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Daily Dose (1-13-14)

ADVICE FOR YOUNG PASTORS & LEADERS“Don’t neglect caring for your own soul before you care for other souls.” Young ministry leader Tyler Saldaña gives some advice to other young ministry leaders.

A ‘GOSPEL’ THAT ALMOST KILLED ME: “The white-knuckled discipline that I once devoted to the prosperity gospel, I now devote to trusting fully in the finished work of Christ and the grace that I breathe in to survive.” Sean DeMars gives an account of his live when he was devoted to the ‘prosperity gospel’ and how his eyes were opened to the true gospel.

4 WAYS TO MINISTER TO US ‘YOUNG GUNS’: “Many young guys have big hearts and legitimate ambition for the kingdom of God. The church of the future will be far better served if young men are guided and shepherded by more seasoned saints.” John Pond explains four ways older men can mentor younger men in the ministry.

REWRITING OLD HYMNS FOR A NEW GENERATION: “While the text has and will stand the test of time, the melody lost that fight long ago.” Dustin Kensrue shares some reasons and tips for rewriting hymns.

DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR MISSIONARIES ACTUALLY TEACH?: “Stop sending prosperity-preaching missionaries to the jungles of Peru. They’re killing the villages here. Your missionaries are spending tens of thousands of dollars, traveling across land and sea, invading and settling into new cultures, and it’s all for nothing. They’re doing more harm than good.” This is a very important post that all Christians need to read – especially if they support missionaries, are missionaries, or plan to be missionaries. Sean DeMars talks about how the American Church is exporting the prosperity gospel into places like Peru (where he serves) through missionaries. He challenges us to know what our missionaries believe before we support or send them.

Daily Dose (1-10-14)

WORSHIP IN SPIRIT AND TRUTH“[True worship] is both an affair of the heart and an affair of the mind.” David Mathis discusses what it means to worship in spirit and truth.

WHEN YOUR HEART ISN’T IN IT: “You might find yourself sitting in darkness and uninterested in God’s word, prayer, or worship. But do not neglect these things, for no matter how feeble your faith is at the moment, God will strengthen and enlarge it.” Joe Thorn challenges us to seek the Lord even when our heart just isn’t in it.

THE LIFE-RATTLING TRUTH THAT HAS KEPT ME IN AFRICA: “Paying mere mental assent to a doctrine is quite different than having that doctrine shape your thinking and ultimately your decisions.” Philip Hunt explains how practically experiencing the sovereignty of God has kept him in Africa for 20+ years.

THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF TWITTER: Kevin DeYoung shares some hilarious, but great points about what we should and shouldn’t do on Twitter.

THREE CHALLENGES FOR THE CHRISTIAN BLOGOSPHERE: “We need to be less about whatever bonehead move Celebrity Pastor X made this week and more about the gospel.” Aaron Armstrong challenges Christian bloggers with three things he would like to see change this year in the blogosphere.

Do you understand the gospel?

“When you blow it, God still celebrates His Son in you. The litmus test of whether or not you understand the gospel is what you do when  you fail. Do you run from Him and go clean yourself up a little bit before you come back into the throne room? Or do you approach the throne of grace with confidence? If you don’t approach the throne of grace with confidence, you don’t understand the gospel.”

– Matt Chandler

Daily Dose (4/24/13)

I’m not sure if you realize this, but you are supposed to click the links to read the articles – don’t just read my description of the articles (that’ll get you nowhere). Enjoy today’s links. 

IN GOD WE JOY“Our joy in God is bound up with our trust in God. The two cannot be separated — not ever. Trust is the backbone of joy. And joy is the outflow of trust in one who is fully Trustworthy.” An encouraging reminder by Tony Reinke over at the Desiring God blog.

A STORY OF LIFE-ON-LIFE DISCIPLESHIP: “Men are quick to admit they are wrong, men fail, men ask for forgiveness, men need Jesus.” This is an encouraging story about how a group of men poured into a teenager on what being a Jesus-loving man looks like.

THE FACE OF EVIL, AND OF LOVE: “What does evil look like? You and me.” Jared Wilson challenges us to think about exactly what evil – and love – looks like. We’re always quick to point out the evil in others without looking at the evil that has been, is, and could be in our own life. But there is a picture of love that we see – redemption through the gospel of grace.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE NEWS: “[S]ocial media…has gradually been changing the field of journalism.While it has been looked to for breaking news in the past few years, the events at the Boston Marathon and especially the Watertown manhunt brought social media to the forefront.” A great article about social media being a new wave of journalism and the pros and cons of using it to get the facts of breaking news.

“I’M SATISFIED IN YOU”: “Jesus, life is found in You. Jesus, now I know the truth – and the truth is…I’m satisfied in You.” This song was written by Russell Morton during his time at the Oaks School of Leadership. He recorded the song with Shane & Shane as part of his internship.

Singleness, Dating, and Marriage

I’m compiling a list of articles written recently about singleness, dating, and marriage. This list will be updated as I come across other articles. I hope you will be encouraged and challenged by them as I am.