Month: March 2016

After Easter Bombing, Pakistani Pastor Says ‘I’m Not Angry. I’m Just Full of Despair.’

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Pakistani Christians mourn at a funeral for a victim of the Easter Sunday suicide bombing in Lahore. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images Pakistani Christians mourn at a funeral for a victim of the Easter Sunday suicide bombing in Lahore. Photograph: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

‘The government has proved it cannot keep people safe,’ says pastor of Christian chapel after scores were killed at amusement park

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Questions about the Christian Life: How Can I Overcome Having a Critical Spirit?

Truth2Freedom's Blog

 

A critical spirit is not difficult to recognize. Its fruit is usually evident. Someone with a critical spirit is prone to complaining, seeing the glass as half-empty, ruing unmet expectations, sensing failure (in others more than in oneself), and being judgmental. Critical spirits are no fun to be around; neither are they fun to possess.

As with most sin, having a critical spirit is a perversion of something God made to be good—in this case, a longing for God and His perfection. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “[God] has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.” We live in a fallen world, and we are often impatient to enter into the glorious perfection for which we were originally created. In a sense, it is good that we…

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Choosing Joy

Found Who I Am

by Macy

Charles R. Swindoll once said, “Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with us…we are in charge of our attitudes.”  What kind of attitudes are we as Christians supposed to have?

Galatians 5:22-23 says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.  Against such there is no law.”  The Bible calls us first to love one another and then secondly to be joyful!

Philippians 4:4 says, “Rejoice in the Lord always.  Again I will say rejoice!”  This verse has great

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How To Encourage Your Pastor

Three Passions

R.C. Sproul, Jr. recently shared three simple ways to encourage your pastor.  As a pastor myself, I know how easy it is to become discouraged, and I thought his suggestions were right on:

First, pay attention to his labors. Though we do not have a duty to be at the church every time the doors are open, one thing that discourages pastors is our unwillingness to simply avail ourselves of his gifts. When the pastor labors in his study to prepare a Bible study lesson, or writes a blog post, and the sheep under his care pay no attention, it is discouraging….

Second, speak well of him to others. …if word comes back to him, and it will, that you have spoken well of him, to others in the church, or even to those in your community, he will have to take your good word to heart….

Third, pursue godliness. Because he…

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Heavenly Minded (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 90)

Daniella Whyte

Heavenly Minded

Colossians 3:2 (NLT)
Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.

What do you think about on a daily basis? What do you choose to focus on? Are you more interested in temporary material possessions or eternal treasures? Our thoughts proceed out of our hearts. Wherever our hearts are, there will our minds be also. A mind that is set on Heaven is the start for a Heaven-centered life.

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Encouraging Missions

Doug Munton

I want to encourage the members and churches of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) to be involved in missions. Not only do I encourage cooperative missions and support of the Cooperative Program (see my last post), I encourage every church and every member to be directly involved in missions. Here are two ways to do that.

1. Get involved by encouraging our International Mission Board (IMB) missionaries. Never have they needed encouragement as they do now. With hundreds of our most experienced missionaries leaving the field, those who remain need

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