When Jesus Says “Stay” – “Christian, God may call you to foreign missions. But until then I know for a fact he has called you to domestic missions.”
Monday, September 30, 2019
Watch Your Conscience in the Workplace – “Your conscience, as Colin Smith has suggested, is like an alarm clock. It’s designed by God to go off at the right time. And just like an alarm clock, our conscience can go wrong in one of two ways.”
Christians Don’t Need to Submit to Every Scientific Finding – “One of the things I think to keep in mind is that there’s a difference between experimental science and what you might call historical science—or science that’s trying to reconstruct the far past.”
Modern Research about Happiness Repeatedly Parallels Biblical Principles – “With their talk of being thankful, serving others, and giving generously of time and money—accompanied by the assurance that money, sex, and power won’t buy happiness— progressive secular psychologists sound remarkably like old-fashioned preachers!”
Your Church Needs You to Sing – “Sure, we could speak the lyrics, and the truth in them should still move us to worship. But the elements of rhythm and melody arrest our affections in transformative ways not typical of speech alone.”
Saturday, September 28, 2019
Recovering the Priority of Personal Holiness – “What gave John Owen success in ministry was not so much his oratory skill, nor his evangelistic zeal, nor even his love for the people he shepherded. John Owen was used mightily by God in all these ways because he was a man characterized by personal holiness.”
If We Value Foster Care, We Should Fight for Religious Freedom – “As Christians we care about foster care because we understand the importance of family. We should be just as concerned about whether those children are able to grow up in homes and in a country where they are free to follow Christ.”
Friday, September 27, 2019
The Stains That No One Sees: How Jesus Removes Our Shame – “There is always more that’s right in Jesus than there is what’s wrong in us, more grace in him than offense in us, more forgiveness in him than sin in us.”
And God Saw That It Was Good But I Was Too Busy To Pay Attention – “Usefulness is the sole criterion for the World, the Flesh, or the Devil. But you have no use value to God. You can’t. There is nothing He needs.”
Sent into Orbit – “How can it be that something most of us once thought of as permanent (’till death do us part’) has become so fragile? Why have our expectations been so radically lowered that we’re scared, when we meet someone we haven’t seen for 10 years, to ask how the family is doing?”
Thursday, September 26, 2019
Laziness Is Profoundly Unchristian: How Free Grace Awakens Hard Work – “Does Christianity have a work ethic?”
Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Maintaining Confidence in the Process – “As individuals, we grow in our understanding of the ways and works of God not by reading the Bible once, but by reading it a hundred times. We read it, and little by little, day by day, we come to understand and apply its truths. We don’t give up after reading it once through or after reading it for only one year.”
10 Reasons Even Committed Church Attenders are Attending Church Less Often – Most every church leader in the nation is experiencing these trends. No one is sure if there is a solution to turn things back.
6 Things to Remember When You Feel Like You Can’t Pray – Sometimes you can’t find the words or the direction to even know what to ask. Here are some encouragements.
Are Miracles Improbable? – “In the end, it all comes down to one’s worldview. If one is not closed off to the possibility of the miraculous, they are willing to consider the evidence. Either way, there is no reason why we should feel compelled to always pick a non-miraculous explanation.”
Reading the Bible and Praying More Won’t Break Your Porn Addiction – “Men and women in the church still find themselves addicted to porn. How can we help others find freedom from this form of spiritual and physical bondage?”
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Whatever My Lot: Embracing the Day God Has Made – “Each day, our heavenly Father gives comfort for today’s sorrows and blessings for today’s joys. Happiness in him comes one day at a time.”
Preschool Theology, Bubble Machines, and Remembering What Matters – “Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it” (Luke 18:17).
Monday, September 23, 2019
What’s in Your Soul That the Gospel Needs to Run a Sword Through? – “Are you searching for pleasure and meaning in ways contrary to God’s plan? Are you trying to write the story of your own glory with your life? Are there areas of stubborn sin you have yet to attack with the power of Christ’s grace?”
Beware of Taking Your Sorrows to Alcohol Before God – “What starts as periodic self-medication can quickly morph into a reflexive habit. Whenever I felt undesirable feelings of sadness, I turned to liquor to manage the pain. But the bottom of the glass never marked the end of my troubles.”
Saturday, September 21, 2019
Why You Need a Sabbath – “God designed the Sabbath for a reason. He created us humans with the desire to work, be creative and produce. God knew the toil it would take on us. Work can be exhausting and a distraction from God.”
The Worship Song I Can’t Bring Myself to Sing – “If your faith rests in your idea of how God is supposed to answer your prayers . . . then that kind of faith is very shaky and is bound to be demolished when the storms of life hit it. But if your faith rests on the character of him who is the eternal I AM, then that kind of faith is rugged and will endure.”
Friday, September 20, 2019
Minor Prophets in My Home: How Children Reveal Our Idols – “We are by nature at the center of the universe, desiring everyone to orbit around us. One way God reveals this is through the minor prophets that grow up in our homes. And when their preaching hits home, the response should be repentance and not self-protection.”
5 Pleas for Sung Worship – “With the passage of time, with exposure to different styles, to worship services in different cultures, and with a growing sense of conviction about how our singing should work, I have five pleas to make to my brothers and sisters when we gather to give God glory in song.”
Thursday, September 19, 2019
Get to the Cross and Never Leave – “For the early Christians, that Jesus had been crucifiedwas not simply a singular event, but it quickly became part of his identity, and theirs. Everything changed when God was crucified.”
Practicing Gentleness in the Age of Outrage – “It is easy accept the notion that we must speak to one another in harsh, uncharitable terms in order to be heard at all—especially when it comes to matters of politics, where passions are often most inflamed.”
If You Want Your Kids to Own Their Faith, Teach Them to Think Critically about Their Faith – “I think this is one of the reasons why many Christian kids grow up and abandon ‘their’ beliefs. For many of them, those beliefs were never theirs in the first place.
7 Invisible Weapons for Effective Ministry – “So many of God’s weapons are slow, subtle, almost secretive. Like yeast in bread or water coming to a boil, God loves to work in ways that require extended faith and the wisdom of spiritual foresight.”
The Church is a Means of Grace – “The local congregation in its entirety, where each has been gifted by the Spirit for the benefit of others, is regularly used by the Spirit for our salvation and sanctification in Christ.”
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Jonah Couldn’t Get Away – “This God is sovereign—he can tell the seas and winds and worms and great fish and prophets what to do because he created them—so Jonah couldn’t get away from him and his loving embrace of those outside of Israel.”
20 Quotes from David Platt’s (Vulnerable) New Book on Making Your Life Count – Some of these are worthy spending some time thinking about.
Here Are 5 Tips for Conversations in Our Tense Cultural Moment – “In years gone by, it seems you could just disagree with someone and everyone was fine with that. You could just shake hands and move on. But now, in our tense cultural situation, disagreement is regarded as a personal attack. To disagree with someone is to be hateful and unloving toward them.”
Christians in Community: Redeeming the Concept Of Ubuntu – “God never intended for the Christian to live the Christian life alone.”
Trails Are For Following, Not Just Blazing – “The world needs trailblazers, and ought to celebrate them. They get the glory for a reason. But if their hard-won trails are going to do us any good going forward, then the world also needs trail-followers. What’s the point of a path if no one uses it?”
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Hasn’t Science Disproved Christianity? – “Religious faith, Christian faith in particular, faces a significant challenge in the Western world because scientific materialism and secular humanism has become the default faith for many. But science has not and cannot disprove Christian faith.”
He Will Not Forget Your Works! – “Strolling back across one of the most beautiful beaches in Ireland recently, I noticed that the footprints I had made on my outward journey had so quickly disappeared. Within minutes of my passing, wind-blown rivulets of sand had filled my footprints. It was as if my journey had not happened, nothing to show for me being there.”
How Christians Can Prepare for the 2020 Election – “With the 2020 election just a year away, it’s incumbent on the church to reflect on how our political approach can be more shaped by Christ than by cable news.”
How Do I Know That God Is for Me – “We can be sure that God is for us because this God, the God of the Bible, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up to the cross for us all.”
4 Myths that Keep College Students from Joining a Church – “Do you want to faithfully follow Christ during your college years? Then join a church.”
Habit – “I learned more deeply and personally that ‘man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord’. In the years since, three things have helped me form and keep this habit. Daily. Place. Plan. And Plate.”
Monday, September 16, 2019
Missionary Identity – “Our culture is a mission field. We must see ourselves as people on mission. This is not our home. This is our mission field. Therefore, we all must see our vocations as mission—as kingdom work.”
How to Suffer Without Grumbling: Why I Love the Apostle Paul – “Paul believed about his suffering — no matter how severe — was that it came ultimately with God’s purpose, and the purpose was that Paul would trust himself less and trust God more, every moment of his life, especially as death approached.”
How To Approach Bible Study With Joy – “This gospel frees us to read the Bible from a place of joy rather than fear or shame. Instead of coming to the Bible burdened with guilt, we can come excited to be refreshed and revived.”
This Saying is Trustworthy and Deserving of Full Acceptance – This is a helpful viewpoint. People ask, “Who would Jesus spend time with?” Some say the marginalized, the poor, etc. The Bible says that Jesus came for sinners, whoever and wherever they are.
Did Paul Teach the Prosperity Gospel? – “The point is that God won’t stir your heart to give and then fail to supply you with resources to do so. But the idea that we should give so God will enrich us personally—with a view to increasing our comfort, convenience, and purchasing power—is foreign to Paul’s teaching.”
How Biblical Is Your Womanhood: Two Easy Tests – Shame and happiness are two litmus tests that we can use for gauging our Biblical Womanhood. Jasmine Holmes writes about what God says womanhood ought to be.
For Still Our Ancient Foe… - “If once the curtain were pulled back, and the spiritual world behind it came to view, it would expose to our spiritual vision a struggle so intense, so convulsive, sweeping everything within its range, that the fiercest battle ever fought on earth would seem, by comparison, a mere game.”
Sunday, September 15, 2019
We Yawn Because We Forget: Uncovering the Wonder of Christ – “f we think we have seen the full extent of who he is, we are deceived. We cannot fathom just how breathtaking he is. Have we forgotten? When was the last time you were mesmerized by Jesus?”
Saturday, September 14, 2019
5 Incredible Revelations From This Week’s Abortion Hearing in California – Jesse Johnson shares what you’re not hearing in the news about this important case.
Don’t Sell Your Birthright for Sex – “The only true passion worth living for is passion for Christ. The only true meal is the Bread of Life. The only true drink is the water that will never make us thirsty again—the living water of a loving Savior.”
Friday, September 13, 2019
God’s Sovereign Plans Behind Your Most Unproductive Days – “Frustrating human efficiency is one of God’s primary means of sanctifying grace.”
What Is the Helmet of Salvation? – “But what is the proper equipment needed to face life? The answer depends on what you expect life to be like. Many people, including Christians, expect life to be a walk in the park. Because that is their expectation, they’re mentally dressed accordingly, in a t-shirt and shorts, with flimsy flip-flops on their feet.”
What Makes Any Story Great? The Secret Hidden in Our Hearts – “At the core of nearly all the great stories is a desperate struggle between good and evil. This struggle provides the context and foundation for understanding everything else in the story. It defines who are the heroes and heroines and who are villains.”
Will Unbelievers Be Annihilated or Suffer Eternally? – Here’s what the Bible says.
Thursday, September 12, 2019
My Prayer for the Furnace: How I Ask God to Heal – “All of us are only a phone call away from our life changing forever. We will get sick. We will lose loved ones. Trials will come. And we don’t know when suffering will hit us.”
Here’s Billy Graham’s Powerful Sermon from the Days Following 9/11 – “In the sermon, Graham addressed the realities and mysteries of evil, but also God’s capacity for love, mercy, comfort and compassion.”
Dreaming Dreams and Taking Risks – “If we are to ever step out of our wondering and into God’s light, we must be willing to do two things constantly. We must be willing to acknowledge and thank him for the gifts he’s given (even if they don’t look like gifts at the moment). We must also be willing to take a risk and step into the unknown, trusting that our Father is with us because he’s promised he will be.”
Wednesday, September 11, 2019
5 Biblical Encouragements for Depressed Believers – “Depression makes us feel the feebleness of our human frame, but it does not diminish God’s power. And as a fellow struggler, you can be a channel of unique blessing to those along the same pilgrim way.”
The (Unlikely) Section of Scripture I Love Teaching to Kids – “Gomer didn’t deserve Hosea’s love any more than Israel deserved God’s. You and I are just as prone to wander as anyone else—and yet, God doesn’t stop chasing us. He’s unfailing in his resolve to bring about total redemption in Christ, to complete the work he began (Phil. 1:6).”
The 3 Words That Changed Missions Strategy—and Why We Might Be Wrong – “With all the emphasis on people groups over the last 50 years, we have made a course correction at the expense of our mission. The focus has not been on making disciples of all nations but instead on finishing the task.” Several good points we’ve seen in our missions efforts around the world.
The Secret to Faithful Evangelism Today – “Our identity as Christians in this world is one of chosen exiles. Having a proper sense of that identity is fundamental to living as faithful witnesses in a world hostile to the gospel.”
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
When Mommy Guilt Threatens to Crush You – “When it comes to our kids, we expect ourselves to know that they’re sick before anyone else does. We expect ourselves to never forget to take them to an appointment. We expect to never miss that they’ve been secretive or that their best friend stopped hanging around or that their appetite is off or that they’re having trouble fitting in with other kids on the playground.”
What Do My Best Days Cost? – “Think of what Jesus left behind when he came to us. All the joys of heaven, in the presence of the Father, make even the best days on earth seem like a wasteland. He gave it up to spend thirty years experiencing all the agony of humanity. Jesus, for whom the entire creation was made, emptied himself to become our servant.”
The Devil Will Hang on His Own Gallows – “This story of redemption (the story of Esther), the kind of story we love so much, the kind of story that resonates with something deep, deep inside us, is a type, a shadow of the Grand Story of redemption.”
Words – “The Word of God. This treasure of words flowed onto the scrolls by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Through various people with differing skillsets. Across a span of many centuries. Prophet. Psalmist. Shepherd. Fisherman. Scholar. Leader. Exile. King. Servant. Teacher. Doctor. Prisoner. Church planter. Writing down what God breathed to them.”
The First Sexual Revolution: The Triumph of Christian Morality in the Roman Empire – “Christianity went from cult to culture in part because the sexual ethic was considered better and safer and more freeing for more people.”
Monday, September 9, 2019
Relentless, Hope-Filled Encouragers – “Father, make us tenacious encouragers and faithful ‘builder-upper’s’ of our friends, gospel-posse, and family members. Thank you for the privilege we have of bearing one another’s burdens and showing up in each other’s stories.”
What Does the Bible Say About Poverty? – “The reason for someone’s poverty shouldn’t determine the value we place on him or her, and the way we treat the poor around us is a reflection of how we view their Maker (Prov. 14:31).”
Sunday, September 8, 2019
Saturday, September 7, 2019
Faithfulness Is Not Theologically Complicated – “Faithfulness is not theologically complicated. Why, then, are many who claim to be Christians foundering on fundamentals with such regularity? I think there are two reasons.”
But You Are Holy – “God desires us to run to Him with both the things that bring us joy and the things that bring us pain. He wants us to sing praises to Him with a strong voice, and collapse at His feet when we are at our weakest.”
The Offensively Ordinary Steps to Godliness – “If you are in Christ, God has placed in your heart a hunger for holiness...You are not content merely to be counted righteous in Christ (glorious as that is); you yearn also to become righteous like Christ. You want to be holy as he is holy.”
Why Pro-Life Christians (and LGBTQ Activists) Should Reject ‘Born This Way’ Ideology – “A new study highlights why both Christians and LGBTQ activists should reject biological explanations for homosexuality.”
Friday, September 6, 2019
Why the Day to Day of Marriage is Radical Service to God – “The radical focus of the Christian spouse is the day in, day out faithfulness to serve the other with the humility that Christ had when he lowered himself to wash even Judas’s feet.”
Matthew’s Gospel as You’ve Never Read It Before – “The best way for Matthew to disciple and teach future generations—to fulfill the Great Commission—is through these stories of Jesus that echo, complete, and advance the narrative of Israel.”
Giving Is an Eternal Investment That Benefits Us Here and Now – “Scientific studies back up what God’s Word has been saying for thousands of years: generosity pays immeasurable dividends. God rewards people for generosity in this life as well as in the life to come. He does this because He is a God of grace and a lavish giver Himself.”
Thursday, September 5, 2019
The Offensively Ordinary Steps to Godliness – “God teaches us how holiness happens all over his word, and yet we often overlook one prevalent lesson: very often, holiness hides in small things.”
The Diet of Devotion – “Even Christians, after our hearts and minds have been regenerated by Christ, can be distracted constantly by the entertainments of the world, most of which are rife with lies, mirages and selfish indulgence.”
The Compassionate Truth About Judgment – “If God is a God of love without the accountability of justice, then vulnerable people become more vulnerable, and bullies are encouraged to continue bullying.”
Child-Centric Families Dole Out God’s Passive Wrath on Kids – “Most parents are trying their best and want what’s best for their children. This child-centric current, however, represents society enabling and facilitating self-rule, the very thing Scripture says is the essence of sin.”
How to Spot—and Help—an Addict in Church – “You and I have been called to care for the sick, the imprisoned, the suffering, and the sinners (Matt. 28:18–20; Matt. 25:36; James 5:13–15). As Jesus’s hands and feet, we must not ignore those in the throes of addiction.”
Wednesday, September 4, 2019
Tuesday, September 3, 2019
How to Restore Your Spiritual Sanity: A Prayer for Those Feeling Fragile – “The most common type of song in the Psalms is not praise, or even thanks, but lament.”
Sharing the Gospel in a World Filled with Good News Messages – Here are five elements that makes people share good news.
Which Question Will Your Teenager Answer – The questions they will choose from are, “What do I want to do?” And “What does God want me to do?” We are all answering one way or the other.
4 Lessons from the Bible About Difficult People – “It is actually one of God’s kindnesses to prepare us for such relationships. I have found many places in God’s Word which not only warn me of difficult people but prepare me to face such challenges.”
A Letter to a Reader about the Battle against Sin – “Dear Reader, Regarding a Christian struggling in sin and a non-Christian in sin, I agree they can look similar in some ways. However, there is an important difference where the answer is contained within your own question. It’s the idea of struggle.”
Monday, September 2, 2019
Five Things We Now Know the Online World Is Doing to Us That Has Never Been Done to Us Before – Some may be a surprise and some you already know.
Waiting on God and Acknowledging His Goodness in Tough Times – Randy Alcorn shares a powerful personal testimony and a good lesson on the “goodness of God”.