After many years of diverse career experience, I was excitedly counting down the days until my retirement. I eagerly anticipated being in control of my schedule and time while enjoying a slower pace of life. I envisioned more days devoted to serving in ministry at my church and deepening relationships...
Here are great blurbs from recent key connections across the web!
Jesus’s Overwhelming, Spectacular Love (Sue Harris, enCourage)
I don’t think any of us manifest our love for the Lord Jesus the way we ought. Frankly, I don’t often live as if I believe that the gospel is that big of a deal. But here’s the question that I’m pondering: how does Jesus feel about the gospel and our salvation?
Relearning the Discipline of Self-Control in a Culture of Instant Gratification (Ace Davis, The Master’s Seminary)
The mind is our control panel. We have good thoughts and bad thoughts. Believers will even allow their minds to go to places that their actions would never go. They think that since no one can see them, that it is okay to think sinful thoughts. However, we must remember that God sees and knows every thought you have ever had. He knows our sinful thoughts and the battles that we face in our mind.
What Jesus Christ Taught About Prayer (Kevin Halloran, Anchored in Christ)
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? (Matthew 7:7-9)
The Mountain of the Lord, Part 1 (Brad Baurain, Today in the Word)
“They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.” This marvelous prophecy will be fulfilled when Christ establishes His kingdom after His Second Coming.
Feeling, Not Just Knowing, God’s Love (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
It’s possible to endure persecution and not to feel the love of Christ. It’s possible to worship in the seats of an evangelical church like this for 20 years and to not feel the love of Christ. I don’t want to be there! And neither do you. Paul is saying to these believers, “I want something better for you. I want your soul to be filled with the love of God.”