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

Monday Challenge 11.27.17 – Church Health, Sex Assault and Repentance, Manhood/Womanhood

Good afternoon. A bit later this week, but some challenging articles nonetheless!

Take a look…

Church Health

This article has 28 signs of church health. None reference numbers! Sometimes I struggle with articles like this (hard not to compare or evaluate), but the basic points here do help.

Question: Did this help you think about church health in a different way?

Thanksgiving and Service

I enjoyed this essay about thankfulness, service in Iraq, and missing his daughter’s birth.

Question: What challenged you most?

Sex Assault and Repentance

Yes, we must speak with moral clarity. No longer can you have repeated patterns of sexual assault or harrassment and keep them quiet. Victims should get understanding ears from leadership and all believers. But what message do we have for the sinner? You mean, even THOSE sinners?

Question: How difficult is it to say both difficult things in our culture?

Manhood and Womanhood

This article takes a look at finding balance for both men and women in living out our calling. I especially appreciate the call for mature Christians.

Question: In what area do you tend to find an unhealthy sense of identity?

Tuesday Rambling 11.21.17 – Thanksgiving!

  • Does thanksgiving bring opportunity to reflect for you?
  • In all the hate, sin, divisiveness, many of us could feel like “the world is against us”.
  • So does this weekend bring opportunity to slow down a bit, narrowing the focus on good things?
  • Do you have shelter? Food? Any sense of friend or family?
  • Many do not have one of those, some have none. Really.
  • So, despite so many challenges – political division, victims, international tension, personal obstacles – could Thanksgiving still possibly brag up God in all His goodness?
  • Have you overcome? Have you found victory?
  • Is a relationship stronger? A commitment steadier?
  • Has God done things for which you simply could not take credit?
  • Then give thanks. And as Psalm 100 says…”Give thanks TO HIM.”
  • It’s not in all caps in any translation, just here for emphasis.
  • Giving thanks requires an object. You thank a person for a gift. Think object.
  • But while Thanksgiving can include thankfulness to or for people, the Bible points us to the rightful object of praise – God Himself.
  • For me, this time will especially provide reminder of all God HAS done, not a focus on what He hasn’t, or everything else wrong with the world.

Monday Challenge 11.20.17 – Roy Moore, Terry Francona, Racist Housing Policy

Good morning! A new week brings a new set of challenging articles involving a wide variety of topics. Enjoy – and be challenged!

Roy Moore, et al.

The arguments to defend Roy Moore, Al Franken and the like say a lot. And they’re dangerous!

Question: Does speaking with moral clarity matter?

Terry Francona

I heard some questions during the ALDS, and this article brings some of those questions to light. Tito is a great manager, but…

Question: Anything to this if you’re an Indians fan?

Racism and Housing

If you’re new to the idea that governmental systems have shown preferential treatment along racial lines, this article will help you understand.

Question: How does this shape your view of past and present racial realities?

Netflix and Boredom

Netflix wants to cure your boredom.

Question: Good or bad? Why?

 

Tuesday Rambling 11.14.17 – Favorite Bible Verses

Rambling about God’s Word and favorite verses…

  • Do you have favorite verses?
  • God’s Word has special meaning to us, especially certain parts.
  • Some special verses have brought deep meaning through trial, joy, or suffering.
  • Exodus 14:13-14And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
  • These verses have helped lead me to personal freedom and confidence that God desires victory over sin and the enemy.
  • Among other favorite verses I have: 2 Corinthians 4:8-9; Romans 8:18; all of Psalm 23.
  • Look at Romans 8:18: For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
  • I try to maintain and encourage in others an eternal perspective. It is not just a trite statement to say everything will be better forever.
  • Romans 8:18 is REAL TRUTH for times of trouble, no suffering able to match the glory coming. I call that real hope despite anything God may bring our way.
  • What are your favorite verses? Why?

 

Monday Challenge 11.13.17 – God and Pain, God and Disappointment, Tough Moral Questions

Okay, okay, Monday doesn’t relent. I get it. It happens.

Why not indulge your mind in a challenge?

Can God’s Word Ease My Pain?

The question challenges us to think – carefully, I hope.

Question: How does this article encourage you regarding God’s Word?

God’s Ministry of Disappointment

Disappointment doesn’t mean God is hiding or absent. He can use it to minister to us.

Question: How can God use your disappointment?

Leaders and Hobbies

Good article, good challenge.

Question: Do you have ways to get that all important R&R?

Tough Moral Questions

Leaders should be ready for tough moral questions. Any believer should prepare as well.

Question: What will you say and why?