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Worship Like a Hedonist

David Mathis
Worship Like a Hedonist

Let me encourage you to take a very hedonistic approach to worship this weekend, and to every corporate worship gathering.

We Christians don’t believe that human pleasure in itself is the highest good, but we should believe that finding our…

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Bring the Bible Home to Your Heart

David Mathis
Bring the Bible Home to Your Heart

We all want to be “doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22).

Who wants to feel the failure or share in the shame of being pegged like one “who looks intently at his natural face in a…

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The Secret in Every Circumstance

David Mathis
The Secret in Every Circumstance

Don’t be fooled by the popular locker room read on Philippians 4:13.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” — score a touchdown, hit a homerun, climb a mountain, run a marathon, win the game with a…

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Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting

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Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting

Fasting has fallen on hard times — at least, it seems, among our overstuffed bellies in the American church. I speak as one of the well-fed.

Sure, you’ll find your exceptions here and there. Some pockets even prize the countercultural…

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Read, Reflect, Write (Repeat)

David Mathis
Read, Reflect, Write (Repeat)

You are a writer.

Even if it’s just email. Even if it’s hardly anything of significance. Even if you’d never self-identify as a “writer,” or ever consider trying to make a living at something you’re so bad at.

But if…

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The Peril and Potential of Youth Athletics

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The Peril and Potential of Youth Athletics

Remember, it’s only a game.

That’s an important prompt in youth athletics — not just for the kids, but even more so for coaches bent on winning and parents pressing to live vicariously through their children.

Against the backdrop of…

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Five Benefits of Corporate Worship

David Mathis
Five Benefits of Corporate Worship

Worshiping Jesus together may be the single most important thing we do. It plays an indispensable role in rekindling our spiritual fire, and keeping it burning. Corporate worship brings together God’s word, prayer, and fellowship, and so makes for…

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Life’s Deepest Pains for Your Greatest Pleasure

David Mathis
Life’s Deepest Pains for Your Greatest Pleasure

This is your verse. If you believe in the God of the Bible, and you love him, all the bounty of one of his greatest promises is yours.

God’s staggering pledge of Romans 8:28 is that “all things” — not…

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Kindle the Fire in Corporate Worship

David Mathis
Kindle the Fire in Corporate Worship

You were made for more than private devotions.

As nice as it can be to tuck ourselves away in some nook and cranny, all by our lonesome, and read the Scriptures we want to read, pray the prayers we prefer…

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Sing a New Song

David Mathis
Sing a New Song

We all love old music. Whether it’s centuries old or even just a few months, the tunes we enjoy most are unavoidably the ones we already know. And there’s no getting around it. Music has a strange power to capture…

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Wash in the Waters Again

David Mathis
Wash in the Waters Again

Visible words. That was the Reformers’ term for baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

In complement to the spoken words of gospel preaching, these twin rhythms of the gathered church are dramatizations of the grace of God. These “visible words”…

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Jesus’s Closest Companion

David Mathis
Jesus’s Closest Companion

The Holy Spirit. There is “something wonderfully mysterious” about him, says pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson.

He is the third person of the Trinity, the “self-effacing” member. He works ever in tandem with God’s word — incarnate, spoken, and written…

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Grow in Grace at the Table

David Mathis
Grow in Grace at the Table

The Lord’s Supper is an extraordinary meal. To be sure, it is simply an ordinary means of God’s grace to his church, but as eating and drinking go, it can be an unusually powerful experience.

Along with baptism, the…

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Spy Wednesday

David Mathis
Spy Wednesday

Wednesday went quietly. Too quietly.

With the previous three days awash in drama — Sunday’s triumphal entry, Monday’s temple cleansing, and Tuesday’s temple controversies — now Wednesday, April 1, A.D. 33, comes like the calm before the storm.

But out…

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Putting Golf in Its Place

David Mathis
Putting Golf in Its Place

It only takes a few bars of “Augusta” to confirm that spring is here. There is a promise of new life in the sound of the Masters theme song and the sight of electric green grass at Augusta…

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Preach the Gospel to Yourself

David Mathis
Preach the Gospel to Yourself

No one is more influential in your life than you are. Because no one talks to you more than you do.

So observes Paul Tripp — and in doing so, he accents our need to daily preach the gospel to…

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Six Lessons in Good Listening

David Mathis
Six Lessons in Good Listening

Listening is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do, and one of the hardest.

In a sense, listening is easy — or hearing is easy. It doesn’t demand the initiative and energy required in speaking. That’s why “faith comes…

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Warm Yourself at the Fires of Meditation

David Mathis
Warm Yourself at the Fires of Meditation

We were made to meditate. God designed us with the capacity to pause and ponder. He means for us to not just hear him, but to reflect on what he says.

It is a distinctively human trait to stop and…

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‘Divergent’ Lesson in Human Depravity

David Mathis
‘Divergent’ Lesson in Human Depravity

It’s rare to find a major motion picture that paints humanity, as a whole, to be this bad.

Not only was it human evil that nearly destroyed the world in some great war, but now it is human depravity that…

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Remember Saint Patrick

David Mathis
Remember Saint Patrick
Deep beneath much of what the day has become is the inspiring mission of Patrick pioneering the gospel among an unreached people, despite the frowning face of the church establishment.
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God Is with You in Depression

David Mathis
God Is with You in Depression

Depression is often illusive. Some dark cloud gathers and hangs overhead. You feel constantly ill at ease. Whether triggered by negative events, or some undefined cause, you know despondency when you experience it, even if you find it hard to…

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Learn to Fly in the Fellowship

David Mathis
Learn to Fly in the Fellowship

It’s a shame the word “fellowship” has fallen on hard times in some circles, and is dying the death of domestication and triviality. It is an electric reality in the New Testament, an indispensable ingredient in the Christian faith, and…

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Right Thinking Is for Deep Feeling

David Mathis
Right Thinking Is for Deep Feeling

Doctrine is for the sake of delight. Christian theology does not exist for its own sake, but for our desiring and enjoying Christ.

Simply put, the mind is meant to serve the heart. Thinking serves feeling. God gave us the…

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Enjoy the Gift of Having God’s Ear

David Mathis
Enjoy the Gift of Having God’s Ear

He is “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10). Not only did he choose us before the world began, and give his Son to save us, and cause us to be born again, but he also sustains the whole…

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Isn’t It Ironic?

David Mathis
Isn’t It Ironic?

Alanis Morissette’s album Jagged Little Pill debuted in 1995, just as the first wave of Millennials was crashing into America’s high schools. Her music became one of the soundtracks for these critical years — for many of us, not chosen…

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