(Video) – Inspiring images and music as Apollo 8 crew reads from Genesis.

(Video) – Inspiring images and music as Apollo 8 crew reads from Genesis.

Apollo 8 was the first human spaceflight to leave Earth orbit; the first to be captured by and escape from the gravitational field of another celestial body; and the first crewed voyage to return to planet Earth from another celestial body – Earth's Moon. After launching on December 21, 1968, Apollo 8 took three days to travel to the Moon. It orbited ten times over the course of 20 hours, during which the crew made a Christmas Eve television broadcast in which they read the first 10 verses from the Book of Genesis. Here's that reading together with some amazing photos from the Hubble Telescope and an inspiring musical background that someone compiled. Read more »

Funny things kids say.

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I don't know about your kids, but ours definitely say some funny things sometimes! Here's some examples. (If you have any memorable quotes from your own kids, please post them in the comments section -- would love to hear them!) As Ashley was trying to squeeze through the bars of the fence surrounding our apartment complex (instead of using the gate) Anya mentioned, "Ashley, maybe you shouldn't do that -- remember when Jessica got her head stuck doing that?" Ashley replied, "But Jessica isn't here!" Read more »

Biography of Martin Luther

Martin Luther

Martin Luther's unshakable faith in God's Word was the foundation of his faith and actions. In this excellent biography put together by John Piper, we're reminded of the importance and prominence The Bible should have in the life of every one who hungers for God. One of the great rediscoveries of the Reformation -especially of Martin Luther- was that the Word of God comes to us in a form of a Book. In other words Luther grasped this powerful fact: God preserves the experience of salvation and holiness from generation to generation by means of a Book of revelation ... That rediscovery shaped Luther and the Reformation. Read more »

Why we do what we do. Vibrancy with God for all!

Paul and Anya

We just wanted to explain once again (in a small nutshell :) why we've dedicated the last eighteen years of our lives to helping others know Jesus. It is this: That all my come to know, experience, and trust in the immense love, depth, and fellowship of God and thus enter in to eternal life. “Now this is eternal life–that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.” (John 17:3) It's not about stuffing people's heads with Bible Knowledge, seeing how many "good works" we can do, trying to build up a reward for ourselves in Heaven, nor trying to satisfy some feeling of "duty" or spiritual "obligation". It's not about building up some sort of "wow" ministry, nor winning spiritual/intellectual arguments "for God". (Don't misunderstand me -- Bible study, good works, and ministry are important -- it's just that without experiencing the love, fire, and passion of an intimate relationship with God, we're missing the most important thing.) Our motivation is very simple... Read more »