The Daily Discovery (December 27, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) 7 Questions for Andy Stanley on the Virgin Birth – “In a shocking and unsurprising turn, Andy Stanley says the virgin birth of Jesus isn’t a big deal. Two direct quotes from Stanley…” Book Review: The Prodigal Church by Jared C. Wilson – “Frankly, the book is so honest, so direct, so revealing, that I couldn’t put it down. I found myself hunched over, highlighter in hand, repeating phrases like, “Yes!” and “Thank you” and “Spot on!” In the end, I can only conclude that this may be one of the most important Christian books in print today. Here’s why…” 5 Best Books I Read in … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 23, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) What Really Happened in North Carolina with LGBT Activists and the Bathroom Bill – “Did the North Carolina legislature do the right thing by refusing to repeal HB2 after the Charlotte City Council voted 9-0 to repeal the controversial bill that started the whole firestorm? Or did the Republican-led NC Senate miss a great opportunity to remove the stigma surrounding the state and do a major reset? When all things are considered, these legislators did the only thing they could do if they were to be faithful to their convictions and their conscience. Before I explain why, allow me to give a brief recap.” 10 Ideas … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 22, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) The Forever-Exalted Christ – “We shouldn’t be deceived by the size and seeming vulnerability of the baby in the manger. Jesus Christ is the creator and ruler of the entire universe—and His incarnation didn’t alter that. Even in His infancy, He was supreme to everything else, in every possible way. That’s the central thesis of the book of Hebrews. In the opening verses of that epistle, the writer outlines seven facets of Christ’s preeminence in his opening statement…” Why I’m Not Dreaming of a White Christmas – “Now’s about the time when Christmas-lovers and snow-enthusiasts around the country start checking the 5-day weather forecast, united in … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 21, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) A Christmas Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Nativity Story? – “How well do you know the nativity story? This short quiz is designed to help you find out! It poses 25 quick questions based on the Bible’s accounts of Jesus’ birth. Take the quiz, share the quiz, enjoy the quiz! Best of all, let the quiz take you to the Bible to read more about this miraculous story.” The Incarnate Image of God – “At Christmas most of the world sees Jesus as a baby in a manger—nothing more. But considering its innate love for sin and hatred for God, we should not be … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 20, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) 4 Times In Life You Should Expect To Face Temptation – “Temptation is a mysterious thing. There must be method to the madness, there must be patterns of how and when we are tempted by specific sins. If there are, I’ve never quite been able to hack or solve the system. But at the very least we can observe this: There are some times in life when you should be especially wary, when temptation is especially likely. Here are four times you should expect to face temptation.” What Child Is This? – “Yesterday, in our incarnation series, I preached from Matthew 2:1-12Open in Logos Bible Software … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 19, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Hate What God Hates – “God is love. We love that God is love, that he is the never-ending source of love, that he is the one who always acts in loving ways. Even those who reject the Christian faith still like to imagine and believe in a God who is love.” Last Second Books to Give Away This Christmas – “Over the past year, our bookstore — with suggestions by our pastors at Immanuel Bible Church — has featured a book of the month. The books have come from all different categories and with Christmas about a week away I thought you might find a … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 15, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Jesus Isn’t Threatened by Your Christmas Gifts – “Christmas is fast approaching and, not surprisingly, my kids are looking forward to seeing what’s under the tree. The girls, at least, are still young enough that they are waiting with bated breath to learn what treasures they’ll be receiving. I love this. I enjoy their anticipation and am excited to experience their joy as they unwrap what Aileen and I have bought for them. It promises to be a good morning.” Will Santa Make you a Bad Parent? – “Whether or not you “play Santa” does not really bother me. In fact, I’m not even bothered if … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 14, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) Christmas Carols and the Gospel – “It’s that time of year. Turn on the radio, take a trip to the mall, or simply stroll down the aisles of the local grocery store, and you’re likely to hear songs about Jesus’ birth playing in the background. We call them ‘Christmas carols,’ but they are really Christian hymns celebrating the incarnation of our Lord and Savior. For a few weeks each December, these profound songs of worship become a ubiquitous part of the holiday atmosphere. Our society’s pervasive interest in them provides us with a unique opportunity to share the gospel. It is the perfect time to explain the meaning of these songs to those who don’t know … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 13, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) When God Goes Big And I Go Small – “The Bible often speaks in broad words, in great sweeping statements. We often observe so little nuance in its words, so few exceptions to its commands. As we read the Bible we come across statements like these…” Fools and Wise Men – “Do you remember what it was like as a child to know your grandparents were coming for Christmas? If you were young enough, you probably didn’t have a strong concept of time—you simply knew they could arrive at any moment. That anticipation filled the day with excitement, as you eagerly kept watch for their arrival.” … Read More

The Daily Discovery (December 7, 2016)

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ARTICLES I LIKE FROM AROUND THE WEB: (Click title to go to full article) “The Shack” and What It Says about Evangelicalism – “In 2008, William Paul Young wrote a book titled The Shack that was instantly a best-seller. It ascended to the top of the best-selling lists (including the New York Times and Amazon), and like many successful books often do, it has now morphed into a movie. The book originally written as a Christmas gift for a family has sold over 20-million copies and become one of the top 70 books in the history of printed books.” The Disciple-Making Parent – “A core component of my regular reading diet is books on parenting. As long as I am … Read More