Are You Broken Within?

Monday, May 31, 2010

This is where the Healing Begins...
Watch the video 'Healing Begins' by Tenth Avenue North
On their new CD "The Light Meets the Dark"

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The Potter's Hands

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Watch The Potter's Hands performed by Crossfire Drama Team
POWERful presentation; enJOY!!!
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But now, O Lord,
You are our Father;
we are the clay,
and You are our potter;
we are ALL
the work of Your hand.
~ Isaiah 64:8

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

"I want to know God's thoughts;
The rest are details."

  ~  Albert Einstein
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2 FREE Parenting Teens Ebooks by Mark Gregston

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Mark Gregston's has 2 parenting teens e-books that are available for FREE.

  Mark Gregston is the founder of Heartlight Ministries.

Heartlight is a Christian residential counseling program
dedicated to helping difficult or rebellious teenagers
make better choices in life and get on the right path.

(c) Heartlight Ministries
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Who Are You?


You are who you are for a reason.
You're part of an intricate plan.
You're a precious and perfect unique design,
Called God's special woman or man.

You look like you look for a reason.
Our God made no mistake.
He knit you together within the womb,
You're just what he wanted to make.

The parents you had were the ones he chose,
And no matter how you may feel,
They were custom designed with God's plan in mind,
And they bear the Master's seal.

No, that trauma you faced was not easy.
And God wept that it hurt you so;
But it was allowed to shape your heart
So that into his likeness you'd grow.

You are who you are for a reason,
You've been formed by the Master's rod.
You are who you are, beloved,
Because there is a God!
~  Russell Kelfer

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

“Words and hearts
should be handled with care
for words when spoken
and hearts when broken
are the hardest things
to repair.”

~ C.S. Lewis

Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
be acceptable in they sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.

~  Psalm 19:14 NIV

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Where Women Explore God's Love and Wonder

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Planning a Women’s Retreat?

Why Settle for a Weekend Getaway?

Travel the world in seven sessions with Group’s new retreat kit.
When most churches begin planning a women’s retreat, their first step is to track down a guest speaker. Next, they may book a fancy hotel or rustic retreat center for a weekend. Regardless of the venue, the outcome is usually the same: lots of sitting, listening, and note-taking. For churches willing to trade convention for adventure, the next women’s retreat could be a passport to another world.
Wonder Full World Women’s Ministry Retreat Kit,
the newest retreat kit for women from Group Publishing, Inc.,
offers an affordable, fun-filled, interactive experience
for churches of any size and budget.
The retreat kit equips churches to create an experience
for the women of their congregations using the talent
of their own members rather than having
 a speaker come in for the weekend.
Wonder Full World is more than just a weekend getaway.
It’s an imaginative journey around the world and an
exploration of the “I wonders” in a woman’s heart
through in-depth Bible study,
an unforgettable worship experience,
and an open invitation for girlfriends
to draw closer together
and experience the vastness of God’s love.
With a Group retreat kit, churches have access to all the resources they need to lead a retreat and the opportunity to encourage the women in their own congregations to fulfill the leadership roles.
As women take part in this imaginary world tour,
they will ponder seven questions:

I wonder if anyone cares about me…

I wonder what it would be like to be royalty…

I wonder if I matter to God…

I wonder where God is when life is hard…

I wonder if I can really rely on God…

I wonder if I can make a difference…

I wonder what’s ahead for me…

For $99.99, churches will receive everything they need to host the retreat, including a director’s guide, a worship leader’s guide, a custom CD with eight songs, seven leader’s guides (one for each session), a training and promotional DVD with three commercials, a CD-ROM with graphics and other resources, and travel themed audio tracks for each session.

The kit also contains samples of the essentials and gifts for each participant attending the retreat: a journal, charm, music CD, tote bag, and swatch from the service project blankets.

The basic cost for materials per participant is between $13.50 for the essentials (journal, charm, and service project) and $21.00 (which includes the essentials as well as a music CD and tote bag).

Like Group’s VBS curriculum, each women’s retreat includes a service project. This year, participants will make fleece blankets to be sent around the world to those in need.

In a time when many young women perceive women’s ministry as an activity for their mothers, Group has created Wonder Full World Women’s Ministry Retreat Kit to connect with women of every age and walk of life, even teenagers. Nappa’s team has also taken care to make the materials accessible to women who don’t know Jesus.

Wonder Full World Women’s Ministry Retreat Kit
Group Publishing May 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7644-7400-2/$99.99
For other product information, visit www.group.com/womensretreats
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Having the Right Perspective

Saturday, May 22, 2010

by Alan Smith

I heard about a lady (I won't speculate as to what color her hair was) who went into an auto parts store. She asked for a seven-ten cap.

The employees all looked at each other and say, "What's a seven-ten cap?"

She says, "You know, it's right on the engine. Mine got lost somehow and I need a new one."

"What kind of a car is it on," they ask. Perhaps it was an old Datsun 710 but no, she says, "It's a Buick."
"OK, lady, how big is it?"
She makes a circle with her hands about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

"What does it do?" they ask.

She says, "I don't know, but its always been there."

One of the employees gives her a note pad and asks her if she can draw a picture of it. So she makes a circle about 3 1/2 inches in diameter and in the center she writes 710.

The guys behind the counter are looking at it upside down as she writes it...and they just fall down behind the counter because they are laughing so hard.

One guy finally says, "I think you want an oil cap."

She says, "Seven-ten cap, oil cap, I don't care what you call it, I just need one, and I don't see what is so funny about it."

(by the way, in case you haven't figured it out by now, the word "OIL" upside down looks like "710")

Perspective makes all the difference. Things look differently when we look at them upside down. I'm reminded of the Christians in Thessalonica who were accused of turning the world upside down (Acts 17:6). The truth, though, they were turning the world right-side up. We live in a world that looks at things upside-down.

"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" (Isaiah 5:20)

The world looks at material things and calls them "items of great value." It looks at sin and immorality and calls it "good and right." It looks at lies and calls them "truth." It can be very confusing unless we realize the need to turn things around and look at them from an eternal perspective.

If things in your life "don't look quite right," perhaps you've been looking at things upside-down and you need to allow God to help you to turn things around.

(c)  This article is written by Alan Smith, Senior Pastor of the Helen Street Church of Christ in Fayetteville, North Carolina. You can visit his site at http://www.TFTD-online.com

*As seen in Vol. 10.21 of firstIMPRESSIONS newsletter - you can read more in the archives.

What area of your life do you need an eternal perspective on?
Your marriage?  Your job?  Finances?
Children?  Health?
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Crucified with Christ

Friday, May 21, 2010

I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.  ~ Galatians 2:20

People sometimes will use the expression, "We all have our cross to bear." But our cross to bear is not whatever we find difficult in life. The cross to bear, so to speak, is the same for everyone: it is dying to self.

Dying to self means resisting the temptation to do what everyone else is doing when you know it is wrong. Dying to self means forgiving instead of harboring a grudge. Dying to self means putting down the remote control and picking up the Bible. Dying to self means praying when you would rather be sleeping. Dying to self means swallowing your pride and telling someone about Jesus Christ. Dying to self means doing what God wants you to do rather than doing what you want to do.

Jesus said, "Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple" (Luke 14:33). That does not mean you must take a vow of poverty and give every possession away to be a disciple of Jesus. "Forsake all" literally could be translated, "Surrender your claim to, say good-bye to." This means that true disciples of Jesus are not possessed by their possessions.

When you die to yourself and take up the cross, you will experience joy and an overflowing life. The apostle Paul put it this way: "My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20)

If you want to be a disciple, then you must love God more than anyone or anything else. You must deny yourself. And you must take up the cross and follow Jesus.

(c)  Pastor Greg Laurie

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~  Stay in touch with Pastor Greg on his blog, on facebook, and on twitter.
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S.H.M.I.L.Y. for 30 days of prayer... (2nd Annual!)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

"S.H.M.I.L.Y. Time" (See How Much I Love You)

ALL WOMEN ARE WELCOME... no matter what the state of you marriage is in (even if you'd like to pray for your future husband)!

June 1st - 30th, 2010

Where ever you're at for the MONTH of June!

I was blown away last year when we had over 1700 women worldwide praying for their husbands during the month of June! The numbers were great, but it was even more amazing to hear how marriages that were headed to divorce were saved... husbands who had left moved back home... and wives found themselves changing in ways they never imagined!

Excited to see what God has in store this year! To read more about the event, read this blog post at: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/DandelionSeeds/782485/

Please join SHMILY TIMES on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SHMILYtime.  You can also join in on the discussion topics by requesting to join the prayer group

You can also find more information at the SHMILY blog.


(c)  S.H.M.I.L.Y. for 30 days of prayer... (2nd Annual!)
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On Guard!!! A Training Manual for Defending Your Faith

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Do you worry that someone will ask you a question
about your faith that you can't answer?

Have you tried to learn how to defend your faith
but gotten lost in confusing language and theology?

Do you struggle with times of spiritual doubt yourself?

This concise training manual by renowned scholar William Lane Craig is filled with illustrations, sidebars, and memorizable steps to help you stand your ground and defend your faith with reason and precision. In his engaging style, Craig offers four arguments for God's existence, defends the historicity of Jesus' personal claims and resurrection, addresses the problem of suffering, and shows why religious relativism doesn't work. Along the way, he shares his own story of following God's call.

This one-stop, how-to-defend-your-faith manual will equip you to advance faith conversations deliberately, applying straightforward, cool-headed arguments. You will discover not just what you believe, but why you believe—and how being on guard with the truth has the power to change lives forever.

An excerpt from 'On Guard'

©2010 William Lane Craig. On Guard. Published by David C. Cook.
Publisher permission required to reproduce. All rights reserved.

ALWAYS be prepared to make a defense
to any one who calls you to account
for the hope that is in you.

(1 Peter 3:15 RSV)

I teach a Sunday school class called “Defenders” to about one hundred people, from high schoolers to senior adults, at our home church in Atlanta. We talk about what the Bible teaches (Christian doctrine) and about how to defend it (Christian apologetics). Sometimes people who aren’t in our class don’t understand what we do. One fine Southern lady, upon hearing that I teach Christian apologetics, remarked indignantly, “I’ll never apologize for my faith!”

Apologetics Means a Defense

The reason for her misunderstanding is obvious: “Apologetics” sounds like “apologize.” But apologetics is not the art of telling somebody you’re sorry that you’re a Christian! Rather apologetics comes from the Greek word apologia, which means a defense, as in a court of law. Christian apologetics involves making a case for the truth of the Christian faith.

The Bible actually commands us to have such a case ready to give to any unbeliever who wants to know why we believe what we do. Just as the contestants in a fencing match have learned both to parry each attack as well as to go on the offensive themselves, so we must always be “on guard.” First Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to make a defense [apologia] to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (author’s translation).

Notice the attitude we’re supposed to have when giving our defense: We should be gentle and respectful. Apologetics is also not the art of making somebody else sorry that you’re a Christian! We can present a defense of the Christian faith without becoming defensive. We can present arguments for Christianity without becoming argumentative.

When I talk in this book about arguments for the Christian faith, it’s vital to understand that I don’t mean quarreling. We should never quarrel with a nonbeliever about our faith. That only makes people mad and drives them away. As I’ll explain later in this chapter, an argument in the philosophical sense is not a fight or a heated exchange; it’s just a series of statements leading to a conclusion. That’s all.

Ironically, if you have good arguments in support of your faith, you’re less apt to become quarrelsome or upset. I find that the better my arguments, the less argumentative I am. The better my defense, the less defensive I am. If you have good reasons for what you believe and know the answers to the unbeliever’s questions or objections, there’s just no reason to get hot under the collar. Instead, you’ll find yourself calm and confident when you’re under attack, because you know you have the answers.

I frequently debate on university campuses on topics like “Does God Exist?” or “Christianity vs.Atheism.”  Sometimes students in the audience get up during the Q & A period and attack me personally or go into an abusive rant. I find that my reaction to these students is not anger, but rather simply feeling sorry for them because they’re so mixed up. If you have good reasons for what you believe, then instead of anger you’ll feel a genuine compassion for the unbeliever, who is often so misled. Good apologetics involves “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15).

On Guard by William Lane Craig

David C Cook/March 1, 2010/ISBN: 978-1-4347-6488-1/286 pages/softcover/$16.99

*Special thanks to The B & B Media Group Inc. book review bloggers program
for providing a free copy of this book.  Appreciate it!!!
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FREE Christian Audiobook Download - Man of Prayer

Monday, May 17, 2010

Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Edwards, Spurgeon, Moody, Lewis, and many others are notable spiritual giants. They have influenced and shaped the theology of the church worldwide.

Get to know these amazing men by listening to some of the best biographies available on christianaudio, now on sale for only $4.98 each (until May 31st).

Go and checkout these titles that are ONLY $4.98 each until May 31st!

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As a special bonus, christianaudio.com is giving a FREE download of E.M. Bounds: Man of Prayer by Lyle Dorsett, the biography of an amazing prayer warrior:

*  You can receive your FREE download of this title (only until May 31st) by adding the download format to your cart and using the coupon code MAYPRAY during checkout.

And if you haven't already, be sure to pick up the FREE Christian audiobook download of the month from christianaudio.  You can pick up The Hole in Our Gospel by Richard Stearns until May 31st.  Details are found here

(c)  christianaudio.com/blog
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Radical Obedience and Urgency

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Watch Radical by Dr.David Platt

"We have a Master who demands radical obedience and mission that warrants radical urgency, and we do not have time to waste our lives living out a Christian spin on the American Dream."   ~  Dr. David Platt

WaterBrook Multnomah is SO EXCITED about David's upcoming book - RADICAL - that they are giving away FREE COPIES of THE RADICAL QUESTION, a concise, companion booklet, but it packs a BIG PUNCH!

Request your FREE copy of THE RADICAL QUESTION.
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Lord, Lord...

Lord, Lord ~ One Time Blind
When the Lord asks us to do something,
how will we respond?

(c) One Time Blind 
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the PORN event ~ May 23rd - 28th, 2010

Saturday, May 15, 2010


LifeChurch.tv and XXXChurch.com



May 23rd - 28th, 2010

A 25-minute interactive experience
focused on the real-life effects
of pornography.

Includes 2 segments
 ~ one for men and one for women ~

During ThePornEvent.com, we will examine
the effect porn has on our lives and relationships,
and look at next steps for those who are struggling.

Expect a non-threatening environment
featuring stories, helpful answers,
and an open conversation with people
who╩╝ve traveled a similar path.

ThePornEvent.com is for anyone who is interested in
what it looks like to live a life beyond pornography.

More details and the schedule can be found at:


(c)  LifeChurch.tv  and XXXChurch.com

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Prayer ~ FREE Philip Yancey Book ~ on Kindle

Need some fresh summer reading?

Kindle is a fantastic free reading resource for PC’s, iPods or iPhones.

Amazon is offering the Kindle version of the book:

Does it Make Any Difference?
by Philip Yancey

If you don’t have a Kindle, you can download the free application
for Windows from Amazon and use it right on your PC.

(c)  Thanks Alyssa from Keeping the Kingdom First  ~ a frugal mom's personal finance blog through the eyes of faith.

You can also find Kingdom First Mom on facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/KingdomFirstMom
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I Shall Raise Thee Up

FREE Audio Download ~ Offer EXPIRES May 15th, 2010

by Michael Holmes ©2009


“…Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew My power in thee, and that My Name might be declared throughout all the earth.”

You were meant to be great. Regardless of color, culture, profession, gender, and background there are seeds of greatness in you that need to be cultivated. Understand that God has a purpose and a plan for your life. He Himself said: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

In this book you will learn:

• What true greatness means

• Why greatness means nothing without service

• The necessity of applying time-tested principles

• Why great people tend not to fit it

• Why desire is necessary before any great work can be accomplished

• Why God is always focused on sound character first and promotion second

• What principles great people apply to become great

• Why greatness was never meant just for you

And much more…

Know that it’s God’s desire to raise you up – He’s been preparing you for that purpose. He’s been getting you ready through every test, every trial, every setback, every victoryand deep downyou always knew it yourself. The time to unlock your greatness is now!

~ Offer EXPIRES May 15th, 2010 ~

* Be sure to leave a comment on Michael's blog
to show him appreciation for this gift!

(c)  Raise Thee Up - daily insights on applying powerful ancient principles from The Bible to the world of business. Check it out and become a part of this dynamic community! It is all about helping people, ministries, and organizations cultivate and bring to fruition greatness. Providing a relevant Word for relevant times from a relevant God.

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Christian Women United in Business CELEBRATION LAUNCH

 May 15th
10am-2pm EST

For more information:

*  You do not need to register or signup for WiZiQ to attend this event.

Just come on in and win a door prize!

Join the celebration at: 

(c)  Christian Women United in Business - CWUIB - Is for women business owners who include Bible principles in the operation of their companies.
       Connect with CWUIB on Facebook and Ning

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FREE Prayer Journal

Friday, May 14, 2010

Wendi Westmoreland is a woman who prays. She provides thoughtful instruction and examples from her own prayer life in this prayer journal, as she let’s you in on a bit of the journey she has walked with the Lord. Wendi has put her heart and prayers into this exceptional resource.
Download your FREE Prayer Journal.

(c)  WomensMinistry.net provides practical tools, insightful resources and an inspirational community that empowers women's ministry leaders to initiate, nurture and sustain vibrant transformational ministries for women.

* Special thanks to Rest Ministries for sharing this helpful resource from WomensMinistry.net
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Thinking Your Naked

(c) Jonathan Acuff
   *  author of Stuff Christians Like

Hear his thoughts on shame and grace
and the reason we're not naked.

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I don’t want to brag, but I’m pretty awesome at applying band-aids. And make no mistake, there is an art. Because if you go too quickly and peel them the wrong way, they stick to themselves and you end up with a wadded up useless mess instead of the Little Mermaid festooned bandage your daughter so desperately wants to apply to a boo boo that may in fact be 100% fictional.

Half of the injuries I treat at the Acuff house are invisible or simply wounds of sympathy. My oldest daughter will scrape her knee and my 3-year old, realizing the band aid box is open will say, “Yo dad, I’d like to get in on that too. What do you say we put one on, I don’t know, my ankle. Yeah, my ankle, let’s pretend that’s hurt.”

But sometimes the cuts are real, like the day my 5-year old got a scrape on her face playing in the front yard. I rushed in the house and returned with a princess bandage. As I bent down to apply it to her forehead, her eyes filled up with tears and she shrunk back from me.

“What’s wrong?” I asked.

“I don’t want to wear that band-aid.” She replied.

“Why? You have a cut, you need a band-aid.” I said.

“I’ll look silly.” She answered.

Other than her sister and her mom, there was no one else in the yard. None of her friends were over, cars were not streaming passed our house and watching us play, the world was pretty empty at that moment. But for the first time I can remember, she felt shame. She had discovered shame. Somewhere, some how, this little 5 year old had learned to be afraid of looking silly. If I was smarter, if I had been better prepared for the transition from little toddler to little girl, I might have asked her this:

“Who told you that you were silly?”

I didn’t though. That question didn’t bloom in my head until much later and I didn’t understand it until I saw God ask a similar question in Genesis 3:11. To me, this is one of the saddest and most profoundly beautiful verses in the entire Bible. Adam and Eve have fallen. The apple is a core. The snake has spoken. The dream appears crushed. As they hide from God under clothes they’ve hastily sewn together, He appears and asks them a simple question:

“Who told you that you were naked?”

There is hurt in God’s voice as He asks this question, but there is also a deep sadness, the sense of a father holding a daughter that has for the first time ever, wrapped herself in shame.

Who told you that you were not enough?

Who told you that I didn’t love you?

Who told you that there was something outside of me you needed?

the complete article. 
(c)  Stuff Christians Like -  is a blog about the funny things we Christians do. And what they just might reveal about our faith.
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Pray 4 Your Block: Mobilizing God's People To Pray

Imagine what could happen if your community was covered in prayer!

*  Prayer will open your eyes to what God is doing in your neighborhood.

*  Prayer will ready you to act as He moves in your neighborhood.

*  Prayer will prepare your neighbors to experience the transforming love and power of Christ.

* All this happens as a result of your prayers!

Pray4YourBlock is a wonderful resource to help mobilize your congregation to pray for the neighborhoods where they already live. Imagine what could happen if the communities you are trying to reach were covered in prayer!

All you need to do is take a few minutes to register at Pray4YourBlock. Once you do, a "prayer flag" will be posted on a Google Map that will indicate your home as one committed to praying for your block. Your willingness to post a flag will help connect other pray-ers to intercede together for your neighborhood. 

You will find some helpful links on the Resources page of the Pray4YourBlock site that will get you started or keep you going as you intercede for your neighbors.

This site can be used all over the world! You can invite other cities and friends around the globe to join in. Saturate your community with prayer by inviting your congregation to Pray4YourBlock.

It all starts with you raising your prayer flag today!

1. Go to Pray4YourBlock.org

2. Register your name and password

3. Post a (virtual) prayer flag at your address.

4. Pray

5. Spread the word and get others to Pray 4 Your Block!

"And this Message of salvation
spread like wildfire
all through the region."
  ~  Acts 13:49

* Thanks to MultiSite Solutions for sharing about this excellent free resource! 

 Put your community on the map!

MultiSite Solutions exists to maximize the redemptive potential of local churches through intensive and insightful multi-site consultation. As pioneers and seasoned practitioners in the multi-site movement, we can help you develop and implement a customized multi-site strategy for your church.  Our seasoned team of specialists can help you fully develop the redemptive potential of your church by adding value, networking resources, building relationships, multiplying impact.
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From Drained to Dreaming

Thursday, May 13, 2010

The Dream Zone/Ministry: 10-6

•God calls us to live here.

•This is where you are hitting on all cylinders.

•We love what we are doing.

•We are always asking, “What’s next?”

•You still have bad days but they don’t ruin your day.

The Drained Zone/Tired: 5-2

•You are always tired.

•You are always stressed.

•You can’t enjoy the big days because you believe it’s just going to drop next week.

•You are Pessimistic.

•You goal is to just keep the plates spinning.

•You tell yourself that things are gonna slow down soon.

When in this zone you face 4 dangers:

      Pride - You think, “I’ve got to do more. Be first.
                 Nobody can do it as good as me.”

     Fear - You think, “Everything’s gonna fall apart.”

    Insecurity - You think, “Maybe I can’t do this.”

   Burn Out - This is where you quit or disqualify yourself from ministry.

NOTE: It takes a LIFE altering decision to get out of the drained zone.

Danger Zone: 2-0

•At this point a person usually falls Financially or Sexually.

•When you get here, only repentence will save you.

•At this stage you think, “I hope nobody catches me.”

I believe Gods plan is for all of us to function in the Dream Zone.

However, most of us are living in the Drained Zone.

What LIFE altering decision do you need to make
 to get out of the Drained Zone and into the Dream Zone?

If you need to find out how to go from drained to dreaming, you can read more in the following posts:

From Drained to Dreaming and From Drained to Dreaming (Part 2)

*  The posts were written for Pastors and those in leadership/ministry, but everyone can apply the concept to their own lives and make necessary changes.  Excellent food for thought! 
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Operation Kid-to-Kid™ Blankets a Hurting World with God’s Love

Operation Kid-to-Kid™ Blankets a Hurting World with God’s Love

Tonight in countries around the world, children will go to sleep hungry and cold, without parents, without homes...without hope. Now your ministry group can send a simple, tangible expression of God’s love to those in need.

Group Publishing, the premier publisher of children’s Bible curricula, including Sunday school and VBS, believes that some of the best ministers to children who are experiencing disaster and hardship are other children. Through the Operation Kid-to-Kid (OK2K) program, Group partners with nondenominational Christian ministries like Biblica (formerly International Bible Society) and World Vision to provide opportunities for children in North America to share God’s love with other children in difficult or disastrous situations. In 2009 alone, Operation Kid-to-Kid reached almost one million children. Since its inception 12 years ago, Operation Kid-to-Kid projects have impacted over 4.5 million kids and their communities all over the world.

Highlights include:

· Over 100,000 care kits distributed to countries such as Thailand, Vietnam, and Albania

· More than 380,000 gift boxes sent to needy children worldwide

· Over 310,000 pairs of shoes and 200,000 pairs of socks given to orphans across the globe

· Over 1.5 million Spanish Bible books delivered worldwide

· More than a million cuddly prayer bears and copies of The Survivor’s Bible provided free of charge to underprivileged children all over the world

“Operation Kid-to-Kid is a great way to teach kids compassion and service,” says Joani Schultz, cofounder of Group and OK2K. “Children learn by doing. It’s one thing to drop a nickel in the offering plate, but when kids make a gift with their own hands, when they can be creative and personal, this leaves a real impression on both the givers and the receivers.”

This year’s OK2K project is a simple no-sew fleece blanket that proclaims “God Loves Me!” right in the fabric. Each 56” by 42” blanket will also include a hidden surprise—a little white heart concealed between the fleece layers. The heart is a sweet secret kept by those who create the blankets, one that symbolizes God’s love for the world and our love for others. Project participants are encouraged to pray specifically for the unknown person who will receive the blanket as they tuck the heart inside.

The OK2K blanket can easily be incorporated into any Sunday school or VBS curriculum. This year, the “God Loves Me” blanket is included as a special activity in Group’s two new 2011 VBS programs, Egypt: Joseph’s Journey from Prison to Palace and High Seas Expedition. The multi-generational participants will learn about the 40 million children around the world who are desperately vulnerable because of the AIDS pandemic and the effects of extreme poverty. Through Group’s partnership with World Vision, blankets created this year will reach children in Africa coping with the pandemic’s effects on their communities or families, including those who have been orphaned. Instructions for delivering the blankets to World Vision for distribution are included with each blanket kit. To make the gift extra special, churches can send a personalized “God Loves Me” coloring book with each blanket.

Over the years, OK2K has become one of the largest forces mobilizing children in serving other children around the world through gifts of school supplies, Bibles, hygiene kits, Christmas gifts, Bible coloring books, and socks and shoes. But the ministry opportunities are not just for kids. Between recent natural disasters like the earthquake in Haiti and the lingering effects of the global economic crisis, there are more opportunities than ever for Christians to show the love of Christ to others in need—and not just for a VBS event. Operation Kid-to-Kid can mobilize service projects any time of the year. Because the “God Loves Me” blanket project is so simple and practical, it is a perfect fit for a variety of ministry opportunities, from youth or women’s groups and short-term mission trips to neighborhood outreach initiatives and ministry to the homeless. With a little imagination, a ministry group of any size and age can customize the project to support its own ministry vision.

“For many of us, a mission-focused heart is something that develops over time. Like any aspect of Christ’s character in us, loving others like Christ loves them takes practice. This is a lesson for adults as well as children,” says Schultz. “Hopefully, OK2K service projects like the ‘God Loves Me’ blanket will encourage Christians of all ages to commit greater time and resources to missions.”

To find out how you can get involved, visit http://www.ok2k.org/!

(c)  Operation-Kid-to-Kid
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Nothing is Too Hard for God Blog Tour with C. M. Jones

C.M. Jones is well on her way to becoming a household name.  She has just completed her second publication, Nothing is Too Hard for God, and launched a publishing company with her family, HortonJonesInc., that also mentors young writers.  In addition, she has begun to offer writing seminars and motivational speaking services.  When asked about her endeavors, C.M.Jones has said that writing and mentoring is her ministry and she does it all to the glory of God.

Her debut novella, I Still Do, which was published through Author House but is now a part of the HortonJones, Inc. portfolio, sold thousands of copies in the United States and abroad.  This Christian fiction writer indeed is no stranger to writing creative and inspiring stories.  She began writing at the young age of eight years old while acting in her elementary school drama club.  C.M. Jones has written countless poems, musicals, and short stories that include themes of redemption, forgiveness and a real picture of the things that can happen in life, when you have faith in Christ.

Visit her online at:

About the Book

Nothing is Too Hard for God is the sequel to the novella, I Still Do.  These three best friends are back to take you on a journey through their past and into their future.  This book is full of truth, faith and testaments to what God can do when we submit our lives to Him.  Do you want to know how God brought Deborah through her haunted past and into His saving grace?  Would you like to know why Damien was disloyal to Karen and if their marriage can really survive after his affair?  Last, but not least, if you want to know how Leslie's heart went from being as cold as stone to being full of love, then you must read Nothing is Too Hard for God.  Just when you think you have it all figured out, this novel will take another turn.

* Special thanks to C.M. Jones and Tywebbin Virtual Book Tours for the free copy of the book,
as well as the opportunity to share at Empowering Christian Women.
I'm really looking forward to reading 'I Still Do' as well.
All the best!!!
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Fight the Good Fight! - FREE Webinar

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Do you realize you're in a spiritual battle?

Do you know where the battle is the strongest?
It's not what you think.

The battle isn't for your eternal soul, for that belongs to Jesus.
The enemy is after something else.

The battle is for your affection. Your desire. Your time and attention. ANYTHING that gets your focus off of Christ and onto something else.

Religion is a very powerful distraction.

But Scripture teaches that there are two very powerful, time-wasting, life-robbing activities we all engage in from time to time that are equally effective at rendering us powerless on the battlefield.

Again, it's not what you think!

But here they are:

1) Arguing with people about your beliefs.

2) Trying to get rich.

Think that's silly? Think again. It was a problem for the Early Ekklesia. It remains a problem today.

But there are two simple solutions to these two huge problems...
join the conversation and study.

 Thursday, May 13 
8:00 p.m. EST
 Internet Bible Study

 "Fighting the Good Fight"
1 Timothy 6

To reserve your spot:

At The School of Christ Webinars, you'll have a chance to listen, interact, ask questions, and get answers - all from the comfort of your own home or office. Best of all, you'll be encouraged and strengthened in your faith. You don't have to commit to every week, just join them this Thursday night or as your schedule permits.

For a complete Webinar schedule, including an archive of previous Webinars and Frequently Asked Questions,
visit: http://theschoolofchrist.org/learn 

(c) The School of Christ - Dedicated to your spiritual growth and maturity through Christ-centered, Spirit-led, Scripture-based discipleship that focuses on relationship, not religion.
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STOP Struggling

A story is told of a man taking a trip on an old wooden sailing ship. He was out of the deck one day and saw one of the crew-members climbing the ropes, going up to the crow's nest. When he was about half way up, the ship pitched to one side and he was thrown overboard.

When he hit the water, he began to scream for help, and flail his arms wildly, as he struggled to survive. The traveler watched as a sailor walked over to the rail of the ship, and calmly observed the man in the water. After a short while the man in the water tired, and began to sink.

Immediately the sailor standing by the rail jumped overboard, and rescued the drowning victim. After both men were safely on board, the traveler went over to the rescuer and asked, "why did you wait so long to jump in the water and rescue this man?"

He calmly replied, "I have found that as long as a man is struggling in the water, there is a greater chance that he will get us both killed if I jump in too quickly, and try to save him." I have learned that it is better to let them struggle awhile, and when they come to the end of their own strength, I can then jump in and rescue them.

My friend, are you like the drowning man in the story?

Have you fallen from your place of comfort and safety,
and you are now struggling just to survive?

Have you cried out to God
to come and rescue you immediately?

Is it possible the Lord is waiting
until you have come to the end of yourself,
and stop struggling
in a vain attempt to save yourself,
through any means.

When you finally admit you can't save yourself,
God will jump into the water
and save you!

*Shared at firstIMPRESSIONS

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Feeling Knocked Down?

For those of you, who are feeling
knocked down by life,
may you be encouraged by this song,
Get Back Up! ~ Toby Mac
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Which Road Are You On?

The Hebrew word translated repent is nacham,
which means to turn around, or change one's mind.

 On the highway of sin, there is only one destination.

Repentance takes us in the opposite direction,
to the road that leads to LIFE.

(c)  Joyful 'Toons - The Christian Cartoons with a Joyful Message

These cartoons are based on the Word of God.  Each cartoon contains a verse from the Bible, along with a cartoon illustration by Michael D. Waters.  It is Michael's prayer that the Christian cartoons will exhort and encourage Christians in their walk with the Lord.

You are also encouraged to use Joyful Toons to reach out to those who don't know Jesus as Lord, and as a tool to reinforce the principles from the Scriptures that are being taught in your church. 

Find out more information here.

Subscribe to the Joyful 'toons email list to get the latest cartoon in your email. You can also learn more about Michael at his blog.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Faith never knows
where it is being led,
but it knows and loves
the One who is leading.

 - Oswald Chambers
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'This is Who I Am' - Playbacks Available for May

Monday, May 10, 2010

Did you miss this online conference? 

Want to listen to the playbacks?

The summit access will be available
for the entire month of May.


And then you will be sent the access information
to listen to the recordings.

If you have any family or friends
who may have missed out, it's not too late!

Simply have them register at:

The summit access will be available
for the entire month of May.

Special thanks to:

(c)  Quelynn Inc. and This is Who I Am Virtual Women's Summit

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