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Friday’s 5 to Live By

May 17, 2013

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Friday's Five To Live By 2012

Each Friday our BCC staff links you to the top five biblical counseling and Christian living blog posts of the week—posts that provide robust, rich, and relevant insights for living.

Prayerlessness Is Selfishness

Tim Challies writes about the impact on his life of reading H.B. Charles Jr.’s It Happens After Prayer. One quote from Charles includes:

“The things you pray about are the things you trust God to handle. The things you neglect to pray about are the things you trust you can handle on your own.”

If that isn’t convicting enough, read all of Challies’ post at Prayerlessness Is Selfishness.

How Can I Pray for Someone in Intense Suffering?

Pastor Brad Hambrick helps us to reflect on a vital area of ministry—prayer.

“How can I pray for someone in intense suffering? When I someone tells me about losing their child or having been sexually abused I know I should pray with them. There aren’t ‘answers’ that are going to ‘fix’ the situation. They need God’s comfort and to know His presence. But when I think about what to pray nothing seems ‘right.’ Can you help me handle these situations better?”

Listen to Brad’s answer in his video blog: How Can I Pray for Someone in Intense Suffering? 

Mothers’ Day for Non-Mothers and Others

This past Sunday 1,000s of churches honored mothers on Mothers’ Day. This post by Bob Kellemen could help churches on future Mothers’ Days and Fathers’ Days to minister to the entire congregation more sensitively. It addresses the question, “How do we honor Moms while being sensitive to the reality of many women for whom Mothers’ Day is very painful?” Read Dr. Kellemen’s brief but pointed reflections in Mothers’ Day for Non-Mothers and Others.

4 Carnival Mirrors We Are Prone to Look Into

Paul Tautges explores Paul Tripp’s book Dangerous Calling and examines 4 Carnival Mirrors Pastors Are Prone to Look Into.

Renewed Ministry

At the Between the Times blog site, they’ve excerpted from Alvin Reid’s work As You Go: Creating a Missional Culture of Gospel-Centered Students. In the excerpt they focus on moving From Moralistic Therapeutic Deism to Gospel-Driven Realism. Don’t let the title intimidate you. This is an important read for all those who do biblical counseling and church ministry.

Join the Conversation

Which post impacted you the most? Why? What blog posts have you enjoyed this week that you want to share with others?


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