Good Reads 09.02.15 (on: time, family devotions, spiritual disciplines, and more!)

Here is a collection of good reads gathered from the internet over this past week… Enjoy!

On the way we view time: A Biblical Perspective on Time by C. J. Williams

You have heard the hackneyed saying: “Life is a road, not a destination.”  Nothing could be further from the truth in our world.  Many people covet what they do not have, live only for what they want to achieve, are always looking to the next bend in the road, sacrifice the people in their lives for progress toward their goals, and are unsatisfied with where they are.  But maybe this was truly the case with the patriarchs – they thought in terms of the road rather than the destination.  It was enough for them to simply live the life of faith, unhurried and unencumbered, while enjoying the different “seasons” of the covenant relationship.  Perhaps we, too, should live and think more in such terms. (click here to read more)

On assurance in salvation: Can I Be Sure I’m Saved by R. C. Sproul

Now if someone can say “Yes” to that third question, that’s where theology comes in. Consider this question: “Is it possible for an unregenerate person to have any true affection for Christ?” My answer is no; affection for Christ is a result of the Spirit’s work. That is what regeneration is all about; that is what the Spirit does in quickening. God the Holy Spirit changes the disposition of our souls and the inclination of our hearts. (click here to read more)

On family devotions: Three Rhythms for Family Devotions by Ryan Huguley

Every parent has high hopes for their children. We all want our kids to be “well-adjusted” (whatever that means), healthy, successful, and most of us pray our kids marry somebody great. While I share all of these hopes for my kids, I have one desire for them towering above the rest: I want each of my kids to know and love Jesus.  (click here to read more)

On spiritual disciplines: Discipline and the Spiritual Disciplines by Matthew Emerson

So now, when I think about discipline, my hope and expectation is that I do not pray God would change me without me making any effort. And I hope and expect that I do not beat my body in my own power trying to exert moralistic change in my flesh. Instead, I pray that the Holy Spirit would motivate me to love God, would give me insights into his Word so that I might see his Son, and that through prayer, reading, meditating, fasting, and sharing the gospel I might be transformed into Christ’s image by the power of the Spirit and to the glory of the Father. (click here to read more)

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