word for the week: week twenty-seven


This week’s theme in MoSt Church‘s 2012 Bible reading project – the Uncommon Truth for Common People project – is work. The week’s readings are:

• Mon., July 2 – 1 Thessalonians 2.6-12; 2 Thessalonians 3.6-15
• Tues., July 3 – Exodus 31.1-11; 36.1-7
• Wed., July 4 – Matthew 25.14-30
• Thur., July 5 – Proverbs 31.10-31
• Fri., July 6 – 1 Corinthians 3.10-15; Colossians 3.23-24

This week’s memory verse is Colossians 3.23: “Whatever you do, do it from the heart for the Lord and for people.”

this went thru my mind


Anger: Anger is Not a Sin by Kathy Escobar

“As a body of believers, it does seem like anger, sadness, and hurt are not tolerated very well. We want people to go to their room when they’re angry and come out when they’re happy again, to change their attitudes quick, to get on with the business of feeling good as quickly as possible. Even though we say it’s not true, it sends a message to all of us that God loves us more when we’re happy and is disappointed with us when we’re sad. This message gets all tangled up with our faith.”

Church programming: 10 Reasons to Underprogram Your Church by Jared C. Wilson

“We are inundated constantly with opportunities for activity from other churches (which we don’t want to turn down lest we appear uncooperative and standoffish), advertised ‘movements’ local and national (which are good at getting people excited and distracted), and ‘good ideas’ from our own community (which we are reluctant to deny lest we break someone’s heart). But what all this so often amounts to is a church that is merely busy, and busy does not always equal diligent or faithful.”

Fear: The One Question I Ask When I’m Afraid by Jon Acuff

“Where is God in this fear?”

Marriage: One Of The Biggest Mistakes Couples Make In Their Marriage by Trey Morgan

“By far, one of the easiest ways for couples to kill their marriage is when they stop pursuing one another. Your goal everyday should be to work just as hard to keep your spouse as you did to win him/her in the first place.”

Ministerial ethics: National Association of Evangelicals’ Code of Ethics for Pastors

Singing: Sunday Hymns: The Hymn That Let the Individual In! by Mark Woodward

“In 1701, Isaac Watts wrote a communion hymn, which he first titled Crucifixion To The World By The Cross of Christ. We know this hymn today as When I Survey The Wondrous Cross … Nevertheless, this hymn stirred up controversy because it is the first known hymn to be written in first person.”

The sinner’s prayer: The Sinner’s Prayer: A By-gone? by Scot McKnight

“… the problem is that The Sinner’s Prayer replaces King Jesus himself for too many.”

Time & priorities: * The ‘Busy’ Trap by Tim Kreider; * Slay Your Dragons Before Breakfast by Michael Hyatt

“Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets.”

“I face a dragon named Lethargy every morning. …If I don’t slay this dragon before breakfast, he usually gets the best of me.”