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Month: April 2017

abide

Three Keys to Abide in Christ

“Abide in me, and I in you.” (John 15:4) Christianity is about far more than holding right beliefs or adopting right behaviors. At salvation, we enter into a union with God that changes our legal status. We have right standing with God now. We have a righteousness that comes by […]

teens

12 Things to Pray for the Teens You Know

Being a teenager is hard. Being a Christian teenager is harder. We are walking through turbulent years, carrying pressing burdens, feelings, temptations, desires and fears. As teenagers, we wrestle with living through growing pains—as Christ-followers, with living out our faith. We need your help. More specifically, we need your prayer. […]

Bible resources

Key Connections (April 20, 2017)

We Need More Bible in Youth Ministry (Katherine Forster, Desiring God) Here are four reasons I believe pastors, teachers, youth leaders, and Christian parents need to encourage and exhort us to study the Bible, and teach us how to do it. The Gospel Doesn’t Accommodate (Jason Garwood, Gospel-Centered Discipleship) Why are we […]

reconciliation

Eight Ways to Pursue the Ministry of Reconciliation

“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”¹ On June 16, 1858, Abraham Lincoln spoke those words to his Republican colleagues in the Springfield, Illinois statehouse. He had just been chosen to run against Stephen Douglas for the United States Senate. When Lincoln’s law partner, William Herndon, questioned the use of such […]

am I called to plant a church

Am I Called to Plant a Church?

Over the past few months, my wife, Kristen, and I have been discerning our call to plant a church. Nine personal experiences have stood out to us. I decided to write them down for my benefit, and then realized they might be helpful for other people too. So, are you […]

Good Shepherd

Forsake Sin by Following the Good Shepherd

Seeing the people, [Jesus] felt compassion for them, because they were distressed and dispirited like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:36, NASB) Brothers and sisters, the fight against sin feels prolonged and arduous in this life—doesn’t it? We grow in one area, only to meet the next depravity in ourselves […]

resurrection body

Four Things We Know About the Resurrection Body

At the resurrection, the transformation of the body you have now into the body you will have will be instantaneous.  All believers will receive this gift at the same time. What do we know about this new resurrection body? There’s continuity, but also changes. Here are four of them. Four […]

What Happens to a Believer at Death

What Happens to a Believer at Death?

Video Notes: Brother, sister in Christ: There is no condemnation for you in the future because it has already been dealt with by Jesus in the past! “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1). We have passed from death to life! Life, […]

cross

The Beauty of the Cross

The two disciples walk slowly. Their journey today is not long, but their hearts are heavy with sorrow and confusion. They were sure that Jesus would be the Messiah, the one to redeem Israel, the one who would bring restoration and peace to the world, so that all nations would […]

small group

Nine Ways to Miss the Point of Small Group

Thursday night. Bibles open. Six men from the local church pray together. One of them reads Psalm 31 and applies it to his brother. A strong sense of God-dependence fills the room. Sunday post-lunch. The church is quiet after a busy morning. Kids play in the next room, while five […]

How Stephen Baldwin’s Thief on the Cross Reached Millions

This article by Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra originally appeared at The Gospel Coalition to celebrate the release of the DVD Heaven, How I Got Here: A Night with the Thief on the Cross. John Aiello was worried about his father. Seventy-three years old and suffering from renal cancer, John Aiello Sr. didn’t have much […]

counterfeit

Three Counterfeit Christs to Reject

Charlie Munger, Vice Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, the famous investment firm headed by Warren Buffett, is known for the following story about physicist Max Planck: “I frequently tell the apocryphal story about how Max Planck, after he won the Nobel Prize, went around Germany giving a same standard lecture on […]

Bible Q&A: Is the Sabbath Day on Saturday or Sunday?

Question: I have recently found through my Father in heaven that Saturday is the day to worship and exalt the Lord, our Savior. But my mom thinks that I’m going to extreme and my dad says that is doesn’t matter when or where you worship. Please help me and my family get […]

weak

For the Person Who Feels Weak

There’s no denying it. I am weak to the core. My body is weak as it continues to be beaten down by Lyme disease and its devastating effects. My mothering abilities feel weak as I grow weary caring for four sick children who are also being ravaged by this awful […]