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Christopher Author

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September 25, 2018 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

How to do a Devotional Bible Study

The foundations of a maturing Christian faith are not complicated. They just take time and care. Bible Study, Memorization, Church Attendance, Prayer, Service; these are all pillars of our growing faith.

But how do we get started when we know so little? The Bible is a huge book. The church is thousands of years old. There is so much need in the world. Where should I begin?

Devotion and Devotional Bible Study

What is devotion, first of all?

It is a loyalty and commitment towards one that is expressed through enthusiasm and excitement.

Is that what is happening when you are thinking about pulling out the Bible? Often times, when we first start really getting interested in studying the Bible we are hit with feelings of inadequacy and frustration. Here is some encouragement: This isn’t a performance task. You aren’t judged from on high about how well you are studying and comprehending every last word.

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September 24, 2018 • Christian News

Refreshing Article in My Local News Paper

I was caught off guard when I saw an article in the Greeley Tribune about what it means to be a church.

It was simple. But, what I enjoyed about it was that it was published by a local paper, here in growing Greeley. This is a growing city and there is some secularizing going on around here.

There are many strong churches, though, and the Christian culture has fairly well stayed well connected throughout the town.

Here is part of the article, and you can find the link to the full thing below.

What is the church? Some might reference a physical address, 100 Azusa Street. Some might associate it with a name, Greeley Community Bible Church.

Others might scratch their head, as they pan through generations of Christendom gone by, trying to trace the mystery of how this visible-invisible entity has kept alive, through heresies, false teachers, splits and backsliding.

As we face the social media-technological age with a bit of consternation, we know relationships are changing. So, why should we gather as the church? …

First Paragraph from Tribune Article

When we enter the church without walls or labels, it’s a commitment to: “let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to gather,” (Heb 10:23-25). Though our salvation impacts us individually, it’s a collective salvation, a people set apart, clearly marked and peculiar to the world’s standards, ready to endure persecution and fight heresies together. “Lord, in your mercy, join us in the gathering.”

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— Tracey D. Lawrence is an adjunct faculty for biblical studies at Colorado Christian University.

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September 23, 2018 • Thoughts on Personal Growth

What it means to walk in Humility

Humility is one of those traits that is so out there on the spectrum of human emotion and character. It goes against so much of what we have come to know about being a growing, successful person. Especially when we look at culture, humility seems to only be used as a tool to look better, which is one of the greatest flips that can be done.

Why should we show humility?

This is a matter of ethics; how we, ourselves, treat others. Humility is one of those virtues that scales. It works in a marriage between two people. It works at your job. It works in society. It scales.
Additionally, it is one of the founding principles of the Christian faith. Humility is what gets us out of our heads and into the lives of other people. We can’t adequately love other people if all we want is to have them know how great we are at their expense.

What is humility?

A dictionary would say that humility is a lowly-sense of yourself, especially having the perspective of there being other people outside of yourself. However, I would be tempted to say that it is more like the knowing the existence of our own shortfalls and weak spots in life when we are made aware of other peoples.

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July 8, 2018 • Culture

How Christians Should Engage Culture – Part 1

Christians engage culture by thoughtfully and carefully inserting themselves into contexts that aren’t usually Christian. They must be careful because not every part of any culture is healthy for Christian living. They must be thoughtful because there are a thousand nuances that can make you engaging with a certain group or make you a sore thumb with them.

How can Christians Engage Culture?

This begs the questions, how can a Christian Engage with Culture Thoughtfully? and, How can a Christian Engage with Culture Carefully?

I will separate these two questions for a bit more clarity. But I think it is important to think of them together. We want to be thoughtful in how we engage culture (and various subcultures; geographically and ideologically), otherwise, we will never truly connect with these people or benefit them with the Gospel. They will be annoyed that we are trying to sell our religion to them without knowing anything specific about them.

We must engage culture carefully because there is a real threat that Christians can absorb too much of the culture. Christians can be well-intentioned yet dumb when they approach others. They often change the way they think in order to draw lines closer to their target audience which just creates a pseudo-Christianity and an aggressive mix of a new Cultural Christianity (emergent church anyone?).

Being unthoughtful leaves you babbling at people who are walking away from you and being uncareful leaves you with a compromised Christianity.

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July 6, 2018 • Biblical Thinking

Why We Really Get a Sabbath

It’s a bold claim to say that you aren’t entitled to your day of rest when so many Americans think they are entitled to their weekends and vacations. It is bold, but it isn’t without reason or distinction. To understand this, we need to understand the historical reasons for the Sabbath and what Jesus has called us to with the Sabbath.

Key Biblical Texts for Understanding the Sabbath

If you want to read the article and reference them as I do, go ahead, it may save you 6 minutes.

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June 28, 2018 • Biblical Thinking

Do you Know the Difference between Moralism and Morality?

Moralism is more about the compulsion for doing moral things whereas Morality encompasses the hopeful impact of moral actions.

A common by-product of our increasingly complex lives, as modern citizens of the world, is that we have available to us hundreds of perspectives and deviations of any sort of thought; in an instant. Suppose you were to research the science behind a new diet. Jump over to Google or maybe Youtube and what you would find are hundreds of people providing their 2 cents of anecdotal reasoning and the pontifying of that given method, fad, or diet. And again, you may find another hundred people demonizing the very same thing. Interesting enough, they often use the same words, the same sources, but just have different slants or opinions which causes even more confusion for us.

This makes wading through the massive amount of data out there, cumbersome, to say the least.

Key Working Idea: There are Complex Thoughts that are Butchered through Simplistic Thinking

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May 27, 2017 • Biblical Thinking

Consumed Generation

We live in a consumed age. Those from the city busy themselves with nightlife and high-stress careers. Simpler folk from Rural Town, USA gorge themselves with fishing trips and fried foods. Introverts take to their books and movies; hardly ever looking up. Extroverts plan for parties and dinners. Men with sports and ladies with fashion.

Generalities, yes, but the picture is sure. Every ounce of our American culture has taken on various forms of self-indulgent behaviors and habits. We are consumed with our desires and sooner or later wake up realizing the slaves that we’ve become. Continue Reading

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