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IMM reminds us Church history offers both lessons and encouragement – Mission Network News

International (MNN) —International Media Ministries projects remind us history isnt simply the sum of events that transpired in the past. Instead, it stands as a way for people to learn and be inspired by errors and triumphs of the generations that came before them. The Power of Remembering Sadly, many young people today are only... Read more

Western Isles Christians fear new relationships lessons will ‘prematurely sexualise’ children

(Photo: Pexels/Jessica Lewis)The Church of Scotland Presbytery of Lewis has raised concerns over teaching on relationship, sexual health and parenthood (RSHP) in the region's schools. The fears are outlined in a letter to the Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council), in which the presbytery says that RSHP material "will confuse and prematurely sexualise young minds". ... Read more

The Blessing of (Good) Authority: Lessons from a Kings Last Words

Editors’ note:  Take part in TGCs Read the Bible initiative, where were encouraging Christians and churches to read together through Gods Word in a year. People today are scared of authority. Yet should they be? From elementary school through graduate school, Western educators teach us to question authority, the authority of the church because it... Read more

Lessons from Lebanon: how to love an enemy – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — No matter where you live, youll inevitably encounter seasons of political division and culture clash. Its tempting to stay quiet during heated discussions, rather than take a wrong stand and risk turning friends into enemies. However, taking the wrong stand is exactly what the Good Samaritan did in Christs parable. “The Good... Read more

3 Lessons from Davids Fall and Forgiveness

Editors’ note:  Take part in TGCs Read the Bible initiative, where were encouraging Christians and churches to read together through Gods Word in a year. As we face our sin, we have to navigate between two unbiblical ditches. One is despairing that our sin is beyond forgiveness. The other is carelessly thinking we can violate... Read more

50 lessons from 50 years in ministry

(Photo: Unsplash/JJ Jordan)Paul Beasley-Murray was ordained in 1970, later becoming Principal of Spurgeon's College and Chairman of the College of Baptist Ministers. After five decades of fruitful ministry, he has accumulated a wealth of experience and has more than a thing or two he can share with other ministers. With that in mind, his latest... Read more

School Bible lessons now need parental consent in New Zealand

(Photo: Unsplash/Sarah Noltner)Religious instruction is no longer compulsory in New Zealand's state schools after a change to the law.  The Education and Training Act 2020 has been reformed to require parental consent before children can take part in religious instruction that teaches about the Bible and other aspects of faith.  Before the changes came into... Read more

Lessons from the Garden: PERSEVERANCE – Encouragement Café – September 1

Lessons from the Garden: PERSEVERANCE By Andrea PierceAnd thats not all. We also celebrate in seasons of suffering because we know that when we suffer we develop endurance, which shapes our characters. When our characters are refined, we learn what it means to hope and anticipate Gods goodness. And hope will never fail to satisfy our... Read more

5 Amazing Lessons in the Parable of the Lost Sheep

The more I study the life of Jesus, and the stories he told, the more I admire how countercultural and outspoken he was throughout his life. Where Jesus saw a need, he met it. Where there needed to be reform, he changed it. Luke 15 introduces three teachings of Jesus that capitulate his mission and... Read more

Spiritual Lessons Christians and Jews Share During the High Holy Days – Bible Gateway Blog

By Yael Eckstein The High Holy Days are about to begin! During these 10 holy days of introspection and prayer, the Jewish people will embark on a spiritual journeya chance for meaningful change, repentance, and reconnecting with God. The holidays begin with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and end with Yom Kippur, the Day... Read more

Lessons In Becoming a Better Listener – Tim Challies

It is one thing to hear, but another thing to listen. Good communication and healthy relationships depend upon not only on hearing the words other people say, but on carefully listening to what they mean to communicate. To listen is to love. But if we are honest, few of us are good listeners. Its easy... Read more

Lessons from Covid-19 have shone a light on city slums giving hope to India’s poor

Ulcer care kits are distributed by the Karuna ambulance team to people affected by leprosy living in the Mumbai slums(Photo: Leprosy Mission)'Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Psalm 82: 3 (NLT) India's coronavirus crisis is reported to have reached a critical level this week.... Read more

The Unexpected Lessons of Samson

For kids who grew up in the church, Samson was like a Marvel superhero. With superhuman strength he slew a lion with his bare hands, lifted a city gate off its hinges, and repeatedly took on dozens of Philistines in hand-to-hand combat. He was a hero countless little boys would want to emulate. But the... Read more

8 Lessons from a Friend Whose Life (and Death) Preached Christ

Every Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m., nine college guys, ranging from 18 to 25 years old, would amble into an urban Louisville garage.We called ourselves the band of brothers. These meetings started several months earlier when we were crammed into a 15-passenger van on a church trip. We began confessing how we wish we could... Read more

7 Lessons from a Friend Whose Life (and Death) Preached Christ

Every Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m., nine college guys, ranging from 18 to 25 years old, would amble into an urban Louisville garage.We called ourselves the band of brothers. These meetings started several months earlier when we were crammed into a 15-passenger van on a church trip. We began confessing how we wish we could... Read more

Lessons I Learned While Trying to Save the World | RELEVANT Magazine

I am a chronic idealist. Our cultures messages of save the world, lean in and YOLO (You Only Live Once) are metaphorically tattooed on my heart, fueling a million and a half dreams I have to help change the world for the better. As a twentysomething right out of college, I packed those dreams... Read more

No One Understands! Lessons for Lonely Sufferers

When I was a high-school freshman, my school in Central Asia was attacked by terrorists. No children were killed, though five adults (including two believers) were. My family eventually moved to London and I returned to a boarding school I’d attended the previous year.I leaned hard on my friends for support. Being 13-year-old kids, though,... Read more

Lessons on racism must be learnt from history, says bishop on Windrush Day

The Empire Windrush carried hundreds of immigrants from the Caribbean to Britain.WikipediaA senior Catholic leader has called for prayer and reflection over Britain's treatment of migrant and ethnic minority communities.Bishop Paul McAleenan, the Catholic Church in England and Wales' Lead Bishop for Migrants and Refugees, said it was important that BAME communities are valued. The call... Read more

Lessons from older Christians after a lifetime of prayer

The Queen is one such older Christian who has often spoken of the importance of her faith(Photo: Pixabay/WikiImages)"I have been and remain very grateful to you for your prayers and to God for his steadfast love. I have indeed seen his faithfulness."Queen Elizabeth II, whose birthday we celebrate this weekend, wrote this in 2016 but... Read more

5 Lessons from Quarantine I Must Never Forget

5. Ive Learned to Submit to Gods Sovereignty When you are living life 24 hours at a time, fully in the present, you realize the beauty of surrender. You see the value in choosing to submit to His call in Philippians 4:8 to think on things that are true, right, pure, lovely, and praiseworthy.Hearing, seeing,... Read more

Lessons from Bonhoeffer: Are You Standing Up to Injustice?

If you ever wonder what you would’ve done had you seen Hitler rise to power, or African American children barred from white schools, Laura Fabrycky reminds us that we’re currently acting in the exact same way we would’ve then. For our time is no less plagued with controversy, injustice, tension, or despair than the times... Read more

4 Lessons from My Year of Death (Not 2020)

Two hundred. It was actually more, but thats a good round number to go with for the purpose of this article. Its the number of hours I sat on airplanes, buses, and vans for family funerals in 2019. I was at a conference in Thailand in January 2019 when I learned that my beloved grandmother... Read more

But I Wasnt There: Lessons on Injustice from King David

George Floyd. Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. So much to grieve. Beyond these recent tragedies, there’s an egregiously long history of injustice toward black lives in America. This compounds and layers our sense of grief now. At some point, the discussion is no longer simply about this life, and this life, and this life; to move... Read more

7 Biblical Grandparents and the Amazing Lessons They Teach Us

Remember flannelgraphs? The life of Isaac provided rich material for these eye-catching Sunday School lessons--promised to parents of old age, bound and offered by his father as a sacrifice, kept at home while a servant was sent to choose his wife, blessed with twins.The grandparents of Joseph through one of their twins, this Bible patriarch... Read more

5 Lessons on Faithful Endurance from a Longtime Pastor

When I became a pastor 12 years ago, I quickly realized the dropout rate among pastors is high. Statistics vary, but Ive personally known several pastors who left ministry for one reason or another. Sometimes we forget, though, the pastors whove persevered in faithful ministry for decades. My friend Dave Lewis is an example. Dave... Read more