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 passages from recent Christian content around the web, including one from an article on 2019’s top Bible verses and another from an article on striding toward forgiveness.
What are the Most Popular Bible Verses in 2019? (Aaron Earls, Facts & Trends)
Both YouVersion, the world’s most popular Bible app, and Bible Gateway, the most visited Christian website, recently announced their top Bible verses for the year. Among global YouVersion users, the 2019 verse of the year is Philippians 4:6.
Six Strides toward Forgiveness (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)
You may have experienced hurts and wounds that are incredibly hard to forgive, hurts that I know nothing about, hurts that are deeper than anything I’ve ever experienced. Here’s what you need to know: No one has had more to forgive than God.
Now that Camp, or the Retreat, or the Conference, is Over (Steve Burchett, For the Church)
We are a culture engrossed in irrelevant pictures, posts, conversations, and stories on our multiple screens. It’s hard to imagine a better way for Satan to get your mind off of spiritual glories burning in your heart than by wooing you back to that world of trivialities. Isn’t it worth quitting something that, for you, is basically worthless and deadening?
We Can Worship Even When We Don’t Understand (J. D. Greear)
(see also Alistair Begg’s 2013 sermon clip, which Greear echoes)
How do I feel? That’s where we are going to start? It’s Sunday morning at 8. I feel terrible. Things are going wrong in my house. I’ve got bills I’m not sure how to pay. My kids have me holding on by my last string. I feel overwhelmed and confused.
Instead of asking me how I feel, why don’t you tell me what I should know? Tell me about him in whom I have believed and can trust. I feel terrible, but I know he is faithful.
Remembering the Gospel at the Table: How Our Meals Can Point Us to Christ (Sarah Hauser, Risen Motherhood)
We can create that spirit of remembrance around our tables. The Old Testament feasts often celebrated God’s physical deliverance of his people. During Advent we celebrate the coming of Christ, the one who will deliver us not only from earthly oppressors, but also from sin and death. As we feast at Christmas, the food we share and traditions we observe can remind us of who he is and what he’s done.