Saturday Snippets (February 19)

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…

You Can’t Hack Your Way to a Faithful Ministry

“The only one way to develop a soul that has anything to offer is to walk with God through the ups and downs of life, faithfully participating in the ordinary means of grace for a long time. Such a soul comes from experiencing God’s sanctifying work in your life for years. Suffering helps. So does growing old, but even that isn’t enough. God will work in you through his Spirit, and you must respond to that work in faith and obedience. You can’t microwave or hack your way to this kind of growth. When it comes to ministry, everything you offer is a result of that deep walk with and delight in God, and no shortcuts exist to get there.”

I Left the New Age Behind When I Read the Old Testament

A great testimony to God’s work in the life of Doreen Virtue

The Freebie Round-Up #126

Some good stuff in here. Follow this blog for more freebies and other good book reviews and blog posts.

The Truth, The Whole Truth and Nothing But The Truth

“To stand before a judge and promise to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth would require a full gospel, not a message measured by extremes. Anytime we share Jesus with people we must present both the warning of judgment and death as well as the promise of true forgiveness and every lasting life with our wonderful Saviour.”

Send – Issue #1 – January 2022

Here you can read an online magazine with a collection of articles for the glory of God and the good of his people. One of my articles featured in the first edition.

Faith Like A Beach House

“my faith is much like our Beach House—full of potential, full of promise, full of what could be—but left dormant for too long, left to the buffeting effects of wind and rain, waiting out the scorching summers and unattended winters, my faith begins to stink. I had foolishly thought that time would be the vehicle of sanctification, that being an older Christian would automatically make me a more Christ-like Christian. But it hasn’t. The veneer on my faith looked uncomfortably like the veneer on our shack—as I tore away the lining, ripped up the carpet, ferried trailer after trailer to the local tip, more and more structural damage was exposed. A light make-over has grown into a full-blown renovation.”

Discipled by Everyone and No One

“Around the turn of the century, some 20 years ago, well-informed citizens might claim 20 sources of news. They’d watch a national and local TV news program, pick up a newspaper delivery or two each morning, wait each week or month on a few magazine subscriptions, forward some emails with bizarre threats, and tune in during morning and evening commutes to a talk radio station or two.” A whole new world today!

The Only Topic More Controversial Than Religion or Politics

“We are all dependent on parenting to wean us off of immature thinking. The world we are looking at right now, however, is in large degree a reflection of a major shift in parenting.”

The Music of Heaven

“Because we are joined to Christ, we are joined to one another and can have a sure and steady confidence that we shall meet again. And oh, I long to meet my boy again. I long to see him, long to hug him, long to hear his voice. I long to worship with him as we did so many times over so many years. I repent of ever thinking little of the privilege it was to stand as a family—a complete family—to worship our God together.”

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