The Difference between Religion and the Gospel

Last week, we posted a video about religion and Jesus and wanted to follow up with some more content. Tim Keller’sGospel in Life Study Guide is incredibly helpful and expounds upon the difference of religion and the gospel. We like it so much, we made a 11 x 17 poster of it for you to download and print. The following…

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Self-effort vs. Grace

Periodically I come across a book that grips my soul and takes my breath away. I am presently reading such a book and though not a lengthy book it is a meaty book that requires one to back up and read again. The book is titled Jesus+Nothing=Everything. The author is Tullian Tchividjian, pastor of Coral…

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The New Testament says that when churches gather they should read the Bible, preach the Bible, pray the Bible, sing the Bible, and see the Bible. Read the Bible: Paul told Timothy to “devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture” (1 Tim. 4:13). Churches should read Scripture, out loud, in their gatherings. Preach the Bible: Paul told…

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How Does Worship Transform Us?

Because we worship our way into sin, ultimately we need to worship our way out. When Christians commit sin, they do not cease worshiping. Rather, their worship is directed away from the Creator and toward created things. Repentance is the act of turning from sin and returning to God by trusting in Jesus Christ who is the…

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11 Ways to Find Your Idols

Find your idols Idols are sneaky. They tip toe past our brains, set up shop in a corner of our heart, and begin to grow. Most of the time we don’t even notice because we’ve fallen in love with the idol—it’s become part of what drives us and makes us (momentarily) happy.   Recently Jared Wilson blogged about…

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2011 year in review: recommended books and sermon!

Books!: Some of my favorite books I read in 2011:  Read them, grow by them and enjoy! 1. Vintage Church: http://www.amazon.com/Vintage-Church-Timeless-Truths-Methods/dp/1433501309/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326404578&sr=8-1 2. Kings Cross: http://www.amazon.com/Kings-Cross-Story-World-Jesus/dp/0525952101/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326404621&sr=1-1 3. Radical Reformission: http://www.amazon.com/Radical-Reformission-Reaching-without-Selling/dp/0310256593/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326404660&sr=1-1 4. Scandalous: http://www.amazon.com/Scandalous-Cross-Resurrection-Jesus-Books/dp/1433511258/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326404683&sr=1-1 5. Church Leadership: http://www.amazon.com/Church-Leadership-Book-Youll-Actually/dp/1433501376/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1326404748&sr=1-1 Sermon of the year: http://marshill.com/media/religionsaves/predestination

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

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Preaching to yourself!

Prach to self! What does it look like to apply and preach the Bible over your life? How do you stay Jesus-centered and not self-focused? How does the gospel connect to everyday life?   In this video, Christianity.com interviews Pastor Joe Thorn to get some answers. Joe speaks into these questions in the video and explores exactly what all…

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How to Honor your Wife!

This post was adapted from the Marriage & Men sermon and edited by the Mars Hill Blog Now, my tone is for the men. We speak to men differently than women. Were this a women’s conference, I would not call you all idiots and imbeciles and fools, that you’re a joke, okay? But you men, this is where it…

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God Is the Great Church Builder

“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” – Matthew 16:18 When reading this passage, most people focus on figuring out who or what the “rock” is upon which Jesus builds his church. The options are: Peter, Peter’s…

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