7 February, 2023

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MACU and Rwanda Challenge Partner to Educate Pastors

Mid-Atlantic Christian University and Rwanda Challenge began partnering to help educate pastors in Rwanda after a law was passed requiring that pastors there have an associate degree in Bible or theology.

Moving Beyond Spiritual Disciplines

Spiritual disciplines, by themselves, do not bring about the spiritual transformation God seeks in our hearts.  

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Dates of Interest to All Members of Churches of Christ’ (1931)

In preparation for the 1931 North American Christian Convention, slated for June 17 to 21 of that year in Lexington, Ky., Christian Standard published a list of important dates in Restoration Movement history. . . .

Home Build a ‘Labor of Love’ in Florida (Plus News Briefs)

A retired construction professional who volunteers with a Christian housing ministry is spearheading an effort to build a house for a father and daughter who are part of Christian Church in the Wildwood in Florida. Plus briefs about “The Senior Pastor Podcast,” RiverTree Christian, RENEW.org, and more.

The Duct Tape Letters (Book Review)

I must admit, I simply couldn’t ignore this title. I had to buy a copy of “The Duct Tape Letters” just to see how it measured up to “The Screwtape Letters” by famed author C. S. Lewis. . . . Would Drew Baker’s recently published homage be worthy of comparison?

Charlie Russell Continues to Make Strides with COVID-19 Recovery

Charlie Russell’s recovery from COVID-19 and multiple attendant health challenges during weeks of hospitalization in 2021 has gone better than expected—much better. . . .

THROWBACK THURSDAY: ‘Preaching to the Eye’ (1897)

“By the use of such charts people ‘hear the gospel’ by the eye as well as by the ear,” H.F. MacLane wrote in 1897. “And the message of truth is impressed upon the mind in such a way that it will not soon be forgotten.”

Merger of Two Idaho Churches Fuels Kingdom Growth

COVID-19 impacted churches everywhere in 2020, but two churches in Boise, Idaho, saw their futures forever altered through a merger that has spurred two years of growth and almost 50 baptisms during 2022.

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February 12 | Courage to Take a Risk

When Nehemiah arrived in Jerusalem, he set right to work. . . . Nehemiah was willing to risk it all to ensure that Jerusalem would be rebuilt so that one day the good news would come out of Zion.

February 5 | Courage to Stand Up

A touched heart typically is what spurs a person to action. The devastating news of Jerusalem caused Nehemiah to weep and mourn in chapter 1, and God used Nehemiah’s sadness to get the king’s attention in chapter 2.

January 29 | It’s About Distinction

Upon his arrival in Jerusalem in chapter 7, Ezra sized things up rather quickly. The exiles were in danger of turning back to the sinful ways that had caused them to go into captivity in the first place. Ezra was committed to nip that mindset in the bud.  

January 22 | It Requires Prayer and Fasting

Once work on the temple altar and temple itself were completed, it was time to get the exiles’ lives in order. Ezra the great Bible teacher led the way in this through prayer and fasting.  

January 15 | It’s Not Easy

God’s people had returned from their exile in Babylon, had rebuilt the altar in the temple, and were laying the foundation of the temple when they ran into a buzz saw. “Enemies” reared their ugly heads (Ezra 4:1). . . .

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