Hey there! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, fun, and maybe even some football!
This is a big batch of links. I highly recommend a careful reading of each one.
I have a fresh batch of links hot out of the oven! But first, enjoy some tweetables from this week.
Tomorrow is the Lord’s day! Are you ready to worship Him? Check out the archives of TLN’s podcast Ready to Worship for a short devotional to prepare your mind for worship. If you’re around Pulaski, come worship with us at East Hill! We meet at 9:30, 10:30, and 6:00 on Sundays.
Here’s a batch of links that I’ve enjoyed lately:
- BLOG: “Proper Online Communication for the Christian” by Adam Faughn – Our Christianity should remain with us at all times, even in our virtual conduct.
- BLOG: “Eight Last Words of a Dying Church” by Chad Landman – Chad considers eight little words that reflect a harmful attitude and produce Christians who are spiritually dead. Spiritually dead Christians make for a spiritually dead congregation (consider the church at Sardis, Rev. 3:1-6). “Revive us again!”
- BLOG: “Five Different Ways Leaders Respond to Anonymous Critical Letters” by Thom Rainer – Offering criticism – even constructive criticism – through anonymous letters is not God’s plan. Christians, don’t send anonymous critical letters. Instead, do it Christ’s way (Mat. 18:15-17). For those of us who have received anonymous letters from time to time: let’s learn how to deal with them in a way where the work of the Lord (which is so much more important than a discouraging note from someone who won’t even identify themselves) is not hindered.
- VIDEO: “Who is God?” by Kyle Butt – Who is God? People have asked this question for years. Some people say God is a life force, others say that He is a personal Being, and still others say that God is only made up to control people using religion. This video from WVBS gives some answers.
- VIDEO: “Where is God?” by Kyle Butt – Can God be seen with a microscope or maybe a telescope? Is He high on a mountain top or deep within the ocean? There is no single, physical place that God resides in our Universe. Learn more in this next installment of the WVBS series.
[highlight]Tomorrow is the Lord’s day.[/highlight] Are you preparing right now to worship God? If you’re in the area, we’d love to have you worship with us at East Hill!
Looking for something good to read or to watch online this weekend? Here’s a fresh batch of links that I think you’ll enjoy.
- POEM: “My Eyes” – My wife is an all-around great writer. She posted this incredible poem this past Thursday.
- VIDEO: “The Truth About … Dressing to Worship” – Great thoughts about what we should wear to worship services. Definitely some challenging content as we prepare for the Lord’s Day tomorrow.
- BLOG: “Small Churches are Good for Your Kids!” – Daniel Howell posted this blog this past Wednesday on his site, and it has been widely circulated since then. If you haven’t read it yet, go check it out! It was the “small” congregations (that is, small in size) that gave me many preaching opportunities and encouraged me to continue preaching. These churches are small in number, but their impact on our lives is enormous.
- BLOG: “Three Reasons You Need to Stop Complaining” – This one is a few weeks old, but it’s a great post. Do you believe that complaining is a sin? If it isn’t, then please explain Philippians 2:14-15. Many of us have a lot of work to do on ourselves to overcome this sin. Wes McAdams helps us to see why it’s so evil.
- TECH BLOG: “Is Your Password Really Protecting Your Information?” – If you use the same password on multiple websites, then this blog post is a MUST READ. Right now.
[highlight]Tomorrow is the Lord’s day.[/highlight] If you’re looking for something that will help you be prepared for it, then I think you’ll like The Light Network’s podcast, Ready to Worship.
This Sunday also happens to be Friends and Family Day at East Hill! If you’re in our area, we’d love for you to come study and worship with us. Bible study begins at 9:30am and worship is at 10:30am and 6:00pm.
Each weekend, I’ll give you some of my favorite links from the week. Many of these will be helpful articles regarding Christian living or issues facing God’s people. Other links may be about tech, and still others may be just for fun. Here’s your world wide weekend for August 3.
- VIDEO: Is There A God? by Kyle Butt – This is yet another top-quality production of World Video Bible School in Maxwell, TX. It was uploaded on Thursday. As always, Kyle Butt does an incredible job communicating the truth. It’s definitely worth four minutes of your time.
- VIDEO: Why Jase & Missy from Duck Dynasty Saved Themselves for Marriage – Are you a Duck Dynasty fan? Hear their response to their recently acquired riches, and the foundation upon which they have built their lives.
- BLOG: “‘I Am Not a Monster’—Ariel Castro as Sinner and Sociopath” – Dr. Albert Mohler is a current events podcaster and blogger. His daily podcast, The Briefing, confronts cultural issues from a Christian worldview. I cannot endorse everything he teaches and practices, but you’ll find some great points in all of his content. This article, published yesterday, is no exception.
- BLOG: “The Heart of God Our Father” – Chris Clevenger is a close friend and brother in Christ. I’m happy and honored to work with Chris in Christ’s kingdom, especially through TV work and our podcasts. Though we are contemporaries in age, I look up to Chris as a great example of a Christian, a husband, and a preacher. I love all of his blog posts, but yesterday’s article touched my heart.
[highlight]Tomorrow is the Lord’s day.[/highlight] I’m looking forward to worshipping my Father with my brothers and sisters at East Hill. If you’re in Pulaski, I’d love for you to come worship and study with us! We meet at 9:30am, 10:30am, and 6:00pm each Sunday. [highlight]Are you seeking the Father? He’s seeking you (John 4:23-24).[/highlight]
Every morning I go to my feeds via Google Reader and check out what’s happening in the blogosphere. This renders many links that I save to my online Pocket and, consequently, pass on to you. Here’s this week’s round.
Coming up this week on PREACHERS IN TRAINING: Chad Landman will join me tomorrow (Tues., March 5) to talk tech; specifically, we will be discussing “Backing Up Your Digital Life.” As ministers in 2013, we can accumulate A LOT of very valuable, digital materials. If you’re like me, then you cannot afford to lose these sermon outlines, Keynote presentations, design documents, etc. (the list could go on and on). Join us LIVE Tuesday at 3:45 PM (CST) in The Light Network’s chat room. to discuss back up techniques. The podcast will release Thursday morning, Lord willing.
Good Monday morning!
Over the weekend, I had the opportunity of emceeing and leading singing at East Hill’s fourth annual Christian Servants Day, a seminar dedicated to spiritual growth and servanthood. Tom Holland and Dan Winkler, the speakers for the event, are incredible servants of the Lord and a great encouragement to all who are around them. This year’s theme was “Lessons on Discipleship.”
If you’re interested in learning how to become a disciple of Jesus, what it takes to be a disciple of Jesus, and how you can mature as a disciple of Jesus, then these lessons are for you! There is special attention given to the idea of how to evangelize the lost to prepare them for true conversion – that is, discipleship – as opposed to baptizing them and never seeing them again. If you’re involved in soul winning (as all Christians should be, Mat. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-47), then you will definitely want to check out these lessons.
These lessons are brought to you by the congregation of God’s people who meet at East Hill in Pulaski, TN. Enjoy!
Finally, I’d like to let you know what’s coming up THIS WEEK ON PREACHERS IN TRAINING.
I will be joined by Jeff Archey
this Tuesday at 3:45 PM (CST). We will be discussing why the preacher’s life is the best life possible. It should be an interesting discussion! You can be a part of the show by going to TLN’s chat room
this Tuesday. Hope to see you then!
Question: What can congregations do to ensure that they fulfill Jesus’ command to “go and make disciples” (Mat. 28:19-20)? Please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
After a great Lord’s day with my Christian family at East Hill, I’m excited to begin another work week. Every day is a blessing, filled with opportunities that we can use to glorify God.
Do you want to improve your evangelistic skill set? The House to House blog recently had several posts designed to help us all be better soul winners. Get ready for some great, Biblically sound, and practical advise!
Let’s get to work! Make this week a great week!
What practical advice would you share from your experience in studying the Bible with others? Leave your tips in the comments below!