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C.I.B.C. - PREACHING - 26 April 2017 Wednesday Night - Pastor Hoose PLEASE SUBSCRIBE! Enjoy this video of some great bible preaching during one of our services. If you want to find out more about our church please visit our ...
The Preeminence of Christ (Independent fundamental baptist preaching) Preaching from the Pulpit of the Salem Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH Pastor Phillip Blackwell Sunday Morning March 5, 2017 Title: The Preeminence of Christ ...
1-26-17 Sun, Am (Special Singing and preaching) Old Fashioned Sunday www.IslandFordBaptistChurch.Com ISLAND FORD BAPTIST CHURCH 2124 NC hwy 67, Jonesville NC 28642 -336-526-3900 -Pastor: ...
2-22-17 Wednesday (Special singing and preaching) www.IslandFordBaptistChurch.Com ISLAND FORD BAPTIST CHURCH 2124 NC hwy 67, Jonesville NC 28642 -336-526-3900 -Pastor: Charlie Kennedy ...
1-29-17 Sunday, PM (Special Singing and Preaching) Jesus on The Cross PT 3 www.IslandFordBaptistChurch.Com ISLAND FORD BAPTIST CHURCH 2124 NC hwy 67, Jonesville NC 28642 -336-526-3900 ...
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As Christian doctors and development workers take on tuberculosis, trust is key to the cure.“It would be better to die than to suffer this way,” Fathia says, wiping her hands together with finality. She sits across from me at the Caritas medical center in Djibouti, crying. I’m trying not to cry. I’m also trying not to back away as she coughs without covering her mouth. She is a single mother, a refugee from Somalia, and all five of her children have tuberculosis, commonly called TB.According to the World Health Organization, close to 50 people are infected every week in Djibouti—a massive percentage for a small country with a population of less than 1 million. The disease is transmittable by air, a fact that I’m well aware of while we talk. A person of my healthy constitution and plentiful diet is unlikely to develop an active case of tuberculosis. And yet I know American lawyers who have had active TB. Diplomats. Teachers. Students. People just like me. The disease is in New York City, in Minneapolis, in Paris.Like other infectious diseases that plague the modern world, the cure to TB is complicated. But because of the social stigma and isolation associated with it, medical professionals are increasingly convinced that part of the solution will come from one simple source: trust born of relationships.“A trusting relationship is critical,” says Annie Mikobi, a Congolese doctor working in Djibouti. “Without it, there is no observance of treatment.”“Stigma is a huge barrier, and breaking down stigma requires trust,” says Bob Carter, a family practice doctor with SIM (Serving in Mission) who has worked with TB patients in Kenya and Zambia for over 20 years. “TB patients must trust that I care about them, that I won’t disclose their ...Continue reading...
“Unbelievers needs to see that we care for them, not just their postmortem souls but all of who they are as fallen image-bearers of God.”Ed: It’s hard to deny that we are living in challenging times culturally. The church’s influence is fading and we are struggling to find answers to some hard questions. What’s your take on the health of the church today, especially as it relates to our witness?CJ: Eddie Glaude, a Princeton University professor, wrote a Huffington Post article in which he declared that the black church as we know it is dead! This controversial statement elicited much consternation as it was interpreted as a pronouncement of death of the church.Actually, Glaude’s statement was a reality check on our romantic ideas about the heroic black church that was engaged in evangelism and activism during the Civil Rights Movement. Glaude called us to rethink our revisionist history and our unrealistic expectations, while also encouraging us to be the change we want to see in the church and the world.I believe this sobering word is one not just for the black church, but for all churches of which Christ is the head. There has been much lamentation about the decline of Christianity in America; fears that we are soon becoming like god-less Europe abound.Some of these concerns are warranted, but I believe that what we are seeing is the death of Christendom, not the way of Jesus Christ. Cultural Christianity is giving way to an authentic faith worth living and dying for, a faith expressed through good works.Indeed, there are many local congregations that are dying or ready to die. Like the church at Sardis in Revelation 3, those churches needn’t die if only they hear and obey what the Spirit says. My hope is that we will certainly see the death of racialized, tribalized, and commercialized religion and the resurrection of a supernatural ...Continue reading...
Officials with the Houston Public Library issued a mea culpa Friday after a conservative group discovered that one of the participants in the “Drag Queen Story Hour” was a registered sex offender.
The nation's biggest Christian retail chain ends its brick-and-mortar operations.LifeWay Christian Resources, the largest Christian retail chain in America, plans to close all 170 stores this year and shift its offerings entirely online.“The decision to close our local stores is a difficult one,” said acting president and CEO Brad Waggoner, who is succeeding longtime LifeWay president Thom Rainer.“LifeWay has developed close connections with the communities where our stores are located, and we have been honored to serve those communities. We will continue serving local congregations as they meet the spiritual needs of their neighbors.”The Southern Baptist affiliate announced in January initial plans to reduce its locations this year due to declining sales and financial pressures, but ended up deciding it wasn’t viable to keep any stores open past 2019. Rainer said they did all they could to save the stores.“Our retail strategy for the future will be a greater focus on digital channels, which are experiencing strong growth,” Waggoner said in an announcement on Wednesday. The chain will continue online sales through LifeWay.com.LifeWay’s store closures come two years after its competitor, Family Christian Resources, shut down all 240 locations in the midst of mounting debt and bankruptcy. Cokesbury Bookstores closed all 38 retail stores in 2013.“As someone who spent 20 years working in Christian retail, I am sad that there will be 170 fewer physical stores where people can find and purchase Christian books, Bibles, and resources,” said Evangelical Christian Publishers Association (ECPA) president and CEO Stan Jantz in response to LifeWay’s news.“Certainly in the short run, adjusting to this new reality will be a challenge … ...Continue reading...
Family and Ministry Do Not Have to Compete All of us who are passionate about ministry recognize that we can have competing interests when it comes to balancing our ministry and family responsibilities. If we're not careful, we can yield to the addiction of busyness in ministry to the neglect of our own family.In the years Terrie and I were raising our children, I didn't always get it right. I'm thankful for God's grace and for how He often showed that to me through Terrie's reminders to work for balance in ministry and family life.Today, all four of our adult children are serving in full time ministry with their spouses, and we praise the Lord for that.People often ask how we did it. The only full answer is God's grace… and that's not just a cliché. It really is God's grace to us and in our kids' lives that has made the difference.But below are five biblical practices we tried to follow:1. Remember God's Divine OrderGod ordained the family first. Genesis 2:21–24 describes how God brought Adam and Eve together establishing the marriage covenant.As a husband and father (or wife and mother), your greater responsibility is to your family over your ministry. Remember to have your family devotions. Spend time together. Invest in your children by obeying Ephesians 6:4 to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.God also ordained the church, and it is a divine institution which He loves so dearly that He gave Himself for it (Ephesians 5:25). But as a pastor, it is good for me to remember that Jesus said, “I will build my church” (Matthew 16:18) and that “the Lord added to the church daily” (Acts 2:47).There is no question about the fact that we are to be about our Father's business and to give of ourselves in ministry. But we need to recognize urgency addiction and a desire to build in our own strength. These will not only hurt our family, but ultimately they won't even produce a church that is truly growing through the work of the Holy Spirit in the grace of God by the Word of God.2. Integrate Family and Ministry LifePeople who look for the perfect balance between ministry and family sometimes fail to recognize that both fit together. Terrie and I look forward to times we can make a visit together, and we often read the same books or are in the same book of the Bible in our personal devotions and can discuss these together.When our children were at home, we did ministry-related things with the kids. Like Priscilla and Aquila who served the Lord as a couple, we don't have to segregate family life from ministry life.God did not design the church and the family to be competing institutions but completing institutions. Don't use the ministry as a tool against your family, and don't use your family as a reason to not be involved in ministry.3. Behave Passionately toward Both Family and MinistryWhen you're with your family, be passionately engaged with your family.Again, I had to work at this. Terrie will tell you that there were many times we'd be on a family day, and I was trying to keep up with the building committee or dealing with crisis counseling. She was always so good though at finding a moment to remind me, “This is your time with our family.”When you're with your family, be locked and loaded. Make memories, laugh, and enjoy time together. Similarly, when you're in ministry apart from your family, passionately give your attention and focus to those responsibilities as well.4. Be Sensitive and Responsive to the Holy SpiritI suppose the question I'm asked more than any other in this area is, “How do you know if you're balanced between your family and ministry?”My answer isn't as diagnostic as most people are looking for, but it's important: The Holy Spirit will tell you.Beware of imbalances, and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. He cares more about your church and about your family than you do.You may also want to seek the counsel of a trusted mentor who you've observed balance both well. If you're a staff member or busy church worker and you feel like you're out of balance, be sure to talk to your pastor about it.In any case, don't continuously dread that you might be out of balance and just go on. You'll eventually begin to resent your ministry or family or both. Ask God for guidance, seek counsel, and take responsibility to make whatever changes need to be made.5. Bless the Ministry in front of Your FamilyMake sure you're not begrudging the demands of ministry, belittling other preachers, or bemoaning your own busyness to your family.Your family has the opportunity to get a front row seat to God at work in the church and changing people's lives. Let that be what they see. Point their attention to God's goodness and to the joy there is in serving Him.Through God's grace and by following His Word and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you can nurture a godly family in the midst of a fervent ministry.
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