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Top Blog Posts of the Week 1/2/2013

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

This is a list of recent blog posts which I found interesting. They may benefit you as you prayerfully consider your area of shepherding and stewardship, which has been given to you in trust by the Lord.

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Tags: pastoral care, care, bible, jesus, iranian pastor, iran, kamloops

Friendship: Tolkien on Going to Church on Sunday

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

“It is true that if these hobbits understood the danger, they would not dare to go. But... I think, Elrond, that in this matter it would be well to trust rather to their friendship than to great wisdom.” -Gandalf in dialogue with Elrond at Rivendell, The Fellowship of the...

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Tags: worship, kamloops, jesus, god, worship, gathering, why go to church, friendship

Top Blog Posts of the Week 12/22/2012

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

This is a list of recent blog posts which I found interesting. That I found them interesting doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with or endorse all of the ideas presented in the posts, but that I found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. They may benefit you as you prayerfully...

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Tags: christmas, jesus, kamloops, christmas eve service, children, text, bible

The Christ's Mass: A Call to Worship

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

When we hear the word "Mass" we begin to conjure up thoughts of Roman Catholic liturgy and rightly so. But have you ever wondered what the meaning behind the term "mass" was? The term "Mass" is derived from the Late Latin word missa (dismissal), a word used in the concluding formula of Mass in...

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Tags: christmas, jesus, kamloops, christmas eve service

The Real Meaning of Naughty vs. Nice

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

It's that time of year in which we hope for that perfect gift from Santa Clause, and we celebrate the season by eating lots of good food, going to Christmas parties, and singing Christmas Carols. I'd like to propose that we change one of the beloved carols of the season to be, um, shall we...

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Tags: saint nicholas, santa clause, christmas, arian heresy, council of nicea, truth, jesus, kamloops

God is None the Poorer

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

I came across this quote awhile back when I was preaching through Exodus, and it profoundly moved me. It's from a Baptist pastor who ministered in London during the 19th century. I love the truth that "He loves, and He loves forever; and through the ages the fire burns on, unconsumed and...

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Tags: love, burning bush, god, jesus, christian, self-sufficient

Top Blog Posts of the Week 9/29/2012

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

This is a list of recent blog posts which I found interesting. That I found them interesting doesn’t mean I necessarily agree with or endorse all of the ideas presented in the posts, but that I found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. They may benefit you as you prayerfully...

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Tags: top recent blog posts, blog, blog post, jesus, sovereignty, bearing burdens, blessing, unpopular, boring is productive, worship

The Prayers that God Prays for our Church

Posted by Joshua Claycamp on

Did you know that God prays for you? Not only does He pray for you, but His are some of the most amazing prayers you will ever consider!

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Tags: pray, prayer, god, jesus, intercession, faith, strength, fellowship

Morning Devotion: The Pitfall of Poor Shepherding

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“Whoever misleads the upright into an evil way will fall into his own pit, but the blameless will have a goodly inheritance.” (Proverbs 28:10, ESV) It is bad enough being foolish or wicked (foolishness and evil bring their own pain), but it is especially bad to lead those who...

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Tags: leaders, leadership, choices, jesus, praise him, proverbs, pitfalls, pit, shepherd, stewardship

Decision Making: Learning from Leaders

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The scene appears almost comical to any self-respecting man living within the current century: mommy asking the boss for a promotion for her sons. In all fairness to moms, what parent wouldn’t want opportunity and advancement for their children? Regardless of the way the text may initially...

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Tags: leaders, leadership, jesus, choices, making decisions, deciding, choosing, oversight, shepherding

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