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Understanding the times (part 3)

The men of Issachar understood the times. But that’s not all they did. Anyone can look out their window and tell whether or not it’s raining. These men did more than just know the times. They understood them. And because they understood them, they also knew what Israel should do. Understanding is just the first . . .

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/07/20/understanding-the-times-part-3/
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Understanding the times (part 1)

The world has changed quite a bit since I was a boy—from radios to iPods; from 13-inch black-and-white TVs to 50-inch flat screen HDTVs; from war bonds to computer viruses; from letter writing to skyping. Times have changed. The world I currently live in is very different from the one I was born into and grew up in, and where I started my ministry.

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/07/16/understanding-the-times-part-1/
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Offended

Last time, I ended with a couple of questions to ponder relating to offense and provocation and then presented a passage of Scripture for our mutual consideration. The second question asked, “Is it better to be provoked to do almost anything than to be offended by almost everything?” What do you think?

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/07/09/offended/
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Delight (part 2)

I have to be honest. I couldn’t wait to get to the pool that afternoon and watch Drew swim. I think the parents in the stands were more nervous and anxious than the boys on the deck. An excitement and energy rippled through the building as we all stood for the national anthem and . . .

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/06/27/delight-part-2/
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Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (two)

Introduction: “Behold, his soul is puffed up; it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4 esv). Here is God’s major answer to the struggles of the prophet. It became the foundational doctrine of the Protestant Reformation and is a rock for the darkest days in our Christian walk.

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/06/22/why-doesnt-god-do-something-part-2/
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Formation Happens Today

Today I want to make the point that spiritual formation is unique to each person. Its practices and roots are ancient, but its application is always in the present. It never happens “tomorrow.” And we can’t count on its past formative realities to carry us forward. Spiritual formation necessarily takes place today. It is not . . .

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/06/18/formation-happens-today/
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Understanding the times (part 2)

I wonder what would have happened if the men from Issachar (back in 1 Chronicles 12:32) would have acted without understanding? I wonder what would have been said of them if they had simply pursued the status quo because “that is the way it has always been.” I wonder what would have happened if these . . .

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/07/18/understanding-the-times-part-2/
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Offended (Part 2)

Here’s the biggest difference between offense and provocation: Offense shuts out, isolates, and flees from, while provocation runs toward, invites in, and opens up.   An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel (Proverbs 18:19 niv).   I wonder how the scene in . . .

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/07/11/offended-part-2/
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Provocation and Offense

This past January, I had the privilege of attending a lecture at Calvin College by author, speaker, and researcher Gabe Lyons. In his presentation, Lyons made an interesting assertion that has stimulated my thinking regarding cultural engagement. Lyons asserted that Christians need to be provoked by culture, not offended. Far too often, according to Lyons, . . .

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/07/02/provocation-and-offense/
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Delight

God’s delight in me (and you) is not performance based. Sometimes I need to be reminded of that, and I figured that you might need a reminder too. This past winter our 8th grader tried a new sport—swimming. Turns out he’s pretty good at it. It also turns out that his team was really good. . . .

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/06/25/delight/
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Breathing In and Breathing Out

Spiritual formation is often talked about in terms of how it is accomplished. This means that when the conversation turns to formation, it generally rotates on the fulcrum of how one becomes spiritually mature or pursues formation. Most of the time, spiritual formation is talked about in terms of the kinds of disciplines one practices . . .

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/06/20/breathing-in-and-breathing-out/
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Why Doesn’t God Do Something? (one)

The world of violence and injustice that faces the prophet is all too familiar to people of all generations, locations, and tribes. News of wars, injustice, oppression, and threats bombard us from all sides. Many are petrified with fear as they sit wringing their hands and wondering what will happen as tensions escalate and instability multiplies. It is as if we were living in the days of Habakkuk all over again.

http://pastor.resourcesforyourministry.org/2012/06/15/why-doesnt-god-do-something-one/
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