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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jesus Never Promised Us Pain-Free Lives

Jesus Never Promised Us Pain-Free Lives - Going through pain is the only way to heal.

9 Things You Should Know About Pope Francis

9 Things You Should Know About Pope FrancisUnderstanding more about Pope Francis can help us to better understand his positions and public statements.

9 Marks of a Generous Giver

9 Marks of a Generous GiverHere are some simple, solid stewardship lessons.

Five Ways to Go from Head Knowledge to Heart Application

Five Ways to Go from Head Knowledge to Heart Application“While these five suggestions may not change you overnight from grieving to giddy, they might help you to more acutely feel the safety of God’s promises and the tenderness of his care.”

Four Prayers for Bible Reading

Four Prayers for Bible ReadingHere are four verses you might pray as you open God’s word.

Re-ignite Bible Reading That’s Become Boring

Re-ignite Bible Reading That’s Become BoringDavid Murray offers some helpful ideas for when you find your Bible reading boring.

Your Rights as a Christian in a Public School

Your Rights as a Christian in a Public SchoolIf your children attend a public school, it may be helpful to review their rights.

Nothing Explicitly Christian

Nothing Explicitly ChristianDenny Burk provides a few reflections on the pope’s speech to Congress last week. He makes some important points.


Being Offended and Being Persecuted

Being Offended and Being PersecutedRussell Moore distinguishes between offence and persecution.

A Prayer for Parenting (and Grand-parenting) by Grace, Faith, and Love

A Prayer for Parenting (and Grand-parenting) by Grace, Faith, and Love – “Since our kids are your inheritance, Father, teach us how to care for them as humble stewards, not as anxious owners.”

A Picture of Prevailing Prayer

A Picture of Prevailing Prayer – Real prayer begins with real desire, often with real desperation. 

17 Quotes on Worship

17 Quotes on WorshipHere are good reminders on the true nature of worship.

What Christmas Carols Get Right (and Wrong)

What Christmas Carols Get Right (and Wrong)“Most of us love our Christmas traditions, especially singing the old, familiar carols. From time to time, however, we might well wonder about the correctness of some of the things we’re singing so gustily.”


Blood Moons and Biblical Discernment

Blood Moons and Biblical DiscernmentShould we be concerned about the pattern of blood moons that so many people are all worked up about? No. This article tells why.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

I Am An Old-Fashioned Christian

I Am An Old-Fashioned Christian – “I get the books. I read the articles. I see the news. Christianity seems ready to move on. And I realize anew: I am an old-fashioned kind of Christian.”

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

9 Reasons Christians Should Welcome Muslim Refugees

9 Reasons Christians Should Welcome Muslim Refugees - Now is a true test of our faith.

Where Pope Francis Is Right–and Wrong–On Abortion and Mercy

Where Pope Francis Is Right–and Wrong–On Abortion and Mercy – Russell Moore provides a good overview.

Your Neighbor Knows About the Wrath of God

Your Neighbor Knows About the Wrath of God  - “All unbelievers that you know, or ever will meet, know already about the coming wrath of God and that they deserve it (Romans 1).”

9 Things You Should Know About Refugees in America

9 Things You Should Know About Refugees in AmericaStories about refugees are in the news every day just now. Here are some things you need to know.

Don’t Lose Spiritual Disciplines for Fear of Legalism

Don’t Lose Spiritual Disciplines for Fear of Legalism“There are some good challenges in this article. “For fear of being legalistic, we can rob ourselves of the benefits of a regular pattern (or ‘spiritual disciplines’) of walking with God. Is this biblical or beneficial? Not at all!”

Monday, September 14, 2015

Satan’s Strategy to Hinder Prayer

Satan’s Strategy to Hinder Prayer – The article has a different title but this is the heart of the content: “Since Satan so hates prayer, we can expect him to do all he can to keep us from continued intimacy with our Father.”

5 Ways to Talk to Your Children About Death

5 Ways to Talk to Your Children About DeathIt’s a basic biblical doctrine of death for adults to understand as well.

A Prayer for Reaffirming God Is in Control of All Things All the Time

A Prayer for Reaffirming God Is in Control of All Things All the Time“I am so thankful that you are God, and I am not.”

How Great Is Our God

How Great Is Our God“If we use the word great for the normal and everyday, what language will we have when we need to describe the day or the meal or the game that really is a cut above the typical — or most importantly, the God who really is infinite above all else?”

At What Point Does the Homosexual Agenda Become a National Religion?

At What Point Does the Homosexual Agenda Become a National Religion?“At what point is this not a government-sponsored religion infringing upon the most unalienable rights of religious liberty and property rights, in violation of the Establishment Clause?”

Saturday, September 12, 2015

How Heaven Became a Secular Word

How Heaven Became a Secular WordThe Atlantic has quite an interesting article on heaven tourism and 90 Minutes in Heaven. “The movie spends a good number of minutes imagining scenes from the beyond, filled with trippy pastels and all the smiling white people you’ll supposedly see in heaven. According to Polish, these images are at least somewhat based on those described in the Christian scriptures, but they’re light on concrete details—Jesus, for example, is nowhere to be found.”

The Best Day of the Week

The Best Day of the Week - What makes Sunday so special? I would pray that we would.

Friday, September 11, 2015

Why Does God Allow Evil?

Why Does God Allow Evil? – “The following article by Pastor Rick Warren originally ran just after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on American soil.” 

Do You Know How We Got the Bible?

Do You Know How We Got the Bible?“Whether it’s answering the questions of young inquisitive minds, skeptical classmates, or hostile strangers, sooner or later we’re all forced to reckon with how we got the Bible, how its books were chosen, and whether we can trust it today.”

How Marginalization Can Empower Christians on Mission

How Marginalization Can Empower Christians on Mission – “If marginalization is a danger to a Christian organization’s mission, the numbers sure don’t show it. In fact, we might say the opposite is true.” 

How Long, O Lord?

How Long, O Lord? – “We prefer to measure time in minutes, rather than months. But the Ancient of Days measures time by millennia” (2 Peter 3:8).

Dependence

Dependence“Lord, help us to humbly remember our dependence on You and Your grace. Thank you for the privilege of being Your instruments.”

Planting Seeds of Truth in Your Public School

Planting Seeds of Truth in Your Public School“For many years, our public schools have been seen as battlefields. Nothing much grows on a battlefield, though. Instead, our schools should be viewed as gardens to cultivate. Tending your garden involves nurturing relationships with a small number of people within your immediate sphere of responsibility.”

Greetings From Heaven: A Modern History of Heaven Tourism

Greetings From Heaven: A Modern History of Heaven Tourism – You may not like it but it’s worth reading.

14 Years After 9/11: Four Lessons

14 Years After 9/11: Four Lessons - What do we know and what have we learned?

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Explore God Begins Sunday

The Spiritual Consequences of Tech Addiction

The Spiritual Consequences of Tech Addiction - How constant connection is interrupting our communion.

Learning to Linger in a Spotify Age

Learning to Linger in a Spotify Age – “The best things in life don’t come in an instant but over time, which means we must cultivate the ability to wait, listen, and linger.”

How Christians Can Evaluate Religious Liberty Objections

How Christians Can Evaluate Religious Liberty Objections - How do we find the proper balance? A necessary first step is to adopt a standard by which we can fairly consider the claims of religious objectors. Russell Moore suggests three steps for evaluation.

Get a Basic Overview of the Bible

Get a Basic Overview of the Bible“Once you understand the basic framework, you are much better equipped to read the Bible. Here is a pattern I recommend for people who have never read the Bible.”

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Unbearable Burden of Uniqueness

The Unbearable Burden of Uniqueness“The Son of God knows what it’s like. He understands. You’re not alone.”

Why Politics Can’t Drive the Gospel

Why Politics Can’t Drive the Gospel“Forgetting who we are and forgetting our mission can leave us particularly vulnerable to false teaching that doesn’t sound false because it comes from ‘our side.’”

The First Cut Is The Deepest

The First Cut Is The DeepestSharon Dickens shares about issues and answers related to self-harm and some steps to help them.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Monday, September 7, 2015

5 Civil War Lessons for the Church

5 Civil War Lessons for the ChurchHere are some strong applications for believers today as we face “wars” within our culture.

A Prayer on Labor Day

A Prayer on Labor Day“It is finished.”

It Is Well

It Is WellFollowing our Sunday of hymn stories, here are further details on one of my favorites. 

When Religion Excuses You From Your Job

When Religion Excuses You From Your JobThe Washington Post: “Can your religion legally excuse you from doing part of your job? This is one of the questions in the Kentucky County Clerk marriage certificate case. But it also arises in lots of other cases…”

The Incomparable Christ

The Incomparable Christ – Here’s a quote worth saving.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Two Bedtime Prayers for Weary Parents

Two Bedtime Prayers for Weary Parents – Sometimes parents need an encouraging word (well…often).

What You Should Know About the Kentucky Clerk Marriage License Controversy

What You Should Know About the Kentucky Clerk Marriage License ControversyIt complicated and it’s relevant to us all.

How God Gives Assurance

How God Gives Assurance“Am I truly a Christian?”

Why Do So Many Walk Away From The Christian Faith?

Why Do So Many Walk Away From The Christian Faith?“Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” (Hebrews 2:1 ESV)

“In this World You Will Have Trouble” — Welcome to Rowan County

“In this World You Will Have Trouble” — Welcome to Rowan County – “A County Clerk is headed for jail. A legion of Christians struggles to be faithful in their own situations, responsibilities, and callings.”

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Yes, God Is Calling You to Be a Missionary

Yes, God Is Calling You to Be a Missionary - Sometimes, the most overlooked mission field is right where you are.

God’s Big Work and Your Little Mission

God’s Big Work and Your Little Mission – “We easily buy into worldly thinking that claims our identity comes from what we do instead of what God has done.”

3 Reasons We Get Scared of the Holy Spirit

3 Reasons We Get Scared of the Holy Spirit“We’re scared to go too deep in our experience of the Spirit’s presence and power because we’ve seen other people go to extremes.”

When I Don’t Feel Forgiven

When I Don’t Feel Forgiven – Whether suddenly or slowly, this is an agonizing experience for any Christian to go through. What are believers to do when they do not feel forgiven?

The Heart of the Unbeliever's Unbelief

The Heart of the Unbeliever's Unbelief – “Here, then, is our first challenge: Not to convince people of the miracle of Jesus’ death and resurrection, but first the miracles of his incarnation.”

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Next-Door Strangers

Next-Door StrangersIf we are going to share our faith with our neighbors, we need to know them.

Christ Is Lord of Creation

Christ Is Lord of CreationWhat does the Bible mean in Colossians 1:15? Paul refers to Christ as “the firstborn of all creation.” 

Protect Your Children, Protect Mine

Protect Your Children, Protect MineThis is a good reminder for parents, “When you protect your child from the porn industry, you also protect mine.”

The Weakness of Ruth Is Greater than the Strength of Samson

The Weakness of Ruth Is Greater than the Strength of Samson“Jesus, like Ruth, was poor, wandering as an outcast without a home. Like Ruth, he wasn’t the deliverer Israel expected. But because of his weakness, he was the Savior they needed.”

Do You Only Praise God When He Answers Prayer?

Do You Only Praise God When He Answers Prayer?We often hear “praise the Lord” when our prayers work out just the way we ask God. What if they don’t?