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……………….
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……………..
I enjoyed this short article from Seth Lewis! Lord, let our actions line up with our words!!
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:
- Acceptance — to be included and approved of, as you are, no matter what.
- Appreciation — the longing to be thanked and encouraged for something we have done.
- Affection — the longing to be cared for with touch and genuine emotional engagement.
- Access — the longing to have the consistent emotional and physical presence of key persons.
- Attention — the longing to be known and understood by someone who enters into your world.
- Affirmation of feelings — the longing to have our feelings validated and confirmed by others.
- 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.
When we were kids, we did not want to wait for our birthdays and Christmas, and if we are honest, as adults, we are not really big fans of waiting still. But God operates on His own timetable which is practically never on our schedule. Why is that? This article tries to answer that. From Two Journeys………………..
But it is a good pain! Here is a takeaway for me: “All of the steps of Bible study are important, and none are a cinch. Application may be the hardest step, however, since it is the most personal. In application, we are forced to change. And rare is the person who likes to change.” From Knowable Word……….
Humans are spiritual beings housed in a physical body. And the Bible has quite a lot to say about our spirituality. Here is a helpful and interesting article from Crossway………………..
Why God’s Men Need Good Men
No one is meant to live the Christian life alone, but Christian men — like all men — seem to have more problems finding true friends than do women. But men should not give up trying! From Desiring God………………….
When we become believers, we should expect to grow spiritually, just like as parents we should expect to see physical and emotional growth in our children. And if that expected growth does not occur, then we should examine ourselves to see what may be hindering our growth. From Pastor Jim Erwin………………..
An entertaining and insightful article. Here is a takeaway for me: Like in your own backyard garden, spiritual growth is a slow and miraculous process. From Pierce Taylor Hibbs…………………..