The Christian Life

Are You Conveying the Loveliness of Christ to Your Kids? – Christian Article

Consider the Romance Have we considered the loveliness of the heart of Christ? Perhaps beauty is not a category that comes naturally to mind when we think about Christ. Maybe we think of God and Christ in terms of truth, not beauty. But the whole reason we care about sound doctrine is for the sake of preserving God’s beauty, just as the whole reason we care about effective focal lenses on a camera is to capture with precision the beauty…

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How Pride Undermines the Joy of Confession – Christian Article

Saying Sorry Leads to Joy We can all relate to the truth that it’s hard to apologize. It’s hard to confess. I know it’s hard for me to go to my spouse or to my friends or to my church or to my children and say, You know what? I messed up and I’m sorry. But we also all know how good it feels after that happens. Confession leads to joy. Confession is like the gateway to freedom. As we…

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5 Marks of Contentment | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

Learning Contentment In his book The Art of Divine Contentment, Thomas Watson described five characteristics of a contented heart.1 With our course marked out for learning contentment, let’s think about how we might evaluate where we are in our own personal progress. A Contented Spirit Is a Silent Spirit The one who is content is not complaining against God; he does not grumble and murmur. Watson observes: When Samuel tells Eli that heavy message from God, that he would “judge…

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Introducing the Church Questions Series – Christian Article

Common Questions Answered What’s so important about the local church? The 9Marks Church Questions booklets answer common questions about the local church and what it means for the daily life of a Christian. 9Marks Church Questions is a new series that provides ordinary Christians with answers to common questions about the local church. Each booklet is predicated on a question asked in a local church setting and offers sound teaching from Scripture and practical applications that help connect commitment to…

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5 Guiding Principles for Church Elders – Christian Article

Look at Him God has called elders to be men worth imitating. A healthy local church typically has many people, men and women, whose example we could follow. But when a church appoints a man to be an overseer, it is formally saying, “Here is an official, church-recognized example of a mature follower of Jesus.” He is not the only example, not a perfect example, and not necessarily the best example in that congregation for every single Christian virtue. But…

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What Love Requires of Us – Christian Article

More than a Feeling Most of us grow up thinking that love is romance and ecstasy. We hear the words “You complete me,” and we melt into a puddle of emotional goo. We understand that love is more than just feelings, but when those feelings of love are gone, we usually assume that love has gone as well, or perhaps was never there, because we are convinced in our heart of hearts that love is a feeling, and a very…

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10 Things You Should Know about Baptism – Christian Article

This article is part of the 10 Things You Should Know series. 1. Baptism is a sacrament. A sacrament is a covenant sign that is appropriate to the promises made by God in his covenant. The tree of life pointed to God as the author of human life and his promise of eternal life, the rainbow in the Noahic covenant signified God’s promise that he would never again flood the world, while the Passover signified God’s passing over those protected…

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10 Key Bible Verses on God’s Sovereignty – Christian Article

This article is part of the Key Bible Verses series. God Over All When life feels out of control, it can be comforting to remember that we’re never out of the sight of our Creator—and he never loses control. Be encouraged by the following Scriptures about God’s sovereignty with commentary from the ESV Study Bible and rest knowing he rules over all. Ephesians 1:11 In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him…

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9 Ways to Guard Your Personal Relationship with God – Christian Article

Time and Energy Required Like all healthy and satisfying relationships, our relationship with God needs time and energy. But giving time and energy to our relationship with God actually increases free time and energy because it helps us get a better perspective on life and order our priorities better, it reduces the time we spend on image management, and it removes fear and anxiety. Here are some things that have helped me to keep my personal relationship with God personal…

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Why We Sometimes Prefer to Keep God at a Distance – Christian Article

Dueling Desires We are indeed complicated people. We know that to be close, even in human relationships, is the desire of our hearts. But we also know that once we move close, we tend to move over another person rather than next to another person. We ultimately find that complexity residing even in our relationship with the Lord. We were created to be close to our Creator, yet at the same time, we seem to prefer the deistic kind of…

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Help! I’m Struggling to Strike a Work/Life Balance – Christian Article

This article is part of the Help! series. The Holy Grail The holy grail of modern life is to achieve work/life balance. But despite millions of ‘new decade resolutions’ to that effect, the vast majority will fail miserably in 2020, making this year as miserable as last year for themselves and for those around them. Maybe you’re one of the millions who already sense that 2020 is going to be just as stressful and joyless as 2019. The new year…

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The Reason You Are Married – Christian Article

Marriage for God’s Glory The ultimate thing to see in the Bible about marriage is that it exists for God’s glory. Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. Most ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It is designed by God to display his glory in a way that no other event or institution does. The way to see this most clearly is to connect Genesis 2:24 with its use in Ephesians 5:31–32. In Genesis 2:24, God says, “Therefore…

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God Meets Us in Our Ambition – Christian Article

God Came Down As we seek to follow God during the rise of the urban generation, we need God to come down. No matter what empire we build, what careers we embark on, what seas we sail, what people we love, nothing will raise us into the heavens and out of this world. Only the gospel, meeting the city’s greatest need, does that. The Son of God left the eternal city to call us, just as God called Abraham. To…

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One of the Church’s Greatest Needs – Christian Article

What Went Wrong? Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1–11) knew they were deceiving the church when they sold some property and agreed to act as if they were giving all of the proceeds when they were giving only part. But the story does not give the impression that they thought what they were doing lacked integrity. After all, they were doing something good and generous. If it happened today, Ananias would wait until the organ was playing “I Surrender All” and…

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What Your To-Do List Can’t Accomplish – Christian Article

The Good News for Every Day Jonathan Edwards used to pray and ask that God would “stamp eternity on my eyeballs.” This prayer has become my own heart’s request, too. When your eyes are fixed on the horizon of eternity, it affects your vision for motherhood. We need to have eyes to see a view of God that is so big and so glorious that it transforms our perspective of motherhood. In the context of eternity, where Christ is doing…

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How to Pray During Marital Conflict – Christian Article

This article is part of the How to Pray series. Be Armed and Ready Young couples are often inadequately prepared for the conflicts that they are sure to encounter in their marriages. Learning how to resolve conflict is one of the most vital skills to develop in marriage. The potential causes for conflict are virtually limitless; among the most common are issues related to sex, finances, and in-laws, not to mention parenting (for couples with children). Paul’s words to believers,…

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5 Myths about John Calvin – Christian Article

This article is part of the 5 Myths series. Dispelling Urban Legends Like many larger-than-life figures in the history of the church, the memory of the French Reformer John Calvin has been subjected to various distortions that amount to urban legends. Myth #1: Calvin had Michael Servetus executed. During what has been called the Servetus Affair in Geneva in 1553, Calvin was embroiled in the trial and execution by burning of Anabaptist Michael Servetus (c.1511–1553), who was adamant in his…

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How to Develop a Heart of Thanksgiving – Christian Article

Gratitude as It Relates to Hospitality “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful” (Col. 3:15). Focusing on what I don’t have or what I can’t do is a common detriment to practicing biblical hospitality. If I choose to focus on the negative I will never extend an invitation to others—and home life will probably be pretty bleak for me too! Pat Ennis, Lisa Tatlock This practical…

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How Angels and Demons Intersect with the Christian Life – Christian Article

Are Angels and Demons Around? It’s a good question to ask what role demons play in the life of a Christian—and angels as well. In general terms, we find in Scripture that angels are ministering spirits. But the Scripture doesn’t give us a lot of detail as to what they’re actually doing right now in our Christian life because the fact of the matter is the Bible wasn’t written to angels. It was written to us. Graham A. Cole This…

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5 Myths about the Reformation – Christian Article

This article is part of the 5 Myths series. Should We Be Celebrating? This time of year many Protestants celebrate the Reformation. For some, however, it feels odd to “celebrate” an event that divided the church. Didn’t Jesus pray for the church’s unity? Others have no difficulty celebrating the Reformation, seeing it as the starting point of all that they value in church history. What is the best way Protestants today should look back on the Reformation? Should we think…

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You Are in Constant Communication with the Lord – Christian Article

Grace in the Midst If you are a true believer in Jesus, you are in constant communication with your Lord in some way. We tend to think that our prayer life, or our communication with God, takes place during an hour of organized personal devotion time in the morning, or before a family meal, or during the prayer segment in a church service, or with our small group and Bible study. The reality is that we are talking with God…

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Are Your Pleasures Worth More than Your Soul? – Christian Article

Come to Him Let me beseech you to come to Jesus Christ. I invite you all to come to him and receive him as your Lord and Saviour. He is ready to receive you. If you are afraid to go because you are in a lost condition, he came to save such. And to such as were weary and heavy laden, such as feel the weight and burden of their sins, he has promised he will give rest. Such as…

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The Pros and Cons of a Global Economy – Christian Article

Globalization and the Global Economy The global economy can be a little frustrating because globalization and the global economy are terms that mean different things to different people. I have found that some people talk about the global economy and what they mean is the opening of markets and trade among nations—so that today you can buy products in a store that have been made everywhere around the world, and people everywhere around the world are buying products that we…

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5 Dangers of Money | Crossway Articles – Christian Article

1. Money can cause you to forget God. Physical neediness can cause you to cry out to God for help, and as you cry out for help, you come to realize that you need it not only physically but also spiritually. A pastor of a church in an extremely affluent community told me that since his people are able to buy their way into or out of just about anything, it is hard for them to think of themselves as…

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Norman Geisler (1932–2019) on the Truth about Truth – Christian Article

What Is Truth? What is truth? Very simply, truth is “telling it like it is.” When the Roman governor Pilate asked Jesus “What is truth?” nearly 2,000 years ago, he didn’t wait for Jesus to respond. Instead, Pilate immediately acted as if he knew at least some truth. Concerning Jesus, he declared, “I find no fault in this man” (see John 18:38). By exonerating Jesus, Pilate was “telling it like it is.” Truth can also be defined as “that which…

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