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Friday, June 30, 2017

3 Ways You Can Be a Better Neighbor

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.”

Sin Always Lies

Sin Always Lies “Since nothing is more preferable than God, sin — which is believing that something is more preferable than God — is always a lie.” 

Enemies of Passionate Prayer

Enemies of Passionate Prayer – “After years of struggling with ‘saying my prayers’ while longing to be passionate about it, I finally began identifying the enemies of passionate prayer in my life.”

Stop Overspiritualizing ‘Calling’

Stop Overspiritualizing ‘Calling’ – “As a Christian, whether I’m called to be a pianist or a writer is incidental to my main vocation—to be a child of God.”

How To Identify Your Pet Sin

How To Identify Your Pet Sin – There are certain sins that are an ongoing struggle. Sometimes we call them “besetting sins.” How do we identify them and overcome?

What Every Parent Needs to Know About the Updated Instagram

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

Buffet Discipleship: Picking and Choosing in Unbiblical Proportions The root of being a disciple is discipline. 

The Apostate’s Creed

The Apostate’s Creed – You’ve heard of the Apostle’s Creed. Here is the more common creed of many today who call themselves Christians.

Why I Need My Friends to Judge Me

Why I Need My Friends to Judge Me – We’ve all heard “judge not” and it may be the most misapplied verse in the Bible. We do need to be judged and here is why.

The Hypocrisy of Phariseephobia

The Hypocrisy of Phariseephobia – “People may say that sin is sin, but homosexuality—that’s different. Homosexuality is worse than all the others.”

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Let Suffering Drive You to the Cross

Let Suffering Drive You to the Cross – “Here are five ways that the pressure of suffering has been used in my life to reveal who I am apart from Christ and what I have gained in Him.”

A Spiritual Barometer Check

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

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

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

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.”

The Throne of Grace

The Throne of Grace – “For the one who is hiding in the safety and security provided by the Savior, Jesus Christ, God’s throne is not a throne of fear, but of grace.”

Meet the New “Twicer”

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

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

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

Why Trinity Lutheran Matters

Why Trinity Lutheran Matters – “The case matters because the Court here recognizes the difference between a government establishing a religion and a government choosing not to penalize a religion.”

6 Things To Do With Your Anxiety

6 Things To Do With Your Anxiety – It's easy to let anxiety rule your life. David Powlison equips us with 6 tools to fight anxiety when it rears its head. 

Joy Comes in the Morning

Joy Comes in the Morning “This is joy coming in the morning. It doesn’t mean tomorrow. It means when the darkness breaks. When, not if. That is the promise, that a new day will come.”

Teach Children the Bible is Not About Them

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?

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.”

Loving the People You Love to Hate

Loving the People You Love to Hate “Here’s how you know if you hate something someone has done or if you actually hate that person.”

Love Suffers Long

Love Suffers Long – “A love that never ends is a love that suffers long.”

Make Time To Be Bored

Make Time To Be Bored – “Boredom is simple inactivity, a break from the hustle and bustle and busyness of life. Boredom is the pause between activities or the deliberate escape from activity altogether.”

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Practice the Pause – Beware of Blurting

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.”

The Missing Link Between Bible and Prayer

The Missing Link Between Bible and Prayer – “The reason we come away so cold from reading the word is because we do not warm ourselves at the fires of meditation.”

Unanswered Prayer Is a Means to Test Our Faith

Unanswered Prayer Is a Means to Test Our Faith – “Unanswered prayer is a gift from God for our growth—in holiness and in every other good and godly way.”

9 Things You Should Know About North Korea

9 Things You Should Know About North Korea – “Here are nine things you should know about North Korea, the most repressive nation on the planet.”

India’s Dangerous Trend on Religious Liberty

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

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

Busyness Destroys Relationships

Busyness Destroys Relationships – Is busyness destroying you and your relationships? Rob Tims uses the story of Mary and Martha to describe three ways this can happen

Rhythm and Margin

Rhythm and Margin – “Rhythm” and “margin” are two other common buzzwords. J. D. Greear states that they are, in fact, the two things we need to stay healthy.

Sharing the Gospel with Your Neighbors

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

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

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?”

What Is a Worldview?

What Is a Worldview?“A person’s worldview represents his most fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the universe he inhabits. It reflects how he would answer all the ‘big questions’ of human existence.”

Will All People Be Equal in Heaven?

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.”

A Letter to My Children

A Letter to My Children “I pray it will be helpful to you as you seek to strategically invest in this next generation.”

Seven Prayers for Christian Dating

Seven Prayers for Christian Dating – “If we refuse to pray in dating, we refuse to receive the precious resources we need most in dating.”

Stubbornness Closes God’s Ears

Stubbornness Closes God’s Ears – “God listens to those who listen to him. The proof of this is all over Scripture.” 

How To Distinguish True Zeal from False Zeal

How To Distinguish True Zeal from False Zeal – “I fear there is a plague of complacency among Christians today. Whatever happened to zeal? Whatever happened to Christians who are on fire to know and obey God?”

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Why Biblical Archaeology Matters

Why Biblical Archaeology Matters “We do well to remember that God has actually intervened in human history--in real time, in real space, and in the lives of real men, women, and children.”

Does God Balance Blessings with Hardships?

Does God Balance Blessings with Hardships? – “Here are four ways the Bible describes how God relates to his children.”

I Am the Center of the Universe

I Am the Center of the Universe – “We wake up in self-sovereignty mode. Then we get frustrated because we keep running into people who think they’re the center of the universe.”

The Popular Christian Article We Need Fewer Of

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.”

The Call to Older Men in the Church

The Call to Older Men in the Church – “Paul mentions 4 qualities of this kind of mature manhood. Note these are specifically Christian virtues.”

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

6 Things to Do with Your Anxiety

6 Things to Do with Your Anxiety – Anxiety is a universal human experience, and you need to approach it with a plan.

We All Need Adversity and Affliction

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.”

Grace-Paced Life Links

Grace-Paced Life Links – If life seems too busy and out of control, here are some resources and practical suggestions for a grace-paced life.

Are You Content To Carry the Pins?

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.”

Religious Sins

Religious Sins – “Under the influence of religious sins we become dangerously pleased with our own spiritual performance and become judgmental of others in our perceived superiority.”

Help Your Kids Hope in God

Help Your Kids Hope in God – “No practice in your home will prove more beneficial to your family than daily family worship.”

Is the ESV Literal and the NIV Gender Neutral?

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.

4 Things You Need to Know about Prayer

4 Things You Need to Know about Prayer – “What does prayer do?”

Monday, June 19, 2017

Redeem Your Time

Redeem Your Time – “Time is a gift you are meant to accept and treasure. Yet there are many things competing for your time, many temptations to misuse it. Let’s consider a few common ways time can be wasted.”

What is Your Marriage Legacy?

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.”

Selfaholism or Servaholism

Selfaholism or Servaholism – “Dear Selfaholic...You have a problem. It’s yourself. To be blunt, you are addicted to yourself.”

Why Refusing to Resolve Conflict Hinders Prayer

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

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.”

Fearing Christianity

Fearing Christianity “It seems that in the western world there is one category of people not particularly allowed to voice an opinion; one category of people that should be denied office at all costs.”

The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength

The Joy of the Lord Is Your Strength – “If we do not embrace the happiness of God, we jeopardize three precious realities in our own lives.”

An Unbelieving Missions Leader

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

What a Father We Have!

What a Father We Have! – “Heavenly Father, on this Father’s Day, we joyfully affirm that you are the Father we’ve always longed for and needed.”

Saturday, June 17, 2017

We Aren’t Supermen, Dads, We’re Surrogates

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.”

Where Is God in Times of Loneliness?

Where Is God in Times of Loneliness? – “Seasons of loneliness come to most lives. And there is value to be found in a season of loneliness if we are willing to mine it out.”

Setting Up My Kids for Salvation

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.”

Jesus Must Be Everything — Or Nothing

Jesus Must Be Everything — Or Nothing – “If God shows you his Son in his word, you cannot remain indifferent. If Jesus is anything to us, he will be everything.”

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.”

What Do You Pray for ISIS?

What Do You Pray for ISIS? – “Do we only want deliverance? Or do we want God’s glory to be revealed and our enemies to experience God’s grace even more than we want to escape from pain?”

Friday, June 16, 2017

Using Your Words Wisely

Using Your Words Wisely – “If you want to have any control over your tongue, the content of the Bible must become the constant meditations of your thought life.” 

The Problem with Pet Sins

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

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.”

Pray Them Home

Pray Them Home Three prayers for prodigal children.

What Can We Say to Friends Facing Suffering?

What Can We Say to Friends Facing Suffering? “Don’t let suffering drive you away. It is easy to become weary sharing in someone’s suffering.”

When the Darkness Doesn’t Yield

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

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

6 Common Reasons God Does Not Answer Our Prayers

6 Common Reasons God Does Not Answer Our Prayers – There are clear hindrances to prayer being answered.

The Prayer God Loves to Answer Most

The Prayer God Loves to Answer Most – “History hangs on him answering that request. And one great evidence of his work in a human soul is feeling, and then expressing, that longing.”

When Doctrine Sparks Delight in Messy Relationships

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.”

Southern Baptists, Racism, and the Alt-Right

Southern Baptists, Racism, and the Alt-Right It's Time to Make This Right, Plain, and Clear.

10 Sure Marks of Humility

10 Sure Marks of Humility – “Is there any trait more odious than pride or more precious than humility?... Here are 10 sure marks that you are growing in humility.”

Recognize An Idol Before It Rules Your Life

Recognize An Idol Before It Rules Your Life “What is an idol? How do you know if you are worshipping something as an idol?” 

God Chose This Trial for Me

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

Saints—They’re Just Like Us

Saints—They’re Just Like Us – “May we stare afresh at the stooping, self-giving mercy of God. And may we boast in our ordinary weakness, since it’s his extraordinary strength that saves.”

4 Reasons to Enjoy Growing Older

4 Reasons to Enjoy Growing Older – The Christian can stand apart from a culture growing younger and not only embrace getting older but actually enjoy it.

Kay Warren on how God saved her and Rick’s marriage from divorce

No Lesser Women

No Lesser Women – “Jesus did not die for one gender, one country, one race, or one personality.”

The Great Exchanges of Romans

The Great Exchanges of Romans – “Paul’s gospel is the story of a series of exchanges.”

How Should Christians Fast?

How Should Christians Fast? Daniel Hyde addresses the practice of fasting with these 6 guidelines.

10 Things You Should Know about Dating

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

We Need to Pray for Our Needs

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.”


How Do I “Give My Life to God”?

How Do I “Give My Life to God”? – What does it mean and what does it involve?

When You Struggle to Pray

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

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

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.”

Simply Human

Simply Human – “We are not gods. We are not angels. We are not beasts. We are human beings.” What is our identity and our relationship to our God?

Gender and the Christian Standard Bible

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”.

10 Things You Should Know about Jonathan Edwards

10 Things You Should Know about Jonathan Edwards – Edwards is a fascinating man and this brief summary tells you some key parts of his story.

Monday, June 12, 2017

What Does the Bible Teach About Love?

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?

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

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.”

Using Your Words Wisely

Using Your Words Wisely – “They don’t weigh anything physically, yet they seem to have a unique ability to weigh thousands of pounds in our hearts and in our ears; they haunt us long after they enter our ears.”

Two U.S. Senators Apply an Anti-Christian Religious Test for Government Officials

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

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

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

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

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”

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

Worship in Your Waiting

Worship in Your Waiting – “During worship, God opens our eyes so that we are able to see him — to see all the resources available to us in Christ. We have been bought by his blood. He has us, and he will not let us go.”

Taking Spiritual Warfare Seriously, Again

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

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

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

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.”

One Less Orphan

One Less Orphan – “Orphan care is far bigger than adoption. If the church is going to care for the fatherless, we eventually will find our way upstream into broken families to fight sin at the headwaters.”

Friday, June 9, 2017

5 Things Every Healthy Married Couple Does

5 Things Every Healthy Married Couple Does – “Here are five things healthy married couples remember—at every stage.”

Watch Senator Bernie Sanders Tell a Christian That His Faith Disqualifies Him from Office

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

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

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

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.

2 Ways to Respond to Gossip

2 Ways to Respond to Gossip – We may be on the receiving end of a story or it may be about us. How should we respond.

Yawning at the Glory of God

Yawning at the Glory of God – “When our vision is constantly occupied by small things, we are tempted to yawn at the glory of God.”

He is Rightly Wrathful

He is Rightly Wrathful – “The wrath of God is a beautiful aspect of God’s character. It is meant to lead us to an attitude of gratefulness and worship of the God of our salvation.”

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Elements of Effective Prayer

Elements of Effective Prayer – “Prayer is an important aspect of the spiritual life, but if we were honest, we’d probably admit that we pray much less than we ought.”

Why Shouldn’t I Give Up on the Church?

Why Shouldn’t I Give Up on the Church? – “Here are seven reasons not to give up on church.”

Anti-Christian Religious Test for Government Officials

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?

Confidence in God When You Don't Understand

Confidence in God When You Don't Understand – “With stubborn trust in God, Job described the severe trial he did not understand with spiritual insight.”

Worth all the Crumbs

Worth all the CrumbsA busy mom reflects on her devotional life.

8 Ways to Measure Your Love for the Bible

8 Ways to Measure Your Love for the Bible – “How can you know if your love for the Bible goes beyond a mere passing fancy? Here are a few ways to measure whether or not you truly love the Word.”

The Most Important Christian Doctrine You Don’t Think About

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.”

Are We Living in the Last Days?

Are We Living in the Last Days? – “His coming is the next big thing and could happen at any moment. That’s what the New Testament means when it says his return is near.”

Meet with God Before You Move Forward

Meet with God Before You Move Forward – “The constant noise in our lives can distract us from our mission. Take time alone with God to reorient your priorities.”

Men, Are You Showing Signs of Burnout?

Men, Are You Showing Signs of Burnout? “So, there are many of damaging effects of stress. Many men might hit one or two of these marks; some will hit them all, but even if you hit one or two, it's time to take action.”

Translating Every Word

Translating Every Word – Bill Mounce points out the difficulties of accurate Bible translation.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Offering Comfort and Hope to Those Who Hurt

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holding on to Sustaining Hope

Holding on to Sustaining Hope – “What seemingly hopeless situation are you experiencing? A diagnosis? A broken relationship? A financial need? Here are four things to remember.”

The Gospel Was Given for a Time Like This

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’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'

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

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

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?

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.”

What Actually Happens When Someone Dies?

What Actually Happens When Someone Dies? – The author addresses some common misconceptions and shares some wonderful biblical encouragements.

The Transgender Revolution and the Rubble of Empty Promises

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.”