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Key Connections (February 9, 2018)

February 9, 2018

Why You Desperately Need the Holy Spirit (Jordan Standridge, The Cripplegate)

So many of us, even those of us who go to “solid churches” where the Word is preached and our pastor faithfully seeks to craft sermons that will be an encouragement to our soul, desperately need to be asking the Lord to change us! Perhaps especially those of us who are constantly sitting under solid expository preaching, since it is so easy for our hearts to become dull.

What Is It Like to Enjoy God? (John Piper, Desiring God)

Love is first. Commandment-keeping follows. Doing is fruit. Loving is root. This is why Jesus put the heart first in this highest duty: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart.” The heart is not the organ of performance. It is the organ of preference. It’s not the organ of doing for God. It’s the organ of delighting in God.

Grace Greater Than Your Pride (Leanna Shepard, True Women)

When your sin elevates your thoughts to shameless heights or plunges your spirit to shame-filled depths, remember and give thanks for the cross and what it represents—the pardon for your sin; the exchange of your guilty record for Christ’s perfect one; the grace to walk in truth and light; the promise of peace, fellowship, and oneness with the Father.

A Biblical Theology of Church Discipline (Bobby Jamieson, 9Marks)

Third, God “disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness” (Heb 12:10). God’s discipline is good for us; it aims at a good far greater than what we often settle for. We constantly need reminding that hard providences do not mean God has a hard heart. If God uses hard measures, we should look to our hard hearts as the targets, not accuse God. Only a jackhammer will split concrete.

Faithfulness When You Feel Inadequate (Katherine Forster, The Rebelution)

He has called us, in everything we do, to glorify him. Whether you’re doing your schoolwork or publishing a book, the ultimate goal is the same: to make your God look great.

Your Christian Walk Isn’t About You (Jen Oshman, Unlocking the Bible)

When we receive God’s gift of faith, we don’t have to wonder why we exist. We aren’t responsible for conjuring up our purpose in life or our purpose for our faith. That purpose has been given—it’s to bring praise to God’s glorious grace.

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Eden Parker is follower of Jesus. She graduated from Wheaton College with a Bachelor's degree in Christian Education. If you entered her day unawares, you'd find her running—figuratively for the Father in work & play, literally for her fitness, and physically on the good gift of coffee and all the strength Jesus provides. Eden writes at her website.

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