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Key Connections (July 20, 2018)

July 20, 2018

The Most Dangerous Place to Live: The Subtle Perils of the Past (Greg Morse, Desiring God)

When former blessings decay present gratitude; when God gave that job, that boyfriend, that success — and life afterward is worse for it; when we have become tart creatures that begrudge the fall because we once enjoyed spring; when we sigh through our days and retreat into our memories; we have left the safe path.

Don’t Be Introspective. Examine Yourself. (Kristen Wetherell, The Gospel Coalition)

No corner of God’s human design—our bodies, minds, or hearts—exists outside his intimate knowledge. What a comfort that God knows us perfectly! God’s searching ministry is accomplished by his Spirit. We don’t examine ourselves by our own wisdom and knowledge but by his revealing work.

A Sober Warning from the Earliest Christians (Tim Challies, Challies.com)

Rome was surprisingly tolerant of other faiths. As they conquered the surrounding nations, they would rarely demand full loyalty to the traditional Roman religion or gods. They would allow people to continue to worship their own gods in pretty much their own way. But still the Christians were persecuted. Why?

How Not to Pray: Two Correctives from Christ (Albert Mohler, AlbertMohler.com)

Of course, historically, Jesus is referring to the ostentatious prayers of the Pharisees, but we need to see this as a temptation for ourselves as well. You and I can easily succumb to the temptation to engage in hypocritical prayer that is about God in its formal address, but far from him in terms of the posture of our heart.

How to Use the Qur’an to Get to the Gospel (Thabiti Anyabwile, International Mission Board)

The return of Christ could happen at any moment, which is why there’s no better time than now to be a grace-filled ambassador (2 Cor. 5:14–21) to Muslims. Pray for opportunities to build bridges with Muslim friends. Trust the Holy Spirit to change hearts as you dialogue with them about the ‘Isa of the Qur’an. May God, by his grace, use us to open the eyes of many to see and believe in the glorious ‘Isa of Scripture—our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

The Single Greatest Challenge of Your Christian Life (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)

But Job says, “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (1:21). You may be going through indescribable sorrow. The fact that you love Christ still in the midst of your loss may be your greatest confession of him.


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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.


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