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Levels of Prayer Neil Anderson

Psalm 95 is a model for approaching God in prayer. It begins with praise and thanksgiving. The Apostle Paul seldom mentioned prayer in the New Testament without an attitude of gratitude. “I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers” (Ephesians 1:16). “Do not be ...more

Why Train Your Child to Do Chores? Jane Sandwood

"Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6 KJV In America, 82% of adults said that they grew up doing chores. But why is it that only 28% of people said that they give their own children chores to do? One reason is that many children do ...more

5 Hard Truths About Healthy Church Growth Carey Nieuwhof

Most church leaders I know would love to see their church grow. Similarly, most leaders I’ve met want their church to grow for what we might call the ‘right’ reasons: they sincerely want more people to encounter the love of Jesus Christ. That’s amazing. And yet there’s a strong reaction against ...more

7 Ways to Approach Your Bible Study This Year Matt Smethurst

If you’re a Christian, you believe reading the Bible is important. But have you considered how to approach it in the first place? What kind of “heart posture” is necessary? God cares deeply about these questions. Here are seven ways we should approach his Word in 2016. 1. Approach It Humbly  The ...more

What is True Biblical Repentance? John MacArthur

Repentance is no more a meritorious work than its counterpart, faith. Repentance is an inward response. Genuine repentance pleads with the Lord to forgive and deliver from the burden of sin and the fear of judgment and hell. It is the attitude of the publican who, fearful of even looking toward ...more

When You Are Too Tired to Go On Deb Waterbury

 “This is not my life.”  “Those are not my children.” “That is not my husband.” Have you ever looked around at your life and thought any of these things? I mean, this isn’t what we signed up for, right? No one told us the day we walked down that isle or the day we graduated from school or the day ...more

5 Christian Cliches That Need to Disappear! Matt Smethurst

“Books don’t change people,” John Piper once observed. “Paragraphs do. Sometimes even sentences.” A good sentence is a gift. We love finding complex truth shrink-wrapped in clear, simple, memorable form. It’s why Charles Spurgeon and C. S. Lewis are dominating a newsfeed near you. Even God likes ...more

How Do Introverts Keep from Being Selfish? John Piper

Introverts and extroverts — it seems like a useful designation for personality types. Even if they’re not biblical categories, they lead to an interesting conversation for Christians, and to this question today from a middle-aged man. “Pastor John, how can I tell if I am being introverted in social ...more

Christians and Antichrists: I John 2 John MacArthur

"Children, it is the last hour and just as you have heard that Antichrist is coming, even now many Antichrists have arisen. From this we know that it is the last hour." And then down in verse 22, "Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ. This is the Antichrist, the one who ...more

The Curse of Dishonor, the Power of Honor Francis Frangipane

Among all in his era, Noah was the most godly. He alone was considered by the Almighty, blameless. In a time when terrible wrath was about to unfurl, Noah alone found favor with the Lord. Consider this man Noah and what he experienced: Aware that the end of his world was at hand, he faithfully ...more