How the Gospel Can Transform Your Marriage – Here are 9 ways the Gospel directly affects marriage.
Monday, July 24, 2017
What is the Gospel? A Look at 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 – The gospel has been defined by many people in many ways. What does Scripture say the gospel is?
Saturday, July 22, 2017
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.”
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 – “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.”
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?”
Friday, July 21, 2017
How Knowing the BibleDoes Not Automatically Make You More Holy – While Bible study is critical, the process of spiritual growth takes more than Bible knowledge.
3 Things Not to Do While Pursuing Spiritual Growth – A few attempted shortcuts to growing spiritually that just don't work.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
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 – “In the face of suffering, all the world can offer are sad clichés. 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 – “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
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 – It’s a quick list with great reminders and ideas for strengthening personal 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.”
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 – “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.”
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 – 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.
- Sin deprives us of spiritual strength and comfort.
- Sin weakens the soul and deprives it of its strength.
- Sin becomes the delight of the heart.
- Sin becomes the meditation of our minds.
- Sin hinders our spiritual walk. “
- Sin darkens the soul.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
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.”
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
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.”
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
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.”
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 have you broken this month?” Find out what the most common response is.
“How many of the ten commandments have you broken this month?” Find out what the most common response is.
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.”
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 – “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
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 – “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 – “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 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.”
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 – “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 – “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 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.”
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 – 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 – “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 – “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.”
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.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
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 – “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.”
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 – “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.”
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.”
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
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.”
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.”
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 – “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
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.”
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
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.”
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
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 – The root of being a disciple is discipline.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
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 – “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 – “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 – “Ever since the time of Jesus, people have been claiming that end-time events will occur in their own day.”
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 – “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 – “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
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? – “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.”
Saturday, June 24, 2017
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.”
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 – “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
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 – “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 – “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?”
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.”
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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.”
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
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.”
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.”
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.
Monday, June 19, 2017
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.”
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 – “The church is to be a bookcase for what God wrote and a trophy case for what God does.”
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’.”