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Perspectives on College: Blogs from Desiring God

Chalk and eraserFor those just starting college, or returning, this series of video blogs from Desiring God is outstanding. I highly recommend you read and watch them, and that parents and others do the same.

The Cranky Code

Stormy skyIn their book Getting Anger Under Control, Neil T. Anderson and Rich Miller share what author and speaker C. Leslie Charles dubs “The Cranky Code,” which she suggests is the belief system of our angry, self-centered society.

We Need a Fresh Appreciation of the Gospel’s Magnificence

Child watching the JESUS FilmI have seen firsthand people watching the JESUS Film for the first time, in their own languages, viewing Jesus with awe and wonder and affection, then crying out in agony when He is tortured and crucified, and weeping uncontrollably at the gospel story. Why do most of us no longer respond that way? 

Whom Are You Serving?

Summer grass / Joni on True ServiceI appreciate these thoughts from our friend Joni Eareckson Tada on Christ being the motivation for our earthly service. As Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:7-8, we are to “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.”

 

Loss: Finding Hope that Lasts when Life Falls Apart

CCEF Conference 2014: LossTake 90 seconds to watch this video. Though it speaks about a conference concerning Loss, a conference God might want you to attend, it spoke to my heart, and I hope it does to you.

A Letter to Those Struggling with Eating Disorders

HandsI was deeply touched by this wonderful article from Emily T. Wierenga.

Entrusting Ourselves to Him Who Judges Justly

Sun starburst / photo credit: worldoflard via photopin cc (rounded corners added)Twenty years ago, I was named in an unwarranted lawsuit. My single greatest encouragement during that time was 1 Peter 2, which says of Jesus, “When he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly” (verse 23).

Fourteen Lessons on Prayer from Daniel 9-10

Summer flower with bokehGod hears our prayers and starts responding to them (when we pray with Daniel’s attitude and perspective) before we can see results, and even when we can’t see results at all. 

 

The Lion’s Claws

Eustace as a dragonIn C. S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Eustace Clarence Scrubb describes to Edmund how terrible it felt when Aslan, the Lion and Christ-figure, changed him from the dragon he’d become to the boy he was intended to be.

 

What Society Will Never Tell You: True Beauty Is Inner Beauty

Woman's face in mirrorIf you frequent social media, perhaps you’ve seen singer Colbie Caillat’s music video for her song “Try,” in which she challenges society’s expectations of beauty for women. The song has hit a nerve with many women who struggle to live up to looking like society says they should. This issue is nothing new. 

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