Challenging believers in Jesus to think and act based on Bible truth.

Friday Link Highlight 6.29.12 – the Sandusky story’s impact on youth ministry

Check out this week’s highest clicked link from my Monday post:

http://learningmylines.blogspot.com/2012/06/what-sandusky-story-means-to-youth.html

This article is well done and worth your read. Here are a few of my own thoughts:

1. I agree that being open is a great way to approach ministry.

If people don’t have the sense you will listen to them, then chances are it will be difficult to really help people below surface levels.

2. Let someone else figure out if they’re lying.

If you’re like me, you’ve been lied to in ministry. This can make you skeptical. This article points out something very important: when it comes to sexual abuse, it’s not up to you to figure out if the child is lying. Let someone else figure that out.

3. The challenge at the end is really bold.

I’d love for you to read it for yourself, but know that this challenge encourages us to think about consequences. What a bold stand to take and put that in print.

Have a great weekend.

On my mind #35: five one sentence statements about politics

File this in the category of “I used to be a social studies major.” You might also file this under the category of “Why did this idiot post about politics?”

In all seriousness, let these five statements challenge you. You don’t have to agree, but I ask you to think and challenge yourself if you’re interested or sparked in any way.

Without further ado, here are five one sentence statements about politics:

1. I believe this country was founded on a very strong concept of individual liberty and I don’t think we should support government that restricts or removes our liberty or the liberty of the unborn.

2. I fully understand that affirming personal liberty means that some will mis-use it and that some will have more than others.

3. Freedom of speech as guaranteed by our Constitution means that I will commit to respecting and loving individuals, even those whose speech I vehemently disagree with.

4. I refuse to form an opinion based on ANY political ad and I commit to researching candidates and issues for myself.

5. If the freedoms granted me by the United States constitution were removed tomorrow and I was suddenly subjected to foreign rule and persecution, it would not change my identity as a citizen in the Kingdom of God granted me through faith in Jesus Christ and repentance of my sins (Mark 1:15)

Monday Links and Bullets 6.25.12

Some challenging reading as always.  I enjoy collecting links from the blogs I read and sharing them each Monday.  I always include a few of my own thoughts, which you’ll find in bullet form below!

WEEKLY LINKS

LINK OF THE WEEK

–A fantastic article about what the Sandusky verdict means for ministry.

THE CHRISTIAN FAITH

–From DESIRING GOD: Marriage is not for eroticism.  Also, your pastor is NOT your political activist.

–An interesting confession from a pastor.

Prove that God has divorced you – powerful little piece about God’s ways in relationship with us.  I love this guy’s writing.

Know what’s true and false when reading media.

CULTURE

Does this shock you?  That someone would laugh?

BULLET THOUGHTS FOR THE WEEK

  • Fulfilling week at Project Shine last week.
  • God is jealous for us.  That is really challenging.  We give up on Him.  We reject Him.  We’re disobedient to Him.  He never does those things to us.  Wow.
  • This is one up and down season of life.  Lots going on, lots coming up, lots of juggling schedules and going places.
  • As always – wisdom is needed.  If you know a pastor, you can always pray for them to have wisdom.  It’s always needed.  Always.  Got it?
  • I am excited to have received some support for my run this fall.  I am attempting to raise some money for International Justice Mission as a part of training for my 50 mile race.  Visit here to support financially.  Visit here to challenge yourself to do something you haven’t ever done.
  • Make plans.  Be intentional.  Make disciples.  Don’t let this summer waste away!

Five Reasons Project Shine Was Amazing

Five reasons this year’s Project Shine was outstanding:

1.  Jesus.

Yeah, there’s the Sunday School answer.  In all seriousness, it is so much fun to see Jesus alive and at work in the lives of the servants during the week of Project Shine.  To sit and dwell on the truth that we are dead in sin without the power of Jesus Christ and to see that truth bear fruit in the lives of people was truly something special.

2. Mission

Project Shine’s mission was totally fulfilled.  From seeing residents hear the Gospel to doing great work in our community to seeing our participants challenged, every angle of what we seek to accomplish was fulfilled.  Seeing residents in our evening services, talking with believers about how they’re challenged by the sermons each night, worshiping with energy in unison with other believers — all great parts of seeing our mission fulfilled.  Sure we painted a few houses (even sided one!) and did some great clean up work, but knowing the spiritual elements of our missions were fulfilled is truly a great feeling.

3. Supernatural Strength

It was a long, hot week.  I felt like I worked a lot, then kept going each evening.  I know others felt the same.  It’s so much fun to know that God is fueling you with strength you would never have on your own.  Even to know that God allowed me to carry through Sunday following such a long week brings about some great thankfulness.

4. Children

Even though students must have completed sixth grade to participate on a work crew, we ran a day camp this year and provided babysitting for workers.  Having around thirty children on hand for our work days was definitely encouraging – what a great chance to expose the children to service and learning.

5.  The Body of Christ

It was great to partner with several different churches from around the area.  It gives us a picture that Jesus is way bigger than our community, way bigger than our church, and way bigger than our egos.  Having to work through a few problems along the way and coming together to serve the Lord is a phenomenal thing.  I generally thrive in an atmosphere where many Christians come together for a common cause.  Shine is no different for me.

Friday Link Highlight 6.15.12 – What every husband should know about stay at home moms.

Here is the link from my Monday post that drew the most interest:

What husbands should know about stay at home moms.

Here are a few of my own comments:

The everyday often gets lost to men.

I must constantly remind myself of all the things my wife does (even though she works a couple days a week).  Men should be reminded of the point this article brought out well in its comments about scheduling and problem solving.

The need for support.

Again, stay at home mom or not, wives/mothers need support.  Just reading through the things that can come about if a SAHM tries to do things on her own should serve as a wake up call?

Men: don’t be selfish!

The encouragement at the end of this article is fantastic and well balanced.  With prayer and timing the right conversations can be had about disagreements over the way the home is being run.  With wrong timing serious damage can be done to emotional energy it takes to do this wonderful job.

Have a great Friday everyone!