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  • Faith and the Power of God by Jerry Bridges

    The healing of the demon possessed boy (Matt. 17:14–20) at first glance seems to be only one more in a series of miraculous healings recorded by Matthew. What makes this one unique is Jesus’ emphasis on the role of faith. …Read More

  • His Only Son by Scott Swain

    What’s in a name?” Juliet muses. “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” The daughter Capulet’s sentiment is certainly true on some level. But the same cannot be said of the name applied …Read More

  • Christ Will Build His Church by David Stoddard

    Europe is the new “dark continent.” Africa now sends more missionaries to Europe than Europe sends to Africa. The health reports of the European church aren’t terribly encouraging. Churches are closing and are being converted into mosques, museums, bars, and …Read More

  • A History of Awakening by Keith Mathison

    Warmongering. Bloody. Idolatrous. It was not at the top of a list of cities where one would expect to see the Holy Spirit move in a mighty way. In fact, it probably wouldn’t make such a list at all if …Read More

  • The Church by John Tweeddale

    The first time the word church is mentioned in the New Testament, it comes from the lips of Jesus. To a ragtag band of Apostles, He declared, “I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail …Read More

  • Our New Affection by Sinclair Ferguson

    In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” At the top was Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Second on the list (presuming no bias in the choices made by the magazine) came the Rolling …Read More

  • Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit by Dennis Johnson

    Jesus’ announcement that blaspheming the Holy Spirit is a sin that will never be forgiven is “hard” for two reasons. First, it seems to contradict Scriptures that tell us Christ’s blood can effect forgiveness for every sin (1 John 1:7, …Read More

  • Cut Off Your Hand, Tear Out Your Eye by Ray Ortlund

    Hard words are not harmful words—when they come from Jesus. This is important to keep in mind when we read:

    If your hand or your foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better …Read More

  • Eating Flesh, Drinking Blood by Brian Vickers

    Difficult words, no doubt. No less for John’s readers than for Jesus’ hearers. For many that day, it was too much, so they walked away. Just the day before, Jesus fed five thousand people from five loaves of bread and …Read More

  • Hating Family by Thomas Brewer

    The word hate is a strong one. When I was little, my parents had a rule: don’t say, “hate”—at least in most cases. Hate was too full of anger and malice to be used appropriately by a child. The word was …Read More

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