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Month: March 2017

Everything You Need to Know About TGC17

Will we see you at TGC’s National Conference next week? From April 3-5, close to 10,000 believers will gather in Indianapolis to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation at “No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 and Beyond.” Featuring 70 speakers on over 50 topics, TGC17 is bound to be a […]

defense against sin

How to Avoid a Hardened Heart

Video Notes: If you come to the Bible as a critic, the Bible will be a closed book to you. Your heart will be as hard at the end as it was at the beginning. If you are going to move beyond hardness of heart, you have to humble yourself […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 29, 2017)

Helping Kids Handle Conflict (Eric Davis, The Cripplegate) A child’s greatest need is not insulation from mean kids, but salvation from their sin; not to meet nicer kids, but to meet Christ. Through faith alone in Jesus Christ, this greatest need will be met. Three Promises for Those Who Are Hurting […]

Christian

Are You Actually a Christian?

How many people do you know who identify as Christian, yet lack any real sense of living for Christ? We all know, and pray we are not, the type. They call themselves Christians if asked what their religious preference is, but when you examine their lives, there’s little evidence of […]

stronger

Jesus Is Stronger Than Your Fear

Hi. My name is Sophie. I like to pretend emotions don’t exist. Two weeks ago my days were filled with one challenge after another, and by Friday night I could feel myself going into an emotional lock-down, attempting to bury every feeling in a Fort Knox-type armory with hopes that […]

belonging to the church

Three Challenges of Belonging to the Church

The Church is the body of Christ. This idea is found all over the Pauline epistles (1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 1:22-23, 4:12; Colossians 1:18,24), and is one of the clearest ways to refer to all true believers in Christ without specifying distinctions regarding doctrine, practice, or denomination. The term is […]

good gift

Has a Good Gift Become an Idol? Four Diagnostic Questions

We feel our hearts being tested when something bad happens. But did you know that a good gift will also test your heart? I have heard Augustine credited with pointing out that we are supposed to rejoice in God and his image bearers, and use the things of this world. […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 22, 2017)

8 Prayers You Should Regularly Pray for Your Pastor (Stephen Altrogge, The Blazing Center) Pastoral ministry is a business unlike any other. It is a dangerous business. A sacred business. A business where the souls of people are at stake. Should I Give Up Something for Lent? (Denise Loock, Unlocking the Bible) […]

question

The Right Question to Ask Yourself Today

Losing a loved one had really hit her hard. Christ had stood with her in her sorrow and entered into her tears, but then he did something completely unexpected. In a demonstration of the power by which, on that great day, he will raise the dead and usher his people […]

God's love

Three Ways to Experience More of God’s Love

Is it possible to fully understand the immensity of God’s love? The Bible tells us repeatedly that God loves us and has given us plenty of evidence to back up his words. He created us. He created a marvelous world in which we are called to create. He provides for […]

fear of the Lord

Five Prayers to Grow in the Fear of the Lord

As believers, we know we are to honor and fear the Lord, but our culture doesn’t lend itself to a reverential disposition. Instead, our culture does us the further disservice of not having much appreciation for the truth. To acquire both—reverence and truth—we have to search the Scriptures and combat […]

Should I Give Up Something for Lent

Should I Give Up Something for Lent?

“Would you like half my brownie?” “No thanks,” my friend said. “I’ve given up sugar for Lent.” Guilt pinched my heart. I glanced around my church’s fellowship hall, filled with folks enjoying their meal. How many of them had also sacrificed something for Lent? I’d never given up anything during […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 15, 2017)

The Secret to Job Satisfaction (Marshall Segal, Desiring God) Another paycheck may feel like our most immediate need, but it is another grain of sand compared with all God will give us in eternity. Does God Just Tolerate Me? (Ryan Higginbottom, Unlocking the Bible) I can be persuaded that [God] loves me […]

Does God Just Tolerate me

Does God Just Tolerate Me?

I have some close friends at church who are grandparents. For them, the cliché is true—they are over the moon about their grandchildren! My friends would move mountains to spend time with their grandchildren. They soak up every moment of each visit and anticipate the next. They delight in their […]

peace

How I Found Peace in My Pain

Hello. My name is Meghan, and I am often not an outstanding example of contentment. I’ve been on this earth for 26 years. For the majority of my life, I’ve been puzzled by mysterious illnesses and chronic ailments that have riddled my front lawn with “Do not cross” signs. It’s […]

When God Says No

When God Says No

Do you ever feel like God has abandoned you? Perhaps in your head you know he hasn’t, but deep down your heart questions his presence. You wonder why God has put you in such troubled and persistently difficult circumstances. You’re lonely, needy, confused. You want God to provide for you, […]

disappointment

10 Ways Disappointment Can Strengthen Your Faith

Disappointment exercises our faith. Like a good resistance band, it pushes back at us, putting on the pressure and testing our endurance. We can either succumb to its force or return the push. We can give way to what disappointment naturally produces—discontentment and doubt—or we can let it grow us. […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 8, 2017)

The Shack — The Missing Art of Evangelical Discernment (Al Mohler, Albert Mohler) The popularity of this book among evangelicals can only be explained by a lack of basic theological knowledge among us — a failure even to understand the Gospel of Christ. 5 Reasons You Desperately Need Your Bible (Kristen Wetherell, For The Church) […]

defense against sin

The Difference Between Jesus and the Law

Video Notes: Here is the difference between Jesus and the law: The law tells you what to do, but it can’t give you the power to do it. Jesus tells you what to do, and he gives you the power to do it. That is where strength, hope, and faith […]

bible teachers

Four Ways Bible Teachers Can Reflect Christ

I discovered teaching by accident. When I was invited to teach an economics course through the bank where I worked, I found I loved it, and I’ve been hooked ever since. So when the opportunity came to leave financial services and become a full-time professor, I grabbed it. I’ve been […]

secret to being content

The Secret to Being Content

Desire is an interesting thing. Some desires are good. I desire to be more disciplined in prayer. I desire to be quicker to listen and slower to speak. Yet other desires are laced with sin. I desire the praise of man. I also desire the security of a bigger paycheck. […]

discipline

The Most Important Motivation for Spiritual Discipline

I used to run only when chased. When I finally started getting in shape, I began looking for an efficient cardiovascular exercise, and I was pulled to running. I’d never been even a mediocre runner, and never enjoyed it in any capacity. But running seemed the most time-effective calorie burner […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (March 1, 2017)

Why the Church Needs Suffering (Sarah Walton, Set Apart) Why is life so heavy for so many of those who are following Christ? Why isn’t God protecting his people? Will We Know Each Other in Heaven? (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) Let’s cut to the chase with a one-word answer: Yes! The two-word […]