[This article was co-authored by Nivine Richie] Each year, we find many opportunities to take on more responsibility. Some of our resolutions are good and reasonable: take a spiritual retreat, attend prayer meetings, invite others to our home, and practice hospitality. Others may be less feasible: invest more money, take...
Here are five of my favorite quotes from recent Christian articles, including how prayer reveals our priorities, theology for teens, and more!
Our Prayers Reveal our Priorities (Alistair Begg, The Good Book Co.)
To pray is an admission and an expression of dependence. A self-assured person is not going to pray prayers of petition; there’s no need to pray if you think you have got it all covered. A self-righteous person is not going to pray prayers of confession; there’s no need to pray if you think you’re good enough to earn God’s blessing. But the person who knows their heart before God—the person who knows the depth of their need of forgiveness and help from God—does what Paul does. They bow their knees (Ephesians 3:14).
Theology for the Teen Years (Jaquelle Crowe, Credo Magazine)
Teenagers swimming in a current toward individualism need to be redirected toward a community of faith. They need a community who will rally around them and pour deeply into them – a community who will teach them who God is and what he’s done.
Believer, God Wants You to Have Full Assurance Now (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
God does not want you to live in constant doubt over your true spiritual position. He does not want you to wait until the end of your life to have the peace and joy of knowing that you belong to him. God wants you to have this full assurance now, and for you to continue enjoying it until the end.
2 Corinthians 1:1-11: Comfort in Suffering (Josh Moody, God Centered Life)
There can be many different reasons for our trials as Christians. We do not always suffer because we are Christians. Sometimes Christians suffer because we live in a fallen world. Sometimes Christians suffer because they make poor choices. Sometimes we cannot discern the reason for why we suffer at all – whether it is our fault or someone else’s, or in the mystery of providence. But here is a promise for you whatever your trials: God comforts you in all your afflictions.
Don’t Wait Another Year Until Easter (Paul Tripp)
If the Resurrection guarantees eternity, then we believe that our suffering and ministry “is not in vain.” Life will get discouraging – at times, it won’t seem like there is an end in sight, or progress is invisible. But a Second Coming is coming, and we will be rewarded for our faith.