Here are some of the articles that I’ve read recently and have found interesting, helpful, challenging and encouraging. I hope that they will be the same for you, my dear readers.
“The idea of the wrath of God seems alien to us—a psychologically damaging relic from a bygone era. But just as we cannot absolve people of moral accountability without also erasing their ability to love, so God’s love and God’s judgment cannot be pulled apart.”
Julie Lowe has writing an insightful piece into the life of foster parents and their likeness to missionaries. Fostering is something more church leaders need to know about and know how to support those who foster children, myself included!
“The reality of life for Christians is that we have an enemy. From the beginning of human history, the Devil has been looking for ways to manipulate, tempt, hurt, and ultimately destroy God’s people. One of his oldest tricks is persecution.“
“And though it may be unclear exactly what that looks like as churches start to reopen, every week brings us one Sunday closer to the day when God will gather his people from every tribe, language, people, and nation to worship the Lamb who was slain (Revelation 5:10–12). Without question, that will be congregational worship like we’ve never experienced before.”
Here are a few thoughts that I hope will be helpful as you consider how to read more books.
“The ultimate answer to anxiety, loneliness, and depression isn’t a pill or a program or even a pastor. It’s God in three persons: our Father, who cares enough to carry the full weight of our cares (1 Pet. 5:7); his Son, ready with timely mercies for each moment of our need (Heb. 4:14–16); and his Spirit, who walks with us step by step, turning the wasteland of a worried mind into an orchard of spiritual fruit (Gal. 5:22–23).”
“Stolen from us were the normal steps of grieving. We couldn’t gather as a family. We couldn’t receive hugs from adult children and grandchildren, even if they lived nearby. Everyone was sequestered in their homes for fear of an invisible enemy. A few family members and friends chanced a visit, but most stayed away due to social distancing. The sense of isolation was crushing.
I learned a term for what we experienced: interrupted grief.”
“The eternal Word of the living God is timeless and timely. Since it is from above, it is intimate, always relevant, always needed. Since it is the very voice of God, it speaks to all our deepest needs and experiences. It is the bandage for every wound, the remedy for every sore. It is not only inerrant, it is living and active. It gets right to the core of our souls and discerns the intentions of the heart”
Ross Ferguson has written an interesting article on how churches could benefit from using Facebook ads to get more traffic on their services, page and website. He righty states that the focus should not be fame, but to glorify Jesus. I’m still mulling this one over.
“In times of calamity, we have hope: Christ himself is with us in our misery, and his suffering sanctifies our pain. Because he was abandoned, we will never be. Because of Jesus, our Father in heaven wraps us in his embrace. Before it was finished on that dark Friday, before Jesus breathed his last, he committed his spirit into the hands of his loving Father in fervent faith (Luke 23:46).”