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Saturday, December 15, 2018

This Christmas, What is Your Good?


This Christmas, What is Your Good? – “What is good cannot be found by looking at our culture. Christians have a different standard for goodness.”

John Crist’s New Video Pokes Fun at Consumer-Focused Churches



The (Hidden) Theology and History of “O Come O Come Emmanuel”


The (Hidden) Theology and History of “O Come O Come Emmanuel” – “When we sing the lyrics of this song, we’re not only celebrating the birth of our savior, Jesus, but we’re also preparing our hearts and growing in excitement for Jesus’ return, which we may actually witness during our lifetime.”

The 7 Most Significant Religious Freedom Victories of 2018


The 7 Most Significant Religious Freedom Victories of 2018 – “The Constitution and other federal and state laws protect this right to determine both what we believe and, in a more limited sense, how we act on those beliefs.”

The Visionary Worrywart


The Visionary WorrywartWorriers are always looking to the future—a future that is tragic and brutal.

Misguided Proposal From Christian Leaders and LGBT Activists Is Anything but ‘Fairness for All’


Misguided Proposal From Christian Leaders and LGBT Activists Is Anything but ‘Fairness for All’ – Biblical Christian ethics must be biblical above all things.

Not Everything Needs a Gospel Talk


Not Everything Needs a Gospel Talk “I am a firm believer that, at some point, you actually have to share the gospel and that if all you’re doing is mercy ministry, or acts of service without words, you are not doing gospel ministry. But that doesn’t mean those sorts of things have absolutely no evangelistic value whatsoever.”

Friday, December 14, 2018

“Does God See Me?” An Advent Devotional


“Does God See Me?” An Advent Devotional – “To be seen is to be known. It is to be understood. It is to have our circumstances measured, our burdens weighed, our situations assessed and appreciated. But motherhood is often hidden...And we wonder if God sees us in our secret settings. Does he know? Does he understand what we’re walking through?”

My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience


My Declaration of Faithful Disobedience“Over 100 members of Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, were arrested beginning Sunday, December 9. At the time of publication of this translation, arrests are still being made. Among those taken away were Pastor Wang Yi, senior pastor of Early Rain, and his wife, Jiang Rong, who have not been heard from since Sunday. Foreseeing this circumstance, Pastor Wang Yi wrote the declaration below to be published by his church should he be detained for more than 48 hours.”

The Incarnation Began Before Christmas


The Incarnation Began Before Christmas – “God didn’t enter into humanity on Christmas morning as a newborn baby. He entered it nine months earlier inside of Mary’s womb.God didn’t enter into humanity on Christmas morning as a newborn baby. He entered it nine months earlier inside of Mary’s womb.”

Your Top Ten Questions About Christmas


Your Top Ten Questions About Christmas – Here are several common Christmas questions and answers.

Why Do We Give Christmas Gifts?


Why Do We Give Christmas Gifts?“It’s good to ask which aspects of our giving and getting are merely cultural and which are shaped by Christ to magnify Christ.”

There is No Such Thing as Worldly Security


There is No Such Thing as Worldly Security“When I look at all God has provided for me, I ought to give him thanks and credit… but I should not expect it as my due. When I am lacking something, be it food or peace or health, I must take the approach that the world sees as foolish—to refuse to lay up treasure for myself, but instead marvel at and await my beautiful future with Christ, who has made me rich in him (2 Cor 8:9).”

Focus on What God Has Revealed, Not Concealed


Focus on What God Has Revealed, Not Concealed“God is kind to open minds to understand the Word of God, and as he does, he enflames hearts to rejoice in the God of the Word. Like Mary, I treasure these things up in my heart.”

Busy is a Four-Letter Word


Busy is a Four-Letter Word – “When you stop and think about it, busy is a four-letter word because it’s a seductive way to keep us from being accountable for accomplishing the things we want and need to do.”

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thirty Three Years


Thirty Three Years – “Tell your children the awesome story of those thirty-three years. Tell them the story from the manger to the cross.” 

Is There a Loneliness Epidemic?


Is There a Loneliness Epidemic? – “We have drifted from seeing the biblical picture of the gospel, which balances for us the personal and the communal, the one and the many, the individual and the community.”

Singing From Mary’s Sheet


Singing From Mary’s Sheet – “This familiar Christmas passage is often called Mary’s Song or the Magnificat, which is Latin for magnify.”

How to Love Hard People at Christmas


How to Love Hard People at Christmas – “As we head into the relational trials and opportunities of the season, I’m reminding myself of three important texts for how real Christmas joy produces, rather than compromises, love for others.”

Why X-mas Actually Keeps Christ in Christmas


Why X-mas Actually Keeps Christ in Christmas – “When properly understood, it’s more like using “JFK” to refer to John F. Kennedy than removing a reference to Jesus from the celebration of His birthday.” That can be good or bad.

Christmas Teaches Us That Virtual Reality Church is No Gift


Christmas Teaches Us That Virtual Reality Church is No Gift – “The Gospel is incarnational, hence the church is meant to carry and live the message of the Gospel incarnationally. Any substitution is less than the complete Gospel.”

Why Regrets Are a Waste of Time


Why Regrets Are a Waste of Time – “It’s that time of year where we may feel regret because we didn’t do what we had planned to do, because we tried but didn’t even come close, because well, we failed. Big time.”

The Error of Prosperity Theology


The Error of Prosperity Theology – “The error of prosperity theology comes down to one question: Does the Christian receive all the benefits of the cross now, or are some benefits of salvation kept for us until Christ returns? That's it. How you answer that question determines if you embrace prosperity theology or not.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Far as the Curse Is Found


Far as the Curse Is Found – “Our songs at Christmas serve to remind us that this season isn’t merely about looking back at that holy night when Christ was born. Rather, our celebration of his first coming is meant to nurture in us a greater longing for his second coming.”

Bible Readers Searched Most for a Plan in 2018


Bible Readers Searched Most for a Plan in 2018 – Bible Gateway reveals what people searched for most often in the Bible.

Why Jesus Came


Why Jesus Came – “This, I think, is my favorite Advent text because I don’t know any other that expresses so clearly the connection between the beginning and the end of Jesus’s earthly life — between the incarnation and crucifixion.”

Know Who You Are Not


Know Who You Are Not – “Many of the problems that plague us as Christians begin with misplaced identity.”

Are Screens Affecting Our Children’s Brains?


Are Screens Affecting Our Children’s Brains? – “The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been studying the effect of screen time for children. The preliminary results are in and they’re not good.”

Why the North American Church Is Unlikely to Experience Revival


Why the North American Church Is Unlikely to Experience Revival – “Our church culture doesn’t exhibit some of the characteristics that have preceded God’s great movements.”

What a Friend We Have in Jesus


What a Friend We Have in Jesus – “How do we cultivate this relationship?”

Should Christians Demand That People Say ‘Merry Christmas’?


Should Christians Demand That People Say ‘Merry Christmas’? – “In our increasingly hostile environment, we need to find a way of speaking the good news without being caustic, a way of being conciliatory without surrendering our voice.”


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

A Lesson Heard in Longfellow’s Home


A Lesson Heard in Longfellow’s Home – Here is the inspiring story behind the song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day”.

Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh


Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh – “Whatever opposition I may find, I joyfully ascribe authority and dignity to you, and bring my gifts to say that you alone can satisfy my heart, not holding on to these gifts.”

Making Music to Jesus in Our Hearts


Making Music to Jesus in Our Hearts – We don’t want a “merry little Christmas,” we want one as big as the gospel is beautiful. 

Every Sin / Every Temptation Not Taken


Every Sin / Every Temptation Not Taken“You should thank God that he is working out his salvation in you, for his good pleasure and your good.”

Most Americans Find Fulfillment in Family, Not Faith


Most Americans Find Fulfillment in Family, Not Faith – “Almost 7 in 10 Americans (69 percent) mentioned family when describing where they find a sense of meaning in the open-ended survey, with similar results emerging in the close-ended survey. In both surveys, Americans’ dependence on faith trailed significantly behind.”

5 Simple Ways to Share Christ This Christmas


5 Simple Ways to Share Christ This Christmas – “Christmas is one of the holidays where engaging others in a Gospel conversation can be easier and more natural.”

How Hollywood Hijacked Your Mind


How Hollywood Hijacked Your Mind – “Today, we are simply peer pressured into accepting every sexy wind of heresy and affirming every possible sexual orientation our sideways imaginations can conjure up. More often than not, though, this peer pressure takes the form of appealing sitcoms and catchy lyrics. It’s taken time, but media has so influenced our culture that to frown upon such media or behavior doesn’t make you pious, it makes you a prude.”

Look Forward to a Better Christmas


Look Forward to a Better Christmas – “If you accept this gift, you have everything to look forward to. You can always know your best days are ahead. Whatever else is going on in life, you can look at Jesus with a kind of giddy ‘I can’t wait for him to come back’ feeling.”

The Gospel According to the Fellowship Hall


The Gospel According to the Fellowship Hall “See, you cannot grow in holiness and holier-than-thou-ness at the same time. So a church that makes its main thing the gospel, and when faced with sin in its ranks doesn’t simply crack the whip of the law but says “remember the gospel,” should gradually be seeing grace coming to bear.”

Monday, December 10, 2018

Dealing With Christmas Stress: How to Avoid a “Bah, Humbug!” Christmas


Dealing With Christmas Stress: How to Avoid a “Bah, Humbug!” Christmas – “So what can you do to ease the hectic feeling of an overloaded schedule?”

It’s Never ‘Just Business’ at Work


It’s Never ‘Just Business’ at Work – “The light of Christ in us might be the only flicker our coworkers and clients ever see.”

Two Kinds of Opposition to Jesus


Two Kinds of Opposition to Jesus – “So today, these two kinds of opposition will come against Christ and his worshipers: indifference and hostility. I surely hope that you are not in one of those groups.”

Bethlehem’s Supernatural Star


Bethlehem’s Supernatural Star – We risk a “mentality for the marginal” when we bog down in the details and miss the message.

How to Care for Those Who Are Suffering and Grieving at Christmastime


How to Care for Those Who Are Suffering and Grieving at Christmastime – “While each person and each loss is unique, from my experience, here are five suggestions for caring for those who are suffering at Christmas.”

What If I Never Get Better? How Not to Comfort Suffering People


What If I Never Get Better? How Not to Comfort Suffering People – “Why do we offer whitewashed comfort anyway?”

Are You Raising a Narcissist?


Are You Raising a Narcissist?“The parent who always insists on being right or knowing more than others, should not be surprised if his or her children display the same behaviors.”

Joni and Suffering Well


Joni and Suffering Well “Still what continually stuns me, and convicts me, is how Joni understands—even now, even after fifty years in a wheelchair and even in the midst of a second battle with cancer—that her suffering is not about her. It has eternal potential.”

5 Ways Grown Children Can Love Their Parents


5 Ways Grown Children Can Love Their Parents – “As a Christian, your ministry to your parents should be distinctly Christian—done in the love of Christ, speaking about the gospel of Christ, aiming for the glory of Christ.”

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Why Christians Should Think More About Heaven


Why Christians Should Think More About Heaven“We focus a ton on what’s right in front of us—politics, movies, our social-media feeds—but give little thought to what lies ahead in eternity. Small wonder so many believers today are discouraged.”

Sharing Mary’s Awe and Hope


Sharing Mary’s Awe and Hope – “Heavenly Father, with Mary, we are in awe of the mind-boggling, heart-encouraging promises you’ve made about the coming(s) of Jesus. We’re thankful everything you’ve promised will come to pass.”

We Fall for the Feeling of Christmas: The Subtle War in Our Celebrations


We Fall for the Feeling of Christmas: The Subtle War in Our Celebrations – “Our battle is to get underneath all the commercialism and consumerism, to actually experience Christ Jesus, our Savior, who has come — and who will come again.”

Porn Stars Bear God’s Image


Porn Stars Bear God’s ImageRussell Meek: “Next time you find yourself staring at people having sex, stop and think for a moment about who those people are—image bearers of the almighty God.”

Friday, December 7, 2018

God Uses Damaged Goods


God Uses Damaged Goods – “When life hits us hard, we feel like something is broken and unfixable inside of us. We consider ourselves to be flawed and no longer valuable or desirable because of something we have done or something that was done to us. 

Prostitutes, Mistresses, and the Messiah: Seven Great Women of Ill Repute


Prostitutes, Mistresses, and the Messiah: Seven Great Women of Ill Repute – “God has thousands of reasons for everything he does. One great reason he founded this gracious sorority was to remind us of his lavish, unmerited grace to the undeserved and unlikely and despised.”

The Wonder of Christmas


The Wonder of Christmas – “Enjoy the journey. There’s going to be traffic, lines, and surly shoppers and sales clerks. You know this–but don’t let it affect the joy of the season; wait with joyful expectation.”

Messiah for the Magi


Messiah for the MagiMatthew portrays Jesus at the beginning and ending of his Gospel as a universal Messiah for all the nations, not just for Jews.”

7 Staggering Things That Happen When We Pray for One Another


7 Staggering Things That Happen When We Pray for One Another – “Paul’s example demonstrates how incredibly important it is for us to pray for one another.”

How to Forge a Friendship


How to Forge a Friendship“Friendships are an amazing discovery in life. But strong friendships don’t just spring from nothing. Friendships require wise effort. They require forging. And in his grace, God has given us wisdom in the book of Proverbs to understand this forging process.”

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The Longing to Be Free from Fear


The Longing to Be Free from Fear – “In our longing to be free from fear, we can take Mary’s story to heart.” 

10 Christmas Story Truths Students Should Know


10 Christmas Story Truths Students Should Know – “The Christmas story is literally crammed full of powerful teachings. Here are 10 takeaways.”

Suffering Can Save Your Prayer Life


Suffering Can Save Your Prayer Life – “God puts us in the fire to awaken earnest prayer.”

Can You See the Advent From God’s Perspective?


Can You See the Advent From God’s Perspective? – “How will you respond to this good news of great joy that is for all people—that is, for you?”

God Grew Up in a Forgotten Town


God Grew Up in a Forgotten Town – “Nazareth was an uncelebrated, forgotten town, off the beaten path, even for Galilee.”

Loving Kids in a Pumpkin Pie Culture


Loving Kids in a Pumpkin Pie Culture – Here’s a good word on parenting our children well.

The Immutability of God


The Immutability of God “Does God change? Everything hinges on the answer to that question.” Here are several articles on the topic.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Expect God to Do Something Unexpected


Expect God to Do Something Unexpected – “Because he is faithful and good, we can trust and worship without always completely understanding.”

Sleep With Your Boots on—Spiritual War


Sleep With Your Boots on—Spiritual War – “The first rule of warfare is practical awareness of the enemy.”

Don’t Downplay Your Suffering


Don’t Downplay Your Suffering“Like a doctor slapping a smiley face sticker over a cancerous tumor, all some Christians know to do in the face of true calamity is to pave it over with platitudes.”

Children Abusing Children


Children Abusing Children – “Children’s Mercy says they’re seeing a disturbing trend in child sexual assault cases. Children are abusing children.” The main reason? Pornography.

Hate Hate


Hate Hate – “The Jesus life is much more radical than most of us care to admit. In particular it means that as Christians, we don’t get to hate anyone (1 John 4:20).”

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Why So Many Christians Start, But Don’t Finish a Bible Reading Plan


Why So Many Christians Start, But Don’t Finish a Bible Reading Plan – “Why do so many Christians start with a strong commitment and yet lose their way when reading the Bible?”

Rethinking the Rat Race


Rethinking the Rat Race – Five reasons you may be overworking.

3 Prayer Priorities for America in December


3 Prayer Priorities for America in December – “If one only wants to pray for America during an election season or the midst of a national crisis, then personal preference becomes the goal. This preferred path for prayer is driven by convenience more than conviction.”

On Stuff and Stinginess


On Stuff and Stinginess “How much will be enough? ‘Just a little more,’ we think.” 

You Become What You Trust


You Become What You Trust“Our idols don’t just settle for helping us break the second commandment, they permeate much deeper in our lives. The Psalms tell us that those who trust idols will become like them (Ps. 135:18). We may not turn into stone and wood, but eventually, the idols of our heart can chip away at significant areas in our spiritual lives.”

End of Year Check-Up Questions For Christians


End of Year Check-Up Questions For ChristiansKevin DeYoung writes, “I should hasten to add that measuring your progress in the pursuit of holiness is easier said than done. For starters, you shouldn’t take your spiritual temperature every day. You need to look for progress over months and years, not by minutes and hours.”

Can We Stop Suicides?


Can We Stop Suicides? – “The suicide rate has been rising in the United States since the beginning of the century, and is now the 10th leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Overcoming Fear in Evangelism


Overcoming Fear in Evangelism“The Scriptures do not only give the words necessary for unbelievers to know the content of the gospel. The Bible also gives the words necessary to encourage Christians to evangelize, especially when it comes to overcoming fears.”

“Why I Left the Catholic Church”


“Why I Left the Catholic Church” – “Damon Linker has a deeply moving piece at The Week on Why I Left the Catholic Church. His reason?”

Monday, December 3, 2018

God Will Answer in Your Crisis


God Will Answer in Your Crisis – “Your crisis is coming. If it hasn’t already, or if you’re not in the middle of one right now, your time will come.”

Raising Future Husbands and Wives


Raising Future Husbands and Wives“That future daughter-in-law or son-in-law of yours would much rather you focus now on raising up a future husband or wife than raising up a future sports champ.”

“Jesus And Me” Christianity


“Jesus And Me” Christianity“It’s time to remember that your walk with God is a community project" writes Paul David Tripp.”

Mind Your Christmas Imperatives


Mind Your Christmas Imperatives – “What are Christians commanded to do in the Christmas season?”

30 Ideas for a Christ-Centered Family Christmas


30 Ideas for a Christ-Centered Family Christmas – “What can you do to keep your family’s eyes locked toward the birth of Jesus?”

Backsliding Is Easy


Backsliding Is Easy – “Going with the flow only requires letting go.”

Chinese Scientist Claims First Gene-Edited Babies


Chinese Scientist Claims First Gene-Edited Babies – Joe Carter unpacks some of the ethical issues surrounding this news story.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

4 Things That Caused the Early Church to Spread Like Wildfire


4 Things That Caused the Early Church to Spread Like Wildfire – “What was it about them that enabled them to be so mightily used of God? This was a ragtag group of nobodies. Nobody knew their names, nobody knew their platform, nobody knew where they’d come from. Yet history records that they were used by God to literally turn the world upside down.”

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again


Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again – “Evangelism has especially fallen on hard times. It seems that everything else—even good things like discipleship—has overwhelmed our passion for sharing the love of Jesus with others.”

Friends Are for the Darkness: How to Care for the Depressed


Friends Are for the Darkness: How to Care for the Depressed – “How can you effectively care for fellow believers who are suffering from depression? Here are three lessons I have found especially helpful.”

Kids Are So Addicted to Fortnite They’re Being Sent to Gamer Rehab


Kids Are So Addicted to Fortnite They’re Being Sent to Gamer Rehab – “More than 200 million people have registered to play Fortnite, which has become a billion-dollar business for its creator, Epic Games Inc. Some desperate parents have sent their kids to rehab. ‘This game is like heroin,’ said Lorrine Marer, a British behavioral specialist who works with kids battling game addiction. ‘Once you are hooked, it’s hard to get unhooked.'”

Under Christmas Attack


Under Christmas Attack – “Life really is a battle of stories, and the battle rages most fiercely when the true story is meant to be told most loudly.”

The Great Exchanges of Romans


The Great Exchanges of Romans – “The gospel of Romans can be summarized in one word: exchange.”

Christianity Must Be Strange


Christianity Must Be Strange – These are good and interesting reminders about this life of a believer.

Friday, November 30, 2018

4 Ways to Manage Stress and Enjoy the Holidays


4 Ways to Manage Stress and Enjoy the Holidays – You probably feel it. What are you going to do about it?

Living on Mission Means Living on Purpose


Living on Mission Means Living on Purpose “It doesn’t just happen; nobody falls into evangelistic faithfulness. Living on mission means living on purpose. It looks like an embracing of a biblical identity and responding with biblical urgency.”

What It Means to Love Christ


What It Means to Love Christ – “Do you love Christ? Let’s start to answer that question by asking another: Is love something you feel, or something you do?”

The 50% Lie


The 50% Lie“You’ve heard it repeatedly on radio, podcasts, and TV. You’ve read it in various books and articles. You’ve even heard it in your pastor’s sermon. The problem: it’s a lie. ‘50% of all marriages end in divorce.'” We need to stop quoting this statistic. Why? “The 50% lie has done more damage than we might suspect, but it can only be remedied with the truth.”

Getting Closer To God


Getting Closer To God – “Why do you attend church? Why does anyone? In the summer of 2018, Pew Research released the results of a nation wide survey revealing why people who attend church at least once a month, keep going.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

7 Reasons You’re Not Making Disciples


7 Reasons You’re Not Making Disciples – “Jesus tells His disciples to make disciples. That’s our mission. But apparently, only 1 in 20 Christians has even shared the Gospel.”

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again


Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again – “It’s easy to let evangelism take a back seat. Many churches are content shuffling sheep and luring switchers to their fold rather than catching Jesus’ Luke 15 burden for lost sheep and pursuing and penetrating lostness.”

He Gives and Takes Away


He Gives and Takes Away “God does not throw His children into raging waters to drown them but pre-equips them with life preservers and other tools necessary for survival, enabling them to come out stronger on the other side. When I look back on the many years leading up to Mark’s death, I can see how God had prepared us ahead of time.”

What Our Entertainment Says About Us


What Our Entertainment Says About Us – “You are what you eat.”

Churches Fight for Right to Refuse to Hire LGBT, Female Clergy


Churches Fight for Right to Refuse to Hire LGBT, Female Clergy – “The debate over religious freedom and non-discrimination is unquestionably a trending, hot-button issue across the U.S. It remains to be seen what the nation’s highest court will ultimately rule on the matter.”

In the Beginning Was God


In the Beginning Was GodWhere Atheists Go Wrong

Responding to the King of Kings


Responding to the King of Kings – “The message Malachi delivered from God was meant to produce a longing for the Redeemer—the coming King. But before the hope of redemption could be announced again, God had some strong things to say to His people.”

One Great Reason to Reduce Social Media Use


One Great Reason to Reduce Social Media Use – “We are better people, and better leaders, when we maintain an internal locus of control and we play offense, not merely defense in our minds.”

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Reading the Bible for the Ten Thousandth Time


Reading the Bible for the Ten Thousandth Time“By instinct we know that first-time readers of the Bible need guidance. But long-time readers need help too. In this article we’ll explore some of the ways to combat boredom and lethargy for experienced Bible readers.” 

You Are Blessed to be a Blessing


You Are Blessed to be a Blessing“Because you have been blessed by Christ, the way you interact act with the ordinary and all other areas of your life should be distinctly marked by a desire to bless others.”

Sleep with Your Boots On


Sleep with Your Boots On “Do you know that the devil is fully aware of your weaknesses? Satan has a file on you, and he is working it every minute of every day to make sure you fall.”

Your Marriage Is Your Most Important Ministry


Your Marriage Is Your Most Important Ministry – Here are three reasons why.

9 Common Christmas Myths Christians Believe


9 Common Christmas Myths Christians Believe – Here is a list of the usual suspects.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Do You Suffer From Bible Anorexia?


Do You Suffer From Bible Anorexia? – “Our souls can starve just like our bodies.”

Come, Let Us Advent Together!


Come, Let Us Advent Together! – Here is a simple idea for family devotions in December.

5 Discipleship Dont’s


5 Discipleship Dont’s – “In the church, discipleship is key to an individual’s growth and to the way they are made more into the image of Christ. The way we do this is a matter of life in Christ or death with our flesh.”

3 Internet Accusations Against Missionaries


3 Internet Accusations Against Missionaries“The death of John Allen Chau in India has brought out an onslaught of internet hatred. While some of this hatred has been aimed at the methodology of this particular missionary, much of it has been against Christian missionaries in general.”

Was Murdered Missionary John Chau An Arrogant Fool?


Was Murdered Missionary John Chau An Arrogant Fool?“Was John Chau an arrogant fool who sought to impose his views on people who didn’t want to hear them?”

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Psalm 100: the Spiritual DNA of a Christian


Psalm 100: the Spiritual DNA of a Christian – “Psalm 100 graciously gives seven imperatives, seven commands that are essential to worship God and making sense of life.”

What Should We Do When the Sadness is Unbearable?


What Should We Do When the Sadness is Unbearable? – “Everyone has a story that will break your heart. And, if you’re really paying attention, most people have a story that will bring you to your knees.”

When We Have to Parent our Parents: Pelp and Pope for Caregivers


When We Have to Parent our Parents: Pelp and Pope for Caregivers – “Caregiving teaches us to see what is precious and valuable in life. It teaches us what it means to live out commitment and honor.”

How to Write a Life Plan for the New Year


How to Write a Life Plan for the New Year – “Most likely, the degree of success you experience this next year will be directly proportional to the direction you head your life and the intentionality you have with the decisions you make.”

False Teachers Out Themselves by Their Way of Life


False Teachers Out Themselves by Their Way of Life“False teachers by definition teach false doctrine. For Peter, false doctrine can mean denying true concepts or denying our Master by our behavior.”

Friday, November 23, 2018

10 Scripture Passages to Pray for Your Children


10 Scripture Passages to Pray for Your Children – “God has made it abundantly clear in Scripture that he wants to bless our children and descendants. He’s given us many promises to give us faith to hope and pray for their salvation and well-being. Here are 10 passages of Scripture followed by brief prayers for your family.”

10 Differences Between Baby Believers and Believers Who Are Babies


10 Differences Between Baby Believers and Believers Who Are Babies – “Baby believers are those young believers who are just now learning how to walk with Christ, but who are fresh in their faith. Believers who are babies, on the other hand, are usually longer-term believers (often undiscipled) who don’t act like mature believers. Here are some of the differences.”


Straight from the Bible


Straight from the Bible “An extremely rare, minuscule biblical stone weight inscribed in ancient Hebrew script with the word ‘beka’ was discovered in rubble taken from excavations at the foundations of the Western Wall.”

7 Trademarks of an Unhealthy Friendship


7 Trademarks of an Unhealthy Friendship – “The Bible surely sympathizes with, and provides comfort for, those who have suffered in relationships. No one understands the hurt caused by poor friends more than Jesus Christ!”

Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude


Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude – “Changing our posture towards God’s goodness in our lives will begin us on the path towards a changed heart.”

Thanksgiving Is a Spiritual Discipline


Thanksgiving Is a Spiritual Discipline – “Maintaining an attitude of thanksgiving expressed through constant prayer provides at least six benefits.”

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Some Things to Be Thankful For (from Paul Powell)


Some Things to Be Thankful For (from Paul Powell)

This Thanksgiving season many people are having a hard time. Maybe you are one of them. Here’s something to think about on Thanksgiving: if we could shrink the population of the earth to a village of 100 people, it would look like this:
  • ·        Fifty-one would be female, forty-nine would be male
  • ·        Seventy would be non-white, thirty would be white
  • ·        Seventy would be non-Christian, thirty would be Christian
  • ·        Eighty would live in substandard housing
  • ·        Seventy would be unable to read
  • ·        Fifty would suffer from malnutrition, one would be near death
  • ·        One would have a college education
  • ·        Fifty-seven would be Asian, twenty-one European, eight from South America, eight African and six from the United States
  • ·        Fifty percent of the earth’s wealth would be in the hands of six people, all six would be U.S. citizens

Now, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.” (Psalm 107:1)

10 Ways to Show Gratitude the Rest of the Year


10 Ways to Show Gratitude the Rest of the Year – It’s more than one day a year.

The Psalms on True Praise and Thanksgiving


The Psalms on True Praise and Thanksgiving BARAK: Blessing the Lord • This Hebrew word for praise (pronounced baw-rak’), refers to making an action of thanksgiving (a verb) rather than a thing to be given or created. It is most commonly translated to mean either “kneel” or “bless.” It is contained in 289 verses, only 68 of which are in the Psalms.

Devoted to Prayer: the Gift of Keeping a Record


Devoted to Prayer: the Gift of Keeping a Record“Crossing things from the list doesn’t seem to happen often, but when I reflect over the course of a year, I can see the Lord at work in ways I would have missed if not for the record keeping that comes with the list.”

9 Things You Should Know About the Religious Freedom Restoration Act


9 Things You Should Know About the Religious Freedom Restoration Act “What (RFRA) basically says is that the government should be held to a very high level of proof before it interferes with someone’s free exercise of religion. This judgment is shared by the people of the United States as well as by the Congress. We believe strongly that we can never, we can never be too vigilant in this work. Here is what you should know about this landmark religious liberty law.”

Do You Work When You Should Rest?


Do You Work When You Should Rest? – “However, the best news for our souls often doesn’t feel like good news to our flesh.”

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Prayer for Thanksgiving


A Prayer for Thanksgiving – This prayer is based on Psalm 100.

In All Circumstances?


In All Circumstances?“How can I be thankful and joyful in the midst of a painful trial? The answer, of course, is found in all that the Scriptures teach us about trials.”

Thanking God For Everything


Thanking God For Everything“For what is God’s will for me? This.”

3 Things to Be Cautious of in a Season of Suffering


3 Things to Be Cautious of in a Season of Suffering – “Here are three warnings to keep in mind during a season of difficulty.”

Be Disciples that Make Disciples


Be Disciples that Make Disciples – “This is multiplication. Disciples making more disciples.”

Mythbusting "Santa God"


Mythbusting "Santa God" – “The truth is we are not the center of God’s universe. God’s preeminent concern is the glory of His name, not the comfort of our lives. He desires that people worship Him rightly and experience the salvation He extends. He calls us to a higher purpose in life beyond ourselves and rejects our narcissistic tendencies to self-worship.”

Three Steps to Generosity


Three Steps to Generosity – “Our capacity for generosity is limited only by our desire to give.”

God Does Give You More than You Can Handle


God Does Give You More than You Can Handle – We often hear the opposite but the saying, “God won’t give you more than you can handle” isn’t biblical.

How to Respond When Your Prayers Go Unanswered


How to Respond When Your Prayers Go Unanswered – “We all know what it’s like to live with unanswered prayers.”

Are We Really in Danger of Making an Idol of the Family?


Are We Really in Danger of Making an Idol of the Family? – Here are some examples and encouragements.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Priming Our Gratitude Pump


Priming Our Gratitude Pump – “Lord Jesus, on this Monday before Thanksgiving Day, we want to get an early start on giving you the thanks of which you alone are worthy.”

Reaching Out to Non-Believers This Holiday Season


Reaching Out to Non-Believers This Holiday Season – “Around the holiday times each year, followers of Christ have the opportunity to enter into spiritual conversations with family members and friends. Many of those conversations will likely end up at the very least touching on the subject of church in some way, shape or form.”

God Is Bigger Than Your Problems


God Is Bigger Than Your Problems – “The promises of God often lose their power in our lives because God himself has become small in our eyes.”

3 Lines in the Sand


3 Lines in the Sand “The proverbial silver lining in these challenges to the Bible in our day is that they bring a great deal of clarity to the issue before us as Christians: Will our authority be the Word of God? Or will it be the sensibilities of our age? Is it the Bible? Or is it us?”

Six Reasons You Should "Go" To Church


Six Reasons You Should "Go" To Church – “I know God’s people can be abrasive and hypocritical. I know the ritual of religion can keep people far from God even when they’re at church.”


The Bible Is Better Than Basic—How to Read the Bible


The Bible Is Better Than Basic—How to Read the Bible – “The Bible is something greater—one big story, with every text pointing to the One God sent to rescue and redeem His people. And when we get this, it changes everything.”

Apostasy and How It Happens


Apostasy and How It Happens – “Apostasy is the old, vigorous word to describe this abandonment of Christ. The New Testament church was familiar with it. It was a major concern of the author of Hebrews.”