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  • Future Joy by Kim Riddlebarger

    When writing to Christians in the city of Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul instructs them, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thess. 5:16–18). These …Read More

  • When I Don’t Feel Successful by J.R. Vassar

    Since Adam and Eve bit on the first temptation, failure has been a part of our human experience. As God’s image bearers, we are capable of remarkable things. But as fallen image bearers, we are simultaneously capable of terrible things. …Read More

  • No Shortcuts to Growth by R.C. Sproul

    I’m still amazed whenever I see the bumper sticker that reads, “Visualize world peace.” The idea is that if I, and enough other people, create the right mental picture of peace, it will soon come to pass. It’s astounding that …Read More

  • The Necessity of the Reformation by W. Robert Godfrey

    The church is always in need of reform. Even in the New Testament, we see Jesus rebuking Peter, and we see Paul correcting the Corinthians. Since Christians are always sinners, the church will always need reform. The question for us, …Read More

  • Involuntary Sins by Jeremy Pierre

    Trained instincts—that’s how fighter pilots can react immediately to rapidly changing situations as they operate $27 million war machines. When a threat aircraft is closing in, there’s no time for pilots to reason through what to do. They have to …Read More

  • Salvation by Guy Richard

    Because faith ordinarily comes by hearing the good news (Rom. 10:17), you and I need to be always ready to give an answer to everyone who asks us, “What must I do to be saved?” But we also need to …Read More

  • Unless Your Righteousness Exceeds That of the Pharisees by Kevin Gardner

    Jesus was severe with the Pharisees, calling them “whitewashed tombs” (Matt. 23:27), “hypocrites” (Mark 7:6), and sons of the devil (John 8:44). And yet, in Matt. 5:20, He points to them as He raises the bar for righteousness: “For I …Read More

  • The Fifteenth Century by Nicholas Needham

    The fifteenth century is best known as the age of the Renaissance, which in many ways sowed seeds that would bloom into the sixteenth-century Reformation. This aspect of history was well captured in the sixteenth-century saying “Erasmus [prince of Renaissance …Read More

  • Gospel Religion by Burk Parsons

    I have heard people say that the Bible is just a list of do’s and don’ts. People who say that have not read the Bible. In order to combat this sort of thinking, some Christians will quickly respond by arguing …Read More

  • You Shall Have No Other Gods Before Me by Eric Watkins

    There are certain aspects of our relationship with God that are described in unmistakably legal terms, while others are remarkably personal. Our justification is a legal declaration of righteousness in the courtroom of God. Our adoption is the legal declaration …Read More

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