Five @ Free Flow Friday!!!

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Below are five articles I have come across recently I think might benefit and be of interest to you. The theme for the day? R-A-N-D-O-M.

Yep – the articles offered below have no real theme that links them together. Below are articles ranging from Worry to the Great Commission to Joel Osteen to Sunday Night Church to Royal Fetus’. That’s what I call Random.

Enjoy. . .

#1. A Gameplan for Combating Worry by David Powlison

Anxiety is a universal human experience, and you need to approach it with a plan. Notice this is not a formula. When Andy Reid coaches the Philadelphia Eagles, he doesn’t know a single thing that’s going to happen after the opening whistle. He doesn’t even know who’s going to kick off until they flip a coin. But he’s not unprepared. He goes in with a game plan, a basic orientation to the game ahead. I want to give you six things as a game plan for when you start to worry and obsess.

 

#2. Why I Called Out Joel Osteen and Joyce Meyer by Rick Henderson

I have been preaching for 20 years.  Yesterday I did something that I have never done before in a sermon.  I publicly called out false teachers and named them by name.

I didn’t know there was anything wrong with that? 🙂

 

#3. 7 Reasons for the Death of Sunday Evening Worship by Jesse Johnson

But the number one reason churches gave me (in my very unofficial survey) for dropping Sunday night services… they wanted to devote the evening for family time. In previous generations, Saturday was for family, and Sunday was for corporate worship. But sports began to eat up more and more of Saturday, so family time got bumped to Sunday, and it appears that it edged out that worship service. If you are running all around for sports on Saturday, Sunday after church really became the only time all week that your family got to spend together, and–after all–churches are in favor of stronger families, so the worship service had to go.

Don’t fret FBCers – A Fall Sunday Night Series called “Isaiah’s God” will begin Sunday night, September 15th. 

 

#4. 8 Ways to Become a Great Commission Christian by Chuck Lawless

Five times in the New Testament, Jesus gave us a version of the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:45-47, John 20:21, Acts 1:8). Reaching the nations is clearly on God’s heart. For too many churches, though, a global focus is little more than an occasional study or an annual offering. 1.7 billion people in the world still have little access to the gospel, while most American Christians have more Bibles in our home than human beings. Somehow, we must refocus on winning the people groups of the world.

To help you and your church move in that direction, here are some ways to begin to think globally. Expand your vision, and perhaps your burden for the nations will increase.

 

#5. When is a Royal Baby a Fetus? by Owen Strachan

. . .  the American media used this phrase “royal baby” to describe the pre-born infant. It’s not strange for leading pro-life thinkers like Eric Metaxas and Denny Burk to refer to a fetus as a “baby.” It’s not strange, either, for people to refer to a child they’re expecting as a “baby,” regardless of where they stand on the issue of abortion. It is strange, though, for outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post and Boston Globe–which purport to be neutral on the issue–to use this seemingly explosive phrase without so much as a qualification. And why is this strange? Because it codes a pro-life position into their description of the unborn child.

And, no, I did not make the great looking coffee dessert thingy pictured above. I get most of the pictures posted on this blog at Google Images.

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