How to Form a Lifelong Habit

While most Christians want to read their Bibles regularly, we often fall short of integrating Scripture reading into the daily rhythm of our lives. We rely mostly on Christian “professionals”—pastors and popular Christian teachers—to teach us what we need to know about the Bible. Sitting down to read on our…...

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Give Me That Kind of Courage

In 2 Samuel 10 the Ammonites and Syrians are closing in on Israel. Joab divides up the men of Israel between himself and his brother, Abishai. He tells his strategy in v. 11, paraphrased, “You take those guys, I’ll take these guys, and let’s help one another if we need…...

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Conflict Is an Opportunity for Grace

You know the feeling. The sour taste in your mouth. The heavy feeling in your heart. That unpleasant aura of conflict that everything in you wants to avoid. It’s so much easier to talk about nice things, and comment on the weather and the playoffs, than to embrace the awkward…...

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Telling the Gospel Through Story

Steve was a house painter from England vacationing at a beach in the Philippines with his family. I happened to be staying at the same resort. One day during a conversation that began to turn toward spiritual things, Steve said, “I’ve talked to numerous religious leaders but they’ve never been…...

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Doing Missions When Living Is Gain

I agree. As a staff member at Desiring God fifteen years ago, I was thrilled to help hand out and ship out hundreds of cassette tapes and CDs containing John Piper’s iconic 1996 sermon, “Doing Missions When Dying Is Gain.” In the past decade, I’ve interacted with college students for…...

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