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The Authority of Preaching for Readers and Non-Readers, by John Piper

John Piper is right on in this post. He says, "The authority of preaching is rooted finally in the absolute authority of God. That root passes through the infallible Word of God, the Bible. This book is the only access we have today to an infallible message from God.Therefore authority is not intrinsic to the preacher. It is intrinsic only to God and his written word. O...

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The Courage to Put Away our Cameras

The Courage to Put Away Our Cameras by Russ Ramsey on July 26, 2012 "One turns at last even from glory itself with a sigh of relief. From the depths of mystery, and even from the heights of splendor, we bounce back and hurry for the latitudes of home." – Annie Dillard, Total Eclipse Oh, to have been present at San Diego's Glorietta Bay on July 4, 2012. If I ...

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How, "Let go and let God" Almost Ruined J.I. Packer's Spiritual Life

J. I. Packer, in his introduction to John Owen's The Mortification of Sin, writes of his conversion and near spiritual destruction: I was converted-that is, I came to the Lord Jesus Christ in a decisive commitment, needing and seeking God's pardon and acceptance, conscious of Christ's redeeming love for me and his personal call to me -in my first university term, a li...

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Steve Saint Accident

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Do You Have an Accountability Partner?

R. C. Sproul Jr. talks about being asked by a deacon at church twenty years ago if he had an "accountability group." When it was explained that this would be " a group of men who are active in your life, that care for you enough to challenge you when you fall into sin. They watch out for you, support you, encourage you to grow in grace and wisdom." He responded that he did...

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This Momentary Marriage: Ian & Larissa's Story

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Charles Colson (1931-2012)

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Real-Life Echoes of the Story of Christ

Here's a model of how to write and deliver a speech...especially for you High School and college kids. ...

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What to Say to Non-Committal Church Attenders

Jonathan Leeman writes, "Joe has attended your church for about a year. He says he's a Christian. But he has not joined. Should you encourage him to join? How?"...

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