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Baby Names 
Wednesday, May 26, 2010, 05:51 PM - Extra Christy
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90% of Top Ten Bible Based

According to the Social Security Administration and Biblical Baby Names only 2 out of the top ten names for boys and girls are not rooted in the Bible. ("William" and "Emily" )

I was thinking about Biblical names because I met a Caleb the other day (number #31 in 2009). He even knew where his name came from! Caleb was the "best supporting actor" in Joshua's great scene in the Exodus epic recorded in book of Numbers in the Bible, chapters 13 and 14.

Top Baby Names


Caleb spied out the promised land, and with Joshua, gave a minority report that was so unpopular folks were ready to stone him to death. (I've seen a couple of Presbyterian General Assemblies like that.) The report? While he and Joshua agreed with the majority, that there were giant challenges in the land God had directed them to inhabit; they were emphatic that with the Lord, they had nothing to fear!

I hope the giants in the promised land God is calling us don't overcome the vision of God waiting for us there as well.

Strong than We; but Not God

And they told him, "We came to the land to which you sent us; it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Yet the people who live in the land are strong, and the towns are fortified and very large; and besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there...But Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, "Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it." Then the men who had gone up with him said, "We are not able to go up against this people, for they are stronger than we." - Numbers 13:27-28; 30-31

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May Roundtable Prayer 
Thursday, May 20, 2010, 09:00 AM - Prayers
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This year, Akron Kiwanis President Mark Fairhurst gives thoughtful and topical prayers to start monthly meetings of the Akron Roundtable which Akron Kiwanis founded. Sometimes I get a copy.

Here's this month's offering reflecting on the visit of Walter W. Bettinger, II, President & CEO, The Charles Schwab Corporation to Akron. Roundtable Topic: "Why Business Wins By Doing Right By Clients"



Akron Roundtable is held at noon on the third Thursday of every month, Akron Roundtable is a non-partisan forum. Each event, held at the Quaker Station located at the Quaker Square Inn on the campus of The University of Akron, begins at 12:00 noon with the speaker's address immediately followed by a question and answer session. Doors open for the event at 11:45 a.m. The event concludes at approximately 1:15 p.m. Tickets: $15
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Waiting to Serve 
Wednesday, May 19, 2010, 07:09 PM - Extra Christy
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Being a Server not a Waiter

There are no more waiters and waitresses. They have been replaced by servers. They make sure you know it as well, "Hi! I'm Tiffany. I will be serving you tonight." This could be shorten to just "Hi!" if the management could rely on the public to figure out that the uniformed persons marked with temporary brands, equipped with menus and armed with order pads were restaurant employees and not a migrating flock of insurance salespeople fishing for prospects.

It is reasonable name change. No one likes to wait, having a form of wait wrapped around you like an apron is not a good way to start a helping relationship.

Serving however, is a noble choice. It fact it is in the Bible and honored in the church I serve as a special office. Deacon is from the Greek word for "serving". In fact, the word comes from the verb that might have literally meant "waiting" on tables!

by Archie McPhee Seattle on Flickr
I imagine the homebound, poor, and grieving being greeted with, "I'll be your deacon tonight." ending their wait for comfort and company.

I hope you don't wait to serve.

Serving the Word & Table

Now during those days, when the disciples were increasing in number, the Hellenists complained against the Hebrews because their widows were being neglected in the daily distribution of food. And the twelve called together the whole community of the disciples and said, "It is not right that we should neglect the word of God in order to wait on tables. Therefore, friends, select from among yourselves seven men of good standing, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may appoint to this task, while we, for our part, will devote ourselves to prayer and to serving the word." What they said pleased the whole community, and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and the Holy Spirit, together with Philip, Prochorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolaus, a proselyte of Antioch. They had these men stand before the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them.- Acts 6:1-7

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When Are You Lost?  
Wednesday, May 12, 2010, 07:35 PM - Extra Christy
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Lost a Decision not a Condition

A researcher was checking a radioactive source when his glasses fell into the pit.

He had trouble applying for reimbursement. He couldn't claim they were "lost", he knew right where they were. He just couldn't retrieve them for a couple of hundred years.

Lost is a decision. When we decide something is never going to return, it is lost to us. As long as there is hope of return, it is missing, not lost. When we stop looking for something, or stop hoping for its return, it moves from missing to lost.

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I hope you have someone in your life to whom you are never lost. I pray that you are that someone to another.

Restoring the Lost

All who saw it began to grumble and said, 'He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.' Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, 'Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.' Then Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.'- Luke 19:7-10

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Expansion vs. Multiplication 
Sunday, May 9, 2010, 08:00 AM - Sermon, Media
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From our Song and Service
A Light to the Heights worship
Sunday, May 9



Bible Reading:
Jeremiah 29:4-7 and
Matthew 8:18-22


This week we consider expanding our influence or multiplying God's love. Based on a chapter in the book, Change the Word Recovering the Message and Mission of Jesus by Mike Slaughter of Ginghamsburg Church in Tipp City, Ohio.

Videos:

“Saving Life”


from the film Rambo




Rambo on WingClips


Rambo doesn't think anyone changes, our missionary thinks they do. How does one spends one's life on themselves? Or on others?

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“What Are You Doing?” from I Can Do Bad All by Myself





"Help Them" from I Can Do Bad All by Myself on WingClips



How can you help yourself by helping others? Our main character says he is “repaying his debt.” How does this relate to the Lord's Prayer translation that states: Forgive us our debts as we forgive others?

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“A Life That Means Something”


From the film The Way We Get By







"Trailer" and "Greeting the Troops" from The Way We Get By on WingClips

Three senior citizens have greeted nearly one million U.S. troops at a tiny airport in Maine. Note the man who says his life has no meaning to him, and what he does about it. (After the woman walks into the airport.)
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