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How do I make reading the Bible a daily habit?
In Spiritual Life
Grace-Elleda Gonzalez
Student Leader
Jul 20, 2021
One thing that @stan.thomas(Christian Union @ Columbia's wonderful MD) said to me, that really made me stop and think for a moment, is that you don't have to do it in the morning. I don't know if any of you grew up in a church culture where spending time in the morning with God was always talked about as the default, but I sure did! I didn't realize until he said it, that I didn't really considered reading the bible at a different time of day "as good" as reading it in the morning. Which is crazy! Because it is way more important that you are even spending time with God in the first place than ~when~ you are reading the Bible. And Jesus didn't just "steal away" to spend time with the Father in the morning (Matthew 14:23 for example). Similar to @Jonathan Tanaka, I find reading the bible at night better for me. Personally, it is easier for me to stay up at night than it is for me to wake up to my alarm when I'm sleep deprived -- something I tragically am too often during the school year. So don't be afraid of trying a new time during the day -- that might be on your lunch break if you're working a job, or before bed, or after your last class of the day. Maybe answering an implicit assumption in your question is also that there is nothing that is more important than our relationships with God. I know that at least for myself it is very easy to "sike" myself into thinking that I'll be better off if I stay up late doing xyz instead instead of spending time with God. And that is something I think we just need to pray about, and ask that God would change our hearts desired. I would love to hear others thoughts in this respect!
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Changing with Society
In Social Questions
Grace-Elleda Gonzalez
Student Leader
Jul 17, 2021
Hmm it sounds to me like you are asking two questions: (1) Is 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 saying should churches change so that they may attract non-christians and (2) if that is the case, how do we figure out the right level of change? To address your first question, when it comes to 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, I really like what William Barclay wrote in his commentary on 1 Corinthians: "Paul speaks about the method of his ministry, which was to become all things to all men. This is not a case of being hypocritically one thing to one man and another to another. It Is a matter in the modern phrase, of being able to get alongside anyone. The man who can never see anything but his own point of view and who never makes any attempt to understand the mind and heart of others, will never make a pastor or an evangelist or even a friend... We can never attain to any kind of evangelism or friendship without speaking the same language and thinking the same thoughts as the other man. Someone once described teaching, medicine and the ministry as "the three patronizing professions." So long as we patronize people and make no effort to understand them, we can never get anywhere with them. Paul, the master missionary, who won more men for Christ than any other man, saw how essential it was to become all things to all men. One of our greatest necessities is to learn the art of getting alongside people; and the trouble so often is that we do not even try." So when it comes to the adaptation of the church as society changes, I think it should be less about changing to compel society to find the church attractive and more about making an effort to understand the perspective of society such that we can be a better friend to them. So what does that mean to the changing of churches over time? I think the change in music, etc. should be focused on glorifying God in new styles of music rather than changing the music so that non-christians are attracted to the music / worship style / church design. Am I properly addressing your question @Marcos Barrios?
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1 John 4:18
In Christian Memes
Grace-Elleda Gonzalez
Student Leader
Jul 15, 2021
my bad, I'll try to do less good next time
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