Saturday Snippets (January 2)

As well as reading a lot of books, I also read a ton of articles every week. 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…

Preparing to Preach in 2021

“As we leave Christmas behind and start to move towards a new year that we know won’t be simple, what can we do to prepare? The simple answer would be to pray, but what should we pray about, specifically related to preaching? Here are seven things to pray about, just to get you started”

Book: 10 ideas

“This week is a great time to pay some attention to your books. Whether you have books for ministry or for personal benefit, it doesn’t matter. Here are 10 quick ideas about books that might be helpful if you get an hour or two to consider your books (and your reading in the coming months!)”

Is Your Church Carrying Too Much Deadwood

“Why is there deadwood? Because it has not remained in the vine. It is attached to the vine but is no longer living. Sometimes you can’t tell until a wind comes and breaks it off, and the fire comes and renews what still has life. I wonder how many churches will survive when the storm comes? I wonder how much of our work will have turned out to be wood, stubble and straw, when the fire comes to test the quality of each person’s work (1 Cor. 3:14).”

The Certainty of The New Year…

“To say that 2020 was a bit of a surprise is probably one of the biggest understatements in the world. Nobody expected to spend the majority of the year at home. Like many people, you maybe began the year with hopes and dreams, laughing and hugging loved ones whilst watching fireworks and sipping some bubbly. Some even said “2020 will be my year” and so on. It was a surprise for us all.
But before we cast it off completely, God has been at work. The wonderful news is that despite the many unknowns of 2021, there ARE things that we can be certain of…”

App Review: Explore Bible-Reading App

This looks like it could be a useful app to help you in your quiet times.

The Bible Reading Plan I Recommend for 2021

I’ve used this plan a number of times now and have taken it up again this year. Check it out, I really enjoy it.

2021 Bible Reading Plans

If the previous article isn’t the kind of plan you’re looking for hopefully one of these will suit you 🙂

How to Cultivate Discernment in Your Church

“One of the most loving things that a pastor can do for his church is to equip them to be theologically discerning believers at a time when many are falling prey to divergent doctrines.”

4 Questions to Ask Yourself about Your Quiet Time in the New Year

“Our Bible times can become the echo chamber of our own preferences and predilections. And when we allow ourselves to slip into this way of thinking, we may discover that our devotions are not leading to devotion to Jesus.”

What does it mean to abide in Jesus Christ?

“In this article, we will examine what abiding in Christ means, how to abide in Christ, and the results of abiding in Christ.”

How to Speak the Truth in Love

“We must admit that speaking the truth in love in a post-truth world is at times difficult, even as a child of God. We are often thought of as archaic, judgmental, profiling, and not relevant to society. Too often, we find ourselves speaking lies instead of truth, appealing to people’s emotions rather than their intellect, and being friends of the world rather than friends of Christ”

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