From Jesus Creed
. . . the iPhone is a kind of portal, one that can cause me to be mentally, emotionally, and spiritually distant, even when I’m physically present. How often do I want to have that portal open?
Parenting and schooling opinions always raise the temperature of any conversation in church circles. We all have our reasons for what we do, but these educational parenting opinions don’t need to divide us. Rather they should make us stronger and better and should spin outward to bless the whole community. Logan Gentry writes a nice article on schooling options and here’s the money quote:
As each Christian family decides how to educate their child, the gospel of Jesus Christ gives them the freedom to have confidence in their choice without condemnation of those who do not choose the same as them. When a church is filled with families who have confidence in their families approach to education, they can be a collection of families who collaborate for the holistic flourishing of the children in the church and in their city.
I particularly like this line: “they can be a collection of families who collaborate for the holistic flourishing of the children in the church and in their city.” Maybe we should stop Read more…
Chuck Colson’s life is near it’s end as reported by Prison Fellowship. You can hear his story (from the White House to the Jail Cell) in his own words in a talk he gave at Columbia University in2008 called “How God Turned Around Nixon’s Hatchet Man”.
“3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8 and last of all he appeared to me also . . .” (The Apostle Paul – 1 Corinthians 15)
Some of my favorites pieces of art that celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ! I chose them for the realism that they portray to the resurrection. Many artist have painted resurrection art, but so often they are mystical in nature. These four images help us connect biblical reality. Jesus died. He rose again. He was touched. He ate. He walked. He appeared to many.
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Burnand shows Peter and John running to the empty tomb – notice the concerned, wondering, anticipation on their faces as they run. Of course John gets there first as he is clear to point out in John 20: “3 So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. 4 Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came along behind him and went straight into the tomb. He saw the strips of linen lying there, 7 as well as the cloth that had been wrapped around Jesus’ head. The cloth was still lying in its place, separate from the linen. 8 Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed.” Read more…
Before you read this insightful article about the following recent quote from Barbara Walters on the VIEW, try and recognize the progression of thought regarding abortion. We should know that “The View” is a mirror / forerunner of culture reality.
“I think that in order to even think about having an abortion, to give up a child that is obviously unwanted, that’s why you’re doing it, it is such a tremendous decision, it’s involved with so much fear of what you’re doing, and guilt.
Then to have to go and be forced to hear, to see the fetus, to hear the heartbeat, to put more guilt on you, I think is heartbreaking.”
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If you want to know where adultery and divorce start, check out this short piece by Andree Seu called How an affair begins. It starts with a simple unchecked conversation, and it’s not filled with passion and lust. Take note. Remember. Stand Firm. Love your spouse for a lifetime.