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How to Prevent Christian Service Burnout

How to Prevent Christian Service Burnout

Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:62 Jesus used the plow analogy to express the commitment required of certain of His followers for a specific task. Not all would be suited for the challenge. He needed a few good men. In verse 58 of Luke 9, Jesus told a prospective follower, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” The work to which they were being called was a road trip with few […]

Get Out of Your Rut and Get On with Your Life

Get Out of Your Rut and Get On with Your Life

18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. 19 See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 The past can cripple you. It’s like burying your head in the sand and missing out on new blessings from God. Several weeks ago, Janet and I visited an antique store. As we were checking out, a gentleman stopped me and asked if I was Burt from the old Burt and Kurt Show on the radio. Talk about […]

Where to Find Hope for Living

Where to Find Hope for Living

… but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31 As Christians, we are never without hope. Sometimes our circumstances can be so bleak we lose sight of that reality. Normally, we think of hope as a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen. It’s usually associated with a little doubt like when you say: “I hope the loan goes through.” “I hope I get a bonus this year.” “I hope my […]

What is Unwholesome Talk and Why Should We Avoid It

What is Unwholesome Talk and Why Should We Avoid It

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 The early church suffered from the same problem as today’s church. Some folks didn’t know when to keep their mouths shut. And when they spoke, it was often unhelpful and without benefit. Because of that, Paul urged them to refrain from “unwholesome talk.” What is unwholesome talk? I’ve always understood it to mean talk that is vulgar or sexually explicit. I suppose if we were to apply a […]

Embrace Opportunity but Proceed with Caution

Embrace Opportunity but Proceed with Caution

15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Ephesians 5:15-16 Would you go for a walk in the jungle at night? I suppose there are some adventurers who would accept the offer. However, most of us would emphatically say, “no.” To be honest, I’m not all that keen on strolling in a jungle in daylight. Too many dangerous critters waiting for a good meal. Notice the Apostle Paul’s use of the word “then” in verse 15. He has concluded an argument that began in […]

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