Motives Matter

Motives Matter

Timothy Keller tells this fable:

Once upon a time there was a gardener who grew an enormous carrot. So he took it to his king and said, “My lord, this is the greatest carrot I’ve grown or ever will grow. Therefore I want to present it to you as a token of my love and respect for you.” The king was touched and discerned the man’s heart, so as he turned to go the king said, “Wait! You are clearly a good steward of the earth. I own a plot of land right next to yours. I want to give it to you freely as a gift so you can garden it all.” And the gardener was amazed and delighted and went home rejoicing. But there was a nobleman at the king’s court who overheard all this.

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"Unspoken" Prayer Request

"Unspoken" Prayer Request

 "We've all had one. But we probably didn't realize it was doing more harm than good."

This is how an article started that I read today on "unspoken" prayer requests and how they are destroying the church today. The author, Reg Rivett, makes a case for the openness we need to have in sharing and making known our requests to others, as well as, God. Interestingly enough, I have thought about this same idea recently because of recent "unspoken" requests in my own student ministry that I lead.

Stop me if you've seen this scenario played out:

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Smartphone App: Echo Prayer

Smartphone App: Echo Prayer

I first heard about this "echo" app through a review by Wes McAdams over at Radically Christian.  I downloaded it and immediately saw the benefits.  This app is a MUST for every Christian with a smartphone.

By now, most Christians with a smartphone have some sort of Bible app--but do most Christians have (or know about) a prayer app? "Echo Prayer" is a great app that reminds you to pray throughout the day. The best part about it--FREE!!!!!!

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Moderation in All Things?

Moderation in All Things?

Have you ever heard or said the words "moderation in all things"? Have you ever heard or said those words when referring to religion or your faith? C.S. Lewis writes in his book The Screwtape Letters “Talk to him about ‘moderation in all things’. If you can once get him to the point of thinking that ‘religion is all very well up to a point’, you can feel quite happy about his soul. A moderated religion is as good for us as no religion at all—and more amusing.” With that in mind, turn to Revelation 3:15-16. I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.”

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