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The Truth Under The Pandemic

The current pandemic makes many things different than what we thought normal. As a sister rightly said, “we had no time when we missed the routines more than now.” The life of a Christian is not an exception. Worship and Bible class are through the internet, the contribution is through Paypal or mail, and Skype and FaceTime replace face-to-face fellowship. These abrupt changes invite us to think about what has to remain unchanged regardless of the situation. I’d like to…

Step Nine: We’re Part of the Family

Have you ever wondered how people who have no affiliation with a church family get through life? When you think back to some of the darkest times in your life, for many of us, the church family we were a part of was one of the greatest supports during that storm. This is not by accident; the people of God are designed to fill that exact role and function as part of God’s Family. Lanny Wolfe, in 1974 said it…

Articluhaphobia

What are you afraid of? What is something that gives you chills or makes you feel uncomfortable when you see it, feel it, or even just think about it? When it comes to the population of America, there are a few fear or phobias that affect the majority of people. See if you fall into any of these categories: Arachnophobia – fear of spiders. Affects as many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men. Ophidiophobia – fear…

How Do We Look?

The Korean number among us is growing, and it will continue as we are fervently reaching out to the growing Korean community around us. As we grow more diverse, I want to consider what our church looks like in comparison to what the church was supposed to look like. The book of Ephesians gives us an idea of what the church should look like based on what Jesus accomplished through the crucifixion. It says He broke down the dividing wall…

Conflict Resolution: What Not To Do

Warning labels have become a necessity for most products that appear in the marketplace. Their necessity is prompted by the potential of lawsuits when such labels are not present. The fascinating thing about some warning labels is that they seem unnecessary when common sense is applied. For example, many chainsaws provide a label warning users not to hold the blade end of the tool when operating, some hair dryers include a label instructing buyers not to use it while sleeping,…

Step Eight: They’ve Got Questions…He’s Got Answers!

Once your neighbor has taken you up on an invitation, the one thing you must be ready for is their QUESTIONS. Regardless of the situation (in my experience), everyone has questions when they visit the Lord’s Church for the first time. This is no surprise and should not catch you off-guard. If they are asking questions, it is because of two things: they have noticed a difference in our congregation and others, and they want to know why we are…

Goals: Good or Bad?

In the late 1960s, the Ford Motor Company was losing market share to foreign competitors that were selling small, fuel-efficient cars. CEO, Lee Iacocca, announced the specific, challenging goal of producing a new car that would be “under 2000 pounds and under $2,000” and would be available for purchase in 1970. This goal, coupled with a tight deadline, meant that many levels of management signed off on unperformed safety checks to expedite the development of the car—the Ford Pinto. One…

Step Seven: Be Our Guest???

Invitations are a double-edged sword. On the one hand, if you receive an invitation to something you really have been looking forward to, then it is a cause for celebration. However, on the other hand, if you receive an invitation to something you really have been dreading or something you cannot stand… then it might be a cause for apprehension. We all have been there before, and have all been put in awkward situations where someone has invited us to…

DON’T BE LAZY

An article dated April 16, 2014, appeared on the website of the New York Daily News entitled, “Laziness could be hereditary, study suggests.” The article tells of research conducted at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine where experiments conducted on rats lead to the identification of “36 genes that may play a role in predisposition to physical activity motivation.” As a result, “researchers came to the conclusion that there is such a thing as a genetic predisposition to laziness.”¹ I’m…

Money Minded

How important is money to you? What does money provide you? Besides the obvious physical/tangible elements like various items, housing, transportation, and sustenance – what else do you get out of your wealth and material possessions? Does the balance of your bank account provide your sense of self-worth or does it simply reflect the level in which you’ve been monetarily blessed? Is your identity found in the clothes that you wear and the belongings that you own or is it…

DON’T BE NEGLIGENT

The term negligent refers to behavior that is “marked by or given to neglect especially habitually or culpably.”[1] In other words, you are considered negligent when your conduct and/or attitude is careless, lazy, or inattentive, and, as a result, threatens the well-being of others. Legally speaking, negligence is the basis for many personal injury lawsuits and can be defined as “the failure to exercise a certain degree of care in order to minimize the risk of injury to another person.”[2] Therefore, one would be…

Step Six: Let’s Have a DISCUSSION…

At this stage in the evangelism process, we have already: introduced ourselves, built a rapport, engaged them, expressed our faith to them, and served them.  The majority of these first five steps are intended to separate us from the ordinary encounters our neighbors make daily. However, if we are not careful, we can get all the way through step five and know very little about OUR NEIGHBOR’S thoughts, beliefs, or faith. The overarching goal of evangelism is to meet the…