Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

This past Sunday was Bright Sunday.  We wear bright clothes as a fun expression of living in the brightness of Christ’s resurrection.  The brightness also connects us to the historical practice for Christians to enjoy the humorous side of faith after we have experienced the seriousness of Holy Week.

 

God renews us by renewing people’s trust to be the “body of Christ.”  We are an Easter people.  We are a people of life transformation. So … what’s next? 

 

This article marks the beginning of a sermon series filled with God’s promises from the book of Acts. The answer to the question of ”What’s Next?” is “God’s 8 Transforming Promises.”  Through these promises, God reveals His truth, releases His power, and revitalizes us by His presence. Read More »

Posted on 13 April, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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Article by Malcolm Marler, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

In my journey to live more simply is a desire to be radically generous to the poor or to those in need.  I don’t believe we can live a simplified life of faith without this foundation …

 

But man do I struggle with this.

 

So how do we exercise radical generosity with our resources, money, and everything we own materially?

 

One barrier that gets in the way for me is I think that … when I make a little more money, or when I get this month’s bills paid off … then I can be more generous to the poor.

 

Living with radical generosity seems difficult or impossible because we think of giving out of our abundance.  But this abundance never seems to be there. Read More »

Posted on 8 April, 2010 in Helping Others, Simplify
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Article by Dee DeWitt, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

Most of us always seem to be in a hurry … rushing to get everything before the day is done.  And every so often, we see someone who never seems to be in a rush, is usually relaxed and not stressed … and yet always seems to accomplish all the things they need to do throughout the day.

 

This presents a question – Is it possible to never hurry, but to get everything done?

 

It seems at odds with our modern world, where everything is a rush, where we try to insert as much into every minute of the day as possible, where if we are not busy, we feel unproductive and guilty.

 

As a matter of fact, the busier we are, the more we tend to wear it as a badge of honor.  I have a five hundred resumes to review!  Really?  I have 2,000!  The winner is the person who has the most insane schedule, who rushes from one thing to the next … because obviously that means he’s the most successful or important.

 

Right? Read More »

Posted on 6 April, 2010 in Balance, Career, Productivity
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Article by Dr. Les Hollon, Pastor, Trinity Baptist Church, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

Easter shows us God at work.  The miracle comes through the power of the One who created the heavens and the earth.  Touched by it, we sing – “Up from the grave He arose, With a mighty triumph over His foes.”

 

What’s at Stake?

With Christ’s resurrection comes our resurrection.  With Christ’s resurrection comes Satan’s ultimate defeat.  With Christ’s resurrection is the victory of heaven over hell; love over hate; hope over despair; forgiveness over sin. 

 

Like the early believers, we share the joy of Easter’s promise.  Christ is risen.  Christ is risen indeed!

 

What one believes about eternity is challenged when standing by an open grave of a loved one.  We do not play games or give false platitudes at the cemetery.  Is the gravesite the final resting place for a loved one whose casket is about to be lowered in the ground?  Or is the grave a historical location where we recall the person’s earthly life; grieve that the person no longer walks with us on earth; and then celebrate that our loved one now shares in the promise of Christ’s resurrection?

 

Easter makes clear that resurrection is the transforming work of God by which believers enter heaven. Read More »

Posted on 5 April, 2010 in Inspirational Stories, Spirituality
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Article by Dee DeWitt, Edited by Dee DeWitt

 

When we are trying to accomplish anything, most people want things to come together smoothly and quickly, with “quickly” being the operative word…

 

It doesn’t matter whether it’s reaching a travel destination, finishing a project at the office, losing weight, or learning to play the guitar. We’re taught that faster is better.  Our culture is bombarded with messages from Madison Avenue that faster is better.  Directors of our largest companies – and Wall Street overall – reward quarterly results.  They ask “What have you accomplished over the last 12 weeks?” … instead of long-term growth and stability.

 

Perhaps it’s not fair to pick on CEOs and Wall Street, because examples of “fast is better” are replete in practically every corner our culture.  We all want to see immediate returns for our efforts, and we take huge strides toward reaching our goals expeditiously.  After all, why take small steps when we can take quantum leaps?  And who would want to take the long way when it takes so … long?

 

Another perspective is that, while there is nothing wrong with desiring to move quickly, we also need a strong sense of an appreciation for taking the long way and completing things one step at a time.  Put simply … we need to realize there are real benefits – and we can be happy and content – with taking the long way.

 

Why?

 

Because many things really are meant to take some time.

 

Some things are meant to unfold on their own timeline.  And we are meant to learn things about the issue, about ourselves, about others, and what we are trying to accomplish along the way. Read More »

Posted on 2 April, 2010 in Career, Goals, Happiness
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