Kindle deals for Christian readers
Lexham Press has a few books on sale for 99¢ through the end of the week that might be worth checking out:
- I Dare You Not to Bore Me with the Bible by Michael Heiser
- Bible Word Studies: A How To Guide edited by John D. Barry and Rebecca Van Noord
- The Bible in Its Ancient Context edited by John D. Barry and Rebecca Van Noord
- The Bible in the Real World edited by Rebecca Van Noord, Jessi Strong and John D. Barry
- The Gospel Works Everywhere edited by Rebecca Van Noord, Jessi Strong and John D. Barry
- When the Bible is Complicated edited by John D. Barry and Rebecca Van Noord
The importance of enjoying your kids
But there are days when it’d be nice to be a soda machine. After all, if pastors are soda machines, then when you stand before Almighty God you can’t expected to be held responsible for dispensing what the folks asked you to dispense. They pushed the watery-teaching button. You just gave them what they wanted. They pushed the “let’s not really bother reaching the broken in our community” button, and so as a good machine you acquiesced and gave them what they wanted.
Can you thank your way into thankfulness?
This is a real question because this week, many of us might not be feeling particularly thankful. Perhaps your year has been filled with more loss than gain; more tears than laughter; more struggle than triumph. You’re confident, then, that there are indeed many things for which you should be thankful, but you’re not seeing – or feeling – any of them. Can you, then, thank your way into a spirit of gratitude, or is doing so disingenuous and fake?
If there’s one subject with which the mind of a minister is often engaged it is that which is framed by the question, “How do I know that I have been fruitful in ministry?” Fruitfulness in ministry is deeply important to those who have given their lives in service to Christ and for the sake of the Gospel. The Apostle Paul revealed that he cared deeply about fruitfulness in ministry when he told the church in Philippi, “If I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor” (Phil. 1:22). But what determines the nature of a fruitful ministry? How does one measure fruitfulness? These are among some of the most challenging questions that a minister of the Gospel faces. Thankfully, the Scriptures and church history provide us with a number of ways by which we may define and measure our fruitfulness in ministry.
What we missed in “love your neighbor as yourself” is that the emphasis is on love not on yourself. How can we treat others in a way that honors them, that respects them, that dignifies them and values their opinions and worth?