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 and makes it so uplifting
When God Feels Distant, He May Want Us to Grow Up (John Piper, Desiring God)
I want you to be tough, unshakable, unbendable, in your allegiance to Jesus as your supreme treasure. No loosey-goosey, churchy, emotional stuff anymore. I’m talking major, deep-down, unshakable, authentic allegiance to your King and your supreme treasure.
When Your Mountain Doesn’t Move (Paul Carter, The Gospel Coalition – Canada)
We don’t need to jump up and down, we don’t need to shout or dance or punish ourselves; we just walk up to the counter, present our credentials and make our requests known to God. You have a right to be there and Jesus has earned for you the right to be heard.
There Is Nothing Trite About It! (Tim Challies, Challies,com)
Because for Christians prayer is not merely speaking words into a void. It is not wishing upon a star. It is not summoning positive thoughts to a cold and indifferent universe. Prayer is a child making a request of his loving Father; it is a son claiming his generous birthright; it is a saved one obeying his kind Savior.
Give Us Our Daily Bread, Part 4 (Clint Archer, The Cripplegate)
Just like a baby who is born with nothing, but within a few minutes, he has a hat, a blanket, a meal, and the paperwork for citizenship. All he needed to do was squeak. So all we need to do is squeak.
Sermon Clip: God Works Through Courageous People in Dark Places (Colin Smith, Unlocking The Bible)
God works directly, but he also uses means. He restrains evil in this world through people who are positioned in dangerous and strategic places.