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Saturday, September 30, 2017

6 Things to Do When You Feel Overwhelmed

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?

Worship Isn’t About Feelings

Worship Isn’t About FeelingsWhen 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

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

The Great Marriage Killer

The Great Marriage Killer – “Anger destroys relationships, but the Bible has a category for righteous anger. So what’s the difference between the good version and the deadly one?”

How to Be Teachable According to Proverbs

How to Be Teachable According to Proverbs If there is any quality that helps in every area of life, it is being teachable.

One Man’s Dream Destroyed Millions

One Man’s Dream Destroyed Millions – “The Pitiful Legacy of Hugh Hefner”

All Those Things I Will Leave Undone

 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.”

7 Things the Bible Teaches about your Body

7 Things the Bible Teaches about your Body – The church has often emphasized the soul to the exclusion of, or the minimizing of, the body.

This Sporting Life

This Sporting Life“If freedom made the American public square great, entertainment appears to be in danger of making it rather ridiculous.”

Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Legacy of Hugh Hefner

The Legacy of Hugh HefnerPlayboy founder, Hugh Hefner died yesterday. Jim Denison comments on Hefner’s life and legacy.

6 Actions to Take when Grieving the Death of a Loved One

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

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.”

The Most Important Ingredient for Rebuke

The Most Important Ingredient for Rebuke – “Be ready to say the hard thing, Timothy, and then do the harder thing and practice complete patience with fellow sinners.”

At Some Point Share the Gospel

At Some Point Share the Gospel “We can’t expect to make disciples if we never tell anyone how to become a disciple.”

Top Reasons Why a Long Commute May Be Worth It

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.”

How An Affair Really Begins

How An Affair Really Begins – “An affair begins much farther back, when you begin to eliminate intimacy in your marriage.”

Corrective Love

Corrective Love – “When Paul wrote to the Thessalonian church, he was calling all believers to a ministry of corrective love, which he faithfully modeled as a minister of God.”

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

What If You’re Not as Awesome as You Think You Are?

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.” 

6 Tips for Reading the Bible with Your Kids

6 Tips for Reading the Bible with Your Kids – “Why don’t we read the Bible one-on-one with our children?”

Parenting and Emotional Intelligence

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?”

Seven Characteristics of Liberal Theology

Seven Characteristics of Liberal Theology – Watch for even the smallest beginnings of these.

Dying Well

Dying Well – This is really what it’s all about, getting ready to die.

The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion

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

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.”

What Do You Really Love Most?

What Do You Really Love Most? – “What are you seeking? Your answers will tell you what you love.”

Fathers, Avoid Exasperating Your Children

Fathers, Avoid Exasperating Your Children“What are some of the ways fathers fail in this area? Here are at least six provocations to avoid.”

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Meditation

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

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?”

Is Belief in the Bible Circular Reasoning

Is Belief in the Bible Circular Reasoning – “Whether we admit it or not, we all build our view of the world on an assumption, a big picture about what’s really real, that we cannot prove.”

Learning to Be Rich

Learning to Be Rich – “The verses targeted at rich people are not for you and me, but for them, right?”

Monday, September 25, 2017

We Are What Our Creator Says We Are

We Are What Our Creator Says We Are – “The short version is that as God’s image bearers, we are mirrors, reflecting God’s attributes to the rest of creation in three distinct but complementary ways…”

What if We Applied “For Better or Worse” to Church Commitment?

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.”

Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership

Why Churches Should Have Meaningful Membership – I often have conversations with people who believe membership is completely optional. Here are some good reasons for commitment.

Living With Financial Integrity

Living With Financial Integrity – “How can we have greater integrity with our finances?”

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Shatter Your Kid-Centered Kingdom

Shatter Your Kid-Centered Kingdom – “Fellow parents, let’s live for a bigger kingdom than the one inside our own homes. In the end, it’s what’s best for our kids.”

The Strength of a Godly Woman: Hope in Her God

The Strength of a Godly Woman: Hope in Her God – “The deepest root of a Christian woman is hope in God, and it yields this strong tree of fearlessness in the face of suffering.”

Fake Apocalypse News Shouldn't Eclipse Real Tragedy News

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.”

Will Jesus Come Back Today, Sept. 23?

Should I Force My Teen to Go to Church?

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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.”

Who Gets to Be Your Heart Boss?

Who Gets to Be Your Heart Boss? – Something, or someone will be our "heart boss" today.

Your Letter to Your Future Spouse

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.”

What Does It Mean to ‘Abide in Christ’?

What’s the Purpose of … Children?

What’s the Purpose of … Children? – “The Bible lays out at least four purposes in having children: obedience, blessing, disciple-making, and knowledge.”

Thursday, September 21, 2017

No More Boredom

No More Boredom “Our belief that Heaven will be boring betrays a heresy—that God is boring. There’s no greater nonsense. What’s true is that our desire for pleasure and the experience of joy come directly from God’s hand.”

4 Ways to Remind Yourself of the Gospel

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

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.”

This Crisis? It’s Nothing

This Crisis? It’s Nothing“‘Presentism’ is a major affliction—an over-absorption in the present or near past, which produces a distortion of perspective and a sky-is-falling Chicken Little hysteria.”

The Long Way Is Not The Wrong Way

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.”

Hell Is Not Separation From God

Hell Is Not Separation From God – “God is, after the fall, either in the relationship of a judge or a father to his creatures.”

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Remember Whose Name You're Wearing

Remember Whose Name You're Wearing – “Christians, remember whose name you’re wearing. It is the maxim of your membership in the family of God.”

4 Things I Love About Jesus

4 Things I Love About Jesus – Here are encouraging reminder of who Jesus really is.

Setting the Tone in Your Home

Setting the Tone in Your Home“Mamas, you have been granted a special gift in the life of your family: you are the tone setter...When you are with your family, you guide the atmosphere.”

The World Is Against You: Fighting to Keep Our First Love

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

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

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.”

Wary, Weary, and Weak?

Wary, Weary, and Weak? – A prayer for a day when life overwhelms.

5 Ways to Murder Your Marriage

5 Ways to Murder Your Marriage – “Marriage is work. Especially if you want one of those long-term, secure, gospel-witnessing marriages. But killing a marriage? That’s easy.”

Jury Duty and Judgment Day

Jury Duty and Judgment Day – This is an interesting devotion comparing these two events.

Only Love Prevents Adultery

Only Love Prevents AdulteryThe 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.”

Life Is Short

Life Is Short – “Numbering our days is not an excuse for irresponsibility. It’s an invitation to think more seriously about eternity. It’s a call to work for the things that will keep working when we can’t.”

When the Job You Love Hurts You: Exploring Burnout in the Workplace

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…

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

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.” 

Winning One Another

Winning One Another – Carl Robbins writes a compelling piece on James 5:19-20 and encourages the reader to pursue wandering Christians. 

3 Reasons We Need to Pray

3 Reasons We Need to Pray – The act of praying declares some key things about relationship with our God.

Godliness is not your Personality

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.” 

Two Mistakes in Parenting Teens

Two Mistakes in Parenting Teens – “Parents fall into one of two extremes: disengagement or tighten control.”

10 Parenting Imperatives from the Book of Proverbs

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.”

A.P.T.A.T.: A Strategy for Daily Bible Reading

A.P.T.A.T.: A Strategy for Daily Bible Reading – Here are some suggestions for getting more out of your daily Bible reading.

The Ninth Thing God Tells Us Not To Do

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.”

Feeding on Christ When Jesus Read the Bible

Feeding on Christ When Jesus Read the Bible – “Here are 14 ways that Jesus would have understood the Old Testament to have been written both to and about Himself.”

Did Adam and Eve Sin Before the Bite?

Did Adam and Eve Sin Before the Bite? – “The essence of sin is not what muscles do; it’s what heart does.”

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sunday Morning Is Not About Me: The Joy of Self-Forgetfulness

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

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

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.”

Escaping from the Love of Money

Escaping from the Love of Money “Although there’s nothing inherently wrong with money, there’s something desperately wrong with devotion to money.”

How To Grieve Like a Christian

How To Grieve Like a Christian – “How do Christians grieve? Paul provides helpful instruction.”

8 Reasons to Cling to Scripture in Suffering

8 Reasons to Cling to Scripture in Suffering – “In the midst of the refiner’s fire, how do we keep from going through the motions? How do we have a sense of the abundance God promises us?”

The Lord Is Never Late

The Lord Is Never Late – This was an encouraging word for me today.

The Gospel is More Beautiful When We Take Sin Seriously

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?

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

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.”

Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth

Rejoice in the Wife of Your Youth Ray Ortlund has a wonderful letter to a would-be adulterer. But what he says is equally valuable to those who are not tempted to wander.

For the Ordinary Women

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?

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.'”

Moms, Pursue Joy Amidst Chaos on Sunday Mornings

Moms, Pursue Joy Amidst Chaos on Sunday Mornings – Getting yourself and children ready for church can wear you out. Here are some encouragements and ideas to find joy in Sundays.

God Is Sovereign Over the Weather

God Is Sovereign Over the Weather – Here are 21 ways God is sovereign over the environment. Let this encourage your heart and strengthen your faith.

Add Spontaneity to Your Evangelism

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?”

No One Follows Their Heart

No One Follows Their Heart – “The truth is that you never actually follow your heart. The heart is the part of you that follows what you want. That's why the Bible never instructs you to follow your heart.”

Churchgoing Is Beautiful

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Singing in the Rain

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

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

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

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.

Bad Things Are Not Good

Bad Things Are Not Good – “Christ promises to bring us through suffering and raise us to new life.  But resurrection follows the cross—and there are no short-cuts.”

You Are Not Destined to Be Your Parents

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

What To Do When You're Stuck in Doubt

What To Do When You're Stuck in Doubt – “Don’t stop showing up, Christian. In fact, if you are doubting today, it’s the best time to show up again.”

40 Truths about the Fear of God

40 Truths about the Fear of God – I’ll add this to my prayer notebook to use in my personal worship.

How to Help Kids Whose Parents are Divorcing

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

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.”

The Lost Need to See Your Joy

The Lost Need to See Your Joy “People want to see somebody who have something so deep, so unshakeable, so indomitable and invincible that when all around their soul gives way, their joy doesn’t give way.”

If All My Sins Are Forgiven, Why Must I Continue to Repent?

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.”

Your Work Matters

Your Work Matters – “Work must be significant because of the amount of time and energy it demands. By its very nature it should make us curious as to why it’s so all-encompassing, and how we can make the most of it.”

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Eternal Rest of Labor Day

The Eternal Rest of Labor DayHe said, “It is finished” John 19:30.

Always Looking; Never Wanting to Find

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?

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. 

How Did I Fail My Unbelieving Children?

How Did I Fail My Unbelieving Children? “We must hand over the souls of our children to the sovereign goodness and wisdom of God and forsake anxiety.”

The Most Dangerous Place to Raise a Child

The Most Dangerous Place to Raise a Child – “Whatever the number of figures in your salary, we all tend to slide right past the midpoint of contentment into havens of greed.”

The Most Subtle Form of Pride

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

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

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

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.”

When Calling Yourself a “Christian” Isn’t Enough

When Calling Yourself a “Christian” Isn’t Enough – “Is it possible that the term "Christian," like "Evangelical," isn't enough? Since the Nashville Statement was released this past week we have seen a number of negative responses from people also wanting to claim the name of Christian.”

Friday, September 1, 2017

Seven Reasons to Praise the Lord

Seven Reasons to Praise the Lord – “Here are seven reasons why you must not wait.”

3 Characteristics of the Church

3 Characteristics of the Church – “What are the characteristics of the church, both locally and universally? Here 3 simple characteristics from the book of 1 Corinthians.”

500 Years After Reformation, Many Protestants Closer to Catholics than Martin Luther

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

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?

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.”

No Such Thing As Chance

No Such Thing As Chance – “What is your street-level theology of God's involvement in your mundane affairs?”

What Does It Mean To Be The Apple Of God's Eye?

What Does It Mean To Be The Apple Of God's Eye? – “We are children of God adopted and cherished in Jesus Christ. He has his eye on you. He protects you.”

Rethinking “God Hates the Sin but Loves the Sinner”

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.”