Two New Blogs

I haven’t been writing much and wanted to at least pass on a couple of new (to me) blogs.

Forward Progress

I like the post on Should You Make Your Kids Go to Church? (Sorry I can’t remember where I got this from.) Not because I have kids but because it makes me think about why we should do things. Many people talk about feeling led (notice the word feeling–it’s such a common term we often don’t even notice that) to do something* or doing things with the ‘right motivation’. I think it’s important to do things firstly out of obedience to God. Hopefully this would stem from love for God, which would be right motivation, but lack of (right) motivation shouldn’t keep us from anything. I’ve done plenty of good deeds I didn’t feel led to do and didn’t have the right motivation. But it met someone’s need and is almost certainly something God predestined me to do. That may sound like a Calvinist joke, but see Ephesians 2:10.

I won’t write more on that now because I want to get back to reading If God Is Good where I found the next blog.

Life Together

In the book, Randy Alcorn mentions a post titled Justin, Dustin, and God’s Lessons in Suffering.

*People often say at the end of a meeting to pray if you feel led. What if I don’t feel led but planned on it beforehand? What does it feel like to feel led? What if somebody is really nervous and can’t feel anything? What if I feel led but don’t have a single thing to say? O, these feelings.

4 Responses to “Two New Blogs”


  1. 1 Michael Kelley

    Jeff – Thanks for the link up and for reading the article.

    mk

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    You’re welcome.
    Jeff

  3. 3 Nancy

    “I’ve done plenty of good deeds I didn’t feel led to do and didn’t have the right motivation. But it met someone’s need and is almost certainly something God predestined me to do. That may sound like a Calvinist joke, but see Ephesians 2:10.”

    Once we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, it is our natural bent to want to do good in the lives of those around us even when follow-through is not always enacted. Not only did God predestine us to do so, but He provided the Holy Spirit in us to encourage us in this. I think the “feeling led” comes when we go beyond these natural tendencies and step out into a “super natural love” over and above the everyday experience. Sometimes in this we even surprise ourselves!

    “*People often say at the end of a meeting to pray if you feel led.”

    Basically I think this is more an invitation for people to be welcomed/free to pray rather than a decree to “feel led”. When Jesus gave instruction on prayer, He didn’t preface it with, “When you feel led to pray…” *; )

  4. 4 Scripture Zealot

    Good points as usual.

    I tend to think of things so literally and never think things are just said for other reasons like you say.
    Jeff

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