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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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The Christian Mind

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” This saying is true. It is a shame how some people waste the potential of their minds. It does not require awesome intelligence to become a Christian. Yet, we are called to use our minds to the glory of God in His service. “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” (Proverbs 19:21)

Paul declared to the Roman Christians, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2) C. S. Lewis said, “If you are thinking of becoming a Christian, I warn you, you are embarking on something which is going to take the whole of you, brains and all.” Renewing the mind requires reading, careful study, and listening to God’s Word. Through the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit teaches us to think with a Christian mindset enhanced with an elevated sense of moral intelligence. God is glorified through us when we use our minds to make sound Christian decisions. The Christian should seek to develop an informed Christ-centered worldview.

We live today in a world whose paradigm is not anchored in the Christian mind. The utopian ideal of a secular relativistic society holds romantic sway over our culture. In spite of the fact that this philosophy is self-destructive, too few Christians are willing to enter the intellectual debate to oppose this secular worldview. Too many Christians accept the secular premise that there is a vast divide between faith and reason.

The Christian faith actually sharpens the intelligence; this faith does not render the mind a dull instrument. Christianity enhances the reasoning skills. Augustine wrote, “A Christian is a person who thinks in believing and believes in thinking.” Christianity requires the Christian to think systematically in order to understand the revelation of Jesus Christ and how it applies to us in this world and time. Jesus told his disciples, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37) It is important to love God with all your mind. As Christians, we must not compartmentalize our faith to only certain areas of thought. We are to use our minds to glorify God in every area of reason and life.

Ten Blogs I Like To Visit

I enjoy these ten blogs among others.  They are listed in alphabetical order not by rank.  Check them out for yourself and enjoy.

Challies.com

Desiring God

Hugh Hewitt

Lashawn Barber’s Corner

ProLifeBlogs.com

Pulpit Magazine

Pyromaniacs

Redstate

The Evangelical Outpost

WorldMagBlog

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