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Month: September 2017

Key Connections

Key Connections (September 29, 2017)

Understanding Spiritual Gifts: 4 Lessons from J.I. Packer (Christel Humfrey, Revive Our Hearts) The reason many of us feel presumptuous in claiming a spiritual gift is because we have wrongly assumed that our spiritual gifts are about us. But as Packer points out, “spiritual gifts must be defined in terms of […]

Expect

Four Things You Can Always Expect from God

We have a way of shaping our expectations. But this way, the responsibility is on us, and we can become unsettled, even angry, if our expectations fail to become reality. My 7-year-old grandson is famous for this. Recently, when my husband had our deck taken apart for repairs, Oliver was […]

Single

An Open Letter to My Single Friend

Dear Elisabeth, I ask for your forgiveness. I have not been a good disciple, nor a good friend to you in the ways I press and groan and guess about possible times and dates for when the Lord will bring us husbands. Talking too much about “if” and “when” and […]

God

God Gives Us Himself

Several years ago, I missed my oldest daughter’s birthday. A conference for work overlapped with her big day. My wife made it special for her, and I called to chat. My daughter enjoyed the gifts and food and celebration. But when a loved one is absent, it’s just not the […]

Bible reading

10 Promises for Your Bible Reading

Many mornings, weariness threatens to win. Like a thick cloud, it opposes my time in God’s Word, obscures my desire to read, and keeps me from seeing the light of truth. My weariness might be circumstantial – a disappointment or an ongoing trial – or it may be physical – […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (September 22, 2017)

Nabeel Quereshi (1983-2017) (Justin Taylor, The Gospel Coalition) Jesus is the God of reversal and redemption. He redeemed sinners to life by his death, and he redeemed a symbol of execution by repurposing it for salvation. He redeemed my suffering by making me rely upon him for my every moment, bending […]

Why Singing Matters

Seven Biblical Reasons Why Singing Matters

Have you ever wondered why God desires for his people to sing? What role should singing play in the life of a Christian? What is it about worshiping through song that is so important to God? You may not know it, but God has already answered these questions in the […]

Ministry

Overwhelming Joy in Ministry

One of our biggest challenges in ministry is that it’s often difficult to know what comes from our work. It’s easy for builders. In the morning, bricks lie scattered on the building site, and by evening a wall has been built! The builder has the satisfaction of seeing clear and […]

tips College student

20 Tips for the Christian College Student

For the most part, I loved my college years. My parents’ faith became my own, and I experienced greater joy in Bible reading, prayer, fellowship, and evangelism than I ever thought possible. I also made mistakes and have regrets that I’ve had time to reflect on these past 10 years. […]

Biblical Meditation

What Is Biblical Meditation?

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2) What is […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (September 15, 2017)

4 Lies that Cause Pastors to Neglect their Families (Jamie Owens, 9 Marks) Among young pastors and church planters, there’s no less than a deluge of pressure to give every waking moment to our churches, to the neglect of our families. But brothers, it should never be so. We Should Always Take […]

Tests

Three Tests God Ordains for His People

Tests are not for the sake of the teacher, but for the benefit of the student. As a teacher, I don’t ask test questions because I need to know the answers. I ask questions because my students need to know the answers. Likewise, God ordains tests for us, not for […]

Submission

The Honor of Biblical Submission

The God like us – stunning. Descending from majesty. Grappling with the confines of flesh, with skin and hands. Hearing others’ voices through two ears and having blood pump through a heart roughly the same size as mine. He knew the onslaught of grief, with all looming darkness, at Gethsemane. […]

Wander

Three Keys to Fight Spiritual Wandering

Wanderlust = A strong desire or urge to wander or travel and explore the world I love to travel. My passport is full of stamps holding stories of far off places, magnificent lands, and beautiful people, each painting pictures of God’s creative genius. I’m a firm believer that some of […]

Overcome evil

How to Overcome Evil with Good

These are difficult days in our country. 16 years from the attacks on the Twin Towers, the threat of terrorist violence still hangs over us and over freedom-loving people around the world. After many years of hoping for progress, anger and violence over issues of race have reached new intensity. […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (September 8, 2017)

Rosaria Butterfield: “Why I Signed the Nashville Statement” (Rosaria Butterfield, Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood) Conversion to Christ did not initially change my sexual attraction for women. What conversion did change immediately was my heart and mind….The gospel gave me a light that was ruinous. It ruined me for […]

Parents

An Open Letter to Parents of Students

Dear Parents, School is almost here, and your students likely have mixed emotions. There’s some anticipation for rhythm and routine, but beneath the surface are layers of fear and uncertainty. School is a precious privilege, but it can also be filled with struggles and pressures that weigh heavily on a […]

doubt and unbelief

Bible Q&A: What’s the Difference Between Doubt and Unbelief?

Question: What’s the difference between doubt and unbelief? Answer: This is a really good question! There are four parts to the answer. 1. You can’t have faith without questions. This is true for the simple reason that God has chosen to keep many secrets. “The secret things belong to the Lord […]

Blame God

The Reason We Blame God

I believe wholeheartedly in the sovereignty of God. Yet I sometimes elevate this attribute over others. When I do, I end up blaming God for what he does in my life, in other’s lives, and in the world. Thus, I realize I must trust in the goodness of God in […]

Kindergarten

Three Useful Kindergarten Lessons for Christians

All I really need to know…I learned in kindergarten. (Robert Fulghum) I’m a kindergarten teacher. And I think Robert Fulghum was on the right track when he said that all he needed to know he learned in kindergarten. As I looked back over my year with the students, I realized […]

Rest

Why Do We Struggle to Rest?

Rest is necessary and important physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We know that’s true. We know we need rest. Yet, we continue to resist it. Why? The fourth commandment directs us to observe the Sabbath, to rest one day a week. The nation of Israel regularly got themselves into trouble because […]