Key Connections (August 10, 2017)

Three Surprising Ways Bible Reading with My Kids Has Changed Me (Jon Nielson, Tim Challies)

There are plenty of distractions and reasons why reading the Bible with my three young kids is hard. But I’m convinced that the best thing I can do for my children is expose them to the Word of God (and ask the Holy Spirit to change their lives). While I was convinced Bible reading would be beneficial for my children, I never imagined how God would also shape me through this. Here are three ways God is changing me.

The Case for Christianese (David Roark, The Village Church)

As the Church, we are called to walk and talk differently than the rest of the world because, well, we are different than the rest of the world. And maybe the term “Christianese” isn’t all that appealing, but the vast language that it represents is. Through it, we are set apart not for the sake of being set apart, but to be salt and light to this dark and dying world.

10 Verses for When You Can’t Sleep at Night (Courtney Joseph, Women Living Well)

Sometimes I fall asleep, but can’t stay asleep. I wake up and my mind starts working too soon and I want to desperately fall back asleep, but I just can’t. One thing that has worked – instead of counting sheep – is meditating on God’s Word and repeating certain verses over and over in my head to stop my mind from thinking too much.

Faithful with Little, Joyful in Much (Adam Cavalier, Desiring God) 

Little areas of our life feel so minuscule and unimportant. It’s easy to dismiss these things as inconsequential, if not petty, in the grand scope of things. Undoubtedly, following God’s ways is certainly about obedience in bigger things, but it is also about choosing to submit to his will in the little details.

Three Ways Hospitality Pictures the Gospel (Angie Ryg, Unlocking the Bible)

True hospitality pictures the gospel as we open our home to others. For it was by the Master’s invitation – not by anything we did – that we were welcomed into his family and given a seat at his table. Biblical hospitality means I can extend my home, family, and gifts as an offering to the One who gave each of those gifts to me. I can look at time with others not as something I can gain from, but as a way to serve.

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: Aug 10th, 2017