I have found Andrew Farley to be an engaging, biblical, and realistic yet optimistic expositor of the Word. I invite you to be encouraged by watching/listening to this sermon on God and suffering………………
God Invites You to Delight Yourself in Him
This is a topic that I really need to learn more about. Randy Alcorn does a good job here (as always!). From Eternal Perspectives Ministries……………………
Three Approaches to Ecclesiastes
Similar to the Book of Revelation, how we understand the message of Ecclesiastes partly depends on the overarching format that one feels drives the message of the book. Here are some interesting points from Knowable Word……………
Some Neglected Aspects of Discipleship
Frank Viola is a very interesting writer, and he makes a few very good points about what discipleship really is about, using the example of Mary and Martha from the New Testament. From The Deeper Journey…………………..
Don’t Name Drop….(Unless It is the Name Above All Names)
Let’s not talk about that Tik Tok girl or that crazy YouTube guy….if we are going to publicize anyone’s name, let it be the Name of our God! From Uncommon God, Common Good……………
Did Jesus ever say the exact words, “I am God?”
This is a tactic (or misunderstanding) that a lot of atheists and non-Christians will use as a reason to reject Christianity. But Jesus was very clear in proclaiming His deity if one only understands the Bible and how Jesus said what He said. From Christian Apologetics & Research Ministry………………
Psalm 103 and the Compassion of God
I know for a lot of people the phrase “fatherly compassion” might be an oxymoron (it was for me 😦 ), but the good news is that Father God is much better than any earthly father coudl ever be! From Christian Crier……………………..
BOOK REVIEW: Don’t Quit in the Dip
DON’T QUIT IN THE DIP by Shaun Nepstad (Worthy Publishing; 2020)
Pastor Shaun Nepstad shares about the ups and mostly downs of life – what he calls “the dip” – and how God makes it possible for His children to not give up and to grow in many ways when the dips in life come. In a winsome and self-effacing manner, Nepstad shares all of the trials and challenges of starting a brand-new church when he was fresh out of college. As one might imagine, there were a lot more dips than highs in the early years of his ministry, but each trial and setback was always an occasion to learn from mistakes, as well as to see the faithfulness and incredible timing of God to bring good things out of troublesome circumstances.
People without Christ face as many dips in life as Christians, but non-believers do not have the resources available to Christians, and so many give up and stay in the dip for months or years. Christians can easily succumb to the difficulties of a fearful and defeatist attitudes like the rest of the world, but with a willingness to humble themselves before God and to seek for His help, a hope can be ignited in the heart of any believer who is willing to use whatever little faith they have and then see God go to work.
The dips in life can be personal, vocational, relational, financial, medical and spiritual. This book is very clear in communicating that these dips are not perhaps all due directly to sin on the part of the believer, but the Bible never promised that life for followers of God would be easy and successful in worldly terms. But believers can be sure that God sees every event in the lives of His children, and can use even the biggest and most prolonged dips to redeem and strengthen His people. For Nepstad, the bottom line is that if a person is in God and is not yet dead, then God has not and will not give up on us, and we should not give up our hope in God. A recommended book for those looking for assurance of the goodness and faithfulness of God.
Confused by Hosea? Here’s What You Need to Know
The Book of Hosea is one of the most interesting and illuminating books in the Old Testament. It shows how much sin hurts God, and the lengths He will go to redeem His sinful people. From Unlocking the Bible……………..
How to Develop Godly Patience
Of course, patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit, so we cannot just will ourselves to become a patient person. But we can cooperate with the Spirit and become a patient person. This brings to mind one of my favorite quotes from Dallas Willard in this regard: “Grace is opposed to earning, but it is not opposed to effort.” From Christian Crier……………………