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Month: April 2018

evangelism

How Do We Overcome the Fear of Evangelism?

Public speaking is said to be many people’s number one fear. It should not come as a surprise then that one fear of many evangelical Christians is evangelism: sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with others, publicly or privately.   This fear manifests itself differently for each person. Some […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (April 27, 2018)

The Wall Between You and God’s Will (Marshall Segal, Desiring God) And how do we behold the glory of the Lord? We listen to God’s voice (in his word) as he reveals to us the way things really are. We search the Scriptures, because they all bear witness to the glory of […]

hostile

Seven Strategies for Handling Hostile People

In 1 Samuel 13, we read how Samuel the prophet anointed David to be King Saul’s successor. David worked for Saul first as a musician, and then as a military commander. David gave the best and the most loyal service, but Saul was not pleased with anything he did. And […]

Perfectionism

The True Colors of Perfectionism

I brushed the last of the dirt, sawdust, and fur into the dust pan, gently flicking it along. My back was sore from sweeping, but my desire for spotless floors overcame it. Back aching, I walked over to the window and pushed the curtains open. I turned around to examine […]

with you

For the Lord Your God Is With You

In the book of Joshua, God gives Joshua the same promise that Jesus gives to his followers in Matthew 28: And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age. (v. 20) The Lord pairs his promise to Joshua with a command: Be strong and courageous. Do […]

book briefs

Book Briefs: Heaven, So Near – So Far

Editor’s Note: Today we’re beginning a new series, “Book Briefs,” to help you stock your reading pile with excellent, gospel-centered books. Tim Augustyn, our Pastor of Ministry Resources, reads a ton (you should see his bookshelves!) and will use this series to share a brief summary of titles he’s read, […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (April 20, 2018)

If You Love God, Listen to Him: Five Reasons to Read the Bible Every Day (Jimmy Needham, Desiring God) If we want to be about the work of God, we must first be about the word of God. God’s word reveals to us his priorities and values. It shows us what breaks […]

sin

The Seven Bitter Fruits of Sin

I was having breakfast with someone who was witnessing to a colleague at work. “You know, Colin,” he said, “this guy lives like the devil, but he is good at heart.” I said, “Wait a minute. How can he be good at heart if he lives like the devil? Surely, […]

holiness

15 Unforgettable Quotes on Holiness from T4G18

Editor’s Note: I attended the Together For the Gospel conference this year in Louisville, Kentucky. I praise God for the men he has raised up to disciple his church all over the world and for their instruction this week, particularly on the topic of holiness. In this article, I am […]

Confess

Come to the Light

If we confess our sins, he [Jesus] is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) We are all sinners. Every member of humanity is born dead in their corruption and sin (Ephesians 2:1). Mankind walks harmoniously under the sway […]

gossip

The Surprising Solution to Gossip

We are needy people who crave words that bring life,Remember Rachel Lynde, the “town gossip” in Anne of Green Gables? While none of us want her blabbermouth reputation, we often don’t mind listening in as a gossiper shares her juicy news…   “Did you hear the Davises are moving? I […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (April 13, 2018)

Are We Proclaiming a Hell We Don’t Deserve—and a Christ We Do? (Peter Gurry, The Gospel Coalition) No one will ever be punished in hell for being unlike you in some superficial way. No, they will be punished for being so profoundly like you. That’s what is really shocking about hell. […]

church

10 Prayers to Pray Before Church

Going to church is not like a trip to the grocery store, visiting a friend, or a Christian task to complete. It is a declaration that worshiping the risen Christ is more important to you than sleeping in, eating brunch, playing sports, or working around the house. It is celebrating […]

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A Savior Who Knows What It Is to Weep

Video Transcript: The Bible tells us that Jesus wept. When Lazarus, who Jesus loved, died, our Lord came to Bethany. When he arrived, Martha came out to meet him, and later her sister Mary. These two women were grieving the death of their dearly-loved brother. “When Jesus saw her [Mary] […]

spiritual gifts

Trust God With the Spiritual Gifts He Gives

Do you trust God in the area of spiritual gifts? While talking to my brothers and sisters at church or scrolling social media, I want what other people have—specifically, their spiritual gifts, opportunities, and influence. I hear about that wonderful ministry event she spoke at, or I see how widely […]

criticism

The Power of Our Criticism

One weekend, I was on a spiritual high after a church event and couldn’t wait to share my joy and excitement with a friend. Before I had the opportunity to fully express this joy, I was interrupted: “Did you have to pay for the event?” I replied, “Yes.” Her response […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (April 6, 2018)

If They Fell, So Can You: How Sin Seduced the Strongest, Wisest, and Godliest (Garrett Kell, Desiring God) If Satan cannot tempt you into a great sin, he will settle for a small one, because he knows that small sins pave the way to greater ones. Callousness grows in small degrees. […]

judas

Four Things People Often Miss About Judas (and What We Can Learn from Them)

James tells us that the “double-minded man [is] unstable in all of his ways” (James 1:8). That is a very good description of Judas. He was double-minded, and in the end, the faith that he once professed he abandoned completely. Here are four things that are commonly overlooked when it […]

psalms

Why the Psalms Make Me Worship

“I always compare this Psalm to a lark,” Charles Spurgeon wrote about Psalm 23, “It begins on the ground among the sheep, but it goes up till you may hear its blessed notes echoing among the stars.” What are the Psalms if not blessed notes that sing of a limitless […]

fear

From Fear to Peace: Three Truths to Fight Fear

I sat in my car as monsoon rains poured down on our little island in the East China Sea, while my husband was on the other side of the world, preaching at his mother’s funeral. A few years prior, ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease) set in, ravaging her […]

fool

Make a Fool of Yourself

April 1 exploits them. The book of Proverbs warns against them. The Apostle Paul says to become one— But how exactly do we become fools for Christ? I must confess that, while it can be fun with the right people, April Fool’s Day has never been my favorite holiday. It’s […]