SUFFERING / TRIALS
When suffering only gets worse (Michael Beates): With time and perspective, through the years, I have often told people that Romans 8:28 is one of the most frequently quoted, yet possibly the least believed, verses in all the Bible. It shouldn’t be quoted less, but more wholeheartedly believed. Read more at Desiring God.
What only suffering can say: how trials feed the flame of witness (Vaneetha Rendall Risner): Watching believers suffer and die well changes a world that lives to avoid suffering. There’s nothing unusual about Christians who are happy in prosperity. That’s natural. Even expected. But joy in suffering is supernatural. The world takes notice. Like Moses and the burning bush, they step aside to see why we are not destroyed (Exodus 3:2–3). Read more at Desiring God.
In the grip of the coronavirus (JD Greear): God is loosening our roots The global scope and seriousness of the coronavirus are great. What we need to see is that God’s purposes during this time are greater. God is not waiting for the coronavirus to ebb before he can move again. He will work even in this pandemic to make his name known. Read more at JDGreear.com.
9 things I’d like to see continue in churches in the new normal (Chuck Lawless): Only God knows what the “new normal” is going to look like in churches when we regather over the next several months. Nevertheless, here are some things I hope will continue. Read more at ChuckLawless.com.
7 distortions of the gospel commonly accepted as Christianity (Kevin Halloran): This world is filled with distractions that can shift a Christian’s focus from the true gospel to something else. These often are good things that deceptively sneak in, sidestep our good intentions and disguise themselves as true Christianity; when in reality they are false gospels. These gospel distortions are dangerous because they add to or subtract from the perfect and glorious gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. Read more at KevinHalloran.net.
4 distinguishing characteristics of Christian assurance (Tim Challies): His activity is as individual as it is sovereign, and necessarily so, because he brings us individually, one by one, to say “The Son of God . . . loved me and gave himself for me‘ (Gal. 2:20)—which is, surely, to express assurance in its simplest but also its highest form. Yet this assurance of salvation, for all it is experienced individually, is typically accompanied by four distinguishing features. Read more at Challies.
3 ways to live in the fullness of God in frightening times (Ben Mandrell): We all wonder what life on the other side of COVID-19 will look like and are tempted to live in fear. But Scripture says perfect love drives out all fear—that when we completely surrender ourselves to God, we need not worry about tomorrow. But what does this practically look like in the midst of a pandemic that’s challenging our sense of normal? Here are three ways to live in the fullness of God in the midst of frightening times. Read more at LifeWay Voices.
5 things to do after the crisis (Ron Edmondson): Some good steps to take individually as well as corporately. Read more at RonEdmondson.com.