Archive for November, 2008

The Bigger Picture
November 26, 2008

Sometimes we get discouraged when we see how huge is the task of doing the work of the kingdom of God and how small our efforts are. The remedy for such discouragement is to look clearly at God’s larger purposes and see oursleves in light of those purposes.

This is what is expressed the statement that follows.

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Values Clarification
November 24, 2008

We live in a material world where some material things are necessary for life. But out culture has come to place such a high value on the things we wear, drive or own that we are often sidetracked from the things that matter most.

This quote from the journal of David Livingstone (1813-1873) challenges me to the core of my worldview:

I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall most promote the glory of him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity.

How annoying!
November 17, 2008

Sometimes I hear a statement that I don’t like but that is manifestly true. Here is the latest, sent to me from a friend.

Everything that annoys us about others can help us understand ourselves.

Do you see any truth in this statement?
Maybe you will have occasion to recall it in your dealings with other people today!

Giving
November 15, 2008

All of life consists of giving and receiving. Giving sets in motion many beneficial results, some of them in the giver.

Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.
Barbara Bush

The unexplained worlds of the needs of others – what a new field to be explored!

What is the church?
November 14, 2008

The New Testament places a high importance on the church. You can describe the church in many ways. Here is one thought-provoking expression:

The church is a stable body of believers responding to the Holy Spirit, living out their faith in their own culture yet distinct from it.
(From a publication of New Tribes Mission)

I especially resonate with the emphasis “in their own culture yet distinct from it.”

What about this description seems noteworthy to you? What other definintion or description of the church have you found to be helpful?