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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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Witnessing

Witnessing

Do you take witnessing seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, it seems that most Christians have chosen to follow the lead of those politically correct persons who regard it as “impolite” to discuss religion, rather than following the example of the apostles who turned the entire world upside down through their witness.

If more Christians did take seriously Christ’s command to be his witnesses in this world, they would be more circumspect about how they walk, they would be more quick to speak of Christ, and our culture might once again be transformed by the power of the gospel.

God calls you to take witnessing seriously:

“Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Colossians 4:5-6) and “and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15).


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Hospitality

Hospitality

Do you take hospitality seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, many probably cannot even remember the last time they invited a neighbor (much less an absolute stranger) into their home to demonstrate the love of Christ through simple acts of Christian hospitality.

If more Christians did take hospitality seriously, their doors would always be open the stranger, their kitchens would always be open to the hungry, their couches would always be available to the homeless, their wallets would always be open to the needy, and their claims to be followers of Christ would be clearly confirmed.

God calls you to take hospitality seriously:

“Do not forget to entertain strangers, for by so doing some have unwittingly entertained angels.” (Hebrews 13:2) and “Be hospitable to one another without grumbling.” (1 Peter 4:9). For Jesus said, “Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you did it unto me.” (Matt. 25:40)


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Service

Service

Do you take service seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, most could probably not imagine pouring water into a basin, getting down on their hands and knees, removing another person’s shoes and socks, washing their feet, and then wiping them dry with a piece of their own clothing.

If more Christians remembered that this is exactly what Jesus did for his disciples, their lives would not be so filled with selfish attitudes and self-serving actions. Rather, and in lowliness of mind, they would esteem others as better than themselves and endeavor to follow in the footsteps of Jesus through self-sacrificial service.

God calls you to take service seriously:

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45)  He also said, “If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet.” (John 13:14)


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Apologetics

Apologetics

Do you take apologetics seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While many may be willingly to share their personal feelings about what Jesus personally means to them, it seems that very few are convinced of the objective truths of Christianity as revealed in the Bible and even far less who are capable of defending it.

If more Christians did take apologetics seriously, they would know exactly what they believe, why they believe it, and would always be ready to defend their faith through presuppositional, logical, and evidentiary argumentation.

God calls you to take apologetics seriously:

“Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear…” (1 Peter 3:15) and “Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” (Jude 1:3)


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Appearance

Appearance

Do you take your personal appearance seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While there are many who are committed to sharing their faith verbally, there seems to be relatively few who understand the inherent complexity of communication (i.e., the inevitable interrelation between a message and its medium).

If more Christians understood this, they would realize that while God does indeed look on the heart, ordinary people look first at the outward appearance. It therefore becomes our responsibility to ensure that our posture, clothing, and personal grooming habits do not in any way distract from our message.

God calls you to take your personal appearance seriously:

“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify. Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being… Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.” (1 Cor. 10:23-24, 32)


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Marriage

Marriage

Do you take marriage seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While many modern Christians are indeed happy to be married, it seems they have not considered how their marriages were designed to reflect the relationship that Christ Jesus has with his Church.

If more Christians did consider this, they would be far more careful about how they relate to one another, far more diligent in performing their mutual duties, and would never seek that modern american abomination named “no fault divorce”.

God calls you to take marriage seriously:

“For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh. (Genesis 2:24) This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” (Ephesians 5:31-33)


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Sex

Sex

Do you take sex seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most will indeed engage in (and even enjoy) sexual relations with their spouse on occasion, it seems that few are willing discuss (much lest devote themselves to) the scriptural model of human sexuality.

If more married Christians were willing forsake their victorian prudishness and follow scriptural precepts, they would engage in sex more regularly, enjoy it more thoroughly, and inherit a richer heritage and reward from the Lord through the birth of more children.

God calls you to take sex seriously:

“Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled…” (Hebrews 13:4) so “rejoice with the wife of your youth… let her breasts satisfy you at all times and always be enraptured with her love…” for “children are a heritage from the Lord and the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3)


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Life

Life

Do you take life seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While many do usually acknowledge the beauty of all existing life, there seems to be few who are willing to honor God’s absolute sovereignty over it (i.e., when life begins and when it may be brought to end).

If more Christians took this seriously and then studied the Bible with a submissive heart, they would come to the conclusion that life begins at the moment of conception and may only be terminated by natural causes or capital punishment. They would also therefore avoid all abortifacient methods of birth control and unlawful end-of-life decisions.

God calls you to take life seriously:

For the psalmist confessed, “You formed my inward parts; you wove me together in my mother’s womb.” (Psalm 139:13), the Noahic Covenant established, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed…” (Gen. 9:6) and God himself declares, “Now see that I, even I, am he — and there is no God besides me — I kill and I make alive…” (Deut. 32:39)


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Parenting

Parenting

Do you take parenting seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most are indeed happy to have children, it seems that few have taken seriously God’s command to be fruitful and multiply, to instruct children in the ways of the Lord, to discipline them often, and to raise a godly seed.

If more Christian parents took seriously their God-given calling and responsibilities, they would be far more fruitful and faithful. Moreover, the “children of the church” would then look, speak, and act much less like the impudent “children of the world” than they presently do.

God calls you to take parenting seriously:

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” (Psalm 127:3) So “be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it…” (Genesis 1:28). Then “bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4) And rest assured, when they are old, they will not fall away. (Proverbs 22:6)


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Education

Education

Do you take education seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. They have not only submitted themselves to a life-time of secular and humanistic indoctrination, but also seem to have no problem sending their children into the same Antichrist institutions.

If more Christian parents took the intellectual wiles of the devil seriously, they would investigate what their children are being taught on a daily basis, be filled with disgust and indignation, and seriously consider the parochial or home school option.

God calls you to take education seriously:

“You shall not let any of your children pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God…” but you shall rather teach the ways of God “diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” (Leviticus 18:21 & Deut. 6:7)


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Generations

Generations

Do you take generations seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most seem to have some place in their busy lives for occasional visits from the grandparents, and while most would like to see their children succeed in life, it seems that there are few who appreciate and operate according the the multi-generational family model which is revealed in scripture.

If more Christians did operate according to this model, they would be thankful for their family heritage and seek to preserve it by honoring their ancestors, caring for aging parents, preparing an inheritance (i.e., spiritual and financial) for their children’s children, and endeavoring to secure God’s covenant blessings for generations to come.

God calls you to take generations seriously:

For made this multi-generational covenant promise to our father in the faith, “I will establish my covenant between me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.” (Genesis 17:7)


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Etiquette

Etiquette

Do you take etiquette seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While there was a time when things like common courtesy, politeness, and good manners were expected in our culture, those days are long past; and rather than resisting the disintegration of common decency, many Christians have simply (and sadly) conformed.

If more Christians did take seriously their duty to respect and love others through simple acts of good etiquette, they would repent of their vulgar narcissism, become more conscious of how their behaviors effect and offend others, avoid corrupt company, and be circumspect in all their ways.

God calls you to take etiquette seriously:

For this is God’s command, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself” and here is what it looks like “…in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.  Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.” (Lev. 19:18 & Phil. 2:3-4)


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Labor

Labor

Do you take labor seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, I have personally met countless church-goers who not only seem content to be chronically un-employed and under-employed, but who have also settled down into a comfortable life of complete dependence upon state welfare and church charity.

If more Christians took seriously the creation mandate to exercise dominion through diligent labor, they would repent of their entitlement mindset, stop making excuses, forsake slothfulness, find a job, be content with their earned wages, enjoy the fruit of their labor, and honor the Lord with the first fruits of honest increase.

God calls you to take labor seriously:

For here is what I have seen: “It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor — this is the gift of God.” (Ecc. 5:17-19)


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Money

Money

Do you take money seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While most will indeed earn and spend money as part of their seemingly “secular” labors under the sun, it seems that few acknowledge the inherent sacredness of their riches and handle them accordingly.

If more Christians did take money seriously, they would acknowledge God as the source of income, ask him for their daily bread, avoid crippling debt, express gratitude with tithes and offerings, share with those in need, and seek even greater increase for the sake of his kingdom and his righteousness.

God calls you to take money seriously:

“Lest, when you have eaten and are full, and have built beautiful houses and dwell in them; and when your herds and your flocks multiply, and your silver and your gold are multiplied, and all that you have is multiplied; when your heart is lifted up, and you forget the Lord your God…  then you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gained me this wealth…’

“You shall remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.” (Deut. 8:11-18)


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Magistrates

Magistrates

Do you take magistrates seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, it has become quite commonplace in our corrupt and incorrigible culture for Christians citizens to disagree with, disrespect, and even disdain those who are in positions of civil authority (i.e., mayors, governors, senators, congressmen, presidents, etc.).

If more Christians did take magistrates seriously, they would not only acknowledge God’s sovereignty over political elections and God’s ordination of civil officers; but they would also obey God’s calling to honor them, pray for them, render to them their due, and obey their every lawful command.

God calls you to take magistrates seriously:

“Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God. Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves… for he is God’s minister…” (Romans 13:1-4)


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Enforcement

Enforcement

Do you take law enforcement seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. In fact, while many are quick to call upon the police when personally threatened, most manifest nothing but an attitude of rotten rebellion and resentment when they themselves are asked (or even forced) to comply with the laws of our land.

If more Christians took law enforcement seriously, they would recognize police officers as those appointed by God to protect and serve the public, model an attitude of humble submission to their children (especially when driving), and happily obey the directions and sanctions issued to them.

God calls you to take law enforcement seriously:

“For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.” (Romans 13:3-4)


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Duty

Duty

Do you take duty seriously?

Many professing Christians do not. While there used to be a time in which young men acknowledged at least  some personal responsibility to protect their families’ way of life from enemies both foreign and domestic, they now seem devoted only to adolescent silliness and selfishness.

If more young Christian men did take duty seriously, they would acknowledge the many present threats to our civilization, crucify all self-interest, and commit themselves to the continued preservation of a country in which the Christian way of life is not only possible but also protected.

God calls you to take duty seriously:

For Jesus said, “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do whatever I command you.” (John 15:12-14)


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