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New Year’s Resolutions We Can All Keep!

This should be EASY!

This should be EASY!

I think I can do this!

Sunday Morning Funnies: If I wrote the 10 Commandments there Would Be Less of Them!

Sunday Morning Funnies: Can You Come up with A Great Caption for This Photo?

I drove by a church in my town today and saw this sign.  After rear-ending the guy in front of me, exchanging insurance information, and calling the tow truck, I had time to take the photo.  I tried and tried to come up with a caption for this one that was funny.  Here are a few examples:   “Pastor Steve Boldly Implements His New Church Growth Plan” or “Church Animal Outreach Produces Unwanted Offerings”  or “Could This Be the Next Great Awakening?”   In the end, I couldn’t come up with anything I liked.

So, we are asking our readers to give it their best shot.  Can you come up with a good caption/title for this photo?  Submit your best idea in the comment section below.

Iranian Pastor Faces Execution for Refusing to Recant Christian Faith

An Iranian pastor who has refused to renounce his Christian faith faces execution as early as Wednesday
after his sentence was upheld by an Iranian court.

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who maintains he has never
been a Muslim as an adult, has Islamic ancestry and therefore must recant his
faith in Jesus Christ, the 11th branch of Iran’s Gilan Provincial Court ruled.
Iran’s Supreme Court had ordered the trial court to determine whether Nadarkhani had been a
Muslim prior to converting to Christianity.  Read

Is Worship Music a Gift or Has it Become our God?

Has the Sunday morning “Worship time” become our God?  Bob Kauflin recently discussed this topic on his blog called Worship Matters. It resonated with me and I thought those who read this blog would benefit from Bob’s observations. So…… I have included them here! Be challenged!

“Music is a very good gift. The 13,000 songs on my iTunes are testimony to that. My eyes have often welled up in tears as I’ve been affected by a lyric, a chord progression, or a musical texture. I’ve thanked God for the gift of music more times than I can remember.

Whenever I think about my love for music, I’m reminded of what Martin Luther said in a Foreword to a 1538 collection of chorale motets:

I, Doctor Martin Luther, wish all lovers of the unshackled art of music grace and peace from God the Father and from our Lord Jesus Christ! I truly desire that all Christians would love and regard as worthy the lovely gift of music, which is a precious, worthy, and costly treasure given to mankind by God… A person who gives this some thought and yet does not regard music as a marvelous creation of God, must be a clodhopper indeed and does not deserve to be called a human being; he should be permitted to hear nothing but the braying of asses and the grunting of hogs.”

While we may not want to emulate Luther’s attitude, most of us will readily agree that music is a gift from God… Read the rest of this entry