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Putting On Righteousness

“Stand therefore… having put on the breastplate of righteousness” (Ephesians 6:14). Christians must walk daily in the awareness that we are in a spiritual battle. And being in a battle means we need to be properly equipped. We might get the wrong lesson, for instance, from the account of David’s interaction with King Saul, in which David decided not to wear Saul’s armor in order to fight Goliath. The lesson is not that we don’t need armor or protection when we are fighting faith’s battle; rather, the lesson is that we need to wear the right kind of armor....

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Episode 90- Christopher Ash– Zeal Without Burnout

Welcome to the 90th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave interviews Christopher Ash, Zeal Without Burnout (The Good Book Company, 2016). What you’ll hear in this episode: Christopher’s life, marriage, ministry, and upcoming ministry projects. How serious the problem of ministry burnout is. The role of friendship in preventing ministry burnout. Why sacrifice is not the same as burnout. Why sleep is vital to fighting against ministry burnout. How to focus on your own growth in grace as a ministry leader. Why ministry leaders need Sabbath rests. How ministry leaders can cultivate true contentment in God...

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Sloth and Diligence

When one thinks of the enduring legacy of the sixteenth-century Protestant Reformation, some things come to mind — things like justification by faith alone, in Christ alone, according to God’s Word alone, and for His glory alone. But there is another Reformation landmark that is often overlooked. It has been preserved in the catchphrase “the Protestant work ethic.” This expression has come to be associated with others like “an honest day’s pay for an honest day’s work.” But the reason this is called the Protestant work ethic is that one of the things articulated or re-established by the Reformers...

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How to Help Your Children Become Better Sermon Listeners

I was recently asked, “How would you explain to children in grade school what a sermon is and what they should be doing during the sermon?” I thought it might be a good question to answer in an article since I have frequently had similar questions over the years. What is a sermon? A sermon is when a man of God delivers the message of God directly from the Word of God (the Bible) to the people of God in the church and to unbelievers who are also listening. A sermon is not merely an intellectual lecture, a form...

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“How Can I Be Sure?” by John Stevens

Doubt is not the same as unbelief, but if we don’t wrestle with our doubts wisely, they can lead to unbelief. John Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in the UK, wants to help Christians wrestle well with their doubts. In How Can I Be Sure? he seeks to answer five common questions surrounding doubt. While there are many books that explore the exegetical and theological foundations of assurance of salvation, the strength of this little volume is its pastoral heart. The book works best as a simple guide to navigating doubts that go deeper...

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