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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. […]
Bible resources

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 […]