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  • The Hardest Day of the Week

    from James Boice Jan 18, 2009 Category: Articles

    [New] life begins to grow within, and just as in the case of pregnancy there is a period when a woman is not even aware that she is pregnant, so there can be the same thing spiritually. The life is there, but the person does not yet know what has happened. However, things are starting to change. The person is beginning to have an interest in spiritual things. He finds himself hungering for the Word of God. He reads it. He begins to feed upon it. Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Hosea

    from Keith Mathison Jan 17, 2009 Category: Articles

    Hosea's prophetic ministry to the northern kingdom of Israel likely began soon after the ministry of the prophet Amos (ca. 752-750). Although little is known about the prophet himself outside of what can be learned from the book that bears his name, his basic message of judgment and hope is clear. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the book of Hosea. Keep Reading
  • The Importance of Cultural Awareness (pt. 1)

    from R.C. Sproul Jan 16, 2009 Category: Articles

    Every Christian is a missionary. If we carefully read the book of Acts, we will see that when persecution arose in Jerusalem, all the Christians were scattered except the apostles. Those who were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the Gospel (Acts 8). That was the way the Christian church multiplied. It was not by an ordained clergy, by the apostles, or even by the deacons. It was the rank and file of Christians who took the Gospel wherever they went in the ancient world. In other words, they were missionaries. Keep Reading
  • Lifeviews” by R.C. Sproul

    from Tim Challies Jan 15, 2009 Category: Ligonier Resources

    In 1986, long before culture was a Christian buzzword (as it is today), Revell published R.C. Sproul's book Lifeviews: Make a Christian Impact on Culture and Society. In the book Dr. Sproul catalogs the major philosophies that compete with Christianity in our culture. He traces the origins of lifeviews such as secularism, existentialism, pragmatism, and hedonism. He then helps you understand the fallacies and hopelessness of each. Keep Reading
  • Ten Significant Christian Publications - 2008

    from Keith Mathison Jan 15, 2009 Category: Articles

    The year 2008 witnessed the publication of a large number of Christian books. Deciding which to include in this list was no simple matter. I've included titles that I believe will have a lasting influence for one reason or another. I have not listed these publications in any particular order. Keep Reading
  • The Lie We Believe

    from C. FitzSimons Allison Jan 14, 2009 Category: Articles

    I wish I had been told when I was young about the lie all of us naturally believe. This lie is explained to us by Jesus when he said to the Jews who had believed on Him: "If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." They answered him: "We are offspring of Abraham, and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, 'You will become free'?" (John 8:33). Keep Reading
  • The Best-Laid Plans

    from R.C. Sproul Jr. Jan 13, 2009 Category: Articles

    To suggest that wisdom is always balanced seems to me to be a bit, well, unbalanced. Whoever first uttered the words of wisdom, "moderation in all things," should, I believe, have healed himself. All things? Isn't that a bit extreme? In like manner, wisdom is almost always balanced. We need to measure the wisdom of looking before we leap with the equally potent conviction that he who hesitates is lost. We need to remember, as we loudly affirm that we ought not answer a fool according to his folly lest we be like him, that we ought to answer a fool according to his folly lest he become wise in his own eyes (Prov. 26: 4-5). Keep Reading
  • The Christian Lover: The Sweetness of Love and Marriage in the Letters of Believers

    from Deborah Finnamore Jan 12, 2009 Category: Articles

    Marriage is under siege in our time, and Christian unions are not going unscathed. Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin believes that love letters written by Christian husbands and wives of the past can help strengthen the ties that bind believing spouses today. In this anthology, Haykin brings together letters from one or both parties in twelve significant relationships from church history. The contents range from courtship communications to proposals of marriage to final words before dying, but most have to do with the ups and downs of married life. In the end, The Christian Lover is a celebration of marriage, an intimate window into the thoughts of men and women who were deeply in love with both God and one another. Keep Reading
  • The Value of Meditating Upon God’s Word

    from Joel Beeke Jan 11, 2009 Category: Articles

    After reading Scripture, we must ask God for light to scrutinize our hearts and lives, then meditate upon the Word. Disciplined meditation on Scripture helps us focus on God. Meditation helps us view worship as a discipline. It involves our mind and understanding as well as our heart and affections. It works Scripture through the texture of the soul. Meditation helps prevent vain and sinful thoughts (Matt. 12:35), and provides inner resources on which to draw (Ps. 77:10-12), including direction for daily life (Prov. 6:21-22). Meditation fights temptation (Ps. 119:11, 15), provides relief in afflictions (Isa. 49:15-17), benefits others (Ps. 145:7), and glorifies God (Ps. 49:3). Keep Reading
  • Top 5 Commentaries on the Book of Daniel

    from Keith Mathison Jan 10, 2009 Category: Articles

    Like Ezekiel, the book of Daniel contains a number of enigmatic prophecies. And like Ezekiel, the difficult nature of these prophecies has resulted in a wide variety of conflicting interpretations. The lack of consensus presents a challenge for the reader, but it is not necessarily an insurmountable one. An examination of the best commentaries can be helpful in sorting through the issues. The following are five of the most helpful commentaries on the book of Daniel. Keep Reading

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