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A lot of you know that Matt Chandler – an Acts 29 pastor in Dallas – is currently undergoing treatment for Stage 3 brain cancer. This weekend, the Associated Press released a tremendous article that has given Matt and his wife Lauren to be honest about their desire to suffer well through something that would ruin most of us.

I want you to read this – either because you are suffering today and you need the encouragement or because you will suffer soon and maybe this will keep the weight of that struggle from crushing you.

Chandler is trying to suffer well. He would never ask for such a trial, but in some ways he welcomes this cancer. He says he feels grateful that God has counted him worthy to endure it. He has always preached that God will bring both joy and suffering but is only recently learning to experience the latter.

You can read the entire article here.

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Here’s an excerpt from an interview with Matt Chandler:

In this short video Matt highlights two main elements of a personal walk with God:

1. Answer the questions “how will I do this?” and “when will I do this?” when it comes to Bible reading, prayer, & solitude. Most men never get that far, never make a plan, and their walk with Jesus is sporadic at best.

2. Keep a watch on what stirs or stifles your affections for Jesus. Matt carefully watches his heart to see what increases his affection for Jesus – and he makes more room for these things (for example, getting up early and going to bed early are personally important for him). He also looks for those things that steal his affection from Christ or deaden it, and intentionally removes those from his life (his example was that he has to not follow sports closely because he starts caring too much).

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Leadership Journal interviews Matt Chandler – one question that fits well with what we deal with in Fight Clubs:

LJ: What does warring against sin look like?

MC: Sanctification here at The Village begins by answering two questions. What stirs your affections for Jesus Christ? And what robs you of those affections? Many of the things that stifle growth are morally neutral. They’re not bad things. Facebook is not bad. Television and movies are not bad. I enjoy TV, but it doesn’t take long for me to begin to find humorous on TV what the Lord finds heartbreaking.

The same goes for following sports. It’s not wrong, but if I start watching sports, I begin to care too much. I get stupid. If 19-year-old boys are ruining your day because of what they do with a ball, that’s a problem. These things rob my affections for Christ. I want to fill my life with things that stir my affections for him. After a funeral I walked around the cemetery and found a grave of a guy who died when he was my age. I felt my mortality in that moment and it made me love the Lord. It really did. Some types of epic films do that for me, and so does angst-filled music.

We want our people to think beyond simply what’s right and wrong. We want them to fill their lives with things that stir their affections for Jesus Christ and, as best as they can, to walk away from things that rob those affections—even when they’re not immoral.

Read the whole interview here.

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From Matt Chandler:

This past weekend we started a five-week series on Missional Living that we have titled, “The Great Cause.” After Sunday’s message, I was asked by several of you how to live missionally in a practical sense. A great start is by discussing with other believers how you can use your daily routines for the gospel. In the book “Total Church” (which I recommend to anyone who is a Home Group or Small Group leader), Steve Timmis and Tim Chester encourage people to imagine that they are a part of a church planting team in a cross-cultural situation in some other part of the world and answer the following questions:

  • What criteria would you use to decide where to live?
  • How would you approach secular employment?
  • What standard of living would you expect as a pioneer missionary?
  • What would you spend your time doing?
  • What opportunities to share the gospel would you be looking for?
  • What would your prayers be like?
  • What would you be trying to do with your new friends?
  • What kind of team would you want around you?
  • How would you conduct your meetings together?

Their point is that we tend to think of missional living as something that just missionaries in foreign countries do instead of what we should all be doing.

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