The weekend is here! As you get started, here are a few articles and videos that you may find interesting and beneficial.
“On the way to the Atlanta airport for a student mission trip to Africa, an Alabama church bus flipped in a crash with two other vehicles, killing a teen girl and injuring dozens more.” You’ll be encouraged to read her final journal entry with its youthful enthusiasm.
This is a sweet video about a successful adoption.
And this one isn’t so sweet. “You know about the photographers, florists, bakers, adoption agencies, coaches, chaplains, counselors, fire chiefs, innkeepers, and printers who have been targeted because of their beliefs about marriage, sexuality, or gender.”
Donald Whitney tells how he got into the habit of reading the Bible every day.
What did Jesus mean by this statement? “If we have responded to the external call in repentance and faith, it is only because God has first been at work in us to turn us to himself in Christ. Salvation is truly by grace alone. This truth is unsettling, but Jesus unsettles us for a reason. He wants us to find salvation and life in him alone, by grace alone. And only in Christ may we find an everlasting, unshakeable foundation.”
Christianity Today reports on the Southern Baptist Convention. “Southern Baptists gained almost 500 churches last year, while taking in more than $11 billion. Such statistics would have most US denominations praising the Lord. But because of declines in other metrics that matter more—including their namesake, baptisms—leaders say members should offer lament instead.”
“Sanders is claiming that he knows better than a Muslim what is offensive and hateful toward them, even though he’s not Muslim. He should ask Muslim Americans what they find more offensive: a Christian claiming they are condemned is Christianity is true or claiming both they and Christians worship the same God.”
Dr. Theodore Cabal of Southern Seminary answers in Honest Answers, episode 23.
I was using my kids to somehow make myself more attractive. It was all about me.
I’m grateful to The Good Book Company for sponsoring the blog this week.
We obey God’s Law, not to be loved but because we are loved in Christ.—Jerry Bridges