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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

9 Tips to Help Kids Have Daily Devotions


9 Tips to Help Kids Have Daily Devotions – “Here are nine tips to help parents take the lead in establishing fresh devotional habits for the young hearts in their care.”

When You Pray With Your Children, You Are Teaching Your Children to Pray


When You Pray With Your Children, You Are Teaching Your Children to Pray – “How can we learn to pray? Instruction helps, but example is the key.”

Unashamed of the Bible


Unashamed of the Bible“Our way of thinking and feeling and acting toward the Bible, and with the Bible, and from the Bible is decisive in whether our lives, schools, and churches conform to God’s saving, Christ-exalting purposes for history and for all of creation.”

7 Warning Signs You Are Drifting From God


7 Warning Signs You Are Drifting From God – “Big sin is always the sum of a thousand tiny choices.”

Monday, August 13, 2018

Convenience Store Christianity


Convenience Store Christianity – “I really do believe that many, many believers I know truly love the Lord and have dedicated their lives to Him—but much of North American Christianity seems to be what I call “Convenience Store Christianity.”

5 Myths About Depression


5 Myths About Depression – Here is wise, gentle advice to comfort and strengthen all who struggle with depression or know someone who does.

4 Truths I Learned From Brain Surgery


4 Truths I Learned From Brain Surgery“Each of these truths I learned were only possible because they were connected to a providence that oversees and sustains my life. God is always in control. God is always good. He is for me and not against me. For that reason and many others here are four truths I learned (and continue to learn) from my brain surgery.”

Six Steps out of Disappointment


Six Steps out of Disappointment – Disappoint comes from a variety of sources and sizes but it comes to us all. David Murray offers suggestions for moving beyond it.

How (What) to Pray for Your Grandchildren


How (What) to Pray for Your Grandchildren“Just a few years ago I remember praying that my husband and I would be grandparents one day. Within five years of that prayer we were blessed with five children that would call us grandpa and grandma. Each child is a unique and special gift from God and we not only have the joy of having them as part of our lives, we also have the privilege and responsibility of praying for them.”

He Has Done All Things Well


He Has Done All Things Well – This is an encouraging devotional thought on our Savior who has truly done “all things well”.

Six Ways to Put Away Pride


Six Ways to Put Away Pride – It’s one of the most prominent sins in the Bible and in our lives.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Love Hurts God the Most


Love Hurts God the Most – “While we remain so sensitive to our own pain, let’s pause for just a moment to consider the pain God accepts when he adopts us as sons and daughters.”

Erwin McManus: You Need to Tell Death and Fear to Get Behind You


Erwin McManus: You Need to Tell Death and Fear to Get Behind You – “He decided that living as if you are dying is not a bad way to live. It causes you to take risks you normally wouldn’t because you don’t know if you’ll have the chance to take those risks again.”

Behold Your Mother


Behold Your Mother  - “When I pastored a mostly elderly congregation, I was shocked at the cavalier attitude of their Christian children. These were otherwise professing, faithful, generous believers who, nonetheless, seemed dismissive about their parents.”

Tim Keller Answers: Why Is Sex Outside of Marriage So Destructive?


Tim Keller Answers: Why Is Sex Outside of Marriage So Destructive? – I’m reading a book on marriage by Keller right now. He speaks great truth on marriage.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Four Lies That Keep Us from Church


Four Lies That Keep Us from Church – “These common untruths prevent us from fully participating in the body of Christ.” I’ve encountered all of these in the last week.

We are Not In Eden


We are Not In Eden“I pride myself in my theology of this broken world and how it impacts everything. I disdain triumphalism. I always want a healthy dose of realism when we talk about anything that seems to imply that somehow we can get Eden or perfection or curse-free living now. I just forget all of that when bugs or unwelcome animals are in the picture.”

The Greatest Thing You Can Do with Your Life


The Greatest Thing You Can Do with Your Life – “Your life is a gift and an assignment from God. This should infuse our life — its good and evil, its sweet and bitter, its health and affliction, its prosperity and poverty, its comfort and suffering — with an unfathomable dignity, purpose, and glory. You are not an accident.”

Sometimes God Says ‘Go.’ And Sometimes ‘Stay.’


Sometimes God Says ‘Go.’ And Sometimes ‘Stay.’ – “God is always moving us closer to Christ—from fear to faith, from stuck to steadfast. Sometimes it’s the going that’s difficult; but sometimes, counterintuitively, it’s the staying put.”

A Bored Generation?


A Bored Generation? “Ours is the first generation of Christians that has seriously asked the question, how much time can I spend on entertaining myself? In all the reading I have done in the sixteenth and seventeenth century, I have never once come across this question in any serious fashion.”

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Who Will Go After the One?


Who Will Go After the One? – “We get comfortable with our 99 suburban children. We get very busy trying to make ministry more attractive and more entertaining so that we can maintain the 99. Who is going to go after the one?” This is a great reminder of why and how we do children’s ministry. There’s a place for you to serve.

10 Ways to Comfort a Grieving Person


10 Ways to Comfort a Grieving Person – These are good reminders and challenges.

Revelation: All of History Follows the Same Pattern, and Then the Lamb Wins


Revelation: All of History Follows the Same Pattern, and Then the Lamb Wins – “The book of Revelation can easily be considered the most complicated book of the Bible. Fortunately, the folks at the Bible Project have broken down the complex book to help us understand the meaning behind its symbolism and the ultimate message it communicates.”

The Story of Your Life Is Changing the World


The Story of Your Life Is Changing the World – “The idea of leaving a legacy may sound intimidating. But legacy is not meant only for the elite few who have great power or influence.”

9 Tips to Help Kids Have Daily Devotions


9 Tips to Help Kids Have Daily Devotions – “Here are nine tips to help parents take the lead in establishing fresh devotional habits for the young hearts in their care.”

The Best Place to Flourish


The Best Place to Flourish “Focus your best effort on what God has given you to do right now. It’s easy to waste your life, always looking at the next thing, but the best place to flourish is where God has set you down. Whatever God has given you to do, do it with all your heart!”

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

When Antsy About Stuff We Can’t Control


When Antsy About Stuff We Can’t Control – “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life.”

What to Do When You Don’t Like Reading the Bible


What to Do When You Don’t Like Reading the Bible – With so many distractions and demands, how do you make sure the Bible doesn’t get squeezed out?

Two Reasons the Trinity Matters


Two Reasons the Trinity Matters – “Most of us have retained a formal belief in the Trinity. What we need to recover is an understanding and a felt sense of why it matters so much. To help us do that, here are two reasons why the Trinity matters.”

Is the Joy of the Lord Your Strength?


Is the Joy of the Lord Your Strength? – “God’s relationship with his people is much like a marriage, which makes the covenant document between him and them much like vows. Sacred promises, made in love. Deep commitments. We speak them on our wedding day with hope and promise. And a little naïveté.”

Isn’t the Bible Full of Errors?


Isn’t the Bible Full of Errors?“There is a high degree of certainty that we have the original wording.”

Why Were Billboards for an Evangelism Event From Greg Laurie Pulled Down?


Why Were Billboards for an Evangelism Event From Greg Laurie Pulled Down? “Billboards for an event by evangelist, Bible teacher and Harvest Christian Fellowship pastor Greg Laurie have apparently been pulled down for a really strange reason.”

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

It Isn’t About Me


It Isn’t About Me – When you meet with the body of believers in which God by his sometimes secret design has put you, remember this great truth: it’s not about “me.”

Protecting Our Kids From Digital Heroin


Protecting Our Kids From Digital Heroin – “Did you know that the most tech-cautious parents are tech designers and engineers? What do they know that we don’t?”

Don’t Miss the Intimate Moments in Your Marriage


Don’t Miss the Intimate Moments in Your Marriage “Most of the time, intimacy is presented as something you have to work hard to achieve, and there’s no doubt that we can ruin lots of opportunities for intimacy with our pride, selfishness, or oblivious attitudes. But, the truth is that your marriage is absolutely filled with intimate moments.”

Debt Is Not a Money Problem


Debt Is Not a Money Problem – “It is both impossible and dangerous to solve personal debt by only talking about money. Like every other issue in our life, debt must be rooted in a distinctly biblical worldview. We must allow the gospel of Jesus Christ to correct our assumptions about debt and shape our spending. Otherwise, we won’t be able to gain ground in the way we understand money, avoid debt, and use our finances to bring glory to God.”

10 Issues To Work Through Before You Get Married


10 Issues To Work Through Before You Get Married – Here’s a simple, clear list for couples considering marriage.

How Can We Overcome Our Fear of Evangelism?


How Can We Overcome Our Fear of Evangelism?Confidence in evangelism begins in the love of God.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Five Ways to Make War Against Greed


Five Ways to Make War Against Greed – “The reason we give allowances to our children as soon as they can count is to teach them to give a portion of it to the church.”

Our Most Neglected Spiritual Discipline


Our Most Neglected Spiritual Discipline – “Watchfulness embraces a variety of practices, such as self-examination, prayer, meditation, and accountability, but all governed by the single intention of keeping the heart.”

7 Ways Pride Grows in Our Hearts


7 Ways Pride Grows in Our Hearts – Jaquelle Crowe: “Here are seven symptoms of pride I’ve been seeing in God’s Word as the Spirit works in my own life.”

Satan’s Agenda For The Christian


Satan’s Agenda For The Christian “There are two extremes to avoid when it comes to the works of Satan in a Christian’s life. The first is the tendency to fantasize and see him in every shadow of life. This is the thinking of people whose minds are preoccupied with sensationalism that is more akin to a fictional Hollywood production. The other is the thinking that belittles the work of Satan among believers.”

Advice for Your Relationship with an Apostate Family Member


Advice for Your Relationship with an Apostate Family Member“It’s not your job to make people Christian. It’s not your job to convince them of your arguments either. Your job is to be faithful to your role—being an ambassador for Christ. Share the truth in a loving, persuasive, and gracious way, and then leave the results up to God.”

5 Tips for Parenting in a Screen-Saturated World


5 Tips for Parenting in a Screen-Saturated World – “Living in a screen-saturated world means our use of screens can either help us or hinder us in our call to love God and others.”

When We're Shocked to Find Sinners at Church


When We're Shocked to Find Sinners at Church – “I know people are mean, I know people are judgmental, I know people act weird and get messy and cause problems and are really inefficient for the ways we normally like to do church—but if we believe in the gospel, we don’t have a choice any longer to live in the dark.”

What Is Sola Scriptura?


What Is Sola Scriptura? “Why does Sola Scriptura still matter in the 21st century, in an age of cars, and planes, and the internet? As much as we like to think that we are autonomous and independent, and that we have it all figured out, we aren’t, and we don’t.”

Why There is No Such Thing as the Gift of Tongues


Why There is No Such Thing as the Gift of Tongues“From time to time pastors are asked about a phenomenon common to Christianity in the past one hundred years called ‘the gift of tongues.’ The phrase generally refers to a spectrum of experiences, ranging from a supposed private, non-earthly prayer language spoken between the believer and God enabled by the Holy Spirit, to an angelic, non-earthly prayer language by the believer in prayer and worship, to an ecstatic non-earthly utterance enabled by the Spirit spontaneously in the believer in private and/or public worship.”

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Are You Too Earthly-Minded to Do Earthly Good?


Are You Too Earthly-Minded to Do Earthly Good? – “The only way to be of true earthly good is to be heavenly minded. Thinking about heaven doesn’t take our eyes off of the world; it allows us to live in the world according to the way of Christ.”

4 Questions: Sam Brownback on International Religious Freedom


4 Questions: Sam Brownback on International Religious Freedom – Sam Brownback, the former Kansas governor and U.S. senator now serves as the U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Loving Words – Tell Her – Tell Him – Skit Guys


Loving Words – Tell Her – Tell Him – Skit Guys – Good and funny reminders about marriage.

If God Is with Me, Why Did This Happen?


If God Is with Me, Why Did This Happen? – “Gideon asked the question thousands of years ago, and we have been asking it ever since. Haven’t we all asked that question secretly, if not out loud, at some point in suffering?”

What to Do When Your Kids DON’T Want to Go to Church!


What to Do When Your Kids DON’T Want to Go to Church! – “Kids don’t always understand what is best for them, and they don’t have the wisdom (life experiences) to make certain decisions until they’re older.” Here are some examples.

Being a Father Isn’t Easy, But it is Simple


Being a Father Isn’t Easy, But it is Simple“I've never seen anyone who did the things on this list fail as a father. Certainly there's more that could be written--and I know full well that making it simple doesn't make it easy--but here is what I believe to be the essence of the call of Christian dads.”

Satan’s Go-To Temptation Against You


Satan’s Go-To Temptation Against You – “Every army general serious about success enters a battle with a plan. He knows his strengths, his weaknesses, his tactics, his contingencies. Most of all, for his plan to be successful, he must know his enemy. If he doesn’t, even his best intentions won’t keep him from destruction.”

What the Bible Teaches about Hell


What the Bible Teaches about Hell – “What does the Bible teach about hell? To ask this question is to acknowledge that hell is a biblical teaching. That is an appropriate starting point for considering the doctrine of hell.”

How to Improve Your Biblical Literacy


How to Improve Your Biblical Literacy“Most Christians do not know the basics of the biblical storyline, basic facts about the Bible’s major characters, or the texts on which our most foundational doctrines are built.” Here are some tips on improving your biblical literacy.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Here Are the Reasons People Stay Home on Sunday Morning


Here Are the Reasons People Stay Home on Sunday Morning“The people who don’t go to church often cite personal, not spiritual, reasons for staying away. That’s a conclusion from a new Pew Research study.”

A Devotional on Jesus’ Selection of the Twelve


A Devotional on Jesus’ Selection of the Twelve“In Mark's account of the choosing of the 12 (Mark 3:13-19), Jesus goes up on the mountain and then selects men whom He Himself wanted to serve with Him. Drawing from the text, here are four application points to consider devotionally.”

Why Americans Go to Church—And Why They Don’t


Why Americans Go to Church—And Why They Don’t – “When Americans want to be close to God, they go to church. Unless they’ve found some other way to meet up with the Almighty.”

Church Leaders, Prepare your People for Persecution


Church Leaders, Prepare your People for Persecution – This is a telling article from Australia. “Once a government presumes to grant religious freedom, the government can take away religious freedom.” 

Why We Worship on Repeat


Why We Worship on Repeat – “Many a modern church-goer has been miffed by repetition in corporate worship.” Why do our songs repeat?...Our hearts simply don’t move as quickly as our eyes and our mouths.

Come Thou Fount - Part 1


Come Thou Fount - Part 1 – “What is it about this age-old hymn that keeps it relevant to Christians throughout the centuries?”

All Show and No Go


All Show and No Go – “Faith doesn’t live in the realm of theory; faith lives in the world of activity. So let’s use our faith. Let’s put it into action. Then watch what God can do.”

Baptists Don’t Re-Baptize


Baptists Don’t Re-Baptize“According to our position, being sprinkled as an infant, being immersed as an unbeliever, or any such thing is not an actual baptism. So, Baptists don’t re-baptize. We baptize.”

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

What Is the Bible, Anyway?


What Is the Bible, Anyway? – “The Bible guides us to its purpose and power through the many metaphors it uses to describe itself. Here is a pretty good collection of them. Perhaps you’d do well to meditate on a few of them.”

5 (More) Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe


5 (More) Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe – I see and hear these on an almost daily basis in social media.

Three Good Reasons You’re Not Happy


Three Good Reasons You’re Not Happy – “There are at least three good reasons why we are not (yet) totally happy, even in our happiest moments.”

How to Win the War for Morning Devotions


How to Win the War for Morning Devotions“Do I make time for God, or do I try to fit God into the time that I feel like I already don’t have?”

A Letter to a New Believer


A Letter to a New Believer – These are good for new believers as well as long-time believers.

4 Big Challenges Facing the Church in the West Today


4 Big Challenges Facing the Church in the West Today – “The biggest challenges we face today are not from tyrannical regimes or oppressive governments. They are more subtle—proclivities and inclinations smuggled into our churches alongside the cultural sensibilities we’ve inherited.”

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Danger: Doing ‘Jesusy’ Stuff Without Knowing Jesus


Danger: Doing ‘Jesusy’ Stuff Without Knowing Jesus “There is the difficult truth to sort out in the midst of hard work: it is not our hard works that save, but Jesus’ hard work. It is apparently possible to do a whole bunch of stuff ‘in Jesus’ name’ that has no real connection to him whatsoever.”

7 Important Things God Says About Anxiety


7 Important Things God Says About Anxiety – Here are seven good words from God’s word.

The Book of Revelation Is Not About the Rapture


The Book of Revelation Is Not About the Rapture“Every time something big happens in the news, especially if it involves the Middle East, it seems a new set of books, reinterpreting the book of Revelation, is published. It is, therefore, no surprise when the reader begins to get the impression that the book of Revelation is a very dark, mysterious book that is difficult, if not downright impossible, to understand.”

Eight Warning Signs Your Church Is Drifting from God’s Mission


Eight Warning Signs Your Church Is Drifting from God’s Mission  - You can listen to the podcast or read the summary.

Serving up a Plate of Self-Control


Serving up a Plate of Self-Control – “If we want to live wisely regarding what we eat, we need to make right choices as God leads us, not as our appetites urge us.”

Every Good Parent Will Have Regrets: Advice to My 30-Year-Old Self


Every Good Parent Will Have Regrets: Advice to My 30-Year-Old Self – What would I tell my younger self about parenting?

What’s Your Foundation?


What’s Your Foundation? – “Here’s the truth: Isaiah tells us that, while everything else on earth is passing away, God’s Word will last forever. It is the most solid foundation in existence, and we are made to build our lives upon Jesus and His words.”

9 Things You Should Know About the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)


9 Things You Should Know About the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) – “When earlier this year Illinois ratified the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the U.S. Constitution, questions arose about the potential for the amendment to be adopted in the near future. Here are nine things you should know about the ERA, its history, and its potential effects.”

Monday, July 30, 2018

Why The Book of Acts Matters For Your Life


Why The Book of Acts Matters For Your Life – The biblical characters and the story of the mission of the gospel in Acts has deep implications for our lives. This book tells a story and reminds us that "God is able to save."

15 Sobering Reminders About Hell (And What It Means for Us)


15 Sobering Reminders About Hell (And What It Means for Us) – “Here are fifteen biblical truths about hell as we consider eternity and our ministry in these days.”

How To Help Your Daughter Respond to Mean Girls


How To Help Your Daughter Respond to Mean Girls“As parents, we can’t protect our daughters from ever encountering a mean girl. At some point, each of them will. What we can do, though, is help equip them to face mean girls well.”

Three Ways Parents Can Pray for Their Prodigal Children


Three Ways Parents Can Pray for Their Prodigal Children – Here are three key ways to pray.

How to Sabotage a Bible Study


How to Sabotage a Bible Study – Here’s a backdoor approach to having a great Bible study.

Why the Book of Acts Matters for Your Life


Why the Book of Acts Matters for Your Life “The Book of Acts gives us an example of radical generosity to follow, and we should seek to share with other Christians in need (Acts 4:32). Like Stephen, we should always be prepared to give an answer for the hope we have as Christians testifying to the saving work of Jesus Christ (Acts 7). The book of Acts shows faith in action.”

Missionary Identity


Missionary Identity – “Our culture is a mission field. We must see ourselves as people on mission. This is not our home. This is our mission field. Therefore, we all must see our vocations as mission—as kingdom work.”

Some Advice on Same-Sex Marriage for U.S. Church Leaders From a Canadian


Some Advice on Same-Sex Marriage for U.S. Church Leaders From a Canadian – “Here are five perspectives I hope are helpful as church leaders of various positions on the subject think and pray through a way forward.”

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Why Go to Church When I Can Watch Online?


Why Go to Church When I Can Watch Online? – “Five compelling reasons to go to church and be physically present as part of your church community.”

Church Attendance Is Dying. Here’s What’s Next.


Church Attendance Is Dying. Here’s What’s Next. – “Here are three trends as we head into the future.”

Why the God of the Qur’an Cannot Forgive Sins


Why the God of the Qur’an Cannot Forgive Sins – “When matched against one another verse-by-verse, there is a gaping difference between the love of the God of the Qur’an and the God of the Bible.”

Is Smoking Weed a Sin?


Is Smoking Weed a Sin? – “While the parallel between alcohol and marijuana is not exact, the intended effect of recreational marijuana is closest to the effect of drunkenness. Underneath both alcohol abuse and marijuana use is the lack of self-control and sober-mindedness.”

Can a Christian Drink Alcohol?


Can a Christian Drink Alcohol? – Max Lucado said, “One thing for sure, I have never heard anyone say, ‘A beer makes me feel more Christlike… Fact of the matter is this: People don’t associate beer with Christian behavior.”

7 Spiritual Realities of God’s Church


7 Spiritual Realities of God’s Church – “The Bible is full of descriptions and metaphors of how God sees the church. Each one helps us to understand a facet of the church’s spiritual identity and God’s love, care, and communion with the body of believers.”

Friday, July 27, 2018

What’s Really Important in Life?


What’s Really Important in Life? “What are the goals you set for yourself, for your children? Do these goals center on things like grades, good jobs, a sound financial position, a comfortable house, personal accomplishments, a secure retirement? These all have their upside and they are important!  But are they the most important things in life.”

Ten Lessons for Growing Older


Ten Lessons for Growing Older – Today is a good day to start learning these lessons.

Don’t Argue Like Those Who Have No Hope


Don’t Argue Like Those Who Have No Hope“There is a way to speak to one another and debate one another and learn from one another that acknowledges that some day we will all know as we are known, and we will all be one in an endless mutuality of love. So don’t argue like those who have no such hope.”

How Do I Cling to God — When Life Feels Easy?


How Do I Cling to God — When Life Feels Easy?“I’ve seen more Christians drift from God when life was a breeze than I have when life was hard.”

The Tight Grip of Jesus


The Tight Grip of Jesus – “Obedience is not the same as remaining, it is a product of it. But the point here is not to give an exhaustive biblical explanation on obedience. The point here is that I need to be reminded about what remaining really is because I am a prideful branch.”

Jesus Understands Your Loneliness


Jesus Understands Your Loneliness – “Loneliness is what we feel when we’re isolated from others. Loneliness often has less to do with others’ physical absence and more to do with feeling disconnected or alienated from them. Or misunderstood by them. In fact, these are far more painful species than mere absence, because we feel the isolation of being despised and rejected.”

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Who or What Will Rule My Heart Today?


Who or What Will Rule My Heart Today? – “Lord Jesus, today, like every day, somebody or something is going to seize the passion and preoccupation of my heart. Some entity will be the ruler of the manor and the fascination of my imagination.”

Three Heart Attitudes of a Faithful Parent


Three Heart Attitudes of a Faithful Parent – “Parents, if your desire is to see your children’s hearts become responsive to the gospel, the place to start is with your own heart. There are 3 core heart-attitudes to cultivate that will help mold your heart to be God’s  instrument for presenting Christ to your children.”

3 Ways to Graciously Engage KJV-Only Believers


3 Ways to Graciously Engage KJV-Only Believers – This is also a reminder to do all things with kindness and grace.

What’s the Mission of God? See the Church


What’s the Mission of God? See the Church – “Together, the church demonstrates the reconciling power of the gospel. Our different life experiences give texture and color to our message. Our diverse gifts complement one another. We show that life together under the reign of God is the good life. The church should be at the heart of mission, and that happens naturally and inevitably in church planting.”

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

A Good Marriage Isn’t a 50/50 Deal


A Good Marriage Isn’t a 50/50 Deal“Marriage is not 50/50. Divorce is 50/50. Marriage has to be 100/100. It isn’t dividing everything in half, but giving everything you’ve got!”

Perfect Peace for Anxious Souls


Perfect Peace for Anxious Souls“The peace that Jesus gives is not circumstantially based. It is peace in bad circumstances.”

Where Do People Who Never Hear of Jesus Go When They Die?


Where Do People Who Never Hear of Jesus Go When They Die?“The best way to answer this question is by answering a different one. Why do people go to Hell?”

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Ethics


10 Things You Should Know about Christian EthicsFrom Wayne Grudem: 10 things you should know about Christian ethics.

We Need to Regain and Teach an Understanding of the Physical Nature of the Resurrection


We Need to Regain and Teach an Understanding of the Physical Nature of the Resurrection – “So why does all this matter? Because if we don’t get the resurrection of the body right, we’ll get nothing else right concerning our eternal future.”

God’s Way to Success


God’s Way to Success – “God wants you to experience spiritual victory, but you must act upon biblical truth.”

When the Honeymoon is Over


When the Honeymoon is Over “A new believer ‘gets saved’ and is enamored with Jesus Christ. Inevitably, a diligent Christian will find something in scripture which is directly oppositional to their life and philosophy. At this point, I think the reaction some Christians have is like that of the newlywed who has found a blemish on their spouse.”

The Morning Before a Sexual Fall: How the Battle for Purity Is Lost


The Morning Before a Sexual Fall: How the Battle for Purity Is Lost – “Whose mouth fills your head? In the moments of temptation, two voices vie for your heart. One is smooth, seductive, and destructive; the other is sovereign, reliable, and rewarding.”

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Leviticus in The New York Times: What’s the Real Story Here?


Leviticus in The New York Times: What’s the Real Story Here? – “Just about every verse of Leviticus is offensive to the modern secular mind. Leviticus reveals a God who is both omnipotent and holy, a God who chooses Israel as his particular and personal covenant people, a God who drives out other nations in order to fulfill his promises to Israel, and a God who lays down commands about every dimension of human life, including human sexuality. Especially human sexuality.”


All We Really Need IS Love


All We Really Need IS Love – Here’s a devotional thought on 1 Corinthians 13.

What the Diverse Church in Antioch Can Teach Us Today


What the Diverse Church in Antioch Can Teach Us Today – “The early Christians defied cultural norms. They were a diverse group of people not conforming to the ways of the world. The church was being built, not on a social agenda, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

Netflix’s ‘Anne With an E’ is a PC Fail


Netflix’s ‘Anne With an E’ is a PC Fail “She throws out the book’s entire plot line (with a few exceptions, like Anne’s hair-dyeing episode) in order to bring us a more enlightened and diverse Avonlea—one that confronts racism, sexism, homophobia, bullying, as well as the perils of domesticity and traditional social roles.”

The Doctrine of Existence


The Doctrine of Existence – “It’s the most significant reality in the universe. It’s the glue that holds every aspect of theology together. It’s the place where the content of Scripture finds both its rationality and its reliability. What’s this doctrine I'm talking about? The doctrine of God’s existence.”

Why the Catholic Church is anti-Catholic


Why the Catholic Church is anti-Catholic “It all comes down to authority. If you have one ultimate authority, you have unity. If you have two or more ultimate authorities, you have division, particularly when they disagree.”

What’s Wrong with KJV-Only?


What’s Wrong with KJV-Only?Here’s what’s wrong with the KJV-only view (which must be distinguished from the “I prefer the KJV” or “I believe the KJV is the best translation” views). “What they basically believe is that the Hebrew and Greek manuscripts (handwritten copies) used for the Bible translation commissioned by King James around 1611, were ‘given’ providentially by God to the translators.”

Monday, July 23, 2018

So Many Reasons to Be Thankful


So Many Reasons to Be Thankful – Scotty Smith writes, “Heavenly Father, I woke up today a grateful man, and I want to live this way all day long. Here are a few of your gifts for which I’m particularly grateful this morning.”

Your Marriage Is Worth the Work


Your Marriage Is Worth the Work“Satan and our flesh can begin to take a few disappointments in marriage, a few frustrations, and multiply them so out of proportion.”

Why Our Secular Age Needs Ecclesiastes


Why Our Secular Age Needs Ecclesiastes – “This world is desperate for answers to life’s fundamental questions. What is life about? Why is life so unjust? Why does work have to be so toilsome? How can I be happy when the world seems pointless?”

When Your Christian Liberty Becomes a Sin


When Your Christian Liberty Becomes a Sin “Freedom, according to Paul, is not an end in itself. Rather, the building up of those around us is the true goal of human existence. The love of God and others must be at the center of wisdom and liberty to pass Paul’s test.” It’s an issue of our selfishness dying to our love for the body of Christ and unity.

9 Ways To Make Social Media More Christian


9 Ways To Make Social Media More Christian There isn't an etiquette handbook for social media, but Karen Swallow Prior provides a list of ways "to make social media more human and more Christian."

The Hard Apprenticeship of Sorrow


The Hard Apprenticeship of Sorrow “Most days I walk about with what I refer to as my dark or stubborn shadow. He sits on my shoulder and whispers destructive and damaging things in my ear. That is a typical day. And then there are the days when that little shadow gets especially wicked and I feel as though I am dragging behind me a rotting corpse.”

Groanings Too Deep for Words


Groanings Too Deep for Words – “Maybe you’ve been in a situation so painful, so apparently hopeless, that even your prayers are more noises than words. I can vividly remember that dark season in my life where very often my prayers consisted simply of repeating into the carpet the same hoarse word over and over again—'Please. Please. Please.’” 

Proclaiming Christ Where Pilgrims Seek Healing from Mary


Proclaiming Christ Where Pilgrims Seek Healing from Mary – “What should church look like for people who have been completely desensitized to the Gospel?”

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Is Church (Literally) Good for You?


Is Church (Literally) Good for You? – “Flip this data on its head, and declining church attendance in the US could be termed a public health crisis.”

One Spirit, One Faith, Many Opponents


One Spirit, One Faith, Many Opponents – “Paul’s call to the Christian “soldiers” in Philippi, and thus to you and me, is to stand firm in one spirit, to stand boldly for one faith, and to stand courageously against many opponents. As we do that, we will fight and win the great spiritual battle we’ve been called to.”

Saturday, July 21, 2018

How You Might Break the Third Commandment In Church


How You Might Break the Third Commandment In Church – “Here is how I broke it. And have broke this commandment countless times. I was singing a song and mouthing words which extolled the greatness of God whilst thinking about whether or not our family would eat at the new Mexican restaurant or go with the quick and cheap McDonald’s run.”

The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word


The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word “Instead of hiding the most important truths on the highest intellectual shelves, God makes them accessible to spiritual toddlers.”

The Doctrine of the Standing or Falling Soul


The Doctrine of the Standing or Falling Soul – “Let’s meditate deeply on the truth of our justification by faith alone in Christ alone. Let us fight to protect this most precious doctrine from all of the malicious attacks that the evil one seeks to level against it through the sophistries of false teachers. That is a hill worth dying on.”

Dumb Things Pro-Abortionists Say


Dumb Things Pro-Abortionists Say “Abortion cannot really be defended by appeals to morality or logic. So pro-abortion arguments are mostly based on emotion, unsupported ‘rights’ talk, euphemism, and statements that just don’t make any sense.”

Build Your Boats For Foul Weather


Build Your Boats For Foul Weather – There is going to be more “foul weather” coming for Christian institutions and local churches.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Bored to Life: How to Fight Spiritual Apathy


Bored to Life: How to Fight Spiritual Apathy – “Whatever boredom looks like at any particular moment, we need to pay attention to it. It’s telling us something important.”

Three Essentials for Christian Parenting


Three Essentials for Christian Parenting – “Our adversary has a canny way of wrapping sin in pretty packages. What can be done, then, to convince children that God is more attractive than anything the world has to offer?”

Parents, Sports, & Sunday


Parents, Sports, & Sunday – “What do you teach your kids by putting them into sports that conflict with church involvement?”

Evangelism: Just Do Something


Evangelism: Just Do SomethingIt’s high time we started sharing the gospel with the people around us.

Do You Still Wonder at the Bible?


Do You Still Wonder at the Bible? – “Be amazed that you have a Bible. Be amazed that you have the word of God.”

Good Days, Bad Days


Good Days, Bad Days“Trusting in the sovereign goodness of God helps us know how to respond to all the joys and trials of life.  Whether we are having a good day or a bad day, there is always a way for us to glorify God.”

Don’t Just Wait for Gospel Opportunities


Don’t Just Wait for Gospel Opportunities – “Evangelism is to be a spontaneous and unstoppable geyser of God’s love within us.”

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Finishing Well with Friends


Finishing Well with Friends – “Encourage one another daily.”

Give Your Children All of Your Attention. Some of the Time


Give Your Children All of Your Attention. Some of the Time – “Parents often assume that the opposite of distracted parenting is to give children our undivided attention all of the time. We think we ought to spend every waking moment playing and talking with them—and feeling constantly guilty when we don’t. But actually, giving children our complete attention all of the time isn’t only impossible; it’s undesirable.”

Enjoying God Is a Command


Enjoying God Is a Command “Scripture shows that well-instructed believers develop a determination to rejoice. They will rejoice in the Lord.”

Five Marks of Effective Prayer


Five Marks of Effective Prayer – “Mark 1:40 teaches us five marks of effective prayer.”

Is Your Sin Just Playing Possum?


Is Your Sin Just Playing Possum? “I’ll think I’ve got a sin mortified but it was just playing possum. Once my focus is off that particular sin it’ll rear its ugly head again.”

Don’t Be Introspective. Examine Yourself.


Don’t Be Introspective. Examine Yourself. – “There’s a fine line between self-examination and introspection. Self-examination is good. Scripture exhorts us to examine and test ourselves (2 Cor. 13:5).”

Whatever Happened to Evangelism?


Whatever Happened to Evangelism? – I thank the Lord our church has stepped up in Gospel-sharing. “We have the gospel! We don’t have the option of saying ‘The gospel isn’t really my pet issue.’ Every other issue will be easier. You dig wells, the world will pat you on the back, you feed the hungry, the world will say ‘good job.’ But if you proclaim Jesus Christ as the only way of salvation from sin and hell, you will face opposition.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Are You Thriving or Diving?


Are You Thriving or Diving? – “We all go through times of trial. We are all tossed here and there by the storms of life. But how can we ride through the storms without sinking or drowning? Psalm 46 directs us to shift our focus from our troubles to the faithful care of God.”

They Never Saw This Coming


They Never Saw This Coming – “Have you ever noticed that the eyesight that leads you into sin is blind, but the eyesight to lead you out is presumed to be 20/20? This is the case with Joseph’s brothers. They have a plan to get out of trouble, but it’s shortsighted and poorly designed.”

BreakPoint: Oregon’s Hypocrisy


BreakPoint: Oregon’s Hypocrisy“When it comes to both federal and state law, the difference between an unborn baby and a born one is huge. For example, how we prosecute cases of wrongful infant death.”

The Good Father of the Spiritually Fatherless


The Good Father of the Spiritually Fatherless – “Ahaz contributed to Hezekiah’s walk with the Lord by showing him who not to be.”

10 Ways To Resist The Devil


10 Ways To Resist The DevilIt is one of the Bible’s many sweet and powerful promises: “Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). The question is, though, how do we do this?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Give Us This Day Our Daily Grace


Give Us This Day Our Daily Grace – “In my prayers, I rarely fail to be grateful for God’s saving grace in Christ; but I realized that I seldom thank him for daily grace that keeps me saved. Since making that discovery, I have prayed for our former friends, but I have also thanked the Lord for continuing to send daily waves of grace onto the shore of my life.”

The Most Dangerous Place to Live: The Subtle Perils of the Past


The Most Dangerous Place to Live: The Subtle Perils of the Past – “While the past is an exquisite place to visit, it is a menacing place to live.”