You Were Created to Sing

Tony Reinke

God created you in his own image to dream, and work, and laugh, and love, and labor, and hope, and eat, and enjoy the good gifts in this world.

“A man is such a noble work of God,” said nineteenth century preacher Charles Spurgeon, “he cannot have been intended merely to measure off yards of silk, or to weigh pounds of sugar, or to sweep street crossings, or to put…

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The Kind of Father He Is

Jonathan Parnell

The castle was mangled. With just a glance, you could tell it was bad.

The main gate was completely exposed. The chains that once lowered the intimidating drawbridge were now severed. The drum tower, which had weathered the most obvious destruction, had its battlements crushed — so crushed that you could almost recreate in your head the sound it must have made the moment the blow came.

This thing must

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Five Ways to Refresh the Saints in Your Life

Jon Bloom

When reading Paul’s letter to Philemon this week I saw a theme I hadn’t really seen before. This letter is an instruction on how to refresh the saints.

Philemon was a refreshing person. When Paul thought about Philemon he thought about the joy and comfort Philemon had given him and others:

I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have

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Jesus and Cerebal Palsy

Stefan Green

Jesus means everything to me. My life is worship.

Often we Christians throw around phrases like these, once full of meaning, but now uttered with too much flippancy and routine. But Rodger Frournoy, Jr. talks like this because he means it with all of his body and soul.

When I hear Rodger talk about what it’s like to live with cerebral palsy, and what Jesus means to him in the…

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Be the Smile of God to Your Children

Joe Rigney

He’s a squirmy one, he is. If I don’t watch him, he’ll wriggle off the bed. But he doesn’t want to. He’s enjoying the tickle fight too much. I can’t blame him. Those giggles make this father’s heart want to leap out of my chest. I wonder how long this laugh will last.

Reflect on the tickle fight with me. See the layers of reality at work.

Triune Joy in

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Five Truths About Christian Suffering

Joseph Scheumann

All Christians suffer. Either you have, you are, or you will — “through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).

This reality is a stark reminder that we have not reached the new heavens and new earth. The new Jerusalem of no tears and no pain, of no mourning and no death, hasn’t arrived yet (Revelation 21:1, 4).

But just because we experience suffering as we…

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When God’s Promise Overcomes Our Problem

Jason DeRouchie

Paul said that the old covenant mediated by Moses bore a “ministry of condemnation” (2 Corinthians 3:9). What does this mean, and would Moses have agreed?

The Book of Deuteronomy clarifies three things: 1) Moses’s old covenant plea, 2) the people’s old covenant problem, and 3) God’s new covenant promise.

1. The Old Covenant Plea

Moses called for the right things: “Love the Lᴏʀᴅ your God with …

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The Idols of a Mother’s Heart

Christina Fox

When you are upset because you can’t do something you’ve wanted to do, it might be because that thing has become an idol in your heart.

I said these words one afternoon in response to one of my kids who was frustrated because I had taken away his highly valued time on the computer. We then talked about how idols are not always easy to recognize and that our emotional…

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Why It Took Me 34 Years to Get ‘Peoples’

John Piper

God created the world so that he would receive glad-hearted worship from the entire panorama of peoples that he himself brought into being for this purpose.

Therefore, for the glory of God, and for the gladness of the peoples, we should join him in the aggressive missionary enterprise of reaching all the peoples of the world.

Summoning the Peoples

That is what the Cross Conference this December is about. Over…

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When the Vine Really Became Precious

Jon Bloom

I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)

It was a July morning in Manila in 1985 when union with Jesus really became precious to me. I know right where I was sitting having devotions in the courtyard of the YWAM outpost.

I was a…

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