Excellent or Praiseworthy – January 2023

Everything listed below was encouraging, helpful, or informative to me during the month of January. 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 (NIV)


1. Is Your Discipleship Model Missing Something?

Many churches settle for a discipleship model of either instruction (education) or investment (experience). This article makes the case for an additional step, that is, imitation (of Christ).

2. When “Crushing It” Doesn’t Make Us Feel Better

I like Scott Sauls’ thoughts here. He reminds his readers that only Jesus, not success or fame or wealth or the good life, brings meaning to our existence.

3. Lesson for the Church from the Barnes & Noble Turnaround

Barnes & Noble made a comeback in the book industry by falling in love with books again. What if the church fell in love with worshipping Jesus again?

4. Seeking Validation

A great reminder that our work matters to God, even if no one sees it.

5. The Decay of the World and the Love of God

“For as I have pondered society’s full-out rebellion against God, I also found myself marveling that he does not just strike this whole world and everyone in it with his hand of judgment.”


1. Soul Keeping

This book started slow for me but quickly picked up speed. Caring for our inner world is so important. The outer world is easy to see, which is why many of us focus on externals. God sees the soul. We must care for our inner world. It will determine the course of our lives. So….how’s your soul?

2. The Pursuit of Holiness

Holiness isn’t an option. God requires it. This book will help you navigate holiness in an unholy world. It is extremely biblical and approachable.

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