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CHRISTIANS ARE INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE: DANGERS & DIVIDENDS

          In his study of the Gospel of Matthew, Roland Q. Leavell labeled the focus of Jesus’ teaching in his “Sermon on the Mount” recorded in Chapters 5-7 as “The Way of Life in the Kingdom.” Within this Kingdom-life focus, Leavell presented the Beatitudes as “The Kingdom Way of Happiness” (Matthew 5:1-12) and Jesus’ subsequent teaching employing the metaphors of salt and light as “The Kingdom Way of Influence” (5:13-16). Leavell asserted, “Desire for happiness and desire for influence are innate in the human heart. The happy Christian is an influential Christian, and vice versa. Few things are as contagious as radiant Christian living. There is a clarion call for the influence of sincere Christianity”.

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CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE…A CALL TO DUTY

          Last week, this article defined an influencer as “someone who affects or changes the way that people behave.” In addition, an influencer can persuade others by…their credibility, authenticity, reach, and trustworthiness.  Christians are charged to be influential in a world that is in desperate need of a positive and godly influence. Pointing to the manner in which Christians are to be influential through their peculiarity, or distinctiveness, Jesus charged His followers to be “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-14).

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CHRISTIANS ARE INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

      Social media continues to grow in popularity and use as a strategy employed by companies to advertise their products or services while also seeking to increase public awareness of their brand and the accompanying advantages that may distinguish one company/product from another.  This tech-savvy advertising strategy is known as “Influencer Marketing” and, from my limited understanding, seeks to reach prospective customers by enlisting regular people who have a network of friends or “followers” across the spectrum of social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, blogs, etc.).

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PREYING WITHOUT CEASING

      The bell has rung signaling the start of a new school year. Football season is kicking off and tailgaters are ready. Food plots are being prepared as hunters anticipate deer season. And…the hummingbirds have arrived indicating…well, I’m not sure what the arrival of hummingbirds actually represents.


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YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE

      In his book “The Window Sill of Heaven,” J. Winston Pearce related how S. D. Gordon (author of the Quiet Talks series of books) took long walks each morning and evening. Gordon had a habit of extending one arm out from his body as he walked along. When he turned to head back to his starting point, Gordon would lower his extended arm but simultaneously extend the other arm away from his body. An individual who observed Gordon’s routine for several days finally asked the author and lecturer for an explanation. Since he probably felt that his actions should not be considered out of the ordinary, Gordon was somewhat surprised at the question.

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CHURCH SPLOOTING

      A news story from New York City went viral recently. Similar stories were presented in Texas several weeks ago. The New York story featured a visual of a squirrel outstretched fully on the ground and included the question “Is this squirrel OK?” Representatives from the NYC Parks Department assured the public that squirrels observed in such a position are fine. In fact, NYC Parks indicated, squirrels stretched out in such a fashion are simply “splooting.”

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THE REMEDY FOR HELL

      Sir Francis Newport lived in England in the late 16th and early 17th centuries where he purportedly was the head of an atheist club. To those who gathered around his deathbed, Newport is reported as saying, “You need not tell me there is no God for I know there is one and that I am in His angry presence! You need not tell me there is no hell, for I already feel my soul slipping into its fires! Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know I am lost forever!”

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A RENDEZVOUS WITH HELL

      Actor Charles Dutton played the role of Baltimore garbage collector Charles “Roc” Emerson in the Fox network dramatic comedy entitled simply “Roc.” The show aired for three seasons in the early 1990s. While I did not watch this particular program on television, I do recall one scene that appeared on my TV screen while I was in the midst of channel-surfing. If my memory serves me correctly, Roc burst through a door at his house and declared something like “Well, I’ll be damned and go to hell.” Through his statement, Roc seemingly was announcing a self-prescribed rendezvous with Hell.

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THE REALM OF HELL

      Earlier this year, Scott Simon of National Public Radio conducted an interview with George Kourounis regarding Kourounis’ visit to the “Gates of Hell” crater in Turkmenistan that has been burning continuously for five decades being fueled by methane gas leaking from a natural gas field. Kourounis is a photographer and explorer in residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society who provided some highlights of his experience in “hell” during this recent interview with Simon.

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THE REALITY OF HELL

      While leading prayer meeting one Wednesday evening years ago, one of the many faithful ladies in the church raised a question in this manner “Preacher, why do preachers not preach about hell much anymore?” Being a young pastor and serving in my first church, I probably was not in the best position to answer her question. Nonetheless, her question caused me to pause to consider several truths about Hell. To this end, the current and subsequent editions of “From Daniel’s Den” will explore several aspects of Hell beginning with the Reality of Hell.

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CHRISTIANS ARE INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE: DANGERS & DIVIDENDS

          In his study of the Gospel of Matthew, Roland Q. Leavell labeled the focus of Jesus’ teaching in his “Sermon on the Mount” recorded in Chapters 5-7 as “The Way of Life in the Kingdom.” Within this Kingdom-life focus, Leavell presented the Beatitudes as “The Kingdom Way of Happiness” (Matthew 5:1-12) and Jesus’ subsequent teaching employing the metaphors of salt and light as “The Kingdom Way of Influence” (5:13-16). Leavell asserted, “Desire for happiness and desire for influence are innate in the human heart. The happy Christian is an influential Christian, and vice versa. Few things are as contagious as radiant Christian living. There is a clarion call for the influence of sincere Christianity”.

Read more...

CHRISTIAN INFLUENCE…A CALL TO DUTY

          Last week, this article defined an influencer as “someone who affects or changes the way that people behave.” In addition, an influencer can persuade others by…their credibility, authenticity, reach, and trustworthiness.  Christians are charged to be influential in a world that is in desperate need of a positive and godly influence. Pointing to the manner in which Christians are to be influential through their peculiarity, or distinctiveness, Jesus charged His followers to be “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-14).

Read more...

CHRISTIANS ARE INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

      Social media continues to grow in popularity and use as a strategy employed by companies to advertise their products or services while also seeking to increase public awareness of their brand and the accompanying advantages that may distinguish one company/product from another.  This tech-savvy advertising strategy is known as “Influencer Marketing” and, from my limited understanding, seeks to reach prospective customers by enlisting regular people who have a network of friends or “followers” across the spectrum of social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter, blogs, etc.).

Read more...

PREYING WITHOUT CEASING

      The bell has rung signaling the start of a new school year. Football season is kicking off and tailgaters are ready. Food plots are being prepared as hunters anticipate deer season. And…the hummingbirds have arrived indicating…well, I’m not sure what the arrival of hummingbirds actually represents.


Read more...

YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE

      In his book “The Window Sill of Heaven,” J. Winston Pearce related how S. D. Gordon (author of the Quiet Talks series of books) took long walks each morning and evening. Gordon had a habit of extending one arm out from his body as he walked along. When he turned to head back to his starting point, Gordon would lower his extended arm but simultaneously extend the other arm away from his body. An individual who observed Gordon’s routine for several days finally asked the author and lecturer for an explanation. Since he probably felt that his actions should not be considered out of the ordinary, Gordon was somewhat surprised at the question.

Read more...

CHURCH SPLOOTING

      A news story from New York City went viral recently. Similar stories were presented in Texas several weeks ago. The New York story featured a visual of a squirrel outstretched fully on the ground and included the question “Is this squirrel OK?” Representatives from the NYC Parks Department assured the public that squirrels observed in such a position are fine. In fact, NYC Parks indicated, squirrels stretched out in such a fashion are simply “splooting.”

Read more...

THE REMEDY FOR HELL

      Sir Francis Newport lived in England in the late 16th and early 17th centuries where he purportedly was the head of an atheist club. To those who gathered around his deathbed, Newport is reported as saying, “You need not tell me there is no God for I know there is one and that I am in His angry presence! You need not tell me there is no hell, for I already feel my soul slipping into its fires! Wretches, cease your idle talk about there being hope for me! I know I am lost forever!”

Read more...

A RENDEZVOUS WITH HELL

      Actor Charles Dutton played the role of Baltimore garbage collector Charles “Roc” Emerson in the Fox network dramatic comedy entitled simply “Roc.” The show aired for three seasons in the early 1990s. While I did not watch this particular program on television, I do recall one scene that appeared on my TV screen while I was in the midst of channel-surfing. If my memory serves me correctly, Roc burst through a door at his house and declared something like “Well, I’ll be damned and go to hell.” Through his statement, Roc seemingly was announcing a self-prescribed rendezvous with Hell.

Read more...

THE REALM OF HELL

      Earlier this year, Scott Simon of National Public Radio conducted an interview with George Kourounis regarding Kourounis’ visit to the “Gates of Hell” crater in Turkmenistan that has been burning continuously for five decades being fueled by methane gas leaking from a natural gas field. Kourounis is a photographer and explorer in residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society who provided some highlights of his experience in “hell” during this recent interview with Simon.

Read more...

THE REALITY OF HELL

      While leading prayer meeting one Wednesday evening years ago, one of the many faithful ladies in the church raised a question in this manner “Preacher, why do preachers not preach about hell much anymore?” Being a young pastor and serving in my first church, I probably was not in the best position to answer her question. Nonetheless, her question caused me to pause to consider several truths about Hell. To this end, the current and subsequent editions of “From Daniel’s Den” will explore several aspects of Hell beginning with the Reality of Hell.

Read more...