6 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed – In our complicated, busy, demanding world the overwhelmed feeling will come. How should we respond to it?
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Worship Isn’t About Feelings – When all else passes away, and we are left with nothing but the faith we have placed in Christ, He will remain. And that is a truth you can place your hope in, whether you “feel” like it or not.
Good Theology that Makes You Glad in Suffering – “Rejoicing in suffering doesn’t mean enjoying suffering. It’s purposefully bearing down under pain with joyful submission to God, understanding his purpose, and believing he will accomplish it through this perfect means.”
Friday, September 29, 2017
All Those Things I Will Leave Undone – “Life is a vapor, too short, too fleeting. But I believe this: I may not have time to do everything I would like to do, but I have all the time I need for those things that God expects me to do.”
Thursday, September 28, 2017
6 Actions to Take when Grieving the Death of a Loved One – Elisabeth Elliot was widowed twice and, therefore, understood grief better than most others. Here are six points of counsel.
Hugh Hefner Did Not Live the Good Life – Russell Moore weighs in writing, “The sign of the good life is not hedonism but crucifixion. The sign of the good life is not a bunny but a cross.”
Top Reasons Why a Long Commute May Be Worth It – “Work is necessary for a meaningful life, but we must not make our work the meaning for our existence. As Christians, we must find our identity in Christ, not in our work. Yet, work is the major way we respond to God’s call on our lives.”
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
What If You’re Not as Awesome as You Think You Are? – “This proverb indicates that we are by nature prone to excuse our own shortcomings, to overlook them, or even to justify them. The result is that we walk around with a self-regard that often exceeds reality.”
Parenting and Emotional Intelligence – “As you look back on your childhood, how did your family of origin approach feelings? How has that shaped you and the way you interact with others? If you are a parent, how does that play itself out in the way you interact with your children?”
The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion – “The defenders of abortion are trotting out some of their most dishonest arguments. One of the worst is the claim that Christians have only recently become concerned about the sanctity of human life and the evil of abortion.”
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
9 Things You Should Know About Jewish High Holy Days – “The Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah ended last Friday and the holy day of Yom Kippur begins this Friday. Here is what you should know about the High Holy Days on the Jewish calendar.”
10 Things You Should Know about Christian Meditation – The Bible mentions it too often to be ignored.
Before You Were Born, We Prayed for You – “With this attitude of humble dependence on God through Jesus Christ, what are some specific ways we moms can pray as we prepare for our babies in this expectant time?”
Monday, September 25, 2017
What if We Applied “For Better or Worse” to Church Commitment? – “Church commitment in America is fragile for the same reason marriage rates are declining: people are more skeptical than ever of long-term commitments and less willing to risk a union with a partner who’s not the perfect fit.”
Sunday, September 24, 2017
The Marvelous, Scandalous, Outrageous Awesomeness of the Gospel – “The gospel flies in the face of conventionality, predictability, and normalcy. Hallelujah!”
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Fake Apocalypse News Shouldn't Eclipse Real Tragedy News – “There are real issues that deserve full coverage, not another fake story about the end of the world.”
Should I Force My Teen to Go to Church? – “I would encourage you to make it a special point of concern to do everything in your power to get your kids to church and to make it an attractive time for them rather than a bad experience.”
Seven Lies I Once Believed about Missions – What is most engaging to me about this article is that it is written by an African pastor whose nation and continent have largely been on the receiving end of missions.
Friday, September 22, 2017
Why Does God Keep Letting Bad Things Happen? – “While we can’t necessarily say why God permits a specific bad thing to take place, we can take into account five truths from scripture that can help us in thinking about What God is doing.”
Six Benefits of Ordinary Daily Devotions – “Brick upon brick a building is built. Lesson upon lesson a degree is earned. Stroke upon stroke a painting is created. Your devotions may have seemed ordinary today, but God is making something extraordinary through it. Press on. Don’t short-change the process.”
Why Doesn’t God Just Talk To Me? – “So, here’s a few reasons why it’s better for you that God has chosen to speak to you through his Word rather than waking you up in the middle of the night with an audible, ‘Hey you! Get out of bed and listen up!’”:
What About Animals and Pets in Heaven? – Randy Alcorn writes, “One question I’m frequently asked related to my Heaven book is whether there will be animals on the New Earth, and specifically whether it’s possible that our pets might be there too.”
Your Letter to Your Future Spouse – “Though Titanic is now twenty years old, the same romance-as-savior theme is still present in our culture. But surprisingly, many churches don’t reject this lie. They Christianize it.”
Thursday, September 21, 2017
4 Ways to Remind Yourself of the Gospel – “Like all things that are important to remember, the warm truths surrounding the gospel must be rekindled in our hearts and minds, lest we lose our priorities, our focus, and then ultimately our way.”
20% of Americans are on the Threshold of Religion – “Whatever the case, they, at least sometimes, embrace an aspect of religion. With these liminals, sharing one’s faith isn’t introducing something entirely new as much as it is fostering something that is already there.”
The Long Way Is Not The Wrong Way – “But God knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows how we struggle with pride. He understands how quickly we might turn from Him. And He knows that lifting us too quickly will lose us. So He takes us the long way.”
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
The World Is Against You: Fighting to Keep Our First Love – “If talk of worldliness falls into hard times and does not surface much in our thoughts and conversations, it is not a sign that the dangers have disappeared. It is a sign that we have grown careless with the exclusivity of delight in Christ at the center of the Christian life.”
We Are Called to Be Faithful, But Only God Can Make our Efforts Fruitful – “Here’s one thing I know about women in the church: we tend to wear many hats. Each and every day we have a variety of roles and responsibilities and places we need to be.”
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Six Ways to Inspire Confident, Contagious Faith in Your Kids – “How do we help children and teens contend with the big questions? An apologist offers her take.”
Only Love Prevents Adultery – The author shares a letter to a would-be adulteress. “In all our years of ministry, I have never had one woman come to me and say, ‘I am so happy over this affair. It’s even better than I imagined!’ And so as an older woman, I have one word for you: Don’t! Don’t go there. Don’t go there in your mind. Don’t go there in your heart. Don’t go there with your body.”
When the Job You Love Hurts You: Exploring Burnout in the Workplace – “According to Merv Gilbert, an adjunct professor of health sciences at Simon Fraser University, workplace burnout has three components.
Wrestling with the Biblical Text: When We Don’t Like What it Says… - “It’s vital that we equip young people to be confident in handling Scripture in a life-giving way.”
Monday, September 18, 2017
Five Consequences of a Life Out of Balance – Michael Hyatt explains “5 very important assets you are potentially putting at risk if you don’t keep your normal workload under 55 hours a week.”
Godliness is not your Personality – “Why do we take our individual, personality, character, gifts, or calling and make that the sum total of godliness for everyone else? The introvert equates godliness with quietness. The extrovert equates godliness with activity.”
10 Parenting Imperatives from the Book of Proverbs – “Here are 10 things that the King and Queen in Proverbs say to their child that you should say to yours.”
The Ninth Thing God Tells Us Not To Do – “The Ten Commandments draw a straight line from love of God to love of neighbor. The two parties are distinguished, to be sure, but in the life of obedience they are inseparable.”
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Sunday Morning Is Not About Me: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness – “As we see our Lord for who he is, as we look away from ourselves to gaze upon him again, we will find true, lasting joy and contentment. That is the gift and treasure of Psalm 33.”
No, the World Won't End Next Week and There's No Such Thing as a Christian Numerologist – If we start speaking up about bad "Christian" reporting, maybe people will do it less.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
God, Give Us a Heart for the Lost – “There is a cultural problem in the evangelical church in America. That is, though we claim to believe the gospel is for all people, the natural tendency is still for us to prefer to gather with people who are like us.”
The Gospel is More Beautiful When We Take Sin Seriously – “We need to take sin seriously: we need to admit to ourselves, even if to no one else, that it really is as bad as God says it is.”
What’s Changed in Britain Since Same-Sex Marriage? – Four years ago, amid much uncertainty, 400 British members of parliament voted to redefine marriage in the United Kingdom. Here are some of the tragic consequences that are inevitably entwined. The same things are at work on our country.
When Marriage Is Filled With Worse, Poorer, And Sickness – Lara d’Entremont writes, “Little did I know that those thirteen years would hold chronic illness, financial loss, special needs, suffering children, marital strain, and overwhelming stress. I never imagined that I’d experience so much of the ‘worse, poorer, and in sickness’ part of our vows.”
For the Ordinary Women – “It’s getting harder and harder to feel pretty in our world. Pornography has changed our standards. Photoshop has created unattainable idols. And, the ordinary women of the world are left stranded in the wreckage, searching for some way to feel like we measure up. Waiting for some sign that we are worthy to be called pretty, that we are good enough in face and in body to be wanted by anyone.”
Thursday, September 7, 2017
What is God Saying to Us? – “Understandably, people are trying to make sense of these devastating natural disasters. ‘What is God saying to us?’ is the question of the hour. Many of the responses are less than satisfying. Some are extremely unhelpful. As I have listened to these suggestions, Martin Luther’s wise counsel keeps ringing in my ears; ‘Let the man who would hear God speak, read holy Scripture.'”
Add Spontaneity to Your Evangelism – “As Christians, we’re commissioned by Christ to go and make disciples, but we often turn such practices into a 3-4 step program rather than a natural way of communication and personal interaction. Maybe you are finding yourself lost in how to get involved in sharing the gospel? Why not add some spontaneity to your evangelism?”
Churchgoing Is Beautiful – “The percentage of American Protestants who attend church every week has held steady since the 1970’s. But churches report smaller numbers of Christians in worship each week. What’s going on?”
The Largest Survey Ever Conducted of American Religious and Denominational Identity: 14 Major Findings from a Landmark Study
The Largest Survey Ever Conducted of American Religious and Denominational Identity: 14 Major Findings from a Landmark Study – The results are not interpreted but the findings are interesting.
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Singing in the Rain – “I never imagined I’d be sloshing through two feet of brown floodwater in our church building two weeks after my installation service and three months after we moved to Houston. But there I was this past Friday, with my brother Mike, kayaking across the parking lot and gliding through the glass doors and then wading through our freshly baptized building in that eerie silence created by widespread flooding.” Pray for church families deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
When You're Angry at God's Plan – “Only when your life is submitted to Christ are you truly free to let go of every plan, every dream, every pursuit you once held so tightly. This freedom comes from trusting that He is sovereignly in control of your life, ordaining His plans for you, and working all things for your good.”
5 Marks of a Contented Heart – “We know that this contentment is not simply idealistic but rather characteristic of the Christian life. As believers, we continue to learn contentment by learning to trust and treasure God in every situation. God has provided us with the Bible and the church to be the means by which we work this out in our lives.”
5 Benefits to Reading Entire Books of the Bible in One Sitting – This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy the Bible. Try it.
You Are Not Destined to Be Your Parents – “Parents have a lot of influence on who we become, but not more than God. Whatever kind of parents you had — godly or ungodly, wise or unwise, kind or unkind — you can overcome your past.”
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
How to Help Kids Whose Parents are Divorcing - “How can we minister to kids who are in the middle of their parents’ divorce? How can we best help them heal from the negative effects of divorce?”
My Soul Thirsts for You – “Water is really only experienced as satisfying when our real need for it makes us really want it. Likewise, God is only experienced as satisfying when our real need for him makes us really want him.”
If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Must I Continue to Repent? – “We ask God to forgive us not to be re-justified but to walk before him in confidence that Christ has paid it all.”
Monday, September 4, 2017
Always Looking; Never Wanting to Find – “It’s cool to search for God, but uncool to find him. People talk about wanting to find spiritual reality and deeper meaning, about wanting to get in touch with God. The idea of looking for him sounds good—the search, the journey—but the reality of actually finding him is too much.”
How Can Parents Help Their Kids Embrace Those Who Are Different Than Them? – Trillia Newbell shares four ways to help children view people in the image of God and through the lens of the gospel.
The Most Subtle Form of Pride – “If, like me, you’ve lived under a dark cloud of inadequacy; if the parasite of self-pity drains your energy to go where God calls; if anxiety over your littleness anchors you from stepping out in faith; I encourage you to join me in repentance.”
Saturday, September 2, 2017
Everyday Grace for Everyday Relationships – “Remind us that everybody has a bigger story than the chapter we happened to walk into, on any given moment or day. Give us long fuses and short memories, when it comes to the brokenness of others.”
Reach the Nations through Your Job – “As the world’s economy becomes more global, many Christians have a renewed awareness of the role Christian migration and merchants have played in supporting the spread of the gospel.”
Nothing to Complain About – “Unthankfulness for all the blessings–material and spiritual–with which God daily loads us is one of the most egregious of sins. Ingratitude always fosters a complaining spirit of entitlement in the hearts of men and women.”
Friday, September 1, 2017
500 Years After Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther – Pew finds less than half of Protestants in many countries believe both sola fide and sola scriptura.
The Twist in the Sermon on the Mount That You Probably Missed – It’s a simple truth that may get lost in our casual reading.
What If My Worst Fears Come True? – “Crises of faith occur where the rubber of our faith — what we believe should be our experience if we trust God — meets the road of an experience that contradicts (or appears to contradict) our belief.”
Rethinking “God Hates the Sin but Loves the Sinner” – “The next time you’re tempted to repeat the hate-the-sin-but-love-the-sinner cliché to someone, simply tell him the Gospel instead. That’s better news anyway.”