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[26 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 1,898 views]

In Valladolid, Spain stands a monument to the great explorer Christopher Columbus. Its most interesting feature is the statue of a lion destroying one of three Latin words – three words that had been part of Spain’s motto for centuries.
On his first voyage, Christopher Columbus sailed through unknown waters to an unknown destination. Before his voyage, Spain’s standards carried three words in Latin. The same words were written on the left edge of the maps of that day. Even the Straits of Gibraltar carried the same three words, chiselled into …

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[25 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 590 views]

“Gossip involves saying behind a person’s back what you would never say to his or her face.  Flattery means saying to a person’s face what you would never say behind his or her back.” – R. Kent Hughes, Disciplines of a Godly Man, p. 139.

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[24 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 5,724 views]

by Keith Roberts
The one thing most of us would rather do than preach, is hear another great preacher. I mean a “Great” preacher. I’ve learned plenty from hearing the best preachers, especially in a live setting. For most of my life, when sitting under a great preacher, I’ve taken dual sets of notes, including content on one list, and a separate set of notes on their communication skills. What have I discovered in these 40 years worth of notes? Here’s my summary:
1. Content:
All of my “Great Preachers” had something to …

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[23 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 250 views]

To get the full flavor of an herb, it must be pressed between the fingers, so it is the same with the Scriptures; the more familiar they become, the more they reveal their hidden treasures and yield their indescribable riches.

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[22 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 418 views]

The Guest Minister’s Guide
A – Accept not gifts without Pastor’s knowledge
B – Boast not – “The most difficult secret for a man to keep is the opinion he has of himself”
C – Counsel not saints
D – “Drink not, nor talk with your mouth full.”
E – “Every winner has scars” – “Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”
F – Flexibility – “When in Rome do as the Romans” (1 Cor. 9:22)
G – Get involved in the service – “Sow much reap much, sow little reap little.”
H – Have …

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[19 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 424 views]

1 Sam 12:23 Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way:
Certainly, sin presents itself in many ways. In fact, it appears as though the limits to sin are only set by the extent of man’s imagination and willingness to do so. In the life of a minister, there seems to be a sin which falls outside of the category of the common Christian. It is something that appears …

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[18 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 266 views]

Vision… it reaches beyond the thing that is, into the conception of what can be. Imagination gives you the picture. Vision gives you the impulse to make the picture your own.

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[17 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 228 views]

European headlines used the phrase “dangerous religion” to describe results from a 2008 study across 21 European countries that found an “overwhelming majority” of people believe immigration from predominantly Muslim countries poses a threat to Europeans’ traditional way of life. A recent survey by LifeWay Research — of more than 1,000 Protestant pastors — asked if they agreed with the statement, “I believe Islam is a dangerous religion.” While opinions varied widely, based on factors such as denominational affiliation and political ideology, the survey found that 45 percent strongly agreed …

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[16 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 336 views]

Every one who knows what it is to give a lesson or an address occasionaly on Scripture is aware how the verse or paragraph on which he has had to prepare himself to speak stands out in his Bible afterwards from the rest of the text, as if its letters were embossed on the page. Something thus to awaken the mind and concentrate the attention should be devised by every one; because it is not mere reading, but meditation — “meditation all the day,” as the Psalmist says — which …

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[15 Feb 2010 | No Comment | 559 views]

Gaining foothold among “intellectuals”, largely due to exposure from movies such as, “DaVinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”, is a term called, “polymath”. Seeking to discredit religiosity and Christianity, this regard for those of supposed “higher knowledge” tries to discredit the beliefs of average individuals.
According to Wikipedia, A polymath is a person, with superior intelligence, whose expertise spans a significant number of subject areas. In less formal terms, a polymath (or polymathic person) may simply refer to someone who is very knowledgeable. Most ancient scientists were considered polymaths by today’s …