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So….. I took a bold step and migrated all my website into one package…. and it did not happen without a few glitches… So hang in there and great new content is coming.

Thanks <>< Craig

Monday Morning Freebies

monday-706919_640One thing I do each Monday is gather a few freebies to add to my graphics collection. I can never pass up a freebie and I don’t want you to either. So here are a few Monday morning freebie links to help you brighten your week.

creativemarket.com/free-goods – Here you can gather freebie font’s, graphics, filters and more.  Fresh collection of downloads each Monday.

www.lightstock.com/free-photo – Light Stock one of my favorite Christian stock photo sources and they provide quality free samples each Monday.

www.lightstock.com/free-vector – In addition to a weekly stock photo they also provide a weekly vector graphic.

www.lightstock.com/free-video – Light Stock also provides free monthly video clip.

I grab the freebies each week, they are “stock piled” in graphic folders on my computer.  It is amazing how many time I have gone back to the folders to find I have a graphic in hand that is the perfect fit for my project.  These freebies also introduce you to photographers and designers you may wish to use in the future on a project. While these two sites provide us with great weekly freebies they are also great sites to purchase good graphic resources at fair prices. I have purchased from both sites over the years.

He Makes That Look So Easy

Watching the Olympics and the many talented athletes lead many to comment, “They make that look so easy!” I know that is not true. Those who compete in the Olympics are well trained and have thousands of hours at whatever skill they use in their sport. How about a faith journey? Have you ever met someone who “made it look easy?” In today’s podcast lets talk about living by faith.

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Tornado and Prayer

KramerSome times the storm hits close to home. I have family in Watkins MN where the recent weather turned into an ugly tornado with great damage. Already I am hearing of God’s provision of protection. The photos I am seeing of the damage and the current reports of no casualties is amazing. Thanks be to God for his care and mercy.

My late brother-in-law Gordy Kramer and his brothers opened Kramer Electric in Watkins many years ago. In an instant last night their building was destroyed. They were far from the only ones effected. Many other homes and businesses both in Watkins and in Litchfield MN were damaged or destroyed.

I invite you to join in prayer for these communities as they work to pick themselves back up and move on.  If there are specific ways you can help I will update this post as they become known to me.

Serving in the Dominican Again!

LaCumbre 2016A group of faithful servants from Calvary Baptist Church from Murfreesboro  TN has been serving the people of God in and around LaCumbre for 10 years.  This was my third trip as a leader of the LaCumbre project. Along with 4 young adults from Elgin IL the team of 14 were a blessings to the LaCumbre Community.

Our Partner

Pastor Thelma and the Good Samaritan Church of LaCumbre has been a long partner with World Servants.  The community was excited and anxious for our servants to return. It has been two years since a group served in LaCumbre.  Our project this year was to pour a roof/deck on the classrooms build at the church on our last trip to the community in 2014. (more…)

Allah is not God

Allah is not GodWords matter. So why did the department of Justice choose to release the transcripts from the Orlando shooter with the world Allah replaced by the word God.  Simply put Allah is not God. When this shooter was giving credit to Allah for this act and hopes to give Allah glory he was not acting on behalf of or to the Glory of God.

Fox News Report

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) spoke very strongly about the partial release of information, calling it “preposterous.” He also called upon President Barack Obama to reverse the decision—which is in accordance with the administration’s “CVE” (Combating Violent Extremism) agenda—to remove references to Islam and ISIS.

It is time for Christians stand up and let our voice be heard. These seemingly small thing are not small and our a symptom of a larger issue. Christianity and Christians today are no longer respected in fact in this so called age of tolerance, Christians are not being tolerated.

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: 36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[c] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Matt. 22:34-38

11 Jesus is

“‘the stone you builders rejected,
    which has become the cornerstone.’[a]

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:11-12

Words matter, so let your be heard.

<>< Craig


How Many Times Do I Have To Tell You

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Have you ever heard the question “How many times do I have to tell you?” I know I have. I am fairly certain I have even said it on more than one occasion. If I were speaking in King James I might have said “Do you not know? Have you not heard?” today we look at this crazy mixed up word we live in and the hope that comes to us all from time spent Pondering God.

Links from today’s show:

World Servant Short Term Mission Trips

CraigMcCourt.com for information on my speaking

Shop Pondering God our books and Bible Study resources

Prove Your Humanity

This morning as I was enjoying a cup of coffee on my porch, listening to the birds and preparing for my day, I was asked a question. I was asked, by my own website, to “prove your humanity” by filling in the answer to the problem of 9+3=___. Now, before you think I have gone off the deep end, I know that my computer was not asking me to truly “prove my humanity” but only to prove that I was not a web crawler or robotic hack trying to get into my website.

But the question did make me ponder . . . What proves my humanity?

  • I think that part of it comes from the simple act of siting on my porch with a cup of coffee, listening to the birds—and loving it.
  • It is found in the simple fact of getting up in time to put out breakfast for our guests this morning.
  • It is also found in the fact that I desire and crave to know my Creator and to recognize that I am not a random colection of DNA and cells.
  • I believe part of it lies within the fact that the current political culture of our nation frustrates me and often leads me to prayer.
  • It is also proven by my passion in life to use stories to share the reality and wonder of God’s presence in my life.
  • And of course, when I stop to ponder my humanity and my coffee gets cold.

I would love to hear from you . . . What proves your humanity?

—Just a simple man Pondering God.

<>< Craig

National Honor Society

Maybe you have heard the news. I saw it flying around Facebook and found this story on fox news. Students in Plano, Texas will not be wearing their National Honor Society stoles for graduation so that they don’t hurt anyone’s feelings.  Read that sentence again slowly. Is it just me or does this make less than no sense? They are calling it a move to be more politically correct and inclusive.  Once again we address the lowest common denominator. While I understand that concept when it comes to math is makes no sense when it comes to life.

National honor society Someone needs to help me understand why it is okay to hurt the feelings of the students that put forth the effort to earn this award, but we wouldn’t want to risk challenging those who didn’t try reach for something higher! Trust me when I tell you I was not a member of the National Honor Society, but I was never offended by those who were.  I have also had the privilege of helping students work on their requirements for the award as a youth worker for many years.

We need to start creating a culture for our children that rewards their efforts and challenges them to reach for higher and higher goals. We need to return to the days of tag, and dodge-ball, not to mention an end to participation awards!

To those who might have hurt feelings over this, very few would have any reason to feel hurt. I recognize that there may be a family that never supported their child’s efforts to earn the NHS award.  I also know that many children have pushed through non-supportive families and reached great heights.  When are we going to stand up and stop creating the victims that our culture is so fond of these days.

How about right now – Let them wear the stoles they earned!

<>< Craig