Back in the 1930s, my childhood home was loving and happy, but my parents were often away. On those occasions, the center of warmth in our home was the kitchen and our tiny, joyous housekeeper named Annie. I spent many hours with Annie, sitting at our kitchen table reading books or playing with toys and listening to her sing and hum spirituals and hymns. From her heart sprang a continual flow of wisdom, cheerfulness, and song. One morning, with childish exuberance, I used a racial slur I had heard. I learned that we cause unfathomable sorrow when we dishonor and debase others through bigotry. There is but one race: the human race. Of all creation’s treasures rare,Not one compares in worth with man,In God’s own image he was madeTo fill a place in His great plan. God desires that we show respect to all people, because everyone bears His image.
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Brian Houston - Watch Hillsong TV TV Show Free Online - Christian Video MinistryBrian Houston @ Hillsong TV is a half-hour Christian television program that features his teaching from the Hillsong Church services in Sydney, Australia. Pastor Brian’s messages are empowering, passionate and practical for everyday life; his teaching will inspire you with the hope, joy, meaning and purpose that can be found in a personal and loving God. Brian Houston is passionate about the Cause of Christ, consumed with seeing people come into relationship with Jesus and committed to championing the cause of the local church - globally. With over 30 years of ministry experience, Brian's ability to present the timeless message of Christ in a relevant and practical way has seen countless lives impacted. Brian Houston and his wife Bobbie Houston are the senior pastors of Hillsong Church with congregations in Australia, The United States, Europe and South Africa.
PaulCoulter.netThe Wherewithal of God | Devotions for Living“Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word.” – Psalm 119:9 Wherewithal – have you ever used this word? Read this verse with exasperation. We live in such a filthy world. This is why the second part of the verse is given. God gives you the wherewithal to cleanse yourself. Explore and take heed to the instruction given in God’s word and know this: You have a 100% chance of success in living a pure life before God. Isn’t that good news? This entry was posted on Tuesday, February 15th, 2011 at 7:39 pm and is filed under Cleansing, Psalms, Purity, Scripture Index, Subject Index, Thoughts.
The Ranch: Welcome To The Ranch!Understanding ChristianityThe Paradox of the Cross - ResourcesJesus said that if we are to truly be His disciples we are to “take up our cross daily and follow Him” (Luke 9:23). But what does that mean? To understand that, we need to understand the meaning of the cross in that time and culture. The cross has lost most of its original meaning today. It is shrouded in religiousness and mystery. It has become many things, from a religious icon to a fashion element. When we see the cross today, it is a symbol of faith, particularly the Christian faith. But in the time when Jesus made that statement, He had not yet died on the cross. In fact, it was the symbol of a very cruel death. A radical symbol Why would He use the cross to illustrate what it meant to follow Him? Jesus intentionally used a gruesome symbol to get the people’s attention. But, on the other hand, it will cost you more not to follow Him. What is the cross we are to bear? What does it mean to “bear the cross” today? Often, we hear people say that they have a “cross” to bear.
Sharon Jaynes | A Sudden GloryDo you long for something more in your relationship with God? The good news is that “something” more does not mean “doing more.” God’s not waiting for you to get your spiritual life “right.” He’s desires to commune with you right where you are. The real question is not “What does God want from you?” Sharon Jaynes understands what it’s like to have a “glory ache”—a persistent longing to experience God’s presence on a daily basis. Includes a Bible study and discussion guide. Discover the secret to experiencing God’s presence in your daily life.Recognize God’s passionate pursuit and relentless romance of your heart.Accept His invitation to the divine dance choreographed just for youBreathe a sigh of relief knowing that experiencing “something more” in your relationship with God does not mean “doing more.” Praise for A Sudden Glory “How do we awaken to the transforming glory of God that is all about us? “There’s no doubt about it; Sharon Jaynes’s latest project is a love story.
The HOPEObvious Proof of Gods Existence & Activity - possible? desirable?SUMMARY: God seems to prefer a balance of evidence, with reasons to believe and disbelieve, so a person's heart and will can freely (not coerced by overwhelming evidence) make the decision, and so we can develop a "living by faith" character with a trust in God serving as the foundation for all of our thoughts and actions in daily living. Yes, Evidence is Available But authentic faith is not blind faith; it is not "trying to force yourself to believe what you know is not true." Strong evidence for Christian faith can come from four sources: recorded history, science, and human experience that is first-hand (personal experience) or second-hand (interpersonal experience). A Summary In an effort to avoid misunderstanding, I want to emphasize four points: First, absolute truth does exist, even though we cannot know with absolute certainty what this truth is.
scenery : Worship NetworkHome / Archives for scenery Christy Nockels sings a new Christmas classic. To God be the glory, not us–this video reminds us of His power and encourages us to give Him our worship! A variety of images, from waterfalls to mountain ranges, accompany Worship host Tim Foot’s original song “Grace.” Words of praise and majestic ocean images will create a moment of worship in your day. Strength….peace….comfort….whatever you need, find it in God today. We’re celebrating spring with you in this week’s featured clip, full of sunshine and reminders of God’s faithfulness. Worship host Paul Williams shares a story from Mozart’s life and we bring you one of Mozart’s wonderful pieces. This week we remember that He is alive, and because of that we can be fully alive in His love! Ready for some sunshine at the end of this gray winter? A playlist of 48 of our best-loved videos. Next Page »