Friday, March 19, 2010

Week Four Lenten Challenges

This week's challenges:

1) Go to war with worry. Live in day-tight compartments (Dale Carnegie, Matt 6:34). Confess your worry to a brother or sister and to God (throughout the week). Give a praise for God's provision everyday (different person and different praise).

2) For one week you will not pray for yourself. For one week you will only pray Kingdom-advancing prayers. Avoid “organ recitals.” Adopt a Kingdom concern that you will make your ongoing prayer concern. Make it specific – not just the persecuted church, but Coptic Christians in Egypt or Presbyterians in Iran.

3) Fire Mammon as your boss. Decide to serve Jesus and not money. Make a gift (we despise idol of money by giving it away). Do a stewardship inventory – how can you give more and more strategically? Convert something valuable to a kingdom purpose. If your treasure is on earth, your heart will be on earth.

4) Today, bow the knee to Jesus as your master and provider. Decide that while you live in this world, Jesus is the only one you will follow as Lord. Recognize Jesus as having a unique authority over your life that no one else shares. Quit trying to provide salvation for yourself through religion, works, people, false religions. Accept Jesus' unique provision for your salvation.

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