3 Ways You Can Be a Better Neighbor – “For those of us who want to be more committed to neighboring, here are three shifts to consider.”
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’.”
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Saturday, June 17, 2017
We Aren’t Supermen, Dads, We’re Surrogates – “When I became a father myself, I vowed to extend that period when my own child would view me as Superman. But it didn’t last long as I had hoped. It couldn’t, because fathers aren’t meant to be superheroes. We’re meant to be surrogates.”
Setting Up My Kids for Salvation – “They can’t earn their salvation and I can’t earn it for them. I believe the Lord has saved or will save them and they will be saved not by their father but like their father—by trusting in Christ and Christ alone as he opens their eyes to see him and as he opens their hearts to receive him.”
Awesome News for the Tired, Weary, and Faint – “Indeed, Lord Jesus, there’s no lasting refreshment apart from you. You still cry out in a loud voice for the thirsty ones to come to you and drink.”
Awesome News for the Tired, Weary, and Faint – “Indeed, Lord Jesus, there’s no lasting refreshment apart from you. You still cry out in a loud voice for the thirsty ones to come to you and drink.” – “Indeed, Lord Jesus, there’s no lasting refreshment apart from you. You still cry out in a loud voice for the thirsty ones to come to you and drink.”
Friday, June 16, 2017
The Problem with Pet Sins – “We often like having animals as pets because we believe they can enrich our lives. We like attending to them, interacting with them, and just having them around. Strangely enough, it’s almost exactly the same with pet sins.”
God is Eternally Faithful – “We don’t hope God is faithful, loving, just, sovereign, holy, or good. He IS perfectly faithful, loving, just, sovereign, holy, and good. None of God’s characteristics waver; hence the breakdown of illustrations and examples.”
When the Darkness Doesn’t Yield – “I always thought sadness was a milder emotion. Other feelings—say, anger or love—are fierce, like stormy waves tossing you about. But sadness (so I thought) is more like a gray cloud that hangs about you.”
Don’t Leave Those Kids Alone – “Moreover, an infatuation with youthfulness has displaced the role that God has purposed for godly older saints within many churches. As a young Christian, nothing is more encouraging than to fellowship with men and women who have been walking with the Lord for multiple decades.”
Thursday, June 15, 2017
When Doctrine Sparks Delight in Messy Relationships – “My walk with Christ has been rather delight-deficient. Duty I know; but delight, well, delight I desire.”
God Chose This Trial for Me – “The fight for faith in suffering is the fight to remember, believe, and feel the truth that in all God is, and in all God does, he is good and works all things for our good — even if we need to reach the end of the story before we see how.”
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Kay Warren on how God saved her and Rick’s marriage from divorce – This is quite the story.
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
We Need to Pray for Our Needs – “Clearly, prayer is not a means by which we impress or manipulate God. God already knows what we need before we ask Him (Matthew 6:8). Therefore, we must approach Him with a heart of humility and submission.”
When You Struggle to Pray – “Every Christian knows the feeling. You know you need to pray, but the words don’t come to you. Then you finally begin grunting out a few words, but God feels distant and you suspect your prayers are stopping at the ceiling.”
When the Darkness Doesn’t Yield – This isn’t the only help when struggling with deep depression but...“Here are a few spiritual practices I’d recommend to those who are depressed and those experiencing intense sadness—ways to keep a candle burning when the darkness does not yield.”
How to Avoid the Worst Form of Failure – “We are so tempted to throw away all the big things to succeed at the lesser things. But we can’t deny it: Succeeding at lesser things at the cost of the greater things is the worst form of failure.”
Gender and the Christian Standard Bible – I am reading through the translation now and have found it to be readable and accurately dependable. It’s been accused by some of being “gender inclusive”. This interview explains the truth and I agree that it is “gender accurate”.
Monday, June 12, 2017
What Does the Bible Teach About Love? – “So, what does the Bible say about love? It says a lot and, unlike a 140-character tweet, it provides contoured explanations and assertions yielding to a vision of love that’s multi-faceted but never contradictory, simple but never simplistic.”
Is a “Churchless Christian” an Oxymoron? – “What does it mean to be a member of the church? Being a member of a church reveals at least three truths: (1) obedience to God; (2) submission to the means God has provided; and (3) service to other members through the use of one’s gifts.”
In Pain, Trust His Grace for Today – “When adversity comes, let's not dwell on former ‘better’ days and miss the treasures that Christ has for us in seasons of trial. Instead, let’s remind ourselves of these reasons to be present in the season that God has allowed.”
Two U.S. Senators Apply an Anti-Christian Religious Test for Government Officials – This is alarming. If you want to get a sense of the hatred behind this, watch the video of Sanders’s questioning here.
Southern Baptists and Gender-Inclusive Bible Translation – “It would be shocking if it were true. But it’s not true. In fact, it’s demonstrably false.”
When You've Got a Bramble for a King – “Our hearts are desperate for a king. We will make an idol of nearly everything, and indeed, the abundance of possessions and the security of comfort and the assumption of God’s favor for our self-righteousness are the most common.”
I Hope I Die Before I Get Old – “Sometimes it is a great joy ministering to an old saint departing into glory. Sometimes it is a great heartbreak when the one mourned has given no indication of saving faith. Even more heartbreaking is sharing the gospel with folks basically on their deathbeds who see no need for Christ.”
Four Ways Husbands Should Lead – By walking through Genesis 2, J.D. Greear explains why and how husbands should lead their families. Greear reminds the reader that Ephesians 5 is usually what people read for husband-leadership, but this must be read through the lens of Adam's life.
The Danger of “Church Shopping” – “When churchgoing becomes mostly about finding the church that best supports my own subjective ‘spiritual path,’ it will eventually become an impossible task, more frustrating and draining than it’s worth.”
Sunday, June 11, 2017
Taking Spiritual Warfare Seriously, Again – “Heavenly Father, I’ve never been more aware of how much Satan hates the Bride of Jesus. Having lost your sons and daughters for eternity, the dark one will so anything he can confuse, discourage, and harm us. We come to you today interceding for believers and churches in the pernicious crosshairs of Satan’s schemes...”
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Raise Your Expectations for Sunday Morning – “The word, under which you will now gather week in and week out, applied to you for the direction of your souls, is infinitely — I choose that word carefully — infinitely more authoritative than all presidential directives put together.”
How I Started Reading the Bible Every Day – “So I was encouraged at home and at church to read the Bible every day, and I was given a simple plan for doing so. And it worked. It served me well.”
All Roads Lead to Exclusion – “Sanders is claiming that he knows better than a Muslim what is offensive and hateful toward them, even though he’s not Muslim. He should ask Muslim Americans what they find more offensive: a Christian claiming they are condemned is Christianity is true or claiming both they and Christians worship the same God.”
Friday, June 9, 2017
Watch Senator Bernie Sanders Tell a Christian That His Faith Disqualifies Him from Office – I posted about this earlier. Here is the video where Senator Bernie Sanders disqualifies a presidential nominee because the man is a Christian who believes that biblical Christianity is true.
Christ’s Exclusive Truth-Claims Make Believing “All Religions Are Basically the Same” Impossible – Randy Alcorn makes a good point, “truth-claims in all religions—including Christianity—are by nature exclusive.”
Give Them Law and Gospel – “So we teach God’s law to our children so that they will learn that they are sinners in need of a Savior. And we teach God’s gospel to them so that they will learn that Jesus is a loving, complete Savior of sinners who kept the whole law for His people and then suffered the punishment due to their sin.”
Seven Things Evil Is Not: What the Death of My Son Taught Me – Evil is a lack of goodness as darkness is a lack of light.
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Anti-Christian Religious Test for Government Officials – “In a confirmation hearing of an executive branch nominee, two U.S. senators imply that those who believe Jesus is the only way to salvation are “Islamophobic” and not fit for public office.” What does this mean and why does it matter?
The Most Important Christian Doctrine You Don’t Think About – “The doctrine of the Trinity is the most important Christian doctrine that most people never think about. It’s absolutely essential to our faith, and yet for many Christians it just seems like a very confusing math problem.”
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Offering Comfort and Hope to Those Who Hurt – “You might be reading this because either you or someone you love is suffering, or you want to know how to better minister to those who are suffering.”
The Things You Learn When You’re a Mother – “To cling to Christ and admit that He is the only unchanging thing. The only constant. In a life of never-ending change, in a life of unspeakable joy and inevitable heartbreak, in a life that is as much wrapped up in your children as it is yourself, you are pushed toward the admission that all of it is really about Jesus. And that’s how you let go when you have to.”
Don’t Pray Like the Hypocrites – “Impressing men with outward displays of righteousness was a key problem among the scribes and Pharisees, the hyper-religious people of Jesus’ day whom He rebuked as hypocrites (mask-wearers). In the verses that then follow, we learn how not to pray like them.”
Two Ways to React When Death Comes – “Time and time again the Lord has used death to bring about His glory and give believers an opportunity to model what it looks like to be someone filled with hope rather than despair.”
Self-Examination Speaks a Thousand Lies – “Unhealthy introspection is a daily threat to our joy in Christ. Many of us tend to examine ourselves in a way that is excessive, inaccurate, and leads to discouragement. I’m failing at everything. I don’t like the way God made me. The Lord is not helping me. My service is worthless. My gifting is useless. My growth is hopeless. The gospel speaks a better word.”
The FAQs: Supreme Court Delivers Religious Liberty Victory to Hospitals – Joe Carter explains why the decision is important for religious liberty in our country.
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The Gospel Was Given for a Time Like This – “Is evil winning? I don’t believe it. I can’t believe it. Not when I break from the bad news to focus on the good news. The truth I preach to myself again and again is this: The gospel was given for a time like this.”
The Bible’s Three Big Lessons on Debt – “The Bible has a lot to say about money, and for good reason. Money, we find, has a uniquely powerful way of exposing our hearts and displaying our priorities.”
Leading Kids Beyond 'Praying the Prayer' – “Below are some tips that are helpful in a parent’s work of discerning their child’s heart in relation to the look and feel of biblical conversion & faith in Christ. Stay attentive to the Spirit moving in your child’s heart in response to the Word of God in the following ways...”
Farmer Banned from Selling Produce at Market because of His Views on Marriage – “If you think recent concerns about religious liberty among evangelicals is much ado about nothing, here’s yet one more piece of mounting evidence that this is much ado about something–something precious that is being lost.”
Five Great Reasons to Skip Reading Your Bible This Summer – These are reasons we often employ but the focus of the author is on the benefits of reading your Bible this summer.
Can a Person Choose Their Own Race? – “Postmoderns claim one thing, and yet do another. They say there is no absolute truth, but, when push comes to shove, they concede there is absolute truth after all. They pretend like reality is a construct of the self, but it turns out they don’t really live like that.”
The Transgender Revolution and the Rubble of Empty Promises – “Ultimately, the transgender question is about more than just sex. It’s about what it means to be human.”