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Blog Archives: November 2010

24
November
2010

Real Christianity

Fred Harrell
It's November 22nd, and each year on this day many Americans will remember the death of John F. Kennedy. But another person died on this day, Clive Staples Lewis, (also known as C. S. Lewis) and his impact on the world is arguably greater than even J.F.K. Since his death in 1963, sales of his books have risen to 2 million a year. His most famous book is probably Mere Christianity, which has been suggested by me and a zillion other pastors to those exploring faith in Christ. I want to suggest to you another book he wrote. It might be ...
18
November
2010

City Hope Tree

City Hope's annual gift-giving program provides gifts to a diverse range of non-profit organizations during the holiday season. The gifts range from basic school supplies, shoes for men in rehab, to messenger bags for at risk youth. The City Hope tree enables those who participate to generously give a gift that expresses care and support to many people.     The City Hope Tree originally  began with Angel Tree, a gift giving program through Prison Fellowship Ministry. Each year we receive a long list  from men and women in prison who ...
11
November
2010

I See a Therapist

Fred Harrell
I said that in a sermon about a year ago. I had a number of people respond either after the service or by email later. All of them were saying "thank you". Even in such a therapeutic culture like San Francisco, they felt like damaged goods to their friends and family around them because they had the courage and good sense to get help and support when they needed it. Because let's face it... our past isn't all roses, and the past does impact the present. More than we may know. And you know what? We have the responsibility to "reclaim the ...
04
November
2010

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

Fred Harrell
In the last 14 years Terely and I have said goodbye to more people than we can count. And it's very difficult, and we've felt that loss so much that honestly we don't know if we are just getting wiser in dealing with those losses or whether we are just growing calloused to the impact. But it's a reality we deal with all the time.   Recently I received this very encouraging letter:   "Four years ago, we moved from ____ to San Francisco and immediately joined your congregation on the advice of our pastor. It was a tremendous thing for ...
04
November
2010

Fostering a Lasting Faith

David Starfas
Research has shown that intergenerational worship is one of the most vital gifts we can give our children as they mature in their faith. Allowing our children to enter into worship at a young age fosters a lasting faith. One of the scripture passages that supports this idea of intergenerational worship is Matthew 19:14 "Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." (See also Matthew 18:3).   We're all called to welcome children into the covenant ...