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.
Dr. David Menton with Answers in Genesis talks about what secularists call vestigial organs and how this idea is an inaccurate description of any human organ.
Nicholas T. Batzig describes God’s providence and lists some warnings and guidelines in how we should attempt to interpret His providence.
Burk Parsons explains how joy is not found within ourselves or in anything in our world but only through the Triune God.
Mallory Bierig and Rachel Rose with Thinking and Theology profile some of the amazing giants of church history.
A devotional by Raegan Thornhill about the importance of godly friendship that holds each other accountable so that we grow more and more into the image of Christ.
No one can ever accuse JC Ryle as “beating around the bush.” He very much came out and called things as they are. This line I found especially convicting: “When these ‘fruits’ are lacking, it is profane to talk of a person having the Spirit of God within them.”
Lara d’Entremont writes a beautiful and encouraging article on the real reason we should pursue sexual purity throughout all stages of our life or whatever life we are called to.
Raegan Thornhill I cannot amen this article enough. Waiting for the right man, the man who loves God, the man who will lead you spiritually, is worth waiting for. I didn’t meet my husband until later in life (as compared to most) and, while I thought God had forgotten to pair me up, I can honestly say now that he was well worth the wait.
While I’m not a fan of nor do I appreciate click-baity titles like this. I also know nothing about this author, so please do not take this as an endorsement of other things she writes. However, I very much appreciated this article. (FYI: The “B-Word” in the title is “beautiful,” not the derogatory and profane word we would originally think when used this way.)
Tim Challies profiles seven false teachers that have always found followings in the church and that includes today as well.
Since we are studying the book of Genesis this month together, I thought this would be a good article to share.
Sinclair Ferguson lists 4 ways we are to enjoy God. My favorite quote from the article: “The pathway to joy, then, is to give ourselves maximum exposure to His Word and to let it dwell in us richly.”
Kristen Wetherell writes about 6 ways women are especially gifted in serving in the life of the church. One of my favorite quotes: “God intends to use sinful, flawed, undeserving people – men and women alike – for ‘the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.'”
Karin Viet profiles the amazing gecko and how God’s design of this fascinating creature points back to His glory.
Conrad Mbewe discusses the Bible verses that contradict the false teachings of prosperity preachers.
5 Minutes in Church History profiles a man who had a detrimental effect on the Puritan church that has led to great consequences evident even today.
Erik Raymond points out the error of not referring to the Holy Spirit in the way He has revealed Himself in the Bible. We must be precise when we talk about many things but so much so when we talk about one of the Persons of the Trinity.
Emerald Griffin discusses the danger of putting your or any pastor on a pedestal. We should admire and respect him but we should not make him more than he is.
A devotion by Chelsi Woods based on Habakkuk 1:2.
Wonderful reminder by Kimberly Cummings about our guarding our speech.
Wise advice by Nicholas T. Batzig about how to respond when you find yourself under preaching or leadership that is not handling God’s Word rightly.
This is a tough question with a tough answer but Josh Buice does an excellent job in answering it from a Biblical perspective.
Excellent article by Kim Shay about the various forms of context when attempting to interpret a passage of Scripture properly. Really considering context is more than just reading the verses before and after. That is very, very important but we must also consider the context of the time, culture, and people in which the passage was written and to whom it was written in order to understand a passage more deeply and avoid misinterpretation that can lead to a false teaching on a passage.
This article by Margaret Bronson literally had me in tears; both for the thought of the pain she and her husband are going through but also tears of joy and encouragement through her reminding us of our future as Christians.
One of my favorite quotes from this article:
“So dear brothers and sisters, press on. Every day may bring soul-crushing fear or breathtaking sadness, but you are joining with your Lord who said, ‘My body, broken for you.’ Heaven—where pain is literally a thing of the past, goodbyes are no more, and this body doesn’t break under exhaustion and weariness—is coming, and eternity is here. Do not forsake mourning and grieving the loss of this life; the Creator of the universe cried for a man who was only dead a couple of days. But do not forget that we live in two worlds. We mourn in one, and we hope in the other.”
Please join me as we pray for the Bronson family during this difficult time that they will be daily reminded and strengthened in God’s majesty, they will be bold witnesses of the Gospel to those they might never have met if it were not for God’s providence that they walk this difficult path, and that their children will grow to love the Lord with greater passion and strength because of this time of suffering.
Pastor Trey Talley discusses the importance of making family worship a priority in your home.
As one who lives in Texas, this is a question most of us ask every summer.
How to Watch the Eclipse (and Shadow Snakes)
I have never seen this guy’s videos so please do not take this as an endorsement of all of his work. However, this video by Smarter Every Day a fascinating and fun video about the upcoming total eclipse. It is a little long but worth it.