With so many articles flying around cyberspace, and so many media outlets, I thought I’d begin sharing a monthly update with some recommended reading or listening, in case you are interested. If not, you can do with my post what you probably do with 99% of the links that come through your inbox/reader … mark it as read and move on.
This month, I’ve chosen 3 articles that look at different aspects of life.
1. Last Days
The first is an article posted Mario Murillo Ministries in which Smith Wigglesworth is quoted describing what the last days will look like in the church. It is worth the read and evaluation for any christian or leader in the church.
Two points he makes:
There will be many Christians who believe that they can do whatever they want and God will look the other way.
That people believe that certain preachers are of God simply because of their crowds and their buildings.
Overall, he lists 8 things that he “sees” are coming. He wrote this in 1927. You can read the full article it HERE.
2. Addressing Sin
Second is an article found on Ravi Zacharias’ site addressing the Presidents recent comments at the National Prayer Breakfast. I found it interesting that Ravi didn’t take any time refuting and discussing the crusades, but he aimed more at a statement made in closing by the president.
But let me get to the President’s final statement, after he had wandered off into erroneous territory. That final remark was true. He said, “It is sin that leads us to distort reality.” He was right. In fact he embodied it in his talk. But there is good news for the President. At least in the Christian message forgiveness is offered for sin. In Islam it isn’t. You must earn it. May I dare suggest that if Christians had been burning Muslims and be-heading them, he would have never dared to go to Saudi Arabia and tell them to get off their high horse. He unwittingly paid a compliment to those who preach grace and forgiveness. That is the dominant theme of the Gospel. That is why we sit in courtesy listening to the distortion of truth, the abuse of a privilege, and the wrong-headedness of a message.
Excellent point and it reminded me of Paul at Mars Hill when he was able to engage the Greeks with their own words to make a case for Christ and the gospel. I always enjoy reading Ravi’s work and encourage you to read the article as well. You can read it HERE.
3. For the Church
The final article I’m linking to this month is actually a sermon preached by Pastor Rick Warren. It is a message on the importance of being committed and connected to a local church. In his message he is calling on “attenders” of Saddleback to take the step of signing the membership covenant and becoming fully engaged and committed to the local church. He makes it clear that Saddleback is not the only option, but makes a crystal clear appeal to all “attenders” (those who have not yet become members) to find their local church and full engage.
Addressing those who feel they can be a good Christian by themselves he says:
In America we’ve been taught many other things than that. Many people think, “I don’t need the church. It’s just me and Jesus. Me and Jesus. Me and my Bible. That’s all I need.” Impossible! You cannot grow disconnected from the body. You have no life blood. You have no brain. You have no support system. You only grow as you are connected to the body. You’ll wither. Connections are what keep us growing.
Powerful. When you have the time, you can watch the message HERE.