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Month: February 2018

Key Connections

Key Connections (February 23, 2018)

At Home in Wakanda (Greg Morse, Desiring God) In God’s coming Wakanda, he offers something even greater than the world of Black Panther: a unity made perfect through diversity. The different colors will complete the painting. The different notes will strike the chord. The eye will join with the nose and […]

Heaven so near

Heaven, So Near – So Far: Q&A with Author Colin Smith

The following is an adaptation of the Postscript from Pastor Colin’s book Heaven, So Near—So Far: The Story of Judas Iscariot (Christian Focus Publications). Learn more about this story and purchase the book and audiobook! Q1: Why did you write this book? I wrote this book for people who are […]

ascension

The Good News of the Ascension of Jesus

“Do not cling to me.” This can’t be the reception Mary Magdalene was expecting when she encountered the resurrected Jesus. Mary had been weeping outside Jesus’ tomb. You can imagine her distress, having just watched her dear friend suffer a humiliating, grisly death. Now his body was missing. Jesus walked […]

sleep

God Never Slumbers or Sleeps

I recently came across a tweet by Matt Smethurst, Managing Editor of The Gospel Coalition, quoting Mary Crowley: “Every evening I turn my worries over to God. He’s going to be up all night anyway.” I wouldn’t be surprised if Crowley’s words are based on Psalm 121:3-4. The psalmist writes,“He […]

method

The 3-5 Method: Studying God’s Word When You’re Tired and Busy

If you clicked on this article, you’re likely struggling with consistent time in God’s Word. In any given season, a myriad of factors can keep us from reading the Bible: limited time, guilt, a lack of discipline, a lack of desire, unrealistic expectations of what time in the Word should […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (February 16, 2018)

Your Last First Date (Marshall Segal, Desiring God) God’s idea of marriage is the only vision big enough, strong enough, and worth enough for all the risks we take in dating. Nothing else is worth all the risk we take when we begin to share our hearts with someone else. Faithful […]

entertainment

Five Questions to Ask About Entertainment

Entertainment is often an expression of God’s gifts of creativity, storytelling, and beauty. But it can also provide mindless amusement, or damage our souls. How should Christians handle rapidly multiplying entertainment options in a God-honoring way? Here are five questions to ask about your entertainment choices: 1. What purpose does entertainment […]

prayer

Turn God’s Promises Into Prayer

“And now, O LORD God, confirm forever the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house, and do as you have spoken.” (2 Samuel 7:25) David’s words “do as you have spoken” get us to the heart of prayer. When we pray, we ask God to […]

suffering

Why the Church Needs Suffering

Do you ever wonder why so many Christians endure incredible suffering? Nearly every day I hear of another believer or Christian family facing a tragic, heartbreaking, or dire situation. It’s hard to push away the immediate question: “Why?” Why does there have to be so much pain? Why is life […]

sovereignty

You Can Trust God With Your Unborn Child

I folded the last onesie and placed it in the drawer of our new nursery bureau. For most pregnant women, preparing their nursery for the arrival of their precious baby marks an exciting time. Happy thoughts of rocking their baby to sleep fill their minds, along with sounds of their […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (February 9, 2018)

Why You Desperately Need the Holy Spirit (Jordan Standridge, The Cripplegate) So many of us, even those of us who go to “solid churches” where the Word is preached and our pastor faithfully seeks to craft sermons that will be an encouragement to our soul, desperately need to be asking the […]

Listen

Listen to Your Father’s Voice

I listen carefully to my dad. Of all the people I know, I respect him most. His character and trustworthiness have been clear to me since I was a little girl. In Proverbs 2, God’s Word addresses me as a “son.” This means I’m being spoken to by my Father […]

Three Ways Christ Can Be Outside Your Church

The last book of the Bible opens with the risen Lord Jesus Christ seated on the throne of heaven, exalted in power and glory. The apostle John records the words of Christ to the church of Laodicea in Revelation 3:14-22. Laodicea was church with relentless activity. There was a certain […]

Christian Walk

Your Christian Walk Isn’t About You

I was a young missionary and a young mom. My husband and I had just crossed the Pacific Ocean and arrived on the field with our six-month-old baby girl. I started hosting women’s Bible study right away, but I didn’t have the bandwidth yet to teach my own material, so […]

well with my soul

It Is Well With My Soul

In the middle of suffering, can you say, “It is well with my soul?” While sick on the couch one week, I read the Shunammite woman’s story in 2 Kings and was immediately helped. I’d been fighting fear because I was terrified that our infant daughter would catch my sickness, […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (February 2, 2018)

Enneagram: The Road Back to You, Or to Somewhere Else? (Kevin DeYoung, The Gospel Coalition) The spirituality of the Enneagram in The Road Back to You bears little resemblance to biblical spirituality. In the book we meet a man named David who is described as having a “meet Jesus” crisis that […]

Christian life

The Twin Tracks of the Christian Life

The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Galatians 2:20, NIV) The apostle Paul describes the Christian life as “the life I live in the body,” but Paul says that he lives this life […]