August 2017 Issue of Christian Worker (Philippians Chapter 3)

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics you will find:

  • Beware of Dogs (Bill Burk)
  • Leaving the Past Behind (Cody Westbrook)
  • Paul’s Present (Neal Pollard)
  • The Only Way to Go is Up! (Andy Baker)
  • A Call to Maturity (Clay Bond)
  • A Call to Follow (D.J. Stucky)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions.

Copyright © 2017 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#calling, #christian-worker, #false-teachers, #new-life, #philippians-3, #spiritual-goals, #spiritual-maturity, #the-past

Secular tip that has a spiritual use – end goal, not entertainment

To understand where I’m coming from with this tip, if you haven’t read the first post, you’ll need to check this out first.

Tip #3 is as useful as it is straightforward. Continue reading

#preaching-point, #spiritual-application, #spiritual-goals, #spiritual-illustrations

The end goal is the end

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.” (James 5:11 NKJV)

The end goal is the end. By this I mean the beginning is trumped by the end. The middle is trumped by the end. The end of the matter, whatever the matter may have been in our eyes or the eyes of others, matters to the furthest extent … because, after all, that extent is the end.

The finish line is always the goal for the right-minded runner who begins the race (1 Corinthians 9:24-25). The course will challenge that goal. But the end must remain the goal, or else the run will turn into a walk, which turns into standing idle, which turns into sitting for a break, which turns into not getting back up. If this happens the end will not be the goal we originally had in mind. Keep the end in mind!

Job didn’t know how the book of Job would end. But James’ admonition is given with the understanding that we know how the story ended! And if, in the midst of trials and troubles, we keep the end in mind (by that I mean the end God has in mind for us – 2 Corinthians 5:1), we can know how our book will end too.

Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” (Hebrews 10:38-39 NKJV)

#perseverance, #spiritual-goals, #spiritual-race

From deviation in the slightest degree to divine rejection?

Do you agree with the following statement by Oswald Chambers?

Any goal we have that diverts us even to the slightest degree from the central goal of being “approved to God” (2 Timothy 2:15) may result in our rejection from further service for Him.

Why or why not? I’m mulling this over. Not looking to wallop anybody over an opinion on it. Just looking for perspective.

#ministry, #service-to-god, #spiritual-goals

My Dreams Have Shrunk

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

#dreams, #gospel-preaching, #motivation, #personal-goals, #spiritual-goals

May 2014 Issue of Christian Worker

Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

Here are the topics that you will find:

  • Why Some Men Must Be Marked (Fred House)
  • Balaam (Sam Willcut)
  • Is Dancing Sinful? (Johnie Scaggs, Jr)
  • Am I Saved or Lost? (Guy N. Woods)
  • Modesty Is for Men Also! (Carl B. Garner)
  • Excuses (Lynn Blair)
  • Sin Is Still Sin! (M. Floyd Bailey, Jr)
  • This We Must Accomplish (John W. Moore)
  • Only in Jesus (Wayne Jones)
  • Comfort for Troubled Hearts (Mike Vestal)

Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

#balaam, #christian-worker, #dancing, #excuses, #false-teachers, #jesus, #modesty, #mutual-support, #pdf, #salvation, #sin, #spiritual-goals

What is Your Vision?

I am working on some lessons for a ladies day.  I would like to get your feedback on the following:

These first two questions apply to both males and females:

1.  What vision or goals do you have for your personal spiritual growth, and what are you doing to make it happen?

2.  What vision do you have for your family?  What are you doing to help your family accomplish your vision?  Hopefully we all have the vision of our family being in heaven, so please be more specific. 🙂

This last question is for females (men, you may ask your wives if you wish:) )
3.  If you had the opportunity to attend a ladies day, what topics would you particularly like to have addressed?

#spiritual-goals, #vision