It seems that the whole nation has been riveted on news relative to racial tensions, allegations of systemic discrimination against minorities, the targeting of police in deadly attacks, etc. What can a pastor say, and what can churches do to be a part of the solution, to be salt and light? How can a pastor help people to have godly attitudes and perspectives and to be true representatives of Christ during troubled times? Read the responses
Famed psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud wrote the following to a Swiss pastor: “I have found little that is ‘good’ about human beings on the whole. In my experience most of them are trash.” Wow! That’s uplifting, isn’t it? (Sarcasm intended). How could someone in a caring profession have such a jaded and degrading view of people? If a person doesn’t believe in God and doesn’t believe that people are created in the image and likeness of God, I guess it’s logical that they can assess the value of humans however they want. However, if a person believes in God and recognizes that He created mankind in His own image and likeness, there is a need to defer to and accept God’s estimation of human worth. Read this article by Tony Cooke
Psalm 139:14-16 is a treasured portion of Scripture for many. It begins, “For you formed my inward parts…” and proceeds to describe God’s participation in our formation from our mothers’ wombs. This is important for all of us to understand if we are to have the wholesome and holy awareness of our life’s value to God. It gives significance to each day of our life when we are aware that the day we are living is one “the Lord has made” (Psalm 118:24) from our very early embryonic state. We have reason to “rejoice and be glad” in every new day because there is purpose ordained by our Creator God in it. Whether we are aware of it or not, we were made for the very days in which we are privileged to live, so let us open our eyes to all that our Father has planned for us. Read this article by Lisa Cooke
God has armed believers with powerful ὅπλον (hoplon) “weapons.” Greeks applied this word as a title for heroic citizen-soldiers armed with long spears and shields. The Captain of the Lord’s Hosts has called believers, as citizens of heaven, into active military service. These weapons are not associated with the fallen, earthly real (σαρκικός (sarkikos), but “mighty” through God. Worldly leaders, at every level, seek to raise higher by means of pulling others down. Soldiers of the cross seek to lift others higher even at their own expense. Not a single weapon of God is designed to lift up his army by debasing other people. The Lord never funds, energizes, or even gives the nod to ego inflating activities. The church possesses weapons for pulling down prideful demonic positions in order to lift up hurting humanity. The word translated “mighty” here comes from the Greek term δυνατός (dunatos) meaning “strong” or “immensely powerful.” However, this word can also mean “possible.” The Lord gives every solider weapons against which the enemy’s attacks cannot possibly stand. Read this article by Keith Trump
We will be releasing very soon a brand new video series based on our book, Qualified: Serving God with Integrity and Finishing Your Course with Honor. This series is comprised of 12 video lessons that are approximately 28 minutes in length. The emphasis of this teaching is on character, integrity, ethics, and excellence. This series is ideal for providing training and enrichment for those preparing for or currently serving in ministry. We believe that many church staffs, Bible school students, and ministry leaders will benefit greatly from this new training resource. We are aiming to ship these out by September 1, and you can pre-order your Qualified video series using our online order form or by calling 918-645-9120.
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The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.
– Leonardo Da Vinci
“Whose I am defines who I am.”
– Tony Cooke
Few people are capable of expressing with equanimity opinions which differ from the prejudices of their social environment. Most people are even incapable of forming such opinions.
– Albert Einstein
“True prodigals don’t come home with a list of demands.”
– Lisa Philpott
“Now one sign of a true revival, and indeed an essential part of it, is the increased activity of God’s laborers.”
– Charles Spurgeon