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Are You a Restful Soul? How to Enter God’s Rest.

I want to be a restful soul when I grow up! A very helpful and practical article from RickThomas.net……………………..

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Has the Salt Lost Its Saltiness? 

In this article, pastor Andrew Davis explains how and why believers should strive to be “saltier.” From Two Journeys…………

What does it mean when Jesus says “you are the salt of the earth”? Learn about what it means to be a citizen of Heaven living in a fallen world.

Source: Has the Salt Lost Its Saltiness? | Articles | Two Journeys

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4 Faithful Lessons We Can Learn from Paul and Silas in Prison

We don’t have to be thrown into prison to be able to praise the Lord! From Crosswalk.com………………

https://www.crosswalk.com/faith/bible-study/faithful-lessons-we-can-learn-from-paul-and-silas-in-prison.html

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How God REALLY Sees You

The reason that there are so many self-help books, and that every year we make New Year resolutions is because when we look at ourselves, we know that there are things that are broken and much room for improvement. And while God sees those same things, and sees much more, and with a much different viewpoint! From pastor and author Scott Sauls…………………….

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How to Engage Emotionally with the Bible

What this article is getting at is that if you are reading the Bible only as a chore to mark off of your “to-do” list, then you might as well not read it at all. We need to be engaged with God’s Word intellectually, spiritually and emotionally. From Crossway.org…………………

https://www.crossway.org/articles/how-to-engage-emotionally-with-the-bible/

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TREAT READING SCRIPTURE LIKE A DAILY CORE EXERCISE

“Building our core” has become an exercise catchphrase, meaning that strengthening and maintaining our body’s core is fundamental to good physical health. This article tells us that in the same way, reading the Bible regularly (not in a guilt-producing way, but as a form of spiritual discipline), is fundamental to being spiritually healthy; all other spiritual practices and disciplines flow from our reading of Scripture. From the Lexham Press Blog………………..

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FOR ALL MY FELLOW PHONIES

Yes, I am a phony. I am not really as holy and righteous as I might appear. But neither are you….or you over there. But God knows this, and He is not surprised. Nor is He done with us! From Your Mom Has a Blog……………….

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5 Reasons to Read Your Bible Beyond Practical Application

Jesus told us that Scripture was real spiritual food, and so we should see the Bible as more than a source of pithy memes. This short article encourages us to move beyond basic applications to a deeper appropriation of the truths of Scripture into our spirits and our minds and hearts. From Knowable Word……………..

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Well Done > Well Said

I enjoyed this short article from Seth Lewis! Lord, let our actions line up with our words!!

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BOOK REVIEW: FREE TO THRIVE — How Your Hurts, Struggles, and Deepest Longings Can Lead to a Fulfilling Life 

by Josh McDowell and Ben Bennett (Thomas Nelson Publishers; 2021)

The authors, well-known author and apologist Josh McDowell, and pastor and speaker Ben Bennett have joined forces to examine why so many Christians struggle through life rather than thrive as children of God. Due to their own experiences and their years of ministry, they believe most believers are suffering due to unmet needs in their lives.

McDowell and Bennett make the case that God has designed all people with seven basic needs:

  1. Acceptance — to be included and approved of, as you are, no matter what.
  2. Appreciation — the longing to be thanked and encouraged for something we have done.
  3. Affection — the longing to be cared for with touch and genuine emotional engagement.
  4. Access — the longing to have the consistent emotional and physical presence of key persons.
  5. Attention — the longing to be known and understood by someone who enters into your world.
  6. Affirmation of feelings — the longing to have our feelings validated and confirmed by others.
  7. Assurance of safety — we need to feel protected and provided for emotionally, physically, and financially.

The authors contend that hurting Christians with unfulfilled longings suffer because they try to satisfy those longings themselves or with other earthly things or people. But God placed those longings in us so that we might always go to Him with our needs.

McDowell and Bennett are unusually open and honest in sharing their own unmet longings and the adverse effects those had in their personal lives and ministries. Writing as fellow strugglers, they encourage readers to understand that they are not unusual in trying to satisfy their longings without God and give practical steps to begin looking to God for help and comfort. The book concludes with helpful appendices of the Longings Table and websites and books for further ongoing support. I heartily recommend this book.