

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Added by Johnny R. Almond on June 25, 2018 at 2:42pm — No Comments

Things You Do Not Have to Stress About in College

High school has got to be the most stressful period in a student’s life. In high school, there are so many things you have to worry about. You worry about being popular, getting good grades, wearing the right clothes and hanging out with the right group among other things. However, college is different and they are a number of things you shouldn’t lose sleep over when you get to college. Here are a number of things college students never worry…

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Added by Robert Roberts on June 14, 2018 at 6:30am — No Comments

What Matters Most to God in a Disciple? (Part 5)

. . . I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” (Philippians 4:11b ESV).

 

If you just joined our journey of discovery into what matters most to God, we are taking a reflective walk through 1 Corinthians 13:4. The third quality that people see in followers who reflect Christlike love is the absence of…

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Added by Skip Garmo on June 1, 2018 at 2:06pm — No Comments

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