Is Allah God? by Carl Medearis

I think Carl hit's all the possibilities, but in the end the greatest opportunity comes when we seek common ground, seek to understand and discover together. I like Carl's experiential and truth filled message below.  R.R.Is Allah God?The answer: Yes! I mean, No. Well, okay, possibly.The problem with answering difficult questions is that the answers don’t fit on a bumper sticker. So, we have to fully engage our minds and hearts in answering a question like this.It’s like so many oth … [Read more...]

Instead of New Goals for a New Year…Try this by Richard Dahlstrom

Goal Setting can steal peace from your soulI like goals that are measurable and have lots of them:  Ski 100k vertical feet in January (now objectively measurable courtesy of a nifty phone app), trim 15 seconds off jogging “per mile” time by the end of February, eat 5 servings of veggies per day (by far the hardest), be consistent in my reading, praying, journaling, blog at least once a week, finish book proposal.I’m close to throwing all these in the trash though, because I keep adding … [Read more...]

What On Earth Am I Here For? by Rick Warren

At some point we’ve all questioned why we’re alive. Whether you or someone you know is struggling to find their life mission, here are five specific purposes for which God created us.Everyone in your congregation wants to know if life really matters. Members, visitors, even your staff want to know:What on earth am I here for?Essentially, they’re asking three basic questions. First, there’s the question of existence: Why am I alive? For thousands of years people have asked this questio … [Read more...]

The Amazing Transformation of a Guy Who Didn’t Give Up!

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{video} History of God by Karen Armstrong

This has 6 parts about 10 minutes each part and one rolls into the next. Karen is a historian and has a lot of insight.... Worth watchingClick here for video … [Read more...]

Three Faiths, One God: Judaism, Christianity, Islam – PBS special

This is a preview of the full feature either on video or PBS broadcast and is well worth watching. The parallels, the conversations, and a real opportunity for peace can happen when those of other faiths choose to love and honor the Creator, the God of Abraham, and seek goodwill for all of His creation.Click here for video … [Read more...]

A Gift Giver by Alan Smith

Luke 2:8-12: Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to … [Read more...]

Moving Beyond Legalism and Libertinism by Frank Viola

“History,” Martin Luther said, “is like a drunk man on a horse. No sooner does he fall off on the left side, does he mount again and fall off on the right.”The same can be said about the Christian life. (So it seems to me anyway.) Some have accepted the gospel of legalism. Reformed people tend to restrict legalism to be the attempt to earn salvation by human works. But for the genuine Christian who is saved by grace, legalism goes much deeper than that.LegalismLegalists are people who bel … [Read more...]

Deliverance From Bitterness by Francis Frangipane

(En Español)There are two conditions of the heart no one can hide: one is when the heart is filled with love and the other when we are infected with bitterness. Either condition can take over our thoughts and both can filter our entire view of life. As followers of Jesus Christ, we must make our highest quest to possess hearts full of God’s love. Indeed, how successful we are at revealing Christ’s love is the true measure of our spirituality.Thus, love cannot long exist as an unexpressed … [Read more...]

The Constancy of God by Graham Cooke

Recently, I was looking through my meditation journals from around ten years ago, when my world, as I knew it, was coming to an end. What saved my everything was what I was learning about who God wanted to be for me. I didn’tknow it then, but those crippling circumstances actually became the basis for my reinvention as a man and a ministry.I found a few quotes that I wrote about the nature of God to me. The learning that we enter into in the Kingdom is primarily concerned with what we a … [Read more...]