Recommended Short Reads (8/3/2016)

No Bible, No Breakfast A good example of how we can (and shouldn’t) make a helpful personal approach a burden on other Christians’ conscience.

Satan’s Favorite Weapon Against You “Therefore, Satan’s primary goal in the thousands of his various attacks on us is to take down our faith. His primary goal against the church is to fragment the formidable force of united faith and isolate believers, weakening the church and making individuals more vulnerable (Hebrews 3:12–13, 10:25). His forces are hell-bent on these strategic objectives (Ephesians 6:11–12).” Jon Bloom then offers four helps to resist the attack.

What is Facing the Church Today? “Being American and being Christian are NOT one-in-the-same. The Scriptures define Christian very differently than culture at large. It is quite possible that those people who checked the ‘Christian’ box on a survey are no longer doing so; quite frankly because they no longer feel the societal pressure to be ‘Christian.’ To them, shedding the label ‘Christian’ makes sense.”

Recommended Resources on Assurance for Tenderhearted Souls Tim Raymond recommends some helpful resources to help the “true believer who is nonetheless overly anxious, almost obsessive, about his spiritual state. Everybody around him will quickly identify him as a godly Christian, but for whatever reason, he can’t see it. Often he lives in constant fear that he is among the self-deceived to whom Jesus will one day say, “Depart from me, I never knew you” (Matt. 7:23).”

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