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Friday, January 18, 2019

What about Tomorrow?


What about Tomorrow? – “Jesus puts tomorrow in proper perspective.”

We Can’t Save Our Kids


We Can’t Save Our Kids “As a parent, I sometimes fall into that trap of scaring my children into salvation. I mean, what Christian parent doesn’t want their children to follow Jesus? We all do, and if we’re honest we would save them if we could. But we can’t.”

How the Lord Rewards His Laborers


How the Lord Rewards His Laborers – “Are you grateful for the privilege to serve the Lord? Are you willing to let the Lord handle is own business? Are you trusting the Lord will treat you right at the of the day?” 

Worry is Practical Atheism


Worry is Practical Atheism – “Anxiety takes God out of the picture, causing us to respond to a situation as if he were not present.”

Stop the Presses! Christian Teacher Goes To Teach at Christian School!


Stop the Presses! Christian Teacher Goes To Teach at Christian School!“If you want to know why so many traditional believers look with skepticism at mainstream news media, look no further than the reporting on Karen Pence’s new teaching job.”

Same Sex Relationships: Should We Just Agree to Disagree?


Same Sex Relationships: Should We Just Agree to Disagree? – “There are five reasons why we must regard the issue of homosexuality as being of first importance.”

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Why I Wish We Hadn’t Lived Together Before Marriage


Why I Wish We Hadn’t Lived Together Before MarriageLisa Lakey writes: Here are five reasons I wish my husband and I hadn’t moved in together before saying “I do.”

Asia Rising: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus


Asia Rising: The Top 50 Countries Where It’s Hardest to Follow Jesus “Christian persecution has worsened in the most populous countries in the world, China and India, putting millions more believers at risk for their faith. The two Asian nations moved up on Open Doors’ annual ranking of the 50 countries where it’s hardest to be a Christian.”

8 Steps for Real Repentance from Psalm 51


8 Steps for Real Repentance from Psalm 51 – “If we look closely at Psalm 51, we see that repentance is a turning away from sin and a turning toward God—a process that doesn’t merely alleviate guilt but cultivates deep joy.”

How Anxiety Can Feed Anger, Irritability, and Frustration


How Anxiety Can Feed Anger, Irritability, and Frustration – “Anxiety often results in becoming annoyed with other people who don’t appear to be as concerned as we are. When this occurs it typically spawns other sins. This is the case with Martha.”

How to Reset Your Joy in God


How to Reset Your Joy in God – “Whether you were drained by holes that resulted from events outside your control or by those you made yourself, the question is the same, How can I refuel, and regain the joy I lost?

The Biggest Thing Christian Parents Forget


The Biggest Thing Christian Parents Forget – “When we, as earthly mothers and fathers, forget the daily mercies we’ve received from the Heavenly Father’s hands, mercies we could have never earned, deserved or achieved, it becomes much easier for us not to parent our children with mercy.”

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Jesus Wins


Jesus Wins – “The eschatology of the creeds does not foster fear or speculation—it calls for hope and anticipation, joy and confidence.”

How to Discern God’s Will in Your Workplace


How to Discern God’s Will in Your Workplace – “Christians in business—especially those whose choices affect employees and company direction—often wrestle with how to follow God in their decisions.”

Setting Financial Goals for the New Year (and how to reach them)


Setting Financial Goals for the New Year (and how to reach them) – “The ultimate purpose of our financial goals should be that our lifestyles glorify God.”

3 Reasons the Psalms Encourage Us


3 Reasons the Psalms Encourage UsHere are encouraging benefits from reading the Psalms.

6 Reasons You Should Preach Through Amos



The Secret to Self-Control


The Secret to Self-Control – “I have never seen someone consistently stick to positive habits in a negative environment.”

From Envy and Rivalry


From Envy and Rivalry“Envy is a distrust of Christ. When I envy the position, prestige, or platform of another, I am screaming in my heart that Christ, though gracious in all His actions towards me, has failed to give me enough.”

Your Marriage is About so Much More than You


Your Marriage is About so Much More than You – Here’s a good story with a great reminder and some practical applications.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised


The Revolution Will Not Be Televised “When the tribes of the earth see the coming Christ there will be no confusion about his identity, no doubt about his authority, nor any dissenting from the reality of his judgement, but what a stunning image of the sovereign Savior.”

False Feminism


False Feminism “As the #MeToo movement has spread from the upper echelons of Hollywood to the halls of Congress, what has most struck me is the startling disconnect between the movement’s feverish sensitivity to sexual impropriety, on the one hand, and women’s eager embrace of our nation’s sex-drenched popular culture, on the other.”

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

It’s Time to Regain First Generation Faith


It’s Time to Regain First Generation Faith – “Here’s the difference in first generation and second generation.”

When You Feel Disappointed in Jesus


When You Feel Disappointed in Jesus – “Jesus knows and cares; He will not turn a blind eye to those who cry out to Him for mercy . . . but He may wait.”

True Praise Flows Out of True Worship


True Praise Flows Out of True Worship – “True praise of God flows from the true worship of God. Praise which does not flow from worship is cheap. It’s nothing more than a bunch of religious words, and God knows it. “

Awe in the Ordinary


Awe in the Ordinary “This world is beautiful. Our awe in creation ignites our awe in the Creator.”

Why I’m Optimistic Amidst a Cultural Crisis


Why I’m Optimistic Amidst a Cultural Crisis – “Hope never emerges from easy answers to the questions of a broken world. Hope comes from a Person.”

Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again


Preoccupied with Love: Lifting High Evangelism Again – “In Christ, we are never alone in an ultimate and enduring sense, and that is great news to the lonely.”

In China They’re Closing Churches, Jailing Pastors–And Even Rewriting Scripture


In China They’re Closing Churches, Jailing Pastors–And Even Rewriting Scripture “Researchers say the current drive, fueled by government unease over the growing number of Christians and their potential links to the west, is aimed not so much at destroying Christianity but bringing it to heel.”

Monday, January 14, 2019

Love Your Bibles


Love Your Bibles“Who doesn’t love to hear the sound of God’s voice? The problem is that most of us want to hear God’s voice, but we don’t crack our Bibles.”

What Has the Lord Been Teaching You From His Word?


What Has the Lord Been Teaching You From His Word? – Tim Challies requested testimonies last week and here are some encouraging and challenging ones.

What if the Church Was the Church?


What if the Church Was the Church? – “There is still need for the people of Jesus to place ourselves in the path of God’s light, so his light will reflect off us as it did from the face of Moses as he came down from the mountain (Exodus 34:29-35).”

How God Changes Our “Why Me?” Questions in Suffering to “Why Not Me?”


How God Changes Our “Why Me?” Questions in Suffering to “Why Not Me?” – How do we process our suffering before the Lord?

Do All Things Without Complaint


Do All Things Without Complaint“The things we complain about are the very tools used by God to complete the work in us. He can’t be unfaithful to himself, so he can’t be unfaithful to us.”

Saturday, January 12, 2019

5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Prayer Life This Week


5 Ways to Jumpstart Your Prayer Life This Week – “If we’re honest, there are times in our relationship with God where prayer can feel flat, rote or downright lifeless.”

6 Deadly Enemies of Marriage


6 Deadly Enemies of Marriage – “If Satan cannot destroy a marriage, he will at least determine to weaken it. To neglect any of these 6 things is to invite his presence and to welcome his influence.”

What’s Good in World Missions?


What’s Good in World Missions?“Firstly, more people are becoming Christians than at any other time in history. Let that sink in for a moment.”

Evangelism Must Explain What’s Wrong with the World


Evangelism Must Explain What’s Wrong with the World – “What happened that caused our planet to go from paradise to our present brokenness? And how can this explanation be good news for our unbelieving neighbors?”

The Sorrow of Comparing Suffering


The Sorrow of Comparing Suffering“He has given us not hearts of granite, but hearts of flesh that feel stings, scrapes, bruises, and wounds. And we are free to place that before God.”

Friday, January 11, 2019

3 Reasons to Study the Biblical Geography of Israel


3 Reasons to Study the Biblical Geography of Israel – “Israel’s geography is more than side trivia for the events in the Bible—it’s the stage God chose to place the characters of his story.”

3 Precious Words for This Troubled Soul


3 Precious Words for This Troubled Soul – “Can I dare to believe them?”

Identifying Bad Habits


Identifying Bad Habits – “How can we tell if a particular habit is good or bad.”

Life Is Not ‘Meaningless’ in Ecclesiastes


Life Is Not ‘Meaningless’ in Ecclesiastes – “The message of Ecclesiastes isn’t that earthly joys are worthless, but that they are not ultimate.”

5 Things to Remember When We Lose Someone We Love


5 Things to Remember When We Lose Someone We Love – Whether the loss is recent or some time ago, these are good things to remember and explore.

How Can We Prioritize Our Marriage over Work and Kids?


How Can We Prioritize Our Marriage over Work and Kids? – Here are six suggestions in response to a complex question.

Wise Men Still Bring Gifts: Our Extraordinary Christmas in Egypt


Wise Men Still Bring Gifts: Our Extraordinary Christmas in Egypt – “Egyptian Christians are experiencing new freedom, protection, and encouragement from their civil government for the first time in decades.”

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Read Your Bible to Fight Unbelief


Read Your Bible to Fight Unbelief“In reality, we stop reading our Bibles because we lack the faith to believe that God himself speaks to us through it.”

A Two Sentence Prayer to Guard Your Heart in 2019


A Two Sentence Prayer to Guard Your Heart in 2019 – “If these two sentences are faithfully and frequently prayed when you have decisions to make your life will be oriented to be one of praise and honor to God.”

Does Your Giving Say “Leftovers” or “Lord”?


Does Your Giving Say “Leftovers” or “Lord”? – “Imagine how Jesus must feel when we give him our leftovers, when our giving reflects that our treasure lies with something other than him. What gets the first and best of your treasures?”

God Is Near


God Is Near – “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18).

How to Forge a Friendship


How to Forge a Friendship – “Friendships are an amazing discovery in life, but strong friendships don’t just spring from nothing. Friendships require wise effort.”

Viral Verses Read Wrong


Viral Verses Read Wrong – “What is interesting about the most viral verses being tweeted, hashtagged, shared, favorited, bookmarked or highlighted—whether through Bible Gateway, YouVersion or any other source—is that the reason they are going viral has little to do with the actual meaning of the verse itself.”

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

How to Plan an Amazing Quiet Time


How to Plan an Amazing Quiet Time – “I’m convinced that the one thing that will change everything about your life for the positive is establishing a daily quiet time with God.”

The 6 Biggest Misconceptions About the Bible (and God)


The 6 Biggest Misconceptions About the Bible (and God) – “So don’t rely on rumors, ratings or trailers to judge the Bible. Don’t rely on my review. Read the Book.”

Don’t Look Away


Don’t Look Away – There’s a lot out there we need to be aware of as parents and church leaders. This video is a part of a series and this episode is titled “Kids Meet Someone Who’s Had an Abortion.” It’s been widely viewed and seeks to pass by parental voices.

A Plan for Habit Change


A Plan for Habit Change – “The punch line is clear: people who make a specific plan for when and where they will perform a new habit are more likely to follow through”

God Questions


God Questions – “If you could ask God any question, what would it be?”

Learning to See What God Sees


Learning to See What God Sees – “For marriage and parenting, we need the eyes of Paul, always thankful for the good we see wrapped up in lives of imperfection.”

Emotions Make Terrible Gods: Taking Control of Our Feelings


Emotions Make Terrible Gods: Taking Control of Our Feelings – “How does he teach us to love, hate, and feel in line with godliness? He gives us at least four helps.”

Refreshed In Chains


Refreshed In Chains – “The Bible is far from barren prose on ancient parchment. Instead it ripples with life, it rises and falls with the breath of God, it ebbs and flows as the Spirit wields it with surgical precision.”

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Ten Triggers of Godliness


Ten Triggers of Godliness – “If you want to increase godly habits in your life, increase godly cues in your life. If you want to decrease ungodly habits, decrease ungodly cues.”

Why Did Jesus Sleep During the Storm?


Why Did Jesus Sleep During the Storm? – Here are some possibilities.

Hope Is Not a Wish


Hope Is Not a Wish – “Our hope is an anchor we can grasp and cling to. It is real, lasting, and secure. It is found in our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

How to Create a Personal Growth Plan for this Year


How to Create a Personal Growth Plan for this Year – John Greenleaf Whittier wrote, “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, ‘It might have been.'”

How to Love a Prodigal Son or Daughter


How to Love a Prodigal Son or Daughter – “Trust that God is sovereign over your child’s journey.”

Holy Boldness is Needed in Hostile Climates


Holy Boldness is Needed in Hostile Climates“What are Christians to do in hostile climates and with cultural topics where orthodox Bible believing values are seen as an invitation to a fight?”

Where Is Jesus in the Old Testament?


Where Is Jesus in the Old Testament? – “Jesus unites the Bible. He is not absent from the Old Testament, sitting on the bench, awaiting his fourth quarter winning play. He is the player-coach-manager directing all things.”

What You Need to Know About Interpreting Prophetic Scripture



Teach Your Teen How to Read Their Bible


Teach Your Teen How to Read Their BibleJen Wilkin: “Parents contact me frequently to ask what devotionals or young adult Bible studies I would recommend they do with their teens. My encouragement is to simply read the Bible with your teen in a way that models and trains Bible literacy—no special teen resource required.”

Monday, January 7, 2019

How Have We Prayed Today?


How Have We Prayed Today? – I’m not often impressed by poetry but this poem about prayer is one that blessed and challenged me today.

How To Share The Gospel In 10 Words


How To Share The Gospel In 10 Words – “Sometimes we, or those in our ministry, fail to share the Gospel because we simply don’t know how. It takes practice, but here are three keys I’ve found to make it a little easier.”

Fully Known and Fully Accepted


Fully Known and Fully Accepted – “Jesus is the giver of eternal life who knows everything about you and yet reveals himself as the fullness of forgiving love for you. In him you are fully known and fully accepted.”

Prostitutes, Mistresses and the Messiah: Seven Great Women of Ill Repute


Prostitutes, Mistresses and the Messiah: Seven Great Women of Ill Repute – “A strange thread runs through the most prominent women associated with Jesus: They are all women of, shall we say, ill repute. Most of their notorious reputations spring from sexual scandals. What does this say about Christ? An awful lot.”

Marching Endlessly Around a Wall


Marching Endlessly Around a Wall – “Do you ever feel like you’re living this life of faith, doing what God tells you to do, and it seems like you’re walking in circles? Do you have a person or people in your life that you long to see surrender their hearts to Jesus, but year after year goes by and there’s no response? No change.”

5 Lessons from Persecuted Christians in China


5 Lessons from Persecuted Christians in China – “Here are five lessons we can learn through their sacrifices.”

Disowned for Jesus: What I Lost and Found in Christ


Disowned for Jesus: What I Lost and Found in ChristWhen I left Islam to follow Jesus, I didn’t know what it would cost me.”

Walking Saints Home


Walking Saints Home“It is a privilege to walk with saints to the end of their life.”

Saturday, January 5, 2019

A Letter to the Inactive Church Member


A Letter to the Inactive Church Member – We all need encouragement from time to time to not quit but to keep with it. I hope you know that just as you need us, so we need you.”

I Take You: Our Vows for the Unknown Country


I Take You: Our Vows for the Unknown Country – “Today, we stand on the edge of an unknown country and make promises bigger than both of us. To have and to hold. For better or worse. To love and to cherish. Till death do us part.”


Marriage is for Grownups


Marriage is for Grownups – “If you don’t want to grow up, don’t get married. It’s as simple as that!”

In the Most Diverse U.S. Congress to Date, Christians Still Majority


In the Most Diverse U.S. Congress to Date, Christians Still Majority – “By analyzing self-reported data, Pew Research Center found that 88 percent of Congress members are Christian, compared to 91 percent in the previous Congress. In the general public, by comparison, 71 percent of American adults say they’re Christian.”

Are You Helping Your Children to Despise Themselves?


Are You Helping Your Children to Despise Themselves? – “It is important for your children to see obedience as a blessing rather than the means to obtaining blessing.”

Friday, January 4, 2019

7 Tips for Reading Through the Bible This Year


7 Tips for Reading Through the Bible This Year – Don’t give up or give out. Stay the course!

I Have an Hour a Day to Read — How Much Should Be Bible?


I Have an Hour a Day to Read — How Much Should Be Bible?“Don’t just read the Bible; read God’s world as well as God’s word.”

3 Ways to Navigate Difficult Passages of the Old Testament


3 Ways to Navigate Difficult Passages of the Old Testament – “It seems as if the opening books of the Bible derail many peoples’ attempts to read through God’s Word in a year. But there’s good news! Every believer can successfully navigate the Old Testament as they read through the Bible by keeping these three ideas in mind.”

Examples of Mental Anguish and Depression in the Bible


Examples of Mental Anguish and Depression in the Bible – “If you are reading this while depressed, don’t believe the lie that you are alone, or that God doesn’t understand how you are feeling.”

Four Steps to Good Habits (and breaking bad ones)


Four Steps to Good Habits (and breaking bad ones) – “The core of James Clear’s book, Atomic Habits, is a four-step analysis of how habits are formed (and broken).”

How to Do Everything to the Glory of God


How to Do Everything to the Glory of God – “When we look at the verse in its wider context, we see that Paul’s command to do all to the glory of God relates to cultural idols, the Christian conscience, and how we live before an unbelieving world.”

Oh The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus As He Was Dying On The Cross


Oh The Deep, Deep Love of Jesus As He Was Dying On The Cross – “As Luke told the story about the opening moments and early hours that Jesus hung on the cross (Luke 23:32-43), he especially highlighted something about Christ’s character—his love. This trait of Jesus is especially noteworthy when observing that all around the cross, sin was rampant.”

Thursday, January 3, 2019

To Prepare for Evangelism, Put on Your Oxygen Mask


To Prepare for Evangelism, Put on Your Oxygen Mask – “In our evangelistic efforts, we should take counsel from the flight attendants. We are in an emergency situation: all around us, people are gasping for spiritual breath. But in order to best assist them, we must have our own supply firmly affixed.”

52 Ideas for Inviting Someone to Church This Year


52 Ideas for Inviting Someone to Church This Year “The simple act of inviting friends and acquaintances to your church can impact eternity.” So here, from Facts & Trends, are “52 ideas to help you get started. Some are for individuals; others can be adapted for your small group or the entire church.”

Psalm 23: Your Guide to 2019


Psalm 23: Your Guide to 2019 – “In Psalm 23 the Holy Spirit provides what you need to make your life count for God in 2019.”

Time for the Bible in a Busy Family


Time for the Bible in a Busy Family – “I could ether keep lamenting that we didn’t have time or I could be intentional about making opportunities.”

Jesus, the First Missionary


Jesus, the First Missionary – “Enjoy exchanging gifts and seeing family. But keep at the forefront of your hearts the missional flavor intrinsic within this season. See the missionary God accomplishing his worldwide redemptive plan be sure to hear this same God calling you to be a part of it as well.”

One of the Most Dangerous Phrases Used in Parenting


One of the Most Dangerous Phrases Used in Parenting – “There are two main problems with using this threat phrase.”

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

A Simple 3-Step Bible Reading Plan for Children


A Simple 3-Step Bible Reading Plan for Children – “Helping a child to develop the habit of Bible reading is one of the greatest gifts we can give them.”

You Can Memorize Scripture This Year


You Can Memorize Scripture This Year – Here are the basic obstacles and suggestions for overcoming them.

Comforting Quotes for Those Who Are Suffering


Comforting Quotes for Those Who Are Suffering – Here are encouraging quotes from the book A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness.

3 Fresh Bible-Reading Plans For 2019


3 Fresh Bible-Reading Plans For 2019 – There’s still plenty of time to get started in your daily engagement with the Bible. The best time to start a plan is TODAY.

Three Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day in 2019


Three Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day in 2019“If we lose motivation, we will not read the Bible. And if we don’t read the Bible, we miss everything God has for us through the word.”

What is at Stake with Roman Catholic Mariology?


What is at Stake with Roman Catholic Mariology?“Mariology is not so much interested in biblical teaching but is enveloped in deep aspirations of the heart that are apparently not met by the living person of Christ, who has restored fellowship with the Father in the Holy Spirit.”

Join Analog Social Media


Join Analog Social Media “Digital activities that are mildly positive in isolation, combine to crowd out other real world activities that are potentially much more satisfying. This is what allows you to love Twitter in the moment when you discover a hilarious tweet, but at the end of the day fear that the app is degrading your soul.”

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

5 Reasons You Can Have Hope in the New Year


5 Reasons You Can Have Hope in the New Year – Regardless of circumstances, there is reason for hope.

New Year’s Resolutions for God’s Glory, Not Our Own


New Year’s Resolutions for God’s Glory, Not Our Own“The curious onlooker may ask: Is it even appropriate to make resolutions? After all, shouldn’t we at all times and all seasons seek to live wisely, obediently, and biblically?”

A Prayer for a Gospel-Shaped 2019


A Prayer for a Gospel-Shaped 2019 – Scotty Smith offers a prayer for 2019.

Words of Truth for a New Year


Words of Truth for a New Year“The Scriptures below are foundational truths that Christians believe. They are beacons of hope, not only for a new year but also for an eternal future with God.”

If I Were The Devil


If I Were The Devil – “While the devil is NOT all-knowing, he is brilliant, supernatural, and shrewd from thousands of years of experience. There are some things he certainly knows.”

Christian, You Are Not the Center of the Universe & It’s Not All About You


Christian, You Are Not the Center of the Universe & It’s Not All About You – “Self-centered as we are, it comes naturally to think of ourselves as the center of the universe and to believe that our concerns define the human experience. And unfortunately, we often allow our small and distorted perspective to limit our awareness of what God is doing.”

What Does The Bible Say About Giving?


What Does The Bible Say About Giving? – “The good news is that the Bible tells us what our giving should look like. Our generous God reveals to us four giving principles throughout Scripture.”

5 Reasons We Eat Together as a Family


5 Reasons We Eat Together as a Family – Here are good reasons to consider.