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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Delight or Duty?

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Last week we had an unusual night at our house. There were only two of us at home and we had nowhere we HAD to be. As I was sitting down to read, my younger daughter asked if I wanted to play a game with her. She lit up when I said, “yes.” I told her to get the game set up and I would join her in the den in just a moment.

I could see my daughter from where I was sitting. She was smiling; and skipping and singing while setting up our play area; and with great care, she set up each piece of the game. Her eagerness and excitement was a shining aura around her. As I watched her, my heart completely melted.  I loved the fact she was delighted to play with me. I could sense it wasn’t the game; it was me. I felt wanted and needed and very loved. It felt so good. I smile, even now, remembering it. As I set my Bible aside to play with my daughter, a thought bolted through my head: “When was the last time I was that excited to spend some quality time with Jesus?”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Discipleship, Devotion or Both?

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
Discipleship or devotion? What’s the difference? Does it matter? Are they the same thing? Can one exist without the other? These were questions rolling around in my head when I misunderstood a text from a friend. A dear friend asked me to prepare a devotion for a retreat. When I asked if there was a specific focus or theme she shot back a few ideas. The text read, “How about discipleship or devotion?” I thought she meant those, together, as a topic. So I began thinking it through and researching it a bit. I felt a little confused though; thus the questions above.

Though I am familiar with both words, I looked up a definition to see their exact wordings. Sure, I know I should be a “disciple” of Jesus and I have a morning “devotion” time, but actual definitions can shed such light and bring perspective. So, here they are:

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Modern-Day Idolatry - Part 2

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
So, how does a Bible believing, God-revering girl slip into idolatry? Unfortunately, very, very easily. Remember our definition of idolatry? “Whatever gets our firsts…” Whatever is a pretty inclusive word, isn’t it? So, let’s throw out a few things that just may be getting our firsts: our jobs, school, money, fashion (i.e. cars, clothes, shoes, etc), CELL PHONES, houses, TV, games…I’m sure you saw those coming… How about a few more: our children, our marriage, boyfriend/girlfriend, relationships, ministry, church, fitting in, feeling comfortable, feeling needed and wanted, being in charge, worry, a person, a pill, a possibility… the list goes on and on and varies from person to person.  

Now, here’s the hardest part...may I suggest that we take a moment and put things on pause right here. Have any of these things ever so consumed you that the pursuit of them got your “firsts”