Category: Faith

Curating 21st Century Faith Formation

Nice list of e-resources for Faith formation. http://www.21stcenturyfaithformation.com/digital-faith-formation-resources.html

Five Great American Paintings

In 2008 a series highlighting five great paintings by Norman Rockwell appeared on the ruleofreason.blogspot.com/ site. Author, Nicholas Provenzo, begins with the words, “The American painter Norman Rockwell ranks among my favorite artists.”  I whole-heartedly agree! Provenzo describes, in nice detail, five great Rockwell paintings.  They are: Part I: The Scoutmaster Part II: The Homecoming …

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A Principled Pluralism

A few comments following the Obergefell v. Hodges SCOTUS decision handed down 6/26/15. I’m intentionally not commenting here on the decision itself.  My concerns are the bigger picture. The decision handed down is contrary to the beliefs of many Christians and it is also consistent with the beliefs of many Christians. I’m concerned that Christians …

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Connecting and Community

Yesterday the Pekin community lost a high school boy to an apparent suicide.  Pastor Jim McClarey and youth from his church will be joining us on a mission trip in a couple weeks.  The boy was not in his youth group, but many of the youth going, were friends with the boy they lost and …

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3 Reasons For A Life Verse

http://www.harvestministryteams.com/blog/2015/06/3-reasons-for-a-life-verse/ Here are three things a life verse helps you do: 1. Speak of your faith more clearly. A life verse allows you to articulate your faith to those around you.  Your family, friends, coworkers and church benefit from the clarity in your life that comes with a life verse.  It may seem overwhelming to …

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What are we going to do about racism?

What are we going to do about racism? Introduction While we have made some progress in our country, will still have racism. We need to work to reduce it. (Realistically, we probably won’t be able to eliminate it in our lifetimes any more than our ability to eliminate ___; fill in the blank; pick a …

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WHY DOESN’T GOD MAKE HIS EXISTENCE MORE OBVIOUS TO PEOPLE?

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I’m Working On The Building

This is a great gospel hymns.  Wikipedia says it is likely a negro spiritual. It has been been recorded and performed by many, including B. B. King, Elvis Presley, the Oak Ridge Boys, and John Fogerty. BB King’s lyrics: I’m working on the building It’s a true foundation I’m lifting up a bloodstained Banner for …

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Believe, Belong, Become: Choice and Growth as a Christian

Believe, Belong, Become: Choice and Growth as a Christian Presentation made for Wesley UMC Confirmation Class.  May 3, 2015. Macomb IL   http://prezi.com/7fd_es2xlixw/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy&rc=ex0share

Good Conscience and Sincere Faith in Timothy

1 Timothy 1:5 Now the goal of our instruction is love that comes from a pure heart, a good conscience, and a sincere faith. 1 Timothy 1:18-19 18 Timothy, my son, I am giving you this instruction in keeping with the prophecies previously made about you, so that by them you may strongly engage in …

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