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In some circles, imitation may be considered a bad word. This is true even in Christian circles.
People want to fit in and so many surmise, what better way to fit in than to imitate those with whom I associate? The problem is, it doesn’t work—well.
Why? Continue reading
Do you have a desire for leadership? And there is nothing wrong with such an honorable desire.
If your answer is yes, then my next question is why? What is the lure of leadership for you?
It is the prestige? The power? The privilege?
For some people, it is all of the above.
But an honorable ambition for leadership has an underlying motive of leading like Jesus and moving others to a sincere desire to do the same.
In this series of blog posts, I have identified 10 benefits of serving as a small group Bible study leader. Today we will discuss the first benefit! Probably the biggest benefit of being a small group Bible study leader, in my appraisal, is the privilege of imitating Jesus. Jesus was a small group leader! Though many times he was surrounded by large masses of people, in the most intimate settings, he could be found doing life with his twelve disciples. Continue reading
Serious is the temptation to worry and become anxious about the cares of this world. Some days it’s hard to grab hold of the surpassing peace that Paul so eloquently wrote about in Philippians chapter 4.
Asserting that the believer has protection through the peace of God and the reassuring presence of the God of peace, Paul instructs us on how we can ascertain the peace that will cause others to marvel.
Vicious attacks, trials, and persecution from expected sources (those who hate Christ) and the most unlikely sources (those who profess to be Christians but have little desire to firmly follow Christ). We can launch a counterattack as we hold fast to our faith in Christ.
But what are we to do? Continue reading
It’s not easy!
And it won’t ever be easy!
Still, as disciples of Christ, we are told at least five times in the Gospels to take up our cross and follow Christ. Continue reading
It’s a bad idea.
For believers to be alone.
To decide to live in isolation.
We need others to come alongside us and sharpen in us what might otherwise be a dull blade.
A blunt knife is still a knife, but its effectiveness and its usefulness are greatly reduced. So it is with the believer who is left to herself – without the benefits that other sisters in Christ provide. Continue reading
Some days it seems almost unbearable! But each day is quite bearable when we consider our position in it all.
These next several weeks are much more taxing than many other weeks I’ve had in recent times. Preparation. Deadlines. Availability. Schedule. Reschedule. These terms have been a regular part of my vocabulary this week and seemingly for the very near future. As my recent vacation accelerated toward its end, the temptation to worry would soon begin. Continue reading
For the past two days, this question has been pressing on my mind. . . . or shall I say pressing on my heart: is the glass half-empty or is it running over full?When the promise is delayed, this question begs to be answered.
Sometimes, it seems like my timetable and God’s timetable are like two ships sailing adjacent to one another in a huge tumultuous sea. The timetables are side by side, but they fail to intersect when I think they should. They are in sync, but they don’t seem to be crossing paths as quickly as I would like.
Am I the only one who is tempted to look at the glass as “half-empty” when I should realize the “my cup runs over” aspect of my relationship with my Father? Continue reading
If you’re not adding value to another person’s life, then what are you doing here?
It’s a profound question. And profound questions warrant very thoughtful and deliberate answers.
God could have created each one of us to live in isolation on a deserted island, but He didn’t. Instead, He made us to dwell in community with one another in the context of family, friendships, partnerships, and in varying degrees of relationship. Community undoubtedly involves sharing and depositing, but many times we are not sharing and depositing what matters most. On the contrary, in some cases, we have been making large withdrawals from others with no intention of making larger deposits.
Is that you? Are you draining others of their emotional, mental, spiritual, and material resources while contributing little in return? Continue reading