Praying Specifically – Reflect on these benefits of praying specifically.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Two Things We Must Say about the Transgender Debate – “The challenge with the transgender debate is that Christians must say two very different things at the same time.”
How Do We Deal With Financial Trouble and Survive? – This is good advice for overcoming financial struggles as a married couple rather than falling victim to those troubles.
The Blessings of Growing Up in a Christian Home – “I consider it the greatest privilege, the highest act of God’s providence, that I grew up in a Christian home. I consider it no small responsibility to ensure my children, likewise, are growing up in a home that is distinctly Christian.”
Fighting for the Next Generation Matters – “Do I care enough about the next generation—and ultimately God’s glory—to fight for them even when there’s nothing in it for me? This is the question Hezekiah and Josiah’s stories have me asking myself.”
7 Bible Passages to Know before Jehovah’s Witnesses Knock on Your Door – “ Since Jehovah’s Witnesses deny the deity of Christ, and instead propagate the erroneous teaching of the early church heretic Arius who taught that Jesus is not God but the first creature made by God, I thought it would be helpful to remind us of these seven key Scriptures.”
Monday, February 27, 2017
Behind on Bible Reading? – “If I get behind on a television show, it’s not hard to find time to catch up. Why is it so hard with Bible reading? What are the obstacles that stand in my way and keep me from faithfully reading Scripture January through December?”
5 Ways Porn Lies To You – “One of the foremost lies you may be tempted to believe when it comes to porn is this: It’s not that big a deal. If everyone else is doing it, it can’t be too serious a sin, right? The Bible begs to differ.”
8 Things North American Believers Can Learn From Believers Around The World – Each of these lessons gives perspective to our American church life. We do not have categories for persecution and we struggle to make ourselves the center of the world. This helpful word sheds light on our American blind spots.
Am I Really Ready for Heaven? – “Nobody is fit for heaven. Nobody is ready for heaven. Nobody deserves heaven. Nobody can expect to go to heaven unless God steps in and provides a way by grace and by mercy that through faith.”
Three Benefits of Discipleship – “We really need each other, though we often try to go at it alone. We truly need reproof and instruction, though we seldom seek it out. This is why discipleship is so important.”
Lights, Camera … Word Bomb! – “It’s been going on for more than 40 years. In time, maybe violent, abusive language will lose its punch and fade away, but that hasn’t happened yet. It infuriates me when I spend money on DVDs that bring it into my home. It instantly makes me dislike the movie.”
Sunday, February 26, 2017
The Gift of Precious Providential Thornbushes – “Jesus, you love us so much that when we love you less, you come after us with bulldog-tenacity and uncomfortable providences. You are unrelenting in your commitment to rescue our hearts from broken cisterns and worthless idols—from anything to which we run and cling, when your love and grace don’t seem to be enough.”
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Mom/Dad, I’m Not Sure I Want to be a Christian Anymore… - Here is sound advice for having this conversation and supporting others who will.
The Forgotten Final Resting Place of William Borden – The most influential missionary of the early 20th century who lived with “no reserve, no retreats, no regrets” never made it to the mission field. It’s a powerful testimony.
Why the Transgender Debate Is About Redefining Reality – “Even if this issue was about nothing more than our children being exposed to opposite sex nudity in our schools, it would be a cause worth fighting for. But the true ramifications of the change are even more important and more worthy of our concern.”
Friday, February 24, 2017
When Coffee Isn’t Enough: Reflecting on Relationships & Gospel Witness – The most valuable resource we can offer is the Gospel.
Church Member! Fight to Attend Your Church Weekly! – “My argument? Fight with all your might to attend your church weekly. I’ll provide 7 simple reminders.”
Hallelujah! Jesus Has Defeated the Devil, Evil, and Darkness – “Lord Jesus, we’re so grateful eternal life includes a world completely devoid of all sin, evil, and brokenness. Though it will require your second coming, nonetheless, we’re grateful for that Day and long for it more than ever.”
Thursday, February 23, 2017
When We Open the Bible – “When we open the Bible, we are confronted not just with words on a page, but a person speaking through a page. We are confronted by God himself. To read the Bible is a risky thing. We cannot read it, put it down, and claim ignorance.”
Rules Without Reasons – “I get this as a parent. There are times when I simply cannot explain everything to my children. And I don’t need to explain everything to them. At that moment I need their obedience and their trust.”
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
The Priceless Gift in Every Trial – “Few stories turn heads like solid joy in the midst of deep pain. Not only is this kind of unshakeable happiness a distinctively Christian experience, but it also amounts to one of the most powerful witnesses we can make before an unbelieving world.”
Why Relationships Are Worth the Risk of Getting Hurt – The rewards far outweighs the danger.
How to Build Lasting Integrity in Kids – “Becoming a person of integrity is difficult because our society places so much emphasis on what we can see. Our talent. Our Facebook profile. Our selfies. Our appearance. It’s almost always about our image not our integrity.”
A Curious Clue About the Origins of the New Testament Canon – “Although most discussions about the development of the canon focus on the patristic period (second century and later), there is much canonical gold yet to mine from the pages of the New Testament itself. Unfortunately, this step is often skipped.”
The Unforgettable Beauty of a Titus 2 Life in Action – “This vibrant woman had devoted her life to “Titus2ing”—intentionally coming alongside younger women to help them walk in the ways of Jesus (Titus 2:3–5).”
A Subtle Symptom of Legalism – “But legalism always carries with it certain symptoms. It’s like a disease. It may not be easily detectable, but if you know what to look for, you can usually spot it and root it out. One of those primary symptoms? Becoming irritable and frustrated at God’s grace poured out to others.”
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
What Will Your Children Remember About You? – “Most adults, when sharing memories of their parents, don’t typically remember too much of what their mom or dad said, but how they lived.” He shares a couple of things I’d want on my list too.
God Is Working in Your Waiting – “While society makes every attempt to make our life easier and faster, God works on a very different timetable. In his mind, nothing is wrong with waiting. In fact, waiting can actually be a positive good that he often uses to make us more like his Son.”
Everyday Talk about Sex and Marriage, Part 2 – In this installment on parents talking to their children about sex, the discussion moves to sexual attraction. Biblical sexual attraction must involve at least these four qualities.
Five Ways to Protect Students From Social Media – “as kids go through the stressful years of adolescence and begin relying on social media—it’s like allowing a kid the key to a bar full of alcohol and saying, ‘Have at it.’”
Six Biblical Responses to Sex Trafficking – “Here I’d like to simply ask the question: What does the Christian worldview bring to the table in responding to sex trafficking? How should we, as believers, be thinking about this issue in a distinctly biblical manner? I offer six brief points.”
Monday, February 20, 2017
10 Prayers to Pray This President’s Day – “Regardless of what the title POTUS evokes for you, President’s Day is a unique opportunity to reflect on history-past and anticipate our country’s future. But we don’t do this through worrying and fretting, nor do we become puffed up by national pride or confidence in man—We do this through prayer. We do this on our knees.”
It’s a Wonderful Time to Be Christian – “America is facing turbulent times. Political unrest is unceasing. The racial divide is deepening. Fear and frustration swirl frantically. This leads to only one logical conclusion: It’s a wonderful time to be a Christian.”
David’s Plea to His Son – “Would you tell your children to pursue wisdom as their most important task in life? Would you be willing to go so far out on the proverbial limb and say even if it costs you all that you have – get wisdom?”
Why Monogamy? A Response to Polyamory – “From the outset, polyamory is a lie. Any love that refuses sexual exclusivity is no love at all. Rather, it is the rebranding of lust. It is the desire for both Eden and forbidden fruit.”
3 Ways Busyness Is Destroying You And Your Relationships – Things that seem good are actually destructive to the most precious things in our lives.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Political Discourse, Facebook, Christians & the Inconvenient Truth – There is a lot of truth here for times we live in.
Saturday, February 18, 2017
How Not to Help a Sufferer – “Of all the Bible’s many colorful characters, none are quite so exasperating as Job’s friends. Herod might chop off your head, and Judas might stab you in the back, but Eliphaz, Bildad, and Zophar will hurt you with Bible verses.”
Are You on the Right Side of History? – “By seeking Christ, our perspective of justice changes from our own personal perspectives to God’s perspective. And a God-centered understanding of justice understands three things...”
Three M’s That Naturalism Can’t Provide - “As an atheist, I accounted for my experiences through the lens of naturalism. I believed everything I experienced and observed could be explained in terms of natural causes and laws. I never thought deeply about the inconsistencies in my view of the world, or the fact that my naturalism failed to explain three characteristics of my daily experience.”
Love and Care Beyond Valentines – “It’s not only romantic love that needs to grow in marriage, but also showing that you care. Too often we forget (in our everyday hectic lives) to do little things to show our spouse that we care.”
7 Gospel-Centered Principles for Protecting a Marriage – Whether for you or for others, these are helpful.
The One Is the One You Marry – “Marriage is a commitment to a person with flaws. You don’t ignore their flaws, you commit to them despite of their flaws. The flaws come with the marriage, with the commitment (Ephesians 5:25).”
Friday, February 17, 2017
Tim Keller’s 4 Ways the Gospel Transforms Work – “Tim Keller started thinking deeply about a Christian view of work when a member of his congregation met with him to ask what it meant to be a Christian actor. Over years of thinking and teaching on work, Keller has observed four ways the gospel can transform work.”
Two More States Have Declared Porn a Public Health Crisis – “Each of the measures seeks to increase awareness about the dangers linked to porn as well as help lawmakers better understand issues linked to porn consumption.”
For Better Conversations – “Good conversation went fugitive with the invasion of electronic media. Yet you long for it, and so do those in your circle of acquaintances. Believers in Christ ought to be excellent at it.”
Will Trump Defend Religious Liberty Against the LGBT Agenda? – “From a florist in Washington State to preachers in the Bahamas, Christians are expressing concerns about how U.S. government policies are trampling on their rights of conscience.”
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Evil of Sin – “We need to convince ourselves, each time, that our plan is better. That God’s plan is unkind and restrictive. Blinded by sin’s deceitfulness, we choose famine rather than feasting, brokenness over wholeness, death instead of life, wretched independence over.”
Americans Just Broke the Psychologists’ Stress Record – “If you are looking for some verses to calm your nerves, Amy Simpson and Ed Welch suggest the following passages...”
Where Is God When Things Keep Getting Worse? – “Where is God when things keep getting worse? He is with us. And he is always for us. And one day we will see how he has used our pain and losses to accomplish far more than we could ask or imagine.”
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
God Still Seeks Wandering Fools – “Christmas is not about wise men seeking Jesus. It’s about wandering fools being found by Jesus. The incarnation glorifies the extent to which God would go to seek out those who were running from him.”
The Most Common Mistakes Parents Make – “We’ve been so intent on nurturing the self-esteem and safety of our children that we did too much. We didn’t want to ‘mess it up.’ In fact, two extremes are happening in our homes today: abandonment and abundance.”
When Our Fantasy World Distracts Us from What’s Eternally Real and Important – “It is a shame that many men are far too busy conquering fake lands, looking at fake women, and winning fake championships to follow Christ’s path of self-denying, cross-bearing, service.”
The Two Kinds of Romantic Love – “One kind of romantic love leads to life–to marriage, fruitful sexuality, children, family, virtue. The other kind of romantic love leads to death–to sin, sterile sexuality, abortion, family destruction, ruin.”
Unborn Babies Are Only Human When They Belong to Beyonce – “I fear that, rather than being an exception to our culture’s pro-abortion philosophy, this celebration is simply another product of it. Leftists believe that Beyonce’s babies are real human beings not because all babies are human beings, but because Beyonce’s babies are human beings.”
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Five Bible Verses About Love for Valentine’s Day – “The Bible speaks strongly and often about what true love is. Sometimes the Bible speaks of romantic love—the kind of love we celebrate on Valentine’s Day. But more often, when the Bible speaks of love, it’s referring to something different and deeper—something that should form the basis for our relationships with everyone around us, regardless of our emotional connection to them.”
The ONLY Love That Is Better Than Life – “Indeed, no human being (or any number of them), no great romance, no torrid love affair can fill the vacuum inside of us uniquely reserved for you. Our best relationships are just a hint and whisper of what belonging to you actually means.”
When the One You Love Is Wayward – “Real love is something deep and powerful, a committed faithfulness that is sacrificial and loyal. Love is keeping your promises, even when it hurts. It’s patient and kind, gracious and forgiving, and willing to speak the truth even when doing so is costly (1 Cor. 13:4–7). We know this love is tough.”
The Story Behind John Piper’s Most Famous Attack on the Prosperity Gospel – A three-minute video of Piper’s comments on the prosperity “gospel” (about three minutes” is included. It’s worth listening to again.
Monday, February 13, 2017
The 5 Weightiest Words of Love – “It’s easy to focus on the decorations and dresses, while overlooking the most valuable moment of the day—the costliest words spoken between a husband and wife...Till death do we part.”
100 Words of Healing for Every Harmful Syllable – “May we speak 100 words of healing for every harmful syllable we utter today. And when our lips contradict the gospel, grant us quick repentances and more grace.”
How to Grow in Grace: Ask the “Why?” and “What?” questions – “If lasting change is going to happen, you must begin to ask “Why?” and “What?” questions. Why do you do the things you do? What motivates you to do the things you do, either good or bad, helpful or unhelpful?”
Who Is the Subject of Your Bible Study? – “If that Christian book on your nightstand or if your women’s bible study points you back to you, then may I please encourage you to put it down and give it some thought?”
10 Articles on Pornography – “Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, and, thanks to one surprising bestseller and its new film adaptation, the whole world is buzzing about pornography and deviant sexuality.” Here are some resources on the topic.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
No Condemnation for Sin, but Plenty of Conviction by the Spirit – “We confess under-believing the gospel and over-trusting in ourselves.”
Saturday, February 11, 2017
The Supernatural Ordinariness of the Work of the Spirit – “The Christian life is, by definition, a Spirit-generated and Spirit-empowered life; there is no other kind of life. Christian ministry is done in and by the Spirit; there is no other sort of ministry.”
We Live in a Very Fortunate Universe – “It is truly an exciting time to be a Christian. The science of the fine-tuning is giving us a glimpse, like never before, of the divine Architect, who thoughtfully designed this universe to support life.”
Christian Women and Erotica: the Silent Struggle You Cannot See – Fifty Shades Darker premieres this weekend and many Christian women are drawn to it. The author talks through the issues.
God Hates Wicked People – “Clearly, God hates the thoughts, deeds, and desires of evil people. But further, in some way he hates the evil people themselves. His soul reacts to them with righteous revulsion as his arm extends toward them in holy fury. But who are the wicked? All of us.”
What I Would Have To Deny To Deny Hell – “What would I have to deny in order to deny hell? If I am ever to come to the point of denying the existence of hell, what will be the doctrinal cost of getting there?”
“Social Media” Networks and the Christian Movement – This was an interesting historical perspective on the distribution of God’s word.
Friday, February 10, 2017
How the Order of the Beatitudes Could Change Your Life – “The order of the beatitudes shows you how to make progress in the Christian life.”
Thursday, February 9, 2017
8 'Christian' Virtues That Aren't Really Christian - And the alternatives that actually are.
You Can Talk About Your Faith Without Being Annoying – There are more effective ways.
Seven Costs of Disciple-Making – “It’s essentially spiritual parenting — intentionally and relationally investing oneself in the spiritual growth and maturity of a few disciples — part of which is training those disciples to then disciple others who disciple others.”
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
10 Myths About Africa Many Americans Believe – I’ve found this list to be true at every turn. If you would be interested in ministering in Zambia with me in July, there is an information meeting February 19.
A Double Remedy for a Downcast Spirit – “Is your spirit troubled today? Are you downcast in your spirit? Honestly cry out to God in prayer, turning your doubts into questions of faith. Then deliberately turn away from the messages your emotions are speaking to you and replace them with the unchanging truths of Scripture.”
Give Yourself to Constant & Committed Prayer! – “The goal of this essay is to exhort and plead with Christians to set daily aside to go into the ‘inner room’ and be alone with God -- to pray, to really pray, to call upon God fervently, passionately, unceasingly.”
Do I Really Need To Suffer? – “God means to bring out ‘the beauties and graces of true spiritual character’ in every one of his people. He does merely mean to, though. He also sovereignly arranges circumstances in the best possible way to bring it about.”
12 Trends That Shaped U.S. Religion Since the ’70s – “What are the most significant changes and megatrends that have occurred in the U.S. since the mid-1970s? …Together, they constitute a remarkable revolution in the most basic assumptions of life — of family and intimate relationships, of work and residence, of thinking and speaking, of getting and spending.”
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Photobombing Jesus – “Most of us don’t consciously desire to steal glory from God. Because we love Him, we want Him to be magnified. But if we are honest, we hope that when people see Jesus as amazing, they see us just as amazing.”
The Desire or the Opportunity? – “The critical lesson is that if we crucify the desire, God will almost always shield us from the opportunity. And even if God may permit the devil to throw a spark of opportunity our way, there’s nothing in the heart that will easily catch fire.”
The FAQs: The Johnson Amendment and Political Speech in Churches – What is the Johnson Amendment (mentioned last week by President Trump) and what would repealing it mean for churches?
Report: Global Spike In Cohabitation Is Destabilizing Children’s Lives – “This study firmly shows that across the world marriage confers the best chances for stability for children. Yet adults are increasingly choosing not to provide their kids that optimal environment.”
What Are Some Important Things to Remember When Sharing the Gospel with Muslims? - This brief video provides some valuable insights.
Monday, February 6, 2017
The School of Prayer – “I love reading books on prayer, but sometimes I wonder if I like reading books on prayer more than I like praying. Reading comes naturally to me, prayer does not. Reading is easy to understand, prayer is not.”