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Friday’s 5 to Live By

January 10, 2014

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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.

Paul Tripp Rings in the New Year

Ever wonder how Paul Tripp rings in the New Year? In Ringing in the New Year we at least learn one thing he does not focus too much attention on: dramatic resolution. Read his suggested alternative means of progressive sanctification.

When the New Year Doesn’t Feel New

Keeping with the New Year’s theme, Tim Lane (a past co-author with Paul Tripp), acknowledges that in this life, doesn’t stays fresh and new for long. In When the New Year Doesn’t Feel New,  Tim suggests turning toward something (Someone) who renews and refreshes us forever.

Faithful to the Point of Death?

Pastor J.D. Greear of The Summit Church writes poignantly about the death of Ronnie Smith. Ronnie had been a member of the Austin Stone church staff before leaving with his family to serve the people of Benghazi, Libya. Tragically, Ronnie’s life was cut short on December 5, 2013, when he was killed by several gunmen. This has been a devastating and emotional experience for Ronnie’s family, as well as for Austin Stone. Read Pastor Greear’s challenging reflections in Will We Be Faithful if It Costs Us the Life of Our Friends

“I’m Better Than You”: The Sin of Pride

Tim Challies writes with extreme personal candor when he acknowledges his sin of pride—specifically the pride of thinking, “I’m better than you.” Now, before we all gasp, and think, “We’re better than that prideful Challies,” perhaps we should read his post and read God’s Word and reflect on how we struggle with self-centered arrogance.

As counselors, we must address this issue. Tim insightfully shares why dealing with pride matters:

“It matters because while God calls us toward Christlikeness, we prefer to call others toward us-likeness. God calls us to hold all things up to the light of his Word, while we prefer to hold all things up to the light of our own judgments and our own determinations. Ultimately, we all long for conformity to us rather than to Christ.

This makes us useless counselors. We are useless counselors unless we can counsel from Scripture and toward holiness rather than from our own arrogance and toward conformity to us. This makes us miserable because we are always convinced life would be easier and better if only others were more like us.”

Read the rest of Tim’s arresting post at I’m Better Than You.

4 Responses When Life Is Not Fair

David Murray, reflecting on Psalms 37, writes about how we can respond when everything inside says, “It’s Not Fair!”

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