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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Big Story

The Big Story is a a video that tells the story of the Bible in 5 1/2 minutes.

How Much Did Prayer Cost God?

How Much Did Prayer Cost God?

 Tim Keller wrote:

The only time in all the gospels that Jesus Christ prays to God and doesn’t call him Father is on the cross, when he says, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
Jesus lost his relationship with the Father so that we could have a relationship with God as father.
Jesus was forgotten so that we could be remembered forever—from everlasting to everlasting.
Jesus Christ bore all the eternal punishment that our sins deserve.
That is the cost of prayer. Jesus paid the price so God could be our father.

—Tim Keller, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God (New York: Dutton, 2014), 79-80.


Supreme Court Leaves New York City Ban on Religious Services in Schools in Place

Supreme Court Leaves New York City Ban on Religious Services in Schools in Place  - Effectively this solidifies the city’s ban, and could potentially result in the replication of that ban in other cities, counties and states across the country.

The King We Needed, But Never Wanted

The King We Needed, But Never Wanted - The road to Calvary was a road of confusion, not confidence, for those first disciples.

Helping Children Benefit from the Sermon

Helping Children Benefit from the Sermon – Here are some great thoughts on “parenting in the pew.”

Indiana: A Religious Liberty Bellweather

Indiana: A Religious Liberty BellweatherHere is a good article on the realities of the religious liberty issues rather than the hipe.

Americans Approve More of Gays Than Evangelicals

Americans Approve More of Gays Than Evangelicals - Here is a good word for Tuesday of HolyWeek.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Nine Traits of Church Bullies

Nine Traits of Church Bullies – Thom Rainer writes, “Church bullies are common in many churches. They wreak havoc and create dissension.”

5 Resurrection Realities that Reorient Our Evangelism

5 Resurrection Realities that Reorient Our Evangelism – “Because the resurrection is true…”

A Prayer for Monday of Easter Week

A Prayer for Monday of Easter Week  - “As the events of our week now unfold, grant us grace to slow our pace and quiet our hearts, that we might survey the wonders of your sacrifice and love for us.” 

Discrimination Against Gay People in Indiana?

Discrimination Against Gay People in Indiana?“Most of the activists in this fight, on both sides, want liberty and justice only for their side. They want to crush the other side.”

Corporate Worship and Two Kinds of Bad Singers

Corporate Worship and Two Kinds of Bad SingersI’m glad that in worship God accepts imperfect gifts.

The Effect of Singing

The Effect of Singing - “There is an old joke for those who cannot sing that I may
not be making a joyful noise but at least I’m joyful when I make it. For those
reasons, some people can find congregational singing to be intimidating, yet,
hopefully, we would all acknowledge the importance of congregational singing as
a part of corporate worship.”

The Spiritual Stages of a Believer’s Life

The Spiritual Stages of a Believer’s Life - Christians progress through various spiritual stages.

Friday, March 27, 2015

9 Ways to be a Better Neighbor

9 Ways to be a Better NeighborTaking 'love your neighbor' to the next level.

Don't Miss the Story of the Bible

Don't Miss the Story of the Bible Jesus isn’t just part of the Bible story; He is the point of the Bible story.

Tattoos for the Soul

Tattoos for the SoulWhy We Need Confessions of Faith. A good word for our church as we seek to better communicate our church confession of faith.

Parenting in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture

Parenting in a Hyper-Sexualized Culture - Heath Lambert explains how he and his wife are raising their younger children in this hyper-sexualized culture.

Biblical Grounds for Divorce

Biblical Grounds for Divorce - The article provides a clear, simple discussion of a hot topic.

Get to Know Yourself

Get to Know Yourself – “The very heart of the human condition is a faulty assessment of self. We think too much of ourselves, and think of ourselves too much. We overrate our importance and underestimate our depravity. Ultimately, we elevate ourselves to the place reserved for God.”

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Calling a Truce in the ‘Culture Wars’

Calling a Truce in the ‘Culture Wars’“What matters more to us—that we successfully put others in their place, or that we are known to love well?”

A Prayer for Seasons When Trusting Is Hard

A Prayer for Seasons When Trusting Is HardMaybe this is your season just now.

Put Laziness to Rest

Put Laziness to Rest -  Because of the complexity of laziness, we need to pay close attention to the ways God addresses our complacency.

Sing Your Heart Out

Sing Your Heart Out - “The messiness of congregational singing is part of the beauty of God using weak and broken people. While we certainly want to strive for excellence in how we sing to our God, the sound of a child singing extremely loudly or, even at times, out of key, is a sweet sound that brings God great glory.”

Christians, You Will Suffer

Christians, You Will Suffer - “If suffering disproves your Christianity, you’ve missed Christianity. The Bible is filled with the suffering of those whom God loves.”

How to Pray All Day

How to Pray All Day - Begin the day with God. Spend the day with God. Close the day with God. “This life of communion with God, and constant attendance upon him, is a heaven upon earth.”

Monday, March 23, 2015

4 Questions About Heaven

4 Questions About HeavenRandy Alcorn answers common questions about heaven.

We Complain Because We Forget

We Complain Because We ForgetThe problem we have with spiritual amnesia.

I Shall Walk in a Wide Place

I Shall Walk in a Wide PlaceHere’s a good thought on Psalm 119:45, ““I shall walk in a wide place, for I have sought your precepts.”

The Wonder of Sunday Morning

The Wonder of Sunday Morning - Trevin Wax reflects on the sweet wonder of a normal Sunday morning.

The Grace in Going to Church

The Grace in Going to Church - Testimony to the simple act of just getting up and going.

You Are Dust, Not Divine

You Are Dust, Not Divine – We dusty, sinful human beings face a ridiculous temptation: self-reliance. Despite our weaknesses and despite our track-record of sin, we find ourselves constantly tempted to look to ourselves for help.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

When You’re Waiting for God to Show Up

When You’re Waiting for God to Show Up A few things to remember when it feels like your prayers aren't being answered.


It’s Not You, It’s Me

It’s Not You, It’s Me - “God has a multitude of arrows in his quiver that enable him to hit his mark. Sometimes he does so in surprising, even humbling ways.” This is a keeper!

The Millennial “Adulthood” Delusion

The Millennial “Adulthood” Delusion - This is an interesting read on generational issues and attitudes. Chris Martin writes this about his own generation, “Millennials
aren’t growing up because we think adulthood is more about self-discovery than
self-discipline.”

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Praying the Bible - The Pathway to Breakthrough

Praying the Bible -The Pathway to BreakthroughHere are some great reasons to pray scripture and prompts doing so.

A Prayer for Days When It’s Hard to Trust God and Risk Hoping Again

A Prayer for Days When It’s Hard to Trust God and Risk Hoping Again – Today, as I pray for a dear friend dying of cancer, this was a good word.

How to Read the Bible for Yourself

How to Read the Bible for Yourself – Here are some practical suggestions.

Megachurch Changes Position on Homosexuality

Megachurch Changes Position on Homosexuality - Jim Denison writes, “It seems that evangelicals are forced
to two options today.  One is to affirm
historical biblical orthodoxy, which forbids homosexual practice.  Many, whether gay or straight, see this
position as antagonistic to the LGBT community. 
The other is to revise historic theological doctrines regarding sexual
morality. Is there a third option?”

Monday, March 16, 2015

Gordon College Reaffirms Sexuality Policy, Launches Taskforce

Gordon College Reaffirms Sexuality Policy, Launches Taskforce – “Gordon issued a statement that announces the next steps in Gordon’s process of responding to questions about the school’s sexuality policy. Three takeaways from the statement are…”

Isn’t the Christian View of Sexuality Dangerous and Harmful?

Isn’t the Christian View of Sexuality Dangerous and Harmful? – “One of the most common and significant charges leveled against the traditional Christian understanding of sexuality and marriage is that it is damaging.” Is that really true?

7 Encouraging Trends in Global Christianity

7 Encouraging Trends in Global Christianity - Trends are always open to interpretation but these are worth considering.

5 Stages of Spiritual Awakening

5 Stages of Spiritual Awakening People pass through remarkably similar experiences on their journeys to God.

Overcoming Pornography: Choosing Obedience

Overcoming Pornography: Choosing ObedienceLet’s choose what’s best: life, not death (Deut. 30:19). Through the power of His Spirit, we can do this.

We Live in an Age of Irrational Parenting

We Live in an Age of Irrational Parenting – “We’ve deferred having children for so long — college-educated woman today have their first child at 30.3 years old — and we have so many fewer children than we once did (an average of two per family, as opposed to five in 1850) that we assign them a far higher value and therefore fret far more about their physical well-being.”

Friday, March 13, 2015

What Other World Religions Think About Jesus

What Other World Religions Think About JesusEvery major world religion has some account of who Jesus was. Here's what they say.

Left Behind in America

Left Behind in America – “The problem was that, from the beginning, Christian values were always more popular than the Christian gospel in American culture.” 

The Situation in Syria Is Worse than You Think

The Situation in Syria Is Worse than You Think The civil war in Syria has entered its fifth year, and the human toll is almost impossible to fathom. Pray for the people of Syria.

22 Benefits of Meditating on Scripture

22 Benefits of Meditating on Scripture - “The Puritans devoted scores of pages to the benefits, excellencies, usefulness, advantages, or improvements of meditation.” Dr. Beeke lists some of the benefits as follows:

Monday, March 9, 2015

How God Answers Prayer

Here  is a quote from Sunday's sermon:

When you pray and the request is not right, God says “NO.” When you pray and you’re not right, God says, “GROW.” When you pray and the timing is not right, God says, “SLOW.” When everything’s in place, God says, “GO.” He gives the green light and you’re able to move.

A Prayer for Trusting God in Seemingly Impossible Situations

A Prayer for Trusting God in Seemingly Impossible Situations - Jesus replied, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” Luke 18:27 (NIV)

3 Ways to Be a Friend of Sinners

3 Ways to Be a Friend of Sinners - Consider these principles, and weigh your own life against
them.

The Gospel According to Pinterest

The Gospel According to Pinterest - “Projects I will never tackle, recipes I will never cook, and homemade cleaning solutions I will never try - they all mocked me horrendously. Staring at all the amazing things other women are doing, I felt ashamed.”

Sunday, March 8, 2015

4 Ways to Pray

4 Ways to Pray - In his book Mindscape, Timothy Witmer explains that there are 4 ways in which these words call us to pray.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Bigger Thing in Bible Study

The Bigger Thing in Bible Study - Rather than thinking of Bible study as a debit account, where you are putting in your card and taking out the emotional boost you need for the day, regard studying the Bible as a savings account where you make small deposits on a regular basis.

What Is a Kind Husband?

What Is a Kind Husband? - We find many husbands in the Bible, but not many stand out as ideal. One of the men who does stand out is Boaz. 

A Simple Guide to Reading and Applying the Bible with Jesus as the Hero

A Simple Guide to Reading and Applying the Bible with Jesus as the Hero“The goal is for you to gain a Jesus-centered, gospel-focused mentality while reading the Scripture.”

The Secret Shame of Abortion in the Church

The Secret Shame of Abortion in the Church - “In the church, we face the challenge of upholding the sanctity of life, while simultaneously ministering to women who feel overwhelming shame about their abortions.”

What It Means And Does Not Mean To Honor Our President

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Wrestling With God When He Doesn’t Seem Good

Wrestling With God When He Doesn’t Seem Good - A few things to remember when it's hard to believe God is there.

4 Leadership Insights from Bill Hybels

4 Leadership Insights from Bill HybelsHybels always give me something to think about.

Google’s Tour of the Holy Land Map

Google’s Tour of the Holy Land Map - You may find some things of interest here.

3 Muslim Misconceptions about Christians

3 Muslim Misconceptions about Christians – “There is a set of misconceptions that most Muslims have about Christians that keep them from even considering the gospel.”

The Dangers of Pet Sins

The Dangers of Pet Sins - “Pet sins are those sins we believe we have domesticated. We view them as small and insignificant.”

Josh Hamilton and the Monster that Hunts Us All

Josh Hamilton and the Monster that Hunts Us All - “I whispered a prayer under my breath: ‘Father, lavish your mercy on Josh Hamilton and his family. And have mercy on us. Let us never forget what hunts us.’”