Lose Christ Alone, Lose Christianity (Stephen Wellum, The Gospel Coalition)
Christ alone isn’t a slogan; it’s the center of the solas by which the Reformers recovered the grace of God and declared the glory of God. Christ alone integrates the purposes and plans of God as he has revealed them in Scripture and as we represent them in theology.
Finding Gladness in the Good News (Jonathan C. Edwards, notthepuritan.com)
From the first time we hear and believe the gospel, the good news should give us more and more joy. The gospel doesn’t affect many of us like it should. We receive it as news for later, but not now. It’s news about what will happen one day, not news about something that is already taking place.
Stay Awake (Kait Myers, Inquisition)
Jesus asks us to “stay awake” in Mark 13:37. Paul reiterates this request in Romans 13:11. Both are referring to the fact that we do not know when Our Savior is going to return and therefore we do not want to be “sleeping” when he returns! Sleeping in this case is referring to basking in our sinful inclinations and not fighting against them in order to walk in the light. Just as I naturally was sleepy at work during the night time, we are naturally sinful as human beings.
10 Bible Verses to Strengthen Your Faith as You Wait (Kristen Wetherell, kristenwetherell.com)
As I’ve been pouring over Scripture this week, I’ve asked God to teach me his character and ways during this time in-between, and I hope and pray the following verses will strengthen your faith while you wait, as they have strengthened mine…
Why Study the Books of 1-2 Peter? (Jonathan K. Dodson, Crosswalk.com)
Immediately, Peter says our hope affects how we suffer: “In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials” (1:6). When our hope is recentered in the risen Christ, we can rejoice in trials of all shapes and sizes.
To Defeat Your Sin, Look at Jesus (Joel Stucki, Unlocking the Bible)
If you are focused on your sin, you will run as one being chased. You will always be looking over your shoulder, and you may be overtaken. To win the race, focus on the goal—but the goal isn’t defeating your sin. The goal is Jesus Christ, who has already defeated it.