Job or Ministry?

Here’s a neat little article that compliments something that I posted the other day. I found it in the Findlay church of Christ bulletin. It was labeled as “Author Unknown” but it sounds like whoever wrote it had some experience for the most part.

JOB OR MINISTRY?

Some people have a job in the church. Others involve themselves in ministry. What’s the difference?

  • If you do it just because no one else will…it’s a job. If you do it to serve God…it’s a ministry.
  • If you quit because someone criticized you…it’s a job. If you kept on serving in spite of criticism…it’s a ministry.
  • If you’ll do it only so long as it doesn’t interfere with other things…it’s a job. If you’re committed to staying with it, even when it means letting other things go…it’s a ministry.
  • If you quit because no one ever praised or thanked you…it’s a job. If you stay even though no one notices your efforts…it’s a ministry.
  • If you do it because someone else said it needs to be done…it’s a job. If you do it because you know it needs to be done…it’s a ministry.

It’s hard to get excited about a job. It’s almost impossible not to get excited about a ministry. An average church is filled with people doing jobs. A great and growing church is filled with people involved in ministry!

#article, #job, #ministry, #serving

John 3:3-5, an Objector, and Rambling

When people write and submit that writing for others to read, it is likely that other thoughts will arise in the readers mind that do not pertain to what was originally written. This happened recently, and I know because of the comment (reply) that was given to what I wrote. Some of the thoughts shared by what I will call an “objector” had some association to what I wrote, but much did not.

The thrust of what I wrote pertained to a tract by a Baptist preacher and his explanation of John 3:3-5. In particular, I took note of how there was some discussion on the word “spirit”, but nothing on the word “water.”

I received a comment (reply) to my words on this tract. One such remark was: “To understand the New Birth you must “believe” all the scriptures that pretain to it” [he referenced John 1:13-14, but he meant 1:12-13]. “It is God that gives us the gift of the Holy Ghost! It’s not by anything that we do The only thing we can do is believe that Jesus is our Saviour and all that we can do is believe and repent!”

I spoke next to nothing along this line, but I did make an association with the message of John the Baptist and Peter’s invite in Acts 2:38.

Though thoughts may be spawned when one reads another’s writing, it is prudent, when replying, that one’s reply stay with what was originally written and not descend into rambling (which is how I read the remarks). If there are some additional thoughts not germane to that which was originally written, then clarification would be helpful to those who read these replies.

#article, #spirit, #water

Local Churches Expand As Membership Falls

An article from the Amarillo Globe News: http://amarillo.com/news/local-news/2011-03-13/local-churches-expand-membership-falls

A quote from the article: “What we need to give people is an experience of the holy, allowing them to come as they are.”

Question: Is allowing folks to “come as they are” giving people an “experience” of the holy?

#allow, #article, #experience, #holy, #people, #quote

My Favorite Place To Sit

My favorite place to sit is my in home library room where I study, write, and post my articles to my Bible article blog.

#article, #blog, #favorite, #home, #library, #place, #post, #room, #sit, #study, #write

Loosing Track Of Time

I lose track of time when I’m doing research for an upcoming Bible study article as well as the writing of an article. The time really does fly when you’re really involved and concentrating on getting a Bible study article posted.

#article, #bible, #lose, #research, #study, #time, #track, #upcoming, #writing

Looking At Brand Fidelity

As far as brand fidelity, I don’t look at the brands when I grocery shop. I just look at the cheapest products, no matter what the brand name, and purchase them.

Regarding brands, I wrote the following article entitled “The Problem of Brand Conditioning” that looks at the contrast between different religious “brands” and the Lord’s church:

http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/02/28/the-problem-of-brand-conditioning/

#article, #brand, #cheap, #church, #contrast, #fidelity, #grocery, #problem, #product, #purchase, #religious, #shop

Ushering Out The Old – Welcoming In The New

How will I usher out 2010 and welcome in 2011? About the same as Ron. To me, one day is just like another, no matter what the calendar might say. More than likely, I’ll be up composing my next article for my blog, either in my mind or on paper.

#another, #article, #blog, #calendar, #compose, #day, #matter, #mind, #one, #out, #paper, #usher, #welcome

The 2010 Goal Reached

In 2010, I achieved and reached the goal of 2,000 articles on my Bible article blog: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/. It took ten years to achieve that goal.

The next goal is 3,000 articles, if the Lord allows me to live that long.

#achieve, #allow, #article, #goal, #live

Scripture in High Demand by Troops in Afghanistan, Says Ministry

Here’s an interesting article about the use of BibleSticks – slim digital audio players, about the size of a pack of gum, which are pre-loaded with the entire New Testament. They are being provided to troops in Afghanistan.

http://www.christianpost.com/article/20101111/scripture-in-high-demand-by-troops-in-afghanistan-says-ministry/

Looks like another good tool to use by the Lord’s church in spreading the gospel.

#article, #audio, #bible, #digital, #entire, #gum, #interesting, #new-testament, #pack, #player, #stick

Reflections At The Cross – A Contrast Of Two Thieves

In response to today’s nudge, Here’s an article I wrote contrasting the attitude of the two thieves that were crucified along with our Lord:

http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/07/10/a-contrast-of-two-thieves/

#article, #attitude, #contrast, #crucify, #thief, #wrote

Creativity In Teaching Is Disdained

Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School here in El Paso, has written another good article regarding the use of creativity and innovation in the classroom:

http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_16576753

#article, #classroom, #creative, #good, #grade, #innovation, #produced, #regard, #sixth, #teacher

Incivility Overpowers Our Society

Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics.

In his Thursday article, http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_16515180, he points out the following:

“I applaud any effort by school officials to promote decorum and civility in the school milieu. However, I am acutely aware of the fact that family, community, and the popular culture play a larger and more defining role in children’s lives than schools.”

Yes, education begins in the home (Ephesians 6:4; cf. Genesis 18:16-19).

#article, #civility, #decorum, #education, #family, #official, #promote, #school, #science, #teacher, #topic

Organizing Myself

How do I organize myself? Usually through the use of lists written on a 3×5 sheet of lined paper that I carry with me. Grocery lists and lists of the daily classes coming into a school library, are usually pretty detailed lists. Plus, if I get an idea for a blog article, I can quickly write it down before I forget it! 🙂

#article, #blog, #carry, #class, #daily, #grocery, #idea, #library, #list, #organize, #paper, #school, #sheet, #write

The Power Of Kindness

Ramnath Subramanian, a sixth-grade science teacher at Eastwood Knolls School in El Paso http://www2.yisd.net/education/school/school.php?sectionid=1110, writes for the El Paso Times on educational topics. In this week’s article, he emphasizes the important role kindness plays in the education of our children:

http://www.elpasotimes.com/opinion/ci_16389034

#article, #children, #education, #emphasize, #important, #kindness, #role, #science, #teacher, #writes

Separating Ourselves From The World

The following article lists some biblical principles we can use as guidelines for separating ourselves from the world’s ungodly influences:

The Ten “E” Principles

#article, #biblical, #guideline, #influence, #principle, #ungodly