Article Roundup: April 2016, Part 1

Solid bunch of articles this time.  I really liked reading all of them; enjoy! 

Six Months by Adam Ford at
One life, 'twill soon be past.  Only what's done for Christ will lsast. 

Augustine and Christian Joy by Michael Riccardi at The Master's Seminary
Who says old theologians aren't practical?  Read Augustine and you won't ever think that again!  "For in vice there lurks a counterfeit beauty: pride, for instance—even pride apes sublimity, where as You are the only God, most high above all things. As for ambition, what does it crave but honors and glory, while You are worthy of honor beyond all others, and eternally glorious? The ferocity of powerful men aims to inspire fear; but who is to be feared except the one God? Can anything be snatched from His power or withdrawn from it—when or where or whither or by whom?" 

The Practice of Christian Zeal by Joel Beeke at Meet the Puritans
He devotes half of the article to how parents can be zealous in their parenting.  I found this intriguing.  He even says, "Of all callings, parenting is the most demanding," and he's comparing against a calling to ministry and a calling to the workplace! 

Abandoning Christ's Gospel by John MacArthur at Grace to You
"The gospel Jesus proclaimed was a call to discipleship, a call to follow Him in submissive obedience, not just a plea to make a decision or pray a prayer. Jesus’ message liberated people from the bondage of their sin while it confronted and condemned hypocrisy. It was an offer of eternal life and forgiveness for repentant sinners, but at the same time it was a rebuke to outwardly religious people whose lives were devoid of true righteousness. It put sinners on notice that they must turn from sin and embrace God’s righteousness. It was in every sense good news, yet it was anything but easy-believism." 

Having a Pilgrim Mentality About Money and Possessions by Randy Alcorn at Eternal Perspective Ministries
"Pilgrims are unattached. They are travelers, not settlers, who are acutely aware that excessive things will distract and burden them. Material things are valuable to pilgrims, but only as they facilitate their mission. If you were traveling through a country on foot or on a bicycle, what would your attitude be toward possessions? You wouldn’t hate them or think them evil—but you would choose them strategically. Unnecessary things would slow your journey or even force you to stop." 

 Ephesians 1:15-23 
15 For this reason I too, having heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus which exists among you and your love for all the saints, 
16 do not cease giving thanks for you, while making mention of you in my prayers; 
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. 
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 
19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might
20 which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, 
21 far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. 
22 And He put all things in subjection under His feet, and gave Him as head over all things to the church, 
23 which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.