Webgem: Refuge

Our WebGems selection for Fall, 2017 is the lovely and very catchy “Refuge,” by Randy Moore, from his Hwy 59 album, which was accepted for consideration for a Grammy nomination. He was very kind enough to allow us to embed this video and feature it as a WebGem. We feel it offers hope and solace, […]

October 25, 2017 in WebGems by

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WebGem: Impossible Driving Test

Our WebGems selection for Fall, 2016 is the brilliant “Impossible Driving Test” video that asks, at the end, that everyone “please share” the video widely. We’re so very happy to oblige, becuase we believe doing so can help save lives. Our thanks to the producers of this video, Responsible Young Drivers, for producing it and […]

July 28, 2016 in Health and Healing, WebGems by

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WebGem: Mary Did You Know?

Our WebGems selection for Midwinter (December 2015 / January 2016) is the haunting “Mary Did You Know?” that we have been allowed to share with you courtesy of Peter Hollens. The song, available for purchase at loudr.fm, speaks for itself. Our thanks to Peter Hollens, for allowing us to embed this video and feature it as […]

December 29, 2015 in WebGems by

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WebGem: This Day in History” Sites

Websites can be WebGem Finds, Too! We’ll start with two sites that help you locate tidbits about history, so useful in making interesting sermons or speeches. We’ll choose yesterday, October 23, 2015 as a baseline, and we offer two “on this day” related websites for events for this day in history, other than the ever-present Wikipedia engine.  […]

October 24, 2015 in WebGems by

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WebGem: Love Yourself

This dad’s response when his daughter is bullied  – a profound message of healthy self-love and self-care – is a true WebGem in our eyes, worthy of multiple viewings and shares: Grateful thanks to Khari Toure for generously allowing us to share the above video with you, and highlight it as a WebGem. When contacted, his […]

September 17, 2015 in WebGems by

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WebGem: Quake Tips

Does the Nepal Quake have you quaking in your boots? Check out Quake Tips, a Web Gem of a resource, brought to you by none other than Dr. Matthew Springer, a cardiac researcher at UCSF who works hard studying the effects of second-hand smoke: Quake Tips – Nepal Post Saturday, April 25, 2015 Do the […]

May 1, 2015 in WebGems by

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WebGem: Participants with God

Our Spring WebGem features Rev. Andrea Davidson, as she invites us to enter into a process of co-creating with God, dreaming of a better tomorrow. Because God’s vision is greater than our own, we each may be called to an area – an aspect – of God’s greater vision. She makes a great point: God will set our hearts on […]

April 30, 2015 in WebGems by

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WebGem: This Present Moment, This New Year!

Our January WebGem was selected because of how much fun Rev. Keck has reminding us about life, authenticity and the story of Martha. It’s a great way to start the New Year! Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us to share this sermon with you […]

January 1, 2015 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify by

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WebGem: Disagreeing with Martin Luther

This WebGem was selected because of how beautifully Rev. Keck delves into this book for us. He brings in Jung, love, feminism, and awakens us to how this book – and our lives – are filled with synchronicities. Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us […]

December 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify by

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WebGem: Suffering as Poetry?!?

Our November WebGem was selected because of how beautifully Rev. Keck delves into the Book of Job – a book that delves into suffering but that can be a bit hard to interpret: Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. Jim Keck, and First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, NE for allowing us to share this sermon on Job. […]

November 1, 2014 in Bible Quotes & Commentary, Edify, WebGems by

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WebGem: Empowerment in Detroit

Our October WebGem was selected because of how the founder explains her “aha!” vision: Grateful thanks to Julie Benac, Production Manager of The Empowerment Plan, for permission to share the video above with you, and with our partners in India, for our Widows in India Status and Empowerment (WISE) project that also focuses on sewing for empowerment. The Detroit-based […]

October 22, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebGem: Act F.A.S.T.

Our WebGems selection for July, 2014 is a brilliant “Act FAST,”  a “Maude’s Meddlings” presentation from Emeritus Senior Living.  Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the USA but more than a third of Americans wouldn’t recognize symptoms.  You could help save a life by paying attention to this little two minute video: Posted with […]

July 4, 2014 in Health and Healing, WebGems by

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WebGem: Happiness Rap

Our WebGems selection for Summer, 2014 is a brilliant “Happiness Rap” that we have been allowed to share with you courtesy of  Happy Newcomer. It presents 12 easy steps to boost your happiness, from the book –The How of Happiness– by Sonja Lyubomirsky, in a catchy rap written and performed by Abdominal, a Toronto rapper. Our thanks to Maya Evia, […]

June 1, 2014 in Health and Healing, WebGems by

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WebGem: Professor Proponderus

Our WebGems selection for May, 2014 is an adorable animation for children of incarcerated parents, which we share with you courtesy of  the Children’s Justice Alliance, a program of Pathfinders of Oregon. It reminds children that they aren’t bad just because they have incarcerated parents. Our thanks to Mindy Clark of the Alliance for allowing […]

May 1, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebGem: Firefighter Flashdance CPR

Our Easter WebGem.  Easter is our most holy Holiday and a time when we celebrate the resurrection, the triumph of light over darkness and life over death.  We feel this video is a “must watch” because it imparts a critical skill: it just might help you save someone’s life. Now, THAT would truly be in keeping with the Easter spirit, […]

April 11, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebGem: Remind Me Who I Am

Our WebGems selection for April, 2014 is Jason Gray’s “Remind Me Who I Am” This song reminds us that the labels that people place on us are not the way that God sees us. Our thanks to Jason Gray, and to Stephen Duncan and Centricity Music Publishing, for giving us permission to embed this video […]

April 1, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebGem (eMinistry): Encouragement

This eMinistry-specific WebGem is a prayer of encouragement, from Arthur Blessitt. Grateful thanks to Arthur Blessitt and his eMinistry at www.blessitt.com, for permission to post this prayer, “to help you to focus on the real power in this world and in the real love you can experience.”  Here is the full text of the prayer: […]

March 9, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebGem (eMinistry): Gospel of Luke

Our first eMinistry-specific WebGem introduces The Gospel of Luke as a great entry point to reading the Bible, and sheds light on the parable of The Good Samaritan. Grateful thanks to Rev. Dr. James Keck and First Plymouth Church of Lincoln, Nebraska for permission to post this sermon, taken from their informative podcast series. About […]

March 7, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebGem: Count it Victory

Our WebGems selection for March, 2014 is Count it Victory: This song perfectly expresses a healthy, spirit-filled outlook that considers all of our experiences, and counts them as victories. Our thanks to Melvin Williams of The Williams Brothers, for giving us permission to embed this video and feature it as a WebGem.

March 1, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebGem: God and Dog

Our WebGems selection for February is God and Dog.   This video reminds us that, however much a dog loves its human, God’s love for us is even greater.  A true gem of a video, and a joy to watch, it warms the heart on a chilly February day. Our thanks to Wendy Francisco, creator of God and Dog for […]

February 4, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebGem: The Mask

Our thanks to The Representation Project for permission to post this video, and to Upworthy for bringing it to our attention. Our WebGems selection for January, 2014 offers an insight that may be key to reducing violence in our society, pointing out how our culture teaches boys unhealthy habits. In Jesus’ radically loving, forgiving, nonviolent example, […]

January 3, 2014 in WebGems by

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WebGem: Give Peace a Dance

Here’s our Web Gem for the new month, GivePeaceaDance.org, the brainchild of two young men, one Jewish and one Muslim. They invite everyone to create and post a video answering “what would you do for peace?” with the hashtag #givepeaceadance. Our thanks to Margaret Swink, Director of Communications at Ploughshares, a foundation that “funds, organizes and innovates […]

November 1, 2013 in Peacemaking, WebGems by

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WebGems: NALT Christians Project

Here’s a gem of a resource, http://notalllikethat.org, the new NALT Christians Project offering Christians the chance to share their perspectives on welcoming/affirming and the dignity of all people. They already have a good collection of real, folksy testimonies from everyday Christians who aren’t “all like that,” with more videos added regularly. As an example, here’s one compelling young […]

October 1, 2013 in WebGems by

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WebGem: Majoring in What Jesus Minored In

This month’s WebGem video has over 200,000 views, in part as a result of being featured at Upworthy1 with the headline “MUST WATCH: This Guy Loves Jesus. And I Love This Guy.”   It makes important points about where to focus, offering insight into the roots of fear and outrage: Our thanks to Rev. Dr. Fredrick D. Haynes, Chris Norman, and the Friendship-West Baptist […]

September 18, 2013 in WebGems by

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