Doubting Believer Favorite Christmas Songs Installment Three

Maybe this Christmas Ron Sexsmith captures what we all hope for at Christmas. Maybe this will be the year. The one where we access everything we truly want out of Christmas. Maybe... If this kind of Christmas is the one you've been seeking, then don't leave it to chance. Don't just hope for "maybe." Love deeper Choose to forgive Open Doors Shine the light Be grateful Participate in the incarnation by letting the Word be ...

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Cyber Monday Deals on Online Studies

Today only, use the code CYMON to get 25% off of all Doubting Believer online studies. If you're buying as a gift for someone, just put their email in the note at checkout and the date you'd like them notified, and we'll include them in the study. The Bible On-Location 22 plus 44 Days to a New Prayer Discipline (now with weekly Zoom call) The Gospel According to Broadway   

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Everybody Hurts

It is a powerful indicator of the mood and the state of our country that the American Music awards opened last night with a soulful duet cover of REM's Everybody Hurts by Pink and Kelly Clarkson. Last year the opening of the award's show was a supercharged Bruno Mars medly, and the year before that it was a dance extravaganza, featuring host JLo and Nicki Minaj. This year, the show ...

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The Bible–Read it for Yourself

While studying the Book of Amos this week, it occurred to me that it is the anti-prosperity gospel. It doesn't tell rich people they've received their riches as a reward from God, but that their riches have caused them to turn away from God and from the least of these.   So just for fun, I searched "Joel Osteen Amos" to see how (or if!) the king of the prosperity gospel ...

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Prayer–There’s an App for That

In our 22 plus 44 days to a Personal Practice, we've talked about how technology can be a great aid to prayer and devotional disciplines. If you haven't checked out these apps, take a look. The Ceaseless app is designed to pull from your contacts and remind you daily to pray for three or more of them (picked at random) from your contact list. The beauty of this app is that ...

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Three Stages of Forgiveness

Matthew 18:21-35 When I was about eight years old, I told my mother that I would not be attending Sunday School anymore. I said they just told the same stories over and over again, and that I had heard them all. Needless to say, I did not get out of Sunday School. This is one of those stories that seems to come up over and over again in the Bible...at least the ...

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Breath Prayer

This is one of the prayers we're doing in our 22 plus 44 Days to a Personal Prayer Practice. In the midst of hectic days and troubled times, I've found this one particularly helpful, so I thought I'd share with everyone. Breath Prayer There are several ways to do breath prayer, and we'll go through several types over the next few days. The goal of this prayer is simply to experience God. ...

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Being Angry without Being Hateful

There is a lot to be angry* about right now, but to allow that anger to transform us into hateful creatures is to defeat ourselves instead of the ones who are causing our anger. Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Ephesians 4:26 (The Message translation) Anger isn't a bad thing. ...

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The Bible On Location On-Line Bible Study launches in one week

Make the commitment to study scripture in different spaces and places for 28 days. When television shows or movies are filmed they can be filmed “in studio” or “on location.” The on location shoots are more complicated than the in studio ones, but are generally more exciting and interesting. Too often, our Bible study is relegated to “in studio” study–either only in church or in the same place in our homes or ...

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