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

Monday Challenge 12.18.17 – Evangelicals, Sexual Reckoning, Suffering at Christmas

Monday!

In just seven days we celebrate our Savior’s birth. For now, how about a few challenging articles?

Evangelicals

Like many, I struggle to define this term. Culture has blurred its meaning. But, Russell Moore challenges Christians who say they bank their relationship with God on faith in Christ and the truth of His Word.

Question: How, specifically, did this article speak to you?

Sexual Reckoning

How should we think in light of the sexual reckoning going on among us?

Question: What kind of atmosphere do you help create?

Suffering and the Holidays

What suffering people wish you would do at the holidays.

Question: Who can you support and in what way as a result of reading this?

Family and the Holidays

Hopefully “Family and the Holidays” doesn’t mix with “Suffering and the Holidays” for you. We all know family gatherings can present challenges. This article offers a lot of suggestions.

Question: What can you put into practice this Christmas after reading this?

Tuesday Rambling 12.12.17 – Christmas and Generosity

A few rambling thoughts about generosity this time of year:

  • Did you click on this wondering if it contained a guilt trip?
  • You know, give a lot at Christmas or maybe you don’t love God as much as you claim?
  • Well, that’s not really my intent.
  • I do wonder how we can connect some meaningful spiritual dots.
  • Could generosity this time of year help display our love for Jesus?
  • Ever wonder why Christmas clicks with so many on the outside of faith?
  • Well…we all like to receive gifts, right?
  • Christmas involves…God giving us a gift. So yes, there’s a natural fit there.
  • So if we pray for the Spirit’s help in displaying generosity, maybe someone will get a boost.
  • Maybe generosity can encourage someone. Maybe it will lift their spirits, or help them feel appreciated.
  • Could you give an extra gift to someone to show them you appreciate them?
  • Could you budget throughout the year to include more generosity?
  • What about strategy?
  • First, consider some extra for your local church and any outreaches.
  • Then, how about a favorite organization? One local and one international?
  • What about the type of giving you’re doing? Does it take creativity? Thoughtfulness?
  • Do “checklist” gifts such as gift cards or cash really help? Could you add something more personal to one of those types of gifts to help?
  • Lastly, I’ve thought of this: The Bible includes the thought that it’s easy to give to those who can give back. Who can you bless that won’t repay? Maybe carrying a little extra cash could create the right opportunity?
  • Enjoy giving this Christmas. Pray that Jesus will be glorified as you do. Pray for opportunities to share Him!

Monday Challenge 12.11.17 – Love Despite Dementia, Learn India!, Suffering

Good Monday morning!

Not so good? I can’t change that, but I can challenge it. Enjoy these articles and reflect on what you learn!

Learn India

How about a simple challenge to learn some geography and history? This video about India is less than 15 minutes and will teach you a lot!

Question: How often do you get the chance to just simply learn?

A Testimony of Love

This testimony of love despite his wife’s dementia is exactly the type of challenge to faithfulness we need!

Question: Could you do the same?

Suffering

Is suffering ever the road you would choose?

Question: What can God do on the road you wouldn’t choose?

Ministry and Numbers

To what extent do we evaluate ministry by numbers? This article presents some alternatives.

Question: How do you evaluate the ministries you serve?

Tuesday Rambling 12.5.17 – Christmas and Grief

A common topic. Time to ramble:

  • The Holidays often bring reminders of grief.
  • Cherished memories clash with present realities of loved ones’ absence.
  • Added for me is the reality of personal loss and friends’ personal loss, all in December. It makes for a hard month.
  • So what? Has God brought some cruel joke upon us all?
  • Did He design holidays to make us more miserable as we age, inevitably knowing how difficult it will be to navigate the empty seat at the table or in the living room?
  • God’s people celebrated holidays. He commanded them to do so. Why? To make them miserable as everything changed?
  • No. Simply no. The goal involved reminding them that even though everything else changed around them, He didn’t.
  • Also, as time passes as well as loved ones, shouldn’t the repeated cycle of memories and the often accompanying bitter pain point us to heaven?
  • Heaven? When it feels like hell? Yes.
  • Do we not trust the realities of the future, promised to us by Jesus Himself?
  • Can the promise of heaven (especially reuniting with believing loved ones) NOT sooth our pain and deepen our trust in Jesus as we walk forward in this life?
  • I’ll close with Romans 8: 18For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Monday Challenge 12.4.17 – Christian Legal Battles, Live in Psalms, Allowing Strangers?

Good morning!

Time for a challenge, ready or not:

Christian Legal Battles

In Canada, regarding a Christian law school’s ability to include sexual standards in its campus covenant.

In the U.S., regarding a five year old case contesting a Christian baker’s right to refuse service to a gay couple.

Question: To you, what is the difference between cases like these and Civil Rights cases from the past?

Live In The Psalms

The Psalms show us an alternative to our fast paced culture.

Question: How can this help adjust thinking or practice in your life as you approach private or congregational worship?

Would You Let A Stranger Live With You?

Great Question. This articles makes a challenging case.

Question: How would you evaluate this?