Jesus Died for our Cold Hearts

I’ve been a Christian for half of my life. I remember the early days of being a Christian: the thrill of knowing of God; the eagerness to read the Bible; the boldness (maybe sometimes brashness) in telling others the gospel; the excitement of beholding the God of who created the unive
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Daniel 9:24-27 Sermon Outline

Here’s my outline for a sermon I preached on Daniel 9:20-27 (mostly 9:24-27), which I preached at Cross of Christ Fellowship, our church in Naperville. It was a very tough text to preach, but full of wonderful insights and pronouncements of God’s mercy and grace.( If you w
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An Invitation to an Agnostic Friend

Dear Friend, You rightly recognize the audacious claims of Christians and others who assert they possession knowledge of ultimate reality and God. (It is a bold statement to claim such knowledge about God and reality.) You also rightly recognize that competing statements about God (Je
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Only God Can Judge Me

Sometimes I hear people say, “Only God can judge me.” What are we, who are Christians, to make of such a statement?   The statement often occurs in the context of opposing self-righteous judgementalism. When we hear someone say, ‘Only God can judge me,’ we are meant to infer that
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Danger of Religious Hypocrisy

I recently preached a sermon at our sending church, Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles IL, on Luke 20:45-47 called “The Danger of Religious Hypocrisy.” You can listen to it here.
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The Unexpected Work of God

In Habakkuk 1:2-4, we hear a prophet of God who is perplexed by God’s seeming inactivity. Habakkuk prays and prays, but God “does not answer” (1:2). The prophet experiences and perceives violence and evil and wickedness all around him, but God “does not save.” All this makes Habakkuk
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Some Bible Resources & Rhythms for Parents With Young Children

As Christians we feel a joy and duty to teach our children about God. We know that this is not something they will naturally learn, but can only come through intentional instruction and prayer. God is the one who transforms our children’s hearts; He is the only one who can open their
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Better Than

“For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere.” (Ps 84:10a) Becoming a Christian involves a radical reorientation of the heart. A heart that once found God boring, now finds Him thrilling. A heart that once thought God irrelevant, now sees Him supremely important. A he
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Is the Mosaic Law For Us Today? (Guest Post)

Here’s a guest post from my friend, Dan Tsouloufis: As Christians living in the New Covenant era, it is quite common for people to wonder what role the Mosaic Law plays in the life of the believer.  One may ask such questions as: “Is the law even relevant today?”  “Is the law ou
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3 Ways God Uses Discouragement for Our Good

Sometimes life and ministry can be discouraging. We step out in faith, and plan an evangelistic Bible study for our friends, but no one shows up. We try to be more intentional in shepherding our children’s hearts but end up getting impatient with them and having to confess our own sin
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