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The Alliance Blog > Day One: The River of Water

Posted Linda on 02 May 2013 - 02:30 AM

Read: Acts 1  
Pray:  That God will pour out his Spirit on us and meet us during these 40 days.

“It’s Aplastic Anemia, a rare, life threatening blood disorder.” We were stunned on March 21 to hear those words about our seven year old granddaughter, Abbie.   As my...
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On Mission > Passion

Posted Sarah Bourns on 03 June 2012 - 08:07 PM

My generation (those of us in our teens, 20's, and 30's) has informally been dubbed the "Passion Generation." Evidently, we're full of fire and zeal and a longing to change the world!

I'm exceedingly expectant that because of this great passion, today's young adults will affect major changes in issues of poverty, trafficking, creation care, disease...
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On Mission > The Really Best Empty Bucket List

Posted Angela Sawtell on 12 September 2012 - 02:48 PM

Recently Sarah Bourns, a sender of college short-term teams and a mobilizer for longer term workers, wrote on the On Mission Blog about the intense level of fire and zeal the "Passion Generation" has for changing the world. As Sarah wrote, "I've seen too many of my friends and students, not to mention myself, be quick to jump on every...
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The Alliance Blog > Day Five: Monday Morning Prayer

Posted Gary Benedict on 06 May 2013 - 02:20 AM

Read: Acts 4
Pray:  For the middle school, high school and college students of your church – to know Christ and follow hard after him.

When I arrived in Menomonie, Wisconsin to pastor the struggling local...
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On Mission > God's Story

Posted Sarah Bourns on 01 July 2012 - 11:59 PM

As a sender of college short-term teams (and a mobilizer for long-term workers!), I hear a wide variety of motivations for going "On Mission."
It’s a cool cross-cultural experience
You can take cute pictures of kids, eat weird foods, have crazy stories to tell
You can work really really hard and feel really good
You will...
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The Alliance Blog > Day Seven - I Do Not Know How This Works!

Posted Ronald Morrison on 08 May 2013 - 03:11 AM

Read: Acts 6
Pray:  For the singles in your church – for a sense of belonging in your fellowship and guidance for their lives.

The Lord seems to frequently take too long to bring the results we...
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The Alliance Blog > 40 Days of a United Prayer Community

Posted Amy Roedding on 07 April 2013 - 07:53 PM

“Prayer is the primary work of God’s people” (Phil. 4:6-7) is one of the core values of the Christian and Missionary Alliance.  Adele Calhoun notes, “Our God is free to come to us in spiritual disciplines as he wills, not as we demand.  But unless we open ourselves up to him through spiritual practices, we will miss his coming altogether”...
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On Mission > We probably don't want everyone in the church making disciples!

Posted Ralph Trainer on 05 November 2012 - 09:15 AM

Recently I heard Francis Chan speak at a Catalyst Conference on "Making Disciples" He said, "We probably don't want everyone in this room making disciples!"

He went on to say, "We know there are people in this room right now who are cheating on their spouses, so why would I tell you, "Go, duplicate yourselves."...
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The Alliance Blog > Day Eight - Prayer Assignments

Posted Gordon Roedding on 09 May 2013 - 03:25 AM

Read: Acts 7
Pray:  For the families in your church-strength and unity so they are light to the world.


I hung up the phone with a boulder-heavy heart. People who we loved deeply were having to return...
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On Mission > Hey God, it's 2am!!

Posted Don Sappington on 05 October 2012 - 02:14 PM

Do you wake up at 2:00 am with your mind whirling? I sometimes do; I did again just recently. There was a definite theme to the whirling thoughts this morning, God was speaking to me and I was in a listening mode.

Okay, I confess the thoughts came a little jumbled at 2:00 am. After a long time of tossing in bed, listening, rolling the thoughts and message...
  • Linda Ham, Judy Collins, Diane Fox and 4 others like this

The Alliance Blog > Day Twenty-One: Leading by Interceding

Posted Dan Wetzel on 22 May 2013 - 02:37 AM

Read: Psalm 23
Pray:  That the individual ministries in your church would be anointed and lead by the Holy Spirit.


Begin by reading Hebrew...
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On Mission > Feliz Natal - through new eyes!

Posted David Manske on 08 December 2012 - 03:35 PM

I've always enjoyed the Christmas time of year - a time with family and friends. I especially enjoy the Christmas story - the many facets of the story, the mystery of the events, the star-struck-super-enthusiastic shepherds!

For most of my adult life, my wife and I have spent the Christmas season away from people and places familiar to us. We might...
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On Mission > He keeps loving the wrong people!

Posted NandCard on 20 October 2012 - 07:09 AM

"You are moving there!? But that's a Muslim country!"

"Isn't that nation clearly one who Biblical prophecy teaches will oppose Christ at Armageddon?"

"I don't see why they are sending you there, of all places."

These are all statements I've heard over my years as an Alliance...
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On Mission > Messy, Messy

Posted Kent Copley on 16 February 2014 - 09:39 AM

When my oldest daughter, Tori, was a toddler she was meticulous. She was a fairly clean eater who required little cleanup, was in many ways organized, and loved to stack blocks high. However, once in a while the ornery toddler in her would come out. She’d place her hands in the middle of her food plate, look at us, then swirl her hands around in the food,...
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On Mission > Let's Do This

Posted Ralph Trainer on 20 September 2013 - 02:52 PM

Let's Do This

I officiated a wedding this past weekend. I've been asking myself since, "What if I lived with this intentionality?" Printed on the Wedding Program was Matthew 28:19. When I walked into the reception, there was a very noticable sign that said, "Mathew 28:19" -- it almost felt like a...
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The Alliance Blog > Day Thirty-Three: "Your Prayer, Our Power"

Posted Yeng Her on 03 June 2013 - 02:46 AM

Read:  Psalm 86
Pray:  That God would bring everyone safely to Tampa and keep them safe as they are at Council.

During my first year at Toccoa Falls College, a pastor from Iraq came and...
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The Alliance Blog > Day Thirteen - Abiding is Critical to Praying

Posted Chris Braun on 14 May 2013 - 02:48 AM

Read:  Acts 10
Pray:  That the gospel would go out among Cambodia, Thailand, Taiwan, South Asia, Indonesia, and Japan and for spiritual breakthroughs in these...
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On Mission > What are we going to do? Change the world!

Posted Ruthie Hankins on 06 April 2013 - 03:13 PM

Like many people during the last few weeks, I watched THE BIBLE (at least parts of it) on the History Channel.  The scene that stuck with me is when Peter thinks back to his encounter with Jesus in the fishing boat.  Jesus tells Peter to follow him.  Peter asks, "What are we going to do?"  Jesus' response is memorable--"Change the...
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The Alliance Blog > Day Fourteen - In the presence of Christ

Posted neigenfind on 15 May 2013 - 02:40 AM

Read: Acts 11
Pray:  That the gospel would go out in Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, Chile, and Mexico- that the people in these countries would have ears that would be open to the good...
  • Dennis Whalen, Debbi Meyer, Linda and 2 others like this

Treasurer's Update > W-2 Tax Reporting for Clergy and Church Employees

Posted Eddie Swanson on 16 January 2018 - 11:15 AM

Clergy compensation and benefits are reportable on IRS Form W-2, not on IRS Form 1099. Churches that report clergy as independent contractors may not provide qualified tax-free health coverage and other retirement benefits without inclusion as additional taxable compensation. Clergy income is reported in Box 1 of the W-2 with any voluntary federal tax wit...
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