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My Great Daily Challenge As a Christian – Tim Challies

The great daily challenge I face in Christian living is not a challenge of knowledgeI know what I need to know in order to live in a way that pleases God. It is not a challenge of discernmentthere is rarely any great difficulty in distinguishing truth from error and right from wrong. It is not... Read more

The Afterword: Conversations on Books, Reading, and the Church – Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored by Westminster Bookstore and they are introducing a New Web Series and Podcast. We launched The Afterword because we dont want our ministry to the readers of the Church to end with the delivery of a book. To that end, we hope these digital discussions will foster a culture... Read more

A La Carte (July 6) – Tim Challies

I am taking this week off, so will not be sharing Kindle deals, unless I happen to spot something spectacular. You’ll survive for a week! In the meantime, enjoy these links from around the web… (Yesterday on the blog: A Glimpse of a Disciplined Life) Against Every Accusation “The devil is not only a liar... Read more

Another One of Those Family Updates (Graduations, Cameras, Travel) – Tim Challies

Over the past few weeks it has been interesting to see how different jurisdictions in Canada and elsewhere in the world have created and released guidelines for worship services during a pandemic. And then it has been interesting to see how different churches interpret those guidelines. Here in Ontario, we were given broad guidelines from... Read more

A Glimpse of a Disciplined Life – Tim Challies

One thing that always fascinates me when I read biographies is learning of other people’s habits. That’s especially true when the subject is extremely disciplined. Tim Chester’s Stott on the Christian Life is not quite a biography of John Stott, but it’s not far off. He gives an interesting glimpse of Stott’s normal, well-disciplined routines.... Read more

Honor in a Real Marriage (1 Peter 3:1-7) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

04 Jul Honor in a Real Marriage (1 Peter 3:1-7) Sermon Notes 1988 1st date (age 17). 1992 married (age 21). 1996 planted church (age 25) Today faithfully married 28 years in August, Sept/Oct turn 50, 5 kids Real Marriage book tour & media (Barbara Walters, Dr. Drew, Piers Morgan, Fox Friends) Marriage Today/XO Real... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (July 4) – Tim Challies

I wish all of my American friends (and family) a joyful and celebratory Independence Day today. Today’s Kindle deals include the usual Saturday classics with a few newer titles as well. (Yesterday on the blog: A Mid-Year Bible-Reading Checkup (Don’t Give Up!)) Proud to Be an American? Bruce Ashford: “As we celebrate the Fourth of... Read more

A Mid-Year Bible-Reading Checkup (Dont Give Up!) – Tim Challies

Six months ago many of us were excited to kick off the year with a new Bible-reading plan. We had the plan printed out and the Bible laid open and the time set aside. We began with a lot of discipline and enthusiasm. But along the way, life happened. We missed a day here and... Read more

Vintage Jesus Lecture Notes | Real Faith

16 Jun Vintage Jesus Lecture Notes Posted at 17:35h in Blog by Mark Driscoll WEEK #1 NOTES: HOW DID PEOPLE KNOW JESUS WAS COMING? WEEK #2 NOTES: IS JESUS THE ONE TRUE GOD? WEEK #3 NOTES: HOW HUMAN WAS JESUS? WEEK #4 NOTES: WHAT WAS THE SECRET TO JESUS’ SUCCESS? WEEK #5 NOTES: WAS JESUS’... Read more

You Can Be Healthy in a Sick World!:1 Peter 1:23-2:12 (Fathers Day) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

18 Jun You Can Be Healthy in a Sick World!:1 Peter 1:23-2:12 (Fathers Day) Sermon Notes Nutrition & my experience Pastor Jimmy show me your diet Ill predict illness Scripture Makes You Healthy 1 Peter 1:23-2:3 you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of... Read more

Jesus, Authority, Justice, and Slavery (1 Peter 2:13-25) Sermon Notes | Real Faith

28 Jun Jesus, Authority, Justice, and Slavery (1 Peter 2:13-25) Sermon Notes Our Perfect God Works Through Imperfect Authority 1 Peter 2:13Be subject for the Lords sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise... Read more

Hope When Life Unravels – Tim Challies

Christians are well-resourced when it comes to books on suffering. Such books can typically be divided into two types: Those that are structured around theological themes and those that are structured around lived experiences. So some people begin with an examination of what the Bible has to say about suffering while other people begin with... Read more

4 OPTIONS WHEN THE CULTURE MOCKS AND OPPOSES YOUR FAITH: A Study in 1 Peter | Pastor Mark Driscoll

01 Jul 4 OPTIONS WHEN THE CULTURE MOCKS AND OPPOSES YOUR FAITH: A Study in 1 Peter Posted at 03:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll Like so many college students who are weary of being mocked by their professors for being Bible-believing Christians and getting their grades reduced, husbands who are mocked by their... Read more

How do you keep your marriage strong in quarantine with no date nights? | Pastor Mark Driscoll

[vimeo 425187724 w=1060 h=596] If you’re being quarantined with your entire family with little to no alone time, how can you continue to build and keep your marriage strong? Have a question you’d like answered in a potential future Ask Pastor Mark video? Send an email to [email protected] setREVStartSize({c: 'rev_slider_4_1',rl:[1240,1024,778,480],el:[400],gw:[1240],gh:[400],type:'standard',justify:'',layout:'fullwidth',mh:"0"}); var revapi4, tpj; jQuery(function() { tpj... Read more

A La Carte (June 30) – Tim Challies

If you’re looking to grow your ebook library, Westminster Books has about 350 of Crossways ebooks on sale at 50% off. (Yesterday on the blog: Follow the Way You Want To Be Followed) A Day for Lament at the Supreme Court Here’s Marvin Olasky writing for WORLD: “Roberts may have the opportunity to redeem himself... Read more

GET USED TO BEING THE CHRISTIAN WEIRDO: A Study in 1 Peter | Pastor Mark Driscoll

30 Jun GET USED TO BEING THE CHRISTIAN WEIRDO: A Study in 1 Peter Posted at 03:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll While it is easy to think that the Bible is old and outdated, the truth is that since God doesnt change, and people dont change, the Bible is timeless and therefore timely... Read more

Less than 1% Christian!? – Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored by Mile One Mission, which is committed to planting Gospel-centered, Christ-exalting churches in North Americas least-churched area. The Need: In many circles, Canada and the United States are considered Christian Countries. Regardless of what you think of that phrase or its truth, we can assure you that there are... Read more

A La Carte (June 29) – Tim Challies

I trust you enjoyed your weekend, whether it involved watching a service from home or attending a local church. My family enjoyed a mix yesterday—we attended the service, then did a Zoom-based church business meeting. We are definitely in a bit of a lull when it comes to Kindle deals. There are still a couple... Read more

Follow the Way You Want To Be Followed – Tim Challies

Most of us lead, but all of us follow. God has so structured authority in this world that almost all of us are leaders in some areas of life and followers in others. Parents lead their children while following government. Managers lead their teams while following the CEO. Directors lead their organization while following the... Read more

PETER WROTE ABOUT THE INTOLERISTA Part 2: A Study in 1 Peter | Pastor Mark Driscoll

29 Jun PETER WROTE ABOUT THE INTOLERISTA Part 2: A Study in 1 Peter Posted at 03:00h in Daily Devotions by Mark Driscoll Christianity has never really been cool. The unpopularity of Christians in Peters day was due to the fact that their devotion to Jesus above everyone and everything else caused them to be... Read more

Like Rain in the Fields – Tim Challies

Returning to public worship after 14 weeks apart has forced me to reflect anew on the joys of the local church. Perhaps for that reason I especially enjoyed this quote from Gunner Gunderson’s booklet What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church? in which he says “the gathering of the saints is like fresh... Read more

Weekend A La Carte (June 27) – Tim Challies

Today’s Kindle deals include some classics as well as commentaries by Stott and Kidner. (Yesterday on the blog: 12 New and Notable Books for June 2020) Systemic Racism, God’s Grace, and the Human Heart: What the Bible Teaches About Structural Sin Albert Mohler has a helpful look at systemic racism. “Sin corrupts every institution and... Read more