Sanctified Time Pass – Poverty and Suffering

Welcome back to the Monday edition of helping you pass the time at work or home with some good reading from around the world wide web. Enjoy!

5 Heart-piercing, thought-provoking articles

Is there any future for the impossibly hopeless people in our communities?
The author pointedly shows our arrogance and pride towards those we feel as hopeless in our societies? Are they the ones who are hopeless or are we?

Different kinds of poverty
That previous article brings us to a different question. What does poverty really mean? If we think it means just monetarily poor, we have it all wrong.

Life as a Boko Haram captive
This is gruesome account of harrowing tales of women who have endured and survived what it means to be in one of those camps of poverty. Read this with a deeply prayerful heart.

Christians, you will suffer
Don’t start to think that suffering is only for… them. This will wake us up to the fact that this is what we are called for, and this is one of our best witnesses to a lost world.

We complain because we forget
Now while going through that promised suffering, the temptation for us is to complain and whine about the situation. Well, here we have a diagnosis and a solution for our complaining.

Verse of the Week

1 Peter1:6-7
In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Faith-strengthening video

This video recounts the story of a pastor’s wife who suffered from life-ending breast cancer. Keep some tissues handy, it will be hard to watch this without shedding a tear or two.

Sanctified Time Pass – The Joy in reading the Bible

Christians will approach the Bible with a range of emotions: hunger, fear, love, apathy, desire, duty, and more. This week, I want to align our hearts to a deep longing, dependency, and nourishment from the Word of God.

5 heart-piercing, thought-provoking articles

22 Benefits of meditating on Scripture
In this article, the author draws from an old dead guy to show us all the pleasures of reading God’s Word. If ever we need motivation to sit down and study His revelation to us, think on these things.

3 Reasons why reading the Bible feels like a chore
So let’s say that you have meditated on those, but still it’s hard to spend just a few minutes with the Bible. Here are some reasons why that is, and some helpful solutions to it.

Helping you delight in God’s Word
Have you ever read a passage in the morning and then by lunch time have forgotten every word of that reading? Continue reading “Sanctified Time Pass – The Joy in reading the Bible”

Sanctified Time Pass 23/03/15

Welcome back! I pray that your week will be blessed and you will be reminded of your inheritance with Christ. Here is some links and a video that will help you with that:

5 Heart-piercing, thought-provoking articles

What if Singleness is my Fairy Tale
I have posted several links about marriage and family. Today, here are some posts for the single audience. This one is directed more for women, yet also practical for men. Continue reading “Sanctified Time Pass 23/03/15”

Sanctified Time Pass – The Goodness Gospel

As you apply yourself at work, take a break and enjoy some nice reading and meditating from these links:

5 heart-piercing, thought-provoking articles

4 Reasons to Beware the Goodness Gospel
There is a gospel that is flooding our churches that is not the real gospel. This false gospel will tell us that we need to “do better and try harder.” Their message is that God is only pleased with us if we do good. Are we listening to this gospel?

4 Characteristics of Legalism
Because we are listening to the ‘goodness gospel,’ many of us will also, very subtly, be preaching that message. How do we know if we have been brainwashed by this false gospel? Well, we will turn ourselves into legalists. And what does that look like? Continue reading “Sanctified Time Pass – The Goodness Gospel”