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Key Connections (June 8, 2016)

June 8, 2016

Are you attending The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference next week (June 16-18)? We’d love to meet you! Stop by our booth to get a copy of Pastor Colin’s new booklet, Women of Faith in a Culture of Fear, and to sign up for our Dessert Gathering on Friday night!

5 Ways to Read the Bible for Personal Application (Joe Carter, The Gospel Coalition)

The Bible is a book about God, not a book about us. And yet as Paul says, everything in the Bible was written for us.

Why Go to Church? 50+ Things You Miss Out On By Not Attending Church (Kevin Halloran, Word + Life)

Unfortunately, for many in more comfortable settings, church isn’t a priority. Sleep, your kid’s soccer game, Netflix, football, or the lake house take priority, pushing church to the margins of life—if not out altogether. When we push God’s agenda and people out of our lives, we reap the consequences.

5 Excellent Devotionals for Your Summer Reading List (Kristen Wetherell, iBelieve)

Nothing can or should be a substitute for the Bible! But we have been given some excellent devotional resources to read alongside God’s Word, to help us delight in his grace and apply his gospel truths to our lives.

When Suffering Doesn’t End (Christina Fox, A Heart Set Free)

What do we do with suffering that doesn’t go away? Some in Christian circles would say that God doesn’t want us to suffer, that we need to believe, claim promises, expect things to change, and do everything we can to make it happen. The problem is, when we do all those things and the suffering doesn’t end, what then?

When Your Pastor Preaches a Sermon Dud (Tony Reinke, Desiring God)

[John] Newton asks us to stop and consider the struggles and the sacrifices and the challenges your pastor faces on a regular basis. The demands of pastoral ministry and preaching are great.

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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