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Friday’s 5 to Live By

November 1, 2013

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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.

9 Things You Should Know About Persecution of Christians in 2013

Joe Carter, at The Gospel Coalition, notes that, “Christians are the single most widely persecuted religious group in the world today. As we pray for the persecuted church, here are nine things you should know about the plight of believers around the globe.” Read Joe’s post to learn 9 Things You Should Know About Persecution of Christians in 2013.

“I Will Remember Your Sins No More”

Trevin Wax ponders the reality that, “No matter how flawed our heroes are shown to be in the Old Testament, they are presented at their best in the New.” And, “When God promises to forget your sin and never bring up your past indiscretions, your flaws, failures, and rebellious deeds, He is serious. He will never again bring up your sins. As far as the east is from the west, our sins have been removed.” Read the rest of Trevin’s encouraging reminders in God’s Commitment to Forgetfulness.

Reformation Week

During Reformation Week, at Bob Kellemen’s Changing Lives blog site, he’s telling Martin Luther’s story. No. He’s telling Luther’s story of Christ’s grace. In Luther’s “voice,” Bob introduces Reformation Sunday like this:

“This morning may a costumed character on Halloween Sunday teach us the true significance of All Saints Day: that all saints are made saints by faith in Christ, not by faith in self. The truth is that we can dress ourselves up, we can fool others, but we can’t fool God. He always sees what’s on the inside. And without Christ, our insides are scarier than any Halloween costume. Without Christ, our insides are filthy rags.”

Read the rest of Luther’s story of Christ’s grace in Unable to Satisfy God.

Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars

Matt Merker reviews Stephen Miller’s new book. Matt begins, “What’s the problem among those who lead corporate worship in today’s churches? According to Miller, it’s the ‘prideful pursuit of platform and prominence.’ He astutely observes that such a craving for self-fulfillment is not stylistically bound, but can take place among rockers and traditional choir-directors alike.”

Read Matt’s full review at Worship Leaders, We Are Not Rock Stars.

Counseling and the Heart of Christ

At the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors’ new blog site, Executive Director, Heath Lambert, ponders Luke 15 and it’s implication for Counseling and the Heart of Christ.

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