“One Anothers” I Can’t Find in the New Testament – “The kind of God we really believe in is revealed in how we treat one another. The lovely gospel of Jesus positions us to treat one another like royalty, and every non-gospel positions us to treat one another like dirt But we will follow through horizontally on whatever we really believe vertically.”
Friday, March 31, 2017
Mom, Your Work in the Home Matters to God – “We’re not all called to be radical in our vocations—often, small and ordinary acts of unnoticed faithfulness are moments in which the radical manifests itself.”
Sharing the Gospel at Work – “My aim is to convince us that we can effectively speak the word of God into the workplace through three guiding principles: prayer, productivity, and platform. We must be people of deep and pervasive prayer, we must be people committed to productivity, and we must do both things to build a platform from which to speak.”
You Do Not Need to Understand Everything Now – “When we run up against conundrums that show us the limits of our intellectual capacities, we don’t need to follow cynical doubts. But like Paul, our limits can lead us to awe-filled worship.”
We Don’t Have a Trust Problem in Our Marriage – “The world sees marriage as a basic co-habitation situation. You share a space, you share some laughs, but you still maintain your personal privacy. Any violation of that privacy is considered a weakness in you. You have trust issues. You are insecure. You are accusatory and probably need counseling.”
A Clean House and a Wasted Life – “Like so much else in this life, you cannot have it all. You cannot have perfect order and perfect productivity. Is a clean house proof of a wasted life? Not at all. But a tidy house isn’t necessarily evidence of a well-lived life.”
What Is The Bible And What Does It Tell Us? – “What is the Bible and what’s it for? Until we are able to answer that question, it is not going to be all that useful to us just like those other keys on the keyboard weren’t all that useful to me.”
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Listen More, Speak Less to Help After Tragedies Like the Deadly Texas Church Bus Accident – “Listening will speak more deeply to survivors than any words you might say.”
Suffering Opens a Door for the Gospel – “Whatever expression it takes, all persecution is stoked by our public identity with Christ, a point Christ himself reiterates to his followers. They will all suffer for His name.”
4 Reasons Your Work Matters Today – “Does our work matter regardless of what our position is? To that end, I can see at least four reasons why your work matters today, whether you’re a plumber, a preacher, a stay-at-home mom or a go-to-the-office dad.”
Always Ask What They Mean by “God” – “It is my experience that many people don’t believe in God because they have the wrong conception of God. In fact, the god that they don’t believe in, I don’t believe in either. Their conception of God is really a caricature of God. As a result, they end up rejecting a straw man.”
8 Lies to Reject in Overcoming Lust and Pornography – The brief list and commentary are worth consideration.
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
We’ve Lost Our Vocabulary of Wonder About Heaven – “By losing our vocabulary of wonder, I mean that we’ve come to think of Heaven as utterly immaterial and non-physical, a home suited for body-less angels, not real people. Floating in clouds while strumming harps isn’t anybody’s idea of a great time.”
No Spin on Sin – “The danger of this is that it produces a culture where sin is not really a big deal. It’s just a necessary part of life that we need to deal with. Like a man with a limp we just keep moving along with our spiritual handicap.”
Is your “Check Engine” Light On? – “Our cars have warning lights that we can look up in our owner’s manual. But what do the ‘warning lights’ look like for men? What are the danger signs that our present pace may prematurely end our race?”
You Might Be a Pharisee If . . . – “The odds are good that someone, somewhere, at some point has called you a Pharisee. The odds are even better that you’ve slapped that label on someone else.” Here’s what it really does and does not mean.
What the Law-Keeper Cries to the Gospel-Lover – “It is simple enough to look at other people’s religious observances and stand in judgment. But we would be remiss if we did not look for ourselves here. Even Christians are prone to hedge ourselves around with rules. It’s as if grace is so foreign a concept to us that we simply cannot or will not believe it, and instead flee back to the law.”
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
The Bible Commands Christians to Tithe – “My argument, in a nutshell, is this: The requirement to tithe preceded the Mosaic law, was codified in it with ceremonial aspects added, and was affirmed by Jesus as binding on his followers.”
What is Worse? Removing from Scripture or Adding to Scripture? – “I was asked why all modern translations “omit” Matt 18:11. “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost” (KJV). The form of the question betrays the basic problem, that people think modern translations omit verses rather than other translations add verses.”
The Particular Temptations of Young Men – “Young men have it tough. In so many ways, this world seems to have been custom-crafted to take advantage of their weaknesses, their flaws, their immaturities. Solomon lamented this in his day.”
Monday, March 27, 2017
Confronting the Lies when Suffering Leaves You Lonely – “Many roads of suffering are incredibly lonely ones.”
Simon Gathercole on the Historical Reliability of the Geography in the Gospels – Here’s one for you biblical scholars. Again, the Bible is trustworthy.
Is My Desire Sour? – “When milk is sour we pour it down the sink and wash it away. What do we do with our soured desires? We confess them. We pour out our hearts to Christ, lean on his mercy, trust in his righteousness, and beg him to change our hearts.”
Peter’s Message to Politically Panicked Christians: Talk About Something Else.
Sunday, March 26, 2017
Saturday, March 25, 2017
The One Great, Heart-Liberating, Hope-Fueling Constant in Our Lives – “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”
Friday, March 24, 2017
Grieving the Loss of Dreams – “Your circumstances are different, but maybe you’re life is also at a point so low, a place where every dream has been lost. Don’t settle for clinging to ashes. Turn with your lost dreams to Jesus.”
The Key to Spiritual Fruitfulness – “When God saves our soul he doesn’t intend for us to just coast to Glory. Jesus didn’t go to the cross to simply purchase our ticket to Paradise. For the rest of our days, God calls us to bear spiritual fruit.”
Drowning in a Drop of Water – “When you read that God ‘is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine’ (Ephesians 3:20 NIV), what does ‘immeasurably more’ bring to mind? How big is your imagination for the ‘immeasurable’? A peek inside a water drop just might explode your previous conceptions.”
The Intellectual in Canada Who Unmasked Political Idolatry in America – Here are four political idols.
Five Reasons to Rejoice in Persecution – “Though the burdens we bear are light compared to what some others have had to carry, they are burdens nonetheless. I was recently studying 1 Peter 4 and found 5 reasons that we can and should rejoice even now when we are persecuted, or even in that day when we face much greater persecution.”
Thursday, March 23, 2017
8 Ways God Works Suffering for Our Good – “Suffering never comes our way apart from the purpose and providence of God and for that reason, suffering is always significant, never meaningless. Here are some ways that God brings good from our suffering.”
Sharing the Gospel with People Who Aren’t Thinking about Death or Eternity – How do we witness to people who don’t think about heaven and aren’t fearful of hell?
Do Not Be Anxious About Tomorrow – “When we are not fully present, we also can easily miss out on hearing from God. We may cry out for his guidance, but if we are overthinking what is to come, our minds become clouded and our ears stopped. Being at peace today makes us open to what he wants to reveal to us today.”
The Number One Killer of Productivity – While the challenges exist among multiple generations, those who grew up with a cell phone are greatly challenged. Here are some suggestions for helping others manage their phones well.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
6 Truths about Forgiveness – ““Over and over again in the New Testament, Christians are reminded that God has forgiven all their sins through Christ’s death. And time and again, too, Christians are commanded to forgive.”
Trusting Each Other on the Winding Mountain Roads of Life – “It doesn’t take long in marriage to figure out that we are leading each other into all kinds of things, good and bad.
The Gathering Storm: Religious Liberty in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution – “Religious liberty simply evaporates as a fundamental right grounded in the U.S. Constitution, and recedes into the background in the wake of what is now a higher social commitment—sexual freedom.”
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Expectation of Fasting – “Fasting is like waiting for a wedding. Better yet, fasting is like the bride longing for the wedding and bringing it more quickly by that longing. It is asking the lover of your soul to come and make a holy visitation.”
3 Things Teachers Wish Parents Knew – “Unfortunately, it’s easy to take teachers for granted. We busy parents are thankful someone educates our kids in the same way we’re thankful the dishwasher cleans our dishes. It’s one less thing we have to do. But teachers do much more than just educate our children. They influence them.”
Monday, March 20, 2017
9 Things You Should Know About Neil Gorsuch and Supreme Court Confirmations – “President Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, is scheduled to start his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today.”
Why I Love the Psalms – “The Psalms were more even than a way to express their joys and sorrows to God in God’s own words. The Psalter explained the life they lived in relation both to the wicked who opposed them and to the God who sustained them. As the people of God, they lived in the Psalms.”
10 Ways to Strengthen the Partnership between Home and Church – “If you’re a parent, here are a few practical ways for you to take advantage of the partnership with the church in helping your child grow spiritually.”
Rejoice! We Worship a God We Can’t Control – “A safe god, a safe Jesus, isn’t one worth our time. A safe god is one we can control, usually by trying to make it happy in some way. And a god we can control isn’t a true god at all, but an idol.”
Sunday, March 19, 2017
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
The Devil Knows How to Discourage You – “This principle seems to hold true in nearly every area of life: The most satisfying joys we experience are realized mainly through adversity and struggle, while poor, unhealthy, thin joys can be had without much effort. Fulfilling joys usually require strenuous pursuit.”
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Overplayed: A Parent’s Guide to Sanity in the World of Youth Sports – I just finished this book. It’s a tough issue for families and particularly Christian families. It might be helpful.
2 Good Reasons to Say "Amen" Today – “It’s the word by which we signal our passionate agreement with what has been said, and our determination to go out from that moment of reading or worship into the world to live out what has been expressed.”
Why You Most Certainly Will Fail to Reach Your Secular Friends – Many have never been given a single reason as to why God is relevant to their lives.
Francis Chan – Stop Idolizing Family – “Chan says that after many Christians get married they place Christ’s mission on the back burner, spending their days in the bubble of relationships, children and the comfort of security.” This may be offensive and may be true.
The Surprising Power of Little Things – “Lately I’ve been struck by the power of little things. The single comment that colors your entire day. The chance encounter that opens up a new opportunity at work. The random thought that blossoms into a year-long project.”
How to Help Teens Through Emotional Times – “Not only are adults divided over our nation’s politics right now, expressing volatile emotions, but our kids are navigating extreme emotions at a high level. Students often find it difficult to negotiate the alarming amount of information streaming at them, to navigate the connections they’ve made on social media and the pressure they feel academically.”
We Have Not Even Heard That There Is a Holy Spirit – Here is an application of scripture that applies to a lot of areas.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Do You Trust Disney with Your Kids? – This is more about practical parenting than a movie: “Disney’s agenda may or may not come as a shock to us, but it should come as a timely reminder that we cannot relegate the work of teaching our children to Disney or Pixar, to Dora or Sesame Street.”
What is the Best Way to Make Disciples? – “If somebody is helping someone else grow in their love for Jesus and His Word, it does not matter whether it is done in an auditorium, classroom, or coffee shop.”
The Day of Trouble – “Few Christians go through the whole of their Christian lives without experiencing a time of trouble. Some, like our beloved brethren in foreign countries where it is forbidden to practice Christianity, have never known a time of peace and freedom from danger. Some who have enjoyed years of blessing under the hand of God are suddenly hit by a time of trouble.”
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Can Christians Marry Non-Christians? – “I want to make the point that it is a matter of obedience to God not to pursue a relationship with a non-believer. I’m going to try and make it as clear as I can that however it feels, those feelings are temptations to call right that which God calls wrong; those feelings are not accompanied by any affirmation from God.”
Monday, March 13, 2017
Making Real Friendships In The Church – “The hard and necessary work of reconciliation, peace-making, relational perseverance and loving the unlovely is not something we generally gravitate on our own … we need the inconvenient and costly demands of congregational living to shape that kind of love.”
Repenting of Impatience and Being in a Hurry – “Thank you for being patient with my impatience. I lament my busyness and repent of my hurriedness. Help me recalibrate that I might love at the pace of grace—even this very Monday.”
Jesus is a Straight Shooter – “What Jesus first says to the paralyzed man presented before him tells us that there are far worse things than being paralyzed all your life. And there are far better things than being healthy all your life.”
Sunday, March 12, 2017
Jesus Did Not Die for ‘Comfortable’ – “The world and the ruler of this world want you to believe this lie. Convenience — the worldly pursuit of ease — has become the Enemy’s battle cry (or, better yet, whisper) in the war for our modern souls. Satan’s strategy has morphed from direct opposition to subtle enticement.”
Saturday, March 11, 2017
3 Questions to Consider Before You Share – “How we speak reflects how we love. And be assured, the world is listening. Before you share your opinion, whether online or in a conversation, here are three questions to consider.”
Hope for Lonely People – “Hope sometimes proves elusive when we experience tough times. We tend to feel that our situation will never improve. But hope will get us through the darkest times. Hope is what keeps us from being overwhelmed by sorrow.”
Don’t Pretend to Know the Future – “There will be opposition to those who shine the light of Christ in the face of an unredeemed world. Our mission, whatever the cultural trends, is Christ’s commission: to take courage and proclaim God’s gospel, for the sake of all nations, for God’s glory.”
Friday, March 10, 2017
Were Adam and Eve Real People? – “Listen to Albert Mohler and Bryan Chapell discuss the importance of Adam to our understanding of humanity, our world, and salvation, as well as the ‘field and fences’ of what should be considered consistent with Scripture.”
Wise Technological Parenting – “It is the apex of foolishness for parents to allow their children to have free and unaccountable access to technology– smart phones, tablets, iPods, computers, etc.” Indeed. Here are some guidelines parents may do well to consider.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Yes, You Can Please Your Heavenly Father – “Over and over, more than a dozen times in the New Testament, we have this motivation. We ought to be generous. We ought to be godly. We ought to love and live a certain way because it pleases God.”
Why Christians Should Care About Ideas – “The Bible consistently presents a Christian view of the world. Along the way, the biblical authors interacted with and contradicted unbiblical worldviews. We ought to be skilled in doing the same.”
Confrontational Love – “What if we decided to go against the grain of culture and saw the sensibility and compassion in Jesus’ approach? What if we trusted that his methods for dealing with sin were better than the world’s?”
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Stop Calling Everything Hate – “It has always been used to describe an extreme, passionate dislike for another person. But suddenly it is being used to describe simple disagreement, especially when that disagreement is with society’s prevailing opinions and agendas.” \