Is Church Service Stealing Your Time for Christ?

Church Service Stealing Time

The following is a guest post from Joy Collado.

One of the best ways for us to serve God is to offer our services in our church. Our faiths and fellowship with others are strengthened and renewed.

I’ve often dreamed of working for our local church. Perhaps you can call me a “church lurker.” I go to church religiously, sit there and sing praises, listen to the sermon, and then go home. I always thought, I wished there was a way for me to serve God more than sitting in the pew and listening to the pastors.
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The Two Biblical Ingredients for Effective Priorities and Strong Motivation

Biblical Priorities And Motivation

Every day we’re surrounded with a dizzying amount of choices. At every point in our lives, we have option upon option set before us.

There are decisions of all sizes: What career to choose? Should we serve on this committee at church? Should we take a five-minute break now? Should we quit our job and become a missionary in China? Should we spend today working on project A or project B? Should we exercise tonight or spend time with family?

How do we choose? How do we prioritize well?

And then how do we summon up the motivation to live out those priorities? Let’s be honest: Sometimes procrastinating on the internet is way more tempting than work.

In the first chapter of Philippians, Paul gives us divine wisdom on this issue. Tucked into his opening greeting, Paul gives us two simple ingredients for having wise priorities and robust motivation.

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The Subtle Secret: Master the Mundane

Master the Mundane

I have a friend who is a former world-class athlete. According to him, in his prime he was pound-for-pound the strongest man who had ever lived – and he has the world records to prove it.

Now he trains NFL players, top-level college athletes, Olympic hopefuls, and high performers in a variety of sports.

The one thing that my friend stresses as the key to success – the one thing that really separates the elite from the rest – is not talent, knowledge, or even hard work.

It’s mastering the mundane.

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How to Avoid the Fate of the Sluggard

How to Avoid the Fate of a Sluggard

Imagine the misery of intense financial stress coming into your life suddenly one day. Quickly, unseen, and powerfully.

Because that’s the warning that Proverbs has concerning the sluggard: “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.”

The results of laziness shouldn’t be a surprise, but yet they sneak up on the sluggard. And not because of one intense act on his part but the culmination of many little acts of sloth.

And this got me thinking. What’s the difference between rest and what the sluggard does? Didn’t Jesus rest? How do I know if I’m being a sluggard? How do I know if I’m inching my way slowly toward poverty, want, and a wasted life?

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Spiritual Disciplines with Don Whitney – Episode 21

Don Whitney and the Spiritual Disciplines

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Duration 1:02:08

I had the honor of speaking in this episode with Dr. Don Whitney, author of the recently revised “Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life” – an accessible yet deeply edifying book on bible study, prayer, fasting, fellowship, worship, and much more.

Dr. Whitney is a man that doesn’t need much of an introduction. He is a leading expert on the biblical basis and practice of the spiritual disciplines – and his Spiritual Disciplines book is a classic that is heartily recommended by every Christian leader and teacher I’ve heard.

Take a listen to this episode to hear Dr. Whitney’s wisdom on incorporating the spiritual disciplines into our busy lives in an authentic and powerful way – and how to avoid many of the errors of thought or action that many experience with the disciplines.

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Busy Is Good

Busyness Is Good

I don’t know how it is where you live, but down in the South we regularly ask people how they’re doing. It’s a combination of politeness and unthinking tradition, and the answers are usually just as automatic.

“Really busy” is a reply I often hear. I normally respond with something like: “Busy’s good. Busy pays the bills.” It’s a light-hearted attempt at helping people focus on the positive.

But there is some truth to my joke. Busyness isn’t really the enemy we think it is.

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The Key to Making Accountability Work

The Key to Making Accountability Work

The word “accountability” puts a bad taste in the mouths of many Christians.

It makes us think of accountability groups, which can not only be awkward but are often havens of legalism. Self-directed personal accountability is often lumped in with this and suffers from these same issues.

But I think that most people don’t understand the beauty and the purpose of accountability.

Accountability is not about punishing yourself. Accountability is not about motivating good behavior by making bad behavior as guilt-inducing as possible.

Instead, accountability is about seeing yourself correctly – it’s your chance to see the truth.

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Release Today: What’s Best Next by Matt Perman

WhatsBestNext

Years ago when I began this blog, I looked around on the internet to see who else was doing anything similar. There were lots of material on productivity, but very little penned from an explicitly Christian perspective. But there was one individual that stood head and shoulders above the rest: Matt Perman.

The combination of his theological insight and practical outlook is unrivaled. He takes the often-thought-of-as-worldly areas of work, leadership, and productivity and approaches them from a gospel-centered and scripture-saturated perspective.

For the last few years, Matt has poured his blood, sweat, and tears (From what he’s said about the writing process, that might not be too much of an exaggeration) into his first book, What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. And finally, the book releases today!

I highly recommend that you click on over and purchase it. If you could do so this week, that would be particularly helpful – Matt and his publisher have the hopes of hitting the best-seller list (which is based on sales in this first week).

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The Most Powerful (But Forgotten) Source of Christian Motivation

The Most Powerful Source of Christian Motivation

The most crucial pillar of productivity is not the system you use, the tricks that help you focus, or the way you schedule your day around your energy levels.

It’s in seeing the truth and letting the truth drive you.

And the truth is that the Christian life should be one characterized by joy. So, too, with our productivity. We should strive to do as much good as we can because we have such abounding joy and crave to have even more.

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Matt Perman and the Gospel-Productivity Relationship – Part 3 – Episode 20

Interview with Matt Perman

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This is the final part of my interview series with Matt Perman, author of the upcoming book, “What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done.”

We talked mainly about practical tips and how Matt personally gets things done. He shares a lot of great ideas that can perhaps change your own productivity practices.

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