Good Reads 06.22.17 (on: parenting and discipline, affirmation, and more!)

Here is a collection of good reads gathered from across the internet this past week. Enjoy!

On parenting: 3 Reasons Why Discipline is Harder than Punishment by Michael Kelley

If you are strictly punishing your kids, then just put them in time out. Or spank them. Whatever it is you do in your house. You can do it quickly, and then it’s over and done with. The reason why punishment is quicker is because the goal of punishment is exclusively reactive; they did something bad, and you need to make sure they don’t do it again. But when you discipline, your goal isn’t just behavioral; it’s about the heart. Heart formation takes much longer than behavior modification. That leads us to the second reason why discipline is harder. (click here to read more)

On our need for affirmation: When a Father Wound Defines You by Scott Sauls

I once heard Tim Keller say that Jacob’s deceit was the first recorded case of identity theft. But what was Jacob’s motivation? Why, under false pretense and knowing that it would not be long before both Isaac and Esau would find him out, did Jacob deceive anyway? Ten out of ten therapists would say that it was because Jacob, like every other child in the world, craved a paternal blessing. More than anything, he longed to hear words of affirmation spoken over him by his father. And, if the blessing can only be gained under false pretenses, a child will resort to any measure to satisfy this primal craving. Simply put, Jacob wanted more than anything to hear from his father’s lips, “I see you. You matter. I love you. I like you. You matter to me.” (click here to read more)

On overcoming pornography: Victory Over Porn is Closer Than You Think by Jimmy Needham

Fighting sin feels like this, doesn’t it? When we’re in the midst of temptation, all we can see is the next big wave looming in front of us. Surrounded and hopeless, we give in and face defeat, never knowing that just over the water ridge is the calmer sea of victory in Christ. If we only had eyes to see over, what freedom would we experience in the midst of temptation? What fresh strength and resolve would we feel, with God’s help?

But so many of us can’t see over the ridge.

Here’s where God’s word offers an unfathomable gift to the tempted and addicted: a peek over into the calm ocean beyond our hour of temptation. Consider with me a handful of precious texts that serve to reassure us that God truly gives us the victory (Romans 7:24–25). May they serve you as they have me to walk in lasting freedom from this sin struggle. (click here to read more)

On revival: A Revival Without Christ at the Center is Not Revival by Jared Wilson

At the front end of Paul’s excursus to the Corinthians on the sign-gift charismata, he reminds us: “Therefore I want you to understand that no one speaking in the Spirit of God ever says ‘Jesus is accursed!’ and no one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except in the Holy Spirit” (1 Cor. 12:3).

What we often see in false revivals is the exaltation of particular figures or the worship of a worship experience itself. You can turn on nearly any religious television programming and see this work in action. Christ is given lip service but exhilaration, personal revelation, warm fuzzies, and spectacular manifestations are the real objects of worship. Charlatans are at the helm, and they purport to wield the Holy Spirit as if he were pixie dust. In these cases and others, it is not the Spirit stirring, but the spirit of the antichrist. (click here to read more)

Revive! Night 4 @6pm

We invite you to join us tonight for the last in our 2017 Revive! series. Dinner in the gym at 5pm and service in the auditorium at 6pm. Tonight, Rick Thompson, pastor of Cornerstone Baptist – Nevada (MO), will be here to share on the topic of building community as followers of Jesus. We hope to see you there!

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Revive! Night 3, tonight @6pm

Revive! is back for 2017. Every Sunday night in the month of March we will have a meal at 5pm in the gym and a worship gathering with a guest speaker at 6pm. These special services are designed to help you learn more about Jesus and what it means to be his follower. We invite you to join us and bring a friend.

Tonight we have Cody McCully, on staff at The Church of Pleasant Ridge (Harrisonville, MO), coming to share about what it means to pursue missions. For a full list of speakers for the month, please click here.

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Revive! Night 2, Tonight @6pm

Revive! is back for 2017. Every Sunday night in the month of March we will have a meal at 5pm in the gym and a worship gathering with a guest speaker at 6pm. These special services are designed to help you learn more about Jesus and what it means to be his follower. We invite you to join us and bring a friend.

Tonight we have Curtis Townley, Director of Missions of the Osage River Baptist Association**, coming to share about what it means to live the truth. For a full list of speakers for the month, please click here.

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**[Change in speaker: Unfortunately, our friend Tony J is ill this weekend, join me in praying for a speedy recovery]

Sunday 03.12.17 (our witness, the Spirit’s help)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at John 15:18-16:15 and see how the Holy Spirit helps us in our witness to the world. Then on Sunday evening, we have week two of our Revive! series, featuring Tony Jones from FBC Rich Hill speaking on the topic of living the truth. We hope to see you there! And don’t forget to spring forward, setting your clocks forward one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night.

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Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@5pm Dinner before Revive!
@6pm Revive! Night 2: “Live Truth”

Sermon Notes
Our Witness, The Spirit’s Help ~ John 15:18-16:15

  • The Spirit helps our witness in the midst of persecution, so be bold witnesses in the face of opposition (15:18-16:4)
  • The Spirit helps our witness by bringing conviction to the world, so speak the truth in love (16:5-11)
  • The Spirit helps our witness by reminding us of the glories of Jesus, so keep learning and sharing God’s word (16:12-15)

Revive! Night 1, Tonight @6pm

Revive! is back for 2017. Every Sunday night in the month of March we will have a meal at 5pm in the gym and a worship gathering with a guest speaker at 6pm. These special services are designed to help you learn more about Jesus and what it means to be his follower. We invite you to join us and bring a friend.

Tonight we have JP Williams from the First Baptist Church of Archie, MO, coming to share about what it means to honor Jesus. For a full list of speakers for the month, please click here.

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Sunday 03.05.17 (abide)

This Sunday we’ll take a look at John 15:1-17 and what it means to “abide in Jesus.” Then on Sunday night, we kickoff our month-long Revive! series with a meal at 5pm and special worship gathering at 6pm each Sunday night. We hope to see you there!

Schedule
@945 Small Groups / Sunday School for all ages
@1045 Worship Gathering
@5pm Meal before Revive!
@6pm Revive! Night 1: “Honor Jesus” featuring guest speaker JP Williams from FBC Archie, MO. Click here for more information.

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Sermon Notes
Abide ~ John 15:1-17

  • “Abide” in Jesus! (15:4)
  • The benefits of abiding
    • We have true life (15:1-6)
    • God makes us clean (15:1-3)
    • We bear much fruit (15:1-8)
    • God answers our prayers (15:7, 16)
    • We have great joy (15:11)
  • How do we abide?
    • Believe in Jesus (15:2-5)
    • Be often in God’s word (15:7)
    • Be constant in prayer (15:7)
    • Be obedient in love (15:9-17)