The Daily Discovery (November 1, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Love Your Neighbor Enough to Speak Truth: A Response to Jen Hatmaker – “Today, I hear Jen’s words—words meant to encourage, not discourage, to build up, not tear down, to defend the marginalized, not broker unearned power—and a thin trickle of sweat creeps down my back. If I were still in the thick of the battle over the indwelling sin of lesbian desire, Jen’s words would have put a millstone around my neck.” Reformation Day and the Righteousness of God – “So, I know I’ve posted this (and even re-posted this) before, but when Reformation Day comes around, these truths are what my heart and mind … Read More

Two Kinds of Pride

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very Christian has heard the verse, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” In fact, it’s referenced several times in Proverbs 3:34, James 4:6, and 1 Peter 5:5. But, by default, it’s easy to see pride only in our boasting. So we think to ourselves, “as long as I don’t tell everyone how awesome I am, I’m not being prideful.” But that’s not how God sees it. There are (at least) two kinds of pride: 1. Self-Promotion This is the gimme. With self-promotion, a person is exalting their virtues, their character, their actions, their abilities, etc. This is doing all you can to see that others recognize how fantastic you are. This is deadly dangerous for a … Read More

Infants Shall Rule Over Them

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“Ecclesiastes 1:9 What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” bought the lie. Not long ago I was perusing my typical internet news sites when I came across an article on the Millennial generation.  In the very first paragraph, I discovered a sickening truth; I am a Millennial.  Gasp!  It nearly took my breath away.  For the past year, I have been on a tireless crusade to point out the foolishness of the Millennial generation.  I’ve specifically focused on how their God-hating ways have infected the American Church as those of that same generation who identify as Christians incessantly attempt to drag the … Read More

Why 2 Samuel is the Best Book in the Bible

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very Christian believer, if you were to ask them, would tell you that they would desire to be a man/woman after God’s own heart. The essence of that desire is a longing for closeness with God. But what does this actually look like? Despite all his faults and failures, David was considered to be such a man. By studying the life of David we get a window into the kind of king-leader God Himself chose for the people of Israel; we also get a shadowed view of the coming King—the Son of David, who will rule over all the kingdoms of the earth. With great excitement, we turn to 2 Samuel, the best book in the Bible. Main Themes: Lessons … Read More

Why 1 Samuel is the Best Book in the Bible

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eadership is something that is always desperately needed. Whether building a company, overseeing government, or keeping a family running—good leadership is essential. But there is no realm in which leadership is more needed than with the care of the people of God. While humans are prone to wander because of sin, Godly leaders work hard to steer our wayward hearts back to God. In a time of crisis, First Samuel introduces us to three prominent leaders in Israel: Samuel, Saul, and David. In studying this book, the reader is exposed not only to qualities of good versus bad leadership, but also to the lives of these unique men. Many who have recounted their own stories likely did not realize they have … Read More

Why Titus is the Best Book in the Bible

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t is always a challenge: How is the church to live in the world? What are the responsibilities of church leaders? What is the required character of church members? These are answered in Paul’s short letter to Titus. Main themes: leadership, godly living Favorite verses: “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age” (Titus 2:11-12) “But when the goodness and kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit” (Titus 3:4-5)

Preachers Will Be Judged More Harshly: And so will you, Small Group Leaders

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 love you. You read that correctly, I love you, each and every one of you; Christian, pagan, Muslim, friend, enemy, heretic, solid bible preacher, etc. I love you all the way Christ directs me to love you in scripture (1 John 4:7-8).  In particular, I love my fellow small group1 leaders for heeding the call Christ has placed on your life to take on the responsibility of leading a small portion of his flock, many times sacrificing personal peace and comfort in the process.  In fact, I love you so much that I feel led to ensure you fully grasp the weight of the position you occupy, as always, from a biblical perspective. The Bible says that preachers will be … Read More

Leading A Small (Home) Group: Are You A Dictator or Facilitator?

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I was asked to write a guest post over at the CPCC Groups page.  You can see a slightly abbreviated version there, or you may read it in its entirety below: hat is a leader?  The literal meaning as defined by Merriam-Webster is “a person who leads as a guide, commands authority, a first or principal performer of a group, or a conductor.”  Ponder for a moment, if you were to poll your group, would they answer in line with the definition of a leader? Noticeably absent from the description is the term “dictator”.  Unfortunately, those of us called to lead sometimes have the best intentions in mind but because of the pressure of presenting Christ to a group of … Read More