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Click Here Dealing with Heartbreak Can you remember a moment when you have been let down, hurt, mistreated, or disappointed? It has stung you, cut you to the core of your soul. You are upset that you let it effect you that way, but it did. And the only word that can describe the way you fe Bible Study Heartbreak, Humility 2 Samuel 15
Click Here Dumber Than A Squirrel The headline was one that was just interesting enough to catch your eye. "Young Man Killed as He Imitates Scene from a Disney Movie." Bible Study Brains, Faith, Thinking No Passage Reference
Click Here Encourage Me Robert L Short in The Parables of Peanuts shows a comic strip where Lucy is telling Snoopy, “There are times when you really bug me. But I must admit there are also times when I feel like giving you a hug.” Bible Study Encouragement, Hope, Help Hebrews 10:19-25
Click Here Family Matters An elderly man had been fitted with a hearing aid. A week later he returned to the doctor for a checkup.<br /><br />“How do you like it?” asked the doctor<br />“Fine”<br />“How does the family like it?”<br />“Oh, I haven’t told them yet, but I have change Bible Study Church, Hope, Family 1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:10
Click Here Flame Proof Living A young man in the military had received his orders. He was going to be heading off to war. In a moment of reflection that was caused by uncertainty about what his future may hold, he did what many do when facing a crisis. He thought about God. He decided Bible Study Abiding, Obedience, Discipleship John 15
Click Here Forgiveness Ruth Troutman, the Sunday School teacher, was very keen on religious ceremonies and had spent an entire session talking to the class about the correct way to pray. “Now,” she said finally, “suppose we want to pray to God for forgiveness. What must we do f Bible Study Forgiveness, Obedience Matthew 18:21-35
Click Here Getting to Know You I have always believed that you can tell a lot about a person by the way that they pray. There are some who think of God as a cosmic bellhop and their prayers reflect that. They pray something like, " God I need a new car, a new job, and a new boyfriend o Bible Study Prayer, Discipleship, Intimacy with God John 17:1-26
Click Here He Is...You Are An atheist once asked a Christian, "Do you really believe that fish story about Jonah? How could he have possibly been swallowed by a big fish?"<br /><br />“I don't know,” replied the believer, “but when I get to Heaven I'll ask him.”<br /><br />“But supp Bible Study Bible, Discipleship, Critics 2 Peter 1:16-21
Click Here IMPACT We are a people who have been called by God and are on a mission. We are called by God to touch and change the world with the love of Jesus. We are called to have an impact in the world around us. As we have defined impact for you, it is to hit with force Bible Study Obedience No Passage Reference
Click Here The King Arrives It is an 85 mile trip. Joseph walks, Mary probably rides side saddle on a donkey. She is nine months pregnant and feels every rut, ditch, hole, and blemish on the path. With every step the donkey steps, she feels the step vibrate her entire being. Bible Study Christmas Luke 2
Click Here A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Movies It started as a typical Friday. The decision was made at the Dixon household to go and see a family-type movie. It just so happened to be the opening day for the movie of choice, HERCULES. Now I know it is a Disney movie and that the Southern Baptist Conv Bible Study Lifestyle, Discipleship, Disney, Convictions, Boycott No Passage Reference
Click Here Astonished at You Have you ever looked at the calendar and noticed all of the celebrations that take place each year? Recently I took an extended look and noticed the following. See if any of these make your list of “Must Celebrate” items. . . Bible Study Church, Call of God Acts 3:11-16
Click Here Burn the Ships A man was doing some shopping at a commissary on a military base. His goal was to run in and back out quickly because he didn’t need much. He grabbed what he needed; a loaf of bread and some coffee. With these items in hand he went to the check-out line.  Bible Study Discipleship, Obedience, Hope Luke 9:62, Philippians 3:12-14
Click Here CCC RI Year in Review The end of the year and the beginning of a new one brings about the listing of the best and worst of the previous year. Here at the CCC Research Institute we have tried to compile all of these lists into what we are calling the CCCRI Year in Review. This  Bible Study World, Lifestyle No Passage Reference
Click Here Christian X-Files It really does have all the makings of an episode of the X-Files. The place is Hazelton, Pennsylvania, and there is a new guest in their town. He arrived last October and drifted into town wearing a dirty white robe with no shoes. When he first arrived in Bible Study Bible, Listening No Passage Reference
Click Here Last Minute Matters In trip planning there are always last minute details. Before you go anywhere you must take care of all the things that need to be done. Some of you have scampered getting ready for trips. Taking care of the pets, flowers, mail, newspaper, etc. are all th Bible Study Power, Hope, Discipleship Acts 1:1-11
Click Here Lord Is My Shepherd You are familiar with the Psalm written above. It is one of the most amazing and cherished portions of scripture. Even if you are what I call biblically impaired, you are familiar with the phrase, “The Lord is my Shepherd.” I want to invite you in this ar Bible Study Help, Psalm Psalm 23
Click Here More Than Amazing A sixth grader was asked one time to define a miracle. After much thought she said, "A miracle is something extraordinary that happens with no strings attached!" I like that definition. I like it because it gets one thinking about what Jesus has done for  Bible Study Grace, Obedience 1 Peter 5:6-14
Click Here More Than Amazing - Grace Series 1 of 3 What is a miracle? That is a good question. A sixth grade theologian came up with this answer. A Miracle is when something extraordinary happens without any strings attached. I like that answer a lot. If you take the time to think about it one of the thin Bible Study Grace, Forgiveness 1 Peter 5:6-14
Click Here Not Guilty A Sunday school teacher was teaching about forgiveness. As she wrapped up she wanted to review what they had covered. “Now what must you do to get forgiveness?” she asked. The answer came from the back of the room, “Sin!” Bible Study Guilt, Forgiveness, Grace, Freedom Hebrews 10:1-18
Click Here Not Idol, or Idle, But Ideal There is an old story about a man who dreamed an angel escorted him to church on a Sunday morning. There he saw the keyboardist playing vigorously, the praise team singing, the musicians playing with gusto. But the man heard no sound. Bible Study Worship Amos 5:18-26
Click Here The Platinum Rule We live in a day and age when we want things done right, done well, done quickly, and we want to move on to other pressing items. So it goes in the culture we live in. As a communicator I believe this is important. (Now I hear someone thinking, sure. . .i Bible Study Love, Discipleship John 13:34-35
Click Here Prince of Egypt The name of the movie is the Prince of Egypt, and it will be arriving in theatres everywhere on December 18th. You may or may not be aware of the fact that this animated feature will tell the story of Moses. This project is the greatly anticipated release Bible Study Moses Exodus
Click Here Prize Winner Profile You look at it in the mailbox and your heart skips a beat. It is an envelope informing you that you could be the big prize winner. It is a personal letter with your name in great BIG letters. You can hardly believe it, you look around to see if there are  Bible Study Gifts, Discipleship 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Click Here The Pursuit of Happiness Sonya Ely tells the story of her 5 year old granddaughter. She was playing with her toys and at one point she staged a wedding. First she played the role of the mother who assigned everyone specific duties. Then she became the bride with her groom the “te Bible Study Happiness, Hope, Trust No Passage Reference
Click Here Questions to Ask in the Storm - Grace Series 3 of 3 Have you ever noticed how often we move from one scare to the other? Some of you are old enough to remember the days when the US was terrified of communism. There was an infamous list of Americans who had some ties or were sympathetic to the communist par Bible Study Grace, Fear, Troubles, Hope Mark 4:35-41
Click Here Real Song of Grace - Grace Series 2 of 3 Here we are again, in the second part of a study on the grace of God. In the last article I gave you a principle, let me start there again. Purity, Holiness, and Obedience flow from grace...not vice versa. In other words it is the grace of God that allows Bible Study Grace, Faith 1 Peter 5:6-14
Click Here Seeing Clearly, When You Can't See At All On his final journey to Jerusalem for the Passover, Jesus passed through Jericho. Only 18 miles east of Jerusalem, it was the home of Zacchaeus, whom Jesus met on this occasion. Matthew, as a writer, does not give an account of that meeting. Bible Study Sight, Faith, Obedience Matthew
Click Here The Thrill of the Dance The setting is in a recreation center where a group of fifteen little girls are going through a series of exercises getting ready for the event that is at hand. It is a ballet class, but not just any ballet class. This particular class is different becaus Bible Study Adversity, Hope, Victory No Passage Reference
Click Here Trip Planning Guide If I were going on a trip I would have to make arrangements. What way do I need to go? Where can I find fuel? Where can I stay? Will I be safe? Where is my destination and what will it be like? Bible Study Love, Hope, Life 1 Thessalonians 3
Click Here What is the Good Word You may have had the chance to share your faith at some point or perhaps you were talking to someone about Jesus. They may have said back to you with a smug smile or sneer “That is all well and good, BUT, I don’t believe the Bible.” Bible Study Bible, Faith, Obedience 1 Thessalonians 2:13-16
Click Here The Wonder of the Gift A little girl was helping her mother unpack the nativity scene and set it up. As she unpacked each piece she identified them. As she got to the end of the box she was heard to say, “And here is Mary and Joseph” . . .and then she got to the figurine of Jes Bible Study Christmas, Birth of Christ, Praise Luke 2:1-14
Click Here A Lesson From A Barking Pig The teacher was asked to have her class of Kindergarten students dramatize a fairy tale for a teacher’s conference. They spent a great deal of time reading fairy tales and carefully choosing the story to perform. The teacher used this as a learning experi Devotions    
Click Here Air Jordan Here is the question: Who was the last person to hold Michael Jordan to under twenty points in a game? The answer (and punch line): North Carolina Tar Heel Coach, Dean Smith. Devotions    
Click Here Alphabet Song It is time to confess...you are like countless others who suffer from the same problem. You find yourself forced to rely on the "alphabet song" you learned in kindergarten to remember where in the alphabet certain letters go. Some of you are thinking, " I Devotions    
Click Here A Christmas Gift For You It is that time of year again. The time of year when we all need to rush to Bethlehem and take in the scene all over again. Mary, she is excited, tired, and full of wonder. Joseph, keeping a tireless vigil, he is amazed, overwhelmed, but a man of honor. T Devotions    
Click Here The Boggled Mind Can Lead To A Bended Knee Are you ready to have your mind stretched just a little bit?<br /><br />If you are then you will really like what you are going to read. If you aren’t in the mind stretching mood, then you probably will end up with a headache by the time you finish readin Devotions    
Click Here Baby Talk You have probably heard some eighteen month old ankle biter say something like this: "Habba nooba seepie woonbe noo za beast?" And you instinctively know that this means, "If I don’t get to watch Beauty and the Beast right now, I’m gong to start slinging  Devotions    
Click Here Black Hole You have heard the stories...the most frightening thing of all looms out there in outer space, like a shark devouring everything in it’s path. I am talking about the dreaded BLACK HOLE. The information concerning these things leads us to believe that they Devotions    
Click Here Christmas Warnings I know it is time to "deck the halls" and sing about "Dasher and Dancer" and "Silent Night" but let me inject just a subtle, gentle, not-too-tough warning about Christmas.<br /><br />I hear your moans, you are saying, "Don’t do it...don’t say anything to  Devotions    
Click Here Can You Remember 1923? Can you remember 1923? If you can, or if you are a history buff try to answer the following questions:<br /><br />In 1923. . .<br /><br />Who was the president of the largest steel company?<br /><br />Who was the president of the largest gas company? Devotions    
Click Here Christ, What are the Chances? It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas. . .everywhere you go . . .It really is the most wonderful time of the year. The lights, decorations, hustle, activity, and the celebration of the birth of the Savior. For years the prophets said the Messiah wo Devotions    
Click Here The Cost of Freedom This is the time of year when we begin to think about how thankful we should be. Our thoughts float toward turkey dinners, traditions, and even Christmas. Devotions    
Click Here Duh... About being thankful... Here is a little quiz for you to take. Don’t spend too much time on it, just go from the heart. Use the first answer that pops into your head and see how well you do. Are you ready? Begin. Devotions    
Click Here Easter Mystery Here is one of those gnawing Easter related mysteries. You know what I am talking about, that puzzling problem of the Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs. Everyone knows that bunnies don’t lay eggs, so what in the world is up with all of this confusion? Devotions    
Click Here Escape A group of prisoners in a Mexican prison were planning an escape. Their plan was to execute a daring underground getaway. They did their homework and calculated how far they would have to dig to get beyond the prison walls. Once they were sure their calcu Devotions    
Click Here Explosive! Carbon County, Pennsylvania is the place where this saga unfolds. Apparently there was a group of hunters that were sitting on the rear deck of a home owned by a man named Leon. The men were hunters, and they opened fire at a misfortunate raccoon that hap Devotions    
Click Here Focusing on Jesus As we move into the holidays my mind begins thinking about giving and serving others. We have so very much to be thankful for, I think that at times we need to remember our focus must remain on Jesus and how we might be world changers for him.  Devotions    
Click Here Gift of Love While helping her mother prepare for Christmas, a little girl asked her mom about the meaning of the holiday, the mother told the little girl about Jesus and that we celebrate his birthday at this time of year. Devotions    
Click Here Life Doesn't Have to be Like the Movies Did you watch the Academy Awards? Those are the awards that honor what is considered to be the “Best Of” in Hollywood. I usually watch the awards anxious to see what the Best Picture will be.  I must admit that most years I have not seen the Best Picture  Devotions    
Click Here A True EPIC I think the Easter story is an epic that echoes through the ages changing lives along the way. An EPIC (defined means) A long narrative in a dignified style about the deeds of a hero or heroes . . . heroic, grand .in scale or scope. Jesus is the hero, and Bible Study Easter John 20:1, Matthew 27:55, Matthew 28:2-10
Click Here Leading by being a Servant During the American revolution a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers repairing a small defensive barrier.  Their leader was shouting instructions at them but was making no attempt to help them.  The rider who was observing asked the man  Devotions    
Click Here Looking Different An organization in Montana offered a bounty of $5,000 for every wolf captured alive.  Two hunters named Jeb & Sam decided to head for the hills to make money.  They looked in the forests and across the mountains for days.  Finally exhausted they both fell Bible Study Christian Life, Faith 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
Click Here Misplaced Focus The man who is the focus of this story goes by the name of Edward. His last name is withheld because of the embarrassment that it might cause his family. Edward has an interesting personality. He is a very focused individual. The problem that Edward ran i Devotions    
Click Here Another Snake Hunt Bill Love moved to Florida with his family while he was in high school in 1972. One summer evening he took a drive across Alligator Alley, the highway that runs through the Everglades. He was fascinated by the number of snakes that were crisscrossing the  Devotions    
Click Here An Invitation to Rest An elderly woman had just returned to her home from a church service when she was startled to find an intruder in the act of robbing her home of its valuables.  Bible Study Rest, Grace Matthew 11:28-30
Click Here Spending Time with God I know we are suppose to spend time everyday with God, but I just can’t seem to find it, and I feel guilty. . . any suggestions? Ask Jeff Spending Time With God  
Click Here Imagination: Where Dream and Ministry Meet IMAGINATION (defined) : The act or power of  creating new ideas by combining previous experiences. Bible Study Ministry, Relationship with Christ, Discipleship Ephesians 3:20-21
Click Here Innovation Webster defines innovation as “The introduction of something new, a new idea, method, or device.” When we are innovative we are flexible. It takes a different outlook to innovate. It is tough because it takes creative thought. If you ask me, thinking is t Devotions    
Click Here President for a Day Can you name the Presidents of the United States? From the list that follows which one was not President of the US? George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, James Polk, David Rice Atchison, Zachary Taylor, John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, or George Bush. As you po Devotions    
Click Here A 3 mile painting Historians still have no clue what happened. During the mid-1800’s, an artist named John Banvard decided to paint a landscape of the Mississippi River. He didn’t just want to paint any picture, he wanted to paint everything he saw on his voyage of 1,200 m Devotions    
Click Here Starting Where You Are Greetings from Malta...<br />  Wish You Were Here!<br />The apostle Paul had a dream to travel to Rome and tell Nero about Jesus.  Although he was in a lot of trouble, one of his rights as a Roman citizen was to be granted an audience with Nero.  To get t Bible Study Storms of life, Trusting God Acts 27:37-44, Acts 28:7-10
Click Here On a Mission The name Donald Olson is not very well known.  Those who know him, realize that he has a very unique job. He is a Celestial Detective. He is an astronomer at Southwest Texas State University and he keeps his eyes on the heavens to answer historical questi Devotions    
Click Here Winter Olympics We were amazed by this event once again at the Winter Olympics. As we watched the competition we thought to ourselves, "Now there is something that even I could win a gold medal at!" I am referring to the Olympic Bobsled event. Devotions    
Click Here Melted Saints During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the British government began to run low on silver needed to make coins. Lord Cromwell sent his men to investigate the local cathedral to see if they could find any silver there. After investigating they reported back:  Devotions    
Click Here There is a Baby Coming Back in the olden days, when Daddies used to have to wait and pace in a hospital waiting room as a newborn was arriving, the following took place. There were three men waiting for the joyous news and they were anxious. The first man was informed by the nu Bible Study Christmas Micah 2:2-5
Click Here The Hiedi Award You are an executive in charge of programming at a television network. You are in the process of broadcasting a football game. There is one minute and five seconds left in the game and the score is 32 to 29. A movie is scheduled to begin in two minutes. N Devotions    
Click Here Angry at Southern Baptists Lately there have been a lot of news reports that other religious groups are angry at Southern Baptists. What are Baptists doing now that are making people so angry? -LS Ask Jeff    
Click Here Flying High <FONT size=2><P>The best-selling book in America right now is <B>Airframe</B>, a novel by Michael Crichton. (If you don’t like to read, the movie rights have already been bought.) In the book you read the story of an airframe company who has an ongoing in Devotions    
Click Here Do you have any good advice on how to pray better or more effectively? Do you have any good advice on how to pray better or more effectively? Ask Jeff    
Click Here Whatever It Takes During a meeting of religious leaders from across America someone rushed in and shouted, “The building is on fire!” Everyone reacted in character with a certain “religious correctness.” Devotions    
Click Here Modern Conveniences We live in a day and age of modern conveniences. The popular notion that modern appliances have reduced the time required to accomplish work at home is just not true. As a matter of fact, according to historical home economists, people spend more time tod Devotions    
Click Here Marlins Fever They Did It...The Florida Marlins Won the World Series! That is the headline that flashed across sports pages all across the country recently. The Marlins became the five year old expansion team that shocked the world by winning the world series over the  Devotions    
Click Here Why Don't We Slosh More? You always hear that our bodies are made up of mostly water. Depending on who you talk to, you might hear we are 75% water or up to 97% water. If this is true, then it leads me to one inescapable question: <EM>Why don't we slosh more? </EM>Shouldn't we be Devotions    
Click Here What Will It Be A man is sitting in the waiting room of his eye doctor. His hair is frazzled, his eyes are wild, and his legs are trembling. He looks as if he has been through a terrible experience. When his name is called, he sits in the examining room and tells his doc Bible Study Impacting the world for Christ, Spirituality, Grace, Forgiveness Philippians 4:8-9
Click Here Is God Disciplining me? When my prayers aren't answered, or bad things are happingin, does that mean that God is disciplining me?  Ask Jeff    
Click Here Is Sharing Your Faith Important? Is sharing your faith important in you walk with God? Ask Jeff    
Click Here Storm Busters Our World Headquarters are located in Central Florida. Here in Florida we spend a good portion of the year watching storm activity in the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. These storms are known as hurricanes. If you think about these storms too much it ca Devotions    
Click Here Do You Ever Doubt Your Salvation? No, I don't but the reason I don't is because I understand what God has said about salvation.He said that He came to seek and save the lost (Matt. 18:11)He said He came for the tired (Matt. 11:28-30)He said He came for the sick and sinners (Matt. 9:12-13) Ask Jeff    
Click Here How can you forgive someone who has really hurt you? By remembering that God forgives us. And when it comes to is forgiveness, it covers everything. All of our sins are forgiven. Even the "bad" ones! (Romans 8:1) Ask Jeff    
Click Here How to study the Bible <P><B>When to study the Word</B></P><P>That depends when you are the sharpest. Are you a morning person, an afternoon person or an evening person? It might be most beneficial for you to o study the Bible when you are at your best mentally (some of us don' Devotions Studying the Bible No Passage Reference
Click Here I Want To Be Rich Caught up in the holiday rush, trying to buy a bunch of presents on a limited income? In one of those moments as you sit and rest at the food court in the mall you think..."If I could only be a trillionaire, I'd buy the whole world." Unfortunately there a Devotions    
Click Here Does the birth of Jesus really make a difference in my life? <P>Does the birth of Jesus, which happened 2,000 years ago, really make a difference in my life?</P> Ask Jeff    
Click Here The Lord's Baseball Game Bob and the Lord stood by to observe a baseball game. The Lord's team was playing Satan's team. The Lord's team was at bat, the score was tied zero to zero, and it was the bottom of the 9th inning with two outs. They continued to watch as a batter stepped Devotions    
Click Here Lost and Found A time capsule buried in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania in 1962 was scheduled to be opened in 1986 as a part of the community’s hundredth anniversary celebration. The problem was that no one could find the stainless steel box because everyone who knew where it Devotions    
Click Here The Lost World SOMETHING HAS SURVIVED reads the warning below the movie title. The movie is, of course,<B> <U>The</B> <B>Lost World,</B></U> </B><U><B>Lost World,</B></U> <U><B>Lost World,</B></U> <U><B>Lost World,</B></U> another trip into dinosaur-mania from Steven Sp Devotions    
Click Here Mark Twain According to legend, several of Mark Twain’s friends once wanted to send him a birthday greeting while he was traveling abroad. They had no idea where he was, so they simply addressed it to: "Mark Twain, God only knows where he is today." A few weeks late Devotions    
Click Here Selling Ice <P align=left><FONT size=2><FONT face=Verdana>Years ago it was a very lucrative business to sell ice. Before we had refrigeration units, every winter large chunks of ice were stored in well-insulated houses and covered with sawdust to keep it from melting Devotions    
Click Here Stolen Thunder Has anyone ever “stolen your thunder?” Surely you know what I am talking about. Let me give you an example. Let’s say that you want to be the first to announce some big news, but someone else beats you to it. You might describe that incident with the phra Devotions    
Click Here Storm <P><FONT face=Verdana size=2>If someone were to ask you what is the difference between a typhoon and hurricane could you give them an answer? They are actually both cyclones with different names. A cyclone is a hurricane if it occurs in the Atlantic Ocean Devotions    
Click Here Superman: The Escape You are sitting in the car with 14 other passengers. The safety harness is placed securely over your shoulders and is double checked by the ride attendant. With a thumbs up, they leave you sitting there for what seems like an eternity. Then there is a bla Devotions    
Click Here Talk About A Sequel In his second rescue in less than a year, Harrison Ford earned a very special merit badge last week. He came to the aid of a missing Utah Boy Scout who had accidentally strayed into the Wyoming wilderness. Devotions    
Click Here There For You In 1982 an earthquake almost flattened Armenia, killing over 30,000 people in less than four minutes. In the midst of utter devastation and complete chaos a dad left his wife securely at home and began to make his way to the school where his son was suppo Devotions    
Click Here Vacuuming Ohio <P><FONT face=Verdana>I was wondering about things the other day and the thought came to me. . .How long would it take to vacuum the state of Ohio? Sure, it sounds like a big project, but how long would it take?</FONT></P> Devotions    
Click Here Venice If you ever go to Venice, it will only take you a second to notice that someone accidentally built the town underwater. The place is literally in a lagoon. I was wondering if it were was an architectural wonder or just plain idiotic. So I cranked up the C Devotions    
Click Here What Is Most Important to You? Isn’t it easy to forget what matters most in life? Our natural tendency is to think that titles, power, and money will make all the difference. So many people spend a great deal of energy to accomplish those things. We accumulate degrees and plaques, we s Devotions    
Click Here Walking on the Moon It started like so many evenings...Mom and Dad at home and Jimmy playing after dinner. Mom and Dad were absorbed with jobs and did not notice the time. It was a full moon and some of the light seeped through the windows. Then Mom glanced at the clock. "Ji Devotions    
Click Here What In the World Are You Saying? This is probably information that most of you already know. Yet, there may be some of you who are living your lives without these valuable pieces of information. If you are then this article is dedicated to you. Devotions    
Click Here Am I Really Saved? Sometimes I feel like my Christian life is up and down all the time. Sometimes I feel like I am doing OK, other times I wonder if I am even really <FONT color=#ff0000>saved</FONT>...have you got any advice? Ask Jeff    
Click Here What if you’ve asked for forgiveness from someone... What if you’ve asked for <FONT color=#ff0000>forgiveness</FONT> from someone in your family and they refuse to acknowledge your apology, yet this is still hurting you?  Ask Jeff    
Click Here I've heard people say "compared to other people..." I have heard people say "compared to other people I am a pretty good person." Do you agree with that statement and how do you feel about it? Ask Jeff    
Click Here How can a person hold to their Christian beliefs without being judgmental? Jeff, I know that I shouldn’t, but there are times that I find myself being judgmental. How can a person hold onto their Christian beliefs and ethics without being <FONT color=#ff0000>judgmental</FONT>? Ask Jeff    
Click Here I read my Bible, but sometimes I get lost or confused in my study I read my <FONT color=#ff0000>Bible</FONT>, but sometimes I get lost or confused in my <FONT color=#ff0000>study</FONT>. Any hints that might help?  Ask Jeff    
Click Here I am a Christian and I don't think I have ever felt or experienced his love. I heard you teach at WORSHIP LIVE at the CCC website Jeff, and you said that a Christian is <FONT color=#ff0000>aware of God's love</FONT>. I am a Christian and I don't think I have ever felt or experienced his love. I wish I could, what have I missed? Ask Jeff    
Click Here God seems far away, how do I get back to where I was? I have been a Christian a long time, but recently <FONT color=#ff0000>God seems to be far away</FONT> on vacation and my prayers are just empty words. How do I get back to where I was? Ask Jeff    
Click Here How do we relate as believers to the government and authority? How does a Christian deal with the things that happens in the government? How do we relate as believers to the <FONT color=#ff0000>government and authority</FONT>? Ask Jeff    
Click Here Was Franklin Graham's comments on the mark or was he being mean spirited? <SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt">What do you think about the <FONT color=#ff0000>comments</FONT> that were made <FONT color=#ff0000>by Franklin Graham</FONT> (son of Billy Graham and the new head of the Billy Graham Evangelism Association), was he Ask Jeff    
Click Here What do you think about the Operation Rescue group? <STRONG></STRONG><P><FONT face=Verdana>Jeff, what do you think about the activities of the <FONT color=#ff0000>Operation Rescue</FONT> group in Central Florida? It seems as if we can’t turn on the TV or radio without someone talking about them. Do you thi Ask Jeff    
Click Here What can you tell me about the Harry Potter books? <EM>DEAR JEFF, I have been hearing and reading a lot about the <FONT color=#ff0000>Harry Potter</FONT> book series.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes">&nbsp; </SPAN>Most of the reading that I have been doing in the Christian community says that these books ar Ask Jeff    
Click Here Can you explain your "philosophy of trusteeship"? <EM>DEAR JEFF, Not too long ago as you were teaching you introduced something called a “<FONT color=#ff0000>philosophy of trusteeship</FONT>”. Could you explain that a bit more</EM> Ask Jeff    
Click Here Is it OK to ask questions about God? Is it OK to ask <FONT color=#ff0000>questions about God</FONT>? Ask Jeff    
Click Here Can something happen by chance? Can something happen by <FONT color=#ff0000>chance</FONT>? Ask Jeff    
Click Here Endurance Endurance is essential for Christians that are going to make a difference in the world today. We must remember, as it has been said, life is a marathon…not a sprint. Since we have covered that over the first few days, lets drop down to the next few verses Adv Link Faith at Work James
Click Here Responsible? As the week ends lets dig back into the passage we were working with and catch a few more things. As you read it again pay special attention to what it says in verse 13. Now go ahead and read it….when you are done, I’ll rejoin you… Adv Link Faith at Work James
Click Here How to be a Star Have you ever wanted to be a star...thought about being a star...dreamed about being a star...?? Most people don't talk about this kind of thing, even if they have thought about it.  But in our most honest moments, we have wondered what it might be like t Worship Complaining, Arguing, Rejoicing, Christian Living Philippians 2:14-18
Click Here High Performance Continues Welcome to a brand new week on the Adventure Link as we continue our study on High Performance. Last week we talked about taking responsibility and learning under pressure. This week we surge forward in the passage and tackle a few more verses. In them we Adv Link Faith at Work James
Click Here Changed by the Word Yesterday we looked at the cheery topic of being slow to anger and speak, which is a tough thing for many of us to do. But in our study, James does not stop there. In the same bunch of verses we read yesterday, we find another lessons that we need to look Adv Link Faith at Work James
Click Here Faith and Works Greetings and welcome to the latest edition of this month’s series called: High Performance. We are looking at some lessons taught in the book of James that encourages us to be high performance in our spiritual walk. Adv Link Faith at Work James
Click Here A critic for James We continue our look at James and the instruction that he gives about what we have called a High Performance lifestyle. Yesterday we waded into the topic of faith and works, and we were reminded that we should live in a way that reflects our faith. We are Adv Link Faith at Work James
Click Here I am Thankful...Seriously! Saying "thank you" is a great habit to develop. But there is a difference from saying thanks and being thankful.  This is a week when we are encouraged to take time to thank God for all that He provides for us.  In this study, we are going to share with y Worship Thanksgiving, God's provision 2 Samuel 22
Click Here Are You Ready to Believe This is the first of our Christmas sermons.  Our theme this year is Community Christmas Worship Christmas Micah 5:1-5
Click Here Christmas Illustrations This set of illustrations are Christmas stories that can be used for sermons or devotions. This set includes, The Man Who Missed Christmas, The Painting of the Son, and The Blessing. Sermon Ills Christmas, Hope, Blessings  
Click Here Biblical Discoveries Conference - Guest Speaker Ken Smith This is a 3 session conference that is a part of the CCC Biblical Discoveries Series. This conference is titled: Things He Did That I Wish He Did Not!Ken Smith is our guest teacher for this series. You will be encouraged, challenged, and stretched as we m Biblical Disc Christ's Example, Jesus, discipleship Luke 12:49-59, Luke 5:1-11, John 2:1-11
Click Here If Things He Said Get Real! - Biblical Discoveries Conference - Part 2 Ken Smith discusses being real with your faith.This is a part of the 3 session Biblical Discoveries Conference at CCC. The title of the entire conference is: Things He Did That I Wish He Did Not!Ken Smith brings to the sessions insight and cutting edge wi Worship Christian Walk, discipleship, call of Christ Luke 5:1-11
Click Here Adventures Around the World - Something Different And now, as they used to say on Monty Python’s Flying Circus, for something completely different. Well, it’s not really completely different. We’re still going to be doing some practical, quick looks at issues related to Christian living. We’re just going Adv Link    
Click Here Adventures Around the World - The bad news first As missionary Jim Sheffield taught Bible lessons to the Landumas of Guinea this past winter, he spent a lot of time on the Law, and especially on the Ten Commandments. Adv Link    
Click Here Adventures Around the World - Showing that you care Jim Boyd did it all. The dentist from Pennsylvania volunteered his time to put on a dental clinic for the Tepehuan people of Lajas village, Mexico. Then he funded the clinic, right down to the all the travel expenses. Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link  Staying Sharp: The Bridge Once upon a time there was a tiny hamlet in the Swiss Alps. This hamlet was in serious trouble. The well that supplied water to the village went dry. The people began to panic. Adv Link    
Click Here Relentless... How Far Do You Want God To Go? How far do you want God to go to get you to be and do what He called you to be and do?WARNING...This is not a series for the faint of heart, not for those who want their spiritual existence to be nothing more than the humming of hymns, not for those who w Sonrise Discipleship, washing feet, abiding in Christ, storms, trouble, growth John (various passages)
Click Here Amazing the Amazing One This week we will be bouncing through a number of passages and exploring some amazing moments in the life of Jesus. There are only two times in all of scripture where the word "amazed" is used to describe the reaction of Jesus. We examine both of those ti Worship Jesus, Amazement, Faith Matt. 7:28-29, Matt. 15:29-31, Mark 6:1-6, Luke 7:1-10
Click Here The Adventure Link  Staying Sharp: The anvil With a strong forearm, the apron-clad blacksmith puts his tongs into the fire, grasps the heated metal, and places it on his anvil. His keen eye examines the glowing piece. He sees what the tool is now and envisions what he wants it to be—sharper, flatter Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link  Staying Sharp: Have you been there? Yesterday we ended with the question, have you ever been on God's anvil?Perhaps you’ve been there. Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Will the Real Jesus Please  Stand Up?   Session Twenty When Jesus appeared at the Jordan, John burst out into a litany of praise lauding Jesus as the Lamb of God. He declared that Jesus must increase while he himself would decrease, and that he, John, was unworthy to reach down and untie Jesus’ shoes. These e Adv Link    
Click Here Treasure is for Sharing...Not Keeping We have been given a some very precious gifts because of our relationship to Jesus. The problem we have is that our "pirate hearts" keep getting in the way. In this time of celebration worship we revisit the Legacy theme...treasure is for sharing not keep Worship treasure, legacy, pirtates, trusteeship, giving Matthew 6:19-21
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Will the Real Jesus Please  Stand Up?   Session Twenty-One The resurrection of Jesus is radical in the original sense of the word. Without it Christianity becomes just another religion designed to titillate our moral senses with platitudes of human wisdom.  Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link:  The Passion of the Christ   Darkness Falls Across the Land The film brings to mind some interesting questions and thoughts. This Easter season you will find a number of churches that are teaching series on the Passion of the Christ. The decision was made on the Adventure Link to do the same and over the next mont Adv Link    
Click Here Now that is some egg! Cracking Open Easter Eggs is the title of a Bible study used in an Easter Celebration here at CCC. When you start thinking about the topic of Easter Eggs...have you ever wondered where some of the biggest eggs can be found? Well...here at the CCC RESEARCH Devotions Easter, eggs, travel  
Click Here The Voyage From the Invisible The "INVISIBLE" series ends with The Voyage from the Invisible. Jesus makes an amazing "I AM" statement when He declares, "I am the light of the world..."That statement serves as a call and instruction for all of His followers to become "visible." Take th Worship Invisible, Light, Darkness John 8:12
Click Here The Love of God  Installment #8 God is the source of all true love. Love is therefore the best evidence that a person truly knows God. Adv Link    
Click Here The Love of God  Installment #9 It is important to understand the context of John’s first epistle. He is writing about assurance of salvation and outlining several practical and doctrinal tests that either demonstrate or disprove the genuineness of one’s salvation. Adv Link    
Click Here The Love of God  Installment #10 There are many in the world who think, “Do you really think God is concerned about all the points of doctrine that divide us Christians? How much better it would be if we forgot our doctrinal differences and just showed the world the love of God!” Adv Link    
Click Here The Love of God  Installment #11 Jesus loves me, this I know, For the Bible tells me so.From childhood most of us have heard that God loves us. The Bible tells us that love is at the very heart of who God is. Adv Link    
Click Here CSI Jerusalem...The Investigation of the Cross Closes He died..He rose...that is what we celebrate Adv Link    
Click Here He has got you! We can be confident that in every moment, every area of our life...He is with us, He holds us safely, and we can trust Him... Adv Link    
Click Here What you want We really do want it all and sometimes we worry about what we want before we pause to consider what God may want for us. Adv Link    
Click Here The Gift of Tongues and Interpretation An amazing religious phenomenon of the day is speaking in tongues. The apostle Paul speaks of the gift of tongues. So what is this gift? What is the purpose of the gift? Is it valid today? Is it a sign of the baptism of the Holy Spirit? Is it a way to Chr Bible Study spiritual gifts, tongues, charismatic gifts, controversy, gifts, miracles, healing 1 Corinthians 12-14 , various passages
Click Here Bars and Ballads Paul and Silas sit inside a prison cell. They are behind bars and singing ballads...that is love songs of praise to God! What enables people like this to react this way...even in prison?That is the topic of this celebration worship experience as we discov Worship Courage, Compassion, Change Acts 16:20-34
Click Here What is it that makes death so tough? What is it that makes death so tough? –and- Why do our lives have to be so short? Ask Jeff    
Click Here AIDS <SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: Times New Roman; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">I am afraid I might have AIDS. . .or I am concerned about AIDS, should I worry?</SPAN>  Counseling AIDS  
Click Here Dealing with Loneliness Dealing with Loneliness (Help for yourself and others)<O:P></O:P> Counseling    
Click Here Thinking of Suicide What to do when you are thinking about suicide, or you have a friend who is struggling through this problem. Counseling    
Click Here Death <p><font face=Verdana>Someone I am close to has died. . . </font></p><p><font face=Verdana size=3><font size=2>I am struggling with how I feel, do you have any suggestions?</font> </font></p> Counseling    
Click Here Attack on America <SPAN style="mso-fareast-font-family: Times New Roman; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA">How do I handle the Attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001?</SPAN> Counseling    
Click Here What does Islam say about Jihad, Holy War? Since the Attack on America on September 11, 2001 our nation has become a very different place. There have been moments where people have asked tough questions about their faith, security, and future. Here at CCC we have addressed that topic like everyone Counseling    
Click Here Eating Disorders I'm guessing you're worried about your weight and your eating habits. You may have heard people talk about anorexia or bulimia. Because of what you've heard you may be concerned you are being anorexic or bulimic yourself. You're not sure if you should tal Counseling    
Click Here What would you consider the main criteria for a "healthy church"? What would you consider the main criteria for a "healthy church"? What difference does the church make? Ask Jeff    
Click Here Should God allow us lives without suffering? Should God allow us lives without suffering? Ask Jeff    
Click Here Do your failures in life make you feel less of a Christian? Do your failures in life make you feel less of a Christian? Ask Jeff    
Click Here Donkey Talk - Animal Planet: Part 3 Today we finish our series entitled Animal Planet.  We have studied bears, a snake and this week we look at an amazing donkey.  It will be an exciting journey. Worship Obedience, Stubbornness, Balaam Numbers 22:21-35
Click Here Snakes Alive - Animal Planet: Part 2 Welcome to the "Discovery Place." Oh, sure you thought you were coming to a normal week at CCC. Instead you have arrived right in the middle of a Celebration Worship series called, The Animal Planet.  Last week we covered the Bear Necessities.  This week  Worship Circumstances, Disaster, Ministry Acts 28:1-11
Click Here Bear Necessities - Animal Planet: Part 1 Welcome to Celebration Worship here at Covenant Community Church. Today promises to be interesting as we begin a series built around the theme "Animal Planet". Many of you are familiar with that phrase if you watch cable television, but for the next few w Worship Persecution 2 Kings 2:22-25
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Click Here The Promise The promise is the monthly newsletter of Covenant Community Church. 21    
Click Here Calendar of Events See what is happening in the Upcoming Month at Covenant Community Church and the Educational Resource Center 21    
Click Here Momentum - Risk... Becoming Visible Today we take another step by talking about Risk.  We are a people who take risks whether we realize it or not.  In the book of 1 Samuel we discover the story of a risk taker.  As we look at him we will find some things that will help encourage us to be r Worship Momentum, Risk 1 Samuel 14:1-12
Click Here Momentum - Risk... Becoming Visible In the study called Becoming Visible I shared that "the invisible must become visible so the invisible can be visible". Just a Jonathan and his armor bearer were "seen by the Philistines" there is a moment where we all must risk being faithful and be seen Devotions Momentum, Risk  
Click Here More Awkward Announcements We end the week with some more of the bloopers that happen in church publications or church announcements.... Adv Link    
Click Here Awkward Perspective It is a brand new week and we are winding down the stories of some of the strange things that people do or say at church. Our story today comes from Arizona, here is what A.Z. had to share..... Adv Link    
Click Here Awkward Eulogies We are wrapping up this series about some of the funny stuff that happens to church folks, when they least expect it.  Today both short stories come from the same preacher in Kentucky who seems to get tongue tied at funerals...he writes.... Adv Link    
Click Here Awkward Reasons Here it is....something old that gets recycled every so often, but it does make a point. The following shows up in church bulletins and newsletters. If you haven't seen it before, here it goes... Adv Link    
Click Here Adventure Link:  Fulfilled Prophecy as proof I hear a lot of talk about fulfilled prohecy being proof that the Bible is God's Word, what do you think about that? Adv Link Prophecy  
Click Here Adventure Link:  Was Jesus real? I have a friend who thinks that Jesus didn't really exist and there was a TV show on recently that cast the same type of doubts. What do you say to those things? Adv Link Jesus  
Click Here God's Time Zone Sometimes it is difficult to live your life on God's timetable instead of your own. This is a struggle that each of us face and will battle for our entire lives. However, in this study we discover 3 things that we can choose to do that will keep us closer Worship Patience, Timing James 5:7-11
Click Here Adventure Link:  Where is God from? Where did God come from? What was He doing before He created the universe? Now that is that kind of question that will give you an ache in your brain. Adv Link God  
Click Here Adventure Link:  The Denial of Simon Peter During Easter I was reading the accounts of what happened during this time of Jesus' life. It seems to me that Mark has an account that contradicts the other gospels concerning Peter's denial of Jesus. What is deal with that? Adv Link Peter,  Denial  
Click Here CSI: The Empty Tomb What really happened at the tomb? Go with the team from CCC on a CSI...A Crime Scene Investigation of the Empty Tomb. Part of the study was shot on location at The Holy Land Experience (a theme park) in Orlando, Florida. Themed Worship Easter  
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Click Here The Adventure Link  Staying Sharp: Rest It will be remembered as one of the most confounding missing-persons cases.In August of 1930, forty-five-year-old Joseph Crater waved good-bye to friends after an evening meal in a New York restaurant, flagged down a taxi, and rode off. He was never seen  Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link  Staying Sharp: No Surprise…. I once knew a man who treated Bible class and the worship service like a harsh movie critic treats a new release. Adv Link    
Click Here Legacy You can be a part of a Legacy...really you can. This is Covenant's 10th Birthday celebration.  Includes links to the blooper reel and Legend of the Legacy video. Themed Worship Pirates, Pirates of the Caribbean, pirate ships, Legacy, sword fights various
Click Here The Legend of the Legacy - Film and Bloopers Feature Film and Blooper reel from our 10th Birthday celebration. Movie Gallery    
Click Here The Adventure Link  Staying Sharp: I've Wondered I’ve wondered at times what kind of man Judas was. What he looked like, how he acted, who his friends were. Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link: Staying Sharp: A new day... Have you ever thought about the way you start a new day? Seriously...do you get up each moment with a purpose and passion? Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link: Staying Sharp: How Good? Two cows were grazing alongside a highway when a tank-truck of milk on its way to the distributor happened to pass. Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link: Staying Sharp: The Movement People should learn to take church seriously....and I am serious about this! I've been involved in the church for a long time and I know that people are called to different types and styles of ministry.  Adv Link    
Click Here Sloth Stress Syndrome Survival What do you know about sloth? How fast or slow do they really move? How many hours a day do they sleep and nap? Do they prefer to hang upside down or sit right side up?While you slowly ponder those questions you might be wondering what that has to do with Worship Business, Laziness, sloth, growth, obedience 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15
Click Here The Adventure Link: Staying Sharp...Let it go! When former Pittsburgh Steeler Lynn Swann achieved the pinnacle of success for every NFL player when he was voted into the Hall of Fame he used his induction speech to say some things that had been on his mind for a long time.  Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Vision...still looking So, what does vision look like?  Here are a few more things that vision is... Adv Link    
Click Here Uprising Insights: Taking a step and a crisis of faith When people wrestle with doubt and lack of faith, they may tell themselves that they will try harder to have more faith. But faith is not the sort of thing that you acquire by trying harder. Bible Study faith, doubt, uprising, trust, obedience, discipleship Matthew 14
Click Here Uprising Insights: Taking a step and a crisis of faith When people wrestle with doubt and lack of faith, they may tell themselves that they will try harder to have more faith. But faith is not the sort of thing that you acquire by trying harder. Bible Study faith, doubt, uprising, trust, obedience, discipleship Matthew 14
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Vision...more character This series has become interesting in many ways. Vision is one of those topics that people like to think about and like to agree that we all need to have it. But when you begin looking at what vision really is...sometimes it makes us a bit uncomfortable. Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Vison...A couple more God is not a task-oriented ruler. He created people. He loves people. He sent His Son to die for the sins of people. He designed the church as a means for people to love others and to love Him.  Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Engineering Problems Sometimes we think we can have it both ways, but we can’t. We can’t serve God and also serve the devil. Adv Link    
Click Here The Passion of the Christ A Look at Mel Gibson's - The Passion of the ChristYou have heard about the movie! You have heard the controversy! You have wondered about the movie itself! Now take the time to deal with the movie event CCC style. Covenant is never a place to shy away fro Core Group Passion, movie, crucifixion, Mel Gibson, conversion, ministry Various
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Jump! None of us can see what lies ahead, but God tells us to trust him and “jump!” Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Light Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 9:5) Adv Link    
Click Here DIG This is a celebration worship experience that you have to see. We take a creative look at the life of James, the little brother of Jesus, and see the changes in his life. Along the way we also discover that every person when they meet Jesus will change. S Worship James, Jesus' Brother, apologetics, change, obedience Matthew 13:54-56; John 7:1-5; Mark 3:20-21, 31-35; 1 Cor. 15:7; James 1:1
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Will the Real Jesus Please  Stand Up?   Session Fifteen The title Logos is rarely used in the New Testament for Jesus. We find it prominently in the prologue to the Gospel of John where we read, “In the beginning was the Word [Logos], and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Will the Real Jesus Please  Stand Up?   Session Sixteen In the first chapter of John the idea of the Logos being “with” God is significant. The Greek language has three different words, all of which can be translated by the English word with. Adv Link    
Click Here Once Upon A Glimpse of God What would happen if you caught a glimpse of God?Do you think that glimpse would change you?Would getting a glimpse of God cause your life to be different? And if your life was different...how would it change?In this thrilling passage of Scripture we disc Worship Seeing God, obedience, purpose, humility, majesty of God, seraphim Isaiah 6:1-8
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Will the Real Jesus Please  Stand Up?   Session Seventeen There are other titles of note ascribed to Jesus. He is the Rabbi, the new Adam, the Mediator. But no title captures his work more completely than the title Savior.  Adv Link    
Click Here The Adventure Link:  Will the Real Jesus Please  Stand Up?   Session Eighteen There are a few other events in the life of Jesus that we want to look at briefly in our study. The first is His birth. Adv Link