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August 2020 Blog Posts (21)

THE LIGHT

I want to address a subject that is in some ways difficult for all of us. I want to speak first to you who are not religious. There are many reasons for not being religious. And I cannot address all of them. Some of you may say that what I am about to deal with is not one of your reasons for not believing in God or for avoiding spirituality. Interestingly enough, the fact that this is not an issue for you may help you…

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Added by David Young on August 31, 2020 at 5:48pm — 2 Comments

A Prayer for Possessions

I went to an estate sale last week. I seldom attend one of these, except this one happened to be in the home of a long-time friend and colleague. I made it OK through the living room, even though I had to see the couch and chairs where my wife and I last visited with this couple, prior to his death. Then I safely navigated the den, kitchen, patio, dining room, bedrooms, even closets, until I found his office. That is where I lost it. There was so much in that room that reminded me of him,…

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Added by Dan R. Crawford on August 28, 2020 at 9:11am — No Comments

Do your plans always match God's plans?

In John chapter 11, we read about Lazarus's death, where Mary and Martha sent word to their dear beloved friend Jesus to let him know their brother to Lazarus had become very ill. They expected Jesus to come immediately to heal their brother, but he did not come. Disappointed, they wondered why Jesus didn’t come right away.

Jesus had a different plan; he told the disciples, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through…

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Added by Lillian A. Penner on August 27, 2020 at 3:11pm — 1 Comment

Pro-Life-For-Life

#ItSeensToMe...if we evangelicals were pro-life-for-life, we would look for ways to empower/equip those who choose abortion for primarily economic reasons.

What could happen to the abortion stats if the Church became an advocate rather that an adversary to those trapped in systemic poverty?

#ProLife has to be more than a preaching point or a taking a political stand.

Consider the commentary of friend/colleague John H. Armstrong:

Abortion rates in America continue to…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 27, 2020 at 11:04am — No Comments

Reimagine the Sermon

#ReimagineDISCIPLESHIP...

thru your next sermon: •Teach~Preach~Reach

• Teach the Word of God (“what” does the text say?).

• Preach the will if God (“so what” does this mean to me?).

• Reach the world for God (“now what” is the Spirit leading us to do; individually &…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 26, 2020 at 2:00pm — No Comments

#Reimagine...systemic procedures

#ItSeemsToMe...

WANTED: leaders with courage to #ReimagineCHURCH... because the world we share good news with is rethinking basic systems. Agree or disagree, the call to defund police is a sign we need systemic change. Church, hold truth but review/revise models/methods.…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 25, 2020 at 5:04pm — No Comments

BUT IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE

BUT IF YOU DO NOT FORGIVE

Most of us have been troubled at one time or another by these words of Jesus. 

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your…

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Added by David Young on August 21, 2020 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

#ItSeemsToMe…We May Talk Too Much When We Pray. Or Not Enough.

#ItSeemsToMe…We May Talk Too Much When We Pray. Or Not Enough.

As I was preparing for a week-long trip out of town, I peeked ahead on the daily cartoon calendar we have in our kitchen. On the back of each day’s cartoon is a riddle or a trivia item, and this is what grabbed my…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 17, 2020 at 12:39pm — No Comments

Stop. Light. Prayer.

It Seems to Me …

. . . Highway 501 is my unappreciated friend.

Our youngest daughter and her husband moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina a bunch of years ago and settled in the Carolina Forest area–a huge section of dozens of new developments and golf courses. City fathers…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 17, 2020 at 12:36pm — No Comments

#ItSeemsToMe … . . . we should be grateful for professors who practice what they teach.

It Seems to Me …

. . . we should be grateful for professors who practice what they teach.

The evening session of the conference had just ended and I stopped to say hello to a colleague and friend, a pastor who is on an exciting prayer journey.…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 17, 2020 at 12:31pm — No Comments

The Heroes and Villains of Christmas

Heroes and Villains of Christmas

I confess, I’m a huge Beach Boys fan. Love their surf, sand, and streets songs. But alongside Little Deuce Coupe, Little Saint Nick has become a Christmastime favorite.

One of their more experimental songs also…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 17, 2020 at 11:30am — No Comments

#ReimagineCHURCH...By Asking, Seeking, Knocking, for Sprit-Led Goals

#ItSeemsToMe … Next Year Begins Now

 

I know, next year seems far. far, away.

Why think about 365 days into the very uncertain future?…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 17, 2020 at 11:23am — No Comments

Politicized Prayers. Don't Bother.

#ItSeemsToMe... it is way too easy for Christians to unintentionally offer prayers that are actually more Republican than righteous; sound more like a Democrat than a disciple. When our political preferences infect our intercessory petitions, we have shifted from empowering the Spirit to employing the Spirit. No one of us is immune from this politicized syncretism.…

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Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 12, 2020 at 11:04am — 11 Comments

#SayALittlePrayer...

#SayALittlePrayer...from: “Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬

“Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬ ‭TPT‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1849/mat.6.34.tpt

Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 12, 2020 at 9:17am — No Comments

#SayALittlePrayer...

#SayALittlePrayer...from: “Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬

“Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself.””
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬ ‭TPT‬‬
https://www.bible.com/1849/mat.6.34.tpt

Added by Phil Miglioratti on August 12, 2020 at 9:17am — 1 Comment

LIVING IN THE LIGHT

 

Last week I wrote about coming to the light from John 3:21

“Whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God.”

http://thinkinginthespirit.blogspot.com/2020/08/coming-to-light.html

I pointed out that this verse says…

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Added by David Young on August 11, 2020 at 1:42pm — 1 Comment

Coming To The Light



Whoever does what is true comes to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that his works have been carried out in God..”

John 3:21





Do you like people to…

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Added by David Young on August 8, 2020 at 10:03pm — 1 Comment

A Prayer for the Soul of a Nation by Jennifer LeClaire

A Prayer for the Soul of a Nation by Jennifer LeClaire

Father, in the name of Jesus, forgive us of our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Forgive us for the lack of prayer, for the abortions, for walking in fear instead of love, for being apathetic and lukewarm instead of fiery hot, for our greed and our misappropriated priorities, for not preaching the gospel, for consumerism and for following the comfort of the world. Forgive us, Lord, for sins of…

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Added by Malva Birch on August 6, 2020 at 1:01pm — 1 Comment

Praying Through the Jewish Holidays

Isa 47:4 NIV

Our Redeemer--the LORD Almighty is His name-- is the Holy One of Israel.

From International Fellowship of Christians and Jews:

https://www.ifcj.org/who-we-are/

THE HIGH HOLY DAYS are a time of prayer, of turning to God, and of giving charity – and they mark the start of the Jewish New Year. As Jews around the world begin this holy year, The Fellowship is pleased to share this…

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Added by Malva Birch on August 4, 2020 at 10:19am — 1 Comment

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