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It’s Contagious 

Just last week we were sitting at the table when I asked my 8 year-old to do something for me. I won’t bore you with the details but the way he responded did not make me happy. Brandi (my loving, but far too often truthful wife) quickly chimed in “He sounds just like you.” My first thought was, Me? Really? Me? (Read More)

The Strangest Thing I’ve Ever Seen in Church

(I had to put this in because I’m so intrigued)… Any guesses on what this is? Anyone know the history of this church? (Read More)

Five Things You Must Do When Your Spouse Has an Affair

Just this past week, we’ve had several hundred people find our site through a Google search variation of this term “what to do when you spouse has had an affair”. As we were talking about this, we wanted to respond in two ways today: we are reposting a post that Trisha wrote a few weeks ago to hopefully provide hope today for people who need it.

The pressure of writing this post is a bit overwhelming and my heart is heavy. Sigh… not because I think I have all the answers but simply the reality of the broken person who will search for this resource. Remembering that surreal and painful moment of hearing “I’m having an affair.” And now knowing that I may be speaking into your “moment” causes me to stop and pray hard that I don’t mess this up. (Read More)

Afghan Girls Poisoned for Attending School

Some Afghan groups believe educating girls is forbidden in Islam and corrosive to society.

Some 88 girls and teachers fell ill at three different school within a week in northern Afghanistan. Authorities believe the sickness is due to poison gas attacks, and have not yet identified who harmed the girls and teachers. The Taliban has been suspected but claim they were not involved and denounce the attacks, which some people consider a terrorist action. (Read More)

Are You Stuck in Future Quo?

We all know people who are stuck in the status quo. Even though the world has changed they are nostalgic about the past and continue to think that if they just stick with it they can recreate the glory days.

The newspaper and music industries were stuck in the status quo as the digital revolution changed the world.

Sports teams that win a championship & then hold on to the heroes who won that championship way past their prime, they’re stuck in the status quo too.

One of the most interesting concepts Seth Godin writes about in his latest book Linchpin is being stuck in the “future quo.” He writes:

 For many of us, the happiest future is one that’s precisely like the past, except a little better.

Nostalgia for the future is that very same feeling about things that haven’t happened yet. (Read More)

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Supt of the A/G, George O. Wood challenges District Supt of MN, Clarence St. John to a Gerbil ball race…. who will win? !!!  

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The last 15 years have changed our world forever,” claims Tony Whittaker, co-ordinator of Internet Evangelism Day. “Digital media are transforming the way we communicate, behave and even think. If Facebook was a country, it would have the fourth largest population in the world.” Internet Evangelism Day is a strategic resource to help the worldwide church understand these issues and use the Web to share the good news. It is both a year-round online guide and an annual focus day – to be held this year on Sunday 25 April. Churches are encouraged to use Internet Evangelism Day resources to create a presentation for their members on or near that Sunday (or at any other time they choose). The IE Day site offers free downloads: PowerPoint, video clips, handouts, drama scripts, music and posters. These enable any church (or homegroup, college, or conference) to build a customized program, lasting from five minutes to fifty. 2010’s focus day will be the sixth to be used by churches around the world since the initiative’s launch in 2005. Over this period, digital media have developed dramatically, with the advent of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and the growing use of mobile phones to access online services. The outreach opportunities have multiplied too. IE Day’s website is also a one-stop resource covering many subjects, including how to build a church website that is ‘outsider friendly’, using Twitter in evangelism, and blogging. Perhaps surprisingly, you do not need to be technical to share your faith online. And you can volunteer to be an email mentor to inquirers with several large online outreach ministries. Internet Evangelism Day is an initiative of the Internet Evangelism Coalition, based at the Billy Graham Center, Wheaton. It is supported by a wide range of leaders and groups. “I am glad to commend Internet Evangelism Day,” says John Stott.

For more help, visit the website: IE Day’s website: www.InternetEvangelismDay.com.

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Today is Earth Day 2010 – the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.    

 

Image by ‘flyingsinger’ from Flickr Creative Commons

I am totally not into the whole “Green” movement going on these days. I don’t have a hybrid car. I use regular light bulbs and I use aerosol hairspray. I don’t go out of my way to go green…but I do put paper in the recycle bin at work and I reuse my plastic grocery bags for other things…I’m thinking that may help?     

 

We do our part to plant trees and flowers…well, my Michael does our part to plant trees and flowers. I’m not an outdoor, get your hands in the dirt, kinda girl …just sayin.      

The original Earth Day’s purpose was to create a dialogue between both believers and unbelievers based on the love of creation. Today is has morphed into something that looks more like a new age religion of going green. These days I think most feel it’s a political, mother-earth, sort of thing.       

What I wasn’t aware of…and probably what most don’t realize is that the whole Earth Day movement was started by a Pentecostal man, John McConnell. Yes, the original Earth Day movement was has its roots in Christianity. The original Earth Day is celebrated on the March Equinox…not April 22nd as the date most are aware of these days. McConnell feels it is our responsiblity, as Christians, to care for the environment and that every individual who wants peace and to do good with their life should try to find some way to contribute to peace, justice, and the care of the earth, God’s creation.     

News Report: Earth Day’s Pentecostal Roots

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Interview with the Founder of the Original Earth Day:

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Awesome ~ It’s TAX DAY, April 15th…WooHoo an exciting day in all of our lives!

It can be a day of headaches and fear…or you can check out Richard Hammar’s advice at NewMinisters.com and find the 12 Most Important Legal and Tax Issues for New Ministers. (Read More)

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