Thursday, January 31, 2013

Call the Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors and Tell them to Uphold Scouting Values!

The Family Research Council is encouraging Bible-believing Christ followers to use their voice.  The Boy Scouts of America have excluded gays from membership or leadership since the inception of the organization in 1910.  The Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that they have a legal right to continue this position.  The Scouts reaffirmed this policy just last year.

However, companies such as shipping giant UPS, drug manufacturer Merck, and the United Way
have stopped or postponed donations as long as their no-gays policy is in force.  A gay rights advocacy group gathered more than 1.2 million online signatures to protest the Scouts' position.  Now the Scouts may give troop sponsors the authority to accept gays as scouts and leaders.  This change could be announced as early as next week.

For generations, the BSA has shaped our nation's moral character by teaching young men to do their duty to God and country. This is why, when the BSA board begins its annual meeting on Monday of next week, it is so important that you keep the pressure on, to show them how devastating this moral collapse will be for the Scouts and the country.

Please call the members of the BSA Board of Directors (sample call script below) and kindly urge them to stand strong and true to their timeless values: (Go to list of Board of Directors and a sample phone script).

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The World's Easiest IQ Test - Just for Fun


(Passing requires only 3 correct answers out of 10!)

Time yourself


1) How long did the Hundred Years' War last ?

2) Which country makes Panama hats ?

3) From which animal do we get cat gut ?

4) In which month do Russians celebrate the October Revolution ?

5) What is a camel's hair brush made of ?

6) The Canary Islands in the Pacific are named after what animal ?

7) What was King George VI's first name ?

8) What color is a purple finch ?

9) Where are Chinese gooseberries from ?

10) What is the color of the black box in a commercial airplane ?

Remember, you need only 3 correct answers to pass.
Happy Smile!

1) 116 years, from 1337 to 1453.

2) Ecuador.

3) From sheep and horses.

4) November. The Russian calendar was 13 days behind ours.

5) Squirrel fir.

6) The Latin name was Insularia Canaria - Island of the Dogs.

7) Albert. When he came to the throne in 1936 he respected the wish of Queen Victoria that no future king should ever be
called Albert.

8) Distinctively crimson.

9) New Zealand.

10) Orange

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

How to Spot a Transformed Christian

We've have been talking about what it means to be a maturing/maturing/fully developing follower of Christ. Gordon MacDonald has written a helpful summary in thinking about maturity in discipleship.

 How to Spot a Transformed Christian 12 outward signs of the inner reality

Monday, January 21, 2013

Raw: Obama Sworn in for Second Term (video) - Washington Times

My prayer is that as the President...and we as a nation...would truly go about our life in a "so help me God" way.

Monday, January 14, 2013

35 Influential Books in My Life

Recently, I was asked to share some of my all-time favorite books. While this is not all-inclusive, it does include titles that have been influential in my life and ministry. Listing them doesn't indicate I believe everything each author has ever written or said (except for the Bible). They were simply books God used at strategic points in my life to speak to me. They are in no particular order (except for the Bible):

  1. The Bible - read through annually
  2. The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  3. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  4. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
  5. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
  6. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
  7. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster
  8. Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala
  9. Courageous Leadership by Bill Hybels
  10. 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell
  11. Key to Triumphant Living by Jack Taylor
  12. Company of the Committed by Elton Trueblood
  13. Crazy Love by Francis Chan
  14. Hole in the Gospel by Richard Stearns
  15. Normal Christian Life by Watchman Nee
  16. Experiencing God by Henry Blackaby
  17. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
  18. In His Steps by Charles Sheldon
  19. The Reason for God by Timothy Keller
  20. More Than A Carpenter and Evidence That Demands A Verdict by Josh McDowell
  21. Knowledge of the Holy by A.W. Tozer
  22. Desiring God by John Piper
  23. The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence
  24. Power Through Prayer by E.M. Bounds
  25. The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E. Coleman
  26. Hand Me Another Brick by Charles Swindoll
  27. Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald
  28. Sit Walk Stand by Watchman Nee
  29. What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey
  30. The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
  31. Heaven by Randy Alcorn
  32. Boundaries by Henry Cloud
  33. Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough by Elmer Towns 
  34. Disapppointment with God - by Phillip Yancey
  35. Your God is too Safe by Mark Buchanan

 What would you include in your list?

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

You Can Afford It, But Should You Buy It?

You Can Afford It, But Should You Buy It? by Matt Bell

Financial success has much to do with how well we make certain key decisions. How much should we spend on a house? Should we finance a vehicle? By the same token, day-to-day money management can be simplified by using a Cash Flow Plan.
However, truly wise money management requires more than a cashflow spreadsheet.

Monday, January 7, 2013

A Prayer for Taking Our Idolatry Seriously

A Prayer for Taking Our Idolatry Seriously

Scotty Smith's daily prayer offering today ties in with our sermon on worship from Sunday.

23 Reasons to Be Joyful (Philippians)

This is a simple encouraging word for the New Year.

The book of Philippians has been my food for the past month, or so, in response to the encouragement of a faithful brother of mine. Having struggled my whole life with negative thought patterns, which come so easily—without any conscious effort—I am asking the Lord to train me in a pattern of joy. Perhaps this is an area where Christlike growth is needed in your heart and life too. Toward the goal of re-training our hearts, consider the following reasons to be joyful. Let this list be a starting point for you to meditate on the Word of God.

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Thursday, January 3, 2013

Seven Social Media Tasks for the New Year

The beginning of a year is an ideal time to examine your social media presence and make necessary updates and adjustments. Think of it as a tune-up for Twitter or a facelift for Facebook. Anyway, here are my seven tips to get 2013 off to a good start with your social media accounts:

1. Consider changing your passwords — This can be tedious, but can be helpful in the long run. Think about the number of computers or mobile devices you’ve logged into your social media accounts over the past year. It might not be a bad idea to reset passwords on your accounts if for no other reason than to know you are less likely to have any security issues (at least any time soon). Oh, and be sure to write down those new passwords. Or you can use 1Password. I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013