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Monthly Archive for: ‘June, 2012’

I Belong to You and You Belong to Me (And thus, we genuinely care for one another!)

I am truly enjoying Jerry Bridges’ new book: True Community: The Biblical Practice of Koinonia Here is a quote from the final pages to give you just a taste of its wisdom: “The foundation of daily experiential fellowship among believers is found in Paul’s statement that “in Christ … each member belongs to all the others” (Romans 12:5). I belong …

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Apart from a miracle, a good relationship with this person is just never going to happen. That’s OK. Grieve it. And LET. IT. GO.

I once received an email from a friend whose dear friend, an adult Christian woman, was “distraught” and “destroyed” over how her parents treat her. She was “terrified” of this relationship. Knowing that some of us have these difficult relationships in our lives, I thought I would redact some of the content of my response with the hope that it …

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The Very People We Are Called to Serve Will Break our Hearts

“If our ultimate motivation for service to God is simply because we love people, we will never be able to sustain the call to service that God has given to us because the very people we are called to serve will break our hearts.  It is only the grace of Christ that enables us to persevere.” J. Ligon Duncan and …

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The very first tear he made was so deep that I thought it had gone right into my heart.

I’m assuming that most of you are familiar with C.S. Lewsis’ masterpiece, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. If not, I hope you go out today and read it! Well. Actually read the entire Chronicles of Narnia because that’s the way to really understand the depth of everything that happens. For the past four days as I was blessed to …

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Church is a Band of Natural Enemies

Just a few scratchings from one of my many listenings of Pastor Tim Keller’s sermon, The Community of Jesus (taken from Luke 6:12-36). This is a sermon that is worth listening to more than once … Why do we have the law of God? To find law and be saved? NO. Exodus shows that is impossible. God does not give them the …

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Heather P. Won the $100 in Free Biblical Peacemaking Materials

Just a quick note to let you know that Random Number Generator chose Heather P. as the winner of our $100 worth of free biblical peacemaking giveaway! Congratulations to Heather and thanks to all of you who participated. I truly pray that God will help us all to ambassadors of reconciliation every moment of our lives. On an unrelated note, …

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How DARE the pastor say that I shouldn’t take communion! Just because I’m in this big fight with someone in my church? How dare he! (Or. Dare he not?)

I always enjoy Dave’s posts over at our Redeeming Church Conflicts.com site. But this post was particularly challenging and edifying for me: Fencing Over Fights I hope you will click through and read the entire post, but for a quick summary, let me just say that Dave reminds us all of the seriousness of coming to the Lord’s Table in an …

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Don Carson: Home at Last – The Spectacular God at the Center (The Gospel Coalition National Women’s Conference LiveBlog)

To read the near-transcription from Dr. Carson’s plenary (including worship with the Gettys, the Scripture passages, helpful links, etc.), just click “Replay” below: Here is a picture of Dr. Carson as he was teaching: The actual LiveBlog replay above has around 7,200 words in it, so I won’t even attempt to restate the entirety of this teaching. However, here are …

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Kathleen B. Nielson: Through the Open Door – The Transcendent and Redeeming God (The Gospel Coalition National Women’s Conference LiveBlog)

To read the near-transcription from Dr. Nielson’s plenary (including worship with the Gettys, the Scripture passages, helpful links, etc.), just click “Replay” below: Here is a picture of Dr. Nielson from the conference: The actual LiveBlog replay above has around 5,700 words in it, so I won’t even attempt to restate the entirety of this teaching. However, here are just …

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Jenny Salt: In the Third Heaven – The God Who Can’t Be Talked About (The Gospel Coalition National Women’s Conference LiveBlog)

To read the near-transcription from Jenny Salt’s plenary (including worship with the Gettys, the Scripture passages, helpful links, etc.), just click “Replay” below: The actual LiveBlog replay above has around 5,000 words in it, so I won’t even attempt to restate the entirety of this teaching. However, here are just a few points that will hopefully whet your appetite and …

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