How to Pray When Someone You Love is Stuck in Sin

by Carrie Lowrance One of the hardest things to do in life is watch someone you love be stuck in sin. It is hard to watch those we love struggle with abusive relationships, alcohol, drugs, gambling, etc. As much as we talk to them until we’re blue in the face, it may not necessarily make … Continue reading How to Pray When Someone You Love is Stuck in Sin

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Book Review: This Momentary Marriage

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I’ve been reading This Momentary MarriageA Parable of Permanence by John Piper. It’s available as a free PDF. I was pleasantly surprised at how profound it was. Not just for married couples, but for down-hearted singles (like myself).

Christian marriage literature can be, and has often been, perverted to suit the aims of chauvinistic manipulators. Especially in terms of servitude and gender roles.

This books is not like that. At all.

Piper offers a refreshing, Bible-based understanding of marriage. The focus is rightly placed on God and Christ. Not human gratification.

It is well worth the read.

*Rae

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Overcoming Your Devotional Obstacles

I have been reading the book, Overcoming Your Devotional Obstacles by John O’Malley. It is a wonderful book and study guide. I would definitely recommend it to every Christian! I would be the first to say, that over the years, I have really struggled in the area of personal devotions. Thankfully I have searched for, and found, numerous things that have been a help to me in my bible study. This book has been a great encouragement to me. I’m sure that I will read it over and over again! Today I am going to be focusing on just one of the chapters in this book. The Obstacle of Distraction This is probably my greatest challenge when it comes to studying God’s word. Life gets so busy. When you are running here, there, and everywhere,  it can be easy to fall into bed at night, exhausted, and not even…

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What is Reformed Theology?

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 In some circles being “reformed” is a badge of honor, elsewhere bearing that name is enough to get you blacklisted.

So what does it mean to be “Reformed?” R.C. Sproul unpacks this in this 2016 edition of a theological best seller. In this book he contrasts “God-Centered Theology” and “Man-Centered” theology, claiming essential that Reformed theology is the most “God-Centered” theology there is, it is a theology driven by a particular understanding of the character of God.

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What is this sort of theology committed to? First, it is committed to being centered on God. Second, it is based on God’s Word alone (in a non-reductionistic sense). Third, it is committed to the doctrine of salvation by faith alone (though faith does not stand alone). Fourth, it is Christocentric. Finally it is structured by three covenants: 1)Works, 2)Grace, 3)Redemption. He does a fairly decent job of not just explaining Reformed…

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Book Briefs: NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible

Originally Posted by Bob Hayton   Zondervan has released a monumental study Bible. The NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible promises to bring the ancient world of Scripture to life for contemporary readers. The array of resources presented and the depth of research made accessible could almost be described as incredible. This Bible is presented in … Continue reading Book Briefs: NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible