What are some of the potential challenges you face as a single person? I'm trying to think of some things to adress in that regard. So far I've come up with things like making sure you remain accountable, that you don't isolate yourself, and so on. Any other thoughts? I'm working on a lesson along these lines, but was not single very long.
What are some of the special blessings you experience?
Should the worthiness of a song be judged only on its own merit, or is it fair to consider it in the context of other songs led at the same meeting? Given the ending of Psalms, it seems some of the oft maligned praise choruses may be fitting in a worship hour that has laid a scriptural foundation. With this foundation laid, it makes sense to break out in a moment of pure expression of praise and gratitude to God.
Of course, it is still fair to generally warn against an entire hour of songs that only say "I will praise Him" without ever laying the groundwork for why He is worthy of praise. It's also fair to criticize songs that express praise in an annoying or unfruitful way.
Make sure your criticism of a song (or songs) isn't something the book of Psalms does. It is often the case that popular criticisms of hymns are not sufficiently qualified or nuanced, and so are too broad to allow even some of the Psalms to be sung (and so the criticism must be criticized).
For fellow young, inexperienced men who are beginning to preach: Five Ways to Make Sure a Church Turnaround Fails
Note how almost all of them stem from a failure to have the mind of Christ revealed in Philippians 2. Do I want to be a self-styled glorious hero, or do I want to be the selfless, suffering, patient, uncomplaining servant who genuinely gives himself to the care of others and the glory of God?
I want to be clear: we aren't leaving due to problems. We love them and they love us. The move is mainly due to my long term plans that in the short term involve schooling in IL. So, while I am excited to begin academic studies again, I'm also sad to be leaving people I've grown to love the last few years. If you've been praying for the brethren in Pine City so far, please continue to do so. Also, if you know anyone looking for a place to preach, let me know! I can point them to some likely support to get them started.
A helpful article I think. I thank God that I have a wife like this. Because our families are in some way an extension of ourselves, it's easy for a self-righteous person to worship their family in a way that boosts their own ego. If our families are an extension of ourselves, then we ought to be humble about them and help them to give God all the glory through constant growth and sanctification. This is true not only of spouses but of children. I have seen many parents who self-righteously boast to others about how well they have raised their kids, and inevitably, those same kids are actually disgustingly and wickedly self-righteous and prideful.