I want to recommend a good Christian blog to you called, “Famine In the Land,” by Rick Becker. He has written the following helpful articles, as well as much more. I do hope the following links are useful to you.
- 10 ways to identify false teachings
- 10 invalid arguments in defence of false teachers
- 10 ways false teachers ensnare people (or here on this blog)
- 7 effects of false teachings
- Invalid reasons for staying in a church you know teaches false doctrine
I have been struggling with a lot of pain in my shoulder over this past summer which has prevented me from using my computer to write blog posts. It is now improving (though not totally healed) and so I am hoping to get back to writing myself over the autumn and winter ahead.
The pain I have endured has however, given me greater compassion for those who suffer and live with pain, which can be so greatly debilitating and exhausting. It has at times been such a struggle just to do ordinary things that I always used to take for granted.
Through the experience I have also learnt that I need to exercise my body more, as well as looking after my mind and spiritual life. Too much of a sedentary lifestyle really isn’t good for me. An office job in the day and a comfy sofa in the evenings may have contributed to my troubles!
I remember that Paul wrote to Timothy about exercising:-
“For bodily exercise profits a little,
but godliness is profitable for all things,
having promise of the life that now is
and of that which is to come.” 1 Timothy 4:8
And I also remember the Proverbs 31 woman of who it was written:-
“She girds herself with strength,
And strengthens her arms.” verse 17
I have discovered that if I don’t much use my physical muscles then they waste away until they can’t even function properly when I need them! I think that similarly if we are lazy with our spiritual lives then our “faith muscle” can likewise grow weaker and fail us when in the heat of the battle, when a strong faith would be valuable.
So I encourage us all to work to the best of our abilities both in keeping our bodies and spirits in tip top condition to “fight the good fight of faith.”
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