Author: Matt Perman

Christmas: A Time to Turn To God

It doesn’t make much sense to celebrate the coming of Christ into the world without acknowledging the very reason He came. He came to earth to save us from our sins and give us eternal life. It would be a tragedy to enjoy the presents, food, time with family and friends, and everything else and miss out on the real point of it all. So if you haven’t already, it makes sense to let Christmas be a time for turning to God. It is very simple to do so. You just need to recognize that your greatest need in...

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The Fruit of the Spirit and Your Work

So, in what areas of life are we to manifest the fruit of the Spirit? Just at church? We are to manifest the fruit of the Spirit in all areas of life. We so easily miss that. It’s easy to think of the fruit of the Spirit and other Christian virtues as applying to some abstract realm, rather than being the character qualities we are to manifest every day, in all areas of life — which includes our work. The fruits of the Spirit, in fact, have a massive application in our daily work, if you think about it....

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The Doctrine of Vocation in the Sermon on the Mount

Jesus says “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33). In the Middle Ages, before the Reformation, it was thought that life was divided into two areas — the “perfect life” and the “permissible life.” Those in “full time Christian service” lived the perfect life, and everyone else was relegated to second class — your life was acceptable, but not most important. If you wanted to live a truly important life, you had to be in “ministry” (which was also conceived of very differently then). Jesus explodes this error. He doesn’t do this by saying “the...

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Abortion as a Form of Discrimination: Why It Ought to Be Unthinkable

The purpose of this article is to argue that the unborn, from the moment of conception, have a right to life that is on the same level as infants, children, and adults. An induced abortion [1] at any stage, therefore, is a form of discrimination that ought to be simply as unthinkable to our society as slavery and genocide. Indeed, our society’s permissiveness toward abortion is nothing short of hypocritical when placed next to its passion for “political correctness”. In a society where so many run eagerly to show sensitivity towards the “rights” of nearly every special interest group,...

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Hope for Those Who Feel Totally Unproductive

Job loss, economic downturns, illness, accidents, and a host of other difficult circumstances mean that at some point most of us will face something beyond a typical productivity challenge. We will have times when we’ll be seemingly unable to get much done at all that feels “productive.” If you’re in a situation like that, take hope in the truth that you can be faithful wherever you are, however meager your energy and resources seem to be. The book of Revelation, for example, teaches that faithfulness is the means by which we overcome the world and obtain victory. Christ specifically emphasizes this in...

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