This week’s link edition is packed with some incredibly thought-provoking articles. Yes, that means you need to take some time with them. No, that doesn’t mean you should skip them because your week is too busy. Save this page (or open and save the articles) and email them to yourself, to read when you have a few minutes. Read them over breakfast or coffee, or in those few minutes before going to bed at night. I promise, they’re worth it!
What the Rich Young Ruler and I Have In Common – This aligns perfectly with last week’s post about idols! If you’ve ever tried to plan out your life, or control something like your health or relationships (or anything else outside your control), you should read this. It will make you think, and hopefully, grow into a closer and purer relationship with your Savior.
Though He Slay Me – Got suffering? So did Job. And yet, Job responded to his suffering with complete confidence in the God who allowed it: though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. This is an awesome thought, convicting and yet comforting at the same time. But can we say the same thing, when God pulls out everything we ever thought was good and helpful?
When Your World Is In A Tailspin – From Nancy DeMoss (Revive Our Hearts Radio): “In the midst of my own personal upheaval, with wave upon wave of storms rolling in, I’ve found myself again and again turning to one particular passage in Scripture that has taken on a whole new meaning for me.” She’s speaking of Psalm 46, and its tremendous reminder of the mighty fortress that is our God. I encourage you to follow this new series on Psalm 46, either by listening to the daily broadcast or reading the transcripts. I think it will teach us some new things about this Psalm, and encourage us in whatever storms we’re struggling through right now.
Strange Fire – Some of you were aware of the Strange Fire conference going on last week. I didn’t watch any of it, but I did read most of the recaps from Tim Challies. Basically, it dealt with the false doctrines of the charismatic movement. I would challenge each of you to read these recaps. Also, I’ve heard that the audio feeds will be available for download sometime soon… so stay tuned.
And a few of the sessions that stood out to me:
Strange Fire Introduction, which addresses the church’s dire need for discernment, especially regarding the charismatic movement and understanding why it is offensive to God.
Joni Eareckson Tada’s testimony about being thankful that God withheld full physical healing.
Conrad Mbewe’s testimony about the current state of Christianity within Africa.
Testing the Spirits, which considers our responsibility as Christians to test everything against Scripture.
A Case for Cessationism, which considers the arguments for and against the continuation of miracles, prophecies, and healings.