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Articles by David Mathis

The Triumph of Joy

David Mathis
The Triumph of Joy
Easter Sunday announces, in the voice of the risen Christ, “Your sorrow will turn into joy” (John 16:20) and “no one will take your joy from you” (John 16:22). Easter says that the one who has conquered death has now made it the servant of our joy.
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Your Joy Rests on Jesus’s Righteousness

David Mathis
Your Joy Rests on Jesus’s Righteousness

What if you really believed that God is 100% for you? That he not only accepts you, but accepts you fully, because of the perfect person and work of his Son? That your best successes can’t earn you any…

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You Can’t Arrest the Gospel

David Mathis
You Can’t Arrest the Gospel
For 350 years, the church on American soil has enjoyed relatively little affliction for her fidelity to the Scriptures. The United States, though, is an anomaly in church history. And those days are passing, more quickly than many of us expected.
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Generosity Begins at Home

David Mathis
Generosity Begins at Home
Money is for making disciples. It’s for external ministry and global missions, but also for the ministry of husbanding and fathering, for communicating the love and care of Christ abroad and at home.
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Beautiful Feet

David Mathis
Beautiful Feet
You are invited to participate in the greatest mission imaginable. Beautiful are the feet that embark on this journey. Will you follow the nail-scarred feet of a Savior who promises to be with us as we go?
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How to Fight Dragon-Sickness

David Mathis
How to Fight Dragon-Sickness
Greed is good desire gone wrong. It is an excessive love, an inordinate desire, for wealth and possessions, for money and the things money can buy — and even for self-esteem, security, status, and power.
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Communing with Christ on a Crazy Day

David Mathis
Communing with Christ on a Crazy Day

We’ve all been there. Maybe even today is one of those days for you.

The crazy day. At least spiritually speaking.

Hopefully you have your regular routine and go-to “habits of grace,” your own when and where and hows for…

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Five Tips for Bible Memory

David Mathis
Five Tips for Bible Memory

Memorizing the Scriptures not only molds our minds, but leads us to learn our Lord’s voice. As we listen over and over to the voice of the Shepherd, we accustom ourselves to his timbre and intonation. The more we…

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Back to the Heart of Worship

David Mathis
Back to the Heart of Worship
The heart of worship is our heart, delighting in Jesus and expressing praise to him for the true things the Scriptures teach us about who he is and what he has done for us. Worship is, then, “all about” Jesus, not us.
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The Great Commission as a Means of Grace

David Mathis
The Great Commission as a Means of Grace
Living on mission is not only an effect of God’s grace coming to us through the channels of his word, prayer, and fellowship, but it also becomes a means of his grace to us in the Christian life.
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Nine Profits of Praying with Company

David Mathis
Nine Profits of Praying with Company

Prayer is one of the deepest joys of the Christian life. It is almost too good to be true that in Jesus we have the very ear of God. What an indescribable gift, that the God whose greatness is beyond…

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Five Benefits of Faithful Preaching

David Mathis
Five Benefits of Faithful Preaching
Here is that holy half hour each week when the assembly of the redeemed closes her collective mouth, opens her ear and heart, and listens to the uninterrupted voice of her Husband, through his appointed mouthpiece.
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When Prayer Comes Out of the Closet

David Mathis
When Prayer Comes Out of the Closet
Prayer begins in secret, but God doesn’t mean for it to stay there. Prayer is for all of life, and especially for our life together in community. Great joy awaits our praying with constancy and with company.
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The Power and Privilege of God’s Children

David Mathis
The Power and Privilege of God’s Children
It is difficult to overstate the place of private prayer. It is, in many ways, the measure of who we are spiritually, and how we pray “is as important a question as we can ever face.”
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Resolved: To Read the Bible

David Mathis
Resolved: To Read the Bible

Whether you feel like a beginner, or the grizzled old veteran, one of the most important things you can do is regularly read the Bible for yourself.

It is a remarkable thing that we have Bibles we can read personally…

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Bible Reading Is an Art

David Mathis
Bible Reading Is an Art
Good Bible reading is no mere science; it is an art. The Bible itself is a special compilation of great artistries. And the best way to learn the art of reading the Bible for yourself is this: Read it for yourself.
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You Were Made for Christmas

David Mathis
You Were Made for Christmas
Call it Christmas Hedonism, if you will. The Joy he came to bring in his own person as the God-man is the joy that aligns with, and fulfills, the great purpose of all creation. Christmas brings the electricity of joy that runs along the grid of all reality.
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Glory to God in the Lowest

David Mathis
Glory to God in the Lowest

It may be the greatest choral presentation in the history of the world.

One nameless angel had the honor of playing the lead, with a veritable angelic multitude behind him. But no tickets were sold, and the show was not…

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Christmas Is the Greatest Mystery

David Mathis
Christmas Is the Greatest Mystery

It is the hour that split history in half.

Until that first Christmas, he had been, from eternity past, the divine Son and second person of the Godhead. He was God’s glad agent in creation (John 1:3; Colossians 1:16; Hebrews…

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Bilbo’s Last Goodbye

David Mathis
Bilbo’s Last Goodbye
This is it for the Bagginses. At least for now, on the big screen. The Battle of the Five Armies, opening this week, is the sixth and final film in Peter Jackson’s pair of Tolkien trilogies.
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Christmas Spending Is a Test of Your Treasure

David Mathis
Christmas Spending Is a Test of Your Treasure

‘Tis the season to test your treasure.

Not only are we on gift-expectation overload with Christmas, but then comes the year’s end and that one last chance for tax-deductible charitable giving. December bids us dig deeper in our wallets than…

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Take a Break from the Chaos

David Mathis
Take a Break from the Chaos
You need a break from the chaos, from the noise and the crowds, more than you may think at first. You need silence and solitude, as spiritual disciplines.
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Marty: Funeral Meditation from a Grandson

David Mathis
Marty: Funeral Meditation from a Grandson

Marty. That one name said enough in our circles. At times, she seemed larger than life — especially in the eyes of her oldest grandson. She was “Grandmommy” to me, but when I heard the name Marty in the…

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Christian Mission in a Post-Christian World (Interview)

David Mathis
Christian Mission in a Post-Christian World (Interview)
This ain’t your momma’s America. Church planter Jonathan Dodson talks societal change in North America, which, in the last generation, has been nothing short of remarkable.
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Resolve to Be a Lifelong Learner

David Mathis
Resolve to Be a Lifelong Learner
Age may increase life experience, but without some long-term pattern of receptivity and intentionality, multiplied experiences will only create more confusion than clarity. Here, then, is the center of lifelong learning, and five practical plans for the pursuit.
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