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4 Really Good Money Questions | Tim Challies

Six Thoughts About Proper Pastoral Attire For Worship | Thom Rainer

5 Great Reasons You Should Take a Walk Today | Cleveland Clinic

Augustine on Using Other Preacher’s Work | Gentle Reformation

20 Quotes From Rosaria Butterfield’s New Book on Sexual Identity | Rosaria Butterfield

Why the President of Planned Parenthood’s Apology Doesn’t Work | Denny Burk

What Does The Rainbow Mean For Gays? | Desiring God

40 Answers and 2 Questions For Matthew Vines | Michael Brown

Kindle Books

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: Expanded Edition by Rosaria Butterfield $0.99.

Autopsy of a Deceased Church: 12 Ways to Keep Yours Alive by Thom Rainer $4.99

Brothers, We Are Not Professionals: A Plea to Pastors for Radical Ministry by John Piper $0.99.

Recommended New Book

Openness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ by Rosaria Butterfield.


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7 Questions Leaders Should Use Often – Ron Edmondson

7 Statements Every Leader Should Use Often | Ron Edmondson

Joyful Exiles | Christward Collective

Is Your Joy Real or an Imposter? | Sam Storms

Online Theological Resources | Preachers and Preaching

How Should Christians Respond to Attacks and Insults | R C Sproul

Bruce Jenner, Gay Marriage, and Planned Parenthood: The Self-Deification of a Nation

Want a Fetal Liver: Add it to your StemExpress Wishlist | Ed Stetzer

Ligonier’s $5 Friday Sale (includes John Gerstner teaching series on Westminster Confession)

3 Helpful Instructions on Keeping a Journal | Tim Challies

How to Support a Partner Struggling with Depression | Lifehacker

Kindle Books

The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith by Peter Hitchens $1.99

Raising Responsible Teens in a Digital World by Brian Housman $1.99.

Theirs Is the Kingdom: Celebrating the Gospel in Urban America by Roger Lupton $1.99.

Five Views on Law and Gospel: Counterpoints $5.99.


The Healthiest Food in the World

Good food is necessary, enjoyable, satisfying, energizing, motivating, reviving, and strengthening.

Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work” (John 4:34).

Imagine how our lives would be transformed if we ate such a healthy diet every day.


Poking God in the Eye

You know how you feel when someone hurts one of your children or a really close friend?

Well multiply that fierce protectiveness by a million (and strip it of all sin) and you are getting closer to how God responds when His children are hurt or offended. As Zechariah records, “He who touches you touches the apple of His eye” (Zech. 2:8).

As verbal and judicial persecution is touching more and more Christians in the West, remember it’s also touching the apple of God’s eye.

When was the last time someone poked a lion in the eye and prospered?


Projecting Our Sins On To Others

It’s extremely painful to be on the receiving end of false accusations, especially when it’s in an area where we have taken great pains to keep our consciences clear before God. Yet, despite our efforts, people think the worst and say the worst about us.

Over the years, though, I’ve come to realize that such accusations say more about our accusers than about us.  They think that everyone acts the same sinful way as they do in similar situations and therefore project these sins on to others, even those who are completely innocent.

Thinking along these lines makes us pray for false accusers rather than retaliate against them.

And the next time you are tempted to think or say the worst about anyone, ask yourself, “Am I simply projecting my own evil on to others who are innocent?”


Why is Everybody Else Getting Old?

I’m back in the UK for a surprise visit to my parents on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary. We also managed to squeeze in a few days in the Isle of Lewis and I’ve had the joy of bumping into a number of friends from my previous congregation. Eight years on, age has taken it’s horrifying toll, with some barely recognizable.

And yet, as I look in the mirror, I’m convinced I’m still looking like a 25-year-old than like an-almost-50-year-old. Am I the only one in the world who isn’t aging?

No, this is part of the vanity and deceitfulness of the human heart that somehow convinces us that aging is something that happens to others while giving us a pass. Why can we see it so obviously in others but can be so blind to the ravages of time in ourselves?

I doubt everyone is saying to themselves when they meet me, “Wow, he looks so young still!” when I’m saying of everyone, “Wow, he/she looks so old now.”

“Lord, make me to know my end, and what is the measure of my days, that I may know how frail I am” (Ps. 39:4).


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Esther and the Silent Sovereignty of God | TGC

True Freedom vs. Unrestrained Choices (to marry) | Ref21

7 Gospel-Centered Principles for Protecting Your Marriage | Jim Newheiser

Thoughtful Thinkers | Gentle Reformation

Why it is Beneficial to Learn Greek and Hebrew, Even if You Lose It | Patrick Schreiner

This Job Influences the Future of Culture | Bethany Jenkins

Gifts of the Puritans: What Contemporary Americans Owe to the Puritans | The Atlantic

Follow-up posts about Planned Parenthood’s practice of harvesting fetal organs through abortion in order to donate them to biological research.

Evil, Legal, and Common | TGC

Five Ways we Fight for Children | Desiring God

Planned Parenthood, Selling Body Parts, and Appropriate Outrage | Ed Stetzer

Planned Parenthood, Abortion, and the Conscience of a Nation | Al Mohler

Worth a Thousand Words | Mike Wittmer

The System Behind Abortion: Planned Parenthood’s Dehumanizing Rhetoric | Matthew Lee Anderson

Kindle Books

Running for My Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Killing Fields of Sudan to the Olympic Games by Lopez Lomong $1.99.

Conquering Depression by Bruce Hennigan $2.99.

What is Reformed Theology?: Understanding the Basics by R C Sproul $1.99.

Toxic Charity: How the Church Hurts Those They Help and How to Reverse It by Robert Lupton $1.99.


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Planned Parenthood Uses Partial-Birth Abortions To Sell Baby-parts
Yes, you read that correctly. Here’s commentary on it from Carl Truman, Jonathan Parnell, Russell Moore, and Mollie Hemmingway.

Christianity’s Revolutionary Recognition of Women as Equals

“Thus, the progressive narrative upon which contemporary, anti-family policies rest, is false. Only through Christianity did women receive full marriage rights and gender equality in fidelity. The private, monogamous family has served well the human needs for love and companionship, economic and social well-being, and the rearing of children. Abandoning these lessons is at the root of the modern decline of the family, and government can only further undermine the rights and benefits that have uplifted the lives of countless men, women, and children through Christian-inspired marriage. To restore the family, civic and religious leaders must challenge such folly to achieve the needed privatization and de-politicization reforms.”

Too Depressed To Believe What We Know
Eleven resources for the darkness.

Making Sense of Scripture’s “Inconsistency”
Tim Keller: “Here’s a short course on the relationship of the Old Testament to the New Testament.”

How Should Christians Comment Online

Kindle Books

You can pick up some good deals on Kindle Readers today – up to 40% off.

How to Read the Bible Book by Book: A Guided Tour by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart $3.99.

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth by Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart $3.99.

Found: God’s Will by John Macarthur $1.99

Be A People Person: Effective Leadership Through Effective Relationships by John Maxwell $0.99.

Recommended New Book

Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney.

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On The Way To School

Should make waiting for the school bus a bit easier.


Helps And Hindrances To Knowing Christ

Through knowing Christ, eternal life begins in time, and heavenly bliss begins on earth (John 17:3). Unsurprisingly, such a blessing does not come easily as there are many hindrances to knowing Christ in our present state.

 Hindrances to knowing Christ

Ignorance: A limited knowledge of the Bible produces a limited knowledge of God.

Error: Wrong and mistaken ideas about God create massive obstacles to accurate knowledge of Christ.

Prejudice: We are born with an inbuilt prejudice against light and knowledge and a bias towards darkness and lies.

Pride: An unteachable mind is an untaught mind.

Superficiality: Those who are attracted to the frothy and the shallow in religion will be resistant to substantial biblical doctrine

Size: Our tiny minds find it so hard to hold all the truths about Christ together in biblical proportion and balance.

Confusion: Some know lots of facts, lots of truths, but have no system to organize it in any kind of helpful and memorable order.

Laziness: The sloth hates the hard work that discipleship requires. He prefers to be entertained than exercised

Leaks: Due to forgetfulness or old age, minds that are filled with valuable truth lose so much so quickly through leakage.

Sin: Sin darkens and confuses our minds making it difficult to see and love the truth.

Helps to Knowing Christ

But don’t despair, despite the many obstacles, God has also provided multiple helps to knowing Christ.

Confession: If sin darkens our mind, confession blows away the clouds and clears the way for the light to shine again.

Humility: God loves to reveal Christ to those who humbly acknowledge their ignorance, error, prejudice, pride, and so on.

Need: “Necessity is a good master,” as the old saying goes; but it is also a good teacher. For example, when we feel our need of justification, it makes it much easier to understand it and value it. The more we need a doctrine, the easier it is to learn it. The more we need a person, the more we want to know him.

Gratitude: Just as we love to give more to those who thank us most, God loves to give more knowledge to those who thank Him for any previous revelation of Christ to their souls.

Time: Unless we discipline ourselves to deliberately set aside significant and regular periods of time for studying the Bible and other good books, learning won’t happen.

Quiet: External and internal quiet make the mind receptive and retentive. That’s why, for many people, the early morning hours are such a wonderful time for knowing Christ.

Plan: Just as we would not expect to make much progress in any subject with planning and organizing, so we need to plan and organize our study of Christ if we are to progress in our knowledge.

Patience: Sometimes we will make leaps and bounds in our knowledge of Christ. Sometimes we will feel we are static and stagnant. But patient perseverance eventually pays off and moves us forward, though often so slowly that we cannot detect it.

Experience: We don’t come to know Christ just through the Bible and good books. God also uses trials to teach us, and especially to help us put into practice what we have learned.

Fellowship: Discipleship is not a solitary pursuit. God has so designed it that we learn most about Christ in community with other disciples

Obedience: We cannot expect to learn more if we do not obey what God has already taught us. Jesus said, “If anyone wills to do His will, he shall know concerning the doctrine, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority” (Jn. 7:17). Obeying the truth accelerates knowing the truth.

Worship: When we take what we have learned at our desk or in the pew, and make that knowledge a matter of worship, then the lessons learned are deepened and made more permanent.

Prioritizing: The Apostle said: “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ” (Phil.3:8). That’s the kind of ruthless prioritizing that produces top students.

Prayer: We need more than our intellect to know Christ; we need God’s blessing. Therefore let’s daily repeat the Apostle Paul’s Christ-centered prayer: “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death” (Phil. 3:10).