Church Ticker Daily – Wednesday, October 9th. 2010
'Encourage Others to Live in Faith': Tim Tebow Visits Texas Prison, Shares Gospel After Receiving Letter From Inmate's Father

Tebow Goes to Prison……For Christ…..

Tim Tebow is headed to prison, and it's probably not the first time he's gone down this path.  It's a path that begins, for many, and probably Tebow, with Matthew 25:  31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers,[f] you did it to me.’ 'Encourage Others to Live in Faith': Tim Tebow Visits Texas Prison, Shares Gospel After Receiving Letter From Inmate's Father - CBN Excerpt: During a recent trip to Waco, Texas, NFL quarterback turned baseball player and sports commentator, Tim Tebow visited Alfred D. Hughes maximum-security prison, where he spent quality time with the inmates. FAITHWIRE: 21 Rikers Island Inmates Dedicate Their Lives to Jesus During a Hillsong NYC and Prison Fellowship Event In a video shared to Instagram, the outspoken Christian athlete can be seen engaging in a pushup contest with inmates, which according to TMZ, he lost 84-71. “We had fun, but I got smoked! So encouraged by what God is doing at Alfred Hughes prison and grateful for the...
Great Questions Lead to Great Conversations –

Great Questions Lead to Great Conversations –

It’s easy to have a superficial conversation with someone. Most of our conversations aren’t personal. How often has someone asked you, “How are you?” What’s the universal response? “Fine. How are you?” What if you didn’t talk to make conversation, but instead you talked to make a difference? I’ve used “S.P.E.A.K.” as an acronym to help me...
Isaiah 49 – The Future Restoration and Salvation of Israel

Isaiah 49 – The Future Restoration and Salvation of Israel – Al Hughs Ministries

Here is a LINK to a PDF of the latest study in my series “Insights In Isaiah” — Isaiah 49:  The Future Restoration and Salvation of Israel Isaiah 49 Listen to me, O coastlands,     and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb,     from the body of my mother he named my name. 2 He made my mouth like a sharp sword;     in the shadow of his hand he hid me; he made me a polished arrow;     in his quiver he hid me away. 3 And he said to me, “You are my servant,     Israel, in whom I will be glorified.”[ 4 But I said, “I have labored in vain;     I have spent my strength for nothing and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord,     and my recompense with my God.”
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Table for Two – Discussion Guide – Faith Promise

This weekend Pastor Chris shared a message he heard from Louie Giglio on the 23rd Psalm. For those who grew up in church this passage is very familiar. It is embroidered on pillows, displayed in homes, and it is one of the first scriptures that many memorized as children. If you didn’t grow up in church, you will probably still recognize these verses because they are often read at funerals.
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A Man’s Man – Berachah Bible Church Blog

“Far Side” cartoons have given me many laughs through the years. One of particular interest shows a wife looking at what she thought had been her husband. He stands there in an oversized coat holding his manface mask and a baseball cap with a long tail trailing from beneath his coat. He says to her, “Dang it, Monica! I can’t live this charade any longer. I’m not a telephone repairman who stumbled into your life – I’m a Komodo dragon, largest member of the lizard family and a filthy liar.” Manhood has fallen on hard times. A steady line of books is being written on what...
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Nicaragua Trip | Day 1 – Bethel Bible Church

We’ve made it through our first 24 hours in Nicaragua. And, praise God, all has been quiet. I say this as a praise because: In addition to taking a team of teachers for IBAC pastoral training, we also brought a small medical team to help the local churches serve the people on the island of Ometepe. Just before leaving the States, we learned that we did not receive the letter required to bring our medications through customs. So it was highly likely that they would confiscate them upon our arrival. We would have to wait...
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Pray, Pray, Pray


Over the course of the summer, several in the congregation have been participating in a summer study series on the subject of prayer.  I am grateful for each one who has taken time out of their schedule to participate, and it is my hope and prayer that each one’s prayer life has been enriched in some way as a result of learning some new things.  In my humble opinion, prayer is the most powerful tool we have in our spiritual toolbox.  I sometimes wonder, however, if it is sorely underused.  We may think…

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Blessing of Animals



Join us on Sunday, Oct. 6

The Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church will hold its annual blessing of animals on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Outdoor Chapel. The public and their pets are both welcome to attend.

Our church has been holding the Blessing of Animals on the first Sunday of October for the past 15 years. This year’s blessing will be conducted by our new ministers, the Revs. Priscilla Dreyman and Mary Jane O’Connor-Ropp.


Please keep all dogs on leashes.

The Outdoor Chapel is located on the trail at the far left corner of the church parking lot. The church is…

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I Am Age


by Brenda-Lee Sasaki


To say that I am ageless
Implies that age does not matter
Or should not matter
Or I should hope and pray that it does not matter.

As if aging is to be feared or avoided.
Or erased.

To be ageless means someone
Have erased the markers of events, emotions and experiences
That have uniquely shaped me,
That have left their indelible residue inside and outside
Of this container of middle-aged magic.

Not that any of those things define me.


But they belong to me.

They belong to the stories in my hands
To the songs in my thighs
To the laughter in my belly<br…

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Please Pray for the Bodnar Family


Monday September 23, 2019
BODNAR, Helen Louise (nee Proper) 1936-2019 – passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Monday, September 23rd, 2019 in her 84th year.  Beloved wife of Bert Bodnar Sr.  Loving mother of Bert Jr. (Christine) of Norwich.  Cherished grandmother & great grandmother of Patrick (Kathryn), their son Matthew;  Michael (Bethany) and Sophie Bodnar.  Helen will be sadly missed by her siblings Ila Doyle of Vancouver, Pat Jacques of Simcoe, June Taylor (Dave) of Toronto, Rosemary Vanhooren of Simcoe, Sherry…

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The future is now…


Dearest Members of Bethlehem,
“Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises…” -Psalm 98:4
I’m often asked these days how we “handle” all the little ones in worship.  That’s such an interesting question, because I always just assumed, we would “handle” them with tenderness and great care!
Okay, I’ll get more serious… We have a nursery for little ones, and it is staffed in the programmatic year during Sunday morning worship hours.  Parents are more than welcome to utilize that resource, but they are under no…

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A joyful child returns home


Guest post by William Merriman, Wesleyan Fellow

NOTE: William Merriman has joined the Christ Church staff as a Wesleyan Fellow. William grew up at Christ Church. He recently graduated from Sewanee and is now pursuing a master of arts in philosophy and apologetics at Asbury-Memphis. As a Wesleyan Fellow, William’s responsibilities are mostly with the Christ Church Young Adults Ministry. He will also assist in Serving & Outreach, formulating cultural apologetic curriculum for the church, and help Senior Pastor Shane Stanford with research and editing. 

Jesus once said,…

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Soul Food and Spiritual Drink – Reformation 21

Humans are complex creatures, consisting of body and soul. God formed us out of the dust of the ground (Gen. 2:7a). He gave us bodies, making us physical creatures. And He nourishes our bodies with physical things. The Lord provides food to satisfy our hunger and drink to quench our thirst. But that's only one aspect of the person. God also breathed into us the breath of life (Gen. 2:7b). He gave us souls, making us spiritual creatures. So if He provides physical things for our bodies, how does He nourish our souls?
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“Who Is an Evangelical?” with Dr. Thomas Kidd – Mere Orthodoxy

Who is an evangelical? Dr. Thomas Kidd joins Matt and Derek to discuss this pertinent question which is also the title to his recent book, Who Is an Evangelical?: The History of a Movement in Crisis. Listen in on why Dr. Kidd does not include activism as an identifiable factor for evangelicals, why it seems that evangelicals are susceptible to politicization, and if being “born again” unmoors evangelicals from historical institutions?
The Bible Is More Than the Sum of Its Books

The Whole is Greater than the Sum…..

At some point during the conversation, someone asked a snarky question. “Who wrote the Bible?” The ability to ask good questions in these kinds of settings is a learned skill (I’m still learning). I didn’t think this duck had any wings. Even the tone of the question seemed off: a kind of awkward jab at simple profundity. But Jenson took the question seriously and turned the moment from an awkward jab into one of, well, simple profundity. “Years ago,” Jenson answered, “I would have pulled my historical critical commentaries off the shelf and talked about the theology of the Jahwist, the various communities of the early church behind the gospels, etc.” In other words, Jenson would have given the best critical answers of the day about the human authorship of Scripture. “But now,” Jenson concluded, “I just say God.”
A Revolution of Hunger and Blood: Iraqi Police Shoot Civilians as Hundreds Protest for Better Life

Tensions Build Between Iraqis and Their Own Police

A Revolution of Hunger and Blood: Iraqi Police Shoot Civilians as Hundreds Protest for Better Life - CBN Excerpt: JERUSALEM, Israel  –  At least 33 people are reported dead and hundreds injured during violent clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government protesters who are crying out against corruption and the nation's crumbling economy. Since Tuesday, spontaneous anti-government protests have erupted in Baghdad in response to skyrocketing unemployment, failing public services, and far-reaching government corruption. The protests lack a clear political leader but they are the largest since Adel Abdul-Mahdi became prime minister a year ago.
6 Inspirational Resources for Writing Sermons

Expanding Your Sermon-Writing Toolbox

Getting constructive help for your sermon is almost always a welcome additiion to your week.  Here's some sermon-writing helps you might be misssing..... 6 Inspirational Resources for Writing Sermons - Church Relevance Excerpt: Sermon writing is one of the most identifiable and important parts of a pastor’s job in ministry. Jesus preached constantly to His followers and disciples and set the foundation for a pastor’s job today. There are two critical components of a sermon. First, to base it on sound theology and second, to have a clear purpose of always strengthening your congregation’s understanding of and relationship with God. However, even with years of education and practice, writing sermons can still be a challenging task. If you are a pastor struggling to find inspiration in this...
Is Children’s Ministry the Frontline of the Church?  The Survey Says Yes

Is Children’s Ministry the Frontline of the Church? The Survey Says Yes

If you look at children's ministry as the frontline of the church, perhaps this podcast featuring Nick Blevins will cause you to reconsider.  In this podcast, Nick reveals the results of a children's ministry report that only heightens the importance of reaching the lost as early as we can with the good news of Christ. Podcast: Important Children’s Ministry (2019 Statistics) - Ministry-To-Children Excerpt: Nick Blevins just released our podcast conversation talking about the latest children’s ministry statistics and what that means for local churches. We talk about how kids are coming to Christ and how families are essential at every step of that process. You can also download our full 33-page special report (PDF). .....Tony: Sure. Nick. So what happened is, I mean, I’m looking at all this stuff. I’ve got a headache for two or three weeks in a row trying to try to just sort out and say, now what, what about this is important for what we’re doing ministry in the church. And the five key findings that I took away from this is, number one, childhood is when most people find Jesus. This is a, if you talk to the people who are adult Christians now, the most normal experience for them is coming to Christ when they were children. So that was the first finding. The second finding is that of those people, parents overwhelmingly had the most impact, most direct impact on how children come to Christ. The third one, a children’s ministry matters. We still saw, despite the overwhelming importance of parents, um, children’s ministry was over and over mentioned as a key in how people came to Christ, whether they were in Sunday school or VBS or church camp..
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U.S. Blacklists 28 Chinese Entities Over Abuses in Xinjiang – The New York Times

The Trump administration said Monday that it had added 28 Chinese organizations to a United States blacklist, effectively blocking those entities from purchasing American products. The 28 organizations have all been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in China’s campaign targeting Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in the autonomous region of Xinjiang, according to a Commerce Department filing.
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North Korea warns U.S., Europeans against raising its missile tests at U.N. – Reuters Canada


UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – North Korea warned the United States, Britain, France and Germany on Monday that raising the issue of Pyongyang’s missile tests at the United Nations Security Council would “further urge our desire to defend our sovereignty.”

North Korean ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song speaks during a news conference in New York, U.S., October 7, 2019. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

The 15-member council is due to meet behind closed doors on Tuesday after North Korea said it had test-fired a new submarine-launched ballistic missile last week. The discussion was…

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Homeless Shelters Coming To Milford This Winter –


MILFORD, MA — Several temporary homeless shelters are set to open in Milford this winter to help unsheltered people escape cold, snowy conditions. At least three local churches are trying to open shelters, supervised by several town departments and police.

Trinity Church, The Way, and St. Mary’s are all in the process of getting town approval or have already received it, according to city officials. The shelters would open at those locations when the temperature drops below or feels like freezing.

The Milford Buildings, Fire, and Health departments are overseeing the approval process…

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A pledge to boost biofuel | Agri News –


WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is taking action to boost U.S. demand for corn-based ethanol and soybean-based biodiesel, as the president seeks to temper criticism from farmers and Midwest politicians before next year’s election.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Agriculture on Oct. 4 outlined several steps to aid those renewable fuels, committing to boost annual biofuel-blending quotas to make up for waivers exempting some small refineries from the mandates. The shift, which still must be formally proposed and codified, would…

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Amid Iraqi protests, Kurdish region balances Iran’s IRGC – The Defense Post


By Seth J. Frantzman and Dr. Eric Mandel

At the Black Tiger Base in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq the concerns of Kurdish Peshmerga who have spent five years fighting Islamic State have now turned to the rise of Iran-backed militias.

“ISIS is infiltrating these Sunni Arab areas where locals have a bad relationship with the Hashd al-Shaabi,” a local commander told us last month, referring to the largely Shiite militias who operate checkpoints and control parts of rural Iraq.

In the Kurdish autonomous region, a stable and prosperous part of Iraq that has been a key partner of the…

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Election Gazette – Tuesday, October 8th, 2019
Politico: Impeachment a Flop in Key Suburban Swing District – Breitbart

Politico: Impeachment a Flop in Key Suburban Swing District – Breitbart

Casten defeated long-term incumbent Republican Peter Roskam last fall in the 6th congressional district of Illinois, in the far western suburbs of Chicago, as part of a nationwide Democratic sweep of suburban districts. But his left-wing policies and bare-knuckle style were never a good fit — and now he is facing pushback.....
Michigan Dem Booed By Constituents for Supporting Impeachment – Washington Free Beacon

Michigan Dem Booed By Constituents for Supporting Impeachment – Washington Free Beacon

Freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D., Mich.) was greeted with jeers for publicly backing the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Several constituents gathered at the American Legion Hall in Rochester, Mich. could be heard booing as she spoke. Some in the audience then began chanting, "Four more years," according to a clip flagged by the pro-Trump Congressional Leadership Fund super PAC.
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Sen. Susan Collins is an endangered Republican. Impeachment could make her more so. – NBC News

Susan Collins has built a brand as a moderate senator who isn't afraid to buck her party. But the Maine Republican is now facing her toughest challenge yet as she prepares to run for a fifth term in a blue state — the potential impeachment of a president she didn't vote for. While Maine's GOP chairwoman dismissed the Ukraine scandal as "another witch hunt," Collins on Saturday called Trump's public request to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden "completely inappropriate." But Collins has said she can't take a position on impeachment because she might be asked...
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Rep. Omar files for divorce – MinnPost

The rumors were true. The Sahan Journal reports: “Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has filed for divorce from her husband, Ahmed Hirsi. … Ilhan officially filed for divorce on Oct. 4 — her birthday — in Hennepin County District Court. The divorce filing cites an “irretrievable breakdown” of their marriage relationship. … Ilhan and Ahmed were married to each other religiously for nearly two decades. They legally married on Jan. 5, 2018.”
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Mailer advertising white supremacist event at Belfast library a hoax – Bangor Daily News

No, the Maine Green Independent Party is not hosting a white supremacist gathering later this month at the Belfast Free Library. But an anonymous flyer mailed to some homes in the Somerset County town of Canaan is advertising otherwise. “It was a little surprising,” said Andrew Bourassa, a Skowhegan man who says he was sent a photo of the flyer Monday. “And kind of discouraging, as a lifelong Mainer.”