Saturday Sampler: October 16 — October 22

balloon-turtle-samplerI largely avoid the topic of politics in this blog because I want to keep the emphasis on the Lord Jesus Christ. However, submission to Him certainly affects how I’ll mark my ballot this year. So Stephen Altroggie’s excellent essay in The Blazing Center, Why I’m Willing To “Waste” My Vote, reassured me that I’m doing the right thing for the  right reasons.

Ryan Higginbottom makes an excellent point about personal Bible Study on the Knowable Word blog with his article, Not Every Interesting Detail is Important. As I’ve been writing my study on Jude, I’ve realized the impotence of focusing on the main message.

In a blog post for The Cripplegate, Eric Davis reminds us of The Grotesque Reality of Apostasy, based on Hebrews 10:26-31. This isn’t a pretty article to read, but it helps us take our commitment to Christ seriously. Please don’t skip over this one.

Doctrine can always lead us to deeper worship. For that reason, I appreciate Erin Benziger’s blog entry on Do Not Be Surprised, Consequences of the Cross: Propitiation.

Writing for Satisfaction Through Christ, Lisa Morris asks the rhetorical question, Why Do We Study Everything But the Bible for Bible Study? Not only does Lisa answer this question, but she  encourages women to open their Bibles and study them directly before picking up Bible Study books (or blogs). After you do some study on your own, however, you might augment your  study by visiting her personal blog, Conforming to the Truth.

If you’re married or engaged, you’ll find Michelle Lesley’s article, 9 Ways NOT to Fight with Your Husband helpful. And possibly encouraging. I logged on to it with fear and trembling, fully expecting to be convicted, but (much to my surprise) found only one area where I consistently sin. Perhaps the Lord will pleasantly surprise you also.

John and I love our church history class in Adult Sunday School. It has definitely clarified a lot of matters that have puzzled me. So I appreciate Jon Payne’s post for Ligonier, Why Study Church History? Payne makes a compelling case for knowing the successes and, yes, the mistakes of our predecessors.

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