Top 5 – July 20th

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CULTURE:
How Much Longer Do We Have?

A truly heart-breaking, tear-jerking story of a woman struggling with the fact that her baby boy only has a couple years left to live. Allison Muedder takes us through her journey thus far fighting for joy as she sees her son suffer with Hunter Syndrome. Despite the heavy trial she is facing, she reminds us of the joy we can find in Christ. This article encourages us to take the sorrow we may be feeling now, and use it to turn ourselves to face the greatest joy that we have in Christ. A devastating story turned into an encouragement to find joy amidst the trials that we may face.

THEOLOGY:
Unforgiven: The Eternal Tragedy of the Lost

In this daunting and eye-opening excerpt from Pastor John Piper’s message, we are reminded of just the sheer length of eternity. We often forget that there is an eternity after the momentary lives that we live, and dependent on whether we truly believe the gospel or not, the destinations will be different. This puts into perspective just how important it is for us to share the gospel, not tomorrow, not next week, but today and right now. Every second we waste is risking the life of the people that we love to be spent in hell for eternity. It’s not that they suffer for 500 years or even a 1000 and then after that, it’s nothing or they get to go back up to heaven; it is an eternity spent in torture forever and ever. A truly convicting article and reminder of the importance of time and just how fleeting it truly is. Definitely worth a read.

APOLOGETICS:
Why Would God Send Good People to Hell?

In this podcast, Detective J. Warner Wallace walks us through his evidence and claims to object the statement that “a good God would not send good people to Hell.”

RESOURCES:
Guard Your Health

Tim Challies addresses the importance of guarding our health, not only for the sake of being healthy, but in obedience to God. He presents the foundations in the Bible upon which he builds his argument that taking care of our health is important, and then provides four tips as to how we can live this out.

WORLDVIEW:
Evangelism and Pastoral Care: Best of Friends

“Pastoral care is evangelizing Christians, and evangelism is pastoring non-Christians. Once we grasp this essential unity we can properly pursue both disciplines to enrich the church and to reach the world.” Oftentimes, too many people get the definition of evangelism mixed up. They often only limit it to just the actual verbal sharing of the gospel. However, although that is true, evangelizing encompasses more than that and this article gives us a glimpse of what that should look like.

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“He doesn’t send us to places just to do work. Anyone can go to a different country and do work. But our job is to spread the gospel to those who don’t know Him.”

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Jinhoo Bong

Currently, an uprising senior at the University of Richmond in Virginia. Majoring in Computer Science because I am a nerd (according to Kevin), but also because it was the only field of study that I found interesting since I believe it gives you a tool to create, limited only by your imagination. Grew up in the church, but really decided to claim my faith as my own during college, and nothing has been the same. Only by the undeserving gift of God's grace am I able to say that I am saved, and I am eternally thankful to Him. I can only hope to glorify God in all that I do.
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