____________________ We know that salvation is a gift from God that we do not earn. But it is a gift that must be received. And it can only be received with empty hands, but there is a transaction by which what he gives actually becomes yours. And that's the point....
Scripture and Stickball: Why You Might Be a Better Biblical Counselor Than You Think (Tim Allchin, Biblical Counseling Center)
God desires for all of his children to care for the hurting, pursue the lost sheep and disciple others. Biblical Counseling is not just for the elites, pastors or old people. Biblical Counseling is speaking the truth in love over time in community – so that others grow closer in their walk with Christ.
Five Marks of Effective Prayer (H.B. Charles, H.B. Charles Jr.)
The key to prayer is a heart of dependence. Pray with the holy urgency of one who has a need that only Jesus can meet. Your prayers will not mean anything to God until they mean everything to you.
Oh the Deep, Deep Joy of Jesus (David Mathis, Desiring God)
Rejoice not in ministry fruit that is yours, but in your Father who has made you his. The joy that fed and sustained Jesus himself was not the sermons he gave, the sick he healed, even the dead he raised, but the relationship he had with his Father. The bottom of his joy was not what he did in the world but whose he was.
How the Church Submits to Jesus Christ (Tim Challies, Challies.com)
The church is not in subjection to Jesus Christ; we haven’t been ruthlessly conquered by him. No, the church has been won by Jesus Christ, so we willingly submit to him. We acknowledge his right to rule, we acknowledge his overwhelming love, we respond to his Spirit, and we arrange ourselves accordingly.
14 Ideas to Make Your Bible Reading More Consistent (Kristen Wetherell, Kristen Wetherell)
But God says his words are like food—“Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3). And no human can survive without food. If we’re not eating, we starve. And if we aren’t feeding on God’s Word consistently, so will our souls.
Three Wise Principles for Dealing with Scandals (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
He [David] states the truth clearly, openly, and without evasion. Where there is a crime, a public scandal, the truth must be known. The first two pieces of the armor of God are the “belt of truth” and the “breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14). Only when you know what is true, can you discern what is right. You have to get at the truth.