WHAT’S A CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW?


A recent nationwide survey completed by the Barna Research Group determined that only 4 percent of Americans had a “biblical” worldview. When George Barna, who has researched cultural trends and the Christian Church since 1984, looked at the “born- again” believers in America, the results were a dismal 9 percent.


Barna’s survey also connected an individual’s worldview with his or her moral beliefs and actions. Barna says, “Although most people own a Bible and know some of its content, our research found that most Americans have little idea how to integrate core biblical principles to form a unified and meaningful response to the challenges and opportunities of life.”


The Uncomfortable Conversation:

The Barna group also says in the year 2000, 2 in 4 Americans were an actual "Practicing Christian." Today just 1 in 4 Americans are actually a "Practicing Christian."


Definition: calling oneself a Christian, strongly prioritizing faith and regular church attendance.


We now have the most unchurched generation in American History.

A So-called "Christian Nation."


80% of children under 10 years old in America have never seen the inside of a Sunday School class room. That group makes up 1/3 of our population.


65% of Evangelicals today believes Jesus Christ is NOT the only way.

See no problem with same sex marriage, transgender lifestyle and are pro-choice.


Less than 10% of Evangelical sermons will even mention Hell, Sin, Salvation, or Heaven!


Less than 5% of pastors will ever make an Altar Call!


And we wonder why there's so many more shootings today as apposed to the rest of America's history.


It's not the fault of NRA, Republicans or Democrats.


This lays at the doorstep of the Church! Evidently, the hard question or conversation is are we not doing our job?


Are we demonstrating religion or relationship?


What’s a worldview?


A worldview is the framework from which we view reality and make sense of life and the world. “[It’s] any ideology, philosophy, theology, movement or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding God, the world and man’s relations to God and the world,” says David Noebel, author of Understanding the Times.


For example, a 2-year-old believes he’s the center of his world, a secular humanist believes that the material world is all that exists, and a Buddhist believes he can be liberated from suffering by self-purification.

Someone with a biblical worldview believes his primary reason for existence is to love and serve God.

Whether conscious or subconscious, every person has some type of worldview. A personal worldview is a combination of all you believe to be true, and what you believe becomes the driving force behind every emotion, decision and action. Therefore, it affects your response to every area of life: from philosophy to science, theology and anthropology to economics, law, politics, art and social order — everything.


For example, let’s suppose you have bought the idea that beauty is in the eye of the beholder (secular relative truth) as opposed to beauty as defined by God’s purity and creativity (absolute truth). Then any art piece, no matter how vulgar or abstract, would be considered “art,” a creation of beauty.


What’s a biblical worldview?

A biblical worldview is based on the infallible Word of God. When you believe the Bible is entirely true, then you allow it to be the foundation of everything you say and do. That means, for instance, you take seriously the mandate in Romans 13 to honor the governing authorities by researching the candidates and issues, making voting a priority.


Do you have a biblical worldview? Answer the following questions, based on claims found in the Bible and which George Barna used in his survey:

  • Do absolute moral truths exist?

  • Is absolute truth defined by the Bible?

  • Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?

  • Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?

  • Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned?

  • Is Satan real?

  • Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?

  • Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?






Stay tuned for more insights!

Introduction


Everyone deals with some form of stress in their life, and it’s not always easy to find relief. Family and work obligations, personal goals, financial issues; it can seem never-ending.


But here’s the good news: there are simple ways to effectively manage your stress levels so that they never get to a point where you find yourself crippled by it; it's called "RESET". Sure, there’s no possible way to avoid stress entirely. But there are ways of learning to identify stress triggers, manage stress levels and cope with the stress and anxiety you simply can’t avoid.


In this special Blog, we’ll look at just some of the many ways you can improve the quality of your life by learning how to properly manage your stress levels.

Best of all, every method featured in this guide is based on 100% natural remedies and solutions.

Are you ready to finally learn how to quickly and efficiently manage your stress levels so you can live the life you deserve?

*Let’s begin!


Tip #1: Get Active


An easy, natural, yet incredibly powerful method of reducing stress is as simple as putting one foot in front of the other and increasing your day-to-day physical activity levels.


For those of us who spend a good amount of our time sitting behind a desk, getting in some exercise isn’t always something we make time for – but it’s an important component in resetting your mind and body, which will ultimately help you to minimize stress levels.


When you think of committing to a regular exercise routine, you might feel overwhelmed. After all, most of us live extremely busy lives and it’s not always easy to find that extra time to squeeze in a work out.


But in truth, all it takes is 15 to 30-minutes a day, most days of the week, to see an increase in your overall mood and stress levels. Plus, there are simple ways to incorporate exercise into your existing lifestyle, such as purchasing a work desk that allows for adjustable height so that you can spend a few minutes every hour standing while working.


Every time we exercise, our bodies naturally release endorphins. These endorphins are hormones that travel throughout our body, giving us a boost of energy, and actively ridding the body of stress and anxiety.


To get an idea of just how much exercise can improve your mood by releasing these powerful endorphins, take 10 minutes and either walk or jog lightly in place.


Incorporating exercise into your life will also help with your stress levels if you’re overweight, or suffering from other types of health problems. It’s a win-win!


Exercise contributes to a healthier lifestyle, thereby fighting obesity and helping your body perform at the top of its game.


If you’re concerned about your weight, start by walking 20-minutes a day, and if necessary, break it up into 10 or even 5-minute sessions.


You’ll be surprised at how much stress you’ll relieve just with some basic exercise, and you may also lose some weight!


In addition to these benefits, exercise can also give you some much-needed alone time so that you can reset your mind and spirit.


Whether you’re a parent with a full-time job outside of the home, a college student who is constantly surrounded by roommates, or you simply live a hectic, pressure-ridden lifestyle, everyone needs some time by themselves.


Throw on some headphones and listen to your favorite podcast, or leave them at home and just workout in peace. You’ll be amazed at how quickly your stress will subside just by giving yourself the opportunity to recharge.


Between releasing endorphins and getting away from it all, plus making a healthy lifestyle change, you’ll find that exercise is a natural stress relief that everyone can benefit from.


Give it a try!


Tip #2: Limit Incoming Noise

Access to the Internet has brought a lot into our world: convenience, social networking, the ability to work from just about anywhere. But with it comes an extraordinary amount of stress.


Just think about the last time you sat down to watch your favorite television show. You were probably distracted by your mobile device, which means that you most likely didn’t absorb everything that you watched.


And it’s not your fault.


We’ve become almost numb to the sound of notifications going off on our phones and tablets, incoming emails, alerts and a myriad of other online signals that pull our attention in a hundred different directions.


If you work online, the constant incoming noise can leave you overwhelmed and stressed. You feel pressured to respond to customers quickly, or perhaps you’re trying to manage several different businesses at once and find yourself constantly having to refocus your attention because you have so many things happening at once.


It’s important to learn to cut out the noise, disconnect and recharge your mental and emotional batteries.

Not only will this help you manage stress levels by giving yourself a mental “time out”, but ultimately, the downtime will boost creativity levels and help you run your business more efficiently!


The most important time to disconnect from the internet, however, is shortly before we go to bed.


Staring at a screen and scrolling has been linked to insomnia-related issues (which lead to high stress levels). For a good night’s sleep, turn off all mobile devices about an hour before your bedtime.


Try reading a magazine or physical book, or watch some light TV. Do some type of activity that isn’t too engaging but still somewhat stimulating so that your mind is able to stay focused while still being able to wind down and relax.


If you’re concerned about someone not being able to get a hold of you in case of an emergency, then turn off your notifications in the settings section of your phone and tell people to only call you for emergencies beyond a certain time. It’s important to focus on your own personal down-time every day, even if it’s just an extra hour away from the chaos of your business life.


There’s only so long you can move at a rapid pace before getting burn out, so learning to set a schedule and sticking to it will ensure you’re always performing at your very best.


Stay tuned for more!








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