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Gender Revolution and the Woman’s Role in Ministry
Gender Revolution and the Woman’s Role in Ministry

Gender Revolution and the Woman’s Role in Ministry

One of the most significant changes in human history has occurred in the past 40-50 years-the gender revolution or the blending of gender distinctions. In the words of historian William Manchester, “The erasure of distinction between the sexes is not only the most...

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Resolving Crucifixion Day: Which Day of the Week Was Jesus Crucified?
Resolving Crucifixion Day: Which Day of the Week Was Jesus Crucified?

Resolving Crucifixion Day: Which Day of the Week Was Jesus Crucified?

Problem: When they see how many things take place in such a short amount of time, many people question whether or not a Friday crucifixion is plausible. Then, to complicate matters, people come to the Bible thinking in terms of what they are used to, like...

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Steadfast in Prayer, Watchful, and Thankful for the Grace of God in Christ
Steadfast in Prayer, Watchful, and Thankful for the Grace of God in Christ

Steadfast in Prayer, Watchful, and Thankful for the Grace of God in Christ

Colossians 4:2-4, “2 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. 3 At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— 4 that I may make...

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What Church History Can Teach Us about the State of the Church Today
What Church History Can Teach Us about the State of the Church Today

What Church History Can Teach Us about the State of the Church Today

Each year Ligonier in conjunction with Lifeway Research puts out an excellent study on the State of Theology in Christianity. One aspect of the 2020 survey focused on the deity of Jesus. On the State of Theology website, they rightly note that, “Historically,...

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Dead and Buried with Christ Who Defeats and Triumphs over the Powers of Darkness
Dead and Buried with Christ Who Defeats and Triumphs over the Powers of Darkness

Dead and Buried with Christ Who Defeats and Triumphs over the Powers of Darkness

Colossians 2:11-15, “11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in...

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Of Biblical Proportions: Habits of Thought We Need in Troubled Times
Of Biblical Proportions: Habits of Thought We Need in Troubled Times

Of Biblical Proportions: Habits of Thought We Need in Troubled Times

I was looking at a child’s drawing the other day, amused that the dog in the picture was as big as the house, the people’s ears as big as their hands. One sign of an immature artist is a lack of proportion.  A sure sense of proportion is needed for biblical wisdom....

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Spurgeon and Calvinism: Recovering Our Evangelistic Fervor
Spurgeon and Calvinism: Recovering Our Evangelistic Fervor

Spurgeon and Calvinism: Recovering Our Evangelistic Fervor

To be an effective evangelist, you must be sound a theologian. For many, the word “Calvinism” has the connotation of dead and dry orthodoxy. Calvinism, however, is evangelistic by nature and demands evangelistic practice within the life of the church. In the...

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What Does the Gospel Have to Say About Everyday Life
What Does the Gospel Have to Say About Everyday Life

What Does the Gospel Have to Say About Everyday Life

What Does the Gospel Have to Say About Everyday Life? Thirteen men were gathered together in an upstairs room, enjoying a meal of celebration. They had traveled far and long; finally, their journey was at an end. Partway through the meal, the leader rose from the...

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More Thinking and Less Amusement in Worship Music
More Thinking and Less Amusement in Worship Music

More Thinking and Less Amusement in Worship Music

Many Musical Expressions Food is wonderous. I resonate with author and speaker Paul David Tripp when he says, “For me, I love how much of the glory of God is edible!” I agree with every word of Tripp’s good confession. Bread, fruit, ice cream, chocolate, and beef-...

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Her March Isn’t Over: Supporting Single Moms Who Choose Life
Her March Isn’t Over: Supporting Single Moms Who Choose Life

Her March Isn’t Over: Supporting Single Moms Who Choose Life

Her March Isn't Over: Supporting Single Moms Who Choose Life Another January has come to an end, and another March for Life is in the books. This year was unlike any other in the past due to social distancing, but the goal was the same, and the passion has not...

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How to Learn How to Make Your Spouse Feel Loved
How to Learn How to Make Your Spouse Feel Loved

How to Learn How to Make Your Spouse Feel Loved

Perhaps at church, you’ve seen a couple and wondered, “What makes their Christian marriage distinct?” Maybe you’ve noticed that they communicate well together or they complement one another well, or they seem to do all of those things and are better together? Over...

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Pray for Us
Pray for Us

Pray for Us

Pray for Us (Hebrews 13:18-19) Hebrews 13:18-19, “Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.” A Prayer Request In...

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Dark Hour, Bright Promises: Praying The Promises of God
Dark Hour, Bright Promises: Praying The Promises of God

Dark Hour, Bright Promises: Praying The Promises of God

Have you been discouraged as of late? For most of us, this past year has been overwhelming. If we are being quite honest, this past year has taken its toll on many of us. Is there any encouragement in the Word of God for us today? When all around us seems so dark...

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Be Content
Be Content

Be Content

Hebrews 13:5–6, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Over the centuries,...

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9 Principles for Navigating Anxiety and Depression
9 Principles for Navigating Anxiety and Depression

9 Principles for Navigating Anxiety and Depression

9 Principles What are the general principles to bear in mind as you begin to work with your teen through anxiety and depression? 1. Understanding Getting an understanding of these disorders is half the battle. Knowledge and understanding is 50 percent of your task....

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My Speed Governor (How the Father Enforces My Sabbath-Rest)
My Speed Governor (How the Father Enforces My Sabbath-Rest)

My Speed Governor (How the Father Enforces My Sabbath-Rest)

“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” “Come away by yourselves to a desolate place and rest a while.” (Mark 2:27; 6:31) If you’ve ever driven a go-cart, you’ll know that the buggy will only go so fast. It’s frustrating for Jimmy Johnson wannabes,...

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24-Hour Increments (How Day by Day Grace Is the Only Way)
24-Hour Increments (How Day by Day Grace Is the Only Way)

24-Hour Increments (How Day by Day Grace Is the Only Way)

Psalm 68:19, “Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God is our salvation.” As we turn the corner into a new year, emerging out of an old year that tested us at many levels, the question of faithfulness comes to the fore. What does steady—shall we call it...

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Encouragements for Prayer: Focus on God & His Kingdom
Encouragements for Prayer: Focus on God & His Kingdom

Encouragements for Prayer: Focus on God & His Kingdom

Do you know the importance of prayer in the Christian life? As we come to Scripture, we see that our prayer life can never be separated from the rest of our Christian life. It is often said that “We pray as we live, and we live as we pray.” Well then, how are we to...

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Disperse the Gloomy Clouds of Night: Grief in the Days of Merry and Bright
Disperse the Gloomy Clouds of Night: Grief in the Days of Merry and Bright

Disperse the Gloomy Clouds of Night: Grief in the Days of Merry and Bright

One of the most distinct memories of last year’s Christmas was a quiet Saturday afternoon I spent alone, as my dear friend courageously waged the final stages of her battle with cancer. The shades were drawn, and I had the Christmas tree flipped on—a  mesmerizing...

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Three Simple Ways to Get Started with Family Worship
Three Simple Ways to Get Started with Family Worship

Three Simple Ways to Get Started with Family Worship

3 Simple Ways to Get Started with Family Worship from Crossway on Vimeo. Overcome These Obstacles There are a lot of parents who are discouraged and intimidated about reading the Bible with their kids. They are discouraged because they say it's too much, it’s too...

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Room
Room

Room

And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20) I find it striking that at the end of his ministry, as he was wrapping up his time with his disciples before he went to the...

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How to Maintain Everyday Faithfulness in Festive Times
How to Maintain Everyday Faithfulness in Festive Times

How to Maintain Everyday Faithfulness in Festive Times

Find True Rest The holidays can prove especially exhausting for many of us. Even in a strange year when our calendars are slightly less full than they have been in years past, we might find that our good intentions lead to frantic busyness rather than reflection...

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Five Ways God Provides the Fuel of Encouragement
Five Ways God Provides the Fuel of Encouragement

Five Ways God Provides the Fuel of Encouragement

What do cars, clothes, dryers, factories, power grids, bonfires, light bulbs, backhoes, human beings, and arguments all have in common? They all run on fuel. Without it, they die. As fossil and other fuels power most everything we use in our daily lives, and food...

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Behold Your God: A Plea to Look to the Sovereign God
Behold Your God: A Plea to Look to the Sovereign God

Behold Your God: A Plea to Look to the Sovereign God

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, once said that, “the Sovereignty of God is the pillow upon which the child of God rests his head at night, giving perfect peace.”[1] To know that God is completely in control of all things is the greatest comfort...

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Five Things I’m Learning About God While Working at a Gas Station
Five Things I’m Learning About God While Working at a Gas Station

Five Things I’m Learning About God While Working at a Gas Station

When I began my studies at Denver Seminary in 2014, I never imagined working at a gas station after graduation.  There is nothing wrong with such work, it’s just that my focus was on serving the local church, and I couldn’t see past that vision. I was certain God...

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The Peace Which Christ Gives His True Followers – Jonathan Edwards (1750)
The Peace Which Christ Gives His True Followers – Jonathan Edwards (1750)

The Peace Which Christ Gives His True Followers – Jonathan Edwards (1750)

The coronavirus crisis has led many people down a path of anxiety, fear, and despondency. Edwards was familiar with each of these maladies as he endured many challenging seasons throughout his life and ministry. One of those seasons is described in this article....

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How to Root out Apathy with the Power of Habit
How to Root out Apathy with the Power of Habit

How to Root out Apathy with the Power of Habit

Legalism or Laziness For every article or book you read praising the practice of spiritual disciplines, you’ll find another decrying a regimented spiritual life for fear of legalism. It’s true that legalism—thinking we can attain a righteous standing before God by...

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7 Tips for Reading the Bible with Another Person
7 Tips for Reading the Bible with Another Person

7 Tips for Reading the Bible with Another Person

Enjoying God’s Word with Others We all know the value of sharing a meal with others. Reading the Bible is similar to eating food—we can do it alone, but we’re missing something if we never share it with others. But what can communal Bible-reading look like? Here...

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Why You Can’t Be a Christian without the Church
Why You Can’t Be a Christian without the Church

Why You Can’t Be a Christian without the Church

Reconciled to God A Christian is someone who, first and foremost, has been forgiven of his sin and been reconciled to God the Father through Jesus Christ. This happens when a person repents of his sins and puts his faith in the perfect life, substitutionary death,...

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Help! I’m Struggling with the Doctrine of Predestination
Help! I’m Struggling with the Doctrine of Predestination

Help! I’m Struggling with the Doctrine of Predestination

What Is Predestination? The doctrine of predestination is the teaching that before the creation of the world, God decided the eternal destiny of all rational creatures, that is, all angels and all human beings. “Some men and angels are predestinated unto...

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Hold Fast
Hold Fast

Hold Fast

Hebrews 10:23, “ Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” Yesterday we saw that given the great truths about Christ’s superiority and His high priesthood, there can be no other response other than to draw near...

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Draw Near
Draw Near

Draw Near

Hebrews 10:21–22, “and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” After laying out the...

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A Brief Personal History of the Faithfulness of God in the Life of My Family
A Brief Personal History of the Faithfulness of God in the Life of My Family

A Brief Personal History of the Faithfulness of God in the Life of My Family

On October 20, 2020, my wife and celebrated a unique anniversary. It was the 4th anniversary of the day I gave her my left kidney. Whenever I have the chance, I enjoy telling folks that as Adam proclaimed of Eve, bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh, I like to add,...

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Why You Should Teach Your Kids about the Reformation
Why You Should Teach Your Kids about the Reformation

Why You Should Teach Your Kids about the Reformation

Teach to Preserve the Message One of the reasons why it's important to teach kids about the Reformation is because of the content of what the Reformers taught. One of the things that Luther said was that if we don't teach the next generation, then all of our...

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What Did the Reformers Think of the Church Fathers?
What Did the Reformers Think of the Church Fathers?

What Did the Reformers Think of the Church Fathers?

What Did the Reformers Think of the Church Fathers? from Crossway on Vimeo. Church History Shaped the Reformation One of the most interesting texts by Luther is called “On the Councils in the Church.” One of the challenges to Luther is that he was throwing away...

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An MRI, Panic, and the Fragility of Me: What Panic Feels Like
An MRI, Panic, and the Fragility of Me: What Panic Feels Like

An MRI, Panic, and the Fragility of Me: What Panic Feels Like

I had my first ever panic attack the other day, and I hope never to experience another. At one level, it was a trauma too unsettling to talk about. At another, it was an experience too painfully affecting to be silent about. But despite its terrifying effect, my...

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A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of John Calvin
A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of John Calvin

A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of John Calvin

A Brief Introduction to the Life and Ministry of John Calvin from Crossway on Vimeo. God Changes Calvin’s Plans When we first meet John Calvin, we find him at the University of Paris, and he’s twelve years old. We sometimes make a big deal about the fact that he...

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1 John 5:16 What Is the “Sin Unto Death,” and Who Can Commit It?
1 John 5:16 What Is the “Sin Unto Death,” and Who Can Commit It?

1 John 5:16 What Is the “Sin Unto Death,” and Who Can Commit It?

1 John 5:16 What is the “sin unto death,” and who can commit it? We’ll state the apparent problem in the text and then apply various rules of interpretation to arrive at an exegetical answer to the question. Problem: A divergence of views surrounds the nature of...

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Theodicy: Reconciling a Good and Powerful God with an Evil World
Theodicy: Reconciling a Good and Powerful God with an Evil World

Theodicy: Reconciling a Good and Powerful God with an Evil World

When wicked and painful events of life occur, people wonder how an all-powerful and all-good God could allow such things. People wrestle with these competing realities and question whether God is indeed good and sovereign over the events in His creation. How could...

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A Somniloquy Soliloquy: Preaching Election in My Sleep
A Somniloquy Soliloquy: Preaching Election in My Sleep

A Somniloquy Soliloquy: Preaching Election in My Sleep

Tim, the Sleep-Talker I’m a somniloquist, one who regularly experiences somniloquy. Simply put: I talk in my sleep. Gayline, my dear long-suffering wife of nearly 43 years, has had to listen to me talk nearly every day of her adult life; and she doesn’t even catch...

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Ghislaine Maxwell, Sex Trafficking in America, and What We Can Do About It
Ghislaine Maxwell, Sex Trafficking in America, and What We Can Do About It

Ghislaine Maxwell, Sex Trafficking in America, and What We Can Do About It

Who is Ghislaine Maxwell? One case that has gotten a lot of attention in recent days in the national media is that of Ghislaine Maxwell. Maxwell is the former girlfriend of the now deceased and disgraced Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead (under questionable...

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Mustard Seeds, Fig Trees, and the Sovereignty of God
Mustard Seeds, Fig Trees, and the Sovereignty of God

Mustard Seeds, Fig Trees, and the Sovereignty of God

In Matthew 17, we learn that the disciples had attempted to cast out a demon but were unsuccessful. They then came to him privately, whether out of shame or discretion, and asked Jesus why they were unable to cast out the demon (v19). Jesus, instead of offering...

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Four Reasons to Be Content in a Contentious Culture
Four Reasons to Be Content in a Contentious Culture

Four Reasons to Be Content in a Contentious Culture

In an ever-increasingly hostile environment, contentiousness seems to be a default posture. It really doesn’t matter what we’re talking about; we come ready to argue. And we come intending to win. One of the most piercing aspects of those gripped by the gospel of...

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Biblical Lament: Learning What It Is and Why It’s Important to the Christian Life
Biblical Lament: Learning What It Is and Why It’s Important to the Christian Life

Biblical Lament: Learning What It Is and Why It’s Important to the Christian Life

Cancer. Miscarriage. Slavery. Sex trafficking. Abortion. Racial Injustice. Marital infidelity. Divorce. Job loss. Spiritual abuse. Physical abuse. Corruption. Cover-ups. Sin. Death. Have you experienced any of these issues in your life? Have you wrestled and...

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Preach the Gospel With Words: For Evangelism Without Proclamation is Not Evangelism
Preach the Gospel With Words: For Evangelism Without Proclamation is Not Evangelism

Preach the Gospel With Words: For Evangelism Without Proclamation is Not Evangelism

Perhaps, you’ve heard a preacher say, “Preach the Gospel; use words if necessary.” The quotation is attributed to Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, or, as he is more famously known, Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226). With the best intentions, pastors,...

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Omnipresence: Knowing the God Who is Everywhere and Who Cares
Omnipresence: Knowing the God Who is Everywhere and Who Cares

Omnipresence: Knowing the God Who is Everywhere and Who Cares

No matter where you travel to in this world, no matter where you end up at—whether it be deep in the boreal forests of western Canada, the immense jungles of the Amazon rainforest, the African savannas, the high-altitude Himalayas, the mostly-treeless tundra...

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Death is Not a Natural Part of Life, and Your Heart Knows It
Death is Not a Natural Part of Life, and Your Heart Knows It

Death is Not a Natural Part of Life, and Your Heart Knows It

My grandfather passed away on June 5, 2020. My parents, my uncle, and I were in the hospital room with him. While listening to hymns as we watched grandpa's body slow down, my uncle asked a question few have the courage to ask, "If this is natural, why do we...

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Holy Fear
Holy Fear

Holy Fear

Hebrews 4:1, “Therefore, while the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us fear lest any of you should seem to have failed to reach it.” Today we return to the book of Hebrews. Previously, the author of Hebrews warned his readers that they were in the...

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Humanity’s Greatest Problem and the Hope of Christ
Humanity’s Greatest Problem and the Hope of Christ

Humanity’s Greatest Problem and the Hope of Christ

Our world has been shaken by numerous problems this year. It seems like everywhere I turn, another crisis is being tackled, and more division is being created. For the first time in my lifetime, people everywhere are being separated by fear and hatred. The...

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Omnipotence: Discovering the God of Unlimited Power
Omnipotence: Discovering the God of Unlimited Power

Omnipotence: Discovering the God of Unlimited Power

The divine mark of the omnipotent God is indelibly stamped upon the unspeakably vast expense of the universe, and all across the landscapes and oceans of the earth we live on. “The heavens,” wrote the Psalmist David, “declare the glory of God; and the firmament...

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Christians and Special Needs: Why Christians Should Focus on Special Needs Ministry
Christians and Special Needs: Why Christians Should Focus on Special Needs Ministry

Christians and Special Needs: Why Christians Should Focus on Special Needs Ministry

Last summer, I had the privilege of hearing Joni Eareckson Tada speak on the topic of disabilities. Joni has been a quadriplegic in a wheelchair for most of her life, and she started a ministry called Joni and Friends to minister to others dealing with disabilities...

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