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Hi everyone, Happy new year! Hope 2015 is kicking off well for you. A friend of mine posted this story on Facebook and it made me laugh, so I thought I'd share it with you. A donkey was trained to understand biblical commands. "Amen" would cause the donkey to stop, while "hallelujah" would command the donkey to walk. One day, a rider forgot the commands as the donkey walked toward the edge of a cliff. In scrambling desperation, the rider prayed for safety and ended the prayer with "Amen," which brought the donkey to a standstill inches from the...
Hi e7 family!
Just wanted to take a few minutes this Christmas morning to pause and wish you all an awesomely merry Christmas!
One of the things that blows me away about Christmas, actually it's my favorite Christmas verse/s, is John 1:1,14:
"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God... And the word became flesh and dwelt among us."
God Himself became human. When you think about the baby in a manger, we often think of God sending someone else, but the Bible clearly says GOD became flesh. (Please don't...
New to the e7 Family
My name is Calvin Redman (Cal) and I'm new to the e7 family. This is my first newsletter, so I'm sorry if I get this all messed up, or use the newsletter inappropriately... :bigsmile: I also come from a Pastoring background, so please forgive me if I ramble on a little.
Pastor Bobby and I have been talking a bit over the last few weeks and he asked me if I'd like to join the team, so here I am writing to you. I'm hopeful...
Notes From The Prayer Meadow Pt. 1
Out of habit, he had risen early. He had done so religiously. Nearly everything Nathanael did was enveloped by religious ceremony and observance of the law. From the time he was born Nathanael lived in an occupied country and the only way to survive, as far as he was concerned, was through prayer, religious study and observance of the law. Like you and me, he had few places to which he could escape the turmoil and noise of the day. So, at the beginning and end of each day, this was his escape. This morning he was...
2014 is here
Hoping to REALLY connect this year echurch7 friends. Life is moving fast but committment and selective times are being renewed and thought out. A place of safety and refuge has always been important to people and I plan to make it this way with the best of heartfelt leading. This year will NOT end the way many folks believe will but to prove this WE all must live to the fullest and BE the difference where the opportunities are MOST available. love to you all, the four McGhees
ps...............I know it's 2014 OK:)
Three and a Half Stories - Summary
Let's take a look at the stories as a whole. What seems to be the main themes?
The first thing that strikes me is the aggressiveness of God in pursuing failing humanity, regardless of humanity's condition or how they got into that condition.
The second thing this leads me to consider is how pitiful is our own righteousness. And, how humble I need to be about pride in living to any set of rules. I don't think I can out-Pharisee the Pharisees in keeping rules and Christ's stories are pointed right at the Pharisees.
Lastly, (well I...
Three and a Half Stories - The Righteous Son
Most pastors only speak of the Prodigal Son. And true, thatâ€™s the most touching and exciting part. But thereâ€™s another half story AFTER the story of the prodigal son. Thatâ€™s the story of his brother, the â€œrighteousâ€ son. But itâ€™s really only half a storyâ€¦
Luke 15:25-32 tells about what happened next. 25 "Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, 26 and he asked one of the servants what was going on. 27 'Your brother is back,' he was told, 'and your father has killed...
Three and a Half Stories - The Lost Son
One of the most beloved storied in the Bible is recorded in Luke 15:11-24. It is the story of the "prodigal son.â€ He was sick of living on the farm. He wanted lights, music, action! He actually asked his father for his inheritance before his father died. Talk about rejecting one's father! And get this, his father loved him so much that he actually liquidated half of his holdings and gave them to his son.
Of course, you know the story. The kid heads to the big city, blows his fortune on fickle friends, ends up in a famine...