Words Are the Greatest Gifts

Words Are the Greatest Gifts Article by David Mathis Executive Editor, desiringGod.org Words are the secret of Christmas. Even more important than the gifts we purchase, and the packages we wrap, are the letters we write, and the syllables we mouth. And once you discover the secret, you might even spend less time sweating what…

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My Utmost for His Highest

Nearly every morning, along with my Bible reading, I read an excerpt from Oswald Chamber’s My Utmost for His Highest and have done so for the past twenty years. My vest-pocket copy of this great devotional work is getting rather dog-eared and held together by layers of tape. Besides devotionals themselves, I have also written…

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The Meaning of the Manger

The Meaning of the Manger November 30, 2017 Article by John Piper Founder & Teacher, desiringGod.org I have walked through 65 Advent seasons as a believer in Jesus. I preached my way through half of them. So, counting Christmas sermons, that would be roughly 150 messages during Advent. I don’t ever recall thinking, “Oh my, how…

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Praise and Thanksgiving

Aside from my Bible, the book I treasure more than others is one titled The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions. On this Sunday before Thanksgiving, I find the prayer below very appropriate as we pause this week to thank God for His manifold blessings. O my God, You are the…

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6 Ways to Celebrate Reformation 500

6 Ways to Celebrate Reformation 500 Jason Helopoulos / October 25, 2017 I remember standing outside on a cold winter night in 1986. My grandfather had taken me to the local university. We parked our car and filed into a long line that weaved up a sidewalk and around an outdoor concourse until it reached a door. After…

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Is It Really God’s Fault?

Over the past forty-one years of pastoral ministry, I have dealt with many individuals who have found themselves mad a God because He was not performing up to their expectations. More times than not, further conversation revealed that the scrape that they were in was a result of their own doing, foolish choices, unresolved conflicts,…

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A Romans Response to Tragedy

A Romans Response to Tragedy Kevin DeYoung O gracious God, we can see your presence and your power at work in the world (Rom. 1:7, 20), but often the truth seems submerged under so many lies (Rom. 1:23). We like to think our world is safe and good and peaceful, but we know there is…

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6 Tips for Reading the Bible with Your Kids

6 Tips for Reading the Bible with Your Kids by: David Murray Happy Childhood Memories When we look back on our childhoods, among many other happy memories, we may recall our parents reading with us. “Jack and the Beanstalk,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “Three Little Pigs,” and multiple other children’s classics cast a warm hue upon…

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Repentance Is a Posture

Repentance Is a Posture   Kelly Needham / September 21, 2017 Lightstock Growing up as a church kid, I didn’t see repentance as a good thing. Like flu medication, it was commendable to take when you were sick, but it was better to stay well. Avoiding sin was better than needing to repent. Goody-two-shoes that I was, this…

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Don’t Forget the Seasoned Saints

Don’t Forget the Seasoned Saints How to Invite Older Christians into Your Life Article by Hayden Nesbit Guest Contributor Each day brings dozens of decisions. Each day also brings thousands of new books, blogs, articles, and podcasts. Add to this our peer-to-peer connectivity and the result is that we’re more likely to spend hours seeking digital…

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