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Gene Getz. The Measure of a Man: Twenty Attributes of A Godly Man.  Ventura, CA: Regal, August 9th 2004. 256 pp.

3 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

I have seen this title a few times in different setting and I thought I give this a read.  Since I did not know what to expect I must say half way through the book I discovered I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it.

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how-do-you-combat-the-love-of-money

The last few Sundays we have featured posts tackling the sin of the love of money.  I thought I share them all in one post as a table of contents.

The first post is important because if one doesn’t realize they have the love of money, they aren’t going to see the importance of how one combat one’s love of money.  The second and third posts deals with fighting against the love of money in terms of what to put off and what to put on instead, respectively.

Here are the posts:

How do you tell if you are a lover of money?

How do you combat the love of money? Part 1

How do you combat the love of money? Part 2

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what-does-it-mean-that-an-overseer-must-be-above-reproach

1 Timothy 3:2 teaches that an Overseer must be above reproach.  The passage says “An overseer, then, must be above reproach” (2a).

But what does “above reproach” mean?

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too-big-to-fail

I begin first with an analogy from the physical realm.  There’s a business idea out there that some businesses out there are “too big to fail.”  There’s even an investopedia definition of this economic term:

Too big to fail” is the idea that specific businesses, such as the biggest banks, are so vital to the U.S. economy that it would be disastrous if they went bankrupt. The government would provide bailouts to protect creditors against losses and enable managers to retain their high wages and bonuses.

Of course the idea of “too big to fail” is a dangerous mentality for those in the leadership of these big businesses, because there is less incentive for them to do the right thing and more incentive to take irrational risks because there’s always a safety net of the American tax payer.  In the end we pay for these business mistakes instead of the businesses and the business leaders.

This leads to a corollary that there are some people who are “too big to jail.”  For instance, recently Green Party’s candidate Jill Stein have pointed out how Hillary was ‘too big to jail’ in email case.  This isn’t just with Hillary Clinton, its been true with other federal government bureaucrats too.

I believe many Christians believe there’s something wrong with the mentality of “too big to fail” and “too big to jail” in the examples mentioned.  But when it comes to the spiritual realm of Christians, some have adopted the very mentality that they reject in other sphere.

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Lou Priolo faithfulness review

Lou Priolo. Faithfulness: No More Excuses.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, June 30th, 2016. 48 pp.

This is an excellent resource on Christian living using biblical principles and God centered motivation.  I realize the term “faithfulness” can be rather broad and my only real critique of this book is that it might have been better titled “Responsibilities” or something along that line so readers understand right away what the book is about.  I totally enjoyed this book and found it immensely practical and helpful.  Even for those who would say they are quite responsible would benefit from this book as the beginning of this work made clear that the more one grows in responsibilities, the more one sees one’s shortcoming and need for grace for improvement.  With such an introduction I was compelled to read this all the way through.

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grace or legalism

In another forum someone asked a good question about what are the signs one might know they are walking more of an attitude of legalism rather than by God’s grace.  I think this is an important question Christians should think about.

Here’s my quick reply:

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Paul in 1 Thessalonians 5:11 states:

Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

We begin first with looking at the two commands then ask with what shall we carry out the commands.

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