Rejoice always (H.B. Charles Jr.): It is the will of God for us to rejoice always. But obedience to this command is not accomplished by an act of the will. It is only accomplished by faith in Christ. The believer’s unceasing rejoicing is the will of God for us “in Christ Jesus.” This is the key to the life of rejoicing. Unsaved people do not rejoice in God, pray to God, or give thanks to God. Religious people rejoice sometimes, pray when they feel like it, and give thanks when things are going well. But Christians rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all circumstances. This is not the believer’s response because we are impervious to life’s dangers, toils, and snares. It is our response to life because we are in Christ Jesus. Read more at Ligonier Ministries.
Your words will outlive you (Dustin Crowe): Does your speech build up or tear down? Is it full of grace and the gospel? What words, phrases, or truths do you want to shape your church, family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers? What will be the message you preach from the grave? Read more at The Gospel Coalition.
15 types of struggling leaders (Chuck Lawless): Some of the greatest people I’ve ever met are pastors, staff, and lay leaders who just love the Lord – so I’m hesitant to write this post. However, I’ve also met many leaders who are struggling with their ministries. Maybe you can use this list to determine if any describes you today: Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
The beauty of hidden ministry (Jenn Hesse): Hidden ministry matters to the Lord. Not that he needs the works of our hands; he is Yahweh, God almighty, the king over all creation who accomplishes what he wills. For reasons we can’t fathom, he chooses to display his power through his weak and unworthy people. His grace continually renews us to display his glory on Earth. And, because we’re united with Christ in his death and resurrection, he’s preparing us to receive glory in heaven. Our lives are hidden securely in him (Col. 3:3). Read more at Gospel-Centered Discipleship.
5 reasons to recover benedictions at church (Drew Hunter): Benedictions are gospel blessings that teach us to expect what only God can give, and the Bible is filled with them. God’s first word to humanity was to bless them (Gen. 1:28). He commanded Israel’s priests to place his blessing over his people (Num. 6:22–27). As Jesus’s final act before ascending to heaven, he lifted his hands and blessed his disciples (Luke 24:51). Most of the New Testament letters include at least one benediction, and God’s last words to us in the Bible are a benediction: “The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen” (Rev. 22:21). Read more at The Gospel Coalition.
5 indications that your church may be more of a classroom than a Great Commission church (Chuck Lawless): Some good measures for all leaders to consider about whether our churches are focused on the Great Commission. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.