This is some stuff I found helpful, challenging, interesting, or amusing today that I think may enrich your day as well...
There is power in prayer, but it’s not ours…
Prayer Isn’t Magic –Jared C. Wilson
Prayer isn’t magic, because we have no power in and of ourselves. Prayer is expressed helplessness. But also, prayer isn’t magic, because God isn’t helpless without our moving him or unleashing him or activating him in some way…
…God doesn’t need you to let him do anything. He isn’t restrained or controlled by you…What saps we are if we think we have the power to “let God” do anything. He’s God. We’re not. Period.
Is prayer powerful? Yes, definitely, but specifically because the One being prayed to is powerful. The one doing the praying is in fact by his praying demonstrating that he has no power in and of himself. That is functionally what prayer is—an expression of helplessness. If we were powerful, we wouldn’t need to pray...
One way to kill your prayer life is to overthink it. The best friendships you and I have are with people we feel we can be ourselves with. We feel most easily “at home” with the friends we don’t feel self-conscious around. This doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t plan your prayers or schedule time for prayer. It just means that the most vibrant prayer life is found in the one who is most willing to bring his whole self to God, willing to be himself before God, for better or worse.
I have many friends in India, Christian brothers and sisters whom I think about often. It saddens me to see this. India has been moving toward Hindu nationalism. Please pray with me that it remains open to Christianity, and that the Christians there continue serving Christ boldly…
Compassion: Why We’re Leaving India, But Still Have Hope –Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra
In two weeks, Compassion International will be out of India.
The child development ministry confirmed today that after 48 years, its final day of operation will be March 15.
…Compassion has worked every angle to try to stay open in India since last February, when India’s Ministry of Home Affairs put it on a list of organizations needing prior approval before transferring funds into the country. Then the government refused to grant such approval.
The government’s move can be traced back to 2011, when it changed its Foreign Contribution Regulation Act so that it could regulate NGOs it disagrees with philosophically, Mellado said. The move was seen by many as another step toward Hindu nationalism since 2014.
This is an older article that I just came across. Still filled with good and challenging insights…
How The Church Today is Getting Discipleship Wrong
I agree that often Christians in the West are immature. I agree our walk doesn’t always match our talk.
But I also think the average North American Christian is about 3000 bible verses overweight.
The way many leaders approach maturity is to assume that knowledge produces maturity. Since when?
It’s wonderful that people understand what they believe, but knowledge in and of itself is not a hallmark of Christian maturity. As Paul says, knowledge puffs up. Love, by contrast, builds up. And some of the most biblically literate people in Jesus day got by-passed as disciples…
Here are seven things I believe are true about biblical discipleship church leaders today should reclaim…
Yes. Me too!
The Older I Get, the More Compelling This Argument for the Existence of God Becomes –Justin Taylor
Philosophers Peter Kreeft and Ronald Tacelli list 20 arguments for the existence of God in their Handbook of Christian Apologetics (IVP, 1994).
When I first read “The Argument from Aesthetic Experience,” I thought it was clever but not compelling.
But the more I have thought about it, the more profound and convincing I have found it to be:
There is the music of Johann Sebastian Bach.
Therefore there must be a God.
You either see this one or you don’t.