this went thru my mind

 

Alzheimer’s: Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes? by Mark Bittman

“The idea that Alzheimer’s might be Type 3 diabetes has been around since 2005, but the connection between poor diet and Alzheimer’s is becoming more convincing … The studies are increasingly persuasive, and unsurprising when you understand the role of insulin in the body.”

Awe & creation: Which Is Greater, The Number Of Sand Grains On Earth Or Stars In The Sky? by Robert Krulwich

“If you took 10 drops of water (not extra-big drops, just regular drops, I’m presuming) and counted the number of H2O molecules in those drops, you’d get a number equal to all the stars in the universe.”

Christianity & culture: When Christianity is at its Greatest

“Sometimes the priorities and perspectives of American Christians who are striving to bring America back to its alleged Christian roots end up being against the gospel. An examination of the Christian faith before it was legal helps us to put things in proper perspective.”

Divorce & statistics: Curing Pastoral Stats Abuse: How Not to Be a Stats Abuser or Confuser by Ed Stetzer

“It is a mistake of category to take census Christians (those who identify as Christians on a survey form), and use statistical quotes as if they are representative of born-again genuine followers of Jesus Christ (in other words, not all who identify as “Christian” fit the description of a genuine believer).”

Ministry: Willingly Walking into a World of Pain by Dan Bouchelle [required reading]

“This is what congregational ministry is really like.”

Politics & poverty: VIDEO: Obama, Romney Answer Faith Leaders’ Call to Address Poverty in Election [required viewing]

“Christian leaders asked, and the presidential nominees answered. The poverty rate in America is still at a staggering 15 percent and 46.2 million Americans remain in poverty — what is your plan to address the problem? The Circle of Protection, composed of Christian leaders from across the religious spectrum, released President Barack Obama’s and GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s video responses today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.”

Smartphones: 10 Smartphone Habits You Should Avoid

“The secret of a full life is to live and relate to others as if they might not be there tomorrow, as if you might not be there tomorrow. … This thought has made me more and more attentive to all encounters, meetings, introductions, which might contain the seed of depth that might be carelessly overlooked.

“This feeling has become a rarity, and rarer every day now that we have reached a hastier and more superficial rhythm, now that we believe we are in touch with a greater amount of people, more people, more countries. This is the illusion which might cheat us of being in touch deeply with the one breathing next to us. The dangerous time when mechanical voices, radios, telephones, take the place of human intimacies, and the concept of being in touch with millions brings a greater and greater poverty in intimacy and human vision.”

Suffering: Suffering, Tragedy and Doubt: 5 Mistakes Christians Make by Derek Flood

“Here are five things we Christians often get wrong, and what we can do to fix them …”

Time management: * Ministry Inside.94 by Jim Martin; * How to Avoid Procrastinating When You Feel Overwhelmed by Lucille Zimmerman

* “I have found the following practices to be helpful as I attempt to manage my time …”

* “Here are some tips we can all use in order to avoid procrastination …”

Vocation: 7 Tips for Finding Your Vocation by Brad Jersak

“A vocation is a ‘calling’ that can span over many careers.”

devoted

 

NOTE: Following is a copy of the discussion guide that will be used in MoSt Church’s LIFE groups tomorrow, Sept. 30. This guide will enable your follow-up of the morning’s worship gathering, as we add begin a new sermon series entitled “Devoted.” Look under the category title “LIFE group guides” and you’ll find an archive of previous discussion guides.

Aim

To introduce and explore what it means for each of us to be completely given over to God.

Word

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. 43 A sense of awe came over everyone. (Acts 2.42-43 CEB)

Open

Icebreaker questions are meant to help us all start talking. Choose one of the following to discuss as a group.

1. Tell us about something, anything, you’re totally into doing.

2. I think it’s important for a person to be devoted to ____________. Why?

3. I find my devotion to a belief or person reinforced and strengthened by ____________.

Dig

These questions are meant to help us grapple with Scripture related to this morning’s sermon. Choose some.

1. What would you say is a component of, or a synonym of, the word “devoted?” Why?

2. Christians here are tagged as “believers” (vs. 42a). What does “belief” have to do with “devotion” and vice versa?

3. This passage says the new believers devoted themselves to God in four ways (vs. 42b). What are those four things? How do each of these matters express belief in Jesus as Lord?

4. How might the “sense of awe” (vs. 43) these believers experienced come to grow out of their expression and practice of devotion?

5. What other Scriptures come to mind when you think of a person being “devoted” to God?

Reflect

These questions facilitate our sharing what we sense God’s Spirit is doing with us thru his word. Choose some.

1. What sort of pain do you experience when a friend clearly demonstrates that their devotion to you is only lukewarm? What sort of joy is yours – and how do you express it – when you see that their devotion is obvious and strong?

2. What things most frequently challenge your living a life devoted to God and how are you doing battle with such?

3. When you sense your devotion waning, what is usually happening in your life? Similarly, what do you see going on when your devotion is clearly growing?

4. Is a person’s devotion to God solely a product of their own determination and effort or is it more like a co-partnering with God? Why?

5. What is God’s role in our devotion to him?

6. A new Christian asks your advice how they can consistently grow their devotion to God. How would you respond? Why?

7. Pray together as a group for enduring devotion to Christ on the part of each member of your group. Continue this prayer every day this week in your own life by daily praying for all of your group’s members by name.