Ministry Collection

Here are some good posts about preaching:

Preach the Word. Just Preach the Word. – Paul Martin

10 Point Sermon Checklist – Peter Grainger

Moving Beyond One-Dimensional Sermon Applications – Michael Kruger

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Our Task

SideBySideOur task is to hear God’s voice, believe his words, and follow Jesus even when life is hard.

– Edward Welch in Side by Side

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Gentle Discipline

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What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness (meekness)?  – I Corinthians 4:21 ESV (Other Translations)

 I, Paul, myself entreat (urge, beseech, appeal to) you, by the meekness (humility) and gentleness of Christ.  – II Corinthians 10:1a ESV (Other Translations)

Paul is weary of Corinthians, who are like wayward children, and yet he wants to treat them with gentleness.  He doesn’t want to come with a rod, but with gentle love.  Notice he doesn’t demand, command, or threaten.  But clothed with the gentleness of Christ, he entreats, he urges, he beseechs, he appeals to them. His discipline is gentle.

Sometimes a rod is required.  In righteous anger, Jesus chased all buyers and sellers in temple out with a whip.   But, usually, we aren’t very good at righteous anger.  I used to think that anger was part of discipline.  But usually that anger was about me being inconvenienced and having to deal with a situation – nothing righteous about it.  And discipline can be done without anger.  Even using a rod can and should be done with a gentle loving spirit.

So what does your discipline look like?

Is your default setting to be gentle?

Or to be angry and harsh and violent?

How do you need to change?

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Passion Points

Here are some good posts for your weekend reading:

Distraction Can Cost You Everything – Jon Bloom (DG)
So whatever it takes, we must pay attention to what we hear. For Jesus’s ways and words are often counterintuitive, and we live in a destructively distracting age. And everything hangs on how well we hear Jesus.

Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark – Jared Wilson (FTC)
We may not always (or ever) understand the ways of God’s providence, why he makes us certain ways or leads us through certain things. But one thing we can know: looking at the cross, we are very loved.

A 10-Point Social Media Strategy – Ligon Duncan (via Justin Taylor at TGC)
1. Relentlessly encourage, edify, and inform.

Together Again to Enjoy Him: What Makes Sundays More Satisfying – David Mathis (DG)
Our God is the all-satisfying fountain of living waters (Jeremiah 2:13). When we seek to quench our deep soul-thirst in him, corporate worship becomes the stunning opportunity to gather together not just with fellow believers, but with fellow enjoyers of God.

Hope you have a great Lord’s Day with your local church!

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Sermon Songs: Revelation 22:1-5

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We are longing for the Garden, Living Water flowing through
Bright as crystal in this Eden, Life with God for me and you
We are longing, We are thirsting, We yearn for Christ to return

In this Garden – the Tree of Life, No more death, disease, aging
No more curse, no more cosmic strife, No more pain, sorrow, weeping
We are longing, We are thirsting, We yearn for Christ to return

In this Garden reigns the good King, Evil gone – there is no night
We will serve Him, His praise we’ll sing, Dwelling in His brilliant light
We are longing, We are thirsting, We yearn for Christ to return

In this Garden – His name bearing, Forever we’ll see His face
Close communion ever growing, Behold God’s amazing grace
We are longing, We are thirsting, We yearn for Christ to return

To the tune of “Lo He Comes With Clouds Descending”

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Love and Worship

SideBySideWho we love above all else is who we worship, and who we worship controls us.

– Edward Welch in Side by Side

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Experience His Love

LovingWayJesusLovesThe more we experience the Father’s love, the more we will learn to trust him, even in times of extreme need and desperate helplessness.

– Phil Ryken in Loving the Way Jesus Loves

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Gentle Marriage

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[Wives:] But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle (meek) and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. – I Peter 3:4 ESV (Other Translations)

 Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding (considerate) way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered. – I Peter 3:7 ESV (Other Translations)

 Wives are to have a gentle and quiet spirit that comes out in their words and actions.  But husbands too must be gentle if they are to be considerate of their wives and honor them.  In whatever way women are the weaker vessel, it requires husbands then to be gentle with them.

And husbands and wives, like all people, can be weak and bruised and weary from the trials and struggles of this world.  And so they need to be gentle with each other.

This is the great test of gentleness.  It is easy to put on show in public, but what are we like at home?  Are we gentle with each other, or are we harsh, brawling, loud, or manipulative?

Every marriage would improve greatly if gentleness ruled in our homes.  God calls us to grow in gentleness.

If you are married, are you gentle with your spouse?

Does gentleness rule in your home?

How might you need to be more gentle toward your spouse this week?

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Q&A#7: The Word of God

Q/A#7
Q: How did we receive the Word of God?
A: We received the Word of God through holy men who wrote as they were led by the Holy Spirit.

Knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  – II Peter 1:20-21 (ESV)

For Further Reflection
Read Acts 1:15-17 & 4:23-26

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Gentle Words

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A soft (gentle) answer turns away wrath (anger), but a harsh (grievous) word stirs up anger (wrath).  – Proverbs 15:1 ESV (Other Translations)

A gentle (soothing, wholesome, healing) tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness (devious) in it breaks the spirit. – Proverb 15:4 ESV (Other Translations)

We see here the power of words.  Gentle words can diffuse an angry conflict and bring healing and life to the hurting.  Harsh words can stir up conflict and break the spirit of the bruised and battered. God calls us to turn from harsh words and grow in gentleness.

Do your words tend to be gentle or harsh?

What situations tend to stir up harsh words from you?

Ask God to help your words become more gentle.

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