Is it possible to both dread and yet look forward to a holiday season.
I dread spending Christmas without my Mother this year and yet look forward to watching my Grandsons as they jump with excitment.
Thanksgiving was hard and I kept thinking of things like making her favorite dish or what time to pick her up. I do not feel guilty in enjoying
the day and yet I don't have my usual excitement in planning gifts, special dishes and decorating.
Everyone says in time it will get… Continue
Added by Barbara on November 29, 2008 at 10:51pm —
A Reason to Be Thankful…..
In my opinion, the Christian life is signing on to a worldview that does NOT include the Good Ship Lollipop, but the Cross. It is dying to self and letting our Savior live in us and through us. It is choosing the life of an ambassador (2Cor 5:17-21) to a hostile world for a Savior who gave everything for us. When one realizes, truly realizes, what Christ did for us, and truly realizes the DEBT we owe Him, it is not acceptable to go… Continue
Added by Rev Dr. Cheryl Durham on November 26, 2008 at 3:09pm —
"In the world you will have tribulation, BUT be of good cheer for I have overcome the world". How true this verse of the Bible has been for me this last two weeks. Bad news after bad news. Family members losing jobs and insurance. Battery after battery of MRIs, CAt scans, biopsey and blood tests. I spend more time taking my family places to get checked than I am at home, The family i am surrounded by has health issue after health issue, From Hubbys sugar going to as high as 529 to hearing my… Continue
Added by Barbara Hutchinson on November 25, 2008 at 6:19pm —
Do ever find your faith being challenged by life’s circumstances? Do you ever question if God really cares about the challenges you are facing? When you pray, do hope for results or do you expect them? Listen to this timeless story about the power of a child’s faith in the midst of depression and lack.
The land was cracking as a result of severe drought in the small town. Farmer’s crops were failing as they thirsted for moisture and… Continue
Added by Staci Wallace on November 24, 2008 at 3:30am —
When I grow up I want to be a photographer! I have been interested in it for a long time, but never really did anything about it. But after living in California for the past 2 years, my beautiful surroundings have inspired me to see what I can do. I have a computer full of pictures and people have been complimenting them. Everyone loves compliments, and I took mine and ran with them!
I bought myself a new camera today. A big, fancy, photographers camera. So I went out and had a… Continue
Added by Sarah on November 23, 2008 at 7:00pm —
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Added by Yvette on November 23, 2008 at 3:20pm —
Read James 1:19-26
1. In verses 19-21, Think of a time you were quick to hear but also quick to get angry. What happened, what would you change?
2. Did your anger produce the fruit of the Holy Spirit?
3. What did it produce?
4. What could you have done differently?
5. In verses 22-24, what does this man look like?
6. Discuss a few examples of this in your experience.
7. How could these things been done differently?
8. Read verses 25-26,… Continue
Added by Rev Dr. Cheryl Durham on November 22, 2008 at 1:15pm —
A Fair Minded Faith
Many times, I see Christians who are quick to “avenge” God’s position when it comes to things like a particular political position, a particular cultural phenomenon, etc. They jump all over the perceived perpetrators, Christian or not, as if they, themselves, were God. This is unwise. While we may have our personal opinions, and we may just KNOW that something is right or wrong, we must always walk circumspectly in responding to others… Continue
Added by Rev Dr. Cheryl Durham on November 19, 2008 at 3:20pm —
Recently I had a precious friend email me and tell me that her and her husband had been trying to get pregnant for quite some time. Doctors had told her that there were many reasons why pregnancy was an improbability, including low sperm count, thyroid issues, ect. Both her and her husband were told that their bodies had significant hurdles to overcome in order for pregnancy to even be possible.
As I have stated in many teachings,… Continue
Added by Staci Wallace on November 18, 2008 at 4:00am —
Trusting God’s Faithfulness: Questions
Read James 1:12-15, 5:11; Mt 10:22; 1Pet3:14; Dan. 12:12; Rev 2:10;3:11; 1Cor. 9:25; 2 Tim. 4:8; 1Pet 5:4;
1. In all of these verses, there is a sense that we can and should persevere no matter what the trial is, and that we should strive to endure by trusting Christ and not what we see. In each of the verses, how or why does it say that we should persevere under trials?
2. How, in each of these verses does our endurance… Continue
Added by Rev Dr. Cheryl Durham on November 14, 2008 at 2:32pm —
I'm 38 years old and a newly-single mom of three young kids. Not surprisingly, I have trouble making time to date.
But tonight, I'm finally child-free. I have no reason NOT to go out. But what am I doing? Why I'm blogging in my sweatpants of course! (shaking my head)
Over the past year since my marriage collapsed, I've gone through dating dryspells and dating binges: jocks, geeks, artists, millionaires, entrepreneurs - heck, I even dated a used car salesman. Most of my… Continue
Added by Delaine Moore on November 14, 2008 at 9:49am —
Trusting God's Faithfulness
Being equipped for faith does not always mean that we will appropriate that grace given to us. In fact, almost on a daily basis, we thwart the very purpose of our faith. We do this because we desire our own will, even to our detriment. There is a reason that God equips us with our own ability to trust Him and there is a reason that God calls us to use that trust--or faith--during trials that we all know will come.
If we persevere,… Continue
Added by Rev Dr. Cheryl Durham on November 12, 2008 at 1:41pm —
Have you ever had someone give you a word of advice that has helped you make it through a tough day at work? Have you ever been given a quick tip that has helped you close a deal or make a good decision that led to increased productivity? Has anyone ever given you a bit of encouragement in your day that pushed you up a seemingly insurmountable mountain? Have you ever been in a crunch when someone gave you an idea to help you succeed just in the nick of time?
If you are like… Continue
Added by Staci Wallace on November 11, 2008 at 9:00pm —
Equipped for Faith
Questions: Read James 1:5-11; Hebrews 11; 2Peter 1:3-91.
1. In James 1:5-11, why would God want to give us wisdom?
2. What is the difference between a man who trusts and a man who doubts?
3. What are some reasons why a person would doubt God?
4. In this case, doubt is used as unbelief, but there are types of doubt that are not. Discuss the types of doubt and which ones James is referring to here.
5. What are some solutions to doubt? How do you… Continue
Added by Rev Dr. Cheryl Durham on November 7, 2008 at 1:35pm —
Equipped for Faith
Two crucial elements are important if faith is going to be able to stand the trials that will most certainly beset our lives. They have to do with where wisdom comes from and whom we can trust. Those elements are a right attitude toward God and a right attitude about ourselves.
In verses 5-11 of the first chapter of James, wisdom is the first thing we need if we are to weather what the world throws at us. Additionally, we are not equipped… Continue
Added by Rev Dr. Cheryl Durham on November 6, 2008 at 1:45pm —
I can not believe how busy my life has become these past couple months. I feel like I am in continuous motion. I have work Mon-Fri, school Mon, Tues, and Thurs, Vicki's awesome group Tues evening, work at Kmart every other Fri and Sat...
Somehow it all gets done. But, I noticed that I haven't been taking the time to just be silly with my kids. So last night that changed. Drew, Tanner and I played "Indiana Jones" in the driveway last night. We ran around, rode scooters and bikes, chased… Continue
Added by Katie Wischman on November 6, 2008 at 7:30am —
The people have spoken and the votes have been tallied. Last night at 10:00 pm our nation stepped into a moment in history where new dreams were birthed for so many in our nation. What once seemed impossible for an African-American to be the ruler of this great nation, is now an achievement that will forever be "do-able". No longer will it be heralded as "remarkable" for an African American to do anything in this country as we have watched the highest office… Continue
Added by Staci Wallace on November 5, 2008 at 1:00pm —
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Added by Staci Wallace on November 4, 2008 at 11:00am —
Twas the night before Election Day….
As I sit here tonight in a constant state of prayer, I can’t help but worry, what tomorrow will fair……Ok, so I’m not a poet. That’s as far as I got with that little rhyme. Seriously though, I pray for God’s will to be done tomorrow, and I came across a poem/prayer that I thought was appropriate:
Election Day Prayer
by Rev. Greg Asimakoupoulos
Decision Day will soon be here
when we must take a stand.
Added by Rachel Wallis on November 3, 2008 at 10:22pm —
I don't know who "Michael Masters" is or what he does, but he
does write cogently and well. A Google search turns up a Michael Masters
who is a lawyer in Philadelphia , but I don't believe that he is the
author of this open letter. There is a "Michael C. Masters" who lives
in McLean , VA – I presume, but do not know, for sure, that he is the
author. However, he didn't show up in any Google searches that I
conducted, so I guess he isn't "notorious"… Continue
Added by Rachel Wallis on November 1, 2008 at 4:56pm —