Author: Matthew Fretwell

The Evil of Planned Parenthood and the Hope of the Gospel

“And when he entered his house, he took a knife, and taking hold of his concubine he divided her, limb by limb, into twelve pieces, and sent her throughout all the territory of Israel. And all who saw it said, ‘Such a thing has never happened or been seen from the day that the people of Israel came up out of the land of Egypt until this day; consider it, take counsel, and speak.’” ~ (Judges 19:29-30 ESV) The above passage is all I could think about this week. In a recent interview with the senior director of medical research...

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Discipleship From The Beginning

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what discipleship is and how to embrace the Cross of Christ in all of life. Dave looked at learning the key to true contentment and joy in the Lord. Nick wrote on the three spiritual stages of a believer’s life. Dave wrote on the cross of Christ displayed in discipleship. Mathew Sims wrote on five integral reasons mature disciples of Christ need sleep. Dave wrote on the glory of the Cross displayed in daily following Christ in everyday life. Matt Perman wrote on Jesus’ absolute...

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Three Keys For A Passionate Prayer Life

Every believer should have a connecting time of prayer and devotion. Each of us may have different rituals, practices, places, and/or times for our petitions to be made known, but one thing we should agree on, prayer is imperative for our healthy relationship and walk with Christ. For me, I tend to dive into the Scriptures and see how Jesus connected with the Father. What I see is, the Gospel writers describe Jesus finding time alone. While prayer can be done anywhere and anytime, I believe in the importance of seeking God’s presence in the loneliness of prayer. The...

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Three Easy Ways To Share The Gospel

1 John 5:3, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” Call it a fire within, label it a calling in life, say what you will, but every Christian is called to share the gospel. If we love Jesus, we obey what Jesus commanded (Jn. 15:13). What did Jesus command? Jesus commanded His followers to be witnesses (Acts 1:8) and to go and make disciples, teaching them what they observed (Matt. 28:19). What did they observe? The disciples observed the love of Christ first-hand; they saw how He loved...

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Living With Destructive People

I have witnessed some hurting, controlling, and destructive behaviors in people; not only with those that I know as non-believers, but believers, as well. I think we all have some relationship in our life which is discouraging (i.e. won’t build us up, only tear us down). So, what do we do with these relationships? We’re told to love everyone, right? How long should we hang on to destructive relationships? Should we allow ourselves and our faith to be overwhelmed by bitterness or the thought of it? You know, those negative people who love trouble, manipulation, and drama? These are...

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