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How can we explain the surprising similarity between 2 Peter and Jude?
If you want to enjoy God's peace and be the aroma of his grace in the world, your knowledge of him has to grow.
One aim of preaching is to build a people who think biblically.
What counts in the new people is not who your parents are but whom you live for; and therefore a new symbol for the new covenant people is given, baptism.
Almost any impersonal act can be brought to life and made precious and personal by an act of dedicating it to someone.
Faith never says, "The righteousness that leads to life is inaccessible." But faith recognizes its own helplessness and gladly accepts this righteousness as a gift from God.
When Jesus commits his mother to John's care, he is showing us how our needs will be met when we leave everything to follow him.
How can Jesus say that God is "not the God of the dead" and Paul say that Jesus is "Lord of the dead?"
Jesus was not accidentally entangled in a web of injustice. The saving benefits of his death for sinners were not an afterthought. Jesus saw that the time had come and set his face to fulfill his mission: to die in Jerusalem for our sake.
Pastor John weighs the impact of the Metrodome opening near the church.
We crave to be moved by some rare glimpse of greatness. We yearn for a vision of glory.
Being filled with the Spirit is parallel to getting drunk with wine.
Trusting Christ as Savior, surrendering to him as Lord, and orienting all of your family relations on him, transforms the home into a little heaven on earth.
We don't have a deep sense of peace and fulfillment when we have successfully deluded everybody about who we really are or what we really feel or think. There is a deep (and I believe God-given) longing to be authentic, not to be hypocrites.
Lotteries feed bad desires and lead to bad stewardship.
We are unendingly restless until we take up Christ's yoke and learn from him.
There is no true freedom where happiness depends on denying the inevitable; there is only slavery disguised in a thousand forms of fun and busyness.
John Piper narrates his start-of-the-day fight for faith.
Turn away from all the intellectual, physical, and religious tactics the world uses to evade its guilt, and rest in Jesus.
No church can remain fruitless if it soaks the seed of the Word in fervent, hungry prayer week after week.
If you ever meet a man who cares nothing for the praise and approval of men (Mark 12:14), but whose one controlling desire is to glorify God whom he loves with all his heart, believe that man. He is true.
If you want Christ to be with you, you must depend on him.
If the church has no compelling reasons for believing the biblical portrait of Jesus, then we are acting like well-trained animals who can be turned this way and that by arbitrary incentives.
We ought to seek to win people to Christ by giving valid reasons for the Bible’s claims about him.
The question that Jesus drives us to ask again and again is not, "How much should I give?" but rather, "How much dare I keep?"