Let God Blow Away Your Anxiety: Three Big Promises for the Fight – Good reminders for any day and especially the hard days.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
The Beautiful Question the Gospel Compels Us to Ask – “Is there anyone else left?”
Important Things, the Chief Thing, the Only Thing – “One reason people fall out over such matters is because they end up prioritise one thing – maybe even a good thing – at the expense of all else.”
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Living in the Aftermath of Suicide – “More than 42,000 people die by suicide every year in the U.S., and each one leaves behind on average six to 10 survivors—spouses, parents, children, other family and friends who are devastated by the loss.”
Your Marriage Needs More than Carbs – “Passion without purpose is nearly impossible to sustain for a lifetime. A romantic infatuation with no greater end than our own delight is like soap bubbles, fog, and a sunset—fascinating and ephemeral at the same time.”
The U.S. Sends Millions to Countries That Persecute Their Own Citizens—for Being Christian – “It’s hard to wrap your mind around. Every year, we send millions of dollars to countries that persecute their own citizens—for being Christian.”
Abortion: The #1 Cause of Death in the World – “Yet unlike most of the other leading causes of death in the world, abortion is almost 100 percent preventable. Case in point: In the U.S., 9 out of 10 abortions are elective. That is to say they are performed not due to medical reasons but because the baby is not wanted.”
The Apostle Paul’s Secret to Contentment – “Paul learned how to be content in all circumstances, so why can’t we? In this article, John Piper explores how the apostle Paul learned how to resist grumbling, even in the midst of suffering.”
5 Religious Liberty Issues for Church Leaders to Watch in 2019 – These are issues all believers should be aware of.
Pope Francis Declares Mary to be the Influencer of God – “They are desperate for God to work in their lives, but they are trained to go to all the wrong sources in order to get His attention.”
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Living With a Confident Expectation of the Goodness of God – “Here are five biblical reminders for your own heart, when you long for a confident expectation to rise up in your heart.”
5 Bad Excuses for Not Giving to Your Church – “Many struggle with the idea of giving to their church. There is a barrier between them and the offering plate (or online giving site). Often the excuses for not giving are based on a misunderstanding of Scripture or a misunderstanding of their church. Here are five bad excuses for not giving to your church.”
Christ Puts a Comma Where the World Puts a Period – “If we are in Christ, though, physical death is not the end. If we are in Christ, our fellowship may end with our loved ones, but death marks the beginning of an eternity of fellowship with Jesus.”
Can We Trust the Gospels? Yes, We Can. – “Because of the way the Gospels report Jesus both in speeches and in conversations, we actually have more variety of testimony for Jesus’s speech than for that of Tiberius. Even someone taking a skeptical view of sources should admit that we, therefore, know more about what Jesus said than about what the Emperor said.”
Seven Questions to Ask Your Daughter’s Boyfriend – “Situations will vary, prudence must be applied, prayers offered, and considerations of your daughter’s desires appropriately measured, but in the end, a father (or brother) in the Lord should speak with a daughter’s (or sister’s) pursuer. Can you think of any good reason not to?”
Monday, January 28, 2019
Brokenness – Julie Lowe asks, “Does brokenness threaten to discourage or undo you? Does it cause you to question God’s goodness or distrust him? Our inclination is to allow the brokenness of our circumstances to shape our view of God, to believe suffering means he is absent or indifferent.”
Be Aware of Human Trafficking and Pray as You Travel This Year – “January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. Sadly, no community—yes, even here in the United States—is immune to the evils of human trafficking.” This prayer guide is helpful.
Freedom from Fear – “The eighth chapter of Romans provides a sure hope for conquering fear. The strong, yet tender, words of the Holy Spirit provide hope and encouragement when fears arise in your life or the life of your children.”
Cares and Consolations – “What cares and concerns burden you today? What challenges are you facing? Does God seem relevant to them? Do you experience his presence and help in the press of life’s challenges? What happens when anxieties grow within you?”
Sunday, January 27, 2019
Shameless Attempts at Prayer – “God would rather have us pray than not pray. He’d rather we take a blind stab at talking to Him than remain silent and not try at all. I think God is far more concerned with talking to His people than He is that they ‘get all the holy words right,’ as if that were a real thing.”
Pray to Receive Your Reward: Five Lessons from Jesus’s Prayer Life – “The prayers of Jesus offer us a window into the most precious relationship between a man on earth and God in heaven.”
Saturday, January 26, 2019
B.B. Warfield’s Beautiful Description of the Self-Forgetful Christian Life – I was blessed by these simple, biblical, and somewhat poetic descriptions.
Why You Can’t Get to Heaven through the Mormon Faith – While the terms may sound the same, the meanings are far from biblical Christianity.
Why You Can’t Get to Heaven through the Mormon Faith – While the terms may sound the same, the meanings are far from biblical Christianity. – While the terms may sound the same, the meanings are far from biblical Christianity.
Friday, January 25, 2019
11 Ways to Know You’ve Settled for a Mediocre Marriage – “Whether it is stress, finances, kids, in-laws or sin, too many couples simply settle for a mediocre marriage.”
3 Questions to Ask When Helping Someone Find the Right Bible – Here is a helpful comparison of good translations.
When Prayer becomes an Excuse for Indecision – “When you pray, pray for God’s presence, his power, and pray to demonstrate your dependence upon him. But don’t ask him to do what you are supposed to do. Pray and obey, pray and do not delay to do what he has commissioned you to do.”
God’s Favorite Prayer to Answer – “Let’s not let old English be lost on us who know our Bibles and pray without ceasing, without pretense, and without ignorance for the hallowing of our Father’s name. It is his favorite prayer to answer.”
Thursday, January 24, 2019
For Christian Women, Persecution Looks Like Rape – “Around the globe, female followers of the faith suffer sexual violence, forced marriage, forced abortions, travel bans, and trafficking.”
What You Need to Know About New York’s New Late-Term Abortion Law – “The RHA gets rid of any definition of abortion as a criminal act, categorizing it instead within public health law. The bill also removes some limits on who can perform an abortion. In addition to licensed physicians, now other medical professionals, such as nurse practitioners, physician assistants and certified nurse midwives, can perform one.”
Wednesday, January 23, 2019
10 Bible Verses to Lean Into When You Feel Stressed – “Money is tight. The schedule is crammed. Work is overwhelming. The list could go on and on and on. Let’s be honest—life can get stressful. And when you find yourself stressed (which will happen), lean into Scripture. Feel free to use these verses as a starting point.”
Satan Will Not Leave You Alone: Living in a World Filled with Devils – “While all true believers know Satan exists, many have succumbed to the notion that spiritual warfare is not that big of a deal.”
Darkness Does and Will Descend – “Darkness can be spiritually complex. When it comes in earnest, we need ways to counter the thoughts and feelings that offer either incomplete or inaccurate assessments of what is true.”
Welcome To The World’s Largest Gathering Of Humans – Pray in this season for the Hindu world to be awakened to the truth of Gospel and pray for believers making Christ known.
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
A Short Dictionary of Jesus Words – Here are some theological words that are important to understand. “Jesus words help us read the Bible. They serve as short, pithy reminders of major themes. They also provide us with the best available specification of what the Bible says.”
Four Powerful Influences in our Lives – “We cannot just blame outside sources for our problems. But outside forces can certainly spark, ignite, and enflame these internal forces. We therefore need to be on guard both for the enemies outside and inside.”
On Earth as It Is in Heaven: A Biblical Theology of Worship – “Since the beginning of time, there has been worship—in heaven and on earth.”
Monday, January 21, 2019
The Good We Never Ask For: What God Does for Us in Suffering – “There’s no nearness to God without dependence on God. And nothing makes us more dependent on Him than when the bottom drops out.”
10 Conversations I Wish Someone Had With Me as a Teenager – It’s a good list.
21 Ways to Get Involved in Orphan Care – “Ultimately, orphan care is about reflecting the heart of the gospel. And we do all of this as an act of honor to Jesus, who has loved us and come for us. Why do we care for orphans in their affliction? Because God has cared for us in our affliction. He has made us his sons and daughters.”
When a 14-Year-Old Wants to Change Gender – “Who gets to decide when a 14-year-old wants to change gender? The child, the hospital, the battling parents? A B.C. case raises difficult questions about parental rights and about how young is too young to make medical decisions. The result is a messy ethical and legal tangle.”
Karen Pence the School Teacher – “Karen Pence is a believing Christian woman. She took a part-time job at a private Christian school. And this, believe it or not, is a scandal. Don’t believe me? Her job has already merited not just one, but two critical Washington Post stories.”
Saturday, January 19, 2019
The Countries Where It’s Most Dangerous to Be a Christian in 2019 – Here are the countries, the primary threats to the Gospel, and how to pray for them.
Don’t Adjust Your Conscience Just to Fit the Culture – “We don’t want to hear the judgment of conscience; we want to destroy the judgment of conscience. That’s our nature. The only antidote is knowing the mind of Christ.”
Is the Old Testament Law Useful Today? – “Here are some basic principles that can help in a variety of ways including, protecting you from false teachers who twist the Old Testament, and helping with the difficulty of applying your morning reading from Exodus.”
What Is Textual Criticism, and Why Is It Necessary? – “The word ‘criticism,’ which today often connotes negativity, derives from an older usage, meaning ‘to analyze or investigate.’ Textual criticism involves analyzing the manuscript evidence in order to determine the oldest form of the text.”
Friday, January 18, 2019
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.”
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? – “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 – Lisa 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 – “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 – “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 – “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 – “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 – “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
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) – “The ultimate purpose of our financial goals should be that our lifestyles glorify God.”
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.”
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 – “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
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. “
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 – “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
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? – “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 do we process our suffering before the Lord?
Saturday, January 12, 2019
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?”
Friday, January 11, 2019
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.”
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 – “Egyptian Christians are experiencing new freedom, protection, and encouragement from their civil government for the first time in decades.”
Thursday, January 10, 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”? – “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?”
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
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 – 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.
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.”
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
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.'”
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? – “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 – These are good reminders.
Teach Your Teen How to Read Their Bible – Jen 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 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.”
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 – “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.”
Disowned for Jesus: What I Lost and Found in Christ – “When I left Islam to follow Jesus, I didn’t know what it would cost me.”
Saturday, January 5, 2019
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.”
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? – “It is important for your children to see obedience as a blessing rather than the means to obtaining blessing.”