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Growing in Grace- Links 5/24

From the blog this week: Can a Believer Be Blotted Out of the Book of Life?

Exercise for More of God: 5 Reasons to Train Your Body

“The world tells us exercise is primarily a tool for our vanity and for living longer. Here are five reasons to pursue a regular exercise plan — not related to looking your best in your bathing suit.”

How to See Human-Trafficking Victims, Even in Your Church

“Vulnerable people can be lonely teenagers, a homeless mother desperate for shelter, or an illegal immigrant brought here under false pretenses. They can be runaways—children fleeing physical and sexual abuse in their homes. Their vulnerability places them on a collision course to encounter human traffickers, who are actively looking for them.”

Why Your Time is Not Your Own

“Our lives—every detail, every millisecond—are lived under the watchful canopy of God’s kind providence. Time belongs to God, and we humans are merely stewards of the time he allots to each of us. Every moment and every endeavor are to be taken captive for God’s glory (1 Cor. 10:31)”

Work: Its Purpose, Dignity, and Transformation

“He begins by laying out twelve principles that form a foundation of a Christian understanding of work—a kind of biblical theology that looks at work from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22 to see what all of scripture has to say about what we do. The opening chapters strengthen this foundation by looking deeper at several of the issues such as the glory and misery of work in a God-created but fallen world, and the restoration of our work through the gospel of Jesus Christ. He also looks at how views of work have changed through time, both within the church and outside of it.”

The Sufficiency of Scripture: Enough to Know and Love the Lord

“God constrained our knowledge of Him to the Bible as a means for us to think right thoughts about Him. Paul (Galatians 1:8) and John (1 John 4:1) warns of the dangers when looking for God outside of His revelation to us. Those who go in search of God elsewhere run the risk of not only being taught by demons but also of adding to Scripture.”

Like a Glass Hammer

“We are not all-powerful, and our vision of life pails to the eternal perspective of God. We take matters into our own hands, following our indecisive hearts and minds. Walking in rebellion of God’s design and desire, we end up a shattered glass hammer.”

 

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