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Hey New Covenant, What Do You Say? The Cubs Are Going To Win Today!

Our son Zephaniah is one year old. For the first half of his life, his dad could not have cared less about the Chicago Cubs. For the second half, he has become an enthusiastic fan....

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The Surprising Way God Answered John Newton's Prayer to Grow in Grace

John Newton...

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Lessons From The Life Of Jerry Bridges

Beloved author Jerry Bridges entered into the joy of his Master on Sunday evening, March 6, 2016, at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, the day after he suffered cardiac arrest. He was 86 years old....

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Practicing The Presence Of The Holy Spirit

I hope that a new generation of believers discovers the rich treasure of wisdom found in Richard Lovelace’s The Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal (IVP, 1979). ...

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If You Are Hesitant to Come to Christ, Jonathan Edwards Would Like to Ask You Some Questions

What are you afraid of, that you dare not venture your soul upon Christ? Are you afraid that he cannot save you, that he is not strong enough to conquer the enemies of your soul? But how can you desire one stronger than “the almighty God”? as Christ is called, Isa. 9:6....

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5 Theses On Anti-intellectualism

Anti-Intellectualism is less about aptitude than attitude....

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The Most Memorable Conference Message I've Heard

I have been to a lot of conferencesâ€"probably more than I can countâ€"which means that I have heard a lot of conference talks. Some good, some not as good; some long, some short. Many of the speakers are relatively famous in our circlesâ€"the sort of people whose books we buy and whose sermons we download and whose interviews we listen to and whose blog posts we ...

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Dual Citizens

This election season is a good time to remember that the Christian life is a paradox. Take, for example, the question of where our citizenship resides. The apostle Paul once warned that “no soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits” (2 Tim. 2:4), and he insisted that “our citizenship is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20)....

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Inspect but Don't Introspect

Inspect but don’t introspect The same apostle who wrote “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?��"unless indeed you fail to meet the test!” (2 Cor. 13:5) wrote in an earlier letter to the same church “But with me it is a very sm...

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How Should We Think About the Death of Osama bin Laden?

The following is not intended to be comprehensive, but a few pointers as we think together about how to apply God’s revealed Word to the situation of Osama bin Laden’s recent execution....

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What Is Love?

Here is Paul Tripp’s definition of love: “Love is willing self-sacrifice for the good of another that does not require reciprocation or that the person being loved is deserving” (What Did You Expect? p. 188)....

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The Fear of the Lord and the Cross of Christ

Nothing is so well fitted to put the fear of God into the heart, as an enlightened view of the cross of Christ....

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Mary v. Zechariah on Fear of the Lord

How to fear and not to fear at the same time......

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How Abba Changes Everything

On Sunday night I quoted from Russell Moore on how the Lord used adoption to help him understand in a fresh way the precious biblical doctrine of adoption. For those who want to read the full article from which I quoted, here is his cover story in the July issue of Christianity Today: "How Abba Changes Everything." I warmly commend it to you....

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The Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Spiritual Dehydration

C.J. Mahaney explains from Jude 1:20–21 three practical ways to keep yourself in the love of God....

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A Prayer

Here is the closing prayer from John Piper's book Spectacular Sins and Their Global Purpose in the Glory of Christ. A Closing Prayer Gracious and glorious Father, because you are rich in mercy, and great in love, and sovereign in grace, we ask that you would make this little book a window onto the panorama of your glory, and a skylight to your supremacy in all things...

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Three Questions to Ask When Reading the Bible

Here are three important questions to ask whenever you read the Bible....

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Should You Pass Along Bad Reports?

Tim Keller and David Powlison help us answer the question, "What should I do when I hear 'bad reports' about a person, a church, or a ministry?"...

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How Then Shall We Love One Another?

In the study guide for our class, Gospel in Life: Grace Changes Everything, Tim Keller gives us nine "community-building practices" from the New Testament....

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New Covenant Bible Church: Who Are You?

When we talk about “the church,” what exactly do we mean? And why should we care?...

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The Fuel, Fire, Furnace, and Heat of Worship

What is required for genuine worship in spirit and in truth? What does it look like? Here is John Piper's answer from Desiring God, p. 82:...

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Giving, Guilt, and the Generous Gospel of Jesus

Tim Keller writes in his book Ministries of Mercy that the gospel, not guilt, should generate generous giving from God's people:...

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Without the Gospel . . .

Have you ever thought about what life would be like without the gospel?...

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The Gospel Is Good News, Not Good Advice

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminds us that the gospel of Jesus Christ is good news, not good advice. Advice is counsel about something to do that hasn’t happened yet, but you can do it....

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