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Good Reads 12.16.15 (on: dating, praying for missionaries, and more!)

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

On praying for missionaries: Seven Things to Pray for Missionaries by Evan Burns

There are numerous ways a church or even those who are preparing for ministry can pray to bless their missionaries.  Because the church might not always know those immediate, pressing issues in the missionary’s life, praying from God’s Word is always valuable and applicable in every season and place. Here are seven simple ways to pray for missionaries from Paul’s charge to Timothy (see 2 Tim. 2:1-7): (…click here to read more)

On what creates more life change, big events or a bunch of little events: It Changed My Life! by Tim Challies

It is not unusual to go to Amazon and find a book review that says something like, “I finished this book last night and it changed my life!” It is not unusual to hear the words used in the immediate aftermath of a powerful conference. Yet I always feel a measure of caution when I hear these exclamations. Books and movies and conferences truly can change lives, but we don’t usually know what has shaped us until much later on. Deep and lasting life change is rarely something that is measured in minutes or even hours. (click here to read more)

On reading the Bible: Five Strategies for Daily Bible Reading by Gavin Ortlund

One of the issues that comes up most often frequently when I am discipling others in the church is the struggle to do daily Bible reading. And it doesn’t necessarily get easier for those of us who are in ministry or study the Bible in an academic context—in fact, I think many pastors face the temptation of their teaching ministry from the Bible to crowd out, or altogether replace, their own personal devotional reading of Scripture. But if Christ claims that daily Bible reading is more important to us than daily food, we can’t neglect our own nourishment, even while seeking to feed others. (click here to read more)

On the things God expects from his people: What God Celebrates in Us by Christine Hoover

I have, however, typically added stipulations and expectations onto those invitations. Some of those stipulations and expectations could be characterized as genuine anticipation of what God might do. My heart was hopeful, but somewhere along the way, I started imagining exactly what I’d hoped He might do. Sweet and simple faith then turned into something more subtly sinister. He’d asked me to be faithful and, in my movement forward, I’d wanted to tell Him precisely what that faithfulness should look like and precisely what should result from it. (click here to read more)

On Christians and dating: Why Is Dating a Non-Christian Such a Big Deal by Debra Fileta

If you are a believer and profess to have a relationship with Jesus Christ, there is no getting around the fact that this is by far the most influential relationship you will ever have. It’s a relationship that will shape your identity, form your beliefs, influence your choices and guide the entire purpose of your life. It’s a relationship that, according to Scripture, will not just change you, it will re-create you. When you enter a relationship with Jesus, you’re not simply a “better version” of yourself, you are made absolutely new. (click here to read more)

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