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27 01, 2017

On Evangelism and Worship

January 27th, 2017|Community, The Christian Life|0 Comments

"There is no Christian Mind . . . The Christian Mind has succumbed to the secular drift with a degree of weakness unmatched in Christian History." That was written in 1963 by Harry Blamires. Lately I've been grappling with a couple of topics: evangelism and worship. Much could be said about these. I'll not attempt some decisively fresh or profound commentary on them. The truth is that they were simply the means God used to re calibrate my heart. As I was thinking through these [...]

26 01, 2017

Silence and Solitude

January 26th, 2017|Character, Spiritual Disciplines, The Christian Life|0 Comments

Acts 4:13 “Now as they observed the confidence of Peter and John, and understood that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled, and recognized that they had been with Jesus.” The longer I am a Christian, the more amazed I become with how little time we actually spend alone with God. Yet all that we are, anything we might accomplish in life that is worthwhile, grows out of the time we spend with Him. John 15:4 tells us that “as the branch cannot bear [...]

20 01, 2017

Biblical Community

January 20th, 2017|Community|0 Comments

From time to time, I'll think a lot about biblical community. What it is in a practical sense. How I can contribute to it in my own sphere. Whether I have purposely (or inadvertently) hampered or neglected it from time to time in my own life. I believe that we are each wired to desire it, much like we are wired with a deep hunger for a personal relationship with God. Yet, it seems that which so many long for is seldom experienced. Why is [...]

18 01, 2017

How God Builds Character

January 18th, 2017|Character, Spiritual Disciplines|0 Comments

Character. It's not a term I hear much these days. When is the last time you heard someone described as a man or woman of good character? The dictionary defines character as the aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing; moral or ethical quality; qualities of honesty, courage, or the like; integrity; reputation I like this definition. Character is the testing or proving of you. In other words, when we go through the fires of life, character [...]

16 01, 2017

Revival of purpose

January 16th, 2017|Planning, Resources|0 Comments

Several years ago, I recommended a study called Blueprint for Life. This study strikes a chord deep within me. I know many people will agree with the first line: "There's something about planning your life and setting goals that just doesn't add up." Some of you might also agree that setting goals suggests "that we have the ability to control the future," or that "it takes audacity to predict how life will turn out." My perspective is that when I am setting goals and working towards [...]

14 01, 2017

Ways to reduce stress

January 14th, 2017|Planning, Resources|0 Comments

In these hectic, and increasingly tense and uncertain times, it's important to reduce the stress in our lives. I received this list in an email several years ago and thought it still very relevant to us all. An Angel says, 'Never borrow from the future. If you worry about what may happen tomorrow and it doesn't happen, you have worried in vain. Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.' 1. Pray 2. Go to bed on time. 3. Get up on time [...]

13 01, 2017

If by Rudyard Kipling

January 13th, 2017|Character, The Christian Life|0 Comments

  If you can keep your head when all about you Are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, But make allowance for their doubting too; If you can wait and not be tired by waiting, Or being lied about, don't deal in lies, Or being hated, don't give way to hating, And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream - and not make dreams your master; If you [...]

13 01, 2017

Doorposts

January 13th, 2017|Resolutions, Spiritual Disciplines|0 Comments

What do you set your mind on? In Deuteronomy 6, God is instructing the nation of Israel to help them keep His commandments. "Now this is the commandment, the statutes and the judgments which the LORD your God has commanded me to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you are going over to possess it, so that you and your son and your grandson might fear the LORD your God, to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I [...]

12 01, 2017

Time for some good music

January 12th, 2017|Music|0 Comments

Angel Band The [My] latest sun is sinking fast, my race is nearly run My strongest trials now are past, my triumph is begun O come Angel Band, come & around me stand O bear me away on your snowy wings [snow white] to my immortal home O bear me away on your snowy wings [snow white] to my immortal home O bear my longing heart to Him who bled & died for me Whose blood now cleanses from all sin & gives [...]

11 01, 2017

God’s Sovereignty — again

January 11th, 2017|The Christian Life|0 Comments

"So the king [Rehoboam] did not listen to the people. The Lord caused this to happen to keep the promise he had made to Jeroboam son of Nebat through Ahijah, a prophet from Shiloh." 1 Kings 12:15 NCV Backdrop In 1 Kings 11, we read that Solomon turned his heart from God by worshiping many false gods of his 700 wives. Because of this, God said that he was going to take the kingdom from him. However, for the sake of King David and his [...]

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