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Have you read any of these design magazines or gone to their websites?

I am reading a great book right now entitled "A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future." It is really about how certain global and cultural changes are moving us from a heavy left brain emphasis to a much more balanced left-right brain world. 



I will share later some of the…

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Added by James Nored on July 14, 2014 at 3:30pm — No Comments

The Hobby Lobby Case - Can We Count on the Supreme Court to Preserve Our Religious Freedom??

This past week there was a landmark Supreme Court decision regarding Hobby Lobby--a privately held, family owned religious craft and bookstore company based in Oklahoma--and religious freedom. In a narrowly framed 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that companies of this nature could not be compelled to offer health care plans to their employees that covered contraceptives that cause abortion…

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Added by James Nored on July 3, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

5 Reasons You May Be Ineffective in Sharing the Gospel

I love sharing the gospel with people. And I love seeing people start following Jesus and be baptized into his name.

This past Sunday, Vololona (2nd from the left in picture above) and her nephew, Earnest (2nd from the right in picture above), were baptized into Christ! They…

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Added by James Nored on July 1, 2014 at 11:00pm — 8 Comments

how are you looking forward to seeing you will be there in three months and we will go down to the river side and talk. i love and miss you ,

how are you looking forward to seeing you will be there in three months and we will go down to the river side and talk. i love and miss you ,

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Added by REV.MISAKI TURNER on July 1, 2014 at 9:21pm — No Comments

please keep in touch may god always be with you and let his face shine up on you and be graciouse amen.

please keep in touch may god always be with you and let his face shine up on you and be graciouse amen.

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Added by REV.MISAKI TURNER on July 1, 2014 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Defusing a Near Gas Station Rumble - Blessed to Be a Blessing!

Some of you know that I encourage our seeker groups as they are going through the Story of Redemption (www.StoryofRedemption.com - an evangelistic Bible study for postmodern culture) to start living out the life of Jesus.…

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Added by James Nored on June 23, 2014 at 4:00pm — 4 Comments

Two More Decide to Be Baptized in Seeker Bible Study, Group Takes Up "BELLS"!

Last night was an awesome night with our seeker Bible study (part 8 in the www.StoryofRedemption). Two more made the decision to be baptized in a few weeks! And what is more, our group came back this week sharing their…

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Added by James Nored on June 12, 2014 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Have We Had the Great Commission All Wrong??

The Great Commission, as it is called, in Matthew’s gospel is “Therefore, go, and make disciples . . . “ (Mt. 28:19). Literally, the text reads, “Make disciples as you are going.” Yet despite the clear outward focus from…

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Added by James Nored on June 4, 2014 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Ancient Lessons from Celtic Christianity for Today: Part 1 - How Patrick Converted Ireland

Recently I was blessed to be able to take a trip to Scotland to visit one of our missionaries there. Following this, I went Lindisfarne Island to take a seminar in "Exploring the Celtic Heritage," a class offered through Fuller Theological Seminary, taught by John and Olive Drane.

This was a…

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Added by James Nored on May 28, 2014 at 4:30pm — 19 Comments

How We Shared a Meal with Our Neighbors from India!

Last Sunday night, my wife Becki and I went over the home of one of our neighbors, Venky and Sudha. They are from India (Andra Pradesh). We had a great time eating authentic Indian food and enjoying their home and company.

Venky was a doctor in India, but in order to be able to leave India and come to the US, he had to change his profession to that of an occupational therapist (it is hard for doctors to be allowed to leave India). And to get into the US, they…

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Added by James Nored on May 26, 2014 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Reflections on Cooperation and Religious Divisions

Attendance at a recent Missions Resource Network benefit dinner, sparked thoughts of the religious divisions and lack of coorperation that long characterised congregtions of the churches of Christ.  I was born and raised in the 40's, 50's, and 60's--more than 50 years distance from our present culture.  During those times,  many good practices were prevalent, chief among them a…
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Added by Lynn S. Nored on April 18, 2014 at 5:58pm — No Comments

5 Reasons Christians Should View the Noah Movie as a Great Opportunity (and are Foolish to Go on the Attack)





Today the movie "Noah" is coming out to the big screen. And I want to share why Christians and churches should view this as a great opportunity to talk about their faith--and why it is foolish to waste time and energy attacking the film.

  1. In our secular world, getting people thinking about God is a good thing. The problem with much of our culture today--and…
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Added by James Nored on March 28, 2014 at 10:00am — 6 Comments

Should we let "Telling the Truth in Love" Be an Excuse for Being a Jerk?

Anytime I hear someone talk about "telling the truth in love," I know that that there will be a lot of no bars held blasting of someone with little actual love or kindness. It is much like the phrase "love the sinner, hate the sin" (which only seems to be applied to homosexuality, for some reasons)--the…

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Added by James Nored on March 25, 2014 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

5 Ways to Inspire People to Follow/Embrace a Vision and Bring About Change

In John Maxwell's book, Amplified Leadership, Maxwell gives five primary ways that leaders use to inspire people to follow or embrace a vision and bring about positive change, including:

  • Relationship - Relational leaders build strong relationships with people. They…
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Added by James Nored on March 24, 2014 at 11:44pm — No Comments

Son of God Movie Outreach - Why is this type of outreach "essential" today?





There are a number of things involved and steps on the journey of a person going from being an unchurched person, non-Christian, or seeker, and become a baptized follower of Christ. Outlining all of the typical steps or aspects of an outreach strategy would be the subject of another post. 

However, one essential part of this outreach is having low key,…

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Added by James Nored on February 20, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Why do American/Western Christians think they ought not to have to suffer?

Tim Keller has a new book out on suffering entitled, "Walking with God through Pain and Suffering."  From the review of this book from Christianity today, this looks like a great book.  …

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Added by James Nored on February 7, 2014 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

What Kind of Compliments Do Preachers Especially Appreciate?

"Good job." It is a common, polite response by members as they walk out the door of a worship service and shake the preacher's hand. Preachers are smart enough to know that by this response that they have not necessarily hit a "home run." Some people are sincere, some are just being polite. Some are really impacted, but do not know how or feel it necessary to expand. 

For those who pass preachers by and say, "Good job," know that this too is appreciated. After all,…

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Added by James Nored on December 15, 2013 at 10:00pm — No Comments

What is the Role of God's Punishment in "Love and Restoration"?

Tomorrow's sermon message is on "Love and Restoration." This message has me thinking about the role of punishment in love and restoration.

God's punishment of Israel and the destruction of whole peoples in the Old Testament is hard to…

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Added by James Nored on December 14, 2013 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Who is more ignorant--the English or Americans? - A Thanksgiving Special

Anyone who follows such things has been disturbed by the utter collapse of Christianity in the UK. The US is increasingly becoming post-Christian as well, though we are quite a bit behind Europe on this still. 

Americans are often mocked for their geographic ignorance, and rightly so. But recently some Brits were asked to label a map of the United States, labeling the various states. Here is one of those attempts:

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Added by James Nored on November 26, 2013 at 1:23pm — No Comments

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