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My ALS 50 for 50 Challenge, A Twist

ALS Challenge with a Twist from Brian Branam on Vimeo . I took the ALS challenge from Joel J Dison, but I want to add a twist. My friend ChrIs Jones has been trying to move his family to sLOVEnia to be missionaries for the 2.5 years that I have known him. He has sold his business and his state side stuff, his kids are enrolled in school in Slovenia, he is ready to go. They need to be there by Sept. 1. They are $2500 per month away from their goal. I issue a new challenge for every follower of Christ watching this video. Share this with your friends. I need 50 for 50! 50 people to pledge $50 per month for a year so the Jones family can get on mission in Slovenia. Let's send them!!!! Donate here:  http://www.send.org/info/jones/

The Devil of it All in Ferguson

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The story of the protests in Ferguson, MO is complex.  Why did the police officer gun down an unarmed teenager?  How will justice in the case be served?  How much of what is going on there is magnified by the angles of media coverage?  I'm sure Ferguson is a populated place.  What else is going on in the town?  There are people protesting and causing chaos in the area that are not even from Ferguson.  For that matter, many of them are not even from Missouri.  Who is sending them?  Why are they coming?  What is their agenda?  Are they being helpful or hurtful?  Who is taking advantage of the situation and who is actually working to rectify it?  Furthermore, what else has happened in the area to make the situation so volatile?  These questions need our attention, but it seems no one is interested in knowing the answers. As a discerning Christian we should be sensitive to the specifics of the complexities of the people and issues involved.  We should not be merely image driven,

Rival Racers Share Their Story

In January of this year, car owner Randall Hill of Hill Motorsports was in my home asking for prayer for a rival driver, the Bad Boy of Dalton, Craig Reece.  In mid-July Craig found new life in Christ and came walking into the church I serve.  After the service two of the great teams in dirt track racing stood together in reconciliation through the power of the gospel.  A few weeks later these men allowed me to interview them about their story.  I could not have preached a better sermon about the power of sharing your story than these men demonstrated that day.  If you are a racing fan, this is an interview you will not want to miss.  If you are a Christian, this is a powerful demonstration of the importance of sharing your story.  You may not know a lot of theology, but you know what Christ has done for you.  Share your story, people are dying to know. Rival Racers Share Their Story from Brian Branam on Vimeo .

Parent Resources for Conversations with Your Kids about Media (The Topics Series)

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The Topics Series Parent Resource Sheet Media, Movies, Apps, and Games Biblical Truths we can’t ignore: Human nature has been ruined by sin. God has given us His son to redeem us from sin. God has called the redeemed to live a holy life.  Satan has a real agenda to pervert truth and steal, kill, and destroy life. Media choices may not condemn us, but they will desensitize us to the truths of the gospel that are supposed to impact our life. Parents are given the responsibility to disciple their children and to be the guardians of the home. Kids don’t think like adults.  There is less of a discernible line in their minds between fact and fiction.  They need parental guidance. Even though there are no Bible verses that speak directly about our modern day movie rating system, video games, or apps - there are plenty of principles the Bible teaches that should govern our approach to media. Romans 12:1–2 1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies

Perspective on Ebola

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The Ebola outbreak is all over the news this morning.  In a matter of hours the first Ebola patient will cross the border of America, and actually be in the state where I live.  The media is reporting that 50 medical workers have been infected and died while working with patients in Africa.  One worker, they report, refused treatment sacrificing himself to save the lives of others.   What the news is not reporting is that these are not merely "medical workers" dedicated to medicine.  These are missionaries dedicated to Christ.  They are giving up treatment for themselves not because they are dedicated to a cure, but because they know who they are and where they will be in Christ. I received this message in an email this morning from one of our Kingdom servants in Senegal.  What a perspective!  What if we were so sacrificial in our own communities for the cause of Christ? _____________ There have been people sending me messages asking if we’re in danger because of th