Hard Work or Anxious Toil? — A Christian Understanding of Labor

Jonathan Parnell

Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil, for he gives to his beloved in his sleep. (Psalm 127:1-2)

Pastor John from 1980:

I think the main point of these three verses is:…

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Boomers, Millennials, and the Growing Tension: Nine Lessons in Generational Dynamics

David Mathis

The first of the Baby Boomers are turning 65 this year, just as their generational progeny, the so-called “Millennials,” are hitting their thirties. With one massive generation approaching retirement, while another even larger group seeks to establish itself in the adult world, it’s a recipe for generational tension.

The Boomers were born in the post-WWII birthrate “boom” from 1946 to about 1965. After this significant two-decade spike, there was a…

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Three Things to Learn in Romans 8:35

Jonathan Parnell

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? (Romans 8:35)

Pastor John from 2002:

Notice three things in verse 35.

1. Christ is loving us now.

A wife might say of her deceased husband: Nothing will separate me from his love. She might mean that the memory of his love will be sweet and powerful…

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Fill Your Mouth With Life, Not Death

Jon Bloom

A lot is at stake in what we say today. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21).

In literate societies, tongues include hands that write, type, paint, or sign.

Words Cause Death

People die because of something said. Tongues can be weapons of mass destruction, launching holocausts and wars. Tongues can also be the death of marriages, families, friendships, churches, careers, hopes, understanding, reputations, missionary…

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Don't Loiter in That Ditch

Jonathan Parnell

Henry Scougal:

It is true, religion in the souls of men is the immediate work of God, and all our natural endeavors can neither produce it alone, nor merit those supernatural aids by which it must be wrought: the Holy Ghost must come upon us, and the power of the Highest must overshadow us, before that holy thing can be begotten, and Christ be formed in us:

But yet we…

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Do You Have a Godly Ambition?

Jonathan Parnell

In this three-minute video, Dave Harvey talks about church planting, missions, and how we overcome the unbiblical brand that all ambition is bad:

Dave Harvey, Jeff Vanderstelt, and Ed Stetzer will be speaking on church planting at our upcoming National Conference, "Finish the Mission: For the Joy of All Peoples."

For the reduced rate, register for the conference tonight before 11:59 PM (CDT).


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The Providence of God: Ten-Part Course from John Piper

Jonathan Parnell

"Providence" is not a word we commonly use.

This is true today and it was true in 1995 when John Piper introduced a ten-part course at Bethlehem Baptist Church on "The Providence of God."

The ten messages were recorded on cassettes that we have recently discovered and converted to MP3s. Apart from some delays in pressing the "Record" button back in '95, the entire audio has been pieced together and…

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John Piper on the Gospel and Sanctification (Part 2)

Jonathan Parnell

Theology Refresh is a new podcast for pastors hosted by David Mathis, executive assistant to John Piper. The aim of the podcast is to sharpen and refresh spiritual leaders on key aspects of theology that are useful for everyday Christian ministry.

This 20-minute episode is the second part of a two-part discussion with John Piper on the gospel and sanctification, including the practical dynamics of how faith in the gospel…

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