The Power of Empathy (Animated)

Want to learn how to be a better counselor, friend, or even just a better parent? Then you need to learn the difference between empathy and sympathy.

Let a sad fox, a judgmental reindeer, and an empathetic bear teach you the difference as they bring Dr. Brene Brown’s famous 2010 TED Talk (viewed 12.5 million times) on The Power of Vulnerability to life.


Top 70 Resources on Christ in the Old Testament

The latest in a periodic series highlighting resources on the Web.

That last entry lists the best of the web by various authors on Christ in the Old Testament. The list below links to the blog articles I’ve written on Christ in the Old Testament.

7 Ways the Old Testament Deepens our Love for Jesus

Jesus on Every Page Poem

Top 50 Books on Christ in the Old Testament

Excellency of the Gospel Above the Law

Covenant Theology for the Rest of Us

7 Reasons to Study Your Old Testament

Christ in the OT: Calvin’s Eight Principles

Noah’s Ark and the Cross of Christ

John Newton on Christ in the Old Testament

Why Sing the Psalms?

The Popularity, Pitfalls, And Practice Of Christ-Centered Interpretation

Christ-Centered Hermeneutics and Typology

Jesus on Every Page Podcast

4 Ways To Get From Joseph To Jesus

The Most God-Like Man In The Old Testament

Two Keys To Old Testament Prophecy

I Wish I’d Died In Your Place

Is the Law our Greatest Enemy?

Two Vital Old Testament Questions

Is This The Most Sexist Verse In The Bible?

God’s Powerpoint of Grace

7 Reasons the Old Testament is Neglected

Calling All Women’s Bible studies

4 Ways to Sing the “I’m Persecuted” Psalms

6 Tips for Choosing Books on the Old Testament

Law and Gospel in the Old Testament

5 Reasons to Study Old Testament history

What’s the Difference Between Typology and Allegory?

“Death, You Shall Die”

Mercy for Roadkill

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

20 Tips on How to Use Bible commentaries

Can you Preach the Gospel from the Law?

Was Abraham a Flip-flopper?

The Prototype Believer

Therapeutic Praise

Desiring the God who Desires Sinners

7 Tips for Balanced Biographical Preaching

30 “I will’s” from Hosea

Sermon Notes on Song of Solomon

Reclaiming the Old Testament for Christian Preaching: Narratives

God’s Face

The Old Testament on One Page

10 Problems with Old Testament Teaching

A Good Question from Justin Taylor

Two Mistakes in Bible Interpretation

A Sponge, a Dropper, and a Pressure Washer

10 Ways that Believers Experienced the Holy Spirit in the OT

Did the Holy Spirit Indwell OT believers?

Mr and Mrs Israelite Read Ruth

Reformed Forum: Christ in the Old Testament

Why Does God Seem so Different in the OT than in the NT?

Do Christians Have to Obey Old Testament laws?

Some Faulty Theological Arithmetic

How Many Animals will Save my Soul?

Big Question. Bigger Consequences

Optical Illusions and Theological Realities

Gloriously Cloudy

Cautions on Preaching Christ from the Old Testament

Psalm 2: The first (and last) world war

Psalm 1: The Great Divide

O My Son Absalom?

Deborahs or Jezebels

General Guidelines for OT exegesis

The Old Testament: Where to begin?

Fraser Valley Bible conference video

Is the Old Testament Still Relevant?

Psalm 77 Therapy

Is Moses in Heaven? How?

Roots

The Old Testament: A Dictionary Of Christian Vocabulary

The Best Bible Dictionary

Our Undercover Boss


Check Out

Why You Should be a Presbyterian
Mark Jones makes the case. And in the interests of being “fair and balanced” here’s Why you should be a congregationalist.

Monergism
One of the first reformed websites and still one of the best in terms of resources. Lots of helpful new features in the relaunched website.

Gently Introducing Psalm Singing at College
Brave young lady!

God With Us
This is a fine seasonal meditation on Psalm 46.

Sanctification Through Infertility
“I thought I would have 2 or 3 children by now. Instead, I’m a childless 28-year-old business owner. There is more pain and joy in that statement than I can possibly express.”

How Does a Biblical Scholar Prepare to Die?
Testimony from  Dr. Rod Decker, Professor of Greek and New Testament at the Baptist Bible Seminary of Pennsylvania.


Children’s Bible Reading Plan

Here’s this week’s morning and evening reading plan in Word and pdf.

This week’s single reading plan for morning or evening in Word and pdf.

If you want to start at the beginning, this is the first year of the children’s Morning and Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

The second year of morning and evening readings in Word and pdf.

The first 12 months of the Morning or Evening Bible reading plan in Word and pdf.

Here’s an explanation of the plan.

The daily Bible Studies gathered into individual Bible books.

Old Testament

New Testament


The Holiness of Happiness

Happiness is the opposite of holiness.

At least that’s what the devil tells us.

You can have either happiness or holiness but you cannot have both.

And given the choice, most try happiness.

Wouldn’t it be great if God had said somewhere that holiness and happiness are inseparable, that you can’t have one without the other.

What, He did? Where? What exactly did He say?

“This day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”” (Neh. 8:9).

The people had rightly mourned over their sins, but there came a point when their weeping went on too long and too deep, and God said through Nehemiah, “This is a holy day. Therefore let it be a happy day.”

He underlines by saying, “Go home, have a feast, and celebrate with your friends and family, because this is a holy day.”

The logic is inescapable. Happiness is not only compatible with holiness, it is an essential part of it. Without happiness, holiness is incomplete. Indeed, it is no longer holiness.

But what kind of happiness are we talking about?

Nehemiah defines it as “the joy of the Lord.” It is a joy that comes from God and is centered in God. God gives it and God is it. And given that the people had been repenting of their sins, this can only be an Old Testament call to joyful faith in God as their Savior from sin.

And as if we needed another reason to pursue, accept, and enjoy the happiness of holiness, Nehemiah adds the motive: “For the joy of the Lord is your strength!”

Holy happiness strengthens us. It produces defensive and offensive strength. It powerfully protects us from evil and it empowers us to fight for good.

Holiness, happiness, and hardiness. A blessed trinity from the Blessed Trinity!