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True Holiness Befriends Sinners

David Mathis
True Holiness Befriends Sinners

The pursuit of holiness may keep you from bad company. But have you ever considered that it might also lead you to keep some pretty bad company?

Jesus is our litmus test of lived-out holiness. He is the Holy One…

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The Trouble with Focusing on Your Marriage

David Mathis

Focusing on your marriage can be a good thing. And it can really mess you up.

It depends on what kind of focusing you’re doing. If it involves a season for extra attention and conscientiousness and investment, to deepen the…

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Why We Labor Day and Night

David Mathis

It’s wise to periodically pause and refresh ourselves on why we do what we do.

For those of us taking a break from our labors on this Labor Day (ironic, as it may be), here’s a triad of encouragements from…

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The Secret of Sanctification

David Mathis

Is there a silver bullet for increasing Christlikeness? It’s doubtful that speaking like that will bring more clarity than confusion. But there is biblical precedent for talk about finding “the secret.”

In Philippians 4:11–13, the apostle Paul, having thanked his…

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Let’s Revise the Popular Phrase “In, But Not Of”

David Mathis
Let’s Revise the Popular Phrase “In, But Not Of”

In, but not of”— if you’ve spent much time Christian circles, you’re probably familiar with this slogan. In the world, but not of the world. It captures a truth about Jesus’s followers. There’s a real sense…

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Behind the Blog: Tempest in a Pot of Iced Tea

David Mathis

Chick-fil-A was a veritable tempest in a pot of iced tea in recent weeks. But we weren't afraid to touch on the subject, albeit tangentally, with an angle on the tolerance of God.

In this latest edition of Behind the…

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Holiness Beyond Words

David Mathis

Holiness starts with God. Discussions about holiness get off on the wrong foot when they begin with what we don’t do, rather than with who God is.

This is essential to keep in mind as we talk about sanctification —…

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The Shelf Life on Preaching the Gospel to Yourself

David Mathis

The clock is ticking. If you're faithfully "preaching the gospel" to your own soul, day in and day out, but distancing yourself from regular Bible intake, your freshness is fading. There's an expiration date on this fruit once it's off…

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Remain in the God-Breathed Book

David Mathis

Is there any key to God's merciful blessings on a particular local church?

Pastors transition. Seasons of ministry change. Congregations are in flux. New initiatives come and go. But there is at least one thing that gives a battered little…

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The Gospel of Noncontradiction

David Mathis

What if being a grace junkie didn't mean caring very little about Christian holiness and obedience? What if we could let grace be grace — wild and free — and at the same time let ourselves be captured by a…

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An Olympic Lesson in God's Omnipotence

David Mathis

Sad to see the Olympics end?

Every other year, whether Winter Games or Summer, it's thrilling when the Olympics arrive and captivate the world's collective attention for two full weeks. But most of us are at least a little glum…

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What's Greater Than Winning the Gold

David Mathis

Usain Bolt, yes, we are impressed. Gold medals in the men’s 100- and 200-meter sprints — at back-to-back Olympics. Like no one’s done before. You’ve made the case as well as any in this generation that you are “the world’s…

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First Things First: Making the Most of Your Morning

David Mathis
First Things First: Making the Most of Your Morning

“Do first things first” is the takeaway from Laura Vanderkam’s new eBook What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast. Morning is “prime time for self-improvement,” USA Today reports in reviewing Vanderkam’s work. The article says,

Here are some…

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Behind the Blog: Who Is This Jon Bloom?

David Mathis

We could ask Jon Bloom about all sorts of stuff. Whether it's the founding of Desiring God, her nearly 20-year history, or what John Piper was really like back in the day, there's plenty to query Bloom on. But that'll have…

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Sanctification: So Why the Long Word?

David Mathis

It's such a long word — sanctification. And it has such a churchy ring to it. No one uses this language outside the church.

So why not adopt a simpler term from the secular world and freight it afresh with…

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The Olympic Fight of Faith

David Mathis

Olympic glory is for the young. Gymnast Gabby Douglas is just 16 years old, swimmer Katie Ledecky is only 15, and Michael Phelps, age 27, says he's old enough to make these Olympic Games his last.

But the Christian "race" is…

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Five Years Later: The 35W Bridge Collapse

David Mathis

It was five years ago today, on August 1, 2007, that the Interstate-35W bridge over the Mississippi River, near downtown Minneapolis, collapsed during rush hour.

Like no other tragedy in recent memory, the bridge collapse seized the collective attention of…

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What It Means to "Act the Miracle"

David Mathis

God's grace is catalytic. To truly experience it is to be changed for the better.

The Christian gospel floods our life with God's gracious provision, both outside of us and inside. Sins forgiven. Perfect righteousness provided for us in Jesus…

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How to Watch the Olympic Games

David Mathis

The Bible has something to say about the Olympic games.

“Everyone who competes in the games,” writes the apostle Paul, “exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable” (1 Corinthians…

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Sanctification When "It Is Finished"

David Mathis

How is Christian sanctification different than so-called growth, or personal advance, in any other system of belief?

Jared Wilson points us to the gospel's unique declaration, and how it changes everything for Christian sanctification.

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Election: Handle with Care

David Mathis

I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. –2 Timothy 2:10

The doctrine of election is a sharp scalpel. 

It can be wielded with…

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How Mission Sanctifies

David Mathis

Not only does God's work in us (sanctification) help his work through us (mission), but it works the other way too. Engaging in God's mission can jumpstart our sanctification as well.

In this brief video, pastor Darrin Patrick explains the…

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Jesus and the Wild Animals

David Mathis

It’s one of the stranger asides in all the Gospels.

In Mark’s first chapter, verses 12–13, after Jesus’s baptism, “The Spirit immediately drove him into the wilderness. And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And

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Jumpstart Your Stalled Sanctification

David Mathis

Has it ever seemed like your sanctification is plateauing? Ever felt like you were spinning your spiritual tires?

In such times—relax, we’ve all had them—you may run through the typical means-of-grace checklist, whether in your own mind or with a…

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The Apologetical Power of the Existence of Israel

David Mathis

Christianity Today's four-part dialogue between John Piper and David Brickner of Jews for Jesus is now fully published online. The topic is the relationship and attitudes American Christians should have toward Israel.

In Piper's second and final response (part four

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