Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.
Here are the topics you will find:
- Help Those Women (Wade Webster)
- Towards Spiritual Success (Cody Westbrook)
- I Can Do All Things (Rob L. Whitacre)
- The God Who Supplies (John Baker)
- Farewell (Kevin Rhodes)
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God expects us as Christians to take risks while doing His work. I would suggest the same is true at the level of the local congregation. I’m talking about the risk of failure. How ambitious are we in the plans we have to do work for God? Do we trust that things will be okay even if we try hard and mess up? This, I think, is a part of faith that requires maturity — the faith that God will stick with us even if we don’t succeed by our standards.
via The Christian, the Church, and Risk – Restore Our Faith
With the arrival of a new year, new resolutions and plans appear in the mind. It’s good to reevaluate one’s goals and objectives, analyze past performance, and plan for better results.
Usually, plans made at the new year tend to be ambitious. The exercise gyms, for example, have their best attendance in January. That’s understandable. But neither should the small, incremental changes be despised. To borrow the language of Zechariah, let us not despise the day of small things, or as NET puts it, “small beginnings” Zech 4.10.
Sometimes it’s easier for us to nudge up our efforts in small ways than by big changes. Tweaks can often accomplish more than drastic measures. Continue reading
God loves you, regardless. His commands are conditions to enjoy his presence, for he is holy and whoever approaches him must be purified through obedient faith in the blood of Christ. His commands are not requirements for love. He loved you before you sinned, and after. It is his love that reaches out to you and invites you to obedience. His love comes before your obedience, not after.
Humans make behavior a condition of love. To earn love you must do this or that, or be perfect in some way. God does not do this. His commands put us in a position to receive forgiveness. His commands are themselves an expression of his love. Continue reading
What an amazing and fearful thought: God never fails! Be it the salvation of the sinner or the judgment of the wicked, his purpose always comes to pass. Man attempts, never knowing if his efforts will succeed or not, Ecc 11.6. God works, always sure of the outcome. He must find our success literature amusing. Continue reading
In his once-famous book, Psycho-cybernetics: Creative Living for Today, author Maxwell Maltz wrote about the importance of concentration:
… concentrate creatively on the activity. No one can do it for you. When you play tennis, play tennis. When you are gardening, garden as if it is for the moment the most important thing of your life.
I must warn you that concentration is a process that can be done creatively only if you learn to do one thing at a time—and you learn to do it well before you take on another challenge.
If he is right, and I suspect he is, what does that say for the idea of multitasking? And what does it say for the church that involves itself in more and more activities outside its mission?