Weekend Guide for the week of November 25

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Poverty and affluence alike test the soul— albeit from opposite ends of the spectrum. We may cry out amidst poverty, “My God why have you forgotten me?” But God may cry out to us amidst our affluence, “My child, why have you forgotten me?” Both sift the soul looking for responsive obedience, sincere gratitude, and a confident trust in the promises of God…

It came about when the sons of Israel became strong, they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not drive them out completely… So Joshua said to the sons of Israel, “How long will you put off entering to take possession of the land which the Lord, the God of your father has given you? (Joshua 17.13; 18.3)

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Weekend Guide for the week of November 11

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Without this daily resolve followers of Jesus Christ will become nondescript residents of society with little to distinguish them from the world they reside in. Oh, some may still retain peculiar habits like go to church, pray occasionally, read the Bible or observe Christian holidays. But in reality the values, concerns, and pleasures of this world will draw them back and they will again be subject to its demands and mastery. Such Christians will hardly influence and impact lives around them.

Our freedom is maintained by our steadfast commitment to struggle against “powers and spiritual forces” that seek to enslave us (Ephesians 6.12). How do we do this? “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” Free is the one who daily seeks the empowering of the Holy Spirit.

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Weekend Guide for the week of November 4

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In the 1994 book, Sex in America,the authors reported that twenty percent of all women and as many as thirty-five percent of all men have been unfaithful in marriage. Christianity Today surveyed its readers and discovered that twenty-three percent of their subscribers admitted to having had affairs. Leadership Journal found that ten percent of the pastors and church leaders they surveyed had committed adultery. Can something so common be so wrong? The seventh commandment says yes, it can.

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Weekend Guide for the week of October 28

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I believe that the world, the flesh, and the devil conspire to persuade us that there is no hurry about turning to God and/or responding to His call. However, if the truth be told, time is running out fast. Procrastination is a very dangerous vice because it masquerades as “deferred obedience.” When we procrastinate we dodge the call of God. We delude ourselves when we perceive that the problem is “timing” rather than our resolve to respond promptly. The right time to respond to God’s voice is always /now/— as soon as we hear it.

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Weekend Guide for the week of October 21

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There is never a time when we do not need our faith buttressed by God’s promises for our future. Life is dynamic not static—despite the attempts by some to control everything! Each day we face sin’s troika—the world, the flesh, and the devil. Their assaults are as endless as the ongoing campaigns against Israel by her enemies. Tomorrow’s insecurities and disappointments may quickly unseat today’s triumphs. Therefore, God promises that He will fight for us and deliver us safely as we cling to Him and order our lives under His authority. The ones whose minds are fastened on God’s promises for their future will not act precipitously in the present because they understand that God’s promises have already secured their future today.

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Weekend Guide for the week of October 14

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How tragic that we live in an age in which many aspire to be spiritual yet deprive themselves  of a relational spirituality because they will not be embraced by the God who created us “spiritual.” Our understanding of spirituality is destined to be self-centered when it arises from the created rather than a revelation that comes from our Creator.  We learn from Scripture that spirituality is inherently relational, practical, and doable…

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Weekend Guide for the week of October 7

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There is nothing more heart-breaking than watching someone you love lose their memory. This personal and private treasury contains their knowledge, wisdom, history, sensitivities, and most of all relationships. The slow and relentless decay of one’s memory reduces adult intellect to infancy, vacates wisdom, erases history, neuters joy, and slowly disintegrates one’s most precious relationships. Watching my father lose his mind will forever be etched in my memory unless or until I might lose mine. 

Dementia and Alzheimer’s do highlight a simple truth about relationships. We intentionally remember the relationships we value the most. Friendships and marriages that are not intentional and begin to “forget” to share life and time together are in jeopardy. Therefore, it should be no surprise that, because God is relational, He exhorts us to remember. In fact, the vibrancy of our faith will be contingent upon the spiritual discipline of “remembering.”

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Weekend Guide for the week of September 30

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God is unique.
There is no other.
There is no one like Him. He has no equal.

Everything that exists from the Andromeda to an amoeba, 
From black holes to black panthers, was created by Him.
He has enemies but no threats.
He has friends but no peers.

He is God alone. There are no others…God is exclusively God.

We live in an age where exclusivism of any sort is close to being the unpardonable sin. Indulgent tolerance is encouraged so that it is understood that all religions are equally valid as expressions of each worshiper’s personal preference. What is often overlooked is that our confession of faith is based on the exclusive God whose inclusive love embraces all people. If God is NOT exclusive then the tenets we hold dear are, at best, moral aspirations not divine revelation.

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Weekend Guide for the week of September 23

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How can we cultivate integrity in our lives? Where can we turn to discover a model of integrity which is distinct and inspired by God Himself? I would suggest the Ten Commandments are a good place to start (Exodus 20.1-17)... Here we are challenged and encouraged in 10 crucial areas that are essential to a lifestyle of integrity that pleases the heart of God. (In fact, I think the 10 Commandments could be re-titled, Every Person’s Guide to Integrity).

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Weekend Guide for the week of September 16

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Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith;
test yourselves.

(2 Corinthians 13.5)

An equinox and solstice, while frequently associated, are literally poles apart. An equinox is when the equator is closest to the sun and a solstice is when the equator is furthest away. This is not merely a tidbit of science trivia — equinoxes and solstices impact our lives every year because we mark the four seasons from these four events... and with each season comes memories, associations and expectations — both joyful and sorrowful. 

On 22 September the Autumnal Equinox will occur marking the first day of the Fall season—a season marked by our equator being closest to the sun. I choose to receive it as a prophetic promise that God intends for this to be a season where we will be brought closer to Him. Therefore, this is a good time to pause and take inventory less we simply let obligation and/or habit dictate what our lives will be filled with. 

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Weekend Guide for the week of May 27

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Everyone who follows Jesus Christ is called to be a person of impact. The Spirit of God forbids you to remain silent or passive while the world, the flesh, and the devil plunder, blind, and confound your “Impact Zone.” Your Impact Zone will include yourself, your friends and/or family, and your co-workers. While their size and scope may vary from person to person mark this: your temperament neither accredits nor disqualifies you. It is your responsiveness to God’s call and your readiness to do His will that certifies you to be a Person of Impact..

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Weekend Guide for the week of May 20

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In a July 2013 article, Scientific American studied what most people talk about the most and what they discovered surprised me — probably because my emotional intelligence is not high! Here is their observation: on average people spend 60% of their time talking about themselves! This number goes up to 80% when communicating on social media. So what are the implications for Christians if we spend all this “time” communicating and our faith does not or rarely comes up with others? 

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