Monthly Archives: April 2012

The Voice Bible


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It’s Time – Stage Design


William Colle from CRosSWILD camps in Tallahassee, Florida brings us this timely stage design.

They built two 8′ clocks. The clock face was two separate semi-circles each cut from a 4×8 piece of plywood. Then the two pieces were painted black and hinged together where they met. The numbers were just 11-inch x 2-inch rectangles of the same plywood as the clock face. They cut the pieces of plywood to angles to make the v’s, and cut out of the “x” pieces where the two pieces met.

Then the whole thing was lifted and put on the legs. They were essentially upside down t’s screwed into the backs of the clocks.

Then they hung crumpled up wire mesh on the back wall to give it a ruff look.

Consumers Agree with Age 13 Facebook Requirement [Infographic]


There’s been much debate about how old children need to be to join Facebook and other social media sites. While 13 seems reasonable enough, there are two sides to every coin: it’s well-known that many parents allow their children to get Facebook accounts before their thirteenth birthdays, other parents prefer to hold off until their kids are much older.

If you’re in ministry, you are surely aware of the challenges this brings up. How do you communicate with under-aged children on social media appropriately? How does your ministry respond to children under age 13 on Facebook? Below is an interesting infographic that spells out recent statistics on teens using Facebook:

Free Album Download: “Hymns,” by Reality LA


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  • I Will Sing the Wondrous Story
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  • All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name 
  • At the Foot of the Cross
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Free ebook (Today Only): Tweeting Church by Paul Clifford


Free ebook (Today Only): Tweeting Church by Paul Clifford

Author, Paul Clifford, is making his new ebook, Tweeting Church: Good News in 140 Characters available on Amazon (Kindle version only) today for free. I highly recommend you get it right now. I’m reading it and this is a great resource for anyone who wants to understand Twitter better!

Now for the book summary: We live in a time marked by change. Electronic communications enable any message to reach virtually any person in virtually any part of the world. In this world, how can something originally written so long ago compete? Is the message that was originally called “Good News” still as relevant in the age of electrons as it was in the time of papyrus?

In the follow-up to his successful book Podcasting Church, Paul Clifford seeks to answer these questions and more:

  • What is Twitter?
  • What kind of account should you have?
  • How can you regularly tweet without repeating yourself?
  • How do you keep spammers at bay?
  • How can you reach people that need to hear Christ’s message?

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This is a book for every Christian interested in spreading Christ’s message of hope and forgiveness, in an age increasingly marked by distraction and background noise, needs to read. This is an opportunity that the Church can’t pass up to communicate its message.

FREE VIDEO DOWNLOAD: “I AM”


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This video highlights verses that talk about who we are because of what God had done for us.

It is a great reminder of how God has set us free and made us new!

The Book – JUST START


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All artists are self-taught – SETH GODIN


All artists are self-taught

Techniques and skill and even a point of view are often handed down, formally or not. It’s easier to get started if you’re taught, of course.

But art, the new, the ability to connect the dots and to make an impact–sooner or later, that can only come from one who creates, not from a teacher and not from a book.

Day 11 – SOS Gideon [20 Leaders in 20 Days]


SOS Gideon

I was so afraid.

For years we had been terrorized by the nation of Midian, of Amalek and the sons of the east.  They were storming brigands and cruel bullying tyrants even down to the weakest one of them.  Nothing we possessed was truly our own, nothing we worked for would last.  There was no inheritance and no hope for anything better.  We cried out to God without confidence or expectation.  And he heard us and answered our prayer in a way that we never expected.

Sweat running down my back, I was working harder than I ever had in my life and my labor was doomed before it began.  I was hiding in the winepress, sifting grain without wind or purpose.  It was an entirely ridiculous and fruitless exercise.  You needed an open area to separate the grain from the chaff in the process of threshing it.  Instead, the closed area of the winepress choked me with dust and ill-fitting labor.  But we had to remain hidden to keep anything at all.  Our children were hungry and we were doing the best we could.  Separating the grain from the debris, unable to breathe I worked for handfuls of food and waited for strong men to come and take it all away.

There, in my frustration and failure, the angel came, speaking words of life and hope to me in my disbelief.

The Lord is with you, O valiant warrior!

There was a weight to his words, a divine sense of something more, and I struggled to accept it, even though I knew it was somehow the truth.  I wasn’t valiant.  I was hiding.  I wasn’t a warrior, I was a refugee in my own home, destitute of any battle to fight, much less one to win.  I wasn’t a leader of men. I was alone.  With the angel before me, I had a decision to make.

Could this be the way out?  Could this somehow be a path to freedom for all of us?

Coming out of myself, I asked for a sign and the angel answered with fire.  It was time.  And just like that, it was done.  We won our freedom that day, before we ever gathered an army and before we ever experienced the series of miracles to come.  I built an altar and named it Jehovah Shalom (the Lord is Peace).  He had brought us victory and peace with His presence and purpose, before we ever picked up a sword.  I knew it deeply, beyond what my eyes could see.

In spite of my spiritual resolution, I still somehow struggled with mental questions of doubt and fear which were powerful enough in its own way.  Asking for sign after sign for reassurance, the Lord patiently brought me from where I was to a place where courage became an option.  It slowly became something I could dare to reach for, even if it wasn’t yet attained.  There was no valor in the days of putting out fleeces, they were just my stalling and lack of faith.  He had spoken.  I had heard and agreed.  In my weakness and fear, it wasn’t enough.  I wanted to hear it again.

And again.

How many times do we ask for one more confirmation before the moment passes and we are truly lost?  Will the angel shake his head in sorrow and eventually sit beneath another tree, to speak holy words to someone else, someone who will actually hear them?

I tore down the places of evil worship at night, afraid of my family’s retaliation.  I was dismayed at the dissolution of our army, from men who left – men who felt exactly like I did.  We went from 32,000 to 10,000 to 300 in a rush of backwards momentum that I secretly feared was a recipe for quick defeat.  I began to think we were just a footnote in Israel’s story of oppression for another generation.

His Voice was with us every step of the way. But I had so many questions.  Undoubtedly, men were afraid; they were outnumbered five to one!  Why would it matter how people took a drink when they were thirsty?  I doubted my own sanity more than once, but we pressed on to see what the next step would bring.

God had promised us victory, but God also knew my heart.  I was still afraid.

Thinking back, I think going into the camp of the enemy was one more useless fleece.  Even so, hearing the dream of the man and his sense of dread, it became one more sign that God was with us.  With pitchers and torches and the clarion sound of trumpets a handful of men brought a nation of locusts to its knees.  Light, sound, and escalating chaos turned the night into a cacophony of bloodshed. But none of it was our own.

He had done it.  We were free.

In spite of my reluctant courage and stumbling faith, we had won.

We have the chance for greatness in the evidence of our souls before any battle is set or finished.  We are shaped and completed internally before our plans ever become something that others can see.

There is a moment that is a razor’s edge, dividing the infinite distance between hesitation and action, where the mind leaps forward in boldness or the opportunity passes and can never be retrieved.  The point of real decision is in the heart before the words are spoken, before the action is taken…  before the stage is set or the results are known.

Don’t be afraid.  Your calling begins with the smallest grain of belief that things can be different.  They can and they will.

Say yes.  Build your altar on the simplicity of the moment before you, and know that God gives good gifts even to the weak.

When the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers, they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing, and cried, “A sword for the LORD and for Gideon!”  (The Account of Judges, 7)

Devotional Thought for the Day

You heard God’s calling clearly. But what is causing you to hesitate?  Is it doubt or fear? Have you already made decisions in your heart but have yet to act upon them? Is it time to act?  Resolve to move forward and ask God to build your faith and provide strength to overcome the obstacles.

Day 12 – SOS Jesus [20 Leaders in 20 Days]


SOS Jesus

It was clear to me as my Father led me into my ministry and purpose that I wasn’t just going to be their Savior.  I wasn’t just to be their King.  I wasn’t just their Lord and Messiah, I was something much more intimate.

I was to be their Example.

It was good to see John, he was really coming into his own and I was proud of the man he had become.   God was blessing him and it did my heart good to see him prosper, even if the world didn’t see him with My eyes.  When we rose out of the water, heaven itself spoke over Me, confirming the calling I knew:

This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.

And peace descended on us like a dove.

It was a peace before the coming storm. From John I went to spend time in the lonely desolation of the desert.  There I fasted forty days and forty nights, bringing myself to the limits of human endurance. Things change after two to three days without food and hunger subsides, at least hunger in the normal sense.  It becomes more dangerous and every hour you can literally feel the resources of the body being stolen away, bringing a sense of mortality to the fore.  I was physically weaker than I had ever been but it was necessary.  This was the stage for my struggle with the Morning Star.

I had spent my days in prayer, study and meditation in preparation for the test to come.  Most recently, I had been with Moses and God’s words to Him were life to me.  Even reading and still at peace, I began to set my heart for the tempter.  It was almost time.

The first trial was to move to satisfy my own hunger through supernatural means.  It was a real temptation; I was on the edge.  Just turn these stones into bread, and in my mind’s eye I could see it happening.  With that one act I could move to alter creation for my care.  Even more, I could move to feed all hungry people everywhere.  I somehow knew that I could just will it to be so and it would be.  No more poor.  No child would ever be hungry again.  The voice of my enemy whispered to me and it sounded so right.

But it wasn’t what the Father was doing.  I responded with the words of the first prophet of Israel:  It is written: ‘Man does not live by bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’

Then my enemy took Me to Jerusalem and led Me to the top of the temple tempting Me to prove Myself through miraculous means.  By throwing Myself down and allowing the angels to save Me, preventing the frustration of God’s purpose through accident or injury.    It was so close to what I was being called to do.  It was so close to the signs and wonders of His presence confirming that the kingdom was at hand.  It was so close.

But it was wrong and it left the taste of ashes in my mouth.  I gave him Deuteronomy again:

It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’

Immediately the world blurred and we were on top of a high mountain.  In the distance I could somehow see and perceive the kingdoms of the earth.  In this unholy moment I saw the roads leading to Rome, the cultures of the east, even the cities of people across a great ocean, all being brought together under my rule.

I could unite the earth and end injustice.  I could bring wisdom and power to law and the organization of government.  I could speak out God’s very word and will to the nations of the earth and by bowing to Me, they would be bowing to Him.  All I had to do was compromise.

Turning away from the good I could do, I closed my heart to my rightful place. I could see it too clearly.  The earth longed for the direction I could bring.  It was the good that Father wasn’t doing yet. In perfect symmetry, the words of Moses burned again in my mind and I spoke them with fiery presence:

Away from me, Satan!  For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’

Finally he left Me and I collapsed in exhaustion.  Angels came and surrounded Me with their strength and power.  I thanked God that the moment was past.

It wasn’t just for Me, this test.  It was for all who would come after.  I prayed that they would receive the account of this and make the most of the steps they were called to walk.

The calling and position of God is not for our benefit or comfort.

The ministry of our work is never just a spectacle, bringing large following through illegitimate means.

The Kingdom of Heaven has no place for compromise with the enemy, even when it seems good.

The word of God is our strength.

Father, let us do Your will… and let Your children follow Me in the love and grace You intend.

…but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (The Account of Matthew, 5)