May 2016 Concierge

A Baker's Dozen Destinations

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During my days of hotel work, guests often asked for recommendations for local points of interest. These points could be things to do, attractions to see or places to eat. Concierge is a feature that points to destinations online for guests to this blog.

This edition of Concierge points out 13 places online which proved beneficial to me during May 2016. By doing this only once a month, I hope to provide some great referrals. This month I have linked to 12 articles and one video.

Prayer & Worship


1. Persistent Prayer to a Loving Father

  • Jason Helopoulos | The Christward Collective | 5.16.16

The Father loves you dear child of God and one of the chief ways that we enjoy His love is by coming to Him in prayer. He not only loved us, but continues to lavish His love upon us. That is what Fathers do with their children. They don’t just love them for a moment; they keep on loving them–at least any good father does. And He is not just a good father, but the best of Fathers.


2. Seriousness in Worship

  • Jason Helopoulos | Tabletalk Magazine | 5.1.16

Worship is one of the greatest gifts we enjoy. Attending to it with seriousness is paramount. That does not mean moroseness or in some kind of stiff formality, but rather with intention, attention, and delight. God chooses to meet with us. That reality should rattle the Christian’s soul with joy.


3. What is the Prayer of Faith?

  • Sinclair Ferguson | Ligonier | 5.18.16

This, then, is the prayer of faith: to ask God to accomplish what He has promised in His Word. That promise is the only ground for our confidence in asking. Such confidence is not “worked up” from within our emotional life; rather, it is given and supported by what God has said in Scripture.


Prodigals


4. Finding God’s Grace While Waiting for a Prodigal

  • Betsy Childs Howard | Crossway | 5.26.16

The very best thing you could do for the prodigal in your life is to grow in your own faith. He or she needs you to be a prayer warrior, and warriors need good nourishment. If you pursue God with all your heart, soul, and strength while you wait on your prodigal’s return, one of Satan’s favorite strategies will be thwarted.


5. Forgiving Fallen Pastors

  • John MacArthur | Grace to You | 5.4.16

Shouldn’t we be eager to restore our fallen brethren? To fellowship, yes. But not to leadership. It is not an act of love to return a disqualified man to public ministry; it is an act of disobedience.


Psalms

I am preparing to teach a series on 15 of the Psalms in my Bible Study class.


6. Reading the Psalms with the Reformers

  • Timothy George | First Things | 4.19.16

The Psalter is the church’s prayer book, and the reformers saw it as an inspired document able to teach believers both how to praise God with “hallelujahs” and how to receive comfort from God when the soul is distraught and cast down.


7. Read Scripture Series: Psalms


Culture


8. Dostoevsky vs. Superman

  • Louis Markos | The Gospel Coalition: Arts & Culture | 5.2.16

It’s clear to me Dostoevsky saw it as part of his mission as a novelist to warn against the satanic temptation of what would become known as the Nietzschean superman.


9. Malcolm X and the Missing Gospel

  • Joe Brasher | Reformed African American Network | 5.10.16

Though Malcolm so vehemently wanted the world to be reconciled under sheer force of will, or under threat of violence if necessary, it would always let him down. Ultimate reconciliation can only be found through the gospel. And we toil with that hope, knowing that one day all those in Christ will reach an eternal reconciliation in the New Jerusalem, where every tribe, tongue and nation will be forever reconciled under the loving banner of God himself.


10. The Moral Revolutionaries Present Their Demands: Unconditional Surrender

  • Albert Mohler | AlbertMohler.com | 5.12.16

Now that the moral revolutionaries are solidly in control, what is to be demanded of Christians who, on the basis of Christian conviction, cannot join the revolution? The demands have now been presented, and they represent unconditional surrender.


Theology


11. Your Sin is not What You Think

  • John Piper | The Gospel Coalition: Christian Living | 5.18.16

My definition of sin is this: any feeling or thought or action that comes from a heart that does not treasure God over all other things. The bottom of sin, the root of all sins, is such a heart—a heart that prefers anything above God; a heart that doesn’t treasure God over everything else, and everyone else.


12. Let’s Revive the Lost Art of Christian Polemics

  • Conrad Mwebe | A Letter from Kabwata | 5.1.16

Polemics means a strong verbal or written rebuttal of someone else’s belief. It is an argument that disputes another person’s opinion and shows that it is not true.


Just For Fun


13. It’s Time to Move to the Beach. It’s for your Mental Health, Research Says.

  • Colby Itkowitz | The Washington Post | 5.10.16

While the tourism industry and Florida snowbirds have known this forever, there’s now research to confirm that living near water may actually improve mental health.


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