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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Does the Pro-Life Movement Want to Punish Women?

Does the Pro-Life Movement Want to Punish Women? – “Protecting unborn babies is not about punishing women, but punishing an industry and a culture that dehumanizes human beings.”

Six Biblical Methods For Handling Stress

Six Biblical Methods For Handling Stress – “Are you one of over 70 percent of Americans experiencing physical or psychological stress? According to this statistic, you probably are.”

Why Don’t We Follow All the Laws?

Why Don’t We Follow All the Laws?Christians are often charged with picking and choosing the Old Testament laws they follow today. J.D. Greear explains why not all laws are equal.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

The Future of Music in the Church

The Future of Music in the Church“Music changes in every generation and we should appreciate it.” This article is filled with meaningful, measured observations on the topic.

Four Warnings for Your Twenties

Four Warnings for Your Twenties“These four warnings were lived out by Israel, but meant by God for you, and for me.”

6 Great Threats to the Christian Family

6 Great Threats to the Christian Family - “Some of the deadliest enemies of the Christian family come
from within rather than from without.”

The Joy and Pain of Consistent Parenting

The Joy and Pain of Consistent Parenting“When we persevere in faithful parenting, we have a greater opportunity to enjoy our children for the blessings they truly are.”

Hope for a Hopeless Marriage

Hope for a Hopeless MarriageThis marriage testimony may be an encouragement to you.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Don't Wait Until Next Easter

Don't Wait Until Next Easter – “We celebrate on Sunday with vigor, but a few days later, we fall back into the same mundane pattern of everyday life. We often live as if Easter hasn't happened.”

Amplifying Evangelism—Doing Evangelism in the Workplace

Amplifying Evangelism—Doing Evangelism in the Workplace“Integrating evangelism into our workplaces is critical.”

4 Qualities of Our Resurrection Body

4 Qualities of Our Resurrection Body – “Here we learn of four characteristics of our resurrection body, which will one day replace the body of death that our spirit now calls home.”

Faithlessness Shrinks You Down To a Grasshopper

Faithlessness Shrinks You Down To a Grasshopper – “Thinking too little of God sometimes leads you to think too little of yourself.”

The FAQs: Christians Targeted on Easter in Terrorist Attack in Pakistan

The FAQs: Christians Targeted on Easter in Terrorist Attack in Pakistan – More people were killed and injured than in Brussels and they were targeted because they were Christians. It’s important to tune into this for several reasons.

Why We All Need to Stop Freaking Out About This Election

Why We All Need to Stop Freaking Out About This Election - True change doesn’t begin and end at the ballot box.

Monday, March 28, 2016

10 Lessons on Parenting Little Ones

10 Lessons on Parenting Little Ones – This is a good word from Tim Challies.

Can’t Keep Jesus Down

Can’t Keep Jesus Down – “Try as they may, people can’t keep Jesus down. They can’t keep him buried. They may use physical force or academic scorn or media blackout or political harassment or religious caricature. For a season, they will think the tomb is finally sealed. But it never works. He breaks out.”

4 Implications of Being Risen with Christ

4 Implications of Being Risen with Christ“We need to think about what it really means to be saved—to be alive in Christ—which is a fruit of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Suicide Bomber Kills 65 as Taliban Targets Christians Celebrating Easter at Pakistan Children's Park

Suicide Bomber Kills 65 as Taliban Targets Christians Celebrating Easter at Pakistan Children's ParkAs a side note, President Obama failed to issue a statement on the bombing, leaving the job instead to a spokesman for the National Security Council. The White House statement did not mention the religious motivation behind the bombing. Obama refuses to describe terrorism as “Islamist” and seeks to minimize or ignore the religious motivations behind Islamist attacks.

Three Biblical Practices for Prayer

Three Biblical Practices for Prayer“Jesus was in the habit of praying. And if it was important to him, it’s important to us. Though we can find many lessons throughout the Bible on how to pray, here are just three elements of prayer that we can put into practice now.”

Disney to Boycott Georgia Over Gay Marriage Bill

Disney to Boycott Georgia Over Gay Marriage Bill - Francis Schaeffer was right: “If you are a Christian looking
for an easy ministry in a post-Christian culture where Christians are a
minority, you are unrealistic in your outlook. It was not to be so in
Jeremiah's day, and it cannot be so in ours.”

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Reality of the Gospel

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ and the Reality of the Gospel – “Resurrection Sunday is the central event in the church year–the climax of worship, expectation, and celebration. This celebration is also an acid test of the Church’s faithfulness and conviction.”

Jesus Christ, the perfect “has been”

Jesus Christ, the perfect “has been” – “The strangest thing about the Christian faith is not our views on sexuality or politics. Those things are not even our most controversial of claims. The strangest thing about us is the apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.”

God Rested on the Seventh Day

God Rested on the Seventh Day – “The Holy One had become unholy so that in him the unholy ones could be made holy (2 Corinthians 5:21). And just as in ancient ages past, so again on the sixth day he had pronounced this part of his genesis work of new creation “finished” (John 19:30). And now, once again, “he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done” (Genesis 2:2).”

Don’t Like Diversity? You’ll Hate Heaven

Don’t Like Diversity? You’ll Hate Heaven – “If you don’t like diversity, you are going to hate heaven. It’s the one place where no one will fight over whose cultural expressions are best suited for God’s work.”

Friday, March 25, 2016

How Easter Offers Hope in a Chaotic World

How Easter Offers Hope in a Chaotic World - As we mourn recent terrorist attacks, the resurrection reminds us we have a God who mourns with us—and is overcoming evil.

Do Not Weep for Jesus

Do Not Weep for Jesus – “The point of Good Friday is not to feel sorry for Jesus. Jesus does not need our sympathy. The point is to feel sorry for your sin. For if we don’t, we have good reason to weep. There will be no salvation for those who reject God’s appointed Savior.”

Calvary Conquers the Fear of Death

Calvary Conquers the Fear of Death – “And yet here we are on Good Friday, strange as we are as Christians, for the culturally bizarre practice of looking death straight in the face and even celebrating torturous bloodshed.”

He's Still Risen

Seven Words from the Cross

Seven Words from the Cross – “While Jesus hung upon the cross of Calvary, He spoke seven times. Each time He spoke, He revealed an aspect of His divine/human character.”

It's Friday... But Sunday's a Coming

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Why Does Christmas Get a Season, But Easter Only a Day?

Why Does Christmas Get a Season, But Easter Only a Day? – “Why do we spend an entire season of the year thinking about and celebrating Christmas, but just a weekend thinking about and celebrating the impact of the resurrection?” 

Commandment Thursday

Commandment ThursdayTtoday is called Maundy Thursday because on the night before his death Jesus gave his disciples a new command. “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another” (John 13:34).

Brussels Points Us to Calvary

Brussels Points Us to Calvary - "Evil, regardless how it appears right now, has been defeated. The cross reassures us that death must give way to life."

The Message of Islam vs. The Gospel of Jesus

The Message of Islam vs. The Gospel of Jesus “Rather than trying to answer directly whether Christians and Muslims worship the same God, it’s more helpful to consider similarities and differences in the beliefs of Muslims and Christians, noting areas of both agreement and disagreement.”

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Why You Should Teach Your Children to be Christian

Why You Should Teach Your Children to be Christian – “I think the difference is our concept of reality. Since we often think religious faith doesn’t bear much weight on ultimate reality (only our own), spirituality has been relegated to a customizable buffet line of sorts. It has become viewed as a practice or habit, which is assumed to be so tailor-made for the individual that corporate training, teaching, and childrearing is deemed illogical, if not cruel and manipulative. But it seems to me that God really saved Israel or he didn’t. God really saved me or he didn’t. God will really save my kids or he won’t.”

Intimacy Before Agony

Intimacy Before Agony“The night before he went to the cross, he focused on relationship. Jesus spent those hours deepening bonds of friendship and intimacy.”

One Curious Little Detail in the Easter Story

One Curious Little Detail in the Easter StoryThere's a detail in the Gospel of John that not only describes Jesus' resurrection, it helps us see it.

Nine Considerations for Church Members This Easter

Nine Considerations for Church Members This Easter – “You have an opportunity to make a gospel impression on these people with a few simple acts. Indeed, you have an opportunity to make an eternal difference. Here are nine servant actions for you to consider.”

What Would Judas Do?

What Would Judas Do? – Wednesday plants the suicidal seed of Holy Week: betrayal.

Jesus Is Always Faithful

Jesus Is Always Faithful – “We all have our moments when we overestimate our devotion to God, trust ourselves instead of his word, and deny the one we love. There may not be a rooster’s crow to break the silence of our pride, but how sweet is the sound of grace.”

Three Reflections on Political Correctness and Cultural Conversation

Three Reflections on Political Correctness and Cultural Conversation““Nevertheless, it is important that we, as evangelicals, realize our dual role in such a chaotic PC culture—advocate and herald.”

Explaining the Attacks in Brussels

Explaining the Attacks in Brussels - Jim Denison briefly explains why the attack occurred and suggests how Christians should respond.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Walk Away from the World to Pray

Walk Away from the World to Pray – This reflection on Tuesday of Passion Week really spoke to me today. “Tuesday’s contribution to Holy Week is that it aligns Jesus’s end-of-the-world purpose with his end-of-the-day practice.” 

Was the New Testament Written Early?

Was the New Testament Written Early?“Atheists and skeptics usually try to discredit the New Testament by indicating that it was written hundreds after the events. Is there evidence for this claim?”

Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit

Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit – “In the storyline of the Bible, this question pierces to the heart. Will you trust God? In some ways, this question is the very essence of true discipleship. Jesus calls each of us to turn from our former lives of death and sin and turn to a life of following him. That is predicated on this very question: do you trust God?” 

The Christian Life Isn’t Meant to Be Effortless

The Christian Life Isn’t Meant to Be Effortless“God calls us to live the Christian life with the full—though God-centered—use of our minds and judgment and everything else that is a part of our humanity.”

A Gentle Political Recalibration

A Gentle Political Recalibration“Without minimizing the importance of the election or impugning anyone who is a political junkie, I want to offer a gentle reminder for Christians who might be getting a little too wrapped up in the election. Call it a gentle calibration.”

The Bible Returns to Cuba

The Bible Returns to Cuba – This story may seem insignificant for Americans who typically have several Bibles in their homes, but in Cuba, it’s a big breakthrough.

Obama in Havana and the Cuba I Know

Obama in Havana and the Cuba I Know - Jim Denison comments on the President's visit to Cuba and makes an application to Tuesday of Passion Week.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Why God Loves It When We Lose Our Way

Why God Loves It When We Lose Our Way - “God loves it when we
lose our way because in losing our way we ultimately gain something.”





Make the Most of Holy Week

Make the Most of Holy Week – Celebrating Holy Week is not an obligation, but it is an opportunity. 

Taking the Long View

Taking the Long ViewLive your earthly life with heaven in mind.

Operation World

Operation World – This is a great resource for praying for the nations of our world. It has detailed demographics and outlines spiritual challenges, nation by nation.

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled

Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled – “Few words in the Bible are better known or more often quoted than these, but for all their timelessness, they were addressed to a very specific situation.”

Sunday, March 20, 2016

3 Things I Keep In Mind When Inviting People To Church

3 Things I Keep In Mind When Inviting People To Church – As you consider inviting someone to church for Easter, Pastor Perry Noble suggests three things to remember.

Palm Sunday: Jesus Makes Us Prisoners of Hope

Palm Sunday: Jesus Makes Us Prisoners of Hope – “Only you could fulfill Zechariah’s magnificent vision, and you have. Only you give us a reason to “greatly rejoice and should aloud.” We worship you and rejoice in you on this Palm Sunday.”

The Strange and Wonderful Ride

The Strange and Wonderful Ride – “Passion Week begins with palms. Branches are cut from trees, hands are raised in praised, and the most important figure in history enters the greatest city in the first century for the most important week that’s ever been.”

Saturday, March 19, 2016

How Easter Killed My Atheism

How Easter Killed My Atheism - Lee Strobel was legal editor for the Chicago Tribune and a committed atheist until he applied his journalistic & legal research skills to the first Easter.

The Need for Perfect Obedience

The Need for Perfect ObedienceHere is a short but powerful teaching on law and grace.

If the World Were 100 People

If the World Were 100 PeopleThis video breaks the world down into 100 people and shares some surprising facts.

The Whole Bible in One Verse

The Whole Bible in One Verse – Here’s a good devotional thought illustrated in the life of Jonah.

Avoiding Resentment, Bitterness, and Revenge

Avoiding Resentment, Bitterness, and Revenge – Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. Heb. 12:15 (NLT)

A Recipe for Repentance

A Recipe for Repentance – “There are fewer deceptions that are more confounding than that of false repentance. When someone pretends to confess and turn away from sin, but in the depths of his heart means only to appease anger and escape consequences, it leaves in its wake an especially sensitive kind of confusion and pain.”

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Genocide Declaration

The Genocide Declaration – “Earlier this week the U.S. government made two important announcements declaring the actions of Islamic State against Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq and Syria to be genocide under international law.”

8 Points from the American College of Pediatricians on Gender Identity in Children

8 Points from the American College of Pediatricians on Gender Identity in Children – “The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds)—a socially conservative association of pediatricians and healthcare professionals in the United States, founded in 2002—has issued the following statement on gender identity in children.”

The Secret to Peace and Contentment

The Secret to Peace and ContentmentThe answer is simple and clear in the Bible. Can it really be that easy?

Attitude Is Everything

Attitude Is EverythingWhat is godliness? It is a godly attitude in action.

A Helpful List of Short Apologetic Videos

A Helpful List of Short Apologetic Videos – Here are some good resources you can share with lost friends. They answer common questions.

The Title of “Brother” Means Something

The Title of “Brother” Means Something“Be thankful for your spiritual brother that God has placed in your life.  If you have a physical brother, be thankful for him too.  If he isn’t a believer, pray that God would make your brother your brother”

The Modesty Debate

The Modesty Debate “We men do not need modesty laws to have a pure heart. What we need is Christ. We need to stop blaming the girls, the advertisers, the catalogs, the TV shows, and point the finger right where it belongs. At our filthy, corrupted, sinful hearts.”

Thursday, March 17, 2016

“I Don’t Feel At Home In the Republican Party Anymore”

“I Don’t Feel At Home In the Republican Party Anymore”My favorite quote from this article is this one, “After all, the gates of hell are shaking not because of an election, but because of Easter.”

Your Greatest Missional Context—Your Vocation

Your Greatest Missional Context—Your Vocation“We know that whatever God is going to do, he is going to do it through his people.”

The Gospel Isn't a Rule Book

The Gospel Isn't a Rule Book - Living like Jesus means learning to accept and love imperfect people.

When Life Is Hard and God Seems Absent

When Life Is Hard and God Seems AbsentHere is a prayer for such days.

Your Meaningless Ministry

Your Meaningless Ministry“We all want to succeed. We all want our efforts to mean something in the end, to be worth it when all is said and done. But when death comes knocking, I would hate to find I received my entire reward here on earth.”

The Theology of Donald Trump

The Theology of Donald Trump – “Writing for Christianity Today, Michael Horton takes a look at the theology of Donald Trump. His unfortunate conclusion: ‘If the working theology of American spirituality is a combination of ‘moralistic, therapeutic deism’ (Christian Smith) and pragmatism (William James), then perhaps Donald Trump is after all exactly the right candidate for the moment.’”


Who’s Your Daddy?

Who’s Your Daddy?“Christianity unapologetically places fathers (or father-types) at the head of the church and the table and the household, but commands that they lead with a servant’s heart with Christ as their model.  The problems stem not from obeying the godly mandate, but from shirking it.” 

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Three Lessons from the Farmer About Faith

Three Lessons from the Farmer About Faith – “A farmer, perhaps more than most, knows something about faith.”

Salvation: So Much More Than Accepting a Good Offer

Salvation: So Much More Than Accepting a Good Offer – “The Bible says that true believers are the ones who treasure Jesus with all their hearts, not the ones who merely accept Him as a good solution to their problems.”

The Non-Partisan Politics of Jesus

The Non-Partisan Politics of Jesus – “But when it comes to politics, the Bible gives us no reason to believe Jesus would side completely with one political viewpoint over another. Rather, when it comes to kings and kingdoms, Jesus sides with himself.”

It’s Officially Time to Redefine 'Evangelical'

It’s Officially Time to Redefine 'Evangelical' - The term has been hijacked by politics for too long.

Extending Mercy When It’s Not Easy to Do So

Extending Mercy When It’s Not Easy to Do So – God has extended mercy freely to us. We should be just as generous with others, even when it’s hard.

The Cherubim Cheered the Loudest

The Cherubim Cheered the Loudest – “For all of those thousands of years between Eden and the cross, the cherubim carried out this mission from God. For all those years they served as a reminder of the state of warfare between God and man. For all those years they stood between creature and Creator, guarding God’s holiness from man’s impurity.”

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

In Case Your Parents Haven’t Told You This Yet…

In Case Your Parents Haven’t Told You This Yet… - “Here are twenty conversation beginnings that I believe are necessary for every young adult to engage. Start your next conversation with these foundations…”

How Does Jihad Compare with Old Testament Warfare?

How Does Jihad Compare with Old Testament Warfare? – “New York Times bestselling author Nabeel Qureshi, a former Muslim, offers challenging, respectful answers to the many questions surrounding jihad, the rise of ISIS, and Islamic terrorism in his new book Answering Jihad: A Better Way Forward (Zondervan, 2016). Read on for a comparison of Old Testament warfare and jihad.”

Why Did They Hate Jesus?

Why Did They Hate Jesus? – They hated Him because He claimed to be God. That’s why they killed Jesus. 

Why We Really Put Our Kids in Sports

Why We Really Put Our Kids in Sports – “Overplayed offers a number of excellent suggestions for how Christians can uphold their values while also making space for kids to enjoy athletics.”

Holiness Is like Farming

Holiness Is like Farming“Pursuing holiness is like farming; it is a joint venture, a cooperative effort, of the believer and the Holy Spirit.”

7 Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself About Church

7 Lies You’ve Been Telling Yourself About Church“Here are seven lies that you may also have encountered, whether personally or from other people, about church.”

4 Essentials for Finishing Well

4 Essentials for Finishing Well“As we think of the endurance of the saints, of enduring to the end and finishing well, there is no better example in Scripture than that of the apostle Paul.”

He’s Still Risen

He’s Still Risen – This short video will encourage you toward Easter.

Monday, March 14, 2016

It’s Not a Talent Show

It’s Not a Talent Show – “God does not apportion talents equally to his servants. He gives more to some and less to others. Each apportionment has its unique temptations. But at one point, Jesus delivered a warning to less talented servants.”

Six False Expectations That Diminish Our Happiness

Six False Expectations That Diminish Our HappinessHere are six false expectations—those that are not grounded in Scripture and undermine our happiness.

Judges - The Animated Video Summary

JudgesThe Bible Project has released their video overview of the book of Judges. I have really enjoyed this series.

25 Quick Tips and Reminders to Help Your Prayer Life

25 Quick Tips and Reminders to Help Your Prayer LifeIt’s a quick list with great reminders and ideas for strengthening personal prayer.

More Than Feeling in Love

More Than Feeling in Love“Don’t sit around and wonder if you’re still in love with your spouse or if your spouse is still in love with you. Just love him. Just love her. Go above and beyond to shower your marriage with the kind of love that you promised you would demonstrate for the rest of your life.”

Saturday, March 12, 2016

5 Metaphors for Your Church Membership

5 Metaphors for Your Church Membership – “In short, membership does not add something extra to the church. It enables the church to be the church, both now and for generations to come.” 

3 Rules To Combat Parental Sports Idolatry

3 Rules To Combat Parental Sports Idolatry – “Here, then, are the 3 rules we have imposed on our kids for sports in particular, but also now extending to their other extra-curricular activities like the school musical, dance, and music lessons. I hope they’re helpful for you, too, regardless of whether your kids play sports or not.”

When God Is Silent

When God Is Silent – “Silence. Sometimes what causes us the most pain and confusion isn’t what God says to us but the fact that in the midst of difficulty he seems to say nothing at all.”

9 People Who Definitely Went to Your Childhood Church

9 People Who Definitely Went to Your Childhood Church – I did find some of these to be pretty funny.

Watching Our Words on Social Media

Watching Our Words on Social Media – “The power of the words we speak and write is far greater than we realize. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that “Life and death is in the power of the tongue.” In fact, usually our written words assume more permanence and reach further and wider than our spoken ones.”

Tough and Tinder

Tough and Tinder“Tinder’s popularity also raises many questions. Like how does swipe-liking the mere image of a potential mate fundamentally skew dating standards and expectations? And how will men engage dating relationships in a society where they are presented with a limitless digital harem of options from which to choose?”

Now Trending: Pre-Midlife Divorce

Now Trending: Pre-Midlife Divorce“I am seeing more married couples separating and divorcing. Especially for adults in their mid-30s to mid-40s, it seems to have become a trend.” 

Thursday, March 10, 2016

How to Recognize a Foolish Leader?

How to Recognize a Foolish Leader? – “No matter who is elected President of the United States in November, he or she will be a sinner. He or she will be fallible and will, like all presidents, make some serious mistakes. We will not elect a messiah-in-chief.” One thing is for sure, we need a wise leader.

Three Gifts We Need, But Hate to Receive

Three Gifts We Need, But Hate to Receive – Here are a few of those gifts that we might be prone to miss, but ought to cherish as much as any.

Hope for the Unhappy Christian

Hope for the Unhappy Christian – “Chloe represents many Christians struggling to cope with the hand they’ve been dealt.” Here’s a word on contentment.

What If You’re Not as Awesome as You Think You Are?

What If You’re Not as Awesome as You Think You Are?Proverbs 16:2 is simple and uncomplicated, yet it says something profound about the human condition. “All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, But the LORD weighs the motives.”

In Everything Give Thanks

In Everything Give Thanks – This is a good, short, encouraging word.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

The Truth About Self-Pity and Low Self-Esteem

The Truth About Self-Pity and Low Self-Esteem“Self-pity is simply the grief that I have nothing to brag about in myself.”

When Things Feel Impossible

When Things Feel ImpossibleIf you are facing what seems impossible, here is a good prayer to pray.

10 Marks of an Immature Believer

10 Marks of an Immature Believer“In his little book, Grace: The Truth, Growth, and Different Degrees, Christopher Love, gives ten marks of an immature believer. He does this not to shame but in order to spur on towards growth in Christ.”

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Why I Don’t Want My Children to Be Happy

Why I Don’t Want My Children to Be Happy – “When we seek happiness apart from God, we're seeking a false substitute. That's why such happiness is temporary and fleeting. It wears off once everyone stops singing the birthday song and the toy we bought breaks. And so we seek to find something else to replace that missing feeling.”

On Thinking Generationally

On Thinking Generationally – “Even if you’re not a parent, if you are stirred to see the truth preserved and the culture converted, investing in children is a vital part of your mission.”

10 Things You Should Do Right the First Time

10 Things You Should Do Right the First Time“The Difference Between Doing Something and Doing It Right is Usually Seconds.”

An Identity That Can’t Be Stolen

An Identity That Can’t Be Stolen – “Some days I feel like someone's stolen my identity. Fear starts to paralyze me, shame begins to strangle me, and hopelessness steals my joy. When that starts happening, I know, sure enough I'm experiencing an identity crisis.”

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Problem in Your Marriage Isn't What You Think

The Problem in Your Marriage Isn't What You Think - 4 ways we may be destroying our marriages.

Did You Expect Your Marriage to Be Easy?

Did You Expect Your Marriage to Be Easy? – “No marriage has ever been easy. The amazing thing is that we always seem to expect it will be for us.”

5 Reasons You Should Prioritize Family Worship

5 Reasons You Should Prioritize Family Worship – “My prayer is to persuade you, despite the many demands on your schedule, to make a priority of family worship.”

Your Single Most Important Habit

Your Single Most Important Habit – “And it is all too often neglected, or taken very lightly, in our day of disembodiment and in our proclivity for being noncommittal. In fact, I do not think it is too strong to call corporate worship the single most important habit of the Christian life.”

Helpful Resources and Articles on Marriage

Here is a whole set of articles on marriage from Gospel Relevance:


  1. You Don’t Need A Date Night 
  2. How An Affair Really Begins 
  3. The Curse of A Godly Wife 
  4. You Never Marry The Right Person 
  5. Martial Intimacy is More Than Sex
  6. 6 Things Submission is Not 
  7. Do Not Fear The Hard Things of Marriage 
  8. 3 Ways to Encourage Your Imperfect Husband 
  9. I Wasn’t Ready for Marriage 
  10. Marriage on The Edge of Eternity 
  11. My Spouse Doesn’t Enjoy Sex
  12. Walking The Wedding Aisle Without Your Virginity 
  13. 3 Marriage Habits Every Marriage Needs 
  14. One Way to Help Your Marriage Be Even Better
  15. 6 Reasons Why God Created Sex for Marriage 
  16. 3 Reasons Why You Should Ignore Most Relationship Advice 
  17. 8 Ways to Honor Marriage
  18. Honeymoon Marriage Impossible? 
  19. Marriage is Death
  20. 7 Commandments of a Great Marriage 
  21. Ten Years, Ten Lessons 
  22. 5 Mistakes I Continue to Make in My Marriage 
  23. 10 Personalities That Have No Place in Christian Marriage 
  24. 8 Things Healthy Couples Do not Do
  25. Why Christians Care About Sex

9 Diagnostic Questions Every Single Christian Should Ask

9 Diagnostic Questions Every Single Christian Should Ask – “In fact, there’s several diagnostic questions to ask that’ll tell you just how well your singleness is going. What are they?”

11 Things Every Single Christian Should Know

11 Things Every Single Christian Should Know“I’m sure many of us who are single want to use this season wisely—but how? How can we enjoy our singleness without wasting it?”

6 Areas of End Times Agreement

6 Areas of End Times Agreement “While there are many different interpretations of how events of the end times will unfold, orthodox, Bible-believing Christians passionately agree about the most important matters. Here I point out six end times areas of agreement about which the Bible is explicit…”

Friday, March 4, 2016

Stuck in a Ditch You Drove Into?

Stuck in a Ditch You Drove Into?“Even when we've created the mess we're in, God runs toward us with open arms and kisses.”

Fanny Crosby: Her Story, Her Song

Fanny Crosby: Her Story, Her Song“You've probably sung many of her hymns. “Blessed Assurance,” “Praise Him, Praise Him, Jesus Our Blessed Redeemer,” “To God Be the Glory,” “All the Way My Savior Leads Me,” and “Rescue the Perishing” are just a few from her vast repertoire. You may be less familiar with her story and how she found a place in the hearts of those who so joyfully sing her songs.”

Working the Thorny Ground

Working the Thorny Ground“The same reality will be true for us until Jesus returns or until we return to the ground out of which mankind was created. Our labors will be mixed with pain, sweat, and thorns.”

Mom and Dad, Your Job Is Not Over

Mom and Dad, Your Job Is Not Over – “There are very few griefs for a parent greater than a child who turns away from the gospel faith in which they were raised…We can’t save our kids, but we can show them how to get off the sinking ship.”

Four Reasons to Remember Your Creator in Your Youth

Four Reasons to Remember Your Creator in Your Youth“But as it’s especially in our youth that we are most inclined (determined?) to forget our Creator, it’s especially in these years that we must work to remember our Creator (Ecc.12:1).”

What Would Would It Look Like If Christians Took the Ninth Commandment Seriously?

What Would Would It Look Like If Christians Took the Ninth Commandment Seriously? – “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”

Overcoming Fear: Strength and Courage for the Chicken-Hearted

Overcoming Fear: Strength and Courage for the Chicken-Hearted – Here is an encouraging word on the power of God, fear, and faith.

Why We Must Earnestly Desire Spiritual Gifts

Why We Must Earnestly Desire Spiritual Gifts – “The questions I want to address are why should we desire these gifts and how should we pursue them?”

Thursday, March 3, 2016

5 Ways to Make the Most of Unemployment

5 Ways to Make the Most of Unemployment“Have you ever faced unexpected unemployment? If not, it’s likely you know someone who has.”

Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils?

Should Christians Vote for the Lesser of Two Evils?Russell Moore takes on a hot topic. “Even at the ballot box, morality is not relative.”

Parenting in a New Day of Presidential Politics

Parenting in a New Day of Presidential Politics“No matter what happens on November 8, God’s mercies will be new on November 9.”

The Supreme Court Case on Texas Abortion Clinics

The Supreme Court Case on Texas Abortion ClinicsJoe Carter has a FAQ on the abortion case that has gone before the Supreme Court.

The Character of the Christian: Generous

The Character of the Christian: Generous – “We will look at what it means for Christian leaders and for all Christians to not be lovers of money and wealth, but instead to be marked by generosity.”

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

4 Ways to Worship—Not Worry—this Election Season

4 Ways to Worship—Not Worry—this Election Season“I want this election cycle to move my heart to worship. I see four main ways to do this...”

Marriage Shouldn't Be 'Fair'

Marriage Shouldn't Be 'Fair' - Why 50/50 doesn't work. Be sure and read down to the questions at the end of the article.

Are You Sure You Want God’s Justice?

Are You Sure You Want God’s Justice?“When we suffer, which we will, there will often be mystery. Will there also be faith?”

10 Leadership Lessons I Learned from Thomas Jefferson

10 Leadership Lessons I Learned from Thomas JeffersonYou’ll find some good points here on leadership.

Is Your Jesus Too Small?

Is Your Jesus Too Small? – “In my years of publishing and producing educational materials for Christians, I have been puzzled by something strange. I have noticed that books about Jesus do not do well in Christian bookstores…Perhaps such study might disturb the simple faith we cling to.”

When Affliction Is Stacked

When Affliction Is Stacked – An excellent article about the cumulative impact of cumulative trials. When you ask, “When is it going to stop?”

5 Prayers to Pray For Your Husband

5 Prayers to Pray For Your HusbandHere are 5 simple ways to pray for your husband.

Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?

Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God? – Here is a simple, thoughtful answer to a question that continues to pop up.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Voter Guides and Sample Ballots for March Primaries 2016

Early voting has already begun for the March primary. You may be somewhat familiar with the presidential candidates from your preferred political party, but there are numerous other important races at the state and local levels. The candidates have submitted answers to a variety of questions  of interest to Christian voters. If you click on the candidates names, you can see their responses to the questions. Here are some resources that may be helpful:

American Family Association Voter Guide

Texas Values Action Voter Guide

The guides above do not list all political races that will appear on your Collin County Ballot. You can access your Sample Ballot HERE.

Praying for Healing

Praying for HealingHere’s a prayer for the people we love who need God’s  healing touch.

Growth Is Not the Goal

Growth Is Not the GoalGrowth has value but knowing and enjoying Jesus is the goal.

The Downward Spiral of My Discontent

The Downward Spiral of My Discontent“Even in the midst of a good life, it’s a broken life. Schedules are delayed, feelings are hurt, and material goods are in the constant habit of breaking down. Sometimes it’s not the huge trials of life that sink us, but the constant pressure of many small burdens that cause us to stumble.”

Reassurance: The Needed Component in Reconciliation

Reassurance: The Needed Component in Reconciliation – This lesson on reconciliation uses the biblical example of Joseph.