Christian Living

The Kind of Forest the World Needs – Christian Article

There has never been a generation of Christ followers more materially blessed than we are. We are wealthier, healthier, better resourced, and better connected than any other Christian community in the history of the world. Such benefits come with great responsibility, however. Scripture teaches that to whom much is given, much is required. You may know exactly what your calling is, where you are headed next, what you want to do in the next 10 years. Or you may be…

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Go Unsatisfied | Klamath Falls Christian Counseling – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Matthew 5:12 says  “Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven…” When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5 He essentially told his followers that the life of one who lives for God is characterized by an expectation of receiving satisfaction in the future…not in the present.  It is the life of faith that pleases God, not the life that expects sight now (Hebrews 11:6).   Remember what Jesus said…

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Life and Books with Kathryn Butler – Christian Article

On My Shelf helps you get to know various writers through a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their lives as readers. I asked Kathryn Butler—a trauma and critical-care surgeon who recently left clinical practice to homeschool her children and author of a book on end-of-life care through a Christian lens, Between Life and Death—about what’s on her nightstand, her favorite fiction, books that have most influenced her thinking about faith and medicine, and more. What books are on your nightstand? This will be fodder for…

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When Disciplining Kids Doesn’t Seem to Make a Difference – Christian Article

My sin doesn’t die easily. Right now, I’m fighting a particular one that seems especially persistent. I might see victory in it for a few months, but then something happens, I let my guard down, and I like feel I’ve taken 10 steps backward in sanctification. It’s frustrating. It’s annoying. It’s discouraging. My young kids also have sin issues that don’t seem to be going anywhere. Like me, they have good days and bad days. But unlike me, they don’t…

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What They Forbid and Promote – Christian Article

You might be able to list the ten commandments in order, but do you know what they forbid and promote? I used to think I knew the ten commandments pretty well. “Thou shall not steal.” Got it. Won’t steal anyone’s stuff. As long as I do that I’m good, right? Not necessarily. There’s more to the ten commandments than what first meets the eye, and below you can find what they both encourage and discourage. 1 The Ten Commandments: What…

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The Gospel Is More Than Good Advice – Christian Article

By Timothy Keller What is this “gospel” for which Paul is willing to glory in being a slave? What gospel would make Paul happy to lose everything in order to share it? First, it is worth reflecting on the word itself. “Gospel”—euangeloi—is literally “good herald.” In the first century, if on a far-flung battlefield an emperor won a great victory which secured his peace and established his authority, he would send heralds—angeloi—to declare his victory, peace and authority. Put most…

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What about Apatheism? – Christian Research Institute – Christian Article

J. Warner Wallace is a Dateline-featured cold-case homicide detective, popular national speaker, and best-selling author. He continues to consult on cold-case investigations while serving as a Senior Fellow at the Colson Center for Christian Worldview. He is also an adjunct professorof apologetics at Biola University and a faculty member at Summit Ministries. Before he became a popular apologist, Jim would listen to the Bible Answer Man broadcast in the car while working stakeouts as an undercover investigator. He has since…

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Your Future Self Wants You to Read This

Part of the reason I had hoped to review Drew Dyck’s latest book before its publication is that there is so little available in the Christian market dealing with self-control. It’s one of the nine ‘Fruit of the Spirit,’ so why isn’t more being said? I had my only-ever audio-book experience this summer with Walter Mischel’s The Marshmallow Test, which looks at self-control in general and delayed gratification in particular through the lens of a study done on preschool children…

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Placing the Interests of the Other Person Above Your Own

This weekend wraps up the ninth year of Thinking Out Loud’s sister blog, Christianity 201. Monday marks the beginning of year ten. My goal with C201, God willing, is to do what I did here: Ten years of daily content without missing a day, Today I wanted to bring readers here a taste of what happens there. These articles (today and tomorrow) are being cross-posted with what’s running there. I Cor 12:25 (NIV) so that there should be no division…

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Valuing The Jesus Prayer: Hank Hanegraaff interviews Nicole Roccas – Christian Article

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me, a sinner — The Jesus Prayer Dr. Nicole Roccas has been researching and writing about time from both a historical and theological perspective for nearly ten years. In addition to being a writer and editor, she lectures at the Orthodox School of Theology at Trinity College (Toronto). On a recent edition of Hank Unplugged, Hank had a conversation with Dr. Roccas about her book Time and Despondency: Regaining the Present…

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The Kingdom of God Bearing Fruit; Regardless of Who is In Charge

This weekend wraps up the ninth year of Thinking Out Loud’s sister blog, Christianity 201. Tomorrow (Monday) marks the beginning of year ten. My goal with C201, God willing, is to do what I did here: Ten years of daily content without missing a day, I wanted to bring readers here a taste of what happens there. These articles (yesterday and today) are being cross-posted with what’s running there. Col 1 : 10( NIV) …live a life worthy of the…

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A Morning Devoted to Un-Truths

This weekend I’ve been cross-posting articles from Christianity 201, as that blog begins year ten today. It seemed only fitting to go back one last time for this article, appropriate to April Fool’s Day. For much of the morning, in some parts of the world, people made (or are still making) outrageous, preposterous or untrue statements; waited a few seconds; followed by, “April Fools!” No doubt online there were false news stories, manipulated photos, and skillfully edited videos. In most…

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The Couch to 5K Model of Christian Discipleship – Christian Article

The Couch to 5K Model of Christian Discipleship Published on February 5, 2019 If you are not a runner you probably couldn’t wake up tomorrow and run 5 kilometres without stopping. You probably couldn’t run for 5 minutes! Most people need to work up to a goal of this size, building fitness and stamina over time until the impossible becomes possible. I wasn’t a runner (and I still wouldn’t describe myself as one!) but I learnt to run this way using…

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A Graveyard Is a Good Place to Make Big Decisions – Christian Article

Years ago I was driving through a rural area of west Tennessee, on my way to a little cottage on the Pickwick Dam in north Mississippi, where I’d take a couple of days away to write. Much was on my mind. I had large decisions in front of me—decisions that would shape the whole course of my future. My immediate problem wasn’t the course of my future, but the course of my actual journey at the time. I was lost.…

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5 Ways Athletes Have a Unique Gospel Platform – Christian Article

Do you know how the late R. C. Sproul came to faith in Christ? Through a football player. In his obituary on Sproul, Justin Taylor recaps the story: R. C. was reborn in September of 1957 during the first weekend of his first semester at Westminster College, a progressive Presbyterian school an hour north of Pittsburgh. Following freshman orientation, R. C. and his roommate (whom he had played baseball with in school) wanted to leave their dry campus to go…

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Speaking Ability ≠ Effective Ministry – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); 1 Corinthians 1: 1-5 “When I came to you, brothers, announcing the testimony of God to you, I did not come with brilliance of speech or wisdom.  For I didn’t think it was a good idea to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.  I came to you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. My speech and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom but with a powerful demonstration by the Spirit, so that your faith might not be…

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