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Posted on January 20, 2014 by John van der Veen"Though I was initially disappointed at being categorized as an extremist, as I continued to think about the matter I gradually gained a measure of satisfaction from the label. Was not Jesus an extremist for love:"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you."Was not Amos an extremist for justice:"Let justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever flowing stream."Was not Paul an extremist for the Christian gospel:"I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus."Was not Martin Luther an extremist:"Here I stand; I cannot do otherwise, so help me God."And John Bunyan:"I will stay in jail to the end of my days before I make a butchery of my conscience."And Abraham Lincoln:"This nation cannot survive half slave and half free."And Thomas Jefferson:"We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal. . ."So the question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be. Will we be extremists for hate or for love? Will we be extremists for the preservation of injustice or for the extension of justice? In that dramatic scene on Calvary's hill three men were crucified. We must never forget that all three were crucified for the same crime--the crime of extremism. Two were extremists for immorality, and thus fell below their environment. The other, Jesus Christ, was an extremist for love, truth and goodness, and thereby rose above his environment.Perhaps the South, the nation and the world are in dire need of creativeextremists."The above is taken from Martin Luther King's Letter from Birmingham Jail. Written April 16, 1963. You may find the whole letter here.
Posted on October 30, 2013 by Family Christian
One of the most storied worship leaders of our time, Chris Tomlin returns with this deluxe tour edition of his hit album, Burning Lights. As the songwriter behind the worship favorites "How Great Is Our God," "Jesus Messiah," "Holy is the Lord" and "Forever," Chris continues to write songs that connect people to the heart of Jesus and lead them to a greater worship of Him.
Burning Lights: Deluxe Edition includes special guest performances from Lecrae, Phil Wickham, Kari Jobe and Christy Nockels, as well as an all new talk from Louie Giglio. Recorded live at Red Rocks, the included bonus DVD is the next best thing to seeing Tomlin in concert!
Check out God's Great Dance Floor LIVE
Our God LIVE
To read our Q&A with Chris, click here.
Posted on October 7, 2013 by Family Christian
You may not realize this, but your pastor works more than just one day a week. A lot oftimes pastors are taken for granted, because people don’t understand the amount of work it takes to prepare and deliver a sermon, visit with people who are sick, counsel others, and lead a church staff all at the same time. It is not easy to juggle all of these duties, and it can be physically, mentally, and spiritually taxing on them.
Now it is time to show how thankful you are. This month is Clergy Appreciation Month. It is a time to do something above and beyond the norm, in order to give back to your pastor.
Below are eight different ways you can express your gratitude to your pastor. While this list is not all-inclusive, it does provide you with a number of ideas to get you started thinking about how you can celebrate.
- Do Something Special During The Service: This could be anything from a testimony shared by a couple people, to a video or slideshow presentation, or even a thank you flash mob.
- Do Something Publicly: Connect with your local Christian bookstore or radio station, and have them recognize your pastor through activities or advertising about them. You could also ask local businesses to put up signs, or put up a special message if they have signs already.
- Plan A Big Event: You could organize a big banquet, or just a little after church picnic one Sunday. You could also try and plan a fun night out of bowling, or something similar.
- Create Special Decorative Pieces: Create a giant banner and have as many people as you can sign it, put together a memorial scrapbook, or gather people in front of the church and take a picture of everyone together.
- Renovate: Maybe your pastor’s office is a little dark and plain. Brighten things up with a new paint job and a new picture. You could also buy them a new desk, or other office supplies. Don’t limit your interior design skills to just the office. Their homes may be in need of a makeover as well.
- Purchase A Large Gift: You could either use the church budget, or collect special donations, and then purchase one big item for your pastor.
- Purchase A Lot Of Small Gifts: Does your pastor love a certain kind of candy? Get a lot of people to bring in a small bag, and you’ll be able to give over a month’s supply.
- Often Overlooked, But Most Important: Your pastors are always in need of prayers, love, and support, just as much as anyone else. These are gifts that should not be saved for clergy appreciation month, but given every day.
These are all great gifts that your pastor will surely be grateful for, but you don’t need to wait until next October to give them again. Some of these gifts can be weekly, or even daily, and can really grow your community.
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Posted on June 11, 2013 by Family Christian
We thought that we would put together some great coupons for the kiddos to give to dad. We even have a blank one for your family to be creative.
What gift are you giving for Father's Day this year?