Keep Asking and Expecting

This article takes a cogent and uplifting view on Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount on prayer. Prayer is not just a “one and done deal!” God is good and loving, but He wants us to be persistent in our prayers. From the great writer and podcaster Adrian Warnock out of the UK…………………….

Six reasons Romans 7 is written from the perspective of a post-conversion Christian

This is one for us theology nerds! Romans 7 has been a controversial portion of the New Testament for a long while, and will probably not be settled on this side of eternity. Yet, it has an important message. So, here is one viewpoint (and one which I agree with) on how to interpret Paul’s message in that chapter. From Southern Equip………….

Haters Gonna Hate

Anyone who writes a blog, hosts a podcast, pastors a church, writes books and poems, etc. is going to eventually run up against some haters. Even little old, encouraging me received a comment on one of my posts because they did not believe in the Trinity! Frank Viola is an interesting man and writer, one of those “shoot straight from the hip” guys, but his views are thoroughly orthodox and biblical. Here he offers his experience and advice to deal with haters………………..

6 (Non-Controversial) Ways Christians Should Deal with Disagreements about the End Times

Nothing seems to get believers in a lather more than views on the end times. Brothers and sisters, this should not be! Instead of “majoring on the minors,” let’s emphasize the things that Jesus said to focus on. Some great wisdom and insights in this article from The Gospel Coalition………………..

Devotions for Men by Men

BOOK REVIEW: STAND STRONG by Our Daily Bread Ministries (2020)

This is a devotional designed for men that provides a short Scripture passage, followed by an applying devotion — enough for each day of the year. The contributors to this devotional are all seasoned pastors, seminary teachers, and writers for Our Daily Bread. Men will find this devotional full of bite-sized wisdom a help to start their days in line with Jesus.

Soul Care in a World Fixated on Physical Fitness

This time of year, a lot of us want to get physically healthier, to lessen pain and to prolong and improve our quality of life. This is a good thing, and God wants us to take care of the bodies He has given us. But too many of us stop there (if we even start or keep it up). But our souls are even more precious than our bodies, so we need to also resolve to take better care of our souls. Here is a brief article on this from Core Christianity…………….

Play-Doh, Flannelgraphs, and Teaching Kids Biblical Theology

For those of you with children, I believe this is a helpful and insightful article on the importance of tying the stories of the Bible together so that your kids will begin to learn about the one Great Story the Bible is telling. From Crossway……………..

WHY THE CHURCH STILL NEEDS MALACHI (AND NOT JUST FOR THE TITHING VERSE)

I have been drawn to learn about and spend more time with books of the Old Testament thaat tend to be ignored or forgotten in our churches. And Malachi is one of those books. Here is an interesting article that argues for the importance of studying the Book of Malachi. From HistoricalTheology.org……………………

https://www.historicaltheology.org/articles/2019/9/4/why-the-church-still-needs-malachi-and-not-just-for-the-tithing-verse

Handel’s Messiah and the Secret of Advent

One of the emotional and spiritual highlights of my life has been the occasions that I had the pleasure of singing Handel’s Messiah in a community choir and a number of community sing-alongs of this great choral masterpiece. Here a Christian music scholar goes into the some detail about what Handel accomplished with this musical/spiritual composition. The video embedded in the article is worth the price of admission alone! From Alleluia!…………

When Prayer Can Make Anxiety Worse

I have often been guilty of running to God in prayer when anxious, pouring out my worries and fears to Him. This is right and good, but the problem is I stop there. This article makes the argument that we need to go to the next step in our prayer, and pray to God while recognizing His love, faithfulness and care for us. From Anchored in Christ……………..

Bible Contradiction? Who hardened the Pharaoh’s heart?

The Domain for Truth

For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Who hardened the Pharaoh’s heart?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

God did.

The Lord said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.” (Exodus 4:21)

But I will harden Pharaoh’s heart that I may multiply My signs and My wonders in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 7:3)

Yet Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he did not listen to them, as the Lord had said.” (Exodus 7:13)

And the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had spoken to Moses.” (Exodus 9:12)

Then…

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No Strings Attached

God is a Giver, and so should we be!

The Palest Ink

It is uncommon to meet a genuine giver.

My grandfather was one: happy to delight others. One bright March afternoon, on my tenth birthday, he surprised me with an enormous teddy bear. This was no ordinary stuffed animal, but a Gund: soft, stitched to perfection, and created to last. Grandpa embraced quality: no cheap gifts on his watch.

One day, he invited me on an errand to the local feed and hardware establishment. He loved to tinker in hardware stores. Never mind that he was far from handy and could fix nothing without the use of duct tape. It was the comradery he enjoyed with the other fellows, who were clad in tired jeans and worn tool belts, wandering the aisles, assisting customers with a clipped: Morning! while sipping their steaming coffee.

As Grandpa chatted, I meandered the aisles, suddenly drawn to the cheeping sounds from the far corner…

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Seth Lewis is a good writer, and in this article shares the good advice he received from an experienced fisherman to weather rough seas…….

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Evidently I don’t have a strong stomach, because the last time I went fishing at sea I got sick. I know fishing trips are famous for being exaggerated, but I’ll be honest with you: there was no storm. It was a normal day, with normal waves, and we didn’t even go far out to sea. Still, as the boat continually shifted, my insides rebelled against me in slow motion. It was getting harder and harder to focus on my fishing line or the conversation going on around me. I felt bad. All I wanted was for the floor to stop moving—was that so much to ask? Thankfully, I was with an experienced fisherman who gave me helpful advice: “Look at the shore,” he said, “it will give you a reference point, and help you be able to roll with the waves.” I could tell he knew what he was talking…

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