HE IS WORKING ON YOUR IMAGE

Though we Christians might struggle to see and appreciate it, God is at work in us today–by every trial and every blessing–to transform us into a glorious image of Himself. Take heart in your trouble. When we don’t see it, He is still working for our good. But we all,...

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CHIRPING BACK

At one time or another–when the voice of condemnation comes–we need to hear powerful, gospel-saturated truth. We need to talk back like Luther. “When the devil accuses us and says, ‘You are a sinner and therefore damned,’ we should answer, ‘Because you say I am a sinner, I will be...

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THE SEVEN CARDINAL REQUISITES OF PREACHING

These seven requisites (not excellences, but requisites) are seven minimal requirements R.L. Dabney believed (and his viewers agreed) were essential to every sermon. None of these seven categories is subjective; each is perfectly susceptible of objective evaluation. Here is his list, briefly articulated; those interested in reading his own lengthier...

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AWED BY CALVIN’S PREACHING

Calvin preached from the New Testament on Lord’s Day mornings, the Psalms on Lord’s Day afternoons, and the Old Testament at 6 a.m. on one or two weekdays. Following this schedule during his last period of ministry in Geneva from 1541 to 1564, Calvin preached nearly four thousand sermons, more...

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JESUS IS JOY

The Gospel of Jesus opens the way to joy. How am I still awakening to this? There are many ways to capture my heart and life. But this truth remains: in the Lord’s hand are pleasures forevermore. And by faith in Jesus, that hand is opened to me. In Jesus...

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IT’S NOT A SPIDER

My six year old asked me for another biscuit at breakfast this morning. Not the British kind of biscuit, but a fluffy, buttery, American biscuit smeared with blackberry jelly. I happily gave it to him. And I took one for myself. We ate biscuits. But it made me wonder, as...

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HOW TO MARK A BOOK OR BIBLE

I love study tools. They have helped me learn, remember, and apply what I’ve studied. Here’s one tool I’ve used from time to time: a bookmark containing some ideas for how to mark a Bible or book. This is not the only way to do such a thing. Adapt it...

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CARING FOR CHRISTIANS

From time to time we hear wonderful compliments ascribed to the people around us. Sometimes the compliment is about the person’s appearance. Sometimes about his generosity or her gentle spirit. Perhaps above them all, my attention is captured when I hear a person described as a true shepherd.  “He really...

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BOOK REVIEW: NOTHING IN MY HAND I BRING

Promoting helpful Christian reading is important part of the Church’s responsibility to promote the announcement of good news. This post aims to promote a well-written resource for those seeking to better understand the differences between Roman Catholic and Protestant beliefs. Nothing in my hand I bring became available in 2007...

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CCEF CONFERENCE AUDIO SET

In timely fashion, the audio recordings from the 2019 CCEF National Conference are available at this link. The conference topic covered all facets of anxiety, and how God brings peace through an intentional walk with Jesus. These sessions are highly valuable to all of us, even if you don’t consider...

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