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Do you have any advice for Christian conduct as a guideline for those in ministry?

Question from a reader:

Do you have any advice for Christian conduct as a guideline for those in ministry?

Answer from Randy Alcorn:

What you don’t want in Christian ministry is check-off-the-boxes Christian morality in which spirituality is measured in terms of a list of do’s and don’ts. This has happened in countless churches and Christian ministries, so any effort to avoid and resist it is worthwhile.

Is healing dependent upon me having enough faith?

I have dealt with many of the things that you may feel you are dealing with right now, too – like, why did God let this happen? Will God heal me? Is healing a matter of having enough faith and believing it’s true?... 

...I had to realize that because of my relationship with Christ, healing was not based on me having enough faith or asking God in just the right way to heal me. No matter what happened, God loves me, has a plan for me, and is in control.

What To Do If You Wake Up Feeling Fragile

There are mornings when I wake up feeling fragile. Vulnerable. It’s often vague. No single threat. No one weakness. Just an amorphous sense that something is going to go wrong and I will be responsible. It’s usually after a lot of criticism. Lots of expectations that have deadlines and that seem too big and too many.

fragile morningAs I look back over about 50 years of such periodic mornings, I am amazed how the Lord Jesus has preserved my life. And my ministry. The temptation to run away from the stress has never won out — not yet anyway. This ...

What Not To Wear

First and foremost, your clothing ought to be becoming, fitting to, and consistent with your character as a child of God. But it also ought to be becoming to your body type, becoming to your femininity, becoming to your husband, becoming to the other clothes you are wearing, and becoming to the occasion and place you intend to wear it. 

Can’t You See That I’m Busy?

There was work to be done. After all, when Jesus came, the twelve came with Him. The house needed to be swept. Food would have to be prepared and the table set. Twenty-six extra feet would require washing. Bedding, too, must be arranged, as traveling dinner guests always spend the night. If I don’t do it, she may have thought, it won’t get done.

Can We Be Good Without God?

question markIt’s been fascinating to watch the very vocal and prolific new atheists, such as Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins, make a case for objective morality. The phrase “objective morality” is a way of indicating that some behaviors are right (truth telling, kindness, tolerance) and some behaviors are wrong (rape, murder, racism) — for real. Morality is not just a matter of personal preference and choice (akin to liking peanuts better than almonds), but rather laws that are real and true and binding no matter what one thinks about them or whether one chooses to follow them ...

What books would you recommend to help Christians prioritize their lives?

Question from a reader:

What books would Randy use or recommend that has helped Christians prioritize their lives so that they can say “yes” to the things they should be doing?

Only the Wounded Can Serve

For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that Day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.  —2 Timothy 4:6-8, ESV

Paul’s letter to Timothy wasn’t the first he wrote from prison in Rome, it was his last. Final letter, final ...

Thoughts on Easter

Contemplating the Cross This Easter

“For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 1:18

Oh, what we miss out on when we rush past the cross of Christ.  Oh, the richness and reward when we stop to linger before it, when we take the time to “consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself” (Heb. 12:3). In a culture where crosses have become commonplace as architecture and jewelry, how we  need to truly gaze upon the ...

Long Distance Spirituality

Years ago, on the advice of an older and wiser Christian, I began trying to pray through the Psalms once every month. Don’t be too impressed—I seldom make it through all 150 of the psalms every 30 days. However, by making that the goal I am able to eventually ponder each one at least several times a year.

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