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Out of the Abundance of the Heart, the Fingers Type

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How we communicate communicates our hearts....

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Don't Discard the Old Testament

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Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:16 that all Scripture is inspired and profitable. This includes the Old Testament....

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Psalm 34: God Saves Despite Our Foolishness

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Be encouraged! God's faithfulness does not change even though we are foolish at times....

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Psalm 33: A Prayer for Anxious Hearts

Have you ever been anxious? That question is like asking whether water is wet or the sky is blue. The answer is obvious. To exist in this fallen world is to live in a place characterized by uncertainty and fear-inducing realities. Anxiety knocks on the door of every person's heart. That is why Paul's instruction in Philippians 4:6 seems unreasonable: "Do not be anxious abo...

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Psalm 32: Deal with Sin

Sin only destroys. . . .The way out is simple....

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Psalm 31: A Confident Lament

Confident lament. That is the phrase that I use to describe this Psalm. Those two words seem almost contradictory, but they perfectly portray the psalmist's attitude. We are not sure of the situation facing David at the time of his writing, but verses 9-13 describe an experience of betrayal and grief. This circumstance drives his lament. He needs the Lord to show grace, an...

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God's Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

Acts 13:48 provides insight into the seemingly conflicting truths of God's sovereignty and human responsibility. Holding these two truths in tension lets the Bible say what it must say....

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The Beauty of the Church

The church is beautiful—not because of who we are, but because of what God has done....

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How Do You Read Scripture?

How do you read Scripture? I’m not asking when do you read Scripture, how often do you read Scripture, or do you read from a physical Bible or a device. I’m not even asking what translation or location. I’m probing about your stance....

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Communion Starts with Knowledge

You can't have intimacy with God without knowing God....

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Communion with God

The importance of true communion with God...

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The Lost Virtue of Meekness

What is meekness, and why has it been lost?...

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A Destroyer of Ministry: The Fear of Man

The fear of man destroys many opportunities for Gospel ministry....

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A Call to a Ministry Lifestyle

How do you understanding ministry? A program? An event? Change your perception of ministry to view it as a lifestyle....

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5 P's to Pray for Your Church

Recently, I have felt the Lord's conviction concerning my prayer life. I desire deep communion with God, yet spend little time in prayer. I desire a deeper compassion for others, yet pray little for them. I may be alone in this, but I don't believe that is the case. So, to start this new year, I thought I might offer a few ideas of how you can pray for your church. We shou...

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Time to Talk

Have we forgotten we are not of the world we are in?...

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The Liberating Doctrine of Justification

Many misguided perceptions pervade Christianity. One particular perception that grates on my pastoral sensitivities is the idea that doctrine is dry and irrelevant to daily Christian living. In our modern pragmatic approach to life, we tend to spurn anything that causes us to struggle to see its relevancy. We also consider it a hassle when we have to work to grasp the si...

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Fighting the Quiet Killer

How to protect your family from pornography...

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Fighting the Quiet Killer

Today's article is a continuation of a series of articles that have been written over the past month addressing the topic of pornography. Pornography pervades the lives of many believers. Statistic after statistic reveals that an alarming number of Christians regularly look at pornography. Yet the church remains surprisingly mute on the issue. Those involved rarely seek ...

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Why is This Killer Quiet? 2.0

Pornography deserves the label "The Quiet Killer" in the church because of its widespread impact and consumption. Despite its pervasiveness and believers frequent indulgence in it, the average American church speaks little to the issue - only fanning the flames of this spiritual epidemic. This has to change. Very rarely do those who are enslaved to pornography seek help ...

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Why is This Killer Quiet?

Why does pornography remain quiet in our churches?...

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The Quiet Killer in the Church

Could there be a common connection between the lethargy in many of our conservative churches?...

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The Power for Christian Ministry

How could we ever be adequate for the high calling of ministry?...

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The Significance of Christian Ministry

Understanding the weight of Christian ministry...

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The Nature of Christian Ministry

What exactly is Christian ministry?...

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The Call for Christian Ministry

If you are a disciple of Jesus Christ, you are called to ministry....

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What is Christian Ministry?

If you have sat in church for any length of time, you have heard the call to be involved in ministry. Week after week pulpits all over American plea for Christians to move beyond the passive role of spectating to the active role of ministering. In this plea, the familiar statistic that 90% of the work in a church is accomplished by 10% of the people echoes in our ears. A...

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Diversity and the Gospel

The dangers of cultural fundamentalism part 4...

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Christ's Accomplishments and Joy

The dangers of cultural fundamentalism...

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Heart Attitudes and Scripture

The dangers of cultural fundamentalism part 2...

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The Dangers of Cultural Fundamentalism: Hypocrisy

Why cultural fundamentalism is unhealthy for the Christian life...

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Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life

Book review of Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life...

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The Inerrancy of Scripture

The inerrancy of the inspired Bible...

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Worldly Saints

A book review of Worldly Saints...

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The Inspiration of Scripture

The Bible is the fully inspired Word of God...

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The Knowledge of the Holy

A book review of The Knowledge of the Holy...

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Why I Preach the Bible

Why I am committed to expository preaching...

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Good Book Friday

A book review of The Doctrine of Repentance...

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Lessons from the Shepherd's Conference

Lessons from the Inerrancy Summit...

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The Prince of Peace

He is the Prince of Peace...

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A Baby; A Savior

A savior lay in the manger...

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Move on; Nothing to Look at Here

He had no form or majesty...

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Light in the Dark World

Jesus came as the light of the world....

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The God of the Impossible

He still accomplishes the impossible....

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Infant Holy, Infant Lowly

Christ, the creator and sustainer of the universe, took on flesh . . . ...

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The Perfect Time

Jesus came to the earth at the perfect time!...

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What is Ministry?

How would you define ministry?...

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4 Ways to Become a Useless Church

Reviewing our miniseries...

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How do you Minister?

Does ministry feel more like an obligation than something you naturally do?...

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Ministry Burnout

How Paul kept himself from ministry burnout...

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Do not Let Truth Fall by the Wayside

This Sunday was the second week on a new mini-series titled, "Four Ways To Become a Useless Church." Unfortunately, the American landscape is overgrown with useless church after useless church - churches that might be popular, but are far from powerful. My fear is that First Baptist Church might become one of those useless Churches - ineffective, powerless, nominal. This ...

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Sufficiency in Ministry

A proper perspective on "our" ministry...

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One of the Most Powerful Paragraphs I've Read Recently

Needed thoughts in light of the current world of evangelicalism....

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Shepherd's Conference 2014

What I learned from Shepherd's Conference...

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Growth Groups

With the launch of this new ministry, how can you make sure that it does not become the new tradition?...

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The Gospel in Isaiah 9:6

This all too familiar verse contains the Gospel message....

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Mission: Accomplished (in community)

God's design is community....

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4 Marks of Biblical Discipleship

4 marks of biblical discipleship from Titus 2...

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Can a Bird Fly with Only One Wing?

A thought from Psalm 130...

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Mission: What is Discipleship?

What exactly does discipleship mean?...

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Mission: Time to Evangelize

It is time to start evangelizing this lost world...

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Mission: Why Evangelize Pt 3

Evangelism: lining up with our chief end...

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Mission: Why Evangelize? Pt. 2

Hell: not something we like to think about. But maybe we should....

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What will you do when Jesus confronts you?

Jesus confronted a wayward system of worship in John 2:13-22. What happens when Jesus confronts you?...

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Mission: Why Evangelize?

What should motivate us to evangelize?...

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Have We Lost Our Awe?

Do you find that you never marvel at Jesus?...

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Dangerous Calling

Do you know your pastor and the life he faces as a pastor? Paul Tripp digs into this in his work Dangerous Calling....

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A Divine Appointment

Preach the Word! You never know when God has ordained a divine appointment....

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Mission: Who Saves?

Knowing who saves people from their sins ought to inform how we evangelize....

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Mission: Why We Don't Disciple

There are plenty of reasons we fail to be involved in the discipleship process. What is yours?...

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Mission: Why We Don't Evangelize

If we were all honest, we fail to evangelize. And more than likely, we fail to because of one or a combination of these reasons....

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Mission: Our Call

Starting a New Series on Mission...

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Is This Verse in Your Bible?

Does your Bible have James 5:16? ...

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The Purpose of John

Why did John write the Gospel of John?...

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A Closing Prayer

How do you close a series on the church? Follow the example of Paul, of course....

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A Covenant Membership

Church membership is a covenant between baptized, regenerate disciples of Jesus Christ, in a local area, whose purpose is to glorify God by following the teaching of Scripture, submitting to the shepherding ministry of the leadership of the body, fulfilling the mission left by Jesus through evangelism and mutual discipleship, and uplifting the body of Christ through the Sp...

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Psalm 3: Danger Everywhere

Ever feel anxious or fearful? You're not alone....

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Church Membership

What is church membership?...

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Psalm 49

What do the wealthy and beasts have in common?...

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June 30 Sunday Follow Up

Missions exists because worship doesn't....

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Psalm 2

How have you kissed the Son?...

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June 23 Sunday Follow-Up

What do church leaders do? Peter's answer: shepherd....

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Sunday Follow Up

Who can lead the church? ...

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Simple Thoughts from the Psalms: Psalm 1

What brings true joy? The Psalmist gives us a pretty simple answer....

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