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What Did You Expect?

Posted by on November 10, 2013 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off

What Did You Expect?

For more information, please visit the official conference site. Schedule Friday 7:00 PM – 9:15 PM & Saturday 9:00 AM – 12:15 PM About the Conference It won’t take long for you to be disappointed in marriage. It won’t take long for your dreams to be dashed. The reality is that you can’t escape the brokenness of this world. You won’t be able to avoid the sin of your spouse. The Bible teaches that we all bring something destructive into our relationships – sin. But as Paul David Tripp explains, we buy into the delusion that our...

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A Friend of Sinners and No Friend of Sin

Posted by on October 14, 2013 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off

A Friend of Sinners and No Friend of Sin

Originally posted at Gospel Coalition by Kevin DeYoung. Jesus never apologized for getting on the inside with outsiders. It was his mission. What kind of doctor refuses to see patients? What kind of farmer refuses to get his hands dirty? What kind of church has no place for sinners? People reviled Jesus. They called him a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners. Have you ever been called names like this? Have I? Do we fear contamination from the world more than we have confidence in Christ’s power to cleanse? Of course,...

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The Mercy Seat: Connecting the Dots

Posted by on September 13, 2013 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off

The Mercy Seat: Connecting the Dots

Originally posted at Ligonier One of the most important paragraphs in the Bible may very well be . This densely packed paragraph offers a thorough and glorious discussion of justification by faith. Not surprisingly, this paragraph plays a crucial role in the history of doctrine. Martin Luther camped out here. And not surprisingly, the roots of this paragraph extend throughout the Bible itself. Two key places deserve notice. The first takes us back to Exodus, while the second comes near the end of John’s Gospel. First, consider . The context...

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Fight Your Sin: A Storyline for the Battle Lines

Posted by on August 26, 2013 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off

Fight Your Sin: A Storyline for the Battle Lines

Originally posted at Desiring God by Jonathan Parnell Fight your sin with a storyline. I mean right now. Life is war, everyday. Submerged temptations lie waiting for you just out of sight. Insidious sirens are faintly wooing your way, beckoning you to cruise their waters. You will hear their calls soon enough. This is a plea to steer clear of them from the helm of a story — your story. I say “your story,” but I mean God’s doing, as we see it in his Book. All About Action The Bible is no mere moral code or a set of principles, though it does...

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What Is The Proper Response To Grace?

Posted by on August 19, 2013 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off

What Is The Proper Response To Grace?

Originally posted at Ligonier by Derek Thomas There can be only one proper response to grace: a life of grateful holiness. Christ’s atoning death was “in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (). There are two ways of understanding these words. One way is to view them as a statement of what our Lord achieved on the cross: He fulfilled what the law required by offering up a perfect obedience (the active obedience of Christ) and by meeting the...

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We Are Far Too Easily Pleased

Posted by on May 28, 2013 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off

We Are Far Too Easily Pleased

Originally posted at Desiring God by David Mathis It’s a beautiful thing when a single sentence reorients a soul for good. When one proposition proves potent enough to be life-changing for the better. Especially when it’s a short one. For me, it was the spring of 2000 — perhaps you have your own story about being rocked by this shorty from Lewis. An older student, who was leading a Bible study on my freshman hall, picked Desiring God as our semester focus. I emphatically did not enjoy reading and had made my way through high school and my...

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Epic of the Ordinary: Christian Mission for You and Me

Posted by on May 17, 2013 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off

Epic of the Ordinary: Christian Mission for You and Me

Originally Posted at Desiring God The Book of Acts is clearly one of the most action-packed segments in the storyline of Scripture. The title, “The Acts of the Apostles,” cues us in on this clue from the start. As many commentators have suggested, a more accurate title would be something to do with the acts of the Holy Spirit, or perhaps “The Action of the Ascended Christ by His Spirit Through His Church.” The book opens with Jesus ascending as human to the throne of the universe, sending the Spirit, and commissioning his messengers. “You...

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Family Ministry: Shaping a Child’s Soul, a Task Too Important to Be Turned Over to the

Posted by on May 13, 2013 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off

Family Ministry: Shaping a Child’s Soul, a Task Too Important to Be Turned Over to the

Originally posted at Timothy Paul Jones I saw something beautiful one day while walking down Breckenridge Lane. In a front yard not far from my home, a young mother was removing a layer of leftover leaves from the fall in preparation for planting spring flowers—an ordinary activity in the middle of an ordinary day. What was extraordinary about this scene was what I saw beside this young woman. A tow-haired boy, perhaps three or four years old, was attempting to assist her. His rake was man-sized, his movements were far from efficient, and he...

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If You Sit On Your Horse It’s Under You

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off

If You Sit On Your Horse It’s Under You

Originally posted at Desiring God. What does Paul mean when he prays, “that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith” ()? He is not praying for unbelievers but for the saints at Ephesus. Why pray for believers that Christ may dwell in their hearts? The definition of a believer is that the Spirit of Christ dwells in him (). How can you pray that someone who is already in your heart dwell in your heart? I suggest that it means: “Lord, keep on dwelling in their hearts and don’t forsake them.” Even if you believe in the eternal security of...

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Repentance Should Grow from Relationship

Posted by on April 5, 2013 in Blog, Featured | Comments Off

Repentance Should Grow from Relationship

Originally posted at Approaching Damascus by Rick Holland In high school I was taught that God’s Word was the means and motivation for fighting sin. The text that was often cited, and which I memorized, was . Those two verses are some potent medicine for a sin sick soul. How can a young man keep his way pure? By keeping it according to Your word. Your word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against You. Pretty straightforward. Keeping and treasuring God’s word is the cure and prevention for sin. But I think the way I memorized...

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