I live in a small rural community where people often burn brush, trash, and other debris that they do not want to take the time to dispose of. It is common in the summer and fall to drive past houses where dark clouds of smoke are billowing from the back...
Here are some of my favorite quotes from Christian articles around the web, including loving hard-to-love Christians, how Old Testament kings point to Jesus Christ, and an explanation of Elijah’s “Cherith Experience!”
Has God Given You A Cherith Experience? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
You go to college and train for a particular career, but the door does not open for you. All this preparation and where is the opportunity? You say, “I have the skills. I have the training. But there doesn’t seem to be a place I can use them. The door is not open for me.” Friend, welcome to Cherith.
Love The Christian Who Drive You Crazy (Lara d’Entremont, Revive Our Hearts)
He chose us before the foundation of the world to be His children (Eph. 1:4), died a brutal death on the cross for us, and endured the full wrath of God we deserved for our sins to exchange his righteousness for our sins, so that we could be brought near. He did this not because he looked down the corridor of time and knew that we would choose Him. He did this because He chose to set His love on us. He did this knowing that we would never choose Him unless He first changed our hearts to do so.
Why Missionaries Go To Dangerous Places (Dr. Jerry Rankin, imb)
To insist that missionaries avoid dangerous places is to belittle the lostness of a world without Christ, to demean the responsibility of obedience to God’s call, and to succumb to a convoluted system of values that says one’s own safety and comfort is a higher priority than sharing the gospel. But the ultimate reason it is not only appropriate but essential for missionaries to go to places of risk and be willing to die to make the gospel known is a prevailing passion for the glory of God among the nations.
Far as the Curse is Found (Nancy Guthrie, desiringGod)
Our songs at Christmas serve to remind us that this season isn’t merely about looking back at that holy night when Christ was born. Rather, our celebration of his first coming is meant to nurture in us a greater longing for his second coming. In fact, we miss the point of that holy night if it does not awaken in us anticipation for the glorious eternal day to come.
How Old Testament Kings Bear Witness about Jesus (John Woodhouse, Crossway)
“The Scriptures . . . that bear witness about me” (we call them the Old Testament) also illuminate the inscription that was placed over Jesus as he hung on the cross. These Scriptures “bear witness” to Jesus because they promise a king of the Jews who will be the Savior of the world (cf. John 4:42)!