Another step forward for this 7-year-old effort

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Almost seven years ago, Forthright Press launched The Fellowship Room as a group weblog of saints who could contribute and interact at will. (Here’s the first post.) In that time this modest effort has grown to include more than 11,400 posts by over 30 Fellows over the widest range of topics related to faith and discipleship in a fallen world.

Today, we take yet another step forward, with a new dot-com domain, which recently became available, and an installation on our own hosting. Several advantages now appear thanks to the move. Continue reading

#anniversaries, #attitude, #corollaries, #discipleship, #government

A proverb says As a man thinks…

A proverb says, “As a man thinks, so is he.” That means if you think positive thoughts, you are more likely to get positive results and if you think negatively, you are more likely to get negative results. Someone says, “That’s hogwash!” Well, scientists have put it to the test. USA Today reported that MIT researchers found that the attitude a subject took towards a pain-relief pill made a difference in its effectiveness. If the person believed a pill was a new and expensive drug for pain, it was more likely to be effective than if the person thought it was either generic or less expensive. All the pills were identical, only the attitudes were different. This is Just A Minute.

#attitude, #just-a-minute, #optimistic, #positive

Thinking Work!

It has been noted that if one enjoys what they do, they won’t work a day in their life. What is work anyway? Whether we are talking about playing a round of golf or mowing the lawn, have we considered it is the very same muscles that are being used? Also, whether we are working a crossword puzzle or conducting business of some type, the same brain power is being utilized. So, why does what we call “work” seem to tire us more than what we might refer to as “play”? If the same muscles and brain power are put to use it must boil down to attitude and perspective. It would seem that if we could view “work” in the same way we view “play” it could be less wearing on ourselves.

Now, it also stands to reason that if that which is considered “play” seems to become too much “work” then the pleasure it was intended to provide will be lost. When we maintain a wholesome attitude toward both what might be labeled “work” or “play”, we can experience pleasure in both. It is when we think of it too much as “work” that we begin to struggle. Mark Twain is quoted as stating, “Work is not a concrete thing; it is a mental attitude. Nothing is either work or play but thinking makes it so.”

Looking at life in a general sense, Solomon stated. . . Continue reading

#attitude, #god, #play, #serving-god, #work

Some people just never mature

I’ve met several Christians throughout the years who are exactly what I try to avoid being – too “smart” for their own good spiritually speaking! Their “Bible knowledge” is so complete they have no room for growth…and it’s a major turn-off to the majority of people around them without them even knowing it, or caring enough to realize it.

But can’t you know the truth, some may ask? You sure can according to John 8:32! But that knowledge, in its completed form, comes from continuing in the truth – it comes from growing in it (John 8:31; 2 Peter 3:18).

Does that mean we can never know the complete the truth about a particular topic from day one? Absolutely not. Just think about the nameless eunuch of Ethiopia (Acts 8:35-37). But at the same time remember the growth process that the apostle named Peter of Galilee had to experience concerning the possibility of salvation for gentile people years (literally years) after publicly preaching that the benefits of the gospel would reach “those who were afar off” (Acts 2:38-39; Acts 10).

My advice, which I strive to remember to follow myself, to anyone who gets asked a Bible-based question from someone who tells you that they’re not trying to be argumentative but simply asking a question that they’re curious about because of a statement or position that you’ve publicly proclaimed is for you to take the question seriously and try to recognize the validity of the point that the question is raising. Phew! Talk about a run-on sentence. But I suppose run-on’s are needed when you talk about a marathon length problem.

Concerning the sum of the situation, this one thing I have learned: when you are going to ask people to recognize their error you have to be able and willing to do the same with yourself! And the failure to do so reveals a lack of spiritual maturity that becomes obvious to everyone other than the person who stares back at us in the mirror. That’s why we’d all do well to be an Apollos-minded person, and not a Diotrephes.

Now a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man and mighty in the Scriptures, came to Ephesus. This man had been instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things of the Lord, though he knew only the baptism of John. So he began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Aquila and Priscilla heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.” (Acts 18:24-26)

#attitude, #knowledge, #learning, #spiritual-maturity

One Way to Avoid Becoming a Pharisee

Study the interactions between Jesus and Pharisees long enough and you’ll notice that they were more interested in disciplining the Law of God than they were in allowing the Law of God to disciple them!

And if we want to avoid the same fate we must avoid the same mentality.

But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” (Matthew 9:13)

#attitude, #learning, #pharisee

Go Kick Tommy’s Cat

Harry Grant got up in a bad mood on Monday. Upon arriving at work he called in his sales manager and chewed him out because his report was tardy. The sales manager called in his secretary and chewed her out for several letters she had failed to file. The secretary saw the receptionist and yelled at her for not relaying some messages the previous day. The receptionist opened her door at home that evening and saw her son’s new jeans had a hole in the knee and sent him to bed without supper. On the way upstairs Tommy saw the family cat and kicked it all the way across the room.

Wouldn’t it have been better on everyone if Mr. Grant had simply gone over to Tommy’s house and kicked the cat himself and left all those other folks in a good mood?

How many times have I thought of that little story when I have been responsible for ruining the mood around our house by being in a bad mood and passing it along to others? How many times have I seen this take place in the church, where one person’s ill manners could start a chain of events that led to a great problem, even division?

Then on the other hand, I have seen someone enter a rather sticky situation, and their manners and grace changed the whole atmosphere into a lovely place to be. And then you begin to think…”Isn’t this the kind of person I had rather be?” Anybody can ruin a good atmosphere. And anyone can improve a bad one. That is, if we will put our Christian principles into practice.

Let me challenge you! Make your Bible class the best place in the world to be on Sunday morning and Wednesday night. Make our assemblies the nicest place to spend time, and you will find more people wanting to spend time there. Work and make the atmosphere pleasant wherever you are. Take it easy on Tommy’s cat! !

For His Cause, Tim Woodward

via the Smithville Church of Christ

#attitude, #bible-study, #church-problems, #spiritual-answers, #spiritual-application, #thinking-of-others, #worship-services

How is your attitude?

Harry Perry was told he was dying of leukemia, so he threw in the towel and started to act as if life was over. He quit his job, ruled out marriage, spent thousands on treatments, drank heavily, and spent most of his time alone. He was waiting to die, but he might as well have been dead already.

Harry’s life was empty, even though he wasn’t dead. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t even dying.

About 5 years after the initial diagnosis, another checkup showed that Harry did not have the disease. He has since then married, bought a home, and quit treatments. He feels great. Nothing has actually changed except Harry’s attitude. When he thought he was dying, he set a course of self-destruction. When he learned he wasn’t a victim of leukemia, he set a course of happy living.

The application to this story is that some of us may be physically alive; however, mentally dead, meaning our negative attitudes quenches our spiritual joy. We if want joy and happiness, then we must change our attitudes.

John 15:7-11—”If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; Even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”

Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day
By Glenn, Mercedes and Lauren Hitchcock
Warner Robins church of Christ, Warner Robins Georgia
www.wrcoc.com

#attitude, #joy