God created men and women in his image — equal in value and complementary in roles. These distinctive roles are not the vestiges of a bygone era, but integral to God’s timeless good design for humanity.
Designed for Joy includes fresh contributions from fourteen young leaders, casting a unified vision for Christian manhood and womanhood. Whether discussing the significance of gender, the truth about masculinity and femininity, the blessing of purity, or the challenge of raising children in a confusing world, this practical resource challenges us to embrace God’s good design — for his glory and our joy.
Alexandre Mendes. A relação entre lei e graça no aconselhamento
"Não é de hoje que a relação lei e graça é complicada e tem gerado debates. O problema se agrava quando essa relação é aplicada de forma desequilibrada no aconselhamento."
Alexandre Mendes. Andando em círculos sem se perder - Parte 3
Alexandre Mendes. Andando em círculos sem se perder - Parte 2
Alexandre Mendes. Andando em círculos sem se perder - Parte 1
Don Whitney. Remember, it's about Jesus
"Why pray when it appears that your prayers go unanswered? Why keep on reading the Bible when it seems like you’re getting little from it? Why continue worshiping God privately when you feel no spiritual refreshment? Why persist in keeping a journal when writing your entries bores you? Why engage in fasting, silence and solitude, serving, and other spiritual disciplines when you sense meager benefits from doing so?"
John Younts. Making God real to your toddlers
"How can you make God real to your toddlers? First, God must be real to you. He is always with you. Your heart should overflow with love for him. The next step is to talk about your God 24/7 as Deuteronomy 6:5-7 commands."
Jay Adams. Take note of this
Do you forget facts about your counselees? Unless you are highly exceptional, you will. That is to say, you will unless you do something to forestall forgetting. It’s important from week to week to be able to refer to what you learned before. That is one way to measure progress or the lack thereof. Moreover, unless you keep a running agenda of items to discuss, you will be likely to forget some essential items on that agenda. But to hold all of that in your head from week to week, together with much happening in between sessions, and in addition to the new data coming to light at each week’s session, you would have to be a genius. No, most of us aren’t able to do that. What then should we do?
David Powlison. How the Bible gets personal
It is a marvel how personally the Bible applies. Te words pointedly address
the concerns of long-ago people in far away places, facing problems that no longer exist. Tey had no difficulty seeing the application. What they read
was personal application. But nothing in the Bible is written directly to you
or about what you face. We are reading someone else’s mail. Yet the Bible repeatedly
affirms that these words are also written for us: “Whatever was written
in former days was written for our instruction” (Rom 15:4). Application experiences how the Spirit reapplies Scripture in a timely way now.
David Jenkins. Morality and a high view of God
"Having a high view of God and of the work of Christ relates to morality because how one views God will affect how they live. How one understands the work of Christ will affect whether they go to heaven or hell. Furthermore, understanding morality and God is important in order to have a biblical understanding of marriage, gender roles and more. In other words morality must be dictated by the Word of God because man left to his own devices has proven that he is destructive and unworthy due to his sin and sin nature."
Thabiti Anyabwile. Use a Palavra na criação de filhos
"O Senhor Deus do céu proveu graciosamente sua Palavra (seu “testemunho” e “lei”) como uma estratégia e conteúdo fundamental para a criação de filhos (v. 5). Ele “ordenou a nossos pais que os transmitissem a seus filhos”. Vemos o mesmo propósito em Deuteronômio 6."
Sherry Allchin. Responsibly warning your children about porn
"Unfortunately, I’m often asked the question by parents of when and how to have “the porn talk” with their children after it’s too late. If there has been a communication breakdown for any reason between parents and child, these talks may have already happened in the locker room at school or on the playground or at a friend’s house—unreliable information at best, and a setup for sexual abuse at worse."
John Younts. Teenagers and short answers
"You observe your teenager talking a mile-a-minute with friends. Then you think about the typical conversations that you have had with your son or daughter. Instead of a lively back and forth your attempts at conversation tend to collapse into strained monosyllables."
Stephen Moll. What does God say about you?
"What does God say about you? If you’re a believer in Jesus Christ, you’ve received an amazing new identity.You’re a new person! The moment you were saved you became a radically different person from the one you were before you were saved! In his writings, the Apostle Paul details the wonderful new identity all believers have in Christ."
Trillia Newbell. Exercise, body image, and God's truth
"Like Adam in the Bible, we are dust and will return to dust. No amount of exercise can stop it."
Mike Boling. Two ways to deal with garbage mouth syndrome
"This is a very easy trap to fall in, one which forms bad habits when it comes to our conversational tone. When we examine this passage in a bit more detail, we can obtain a better idea of what is meant by corrupt words compared to those necessary for edification for the impartation of grace. So let’s get started breaking down this passage."
Paul Tripp. O que faz um homem um homem?
"Uma importante conversa cultural que está ganhando espaço, tanto fora como dentro da igreja: A masculinidade corre perigo? Como se parece um homem de verdade? O que podemos fazer em relação a crescente dinâmica cultural da infância prolongada? Quem irá ensinar nossos garotos a serem homens? Ao ensiná-los a serem homens, como nós evitamos os estreitos estereótipos culturais? O que a Bíblia ensina sobre a distinção de gêneros? O que ela ensina sobre um homem sendo homem? Quão diferente são os homens das mulheres?"
Tim Challies. With purity and dignity
"he Bible gives us many motivations to do battle with sin and to persist in putting sin to death. We battle sin because of a newfound desire for righteousness. We battle sin out of love and loyalty to Christ. We battle sin out of hatred for the consequences of sin. But one reason Christians too often overlook is this: we battle sin as an expression of love for others."
Kristen Clark. Virgindade perdida: ajuda prática para recuperar seu futuro
" Jana começou a sonhar em como seria ter Nate como namorado e imaginou quão excitante seria ir a encontros com ele.
Não muito tempo depois, Nate e Jana descobriram um plano secreto para se encontrarem sem que ninguém percebesse. Eles disseram a seus pais que estavam saindo com um grupo de amigos, mas secretamente saíam sozinhos.
Uma mentira leva a outra, um compromisso ao outro, e dentro de seis meses Nate e Jana tinham dado sua virgindade um ao outro."