5 lessons learned from a Covid 19 spike in our church (Derek Allen): Some good insights from a church that had a major spike of Covid 19 after regathering. Read more at Baptist Press.
Follow the way you want to be followed (Tim Challies): There is a simple rule that can bring consistency between the way each of us responds to leadership and the way each of us exercises leadership: Follow the way you want to be followed. I have often observed that some people demand unquestioning obedience of those who follow them, while they themselves dispute every decision of those who lead them. I have often observed that some people demand heart service of their followers while they pay mere lip service to their leaders. I have often observed that some people insist upon humble submission while they live in proud rebellion. The fact is, we train our followers by the way we follow. Read more at Challies.
Prayer for the church (Christina Fox): It seems that now, more than ever, we need to pray for the Body of Christ. We need to pray for unity. We need to pray for the growth and health of the church. We need to pray for her purity and peace. Oh, that Paul’s prayer to the church in Colossae would be true of us: that we would “be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him: bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (1:9-10). Read more at ChristinaFox.com.
Contentment isn’t passive (Megan Hill): Contentment may seem passive. But it’s not. That familiar verse from Philippians highlights this: “I have learned to be content,” writes Paul (4:11 ESV, emphasis added). Contentment isn’t a limp virtue. It has to be learned, pursued, practiced, repeated, maintained—it requires action. A few verses later, Paul describes contentment as “do[ing] all things” (Phil. 4:13). Contentment isn’t a slow twiddling of spiritual thumbs, it’s doing something. It’s doing everything. It’s active obedience that expresses itself in all areas of our lives. Consider three things that contentment does. Read more at For the Church.
Let your heart take courage (Jon Bloom): If we consider all the things we could be afraid of, we can quickly see why don’t be afraid, in one form or another, is one of the most repeated commands in Scripture. Put positively, God calls us to “be strong and of good courage” (Daniel 10:19). But how can we become courageous? Read more at Desiring God.
The fear of the Lord . . . for today? (Ed Welch) The basic idea is that the Lord is with us and he is also over us. He is the great and Holy God and is to be feared. This is a good fear because whatever we fear controls us. When we fear the Lord, we are controlled by him and his words. In short, we do what he says. We can pick out his voice from all the competition. And we certainly need to hear it. Read more CCEF.
Against every accusation: What to say when Satan whispers (Scott Hubbard): The devil’s accusations would be easier to dismiss if they were manifestly false. The trouble is that they carry so much truth. We are sinful. We are guilty. We do deserve condemnation. We will never find peace, then, by arguing for our innocence. Read more at Desiring God.