What does that mean? Read this article from The Navigators to find out!……………………..
I always appreciate the wisdom and biblical insight behind everything Randy Alcorn writes. And as a dad, I really appreciate what he has to say about being the kind of father who can easily apologize to his kids when he blows it! From Eternal Perspectives Ministries………..
I remember vividly a meal and conversation Nanci and I shared with Tony and Lois Evans at an event we were speaking at. I never tire of his messages—I am always riveted. I thank God for Tony and his family and his many years of faithful ministry. I love what we hear from him and…Dads, Your Humble Willingness to Apologize to Your Kids Speaks Volumes — Randy Alcorn’s Blog
One of my very favorite websites is Knowable Word. They do a fantastic job of teaching people how to study the Scriptures effectively, and they break down the books in such a way that the important truths are grasped and made applicable.
In this article, the focus is on the difference between Job and his three friends and how they treat suffering in light of the sovereignty of God. The takeaway for me: Unlike the three friends, Job truly fears God, and believes that God can still use suffering to redeem and to restore………………….
This is the next in a series of “Coffee Table Theology” articles from Evangelical Magazine from the UK. This one is on the self-sufficiency of God. Why is this important for us as children of God? Read it and find out!……………….
Whether we had a great earthly dad or he was not so hot, as believers, our heavenly Father loves us and is always available to us and always has our best in mind for us! From JustinHuffman.org…………….
Here is one of the takeaways for me: “Doubt can be a gift from God to keep us humble.” This means we can’t demand that God explain Himself to us in all His particulars, and we must recognize that we are finite and must accept that our understanding will always be limited. From Biblical Counseling Coalition………………….
This short devotional reminds us of the great love of God for us, His children, and since we are His children, we have nothing to fear and everything to hope for….including becoming more like Jesus! From Learning From God’s Word……………
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been […]Our sin speaks out against us. Our Saviour speaks out for us. — Learning From God’s Word
Recapturing the Wonder: Transcendent Faith in a Disenchanted World by Mike Cosper (IVP Books; 2017)
Recapturing the Wonder by Mike Cosper tackles the very real difficulties that Christians in the West face to try to connect with and commune with a transcendent God, while all the world around us screams that there is no God or no better place other than the broken and disenchanted world all around us. Cooper makes a point of discussing the “disenchantment” of society in the West in anything outside our sense experiences, and that there is no absolute truth, and nothing to hope for after one dies. While fully and honestly admitting that life is very hard —- even for Christians (no “name it and claim it”) —- still, God’s grace can be easy at times to appropriate. This is the aim of Cosper’s book.
After a brief review of our post-modern and materialistic society and its impact on all people, including Christians, the author quickly launches into what he calls “pathways” to regaining our enchantment for the world around us, as well as the spiritual realm which is actually more real than what we can see and experience with our five senses.
The pathways that Cosper fleshes out are: One —- Re-enchanting Our World; Two —- Experiencing Grace; Three —- Bringing Scripture to Life; Four —- Withdrawing With God; Five —- Practicing Abundance; Six —- Throwing a Feast; and Seven —- Writing a Rule of Life. Cosper writes not as an expert in mastering these pathways, but rather as a fellow struggler who is learning how to live a transcendent life through wrestling with God, like Jacob did in the Old Testament. I believe a vast majority of believers struggle mightily in this area of living as God being the most real Person and true reality, and would greatly benefit from a book like this one. Highly recommended!
Atheists will sometimes claim that they have “looked for God” but did not find Him, so they concluded He does not exist. But God might not reveal Himself exactly in the way that the proud and insincere demand of him. An eye-opening article from apologist Kenneth Samples at Reasons to Believe……………….
THE IMPERFECT DISCIPLE by Jared C. Wilson ( Baker Books; 2017)
This book is about discipleship but takes a different approach from most Christian books on this subject. The typical book by a pastor or Bible teacher who wants to explain how the Bible defines discipleship and how a person can become wholly sold out to Jesus — like the author! But this book is written by a former pastor who had to give up his pastorate due to stress, depression, and burnout. And he sets the goal for himself to write a book that encourages the average Christian who is trying to walk with Jesus while raising kids, going to school, and working long hours at a job that they are not exactly crazy about.
Wilson accomplishes this goal by openly admitting how messed up and thoroughly ordinary he is. He is no kind of example for other believers to follow. But this is the point, because until a believer is honest enough to admit how hopeless they are in trying to walk like Jesus on their own skills and willpower, the sooner they will be able to recognize the extraordinary grace found in the gospel. The author makes an interesting point that our Christian lives can be summed up in Romans 7 and 8 — that we fail in our sins daily, but God has given us the Holy Spirit as a down payment of His intention to cause us to become like Christ through the efforts of the Spirit. And that God will not give up on us until we become glorified in heaven with Jesus and all of our spiritual brothers and sisters.
Wilson writes in a humorous and passionate style that is both engaging and encouraging. And he does a beautiful job in showing how spectacular and amazing God’s grace and love are and that any believer can live in confidence that by being a follower of Christ — even one who constantly stumbles — they are greatly loved and cared for by our heavenly Father. Highly recommended!