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Good Reads 01.12.16 (on prayer, marriage, parenting, and more!)

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

On prayer: 9 Strategies that Have Helped Me Pray by Chuck Lawless

People who are just watching me might wonder with whom I’m talking throughout the day. It’s cool to carry on a conversation with God while driving, while walking across campus, or while running on the treadmill. (click here to read more)

On the greatness of Jesus and his calling on our lives: Called into the All-Surpassing Awesomeness of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

And it occurs to me that this is not just a great picture of this call to discipleship, but that it’s a wonderful picture of our call to discipleship. We tag along and Jesus asks, “What do you want?” and so many of us answer with a piddlin’ amount of expectation compared to the all-satisfying goodness he is actually drawing us into. (click here to read more)

On marriage, sex, and porn: Porn Could’ve Wrecked My Marriage by Brandon Smith

At the height of my porn addiction, my mind was perpetually bouncing from one woman to the next. I would look at pornography on my cell phone in the bathroom at work, in my car while driving; you name it, I did it.

I knew all the Bible verses about “youthful desires” and “passions of the flesh,” but I only sought self-gratification. I viewed the girls I dated as no better or more important than the women I watched on my computer screen. It was about me, not them.

Porn makes people sexbots, not humans. (click here to read more)

On parenting and grace: The One Word that Defines Our Parenting by Zach Crook

We had also secretly judged a whole lot of parents before we had our own kids.  Commenting to one another how “we won’t ever let our kids act like that.”

Then, after the miracle of life and our voyage into parenthood began, we quickly realized our error.  Our mistake was not only in judging other parents, but thinking that we could follow steps in a book and our kids would turn out just right.

We recognized that we needed an extra portion of God’s grace to just make it through a day, much less figure out how to have perfectly respectful, obedient children. (click here to read more)

On the question of “so what?”: The Question We Must Ask about Everything by Barnabas Piper

The “so what” factor doesn’t have to be explicit. It doesn’t have to be a three step application. It doesn’t even have to be expansive, dynamic, or intense. But has to be clear and present. Without it a message is just information that has no bearing on life. Without the “so what” it’s simply the communicator showing off. (click here to read more)

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