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 the life I had loved. The Lord’s light illumined my sin through the law and illumined my hope through Jesus and the gospel.

Mount Sinai, the Ascended Christ and the Vision of God  (David C. Smith, The Village Church)

As believers, we may feel unworthy or afraid to approach God. A God so great and glorious causes us to shrink back for various reasons. But those who are in Christ now have every confidence to approach the throne of grace—to climb that mountain from where God calls to us and to gaze upon Him in His beauty and glory:

When You Find Yourself In a Dry and Weary Land (Sarah Walton, Set Apart)

Whether we recognize it or not, we all thirst and hunger to be filled in the deepest parts of our soul, but we are easily satisfied with short-term happiness. However, the wilderness provides an opportunity for those temporary means of pleasure to be removed, exposing the state of our hearts and, hopefully, driving us to recognize Christ as the only One who can satisfy us.

Do You Draw Near? (John MacArthur, One Place Ministries)

Sadly, I’ve watched many Christians lose the wonder of worship as the years pass…If that sounds familiar, return to God by submitting to James’ imperative: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded” (4:8). To know the one true God is your glorious calling. Are you ready to draw near? Let me give you some practical encouragement on how to do that.

My Soul Thirsts for You (Jon Bloom, Desiring God)

Water is really only experienced as satisfying when our real need for it makes us really want it. Likewise, God is only experienced as satisfying when our real need for him makes us really want him.

What to Do While You’re Waiting on God (Linda Green, Unlocking the Bible)

God wants us to know that waiting is far from a passive activity in which we do nothing. In fact, Scripture teaches us that God wants us to actively participate in the work he desires to accomplish. Waiting strategically can cultivate good fruit in in our lives such as patience, perseverance, and endurance. It also draws us closer to our Savior and points those who are watching us to the gospel.

Eden Parker is follower of Jesus and a senior at Wheaton College, studying Christian Education. If you entered her day unawares, you would find her working editorial at UTB, having coffee with a friend, running, throwing a javelin, drawing, or hanging out with her four loving brothers. Eden writes at her website.

Date Posted: Sep 8th, 2017