How to Listen to Sermons

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by Christopher Ash ‘What a silly subject!’ you may say. After all, it would be pointless to write a booklet called How to watch TV. And listening to a sermon is easier than watching TV, because I don’t have to master the remote. It is passive, something that is preached to me, not something I actively [...]

Seven Principles for Angry Parents Disciplining Angry Children

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by Kevin DeYoung I hate to admit that the title of this blog post too often describes my household. I never (or at least it seems that way to me) lose my temper with my wife, my staff, or my congregation. But sadly, I too often feel (and act?) like that little Anger guy from Inside [...]

Your Wounds Do Not Define You

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Words and actions are powerful. They can build people up, or tear them down. They can pour out love, or breed hate. They can establish trust, or destroy it. They can soothe deep and powerful wounds. Or they can create them. Most of us have experienced wound-inflicting words or actions from other people at some [...]

No, We Can’t ‘Agree to Disagree’ on Marriage

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Article by John Stonestreet Can Christians agree to disagree on our culture’s most controversial topics? Well, when it comes to certain issues, the answer is no. For years, a steady drumbeat of Christian pastors, musicians, and authors have announced they’ve “evolved” on the issue of homosexuality. Authors like Matthew Vines and more recently, Jen Hatmaker, musician [...]

Your 9-to-5 is Not in Vain

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Article by Andre Yee (founder of Gospel Translations) What do you do when you experience fruitlessness or even failure in your work? How do you respond when your hard work yields poor results? Whether you’re a faithful pastor with a struggling church, a diligent college student with poor grades, or a involved parent with a prodigal [...]

Parents, Let Your ‘No’ Be ‘No’

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Article by Sam Crabtree (Pastor, Minneapolis, Minnesota) Although the Bible says things that are mysterious or hidden (like “a time, times, and half a time,” Daniel 7:25), it also says things that seem blatantly obvious (for instance, “where there are no oxen, the manger is clean,” Proverbs 14:4). Among the seemingly obvious things, Jesus says, “Let what you say be [...]

Forgiving the Unrepentant

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by RT Kendall If we wait for those who have hurt us to repent first, we will almost certainly wait for a long, long time. We also give ourselves a justification to stay bitter the rest of our lives. This cannot be right. Even non-Christian organizations are emerging to show the value of forgiveness; their [...]

Why Won’t God End My Suffering?

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by MaryLynn Johnson I don’t remember the day I was diagnosed with a physical disability. I was only three years old. Disability is something that has always been a part of my life, and it probably always will. Growing up, there was no doubt in my mind God created me the way he had for a [...]

14 Tips for Sharing Your Faith in the Workplace

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We spend a lot of our life in the workplace and often with people who have different beliefs to our own, this is therefore a vital place for us to talk about Jesus and the difference he makes. Sometimes the headlines we see in the media suggest that Christians aren’t able to share their faith at [...]

Every Penny Is from Heaven

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What do financial advisors, prosperity preachers, and Jesus all have in common? As a financial advisor, I’m constantly providing counsel to all types of people about how to manage their money well. Prosperity preachers talk about money as if it were some type of investment seed: you give to God and he must give it [...]