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Youth Who Set the Example

| Dec 14, 2012

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In a sermon in 1 Timothy 4:12, John Piper gets Paul’s main point and the dramatic shift of mindset it calls for. He writes, So Paul’s main point is that Timothy should not have low expectations of the impact of his life toward those who are older. He should look to God, believe in the […]

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How Supremacy Simplifies

| Dec 3, 2012

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John 3:36, Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him. There are really two options: either life or death. And it all hinges on what we do with the Lord Jesus. John the Baptist has articulated the […]

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Draw Near to God

| Nov 20, 2012

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Hebrews 11:6 , And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. When most people think about “faith,” they think about believing in something though appearances may beg to differ. According to Hebrews 11:1 that’s […]

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Why Faith Pleases God

| Nov 19, 2012

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In 1997, after a year in the Book of Hebrews, John Piper arrived at Hebrews 11:6. His aim was to get to the bottom: why does faith please God? Here’s his explanation: There are two parts to faith in this verse which show why it pleases God. Beyond this the writer doesn’t go. He rests […]

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Because He Knows My Name

| Aug 20, 2012

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Psalm 91:14-16, Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name. When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show […]

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The Serpent You Will Trample Underfoot

| Aug 13, 2012

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Psalm 91:11–13, For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. 12On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. 13You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot. If you’ve ever wondered where […]

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When Judgment Comes

| Jul 30, 2012

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Psalms 91:7–8, A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked. God has given us an imagination to help us feel truth. Verses 7–8 of Psalm 91 continue the same […]

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Persevere Through the Hidden Attacks of the Devil

| Jul 13, 2012

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Augustine begins his commentary on this passage by noting it’s unique use in the New Testament — it’s unique use not in its meaning but in who speaks it. You’ll recognize Psalm 91:11 (coming up in week 33) as the verse that Satan quoted to Jesus in the wilderness temptation (Matthew 4:1–11). Augustine sees this […]

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The LORD: Our Refuge and Fortress

| Jul 9, 2012

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Psalm 91:1-2, He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” The Psalmist gives us a summary statement of the entire Psalm in these two verses.  We have a “what?” […]

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Jesus, Our Strong Tower

| Jul 2, 2012

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Proverbs 18:10, The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe. For some of you that attended an evangelical church back in the 90s, the decade that exploded with contemporary Christian music, this verse may not have been hard to memorize. Why? There was a popular […]

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In Humility, Trust God and Love Others

| Jun 17, 2012

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I Peter 5:6-8, Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. In short: Peter calls […]

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A Little Faith Strengthened by Christ

| Jun 15, 2012

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Richard Sibbes [I]f the wicked spirit is never idle in those whom God has delivered up to him, we cannot think that the Holy Spirit will be idle in those leading and government is committed to him. No, as he dwells in them, so he will drive out all that rise up against him, until […]

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Driving Our Waiting and Fueling Our Hope

| May 18, 2012

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If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). We are new creations, children of God, and our lives should reflect this reality. And remember, please, that this life in the Spirit is not spinning our wheels. We are moving somewhere. In Romans 8 Paul reminds us […]

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The Father’s Good Pleasure

| Apr 30, 2012

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Luke 12:32–34, Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where […]

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Hearing Isn’t Just Hearing

| Apr 9, 2012

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Deuteronomy 6:4–5, Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. The Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-9) is considered one of the most important passages in the Hebrew bible. It has been referred to […]

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