The Signs of John

John wrote his Gospel with a specific plan in mind to illustrate how Jesus was and is the Son of God. And one of those plans wass to focus on seven “sign” miracles that Jesus performed to show His deity. Some good insights from Place for Truth…………

MATTHEW HENRY’S “METHOD FOR PRAYER”

Introduction to Petition

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Matthew Henry not only wrote a complete commentary on the Bible, but he also wrote a great prayer guide using Scripture to help believers to pray meaningful prayers to the Lord. The first type of prayer is Adoration. The second type is Confession. Here, he introduces the third type of prayer, which is Petition…………….

The Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

I have enjoyed this series on the fruits of the Spirit from Place for Truth. Lately in the evangelical world, gentleness has been getting a little bit of pushback, people saying that Jesus wasn’t gentle with the moneychangers or the Pharisees. But that is because they were leading the lost sheep of Israel AWAY from God. But for people who needed healing or a better understanding of the character of God, He was gentle…………….

Humanity’s Greatest Fear

This article takes the position that most people (even many Christians) are more concerned of receiving a sense of identity and worth from other people. However, we should all seek to see our truth worth and value through the eyes of God. And see to it that we live up to His view of us! From Richard E. Simmons III……………..

What is Theology and What Should We Do With It?

<p class="has-medium-font-size" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">If you follow this blog, then you probably perceive that I love theology. It's not that I love theology more than I love God; it's that I love theology <em>because</em> I love God! The point of this article is to show that theology is important because it should deepen our love for God, and theology should help us to better understand Him and better live in His world. From Credo Magazine………………….If you follow this blog, then you probably perceive that I love theology. It’s not that I love theology more than I love God; it’s that I love theology because I love God! The point of this article is to show that theology is important because it should deepen our love for God, and theology should help us to better understand Him and better live in His world. From Credo Magazine………………….

What is the Meaning of Reconciliation in the Bible?

If you have followed this blog for any length of time, you know that one of its primary purposes is to draw attention to other great blogs and websites that people might not know about. This article comes from the great website called BiblicalTraining, where anyone can receive seminary-level bible education for free. This is just one very small example of the great library of resources to be found there………………

https://www.biblicaltraining.org/library/reconciliation

His Time

I love this quote: “Jesus didn’t die just to take you out of hell and into heaven. He died to take Himself out of heaven and deposit Himself into you. From Frank Viola and The Deeper Journey…………..

And Lo, the Kingdom of God is Like a Terrible Football Team – FaithGateway

How can you not love this article from Brant Hansen? He makes you laugh and tear up at about the same time! From Faith Gateway……….

My son is like me. He’s not much into athletics. But we signed him up for a flag-football league when he was in sixth grade. My wife told me the league needed someone to coach my son’s team, the Rams, and I told her, point-blank, I would not be doing it. I know nothing abouta href=’https://www.faithgateway.com/and-lo-the-kingdom-of-god-is-like-a-terrible-football-team/&#8217; title=’Read more’ …/a

Source: And Lo, the Kingdom of God is Like a Terrible Football Team – FaithGateway

Death Will Come When Christ Calls

This is a very tough topic both emotionally and theologically. The big takeaway for me from this article is that Christ defeated death at His resurrection, and so Christ owns death and commands it to His greater redemptive purposes. A thought-provoking article from Desiring God…………………..

Why We Should Embrace Trials

I write a lot about suffering and trials for a few reasons. Some of those reasons are that we will ALL face trials (from the very lips of Jesus!), and that the Bible — especially the New Testament — emphasizes enduring trials as one of the main ways that God grows our faith and draws us closer to Him. Here is another good article from Theology & Life………..

Delighting in the Trinity

You don’t have to understand the Trinity (who does?), to appreciate that we have now been invited into the eternal fellowship of the Godhead. Check out this quote from J.I. Packer (mentioned in the article): If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father. If this is not the thought that prompts and controls his worship and prayers and his whole outlook on life, it means he does not understand Christianity very well at all. From Tabletalk Magazine………….

10 Key Points About Work in the Bible Every Christian Should Know

One of the reasons I write this blog is because I am not a pastor or seminary professor or best-selling author. I am just a guy who follow Christ, and I worked for somebody else my entire adult life. So, articles like this one mean a lot to me, and hopefully to other normal Christian Joes and Jills! From the Theology of Work Project……………………

Do I Really Want to be Formed Like Jesus?

I used to say to Jesus, “I want to obey You every day; only don’t ask me to go to Africa.” (I don’t like bugs, snakes and malaria….). While I still don’t feel called to Africa, I am beginning to understand that becoming Christlike is not an exercise in comfort and ease. Dr. Larry Crabb is a fantastic counselor and author, but his sheer honesty and willingness to admit that believers can love our comfort more than our Savior can be challenging to many (including me!). But his words are really honest, like the words of Paul in Romans 7. I think this article might lead to prayer and a fresh indwelling of the Spirit! From Larger Story……………….

Growing Toward Christlikeness

BOOK REVIEW
AN INFINITE JOURNEY by Andrew M. Davis (Ambassador International; 2014)

An Infinite Journey is written by author and pastor Andrew Davis. Davis also heads up a ministry called Two Journeys, which focuses on the two journeys of the Christian life, which are the outward journey of the advancement of the gospel message and the inward journey toward sanctification. This book, obviously, focuses on this vital inward journey for every Christian.

Davis begins this book by making the case that sanctification is always tightly bound up with justification — indeed, sanctification is only possible after we have been justified and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Then, the majority of the book covers the aspects of the believer that grow and mature in sanctification: knowledge, faith, character, and actions. As Davis delves into each of these aspects that set believers apart from the world, he draws upon his experiences and skills honed over years as a pastor and seminary professor. The result is a book on what could be an overwhelming subject to one that lovingly and encouragingly draws readers to better understand spiritual growth and then to actively desire it and pursue it.

It is sad that more churches do not make sanctification more of an emphasis and provide more specific directions and exhortations toward growth. But this book does a very admirable job in filling this gap and is approachable for any believer in any stage of their Christian walk. Highly recommended!!