#IAmGoing Weekend Reading

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What NOT to do When you Fail or Sin: D. Scott Hildreth

One of the most well-known stories in the Bible is the Good Samaritan. It is a tale about a man who was attacked and left for dead. Two religious men see him in trouble, but refuse to help. Then a Samaritan walked by. Now, if you didn’t grow up in church, you might not realize that Jew’s hated Samaritans; this was the enemy approaching a wounded man. Tension mounts. What would happen?

Rather than ignoring or taking advantage, helped the injured man, the Samaritan helped. He covered the wounds and provided a place of safety. …Read More.

Find a Bible Reading Plan That’s Right for You: Trevin Wax

Bible reading plans can help you grow as a follower of Christ. They guide you through reading the Bible, so that you can see God’s plan for this world and why it matters.

An intentional Bible reading plan also helps you stay committed. The regular cadence of reading, studying and applying God’s Word will help you develop Bible reading as a habit — something you work into your everyday routine.

Going through a reading plan makes sure that you don’t just camp out on your favorite Bible passages. Some of the stories in the Bible will surprise you. Some passages may puzzle you. Some verses you’ve never seen before will jump off the page. The element of surprise as you read through the entire Bible is one of the great reasons you should consider a reading plan.

But most importantly, it’s life change that we’re after. You’re not following a reading plan just to check off your Bible reading for the day. You’re meeting with God, who inspired the words of this Book. A reading plan that keeps God’s Word in front of you in a systematic and consistent way is a tool that God can use powerfully in your life.

But there are so many plans available. How do you decide? Let’s discover the right Bible reading plan for you by looking at what they offer. …Read More.

25 Ways to Honor Your Pastor during Pastor Appreciation Month: Chuck Lawless

I’m deeply grateful for pastors, and I think every month ought to be Pastor Appreciation Month. For this annual month of appreciation, though, here are some ideas to say “Thanks” and “We love you.” Maybe you, your family, your small group, or your congregation can provide these gifts. …Read More.

In Your 30s and Haven’t Started Saving for Retirement? Do this: Art Rainer

A recent study revealed that Millennials believe 61 years of age to be the best time to retire. Sounds great. But there is a problem—most Millenials (66%) have nothing saved for retirement.

Millennials range from 18 to 37 years of age. So what if you are on the older side of the Millennial generation and still have nothing saved for retirement? You need to get started. Now. And here are a few suggestions on what to do. …Read More.

Why is the Great Commission in the Bible?

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Matthew 28:18-20 is not just a familiar passage to most of us, it is our missions anthem. In this scene, Jesus has his followers, His disciples gathered around him, and before he ascends he could tell them anything, but he sends them among ALL nations to make disciples…Jesus entrusts His disciples with a worldwide task! It is easy to cheer for and generally support the Great Commission, but why is it in the Bible?

Here are 4 reasons why I think the Great Commission is in the Bible. …Read More.

The Shaky Foundation for ‘Girl, Wash Your Face’

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I want to be the best version of me I can be. I want to get stronger, listen to more podcasts, read more books, set and meet more goals, grow more spiritually.

That said, I rarely read self-help books and don’t enjoy listening to motivational speakers. But I was excited when I saw the book Girl, Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis (Thomas Nelson, 2018). I want women to find their talents, push away lies and excuses and insecurities, and reach their potential. This book has generated buzz for that very reason. Hollis writes about taking responsibility for your life by identifying your beliefs and rising above the lies that hold you back. She provides wisdom and stories from her personal experiences to motivate her readers to be whatever they want to be.

This is well and good. What we must ask, though, is where we should find our motivation for life. What kind of wisdom forms the foundation for our goals? Girl, Wash Your Facecontains some truth, but unfortunately, I don’t think that truth is firm enough to create the long-lasting passion for life and self-fulfillment that Hollis models. Rather than review the book, I want to discuss the underlying source of motivation for this book. Hollis is inspiring, but do her advice and suggestions rest on godly wisdom? …Read More.

Important African-American Missionaries You Should Know

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There are so many missionaries throughout history who are inspirational not only to those aspiring to serve as missionaries, but also to those who need encouragement to live boldly for the sake of the gospel. Of those missionaries in the modern mission era, there are are several African-American missionaries who endured discrimination, persecution, and hardship to faithfully serve the Lord on the mission field. Betsey Stockton, George Liele, and Lott Cary are three such missionaries. We can learn a lot from each of their stories. …Read More.