Midweek Miscellanies (10/20/21) – An assortment of articles, book recommendations, blog posts, podcasts and other links that we hope you find helpful.

How Satan Undoes a Mom – Spiritual War in Motherhood: “Satan and his ilk look for strategic places to attack, areas of vulnerability. Many of his favorites are common to all mankind, but there are some modes of attack that are particularly successful with Christian mothers.”

From “What if” to “Even If”: “Someone once said that if the thing we worry about doesn’t happen, we’ve wasted all that angst and energy and head space. And if it does happen, we’ve doubled the toll it would have taken by worrying about it beforehand. That helps me put aside worried questions and supposing. But something else helps me even more.”

You’re Never “Just” A Church Member: ““I’m just a church member.” Over the years, I’ve heard people say this when introducing themselves. There are many reasons why someone might say this (they may want to clarify that they aren’t in full-time ministry). But I cringe inside when I hear it. And if I’m able, I offer a gentle correction because there’s no such thing as “just” a church member.”

The Verse That Helped Me Become a More Patient Parent: “…. in my impatient parenting the apostle Paul shows me a more excellent way. Right in the middle of his letter to the church at Philippi, Paul says, “To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you” (Phil. 3:1).”

I SEARCHED FOR THE KEY TO DISCIPLESHIP: “Over time, it became painfully clear to me that the answer to the question of discipleship isn’t as easy as finding the right program. This is something that I learned from our church members by watching them live it out: discipleship isn’t nice, crisp books or carefully planned mission trips. It’s something altogether more intimate, more demanding, and more sacrificial. And once I realized that the people around me were showing me how discipleship works, I started to see it everywhere.”

He Really is On the Move: “Yes, I know in my head that the Spirit must be working here in countless ways we cannot see. But oh what it does for the heart when this secret work is revealed. He really is here. He really is on the move. It really isn’t dependent on us.”

Does Your Prayer Life Need to Change?: “I would like to provide here a list of different methods of prayer that could help some who are struggling to maintain a better prayer life. Some of us just need a few practical tips to give us ideas about how to best pray in their specific situation of life.”
In Christ,

Pastor Matt