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Month: March 2018

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 30, 2018)

Comparison Is Not the Thief of Joy (Abigail Dodds, Desiring God) The Bible even assumes that some will be more Christlike and mature than others. Noticing these things isn’t a sin, but a gift, and it need not lead to the evaporation of our joy, but can be the water for […]

The Resurrection Creates Immovable, Unstoppable Christians

Do you remember this story from when it hit the news? An Australian missionary named Graham Staines had served in India for 34 years. In 1999, Graham and his two sons were sleeping in their car outside an Indian village when Hindu extremists surrounded the car, doused it with kerosene, […]

getting into heaven

What Everybody Ought to Know About Getting into Heaven

I’ve used the story of the thief on the cross many times to help people see who Jesus is and what he is able to do for them. The last day of his life was extraordinary. It began in the misery of a prison cell; it ended in the joy […]

comforts

Don’t Waste Your Western Comforts

Proverbs 30:7-9 presents a way to pray for your financial state. It says, Two things I ask of you;     deny them not to me before I die:  Remove far from me falsehood and lying;     give me neither poverty nor riches;     feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I […]

anxiety

When Anxiety Is Isolating

“How are you today?” I looked up from my folded hands. It was meet-and-greet time at church, and I hadn’t left my pew. “I’m great! How are you?” Meanwhile, my mind filed through all the worries that had piled up that week. I was going through a season of battling […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 23, 2018)

God, Why Won’t You Fulfill Our Desire For Children? (Michael McAfee, The Gospel Coalition) He isn’t good because of the good he does, but because of who he is. As Psalm 107:1 declares, “Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good.” “I Never Made a Sacrifice”: The Call and Question of David Livingstone (John […]

bible characters

10 Obscure (Yet Interesting) Bible Characters and Their Stories

With over 66 books of Scripture covering thousands of years of history, the Bible makes mention of hundreds of people either in great detail (biblical heroes Abraham, David, Paul, Jesus) and gives others just a passing mention. We encourage you to read the associated passages in the Bible to dig […]

Bible Q&A: What Should I Do If I Am Doubting the Goodness of God?

Question: I think I’m a Christian. I prayed for forgiveness many times. I believe Jesus is the anointed Christ. I’ve repented from “evil,” turned toward Christ, and asked for the Holy Spirit. I accepted his law as good and holy and read many passages from the Bible. I’m not holding on to […]

praise

A Sacrifice of Praise

My daughter is almost five (going on 15), and one morning, in between bites of sugary cereal, she sang with one hand in the air and the other cradling her spoon. I asked her what she was doing. “I’m praising God, Mama.” Then, in a huff of overly dramatized exhaustion, […]

pain

Pain Will Not Have the Final Word

Pain has taken its toll on me—physically, emotionally, and mentally. The damage isn’t always visible on my face or in my words, but it’s always there, tempting me to view everything through the lens of an aching heart and a weary spirit. No one lives this life untouched. We all […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 16, 2018)

Amy Carmichael’s Secret to Fighting Discouragement (Eliza Thomas, International Mission Board) Much attention is given in Christian circles to the critical role Scripture and fellowship play in sustaining ministry, and Amy affirmed the importance of both those things. But it’s her deep and abiding appreciation for beauty that enlivens her work […]

Saint Patrick

Three Reasons We Should Care About Saint Patrick

“We make too little of you, Lord, too often,” my coworker prayed. Our staff had been reading The Ten Commandments, and Exodus 20:7 had prompted his prayer: “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes […]

weep

God Works Through Courageous People in Dark Places

Video Transcript: God works directly, but he also uses means. He restrains evil in this world through people who are positioned in dangerous and strategic places. God used Hushai, who had the courage to sign up for this dangerous mission that took him to the heart of Absalom’s palace. Thank […]

Immanuel

The Man With Two Names: How Jesus is the Fulfillment of Immanuel

We celebrate and sing the name “Immanuel” at Christmas, and rightly so. “Immanuel” means “God with us,” and in one sense this is the story of the entire Bible. It is certainly the story of Advent. But a Bible search for the word “Immanuel” doesn’t return many results. Aside from […]

guard

How Do You Guard Your Heart?

I was 12 when I took my first self defense class. But I’ve been protecting myself a lot longer than that; we come out of the womb with an aversion to pain. Beyond learning to avoid situations that would bring physical pain, I protected everything I cared about from my […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 9, 2018)

Three Ways to Disciple Our Children in an Age of Confusion (Jenna Fleming, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention) The lifelong “when you sit in your house, walk by the way, lie down, and rise” diligent teaching of faithful parents to their children is the call […]

hope

How to Rejoice in Hope When Life is Hard

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12) In any walk of life, there will be times of great blessing and times of great difficulty. There will be times when you feel full of joy, and there will be times when you feel quite desperate. […]

exercise

Five Ways Exercise Can Become an Idol

Last summer I got a gym membership, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I knew it was good because exercise is good; now I’ve never been stronger or felt better. But in another, more subtle sense, getting a gym membership was dangerous— It exposed obsessive […]

Battle

The Battle Every Christian Wages

Civil war is devastating. Millions of refugees have fled their homes to escape it. Families, many of them Christian, have been surrounded by death and destruction for years [1]. Missile attacks come by surprise as terrorists target helpless villages. Local men, women, and children have no resources or weapons with […]

Turn My Eyes from Looking at Worthless Things

The eyes are the lamp of the body. It becomes what they behold. Lured by desire and the passions of the flesh, the eyes look upon secret loves too dark for anyone but their Creator to fully see and know. Prone to wander, how they feel it—the pull to gaze […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 2, 2018)

The Most Important Time to Go to Church (David ‘Gunner’ Gundersen, The Gospel Coalition) We meet because God builds up his people through our meeting every time, in every place, without fail, no matter how we feel. Books Christians Read (Michael Kelley, For The Church) We asked Michael Kelley, Director of Discipleship at […]