Volume 1 | Issue 1 – March 26, 2015
Pastor Steve shares these links to stimulate some Thursday Thoughts…
Pastor J.D. Greear has posted an article that emphasizes the same perspective on evangelism that we considered this past Sunday. He writes: “Our everyday obedience is our best witness. Walking in obedience to Christ isn’t always flashy. But it’s that everyday obedience – in our marriage, in our jobs, in our schools – that acts as a theater for bringing glory to God and demonstrating grace to the world.” You should read the rest HERE … and be anxious for our continued study of Titus in the months ahead as we think about “Evangelism and Me”.
How Sure Can We Be? Nobody wants to make poor decisions. We hope to apply care and discernment toward making the right choices; the choices God would have us make. We want, as much as possible, TO BE SURE! But how sure can we be? Tim Challies writes, quoting from Tim Keller: “If we leave the Bible out, we may plumb our impressions and feelings and imagine God saying various things to us, but how can we be sure we are not self-deceived? The lesson here is not that God never guides our thoughts or prompts us to choose wise courses of action, but that we cannot be sure He is speaking to us unless we read it in the Scriptures.” Read the rest HERE.
Sunday Morning Wonder. I really enjoyed this article from Trevin Wax on the wonder tucked into the ordinary Sunday morning; wonder we typically overlook. He writes: “They are not paid to be here. They are not forced to be here. Yet they come and serve in beautiful ways. In the nursery, volunteers change diapers without complaint, step in to mediate the toddlers’ dispute over sippy cups, and dole out a weekly supply of animal crackers. Down the hall, men and women open their Bibles and discuss the meaning and application of God’s inspired Word. A doctor with more than a decade of education in medicine takes notes as a construction worker who never went to college exercises his gift in teaching the Scriptures. The dawn of resurrection morning has given way to the sunlight of noonday. Energized and equipped, the blood-bought saints go out. It may seem like the service is over, but the truth is, their service is just beginning.” You can read the rest HERE.