Why Do I Have a Hebrew Name on My Wrist?

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Tomorrow is my brother-in-law’s birthday. So I want to share with you Mark McLaughlin, this great guy who married my sister. Here is the post he wrote for his church’s site last week: Why Did I Tattoo a Hebrew Name on my Wrist?   The Story 2 Samuel 8–10, ESV   8:1 After this David defeated the Philistines and subdued them, and David took Metheg-ammah out of the hand of the Philistines. 2 And he defeated Moab and he measured them with a line, making them lie down on the ground. Two lines he measured to be put to death, and one full line to be spared. And the Moabites became servants to David and brought tribute. 3 David also defeated Hadadezer the son of Rehob, king of Zobah, as he went to restore his power at the river Euphrates. 4 And David took from him 1,700 horsemen, and 20,000…

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Strengthen Your Marriage: Build a Safe Haven

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Today I’m happy to welcome guest blogger Dave Friese, the president of and a pastoral counselor at Restore and Rebuild Ministries. Everyone goes into marriage wanting happiness. Our quest for a happy marriage will not be without its obstacles. And how we deal with the obstacles will determine the vitality of our marriage. Marriage is to reflect the “oneness” relationship between Christ and the church. In his book, A Model for Marriage, pastor Tim Keller puts it this way, “Marriage serves as a sanctifying process as spouses strive for unity in the midst of their unique differences.” Unity in the midst of diversity—that’s a challenge. To experience this unity we need to feel safe. How do we create an environment where we are free to open up and say what is really going on? Where we can say what we really think without fear of rejection? Where we feel free…

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What People Look for in Churches

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Americans evaluate churches based on their friendliness, children’s programs, worship music, sermons and pastors, according to the February Evangelical Leaders Survey. U.S. evangelical leaders were asked to list three criteria that Americans prioritize when choosing a church. While a variety of answers came in, 80 percent of the responses fell into the categories of friendliness (19 percent), children’s programs (19 percent), worship music (16 percent), sermons (14 percent) and pastors (12 percent). Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), said, “The question asks why people choose a church. The answer is that there is no one answer. People choose churches for very different reasons. There are even differences in the most common answers—friendliness, children’s programs and worship music come in wide varieties.” Pastors and church leadership teams who hope to reach their communities consider this question with regularity. One such pastor is William Bohline, lead pastor of…

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