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Climate Change According to Scripture (Master’s University Science Faculty)

Since global climate change is not a new phenomenon and has happened in the past, it is important for Christians to consider earth’s history from a biblical perspective. 

9 Things You Should Know about the Nation of Islam (Joe Carter)

It might not be what you think. Here is what you should know about the controversial religious group known as the Nation of Islam. 

FAQs: What Christians Should Know About Antifa (Joe Carter)

Early in September, violence broke out among protestors at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Park in Berkeley, California. The “anti-fascist” protesters—known as Antifa—attacked several people, including a Samoan man and a biracial man who is half-Japanese. Here is what you should know about Antifa...


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When peopLE annoy YOU (lAUREN lAMBERT)

When someone annoys me, who needs to change? Clue #1, it's not the other person! Read what Lauren Lambert has to say about what change is needed and what our focus should be.

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9 Parenting Truths from John Piper

Pastor John addresses the verse, Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.”

10 Common But Illegitimate Reasons for Divorce (Tim Challies)

Many people—even Christians—offer reasons to divorce that are not sanctioned by God. Jim Newheiser helpfully outlines a number of these in his book Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage: Critical Questions and Answers. Here are 10 common but illegitimate reasons to divorce.

You Don’t Need More Parenting Advice (Paul Tripp)

Many Christian mothers and fathers are exhausted, discouraged, and frustrated. It’s time we consider a new and better way: the way of grace.


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Does Proverbs Promise My Child Will Not Stray? (John Piper)

We all want our children to grow into godly believers. Proverbs 22:6 appears to promise that if we raise them the right way, their salvation is guaranteed. But is it a promise or a general principle? And if it isn't a promise, then what can we do to apply the principle?

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Nashville Statement  A Coalition for Biblical Sexuality    ARTICLE  |  DOCUMENT  

“The spirit of our age does not delight in God’s good design of male and female. Consequently, confusion reigns over some of the most basic questions of our humanity,” said Denny Burk, president of CBMW. “The aim of The Nashville Statement is to shine a light into the darkness – to declare the goodness of God’s design in our sexuality and in creating us as male and female.”


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 10 Reasons Racism is Offensive to God (Kevin DeYoung)

The vast majority of Americans know that racism is wrong. It’s one of the few things almost everyone agrees on. And yet, I wonder if we (I?) have spent much time considering why it’s wrong.

The 8 Beliefs You Should Know About Mormons When They Knock at the Door (Justin Taylor) 

The following is a brief overview of the beliefs of Mormonism (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints), along with what the Bible really teaches, printed among the many articles and resources in the back of the ESV Study Bible (posted with permission).

Refuting Criticisms Against the ‘Game of Thrones’ (Kevin DeYoung)  

We become what we behold. So let’s be careful little eyes what we see.  


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How to respond when your friend is hurting (james macdonald)

Do we offer comfort to our friends that diminishes God, or glorifies Him?

 

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White Supremacy Angers Jesus, But Does it Anger the Church? (Russell Moore) 

The church should call white supremacy what it is: terrorism, but more than terrorism. White supremacy is Satanism. Even worse, white supremacy is a devil-worship that often pretends that it is speaking for God.

The Lessons of History and the Heresy of Racial Superiority (Al Mohler)

You cannot preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and hold to any notion of racial superiority. It is impossible.  

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About the Alt-Right (Joe Carter)

“Christians ought to reject racism, and do what they can to expose it and bring the gospel to bear upon it,” Kevin DeYoung says, “not because we love pats on the back for our moral outrage or are desperate for restored moral authority, but because we love God and submit ourselves to the authority of his Word.”


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I Don’t Understand Christians Watching Game of Thrones (Kevin DeYoung) 

For conservative Christians who care about marriage and immorality and decency in so many other areas, it is baffling that Game of Thrones gets a free pass. What do you think?

Three Ways to Help Your Worship Leader (Matthew Westerholm)

Do you encourage your worship leader? The greatest joy of a worship leader is when people see more of Christ, when people’s burdens are lifted by Christ, when their hope and joy in Christ begins to rise.

Progress? The Horrifying Science of Child Sacrifice (John Knight)

As Christians, we must recognize and stand against the strong abusing vulnerable members, no matter the rationale for such actions. Learn more.


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Shame says, "I am bad," and it feels like it's welded to me. But in Christ, I am set free. How does this freedom happen? What can the Church do to help those in bondage to shame?

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Blessings of Giving (Jordan Strandridge)

Commercials tell us all the time how to use our money. Yet we sometimes shy away from talking about tithing. Here are four incredible blessings of giving.

 5 Fake News Stories People Believe About Early Christianity (Michael Kruger)

We hear a lot about fake news this days. But fake news is not a new phenomenon. There’s quite a bit of fake news out there regarding the person of Jesus, the origins of the church, and the development of the Bible. Even though such “news” has no factual basis, it’s believed by an uncomfortably large number of people.

 7 Reasons God Commands Us to Sing to Him (Mark Altrogge) 

Have you thought about why He commands us to sing? He doesn't need anything from us. Is it for our benefit?


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When Children Say "I'm Bored" (Julie Lowe - CCEF)

The fundamental struggles underlying the lament of "I'm bored." How to help kids grow when all they want is to be entertained.

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God Still Uses Clay Pots (John MacArthur)

If you want to be used mightily by God, get yourself out of the way. God doesn’t need great people, fancy people, or famous people. The people aren’t the power. The power is the message! 

Pray Them Home (Sarah Walton)

The truth is, while we must teach and train our children and put boundaries in place, we have no control over their hearts. Ultimately, God alone can fill their hearts with a love for Christ and open their eyes to see the beauty and glory of who He is. Parents, keep praying.

Why Did Jesus Need the Holy Spirit (Nick Batzig)

As we make our way through the Gospel records, we quickly discover that Jesus needed the Holy Spirit at every step and in every stage of His life and ministry. John Owen set out eleven ways in which the Holy Spirit is said to have worked in the life and ministry of Jesus in the Scripture. 


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The Five Key Factors in Every Christian's Sanctification (Tim Challies)

Sanctification - growing in Christ by God's work in us. How does He do it?

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Seven Ways to Pray for Your Heart (Jon Bloom)

These are just suggestions for prayer. God may lead you to pray in other ways. But however He teaches us, whatever means we find helpful, may God cause us all to grow in faith until we pray without ceasing.

The Agonizing Ordeal of Eugene Peterson—You Might Be Next (Al Mohler)

The Eugene Peterson ordeal and lessons we can learn from it. 

Hope When Your Children Stray (Nick Batzig)

Pray for your prodigals. Think of the fact that the gospel is for rebellious prodigals whom God loves to welcome home with inexpressible joy.


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Marriage Manifesto for Men (Ed Welch)

Manifesto - a statement that describes goals or intentions. Husbands, here are some thoughts on tuning up your manifesto for your marriage.

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4 Principles For the Exercise of Christian Liberty (Sinclair Ferguson)

In Romans 14:1–15:13 contains healthy (and very necessary) guidelines for the exercise of Christian liberty. Here are four of them.

Part One: The Number One Lie the World Tells Our Kids Today (Cameron Cole) 

We need to help young people understand that the way of Christ – to follow and trust Jesus as our King – contrasts starkly from the world’s exhortations to trust in your self. Christianity tells us to depend on God in all things.

Part Two: Attacking the Lie of Individualism with our Kids (Cameron Cole) 

How do we practically teach our children to recognize this fallacy of self-rule, and instead submit to the gracious leadership of God? Here are five strategies for going to war with the lie of individual autonomy.


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Hey Parents, Camp Is Over...Now What? (Pastor Kevin Carson)

Your child is home from the spiritual high of summer camp. How can you help them continue that growth? Here are some great ideas for encouraging your children to grow in Christ.

 

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Need Help Reading Your Bible? (C.J. Mahaney)

About a new John Piper book that will inspire and teach you to read the Bible!

Does Jeremiah 29:11 Apply to You? (Russell Moore)

Many understand the text to be about God’s favor on one’s life and on one’s plans. If I just have confidence and follow my heart, someone following this line might think, God will bless me. What does Jeremiah 29:11 have to say to us today?

Fictitious Forgiveness: Why We Can’t Forgive Ourselves (Eric Davis)

There are at least seven problems with the “I-can’t-forgive-myself” dilemma which demonstrate that self-forgiveness is a fictitious forgiveness. Learn more...

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9 Things You Should Know About Independence Day and the Declaration of Independence (Joe Carter)  

Here are nine things you should know about America's founding document and the day set aside for its commemoration.

Is the Declaration of Independence a ‘Christian’ Document? (Joe Carter)

Were the words in the Declaration of Independence intended by the drafters to have a biblical or Christian meaning or was it written in a way that would appeal not only to other theistic rationalists, but also to Christians and Deists? And what does that mean to Christians?

My 3 Big Fears in Parenting Teenagers (Trevin Wax)

Do you feel inadequate as a parent? Each stage brings fears, especially the teen years. Take these fears to the loving and wise Father who entrusted these children to you, and pray for His strength to be made perfect in our weakness.

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6 Things to Do With Your Anxiety (David Powlison)

Here are six things to use as a game plan when you start to worry and obsess.

5-Minute Animated Gospel Presentation to Share (Glen Scrivener)

A simple video that explains the gospel. John Piper tweeted, "If I could sit with an unbeliever today and watch a gospel presentation, we would watch this." Watch it now and then you will be prepared to share it and talk about it with an unbeliever.

What’s Compelling About Christianity to Non-Believers? (Jared C. Wilson)

Normally, people can't explain to you what the essential message of Christianity. Can you clarify it for them?


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God will give you more than you can handle (mitch chase)

God will, indeed, give us more than we can handle, but never more than He can handle.

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Ever OK to Lie? Schindler and the Hebrew Wives (Clint Archer)

Lying, to save an innocent life? To save your own life? Is lying ever okay?

Expect More From Young Men (Jim Hamilton)

Let's help young men to have a godly vision for their lives. Let’s adjust our vision first, and then train our young men to realize their purpose and potential.

The Lesson That Saved My Marriage (Kendra Dahl)

Wives, when you hear teaching on husbands being all God called them to be, do you become critical? What do you do when you hear teaching of what God calls the wife to be?


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Self-Examination Speaks a Thousand Lies (Jared Mellinger - desiringgod.org)

When does self-examination harm you rather than help you? How can the gospel keep us on the right track?

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Self-Examination Speaks a Thousand Lies (Jared Mellinger)

Self examination may be necessary at times. But if it takes you away from the foot of the cross, it's evil. How do we 'brighten' the room?

Opposing the Transgender Craze (John Stonestreet)

Christians are always at their best, not only when they stand for truth, but when they care for victims.Here's an opportunity for us to care for the victims of the cultures bad ideas. http://bit.ly/2sjqpz5

The Transgender Revolution and the Rubble of Empty Promises (Russell Moore)

If we see ourselves as “losing” a culture rather than being sent on mission to a culture, we will be outraged and hopeless instead of compassionate and convictional. If we do not love our mission field, we will have nothing to say to it.

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9 Things You Should Know About Ramadan (Joe Carter)

Since there are 1.6 billion muslims in the world, Christians should understand some things about their faith. #ccfwreads http://bit.ly/2rdrO8U

How to Read the News Like a Christian (Scott Slayton)

We used to read or watch the news a couple of times a day. But now, we get a steady stream of headlines from social media. At every turn, a news headline that scares or angers you begs for your attention. How do Christians process the constant barrage of news and information at our fingertips?

Exhausted Mom, Lift Your Eyes (Stacy Reaoch)

Being a mom can be hard! How do we capture a vision for motherhood that inspires and encourages women in the various seasons of raising a family?


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Psychology vs Bible (Randy Alcorn)

"Is man's fundamental problem ignorance of ourselves and our psychic injuries, or is it disobedience to and rebellion against our Creator and Judge?"

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Five Essential Reasons for Christians to Gather in Public Worship (Brian Croft)

"When listening to sermons online takes the place of gathering with God's people to hear God's Word in person, from the appointed shepherd of your soul, much of what God intended for our growth as followers of Jesus gets lost."

 

Why I Don't Want to Raise an Obedient Child (Lyette Reback)

We all want our children to be obedient. But, is that all we want them to be? Here's a mom of 15 kids with some words of wisdom on the subject.

 

Survey: On Most Moral Issues Americans Are More Permissive Than Ever (Joe Carter)

Many people in America identify themselves as Christians. Some of these people support activities that the Bible specifically prohibits. What if we said, "You can't be obedient to Christ and consider behavior He abhors and condemns to be 'morally acceptable'."

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The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church (Tim Challies)

There's more to committing to a local church than going to church on Sunday. We are a Christian community. We are committing ourselves to other people through all of life.

Two Surprising Reasons People Leave the Faith (J.D. Greear)

Our belief problems are not primarily intellectual problems. Instead, our belief problems are mainly heart problems.

Are You Teachable? Learning for Life (Phil Jenkins)

Are you still learning? The Christian life is a journey; it’s a pilgrim’s progress. Above all it is progress in a living, growing relationship with Jesus.


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How to Respond to Difficult People (Caroline Newheiser)

Difficult people. They're all around us, and sometimes they are us. How should we respond to them?

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Generation Gap Regarding Morality (LIfeWay Research)

Our current generation tends to believe right & wrong are relative. The older generation believes right & wrong don't change. The generations are not on the same page when it comes to morality. What does that mean?

 

Sleep Disorders and the Glory of God (Eric Davis)

{A good night's sleep?} Do you or someone you know struggle with sleep? With sleeplessness comes unique suffering. Perhaps we could benefit if we brush up on both the struggles and glories of sleep disorders.

 

A Prayer for the Mom Who’s Worn (Christian Fox)

Motherhood is a gift. There are joyful days and days that wear you down.  If you are  tired and worn, this prayer is for you.


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How to Talk With Someone About Sin (Edward T. Welch)

Why would we talk to someone about their sin? How should we do it?

 

 

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Yikes: Americans are Fond of the Bible, Don’t Actually Read It (Lifeway Research)

The stats may surprise you, or represent you. Although Americans have a positive view of the Bible, more than half of Americans have read little or none of the Bible.

Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend? (Albert Mohler)

In a time of cultural conflict, the enemy of our enemy may well be our friend. But, with eternity in view and the gospel at stake, the enemy of our enemy must not be confused to be a friend to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

“13 Reasons Why” is Deceptive and Destructive (Trevin Wax)

13 Reasons Why compounds a problem it is trying to fix, perhaps because it has no eternal solution to offer. For those who have entertained thoughts of suicide or who have friends who know the darkness of this despair, hope remains. But it will not be found on Netflix. Let's offer grace & hope.


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When the Hard Conversation is Necessary (Pastor Kevin Carson)

How does ENCOURAGE relate to confrontation?