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Do You Pervert the Grace of God?

Do You Pervert the Grace of God?

David Mathis
Sometimes the grace of God needs defending. Not as much from the world and the devil as from ourselves. Those of us who love his grace most will take the greatest care, with his help, to guard it from perversion…
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We Will Be Like Him

We Will Be Like Him

David Mathis
It’s almost too good to be true. The Christian doctrine of glorification is stunning, to say the least. Not only we will see Jesus in all his new-creation glory, but we will share with him in it. “When he appears…
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The Seven-Year Itch and the Joy of Lifelong Marriage

The Seven-Year Itch and the Joy of Lifelong Marriage

David Mathis
The world has no idea how to deal with the difficulties in marriage. We need to expose the myth of the seven-year itch and promote the magnificence of lifelong marriage.
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Worship Like a Hedonist

Worship Like a Hedonist

David Mathis
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

Bring the Bible Home to Your Heart

David Mathis
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

The Secret in Every Circumstance

David Mathis
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

Sharpen Your Affections with Fasting

David Mathis
If we see fasting as a means of grace to strengthen and sharpen Godward affections, we’re holding a powerful new tool for enriching our enjoyment of Jesus.
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Read, Reflect, Write (Repeat)

Read, Reflect, Write (Repeat)

David Mathis
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

The Peril and Potential of Youth Athletics

David Mathis
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

Five Benefits of Corporate Worship

David Mathis
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.
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Life’s Deepest Pains for Your Greatest Pleasure

Life’s Deepest Pains for Your Greatest Pleasure

David Mathis
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

Kindle the Fire in Corporate Worship

David Mathis
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

Sing a New Song

David Mathis
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

Wash in the Waters Again

David Mathis
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

Jesus’s Closest Companion

David Mathis
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

Grow in Grace at the Table

David Mathis
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

Spy Wednesday

David Mathis
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

Putting Golf in Its Place

David Mathis
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

Preach the Gospel to Yourself

David Mathis
What captures your idle thoughts? What fear seeps into your spare moments? Don’t concede. In this twelve-minute video, Paul Tripp explains how to fight back with the gospel.
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Six Lessons in Good Listening

Six Lessons in Good Listening

David Mathis
Listening is one of the easiest things you’ll ever do, and one of the hardest and most important. Here are six lessons to help you listen well.
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Warm Yourself at the Fires of Meditation

Warm Yourself at the Fires of Meditation

David Mathis
We were made to meditate. One reason our hearts are so cold is because we don’t intentionally take time to warm our hearts at the fire of Bible-saturated, Christ-exalting meditation.
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‘Divergent’ Lesson in Human Depravity

‘Divergent’ Lesson in Human Depravity

David Mathis
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

Remember Saint Patrick

David Mathis
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

God Is with You in Depression

David Mathis
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

Learn to Fly in the Fellowship

David Mathis
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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