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How A Young Dad Used Victoria’s Secret To Rightly Teach His Children

Published November 16, 2018

By Garrett Kell Last night my family walked past a Victoria’s Secret store. It was incredible to see how the older kid’s eyes were instinctively drawn to look at the pictures of nearly nude women. We stepped aside afterward to talk about why they wanted to look and what we could learn from it. One daughter asked if people only want to look at girls because they are pretty. I assured them that their bodies don’t have to look like a model’s to be beautiful. God made them beautiful in their own way. Pray they believe it. The world lies to young […]

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What Is Meant By “Speaking The Truth In Love”

Published September 3, 2018

Adapted from D. Martin Lloyd-Jones commentary on Ephesians As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ… — Ephesians 4:14,15 ‘Speaking the truth in love’ has come to mean that you more or less praise everything, but above all that you never criticize any view strongly, because after all there’s a certain amount of right and truth in everything… You must not criticize — for to criticize […]

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Why Americans Are Just Fine With “It’s a relationship, not a religion”

Published August 3, 2018

By David Wells Above All Earthly Pow’rs, Christ In A PostModern World   In America anything and everything can be “commodified” and sold, from style to sex, from ideas to religion. In towns and cities are churches, mosques, and synagogues; in the Yellow Pages there are choices for worship on Sunday morning ranging from the Episcopalians to the Baptists to the Assemblies of God; at the local bookstore, shelf after shelf is filled with books on New Age, self-help, witch-craft, holism, and Buddhism. This is Western freedom and Western commercialized culture. Here, we have the ability to hope for what […]

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Does the Bible lead us to expect that Christians will be able to transform society?

Published May 30, 2018

It’s not uncommon to hear folks in the United States crying about the moral state of our society. It’s also not uncommon to hear blame being cast on ‘the church’ for our social ills. The ‘church’ isn’t doing its job. If churches were teaching xxxxx, or not teaching xxxxx. If churches were doing their job, the country would be better than it is. Like every broad brush stroke, there’s some truth to that, organized religion definitely has influence. But let’s consider what the Bible says before we write ‘Ichabod*’ over our door. Here’s a brief answer of what believers should […]

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Is Your Church Christian or Christianish?

Published May 7, 2018

By Tim Challies Three little letters make a world of difference. Together i, s, and h distinguish Christian from Christianish and mark the difference between right and wrong, life and death, heaven and hell. There is nothing better for your spiritual wellbeing than to be in a Christian church. There is nothing worse for your spiritual wellbeing than to be in a Christianish church. Here are a few marks of each. A Christian church teaches the Bible. It is committed to the inerrancy, sufficiency, clarity, and authority of the Word of God and therefore preaches it week by week with confidence and consistency. […]

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What Do You Do When Your 6 Year Old Tells You They Want to Trust Jesus?

Published April 27, 2018

BY JOHN DIVITO As Christian parents, we want nothing more to see our children saved by the grace of God. We pray for the Lord to open their hearts. We teach them God’s Word so that they will know God and His plan of salvation. We bring them to church so that they will hear the gospel preached and see sinners transformed by the gospel. We plead with them to believe in Christ for salvation. But what happens when your young six-year-old child comes up to you and says that they want to trust Jesus? Many parents struggle, since they do […]

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Three Reasons you Need the Lord’s Supper by Jordan Standridge

Published April 13, 2018

There was a man named Ian Durkin who was working one day when his tooth fell out of his mouth. After a few days of badgering him, his partner convinced him to see a dentist. The dentist promptly warned him to visit a doctor since he perceived the issue to be much more serious. Ian Durkin refused because, to quote his partner, “he was stubborn like that.” Eventually, he developed serious issues to the point where he was even screaming out in pain. He died in his sleep only a few days later. There is a sense in all of […]

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Why We Sing What We Sing ~ Excerpted from an essay at 9Marks.org

Published April 2, 2018

Christians are a singing people. Muslims don’t gather to sing. Neither do Hindus, Buddhists, or Rastafarians. Christians do. Also, while not everyone preaches, or leads in prayer, or publicly reads Scripture, we all sing. But what can we say about the nature of a corporate Christian song? What should it be like? Can we sing any kind of song when gathered together? WHAT A CONGREGATIONAL SONG SHOULD BE Psalm 96 offers some crucial perspectives regarding the nature of a right song and its effects. Originally written for the covenant people of God for the entry of the ark of the […]

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How Much Should I Give To My Church?

Published March 13, 2018

Last month I gave us six reasons from the Bible why we should be giving to our local church (click here to read that essay). This month, I want to address how much we should be giving. I’m guessing a good number have been taught to give ‘tithes and offerings.’ A ‘tithe’ is considered 10% of one’s income (some churches insist it’s required). ‘Offerings’ are above and beyond our tithe – ‘freely offered’ for missions, building projects, etc. For example: if you get paid $3,000 month, $300 (10%) would be set apart from your paycheck and given to the church. […]

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Nikolas Cruz and the Unmasking of Sin and Evil – by Tom Ascol

Published February 19, 2018

At 2:23PM on February 14, 2018, the first 911 call reported an active shooter at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The suspect was quickly identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz and a little over an hour later law enforcement officers had him detained. His bloody massacre left 17 students and staff dead and fifteen wounded, receiving treatment in area hospitals. It is now the deadliest shooting in an American high school. Once again our nation is mourning senseless deaths at the hands of someone who intentionally and methodically murdered innocent fellow citizens. Predictably, politicians are trying to gain […]

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