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« Reply #104 on: April 06, 2016, 06:28:53 PM »

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If you have ever suffered from depression, or severe grief and trauma, you will now about "darkness hiding his face".  Of course, darkness cannot truly hide the face of God, but it can *seem* that it does at times.

When you are in the depths of despair, when troubles surround you, it can be a very, very, dark place.  And like when the clouds hide the Sun for a while during bad weather, so the clouds of our soul can hide the Son for a time to our perception.

He is still there, He always is.  But sometimes life is so dark, we feel like we cannot see Him anymore.

As for music, I love the traditional hymns.  The writers of these hymns knew a walk with God and experiences in the depth of their souls that some of us only dream about.  There was a style of writing in those days which poured the whole human experience into one set of stanzas.  And it touches our souls today.

Yes, the church does need to move on in some ways, to reach out to people who only know the modern hip-hop way of communicating.  But let's not throw out the old, old gems.  They truly are nuggets of gold to the soul.

In my humble opinion.

Yeah I get what you are saying regarding depression and yeah I have experienced it on and off most of my life. It can be hard to cling to God, I try to hold onto the fact even when I don't 'feel' Him that He is still there - that doesn't mean I have never questioned such though. Depths of despair - hmmmmm can relate to that too and I wonder where was God then? I'm told He was there and I have to have faith that He was and will be, etc, not always easy (understatement).

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Re: Christian family - family and home topics
« Reply #105 on: April 06, 2016, 08:04:54 PM »
Keep thinking of it as Winter-time.  You don't see much of the sun, do you?

But it is still there...

And it will shine again

So will the Son, in your life.

This truth has kept me going many a "winter" of the soul!


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[Cfamily]Weekend Edition—April 1, 2016
« Reply #106 on: April 07, 2016, 07:03:36 AM »
Weekend Edition—April 1, 2016

Worship Leader Caught In Infinite Loop Between Bridge And ChorusKyle Mann

We’ve all been there, just admit it.

Canada Fears Photo of Prime Minister with Pandas Could Worsen American Refugee Crisis—Andy Borowitz

’Nuf said.

Stone-Hearted Man Scrolls Past Jesus Meme Without Sharing It—Babylon Bee

It’s what we’ve all feared: meme sharing is part of our sanctification.

Cyclist making Jimmy John's delivery climbs over moving train —UPI

And the customer probably wasn’t even that hungry.

Church Sign Leads to Conversion?Matt Capps

If only it was that easy.

In case it hasn’t dawned on you yet, Happy April Fool’s Day! And, the Jimmy John’s article is the only true story in mix.

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This week on The Exchange Podcast I interviewed creative genius Jeremy Cowart.

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Earlier This Week on The Exchange

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Church Signs

And you’d want to extinguish that?

They have time to change the church sign, but no time to grab a bucket of water?

Let’s not mention other communicable diseases, ok?

Thanks for Cyndi Cox, David Erland, and Alan Johnston for this week’s church signs. As always you can tweet your church signs to @EdStetzer.

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[Cfamily]A Smart Fashion Mag Is Hard to Find
« Reply #107 on: April 08, 2016, 07:07:48 AM »
A Smart Fashion Mag Is Hard to Find

“It’s the non-fashion fashion mag,” read one of the endorsements on the back cover.

I flipped to the front. The Worn Archive: A fashion journal about the art, ideas and history of what we wear. An anthology from the long-gone Canadian magazine Worn, the volume featured vintage-laden editorial spreads alongside thoughtful essays about the iconic Palestinian keffiyah and Ghandi’s fashion politics. Hooked, I headed to the secondhand bookstore counter to pay.

The Worn Archive used clothing as a way to understand history and society and identity and relationship. Yet it did so with such jocular whimsy that reading it felt more like going to a party with a bunch of fashion fanatics than sitting in on a lecture. My only disappointment? I came across it too late to subscribe. Worn published its last issue in 2014.

If it was this good, why couldn’t Worn survive past its first decade?

The answer perhaps reveals as much about fashion media as a whole as it does any one publication. Magazines are sustained by advertising dollars. This means that keeping advertisers happy by pushing their products, whether overtly or subtly, is par for the course.

These days even superstar fashion bloggers, whose original appeal lay partly in their ability to function as trusted independent voices, often learn to compromise or kiss the industry goodbye. Without sponsored posts or at the very least free products from brands, it’s difficult for fashion and beauty bloggers who rely on look-of-the-day posts to generate enough fresh content—not to mention income—to stay afloat. As a result, honesty may be sacrificed for profitability. What once seemed like a promising new medium starts to succumb to the same corrupting pressures that have long plagued the industry.

Combine that digital-age trend with the old adage that “sex sells” and our culture’s obsession with celebrity, and it’s easy to see why many find fashion media so distasteful. Even for fashion-lovers, there’s plenty in the average newsstand glossy we want to avoid: consumerism, unhealthy body image, and misdirected idol-worship. When a simple celebration of embodiment becomes a trip through territory riddled with these mini mines, it’s hard to blame those who choose to opt out.

There were probably a multitude of factors leading to Worn’s demise. But I’d be willing to bet that the publication’s unwillingness to let advertising play as weighty a role as it does at mainstream publications had something to do with it. Even in its tenth year, the magazine was self-distributed. Its small staff prioritized independence over having the money to pay other people to lick stamps.

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[Cfamily]The Messy Drama and Trauma of New Life
« Reply #108 on: April 09, 2016, 07:13:10 AM »
The Messy Drama and Trauma of New Life

The media has settled into its expected narratives around childbirth. In sitcoms, you get sweaty and yell. In movies and documentaries, it never goes as planned, with some bizarre surprise—even the news that you were pregnant in the first place. (To echo almost every woman who has ever been pregnant: How does this show exist?) Magazines feast on documenting the “baby bump,” then waiting for it to disappear postpartum. Chrissy Teigen joins Kim Kardashian and Kate Middleton as another pregnant celebrity whose red carpet photos and Instagram pics make headlines on People’s baby section.

Like almost everything else, pregnancy and childbirth are much harder and messier than we see in the media. Going into my first pregnancy, I knew that. I wasn’t going to give birth according to sitcom timing, and my post-baby body wasn’t going to bounce back like these actresses’. Even when the difficult and wrenching sides of childbearing come up in popular conversation, it’s hard to grasp how gruesome the whole process is.

At a childbirth class my husband and I recently attended, the facilitator listed some of the things to expect after birth—uterine cramping, a swollen postpartum stomach (and its new normal size), bleeding. One new mom raised her hand. “You mean you bleed for awhile after the baby is born? For how long?” Without hesitation I said, “Forever.”

The laughter in the room broke the tension, and the nurse continued. “Four to six weeks. It’s completely normal—part of birth, in fact, but women don’t talk about it much,” she said. “Birth is difficult, but it isn’t scary. Postpartum bodies are different, but they aren’t broken.”

Scripture’s unblinking look at the messier parts of existence reminds us that we needn’t shy away from talking about the difficult parts of bodily life. Speaking openly about the struggles of infertility, the anguish of miscarriage, and the bodily trauma of carrying and birthing babies can free us from the isolation that comes with these physical changes.

The Bible proves time and time again that God is not just unafraid of the mess; he is present in it. Witness his love for the tax collector and the demon-possessed. Watch him reach out and touch the bleeding woman and the leper. It’s not that brokenness is itself good. No woman struggling with postpartum bleeding hopes that it continues forever. It’s that God is at work in and through it.

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[Cfamily]How Do We Understand Blessing in a #Blessed Era?
« Reply #109 on: April 10, 2016, 07:14:52 AM »
How Do We Understand Blessing in a #Blessed Era?

Social media has a way of hijacking perfectly good words. One years-old hostage is blessed, now #blessed in the annals of more than 52 million Instagram tags.

We’ve all complained about or mocked the blessed hashtag over the years. But for all our cynicism over inappropriate overuse and what blessed isn’t, we rarely take the time to explore what this word really means in the context of our 21st-century lives.

Blessed was originally used to describe a religious rite: to consecrate by blood. Over centuries the definition evolved: to be made holy. But in modern parlance, the word is a #humblebrag. We live in a world that sucks us into displaying highlight reels of our lives. Even the Pope isn’t exempt, having launched his Instagram profile last month and set a record for the platform when he gained his first million followers in less than 12 hours. So far, no blessed hashtag can be found on his feed.

On the rest of Instagram, it appears no feat is off-limits from the #blessed label. People apply this humble-sounding tag to babies, selfies, their legs after leg day at the gym, a dozen doughnuts, a wad of $20 bills. Nothing is more cringe-worthy than when #blessed is classically paired with another popular and not-so-clever turn of phrase #My_____IsBetterThanYours—the user trying to excuse their bragging by being upfront about it in a cute, lighthearted way. In fact, #blessed has become so clichéd online that at this point, the hashtag mostly gets mentioned tongue-in-cheek.

Still, on social media I’ve felt tempted to let the world know that I too travel; I too eat well; I too had a great workout this morning. No, God didn’t pass me by when he poured out his blessings. But I can’t shake the feeling that adding my own snapshot of some mundane pleasure and tagging it “blessed,” ironic or not, would only serve to enlarge the pool of pictures warping its meaning.

The most notable biblical explanation of this word comes from Matthew, where Jesus’ beatitudes so famously paint an unexpected picture of what it means to be blessed:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth (Matt. 5:3–5).

These troubling scenarios can make for some hard and awkward social media posts, but they bring us closer to the true biblical definition of blessed set forth by Jesus. He always turned conventional wisdom on its head: the last will be first, turn the other cheek, to die is gain. Even more, the New Testament word “blessed” also translates as “happy”—“happy are the poor in spirit.” We miss the mark when we call ourselves that because of a new pair of shoes.

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« Reply #110 on: April 10, 2016, 07:58:26 AM »
Words changing meaning, been happening for a while now. No wonder this world is a confusing place.


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[Cfamily]4 Ways We Self-Sabotage
« Reply #111 on: April 11, 2016, 07:00:34 AM »
4 Ways We Self-Sabotage

Is it time for a self-assessment?

Though mentors, coaches, and sponsors can help guide your life and career, it’s also critically important not to overlook what may be your most valuable assessment resource: yourself.

Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman are management consultants who specialize in 360-degree reviews. The two have found that, when confronted with their mistakes, people are unsurprised more than 70 percent of the time. Why? Because they already know what the problem is. If I’m honest with myself, I know my own hang-ups, and I’ll bet you do as well.

Recently I found myself feeling stressed and unfocused. Everything seemed overwhelming, impossible, and no fun. There were also other signs of trouble—when I’m overly stressed, my shoulders get tense and hunch high around my ears, my cheeks flush, and my stomach hurts.

These physical signs provide a helpful wake-up call. I know that whenever they kick in it’s time for a good, old fashioned gut-check. Here are the mistakes I look for in a self-assessment. Do you share any of these?

1. Losing My Footing in God’s Word

When I start feeling those knots in my stomach, this is the first place I know I have to look. What’s my time with God been like lately? Has it been missing, rushed, or perfunctory? Sometimes the demands of my life—caring for my daughter Annie, running a nonprofit, keeping up with other commitments—are so pressing and present that they pull my focus away from God. These demands are real, and they require energy and attention, but it’s a mistake to confuse urgency with primacy.

Last year when the enormity of Annie’s current illness became apparent, I went into triage mode, cutting back on all my other commitments in order to be with her. At the time, I was involved in two Bible study groups, but making it to multiple meetings a week seemed out of the question. So I cut them out. I was praying and being prayed for and still attending church, but without that consistent outside accountability, I was picking up my Bible less.

Over time, my prayers felt more and more strained; I wasn’t connecting with God the way I knew I should. One of my mentees finally set me straight. She encouraged me to get back in the Word every day and suggested an online Bible study that I could join without having to leave Annie. Annie herself helped as well by asking me to share the study with her. Now I read my study every day and write a note to Annie about it.

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