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.
This is an excellent article about 5 often quoted passages that are frequently taken out of context, misinterpreted, and misapplied. What I really appreciated about this article is that they explained what each passage is talking about in its original context and setting. They then suggest how the passage more accurately applies to given situations and recommends ways of teaching the person who you have heard misapply the verse.
This article is similar to the one above but goes a bit deeper in how we actually study the Bible. These are all mistakes I am guilty of making myself. It is good to be aware of these failings, confess them, ask God to help you avoid them, and then press on.
DebbieLynne writes a beautiful article on assurance of salvation. Very encouraging and convicting as most of her articles are.
This is a beautiful reminder that learning Biblical doctrine is not for the seminary trained only but for everyone. What an inspiring and encouraging article!
Beautiful article reminding us that God’s love is not dependent upon how well we live up to the title of “Christian.” We desire to obey God and serve Him in perfection but God is not waiting to punish us when we fail. He has showered us with His grace, mercy, and love so that we can serve Him in confidence, peace, and joy.
In this week’s 5 Minutes in Church History, Dr. Stephen Nichols discusses the canon of Scripture with Dr. Michael Kruger. The podcast is only 5 minutes long but if you don’t have a way of listening to it, Dr. Nichols has posted the transcript at this link as well.
Short but excellent explanation as to how Biblical church discipline is actually an act of love and rescue, not just being mean.
I shared this video this week on Facebook but wanted share it here too. RC Sproul has been greatly used by God over the last 52 years. God has used him as one of the greatest influencers in my spiritual life and understanding of Biblical theology. In this particular video, it is beautiful to see how consistent he has been through the years. When we allow the Bible to teach what it actually says we see that its message is consistent and relative to all generations.
Speaking of RC Sproul, here is an article he published Tabletalk Magazine back in March but was republished on the Ligonier site this week, regarding God’s command for us to submit to and honor those in authority. Dr. Sproul goes deeper than “just obey” and into why we should obey and who were are actually submitting to.
This is a beautiful article written by Jasmine Holmes about women, in general. You may not consider yourself a “strong woman” but I think what she has to say here can apply to every single Christian woman.
To be clear, Joel Osteen is a heretic. What he preaches is not Biblical truth. He is a false teacher and his teachings are leading many to hell. However, just as in Numbers 22 God spoke through a donkey, God occasionally uses even the worst offenders of the Gospel to speak truth. This is a beautiful confession of Paul Washer and is a truly convicting message as most of Washer’s messages are.
I hope you find these articles as encouraging and edifying as I did.