'Encourage Others to Live in Faith': Tim Tebow Visits Texas Prison, Shares Gospel After Receiving Letter From Inmate's Father
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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 – Pastors.com
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Great Questions Lead to Great Conversations – Pastors.com

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
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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

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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

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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

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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
Somewhere
Somehow
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.

No.

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

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Helen BODNAR
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…

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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

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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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“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?
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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?
The Bible Is More Than the Sum of Its Books
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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
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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.
Is Children’s Ministry the Frontline of the Church?  The Survey Says Yes
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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..
6 Inspirational Resources for Writing Sermons
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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...
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Red Mass opens Supreme Court term with religious liberty and abortion on the docket – Catholic News Agency

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.- The Archbishop of Washington, D.C. exhorted Supreme Court justices to “rejoice” in the Holy Spirit at the annual Red Mass on Sunday in D.C.

In his homily, celebrant Archbishop Wilton Gregory noted that “Saint Luke wrote the passage that we just heard saying that Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit.”

“May each one of you rejoice in a spirit of integrity, courage, and wisdom each day of this new year of legal justice and human compassion,” he said to those in attendance, who included Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justices…

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Actress Fired for Christian Views on Homosexuality – Daily Signal

You’ve heard of seeing red. You’ve heard of feeling blue. And now you’re about to hear of a new state of mind brought to you by “The Color Purple”—resoluteness. That resoluteness was shown by a 25-year-old British actress, Oluwaseyi Omooba. Omooba was set to star in a stage play called “The Color Purple,” but she was abruptly fired for her Christian beliefs. A fellow actor scrolled through Omooba’s Facebook feed, going back five years to Sept. 18, 2014, to find a Facebook post in which she said homosexuality was wrong.
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Jimmy Carter gets black eye, stitches after bumping head while getting dressed for church – Christian Post

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Former President Jimmy Carter had a black eye and 14 stitches after falling at his Georgia home. Hours later he appeared with his wife Rosalynn at an evening concert in Tennessee to rally volunteers ahead of a home building project for Habitat for Humanity. | Screenshot: YouTube/Associated Press

Nearly a week after celebrating his 95th birthday, cementing his status at the oldest living former president, Jimmy Carter bumped his head in a fall as he got dressed for church on Sunday, which required him to get 14…

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NIV Outdoorsman Bible: Navigating the Night – Bible Gateway Blog

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By Jason Cruise

Current research has proven that deer can see some variations of color. Deer are dichromatic, and see mainly in blue-green and yellow hues. The reason deer have greater night vision than humans is because the anatomy of their eyes is different—they have more rods in their eyes than they have cones, and those rods are the main receptors of light in low-light situations. Thus, they have an enhanced ability to navigate a dark world.

[Read the Bible Gateway Blog post, Devotional Insights on Courage by Bear Grylls]

Though we’re limited in our nighttime vision,…

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Democrat Sarah Riggs Amico goes after religious voters in Georgia – Christian Century

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Mixtures of religion and politics aren’t exactly unusual in Georgia, a state situated squarely in the heart of the Bible Belt, where asking someone where they go to church is a common icebreaker.

But this year, no one is combining faith—however broadly defined—and politics as acutely as Sarah Riggs Amico, 40, a newly an­nounced Democratic candidate for US Senate, running to oppose incumbent Repub­lican Sen. David Perdue.

Amico, who lost a 2018 campaign for lieutenant governor, launched her campaign in August with a video that made a direct appeal to religious…

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Franklin Graham on impeachment: ‘Our country could begin to unravel’ – Christian News Journal

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Evangelist Franklin Graham issued a dire warning about the fate of the United States, should the presidential impeachment inquiry started by the U.S. House lead to President Donald Trump’s removal.

“Our country could begin to unravel if an elected president is thrown out of office because of lies and the media,” said Graham, president and CEO of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, in an interview on Wednesday (Oct. 2) with Religion News Service. “It could be a devastating thing. We’re in very dangerous territory. I would encourage all the politicians to look very…

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Connecting to the Spirit: Hospitality – Chestnut Ridge Christian Church Disciples of Christ
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Connecting to the Spirit: Hospitality – Chestnut Ridge Christian Church Disciples of Christ

Join us for our next Connecting to the Spirit event on Thursday, August 8, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. Be sure to sign up at church so we get a good count for dinner. This is a family and intergenerational event -- we want to hear from all ages! And if you can't make it, you can join our conversation by commenting below.  We'll be talking about Hospitality. Dinner is provided, so come enjoy a night of meaningful conversation with us!