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Grace-Driven Effort: The Weapons Grace Provides

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

Let’s continue diving into the idea of “Grace-Driven Effort.” We have already stated that people don’t stumble into godliness. Paul uses great phrases to describe our growth into holiness and reflecting the Glory of God and His reign and rule over our lives. Paul talks about “training ourselves in righteousness” (1 Tim. 4:7), “laboring in prayer,” “running to win,” ...

A Prayer for Pastors

Author: Michael BleeckerCategory: General

A few years ago I read a book by John Piper called Brothers, We Are Not Professionals. In this book I discovered a prayer that has encouraged and strengthened my prayer time. I keep a copy of the prayer on my desk and backstage so I can always reference it quickly. I posted it below in hopes that it also may encourage and strengthen your prayer time as you plead for the souls of your people.

Why Pray More than Once for the Same Thing?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

Is there any reason to pray for something more than once? The Bible states that indeed there is. Not because God forgets our requests or because we reach a magical limit, but rather because it forces us to humble ourselves before Him for an extended season in asking for the help which He delights to give His children. God could certainly (and sometimes does) answer our initial requests, but He ...

Grace-Driven Effort: No one can boast

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

Grace-driven effort comes from a new heart. Without this new heart and this work of regeneration by the Holy Spirit, there can be no grace-driven effort. (Ephesians 2:1-10). There can only be effort driven by the applause and praise of men or from pride or self –righteousness. Without the transfer out of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light (Colossians 1:13), we will simply pit ...

Is it Sinful or Inappropriate to Include Instruments in Worship?

Author: Geoff AshleyCategory: Theology

The Old Testament abounds with explicit instructions for worship. God was quite adamant about the manner in which He desired to be worshiped. In addition to the directions for sacrifices, offerings, attire, and attitudes of the worshippers, the Lord commanded praise from a plethora of musical instruments: trumpet, lute, hard, tambourine, strings, pipe, and cymbals to name a few specified in ...

Grace-Driven Effort?

Author: Matt ChandlerCategory: General

Three different streams flowed into one another for me last week as I was preparing to preach out of Colossians 3. The first stream was Jared Wilson’s blog. I am a fan of Christ in Jared and have found him to be a tremendous thinker. On Friday, May 28, Jared quoted D.A. Carson from “For the Love of God” (Vol. 2):

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