Explaining the Unexplainable

Our dog Bean loves stuffed animals. When he gets a new one, he trots around with it in his mouth so happy. But what he loves most is shredding them! We are amazed if a stuffy lasts 2-3 days. Most stuffies last only a few hours. When this happens we have to take his plaything away or he eats the cotton insides.

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What Happened to the Gospel?

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Something disturbing has happened in evangelical churches. At one time the gospel message was central to their teaching and outreach; today something else has taken its place. Continue reading What Happened to the Gospel?

Judging vs. Discerning

This excellent post is about the difference between Judging and Discerning. It is written by Mannyr of the blog Cracked-Pot.

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Judging vs. Discerning

Jesus plainly stated that we are not to judge others. But

so often His words are used against Christians who are trying to

point out wrong in society. And it seems that so few Christians

know how to answer such objections.

So, what should you do if, upon seeing evil in the world, and

stating your convictions regarding it, you are told that you have no

business judging others? Are Christians to become mindless

people who can’t tell the difference between good and evil? Is

this mindless condition something we are to strive for?

First of all, there is a big difference between judging someone,

and discerning evil. The two are not the same at all. In

the Bible, the word “judge” is often a woeful translation of the

Greek word “katakrino.” This word literally means “to judge

against.” In other words, it really means “to condemn.”…

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Dear Sisters

A loving, well-written admonishment on how and why Christian women should dress modesty by Kari Dent.

Kari Dent... living in paradise until He comes.

Dear Sisters in Christ,

First, I want to tell you that I love you. I really do. Trying to be a godly woman in this godless society is tough. We need each other. We need to be one another’s most enthusiastic cheerleader. I have a friend and mentor who closes all of her emails and messages with the phrase “Cheering you on!” That has been so encouraging to me over the years, and I want to cheer you on as well. I truly desire to do that.

There’s a word used frequently in the New Testament called “exhortation.” Sometimes we use it interchangeably with “encouragement.” The words are definitely similar, but there’s a little different aspect to exhortation. Encouragement says, “You are doing great!” Exhortation says, “You are doing great! But I know you can do even better!” Exhortation pushes you forward and deeper into your walk with Christ and…

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There is always a plan

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“When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.” — I cried the first time I understood what this passage meant. I cried because I have experienced the Spirit leading in this way. At times He has led me toward Continue reading There is always a plan

God must love you

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We were attending a High School graduation party with our children when our oldest began making a fuss. I took him out of the room to discipline him. The mother of the graduate knew our son was a challenge for us. When we returned to the party, she said to me Continue reading God must love you