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What do I contribute to my salvation?

first_img TAGSInspirationMike GillandThe Shepherd Radio Network Previous articleBeware of sisters bearing gifts of raisinsNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Photo by Fardeen Khan on Unsplash By Mike GillandPaul loved the Galatians – he personally spent a lot of time with them.  He had spoken into their lives, and into their church. They had received much from him – for God had granted Paul authority to envision the Galatians for their mission.  And without a doubt, as with all the churches and groups of people with which Paul worked, he held a deep fondness and appreciation for them, every time they crossed his mind.But there was a serious issue that had developed involving the Galatians – after he had left them, Paul’s authority had subsequently been questioned and potentially damaged.  The challenge to Paul’s apostolic authority came not from the Galatians themselves – but TO the Galatians, from a group who had infiltrated their ranks, a group identifies as the Judaizers.  This group’s message carried a different DNA than did the message of the Gospel that Paul had preached – which was the Gospel of Jesus.  If we use the analogy that Jesus commissioned us, and our luggage for the commission was THE GOSPEL of GRACE, then THEIR message (the message of the Judaizers) carried along “additional suitcases”.  Baggage that was IN ADDITION to the finished work of Jesus. Baggage that outlined what “I NEED TO DO”, what “I MUST CONTRIBUTE”…You see…the message of the Gospel – the message that Paul preached, and that which is contained throughout the New Testament – taught that believers are JUSTIFIED BY FAITH, and that it is BY FAITH ALONE.  Sola Fide.  You see if you think of it in mathematic terms…CHRIST + NOTHING = Justification.Paul was understandably fired up – because he knew that the moment anyone adds ANYTHING to that equation, the result is the muddying up of the water of the Gospel.That was the battleground of Paul, and later, Martin Luther, and all the Reformers.  And truth is, it is still our battleground today. Mike Gilland is Operations Manager for The Shepherd Radio Network, a group of radio stations in Florida that features the “Christian Teach/Talk” format.  Mike hosts a daily talk radio show in the 2 PM hour called “Afternoons with Mike”, talking to local pastors and newsmakers.  In Orlando, The Shepherd is heard on WIWA, AM 1270.   In addition to his broadcast experience, Mike spent 36 years in full-time ministry as a pastor and worship leader.  As a guitarist, Mike performs at concerts, restaurants, private parties, etc. He is married to Cindy, the father of four grown children and grandfather to seven grandchildren. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Malian Guilty Of Drug-Running For Al-Qaeda, FARC

first_imgBy Dialogo November 17, 2011 A Malian man faces up to 15 years in jail after pleading guilty to trafficking cocaine to fund the activities of Al-Qaeda and FARC guerrilla fighters in Colombia, US prosecutors said. Oumar Issa, who was arrested in Ghana in December 2009 at the request of the United States, and subsequently transported to New York, admitted one count of “conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.” Court papers said he agreed to move cocaine through West and North Africa to support the drug-trafficking activities of Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). From September 2009 through December 2009, Issa and two other Malians agreed to provide the FARC with “logistical assistance and secure transportation for a shipment of cocaine across Africa, (and) false identification documents,” despite knowing the FARC “was engaged in terrorist activity,” prosecutors said. “The defendants also agreed to provide material support and resources, including property, and currency and monetary instruments to Al-Qaeda and AQIM, knowing that these groups were engaged in terrorist activities,” they added. Issa is scheduled to be sentenced by US District Judge Richard Holwell on February 15, 2012. Cases against his two conspirators are ongoing. Preet Bharara, US Attorney for the southern district of New York, said narcotics trafficking provided vital cash to terrorist organizations, and Issa’s guilty plea underscored prosecutors commitment to catching wrongdoers.last_img read more

Olympic Champion Christian Taylor visits BiH Delegation in Rio

first_imgThe current Olympic champion in the triple jump, Christian Taylor, visited BH delegation in Rio.Taylor, who is a former roommate “across the pond” to our shot putter Kemal Mesic, visited our athletes in the Olympic Village.“Kemal is silly, but like most of Bosnians he has a big heart and I’m really glad to meet with him again,” said Taylor.One of the best athletes of all times won the gold medal by jumping 17.21 meters on the Olympic Games in London in 2012.Taylor won gold at the World Championships in 2011 and 2015 and his personal record is 18.21 meters, which is second on the eternal list, right behind the legendary Jonathan Edwards who jumped 18.21 meters back in 1995.(Source: E. B./Klix.ba)last_img

Olympics: Six medallists fail reanalysed Beijing tests

first_imgThree non-medallists also tested positive — Azerbaijan weightlifter Sardar Hasanov, Cuban long jumper Wilfredo Martinez and Josephine Onyia, a 100m hurdler from Spain.The IOC has been reanalysing stored samples from athletes of the Beijing and 2012 London Games as part of efforts to clean up athletics.The latest batch takes the total of positive tests to 60 from 1,243 reanalysed samples. The Beijing Olympic stadium. Many results are now being questioned.Paris, France | AFP | Six medallists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics were among nine competitors to fail drug tests as part of an International Olympic Committee campaign of retesting stored samples, it was announced Wednesday.The list of athletes to have their medals stripped includes three weightlifters — Ukraine’s Olha Korobka (second in the women’s 75kg category), Belarus’s Nastassia Novikava (third in the 53kg women) and Andrei Rybakou (second in the men’s 85kg).Wrestlers Soslan Tigiev of Uzbekistan (second in the 74kg men) and Kazakhstan’s Taimuraz Tigiyev (second in the 96kg men) were also snared.The sixth medallist was Russian 3000m steeplechase bronze winner Ekaterina Volkova.All six tested positive for the steroid turinabol, said the IOC. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Cover to Cover…‘1954’

first_imgYou know the rules.Each base must be touched, each ball hit within bounds—or so you hope. No spitballs, corked bats, pine tar, or steroids. Four bases to run. Three strikes, you’re out.Those are the basics of baseball. But rules, of course, can be changed, just like the game itself and in the new book “1954” by Bill Madden, you’ll see how the game was altered forever by one simple fix.It was a time when Perry Como dominated the music charts and Elvis was just some kid in Memphis. The Cold War raged; Brown vs. Board of Education was decided; and radio was king, although everybody wanted a television set on which to watch a few brief programs on a handful of stations.It was 1954 and, like much of the world, baseball was in the midst of change, too.Though Jackie Robinson had broken baseball’s color line seven years earlier, many teams had rosters that were still completely white. The Dodgers were “the most aggressive” on tackling segregation with six black players that year. The Indians had five and the Giants, four. That complete desegregation was coming was obvious, despite protests against it and owner reluctance.Willie Mays, returning after two years in the Army, was one of baseball’s 38 (out of 536) Black players in 1954. Mays had been spotted by scouts while still in high school, but was denied a spot on at least one team whose owners refused to sign a Black player. In 1954, he signed a contract for $13,000 and became a Giant.Mid-season, Ernie Banks joined the Cubs as “one of the elite players in the Negro Leagues.” Hank Aaron was brought up for the Braves, though he’d been mercilessly (and racially) derided for his running style. Other talented black players followed them to the majors, and at the end of the 1954 season, fans gathered to “witness the first World Series game in history with players of color on both teams,” a game between the Indians and the Giants.Four teams (the Yankees, the Tigers, the Phillies, and the Red Sox) had yet to integrate.Recognize those names?  It’s likely that you do, especially if you’re a baseball fan—and there’s so much more here for you if you are. For everybody else, though, “1954” will be an eye-crossing, head-spinning mix of statistics and stories that won’t mean nearly as much.In the lightning-fast manner of a sportscaster, author Bill Madden tells a story that goes beyond Jackie Robinson’s history-making 1947 debut. Readers will learn why 1954 was so important to the game; how racism continued to taint the industry for at least a few more months after this iconic season; and how, 60 years ago and despite that it had been around awhile, the game was really still evolving.(“1954: The Year Willie Mays and The First Generation of Black Superstars Changed Major League Baseball Forever” by Bill Madden, c.2014, Da Capo Press, $25.99/$29, Canada, 290 pages.)Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courierlast_img read more

Nearly 100% of Evergreen’s 2015 Master in Teaching Cohort Finds Employment…

first_imgFacebook585Tweet0Pin7 Submitted by The Evergreen State College Nearly all the students who graduated  Evergreen’s Master in Teaching (MiT) program last June are enjoying the last weeks of Summer, as they will not be unemployed for long.By mid-August, 30 out of the 31 MiT Class of 2015 graduates have accepted teaching positions across Western Washington and Oregon, and even abroad. While most of the new teachers stayed in the region – Olympia, Tacoma, North Thurston, Puyallup, Hoquiam, Hood Canal and Shelton School Districts, others ventured to Beaverton, Portland and Sweet Home, Oregon, to Neah Bay and to Nablus, Palestine.They will teach subjects as diverse as visual arts, math, Spanish and Robotics, at levels everywhere between second grade and high school.According to MiT’s associate director, Maggie Foran, the program’s placement rates have been historically strong, but for a dip during and immediately after the Recession. “The number of retirements went down, class sizes grew and first year teachers were being laid off,” said Foran. In 2012 placements increased as schools began replenishing their teaching pools and reducing class sizes.The Evergreen program requires two student teaching internships – in fall and spring of year two, where most programs require only one.  Foran pointed out that, “fall student teachers participate in the opening of a school year, as communities, rules and expectations are established.” She noted, “Research shows that teachers who did fall internships tend to do better their first year.”The program sometimes attracts returning students who have significant achievements in other fields. Heather Claiborne (nee Littke), ’15, of the Snoqualmie area, had spent five years in geological mapping for the Washington Department of Natural Resources, Geology Division. Beginning September 9, she will teach seventh and eighth grade Life/Physical Science and Robotics at Nisqually Middle School, where she did an internship. “I learned so much from the Evergreen program,” said Claiborne. “I was working with rocks and rocks don’t talk back.”Joking aside, Claiborne said she was, “a blank slate,” when she started her masters, and, ironically, she said, “I feel more humble now. As a teacher there’s so much to learn every day.”She is thrilled to be teaching science to middle schoolers. “Kids are so interested in the natural world,” she said. She feels that the Evergreen program prepared her to take her own classroom next month, “and that’s an awesome feeling.”Katie Schuessler, ‘15 had previously taught art in Palestinian refugee camps and wanted to go back. She returns to the city of Nablus this month, where she will teach art to grades three to 11 at the nonprofit Pioneers Baccalaureate School.Even in a country where people struggle to meet basic needs, Schuessler believes art plays a critical role. “The arts promote problem solving,” she said. “They offer valuable skills that are often overlooked. And they give students an opportunity to learn in a different way, away from language and words.”Schuessler, who speaks some Arabic, will teach in an English immersion program. “I’ll be assessing my students’ language abilities and teaching a bit of English and art vocabulary,” she said.At Evergreen she learned a great deal about English Language Learners as well as cultural competency and sensitivity, efficient classroom management and student empowerment. “I don’t have a hero complex,” she said. “If students can come into my classroom and feel safe expressing themselves in healthy ways, I will feel like I’ve accomplished something.”Schuessler, of Seattle, originally had to mitigate her parents’ concern about political instability in Palestine, but reported that they are planning to tour Palestine and Israel while she is there. “They support my decision,” she said.last_img read more

Younis Khan donates ‘10,000-run milestone bat’ for educational cause

first_imgFormer Pakistan cricketer Younis Khan has donated his bat with which he crossed 10,000-run mark in Test cricket, as well as the Award money of Rs. 10 million he received from the Prime Minister to The Citizen Foundation (TCF).The 40-year-old revealed he had earlier decided that whenever he reaches 10,000 runs, he would auction his bat to the organisation.Younis also donated Rs. 10 million, which he as well as each member of the Pakistan squad received for winning Champions Trophy.In a reception held by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, after returning of the cricket team with the winning Champions trophy, each squad member of the team was awarded Rs. 10 million.”I had promised TCF that whenever I score 10,000 runs, I will donate the bat to them and here I am fulfilling my promise. I have also decided to donate the Rs. 10 million to TCF announced by the PM as soon as I receive them,” the Express Tribune quoted Younis, as saying.While speaking at a ceremony where he donated his bat, Younis said that he was ecstatic to contribute to the TCF’s mission of educating children.”I am happy to be associated with the TCF for the good cause of education, as nations thrive through education. We all should work for this cause to whatever extent we can. A single person’s kindness can do wonders for the children,” he said.Revealing plans about his future association with cricket, Younis said that he is looking forward to work with and for people who know how to respect an individual.advertisement”I have decided to work where giving respect is a norm. 10,000 runs are not scored in the air; there is a hard behind it. It is a product of more than 30 years. I don’t ask for money to go to any event; I came here for free and will continue doing charity work in future,” he added.In April, Younis became the first Pakistani cricketer and 13th in the history of Test cricket to cross the 10,000-run landmark during a Test series against West Indies.last_img read more