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We were created to worship. And we are to worship God with every aspect and area of our lives - presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God.
The bride of Christ can often times be difficult and messy - but it is Christ's beautiful mess - to which He is the head and chief cornerstone.
Our faith comes out from a rich heritage and history. It was during the formative years of our faith that creeds, confessions, traditions, and liturgies were developed. These practices and traditions recaptured will not only anchor us but move us forward in our faith.
There is freedom in the gospel as it proclaims that in Christ we are sons and daughters of the King. The importance is learning to preach those truths to our heart and life everyday.
The conspiracy of silence as one of the reasons people do not change. Change happens when we break the conspiracy of silence...I am reminded of Jack Miller’s comments on the idol of reputation. The fact is that our reputation is an illusion for it is based on only some of the data about us. The fact that we refuse to acknowledge ourselves as the “biggest sinner we know” means that we pretend trials don’t tempt us with great sin. We focus on the evil “out there” and avoid the evil within our own hearts (James 1). This is stuff that stifles the spiritual life of churches, not just individuals. It is time to break the conspiracy of silence if it exists in your small group, family or church.(HT: Steve Cavallaro)
American evangelicals know him as the author of Evangelism Explosion. Reformed believers know him as a driving force behind the resurgence of reformed theology in recent decades. His people know him as the pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale, Florida—a church which he founded in 1949, 48 years ago.
Dr. Kennedy, 76, preached his last sermon from the pulpit of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church on Christmas Eve 2006. He suffered a cardiac arrest four days later and has since been unable to return to the pulpit. A tribute worship service honoring the extensive ministry of Dr. Kennedy will be held in the main sanctuary of the church at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 23.
When I get honest, I admit I am a bundle of paradoxes. I believe and I doubt, I hope and get discouraged, I love and I hate, I feel bad about feeling good. I feel guilty about not feeling guilty. I am trusting and suspicious. I am honest and I still play games.As difficult as it is to read Mother Theresa's pain and anguish, I am thankful and blessed by her honest confession.
Am I really worth anything if I’m not out there proving myself? Why is it so hard to stop the frantic pace of life even when I know it is hurting me and those I love? What is true in my relationship with God and what is merely an illusion? Is God really enough to satisfy the loneliness, emptiness and longing in my soul?
Anglican write Ester deWaal, a specialist in Celtic spirituality, asks two simple questions: "Do people see Christ in me?"; "Did I see Christ in others?"I think that these two simple questions effectively diagnose our "missional' temperature.
"John Chrysostom says, “He who is not angry when he has cause to be, sins. For unreasonable patience is the hotbed of many vices.” As a more contemporary source has it, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” To be angry at the lawyer who got the drug pusher free on a technicality is not sinful, especially when your son is lying in a coffin after an overdose from that pusher. Not to be angry in this case would be more sinful than almost any conceivable anger. To be angry at the religious huckster and hypocrite who uses God’s name to sucker naïve young people, their money, their loyalty, and perhaps their souls, into his power-hungry cult is not a sin. It is holy. To be angry at a doctor who makes a fortune running an abortion clinic and pressuring distraught mothers to let him kill their unborn babies is not a sin. It is a crusade. To see a crippled or retarded child and not to be angry at the doctor whose gross negligence was responsible is not a sin. It is godlike." (HT: JDGreear)
Jesus Film Surpasses 1,000th Translation The 1970s-version "Jesus Film" produced by Campus Crusade for Christ has been translated into its 1,000th language, with plans to translate it into an additional 500 languages—including every language with more than 100,000 speakers. Lanka Kol became the latest language translation of the film, which has been viewed by more than 6 billion people, with over 200 million decisions for Christ as a result. "Lanka Kol is a language many Americans have probably never even heard of, but there are more than one million people in India who speak Lanka Kol—and now we have the opportunity to begin sharing the gospel story with them in their own language," says Jim Green, executive director of The Jesus Film Project.The really cool thing about this film is that, although it might be "dated" by Western standards, it is still such a powerful medium throughout the world. This is true especially when you can bring unreached people groups a film, and in addition bring it in their own language.
Ten thousand Chinese become Christians each day, according to a stunning report by the National Catholic Reporter's veteran correspondent John Allen, and 200 million Chinese may comprise the world's largest concentration of Christians by mid-century, and the largest missionary force in history.News from IRAQ: Bible Stopped Sniper's Bullet
God has been trying to free me from the burden of doing something spectacular for him. It has a way of distracting you from the opportunities to be salt and light right where you are. I’m starting to see that the “cup of cold water given in Jesus' name” sometimes means running the register by yourself during lunch so your heartbroken coworker can cry in the break room, or volunteering to reshelf all the returns in your area so a worn-out coworker twice your age won’t have to. A kindness shown here, a listening ear offered there, a caring hug as you go might be the case for Christ a cynical waitress most needs. I’m starting to recognize that I am immersed in a sea of hurting people every day. If I simply pay attention and follow the promptings of the Spirit in all these little ways, my life is “ministry.”
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Think You Might Be Addicted to Email? You're Not Alone July 26, 2007 If you're sleeping with a portable device next to your pillow so you will not miss an email during the night, you are not alone. According to AOL's third annual "Email Addiction" survey, more Americans than ever before are using portable devices to keep tabs on their email throughout the day and night, and from virtually anywhere – bed, cars, bathrooms and even church.
As a relatively new Christian, he was thrilled at the opportunity to “write about religion for The Times and bring light into the newsroom.” But after years spent writing about sex abuse in the Catholic church, predatory televangelists, and countless other examples of evil perpetrated by representatives of Christianity, he found his own faith being slowly eroded.(HT: Think Christian)
Lobdell’s loss of faith was gradual, not the result of a single experience. Furthermore, he’s familiar with the usual Christian responses to sin within the church, but in the end didn’t find them sufficient. As he puts it:
I understood that I was witnessing the failure of humans, not God. But in a way, that was the point. I didn’t see these institutions drenched in God’s spirit. Shouldn’t religious organizations, if they were God-inspired and -driven, reflect higher standards than government, corporations and other groups in society? (read the rest here)
The people who drove onto that bridge had no advance warning of its collapse. They made no conscious decision to embrace danger or to put their lives on the line. Experience and reason have trained us all to trust what looks solid and stable -- and that bridge looked solid and stable up until it fell.(HT: Al Mohler -- The Tragedy in Minneapolis)