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Why Peter’s Idiocy Is So Helpful

The Apostle Peter’s life is a great picture into the Christian life. I’m not sure why the apostle Thomas got nicknamed, “Doubting Thomas”—Peter doubted way more than ol’ Thomas. I’m sure you remember the big whoopsies in Peter’s life. And I’d bet you also haven’t looked at them all (at least the ones in the Bible), all at once. When I see the magnitude of Peter’s idiocy, it sure brings me a lot of comfort. This doesn’t excuse our prone-to-wander-ness at all, if anything, this gives us confidence in Christ. If an apostle struggled like this, and was used...

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Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight

Many Christians struggle with prayer. They tremble as if the light from God’s throne exposed them in a naked shame, when in fact it reveals the radiant robes that have been draped around them, the righteousness of Christ given to all who trust in Him. The key to prayer—to praying often, to praying openly, to praying boldly and freely and with gladness of heart—is to know that one is clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, invited to His own saving ministry, purchased by His precious blood, and anticipated by His sympathetic intercession. This is the secret to lively and...

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Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

The statement that everyone is a theologian may seem strange to some. After all, theologians are most often associated with those either in the academic community or a pursuit that is the domain of those who occupy the pulpit. It is unfortunate that some believe the study of God is not for them despite the fact that all believers are called to “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). It is thus the responsibility of every believer to read, meditate,...

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Two Ways to Listen to Sermons

Many Christians on Sunday mornings are hearing sermons, but they aren’t listening to them. Hearing and listening aren’t the same thing. I can hear music playing in the background and not be listening to its message. I learned the difference working at Starbucks while going to Bible college. I could hear blenders, customers, music, cars, and coffee being ground—but it was vital that I listened to the orders coming through my headset. I could hear all kinds of things, but I was listening for one thing. Listen to sermons. Do more than hear them. Hearing is passive. Listening is...

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How Can I Be sure?

Doubt. For some it is the seedbed for growth and for others it is a miserable, dark and depressing pit. Everyone has doubts about things. For instance, I doubt I will ever climb Mount Everest, go to the moon or live to see the Lions have a winning season (sorry Lions fans). But while these are doubts that have little to no impact on my life, what about doubts that hit closer to home? What about doubts that strike at the heart of our personal beliefs which shape our decisions and everyday lives? What about doubts that center around...

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