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Feature Friday (07/12/19)

It happens every day to everyone. There is not a person on the planet who does not encounter this at some level every day of the year. Even those who seek to avoid it, deal with it. This is part of being human. It’s a normal aspect of relationships. What is it…

Conflict! There is no way to avoid it in our world. The fact is whenever you get two or more people in close proximity (or even not so close proximity) with one another, conflict is bound to ensue. While we could go into all the reasons conflict exists, Kevin Fontenot writes a great article about conflict resolution.

If you are an aspiring leader, especially a church leader, you may be thinking, “Conflict? That should not exist if the leader is doing her job, especially within the church”. But anyone who has been around people, especially church people will affirm that you need to know these “Keys for Conflict Resolution in the Church“.

Check out the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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Feature Friday (07/05/19)

It is one of the most epic stories of all time. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best selling stories and highest revenue gaining movie series ever. But there is one aspect to this story I find peculiar – much of the story is trying to have a kingdom without a king.

Unfortunately this is one reality I believe we all, as humans, wrestle with ourselves. Doug Boerema writes an excellent article about this struggle in his article “The Kingdom without the King“.

There is a kingdom we all long to see become reality and want so much, but that kingdom has a King as well. However, far too often we ignore the King and forfeit the kingdom.

Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (06/28/19)

Tragedy! It strikes in the most peculiarly places and times. It affects all of us, regardless of age, gender, socio-economic class, race, and location. Tragedy is a human experience. To be human is to experience tragedy in some form.

The same horrible situation that affects adults can happen to children as well. The loss of a favorite item. The passing of a loved one. All of these and more happen to children like adults. As a parent there are many ways we want to respond to tragedy that hits our children, but what is one of the best ways to come alongside our kids in tragedy?

Brooklyn Lindsey shares an excellent article on this subject. Instead of offering advice, seeking conversation, or hoping to soften the blow, there is a better way.

Brooklyn shares how one of the best things to do when suffering rears it’s ugly head in any form is to “Huddle Up Close“.

Enjoy the read and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (06/21/19)

We’ve all been there. We had a meeting, lunch, or other get together to prepare for and failed to do so. It’s now fifteen minutes before the other person shows up or we have to leave to get to the meeting. What do we do? Bluff and act like we have it all together? Just pull up some quick notes and wing it? Or is there another option? Having tried most routes I have found a better option…be prepared!

Now I can’t help you in every situation but one that Richard Sweatman gives some aid in is “How to Use a Pre-Written Bible Study“. If you’ve ever lead a small group, Sunday school or just a one on one bible study you know the easy pitfall to find yourself in when using a pre-written study. You show up hoping it’s a simple read, repeat out loud, and the group takes off.

That is rarely the case, so what can we do? Richard’s article gives some helpful hints and things to avoid.

As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (06/14/19)

My palms are sweaty, my heart is racing as I check my mic one more time to ensure I know exactly where the mute button is. I’ve stepped in front of crowds multiple times before but I am still nervous. While communicating is a gift I have been given it’s also a skill I will always be developing. But that’s not the reason I’m nervous. The mild anxiety is because I’m not just communicating on any old topic; I’m about to preach the word of God!

Preaching is arguably the most demanding form of communication. It’s a time when the divine speaks to the human. It’s taking eternal truths and presenting them at moments in time. And all of this communication happens to a group of people with varying expectations, desires, life circumstances, and experiences.

Preaching is hard, no question! But one of the reasons it can be more difficult is all the “Myths Needing to Be Busted” surrounding sermons. Carey Nieuwhof’s article attacks 6 of these myths.

Whether you enjoy, despise, or endure preaching once a week or once a year this is a great article to challenge our thinking about preaching.

Enjoy and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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Feature Friday (06/7/19)

There were needing men everywhere. Every bed was full. Directives were being hollered repeatedly and loudly. “Bandage.” “More medicine.” “I need help.” The needs were great. The need for discernment was greater.

This was a routine scene for the life of a Civil War field surgeon. Injuries were numerous. Life-threatening situations happened daily. And the surgeon needed minute by minute discernment to prioritize which situations needed his immediate attention and which could wait for later. This discipline was known as triage. It is routinely practiced in the medical world, but something that is needed in all areas of life, especially in regards to theology.

Albert Mohler wrote such an article concerning triage in the theological realm. It is excellent in helping one think through priorities when it comes to theological issues. It helps one answer the question of first importance as Paul writes about in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4. Check out Mohler’s article “A Call for Theological Triage and Christian Maturity“.

So look for ways to triage decisions this weekend. What is of first importance? What is of secondary importance? Why? Leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

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