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Insight for Living with Chuck Swindoll

 

Discouraging Signs of a Dying Ministry, Part 1

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Chuck Swindoll

We can’t judge a book by its cover . . . and neither can we determine the health of a church by its polished exterior. What looks appealing on the outside may be merely a varnished veneer that is concealing an unhealthy ministry.

 

How can we diagnose a dying ministry? By identifying the warning signs—the same signs that God revealed to Ezekiel regarding the shallow spirituality of the people to whom he ministered. Among the signs are a superficial interest in God’s Word without any intention of doing what the Word says and a focus among the leaders to entertain the congregation rather than feed the people the truths of Scripture.

 

Watch for these and other signs of sickness, and then follow the four critical action steps to revitalize a dying ministry that Chuck Swindoll offers in his message. With God’s help, any ministry can restore its health and vitality!

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Grace to the Very End, Part 3 - Monday, October 16, 2017

Answer this: if you knew you had one more day to live, how would you spend it?

 

Here’s another: if you wrote a letter to someone during that time, what would you write?

 

It’s hard to think about those two questions—and even when we do, it is difficult for us to answer either one of them. Quite possibly we’d have feelings of resentment toward those who gave us grief in years gone by, causing us to struggle with bitterness during our final hours. Perhaps a host of discouraging memories would swarm us, prompting us to record those things we should have done, but we didn’t—or should not have done, and yet we did. That means we’d spend our closing hours on earth struggling with regret. There’s a far better option awaiting us—but we must determine long before our last days to move in that direction. And what option is that? In a word: GRACE. However, before we can expect to experiencing dying grace, we must learn the value of living grace from one day to the next. The apostle Paul is one who modeled such a life. Not surprisingly, he died such a death. Five simple words describe this man’s credo: grace to the very end.

Grace to the Very End, Part 2 - Friday, October 13, 2017

Answer this: if you knew you had one more day to live, how would you spend it?

 

Here’s another: if you wrote a letter to someone during that time, what would you write?

 

It’s hard to think about those two questions—and even when we do, it is difficult for us to answer either one of them. Quite possibly we’d have feelings of resentment toward those who gave us grief in years gone by, causing us to struggle with bitterness during our final hours. Perhaps a host of discouraging memories would swarm us, prompting us to record those things we should have done, but we didn’t—or should not have done, and yet we did. That means we’d spend our closing hours on earth struggling with regret. There’s a far better option awaiting us—but we must determine long before our last days to move in that direction. And what option is that? In a word: GRACE. However, before we can expect to experiencing dying grace, we must learn the value of living grace from one day to the next. The apostle Paul is one who modeled such a life. Not surprisingly, he died such a death. Five simple words describe this man’s credo: grace to the very end.

Grace to the Very End, Part 1 - Thursday, October 12, 2017

Answer this: if you knew you had one more day to live, how would you spend it?

 

Here’s another: if you wrote a letter to someone during that time, what would you write?

 

It’s hard to think about those two questions—and even when we do, it is difficult for us to answer either one of them. Quite possibly we’d have feelings of resentment toward those who gave us grief in years gone by, causing us to struggle with bitterness during our final hours. Perhaps a host of discouraging memories would swarm us, prompting us to record those things we should have done, but we didn’t—or should not have done, and yet we did. That means we’d spend our closing hours on earth struggling with regret. There’s a far better option awaiting us—but we must determine long before our last days to move in that direction. And what option is that? In a word: GRACE. However, before we can expect to experiencing dying grace, we must learn the value of living grace from one day to the next. The apostle Paul is one who modeled such a life. Not surprisingly, he died such a death. Five simple words describe this man’s credo: grace to the very end.

A Circle of Honor and Dishonor, Part 3 - Wednesday, October 11, 2017

It is intriguing what passes through the minds of those who reach the end of life’s trail. Events of yesteryear return to their memory as time momentarily stands still, and they get caught up in the reverie of scenes that occurred long ago. In such mental journeys, words spoken are remembered and rehearsed as if they were uttered yesterday. In addition, there are people who step out of the past, whose faces are mentally visualized and whose deeds are clearly recalled, often in detail. During our busy years, we seldom pause long enough to reflect. However, as the lingering hours of twilight slow our pace, many people and places pass in review. So it was with the aging apostle Paul as his death drew nearer. In these seven verses, Paul recalls those who stood alongside him as loyal friends in his previous years as well as those who broke his heart and/or caused him harm. These names form a circle of honor and dishonor.

A Circle of Honor and Dishonor, Part 2 - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

It is intriguing what passes through the minds of those who reach the end of life’s trail. Events of yesteryear return to their memory as time momentarily stands still, and they get caught up in the reverie of scenes that occurred long ago. In such mental journeys, words spoken are remembered and rehearsed as if they were uttered yesterday. In addition, there are people who step out of the past, whose faces are mentally visualized and whose deeds are clearly recalled, often in detail. During our busy years, we seldom pause long enough to reflect. However, as the lingering hours of twilight slow our pace, many people and places pass in review. So it was with the aging apostle Paul as his death drew nearer. In these seven verses, Paul recalls those who stood alongside him as loyal friends in his previous years as well as those who broke his heart and/or caused him harm. These names form a circle of honor and dishonor.

A Circle of Honor and Dishonor, Part 1 - Monday, October 9, 2017

It is intriguing what passes through the minds of those who reach the end of life’s trail. Events of yesteryear return to their memory as time momentarily stands still, and they get caught up in the reverie of scenes that occurred long ago. In such mental journeys, words spoken are remembered and rehearsed as if they were uttered yesterday. In addition, there are people who step out of the past, whose faces are mentally visualized and whose deeds are clearly recalled, often in detail. During our busy years, we seldom pause long enough to reflect. However, as the lingering hours of twilight slow our pace, many people and places pass in review. So it was with the aging apostle Paul as his death drew nearer. In these seven verses, Paul recalls those who stood alongside him as loyal friends in his previous years as well as those who broke his heart and/or caused him harm. These names form a circle of honor and dishonor.

Looking Back - No Regrets, Part 3 - Friday, October 6, 2017

We learned at the beginning of our study of 2 Timothy that we were examining Paul’s “swan song.” This letter comprises the last recorded words Paul wrote prior to his death. The fourth chapter reveals that this rugged missionary and remarkable apostle of grace knew he had come to the end of the trail. Paul was turning the final corner as he headed to his eternal home. Most of us will come to our final hours of life without realizing it. As James wrote, “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow” (James 4:14). For all we know, we may have another ten years to live; then again, we may not have ten days—or for that matter, ten hours! Paul was different; he knew his days were few in number. That explains why he wrote what he did in the section of Scripture we’re considering today. Up until that point, he had written Timothy in hopes of preparing him for what he would surely face in the months and years ahead. But now he wrote about himself. Without a glimmer of fear and without a hint of regret, Paul wrote one of the finest epitaphs found in all of literature.

Looking Back - No Regrets, Part 2 - Thursday, October 5, 2017

We learned at the beginning of our study of 2 Timothy that we were examining Paul’s “swan song.” This letter comprises the last recorded words Paul wrote prior to his death. The fourth chapter reveals that this rugged missionary and remarkable apostle of grace knew he had come to the end of the trail. Paul was turning the final corner as he headed to his eternal home. Most of us will come to our final hours of life without realizing it. As James wrote, “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow” (James 4:14). For all we know, we may have another ten years to live; then again, we may not have ten days—or for that matter, ten hours! Paul was different; he knew his days were few in number. That explains why he wrote what he did in the section of Scripture we’re considering today. Up until that point, he had written Timothy in hopes of preparing him for what he would surely face in the months and years ahead. But now he wrote about himself. Without a glimmer of fear and without a hint of regret, Paul wrote one of the finest epitaphs found in all of literature.

Looking Back - No Regrets, Part 1 - Wednesday, October 4, 2017

We learned at the beginning of our study of 2 Timothy that we were examining Paul’s “swan song.” This letter comprises the last recorded words Paul wrote prior to his death. The fourth chapter reveals that this rugged missionary and remarkable apostle of grace knew he had come to the end of the trail. Paul was turning the final corner as he headed to his eternal home. Most of us will come to our final hours of life without realizing it. As James wrote, “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow” (James 4:14). For all we know, we may have another ten years to live; then again, we may not have ten days—or for that matter, ten hours! Paul was different; he knew his days were few in number. That explains why he wrote what he did in the section of Scripture we’re considering today. Up until that point, he had written Timothy in hopes of preparing him for what he would surely face in the months and years ahead. But now he wrote about himself. Without a glimmer of fear and without a hint of regret, Paul wrote one of the finest epitaphs found in all of literature.


Lectionary Calendar
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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