Last year around Christmas, I wrote to affirm the infinite value of re-reading familiar passages of the Bible, like the story of Jesus’s birth in Luke chapters 1 through 2. And this year, I want to also affirm the practice of looking at multiple places in the Bible to increase...
Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one discussing why God created, another on how much authority Satan has over the world, and more!
God Is at Work Worldwide–Even Here (Tim Keesee, Crossway)
I love to remind people that God is not just working on the other side of the world. We can get the mentality that, “Oh, God’s working over there but he’s no longer working over here.” And God is working in powerful ways across North Africa, or in China, or Central Asia, or other parts of the world, but he is also working right here in this country, in our context.
Why Did God Create? (Stephen Lawson, Ligonier Ministries)
God did not create because of some limitation within Himself. Instead, He created everything out of nothing in order to put His glory on display for the delight of His created beings and that they might declare His greatness. The book of Genesis records God’s extraordinary display of sovereignty in speaking creation into being—and in saving it.
Where Are We Placing Our Hopes, Moms? (Jen Oshman, ERLC)
Yes, our relentless labors on behalf of our children are good and holy work. But—and this is really important‚—all of our efforts can quickly become as strangling and stifling as every must-have baby product in Babies-R-Us, if we put our hope in them alone. Our hard work cannot be the source of our confidence as moms.
How Much Authority Does Satan Have in The World? (John Piper, desiringGod)
So, in dying for your sins, in nailing your record of debt to the cross, he disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame by triumphing over them in him. He disarmed them by nailing our record of debt to the cross, because Satan’s power is that he’s a great accuser.
If he has nothing in his court folder as he stands before the bar to accuse us, what’s he going to do? He becomes powerless in this courtroom because our record of debts has been canceled.
What is the Christian Faith? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
Christian faith is confidence in Jesus Christ. It is confidence in his ability to bring you through every circumstance of life. I know that I will face many trials and many temptations and many circumstances of life that are too great for me. But I know that they are not too great for him. He is Lord over the darkest temptations and the strongest devils.