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Hear the story behind Tenth Avenue North’s song No Man is an Island.

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Beginning in a Starbucks in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas, Texas, The Afters have traveled and shared their music across the country.

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Congratulations to the following winners of the Pastor Appreciation Contest. They have won lunch for their church staff.

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Word for Your Life
Preach the word; Be prepared in season & out of season; correct, rebuke & encourage – with great patience & careful instruction… ~ 2 Timothy 4:2

A Year with Aslan from The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe

After Aslan has returned to life, he & Susan & Lucy have to make a beeline for the battle.  Can you imagine what that ride was like?

Have you ever had a gallop on a horse? Think of that, then take away the heavy noise of the hoofs & the jingle of the bits & imagine instead the almost noiseless padding of the great paws…& then imagine you’re going twice as fast as the fastest racehorse, but this is a mount that doesn’t need to be guided & never grows tired.  He rushes on & on, never missing his footing, never hesitating, threading his way with perfect skill…& you’re riding not on a rod nor in a park..but right across Narnia, across the shoulders of heathery mountains… into wild valleys & acres of blue flowers.

We may not be able to imagine the world Jesus will reign over – but maybe it helps to think of every moment as hanging on for dear life, & enjoying the ride.

Daily Walk Devotion ~ Intentional Living Center

Psalm 36:5 tells us “Your love, Lord, reaches to the heavens.  Your faithfulness to the skies.”  & it can reach into your relationships, too.

You remember Laurel & Hardy, right?  “This is another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.”  That could have described Stan Laurel’s married life.  First he married Lois, then Virginia, then Vera.  Because of questions about whether his first 2 divorces were legal, he married Vera 3 times.  Then Virginia again, & then Ida.  7 marriages.

Not to pass judgment, but there is One who says in Revelation 21 that He is “making all things new.”  Until then, the One Thing we can do is to face our relationship barriers head on, whether it’s a marriage, another family member, a co-worker, or anyone else.  Don’t let our resentment fester & instead forgive freely.

Quotes

AW Tozer ~ Rut, Rot, or Revival

I knew a man from India who got hold of a New Testament, was converted & started to preach, but he had no background at all – he started from scratch. He didn’t know anything about churches, & said “When I had a problem in the church, I went straight to the New Testament & settled it.”  & Tozer says This is what I would like to see in our church—the New Testament order of letting Scripture decide matters.

Brennan Manning ~ The Ragamuffin Gospel

The tendency in legalistic religion is to mistrust God, to mistrust others, & consequently, to mistrust ourselves.  We need a new kind of relationship with the Father that drives out fear & mistrust, anxiety & guilt, that permits us to be hopeful & joyous, trusting & compassionate.  Turn away from the sins of skepticism & despair, mistrust & cynicism, complaining & worry.

David Roper ~ A Heart of Wisdom

Let God determine the time & the terms of the burden you bear & rely on His mercy.  The yoke you bear may cause great grief, but resistance only leads to greater discomfort.  Endure the hardship & learn the lessons – THIS, not escape, is what leads to an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

Oswald Chambers ~ My Utmost for His Highest

The answer to Nicodemus’ question, “How can a man be born when he is old?” is: Only when he is willing to die to everything in his life, including his rights, his virtues, & his religion .. & becomes willing to receive into himself a new life that he has never before experienced.  John 3:7 says .. You must be born again. To be born again means that I see Jesus.

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

When I went there, she was a pious, warm, & tender-hearted woman.  There was no sorrow or suffering for which she had not a tear.  Slavery soon proved its ability to divest her of these heavenly qualities.  The tender heart became stone, & the lamb-like disposition gave way to one of tiger-like fierceness.

John Eldredge ~ Waking the Dead

The way of looking at life given to us by The Enlightenment & the Age of Reason, he says, is like the sleeping kingdom of Sleeping Beauty.  We’ve never stopped to think about how the whole world lies under the power of the evil one.  They don’t see.  They’re in a fog.  Their hearts are shrouded.  Only God can take it away.

Scriptures

Isaiah 43:1

Micah 7:18

2 Samuel 22

Psalm 42:7

Matthew 23:25-26

John 10:18

2 Timothy 1:16

Peter & Shannyn – Thursday, October 23

Today we talked about Time Magazine’s list of Most Infuential Teens, and shared one of our own:  Mary Juengel, our first ever Hope Hero.

Mary is a cancer survivor.  You can find out more at the Team Mary Facebook page, & find out more about her song Through My Scars.