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

Monday Challenge 6.5.17 – Unhappy Christians, White-Only Discipleship, Trump Panic

Good morning. A little slow on my end, how about you?

Maybe a challenge or two will speed things up. Maybe not. Either way, enjoy!

Trump – The Panic President

Articles like this one in The Atlantic make it hard to understand the President Trump experience. Varying levels of criticism and fairness in that criticism just make it so hard to understand!

Question: How accurate is this article?

Emotional Intelligence

An article from a secular source challenges emotional intelligence.

Question: How important is this?

Unhappy Christians

Do unhappy Christians stain the Gospel?

Question: How do you form your thoughts about believers struggling with depression?

White-Only Discipleship

This article argues how “white-only discipleship” hurts us all.

Question: What do you make of the argument and accompanying suggestions?

 

Tuesday Rambling 5.30.17 – Totally Rambling Questions

Totally rambling questions this Tuesday morning…

  • Is God TRULY my chief desire in all of life?
  • What competes most for my allegiance to Jesus? Is He truly my king?
  • Am I growing in my faith: in knowledge, perseverance, godliness, love, etc. (2 Peter 1)?
  • A big question I have related to ministry: how should we establish clear expectations with people who have legitimate physical needs while making it clear we desire spiritual growth above all?
  • How do you get people to commit who have never really committed to anything…but themselves?
  • At times I wonder what the future will hold. How will my personal obedience and our family’s obedience look five or ten years from now?
  • I’ve always said I am willing to die for Christ. In the situation, whether to glorify God outright or in protection of others’ lives, would I really? Would you?
  • Why am I drawn to certain people and what does that say about me?
  • Specifically, why do certain “famous” people hold my interest and what weaknesses (or strengths) might that reveal?
  • When I say I trust God but struggle at times to understand His plans, how do I evaluate whether that really threatens my trust?

Monday Challenge 5.29.17 – American Dream Nightmare, Trump Whirlwind, Tell Kids No

Good Monday morning. I hope this Memorial Day will make you think of all those who gave their lives for our freedom.

I also hope these articles will challenge your thinking a bit! Enjoy.

American Dream Nightmare

Who doesn’t want to live the American dream? This article highlights five fears driving the American dream.

Question: Which of the five has roots in your life?

Trump Whirlwind

I simply do not understand Donald Trump. Further, I don’t understand many Christians’ support of him. This article takes a guess regarding some of the dynamics.

Question: What does this article get right? What does it miss?

21 Lies Porn Tells

Porn tells 21 lies.

Question: Which do you believe?

Parenting

Tell kids “no”. This article returns parents to a simple truth which will help the health of their kids.

Question: What did you make of the argument regarding limited resources?

Monday Challenge 5.22.17 – Child Sexual Sin, Tech Wise Family, Love Your Idealogical Enemy

Sin, redemption, God’s pleasure in our salvation, real community: great topics for a blah Monday morning.

Responding to Your Child’s Sexual Sin

This article helps parents with some insight for responding to their child’s sexual sin.

Question: What would you add?

Tech-Wise Family

It may take some time to listen to the podcast, but I’ll post it here as a possible resource to parents.

Question: what is the relationship between technology and community?

Life: Spiraling Upward or Downward?

Great challenge, short article. Let this make you think.

Question: Which direction does our pleasure move our lives? Up (to God) or down (to worthless focus on ourselves)?

Loving Your Idealogical Enemy

This is huge. Let me say it again. This is huge. This well-written article challenges our view of living in light of Christ – especially when it comes to those with whom we disagree.

 

 

Monday Challenge 5.15.17 – Discipleship, Mothers and Missions, Sexual Revolution Fallout

Feeling the weight of Monday? A little later start today, but challenges come nonetheless!

Mother’s Day

How about a story about mothers who sacrifice time with their children – for God’s work?

Question: How can you healthy perspective about kids and their service to Jesus?

Discipleship

Discipleship based on what else… but the Word of God!

Question: Can you identify phony foundations of discipleship?

Sexual Revolution Fallout

This powerful little read will make you think or re-think your sexual ethics.

Question: Does God’s plan for sexuality deserve another look by our culture paying the price for sexual “freedom”?