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It Takes a Church

From It Takes a Church to Baptize. Perhaps then you are like me. I grew up Baptist and have been baptistic in my view of baptism for most of my life. That is, to be baptistic is to believe only believers should be baptized by full immersion into a pool of water and that baptizing infants […]



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Daily Prayer for August 6

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I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you. Isaiah 44:22, NIV

Lord our God, we thank you for establishing us on the firm foundation of your Word and your promise, your promise that expresses the great longing and hope in so many people’s hearts. For they do not want their lives to remain base and petty but want to look toward something higher, rejoicing that the promise can be fulfilled for them. So today we too stand ready for the coming time you are bringing, and we exult in our expectation of the future. We rejoice in the expectation of the time when you will give your Spirit to us and to all those who answer your call and become your helpers. Amen.


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Author: Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt

THE ROLE OF PROPHECY – PART 6 OF 6

July 24, 2018

Psalms 80
1 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. 2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us. 3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.



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Aeroe Denmark

It’s pronounced something like “airrh-oo.” A small ferry-accessible island in Denmark, south of Svendborg which is south of Odense, which is in the middle of Denmark on the path from Copenhagen to Aarhus or Aalborg. Just a few lines and a few pics for you today from our time in Aeroeskoebing. We will do a […]



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Podcast On Hope with John Byron

Hope is essential to the Christian life. Like the Thessalonians, we’re sometimes tempted to lose hope and give up. It’s in such situations that these ancient letters find new life. Paul’s letters to the Thessalonians are often overlooked, but they’re essential for the church today. In addition, John Byron brings out numerous important themes in […]



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AOP Homeschooling – 5 Prevention Tips to Avoid Device Addiction

Like so many addictions, the first step in resolving the issue is acknowledging that there’s a problem. Beyond that, Dean Heetderks, a ministry support services co-director, offers these five practical tips.



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Daily Prayer for May 28

You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:5–6, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, we thank you that we may be your children. We thank you that through your Spirit our hearts may know that we are your children. Even when everything around us becomes difficult and we are hemmed in by darkness, we remain your children. Even when we often do not see how we are to go on and everything seems to be taken from us, we remain your children. Even when sin and death surround us and accuse us of being in the wrong, we still remain your children. As your children we entrust ourselves to your hands. In our whole life, in all our work and activity, we dwell in what has come from you, and we rejoice in Christ our Savior. Amen.


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Daily Prayer for April 22

Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. Luke 12:35–36, NIV

Lord our God, we wait in expectation. Even in the great distress on earth, we wait in longing for your day to come, for the pangs of death to pass, so that your kingdom may arise and the reign of Jesus Christ may spread over the whole world in power and glory. May your promise be fulfilled and your will be done on earth. May there always be people who believe and who pray in faith, “Lord God, come! Come, Lord God. Humankind does not understand how to live. Send us Jesus Christ, the Savior, Lord, and Judge of the dead and the living. Put an end to sin and death!” We thank you for giving us this faith and for letting us pray at all times, “Come, Lord Jesus. Yes, come soon, Lord Jesus!” We ask you to protect us in this faith. Bring this faith to fulfillment for the glory of your name. Amen.


How do you follow Jesus?

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AOP Homeschooling – The Secret Steps of How to Fold a Fitted Sheet

There’s a saying that says, “Parenting is like folding a fitted sheet. No one knows how to do it.” While there’s some truth to that, with trial and error, you are successfully raising your child. Now, with a little practice (and these secret steps), we’re convinced you can conquer folding a fitted sheet, too!



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The “More Ancient Than Thou” Claim

The Reformation was a claim by Protestants like Luther and Calvin to be “more ancient than thou” when it came to the Catholics, ignoring as they did the Orthodox. In a splendid essay on “The Catholic Luther,” a title with tilt if ever one had it, David Steinmetz (in Taking the Long View: Christian Theology […]



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