Links to Help Your Gospel Grip (3.17.12)

Seven Ways to Destroy Your Marriage:  Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, South Carolina, aims to help married couples avoid killing that which God put together. 

11 Questions to Discern a Judgmental Heart:  Trevin Wax of LifeWay (and blogger extraordinare at Kingdom People) relays these questions from a recent sermon by his pastor, Mike Lee, who is currently in Matthew 7. 

Receiving Criticism .  Love Stephen Altrogge’s transparency:

And after 31 years as a pastor, though I should be used to feedback, I still squirm when told my opening preaching illustration was lame or my counsel didn’t part the clouds and cause angels to sing.  I want to be like the pastor in “The Andy Griffith Show” and stand outside my church every Sunday, shaking people’s hands as they leave and they say, “Wonderful message, pastor!”  And I reply, “Why thank you, Bee.  You take care of Andy and Opie this week, y’hear?”

Dads, Sing With All Your Heart :  Keith McCracken writes a letter to the men of his church, as posted on The Blazing Center. 

D.L. Moody:  Joe Thorn continues his series on “Bearded Gospel Men”

Why Do You Pray?:  Another great offering by Paul Tautges. 

Right or wrong, God-centered or self-centered, there are many reasons people pray. But there is one foundational reason we often fail to recognize. We desire to be heard. It’s part of our make-up; it’s part of our design as relational beings. For example, we talk to people because deep-down we count on them to actually listen to us; we dare to open our hearts to others because of this longing to be heard. The same is true in prayer. We cry out to God because we expect Him to listen. At least, we hope he will. However, sometimes our faith is feeble and the mere hope that He will listen to us is the best we can scrape up for that day. We are like the psalmists; we cry out to God with a sense of expectation.

Ten Most Dangerous Countries for Christians

What I Learned from Aristotle about Leading Congregational Worship:  Bob Kauflin writes an insightful article about this ever-important part of our corporate worship.

When I lead people to worship God in song, I’m seeking to persuade them that Jesus is more worthy of worship than money, possessions, sex, power, relationships, or anything else we idolize. While our trust is ultimately in the Holy Spirit to do that work in people’s hearts, the Spirit uses means. And three of those means are logos, ethos, and pathos.

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