Brett Madron's latest installment on practical spirituality focuses on Psalm 139 and how one's awareness of God's presence in their life affects their day-to-day behavior.
Laurie Kagay reflects on Paul's words in remembrance of Jesus, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." We’ve found it to be true! In putting the needs of the weak at the forefront of our minds, particularly during the holidays, when everyone finds more ways to spend, we’re blessed. Joyful. Thankful. Content.
What if we all did our jobs wholeheartedly? Not only while someone is watching, but always, because the Lord is watching? So many days would go so much better. It would not only affect the attention we pay to the task, but the attitude by which we do it and the care we put into the person being served.
If you’re laid back like me or don’t feel like you are boiling over with charisma, know that being fervent in spirit is more than that. We are to serve the LORD with fervor, always on the look-out for doing what God wants from us based on his Word in a moment or situation, particularly in the very common ones that make up most of our life.
"A biblical education rejects the narrow mindset of masculinity, which sees Indian women from birth to old age as a burden to be aborted or abandoned. God’s Word emphasizes the infinite value of women, capable and deserving of every opportunity to learn, grow, and contribute to the world they inhabit." Grant Dailey reflects on the suffering that women endure in India.
Gen. 1:28 states that God’s intention for human beings was that they would dominate the world they lived in, to the degree they could raise multiple children without fear of those vulnerable ones being subject to the monster of chaos. So many 3rd world development approaches culminate in an outside force providing the power to dominate. Someone else does the dominating, and those suffering fail to experience the empowerment that would lead to the dignity they were created to experience.
We have a saying at the Institute: “We are more than a school.” This statement is related to Jesus’ teaching that we should not just pass on information, but we train people to live out the education they’ve acquired. Then, they can embody the possibility of goodness that comes as a result of having your eyes opened by the Word of God. We are equipping students to be like Jesus and to pass on the moral values that God gives to humanity so they can experience life, health and peace.
The greatest resource in the Kingdom of God is a human being equipped to give of themselves through competencies that bring healing for the sick, decreased mortality rates, healthy living environments, and mental and emotional health for those in need. Read more about Matthew 10 and how it connects with our missiological practice in this article by Gregg Garner.
When faith is automatic, either by habit due to heritage or in association with others who share a culture of thought, it is no longer faith. Faith is on the other end of a weighted, contemplative moment in which a decision toward action is made. A decision based upon hope in that which is beyond our ability to understand independent of revelation. That revelation is made available to us through the biblical text.