Concierge for September 2017

Online Points of Interest

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During my days of hotel work, I often served as a concierge. Guests would ask for recommendations to local points of interest. These points might be things to do, attractions to see, or places to eat.

Concierge is a feature that points to destinations online. Here are some of my favorite places found in September of 2017.

Why Doesn’t God Just Talk to Me? by Dan DeWitt

This question is one that Christians often ask. Later this week I will post the video of the sermon I preached yesterday which also touches on this topic. Here is a short response to the question that should prove helpful.

You see, the truth is that God has spoken to you. He has preserved his Word. It has been written down by multiple authors across generations communicating one over arching story, providing you with an external reference point to know what God has to say to you today.

Do You Wish You Could Read Faster? by David Mathis

You may wonder what this has to do with this blog. Mathis actually presents the case for reading slower. For the past several years, I have adopted this philosophy of reading. This has especially been so with regard to my reading of The Scriptures. I encourage this method.

I want to be changed by what I read. I’m not typically looking just to run new data between my ears, but as a rule, I want to feel the emotional significance of each moment, and let it have its full effect.

Benny Hinn is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me by Costi Hinn

One of the most dangerous teachings of day is the Prosperity Gospel. Costi Hinn provides an inside view of the life of one of the main preachers of this false gospel.

Growing up in the Hinn family empire was like belonging to some hybrid of the royal family and the mafia. Our lifestyle was lavish, our loyalty was enforced, and our version of the gospel was big business. Though Jesus Christ was still a part of our gospel, he was more of a magic genie than the King of Kings. Rubbing him the right way—by giving money and having enough faith—would unlock your spiritual inheritance. God’s goal was not his glory but our gain. His grace was not to set us free from sin but to make us rich. The abundant life he offered wasn’t eternal, it was now. We lived the prosperity gospel.

The Real Story of Christianity and Abortion by Albert Mohler

Mohler does a great service by surveying the early Christian teaching on the issue of abortion. The Pro-Life Christian stands on a strong heritage of a theology of life.

Let there be no confusion on this question. The Bible reveals the sanctity of all human life, the early church affirmed the sanctity of every human life, and anyone who performs an abortion is not “doing God’s work.” Rather, he is undoing it. As the Didache, echoing Deuteronomy, reminds us from so long ago, we are to choose the way of life, and never the way of death.

Hugh Hefner Did Not Live the Good Life by Russell Moore

Hefner did not create, but marketed ingeniously the idea that a man’s life consists in the abundance of his possessions and of his orgasms. To women, he marketed frenetically the idea that a woman’s value consists in her sexual availability and attractiveness to men.

I Would Rather Die by Francis Chan

It is not enough to move away from sin. We must move toward the Lord at the same time.

Early on in my Christian journey, I focused only on running away from sin. I believe it was good and right, but not complete. It was later that I discovered the truth of Galatians 5:16, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.”

Serving Your Wife With Your Prayers from The Archives

This article is from 5 years ago in 2012.

Use your prayers as opportunities for the Lord to shape both of you more and more into his image. When you couple this kind of praying with expressions of gratitude to God for giving you your wife, you will truly be serving your wife with your prayers.