Two Resources to Enrich Your Prayer Life

I wanted to share some resources I have used in my own prayer time the last few years. These are, by no means, a definitive must in my prayer time, it’s just what I like to frequently use to prepare my heart before pouring out to Him the needs of others and myself, and I believe they help instill a heart of worship as I pray to Him. These resources have impacted my walk and prayer life greatly and wish I had found them sooner. 

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How to Fail at Works-Based Righteousness

I spent my childhood years in a religious system that magnified works. Our works were the steps to salvation.  It was almost as if there were a checklist and the closer I got to check off those works, the closer I was to Christ. Listen closely when I say, I was no closer to Christ than an atheist denying there is a God

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ESV Archaeology Study Bible | a Review

The recently released ESV Archaeology Study Bible claims that it roots the biblical text in its historical and cultural context, offering readers a framework for better understanding the people, places, and events recorded in Scripture. This is another beautifully done Bible by Crossway in a faithful text that can be trusted. Overall, I find it to be a useful resource that is stuffed full of historical contextual nuggets that help you to see how Bible history fits within the greater timeline of world history.

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Are You Following a Biblically Qualified Pastor?

Are we, as members of the Church, sitting under the teaching of pastors with biblical qualifications? Sadly, there are many unqualified pastors and elders filling our pulpits today. Even more saddening, many churches are full of members that don’t care if their pastor is biblically qualified or not. We see men, and sometimes women, sitting in pulpits and disobeying what the Bible clearly lays out in regards to the qualifications for this position.

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Hermeneutics of the Biblical Writers by Abner Chou | a Review

In a day when Andy Stanley is telling us to “unhitch” from the Old Testament, I am so grateful for Abner Chou showing the value and validity of the whole counsel of God when it comes to not just interpreting Scripture well, but also our wholehearted obedience to the Scripture.

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God's Grace in Your Suffering by David Powlison | A Review

David Powlison's newest book, God's Grace in Your Suffering, helps us see the presence of God in the midst of our suffering. Most often, when we suffer in our Christian pilgrimage on earth, we see it as a punishment, rather than a measure of God's grace. Powlison challenges that mindset biblically, faithfully, and gently.

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Joy in the Midst of Your Sorrows

Do you ever go through seasons of feeling weary? Times of suffering or hardship where you feel like you are hanging on a rope by your pinky finger, or treading water with only your head above the surface? I don’t believe any of us goes through life without feeling like this at some point. But amid this weariness, Christ is grasping my rope; He is lifting me and keeping my head above water so I can breathe!

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I Shared the Gospel Yesterday and I Blew It

Have you ever shared the Gospel with someone, walked away, and thought I blew it? I have. And let me tell you, the enemy of your soul will use this experience to haunt your thoughts if you don’t remember to have a good grasp on the sovereignty of God. 

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The Process of Biblical Heart Change | A Review

Most serious, faithful Christians want to submit well to the process of sanctification. Many of us acknowledge areas of sin in our lives and are committed to joining the Lord in His work of sanctification within us. But often, we get stuck when we’re either not changing fast enough, or don’t seem to be changing at all. Biblical heart change can be an elusive concept.

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When You Feel Lonely and Misunderstood

In the midst of your lonely pain, you don’t need someone to understand you perfectly because you already have a perfect God who does. When you feel lonely and misunderstood and isolated by your pain, turn to God and find hope knowing He truly does understand and can provide the best comfort.

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Lara d'Entremont