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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters to You

Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters to You – “The Ascension of Jesus isn’t just the story of how our Lord “went away” between the Resurrection and the Second Coming. The Ascension means that you, Christian, are connected always to God.”

Leaving Behind a Jesus Created in Our Image

Leaving Behind a Jesus Created in Our ImagePeople want Jesus in their own image, which is ironic because Jesus came so we could be remade in His image.

Kids, Broccoli, and Jesus

Kids, Broccoli, and Jesus“When Jesus is presented as broccoli and not a filet mignon, kids will see him as a means to an end. But Jesus is not a means. He is the end. The goal of the gospel is God himself. And the goal of all kids ministry should be to direct their gaze into the splendor of God's grace in the gospel of Christ.” 

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.”

Heaven Will Never Be Boring

Heaven Will Never Be Boring - Have you ever worried that you might grow bored in heaven, that things may lose their luster or taste, that the whole novelty and intrigue of heaven might fade as do most things on earth? 

Looking Forward to a Heaven We Can Imagine

Looking Forward to a Heaven We Can Imagine “What difference is Heaven supposed to make in our lives now? Why do you think many Christians don’t look forward to Heaven anymore? What are some of the biggest misconceptions about Heaven?”

Present Heaven and Future Heaven

Present Heaven and Future Heaven - What’s the difference between present heaven and future heaven? Randy Alcorn answers.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Ten Things to Do During Suffering

Ten Things to Do During SufferingTimes of suffering come to most all people. Here are ten good biblical steps to take in times of hardship.

Suffering: For God’s Glory and Your Good

Suffering: For God’s Glory and Your Good - We are constantly reminded by our friends, family, and media of that suffering. Believers are not exempt; every follower of Christ will experience some kind of trial or suffering.

Nominal Christianity Will Fail You When Suffering Hits

Nominal Christianity Will Fail You When Suffering Hits – “In the face of suffering, all the world can offer are sad clich├ęs. But true Christianity actually has something substantial to offer, because we have a Savior who went through suffering so we can have confidence that he’ll never let us go.”

Suffering Is Not What It Seems

Suffering Is Not What It Seems“What if suffering isn't quite what it seems? Often, suffering is viewed as a mood-destroying interruption (in our best moments) or a faith-wrecking obstacle (in our worst)…Suffering is our foe.” We may be missing something important.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

A Prayer for Honoring Our Longings for Heaven

A Prayer for Honoring Our Longings for HeavenSunday’s sermon is about heaven. This prayer may be good preparation.

7 Ways to Fight Distraction During Prayer

7 Ways to Fight Distraction During Prayer“Distraction can be a huge hindrance in our prayer life, but I am also discovering that it provides an opportunity for growth. Here are seven strategies for fighting distraction, and harnessing it to deepen and direct our prayers.”

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.

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.”

Prayerlessness Is Selfishness

Tim Challies shares what many of us have felt in connection to our prayer lives:

"I have said it often and said it recently, that prayer has always been a struggle for me. It's not that I don't pray--I do!--but that I find it a battle to put my theology into action day-by-day and to live out my deepest convictions about prayer by actually praying. I experience little of the joy and sense of fulfillment that so many of the great pray-ers speak of. As often as not, I have to rely on the objective facts of what I believe about prayer more than any subjective feeling or sense of satisfaction."

Monday, July 17, 2017

9 Steps to Putting That Sin to Death

9 Steps to Putting That Sin to Death“It’s a battle we all must fight. It’s a battle we all must fight from this moment until the moment we die. It’s a battle fraught with discouragement and setbacks, yet a battle we all can and must win. It’s the battle against sin.”

5 Wrong Ways to Talk About Sin

5 Wrong Ways to Talk About Sin“If you’ve been around church long enough, though, you know there are plenty of ways to “talk about sin” that fall short of considering its full weight. I can think of at least five.”

10 Things That Are True When I Confess My Sin

10 Things That Are True When I Confess My Sin“Ponder these thoughts concerning God, sin, grace, forgiveness, and the sufficiency of Christ and his sacrificial work on your behalf. When I confess my sin…”

Six Evil Effects of Sin

Six Evil Effects of Sin – Yesterday, we taught about the need we all have to confess our sin and repent. I shared a brief list of the consequences of sin. Here is the list:

In his great work Overcoming Sin and Temptation, John Owen lists six evil effects of sin—sin that we identify BUT refuse to destroy.


  1. Sin deprives us of spiritual strength and comfort.
  2. Sin weakens the soul and deprives it of its strength.
  3. Sin becomes the delight of the heart.
  4. Sin becomes the meditation of our minds. 
  5. Sin hinders our spiritual walk. “
  6. Sin darkens the soul

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Not on Earth as It Is in Heaven

Not on Earth as It Is in Heaven – “Three aspects (at least) of our worship during this earthly age should differ from the heavenly worship of the age to come: confession of sin, mission to the lost, and lament over brokenness. If we diminish or remove any of these aspects, our worship will suffer in the here and now.”

5 Things to Remember about Worship

5 Things to Remember about Worship - Music can be a part of worship, but it was never meant to be the heart of it. - Music can be a part of worship, but it was never meant to be the heart of it.

God Made Every Part of You for Worship

God Made Every Part of You for Worship – “God gives us five senses to help us worship him: the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and tastes testify to the diversity of God’s gifts and to the depth of worship God deserves.”

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Parenting Teaches Us to Be Better Children of God

Parenting Teaches Us to Be Better Children of God – This is an interesting article that uses a secular parenting book to illustrate biblical truth about relationship to God in Habbakkuk. 

Patient Parenting

Patient Parenting – David Murray writes, “Here are six areas of parenting where I’ve learned (and am learning) to exercise patience.”

You Don’t Need More Parenting Advice

You Don’t Need More Parenting Advice – Paul Tripp writes, “Many Christian mothers and fathers are exhausted, discouraged, and frustrated. It’s time we consider a new and better way: the way of grace. These fourteen gospel principles are meant to help you see how radically different parenting becomes when you quit trying to produce change and become a willing tool of the grace that rescues, forgives, and changes.”

8 Ways to Persevere in the Parenting Marathon

8 Ways to Persevere in the Parenting Marathon “So how do we run the parenting marathon well and finish strong? Here are eight ways.”

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Messy Community

Messy Community - “When life gets hard and there is no laughter to share, that’s when friendship is seen for what it truly is. When life gets messy, that’s where the rubber meets the road.”

Community Keeps You From Drifting

Community Keeps You From Drifting – “All Christians want to stay close to Jesus. But to try to do that on your own is to set out to fail. We need others to help us stay close when we are prone to drift.”

4 Things Keeping Us From True Community

4 Things Keeping Us From True Community - Building real community takes time, emotion and effort—because that’s what true community is all about.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Canonicity: Why These 66 Books?

Canonicity: Why These 66 Books? This is a good, brief discussion of why the 66 books are in our Bible and why others are not.

13 End Times Errors to Avoid

13 End Times Errors to Avoid – “Unfortunately, believers often cycle through a stock list of end-times errors. These mistakes discredit gospel proclamation and rob Christians of the blessings and wisdom God gives from meditating on this area of truth.”

Two Methods of Bible Study

Two Methods of Bible Study – The writer describes them as “plow” and “trowel” Bible study.

17 Benefits to Reading the Entire Bible

17 Benefits to Reading the Entire Bible – “As I set aside my Bible reading plan this year in favor of soaking in shorter passages, I realized that I didn’t need to choose between the two—nor did I want to! The benefits and joy of journeying the entire way through God’s salvation story are too good to miss, so I decided to do both.”

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

How Many of the Ten Commandments Do Americans Think They’ve Broken This Month?

How Many of the Ten Commandments Do Americans Think They’ve Broken This Month?
“How many of the ten commandments have you broken this month?” Find out what the most common response is.

How To Pray for Your Pastor

How To Pray for Your Pastor – As a pastor who cares deeply for my fellow pastors, here are some prayer-worthy topics.

Five “Fake News” Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity

Five “Fake News” Stories That People Believe about Early Christianity – “Given this rash of ‘fake news,’ I thought it might be interesting to observe that an analogous phenomenon can be seen in the study of early Christianity.  There is quite a bit of ‘fake news’ out there regarding the person of Jesus, the origins of the church, or the development of the Bible .  Even though such ‘news’ as no factual basis, it is believed by an uncomfortably large number of people.”

The Dangers of Loneliness

The Dangers of Loneliness – “What an opportunity for the church! Not only can we offer the grace of rest and peace but the grace of community and fellowship.”

8 Action Points When Facing Terminal Illness

8 Action Points When Facing Terminal Illness – These are helpful things to know and consider for you or a loved one.

10 Things You Should Know about Dementia

10 Things You Should Know about Dementia – Here is a book reference and some helpful points and suggestions.

Seven Reasons You Owe Everything to Suffering

Seven Reasons You Owe Everything to Suffering “Every good thing you ever dreamed about having now or in eternity comes to you through suffering, and only through suffering; namely, the suffering of Jesus.”

Sloth Doesn’t Just Mean Sleep

Sloth Doesn’t Just Mean Sleep – “A sluggard doesn’t have to be a sleeper. While the Bible has sleep as the favorite past-time of the sluggard it also paints a broader picture. The sluggard is really the one who is doing something other than what ought to be done in that moment to the glory of God.”

Monday, July 10, 2017

Tempted to Worry? Call These 4 Words To Mind

Tempted to Worry? Call These 4 Words To Mind – Mark Altrogge shares how four words help calm his anxiety. They are bound to encourage anyone in the midst of worry.

The Real Reason We Don’t Read Our Bibles

The Real Reason We Don’t Read Our Bibles – “Why don’t we read our Bibles? Because we forget that God’s Word is alive. Open the Bible not merely to be inspired, but to exult in the God who speaks.”

Why the Church Needs Suffering

Why the Church Needs Suffering – “Why is life so heavy for so many of those who are following Christ? Why isn't God protecting His people?”

The Worrying Effects of Working More and Sleeping Less

The Worrying Effects of Working More and Sleeping Less – “Here are some stats which will either keep you awake tonight or perhaps send you to bed earlier”...with a biblical application.

Angered At and Angry With

Angered At and Angry With – “As I work my way through the proverbs, I see anger everywhere. I see the folly of anger, the danger of anger, the sinfulness of anger. I see that the godly learn to control their anger while the fools let it rage.”

Discovering Christ in the Psalms

Discovering Christ in the Psalms – “It should not, therefore, surprise us that the New Testament writers cite the Psalms more than any other book of the Old Testament. Neither should it surprise us that, in each citation, Jesus and the Apostles teach us that the Psalms are Messianic in nature. In so doing, they teach us the principles that we must follow as we seek to discover Christ in all the rest of the Psalms.”

Hospitality Is Not Just for Home

Hospitality Is Not Just for Home – “Hospitality is both an attitude of the heart and a practice of the hand. It seeks to turn strangers into friends through acts of welcome and generosity. Throughout Scripture, God calls his people to show hospitality to strangers—orphans, foreigners, the poor, widows, and more.”

The Mysterious Trinity and Why It Matters

The Mysterious Trinity and Why It Matters – “We worship the one God, who, though distinct in personhood, is unified in one nature.”

Martin Luther’s Shelter Amid the Flood of Depression

Martin Luther’s Shelter Amid the Flood of Depression – “He didn’t attempt to decipher the causes of the depression or the source of the attacks. While he recognized emotions were powerful catalysts for reflection, repentance, and resolve, he also acknowledged they were sometimes disproportionate responses to terrifying circumstances.”

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A Spiritual Inheritance

A Spiritual Inheritance “In a day when multitudes are enthusiastically committing themselves to Christian financial management principles, it would serve us well to consider what sort of inheritance we are storing up for our children.”

Friday, July 7, 2017

Spiritual Growth Comes From Community

Spiritual Growth Comes From Community “My encouragement to young moms, or busy students, or stressed businessmen and women is this: put yourself in a role that will require you to show up at your local church week after week.”

If You Truly Know God, Then You Will Love

If You Truly Know God, Then You Will Love – “If love is this important then we need a clear picture of it. Where do we get a clear definition? Who do we look to? The apostle John says to look to God.”

The 5 Most Misused and Abused Bible Verses

The 5 Most Misused and Abused Bible Verses – Reading the Bible in context and fully is important.

4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty

4 Principles for the Exercise of Christian Liberty“Paul’s teaching in Romans 14:1–15:13 contains healthy (and very necessary) guidelines for the exercise of Christian liberty. Here are four of them.”

Relationships in Heaven

Relationships in Heaven Randy Alcorn writes, “One of the most frequent questions I’ve been asked about Heaven over the years is about the nature of marriage there. As I share in my book Heaven, there will be one marriage in Heaven, not many. That marriage will be what earthly marriage symbolized and pointed to, the marriage of Christ to His bride. So we will all be married—but to Christ.”

Joy Is for the Generous

Joy Is for the Generous – “Money may not be able to purchase the greatest and deepest joy, but it can still generate it. The joy is there for the taking. The joy is there for the giving. The joy is for the generous.”

Survival of the Fondest: Love Defies Darwin and Defeats the Devil

Survival of the Fondest: Love Defies Darwin and Defeats the Devil – “Does this love exist? This is the question I pose to atheists. Because if such love really exists, it is a powerful and unnerving indicator of a profound reality beyond the bounds of what we call the material universe.”

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.

Money: An Instrument for Blessing, Not an Indicator of It

Money: An Instrument for Blessing, Not an Indicator of It - As it addresses the prosperity gospel, the article explores the difference between money as a sign of blessing and money as an instrument of blessing. 

Free from Money, Rich Toward God

Free from Money, Rich Toward God – “Jesus spoke more about money than he did about sex, heaven, and hell. Money is a big deal to Jesus. There must be something really dangerous about money.”

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Why Would You Say Yes?

Why Would You Say Yes? – “I believe that the story of Noah and the Ark is in the Bible to help us define what biblical faith looks like. You see, Noah was just an ordinary guy who by faith accepted an extraordinary call from God.”

Go to Bed for the Glory of God

Go to Bed for the Glory of God – “Has it ever occurred to you that going to bed can glorify God? He created us to need sleep and He graciously gives it. Therefore, we can please Him by acknowledging this need and accepting the gift with gratitude.”

Remember the Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath – “But, what does it look like? Below I propose four aspects of Sabbath-keeping that will help you grasp its practice.”

Are You Really a Christian?

Are You Really a Christian?“Becoming a Christian is not only believing truth; it’s finding a treasure.”

Sharing the Painful Loss of Miscarriage

Sharing the Painful Loss of Miscarriage – “There are several reasons it’s helpful to share with others about your loss. Here are four.”

The Joy of Walking with God

The Joy of Walking with God – “The Christian’s walk is one of close fellowship with God and earnest obedience to God. Here are some of the joys we receive in this walk.”

New Army Training Tells Female Soldiers To ‘Accept’ Naked Men In Their Showers

New Army Training Tells Female Soldiers To ‘Accept’ Naked Men In Their Showers “The force-wide presentation sheds quite a bit of light on the implications of the rule change on transgender service members. The policy prioritizes subjective feelings over combat-readiness and inverts military order by placing the needs of individuals over the well-being of their units.”

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Don’t Just Tweet Your Proverbs

Don’t Just Tweet Your Proverbs – “I don’t quite understand it. Everyone knows that King Solomon was the wisest man in the Old Testament. Yet, he had the most precipitous moral freefall of all the kings.”

You’ve Got a Friend

You’ve Got a Friend – Friendship is more than just a great James Taylor tune.

8 Ways to Help Depressed Christians

8 Ways to Help Depressed Christians – Depression can arise from any number of things. You may be the first line of help for a friend. Here are some suggestions.


The X-Factor in Bible Reading

The X-Factor in Bible Reading – “Whether we feel confident or intimidated by Bible reading, every one of us depends on God’s Holy Spirit to lead, guide, and illumine our Bible reading.”

Don’t Skip Sunday School

Don’t Skip Sunday School Whatever your church calls its small group ministry, here are some good reasons to be a part of it.

Eight Reasons to Cling to Scripture in Suffering

Eight Reasons to Cling to Scripture in Suffering – “Whether affliction has touched or devastated you, God promises in his Word to be your help, just as he did the psalmist. See in Psalm 119:49-56 eight reasons to cling to Scripture in your suffering.”

Spurgeon’s Secret for Raising Godly Children

Spurgeon’s Secret for Raising Godly Children Here are thirteen quotes by Spurgeon about raising Godly children.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Can Patriotism Become Idolatry?

Can Patriotism Become Idolatry? – “We can’t have it both ways. We can’t fully serve two masters. But boy do we try.”

5 Reasons to Not Give Up on Church

5 Reasons to Not Give Up on Church – “At her best and at her worst, Jesus loves his Church.”

Thank God for the Idea of America

Thank God for the Idea of America “I understand the dangers of an unthinking ‘God and country’ mentality, let alone a gospel-less civil religion. But I also think love of country–like love of family or love of work–is a proximate good. Patriotism is not beneath the Christian, even for citizens of a superpower.”

Your Suffering Is Not an Accident

Your Suffering Is Not an Accident – “God is not figuring out how to manage suffering through the cross. The cross was always the plan.”

Civil Religion Has No Place in God’s House

Civil Religion Has No Place in God’s House – “When we bring civil religion into our worship services, we are confusing our patriotic duty to the temporal country God gave us with the allegiance we owe to the kingdom in which we will be citizens forever.”

Why Do Christians Sing?

Why Do Christians Sing? – “Have you ever wondered why God desires his people to sing? Here are seven biblical reasons.”

The United States of Ambivalence

The United States of Ambivalence – “And the extent to which the Declaration of Independence and Constitution reflect biblical principles about equality and human nature helps account for the enduring strength of the American republic, in spite of its many imperfections.”

8 Ways Satan Convinces You To Question Your Salvation

8 Ways Satan Convinces You To Question Your Salvation – “Though Satan can never steal the Christian’s crown he will leave no stone unturned in robbing the Christian of comfort and peace, in making their life miserable, in giving them reason to live in constant sorrow and mourning, doubt and questioning.”

Monday, July 3, 2017

Independence Day and the Empty Tomb

Independence Day and the Empty Tomb – “I love Jefferson for standing up against King George, but not for standing up against King Jesus.”

Six Reasons We Must Seek Solitude

Six Reasons We Must Seek Solitude – “Jesus tirelessly made Himself approachable and available. Yet, what impresses me even more about Christ was the time He spent alone.”

Why Did God Create?

Why Did God Create? “God was not inwardly lonely or personally empty; He was entirely self-satisfied, self-content, and self-contained. So God did not create because of some limitation within Himself.”

Worshipping a Golden Calf on Sunday

Worshipping a Golden Calf on Sunday – “A church will become idolatrous in a heartbeat because it’s already there. So, we cannot set our worship on autopilot. We cannot mistake the appearance of busy religiosity for worship in spirit and truth.”

When Evil is Good

When Evil is Good – Barnabas Piper explains why children need to see evil. There had to be a serpent to show us our need for a savior, and children need this in their lives as well. 

You Don’t Need to Sit at Jesus’s Feet

You Don’t Need to Sit at Jesus’s Feet – “We should approach our Bibles with humility and hope.”

Private Confession and Rebuke

Private Confession and Rebuke “We have to confess and make restitution to those we have wronged, that they may forgive us; we have also to seek to bring to repentance those who have wronged us, that we may forgive them. This is a widely neglected duty. Most of us are as irresponsible as Cain in imagining that we are not our brother’s keeper.”

Saturday, July 1, 2017

10 Spurgeon Quotes on Dying Well

10 Spurgeon Quotes on Dying Well – Here are some great perspectives on death and all tweetable.

Should I Feel God’s Presence in My Life?

Should I Feel God’s Presence in My Life? – “I realized that I’ve got to live by the Word of God, not by what I feel. I think that’s how you deal with doubt. You begin to focus on what God says He’s going to do rather than on your feelings.”

Is Genesis 1–11 a Derivation from Ancient Myths?

Is Genesis 1–11 a Derivation from Ancient Myths? – The charge comes up regularly. Here is a comparison of biblical accounts to those found in Ninevah.

Religious Freedom Is for Non-Christians Too

Religious Freedom Is for Non-Christians Too – “Must a person who believes Jesus is the only way to God defend religious freedom for Christians and non-Christians alike?”

Trump Administration to Teachers: You Must Use a Transgender Student’s “Preferred Pronouns”

Trump Administration to Teachers: You Must Use a Transgender Student’s “Preferred Pronouns” – “They’ll learn that in America everyone has a right to choose their gender. They just don’t have a right to follow their conscience.”

Friday, June 30, 2017

3 Ways You Can Be a Better Neighbor

3 Ways You Can Be a Better Neighbor – “For those of us who want to be more committed to neighboring, here are three shifts to consider.”

Sin Always Lies

Sin Always Lies “Since nothing is more preferable than God, sin — which is believing that something is more preferable than God — is always a lie.” 

Enemies of Passionate Prayer

Enemies of Passionate Prayer – “After years of struggling with ‘saying my prayers’ while longing to be passionate about it, I finally began identifying the enemies of passionate prayer in my life.”

Stop Overspiritualizing ‘Calling’

Stop Overspiritualizing ‘Calling’ – “As a Christian, whether I’m called to be a pianist or a writer is incidental to my main vocation—to be a child of God.”

How To Identify Your Pet Sin

How To Identify Your Pet Sin – There are certain sins that are an ongoing struggle. Sometimes we call them “besetting sins.” How do we identify them and overcome?

What Every Parent Needs to Know About the Updated Instagram

What Every Parent Needs to Know About the Updated Instagram – Here are some things parents need to know about their children’s social networking.

Buffet Discipleship: Picking and Choosing in Unbiblical Proportions

Buffet Discipleship: Picking and Choosing in Unbiblical Proportions The root of being a disciple is discipline. 

The Apostate’s Creed

The Apostate’s Creed – You’ve heard of the Apostle’s Creed. Here is the more common creed of many today who call themselves Christians.

Why I Need My Friends to Judge Me

Why I Need My Friends to Judge Me – We’ve all heard “judge not” and it may be the most misapplied verse in the Bible. We do need to be judged and here is why.

The Hypocrisy of Phariseephobia

The Hypocrisy of Phariseephobia – “People may say that sin is sin, but homosexuality—that’s different. Homosexuality is worse than all the others.”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Let Suffering Drive You to the Cross

Let Suffering Drive You to the Cross – “Here are five ways that the pressure of suffering has been used in my life to reveal who I am apart from Christ and what I have gained in Him.”

A Spiritual Barometer Check

A Spiritual Barometer Check “It is not always easy to discern where we are at in the Christian faith. Am I more mature today than I was yesterday, last week, or last year? Do I cherish Christ more? Am I storing treasures in heaven?”

5 Reasons You’re Still Procrastinating

5 Reasons You’re Still Procrastinating – “It happens to most leaders at some point. I’ve found the best way to get yourself out of the rut is to understand the reason you’re there in the first place. There are 5 big reasons that people get stuck along the way.”

Most Christians are Violating the 1st Commandment

Most Christians are Violating the 1st Commandment – “There may be godly men or women who don’t have a serious, regular time alone with God. I’ve just never met one. So, here are a few simple ideas to begin.”

Stop Dating Jesus: We Know He Will Come, Just Not When

Stop Dating Jesus: We Know He Will Come, Just Not When – “Ever since the time of Jesus, people have been claiming that end-time events will occur in their own day.”

The Throne of Grace

The Throne of Grace – “For the one who is hiding in the safety and security provided by the Savior, Jesus Christ, God’s throne is not a throne of fear, but of grace.”

Meet the New “Twicer”

Meet the New “Twicer” – “From what I understand, ‘the twicer’ used to refer to the person who went to church twice a day (think of the days of morning and evening prayer). It then began to refer to the nominal churchgoer who would attend twice a year, the ‘Christmas and Easter’ Christian. When I heard the phrase recently, it was used to refer to the committed churchgoer. That is, to describe a regular churchgoer—who attends church just twice a month on average.”

Competing Worldviews Influence Today’s Christians

Competing Worldviews Influence Today’s Christians – “Barna’s research shows that only 17 percent of Christians who consider their faith important and attend church regularly actually have a biblical worldview. So, if Christians are open to nonbiblical perspectives, what are they believing?”

What Your Kids Really Need

What Your Kids Really Need – “I went to a conference a few years ago and sat in a room with a hundred other women, perched on the edge of my chair with my notebook and pen in hand. A mother of six children got up to speak, looking thin and radiant with her long blonde hair and perfectly made up face.” Here is a good word for moms.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Why Trinity Lutheran Matters

Why Trinity Lutheran Matters – “The case matters because the Court here recognizes the difference between a government establishing a religion and a government choosing not to penalize a religion.”

6 Things To Do With Your Anxiety

6 Things To Do With Your Anxiety – It's easy to let anxiety rule your life. David Powlison equips us with 6 tools to fight anxiety when it rears its head. 

Joy Comes in the Morning

Joy Comes in the Morning “This is joy coming in the morning. It doesn’t mean tomorrow. It means when the darkness breaks. When, not if. That is the promise, that a new day will come.”

Teach Children the Bible is Not About Them

Teach Children the Bible is Not About Them –Sally Lloyd-Jones shares why the stories of the Bible should not be made into moral lessons. Rather, they should point children to the main character of the whole Bible (God) and let Him direct their hearts.

Analyzing Annihilationism: Will Those in Hell Cease to Exist?

Analyzing Annihilationism: Will Those in Hell Cease to Exist? – “The overwhelming testimony of Scripture is that all who enter hell will experience unending punishment. Hell will have no end or exit. Annihilationists must repent of the false hope which they give. It’s loving to speak the plain truth to the unredeemed, especially in matters concerning eternal punishment.”

Loving the People You Love to Hate

Loving the People You Love to Hate “Here’s how you know if you hate something someone has done or if you actually hate that person.”

Love Suffers Long

Love Suffers Long – “A love that never ends is a love that suffers long.”

Make Time To Be Bored

Make Time To Be Bored – “Boredom is simple inactivity, a break from the hustle and bustle and busyness of life. Boredom is the pause between activities or the deliberate escape from activity altogether.”

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Practice the Pause – Beware of Blurting

Practice the Pause – Beware of Blurting “A Marriage License does not give you the license or permission to blurt out whatever you want to say whenever you want to say it. Marriage partners need to be smarter than that. That is how you can destroy your relationship, not grow it.”

The Missing Link Between Bible and Prayer

The Missing Link Between Bible and Prayer – “The reason we come away so cold from reading the word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fires of meditation.”

Unanswered Prayer Is a Means to Test Our Faith

Unanswered Prayer Is a Means to Test Our Faith – “Unanswered prayer is a gift from God for our growth—in holiness and in every other good and godly way.”

9 Things You Should Know About North Korea

9 Things You Should Know About North Korea – “Here are nine things you should know about North Korea, the most repressive nation on the planet.”

India’s Dangerous Trend on Religious Liberty

India’s Dangerous Trend on Religious Liberty – ERLC tells how religious liberty in India is on the decline. This is background to how Compassion and other organizations were kicked out.

Ecumenical vs. Evangelical

Ecumenical vs. Evangelical “One of the most devastating attacks on the life and health of the church throughout all of church history has been what is known as the ecumenical movement—the downplaying of doctrine in order to foster partnership in ministry between (a) genuine Christians and (b) people who were willing to call themselves Christians but who rejected fundamental Christian doctrines.”

Friday, June 23, 2017

Busyness Destroys Relationships

Busyness Destroys Relationships – Is busyness destroying you and your relationships? Rob Tims uses the story of Mary and Martha to describe three ways this can happen

Rhythm and Margin

Rhythm and Margin – “Rhythm” and “margin” are two other common buzzwords. J. D. Greear states that they are, in fact, the two things we need to stay healthy.

Sharing the Gospel with Your Neighbors

Sharing the Gospel with Your Neighbors “In our efforts to bring the gospel to the most distant and unreached corners of the globe we must not overlook the opportunity and responsibility that God has given us to make Christ known to the folks next door—our neighbors.”

Faithfulness at the Photocopier: How Little Acts Develop Big Character

Faithfulness at the Photocopier: How Little Acts Develop Big Character – “The battle for character at work starts in the little thoughts you think and the little actions you take.”

We Need to Learn from Christians from Other Cultures

We Need to Learn from Christians from Other Cultures“When we talk about church in America with our Tanzanian friends, it’s their turn to be shocked. Your church services are only an hour and fifteen minutes long? And that’s the only service you attend all week? And you’ve never, ever done an all-night prayer vigil? Like, never? Are there even any Christians in America?”

What Is a Worldview?

What Is a Worldview?“A person’s worldview represents his most fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the universe he inhabits. It reflects how he would answer all the ‘big questions’ of human existence.”

Will All People Be Equal in Heaven?

Will All People Be Equal in Heaven? – “Because God promises to reward people differently according to their differing levels of faithfulness in this life, we should not expect equality of possessions and positions in Heaven.”

A Letter to My Children

A Letter to My Children “I pray it will be helpful to you as you seek to strategically invest in this next generation.”

Seven Prayers for Christian Dating

Seven Prayers for Christian Dating – “If we refuse to pray in dating, we refuse to receive the precious resources we need most in dating.”

Stubbornness Closes God’s Ears

Stubbornness Closes God’s Ears – “God listens to those who listen to him. The proof of this is all over Scripture.” 

How To Distinguish True Zeal from False Zeal

How To Distinguish True Zeal from False Zeal – “I fear there is a plague of complacency among Christians today. Whatever happened to zeal? Whatever happened to Christians who are on fire to know and obey God?”

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Why Biblical Archaeology Matters

Why Biblical Archaeology Matters “We do well to remember that God has actually intervened in human history--in real time, in real space, and in the lives of real men, women, and children.”

Does God Balance Blessings with Hardships?

Does God Balance Blessings with Hardships? – “Here are four ways the Bible describes how God relates to his children.”

I Am the Center of the Universe

I Am the Center of the Universe – “We wake up in self-sovereignty mode. Then we get frustrated because we keep running into people who think they’re the center of the universe.”

The Popular Christian Article We Need Fewer Of

The Popular Christian Article We Need Fewer Of – There is a lot of wisdom in this article. “The internet could use more of a lot of things. It could use more hilarious gifs, more cute animal pictures, and absolutely more people being nice. But there’s one thing it could use fewer of—Christians speaking with simultaneous confidence and inexperience.”

The Call to Older Men in the Church

The Call to Older Men in the Church – “Paul mentions 4 qualities of this kind of mature manhood. Note these are specifically Christian virtues.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6 Things to Do with Your Anxiety

6 Things to Do with Your Anxiety – Anxiety is a universal human experience, and you need to approach it with a plan.

We All Need Adversity and Affliction

We All Need Adversity and Affliction – “My most beneficial, faith-forging, character-developing, endurance-training, and joy-producing experiences have resulted from my most difficult, painful, fearful, dark, and doubt-inducing experiences.”

Grace-Paced Life Links

Grace-Paced Life Links – If life seems too busy and out of control, here are some resources and practical suggestions for a grace-paced life.

Are You Content To Carry the Pins?

Are You Content To Carry the Pins? – “God called some Levites to carry the ark, and some to carry the pins, the tent pegs. But whether they carried the most holy or the most common items, their responsibility was to answer God’s call and to faithfully and joyfully carry out their task. We can learn from them.”

Religious Sins

Religious Sins – “Under the influence of religious sins we become dangerously pleased with our own spiritual performance and become judgmental of others in our perceived superiority.”

Help Your Kids Hope in God

Help Your Kids Hope in God – “No practice in your home will prove more beneficial to your family than daily family worship.”

Is the ESV Literal and the NIV Gender Neutral?

Is the ESV Literal and the NIV Gender Neutral? – This has been a hot topic and Bill Mounce nicely shows how “literal” isn’t a helpful word when it comes to Bible translations. That’s true even when it comes to debates on gender.

4 Things You Need to Know about Prayer

4 Things You Need to Know about Prayer – “What does prayer do?”

Monday, June 19, 2017

Redeem Your Time

Redeem Your Time – “Time is a gift you are meant to accept and treasure. Yet there are many things competing for your time, many temptations to misuse it. Let’s consider a few common ways time can be wasted.”

What is Your Marriage Legacy?

What is Your Marriage Legacy? – “I’ve come to the conclusion that there are really only a few things that truly matter when we come to the end of this life. I pray that as you read on you will ask God to check your heart about the legacy you’re leaving.”

Selfaholism or Servaholism

Selfaholism or Servaholism – “Dear Selfaholic...You have a problem. It’s yourself. To be blunt, you are addicted to yourself.”

Why Refusing to Resolve Conflict Hinders Prayer

Why Refusing to Resolve Conflict Hinders Prayer – “Some sins are more passive than active. We may call these sins of omission rather than sins of commission because they are all about what we don’t do. These sins involve neglecting (and sometimes refusing) to do what is right rather than willfully doing what is plainly forbidden.”

How Ecclesiology is the Doctrine That Integrates All Others

How Ecclesiology is the Doctrine That Integrates All Others – “The church is to be a bookcase for what God wrote and a trophy case for what God does.”

Fearing Christianity

Fearing Christianity “It seems that in the western world there is one category of people not particularly allowed to voice an opinion; one category of people that should be denied office at all costs.”

The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength

The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength – “If we do not embrace the happiness of God, we jeopardize three precious realities in our own lives.”

An Unbelieving Missions Leader

An Unbelieving Missions Leader – I share this as a tragedy of the times for many who once were considered “Christian”. Be discerning and don’t assume “Christian” means that a person or a denomination are actually followers of Jesus – “Diocese of Truro advertises for Mission leader, but ‘You do not need to be a practising Christian’.”