Welcome to "LWM Articles"! This is a space for continued learning and reflection to grow in the knowledge of God. This is to deepen our wonder about Him in order that we would not only come to know Him better, but so that we may also share, sharpen and edify one another in His love in a more effective manner. So often we think of faithful discipleship and worship more in terms of our "feelings" and "emotions" but when it comes to Scripture, we see that we were created wholly in His image, in mind, body, heart and soul. Consider the following:
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will."
"Finally , brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things."
This section is not about posting what we "think" is the truth, but to promote learning and discussion to discern and wonder about who God is and how we can grow in our love and knowledge of Him and one another.
Check back often as we update this section and we hope that you will be encouraged, challenged and deepened in your love and knowledge of our heavenly Father!
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"10 Attributes of a humble leader"
Ron Edmondson writes about how "leaders" are propped up in this world as the "end all, be all" authorities within the church. But when you consider Christ, He was the Leader of leaders, and yet, He was also considered a Servant, Sacrifice and the Son of God. What attributes make up a "leader" after God's own heart in meekness and humility? Further, does being a "humble leader" mean that the leader is powerless and a floor-mat to be walked over all the time?
"It's not a liberal agenda, it's the gospel!"
Is the practice of generosity, compassion and mercy a "liberal" and political practice? Do politics determine who we are and what we are to do or does Christ? Living in a politically charged culture and society (especially now), who or what determines the lives that we lead and the way that we live it? Christ or politics? Mike Frost shares some interesting insights and thoughts on the idea of politics and the lives that the Gospel calls us to.
"Who's praying for Whom?"
Who is truly free and authentically living after Christ in faithful obedience? Notice the two words meant to be as at the end of the previous sentence? FAITHFUL + OBEDIENCE are two separate things, but they are one and the same. Essential to one another. Faith is what saves us in Christ, but obedience is what makes our faith genuine and mature as we walk after Christ. We in the West pray (if we think or pray about them at all) for those who suffer with the perspective that they "need" our prayers, mission funds and pity...but do they really need it? Or are we the ones really living in denial?
"How to respond to the refugee Crisis"
Pastor David Platt gives a good perspective on how to RESPOND to the "refugee crisis" as Christians that goes beyond mere intentions. The "church" as the hands and feet of Christ are not only redeemed to be saved but to bring the Gospel and love of Christ to the suffering, downcast, widow, orphans, aliens and refugees (etc) of the world as instruments of grace!
"4 Ways the Gospel transforms work"
Tim Keller applies the Gospel to our work in how it shapes, encourages, solidifies and gives us a Kingdom perspective and goal for all things that we do in and for God's glory. This practical advice takes us from simply saying things because it is "right" in the Gospel to actually living out Christ's call for obedience and submission to God in all things.
"How to love when you don't feel like it"
Loving someone is easy...once in a great while...when you're in the mood for it...so not really that often...or ever. Forget it, loving someone else (well, not well and everything else in between) is NOT easy. In fact, it's hard, annoying, difficult and beyond what we are capable of most, if not all, the time! But even in general, most Christians know that Christ calls us to love! We also know that "discipleship" comes at a cost and that obedience is necessary and important in growing in faith and the righteousness of God. But how can we love if we rarely, if ever, find ourselves in the mood to love? What does Christ calls us to...really?
"Why the church doesn't need any more coffee bars"
Kimberli Lira shares her journey through the excruciating process of losing her husband to cancer. Through it all, she realizes how much of the church and its resources are committed to things that are more "marketing" according to the culture/society of the "world" rather than offering what the Gospel does best in the love of Christ: grace, compassion, mercy, testimony etc and the giving of ourselves to those that both celebrate and mourn within the body of Christ. Is what we desire, pursue and offer as the church in line with the heart of the Gospel? Are we more concerned with numbers, shiny buildings and sleek programming over authentic discipleship and building/expanding the Kingdom in pouring ourselves out as Christ did for us? How can you actively seek to grow towards authentic Christ-likeness with your presence, voice and love in the church that God has placed you?