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Consider these visual resources for Christianity and this warning by Tim Challies

VISUAL THEOLOGY

These can be used on Sundays and at home with kids.
The kids are in a very visual generation. This summarizes complex biblical lessons. 
The annual membership could be a bargain. …
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Added by John S. Oliver on October 14, 2018 at 5:53pm — No Comments

Ready to have your understanding of the Bible greatly expanded?

Sunday afternoons and evenings is my time for rest like a nap as well as online Bible study.

I have watched many Christian video biographies then.

That is when I heard the Tozer audiobook

Today I encountered this video that opened my eyes to understand the Bible from a very different and totally Scriptural perspective.

A Bible teacher who has been teaching for many years and is the brains behind Bible Project works with his partner…

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Added by John S. Oliver on October 7, 2018 at 8:13pm — No Comments

I have been enjoying this other work by Tozer - The Knowledge of the Holy

I deeply appreciate how God used Tozer to weave together deep devotion, biblical theology, and some mysticism. 
Ultimately when a Christian prays or worships they are operating as a mere mortal and communicating with a divine being. That is a metaphysical event. Yet our western rational minds do not let us recognize it as a spiritual incident. When this is full embraced then the mystical arises. …
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Added by John S. Oliver on September 30, 2018 at 9:55pm — No Comments

Ready for a Massive Artistic Challenge?

I dare you to dig deep inside and boldly share the truths you find. 
If you want a creative challenge then consider a series on the 7 deadly sins. 
During these times the word sin is rarely used inside or outside the church. Yet sin is real 
The gospel message addresses how Jesus Christ forgave our sins. But if we do not recognize our sins then there is no platform for conviction and motivation to repent. 
We are in a very visual age. By using…
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Added by John S. Oliver on September 24, 2018 at 2:00am — No Comments

Progress Not Perfection

Writing this has been therapeutic for me and I hope it helps you.

 

I did not make specific prayer requests here but many are implied.

 

INTRODUCTION

There are many sayings in the 12 step community that have helped me over the years.

The saying that has helped me recently is this, progress and not perfection.

 

I feel disappointed inside that there is so much I want to do yet it…

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Added by John S. Oliver on August 15, 2018 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Tea Made Me Think



Just now I am brewing tea for kombucha tea.

As I looked at those dry tea leaves I considered what it took to get that product to me.

How many people and processes were involved?

The packaging took talented and smart…

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Added by John S. Oliver on August 1, 2018 at 11:59am — 1 Comment

Tea Made Me Think



Just now I am brewing tea for kombucha tea.

As I looked at those dry tea leaves I considered what it took to get that product to me.

How many people and processes were involved?

The packaging took talented and smart…

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Added by John S. Oliver on August 1, 2018 at 11:59am — No Comments

Please view these video lessons about church history

During Sunday afternoons I normally go online to learn more about Christian education. This is like my substitute adult Sunday school class.

Recently I came to this 2 part video series that shows church history. I offer this to you for your edification. I have read books on the subject and seen many videos. This is the best overview I have seen. It gives the historical context for our current conditions.

Generally, church history is messy, bloody, and ignored. …

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Added by John S. Oliver on July 23, 2018 at 1:27pm — No Comments

I feel conflicted about this emphasis on storytelling. Is there a slippery slope to biblical error? What do you think?

Please comment if you understand what I am saying here.

Let me know how you have navigated the old adage the methods change but the message stays the same. 

It seems like a slippery slope of majoring on the container of the message without great care to the biblical soundness of the content. 

Kindly follow me as I ramble some about these matters I am processing.

Please pray earnestly that God will grant me His wisdom about this…

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Added by John S. Oliver on June 29, 2018 at 11:58pm — 2 Comments

Help Me Help Others --- PLEASE !

This message is the start of an online ministry that is dedicated to helping Christians pray better.

The name of this new ministry is Let's Pray Better.

There is a link to the survey at the end of this message and your opportunity to subscribe to a new weekly newsletter at the end of the survey.…

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Added by John S. Oliver on June 1, 2018 at 7:41pm — No Comments

What do you think about this kind of wedding ceremony?

It is not biblical or Christ-centered.

YET there is much to be said about how realism and idealism are blended.

Surely parts of this could be adapted into future wedding ceremonies and or brief sermons during such an event. 

I like how those gathered participated. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0hAa9BIGNpU

Added by John S. Oliver on May 23, 2018 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Volvo Ocean Race is the only sport I follow

A few teams of men and women race around the world.

They encounter all kinds of weather and sea conditions.

This year one man went overboard and died.

It is the ultimate test of the individuals, teams, and technology.

This is raw as humans…

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Added by John S. Oliver on April 21, 2018 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Please beta test this ebook for business owners

What follows began as a collection of a few links to online resources that might help some friends. Then as I did that I recalled more and more resources. This has become an initial draft of an ebook. For a very long time I have planned to make short videos of each such resources with keyword tags.

There is more I will add to this soon. But at this interval I am requesting your assistance. I can use your comments, suggestions and…

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Added by John S. Oliver on April 2, 2018 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Prayerfully consider these brief Easter videos

Easter is a celebration of events that happened very long ago and very far away. There are many layers and levels of what the Bible says about Jesus Christ during Passion Week.

In order to help you more fully appreciate what God the Father was doing in the death, burial, and resurrection of His Son, the following videos are offered.

The first 2…

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Added by John S. Oliver on April 1, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

My Health Update

My Health Update

SUMMARY

The night before I went to see Dr. Kathi I felt the excitement of anticipation like a child on Christmas Eve.

While I was at her office on February 13, 2018, for 3 hours I was blessed to receive many different kinds of treatments. I was amazed at how her working on the nerve…

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Added by John S. Oliver on February 16, 2018 at 4:15pm — No Comments

How to Make Better Stories

We live in a world of a million shades of grey.

The relativism of our society makes thinking, speaking, and writing bland.

Yet movies and novels keep grabbing our attention. The best stories get down to the core matters of human nature.

The concepts of sin and virtue get neglected as…

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Added by John S. Oliver on February 9, 2018 at 10:16pm — No Comments

Pray for me to find the balance between these - - - and just maybe you can use these kinds of balance too.

To keep moving forward effectively then I must keep finding the graceful balances between:

being proactive and being responsive

pushing the round boulder up the hill and riding the raft down the river

knowing what the next graceful step is…

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Added by John S. Oliver on February 3, 2018 at 10:42pm — No Comments

God is Answering Prayers about My Health

I have not been suddenly healed, yet.

 

Instead, God has sent me information and education through various people.

 

I still deal with the uncertainty about the…

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Added by John S. Oliver on December 29, 2017 at 6:24pm — No Comments

Possible Heart Trouble -- No Health Insurance -- Pray for My Health and Safety

SUMMARY

I went to the Obamacare website and learned that I cannot afford health care. The monthly premium was 908 a month with 7350 deductible. I only make 683 a month from my social security retirement. Even if I could magically afford that, then I would pay 20 for my Rx that costs 25. I could save 5 a month by paying 908.

 

I learned that the State of…

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Added by John S. Oliver on December 28, 2017 at 10:56am — No Comments

If You Think We are in Spiritual Warfare then Consider this History Lesson Video of the Evolution of Weapons

Notice in this video that there has been a continual evolution of weapons related to warfare.

Note that each time that a better kind of weapon was developed that those that used them defeated those who did not adopt them.

That is an interesting history lesson. But note when the printing press came out the Bibles and publications of Luther, and Tyndale radically changed the spiritual landscape. Printed Bibles in English were smuggled into England when that owning…

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Added by John S. Oliver on December 26, 2017 at 9:48pm — No Comments

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