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Month: February 2017

people pleaser

Confessions of a People Pleaser

Two hundred. That’s the number of milk jugs I had lugged from the stage to the garbage dump. Even though I was almost out the door to my child’s basketball game, and I only had twenty minutes to get there, when my co-teacher asked me if I could help her […]

The Fruit of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit or the Flesh?

I hope to be a gardener someday, with a patch of land filled with rich fruits and vegetables to feed my family and others—but at this moment I have little experience as a green thumb. However, the Holy Spirit is the Master Gardener. He makes our hearts grow to glorify […]

will we know each other in heaven

Will We Know Each Other in Heaven?

Will we know each other in heaven? Let’s cut to the chase with a one-word answer: Yes! The two-word answer would be, “For sure!” And the five-word answer would be, “You can count on it!” Christians who know and love each other on earth will know and love each other […]

servant

The Heart of a Servant

In the restaurant business, there’s a saying: The waiter/waitress is a server, not a servant. The concept of servanthood is incredibly distasteful in our culture. America is (supposedly) a nation where no one is inherently better than anyone else. To us, being someone’s servant means you think of yourself as […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (February 22, 2017)

Love the Church You’re With, Not the Church of Your Dreams (Ricky Alcantar, The Blazing Center) You may find that some of the things you long for begin to be more evident…Or you may find that God changes your heart to appreciate what’s already there. God Uses Our Work—Even Cleaning Milk […]

expect less

Hope More, Expect Less

What do you expect in the near future? In Chicago, we can expect winter to be cold, snowy and long, but we can also expect a warm summer and a beautiful fall. (Spring is non-existent.) I expect to attend two family weddings this summer, which I expect will be great fun, […]

president's day

10 Prayers to Pray This President’s Day

It’s President’s Day. Workers rest from their labors and schools temporarily close. This is a day of honor, a national holiday to remember the forty-five men who’ve served our country in the prestigious role of President of the United States. Regardless of what the title POTUS evokes for you, President’s […]

misunderstood

When You Feel Misunderstood

Moses heard God’s voice. He stepped closer, onto holy ground. From what he saw, he hid his face. God spoke, telling Moses he had seen the suffering of his people, and God commissioned Moses to deliver them from Pharaoh. Moses humbly responded, “Who am I?” Who was he to have […]

marriage

Marriage for Worse, for Poorer, and in Sickness

I remember the moment I stood before my groom and recited my wedding vows. I certainly didn’t expect life to be perfect, but I assumed my marriage would be filled with more of “better” than “worse.” With stars in my eyes, and blissfully unaware of what the future would hold, […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (February 15, 2017)

Why Are So Many Christians Bored with the Bible? (Marshall Segal, Desiring God) We talk about Bible reading like we talk about cutting calories or cleaning our house. We’re grateful for the results, but we don’t wake up dying to do it again. 8 Reasons to Love Sound Doctrine (Kevin Halloran, Anchored in […]

How to Experience More of the Love of God

May the Lord direct your hearts into God’s love and Christ’s perseverance. (2 Thessalonians 3:5) Recently, a seminary professor asked 120 of her students this question: “Do you believe God loves you?” Out of 120 Christian students preparing for ministry, how many do you think said yes? Two! The rest gave answers […]

fight fear

Fight Fear with Faith

It’s not easy to be a Christian today. It never has been. But is it getting harder? In observing the times, there appears to be an increasing tension between those of the Christian faith and those who want to smother any expression of that faith. However, it’s absolutely crucial in this […]

Christian

Four Qualities Every Christian Should Pursue

A few weeks ago, I was a guest speaker at a church. I soon learned how the church saw every churchgoer as a minister of the gospel, holding the same vision as staff members. I thought that inclusion was a neat way to express a biblical concept that every church member […]

God heals

The God Who Heals

She trails behind the crowd, uncertain if she should approach. The mass of people surrounding him overwhelms her; she can’t see what he’s doing, where he’s going, let alone hear him speak. She’d heard the reports about Jesus, amazing reports. Of healing, demon-expulsion, miracles. And Lord, did she need a […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (February 8, 2017)

Do I Really Need To Suffer? (Tim Challies, Challies dot Com) Should I hope for pain or even seek out suffering if I want to continue to grow up in the Lord? A Prayer For When Your Faith Feels Weak (Caitlin Williams, Unlocking the Bible) Sometimes my faith feels too small…when that happens, […]

heart

Cultivate a Prayerfully Expectant Heart

Do you expect God to answer prayer? Or do you, like me, struggle to maintain a prayerfully expectant heart? For years, maybe even decades, Simeon had been waiting for God to fulfill a promise. Was he weary of waiting? I don’t think so. Simeon was a man of faith, “righteous […]

defense against sin

Change Always Begins with Hope

Video Notes: “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14) Notice where Jesus begins this conversation: There are great thirsts in […]

Distractions

Five Resolutions Against Technological Distractions

This presidential election I made the regrettable decision to try and watch one of the debates via Facebook. I say “regrettable” because the medium of viewing on Facebook changed the entire experience of a debate for me. Instead of listening carefully to what the candidates were saying or not saying, my […]

weak faith

A Prayer For When Your Faith Feels Weak

Sometimes my faith feels too small. Or maybe I allow the things of life to become too big. Regardless, when that happens, prayer becomes a struggle. So it’s helpful for me to write out my prayers, allowing Scripture to inform them more deeply and reign in my rampant thoughts. This […]

Paul David Tripp

Key Connections (February 1, 2017)

Six Ways Jesus Faced Opposition (Meredith Hodge, Unlocking the Bible) Jesus, the Man of Sorrows, experienced opposition far worse than my situation. But in his eyes, it’s not relevant, for all who call on his name receive the same power and ability to face opposition. 7 False Teachers in the […]