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…
“Friend, right now you may feel like Sarah in her barrenness, Joseph in the pit, David alone a cave, Ruth grieving her husband with no hope in sight, or Mary weeping at Lazarus’ tomb. But you and I serve the same God who was at work in each of their stories to do far more than they could see or imagine at the time.”
“Decide right now to make a plan to start your new year off right. If you wait until January 1st, it’s too late. Making a plan is worthless if you don’t follow through, but it’s easier to follow through if you have a plan. Removing friction for productivity is half the battle.”
Challies annual reading challenge is a great way to push yourself to read more and to read a variety of materials too.
What is the Best Gift For Your Pastor This Year? This won’t break or spoil and I would argue is the thing he will want most from and for you. As the world focuses on wrapping paper and other material things, try this instead.
“Jesus loved us so much that he humbled himself, came, and entered our world of filth and stench. He became the lowest of the low – to save you and me.”
“The world speaks of love but really they only mean acceptance. Worldly love is predicated on set conditions. In the church, love is much deeper. Love does not just accept people, it works for their best interest. Christian love should be a much greater love. The church is a place where worldly distinctions are melted away by an intense love fired by a common salvation, a shared hope, and the powerful indwelling by the Holy Spirit. It is a love that is active and involved.”
“But I’m not Jesus. I’m no snake crusher. Yet even as I pastor, and even as I step into the disorder of chaotic lives, even as I listen to the broken, or bring peace to the fearful, I ride the coat-tails of the one who defeated death. I can’t bring life, but I can point to it.”
“December can be a hard month. It does not lack for jolly opportunities. People hang cheerful lights to brighten the early nights. Families gather together. We are surrounded by reminders of Christ’s birth and the blessing that he brings. We might sing special songs in church. We listen to Handel’s Messiah. But as the years pass, those happy occasions can also bring memories of loss.”