Best of the Week for March 12
In Best of the Week we link to a handful of the best articles, videos, books, etc. that we have come across in the last week. We hope this will point you to some of the right places and give you gospel-rich tools and thoughts for life and mission.
“The gospel is indeed one song. But it is a song with many notes. The news is the same, but some of the words may change and the angles shift.”
This one is really short, but a good and always timely reminder that the good news of the gospel never gets old when we are constantly re-experiencing its joys and freedoms.
“We become like what we behold. Gazing at God in His word, by the power of His Spirit, has a transforming effect on our heart, mind and life. In time, those of us who do as David does and “set the Lord continually before” ourselves (Psalm 16:8) will find our interests changing to God’s interests.”
We far too often take the Bible for granted, and by that, we miss out on the most direct and trustworthy line of access we have to our Father. We want to know him–deeply. And while that does not end with reading the Bible, it also does not come part from it.
“If we’re being honest, each of us has our own Ninevites— the sometimes unpleasant, occasionally disagreeable people whom God has called us to witness to. They’re our nosy next-door neighbors, unkind co-workers, and grumpy grocery store clerks. Like Jonah, we might not feel like loving them or feel like sharing Christ’s message of redemption with them.”
Each of us has both a responsibility and a role in telling the gospel story to others. That has to start with prayer, and it carries over into our relationships and conversations. It’s hard, for sure…and prayer is a great place to start.
This is a 2-3 minute video with some good words of encouragement and hope.
“The stories we conjure in our minds usually require two people. It means that our lust can more easily hide behind the guise of friendship and story.”
The issue of sexual sin is not just for men, and the many ways it is expressed among women are increasing, but it often takes on a more subtle form.
“We tend to way overestimate the significance of a moment or a phase and way underestimate the significance of 18 or 20 years of influence.”
I don’t have kids old enough yet to validate all (or most) of these, but I can already see their wisdom coming into play. This is a good, practical read that will give any parent some things to think about and perfect.