Lesley Hildreth recently published an article on the IMB website giving 5 ways to respond to your child’s calling to missions. Leslie writes:
This summer my daughter committed to spend six weeks in Montreal, Canada, to work with the North American Mission Board’s GENSEND program.
Seeing your child follow the Lord and have a desire to see others come to know Him is very rewarding for a Christian parent. However, it can also be very challenging. At times I find my flesh fighting against this reward as my heart aches in her absence. Because when our children are away, we miss them.
However, my prayer is that my heart will long to see the nations come to Christ MORE THAN I will ever long for the presence of my own precious child. As a mother, I cannot imagine sacrificing my child for anyone, BUT GOD – because of His love for us – gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.
So how can you respond when someone you love goes to the mission field?
Derek Brown recently posted this article giving 30 recommended books for Christian college students.
The following is a list of recommended books for Christian college students. I have compiled this list based on what I perceive to be the most important issues facing students today. I have also included several important devotional and theological works in order to ground students in a glorious vision of God and a deepening walk of practical faith and obedience.
In this article, Jackie Hill Perry poses three questions for a woman who might be considering abortion.
I do not presume to know you, your circumstances, or the complete array of thoughts at home in your heart, but I do know that if you are considering abortion, it is because your mind and heart have been led to believe lies. These lies come from a dark place, where light and truth don’t reign, only pride. The same pride that caused Eve to assume true freedom and happiness could only be experienced apart from the will of God. Now, due to sin’s influence on your logic, you are following in her footsteps.
I beg you to walk another way. By faith, take another route — the path that leads to life, not death.
Josh Squires posted a helpful piece at Desiring God giving five ways to go from head knowledge to heart application.
Sometimes you get to share with someone an idea that they’ve never heard before. And that idea absolutely revolutionizes the way they think about themselves or others — or even God himself. Watching someone “get it” for the first time is exhilarating. Seeing the fruit in their lives is deeply rewarding. However, it’s also pretty rare. In most cases, it’s not some brilliant insight that people need; it’s the practice of actually applying the fundamentals they already know…how do we go from head knowledge to heart application?
Andreas Köstenberger recently posted an article looking at the following two questions: “What is life’s purpose?” and “Why are we here?”
What’s the bestselling book of all time? You guessed it: it’s the Bible. But what about the second-bestselling book of all time? Many of you have heard the answer: Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life. The book’s popularity attests to the fact that we all have a deep longing to discover the purpose for which we exist. What is life’s purpose? Why are we here?
Chuck Lawless posted this article at Thom Rainer’s blog giving eight unexpected blessings of Christianity. In it Dr. Lawless writes:
My seventh-grade classmate who shared the story of Christ with me was a matter-of-fact kind of guy. Here’s generally the way he told me the gospel: “You’re going to hell, and you need to get saved.”… To be honest, my primary motivation for following Christ as a 13-year old was to escape the hell I’d heard so much about from my friend…What I didn’t know then was that the rest of my life would be about God’s forgiving me each day, each hour, each moment. His forgiving love really is sweet.