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Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one on the reasons the treasure the Trinity, another on the barriers to spiritual growth teen face, and more!
Seven Encouraging Reasons to Pray (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
You can’t bring anything to Jesus that will shock him. Nothing that you face is surprising to Jesus. You don’t need to hide anything from him. Think about the humanity of Jesus: He worked in a shop. He grieved. He saw darkness unleashed like no one else ever has.
5 Reasons to Treasure the Trinity (Jerod Gilcher, The Master’s Seminary)
The Trinity reminds believers that salvation was eternally intentional. Our salvation was not a last-minute roll of the dice or some mad-scramble for the saving of sinners—no. Despite our undeserving and rebellious hearts, we were the subjects of an eternal, salvific conversation between the Persons of the Trinity, and that conversation began long before God ever uttered light into existence.
Spiritual Fruit Grows Slowly (David Qaoud, Gospel Relevance)
Instead, ask yourself: “Am I more patient today than I was five years ago?” If you walk with and obey Christ, the answer will be yes. The Holy Spirit is the One who grows these attributes in you; growth is inevitable as you obey him.
The Massive Cost of Ezekiel’s Message (Cassie Watson)
There’s a crucial difference between Ezekiel’s message and ours. His tragedy predicted an even greater disaster to come—it was all bad news. But we have the best news imaginable in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We should be all the more willing to suffer to proclaim that message.
3 Barriers to Spiritual Growth Faced by Teens Today (Lindsey Carlson, Crossway)
So for Christian teenagers, growth in godliness sometimes tends to take a back seat if someone’s not behind them really speaking in their ear and reminding them that they need to be prioritizing it. Teenagers are already being asked to grow in all of these different ways and then they’re also growing in godliness in a season of life where the world is increasingly hostile to the Christian culture.