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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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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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Limitations of Positive Thinking

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 in Priorities, Success | 0 comments

by Ernest Lockngenu – I remember having a talk with a Christian friend on the well-being of Christians and the Christian life in general. According to him, many Christians were not blooming because their lives were influenced by negative thoughts. In a world where difficulties of every sort are fast growing every day, many people –Christians included- succumb in discouragement, defeatism and anxiety. Therefore, in such a context, it is important to start thinking positively and, pastors should make it their duty to teach Positive Thinking to their members. Like self-motivation, Positive Thinking stands on the principle of auto-suggestion which consists in suggesting to one’s self that all is fine (always) and to leave the rest to the subconscious whose role is to make sure everything effectively works well. The principle of Positive Thinking is more of seeing only...

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Standing Firm Against Three Enemies

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 in Angels, Bible, Spiritual Formation, Spiritual Warfare, Success | 0 comments

by Christopher Cone – Every believer has three opponents who are constantly trying to derail our walk with Christ. Ephesians 2:1-3 identifies them by name. The first enemy is the course (or age) of this world. That is, the world system itself, and not the people in the world (Eph 6:12). The second is the prince of the power of the air, that is Satan – who roams the earth seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8). Third is our very own flesh. Paul illustrates in Romans 7 the very real and present struggle we have with our flesh: while we have new life in the inner man, we still have our old flesh that wars with our spirit. Every believer faces this struggle until we are set free from the body of death (the flesh). Sometimes we may think...

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A Look at Depression Through the Lens of Scripture

Posted on Nov 12, 2013 in Hope, Love, Marriage, Philosophy, Prayer, Priorities, Spiritual Formation, Success, Worldview | 0 comments

by Gary Gilley – The man sitting before me would not respond to my questions. He sat, motionless, staring at the floor. That he had been under a great deal of stress was a fact known to all who loved him, but that he was this close to the “edge” surprised us all. Soon he would find himself on the psych ward of a local hospital, medicated and undergoing both individual and group counseling. Unfortunately his life would never be the same. He had come to this state of deep (what some would call “clinical”) depression because of unbiblical and sinful choices that he had been making in his life. Even though he would overcome his depression, the counseling he received reinforced and validated these choices. He would ultimately leave his wife and child, drop out of the church and pursue...

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How to Fail Well: A Warning to Pastors

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 in Church and Ministry, Marriage, Parenting, Priorities, Success | 0 comments

by Christopher Cone – As I stand in front of students at the beginning of a pastoral class, I write on a whiteboard four words in no particular order: children, God, church, and wife. I ask them a simple question: “Are any of you perfect?” My absurd question is met with the smirks and snickers it deserves. “So you are going to fail somewhere along the line, right?” More smirks. Not so many snickers. “So pick one. Where are you going to fail? Are you going to fail as a father to your children? Are you going to fail in your relationship with God? Are you going to fail as a husband? Or will you fail in your pastoral role in the church?” The smirks are gone now, replaced with pained looks of concern. The reality of the challenge...

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