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Key Connections (June 22, 2016)

June 22, 2016

NEW book: Women of Faith in a Culture of Fear (Colin S. Smith)

Why are there so many fearful Christians? Why are we not more obviously different from the culture of fear in which we live?

Waiting on the Prodigal Spouse or Child You Love (Betsy Childs Howard, The Gospel Coalition)

The pain over the broken relationship with the prodigal in your life will give you a glimpse into the sorrow God feels when we run from him.

[From the Archives]

Making Sense of the Newspaper and the World (Colin S. Smith)

If this is God’s world, how can it be filled with pain and suffering on such a massive scale? How can we connect the words of the angels about “peace on earth” with the reality of conflict and war?

How to Take the Bible to Heart (Davis Mathis, Desiring God)

Rushing through Bible chapters at a hare’s pace may fill your mind with information, and get the boxes checked, but it will fail you miserably in forming, shaping, and nourishing the heart.

3 Misunderstandings of What It Means to Repent (Michael Kelley, Forward Progress)

…in the midst of the temporary pleasure of sin, there is the kernel of faith inside us that chooses to believe that even though we don’t feel it in the moment, life and fellowship with Jesus is better than this.

After Failing (Jill Carattini, A Slice of Infinity)

What do you do with despair? What do you do when you know that you have messed up, when you know that you have missed an opportunity, when it seems that all of your shortcomings are written in large print across your life and there is no going back with an eraser?

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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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