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Get Back Up

Nothing gut-punches the soul of a Christian like a willful sin. I know all sins are willful to some degree. But there are those that are willful, and those that are really, really willful. The shame that comes rolling into your conscience after you cuss at a person who cuts you off in traffic doesn’t […]

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It’s His Pleasure

I know God is able to do great things for people. He can shatter the chains that bind us to sin. He can hold us steady through every wave of heartache or adversity that comes crashing over our lives. He can empower us to subdue every licentious, legalistic, apathetic, or anxious attitude in our flesh […]

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Resolved to Believe

When I think about God, I tend to think of him first and foremost as Master and King. I think about his right to command my obedience, and I think about my obligation to obey his commands. I know, of course, that Jesus obeyed God perfectly on my behalf and has clothed me with his […]

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The Pathway to Peace

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.” – Isaiah 26:3 We all long and hope for peace. Some of us are single and hope that when we finally marry, we will feel whole. Some of us have wayward children and hope that when they finally turn to […]

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Treacherous Happiness

I know a lot of godless but sorta-kinda-spiritual people who are very happy with their lives. Many of them, especially those in my neck of the woods (the South), even consider themselves “blessed and highly favored.” These people do not seek God, cherish Christ, or walk in the faith and obedience of the gospel. Their […]

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His Mercies Will Never Cease

I read through the book of Judges this past week and was freshly astonished by God’s faithfulness to his ever-erring people. Soon after Joshua’s generation passed away, “there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord . . . and the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the […]

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Spiritual Maturity Is Not Stale

“Let us . . . go on to maturity” (Hebrews 6:1) God expects every Christian to move toward spiritual maturity. The Bible urges us to “flee youthful passions” (2 Tim. 2:22), “leave the elementary doctrine of Christ” (Heb. 6:1), and “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord” (2 Pet. 3:18). There is certainly a […]

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Do You Grieve Sin in a Godly Way?

Many of us are painfully familiar with the sorrow that follows sinful acts. Whenever the cheap thrill of a transgression wears off, our souls swell with regret, frustration, and maybe even despair. But this is a good response, isn’t it? Only regenerate hearts respond negatively to sin, right? Our grief certainly can be evidence that the […]

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Teach Us to Number Our Days

“So teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12 Some may consider it a morbid thing to think regularly about death. But the Bible constantly directs our minds to the reality of our mortality. Why? Because thinking about our departure from this world leads to thinking about our entrance […]

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Let Your Pastors Lead You With Joy

God desires for his people to live in subjection to the individual and institutional authorities he places over them. He commands us to yield to the governing bodies (Rom. 13:1-7), our parents (Eph. 6:1), our employers (1 Pet. 2:13-25), and our spiritual leaders (1 Pet. 5:5). Sure, there are circumstances in which we must disobey […]

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