Hi gang! Welcome to the new blog and Welcome to the 356th edition of the Christian Carnival! This is the carnival before my big missionary adventure to Uganda! I am leaving this coming Monday, 1/31/2011. I’m so excited, you have no idea! I hope you’ll take the time to look around this blog and enjoy all the posts submitted this week. I would also ask you to pray for me while I’m away. And if you are so inclined to make a small donation to support this trip, please check the sidebar on the left for the links to PayPal and Pioneers. Thanks for your prayers and support! Without any further ado, I give you the carnival!

annette presents God is indeed our help posted at Fish and Cans. Annette says “God is our help, he helped Jacob and he helped David and so he will help us.”

FMF presents How To, Simple Exercises in Living Contently posted at Free Money Finance. “Tips on how to live in contentment.”

Joe Plemon presents Gold and Silver Are Worthless posted at Personal Finance By The Book. “With all of the buzz about buying precious metals, how can gold and silver be considered worthless? Hmmm.”

Weekend Fisher presents What would better journalism look like? posted at Heart, Mind, Soul, and Strength. “What would journalism look like if done in a Christian way? What would reporting look like? Examples of how better reporting might look on the criminal justice system, or the immigration debates.”

Justin Allison presents Intersection of Computers and Living Cells posted at Old Testament and Ecology. “Discussion of a method for storing data in bacteria, and whether or not a Christian should ethically take part.” A very interesting question indeed.

Stephanie presents Christians and Divorce posted at The Christian Housewife. This is an awesome personal testimony of a marriage God saved.

Brandon presents Learning to Be Content posted at INSPIKS. “Today I wish to talk to you about something that I think that we all struggle with in life, and that is being content. I am going to start out by saying that I have been a horrible example as one who is content in my past.”

Ridge Burns presents Refocusing posted at Ridge’s Blog. Be sure to check out the whole website for Ridge’s blog.

Abi Aswegen presents Climb Every Mountain: Knowing God in all His Wildness posted at Daring to be Restless. ” Reflections on knowing the heart of God and the reasons so many people backslide.”

Sarah presents Marriage 101: Movin’ On Up posted at This is what Sed said. Great commentary on what it takes to be a Christian married couple not caught up in materialism.

Barry Wallace presents Rule Your Spirit, Restrain Your Words posted at who am i?. “This is, for me, a necessary reminder to guard my heart and speech.”

Rodney Olsen presents Social Networking and the Pope posted at Beyond Belief. A look at what the pope has to say about social networking and the debate of how a Christian is to handle relationships based on such networks.

Jeremy Pierce presents Substantive Side-Issues with the School Bible-Reading Cases posted at Parableman. “a look at some arguments that came up in the 1960s Supreme Court case on Bible-reading and prayer in schools.”

Madely Zoe presents 20 Portable Apps Every Pastor Should Have on Their USB Drive posted at Theology Masters. “USB applications are great for anyone who uses multiple computers in different locations. Though they are often not as popular as apps that are used on a single computer, they can be a real lifesaver for many people.”

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That wraps up this week’s edition of the carnival. May the Lord bless you abundantly with love to pour out on all the people you encounter in your lives until He calls you home!

His… Michelle