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Posted 4/24/14 at 11:21 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

The Color of Happiness

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Chicago is next to Lake Michigan.

By David Murray

I have a friend who’s been struggling with depression for many months, with none of the usual remedies working for any length of time. He was just bumping along the bottom and I was beginning to really worry about him.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, as the snow finally lifted after one of the fiercest and whitest winters in living memory, he took his family on a short vacation to the Great Lakes where, quite suddenly, the depression lifted.

He was emphatic that it was seeing the green grass again, and the blue sky and water, that did the trick. He said that as he drank in the green and the blue in big mouthfuls and gulps, he could actually feel the depression lifting. FULL POST

Posted 4/24/14 at 10:43 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Some People Cannot Take 'Yes' for an Answer

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By Joe McKeever

“For as many as may be the promises of God, in Him they are yes….” (2 Corinthians 1:20).

In my last pastorate, on three occasions my congregation hosted foreign mothers and their babies who had come to New Orleans for life-saving surgery for the child. Once or twice, they also took in the interpreters.

This was a considerable undertaking. For as long as three months, families in our church had these two adults and one infant as house-guests, with others in the congregation shuttling them to and from our Children’s Hospital each day and helping with expenses.

It was a huge event, but one my people did well. I was proud of them, and am to this day.

But I will not soon forget the first time we did this.

I took a phone call from a representative of an international ministry based here in the states and headed by a famous minister. My name was one of several he had received from our local seminary as a pastor who might be interested in helping to host this mother, child, and interpreter. He said, “I’ve called six or eight pastors in the New Orleans area. So far, most won’t even return my calls. One or two showed interest but nothing more.” FULL POST

Posted 4/23/14 at 4:23 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

"Accept Jesus," or "Be Accepted By God"?

By Paul Tautges

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Nothing is more important than understanding what the Bible teaches about the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. What we understand and personally believe about this historical and supremely spiritual event determines our eternal destiny. Therefore, there is no room for error on this doctrine. Error will only lead to eternal damnation in hell. Biblical truth is our only hope of heaven.

There is one verse that so completely defines the meaning of the death of Christ that if we had no other verse, it would be enough. It would be enough to tell us why He died, what His death accomplished for sinners, why He only remained dead for three days, and how our guilt can be removed so that we can be restored to God.

The verse I am referring to is 1 Peter 3:18, “For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, in order that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit.” FULL POST

Posted 4/23/14 at 11:27 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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13 Things to do When Your Church is Hurting Financially

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By Joe McKeever

“My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).

A lot of things can happen when a church experiences a money crunch, most of them bad.

The finance committee can get upset, deacons can get angry, church members become scared, and staff members start honing their resumes and looking for a safe place to jump. Nothing about this is good.

Can anything good come from a financial crisis? It depends on how you handle it. Read on.

Keep in mind that sometimes a financial crunch results from a too-aggressive program outstripping the resources. Perhaps the church has become too-invested in a project and the crisis sounds a wakeup call.

In most cases, the causes for the crisis are familiar to every church leader. You have been there before and will be here again….. FULL POST

Posted 4/22/14 at 10:57 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

20 Practical Tips for Preachers About Funerals

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By Joe McKeever

During seminary, my pastorate of 30 months experienced one death in the congregation. The husband of the deceased lady said, “Pastor, do you know where there is a cemetery around here?” (We were in the bayou country southwest of New Orleans.) I told him, “I’ll find out.”

I called the pastor of the larger First Baptist Church of Luling, a few miles away. Don Grafton said, “Joe, I’ve been here 11 years and haven’t had the first funeral.”

He had no idea how to find the nearest cemetery.

That is the exception, believe me. Six years later, when I became pastor of the First Baptist Church of Columbus, Mississippi, if I remember correctly, we had seven funerals the first week or two. It was like people had “saved up” their dying until the new pastor was on the field. FULL POST

Posted 4/21/14 at 11:53 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

The Reason I No Longer Lead People to Intense, Personal Introspection

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By Wade Burleson

Every now and then people will ask me "How have you changed over the years?" Usually the question is asked in regard to my ministry or my marriage. People are either curious as to how I've changed or whether I will admit to having changed. I know that I have changed in a variety of ways in both ministry and marriage over the years. What I'd like to focus on in this post is one particular area where I'm radically different in ministry than when I first began in the summer of 1982.

I grew up reading the Puritans. One of my theological mentors, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, believes that any Christian steeped in Puritanism is benefitted. He writes: FULL POST

Posted 4/21/14 at 11:00 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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Letter to my Six Granddaughters on Whom to Marry. And Whom to Avoid.

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Wedding cake topper.

By Joe McKeever

Six of the finest young people on this planet happen to be our granddaughters. Margaret and I are blessed beyond measure.

In order of their arrival into our lives, they are Leah Carla, Jessica Mae, Abigail Rebecca, Erin Elizabeth, Darilyn Samantha, and JoAnne Lauren. They are as pretty and sweet as their names.

Sometimes, when I’m in the car with one of you, I will raise the question: “How do you choose a husband? What kind of man will you marry some day?”

Now is the time for you to be thinking of this. In fact, you should have been giving this thought for some time now. Leah, senior member of this sextet, is 25 and little sis JoAnne is the youngest at 16.

First, whom to avoid. Run from these types just as fast as you can, as far as you get… FULL POST

Posted 4/20/14 at 9:15 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Finding Love After Loss: 7 Steps for Moving Forward

By: eHarmony Advice & Dr. Ken Druck

We all have "baggage." It comes with being human — and with having relationships.

By age 18, most of us have discovered that relationships can be a source of great joy, satisfaction and meaning when our needs for love, affection and companionship are met. Or a source of heartache and sorrow when they’re not. FULL POST

Posted 4/19/14 at 9:51 AM | Christian Post Guest Voices |

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Online Dating Profile Tips for Men

By: eHarmony Advice

A good profile makes all the difference, guys. Here are some must-haves for yours.

Take a Second Look at Your Settings

When someone is having issues with getting matches, it is often times because their settings are just too restrictive. Take another look at them, and consider being more flexible. If you are confused – eHarmony’s Customer Care team is great at helping with your eHarmony profile! FULL POST

Posted 4/18/14 at 3:02 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Good News! Easter is a Declaration of War!

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By Stephen Altrogge

Why is it that apocalyptic movies, books, and video games are so popular right now? Every other day, a new zombie apocalypse video game is being released. Piles and piles of end-of-the-world novels have been written in recent years. The National Geographic Channel airs a show called “Doomsday Preppers”, in which men and women build bunkers and teach their children to fire semi-automatic rifles. The Left Behind book series sold hundreds of millions of copies. Recently, Hollywood has released Contagion, World War Z, Battle: Los Angeles, Oblivion, Pacific Rim, and countless other apocalyptic movies.

I think one reason the apocalypse is such a popular theme is that it doesn’t require a big stretch of the imagination. Face it: life is really, really hard, people can be really, really bad, and it often looks like the world is falling apart. Russia is invading Ukraine. BP is pumping millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. A young man walks into a school and kills twenty young children. A friend gets cancer. A child is diagnosed with autism. We are constantly teetering on the edge of the apocalypse as it is. FULL POST

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