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How to Distinguish the Holy Spirit from the Serpent

by Sinclair Ferguson

How do we distinguish the promptings of the Spirit of grace in His guiding and governing of our lives from the delusions of the spirit of the world and of our own sinful heart?

Taking his cue from theologian John Owen, Ferguson provides four indicators that it is the Holy Spirit prompting us internally.

  1. The leading of the Spirit is according to the rule of Scripture.
  2. The commands of the Spirit are not grievous.
  3. The motions of the Spirit are orderly.
  4. The promptings of the Spirit glorify God according to His Word.

40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags

by Kevin DeYoung

Well, this article certainly struck a nerve. One of those to whom DeYoung was writing has put forth his own blistering response. I even had a response from one when I posted the link on my Facebook page. But DeYoung is asking the right questions. These questions expose the unbiblical and irrational logic of this crowd.

As a lover of the Bible and church history, I particularly like question #11.

11. As you think about the long history of the church and the near universal disapproval of same-sex sexual activity, what do you think you understand about the Bible that Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, and Luther failed to grasp?

Brokenness, Lostness, and the Gospel

by Chuck Lawless

God broke my heart again over the lostness of the world.

Lawless provides a list of reasons why he had lost his passion for reaching the lost with the gospel. Are any or all of these true in your life?

  1. I’m cocooned among believers.
  2. My world is too small.
  3. I see the crowds wrongly.
  4. I don’t love the lost like I should.
  5. I’ve allowed grace to become routine.
  6. I don’t reflect enough on obedience.
  7. I’ve made evangelism corporate.

Remember, Every Spiritual Discipline Is About Jesus

by Don Whitney

We pursue outward conformity to Christlikeness as we practice the same disciplines Christ practiced. More importantly, we pursue intimacy with Jesus and the inner transformation to Christlikeness when we look to Him through the spiritual disciplines.

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How Should You Talk to Your Children About Same-Sex Marriage?

by Russell Moore

The Bible isn’t nearly as antiseptic as Christians sometimes pretend to be, and it certainly doesn’t shirk back from addressing all the complexities of human life. If we are discipling our children, let’s apply the Scriptures to all of life. If we refuse to talk to our children about the reality of the world they live in, our children will assume we are unequipped to speak to it, and they’ll eventually search out a worldview that will.

Amazing Grace

by Eric Metaxas

Amazing Grace tells the story of the remarkable life of the British abolitionist William Wilberforce (1759-1833). This accessible biography chronicles Wilberforce’s extraordinary role as a human rights activist, cultural reformer, and member of Parliament.

You can get this on Kindle now for only $1.99. Click on the book cover or title to look it over.