Self-control is in high regard these days. The regard, however, is for a kind of self-control that pushes against outside feedback. It says, I know myself best. So only I can control how I live. But this is not how the Bible talks about self-control in the slightest. The Bible...
Understanding Spiritual Gifts: 4 Lessons from J.I. Packer (Christel Humfrey, Revive Our Hearts)
The reason many of us feel presumptuous in claiming a spiritual gift is because we have wrongly assumed that our spiritual gifts are about us. But as Packer points out, “spiritual gifts must be defined in terms of Christ, as actualized powers of expressing, celebrating, displaying and so communicating Christ in one way or another, either by word or by deed. They would not be edifying otherwise.”
The Unhypocritical Jesus (Nicholas T. Batzig, Feeding on Christ)
In this brief cameo we see the way in which Jesus did all that He taught–especially as it pertained to His carrying out the work of redemption for the salvation of our souls. The Savior has taken away the sin of our hypocrisy by His sincere obedience.
Three Things to Remember When You Read the Bible (Jonathan Parnell, Desiring God)
Whether you open these pages before dawn, over midmorning coffee, or at the dinner table with family, whenever you read the Bible something miraculous is happening. After all, you are not just any ordinary person, and the Bible isn’t just any old book.
On Getting ‘Un-Dragoned’ By the Light of Christ (Jared C. Wilson, The Gospel Coalition)
The good news is that Christ was exposed for us that we can confess without fear and find our refuge in him. If we are hidden with Christ in God, we have nothing left to hide! It may cost us a little something, but the reward for walking in the light far surpasses keeping whatever it is we’re trying to protect.
Seven Biblical Reasons Why Singing Matters (Tom Olson, Unlocking the Bible)
Often times, we think only of singing when we’re happy and times are good, but singing bringing strength for trial comes out in Acts 16. Paul and Silas are unjustly imprisoned for the sake of the Gospel, and what do they do while they’re in prison? Sing! (Acts 16:25)