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Friday’s 5 to Live By

July 25, 2014

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Friday's 5 To Live By

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.

You Can’t Buy Happiness

While we know that money does not purchase happiness, we still often live (and spend) as if it does. At Desiring God, Jonathan Parnell writes:

“It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world.” So what if we stopped nibbling, just for a day? What if we decided, on a specific day, in a regular pattern, to stop spending money on that which is not bread, and stop laboring for that which does not satisfy (Isaiah 55:1–2)?”

Ponder the rest of Jonathan’s remedy to our urge to spend our way to joy in You Can’t Buy Happiness

How To (and Not To) Minister to Families Battling Cancer

Todd Benkert shares several lists of how to (helpful and more helpful comments) and not to (not helpful and definitely avoid comments) Minister to Families Battling Cancer.

Through Heaven’s Doorway

How do we help a child, or anyone else for that matter, picture death from a Christian perspective, from an eternal, Christ-centered perspective? Randy Alcorn shares several beautiful images of something we rarely consider beautiful—death.

One image comes from a poem by Calvin Miller in The Divine Symphony.

“I once scorned ev’ry fearful thought of death,
When it was but the end of pulse and breath,
But now my eyes have seen that past the pain
There is a world that’s waiting to be claimed.
Earthmaker, Holy, let me now depart,
For living’s such a temporary art.
And dying is but getting dressed for God,
Our graves are merely doorways cut in sod” (139).

Ponder further Christian images of death in Through Heaven’s Doorway.

How I Read the Bible

This video with Elyse Fitzpatrick is part of Women of the Word Month, a free 31-day campaign designed to encourage and equip women for transformative Bible study. View the video to hear Elyse Fitzpatrick on How She Reads the Bible.

Women Counseling Women

Julie Ganschow notes that:

“Many women who disciple have undergone extensive training and possess great knowledge and wisdom from a biblical point of view. Because our hearts are sinful and depraved it is easy to become prideful and puffed up with knowledge.”

She then asks, “How can you maintain a humble heart?” You can read Julie’s 6 answers at Being a Shepherdess.

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