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  • M Taylor posted an update 1 day, 8 hours ago

    Whatever your opinion of T.D. Jakes, “Don’t Drop The Mic” is a good read for anyone wanting to improve their communication skills, especially in public speaking. Jakes, a megachurch pastor of a church in Dallas TX, is a very dynamic speaker, regardless of whether or not you may agree with his theology. The book is around 400 pages and covers many…[Read more]

  • My spooky little sister has been bugging me to watch these stories. If you remember….she is the Queen of Spooky Town and if she is saying these are scary I 1000% believe her. She texted the other night after […]

    • Ok….so I was wrong. You can not watch it on Youtube…(I think) My sister told me she watched them on Amazon Prime and rented them. I don’t know when I will get to watching the series….but I will. I just finished “Expedition Bigfoot” on Discovery +. And unless anyone else here is somewhat a believer I am not going to share my findings 🧐

    • Boy oh boy was I WRONG! This is the wrong movie. The correct movie is called “Backwell Ghost” and there are 5 episodes. We watched the first one and I was sooooo disappointed. VERY VERY disappointed. Granted I always make efforts to debunk everything so I debunked scenes as I watched the movie. MAYBE if I went in not thinking about that I might have been scared. 👎
      My little sister asked us to just watch one more before we give up on this….so we said we will watch it tomorrow.

    • Are you sure you’re sure this time?

  • M Taylor posted an update 2 weeks ago

    “Hinge Moments” is a good read for anyone dealing with a current or anticipating a future life transition. Whether a job loss/career change, moving into a new season of life, children leaving the home, changes in personal health, etc., transitions are a normal part of life. How we deal with the transitions or choices we make concerning the…[Read more]

  • M Taylor posted an update 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    I never was good at philosophy – once took a philosophy class and ending up dropping it! “Philosophy Made Slightly Less Difficult” is a good title for someone like me – wants to know more about philosophy without being drowned in the subject. Many things to like about this title:

    – Good range of topics – meaning of life, does God exist, ethi…[Read more]

  • M Taylor posted an update 2 weeks, 1 day ago

    In my humble opinion, Christianity and Psychology can be integrated – a positive and well-lived life can be accomplished with a Christian foundation. “Positive Psychology In Christian Perspective” is a title that shows how. Around 270 pages, the book covers many relevant topics:

    – Definition of positive psychology.

    – Self-control.

    – How…[Read more]

  • M Taylor posted an update 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    “Masters Or Slaves” is a good read on how the double-edged sword of Artificial Intelligence (AI) can positively and negatively impact the church and individual in today’s world. Around 230 pages, there were many things I liked about the read:

    – Covers a wide variety of topics.

    – Easy to read and understand.

    – References many studies and…[Read more]

  • M Taylor posted an update 2 weeks, 4 days ago

    “Talking About Ethics” is a really good title on the many issues we face in today’s world. Around 400 pages, there are many things I liked about this title:

    – Covers a wide variety of relevant issues we face today.
    – Easy to read, follow, and understand.
    – Like the conversational tone between 3 college students of various faith beliefs. Not…[Read more]

  • M Taylor posted an update 2 weeks, 5 days ago

    “Lead” by Paul David Tripp is one of the best leadership books I have read in some time. While targeted towards church and ministry leaders, the book may apply to all Christian believers in leadership positions. Around 220 pages, the book addresses such topics as:

    – 6 characteristics of true Christian community.
    – 9 dangerous signs that the…[Read more]

  • A MESSAGE OF HOPE

    One week had now passed since their search in the old derelict house had returned no positive results although they had got closer to Devane than at any other time over the past year. All […]

  • M Taylor posted an update 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    “Lead Like It Matters To God” is a great title written by someone who has extensive experience in both the corporate world and Christian ministry. I really like the author’s central point – character is ultimately more important than results! Yes, results are important, but is it worth it to lose your soul, family, health, etc. in the…[Read more]

  • M Taylor posted an update 3 weeks, 4 days ago

    “What Great Ministry Leaders Get Right” is a great read for servants in the church, regardless of position. Although targeted towards pastors, the principles described apply to anyone serving in the church. Around 300 pages, the title covers many topics on the subject, including:

    – Knowing Christ is more important than ministry success.

    – The…[Read more]

  • M Taylor posted an update 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    “Virtual Reality Church” is an excellent read on the impact technology has and can have on the church and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with the world. Around 250 pages, the book covers many topics on the subject, including:

    – How technology has changed over the years.

    – Some early pioneers (Billy Graham, etc.) who used the technology of…[Read more]

  • M Taylor posted an update 4 weeks, 1 day ago

    “Walk With Me” is a good and refreshing read on disciplemaking. Indeed, in a day where numbers seem to be all that matters (even in church!), the title focuses more on placing more importance on spiritual fruit instead of numbers. Around 170 pages, the title covers such topics as:

    – Walk in relationship with each other instead of just a…[Read more]

  • THE TAUNTING CLUE

    The rusted hinges on the single-leaf wooden door creaked and groaned as it slowly gave way to firm but forcible persuasion. The door became stuck three-quarters through its travel and refused […]

  • M Taylor posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    “Yours, Till Heaven” is a great read on the wonderful marriage between Charles and Susie Spurgeon. Spurgeon, one of the all-time greatest preachers and one of the most famous preachers (along with Dwight Moody) in the 1800s. The book is around 190 pages and covers many areas of their long marriage:

    – How they met.

    – The many, many ways Susie…[Read more]

  • M Taylor posted an update 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    “What Comes Next?” is a great read for especially Christian leaders wanting to be more effective, whether in ministry, business, or in their personal life in today’s rapidly changing world. Around 200 pages, the title covers many subjects on the topic, including:

    1. The future belongs to the curious – we cannot afford to be comfortable and…[Read more]

  • It is a sad fact that in our socially connected and enlightened world that is 2021 there are a few among us that have yet to evolve above the mentality of a Neanderthal when communicating their thoughts online. I […]

    • I remember this story. He was just the cutest person making his rounds around his property. I had no idea Neanderthals were being Neanderthals. Another sad thing about this….is that this online behavior is not shocking. We have encountered doses of it here at times. I have seen it at times on Twitter and sometimes I will just respond with a simple “Idiot” IF I even respond. I normally do not allow myself to get pulled into a back and forth. Because we know you can not make sense of them. Maybe a punk kid….maybe a sad pathetic adult. I try not to think too much about those animals because I can easily get frustrated. But I wonder if their accounts can be blocked if enough people complain?
      There must be ways to handle them these days.
      We know this man was a wonderful person with a kind heart…..those punks can’t change that.

    • The Social media giants like Facebook and Twitter are coming under increasing pressure to clean up their acts when it come to abuse. Just recently some black sports stars over here have been trolled by these strange people – some included death threats! There is a growing trend within the population that is getting louder as the days go by, they are calling on these media sites to do more than they are doing right now – we all know they can do more but are they willing to put the time in it will take to monitor their sites properly?

    • I know you have heard about some of the stuff going on in the United States. Looking at what has happened here, and hearing this episode of “nastiness online”,I am not at all sure that some of these people wouldn’t do the same thing in a face to face setting, which makes me even more delighted that I don’t know them and likely will never see them. I certainly hope not, because it is bad enough on the internet, I don’t want people like that in my personal life.

      There are efforts to curtail some of that type thing here in the United States to, with the predictable screams that doing so is a violation of “freedom of speech”. Yes, that is a value in our nation, but saying nasty things just to stir up heartache and fear should not be acceptable under any circumstance in my opinion.

      • Jules replied 3 weeks ago

        There has always been a need in some people to be nasty to others online. They must gain some satisfaction by doing it but I have never understood it.

        • yes, and before that there were some that seemed to “need” to pick on persons in real life (there still are now). I don’t know why that is, but it exists.

  • M Taylor posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    “Worshipping With The Reformers” is a very interesting and informative read on changes in the church resulting from the Reformation. Just over 200 pages, the book addresses many topics on the subject, including changes in the church in:

    – Worship

    – Conducting various services – weddings, funerals, preaching, etc.

    – Use of visual arts.

    – The…[Read more]

  • M Taylor posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    As all human beings, whether Christian or not, we have shortcomings in some way – physically, mentally, relationally, etc. However, some need extra grace more than others. “Disability And The Church” is a great read for including such people in the church. The author, a pastor with autism, is well-qualified to write such a book. The title contains…[Read more]

  • Hey diddle diddle
    There is no cat or moon
    The sun is bright and shining
    Come listen to my tune
    Bring your bow and fiddle
    And learn to play along
    Together we will fill the grove
    With music, laughter, and song.

    • Love the tree.

    • Beautiful tree, and good poem. I did some poetry at one time for a site that had competitions, sort of, in writing poems or stories based on a word or picture (both kinds) and know how hard it is sometimes to come up with one that works.
      Good work, Jules.

    • Thanks, but I’m a bit hopeless at poetry. But 8 line limericks I can get my head around.

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