Key Connections (December 1, 2017)

How to Find Joy in Your Work (Jon Bloom, Desiring God)

This is why we often resent or even hate work: our sin and the curse make it so hard. So we avoid work, or we turn it into a pragmatic, mercenary enterprise to buy something or to give us an identity we believe will bring us joy…God meant our work to creatively and vigorously steward some part of his creation, to be a means of providing for our needs and serve others, and to bring us joy.

The Most Dangerous 10 Minutes of Your Day (Carl Laferton, The Good Book Blog)

Did the Pharisees do their devotional times? Yes. Probably more often and for longer duration than you or me. Did the Pharisees have eternal life? No. Why? Because they thought that the Scriptures gave them eternal life. And the Scriptures don’t. And because they thought that the Scriptures gave them eternal life, they did not come to Jesus.

God Spoke, What’s Your Response? (Eden Parker,

God spoke, and we did not listen. In his mercy, He speaks again, this time through his Son (Hebrews 1:2). We have the opportunity to listen–to repent and believe–or to say no to Christ’s Lordship. How important is Christ to you? Do you trust in Him? Are you believing his Word today?

Letting Go of Self-Sufficiency (Lara D’Entremont, Renewed in Truth)

The gospel is for people who recognize they are incapable of saving themselves and incapable of doing what is right. The gospel is for people who need God to save them, who need God to supply the faith, and who need God to change their hearts. And in this needy state, we glorify God as He works His awesome power in us.

It’s All Working Together—For What? (Timothy Thomas, The Village Church)

But the good we get from God “working all things together” is sanctification: God’s lifelong process of making us more holy, more like Himself. It is His glory that is our good.

God is Worthy of Your “Wow” (Josh Parsons, Unlocking the Bible)

Before we start shouting praises all over the place, we have to have a focus. Who are we to give this praise to? The object of our worship is God. Psalm 117 commands us to “praise the Lord” (emphasis added). God is to be the focus of our praise and joyful worship. Everybody worships something. Yet our praise-focus often gets diverted to places other than God, doesn’t it?

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: Dec 1st, 2017