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A Special Event for Pastors and Elders

A Special Event for Pastors and Elders (and all aspiring pastors and elders)

With Dr. Don Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Monday, July 9, 9 am-3 pm

The Landing Church, Duluth, 214 2nd St. Proctor, MN, (218)729-2950

Schedule:

Session 1: The Almost Inevitable Ruin of Every Minister and How to Avoid It

Q&A

Lunch

Session 2: The Preparation of the Preacher

Q&A

Suggested Contribution/person: $25

RSVP suggested: email office@TheLanding.church

Don Whitney has been Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, since 2005. Before that, he held a similar position (the first such position in the six Southern Baptist seminaries) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, for 10 years. He is the founder and president of The Center for Biblical Spirituality. Don is a frequent speaker in churches, retreats, and conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Don’s books include:

Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian life

Spiritual Disciplines for the church (with James M. Boice)

How can I be Sure I’m a Christian (with John MacArthur)

Praying the Bible

Family Worship

 

Sunday Evening Worship

The Common Slaves Fellowship would like to invite you to our Bi-monthly Sunday Evening Worship.

This Sunday Evening (June 24) @ 4:30, Lifespring Church in Crosby will be hosting a a time of Singing, Preaching and fellowship (with good food!)

Pastor Ken Carlton from Providence Church, Cross Lake,  will be preaching.

We hope you can take this opportunity to gather with the Saints from other local, like-minded churches.

Lifespring Church

http://www.visitlifespring.com

30 Hallett Ave

Crosby MN 56441

Alice in the Palace

My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
Psalm 139:15-16

Consider… the happy condition of a Christian! He has his best things last, and therefore in this world he receives his worst things first. But even his worst things are “later” good things, hard plowings yielding joyful harvests. – Spurgeon, ed. by Alistair Begg

Continue reading “Alice in the Palace”

Alice: Dishonor

“I didn’t think I could love her more,
but now that her eyes are crossing and she can barely move…
I love her more.” – Michele

We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings,
knowing that suffering produces endurance,
and endurance produces character,
and character produces hope,
and hope does not put us to shame… Romans 5:2b-5a
Continue reading “Alice: Dishonor”

Combined Sunday Evening Worship

The Common Slaves Fellowship would like to invite you to our Bi-monthly Sunday Evening Worship.

On Sunday Evening (April 29) @ 4:30, Bethany Bible Church in Big Lake will be hosting a Worship gathering of Singing, Preaching and fellowship (with good food!)

Pastor Ivan Fiske will be preaching from I John 2.

We hope you can take this opportunity to gather with the Saints from other local, like-minded churches.

Yours in Christ,

Pastor Eric Anderson

 

Alice: Radiation, Week 4

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Twenty down. To date, we’ve covered about 2,700 miles going back and forth, held Alice twenty times as she takes that big deep breath that means she just fell asleep, picked her up and handed her over to the radiation therapy guys, kissed her face as she wakes up, peeled off the three EKG stickers she hates so much, and eaten who knows how many bowls of Cheerios and a couple bottles of honey. We’ve made it through SpongeBob season 3, and are well into season 4.

Seven trips to go. Almost there. Continue reading “Alice: Radiation, Week 4”

Alice: Radiation, Week 3

Three weeks of radiation down. Two and change to go.

Every day felt like Friday. It’s funny how every day has a certain “feel” to it. All the days felt like Friday. Not the good kind of Friday feeling – where your work is about done and you get to start having fun. This was more like what Bilbo Baggins was talking about: “I feel all thin, sort of stretched…like butter that has been scraped over too much bread.” Continue reading “Alice: Radiation, Week 3”

We are delighted to be able to share the audio from our Conference “Small Church, Big Problems.” Our speakers and their sessions were, in my incredibly humble and slightly biased opinion, second to none. LifeSpring Church in Crosby extended the greatest hospitality to us, and we are so thankful. I’d hold up our conference attended by 50 dear folks to any I’ve ever been to attended by thousands. It really was that good.

Thanks to all who joined us!

Check out the Conference Audio page to hear or download the sessions and see a brief intro to our speakers, or take a shortcut here

Alice: Radiation, Week 2

Ten down. Something like 17 to go. Early mornings, lots of miles, SpongeBob, Cheerio’s (with honey!), sedation, and radiation. That’s our routine. It’s amazing how fast it becomes “normal.”

It’s working. Alice’s smiles, giggles, and sparkly eyes are once again rather common sights and sounds in our old house. And that’s been wonderful.

But the joy is somehow tinged with sadness, too. This is how it goes with her kind of cancer. You knock it down, it comes back. You feel like you get your girl back, but in the back of your mind you can’t help but think you have to lose her again, and that stinks.

I try not to live there. I’m trying so hard to live in today, and if I must look to the future, I want my gaze to skip from tomorrow until 10,000 years from now, when faith is sight, tears are gone, and death is fully and finally swallowed up by completed redemption. But sometimes I fail at that. Continue reading “Alice: Radiation, Week 2”

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