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Key Connections (August 24, 2016)

August 24, 2016

5 Benefits of Loving My Small Church (Courtney Reissig, For The Church)

As one member of a small church to the many others who may be reading, let’s remember the value of being in our small churches, lest we forget the gift that God has given us.

Difficult Scripture: Putting God in His Place (Shaun McDonald, Rooted)

“I will show mercy to whom I will show mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion” (Romans 9:15). What did He just say? Let me paraphrase it: I can do whatever I want.

Is it OK for Christians to be competitive? (Sophie de Witt, The Good Book Company)

Am I taking part in the competition to raise my position among my peers in order to boost my sense of significance, or am I taking part to grow and reach my full potential in that particular skill, in God’s strength, for his glory?

Short-Term Trips, Long-Term Discipleship (Austin Gohn, Gospel-Centered Discipleship)

How can we train people for short-term mission trips among the nations whom we could also trust with long-term missional engagement among our neighbors? The short answer: discipleship.

Four Prayers for the New School Year (Nivine Richie, Unlocking the Bible)

We train up our children the best we can, but in the end, we trust that God is a far more capable protector than we are, and we choose to trust him with our children as they move into the next chapter of their lives.

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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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