Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lent: A Time for Christians to Refocus

by Robert C. Frank

Lent is traditionally a time for penitence, but repentance without redirection becomes hollow, so it is also a time for refocusing our lives. There are certain activities that are practiced to solidify our Christian faith. Lent is a time to examine them carefully to see how well we are doing. In the paragraphs that follow we will discuss some of them and try to understand why they are so important.

Prayer is experiencing the presence of God. There are many forms of prayer, but it is often most meaningful when in an atmosphere of silence. The following is a list of possible opportunities for people who lead busy lives. (1) When lying in bed in the morning after waking is a good time to express gratitude for the loving people in our lives. (2) Before meals. (3) Every time we need to wait for someone or something during the day. (4) Upon going to bed at night. The Lord’s Prayer is a beautiful prayer.

The Bible is a book of great wisdom so it is helpful to set aside part of each day for devotions. Selected passages from the Bible can be read followed by a brief commentary provided by some Christian writer. In addition to reading the Bible, during Lent is a good time to begin reading books by other Christian writers

The following are some reasons why regular attendance at weekly worship services is so important. (1) The spoken word, visual setting, and music invite the person who attends into communication with God in ways not achieved in other environments. (2) Regular attendance helps remind members to be accountable to each other in living the Christian life. Lent is an important time for regular church attendance.

Lent is also a time to practice loving all of God’s creation. 
Robert C. Frank
Author of Christ’s Team

Friday, January 6, 2017

Understanding the Relationship Between Love and Teamwork

by Robert C. Frank

Love and teamwork are closely related, but understanding that relationship is vital. Love makes teamwork possible and teamwork makes love functional. Love brings people together, but teamwork is required for them to stay together. Love can come naturally, but teamwork must be learned.

To help us understand this relationship, consider the case of the simplest of all human relations, that between two people, a husband and wife. When they were originally introduced and spent time together they were attracted to each other and had a desire to be together. That attraction is what we call love. After they get married, they find that something else is needed to preserve the relationship and that is teamwork. They must find a way to make their lives fit together smoothly. That will require study, learning, and practice. As a result of their love a husband and wife can conceive a new human life in a few pleasant moments, but bringing that child successfully to adulthood will require teamwork.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Christianity-Science Team

by Robert C. Frank

An observable and indisputable truth is that civilization improved very slowly for thousands of years and now it is improving very rapidly. My view of why this is happening is that the rapid improvement is being produced by the teamwork between Christianity and science.

The servant leadership teaching of Jesus Christ during his life on earth made humans aware that every human life was important. He healed the sick regardless who they were and taught people to take care of each other. His death and resurrection brought forgiveness that provided healing of human relations. Unfortunately, without science, Christianity was limited in the tools it had to work with to carry out God’s plan. Science provides the knowledge required for technology and technology produces new tools to aid people with special needs. For more about science's contribution to Christianity see the slide presentation "How Science Aided the Spread of the Gospel" that appears on the right.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Teamwork! Teamwork! Teamwork!

by Robert C. Frank

The whole world needs better teamwork including families, churches, governments, and international relations. It is a subtle part of the Christian gospel that has been hovering in the background for thousands of years waiting for it’s time to be acknowledged. It is related to the servant leadership teachings of Jesus Christ during his life. Teamwork requires people to work together in a very special way noted by the Apostle Paul when he compared the followers of Jesus to the parts of the human body (1 Cor. 12 ). 

Each part of the human body is different and has a different function but must make its contribution when needed or other parts of the body will not be able to function properly. If the lungs aren’t doing what they need to do, the hands can’t do what they need to do. All of the members of a team depend upon each other. A baseball team cannot do what it has to do if the catcher isn’t there.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Team Building Function of the Weekly Christian Church Service

by Robert C. Frank

Recent surveys are showing that attendance at weekly church worship services is declining in America as it has for many years in Europe. As a result, Christianity has lost many connections in its network. In the Bible, the Apostle Paul refers to the followers of Jesus as the Body of Christ because they have different capabilities but are accountable to each other like the parts of the human body that we now know are connected by nerves. 

The central message of Christianity is made up of the combination of Jesus’ servant leadership teachings and forgiveness achieved through his death and resurrection.  In order for the worldwide Christian Church to function as the Body of Christ, that central message has to be continually spread through its connections and teamwork. In the past, the weekly church services were the nerves of the Body of Christ providing the needed communication between individuals, families, church leaders, and Christian educational institutions.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Focus of 21st Century Christianity Must be on Servant Leadership and Teamwork

by Robert C. Frank

Jesus Christ taught us how to live in the 21st century, but Christianity has become distracted by its many traditions. As a result, worldwide civilization, that has come to rely on leadership from Christianity, is becoming chaotic. The principle elements of Christianity such as the Creed, the Commandments, the Lord's Prayer, Baptism, the Lord's Supper, and the practice of gathering every seven days are more vital to our current civilization than ever, but must be understood in a much larger context.