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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.”

9 Things You Should Know About Russian President Vladimir Putin


9 Things You Should Know About Russian President Vladimir Putin – “Here are nine things you should know about the controversial Russian leader.”

Kids and Technology


Kids and Technology – “I compare using our devices to driving a car, right, you don’t just hand your child the keys to the car and say, go figure this thing out and go on a road trip and do whatever you want. You teach them, you train them.”

Surrender Your Kids’ Faith to God


Surrender Your Kids’ Faith to God – Five controlling tactics to stop using.

Keep the Altar of Private Prayer Burning


Keep the Altar of Private Prayer BurningHere’s some Spurgeon to challenge you: “Keep the altar of private prayer burning. This is the very life of all piety. The sanctuary and family altars borrow their fires here, therefore let this burn well. Secret devotion is the very essence, evidence, and barometer, of vital and experimental religion.”

What God Says is Better


What God Says is Better – “Believer, the delicacies of sin are widely displayed and lifted up for all to indulge in. From movies to Netflix Originals to commercials to Facebook posts, everywhere we look, there are vices set like bear traps - covered up and entrapping in their grip.”

Handling Conflict Well in a Friendship


Handling Conflict Well in a Friendship – When a friendship goes south, how do you respond?

How to Misinterpret the Bible


How to Misinterpret the Bible – “We all know we can misread, misunderstand, and misapply the Bible. But how do we know when we do? John Piper explains the objective standard we can use to test our interpretations.”

“Mom, How Will I Know He’s The One?” – 5 Ways to Prepare Them for Marriage


“Mom, How Will I Know He’s The One?” – 5 Ways to Prepare Them for Marriage“The question will come. It did for us as she sat on my lap, her baby-soft hand moved my chin to look at her face. Big blue eyes searched mine, ‘Mom, how did you know Dad was the one?’ The question dug into my heart. I knew how important it was to answer right, even though she was far too young to ask it.”

Monday, July 16, 2018

The Instagrammable Christian Life


The Instagrammable Christian Life – “Instagram has shaped our world more than we realize, and Thomas Brewer reminds us that social media only tells half the story, and we have much more ordinary parts of life that glorify God.”

Helping Teenagers and Children Cope Spiritually and Emotionally after a Crisis Like the Thai Cave Rescue


Helping Teenagers and Children Cope Spiritually and Emotionally after a Crisis Like the Thai Cave Rescue – “Odds of being trapped in a cave like the Thai soccer boys is rare – but childhood trauma is not.”

When Satan Tempts You to Despair


When Satan Tempts You to Despair“We must get gutsy with the Devil and gutsy with our own condemning souls.”

God’s Character in Dying: Even Better Than A Miracle


God’s Character in Dying: Even Better Than A Miracle “When my world began falling apart, I kneeled, wept, and begged for a miracle instinctively. It seemed like the normal thing to do: turning to the only One I knew who could change the course of our events.

Your Morning Will Come: Trusting God in the Darkest Nights


Your Morning Will Come: Trusting God in the Darkest Nights – “More than ever before, my soul needs to know how to face the future without fear. Where can we turn when the cares of our hearts are many, and fears threaten to overwhelm us?”

Why You Shouldn't Skip the Genealogies


Why You Shouldn't Skip the Genealogies – “Long lists of names remind us the Bible isn’t about us. We want to skip the genealogies because they aren’t about us. They don’t “resonate” with us. But that’s exactly what we need to hear.”

Jesus More Than Likes You


Jesus More Than Likes You – “Christian, God takes pleasure in you.”

Faithfully Handling Failure


Faithfully Handling Failure“Have you ever been there? Have you ever wrestled with how to manage guilt and grace in the wake of failure? You know God offers forgiveness, but isn’t what I just did terrible? It feels cheap to claim forgiveness and move on. And yet we don’t want to lose sight of the gospel. How does it all mix together?” 

Sharpen Your Axe!


Sharpen Your Axe! – “Sharpening the axe is a simple and effective solution that allows you to do the same job with dramatically less effort, not to mention better results. In much the same way, wisdom allows you to make decisions that are appropriate and effective.” 

A Sober Warning from the Earliest Christians


A Sober Warning from the Earliest Christians – “Here is one similarity between ourselves and Rome: Just as every religion in the Roman Empire was meant to add a small homage to the Emperor, today we find that every religion (and every other group, for that) is meant to add an element of tolerance. We display our loyalty to society when we express such tolerance, and display disloyalty if we refuse. If we fail the test of tolerance we fail the test of good citizenship.”

Saturday, July 14, 2018

The Doctrine of Creation


The Doctrine of Creation – “The first four words of the Bible put God not only as the origin of all things, but at the center of all things.”

Apu and the World of 2040


Apu and the World of 2040 – “The new undergraduates entering colleges this coming Fall were born in 2000, and they don’t recall a world without smartphones and social media. For them, the US has always been at perpetual war in at least one Muslim nation. For them, same sex marriage has always been the law of the land; Confederate flags have always been the symbol of hard core racist lunatics; and transgender issues have always been at the forefront of civil rights.” 

How to Leave Porn Behind


How to Leave Porn Behind – “Jesus offers much more than a cleansing purge. He offers an eternally springing fountain of himself that spills into every well in our heart. Trust me, whatever you lose in radical repentance is not something you want to keep. Radical repentance begins and ends with delight: delight in God, delight in what he loves, delight in his good gifts, and delight in his promise to never cast you away or leave you.”

World Cup Evangelism Has Flourished. What Comes Next?


World Cup Evangelism Has Flourished. What Comes Next? – “Hundreds of thousands of Russians have heard the gospel during the month-long soccer tournament. It is just the beginning.”

Authority and the gospel


Authority and the gospel – “Parents, your authority is established by what you honor. What you honor, what you value is a window into who you are. And the people who are looking the most closely through that window are your children.”

How Do I Get Connected? A Conversation with a Hasidic Israeli Jewish Man


How Do I Get Connected? A Conversation with a Hasidic Israeli Jewish ManThe relationship connection throughout all of the Lord’s promises was the same. 

Driving Without a Smartphone


Driving Without a Smartphone“Checking your phone doesn’t really mean checking your email or text messages or social-media feed. Mostly, it means checking to see if there’s anything to check.”

Friday, July 13, 2018

Why God Sanctifies Us Slowly


Why God Sanctifies Us Slowly“God has his reasons for why he saves us in stages, sanctifies us slowly, and makes us fill up every day at his pump, lest we forget where the gas comes from.”

Whom Should I Marry? Ask Boaz and Ruth


Whom Should I Marry? Ask Boaz and Ruth – “While our current Christian culture is not likely to surrender its idea of—and desire for—romantic love before marriage, The story of Ruth illustrates a better way of approaching the question: Is he or she the right one?”

Don’t Underestimate the Enemies of Your Soul


Don’t Underestimate the Enemies of Your Soul – “God wants us to stand our ground and not yield an inch. More than that, God wants us to take back ground that Satan has seized and free others he has enslaved through fear (Hebrews 2:14–15).”

How to Spot a False Teacher


How to Spot a False Teacher – “Here is how you spot a false teacher: a false teacher confesses false doctrine and harms others yet knows how to hide him or herself well.”

Trust


Trust – “Trust is believing and doing what God tells me in the Bible,  even when it is hard to do.”

Differences Between Salvation in the Qur’an & the Bible


Differences Between Salvation in the Qur’an & the Bible“Every system, philosophy, and religion proposes some form of salvation. They all articulate a problem which must be solved in order for a person to experience salvation. What matters most is what a system teaches about salvation. Whenever we seek to understand a spiritual system, this is where we need to go. What must a person to do be saved?” 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Five Reasons Not to Be Anxious


Five Reasons Not to Be Anxious – “Whatever the problems are that cause an unholy turmoil to rise up, let not your heart be troubled.”

What is the “Anything” You’d Like Jesus to Do for You?


What is the “Anything” You’d Like Jesus to Do for You? – Jesus said, You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

You Want a God of Judgment


You Want a God of Judgment – “Are we not plagued with the suspicion that nothing is ever going to get done? That no matter how we vote, or whom we call, or where we protest, the powerful will keep getting away with it? The violent will keep grinding the weak into the dust? That, even though some get caught, many will still prosper because they know how to game the system and pervert the law?”

Why It Is Highly Unlikely That the New Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v. Wade (Though They Should)


Why It Is Highly Unlikely That the New Supreme Court Will Overturn Roe v. Wade (Though They Should) – “We’ll probably see a gradual shift from the Court over time that leaves more room for legislatures but doesn’t implode the unconstitutional foundations of the Left’s favorite legal bulwarks.”

5 Things I’d Tell My Newlywed Self


5 Things I’d Tell My Newlywed Self – These are good thoughts for any stage of marriage.

Your Church Is Not Your City’s Savior


Your Church Is Not Your City’s Savior – “The unity of churches in a community has the potential to drive—or, if they’re disunited, detract from—the evangelistic mission in that location. Churches are not businesses; they should not compete as though vying for their share of the market. Rather, churches are partners together in the mission of seeing sinners come to Christ and grow to full maturity.”

Pain to Gain for Others


Pain to Gain for Others – “Let’s face it: being nominal is a breeze, but standing strong as a true believer can be very costly.”

5 Dangers for Missionaries in Honor-Shame Contexts


5 Dangers for Missionaries in Honor-Shame Contexts – Even locally, cross-cultural disciple-making encounters these issues. “Here are five dangers I see for those seeking to minister in honor-shame contexts. Recognizing them will hopefully protect us from unhelpful overcorrection.”

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Does God Want Me to Be Happy or Holy?


Does God Want Me to Be Happy or Holy?“Holiness is the condition of heart in which God is our greatest happiness.”

Are You Living Worthy of the Gospel?


Are You Living Worthy of the Gospel? – “The Bible tells us that we are to live lives that are worthy of the gospel. How can we actually live in a way that is worthy of the gospel of Christ? Is that even a possibility?”

How Satan Seduces Bitter Believers


How Satan Seduces Bitter Believers – “It’s strange, but sometimes it’s harder to forgive when the victim is not us but someone close to us – a close friend or family member.”

Do We Need a Still Small Voice Before We Obey?


Do We Need a Still Small Voice Before We Obey? – “His Word is all we need for our obedience in a life of godliness.”

Fifteen Ways to Know you are Growing in Holiness


Fifteen Ways to Know you are Growing in HolinessJordan Standridge offers “fifteen encouragements. Fifteen different examples that the reader can hang onto so that he can see growth in his sanctification. These specifically apply to the problem of anger, but I thought they provide a helpful blueprint for dealing with any sin.” 

Security in Christ


Security in Christ – “Let us not trust that we are fine, simply because of religious activity. Ultimately, it is being in Christ that is our security, not our feeling it; and not our feeling of security in things other than Christ.”

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Longing for Harmony in Our Relationships


Longing for Harmony in Our Relationships – “Father, grant us grace and wisdom for our messiest of relationships, but also for the best of our relationships. None of our relationships is beyond the reach or need of your grace. Help us to be the chief repenter in each of our relationships—the one most desirous of reconnecting, the quickest to humble ourselves, the one most bull-dogged committed to harmony.” 

9 Things You Should Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh


9 Things You Should Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett KavanaughJoe Carter has shared the inevitable (and helpful) 9 Things You Should Know About Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Brett Kavanaugh Is a Good Supreme Court Pick and the Reason Many Voted for Trump


Brett Kavanaugh Is a Good Supreme Court Pick and the Reason Many Voted for TrumpA more conservative court is good for America in many ways.

A (Not So) Revolutionary Strategy for Great Quiet Times


A (Not So) Revolutionary Strategy for Great Quiet Times “So many Christians live with the nagging feeling that time with God doesn’t hold the priority it should in their lives. They want to make progress, but they just can’t seem to master the art of quality quiet times. Worse, many start to think of their quiet time as the enemy they can’t conquer, instead of the life-giving friend it is.”

3 Spiritual Reasons You Should Take Control of Your Calendar


3 Spiritual Reasons You Should Take Control of Your Calendar – “Perhaps, though, taking control of your calendar isn’t just an issue of time management. Maybe there’s something deeper going on here. Maybe taking control of your calendar is actually a spiritual discipline; maybe it’s an act of discipleship. And here are three reasons why...”

A Plea to Parents


A Plea to ParentsI feel this author’s burden: “I implore you, parents. Examine yourself. If you do not feel a sense of urgency in the training and spiritual development of your children, if you do not provide them with a church family and teach them God’s word, if you do not feel utter devastation at the thought of them living without Christ and dying without hope, then you have no reason to feel assured of your own salvation.”

Let Precious Moments Pass You By


Let Precious Moments Pass You By – “We miss precious moments not because we didn’t have our phones, but because we did. Like kids texting at the dinner table, we forgot to look special moments in the eye. We pass on the first take of life in favor of a later viewing, trading the real for the replica, and in so doing, counterfeiting our joy.”

The Message That Moved the SBC


The Message That Moved the SBC – This is worth the fifteen minutes of video and explanation.

Monday, July 9, 2018

None of Our Misery Is Meaningless


None of Our Misery Is Meaningless“Not only is all your affliction momentary, not only is all your affliction light in comparison to eternity and the glory there, but all of it is totally meaningful.”

Six Admonitions from Deuteronomy


Six Admonitions from Deuteronomy – Paul Tautges: “In my reading through Deuteronomy last week, I noticed many admonitions which are reinforced by New Testament teaching and, therefore, need to be applied by us today. I will only mention six of them.”

The Types Of Members That Do Not Build The Body


The Types Of Members That Do Not Build The Body “Diverse people who have no reason to live and work together, let alone care for each other, choose to live in love and unity in the church to the praise and glory of the Lord’s name...So what kind of members do not build up the body of Christ?”

When God Isn’t There


When God Isn’t There – “God’s absence helps prove that you long for his presence, which is a gift of the Spirit. Allow yourself to wonder in amazement at his work in your wanting.”

10 Things You Should Know about Infertility


10 Things You Should Know about Infertility“According to the CDC, approximately 7–10% of couples experience some form of infertility—a very considerable number. To make that figure slightly more concrete, if your church has about 200 families attend on a given Sunday morning, chances are around 20 of them have experienced infertility.”

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Even This: Trusting God in Your Darkest Day


Even This: Trusting God in Your Darkest Day – “No matter how inevitable defeat may appear, we will see the victory come. This we know: God’s ways are higher than ours, and in our hardest moments here and now, Jesus is unfailing.”

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Spiritual Growth Is Not an Accident


Spiritual Growth Is Not an Accident – God is a gracious, intentional Gardener.

The 2 Marks of a Truly Wicked Person


The 2 Marks of a Truly Wicked Person – “Two words summarize these wicked oppressors: arrogant and aggressive. Their pride and violence spell disaster for anyone who stands in their way.”

The Average Debt Per U.S. Household Continues to Rise


The Average Debt Per U.S. Household Continues to Rise – A startling and sobering read.

Should Followers of Christ Observe the Torah?


Should Followers of Christ Observe the Torah?“A great deal of the New Testament is devoted to the question of the Christian’s relationship to the Mosaic Law in the Torah, but if the questions I receive from people are any indication, there’s an increasing amount of confusion among Christians on this topic.” 

The Doctrines of Graciousness


The Doctrines of Graciousness – “Giving mental assent to the Bible’s teachings about our depravity and God’s election, atonement, and grace is quicker and easier than learning to live out the kind of virtues God pairs with such precious truths.”

Friday, July 6, 2018

How Can We Find Meaning in Life?


How Can We Find Meaning in Life? – Here is an excellent reflection on the message of Ecclesiastes.

The Doubt-Slayer — Growing in Gratitude


The Doubt-Slayer — Growing in Gratitude – “Doubt and guilt are not strangers to most believers at some point in our journey. But these feelings can be another hindrance to gratitude, so we will look at biblical passages to encourage us and biblical characters to inspire us.”

How (Not) to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts


How (Not) to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts – “The best way to discover your gift, then, is not by taking a test. They didn’t have such instruments in the early church, and people discovered and used their gifts just fine! Rather, if you get involved in the lives of others in your church and love as Jesus commanded, then you will discover your gift.”

7 Ways to Share the Gospel Without Being a Jerk


7 Ways to Share the Gospel Without Being a Jerk “Nobody likes a jerk, but so often this is the impression many Christians give when sharing the faith. There are many people who claim to follow Christ but share their faith in a way that completely contradicts Jesus’ message and manner.”

Movements Come and Go, the Church Remains


Movements Come and Go, the Church Remains“There are a variety of movements happening now in the church, many of which are good. But I’m increasingly becoming a local guy. I’ve seen too many ‘revolutionary’ things quickly spring up and just as quickly fade away.” 

Would Jesus Bake the Cake?


Would Jesus Bake the Cake?“Don’t be surprised if our sexually confused culture calls on you to compromise your biblical standards. If that happens, don’t do it. Let me help you, by asking the question this way: If Jesus was a baker, and He was asked to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony, would He do it? Various actors, journalists, and political pundits are sure that He would.”

Mister Rogers’s Deathbed Confession


Mister Rogers’s Deathbed Confession “Mister Rogers’s deathbed question was really a deathbed confession. He was confessing that, facing the weight of eternity and the undeniable prospect of his justification before God, he wasn’t sure that his lifetime of ‘sheepishness’ was merit enough.”

Thursday, July 5, 2018

The 'No' Heard Through the Ages


The 'No' Heard Through the Ages – “In Gethsemane, Jesus hears the most significant ‘No’ ever heard in history. Can we be saved without the cross? No, we cannot. We have sinned against God, and the Son’s atoning death is the one solution that fits the size of our problem.”

A (Not So) Revolutionary Strategy for Great Quiet Times


A (Not So) Revolutionary Strategy for Great Quiet Times – “Here are three reasons why mere faithfulness works.”

Sensing That This Isn’t Fair


Sensing That This Isn’t Fair“Whether we are moms, CEOs, or in full-time Christian ministry we compare ourselves to one another. And, undoubtedly, we consider ourselves the harder worker, the better performer, the one who deserves a bit more.” 

Like Mothers, Like Fathers, Like Children


Like Mothers, Like Fathers, Like ChildrenHere’s something you may have never noticed before in 1 Thessalonians.

5 Things You Need to Believe About Jesus’ 2nd Coming


5 Things You Need to Believe About Jesus’ 2nd Coming – “The inauguration of the kingdom in Christ's death, resurrection, ascension, and the outpouring of the Spirit directed believers' hopes toward a coming consummation of the kingdom, when the King now enthroned in heaven would return to earth.”

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

The 4th of July, and Our True and Lasting Freedom(s)


The 4th of July, and Our True and Lasting Freedom(s) – “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1”

Oh the Places You Might Go: Watching the Fourth from Far Away


Oh the Places You Might Go: Watching the Fourth from Far Away – “This July 4, enjoy the fireworks, hamburgers, and hot dogs. But also consider your passport and ask God how he might use your privileged possession of that little blue booklet for that great day when a multitude from every nation joins together with a loud voice to sing the eternal song of heaven, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” (Revelation 7:9–10).”

How to Discourage a Grieving Friend


How to Discourage a Grieving Friend – “So how should we treat our grieving friends? What does being a friend to someone in need even look like? What should we say to our neighbors who are struggling?”

MeToo Is a Direct Result of the Sexual Revolution


MeToo Is a Direct Result of the Sexual Revolution“Following are five facts about the revolution’s impact that are by now empirically incontestable—five truths that the record of the past half-century has established beyond reasonable doubt.”

Though We Are Faithless, God Remains Faithful


Though We Are Faithless, God Remains Faithful – “Today, a choice stands before you and me. We stand at a fork in the road. How will we live in light of the Word of God? Will we live by fear or faith?”

Church Won’t Save You


Church Won’t Save You“Nobody is saved by belonging to a group — any group — when their individual heart is hard toward God.”

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

How to Make the Most of Your Daily Bible Reading


How to Make the Most of Your Daily Bible Reading – “Here are five ways to make the most of your daily Bible reading.”

The Utter Horror of the Smallest Sins


The Utter Horror of the Smallest Sins – “Little sins reveal that we are willing to rebel against God in even the smallest matters.”

Who Needs Palliative Care When We Have Euthanasia?


Who Needs Palliative Care When We Have Euthanasia?“In jurisdictions that have legalized euthanasia, palliative care is becoming less and less available. This, in turn, causes more patients to turn to physician-assisted suicide. So observes Wesley J. Smith, who cites a physician in the Netherlands: ‘One doctor once infamously said he didn’t need palliative care when he had euthanasia.'”

My State Turned My Life Upside Down Because of My Religious Beliefs


My State Turned My Life Upside Down Because of My Religious BeliefsBarronelle Stutzman: “This isn’t just about my freedom. It is about everyone’s freedom. If the government can require us to create art and participate in sacred events, or take all we own and destroy us for declining to submit to its demands, then we aren’t really free. Wherever you stand on the issue of same-sex marriage, we should all fear a government that can crush one side or the other.”

Do You Really Know What Your Kid’s Doing on That Device?


Do You Really Know What Your Kid’s Doing on That Device?“Many teens themselves say it’s surprisingly common for kids to live online lives that are all but invisible to most parents — for better or worse. Parents are clearly outmatched.” 

Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age


Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age“The very notion of right and wrong is now discarded by large sectors of American society. Where it is not discarded, it is often debased. Taking a page out of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, modern secularists simply declare wrong, right, and right, wrong.”

Monday, July 2, 2018

14 Ideas to Make Your Bible Reading More Consistent


14 Ideas to Make Your Bible Reading More Consistent – “For many Christians, reading the Bible consistently is a challenge.”

Who Will Lead the Global Church in 2118?


Who Will Lead the Global Church in 2118?“The heart language of those who lead the global church in 2118 will almost certainly not be English.”

The Bible Has Been Translated Many Times Over, so How Can It Be Reliable?


The Bible Has Been Translated Many Times Over, so How Can It Be Reliable? – “There are two different challenges in play here. The first concerns the translation of the text. The second concerns the transmission of the text. We will focus our attention on the former challenge since we’ve written on the latter challenge here.”

Can I Trust God with My Child’s Suffering?


Can I Trust God with My Child’s Suffering? “I don’t want hard things for my kids. I want them to be happy and well-adjusted. I want them to know the sweetness of God’s goodness and the faithfulness of His presence. I want to protect them from evil and suffering and sadness. Basically, I want them to trust God like their life depends on it without their life actually depending on it.

Planting Seeds of Gospel Hope


Planting Seeds of Gospel Hope – “When I offer my children grace, love, and acceptance in their failures I’m pointing them to a greater version of these things in Christ. Just the same, when I extend an invitation for a playdate with an unbeliever I’m reflecting a greater invitation from the Savior.”

Faith, Fertility, and the Fate of American Religion


Faith, Fertility, and the Fate of American Religion “The United States just passed a critical statistical landmark, one that I think – I fear – has immense implications for the nation’s religious life. If I am right, and we are dealing with early days, we might seriously be looking at the opening stages of a large scale process of secularization. After being reported and speculated about for decades, that secularization might finally be happening.”

How Not To Pray: Two Correctives from Christ


How Not To Pray: Two Correctives from Christ – Jesus taught His disciples how to pray and how not to pray in the Sermon on the Mount.

10 Things You Should Know about Christian Ethics


10 Things You Should Know about Christian Ethics – It’s important to understanding the uniqueness of Christian ethics.

Supreme Court Vacates Lower Court’s Verdict Against Florist


Supreme Court Vacates Lower Court’s Verdict Against Florist – We’ve been following this case from the beginning. While this is a positive step, the final result is yet to be determined.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

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I’ll be away for a few days traveling. Today, I encourage you to visit the topic of SPIRITUAL GROWTH from the blog. There are several years of articles. On this Lord’s Day, what next step could you take to be more like our Savior?