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Monday, November 24, 2014
Re: Series
John Stonestreet

How can I change into someone better, someone I know I should be? Give thanks, says the Scriptures.  And so does John Stonestreet in a Re:Series message he calls “Starting Over.” John encourages us to begin with what we the created owe God the Creator: gratitude. It’s a habit that takes practice. And this habit has cultural implications too. What if the church, whom Paul exhorted “in all things give thanks,” as a community, developed this practice? No telling—but we just might set the trend for our culture if we did.

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Worldview Bible
T. M. Moore

Paul’s long and torturous road to Rome continues. His series of hearings begins in Caesarea before the governor Felix, who appears to have mixed motives about the case. The upshot is that Paul is kept under house arrest for two years. This week’s Worldview Bible study covers that period, during which Paul is able to give his witness to Christ not only to Felix, but also to two other high-ranking people. Each time, he shows his awareness of his audience, and how best to present his case. And each time, Paul shows concern for his audience greater even than for his own liberty.

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Perspectives
Robert Lynn

This week as the grand jury in Ferguson prepares to release its verdict in the Michael Brown shooting case, it’s impossible not to think about civil rights and racial matters in our country. Such was the case last year too, when the Trayvon Martin case was in the headlines. Bob paused last summer to share some of his own reflections in a Perspectives piece he called “Martin Luther King, Jr., Duke University, Jackie Robinson and The Butler.” We’ve come a long way in fifty years, he observed, but we’re not there yet. Agree or not?

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Worldview
Diane Singer

You’re probably not running short of things to complain about. It doesn’t take a lot of looking, as Diane reports re-discovering one fall. Be careful, she writes, lest you find yourself amid “A Chorus of Grumblers”—those who take the easy path by indulging the natural tendency to complain out loud. Instead, cultivate the practice of gratitude. In a Worldview column from 2010 she offers some practical suggestions for doing this. And in so doing it gives integrity to the witness we bear to the world about God’s goodness.

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InDepth
David Sincerbox

When someone asks you for prayer, isn’t it usually the case that it’s for some external circumstance, such  as health or problems at work or finances? Not at all wrong, but if you read Paul’s prayers you find him praying for what David calls the inner person. In InDepth this week he examines the two prayers in the book of Ephesians, and finds Paul praying for things like wisdom and knowledge of spiritual things, and a grasp of God’s love. If you’re bored with the usual prayer list kinds of requests, try modeling your prayers after those of Paul..

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ViewPoint
T. M. Moore

We often lament that the earliest church seemed so powerful in changing their world, while we’re just an invisible, irrelevant part of ours. Why the difference? The difference, says T. M. in our Viewpoint study for the week, is strong souls. Starting with Paul, those first Christians knew how to strengthen their souls. They cultivated a strong vision of God’s Kingdom, and engaged in the disciplines that allowed them to bring that Kingdom into reality. There was nurture, leadership, preparation for suffering, and above all, care for the souls of those first-century world changers.

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Colson Files
Chuck Colson

Given that Chuck spent so much of his energy defending Christianity against the rising tide of atheism, it’s ironic that at least one atheist was found defending religion, if not Christianity itself. He wrote that religion offers “useful, interesting...consoling ideas that could...appeal to someone who has...no interest in being a believer.” Chuck cited this in a BreakPoint from 2012, and went on to say that it actually points to truth. In “Fillet of Faith” he observes that none of those fruits of faith are worth anything—unless it’s true. How insulting to believers to say, “never mind if it’s true, it’s good for people.”

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The Christian Worldview Journal is a significant part of the Colson Center's content program. Journal articles help you develop a powerful foundation in understanding culture in the light of Scripture and historic Christian worldview. More importantly, Journal readings can help you develop your spirutal life and Christian discipleship.