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Feature Friday (07/27/18)

Family! Anyone who knows me knows that family is high on my priority and value list. Family takes time. It takes energy. Family is not just some ideal that can be talked about and not affect our reality. Having and caring for a family in real life is anything but convenient.  And that is true even if it just you and a spouse. If you add children to the mix it gets even messier (and harder).

But the family is one of the analogies used throughout Scripture to describe the church. The best illustration is in Ephesians 5 when Paul compares the marriage relationship to Christ and the church. Throughout the epistles we see people refer to other followers of Jesus as “brothers” or “sisters”. But remember family is not easy or convenient. Yet so often we want convenience over community.

Convenience is easy. Community is hard. Convenience is about me. Community is about others. Convenience receives. Community requires giving. Convenience is what we want. Community is what we need!

Jesus understood this and evidenced it even in how He cared for His own mother at the end of His life. He knew that for Mary to be cared for like family she would need a community. The same is true for us. Yet living in community, like living in a family, requires time, energy and effort. That is exactly what Christ wants for His bride, the church. That is what Rachel Macdonald unpacks in her article “Behold, Your Mother!

So enjoy some family time this weekend. With your biological family, but also your spiritual family by being with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day! And enjoy the article!

Feature Friday (10/06/17)

Conflict. Debate. Battle. Disagreement. War. All of these words bring to mind the idea of struggle. While none of us like the struggle, conflict, and battle, it is part of our world and existence. The truth is, while we say we don’t like conflict, inwardly we are all wired for it and at times enjoy it. Think of the last movie you saw, TV show you watched or sports game you were entertained by; every one of those forms of entertainment thrives and exists because of conflict. One team versus another. The good guy versus the bad guy. The hero versus the villain. Just like every good story, life is a constant struggle.

The Christian life is no different. We are in a constant battle, a daily conflict. Two weeks ago I posted about “8 Characteristics of Believers who Don’t Give up in the Battle“. But a question remains, who is the enemy? What is it exactly the Christian is fighting against? With whom is the follower of Jesus’ battle counteracting? In other words, what is “The Great Enemy” of the Christian life.

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

Feature Friday (09/08/17)

Well, we have all done it. We have “Eased out of Summer and Back into school” or work. As we are back in the routine, that means this coming Sunday, September 10th is really a kick off Sunday for many churches and the ministries therein. With that in mind we all, but especially ministry leaders, should want people to get the most out of our ministry. But how? What can we do to really help people grow in their relationship with Christ and not just their knowledge of Christ?

One of the ways I am convinced genuine transformation takes place is in small groups. If you have ever been a part of a great small group you never forget it. Unfortunately, if you have ever been part of a horrible small group, that too is unforgettable. So how can we, leaders or participants, make the most of our small groups. Tim Chester gives some great advice on how to “Follow up the Sermon in Small Groups“. Enjoy the practical ideas and questions to enhance your small group, pass them along to your small group leader, or implement them yourself by asking others when you see them next.

As always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s Day!

Feature Friday (4/22/16)

“And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brothers. Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the Father loves whoever has been born of him”. – 1 John 4:21-5:1

The apostle John (and the Holy Spirit) make it evidently clear in this passage that to love God and be born of God is to love other Christians and evidences itself in love for other Christians. And this is why isolation from the body of Christ can be so dangerous.

As this article puts it, “As I was considering the coyote’s hunting strategy, it occurred to me that they prey upon the isolated family pet or animal that becomes separated from its mother.  Isolation is the key strategy for the coyote.  As we consider the Christian life, we must be reminded that isolation is the key strategy for the devil as well.  If he can somehow create circumstances and division that leads to isolation, he will move in for the attack.” Read the entire article “Isolation from the Church is Dangerous“.

As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day. Don’t be consumed by coyotes.

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