As we all prep for 2018, I thought it might be helpful if I wrote a listicle post describing some of my favorite software and apps, with brief explanations of what makes them useful to me...
“I have no peace about it,” someone says. “So I will not do it.” With the right spirit, this is a prudent mechanism for discerning God’s will. But if what you mean is, “I will not have peace if I do it,” you might be in error. (3 Minutes / 500 Words)
Paul dreamed of the church. In so doing, he introduced a beautiful truth: the universal church is one because the Triune God is one. (3 Minutes / 500 Words)
The believers in Antioch were far different from the culture they lived in. Because they lived in an environment without a connection to Judaism like the church in Jerusalem had the Christ-followers in Antioch stuck out like a sore thumb. Antioch was a Roman city, influenced by the Roman and Greek way of life, the third largest city in the empire. So, as people watched those believers do their thing, a new title began to form. They were called Christians because they followed Christ. (5 Minutes / 1000 Words)
Proverbs can teach you how to live a life of skill. Here, I offer five perspectives to keep in mind when reading the book.
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Everyone needs friends. If you’re a leader of any kind, you especially need friends. You might feel tempted to avoid friendship but don’t. You might be a natural born leader, but sometimes you need to turn off the leading and be a friend...
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Teaching notes for 2 Samuel 18.
Paul saw the church as a body. When healthy, the body can run and jump and move with ease. When sick, the body is hindered from moving the way the mind wishes. Paul saw the church this way, with Christ as the head and believers as the body. This vision is the Spirit’s way of giving us a vision of what could be. If the church is healthy, operating in the specific ways Paul will write of in this next passage, then we will be able to execute the mission Christ has given us. If we are unhealthy, we will be slowed in the mission of Christ, unable to bear the fruit we otherwise would. To Paul, the health of the body is of paramount importance.
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Sadly, at the time of Paul’s writing, the reality in Corinth was incongruent with the future glory which would be theirs. They bickered and fought and sued one another. They sang of harmony and love but practiced bitterness and brutality. Paul was embarrassed for them, and probably by them. Why are you doing this in front of the unbelieving world? Don’t you know they need your light, not your lawsuits? (3 Minutes / 500 Words)