It’s easy for modern Christians to scoff at the Pharisees. In the Gospels, they appear mean, petty, and vindictive. Let’s be careful, though. The Pharisees were the religious leaders of their day, enjoying and abusing their power and prestige. Today’s church leaders face these same temptations. But it’s not just...
What Are You Waiting For? (Jon Bloom, Desiring God)
It might feel to us like the things we’re waiting on God for are the main things. But someday we might discover that the most important fruit ever produced in our lives came from faithfully doing good while we waited.
Jen Wilkin Has Found God’s Will for Your Life (The Gospel Coalition, Rachel Gilson)
Wilkin—speaker, writer, Bible teacher, and regular TGC contributor—sets the terms herself. She gives us a new primary question to ask: Not “what should I do?” but “who should I be?” Don’t be fooled by the first-person nature of the questions; this is a profoundly God-centered book. Wilkin’s essential commitment is that only God’s character can provide a sure foundation for a righteous life.
5 Reasons You Should Preach through Leviticus (Juan Sanchez, 9Marks)
Leviticus doesn’t merely detail animal sacrifices and holiness codes. It does that, but it does so much more. It exposes the heart of a gracious God who provides a substitute for the sin of his repentant people. That substitute not only received the death penalty in our place, he also obeyed in our place, gaining for us all the blessings of holiness.
To Follow Jesus Is to Be Sent (J.D. Greear, International Mission Board)
Everyone who has received the gospel of reconciliation is sent to carry that gospel to others. Every believer is sent. You’re either on the mission field or a missionary.
Shun What Is Evil (John MacArthur, Grace to You)
Our focus should be on knowing the truth. Error is to be shunned. Granted, we cannot recede into a monastic existence to escape exposure to every evil influence. But neither are we supposed to be experts about evil. The apostle Paul wrote, “I want you to be wise in what is good and innocent in what is evil” (Romans 16:19).
The Wheel Illustration (Ray King, The Navigators)
For the believer, the “old life” has gone and the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17), and Christ dwells through us instead (Galatians 2:20). God creates within us the desire to do what He wants us to do in order to express His lordship in our lives.
Bible Q&A: What Does It Mean for God to Be Our Father? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
Who is God to you? A stranger? A power? A tyrant? Or have you come to see that in Jesus Christ he is your loving heavenly Father? Have you come to see that God delights in his children, that he gives good gifts to his children, and that he lavishes his love on his children?