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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.”

3 Critical Truths About Our Money

3 Critical Truths About Our Money - J.D. Greear shares three biblical lessons about money from the story of Zacchaeus.

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.