There is a good, better, best pattern to the Christian life. To be in Christ is good. To be with Christ is better, better by far. But even for those who are with Christ now, the best is yet to be. I want to encourage you as we look together at what the Bible...
Find a Friend to Wound You (Greg Morse, Desiring God)
True friends are not mobsters who club us with their words to prove points or settle scores. But godly friends are not less than EMTs (emergency medical technicians) who will rip open our carefully crafted excuses and stun us back to life. They wound us for our good.
4 Creative Ways to Be Generous (Kristen Wetherell, The Gospel Coalition)
Friends, God is able to make all grace abound to us, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, we may abound in every good work. We’re free to be generous because he has provided, and will provide, all we need. And in this freedom, our generosity takes on many forms as we contribute to the needs he has sovereignly placed around us. May our hearts overflow with humble, creative generosity because God in Christ has first been generous to us.
Jesus in Job (Justin Huffman, Servants of Grace)
But Jesus, in effect, said to Job: “You deserve what you are suffering, and worse, forever. But I will take your losses, your festering sores—even God’s forsaking you—upon myself, so that you can go free now, and be freed forever.”
4 Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints (Tim Counts, 9 Marks)
Senior saints, please continue to speak into the lives of younger believers with love and truth and grace. The church needs your wisdom not simply because you’re older, but because you bring the practical, biblical wisdom that only comes from marinating in the Word and walking with Christ in both life’s joys and sorrows.
The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge (Tim Challies, Challies.com)
The 2018 Christian Reading Challenge is composed of 4 lists of books, which you are meant to move through progressively. You will need to determine a reading goal early in the year and set your pace accordingly. All you need to do is download the list (or buy a printed version—see below), choose your first few books, and get going. Happy reading in 2018!
For the Discontent and Frustrated (Kyle Golden, Unlocking the Bible)
Because you have an ever-present Father who cares for you (1 Peter 5:6-7), you can bring all your anxieties, frustrations, and doubts before His throne while thanking him for the blessings in your life. In those moments of great frustration and discontent, go to him in prayer.