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

Monday Challenge 6.26.17 – Civility, World Gone Mad

Just a couple articles to share this week. Hopefully more by next week. Be challenged!

A World Gone Mad

It seems as if the world has gone mad, yes? This article gets us focused on Scripture in the middle of the madness.

Question: How does this increase your view of Scripture?

Fragile Blessing of Civility

Our culture accepts violence more readily. Don’t take civility for granted.

Question: How can you promote civility while staying aware of cultural trends?

Monday Challenge 6.19.17 – Addiction, Gritty Marriage Essay

Good morning,

Busy season for me so a couple articles to share this morning. Be challenged:

Addiction

Found this just this morning: Addiction is addiction to self.

Question: In what ways are we addicted to ourselves?

Marriage

Kay Warren talks about how she and her husband (megachurch pastor and renowned author Rick) were in “marital hell” early in their marriage. Every young couple should read this.

Question: In what was can you relate?

Tuesday Rambling 6.13.17 – The NBA Finals

Yes, I realize the NBA finals has little to do with faith, but I’ll take a slight detour today to express a few opinions. I will say that if your emotional engagement in today is affected because your team lost, do a heart check. At the very least you’ll have to think for yourself regarding some of my opinions (which are just that – my opinions). Time to ramble about the Finals:

  • Golden State won under the rules set up by the NBA. I don’t think they did anything particularly unfair. Congrats to them. No doubt they fielded the better team.
  • That said, what captivates you about the story?
  • Not much? For me, Durant getting his first ring and MVP brings a little draw.
  • Also, the talk of the Warriors having too many good players adds intrigue.
  • Those in sports commentary judge players by how many rings they have. How could you fault KD for joining the Warriors trying to get one?
  • That said, they should have won. Anyone wanting to trash Cleveland has very little basis for their argument.
  • Fact: Cleveland got very good performances from some of its players and just couldn’t overcome Golden State. They really need another superstar to make it competitive.
  • I simply prefer a more contested Championship as I think intrigue, opposition, protagonist/antagonists make for a more interesting story line.
  • A few statements about the NBA will at least make me feel better, as this is the last I’ll interact with the NBA likely until next year’s playoffs.
  • I really really don’t like watching this product or brand of basketball. It IS a quantifiably different and substandard game compared to some of the greats of eras gone by.
  • Don’t believe me? Hop on YouTube and watch some basketball when Jordan’s Bulls played, or when the Celtics played the Lakers.
  • The game now at times resembles football with all the pushing and shoving.
  • The level of unprofessionalism (from ALL players) really does take away from the product for me.
  • Stay with me. My favorite sport is baseball. The way NBA players complain and whine about officiating is the exception in MLB (and often comes with ejections).
  • MLB players know complaining comes with consequence (consistent complaining in baseball hurts you and your team) and takes away from the game.
  • The NBA should spend some of its summer watching true professionals in baseball.
  • Further, the officiating has ruined the credibility of the NBA in ways the officiating continues to strike at the credibility of the NFL.
  • The inconsistency of calls in game and from game to game make the product less than credible.
  • Okay, I’m done. Enjoy the championships, Golden State. Yes, you’ve earned them.
  • And your team will draw plenty of jersey sales that come from front running fans.
  • But your act will truly captivate few outside of California¬†due to the lack of true challenge involved in the way you’ve gone about it!

Monday Challenge 6.12.17 – Killing Christians, Family and Politics, Before You Preach

Good Monday morning! One of the best parts of the information age lies in our ability to find and share meaningful commentary. I enjoy sharing what has challenged me. Ready, set, go on another Monday Challenge…

Killing Christians

Why is killing Christians so appealing? Great question. This article seeks to answer it.

Question: How often do you process the idea that Christians were/are martyred to the glory of God?

Family and Politics

How should you handle it when you disagree with your family regarding politics? This articles gives some challenging suggestions.

Question: How do you react to the author’s point regarding keeping the peace?

From Atheism to Christianity

I enjoy reading these types of stories. A college student’s conversion from atheism to Christianity.

Question: Believer, does this fuel your desire to evangelize?

Before You Preach

You may not be a preacher, but this will give you some insight to the types of things preachers consider (or should).

Question: What surprised you as you looked at this list?

 

Tuesday Rambling 6.6.17 – Before You Want Someone to Love You…

No, it’s not Valentine’s Day. But, I’m up for some rambling about our concept of love. Almost everyone wants someone to say “I love you”. Before you desire that, ask yourself:

  • Does that mean you could never disagree with that person?
  • Does love mean feelings always must drive it?
  • Must love always lead to a romantic relationship or encounter?
  • Can someone who doesn’t accept my opinion or way of life still love me?
  • How might someone’s love for you reveal your faults, and theirs?
  • What role does forgiveness play in your concept or definition of love?
  • If true love is present, do you give more or receive more in the relationship?
  • How can you restore love after someone has hurt you?
  • What percentage of love in a marital relationship revolves around romance? In actuality? In what you see on T.V. or in the movies?
  • Could you “love” until death do us part? If your spouse had a disabling event and lost all human faculties, would “love” drive you to serve that person until their death even if it meant very little in return for you?