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5 Key Connections: Amen, Journaling, and more

January 2, 2020

Here are five key passages from recent Christian articles around the web. There’s one on learning to say “Amen,” and there’s another on how to flourish in your journaling.

Learning to Say “Amen” (Becky Pilego)

May 2020 be a year of “Amens” for all of us. May we quickly learn not to complain and murmur and let unbelief take root in our hearts, but with the help of the Spirit, may we learn to submit ourselves to the Word of God and the work of the Spirit in our lives. God is good and He is at work, we cannot forget that.

5 Ways to Flourish in Journaling (David Mathis, Crossway)

Journaling is a gift for the long haul. The flash-in-the-pan attempt has limited value. And so an important counsel for journaling is keeping it simple enough that you can keep coming back. Be modest in your plans for frequency and length of entries. If your expectations are too involved and complex, then you’ll be less likely to continue over time.

Not as the Word of Men (Nicholas T. Batzig, Feeding on Christ)

Whether it is those sections of God’s word that fit within our already developed framework; or those which challenge us to reassess our propensity to allow culture or our subjective preferences to color our reading of God’s truth, we must subject ourselves to the whole counsel of God “not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” (1 Thess. 2:13).

Trust the Bible above Your Experience (Jordan Standridge, the Cripplegate)

We need a sea of people in the church who completely rely on Scripture–to unapologetically declare our hearts’ wicked inability to know the truth without it, and to resolve to completely rely on the Holy Spirit to inform our doctrine and theology.

Seven Opportunities for Manifesting Mercy (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible)

A hard heart always makes a big deal of another person’s failure, but a tender heart, a merciful heart, often uses the blind eye and the deaf ear! 

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Davis Wetherell

Davis Wetherell (MA in English, Marquette University) is a writer and editor. He recently managed article content for Unlocking the Bible. He has taught college classes on literature, rhetoric, and composition. Davis has a heart for writers and loves to serve them. Check out his blog.

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