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Tuesday Rambling 10.18.16 – Increasing Discipline



Time to ramble ramble ramble:

  • I feel like I am a fairly disciplined person.
  • Discipline can lead to health or disaster. Rigid, no-heart discipline borders on Pharisee territory: not good.
  • Healthy discipline springs from the power of the Holy Spirit bearing the fruit of self control.
  • Some questions may help evaluate discipline.
  • Could you execute a plan to give, save, and spend an unexpected blessing of a fairly large sum of money?
  • Could you complete a project or class requiring a few extra hours per week?
  • Could you complete a long term goal such as reading through the Bible, running a half marathon, etc.?
  • If the urgent or short term defines what you do each day, how could you take steps to plan for longer term growth or accomplishment?
  • What doesn’t happen so other things do?
  • In some ways, you are disciplined to get things done you want to do. Are they the best things?
  • Spiritually: Do you have regular times of Bible reading and worship? Why or why not?
  • Can you cut something out of your life to replace it with something better?
  • Does your love for God drive you to minimize certain areas so you can excel and grow spiritually?
  • I could always use more discipline regarding prayer and speech. What would you identify as areas God could form in your heart over the long term by increasing self control?

Monday Challenge 10.17.16 – Confusing Election, Serious Satire, Restoring Civility

  Good Monday morning. No such thing? C'mon... Good Monday Challenge? Well, each can form his/her own opinion. Check out the topics, articles, challenged! Clarity In A Confusing Election Kevin DeYoung with some helpful … [Continue reading]

Monday Challenge 10.10.16 – Ghettos, Trophy Children, Non-Love Lanugage

Monday Challenge - on Wednesday! Hey, it's my blog, I'll make the rules! I hope these articles will challenge the way you think. You may not agree with all of them - sometimes I don't. Be challenged! Ghettos These sort of sentiments have … [Continue reading]

Friday Feature 10.7.16 – An Old Universe?

Good Friday afternoon! Today I feature the article from Monday which got the most clicks. Tim Challies asks and answers a worthwhile question: Why does the universe look so old? Please read the article and give it some thought. After you've … [Continue reading]

Tuesday Rambling 10.3.16 – Some Questions About the 2016 Election


Some rambling questions about this election: Did you really think I would write telling you how to cast your vote? Ha! A challenge: Can you continue a kingdom relationship with a believer who will vote differently than you in this election? … [Continue reading]

Monday Challenge 10.3.16 – Old Universe? – Nostalgia – Hurt By The Church?


Good morning. I'm a bit sluggish in getting this post made today. Even with a delay, you should find some good challenging reading. Enjoy! I will be back Friday with a feature on which article gets the most clicks! Why does the universe look … [Continue reading]

Tuesday Rambling 9.27.16 – Loving Akron In A Difficult Time

Today marks one of Akron's signature events: the annual Love Akron Awards Breakfast. Last year on the day of the breakfast I wrote about the organization of Love Akron and its overall influence. Today, a slightly different focus. This weekend I … [Continue reading]

Monday Challenge 9.26.16 – God’s Word, Tim Kaine and the Bible, Teens and Fear

Good morning. Or, whenever you read this, good whatever! Happy reading. And as always - be challenged! God's Word With what type of stewardship do we approach God's Word? The question deserves some of our time. Question: Which type of … [Continue reading]

Tuesday Rambling 9.20.16 – The Church: What If?

Tuesday means rambling time: These thoughts are not limited to the local church I lead. I am simply wondering out loud about the condition of the Church. None of this will make the category of "earth shattering", but I know in any given week … [Continue reading]

Monday Challenge 9.19.16 – Sports in NC, Controllers, Dads Singing


Good Monday Morning. No such thing in your world? Sorry about that. Perhaps a challenge or two (or four!) will make your day. The Phony War with the NCAA This article calls the wars sports entities have waged against the state of North Carolina … [Continue reading]