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Weekly Prayers & Poems - Tapestry

Thursday April 24, 2014
This week's post is a member-submitted Christian poem called Tapestry. These stanzas praise the life of a godly mother.

Weekly Prayers & Poems
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Tapestry

Weaving the tapestry, year by year,
Light and dark threads, both appear,

Threads of sorrow that remain,
Hardship, suffering and pain,

Threads of hope and threads of prayer,
Threads of joy and threads of care,

But when the refiner's done,
Threads that glitter in the sun,

Threads of silver and of gold,
Hinting at a wealth untold...
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Finding Cracks in the Gap Theory

Tuesday April 22, 2014
The Gap Theory
The gap theory is an Old Earth Creationism view, also known as the "ruin - reconstruction" theory or gap creationism. The concept suggests that a time gap of millions to billions of years occurred between the first and second verses of the Bible.

Introduced in 1814 by Scottish theologian Thomas Chalmers, the gap theory became popular in the early part of the 20th century when Christians sought to resolve discrepancies between the Bible record and newly emerging scientific theories.

Besides solving the question of the age of the earth, the gap theory provides a possible answer to when dinosaurs existed, and allows agreement with the scientific claim that dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago.

Nevertheless, biblical support for the gap theory is rather thin. Both the Scriptures and scientific theory contradict the construct on various points.

What is the Gap Theory?

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This Week's Testimony: Stacy's Sweet Submission

Monday April 21, 2014
Toughened by an abusive childhood, Stacy remained emotionless and strong even after becoming a Christian. But she was also very angry. What she didn't understand was that she had been simply enduring life in her own strength. Stacy had to become weak so the Lord could be strong within her. Eventually she got past her anger and began healing by learning to feel.

Read: Stacy's Sweet Submission

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Holy Week Day 8 - Resurrection Sunday!

Sunday April 20, 2014

The Empty Tomb
On Resurrection Sunday we reach the culmination of Passion Week.

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the most important event of the Christian faith. The Apostle Paul explained, "... if there is no resurrection ... then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless." (1 Corinthians 15:13-14, NLT)

Today we focus on the empty tomb! It reminds us that we worship a risen Savior as we celebrate the facts of Passion Week: Jesus came and lived among us, showing us his love; he died on the cross to save us; he was buried to take away our sins; he rose from the grave forever victorious, as recorded in the Gospels. (Go ahead, give a shout of praise if you feel like it!)

Take some time this Easter to consider the profound realities of the resurrection and what Jesus Christ's sacrifice means to you:

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