“And he died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised.”
2 Corinthians 5.15
The apostle Paul has written several times to the church in Corinth. He explains his mission and affirms his pure motivations. His message centers in Christ and how he changes those who live by him.
Christ’s death gives us life. That life is to be lived for him, no longer for ourselves. We must die to self. He gives us meaning, morale, and mission. We do all in hope of being like him.
#motivation #Jesus-Christ #VOTD
“[He] was caught up into paradise and heard things too sacred to be put into words, things that a person is not permitted to speak.”
2 Corinthians 12.4
Paul mentioned his out-of-body experiences. The celestial reality is far beyond human comprehension and appreciation.
“Heaven must surely be worth it all,” goes the hymn. How does it serve as a motivation for you?
#Paradise #motivation #VOTD
The Fellowship Room is a website for Christians. It receives several posts a day from a wide variety of people. Here are a few of the contributions made to the site:
Other Fellows, such as John Henson and Richard Mansel, post as they are able.
One of the best features of The Fellowship Room is the comments and questions from readers. They appear in real time, making it also a social-media site to rival the best commercial offerings on the web. (Except it doesn’t track your movements or restrict what you see, like those big guys do.)
Make TFR one of your regular sites to visit and interact with.
You’ll be edified and strengthened spiritually, and you’ll have opportunity to encourage other readers and commenters.
Also, please pass this suggestion on to faithful saints whom you think might also be interested in The Fellowship Room.
After a year of silence, the UPLift email list is back! The motivational list is a service of the GoSpeak / Forthright ministry.
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What is the Bible verse that you keep coming back to, that gives you a lift when you’re down, that provides you comfort in your trials, that drives you to God in your sorrow? Please share it in the comments, with reference and text.
When I was younger, I had awesome dreams. In my “awakening” (a deeper sense of awareness I came to some years after I became a Christian), when I faced my first opportunities as a fledgling preacher, it seemed I had the world at my feet – no, not due to any sense of accomplishment or ability on my part, but because I believed the message I was bringing was “The” power – the walls of evil would crumble before it if I just stayed out-of-the-way and gave folks the unvarnished truth. I was literally amazed that anyone who heard it was able to resist it – or, even worse, would reject it and act contrary to it. As time (and my own experience) went on, I came to see that it was not only possible, it was likely! It took me some years, but I finally came down to earth. Continue reading
In the preface to his book Bring Out the Best in People, Alan Loy McGinnis wrote,
… virtually everyone is a motivator in one situation or another—when we’re persuading a friend to lose weight, or giving a pep talk to our kids, or trying to help a batter out of a slump, we’re motivators. Either we are doing it poorly or we are doing it well.
Christians are motivators, in a real way. They are not mere educators. They want people to do something, obey the gospel. They not only tell people what God has done in Christ and what each person must do to be saved — information —, but they also encourage and exhort so that people will be moved to act — motivation. Continue reading
You probably don’t know that I have a little online biz card and now mini-blog, to which, because of ease of posting, I’m adding my UPLift material and Cloudburst Poetry comments and background. So today, the designated day for an offering of the former, you get this:
Love at the Peak. On 1 Corinthians 13. I hope this material will become part of a book, second in the series to my Choose!. Time will tell. May you be lifted up today by this little sample.
THEREFORE. That’s how the verse begins that Richard H. posted today, in most versions. (Some of us are memorizing these verses in the 100 Days of Scripture.) NET has “So then.”
The discussion prior to the verse, which serves as its conclusion, was about the existence and nature of the resurrection. One disservice we to to Bible verses is pulling them out of context, as if they floated down to us by themselves.
“So then, dear brothers and sisters, be firm. Do not be moved! Always be outstanding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 15:58)
Since there is a resurrection, life after death, that means our work will have an eternal effect. What a great stimulus to be outstanding in the Lord’s work!
Chapter divisions also throw us off, frequently. One of those great works of the Lord follows hot on the heals of this verse: to offer as we’ve been prospered.
The therefores matter, because they link motivation to action.
One of the Fellows asked me if a certain type of post was allowed on TFR. I thought to myself that I needed to define further for them what types of posts are good to post and what types I don’t like to see.
But on the heels of that thought came another: I trust each of the Fellows implicitly and think they have good judgment on what will contribute to the site.
If I gave them guidelines, it might inhibit them from using their creativity and good judgment.
The only guidelines they’re going to get, then, are these:
- Does it edify the readers?
- Does it add something to the readers’ knowledge, motivation or sense of fellowship?
- Does it provide a challenge, a perspective, a nugget of truth to be savored and cherished?
- Does it point the readers to Christ and his sacrifice?
- Does it explain, illustrate or illuminate something of the nature or character of God?
How about if the readers chime in about those posts they’ve found most helpful or encouraging or stimulating? Or the type of posts they’d like to see or see more of? What say you, dear reader?
“Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels, or believes!” This statement was posted on the Internet with following comments commending the author as being insightful. I agree in the strictest sense of the word — the first dictionary definition of the word is, “observable activity in a human or animal”. However it totally ignores the relationship between out thoughts, feelings and beliefs and how we behave. The second dictionary definition, “the aggregate of responses to internal and external stimuli” points toward this relationship.
The statement seems to ignore this relationship and rather reinforces the commonly held false belief that it doesn’t matter what one thinks, feels, or believes: all that matters is what one does. This could not be further from the truth and contradicts Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5. Jesus here teaches that while the old law focused on bad behavior, we need to focus on getting our hearts right — that is, get our thoughts and feelings under control. If we control our thoughts and feelings, we will not behave badly.
It is sad to see such misunderstandings in the world. But sometimes I wonder if members of God’s household do not think this way at the core. If we do, are we not like white-washed tombs?
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.” Matthew 23:27
Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
Motivation is when your dreams put on work clothes!