Remembering Martin Luther King Jr.

The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church, from The George F. Landegger Collection of Alabama Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith’s America, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Hate multiplies hate, violence multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness in a descending spiral of destruction…The chain reaction of evil — hate begetting hate, wars producing more wars — must be broken, or we shall be plunged into the dark abyss of annihilation.” —Strength To Love, 1963

Martin Luther King Jr. made the world a better place. His peaceful activism, love for leading his church and powerful speeches still impact and influence people on a daily basis. The way he stood up for the oppressed and fought for what was right, even though it cost him his life, is important to remember as we think about him around the time of  his birthday.

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We Are All Born Into This World With Handicaps

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I would like to start by saying that God has been really good to me and my family. What I am about to tell you is not from me, but from God. I hope that you understand the message that God wanted me to tell you.

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What We’ve Been Up To – Daily Disciples Conference

View from Point Loma Nazarene University

View from Point Loma Nazarene University

Last week, two of us WORDsearch ladies attended the Daily Disciples 8th Annual Women’s Conference. The theme of the event was The Power of Friendships, and the foundational verse for the gathering was John 15:13, “No one has greater love than this, that someone would lay down his life for his friends.” Tonilee Adamson and Bobbye Brooks, founders of Daily Disciples, spoke to a gathering of 400 women about the implications this verse has in our daily lives and the significance of Christ speaking these words shortly before he laid down his own life.

In addition to Tonilee and Bobbye’s teachings, June Hunt was an honored guest and spoke to us about friendship using content from her Biblical Counseling Library. June defined friendship, gave examples of different levels of friendship, spoke about the different friendships of Jesus, analyzed what causes friendships to fail, and presented wise counsel on how to nurture existing friendships and forge new ones. Her entire teaching was laced with scripture and stories representative of God’s work in one woman’s lifetime of friendships.

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Weekly Devotional

Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. 11 Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  – 1 John 4: 7-11

At the start of the year it is common to focus on new beginnings.  Many people set new goals for themselves and resolve to see those goals realized. Even many Christians set out to read the Word of God afresh, and begin reading from the start of the Bible. By doing so, they are reacquainted with the timeless words “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1)

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