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How the Lord's Table Defines Its Dinner Party


A number of years ago, as I ate dinner with friends at an outdoor caf, I was wrongly identified as a famous race car driver. It was more than a little awkward, as the mistaken gentleman belted out: "Dale!! Dale Earnhardt, Jr.?!? Is that you? Awww . . . I love you, man!" With sorrow and embarrassment, I had to say: "Sorry, you've got the wrong guy." He quickly recognized h...

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True Love Admonishes


Though only used eight times in the New Testamentall by Paul (7x in his Epistles; 1x in Acts)the word "admonish" lays a special charge on believers. While only commanded as "admonish one another" in two places (Romans 15:14 and Colossians 3:16), the command is implied in all its uses, with especial consideration for leaders. To get a sense of its meaning consider these ei...

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The Gospel Perfectly and Proportionately Humbles and Exalts

Gospel of Jesus Christ

Why is the Gospel of Jesus Christ so vital to the restoration of mankind?...

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What is the Gospel?

The gospel is often assumed. Rarely defined. Abstract, not concrete. It is a good word to use in church, but it is a word more quickly said than studied. Who needs the gospel? What do we do with the gospel?...

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The Minister's Rest and the Rest of the Summer


Rest in the Bible is never a time of inactivity and lethargy. Rather it is a time when God and his people enjoy one another. This principle of rest is true for all Christians, and especially those who labor to feed and tend the flock....

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How Scripture and the Spirit Prepare Us for the Lord's Supper

How do you approach the Lord's table when your heart is uncertain of its spiritual condition?...

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Discipleship 101: Who Makes Disciples?

At the institutional level, God has created the church to be a disciple-making community. At the individual level, mature believers are the ones who make disciples. ...

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Together for the Gospel


Empowered by God's omnipotence, the gospel is not confined by space, time, distance, or resources. As Paul says in Romans 1:16, the gospel is the power of God for salvation. Therefore, the gospel is bigger than a conference. Still, this week in Louisville, Kentucky there is a big conference celebrating and exclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ. The name of the conference ...

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Enlarging Our Mission Footprint

Reykjavík Missionary

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, "Your God reigns." Isaiah 52:7 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without ...

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Leading Your Children in Worship

Family Worship

Parents, do you lead your children in worship of God? No, I'm not talking about a mandatory song session led by you and your guitar. We can be thankful that's not required of us, and as we grow in our understanding of the nature of true worship, we understand that worship goes beyond our singing and encapsulates all we do (Rom 12:1-2; 1 Cor 10:31). And yet, God has given ...

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