My friend didn’t make it to church yesterday. No, he wasn’t busy doing something else. In fact, he woke up quite early yesterday. So, it’s not like he overslept. My friend WANTED to go to church, so his will cannot be blamed for missing church yesterday. You see, the reason why my friend could not make it to church, the reason why he resorted to just staying at home and watch TV, was because going to church was beyond his control. No, he did not have the flu, his health was perfectly fine.
The problem was in my friend’s wallet, he couldn’t afford to go to church. I am not talking about transport money. He had the 100 shillings that will get him to church and back home. He even had the 50 shillings that he usually gives as his offering. Yet, even with that money, my friend could still not afford to go to church. Continue reading The Poor Musings of a Church Mouse
Here are some great reads that are bound to make your Thursday worthwhile:
- GET TO CHURCH EARLY. I think this article was written with me (Cornell) in mind. I’ve been getting to church and meetings quite late lately. This is not good. I need to change this. I am going to change this. Starting yesterday. How about you? Do you need to work on your church arrival time? Please read this post and find out why this is important.
- Yesterday I shared an interesting quote on marriage, by Francis Schaeffer. I thought this Boundless article on SETTLING might clarify some questions that many of us may have about the possibility of not having your ideal marriage: “Everybody settles when they decide to get married. Or nobody settles. Or is it both-and?”
- REPENTANCE VERSUS DEFENSIVENESS. Gavin: “Our default mode – in and out of the church – seems to be defensiveness. I know mine is. Nothing is more natural when we feel threatened by a criticism than to divert, distract, and downplay. Its as instinctive as flinching when a punch is coming.”
- Lastly, in PEACE-MAKING: A GOSPEL NECESSITY, Caroline Albanese exhorts us to pursue reconciliation as a Gospel imperative: “It’s a strange thing when you see believers in the church who will not speak to one another but talk to everyone else about the person with whom they have conflict. If God has reconciled us to himself through Christ, how can we not pursue reconciliation with one another?“
Have a blessed reading time and don’t forget to read your Bible!
The popular local secular singer/actress, Size 8, finally “came out” and confessed that she has been a Christian for a while. For a long time, she had struggled with the apparent contradiction between her music and her faith, and she finally decided to make the switch. As she explains in a recent interview, “I have been born again for quite some time and my songs were in conflict with my faith. As much as I was making big cash and commanding a massive fan base, my heart was not at peace.”
There has been a myriad of reactions concerning her announcement. The pendulum swings from skeptics (believers and unbelievers) who are convinced that she is only in it for the money in Gospel music; to the other extreme of Christians who are unreservedly celebrating the entrance of one more lost soul into the Kingdom. There’s also an apprehensive minority who have chosen to reserve their comments, wait it out and see if Size 8’s new found faith will stand the test of time.
If you’re wondering where I stand in that spectrum, I think these words from Paul best describe my current stand: Continue reading Lyrical Review: Mateke by Size 8 […And Some Tips for the Artist]
Perhaps the reason you seldom look forward to Mondays is because you don’t really get what’s so special about Sundays. This Monday’s blog break features insightful articles on the power and purpose of being part of a biblical church community:
- First, let’s get definitions out of the way. THE ESSENTIAL: CHURCH is part of a series of theological terms that Tim Challies has been posting every Sunday for awhile now. Take note of the correlation between the universal church and the local church: “That you belong to the global church implies that you will belong to and be actively involved in a local church as well, for, as Hebrews suggests, your faith and obedience depend on it.”
- In WATCH OUT, OR THE DEVIL’S GONNA GET YOU Jonathan Parnell discusses the central role that active membership in a local church plays in our fight against sin and the devil’s ploys. “God has designed our warfare to include one another. We can’t wield the shield of faith alone. We need brothers and sisters to come alongside us to hold up our arms. More specifically, we need brothers and sisters to speak faith-building words to our souls.”
- Lastly, THE GLORY OF PLODDING is a short excerpt that is aimed at those Christians who don’t want to be “tied down to institutional religion”. You know, the “I love Jesus but hate religion” sloganeers? Kevin DeYoung has something to say about that.
Have a blessed reading time and remember, church is not a place we go to, it is a Body that we belong to. We don’t go there, we live there. We are in The Church, even on Monday. So rejoice and give thanks.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” [Philippians 2:3-4]
I’ve been thinking about Jesus as the embodiment, the example and the power behind true friendship. I’ve been thinking about the kind of friend that Jesus was to those around Him. The kind of friend that Jesus continues to be towards us today. The kind of friend that Jesus calls and urges us to be. I believe that a great part of being Christ-like is to be the friend that Christ was towards those around Him. The following are just a few aspects of friendship that I’ve gleaned from my personal study on Jesus as a friend. Jesus was: Continue reading The Friend We Have in Jesus
Still to the guys,
In the previous post, I pointed out the folly in having close or intimate fellowship with a person of the opposite sex. The basic conclusion was that it is foolish and therefore sinful to put so much confidence in our own strong wills, when the Bible (for our instruction and warning) clearly outlines the weakness of our flesh. If God’s Word is right about our weaknesses, then to ignore these warnings is to imply that we know ourselves better than God knows us. That is foolish, and sinful. However, the way out of this mess, as suggested by Paul in 1 Timothy 5:2, is to treat these female friends as sisters. The specific reference to “younger” women in the verse is what prompted me to write this second post in the series.
Continue reading The Cross and Cross-Gendered Fellowship – Part 2