♥ The Value Of Christian Fellowship ♥


Christian fellowship builds us up and binds us together.
~Dave Branon
(Galatians 3:28)
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Weekend A La Carte (August 23)

Zondervan and Thomas Nelson are having a great $0.99 sale: Death by Living by N.D. Wilson; Strange Fire by John MacArthur; Jesus on Every Page by David Murray; The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick; Couples of the Bible by Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth; Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan; Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke; Yaw...
 

Weekend A La Carte (August 23)

Zondervan and Thomas Nelson are having a great $0.99 sale: Death by Living by N.D. Wilson; Strange Fire by John MacArthur; Jesus on Every Page by David Murray; The Dude’s Guide to Manhood by Darrin Patrick; Couples of the Bible by Robert & Bobbie Wolgemuth; Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan; Jesus > Religion by Jefferson Bethke; Yaw...
 

Faith Hacking: A Simple Method to Organize Your Prayers

I love to discover what I call “faith hacks”—practical methods or techniques for living the Christian life. As I read, as I listen to sermons, as I speak to people, I am always looking for insights on how other Christians live out their faith in practical ways. I recently shared an ultra-practical way to display servant leadership. Today I am...
 

In the Face of Evil, We Must Live Our Faith Out Loud

Today’s guest blog is from Tami Yeager, EPM’s financial administrator. She shared these thoughts on last Wednesday after the news of American journalist James Foley being beheaded by Islamic militants.Today my heart is heavy after being assaulted by the evil depicted across the internet of the American journalist being beheaded. I...
 

Singer, priest, boss: the latest from Sinead O’Connor

Posted on 08/21/14Is it a coincidence that Irish alt-rock pioneer Sinead O’Connor has released a song called “Take Me To Church” just as fellow Irish singer-songwriter Hozier is making waves with a song of the same name?Hozier’s melancholy tune swipes at the Catholic Church and deifies sex as an ultimate truth and...
 

Lead with Empathy, Love Your Neighbor, Let the Truth Come Out — A Response to Ferguson

From a modified transcript of today’s edition of The Briefing:I first addressed the situation in Ferguson back on August 12th, which was then the first opportunity I had to speak to the issue. Since then I have not addressed the question because I wanted to stand by what I said back on August 12th. We should not speak to the facts on the...
 

Loss: Finding Hope that Lasts when Life Falls Apart

I have benefited from the writings of David Powlison and Ed Welch. Take 90 seconds to watch this video. Though it speaks about a conference concerning Loss, a conference God might want...
 

The Pan-European Picnic

Twenty-five years ago tomorrow, a seemingly innocent event took place on the border of Hungary and Austria which catalysed the downfall of the Berlin Wall. Alongside the centennial commemorations of World War One we wrote about last week, we should also reflect on the remarkable events of late 1989. I have shared this story before. In the light of...
 

Sermons by Our Sons-in-Law

Dan Stump, married to...
 

Of an Unnamed Nigerian Woman

Today's guest blog is from Tami Yeager, EPM's financial administrator. Because of her passion for the persecuted church, she also serves as a volunteer community voice coordinator for The Voice of the Martyrs. Displayed on the Martyrs Monument (at The Voice of The Martyrs USA ministry office in Bartlesville, Oklahoma) are the names...
 

A Letter to Those Struggling with Eating Disorders

When I was twenty years old and in Bible college, and had known Jesus for just five years, I worked with junior highers and high schoolers at my church. A young girl came to me who was starving herself to death, because she thought she was fat. She wasn’t. She was thin. It didn’t make sense. I tried to talk her out of it. Of course, I...
 

Children Learn from Our Example… For Better or For Worse

This 60 second video is very powerful, though I’m well aware parts of it could be offensive to some. I hate to see a child making an obscene gesture (or smoking for that matter), but in the context of the vital message it’s conveying, I think it’s worth posting, shock value and all. (Please don’t watch it if my description...
 

Entrusting Ourselves to Him Who Judges Justly

Twenty years ago, I was named in an unwarranted lawsuit. In court, some of the plaintiffs—the owner and staff of an abortion clinic—falsely accused me and others of yelling and swearing at women, calling them names, and putting our...
 

Human Rights: secular or Biblical?

 

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The world watched on as Holland mourned this past week. Four days in a row, the same somber ceremony was performed at Eindhoven Airport, as coffin after coffin was respectfully unloaded from the Hercules aircraft into scores of waiting hearses.
The unprecedented kilometre-long convoy speeding down the motorway toward Hilversum was followed by...
 

Is It Unloving to Speak of Hell?

If you were giving some friends directions to Denver and you knew that one road led there but a second road ended at a sharp cliff around a blind corner, would you talk only about the safe road? No. You would tell them about both, especially if you knew that the road to destruction was wider and more traveled. In fact, it would be terribly...
 

A 12-Year-Old Reviews My Graphic Novel, Eternity

My friend Roger Manning gave Katie the book...
 

Constitutional Wisdom and Common Sense on Ceremonial Prayer — An Important Victory

In a landmark decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled yesterday that prayer before the opening of a legislative body does not violate the U. S. Constitution. The decision is a victory for both the Constitution and for common sense, and the controversy about it points to the deep cultural divide over one of the founding principles of the...
 

Through Heaven's Doorway

When five-year-old Emily Kimball was hospitalized and heard she was going to die, she started to cry. Even though she loved Jesus and wanted to be with him, she didn’t want to leave her family behind. Then her mother had an inspired idea. She asked Emily to step through a doorway into another room, and she closed the door behind her. One at...
 

More Tales from the Tolerance Thugs

OK, it is now official. It has been a close contest, but I think a winner can be announced here – even if just by a whisker. There are many contenders for the Tolerance Brigade of the Year Award. Plenty of groups come to mind. You know the ones: they scream the loudest about tolerance, acceptance and diversity, yet are the most intolerant, u...
 

David Hume’s toe

The Great Partnership between science and faith that we wrote about last week could be illustrated equally from the story of Edinburgh as from that of Cambridge. On our recent Celtic Heritage Tour, Paul James-Griffiths introduced this theme to us on our walk down the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle towards the Holyrood Palace.
As Paul explained...
 

Tales From the Resistance

Every person who names the name of Christ is part of the Resistance. We are resisting the world, the flesh and the devil, and we are taking a stand for Christ and the Kingdom. We seek to reclaim territory lost to the enemy, and make the lordship of Christ preeminent in all things.I have just penned a piece on this, reminding us of our role as...
 

Where Do We Find the Motivation to Invest Eternally?

Peter encouraged Christians to find joy by focusing not on the trial that will go on only “a little while” but on their heavenly inheritance that will never perish. As missionary martyr Jim Elliot put it, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” Why work for what has no lasting value? Why...
 

We Are the Resistance

It really does not take much to spark a thought for a new article. This article took a split second to conceive. Elsewhere a kind soul sent me a brief message which included these words: “God Bless you and your family Bill Muehlenberg. You are a voice for the truth and such a critical part of the resistance.” I thought right away, “Yes, exactly – w...