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The Christian’s Motivation For Serving God

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 in Priorities, Success | 0 comments

by Charlie Bing – Introduction Why do Christians serve God? Why should Christians live a godly life? At one time or another most believers have probably questioned their motives for service and godly living.The purpose of this study is to explore motivations for Christian service and godly living by looking at biblical data. The study will focus chiefly on the Christian’s motivation for serving and actively living for God because there are less discernible passive forms of doing God’s will (abstaining from evil for example). But to press forward in godly disciplines and to serve God sacrificially calls for effective motivations. One can not really separate godly living from godly service. Christian service is the subject of this study because serious questions about motivation come when confronted with the demands and sacrifices required by it. Such service includes any...

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A Theology of Planning, Part 3

Posted on Mar 22, 2014 in Bible, Philosophy, Priorities, Theology | 1 comment

by Daniel Goepfrich –Having been part of a research group for an eBook that is being written on the “theology of planning,” I am answering seven questions about planning that the author posed to us. Because of the length, I’m sharing my thoughts in three posts. You can find the original answers in Part 1 and Part 2. I encourage you to share your own thoughts in the comments.   6. How does God use failed plans? An even better question might be: When taking God’s sovereignty into consideration, is there such a thing as a failed plan? It is better to say, “How is God glorified when a plan works differently than I had anticipated?” Romans 15:22-29 and Acts 16:6-10 are great examples of God causing Paul’s plans to change in order that he could do something greater. The simple reason is that God knows far...

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A Theology of Planning, Part 2

Posted on Feb 4, 2014 in Bible, Philosophy, Priorities, Theology | 1 comment

by Daniel Goepfrich – Having been part of a research group for an eBook that is being written on the “theology of planning,” I am answering seven questions about planning that the author posed to us. Because of the length, I’m sharing my thoughts in three posts. You can find Part 1 here. 3. Is planning the work of one person or many people? Depending on what is being planned, it could be either. Some plans are very simple and don’t require anyone else, while others certainly do. A good principle to follow is: the wider the influence of the thing being planned, the more necessary the planning (and probably people). “Plans are established by counsel, so make war with guidance.” Proverbs 20:18 “With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was...

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The Christian’s Motivation for Serving God

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 in Discipleship, Humility, Jesus, teachings of, Priorities, Spiritual Formation | 2 comments

by Charlie Bing – Why do Christians serve God? Why should Christians live a godly life? At one time or another most believers have probably questioned their motives for service and godly living. The purpose of this study is to explore motivations for Christian service and godly living by looking at biblical data. The study will focus chiefly on the Christian’s motivation for serving and actively living for God because there are less discernible passive forms of doing God’s will (abstaining from evil for example). But to press forward in godly disciplines and to serve God sacrificially calls for effective motivations. One can not really separate godly living from godly service. Christian service is the subject of this study because serious questions about motivation come when confronted with the demands and sacrifices required by it. Such service includes any ministry, be...

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A Theology of Planning, Part 1

Posted on Jan 8, 2014 in Bible, Philosophy, Priorities, Theology | 1 comment

by Daniel Goepfrich – I mentioned recently that I am a part of a research group for an eBook that is being written on the “theology of planning.” I asked you to consider the same questions the author posed to us, and said that I would answer them here. Because of the length, I’m sharing my thoughts in three posts.   Introduction and Philosophy By its very definition, theology must have God as its center; otherwise, it is something other than theology. “A theology of planning” then is really more accurately titled “A study of how God uses or discards human plans to accomplish his own sovereign plan.” But that’s a little long. When most people think of “God’s plan”, they immediately head toward verses like Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not...

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Have an Ordinary New Year!

Posted on Jan 1, 2014 in Humility, Priorities, Success | 2 comments

by Christopher Cone – Highlights. We are addicted to highlights. We subject ourselves to a continuous media stream telling us what is noteworthy and what isn’t. Is it re-tweetworthy? Is it worth a share or a status update? We have come to value style over substance and flash over fundamentals. Of course, nothing is inherently wrong with highlights, style, or flash, but when these captivate our attention fully, we are in trouble. We can quickly lose our appreciation for and connection to ordinary. We have teachers and teachings advocating a kind of Christianity that is radical and a kind of love that is crazy. They tell us we should consider the status quo an enemy and fight to enjoy our best life now, and to make sure we are driven full throttle by purpose.  We begin to place ourselves...

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