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I recently came across this video and found it to be very insightful…

I admit… to my shame… that I have been guilty of this at times.

How about you???

Consider this as you are reading through Scripture…

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In my quiet time today, I read from Psalm 63

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I sek you;

my soul thirsts for you;

my flesh faints for you,

as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”

Have you ever been thirsty?  I mean really thirsty?  Have you ever felt so parched that you thought you might collapse?  The answer is to avail yourself of a cool drink of water… and keep it coming until you are satisfied…

Have you ever been spiritually thirsty?  Have you ever felt the dryness of spiritual dehydration?  Have you ever felt like God is so far away and like you cannot go on without His presence?

I have felt this way on more than one occasion.  And I’m not alone.  If you have been a Christian for any length of time, then you have felt this too.

What is the solution to spiritual dehydration?

I have found Psalm 63 to be quite helpful when feeling spiritually dehydrated.  The Psalmist suggests the following actions:

1) Draw near to God in worship (v. 2, 4.)

2) Intentionally remind yourself of the greatness of God’s steadfast love for you in the gospel (i.e. it is “better than life” – v. 3.)

3) Remind yourself of the promises of God (v. 5.)

4) Meditate intentionally on the greatness and glory and grace of God… particularly in the times of greatest darkness in our soul (i.e. “watches of the night” – v. 6.)

5) Remember the past of grace of God  and let this strengthen your trust in the future grace of God (v. 7-8.)

6) Trust in the promise of God that “all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” (v. 9-11 and Romans 8:28.)

This psalm has carried me through some dark times in my life… and I’m sure it will carry me through more dark times to come…

Are you spiritually dehydrated?  Then spend some time meditating on Psalm 63.  I pray that it will satisfy your thirst as it has mine…

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I read an excellent post today by Jason Helopoulos regarding good and bad reasons for leaving a church.  It is an excellent, short answer to this very common problem.  The whole article is worth reading (you can find it here http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/07/23/good-reasons-for-moving-on/), but here are the bullet points:

His list of good reasons for leaving a church:

1) Providential moving.

2) Church planting.

3) Purity is lost.

4) I am a hindrance in the church.

Here is his list of possible reasons for leaving a church:

1) Spouse will attend a different church with me (read the post.)

2) Special needs.

3) Special gifts needed elsewhere.

Here is his list of bad reasons to leave a church:

1) Children’s ministry is better there.

2) Buzz.

3) The youth group is better there.

4) My church has changed.

5) New pastor.

6) “I’m not being ministered to…”

7) Music

8) Virtually anything else…

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Thom Rainer recently posted 7 characteristics of highly evangelistic Christians.  I found them convicting and helpful.  They are as follows:

1. They are people of prayer.
2. They have a theology that compels them to evangelize.
3. They are people who spend time in the Word.
4. They are compassionate people.
5. They love the communities where God has placed them.
6. They are intentional about evangelism.
7. They are accountable to someone for their evangelistic activities.

You can read the whole post here http://www.thomrainer.com/2010/03/seven-characteristics-of-highly-evangelistic-christians.php.

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Kevin DeYoung is one of my favorite bloggers right now.  He is a bright guy with an awful lot to say.  Recently, he posted a series of articles on Dealing with Disappointment in the Church which were excellent.  He approaches this issue from the perspective of both the pastor and members of the congregation.  These are well-thought out and insightful posts… certainly reading.  You can find Part 1 here http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/04/07/dealing-with-disappointment-in-the-church-1/, Part 2 here http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/04/08/dealing-with-disappointment-in-the-church-2/ and Part 3 here http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2010/04/09/dealing-with-disappointment-in-the-church-3/.

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I came across this blog post today by Tim Keller and I thought it was very thought provoking.  In summary, he suggests five things which the church needs to take seriously in order to engage the world in which we live:

1) The local church has to support culture-making.

2) The local church needs a renewal of apologetics.

3) There need to be greater variety of church models.

4) The church must develop a better theology of suffering.

5) We need a critical mass of churches in the biggest cities of the world.

A couple of these will require greater reflection on my part… but, all in all, I think he has a point.  Read the post for yourself (found here http://theresurgence.com/handle_the_big_issues.)

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Following is an excerpt from an article posted by R.C. Sproul over at the Ligonier blog…

““Church is boring”—this is the most oft-stated reason why people stay away from church. It raises some important questions. How is it possible that an encounter with a majestic, awesome, living God could ever be considered boring by anyone? God is not dull. If worship is boring to us, it is not because God is boring. Sermons can be boring and liturgies can be boring, but God simply cannot be boring.”

I hear this same point from people all the time and it never ceases to amaze me.  Is our church attendance only about us and what edifies (read “entertains” in many cases) us?  If worship is boring than it must be because we fail to grasp the greatness of the glory of the God.

You can read the rest of Dr. Sproul’s post here http://www.ligonier.org/blog/becoming-worshiper-god/

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