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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

How Overcomers Think and Live


How Overcomers Think and Live – “An overcomer disciplines his internal conversation toward a focus of praise to God. Discipline involves regulating your thinking and conduct by principle—not emotion, impulse or circumstances.”

The Big and Small World of Bible Geography


The Big and Small World of Bible Geography – Both perspectives are important for understanding the lands of the Bible.

If You Don’t Pray, You Won’t Live


If You Don’t Pray, You Won’t Live“Here are three brief practical suggestions because most of us are not doing as well as we should.”

How Do You Respond to God's Word?


How Do You Respond to God's Word? – “What we do with God’s word is a pointer to what we do with God himself. If we treat his word as worthless, disgusting, imposing, violating, or offensive, then we will treat God himself that way.”

The Lionhearted Listener: The Habit That Set Luther on Fire


The Lionhearted Listener: The Habit That Set Luther on Fire – “Long before he composed “A Mighty Fortress,” before he was driven into exile, before he stood fast at the Diet of Worms, before he courageously debated Eck at Leipzig, before he posted his ninety-five theses at the Castle Church, Martin Luther listened.”

Is Suicide an Unforgivable Sin?


Is Suicide an Unforgivable Sin? – Many of us have been impacted by the suicide of someone we love. Here is a simple answer to the question in the article’s title.

The Sins Behind the Sin of Pornography


The Sins Behind the Sin of Pornography“Deadly to the human soul and destructive to human life, pornography flourishes under the right conditions—within a broader ecosystem of sins, struggles, and situations. It never operates in isolation.”

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

How to Talk to Your Kids About Scary Events in the News


How to Talk to Your Kids About Scary Events in the News – “Our kids are growing up seeing more painful things on TV and social media than many in previous generations ever experienced in a lifetime. How as parents do we shield our kids without being overprotective? How do we talk to them about the scary things they have seen or experienced?”

What’s Wrong with the Prosperity Gospel?


What’s Wrong with the Prosperity Gospel? – “The prosperity gospel is about today. The prosperity gospel is about what I can gain in this life. And it’s about what I can gain out of this world. So the prosperity gospel assumes that the best I can have is what I can have in this world right now.”

Context Matters: The Ten Commandments


Context Matters: The Ten Commandments“At Mt. Sinai, the people are not hearing rules from a cold and distant judge. They are hearing laws from a loving, powerful Father.”

Behaving “Christianly” in Our Politics


Behaving “Christianly” in Our Politics“When it comes to kings and kingdoms, Jesus sides with himself.”

Monday, October 29, 2018

Five Ways to Improve at Encouraging One Another and Building Each Other Up


Five Ways to Improve at Encouraging One Another and Building Each Other Up – Jared Musgrove explains the need for encouragement and provides specific and practical ways that the church can love and encourage one another. 

What a Parable Teaches Us About Evangelism


What a Parable Teaches Us About Evangelism – “Let us commit today and every day to sow a little seed and trust Him with the growth.”

If You Hate Jews, You Hate Jesus


If You Hate Jews, You Hate Jesus – “Anti-Semitism is, by definition, a repudiation of Christianity as well as of Judaism. This ought to be obvious, but world history, even church history, shows us this is not the case. Christians reject anti-Semitism because we love Jesus.”

4 Truths for Grandparents to Embrace


4 Truths for Grandparents to Embrace – “Here are four ways childhood is a unique time to invest in the lives of our grandchildren.”

Feeling, Not Just Knowing, God’s Love


Feeling, Not Just Knowing, God’s Love – Colin Smith gives four testimonies from church history about the overwhelming love of God. Each of these people felt God's love deeply and their example can help us pursuing feeling God's love deeply.

Things to Know—and Not to Know—About Bible Prophecy


Things to Know—and Not to Know—About Bible Prophecy – “Make a list of what we do not know concerning the end times. What we put on the list would tell a great deal about us. One of the greatest Bible teachers of the past 50 years is (or has been) Dr. Warren Wiersbe. Once, when he was asked to speak on Bible prophecy, he began with this disclaimer: “I used to know a lot more about prophecy than I do now.”

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Living When You Know You Will Die


Living When You Know You Will Die“Even though I drove past death every day of my life growing up, it wasn’t the kind of death I had to think about. The people and the names didn’t touch me. Now, walking through this cemetery as a forty-one-year-old man, the death that surrounded me was personal. It had touched me, my family, and my neighbors.”

Doubting the Traditional Take on Thomas


Doubting the Traditional Take on Thomas – Here is the side of Thomas we often forget.

4 Ways to Engage My Spiritual Insecurity


4 Ways to Engage My Spiritual Insecurity – This is a unique perspective with good applications: “The African and Christian worldview stand in stark contrast to one another. Conversion often requires a painful wrenching from the African worldview.”

5 Differences Between Law and Gospel


5 Differences Between Law and Gospel “There is a difference that makes all the difference in Christianity. It’s a difference that takes the pressure off so there’s no Christianity left to do—everything has already been done. All because of that difference, now you are—for the first time—freed to do.”

Why Christians Need a Better Debate About Alcohol


Why Christians Need a Better Debate About Alcohol – “The harmful use of alcohol is no longer an issue Christians can ignore. To truly seek the welfare of our cities—and the world—we need to find a way for all believers, whether we’re Abstainers or Imbibers, to find a way to talk about alcohol in a way that better serves our neighbors.”

Friday, October 26, 2018

When the Future Feels Impossible


When the Future Feels Impossible – “As we pray, we try to remind ourselves of the truths we know. Bedrock truths that have carried us through our own grief. Truths that every Christian can hold onto. Truths that will bear the weight of our sorrow.”

From the Mundane to Martyrdom


From the Mundane to Martyrdom – “I am always enamored when I read the last words of missionaries, whether they are self-written or known through a final conversation; often, they leave me in tears.”

Relearning the Secret, Joy, and Freedom of Contentment


Relearning the Secret, Joy, and Freedom of Contentment – “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”

How to Read the Bible for Teenagers


How to Read the Bible for TeenagersHere are seven questions to ask as you read a biblical text.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Relax in God


Relax in God – “Replacing anxiety with peace involves a choice. We must stop being anxious. We must quiet ourselves. We must deliberately shift the focal point of our attention.”

For Every Prayer That Goes Unanswered


For Every Prayer That Goes Unanswered“As I ask God for the hope needed to endure pleading over what he might be pleased to withhold, he has been teaching me to cling to two truths from Matthew 7 that have made all the difference.”

What Makes a Woman Strong: How God Prepared Deborah to Lead


What Makes a Woman Strong: How God Prepared Deborah to Lead – “The more we see just how the Bible shows us Deborah’s strength, the better we see its beauty and importance. To this end, let’s make four observations about this story of a strong woman.”

Human Dignity Is Not a Political Platform


Human Dignity Is Not a Political Platform – “What if lack of civility, indifference to suffering, and political rancor are somehow connected? What if they’re all related to a loss of appreciation for human dignity?”

Seeds Become Fruit and Fruit Becomes Seeds


Seeds Become Fruit and Fruit Becomes Seeds – “Our culture is selling us something, ease, success, cheeriness, perfect abs, airbrushed images. But most of us, if we’re honest, are just a block of wood getting chiseled away at by the Master Maker. There’s an eagle in there somewhere, but not yet, not today. Not until we see Him face to face in glory.”

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

How Do I Find the Will of God


How Do I Find the Will of GodHere are some good reminders about the journey and good principles to follow.

Your Church is Not a Restaurant


Your Church is Not a Restaurant – “J.D. Greear uses three metaphors to help us understand different conceptions of the church.”


When the Downcast Can’t Reach Our Hymns


When the Downcast Can’t Reach Our Hymns“Unfortunately, our lyrics often soar so high that someone who is drowning on the ocean floor of their personal despair can’t reach them.”

How Do I Question Someone’s Salvation at the End of His Life?


How Do I Question Someone’s Salvation at the End of His Life?“The gospel is news, but it is not enough to just give facts. We have to look at people and plead with them to be reconciled with God.”

5 Common Misconceptions about Heaven and the Afterlife


5 Common Misconceptions about Heaven and the Afterlife“Here are five things that the Bible doesn’t teach.”

Four Keys To Living Faithfully in Exile


Four Keys To Living Faithfully in Exile – “A lifestyle of worship and submission to the King of heaven is the only thing that will satisfy our souls, even when seasons of exile threaten to displace us.”

Before You Bail on Jesus


Before You Bail on Jesus“Everything is at stake in serving Jesus. Everything is at stake in knowing Jesus.”

What Establishes a Marriage According to the Bible? (Video)


What Establishes a Marriage According to the Bible?  (Video)“Marriage in the West today looks a lot different than marriage in biblical times. How can Christians apply a biblical view of marriage to modern day?” 

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

What Would You Do With $1.6 Billion?


What Would You Do With $1.6 Billion?“Given all the dangers of materialism, why are so many Americans still so materialistic?”

The One Thing Worse Than Being Spiritually Lost


The One Thing Worse Than Being Spiritually Lost“But what could possibly be worse than being lost?...This: being lost when no one on earth is looking for you.”

The Key to Life (from Paul Powell)


The Key to Life (from Paul Powell) – Over the triple doorways of the Cathedral of Milan, Italy, there are three inscriptions spanning three beautiful arches. Over the first arch is sculptured a cross and with it the words, “All that troubles is but for a moment.”

Over the left arch is carved a beautiful wreath of roses, and underneath it are the words, “All that pleases is but for a moment.” Over the central entrance to the main aisle is the inscription, “That only is important which is eternal.”

We live in a world of rampant materialism. Many share the philosophy of Lloyd Benson, former Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton, when he said, “Money is not the key to life, but it you’ve got some you can have a key made.” The real key to life is to seek the eternal above everything else.

Jim Elliot, the missionary to Ecuador who was murdered by the very ones he was trying to save, "No man is a fool who gives that which he cannot keep in order to gain that which he cannot lose." Give your life to Christ. That’s a winning proposition.

Four Parenting Strategies for Leading Generation Z


Four Parenting Strategies for Leading Generation Z – “Many began over-parenting their children (even teens) becoming “helicopter parents” and “karaoke parents” (who wanted to act like their kids) and “lawnmower parents” who mowed down anything or anyone in the way of their kids’ success.”

A Warning for Parents: Instagram is Full of Porn


A Warning for Parents: Instagram is Full of Porn – “Many parents may be unaware of this, but Instagram is actually one of the most prominent social media offenders in regard to the proliferation of pornography. Recently, Forbes actually did a break-down of just how much porn is on Instagram—and how easy it is to access it.”

Sexual Sin Isn’t Only Wrong, It’s Just Plain Stupid


Sexual Sin Isn’t Only Wrong, It’s Just Plain Stupid “Sometimes, even though we should be, we aren’t sufficiently motivated by what’s right and wrong. In those times Scripture teaches us to be motivated by understanding what’s smart and what’s stupid. The choice is ours.”

Eugene Peterson Has Completed His Long Obedience


Eugene Peterson Has Completed His Long Obedience – Family says Message author joyfully looked toward heaven as he neared death, saying, “Let’s go.”

Monday, October 22, 2018

Awaken Me to Today: Three Daily Reminders


Awaken Me to Today: Three Daily Reminders – “ So look up to God today. Look around to his world today. Look ahead to your life today. And ask God to awaken you.”

There Are Burdens We Can’t Bear


There Are Burdens We Can’t Bear“If you are like me, you often overestimate your ability and underestimate your tasks. Giving ourselves too much credit, we bite off more than we can reasonably chew. In time this pattern can not only hurt our productivity and efficiency, but it begins to weigh us down.”

Holding on to Hope: 12 Truths for Parents Whose Kids Wander Away From Faith


Holding on to Hope: 12 Truths for Parents Whose Kids Wander Away From Faith – “So what can we do as parents when our teen and young adult kids struggle with their faith?”

Why the Local Church Really Matters


Why the Local Church Really Matters – “What is the church? Why has God called us into these little communities? Does the local church really matter? It does!”

The Least Mentioned Sin?


The Least Mentioned Sin?“You scratch my back; I’ll scratch yours.” 

6 Reasons Work Is Hard—and Why It Helps to Know Them


6 Reasons Work Is Hard—and Why It Helps to Know Them – “Let God transform the list of things you dislike about your job into the reasons God has called you there.”

Church Membership—Like a Marriage


Church Membership—Like a Marriage – “It seems like far too many people treat relationships of all sorts as being disposable. As soon as they hit a rough patch of any sort they decide to pull up stakes, move on, and find a new relationship. This is especially the case, I believe, when it comes to church membership.”

The Gatekeeper of Your Anxious Heart


The Gatekeeper of Your Anxious Heart – “As a result of prayer, the peace of God protects our hearts and minds from fear. God’s peace commands anxious thoughts to leave and prevents new ones from entering. This inner peace has three qualities.”

How to Pray When You Don’t Want to Pray


How to Pray When You Don’t Want to PrayHere are some nice takeaways from one of my favorite books on prayer.

Can My Prayer Reach His Suffering?


Can My Prayer Reach His Suffering?“A father’s strength protects, supports and puts family first. He looks for solutions and fixes problems. But when he can’t heal, mend or make it better, a dad suffers in ways only a man can.”

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Oh, for Grace to Trust You More


Oh, for Grace to Trust You More – “God pours out his love into our hearts through his Spirit; Satan tries to dam the life-giving floods through lies about our circumstances.”

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Having and Giving Encouragement


Having and Giving Encouragement – “There are many things over which we have little control, many outcomes that remain hidden to us, and many broken stories, people, and situations that may, or may not, get better this side of heaven.”

What to Do When the New Testament Quotes the Old


What to Do When the New Testament Quotes the Old“Since the Bible had no verse divisions until the 16th century AD, we ought to consider what this implies about how to read and study the Bible. Ancient readers had no map or reference system to pinpoint particular statements. They could not speak with precision about a textual location such as Isaiah chapter 7 verse 14.”

What Is the Rapture?


What Is the Rapture? “After the believing dead have been raised, the story shifts to the believers who remain alive at the time of Jesus’ return. This verse has been the subject of much controversy, principally about what it means for living believers to be ‘caught up together with them in the clouds’ and to ‘meet the Lord in the air.'”

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word


The Wonderful Accessibility of the Word – “God has spoken through his written Word in such a way that we might understand who he is and what he wants us to do.”

4 Reasons You Should Consider Teaching or Volunteering in Kids Ministry


4 Reasons You Should Consider Teaching or Volunteering in Kids Ministry – “Here are four reasons you should consider volunteering in the kid’s ministry at your church.”

Five Practical Steps To Evangelize Your Co-Workers


Five Practical Steps To Evangelize Your Co-Workers – “Do you have a job? If so, you have a mission field. God wants each and every one of us to live on mission for Him.”

Eight Ways Satan Tempts You To Question Your Salvation


Eight Ways Satan Tempts You To Question Your Salvation – Understanding how Satan works strengthens us against temptation.

Your Kids Are Not Projects or Burdens. They Are Gifts


Your Kids Are Not Projects or Burdens. They Are Gifts – “How does our view of parenthood change when we view our children neither as projects nor burdens, but as gifts?”

Almost Half of U.S. Births Happen Outside Marriage, Signaling Cultural Shift


Almost Half of U.S. Births Happen Outside Marriage, Signaling Cultural Shift “Forty percent of all births in the U.S. now occur outside of wedlock, up from 10 percent in 1970, according to an annual report released on Wednesday by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the largest international provider of sexual and reproductive health services.”

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Are You Becoming More or Less of an Encourager?


Are You Becoming More or Less of an Encourager?“This is the famous don’t skip church verse but listen, we must remember that if we are going to enter into the Sunday morning assembly together, we must bring our encouragement hat with us.”

We Are Pursued by Our Incredibly Generous Father


We Are Pursued by Our Incredibly Generous Father – “Heavenly Father, this is such an encouraging passage of Scripture. You seek us faithfully, love us passionately, and speak to us graciously.”

What to Say When Someone Dies (And What Not to Say)


What to Say When Someone Dies (And What Not to Say) – Joe McKeever offers good counsel.

The Joy We Know Only in Suffering


The Joy We Know Only in Suffering – “The longer I walk with Jesus, the more I see that sufferers often have secret access to happiness.”

5 Stats About Global and Domestic Hunger—and What the Church Can Do


 – There is always a temptation to step past this topic because of we are overwhelmed or uncomfortable.

7 Signs You’re Having an Emotional Affair


7 Signs You’re Having an Emotional Affair – “If you think that you (or your spouse) have let a friendship go to far, here are seven simple ways to tell if you’re having some level of an emotional affair.”

3 Reasons We Should Pay Attention to What We Sing in Church


3 Reasons We Should Pay Attention to What We Sing in Church – “We should care because these are words we are singing to and about God. Here are three more.”

Should Latter-day Saints (LDS) be considered Christians?


Should Latter-day Saints (LDS) be considered Christians? – “Here is where we find ourselves using the same terms but defining those terms with different dictionaries.”

Authenticating Glory in Scripture


Authenticating Glory in Scripture – “Though the Scripture may be shown to be trustworthy by many historical and logical proofs, it is essentially received as true because of the revelation of God’s glory experienced through it.”

Lay Aside Every Suitcase


Lay Aside Every Suitcase – “In a world that is broken and burning, it is important to lay aside every possible hindrance, to do it for the good of your own soul and the good of those around you.”

Treasures in Heaven

Treasures in Heaven - Paul Powell wrote this years ago.

Pat Neff, one-time governor of Texas and later president of Baylor University, once said, “All my life I’ve heard preachers tell me to lay up treasures in heaven, but none of them ever told me how to do it. I had to figure it out on my own.

“The only way to get our treasures into heaven is to put them in something that is going there. Cattle, land, houses, stocks and bonds, all have no life and are not going to heaven. Only men and women, boys and girls, are going there.”

If you want to lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, then you’ve got to invest in people. Give yourselves to feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, healing the sick, and caring for the needy in every way. Oh yes, and share the good news that Jesus saves. That way they can enjoy eternity with you. Where are you investing your treasure (your time and resources) today? 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Jesus Left Things Unfixed


Jesus Left Things Unfixed – “We are not meant to be completely fulfilled on this earth.”

What to Do When Your Loved Ones Reject God


What to Do When Your Loved Ones Reject God – “We must take immense encouragement as we trust the Lord with our lost ones. Their stories are still unfolding in ways we cannot see.”

A Word to the Older Men


A Word to the Older Men “Old men. We need you. And we need you to live your life in such a way that evokes admiration and respect. You don’t have to be a great orator. You don’t have to write books on theology. We just need you to be godly.” 

8 Rules of Social Media Wisdom


8 Rules of Social Media Wisdom “Peer pressure is always terrible, and social media are a megaphone for peer pressure. And when you use that megaphone all the time you tend to forget that it’s possible to speak at a normal volume.”

A Simple Rubric for Biblical Wisdom


A Simple Rubric for Biblical Wisdom – “In these caustic and divisive times, we should be a people who exhibit true godly wisdom. May the fruits of the Spirit be on display and our speech be full of grace and mercy. Let us seek peace and honor the Lord in all we say and do.”

6 Reasons Our Discipleship Strategies Miss the Mark


6 Reasons Our Discipleship Strategies Miss the MarkThese are true in a life, a small group, a church, or Kingdom work beyond.

When the Bible Conflicts with Our Culture


When the Bible Conflicts with Our Culture – “What do we do when something taught in the Bible comes into direct conflict with a deeply-held cultural value?” 

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

What Is This Book?


What Is This Book? – “A beautiful paragraph, found in the introduction of every Bible produced by the remarkable Gideon International.”

The Dirty Dozen of Unbiblical Parenting


The Dirty Dozen of Unbiblical Parenting – The list gets to the heart of things quickly.

2 Reasons Why Coveting Is a Serious Sin


2 Reasons Why Coveting Is a Serious Sin – It’s a sin we deal with much more often than we realize.

When Kids Doubt


When Kids Doubt – “Nine times out of 10, doubt is not a sign that your sweet kid is headed to hell and is going to walk away from truth. Doubt is a healthy and normal part of faith. Our response to their doubts can make all of the difference.”

The Audacity of Gender-Reveal Parties: Another Step Towards Cultural Insanity


The Audacity of Gender-Reveal Parties: Another Step Towards Cultural Insanity – “Gender debates dominate the news these days, dumping with them an incredibly toxic level of madness.”

Eugene Peterson: The Jesus Way Vs. The American Way


Eugene Peterson: The Jesus Way Vs. The American Way – “We can’t gather a God-fearing, God-worshipping congregation by cultivating a consumer-pleasing, commodity-oriented congregation.”

Monday, October 15, 2018

I Was Shackled by Unforgiveness


I Was Shackled by Unforgiveness – “Brothers and sisters, loved and forgiven by the Savior, it is time to move forward. Here are three things you can do to pursue forgiveness and freedom, for the glory of God.”

Why Do I Keep Sinning?


Why Do I Keep Sinning? – “Why do you sin? If you want to know what are the dynamics that kill sin and create love, you should ask yourself, Why do I sin? And I’ll tell you why you sin: because sin makes promises to you, and you believe them.”

When It Comes to Our Suffering, God “Gets It”


When It Comes to Our Suffering, God “Gets It” – “In all human history, who has paid the highest price for evil and suffering? Poll a hundred people on this question and only a few would come up with the right answer: God.

4 Ways To Respond To Pornography


4 Ways To Respond To Pornography – According to Focus on the Family, the average age a child is exposed to pornography is 8. They add, “Before the days of the Internet, children were typically between the ages of 11 to 13 when they began by viewing soft-core pornography found in magazines.”

His Wife Went Home Too Soon


His Wife Went Home Too Soon“Hudson Taylor was heartbroken over the loss of his wife. But God gave him such comfort that he wondered if his wife in heaven could possibly be experiencing as much joy in God as he was. That’s how deeply God comforted Taylor in his grief. And that’s how God can comfort you.”

What Does It Mean That God Is Jealous?


What Does It Mean That God Is Jealous? – “To appreciate God’s jealousy we first need to properly understand it. His jealousy is the kind that zealously protects a love-relationship and which avenges it when it is broken.”

The Healthiest Order Of Our Loves


The Healthiest Order Of Our Loves – The love of Jesus helps us to arrange all our other loves. Scott Sauls writes that Jesus is the highest of our loves, and all other treasures fade away in light of his beauty.

Why Does Piper Avoid Politics and What’s Trending?


Why Does Piper Avoid Politics and What’s Trending? – “The spiritual condition of a person’s soul is infinitely more important than any political transaction on the face of the earth.”

What We Need More Of In This World


What We Need More Of In This World – “Gratitude is a discipline. We need to choose thankfulness. Fight for it. Even if we don't feel like it.”

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Prayers and Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael


Prayers and Help in the Aftermath of Hurricane Michael – How can you pray for the overwhelming needs?

Why Christians Don’t Go to Church (and Why They Must)


Why Christians Don’t Go to Church (and Why They Must) – “A new survey finds the reason people avoid going to church is more often for practical or personal reasons, rather than lack of belief.”

Caring for Fellow Believers in a World Filled With Trauma


Caring for Fellow Believers in a World Filled With Trauma – “Think with me for a moment about all the ways trauma invades our lives.”

5 More Reasons to Go to Church in Person


5 More Reasons to Go to Church in Person – “If we want to get everything we can from our church experience, we need to start by showing up in person. That may seem obvious to most churchgoers, but there is a large and growing number of people who think that watching a service online is all the church they need.”

The Current Storm and the Evangelical Response


The Current Storm and the Evangelical Response – “How should Christians respond in the midst of the cultural storm?”

God Will Conquer All Your Sins


God Will Conquer All Your Sins – “Before the foundation of the world, God planned to conquer all our sins.”

Friday, October 12, 2018

The Home of Everything We’ve Always Longed For


The Home of Everything We’ve Always Longed For – “One day his kingdom will come and his will done on earth as it is in heaven. It’s going to be everything we have always longed for. It’s going to be even better than Eden.”

Sprinting to the Finish Line


Sprinting to the Finish Line – “The Bible describes the Christian life as a race—and it’s definitely more like a marathon than a sprint.”

5 Ways Praying the Psalms Will Completely Change Your Life


5 Ways Praying the Psalms Will Completely Change Your Life – “You’ll never go through anything in life in which the root emotion is not found in one or more of the Psalms. Thus the Psalms put into expression that which is looking for expression in our hearts.”

Lawnmower Parents and Snowflake Spirituality


Lawnmower Parents and Snowflake Spirituality – “What does a lawnmower parent do? They “mow down all of a child’s challenges, discomforts and struggles.”

3 Reasons God Says to Forgive Others


3 Reasons God Says to Forgive Others – Forgiving others is gift from God for you to embrace.

How to Live a Simple and Wasted Life


How to Live a Simple and Wasted Life – “No one in heaven envies the rich of this world. No one covets the famous. No one praises the powerful. They have discovered what it means to “live deep and suck all the marrow out of life.” They have found that which is truly life: Jesus Christ.”

Social Justice vs. Evangelism? There Shouldn’t Even Be a Debate


Social Justice vs. Evangelism? There Shouldn’t Even Be a Debate – “We shouldn’t separate preaching the Gospel, serving the poor, healing the hurting and helping the oppressed. We should preach the Gospel with our lives and our deeds.”

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Romans 8 Driven Life


The Romans 8 Driven Life – “How would you live if you realized that nothing you fear could ever have the last word in your life? What would your days look like if you believed, in fact, that the most defining and secure reality of your very existence was not anything you could see?”

When God Calls You to Walk through Suffering’s Door


When God Calls You to Walk through Suffering’s Door – “One foot in front of the other, Christian. You don’t suffer without purpose, and you don’t suffer alone.”

What Ever Happened to Civil Debate?


What Ever Happened to Civil Debate?“The book of Proverbs warns us against the hasty words, harsh tones, and hot-tempers that have become the norm in our day.”

Lord, Teach Us—and Our Kids—to Pray


Lord, Teach Us—and Our Kids—to Pray – “How can we capture and leverage everyday moments to help our kids—even our youngest kids—learn to pray?”

The Danger (to our Children) of a Distant Marriage


The Danger (to our Children) of a Distant Marriage – “The word “triangulation” should haunt every parent actively raising children, and it should warn all of us to not allow our marriages to grow distant during the child-rearing years.”

The Therapeutic Benefits of Community


The Therapeutic Benefits of Community – “The church is one of the few aspects of Christian theology that can be observed.”

The False Gospel of “You Be You”


The False Gospel of “You Be You” – “Fulfillment comes when we realize that no amount of self-expression can cover up our brokenness and that this brokenness and sin is covered in Christ.”

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Is God Waiting on You?


Is God Waiting on You? – “Do you ever feel like you are waiting on God? Waiting on Him to answer your prayers or give you a sign as to what to do next? What if He was actually waiting on YOU?”

The Old Testament Told Visually in 5 Minutes



10 Enduring Qualities of Scripture


 10 Enduring Qualities of Scripture“A sound theology of Scripture includes a recognition of ten enduring qualities of Scripture.”

When God Does Not Draw Near


When God Does Not Draw Near – “When we run to someone or something to the exclusion of God, we reveal that, at bottom, we rely on ourselves instead of on him. We trust that we know better than God what would be better for us.”

The Order of the Beatitudes


The Order of the Beatitudes – “There’s an order to the Beatitudes, and each one propels you toward the next.”

Reframing the Issue of Poverty


Reframing the Issue of Poverty – “Poverty is more than just a physical reality.”

What Is the Mark of the Beast?


What Is the Mark of the Beast? – Here is a biblically consistent perspective on what the Bible says in Revelation 13.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The Good We Never Ask For: What God Does for Us in Suffering


The Good We Never Ask For: What God Does for Us in Suffering – “There’s no nearness to God without dependence on God. And nothing makes us more dependent on him than when the bottom drops out.”

We Will Out-Sing the Enemy


We Will Out-Sing the Enemy “Sometimes we fear the voice of our accuser will win the day. He mixes the truth with his lies, declaring condemnation over us for our sin. So we must sing our own song but louder still. We must shout out the good news over ourselves and each other.”

6 Ways to Ruin Your Children


6 Ways to Ruin Your Children – “So here are six ways—all of which I have been guilty—that you could ruin those who bear your last name, who will someday appear on your auto insurance policy.”

Five Reasons to Obey the Ten Commandments


Five Reasons to Obey the Ten Commandments – “God gave the commandments that they might be obeyed—not to earn salvation but because of who we are, who God is in himself, who he is to us, where we are, and what he has done.”

Taking God’s Name in Vain Is So Much More Than Cursing


Taking God’s Name in Vain Is So Much More Than Cursing – “Our speech and actions relate to our love, or lack of love, for God.”

The Most Powerful Lesson My Cancer Taught Me About Life and Work


The Most Powerful Lesson My Cancer Taught Me About Life and Work – “If we can craft a better story about the meaning of our circumstances, then we can change the way we relate to those circumstances.”

We Don't Need to Go Back to the Early Church


We Don't Need to Go Back to the Early Church – “So, you who want to go back to the early church, let me ask you a question: Which early church do you want to be like?”

Kingdom Patriotism


Kingdom Patriotism – “How do we once again become the courageous kingdom patriots whose devotion is unmistakably loyal to our King?”

7 Theological Truths that Guide Biblical Counseling


7 Theological Truths that Guide Biblical CounselingThere is a lot of counseling out there. What is “biblical counseling”?

Sodom and Gomorrah – What Was Their Sin? (Video)


Sodom and Gomorrah – What Was Their Sin? (Video) – “It’s become popular to claim that the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah was something other than homosexuality. What does the Bible say?”

Monday, October 8, 2018

6 Questions To Ask Before You Click


6 Questions To Ask Before You Click “Paul had no idea of what we would face in our social media frenzy, but he did know carefulness of disciplined speech and measured responses apply in every type of communication. He knew the importance of training thought to spill out careful testimony of Christlikeness.”

5 Things to Remember About Doubts


5 Things to Remember About Doubts“Like weeds, doubts grow when unattended.”

The Single Hardest Instruction in the Bible?



What Does the Bible Teach Us About Bullying


What Does the Bible Teach Us About Bullying – “How does God call us to respond if we are being bullied or we see someone else being bullied?”

The Problem With “Feel Good” Church


The Problem With “Feel Good” Church – “If the church never calls its people to turn from our selfish ways, what good is it? I’ll take a Jesus-church over a feel-good church any day of the week.”

Saturday, October 6, 2018

25 People You Should Say Thank You to Today


25 People You Should Say Thank You to Today – Here are some good encouragements in thankfulness.

What Is the Most Underrated Spiritual Discipline?


What Is the Most Underrated Spiritual Discipline? – It’s probably the most familiar.

Three Reasons God Gives Us the Sabbath


Three Reasons God Gives Us the Sabbath – “God created the world in six days and rested on the Sabbath. We should, too, for three reasons.”

Why God’s Love Is Better than Unconditional


Why God’s Love Is Better than Unconditional – God’s love is so much better than “loving me just as I am.”

Three Huge Questions


Three Huge Questions – “Here are three questions you should ask yourself about your communication with those you love. Your answers will provide insight into the areas where your conversations must grow in depth and in maturity so that God is honored and your family helped.”

Friday, October 5, 2018

Thank God We Do/Don’t Know the Future


Thank God We Do/Don’t Know the Future – We find God’s grace and love in both.

8 Ways to Battle ‘Comfort Idolatry’


8 Ways to Battle ‘Comfort Idolatry’ – “One of Christianity’s greatest idolatries today is also one of the most subtle and insidious: the idolatry of comfort.”

Suffering Revealed How Weak I Was: What I Learned from Kidney Failure


Suffering Revealed How Weak I Was: What I Learned from Kidney Failure – Paul Tripp: “There is no valley of suffering so deep that God’s grace in Jesus isn’t deeper.”

You Can’t Just Put Kids in Church


You Can’t Just Put Kids in Church – Most worship services aren’t geared for children. What are the benefits of them attending worship with their families?

Learn the Difference between Right and Almost Right


Learn the Difference between Right and Almost Right – Charles Spurgeon once described it: “Discernment is not knowing the difference between right and wrong; it is knowing the difference between right and almost right.”

What Is the Greatest of All Protestant “Heresies”?



Thursday, October 4, 2018

Finding the Right Bible Reading Plan


Finding the Right Bible Reading Plan – “An intentional Bible reading plan also helps you stay committed. The regular cadence of reading, studying and applying God’s Word will help you develop Bible reading as a habit — something you work into your everyday routine.”

5 Things Every Couple Needs to Know Before They Get Engaged


5 Things Every Couple Needs to Know Before They Get Engaged – “Here are a few things just about every couple could stand to do before they actually tie the knot.”

3 Habits That Reflect a Purposeful Marriage


3 Habits That Reflect a Purposeful Marriage – “The challenge is identifying the good habits and then disciplining ourselves to consistently practice them so that over time they become an essential, natural part of our lives and behavior.”

Do You Pray Against Temptation?


Do You Pray Against Temptation? – “Jesus kneels in the garden of his agony and directs his men to pray, not just against sin, but against temptation.”

Why Did God Allow Me to Have Cancer?


Why Did God Allow Me to Have Cancer? – “Whenever pain touches us deeply we come face to face with the problem of God’s omnipotence and we have to choose.”

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Most Repeated Verse in the Bible


The Most Repeated Verse in the Bible – “It is the most repeated verse in all the Bible. Many things are true about God. All of them are glorious. Yet not all of them are fundamental. But this is.”