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  • Matt shared from To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain by Jared C. Wilson, Matt Chandler
    What a staggering truth that the holy God of the universe would say, “Mine,” about sinners and lay hold of them in love.
  • Matt shared from To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain by Jared C. Wilson, Matt Chandler
    How do you beat sin? We beat sin only by pressing into Jesus, knowing Him, and chasing Him. There is grace upon grace to be had in Him. So much grace, you can’t use it all up. If we broken people will come to Christ in faith, we will receive an infinite supply of grace. This is why we pursue Christ above all—because He is more than enough. He will always be enough.
    Note: Need to remember this truth daily!
  • Matt shared from To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain by Jared C. Wilson, Matt Chandler
    It is a fearful, trembling thing to take up the cross. But Jesus says we must do that, so Paul insists we must do it. We can’t stop trusting Him at conversion; we must keep trusting Him, walking by faith, feeling the weight of the cross each day, knowing that God is at work in and through us, and believing that our suffering will be worth it. Paul sees the fear and trembling of daily self-denial as a way of “shar[ing] his sufferings, becoming like him in his death” (Phil. 3:10). Paul takes the long view. He knows that if he will daily share in Christ’s sufferings, he will, in the end,...
    Note: I need this reminder daily! Our suffering is but for a moment, even if it feels much longer.
  • Matt shared from Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves
    Yet Christianity is not primarily about lifestyle change; it is about knowing God. To
  • Matt shared from Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell
    As expository preachers, our ultimate goal is not to communicate the value of our opinions, others’ philosophies, or speculative meditations but rather to show how God’s Word discloses his will for those united to him through his Son.
  • Matt shared from Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell
    When preachers perceive the power that the Word holds, confidence in their calling grows even as pride in their performance withers.
  • Matt shared from Christ-Centered Preaching: Redeeming the Expository Sermon by Bryan Chapell
    Scriptural truth is not a passive object for examination and presentation. The Word examines us.
  • Matt shared from The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield
    I believe that there is no greater enemy to vital life-breathing faith than insisting on cultural sameness. When fear rules your theology, God is nowhere to be found in your paradigm, no matter how many Bible verses you tack on to it. I think that as parents we would be more effective in our parenting if we leveled with our children, if we told them that some of our dearly held rules are not morally grounded but are made for our convenience. I know that many times that I insist that my children turn off the video, my “rules” are the result of my own noise-sensitivity, not some moral abhorrence...
  • Matt shared from The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield
    We in the church tend to be more fearful of the (perceived) sin in the world than of the sin in our own heart. Why is that?
  • Matt shared from The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Butterfield
    Like it or not, ready or not, we enter into the spotlight of inquisition each time we leave our house, as many people want to understand what it is like to be a transracial family or to adopt a teenager. Are those your real children? Are we a real family? Do we feel like real parents? Do our children love us? How can we afford the expense of adoption? Do we trust the bonds created by adoption? Does our extended family accept us? My children are apparently so startling to many people that they figure as aberrations. One time, Kent was filling a pulpit at a small church in a small town. These places...