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The Minister's Rest and the Rest of the Summer

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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

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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 confe...

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Enlarging Our Mission Footprint

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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 h...

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Leading Your Children in Worship

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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, Go...

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Looking at the Old Testament on Good Friday

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Although the centerpiece of the Bible—Christ’s cross—is revealed in the New Testament, we cannot understand its meaning without the Old Testament. Indeed, Paul says Christ’s death and resurrection happened “according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3, 4), which means according to the Old Testament Scriptures. Similarly, Peter says t...

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Remembering the Passion Week

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Every Spring as we approach the Passion Week we have special opportunities to remember Christ’s death and celebrate His resurrection. Let me encourage you with a few practical ways in which you as an individual, or you as a family might draw near to the Lord and celebrate the Gospel....

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What does the Bible say about the doctrine of election?

What Bible Says About Election

While debated and sometime distorted, the doctrine of election is plainly biblical. ...

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Discipleship 101: What is a Disciple?

Labels fail us. In popular Christianity, there are various definitions of discipleship. And this difference comes before we begin to discuss discipleship programs and practices. So how do we decide what a disciple is?...

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