Posts Tagged ‘Christians’

Questions for the Heart

April 11, 2008

The ladies at Beauty from the Heart typed up some very good questions yesterday. I encourage you to think and pray through each one.

  • Do you act out of obedience to Christ and a passion for His glory–or your own?
  • How do you spend your time?
  • How much of your time per day is spent chatting with friends (online, on the phone or in person)?
  • How much of your time per day is spent daily in conversation with family members?
  • How much of your time is spent daily speaking to God?
  • How often do you meditate on the Cross? (Once a day? Once a week? Once a year?)
  • Do you set time aside every day for prayer and Bible study?
  • Do you try to faithfully obey God in public and at home?
  • Do you ask God for the grace to help you obey consistently?
  • What people, books, movies, etc. influence you the most?
  • Do you read books, watch movies, or listen to music that does not encourage your walk with Christ? Do you think this is wise?
  • Are your friends fellow Christians who are seeking after godliness? Or do they encourage you in gossip and ungodly thoughts?
  • If so, do you also join in that gossip and allow those thoughts to dominate your mind?
  • What are your main spheres of influence?
  • What steps could you take to become a stronger influence of a Christ-like attitude to friends, siblings, neighbors, relatives, etc.?
  • Do you actively serve in your community?
  • When making decisions, do you consider how they affect others?
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Stop Dating the Church: The Reveiw

April 9, 2008

Title: Stop Dating the Church: Fall in Love with the Family of God
Author: Joshua Harris
Topic: Church and Christianity
Age appropriate: 13+
Rating: 10/10

Joshua Harris, I am convinced, is brilliant. He expressed so many Biblical points within a tiny little book, Stop Dating the Church. He covered so many important topics, from the reason why we should be committed to a local church, to the importance of humility in leadership, and things to remember when choosing a church.

This book has been good for me, as I mentioned in my previous post, since I’m in the process of searching for a new church home. Mr. Harris expresses some very important points on what to look for in each church one visits. As soon as I could, I pulled out a pen and a notepad to copy these down and what he wrote about each of them.

One thing I paticularly enjoyed about this book is that while he made it relevant and understandable, Mr. Harris did not compromise the truth of the Word. Many authors do this today, but Mr. Harris wisely didn’t! Also, Biblical explanations were given for nearly every point he made. This is very important to me and I hope to others.

I recommend this book for all Christians. This book would be good for all Christians to read, no matter what you think about church. It’s also a good guide for those looking for a new church, as it beautifully explains that which is important in a church and that which is not.

Bethany