April 2017

Five Elements of Discipleship

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Scripture

John 15:4 (NLT)

"Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me."

Consider

Are you a disciple of Christ? The word implies much more than belief in Christ, although that is a vital element. Discipleship means committing to a path that leads to one specific goal: to become like Christ. As disciples, we ask for the challenge and discomfort of having our parts rearranged, or even amputated, until our life and our character come to resemble the Christ we love.

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Green-Eyed Vision

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Scripture

Psalm 73:1-6 (TNIV)

Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong. They are free from common human burdens; they are not plagued by human ills.

Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.

Consider

The psalmist brilliantly describes one of the chief problems with envy: It distorts our perceptions.

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Be Wise About What is Good

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Scripture

Romans 16:17-18 (TNIV)

I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. For such people are not serving our Lord Christ, but their own appetites. By smooth talk and flattery they deceive the minds of naive people.

Consider

With the advent of social media and self-publishing, our world has exploded with tweets and blogs and self-help books that promise wisdom for modern living.

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Choose Your Lord

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Scripture

Joshua 24:15 (NIV)

"But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."

Consider

Joshua has been leading the Israelites since Moses' death. Now in his final speech, he challenges them to think about to whom or to what they wish to surrender control of their lives. Will it be to the God of Israel?

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