Current Events

Nepal: Persecuted Christians See Bodies of Dead Loved Ones Dug Up, Dumped on Streets

“A Christian group in Nepal lobbying the government to establish rights for believers says Christians face major hardships in the Hindu-majority nation, such as not being allowed to share the Gospel and even being barred from burying their dead.”

Ryan Pledges to Defund Planned Parenthood

“House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) indicated Thursday that congressional Republicans might push to defund Planned Parenthood using the budget reconciliation process.”

Bible Study/Preaching/Family Issues/Apologetics

Matthew Holst – Wisdom for Reading the Proverbs

“Proverbs is, at one level, a simple book to understand, and, at another level, a book that equires a great deal of spiritual discernment and wisdom. To get wisdom, we must read wisdom and we must pray for wisdom. As James tell us, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given to him” (James 1:5).”

Tim Challies – The Commandment We Forgot: Honoring the Dishonorable

“In the hard cases, giving honor to parents may seem impossible. But still the call goes out: “Give to all what is owed to them: … Honor to whom honor is owed.” For many people this is the deepest kind of challenge. For all of us, it is a challenge for which we would desperately need the grace of God.”

Raymond Ortlund, Jr. – The Importance of Recapturing Biblical Marriage

Kelly Needham – 5 Ways Daily Bible Reading Impacts Your Life

“The more I read, the more living and active my relationship with God becomes. I am learning His language and engaging with Him better every day. Isn’t this what we all long for? A living, breathing, tangible relationship with the eternal and living God?”

Michael Boling – Lessons From the Garden: Why Did Cain and Abel Offer a Sacrifice to God?

“Scripture does not state a specific sacrificial prescription by God as this point in history, but we can make a strong case they were instituted as a recurring appointed time, on the Sabbath or otherwise, as a means by which to focus on the promise of the Messiah and what his coming would accomplish.”

Servants of Grace has kicked off a study through Galatians. Check out what posted this past week:

Dave Jenkins – Dear Recovering Pharisee

Dave Jenkins – No Other Gospel

Dave Jenkins – The Origin of Paul’s Ministry

Origins/Science:

Judah Etinger – Designed to Adapt?

“Creationists have long agreed that inheritable adaptation happens via natural selection. This helps explain how the kinds represented on the Ark were able to rapidly diversify afterwards into many different varieties, even new species.”

Elizabeth Mitchell – One Small Step for DNA, One Giant Leap for Man’s Brain

“Despite the wishful storytelling by evolutionists, nothing in science indicates how the human genome could evolve its critical differences from a chimp’s through natural processes. The hundreds of millions of genetic differences between apes and us represent a chasm evolution cannot cross.”

Devon Spencer – What a Dog’s Nose Knows!

“So what does a dog’s nose know? It knows that the Creator God has designed it and that dogs and the rest of creation groan from the sin and death brought to all of us from the Fall (Romans 8:22).”

Oldies but Goodies

J. C. Ryle – Do You Think You Are Converted?

“Conversion is not only a scriptural thing, a real thing, a necessary thing, a possible thing, and a happy thing: there remains one more grand characteristic about it: it is A THING THAT WILL ALWAYS BE SEEN.”

A. W. Pink – A Contrite and Humble Spirit (Isaiah 57:15)

“A humble spirit or heart, is an infallible sign of regeneration; for the unregenerate are proud, self-satisfied, self-righteous.”

John Bunyan – The Acceptable Sacrifice

“‘A broken heart, a contrite spirit, God will not despise’; but both thou, and all thy service, he will certainly slight and reject, if, when thou comest to him, a broken heart be wanting; wherefore here is the point, Come broken, come contrite, come sensible of, and sorry for thy sins, or thy coming will be counted no coming to God aright; and if so, consequently thou wilt get no benefit thereby.

John Calvin – On Self-Denial

“For as the surest source of destruction to men is to obey themselves, so the only haven of safety is to have no other will, no other wisdom, than to follow the Lord wherever He leads.”