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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.”

We Can’t Mourn Like The World


 We Can’t Mourn Like The World – “The world mourns without hope. They can’t hope for life after death. They can’t truly hope to see their loved ones again. They shouldn’t have a hope that their loved ones are with God. But we can and do have such hopes.”

Does Your Suffering Have a Purpose?


Does Your Suffering Have a Purpose? – Paul Tripp: “Let me cut to the chase here. The biblical answer is yes, your suffering has a purpose.

You Are Not Your Family Tree


You Are Not Your Family Tree – “You are not your genealogy. You are not your family tree. You are not your family. After all, if you are in Christ, you are a new creation.”

Tim Keller on a Fishy Story


Tim Keller on a Fishy Story – G. Campbell Morgan once quipped: “Men have been looking so hard at the great fish that they have failed to see the great God.”

The Arduous Journey of Being Married to a Non-Believing Man


The Arduous Journey of Being Married to a Non-Believing Man – “Single women, take note: every married Christian woman I’ve ever met who married a non-believing man has said, emphatically, they would tell every other woman not to do it.”

Parents, Your Tiredness Is an Opportunity


Parents, Your Tiredness Is an Opportunity – “I’m often so busy fighting tiredness that I forget to look for what God may be doing in and through it. If he promises to work all things for our good, this extends even to our fatigue—so rather than seeing tiredness purely as an unwanted hindrance, we can seek the opportunity within it to look for God’s good purposes.”

Need a Marriage Tune Up?


Need a Marriage Tune Up? – “Sometimes marriages, just like automobiles, need a marriage tune up.”

How to Diagnose Your Discouragement


How to Diagnose Your Discouragement – “Emotions easily rise to the surface when the clouds roll in, but they aren't always truth-speaking. I may feel discouraged or restless or that my work is pointless, but are these feelings true? My first step in diagnosing discouragement is to prayerfully dig down to the root issue that's causing me consternation.”

How to Not Hear the Holy Spirit


How to Not Hear the Holy Spirit – “The Scriptures admonish us to keep in step with the Spirit (Gal. 5:25). And there are some ways we should all be able to agree one cannot do that. Here are four.”

Don’t Just Redecorate Your Life–Redesign It!


Don’t Just Redecorate Your Life–Redesign It! – “The healthier, more mature, and more values-driven your “inner room” grows, the more you will provide a welcoming and inspiring space for others.”

Alberta’s Attack on Truth in Education, And the Church’s Response


Alberta’s Attack on Truth in Education, And the Church’s Response “Last week, Albertans learned that their provincial Ministry of Education has demanded that Christian schools remove biblically-based language from their policies governing how they will create ‘safe and caring’ environments.”

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

All Kids will Face a Goliath or Two


All Kids will Face a Goliath or TwoHere are some great lessons and reminders from the story of David and Goliath.

5 Ways You Can Increase Your Intentionality in Your Walk With Christ


5 Ways You Can Increase Your Intentionality in Your Walk With Christ – “Resolving to take these intentional actions will increase your intensity as you walk with Christ personally.”

Don’t Be a Half-Hearted Christian


Don’t Be a Half-Hearted Christian – “I think we have a lot of half-hearted people filling the pews of churches today. They want to give the bare minimum to the One who gave everything for them.”

Do You Live for Your Children?


Do You Live for Your Children? – “If you expect your children to provide the comfort and support that can only come from God you will be deeply hurt. Children who have become the objects of their parents’ dreams and aspirations cannot bear that awful weight.”

The One Thing God Exalts


The One Thing God Exalts – “There is one thing that the Scriptures say God exalts and lifts up. It’s not talent. It’s not effort. It’s not having it all together. It’s not good behavior or good plans. It’s not success and great resources. The one thing God exalts is humility.”

Why Did Jesus Curse the Fig Tree?


Why Did Jesus Curse the Fig Tree? – “Many things can masquerade as the real thing but fail upon closer inspection. Jesus deals with this mismatch in a shocking episode in the Gospels: the cursing of the fig tree (Matt. 21:18–22; Mark 11:12–14, 20–25).”

How To Stop Spreading Lies on the Internet


How To Stop Spreading Lies on the Internet “The truth matters. When we share lies and misinformation, especially when we do so to discredit and public figure, we defame someone made in the image of God and bring shame on the name of Christ. Because Christians live as ambassadors for Christ in this world, we can and must exercise more caution and discernment concerning what we share on the Internet.”

Quit Asking God to Join Your Side


Quit Asking God to Join Your Side – “As a planner, it is easy to default to making a plan and asking God to bless it. But a much better approach is to join God in His plans, to join Him in what He is doing.”

Tim Keller: The Church Should Not Be Identified With a Political Party


Tim Keller: The Church Should Not Be Identified With a Political Party – Even though neither major political party perfectly aligns with biblical values, “Christians cannot pretend they can transcend politics and simply ‘preach the Gospel.’”

3 Repeated Charges Against The Early Church


3 Repeated Charges Against The Early Church – “The things that the early church was criticized for may surprise you. What are they? While there are more, here are three of those charges.” 

Monday, October 1, 2018

What to Do When Sin Starts Rising


What to Do When Sin Starts Rising – “In that moment, we’re going to kill sin. And we will stay on it until it’s dead.”

7 Reasons Kids Still Need to Memorize Scripture


7 Reasons Kids Still Need to Memorize Scripture – “Why should memorizing scripture still be an important part of our ministries and our homes?”

7 Ways to Teach Children About the Conscience


7 Ways to Teach Children About the Conscience – “Here are seven ways parents can teach their children about the conscience.”

4 Strategies to Escape a Bible Reading Rut


4 Strategies to Escape a Bible Reading Rut – “Well-worn paths can easily become ruts that we find hard to escape. If we are honest, sometimes this is an accurate assessment of our daily approach to reading God’s Word.”

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?”

What Does Prophecy Look Like Today?


What Does Prophecy Look Like Today? – “Prophecy is not Scripture’s competitor, but its prescription.”

Abortion Is Wrong. That's Not Why Roe v. Wade Is Wrong


Abortion Is Wrong. That's Not Why Roe v. Wade Is WrongA better case for overturning a bad Supreme Court precedent.