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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Bible Reading Plan for Readers

A Bible Reading Plan for Readers - You can do this!

10 Things on Thinking Ahead in the New Year

10 Things on Thinking Ahead inthe New YearEd Stetzer offers up good questions to give focus to your priorities in the new year.

Your Most Courageous Resolution for 2014

Your Most Courageous Resolution for 2014 – Jon Bloom suggests making love your aim and then offers suggestions for how to do it.


4 Godly Disciplines Unique to this Decade

4 Godly Disciplines Unique to this Decade - These are worth pursuing for all ages.

Trading One Dramatic Resolution for 10,000 Little Ones

Trading One Dramatic Resolution for 10,000 Little OnesPaul Tripp shares an important observation on how change really happens.


40 Resolutions to Consider Making in 2014

40 Resolutions to Consider Making in 2014If you need some suggestions, this isn’t a bad list to explore.

Our Year with the Bible – Infographic

Our Year with the Bible – InfographicInteresting stats from the YouVersion Bible App.

Evangelizing Prosperity Gospel Adherents

Evangelizing Prosperity Gospel Adherents - The Prosperity Gospel is false teaching, it's popular, and it finds its way into our hearts more than we realize.

Monday, December 23, 2013

None Like Christ, None Like Christ, None Like Christ

None Like Christ, None Like Christ, None Like Christ - From John Brown of Haddington (1722-1787).

The Shocking Implications of Incarnation

The Shocking Implications of Incarnation - "The incarnation is shocking. It is outrageous to think that an infinite and holy God would voluntarily become finite to live with unholy sinners. In fact, the incarnation is so appalling that it separates Christianity from Islam and Judaism." 

9 Things You Should Know About Christmas

9 Things You Should Know About Christmas - You should know.

A Prayer for More Christmas Hush, Less Christmas Rush

A Prayer for More Christmas Hush, Less Christmas Rush - A prayer appropriate for this day.

World, Get With the Program: Joy! Joy! Joy!

World, Get With the Program: Joy! Joy! Joy!John Piper writes a devotional thought on Joy to the World by Isaac Watts. “The song is indeed about the Christmas coming — and the present reigning, and the final future coming to renovate the world.”


5 Things Christians Should Stop Saying

5 Things Christians Should Stop SayingThis is a familiar list of sayings and worth considering.

Celebrating Christmas in the Face of Grief and Sorrow

Celebrating Christmas in the Face of Grief and Sorrow Al Mohler addresses those who know grief and loss this Christmas. He writes, “The sentiment and joy of the season is often accompanied by very different emotions and memories. At some point, every Christian home is invaded by the pressing memory of loved ones who can no longer gather—of empty chairs and empty arms, and aching hearts.”


Saturday, December 21, 2013

It's Not Us Against Them

It's Not Us Against Them – “If we are going to be hated, it should be for the sake of Christ, not because we are obnoxiously insisting on our freedom. Our freedom is not of this world. We have a greater liberty than any nation or legislation could give us.”   See the article...

Mary’s Model for Mothers

Mary’s Model for Mothers – “God chose Mary, set this peculiar favor on her, and gave all moms a model to study closely.”

9 Reasons to Pray

9 Reasons to Pray - The reasons may be more far-reaching than you realize.

The Soil of the Prosperity Gospel

The Soil of the Prosperity Gospel - How did an unbiblical teaching come to be so widely embraced in our culture?

Must Christians Believe in the Virgin Birth?

Must Christians Believe in the Virgin Birth? – Al Mohler speaks to this key biblical doctrine that is often discarded. Why is it important?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Race, Reconciliation, and Phil Robertson

Race, Reconciliation, and Phil Robertson - The GQ interview stirred considerable controversy regarding homosexuality in America. Less press has been given to Robertson's comments about racism in the South during his early years. The author of this article reminds readers of the responsibility Christians have for consistent testimony and always being prepared to share the truth in love..

The Greatest Blessing Mary Received

The Greatest Blessing Mary Received Jon Bloom shares a devotional thought on Mary’s blessings.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Christmas According to Luke

Christmas According to Luke - What does Luke teach us in his gospel account about the story of Jesus' coming?

Duck Dynasty?

Duck Dynasty? David Moore speaks well to the cultural issues surrounding Phil Robertson’s suspension from Duck Dynasty.

The Cost of the Twelve Days of Christmas

The Cost of the Twelve Days of Christmas This is an infographic to get you up to date.
For Christmas - 3 Quotes on God Becoming ManGreat quotes from great men on the Incarnation of Christ.

When Nothing Created Everything

When Nothing Created Everything - Joe Carter writes, “This is what our culture has been missing for far too long—a creation story for young atheistic materialists.” It's a fun read.

The “Duck Dynasty” Controversy

The “Duck Dynasty” ControversyAl Mohler weighs in on the larger issues of the current controversy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Survival Tips for the Divided Family Christmas

Survival Tips for the Divided Family ChristmasThe article provides helpful advice for navigating complicated family gatherings this Christmas.

15 Ways to Bless Your Missionaries This Christmas without Paying Postage

15 Ways to Bless Your Missionaries This Christmas without Paying Postage - Many of us have personal relationships with missionaries. This list is a good starting point for encouraging them in service to the Lord.

Pope Francis, TIME's Person of the Year, and What Evangelicals Might Learn

Pope Francis, TIME's Person of the Year, and What Evangelicals Might LearnEd Stetzer provides a good perspective on what draws the world’s attentions.


What Joseph Can Teach Us About Biblical Manhood

What Joseph Can Teach Us About Biblical Manhood - The article by Justin Neeley makes several good points for men to consider.

You Will Never Be the Same

You Will Never Be the Same – “Most evangelicals these days just want a gospel Snuggie. Wrap us up. Hold us tight. Numb us until we can feel nothing but hazy contentment.” The message of this article by Owen Strachan is that God has more and better for you than that.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Can You Name These Christmas Songs?

Can You Name These Christmas Songs? – Here’s a list to test your Christmas music skills. There are twenty-four of these. The answers are below. No cheating.

1. Oh, member of the round table with missing areas
2. Boulder of the tinkling metal spheres
3. Vehicular homicide was committed on Dad's mom by a precipitous darling
4. Wanted in December: top forward incisors
5. The apartment of two psychiatrists
6. The lad is a diminutive percussionist
7. Sir Lancelot with laryngitis
8. Decorate the entryways
9. Cup-shaped instruments fashioned of a whitish metallic element
10. Oh small Israel urban center
11. Far off in a haybin
12. We are Kong, Lear, and Nat Cole
13. Duodecimal enumeration of the passage of the yuletide season
14. Leave and broadcast from an elevation
15. Our fervent hope is that you thoroughly enjoy your yuletide season
16. Listen, the winged heavenly messengers are proclaiming tunefully
17. As the guardians of the woolly animals protected their charges in the dark hours
18. I beheld a trio of nautical vessels moving in this direction
19. Jubilation to the entire terrestrial globe
20. Do you perceive the same vibrations which stimulate my auditory sense organ?
21. A joyful song of reverence relative to hollow metallic vessels which vibrate and bring forth a ringing sound when struck
22. Parent was observed osculating a red-coated unshaven teamster
23. May the Deity bestow an absence of fatigue to mild male humans
24. Rose-colored uncouth dolf is aware of the nature of precipitation, darling


ANSWERS


1. Oh Holy Night
2. Jingle Bell Rock
3. Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer
4. All I Want For Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth
5. The Nutcracker Suite
6. Little Drummer Boy
7. Silent Night
8. Deck the Halls
9. Silver Bells
10. Oh Little Town of Bethlehem
11. Away in a Manger
12. We Three Kings
13. The Twelve Days of Christmas
14. Go Tell It on the Mountain
15. We Wish You a Merry Christmas
16. Hark the Herald Angels Sing
17. While the Shepherds Guarded Their Flocks By Night
18. I Saw Three Ships
19. Joy to the World
20. Do You Hear What I Hear?
21. Carol of the Bells
22. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus
23. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
24. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer



A Bible Reading Strategy for 2014

A Bible Reading Strategy for 2014 - This is a good article on ways to enrich and encourage your Bible reading for the new year. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Consider Your Ways in the New Year

Consider Your Ways in the New YearThis is a good self-evaluation planning tool as you seek God’s direction for the new year.

Five Ways to Love Your Neighbor This Christmas

Five Ways to Love Your Neighbor This Christmas – “The whole Christmas season celebrates God with us. Because God is with us and for us, we are not alone. And neither should our neighbors be, as we have great opportunities during this season to connect with them.”

You Can Be Hospitable Even with Little

You Can Be Hospitable Even with Little - Christians need to elevate the biblical value of hospitality.

Insisting Jesus Was White Is Bad History and Bad Theology

Insisting Jesus Was White Is Bad History and Bad TheologyThis article is partly a response to the statement earlier this month of a Fox News host.

My Preferred Way to Read the Bible

My Preferred Way to Read the Bible – Jim Elliff provides some helpful direction and encouragements for your Bible reading and how to make the most of it.

A Fair Analysis of the New NIV

A Fair Analysis of the New NIV - WORLD magazine shares a simple comparison of the 1984 NIV with the new NIV. I mentioned in recent weeks my decision to move to the ESV as my preaching Bible. This is largely due to Zondervan’s decision to stop producing the 1984 version. The author writes:

It has been seen that the NIV 2011 has many improvements and many regressions over the NIV 1984. While the improvements make the NIV 2011 a valid comparison Bible, the imposed egalitarianism and extreme gender-neutral translations makes this an unhelpful and perhaps misleading reading/study Bible.”

Moral Mayhem Multiplied—Now, It’s Polygamy’s Turn

Moral Mayhem Multiplied—Now, It’s Polygamy’s Turn Al Mohler writes about the next step in the erosion of marriage.


Friday, December 13, 2013

Grace for Our Weakness and Need

Grace for Our Weakness and Need“From birth to regeneration through sanctification, all the way to ultimate glorification–from the cradle to the grave–we are utterly, absolutely, entirely, always dependent on His grace! God’s grace is His all-sufficient provision for every need we will ever have.”

How to Get People to Read the Bible Without Making Them Feel Dumb

How to Get People to Read the Bible Without Making Them Feel Dumb - As you consider plans to read through the Bible in the new year, this article makes several good points to help.

Seven Messages In The Meals

Seven Messages In The Meals – “To the family to whom we are giving a meal because they are going through a challenging time.”

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Generosity

Christmas Generosity – “How can we reflect God’s generosity toward our family, our church, and our world at Christmas?”

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus - Nabeel Qureshi aims to help Christians better love their Muslim neighbors by providing an insider's perspective into a Muslim's heart and mind. This article is an interview with Qureshi about his book.

9 Things You Should Know About The Hobbit

9 Things You Should Know About The Hobbit - I'm glad I know.

The Greatest Obstacle to Personal Happiness

The Greatest Obstacle to Personal Happiness – “Most people think that sinning is the best way to happiness. Otherwise, why would so many spend their days figuring out how to sin bigger and better? However, sin is the greatest enemy to our happiness.”


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Rethinking Our Holly-Jolly Christmas Songs

Rethinking Our Holly-Jolly Christmas SongsRussell Moore writes, “Even in the best of times, we all know that we live in a groaning universe, a world of divorce courts and cancer cells and concentration camps. Just as we sing with joy about the coming of the Promised One, we ought also to sing with groaning that he is not back yet (Rom. 8:23), sometimes with groanings too deep for lyrics.”...

Analysis of Wikipedia Data Has Determined that Jesus Is ‘The Most Significant Person Ever'

Grace has Arrived on the Scene

Grace has Arrived on the SceneA good word on the gift of God’s Son.

A Moral Revolution at Warp Speed—Now, It’s Wedding Cakes

A Moral Revolution at Warp Speed—Now, It’s Wedding CakesJust so you know, same-sex marriage will affect you and your biblical beliefs. Here’s another example…


Monday, December 9, 2013

Do Tummy Aches Disprove God?

Do Tummy Aches Disprove God? - This article is a part of a series on apologetics and biblical worldview.

A Prayer for Trusting God with the Impossible

A Prayer for Trusting God with the Impossible - Why not? We worship a God of the impossible.

Answering Four Street-Level Arguments for Sexual Immorality

Answering Four Street-Level Arguments for Sexual Immorality - Matt Chandler addresses four common things we hear about issues of sexual morality.

The Hopes and Fears of All the Years

The Hopes and Fears of All the Years – A devotional thought on the little town of Bethlehem.

How Can Jesus Not Know But Still Be Divine?

How Can Jesus Not Know But Still Be Divine? - This article is from a series on Bible questions addressed by The Gospel Coalition writers. At the end, you can decide if the question has been answered. It’s complicated.

Nelson Mandela and the Ironies of History

Nelson Mandela and the Ironies of HistoryAl Mohler writes about Mandela’s life and avoids the extremes we sometimes run into.


Thursday, December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela Has Died: Thoughts and Reaction from South African Pastors

Nelson Mandela Has Died: Thoughts and Reaction from South African PastorsA unique perspective on Mandela’s life and legacy.


9 Things You Should Know About the Council of Trent

9 Things You Should Know About the Council of Trent - Yesterday marked the 450th anniversary of the closing of the Council of Trent, one of the most significant series of meetings in Christian history. Here are nine things evangelicals should know about the Council and the decrees that it issued.

Today’s Cost to Purchase the ’12 Days of Christmas’ Gifts

Let a Little Lent into Your Advent

Let a Little Lent into Your Advent “We cannot keep Bethlehem and Golgotha apart without losing what Christmas really is. There’s a place for focusing on the stable, the shepherds, and the wonder of the incarnation, but to appreciate the depth of what is happening here, we must keep Calvary’s hill on the horizon.”

Adultery Prevention

Adultery Prevention - Rebecca VanDoodewaard writes from a woman’s perspective on how to prevent adultery in marriage.

Finals Week, First Things and Unfavorable Times

Finals Week, First Things and Unfavorable TimesThis article hits several key themes with insights from C.S. Lewis. Here is one of his quotes in the article, “Never, in peace or war, commit your virtue or your happiness to the future.”

The 5 Gossips You Will Meet

The 5 Gossips YouWill Meet – Likely you have met them. If not, you may be them.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

A Prayer in Praise of Jesus–the Lord of Advent

A Prayer in Praise of Jesus–the Lord of Advent - a prayer of reflection on Isaiah 9:6-7.

What Will You Say to Jesus?

What Will You Say to Jesus?In this article from Jonathan Parnell, it’s all about grace.

Defending the Faith – “How Can Jesus Be the Only Way?”

Defending the Faith – “How Can Jesus Be the Only Way?”This is the first in a series of brief videos by Michael Horton addressing common apologetics questions.

Raising Kids in a Sex-Filled Culture

Raising Kids in a Sex-Filled Culture - “I believe the porn pandemic and other forms of illicit sex are really a result of our failure to love God and our neighbors. Consequently, we cannot merely fixate on ‘Don’t do this, don’t do that’ instruction or on isolating our children. They need to know deep down why we do what we do or don’t do.”

Stopping An Affair Before It Begins

Stopping An Affair Before It Begins - 6 “e’s” to describe the “ease” with which people fall into extra-marital affairs. They are worth considering. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Prayer for Overflowing with Thankfulness

A Prayer for Overflowing with Thankfulness - Be generously thankful.

The Spiritual Discipline That Impacts Everything

The Spiritual Discipline That Impacts Everything - As you look toward God's work in your life in 2014, you can't leave this one out.

Ten Times It's Wise to Hold Your Tongue

Ten Times It's Wise to Hold Your Tongue - The Bible tells us to be "slow to speak". Here are examples of such times.

Know Your Christianese: Prayer Edition

Know Your Christianese: Prayer Edition - Interesting article on common prayer lingo.

Happy Thanksgiving from ‘America’s Funniest Videos’

Happy Thanksgiving from ‘America’s Funniest Videos’

Putting Thankfulness Into Practice

PuttingThankfulness Into PracticeThere's more to thankfulness than being thankful.

Five Truths About Thanksgiving

Five Truths About ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a pervasive and essential concept in Scripture. And although it is good to set aside a Thursday each November to cultivate a heart of thanksgiving, the Scriptures have more to say about giving thanks than one day a year can handle. Here are five biblical truths about thanksgiving.

True Woman | Five Ways to Make the Holidays More Peaceful

Five Ways to Make the Holidays More Peaceful - Practical advice for Thanksgiving gatherings with family and friends.

How to Deal with Holiday Family Tensions

How to Deal with Holiday Family Tensions Russell Moore writes on a timely topic for Thanksgiving.

10 Days of Simple and Strategic Prayer for Your Church

10 Days of Simple and Strategic Prayer for Your Church - God would do amazing things in such a praying church.

How to Share the Gospel With an Atheist

How to Share the Gospel With an Atheist This article is simple and covers sharing the Gospel with most people.

Friday, November 22, 2013

9 Things You Should Know About C.S. Lewis

9 Things You Should Know About C.S. Lewis - Today is the 50th anniversary of the death of Clive Staples Lewis, one of the most well known, widely read, and often quoted Christian author of modern times. Here are nine things you should know about the author and apologist who has been called "The Apostle to the Skeptics."

How Can We Give Thanks in All Circumstances?

How Can We Give Thanks in All Circumstances?Jon Bloom addresses the “all circumstances” part of 1 Thessalonians 5:18.


A Plea to Prospective University Students

A Plea to Prospective University Students - This is a good word on students choosing the place they will attend college. There is much focus on academics and amenities while the spiritual environment and opportunities or deficits are not considered.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Getting Things Done

Getting Things Done - This article gives good summary points of David Allen's book, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity

5 Things God Teaches Us in the Tragic Deaths of Ananias & Sapphira

5 Things God Teaches Us in the Tragic Deaths of Ananias & SapphiraJ.D. Greear writes, “The story of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts 5 lets us know that despite the explosion of growth in the early church, they had moments of weakness, even gross sin. I believe that their deaths serve as a warning to the Church today, and that God has a lot to teach us—if we are willing to hear.”


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Should Christians Drink Alcohol?

Should Christians Drink Alcohol? - Jim Denison takes on a hot topic and handles it well. He give three reasons why he abstains personally – all reasons I share and have shared with others as well.

12 Reasons Why a Pastor Quit Attending Sporting Events

12 Reasons Why a Pastor Quit Attending Sporting Events – I’ve seen these before but having encountered most of them this week, I thought I’d share.  

1. The coach never came to visit me.
2. Every time I went, they asked for money.
3. The people sitting in my row didn’t seem very friendly.
4. The seats were very hard.
5. The referees made a decision I didn’t agree with.
6. I was sitting with hypocrites—they only came to see what others were wearing!
7. Some games went into overtime and I was late getting home.
8. The band played some songs I had never heard before.
9. The games are scheduled on my only day to sleep in and run errands.
10. My parents took me to too many games when I was growing up.
11. Since I read a book on sports, I feel that I know more than the coaches, anyway.
12. I don’t want to take my children because I want them to choose for themselves what sport they like best.


Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent

Good News of Great Joy: Daily Readings for Advent - Advent is just around the corner. It starts the fourth Sunday before Christmas — this year, that’s December 1 — and is a season of preparation for Christmas Day. Follow this link to multiple options for downloading these daily devotionals for free.

A Prayer for Those Battling Sin

A Prayer for Those Battling Sin - Puritan theologian John Owen wrote the classic work The Mortification of Sin in 1656 to analyze and apply what Paul meant in Romans 8:13 when he said, “For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you “put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” This prayer is based on that work.

Why You Can’t Push Your Kids into the Kingdom

Why You Can’t Push Your Kids into the KingdomThis is a good article for Christian families.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Living a Life with Margins

Living a Life with Margins This article provides helpful suggestions for creating margin in your life. We need it for our own well-being and for our availability to God purposes.

Do You Have a Bias Toward Action?

Do You Have a Bias Toward Action? - Author and consultant Tom Peters popularized the phrase a “bias toward action” to describe organizations that are led with a posture to execute rather than a posture to evaluate constantly. The opposite of a bias toward action is the dreaded state of “paralysis by analysis.”

4 Questions To Ask Your Money

4 Questions To Ask Your MoneyThese are worthwhile questions in considering the use of our money.


Forgotten Christmas

Forgotten Christmas - This article from James Denison incorporates a video we will share on Sunday, December 1. It may change how you think and practice Christmas this year.

Six Leadership Lessons from a Coach Whose Team Never Punts

Six Leadership Lessons from a Coach Whose Team Never Punts - The applications are meant for pastors but any person in leadership would be challenged by the video.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

How To Live in a Secular Culture

How To Live in a Secular Culture How should Christians relate to a secular society that does not know Jesus? Paul’s letter to Titus sheds light on this scenario, showing us how God’s grace should motivate Christians to be good citizens and neighbors.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Why The Gay Rights Issue Is Not Like Prohibition



The tide change on homosexuality is no roll-back of a temporary experiment, as was the case for making alcohol a controlled substance. Instead, it has been absorbed into a powerful progressive narrative about the way that “history bends” (in [President] Obama’s formulation), and thus has been joined strongly in Democratic rhetoric to causes (like slavery and civil rights) that don’t (and logically can’t) stop at simple mockery. Racial supremacists today aren’t just silly and ignorable; they’re evil, and need to be aggressively denied any chance to participate in public life, ever.

They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets

They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets – This New York Times article is an important reminder for college applicants and a lot of other people.


What Good Is God?

What Good Is God? - This is a good note regarding the bestseller, Good Without God.

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for “Thornbushes”

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for “Thornbushes” - This prayer really resonated with me today.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

If Jesus Had Not Come

If Jesus Had Not Come - Jesus was, is, and always will be in a league of his own. Many are happy to honor him as a good teacher and social reformer, and some religions even admit that he was a great prophet of God. But none of them go far enough.


Did the Devil Make Me Do It?

Did the Devil Make Me Do It? - This article helps to "right-size" our view of Satan's influence.

What Is Unique About Christianity Among The World Religions?

What Is Unique About Christianity Among The World Religions? - This article clearly addresses religious pluralism (all religions are the same and lead to the same end results).

The FAQs: ENDA

The FAQs: ENDA - What is Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) and how does it affect me?

20 Verses for God-Centered Administrators

20 Verses for God-Centered Administrators – “God doesn’t need us. We need him. Don’t get the roles reversed. We are not indispensable. He is. This is an essential reminder for all of us — and especially those of us in heavily administrative and “executive” roles.” 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Primary Activity of the Early Church

The Primary Activity of the Early Church - The church of today needs to remember this and practice it.

Osteen Keeps Using God’s Band-Width

Osteen Keeps Using God’s Band-WidthI mentioned Osteen last Sunday. Here's a good explanation of my concerns. 

Erik Raymond writes, “Our church building is right next to a high school. Several months ago we noticed our wi-fi was ridiculously slow. After some investigation we found out that many of the students were cutting class and sitting on our stoop watching movies and other network demanding activities. The ministry of the church was being slowed by the student’s entertainment. I feel like this is what Joel Osteen does. He just kind of hangs out on the stoop of Christianity with his God-talk giving hat-tips to Jesus and a Bible story every now and then. But you know what? He is dragging down our bandwith. He is convoluting the message. He is hindering communication.”

How to Soak The Next Generation in God's Word

How to Soak The Next Generation in God's WordJani Ortlund writes on the topic and why and how the next generation need a good soaking in God’s word. (Spoiler Alert: It has a lot to do with how this generation lives God’s word).

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

3 Ways to Help with Disaster Relief in the Philippines

3 Ways to Help with Disaster Relief in the PhilippinesEd Stetzer shares a variety of ways to be involved in ministry in the Philippines.

Going Out of Business for Jesus

Going Out of Business for Jesus – Several high-profile discrimination cases around the world raise the question: Will twenty-first-century society honor the Christian’s conscience, or destroy the Christian’s livelihood?

Several cases like this one have arisen in our own country. The video is an interview with a couple in Great Britain who lost their business because of their commitment to a biblical worldview. The interview is interesting as the hosts of the program seem to be completely confused by anyone actually living by the Bible. The husband and wife who “went out of business for Jesus” give a strong and well-stated Christian testimony.

Comfort Food

Comfort FoodThis article is an important reminder regarding our ministry to one another. The author shares her testimony, “No one brings dinner when your daughter is an addict.”


Seven Habits of a Highly Effective Date Night

Seven Habits of a Highly Effective Date Night - As the author notes, "Sorry for the cheesy title" but the list is a helpful encouragement to couples.

Modesty Matters

Modesty Matters – This is a good article on a complicated topic. It is also a topic we need to discuss in these times
.

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Robertsons to Tell Their Story on 'I Am Second'

The Robertsons to Tell Their Story on 'I Am Second' - Duck Dynasty’s Phil, Jep and Reed Robertson will appear on a special edition of the video testimony series I Am Second, that will be released on Nov. 21. If this brief trailer is any indication, no matter what you think about the reality show that has made them famous, the family’s first-person story of redemption and faith, will be pretty compelling …

God Desires You Far More Than You Desire Him

God Desires You Far More Than You Desire Him - Christianity is not so much about you desiring God as it is about God desiring you. I wonder if you believe that.

Watch Parents and See God

Watch Parents and See God - If you want a picture of God's unconditional, sacrificial love, watch parents care for an infant in the first weeks of life. 

A Prayer for Repenting of Self-Preoccupation

A Prayer for Repenting of Self-Preoccupation - ...and we need to pray such.

10 Reasons Why We Must Love Unlovable Church Members

10 Reasons Why We Must Love Unlovable Church Members - One good reason is that there will be plenty of times when we are unlovable.

A Mommy’s To-Do List

A Mommy’s To-Do ListCourtney Reissig shares insights from her first year as a mother.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Idols of a Mother’s Heart

The Idols of a Mother’s HeartChristina Fox writes, “When you are upset because you can’t do something you’ve wanted to do, it might be because that thing has become an idol in your heart.”

The Myth of Magic Neutral Time

The Myth of Magic Neutral Time - The article is about college students but the application reaches all age groups. There are seasons throughout life when Christians decide to "take time off from God." There will be consequences...

The Active Work of Waiting on God

The Active Work of Waiting on GodWaiting on God doesn't mean we don't do anything.

A Prayer for Grace to Love Difficult People

A Prayer for Grace to Love Difficult People - As a reminder, if you don't feel the need for this prayer, you may be the difficult person. 

Satan’s Permission to Sift You like Wheat

Satan’s Permission to Sift You like WheatSome helpful observations on what Jesus told Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat” (Luke 22:31).

10 Love Challenges

10 Love Challenges - All Christians want to bless the church, witness to the world, and grow in assurance of faith. But did you know that there’s one thing you can do that accomplishes all three of these aims at once? Love other Christians.” Here are ten ways…

Monday, November 4, 2013

Three Signs Worship Wars May Be Ending

Three Signs Worship Wars May Be Ending - Interesting observations from Thom Rainer on worship.

Why I Am a Single Issue Voter

Why I Am a Single Issue Voter“In America political campaigning is a never-ending process. But Tuesday is Election Day, a time when the political horse race pauses long enough for us to cast ballots for the candidates. I won't say who I plan to vote for, though I will confess that I'm a single-issue voter. The single issue that determines my vote -- and I believe should determine how all Christians vote -- is justice.”

World Watch List Countries

World Watch List CountriesYesterday we took time in our worship hours to pray for the persecuted church. Our prayers yesterday should continue regularly. This map shows the levels of concern for persecution around our world.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Did Christmas Really Happen?

Did Christmas Really Happen? - Attacks on Christmas will begin soon. This resource series will help you be ready to stand strong in your faith.

Advent Devotional

Advent Devotional - The Denison Forum is offering this devotional as a free download to grow and bless your Christmas season.

The Complex Problem of the Persecuted Church

The Complex Problem of the Persecuted Church - During the month of November we are encouraged to pray for the persecuted church around the world. Sometimes we need to focus on things we would rather ignore.

A Prayer for the Power of the Gospel to Change Me

A Prayer for the Power of the Gospel to Change Me - Pray for the power of the Gospel.

How High is Your Cultural Intelligence?

How High is Your Cultural Intelligence?Valuing the incredible diversity that God has created across humankind requires that we step out of our comfort zones.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

9 Things You Should Know about Halloween and Reformation Day

9 Things You Should Know about Halloween and Reformation Day - Halloween and Reformation Day, a secular and a religious holiday, exist uncomfortably side-by-side on the calendar. Here are 9 things you should know about the October 31 holidays.

Jesus Saves

Jesus Saves - Christianity is summed up in these words: Jesus came to seek and save the lost. If we were asked to describe in a sentence the heart of the gospel, there it is.

Halloween: Trick or Treat

Halloween: Trick or Treat – We associate Halloween with ghosts, devils and darkness. This video offers a different take.

Halloween: Trick or Treat? from 10ofthose.com on Vimeo.

The Gift of Fasting

The Gift of Fasting – “Fasting” isn’t usually a word that conjours up ideas of blessing. In western cultures, it’s more associated with hair shirts, self-flagellation, and shaved heads. In the Protestant church, we look at it more as a tool to refocus. But it’s a whole lot more than that.


Coffee in Heaven?


Coffee in Heaven? - Randy Alcorn addresses the question many people really want to know about heaven. The answer does lead to bigger issues to consider.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Halloween Roundup

Halloween Roundup – With Halloween upon us, and more controversial for Christians than ever in light of the cultural fascination with vampires, werewolves, witches, and zombies, I thought it might be helpful to post a variety of articles on Halloween from divergent perspectives. I do not agree with every one, but think they are helpful to see the various perspectives on this ghoulish celebration. 

5 differences Between Catholic Theology and the Gospel

5 differences Between Catholic Theology and the Gospel - With Reformation Day this week, it is a good time to remind ourselves of what exactly the differences are between the Roman Catholic Church and Protestants. We often hear people say that we really believe the same things. Is that true? Here are five significant differences between Roman Catholic theology and the Gospel of grace in the Bible.


Christianity and the Dark Side—What about Halloween?

Christianity and the DarkSide—What about Halloween? Al Mohler weighs in on Halloween.


Three Tips for Discipling Your Kids Through Halloween

Three Tips for Discipling Your Kids Through Halloween - Because this holiday can be a complicated one to disciple your children through, here are three tips to help you lead well during this season.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Why We Must Love Unlovable Church Members

Why We Must Love Unlovable Church Members - Sometimes I need to love and sometimes I'm the unlovable.

9 Things You Should Know About Persecution of Christians in 2013

9 Things You Should Know About Persecution of Christians in 2013 - Christians are the single most widely persecuted religious group in the world today. As we pray for the persecuted church, here are nine things you should know about the plight of believers around the globe...

A Prayer of Restoration to Gospel Sanity and Peace

A Prayer of Restoration to Gospel Sanity and Peace - If you are "news weary" this prayer may bring just what you need for today.

Family, the Original Small Group

Family, the Original Small Group – Timothy Paul Jones writes, “In my research for the book Family Ministry Field Guide, I found that only one-third of churched parents read or discussed Scripture with their children at least once a week. If that’s the predominant pattern, it seems unlikely that the typical teenager in an evangelical church would identify his or her parents first as teachers of God’s Word.”


Monday, October 28, 2013

"One-Anothering"

"One-Anothering" - This phrase describes the activity of the early church very well.

Our History | FBC Allen

Our History | FBC Allen - Our church celebrates its 135th birthday this month. This video tells some of the church's great story.

Three Core Dimensions of Unity

Three Core Dimensions of Unity - Our unity in Christ with each other is an imperfect reflection of the perfect unity experienced by God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, but it’s what Jesus intends for us as Christians. Unity within our churches is essential, and there are three core dimensions to it.

Reflections on Money Mistakes

Reflections on Money MistakesThis is a great list of common money errors noted in the Bible.

When Jesus Haunts Your Halloween

When Jesus Haunts Your HalloweenThis is a great devotional thought on this week when many focus on Halloween. Jesus captures the day.


Verbal Backspacing

Verbal Backspacing – Wouldn’t it come in handy when you need to take back a thoughtless word or comment?

Friday, October 25, 2013

Satan’s Permission to Sift You like Wheat

Satan’s Permission to Sift Youlike Wheat - “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat” (Luke 22:31). Did Jesus ever speak more startling words to Peter? Surely all of the Twelve were within earshot of Jesus’ words and would be attacked by the devil but, as their leader, Peter was addressed by name and, most obviously, singled out by the Evil One. Just as Satan would succeed—temporarily—in scattering the disciples by striking down the Chief Shepherd, so he would succeed, but only temporarily, in striking down Peter.


Stop Saying Size Doesn’t Matter

Stop Saying Size Doesn’t Matter - 94% of churches are losing ground against the population growth of their communities. In 2050 the percentage of the US population attending church will be half of 1990. Here are some points to ponder…

The Down-to-Earth Gospel for Parenting

The Down-to-Earth Gospel for Parenting - Good, biblical words for parents at all stages of parenting.

A Prayer for Repenting of Arrogance about Grace

A Prayer for Repenting of Arrogance about Grace - A powerful prayer on a timely topic in our world. One line reads, "Forgive us when we talk more about what obedience isn’t, that what obedience is."

Seven Perspectives on Prayer from Randy Alcorn - Blog - Eternal Perspective Ministries