Don’t Worry, Be Casting

Andy Naselli

First Peter 5:6–7 is bursting with hope and comfort. When I am tempted to worry, I often meditate on it. And when I come alongside people who are full of anxieties, I invariably share it with them.

But understanding why that passage is filled with hope and comfort requires a mini-grammar lesson: What is the relationship between humility and anxiety?

Cast or Casting?

Peter commands, “Humble yourselves, therefore,…

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That Sunday After Easter

Jonathan Parnell

Few of us remember those Sundays that come the week after Easter. By then the pastel finery is packed away in our closets. The lunch is not as great. The anticipation for corporate worship has dropped down from the seasonal high we felt just a week before. There is less excitement, less panache, less décor — and more resemblance to that original Easter so many Sundays ago.

It’s easy…

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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. He is one of the Christian’s greatest sources of comfort. And too often he is one of the church’s greatest sources of controversy.

No Other Friend Like This

But before…

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When It Seems Like God Did You Wrong

Jon Bloom

The story of Naomi in Ruth chapter one teaches us that how things look and how things feel are often not how they are.

The last time Naomi had seen her hometown on the Judean hillside, the barley fields had been barren in the House of Bread.

The famine had stirred the specter of starvation. Naomi’s husband, Elimelech, not a patient man even in bounty, was convinced that Moab held…

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Jesus Is Better Than Porn

Stefan Green

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

These words from the apostle Paul are the heartbeat to Jimmy Needham’s song “Forgiven and Loved,” written in the aftermath of a decade-long battle with pornography. Year after year, shame ruled Jimmy’s life until he experienced, at life-changing depth, a simple, glorious truth: Jesus is better.

In this short video, Jimmy talks about…

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Sinner, Come Home

Albert Mohler

My heart was already full as John Piper began his message that would close the recent Together for the Gospel conference. I prayed that God would use his message to implant a passion within our hearts that would shape our lives and ministries for the length of our days.

I was very moved by John’s faithful, careful, and precise exposition of Romans 9. He pointed us to the infinite grace…

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How I Almost Became a False Teacher

John Knight

What does a false teacher in the church look like?

Some of them are easy to spot. Health-and-wealth, prosperity preachers hardly require any effort at all. Those who ignore or sneeringly distort the Bible also are fairly obvious.

But what if they look like me? What if they attend church regularly, read the Bible, encourage their children to participate in Sunday School and Wednesday evening services, lead family devotions, pray,…

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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 Supper is one of Jesus’s two specially instituted sacraments for the signifying, sealing, and strengthening of his new-covenant people. Call them ordinances if you please. The true issue is not…

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The Universe Is Saying Something

Dan Dewitt

Earlier this year, the earth tried to tell us something: it doesn’t like Corvettes. At least that’s the interpretation given by ABC news analyst Matthew Dowd, who suggests the universe is sending us a message.

Maybe he’s right. Perhaps the earth was unhappy with the materialism of the Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, and therefore opened up a sinkhole large enough to swallow several collectible sports cars. Or maybe…

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