This is a helpful article for loading up more tools in your bible study toolkit. “…one of the easiest techniques to use in doing good Bible study is that of observing repeated words and themes. Authors didn’t have bold and italics back then, so a common way to emphasize a point was to repeat it multiple times.” From Knowable Word…………..
Another excerpt from a wonderful resource and website — the Theology of Work Bible and Theology of Work Project. In these 3 chapters, Paul’s determination and courage are on full display. Yet, Paul was emboldened by the same Holy Spirit who indwells us right now!
This is a really important and overall encouraging article. As I have mentioned in previous posts, a key to living a life of peace and usefulness to God is the ability to trust Jesus in all situations…but especially when you can’t see why God is doing something in your life. From Randy Alcorn and Eternal Perspectives Ministries…………….
This article does a couple of things well: It addresses the issue of taking medication for mental health problems as a totally acceptable option for Christians. Also, it discusses how and why God puts an emphasis on rest and peace in His Word. From I am Second Blog…………
This article is part of a series that provides a commentary on the Epistle to the Philippians from a biblical counseling viewpoint. In this instance, the author shows how Paul sees contentment and gratitude as two sides of the same coin. From BradHambrick.com……………..
This is an encouraging and practical article on how to disciple — provide direction and guidance — to someone struggling with anxiety and depression. Since most of us have faced these struggles ourselves, or know someone who is close to them with depression and anxiety, this piece describes four steps to wholeness and growth in Christ. And these steps are described from both the discipler’s point of view as well as the disciple’s. From MentalHealthGraceAlliance.org…………..
Be Slow to Anger and Quick to Listen
In disagreement and discord, we also follow Christ’s example of seeking peace, of being slow to anger and quick to listen. Additionally, concepts such as acceptance and tolerance—religious or otherwise—find significant support in the teachings of Jesus. These are important topics in contemporary life. Toleration of others is part of what was lost in the rise of secular morality, which coincided with an increase in negative attitudes toward Christian virtue in the academy and government. The fact that Christians are regularly thought to be close-minded, dogmatic, and intolerant is certainly justified in some cases. Yet this attitude is also highly ironic since the very tradition of tolerance in the Western context is accentuated in the Christocentric worldview. Just a simple count of the tolerant societies in the world today gives some clue as to the power of the applied moral teachings of Christ and their benefit to the world. If self-professed Christians are being aggressively and consistently intolerant, they are certainly not emulating the example of Christ or the traditions and teachings of Christianity. Much trouble and confusion about these matters can often be attributed simply to mislabeling. “Christians” are often not Christlike. However, this lamentable fact should not impugn Jesus or his teaching on tolerance.
From The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth. Copyright © 2014 by Dallas Willard amd Gary Black Jr. All rights reserved. Used with permission of HarperCollins Publishers.
This is a really thoughtful article from pastor and author Scott Sauls. While it admonishes believers to be gracious and encouraging in all of our interactions, it states that one of the reasons to be this way ( besides the exhortations and commands of Jesus! ), is because everyone is fighting inner battles and a sense of loneliness these days. From ScottSauls.com………………………..
Sometimes we just need a reminder of the awesomeness of having direct access to God at all times because of the death and resurrection of Jesus! From Counseling One Another………..
This is the wrap-up to this fine series of articles on the Beatitudes. “We are to remember what to expect, we are to remember how to respond and we are to remember our purpose and function in the world. So, be salty and shine!” From PlaceforTruth.org……………………….