4 Reasons We Can Be Thankful in Times of Trouble

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by Joe Carter On Thanksgiving Day, Americans celebrate their most religious of secular holidays. For hundreds of years they’ve made a national tradition of giving thanks for the blessings of the preceding year. But for Christians, every day should be a day of thanksgiving, since the regular practice of gratitude is a means by which [...]

Why Are So Many So Silent?

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The Insider Movement by Greg Morse “When I return home next month, there is a good chance they will kill me before I can come back to America.” He had only been a believer for a year. “I could not help but tell my family and friends about the new life I found in Jesus. [...]

8 Questions to Help You Understand and Apply the Bible

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Sometimes the most important things in the Christian life can be the most difficult. That can certainly be true of understanding and applying the Bible. As believers we know that reading Scripture is essential to following Jesus. But if we’re honest, we often find it difficult to understand and apply. The Bible talks about so [...]

Game of Dethroning Sexual Sin

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Recently, Kevin DeYoung kicked the proverbial hornet’s nest when he wrote a post titled, “I Don’t Understand Christians Watching Game of Thrones.” That post was swiftly met with a tirade of social media attacks, such as, “The Bible has many, many more violent and lewd scenes than Game of Thrones…know your Bible, Kevin,” “[you] shouldn’t [...]

Finding Strength for the Storms You Face

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God Will Bring You Through by Chad Ashby How do we weather seasons in life when friends are far away, fair havens have faded from the horizon, we are storm-tossed at sea, and everything we need has been stripped away? You lose your job. You’re failing exams. Your home feels like a battleground. You’ve just [...]

Even in Our Son’s Death, God Has Been Great and Good

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No expecting parent is ever prepared to hear these words: “Your baby no longer has a heartbeat.” And the words the Holy Spirit whispered to me moments before I heard that doctor’s statement were the last words I expected to hear: “David, even if your son is dead, God is still sovereign, and he is still good.” On December 17, 2015, [...]

5 Things Every Christian Must Know about the Transgender Debate

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The transgender debate is becoming all-encompassing. Issues such as education, law, government, entertainment all fall in the crosshairs of the transgender debate, and our culture moves with such speed that working out how to respond seems overwhelming, if not impossible. So here are five essential things for Christians to keep in mind as we think [...]

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 [...]