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Did You Hear the Big News?

Well, it’s September. That means is a very important time of year. The children are back to school. There’s a hint of Fall in the wind. And an entire subculture of Western civilization sat on the edge of the seats for a big announcement.

We were waiting for it. Sometime back in April or May we started to think about it. Like kids getting ready for Christmas we started to countdown the days. Google searches led us to rumors and hopes. We couldn’t stand the wait. The anticipation almost killed us. Then yesterday it finally came. The big news we waited months for: the launch of Apple’s iPhone 6.

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Unbeknownst to a lot of Apple junkies, there’s a much bigger announcement that continues to ring out around the world. It wasn’t delivered in a keynote speech at a prestigious conference of forward thinkers. There were no headlines when it came out. And just because it’s old doesn’t mean it is less powerful than the latest technology.

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Book Review: “One Big Thing” by Phil Cooke

onebigthingNo one was created to be mediocre. God does not intend for us to sit on the sidelines or to be a copy of someone else. We are all unique, and uniquely created for greatness. We have passions and ideas, and they don’t fit into each other’s molds.

So why do we feel so forgotten? Why do some shine while others feel inept and invisible? We have lost sight of ourselves, our true selves. We have settled for next to nothing when anything is possible.

We can achieve the greatness that awaits us. Our purpose, our destiny can be fulfilled. It is possible to see our dreams and visions realized. There aren’t so  many voices or hurdles to our goals if we focus and determine to make one thing happen. One Big Thing.

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Have You Forgotten? (a poem)

It was a lifetime ago,
the days when we were together;
excited about God,
hearing His Word for our lives
and growing in Him.

The world was simpler then,
when we thought anything was possible;
dreaming of the future,
full of hope for each day
and trusting His promise.

Have you forgotten those days?
Are they far from your mind?
What caused you to turn from those dreams
and abandon your hope?
What drove you so far
that God is lost in the distance?

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Calling Off “The Preacher Hunt”

You have probably found yourself in one of those conversations. The internet is all abuzz because someone figured out that a certain preacher is mixing his theologies. He said something questionable. It’s time to burn all of his books and denounce any pastor or church that has them in its library.

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Maybe you know those kind of people. They scour the internet for everything they can find to discredit a well-known preacher of the Gospel with a mega-church and book deals. To have that many people in their church, so many followers on Facebook or Twitter, they must be watering down the Gospel. “Let’s expose them and tear down their empires,” is the war cry of these people.

I’m hesitant to call them Christians. Sure, they sound like they are sold-out, radical, gung-ho for God and the purity of His Church. But if they were to take some time and read their Scriptures instead of countless articles on the internet, they might be surprised how unbiblical and unChristian they are acting. They are hunting preachers instead of sharing Christ.

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Devotion: Perfectly Made

The Bible tells us that God created all of the world, all of the creatures in our world, and all of the universe around us in seven days.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

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Artist Philippe Faraut at work, via posterlux.ru

Every world was made different from the others. All of the stars in the sky are different. He made many types of trees, bushes and flowers. With His imagination God created all of the various kinds of birds, fish, animals, and even the bugs. And when He was finished with all of His creating …

Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good … (Genesis 1:31a)

Have you ever tried to make something and then decided to start over? I did that as I prepared to share with you today. I began on one sheet of paper and ended up crunching it all together and throwing it away.

We don’t always get it right on the first try, do we? Some-times we work on a project for a long time, and when it is finished we don’t see what we hoped for. So we throw it away or pack it up and start over.

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