Blame You

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Christ’s commands us to love each other. It’s such a simple rule and yet we can’t do it without him. This is why he calls it a new command even though it was the one the Jews had heard from the beginning. Christ came to love and he left a community of love which he expected to remain and spread. Praise the Lord it has! On the night of his betrayal, Christ prayed that we would be one so that the Father would be glorified in the Son.

Conversely, this world and its Prince continue to conspire against God’s project by sowing bitterness among God’s people. In Ephesians 4:26, Paul warns his audience to forgive quickly lest they give the devil (blamer) a foothold among them. Nothing arrests our progress toward oneness like bitterness. When a fellow believer does something careless or even malicious (as will inevitably happen), we must at the foot of the cross offer them forgiveness. Why? Because mercy lives at the foot of the cross. In order to harbor bitterness, we must abandon the hope of our own forgiveness and flee the cross for exile in the solitary seat of judgment. In that realm “they” come to offer us aid and comfort as they help us build our case against our offenders and eventually the entire world.

Though this demonic program carries especially grievous implications for the believing community, every person on the planet has encountered it. The animated feature, “Meet the Robinsons,” offers one of the most poignant examples of the dynamics of bitterness and its power to ruin lives. At the end of the clip, the advice, “Let it go and keep moving forward,” is useful if we can understand where we can let it go to and which direction is “forward.” Those answers have been released in the gospel of Christ.

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Everyday Evangelism

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How do you react when you hear the word, “evangelism”?  Me too.  I want more than anything to see people come to faith in Christ and have their lives turned right side up by him.  I’ve positioned myself to share the gospel many times and yet I often get blank stares.  I’m not good at it.  Sadly, the advice I have received from well-meaning leaders in the church has come out of one of two camps that I find equally inapplicable. First, there’s the relational evangelism camp. They say that any canned presentation of the gospel is inauthentic, manipulative, and demeaning to the lost person. The relational camp counsels believers to form significant relationships with unbelievers in order to “earn the right” to share the gospel.  When the brilliance of my lifestyle overwhelms my unbelieving friend, he or she will fall down and ask, “What must I…

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Message from Steve Timmis on Acts 4-5:16

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Once I sat down to write a book on church. Then I read Total Church by Chester and Timmis and therewith I laid down my pen.  Here is a powerful message on church by Steve Timmis.

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Holistic Holiness

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We can’t manufacture new life. All we can do is plant seeds and nurture them to maturity.

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growthwheelThe living message of the gospel spreads like all other living things on the planet through multiplication.  Plant life reproduces as a seed takes root, the plant that results then must bear fruit of some sort, and finally the fruit must deliver the seeds within it to produce the next generation of growth.  So it is with the seed of the gospel message.  For that seed to take root in a person’s heart, they must hear and accept it.  The new life that springs up must then bear fruit through redeemed relationships as people live out the implications of the gospel in their everyday lives.  A life so radically changed will inspire questions among those still in the world.  These questions open opportunities for the message to grow to other people as the redeemed person proclaims it through his or her answers.  Whether or not the second generation of hearers…

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Fla. mom who survived 45 minutes with no pulse shares her story – CBS News

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/florida-mom-who-survived-45-minutes-with-no-pulse-shares-her-story/

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Netherlands says OK for biker gangs to fight Islamic State – MSN News

I’m buying the movie rights to this!

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Top Ten Reasons to Switch to Hangouts

10. Can be used with any device…even iOS.
9. Real time and group messaging without Facebook’s invasion of privacy.
8. Make voice calls to any domestic phone.
7. Integrate Google Voice to receive calls, voicemails and texts for free over WiFi.
6. Text anyone in your contacts list from your laptop. That’s right, no more thumb typing.
5. Voicemails appear transcribed in text feed with an attached audio file. No need to call or enter a PIN.
4. Make video calls to anyone in the world without the need for a clunky app. 3. Hold a video conference with up to 10 people.
2. It’s totally free.
1. Did I mention that it’s totally free?
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