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Month: May 2018

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What’s the Difference Between Faith and Assurance?

Video Transcript: My friend Charles Price who was the pastor of the People’s church in Toronto tells the story of the first time he flew on an airplane. When he boarded the plan he was in a middle seat of three. Next to the widow was an old lady who […]

God's Will

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 […]

meditation

Eight Words for Worshipful Meditation

The voice of the dinner host resounds throughout the dining room and kitchen, “Alright, the food is ready, friends! First, grab your silverware, plates, and napkins here, and then start going along this side of the table to get your food. Don’t forget, drinks are on the far counter—we have […]

God is working

God Is Working Through Your Waiting

Waiting is a common pattern in my life. Waiting for graduation, for work, for a boyfriend, for a trip, for an idea, for the next big thing. And I find this terribly inconvenient. I am a full-throttle go-getter who wants to move from thing to thing with speed and efficiency, […]

Key Connections

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 […]

Interceding

What Happens When You Pray

Most Christians are familiar with what Christ has done on the cross and what Christ will do when he returns in glory. What may be less clear for some of us is the continuing work that Jesus is doing for us now. The answer to that question is, Jesus Christ […]

Let’s Talk About Your Worry

Yep, we’re gonna talk about worry. You’ve heard the command: Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life… (v. 25) But a good friend of mine told me to always ask, “What’s the therefore there for?” What was said before this to birth Matthew’s imperative? Earlier in […]

A Little Book on the Christian Life

Book Briefs: A Little Book on the Christian Life

Editor’s Note: Today we continue our new series, “Book Briefs,” to help you stock your reading pile with excellent, gospel-centered books. Tim Augustyn, our Pastor of Ministry Resources, shares a brief summary of titles he’s read, along with his favorite quotations from each. We hope “Book Briefs” will help and […]

rejoicing

The Problem With Rejoicing Always

Many people give advice to engaged couples before marriage. One nugget I remember was, “Don’t ever say ‘never’ or ‘always’,” which means I shouldn’t tell my husband he never takes the garbage out, he always mistreats me, I never mistreat him, and I always put his interests first. No one […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (May 18, 2018)

The Secret to Finishing Well (Adam Ramsey, The Gospel Coalition) Jesus is not disillusioned with my insecurities or weaknesses, because he never had any illusions about me when he saved me in the first place. Because of his work, I don’t have to hide, and I don’t need to impress. Jesus has […]

condemnation

What’s Wrong With Self-Condemnation?

It’s been a hard day. You’re finally sitting down on the couch; the lights are dimmed and the curtains are shut for the night. Everything has stilled; and though the house is quiet, it’s not peaceful. As you hug your cup of lukewarm coffee to your chest, the voices begin […]

change the world

How the Apostles Changed the World

Three men encountered the Lord Jesus Christ, and it changed not only their lives, but the world. Peter, James, and John, among others, are recognized as apostles—a unique and handpicked crew of Jesus’ disciples who personally encountered him, and afterwards, authored portions of the New Testament. Their writings endured the […]

husbands

Husbands, Love Your Wives

I’m a deep sleeper, so it’s unusual for me to see the clock at 2:00 a.m. As my brain shook off the fog I heard the call again. “Mo-mmy! Da-ddy!” I grabbed my glasses and headed for the door. My daughter had a nightmare. This happens about once a month, […]

made under pressure

‘Made Under Pressure’: Staying Strong Under Trial

“Made Under Pressure” is a t-shirt slogan I remember seeing on a recent gym trip. Unsurprisingly, it’s a shirt made by Nike, the company that forged the can-do creed, “Just Do It.” From a physical standpoint, muscles in the arms and legs are made under the pressure of physical weights, […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (May 11, 2018)

Pastor, Don’t Avoid Uncomfortable Topics (Brett McCracken, The Gospel Coalition) …the whole counsel of God—revealed to us in his Word—is challenging to preach. But preach it we must. Otherwise, we as pastors have the blood of our congregations on our hands (Acts 20:26). Does the New Testament Misquote the Old Testament? (Peter Krol, Knowable […]

The Exposing Power of Mother’s Day

Flowers. Jewelry. Breakfast in bed. A trip to the nail salon. A sentimental card. Dinner out. Many of us have some sort of idea of how we would like to be celebrated on Mother’s Day. We spend most of our days wiping noses, changing poopy diapers, rising at our middle-of-the-night […]

spirit soul

Bible Q&A: What’s the Difference Between the Spirit and the Soul?

Question: Can you give me some clarity about the spirit and the soul? Are they the same thing? Or are they different?   Answer: There’s a longstanding debate about the relationship between the soul and the spirit. Sometimes they seem to be the same. For example, in Mary’s song she […]

money

Three Signs That You’re a Lover of Money

Money is one of our top worries, often second to health or safety. Money divides families, breaks up marriages, and turns gentle dispositions into fits of rage. How we handle our money says more about our priorities than any words we could ever speak. A survey by the American Psychological […]

prayer

Six Reasons the Church Needs Corporate Prayer

We read in Acts 2 that Peter preached to crowds and “they were cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37). Scriptures tells us that 3,000 were added to the church that day when Peter proclaimed, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (May 4, 2018)

The Danger of an Unscraped Knee (Trevin Wax, The Gospel Coalition) Bad weather will always confound the control freak. The upside is that nature’s resistance to bend to our will reminds us of our frailty and points to the sovereignty of the One who scattered the stars. The Fire in His […]

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Seven Ways Christ Is the Good Shepherd

Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd” (John 10:11, 14). The relationship of believers with Jesus Christ is that of sheep to a shepherd. The Lord is our shepherd; we are his flock. But what does that mean? In John 10, Christ spells out what it means for him to […]

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Five Onramps to Joyful Prayer

If you had to describe your prayer life in one word, what would you choose? Fulfilling? Effective? Joyful? Or do words like irregular, inconsistent, or blah ring truer? I’ve been there. And up until fairly recently, I haven’t been concerned, thinking it was normal, and thus OK. What I soon […]

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Is It Arrogant For Christians To Say They Know the Truth?

Relativism Everybody makes truth claims. The rise of a mode of thinking called relativism has saturated our Western culture. People who hold to this ideology believe specifically or subconsciously that they are their own determiner of truth—that truth is not absolute. This is truly arrogant thinking, because it makes a […]