If you missed last week’s TGC Women’s conference, you can now access all the media online. Kristi James, a first-time attendee, also shared her experience.
Insecurity can plague leaders because leaders are constantly evaluated and continually carry the burden of responsibilities. While it is natural for leaders to struggle with insecurity, leaders who live in insecurity bring great damage to the people they are supposed to be serving. While there are varying degrees of damage, insecurity leaves a wake of pain in its path.
Between 1945 and 1946, after the end of World War II, the film company C. O. Baptista Films (operating out of Wheaton, Illinois) produced a 20-minutes film where four fundamentalist pastors and evangelists answer the question of what they would do, or counsel others to do, if they had only five minutes to live. Along the way they each discuss their own personal relationship to God through Christ.
This is a provocatively titled and intriguing look at why sex within the context of marriage is not only biblical but vital to human flourishing.
The upside-downness of Jesus’ original parable in Luke can be hidden if we seek to jump too quickly to modern day application. We must account for Pharisees now being universally condemned.
God has created the identity of His church. It is far beyond what we claim of ourselves. In fact, we may have a harder time than Gideon believing we are who we are. But failure to believe what is true about ourselves will keep us from doing mighty deeds for God. Certainly what we are is entirely based upon God’s presence in us and His power bequeathed to us. We are nothing on our own. But in Christ, we are something beyond imagination. Consider who God declares we are:
But I have never regretted forsaking a high-paying engineering job in the U.S. to be a low-paid missionary in China. I wouldn’t say that I wasted my skills or education by not ever getting into the engineering world. I’d agree with Paul’s words: “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. . . . [And I] count [past worldly status and successes] as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (Philippians 3:7–8).