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Ask fifty people to finish the statement "Live As If" and you are likely to get fifty different answers. For Christians it will mean something different than for non-Christians. Incorporated into the top graphic are the answers given by friends of mine. It is our desire that your answer will be different each time you visit.
'Chip Shots from the Ruff of Life' from Tom Kelley
Can you believe it? We are already into the second day of June. Seems like just last month was May. You can insert your own cliche. "Time marches on." "My how quickly the days pass when you're getting older." All I know is that my twin grandchildren turned nineteen months Wednesday. We had them our usual Thursday evening which was their first day of their twentieth month of life. Although I am not ancient I can verify that I have been around for quite a bit more than twenty months. Matter of fact, I am thirty-three and one half times as old as my grandchildren. I
Born This Way
''Winging It' from Stan Smith
The debate between Bible-believing Christians and homosexuals hinges on the claim that "We're born this way." The notion is "God made us this way, so it's good. Who are you to question it?" And the typical response of the Bible-believing Christian, "No, you're not born that way; it's a choice." So, who's right? This gets a little difficult because, as it turns out, both are right and both are wrong. Modern psychology tells us that they're not actually born that way, but they're certainly born with the propensity. Science has failed in its attempts
A Theology of the Trivial
'The Way' from Kevin Pauley
The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. For nothing will be impossible with God." - Luke 1:35-37 God took an ordinary, every day girl and gave her life such a shake that the whole world has been reeling from the results ever since. She was no different from you and I. She did not
Mercy and not Sacrifice (Sept. 17, 2010)
'Today's Little Lift' from Jim Bullington
“O Lord, open my lips, And my mouth shall show forth Your praise. For You do not desire sacrifice, or else I would give it; You do not delight in burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart — These, O God, You will not despise.” (Psalm 51.15-17). This passage by David certainly has a connection to Hosea's statement that God desires mercy and not sacrifice. We will continue to explore the meaning of the term sacrifice in Hosea's statement, the same statement that Jesus cited on at least two occasions (Matthew 9.13 and
It Is Jesus Who Makes Us Useful and Fruitful
'Word from Scotland' from Sandy Shaw
What will Isaiah's next grim word be? But, no, it is not grim - it is the very opposite. Chapter 4. This part of Isaiah's message ends with real hope - with real encouragement - with assurance - but not in man - but it is in the Branch of the Lord. What is this? Isaiah sees a branch.
'Refreshment in Refuge' from Gina Burgess
I live in Picayune, Mississippi and we were pounded by 48 hours of rain and wind. We lost power for just a few hours but lost phone service and internet for more than 24 hours. I do ask for prayers because water is creeping up my street. Boule Creek is supposed to crest between 7 pm and 9 pm tonight (Friday). It is already 1/4 of the way up my street. If it does crest tonight, we're safe with no water in our home, but the people at the end of the street are facing about a foot of water in their homes. In the last 100 years, water has never come onto this street. There are homes not
''Christ in You...'' from Dale Krebbs
There is a truth in the Bible that is so amazing, so exciting, and so staggering, and profound that when we think about it, it is almost unbelievable. This truth is hidden in many, if not most, english translations of the Bible. This truth however, is in the margins of some translations, in very small print, in italics. By doing this the translators were admitting that it is possible that it could be translated as indicated in the margin. However, most translators cannot bring themselves to entertain the idea that the margin should be the main text. Perhaps it seems presumptuous
'Voice of Inspiration' from Andy Castro
'A thousand may fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, but danger will not come near you. ' Psalm 91:7 KJV "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." It's been a prevalent statement over the years. It's a sensible statement to remember concerning advertisements for any given product. In this world, we have to use wisdom for purchases, relationships, and quick fixes. Unfortunately, this statement mixed with our personal experiences can taint how we view and react to God's Word. In regards to the verse, for instance, How
Religion and the Presidency
'Inspiration For You' from Randy Mitchell
As we head into General Election campaign mode with Mitt Romney driving toward becoming the Republican nominee, something which is unsurprisingly hitting the headlines fast and furious is discussions over his religious beliefs. Here’s my question: Should they really matter? Mitt Romney is a Mormon. And in our land of religious freedom, he’s certainly entitled to his beliefs. I am a Christian, and what Mr. Romney believes is somewhat different than me. Truthfully, I don’t fully understand the teachings of the Mormon Church. But, that’s okay, because come
'Bible verse and quote' from Jan Couns
I have collected a fairly large data base of "unauthorized" quotes. Most are Christian quotes by Christians but many are out of context quotes by nonchristians (therefore are unable to stand alone). If you know of any preachers or Christian leaders who would like a copy, I would be glad to send them a cd. Jan, Knoxville, TN, Biloxi48@tds.net
A Fervent Love
'God's Words For US' from Cecelia Lester
And above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins”. 1 Peter 4:8 (NKJV) Words of Peter When we worship God in a corporate setting, we unite with our fellow worshipers to praise Him, to seek His guidance, to encourage others.
Exodus 25-27; Proverbs 12; Matthew 4: