Posts from June 2014

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Surprise! Surprise!

by Ladd
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“Jesus then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this….” Mark 8:31, 32 “Jesus did not want anyone to […]

Imprisoned for “liking” a Christian Facebook Page – Really?

by Ladd
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The original post I wrote this morning was quite different from the one you are about to read. I let my emotions get the best of me and came down hard on the North American Christian community regarding our indifference as a whole about the suffering of our brothers and sisters who are facing displacement, […]

Withered Hearts

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“Again He [Jesus] entered the synagogue, and a man was there who had a withered hand. And they watched him, to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. And he said to the man who had the withered hand, ‘Come here.’ And He said to them, ‘Is […]

The Birth of a Hymn

by Ladd
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Most of us know the history behind the beautiful hymn Amazing Grace and as a result we sing it with a passion based upon our knowledge of the conversion story of its author John Newton. Few of us know the history, however, of most of the other songs we sing and while it isn’t important […]

Rules Are Rules

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In his book Not a Fan, Kyle Idleman tells the following story. “A man named John who, dressed in blue jeans, walked into a bank to finalize a business transaction. The teller told him that the officer he needed to see wasn’t in, and he would have to come back the next day. John said […]

If Your Church Closed Today Would Anyone Notice?

by Ladd
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If your church closed today would anyone notice? If for some reason you had to close the doors of your building and walk away how long would it take for your community to miss your presence? How you answer those two questions says a great deal about your ministry and vision for the people of […]

We Are One In Christ

by Ladd
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“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, ‘tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’ Jesus answered: ‘Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, […]

The Nine-o’clock Club

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“Praying is the most important thing you do in a day. Whatever you do each day, begin everything with prayer. Prayer is the shortest way, not the longest! By sacrificing yourself and applying yourself to praying as a warrior, God will open the hearts of people and break through their thinking.” – North Korean pastor […]

Shooting at the Wrong Target

by Ladd
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“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces. You yourselves do not enter nor will you let those enter who are trying to.” Matthew 23:13 Why do we make becoming a Christian so difficult? Earlier in the chapter Jesus told the crowds and […]

Jesus Enjoys Us for Who We Are

by Ladd
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One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him. When Jesus saw what was happening he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God […]