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

Monday Challenge 8.26.13

Last Monday of August! It’s time for school to start in Akron.  But before Wednesday rolls around, it’s time for Monday Challenge.  What does that mean? It means a bunch of articles that are designed to make you think.  Take your time, read through, use the questions provided to help you challenge the way you think about the various viewpoints.

Link of the Week

Egypt seems like a long way away.  Here is a fantastic article from a trusted source about why we should care about the turmoil going on there.

Question: Is it hard to find this sort of perspective in international politics? For me, it helps with understand believers’ struggles near and far.

The Christian Faith

1. I generally like to preach through books, chapters, etc.  Here’s why.  What a great article about helping Christians go past just music in worship.

Question: Do you study through entire books or do you just look for faith snippets? Are you a “Christianette”?

2. Wow. This makes me sick.  What are relationships coming to?

Question: How can you look for opportunities to teach others the value of others and the value of great, committed relationships?

3. Great truth: God is already satisfied, so quit trying to do it.

Question: What subtle ways do we try to take the place of Jesus and earn God’s favor?

4. We won’t back down. At least, I hope not.  I know I’m not planning on it!

Question: What makes believers most cowardly?

5. Starting school this week? Here is some great advice. If you’re not starting school, pass this on to those who are!

Question: If you are an adult, can you relate to young people at all and the pressures they face at school? How could you bridge that gap?

 

Monday Challenge 8.19.13

Be challenged! It’s Monday. I hope these articles make you think and wrestle with truth.  I hope you stop by Friday to see which one gets the most clicks.  I’ll feature that article in a short post with a few of my own comments.

Link of the Week

Are you a leader? Do you have the gift of leadership and want to grow? Check out this article with some fantastic quotes from a great author.

Question: Does leadership development happen on its own?

The Christian Faith

LOTS OF STUFF ON PARENTING HERE:

1. How to reach God honoring goals in parenting.

Question: Do our parenting goals truly line up with Scripture?

2. The need for grace in parenting. Kids are not an interruption!

Question: Can you relate at all to this situation as a parent? How does it normally go for you?

3. Be careful how you teach your kids to pray.

Question: What obstacles prevent us from giving our best in situations like these?

4. PREACHING: The difficult task preachers have.

Question: What was the most helpful addition to your understanding of preaching?

Sports

A-ROD: This is such a fascinating story on many levels of human interest.  Check this article out for a quick summary of how messed up this is. And, pray that he will have a real encounter with Jesus – before eternity hits.

Question: Can you think of anyone who seemed to ruin everything he touched in the way Alex Rodriguez has throughout his career?

Monday Challenge 8.12.13

Welcome! Below you’ll find some articles I read this past week that I found challenging.  I love sharing them and asking some questions to get readers thinking.  Be sure to check back Friday for the link that got the most clicks by Monday’s readers.  I’ll add a few comments of my own in the Friday Feature article.

Ready for Monday Challenge? Here goes:

Links of the Week

I’ve been preaching through a series on the local church.  These two articles have been very helpful with some specific challenges.  First, are you a part time church goer? Think through how much you are connected to a church throughout a calendar year.  Second, how important is it that you are used in the right way in a local church?

Question: Where does selfishness flare up the most for you when you think about the local church? Notice I didn’t ask whether it does.

The Christian Faith

1. Parents: read this short challenge about children embarrassing you.

Question: Which do you do more: blame or help?

2. Values: What a mistake! Would you have responded this way if you were running the company?

Question: Would have fired the employee that did this?

3. Women: Are you hopeful? This is a great challenge for all of us.

Question: How do you think when you are down?

4. Do you worry a lot? Here is an article about how to combat worry effectively.

Question: Do you really view worry as a sin? If you don’t, check out Matthew 6 and fight it like any other sin.

5. Abortion: Yes, there have been some gains regarding late term abortions.  But this article shows there is nothing drastic that’s been changed.  It’s worth the read.

Question: The question is simple: do you really care about abortion?

Monday Challenge 8.5.13

August is here.  More importantly, Monday is here.  I hope you’re up for a good challenge! Below find several articles I hope will challenge you. Use the questions to think through the articles and what they mean in your life. Stop back Friday and I’ll feature the article that gets the most clicks.

Link of the Week

This is a great article for parents of teens.

Question: As a parent, which side do you fall on? Outward performance, or inward desire? Why?

The Christian Faith

1. Here’s an article that can help understand what non-Christians think about Christians.

Question: Non-Christians, do you find this to be true? Christians, how might you better approach your relationships with unbelievers?

2. Here are two fantastic articles about discipleship. First,  Discipleship is being rooted in Christ. Second, Jesus is hard to follow.

Question: How do these articles shape your definition of what it is to make disciples?

3. Moms and dads of daughters: this author is not afraid to have daughters.  Good article, good thoughts.

Question: Does this speak to any specific area of difference in parenting sons/daughters.

4. Scripture: you just won’t understand it all at once.  Persevere!

Question: Will you use this to encourage a believer who is early in their knowledge of the Bible?

Miscellaneous

1. What should a restaurant do when there is a mistake in an order?

Question: If you work in any area of being in front of people, how important is finding someone to blame?

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!