We need the Bible. Today. Everyday.

“You can never have a Christian mind without reading the Scriptures regularly because you cannot be profoundly influenced by that which you do not know. If you are filled with God’s Word, your life can then be informed and directed by God — your domestic relationships, your child-rearing, your career, your ethical decisions, your interior […]

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“I hated the righteousness of God”

I greatly longed to understand Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, and nothing stood in the way but that one expression, “the righteousness of God,” because I took it to mean that righteousness whereby God is righteous and deals righteously in punishing the unrighteous.…Night and day I pondered until…I grasped the truth that the righteousness of […]

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Influencing others

Every day we influence others in one of two directions: (1) toward faith in Christ and eternal glory, or (2) toward rejection of Christ and eternal judgment.  ‘It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with […]

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One thing God does in our suffering

Suffering is not embraced by most believers.  The flesh compels us to avoid suffering, to call suffering “bad,” and to assume, like Job’s friends, that something has gone terribly wrong spiritually if we or our friends suffer or are persecuted. But the consistent testimony of Scripture is that suffering is normal and to be expected […]

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Grab bag

Some helpful articles from around the web recently: Heath Lambert answers the question often asked of biblical counselors, “Who says medicine is important?” There have been several recent helpful posts for students, and particularly college students.  David Mathis offers a brief and helpful video in, “You’re Not a Student First,” Marshall Segal provides “Five Back-to-School […]

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New book from John Piper

Crossway has just released John Piper’s latest biography, Seeing Beauty and Saying Beautifully:  The Power of Poetic Effort in the Work of George Herbert, George Whitefield, and C. S. Lewis. Here is what Desiring God has to say about the release of this book: Herbert. Whitefield. Lewis. In the sixth volume of The Swans Are […]

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50 years ago today

You are well aware that 50 years ago today, President Kennedy was assassinated and entered eternity.  It is fitting to reflect on the life of a President (aside:  I highly commend the book Character Above All, edited by Robert Wilson as an examination of the 10 presidents from FDR to George H. W. Bush; it’s […]

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Running rules

I’m not a runner.  (I’ve long said that my body is built for comfort, not speed!) But there is a kind of running that I must do and that all believers must do.  We run the race of the Christian life (1 Cor. 9:24-27) — that is, we labor and work in the Christian life […]

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No guaranteed answers to prayer

Prayer is not a manipulative tool by which we receive our wishes and desires.  Our wants may be godly or they may be ungodly.  In either case, prayer is not a wishing-well tool to access those wants.  The example of Christ demonstrates that God sometimes answers our petitions with, “No:” There are, no doubt, passages […]

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