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Reformed and Self-Righteous?

I offer this as brief haunt to a self-convicted attitude. It requires spiritual finesse to walk between the extremes of perceptiveness vs. priggishness. Between being smart or self-righteous. Discerning or Damning. Clever or Condemning. Self-righteousness is loathsome. It’s a sneaky venom that enters our members by the bite of unsuspecting pride. Our good deeds become tainted with an heir of subtle self-superiority. So I was pricked when a co-worker told me about an old country church, that had it’s home-coming yesterday. I listened to the event details with confirmation bias, quickly striking mental X’s across any serious legitimacy towards that pitiable church....
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Church is Becoming a Shared Priority

As a pastor this is frustrating to me. I hear the reasons often for why such and such didn’t make church. Church today is becoming a shared priority. It’s been a slow pendulum shift from the 1980’s and 90’s when church attendance and faithfulness were seen hand in hand. Sunday school 10 am, Worship hour 11 am, monthly Potluck 12:30 pm, Sunday evening church 6 pm, Wednesday Bible study 7 pm; and the really spiritual folk did visitations Tuesday night! Gone are the days when being a busy-church goer meant you were paddling against the currents of other distractions in the world. Church commitments were almost meant to distract you from the nonsense of poor choices...
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A Day in Paradise? The New Era Church

Luk 6:46  “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?  It has become too easy. It has become too cheap. It has become too theatrical, even too contrived. It has become world-like. It happens in the comfort of air-conditioned facilities in summer, warmth of heat during winter. It comes without a personal sacrifice, or shall I say “offering?” Heck, it happens without much personal commitment. It comes with bed and breakfast amenities in lavatory, child-care, OSHA safe exits. It provides efficiently timed, non-life interrupting meetings. It comes with soft-serve iced–truth. It markets to those who are of similar demographic. ...
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Redeem the Time

Ephesians 5:16  redeeming the time, because the days are evil. I make a little “electronic” phone reminder used as my sales motivation, “time wasted equals opportunity lost.” In the workplace, that’s my B-12 vitamin to keep plugging away at it, because not only is our future uncertain, but our past is unnredeemable – can’t get it back. On a Friday I may be faithfully serving the King but if the day before was time poorly spent, then no matter how successful later I am, I still can never regain that precious time. When I am older I may well regret these occasions. Among other practical lessons this verse teaches to Christians, of grievous note is...
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