Creating a Culture of Thanks

On New Year’s Eve 1961, Dr. W. A. Criswell stood before his congregation at the First Baptist Church Dallas, Texas, and for nearly five hours preached an epic message tracing what he called “the scarlet thread of Scripture” through every book of the Bible. With captivating authority, Criswell revealed how the theme of Christ’s blood atonement serves as a unifying...

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Letting Justice Roll

Years ago Matt Redman wrote a song called Mission’s Flame. In the song he offers an appeal to the people of God to move beyond mere words and to let worship fuel the flame for missions—to let worship propel God’s people forward into action. He says, Let worship be the fuel for mission’s flame
 We’re going with a passion for Your name
 We’re...

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The Futility of Satisfaction

“So, Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas …” (Mark 15:15) Wishing to satisfy the crowd. This statement is packed with meaning. In that crucial moment, the eternal destinies of every human being lay in the balance. Pilate, out of sheer political and personal interest, chose to cave to the persuasiveness of the crowd rather than to...

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True Christianity: Consistency Through Life Seasons

Recently I’ve been reading a christian classic called True Christianity by Johann Arndt. Arndt lived in 17th century Germany and wrote to the Lutheran church, calling people out of a dead orthodoxy into a vibrant and living faith. He observed the hypocrisy of his day and surfaced as a prophetic voice in the midst of this cultural milieu. Incredibly, though Arndt...

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The Breadcrumb Trail

You don’t become obese over night. I’m pretty sure that’s a scientific fact. It takes a good deal of work to get to that point—a good bit of snacking, a good bit of swiping the cookie jar, and eventually you qualify. Sin works in our lives much the same way. You don’t wake up one morning in someone else’s bed to discover to your surprise that you have cheated...

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Spurgeon on Communication

Recently a worship leader friend of mine, Mike Passaro at Summit Church, shared with me a thought from Spurgeon regarding the manner in which ministers communicate the truths of the Gospel. Though he wrote so many years ago to a culture much different than ours, Spurgeon’s indictment has remarkable application to the condition of our time. For worship leaders,...

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