Key Quote: Among other things, "You will waste your cancer if you do not believe it is designed for you by God; You will waste your cancer if you believe it is a curse and not a gift; You will waste your cancer if you seek comfort from your odds rather than from God."

4)  The Secret to Knowing God  
Author: Bayless Conley
Date: June 8
Abstract: Every Christian wants to experience a personal and intimate relationship with God, but often our prayer time is spent asking Him for things.

Key Quote: "But there is often a problem in how we approach God. We often go to Him looking for rewards… or we’re constantly asking Him for things. Now, I’m not saying that we shouldn’t go to God with our cares and burdens. In fact, He tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 to tell Him about our concerns because He cares so much for us. But if you want to know God... I mean, really know Him... there is another prayer He wants to hear from you. It’s a prayer like the one we hear Moses pray in Exodus 33:13. In my mind, this is one of the greatest prayers in all of Scripture: 'Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight.'"

3)  How to Respond to Horrifying Sayings of Jesus  
Author: John Piper, Desiring God Ministries
Date: April 6
Abstract: No one else has the right, the wisdom, or the love to tell us how to live. Only Jesus has that authority.

Key Quote: "When you read through the Gospels you find some horrifying things. If you don’t feel them as horrifying, you are not awake. I think they are calculated to wake us up from our domestication of Christ and his book. This one grabbed me because it relates directly to the issue of Jesus’ authority. At the beginning of the parable of the ten minas (or ten pounds) in Luke 19:14, Jesus describes the citizens’ relationship to the nobleman like this: 'His citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, "We do not want this man to reign over us."' Then at the end of the parable Jesus says in Luke 19:27, 'As for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.' This is horrifying. Jesus says that people who do not want his absolute authority over them will be slaughtered before his eyes. What should our hearts and minds do with this kind of talk in the mouth and heart of our Lord?"

2)  Avoid the Dumb Mistakes Christians Make  
Author: Whitney Hopler
Date: July 18
Abstract: In this "Live It!" article adapted from Mark Atteberry's The 10 Dumbest Things Christians Do comes this partial list of some of our not-so-smart habits: Allowing wolves to live among the sheep; Settling for mediocrity; Hopping from church to church; Speaking above our level of knowledge; Living below the level of your beliefs; and Chronically complaining. Learn how you can avoid making them yourself.

Key Quote: "Remember that the reason why you’re trying to reach people with your faith isn’t simply so they can join your church – it’s so they can have a relationship with Christ. Focus on Him, whether or not the people you’re reaching end up worshipping in your particular church or not. When you discuss your church, make sure you’re not giving people unrealistic expectations about what to expect there. Recognize that just joining a church won’t magically make people’s problems disappear."

1)  How to Witness to a Jehovah's Witness  
Author: Ray Comfort, The Way of the Master
Date: July 21
Abstract: Evangelist Comfort tells the tale of the time two Jehovah's Witnesses rang his doorbell. There were no disagreements about the deity of Christ because "I made sure the conversation didn't go in that direction... And I avoided doing what the Bible says not to do -- to argue."

Key Quote: "It's important to remember that Jehovah Witnesses see Christians as misguided 'Trinitarians,' while they see themselves as protectors of Jehovah's glory. So they are going to be incredibly stubborn about the issue of Jehovah sharing His glory with another... All I did was hold up the truth against error and left the results in the hands of God. Charles Spurgeon said, 'I have heard it said that if there is a crooked stick, and you want to show how crooked it is, you need not waste words in description. Place a straight one by the side of it, and the thing is done directly.'"

Amen to that. Have a spirit-filled 2006.