I heard a song this morning that blessed my soul. One thing for sure and two things for certain, in this life struggles will come to throw us ‘temporarily’ off course but there is good news if your soul is anchored. I want to encourage all those who are going through struggles in whatever forms they may manifest. If you have time play the song above (The Anchor Holds) and be encouraged.
- The Anchor holds tho the ship is battered
- The Anchor holds tho the sails are torn
- I have fallen on my knees as I face this raging sea
- The Anchor holds despite the storm
The world is changing, one minute we are up and the next we are down. Our culture has played a large part in making us confused as to what is right or what is wrong; it has caused us to question whether there is a God and whether He even cares about us and what we are going through. Even in our churches today we have compromised and now some of our churches look like the culture we were expected to serve.
In reading the first chapter of “I am a Church Member” we dealt with the subject of Being a ‘Functional’ Member. The premise behind this chapter was to show us the Biblical view of what it means to be a member. Unfortunately, many people have an UN-biblical view of what it means to be a member.
Reasons I Liked the Book
I like this book for several reasons. To list a few: it is small, simple, easy to read, practical, inexpensive and it has some great insights. Some of the content makes for some great discussions in small groups.
FIRST Read The Introduction
Many of us dive right into reading chapter one, but in this case I STRONGLY recommend reading The Introduction for it sets the stage for the chapters to follow. The introduction includes a story of the interaction between two different types of church members. If you are a seasoned church member I am sure you will be able to relate.
How to Use Your Secretary
Stop Doing My Job.
I remember the day all so well. I found myself at the copy machine. Right when I was about to hit the ‘start’ button with my pointer finger, there she was. “What are you doing,” she asked with a puzzled look. I thought it was a trick question. So I responded with a sort of ‘question’ tone, “Making 20 copies of these documents.” She fired back, “But that’s my job.” I stood there not knowing what to do with my finger. Before I knew she was standing between me and the copy machine. Since it was a little awkward, I made my way back to the office. I had had secretaries before, or perhaps not.
Recently, we rented the movie, “God is Not Dead.” I must say that overall I thought it was a good movie. It started a little slow in its building, but by the time we hit the middle and end I was hooked.
The movie was centered around a college student and his atheistic professor of philosophy. The theme is ‘apologetics.’ Apologetics in this sense is NOT apologizing, but rather offering a DEFENSE of one’s belief.
The first day of class the presumptuous professor convinced his class to write the words “God is Dead” on a sheet of paper to avoid having to teach the Evidence of the Existence God segment of his class. The bribe promised an easy ‘A’ and accounted for 30% of their grade.
The majority of students had no problem jotting down these three words. One student however, could not do this. The angered professor told him to he must then be prepared to defend his view or risk loosing 30% of his grade. The student had a lot to lose.He consulted a pastor for guidance.What the pastor said had a profound impact on me. He said,
“The acceptance of this challenge may be the ONLY meaningful exposure to God and Jesus they will ever have.”