The Daily Discovery (January 18, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) With Greater Age Comes Greater Joy – “We were made to exist within time, to age as we progress through the years allotted to us. As we age, we experience tremendous sorrows—the sorrows of weakness, weariness, reaping, mortality, and fear. But we do not experience only sorrows. We experience joys as well. Some of these extend to believer and unbeliever alike, but God reserves the choicest of his joys for those who live for his glory.” Love & Irritability – “It was a typical night waiting tables in the fine dining room of the country club. Napkins were creased, flowers centered, and tables angled just right. … Read More

The Daily Discovery (January 16, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Aging Gracefully – “Every day, we are all building the house we will live in when old age comes. Some of us are building a beautiful palace. Some are building a dark prison. What are you building? Perhaps you are building a house that will prove beautiful and comfortable through the long winter of your old age. You are decorating it tastefully, filling it with ornaments designed to bring pleasure and comfort in the days to come—deeds of gratitude and grace, acts of generosity and selfless love. On every wall, you are hanging pictures that are as meaningful as they are beautiful—warm friendships in Christ, mentoring … Read More

The Daily Discovery (January 12, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Be a Parent Worthy of Honor – “For a number of weeks, I have been exploring the fifth commandment and, in particular, how adult children are to obey it. ‘Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God commanded you, that your days may be long, and that it may go well with you in the land that the LORD your God is giving you.’ While heeding this command is relatively straightforward to the young child under the authority of his parents, it is much more difficult to know what it entails for adult children. Through this series, we have begun to learn some … Read More

The Daily Discovery (January 10, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Breaking Down Beth Moore’s Comment at Passion 2017 – “The annual Passion conference was held last week at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, headed up by Passion City Church pastor Louie Giglio and featuring speakers like John Piper, Beth Moore, Christine Caine, and Francis Chan. The conference targets young adults. In addition to preaching and music, they make a big push for ending the evil of human trafficking. I’ve never been, but my sister has. That year I watched the entire thing online.” sixty-six books. one story. all about one name. – “During the reign of Augustus, a young, ordinary teenage girl gives birth to a … Read More

The Daily Discovery (January 6, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Passion Without Knowledge Is Deadly – “Although some really good things have come out of the Passion movement, there have been some questionable things emerge through the years as well. This year, another strange thing happened at Passion that’s causing people to ask important questions. No matter how passionate we are, if our passions are unbridled and not submissive to the Holy Spirit, it will lead to sin. Passion without knowledge is deadly.” The Commandment We Forgot: Honoring the Dishonorable – “Today we continue this series on honoring our parents, the series that considers how we, as adults, can fulfill the fifth commandment. Behind it is … Read More

The Daily Discovery (January 5, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Does Sermon Prep Get Easier? – “The right kind of experience is always a good thing. We have all known what it is to try something for the first time and to feel like we’re all thumbs. Then, with a little practice, whatever it was that seemed so difficult becomes second nature. Is it like that with sermon preparation? Can I expect that the longer I preach, and the more times that I prepare sermons, the easier it will become to be ready by Sunday? I would answer, yes and no.” Anger is Learned – “Early this morning I finished reading the most recent book from … Read More

The Daily Discovery (January 4, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Evangelicals should be deeply troubled by Donald Trump’s attempt to mainstream heresy – “Donald Trump’s upcoming inauguration will include Paula White and possibly other members of his inner circle, Darrell Scott, ‘Apostle’ Wayne T. Jackson and Mark Burns. They’re all televangelists who hail from the ‘prosperity gospel’ camp. They advocate a brand of Pentecostal Christianity known as Word of Faith. Inaugurations are always curious rituals of American civil religion. It would not be surprising to see a non-Christian religious leader participating. But what’s problematic for me as an evangelical is how Trump’s ceremony is helping to mainstream this heretical movement.” Christian Celebrity Culture and Shot Glass … Read More

The Daily Discovery (January 3, 2017)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) John MacArthur’s Ten Crucial Lessons We Must Teach our Children – “Recently as I was reading John Macarthur’s book Brave Dad, I found a section in which He gives ‘Ten Crucial Lessons Every Father Should Teach’. Obviously, MacArthur is known for his expository, verse by verse teaching. But sitting under his preaching for almost ten years I always loved his ‘lists’ many he came up with while sitting at a restaurant writing on napkins. Obviously, it wasn’t the bread and butter of his ministry, neither should it have been, but when you’ve preached through the whole New Testament and know the entire Bible so well, you … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 29, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Top Ten Blog Posts of 2016 – “A couple of years ago, I reorganized my blogging schedule to be more intentional about how, when, and why I publish articles on my blog. As a pastor, I want to use this blog to benefit to the church I serve, and I want to use the blog to address issues within the evangelical church as a whole. As the year comes to a close, I enjoy looking back at the last 12-months to see what articles were the most read and perhaps why they were the most read articles of the year. In some cases, it’s obvious. In … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 28, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Three Reasons Why You Should Read the Whole Bible in 2017 – “Throughout 2017, we will remember the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. It was during the dark days of the sixteenth century that the light of God’s Word came bursting forth from the dungeons of the Roman Catholic Church. Each year at the end of December, many people choose a reading plan for the upcoming year only to find themselves failing to keep pace as the weeks pass. It may surprise you to know how many people in your church have not read the entire Bible. This year would be a wonderful time to … Read More