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- Pants on Fire Department: Apparently Perry Noble may have fudged some stats on church attendance in his home state when he was trying to justify some church expansion.
- This is a must read, especially for women who have a man in their life (father, brother, son, friend) who is going where he shouldn’t go online. Check out Four Reasons Why Men Like Porn.
- Two quick posts about actor Andy Griffith who passed away last week: Ron Edmondson on how Andy was prepared to die; and a Christianity Today post on the secret to understanding life in the Town of Mayberry.
- If Solomon* were alive today, instead of the Proverbs 31 text we know, he might have written something like what Dennis Muse posted about what makes a girl beautiful. (*Or Lemuel; see comments!)
- An eight-year old girl discovers that the dinosaur pictured in the brochure for the IMAX show at the show at the Smithsonian is actually from (gasp!) The Creation Museum.
- Is this religious persecution? An Arizona man’s weekly Bible studies at his home have cost him $12,000 in fines and two months in jail, because he was violating the building code.
- Christian bookstores may be disappearing, but according to Rachel Held Evans, their influence isn’t. She thinks their conservatism is choking author creativity.
- Lisa Robinson thinks that having a “life verse” isn’t a good idea for four reasons, including that it isn’t a nice thing to do to the verse.
- This one was found linked on Rachel’s blog this weekend: If you are feeling in a silly mood or need to entertain the junior high youth group this weekend, here are The Top Ten Zombie Scenes in the Bible. And here’s a transparent look at the subject of repentance. Good explanation of the phrase in Matthew, “Bear fruit in keeping with repentance.”
- Darrell at SFL explains why, in fundamentalist circles, many people have the calling but only a few have the job.
- Blog Discovery of the Week Department: Caleb Jennings Breakey, an author with two books slated for Harvest House Publishers in each of 2013 and 2014.
- An internal link here back to 2009: If you’re planning small group ministry for the fall, here’s how National Capital Church (Mark Batterson) allows free-market principles to guide the birth of small groups.
- This one will be eight days old when you read it, but it supplies some background into the injury suffered by author and missionary Steve Saint.
- Apparently not all scientists are happy with the term “God Particle” for the Higgs-Boson. But you saw that coming, right?
- And if the universe is the answer, what is the question? Answers in Genesis weighs in on Higgs-Boson. (Link is correct, go to the second item.)
- Yes, we saw that piece about the “whites only” Christian conference, and no, that could never happen in Canada (at least they wouldn’t be able to advertise it.)
- Christian Piatt shares Ten Clichés Every Christian Should Avoid. I guess every blog post happens for a reason.
- If you happen to be in my part of the world on Sunday, August 5th, Canadian male vocalist and storyteller Steve Bell will be doing a rare appearance here — the only one on the current tour — with the Steve Bell Trio.
- Matt Chandler is offering a free chapter preview of his newest book, Explicit Gospel.
- Check out the growth of the YouVersion Bible app — click the image to see the app’s blog, or click here to go straight to YouVersion.
I’m the kind of person who walks through the supermarket picking things up and then setting them down again in order to pick up something else. I’m sure I keep stock clerks busy replacing all the stuff I’ve grabbed and then absent-mindedly deposited in the next aisle. (You’d think they’d offer baskets or carts or something…)
So when Perry Noble posted today on the topic of distraction I knew I had to re-post this one here. As someone once said… … …okay, I forgot what it was. See what I mean?
Getting distracted is DANGEROUS! (I remember taking my eyes off the road for just a few seconds the other day…and when I looked up I was about to take out a row of mailboxes! I immediately jerked the car back into the road…and if there had been another car coming I would have NAILED them!)
In ministry we can’t allow ourselves to become distracted (which is SO MUCH more of a challenge than it was 10 years ago because of the “advancement” of social media.)
So…what are four distractions that we are constantly going to have to resist as leader?
#1 – Pleasure – We are going to have to fight doing what is easy rather than what is right!
#2 – Pride – There WILL come the temptation to begin to think, “Look at all of this great work I have done!” I can think of two leaders in the Scripture who had simular thoughts…it didn’t go well for them! (See Daniel 4:28-33 and Acts 12:19-23)
#3 – Procrastination - Many times we KNOW what the right decision that needs to be made…but because it may be tough to do so we delay it, hoping that maybe God either just “work it out” or change His mind!
#4 – People – Someone is always going to not like what you do, who you are and what you stand for…always! When you get in the people pleasing business you get out of the business of pleasing God! (See Galatians 1:10)
#5 – Performance – One of the greatest problems with success is that leaders can actually begin to believe that they are the ones that caused success to happen…and in order to keep/maintain it they have to work harder and harder…thus establishing a pace that literally sends them into a wall at 100 mph.
#6 – Problems - We can’t view problems as God’s punishment…but rather we must view them as God’s preparation! David didn’t see the lion and the bear as a problem…but rather he viewed them as opportunities to prepare him for the greater problems in life he knew that were sure to come. (See I Samuel 17:33-37)
#7 – Passion - Passion can be a distraction when we use it to run over people rather than lead them! God did NOT give us the Spirit of timidity…but of power, LOVE and self discipline! (II Timothy 1:7) Power without love always leads to legalism and domination. We MUST be passionate about what God has called us to…but we must also learn how to use that passion to lead others to where they need to be…not drive them there!
This blog mixes original and reprint items. Often my head is filled with several days worth of post ideas, and then on other weeks, I sometimes find myself “mining” the Alltop Christianity pages in search of something that is of lasting value. Something a little less “wood, hay and stubble” and a little more “gold, silver and precious stones.” This piece from Perry Noble definitely meets that criterion.
#1 – Am I reading my Bible for information or transformation? (James 1:22-25)
#2 – Am I allowing people or circumstances to steal the joy that Jesus promised to me? (John 10:10)
#3 – Is there anything in my life that God is consistently dealing with that I am trying to ignore? (Ezekiel 14:1-5)
#4 – Who are the people in my life that God has placed around me for the purpose of me sharing Christ with them and/or inviting them to church? (II Corinthians 5:16-21)
#5 – Is there anyone I need to apologize to? (Ephesians 4:25:27)
#6 – Is there anyone I need to forgive? (Ephesians 4:32)
#7 – Is there a sin I need to confess to others and ask for help? (James 5:16)
#8 – Am I fully utilizing the gifts and abilities that God has blessed me with…or am I simply choosing to waste my life? (I Peter 4:10)
#9 – Do I know more lines from the movies [or popular songs] that I love than verse from the Bible that I read? (Psalm 119:11)
#10 – Is there anything going on in my life privately that, if it became public, would cause me and/or the body of Christ to be embarrassed? (I John 1:9, James 5:16)
You’ll want to read the whole thing, but here’s some teasers from NewSpring (Anderson, SC) pastor Perry Noble:
“When the stock market started going down, your god died and you don’t see him resurrecting any time soon … You think the economy has a hold on you when you don’t understand that God actually has a hold on the economy.”
“A nation that has consumer debt and obesity as its top two problems, it’s not because we don’t have enough, it’s because we don’t manage what we have well.”
Read the whole piece here.
Photo: Tent city in Sacramento, CA which the city is considering legalising. Link.