Sep 02 2014

Nikos: Sermon (August 31) by Rev. Cheryl Foulk – “What About Our Enemies?”

Original post at http://pastorrobert-nikos.blogspot.com/2014/09/sermon-august-31-by-rev-cheryl-foulk.html Wamplers Lake  in  Michigan is a beautiful setting for a  vacation. For some families it has been a battleground ! For 25 years, six neighbors have fought over the use of a footpath that leads from cottages  to a boat dock on the lake. Because of their friction, they have gone …

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Sep 02 2014

Nikos: Thoughts about Children in Worship

Our church will be including a new card (see below) in our pew pockets at church. This card includes thoughts on being a welcoming church for children and young families. We have been noticing an increase in the number of parents and children attending…

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Sep 02 2014

United Methodist Church Pastor Poet: Sacred Work

Sunday in church we worshiped using the passage from Matthew 16:21-28. I preached about how important our work is in building the beloved community of God. Much to my surprise I was saying how it is by seeing our work as sacred that we can transform th…

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Sep 02 2014

thoughtfulpastor: Let’s Talk About Sex #UMC

An article in the New York Times recently caught my eye. Titled, “Let’s Not Talk About Sex,” it is written by Paul A. Offit, a professor of pediatrics and director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  He writes despairingly of the very low compliance levels for the HPV vaccine. He…

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Sep 02 2014

Grand Rapids District: The Go On Tour!

Cornerstone UMC ~ September 28 ~ 5pm
Register online here!

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Sep 02 2014

Pastor Patrick - Never On A Sunday: Spiritual Renewal Study Bible – A Review

Spiritual Renewal Study Bible



Notes by
Stephen Arterburn & David Stoop


A Review

Each Bible book begins with a brief synopsis of the book (“The Big Picture”) and review of the key themes found in the book as they relate to Spiritual Renewal. As expected, these prepare the reader to read the whole book.


The bulk of the notes are not quite a Study Bible (in spite of its name); neither are they quite a Devotional Bible. This book might best be entitled a “Devotionally Centered Study Bible” most notes help the reader understand each section of the Bible as presented in the NIV and includes a brief devotional thought or two which will help the reader apply the text to his or her own life.


What truly gives value to this edition of the Bible are the “Study Notes” found at the rear of the Bible. The authors provides a comprehensive index to the text note found in the body of the book. The editors provide a series of devotional readings focusing on seven “Spiritual Keys”:


Key 1: Seek God and Surrender to Him
Key 2: See the Truth
Key 3: Speak the Truth
Key 4: Accept Responsibility
Key 5: Grieve, Forgive, and Let Go
Key 6: Transform Your Life
Key 7: Preserve Spiritual Gains


Each of these themes, though somewhat disquised in the notes. Provide ten to twenty devotional thoughts scattered throughout the scriptures centered on the given Spiritual Key.


Two additional back end notes contribute to the book’s worth – a set of character profiles integrated into the text notes and a set of readings on ten Spiritual Disciplines:


Bible Study and Meditation Fasting
Prayer Repentance and Confession
Service Silence
Solitude Spiritual Friendship
Stewardship Worship


Though not strong on theology, this Bible would be a good book for anyone seeking to renew their walk with God or for a new believer seeking to find how God’s word can apply to everyday life.
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This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review.  The opinions expressed are my own.

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