Believers who have died are with Christ in heaven. They don’t yet have the resurrection body, they don’t yet have the new earth, but they are eagerly waiting for these things, fully conscious and actively engaged in heaven. It’s hard to get our arms around the idea of being “actively...
Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one on what Hagar’s life can teach us today, and another on the surprising places of discipleship.
Three Glimpses of God’s Love Seen in Hagar’s Life (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
Living in the tension of a home where there is little peace? Living with the emotional abandonment and the spiritual wounding you may have experienced? I am saying to you today from the Scriptures that God loves you deeply. God sees you. He knows you. He hears your affliction. By God’s grace, and through his Word, he draws near to you today with the command to repent, and with a promise of blessing.
At Home Discipleship (Lara D’Entremont)
My ideal of discipleship involved weekly meetings, formal Bible studies, answers to hard questions, and in-depth counseling. But this wasn’t what God provided at the time. Rather, God provided me with something much less intentional, but no less formative—a family who showed us hospitality.
Lose Your Best Life (Jen Oshman)
For so many of us in the West — and I am looking in the mirror with grief here — Christianity is the cherry on top of an already sweet ice cream sundae. There’s a sanitized prosperity theology lurking in the corners of our hearts and minds: I am a child of God. It’s his will for me to live the good life — my best life, right here, right now.
Reading the Bible (Josh Moody, God Centered Life)
Is the Bible really enough for me to hear from God? Can God actually speak to me, directly, personally, radically, thrillingly, demonstrably, compellingly, through… reading the Bible? And should I do it, even when I don’t “feel” excited by it? The answer to all these questions is an unadulterated yes.
Some Things Are Worth Doing Poorly (Seth Lewis)
It’s true for exercise and prayer, cooking and learning, loving and just about everything else. As G.K. Chesterton put it, “If a thing is worth doing, it’s worth doing badly.”