The Wonder of Cucumbers

CucAccording to the word on the street (yet to be confirmed by www.snopes.com), cucumbers are more than meets the eye (or taste buds)!
   
1.  Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day. Just one cucumber contains vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin  B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C,  Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.… Read the rest

Heretic Hunting?

JudgeIt always concerns me the amount of so-called ‘Christians’
who spend their time throwing mud at other Christian ministries, claiming that
so-and-so is a false prophet or spreading heresy. Jesus does call us to
discern ministries (by their fruit) but to go beyond this and place a judgment
on a person is something we are strongly commanded to NOT do (see my previous BLOG post 'Discern, Don't Judge).… Read the rest

Christmas Resources

XmasBelieve it or not, Christmas is only four weeks away! For followers of Christ, and especially for those of us who pastor a church or speak from time to time, Christmas presents another excellent opportunity to communicate the good news of Jesus Christ.… Read the rest

Living in the Last Days (1 Peter 4)

PeterThe apostle Peter presents us with a strong challenge for times like ours: 

1 Peter 4:7-11. The
end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your
prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other,
for love covers a multitude of sins.
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Leading in Tough Times (1 Peter 5)

PeterAs part of his letter to followers of Christ scattered throughout the Mediterranean world, the apostle Peter shared a few thoughts especially for church leaders. 

1 Peter 5:1-4. I have a special
concern for you church leaders. I know what it's like to be a leader, in on
Christ's sufferings as well as the coming glory.
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Endurance during Suffering (1 Peter 1)

Peter

The book of 1 Peter was a general letter written by the apostle Peter to a wide group of early Christian communities comprising a vast network of small groups scattered throughout the Mediterranean world. Like most letters, it begins with a greeting (1:1-2), then moves to a blessing (1:3-9), followed by a statement (1:10-12), then the body of the letter (1:13).… Read the rest

Skipping Church

GolfFather Norton woke up Sunday morning and realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf.

So… he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for him that day. As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish. Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyoneelse was in church!… Read the rest

Billy Graham turns 94

BillyRev. Billy Graham turned 94 years of age this week. 

“I never expected I would live this long, outliving my beloved wife, Ruth, as well as many friends and loved ones,” Graham said last week. “I believe God must still have a purpose for keeping me here, and I look forward to seeing what that might be.”

His daughter, Anne Graham Lotz, credits her father's long life to prayer, and said she hopes people continue to pray for her father.… Read the rest

Overcoming Temptation

TemptMore wisdom from James on temptation …

James 1:12-15. God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.Read the rest