Monthly Archives: October 2012

Wednesday – Youth Culture Update, Monster® Energy Drinks, Words Wisdom, Christian Persecution, Removing Your Mask and more.

Today’s “Turning Point” daily devotional by Dr. David Jeremiah.

Youth Culture Update: A Real Monster” Paul Asay
Monster Energy Drinks are being blamed for the deaths of five people including a 14-year-old girl, according to government reports. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is looking into those allegations, and while it hasn’t made any determination if Monster is the primary cause of those deaths, it’s taking them pretty seriously. Monster, after all, comes with about 240 milligrams of caffeine—about seven times that found in a regular can of soda.

Youth Culture Update: Dad’s Have Big Impact on Kids” Paul Asay
When it comes to how teens behave sexually, fathers may play a pretty significant role. Indeed, new analysis of some recent studies suggest that how close children are to their fathers can make a huge impact on how long a child stays sexually pure and responsible.

More great articles on Youth Culture available at the Youth Worker Magazine website.

If You Must Speak” Paul Chappell – Pastor, Lancaster Baptist Church
Did you ever have to eat your words? Pull a stuck foot out of your mouth?
It’s too bad that the part of us that most often gets us into trouble is the part that is most often the quickest to respond—the tongue. No wonder James 1:19 admonishes, “…let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”

Remove Your Mask Before You Enter” Ron Hutchcraft
See, God isn’t impressed by our religious words or our religious image. He is not interested in seeing the masks we sometimes wear with various groups of people around. He doesn’t want to hear a recitation of the same tired old prayer script that we often repeat without thinking. He insists that we come as we really are – totally unmasked.

The One Who Sees” Jill Carattini – managing editor of A Slice of Infinity at Ravi Zacharias International Ministries.
Common is the sentiment among recent college graduates: “I went in feeling like I knew so much, and leave realizing how little I know.” I remember what this felt like, walking down the aisle to accept my diploma, wondering at the might be, I am convinced that the thought is an important place at which to arrive.

Christians Persecuted Throughout the World” By Rupert Shortt, U.K. Telegraph
The latest bombing in Nigeria shows how Christians are increasingly suffering for their faith – and how their plight is being ignored

Five Fears Pastors Face” Ritchie Miller, Pastor of Avalon  Church
While this article is written for pastors, its principles are good for all.  We all face fears and uncertainty in life.  However, it’s not our fears that define us, but how we respond. J.H.
So how do we face our fears? I believe the answer lies in worshipping God. The more I worship him the more I see him for who he is and the more confidence and faith I have in him and his promises. Worship makes me understand that God supplies my needs, he has already won, he loves people, he empowers me supernaturally through his Spirit, and that it does not matter what people think. It only matters what he thinks!

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Posted by on October 31, 2012 in Uncategorized


Tuesday’s Links – Refugee family turns to Christ, Signs of Being Backslidden and How to Recover, First World Problems and an Open Letter to Millennials

Tuesday’s Turning Point – a daily devotion by Dr. David Jeremiah.
The prayer He taught His disciples to pray contains around 70 Greek words (Matthew 6:9-13), yet it covers all the basics: praise, petition, provision, and protection.

Unlikely friendship leads refugee family to Christ” – Posted on Oct 29, 2012 | by David Johnson/The Alabama Baptist
Abid Hussain walked into my life more than two years ago. He was dejected, fearful and unhealthy. In broken English he described leaving his home country with his family and coming to Bangkok. Their problems began when his wife converted from Islam to his own Hindu religion. The penalty — not just for her but for the entire family — was death by beheading.

25 Marks of a Backslidden Christian” – Joe Thorn
If there is one consideration more humbling than another to a spiritually-minded believer, it is, after all God has done for him,–after all the rich displays of his grace, the patience and tenderness of his instructions, the repeated discipline of his covenant, the tokens of love received, and the lessons of experience learned, there should still exist in the heart a principle, the tendency which is to secret, perpetual, and alarming departure from God.
– Octavius Winslow, Personal Declension
See also his follow-up article:  “The Cure for Backsliding.”

First World Problems” – Amber Lee
In 2008, my dad’s ministry took a mission trip to Vietnam.  While we were there, we visited the Presidential Palace.  The Palace has many stairs and because my dad is in a wheelchair, we took the elevator.  When we were nearing the end of the tour, my Dad asked our tour guide while on the elevator “Are you a communist?”  I almost fell over, because to me that sounds like an insult, but to them it’s like saying, “Are you a republican or democrat?” Well, this sweet Vietnamese woman, who spoke great English, replied to my dad, “Yes, I am, but I do not like it!”  My dad went on talking with her and he gave her one of his tracts.  She quickly stuffed it into her pocket so that no one else could see it, and she thanked him.  We later found out that she probably felt somewhat comfortable having this conversation on the elevator, because it’s the one place in the Presidential Palace that is not monitored with video and microphones.  Ladies and Gentlemen, her statement about communism was such an honest statement.  She was stuck in a place with very limited rights and freedoms.

Millennials, Politics, and an Open Letter” – Thom Rainer

To the Millennials,

We have borrowed from your future and left you an incomprehensible national debt. We have polluted the world and left you dirtier air and water. Our politicians have failed you. Our religious leaders have failed you. Our business leaders have failed you. It is no wonder that you care little for the institutions of our nation. It is no wonder that you have always had a cynical view of those institutions.

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized


Monday’s Links – Anger Management, Encouragement, Growing Young Leaders and more…

Here’s a list of great blogs and articles for reading.  Hope you enjoy and it is a blessing to you and your ministry.

Monday’s “Turning Point” – a daily devotional by Dr. David Jeremiah

Anger Management in the Ministry” – John Powers
Great thoughts on anger for all Christians, especially those in the ministry.

From the blog:
Ephesians 4:26-27; 30-32 teaches several principles about being proactive in dealing with anger:

  • Principle 1: Admit the sin in your anger (Ephesians 4:26).
  • Principle 2: Confront anger by seeing the devil in it (Ephesians 4:27).
  • Principle 3: Invite the Holy Spirit to change you by confessing anger (Ephesians 4:30).
  • Principle 4: Choose to drop your anger…at this very moment (Ephesians 4:31).
  • Principle 5: Substitute forgiveness for your anger. (Ephesians 4:32).

Five Ways to Encourage Yourself” – Ritchie Miller
“Have you ever known God to use a greatly discouraged person? I have searched the Bible and I have found many people that God used while they were encouraged but I have yet to find one that God used greatly while they were discouraged.”

Five Ways to Help Young Leaders Succeed” – Ron Edmonson

I love working with young leaders. I consistently look for ways to invest in and recruit those who are currently entering the field of leadership or who will be in the future. In doing so, I see part of my role in working with younger leaders as helping them succeed.

I’ve been practicing this for years with incredible results finding new leaders; for non-profits where I serve on the board, to businesses I’ve owned, to churches where I’ve served as pastor. It is often “easier” to get a “seasoned” leader, but I have found, in certain positions, the younger leader is the best option. Here are a few things I’ve learned along the way.

Laypeople and the Mission of God: Part IV- Changing the Culture of Expectation in Your Church” – Ed Stetzer
One of God’s greatest resources to fulfill His mission is people who are currently doing little to nothing– and they have been taught that is what they are supposed to be doing. Churches are filled with passive spectators rather than active participants in the mission of God.

Study: Obedience Not Easy Decision for Believers” – Russ Rankin
The survey reveals 64 percent of churchgoers agree with the statement: “A Christian must learn to deny himself/herself in order to serve Christ.” Nineteen percent disagree with the statement.

Name It to Evade It” -Regi Campbell
There’s amazing power in naming the sin that’s ‘got you’.

Please feel free to leave any comments or blog recommendations below.

In His service,

Joshua Hamilton
Ephesians 2:10 – For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

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Posted by on October 30, 2012 in Uncategorized

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