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20Aug
Be careful about telling people what to do because they may do it NS

Be careful about telling people what to do because they may do it

The fact any person would listen to me boggles my mind. I am a nobody, who struggles like everybody, and when anybody listens to me, I am sobered and cautious. There is an amazing responsibility on all of us to disciple well. People are called to disciple people, which means people must tell people what to do. This is the implication of the story between Phillip and the Ethiopian. Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” - Read
19Aug
Stop praying - Stop reading your Bible - Start discipling NS

Stop praying – Stop reading your Bible – Start talking

Mandy has been in a Bible study for eleven consecutive years. She loves her Bible study. It is the third Tuesday evening of each month from 7PM to 8:30PM. Mandy shows up at seven sharp and she promptly leaves at the last “amen”. Mandy also has a dysfunctional marriage, fifteen years running. Mark reads his Bible from cover to cover every year. This has been his passion and conviction for the past nine years. He also rarely misses his morning prayer time. Mark is married to Mandy. As a couple, they are hitting all the Christian marks. They attend Read
18Aug
Blindsided while doing good NS

Blindsided while doing good

Say what you want about Job, but he was a good guy. He was a very good guy who loved God with all his heart, soul, mind, and strength (Matthew 22:37). Listen to the description from the book titled after him: There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. – Job 1:1 (ESV) I know, I know: there are no good people. I understand. But Job was a guy who tried to do the right thing. I am sure Read
17Aug
I made God like me so I could argue with Him NS

I brought God down to my level so I could argue with Him

When unexplained and undeserved suffering comes into our lives will we still trust the LORD? When God is silent and there is no apparent benefit to hold on to Him by faith, will we still follow Him? Can a believer lose everything that is dear to him and still have a strong faith and great love for God? To answer these questions in the affirmative requires a high view of God, which means God is God and we are not. The LORD can do what He wants to do, when He wants to do it, how He wants to do Read
16Aug
Training Tip - Teach your friends to think in biblical categories NS

Training Tip – Teach your friends to think in biblical categories

Fictional Story - Anna was sharing a story about her friend, Cara. She said Cara was venting over something that was done to her. There was some legitimacy to Cara's story. She was hurt. Because Anna was filtering Cara's response through an unbiblical filter, she gave her poor advice. "Oh my, I'm so sorry for you. They were wrong for doing that." Anna then took up an offense for her friend. She began to uncharitably judge those who hurt Cara. Cara was validated, but not biblically helped. Suppose the same story happened, but instead of letting Cara respond sinfully to Read
15Aug
Should I say something about someone who is messing up NS

Should I say something about someone who is messing up?

Member Question - I have a friend that I believe needs to make some changes in his life. How should I let him know what I am thinking? He is not sinning, but I believe he is making some unwise choices. If he changes, I believe it would be much better for him. This is an interesting question. Thank you for asking. When I think about a situation like this, there are five considerations that come to mind. I will list them for you. They are prioritized in a biblically logical order. Subjective analysis Whenever I think about something another Read
14Aug
Robin Williams - Gain the world, lose the soul? NS

Robin Williams – Gain the world, lose the soul?

Robin Williams is representative of every person. He was a dichotomy of true and false. We all live in the awkward tension that is somewhere between self-awareness and the person we present ourselves to be. Our uniqueness plus our life circumstances determines how uncomfortable that tension will be. The typical first response to the reality that we are walking dichotomies is to hide from others. This is what our first parents did. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. - Genesis 3:7 (ESV) Read
13Aug
Does your marriage look like this? NS

Does your marriage look like this?

Bill is in his seventies now. He is sitting in his rocking chair in his living room. The fire in the fireplace is quietly burning. It is winter. The room is perfectly warm, though he is resting with a blanket draped over his lap, a blanket his wife made for him. He is looking through a big glass window that provides an amazing view of their backyard. A couple of birds are hopping from barren limb to barren limb. There is snow on the ground. Mary is in the kitchen. Without asking, she comes into the living room where Bill Read
12Aug
Three steps to becoming the excellent husband NS

Three steps to becoming the excellent husband

Okay, here it comes. I know you are expecting it, so let me go ahead and give it to you. Whenever a Christian talks about how to be a good husband, one of the first passages mentioned is Ephesians 5:25. So, to not disappoint you let us look at the whole sentence. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any Read
12Aug
How to steward God's most feared blessing NS

How to steward God’s most feared blessing

Personal suffering is the one thing we fear most. Maybe you do not spend a lot of time thinking about your fears. If so, that is good. Still yet, we all fear at some level of our hearts. What if the thing you feared came true? What if personal suffering did come into your life? How would you respond? Job put it this way, For the thing that I fear comes upon me, and what I dread befalls me. - Job 3:25 (ESV) Prayers answered through suffering Janice prayed for thirteen years, hoping her marriage would change. She prayed more Read
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