Finding Our Place: Our Family’s Long Quest for Calling and Home
This is a longer post but contains a testimony to God’s faithfulness that’s well worth reading:
“We’ve been home for almost six years now. We’ve passed out of the honeymoon phase into a state of faithfulness and commitment. One of the side effects of our frequent relocation was that we never stayed in one place long enough to build the kind of relationships necessary for a mature life. We never reached a point in relationships that would test and grow us. We have here, and at times, it’s been excruciating. Someone asked me recently why we stay. Our church is small and, like so many other congregations in rural communities, struggling. The answer is a simple, albeit difficult, one. We stay because there are people here, and we believe we’ve been placed here. We stay because this is our community, this is our home.”
A Simple Plan for Congregational Scripture Memory
Barry York shares a congregational memorization plan that’s impacted many lives. What a difference this would make to the church if implemented widely.
Feeding on Christ The Genesis of Theology
And if you’re about to start reading the Bible from Genesis 1 again “here are a few theological themes that emerge when we meditate on the opening two chapters of the Bible in light of the fullness of biblical revelation.”
How To Be Happy This Year (Hint: It’s Not Complicated)
Lots of excellent counsel in this one:
Even though God allows me to struggle with depression and anxiety, I do believe that God wants me to have happiness in my life (which can be hard). And I think we tend to overcomplicate and over-spiritualize this whole happiness business. It’s relatively straightforward.”
62 Gospel-Centered Books on Marriage, Marriage Counseling, and Pre-Marital Counseling
Yes, you read that right. 62!
“I love her more”
What would you do if the women you hoped to marry revealed she was born without a womb?
“I found myself wrestling with a trade-off that in no way seemed fair to me: would I give up my dream of fathering my own biological children to be with the woman I love with all my heart?”
Does Jeremiah 29:11 Apply to You?
Russell Moore replies: “Does Jeremiah 29:11 apply to you? If you are in Christ, you can count on it. The passage doesn’t promise you the kind of future American culture prizes, and maybe even promises a future you would tremble at it if you saw it in a crystal ball. Short-term, you may suffer. But long-term, your future is co-signed with Christ. That’s a future for your welfare, and not for evil; a future of hope, not of despair.”
Three quality books today.
What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done by Matt Perman $3.99.
The Gospel at Work: How Working for King Jesus Gives Purpose and Meaning to Our Jobs by Sebastian Traeger and Greg D. Gilbert $2.99.
Tactics: A Game Plan for Discussing Your Christian Convictions by Gregory Koukl $3.99.