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Fasting

Fasting

Do you take fasting seriously?

Many professing Christians do not.  While many will indeed make a few dietary adjustments during the lenten season in obedience to their church, it seems that few engage in voluntary seasons of serious self-denial and intense prayer.

If more Christians did take fasting seriously, their prayers would be more fervent and efficacious, their bodies would be more healthy and lean, and the kingdom of God would exercise greater authority and power on the earth.

God calls you to take fasting seriously:

For after Jesus’ disciples asked him about the weakness of their ministry, he explained, “Because of your unbelief; assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind [of demon] does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” (Matt. 17:20-21)


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Fellowship

Fellowship

Do you take fellowship seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed “hang around” for a few minutes after worship or even visit a fellow church member on occasion, the concept of fellowship has been largely lost in our self-serving, oft-isolated, and radically-individualistic culture.

If more Christians realized that they were truly in fellowship with one another as members of the same body, they would spend more time together and cooperate together as each member does its share in the work of ministry; thereby enabling the body to grow up in all things.

God calls you to take fellowship seriously:

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.  And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25)


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Church

Church

Do you take church seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While they will indeed acknowledge a place for church in their busy lives, it seems that few regard the visible church as the earthly and institutional manifestation of the spiritual kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ.

If more Christians did take the church seriously, they would not only honor its ministry, oracles, ordinances, and officers; but they would also enable the church to grow through their commitment to and cooperation in the work of ministry.

God calls you to take the church seriously:

For Jesus promised, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it…” and proved it by ascending “far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come… to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (Matt. 16:18 and Eph. 2:21-23)


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Giving

Giving

Do you take giving seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most church-goers will indeed “put something” in the offering plate when it passes by, it seems that few have taken seriously God’s claims over their power to make wealth and their duty to honor him with their wealth.

If more Christians took this seriously, they would be far more diligent in seeking employment and increase. They would also seek first the kingdom of God and its further advancement on earth by faithfully offering their tithes and cheerful offerings.

God calls you to take giving seriously:

“For this I say to you: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)


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Missions

Missions

Do you take missions seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most Christians will indeed attend occasional missionary presentations in the local church and even offer financial support when encouraged to do so, it seems that most Christians have lost the missionary vision and zeal of the early church.

If more Christians did take missions seriously, they would regard the nations as Christ’s inheritance, remember missionaries daily in their prayers, and support missionaries through regular financial giving (ensuring that missionaries don’t have to spend six months of the year off the mission field fund-raising).

God calls you to take missions seriously:

For Jesus said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” and “You shall be witnesses to me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Matt. 28:18-20; Acts 1:8)


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Heritage

Heritage

Do you take our heritage seriously?

Many Christians do not. While most are quite content to be living in the “land of the free”, and while many might even think about the pilgrims once a year at Thanksgiving, there seems to be few who understand the historic and contemporary consequences of having a national heritage like our own.

If more Christians did take our heritage seriously, they would study the covenants our pilgrim fathers made with God, lament over how quickly our constitutional fathers then broke these covenants, weep over the continued secularization of our once-sacred society, and tremble before the coming judgment of God.

God calls you to take our heritage seriously:

For while that nation is blessed “whose God is the Lord…” it stands written of all others: “He shall execute kings in the day of his wrath.  He shall judge among the nations, he shall fill the places with dead bodies, he shall execute the heads of many countries. He shall drink of the brook by the wayside; therefore He shall lift up the head.”  (Psalms 33:12 and 110)


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