What is in your hand?

Moses and the burning bush

I have been reflecting recently on the conversation that Moses had with God at the burning bush. Like us, Moses felt completely inadequate to do what God was calling him to do. And of course he had numerous objections to his ability to do what God was asking him to do. One of the most […]

Student discipleship meets mission funding

The Old Main clock tower, University of Arkansas campus

Originally Posted by Fieldnotes Magazine Author’s note: Lightbearers Ministries is a nonprofit organization that took part in the 2013 Praxis Accelerator Program. Kevin McCollum, Executive Director of Lightbearers Ministries, shared with Fieldnotes Magazine in July 2013 for this article. Can college students in Arkansas fund global missions simply by paying rent? Lightbearers Ministries thought they could, […]

Congregations of Compassion

Mercy and Grace

When Jesus died for us he met our greatest need that we had no way to meet ourselves. In the Sermon on the Mount he promised that our Heavenly Father knows our needs and will meet each one. Being the people who show Jesus to the rest of the world requires having a mindset to […]

Stylist Who Spends Every Sunday Cutting Hair For Homeless: ‘Every Human Life Is Worth The Same’


Originally Posted By Huffington Post Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at an upscale salon in New York City, but not all of his clientele have to be wealthy to get a quality trim. Sometimes, they don’t need a penny. Bustos spends every Sunday — his only day off from work — venturing through the city in […]

This 99-Year-Old Woman Makes A New Dress Every Single Day For A Child In Need

Originally posted on Huffington Post Lillian Weber makes a dress from scratch every single day so that a child in need will have something beautiful to wear. Throughout the last few years, Weber has made more than 840 dresses for Little Dresses for Africa, a Christian nonprofit that distributes dresses to impoverished young girls in […]

Persistent Love

Chained hands and sky

Originally Posted by The Austin Stone Community Church When did slavery end in the United States of America? If you answered January 1, 1863 when President Abraham Lincoln issued an executive order freeing them, you would be wrong. Slavery still exists. It still thrives, even in Austin. Margo discovered this during her freshman year studying […]

Help Send Two Rwandan Girls to College


Re-post from If:Gathering Email June 2, 2014 Friends – IF:Gathering partners with non-profit organizations to take aim at one need or cause where we can have a massive impact. They have one great opportunity this summer to share with you. In Rwanda, Africa New Life Ministries transforms the lives of young women by giving them […]

Generosity In a Petty Cash Envelope

dollars in blue envelope tied with red ribbon. money gift

During the Holiday’s we all think of ways to be extra generous.  Sometimes we will volunteer our time at a soup kitchen or we will adopt an angel from a Christmas tree and provide them with presents.  But how generous are we the rest of the year?  Are our eyes and ears open to help […]

Living Generously

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This is an oldie but a goody, so we are re-posting it!  Michael Lindsay has written a new book that will be released on May 12. You can pre-order a copy today from Givington’s! (Originally posted on 9/23/12 by Huffington Post) A week and a half ago, I took a risk. I went to the […]

That Individual is Really Odd!

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Originally posted on Leading from the Sandbox. February 24, 2014  Most churches have them. Odd people. Socially awkward, little self awareness and once they latch on to you it may take another to rescue you from a conversation that has no end. I meet them often because they like to speak to the one who […]

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