I've been reading through the book of Isaiah, and there have been many moments where I've stopped and thought, Wow. You just cannot read the book of Isaiah without feeling awe for God's power, shame for humanity's foolishness and sin, and praise for the Messiah who, from our future perspective,...
Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including encouragements to the Pastor’s kid, and the biblical story of the body.
The Biblical Story of the Body (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
God created your body as much as he created your soul. All that God has created is good. That is why he will not scrap it and start again. What God has made, he will redeem, and that means your body as well as your soul.
For the Pastor’s Kid: Your Dad Needs You (Bethany Melton, For the Church)
No matter your age, a pastor’s kid can radically bolster the ministry of your dad when you stop shirking your duties and start serving your calling. It’s no accident your dad was chosen for ministry and you were chosen for your dad. This doesn’t elevate you above others; it simply compels you to abide by a different calling.
3 Lessons Adults Can Learn from Teaching in Children’s Ministry (Rachel Sinclair, Facts & Trends)
Whether it’s the natural leader who can make others laugh, the thoughtful child who sits next to the visitor, or the faithful student who memorizes the key Scripture verse every week, children show us every individual has a gift to share with the group.
Confessing Sin Is Always Awkward, Sometimes Costly, and Absolutely Worth It (John Lee, 9Marks)
Reputation is a dam that blocks living water from flowing into our souls. It keeps us from confessing our sins. But in Christ, God has been gracious to us, which means we don’t have to prove ourselves. His throne of judgment has turned into a throne of grace! We can boldly look at the holy, righteous God and run to him in our time of need (Hebrews 4:14–16).
The Secret of Being Content (Portia Collins, Risen Motherhood)
True contentment lies in being satisfied with Christ, in and of himself. It’s knowing you have a relationship with the giver of all things and even if he doesn’t give all things to you, it’s not because he’s incapable of doing so. In his devotional, New Morning Mercies, Paul David Tripp explains, “When you are satisfied with the Giver, because you have found in him the life you were looking for, you are freed from the ravenous quest for satisfaction that is the discouraging existence of so many people.”