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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What Is This Book?


What Is This Book? – “A beautiful paragraph, found in the introduction of every Bible produced by the remarkable Gideon International.”

The Dirty Dozen of Unbiblical Parenting


The Dirty Dozen of Unbiblical Parenting – The list gets to the heart of things quickly.

2 Reasons Why Coveting Is a Serious Sin


2 Reasons Why Coveting Is a Serious Sin – It’s a sin we deal with much more often than we realize.

When Kids Doubt


When Kids Doubt – “Nine times out of 10, doubt is not a sign that your sweet kid is headed to hell and is going to walk away from truth. Doubt is a healthy and normal part of faith. Our response to their doubts can make all of the difference.”

The Audacity of Gender-Reveal Parties: Another Step Towards Cultural Insanity


The Audacity of Gender-Reveal Parties: Another Step Towards Cultural Insanity – “Gender debates dominate the news these days, dumping with them an incredibly toxic level of madness.”

Eugene Peterson: The Jesus Way Vs. The American Way


Eugene Peterson: The Jesus Way Vs. The American Way – “We can’t gather a God-fearing, God-worshipping congregation by cultivating a consumer-pleasing, commodity-oriented congregation.”

Monday, October 15, 2018

I Was Shackled by Unforgiveness


I Was Shackled by Unforgiveness – “Brothers and sisters, loved and forgiven by the Savior, it is time to move forward. Here are three things you can do to pursue forgiveness and freedom, for the glory of God.”

Why Do I Keep Sinning?


Why Do I Keep Sinning? – “Why do you sin? If you want to know what are the dynamics that kill sin and create love, you should ask yourself, Why do I sin? And I’ll tell you why you sin: because sin makes promises to you, and you believe them.”

When It Comes to Our Suffering, God “Gets It”


When It Comes to Our Suffering, God “Gets It” – “In all human history, who has paid the highest price for evil and suffering? Poll a hundred people on this question and only a few would come up with the right answer: God.

4 Ways To Respond To Pornography


4 Ways To Respond To Pornography – According to Focus on the Family, the average age a child is exposed to pornography is 8. They add, “Before the days of the Internet, children were typically between the ages of 11 to 13 when they began by viewing soft-core pornography found in magazines.”

His Wife Went Home Too Soon


His Wife Went Home Too Soon“Hudson Taylor was heartbroken over the loss of his wife. But God gave him such comfort that he wondered if his wife in heaven could possibly be experiencing as much joy in God as he was. That’s how deeply God comforted Taylor in his grief. And that’s how God can comfort you.”

What Does It Mean That God Is Jealous?


What Does It Mean That God Is Jealous? – “To appreciate God’s jealousy we first need to properly understand it. His jealousy is the kind that zealously protects a love-relationship and which avenges it when it is broken.”

The Healthiest Order Of Our Loves


The Healthiest Order Of Our Loves – The love of Jesus helps us to arrange all our other loves. Scott Sauls writes that Jesus is the highest of our loves, and all other treasures fade away in light of his beauty.

Why Does Piper Avoid Politics and What’s Trending?


Why Does Piper Avoid Politics and What’s Trending? – “The spiritual condition of a person’s soul is infinitely more important than any political transaction on the face of the earth.”

What We Need More Of In This World


What We Need More Of In This World – “Gratitude is a discipline. We need to choose thankfulness. Fight for it. Even if we don't feel like it.”

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Prayers and Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael


Prayers and Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael – How can you pray for the overwhelming needs?

Why Christians Don’t Go to Church (and Why They Must)


Why Christians Don’t Go to Church (and Why They Must) – “A new survey finds the reason people avoid going to church is more often for practical or personal reasons, rather than lack of belief.”

Caring for Fellow Believers in a World Filled With Trauma


Caring for Fellow Believers in a World Filled With Trauma – “Think with me for a moment about all the ways trauma invades our lives.”

5 More Reasons to Go to Church in Person


5 More Reasons to Go to Church in Person – “If we want to get everything we can from our church experience, we need to start by showing up in person. That may seem obvious to most churchgoers, but there is a large and growing number of people who think that watching a service online is all the church they need.”

The Current Storm and the Evangelical Response


The Current Storm and the Evangelical Response – “How should Christians respond in the midst of the cultural storm?”

God Will Conquer All Your Sins


God Will Conquer All Your Sins – “Before the foundation of the world, God planned to conquer all our sins.”

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Home of Everything We’ve Always Longed For


The Home of Everything We’ve Always Longed For – “One day his kingdom will come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven. It’s going to be everything we have always longed for. It’s going to be even better than Eden.”

Sprinting to the Finish Line


Sprinting to the Finish Line – “The Bible describes the Christian life as a race—and it’s definitely more like a marathon than a sprint.”

5 Ways Praying the Psalms Will Completely Change Your Life


5 Ways Praying the Psalms Will Completely Change Your Life – “You’ll never go through anything in life in which the root emotion is not found in one or more of the Psalms. Thus the Psalms put into expression that which is looking for expression in our hearts.”

Lawnmower Parents and Snowflake Spirituality


Lawnmower Parents and Snowflake Spirituality – “What does a lawnmower parent do? They “mow down all of a child’s challenges, discomforts and struggles.”

3 Reasons God Says to Forgive Others


3 Reasons God Says to Forgive Others – Forgiving others is gift from God for you to embrace.

How to Live a Simple and Wasted Life


How to Live a Simple and Wasted Life – “No one in heaven envies the rich of this world. No one covets the famous. No one praises the powerful. They have discovered what it means to “live deep and suck all the marrow out of life.” They have found that which is truly life: Jesus Christ.”

Social Justice vs. Evangelism? There Shouldn’t Even Be a Debate


Social Justice vs. Evangelism? There Shouldn’t Even Be a Debate – “We shouldn’t separate preaching the Gospel, serving the poor, healing the hurting and helping the oppressed. We should preach the Gospel with our lives and our deeds.”

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Romans 8 Driven Life


The Romans 8 Driven Life – “How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life? What would your days look like if you believed, in fact, that the most defining and secure reality of your very existence was not anything you could see?”

When God Calls You to Walk through Suffering’s Door


When God Calls You to Walk through Suffering’s Door – “One foot in front of the other, Christian. You don’t suffer without purpose, and you don’t suffer alone.”

What Ever Happened to Civil Debate?


What Ever Happened to Civil Debate?“The book of Proverbs warns us against the hasty words, harsh tones, and hot-tempers that have become the norm in our day.”

Lord, Teach Us—and Our Kids—to Pray


Lord, Teach Us—and Our Kids—to Pray – “How can we capture and leverage everyday moments to help our kids—even our youngest kids—learn to pray?”

The Danger (to our Children) of a Distant Marriage


The Danger (to our Children) of a Distant Marriage – “The word “triangulation” should haunt every parent actively raising children, and it should warn all of us to not allow our marriages to grow distant during the child-rearing years.”

The Therapeutic Benefits of Community


The Therapeutic Benefits of Community – “The church is one of the few aspects of Christian theology that can be observed.”

The False Gospel of “You Be You”


The False Gospel of “You Be You” – “Fulfillment comes when we realize that no amount of self-expression can cover up our brokenness and that this brokenness and sin is covered in Christ.”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Is God Waiting on You?


Is God Waiting on You? – “Do you ever feel like you are waiting on God? Waiting on Him to answer your prayers or give you a sign as to what to do next? What if He was actually waiting on YOU?”

The Old Testament Told Visually in 5 Minutes



10 Enduring Qualities of Scripture


 10 Enduring Qualities of Scripture“A sound theology of Scripture includes a recognition of ten enduring qualities of Scripture.”

When God Does Not Draw Near


When God Does Not Draw Near – “When we run to someone or something to the exclusion of God, we reveal that, at bottom, we rely on ourselves instead of on him. We trust that we know better than God what would be better for us.”

The Order of the Beatitudes


The Order of the Beatitudes – “There’s an order to the Beatitudes, and each one propels you toward the next.”

Reframing the Issue of Poverty


Reframing the Issue of Poverty – “Poverty is more than just a physical reality.”

What Is the Mark of the Beast?


What Is the Mark of the Beast? – Here is a biblically consistent perspective on what the Bible says in Revelation 13.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Good We Never Ask For: What God Does for Us in Suffering


The Good We Never Ask For: What God Does for Us in Suffering – “There’s no nearness to God without dependence on God. And nothing makes us more dependent on him than when the bottom drops out.”

We Will Out-Sing the Enemy


We Will Out-Sing the Enemy “Sometimes we fear the voice of our accuser will win the day. He mixes the truth with his lies, declaring condemnation over us for our sin. So we must sing our own song but louder still. We must shout out the good news over ourselves and each other.”

6 Ways to Ruin Your Children


6 Ways to Ruin Your Children – “So here are six ways—all of which I have been guilty—that you could ruin those who bear your last name, who will someday appear on your auto insurance policy.”

Five Reasons to Obey the Ten Commandments


Five Reasons to Obey the Ten Commandments – “God gave the commandments that they might be obeyed—not to earn salvation but because of who we are, who God is in himself, who he is to us, where we are, and what he has done.”

Taking God’s Name in Vain Is So Much More Than Cursing


Taking God’s Name in Vain Is So Much More Than Cursing – “Our speech and actions relate to our love, or lack of love, for God.”

The Most Powerful Lesson My Cancer Taught Me About Life and Work


The Most Powerful Lesson My Cancer Taught Me About Life and Work – “If we can craft a better story about the meaning of our circumstances, then we can change the way we relate to those circumstances.”

We Don't Need to Go Back to the Early Church


We Don't Need to Go Back to the Early Church – “So, you who want to go back to the early church, let me ask you a question: Which early church do you want to be like?”

Kingdom Patriotism


Kingdom Patriotism – “How do we once again become the courageous kingdom patriots whose devotion is unmistakably loyal to our King?”

7 Theological Truths that Guide Biblical Counseling


7 Theological Truths that Guide Biblical CounselingThere is a lot of counseling out there. What is “biblical counseling”?

Sodom and Gomorrah – What Was Their Sin? (Video)


Sodom and Gomorrah – What Was Their Sin? (Video) – “It’s become popular to claim that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was something other than homosexuality. What does the Bible say?”

Monday, October 8, 2018

6 Questions To Ask Before You Click


6 Questions To Ask Before You Click “Paul had no idea of what we would face in our social media frenzy, but he did know carefulness of disciplined speech and measured responses apply in every type of communication. He knew the importance of training thought to spill out careful testimony of Christlikeness.”

5 Things to Remember About Doubts


5 Things to Remember About Doubts“Like weeds, doubts grow when unattended.”

The Single Hardest Instruction in the Bible?



What Does the Bible Teach Us About Bullying


What Does the Bible Teach Us About Bullying – “How does God call us to respond if we are being bullied or we see someone else being bullied?”

The Problem With “Feel Good” Church


The Problem With “Feel Good” Church – “If the church never calls its people to turn from our selfish ways, what good is it? I’ll take a Jesus-church over a feel-good church any day of the week.”

Saturday, October 6, 2018

25 People You Should Say Thank You to Today


25 People You Should Say Thank You to Today – Here are some good encouragements in thankfulness.

What Is the Most Underrated Spiritual Discipline?


What Is the Most Underrated Spiritual Discipline? – It’s probably the most familiar.

Three Reasons God Gives Us the Sabbath


Three Reasons God Gives Us the Sabbath – “God created the world in six days and rested on the Sabbath. We should, too, for three reasons.”

Why God’s Love Is Better than Unconditional


Why God’s Love Is Better than Unconditional – God’s love is so much better than “loving me just as I am.”

Three Huge Questions


Three Huge Questions – “Here are three questions you should ask yourself about your communication with those you love. Your answers will provide insight into the areas where your conversations must grow in depth and in maturity so that God is honored and your family helped.”

Friday, October 5, 2018

Thank God We Do/Don’t Know the Future


Thank God We Do/Don’t Know the Future – We find God’s grace and love in both.

8 Ways to Battle ‘Comfort Idolatry’


8 Ways to Battle ‘Comfort Idolatry’ – “One of Christianity’s greatest idolatries today is also one of the most subtle and insidious: the idolatry of comfort.”

Suffering Revealed How Weak I Was: What I Learned from Kidney Failure


Suffering Revealed How Weak I Was: What I Learned from Kidney Failure – Paul Tripp: “There is no valley of suffering so deep that God’s grace in Jesus isn’t deeper.”

You Can’t Just Put Kids in Church


You Can’t Just Put Kids in Church – Most worship services aren’t geared for children. What are the benefits of them attending worship with their families?

Learn the Difference between Right and Almost Right


Learn the Difference between Right and Almost Right – Charles Spurgeon once described it: “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong; it is knowing the difference between right and almost right.”

What Is the Greatest of All Protestant “Heresies”?



Thursday, October 4, 2018

Finding the Right Bible Reading Plan


Finding the Right Bible Reading Plan – “An intentional Bible reading plan also helps you stay committed. The regular cadence of reading, studying and applying God’s Word will help you develop Bible reading as a habit — something you work into your everyday routine.”

5 Things Every Couple Needs to Know Before They Get Engaged


5 Things Every Couple Needs to Know Before They Get Engaged – “Here are a few things just about every couple could stand to do before they actually tie the knot.”

3 Habits That Reflect a Purposeful Marriage


3 Habits That Reflect a Purposeful Marriage – “The challenge is identifying the good habits and then disciplining ourselves to consistently practice them so that over time they become an essential, natural part of our lives and behavior.”

Do You Pray Against Temptation?


Do You Pray Against Temptation? – “Jesus kneels in the garden of his agony and directs his men to pray, not just against sin, but against temptation.”

Why Did God Allow Me to Have Cancer?


Why Did God Allow Me to Have Cancer? – “Whenever pain touches us deeply we come face to face with the problem of God’s omnipotence and we have to choose.”

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Most Repeated Verse in the Bible


The Most Repeated Verse in the Bible – “It is the most repeated verse in all the Bible. Many things are true about God. All of them are glorious. Yet not all of them are fundamental. But this is.”

We Can’t Mourn Like The World


 We Can’t Mourn Like The World – “The world mourns without hope. They can’t hope for life after death. They can’t truly hope to see their loved ones again. They shouldn’t have a hope that their loved ones are with God. But we can and do have such hopes.”

Does Your Suffering Have a Purpose?


Does Your Suffering Have a Purpose? – Paul Tripp: “Let me cut to the chase here. The biblical answer is yes, your suffering has a purpose.

You Are Not Your Family Tree


You Are Not Your Family Tree – “You are not your genealogy. You are not your family tree. You are not your family. After all, if you are in Christ, you are a new creation.”

Tim Keller on a Fishy Story


Tim Keller on a Fishy Story – G. Campbell Morgan once quipped: “Men have been looking so hard at the great fish that they have failed to see the great God.”

The Arduous Journey of Being Married to a Non-Believing Man


The Arduous Journey of Being Married to a Non-Believing Man – “Single women, take note: every married Christian woman I’ve ever met who married a non-believing man has said, emphatically, they would tell every other woman not to do it.”

Parents, Your Tiredness Is an Opportunity


Parents, Your Tiredness Is an Opportunity – “I’m often so busy fighting tiredness that I forget to look for what God may be doing in and through it. If he promises to work all things for our good, this extends even to our fatigue—so rather than seeing tiredness purely as an unwanted hindrance, we can seek the opportunity within it to look for God’s good purposes.”

Need a Marriage Tune Up?


Need a Marriage Tune Up? – “Sometimes marriages, just like automobiles, need a marriage tune up.”

How to Diagnose Your Discouragement


How to Diagnose Your Discouragement – “Emotions easily rise to the surface when the clouds roll in, but they aren't always truth-speaking. I may feel discouraged or restless or that my work is pointless, but are these feelings true? My first step in diagnosing discouragement is to prayerfully dig down to the root issue that's causing me consternation.”

How to Not Hear the Holy Spirit


How to Not Hear the Holy Spirit – “The Scriptures admonish us to keep in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:25). And there are some ways we should all be able to agree one cannot do that. Here are four.”

Don’t Just Redecorate Your Life–Redesign It!


Don’t Just Redecorate Your Life–Redesign It! – “The healthier, more mature, and more values-driven your “inner room” grows, the more you will provide a welcoming and inspiring space for others.”

Alberta’s Attack on Truth in Education, And the Church’s Response


Alberta’s Attack on Truth in Education, And the Church’s Response “Last week, Albertans learned that their provincial Ministry of Education has demanded that Christian schools remove biblically-based language from their policies governing how they will create ‘safe and caring’ environments.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

All Kids will Face a Goliath or Two


All Kids will Face a Goliath or TwoHere are some great lessons and reminders from the story of David and Goliath.

5 Ways You Can Increase Your Intentionality in Your Walk With Christ


5 Ways You Can Increase Your Intentionality in Your Walk With Christ – “Resolving to take these intentional actions will increase your intensity as you walk with Christ personally.”

Don’t Be a Half-Hearted Christian


Don’t Be a Half-Hearted Christian – “I think we have a lot of half-hearted people filling the pews of churches today. They want to give the bare minimum to the One who gave everything for them.”

Do You Live for Your Children?


Do You Live for Your Children? – “If you expect your children to provide the comfort and support that can only come from God you will be deeply hurt. Children who have become the objects of their parents’ dreams and aspirations cannot bear that awful weight.”

The One Thing God Exalts


The One Thing God Exalts – “There is one thing that the Scriptures say God exalts and lifts up. It’s not talent. It’s not effort. It’s not having it all together. It’s not good behavior or good plans. It’s not success and great resources. The one thing God exalts is humility.”

Why Did Jesus Curse the Fig Tree?


Why Did Jesus Curse the Fig Tree? – “Many things can masquerade as the real thing but fail upon closer inspection. Jesus deals with this mismatch in a shocking episode in the Gospels: the cursing of the fig tree (Matt. 21:18–22; Mark 11:12–14, 20–25).”

How To Stop Spreading Lies on the Internet


How To Stop Spreading Lies on the Internet “The truth matters. When we share lies and misinformation, especially when we do so to discredit and public figure, we defame someone made in the image of God and bring shame on the name of Christ. Because Christians live as ambassadors for Christ in this world, we can and must exercise more caution and discernment concerning what we share on the Internet.”

Quit Asking God to Join Your Side


Quit Asking God to Join Your Side – “As a planner, it is easy to default to making a plan and asking God to bless it. But a much better approach is to join God in His plans, to join Him in what He is doing.”

Tim Keller: The Church Should Not Be Identified With a Political Party


Tim Keller: The Church Should Not Be Identified With a Political Party – Even though neither major political party perfectly aligns with biblical values, “Christians cannot pretend they can transcend politics and simply ‘preach the Gospel.’”

3 Repeated Charges Against The Early Church


3 Repeated Charges Against The Early Church – “The things that the early church was criticized for may surprise you. What are they? While there are more, here are three of those charges.” 

Monday, October 1, 2018

What to Do When Sin Starts Rising


What to Do When Sin Starts Rising – “In that moment, we’re going to kill sin. And we will stay on it until it’s dead.”

7 Reasons Kids Still Need to Memorize Scripture


7 Reasons Kids Still Need to Memorize Scripture – “Why should memorizing scripture still be an important part of our ministries and our homes?”

7 Ways to Teach Children About the Conscience


7 Ways to Teach Children About the Conscience – “Here are seven ways parents can teach their children about the conscience.”

4 Strategies to Escape a Bible Reading Rut


4 Strategies to Escape a Bible Reading Rut – “Well-worn paths can easily become ruts that we find hard to escape. If we are honest, sometimes this is an accurate assessment of our daily approach to reading God’s Word.”

The Romans 8 Driven Life


The Romans 8 Driven Life – “How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life? What would your days look like if you believed, in fact, that the most defining and secure reality of your very existence was not anything you could see?”

What Does Prophecy Look Like Today?


What Does Prophecy Look Like Today? – “Prophecy is not Scripture’s competitor, but its prescription.”

Abortion Is Wrong. That's Not Why Roe v. Wade Is Wrong


Abortion Is Wrong. That's Not Why Roe v. Wade Is WrongA better case for overturning a bad Supreme Court precedent.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Saturday, September 29, 2018

What the Book of Job Teaches Us About Unexplainable Suffering


What the Book of Job Teaches Us About Unexplainable Suffering – “This is where the book of Job enters the scene: Right as the reader is questioning God’s wisdom and justice.”

Justice: Between Certainty and Doubt


Justice: Between Certainty and DoubtKyle Borg makes some helpful observations regarding the Senate hearings of the last few days.

Understanding Genres of the Bible Point Us to Accurate Interpretation


Understanding Genres of the Bible Point Us to Accurate Interpretation – A key to accurately interpreting Scripture is to consider what kind of genre the particular book or passage is written in. The link includes a helpful, simple five-minute video too.

The Lesser Known Joseph


The Lesser Known Joseph – “Joseph of Arimathea walks on stage during the grand redemptive narrative immediately following the death of Jesus. There could be no higher drama than the drama of this moment.”

Why Our Spiritual Formation Isn’t Just for Us


Why Our Spiritual Formation Isn’t Just for Us – As we reflect and discover our Story of Now, we recognize the message of love and hope that God has given us to share with others.

We’re Exiles, Not Expatriates


We’re Exiles, Not Expatriates“James 3-4 seems all to real as tongues (via Twitter) are setting ablaze fires that are burning bridges among believers. Ungodly wisdom fills Facebook posts and selfish ambition and bitter jealousy keeps quarrels and fighting among us alive.”

Friday, September 28, 2018

Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh Testify


Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh TestifyWith so much division in our nation, I appreciated this commentary from Jim Denison.

The Only Way You Can Do God's Will


The Only Way You Can Do God's Will – Only “in Christ Jesus.”

How Does Your Social Media Presence Reflect Your Faith?


How Does Your Social Media Presence Reflect Your Faith? – “As a Christ-follower, you have to think about how you engage online. Next time your Facebook feed becomes one long dialogue on the latest social issue, think through these three steps before you join the conversation.”

Living in These Last Days


Living in These Last Days “The holiness of our lives may be one of the means God uses to bring about the final end. The promise of end-time holiness doesn’t quench our desire to be like Christ but stirs up our passion to live in a way that pleases God.”

The Sins Forbidden by the Ninth Commandment in a Social Media World

The Sins Forbidden by the Ninth Commandment in a Social Media World – “The ninth commandment is not the only commandment, so we do not obey it at the expense of what is required or forbidden by the other nine and, of course, by the rest of the Bible.”

Fighting for Hope


Fighting for Hope“Perhaps you’ve been in that place where hope seemed like a mirage, where happiness seemed so distant that you doubted you’d ever feel it again, where loneliness or grief descended upon you like a cloud. 

Understanding Who God Is, and Who We Are, Makes Pride Unthinkable


Understanding Who God Is, and Who We Are, Makes Pride Unthinkable “Since God says He opposes the proud, anytime we’re proud we may as well hang a sign around our necks that says, “Take me down, God.” Because the Bible clearly says that’s exactly what He will do. And we will be powerless against Him.”

Thursday, September 27, 2018

We Won’t Miss Anything in the New Creation


We Won’t Miss Anything in the New Creation“Most of our questions about what the eternal state will be like must await its arrival for answers. But of this we can be assured: In the presence of our risen Savior and Lord, there will be no looking back longingly to the present order and whatever pleasures about which we might now be tempted to think, ‘It doesn’t get any better than this!'”

Verses to Memorize for the Hospital


Verses to Memorize for the Hospital – “We need verses to which we can cling when the waves of pain seize us and hope shrinks away. We need the power of God’s word to uplift our souls, in doses our disease-crippled minds can retain.”

Tips for Teaching Kids About Marriage


Tips for Teaching Kids About Marriage – “But our children need to understand that marriage isn’t what we think it should be. Marriage is what God says it is, because God made us, and God made marriage for his own good reasons.”

What Church Would Say Of You, “We Know You Love Us”?


What Church Would Say Of You, “We Know You Love Us”? “The New Testament repeatedly indicates that anyone who does not love the church does not belong to the church, that is, the body of Christ. In other words, anyone who does not love the church that Jesus loves is not a follower of Christ.”

The Doctrine of Holiness


The Doctrine of Holiness – “Imagination is not the ability to conjure up what is unreal, but the capacity to see what is real but unseen.”

Self-Esteem Is Ruining Your Kids


Self-Esteem Is Ruining Your Kids – “Kids who have learned to nurture their self-esteem run from the cross, but those who are self-aware run to it.”

Rebuilding Parental Authority


Rebuilding Parental Authority “So, to fulfill our parental responsibilities, we need to prioritize building devoted relationships with our children that display care, sacrificial giving, genuine compassion, and being for them. The more gracious and godly authority we exhibit, the more our children will desire to follow and submit to it.”

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark


Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark “This is perhaps the chief way the Holy Spirit comforts us in our afflictions. He reminds us of what Christ has done for us. And this is not because the Spirit is at a loss as to how to encourage us.”

How Christian Leaders Should, and Should Not, Speak in This Kavanaugh Moment


How Christian Leaders Should, and Should Not, Speak in This Kavanaugh Moment – “How can we spiritually lead our people struggling to respond in a culture charged by political polarization and fed a diet of cable news and social media?”

10 Lessons I Learned from Preaching Revelation


10 Lessons I Learned from Preaching Revelation – “In June I concluded a series of 38 sermons in the book of Revelation. As I reflect on my time in this remarkable book, 10 truths stand out. Spoiler: the things that had the greatest effect on me had nothing to do with numerical symbolism or 666 or the Beast or the Great Prostitute or the millennium.”

Dumbed Down? Why Reading the Bible Is so Elusive—Yet so Vitally Important


Dumbed Down? Why Reading the Bible Is so Elusive—Yet so Vitally Important – Three reasons we need to engage Scripture both intentionally and frequently

Why Do Christians Fast? What the Bible Really Says


Why Do Christians Fast? What the Bible Really Says – “Faithful fasting, whatever the conditions of its origin, is rooted in human lack and need — for God. We need his help, his favor, his guidance. We need his rescue and comfort in trouble. We need his forgiveness and grace because we have sinned. We need God.”

The Duties Required by the Ninth Commandment in a Social Media World


The Duties Required by the Ninth Commandment in a Social Media World – “Think not only of what you say, but also what you read or listen to; the ninth commandment is not just meant to govern your mouth, but also your eyes, your ears, your heart, and your mind.”

3 Promises God Wants You to Trust


3 Promises God Wants You to Trust – Jeremiah 32 has three powerful promises.

7 Facts About Christianity and the Transgender Debate


7 Facts About Christianity and the Transgender Debate“When Christians meet a person with gender dysphoria, our primary aim is to love them.”

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Discernment in Marriage


Discernment in Marriage“Areas that need to change will vary in every marriage. When it comes to our spouse, we must remember that there are things to let go of and things we can not let go of. There are things to be overlooked and things that must not be overlooked. We need wisdom and discernment from God to know the difference.”

Mediated Holiness in Holy Matrimony


Mediated Holiness in Holy Matrimony – “What is marriage for? Marriage is a means of taming and setting apart every point of latitude and longitude for the glory of God. Marriage is a declaration of war against the wilderness chaos.”

5 (New) Character Rules Every Leader Should Follow


5 (New) Character Rules Every Leader Should Follow – “Character has always been important, but it seems like it’s never been as important as it is now.”

The Better Question Believers Should Ask about God’s Will


The Better Question Believers Should Ask about God’s Will“If I do not conceal my will from my earthly children, how much more our heavenly Father? His will does not need discovering. It is in plain sight.”

What You Should Know About Women and Pornography


What You Should Know About Women and Pornography – “Pornography is a growing epidemic with men our society, yet the women who battle pornography are largely invisible.”

Monday, September 24, 2018

Why We Don’t Need to Be Anxious and Worry


Why We Don’t Need to Be Anxious and Worry – “Worry is the product of high stakes and low control, coupled with expecting the worst. There’s no greater enemy of happiness.”

The End of Worry


The End of Worry – Here’s a summary of key point of a new book on the topic.

Mommy Drinking Is No Joke


Mommy Drinking Is No Joke“Here are three good reasons to think before speaking (or sharing) that “mommy juice” joke.”

Let’s Bring Back the Sabbath as a Radical Act Against the Always-On Economy


Let’s Bring Back the Sabbath as a Radical Act Against the Always-On Economy “The fourth commandment presents a god who, rather than demanding ever more work, insists on rest. The weekly Sabbath placed a hard limit on how much work could be done and suggested that this was perfectly all right; enough work was done on the other six days.”

Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark


Supernatural Comfort When the Days are Dark – “The Holy Spirit comes to us in our moments of suffering and reminds us of the sufferings of Christ for us, that we are not alone nor or ever, because of the great and eternal love of God given to us through Jesus.”

You Won’t Make It Alone


You Won’t Make It AloneFive reasons you need good friends.

How Suffering Reveals Your True Self


How Suffering Reveals Your True Self “Suffering draws out the true thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, and desires of your heart.”

15 Scriptures for Your Kids When Dealing with Racism


15 Scriptures for Your Kids When Dealing with Racism – “If your kids have come home in tears after being bullied for their race, here are 15 truths to talk about as a family.”

Sunday, September 23, 2018

God Parted the Seas for You


God Parted the Seas for You – “If only we could see the seas God held back to deliver us from sin, how much more prone might we be to stop and sing about his majesty?”

Why Christians Need to Support Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom in the Muslim World


Why Christians Need to Support Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom in the Muslim World – “Women’s rights and religious freedom are not commonly associated with one another in the world of the 1.6 billion Muslims, there is a correlation that must be uncovered.”

Thank God for the IMB


Thank God for the IMB – Here’s a good testimony from a non-Southern Baptist world traveler.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Don’t Assume That Your Assumptions are True


Don’t Assume That Your Assumptions are True“Assumptions lead to darkness and the devil always thrives in darkness rather than the light. It would be really good to stop assuming and start asking people to verify that what you assume to be true is actually…true.”

What to Do While You Wait


What to Do While You Wait – Waiting forces us to answer the question, “Where is your chief delight?”

3 (Evangelistic) Reasons to Quit Complaining


3 (Evangelistic) Reasons to Quit Complaining – “God wants us to stop complaining for the sake of evangelism.”

This Is Why the Valley Is So Painful


This Is Why the Valley Is So Painful – “Most of us want to avoid the valley. It’s a place of shadows, a place where less of the sky is visible. But there is perspective to be gained in the valley that can’t be gained elsewhere.”

9 Things You Should Know About Christian Hymns


9 Things You Should Know About Christian Hymns – “A hymn then contains these three things, song, and praise, and that of God. Praise then of God in song is called a hymn.”

What’s So Great About Total Depravity?


What’s So Great About Total Depravity?“The only way to see the greatness of the gospel is to see how bad is our plight. Or to put it differently, unless we know what we are being saved from, we really don’t grasp the glory of our salvation.”

Friday, September 21, 2018

4 Ways the Promise of Heaven Transforms Your Life Today


4 Ways the Promise of Heaven Transforms Your Life Today – “If you were to truly grasp the beauty and hope of John’s vision of the promise of heaven described in Revelation 21 and 22, what would change about the way you live your life?”

4 Reasons to Remember your Creator in Middle Age


4 Reasons to Remember your Creator in Middle Age “Remember, middle-agers, our Creator is in the business of re-creating. In salvation, He begins the process of making all things new, including His creatures. In fact, the Creator lived as a creature in the midst of His creation to save His creatures.”

Trust God With The Spiritual Gifts He Gives


Trust God With The Spiritual Gifts He Gives – “Paul draws it out for us in 1 Corinthians 12. Here, he gives us five truths that will help us trust God as he distributes spiritual gifts.”

Matt Chandler: Your Kid Doesn’t Need to Be a D1 Athlete


Matt Chandler: Your Kid Doesn’t Need to Be a D1 Athlete – Guidelines to use for kids and sports.

Biblical CBT VS Worldly CBT


Biblical CBT VS Worldly CBT – CBT stands for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This brief article shows the difference between what the world says and what the Bible says about us.

Talking with Our Children About Homosexuality


Talking with Our Children About Homosexuality – “We fear they’ll be confused if we have the conversation. In all likelihood, they’ll be more confused if we don’t.”

Why Are Marriages Failing? It’s Probably Not the Reason You Think


Why Are Marriages Failing? It’s Probably Not the Reason You Think – “What are some steps we can take to reduce the impact of our selfish impulses?”

Emotional Intimacy


Emotional Intimacy“Without emotional safety in a marriage, defensiveness and selfishness grow and that makes it impossible to be vulnerable or intimate.”

Thursday, September 20, 2018

What Happened to the Seven Churches of Revelation?


What Happened to the Seven Churches of Revelation? There are beautiful pictures of the ancient cities in the article along with some great reminders to churches today.

Chelsea Clinton: Ending Abortion Would Be “unchristian”


Chelsea Clinton: Ending Abortion Would Be “unchristian” “Let’s learn from Chelsea Clinton’s defense of a ruling that has cost more than sixty million unborn children their lives. We can respond to unbiblical claims in two ways: we can ignore them, or we can engage them.”