Three weekend reads, currated from the world wide web to enrich your soul and equip you for mission.

1. If You Love God, Listen to Him: 5 Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day (from Jimmy Needham)

if-you-love-god-listen-to-him-e2hpmo3x-6209fd1d885a1a9a8896fa74039040f7What remains in a Christianity that doesn’t seriously engage God’s word? Sadly, a fluffy, pithy sentimentalism — a religion who’s entire belief system is more fit for a coffee mug than a catechism.

I want to give you five good reasons to find your life in the Bible for the rest of your life. Before you get into God’s word, remember that becoming Bible-literate is not about being smarter, or beefing up your spiritual resume, or lording your knowledge over others. It’s about looking through the pages to the Savior on the other side. Jesus says, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life” (John 5:39–40). It’s about seeing and savoring Jesus Christ through his word. We don’t worship the font. We worship the Father.

Read the rest: here.

2. The Difficulty of Community (from Timothy Keller)

Lonely-WomanMany things in our culture work against the maintenance of real community. We are conditioned in countless ways to think and act as individuals only, not as members of any body, and even our individual relationships are ‘thinned out,’ based on images rather than presences.

Since this is the opposite of how we are supposed to live as Christians, let’s look at how just one cultural reality contributes to this—contemporary communication technologies.

Read the rest: here.

3. The Everyday Question of Motherhood (from Christine Hoover)

the-everyday-question-of-motherhood-1z8ba4krToo often, I attend to necessary tasks — leaving the stove to help with pant buttons, putting down the phone to search for a beloved toy, excusing myself from a conversation at church to take tired children home for a nap — while my heart grumbles. If I just had one moment to complete a task or have an adult conversation without an interruption.

The Everyday Question, however, asks not just about what I do but also about my attitude: Will I joyfully pour out my life as a fragrant offering before the Lord for the benefit of my children? Will I serve my children out of obligation and duty, or will I serve like I’m serving God himself? Will I die to myself so that I might live to God in the specific calling he has given me as a mom?

The Everyday Question must be answered every day.

Read the rest: here.

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