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Christian growth is not changing who you are; it’s becoming who you are. Christianity does not merely give you something new; it makes you something new. 

If you are a Christian, you are a new person: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” (2 Cor 5:17)

You have put on a new self: “You have put off the old...

. Early on in my Christian life, I heard an illustration about how to grow. “Inside you,” the story goes, “live a white dog and a black dog. The white dog is truth, grace, love, beauty—everything good and positive. The black dog is hatred, selfishness, pride—everything evil and destructive. Every day, these dogs fight for dominance inside you. Whichever one you feed wins. So don’t feed the...

 

This includes depressed people, who don’t think they can have a better life; consumers, who hope they can find a better life in the riches of our time; those who chase relationship, trying to find or be the person who will give them a better life; philosophers, namely all of us who try to find a way to think and live that will...

There’s a grand old man of the investing community with the nickname “saint”.  So far he’s saved investors $175 billion dollars.  Sounds as if the man would be very interesting, doesn’t it?  However--this man has only one theme, and that’s all he wants to talk about.  Now he sounds boring, doesn’t he?  Doesn’t he fit the definition, “can’t change his mind and won’t...

“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will heal their land.” So promises God in 2 Chronicles 7:14. To anyone who’s been around American Christianity for a few years, it’s a well known verse. It’s also a wildly misunderstood and misapplied one.

2 Chronicles 7:14 tends to...

A discovery was made five years ago that shocked and thrilled both professional and amateur historians—the original draft of a 12-page letter written in the summer of 1775. The letter was a final, urgent plea for reconciliation between the American Colonies and the nation of Britain, sent from the Second Continental Congress and addressed directly to the British populace at large. Although the...

Last week I read an article challenging: “If you read only one book besides the Bible this summer, make it A. W. Tozer’s Knowledge of the Holy.” I’d agree. To entice you further, here are a few of my favorite quotes:

“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.”

“God dwells in eternity, but time dwells in God.”

“How...

I’m thinking about marriage today. Ben and Elsa will be getting married here among us this coming Saturday, June 30. And Aundrea and I were married 22 years ago today, the day I’m writing this (Friday, June 22).

The Bible presents a compelling and instructive vision of marriage that you’ll find nowhere else among the religious or therapeutic literature of the world. In the ancient world...

For about a decade or so, the Christian world has been engaged in a discussion which is forcing churches to make a choice. Will we accept the authority of the word of God, or will we proceed under some other authority like personal experience, popular opinion, or subjective feelings?

The subject under discussion is same sex attraction, and the choice is ours. For my part, I am going to...

Why do we celebrate the Lord’s Supper every Sunday? It’s a question that comes up in almost every membership class, and I’m always happy to answer it!

Historically, our church has roots in the Plymouth Brethren tradition, and one of the distinctives of the Brethren is a weekly observance of Communion. Our continuation of that practice is, in the first place, a humble acknowledgement of...

Gospel doctrine creates gospel culture.*

 

This is gospel doctrine: Christ died for our sins (1 Cor 15:3). There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom 8:1). We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (Rom 5:1). Christ redeemed us from the curse of God’s law by becoming a curse for us (Gal 3:13).

When that gospel really takes over our lives—...

Imagine asking two very accomplished people for the secret of their success. One says, “I’m very gifted.” The other says, “I’ve worked very hard.” To you, which sounds humble and which sounds smug?

A few years ago, I read an article which observed how far our instincts are out of line with the gospel on this issue of hard work vs. gift. Author Andrew Wilson writes: “Our meritocracy—in...

Ever wonder why you do what you do? Human motivation can be a bit murky, even for the experts. Nature or nurture? Hormones or circumstances? Horoscope or stethoscope? Self-esteem problems or unmet needs? Some of us know from experience—talk to 10 different psychologists about your problems and you’re likely to hear 10 different answers.

God hasn’t remained silent on this issue. His word...

Remember when church buildings had a cemetery right outside? It’s not so common these days, but many churches from a generation or two ago still have an old graveyard out back. When I was in college, I remember visiting an old church in New England one Sunday morning and meeting a wonderful elderly lady after the service. I almost jumped out of my skin a few minutes later when I spotted her...

Names tell stories. William the Conqueror. Alexander the Great. Philip the Arab. You read these and naturally conclude that William conquered and Alexander was great and Philip probably wasn’t from around here. And you’d be right.

Unfortunately, not all names tell the truth. The French and Indian War, for example, was not between the French and the Indians; nor did the Hundred Years War...

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