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Archive for February, 2011

Friday Faves

It’s Friday! As the week winds to a close, we want to share the posts that caught our attention these past few days. Enjoy:

February 25, 2011 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 1:27 pm | 0 Comments »

Finishing Well: Leaving Behind a Strong Family

At the approach of death, Christians have the opportunity to leave behind something far more valuable than a piece of property or a bank account. The end of life is a time to reflect on our lives, examine our faith, and share mistakes and successes with those we love in a worshipful way. Taking time to have one-on-one conversations with people is a special way to pass along advice and encouragement. Additionally, a time of terminal illness is an opportunity to heal family wounds. A person approaching the end of life should not be afraid to gently address family rifts and guide the forgiveness process, as the impending death of a family member often creates a ready environment for healing.

Building closure with loved ones is an important part of dying well. Four simple things should be said frequently as one comes to the end of life:

  1. I love you.
  2. Thank you.
  3. Forgive me.
  4. I forgive you.

We should never assume that our actions (gift-giving, provision, etc.) are an excuse for not verbalizing these things. It is extremely important that surviving family members hear words of love, affirmation, and forgiveness from the person they will soon be parted from.

Finally, families should build some final memories in their last days together. Those approaching death should not be afraid to have fun and laugh with family members. If illness and age permit, traveling to see friends and family can spread a wider blessing in the final days. The process of dying should not be consumed with thoughts of death; after all, there is still life left between now and then. For the sake of blessing loved ones, make the most of it.

Excerpt modified from Finishing Well to the Glory of God.

| Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Death,Life / Doctrine,The Christian Life | Author: Crossway Staff @ 6:00 am | 0 Comments »

Tune in to DG Live Today at 3pm CST!

Tune in this afternoon for DG Live with Sam Crabtree, Executive Pastor at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, MN. Beginning at 3:00 PM (CST) and ending promptly at 4:00 PM (CST), we’ll be discussing Sam’s new book, Practicing Affirmation: God-Centered Praise of Those Who Are Not God.

February 24, 2011 | Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 2:53 pm | 0 Comments »

Finding Hope in the Face of Cancer

Suffering is a direct result of Adam and Eve’s sin. Because of their disobedience, the world has been subjected to futility. But this futility exists “in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:21).

Cancer is a terrible affliction and reminder of this futility. But the suffering that comes with cancer has a double meaning. It means that sin is horribly painful, but it also means that glorious freedom is coming. The pain of disease is a reminder that a new creation is in the works, suffering the fire of the forge before emerging as a beautiful and complete masterpiece.

During the anguish brought by cancer, Christians must find comfort in the Lord rather than the calculation of odds and treatment. This hope and peace provides a tremendous opportunity for witness in the face of suffering and futility.

Excerpt modified from Don’t Waste Your Cancer.

| Posted in: Uncategorized | Author: Crossway Staff @ 1:00 pm | 0 Comments »

“Church Planter” Named Among Outreach Magazine’s Resources of the Year

We are pleased to announce that Church Planter has been named one of Outreach Magazine’s Resources of the Year for Church Multiplication! Congratulations to Darrin Patrick!

To celebrate, we’d like to give away a couple copies. Let us know if you’re planting a church or have recently planted a church and where. Winners will be picked at random on Friday, February 25th. The contest is for US and Canada only.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to take a look at this book yet, you can download a sample chapter here.

[Contest closed on 2/25/11. Thanks for participating!]

| Posted in: AAA - BLOG UPDATE,Book News,News | Author: Angie Cheatham @ 12:14 pm | (17) Comments »