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Another Argument for the Total Lordship of Christ

    A couple of weeks ago, I addressed an understandable challenge to preaching the Lordship of Christ in a person’s life.  This challenge said that if a person cannot know everything that Christ will call him to in the future, such as sin to forsake or life decisions to make, then demanding Christ’s Lordship is too demanding.  You can rea...

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How to Deal with Holiday Family Tensions

  By Russell Moore — Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 — We tend to idealize holidays, but human depravity doesn’t go into hibernation between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. One thing that will hit most Christians, sooner or later, are tensions within extended families at holiday time. Some of you will be visiting family members who are contemptu...

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The Top 5 Influencers of your Children’s Spiritual Health

    I want to highlight a book that distills some recent research done on the spiritual upbringing of kids in our world.  I suppose I feel a word of balance is needed right at the start.  First of all, there is nothing you can do that will create spiritual life in your children.  Nothing.  We have to tell ourselves this often.  New birt...

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A Common Challenge to Jesus’ Lordship

    Last Sunday we were looking at Matthew 21:35-46 and our attention was brought to the matter of Jesus’ Lordship.  In the parable, hired vine-growers were attempting to overthrow the ownership, rights and lordship of the owner [God] and take the vineyard for themselves.  Just what is the extent of Christ’s lordship over someone’s ...

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Free from Righteousness

    I have been in Romans chapter 6 for a while and a certain verse caught my attention.  Romans 6:20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. “Free in regard to righteousness”.  Really?  Is this an exaggeration? One of the impossible issues for most unbelievers to accept is the assertion of the co...

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Putting God in your Debt

    One should not want to give even a whisper of support to an abomination such as prosperity theology.  The tradecraft of all such false teaching is the ability to twist and distort the Scripture so that it ends up pointing in the exact opposite direction the author intended (2 Peter 3:16).  Let’s not forget, however, that the Scripture is bei...

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Doing Hard Things

    Life is hard.  Ironically, this is easy to say.  And it seems there are seasons of hardness, not only for individuals but also families, marriages, churches and nations.  I think we may be seeing some of that in our church.  As I looked over the membership of our church, almost every family has a significant challenge facing them.  ...

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A New Tool for Bible Study

    We are living in a golden age of resources.  The technological revolution has opened up to the common man incredible abilities to search information and use information by way of digital tools.  This has never been so accessible or so easy to use.  For Christians, this means we can access the writings and work of past Christians more than eve...

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Grease for the Wheels of Prayer, pt. 5

    I have discovered the answer to an age old question that many have wrestled with in vain.  The question is this: if you had three wishes from a genie in a bottle what would you wish for?  Many have tried the approach of “I would ask for infinite wishes”, but as we learned in Aladdin, that contingency has been covered by Genie protocol....

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The Nashville Statement and the Nature of love

  Last week the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, in conjunction with many other leading biblical evangelicals, released a document called the Nashville statement.  This statement upheld the historic Christian position on the biblical teaching of human sexuality and marriage.  You can read it here.  This statement, composed of a preamble, 14 a...

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