May Links

Once or twice a month, I gather up links to some of my favourite reading and resources from the past fortnight. I’d love to know what you’ve been reading in the comments too.

Articles

4 Things to Pray Before Opening Your Bible
Lately I’ve been rushing into my Bible reading without taking the time to pray for God’s help. Matt Smethurst reminds me of an acronym for prayer first given by John Piper, which I’ve found helpful over the years and want to return to.

Prone To Wander
“No matter how drawn I am to my Saviour’s great love and salvation, it seems my heart’s predisposition is to short-term memory and distraction.”

What Shines Through The Cracks
My friend Kris Sinclair writes at Two Tasks Institute: “There are cracks in our hearts, and it is only when we set our eyes upon the glory of Jesus that we receive His fullness and are made whole.”

Podcasts

The Link Between God’s Love for Us and Ours for Others (Desiring God)
I’ve been discouraged lately about the lack of love in my heart. This sermon reminded me to look to the Holy Spirit for that fruit, not my own efforts.

I’m Afraid of Surrendering to Christ — What Can I Do? (Ask Pastor John)
Another great one from Piper: “Jesus said that when the kingly rule, the kingdom of Christ, comes into your life with power, you see something so stunning, so beautiful, so valuable, that selling everything becomes joyful.”

Sam Allberry – “Let Not Your Hearts Be Troubled” – John 13:12-20 (Immanuel Nashville)
I haven’t listened to every sermon in this series, but what I’ve heard has been timely and encouraging.

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