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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