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The Rules for Alliteration – Tim Challies – Christian Article

Strictly speaking, to alliterate is to provide a list of words that begin with the same letter or sound, as in “Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers.” In a broader sense, to alliterate is to form an outline using similarly-sounding words or phrases. It is a device that, in theory, helps readers to follow along with a book or that helps listeners to follow along with a sermon. So, for example, Steven Lawson’s little work on Jonathan Edwards…

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5 Words You’re Probably Not Getting in the Christmas Story – Christian Article

Every Christmas Eve growing up, my father read the Christmas story from Luke 2 in the King James Version. And every Christmas Eve, I thought I understood it. I largely did. But I now see little things I was missing—through no fault of my own, nor of the KJV translators, but simply because of the inevitable process of language change. The KJV is 400 years old, after all. I now see these little things because I focused hard on them…

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Top Gift Ideas For 2019: A Reformed Gift Guide – Christian Article

This sponsored post was prepared by Missional Wear Somehow, it’s November. Mid-November. Which means you might just be gearing up to begin your holiday shopping. My friends at Missional Wear have been hard at work creating unique gifts for everyone on your list. Here is a currated guide of great ideas to achieve gifting success this holiday season! Top Gifts For The Season Sweaters so ugly they are beautiful Decorative bookend-sized statue busts of renown theologians Mens Apparel Get him…

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What An Expert on Sexual Abuse Says About Sleepovers – Christian Article

It was quite a long time ago that I wrote an article about sleepovers, explaining why my family chose to just say “no” to allowing our children to stay over with friends. Though this sometimes upset or angered our children, and just as often upset or angered their friends’ parents, we stuck to it as a matter of personal conviction, though certainly not a matter of judgment toward those who have decided otherwise. That article has elicited more response and…

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Interview with Jana Magruder and “Nothing Less” – Children’s Ministry Christian Article

        Hey Friends— I recently enjoyed hearing Jana Magruder, Director of LifeWay Kids Ministry, speak about her newest book, “Nothing Less.” LifeWay Research has gone to great lengths to survey and research spiritual health in young adults. We see so many of our kids pass through our ministry, and also through student ministry, then off to college, but then they are not returning to church. I think you will find this internet conference very interesting. I know…

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What Luther’s Last Words Teach Us about Prayer – Christian Article

After the Reformer Martin Luther died, his friends who came to his room to remove his corpse found a note he had scrawled sometime in his final days: “We are beggars, that is true.” With those scribbled phrases, Luther summed up his own hard-won theological perspective on what it means to be a human being: we are all utterly dependent on divine grace alone. Our supposed merits are insufficient to win us any favor with God.  But Luther’s final sentence…

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How To Avoid Distraction In Church On Sunday – Christian Article

We arrive with the intent to worship Jesus with focus. But the burdens of our week, the tensions of our morning, the children by our side, the anxiety of our upcoming schedule all conspire to distract us. here are four ways you can avoid Distraction in Church   1. Choose your seat wisely. For me, I have found that sitting in the center towards the front helps me to focus my attention.  I have fewer things to look at because…

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Pastoring Is So Much More Than Preaching – Christian Article

A few days ago I asked “Do We Care for the Sheep or Do We Use the Sheep?,” and expressed concern that pastors may be prone to neglect caring for the people in their churches in favor of using the people in their churches to fulfill personal ambition. The pastor’s calling is to care for God’s own church, to labor on behalf of God to care for what God loves most. But how? How does the pastor heed this call?…

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How I Prepare a Sermon – Christian Article

I have enjoyed reading articles by various Aussies as they tell how they prepare their weekly sermons. I always find it beneficial to hear how others set about the task and thought I’d add my voice to the mix. The point in this article and the others is not to suggest that one method is superior to any other or to suggest any of them is worthy of total imitation. Rather, it’s to provide a smorgasbord of options other preachers…

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How To Achieve Your Financial Goals This Month ecclezzia.com – Christian Article

At the beginning of every year, many of us create New Year’s resolutions. We think about what we did or didn’t accomplish last year. And create new hopes and dreams for the coming year. Unfortunately, not everyone knows the difference between a resolution and a goal. And few people understand how to set goals and achieve them successfully. According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 9.2% of all people ever feel that they are successful in achieving their New Year’s…

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Does Your Church Truly Care for True Widows? – Christian Article

An especially important ministry of the earliest church was the ministry of caring for widows. In fact, early in the book of Acts we see that the church’s first conflict was related to widows, when some were unjustly favored over others. The Apostles responded by appointing a body of men of good repute to oversee and ensure the equitable distribution of charity. And though that was undoubtedly the right course of action, it did not solve every problem or answer…

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Fellowship Is Supernatural -Pastor Sam Adeyemi – Christian Article

One of the most significant ways in which a Christian experiences inspiration is through fellowship. When we gather together in fellowship, there is a unique manifestation of the presence of God (Ps. 133). The place where we gather together in fellowship is a place of blessing. Fellowship brings inspiration which illuminates our inner faculties. The psalmist talks about the impact of going to the sanctuary or the house of God in Psalm 73: 1-17 (MSG). It is so easy to…

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You Can Talk To Anything – Christian Article

For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith (Mark 11:23). The words of Jesus above reveal that not only are our words potent and would come to pass, but you also can talk to anything; yes, ANYTHING! This is because…

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What’s with the Brackets around John 7:52–8:12? – Christian Article

In this excerpt from John for Everyone, esteemed New Testament scholar and professor N. T. Wright—whose books and courses are on sale for just two more days—explains why John 7:52–8:12 is often included in the Gospel, though there are good reasons for its omission. Whether the story “should” be there or not, it can help us better understand John’s Gospel and Jesus’ mission on earth. *** There is a puzzle about this story. It doesn’t really seem to fit here.…

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The Five Things You Want Your Church To Be – Christian Article

Let’s say there are five things you really want in a local church. Through reading good books and listening to helpful podcasts, you’ve drawn up a list of key qualities. You want deeply biblical expositional preaching, passionate zeal for evangelism, close-knit and sacrificially-minded small groups, worship that is both physically expressive and grounded in truth, and a congregation that displays all the diversity of the neighborhood around. Those are good and noble desires. But this is the real world. So…

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Let the Bible Be What It Is – Christian Article

As a biblical scholar, I’m often asked for advice on how to interpret the Bible. I could refer people to tools (like Logos Bible Software) and techniques for analyzing the original languages, even for people dependent on English. But neither of those are my go-to answer. My own journey has convinced me there’s one fundamental insight that, if faithfully observed, will help more than anything. It’s the best piece of advice I can give you:Let the Bible be what it…

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Getting Older Involves a Lot of Dying – Christian Article

I am finding that getting older involves a lot of dying. And while I’m not that old yet, I expect that as more time passes, it will also come with a lot more death. Obviously physical mortality will be my final end, just as it has been for everyone else, but I’m seeing there is lots more I’ll need to die to before that. Dying to dreams. I have always been something of a dreamer. I like to look forward…

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Sunday A La Carte – Tim Challies – Christian Article

As I collected links this week, I found the list growing and growing until I realized I had a lot more than I could put to use. So I decided to collect some of them into a special Sunday edition of A La Carte. Enjoy! From time to time I like to link to some of the books I’ve been enjoying but don’t plan to review. In that vein, William Hague’s William Wilberforce is a brilliant biography of a great…

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New Series from Lexham Press: the Best of Christianity Today – Christian Article

Since 1956, Christianity Today has been the leading voice for evangelicalism in America—a bellwether of theology, politics, and culture for evangelicals. Some of the most influential and respected modern evangelical leaders have written for the magazine, including John Stott, Carl F.H. Henry, F.F. Bruce, Cornelius Van Til, J.I. Packer, and others.   Now, the best of Christianity Today is being collected into books, and the first three are available for pre-order today. These books mark the beginning of a three-year…

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How To Make Yourself Happy – Pastor Chris – Christian Article

For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17). The recreated human spirit produces endless joy. Thus, it’s easy for every and any Christian to be happy, by simply choosing to be. Someone who’s not happy about himself can’t make anyone else happy. It’s one of the ways you know people who are frustrated; they tend to pass it on. Don’t live that way. You have a responsibility,…

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What I Pack In My Spiritual First Aid Kit – Christian Article

Last year, before I set out on my journey round the world, I did a bit of research on the first aid supplies I ought to bring with me. After all, at some points I would be pretty far off the beaten path and pretty far from emergency care. I found all kinds of recommendations and put together a little kit to carry with me. It wasn’t much, but it was only ever meant to tide me over in the…

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What Is Logos in the Bible? A Short and Extended Answer – Christian Article

More than the name of this blog and our Bible study software, logos (which we pronounce LOW-goess . . .  and LAH-gahss) is an important Greek word in biblical and theological studies. “Logos is arguably the most debated and most discussed word in the Greek New Testament,” writes Douglas Estes in his entry on this word in the Lexham Bible Dictionary (a free resource from Lexham Press). What does logos mean, and why is it significant for Christian theology and biblical…

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What Is Biblical Hearing? Kevin Vanhoozer on Hearing and Doing – Christian Article

Photo by Ilya Ilford on Unsplash By Kevin Vanhoozer In perhaps the most famous Arabian Nights story, Aladdin discovers a magic lamp that, when rubbed, produces a genie who invariably responds, “Your wish is my command.” It is the classic response of a servant to his master: “To hear is to obey.” But in real life there is often a gap, sometimes a yawning chasm, between hearing and obeying. Not everyone is as fortunate as Aladdin: sometimes servants hear, and do half-heartedly; at…

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The Benefits and Drawbacks of Following a Parenting Method – Christian Article

Some parents embark on the great task of raising a child already convinced of a particular parenting method. They’ve done the research, read the books, scoured the forums, and have made up their minds. Other parents embark on the great task of raising a child without having put any substantial thought into methodology. They haven’t completed the hours of research, haven’t read the books, haven’t scoured the forums, and basically intend to learn as they go. What’s remarkable to me…

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How We Worshipped One Sunday in May – Christian Article

Every few weeks I like to share an example of one of our worship services from Grace Fellowship Church. I do so hoping they serve as a model of how one church attempts to worship the Lord in a distinctly biblical way. In this case I’m sharing a service in which we baptized four new believers. This service’s cast of characters included Paul as our service leader and preacher and Josh as our lead worshipper. Steve, our associate pastor, closed…

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