June, 2010 Archives

30
Jun

Hanging up his suspenders

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suspendersLarry King is retiring. This morning’s CNN website reports that the TV interviewer will step aside from his prime time show later this year. Mr. King, born Larry Zeiger, had a career in late-night talk radio before Ted Turner persuaded him to try his hand at television 25 years ago. He has interviewed 50,000 guests; he says that Nelson Mandela was the most extraordinary person he has met. Read the rest of this entry »

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29
Jun

Russian spies and hydrangeas

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Saint Basil CathedralAre your neighbors Russian spies? By now you’ve heard about the arrests yesterday of 11 accused Russian espionage ring members. Today’s New York Times quotes a former Soviet spy who calls this “a return to the old days.” One neighbor was skeptical. “They couldn’t have been spies,” she said of her gardening friend, now in federal custody. “Look what she did with the hydrangeas.” Read the rest of this entry »

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28
Jun

Bulldozers, ducks, and Independence Day

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bulldozer on a work siteDid you hear about the Census worker in Alaska who was attacked by a bulldozer? This morning’s USA Today website tells us that others have been shot at with pellet guns and confronted with pickaxes, crossbows and hammers. They have been bitten by pit bulls, chased by packs of dogs, and pecked by ducks. Apparently not everyone is happy to be an American citizen, or at least to tell the Census Bureau that they are. Read the rest of this entry »

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1
Jun

What are spiritual gifts? How can I find mine?

posted in After you Believe, Spiritual Growth, Tough Questions by Jim Denison

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William Borden was heir to the Borden dairy fortune, but he abandoned immeasurable wealth to serve God as a foreign missionary. Tragically, he contracted meningitis before reaching his destination and died. Among his possessions was found this scribbled note, summarizing his life’s passion: No reserve, no retreat, no regrets. His story and motto captured the heart of a generation, and galvanized thousands for mission service.

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1
Jun

How can I know the will of God?

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In 1870 the Methodists in Indiana were holding their Annual Conference. At one point in the proceedings, the president of the college where they were meeting said, “I think we are living in a very exciting age.” The presiding bishop asked him, “What do you see for the future?” The college president responded, “I believe we are coming into a time of great inventions. I believe, for example, that men will fly through the air like birds.” The bishop said, “That’s heresy! The Bible says that flight is reserved for the angels. We’ll have no more such talk here.”

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1
Jun

How can I pray more effectively?

posted in After you Believe, Spiritual Growth, Tough Questions by Jim Denison

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Blaise Pascal, the mathematical and spiritual genius, believed that “all the troubles of life come upon us because we refuse to sit quietly for a while each day in our rooms.” Oswald Chambers agreed: “Prayer is the way the life of God is nourished. We look upon prayer as a means of getting things for ourselves; the Bible’s idea of prayer is that we may get to know God himself.” How can we know our Father more fully, by praying more effectively?

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1
Jun

How can I share my faith? Why should I?

posted in After you Believe, Sharing your Faith, Tough Questions by Jim Denison

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Elton Trueblood, the great Christian philosopher, said that every successful organization must have a passion, a philosophy, and a program. What are to be ours?

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1
Jun

How do I defeat temptation and sin?

posted in After you Believe, Spiritual Warfare, Tough Questions by Jim Denison

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King David had an affair with Bathsheba, the wife of Uriah. She became pregnant. To cover his sin, eventually he had Uriah killed and took his widow as his own wife. But God knew what he had done. And David’s story would never be the same.

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1
Jun

What are demons?

posted in After you Believe, Spiritual Warfare, Tough Questions by Jim Denison

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An African proverb says, “When elephants fight, the grass always loses.” In the realm of spiritual warfare, Christians are the “grass”: “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).

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1
Jun

Who is Satan?

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C. S. Lewis once suggested that we make two mistakes regarding the devil. One is to give him more authority than he deserves—then he can do what he wants. The other is to deny that he exists—then he can do what he wants (The Screwtape Letters). People today typically think of Satan as a symbol of evil, wearing red tights and a tail, the stuff of Saturday cartoons. He’s just as happy to be ignored as to be feared.

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