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With 50 years of experience, we "get" that things are always changing! That's why we've dedicated a section of our website to provide the very latest information about the speakers and ministries we serve--and about us, too. Come take a look at "what's new"--or use the sidebar options to take a deeper look at areas of particular interest. In case you wonder what we think, we've dedicated a space for commentary (including guest posts). And take a look at who's been to Ambassador lately in our own version of the Greenroom!

Pick The Winning Team

Basketball FearsFear sells. And marketing gurus use it everyday! Just think about it - How many news headlines make you feel calm and relaxed?  Now compare that number to the doom and gloom breaking news that causes me to wonder if the end days are near!

Max Lucado's latest book, Fearless, is about trusting more and fearing less.  He encourages us to have faith in God's character, and not fear the world that we live in.  Max reminds of how to keep away from fear in his tweets:

"There's a stampede of fear out there.  Let's not get ...

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Is Your Heart Ready for Thanksgiving?

I absolutely love fall! 

 

For me, it's always been one of the most beautiful and peaceful seasons of the year!  And now I live in a region full of maple and sycamore trees, where leaves are changing color daily.  I'm grateful! 

 

Of course, until those leaves turn brown and fall on my front lawn--in abundance, I might add!  In fact, I caught myself complaining about that very thing this past weekend when I saw how much leaves had actually dropped.  Okay, where did my grateful heart go?

 

Fortunately this month, "FamilyLife Today" turns our focus off ourselves and ...

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Born To Love

I grew up singing a blessing song that started off with these words: "You were born to be loved."  My father gently reminded me of these exact words last Sunday, challenging me to live fully by loving others.

Mercy Ships® Breast Cancer Awareness

Loving others like Jesus loved us is what Mercy Ships® does best! Last year in Liberia, they performed 17,610 eye surgeries/treatments, 11,081 dental procedures and trained 456 community leaders in health care and community health training! Take a look at this report (pg. 14) for the rest of the numbers.

That was 2008.  Now it is 2009 and they ...

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Going Beyond for a Blessing

Do you ever feel "blessed to be a blessing"?  Coming up Monday, November 2nd on "Beyond the Call", listeners will hear an example of what that means:

Wedding money used for short term missionsWhen she was a child, Amanda didn't like putting money in the church offering plate.  Her parents had to pry her fingers off the quarter they'd given her!

As a teenager, Amanda was more interested in getting things for herself than giving to God.  But when she went to Bible school, she met and fell in love with a young man.  On Amanda's wedding day, her friend Shelly told her ...

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Celebrating the Life and Ministry of Joni

Joni's 60th Birthday CelebrationTop Ten Quotes from Joni and Friends® Ministry Retreat and Joni's 60th Birthday!

1. "He chooses the reliable.  Joni said God, show me how to live and He did!" (Billy Burnett, Vice President of Finance, Joni and Friends®)

2. "Joni is as solid as a rock. How can you look at a life like Joni's and not feel every life is valuable?" (Chuck Colson)

3. "Wow, these are delicious!" (Me after tasting Joni's mom's incredible Crab Cakes which were part of Joni's birthday surprise.) Click here for the recipe.

4.  "Wheels for the World ...

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Anne Graham Lotz About Being Focused, Fired Up and Faithful!

In the rush of this Fall season, it's easy to get distracted . . . from work to the home-front.  There's so much in the day-to-day . . . . both good and bad that serve as interruptions to worship.  That's what Anne Graham Lotz calls those circumstances which seem to distract us from His Word.

The reality is that we all have "interruptions"  . . .  but here are three suggestions to help keep them at bay and help us stay centered on Christ:

1. Listen  . . . to Anne's recent message she shared at Bent Tree Fellowship about the Three Characteristics of Messengers that God Uses ...

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