Jerusalem

Jerusalem

Friday, November 30, 2018

4 Ways to Manage Stress and Enjoy the Holidays


4 Ways to Manage Stress and Enjoy the Holidays – You probably feel it. What are you going to do about it?

Living on Mission Means Living on Purpose


Living on Mission Means Living on Purpose “It doesn’t just happen; nobody falls into evangelistic faithfulness. Living on mission means living on purpose. It looks like an embracing of a biblical identity and responding with biblical urgency.”

What It Means to Love Christ


What It Means to Love Christ – “Do you love Christ? Let’s start to answer that question by asking another: Is love something you feel, or something you do?”

The 50% Lie


The 50% Lie“You’ve heard it repeatedly on radio, podcasts, and TV. You’ve read it in various books and articles. You’ve even heard it in your pastor’s sermon. The problem: it’s a lie. ‘50% of all marriages end in divorce.'” We need to stop quoting this statistic. Why? “The 50% lie has done more damage than we might suspect, but it can only be remedied with the truth.”

Getting Closer To God


Getting Closer To God – “Why do you attend church? Why does anyone? In the summer of 2018, Pew Research released the results of a nation wide survey revealing why people who attend church at least once a month, keep going.”

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

7 Reasons You’re Not Making Disciples


7 Reasons You’re Not Making Disciples – “Jesus tells His disciples to make disciples. That’s our mission. But apparently, only 1 in 20 Christians has even shared the Gospel.”

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again


Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again – “It’s easy to let evangelism take a back seat. Many churches are content shuffling sheep and luring switchers to their fold rather than catching Jesus’ Luke 15 burden for lost sheep and pursuing and penetrating lostness.”

He Gives and Takes Away


He Gives and Takes Away “God does not throw His children into raging waters to drown them but pre-equips them with life preservers and other tools necessary for survival, enabling them to come out stronger on the other side. When I look back on the many years leading up to Mark’s death, I can see how God had prepared us ahead of time.”

What Our Entertainment Says About Us


What Our Entertainment Says About Us – “You are what you eat.”

Churches Fight for Right to Refuse to Hire LGBT, Female Clergy


Churches Fight for Right to Refuse to Hire LGBT, Female Clergy – “The debate over religious freedom and non-discrimination is unquestionably a trending, hot-button issue across the U.S. It remains to be seen what the nation’s highest court will ultimately rule on the matter.”

In the Beginning Was God


In the Beginning Was GodWhere Atheists Go Wrong

Responding to the King of Kings


Responding to the King of Kings – “The message Malachi delivered from God was meant to produce a longing for the Redeemer—the coming King. But before the hope of redemption could be announced again, God had some strong things to say to His people.”

One Great Reason to Reduce Social Media Use


One Great Reason to Reduce Social Media Use – “We are better people, and better leaders, when we maintain an internal locus of control and we play offense, not merely defense in our minds.”

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Reading the Bible for the Ten Thousandth Time


Reading the Bible for the Ten Thousandth Time“By instinct we know that first-time readers of the Bible need guidance. But long-time readers need help too. In this article we’ll explore some of the ways to combat boredom and lethargy for experienced Bible readers.” 

You Are Blessed to be a Blessing


You Are Blessed to be a Blessing“Because you have been blessed by Christ, the way you interact act with the ordinary and all other areas of your life should be distinctly marked by a desire to bless others.”

Sleep with Your Boots On


Sleep with Your Boots On “Do you know that the devil is fully aware of your weaknesses? Satan has a file on you, and he is working it every minute of every day to make sure you fall.”

Your Marriage Is Your Most Important Ministry


Your Marriage Is Your Most Important Ministry – Here are three reasons why.

9 Common Christmas Myths Christians Believe


9 Common Christmas Myths Christians Believe – Here is a list of the usual suspects.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Do You Suffer From Bible Anorexia?


Do You Suffer From Bible Anorexia? – “Our souls can starve just like our bodies.”

Come, Let Us Advent Together!


Come, Let Us Advent Together! – Here is a simple idea for family devotions in December.

5 Discipleship Dont’s


5 Discipleship Dont’s – “In the church, discipleship is key to an individual’s growth and to the way they are made more into the image of Christ. The way we do this is a matter of life in Christ or death with our flesh.”

3 Internet Accusations Against Missionaries


3 Internet Accusations Against Missionaries“The death of John Allen Chau in India has brought out an onslaught of internet hatred. While some of this hatred has been aimed at the methodology of this particular missionary, much of it has been against Christian missionaries in general.”

Was Murdered Missionary John Chau An Arrogant Fool?


Was Murdered Missionary John Chau An Arrogant Fool?“Was John Chau an arrogant fool who sought to impose his views on people who didn’t want to hear them?”

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Psalm 100: the Spiritual DNA of a Christian


Psalm 100: the Spiritual DNA of a Christian – “Psalm 100 graciously gives seven imperatives, seven commands that are essential to worship God and making sense of life.”

What Should We Do When the Sadness is Unbearable?


What Should We Do When the Sadness is Unbearable? – “Everyone has a story that will break your heart. And, if you’re really paying attention, most people have a story that will bring you to your knees.”

When We Have to Parent our Parents: Pelp and Pope for Caregivers


When We Have to Parent our Parents: Pelp and Pope for Caregivers – “Caregiving teaches us to see what is precious and valuable in life. It teaches us what it means to live out commitment and honor.”

How to Write a Life Plan for the New Year


How to Write a Life Plan for the New Year – “Most likely, the degree of success you experience this next year will be directly proportional to the direction you head your life and the intentionality you have with the decisions you make.”

False Teachers Out Themselves by Their Way of Life


False Teachers Out Themselves by Their Way of Life“False teachers by definition teach false doctrine. For Peter, false doctrine can mean denying true concepts or denying our Master by our behavior.”

Friday, November 23, 2018

10 Scripture Passages to Pray for Your Children


10 Scripture Passages to Pray for Your Children – “God has made it abundantly clear in Scripture that he wants to bless our children and descendants. He’s given us many promises to give us faith to hope and pray for their salvation and well-being. Here are 10 passages of Scripture followed by brief prayers for your family.”

10 Differences Between Baby Believers and Believers Who Are Babies


10 Differences Between Baby Believers and Believers Who Are Babies – “Baby believers are those young believers who are just now learning how to walk with Christ, but who are fresh in their faith. Believers who are babies, on the other hand, are usually longer-term believers (often undiscipled) who don’t act like mature believers. Here are some of the differences.”


Straight from the Bible


Straight from the Bible “An extremely rare, minuscule biblical stone weight inscribed in ancient Hebrew script with the word ‘beka’ was discovered in rubble taken from excavations at the foundations of the Western Wall.”

7 Trademarks of an Unhealthy Friendship


7 Trademarks of an Unhealthy Friendship – “The Bible surely sympathizes with, and provides comfort for, those who have suffered in relationships. No one understands the hurt caused by poor friends more than Jesus Christ!”

Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude


Fostering an Attitude of Gratitude – “Changing our posture towards God’s goodness in our lives will begin us on the path towards a changed heart.”

Thanksgiving Is a Spiritual Discipline


Thanksgiving Is a Spiritual Discipline – “Maintaining an attitude of thanksgiving expressed through constant prayer provides at least six benefits.”

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Some Things to Be Thankful For (from Paul Powell)


Some Things to Be Thankful For (from Paul Powell)

This Thanksgiving season many people are having a hard time. Maybe you are one of them. Here’s something to think about on Thanksgiving: if we could shrink the population of the earth to a village of 100 people, it would look like this:
  • ·        Fifty-one would be female, forty-nine would be male
  • ·        Seventy would be non-white, thirty would be white
  • ·        Seventy would be non-Christian, thirty would be Christian
  • ·        Eighty would live in substandard housing
  • ·        Seventy would be unable to read
  • ·        Fifty would suffer from malnutrition, one would be near death
  • ·        One would have a college education
  • ·        Fifty-seven would be Asian, twenty-one European, eight from South America, eight African and six from the United States
  • ·        Fifty percent of the earth’s wealth would be in the hands of six people, all six would be U.S. citizens

Now, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.” (Psalm 107:1)

10 Ways to Show Gratitude the Rest of the Year


10 Ways to Show Gratitude the Rest of the Year – It’s more than one day a year.

The Psalms on True Praise and Thanksgiving


The Psalms on True Praise and Thanksgiving BARAK: Blessing the Lord • This Hebrew word for praise (pronounced baw-rak’), refers to making an action of thanksgiving (a verb) rather than a thing to be given or created. It is most commonly translated to mean either “kneel” or “bless.” It is contained in 289 verses, only 68 of which are in the Psalms.

Devoted to Prayer: the Gift of Keeping a Record


Devoted to Prayer: the Gift of Keeping a Record“Crossing things from the list doesn’t seem to happen often, but when I reflect over the course of a year, I can see the Lord at work in ways I would have missed if not for the record keeping that comes with the list.”

9 Things You Should Know About the Religious Freedom Restoration Act


9 Things You Should Know About the Religious Freedom Restoration Act “What (RFRA) basically says is that the government should be held to a very high level of proof before it interferes with someone’s free exercise of religion. This judgment is shared by the people of the United States as well as by the Congress. We believe strongly that we can never, we can never be too vigilant in this work. Here is what you should know about this landmark religious liberty law.”

Do You Work When You Should Rest?


Do You Work When You Should Rest? – “However, the best news for our souls often doesn’t feel like good news to our flesh.”

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

A Prayer for Thanksgiving


A Prayer for Thanksgiving – This prayer is based on Psalm 100.

In All Circumstances?


In All Circumstances?“How can I be thankful and joyful in the midst of a painful trial? The answer, of course, is found in all that the Scriptures teach us about trials.”

Thanking God For Everything


Thanking God For Everything“For what is God’s will for me? This.”

3 Things to Be Cautious of in a Season of Suffering


3 Things to Be Cautious of in a Season of Suffering – “Here are three warnings to keep in mind during a season of difficulty.”

Be Disciples that Make Disciples


Be Disciples that Make Disciples – “This is multiplication. Disciples making more disciples.”

Mythbusting "Santa God"


Mythbusting "Santa God" – “The truth is we are not the center of God’s universe. God’s preeminent concern is the glory of His name, not the comfort of our lives. He desires that people worship Him rightly and experience the salvation He extends. He calls us to a higher purpose in life beyond ourselves and rejects our narcissistic tendencies to self-worship.”

Three Steps to Generosity


Three Steps to Generosity – “Our capacity for generosity is limited only by our desire to give.”

God Does Give You More than You Can Handle


God Does Give You More than You Can Handle – We often hear the opposite but the saying, “God won’t give you more than you can handle” isn’t biblical.

How to Respond When Your Prayers Go Unanswered


How to Respond When Your Prayers Go Unanswered – “We all know what it’s like to live with unanswered prayers.”

Are We Really in Danger of Making an Idol of the Family?


Are We Really in Danger of Making an Idol of the Family? – Here are some examples and encouragements.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Priming Our Gratitude Pump


Priming Our Gratitude Pump – “Lord Jesus, on this Monday before Thanksgiving Day, we want to get an early start on giving you the thanks of which you alone are worthy.”

Reaching Out to Non-Believers This Holiday Season


Reaching Out to Non-Believers This Holiday Season – “Around the holiday times each year, followers of Christ have the opportunity to enter into spiritual conversations with family members and friends. Many of those conversations will likely end up at the very least touching on the subject of church in some way, shape or form.”

God Is Bigger Than Your Problems


God Is Bigger Than Your Problems – “The promises of God often lose their power in our lives because God himself has become small in our eyes.”

3 Lines in the Sand


3 Lines in the Sand “The proverbial silver lining in these challenges to the Bible in our day is that they bring a great deal of clarity to the issue before us as Christians: Will our authority be the Word of God? Or will it be the sensibilities of our age? Is it the Bible? Or is it us?”

Six Reasons You Should "Go" To Church


Six Reasons You Should "Go" To Church – “I know God’s people can be abrasive and hypocritical. I know the ritual of religion can keep people far from God even when they’re at church.”


The Bible Is Better Than Basic—How to Read the Bible


The Bible Is Better Than Basic—How to Read the Bible – “The Bible is something greater—one big story, with every text pointing to the One God sent to rescue and redeem His people. And when we get this, it changes everything.”

Apostasy and How It Happens


Apostasy and How It Happens – “Apostasy is the old, vigorous word to describe this abandonment of Christ. The New Testament church was familiar with it. It was a major concern of the author of Hebrews.”

As Innocent as a Snake


As Innocent as a Snake – “God calls upon each of his children to have extensive knowledge of all that is true and pure and honorable. He calls upon each of his children not to have an extensive knowledge of what is false and filthy and abhorrent.”

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Fill Your Wandering Heart with Thankfulness


Fill Your Wandering Heart with Thankfulness – “Gratitude is both a vital indicator of our soul’s health and a powerful defender of our soul’s happiness. Which means we should intentionally cultivate the healthy, happy habit of thanksgiving.”

Prepping Our Hearts, Not Just Our Kitchens, for Thanksgiving


Prepping Our Hearts, Not Just Our Kitchens, for Thanksgiving – “Whatever culinary delights decorate our Thanksgiving menu, may the greatest feast be your welcoming heart, Fatherly kindness, and extraordinary grace. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.”

Saturday, November 17, 2018

In Everything, Give Thanks


In Everything, Give Thanks – “Here are some the many blessings that gratitude provides.”

Are You Sure You Want to Pray This?


Are You Sure You Want to Pray This? – “Thy Kingdom Come”—these three simple words are words of surrender, words of protection and words of freedom.

The Power of a Joyful Parent


The Power of a Joyful Parent “God loves a cheerful parent and a cheerful family. That means joy is within my control. It is my sacred duty to be happy in the Lord. Stoic duty that moves me on to the next duty without delight in the Lord and my children does not reflect God.”

What Sin Is Holding You Back?


What Sin Is Holding You Back?“Don’t give out on this race of life of faith and love. Keep running.”

3 Parenting Myths We Are All Tempted To Believe


3 Parenting Myths We Are All Tempted To Believe – “The truth is that even the perfect environment offers no guarantees of successful parenting, that raising godly children is not the ultimate goal of your life, and that you are dependent upon others in raising your children.”

Why It’s Unfair for Good People to Go to Heaven


Why It’s Unfair for Good People to Go to Heaven – “What does it mean to be good, how good to you have to be, and what happens when some people are better than others? In answering these questions, we will find out how unfair this statement can be.”

Friday, November 16, 2018

5 Ways to Reorient Thanksgiving


5 Ways to Reorient Thanksgiving – “We can miss important outreach and service opportunities if we jump past Thanksgiving and straight into Christmas.”

Ask and You Shall Evangelize


Ask and You Shall Evangelize – “Christianity in America used to be a matter of tipping over into believing what you already knew. Those days are gone.”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

100 Remarkable Reasons to Thank God This Thanksgiving


100 Remarkable Reasons to Thank God This Thanksgiving – We have much for which to thank our gracious God.

6 Ideas for a More Intentional Thanksgiving


6 Ideas for a More Intentional Thanksgiving – “These ideas aren’t always overtly spiritual, nor do they have to be. They are simply ways you can make this holiday more intentional, memorable, and distinct during the year.”

Don’t Grow Weary Doing Good


Don’t Grow Weary Doing Good – “How do we not grow weary in doing good when we are challenged from within and without?”

Postpartum Depression and the Christian


Postpartum Depression and the Christian – “During a time when we anticipate celebrating God’s gifts (Ps. 127:3) and bonding with a new baby, PPD can leave us disconnected, despondent, and struggling with guilt.”

Trusting God When You’re Trapped in Uncertainty


Trusting God When You’re Trapped in Uncertainty – “My heart is often helped by the words of the Christian song that tells me that when I can’t trace His hand, I can trust His heart. I pray our hearts will likewise search less for clarity and more for the character of God in the unpredictable seasons of our journey.”

The Christian and Joy


The Christian and Joy“Christians are tempted, of course, to be discouraged and depressed by the force of overwhelming circumstances. But in such circumstances, we must tell ourselves that we have no right to feel the way we do!” Here’s why.

Where Did Satan Come From?


Where Did Satan Come From? – “But if Satan—and every other creature—was created by God to be good, where did evil come from? Again, the Bible doesn’t explicitly answer this question. But it suggests a probable answer in at least two main ways.”

18 Prayers to Pray for Unbelievers


18 Prayers to Pray for Unbelievers – “God loves to hear us pray and God loves to respond to our prayers. So as you pray for unbelievers, pray with confidence that God hears your prayers.”

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

God Knows When You Don't


God Knows When You Don't – “From this passage, we see three facets of God’s intimate knowledge of his people, and how this encourages us to entrust ourselves to him, especially in times of trouble.”

The 99-Year-Old Who Asked for a New Heart


The 99-Year-Old Who Asked for a New Heart“It doesn’t matter how old you are. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve shared the Gospel with your family member. As long as they have breath in their lungs they can still receive a new heart. Because the Gospel doesn’t depend on the works of a person but is an instantaneous miracle of God upon the heart of a sinner, we know that anyone can be saved at any time.”

What Are the “High Places” in the Old Testament, and How Does That Apply to Us Today?


What Are the “High Places” in the Old Testament, and How Does That Apply to Us Today? – “The greatest time of compromise for God’s people in the Old Testament, the Israelites, was when in addition to worshiping Yahweh, the only true God, they worshipped false gods too.”

What Is Hypostatic Union?


What Is Hypostatic Union? “If you put an apple and an orange into a blender and mix them together, you can’t say that the end result is still ‘fully apple’ and ‘fully orange.’ It’s a new substance—a combination of the two. Jesus’ divine and human natures exist together in such a way that they are united in one person, but ‘unblended.’ They each retain all of their qualities without interfering with the other.”

No Soul Is Too Far Gone


No Soul Is Too Far Gone – “No soul is too far gone for God to bring back. No heart is too hard for God to soften. No son or daughter is too lost for God to rescue. Keep praying for God to do what only he can.”

How You Might Break the Third Commandment in Church


How You Might Break the Third Commandment in Church – “When I’m singing about the greatness of God’s mercy and I’m thinking about fajitas, I’m using His name as just a flippant thing. And that is dangerous. It’s dangerous for us to get this comfortable with God, because it causes us to think we’ve got a grasp of Him.”

Cultural Winsomeness Will Not be Enough for Christians


Cultural Winsomeness Will Not be Enough for Christians “No amount of cultural sophistication or intelligence will absolve the Christian from being seen as a backward-thinking bigot.”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

The Cross Is Enough for Your Most Shameful Sin


The Cross Is Enough for Your Most Shameful Sin – “You have not out-sinned God’s ability to forgive you, and shame is never a place our Father wants you to live.”

The Message in That Movie You Love…Isn’t a Particularly Christian One


The Message in That Movie You Love…Isn’t a Particularly Christian One“You may not be aware of it, but there are hidden messages in movies—even your most favorite ones. They're not all bad messages, but they may not necessarily be Christian.”

Priscilla: A Deeper Look at an Early Church Leader


Priscilla: A Deeper Look at an Early Church Leader – “She is mentioned exactly six times in the New Testament. Six times. And, although tantalizingly limited in detail, those six mentions tell the story of a woman who used her gifts and resources to influence the spread and nurturing of the early church.”

4 Ways to Return to the Word


4 Ways to Return to the Word – “Nehemiah 8:1-12 reveals four ways God wants us to return to the Word.”

This is the Church in China


This is the Church in China – This gives an interesting perspective in just a few words.

Eleven Ways Christians Can Love One Another


Eleven Ways Christians Can Love One Another – “We are all needy, and we are all needed.”

How a Christian Witnesses with Good Deeds


How a Christian Witnesses with Good Deeds“Christians are the light of the world—a world that, by implication, is shrouded in thick darkness.”

Why Does Church Membership Matter?


Why Does Church Membership Matter? – “Your attitude toward the church tells you–simply–your attitude toward Jesus.”

Monday, November 12, 2018

Do You Work When You Should Rest?


Do You Work When You Should Rest? “Jesus often calls us to rest in the areas of life where our flesh wants to work, and to work in the areas of life where our flesh wants to rest.”

Old Saints Where Are Your New Songs?


Old Saints Where Are Your New Songs?“When captured by God’s faithfulness and his grace over a long journey, the pilgrim saints of Christ write songs with depth and power. Old saints we need your new songs.”

3 Reasons to Take Your Children to Funerals


3 Reasons to Take Your Children to Funerals – “Here are three positive reasons you should take your children to funerals.”

Where Should Your Children Be During Worship?


Where Should Your Children Be During Worship? – “The concept of keeping children out of worship sends the wrong message on several levels.”

The Leading Cause Of Death In Canada


The Leading Cause Of Death In Canada – Here’s a something to consider: “What is the leading cause of death in Canada? The answer might surprise you. The biggest threat to life in Canada is responsible for 30% percent of deaths in the nation. The leading cause of death in Canada is preventable and yet so pervasive.”

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Become a More Positive Person Overnight With These Three Practices


Become a More Positive Person Overnight With These Three Practices – “I can’t control the weather, the economy or the outcome of any political election…at least not by myself. What I can control is my attitude. It’s the one thing I, alone, control. I’m responsible for how I choose to react to every circumstance in life.”

Four Things That Remain Solidly True No Matter the Mid-Term Election Results


Four Things That Remain Solidly True No Matter the Mid-Term Election Results“No matter the results, here’s a perspective we should always remember: America may or may not unravel in coming decades, but God’s kingdom certainly won’t! Neither the judicial, legislative, nor executive branch of our government is the ultimate solution to America’s problems.”

What Hosea Tells Us About the Lord’s Supper


What Hosea Tells Us About the Lord’s Supper – “It's true the Lord's supper hadn't happened when the book of Hosea was penned, but it still has something profound to say about it.”

Friday, November 9, 2018

5 Ways to Get Closer to God


5 Ways to Get Closer to God – These are simple but if not practiced there is no benefit.

Salvation in the Car Seat


Salvation in the Car Seat – “Car rides are fascinating microcosms for conversations that affect and reinforce our (now) shared faith story as a family. We don’t have it if we don’t turn down the volume or disconnect the DVD player in the back seat. Use the sacred space of a car ride to explore and deepen your family story with the people who matter most. Use the car ride to do you assignment: to invest in your children’s eternity.”

God’s Not Really That Holy, I’m Not Really That Bad


God’s Not Really That Holy, I’m Not Really That Bad – “How do you know that the gospel has really gotten you, that it has taken hold of you and begun to permanently transform you?”

Dear Mormon—I Can’t Call You a Brother in Christ


Dear Mormon—I Can’t Call You a Brother in Christ – Last week, I shared the Gospel with a Latter-Day Saint (Mormon) gentleman. He said what they often say, that we are both Christians. This article tells again why that just can’t be true.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

How to Pray About Your Life


How to Pray About Your Life“We do not see many results in this life. We do not see the answers to most of our prayers; we do not the good effects of our lives and ministries; we do not know most of the good works or ministries that we do, because God does them through us and we are unconscious of them.”

Common Questions Christians Ask About Forgiveness


Common Questions Christians Ask About Forgiveness – “Forgiveness is central to our experience as Christians. It is at the heart of our relationship with God and our relationship with others.”

Do What Is Honorable: 10 Lessons from Romans 12


Do What Is Honorable: 10 Lessons from Romans 12 – “To give honor and to live honorably, we need God’s wisdom and Truth.”

God Knows What You Don’t Have


God Knows What You Don’t Have – “The circumstances of being denied an earthly need or desire are often his tailored means of accelerating our holiness and happiness in him. When we want, we are given more of Christ. When we suffer, our solidarity with him grows.”

The Sweetest Words for the Deepest Wounds


The Sweetest Words for the Deepest Wounds – “When conflict arises in our lives, the Bible often comes alive with fresh meaning and power.”

Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks are Not Useless to Jesus


Bruised Reeds and Smoldering Wicks are Not Useless to Jesus – “Jesus loves bruised reeds and smoldering wicks. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don’t. Bruised reeds can seem useless. Smoldering wicks can make a lot of smoke and give little light. Yet since when did God love us based on what we can offer him?”

What Role Can Satan and Demons Have in the Life of a Believer?


What Role Can Satan and Demons Have in the Life of a Believer? – Randy Alcorn takes on a common question and shares multiple resources.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

5 Things Christians Should Do After the Election


5 Things Christians Should Do After the Election – “Today, Americans will go to the polls to decide the fate of all 435 U.S. House seats, one-third of the U.S. Senate seats, 36 state governorships, three U.S. territory governorships, and more than 300 mayoral races. Tomorrow, Americans will express jubilation and disappointment over our choices.”

How to Vote Today

How to Vote Today – “The question is, how should you vote today? The adverbs of how we do something are always important for the Christian.”

Five Spiritual Lessons Our Kids Can Learn During This Election


Five Spiritual Lessons Our Kids Can Learn During This Election – These are good lessons for “kids of all ages”.

Sanctification in Motherhood


Sanctification in Motherhood – “Being a mom reveals in a unique way the true nature of our heart.”

10 Things You Should Know About the Ten Commandments


10 Things You Should Know About the Ten Commandments – They are worth revisiting on a regular basis.

4 Things to Never Say to Adoptive Parents


4 Things to Never Say to Adoptive Parents – “In light of November being National Adoption Month, we want to help those who are around adoptive families. Here’s our list of things you should never say to an adoptive family.”

Marks of a Spirit-Filled Mother-in-Law


Marks of a Spirit-Filled Mother-in-Law“Just as I have prayed for 25 years for grace to be a good mother, I am now trusting for grace to be a good mother-in-law. Wisdom for this challenge flows in abundance from one of Paul’s lists in the book of Romans.” 

Monday, November 5, 2018

Why We Should Follow Paul's Example In Our Political Moment


Why We Should Follow Paul's Example In Our Political Moment – “Christians are not a panicked people, a frightened flock, or an alarmed assembly. We are a calm community because we are children of the true King.”

The Day Before Mid-Term Elections in the USA


The Day Before Mid-Term Elections in the USA – Here’s a prayer for today, “Father, settle our hearts by your Spirit, fix our gaze on Jesus, and fuel our trust in you.”

10 Things You Should Know About the Garden of Eden


10 Things You Should Know About the Garden of Eden – “Sometimes we hear the story of the Bible told as Creation-Fall-Redemption-Restoration. But as good as Eden was, we’re not merely headed back to Eden as it once was. The story of the Bible is Creation-Fall-Redemption-Consummation. We’re looking forward to a home that will be even better than Eden.”

How Can God Be Sovereign and Good and Allow Suffering?


How Can God Be Sovereign and Good and Allow Suffering?“Our suffering may be intended by God to draw out of others something they wouldn’t otherwise have experienced.”

How to Be Angry Like Jesus


How to Be Angry Like Jesus – “The best way to know the difference between good and bad anger is to follow the example of Christ.”

The Ebb and Flow of Christian Happiness


The Ebb and Flow of Christian Happiness “Jesus came that we might have life, and have it abundantly (John 10:10), but we do not have it all right now. He came that we might have joy, real joy, wonderful joy, ‘joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory’ (1 Peter 1:8), and yet a ‘great joy’ remains that we sample for now and will experience without interruption in the age to come.”

What Is Purity Really All About?


What Is Purity Really All About? “Purity includes your sexuality but isn’t trumped by your sexuality. It’s not the end game of your purity. It’s a part of your purity.”

The Bible: Reading the “Ordinary” Way


The Bible: Reading the “Ordinary” Way “I never like the question ‘Do you take the Bible literally?’ It comes up with some frequency, and it deserves a response. But I think it’s an ambiguous—and, therefore, confusing—question, making it awkward to answer.”

Saturday, November 3, 2018

You Are Not Your Anxiety


You Are Not Your Anxiety“Anxiety doesn’t need to be the driving force in our lives. And it certainly doesn’t need to wreck our lives.”

Roll Your Burdens onto God


Roll Your Burdens onto God – Here are some great life lesson from the life, work, and ministry of George Müller.

Three Places God’s Feet Touched the Ground


Three Places God’s Feet Touched the Ground“One of the most wonderful truths of Scripture is that God wants to be near to us. He isn’t a distant deity, unconcerned with the world’s affairs. God has actually chosen to step down from the heavenly heights and plant his feet here in our midst.” 

Gratitude: The Brain’s Amazing Fertilizer


Gratitude: The Brain’s Amazing Fertilizer – “Did you know that gratitude is actually good for your brain and your body? Consider what science has discovered about this amazing brain fertilizer.”

Our Only Infallible Rule


Our Only Infallible Rule – “If we want a special word from God, we need only open the Bible and read it, and if we want to hear a special word from God, we only need read the Bible aloud.”

9 Things You Should Know About Out-of-Wedlock Births


9 Things You Should Know About Out-of-Wedlock Births – Here are nine things you should know about the global problem of out-of-wedlock births.

Friday, November 2, 2018

3 Pillars to Build Your Life Upon


3 Pillars to Build Your Life Upon – “Keep your focus because the best is yet to come!”

Biblical Strategies for Dealing With Anger


Biblical Strategies for Dealing With Anger – “As we deal with anger, we must cultivate a longing for God’s values over the temporary pleasures of the world (1 Jn. 2:15-17).”


7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe


7 Unbiblical Statements Christians Believe – “Here are some popular unbiblical statements that Bible-loving Christians tend to believe.”

Jesus’ Compassion for the Rich and Powerful


Jesus’ Compassion for the Rich and Powerful “Scripture never says that having wealth is wrong, but craving and serving wealth is the problem. It never says that money is a root of all kinds of evils, but that the love of money is the real issue.”

The Ebb and Flow of Christian Happiness: Why ‘Great Joy’ Isn’t Normal Yet


The Ebb and Flow of Christian Happiness: Why ‘Great Joy’ Isn’t Normal Yet – “God has designed, for now, that our joy not always be great.”

3 Questions for Christians on Social Media


3 Questions for Christians on Social Media – “How should Christians engage on social media?”

Thursday, November 1, 2018

The Mission of Jesus in Homes


The Mission of Jesus in Homes – “Considered rightly alongside Scripture’s teaching on the importance of family and home, it should stand out to us that Jesus placed a special emphasis on homes as a place of intentional ministry. There are over 50 instances of this across the four gospels.”


I’m Living Proof That The Lord Is Close To The Brokenhearted


I’m Living Proof That The Lord Is Close To The Brokenhearted“Why do I still want to follow Jesus? Is it because of my moxie and grit? Uhh, no. If you know me, you know that I’m the least ‘moxie and grit’ person out there. It’s pretty simple actually. I still love Jesus because the Lord is near to the brokenhearted.”

Does God Trust YOU?


Does God Trust YOU? – “How you respond or react under pressure reveals the real you. Just like the Israelites, we all have life-defining moments. They are like open-book tests, but we don’t know we have been examined until it is over.”

Are My Kids on Track: Helping Your Child Discover Who They Are in Christ


Are My Kids on Track: Helping Your Child Discover Who They Are in Christ – “Seven to 12 years of age are some of the most important in terms of a child’s life—particularly, their capacities for growth. Let's discover together: Are my kids on track?”

Lord, Help Me See Their Destiny: Four Prayers for Personal Evangelism


Lord, Help Me See Their Destiny: Four Prayers for Personal Evangelism – “What follows are four simple prayers that ask God to help us join him in saving the lost.”

Respect and Humility: A Close Encounter with Those of Another Faith


Respect and Humility: A Close Encounter with Those of Another Faith – “People are drawn to Jesus with our actions—that is, when we are not condescending and arrogant.”