Follow me as I follow Christ

It was the apostle Paul who told the church at Corinth to, “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” (1 Corinthians 11:1 – NKJV)

But say this was you speaking to Corinth. Say this was you striving to be the example. What would be the three “top things” that you would hope the Corinthians would see in your life that could be attributed to a major characteristic of the life that Jesus lived?

Share your thoughts! I’m interested in hearing what you have to say.

#being-an-example, #christ-like, #jesus, #nudge

10 Random Questions with Spiritual Roots

Here are some random questions (some may even call them “nudges”) that actually have a spiritual starting point. Care to answer a few?

1. If you preach, do you have a “favorite” sermon?

2. If you don’t preach, is there a sermon that has stuck with you through the years?

3. Would you consider an “invitation song” offered during worship services a tradition of men?

4. What do you believe is the number one reason (main contributing factor) behind poor worship service attendance?

5. If you have a young daughter, would you approve of her dating a young man who doesn’t work?

6. How many hours of sleep do you average a night (or day, in case you’re a third-shifter)?

7. How many hours, on the average, do you punch on the ole’ time clock?

8. Was there one individual person in your life that contributed the most to you becoming a Christian? If so, who?

9. What you do think is the number thing our prayers should revolve around for our nation (America), or for whatever nation you happen to be living in?

10. Which is harder for you to do: tell a brother or sister in Christ that they have something in their teeth or telling them that they have sinned against you?

#nudge, #opinions, #questions

Looking for a suggestion

Most of the time on 5th Sundays we have a Song and Scripture service in the evening. I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned it here before. The gist is that there’s an overall theme that determines the direction and then from there we read some scripture that’s associated with the topic and then follow that with a song to match.

What I’m looking for is an idea for a theme. In no particular order, other than alphabetical, these are the themes that I have used in the past:

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#nudge, #scripture-reading, #singing, #worship

You Tell Me

There are some in the brotherhood who are staunchly opposed to talking about the birth of Christ at this time of the year in scripture, in song or even conversation because they claim it’s denominational, but at the same time they staunchly promote using the word Christmas when it comes to trees, cards and presents.

You tell me, which is more denominational? Talking about the birth of Christ or saying Merry Christmas?

#christmas, #denominational, #nudge, #opinions

Nudge: Bully Pulpit or Something Else?

I don’t know if you have seen this video, but take a look and come back and leave a comment describing your thoughts with 50 words or less…if you can keep it to that.

I thought it might get some interesting dialogue going.

#nudge, #public, #rebuke, #video

Nudge: A Question About Grace

God’s grace is truly dynamic!

I was thinking about the grace of God and wondered to myself (and now to you), “Does God’s grace cover sins because it converts souls, or does it convert souls because it covers sin?”

What do you think? It is one or the other, or is it both?

Think about it and chip in. I have my answer, but I’d love to hear yours!

#christianity, #conversion, #forgivness, #god, #grace-of-god, #nudge

My Sunday Morning Sermon

I continued the sermon series that I started last week in John’s gospel. This week’s title was “Things Are Looking Up”

I used John 1:14-18 to talk about how the “Word of God” got “Wrapped Up”

I used John 1:19-28 to talk about how John “Spoke Up” about the Messiah

I used John 1:29-34 to talk about how God’s will started “Opening Up” for John

After some expository/exegete preaching from these verses with those headings I used them to make some applications for us. Here’s a little bit:

1) There’s a good reason to get wrapped up in the story we read about Jesus. That’s because He cares. We have a mediator who feels for us because He felt for us (Hebrews 4:15-16).

2) We need to be willing to speak up and go on the record for Jesus. If John was willing to speak up for the coming Messiah then we should be willing to speak up for the Messiah who has come (Matthew 10:32-33).

3) If we want God’s will to open up for us then we need to open up His word. Faith in Jesus is found only in the word of God (Romans 10:17) and if we want to learn about the will of God for our lives when it comes to the Lamb of God then we need to open the word that teaches us all about it.

I’m trying to figure out a way to post this sermon’s (and last week’s) audio to the website. I can get the audio file off of my phone and onto my computer, but from there it’s a little more tricky for me. I’m no techie but I’m trying.

#gospel-of-john, #john-1, #nudge, #sermon-outline

Nudge: What Do You Know About The “Tech”nical Gospel?

I have some tech questions:

Does anyone know of any good, free Bible related apps?

Also, do you know of any apps (and things like podcasts) that are put out by the brotherhood?

If you have found one (or several) to be particularly useful in your studies, share what you know.

#nudge, #technology, #technology-in-ministry

Nudge: Why Does God Encourage Children to be in Subjection to their Parents?

It’s not really open for debate – from the 10 Commandments of Moses’s Law, to the 6th Chapter of Ephesians, to the scathing rebuke of the scribes and Pharisees concerning the personal care (or the lack thereof) for their parents and ultimately God in Mark 7, God says children must take note of their parents when it comes to writing the chapters of their life story.

So here’s the nudge: Why is this such an important issue to God, and what about honoring parents who do not care for God or for His way of life?

I’d love to hear your answers, especially to the later part since so many young people (including Christians) deal with this family situation in our culture today.

#children, #family, #nudge, #parents

Nudge…What Song Would Jonah Have Sung?

I didn’t ask (maybe I should have), but I don’t think Randal will mind if I use a “nudge” to try and get some conversation going this morning. It’s been a long while since I’ve seen one anyways. So here you go. Let me know what you think.

One of the amazing things to me about some of God’s people recorded in the Bible was their ability to sing in hard or even perilous times. Take Paul and Silas for the easiest example. Shackled in a stinking prison with open wounds on their body – and they’re singing at midnight…loud enough for other prisoners to hear them. Wow!

Here’s the nudge, if you so choose to participate: One person that comes to mind when it comes to facing a perilous time is Jonah. I know the scriptures say nothing about him singing, and I’m not trying to make them say it; but if Jonah was to have sung a song in his temporary jail cell, what do you think it would have been? For example, I think he could’ve sung, “Where Could I Go?” This is especially true when it comes to the chorus that echoes, “Where could I go, O where could I go, Seeking a refuge for my soul? Needing a friend to save me in the end, Where could I but to the Lord?

What say ye when it comes to what sang he?

#jonah, #nudge, #singing

Nudge: Road-trip essentials

Road tripAnswer if you dare: List your must-haves for a successful road trip, especially if it’s unusual. Why do you consider it essential?

With the hassle of air travel, perhaps the road trip is experiencing a revival, would you say? Unless fuel prices are keeping people home.

Thanks to plinky for today’s Nudge question.

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#nudge, #road-trips, #travel

Nudge: Confess a wasteful habit

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Plinky suggested this Nudge today: Confess a wasteful habit of yours.

Doesn’t matter what’s being wasted, be it time, paper, gas, room heat, you name it. What do you do exactly that causes something to be wasted?

If confession is good for the soul, who knows but it may also be good for the budget and the environment?

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#habits, #nudge, #waste

Nudge: What magazine to be editor of

Here’s a little Nudge for Fellows and friends, coming from a suggestion on Plinky:

If you could be an editor for any magazine, which would you choose? It can be print or ezine, religious or other. Be sure to tell us why you chose as you did.

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#christianity, #magazines, #nudge

Humor

I love to laugh & enjoy good humor! Occasionally, I mistakenly take it too far (with folks who don’t share the same liberal sense of humor).

My sense of humor is broad. The Three Stooges really tickle my funny bone, but I’m open to any type of clean humor (whether “intellectual” or “stupid” humor). This is one reason why I enjoy preachers’ meeting so much. 🙂

My favorite all-time line–Moe says (as a serious compliment) to Larry–“Ya know, for a guy with no brains, you’re a genius!!”
LOL

#humor, #nudge

Nudge, Nudge, Smirk, Smirk

Randal asked if we have a sense of humor. I’ve been told I have a good one. I love humor and can’t resist it. I have funny thoughts running through my head most of the time.

I have what is called a dry sense of humor that can be described as observational. I can usually rift off of the things I see around me quite easily. I also love witty repartee. It helps to read a lot to have more ammunition.

I am often thinking of funny replies to what people post on Facebook. But I try to resist. 🙂

I love puns and smart humor. I see humor in almost everything. I can sit at WalMart or watch TV and think of almost non-stop jokes. I always wanted to be on Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Crude humor doesn’t have a place with me. In fact, my creed is, “Humor should amuse, not abuse.” I don’t believe in cruel humor because the Golden Rule dictates my life. If I don’t like it, I’m not doing it to others. Hence, I don’t taunt or cruelly mock others because I don’t want them turned on me.

Getting laughs with crude talk is too easy and therefore pointless. It’s like one comedian said about performing his comedy routine to a drunk audience. “If you make them laugh it doesn’t count. They’re drunk. They’re always laughing.”

It is disturbing that true humor is almost dead in popular culture. All they have left is the crude, easy joke. I think that either says something about the intelligence of the entertainment business or the public. Or, both.

I am dismayed that so many people fail to see humor in Scripture. In fact, some people see it as offensive to even suggest that there is humor in God’s Word. It is somehow sacrilegious.

How can you read Elijah mocking the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18), Balaam and the donkey (Numbers 22) and Micaiah and Ahab (1 Kings 22) and a host of others without laughing?

Job was so frustrated with the rants of his ignorant friends that he said, “No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you!” (Job 12:2). I find this funny but have pointed that out to congregations and they just stare at me. Maybe that says something about my humor.

Besides women like a man with a sense of humor. Or, so I’ve been told.

#humor, #laughter, #nudge