Recently while at National Office for a conference, John Stumbo was leading a morning devotion out of Luke 10. During that devotion as he was talking about Mary and Martha I had a moment of clarity about Martha’s actions vs Mary’s inaction. This is a story where I’ve always come to the defense of Martha.
Sandy Kang is wife to Ted Kang of San Jose Christian Alliance, and Consecrated worker. From time to time she is one of our blog contributors, and I always greatly appreciate her insights. I trust you will be challenged as I was in reading this on how to handle equipping with our young people when it comes to sexuality in our changing culture.
Another effect of the Word of the Lord is faith, that the certainty of knowing a thing is so. Romans 10:17, “faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Often, when God speaks to you faith happens. And there’s a difference between belief and faith. I believe everything in the Bible. But I’m also going to be honest and tell you this: I don’t have faith for everything in the Bible.
As we think about the issue of discerning the voice of God, one of the things we need to realize is that it will also be relevant - because it will fit the situation that you’re in. It will make sense. You won’t have to strain to make it apply. And furthermore, when you tell someone else, they’ll get it too.
Phil Rehberg is part of the leadership at Risen King in Redding. As an author and coach for discipleship and spiritual formation, he challenges people to step up to the plate for the maturity needed in the Christian life. Read an excerpt from an article posted on “Meat for Maturity:”
While on a tour in Poland, one man out of the group would call the waiter with “PRAH-chuh! PRAH- chuh!” which he told the rest of the group meant “please.” They began to notice that the guide was growing more and more uncomfortable. Finally he politely said, “Please, it is pronounced “PRAH-shuh.” Asked what “PRAH-chuh” meant, the guide replied with a sigh, “little pig.” I don’t know about you, but even after all this time I still sometimes struggle with what God is saying. And now, here we are. How do you know it’s God?
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” Knowing God implies knowing what God wants. Even before we go on to other disciplines we need to know, “Is this what the Father is doing?” Jesus spent hours each day listening in the presence of His Father – to the point of knowing Him and knowing exactly what He was doing.
Joe Petrone works with the Orchard Foundation, a stewardship ministry of the C&MA. He is a partner with us, the CPD when it comes to educating people about stewardship and helping them plan for the future. While he specializes in legacy giving (blessing family and ministries at the end of life), he also helps with other types of giving, as you will read about here.
I always appreciate what Keith Webb has to say - especially since such a large part of the culture of our district has been encouraged by him and his training - that area of coaching. And while I like to keep up on what he writes, there are those times when he is especially pertinent - and this is one of those times as he talks about this issue of vulnerability.
I was driving to Redding for a Master’s degree class on spiritual formation thinking about the issue of listening to God. As I drove, an incident that happened two summers before suddenly came to mind. My family and I were hiking in the mountains of southern Utah when we heard a noise along the trail that couldn’t have lasted more than a second, and sounded like a chipmunk.