Christianity: Seriously good food for thought!

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One Way to Encounter the Great Writers in Church History

I love old books. They provide both comfort and challenge, both inspiration and critique.<p>Just this week, as our family has passed through a difficult …

Three Questions: Prayer

I like to be asked thought-provoking questions. However, in our busy lives it is difficult to take time to still our minds and follow Paul’s simple …

Evangelical Christianity

Seven Simple Tips to Refresh Your Prayer Life

Pastor John gives 7 tips to refresh your prayer life.Listen Now

New Testament

Neither Do I Condemn You

[[They went each to his own house, but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to …

Theology

So Others May Hear and Live

<i>This sponsored post was prepared by Erik Odegard, Director of Fusion at Midwestern College.</i><p>Sponsor<p>Show Your Support<p>“Oh God, please do whatever it …

Evangelical Christianity

The Pastor Must Fall On His Sword Before He Wields It

When you think of a pastor and his Bible, you may picture a well-worn Bible sitting on a desk, next to a stack of commentaries, a moleskin journal on …

Evangelical Christianity

Doctrine is Precious in the Storm

www.Lightstock.com<p>Theology often gets a bad rap. Pitted against application, doctrine is painted as stuffy and out of step. But so often when we read …

Faith

God Made You Believe in God

<b>Audio Transcript</b><p>“Even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ . . . and raised us up with him and seated us” …

Faith

Our Sins Are Many, His Mercy Is More

Christians often feel like they are on a tightrope between believing our sin is too small for us to confess or too big for God to overcome. But no …

Babylon

You Don’t Want a King who Hides in the Luggage

Lightstock.com<p>Israel was clamoring for a king. They wanted to be like the nations around them (1 Sam. 8.4). God obliges their request and sends …

Faith

Make People Wonder Why You’re Weird

When Kyle Ramage first stepped foot onto the campus of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, he thought he was preparing for vocational …

Evangelical Christianity

Are You A Barnabas?

Encourage him! (Deuteronomy 1:38)These words were spoken by God to Moses. After God led His people out of bondage in Egypt and guided them through …

Faith

One Thing No One Can Do

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. (Proverbs 27:1)Did you know there is one thing that no one who has lived or …

Procrastination

How to Engineer Common Grace

<b>Article by: Timoteo Sazo</b><b>Josué Rodríguez</b> is a civil engineer. He was born and raised in Puerto Rico. Josué and his wife, Luz, are members of Iglesia …

Evangelical Christianity

God Is Working in Your Waiting

Most parents would agree that their children don’t want to wait for anything. The last thing kids want to hear is Mom say, “Not now.” It can prompt …

Faith

Denzel: Your Phone Is Changing You

“Are you using your phone, or is your phone using you? Can you put it down? Can you turn it off?”<p>These were the blunt rhetorical questions asked by …

Denzel Washington

How Do You Take Criticism of Your Views?

Recently several people have asked me ‘How do you deal with harsh criticism?’ In each case, the inquirer had felt stung by what they felt were unfair …

Evangelical Christianity

How to Love When You Don’t Feel It

Recently, I attended a book club discussion on C.S. Lewis’s <i>Mere Christianity</i>. Several weeks into the study, the otherwise-docile Lewis enthusiasts …

Relationships

If Love Is God, Love Will Fail

I was never any good at romantic love. I feared falling in love — being vulnerable with my emotions. I knew whoever I married would need to be a …

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The Best Discoveries Begin as Problems: How to Read Proverbs

Why would a book that aims to impart insight for wise living (Proverbs 1:2–3) put contradictory instructions back-to-back? I can think of at least …

Proverbs

The Fierce Fruit of Self-Control

As the Hebrews were promised the land, but had to take it by force, one town at a time, so we are promised the gift of self-control, yet we also must …

Self Control

The Future of Christianity May Be Different Than You Think

What if you could travel back in time a hundred years?<p>The early 1900’s were a time when technology was progressing by leaps and bounds. The age of …

Faith

The Gospel Sneaks Up on Me

Lightstock.com<p>Over the last twenty years, we have been blessed with six children in our home. As a result of the spread in their ages, I have been …

Faith

When God’s Sovereignty and Your Bad Day Meet

<b>Article by: Courtney Reissig</b>I’m a planner. I have a running to-do list on my phone categorized by days. I rarely start a day without a set plan. …

Faith

Romans 8: The Greatest Chapter

Outline<p>Introduction (00:00–01:04)<p>Make the Most of Look at the Book (01:04–03:14)<p>Think of what John is doing (in <i>Look at the Book</i>) as <i>illustration</i>, not …

Faith

Why Studying Doctrine Is the Best Medicine

The apostle Paul wrote the letters we know as 1 and 2 Timothy to his young colleague Timothy, who had been tasked with organizing house churches into …

Faith

One Day You Will Not Struggle to Obey

<i>Audio Transcript</i><p>“Thanks be to God that you who once were <i>slaves of sin</i>” — that’s where we start, enslaved. “Thanks be to God, that though you were …

Faith

The Uncomfortable Subject Jesus Addressed More than Anyone Else

Some months ago, R. C. Sproul was asked which doctrine he struggles with most. He replied: “Hell.”<p>It’s comforting to know a theological giant like …

Faith

Be Not a Jerk

I don’t mind being honest about my failures. I’m probably too honest at times. But you know what keeps me from being more honest than I am? It’s not …

Faith