Month: June 2012

Israel, Archeology, Temple Mount – Beautiful

The Herodian version of the model shows visitors how excavators believe the Temple Mount site appeared prior to its destruction by Roman troops in the year 70 CE. The focus is on the southern portion of the enclosure, and includes reconstructions of Robinson’s Arch (an early overpass linking the top of the platform with the major city street below), the Hulda Street gates and passages onto the platform, the Royal Stoa, and the Second Temple. The reconstruction is based on the excavations at the Temple Mount under the direction of Ronny Reich and regional archeologist Gideon Avni. On view at the Davidson Center,

Laser Sharp Focus

Allow me to ask you one or two questions. Is what you are doing now getting you closer to your goals? Are you headed in the direction that is helping you fulfill your dreams, are you satisfy with your level of commitment to projects and plans and are you giving 110 percent to maintaining your priorities? Well, here are a few words of motivation and encouragement. We all know that the sun is a powerful source of energy. Every second and every hour the sun shines down on the earth pouring billions of kilowatts of energy. Yet, you and I have not become BBQ for I don’t know who. A laser on the other hand is a weak source of energy. A laser takes a few watts of energy and focuses them in a coherent stream of light. But with a laser you can drill a hole in a diamond or wipe out a cancer from the skin and more. How does this relate to anything scriptural? Well, here is what Paul says in Philippians. Philippians 3:13-14, TLB. “No, …

Testimony from the mission field

I received this testimony today by email from one of our missionaries near Lilongwe, Malawi. I pray that it is blessings to you today. Dan and Noreen served for a long time in Angola and recently moved to Malawi to be Bible School teachers and do evangelism. The following story took place on Friday night, June 22, 2012, near Lilongwe, Malawi. I wanted to give you a report on our Friday night open-air meeting with pastor Benson in a village near Lilongwe where we live. We showed a portion of the Jesus movie then I had the opportunity to preach. I shared the text from Exodus 9:1 about God telling Pharoah to let His people go!. We made contemporary comparisons on being in bondage as the Israelites were. About 30 adults responded to the altar call and about 50 kids! A good number of these people do not attend church anywhere. We prayed for a few who had specific problems, nightmares, broken families and alcohol addiction. As we began driving out of the lot where we …

I will never leave you nor will I forsake you!

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:5 “No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Matthew 28:20 “teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” What an incredible promise! He will never leave you nor forsake you. He will always be with you. This is a truth that should inspire confidence and trust. Let me give a few examples of realize people who experienced this promise first-hand. The Apostle John Domitian had John thrown into a cauldron …

Church Dropouts

A Bunch of Lazy Excuses According to researchers, Christian young adults are leaving church at an alarming rate. 38 percent of Christians ages 18 to 25 doubt their faith. At the age of 15, 57 percent said they were less active in church and 59 percent have dropped out all together. There are different reasons for the drift according to David Kinnaman, who writes extensively on the subject. What I want to do here is list six of the arguments young adults have made for leaving the church. This is a critique of the reasons young adults have given for leaving the Church. After each reason, I will share candidly what I think about it. This is not a critique of the book nor its author, but the reasons given to him by these young people. 1. The Church is too Overprotective. The church’s impulses toward creativity and cultural engagement are some of the defining characteristics of the Mosaic generation that are most obvious. They want to re-imagine, re-create, re-think, and they want to be entrepreneurs, …

All Good Things Must Come To An End

You have no idea how good it feels to abandon annually. Take a week or two off and have fun, relax, enjoy your family and vacation. It felt amazing! I thank the Lord for a time of refreshing. I had a wonderful time here, but now, it is time to go home. All good things certainly must come to an end. So, to everyone of you – much Love from San Francisco – see you on your blog!

The Second Coming!

This 18 century egg tempera is structured symbolically and heirachically, so that each aspect of the second coming is explored separately within the painting. The lavish use of gold leaf is symbolic of heavenly radiance. I got the app for the glo bible the other and like the picture.

Female Bloggers that Rock

target=”_blank”>churchrevelance According to Kent Shafer at Church Relevance, “it may look like there are only 8/200 top church blogs written by 8 women. However, many of the blogs are written by multiple authors. So if you look closer and include the blogs listed as “Various” authors, you will actually discover that 41/200 blogs are written by 175+ women to some degree.” What that means is that 20% of the top blogs are written by women. Here is how he breaks it down: #3 – Faith & Reason: Cathy Lynn Grossman #7 – GetReligion: Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Mollie Ziegler #10 – The Resurgence: various women including Elyse Fitzpatrick, Kristen Gilles, Lindsey Holcomb, Rachel Jankovic, Julie Smith Lowe, Jen Schmidt, Hilary Tompkins, Trisha Wikerson #13 – Desiring God: Gloria Furman, Noel Piper #14 – Internet Monk: Martha from Ireland #16 – Christianity Today Live Blog: Sarah Pulliam Bailey, Adelle Banks, Morgan Feddes, Kelly Henderson, Annalisa Musarra #20 – Rachel Held Evans #21 – Compassion International: various women including Caroline Atuhwere, Katy Causey, Jill DeRaad, Vera Mensah-Bediako, Shaina Moats, Jacquie Parella, Nadia Soberanis, Amber …

Nomads, Exile and Prodigal?

Some call them Nomads – those “wondering away from traditional religious institutions but say faith is still important to them.” I call them the free radicals – and they have exposed themselves to Satan’s most effective tool – Separate them as far from fellowship as possible, because in the long run they will grow cold. These people are in big trouble. Others are called Exiles – “exiles being those who are – still hopeful about their faith but feel stuck when they consider life’s challenges”. Jesus warns about this spiritual dilemma in Matthew 13:20-22. “As for what was sown on rocky ground, this is the one who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy, yet he has no root in himself, but endures for a while, and when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately he falls away. As for what was sown among thorns, this is the one who hears the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it proves …

Sausalito Sausalito

My quite time up in this place was epic. If you have never heard the voice of the Lord, you will hear it in Sausalito. The mornings are like the cool of the day, the noon time brings joyful songs and a great humor, and the evening time is so tranquil it makes you want to do this all over again. Then the Spirit lifted me up, and I heard behind me the voice of a great earthquake: “Blessed be the glory of the LORD from its place!” Ezekiel 3:12