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The longer we do something, the less work we have to put in to maintain our desired level.

This can be both a blessing and a curse.

The blessing is that as our skill level increases as the effort and time decreases. It takes me far less time to prepare for teachings when compared with a few years ago.

There is value to filling the storehouse of our minds and hearts over the years in order to draw on resources when needed.

Malcolm Gladwell famously expressed this in his 10,000 hour principle.

But being an “expert” on something carries with it a danger.

We run the risk of growing complacent or lazy.

We’ve all seen the athletes who work hard to make it, only to sign the big contract and follow it with a big waistline! Practice and teamwork has gone from essential to optional.

What is the meaning of life? Why are we really here?

These are questions making ask today. Solomon asked the same question in the book of Ecclesiastes. At first glance, we can be  easily caught up with words like vanity”, “toil”, “meaningless”, and “chasing the wind” found in this writing.

These are all depressing terms listed in Ecclesiastes. It can seem, that apart from the last verse, the book has its conclusion in despair.

All seems meaningless until we get to the final passage.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 says, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man”

Hopeless

By: momo

This book is a comparison of two ways of living.

The author uses the term “under the sun” to describe one of the worldviews. A life lived this way ends in “toil”, “vanity”, and ultimately is “meaningless”. Even the best life has to offer, ends up meaningless without God.

Let’s Talk About Sex

February 13, 2013

Valentines Day is nearly upon us. What is the Bible’s perspective on sex and relationships since we hear a lot of other viewpoints. So….”let’s talk about sex…”

How much time do we spend talking about the problems of sex versus the correct place of it in our lives?

Our answer to teenagers asking why they cannot have sex before marriage are often as poor as “because the Bible says so…” These weak answers are not helping anyone.

In Genesis, God mandates sex as a perfect act between one man and one woman, Adam and Eve (Gen 2:24-25). Until sin they did not even realize they were naked, their relationship was pure. Sex was to be exclusive within the marriage relationship. Of course we know that sin entered the picture and corrupted everything, including sex. (Gen. 3)

The Gospel that is Not

August 21, 2012

Today, NoSuperHeroes welcomes Chance Faulkner. He resides in Canada with his lovely wife. Chance is a recent newlywed and graduate of the Emmaus School of Biblical Studies. You can follow him on his blog and Twitter. He also runs a photography business.
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We live in a time in history where, more than ever, it seems that the life, death and resurrection of Jesus is assumed. We Christians pay so much attention to what we need to do for God and do not put nearly enough emphasis on what Jesus has already done on our behalf.

Therefore, in the church today we often move beyond the gospel and turn instead to what Christian Smith has termed “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism”.

In its basic form, “Moralistic Therapeutic Deism” says to try harder, be better, pick yourself up from your bootstraps, and use God as an enhancement tool towards living a better life.

I know, you never have days like this.

Even as a missionary, when something does not go your way, the emotions and doubts come. Those secret fears we have buried deep inside of us raise their head and whisper their lies.

Here are three lies that we deal with as a family on the missions field.

1. Can this be our home?
We came home the other day to a “For Sale” sign on our home that we rent. We knew it was coming. Yet there it was, screaming loudly, “You have no home.”

My son saw it as he came home from school and immediately began weeping for twenty minutes. We moved to South Africa when he was one, and into our current home when he was two. This is all he knows. All his memories are attached to this structure of concrete and brick.