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My Study tonight (FriendSpeak)

Tonight I had two amazing studies that I know were led by the Holy Spirit working through me and our Friendspeak program.

First I studied with a young mother from Iran.  We were on our 13th week of Friendspeak in the book of Luke.  Friendspeak is a program that allows us to teach…


Added by Jerri Sisk Harrington on July 2, 2015 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment

How do we live under (American) Empire and its changing laws and morals? - Lessons from Daniel

As Christians in America, we have long benefited from being under “Christendom”—the protection of and goodwill towards Christianity by the State and society at…


Added by James Nored on July 2, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Why Would a Family from Texas Come to Washington, D.C. to Help People Learn English? - Let's Start Talking/FriendSpeak Mission Trip

Excited to have Hector and Meliss Hinojosa, along with their sons Joshua and Caleb, here for two weeks at the Fairfax Church of Christ on a FriendSpeak mission trip. Hector is on the missions committee at The Hills in Fort Worth, Texas. They wanted to go on a personal, family mission trip through FriendSpeak/ Let's Start Talking--and chose to come here to the Washington, D.C. area! FriendSpeak/Let's Start Talking is an outreach ministry that helps…


Added by James Nored on May 23, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments

A Labor of Love - Ulfilas, Missionary, Spent 30 Years CREATING the Gothic Alphabet and Translating the Bible for the Gothic People

Before Jesus went to the cross, John's gospel tells us that Jesus washed his disciples' feet. While his disciples initially objected to this, Jesus did this to teach them about service. He said, "14 Now that I, your Lord and…


Added by James Nored on May 21, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

10 Ideas for Getting to Know and Love Your Neighbors and Neighborhood!

Jesus calls us to love our neighbors as ourselves. And yet, most Christians do not know their neighbors--including their actual neighbors in their neighborhood--very well at all. There are many reasons for this, including the changed structural nature of neighborhoods, the inventions…


Added by James Nored on May 18, 2015 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

Have We Lost Our Collection Minds on Sexuality in America?? - Get Wisdom, Share Christ! - Lessons from Proverbs

In reading and studying the book of Proverbs this week, I was reminded how God created the world in his Wisdom to work a certain way, and that it is foolish to go against this created order.

One of the topics covered in Proverbs is sexuality. I could not help think that on this…


Added by James Nored on May 14, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

US MISSION ALERT! - A Record 56 Million Americans Report No Religious Affiliation

New analysis of data from the 2014 General Social Survey came out recently, and according reports, there are a record…


Added by James Nored on May 12, 2015 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

A Powerful Story of a Mother's Sacrifice - Joel Rosenburg's Wife in a WWII Concentration Camp

I am convinced more and more that the essence of preaching is the proclamation of the redemptive story--God reaching out to humanity out of his love, sending Christ to live and sacrificially die for us, and raising Jesus Christ from the dead. It is a…


Added by James Nored on May 8, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Velvety, Sun-Drenched, Indian Blue, Foot-Long - Use Vivid, Descriptive Words in Speaking and Watch People's Brains Light Up

Dr. James Cail was a popular psychology teacher at Oklahoma Christian University who often filled in and preached at one of the local churches there in Oklahoma City. Dr. Cail had quite a sense of humor, which is helpful in preaching. And besides his folksy style, he had a memorable way of speaking, using descriptive words. 

For instance, for some reason I remember him talking about a "foot long" barrel in a message,…


Added by James Nored on April 24, 2015 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Nehemiah: Step #2 in Rebuilding Our Lives, Families & Communities - Take Action and Initiative


Nehemiah-Rebuilding the Walls from James Nored on Vimeo.

Nehemiah was a cupbearer to King Artaxerses, a Persian, when the people of Israel were in exile in Babylon. When he heard that his home city of Jerusalem was a black,…


Added by James Nored on April 10, 2015 at 9:13am — No Comments

If Your Sermon Does Not Contain These TWO things, It Will Fall Flat

"Preaching was established by Jesus because God had a job to do. 

To get the job done, preaching must be committed to two goals: first it should be passionate and second, fascinating. 

Passion makes preaching seem imperative and urgent. Narrative is a force that postmodern preachers must use and listeners must reckon with.…

Added by James Nored on April 10, 2015 at 8:49am — No Comments

Why No One Listens to Your Sermons Online - and 3 Ways How to Change This

We Need to Change the Stories We Tell Ourselves (from Ruth) from James Nored on Vimeo.

Churches, ministers, pastors, and church administrators go to the time and trouble of posting sermons online each week on websites and social…


Added by James Nored on April 8, 2015 at 11:30pm — 6 Comments

Nehemiah: Step #1 in Rebuilding Our Lives and Our Families - Prayer and Godly Sorrow

Nehemiah-Rebuilding the Walls from James Nored on Vimeo.

What do you do when your life or your family is a smoldering mess? One of the books of the Bible, Nehemiah, has much insight into…


Added by James Nored on April 6, 2015 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Religious Freedom Laws, Airplane Crashes, Terrorism, Cancer - Why This Easter, I Am Praying for Christ's Return

Today is the day that milliions of Christians around the world celebrate Christ's resurrection. The resurrection of Christ from the dead was an incredible act of God. By this act, death itself was defeated! Paul wrote in 1 Corintians 15:…


Added by James Nored on April 5, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Praying for Our Community: This Week's Prayer - Single Moms

Our community is made up of those in a particular geographic region that we live, work, or inhabit, as well as the close and extended relational contacts that we have. Most people's communities in this day and age are wide and diverse, made up of many different demographics, social,…


Added by James Nored on March 30, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Praying for the Lost: This Week's Prayer is for Muslims

Last week I spoke out at the Tulsa Workshop. I had two seminar sessions--one on "Reaching Out to Muslims," and another on "Reaching Out to Today's Postmodern Culture." In the study and preparation for this, I was very much convicted of the need for…


Added by James Nored on March 27, 2015 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

A Personal Transformation

What is “transformation?” It is a metamorphosis from one state to another. It requires a “change” – a change of attitude and a change of action. We are admonished to “grow” to maturity. Sometimes this means a reexamination of our…


Added by Lynn S. Nored on March 3, 2015 at 7:30pm — 6 Comments

Should we resign ourselves to a miserable, bitter life--or trust that God will change our situation?

The Book of Ruth

Today I would like to share some thoughts with you about…


Added by James Nored on February 26, 2015 at 12:13pm — 8 Comments

Redemption from a Bitter Life - A message from the book of Ruth

I am preparing a message from the book of Ruth on "Redemption from a Bitter Life." Naomi, an Israelite, moves to Moab due to a famine, and there her husband and her two sons die. She goes back to Israel, and she tells people to call her "Mara," which…


Added by James Nored on February 23, 2015 at 10:09am — 3 Comments

What Happens When We Break Our Promises to God?

This week I was reading the book of Judges. And if you are familiar with this book, you know that there is a common cycle that the people of Israel find themselves in.

1. They sin by following after other gods--the evil, false gods of the Canaanites.

2. God punishes them…


Added by James Nored on February 19, 2015 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

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