Five @ Free Flow Friday!

Can I get a Hallelujah????

It’s FRIDAY!!!!!!!

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First order of business today. . . If you missed the word yesterday: Check out FBC El Dorado’s new website NOW.

It goes live today!

Next, take a look at these – VERY RANDOM (no rhyme nor reason) – articles that I think might interest you. As always, there is no lack of helpful opinions on the web.

Happy Friday Everyone!

#1. “The Strange Saga of ‘Jesus Calling,’ the Evangelical Bestseller You’ve Never Heard Of” by Ruth Graham

What sets apart Jesus Calling is that it is written in the voice of Jesus Christ, presented as speaking directly to the reader. This Jesus who spouts feel-good mysticisms like, ‘As you walk along your life-path holding My hand, you are already in touch with the essence of heaven: nearness to Me.’ The book’s soothing tone has made it wildly popular among believers, but its apparent claims to contain new revelation from God have also made it controversial.”

#2. “On Weddings and Conscience: Are Christians Hypocrites?” by Russell Moore

And we might disagree about what sort of pastoral counsel should be given as a Christian seeks to live out his or her life in the marketplace, but in order to do so we’ll have to deal with what the Bible teaches about our responsibility both to love our neighbors and to testify to what we believe to be true: That they, and we, will face a God who has revealed himself in our consciences and in the Scriptures. We might disagree on whether or when to bake the cake, but surely we ought to agree that it’s worth at least asking the question of whether and when the icing on the cake might imply, ‘Hath God said . . .? (Gen. 3:1)

#3. “Dying to Disciple: How Far Are We Willing to Go in Our Pursuit of People?” from 20 Schemes

I think that the parables of Luke remind us that many of our relationships with unbelievers don’t get built from the pulpit or in formal teaching sessions; they get built, in the main, ‘on the road’(so to speak). In Niddrie that can mean in the car on the way to the chemist for their ‘script’(Methadone/Valium etc), giving someone a lift to town because you passed them at the bus stop, going to the local hairdresser, the job centre, the doctors or at the corner shop. Most of the best conversations I have had have been off the cuff, chance encounters in the street and I have just decided to change my schedule. Flexible Spontaneity, we call it at Niddrie. That’s where some of the more task focussed members of the church fall down. They won’t cancel or delay that meeting they are on the way to, no matter what. Someone may stop them in the street but they miss out because they are on their way somewhere. The problem is that we’re all on our way somewhere! The key to a more intentional life is to develop an ‘on the way’evangelistic heart.”

#4. “Call to Prayer: Where Are All the Godly Men?” by Jason Allen

The ‘peer pressure’ of ministry is oriented toward events, products, conferences and materials. It is as though the paraphernalia and garnishes of ministry have displaced the more biblical and eternal aspects, like godliness. Perhaps this is why Matthew Henry lamented some preachers who, ‘when in the pulpit, preaching so well that it is a pity they should ever come out; but, when out of the pulpit, living so ill that it is a pity they should ever come in.’

#5. “IMB Leader Launches Search for Successor” by BPNews staff

We are, indeed, ‘chasers after darkness,’ looking for the black holes of sin in our world and thrusting into that darkness the Light of the glorious gospel of Christ. With such urgent need, I am content to believe that God is already at work, preparing both the heart and mind of our next president to lead IMB into its most effective years of service ever.

It has been a humbling privilege to serve as your eleventh IMB president in our storied 168-year history. Now, Jeannie and I joyfully anticipate the privilege of joining ranks with those who, like you, will prayerfully support our next president, faithfully holding up his hands in this great battle for the souls of the unsaved billions scattered across the globe.”

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One thought on “Five @ Free Flow Friday!

  1. Rodney Wimberly says:

    Mr. Allen’s topic, by coincidence, is a subject that has been on my mind much of late. My thoughts are too numerous to mention here. Instead, I offer the words of David Platt, “… our desperate need to revisit the words of Jesus, to listen to them, to believe them, and to obey them. We need to return with urgency to a biblical gospel, because the cost of not doing so is great for our lives, our families, our churches, and the world around us.”

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