As an observer of parents for 64 years, I have concluded that parenting is super difficult.
I have never been a parent so I cannot speak from experiences. Yet as an outsider, I have a different and maybe useful perspective.
There are more than 99 important ways…Continue
Added by John S. Oliver on September 10, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments
VSN colleagues, The Heart of Man may be the most unique and important project I've ever helped produce. I believe it will be a game-changer for our deeply troubled culture and the church. It features Dr. Dan Allender, John Lynch, author of The Cure, and William Paul Young, author of The Shack, telling his very true story.
Please check out the trailer, and…Continue
Give Food for Those Displaced
Due to Hurricane Harvey
I was born and grew up in Houston. I graduated from high school there in 1971. That area is super flat. So it will be a LONG time before ALL the flood waters in the region are gone.
I moved to Dallas in 1985. And this area is super flat too. Just imagine that much rain falling here with the ground saturated and nowhere for the flood waters to quickly go.
I saw a picture of the roof of a home that was just…Continue
Added by John S. Oliver on August 30, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Hi VSN community,
It’s about a kid that is struggling with his identity, thinking that his life is worthless if he isn’t successful.
Kyle has it all figured out. He’s got the girls, the…Continue
Added by walt manis on August 30, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments
Tom Khazoyan highlights the keys to developing an integrated media strategy at the April 2017 Mobile Ministry Consultation in Holland.
Added by Clyde Taber on August 29, 2017 at 6:25pm — No Comments
Lord Help Me Get UNSTUCK
I have felt stuck recently.
There are moments that I feel overwhelmed by all that I feel inspired to do.
There are moments that I feel guilty that I have not been cranking out lots of lessons each…Continue
Added by John S. Oliver on August 25, 2017 at 6:28pm — No Comments
This is an announcement of a BIG turning point in my life and ministry.
I have been STRUGGLING for years to get to this point.
I have published a FEW lessons online AND I have a game plan to publish MANY…Continue
We are a visually-driven generation, but then again, we’ve always been. Filmmaker Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption) says: “Visual storytelling of one kind or another has been around since cavemen were drawing on the walls.” Today, toddlers have iPads and play with cameras. We grow up with cameras in our phones, and people…Continue
Added by Phil Cooke on August 1, 2017 at 6:58pm — No Comments
The tapestry of creation explodes into my senses, as I see its vibrancy - woven and crafted together.
It unfolds in my vision - alive and almost ethereal, as my mind comprehends inexplicable artistry.
My spirit stirs as I feel connected to my Creator God - I glimpse a taste of heaven as I am lost in wonderment.
My mind reaching beyond itself to grasp how this can be.
Can it be that my Lord, who created all this can be within…Continue
Added by Tricia Renahan on April 26, 2017 at 5:05pm — No Comments
I close my eyes. I see the cross. I'm lost in a moment - time has stopped around me.
All I can feel is my heartbeat. I see the cross at every beat of my heart.
I am in awe. My mind is reaching out, grasping for understanding.
I cannot comprehend.
Christ died on that cross; took every sin on Him, in time - on earth.
The pain, the agony, the shame, the torture. Every cruelty, every neglect. He took it all; saw the…Continue
Added by Tricia Renahan on April 26, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
What is that bird that flits in and out of my sight, unobtrusively silent?
At first I don't really notice it. I'm distracted by brighter, more visible birds.
But it comes again. My mind tells me it's a particular type of bird, until I notice a marking that throws me.
I start searching for what it is, with my rudimentary knowledge.
This is new to me, seeing the subtle beauty of each bird. But now I am seeing the subtle strokes of…Continue
Added by Tricia Renahan on April 18, 2017 at 10:21am — No Comments
Added by John S. Oliver on April 18, 2017 at 9:54am — No Comments
The mirror captures me. I see myself, my existence within it's frame. I am there, yet as I wander through the trail of life, navigating through the complexity of humanity, I am invisible.
I have trodden the paths of the past, as if unnoticed, moving quietly through the events of life - of people, places and circumstances. My Lord walks with me and He strengthens me. He sees me. But to the world, I am unseen.
My voice is silenced as I disconnect from all that…Continue
Added by Tricia Renahan on April 17, 2017 at 5:34pm — No Comments
I wake. The morning is cold, uninviting, bleak. Melancholy hangs in the air.
The days never change. Each one monotonous, dark, rigid.
The days merge. There is nothing new - I see nothing new.
The order of life, of…
Added by Tricia Renahan on April 16, 2017 at 4:51pm — No Comments
Sinking, floundering, losing.
Darkness is all around.
My feet have nothing to stand on, but flimsy foundations that disintegrate as I fall.
My arms, my hands recklessly reach for nothing as I go under.
It's dark above and dark below and all around me.
Fear is my company.
Panic is my companion.
That is all I see as I slip under. Choking, gasping, calling out....
"Lord help me."
Then there is a touch. I feel a…
Added by Tricia Renahan on April 16, 2017 at 4:50pm — No Comments
I feel the darkness creep into me again. My spirit cries within me as I recall the passage of time.
A moment that feels so fleeting, in reality years have passed by.
That worry wells up - uninvited, yet clinging to me. A dark stain amidst the light, seeping into me.
The fear intermingles with that stain, trying to engulf me - with memories of pain and loss, goading me that it's coming again - like floodwater seeping past the defences ready to overtake and…
Added by Tricia Renahan on April 16, 2017 at 4:49pm — No Comments
I stare into that photograph. My heart stirs in reminiscences as I remember that time, that place.
Vivid memories invade my mind. I suddenly remember the smells. I catch an aroma in my nose. I can feel the warmth of the sun on my skin. The sounds of life filter into my ears, of life that was then. That moment captured, in time.
I see myself. I remember.
I want to be in that moment now.
I want to live in that moment, that time.
Added by Tricia Renahan on April 16, 2017 at 4:48pm — No Comments
Added by Cal Curtis on April 7, 2017 at 5:27am — No Comments
Lee Strobel’s worldwide best-selling book contained 13 interviews with international experts in the fields of history, archeology, theology and ancient antiquities. It was a massive data dump of research, information, facts and historical evidence. So how was I, as a screenwriter, supposed to turn all of that into a movie – one that would not only get to the heart of the evidence for the case for Christ but would also entertain audiences…Continue
In a pop culture world dominated by sex and violence, it is getting more and more difficult to inspire children and teenagers to read the Bible, let alone follow Jesus. If we expect to reach the youth, we need to speak their language. Our ministry (Beartruth Collective) is doing just that in the form of super cool and contemporary Christian comic books!
Though I have been on this Earth for 32 years, I am 13 years old at heart. I still love comic books, comic book movies,…Continue