Discovering - Theme 2014

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Discovery2014 webWho discovered America? Now before you answer, “Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492,” stop and think about it a while.

It is so nice to live in a truly informed world! Yes, archaeologists have discovered Norse-type settlements in the northern part of Newfoundland that have led them to believe that Leif Erickson and his Vikings discovered America in 1000A.D. But before we get too conclusive with our investigation, let us not forget the Indians. No, not the Cleveland Indians or the Atlanta Braves! The Indians! Native Americans! When did Native Americans discover the northern continent? In reality, no one will ever truly know who was the earliest to come here.

Discovering God

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

DiscoveringGodSeries webI love new years. I really do. I don’t really know why, but I just do. It is an amazing feeling to feel that one can just start over and be something different. I love that feeling of being at the cusp of something great. A new year always makes me feel that way.

This year has been no exception. I feel like something incredible is possible in this new year. And I know exactly why.

It is because we serve the God of hope and renewal. We serve a God that gives us hope in tomorrow, hope in forever, and renewal found in His Son.

This year we will be taking a journey. A journey of discovery. A journey of discovering God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit.

What A Year!

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servereview web2013 has been a most wonderful year. The Buford congregation of the Lord’s people has experienced some tremendous blessings. Some of our family members here have suffered setbacks, and may be even happy to see this year come to an end due to difficulties they have experienced. Before you write the year off entirely, think about some of the good things that happened that we sure do not want to forget.

The Time Of The Year

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merrychristmas web         The holiday season is upon us. At the reading of this piece, Christmas will be within just a few days. Thus, the holiday spirit is great, and anticipation, especially among children, is high. I just love the holiday atmosphere! You know, chestnuts roasting on a . . . well, you know what I mean.

         Someone was telling me recently of what Christmas means to them. They explained that they grew up in a home where Christmas was never celebrated as a religious holiday. The reason was that since no one knows exactly when Jesus was born, and the fact that tied to it historically are several pagan traditions, that Christmas took on a much different meaning in her family than it does for many folks. To that family, Christmas was, and is, a time when family comes home to celebrate the joy of being together.

It Is A Control Thing

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Socialmediaart         Have you seen any of the recent cellular phone network advertisements on television lately where actors, James Earl Jones and Malcolm McDowell, are dressed up in tuxedoes on a stage parroting the requesting of friends on Facebook? It is meant to be a funny verbalization of what happens when people want to request access to content and interaction on each other’s published information on any web based social network. For those who are not familiar with Facebook or Twitter, or any of the online social mediums, you may not have been impressed, but these advertisements are meant to encourage people to get connected with people they have known in the past as well as make new friends through the advertiser’s phone system.

I Am In Love With God

Written by Brandon Edwards on . Posted in Youth Minister

God artI am in love with God. There, I said it. I can now openly admit it. Phew. Feels good to finally get it off my chest!

I have to admit that there was a time where I probably wouldn’t have been so open about it. In fact, I remember days where I did everything I could to make sure people didn’t feel uncomfortable around me because of my faith. I wanted to make sure that they didn’t feel awkward. I mean, faith is such a heavy thing and I didn’t want them to feel like I was shoving it down their throat. I really tried to make sure that they would be able to work around me without having to worry about hearing about my faith. If and when I prayed, usually over a meal, I did so quietly and when no one was looking. I did it this way so that nobody would have to look at me and feel uncomfortable. It just wouldn’t be fair to expose them to something that they don’t believe in. I mean it would be horrible of me to push my faith on them especially in the work environment.

Some More Advice On Finding A Good Translation

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 Bibletranslations article        We continue this week with advice for what kind of Bible to purchase. The wide range of Bibles available often make it so hard to determine which is the right one for you.

         Think some more about purpose. Some people who are new to reading the Bible need something that will help them more easily understand its meanings. Some of the newer versions, like the Contemporary English Version, (CEV) might be more useful for readability. The New International Version, (NIV), would be good if you want to quickly read through a Bible Book to get its flow. Someone may consider using one of these if his or her main purpose is to read the Bible through in a year.

Blessed

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blessings artI remember sitting in my favorite restaurant in the world, a place called “Gallo’s,” and looking across the table at my beautiful new bride. Kristin and I had been married two weeks and we were now settled into our apartment in Le Bagnese, Scandicci, Florence, Italy. Le Bagnese was the neighborhood I had grown up in and I knew it well. In fact, each night Kristin and I would walk around my old neighborhood and I would share with her all of my memories. One of those memories was eating at my favorite place – Gallo’s. I ordered what I always ordered – Pizza Prosciutto e Funghi with a starter of cozze alla marinara. This all translates to a mushroom and ham pizza with a side of muscles cooked in a seafood broth. Eating this with a nice cold coke in a glass is still my favorite meal. Seriously, the best meal ever.

Some Advice About Finding A Good Bible Translation

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Bibletranslations article         I am often asked to advise people about the purchase of a good translation of the Bible. Have you hunted for a good Bible lately? Go to a local bookstore and have a look at all the Bibles that are on display. Not only are there various translations, but there are also many levels of study helps available as well. All of them have strengths, but do not be fooled by the fancy covers. Some may not be very healthy in the wrong hands.

         There are many approaches that people have in searching for a Bible. Some consider that the only reliable Bible is the one that Grandma and Grandpa used. Others consider that it makes so little difference that deciding between translations comes down to the flip of a coin. For the modern Bible reader, these reasons should be considered less than responsible. Why? Well, this is no ordinary book! And the best one for you must be practical, at least for the next ten year. If you can wear one out sooner, great!

Where Do We Go From Here?

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crossroads web         Which way? Left? Or, right? The uncharted future, be it the news of a dreaded disease, the crossroads of two desert highways, the loss of a long held and assumed reliable job, the assignment of a post near the heated battle, the loss of a loved one, or a broken trust in a relationship, leads us down paths of profound uncertainty. Answers—we need answers, but so often a satisfiable response cannot be found because it is not sought. Part of the problem may be shock, or fear. It could be because of self-reliance, or uncertainty of the road ahead, or possibly confusion about the way to go. In many cases it can even be a little bit of stubbornness and refusal to accept direction. There may be trust issues involved. In any case all have been at the crossroads of uncertain direction.