Weekly Roundup For Your Weekend Reading – February 17

The Sluggard Within: Defined And Defeated

“The Bible says that the person who is guilty of sloth, belongs to the same family as the most destructive beings on earth. Proverbs 18:9 says, “Whoever is slack in his work is a brother to him who destroys.” Yes, the one who is lazy and indifferent to his call to serve the Lord with zeal has more in common with the likes of Adolf Hitler and even Satan than he might first recognize. At the core, we need to understand that the sluggard seeks his rest in that which cannot comfort him. Augustine famously wrote in prayer at the outset of his Confessions “You have formed us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” Perhaps initially a surprise, the solution to the sin of sloth is rest. Rest in Jesus Christ and his finished work…”

How To Destroy Evangelism With Political Animosity

D.A. Carson offers some thoughts here that we need to consider.

“When you’re busy hating everybody and denouncing everybody and seeking political solutions to everything it’s very difficult to evangelize, isn’t it? It’s very hard to be compassionate, to look on the crowds as though they’re sheep without a shepherd, very hard to look on them like that when they’re taking away my heritage…”

A Softer Prosperity Gospel: More Common Than You Think

“While evangelicals have traditionally decried the prosperity gospel in its “hard” form, there is a softer form of this teaching that is all too common among us. Often undetected by Bible-believing Christians, it assumes the gospel and leads its adherents to focus on things like financial planning, diet and exercise, and strategies for self-improvement. In contrast to the hard prosperity gospel, which offers miraculous and immediate health and wealth, this softer, subtler variety challenges believers to break through to the blessed life by means of the latest pastor-prescribed technique…”

Lay Aside The Weight Of Insecurity

Read this to the very end, and then read it again, and then share it with someone who will be encouraged by it.

“When people are insecure, they can express it in very different ways, depending on their temperament, values, and conditioned habits, all often shaped by past experiences. In some, insecurity looks like meekness, compliance, and always assuming blame. In others, it looks like bravado, defiance, and never admitting wrong. In one person, insecurity moves them to avoid attention if at all possible; in another, it moves them to demand as much attention as possible. We’re all familiar with insecurity, but what’s making us feel this way — and how do we get free from it?…”

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