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This is the best blog I’ve ever read on Starbucks and the Church

Kevin DeYoung writes about loving your coffee and your neighbor.

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Life

South Africa Presidential Election

On Wednesday, South Africa will hold its presidential elections.  The favored party to win is the African National Congress (ANC).  Jacob Zuma, most likely, will be president.  Last year, Zuma was tried for the rape of a HIV-infected woman.  He was found not guilty.  Perhaps the ANC will win because it is the party of former-president Nelson Mandela.  This week, he publicly gave his support for Zuma.

We know that God’s will must be done.  You can pray for that, of course.  But more than that, pray for the hearts of the South Africans, that they might understand and embrace the fact that no human kingdom will satisfy.  Pray that they would receive the kingdom that cannot be shaken (Heb. 12:28), instead of hoping in a kingdom that can be ruined.

Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is a stream of water in the hand of the LORD; he turns it wherever he will.”  God is sovereign.  Nothing will surprise him.  Whatever God ordains will happen and is right.  This election, and every other election, is a mere footnote in his grand story.  In God’s story, King Jesus will reign, and every knee will bow and tongue confess that he is Lord.

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How to Decide When to Leave a Church

I was asked a question yesterday about when it would be okay to leave a local church to find a new church home.  Obviously, it should be on a case-by-case basis and one should be intensely seeking the Lord during the process.  I made a list of nine questions to consider and answer before leaving a church.  Perhaps you might find these helpful:

  • Is there an unrepentant immorality issue with one of the leaders?
  • Do the pastors, elders, and deacons meet the requirements that are found in 1/2 Timothy and Titus?
  • Do the pastors, elders, and congregation genuinely love Jesus and people?
  • Is the Bible taught and the gospel preached every weekend?
  • Is there a missional mindset, focus, and philosophy of: “We want to (and have a plan to) reach this community/city/state for Jesus.”
  • Am I getting fed weekly, invested in, and built up in Christ?  Does this place fuel my joy in Jesus?
  • Do I find opportunities to feed and serve others and build the kingdom here?
  • What is my heart’s motivation for leaving?  Will I leave speaking poorly of this congreation, tearing it down, or will I leave praying for them?
  • Am I just complaining for an excuse to leave or can I really and honestly do something positive to help the area(s) of concern I have?

Can you think of any others?