I’ll be away for a few days traveling. Today, I encourage you to visit the topic of SUFFERING from the blog. There are several years of articles. God often grows us best in hard times. What is His purpose in suffering and who should be respond?
Friday, June 29, 2018
I’ll be away for a few days traveling. Today, I encourage you to visit the topic of COMMUNITY from the blog. There are several years of articles. God designed us to live in community as believers. There are always next steps to take in loving one another.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
I’ll be away for a few days traveling. Today, I encourage you to visit the topic of SIN from the blog. There are several years of articles. Sin and temptation are a part of our daily spiritual journey. How are you responding and preparing for the battle?
Wednesday, June 27, 2018
I’ll be away for a few days traveling. Today, I encourage you to visit the topic of RELIGIOUS LIBERTY from the blog. There are several years of articles. There are challenges to our religious freedoms on a regular basis. Awareness is an important step to addressing them.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
I’ll be away for a few days traveling. Today, I encourage you to visit the topic of WORRY from the blog. There are several years of articles. We are regularly confronted with things that cause anxiety and worries. God’s word has much to say on the topic.
Monday, June 25, 2018
Sunday, June 24, 2018
I’ll be away for a few days traveling. Today, I encourage you to visit the topic of WORSHIP from the blog. There are several years of articles. As you prepare for worship today or reflect on your personal worship, you will find several articles from the last few years on the topic to enrich your love for the Lord.
Saturday, June 23, 2018
Friday, June 22, 2018
Thursday, June 21, 2018
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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 – “Here are the five most common skeptics who want to shame your kids for being Christian.”
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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? – “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?”
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 – “Consider four naive, and easily misunderstood, words of counsel given to new husbands, even from well-meaning Christian brothers.”
Monday, June 18, 2018
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 – “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 – I’ve seen each of these in the last year.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
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.”
Saturday, June 16, 2018
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 – “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 – “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.”
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 – 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 – “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 – “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.”
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 – Here’s some good information to know as you have Gospel conversations.
Thursday, June 14, 2018
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.”
What Are Christian Apologetics, and How Do They Relate to the Gospel Anyways – The greatest apologetic for faith is embedded in the gospel message itself.
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
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.”
J.D. Greear Elected SBC President – Christianity 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 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
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.”
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.”
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 – “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 – “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.”
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 – “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.”
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 – “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 – “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 – “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 – “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.”
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 – “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. – “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.”
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
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? – “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 – “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 – “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 – “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 – “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.”
Tuesday, June 5, 2018
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.’”
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.”
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 – “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
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.”
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) – “Depend upon it, God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supplies”
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
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? – “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.”
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 – “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 – “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 – “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 – “Consider James 1:19 in the context of building a Christ-centered marriage.”
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 – “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 notion that suffering & persecution might be a source of status is testimony to how fundamentally Christian even the most liberal reaches of America remain.”