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Knowing God, Knowing Ourselves

Great thinkers have the ability to take complex ideas and make them simple without being simplistic. Take John Calvin, for example. His great work, Institutes of the Christian Religion, begins with these words, “Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true...

Give Thanks and Bless His Name

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations” (Psalm 100:4-5). Here is a command to thanksgiving. Sin is disobeying...

How You Can Best Help Your Church

If you’re a Christian, whether you realize it or not, you are called, by God, to be on mission in the world. This is the essence of the gospel call that you were not simply saved from death but also saved for a purpose (Ephesians 2:10). That purpose is to make...
Good News About Satan: A Gospel Look at Spiritual Warfare

Good News About Satan: A Gospel Look at Spiritual Warfare

Life is a battlefield. It seems if it is not one thing it is another in our daily lives from dealing with issues at work, home, mounting bills, problems around the world, a screaming kid, or you name it. Also amongst the battles we face are those of fighting the urge...

Side By Side Walking With Others In Wisdom And Love

Side By Side Walking With Others In Wisdom And Love

Over fifty times in the New Testament, Christians are taught that they must one another each other. Examples of this include, bearing each others burdens and thus fulfilling the law of Christ (Galatians 6:1) and loving one another (John 13:35). When God commands His...

Jesus’ Absolute Calls to Discipleship

Jesus’ Absolute Calls to Discipleship

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...

Coming of Age: Embracing A Biblical Manhood

Coming of Age: Embracing A Biblical Manhood

Manhood is a growth stage every male faces when he is maturing from child-like behavior to manlike behavior. Throughout history, the manhood stage has meant different things for different cultures. The Jewish tradition holds a Bar Mitzvah when a Jewish boy turns...

Wincing at Our Message

Wincing at Our Message

1 Peter 3:15, "But in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect." Mark DeMoss is a longtime public relations consultant who...

The Supremacy of God in Preaching

The Supremacy of God in Preaching

There are few people alive today that have had as massive an impact on my life as John Piper. His thinking and his theology have had a huge impact on the way that I think about the Christian life and ministry. One of the most critical things he has taught me and...