This isn’t a post against Bible Apps. I love my iPhone. I have one of the giant 6s models and it is rarely more than five feet from me…ever. Don’t judge. I have two Bible Apps that I use almost every day. So this isn’t a post against technology. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. In fact, it is good to have a mobile version of the Bible—to read when you have a few moments and to quickly open to God’s promises for encouraging a friend. I’m advocating for a print version at home and an app (or two) on your mobile device. Here are a few reasons why:
“For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being…” Romans 7:22
Through what lens do you see the commands, precepts, testimonies, laws, instructions, and statutes of God? Do you view them as limiting boundaries or as gifts of love? Certainly, they combine as God’s non-negotiable expectations for life. Yet we must not consider the expectations as separate from His desire for our joy. Obedience can be a path to delight. There is a connection between the commands of God and the kindness of God.
Last week one of my fellow staff members passed-away suddenly. Lynn Hoffman was the feisty and faithful Senior Adult Minister for our church. And she was my friend. In the weeks before her passing, we talked soberly about plans for her retirement and travels with Norman, her beloved husband. My friend Lynn and I knew how we felt about each other. I knew that she and her family loved me, and she knew that I and my family loved her. However there are a few things I wish I would have said.
This is for anyone in an exclusive dating relationship moving toward marriage. Here are three potential red flags. Think about your life with the one you like-like or love and make certain none of these are present. If they are, they need to be addressed. Evaluation now is better than heartbreak later. And beside that—you deserve a great relationship.
If taking notes on sermons is not part of your routine, I hope to convince you to give it a try.
I love the feel and smell and aura of a nice leather journal. They are perfect for capturing personal prayers and reflections. They are also good for taking notes on Sundays. As much as I love the pen and paper experience, in this post I want to recommend that you find a digital method for taking notes. Here are eight reasons why you should head to church this weekend with a fully charged phone, tablet, or laptop.
- It keeps you from distraction. Note-taking locks you in to what is happening as the people of God gather to hear the Word of God. If you are busy taking notes, you are less likely to check social media feeds and less likely to people-watch. It even counteracts the tendency to fall asleep. Your mind will focus and your heart will follow.
Earlier this week, I waved goodbye to my wife and two of our children as they set-out for a one-week mission project in Western Canada. Each had a bulging suitcase and a bulging heart; the latter full of happy anticipation. Seeing them off, I began to think about what prayers I should pray to cover their hearts and to partner with the Holy Spirit in their work.
Just maybe, someone you know will carry love and the Gospel this summer to a different culture, state, or country. I hope these six ideas serve your commitment to go to the Father on their behalf.
1. Pray for the spiritual fruit of new Believers.
This must be the hope and goal of missions—both long-term and short-term. Let there be new worshipers of Jesus! Rescue the perishing!
Ask God to open spiritual eyes to see His marvelous grace. Let’s pray that men and women believe in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins. “Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.” (Romans 10:1 ESV) Continue reading