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Posted 7/25/14 at 2:20 PM | Barry Bowen |


Attempting the Impossible for God?

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Do you give God room to do the impossible in your life? Bob Pierce, the founder of World Vision and Samaritan's Purse, inspired his co-workers to work on projects that looked impossible to achieve.

Franklin Graham quotes Pierce's definition of "God room" in his autobiography Rebel With A Cause:

"'God room' is when you see a need and it's bigger than your human abilities to meet it. But you accept the callenge. You trust God to bring in the finances and the materials to meet that need. You get together with your staff, prayer partners and supporters, and you pray. But after all is said and done, you can only raise the resources required. Then you begin to watch God work. Before you know it, the need is met. At the same time you understand that you didn't do it. God did it. You allowed Him room to work." FULL POST

Posted 7/16/14 at 5:34 PM | Barry Bowen |

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Associated Press Misrepresents Senate Vote on Contraception

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The Associated Press has caused a Twitter flame war after tweeting the results of today's vote in the United States Senate on the Protect Women's Health From Corporate Interference Act of 2014.

Last month the United States Supreme Court recognized the right of Hobby Lobby to decline paying for four forms of birth control for its employees. Feminists and Democrats outraged with the decision pushed for new legislation to require corporations to pay for abortifacient contraceptives.

56 senators voted to end discussion on the bill while 43 senators voted to continue discussion. Senator Brian Schatz, a Democrat from Hawaii, did not vote and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, joined 42 Republicans in voting no. Sixty votes are requred to end discussion or prevent a filibuster. (Results at GovTrack) According to the Senate Democrats' website, "Senator Reid changed his vote to no (for procedural reasons) and entered a motion to reconsider the failed cloture vote at a later time. The Senate continues to debate the motion to proceed." FULL POST

Posted 7/7/14 at 9:10 PM | Barry Bowen |

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You Are God's Masterpiece

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Isaiah the prophet describes us as clay and God is shaping us by His hand. Our lives are a work in progress as God desires to molds us to be more like Him.

In Ephesians 2:10 we are described as "God's masterpiece" in the New Living Translation and "his workmanship" in the King James Version. God is the master craftsman and we are His greatest creation. God created human kind to have an eternal relationship with Him. This Bible verse also reveals that God has a plan for us before we were ever born.

Have you thought about God's plan for your life? What talents and spirituals gifts do you have and how are you using these abilities to honor God?

"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago." - Ephesians 2:10 NLT

Posted 7/7/14 at 4:36 PM | Barry Bowen

What do Matthew Crouch and Chelsea Clinton Have in Common?

Trinity Broadcasting Network CEO Matthew Crouch and Chelsea Clinton, daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, both work for large nonprofit organizations. The William Jefferson Clinton Foundation reported that in 2012 Chelsea worked 30 hours per week and received zero compensation.

Chelsea Clinton married Marc Mezvinsky in 2010. Mezvinksy is a millionaire investment banker and because of his wealth, it isn't necessary for Chelsea to work outside the home for a paycheck.

TBN's 2008 Form 990 reports that Matthew Crouch worked for 40 hours per week and received zero compensation. Matthew's pay was the subject of a 2012 lawsuit. Joseph McVeigh alleged "TBN was not reporting director Matthew Crouch's income on its tax returns to avoid disclosure of his affiliation with TBN while Matthew Crouch was receiving money from a film company through TBN ..."

After McVeigh's lawsuit was dismissed, Charisma News reported TBN spokesperson Colby May's claim, "There was never any lavish or reckless spending of ministry money by the Crouches or any other TBN officials: no hundred thousand dollar motor homes for pets, private jets for personal use or any other unaccountable expenditures." FULL POST

Posted 7/4/14 at 4:53 PM | Barry Bowen |


TBN Purchases Third Jet

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A Bombardier Challenger 600 series jet.

Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) recently purchased its third jet, according to a search of the Federal Aviation Administration database. The Bombardier Challenger (model CL-600-2B16) business jet was registered on May 16, 2014.

TBN's other jets are a Hawker 800XP and Bombardier Global Express (model BD-700-1A10). All three jets are registered in the name of TBN's affiliate Trinity Broadcasting of Florida Inc.

TBN's jets have been a source of controversy.

In a lawsuit filed against TBN in 2012, Joseph McVeigh alleged that TBN's Global Express jet was "purchased for the personal use of the Crouches through a sham loan to an alter ego corporation set up by the directors of Trinity Broadcasting in Florida" and the Hawker jet was purchased "for the personal use of director Janice Crouch." FULL POST

Posted 7/2/14 at 4:45 PM | Barry Bowen |

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Hobby Lobby Pays Higher Wages Than Starbucks

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Here's an interesting fact: Hobby Lobby pays its employees a higher minimum wage than Starbucks.

In April 2013 the craft supplies retail chain Hobby Lobby raised its full-time wage to $14 per hour and part-time pay to $9.50 per hour.

Hobby Lobby CEO David Green announced in a press release, "We know that if we reward our employees for their hard work, we will be rewarded in turn with their loyalty and dedication to their job and to our customers."

The famous coffee chain Starbucks pays its average employees $8.80 per hour, according to Glassdoor.

Earlier this year Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz announced support for an increase in the United States minimum wage. President Obama signed an executive order to require businesses with government contracts to pay a minimum of $10.10 per hour beginning in 2015. FULL POST

Posted 6/19/14 at 1:02 PM | Barry Bowen

Are You Thankful for Capitalism ... or Cotton?

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Cotton field waiting to be harvested

It was easy to tell when my dad was frustrated. He didn't use profanity. Instead he would say, "Cotton pickin'" and this expression amused people that knew my dad.

As a child my dad worked on a farm picking cotton. According to Wikipedia, "Cotton is the world's most important natural fibre."

I'm thankful for cotton and the clothing made from it. Besides clothing, cotton is used in numerous household goods: sheets, towels, coffee filters, paper and vegetable oil. Yahoo also reports that cotton is used in explosives and fishing nets.

300 years ago most clothing was handmade or came from the hides of animals. Then the invention of the cotton gin and development of textile mills unleashed a revolution in the manufacturing of clothing. FULL POST

Posted 6/18/14 at 3:42 PM | Barry Bowen |

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The Grace of God Shines Through Aging

Mom and Slippers the dog.

Yesterday my 73-year-old mother broke her hip. She was about to eat a snack at the nursing home, when she missed the chair while trying to sit down.

With humor my mom described her predicament, "Hospital attire is not my favorite." Understatement of the day.

The doctors gave her pain killers in the hospital and surgery awaits.

The physical trials of aging test our faith and give opportunities for God's grace to shine through suffering.

Paul the Apostle wrote about aging in one of his letters: "So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day." - 2 Corinthians 4:16

The elderly can still be productive for the Kingdom of God. Psalm 92:14 reminds us, "They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green."

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Posted 6/15/14 at 12:59 PM | Barry Bowen

My Dad Was an Awesome Friend

My dad

(To my friends who have lost a father or father-in-law recently, you are in my prayers.)

I'm thankful for great memories of my dad. He was more than a parent. He was also a friend. This is my first Father's Day without him.

He loved to sing, tell stories, cook home-made bread, fish and work with his hands.

His life was forever changed when he became a follower of Jesus Christ.

In 1963 he married my mom and they celebrated their 50th anniversary last year.

My parents were walkers. Walking was their favorite form of exercise. So as a family we sometimes walked around the neighborhood at dusk, my parents holding hands and talking about the day.

"Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light. - Helen Keller"

I'm thankful for the times I walked with my dad ... and my Heavenly Father too.

Happy Father's Day.

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Posted 6/4/14 at 5:51 PM | Barry Bowen |


A Misunderstanding of Intelligent Design

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DNA double helix

Sometimes I share stories about intelligent design or evolution on my Facebook wall in hopes that my friends will re-evaluate their beliefs on this topic. Instead small arguments usually pop up.

Yesterday I posted the following:

A group of scientists opposed to Darwin's theory have set up a website to support their views. These scientists are not creationists or supporters of intelligent design. Instead they believe in evolution in which natural selection is not the primary driver of biological innovation. (Why am I pointing this out? Many people falsely assume the consensus view is proven beyond doubt. No it isn't. Also, there are atheists opposed to Darwin's theory. This debate goes beyond religion.)

The response was predictable. Several friends were critical of my post. In response to one of their questions, I answered: FULL POST

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