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Key Connections: Lay Preachers, True Happiness, and more…

January 3, 2019

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Christian articles around the web, including a book review by Craig Blomberg to bolster your belief in the accuracy of the four gospels, a post offering tips for lay preachers, and Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth discussing the nature of true happiness.

You Can Trust The Four Gospels (Craig Blomberg, TGC)

By far the longest, newest, and most interesting chapter deals with the barrage of details that the Gospel authors got right. With the aid of numerous charts, Williams catalogs all the references to towns, regions, bodies of water, and other places in the Gospels. He surveys roads and travel, gardens, botanical terms, financial practices, local languages, and unusual customs… Throughout, Williams’s points remain clear. When they can be tested, the places Scripture mentions are accurate.

Tips for Lay Preachers (Tony Merritt Jr., For the Church)

As a lay preacher, you not only need preaching reps, but preparation reps too. You need to go through the sanctifying work of studying to preach. God wants His word to work in you, not just through you.

True Happiness (Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, Revive Our Hearts)

The psalms deal with every season and every experience of life. As we look at any psalm—including Psalm 1—we see that these passages point us to the wisdom of God. They point us to the ways of God. But the psalms also point us to Christ, who is the wisdom of God and Christ who is our righteousness.

Three Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day in 2019 (John Piper, desiringGod)

So how do we come to believe? How do we keep on believing? We believe through the word, through the word of the apostles. And where is that found? It’s found in the Bible.

12 New Year’s Reflection to Replace New Year’s Resolutions (Denise Kohlmeyer, Unlocking the Bible)

As Christians, we believe lasting hope and change comes not from our own efforts and resolutions, but from our devotion to, and conformity to reflection on Jesus Christ. So instead of offering resolutions for the new year, I want to offer a New Year’s reflection. 

The Author
Davis Wetherell

Davis Wetherell (MA in English, Marquette University) is a writer and editor for Unlocking The Bible. He has taught college classes on literature, rhetoric, and composition. He has a heart for writers and loves to serve them. Connect with him on Twitter!

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