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Recommended Short Reads (8/19/2016)

Your First Breath After Death “What makes being saved sweet for you? What makes heaven such a beautiful haven of happiness? Among millions of possible answers, only one is right. The best thing about that first breath will be that we are finally breathing face to face with our God.”

How Parenting Flies By Now you probably think I’m going to say, ‘Treasure those moments with your kids. Don’t miss a single little league game or choir performance.’ And yes, by all means, we should attend their games and invest in their lives. But three other lessons have become especially clear to me.”

Why Study the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah? “The main character in this narrative is the Lord God. Other central characters serve God by leading his people—Zerubbabel, Ezra, and Nehemiah. We might be tempted to focus exclusively on their wise and godly leadership; these men are great examples indeed, and Nehemiah especially is a forceful and dramatic figure. The writers, however (including Ezra and Nehemiah as first-person narrators), consistently point to the sovereign God directing the action. It is God who moves the hearts of the Persian kings to enable this restoration. Repeatedly we see God’s … Keep Reading

Recommended Short Reads (7/21/2016)

Is God the Father like my Father? “In the Bible, the family unit gives us a picture of how God relates to us, his children…our earthly fathers give us a picture, a shadow, of what God the Father is truly like.” This article gives some advice and some hope for those whose fathers are absent or abusive.

Why We Don’t Punish Our Kids The difference between punishment and discipline for the parent who shepherds their child.

Loving Muslims Begins with Honesty Here’s an excellent conversation with D. A. Carson discussing the differences between Christian and Islamic theology about God and the grounds of forgiveness/salvation and whether or not we should say we worship the same deity.  “Better than minimizing the differences between the central beliefs of Christianity and Islam — and they are central and significant — is acknowledging the differences and modeling disagreement with courtesy and respect.”

How Should I Process the Current Tensions and Violence in Our Country? Kevin DeYoung offers a number of helpful suggestions to respond in a Christian way to the tensions, violence, and racial discord evident in recent events.

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