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This week your Online Bible Study assignment is to read 1&2 Thessalonians.

Also, remember to comment on last weeks assignment post Mark 12-16 to discuss with us how your study went and what you learned.

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Read the NT in 40 Weeks

jordantmoody —  September 29, 2012 — 7 Comments

Read the NT through in 40 Weeks

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We would love you to participate with us as we attempt to read the NT through in 40 weeks AND SHARE what we are learning in those 40 weeks here on Hip Fellows. You can share what you learn by commenting on the WEEKLY CHALLENGE POST.

This week is week 4 and you will be reading Mark 13-16. You can catch up if you need to this week and subsequent weeks.

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Read the NT through in 40 Weeks

Week # Bible Reading Passage

Week # Bible Reading Passage

1 Mark 1-4

21 Luke 8-11

2 Mark 5-8

22 Luke 12-16

3 Mark 9-12

23 Luke 17-21

4 Mark 13-16

24 Luke 22-24

5 1 & 2 Thessalonians 

25 Acts 16

6 Galatians 

26 Acts 7-10

7 Philippians & Colossians 

27 Acts 11-16

8 Philemon & Ephesians 

28 Acts 17-22

9 Matthew 1-7 

29 Acts 23-28

10 Matthew 8-12

30 1 & 2 Timothy & Titus

11 Matthew 13-18

31 Hebrews 1-10

12 Matthew 19-24

32 Hebrews 11-13 & James

13 Matthew 25-28

33 John 1-5

14 1 Corinthians 1-9

34 John 6-10

15 1 Corinthians 10-16 

35 John 11-16

16 2 Corinthians 1-13

36 John 17-21

17 Romans 1-8

37 1 & 2 & 3 John & Jude

18 Romans 9-16

38 1 & 2 Peter

19 Luke 1-3 

39 Revelation 1-11

20 Luke 4-7

40 Revelation 12-22

 

Question

jordantmoody —  August 21, 2012 — 3 Comments

How do you balance the work of the church and the work of the gospel?

And when does church creativity become lack of trust in the gospel?

If we piggyback the work of the church onto the message of the gospel, we don’t enhance the gospel. it is just fine without us; it doesn’t need us. — Matt Chandler The Explicit Gospel

Are the ways of Old Evangelism dying and moving onto other motives and methods?

How do you do it (Evangelism)?

” In fact, have you noticed how fewer people are coming to Christ these days in our church? In my opinion, that’s because we’ve been trying to convert people the old way, a way that doesn’t work any longer. People aren’t feeling guilty about their sins, and they’re not interested in hearing about forgiveness because they don’t feel the need to be forgiven. And furthermore, as I’ve tried to emphasize, they’re not impressed with our truth because they’ve got their own truth that they believe to be just as good.”

So what are you telling us? That there’s no more evangelism? Ted asked.

No, I’m not saying that at all. But there may be new ways to evangelize and to do church. The old way is becoming obsolete and ineffective.”

– page 65-66 from Who Stole My Church by Gordon MacDonald

 

1. What do you think?

2. What are the new ways to do evangelism?

3. How do you go about it if you are a traditional church moving into the 21st century?

I would love some feedback and help. 

 

I was listening to a Matt Chandler Sermon yesterday and one of the topics he brought up through the course of his message was the issue of boredom. (Check out his podcast here: Village Church Podcast ) He said one of the main problems with reaching today’s culture is boredom. He went on to say more about the topic but I got bored and stopped listening. No, I am kidding, I listened intently because I have seen this very thing in my job as I seek to motivate teenagers to follow Jesus. Never has there been a culture that magnifies boredom. Yet, we have more to do than any other culture in the history of the world. When we sit alone with Jesus today we are bombarded by distractions. In the words of Rand Hummel, ” wouldn’t we all love to go back to the days of little house on the prairie where we just worry about Nelly’s attitude.” 

I would say differently though. I think this is the world God wants us to live in and deal with. Think of all the advantages we have right now at your fingertips. Take for instance this blog. The fellowship we share here would be impossible without modern technology and “distractions.” We just need to get more tough on ourselves when it comes to letting certain things take us away from our Bible reading and prayer time. God is worth it. We should be using all the tools at our disposal in order to draw closer to him. We ought to strive for the mastery and not make excuses for ourselves because we get bored easily because we are just a “victim” of our technological generation.

 

Whatever…

jordantmoody —  July 27, 2012 — 2 Comments
Whatever

Whatever (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)

“Whatever” is often a phrase heard by attitude driven teenage girls who model their lives after a devious mix of Mean Girls and Lady Gaga. When posed with a situation when one of these tweeners must make a decision that demands responsibility or effort, in order to sound more important than the question or situation, she answers with a nasal response such as, “Whaaateverrr.” However, I think this seemingly mindless word “whatever” is quite the opposite from its popular use today. “Whatever” takes on a meaning completely opposite from its current use and the contrast is striking. “Whatever” today implying “nothing matters because I am more important,” as opposed to the Biblical usage of the word “whatever” meaning “nothing matters because Christ is more important.” These definitions are my own and the way I have seen it in the scripture but I think you will see what I mean as I further explain myself.

Paul mentions this idea in Philippians 4:8
Finally, brothers whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Again in Philippians 4:11
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Paul shows his contentment with this word “whatever.” He says further on that he has been brought low and yet he knows how to abound but that in any and every situation or circumstance, he has learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger or abundance and need. (4:12)

Paul had learned how to be content. He had learned it is Christ who supplies all his needs. If God cares for the lilies of the field and provides food for the sparrows how much more will he care for Paul and you? However, Paul’s contentment did not cause him to sit around and meditate in a zen-like state humming with a bunch of bald monks. No, on the contrary, he acted using contentment as his support system for what may befall his actions.

You see, contentment supports action. Christ was the most important thing to Paul. Christ was everything to him. Therefore, all other things, however important and sentimental they may be, were by the definition of the word, second. Christ was to come first and therefore whatever difficulty or trial that may arise was “whatever” in comparison to glorifying Christ.

Paul then could write Phil. 4:13 with confidence because Christ was first and he was content serving Him in whatever situation that may be. (This also happens to be the theme verse of Dublin Christian Academy. I recently heard Sam Wulbrandt share a misconception of this verse.  This verse is commonly taken out of context and away from its meaning of contentment not necessarily empowerment to attain superhuman strength.)

Paul shows his confidence in this belief Philippians 4:13
I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

How could Paul say that? Really? All things? Does this mean I can pick up a car with one hand and throw it into the ocean if I want to? No. I can do all things (or whatever) because I am content with any state Christ will put me in because He is the MOST IMPORTANT thing in my life. Therefore, whether sickness and storms, whether pain and sorrow, whether success or failure, I can do it all because Christ gives me strength to do so. I may still feel pain but the pain is bearable because I am content in His success. For as Desiring God Ministries says so often and pointedly summarizes Paul’s theme,  “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.”

the Explicit Gospel

jordantmoody —  July 12, 2012 — 3 Comments

This is the new book I am currently reading. It is simple and yet profound all at the same time. I have heard the gospel many of times and oftentimes it becomes old to me. One point of the gospel that he mentioned in this book really stuck out to me this time.

Matt Chandler says, “What if the Bible isn’t about us at all? What if we aren’t the story of God’s revelation?”

We aren’t all we think we are cracked up to be. The gospel is not about us and has never been about us. God is not lonely in need of fellowship from us and that is certainly not the reason he sent His Son to die on the cross for us. The reason behind the gospel is God glorifying His name. “The Bible is for us, but it’s not about us.”

Sickness is meant…

1. To make us think—to remind us that we have a soul as well as a body—an immortal soul—a soul that will live forever in happiness or in misery—and that if this soul is not saved we had better never have been born.

2. To teach us that there is a world beyond the grave—and that the world we now live in is only a training-place for another dwelling, where there will be no decay, no sorrow, no tears, no misery, and no sin.

3. To make us look at our past lives honestly, fairly, and conscientiously. Am I ready for my great change if I should not get better? Do I repent truly of my sins? Are my sins forgiven and washed away in Christ’s blood? Am I prepared to meet God?

4. To make us see the emptiness of the world and its utter inability to satisfy the highest and deepest needs of the soul.

5. To send us to our Bibles. That blessed Book, in the days of health, is too often left on the shelf, becomes the safest place in which to put a bank-note, and is never opened from January to December. But sickness often brings it down from the shelf and throws new light on its pages.

6. To make us pray. Too many, I fear, never pray at all, or they only rattle over a few hurried words morning and evening without thinking what they do. But prayer often becomes a reality when the valley of the shadow of death is in sight.

7. To make us repent and break off our sins. If we will not hear the voice of mercies, God sometimes makes us “hear the rod.”

8. To draw us to Christ. Naturally we do not see the full value of that blessed Savior. We secretly imagine that our prayers, good deeds, and sacrament-receiving will save our souls. But when flesh begins to fail, the absolute necessity of a Redeemer, a Mediator, and an Advocate with the Father, stands out before men’s eyes like fire, and makes them understand those words, “Simply to Your cross I cling,” as they never did before. Sickness has done this for many—they have found Christ in the sick room.

9. To make us feeling and sympathizing towards others. By nature we are all far below our blessed Master’s example, who had not only a hand to help all, but a heart to feel for all. None, I suspect, are so unable to sympathize as those who have never had trouble themselves—and none are so able to feel as those who have drunk most deeply the cup of pain and sorrow.

Summary: Beware of fretting, murmuring, complaining, and giving way to an impatient spirit. Regard your sickness as a blessing in disguise – a good and not an evil – a friend and not an enemy. No doubt we should all prefer to learn spiritual lessons in the school of ease and not under the rod. But rest assured that God knows better than we do how to teach us. The light of the last day will show you that there was a meaning and a “need be” in all your bodily ailments. The lessons that we learn on a sick-bed, when we are shut out from the world, are often lessons which we should never learn elsewhere.

~ J.C. Ryle

http://jcrylequotes.com/2011/07/17/9-lessons-from-god-concerning-sickness/

Great thought from my devotions this AM…

“Once you are a child of God, your greatest crisis is over. You may lose the whole world, but you will not lose your soul.”

Be reminded daily, through the hard times and the good times, that our Salvation is amazing…let the power of the Gospel help hold you up at all times!

Stay strong…Dig deep into God’s Word!

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Here is an email that my Mother wrote about our latest condition. If you have time I would appreciate you taking the time to read the email and pray. Thanks. You may not know it but you all have encouraged me through this site with our partnering in the gospel together. Again, thanks.

“We’re out of ideas.” Not exactly what you ever want your doctor to say, but this was the news we received on Tuesday. Kevin’s case has been examined and re-examined by every medical brain Dartmouth has to offer, he has been tested for every obvious and obscure condition, and his transplant doc admits that everyone (and I mean everyone) is baffled. Both he and the doctor in charge of plasmapheresis (whom our transplant doc describes as the most brilliant man he knows) were convinced that the plasma treatments would be the answer. But after 3 weeks, they are back to square one, seeing no results that indicate any real improvement and so plasmapheresis has been discontinued.  Whatever it is that caused his original kidney failure is back at work on the transplant, and nothing they have tried to do is reversing it. For now, he will be continuing chemo (4 infusions over 10 days and then a week off) and his next two treatments will be Friday and Tuesday in Keene. We are thankful not to be making 3 trips a week to Dartmouth for awhile.

The latest new development is a serious joint inflammation in his knee making it impossible for him to walk. His knee started stiffening up on Friday, and by Sunday he couldn’t stand or walk. On Monday he could only get around by wheelchair.  On Tuesday when we went up for his chemo and transplant appointment, they got him right in with the rheumatologist on his case after seeing his knee. The doctor drained a surprising amount of fluid and gave him a cortisone shot, but as of today he has seen little improvement and can only hobble around with a crutch. Cam has been with us since Saturday…I don’t know what I would have done without her help (and keeping us laughing). =) He has had this rotating joint pain for months that comes and goes at random, but nothing has ever lasted this long or been this swollen and painful. So whether it is related to everything else or something completely new—yep, you guessed it…no one knows. If it hasn’t improved by Friday, they may schedule an MRI to see what’s going on in there.

The team of doctors at Dartmouth now feels they need to send him to Boston for a fresh set of eyes and some additional brain power. We don’t know the date yet, but he will probably be going to Beth Israel for a consultation in the next week or two.

As we take this next step…to quote John Piper again, “The question is not whether ______________ is easy, but whether Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever.” Fill in the blank with your own circumstances. We all wrestle at times with questions, but it’s all about asking the right ones.  I can never be reminded of that too often.