This was a week (again) where the news was dominated by a natural disaster. Knowing that this blog is read by many pastors and church leaders, I felt led to address the issue many of them (us) will be considering...or at least should be.
The walk of a believer is often fraught with trials and tribulations leading to both defeat and victory. Life's tragedies, your personal 9/11's come into our lives seemingly in waves as we face obstacles, which both challenge our confidence and test our faith.
Lying south of China and its assorted neighbors of Thailand, Vietnam and Burma, Malaysia is strung out on a peninsula lying where the China and Andaman Seas connect. It is spectacular in scenery, rich in soil and fertility and complex in religion and politics.
His parents were blind-sided by the phone call. Even though they’d noticed their son’s grades had slipped, they blamed it on entering high school. He was a quiet kid, staying in his room when he was home. He’d lost interest in youth group, but since they were still able to get him to church most weeks they let it slide. Nothing outward seemed all that different, so when the principal told them to come to the school immediately, they thought there’d been a mistake.
As a Christian, one could get very discouraged in light of all of the recent social issues that have hit the news wire. Abortion is the normative as it ever has been, divorce is seemingly at an all time high and things like pride, slander and sexual sin are absolutely rampant.
Monday can be an awful day for pastors who take their calling seriously. Not only are they often spent at every level from giving all they have to the preaching of God's Word and other duties that are incumbent upon leaders, but there are other factors at work in their mind.
About a year ago I took up the accordion. Ever since, I have considered whether this was a good idea. I acquired the very old two-reed Hohner for $25 from an older gentleman from Germany who wanted to encourage me in my curiosity about the instrument
I actually started this article thinking I could sift all the Lord’s wonderful statements down to the Top 10. Now, I see how naive that was! I couldn’t even get through Matthew’s Gospel with ten, much less the other three gospels.
The Buzz: The boys who play for Ignite F.C. have a special reason to celebrate every time they score a goal. Each time they do, supporters pass a can among their fans to solicit a contribution to the players’ favorite charities. The initials F.C. actually stand for “For Christ,” rather than the traditional “Football Club.”
I believe that as youth workers “why” is one of the most important questions we ask ourselves. As an example, when I have my youth leader hat on, I’ll ask myself: “Why are we doing this service project?” Is it because there’s a need or because we need to be doing it?
So keep doing your thing, and be encouraged to do it with even more energy than before. I know I am. But remember, the 30 Hour Famine isn’t a thing. It’s big Essau grinning as he dances to the song a woman named Dorica is singing—a song about how World Vision and her fish pond have transformed her family’s life.
In the case of Christianity, everything that matters depends on one single question: “What happened after Jesus died?” If Jesus returned to life after he died, there is every reason to entrust my entire existence to him. If Jesus is still dead, Christianity is the most far-fetched lie that anyone has ever believed.
We have seen that emotions are signs of significance. They convey important information about one’s values, story, present perceptions, and sometimes one’s views of the future. Humans are meaningful creatures who live in a meaningful universe.
You have probably already seen Dove’s viral video campaign called “Dove Real Beauty Sketches.” Released to YouTube on April 14, it has already been viewed more than 10 million times (between the three-minute and six-minute versions).
At Lagos Airport, another delay to the flight to London was announced … I strolled down the various wings, bored of waiting at the lounge …then I noticed a passenger with a limp and I seemed to recognize him as he now sits calmly by his luggage waiting for his flight to the Far East.
I put together this list of Bible verses about comfort because it is my desire and heart that this blog and my other websites would be a place where people could come and receive healing for the hurts that they have received.
Terrors will come, some of us will die, but not a hair of our heads will perish.God's faithfulness is based on the firm value of his name, not the fickle measure of our obedience. The Lord, our protector, is great and awesome.
Tonight, I'm praying for the sleeping giant to awaken... praying for God's men in the church to awaken to the fact that they need to engange in the world, engage in today's culture for the salvation of men through the Holy Spirit.
Margaret Thatcher was born on 13 October 1925. She died peacefully in London on 8 April 2013. She was baptised in the local Wesleyan Methodist Chapel shortly after Christmas. Hers is the only baptism recorded there between July and the following January, the town's birthrate taking a decade to recover from the loss of young men in the Great War. MT's father, Alf Roberts, had been rejected for service owing to poor eyesight.