I just love clouds, don’t you? From Beautiful Christian Life………………..
THE IMPERFECT DISCIPLE by Jared C. Wilson ( Baker Books; 2017)
This book is about discipleship but takes a different approach from most Christian books on this subject. The typical book by a pastor or Bible teacher who wants to explain how the Bible defines discipleship and how a person can become wholly sold out to Jesus — like the author! But this book is written by a former pastor who had to give up his pastorate due to stress, depression, and burnout. And he sets the goal for himself to write a book that encourages the average Christian who is trying to walk with Jesus while raising kids, going to school, and working long hours at a job that they are not exactly crazy about.
Wilson accomplishes this goal by openly admitting how messed up and thoroughly ordinary he is. He is no kind of example for other believers to follow. But this is the point, because until a believer is honest enough to admit how hopeless they are in trying to walk like Jesus on their own skills and willpower, the sooner they will be able to recognize the extraordinary grace found in the gospel. The author makes an interesting point that our Christian lives can be summed up in Romans 7 and 8 — that we fail in our sins daily, but God has given us the Holy Spirit as a down payment of His intention to cause us to become like Christ through the efforts of the Spirit. And that God will not give up on us until we become glorified in heaven with Jesus and all of our spiritual brothers and sisters.
Wilson writes in a humorous and passionate style that is both engaging and encouraging. And he does a beautiful job in showing how spectacular and amazing God’s grace and love are and that any believer can live in confidence that by being a follower of Christ — even one who constantly stumbles — they are greatly loved and cared for by our heavenly Father. Highly recommended!
This is just a beautiful article! From Beautiful Christian Life……………
If you have ever wondered (like me) what this teaching from the Sermon on the Mount really means, here is a good explanation! From Church Grammar………………….
This article has a lot of wisdom and encouragement for handling the disappointments and setbacks of life in a Christ-like manner. From Rick Thomas………………..
What could be better than wise words on depression from Charles Spurgeon and Randy Alcorn?
During this global pandemic, depression and suicidal thoughts are on the rise. That makes the release of the short book Encouragement for the Depressed, with a sermon from Charles Spurgeon, timely. The book description says, “Having battled depression and discouragement himself for most of his years in ministry, Spurgeon encourages the downtrodden to hold fast…Encouragement for the Depressed from Charles Spurgeon — Randy Alcorn’s Blog
Part of a series on the Book of Ecclesiates from DashHouse. There is a good reason for this book to be in the Bible, so let’s get wisdom! 🙂
Big Idea: Accept the harsh realities of a broken world. As you do, urgently enjoy every good gift that God gives you. Welcome to our sixth sermon on the book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is one of the wisdom books of the Bible. It wants to help us learn how to live skillfully in this world.…Finding Joy in a Broken World (Ecclesiastes 8:2-9:18) — DashHouse
Submitted for your apologetics resources. From Domain for Truth……………………..
These are links concerning Presuppositional apologetics gathered from November 15th-21st, 2020. 1.) Cave to the Cross’ Apologetics Ep. 98 – Truth In A Culture Of Doubt – Preface 2.) Bible Contradiction? How long did it take to create the heavens and the earth? 3.) Misotheists Dehumanizing Christians and Creationists 4.) Free PDF Apologetics’ Dissertation: Carl F. […]Presuppositional Apologetics Links: Third Week of November 2020 — The Domain for Truth
Books are a gift, and can really aid us in our spiritual growth! A good article on this topic from Things Above………………
We should be grateful at all times, but especially this time of year here in the US! From Richard E. Simmons III……………….
I am so glad that God can take my worries and weakness and do something good and constructive with them! From Randy Alcorn…………….
A nice introduction to the important Gospel of John. From Modern Reformation………………
I like these reasons, and they make sense to me. From New Wineskins…………….
A nice, brief article on God and how He sees the future. From Credo Magazine………….
This very helpful article talks about the process of sanctification, and how the Holy Spirit slowly works in us to change our characters from the inside out. From Jim Erwin………………
Believers are exhorted to not worry. This article gives us five reasons why we should not worry. From Reasonable Theology…………………
For heaven’s sake, yes! From Scott Sauls……………….
In this article, Randy Alcorn gives some quick examples of how God’s sovereignty works “hand-in-hand” with the choices that people freely make, so that God remains truly sovereign over all people and history, yet people also have true freedom of choice. We don’t have to understand all of this divine mystery, just appreciate the awesomeness of God! From Eternal Perspectives Ministries……………
This is a helpful article that explains some of the background and spiritual importance to the Transfiguration of Jesus. Well worth a few minutes of your time! From Modern Reformation…………………
The advice given in this article works in ALL conversations, not just the difficult ones! 🙂
The title here sums up the article, but for the full low-down, please read this bit of thoughtful encouragement from Randy Alcorn at Eternal Perspectives Ministries………………….
I really like this short devotion from Mark Batterson. Be sure to take note of the great quote from A.W. Tozer!
If you aren’t there yet, believe me, it will come on you quicker than you can say “Bob’s your uncle!” From Reviving Our Hearts…………….
Well…..I don’t exactly know. But I want to learn! Here is some concise info on this vital topic from Ligonier Ministries…………………
When I was a younger Christian, I totally bought into the stereotype of Puritans being stuffy, grumpy and legalistic. Now that I am a little more mature, I have come to appreciate the spirit of devotion to the Lord and the heart to worship and serve that marked their writings and their lives. Here is a quick look at what typified the Puritans by Puritan scholar Joel Beeke, by way of Randy Alcorn………………….
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For my money, Matthew Henry is about the finest devotional commentator ever. He wrote a book in which he uses his skills to help people to pray from the Scriptures. From Matthew Henry’s Method for Prayer…………………
A short devotional as you learn some tidbits about Luke. From From the Darkness Into the Light………
LUKE His name means: “Light-Giving” His work: He was a Gentile by birth, a physician by trade, and a journalist by calling.His character: A humble man willing to be used rather than lauded.His sorrow: An eyewitness to the sinfulness and jealousy of the religious elite in their support of the torture and execution of many faithful believers.His triumph: The opportunity […]Men of the Bible — From The Darkness Into The Light
Nice! From Learning From God’s Word………………
Genesis 2:12“aromatic resin and the shoham stone” “Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume” (John 12:3).This is not only the story of Mary’s costly devotion. It’s […]Pour Out Your Heart … — Learning From God’s Word
The article tells us the key to happiness for the believer is humble obedience and contentment. Not easy, but do-able with the help of the Holy Spirit! From DashHouse………………..
Big Idea: Don’t try to find happiness in religion, power, and money. Find joy in humble obedience and contentment. I’ve got some good news for you today: God wants you to be happy. I really believe that. That is so different from what I used to believe: that following God meant walking away from happiness…Finding Happiness (Ecclesiastes 5:1-6:6) — DashHouse
Here on a Monday, when you might be feeling tired (or old like me!), a nice reminder of what God has in store for us! From Unlocking the Bible……………………
READING THE BIBLE WITH RABBI JESUS by Lois Tverberg is another addition to her fine series on using insights from Jewish and 1st Century AD Middle Eastern life for modern readers to better understand the Bible. This particular book focuses on the Old Testament — which, of course, was the Bible for all Jews in the time of Jesus — and how Jesus would have read and interpreted what was written in those texts that were already over 1000 years old by the time He arrived on the scene.
As in other books she has written, Tverberg first helps the reader to understand that the Greco-Roman culture that gave rise to European and then North American culture and soceity is really very different from the worldview of the ancient Israelites, as well as Jesus and His disciples. She shows how this is important in examples like the word “walk.” In Greek and English, it simply means to travel by foot, but in Hebrew the way one “walks” reflects your moral character. Then, Part Three, the author uses the foundation built up by the previous sections to bring greater clarity and insight to various familiar passages and parts of the Old Testament.
Since very few believers will ever travel to Israel or learn biblical Hebrew, Tverberg provides an invaluable service to Christian readers who want to better appreciate the Old Testament, so that it truly is the source of information about God’s holiness, grace and love that it is meant to be. Highly recommended!
Paul said this was a great mystery: “Christ in us, the hope of glory.” A biblical mystery is something hidden coming to light for the believer, but though mysterious, it is fact. The living Christ dwells within me and within you! From the Gospel Coalition………………
This article makes some clear and concise points at looking at the theme of redemption that is throughout the entire Bible. From Core Christianity………………….
I have so much to learn in this aspect of following Christ! I guess the point is to first know that I have access to God at any time, but there are things in my heart and mind to get in line so that His presence becomes more evident and impactful to me. A valuable article from Place for Truth………..
This is a rather lengthy article, but I believe it is well worth the time to go through this. Daniel is a difficult book, but this overview from Knowable Word definitely helps!
Another in a great series of article on the attributes of God. From Place for Truth………………
Out of all of God’s wonderful attributes, I believe this particular attribute/fact is the most reassuring for me. Here is a collection on Bible passages that focus on this fact from Crossway……………………
This article was actually written before Election Day, but since the contest is still undecided (and may go on for weeks!), this article still applies. We Christians should know all the things that Chad Bird has to say, but it is still helpful to me to read it aloud to myself! From 1517…………….
One of the main reasons for this blog is to help point people to other writers and websites that are doing good work for the Kingdom, but some might be unfamiliar with. This article is from Knowable Word, and here, the author of this blog/website goes over his personal process from gathring Bible study tools and then how he begins to unpack the passage he is studying. I hope you find it helpful!!
REIMAGINE RETIREMENT by C. J. Cagle (B & H Publishers; 2019)
This book is written by a Christian financial specialist, as well as being a recent retiree himself. But unlike a lot of other financial planning books I have read, Cagle does not make the reader feel foolish or a loser if they don’t have a million dollars already set aside for themselves.
Cagle first looks at how our modern world defines retirement and then compares that to a review of the biblical outlook on retirement. And, of course, the Bible knows nothing about retirement as presently experienced in the Western world. In Part Two, the author gets more into the numbers and wise strategies of preparing for and beginning to set your financial house in order. Then, in Part Three, Cagle emphasizes how to live out your retirement in a manner that demonstrates a trust and dependence on God, while also looking for various ways to continue to serve Him and mentor younger people.
This book is extremely practical and easy to understand for even clueless financial people like myself! Again, I found this book to be an encouragement even though I do not have a retirement nest egg personally. Highly recommended!
Defeating depression is not simply a matter of pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. Don’t let any nay-sayers add to your pain by telling you that you “just need Jesus” to stop being depressed. God has given us medications and good doctors as part of His grace! From The Grace Alliance………………
Probably you and I are! But I have a secret to share……..God already knows who is going to be President! And He will use whatever happens to His good purposes! From David Rupert………………
Randy Alcorn helps me to remember that I don’t have to wait for being in heaven to be happy. Happiness is possible and is worth seeking after as we focus on Christ rather than what we see around us! From Eternal Perspectives Ministries……………
God’s power is real, it’s wonderful, and it’s frightening. Here is a look at how we believers should react to God’s power in our lives and in our world. From The Ploughman’s Rest……………..
A short, but insightful article from Old Testament scholar Walter Kaiser, Jr. on why believers should not be upset or fearful over God’s anger. From The Logos Blog…………………..
It’s true….we all learn a lot of life lessons from fairy tales! Like, if an ugly old woman entices you to take something to eat from her, DON’T DO IT! Seriously though, there are some good insights in this article from Eidos…………….
One of the most precious facts of our Christian lives, but one that is often glossed over, is that God has adopted us into His family. I am the father of my dear adopted daughter, and I cannot even imagine how I could love any more than if she was my natural-born little girl. She is simply my daughter, and she is my constant delight. And so are you in your heavenly Father’s eyes! From The Gospel Coalition……………….
Dr. Bengtson is a Christian psychiatrist who also suffers from anxiety and depression. I think she offers some down-to-earth advice here for all believers. From Dr. Michelle Bengston……….
Brothers and sisters, this world is too dangerous and contentious for us to get upset with each other when it is not necessary! Randy Alcorn has a lot of wisdom on this subject in the accompanying video…………..
[EDITOR’S NOTE]: The original version of this article was written in June 2019, several weeks before the news about the recent divorce and repudiation of Christianity by Joshua Harris; one of his books I had originally recommended. In light of these recent developments, I offer a new suggestion for #10
Top 10 Theology Books for beginners:
This book has been in print constantly since its first publication in the 1970’s, and was named by Christianity Today, as one of the top 50 books that have shaped evangelicals in the 20th Century. Packer is an eminent scholar, theologian, and teacher, but his writing is unusually clear and practical; and instructs readers in two eminent subjects — knowing about God, and also knowing God intimately through knowing Jesus “closer than a brother.” You cannot go wrong with this sublime book.
Like Packer’s book above, this work by Tozer is not strictly a systematic theology; but like Packer’s book, it has been in continual print since first published in the 1950’s, and also is often cited as a formative influence on numerous pastors, authors and lay people alike. Tozer writes with passion and clarity on 10 of the most attributes that make God the “only God.”
This work is older but still is in print and highly readable (publisher describes it as being written originally for high school students), but covers all the basics parts of theology in under 200 pages.
Arguing is not a fruit of the Spirit!
Imagine with me for a moment. You have an unbelieving friend, Johnny. Johnny is a known atheist who in his spare time enjoys mocking the Christian faith. One day, Johnny posts a status on Facebook that is clearly a cry for attention. He posts: “God is just as much real as the tooth fairy. You might as well believe in the Flying Spaghetti Monster.”
You’ve been friends with Johnny since junior high, so you know his personality like nobody else. You know this guy is just bored. In short, you know you probably shouldn’t give it the time of day. But the apologetics-loving part of you couldn’t resist. You reply—the rest is history. After an hours-long debate over the existence of God, you finally give up after realizing that Johnny’s goal has been accomplished: he got you to take the bait and you wound up looking like a fool on…
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