Church & Ministry
Posted 12/9/13 at 12:12 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
“On the first day of the week, let every one of you….” (I Corinthians 16:2)
A heavy snowfall had paralyzed the city. By church time only the janitor and the preacher had shown up. As they stood there, trying to decide what to do, the pastor said, “People today just aren’t as dedicated as they should be.” The janitor said, “No sir, and we wouldn’t be here either if they didn’t pay us!”
Today, the second Sunday of December, I’m at the halfway point of five banquets in a six-day period.
Thursday night, it was the “President’s Christmas Dinner” at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.” I wasn’t the speaker or anything, but they set me up a table and I sketched a lot of people. Then, the next night, after driving nearly 400 miles, I did the annual “pastors and wives Christmas banquet” for two associations around Minden, Louisiana where my buddy Randy Hales is the director of missions. I sketched nonstop for a couple of hours and did my stories for 30 minutes and drew some more, then drove over two hours back to Vicksburg, Mississippi where I’d reserved a room. Came home Saturday. Then, that night, I did the “Christmas family dinner” a few blocks from my house for Grace Community Bible Church, drawing everyone and sharing my stories. FULL POST
Posted 12/9/13 at 9:47 AM | John Dillard
Does God Speak to Christians in Today’s World?
Can we REALLY Hear God?
Is God Speaking to You Today?
I believe with ALL of my hear soul and might that God is speaking today to ALL those who will listen.
BUT we have to know the many ways God speaks to us including:
HIS Holy Written Word A Great and Incredible Love Story. The Bible.
Posted 12/9/13 at 9:27 AM | Phil Cooke
In my books I write frequently about making sure that in our scripts and programming, we stop the “Christian Lingo” and speak in a language and style the culture understands. As an example, a few years ago I received this e-mail from a media executive that brilliantly illustrates the point:
This month in your newsletter you mentioned how sometimes we as Christians don’t communicate very well with non-believers. My wife and I bought a radio station in a small market several years ago in rural Indiana. We decided on a positive country format, and included select Christian artists that fit that format. One DJ was given a Christian CD and told to listen to a particular song. In a few minutes he came out of the studio and announced that that was a gross and disgusting song. We were surprised and asked him why. His statement was “That song talks about being washed in the blood”. FULL POST
Posted 12/9/13 at 9:21 AM | Tim Challies
It may be one of the most difficult imperatives in all of the Bible: “Be angry and do not sin” (Ephesians 4:26). This verse assures us there are times we ought to be angry, but with one all-important caveat: we must not sin in our anger. Any honest person will need to acknowledge the sheer difficulty in doing this. Anger comes easily; righteous anger does not.
In his book Uprooting Anger, Robert Jones offers help. He gives three distinguishing marks of righteous anger.
The first mark of righteous anger is that it reacts against actual sin. It arises from an accurate perception of what is actually evil. The Shorter Catechism helpfully summarizes sin as any “want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God.” This is what ought to arouse our anger.
This means that for anger to be righteous, it cannot arise in response to a violation of my preferences. It cannot arise because I have been inconvenienced or I feel that my rights and freedoms have been trampled upon. Righteous anger reacts against what is really sin. FULL POST
Posted 12/9/13 at 8:20 AM | Olabode Ososami
All over the world, everything that can be shaken is being tossed up and down by strange storms and typhoons. Even all that we understand to be true is being tested and our hope in experience, reason and instincts appear to be under the deluge of a different flood … yet we can only trust in the Good Shepherd to lead us home. Who else do we have to keep us when everything seems to be failing?
Each day I read the headlines and ponder on articles and posts all over the globe and can only come to a conclusion … we must trust in God and God alone, even more than ever. It is not just that the flood of the enemy has of recent become so overwhelming in all its external and internal ramifications, but also that we are warring with an invented sophistry that denies Biblical simplicity and veracity. Our response is faulted not just because it is full or error and plays to the melody of darkness but because it is our response. God answers the flood of the enemy Himself … hence the theme “The Overflow” divinely selected for the annual Congress of The Redeemed Christian Church of God beginning today in Lagos, Nigeria. More people from all over the world, by the grace of God, will gather for a week of worship, teaching, healing and encouragement, than has ever been seen even as the congress is globally streamed. FULL POST
Posted 12/7/13 at 8:07 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
A Bible translator in war-ravaged Central African Republic (CAR) was shot and killed this week as he attempted to escape mounting violence in Bangui, according to Wycliffe Bible Translators.
Elisée Zama, who served as a translator with ACATBA, Wycliffe’s partner organization in CAR, was shot as he was transporting family members to the relative safety of a hospital compound.
Violence began intensifying in CAR following a coup in March 2013. Many humanitarian organizations have withdrawn from the country or cut back services and government health clinics have largely been abandoned.
“Reprisals against Christians in particular in Bangui are of great concern,” said Larry Robbins with SIL, a Wycliffe partner in CAR.
Posted 12/6/13 at 4:01 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Phillip Jensen
‘Outsourcing’ is an ‘in’ word. It used to be only a business word but now is spreading into life itself. Today people are outsourcing their life.
For some time the business world has used the term to talk of buying goods and services from outside suppliers. Rather than using in-house employees to undertake all the tasks of the business, the company will turn to external suppliers and ’outsource’ the work. This enables the business to concentrate on the core activities and allow experts to provide assistance in areas that are marginal to the business. The classic outsourcing is Information Technology. Many businesses do not have the expertise to set up and maintain their own Information Technology, so they subcontract this work out to experts.
While it is fashionable to speak of outsourcing, there's nothing new in it - nor is it an evil that must be resisted. The whole of society is built upon outsourcing. Without outsourcing, people have to live in a subsistence economy, where each citizen grows their own food, builds their own house, makes their own clothes and provides everything for himself or herself. As soon as we move to any division of labour we have started the process of outsourcing. From the division of domestic duties, to the selling of goods with neighbours, to the trade between businesses, society is built on outsourcing. FULL POST
Posted 12/6/13 at 1:33 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices
By Joe McKeever
“That is one of the reasons I believe in Christianity. It is a religion you could not have guessed.”– C. S. Lewis in “Mere Christianity”
Nothing about the Christian faith is as we might have expected. Get into the business of a virgin birth, a sinless life, a vicarious death, and a resurrection, and have it happen to a Jew in First Century Roman-dominated Judea and all bets are off.
Consider just the unexpectedness of the Christmas event itself, the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
1) Matthew 1
–The lineage of Jesus contains an interesting lineup of characters, including several women of questionable character: Tamar who seduced her father-in-law, Rahab the prostitute of Jericho, Ruth who was the subject of gossip in Bethlehem, Bathsheba who was the “other woman” of David’s fall from grace, and of course, Mary herself, the target of malicious gossips throughout Nazareth. FULL POST
Posted 12/6/13 at 10:36 AM | Michael Youssef
Depending on your point of view, the deal with Iran that was crafted in Geneva last month either stinks or is rosy. But what most of the world missed was the real motivation for both sides.
On the Western countries’ side (led by the United States), there were billions of dollars to be had in the lifting of sanctions on Iran. And the Islamist “Shia” mullahs of Iran knew that only too well.
Having grown up in the Middle East, I often heard a riddle that went something like this: “Who is the god of the West?”
The answer always was: “Money.”
The Geneva accord confirmed that perception, at least to the fast-growing segment of the Arab population that no longer trusts the U.S.
The motivation of the mullahs on the other hand, who know Islamic jurisprudence only too well, can be explained by “Taqiyya.” That word can be spelled different ways, but its meaning is always clear. Its essence is this: When you are in trouble with your enemy, agree with him as much as you can, but not too much. Once you gain the upper hand, you can renege, deny, or otherwise abrogate the agreement. FULL POST
Posted 12/6/13 at 9:52 AM | John Dillard
What if 2014 was the Year that God Moved Your Family Greatly?
Maybe God is Waiting for YOU to Lead Those You Love Most to Christ...
Make this is the year you chose Christ....
Whether your spouse goes with you....