Links of The Week

This is the first edition of what I’m hoping will be a regular around these streets, ‘Links of the Week’. I will be sharing blog articles I’ve been reading, sermons I’ve watched or listened to, even adding resources that are helping me to see the glory of God. The internet is a dark and perverted place often times, but there is also so much good in it. So here’s to the links that are light-bearers in this dark place!

‘Just A Little More’. How to Quiet Our Cravings

Writer Scott Hubbard writes about how our cravings for just ‘a little more’ leads us outside of God’s yard.

Gem: “Ironically, giving in to “just a little more” leaves us with a whole lot less: less pleasure, less dignity, less self-control. Satan robs God’s children, one indulgence at a time.”

Why You Can’t Stop Overeating Junk Foods

This amazing infographic gave me much to ponder about my food choices. And even revealed some of the marketing science behind how their foods are marketed to us.

The Gift of Cancer

Writer Collen Chao’s endearing words made tears fall from my eyes. To read of such faith and trust on her part and to see the faithfulness of God’s part. By Collen’s account and other suffering servant’s God is good even when life is unspeakably hard.

Gem: “I shed a few fearful tears with my husband that Sunday morning, knowing well that sometimes our Abba takes us by the hand and leads us where we do not want to go—because He knows it is the only way to true happiness, the only way to more of Him.”

“But even while I wept, I sensed these raging waves carrying me to Jesus. I recalled C.H. Spurgeon’s words, “I have learned to kiss the wave that dashes me against the Rock of Ages.””

Truly, I was being swept and dashed—but it was straight into the arms of my True Love. And He was holding me tight and whispering, “This is a gift, Colleen. Trust Me.”

8 Real Steps for Repentance from Psalm 51

Writer Catherine Parks defines what true repentance is straight from the Davidic psalm.

Gem: “Have you ever been so discouraged by your sin that you’ve wondered, How can God love me? Surely I’m not really a Christian. Take comfort in knowing that the grief you’re experiencing is a sign that you have the Holy Spirit working in you, causing you to hate what God hates.”

What is the Role of a Christian Writer?

Gem: “The scribe of Christ—that is, anyone who spills words and follows Jesus—is tasked with a mission to share the treasures of God with all who would read their words. To build his platform, insofar as we are capable.

Gem: “So must a Christian writer be a scholar? Must he or she be a seminary graduate or a professor? By no means. But the Christian writer must be immersed in the Word of God. She must sit under it and let it warm her to life. It must be her primary means of research, but more than that—it must be her treasure.”

Bonus!

Resources:

If you own a library card there is this great treasure by the name of Hoopla. With only a library card and app, you can have access to countless eBooks, audiobooks, even music, and video. The app features a lot of Christian authors, rather it’s an autobiography or theology. It is a free treasure that can be used to grow in grace. Don’t miss out!

TGC has been long heralded champion of the Gospel. Its website is the home of countless videos and articles that seek to support and equip the saints in this weary land. TGC also offers free courses on different topics. While these resources are completely free, TGC does accept gifts for their endless resources.

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How our view of God changes everything.

Our theology (the study of God) will sculpt our reality. Rather it is wrong or right. Whatever we believe about God will cause us to stand firm or for us to fall away from God. What we believe about God sculpts our decisions. Our thinking of God may even determine how we handle temptations.

So then, it is of most importance to work on our understanding of our God. Now I’m not talking about some deep and profound stances on the Bible, like cessationism or baby baptismal. What I have in mind is knowing the attributes of God. Is God the ends to which I may be fulfilled and satisfied? If not then I may seek fulfillment in lesser things. I will quickly succumb to any temptation. Is God sovereign? If not, then I believe in a puny god who is unable to cause or prevent anything from happening at all. Is God faithful? If not, I have no hope to see any of the good that He’s promised me in Christ. Is God compassionate? If not, then I may believe that He isn’t moved by my suffering, nor wants to fellowship with me in it. Is God wise? If not, then I will think my designs and plans are better for me.

So you see what we believe about God affects truly every waking moment of our lives. If we build our homes on a God who is an accumulation of our own desires and is of our own likeness. When the storms of life come our homes will fall a great fall. But if we press on to know God as He is revealed chiefly in the Holy Bible, then when those same storms come our way our homes will be left standing.

Every day we have to allow the word of God to do its good work of dividing our souls and spirits. Allow the Scriptures to reveal this God within its pages. Bible study can be times of God teaching us so profoundly. It can be so blessed and so precious and spiritual. But it can also be quiet and mundane. We can rush through the Word or be so self-consumed that we don’t even want to know about the God of the Bible, but about little ole us.

There is no time wasted when we have our Bibles opened and our eyes, minds, souls, and affections on God. This is likely the most important thing most of us will do all day. Not much of what we build, or work toward tends to eternity, but Bible study does.

So dig in with both spoon and fork. Let not the many swarming questions discourage you. Look for God in your time of studying the Word. Whatever you can learn about His undertakings’ and His character will be so profitable to you.

God is sweet, tender, merciful and good. Those are the words I would use for Him now. But yet He’s so much more than those descriptions. I think I boast to say those things because for a while I stopped believing those same things about Him. And if God isn’t good (which He is) I have no ground to stand or lay on.

For it is no empty word for you, but your very life, and by this word you shall live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to possess.”

Deut. 32:47

The command or the word of God is our life. What we believe about God shapes our entire reality. No command or word of God is empty or meaningless. Bible study is not the business God gives us to be busy with (Ecclesiastes 3:10), but it’s how we meet with God. If we only had spiritual eyes we would see God himself sits down at our tables’ and lays beside us on our beds when we read Scriptures. The Holy Spirit that dwells within us is imparting spiritual things to us.

God is eager to teach each of us about all of Him. He desires to be known as we are known by Him. He longs a relationship with us, He wants to walk with us through the hard parts of the Bible, and our every day lives.  And He is faithful to build our understanding of who He is. And to tear down any wrong understanding of Him. God wants us to know how to rightly divided Scriptures (2 Timothy 2:15) so that we may live, think and choose wisely.

The satisfaction we crave is found only in God. And there is no bottom nor end in sight with Him. So drink up and be full.

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