Proclaim. Mobilize. Equip.
Call 866-865-6253

Key Connections (July 13, 2018)

July 13, 2018

What Is the Mystery of Marriage? (David Mathis, Desiring God)

God joined our first parents in the garden, and men and women ever since, to point us — oh so imperfectly but truly — to the kind of love and care his Son would give his people. And Jesus doesn’t break his promises to us because we’re still sinful and inconsistent. He doesn’t disown those who are genuinely his because we fail him.

Our Cross (Gabriel Williams, The Christward Collective)

…To bear the cross means to submit and humble ourselves under the trials God has prepared for us. Just as our Lord learned obedience through what He suffered (cf. Hebrews 5:7-8), God uses the same means to train His children.

Four Ways Every Member Can Strengthen Their Local Church (Shar Walker, Gospel-Centered Discipleship)

This means every believer in the local church is necessary for her flourishing. A congregation cannot be made up of only teachers or only encouragers. We need men and women that are wise, exhorters, discerning, and helpers to shape healthy churches. God has given you certain gifts of his Spirit so you can help strengthen your local church.

Divine Sovereignty (Steven Lawson, Ligonier Ministries)

The sovereignty of God is the free exercise of his supreme authority in executing and administrating his eternal purposes. God must be sovereign if he is to be truly God. A god who is not sovereign is not God at all… A god who is less than fully sovereign is not worthy of our worship, much less our witness.

When It Comes to Knowing God, Are You a Traveler, or Just an Observer? (Randy Alcorn, Eternal Perspective Ministries)

On my bike rides I’ve been listening to the wonderful audio version of a book that deeply affected me when I was a young teenage Christian in the 1970s. It’s J. I. Packer’s classic, Knowing God… In an early chapter Packer says this:

What Jesus Christ Has Accomplished (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)

If you want to free the world from human trafficking and sexual abuse and racism, you have to free the human heart from selfishness, lust, and pride—which are at its root. Therefore, redeeming the world from suffering must include redeeming the heart from sin. Suffering will end when sin is defeated. That is why Jesus came into the world—to redeem us from our suffering and sin.


The Author
Eden Parker

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.


Explore this topic further

What’s The Secret to Living a Godly Life?

Godliness, and living a godly life, is the central theme of 1 Timothy, chapter 4:  “Train yourself to be godly.” (v. 7)  “Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things…” (v. 8)  But what does a godly life look like? I’ll tell you first what...

Read Post

Key Connections: Ezra, Bible Reading, and more…

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from key Christian articles around the web! Topics include Bible reading, the book of Ezra, and what the Word of God produces in you. A Guide for Bible Reading (Jared Olivetti, Gentle Reformation) I've been reminded that we all need both encouragement and...

Read Post

The Rocky Friendship in the Story of Joseph

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13)   Christ provides the clearest and greatest picture of what it looks like to be someone’s friend. He gives all of himself for others—that's true friendship. But friendship is not a one-way road....

Read Post
For your gift of any amount

Made for Friendship

Cultivating true friendships that lead to life-giving joy

Get Unlocking the Bible's Weekly Email

"This Week at Unlocking the Bible" features new articles, radio programs, devotionals, and ministry updates

We will never sell or misuse your information.