Excellent or Praiseworthy – February 2021

Here’s a list of articles and blog posts from around the web. Everything listed here was encouraging, helpful, or informative to me during the month of February. I hope it blesses you.

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

– Philippians 4:8

1. What Happens When Revival Comes?

Many churches around the world have spent portions of the new year fasting and praying for revival. What exactly should we expect if God indeed sends revival? In this blogpost, Sam Storms provides ten features of biblical revival.

2. Social Algorithms Are Today’s “Lady Folly”

Our aimless wandering online is not making us wiser. In fact, many of us are being seduced and allured into areas we should not go as followers of a holy God. Brett McCracken warns, “the more time we spend online—clicking, watching, listening, all of it tracked in scary detail—the better algorithms can predict the sorts of things we’ll struggle to resist. Just as the devil is a smart deceiver, tailoring his temptations to our particular weak spots and sinful proclivities, so too are algorithms.”

3. The Bearded Robber

I enjoyed reading this piece about hiking and, more importantly, the life-changing impact we can have on fatherless guys by inviting them on adventures.

4. Risk-Taking and Trusting God

I need to take more risks for the glory of God and the expansion of his kingdom. Perhaps you do, too. In this article, Scott Hurst discusses taking risks. According to Hurst, a risk is wise when it is “God-centered and God-trusting.”

5. Growing Up

I’m still fairly young, although, I’ve passed my prime and am further removed from my teenage years with each passing day. Stasi Eldredge’s reflection on God’s goodness over the long haul touched my heart. I hope it does yours, also.

6. Your Boat, God’s River

This article is a great reminder that, as Christians, we are headed toward a beautiful restoration of all things. God is orchestrating the direction of history. We need to stay mindful of those who do not have a boat and help them find one so they can head with us to that glorious destination.

7. What a World Ours Will Be

Along the same line, John Piper shares about that future day when “we will never forget that every sight, every sound, every fragrance, every touch, and every taste in the new world was purchased by Christ for his undeserving people.” I can hardly wait!

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