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Preach to Your Soul

| Jan 29, 2017

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Psalm 103:1-4, Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. […]

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Transforming Love

| Dec 9, 2013

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See what kind of love the Father has given to us that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but […]

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Everything for God’s Glory

| Oct 21, 2013

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So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.—1 Corinthians 10:31 God created the world to display His power and His patience, His glory and His grace (Romans 9:22–23). Therefore, He commands His creatures to do everything they do for His glory. Yet it is easy to talk […]

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More Rewards for the Blessed

| Sep 10, 2013

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Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.—Matthew 5:7–10 Last week, we saw that the blessed are those whom God humbles. This […]

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John Piper on Philippians 1:20–21

| Aug 1, 2013

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It is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.—Philippians 1:20–21 The following excerpt is from a sermon Pastor John preached called God […]

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When Christ Is Life and Death Is Gain

| Jul 29, 2013

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For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.—Philippians 1:21 Some statements peel back the layers of life’s distractions and concentrate on what is ultimate. They ring with the clarity of truth in a way that few other statements do. Philippians 1:21 is such a statement. “To live is Christ.” Paul says things […]

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John Piper on Psalm 42:11

| Jul 19, 2013

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The following is a sermon excerpt from What Is Hope? by Pastor John Piper. It is a great life application of texts such as Psalm 42:11. In my life—and I think it is the intended biblical pattern—hope is like a reservoir of emotional strength. If I am put down, I look to the emotional reservoir […]

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Trust Trumps Turmoil

| Jul 17, 2013

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Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.—Psalm 42:11 There are two kinds of hope: uncertain hope and certain hope. Christian hope is certain. Hoping for a pay raise, or hoping for the […]

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John Calvin on Philippians 4:8

| Jul 12, 2013

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The following excerpt shows how John Calvin describes the various attributes Christians are to think about in Philippians 4:8. These can be found in his commentary on Philippians: In the first place, Paul commends truth, which is nothing else than the integrity of a good conscience, with the fruits of it. Secondly, gravity, or sanctity […]

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The Things to Think About: A Meditation on Philippians 4:8

| Jul 10, 2013

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Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.—Philippians 4:8 I believe Paul’s aim in this famous exhortation is to get believers to think about God in a […]

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You Don’t Have to Worry

| Jul 1, 2013

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Philippians 4:6–7, Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. These words are found in the concluding instruction Paul gives to the […]

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Because God Owns Tomorrow

| Jun 10, 2013

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James 4:15–17, Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. This is one of the […]

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What It Means to Be Created

| Jun 3, 2013

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James 4:13–14, Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit” — 14yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time […]

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The Radical Love of Burning Coals

| May 20, 2013

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Romans 12:20–21, To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by doing so you will heap burning coals on his head.” 21Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. So ends the section of character markers in Romans 12 that distinguish […]

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What Others Think: To Care or Not to Care?

| May 13, 2013

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Romans 12:17–19, Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. 18If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. 19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says […]

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