Links For The Church (10/18)

Why The Enemy Wants You To Think You’re Alone

We all struggle with feeling lonely and this feeling can cause us to despair in many ways. In this helpful post, we can consider the importance of community in warring against the devil’s schemes.

Pray For Those in Authority

David Qauod writes about the need for Christians to pray for those in authority over them. He provides Biblical and succinct explanation for why this is such an important practice.

The God of Your Troubled Heart

“In your moments of greatest fear and doubt, you can trust that his mercy comes running to you.”

Not Easily Offended

Relationships between believers should be marked by forgiveness and love. In this post, we can consider the importance of not being easily offended by those around us.



Links For The Church (8/9)

Why You Always Feel Frazzled

Reagan Rose writes about Christian productivity and the deep importance of keeping your commitments.

Practicing Humility At Home

“Remember the best way to teach our kids the gospel is to show them what walking with Jesus looks like.”

Ask The Forbidden Question In Bible Study

There is a question many scoff at if asked in the study of God’s word. J.A. Medders gives clarity to why this question may actually be helpful for us all.

Why Liturgy Makes Better Preaching

This thorough article works through the oppositions and affirmations of valuing liturgy in the church and encourages preachers to consider how it might bless their church.

Teach Children To Value Singleness

“Parents should help their children realize they likely will have adult years as a single person and to value those years, rather than framing them as something to escape from.”

 

 



Links For The Church (7/19)

Jesus Owns Your Phone: How Christ Frees Us from Screen Slavery

Our phones have changed the way we interact with the world. Often we allow them to control us. Phones are not immoral in and of themselves, and in this post, Dan Crabtree shares how we can honor Jesus with our phones.

You Will Fail Sometimes. Don’t Quit.

“Every day is a new opportunity to examine ourselves, to put on the armor that God has mercifully provided, to rely on His perfect strength, to do battle against our own lying hearts.”

Finding Hope When You’ve Made Mistakes with Your Children

Rebekah Matt shares helpful passages of Scripture that are particularly encouraging to parents. Her words are not just for times of encouragement, but times where parents haven’t been perfect.

Single in a Church of Families

This helpful post speaks to and about those who are single in the church. Ryan Griffith walks through Old and New Testament portrayals of singleness and provides encouragement for those who find themselves single in churches where there are mostly families.



Links For The Church (7/12)

Christians Create In Response To Creation

What is the purpose of our creativity? How can the Christian reflect God’s creativity? In this helpful post, Adam Nesmith answers both of these questions.

Does Your Prayer Life Need to Change?

Forrest McPhail provides encouragement for the Christian who is struggling with prayer.

On the Longing to be Seen, Heard, and Known

“The good and faithful actions that you accomplish quietly, without affirmation or praise from others, are the very things that God sees, hears, and knows about you.”

Christians Need More Intergenerational Friendships

Joe Carter shares practical encouragement for church members to seek out those who are older or younger than them and why this is beneficial for the body.



Links For The Church (6/28)

The Power of Reviling and the Response of the Gospel

“Just like the power of physical punishment and death is broken when Christ promises us a new body, the power of reviling is broken when Christ promises us a new name.”

He Has Not Failed Me Yet: Lessons From Long Suffering

Vaneetha Rendall Risner asks four questions to see whether or not the Lord fails us in our suffering.

Are Christian Parents Too Protective of Their Children?

Christain parents have good motivations for protecting and caring for their children. Michael Kruger helps parents think through if their help is actually hurting.

Preachers Gotta Preach

“We must be preachers before we are political pundits, bloggers, tweeters, book reviewers, controversialist, or social commentators.” – Kevin DeYoung

Margin and Wonder 

It is common for us to fill every nook and cranny of our lives with things we need to do or goals we want to accomplish. This post encourages us to pause.

“There must come a time where we must cast off our longings for the world’s acceptance and realize that the only place of true embrace is in Christ alone.”



Links For The Church (6/21)

What Can We Learn About Prayer From The Life Of Jesus?

In this helpful post, Dion Steinhauer reflects on three aspects of Jesus’ prayer life, including his intentionality and commitment to God’s will.

The Word That Never Fades

“The culmination of days and months and years spent treasuring Christ was producing for them an eternal weight of glory.” – Glenna Marshall

How Social Media Can Impede Our Witness: The Disconnect of the Digital Life

Social media can is often understood as a separate part of the world that is not “real life.” Jason Thacker analyzes this idea and provides two ways for us to consider how social media shapes us.

What Are You Looking For?

Barbara Harper writes about the length of eternity and how we live in reality now.

 



Links For The Church (6/7)

When Repetition is a Good Thing

Blake Long writes about repetition in worship and helps us consider the benefits of hearing truth repeated.

Chasing Rest

“The soul of gentle waters trusts God moment-by-moment in contentment, and remains calm through absolute submission to God, who is wisdom and authority and perfect power.”

What Does Ongoing Sin Say About Me?

In this post, Scott Hubbard discusses sin that we hold to tightly. He provides diagnostic questions for believers who are struggling with returning to sin.

Going Beyond Clouds That Hide The View

This reflection by Sylvia Schroeder about a view during her vacation encourages us to trust God’s heart and will, even when we can’t see all he’s doing.

 

 



Links For The Church (5/24)

Be A Good Christian

The church has the potential to be known for many things. In this post, Christians are encouraged to honor Christ in all they do and pursue a godly reputation.

In Praise of Deep, Slow Study

Glenna Marshall writes about taking Bible study slowly and what benefits and blessings can be found therein.

Are You Looking High Enough?

We love connecting with others in our interests and likes. What about our connection with Jesus? Sylvia Shroeder encourages us to look higher than this earth for our deepest connections.

The World’s Hatred is not a Guarantee that You are Following Jesus

Keith Mathison writes on sins of the tongue and how the world’s hatred of us might be more about bad behavior or unhelpful speech than our obedience to Jesus.

If You Feel Weary in Prayer

“In the same way we depend on Christ for our salvation, we rely on his sustaining grace each and every day, to provide us the strength to persevere.”



Links For The Church (5/17)

Post the Strongest Soldiers at the Weakest Gate

Tim Challies writes about the battle against sin and encourages us to prepare for battle where we know we are tempted the most.

Come Home, Weary Wanderer

Do you feel as though you have wandered from the path of obedience? Daniel Seabaugh provides us with reminders on how to return to the way of life.

Leaders Who Know How To Follow

It can be difficult when you desire to lead, but the opportunity keeps being shut down. “Let us seek to be and to raise up leaders who know how to follow, who know how to wait, and how to defer to other wise believers.”

Mothering at the End of Me

Liz Wann shares the struggles that come through motherhood when circumstances are especially difficult. She points mothers to the truth that God can provide true rest.



Links For The Church (5/9)

How Not to Help a Sufferer

Gavin Ortlund provides four ways that we can hurt others more than we help them. When suffering occurs, we must to seek to love those in pain.

The Wait of All Waits

“Yet this longing—this deep groan from within—what if it’s meant to direct our worship and devotion toward the only One who deserves it?”

Take the Plunge

In this post, Kristin Pichura writes about going deep in friendships and knowing one another better. She uses helpful imagery to share how we might perceive growing together.

We Must Learn the Skills to Resist Sexual Temptation

Randy Alcorn contrasts two stories of men who walked through sexual temptation.