Saturday Sampler: March 13 — March 19

As a beautiful example of older women teaching younger women, look at The Mailbag: Women teaching men- Questions from a young reader to observe Michelle Lesley handle questions that a ninth grader asked her. I recommend this post for its example of proper use of God’s Word.

Continuing his series on avoiding false teachers for The Cripplegate, Clint Archer writes Dealing with Doubters: Outrunning Wolves, Pt 3. As in the first two installments, he follows the epistle of Jude, but then draws from gospel accounts to develop a case for treating doubters with understanding and empathy. It’s a fascinating read, so please don’t miss it!

Leslie A reminds us that We All Need A Little Help Sometimes in her post for Growing 4 Life. Yes, she reiterates basic facts that even the newest of Christians should know, but these facts often get overlooked as we delve into more intricate facets of theology. If you’re a mature Christian, you probably need this article as much as I did.

Balance is important in all areas of the Christian life, including the area of discernment. So Elizabeth Prata of The End Time writes Discernment: Can we be TOO cautious or TOO critical? as a means of helping us find balance. How many moldy green beans are in your grocery store?

John and I have been going through some trials lately, some of which have been extremely serious. So Keith Evans’ Persevering to the Point of Bloodshed in Gentle Reformation encourages me to keep looking to the Lord, remembering His care for us. Whatever trials you’re enduring, take time to read Evans’ piece and receive assurance that your Heavenly Father won’t abandon you.

Speaking of God’s sovereignty, Mike Ratliff writes about Christian Boldness for Possessing the Treasure. I love the way he takes us through Scripture in order to make his application to current events that naturally dishearten us.

I needed Peter Krol’s series on when to use commentaries and when not to use them two months ago when I tried to research a controversial passage in 1 Corinthians. His latest installment. Do Your Best, offers wonderful guidance on understanding a passage for yourself before consulting commentaries. Peter named his blog Knowable Word precisely because the Bible can be studied apart from external study tools. I think I’ll go back and study the 1 Corinthians passage without looking at commentaries.

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