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Easy Doesn't Do It
Theme of the Week: The Call to Courageous Faith
Tuesday, September 2, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: For you have been given not only the privilege of trusting in Christ but also the privilege of suffering for him. (Philippians 1:29)

Dig Deeper: Philippians 1:27-30

It would be great, we think, for life to be as low-stress as possible. Just put your head down and get through the day. Don't ruffle feathers; don't alienate friends because of your faith; don't risk being branded as a hateful evangelical.

If this sounds like you at all, I know how you feel. I've felt many of these things myself. [Along with all that,] my future some days seems altogether unclear. And this can leave me feeling a lack of boldness, unsure of what to do next in a big, bad world that wants to swallow me (or so it appears).

Don't get me wrong. I'm not suffering at this point in time in terrible ways. But I would be lying if I said that providing for a young family, giving my family my all when I get home, being involved at church, and trying to mentor students isn't taxing. It is. And if I let [it] get to me, I catch myself wishing for things to calm down and get easy.

But that's not the way it's supposed to be for godly adults. I know that; it's just that I'm tempted by my flesh to think I'm owed some kind of fantasy life with no stress and no responsibility.

—Owen Strachan in Risky Gospel

My Response: What are some common misconceptions about the Christian life that keep believers from living more boldly for Christ?

Thought to Apply: I thought when I became a Christian I had nothing to do but just to lay my oars in the bottom of the boat and float along. But I soon found out I would have to go against the current.—D. L. Moody (evangelist)

Adapted from Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan (Thomas Nelson, 2013; thomasnelson.com). All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, forgive me for times I've been ashamed of my faith or fearful about taking a stand for you. Fill me with your Spirit so that I will boldly follow you wherever you may lead.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

September 03, 2014  6:20am

AMEN, CURT. Your response was excellent and on point. Thank you for the words. Anthony

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Jesse R. Irvin Jr.

September 02, 2014  10:53am

I find myself holding back in my ministry. I really want to serve God better. I am a minister in training and I don't know how to proceed from here from here any suggestions.

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Curt Schleicher

September 02, 2014  8:01am

Some of the common misconceptions about Christian life that keep believers from being bold are: 1) that accepting Christ as Savior is the final action in our life to accomplish; 2) that i can't ruffle another's beliefs because they differ from my own; and, 3) that my purpose after conversion is to steer clear of argumentative discussion in conversation with others because it might scare them away. These principles of life after conversion are hogwash. First of all, my acceptance of Christ as Savior is the beginning of my life. Second, i was called to discuss my beliefs with others daily. Finally, friendly arguments with others is an acceptable way to start a 'Christ-centered' conversation. Lord, assist me in taking these bold steps everyday as i interact with people in my walk.

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