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    • It sounds good HC, but a bit weird too. I am always amazed when I try something I have never had or even heard of and end up liking it.
    • Tonight I'm making Beef Barbacao "lasagna." I'll fix the roast in the instant pot and then shred it. For the lasagna sheets, I have palmini (hearts of palm) lasagna. Just like with regular lasagna, I will layer the beef with the sheets, adding cheese to the layers.  We've used palmini linguine before and Randy likes it. We'll see about the lasagna.
    • The gospel itself is the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ for our sins (1 Corinthians 15:3–4). But for those of us who have believed the gospel and received Christ, the gospel has life-changing implications.  And for those of us in ministry—which should be every Christian, even if not in a paid, vocational position—the gospel is our very motivation. “For the love of Christ constraineth us…” (2 Corinthians 5:14).  The classic chapter on the gospel’s implications of ministry is 2 Corinthians 4. Through both instruction and personal testimony, Paul tells us in this chapter how we are to live as gospel ministers and what gospel ministry looks like in the trenches of daily service.  This chapter is rich, and I would encourage you to read it in its entirety…multiple times. But for this blog post, we’ll just look at the first five verses and from them draw five implications of gospel ministry: 1. Faithful like Jesus How is it that gospel ministers can determine not to “faint” or give up, in spite of the obstacles?They have received God’s mercy, and it enables them to continue in steadfast service—like Jesus.  In fact, looking to Jesus enhances our faithfulness.  Looking to Jesus enhances our faithfulness. Click To Tweet 2. Separated from deceit Gospel ministry isn’t about tricking someone into salvation. Even as we use the term “soulwinning,” we know that we don’t “win someone over” to Christ. Rather, it is the Holy Spirit who uses His Word to bring conviction that wins souls. We are simply the mouthpiece. And since the gospel itself has power (Romans 1:16), we can renounce all “dishonesty” and “craftiness” as we present the gospel. This is what made Paul’s ministry so powerful. He simply preached the gospel (1 Corinthians 1:23).  Remember, however, that the “power of the gospel” goes with the “afflictions of the gospel.”  Some of the “things of dishonesty” and “walking in craftiness” of ministry in our day comes in the form of churches unwilling to give a forthright answer or take a solid position on the moral issues of the day. Don’t be ashamed of the “stigma” of being a Bible-believing, truth-preaching, gospel-proclaiming minister.  3. Sound in the Word What do we do instead of handling the Word of God deceitfully? We divide it rightly! It is the Word of God—not our clever phrasing—that has power to convict hearts (Hebrews 4:12). Thus we must study God’s Word diligently and use it faithfully.  This is why our church has committed that every aspect of our ministry—from children’s ministry to adult connection groups—must be based on Scripture and on equipping our church family to know and apply God’s Word. Our goal in church ministry is not simply to have coffee and activities, but to ground people in the Word of God.  If you want to have gospel-driven ministry, know and use God’s Word.  If you want to have gospel-driven ministry, know and use God’s Word. Click To Tweet 4. Living the truth Paul’s lifestyle matched his message….and those he ministered with and ministered to knew it. To Timothy, he wrote, And to the church at Corinth, he wrote,  Thus, on both ends of Paul’s ministry—those joining him in service (Timothy) and those who received his ministry (Corinth)—saw Paul living the truth he preached.  Our lives can be a manifestation of the truth, or they can obscure the truth.  5. Spreading the gospel It may seem obvious, but a gospel ministry is one that actually spreads the gospel. It is not simply a ministry in which the people in it believe the gospel and talk about how to live the gospel, or a matter of simply attaching the word gospel to everything we do.  In fact, we could say that a determining indicator of if you are living a gospel-centered life is if you are living a gospel-sharing life. According to the verses above, it is a contradiction to say that our lives are centered on the gospel if we are not actively sharing it with the lost.  It is a contradiction to say that our lives are centered on the gospel if we are not actively sharing it with the lost. Click To Tweet Gospel ministry takes place when we share the gospel with people and then help them reshape their lives according to the gospel’s implications.  View the full article
    • ....and that would be me. I would be one of the two fatalities. 🙂 

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