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How To Find Joy “IN” Suffering

Posted on 8/20/2014 by Brad Hambrick

When Scripture indicates that Christians should be able to rejoice in their suffering (Rom. 5:3-5) because of the hope we have in the gospel, it can be difficult to accept. Some try to make the teaching more palatable by offering a variant definition of “joy;” others try to promise that the outcomes of how God redeems suffering will be so significant the pleasure will be greater than the pain.

There are times when either approach can be accurate and helpful. Yes, there are times when our expectations of happiness are so temporal that we need to be challenged. And, there are also times when God does amazing things in our hardships which we would never change.

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Is Heaven All There Is? (Part 2)

Posted on 8/18/2014 by Tullian Tchividjian

(Here is part 2 of my post the other day, taken from the last chapter of my book Do I Know God?)

 The apostle Peter said, “According to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (2 Peter 3:13). And the apostle John described this new heaven and earth: “I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” (Revelation 21:1–3)

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How Does God Feel About You?

Posted on 8/13/2014 by Susan Thomas

I’ve heard it said that the most important thought you will ever think is what you think about when you think about God. Not only is that a potential tongue twister (try to say it three times in a row fast!), it is a VERY true statement.

Our view of God will change how we live our lives.

If we believe He is an angry God with His heart set on our destruction, we will run as far away as we can to hide from His wrath. Or, we might determine to win God’s approval and favor by trying harder to make right choices and achieve His mercy. If we believe God is indifferent and feels apathy towards us, we might deem Him irrelevant to our lives and decide we must find our own way.

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Why We Must Never Forget Even When We Do Forgive

Posted on 8/11/2014 by Leslie Vernick

Working for over 30 years with couples attempting to recover from serious marital sin, I have often heard one of them say, “Why can’t you just forgive and forget?” or “You’re holding onto the past?  Can’t we start with a clean slate?” or, “God says that we’re to forget the former things. Each day is a fresh start.” 

Biblical counselors are also guilty of using these same phrases with their counselee’s usually when the one who has been sinned against feels stuck and is unable or unwilling to be silenced and continues to bring up past offenses or hurts in the counseling session.

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A BIRDSEYE VIEW OF THE GOSPEL IN ONE BIG SENTENCE

Posted on 8/8/2014 by Kevin DeYoung

One of the clearest and most comprehensive statements of John Witherspoon’s theology can be found in his Essay on Justification (1756) where he sets out to defend justification by the imputed righteousness of Christ and ends up giving this big, broad, glorious summary of the gospel:

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The Role of Authority in Spiritual Dynamics

Posted on 8/6/2014 by Michael Snetzer

This is my third and final post on authority. Personally, I find writing on topics like this both challenging and helpful in understanding the many times I feel defeated and overwhelmed amidst the seemingly constant barrage of spiritual attack. We will look specifically at how our posture to authority is linked to spiritual dynamics. I propose that failure to submit to authority is one of the primary ways we open ourselves up to defeat when spiritually attacked.

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Relationships: A Grace Mentality

Posted on 8/4/2014 by Paul Tripp

Last blog we discussed what it meant to live in our relationships with An Investment Mentality.  Here's the third and final mentality:

3) YOU MUST LIVE IN YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH A GRACE MENTALITY:

When I got married, I didn’t understand grace. I had a principle-istic view of Scripture that caused me to bring a law economy into all of my relationships.

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Victory Over The Shame Of Sexual Abuse

Posted on 7/25/2014 by Biblical Soul Care Harvest Bible Chapel

On several occasions I spoken on the topic of sexual abuse and the shame associated with it. Shame is such a pervasive part of any kind of abuse or any sin. What has profoundly impacted me as I’ve thought about all this is how my brothers and sisters are overwhelmed by the sin of sexual abuse and the shame that accompanies it.

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Is Heaven All There Is? Part 1

Posted on 7/23/2014 by Tullian Tchividjian

For a long time now, I have been absolutely convinced that the way most Christians think about their final destination is influenced more by ancient Greek philosophy than it is the Bible: we think of ultimate salvation as being salvation from the body, not salvation of the body; salvation from the world, not salvation of the world.

One of the reasons this is so important to consider is because our eschatology dramatically effects our missiology. In other words, if we don’t

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