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Month: July 2018

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The Single Greatest Challenge of Your Christian Life

“So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 10:32) In this chapter, Jesus speaking to those who have already made a commitment to him (Matthew 10:1). He’s challenging Christians. When you first hear this verse, it sounds like an […]

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Keep on Pedaling

The doctor said, “The child has severe hemophilia.” In the crib looking up at me with charming brown eyes lay a beautiful baby boy. A “severe” hemophiliac. My son. Emotions swirled. “Are you sure?” I asked, feeling pathetic in the doctor’s eyes. “Yes,” he responded. Most things in life happen […]

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God Is Not a Super-Human

According to psychologist Robin Rosenberg (Smithsonian.com), Americans love superheroes because the characters are relatable and their stories inspire. Heroes are often regular men and women who undergo some “life-altering experience” and discover their hidden power. Unfortunately, the idea of an ordinary person with extraordinary power colors our understanding of God. […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (July 13, 2018)

What Is the Mystery of Marriage? (David Mathis, Desiring God) God joined our first parents in the garden, and men and women ever since, to point us — oh so imperfectly but truly — to the kind of love and care his Son would give his people. And Jesus doesn’t break […]

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What Jesus Christ Has Accomplished

Isaiah 53 is one of the clearest statements of what Jesus Christ has accomplished for his people in the entire Bible: Christ came to redeem you from suffering and sin forever by sacrificing himself as your substitute on the cross. He was pierced for our transgressions,     he was crushed for […]

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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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A Hurried Life Isn’t a Holy Life

In college, every hour of my life was scheduled in a color-coded planner, made and kept with meticulous precision. Senior year, I worked a full-time job, took 23 credit hours per semester, and made the Dean’s list for the eighth consecutive semester. Purple designated “free time” in my planner, which […]

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Good News for Husbands

God does not make demands without supplying grace. In our last article, we studied Paul’s exhortation in Ephesians 5 that husbands must “love their wives just as Christ also loved the church and gave himself up for her.” This is a serious, heavy responsibility, focused on the wife’s spiritual growth […]

Key Connections

Key Connections (July 6, 2018)

How to Make a Mature Disciple (John Piper, Desiring God) God inspired a book — not a video. He inspired a book, and the book is made up of sentences, and paragraphs, and words, and they’re connected in certain ways so that they have meaning, from God Almighty, into the brains […]

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Your One Hope for Judgment Day

Video Transcript: Our lives are eternal and we all face the judgement of God. …the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Hebrews 6:2) Again, these truths are basic principles of the Word of God. Your life is eternal. There was a time when you were not, but there will […]

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What Is Freedom? How Do We Become Free?

As a culture, we want to feel that we are in control of our lives, and especially that we are in control of the things that matter most. That includes our salvation. You hear this all the time on the talk shows: “You can be anything you want to be.” […]

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God Tells Us Not to Fear

The dictionary is filled with phobias that can range from the fear of being without mobile phone coverage (nomophobia) to the fear of trees (hylophobia). I can fear what comes next in my life or my children’s lives, and I can fear for the future of this world, which leads […]

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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 […]