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Thursday, August 22, 2019

When Feeling a Bit Like Both Luke 15 Sons


When Feeling a Bit Like Both Luke 15 Sons – “On this August Thursday, I bring you my busy, kinda-tired, slightly irritated heart...I feel like a 3rd Luke 15 son right now—a hybrid of the Father’s two boys Jesus described.” 

Stop Saying God Is Not in School


Stop Saying God Is Not in School – “God is here to stay. He is Immanuel. He is God with us! And that is what we need to tell our children. We need to tell them the truth, that God IS in the public schools. That God IS in their classrooms and at their lunch tables and in their college dorm rooms and in their high school locker rooms.”

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder


When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder – This stirred a lot of memories of God’s faithful people who have touched my life.

Molecular Geneticist: Faith and Evolution Are at Odds, but Not Faith and Science


Molecular Geneticist: Faith and Evolution Are at Odds, but Not Faith and Science – “Christianity is reasonable, says Dr. Georgia Purdom, who has a PhD in molecular genetics and is a Christian.”

Idol Children


Idol Children – “We live in the age of the Child. Children are accommodated. They are the center of family life. They are the focus of the educational process. Instead of training children to worship God in all of life, our modern world idolizes them.”

The Blessing of Heaven as a Near Reality


The Blessing of Heaven as a Near Reality – “Their ages: 94 and 84. They have been friends, Sunday school members, and sisters in the faith for years. And now they were saying goodbye.”

7 Reasons Your Prayer Might Not be Answered


7 Reasons Your Prayer Might Not be Answered – “God is not a cosmic genie who promises to answer every request if we just believe strongly enough in His power. There are qualifiers.”

Why Did Jesus Institute the Lord’s Supper on the Passover?


Why Did Jesus Institute the Lord’s Supper on the Passover? – “In the first place, it is because He is the fulfillment of all that was foreshadowed by the Passover lamb.”

Shacking Up VS Marriage – Dave Ramsey


Shacking Up VS Marriage – Dave Ramsey – “We pray you look at this issue of shacking up (also termed as living together) from a practical standpoint. But above all, look at it from God’s view. It violates so many of His rules. And you can’t, or never should discount the importance of what God says about all of this.”

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Ten Ways To Keep Your Marriage Healthy And Happy


Ten Ways To Keep Your Marriage Healthy And Happy – “You think that after you marry, your love will continue to grow. We hope so. But just to help you along the way, the following thoughts will help keep you focused on developing a healthy and happy marriage.”

Seven Massive Changes Where Churches Must Respond


Seven Massive Changes Where Churches Must Respond – We see and feel all of them and especially #1.

Ten Principles for Personal Productivity


Ten Principles for Personal Productivity“Don’t measure yourself by others. Measure yourself by your potential in Christ.”

Jesus Died for Sinners


Jesus Died for Sinners – Do You Know What This Actually Means?

Thought Habits of a Healthy Heart


Thought Habits of a Healthy Heart – “What you think shapes who you are. Worry or peace are the fruit of your thoughts. God makes a big deal about how and what you think.”

The Relentless Pursuit of a Good Name


The Relentless Pursuit of a Good Name – “In ancient times, your name carried tremendous meaning. It was, essentially, the sum and substance of who you were. It represented the entirety of your character. So, what is our name synonymous with? 

How to Talk to Kids About Sexual Abuse


How to Talk to Kids About Sexual Abuse – “It’s a difficult conversation but we must learn how to talk to kids about sexual abuse.”

When I First Confronted Religious Pluralism


When I First Confronted Religious Pluralism – “The charge to be faithful to Scripture is a sacred charge, but it is an unpopular one. When juxtaposed against our current age of skepticism, evangelical Christians are situated clearly within the cultural minority.”

Study: Babylon Bee’s Satire Gets Shared by People Who Think It’s Real


Study: Babylon Bee’s Satire Gets Shared by People Who Think It’s Real – The truth is, parsing political parody on the internet isn’t straightforward.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

20 Bible Verses About Leadership


20 Bible Verses About LeadershipWhat Did Jesus Teach?

Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs


Wisely Handling the Book of Proverbs – “The book of Proverbs is concerned to give us practical guidelines for daily experience.”

The Power of Biblical Hospitality


The Power of Biblical Hospitality – “Four characteristics that distinguish biblical hospitality from merely entertaining guests.”

Hell Is More Than a Choice


Hell Is More Than a Choice – Here are several good points to consider as we consider hell.

Why the Cost of Discipleship Is Lower Than You Think


Why the Cost of Discipleship Is Lower Than You Think – “The cost of discipleship is also about what you gain.”

The Head Crusher Cometh


The Head Crusher Cometh – “The Old Testament narratives tell the story of God’s desire to dwell with humanity. This narrative revolves around human rebellion and God’s longsuffering, faithful, covenant love for humans.” 

Monday, August 19, 2019

Keep Your Eyes on Jesus


Keep Your Eyes on Jesus – “Just as it is grace top to bottom that saves us, it is faith beginning to end that sustains us.”

I am a False Prophet


I am a False Prophet – Worriers are false prophets.

Be Ready for the Lord’s Return


Be Ready for the Lord’s Return – “Though not one of us knows when the Lord will return, we do know that He will come again. This should produce within us a certain amount of anticipation, a longing for Jesus to come again. But it should also produce decisive actions that become part of our lifestyle.”

How to Pray in Spiritual Warfare


How to Pray in Spiritual Warfare – “According to Paul in Ephesians 6, all of life is spiritual warfare. In that conflict, he reminds the Ephesians that—important though it is—the Christian armor is not enough. You and I also need to be in constant contact with God, and the means by which we stay in contact is by prayer.”

Gratitude Leads to Joy


Gratitude Leads to Joy“Joy does not lead to gratitude. Gratitude leads to joy.”

Obey God Rather Than Man


Obey God Rather Than Man“Peer Pressure is not something that only middle and high school kids face. Adults are still facing the choice of obeying God rather than men in several areas of life.” 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

I Pray God Turns the Church Upside Down


I Pray God Turns the Church Upside Down“During the Protestant Reformation, the church rediscovered the doctrine of justification, and the world got turned upside down. Today, I think it could be the church that is turned upside down if the application of the doctrine of justification were rediscovered.”

Am I Truly Born Again? Four Evidences That You Are New


Am I Truly Born Again? Four Evidences That You Are New – “A 2017 study by LifeWay Research discovered that 24% of Americans profess to be evangelical. A higher percent claim to be born again. But when pressed, only about 15% of Americans can affirm the most basic evangelical beliefs.”

Am I Truly Born Again?


Am I Truly Born Again?“A gap always exists between the number of people who profess to be born again and those who possess the reality. This is true of every congregation.”

Evidence of Biblical Story Found in Layers of Jerusalem Ash


Evidence of Biblical Story Found in Layers of Jerusalem Ash“The Bible describes King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon laying siege to Jerusalem and specifically burning down the temple, the palace and “all the great houses” (2 Kings 25:9). A group of archaeologists believe they’ve found one of those great houses and their discoveries support the biblical story.”

Friday, August 16, 2019

Five Ways God Can Use Your Stress for Great Good


Five Ways God Can Use Your Stress for Great Good – God doesn’t waste anything, including our stress.

The Two Biggest Spiritual Influences for a Child


The Two Biggest Spiritual Influences for a Child – The two things aren’t surprising. The question is, “What do we do with them?”

You Are Not the Author of Your Story


You Are Not the Author of Your Story – “Why would you ever want an autobiography when you could have the story God himself has written?”

Best Analogy of the Existence of the Invisible God I’ve Ever Heard


Best Analogy of the Existence of the Invisible God I’ve Ever HeardIn a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

5 Actions of Faithful Evangelists


5 Actions of Faithful Evangelists“As a Christian you want other people to get saved. You know that God uses means in the salvation of others and you want God to use you but you might not know how. Here are five actions of faithful evangelists.”

Overcoming the Fear of Evangelism


Overcoming the Fear of Evangelism – “God has tasked every Christian with communicating the good news of the gospel to the lost. For some of us, it comes naturally. It’s easy and effortless. If that’s you then you probably don’t need to keep reading. For others, not so much. It’s a struggle. It feels unnatural, forced, and uncomfortable. Concern floods our mind.”

Thursday, August 15, 2019

How to Pray the Lord’s Prayer for Your Family


How to Pray the Lord’s Prayer for Your Family – “I have found the pattern Jesus gave us in “The Lord’s Prayer,” as it is called, helps me focus and stay on track in my prayers.”


Am I Really a Christian?


Am I Really a Christian? – “That’s an eternally important question, and yet, sadly, it’s one that many Christians struggle to answer.”

What Sins Are You Killing Today?


What Sins Are You Killing Today? – “Why are our sins so invisible to us? Because we are naturally complicit in the sins of our culture, our sub-culture, our heroes, our family, our friends. Because these sins surround us, because they are part of the air we breathe, they are invisible to us.”

When Someone You Admire Abandons the Faith


When Someone You Admire Abandons the Faith – Here are some helpful reminders.

Two Ways to Pray for Your Children When Life Is Messy


Two Ways to Pray for Your Children When Life Is Messy – “I see two things in Hannah’s prayer that took her from a mother-to-be who was anxious and soul-vexed to one who was at peace.”

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Lord Can and Will Keep You


The Lord Can and Will Keep You – “Many of the greatest fears in life come not from what we can see, but from what we can’t.”

When You Pray With Your Children, You Are Teaching Your Children To Pray


When You Pray With Your Children, You Are Teaching Your Children To Pray – “Sometimes I think they are expressing a good and heartfelt desire and other times I think they are merely being superstitious, as if bad dreams will plague them and every shadow will frighten them if I do not pray. Either way, I never refuse them.”

Is My Child Ready to Make a Decision to Follow Christ?


Is My Child Ready to Make a Decision to Follow Christ? – “Let’s look at a few of the myths that perpetuate our doubts and fears as we navigate the questions of salvation.”

Graced-Up for the Day


Graced-Up for the Day – “This I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.”

Instruction for the Heart


Instruction for the Heart – “Biblical instruction is designed to impact the lives of your grandchildren. It is not about changing behavior for the moment.  It is about heart change.”

When God Calls


When God Calls – “Genesis 11:27-32 is more than a genealogy. It’s a status update on humanity. We’re at a dead end.”

Missing Elements in Our Discussions about Apostasy


Missing Elements in Our Discussions about Apostasy – There have been prominent, visible “Christians” recently renouncing their faith. Here are some good observations to remember.

A Subversive Netflix Documentary Titled “The Family”


A Subversive Netflix Documentary Titled “The Family” – “All I can say is that the documentary is one of the most outrageous pieces anti-Christian propaganda that I have ever seen.”

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

3 Reasons Drifting From the Faith Starts With Drifting From the Church


3 Reasons Drifting From the Faith Starts With Drifting From the Church  – “Wandering from the church leads to wandering from the faith.”

Putting the “Service” Back in Worship Service


Putting the “Service” Back in Worship Service – “Consider these four basic ways we can use our Sundays to serve others, as opposed to just being served ourselves.”

Confessing Sin Is Always Awkward, Sometimes Costly, and Absolutely Worth It


Confessing Sin Is Always Awkward, Sometimes Costly, and Absolutely Worth It – “Consistent Christian living consists of confessing sin consistently. So how do we get better at this distinctly Christian practice?”

The Tragedy of Loving to Be First


The Tragedy of Loving to Be First – “Please convict us, when like Diotrephes, we put ourselves first, and put others down.”

6 Distinguishing Marks of a Call to Gospel Ministry


6 Distinguishing Marks of a Call to Gospel MinistryHere are marks of “calling to ministry” from Martyn Lloyd-Jones.

Don’t Trust in Your Christianity


Don’t Trust in Your Christianity – “Here are eight deadly ways we can look, feel, and act like Christians without actually trusting in Christ.”

3 Ways Fasting and Prayer Opens Doors


3 Ways Fasting and Prayer Opens Doors – “When we fast and pray we put more spiritual “octane” on our service and ministry to the Lord. Fasting and prayer boosts the intensity of everything we do for Jesus. In addition, fasting and prayer helps us recognize the open doors God places before us.”

Together at Last


Together at Last – “In your suffering, look to the surpassing glory that awaits you in the presence of our Savior. There we will live together . . . with God . . . forever, just imagine!”

Monday, August 12, 2019

What Is the Gospel?


What Is the Gospel? – “Whether you are just beginning to investigate Christianity, or are a life-long follower of Christ, the Gospel is the one, single thing you must grasp if your life is to be all God designed your life to be.”

3 Lenses Every Parent Needs


3 Lenses Every Parent Needs – “As parents, we want to help our children live in sync with the realities of a good yet broken world that Christ is redeeming.”

When the Dam of Despair Breaks, Hold the Rope of Hope


When the Dam of Despair Breaks, Hold the Rope of Hope – “Who have you given up on? Be honest. You’ve probably given up on someone somewhere.”

Why Satan Is No Friend of the Family


Why Satan Is No Friend of the Family – “If family truly comes from the mind of God and plays such an essential role in his world, don’t you think this explains why there are so many attacks on the family? It’s pretty clear that Satan is going to be no friend of the family.” 

What Does It Mean for a Man to Lead His Family Spiritually?


What Does It Mean for a Man to Lead His Family Spiritually?“All families are called to glorify God according to their gifts. What does that look like? That is the man’s responsibility.”


God’s Sovereignty and Human Choice: The Examples of Paul, Elisha, and Daniel


God’s Sovereignty and Human Choice: The Examples of Paul, Elisha, and Daniel – “While I doubt anyone this side of Heaven will ever manage to fully “explain” how God’s sovereignty and human choice fully fit together, I believe Scripture provides us with many examples of how the two work symbiotically.”

The Posture of Prayer: A Look at How Buddhists Pray


The Posture of Prayer: A Look at How Buddhists Pray “When we as Christians say the word prayer, we often think of a conversation we have publicly or privately with God where we praise him, thank him, and make supplications. In other faiths, prayer has a different function and form depending on the religion, culture, and belief of the worshiper…”

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Pleasant Words, Healing Words


Pleasant Words, Healing Words – “Parents who are overflowing with God’s love and grace for their children, who consider their children a blessing rather than a curse bring hope and encouragement to their families.”

Make Sunday Mornings Uncomfortable


Make Sunday Mornings Uncomfortable “We may never know what difference a small act of welcome made. But sometimes God lets us see how he has weaved our little acts into his much greater plan.”

How Not to Fall Away


How Not to Fall Away – This is a humble warning to all of us concerning apostasy.

What Does ‘Born of Water and the Spirit’ Mean in John 3:5?


What Does ‘Born of Water and the Spirit’ Mean in John 3:5? – Here’s a simple, clear explanation.

Friday, August 9, 2019

You Are Not the Author of Your Story


You Are Not the Author of Your Story – “You have been welcomed into the best story ever by grace and grace alone. Best of all, this story that is your biography has an end that never ends.”

Identity and the Fear of Man


Identity and the Fear of Man – “Contrary to what many people believe, your desires do not determine your identity or your destiny. Scripture warns us to follow God-honoring desires but to turn away from sinful ones.”

If Journalists Would Cover Abortion with Impartiality


If Journalists Would Cover Abortion with Impartiality –“If evangelicals heard their moral angst over abortion clearly articulated in the media, I’m convinced they’d be far less likely to consider journalists their enemies.”

Where Did Satan’s First Desire for Evil Come From?


Where Did Satan’s First Desire for Evil Come From? – “To say that Satan had free will is not an explanation for why he committed his first sin.”

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Most Growth Will Be Slow Growth


Most Growth Will Be Slow Growth – “The acts of obedience in front of you today may not be grand. But if you do them in faith, relying on the grace of Jesus and the power of his Spirit, they will not be in vain.”

Pray Against the Devil When You Pray for Your Kids


Pray Against the Devil When You Pray for Your Kids – “Praying for the spiritual defense of our children is a wise and necessary practice.”

Is Religious Liberty Truly In Peril? A Warning


Is Religious Liberty Truly In Peril? A Warning – “Hamilton’s definition of religious liberty is now divorced from any public action or significance. In her view, the First Amendment only protects your individual, private thoughts. That protection ceases once those thoughts enter the public square.”

10 Ways to Build an Evangelistic Church Culture


10 Ways to Build an Evangelistic Church Culture – “Here are 10 ways church leaders can cultivate a more evangelistic congregation.” We’ve found they work.

Does God Want Everyone to Be Saved?


Does God Want Everyone to Be Saved? – “God’s will for every person on the planet is for him or her to repent and believe in the gospel. Some, by grace, will respond.”

When Corporate Worship Is Just Singing


When Corporate Worship Is Just Singing – There are several good applications found here.

White Nationalist Terrorism and the Gospel


White Nationalist Terrorism and the Gospel – “This is a form of idolatry that exalts one’s own creaturely attributes, making a god out of, for instance, one’s ancestral origins or one’s tribal culture.”

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Remarkable Stories of Courage in Crisis and Two Ways to Partner with God


Remarkable Stories of Courage in Crisis and Two Ways to Partner with God“Where was God in El Paso and Dayton? What is he doing in the aftermath of these horrible tragedies?”

Why Aren’t You Safe?


Why Aren’t You Safe? – “Psalm 3 is about living in the face of terror and danger. Here, God speaks to us in his word, bringing comfort in the face of fear.”

How Do I Know God’s Calling for My Life?


How Do I Know God’s Calling for My Life? – “The renewed mind takes seriously the needs that you see in the world and the ones that move you most deeply.”

Healing Words in a Hurtful World


Healing Words in a Hurtful World – “Encourage one another and build each other up.”

True Happiness Begins with Knowing God


True Happiness Begins with Knowing God – “Human history is the story of our desperate search for true and lasting happiness.”

The FAQs: What You Should Know About Mass Shootings


The FAQs: What You Should Know About Mass Shootings – “Though we may divided about policy solutions, we should be united in opposing the climate of hate and division that has allowed evil and violent ideology to flourish.”

Nine Reasons Christians Fail to Evangelize


Nine Reasons Christians Fail to Evangelize – We’ve seen everything on the list. I’m thankful to God for the steps we’ve been able to take to get beyond most of them FBCA.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Hang on to God in Hard Times


Hang on to God in Hard Times – “As Psalm 46 reminds us that the God of Jacob is our refuge and our strength. No, Jacob did not get everything right. But he got God right.”

God’s Will Is Not Like Siri


God’s Will Is Not Like Siri – “Don’t worry if God isn’t calling out turn-by-turn directions along the way. Just love him with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength—that’s your true north.”

Narratives of Surprising Conversions


Narratives of Surprising Conversions – “The power of conversion comes from nothing less than the Holy Spirit working through the ‘foolish’ message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It helps, then, to remember this inscrutable power by reflecting on some unlikely and unusual conversions.”

The Biblical Story of the Body


The Biblical Story of the Body“We are going to look at four doctrines that take us through this narrative and teach us the importance of the body.”

Bible Study Leaders Should Not Have All the Answers


Bible Study Leaders Should Not Have All the AnswersThere is so much freedom in not thinking you’ve got to have all the answers.

Spiritual Depression: The Dark Night of the Soul


Spiritual Depression: The Dark Night of the Soul – This part of the Christian journey is hard to understand but powerful in its outcomes.

Monday, August 5, 2019

Two Mass Shootings in Two Days: God’s Question for His People Today


Two Mass Shootings in Two Days: God’s Question for His People Today – How do we process and respond to such tragedy?

When It’s Easy to Be Hair-Trigger Anxious


When It’s Easy to Be Hair-Trigger Anxious – “Because the gospel is true, we won’t lose heart or hope.”

Baptism Around the World: Pools, Prisons, and Ponds [Photo Gallery]


Baptism Around the World: Pools, Prisons, and Ponds [Photo Gallery]I was blessed to walk through these pictures of the celebration of new life in Christ.

Will God Ever Give Us More Than We Can Handle?


Will God Ever Give Us More Than We Can Handle? – “God will never give his people trials in which he will not sustain them and bring them through to everlasting glory.”

How Not to Be Cliquish—or Silent—About Your Faith at Work


How Not to Be Cliquish—or Silent—About Your Faith at Work – “What are some helpful ways to encourage fellow Christians who struggle to integrate their faith with their work?”

Training Our Kids in a Culture That Affirms Transgenderism


Training Our Kids in a Culture That Affirms Transgenderism“God did not make us into undifferentiated genderless automatons. On the contrary, he made us male and female, and that fundamental biological distinction defines us.”

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Faithfulness of Christ in the Little Things


The Faithfulness of Christ in the Little Things – “This brief essay is intended simply to encourage us all to notice some of the little things we may have tended to overlook in the life of the Savior.”

What I Wish I Had Known Before Marriage


What I Wish I Had Known Before Marriage – These are good reminders for young couples and at any stage of marriage.

9 Steps to Transform Your Finances


9 Steps to Transform Your Finances – “It’s been said that if you don’t discipline your finances, they’ll discipline you. But, I’ll add that undisciplined spending punishes you.”

Parenting Is about Faith


Parenting Is about Faith – “Parental instruction focuses on the commands of God, not with the behavior of children.”

4 Reasons to Stop Grumbling


4 Reasons to Stop Grumbling – “The Bible shows that grumbling has been a problem for humans for a very long time—and that it’s not acceptable for Christians. Here are four biblical reasons why we should stick a lid on our complaints.” 

God Created Family to Carry Out His Will


God Created Family to Carry Out His Will – “As God created humanity, he assigned a huge two-part mission: one, be fruitful and multiply; and two, subdue the earth and exercise dominion over it. Both of these commands rely upon family.”

Why Do We Suffer So Much? Five Lessons from Richard Baxter


Why Do We Suffer So Much? Five Lessons from Richard Baxter – “Here are five Baxter-inspired reasons that God graciously afflicts his saints. “

Friday, August 2, 2019

Your Sin is Not Your Friend


Your Sin is Not Your Friend – “When sin crouches at your door, remind yourself that this is not who you are anymore. By the power of the Spirit, refuse to live in that for which your Savior died. Resolve to never live in the sins that defined you before you were in Jesus.”

6 Steps to Become an Effective Witness for Jesus


6 Steps to Become an Effective Witness for Jesus – “Without the ability to strike up a conversation and keep it going, there’s no space to use the helpful evangelistic techniques we’ve been trained in.”

7 Life Changing Prayers for the Church


7 Life Changing Prayers for the Church – “The more prayers for the church, the better!”

Eve’s Nakedness and Your Broken Body


Eve’s Nakedness and Your Broken Body“Eve was the last woman to experience unbroken body-image. She was the last woman to see her body outside of the shadow of sin.”

A Quick Guide to Leading Yourself Spiritually


A Quick Guide to Leading Yourself Spiritually – “Here are three quick takeaways that could challenge you for leading yourself spiritually.”

You are Made for Gratitude


You are Made for Gratitude  - “God made you a new creature in Christ.  He also designed you to be a creature fueled by thanksgiving.”

Seven Marks of Revival


Seven Marks of Revival – “While we cannot dictate to God what he will do, history shows us that there are some things that happen before and when revival comes that are worth noting.”

When Easily Annoyed, Irritated, or Bugged


When Easily Annoyed, Irritated, or Bugged – “Fools show their annoyance at once. Prov. 12:16

Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Disruptive Witness of Praying Before Meals


The Disruptive Witness of Praying Before Meals – “If we find ourselves avoiding public prayers because it feels socially awkward, or because it feels like we’re imposing our faith on our neighbors, we need to be able to call that avoidance what it is: a capitulation to secular ideas of the public square.”

Four MORE Character Traits that Will Hold Any Marriage Together


Four MORE Character Traits that Will Hold Any Marriage Together – “There are character qualities which flow from genuine saving faith and the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer that will keep even the most challenged marriage together.”

Stay Awake to Spiritual Danger


Stay Awake to Spiritual Danger – “A lack of watchfulness is perilous to our souls — I mean very real peril, not metaphorical or virtual or poetical peril.”

How Can I Forgive My Parents for Childhood Abuse?


How Can I Forgive My Parents for Childhood Abuse?“Jesus teaches that an unforgiving heart is an unforgiven heart.”

Do the Gospels Borrow from Pagan Myths?


Do the Gospels Borrow from Pagan Myths?“When these claims are compared carefully with the New Testament Gospels, the distinction between Jesus and the supposed pagan parallels becomes quite distinct, for at least two reasons.”

The Gospel in 7 Emojis


The Gospel in 7 Emojis – “By themselves, these emojis would be meaningless to a non-Christian. But they could prove useful as a visual aid in an evangelistic conversation.”

Three Cautions and Encouragements for Dads


Three Cautions and Encouragements for Dads“Only by rehearsing the gospel of Jesus can we find both the power to pursue these things and the forgiveness and grace when we fail.”

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

15 Powerful Bible Verses About God’s Deep Personal Care for You


15 Powerful Bible Verses About God’s Deep Personal Care for You – “Do you ever feel like God is far off? Do you need Bible verses about God’s care for you? That maybe he has forgotten about you? That he isn’t that involved in your life? Do you ever wonder if God really cares for you? We will all be tempted to feel like that from time to time.”

Four Character Traits that Will Hold Any Marriage Together


Four Character Traits that Will Hold Any Marriage Together – “Relationships require investment. What qualities should you invest in to make your relationship beautiful?”

How to Take Unruly and Stubborn Thoughts Captive


How to Take Unruly and Stubborn Thoughts Captive – “How do we take those thoughts captive and make them obedient to Christ? By installing Philippians 4:8 as a guard over our minds.”

7 Ways to Persevere in Your Senior Years


7 Ways to Persevere in Your Senior Years – “How can we persevere with a biblical worldview as we age?”

Hell Is Not Separation from God


Hell Is Not Separation from God – “Whatever the exact nature of the physical punishments, the real terror awaiting the unrepentant is God himself and his inescapable presence forever with his face turned against them.”

The Enduring Witness of a Normal Life


The Enduring Witness of a Normal Life – This is just a good story of testimony.

The Shocking, Generous, Counterintuitive Wonder of the Gospel


The Shocking, Generous, Counterintuitive Wonder of the Gospel – “Thank you for reconciling us to yourself through Jesus, and for placing us in your now-and-forever favor. Thank you for not only removing all condemnation for our sins, but for replacing deserved judgment with exuberant acceptance.”

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Don’t Waste Your Mornings


Don’t Waste Your Mornings – “There is a better way to begin the day than by checking your phone, but it will require decisions before the morning.”

7 Things All Great Friends Do


7 Things All Great Friends Do – Here’s a pretty good checklist.

5 Questions to Discern God’s Will


5 Questions to Discern God’s Will – Here is a simple guide to knowing and doing the will of God.

Where Do Americans Find Their Identity?


Where Do Americans Find Their Identity? – Where do you find your identity?

The Right Side of History?


The Right Side of History?“Whenever someone says ‘I am on the right side of history’ they are presuming that their understanding of right and wrong is the same as whoever or whatever is in control of history.”

Beware of Sin


Beware of Sin – “Don’t coddle it.”

5 Counter-Intuitive Prayers For the Next Generation


5 Counter-Intuitive Prayers For the Next Generation – “Here are five counter-cultural things you may not have ever dared to pray over young people, but that God’s Word says you should.”

6 Recent Archaeological Discoveries That Affirm Details in Scripture


6 Recent Archaeological Discoveries That Affirm Details in Scripture “Each time an artifact related to the biblical narrative is unearthed in Israel or the surrounding lands of the Bible it becomes a witness to the perfection of God’s Word. And it happens all the time.”

5 Ways to Teach Kids to Apply Scripture


5 Ways to Teach Kids to Apply Scripture – “How do we go about the process of applying the Scripture to our own lives? Here are five general ways that you should teach kids.”

5 Dangers of Money


5 Dangers of Money – “No amount of money, education, or budget construction has the power to free me from the ravenous greed of my sinful heart.”

Don’t Give Up Praying for Your Children


Don’t Give Up Praying for Your Children – This is an invaluable lesson when it comes to praying for my children.

4 Promises to Christians about The Resurrected Body


4 Promises to Christians about The Resurrected Body“Let’s look at four Scriptures that speak of what God has promised, marvelous promises throughout the Bible about the resurrection of the body.”  

In My Desperation, Jesus Is More Than Enough


In My Desperation, Jesus Is More Than Enough  - “It seemed crazy to believe that he would use my pain for something good, but somehow I sensed he would.”

The Gospel in the Book of Psalms


The Gospel in the Book of Psalms – “Reading the Psalms mindful of Jesus is not a clever way to read this book of the Bible, nor is it one way to do so among others. It is the way. A gospel-lens to reading the Psalms is how Jesus himself teaches us to read them.”

Your Prosperity Is Too Small


Your Prosperity Is Too Small – “There is not a more blinding, arrogant, and myopically presumptuous belief system than the “prosperity gospel.” While it promises a long list of earthly treasures to those who will succumb to its lusts, it leaves its victims spiritually bankrupt.”

What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ?


What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ? – “Jesus makes clear that it actually involves a number of concrete realities.”

Worship Isn’t About What Kind of Music You Like


Worship Isn’t About What Kind of Music You Like – “The biblical definition of worship comes from the Greek word proskuneo. This New Testament term refers to the human expression of reverence and adoration. What this means is that the value in what we bring to worship is not in our savvy or our songs, but in our hearts.”

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

John Stott’s Daily Prayer


John Stott’s Daily Prayer – Here’s a good way to start the day.

3 Ways to Engage People with Scripture


3 Ways to Engage People with Scripture – “Paul told us why we should engage with Scripture: It’s God’s Word to us! That’s reason enough, but Paul also pointed out how the Word benefits us.”

Make the Time with Your Kids Count


Make the Time with Your Kids Count – “You do it by following God’s five foundations of parenting.”

5 Reasons Why The Church Is Not Irrelevant


5 Reasons Why The Church Is Not Irrelevant – “There is a rising tide that the Church has lost its edge, and for some, even lost its way. In some cases, there is truth to that. But ultimately, the general conclusion cannot be that the Church is irrelevant.”


How Many Protestant Churchgoers Actually Read the Bible Regularly?


How Many Protestant Churchgoers Actually Read the Bible Regularly? – The answer? Not as many as you’d hope.

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faith and the Founding Fathers


7 Things You Didn’t Know About Faith and the Founding Fathers – “Here are seven things you probably didn’t know the founding fathers believed or wrote about faith.”

The Power of Praying From the Bible


The Power of Praying From the Bible – “Where the mind is not brimming with Scripture the heart is seldom brimming with prayer.” 

Why God Hides His Will for You


Why God Hides His Will for You – “God hasn’t given us a Magic 8 Ball. That might seem frustrating. But he has given us something better.”

How to Know How Satan Is Tempting You


How to Know How Satan Is Tempting You – “Satan knows how to custom-craft temptations to fit each one of us.”

Evangelism Is Not a Solo Sport


Evangelism Is Not a Solo Sport – “Many of us see evangelism as an individual sport; this mindset affects the way we approach it. In contrast, the Bible describes and prescribes a team approach to proclaiming the good news.”

An $8.2 Million Judgment, Over $8.2 Million in Royalties Given Away


An $8.2 Million Judgment, Over $8.2 Million in Royalties Given Away – This is an amazing story if you haven’t heard it before. Randy Alcorn writes,  “Many of my readers already know this story, but I wanted to share it for others who might not have yet heard it. It also sets up why the fact that our ministry has now given away over $8.2 million in book royalties is so significant!”

Monday, July 1, 2019

A Monday Filled with Joy, Peace, and Hope


A Monday Filled with Joy, Peace, and Hope – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13

When We Want to Give Up Waiting


When We Want to Give Up Waiting – “Sometimes we get what we are waiting for, and we rejoice and are grateful. Other times, we never see that fulfillment on earth, and we are drawn closer to God as we continue to seek him.”

You Were Designed For Spirituality


You Were Designed For Spirituality – “God creates humans in his image and designs them for spirituality—to enjoy a loving and personal relationship with the covenant Lord.”

Family Worship for Dummies


Family Worship for Dummies – “Leading your family to worship God in your home is a good, God-honoring work. The Lord will honor those who honor Him.”

How a Christian Patriot Might Love His Wayward Country


How a Christian Patriot Might Love His Wayward Country – “We do not choose our homeland. It is something that we are born into. Thus our acceptance of our home is not like a house that we can leave when we tire of it. It is like the love we have for our family.”

A Right Theology of Fear (And Why You Need It)


A Right Theology of Fear (And Why You Need It) – “Fear is not always the absence of faith. Sometimes it’s the underpinnings of it.”

Did Jesus Walk Through Walls?


Did Jesus Walk Through Walls?“Why does it matter whether Jesus walked through a wall or not? What is at stake here? Simply the fact that traditions snowball over time.”

Saturday, June 29, 2019

God’s Outrageous, Immeasurable, Inexhaustible Goodness


God’s Outrageous, Immeasurable, Inexhaustible Goodness – “Because of Jesus, we are totally known and perfectly forgiven, legally righteous and unconditionally loved.”

The Secret to Breaking Free from Habitual Sin


The Secret to Breaking Free from Habitual Sin – “When we are caught in habitual or besetting sin, our problem, at its core, may be simple. What’s holding us captive is a deceptive belief about what will make us happy.”

Making Quiet Time With God Relevant To Today


Making Quiet Time With God Relevant To Today – “When we have our time with God on a daily basis, it should be something that impacts the rest of our day. If we are just reading something to accomplish a Bible reading plan, stay up with a recent book, or fulfill an obligation, our time with the Lord will be more obligatory than life-giving.”

The Majority of Gospel Work Is Done By A “Forgotten Army” Of Churches And Pastors


The Majority of Gospel Work Is Done By A “Forgotten Army” Of Churches And Pastors“None of our sacrifice and service in the great spiritual battle we are fighting goes unnoticed by our commanding officer. Nothing is forgotten by Jesus.”

Friday, June 28, 2019

Are You Set on Being #Blessed or Being a Blessing?


Are You Set on Being #Blessed or Being a Blessing? – It’s an important distinction.

What You Need To Know About Suffering


What You Need To Know About Suffering – “Our suffering is more powerfully shaped by what’s in our heart than by what’s in our body or the world around us.”

The Bible in Miniature


The Bible in Miniature – “People are not the point of the Bible, God is.”

12 Signs You Are a Modern-Day Pharisee


12 Signs You Are a Modern-Day Pharisee – “Here is the reality … Pharisees still exist today. And nobody wants to be a modern-day Pharisee. It just happens.”

The Precious Power of the Blood


The Precious Power of the Blood – Five Benefits Christ Purchased for You.

Blessed Are Those Who Mourn (Their Sin)


Blessed Are Those Who Mourn (Their Sin) – “May God soften our hearts to mourn our moral bankruptcy so that we can marvel at his comforting grace.”

Lost in the Land of Uz: How to Read the Book of Job


Lost in the Land of Uz: How to Read the Book of Job – “How am I supposed to read the book of Job? That is our question. Here are nine guidelines.”

4 Principles for Making Critical End-of-Life Decisions


4 Principles for Making Critical End-of-Life Decisions – “When you look at the Bible as a whole—what it teaches us about life and death and God’s work in it, and our redemption through Christ—there are four key principles that arise from Christian bioethics that can practically help us.”

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.”