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Top 10 Articles of 2015

December 28, 2015

Can we start by saying thank you for reading the blog? For your interest, feedback, and support of our content, we thank you with all our hearts. It has been a wonderful year of writing biblically-rich, gospel-centered content that we hope has spurred on your Christian life and caused you to love Christ more.

Without further ado, here’s a list of your 10 favorite articles from 2015:

1. 15 Powerful Prayers from the Bible by Colton Tatham

How do you pray? Prayers that are rooted in Scripture are guaranteed to be aligned with the heart of God. Here is a list of 15 powerful prayers from the Bible that you can use word-for-word or to spur on your own prayers.

2. Don’t Lose Spiritual Disciplines for Fear of Legalism Sarah Walton

How do we know if our habits are beneficial and necessary patterns of walking with God, or if they are driven more by a legalistic mentality? I find the definitions of legalism and disciplines to be helpful in understanding how the motives behind the two are what sets them apart.

3. Is It Possible for Christians to Idolize the Bible? by Tom Olson

A few months ago, I read the following in an article by an author who self-identifies as an evangelical: “While the Bible is an important and authoritative guide for Christian faith and practice, it isn’t the foundation or center of our faith- Jesus is…” So, is it possible to idolize the Bible?

4. What to Do While You’re Waiting on God by Linda Green

I don’t know anyone who likes to wait. Do you? (I didn’t think so). Waiting is hard work and, at times, can even test our faith…To that end, here are ten things to do while you wait.

5. Spiritual Dry Spells: Causes and Cures by Caitlin Williams

If we are Christians, if we have been freed from condemnation, united with Christ, and the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in our souls, then how is it that we still experience these dry spells? What causes them? How do we get through them?

6. Five Steps to Meditating on the Bible by Kristen Wetherell

“In Scripture, God speaks to us. In prayer we speak to him. What God says to us prompts what we say to him.” To meditate, then, is to think deeply about what God has said to us in the Bible and to prepare our minds and hearts for prayer.

7. Five Effects of the Holy Spirit on Christian Leaders by Arthur Kok

The Holy Spirit plays an essential role in taking the raw materials of gospel potential and turning them into the sweet fruit of gospel impact.

8. Run Hard, Rest Well in the Gospel by Joel Badal

The intention for every Christian is to run hard and to rest well (John 15; 1 Peter 5:5-6). However, these two devotional practices are often misapplied. Neither of these disciplines can be exercised without a true, gospel-saturated knowledge of Christ living in us and of the Holy Spirit abiding with us.

9. Four Ways Our Identity in Christ Changes Our Lives by Sarah Walton

Knowing our identity is in Christ is one thing, but understanding how that practically changes the way we live is another. Here are a few ways that understanding our true identity in Christ can greatly impact the way we live our lives.

10. 10 Praise and Worship Songs You Should Know (and Why You Should Sing Them) by Kristen Wetherell

It is important that our worship songs find their basis in Scriptural truth because the Bible reveals to us, in its every word, who the Father is (2 Tim. 3:16) as well as what he has accomplished for us in the work of 201Jesus Christ.

The Author
Kristen Wetherell

Kristen Wetherell is a writer and Bible teacher. She has previously served as content manager of Unlocking the Bible. She is the author, along with Sarah Walton, of Hope When It Hurts: Biblical Reflections to Help You Grasp God’s Purpose in Your Suffering (The Good Book Company, April 2017). She blogs at her website, and you can follow her on Twitter. She and her husband Brad are parents to their sweet daughter and members of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Itasca, Ill.

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