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Monday, June 24, 2019

The 10 Building Blocks of Biblical Community


The 10 Building Blocks of Biblical Community – Here are good reminders.

The Danger of Over-Complicating Gospel Ministry


The Danger of Over-Complicating Gospel Ministry – “The vast majority of the work of the gospel in the world today is, as it always has been, done by relatively uneducated church members who love Christ, rely on the power of his Spirit, pray fervently, and have confidence that the simple gospel message declaring Jesus to be Lord is God’s power for salvation.”

5 Myths About Marriage


5 Myths About Marriage – “Paul David Tripp provides a word for those who may have misconceptions about the purposes of marriage.”

The Transforming Power of God-Centeredness


The Transforming Power of God-Centeredness – “You and I live a world that is saturated with idols. From hobbies to entertainment, to workaholism, pornography, and materialism, we are inundated with “gods” all around us. To be God-centered is to have a biblical view of God.”

Christ Our Ransom


Christ Our Ransom – “God will pay the ransom himself in order to receive us back to himself. He has done this through Christ, who is our ransom.”

Saturday, June 22, 2019

The Seafarer’s Prayer


The Seafarer’s Prayer – This encouraged me and may encourage you today.

No Desire To Read the Bible?


No Desire To Read the Bible? – Here’s a place to begin and a place to maintain that desire.

God Doesn’t Need Our Permission to Do Anything


God Doesn’t Need Our Permission to Do Anything – “If we’re going to ‘name and claim’ anything, may it be for your kingdom to come and will to be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Safe to Feel Deeply: How the Gospel Redeems Our Feelings


Safe to Feel Deeply: How the Gospel Redeems Our Feelings – “Jesus’s dying and rising offers sanity and stability to our emotions in at least three ways.”

The Value of a Single Soul


The Value of a Single Soul“Let the world have its ticker tape parades, its popularity contests, its straw poll politics and morals, it megastar and minor-soul ethic, and lets follow the heart of our God after the individual believer, and the path of our Saviour who drank the bitter cup that he might sup with individual believers gathered together in his kingdom.”

Prayer & Polarization


Prayer & Polarization – “Polarization has been trending for a long time. Especially in politics, but also in education, religion, economics, race, and more.”

Friday, June 21, 2019

Why God Made Your Mouth


Why God Made Your Mouth“Even when grace is doing its work of demolishing, building, and renovating inside us, learning how to package that grace into words often takes practice.”

20 Scriptures to Pray as WORSHIP


20 Scriptures to Pray as WORSHIP – “You could use these 20 Scriptures to pray as worship as your prayers can quickly digress into little more than a list of needs and wants.”

10 Things to Know about What the Bible Teaches on God and Human Government


10 Things to Know about What the Bible Teaches on God and Human Government – God’s word has much to say on our relationship to government.

Love & Believing the Best


Love & Believing the Best – “One way that believing the best could be defined is this: erring on the side of believing a favorable reality of another’s actions and attitudes as opposed to suspicion or cynicism, until clear evidence shows otherwise.”

Sacred Weapons for Spiritual War: Wearing the Whole Armor of God


Sacred Weapons for Spiritual War: Wearing the Whole Armor of God – “Paul advises the Ephesians that there are certain things Christians must put off and others they must put on.”

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Sleep Well for God is Awake


Sleep Well for God is Awake – “Here are seven theological and practical reminders to help you sleep like someone whose God is actually alive. He’s risen. He’s risen, indeed!”

The Indispensable Value of Christ-Centered Courage


The Indispensable Value of Christ-Centered Courage – “In Acts 7, we find a man with convictional courage. His name was Stephen.” 

Do Not Miss the Wisdom of Ecclesiastes – It is helpful every day


Do Not Miss the Wisdom of Ecclesiastes – It is helpful every day – “Essentially, the Book explains how a Christian must respond in a world where a) God is sovereign and b) the world.

The Whole Sin of the Half-Distracted Mind


The Whole Sin of the Half-Distracted Mind – “The question you need to ask yourself is am I really willing to continue to trade the sweetness of sustained fellowship with the Lord, a powerful prayer life, and an eternal impact, for the passing pleasures of the perpetually distracted mind?”

God’s 5 Purposes for Your Marriage


God’s 5 Purposes for Your Marriage – “Happiness rises and falls for all of us, married or not. And happiness isn’t the real goal of life anyway. Marriage isn’t about your happiness.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Prayer to Keep Me From What I Want


A Prayer to Keep Me From What I Want – “Dear Father, please keep me from wanting life to serve my dreams and my wishes. Keep me from trying to fit you into the narrative of my desires, even the ones I think are good!...”

Never Surrender


Never Surrender – “To all those still fighting such a war in their kitchens, living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms, I salute you and pray God will strengthen you in the midst of your battle.”

Let Your Waiting Say “I Trust You”


Let Your Waiting Say “I Trust You” – “Patience is not quite the same as waiting. While waiting is something we do, patience is something we offer. We wait because we must — we have little choice in the matter. But patience is our gift to our Father while we wait.”

A Guide to Prevailing in the Battle of Prayer


A Guide to Prevailing in the Battle of Prayer – “For Moody, the prayer warrior’s simple confidence is structured around nine different attitudes—and actions—that must be present for the prayer to be efficacious.”

The Most Epic Bible Study of All Time


The Most Epic Bible Study of All Time – “As Jesus walked with those disciples on the Emmaus road, he interpreted for them the golden thread of grace that holds every bit of the Old Testament together.”

Looking for the Good in a World of Bad News: God at Work through His Church


Looking for the Good in a World of Bad News: God at Work through His Church – “As we discard the clickbait caricatures, may we thank God for three beautiful things we can see in his church today.”

LGBTQ Indoctrination Aimed At Kids


LGBTQ Indoctrination Aimed At Kids – “Parents must start having age appropriate conversations with their children from an early age.”

Is an Unborn Child a Parasite, Living off Another Person’s Body without Permission?


Is an Unborn Child a Parasite, Living off Another Person’s Body without Permission? – “Some abortion advocates argue that even if a ‘fetus’ is actually a person, that doesn’t change the fact that one person does not have the right to use the body of another person against their will (in this case, against the mother’s will). Therefore, she should have the right to ‘evict’ the fetus from her body.”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The Test of True Worship


The Test of True Worship – “Do you serve the Lord for his name’s sake? Or do you only serve the Lord to receive blessings?”

Get Out! Tim Keller on the Exodus Story


Get Out! Tim Keller on the Exodus Story – “What can we learn from the Red Sea crossing about Jesus and our salvation?”


Moved by All Our Sorrows: The Tender Compassion of Christ


Moved by All Our Sorrows: The Tender Compassion of Christ – “Have you ever paused to marvel at the compassion of Christ? What a wonder that when God himself takes our own flesh and blood, and walks among us in our fallen world, he is known for his compassion.”

You Need to Be Inconvenienced for Your Church


You Need to Be Inconvenienced for Your Church – “Those who are hungry for Christ consider it their joy to be inconvenienced for the sake of His church.”

Why We Can’t Divorce Jesus and the Church


Why We Can’t Divorce Jesus and the Church – “In other words, to disassociate ourselves from the Church is to neglect Jesus’ wife, His body and his family. We can’t divorce Jesus and the Church because He won’t let us.”

Monday, June 17, 2019

When We Run from God


When We Run from God – 7 Insights from One Who Did.

Love Is Not Heavy-Handed


Love Is Not Heavy-Handed – “Whatever else we learn about church life, we learn quickly that it will at times come with conflict. We are, after all, sinful people attempting to share community with other sinners.”

Christians Need Gospel Audacity


Christians Need Gospel Audacity – “I want at fever pitch the kind of audacity, boasting in weakness, and zeal that is biblical—not the showy, worldly counterfeit.”

Stop Loving Your Spouse Too Much


Stop Loving Your Spouse Too Much – “Every marriage is either Christian or idolatrous. And two married Christians can be idolatrous, without even realizing it.”

Worship the Man


Worship the Man – “The Holy Spirit gives us an ample amount of proofs of the deity of Christ in Scripture.”

5 Reasons People Are Drifting from Church


5 Reasons People Are Drifting from Church – Dan Reiland offers five responses.

The Battle for Biblical Truth


The Battle for Biblical TruthJohn MacArthur writes a helpful piece on the reliability of Scripture and how to interpret it rightly. He gives helpful encouragement for coming to a rational understanding of God's Word. 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

We Will Sneer at Death


We Will Sneer at Death – “We can die defiantly. We can look our last enemy square in the face, take one last breath, hear one last pulse of our heart, and say this: I will breathe again. This heart will beat again. This body will rise again. Because my sins are gone and my Savior got up from that grave!”


Who or What Is Our Functional Heart-Boss?


Who or What Is Our Functional Heart-Boss? – “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.”

How Can the Wilderness be a Gift?


How Can the Wilderness be a Gift? – “Why does God take us into the wilderness?

4 Reasons You Should Preach Through Haggai


4 Reasons You Should Preach Through Haggai – These are good reasons to read the book of Haggai too.

Four Principles for a Powerful Prayer Life


Four Principles for a Powerful Prayer Life – “If you will learn to spend one hour a day with God, there is no telling what God may choose to do with you.”

Alone


Alone – “Only around half of Americans say they have meaningful, daily face-to-face social interactions.”

Friday, June 14, 2019

How to Know if You’re Saving Life or Prolonging Death


How to Know if You’re Saving Life or Prolonging Death – “Here are four biblical principles that should affect our end-of-life decision making.”


When Old They’ll Still Bear Fruit


When Old They’ll Still Bear Fruit – “Growing old is really hard, but there are unique benefits that come to the friends and family of those who age well in Jesus Christ.”

Let’s Anticipate the Incredible Experience of Worshipping in Heaven with All God’s People


Let’s Anticipate the Incredible Experience of Worshipping in Heaven with All God’s People – “Most people know that we’ll worship God in Heaven. But they don’t grasp how thrilling that will be. Multitudes of God’s people—of every nation, tribe, people, and language—will gather to sing praise to God for His greatness, wisdom, power, grace, and mighty work of redemption (Revelation 5:13-14).”

Investing in Your Marriage Is Worth the Sacrifice


Investing in Your Marriage Is Worth the Sacrifice – It’s tough to have a Christ-centered marriage in a child-centered world.

Five Ways Congregational Worship Shapes Us


Five Ways Congregational Worship Shapes Us – These are great reminders and encouragements.

Praise or Worry


Praise or Worry – “Praise is an action of worship where people repeat back to God all the great things he is and has done.”

A Simple Way to Spend 45 Minutes a Day With the LORD


A Simple Way to Spend 45 Minutes a Day With the LORDHere are some suggestions for growing your time with the Lord.

The Dirty Dozen: Some Thoughts on Why We Stink at Evangelism


The Dirty Dozen: Some Thoughts on Why We Stink at Evangelism – “When I say that ‘we’ stink at evangelism, I’m not talking about all of you. Some of you, I hope many of you, excel at sharing your faith with non-Christians. But most of us do not. It may sound offensive, but let’s be honest: we stink at evangelism. At least I do. But I don’t want to.”

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Why Is it Hard to Understand the Bible?


Why Is it Hard to Understand the Bible? – “It’s the world’s all-time bestseller and the best selling book in every year that sales have been recorded. Even so, the task of reading the Bible can feel like putting together a massive jigsaw puzzle that is missing pieces!”

Stop Praying “Be With” Prayers


Stop Praying “Be With” Prayers“Search the Scriptures, and you won’t find a prayer recorded that just asks God to ‘be with’ his people. The prayers of the saints have far more weighty, far more spiritual concerns.”

Ascension: The Present-Tense of the Gospel


Ascension: The Present-Tense of the Gospel – “Why does Paul say that in order to be saved we must confess Jesus not as Savior or Substitute or Sacrifice, not as Son of Man or Son of God, but as Lord?”

When Moral Relativism Comes to Counseling


When Moral Relativism Comes to Counseling – “Moral relativism is our culture’s precious grandchild now. It gets a pat on the head and sugar for supper. It demands its way like 2-year-old. And it barges into the counseling room. So how might you quiet it?”

Reading the Bible Upside Down


Reading the Bible Upside Down“The pope’s reported rationale reveals an approach to Scripture that undermines its authority. His approach is to do what you might call a hermeneutical headstand. He turns things upside down.”

5 Questions to Ask When You Are Suffering


5 Questions to Ask When You Are Suffering – “When he engages your suffering, the all-wise God typically creates a dynamic interplay of five questions.”

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

7 Surprising Trends in Global Christianity in 2019


7 Surprising Trends in Global Christianity in 2019 – “Instead of evaluating Christianity based on a local or even national perspective, a global vantage point can provide a better picture of the status of the faith.”

What Is the Connection Between Worship and Feelings?


What Is the Connection Between Worship and Feelings? – “Worship is not a depiction of our feelings, but a declaration of our faith.”

The Danger of Roadblocks along the Avenue of Grace


The Danger of Roadblocks along the Avenue of Grace – “Three specific ‘roadblocks’ listed below commonly derail God’s purposes for us in Jesus Christ.”

Are You an Eraser or Highlighter in Your Marriage?


Are You an Eraser or Highlighter in Your Marriage? – In every interaction we need to explore the difference.

10 Ways the Enemy Robs Us of Our Christian Joy


10 Ways the Enemy Robs Us of Our Christian Joy – “The enemy often seeks to destroy our Christian joy so that our witness for Christ loses its effectiveness. Here are some ways he seeks to rob us.”

5 Questions to Ask When You Are Suffering


5 Questions to Ask When You Are Suffering – “When he engages your suffering, the all-wise God typically creates a dynamic interplay of five questions.”

Rejoicing During Affliction and Unhappiness


Rejoicing During Affliction and Unhappiness – “This is rejoicing in affliction because you know that the affliction, no matter how great, is producing something in you of greater value than a pain-free life.”

Spiritual Fruit Grows Slowly


Spiritual Fruit Grows Slowly – “When Paul uses this metaphor, he is reminding his audience that spiritual fruit is similar to physical fruit: both grow slowly.”

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

8 Blessings of Studying Your Bible


8 Blessings of Studying Your Bible – Good reminders here from David Tripp.

Why the Third Day? The Promise of Resurrection in All of Scripture



Husbands, 8 Admonitions to Love Your Wife


Husbands, 8 Admonitions to Love Your Wife“What follows are eight admonitions to love our wives with respect to their various facets.”

How to Get Excited Talking to Others About Jesus


How to Get Excited Talking to Others About Jesus – “The bottom line is this: if we can’t—or don’t—talk about Jesus with our believing friends and family, then we certainly won’t be able to talk about Him with nonbelievers.”

7 Ways to Shepherd the Terminally Ill


7 Ways to Shepherd the Terminally Ill – “Let’s consider seven aspects of shepherding the terminally ill.”

An Unexpected Strategy for Reaching the Muslim World


An Unexpected Strategy for Reaching the Muslim World – “This is nothing radical or new. But guess what? People notice.”

A Vital Verse for Dads (How to Be a Good Dad)


A Vital Verse for Dads (How to Be a Good Dad) – “Is there hope for us dads, or should I add a reasonably-priced pitchfork to my Amazon wishlist?”

A World Map or Literal Place Names


A World Map or Literal Place Names – “Here’s a map of the world with the names of the countries replaced by their literal translations.”

Monday, June 10, 2019

The Peril of Potted Plant Christianity


The Peril of Potted Plant Christianity – Instead of being an isolated potted plant, Jeff Medders encourages believers to pursue community as if it were a rooted garden, interconnected and flourishing. 

Is It Okay if I Don’t ‘Feel’ God?


Is It Okay if I Don’t ‘Feel’ God? – “The things you fill your head with will eventually trickle down into your heart; your emotions will be affected by what you put in your mind.”

Confession ≠ Repentance


Confession ≠ Repentance – “We shirk repentance when we agree with the truth of our sin (confession) without choosing the gospel-motivated response.”

What Does “Meaningless / Vanity / Futility” Mean in Ecclesiastes?


What Does “Meaningless / Vanity / Futility” Mean in Ecclesiastes? – “It’s about the tedium, transience, impermanence, and dissatisfaction God built into the universe.”

What Is a Family, Anyway?


What Is a Family, Anyway? – “What is a family? It’s a simple question, but one that is surprisingly difficult to answer.”

Life Is Hard. Jesus Doesn’t Make It Easier


Life Is Hard. Jesus Doesn’t Make It Easier. – “When life seems worse than expected, we’re told, ‘It gets better.’ But what if it doesn’t?”

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Was He Too Prone to Wander? Robert Robinson (1735–1790)


Was He Too Prone to Wander? Robert Robinson (1735–1790) – The hymn as a whole is a great testimony to the grace of God that had saved him, notwithstanding a heart that was “prone to wander.”

Seven Encouraging Reasons to Pray


Seven Encouraging Reasons to Pray – “Here are seven reasons we pray which are meant to encourage you in your pursuit of Jesus Christ.”

Why We Go To Church on Vacation


Why We Go To Church on Vacation – “When we vacation, we don’t want to take a break from being who we are. We’re grateful to be God’s children, and we enjoy being with our brothers and sisters worshiping Him, no matter where we may roam.”

Nuclear Family or Church Family? Yes


Nuclear Family or Church Family? Yes – “In most cases, the church won’t replace our nuclear family. Instead, we must let the gospel reorient our family relationships—and in turn, these new priorities will strengthen the church.”

Friday, June 7, 2019

Be the Church That Embraces Children, Not Just Tolerates Them


Be the Church That Embraces Children, Not Just Tolerates Them“There are two kinds of churches. Those that embrace children, and those that tolerate children.”

Here Are the Most ‘Post-Christian’ Cities in America


Here Are the Most ‘Post-Christian’ Cities in America – “The research group Barna has just released their list of the most “post-Christian” cities in America, and one region dominates the top 10.”

The Bible Passage People Mistake For Good News


The Bible Passage People Mistake For Good News – “Despite its popularity, Ecclesiastes 3 may also be one of the most misunderstood sections of the Bible. This is because people often interpret the chapter as containing reassuring news about the balanced nature of the universe. But really, the chapter is more of a lament, one that points to the need for Christ.”

The Curse of “Whatever”


The Curse of “Whatever” – “We continue to be surprised at being disappointed. People have this problem called sin. Sin comes from rebellion to God. At its root, rebellion starts with believing a lie.”

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Against Open Doors


Against Open Doors – “Sometimes a closed door simply needs to be pushed on harder. Sometimes an open door needs to be passed by. The wisdom and biblical principles that govern decision making should always take precedence over providential ‘signs’ that Scripture never bids us decipher.”

Three Strategies to Build Work Ethic in Your Kids


Three Strategies to Build Work Ethic in Your Kids – “Here are three fundamentals to accomplish this in teens.”

Your Will Be done


Your Will Be done – Ask boldly in your needs, but this statement from the Model Prayer puts what happens next into perspective.

10 Questions for Examining Your Life


10 Questions for Examining Your Life – “Examining your life is essential to your growth as a Christian believer.” Here are a simple set of questions, drawn from the Ten Commandments.

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Finding God in the Anxiety of the Waiting Room


Finding God in the Anxiety of the Waiting Room – “In the uncertainty of a health crisis, the following gospel realities can calm our anxious hearts, bringing us peace and hope.”

The Good Guys


The Good Guys – While husbands and fathers have plenty of shortcomings and failures of note. Here’s a good word about the men who are honoring the Lord in good ways at home.

5 Loopholes We Use to Excuse Sin


5 Loopholes We Use to Excuse Sin – “For some of us, our cry for God’s mercy is long overdue, but our evasions keep us from real repentance. Here are five common loopholes we use to excuse sin.”

Immediate Aid, Eternal Relief


Immediate Aid, Eternal Relief – “Christians care about all suffering, especially eternal suffering.”

How to Pray for Your Unborn Child


How to Pray for Your Unborn Child – Whether your unborn child or grandchild, these are helpful prayer prompts.

Less Is More


Less Is More – “Clutter is like zucchini on Miracle Grow. It keeps spreading and multiplying. Once a treasured garment, trinket, or gadget, now a dust-catching long-forgotten, space-taking bother.”

A Brief History of Spiritual Revival and Awakening in America


A Brief History of Spiritual Revival and Awakening in America – “America has a deep, rich history of revivals and awakenings.”

What We Lose When We Collapse the Four Gospels into One


What We Lose When We Collapse the Four Gospels into One – “What do we lose when we collapse the four Gospels into one? I believe we lose at least three things: the author’s unique perspective, the artistry of the story, and the apologetic of the life of Jesus.”

Were Early Christian Scribes Untrained Amateurs?


Were Early Christian Scribes Untrained Amateurs? “The oft-repeated claim that early Christian scribes were unprofessional and untrained simply does not fit with what we know about early Christian manuscripts nor about early Christian literary culture.” It’s a common charge to discredit the reliability of our Bible.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Retake Your Heart


Retake Your Heart – “Jesus knows the human heart. He made it, and then he took one himself when he became man. He knows, as both God and man, how to furnish courage to a fearful heart.”

Praying for a President Is Not that Radical: Platt, Prayer, and Polarization


Praying for a President Is Not that Radical: Platt, Prayer, and Polarization – The outrage against David Platt's prayer for President Trump reveals more about us than David.

Monday, June 3, 2019

The Dragon Hiding in Your Desires


The Dragon Hiding in Your Desires – Why temptation feels so harmless.

The One Question We Would Have for Jesus


The One Question We Would Have for Jesus – Joe McKeever does a great job with this hypothetical scenario.

4 Prayers to Pray when You’re Anxious


4 Prayers to Pray when You’re AnxiousThis is a good series.

Dying to go to Church?


Dying to go to Church? – “Going to church doesn’t make you a better person. Going to church means that you get that you are a forgiven person.”

Why Christians Care About Every Injustice


Why Christians Care About Every Injustice – “Christians care about all injustice — especially injustice against God.”

Three Approaches to Ecclesiastes


Three Approaches to Ecclesiastes“In my observation, Ecclesiastes is second only to Revelation in the number of competing interpretive approaches available to readers of the book.” 

Are There Degrees of Sin?


Are There Degrees of Sin?“It’s clear that we have different degrees of sin when we consider the warnings of Scripture.”

Thirty Years After Tiananmen


Thirty Years After Tiananmen – Persecution ‘the world has never seen the likes of’.

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Maintaining Spiritual Health throughout Life


Maintaining Spiritual Health throughout Life“Maintaining our personal relationship with the Lord, walking in steadfast moral obedience to Him and actively serving Him all require ongoing attention and effort. If we continue to work at the various areas of our Christian life, we’re able (with God’s help) to maintain good spiritual health or even improve it.”

Guard the Gospel of God’s Grace


Guard the Gospel of God’s Grace – “In our vigilance for the truth, we must also strive to grow in grace.”

Sometimes We Must Settle for Peace: Enduring Complexity in Relational Conflict


Sometimes We Must Settle for Peace: Enduring Complexity in Relational Conflict – “He would have to leave full justice to God. Sometimes, that’s the best we can do too in complex situations.”

How and When to Offend


How and When to Offend “I want to bring the offense of the gospel to bear on everyone I encounter...I want my speech and my behavior to adorn the gospel, and to let its offensive truths do the offending.”

Friday, May 31, 2019

Teach Your Children to Praise


Teach Your Children to Praise – “You must teach your children to praise. Just as you teach your child not to yell or to put others first or to come quickly when called you must also teach them to praise.”

In Defence Of Deep Friendships


In Defence Of Deep Friendships “We need a friend that shares more than just a passing interest in a mutual hobby. We need a friend who we’ll talk with even though we don’t need to ask them a favor. We need a friend who isn’t someone we feel compelled to impress. We simply need a friend.”

The Church is on the Move


The Church is on the Move – Christianity is and always will be a mobile faith.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

4 Reasons the Ascension Matters

4 Reasons the Ascension Matters – Today is Ascension Day. “It may be the most important doctrine you never think about.”

The Human on Heaven’s Throne: Why the Ascension of Christ Matters


The Human on Heaven’s Throne: Why the Ascension of Christ Matters – “The ascension of Jesus Christ is vital to us personally. We all have an eternal stake in what happened as Jesus returned to his Father. In these brief reflections, let’s consider five key implications of the ascension related to our union and communion with Christ.”

4 Reasons Why Ascension Day Matters


4 Reasons Why Ascension Day Matters – “Here are four reasons why the Ascension of Jesus Christ matters to our faith.”

The Bondage of Either/Or Spirituality


The Bondage of Either/Or Spirituality – “Hell is the end of the road for the sin of pride, which is the root sin, the sin of sins.”

What It Means to Love Jesus


What It Means to Love Jesus – “What does He want? What would make Jesus feel loved?”

Find True Hope for Your Marriage


Find True Hope for Your Marriage – “This challenge will help you become more aware of your words and actions toward your husband, apply the Truth to your everyday challenges, and give you a starting place to make a difference in your marriage.”

Why Big Tech Struggles with Ethics


Why Big Tech Struggles with Ethics – “Christians must not sit on the sidelines and let corporations or governments tell us what is ethical. We must proactively engage these pressing issues with biblical wisdom and moral insight.”

The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans


The Theological Legacy of Rachel Held Evans “Increasingly marginalized American mainline denominations embraced a splintered reading of Scripture throughout the last century without making any real mark on evangelicalism. Evans popularized this confused reading, reaching many disenfranchised evangelicals just at the moment when they hungered and thirsted for a more culturally palatable Bible.”

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Longer Than


Longer ThanThrough the years as the fire starts to mellow, burning lines in the book of our lives. Though the binding cracks and the pages start to yellow, I’ll be in love with you…” I enjoyed this article on marriage very much.

Filling The Void


Filling The Void – “There seems to be something missing from me. I am willing to bet most people have felt something similar. You might express it a little different, but it is the same phenomenon. You feel incomplete.”

Money Lessons from My Father


Money Lessons from My Father – Good lessons to learn or remember.

Pursue Integrity Relentlessly


Pursue Integrity Relentlessly“That’s what we need to call to mind whenever we are tempted to adapt our ethical principles for convenience’ sake. It isn’t worth the high cost to our reputation, our character, or our testimony.”

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

How Much Authority Does Satan Have in the World?


How Much Authority Does Satan Have in the World?“All Satan’s power is by permission. He has no autonomy to do anything God does not permit for infinitely wise purposes.”

The Night That Took My Wife: How Grief Imprisoned Us to Grace


The Night That Took My Wife: How Grief Imprisoned Us to Grace – “Loss and suffering, then, imprison us to the grace of God and teach us that apart from him there is no lasting hope and peace.”

Having Fun Loving Your Spouse?


Having Fun Loving Your Spouse?“You have to work through the hard stuff to get to the more enjoyable stuff.”

Approach Your Bible Desperately


Approach Your Bible Desperately – “Your soul will wither and die without your Bible. Approach it desperately.”

A Mistake We Often Make When Reading the Bible


A Mistake We Often Make When Reading the Bible – “We fall short when we look only to an individual application of the Bible.”

22 Benefits of Fearing God


22 Benefits of Fearing God – The Psalms are a rich source of guidance and blessing.

5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Give Up on the Church


5 Reasons You Shouldn’t Give Up on the Church – “Church has never been perfect and it never will be but we have the responsibility to address our mistakes and continually reassess how we can grow in the image of Christ on this side of heaven.”

Monday, May 27, 2019

43 Quotes About Prayer To Inspire Your Prayer Life


43 Quotes About Prayer To Inspire Your Prayer Life – “When I need inspiration to pray, which is often, I regularly turn to quotes about prayer.”

Waiting When God Seems Silent


Waiting When God Seems Silent – “Just because we can’t hear God exulting doesn’t mean He is not rejoicing over us with shouts of joy.”

Satan Will Sing You to Sleep


Satan Will Sing You to Sleep – “We can gauge our sleepiness by how the eternal states of non-Christians around us shape the way we approach life.”

What Does the Bible Say About Baptism? Six Texts We Cannot Ignore


What Does the Bible Say About Baptism? Six Texts We Cannot Ignore – “Whatever your tradition, a good argument for the nature and application of Christian baptism cannot ignore or minimize what the Bible actually says, including these six important texts.”


3 Truths to Speak To Your Temptation


3 Truths to Speak To Your Temptation – “Learn to speak truth, his truth, to every temptation.”

The Difference between Shiite and Sunni Muslims and Why It Matters


The Difference between Shiite and Sunni Muslims and Why It Matters – Madeline Arthington gives an explanation of the two major sects of Islam, what their similarities and differences are, and how to share the gospel with Muslims in light of these facts.

Why Do Christians Worship on Sunday?


Why Do Christians Worship on Sunday? “Why do we worship on Sunday and not Saturday?”

Getting Older Involves a Lot of Dying


Getting Older Involves a Lot of Dying – “Obviously physical mortality will be my final end, just as it has been for everyone else, but I’m seeing there is lots more I’ll need to die to before that.”

Saturday, May 25, 2019

God is Not Optional


God is Not Optional “We have come to think that God is a choice, that we can take him or leave him as we think best. But the universe doesn’t work that way. Everything was formed at the command of God and designed to function as he determined, people included.”

When We Bump or Crash into Our Insufficiency


When We Bump or Crash into Our Insufficiency – “So, forsaking self-reliance, we abandon ourselves to Jesus, and ask you to bring resurrection power into the stories that weary us, discourage us, and/or anger us.”

A Tree Between Two Mountains


A Tree Between Two Mountains “We must not fall into the trap of only seeing God on the mountain tops of life; falsely believing that if we soak enough of Him in in those moments it will sustain us until the next peak. God is in the valley also. God is in the dry and barren places.”

3 Comforts When You’re Reduced to Wordless Prayer


3 Comforts When You’re Reduced to Wordless Prayer – “Christianity reveals a God whose understanding of his creatures extends even to wordless prayers.”

Friday, May 24, 2019

Being a Special Nobody


Being a Special Nobody – “David was anointed to sit on the throne. But he was appointed to sit among sheep. He was destined for the palace. But he was stuck in the field. He was called to greatness. But he was left in obscurity.”

My Only Living Book


My Only Living Book – “There are many books in my library, both at home and church, but only one of them is alive.”

Exercise for More of God


Exercise for More of God – “The world tells us exercise is primarily a tool for our vanity and for living longer. Here are five reasons to pursue a regular exercise plan — not related to looking your best in your bathing suit.”

Waiting When God Seems Silent


Waiting When God Seems Silent – “The call to wait on God is an invitation to trust and hope. It entails believing that one day—even if today is not that day—He will make all things right.”

4 Truths for Grandparents to Embrace


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

Who Owns Your Body?


Who Owns Your Body? “Who owns your body? It’s a hot topic today, with actress Alyssa Milano calling for a ‘sex strike’ till legislators agree that women own their own bodies. If you’re a Christian, you know the answer: God owns your body.”

Hope Shrinking Our Fears


Hope Shrinking Our Fears – “Father, we enter this Memorial Day weekend, grateful that hope is our secure anchor. No matter the size of the waves, the strength of the wind, or what the Weather Channel says about the forecast.”

The Secret to Meaning When Death Looms


The Secret to Meaning When Death Looms – “Living our days in the shadow of the cross, we remember that one day the sufferings of this life will roll back like a scroll.”

Getting Married? Some Resources and Humor to Get You Started Right



Thursday, May 23, 2019

In the Presence of My Enemies


In the Presence of My Enemies  - “This psalm reminds us that no matter what our circumstances appear to be, the good Shepherd is always caring for his sheep.”

A Better Mom Is a Broken Mom


A Better Mom Is a Broken Mom – “Moms, everything within you will tell you that you need certain “gains” to get through your day, to be a better parent for your children. The world will tell you that brokenness means failure.”

Memorial Day Is a Big Deal, So Let’s Think About It Theologically


Memorial Day Is a Big Deal, So Let’s Think About It Theologically – “This post probably has something to make everyone unhappy. But here goes.”

The Incarnation as Revelation


The Incarnation as Revelation – “No, it’s not Christmas time, but I think we should go ahead and consider the incarnation of Christ anyway. Specifically, I want to point out what the incarnation means for revelation.”

4 Reasons the Wilderness Is Not a Waste


4 Reasons the Wilderness Is Not a Waste – “It’s not our destination, our home, and it’s not even a desired stop along the way, but God has good plans for us in every place He leads us. Even in the desert…”

6 Reasons to Avoid Divisive People


6 Reasons to Avoid Divisive People – “Divisive people should be avoided because of the problems they cause.”

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Pondering and Praying a Classic Passage


Pondering and Praying a Classic Passage – Praying through 1 Corinthians 13.

9 Things I Will Teach My Kids About God


9 Things I Will Teach My Kids About God – “There are a lot of things about parenting you can’t really prepare for, which is what makes the journey that much more fun. But while my wife and I still have many years of parenting experiences, failures and victories ahead of us, there are a few things I’ve already decided I will make sure to teach them about God.”

How to Avoid Accumulated Fatigue


How to Avoid Accumulated Fatigue – “Accumulated fatigue signals the gradual build-up of circumstantial stresses, mental challenges, and relational sorrows. It doesn’t ride right up to you and bandit you. It embezzles you instead.”

Why Is It Better That Christ Went Away (John 16:7)?


Why Is It Better That Christ Went Away (John 16:7)? – “The Spirit’s role is to reveal the glory of Christ in the gospel, which cannot be done until Jesus is dead, buried, and risen.”

To Be Found


To Be Found“I know you don’t know where you are, Grandma, but Jesus knows where you are – He’s found you.”

How to See Human-Trafficking Victims, Even in Your Church


How to See Human-Trafficking Victims, Even in Your Church – Sadler defines human trafficking as “the exploitation of vulnerability for commercial gain.” Human trafficking, he asserts, can happen anywhere, “because there are vulnerable people everywhere”

Monday, May 20, 2019

Songs in the Night


Songs in the Night – What do we do when God seems far away? Barry York surveys Psalm 42 to find hope and encouragement for these dark times. 

Exercise for More of God: Five Reasons to Train Your Body


Exercise for More of God: Five Reasons to Train Your Body – Stacy Reaoch writes about the benefits of exercise, including serving others, stewardship, and ultimately for joy. 

The Kingdom of God in 8 Words


The Kingdom of God in 8 Words – “The number-one thing Jesus talked about is the kingdom of God. It’s everywhere in the Gospels and impossible to miss.”

Where Sex Trafficking Occurs in America


Where Sex Trafficking Occurs in America “A recent report highlights the cities and states within the U.S. in which human trafficking is most reported.”

Everyone is a Prayer Novice


Everyone is a Prayer Novice – “With that in mind, take a deep breath and relax. Let any pressure you feel about prayer or being spiritual roll off of you.”

7 Threats From False Teachers


7 Threats From False Teachers – “False teachers and abusive leaders need to maintain their power. Therefore, they use a series of threats to keep people quiet and in line. Get out of line? You might hear one of the seven statements listed below.”