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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Remember Whose Name You're Wearing

Remember Whose Name You're Wearing – “Christians, remember whose name you’re wearing. It is the maxim of your membership in the family of God.”

4 Things I Love About Jesus

4 Things I Love About Jesus – Here are encouraging reminder of who Jesus really is.

Setting the Tone in Your Home

Setting the Tone in Your Home“Mamas, you have been granted a special gift in the life of your family: you are the tone setter...When you are with your family, you guide the atmosphere.”

The World Is Against You: Fighting to Keep Our First Love

The World Is Against You: Fighting to Keep Our First Love – “If talk of worldliness falls into hard times and does not surface much in our thoughts and conversations, it is not a sign that the dangers have disappeared. It is a sign that we have grown careless with the exclusivity of delight in Christ at the center of the Christian life.”

We Are Called to Be Faithful, But Only God Can Make our Efforts Fruitful

We Are Called to Be Faithful, But Only God Can Make our Efforts Fruitful“Here’s one thing I know about women in the church: we tend to wear many hats.  Each and every day we have a variety of roles and responsibilities and places we need to be.”

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Six Ways to Inspire Confident, Contagious Faith in Your Kids

Six Ways to Inspire Confident, Contagious Faith in Your Kids – “How do we help children and teens contend with the big questions? An apologist offers her take.”

Wary, Weary, and Weak?

Wary, Weary, and Weak? – A prayer for a day when life overwhelms.

5 Ways to Murder Your Marriage

5 Ways to Murder Your Marriage – “Marriage is work. Especially if you want one of those long-term, secure, gospel-witnessing marriages. But killing a marriage? That’s easy.”

Jury Duty and Judgment Day

Jury Duty and Judgment Day – This is an interesting devotion comparing these two events.

Only Love Prevents Adultery

Only Love Prevents AdulteryThe author shares a letter to a would-be adulteress. “In all our years of ministry, I have never had one woman come to me and say, ‘I am so happy over this affair. It’s even better than I imagined!’ And so as an older woman, I have one word for you: Don’t! Don’t go there. Don’t go there in your mind. Don’t go there in your heart. Don’t go there with your body.”

Life Is Short

Life Is Short – “Numbering our days is not an excuse for irresponsibility. It’s an invitation to think more seriously about eternity. It’s a call to work for the things that will keep working when we can’t.”

When the Job You Love Hurts You: Exploring Burnout in the Workplace

When the Job You Love Hurts You: Exploring Burnout in the Workplace – “According to Merv Gilbert, an adjunct professor of health sciences at Simon Fraser University, workplace burnout has three components.

Wrestling with the Biblical Text: When We Don’t Like What it Says…

Wrestling with the Biblical Text: When We Don’t Like What it Says… - “It’s vital that we equip young people to be confident in handling Scripture in a life-giving way.”

Monday, September 18, 2017

Five Consequences of a Life Out of Balance

Five Consequences of a Life Out of Balance – Michael Hyatt explains “5 very important assets you are potentially putting at risk if you don’t keep your normal workload under 55 hours a week.” 

Winning One Another

Winning One Another – Carl Robbins writes a compelling piece on James 5:19-20 and encourages the reader to pursue wandering Christians. 

3 Reasons We Need to Pray

3 Reasons We Need to Pray – The act of praying declares some key things about relationship with our God.

Godliness is not your Personality

Godliness is not your Personality“Why do we take our individual, personality, character, gifts, or calling and make that the sum total of godliness for everyone else? The introvert equates godliness with quietness. The extrovert equates godliness with activity.” 

Two Mistakes in Parenting Teens

Two Mistakes in Parenting Teens – “Parents fall into one of two extremes: disengagement or tighten control.”

10 Parenting Imperatives from the Book of Proverbs

10 Parenting Imperatives from the Book of Proverbs “Here are 10 things that the King and Queen in Proverbs say to their child that you should say to yours.”

A.P.T.A.T.: A Strategy for Daily Bible Reading

A.P.T.A.T.: A Strategy for Daily Bible Reading – Here are some suggestions for getting more out of your daily Bible reading.

The Ninth Thing God Tells Us Not To Do

The Ninth Thing God Tells Us Not To Do – “The Ten Commandments draw a straight line from love of God to love of neighbor. The two parties are distinguished, to be sure, but in the life of obedience they are inseparable.”

Feeding on Christ When Jesus Read the Bible

Feeding on Christ When Jesus Read the Bible – “Here are 14 ways that Jesus would have understood the Old Testament to have been written both to and about Himself.”

Did Adam and Eve Sin Before the Bite?

Did Adam and Eve Sin Before the Bite? – “The essence of sin is not what muscles do; it’s what heart does.”

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Morning Is Not About Me: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness

Sunday Morning Is Not About Me: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness – “As we see our Lord for who he is, as we look away from ourselves to gaze upon him again, we will find true, lasting joy and contentment. That is the gift and treasure of Psalm 33.”

No, the World Won't End Next Week

No, the World Won't End Next Week and There's No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist If we start speaking up about bad "Christian" reporting, maybe people will do it less. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

God, Give Us a Heart for the Lost

God, Give Us a Heart for the Lost – “There is a cultural problem in the evangelical church in America. That is, though we claim to believe the gospel is for all people, the natural tendency is still for us to prefer to gather with people who are like us.”

Escaping from the Love of Money

Escaping from the Love of Money “Although there’s nothing inherently wrong with money, there’s something desperately wrong with devotion to money.”

How To Grieve Like a Christian

How To Grieve Like a Christian – “How do Christians grieve? Paul provides helpful instruction.”

8 Reasons to Cling to Scripture in Suffering

8 Reasons to Cling to Scripture in Suffering – “In the midst of the refiner’s fire, how do we keep from going through the motions? How do we have a sense of the abundance God promises us?”

The Lord Is Never Late

The Lord Is Never Late – This was an encouraging word for me today.

The Gospel is More Beautiful When We Take Sin Seriously

The Gospel is More Beautiful When We Take Sin Seriously – “We need to take sin seriously: we need to admit to ourselves, even if to no one else, that it really is as bad as God says it is.” 

What’s Changed in Britain Since Same-Sex Marriage?

What’s Changed in Britain Since Same-Sex Marriage? – Four years ago, amid much uncertainty, 400 British members of parliament voted to redefine marriage in the United Kingdom. Here are some of the tragic consequences that are inevitably entwined. The same things are at work on our country.

When Marriage Is Filled With Worse, Poorer, And Sickness

When Marriage Is Filled With Worse, Poorer, And Sickness Lara d’Entremont writes, “Little did I know that those thirteen years would hold chronic illness, financial loss, special needs, suffering children, marital strain, and overwhelming stress. I never imagined that I’d experience so much of the ‘worse, poorer, and in sickness’ part of our vows.”

Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth

Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth Ray Ortlund has a wonderful letter to a would-be adulterer. But what he says is equally valuable to those who are not tempted to wander.

For the Ordinary Women

For the Ordinary Women“It’s getting harder and harder to feel pretty in our world. Pornography has changed our standards. Photoshop has created unattainable idols. And, the ordinary women of the world are left stranded in the wreckage, searching for some way to feel like we measure up. Waiting for some sign that we are worthy to be called pretty, that we are good enough in face and in body to be wanted by anyone.”

Thursday, September 7, 2017

What is God Saying to Us?

What is God Saying to Us?“Understandably, people are trying to make sense of these devastating natural disasters. ‘What is God saying to us?’ is the question of the hour. Many of the responses are less than satisfying. Some are extremely unhelpful. As I have listened to these suggestions, Martin Luther’s wise counsel keeps ringing in my ears; ‘Let the man who would hear God speak, read holy Scripture.'”

Moms, Pursue Joy Amidst Chaos on Sunday Mornings

Moms, Pursue Joy Amidst Chaos on Sunday Mornings – Getting yourself and children ready for church can wear you out. Here are some encouragements and ideas to find joy in Sundays.

God Is Sovereign Over the Weather

God Is Sovereign Over the Weather – Here are 21 ways God is sovereign over the environment. Let this encourage your heart and strengthen your faith.

Add Spontaneity to Your Evangelism

Add Spontaneity to Your Evangelism “As Christians, we’re commissioned by Christ to go and make disciples, but we often turn such practices into a 3-4 step program rather than a natural way of communication and personal interaction. Maybe you are finding yourself lost in how to get involved in sharing the gospel? Why not add some spontaneity to your evangelism?”

No One Follows Their Heart

No One Follows Their Heart – “The truth is that you never actually follow your heart. The heart is the part of you that follows what you want. That's why the Bible never instructs you to follow your heart.”

Churchgoing Is Beautiful

Churchgoing Is Beautiful “The percentage of American Protestants who attend church every week has held steady since the 1970’s. But churches report smaller numbers of Christians in worship each week. What’s going on?”

The Largest Survey Ever Conducted of American Religious and Denominational Identity: 14 Major Findings from a Landmark Study

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Singing in the Rain

Singing in the Rain“I never imagined I’d be sloshing through two feet of brown floodwater in our church building two weeks after my installation service and three months after we moved to Houston. But there I was this past Friday, with my brother Mike, kayaking across the parking lot and gliding through the glass doors and then wading through our freshly baptized building in that eerie silence created by widespread flooding.” Pray for church families deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

When You're Angry at God's Plan

When You're Angry at God's Plan – “Only when your life is submitted to Christ are you truly free to let go of every plan, every dream, every pursuit you once held so tightly. This freedom comes from trusting that He is sovereignly in control of your life, ordaining His plans for you, and working all things for your good.”

5 Marks of a Contented Heart

5 Marks of a Contented Heart – “We know that this contentment is not simply idealistic but rather characteristic of the Christian life. As believers, we continue to learn contentment by learning to trust and treasure God in every situation. God has provided us with the Bible and the church to be the means by which we work this out in our lives.”

5 Benefits to Reading Entire Books of the Bible in One Sitting

5 Benefits to Reading Entire Books of the Bible in One Sitting – This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy the Bible. Try it.

Bad Things Are Not Good

Bad Things Are Not Good – “Christ promises to bring us through suffering and raise us to new life.  But resurrection follows the cross—and there are no short-cuts.”

You Are Not Destined to Be Your Parents

You Are Not Destined to Be Your Parents – “Parents have a lot of influence on who we become, but not more than God. Whatever kind of parents you had — godly or ungodly, wise or unwise, kind or unkind — you can overcome your past.”

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

What To Do When You're Stuck in Doubt

What To Do When You're Stuck in Doubt – “Don’t stop showing up, Christian. In fact, if you are doubting today, it’s the best time to show up again.”

40 Truths about the Fear of God

40 Truths about the Fear of God – I’ll add this to my prayer notebook to use in my personal worship.

How to Help Kids Whose Parents are Divorcing

How to Help Kids Whose Parents are Divorcing  - “How can we minister to kids who are in the middle of their parents’ divorce? How can we best help them heal from the negative effects of divorce?”

My Soul Thirsts for You

My Soul Thirsts for You – “Water is really only experienced as satisfying when our real need for it makes us really want it. Likewise, God is only experienced as satisfying when our real need for him makes us really want him.”

The Lost Need to See Your Joy

The Lost Need to See Your Joy “People want to see somebody who have something so deep, so unshakeable, so indomitable and invincible that when all around their soul gives way, their joy doesn’t give way.”

If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Must I Continue to Repent?

If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Must I Continue to Repent?“We ask God to forgive us not to be re-justified but to walk before him in confidence that Christ has paid it all.”

Your Work Matters

Your Work Matters – “Work must be significant because of the amount of time and energy it demands. By its very nature it should make us curious as to why it’s so all-encompassing, and how we can make the most of it.”

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Eternal Rest of Labor Day

The Eternal Rest of Labor DayHe said, “It is finished” John 19:30.

Always Looking; Never Wanting to Find

Always Looking; Never Wanting to Find “It’s cool to search for God, but uncool to find him. People talk about wanting to find spiritual reality and deeper meaning, about wanting to get in touch with God. The idea of looking for him sounds good—the search, the journey—but the reality of actually finding him is too much.”

How Can Parents Help Their Kids Embrace Those Who Are Different Than Them?

How Can Parents Help Their Kids Embrace Those Who Are Different Than Them? – Trillia Newbell shares four ways to help children view people in the image of God and through the lens of the gospel. 

How Did I Fail My Unbelieving Children?

How Did I Fail My Unbelieving Children? “We must hand over the souls of our children to the sovereign goodness and wisdom of God and forsake anxiety.”

The Most Dangerous Place to Raise a Child

The Most Dangerous Place to Raise a Child – “Whatever the number of figures in your salary, we all tend to slide right past the midpoint of contentment into havens of greed.”

The Most Subtle Form of Pride

The Most Subtle Form of Pride – “If, like me, you’ve lived under a dark cloud of inadequacy; if the parasite of self-pity drains your energy to go where God calls; if anxiety over your littleness anchors you from stepping out in faith; I encourage you to join me in repentance.”

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Everyday Grace for Everyday Relationships

Everyday Grace for Everyday Relationships – “Remind us that everybody has a bigger story than the chapter we happened to walk into, on any given moment or day. Give us long fuses and short memories, when it comes to the brokenness of others.”

Reach the Nations through Your Job

Reach the Nations through Your Job – “As the world’s economy becomes more global, many Christians have a renewed awareness of the role Christian migration and merchants have played in supporting the spread of the gospel.”

Nothing to Complain About

Nothing to Complain About “Unthankfulness for all the blessings–material and spiritual–with which God daily loads us is one of the most egregious of sins. Ingratitude always fosters a complaining spirit of entitlement in the hearts of men and women.”

When Calling Yourself a “Christian” Isn’t Enough

When Calling Yourself a “Christian” Isn’t Enough – “Is it possible that the term "Christian," like "Evangelical," isn't enough? Since the Nashville Statement was released this past week we have seen a number of negative responses from people also wanting to claim the name of Christian.”

Friday, September 1, 2017

Seven Reasons to Praise the Lord

Seven Reasons to Praise the Lord – “Here are seven reasons why you must not wait.”

3 Characteristics of the Church

3 Characteristics of the Church – “What are the characteristics of the church, both locally and universally? Here 3 simple characteristics from the book of 1 Corinthians.”

500 Years After Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther

500 Years After Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther – Pew finds less than half of Protestants in many countries believe both sola fide and sola scriptura.

The Twist in the Sermon on the Mount That You Probably Missed

The Twist in the Sermon on the Mount That You Probably Missed – It’s a simple truth that may get lost in our casual reading.

What If My Worst Fears Come True?

What If My Worst Fears Come True? – “Crises of faith occur where the rubber of our faith — what we believe should be our experience if we trust God — meets the road of an experience that contradicts (or appears to contradict) our belief.”

No Such Thing As Chance

No Such Thing As Chance – “What is your street-level theology of God's involvement in your mundane affairs?”

What Does It Mean To Be The Apple Of God's Eye?

What Does It Mean To Be The Apple Of God's Eye? – “We are children of God adopted and cherished in Jesus Christ. He has his eye on you. He protects you.”

Rethinking “God Hates the Sin but Loves the Sinner”

Rethinking “God Hates the Sin but Loves the Sinner”“The next time you’re tempted to repeat the hate-the-sin-but-love-the-sinner cliché to someone, simply tell him the Gospel instead. That’s better news anyway.”

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Do You Know the 7 Differences Between Galilee and Judea in the Time of Jesus?

Do You Know the 7 Differences Between Galilee and Judea in the Time of Jesus? – This brief summary explains well the key differences between the regions.

Envy Never Hunts Our Hearts Alone

Envy Never Hunts Our Hearts Alone – “Envy travels in a bloodthirsty group of sins that desires to drain the joy in your heart until it’s bone dry.”

What to Pray When You Don’t Feel Like Praying

What to Pray When You Don’t Feel Like Praying – Here are some suggestions to get you unstuck.

Why God allowed Hurricane Harvey

Why God allowed Hurricane Harvey – Here are four wrong answers to the question.

God’s Subtle Work in Your Bible Reading

God’s Subtle Work in Your Bible Reading “I may not remember the circumstances in my life when I underlined the verse or wrote an observation next to it, but my heart sings with a sanctified reflex.”

The Spiritual Discipline of Face Time

The Spiritual Discipline of Face Time“Out of sight, out of mind,” has no place in the mission of God.

Precious Clarity on Human Sexuality: The Nashville Statement

Precious Clarity on Human Sexuality: The Nashville Statement – In a world of mixed messages and ambiguity, this is a clear, biblical statement.

5 Things God Is Teaching Us through Miscarriage

5 Things God Is Teaching Us through Miscarriage – This personal testimony has multiple applications.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

When You Can’t Hear God, Keep Talking to Him

When You Can’t Hear God, Keep Talking to Him – “Our world is filled with sin and suffering, the kind of pain and darkness that creeps into every single heart and life. There’s no way around it. Following Jesus will rescue us from a thousand evils, but it will not keep us from getting hurt in this life.”

A Back to School Prayer – There’s a lot of good to be found in this prayer encouragement.

A Back to School PrayerThere’s a lot of good to be found in this prayer encouragement.There’s a lot of good to be found in this prayer encouragement.

‘We hear you, we feel you. Believe me’

‘We hear you, we feel you. Believe me’ – “While police officers, 911 operators, and disaster relief workers have been saving lives in Houston for days, some may wonder where God has been as this disaster unfolded. What would our Lord say to those devastated by this unprecedented crisis?”

Praying in the Middle of a Storm

Praying in the Middle of a StormA Houston pastor tells how you can pray for his city.

Hurricane Harvey & Our Response to Pray and Help

Hurricane Harvey & Our Response to Pray and HelpHere are some practical ways you can help right now.

Finish Strong

Finish Strong – “You will need to plan the ways you will run today so you can continue to run in the difficult days ahead. Far better a weak start with a strong finish than a strong start followed by a complete collapse. No runner regrets finishing too strong, but many regret finishing too weak.”

Monday, August 28, 2017

Neighbor Love in Response to Harvey’s Ongoing Impact

Neighbor Love in Response to Harvey’s Ongoing Impact – “The devastation from Harvey is both widespread and deep. Many have already lost homes, businesses and schools, and the storm continues to rage. Hear our cry for mercy and prepare us for loving well.”

From the Flooded Grounds of Houston

From the Flooded Grounds of Houston Pastor J.A. Medders checks in from the flooded grounds of Houston. “While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) anticipates years of relief work, the church of the risen Lord Jesus is ready for her work, too.”

The North Star for a Weary Heart

The North Star for a Weary Heart Jen Oshman reflects on Romans 12:12 and describes how this verse gives hope to the grieving. 

Sunday Worship Begins on Saturday

Sunday Worship Begins on Saturday – “Going to church can sadly become just another weekend activity. But should corporate worship be different? How should we prepare our hearts for the weekly gathering of God’s people? Here are a few suggestions.”

Bible Verses Prosperity Preachers Wish Didn’t Exist

Bible Verses Prosperity Preachers Wish Didn’t Exist – “They also choose to ignore the many biblical passages warning against the detrimental effects of wealth—and especially love for wealth. You never hear prosperity preachers mention such verses. It’s as if their Bibles are missing them.”

Six Situations That Aren’t Signs That Your Child Isn’t Saved

Six Situations That Aren’t Signs That Your Child Isn’t Saved “Now to be clear, all of these traits could be visible in an unsaved child, but they are not strong indicators of a lack of salvation.”

Parenting Perfection and What Our Kids Need Most

Parenting Perfection and What Our Kids Need Most – “They need a greater good work than we can offer them; a good work of the heart that comes from the Holy Spirit.”

Lift the Heavy Burden of Shame

Lift the Heavy Burden of Shame – “We want to lift burdens and inspire hope, but we lack the skill. So how do we speak to shame? What can churches do to become a place where families can heal and prodigals can return? Here are four thoughts.”

Church... Love It or Leave It?

Church... Love It or Leave It? – “At her best and her worst, Jesus loves his church,” writes Scott Sauls. We need the local church, and Sauls gives 5 reasons why. 

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Out of the Depths I Cry to You

Out of the Depths I Cry to You – “As Christians, we delight in our salvation through Jesus’s sacrifice, but depression swallows up our very capacity to delight. The gospel may ring familiar, but we fear that grace has withered away, and that God has withdrawn from our reach.”

21 Things I Learned Living with Teenagers

3 ABNY Social Realities Shaping North American Missions

3 ABNY Social Realities Shaping North American Missions The New Testament Church was birthed in the messiness of a religiously pluralistic society.

Friday, August 25, 2017

20 Practical Ways to Kill Sin Every Day

20 Practical Ways to Kill Sin Every Day – The battle comes daily. Here are way to prevail.

How Can I Forgive Myself?

How Can I Forgive Myself? – “The most faithful response to this question is to reject it as an illegitimate question.”

Why North Koreans are rejecting Kim Jong-un and turning to Christ

 Why North Koreans are rejecting Kim Jong-un and turning to Christ –  Here’s a bright spot in a couple weeks of bad news!

How Worship Helps Me Overcome Anxiety

How Worship Helps Me Overcome Anxiety – “Worship, I have discovered, is that special space where I open up to the Father and receive His peace—the kind of supernatural peace that Paul talks about in Philippians 4. Here’s why worship has become my antidote to moments of anxiety.”

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Putting God to the Test in Prayer

Putting God to the Test in Prayer – What does your prayer life look like when trouble comes?

Millennial Motherhood: Three Traps for Young Moms

Millennial Motherhood: Three Traps for Young Moms – “Much of what’s true of every generation throughout all time is true of millennials. We are just people. Yet, just like every other generation, we have some particular tendencies, challenges, strengths, and weaknesses that result from the time, place, and society into which we were born.”

Treasure Your Marriage

Treasure Your Marriage – Here are some good marriage reflections and encouragements for couples.

Enough Joy and Peace for Today

Enough Joy and Peace for Today – Whatever you face today, joy and peace are two gifts God offers to you as a believer.

How to Talk About Race with Your Kids

How to Talk About Race with Your Kids – “Children naturally notice differences—and that is a good thing.”

A Guide to Navigating Really Hard Conversations

A Guide to Navigating Really Hard Conversations – “We all have room to grow in this arena, so here are a few tips I’ve learned on how to have hard conversations.”

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Don't Forget About The Boy

Don't Forget About The Boy – “No one knew that after this moment, every man, woman, and child who trusted in Jesus and read the Bible would know this boy, know exactly what was in his basket that day, and know how Jesus used him to make the point of points about his identity.”

The Root of Idolatry

The Root of Idolatry – “The root of idolatry, whether subtle or blatant, disguised or on display for all the world to see, is unbelief.”

The Litmus Test of True Religion

The Litmus Test of True Religion“Jesus Christ is the litmus paper that you put in the chemical of every religion.” 

Marriage is as One Long Conversation

Marriage is as One Long ConversationThe old philosopher said, “Marriage is as one long conversation. When marrying you should ask yourself this question: do you believe you are going to enjoy talking with this woman into your old age? Everything else in a marriage is transitory, but most of the time you're together will be devoted to conversation.” 

4 Key Ingredients in a Devotional Reading of Scripture

4 Key Ingredients in a Devotional Reading of Scripture – “Here is a fourfold pattern of Scripture intake to help us avoid treating Scripture as an object, so that we can receive it as the living Word of a living Lord.”

What Good Can a Heretic Bring?

What Good Can a Heretic Bring? “Downgrade, as Spurgeon called it, is an insidious assault by the enemy, but like all the enemy’s work God will use it for good.  In what follow I list five benefits of heresy.  I’m sure there are more.  But here are five.”

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Talk to God About Your Anxiety

Talk to God About Your Anxiety “Your anxieties talk to you. Don’t talk back to them. Talk to God.”

Why Are Our Children So Anxious?

Why Are Our Children So Anxious? – Unpacking the reasons behind childhood and adolescent anxiety—and the hope we find in the gospel.

Tempted To Worry? Call These 4 Words To Mind

Tempted To Worry? Call These 4 Words To Mind – This feels too simple but it is a powerful biblical message.

The Anxiety Beneath All Your Anxieties

The Anxiety Beneath All Your Anxieties – “The modern world allows us to outsource dealing with death to someone else.”

What My Anxiety Taught Me About God

What My Anxiety Taught Me About God – “It is not in the Lord’s nature to send us through trials in vain. He can use our struggles to draw us closer to Him. Such is the case with my anxiety.”

Do You Read the Bible Like a Nonbeliever?

Do You Read the Bible Like a Nonbeliever? “The most basic prayer we can pray about reading the Bible is that God would give us the desire to read this book. Not just the will — that would be next best — but the desire.”

Four Frameworks for Fighting Fear

Four Frameworks for Fighting Fear – “The Bible presents us with four unique frameworks for confronting fear.”

One More Time on Game of Thrones

One More Time on Game of Thrones – Kevin DeYoung wrote about the popular series earlier and received a huge response from fans. This is his response to that. It’s worth considering.

Monday, August 21, 2017

9 Things You Should Know About Solar Eclipses

9 Things You Should Know About Solar Eclipses – Here are some facts and some spiritual applications.

Getting Bored With the Right Things

Getting Bored With the Right Things – “As the disciples agonized, Jesus slept. Later, in Gethsemane, as Jesus agonized, the disciples slept. What gives?”

Ask Him for Joy

Ask Him for Joy “The fact that we now have access to the very throne of God is incredible, and should be for us a source of much joy. What else could bring us greater joy than a new, intimate relationship with God himself?”

Satan Has A Forked Tongue

Satan Has A Forked Tongue – "Satan has a forked tongue. He speaks with two voices, not one. He’s the tempter and the accuser. He’s licentious and legalistic. He provokes us to shame and to pride. And just when you think you’ve resisted one, the other grabs you from behind."

10 Common but Illegitimate Reasons to Divorce

10 Common but Illegitimate Reasons to Divorce – “God has provided a limited set of circumstances in which a marriage can legitimately be severed. However, many people—even Christians—offer reasons to divorce that are not sanctioned by God.”

Saturday, August 19, 2017

A Surprising Ingredient in Christian Contentment

A Surprising Ingredient in Christian Contentment – “An essential ingredient of contentment is a robust doctrine of sin.”

You Need the Gospel Every Single Day

You Need the Gospel Every Single Day – The Gospel is precious for salvation and precious for whatever every day holds.

Don’t Waste Your Commute

Don’t Waste Your Commute – This is time that can count for the Lord if you use it well.

Why the Gospel Is a Mirror, Not a Microscope

Why the Gospel Is a Mirror, Not a Microscope – There is always a temptation to use the Gospel as a microscope to examine what’s wrong with others. It’s much more a mirror to examine ourselves.

When Spouses Attend Different Churches

When Spouses Attend Different Churches – It’s not uncommon and it always affects marriage. Here are some ideas and encouragements for you or someone who know.

Friday, August 18, 2017

When Feeling Angry and Anxious in a World of Evil

When Feeling Angry and Anxious in a World of Evil – Scotty Smith offers a prayer for such times in such a world.

King David’s Mission Statement

King David’s Mission Statement – “Let’s consider the priorities of this king, as revealed in Psalm 101.”

Lay Aside the Weight of Insincerity

Lay Aside the Weight of Insincerity – “Put your trust in what God says, not what your pride and fear say. Pride and fear will shackle you with weights, but God’s promises, if believed, will liberate you.”

Football: America’s Leading False god

Football: America’s Leading False god – The principles of the article apply to anything we elevate above God in our affections and commitments.

The 8 Beliefs You Should Know about Mormons When They Knock at the Door

The 11 Beliefs You Should Know about Jehovah’s Witnesses When They Knock at the Door

Thursday, August 17, 2017

4 Bible Reading Strategies for Reading Plan Quitters

4 Bible Reading Strategies for Reading Plan Quitters“If you struggle like I do, here is the advice that I would offer– change it up. Instead of choosing one Bible reading plan, choose a strategy for reading the Bible and then change what you are doing when you find yourself getting stale. After all, what matters is not that we are sticking to a plan, but that we are reading the Bible and being changed by it.”

A New Set of Priorities for Our Kids

A New Set of Priorities for Our Kids – “We must intentionally teach our children the skills and character traits they’ll need to thrive in college and beyond. We must teach them about their need for three things in particular: passion, humility, and trust in a sovereign God.”

Fellow College Students, Please Join a Local Church

Fellow College Students, Please Join a Local Church – Here are four biblical reasons college students should join a local church where they’re currently living. 

4 Money Principles for Millennials

4 Money Principles for Millennials – Millennials want to change the world. They’re passionate about living lives of purpose and meaning. Unfortunately, they’re often prevented from pursuing their passions because of vast loads of financial debt.

Easy Lies to Believe

Easy Lies to Believe “I’d like to take a stab at naming and disarming several lies often spoken to us through social media, especially in understanding the world around us. In naming these lies, I’m not necessarily advocating giving up on #facetagramsnaptweeting, but encouraging us to wise, careful and limited use.”

Your Marriage Is Not a Mistake

Your Marriage Is Not a Mistake – If you or someone you know is considering giving up...if you think that maybe marriage isn’t worth fighting for...here is a good word from God’s word.

Does the Church Need a Startup Mentality?

Does the Church Need a Startup Mentality? – “The Church doesn’t just need entrepreneurs; the Church needs stick-with-iters. We don’t need more sharks in the Shark Tank. We need fishers of men, willing to do the ongoing and often unglamourous work of investing in the kingdom over the long haul.”

celand’s Future: Clear, Bright and Cold

Iceland’s Future: Clear, Bright and Cold“The elimination of something is completely different to the elimination of someone in order for that something to itself be eliminated. That’s the language gymnastics of all totalitarianism, whether Left or Right.  What kind of society do we want to live in?  You might not get the choice!”

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Why Does It Take An Eclipse To Get Us To Look Up to the Heavens?

Why Does It Take An Eclipse To Get Us To Look Up to the Heavens? – “Let's not wait until the next eclipse to stop and pause and wonder. Look up to the heavens, and then look further up, until you find joy in the God who enjoys His handiwork.”

Three Ways God Uses the Prayers of His People

Three Ways God Uses the Prayers of His People – “Whether your prayer requests have been long in the making, or you’ve identified a fresh need just today, here’s one reality you can cling to: God uses the prayers of his people.”

Full Assurance, Eager Anticipation

Full Assurance, Eager Anticipation – What makes the Second Coming of Christ so attractive and what should we do until then?

4 Ways to Confront Your Own Biases

4 Ways to Confront Your Own Biases – They are built into us. We don’t even realize they are filtering for us. It’s important to shine light on them.

Sunday is End-Times Warfare

Sunday is End-Times Warfare – “Sunday worship is war. But our King has won.”

Don’t Check Your Baggage: Why We Never Leave Our Past Behind

Don’t Check Your Baggage: Why We Never Leave Our Past Behind – “Someone you know — someone struggling with the same sins you once committed against God — needs to hear what God has done for you.”

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Race, the Gospel, and the Moment

Race, the Gospel, and the Moment – “How should Christians, and especially those with an Anglo-white background, respond to last weekend’s alt-right gathering in Charlottesville and its tragic aftermath?  Three brief things need to be said.”

What Now in Charlottesville?

What Now in Charlottesville? – “This is Charlottesville, but it isn’t just Charlottesville. This is your town, too. Many are praying for our city, and we are grateful. But don’t miss this: Charlottesville is a mirror to your own cities. Let it be. Don’t move on without acknowledging that racial sin exists, even thrives. Pray for your own cities when you pray for Charlottesville.”

Shining Divine Light in the Darkest Places

Shining Divine Light in the Darkest Places – If you don’t know the story of Corrie Ten Boom or would like to be reminded and encouraged by it, here is a brief historical summary.

Never Give In, Never Make Peace

Never Give In, Never Make Peace – “War is not a metaphor for the spiritual reality we experience; it’s what it is.”