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Remember Rocky Balboa? Here are some facts you might not know...

 

The entire Rocky series was the most successful sports movie franchise of all-time. The series was the recipient of three Oscars, while winning best picture.  With a production budget of $1.1 million, it grossed $225 million.  Rocky was filmed in a record twenty-eight days.  Sylvester Stallone wrote the script by hand in 3 1/2 days.

 

 

When I was a boy, my dad used to tell me that when he wasn’t around the house, I had to “be the man.” That sounded really important so I loved it when he spoke those words. But things never really changed…I didn’t get to boss my Mom around. I didn’t get to make the rules. What my dad was really saying was, “Behave for your mother and watch out for your siblings.” The truth is that manhood is a lot more than just bossing somebody around. The world espoused some odd definitions of manhood…like “men get in touch with your sensitive side” and “real men don’t eat quiche.” Hopefully neither of these statements declares your manhood. So what do I mean by “Man Up?”

 

Jesus met Peter and Andrew on the shore of the Sea of Galilee and invited them to “Come and follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.” Zebedee’s sons caught lots of fish and transferred them from life to death. Their fish became a dinner dish. Jesus of Nazareth now invited His new allies to catch people out of death into eternal life!

 

Monday, 02 June 2014 16:37

Be Encouraged!

Written by Jay Thompson, Cornerstone Christian Church

Every believer experiences periods of spiritual coolness. It would be great if we could all be fired up 100% all the time, but experience proves that it is simply not going to happen. Sometimes we feel like we’re moving away from God instead of closer to Him. Perhaps the sense of intimacy is gone, or maybe we find our trust diminished. The lack of excitement seems to point toward a lack of purpose as we begin to go through the motions rather than worshiping and serving with heartfelt intent.  Pretty soon we find ourselves questioning our own commitment to Christ or looking for someone else on whom to blame our situation. As the spiritual rut gets deeper, excuses come easier, and there is a danger that our temporary coolness might settle into long-term apathy. And the response of the Lord to a lukewarm believer is clear (Revelation 3:16). The lukewarm state of the Laodicean church in Revelation 3 can be a mirror image warning to us (James 1:22-25) if we allow ourselves to slip into apathy about the Word of God and our personal ministries. It is a huge blessing that within the letter of Jesus to that church we find key ideas that show us the way back to spiritual health and a close walk with the Lord. Consider the following…

 

 

Thursday, 01 May 2014 14:47

What a Glorious Day It Will Be!

Written by Travis Coleman, Jr.

 

My wife and I, along with our three children and their families, vacationed at Disney World during spring break 2014. It was a wonderful experience of five days and four nights in Walt Disney’s playground. The best part was spending time with our six grandchildren. We knew it would be too hard navigating the Disney parks with a group of 14 so we divided up. Gram and Granddaddy stayed with a different family each day. From time to time the families met up for the same attraction or to eat a meal together. Everyone agreed it was the best vacation we have had as a family.

 

Thursday, 03 April 2014 15:54

What Matters Most

Written by Trip Healey

Moses had been given the enormous responsibility of mobilizing a displaced nation, who had been enslaved for four centuries, and then leading them to a place they had been promised but had never seen. Then, for 40 years, God led this group of people through the wilderness as he miraculously provided for their needs and established his covenant with his chosen people. As he communicated his law and his commands through his servant Moses, God often sealed what he wanted them to know with the phrase, “I am the Lord your God.” It was a constant reminder to Israel that their relationship with him was to be the focal point of their obedience to him.

 

Monday, 03 March 2014 13:55

The Key to Life

Written by Teman Knight, Heritage Baptist Church

Life is about relationships, and these relationships are the framework of our lives. God created us to have a relationship with Him. Our relationship with God must be the priority of our lives. Relationships in marriage, family, church, school, the work place, and our community serve as the platform for glorifying God and for serving others. Jesus reminded us that the key to good relationships is love.

Love is certainly one of our favorite subjects, isn’t it?  The ideal of love compels us toward others, and early in our adult lives, it sets us on a quest for our “soul mate.”  It draws us to books and movies where we can experience both the beautiful depths and painful nuances that come with imperfect people striving to attain perfect love.  Even among the heroes that inspire us, we find that their greatest displays of valor are most often spawned by their loving devotion to another.

As a child growing up, I was afraid of closed spaces.  Any place that made me feel claustrophobic with no way out frightened me greatly.  I carried this fear within me, not willing to share it with anyone.

In the year 1247, the Roman Catholic Church built a hospital in England which was named St. Mary’s of Bethlehem.  It was a good hospital by the standards of the time, and within two generations it had gained considerable prominence as being one of the few hospitals in Europe where the mentally ill were treated like sick human beings instead of like animals.  

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