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by Monday, 23 January 2017 00:00

At Least It's Not Lice!

The questions kept coming as Micah and Gracie were eager to know more about their Papa's neurological disease. It's a tough one. He has lost all mobility and is wheelchair (or scooter) bound. His speech is somewhat affected and he experiences intense fatigue every day. Life as we have known it has changed.

by Wednesday, 18 January 2017 13:36

International News Bulletin January 22, 2017

Here is the INB for this week!

Just download this template which has news from around the world and links to more stories on www.DisciplesToday.org

For the other side of your bulletin, you can download the attached template for local news and stories in your ministry, house church, etc. This makes for an easy "Page 2" for your local congregation's bulletin!

If you already have a bulletin, you can simply print the International News Bulletin as a two sided insert to your current publication.

by Tuesday, 17 January 2017 14:08

This Week at the One Year Challenge

Meet the OYC Guys! In this week's newsletter we're sharing the first of a series of videos featuring four guys at an OYC site sharing about all kinds of topics—everything from money to love and lots more. 

by Sunday, 15 January 2017 14:35

Continue to Support Team Conor's Road to Recovery

Conor Cormick's road to recovery has been recently supported by Yanni Family Orthodontics, a local business in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Donation stations have been set up at all of their offices and Dr. Yanni will match all contributions. Please share this video and help the family in this continuing trial.

by Friday, 13 January 2017 21:40

"Reach Every Beach": New Video on Caribbean Missions

There are 40 million souls who live in the Caribbean region, hungry for the saving power of God’s Word. As a unified effort, the Caribbean ICOC churches are forging together, more united than ever, committed to our goal to “Reach Every Beach,” to the glory of God.

by Friday, 13 January 2017 11:08

HSC Sri Lanka: Accept the Unexpected

Over this past Christmas and New Year, a group of singles from all over the world (Australia, Singapore, the US, etc) spent their holidays in Sri Lanka, away from family, serving at a school for underprivileged children, an orphanage for boys, and a pediatric hospital for autistic children. They also greatly encouraged the local church, the Colombo Church of Christ, as you can read in this article written by David de los Santos. David and his wife Nadia are the young couple leading the church in Sri Lanka.

by Friday, 13 January 2017 10:45

Limited Time: Lower Prices on Hawaiian Fellowship Cruise

As you are digging out of the snow and cold weather, how does Hawaii sound right now? You will not want to miss the chance to visit all of the main islands (Honolulu, Oahu; Kahului, Maui; Hilo; Kona, Hawaii, and Nawiliwili, Kauai) with an afternoon cruise along the Napali Coast as well as two days in both Maui and Kauai.

by Friday, 13 January 2017 10:12

New Blogs To Help You Grow in 2017!

We are excited to share about some exciting resources to help Christians grow this year!

Many disciples in our worldwide fellowship regularly write blogs that encourage, motivate, or chronicle their experiences and lessons learned as they walk with Christ. Some even take on the current issues or taboo topics that challenge our thinking and paradigms. We would like to introduce you to two of those persons, who have graciously consented to us sharing about their blogs here on Disciples Today.

by Friday, 13 January 2017 08:44

Church History: Why?

This blog leads into a class I'm teaching on church history with the New York School Of Mission on January 13-14. These will be short readings that will prepare us for the class. If you aren't participating in the class, I believe you will still benefit from this series of blogs.

Let's begin with the question that lies behind our motivation--WHY? Why study church history? Here are a few reasons that any disciple (especially those who want to serve in the full-time ministry) should be a student of church history.

by Thursday, 12 January 2017 11:59

Here Am I, Send Me!

Editor's note: The following article was written for The Greater Houston Church's bulletin as they study out the theme, "Here am I, send me!" this year.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.”
Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” —Isaiah 6:5-8

Isaiah 6 opens with an awesome vision of the Lord Almighty seated on his throne with the train of his robe filling the temple and surrounded by angelic beings praising him, saying, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty.” Like Isaiah, when we get a clear vision of who God really is, our soul’s are exposed. We know we are unworthy, unreliable, and sinful apart from God’s grace.   

There is a meaningful progession of acts in this passage that we can emulate to become vessels that God can use to carry his message to a lost and needy world. This commission is mirrored in the gospels when Jesus gave the great commission to his apostles, who then passed it on to us. Here are steps we can take to regain the joy of being messengers of God’s grace.

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