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Month: August 2016

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (August 31, 2016)

Dear College Students, Read These Books (Matt Smethurst, The Gospel Coalition) It’s that time of year again. College campuses are abuzz with energy and anticipation as another fall semester begins. Like so many, my life was changed in college. You Could’ve Been Something (Andrea Burke, For The Church) That little voice haunted […]

10 Things Christ Promises to Reward

Our lives are filled with many choices of how to spend our time, energy, and resources. Some live for money and possessions, amassing as much as they can, while some invest their time in education or entertainment, hoping to find long-lasting value and enjoyment. How do we make the best […]

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Remind Yourself That Jesus Is Good

Of course Jesus is good righteous, good perfect, good sinless. He’s good sovereign, good Lord, good holy. We know that he is upright and blameless in everything. That goes along with being God. But did you know that he is also good kind? Good compassionate, good caring? More often than […]

When God Feels Far Away

It seems to be one of the most common experiences of the Christian life. God feels far away, like he is hiding himself, or at least withholding his reviving presence. We feel destitute, spiritually dry, and desperate for a sense that he is still there, still listening, still caring. But […]

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How the Reformation Sparked Evangelism

Wherever the gospel is recovered, you get a new momentum in relation to missions-evangelism….What we need is people who are captivated by the gospel. Then we’re going to see an advance in missions. (Colin Smith) Next year marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. In a video produced by […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (August 24, 2016)

5 Benefits of Loving My Small Church (Courtney Reissig, For The Church) As one member of a small church to the many others who may be reading, let’s remember the value of being in our small churches, lest we forget the gift that God has given us. Difficult Scripture: Putting God […]

Seven Reasons to Not Fear Sharing Your Faith

The word “evangelism” sends a shiver down the spine of many Christians. “I won’t know what to say.” “I want to get to know the person better.” “They seem like they wouldn’t be open to the gospel.” “Evangelism is not my spiritual gift.” There are many common excuses people use […]

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The Wearying Burden of Ongoing Suffering

My heart has been incredibly weary lately. I have struggled to find words that adequately express the tumultuous emotions within my spirit. Daily, I need to fight the impulse to turn inward and disconnect from those around me, as I teeter between pressing on or succumbing to the crushing weight […]

Grow in Contentment through Worship

I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty or hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who […]

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When God Seems Unfair

A co-worker receives a promotion the same week you’re laid off. The house you considered “perfect” for your family is sold to another buyer. You labor long hours at your current workplace and volunteer at numerous nonprofits, yet your dream of owning a business is squashed by a bank’s loan […]

Christian resources

Key Connections (August 17, 2016)

The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life (Colin Smith, Moody Publishers) Pastor Colin’s book is now available! In The 10 Greatest Struggles of Your Life, Pastor Colin opens up the 10 Commandments to show how there is more to them than meets the eye. Includes a 30-page study guide ideal for personal or group […]

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You Shall Not Murder

The 6th commandment, commonly read as “You shall not kill,” seems like it should be easy to obey, but it is likely we have broken it frequently and recently. Three Ways to Murder The King James Bible states the verse as “Thou shall not kill,” but more recent versions translate […]

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Two Qualities That Make a Great Leader

Schools are soon in session and fall small groups are preparing to launch. In classrooms across the country, people will step into leadership roles—some for the first time, others having served so many times they’ve lost count. You may not be a school teacher or a Bible study leader, but […]

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The Purpose, Practice, and Person of Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female […]

Christian resources

Key Connections (August 11, 2016)

3 Ways to Steward Your Own Failure (Michael Kelley, For The Church) Failure is a heavy emotional weight, but it can also be a very good teacher. Maybe, in fact, the best teacher. Watch for God at the Olympic Games (David Mathis, Desiring God) Saving faith, sustained and empowered by the Spirit, […]

Sexual Immorality

Three Steps to Address Sexual Immorality

My dress matched my eyes and my hair was just right. My lipstick was fresh, and I slipped on my heels as I walked out the door. I was hoping that he liked what he saw. This may sound like I was getting ready for a date, but in reality, […]

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Bible Q&A: Who Really Has the Authority on Earth, God or Satan?

Question: In Bible study the other day, we were studying Luke chapter four. Satan tempts Jesus in the wilderness for 40 days. Satan says to Jesus, “Bow down and worship me, and I can give you all this.” I know he is the father of lies, so was that a lie? Could […]

Parents and Children, Be Motivated by the Gospel

Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be prolonged in the land which the Lord your God gives you. (Exodus 20:12) God had miraculously brought the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt at the time when Israel received the Ten Commandments. God was setting them apart as […]

How to Move from Duty to Delight

But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6) There is a diminished version of Christianity that is often found […]

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Five Reasons to Hope in God This Election Season

With important issues on the table and potential long-lasting implications of an election, it can be easy to get caught up in all of the hype, madness, and passion that abounds during an election cycle. There are several pitfalls Christians can fall into with their thinking in regards to politics: You […]

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Four Keys to Practice Spiritual Disciplines

While walking to a seminary class several years ago, I stopped by the café to purchase some coffee. After filling my cup, I observed a married couple holding hands and praying at a nearby bench. I thought, “That is really neat!” Then, I thought, in a moment of my flesh, […]

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The Parody of Pokémon GO

To evaluate elements of popular culture from a theological or theoretical perspective sets you up to sound like a jerk. It’s unavoidable. It’s hard to be critical and not sound uptight. But what is the alternative? Should we close our eyes and fail to see that every new form of […]

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10 Important Considerations Before You Follow Jesus

Nine years ago in my early twenties, I would have laughed at the person who’d predict that I’d be an unashamed, enthusiastic, passionate follower of Jesus Christ. Before placing saving faith in Christ as my Lord and Savior, I cherished independence, my sinful lifestyle and pleasures, and everything the world […]