Monthly Archives: November 2013

Thoughts on Family Worship

A great post from my men’s life-group blogsite.

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Family Worship, as the name implies, is the joint worship rendered to God, by all the members of one household.  Among the list of leadership responsibilities given to  Christian men, husbands, fathers, and leaders-of-a-household, family worship ranks among the top.  As a Christian, as a man, as a spiritual leader and example to others, the spiritual discipleship of those within our family and circle of influence is a large branch on our tree of personal spirituality.  Obvious, right?  I mean, it makes tremendous sense, it’s super logical, extremely practical, and a vital part of our personal leadership responsibilities, yet, how many of us are actively leading “family worship,” family devotions, family prayer times, or any variation of this theme.

No, I’m not perfect either, but let’s be real for a second.  Let’s make a personal/family leadership list.  Granted, this leadership list is an “ideal.”  It may not match-up with…

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The Promise of Persecution

A great message from JRC – James River Church – along with discussion questions. Originally posted on my Life Group Blog

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JRC Sermon Notes & Discussion Questions 11/10/2013 – John Lindell 

John 15:18-16-4
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me hates…

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A Timely Warning

Here is a great word of advice from William Gurnall that I posted on my JRC Life Group Blog.

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Quoted From:  Gurnall, William The Christian in Complete Armour. Abridged ed. Vol. 1. publication place: Banner of Truth, 1986.

“Here is a timely warning when you find your soul adrift in a heavy fog of tribulation:  Neither accuse God foolishly of your enemy’s mischief, nor charge yourself with belonging to the enemy.  God can chart a straight course in the worst storm.  Do not over-react to changes in your temporal estate.  Christ told us to expect some rought sailing before we reach heaven’s shore.  Your perspective should be very different from that of the unregenerate.  Like naive children, they think everyone loves them who gives them chocolates.  

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I want to go back to sleep

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Have you ever encountered a day where you simply struggled to get out of bed?  A moment where the comfort and warmth of your bed and blankets create a temporary haven of sublime perfection protecting you from the stress and struggles of the day to come.  Of course you have.  There are none of us who are not human.  Today was one of those days for me.  Today was the last day of the current cycle of 6 AM men’s Bible studies at church, and it was cold and rainy.  Fortunately for me, I had a morning appointment cancel, so the (rationalization) possibilty of attending, and then returning home to the “comfort of my covers” blazed in my mind like a shining, golden, hot and ready Krispy Creme donut. So, with the carrot dangling in front of me, I made it to the final men’s Bible study.

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