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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

7 Ways to Find Your Calling

7 Ways to Find Your Calling - The clues to figuring out what you were made to do are closer than you might think.

Defending Tony Dungy’s Right to Have an Opinion

Defending Tony Dungy’s Right to Have an OpinionThis article is clear and to the point. It provides good examples too.

11 Differences between a College Football Fan and a Church Member

11 Differences between a College Football Fan and a Church Member - Thom Rainer begins, “Warning: The article below is a bit of
sarcastic humor. I am speaking in hyperbole to make a point. The football fan
noted represents a very rabid football fan. The church member represents some,
but certainly not all, church members.”

Five Specific Prayers for the Unsaved People in your Life

Five Specific Prayers for the Unsaved People in your Life - A simple set of prayers for those you know who don't know Jesus.

When God Seems Silent

When God Seems SilentJon Bloom shares good things God is doing in us during times when God seems silent.


Four Lessons in Fruitful Time-Management

Four Lessons in Fruitful Time-Management - Here are four lessons in fruitful time-management, for the mission of love.

3 Scriptures for Financial Hardship

3 Scriptures for Financial Hardship - Here are three passages (out of many) that may console in times of financial hardship.

A Prayer for God to Be at Work in Things I CAN Imagine

A Prayer for God to Be at Work in Things I CAN ImagineScotty Smith shares a good word on Ephesians 3:20-21.

Worship in the Dark

Worship in the Dark - “Psalm 88 isn’t like the others. Most psalms end on the high note of hope, but not Psalm 88.”

What Is a Disciple?

What Is a Disciple? - What does it actually mean to be a “disciple” of Jesus? If we are going to make disciples, we need to know what that is.

Journal as a Pathway to Joy

Journal as a Pathway to JoyThis article speaks to both the “why” and “how” of keeping a spiritual journal.

The Myth of God’s Silence

The Myth of God’s Silence - Ed Welch writes, “If the Father appeared and spoke with us face to face, his words would have no more weight in our hearts than the ones he has already spoken. If we find his words in Scripture to fall short, we would also find his personal visitation unsatisfactory.”

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Manage Your Time for the Mission of Love

Manage Your Time for the Mission of Love - “Perhaps more than ever, we need to hear from our loving Father the hard but happy reminder of 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 tailored to our planning: Your time is not your own. You were bought with a price. So glorify me in your schedule.”

8 Ways To Beat Temptation

8 Ways To Beat Temptation - We all face temptations of many kinds.  God wants us to beat them. We don’t have to sin, as powerful as temptations feel. Here are 8 ways to gain the victory.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

5 Important Questions to Ask Before You Tie the Knot

5 Important Questions to Ask Before You Tie the KnotSome things to consider when things get serious.

Avoiding the Pitfall of Syncretism

Avoiding the Pitfall of SyncretismEd Stetzer writes, “Churches and pastors must respect the razor's edge between obscurantism and syncretism.”

9 Things You Should Know About Mormonism

Why Church Members Don’t Invite Others to Church

Why Church Members Don’t Invite Others to Church - Here are some of the most common reasons. Do you have a good one?

A Prayer for Repenting of My Complaining and Whining

Divorce Shocker: Most Marriages Do Make It

Divorce Shocker: Most Marriages Do Make It The divorce rate is still too high but it’s not close to what you’ve heard.

I Do Not Aspire to Be a “Regular Guy”

I Do Not Aspire to Be a “Regular Guy” – “And since that’s not what my soul longs for, it’s not what I long to be.”

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Road to Jericho and the Border Crisis

The Road to Jericho and the Border Crisis “America’s southern border is engulfed in a humanitarian crisis, as refugees fleeing violence in Central America, many of them unaccompanied children, seek safety. As Christians, we must recognize both the complexity of this situation and what it means to be people of justice and mercy.”

Saturday, July 12, 2014

2014 Update on Largest Churches in the Southern Baptist Convention

2014 Update on Largest Churches in the Southern Baptist Convention - There a a lot of large churches in the Southern Baptist Convention. Of the 40,000 or so churches in the SBC, we are number 335 on this list.

Don’t be a Slave to Expectations for Yourself

Don’t be a Slave to Expectations for Yourself We can’t be exceptional at everything. And that’s OK.



Is My Suffering Meaningless?

Is My Suffering Meaningless?As Joni Eareckson Tada says, “Every sorrow we taste will one day prove to be the best possible thing that could have happened to us. We will thank God endlessly in heaven for the trials that he sent us here.”

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Great Commission for Apologetics

The Great Commission for Apologetics – “The next time you feel the urge to quote 1 Peter 3:15, it might be helpful to share the whole passage and explain the foundation for defending the faith and how we should go about fulfilling the Great Commission for Apologetics.”

The Unexpected Answers of God

The Unexpected Answers of God “We are often unprepared for the answers we receive from God. His answers frequently do not look at first like answers. They look like problems.”

Why You Should Never, Ever Touch That Hospital Elevator Button

Why You Should Never, Ever Touch That Hospital Elevator Button – This is especially important to remember when visiting a patient and the reason why you should use the hand sanitizer going into a room and out.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

4 Ways We Unfairly Judge Others

4 Ways We Unfairly Judge OthersSometimes, we're forced to make judgments about others—so let's make sure we do it right.

5 Habits That Sabotage Joy

5 Habits That Sabotage JoyYou'd be surprised how many common practices can get in the way of contentment.

Redeeming Summer Reading

Redeeming Summer Reading - Summer reading doesn't have to be drudgery. In fact, summertime may be the perfect opportunity to develop in your children a keen sense of the enjoyment of God's word.

In Praise of the Quiet Time

In Praise of the Quiet TimeWhy have a quiet time of Bible study and prayer?

Why Study the Prophets?

Why Study the Prophets? In your Bible reading it may be tempting to avoid the Old Testament prophets. Here’s a good article on why you shouldn’t overlook them.

War on Religious Liberty

War on Religious Liberty - Denny Burk points to a chilling new front in the war on religious liberty in the United States

Comfort for Christian Parents of Unconverted Children

Comfort for Christian Parents of Unconverted Children - Jim Elliff: “All Christian parents wish that God would show us something to do to secure our child’s salvation, and then ‘we’ll do it with all our might’ because we love our child so much. Yet, God has not made salvation the effect of somebody else’s faith; our son or daughter must come to Christ on his or her own.”

Evangelism at Ease

Evangelism at Ease - We tend to forget that even the most compelling arguments, the most logical defenses, cannot draw a heart to Jesus, because it is Jesus who draws a heart to Jesus.

A Booby Trap in the Christian Budget

A Booby Trap in the Christian Budget - The Bible is clear that we will put our money where our hearts are, so it is important that we regularly test our treasure. 

A Company Liberals Could Love

A Company Liberals Could Love - Ross Douthat offers some important points about Hobby Lobby.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

What Not to Say When Your Friends Are Hurting

What Not to Say When Your Friends Are HurtingHow you might be using a new kind of profanity and not even know it.

9 Things You Should Know About Islam

9 Things You Should Know About Islam - Throughout the world, Muslims are observing their annual observance of Ramadan. Christians need to become more aware of Ramadan as well as the other practices and tenets of this fast-growing global religion. As an aid in that effort, here are nine things you should know about Islam.

What We Get Wrong About 'Finding God's Will'

What We Get Wrong About 'Finding God's Will'God's will is not a mystery to be solved but a road to be traveled.

Beware of Obscurantism

Beware of Obscurantism – “Christians must not obscure the gospel by seeing other issues as more important.” Our politics are a good example of an obstacle to evangelism.

Put Your Phone Down

Put Your Phone Down - "As a people we have lost the plot. Because we can document everything, we will, and we can't stop.”

Monday, July 7, 2014

Responding to Pain: See it Coming and See it Through

Responding to Pain: See it Coming and See it Through – “Paul’s example in Acts 16 and Jesus’ words in John 16 point to two principles concerning our pain: we need to see it coming, and we need to see it through.

Rest Is an Act of Resistance

Rest Is an Act of Resistance Why you’ll never overcome feelings of constant busyness until you just stop.

When the Abortion Industry Self-Destructs

When the Abortion Industry Self-DestructsOpponents of the recent Hobby Lobby decision still like to try and frame the debate as a women’s rights issues. Jonathan Parnell writes, “In one sense, there are really just two types of people when it comes to the topic of abortion: those who think it is okay to kill unborn babies, and those who think it is wrong. If you don’t think you’re in one of these categories, you still are; you’re just confused.”



When the Transgender Issue Comes Home

When the Transgender Issue Comes Home - Josh Bishop has a helpful article on what to do when the transgender issue comes home.

3 Reasons You Should Not Try To Bind Satan

3 Reasons You Should Not Try To Bind SatanWe often hear this language used when talking about spiritual warfare. From my study of prayer, I would agree with all three of these points.

Forsaken Faith

Forsaken FaithRandy Alcorn offers up “thoughts on why an astounding number of college students are abandoning their faith in Christ”. It appears more likely they are not rejecting “the faith” but rather their parents’ nominal faith.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Independence and the Empty Tomb

Independence and the Empty Tomb – Russell Moore writes, “Thomas Jefferson is still dead. I thank God for him, but standing at his grave reminds me how limited even his legacy can be in the grand scheme of trillions of years of cosmic time. It also reminds me of the contrast with a Middle Eastern day-laborer whose monument isn’t a house or a temple made with hands, or even a simple grave-marker. It’s instead a borrowed tomb that isn’t filled anymore.”

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness“In the annals of history, it truly is a revolutionary statement: every human being has God-given rights to live, be free, and pursue their happiness.”


9 Things You Should Know About Independence Day and the Declaration of Independence

A Prayer for Resisting Satan’s Main Attack

A Prayer for Resisting Satan’s Main AttackScottie Smith offers up a good devotional thought.

The Rich Young Ruler Redux

The Rich Young Ruler Redux The author of this story has brought the biblical story into a modern context.

5 Questions and the 5 Solas

5 Questions and the 5 Solas - These five solas still live on to this very
day. They define what the gospel is for evangelicals worldwide, and also
provide a helpful summary—a cheat sheet even—of what marks the true gospel from
a religion of works. 

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

When We Best Learn the Bible

When We Best Learn the Bible “Sound Bible study is rooted in a celebration of delayed gratification.”

Four Questions to Keep Close to Your Wallet

Four Questions to Keep Close to Your Wallet - Here are four questions we can ask to help us get to the bottom of our treasure.

The Second-Most Important Book for Every Christian

The Second-Most Important Book for Every Christian“Christians are not isolated pilgrims on a journey to heaven.”

Hobby Lobby Hysteria

Hobby Lobby Hysteria The message going out from those who disagree with the Hobby Lobby decision is that women are being denied all birth control. The last paragraph of this article explains why detractors would take this to this level of hysteria.

The Apparent Paradox of Sanctification

The Apparent Paradox of Sanctification - John MacArthur asks and answers, “Is the Christian life an
exercise in passive trust or active obedience?”

The Danger of Coasting

The Danger of CoastingTim Challies shares an excellent devotional thought. We don’t coast toward God.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Religious Freedom at Work in Hobby Lobby

Religious Freedom at Work in Hobby LobbyHere’s another good summary article.

5 Bad Reasons to Get Married

5 Bad Reasons to Get MarriedNot all reasons for getting married are created equal.

The Supreme Court Agrees with Hobby Lobby But Your Neighbor Probably Doesn’t

The Supreme Court Agrees with Hobby Lobby But Your Neighbor Probably Doesn’tTrevon Wax shares several good thoughts. Here’s my favorite, “A generation ago, a person’s religious observance was a public matter, a defining characteristic of one’s identity, while a person’s sexual activity was something private. Today, this situation is reversed. A person’s sexual behavior is now considered a defining characteristic of identity, a public matter to be affirmed (even subsidized) by others, while religious observance is private and personal, relegated to places of worship and not able to infringe upon or impact the public square.”

The Greatest Challenge in the World

The Greatest Challenge in the World – “Never, never, never forget that Jesus commanded us to make disciples of all the peoples on this planet — the whole planet (Matthew 28:19–20). This is the greatest challenge in the world.”