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    This is the battle every Christian fights, and it’s the hardest battle in ministry: the battle against yourself. From Jeff Robinson: The ministry is a lot like golf. You really are your own worst enemy. You have to battle you … Continue reading

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    Paul Tripp reflects on his own season of chronic illness, a situation that has left him with ongoing physical challenges. The greatest challenge though, is not physical, it is spiritual. You never come to your suffering empty-handed. You always drag … Continue reading

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    Randy Alcorn is supporting his wife, Nanci, through her season of cancer. God is supporting them both. He writes about the experience of God using the very situations that nobody wants as the circumstances in which faith and Christlikeness grows: … Continue reading

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    A post in which J.A. Medders points out that any sentimental, nostalgic appeal to become more like the early church is not the solution to the church’s current problems and challenges. After all, much of the New Testament was written … Continue reading

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    Karl Vaters observes that there are plenty of extras that commend themselves as necessary for congregations to grow in the ministry and mission. Rather than focus on these, he commends local churches focus instead on the basics – without which … Continue reading

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    In addition to reading the section of the Bible on which that week’s sermon is based, at MGPC we also sequentially read about one chapter a week from another book of the Bible. We do this as an application of … Continue reading

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    Stephen Freeman writes about a perspective on life that resonates with the current study of Ecclesiastes that we’re doing at MGPC. It may be existential despair, but it points to the one in whom there is no despair: Our life … Continue reading

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    Joni Eareckson Tada is well known as a Christian how ministers from a life experience as a paraplegic. In an article taken from her book Heaven she recounts a situation where, after another painful physical therapy situation, she hears a … Continue reading

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    Abigail Dodds writes an article that directly addresses women, but speaks to the experience of every Christian. She contends that increasing age should represent a growth in more that the number of candles on our birthday cakes. Now, instead of … Continue reading

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    A simple reminder from Aaron Earles that the a very significant part of the enduring fruit of Christian discipleship happens in the context of relationships and takes time. The conclusion: Because conversion, discipleship, relationships, and leadership all take time, it’s … Continue reading

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    A post at Mockingbird by Duo Dickenson that contains phrase after phrase that I turn over and over in my mind. But later, for many of us, maybe most, who have defined ourselves not by love but by demonstrating an … Continue reading

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    Tim Counts reminds us of the way Jesus looks at people, the way he looks at us, the way we should look at those around us. Isaiah, in his expressive word pictures and poetic prophecy, describes hurting people as bruised … Continue reading

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    Stop whatever you’re doing and read Stephen McAlpine’s post The Day Jesus Said “I’ve Got This”. No excerpts, no quotes, the whole thing is a highlight. Really. Read it.

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    The maturity of disciples of Jesus shows in a consciousness that expresses humility about of how far we have to go, not pride in how far we have come. From Michael Kelley: We are on this road – on this … Continue reading

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    Legalism among Christian disciples is the product of misplaced or misundertood trust that diminishes grace. From Sam Storms: Legalists feel good when they can identify another person’s errors. It reinforces their feelings of superiority. They actually think themselves more spiritual, … Continue reading

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    I knew a lady who hated the word ‘stuff’. When we meet as one of the small groups that she belonged to and one of us uses the word we all fall silent for a second and then, having heard … Continue reading

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    Winn Collier writes about the longing that Advent epitomises, a Gospel fuelled desire for the fulfilment of redemption. We have peace, and long for peace. We have hope, and long for that expectation to be fully realised. From Collier: I’m … Continue reading

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