Key Connections (January 12, 2018)

The Staggering Consequences of Neglecting Your Bible (Erik Raymond, The Gospel Coalition)

Too often our doctrinal confessions that assert a belief in the inspiration and inerrancy of the Scriptures are betrayed by lives that ignore them. We must be sure that we are not succumbing to the false teaching that denies the supernatural nature of the Bible.

Does Your Doubt Dishonor God? (Greg Morse, Desiring God)

Survey the condemned in the deepest pits of hell, and not one will have any just complaint against him [Jesus Christ]. Ask the martyrs in heaven, and none will think of anything but praise for him. Who can accuse him of wrong? His disciples couldn’t. His enemies couldn’t. Satan can’t. His Father didn’t. But after all of heaven stands silent, should the groans and complaints of professing Christians stand ready to accuse him?

Dear Teenagers: Advice From Screwtape (Zach Philip, The Rebelution)

Has not Our Enemy Himself said, “Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.”? Have them follow their heart, seek after their own pleasure, rebel against their parents and authorities, and think rationally like us–believing that they only live once, that life has no purpose, and that foolish Christian doctrine isn’t meant to be taken literally.

Get them now and you will keep them forever.

Your affectionate uncle,

SCREWTAPE

Why Should I Sing in Church? (Keith & Kristin Getty, Lifeway)

Your heavenly Father cares whether and what you sing, but He does not mind how well you sing. While we may have choirs within our churches made up of voices who have expertise and ability, the congregation of a church is the ultimate choir, and it is without auditions—everyone can be in it and should be in it.

Your Fresh Start Begins Today (Dawn Wilson, Revive Our Hearts)

Most people go through life taking the easy way, but God calls us to supernatural living. The Bible tells us we are the temple—the dwelling place—of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 6:19). And our hearts are to be altars of sacrifice.

Don’t Loose Spiritual Disciplines for Fear of Legalism (Sarah Walton, Unlocking the Bible)

Godly discipline is being disciplined in the strength of the Holy Spirit, with the purpose of sanctification, fully aware that justification comes only through salvation in Christ. For this reason we can say, “Christ has bought me with a price and, therefore, I will discipline myself to run the race he has set before me, ‘laying aside every weight and sin that clings so closely’”(Hebrews 12:1).

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: Jan 12th, 2018