Many people, especially those who are dealing with loss within their family due to sickness, natural disasters, accidents, and more, are trying to comprehend God in light of their experiences. This is the struggle we find in Fry’s comments. He is trying to take what he has heard from the Church and from Scripture and make sense of it in light of the evil and suffering we see around us all the time. How then can we as Christians respond to those who struggle with the reality of evil in our world today?
Signs are helpful. They tell us where we are. They tell us where to turn. Have you ever made a wrong turn because there was no sign? Have you ever turned onto a road because of a sign but then wondered later if you made a wrong turn or missed a road sign somewhere along the way? Sometimes in life we make major decisions in complete confidence only to question those decisions down the road.
Everything else but work seems to capture my attention right now and I find myself going to a movie with a group of friends at the end of the week, guilt eating me alive as I review the amount of work that I’ve completed in the last several days. Now more than ever it feels as though my motivation is in the negative percentile. It is in these times that we learn more fully how God wants us to have a balanced life. How can we implement a godly balanced life?
Dreams can motivate us, get us out of bed in the morning, push us towards the life we want to see for ourselves or help mold us into who we want to become. But, dreams can also be devastating, disappointing and even lead us away from the life God wants for us. How we understand and shape those dreams in our lives is instrumental to living a fulfilling life that brings us into perfect relationality with God and with others.
In light of Jesus’ attitude toward money, we as Christians are forced to confront the question: “What role does money play in our lives?” I think if we were really honest with ourselves, we may find that we often brush off the statements Jesus makes concerning how we deal with money. How should we as the church understand money and wealth in light of Christ?
To understand missions, we need to understand how Jesus interacted with the cultures that surrounded Him. Did He embrace the culture, avoid contact with the culture, oppose the culture, or try to replace the culture of the people with the Kingdom of God culture? We need to be effective in our understanding of Jesus so that we can better steward the Kingdom of God here on earth.
Often times, the most challenging person to accept is ourselves. We learn that our own self can be one of the hardest people out of everyone to love. Yet, when we come to realize that God already knows us, really relationally knows us as we are, and yet still loves us, maybe we can look at our messiness, and brokenness and even venture into these dark places without fear. We can in turn see the dark places in others and love beyond our humanly capacities.
Pentecostal worship is not often called or thought of as liturgical worship. However, when we view Pentecostal worship through the lens of liturgy, we can better grasp the ways in which the Pentecostal movement communicates with God. Here are some ideas on how Pentecostals are liturgical and how we can better create space for our worship and communication with God.
We have a fallen mind, but a fallen mind needs renewing, not removing. The challenge for the Christian is developing their mind to be both skillful and in line with God’s will. When we commit to a lifestyle of both faith and reason, spirituality and intellectualism, we combine the potent philosophical force of Christianity with the transformational power of the Spirit.