Top 5 from the week July 6-13

  1. This first blog starts off talking about being a newlywed…which Connie and I are! So I initially saw it and thought it looked interesting. As I began to read it became really encouraging and uplifting, and made me realize that media has taught us a lot of false messages about what marriage is supposed to be like. I hope this encourages you, even if you’ve been married for awhile or if the whole topic of marriage freaks you out and makes you want to run and hide. I think this has a lot of wisdom in it.
  2. There have been a lot of things published about Short-Term Missions Trips–both good and bad. This list of 7 things about STM is a good understanding of some of the benefits that come through any type of missions trip. It is understandable that some STM projects go awfully wrong, but going into it with the right attitude and joining God in His work around this world can bring so many benefits to our lives and the lives of those we serve. (I might as well add a second article about short-term missions I read this week too)
  3. This is a leadership article, but really it is for any of us who have ever, or will ever, deal with defeat. It is usually easier to sort of curl up and quit after a crushing defeat (like the Brazil vs. Germany game). But, a true leader of character is able to set the tone through even crushing defeat. It’s normal in life to not always win and for things to not always goes right, or even go well. So, all of us will deal with defeat or failure many time in life. How we handle it sets the tone for our next victory and our next failure.
  4. The author of this article writes, “Outward change doesn’t last unless inner change is driving it.” He uses a play on words (I’ll let you click on it to see what the play is), that is slightly offensive at first, but really brings home the point he is trying to make. Being a Christian means we have shifted from the old life to the new life and have begun living in the abundant, full life offered by Jesus Christ.
  5. This is an intriguing article about doing ministry in the context we are currently living in. Mark Howell writes about 5 of his new assumptions about ministry that should be taken into account when you are in a ministry role, whether inside or outside of a local church. Some of these assumptions are sad to read, but are a present reality.

I hope these articles whet your whistle, encourage you, and challenge you to some type of action.

Proverbs 9:9 – “Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning.”

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