this went thru my mind


ALS, life, death, & meaning: I Am So Honored by Tim Stevens

“At some point, in the last few months, my focus has shifted. And I am overwhelmed with gratefulness. I have a front-row seat to watching a man praise God until his dying breath. He is a prisoner in his own wheelchair, yet does not curse God. He endures humiliating processes with the hospice nurse, yet he still smiles. He can’t walk, scratch his nose, shoo a fly away, hold a pen or say a word. And yet he still praises God.”

Children & ministry: Craig Groeschel on Children’s Ministry (parts 1, 2, & 3)

“The key elements of an excellent children’s ministry are solid safety procedures, an environment that is comfortable and aesthetically pleasing to a child, great curriculum that teaches biblical truth and how to apply it and most importantly, an amazing team of volunteer leaders who understand the vision of your ministry. … The responsibility of leading children to become fully devoted followers of Christ is one of the most daunting tasks you can face. It’s an intimidating challenge for even the most spiritually grounded. Here’s what we believe (because it’s scriptural): God has placed that task squarely on the shoulders of parents. So our role is to offer them a support system.”

Fear: Fear! Fear! Fear! by Mark Woodward [required reading]

“So how does a Christian respond to a world driven by drama and conflict …? Christians do not need an addiction to conflict. … If you are one who writes or speaks or provokes others to think or to do, be careful about manipulating artificial conflict or dramatic words to create fear. FDR said the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.  Scripture is full of God’s messengers saying, ‘Be strong and courageous, and do not be afraid!’ Fear is not a harmless emotion.”

Funerals & grief: What to Say (and Not to Say) at a Funeral by Caleb Wilde

“Here’s the text of an article written by Gloria Horsley that can help you know what to say and what not to say.”

God, judgment & wrath: The Judgment Boomerang by Gred Boyd

“… sin has natural consequences that boomerang back to us. While God’s wrath has serious consequences for us, we need to understand how God uses his wrath. In the clip, Greg talks about the mistaken picture of God that allows for the fear of God, but does not make it possible to really love God.”

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