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Friday, April 20, 2018

6 Relevant Things That Saint Paul Never Said


6 Relevant Things That Saint Paul Never Said – These are good examples of what people think compared to what God’s word says.

What Scale Will God use on Judgment Day?


What Scale Will God use on Judgment Day? “This scale is not unique to Islam, though. It is the default position of every human being from birth. We all believe that we are inherently good, and that one day God will let us into Heaven based on our goodness. There is a simple way to expose this when sharing the Gospel.”

Give Your Anxious Mind a Rest: Letter to My 30-Year-Old Self


Give Your Anxious Mind a Rest: Letter to My 30-Year-Old Self – “God has plans, and he accomplishes them. We have a part to play — working hard and well, but mostly in seeking him with our whole heart — but we must never forget that the result is always his.”

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Practical Advice for Family Devotions



What We Miss When We Skip the Prophets


What We Miss When We Skip the Prophets “Aside from missing out on a fifth of God’s word, here are five specific treasures we miss when we consistently neglect the reading and study of the prophets.

He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands—Including Your Kids


He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands—Including Your Kids – “A stewardship vision of parenting—one that says my kids belong to God—is scary, since God doesn’t always meet our expectations. He doesn’t see as we see, nor should he. His vision for our lives is better. Embracing this truth is ultimately freeing, and it will lead us to gratitude.”

If You Love God, Listen to Him: Five Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day



10 Things Teachers DID NOT Have to Deal With 10 Years Ago


10 Things Teachers DID NOT Have to Deal With 10 Years Ago – “Something is wrong—very, very wrong. Teachers across the country at all grade levels, in all subjects, teaching a wide variety of student populations, can sense it. There is a pulse of dysfunction, a steady palpitation of doom that the path we are on is not properly oriented.”

Keeping the Evangel in Evangelism: Why Evangelicalism Can’t Abandon the Old, Old Story


Keeping the Evangel in Evangelism: Why Evangelicalism Can’t Abandon the Old, Old Story – “The Great Commission stands at the center of Christianity as the command of the risen Lord Jesus Christ for his church to proclaim the name of God in the world for the sake of all nations and God’s glory among them.”

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

God’s Metrics


God’s Metrics“God’s metrics are not our metrics. The way in which we seek to measure fruitfulness and faithfulness is often quite skewed. No one understood the issue of faithfulness and fruitfulness so well as the great Apostle Paul.”

10 Great Resources for New Moms


10 Great Resources for New Moms – “Here are 10 suggestions to both nourish your soul and equip you as you get acquainted with your newborn.”

Can We Skip the Parts of the New Testament Not in the Original Manuscripts?


Can We Skip the Parts of the New Testament Not in the Original Manuscripts? – John Piper writes, “Let me give three reasons, or clusters of reasons maybe, why we can be confident that the text of our New Testament corresponds to what the original authors wrote and has not been distorted in transmission.”

16 Issues Parents Must Balance to Lead Kids Well


16 Issues Parents Must Balance to Lead Kids Well – “What is too much and what is too little? What’s the balance in almost every category that, when we strike it, produces secure, well-adjusted kids who are ready to graduate and become leaders in society?”

Make It Easy for Your Kids to Love God: Proverbs for a Happy Home


Make It Easy for Your Kids to Love God: Proverbs for a Happy Home – “One of our primary tasks as parents is to impart to our children this shining awareness and positive expectancy (of home), as we walk together through this good world of God’s making.”

Be Heavenly Minded So That You’re of Earthly Good


Be Heavenly Minded So That You’re of Earthly Good – “While Christians aren’t immune to feelings of despair and hopelessness, faith in Jesus Christ lessens the pain of pessimism and despair. Faith in the resurrected Son of God gives us confidence to trust that this life is but the prelude to something more wonderful.”

Racial Reconciliation: What We (Mostly, Almost) All Agree On, and What We (Likely) Still Don’t Agree On


Racial Reconciliation: What We (Mostly, Almost) All Agree On, and What We (Likely) Still Don’t Agree OnKevin DeYoung (with appropriate disclaimers) points out key issues that are the ongoing discussions in racial reconciliation.

God’s Shepherding Ability


God’s Shepherding Ability“Have more confidence in God’s shepherding ability than in your decision-making ability.”

10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity


10 Commandments of Progressive ChristianityHere is the first of these 10 commandments of progressive Christianity. “Jesus is a model for living more than an object of worship.”

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

A “Ten Commandments” Prayer


A “Ten Commandments” Prayer – “Lord, please counsel us by revealing the subtle deceptions of the human heart.” 

Render Much?


Render Much? – “Your responsibility is to obey God, to cheerfully part with what is required by law (though not a penny more, as a good tax consultant will tell you), and to trust your Provider who can and will cover your needs (Matt 6:33). Of course, it helps to define your needs the way God does (1 Tim 6:8).

Spring Sports and Sunday Church: Five Suggestions for Parents


Spring Sports and Sunday Church: Five Suggestions for Parents – “In this conversation, there’s no doubt that amateur athletics have claimed a central place in the pantheon of our culture’s false gods, and youth athletics is a further subset of the idolization of children. A Sunday morning drive past any youth sports fields will show just how far-reaching these idols have become in our culture.”

Practical Tips to Prepare for the End of Life


Practical Tips to Prepare for the End of Life – “As we’re coming to the end of life, it’s very important to have a time where we say, “Okay, I am dying. How should I best do that?”

Is God Mad at Me?


Is God Mad at Me? – “Do your kids think that God is only pleased with them if they obey? Do your kids think that the gospel means that they must be good so God will love them? Do your kids think that they must be good for you to like them, for you to love and delight in them?”

On Getting Churches Totally Wrong


On Getting Churches Totally Wrong – Hollywood still loves to present Christianity and churches as evil villains in story lines. Is reality even a concern?

Monday, April 16, 2018

Worry: A Barometer of Our Faith


Worry: A Barometer of Our Faith  - Worry shows us what we believe about God and who we are. Michael Kelley writes this helpful post on how to understand worry rightly. 

What Happens When Christianity Doesn't Work


What Happens When Christianity Doesn't Work  - “We are not called here this afternoon to judge God. God didn't promise any of us health, wealth, and happiness. In fact, he tells us that we who expect to share in Christ's glory will also participate in his suffering.” 

Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City


Chick-fil-A’s Creepy Infiltration of New York City – This article from The New Yorker has gotten a lot of press. Al Mohler gets it about right when he said, “If you ever wonder how the condescending elitist secular journalistic left gets the reputation of being openly hostile to Christianity, see [this] rancid article.”

How to Turn Weeping into Witnessing


How to Turn Weeping into Witnessing – The stages of grief, as seen in Psalm 130.

Bring Her Out and Let Her Be Burned


Bring Her Out and Let Her Be Burned – Here are some great applications on one of the most difficult stories in Bible to process.

The Seed of Divorce


The Seed of Divorce – “The world, the flesh, and the devil are all committed to the destruction of marriage, and each of those enemies brings its own evil seeds. The question is not whether those seeds will be present in a marriage, but what we will do with them.”

Seven Marks of a Workaholic


Seven Marks of a Workaholic – “Rothbard provides seven statements and says we should be worried if we often or always do at least four of them.”

6 Misconceptions About the New Testament


6 Misconceptions About the New Testament – These misconceptions are repeated so often people begin to believe them, even though the evidence says otherwise.

Christ Is No Tribal Deity


Christ Is No Tribal Deity – “Christ is not a tribal deity. He is the Creator of the universe.”

Is There Anything Good About Pain?


Is There Anything Good About Pain? “Pain protects us from bigger problems—not just outside but inside. The pain of an inflamed appendix, for instance, often drives us to seek medical care before the appendix ruptures. As a medical doctor and a Christian, I’ve seen innumerable cases where such pain has helped people in this sin-cursed world.”

6 Habits of Highly Destructive False Teachers


6 Habits of Highly Destructive False Teachers – Nathan Creitz analyzes the many ways that false teachers propagate their message so that we can be aware and discern them.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

10 Prayers to Pray Before Church


10 Prayers to Pray Before Church“Going to church is not like a trip to the grocery store, visiting a friend, or a Christian task to complete. It is a declaration that worshiping the risen Christ is more important to you than sleeping in, eating brunch, playing sports, or working around the house. It is celebrating the uniting of our broken world under the headship of Christ (Ephesians 1:10) and a proclamation to the spiritual realm of God’s manifold wisdom (3:10). As such, we should not enter church like any other place, but should prepare our hearts in prayer.”

Saturday, April 14, 2018

How Social Media Is Designed Around Sin


How Social Media Is Designed Around Sin – “This does not mean that the use of social media is sinful, as such.  It’s just that it was designed to be in accord with human nature, which, being fallen, will entail a fixation on the self, the stimulation of its desires, the aggrandizement of its pride, and the cultivation of self-righteousness.”

Who Were the Pharisees?


Who Were the Pharisees?Ever wonder who the Pharisees were? This article thoroughly answers that question. Then this article, Who were the Sadducees? answers the inevitable next question.

Tyndale Sued by Boy Who Didn’t Come Back from Heaven


Tyndale Sued by Boy Who Didn’t Come Back from Heaven – Subject of retracted afterlife account demands damages for using his name.

It's Time to End the Stupid about the End Times: Debunking Christian Numerology


It's Time to End the Stupid about the End Times: Debunking Christian NumerologySelf-proclaimed Christian numerologist David Meade is at it again.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Why You Have That Thorn


Why You Have That Thorn – The those of us who carry a “thorn in the flesh” here is a good word on God’s purpose in it.

Have I Really Forgiven Someone If I Keep Remembering Their Wrong?


Have I Really Forgiven Someone If I Keep Remembering Their Wrong?“The real sign of forgiveness is that you don’t seek to punish the other — you seek the good of the other.”

Nine Traits of Church Bullies


Nine Traits of Church Bullies – “Church bullying is epidemic in many of our congregations. They must be stopped.”

The Beatitudes for Today


The Beatitudes for Today – “We often look at the Beatitudes as a kind of comfort to us, when we just so happen to be staring down the barrel of one of those conditions.”

The Heartbeat of My Social Media Addiction


The Heartbeat of My Social Media Addiction – “I sat down for my morning devotions with the Lord, opened my Bible, and immediately heard a ding on my phone alerting me that I had received an email. My mind began the well-rehearsed inner dialogue that goes on whenever my prayers or Bible reading is interrupted by social media.”

Thursday, April 12, 2018

How to Almost Follow Jesus


How to Almost Follow Jesus – “The more following Jesus falls out of fashion in America, the more we’ll experience what it really means to follow him.”

18 Observations about Nine Plagues


18 Observations about Nine PlaguesThese are simple but interesting observations about nine plagues.

The Burden of All These Little Gods


The Burden of All These Little Gods – “I’d shake your hand, but mine is full with all these little gods.”

Why We Need the Song of Songs


 Why We Need the Song of Songs – “Song of Songs, or Song of Solomon if you prefer, must be one of the most controversial books in the whole Bible, and whether it is meant to be literal or allegorical (or both) is one of the great debates of every age. But what we must know and believe is that the book is a good gift of God and relevant for our day and every day.”

Rediscovering the Lost Art of Lament


Rediscovering the Lost Art of Lament“How does God want us to deal with the great difficulties of life? Does he want us to ignore them, to get over them, to power through them, or to be crushed by them? No. He wants us to lament over them. That is the great lesson of a little-read passage in the Old Testament prophet, Micah.”

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The New Unwritten Rule for Parents that Hurts Everyone


The New Unwritten Rule for Parents that Hurts Everyone – “Here is the new report card parents allow themselves to be evaluated by: You must provide your child every advantage possible to get ahead.”


If iPads Were Meant for Kids


If iPads Were Meant for Kids “I bought my kids their own iPads last fall. I’m nice, and I’m fortunate to be able to afford it. However, I’ve come to realize that despite my attempts to spoil my kids, these iPads (and all iOS devices in general) are not meant for kids.”

3 Disastrous Dating Mistakes: Learning from Samson’s Bad Example


3 Disastrous Dating Mistakes: Learning from Samson’s Bad Example – “In chapters 14–16 of the book of Judges, we find only the don’ts of dating. There are no dos in Samson’s story. He did everything wrongly.”

The Gospel and Your Time


The Gospel and Your Time – “Below are 4 steps you can take each day to keep your mind and heart in the right perspective regarding time.”

The Importance of Being “a Finisher”


The Importance of Being “a Finisher”“How can we practically grow in our ability to finish what we start? How can we avoid being “90 percenters,” people who are great at starting things but struggle to complete them? Here are three suggestions.”

“The Pleasure of Boredom”


“The Pleasure of Boredom”“Boredom has been described as one of the major spiritual problems of our time. The hyper-stimulation that comes from our technology and our constant-entertainment mentality actually makes us more bored, since we become jaded and weary of it all, as stimulation eventually fails to stimulate.”

The One Boast that God Approves Of


The One Boast that God Approves Of – “What is it to boast in the cross and why does Paul commend it. He commends boasting in the cross not only because it shrinks his ego, but because it magnifies God in all his glorious attributes.”

The Power of Our Criticism


The Power of Our Criticism“When we criticize our brothers and sisters in Christ under the guise of insight, we pollute the Church. Consider these four characteristics of criticism…”

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

When Worry Steals Your Joy


When Worry Steals Your Joy“I struggle to live right where God has me, in the very moments of today. I often find myself rejecting the gifts and grace God has given for today in favor of worry or excitement over tomorrow.”

Ask God to Forgive You, Not Excuse You: Five Lessons from C.S. Lewis



Are There Degrees of Sin?


Are There Degrees of Sin? – “The idea of gradation of sin and reward is based upon God’s justice.”

Why Believe in Life After Death


Why Believe in Life After Death – “Existence after death is a fact of life. A majority of people believe it. The only real reason to believe it, however, is given to us in the Christian faith.”

The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity


The 10 Commandments of Progressive Christianity“Liberal Christianity is not Christianity.”

Grocery Store Theology


Grocery Store Theology – “Christians who immerse themselves in the living water of the Scriptures and guard what enters their minds help produce higher quality fruit in their lives.”

40 Questions to Help Discern Factors Contributing to Depression


40 Questions to Help Discern Factors Contributing to Depression – There is a lot to be learned from this list.

You Were Born to Fight


You Were Born to Fight – “It is time to stop being surprised that you and the people you love are inclined to fight.”

Monday, April 9, 2018

Be a Gospel Neighbor


Be a Gospel Neighbor “Being a good neighbor is a crucial component to being a faithful evangelist. We should all aspire to be gospel neighbors. But first, I want to assess a couple typical ways we measure evangelistic success.”

Every Member Ministry


Every Member Ministry – “One of the unique qualities of a biblical church is the understanding and application of what we may call every member ministry.”

When the Real You Suddenly Shows Up


When the Real You Suddenly Shows Up – Sometimes it does.

12 Ways Evangelism Is Changing


12 Ways Evangelism Is Changing - “You’ve heard it said the twenty-first century is markedly different from the twentieth. It’s not only because we have terrorism scares, self-driving cars, and Facebook. Church attendance is decreasing, religious Nones are increasing, and the way people view and interact with truth has changed.”

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Hospitality


10 Things You Should Know about Christian Hospitality – “Jesus identifies with the stranger, the outsider, the needy. Daily hospitality hones a distinctive Christian culture from within as it embraces evangelistic optimism, knowing that if God wills, strangers will become neighbors and neighbors will become part of the family of God. Who knows? This may happen at your kitchen table tonight.”

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: Holding onto God When Life Falls Apart


Strength for Today, Hope for Tomorrow: Holding onto God When Life Falls Apart“What hope, what help, what grace does God offer that can hold us together when it feels like life is falling apart?”

Christian Courage before Cultural Strategy


Christian Courage before Cultural Strategy – Matt Chandler writes: “Given our bent toward fear in this cultural moment, I’m convinced that we don’t need another new strategy, necessarily, for engaging culture but, instead, a renewed posture of courage.”

A Long-Term Plan to Know Your Bible


 A Long-Term Plan to Know Your Bible – “Here are some ideas for beginning to build your knowledge of the Bible over the next ten years.”

Slay Sin by Savoring Christ


Slay Sin by Savoring Christ“Too often professing Christians can be lulled to sleep with a false sense of security. Unwittingly they starve themselves of Christ and make provision for the flesh. This is a spiritual suicide mission!”

How To Control Your Calendar


How To Control Your CalendarHere are some helpful time management tips that will help you control your calendar.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Unanswered Prayers Are Invitations from God


Unanswered Prayers Are Invitations from God – “This is what we must keep in mind: prayer is a relational interaction, not merely a service transaction. Faith is not divine currency that we pay God in order to receive whatever we ask in prayer. Faith is a relational response of trust in what God promises us.”

How to Avoid Living a Fragmented Life


How to Avoid Living a Fragmented Life – “We are truly whole, individually and corporately, in Christ already. His wholeness has been declared true for us as persons and as a people. So how should we then live?”

Be a Mama Who Prays


Be a Mama Who Prays“I wonder why we are so slow to come to Him on their behalf?”

Why Does the Truth Matter?


Why Does the Truth Matter? – “In an age of endless Internet gossip, tabloids, false advertising, lying politicians, and “made up reality,” how important is the truth?”

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing


Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing – “While many Christians are rightly concerned about the growth of religions such as Islam, the greatest threat to orthodox Christianity is not other religions but false teachers who creep into the church unnoticed.”

The Holy Spirit Is Praying for You


The Holy Spirit Is Praying for You – “We need God’s grace in our times of weakness. But we also need the Spirit to pray for us because our knowledge is not complete—we are ignorant of some things.” 

Bibles Pulled From Online Stores as China Increases Control of Religion


Bibles Pulled From Online Stores as China Increases Control of ReligionThe Bible appears to have been removed from online marketplaces in China, as Beijing clamps down on how its citizens practice religion.” 

Thursday, April 5, 2018

If They Fell, So Can You


If They Fell, So Can You – “Our sinful weaknesses need not lead us to despair. Instead, they can lead us to hope in the one who is greater than our sin.”

Marriage Is Built to End

Marriage Is Built to End – “Our cultural moment is obsessed with marriage, though in a paradoxical way. On the one hand, the ‘marriage equality’ movement holds out marriage as an ultimate end for this life: happiness, acceptance, and legal benefits.

Pondering the Horrors of Hell


Pondering the Horrors of Hell – Most people today are prone to reject the whole idea of hell or at least try to redefine it. What does the Bible say?

3 Attributes of the Truly Victorious Christian Life


3 Attributes of the Truly Victorious Christian Life – “Victory in Jesus is not equivalent to an exemption from trouble.”

The Divorce & Remarriage of Evangelism and Discipleship


The Divorce & Remarriage of Evangelism and DiscipleshipJesus constantly and seamlessly integrated evangelism and discipleship into his everyday actions and into the way he spiritually formed and shaped the 12 disciples. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

You Are Going to See God


You Are Going to See God – “We will see God. Think about that. We are going to see God—you are going to see God. You, Mr. or Ms. Ordinary, are actually, in reality, going to stand before God and see Him for yourself.”

How Martin Luther King Jr.'s Courage Challenges Us Today


How Martin Luther King Jr.'s Courage Challenges Us Today – “Fifty years ago today, at 6:01 p.m. EST, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was fatally shot. He was pronounced dead at 7:05 p.m.”

He Gave His Life to Change the World: Fifty Years After the Death of MLK


He Gave His Life to Change the World: Fifty Years After the Death of MLK – John Piper writes: “He kindled a kind of fire that no firehoses could put out, and a kind of courage that no dogs could defeat.”

On Kingdom Seeking and Stuff: A Personal Reflection


On Kingdom Seeking and Stuff: A Personal Reflection – Lisa Robinson writes to encourage singles to pursue Christ above every other pursuit and desire.

Raising Teens in a Hyper-Sexualized World



Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Owning and Repenting of “Me-First-Ness”


Owning and Repenting of “Me-First-Ness” – “Forgive and free us, Jesus, when we’re more obsessed with a “to-do-list” than a “to-love-list.” The only thing that counts is “faith expressing itself in love,” not ambition expression itself in drive.”

God in Suffering: Our Response to Too Many School Shootings


God in Suffering: Our Response to Too Many School ShootingsGod hasn't left our students or abandoned our nation's education system.

Three Attributes of the Truly Victorious Christian Life


Three Attributes of the Truly Victorious Christian Life – “Romans 8 is, at least in my opinion, one of the greatest chapters in all the Bible. In it, we find a beautiful and hope-giving description of the work of the Spirit, the power of the gospel, and the identity of the Christian.”

Don’t Waste Your Guilt on Your Junk Drawer


Don’t Waste Your Guilt on Your Junk Drawer – Erin Davis writes to women about making the important things really important.

Why I Stopped Reading the Bible


Why I Stopped Reading the Bible – “My time in Psalm 119 was life-changing. Here are a few things the Lord taught me during this season.”

Where Did the Pope Come From? The Rise of the Roman Pontiff


Where Did the Pope Come From? The Rise of the Roman Pontiff – “Where do these massive claims come from? Roman Catholics trace the pope’s origin to the apostle Peter. But history tells a different story.”

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Strangest Thing about the Christian Faith


The Strangest Thing about the Christian Faith – “The strangest thing about the Christian faith is not our views on sexuality or politics. Those things are not even our most controversial of claims. The strangest thing about us is what the apostle Paul explains in 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.”

10 Most Significant Discoveries in the Field of Biblical Archaeology


10 Most Significant Discoveries in the Field of Biblical Archaeology – Here’s a list of what and why they are significant.

The Power of Daily Meditation


The Power of Daily Meditation – “What is your appetite for food like? Now compare that to your appetite for the Word of God. Do you treasure Scripture more than food?”

What Do We Do With the Very Real Resurrection?


What Do We Do With the Very Real Resurrection?Does the biblical resurrection account leave us with as little evidence as some assume? 

The Single Most Important Day in History: Relive the Surprise of Easter Sunday


The Single Most Important Day in History: Relive the Surprise of Easter Sunday – “It is Sunday, April 5, AD 33. This day will change the entire course of world history, more than any other day before or after, though only a handful of people will know this by day’s end.”

The Empty Tomb and the Resurrected Lord


The Empty Tomb and the Resurrected Lord – “Resurrection Sunday is the central event in the church year–the climax of worship, expectation, and celebration. This celebration is also an acid test of the Church’s faithfulness and conviction.”