Each week we will be highlighting important resources. Check back each Friday to see what we have dug up for you. From this week’s cache:
1. Man Does Not Live by Man Skills Alone: By Paul Tripp– Tripp says: “The quest for true manhood ultimately drives us to the cross of Jesus Christ. We run to Jesus not just as the ultimate example of what a man looks like, but more importantly as our Savior.”
2. Rejoice in the Midst of Suffering?: By Jason Helopoulos – Helopoulos notes: “Suffer well, dear Christian. Endure the suffering that comes your way, but do more than even that–rejoice in the midst of it. The world may not understand, but you do. This suffering can be endured with rejoicing because it is of benefit to you, to others, and gives glory to God. Let us weep and mourn–but always with rejoicing.”
3. Your Joy Rests on Jesus’s Righteousness: By David Mathis – Mathis says: “What if you really believed that God is 100% for you? That he not only accepts you, but accepts you fully, because of the perfect person and work of his Son? That your best successes can’t earn you any more access, and your worst failures can’t take any of it away? If you did — really did — it might change everything for the pursuit of joy in your life.”
4. Many Racisms, One Solution: By Bart Barber – Barber says: “Southern Baptists are engaged at present in a coordinated effort to pray for spiritual renewal and spiritual awakening. If we will open our hearts to the brotherhood of all men, if we will build family ties across racial boundaries, and if we will silence the sinister voice of racism by confronting it with the truth, we may find in that private act of repentance the answer to our public prayers.”
5. Why God Doesn’t Remove Our Sinful Cravings Immediately: By J.D. Greear – Greear says: “So when you are tempted to despair because you continue to struggle, remember what God is doing through your circumstances. Look to Christ, whose resurrection guarantees victory. Look to Christ, who fought for you when you were his enemy. Look to Christ, the only Savior who can give you the strength to stand, and who will pick you up every time you fall. Look to Christ, and fight.”
Matt Manry is the Assistant Pastor at Life Bible Church in Canton, Georgia. He is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Religion at Reformed Theological Seminary and a Masters of Arts in Christian and Classical Studies from Knox Theological Seminary.