Sunday, November 23, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
"Scripture gives us a number of ways to know who is truly a follower of Christ. For example, those who repent of their sin, trust in Christ, and surrender to his lordship have the marks of a true disciple. Those are foundational responses to the gospel. But did you know that being a disciple also means that you ought to be making disciples? If you’re a follower of Christ, you weren’t made to be a spectator; you were made to be a disciple-maker." -- David Platt
Friday, November 21, 2014
"The gospel liberates us to be okay with not being okay. We know we’re not okay—though we try very hard to convince ourselves and other people that we’re basically fine. But the gospel tells us, 'Relax, it is finished. The pressure’s off.'" -- Tullian Tchividjian
Photo by Coba
Here are the best pastoring and leadership related blog posts I came across lately. If you are serving others or discipling someone you may find some good "food for thought".
- The Recipe for a Successful Pastor
- Questions are the Answer
- 10 Wise Leadership Lessons I’ll Never Forget
- What Happens When We Go to Scripture Looking for an Outline, Not for Life
- Why Trust Matters More Than You Realize (And 3 Ways To Create It)
- Twenty-One Words That Describe Christian Leadership
- You Need Others’ Voices
Thursday, November 20, 2014
"Jesus’ death means he has taken on your sin, in exchange for his righteousness. God has shown us “the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:7). These are the only riches you are promised in this life—the joy and peace that comes with knowing that you have a good and loving God who has saved you at the infinite cost of his only Son." -- Caleb Flores
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
It is obvious that our technology today is having a negative impact on our ability to really connect with each other. Over a year ago I gave a speech at our Toastmaster's Club here in Brașov about this very subject titled Be Fully Present.
How should Christians view and deal with this problem? I came across an excellent blog post today that talked about this issue titled The Presence of Mind to Be Present by Jeremy Writebol. Here is what he had to say:
One practical way that love expresses itself is by our presence with others when we are actually with them. It seems to be the case more and more that whenever my wife and I go out on a date, we notice other couples in the room sitting at the same table staring intently into the World Wide Web on their cell phone. The glow of the smart-device covers their face and the concentration and devotion they exhibit towards whatever they are looking at is obvious. However, it looks rather odd to see two people at the same table staring into two devices and spending a significant amount of time not talking to one another. I often wonder if they are unable to talk and send one another text messages to communicate. It seems that this sort of ailment is occurring more and more these days. And myself am not innocent.
You can read the rest here.