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The Glory of Jesus in the Wilderness

Matthew 4 records an intense and supernatural conflict, as Satan seeks to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. Although the language Matthew uses suggests that Satan was constantly testing Jesus for forty days and forty nights, three temptations are mentioned specifically. And of those three, it seems perhaps that the third of Jesus’ wilderness temptations is the climax of Satan’s arsenal, a completely unique temptation in which Satan supernaturally shows Jesus “all the kingdoms of the world”—Egypt, Rome, perhaps even the United States to come—and offers all these to Jesus as a gift, in exchange for Jesus’ worship: “All these...

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Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love – John Crotts (2018)

The matter of truth is of utmost importance for the follower of Jesus Christ. However, sometimes a person with a passion for the truth has a tendency to “steamroll” the unsuspecting – the one who has either never learned the truth or the one who has chosen to reject “unreasonable aspects” of the truth. Loving the truth is both necessary and commendable. However, when the truth is eclipsed by arrogance or pride, the beautiful truth ends up looking ugly and fails to serve people well. John Crotts has observed this problem directly and addresses the matter in his book,...

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The Heart of Pastoral Ministry: Loving God, His Word, and His People

I remember my old mentor, Dr. D. James Kennedy, telling me that the pastor must love three things more than all others: God, God’s Word, and God’s People. I believe his admonition of these simple and profound intuitive desires came from a singular passion stirred in the heart of the pastor by God Himself. These three “loves” cannot be manufactured by man or instilled by a seminary. This is altogether the incomparable work of God in the human soul. However, these “three loves” must-be stirred, kindled and expanded for even more productive ministry through the ordinary means of grace...

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Episode 129– Dayton Hartman- Lies Pastors Believe: 7 Ways To Elevate Yourself, Subvert The Gospel, and Undermine the Church

Welcome to the 129th episode of Equipping You in Grace. On today’s episode, Dave Jenkins talks Dayton Hartman about his book, Lies Pastors Believe: 7 Ways To Elevate Yourself, Subvert The Gospel, and Undermine the Church (Lexham Press, 2017). What you’ll hear in this episode: Why pursuing a platform for our significance, recognition, relevance, and recognition so dangerous along with some solutions to this significant issue. The danger of being focused on what we have to instead of what God has said in His Word. The benefits of writing sermons in community. Guidelines for finding godly people to provide sermon...

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50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg Allison (2018)

I have been teaching theology for over twenty-five years. During that time span, I have been privileged to use some of the finest theological resources available. Contemporary books like Wayne Grudem’s, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine or John Frame’s Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief have been a never-ending source of theological wisdom, and have instructed and encouraged my soul. Books geared to laymen like J.I. Packer’s, Concise Theology: A Guide to Historic Christian Beliefs and R.C. Sproul’s, Essential Truths of the Christian Faith have also proven themselves to be faithful friends. But despite the wealth of...

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