July blog reviews

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True Leaders Are Teachable – this is so true.  I know I am at my best when I have changed something in my leadership from what I have learned.

Making the Most of Your Bible Reading – great advice here

4 Reasons Why Every Bible Reader Should Do Word Studies – I am not a Bible scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but I certainly do appreciate studying words sometimes and what they meant in the original language.

10 Ways To Resist The Devil – solid ideas here we all should consider

You Have Enough Time to Study the Bible – I agree, we really do what we want to do with our time each day.

Why We Fail at Family Devotions –  how true, how true.  We make a family devotion too hard I think.

June Blog Reviews

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6 Reasons Why I Like to Read Scripture in the Morning – I agree with each of Art’s reasons.

 

Church Links (articles of interest for local church leaders)

The Gospel Was Given for a Time Like This – Well articulated by Tim Challies

WHAT’S NEXT IN CHURCH TECHNOLOGY? – I think as a church we need to be open towards technology when it helps share the Good News of Jesus.

7 Reasons Mid Size Churches Get Stuck – My church fits in the mid-sized church (200-800).  Gotta look close at these stumbling blocks.

Developing a Timeline for Your Church-Wide Campaign – This is a great article on planning for a campaign.

 

May Blog Reviews

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3 NEGLECTED OBJECTS OF STEWARDSHIP – good points for us to consider

Apple Destroyed My Will to Collect Music – I have been an Apple music fan since my first iPod.  I agree with the author here, I too have been disenchanted with the new Apple Music features.  I have also lost songs that were original and hard to find.

The Power Of Conformity – how quickly those without a moral compass will sway with the winds of conformity.  I am so nervous about how our country has changed it moral views and what drives them now.

Court-Ordered Same-Sex Marriage Cannot Deliver on Its Promise – only time will tell, but I so agree with Dr Mohler in this short video.

Calvin & Hobbes – Art Before Commerce – My favorite comic strip of all time.  I never understood why these characters could only be found in print, so the title and this video gives the artist reasons why.

How a Gutenberg printing press works – I am fascinated with how the Bible came to what it is today.  The printing press was one of those technologies that helped spread the Word!  Interesting video on how a printing press works.  Now I understand why it is called the printing “press”.

Church Links

10 Reasons Why the Church Gathers – short, great points

How to Backslide in 9 Easy Steps – I couldn’t emphasise point #1 any stronger.  Lack of daily Bible reading and prayer will lead anyone away from Jesus.

 

40 Ways to Pray – for Me

Day 40 – pray for Yourself

The last way in which I will cover in this 40 ways to pray is probably the most important.  We need to start first of all by praying for ourselves.

Like when on an airplane we are told that in the event of an emergency to put our mask on first before assisting others.  You know why?  Because if you run out of oxygen then you will pass out and not be able to help anyone – including yourself.

So our prayers should start by lifting up our Father and Creator, and then ask for several things in our life.

I believe our daily prayers for ourselves should include at a minimum the following:

  • Forgiveness – we should always start by asking God to forgive the sins we have committed against Him so He can hear us pray to Him.
  • Daily portion – nourishment, rest and guidance for the day
  • Wisdom – to know the wise thing to do and the courage to do it
  • Humble – a posture of putting God 1st, and me 2nd
  • Protection – from the evil one who wants to devour and divide
  • Power – to stand strong against the evil one and the courage to battle sin
  • Guard my heart – we need to be careful, because what goes into the heart comes out in the life

My Prayer for Today

Jesus thank you for the ability to talk directly to You and to hear from you.  Please forgive me when I count you as anything but first in my life.  Show me today what it is that would be pleasing for me to do for You today.  I pray in the only name that I know how – the wonderful name of Jesus!

40 Ways to Pray – Constant Prayer

Day 39 – Pray to be in constant Prayer

Rejoice always!
Pray constantly.
Give thanks in everything,
for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 tells us to rejoice and pray constantly.

Now how in the world can we do that?  We have to work, go to school, go to church, eat and sleep.  How can I skip those things to be in prayer you say?

Well you don’t skip them.  The idea is to constantly be asking God for guidance in all that we do.  When I go to work or work is there someone He needs me to talk to?   Do I give thanks when I eat?  When I decide to go for a walk or watch TV, what does God want us to do in those situations?

I don’t think Paul intended us to do nothing but pray, but to pray in all things we do.

My Prayer for Today

Lord help me to be reminded constantly that You provide all I do and all I have.  Help me to remember to first listen to your guidance before I act today.  In the name of Jesus I pray.

 

40 Ways to Pray – the Lost

Day 38 – Pray for those who do not know Jesus as their Savior

We see them every day.  They could be family, coworkers, friends, people at the restaurant, or next to you at the traffic light.  They could be sitting next to you in church.  Who are they – people who do not know Jesus as their personal Savior.  As I type this I am reminded by God that this could actually be you.

My heart sinks.

Jesus came to pay the penalty for my and your sins.  The Father sent Him as the perfect sacrifice as a payment for the penalty of our sins against God.  All we have to do is admit that we are a sinner, repent of our sins, accept the gift of salvation, and dedicate our life to Jesus.

But there are people we know who have never turned their life to Jesus, and some of them will never know unless we tell them.  It’s not my preacher’s job to tell them about Jesus – it is mine.  And it is yours if you are saved by the grace of God.

So our prayers should include asking God to reveal a person that we know who needs to hear the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ alone.  Ask God to reveal that person to you and then ask for boldness to share how Jesus made a change in your life.

My Prayer for Today

Lord I know that I have friends that I work with and family members that I am not certain that they know the free pardon of sin in Jesus.  Show me one person today that I can witness to about the love of Jesus and how He alone can save our lives from hell and give us an eternity of hope and joy.  In the powerful name of Jesus I pray.

40 Ways to Pray – Unity

Day 37 – Pray for Unity in the Church

God desires for Christians to get along with each other.  There is no way He would desire any division in His church.

“May they all be one,
as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You.
May they also be one in Us,
so the world may believe You sent Me.
I have given them the glory You have given Me.
May they be one as We are one.
I am in them and You are in Me.
May they be made completely one,
so the world may know You have sent Me”   -John 17:21-23

Jesus prayed to the Father for us to be in one accord.  If we are truly in a relationship with Jesus, then the desires of our church members should all be the same – to glorify Him.  Then we only need to decide in the context of where we live and the community we can influence how do we go about glorifying Him and bringing others to Him?  That is called a strategy that we look to our local church leader (pastor) to hear from God and chart that course for us.

“Paul urged the church in Ephesus to walk worthing of the calling you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with unity of the Spirit with the peace that binds” -Eph 4:1-2

Our unity comes not from our common items of interest, but in the Holy Spirit of God that we all should strive to communicate with deeper each day.

Unity means we cannot have gossip or negative talk about the leaders of our church.  If we have something against what they are doing then we should go to them and discuss what we see as a difference.

Unity also means forgiveness and grace.  We will have differences with people in our churches, but we cannot forge differences with them.  We must learn to forgive them and allow grace as we all are sinners and fall short of the glory of God.

My Prayer for Today

Lord I ask you to help me bring unity to my church.  Where there are differences help me to see both sides and seek to join the other in the fight against satan daily.  Help us to appreciate and use our differences as tools against the dark one.  In the name of Jesus I pray.

Blackberry Wisdom

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