Here are five important passages from recent articles around the web, including on the fire in Australia and one on where wisdom can be found. Enjoy! Grace Under Fire (Jodie McNeill, TGC Australia) As I stood before these deserted homes holding a charged hose, I was reminded again of how the works of our hands are so fragile, even when made out of bricks and steel. And, to be honest, I was also a bit scared myself, as this was the first time since I joined the RFS that I was going to directly face a firefront like this. Googling…

Here are five key passages from recent Christian articles around the web. There’s one on learning to say “Amen,” and there’s another on how to flourish in your journaling. Learning to Say “Amen” (Becky Pilego) May 2020 be a year of “Amens” for all of us. May we quickly learn not to complain and murmur and let unbelief take root in our hearts, but with the help of the Spirit, may we learn to submit ourselves to the Word of God and the work of the Spirit in our lives. God is good and He is at work, we cannot…

Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian content around the web, including a poem on Jesus as the sacrificial lamb and an article on why quitting Twitter might be a good idea. On Being A Kwitter (Tim Challies) Yet Twitter is a medium that seems to generate conflict and to thrive upon it. I find it a discouraging and intimidating place to be. I derive negligible pleasure from it. It adds nothing necessary to my life and very little that’s truly beneficial. Where is the Lamb? (Peter Spaulding, Fathom) A great poem that gets at, in my reading of…

Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian articles around the web, including one article on being a whole woman of faith, and another on an important message found in Hebrews. A Whole Woman of Faith: The Need for Doctrine and Deeds (Lara d’Entremont, Servants of Grace) The question is not simply if you are theologically well-versed, but how are you using that theology? Does your theology lead you to love others better? Does your theology lead you to serve God whole-heartedly? Does your theology shape your daily life? If your theology has not changed your heart, your theology is…

Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian articles around the web, including an article on knowing God’s voice, and another on some misconceptions of Christian growth. Mistaking the Voice of Man for the Voice of God (Brad Klassen, The Master’s Seminary) The fact that others around us can be victimized by our inaccurate interpretation should compel us to pursue accurate interpretation at all costs. 3 Misconceptions about Christian Growth (Thabiti Anyabwile, Crossway) We emphasize the number of times we completed “quiet times” this week, the number of times we passed Christian literature to others, or how often we shared…

Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian articles around the web, including an article on Satan’s strategies, one on poor reasons to read the Bible, and more! Why Jesus Christ Is of Supreme Value (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) Jesus Christ is of supreme value, not only because of who He is, but because of what he has done. Nobody else can do what he has done. Satan’s Strategy #1: Bait and Hook (Robert Spinney, Meet the Puritans) Sin is bad for many reasons; one of them is that it wreaks havoc in a man’s soul. It promises satisfaction, but delivers…

Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian articles around the web, including an article on sanctification and the tongue, one on the impact of mom’s faith on children, and more! How Can I Avoid A God-Centered Life? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) Jonah was one of the spiritual leaders of his day. He is introduced as “God’s servant Jonah—the prophet from Gath Hepher.” He is called “the prophet,” not “a prophet,” as if there wasn’t another one worth mentioning in that generation.  How Should Sanctification Affect the Tongue?(Josh Buice, DBG) Occasionally you will hear someone talk about how they can’t control their tongue….

Here are 5 key passages from recent Christian articles around the web, including an article on evangelism, one on creation, and more! But God: The Two Sweetest Words In The Bible (Stephen Altrogge, the blazing the center) If we’re going to understand the beauty of the words “But God” then we must come to terms with who we were. We truly were spiritually dead. We were gladly following Satan. And we were actively, zealously carrying out the sinful desires of our flesh. How Can I Cultivate a God-Centered Life? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) The world wants you to believe…

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Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including how God is faithful even when you’re faithless, and how to handle rejection. Why I Need A Church that Judges Me (Allen Nelson IV, Things Above Us) Often we think it noble to say things like “our church doesn’t judge anybody!” or “you’ll find no judging here.” But let’s be clear, a church that doesn’t judge is a church not faithful to Her Master (at best), and at worst, is not an actual church at all. 4 Promises to Christians about the Resurrected Body (Colin Smith, Unlocking…

Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including encouragements to the Pastor’s kid, and the biblical story of the body. The Biblical Story of the Body (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) God created your body as much as he created your soul. All that God has created is good. That is why he will not scrap it and start again. What God has made, he will redeem, and that means your body as well as your soul. For the Pastor’s Kid: Your Dad Needs You (Bethany Melton, For the Church) No matter your age, a…

Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one on how angels teach us about heaven, and one on how we can enjoy our inheritance today. Angels’ Nature Shows Us What Heaven is Like (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) It’s hard to get our arms around the idea of being “actively engaged” in heaven. The reason is that everything we enjoy in this life is experienced through the body. We enjoy running, but how do you do that without legs? We enjoy listening to music, but how do you do that without ears? Your Story…

Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one on what Hagar’s life can teach us today, and another on the surprising places of discipleship. Three Glimpses of God’s Love Seen in Hagar’s Life (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) Living in the tension of a home where there is little peace? Living with the emotional abandonment and the spiritual wounding you may have experienced? I am saying to you today from the Scriptures that God loves you deeply. God sees you. He knows you. He hears your affliction. By God’s grace, and through his Word,…

Happy Fourth of July! Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one on true liberty and one on freedom from evil. What Is True Liberty? (Gene Edward Veith, Ligonier Ministries) Jesus, through the power of His sacrificial death and resurrection, frees sinners from the bondage of sin. By the power of the Holy Spirit through the gospel, we are set free. Though while we are still in the flesh we may still struggle with sin, we are free from sin’s dominion. The Most Radical Mission for Christians May Be The Most Mundane (Brett McCracken)…

Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one on the most epic bible study of all time, another on the struggle against sin, and more! Imperishable, Undefiled, and Unfading (John MacArthur, Grace to You) Our inheritance is a glorious thing. No earthly thing compares to it. But we can lose sight of it through worldly pursuits and the quest for instant gratification. Dear friends, don’t collect this world’s trash and neglect the treasure of our unspeakable riches in Christ. Why Does God Allow Us to Keep Struggling Against Sin? (J.D. Greear Ministries) The love…

Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one on the reasons the treasure the Trinity, another on the barriers to spiritual growth teen face, and more! Seven Encouraging Reasons to Pray (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) You can’t bring anything to Jesus that will shock him. Nothing that you face is surprising to Jesus. You don’t need to hide anything from him. Think about the humanity of Jesus: He worked in a shop. He grieved. He saw darkness unleashed like no one else ever has.  5 Reasons to Treasure the Trinity (Jerod Gilcher, The…

Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one on the grace of waiting, another on how to disagree with spiritual leaders, and more! The Grace of Waiting (Nicholas T. Batzig, Feeding on Christ) Learning to wait on the Lord in times of want, frustration, hardship and trials is one of the greatest graces in this life. It takes the supernatural work of the Spirit of God to enable us to do so. It takes a deep knowledge of who God is from the Scriptures so that we are able to rely on Him. Why…

Here are 5 Key Connections from recent Christian articles around the web, including one discussing why God created, another on how much authority Satan has over the world, and more! God Is at Work Worldwide–Even Here (Tim Keesee, Crossway) I love to remind people that God is not just working on the other side of the world. We can get the mentality that, “Oh, God’s working over there but he’s no longer working over here.” And God is working in powerful ways across North Africa, or in China, or Central Asia, or other parts of the world, but he is also…

Here are five of my favorite quotes from recent Christian articles, including the caring nature of when you study the Bible, pray for others, and more! Three Marks of Every Man and Woman of God (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) Whatever you are facing in your life right now, here’s what you need to know. You are God’s man, God’s woman, bought by the precious blood of Christ, called to the blessing of life under the rule of God: The King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who alone is immortal, who lives in unapproachable light, to whom be glory…

Here are five of my favorite quotes from recent Christian articles, including a quote on ministry, an article on Paul, and more! One Man Against A City (John MacArthur, Grace to You) Athens stirred Paul’s emotions. The phrase “his spirit was being provoked within him” employs a Greek word, paroxunō (“provoked”), which speaks of intense agitation. Our word paroxysm comes from this root. Paul was saddened, grieved, indignant, and outraged at the widespread idolatry he saw. He knew these people were giving stone idols glory, which rightfully belongs to God alone. Paul could not maintain his silence in the face of such an…

Here are five of my favorite quotes from recent Christian articles, including how prayer reveals our priorities, theology for teens, and more! Our Prayers Reveal our Priorities (Alistair Begg, The Good Book Co.) To pray is an admission and an expression of dependence. A self-assured person is not going to pray prayers of petition; there’s no need to pray if you think you have got it all covered. A self-righteous person is not going to pray prayers of confession; there’s no need to pray if you think you’re good enough to earn God’s blessing. But the person who knows their…