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  1. Opening The Tomb Of Jesus – The Historical Reality Of Our Faith

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    November 18, 2016 – Can you imagine peering into the tomb where Jesus’ body was laid? Well, last month, archaeologists did just that.

    For a sixty-hour period beginning on October 26th, researchers had unprecedented access to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site long-venerated as the place where Joseph of Arimathea placed Jesus’ body on Good Friday.

    Then on October 28th, the tomb was resealed and may not be re-opened until, as the Nicene Creed says, He comes again in glory to judge the living and the dead.

    As National Geographic told readers, “While it is archaeologically impossible to say that the tomb recently uncovered in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is the burial site of . . . . Jesus of Nazareth, there is indirect evidence to suggest that the identification of the site by representatives of the Roman emperor Constantine some 300 years later may be a reasonable one.”

    First some history: According to the historian Eusebius of Caesarea, the Roman Emperor Hadrian, about 100 years after Jesus’ death and resurrection, had a temple dedicated to the goddess Aphrodite built over the site of Jesus’ tomb. This was not by accident.

    Two centuries later, the emperor Constantine had the pagan temple demolished and in the process, discovered what was believed to be the tomb of Jesus. Constantine ordered a church to be built around the tomb.

    The church we see at the site today is not the original. That one was damaged by earthquakes and fires. It was repaired but later demolished by a Fatimid caliph in the early eleventh century and then rebuilt again and damaged again, so forth and so on.

    Yet the pilgrims kept coming, so much so that in the 16th century the burial bed in the tomb was covered in marble to keep people from taking home souvenirs.

    This is a great story, but is there reason to believe that it’s the site of God’s mightiest work, the raising of Jesus from the dead?

    What researchers found was “perfectly consistent with what we know about how wealthy Jews disposed of their dead in the time of Jesus.”

    Wealthy Jews like Joseph of Arimathea.

    The presence of other tombs nearby shows that “this area was a Jewish cemetery outside the walls of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus,” which is consistent with the Gospels’ account of Jesus’ burial as well as with Hebrews 13:12, “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate.”

    Dan Bahat, the former city archaeologist of Jerusalem, put it this way: “”We may not be absolutely certain that the site of the Holy Sepulcher Church is the site of Jesus’ burial, but we certainly have no other site that can lay a claim nearly as weighty, and we really have no reason to reject the authenticity of the site.”

    Like I said, it’s a great story. But it’s also a reminder that Christianity is a faith rooted in real time. The events that began on Good Friday and culminated on Easter Sunday took place, not in some mythological time, but in human history.

    Think of Luke’s gospel and its companion volume, the Book of Acts. Luke names specific Roman emperors and governors, not Zeus and Hermes. As I recently related on BreakPoint, his description of the riot at Ephesus in Acts 19 included details that only someone intimately acquainted with the city could have known.

    It could hardly be otherwise. We are saved by a historical act: the Incarnation, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God.

    And one day, that history will culminate in his return in glory. We know this because the tomb that was opened last month was empty.

    (Eric Metaxas, Breaking Point Commentary)

  2. The Importance Of A Unique Mission

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    January 4, 2016 – Rick Boxx

    When you go to work, does having a sense of mission – an underlying purpose – factor into how much you enjoy what you do? An article in Wall Street Journal, a respected business periodical, discussed the increasing focus corporations are now putting on their employees’ need for a sense of purpose in their work. For many of them, having a job to perform and earning a regular paycheck is not sufficient – they also want to feel their work has deeper meaning.

     

    This concern is shared by many people as they evaluate their investment options. For instance, Factiva, an online business information and research tool, discovered the words “mission” “higher purpose,” or “changing the world” were discussed 3,243 times by investors with their financial advisors on recorded phone calls in 2014, compared to only 2,318 times five years before.

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  3. CBMC World Convention 2014

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    September 24-28, 2014
    Orlando, Florida
    Marriott World Center

    World Convention is coming to America. In the fall of 2014, Christian men and women from around the globe will head for the United States. “Imagine the largest gathering ever of God’s servants in the marketplace; that is what I’m so excited about,” said CBMC International President Jim Firnstahl.

    The first-ever CBMC World Convention took place in 1977 in Seoul, Korea. Since then, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Germany, the U.S., and Singapore have all been host countries for World Conventions.

    CBMC President Lee Truax hailed the decision to bring the convention back to the United States, as “beyond wonderful, because this is a unique collaborative time in the history of CBMC.” He added, “To see this 82-year-old ministry pulling together fueled by the unified mission and vision to reach the world at-large is testimony to the fact that the Holy Spirit is fully engaged.”

    Lee issued a charge to every CBMC network member to come and be a part of this magnificent gathering. “I guarantee you this: once you experience the global impact of this ministry you are a part of, you will be equipped to go back to your city or town with a renewed spirit, more excited and more passionate about your local mission than you can even possibly imagine.” He quickly added, “But please don’t take my word for it. Plan to be a part of this global excitement and be blessed by the world of CBMC!”

    Speakers and agenda are still uncertain.  Watch for additional information here on the website.

    “If you want to truly experience the power of CBMC, I want to encourage you to come and engage worldwide marketplace ministry at its finest,” concluded Firnstahl. 

    Excerpted from CBMC-USA

     


  4. CBMC World Convention 2014

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    {"video":"http://youtu.be/TjC2OInlYiQ","width":"400","height":"225"}

    September 24-28, 2014
    Orlando, Florida
    Marriott World Center

    World Convention is coming to America. In the fall of 2014, Christian men and women from around the globe will head for the United States. “Imagine the largest gathering ever of God’s servants in the marketplace; that is what I’m so excited about,” said CBMC International President Jim Firnstahl.

    The first-ever CBMC World Convention took place in 1977 in Seoul, Korea. Since then, Scotland, Canada, Australia, Germany, the U.S., and Singapore have all been host countries for World Conventions.

    CBMC President Lee Truax hailed the decision to bring the convention back to the United States, as “beyond wonderful, because this is a unique collaborative time in the history of CBMC.” He added, “To see this 82-year-old ministry pulling together fueled by the unified mission and vision to reach the world at-large is testimony to the fact that the Holy Spirit is fully engaged.”

    Lee issued a charge to every CBMC network member to come and be a part of this magnificent gathering. “I guarantee you this: once you experience the global impact of this ministry you are a part of, you will be equipped to go back to your city or town with a renewed spirit, more excited and more passionate about your local mission than you can even possibly imagine.” He quickly added, “But please don’t take my word for it. Plan to be a part of this global excitement and be blessed by the world of CBMC!”

    Speakers and agenda are still uncertain.  Watch for additional information here on the website.

    “If you want to truly experience the power of CBMC, I want to encourage you to come and engage worldwide marketplace ministry at its finest,” concluded Firnstahl. 

    Excerpted from CBMC-USA

     


  5. Map

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    The Widgetkit Map provides a simple solution for adding a map to your website. Various features let you customize the map, like changing colors and adding markers or directions.

    Features

    • Location selection with auto geocoding
    • Supports multiple map markers with text popups
    • Option to get the direction to the active marker
    • Supports custom map styles and colors
    • Uses the latest Google Maps API
    • Built with HTML5, CSS3, PHP 5.3+ and the latest jQuery version
    • Works with Joomla and WordPress

    Direction Example

    This map features all map controls, multiple markers and you can get the direction.

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    Color Scheme Example

    Set or invert the hue, saturation, lightness and gamma of a map.

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    Minimal Example

    This map has a fixed width, no controls and no markers.

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    How To Use

    With the Widgetkit Map you can quickly create and manage simple maps with features like multiple markers, text popups and custom color schemes. Once you have created a map, you can load it anywhere on your website using shortcodes or the universal Widgetkit Joomla module or WordPress widget.

  6. Dummy Content

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  7. Prayer

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    Prayer establishes and nurtures an intimate relationship with God as we seek His direction, as we pray for the salvation of those in our sphere of influence, and as we pray for other members of the local team.

    “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.” – Ephesians 6:18

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    Prayer in the context of the CBMC International ministry is seen as an individual and team function. It is the foundational function of the CBMC International ministry process and the first step in becoming engaged with God’s work in our lives and God’s activity in the marketplace.

    Whether we are praying as individuals or as a part of a team, we focus on prayer from three perspectives:

    Prayer for our own personal intimacy with Christ
    “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. – Psalms 37:4

    Our intimacy with Christ is established and nurtured as we spend time with God in prayer. As we learn to communicate with Him and learn to experience Him we will discover a depth of relationship that brings about personal transformation. We believe that effective ministry flows out of intimacy with Christ.

    Prayer for the salvation of those in our sphere of influence
    “Brothers, my hearts desire and prayer to God for the Israelites (fellow countrymen) is that they may be saved.” – Romans 10:1

    CBMC International values consistent prayer for those in our sphere of influence who are not yet followers of Christ. Each person maintains a list of associates or friends who have yet to make a commitment to Christ called a “Ten Most Wanted List,” or a “V.I.P. List.”

    We encourage daily individual prayer and weekly team prayer focused on God moving in the hearts of these people. We pray their eyes will be opened, that the Holy Spirit will bring conviction of guilt regarding their sin, and that they might hear, understand and respond to the Gospel. We pray for opportunities to be salt and light to these people, for opportunities to grow our relationship with them and for opportunities to share Christ with them.

    Prayer for one another
    “Therefore pray for each other so that you may be healed.”
    – James 5:16

    Prayer for other members of the team is a natural part of the process of developing a sense of community. Lifting up to our Heavenly Father the real life issues of our team members creates a bond of love and commitment that brings hope and healing and a willingness to serve.