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September 16, 2013 - Alasdair Groves - Blog Post

When people ask about the meaning of our conference title—“Not Alone”—I haven’t been quite sure how to answer. Until last week. A comment at last week’s faculty meeting gave me a brilliant way to describe the conference to others—and moved me solidly into the category of edge-of-my-seat-can’t-wait-to-be-there. "One of our core goals,” my colleague suggested, “is to move people toward a relationship with God that is every bit as real as their relationships with other people."

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September 10, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

Not Alone is the title of our conference in October, and since we have to actually speak at this conference, we have been talking about it in our CCEF faculty meetings. We are finding, as you would guess, that the topic is a doozy.  Alone Is there anything worse than isolation? Solitary confinement remains the worst punishment for an adult; time out is the worst for many children. Betrayal, ridicule, shame, gossip—their power is in how they distance us from others.

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September 10, 2013 - CCEF - Blog Post

We Were Lost. Now We’re Found… in Him. Everyone has experienced isolation and alienation. We lost more than a nice home when we were banished from Eden. We lost relationship with God and with each other. But then God did the unthinkable. The Son of God became the Man Christ Jesus: one of us that we might be united to him.

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September 03, 2013 - Robyn Huck - Blog Post

I’ve traveled some, but never made it to Texas. I am absolutely sure it is a wonderful state, but I live up here in New England and have little reason to go there. True, it’s good to experience a new place and for that reason alone, I should be happy that the CCEF conference will be in Frisco, Texas this October. But I confess; I’m struggling a bit. No offense, Texans, but it’s a long way to go for a two and a half day conference. It will take me a very full day to get there, and another on the way back, if it all goes smoothly.

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August 28, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

My familiarity with gratitude goes back to junior high. I knew and respected a young man who was about seven years older than me, and my parents were talking about him and his family. My mom noticed this young man’s character too. “I asked his mother what she did [to raise such outstanding boys]. She told me, ‘I taught them to say thank you.’” She hoped, I think, that I was listening, and I was. It was a small awakening for me. Character and thankfulness had intruded into my junior high world. No small feat, indeed.

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August 19, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

When Christians get thrown into the fire, or go through an analogous horror, do they feel the pain as much as those who do not follow Jesus?  Do Christians receive a mystical deliverance from suffering?

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August 13, 2013 - Ed Welch - Blog Post

As practical theologians, biblical counselors have always found James to be a kindred spirit. Pastoral, persuasive, practical—in a pinch, he is our guy. Since he peppers his letter with succinct aphorisms, he is memorable and easily quotable. One favorite quote is, “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry” (1:19).

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