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

Monday Challenge 7.29.13

Another Monday. Vacation is over for me, but that doesn’t mean I’ll be slacking on the links. Enjoy the articles, think through the challenges, then be ready for Friday’s post revealing which article was clicked the most.

Link of the Week

Every Christian should memorize these ten things about the New Testament.

For your thought: What basic talking points would you have if someone engaged you in debate about the authenticity and reliability of the New Testament?

The Christian Faith

1. A focus on virginity can ask all the wrong questions.

Question: How powerful was the reminder at the end of this article for you?

2. I preached about church leadership yesterday. Here are some reasons church leaders give up on prayer.

Question: Leader or not, what challenged you most on this list?

3. Speaking of the behavior of Christians, here is an article about drinking. Are you free not to drink?

Question: Do you emphasize your freedom in area (drinking or otherwise) in a way that you forget you are free NOT to do it?

4. How to deal with dramatic girls. Great article.

Even if you’re not dramatic, or a girl: When we are being dramatic, are we reminded of our need for a Savior, or are we really trying to just attract attention to ourselves? (Yes, yours truly can be guilty of this.)

Personality

I’ll file this under personality. Do you ask for what you want?

Question: Is it difficult to tell someone you didn’t get what you paid for?

THINK. ACT. BE CHALLENGED!

 

Monday Challenge 7.22.13

Another Monday, another set of challenging articles to help you think.  Enjoy these articles I collected from my reading last week.  Then, stop back Friday to see which one was clicked the most.  I’ll feature that article with some additional comments on Friday.

Link of the Week

Does the media twist things against Christians? Most Christians would say “yes”. Here is an actual story from a Christian apologist who appeared on The Daily Show. It is worth reading so you can understand the type of thing that goes on.  To be clear, I’m not saying ALL media are like this, but we should question how Christians are portrayed when we see media coverage.

Question: Do you believe everything you see on T.V.?

The Christian Faith

1. PARENTING: Here are four things to keep in mind if you want to leave a legacy as a parent.

Question: How intentional are you as a parent regarding the legacy for Christ that you’ll leave?

2. NSA: Many Christians and Americans are rightly upset about how terribly the government has been handling information.  This article asks: do we care that God knows everything?

Question: Is there anything about our behavior that should change with the fresh reminder contained in this article?

3. If you’re pregnant with twins or multiples, is it a matter of convenience regarding how many of them are actually born?

Question: How would you answer someone who casually talked about aborting one or more of multiples because it was convenient?

Baseball

1. What a throw!

2. You don’t have to be a baseball fan to find this human interest story interesting.  It’s about the family of a baseball player who defected from Cuba and their struggles to make it here to watch him play and be with him. It’s very much worth your time to read this.

Question: Does this challenge your perseverance?

Monday Challenge 7.15.13

Here are six articles I found challenging in the past week. As you read, do your best to reflect.  I call this “Monday Challenge” so that there is a built in piece that gives the reader space not just to read another article, but instead to think.  What does this piece have to bear on my life? I challenge you to think through these pieces.  I’ll be by Friday with a feature on the one that is read the most.

Link of the Week

If you read only one article this week, read this one.  I wish every paper in the country (world!) would share this.  E-mail it to your local paper and ask them to print it in their op-ed section.  It’s about civility in the gay marriage debate.  We are much in need of it!

The Christian Faith

1. How well do you wear the title “sinner”? Do you like it when others use the title to refer to themselves? These are some helpful thoughts on the topic.

Question: Is it wrong to talk about the law? Our sin? Does talking about our sin point people to or away from Jesus?

2. Want revival in your church, community, etc? Here are four pillars of revival from a beautiful time past.

Question: What if your local community was largely defined by this type of thinking and action? One year ago, a group from our church was in Haiti and experienced this type of revival (sustained revival) in their land. Lord, do it here!

3. If you read a second article this week, make it this one!  Just kidding, of course.  This article has 12 fantastic ways to preserve Christian unity.

Question: Which ones challenge you the most? Which ones are really the most difficult and why?

News Correction

This short video of Brian Williams correcting a mistake NBC made is hilarious.

Question: Can you readily admit your mistakes?

Teens

This study shows that self-awareness peaks during the teen years inside someone’s brain. I’d love to see the numbers compared to some adults.

Question: Without a study, how much are you self-aware? Is it a good thing if the amount of our self-awareness is diminishing over time?

Monday Challenge 7.1.13

July 1st.  New month, same Monday format. Challenging articles, helpful thoughts for application.  I’ll be along Friday with a feature on the most clicked article from today’s post.  Enjoy! And, as always, be challenged!

Link of the Week

Satan – he doesn’t only attack our weaknesses.  He can come after our strengths too.

What strengths could Satan attack for you? What could you do to build awareness in this area?

The Christian Faith

1. Here’s one author’s take on how to impact an eroding culture: the church should support more artists.

It is true that the Holy Spirit uses Christians in all fields.  This would be an important segment of culture where the truth needs to be told.  Is there anyone you can support on a grass roots level? It’s worth thinking about.

2. Dads – here is a challenging list of things you can do to fight for your sons.

Which one stands out the most? What can you do about it?

3. What lies do you believe?

As you think through this article, are you willing to admit any specific areas of faulty thinking? Where would this discussion begin for you, or for your marriage, family, church small group, friends, etc.?

4. Here is a FANTASTIC article about how we use our words. For me, this is worth thinking through once a month.  If not enough people click this one, I’ll definitely be re-posting in the future!

Think: where does grace need to show up more in our conversation? What atmosphere is created with our words? VERY challenging.

Hilarious! But, incredibly helpful.

This hilarious video (less than 2 minutes!) helps as much as it makes us laugh.

How can this help you understand your marriage better?

Monday Challenge 6.24.13

Ahhhh…..Monday.  A relaxing day after a very tiring Project Shine week last week.  But, still enough energy to dish up a good challenge.  Here you’ll find a collection of links intended to challenge you to both think and act.  Friday I’ll summarize and feature the article that is most read by Monday’s visitors. Enjoy, and be challenged!

Link of the Week

Here’s an article I quoted in yesterday’s sermon.  It’s a fantastic read by John McArthur about women and their place in the Bible. It takes into account views regarding women from both Biblical times and contemporary times.

Question: How does this article help you when people say the Bible suppresses women?

The Christian Faith.

1. Believers: you should have three types of relationships.

Act on this: what can you do to develop these types of relationships?

2. I’m willing to bet you won’t click on this article.  It summarizes the efforts of a Christian group near Newtown, CN to provide hope and healing in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Are you willing to do something to help this community process its grief in the coming years?

3. Marriage and freedom.  It’s an important topic and this article comes highly recommended. It does make me wonder, thought, if the side pushing for gay marriage sees the Christian view the same way this article presents their view?

Is our religious liberty at risk with the passage of such laws? If so, what should the average Christian do about it?

4. Where do you find your worth?

What false measuring sticks do we use? More, how can we practically remove them?