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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Seven Ways the Old Testament Deepens our Love for Jesus

Seven Ways the Old Testament Deepens our Love for Jesus – The Old Testament connects us with Jesus’ past in the following ways...

3 Ways to Exhort the Aging

3 Ways to Exhort the Aging – “Aging people experience progressive losses: parents, friends, colleagues, career, driver’s license, and perfect health. Then life-threatening health challenges are encountered, usually heart disease or cancer. And finally, there is the certainty of death. In these realities, though, there are implicit spiritual incentives to grow. Here are three ways to encourage and exhort the aging.”

What Should I Do When I’m Struggling to Read God’s Word?

What Should I Do When I’m Struggling to Read God’s Word? – “There are times when I read God’s Word…and the words seem to fall flat.| I’m hungry to hear from God, eager to meet him in my Bible—yet nothing jumps off the page or particularly moves my heart.”

Beware the Graduation Speech

Beware the Graduation Speech – “Just don’t believe everything you hear in the graduation speech.”

Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other Way

Preaching the Gospel with Words: Why There’s No Other WayWe marginalize evangelism when we say the good news is social action.”

Worldliness: A Rich Person’s Problem?

Worldliness: A Rich Person’s Problem? “Is worldliness a problem for the rich or for the poor? For those with many possessions or few? For people who live in a western society or a developing country?”

The Parable of Anthony Weiner’s iPhone

The Parable of Anthony Weiner’s iPhone “Could one of the lessons of Anthony Weiner’s fall be that we should take our digital technology more seriously as a potential stumbling block?”

Monday, May 22, 2017

Two Words That Summarize The Entire Bible

Two Words That Summarize The Entire Bible – “The story of the Bible is all about fresh starts and new beginnings.”

Eliminating Spiritual Toxins

Eliminating Spiritual Toxins There are Christians who “carefully guard their spiritual diet but make no effort to avoid or eliminate sinful, spiritual toxins from their lives. Faithfully studying God’s Word is vital to our growth, but it’s not the only factor. We need to recognize sinful attitudes and motivations as carcinogens that can wreak havoc in our spiritual lives.”

The Lifelong Pursuits of a Godly Man

The Lifelong Pursuits of a Godly Man – “In his first letter to the Corinthian church, the Apostle Paul uses athletes as a metaphor to describe how believers are to approach the Christian life.”

5 Ways Every Christian Grows

5 Ways Every Christian Grows “Paul’s metaphor of the ‘fruit’ of the Spirit can help us, though. Here are five things that are true of fruit trees and, therefore, true of the fruit of the Spirit.”

The Centrality of the Word in Discipleship

The Centrality of the Word in Discipleship – “For optimal health during the day, we need exercise. We may need medicine. We could use a nap. But before anything else, we need basic nourishment. We need breakfast. The slow walk through the Word is the sustaining food on which the other helps build. But without that basic sustaining food, we are set up for failure no matter what other well intentioned help we receive.”

Biblical Womanhood Doesn't Begin and End with Proverbs 31

Biblical Womanhood Doesn't Begin and End with Proverbs 31 – “All Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, gives us information about what it means to obey Christ and live a life set apart for him, regardless of the gender-specific nature of each passage.” – “All Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, gives us information about what it means to obey Christ and live a life set apart for him, regardless of the gender-specific nature of each passage.”

Do I Need to Confess Every Sin to Be Forgiven?

Do I Need to Confess Every Sin to Be Forgiven? The question is, “Are you holding onto a sin, and refusing to turn from it?” 

What If I Don’t Feel Forgiven?

What If I Don’t Feel Forgiven? “There is an important difference between guilt and guilt feelings. The distinction is between that which is objective and that which is subjective.”

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Our Sins Are Many, His Mercy Is More

Our Sins Are Many, His Mercy Is More – “Christians often feel like they are on a tightrope between believing our sin is too small for us to confess or too big for God to overcome.”

You, Yes You, Are a Minister!

You, Yes You, Are a Minister! – “There is way more ministering to be done in the church than can be done by paid pastors or even by elders. Your church needs you to minister the Word!”

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Better Than Busy

Better Than Busy – “The fast-paced busyness of life that pushes God to the margins can easily turn into burnout. Lots of us are crying out for ways of handling the busyness before it does.”

God’s Google

God’s Google “God has got his own version of Google and, until recently, it was the one Christians relied on. God’s version of Google is called the local church.”

You Can’t Anxiety Attack Your Way Out of God’s Love

You Can’t Anxiety Attack Your Way Out of God’s Love“It would be easy for me to let you get cozy with our anxiety, so let’s make a deal. I’m going to aim for the jugular, and then I’m gonna bandage it up all nice and good. Ready? Here it goes.”

Marriage Communication: Too Much? Too Little?

Marriage Communication: Too Much? Too Little? – Marriage Communication Styles: Condensers and Amplifiers.

Women Use Porn Too

Women Use Porn Too – “We must stop assuming pornography is a men’s problem, because it’s not. It’s a human problem.”

Friday, May 19, 2017

How God Uses Questions in the Bible

How God Uses Questions in the Bible – “Through questions, God forces us to turn our gaze on ourselves, our hearts, and our motivations. He makes us look deeply into ourselves, knowing that He already knows, and then own up to that which we have either been unable or unwilling to see previously.”

If I Have Enough Faith, Will God Heal Me?

If I Have Enough Faith, Will God Heal Me? Randy Alcorn and Joni Eareckson Tada answer.

Don’t Hide Those Gray Hairs

Don’t Hide Those Gray Hairs “A multibillion dollar beauty industry keeps the charade going, all the while showing little-to-no respect for the elderly. When it comes to getting older, our culture offers three options: delay, disguise, or despise.”

What Happens to Our Pets When They Die?

What Happens to Our Pets When They Die? – “Will our animals be in heaven? It’s best to be honest and say we don’t know. I wouldn’t be surprised if God, in generous wisdom, allows us to enjoy the company of familiar animals in glory. But we can be certain of two things.”

Crying “Wolf!”

Crying “Wolf!”“What are the fruits – or the attitudes and behaviors they exhibit – that we are to know them by? Because these wolves can be very clever, appear to be nice in certain settings, and often act very zealous for the kingdom of God, they can easily fool the flock. Here then are five primary traits they have.”

Why Control-Craving Hearts Get Angry

Why Control-Craving Hearts Get Angry – “God started using my anger to reveal my control-craving heart. I started recognizing that my surface-level anger stemmed from an underlying desire for control. So to rid myself of anger, I’d have to rip out its root—control.”

Thursday, May 18, 2017

True Friends Are Hard to Find

True Friends Are Hard to Find – “They pray bigger things for you than you pray for yourself. They believe with you when your faith is weak. They make space for you when life falls apart, and they rejoice with you when all is well. Most importantly, true friends remind you in every encounter who and what is most important.”

Set the Soundtrack of Your Mind

Set the Soundtrack of Your Mind – “Leave your mind on autopilot, and distractions will dictate your life. Set your mind above, and God will.”

Parenting is Discipleship

Parenting is Discipleship – “Being a parent is far more than building relationships with our children.  It is the duty of Christian parents to go beyond building your child’s athletic resume or teaching your child a trade.  We have a much larger task and responsibility.  Parenting is the work of discipleship.”

5 Principles for Disciplining Your Children

5 Principles for Disciplining Your Children – “While not all methods work for all children, I’ve found these principles work for a variety of children, regardless of their age, sex, or disposition.”

Are You Too Familiar With Jonah's Story?

Are You Too Familiar With Jonah's Story? – “Has the story of Jonah become such a routine part of your Christianity that you forget to ask what God wants you to learn through this narrative? I'm afraid that often in the church, we have informed brains and unchanged hearts. You and I know stories and verses and theology, but we fail to apply them to our everyday faith.”

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

How to Stir Up One Another

How to Stir Up One Another – “Sometimes a pot-stirrer shakes things that ought not be shook. But other times, stirring the pot is necessary. Even helpful. The writer of Hebrews actually instructs those who believe and follow Christ to stir each other up.”

The Difference Between Nice and Kind—and Why It Matters

The Difference Between Nice and Kind—and Why It Matters – “Since the early church, disciples have walked the risky and sometimes dangerous road of kindness. Kindness is a radical way of living biblically. It’s a fruit of the Holy Spirit on Paul’s short list in Galatians 5. It’s not a duty or an act. It’s an imperative.”

In Pursuit of Christian Womanhood

In Pursuit of Christian Womanhood – “Paul directed Titus to teach the older men to model godliness and instruct the younger men as to what Christian manhood looks like, and where he instructed Christian women in matters of godliness and exhorted them to train up the younger women. In verses 3-5, we see the pursuit of Christian womanhood, as defined by the Bible not our culture.”

When Satan Demands to Have You

When Satan Demands to Have You – “If you’re a believer, what the enemy wants is to fail your faith. He wants to have you: eternally defeated, estranged from God, condemned for eternity – But Jesus promises he won’t let you go.”

7 Ways Parents Unfairly Provoke Our Children

7 Ways Parents Unfairly Provoke Our Children “There are times when we so provoke our children that anger is the fitting and inevitable response. Here I offer a few ways that we, as parents, may provoke our children to that kind of anger and discouragement.”

In Defense of the Unspoken Prayer Request

In Defense of the Unspoken Prayer Request – “The person who asks for a request that is “unspoken,” though, is almost always someone genuinely grappling with a burden or a dilemma. The burden is so great that he or she doesn’t even feel ready to talk about what that burden is.”

Six Things to Know About God’s Wrath

Six Things to Know About God’s Wrath“This theme of the wrath (or anger) of God toward sin and sinners is clearly and widely taught in the Bible. This truth is so interwoven with the hope of our peace with one another and with God that if we lose our grasp on the one, we lose our hope of the other.”

Is Body Image My Idol?

Is Body Image My Idol? – “Pursuing physical fitness becomes sinful self-glorification when we no longer do so to overcome our own sin, serve others, and glorify Christ.”

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Just-Around-the-Corner Spirituality

Just-Around-the-Corner Spirituality “If I can just get around this next corner, then I will be able seek after God in an undistracted and more wholehearted way.”

What to Do When Life Gets Really Hard

What to Do When Life Gets Really Hard “What do you do when you are faced with various trials, tribulations and difficulties throughout your journey?”

Fast from Food, Not Facebook

Fast from Food, Not Facebook – Jesus said, “When you fast...” At heart, fasting is simple—it is refraining from a specific thing for a specific time and a specific reason.

Evangelism is a Four Letter Word

Evangelism is a Four Letter Word Evangelism isn’t what it used to be and is uncertain of what it should be.

What Does a Happy Marriage Really Look Like?

What Does a Happy Marriage Really Look Like? – “In Christ, conflict is not a deal breaker but a path to depth and intimacy.” 

How Should Parents Respond to their Children’s Sexual Sin?

How Should Parents Respond to their Children’s Sexual Sin? – Tim Challies writes, “I recently received an email from a parent who had discovered her teenager in sexual sin, and was wondering how to respond to it as a Christian parent. That’s a good question. Here’s what I believe the gospel commands from us as parents in addressing our children’s sexual sin.”

Learning for Life

Learning for Life “The lack of teachability is probably the single greatest hindrance to our growth in grace and it’s a form of pride.”

The Best Discoveries Begin as Problems: How to Read Proverbs

The Best Discoveries Begin as Problems: How to Read Proverbs – The book of Proverbs sometimes puts contradictory exhortations back-to-back? What can we learn from this?

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday Morning Care Casting: Phil. 4:6-8

Monday Morning Care Casting: Phil. 4:6-8 – Just what I needed on this Monday morning.

Your Pain Has an Expiration Date

Your Pain Has an Expiration Date – “The apostle makes clear that it is vital for us as children of God to have right views of suffering, trial, and tribulation because they are part of God’s plan for our future glory.”

Watching Your Spiritual Diet

Watching Your Spiritual DietJohn MacArthur shares some thoughts on spiritual immaturity: “The root cause of their arrested development is spiritual malnourishment—their souls are starved for wholesome spiritual food. 

Embrace the Life You Have

Embrace the Life You Have – “How do we get past this nagging feeling that there should be more to life? Or that perhaps we are being denied the life that we should have? The life that, if we were completely honest, we believe we deserve.”

What Rob Bell Gets Right and Wrong About the Bible

What Rob Bell Gets Right and Wrong About the Bible “In What Is the Bible?, Bell comes to the Bible having already decided who God is and how he interacts with the world. It’s neither the text nor tradition that gives the Bible authority, but the interpretations of its readers (272). Rather than allowing Scripture to govern his views, Bell’s prior conclusions reign supreme.”

3 Errors of the “Word of Faith” Preaching

3 Errors of the “Word of Faith” Preaching “It’s one thing to criticize Joel Osteen’s preaching on various different levels—both serious and jokingly (such as on The Babylon Bee), but at the foundation, what’s wrong with this approach to preaching?”

Prayer Isn't Magic

Prayer Isn't Magic – Good reminders about what prayer is and what prayer isn’t.

Advance! Advance in Stature

Advance! Advance in Stature – “He (Jesus) fully depended upon God and did all things to the glory of God. He shows the way to surrender our bodies to God, he shows the way to devote our sexuality to God, he shows the way to joy, to fullness of life.

The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion

The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion “The shame is not that evangelicals hold these pro-life convictions now. The shame is that there was ever any evangelical equivocation on such a matter of life and death and human dignity.”

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Let Joy and Sadness Mingle This Mother’s Day

Let Joy and Sadness Mingle This Mother’s Day – “Mother’s Day. Few holidays can rival it for emotional highs and lows.”

A Tribute to Mothers Who Send Their Children Into Missions

A Tribute to Mothers Who Send Their Children Into Missions “I sat listening in a room filled with mothers of missionaries as they shared their stories. At first their words mirrored that of most mothers whose children were grown and gone, laughing about the fingernail polish stain that remains in the carpet to this day, or the clanging noise the dryer still makes years after the rocks fell out of their little boys’ jean pockets. Each memory was tethered to a story, and each story had exponentially grown in value as the years passed.”

How to Not Ruin Your Own Mother’s Day

How to Not Ruin Your Own Mother’s Day – “This Mother’s Day, thousands of moms will be disappointed because the day didn’t turn out the way they expected. But there is hope. There’s a way to have a disappointment-proof Mother’s Day. And it starts with us.”

Every Good Church Is Messy

Every Good Church Is Messy – “No one should be surprised that the church is made up of sinners — it’s one of the admissions that opens the membership door in the first place: we are not perfect and never will be in this life.”

Marriage Wounds

Marriage Wounds – Here’s a neat little article about marriage.

8 Items for Christian Parents to Ponder

8 Items for Christian Parents to Ponder – The old Puritan John Flavel offers these 8 considerations to Christian parents, asking that you would ponder each one and allow them to motivate you to call your children to respond to the gospel.

The World’s Persecution Problem

The World’s Persecution ProblemChristianity Today tries to make sense of the numbers of persecuted Christians in the world.

Friday, May 12, 2017

5 Facts About Mothers and Mother’s Day

5 Facts About Mothers and Mother’s Day – This Sunday is Mother’s Day. Here are five facts you should know about the holiday and about mothers in America.

Why We Don’t Need to Fear the Moment of Our Death

Why We Don’t Need to Fear the Moment of Our Death – “Years ago, I interviewed a young man from Burundi who told me something profound: ‘If I fear death as unbelievers do, I have nothing to offer unbelievers.’ Only when you are free from the fear of death are you really free.”

My View from the Worship Team

My View from the Worship Team – Often the congregation talks about what they see on the platform at church. What do the people on the platform see?

Five Truths About the Holy Spirit

Five Truths About the Holy Spirit – It’s a good and important list.

Men, Lead Out in Prayer

Men, Lead Out in Prayer – “Men, if we want our country and community to change, if we want to see people come to Jesus, we have to be spiritual leaders who are leading out in prayer.”

What Our Stay-at-Home Mom Taught Us

What Our Stay-at-Home Mom Taught Us “You can’t google our mother and see her accolades. She doesn’t speak or write for others. She has no public platform. She doesn’t even have a Facebook account. Yet, for our lives and ministries, she has been more influential than any other person.”

The Cross-Resurrection Contradiction

The Cross-Resurrection Contradiction At the heart of Christian faith is a commitment to a God who enters into suffering.

Three Great Soundbites That Make Terrible Theology

Three Great Soundbites That Make Terrible Theology – “There are other very helpful sound bites that often get used in church. They are good preaching and make a helpful impression upon us. But, again, we don’t want to turn them into absolute statements or our faith will similarly stumble. Let me mention three common ones related to sin.”

How to Talk About Sin in a Postmodern Age

How to Talk About Sin in a Postmodern Age – “We will either worship the uncreated God, or we will worship some created thing (an idol). There is no possibility of our worshiping nothing.”

Research: Only 17% of Christians Actually Have a Biblical Worldview

Research: Only 17% of Christians Actually Have a Biblical Worldview – “Postmodernism, rooted in the theory that objectivity doesn’t exist, finds a pretty welcome audience with practicing Christians.”

The Drive to Abolish Male and Female—and Childbearing

The Drive to Abolish Male and Female—and Childbearing “Ectogenesis would be one of the most important steps in the ‘manning’ of women. It is important to notice that our culture perceives the ‘potential’ of women largely in terms of their liberation from their nature, rather than in their flourishing within the inherent directionality and order of that nature.”

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Laying Aside a Crushing Weight

Laying Aside a Crushing Weight – “Perhaps the weight to which the Hebrews-writer refers is the weight of self-importance, self-aggrandizement, and self-enthronement.”

The Uncomfortable Subject Jesus Addressed More than Anyone Else

The Uncomfortable Subject Jesus Addressed More than Anyone Else – “The doctrine of hell is uncomfortable for most of us. However, our understanding of hell shapes our view of the gospel, God’s holiness, and our depravity. If we don’t accept the reality of hell, we won’t rightly understand the glory of the gospel.”

A Mom’s Children’s Devotional Recommendations

A Mom’s Children’s Devotional Recommendations – “Don't ever forget, God is abounding in grace for exhausted parents who are doing their best. ‘Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain’ (Ps. 127:1). As you partner with God in building a biblical home, take heart that all of the strength, power, grace, and hope comes from Him alone.”

The Particular Importance of Not Being Particular Important

The Particular Importance of Not Being Particular Important “If you’re interested in being somebody in your life, think again. Chances are, Jesus is not on board.”

Four Tips to Encourage Single Christian Women in their Work

Four Tips to Encourage Single Christian Women in their Work – “The topic of Christian singleness and vocation, like life’s most pressing and difficult questions, deserves a rich theology. Whether we’re packing lunches or sitting at an office computer, we owe it to ourselves to wrestle with the Lord and dig into scripture to reflect deeply and soundly about our vocations.” 

Hi Mom! - from Igniter Media

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Why Does God Command Us to Rejoice Always?

Why Does God Command Us to Rejoice Always? – “The answer is found by looking to the future and the eternal hope promised to every Christian, which is the context for the command to sufferers to rejoice in difficult times.”

Mom, Do You Feel Appreciated?

Mom, Do You Feel Appreciated? “I just don’t think we give you enough credit. That’s why I love a national day where we recognize the role of Mom. But Mom … you have to read this: being appreciated cannot be your goal.”

The Making of a Modern Pharisee

The Making of a Modern Pharisee – “We are born legalists. But Pharisees are informed legalists.”

Everything Is Awful (But Only on Twitter)

Everything Is Awful (But Only on Twitter) – “If you spend most of your day scanning social media sites and blogs, you will probably come away with a very specific idea of what American culture is like.” It may not be like that at all.

How Differently Do Men and Women Communicate?

How Differently Do Men and Women Communicate? – “When honoring others pervades our conversations, communication becomes a tool for countering the effects of the fall and furthering God’s kingdom agenda for both men and women.”

20 Quotes from Erik Raymond’s New Book on Contentment

20 Quotes from Erik Raymond’s New Book on Contentment – These are good quotes in a world of discontented people.

David Gushee: Our “differences are unbridgeable”

David Gushee: Our “differences are unbridgeable” – “On the one side are the traditionalists who believe that homosexuality is a sin. On the other side are the revisionists who believe that homosexuality is not sinful. The differences between the traditionalists and the revisionists go right to the heart of what it means to be a Christian.”

Sleep Disorders and the Glory of God

Sleep Disorders and the Glory of God “With sleeplessness comes unique suffering. The side-effects tend to be many, complex, and severe. It can be hard to understand. Perhaps at times, we could benefit to brush up on both the struggles and glories of sleep disorders.”

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Stirring One Another Up

Stirring One Another Up – “He’s calling us to a robust, durable encouragement that has a bite to it.”

The Surprising Upside to Sadness

The Surprising Upside to Sadness – Sadness brings with it some amazing gifts.

Ten Questions Christians Should Ask of Their Entertainment

Ten Questions Christians Should Ask of Their Entertainment – These questions are easily and more conveniently avoided. Don’t pass by this lightly.

Hooray for the Bible’s Last Command!

Hooray for the Bible’s Last Command! – There is much to celebrate in the last command of God’s word.

You Become What You Eat

You Become What You Eat – “Hope is to our soul what energy is to our bodies.| Just like our bodies must have energy to keep going, our souls must have hope to keep going.”

Jesus Saves from Morality

Jesus Saves from Morality“We don’t like to be or associate with people who are clean from a sense of duty. We want to be around those who like being clean.”

Seven Things Church Members Should Say to Guests

Seven Things Church Members Should Say to Guests Friendliness to church guests is more than just shaking their hand. Here are some good ideas for showing church hospitality.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Jesus and the Past Tense

Jesus and the Past Tense Does grammar really matter for the Christian? J. A. Medders challenges the way we talk about Jesus and points us to put who Jesus is in the right tense. 

4 Ways Christians Can Stand Out at Work

4 Ways Christians Can Stand Out at Work – “Driven by a unique view of humanity and a love rooted in the wisdom of the cross, we can stand out at work in at least four ways.”

The Shape of Gospel Astonishment in Psalm 24

The Shape of Gospel Astonishment in Psalm 24 – Jared Wilson provides a devotional on this blessed psalm.

The Unexpected God: How He Meets Us in Disappointment

The Unexpected God: How He Meets Us in Disappointment – “But the very heart and center of the Christian faith should remind us daily that our expectations do not typically map onto the grandeur and goodness and wisdom of God. The cross reminds us that God sent us the Messiah we really needed, not the one anyone expected.”

The Christian and Hospitality: Putting the Gospel on Display

The Christian and Hospitality: Putting the Gospel on Display – Hospitality is a call to all Christians. Lauren Rae Konkol shares the simple, messy part of welcoming others into your home. She speaks from experiences of receiving this Christian care and encourages all to follow suit. 

Three Things Every Parent Needs to Know

Three Things Every Parent Needs to Know – “Parenting need not conjure up fear in the hearts of young moms and dads, but rather joy, for successful parenting is possible, but only if parents know three important things.”

I Just Want Her To Be Happy

I Just Want Her To Be Happy “I have been a medical doctor in the United States for more than thirty years. Today, I often hear American parents say, ‘I just want my child to be happy.’ Unfortunately, when you let contemporary American kids do whatever makes them happy, the result is likely to be teenage girls who spend all their time on Instagram or Snapchat, and teenage boys whose favorite pastimes are video games and pornography.”

The Cumulative Effect of Our Little Choices

The Cumulative Effect of Our Little Choices – “You are going to be what you are now becoming.”

On Redefining Words and Character Assassination

On Redefining Words and Character Assassination Summer White on Jen Hatmaker: “The problem is not some ambiguous establishment that has plotted against Hatmaker. The problem is that Hatmaker broke ranks with what Christians have believed for thousands of years: namely, that God is holy.”

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Knowing the Lord’s Presence and Rest

Knowing the Lord’s Presence and Rest – “Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to be with us throughout our journey, and for promising rest all the way Home, not just when we get Home.”

Though You Slay Me

Though You Slay Me – “Even as great as this pain is, God is greater.”

Take Up Thy Bed and Walk

Take Up Thy Bed and Walk – “Like many others, the impotent man had been waiting for a wonder to be wrought, and a sign to be given. Wearily did he watch the pool, but no angel came, or came not for him; yet, thinking it to be his only chance, he waited still, and knew not that there was One near him whose word could heal him in a moment.”

Saturday, May 6, 2017

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church – The book of Hebrews has much to say on this topic.

The Tempted One

The Tempted One “When we face temptation, we never do so apart from Christ. We are united to Him; He is our righteousness. He has defeated sin, death, and Satan. There is nothing and no one who can separate us from Him, not even our own weak flesh.”

4 Ways We Go Wrong in Thinking about the Holy Spirit

4 Ways We Go Wrong in Thinking about the Holy Spirit – “The Holy Spirit is the easiest person of the Godhead to depersonalize—and not only because of cultural forces. One might even say that, for the Spirit, being somewhat forgotten is an occupational hazard. Some of our confusion about the Holy Spirit arises from a distortion of genuinely biblical truths.  Here are four ways in which we can go wrong.”

Cut Off Your Hand, Tear Out Your Eye

Cut Off Your Hand, Tear Out Your Eye – “Here, Jesus is calling us to personal holiness, however costly and painful, as His path for us ‘to enter life.'”

Friday, May 5, 2017

Trusting Our Father–the God of Hope

Trusting Our Father–the God of Hope – “Today, in particular, we’re thankful to worship you as the God of hope. In a world of predictable unpredictability’s and unsettling circumstances, and broken people, places, and things, it is a source of immeasurable joy and peace to know that you love us, and are in control of everything… everything.”

The FAQs: Trump’s Executive Order on Religious Liberty

The FAQs: Trump’s Executive Order on Religious Liberty Joe Carter breaks down President Trump’s executive order on religious liberty.

Child of Divorce, Do Not Fear Marriage

Child of Divorce, Do Not Fear Marriage “While many people experience fear and ‘cold feet’ as they consider marriage, children of divorce often wrestle more intensely and destructively with relational and marital fears. 

Theology 101 From My 2-Year-Old

Theology 101 From My 2-Year-Old – It’s a good story with a great application.

Judge Not?

Judge Not? – “Jesus is not telling others not to judge us; he’s telling us not to judge others. What others do is not our primary concern; what we do is our primary concern. Our biggest problem is not how others judge us, but how we judge others.”

5 Ways to Fight Fake News

 5 Ways to Fight Fake News – Practical counsel on how to make sure we are spreading truth, not rumors.

2 Ways To Look at the People in Your Church

2 Ways To Look at the People in Your Church – “There are two ways for you to look at the people in your own local church—you can look at them by where they’ve come from or by where they still need to go.”

The North Korean Revival of 1907

The North Korean Revival of 1907 – How I long for Pyongyang to once again know the light of the gospel!

Letter to a Friend Engaged to a Nonbeliever

Letter to a Friend Engaged to a Nonbeliever – Written as a letter to a friend, there is much wisdom and biblical truth in this article.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

6 Very Good Reasons to Consider Your Short Little Life

6 Very Good Reasons to Consider Your Short Little Life – “Our lives are short. They are, in the words of the author of Ecclesiastes, little more than vapor, dust blow by the wind. Yet the very thought that could dismay or depress you, can also motivate you. Here are some blessings that will be yours when you pause to consider your short little life.”

A Three-Part Formula for Fear

A Three-Part Formula for Fear – “In looking at Deuteronomy 1, where Moses recounts the story to his people, we see a three-part formula for fear that’s most likely at the root of our fears today.”

God Will Hold You Through Your Habits

God Will Hold You Through Your Habits – “What we do in perseverance is not ultimate, but it is essential.”

Remember The Sabbath

Remember The Sabbath – “One of the main reasons for the epidemic of burnout is the absence of a weekly Sabbath in most people’s lives.”

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

How are Children a Blessing?

How are Children a Blessing? – “Children are a gift from God precisely because they are an investment. This isn't because parents should expect something in return from their kids, but because as one participates in raising children, it produces something of worth.”

Kill Pride Before It Kills You

Kill Pride Before It Kills You – “At some point today, someone will probably compliment or praise something you do or say. If not today, it will happen tomorrow, or sometime next week. How will you respond? How do you typically respond?”

The Outraged Are Always Right

The Outraged Are Always Right “It’s getting really bad out there. Americans, including very intelligent, thoughtful ones, simply cannot abide the mere presence of someone they don’t agree with.”

Think Much on Grace

Think Much on Grace – “We don't think much as entertainment-stricken 21st century Americans. We do just about everything to avoid it. But when we do think, our thoughts are full of anxiety, worry, fear, and the like. ‘What if?’ is all too common of a thought for Christians, myself included.”

Why Read the Bible? To Know and Enjoy Jesus

Why Read the Bible? To Know and Enjoy Jesus – “The highest goal of Bible reading is not to find wisdom for living, or to internalize a list of dos and don’ts — but to know and enjoy Jesus.”

Caring for Aging Parents

Caring for Aging Parents – “These six suggestions will help you prepare people in your church who will be caring for an elderly parent or relative.”

What You Should Know about the Prosperity Gospel

What You Should Know about the Prosperity Gospel “Last week U.S. Postal Service inspectors and IRS criminal investigators raided the offices of Benny Hinn, the infamous faith healer and “health and wealth” preacher. Here is what should know about Hinn and the prosperity gospel movement.”

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Passing Down the Truth of God

Passing Down the Truth of God “It sounds paradoxical, but each Christian has a personal responsibility to keep the faith and to pass it on to others. That’s what is required of those who would win the prize (1 Cor. 9:242 Tim. 4:7).”

Are You Mature?

Are You Mature?“I wonder, are you mature? Spiritually mature? The answer to that question may be a little more nuanced than you think. You see, the Bible says that all Christians are mature but that sometimes we can also be immature.”

Advance! One Key Pursuit for Young Christians

Advance! One Key Pursuit for Young Christians – “The most important priority for the teens and 20s is not external accomplishments but internal ones. The number one priority for young Christians is to advance in character. Life is not over at 30 but just beginning.”

Growing Up: Six Basic Steps toward Maturity

Growing Up: Six Basic Steps toward Maturity“How can young people move toward maturity? How can adolescents grow into young adults? How can college students move through the college years with increasing integrity, character, maturity, skill, and productivity? Here are six basic steps to help the saplings of the next generation add rings as they reach for the light.”

The Graceless Man

The Graceless Man“Jesus taught a parable that exposed the graceless heart of the religious leaders. Rightly identifying the graceless man is good for us. If we know what he looks like, we can identify him in ourselves and ask God to help us grow in grace.”

3 Ways We Judge Wrongly

3 Ways We Judge Wrongly – When and how does judging become sinful? 

4 Ways We Go Wrong in Thinking about the Holy Spirit

4 Ways We Go Wrong in Thinking about the Holy Spirit – “Who exactly is the mysterious third person of the Trinity? Why does he seem to possess less reality than the Father and the Son? Perhaps we think of the Holy Spirit as a divine force or energy that we can “plug into” for spiritual power. Or as the kinder and gentler—more intimate—side of God. But a person—in fact, a distinct person of the Godhead?”

Monday, May 1, 2017

A Marriage Checklist

A Marriage Checklist – Keller recommends that husbands and wives regularly review a list such as this to identify the best way to give love to one another and then “concretely give love to each other in deliberate ways every week.”

7 Ways To Fight Distraction In Prayer

7 Ways To Fight Distraction In Prayer – “Most of us will admit experiencing this, and the rest of us are liars!”

How to be a Friend Magnet

How to be a Friend Magnet – “The truth of the matter is that we all have the ability to be friend-magnets when we enter a room with the words, intentions, and body language of seeing others.”

The Wisdom of the Folly of the Gospel

The Wisdom of the Folly of the Gospel “This is a message that never gets old. It is a message that we need to meditate on. We are fools, and only in Christ is there wisdom. I do not always understand why God does things, but there is one thing I know for sure: I can trust him.”

5 Things Your Wife Wishes You Knew (But Might Never Tell You)

5 Things Your Wife Wishes You Knew (But Might Never Tell You) – “You may be the recipient of her home-cooked meals, wear the clean clothes she washed and folded yesterday, and eat off the dishes she unloaded from the dishwasher. You may share a bed with her, raise children with her, and even participate in keeping the home in order. You love her and value her, and maybe you even tell her that regularly. But even if you do all of that, here are five things your wife wishes you knew about the work of the home.”

3 Kinds of Suffering

3 Kinds of Suffering – Ray Ortlund points out that there are 3 different kinds of suffering we can experience in life.

How Jesus Answers the Cries of Our Hearts

How Jesus Answers the Cries of Our Hearts – “He came to redeem, restore, and make all things new.”

Grace and The Non-Instagrammable Church

Grace and The Non-Instagrammable Church “When we can get over the fact that the church isn’t Instagram-ready, something amazing happens. When we own up to our messiness, we actually open the door for real, undiluted, unadulterated grace. I mean, the mess is exactly what grace is for! You wouldn’t need grace at an Instagrammable church.”

God’s Truth Is as Relevant and Vital as Ever

God’s Truth Is as Relevant and Vital as Ever – “In a world of clashing claims and competing worldviews, where our own feelings and circumstances change from day to day, nothing is more important than God’s truth.”

onsider Your Child's Personality In The Hands of a Redemptive God

Consider Your Child's Personality In The Hands of a Redemptive God – “Don’t think about what it looks like right now. Think of what that same characteristic might look like having been filtered through the redemptive hands of God in Jesus Christ.”