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Topic: Doctrine

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Why Your Children Need to Understand that They’re Image Bearers

“Lord, help me see my girls the way you see them.” This is a normal prayer for me. I say it nearly every day, sometimes multiple times a day. It’s often answered as the Lord helps me soften my responses and tailor my discipline. However, recently this prayer was answered […]

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The Root of Your Doubt

For a short time in my life, God seemed distant and far off from me. I was drowning in a pit of hopelessness and despair as I engaged in spiritual warfare with a sinful pattern I had picked up in elementary school before I became a Christian. Guilt blinded me […]

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Becoming a Selective Listener—In the Best Sense

Our so-called “information age”—when information has become the going commodity—involves voluminous data, assertions, thoughts, and opinions whizzing both from and toward us online. Within this environment, not only do false teachers exist—as in historical times—but they have now inherited the power to ask for attention through greater reach, even paying […]

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Can I Lose My Salvation?

Video Transcript: Last week, we looked at the promise of Jesus: “My sheep… will never perish” (John 10:27-28). That’s what Jesus said, “My sheep will never perish. They will have a faith that lasts.” Here’s what that means: Those who are truly Christ’s sheep (and turn away) will come back. […]

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The Only Way You Can Do God’s Will

I can’t. Our culture despises those two little words. Hatred for weakness and inadequacy is why we tell our kids never to say, “I can’t.” It’s why we love the inspiring words of Thomas the Tank Engine: “Yes, you can!” The belief that we’re capable of anything, if we set […]

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Key Connections (May 25, 2018)

Where Does God Want Me to Work (David Mathis, Desiring God) First, we recognize, contrary to the suspicions that may linger in our unbelief, God is the happy God (1 Timothy 1:11), not a cosmic killjoy. In his Son, by his Spirit, he wants to shape and form our hearts to desire […]

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The Man With Two Names: How Jesus is the Fulfillment of Immanuel

We celebrate and sing the name “Immanuel” at Christmas, and rightly so. “Immanuel” means “God with us,” and in one sense this is the story of the entire Bible. It is certainly the story of Advent. But a Bible search for the word “Immanuel” doesn’t return many results. Aside from […]

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Key Connections (February 9, 2018)

Why You Desperately Need the Holy Spirit (Jordan Standridge, The Cripplegate) So many of us, even those of us who go to “solid churches” where the Word is preached and our pastor faithfully seeks to craft sermons that will be an encouragement to our soul, desperately need to be asking the […]

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Key Connections (November 17, 2017)

The Flesh is Weak: Pastoral Reflections on Self-Control (Aaron Menikoff, 9Marks) It’s good to remember the fight for self-control. I must fight more. But the fight isn’t the whole story. Self-control is both a call to action and a gift to be received. Self-control is a piece of the fruit of […]

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Beware These Seven Counterfeit Gospels

A friend of mine worked in a bank overseas for about a year, handling large amounts of money. During training, she studied various bills and learned their details, so she could easily discern counterfeits if they came along. She studied the real thing so she could identify distortions. The same […]

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Give Thanks, For the Lord is Good

Psalm 100:4 says, Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. Why are we to enter the gates of the Lord with thanksgiving and his courts with praise?  One reason given in this psalm is, “for the Lord is good” […]

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Key Connections (October 13, 2017)

What’s the Purpose of Pastors? (Tim Challies, Challies.com) The Bible assures us that pastors exist to shepherd God’s people in local churches until Christ returns (1 Peter 5:1-5). The calling of the pastor is inextricably tied to the biblical metaphor of a shepherd tending to his flock of sheep. How the […]

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What Is Biblical Meditation?

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2) What is […]

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Key Connections (September 15, 2017)

4 Lies that Cause Pastors to Neglect their Families (Jamie Owens, 9 Marks) Among young pastors and church planters, there’s no less than a deluge of pressure to give every waking moment to our churches, to the neglect of our families. But brothers, it should never be so. We Should Always Take […]

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The Reason We Blame God

I believe wholeheartedly in the sovereignty of God. Yet I sometimes elevate this attribute over others. When I do, I end up blaming God for what he does in my life, in other’s lives, and in the world. Thus, I realize I must trust in the goodness of God in […]

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Don’t Listen to Yourself – Talk to Yourself

We are deeply influenced by the world around us. Daily we’re bombarded with a thousand images – from the news we watch, to the sermons we hear, to the people we meet. Our affections, attitudes, moods, beliefs, and, ultimately, our actions are swayed, cemented, and interpreted by the voices we […]

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The Good News for All Time

Jesus. If he isn’t the epitome of good news for all humanity, hope is undoubtedly lost. Thankfully, our hope in the Savior is not misplaced or misguided, as Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John record the life, death, and resurrection of the risen King of Kings so we, like those throughout […]

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Six Ways to Respond to God’s Steadfast Love

Driving the Pennsylvania Turnpike can be rough, especially when you’re tired. The hills and farms all look the same, and it’s easy to get lulled to sleep by the endless pattern of signs: speed limit, exit, service plaza; speed limit, exit, service plaza. Many of us read Psalm 136 this […]

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Key Connections (May 18, 2017)

Embrace the Life You Have (Vaneetha Rendall Risner, Desiring God) So today, if you are feeling weary and disappointed about your life, allow yourself to grieve. To weep deeply. Six Things You Need to Know About God’s Wrath (Colin Smith, Unlocking the Bible) This theme of the wrath (or anger) of God toward […]

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Six Things You Need to Know About God’s Wrath

As peace is a truth widely loved, wrath is a truth widely loathed. Many in the history of the church has been embarrassed by God’s wrath and have wanted to revise this biblical truth. Yet, this theme of the wrath (or anger) of God toward sin and sinners is clearly […]

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What Does It Mean to Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?

Hunger and thirst are frequent human urges. It’s immensely satisfying to eat a meal when starving or to drink of water when parched. Hunger is often used to convey a consuming desire, like a young and inexperienced sports team hungry for a win, or an individual who, after a string of failures, is hungry for success. The […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Key Connections (October 5, 2016)

How to Sabotage Your Pastor’s Sermons (Erik Raymond, The Gospel Coalition) Hearing a sermon is not an automatic sanctification pill. Sadly, many times the sermon gets undermined by other factors….With that, here are five ways to sabotage your pastor’s sermons. Is God Tired of Listening to Me? (Denise Loock, Unlocking the Bible) Do […]

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Key Connections (September 14, 2016)

10 Things You Should Know about Persecution (Tim Keesee, Crossway) Suffering for the sake of the gospel is a way in which we identify with Christ’s sufferings—and he, in turn, identifies with the sufferings of His people. Why You Should Read Through the Entire Bible as Fast as Possible (Jordan Standridge, The […]

Why Is Sound Doctrine So Important?

Shortly after placing a saving faith in Jesus Christ, I posted a quote to Facebook from a well-known, worldwide preacher. Later I received a message in my inbox from a Christian friend. She encouraged me to research this man and his Christian teaching before “following” him further. In my immaturity, […]