If you've noticed the radio silence on the blog the last month, a quick explanation is that I've been wrapping up a busy season of life, finishing up coursework, seeing clients, among all the other things of 'normal' life.
We enjoyed a trip to Regina, SK this weekend where my son competed in a jiu jitsu tournament, which was a really fun experience-getting to know the parents better, cheering for all the kids, and learning more about the sport.
As we enter Holy Week, my prayer has been to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pet 3:18). With this in mind, I've been reading through "The Cross of Christ" by John Stott, filled with rich theological discussion on the centrality of the cross to our Christian faith. It's not been an easy read, but has provided much to meditate on and consider.
How have you been prayerfully entering this Easter season?
This Week in Articles
"We are told not to believe everything we hear when people claim a word from the Lord, but instead we must “test the spirits to see whether they are from God,” as 1 John 4:1 advises. So how do we discern whether someone is being led by God in their words and actions? Here are a few safeguards for biblical discernment that I have found helpful over the years"
"If you’ve ever found yourself suddenly thrown into a crisis situation, you understand how overwhelming and confusing it can be. It often feels random like you’ve somehow ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time."
"We ‘follow’ someone’s Instagram or facebook page because their puppy is cute or to see what they wore to their birthday dinner. We then ‘unfollow’ on a whim at the click of a button. It requires no great commitment and is of questionable value in the big scheme of things."
"Even as we acknowledge that revival is the work of God’s Spirit, there may be ways we as church leaders are failing to pursue the means the Spirit often uses to revive his people."
'Of course, I wondered, Lord, should I involve my children in such hard prayers? We know God is good and does all things well, but as adults, many of us have also tread through the deep waters of "even if you don't."(1) Was I making a mistake to encourage my children in such prayers?"