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Sufi Scholar Dr. Habibeh Rahim on “Love Your Neighbor”

Given today's terrible news out of Egypt, I want to offer an interview I did with Habibeh Rahim, Ph.D. (Harvard). Dr. Rahim is a Sufi scholar who serves as Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. John’s University in New York. The courses she teaches include Religions of the World, Introduction to Hinduism, Introduction to Buddhism, Introduction to Islam, The Family in Islamic Life and Theology, Sacred Scriptures of the East, Buddhism and Christianity in Dialogue, and…

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Added by David Sanford on November 24, 2017 at 5:28pm — No Comments

If You Enjoy Movies Then Consider These

I admit that I like to watch movies on Netflix and at the multiplex. I also like short animated videos on Youtube.  

 

For years I have wondered about what went into making such visual works of art. At the end of the movie there are the credits with lots of names. There are titles for the types of workers that were finally explained in this short Crash Course lesson.…

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Added by John S. Oliver on November 22, 2017 at 6:06pm — No Comments

Consider this Alternative to Yoga

 

 

I like Qi Gong better than yoga.

 

There are many Qi Gong videos on Youtube and these are the ones I like best and use.

 

I especially like the ones by Lee Holden

 

These and others like it on Qi Gong…

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Added by John S. Oliver on November 6, 2017 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Where are the Men’s Prayer Meetings?

This is a RANT. It is a way for me to get this off my chest. It is RAW and UNFILTERED.

This message is jumbled because I just need to express myself while it is active in my mind and heart. Later I MIGHT come back to this and put it into a more orderly Bible teaching and/or sermon

The bottom line is that it disturbs me deeply that Christian men do not come together to pray OFTEN.

It seems logical…

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Added by John S. Oliver on October 23, 2017 at 6:05pm — 1 Comment

The Heart of Man Fathom Event - October 17 - 1 More Night

VSN colleagues, The Heart of Man may be the most unique and important project I've ever helped produce, and it is coming back as a Fathom Event encore for one more night on October 17.

We are thrilled with this opportunity as tens of thousands of people came out to theaters, selling out in every market, on September 14. We are praying for tens of thousands more to be exposed to this very unique and powerful experience.

If…

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Added by Brian Bird on October 10, 2017 at 8:55pm — 3 Comments

Ivy League Professors Exhort Their Students and All Students to --- Think for Yourself

Some Thoughts and Advice for Our Students and All Students

August…
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Added by John S. Oliver on September 23, 2017 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Christian Parent and Grandparent - Can You Use These Helps?

 

 

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…

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Added by John S. Oliver on September 10, 2017 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Give Food for Those Displaced Due to Hurricane Harvey

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…

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Added by John S. Oliver on August 30, 2017 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Do you work with millennials?

Hi VSN community,

 

Moving Works has just released a short film called The Day Kyle Died.

It’s about a kid that is struggling with his identity, thinking that his life is worthless if he isn’t successful. 

 

Logline:

Kyle has it all figured out.  He’s got the girls, the…

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Added by walt manis on August 30, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Developing an Integrated Media Strategy

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

Lord Help Me Get UNSTUCK

 

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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…

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Added by John S. Oliver on August 25, 2017 at 6:28pm — No Comments

Major Milestone PASSED and Requesting Your Best Prayers

 

Prayerful Friend

 

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…

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Added by John S. Oliver on August 11, 2017 at 8:54pm — 2 Comments

Three Steps to Becoming A More Visual Storyteller

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…

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Added by Phil Cooke on August 1, 2017 at 6:58pm — No Comments

The tapestry of creation.....

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…

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Added by Tricia Renahan on April 26, 2017 at 5:05pm — No Comments

The cross at every heartbeat...

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…

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Added by Tricia Renahan on April 26, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A nameless bird....

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…

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Added by Tricia Renahan on April 18, 2017 at 10:21am — No Comments

Consider these resources when writing your next story

As a story teller you might like these resources for creating future engaging stories.

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Added by John S. Oliver on April 18, 2017 at 9:54am — No Comments

Invisible and lost....

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…

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Added by Tricia Renahan on April 17, 2017 at 5:34pm — No Comments

A new creation

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…

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Added by Tricia Renahan on April 16, 2017 at 4:51pm — No Comments

The hand of God

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…

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Added by Tricia Renahan on April 16, 2017 at 4:50pm — No Comments

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