Tuesday, August 16, 2016

We are apt to say, “It is not at all likely that having been through the greatest crisis of my life I would now turn back to the things of the world.” Do not try to predict where the temptation will come; it is the least likely thing that is the real danger. It is in the aftermath of a great spiritual event that the least likely things begin to have an effect. They may not be forceful and dominant, but they are there. And if you are not careful to be forewarned, they will trip you. You have remained true to God under great and intense trials— now beware of the undercurrent. Do not be abnormally examining your inner self, looking forward with dread, but stay alert; keep your memory sharp before God. Unguarded strength is actually a double weakness, because that is where the least likely temptations will be effective in sapping strength. The Bible characters stumbled over their strong points, never their weak ones.
“…kept by the power of God…”— that is the only safety. (1 Peter 1:5).

Monday, August 8, 2016

"We don’t rest to maximize our productivity later. 
We rest to remember that our worth does not hinge on our productivity."

Throwing Sheep Into a Pit

Monday, August 1, 2016

Padkos - July 2016

8 Ways Satan Convinces You To Question Your Salvation

Assisted Suicide - A Quadriplegic's Perspective

What About Your Desire To Do Something Great For God  "A heart delighted in God desires to obey Him. A heart delighted in self desires to see what self can accomplish. A person delighted in God doesn't care so much how God uses her, but rather that she is useful to God, the object of her delight. A person delighted in self cares deeply about how God uses her, because seeing the self she loves underused causes grief."

Are We Distracting Ourselves To Death?

Has Authenticity Trumped Holiness? Brett MacKraken

Lay Aside The Weight of Self Pity - Jon Bloom

Envy Always Wins - Tim Challis 

The 'Lost' Sin of Envy - Tim Challis

What Does it Mean to Serve God? - John Piper

God Is With You In Your Desert

God May Not Want You To Be A World Changer

The Legacy Of One-Point Calvinism and Casual Churchianity - John Piper

Left Out - The Benefits of Exclusion - Kelly Needham

Women, Trade Self-Worth For Awe And Wonder - Jen Wilkin
Awe yields self-forgetfulness. When we emphasize self-awareness to the omission of self-forgetfulness, we have missed the mark. You can tell me that I am a royal daughter of the King. You can assure me that I am God’s poem or his masterpiece. You can tell me that I stir the heart of God, that I am sung over and delighted in, that I am beautiful in his eyes, that I am set apart for a sacred purpose. You can tell me these things, and you should. But I beg you:Don’t tell me who I am until you have caused me to gaze in awe at “I Am.” Though all of these statements are precious truths, their preciousness cannot be properly perceived until framed in the brilliance of his utter holiness. There can be no true self-awareness apart from right, reverent awe of God."