Here is a collection of good reads gathered from across the internet this past week. Enjoy!
On accountability with other Christians: To Know and Be Known by Jason Alligood
Why is it necessary for us to ask the kinds of questions as in the scenario above? Because 1 Cor. 2:11a is true and because we need to be truthful to those in our church community, so that they can come along side of us and help. We need this because we all are redeemed, yet struggling sinners. (click here to read more)
On faith in the face of trials: God’s Banquet in Your Desert by Bryce Young
In the high tides of desert trials, our hope lies not in our ability to stay above water, or trek across the tundra. Rather, we rest fully in this Savior who has himself passed through the wilderness without sin. (click here to read more)
On marriage, porn, and sex: Why Porn Kills Sex by Russell Moore
When pornography enters into a marriage, the result is shame. By “shame,” I am not meaning the feeling of being ashamed (although that may be part of it). I mean that one is, at the most intimate level, hiding. There’s something within us that knows that sexuality is meant for something other than the manipulation of images and body parts.
Pornography kills sexuality because porn isn’t just about sex and because sex isn’t just about sex. (click here to read more)
On church and prayer: 18 Things to Pray for Your Church by Jonathan Leeman
It’s comparatively easy for you and me to pray for ourselves, our families, and our friends. But how can we learn how to pray more fervently and consistently for our local churches? For one, we just need to start doing it—and encouraging others to do so. (click here to read more)
On faith and doubt: Jesus Helps Our Unbelief by Jon Bloom
Glorious, inexpressible joy comes not by seeing Jesus now, but by believing in him now. Those who believe in Jesus in this age are more blessed than those who have seen him. Because believing is true seeing. And it is faith-sight, not eyesight, that results in eternal life (John 3:16). (click here to read more)