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Ministry Updates

A Lesson in Forgiveness

Mother and daughter"Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it."--Mark Twain

 

This past month I spent several hours in the emergency room with my dad-nothing too critical, mostly cautionary visits that lasted more than 4 hours.  As you can imagine, spending that much time in the ER can make any patient (and their family) anxious, irritable, and well, tired. 

During each visit, the ER medical technicians poked and prodded my dad, checked his vitals, took blood and x-rays, and asked numerous questions.  There were a few instances when the task became invasive and kindly ...

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Is the Bible Reliable?

When you think of reliable, what product comes to mind?

For me, it’s Timex—the watch that “Takes a licking, but keeps on ticking.”  I go way back to John Cameron Swayze’s world tour of live TV commercials.  He’d put his watch in peril to prove it could tolerate just about any harsh environment.  His watch survived outboard motors, dishwashers, bottlenose dolphin and washing machines to prove your $15 investment would buy you a reliable timepiece.  (BTW—I just realized I’m still wearing a $15 Timex watch!)

The ...

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Share Life Today: An Urgent Call

Share Life Today"The supreme task of the Church is the evangelization of the world."
-- Oswald J. Smith

In a recent study, The Pew Research Center reported some disconcerting statistics on the state of Christianity in the United States. Among its findings:

  • The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing.
  • These changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting every region of the country, as well as many demographic groups.
  • The drop in Christian affiliation is occurring among Americans of all ages, but ...
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BreakPoint® Provides Answers for Millennials

There is a lot of bad news and negative assumptions being made about the younger generation, and with less than half of 18 to 29-year-olds claiming to be religious, there is plenty of reason to be concerned.

But the news isn't all bad. If you've tuned in to "BreakPoint®" recently, you know there's every reason to believe we can reach the Millennial Generation.

The ministry hears from listeners regularly who share how they use the daily BreakPoint® commentaries, including a Bible study leader who uses them to lead worldview discussions with Junior High students, a homeschooling mom ...

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What My Chiropractor Taught Me about Prayer

prayerI've had neck pain for most of my life.  Recently, I realized I could do something about it, so I began a chiropractic program.  As the chiropractor felt my neck, one of the first things Dr. Mitchell asked me was, "Do you adjust your own neck a lot?"

I informed her that I in fact, don't adjust it, but I do crack it about 15 times a day.  Adjusting was what she was there for.  I was just helping her out with some additional movement, I told myself, even as I knew cracking probably wasn't good.  Kindly ...

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Spiritual Refreshment!

We're finally enjoying some rainy days here in Southern California -- about the same time we begin coming to terms with the ordered 25% cut in urban water use. 

Big droughts leave their stamp on California - the 1976-77 drought helped launch the move to low-flow plumbing fixtures and now, many of us are contemplating re-landscaping to more drought-tolerant yards.

In the meantime, though, thanks to the weekend rain, I am relishing the look of refreshment on my rose bushes, Gerber daisies and green grass.

As I watched this video sharing about Joni and Friends® Family Retreats, I saw something similar ...

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