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Friday, June 22, 2018

Visit the Archives


I’ll be away for a few days traveling. Today, I encourage you to visit the topic of PRAYER from the blog. There are several years of articles. How is your prayer life progressing and where does it need to grow?

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Visit the Archives


I’ll be away for a few days traveling. Today, I encourage you to visit the topic of the BIBLE from the blog. There are several years of articles. How is your Bible reading going this year?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

God Has Not Abandoned You


God Has Not Abandoned You – “Hardship is almost as common as breathing. The question is not if but when we will find ourselves in one of the painful pits of life.”

God Can Change Your Child’s Heart


God Can Change Your Child’s Heart“God turns hearts to himself by grace. God keeps hearts for himself by grace.”

What Makes a Translation Accurate?


What Makes a Translation Accurate?Bill Mounce answers the question. And the answer isn’t as simple as you might think.

Improve Communication in Marriage


Improve Communication in Marriage – I’ve found value in reading on this topic any time I find it.

Prayer, Piety, and the Glory of God: The Lord’s Prayer in the 21st Century


Prayer, Piety, and the Glory of God: The Lord’s Prayer in the 21st Century – “The Sermon on the Mount presents a picture of life in the kingdom of heaven. Thus, the contents of the sermon are those issues that Jesus himself identified as essential to the kingdom. The Lord’s Prayer is no exception.”

A Parent’s Guide to the 5 Skeptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian


A Parent’s Guide to the 5 Skeptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian“Here are the five most common skeptics who want to shame your kids for being Christian.”

Who Are The 'Nations'?


Who Are The 'Nations'? – “When considering a biblical view of the nations, an American sports understanding of the term actually proves helpful.”

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Separating Children at the Border: 3 Options and My Response


Separating Children at the Border: 3 Options and My Response – Jim Denison addresses the hot topic in his daily post.

How Far Does God's Grace Go?


How Far Does God's Grace Go? – “Jesus was asking them a simple question: how far does God’s grace go? How far does his love stretch? How deep does it plunge? To the worst sinner? To the deepest depravity? To the best Pharisee? To the smartest scribe?”

5 Holiness Myths


5 Holiness Myths – “Sometimes it’s helpful to articulate what holiness is not in order to gain a clearer understanding of what it is and why we want it. Here are five false views that you may have encountered.”

Aging in Hope


Aging in Hope“Should seniors long to be young again? I don’t think so. For Christians old age is not a dead-end street. As we age, we can still grow spiritually.”

The FAQs: What You Should Know About Family Separation at the Border


The FAQs: What You Should Know About Family Separation at the Border – It’s complicated, it’s divisive, and it’s hard to understand. Here is a summary of the issues.

‘Happy Wife, Happy Life’: And Other Misleading Advice to Young Husbands


‘Happy Wife, Happy Life’: And Other Misleading Advice to Young Husbands – “Consider four naive, and easily misunderstood, words of counsel given to new husbands, even from well-meaning Christian brothers.”

Monday, June 18, 2018

Wonderful News for the Tired, Weary, and Spent


Wonderful News for the Tired, Weary, and Spent – “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jer. 31:25”


How Do I Live An Intentional Life?


How Do I Live An Intentional Life? – Lore Wilbert writes about what an intentional life actually means, which is one of faithfulness to God.

Finding Beauty During Hard Times


Finding Beauty During Hard Times – “If we could only get round in front of our trials to see the face of Jesus. He is our gift and blessing in the dungeon of suffering. If we focus on the trial, we will plunge either into despair or denial.”

Prayer: The Key to Long-Distance Friendships


Prayer: The Key to Long-Distance Friendships “When I intercede for my distant loved ones, I am in a very real sense joining them in prayer, as my conversation with the Father on their behalf ties me closer to them.”

Five “Short-Timers” Who May Not Stay Long at Your Church


Five “Short-Timers” Who May Not Stay Long at Your Church – I’ve seen each of these in the last year.

5 Warning Signs of Moral Failure


5 Warning Signs of Moral Failure – Eric Geiger shares five things that should give rise for concern. He explains why these things may be markers of deeper heart-issues.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

God Is Not Afraid of the Dark


God Is Not Afraid of the Dark – “How do we live with any hope while we drown in all of this darkness?”

You Do Not Have Much Time


You Do Not Have Much Time – “An eternal God teaches creatures some of his greatest lessons in the vehicle of time. It has both a linear and a circular form — you can’t repeat time, even as it gifts you many things on a repeating loop. All of it educates us about what God loves and about what it means to be human, giving us at least three great lessons.”

How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?


How Do I Find God’s Will for My Life?“Here are five more for you to focus on.”

Saturday, June 16, 2018

You Kept Your Promises to Mom: Six Reasons We Love Faithful Fathers


You Kept Your Promises to Mom: Six Reasons We Love Faithful Fathers – Here’s a good word for Father’s Day.

Psalms for Men Who Are Struggling


Psalms for Men Who Are Struggling“If you are a man who struggles in silence, turn to the Psalms. In them, you find strong men revealing their weaknesses and showing you where you can turn to for help. There are three Psalms in particular that give you grace for the difficult situations you face.”

The Mixed Bag That Is Father’s Day


The Mixed Bag That Is Father’s Day – “Whether your father brings good thoughts, bad thoughts or a mixture of each, there is always the wonder that God is our father, our hope, and our model for fatherhood.”

Trusting God in the Storms of Life


Trusting God in the Storms of Life – Shannon Kay McCoy reflects on Mark 4:34-41 and the significant lessons the disciples learned from Jesus.

Religiously Unaffiliated ‘Nones’ are Pursuing Spirituality, but not Community


Religiously Unaffiliated ‘Nones’ are Pursuing Spirituality, but not Community “Millennial nones are not abandoning organized religion to become secular, science-loving humanists. Rather, they are turning toward more individual forms of spiritualism, including yoga, meditation, healing stones, Wiccan spell casting and astrology.”

Reflections on the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention


Reflections on the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention – Here’s a summary of this year’s convention and some observations. Just about anyone would agree with some and disagree with others but this is fairly balanced.

Peaceful Planning


Peaceful Planning – “Plans that honor God must be done with the awareness that your plans do not determine your future or bind God. It is possible, even probable, that God has a different outcome than what you planned for tomorrow, even if you planning is impeccable!”

Friday, June 15, 2018

The Gospel And Your Work


The Gospel And Your Work – “God created us to work. It is the context in which we spend the bulk of our adult lives, and it is the primary arena in which we can glorify Christ. And as we work intentionally for God’s glory, our work lives can become a potent gospel witness.”

A Vision for Getting Older


A Vision for Getting Older – “We gain credibility simply by remaining faithful over a prolonged period of time.”

God’s Unexpected Answer to Our Prayers for Revival


God’s Unexpected Answer to Our Prayers for Revival – We see in the book of Acts that revival is not born in a vacuum.

Differences Between the Qur’an and the Bible: An Introduction


Differences Between the Qur’an and the Bible: An Introduction – Here’s some good information to know as you have Gospel conversations.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Draw Near to God with Your Questions


Draw Near to God with Your Questions – “We all experience times of dissonance, when the promises of God seem to mock us and not comfort us. The temptation in these seasons is to modify or dismiss the Truth of God’s Word.”

The Hardest Part of Mothering


 The Hardest Part of Mothering – Jani Ortlund says it’s emptying the nest well.

God’s Presence Is the Essence of Heaven


God’s Presence Is the Essence of Heaven – “Surely no one who had actually been in Heaven would neglect to mention what Scripture shows is its main focus.”

Not Easily Triggered


Not Easily Triggered – Plenty of people being “triggered.” It's all evidence of one of our favorite sins: anger.

The Missing Ingredient in Our Parenting


The Missing Ingredient in Our Parenting – “This simple insight is that throughout our parenting efforts, character consistently must be made the key priority in everything we do and say.”

What Are Christian Apologetics, and How Do They Relate to the Gospel Anyways


What Are Christian Apologetics, and How Do They Relate to the Gospel AnywaysThe greatest apologetic for faith is embedded in the gospel message itself.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Jesus Is Always Bigger than Your Faith


Jesus Is Always Bigger than Your Faith – “When we wrestle with doubts, we should remind ourselves of this precious truth: it’s not the strength of our faith that ultimately matters, but the object of our faith.”

When They Hurt You with Words


When They Hurt You with Words – “Jesus not only endured it; he prepared us for it as well. He and his apostles, and the early church, model for us how to receive and respond to slander and reviling.”

Life Lessons as Death Lurks for All


Life Lessons as Death Lurks for All – Here are three truths about life in a world where death always lurks.

Give Us Our Daily Bread


Give Us Our Daily Bread – “May we never scrounge in panic nor hoard in fear, but trust that our Father will give us our daily bread, just as we need.” 

J.D. Greear Elected SBC President


J.D. Greear Elected SBC PresidentChristianity Today reports: “Greear, a 45-year-old whose North Carolina megachurch has become a missions juggernaut, beat out former seminary head and SBC statesman Ken Hemphill by a margin of 69 percent to 31 percent at the 2018 annual meeting in Dallas, becoming the denomination’s youngest president in 37 years.” (Here is his response to his election.)

The SBC’s Resolution on Abuse


The SBC’s Resolution on Abuse – “A resolution “On Abuse”  was approved overwhelmingly by the Southern Baptist Convention yesterday. 

Jesus Is Our Scapegoat


Jesus Is Our Scapegoat – Here are two simple applications to Leviticus 16 and the two goats which Aaron, the high priest, cast lots over. It all points to Jesus.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Insecure People


The 7 Deadly Sins of Insecure People – “You could even say we are the most ‘secure’ generation ever, and yet, we’re the most insecure generation to ever live.”

The Magical Birth Canal


The Magical Birth Canal “Abortion advocates divide human beings into two groups: valuable humans and non-valuable humans. Valuable humans have rights. Non-valuable humans have no rights and can be killed with impunity. We must ask the question, what makes some humans valuable and some not valuable? What’s the difference that would allow you to kill the latter but not the former?”

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ten Short Truths about the Shortest Psalm


Ten Short Truths about the Shortest Psalm – This middle chapter of the Bible is short but filled with significance.

The Key to Eternal Life


The Key to Eternal Life – “The key to facing death with sorrowful joy and deep hope is to hold all that we have loosely, discard our self-sufficiency, and cling to Jesus.”

Study: 43% of Americans Believe Pornography Is ‘Morally Acceptable,’ Up From 2017


Study: 43% of Americans Believe Pornography Is ‘Morally Acceptable,’ Up From 2017 – There are several disturbing things in this study. It also says, “In this year’s survey, 53 percent of Democrats said it was morally acceptable compared to 45 percent of Independents and 27 percent of Republicans; up from 42, 40 and 25 percent respectively.”

What Are You Waiting For?


What Are You Waiting For? – “God’s children are always waiting on him for something.”

Horace Underwood – Korea’s “Bundle of Fire”


Horace Underwood – Korea’s “Bundle of Fire” – “As we watch news of North Korea and pray for that gospel-deprived country, it might be encouraging to remember the rapidity and intensity with which Christianity spread within the still undivided Korea in just a few decades.”

When Sin Looks Delicious


When Sin Looks Delicious – “Do you ever have those days where you just want to sin? Sin looks delicious while righteousness looks distasteful. Sin looks satisfying and holiness looks frustrating.”

Watching our Words in the Age of Outrage


Watching our Words in the Age of Outrage – “Twitter, Facebook, text messaging, and television did not produce our overabundance of cruel language, but they did create the means through which our words could be broadcasted farther than the Lord’s half-brother could have ever imagined.”

Monday, June 11, 2018

Lessons From a Prayer Warrior


Lessons From a Prayer Warrior“This is an article for those of us who think the word “PRAY” is the most jarring four-letter word uttered in the church. It’s for those of us who struggle to pray, who are afraid to pray, or who feel guilty about our crummy prayer lives.”

But If Not: Walking into Suffering with Faith


But If Not: Walking into Suffering with Faith – “Do not grow weary of doing good. Do not give up in the fight of faith. Consider him who endured such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary. You may not be delivered from this furnace, but you will rise from it to a place where agony cannot follow.”

6 Things New Parents Need to Hear


6 Things New Parents Need to Hear – “Hopefully these six words of wisdom will offer some perspective and maybe a little boost. If they don’t now file them away.”

Why Is The Substitutionary Atonement Essential?


Why Is The Substitutionary Atonement Essential? – “The principal work of Jesus on the cross was atoning for the sins of His people by standing in their place and bearing the consequences and judgment of their sins.”

Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and the Fallacy of Success and Happiness


Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, and the Fallacy of Success and Happiness – “Most people believe high-profile stars like Bourdain and Spade must be happy given their success, but the truth is that beneath the facade often lies a grim reality.”

Where Is Satan Most Visibly Active Today?


Where Is Satan Most Visibly Active Today? – “He destroys not mainly by the sword or disease or killing, but mainly by lying.”

It’s Not Bigotry to Believe Homosexuality Is a Sin


It’s Not Bigotry to Believe Homosexuality Is a Sin – “There seems to be a mistaken belief by some that sexual orientation is absolutely core to a person’s identity whereas religion is something else entirely — so superficial that any given person is one Vox explainer or Bill Maher monologue away from enlightenment.”

Sculpted Head of Mystery Biblical King Found in Israel


Sculpted Head of Mystery Biblical King Found in Israel“An enigmatic sculpture of a king’s head dating back nearly 3,000 years has set off a modern-day mystery caper as scholars try to figure out whose face it depicts.”

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Finding God at the End of Ourselves


Finding God at the End of Ourselves – “Only in cultivating discipline, endurance, and patience do we find satisfaction and reward. And those qualities are most developed through some form of suffering.”

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Crazy Good News


Crazy Good News – “The gospel of Jesus Christ is the good news that guilty sinners are reconciled to a holy and just God through the perfect life, sacrificial death, bodily resurrection and ascension of Jesus to the right hand of God, where he sits even now interceding for his people.”

Parenting and the Cultural Pressure to Conform


Parenting and the Cultural Pressure to Conform – “Unless our children develop a love for the Word of God, and unless the Word of God gets into their hearts and penetrates them, then they’re going to see the Word of God as the problem. They’re going to see us as the problem for, in their view, basing prejudicial, hateful, exclusionary beliefs upon an inscripturated claim to revelation.”

You Are What You Imitate


You Are What You Imitate – “We naturally imitate others. Let us seek to mimic those who mimic Jesus.”

God Doesn’t Make Us Nice. He Makes Us New.


God Doesn’t Make Us Nice. He Makes Us New. – “Faulty beliefs about the nature of biblical conversion fuel practices that are harmful to the spiritual well-being of people and churches alike.”

Friends to Christ, Strangers To His Church


Friends to Christ, Strangers To His Church – “It’s remarkable how often the Bible describes the Christian life as a shared life. We become Christians through a personal commitment to Christ, then immediately bind ourselves in a corporate commitment to Christ’s people.”

5 Stats on How Teens Use Technology


5 Stats on How Teens Use Technology“Just last week, Pew Research Center published a new study on how teenagers are using technology. It is a gold mine. How teenagers use technology has massive effects on how adults will be using technology in the near future.”

Salvation Bracelets in Africa? No, Thanks.


Salvation Bracelets in Africa? No, Thanks. “In order to share the gospel effectively, we must be willing to let go of our assumptions and to sensitively ask lots of questions in order to examine the culture deeply. We have to forget what feels comfortable and natural in our own culture and embrace what works in the culture we’re serving in.”

The SBC’s “7,000”


The SBC’s “7,000”“Who I’m talking about are those who are faithfully serving Christ in our denomination, who long for true God-sent revival, and who have not bowed the knee to the false gods of this age.”

Seeking Christ While Facing Debt


Seeking Christ While Facing Debt – “What do we do when we earnestly desire to have beautiful feet that bring good news (Isaiah 52:7) but are also bound by the need to repay the debt we have acquired (Proverbs 22:7)?”

Thursday, June 7, 2018

A Fresh Glance at the Ten Commandments


A Fresh Glance at the Ten Commandments – “Having redeemed His people by His grace alone, God now gives the standards of holiness which reflect His own character.”


Becoming a Praying Church


Becoming a Praying Church – If we are to be a praying church, there are some things we need to remember.

Culture is the Backdrop for the Real Story


Culture is the Backdrop for the Real Story – “Christians, God is infinitely more concerned about the heart, faith, behavior and unity of true believers in our country than the politics, economics, social trends, racial tensions, sexual downgrade, and international relations of the country.”

Will Supreme Court Cake Ruling Actually Help Christian Businesses?


Will Supreme Court Cake Ruling Actually Help Christian Businesses? – “Masterpiece Cakeshop case tests religious and LGBT rights, but justices choose the narrow way.”

Why It’s Wrong to Say the Bible Is Pro-Slavery


Why It’s Wrong to Say the Bible Is Pro-Slavery – “How should Christians respond to this concern? It’s a complicated issue that one brief article cannot resolve, but here are several initial appeals that may be helpful to at least draw attention to its complexity.”

New Euthanasia Code Illustrates Dutch Slippery Slope


New Euthanasia Code Illustrates Dutch Slippery Slope“As the new code of practice illustrates, the threshold for euthanasia in the Netherlands keeps getting lowered.”

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Six Harmful Parenting Styles and How to Correct Them


Six Harmful Parenting Styles and How to Correct Them – “While I am aware there are millions of healthy families across the U.S., most of us slip into habits that aren’t so healthy. I’ve spotted a handful of damaging parenting styles that have plagued our culture over the last decade.”

A Reminder That God’s Provision Doesn’t Equal God’s Pleasure


A Reminder That God’s Provision Doesn’t Equal God’s Pleasure“God wasn’t providing for the wilderness generation because he was pleased with them. In fact he loathed them. But he was providing for them because He is God and He is good. He’s still their Father. So he cares for them; and somehow I think He still loves them—even while He loathes them.”

Those Short-Fused Irritability Days


Those Short-Fused Irritability Days – “Heavenly Father, thank you for using heart-convicting images when confronting us with our less than gracious attitudes.”

Isn’t This Just The Carpenter Guy?


Isn’t This Just The Carpenter Guy? – “There is so much about the early life of Jesus that leaves me marveling at how God chose to work in this world.” 

When God Withholds Something Good


When God Withholds Something Good – “One of the worst things God can do to us is leave us alone with our hearts, because if we’re left to ourselves, our sin remains, and festers, and our slavery never ends.”

Cut Again by the Blades of Mercy


Cut Again by the Blades of Mercy – “I don’t deserve mercy; I deserve judgment. I deserve quick, exacting, unrelenting, justice. God’s righteousness demands it. However, God shows mercy.”

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Have You Left Your First Love?


Have You Left Your First Love? – “Darkness is never so dark as when a redeemed soul isn’t satisfied in God. The richness of the Scripture has no taste. The preacher’s sermon deflects off fleshly armor. Prayers seem to be stamped, ‘Return to sender.’”

‘Acts: A Visual Guide’


‘Acts: A Visual Guide’ – This is a simple visual overview of the book of Acts in just a couple of minutes.

How to Pray to Become a Christian


How to Pray to Become a Christian – “Becoming a Christian (or a believer in Jesus Christ) involves a heart decision and a prayer to God. This is not a political alliance or a polarizing religious view. It’s a simple but profound heart decision.”

Judge Everything


Judge Everything“False teachers flourish where there is no scrutiny.” 

Supreme Court Provides an Important—But Limited—Win for Religious Liberty


Supreme Court Provides an Important—But Limited—Win for Religious Liberty – Joe Carter provides another perspective on the scope of the ruling.

Religious Liberty Takes the Cake: Supreme Court Speaks up for Religious Liberty, But Where Were Many Fellow Christians?


Religious Liberty Takes the Cake: Supreme Court Speaks up for Religious Liberty, But Where Were Many Fellow Christians? – “Supreme Court rules 7-2 in favor of Jack Phillips, doing the right thing. But there is more work to do.”

Christian Baker Wins Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Case


Christian Baker Wins Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop Case – “Jack Phillips scores a major religious freedom victory—for himself, as ruling fails to resolve legal debate over LGBT accommodations and conscience rights of conservative Christians.”

Monday, June 4, 2018

Trusting God to Do Big Stuff


Trusting God to Do Big Stuff – Heavenly Father, on this Monday in June, we stand in awe of your ability to “do immeasurably more than all we ask and imagine.”

8 Items for Christian Parents to Ponder


8 Items for Christian Parents to Ponder – “If you neglect to instruct your children in the way of holiness, will the devil neglect to instruct them in the way of wickedness?”

The Benefits of Going to Church on Vacation


The Benefits of Going to Church on Vacation – “When researching churches to attend on vacation or traveling abroad, you may not find a church you would join, but it’s likely you can find a church where you can worship for one Sunday. Here are seven ways to find one.”

Growing Old Graciously


Growing Old Graciously – I may not be able to grow old gracefully but I can grow old graciously.

Made In His Likeness


Made In His Likeness – “Man’s supreme function through all eternity is to reflect God’s highest glory…that God might look into the mirror called man and see His own glory shining there. Through man, God could reflect His glory to all creation. You are a mirror of the Almighty, and this is the reason you were created in the first place.”

Joy in Christ Kept Him in China: Hudson Taylor (1832–1905)


Joy in Christ Kept Him in China: Hudson Taylor (1832–1905) – “Depend upon it, God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies” 

Jesus for a Post-Truth World


Jesus for a Post-Truth World – “It’s hard to imagine a time in recent Western history when Christian and non-Christian worldviews have been so separate. We stand on two different mountaintops and have two completely different ways of viewing the same reality. So how can we bridge these worldviews? How can a Christian utter a word in public without being branded a monster?”

Sunday, June 3, 2018

ife Keeps Getting Shorter. Let’s Spend It Well


Life Keeps Getting Shorter. Let’s Spend It Well – “You’ve created us for your glory, redeemed us by the gospel, and numbered our days. What a gracious God you are. How would you have us live the rest of our lives?”

Why Won’t God Answer My Prayer?


Why Won’t God Answer My Prayer? “So why do we so often see prayers go unanswered? Can we do anything about it? These promises about prayer are given to us in abundance, so what keeps us from seeing them fulfilled? Let me quickly offer 6 possibilities.”

You Are Who God Says You Are


You Are Who God Says You Are – “If you have been reborn, if you are repenting of your sin and believing the gospel, you are a child of God.”

Christian Repentance in a Callout Culture


Christian Repentance in a Callout Culture“We might even go so far as to suggest that callout culture and the ruthless personal shaming of social media is a response to our civilization’s hollowing out of sin and shame.”

Saturday, June 2, 2018

21 Places Women Emerge Front and Center in Scripture’s Storyline


21 Places Women Emerge Front and Center in Scripture’s Storyline – “Though the list could be much longer, here are 21 events—from Genesis to Revelation—in which women play key roles in redemptive history.” God values women.

How to Know How Satan Is Tempting You


How to Know How Satan Is Tempting You – “Satan hates God and hates anyone created in the image of God. He has made a long and intense study of humanity. He knows our strengths and weaknesses. He knows our secret desires. Satan knows how to custom-craft temptations to fit each one of us.”

How Jesus’ Death Proved He Was King


How Jesus’ Death Proved He Was King“In Christ’s earthly ministry, the Jewish people were expecting him to raise an army like any earthly kind would in order to resuscitate the Davidic kingdom (e.g., John 6:15). This was on their minds when Jesus entered Jerusalem in a royal ‘parousia’ mounted on a donkey.”

Friday, June 1, 2018

What the Bible Says About How to Talk to Your Spouse


What the Bible Says About How to Talk to Your Spouse – “Consider James 1:19 in the context of building a Christ-centered marriage.”

Slaying Entitlement by Embracing Contentment: Lessons from Africa


Slaying Entitlement by Embracing Contentment: Lessons from Africa“Being thankful for the small things is a great entry into turning our thoughts around and focusing them on the Lord.”

The Dangerous Allure of Being a Cultural Warrior


The Dangerous Allure of Being a Cultural Warrior – “Not only must we fight the battles we should, but we must fight those battles in a certain kind of way—a way that brings glory to God.”

The Christian Origins of Victimhood Culture


The Christian Origins of Victimhood Culture – “The notion that suffering & persecution might be a source of status is testimony to how fundamentally Christian even the most liberal reaches of America remain.”

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Five Truths from 10 Years of Discipleship Research


Five Truths from 10 Years of Discipleship Research – “The Church exists for nothing else but to draw men into Christ, to make them little Christs. If they are not doing that, everything else is simply a waste of time. God became Man for no other purpose.”

Christian Calling and Mixed Metaphors


Christian Calling and Mixed Metaphors“Is this all Christians are here on earth? Are we fighting sin, making disciples and, otherwise, marking time until Christ returns? Thinking of ourselves as merely pilgrims or exiles almost inevitably leads to such a narrow view of Christian life.”

The Only Way You Can Do God’s Will


The Only Way You Can Do God’s Will – It comes from recognizing you can’t.

5 Keys to Unlocking the Value of the Ten Commandments


5 Keys to Unlocking the Value of the Ten Commandments – “When the commandments are studied with these in mind, they will bring the most value to our growth in holiness.”

God’s Grace for Foster Parents


God’s Grace for Foster Parents“Fostering is hard. A child comes into our home, alters the norm of our everyday lives for a number of weeks or months, and then by government order leaves as quickly as he or she came. Many find it difficult that we regularly let children we’ve grown attached to go back home, usually never to see them again.”

Why is Loneliness a Thing?


Why is Loneliness a Thing? – “Why does feeling lonely seem like the norm versus the exception for so many of us? According to the Bible, we experience loneliness not because there is something wrong with us, but because there is something right with us.” 

The False Gospel of Expressive Individualism


The False Gospel of Expressive Individualism“There’s a newish gospel in town. Or at least some make it out to be. Have you heard of it? It’s called expressive individualism.” 

Do You Wish You Had Accomplished More?


Do You Wish You Had Accomplished More? – “When the years go by and we have not accomplished what we had hoped to, we are left wondering what good our lives have been. We have a nagging feeling that somehow we haven’t measured up.”

God Doesn’t Need Talented People


God Doesn’t Need Talented People “The apostle Paul, being quite familiar with the church’s craving for powerful personalities, often spoke differently. He liked to turn our natural expectations upside down by introducing terms like weakness, suffering, and grace into our vocabularies.”

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

He Will Carry You Through the Fire


He Will Carry You Through the Fire – “Fears often emerge and linger because we don’t know how to fight them. We feel helpless and powerless before their threats.”

Why Church Members Are Attending Less Frequently


Why Church Members Are Attending Less Frequently – Thom Rainer gives highlights of the report on attendance patterns.

Study: America’s Greatest Gospel Opportunity Lives in Your House


Study: America’s Greatest Gospel Opportunity Lives in Your House – “All the studies found that the most important influencers in a person’s faith are their parents. Second most important are other adults. (Far less important are their peers.)”

Seven Symptoms of Too Much Social Media Use


Seven Symptoms of Too Much Social Media Use – “There are a number of signals a young person naturally sends that they’ve spent too much time on social media platforms or on their mobile device in general.”

Remembering Whose and Who We Are


Remembering Whose and Who We Are – “Father, by the grace and truth of the gospel, you have changed the price tags in our lives, and have turned things ride side up. Life is now Christ, and death has become gain...”

The Best Way to Help Kids with Homework


The Best Way to Help Kids with Homework – “One of our problems as parents is—we lock into one way of helping our kids; one leadership style that doesn’t change as they mature. This presents a problem. Take homework, for example.”

20 Truths from Trevin Wax’s This Is Our Time


20 Truths from Trevin Wax’s This Is Our TimeEvangelism is not just convincing people the gospel is true but also that it is better.

Max Lucado: This Evil Will Not Last Forever


Max Lucado: This Evil Will Not Last Forever – “Followers of Christ hold to this promise: Jesus will forever balance the scales of fairness. A day is coming, sooner than we might expect, in which we will see the devil pay for all the evil he has inflicted upon the world.”

Finding God in the Darkness


Finding God in the Darkness – “If you’re in a season of darkness (confusion, waiting, conflict), take heart. You’re not in the dark alone. The same God who used a lack of light as His creative canvas can shape a Genesis week in you if you wait on Him.”

God’s Special People?


God’s Special People?“Long after America is a footnote to the future world, Christ will reign with His people from every tongue, tribe and nation.”

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Grace Calls for a Response


Grace Calls for a Response – “As deep gratitude and abundant praise should always be responses to grace, so too are good works. Good works are not a requirement for our salvation but should be a response from our salvation.” 

Unanswered Prayer


Unanswered Prayer – “Why are there times when God seems not to answer? If a good Father would never give his children a stone in place of bread, why does it seem like God sometimes does this very thing?”

4 Great “Therefore’s” in the Bible


4 Great “Therefore’s” in the Bible – The link between the indicative statement of fact and the imperative statement of response is the word “therefore.” 

The Bucket List You and I Need to Write


The Bucket List You and I Need to WriteJennifer Oshman writes, “It seems silly to say out loud—but I want to share Christ with the same tenacity and insistence I have in getting my house clean before guests come over.”

Your Thorn for the Shaming of Satan: To the Class of 2018


Your Thorn for the Shaming of Satan: To the Class of 2018 – “Your pains and weaknesses are not obstacles to everything you want to accomplish, but the very instruments God uses to make you more like his Son.”

It’s Submission, Not Subjection


It’s Submission, Not Subjection – Here’s a good explanation of the difference.

9 Things You Should Know About MS-13


9 Things You Should Know About MS-13 – “In a recent roundtable discussion in New York, President Trump called MS-13 a “menace” and said about the gang members, “They’re not people. They’re animals.” The controversial statement was the first time many Americans have heard about the group that has been called the “world’s most dangerous gang.” Here are nine things you should know about MS-13.”

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Dying Away of Cultural Christianity


The Dying Away of Cultural Christianity – “Christianity isn’t collapsing; it’s being clarified.”

Lest We Forget: Reflections Heavenward on Memorial Day


Lest We Forget: Reflections Heavenward on Memorial Day – “Our memory’s limits are hardly new. Our tendency to forget truth and goodness in favor of our passions and self-interest has haunted us for millennia. It originated in the garden, when Adam and Eve cast God from their minds, and it has scourged us ever since.”

Time Cannot Forgive Our Sin


Time Cannot Forgive Our Sin – “Have you been before the throne of grace recently to pour out your soul before God? Do you have any lingering sins that you have not brought to him? In Christ, he is even more willing to forgive us than we are to repent.”

Your Best Years Are Not Behind You


Your Best Years Are Not Behind You“God needs willing workers, not necessarily young ones.”

What Proverbs Teaches about Being Teachable


What Proverbs Teaches about Being Teachable – “Being teachable is a foundational quality for everybody...If you’re wondering how to grow in teachability, perhaps there’s no better place to turn than the Bible’s wisdom book.”

Is the Bible Pro-Slavery?


Is the Bible Pro-Slavery?“‘The Bible is pro-slavery.’ This is a common charge these days. It is a part of the New Atheist attack on religion, and it also comes from various progressive circles to defend certain social views (in line with the so-called redemptive-movement hermeneutic).”

How to Pray for Victory


How to Pray for Victory“You can’t pray about a problem he doesn’t know and care about.”

Friday, May 25, 2018

6 Questions College Students Must Be Ready to Answer


6 Questions College Students Must Be Ready to Answer – “Students must be armed with at least six apologetics to be ready to answer the hardest questions they’ll face from professors as well as fellow students.” Every believer should be able to answer these questions.

Will We Have Desires in Heaven?


Will We Have Desires in Heaven? – “One of the greatest things about Heaven is that we’ll no longer have to battle our desires. They’ll always be pure, attending to their proper objects. We’ll enjoy food without gluttony and eating disorders. We’ll express admiration and affection without lust, fornication, or betrayal. Those simply won’t exist.”

The Devil Is Not in the Details: Fighting Temptation with Specific Truth


The Devil Is Not in the Details: Fighting Temptation with Specific Truth – “The devil is not an artist but a vandal. He doesn’t create; he distorts, disfigures, and defaces what God makes. But if satanic temptation were to be an artform, we might call it some twisted sort of Impressionism.”

Sacrificing Fast and Easy


Sacrificing Fast and Easy – “A fast and easy faith is often a shallow faith rooted in nothing more than what we think we know. Intentionality shapes the life of the believer who truly seeks the Father. In-depth Bible study doesn’t always come in short classes and convenient bite-sized chunks.”

20 Truths from Faith Among the Faithless


20 Truths from Faith Among the Faithless – “The life the Bible offers is not one that is safe from the tragedies of the world, but one in which God suffers with us and accompanies us through our hardships.”

Should We Sing of God’s ‘Reckless Love’?


Should We Sing of God’s ‘Reckless Love’? – “If you’re in a church that’s basically singing sound and helpful lyrics, and along comes a song with questionable words, then either stop singing if your conscience won’t let you sing, or put a meaning on the words that you are able to affirm.”

Thursday, May 24, 2018

9 Things to Know About a Widow’s Grief


9 Things to Know About a Widow’s Grief – “According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one-third of women who become widowed are younger than age sixty, and half of those widowed become so by age sixty-five. In fact, seven out of ten baby boomers can expect to outlive their husbands.”

The Wrath of God Poured Out — The Humiliation of the Southern Baptist Convention


The Wrath of God Poured Out — The Humiliation of the Southern Baptist Convention – Al Mohler weighs in on the denominational crisis. Pray for local, autonomous churches deeply affected by the actions and inactions of denominational strife.

Where Does God Want Me to Work?


Where Does God Want Me to Work? – “How do you find God’s will for your work-life? Christians will want to keep three important factors in view.”

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Prospering on the Plains


Prospering on the Plains – “How can we find some steadiness in these seas of shifting emotionalism? What does prospering look like on the plains? Is there an inoculation available against the pretend extraordinary? Three places I think we might begin...”

When Church Relationships Are Hard


When Church Relationships Are Hard – “If we expect our churches to feel like family without any effort, we have misunderstood the gospel.”

Doubt Is Not Unbelief: Evangelicals and the Stigma of Doubt


Doubt Is Not Unbelief: Evangelicals and the Stigma of Doubt“The key is not the total suspension of confidence or even certainty, but rather the judicious placement of confidence and trust.” 

How to Worship with Your Debit Card


How to Worship with Your Debit Card – “When we worship God, we are declaring how much he is worth, and how we will offer our lives and sacrifice everything for him. But you’re also doing the same thing every time you slide your debit card. You’re declaring how much something is worth to you, and how much you will sacrifice for it.” (There is a sermon that goes with this but the thought stands on its own.”

Graduate, Make Plans For Your Soul


Graduate, Make Plans For Your Soul – Graduating seniors, this is one of the most important decisions you can make post-college.

The Humility of Parenting


The Humility of Parenting – “Here are a couple of thoughts on why the humility of parenting is of great benefit to us.”

Finding Contentment in Motherhood


Finding Contentment in Motherhood“The enemy of our souls wants to lure us into the comparison trap where being a mom isn’t ‘enough.’ We begin to question our decisions when we see other women choosing different paths: Look at all those talented women attaining goals and recognition!” 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Grace for Our Thorns, Burrs, Punches, and Arrows


Grace for Our Thorns, Burrs, Punches, and Arrows – “Heavenly Father, thank you for promising to give us all the grace we need, no matter the circumstance, crisis, or crucible...” 

What was Lacking in Bishop Michael Curry’s Royal Wedding Sermon


What was Lacking in Bishop Michael Curry’s Royal Wedding Sermon – “The Bishop preached what may be one of the most broadly viewed sermons in history. He did it in a compelling way. But the heart of what Jesus did was omitted. Jesus did show love, but a particular kind of love—sinner-saving, God-magnifying love.”

Should We Monitor Our Kids’ Social Media Use?


Should We Monitor Our Kids’ Social Media Use? – The teens in our focus groups told us boldly, “My parents have no idea what my life is like at night and what I do on social media.”