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What is God Like? 42 Lessons on the Character & Attributes of God

Use this free 42 lesson series to teach kids about the character and attributes of God. One of the most important tasks of anyone in charge of children’s ministry is that of deciding what to teach the children under your care. In my years as a children’s ministry director it was one task that I took very seriously. There were so many things I wanted the children in our church to know, but as I listed them out, they all boiled down to the gospel: who is God?, who is man? and what did Jesus...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Lesson Plans, Christ, Bethany, Immanuel, Father C H Spurgeon


How to Overlook an Offense

“Good sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense” (Proverbs 19:11). In moments of calm, the wise man’s counsel sounds so right, so sane. Overlooking offenses is our glory. Then the offenses actually come, and we often find them too large to look over. The actual size of the offense often matters little. A spouse’s consistent faultfinding, a boss’s unfair criticism, a stranger’s unaccountable rudeness — given the right circumstances, any of these may rise up in...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, Christ, Calvin, Matthew, Peter


Kudos to Chris Pratt, For Coming Out

Opinion Kudos to Chris Pratt, For Coming Out – Image: https://twitter.com/prattprattpratt/ USA – -(Ammoland.com)- How often have we seen Hollywood celebrities praised as courageous for “coming out” and admitting they're gay? Isn't it far more courageous for people to profess their Christian faith? Hollywood is not a tolerant city. Dominated by activist leftists, it is a culture hostile to dissenting views. We see it in its work product. Most movies and television shows are laced with politi...
Tags: Hollywood, Instagram, Guns, Washington Post, Chris Pratt, Christ, Chris, Trump, Kevin Smith, Pratt, Goins, Gun Rights News, USA Ammoland, Hester Prynne, Gun & Religion, David Limbaugh


A La Carte (February 22)

Thanks for bearing with me through an article-less week. I hope to have some fresh content next week. But for now, I continue with the daily A La Carte. Westminster Books has deals on books for parents and grandparents. From Mars Hill to Harvest: Hope for a Wounded Church CT reports on recent events at Harvest Bible Chapel. “ Harvest numbers around 12,000 members across seven campuses. As a result of the saga, some have already stopped attending or joined nearby congregations...
Tags: Blogging, Pennsylvania, Boeing, Christ, A La Carte, John MacArthur, Stephen Nichols, Frederick Douglass, Mars Hill, Mez McConnell, Trevin Wax, Carl Truman, La Carte Westminster Books


Syrian refugee children in Lebanon face challenges receiving education

Lebanon (MNN) – The war in Syria has left a generation of kids struggling to obtain a proper education. In Lebanon, fewer than half of the Syrian refugee children are attending a formal school. However, ministries like Heart for Lebanon have stepped in to offer informal education. The problem? They cannot help everyone. Heart for Lebanon’s school in the Bekaa Valley currently serves about 100 students. Heart for Lebanon hopes to increase this number to 250 kids over the next two years. But ...
Tags: Syria, Beirut, Lebanon, Christ, Jesus Christ, Bashir, Bekaa Valley, Bekaa, Bekaa Ministry, Coordinator Bashir, Lebanon s Education Program Right now Heart, Facebook Bashir, Hope Ministry Center Heart for Lebanon, Heart for Lebanon Bashir


Cows: $300; forgiving a brother’s betrayal: priceless

South Sudan (MNN) -- South Sudan: a land of war, trauma, and betrayal. Neighbors turn against neighbors. Young sons and daughters are sold off as soldiers and brides . High unemployment and discrimination add to the woes of the Deaf community. Deaf translators working with DOOR International , a global Deaf-to-Deaf ministry, know this all too well. “Here in South Sudan, we have grown up divided. Most of us have seen our family members killed or maimed. Some were sent to jail for many y...
Tags: South Sudan, Jesus, John, Deaf, Christ, Young, Simon, Nairobi Kenya, Myers, Rob Myers, Great Commission, Sudan MNN South Sudan, Pexels, Kat Jayne, Myers Watch


A Judicial Change of Status

I think the truth of the matter is not too deep nor too difficult to discover. Self-righteousness is an effective bar to God's favor because it throws the sinner back upon his own merits and shuts him out from the imputed righteousness of Christ. And to be a sinner confessed and consciously lost is necessary to the act of receiving salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. This we joyously admit and constantly assert, but here is the truth that has been overlooked in our day: A sinner cannot ente...
Tags: Christ, Jesus Christ


Today’s feast has been celebrated in the ...

Today’s feast has been celebrated in the Church almost from the very beginning. It goes back to the fourth century, when the Church had just emerged from the catacombs. The feast honors, of course, not the papal throne, the chair itself, but the chair as symbol of the authority bestowed by Christ on Peter and his successors in the papacy. It recalls not only papal authority, but also the responsibility that is placed on the shoulders of the man who is chosen as Pope and Bishop of Rome. Authority...
Tags: Church, Religion, Jesus, Pope, Christ, Peter, Homily of the Day, Bishop of Rome Authority


Ven. Fulton J. Sheen as a Lenten Guide | feat. Allan Smith

Lent quickly approaches and many of us could still use a trusted guide for the holy season. Today we look at one beloved spiritual director, Ven. Fulton J. Sheen. Today, Michael talks with Allan Smith about Fulton J. Sheen and how he can guide us through Lent. Allan is the is the Founder and Director of the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Mission Society of Canada, as well as the creator of Bishop Sheen Today. Bringing his passion and love for Archbishop Sheen, Allan explores how the writings of Arch...
Tags: Books, Podcast, Featured, Podcasts, Religion, Lent, Jesus, Christ, Allan, Sheen, Allan Smith, Fulton J. Sheen, Sophia Institute Press, Ven Fulton J Sheen, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, Fulton Sheen Anthology


To Permit Murder When One Could Have Prevented It Is Morally Wrong

On my various travels, I crossed paths with this quote. “…to permit murder when one could have prevented it is morally wrong. To allow a rape when one could have hindered it is an evil. To watch an act of cruelty to children without trying to intervene is morally inexcusable. In brief, not resisting evil is an evil of omission, and an evil of omission can be just as evil as an evil of commission. Any man who refuses to protect his wife and children against a violent intruder fails them morally” ...
Tags: Guns, Religion, Military, Christ, Firearms, Geisler, Norman Geisler, TCJ, JP Moreland Greenwood Publishing


In Our Own Skin: Create FOR the church, AT the church or AS the church

Art as a commodity The first thing artists are accepted as in the church setting is as artisans who make things for the purposes of the church. This can be songs, music, architecture, graphics–or anything where the crafts of these servants are utilized. Film clips are used as sermon illustrations and graphics to help promote church events. Songs support a theme. We sing prayers. What we see creation at this level is not wrong. But, created content lives in this space as a commodity. There ar...
Tags: Google, Art, Religion, Netflix, Culture, Christ, Lewis, Christian Life, Church Stuff, Rich Kirkpatrick


The Morning Watch: Where Hollywood Gets Vintage Electronics, ‘BlacKkKlansman’ Comparison & More

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows. In this edition, take a tour of the warehouse where Hollywood gets the vintage electronics they need for movies set during different decades. Plus, find out how Spike Lee‘s adaptation of BlacKkKlansman compares to the book i...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, La, Brooklyn, Xerox, Ibm, Spike-Lee, Christ, Stallworth, Black Student Union, Willem-Dafoe, Video Of The Day, Dafoe, The Morning Watch, Ron Stallworth, BlacKkKlansman


Pope Demands Bishops Act Now On Child Abuse; Victims Describe Pain, Trauma

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by warning senior Catholic figures that the faithful are demanding concrete action against predator priests and not just words of condemnation. Victims then told the bishops of the searing emotional pain of their abuse. Francis opened the four-day summit by telling the Catholic hierarchy that their own responsibility to deal effectively with priests who rape and molest children weighed on the proceedings. “Li...
Tags: Asia, News, Australia, Africa, World news, Ap, Rome, Ireland, Margaret Thatcher, Chile, Pope Francis, Poland, Vatican, Catholic Church, Catholic, Vatican City


Illiteracy and you: learn more on March 7

USA (MNN) -- How would your life change if you didn’t know how to read, write, or do basic math? Literacy is so commonplace in the US that we often take it for granted. However, observes Jennifer Vandermeulen of Mission India , illiteracy makes daily life a struggle for nearly 300 million people in India. "It’s almost the entire population of the United States! Can you imagine that? Everyone in the United States not being able to read or write – that’s what it looks like in India." Il...
Tags: Usa, India, US, Unesco, United States, Michigan, Christ, Jesus Christ, Mission India, Jennifer Vandermeulen, Vandermeulen, Mission India 's Adult Literacy Classes Learn, Mission India If, Lynn Cowell


Contemplative Prayer – Or Certain Catastrophe

The urgency of contemplative prayer comes into focus when we begin to ponder the transitory nature of our lives and the precariousness of the society in which we live.  We lull ourselves into thinking that things have always been a certain way and therefore will always stay the way we imagine them to be.  But this is not the way life is, and time is harshly more linear than it is cyclical. As long as we cling to the delusion that the work-a-day world is unchanging, we are susceptible to cata...
Tags: Religion, Christ, Matthew, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction, SpiritualDirection, Nikolas Behrendt


Forgive but Don’t Forget

We were childhood friends, college roommates. We shared the carpool lane on our commute and were coworkers in ministry. We were best friends. At least I thought we were. I remember the last conversation we had. She needed space. I needed approval. She needed space. I demanded answers. That conversation was nearly fifteen years ago, and we haven’t talked since. I’ve rehearsed that relationship over and over in my mind. What did I do wrong? What did I do right? What was her fault? What was mine? H...
Tags: Friends, Friendship, Inspiration, Relationship, Jesus, Christ, Forgiveness, Encouragement, Anjuli Paschall


Simplify Your Life by Becoming a Saint

We live in a time when a cacophony of voices can pull the practicing Catholic in a variety of directions. Over the years I have heard people complain about feeling that they were in a no-win situation. One husband complained to me that his wife wanted him to work longer hours because money was so tight and simultaneously spend more time with the kids because she felt he wasn’t in their lives enough. I’ve also heard hard-working, efficient employees complain that their managers wanted even more w...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Earth, Catholic, Christ, Mozart, Adam, John the Baptist, Elijah, Daniel Day Lewis, Jude, Aquinas, Yahweh, Faith & Spirituality, Charles Peguy, Horeb


Three Ways to Pray for Priests

Four years ago in Mexico City, I and my fellow pilgrims shed tears on the tomb of Ven. Maria Concepción Cabrera de Armida (1862-1937) as we asked her prayers for conversion of heart and greater willingness to sacrifice for priests. My pastor considers a parish to be a partnership of prayer and sacrifice between shepherd and flock. He led our pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which included a morning at Ven. Conchita’s tomb. There, he invited a woman who does penance for priests ...
Tags: Featured, Kingdom, Religion, Rome, Mexico City, Vatican, Jesus, God, Christ, Prayer, Mary, John Paul II, Cross, Guadalupe, Fatima, Faith & Spirituality


Our Daily Call to Slowly Die to Self

This week has been a major lesson in learning to die to self. Each day we are presented with opportunities to crucify our own egos, wants, and desires so that we can learn to love as Christ loves, but some periods of our lives require more of us. I’m in the middle of one of those periods right now. My husband is in an active flare up of his rare auto-immune disease, Wegener’s Granulomatosis. He has a new lesion in his right lung. His specialists are concerned that his infusion antibody treatment...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Trust, Faith, Christ, Suffering, Surrender, Wegener, Faith & Spirituality, Kamil Szumotalski


Broad Minds and Big Hearts: A Case for Christian Liberal-Arts Education

He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. (Colossians 1:17) At Bethlehem College & Seminary, where I teach, the primary goal for our students’ education is not technical or professional, is not merely career or skills oriented, but is rather aimed at shaping a certain kind of person for a lifetime. To that end, we teach not only Scripture and theology, but also history, literature, and philosophy. One way to express the vision for our college, and liberal-...
Tags: Europe, India, Religion, Time, America, Christian, John, Luther, Christ, Narnia, Corinthians, Piper, Bethlehem, Jesus Christ, Wheaton College, Lewis


Limited Time Only: Ultimate Productivity Bundle Available Now!

Last week I shared one of the productivity tools I use for tracking various habits I’m trying to create. Using a daily habit tracker was a game changer for me. In case you missed that post, be sure to go over and grab my free printable daily habit trackers for yourself. I also share 7 daily habits for an organized home in that same post that you might also be interested in. The reason I bring it up again though is because while that is definitely a system that works for me, it is a very simple...
Tags: Crafts, Time Management, Christ, Chris, Angela Davis, Emily, Binder, Tanya, Claire Diaz Ortiz, Leslie Lambert, Link Love, Charlie Gilkey, Freedom Organization, Laura Smith, Chris Mooney, eBook Resources


The Eucharistically Shaped Life

A few weeks ago, in the midst of the vicissitudes of this particular winter, our parish had our annual meeting, our first together. The meeting was centered within the liturgy of the Eucharist: We opened the meeting before the procession, we announced the slates of candidates at the announcements in the midst of the service, and we shared communion with each other around the altar rail. We sang the recessional hymn and removed to our parish hall, where we then shared a potluck meal much in the ...
Tags: Greece, Religion, Jesus, Christ, Mark, Luke, Speaking to the Soul, Leslie Scoopmire, Emmaus, Eucharistically, Dom Gregory Dix


7 Reminders for Pastors and Ministry Leaders who use Social Media

Can I be honest? I’m not always the biggest fan of social media. I know you have a hard time believing this if you follow me on Facebook (either my profile or one of my pages – I have several), Twitter (and I have a couple of those), LinkedIn, Instagram, or Pinterest. How could I not love social media? What I don’t like are some of the negative impacts of social media. It seems people lose their filter when they are online. They must feel a certain anonymity – even it seems if their real name is...
Tags: Facebook, Leadership, Religion, Social Media, Christ, Ministry Leaders, Beach Community Church


Militants backed by Iran threaten religious minorities

Iraq (MNN) -- Militant forces backed by Iran are gaining power in Iraq. The Los Angeles Times noted recently , "the militias have transformed themselves into a potent government institution, political entity and economic player." According to Miles Windsor of Middle East Concern , believers are on edge. "It’s a very concerning time, it’s a very stressful time,” he says. “They were hoping to have a degree of security in the wake of ISIS, but more sectarian tensions are being whipped up ag...
Tags: Isis, Iraq, Iran, Middle East, Lebanon, Christ, Los Angeles Times, North Africa, Nineveh Plain, Bartella, Pexels, Middle East Concern, Miles Windsor, Khairul Onggon


Christian books distribution increases in Middle East

Middle East (MNN) – Mission Cry , an organization dedicated to repurposing used Christian literature, recently sent 50,000 Arabic Bibles to the Middle East. Mission Cry has previously distributed Christian books and Bibles in pockets of the Holy Land, particularly Israel, but is looking to expand into Jordan and Palestine. After a generous donor gave 50,000 Arabic Bibles, Mission Cry was able to use local Christian workers to begin expanding distribution. “I find it fitting that we should...
Tags: Usa, Israel, Middle East, Palestine, Christian, Jordan, Christ, Jason Woolford, Woolford, Middle East Pray, Ben White, Mission Cry, Middle East MNN, Middle East Mission Cry, Arabic Bibles Mission Cry, Donations Mission Cry


A La Carte (February 20)

Today’s Kindle deals include an eclectic little list of titles that may prove interesting. As always, you may find something that appeals in this week’s deals from Westminster Books. The Bewildering Mr. Brainerd “ No doubt, it was Brainerd’s desire for holiness, zeal for the conversion of the lost, earnestness in prayer and perseverance in the midst of unparalleled affliction that set him apart as one of the most important figures in church history. When we read his Diary ...
Tags: Blogging, John, Christ, A La Carte, Brainerd, Stephen Nichols, TGC, Ligonier, Tom Schreiner, Southern Ontario Conference Truth, Robert Godfrey Steven Lawson Albert Mohler


You Should Want to Be a Great Saint

Do you want to be a saint? Is it arrogant or presumptuous to believe one can become a saint? St Thérèse of Lisieux recognized that the greatness of God’s saints vary depending on their love for Him: “I saw that one could be a Saint in varying degrees, for we are free to respond to Our Lord’s invitation by doing much or little in our love for Him.” Understanding this she said “my God, I don’t want to be a Saint by halves.” Being a plain old ordinary saint was not enough for Thérèse. She wanted to...
Tags: Religion, Spain, Paris, Saints, Christ, Thomas Merton, Merton, Loyola, Therese, St Ignatius, Ignatius, Lisieux, St Ignatius of Loyola, St Thérèse, Sainthood, Those Catholic Men


Penitence is a Lifelong Endeavor

The end of sorrow, both natural and supernatural, is correction, change. Supernatural sorrow must wean the soul from sin and turn it to God; it must, in other words, work repentance, for to repent is to change. The punishment of sin is meant to deter from sin. It is first corrective and then penal. Moral lessons inculcated by the dire effects of sin do not impress themselves upon us so directly, although they are just as efficacious. Sorrow, therefore, is a divine power when it restrains the sou...
Tags: Featured, Religion, Confession, Christ, St Paul, St Peter, Gospels, Faith & Spirituality, Penance, Sophia Excerpts, Sorrow, Contrition


St. Pio of Pietrelcina: Stigmatist, Dragon-Slayer, & Spiritual Father

Authentic soul-wisdom is offered by a saint who intimately experienced the physical and interior sufferings of the pierced Sacred Heart, battled with demons, and attained the victory of love. St. Pio of Pietrelcina, more familiarly known as “Padre Pio”, was an Italian Capuchin priest and should be considered a trusted guide through the Lenten season when the Church’s liturgy presents the opportunity to intimately ponder Christ’s passion, slay our dragons and strive harder to be a faithful lover ...
Tags: Church, Religion, Jesus, God, John, Christ, Pompeii, Calvary, Son of God, PIO, Padre Pio, San Giovanni Rotondo, St Ignatius, Foggia, NC ND, Pietrelcina


We Murder with Words Unsaid

Never have so few words haunted me so. In the dream, I sat in a balcony before the judgment seat of God. Two magnificent beings dragged the man before the throne. He fell in terror. All shivered as the Almighty pronounced judgment upon him. As the powerful beings took the quaking man away, I saw his face — a face I knew well. I grew up with this man. We played sports together, went to school together, were friends in this life — yet here he stood, alone in death. He looked at me with ...
Tags: Religion, Jesus, God, John, Christ, Paul Revere, Matthew, Lamb Of God, Scrooge, PAUL, Mount, Ezekiel, Spurgeon, Peter 2:9