Favorite Finds Friday:
The following are a collection of articles, sites, podcasts, and other finds I have found this week that I thought I would recommend. I hope you find these especially encouraging and edifying in your walk with Christ.
“When presented with an argument, first ask, ‘Does the conclusion follow from the stated premises?’ If not, then the argument may be an enthymeme. And if it is an enthymeme, we then analyze whether it is a reasonable one by filling in the argument. Ask, ‘What additional premise must be supplied in order for the conclusion to follow from the other premise(s)?’ When the additional premise is supplied, all that remains is to ask, “is that premise reasonable?” You may be surprised at how often it is not.”
Bible Logic Fallacies of Synergists
“The following numbered items are common assumptions made by synergists in rejecting the bondage of the will and God’s sovereign grace in salvation.”
How Did We Get the Bible? – Inspiration
“God’s act of inspiration establishes the fact that the 66 books of the Bible are inerrant and infallible in every word. God makes no error in that which he inspires, regardless of the instrument. Further, since the Scriptures are inspired revelation from God, they are authoritative in all matters to which they speak. The consequence of inspiration is inerrancy and authority.”
Five words of hope in the face of horrific evil and pain
“When horrific evil unfolds before our very eyes, there is a temptation to lose sight of the verities that ought to sustain and comfort us. For those watching the aftermath of the unmitigated evil of yesterday’s shooting in Florida, here are some words of hope to cling to. Hold them close.”
What Does it Mean to Abide in Christ?
“The exhortation to “abide” has been frequently misunderstood, as though it were a special, mystical, and indefinable experience. But Jesus makes clear that it actually involves a number of concrete realities.”
There Are No Shortcuts to Growth
“Casually attending to the things of the Lord will not result in our nurture. Visualizing or seeking a secret formula won’t help. We must work out our salvation with fear and trembling, knowing that Christ, by His Spirit, is working in us.”
Procrastination Is a Failure to Love
“Procrastination is a failure to love—a failure to love others. And this is exactly what makes procrastination such an ugly and offensive sin. It is inherently self-centered. It is a form of self-love.”
Are We Too Liberal with Our Christian Liberties?
“Romans 14 and 15 have much to say to those of us who were liberated from legalism. I wonder, in our effort to fight against it, have we gone a bit too far? Yes, we are free to eat meat and drink wine, etc, but have we elevated these things above what’s most important?”
What Is the Will of God for My Life?
“We are encouraged by Scripture to learn the will of God for our lives, and we do so by focusing our attention not on the decretive will of God but on the preceptive will of God. If you want to know God’s will for your life, the Bible tells you: “This is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thess. 4:3).”
Spurgeon for Doubting Christians
“The same gospel well that allowed Spurgeon to enjoy the waters of assurance in his day is deep enough and full enough to provide the same blessing for every doubting Christian.
“Do you doubt God’s love for you? Do you doubt the security of your salvation? Let this old Victorian preacher point you to Jesus Christ, the full expression of divine love and the purchaser of rock-solid salvation.”
5 tips every wife and mother in ministry needs
“The main question I tackled after working through Colossians 3:12-24 was this: ‘What if my relationship with my husband or kids is struggling because I’m stretched too thin?’ I answered in five parts.”
Which Country Sends the [Second] Most Missionaries?
“It is true that South Korea has endured a lot of tragedies, but for Christians the story of the church in South Korea is one of God’s faithfulness through the many missionaries who have sacrificed so much and many Christians who remained faithful in the midst of much suffering and pain.”
Samson Movie Review
“Note: This review contains a few spoilers, although since this is a historical account recorded in Scripture, most people are familiar with many of the details of Samson’s life.”
Five Reasons for Assisted Suicide (And Crucial Responses to Each One)
Excellent article. It can also apply to any person struggling with illness or nearing the close of this earthly life. As my own grandmother is nearing her last day with us, it made me think about how I have viewed her life.
Losing “life as know it”
“The fear of losing ‘life as we know it’ is just as powerful today as it was in the late 60’s. It continues to play on the fear of losing our rights because as good Americans, we were raised in an environment where right is king. But this raises another question – what is ‘life as we know it?’ Who defines it? Are the Christian roots of this country real or only a myth?”
“The ground of my hope and ultimate allegiance will determine the degree to which current events can shake me. This perspective will also determine how well I move forward in loving God and neighbor now.”
Illinois nurse fights firing over pro-life views
“A nurse in Illinois forced from her job in 2015 for her pro-life convictions can move forward with her lawsuit against the Winnebago County Health Department, a judge ruled last week. The case highlights the ongoing challenges Christian medical providers face amid eroding conscience protections and the importance of having state laws to protect them.”
It’s not conversion therapy; it’s just conversion.
“Last week, Jackie-Hill Perry spoke on the campus of Harvard University for a campus student group called Harvard College Faith and Action (HCFA). For those unfamiliar with Jackie-Hill Perry, she’s a poet and a Christian who was converted to Christ out of lesbianism. She is courageous, bold, and unambiguous about the gospel and what it requires of us.”
What Should I Look for in a Biblical Counselor?
“A godly counselor will talk about these eight things with so much love and grace. While being unafraid to speak the truth, they will do so in a way that is loving and kind.”
90 Family Dinnertime Conversation Starters
“I love family dinnertime conversation starters because it’s a great way to learn about others and myself too. They build good communication skills in our children and help us (and our children) to formulate and verbalize our moral and spiritual beliefs. These are some great questions below for all ages and not every question will work with every age group so use your judgment.”
Helping Adoptive Parents Attach to Their Children
“On the journey of adoption, attachment may be considered of paramount importance. The signs we give, not once, but repeatedly, will in the long run serve to seal in the hearts and minds of our children the trustworthiness of the promise we have made to them, to be their loving parents, and they our beloved children.”
A Introduction to Family Worship
“There are many benefits to leading your home in consistent family worship. Not only will you be able to evangelize your children, you have a set time to invite spiritual questions, your children will see you at your best, you will gather together as a family, your children will hear the Word read, and they will learn as you model prayer to them.”
William Carey: The Morning Star of Modern Missions
“William Carey was the man whom God used almost single-handedly to bring the Great Commission back to the forefront of the church’s thinking in the 18th century. Commonly recognized today as “the father of modern missions,” Carey came on the scene during a period of evangelical lethargy.”
Evangelist Billy Graham has died
“Graham once said, ‘Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.'”
When Billy Graham rejected theological liberalism
“Billy Graham died today at the age of 99. It is hard to overstate the legacy and influence of this great man. He truly was the greatest evangelist of our time. And there is no way any of it would have happened had the confrontation with Templeton gone differently. For Graham and for every faithful preacher, it is God’s power in the preached word that makes all the difference.”
Your Helper in Prayer: Spurgeon on the Holy Spirit
“Prayer is for your own benefit and comfort—it’s an ‘outlet for grief’ and a ‘lotion’ to ‘bathe our wound in.’ Rely on the Spirit to help you know what to say in prayer, and in the worst times, when you do not have the words or the strength to say anything, know that the Spirit is propping you back up into your chair so you can press on. ”
Saturn—Jewel in the Creator’s Showcase
“If God devoted such amazing attention to the details of creating the heavenly bodies, how much more attention did he pay to creating humans in his image! The one who hung Saturn in the sky also gave his Son so we could not only enjoy his work, but live forever in a relationship with him.”
The Yellowstone petrified forests
“We now have answers to both the Piltdown and Yellowstone challenges. We should remember, if confronted with other ‘unanswerable’ challenges to the biblical world view, that even if we don’t have all the answers, God does. And He, in His good time, may raise up godly scientists to discover them.”
Dinosaurs are almost certainly extinct
“Let’s be discerning. Let’s engage our minds with the best arguments. Let’s major on the best evidences—and we have some very good ones in this very area—and put the lesser ones on the back shelf. Let us especially reject the bad evidence when found. Why use the doubtful evidence before the clear?”
Practical Nature to Powerful Doctrines
“With man, salvation is unattainable and beyond our reach. With God, it’s not only possible—it’s a certainty. God mapped out our salvation long before time and is bringing it about chapter by chapter until the final day when Christ returns (Phil 1:6Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)). Therefore, the doctrine of election should serve as an encouragement rather than a divisive subject.”
The Doctrine of Election Kills Pride
“The doctrine of election removes anger and arrogance when the pure doctrine is gleaned from the pages of Scripture. Do you know this truth? Have you struggled with it? Has it become a burden rather than a blessing? Allow this grand doctrine which runs through the entirety of the Bible be a source of encouragement to your soul.”
Holy, Holy, Holy
“When it comes to the holiness of God, we need to think of distinctness and separation. While the word holiness encompasses the idea of perfection and purity—it likewise points to the distinct nature of God.”
“I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go”
DA Carson discusses two elements revealed in Exodus 4.
Renewing Your Mind Minute: A Spiritual Calling to Secular Work (01:00)
Renewing Your Mind Minute: Victory in Submission (01:00)
Renewing Your Mind Minute: Lying Signs and Wonders (01:00)
5 Minutes in Church History: 1812 (05:00)
Truth in Love: When Couples Disagree About Sex (feat. Scott Mehl) (13:18)
Truth in Love: Is It Okay For Christians To Cuss? (08:54)
Truth in Love: Talking To A Friend Who’s Depressed (feat. Ed Welch) (11:46)
ICR: Common Design or Common Descent? (13:35)
CCEF: Masturbation and guilt (09:46)
CCEF: Living in sin and unrepentant (09:58)
CCEF: Walking through marital conflict (16:33)
Thankful Homemaker: Benefits of Habits in Our Homemaking (19:54)
The Briefing: Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 (23:18)
- Atheists want to say what they’re for, but their very name leaves them forever frustrated
- New Jersey church defies reality at ‘renaming service’
- A step into greater paranoia: Iran claims lizards are being used to spy on nuclear program
The Briefing: Monday, Feb. 19, 2018 (23:35)
- How did the FBI miss obvious warning signs before Florida school shooting?
- Who is to blame for last week’s massacre in a Florida school?
- What exactly is common sense when it comes to gun control?
- Indictments handed down by Special Counsel expose Russian attempts to subvert democracy
- In failing to take action on DACA legislation, Congress fails both the American people and the Dreamers
The Briefing: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 (21:22)
- Population problem: Fifty years later, predictions of mass famine and starvation remain unfounded
- What do declining fertility rates tell us about the American worldview?
- A sarcophagus for one: Why Prince Henrik refuses to be buried next to his queen
- After decades of ideologically-driven social experimentation, Barbie returns to traditional patterns of play
The Briefing: Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 (22:13)
- A contest of worldviews as Russia seeks to exploit key weaknesses in American society
- What Russia has to gain from the decline of America’s democratic institutions
- Those out of line with ideological uniformity are no longer welcome in Silicon Valley
- How our worldview shows up on our dinner table
- When it comes to food in a fallen world, ‘natural’ may be too much of a good thing
The Briefing: Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 (22:29)
- The life and legacy of Billy Graham
- Graham as counselor to the presidents, evangelical leader, and technological innovator
- Why there was never a hint of moral scandal in the life and ministry of Billy Graham
- Personal reflections on Billy Graham
Renewing Your Mind: Glory to God Alone: Worship the Lord (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: Puritan Piety (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: Among the Brethren (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: Repentance & Renewal (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: Westminster Confession of Faith (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: Doctrine in the Dock (26:25)
Renewing Your Mind: The Riches of Christian Doctrine (26:25)
Theology Driven: Godly Husbands (38:59)
VOR: Are You a Chronological Snob? (01:08:32)